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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Gail Kim Facts

Gail Kim was born on February 20, 1977 and she is more than a professional wrestler, being a valet and actress. She did become famous for her WWE and now TNA wrestling matches and will forever be the first ever TNA Women's Champion, although she was also a WWE Women's Champion. Gail Kim actually won her debut match for the WWE, which was for the women's title. Before becoming a professional wrestler, Gail attended the York Memorial Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She was very sporty from day one and was even named "Athlete of the Year". After graduation she started studying kinesiology at the University of Toronto until she eventually switched to nutrition at Ryerson University.

Our lovely Korean Canadian lady decided to become a professional wrestler and joined Ron Hutchinson's "School of Pro Wrestling". Gail also got special training from Rob Etchevarria at "Squared Circle Pro Wrestling Gym". Her wrestling debut was under the name "The Queen of the Cats" La Feline in Apocalypse Wrestling Federation. She wore a mask that she had to get rid of in a "mask versus hair" match against Tracy Brooks. The two female wrestlers met again in the semi finals of the WXW Women's Elite 8 Tournament held in Danbury, Connecticut on September 27, 2002. Brooks won the match.

Gail Kim is truly a talented female professional wrestler and everybody knows this. Her matches in both WWE and TNA were always admired and it is a delight to see her in the ring. On the other hand, another move that boosted her popularity came when pictures of Gail Kim topless appeared for a cell phone ad in Japan. This was in 2005 and December 2007 saw her listed as among the top 40 "America's Most Eligible Bachelorettes" by Forbes. Needless to say that "Gail Kim Naked" is something that would sell products.

Getting back to Gail Kim wrestling, you probably saw her execute some finishers including Happy Ending (a cross-arm neckbreaker slam), Christo in the WWE or Flying Dragon in TNA (a tilt-a-whirl headscissors armbar), the Flipping neckbreaker in TNA between 2005 and 2006, the Air Raid Crash and the Hurricanrana pin in the WWE. Gail Kim also managed some wrestlers including Jeff Jarrett, James Storm, Chris Harris, Petey Williams, Molly Holly and Eric Young. If you want some Gail Kim MP3s to purchase you can go for her three entrance theme songs: International Woman in the WWE, Anime Girls or Unstoppable in TNA, with a revamped introduction after Gail Kim won the TNA Knowckouts Championship in October 2007. If you want to download some Gail Kim Themes and find out more info about her be sure to check out her official web site:

Monday, December 24, 2007

Diva Playboy Poll Results recently held a poll that asked fans to vote on their favorite Playboy cover of the past that featured a WWE Dive. The poll is over and the result is very interesting as the winner is a current TNA Knockout in Christy Hemme. On the other hand, the winner and the second place are the only two Divas that promoted the poll and even asked fans to vote by using their MySpace profiles. Here are the official results:

- Christy Hemme's April 2005 cover - 119,913 votes
- Ashley Massaro's April 2007 cover - 70,378 votes
- Torrie Wilson's May 2003 cover - 41,096 votes
- Chyna's November 2000 cover - 8,002 votes
- Chyna's January 2002 cover - 2,230 votes
- Sable's April 1999 cover - 1,984 votes
- Candice Michelle's April 2006 cover - 1,870 votes
- Torrie & Sable's March 2004 cover - 1,266
- Sable's September 1999 cover - 843 votes

source: PWInsider

Carlito Stays With WWE

It is well known that Carlito was seriously considering leaving the WWE as he was not happy with his position in the company, ending up with even giving a notice to management some time ago. The latest series of events that took place, including Booker T going to TNA, determined Vince McMahon to keep Carlito on the active RAW roster. It seems that Carlito and Vince talked a lot at the RAW edition of December 3 and the result was the wrestler staying with the company. It also looks like WWE did not want to lose another superstar to TNA and that Carlito is an important member of the roster as the WWE wants exposure in South and Central America. Carlito is a fluent Spanish speaker after all!

The initial problem between Vince and Carlito actually happened when the wrestler compained to the Ottawa Sun that he was not used in WrestleMania 23 because he wanted to be heel again. It also seems that Carlito's father, Carlos Colon, had some problems with the WWE as he believes WWC is to be a good developmental territory and that he wanted to do some joint shows with the WWE and they did not show any interest. In any case, what is important for the WWE is that Carlito is staying.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wrestlers of the Year

One of the most appreciated awards a professional wrestler can obtain stands in Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wrestler of the Year. There are a lot of legends here that received the award and I thought it would be interesting to know who they were. Ric Flair won 6 titles and was a runner up for two more. Hulk Hogan won three titles and was a runner up for 4 more. Bret The Hitman Hart never won the award but was a runner up twice. One of my favorite wrestlers ever, Sting, won the big prize as well in 1990. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the wrestler of the year three times and was a runner up once more. In 2005 we saw Batista win the award, with John Cena coming second while in 2006 we saw John Cena winning while Samoa Joe was second and Batista was not even in the first 4. Other famous winners of PWI's Wrestler of the Year award include Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Lex Luger, Big Show (known as The Giant at that point in time), Kevin Nash (known as Diesel at that time), Vader, The Macho Man Randy Savage, Harley Race, Bob Backlund, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Mr. Wrestling II, Bruno Sammartino, Jack Brisco and Pedro Morales. The Undertaker never won it and will probably never win it although he did come third and fourth in two years. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see who will win in 2007. John Cena is kind of out of the question, in TNA we could say Kurt Angle and Sting and in the WWE I have no idea. A lot of injuries and back and forth matches. We'll just have to wait and see!

