Let’s take a look at the top WWE News & Professional Wrestling stories of the day:
• The Rock To Receive A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Next Week
Old School WWF Legend The Rock will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week. Below is the announcement:
HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER TO HONOR DWAYNE JOHNSON WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
WHO: Honoree: Dwayne Johnson
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: TBA
WHAT: Dedication of the 2,624th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures
WHERE: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front Hollywood & Highland Complex
WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PST
Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Dwayne Johnson will be honored with the 2,624th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, December 13th, at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood & Highland.
“Everyone loves Dwayne Johnson! We predict that his star will be a very popular one to visit on our famous walk. Not only does Dwayne have a great personality and talent, but he also does a great amount of philanthropic work which is part of the criteria for earning an immortal spot on the Walk of Fame. We envision scores of photos being taken at his star by his fans,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
With film revenues exceeding $2-billion worldwide, Dwayne Johnson has solidified himself as a global box-office powerhouse in both film and television. Always adding to his busy schedule, Johnson shows no sign of slowing down.
He will soon be seen in Sony’s highly anticipated “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black in theaters December 20th. Johnson recently wrapped New Line Cinema’s “Rampage” set to be released April 20, 2018 as well as Legendary’s “Skyscraper” set to be released in July 2018. Next year, he will star in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” based on its hit theme park ride. This past year, Johnson starred in Paramount’s “Baywatch” and Universal Pictures’ “The Fate of the Furious,” the 8th installment of the successful ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise.
In 2019, Johnson will star with Jason Statham in a ‘Fast and Furious’ spin-off movie based on his breakout character Hobbs. Adding to a slew of tent-pole films, Johnson starred in the highest grossing live action comedy, “Central Intelligence” opposite Kevin Hart for New Line Cinema and also lent his voice to the widely successful Disney Animated film “Moana” released in November 2016. Johnson starred in the 2015 summer blockbuster “San Andreas” (New Line Cinema in association with Roadshow Pictures) as well which is set to feature a sequel.
Among Johnson’s recent film credits are: Universal’s “Furious 7,” Paramount’s “Hercules,” the dramatic thriller “Snitch,” the comic book action-adventure “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the dramatic independent film “Empire State,” “Pain & Gain,” alongside Mark Wahlberg, “Fast 5” and “Fast and Furious 6,” which grossed a combined for $1.4-billion globally. Johnson’s previous films include “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Get Smart,” “The Game Plan,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” which grossed over $325-million in 2011, “Be Cool,” MGM’s sequel to “Get Shorty,” the 2004 remake “Walking Tall” and Universal’s “The Rundown.” Johnson was cast by Stephen Sommers in “The Mummy Returns,” which grossed more than $400-million worldwide. His role was so well received by Universal’s executives that they immediately planned a film based on his character, “The Scorpion King,” which broke box office records in 2002.
Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded with by his business partner Dany Garcia, has produced several shows, including HBO’s highest rated half-hour comedy “Ballers” starring Johnson and entering its 4th season in 2018. In 2017, Seven Bucks produced the critically-acclaimed “Soundtracks” on CNN, the science fiction action drama “Lifeline” on YouTube Red, as well as the youth prison documentary, “Rock and a Hard Place,” for HBO which became the network’s #1 watched standalone special. Seven Bucks also teamed with filmmaker Andrew Jenks to produce the podcast “What Really Happened” which recently hit #1 on iTunes’ Podcast charts.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Johnson excelled as a high school All-American and subsequently as a star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes, helping lead his team to a national championship. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Johnson followed in the footsteps of his WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, by joining the competitive sports entertainment world of the WWE. Within a seven-year period (1996-2003), his intense passion led to an extraordinarily successful career breaking box office attendance records across the U.S. and setting pay-per-view buy rate records during that period as well.
As “The Rock”, a larger than life extension of himself, Johnson became one of the most charismatic and dynamic characters the industry has ever seen. In March 2012, Johnson made a record-breaking return to the WWE where he defeated John Cena to become WWE Champion in the main event of at Wrestle Mania XXVIII in Miami.
Known as “The People’s Champion” in WWE, Johnson takes tremendous pride in the relationship he has with his audience, feeding off their passion and connectivity. Johnson regularly engages his over 175 million followers across social media as well as his YouTube Channel and was ranked #1 on Hollywood Reporter’s “Top Actors” chart which ranks analytics for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.
Johnson penned an autobiography, The Rock Says, which reached #1 on the New York TimesBestseller List shortly after its publication in January 2000.
Johnson also created The Rock Foundation in 2006, with a mission to educate, empower and motivate children worldwide through health and physical fitness. A dedicated philanthropist, Johnson is the current National spokesperson for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Diabetes Aware Campaign. He is also a committed Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross, and serves as a National Celebrity Wish Ambassador for The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In 2008, United States Congress and the United States Joint Leadership Commission recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S. Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and provided opportunities for youth nationwide.
