Mick Foley officially announced as Hall of Fame inductee:
After the news was prematurely leaked by the New York Post, WWE.com have confirmed that Mick Foley will lead the pack of this year’s WWE Hall of Famers.
“The beloved WWE Superstar who famously hitchhiked from upstate New York to MSG to watch his boyhood hero Jimmy Snuka battle Don Muraco in a Steel Cage Match is the first inductee announced for the Class of 2013.”
The Hardcore Legend responded to the announcement on Twitter, writing:
“Being inducted into the @WWE HOF, especially in The Garden, a place that has meant so much to me, will be an amazing honor and experience.”
Shortly before the announcement was made Foley spoke with Arda Ocal about who he’d like to induct him:
In other Foley news the upcoming “For All of Mankind” DVD will be released on 4/16.
WWE release Trent Baretta & Buggy Nova:
WWE have released NXT wrestlers Buggy Nova (Diva who worked as Skyler Moon) and former main roster star Trent Baretta. More releases are expected from now until Wrestlemania.
Nova who earned a lot of respect on the Californian Indy scene was highly touted when she came in to the company, but has been used sparingly after going through an eating disorder.
Baretta was sent back to developmental after his Dudebusters partner Caylen Croft was released and has not been given a break since. He wrote the following on Twitter:
“So fired right now. Just wanna say thanks to everyone. WWE, all the good brothers, and fans. Thanks.”
Baretta is already taking Indy bookings.
WWE issues fun facts ahead of Raw:
WWE.com issued the following facts about Raw ahead of Monday’s 20th anniversary…
Monday Night Raw made its cable television premiere on January 11, 1993 and is the longest running weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history by number of original episodes. Other scripted television shows that have celebrated significant milestones include: The Simpsons (24 seasons), Gunsmoke (20 seasons), Law & Order (20 seasons), Lassie (19 seasons), ER (15 seasons) and Bonanza (14 seasons)
When Raw debuted on January 11, 1993:
o A gallon of gas was $1.11, a dozen eggs was .87 cents, movie tickets were $4.14 and stamps were 29 cents
o The #1 movie in the U.S. was A Few Good Men
o The #1 song in the USA was I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
Monday Night Raw has aired 1,024 episodes and 2,089 broadcast hours
Raw has been viewed 4 billion times by people in the U.S. over the past 20 years
As the largest traveling cable television show, filming episodes 52 weeks a year, WWE has logged more than 700,000 miles in North America traveling to broadcast Monday Night Raw
In 2012, if a fan in a Toyota Corolla wanted to take a road trip to see every broadcast of Monday Night Raw in North America, he/she would cover approximately 46,763 miles and it would cost approximately $4,796.55 in fuel
Since 1993, WWE has served Superstars, Divas and crew at Raw approximately 169 tons of meat, 51 tons of potatoes, 8,000 cases of vegetables and 500,000 cookies
New York City (27) has hosted the most episodes of Monday Night Raw followed by Cleveland (18), Atlanta (17), Boston(17) and Chicago (17)
12 production trucks, 8 crew buses, 5 talent buses, 2 television trucks, 1 satellite truck and 1 generator truck are used each week to broadcast Monday Night Raw
To put on a show each week, the production utilizes 33,000 feet of cable, 79,872 individual bulbs in the HD set, 2,800 pieces of pyro, 12 cameras and 48 speakers
In the show’s 20-year history, 17 World Championship triumphs have taken place on Monday Night Raw with Stone Cold Steve Austin winning 3 titles and The Rock and Triple H winning twice.
December 11, 2013, WWE Superstars Results:
This week’s episode of WWE Superstars saw the following exclusive matches…
- The Miz def. Tensai with the Skull Crushing Finale.
- Brodus Clay & Zack Ryder def. The Primetime Players after O’Neil took a Rough Rider and Big Splash.