Karen Angle Injured

This came up as a huge surprise for me. I never would have expected such an injury happening in these circumstances. TNA recently launched a text alert through their mobile service in which they stated Karen Angle suffered from a broken foot at the Impact tapings. It seems that the injury was suffered when she landed strangely while she was exiting the TNA six sided ring. People that were there said she needed to be carried backstage and did not return to the ring for the rest of the night, even if Kurt Angle had a match later in the tapings. At first sight everybody believed it was a sprain or break of the ankle although the official term used by TNA was "broken foot". There are no extra details but is still is strange. How can you get a broken foot while exiting the ring? Although she is not a wrestler, she will be needed and this is a considerable loss for TNA and Kurt Angle's character.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Randy Orton Facts

Randy Orton's real name is Randal "Randy" Keith Orton and he was born on April 1 1980. He is currently wrestling for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand. Randy's family is no stranger to professional wrestling as he is a third generation wrestler. His Grandfather was Bob Orton Sr. and his father is famous wrestler "Cowboy" Bob Orton. Even his uncle, Barry O, was a professional wrestler. What is interesting is that Randy Orton is currently the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history and he was also an Intercontinental Champion and World Tag Team Champion. We also know him as the Legend Killer, due to his gimmick that consists of attacking legendary and star wrestlings, even outside of matches.

WWE wrestler Randy Orton is no stranger to controversy. He was accused in the past of harassing two fellow WWE employees in Rochelle Loewen and Amy Weber. It seems that this was the reason why Weber left from the entertainment company and Loewen was transferred to SmackDown. She was eventually released from her contract. There were mixed opinions in the media and it was Mark Jindrak that said the accusations were not true and that Orton apologized to Loewen at Royal Rumble 2005. Christy Hemme also stated that she does not believe Randy Orton harassed any of the two fellow employees. Sports Illustrated also included Orton on March 19, 2007 on a list of professional athletes that were using steroids. It was alleged that the wrestler bought different substances including testosterone, stanozolol, nandrolone, oxandrolone and others.

In case you were wondering, Randy Orton is married to Samantha Speno. The wedding took place on September 21 of 2007. If you take a close look at Randy, he has his wife's name tattooed on his right arm, together with others on his wrists, upper biceps and upper back finishing on his shoulders. He gets his tattoos touched up once per year. It is also interesting to know that he had a tattoo on his left arm saying USMC (United States Marine Corps), which he covered up after receiving a bad conduct discharge. Randy suffers from hypermobile shoulders and is a big fan of heavy metal bands Pantera and Metallica.

When it comes to wrestling signature moves and finishers, you probably do know that he uses the RKO (a jumping cutter), The Legend Killer (a running punt to the head of a kneeling opponent), the Super RKO, the Wheelbarrow suplex (used when he was wrestling in OVW), Overdrive (used in 2002), the Randy Orton Stomp, the Inverted headlock backbreaker, the knee drop, chinlock, European uppercut, body scissors, standing dropkick and that elevated DDT using the ring ropes as help.

In the past Randy Orton saw his wrestling career managed by his father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton and Ric Flair. You might have also seen him with the nickname The Iceman in OVW. If you want to get your hands on some Randy Orton MP3 music of his themes, you should look for Burn in My Light by Mercy Drive (used after Orton was kicked out of Evolution), Line in the Sand by Motorhead (while Orton was a member of Evolution) and This Fire Burns by Killswitch Engage (Although it was only utilized for one week and eventually became CM PUNK's theme). If you want to know more about Randy Orton, you could visit his profile on WWE.COM by clicking HERE or you could visit his official web site by clicking HERE

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Psycho Sid Vicious Back in the Ring?

There have been a lot of rumors lately that one wrestler of the past might want to get back in the business. In an interview with Live Audio Wrestling, Psycho Sid Vicious confirmed that he wants to get back in the WWE ring. His actual words were:
"We have been talking for awhile now, and we are trying to get things worked out" - talking about being in talks with Vince McMahon.
It does seem like TNA also wanted to get Sid in th ring but it does seem like the company can not meet one of his demands, which is wrestling in front of 80 thousand people again. According to some fans, Sid is looking very good and he is also in a good health. Think about the fact that the WWE loves to have big men on the show so it might be that Psycho Sid Vicious will be brought back in the wrestling ring on SmackDown or Raw. A lot of people think that Sid and Nash are still two important wrestlers that have the need to be in the ring at the moment.

Bret Hart Appearing on Raw?

We all know about the problems Bret Hart had in the past with the WWE. This is why it does seem strange for me that Bret The Hitman Hart might appear on the 15th anniversary edition of WWE Raw. According to the Comcast Cable Preview, Bret Hart is listed as appearing on the show. Also, according to DirecTV and TV Guide, the anniversary Raw show will see wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austion, Undertaker, Bret Hart, the McMahon Family, Triple H and Hulk Hogan. There are also rumors that the Rock was supposed to appear on the show but he declined. As far as we know, WWE is trying to get everybody that has been a big superstar in WWE on the show. Too bad there are some wrestlers that have signed contracts with other wrestling federations like Kurt Angle or Diesel (Kevin Nash).