• WWE Stars’ Careers On The Line At Next PPV, Big Changes Made
The WWE careers of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn will be on the line in their tag team match against Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura with SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon as the Special Guest Referee at Clash of Champions 2017 PPV.
Also, the team of Rusev & Aiden English has been added to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match and the SmackDown Women’s Championship match will now be a Lumberjack match.
Below is the updated match-card for Clash of Champions 2017:
– WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
– Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn with Shane McMahon as the Special Guest Referee (If Owens & Zayn lose, they’ll be fired from WWE)
– Lumberjack Match For The SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Natalya
– United States Championship Match: Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
– SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. Rusev & Aiden English
• Vince McMahon Not Impressed With Former WWE Champion’s Ring Work
Word going on is that Vince McMahon wasn’t impressed with former WWE Champion Bray Wyatt’s ring work on last week’s Raw during his match with Matt Hardy.
Vince wasn’t impressed with his physical condition as he looked “blown up” during the match and he looked sloppy in the match.
• The Rock Reveals What Vince McMahon Said About His Salary When He Got Signed To The WWF
Below is a Twitter conversation between Vince McMahon & The Rock:
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) December 1, 2017
First shook hands w/ Vince when I was 11yrs old.
At 25, he offered me the bare minimum @WWE contract. Said, “You can go to WCW for more money but here you’ll earn every dollar”
To this day, Vince is one of my greatest mentors & trusted advisors. #FullCircle #Ohana ???? https://t.co/YB2rBHHe8L
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 2, 2017
• Footage Of Ronda Rousey Training For WWE
Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey posted a video on Twitter to promote the launch of her website. During the video, there were a few shots of her training in the ring for a WWE career.
You can watch it below:
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) December 1, 2017
• WWE Wrestler Proud Of His Role On SmackDown Live
Below is a Twitter conversation between SmackDown Live wrestler Tyler Breeze and a fan:
@MmmGorgeous I'm watching SDL and it's So frustrating seeing you being wasted by WWE. Yes money might be great. But watching you in NXT to now. It's a shame that a guy like you is in a Pointless tag team and not Main eventing Solo and winning solo Championships.
— TheACWowner (@OwnerOfACW) December 2, 2017
So Let’s say I’m main eventing the 2 hr show. Who’s being “wasted” then? Shin? Dillinger? Aj? Roode? Because not everyone can be used every week… unless you’re featured in something like fashion files which has been featured now for 6 months + Very proud of that https://t.co/O6vKLIguWw
— Prince Pretty (@MmmGorgeous) December 2, 2017
• Special Cruiserweight WWE Live Events Announced
Below is what WWE announced regarding special 205 Live (Cruiserweight) Live Events:
WWE 205 Live to hold three special live events in January
“The Cruiserweight division is ready to fly high and drop jaws as WWE 205 Live holds three special events in January. Don’t miss your chance to see Enzo Amore, Kalisto, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and all your favorite Superstars at 205 pounds and under in action three days in a row.
* Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 – Kingston, RI – The Ryan Center
* Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Auditorium
* Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center
Tickets for each event go on sale Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. EST.”
• Roman Reigns Comments On Facing Triple H This Week
Intercontinental Champion “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns will face the 14 time World Champion “The King of Kings” Triple H in the main event of a WWE Live Event in Abu Dhabi this week.
Below is what Reigns said about this match:
“Going against Triple H, I think that speaks for itself. We were the main event of the largest WrestleMania of all time and we are proud to be able to bring this to the WWE Universe in Abu Dhabi. I can guarantee we are going to put on a spectacular show.
It’s been an awesome roller-coaster ride and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. I am grateful for all the opportunities and the things I have been able to enjoy and achieve. It’s been a great run thus far.”
• Raw Wrestler Reveals That He’s Been Off WWE TV Because He’s Injured
Raw Wrestler R-Truth revealed on Twitter that he’s been off WWE programming as of late because he’s injured. Below is what he tweeted:
What’s up y’all! Hey if anyone is wondering where I am, please read my earlier tweets. ? people asking me the same question everyday, why am I not on WWE. I AM INJURED
— WWE R-Truth (@RonKillings) December 3, 2017
I’m out of surgery https://t.co/qWRtHmiX5d
— WWE R-Truth (@RonKillings) December 4, 2017
• Chris Jericho Responds To Naito – There’s Only One Main Event For Wrestle Kingdom 12
During a recent interview with Yahoo, NJPW wrestler Naito said that Wrestle Kingdom 12 will be a double main event show, with Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship being the first main event and his match with Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship being the second main event and the match that’ll end the show.
