• WWE Employee Confirms Upcoming Changes To RAW & SmackDown
During a recent interview with Below The Line, Lead WWE Production Designer Jason Robinson confirmed a previous report of RAW & SmackDown getting new sets once WWE returns to the road next month.
Here’s what Jason said:
“We’re heading out on the road come July 16. We’re coming out in Houston, Texas on SmackDown, then we’re headed right into our pay-per-view, Money in the Bank, which is one our favorite pay-per-views of the year. Lots of ladders with a briefcase hanging over the ring, so we have two Money in the Bank briefcases and onto Dallas and then we’re not looking back.
We’re headed forward, so we’re looking at new sets, new staging that we’re building. My next phone call is to the graphics department, talking about augmented reality and how AR is going to interface with our set, and how we’re going to make some really cool graphics for set entrances as our superstars enter.
I think it was just announced this past weekend on NBC that we’re having SummerSlam in Las Vegas on August 21. And man, that is going to be huge. It’s going to be our first SummerSlam in a stadium since Wembley, years and years ago [in 1992].
The next phone call after that, we’re going to talk about a roof structure that we’re going to put in at Allegiant Stadium.”
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• Old School Wrestling Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Wrestling Veteran Big Vito (Real name: Vito LoGrasso) celebrates his 57th birthday.
Vito used to wrestle for the World Wrestling Federation during the early 90s as an enhancement talent with the names “Von Krus” & “Skull Von Krush”, before joining Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1999, where he became a member of Da Baldies.
By the end of 1999, he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling, where he was a member of The Mamalukes alongside Johnny The Bull Stamboli & Tony Marinara.
Vito stayed with WCW till the company was sold to Vince McMahon in 2001, but – unlike many WCW Wrestlers – he did not join the WWF right away, but only signed a World Wrestling Entertainment contract in 2005 and became a member of the WWE version of The Full Blooded Italians (F.B.I.).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG VITO!