Old School WWF Legend Chris Jericho responded the following to this:
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 3, 2017
• Former WWE Wrestler Reveals What Really Happened In A Real Life Backstage Fight Between Sheamus & Sin Cara
During a recent appearance on The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling podcast, former WWE wrestler Simon Gotch revealed what actually happened in Sheamus & Sin Cara’s real life backstage fight.
The rumor has it that Sin Cara beat up Sheamus in this backstage fight, but the story is a little different. Gotch said that Sheamus & Sin Cara were first involved in a verbal argument and Sheamus destroyed Cara in that and that didn’t sit well with Cara.
Sheamus was in the medical room getting his ankle taped by trainers later on and this is the time when Cara ran up to Sheamus and punched Sheamus when he was in a position where he couldn’t defend himself and couldn’t fight back.
• Randy Orton Remembers Umaga On His Death Anniversary, Shares A Funny Story
Below is what 13 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton posted on Umaga’s 8th death anniversary:
“12/4/09 8 years ago, many people including me lost a true friend. He was one of the most intimidating characters in the ring, but for those that knew him, he was one of the absolute funniest guys we knew. Here’s proof. In this pic if you look closely, he is wearing my trunks. They never fit me quite right after that night! #RIPUCE”
12/4/09 8 years ago, many people including me lost a true friend. He was one of the most intimidating characters in the ring, but for those that knew him, he was one of the absolute funniest guys we knew. Here’s proof. In this pic if you look closely, he is wearing my trunks. They never fit me quite right after that night! #RIPUCE
• WWE Wrestler Welcomes His Second Child
SmackDown Live wrestler Luke Harper left the WWE tour of Lima, Peru as his wife went into labor early by about one and a half month because of medical reasons.
Harper’s second child was born five minutes after he arrived. Congratulations to the former Intercontinental Champion and one half of The Bludgeon Brothers!
• New Raw Wrestlers Reveal When They Found Out About Their WWE Main Roster Call-Up
During a recent interview with ESPN, new Raw wrestlers Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose revealed when they found out about their WWE main roster call-up. Below is what he said:
Sonya: “As the days unfolded, you hear rumors and you hear things flying around. You don’t wanna believe anything until it’s set in stone, because it’s the entertainment industry at the end of the day and things change.
Come Monday, around 3:00, 3:30, I found out what I was doing. I think I’m still in disbelief. I don’t know if it’s really set in yet.”
Mandy: “I actually wasn’t in Houston for NXT, I was home in Orlando. I was ready to actually go home a little early for Thanksgiving, since we didn’t have any Florida shows.
But I received the email that I’d be going to Raw and SmackDown, which was really exciting news, but I had to change all of the travel stuff.
Was this going to be me just kind of showing my face, or just maybe… I really didn’t know what to think. I thought about all different scenarios.”
• Old School Wrestling Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF/NWA/AWA/WCW Veteran “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko (Real name: Lawrence Whistler) turns 66 today.
Who could forget the famous ‘teacher vs student’ rivalry of Bruno Sammartino against Larry Zbyszko, that culminated in a cage match at Shea Stadium in 1980?
Those of you who aren a bit younger, will certainly remember him as a WCW official during the Monday Night Wars, when he still occasionally wrestled against the likes of Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIVING LEGEND!
• WWE Wrestler On A 140 Match Streak
WWE Raw wrestler Curt Hawkins is on a 140 match losing streak now. Below is what he tweeted:
— Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) December 3, 2017
• Old School WWF Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Wrestling Legend The Dynamite Kid (Real name: Tom Billington) celebrates his 59th birthday today.
Most Old School Wrestling Fans are going to remember him as one half of the WWF Golden Era Tag Team ‘The British Bulldogs’ with his Tag Team partner Davey Boy Smith.
Nowadays Billington sits in a wheel chair and has several other severe health problems, resulting from decades of drug abuse and wrestling a very risky & unhealthy style.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYNAMITE KID!
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (December 5, 2015) – ECW Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2015, we lost Old School ECW Wrestler Hack Meyers (Real name: Donald Haviland) due to complications from brain surgery, just 2 days before his 42nd birthday.
Meyers was a regular in the original NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling / ECW Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion back in the mid-90s.
Here’s what fellow ECW Original Axel Rotten tweeted that day about his friend’s passing:
“Words cannont express the sadness I feel right now. My friend, partner, Brother #HackMeyers has passed away #shaah”
† REST IN PEACE HACK MEYERS
December 7, 1973 – December 5, 2015
• Old School Wrestling Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Former Territory Wrestler Adrian Street celebrates his 77th birthday today.
The british Veteran wrestled for several european and north-american territories from 1957 till he full retired for good in 2010.
This controversial character eventually inspired the creation of the Goldust character in 1995.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADRIAN STREET!