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There is just SO MUCH hard hitting news that we shouldn't waste any time.
Say, are you a fan of the Tough Enough? Me too.
TOUGH ENOUGH 3
Credit to Wade Keller and the infamous Pro Wrestling Torch.
NEWS FROM WORLD WRESTLING
- About 3 weeks into the taping of TE3, one of the contestants (Lisa) had
what her doctors later called a "psychotic breakdown". She was left alone
at the house while the rest of the cast went out to party, and she literally
began bouncing off the walls and even got her way into the MTV control
Then she made it up onto the roof of the house and threatened to jump. MTV
called Big and said he needed to come back, and he and others were able to
talk her down. She got put in the hospital for a few days and was
straight-jacketed during part of her stay in order to protect her from
When she was released her parents had to fly in to pick her up, but she
attacked her parents at the airport and claimed she didn't know who they
were. She ended up running through the airport, breaking the window of a
rental car, and causing an entire wing of LAX to be shut down until she was
found. She was put back in the hospital, but she checked herself out after
doctors said she wasn't a danger to anyone.
Then she called Tough Enough to say she was "okay now" and ready to come
back, but shockingly she had been removed from the show. She didn't seem to
understand why she wouldn't be taken back.
MTV and WWE decided that they weren't going to cover the situation. They
didn't want to scare the rest of the cast by telling them what had happened,
and they wanted to make sure Lisa's privacy was protected since she's
clearly insane in the membrane. Since the rest of the cast was away from
the house when she went crazy, they were just told that she'd decided the
show "wasn't for her" and had left.
But wanting to protect her privacy became impossible. Since leaving the
show she's made many attempts... most of them successful... at passing
herself off as a TE contestant or an assistant to Al or Big. A few weeks
ago she went to OVW's training center and talked her way into working out
with other students, saying said she'd been sent there by Al and Big for
Then after WWE's recent shows in California they had to start telling
wrestlers and security about the situation and warn them not to associate
with this girl. She'd been seen hanging out with some wrestlers, having
convinced them that she was part of Tough Enough. She got backstage at the
show in San Jose and helped the guys doing pyro for ring entrances. One
source says a story is going around that she even had a conversation with
Vince, who didn't think anything about it because she presents herself so
well. Her picture has now been passed out to security.
Lisa apparently had no history of mental illness. The TE3 contestants went
through a much more thorough evaluation process than the first two seasons,
perhaps due to Hawk breaking down last time. Doctors told MTV and WWE that
it's not uncommon for a girl in her 20's under great stress to suffer such a
breakdown. She didn't show any warning signs of being at risk for this
behavior. Some of the other contestants thought she was "odd", but nothing
that caused any concern. She had been doing okay in the training sessions
up to that point.
MTV has no plans to air the footage or draw any attention to what happened.
She probably won't be heavily featured in the footage of the early
- Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Tommy Dreamer, Chris Benoit, Lance Storm, and
Rey Mysterio are among the wrestlers who visit the cast this season.
- One contestant bluffed her way onto the show, saying she'd dreamed of
being a WWF superstar all her life, but later admitted that wasn't the case
and that seemingly she'd just lied to get on TV. This led to Big really
losing his temper for the first time, upset that the girl ended up costing
someone else a chance at their actual dream.
- The house they lived in is in the mountains overlooking Kelsey Grammar's
house. You might recall how he booted them out of "his" neighborhood early
in the filming. People say the house is by far the nicest house in the
history of MTV reality shows.
- About 200 indy wrestlers sent in tapes. No word on if any made the final
13, but at least one made the final 25. About 6000 total tapes were
- There is apparently "a jaw-dropping shocker" at the end of the
- The winners haven't been picked yet, as always. This year viewers will
get to vote on-line who they think should win, although the trainers will
still make the decision. But the votes could help them see who the fans are
- JR seemed to be right on the money when he described that the male
contestants were better than the females this year. People say the
finalists this season include some potential stars. Aside from the training
and regular workouts in the mountains, this season the cast also took drama
classes to help with interviews and character development.
- Hugh Morrus is getting rave reviews as a trainer. He's even harder than
Tazz or Bob Holly, but he's also apparently a really good teacher. Ivory
was also back again.
- The contestants are said to be interesting people, but without the baggage
that previous "interesting" people have had. Except for Lisa, I
- Al Snow chipped a tooth during their trip to Iceland. Al asked for
several weeks off from WWE after the tapings ended so he could relax a bit
and tend to some business at home.
MORE NEWS FROM WORLD WRESTLING
- Bob Holly will have to take time off. The injury he got when Brock
dropped him on his head has gotten worse. Bob was briefly knocked out after
the botched powerbomb, but he signaled to the ref that he could continue.
Since then he's shown signs of post-concussion syndrome, as well as other
head and neck pain, and possible neurological problems. One colleague said
"He just hasn't looked like himself lately. But Bob is the type to ignore
pain and work through an injury as long as he can."
The Brock/Bob match has been the subject of heavy locker room talk, since it
didn't seem that Bob being dropped on his head was an accident. Brock
seemed to "give up" on lifting Bob, or Bob seemed to be "sandbagging" Brock
during the move to make it harder for Brock to lift him. Either way, it
ended up bad for Bob. Holly is known as a "go-to" guy for management to
initiate a new wrestler off the record... check his threshold for pain, see
how he'll react to working stiff, that sort of thing. Bob will lay the
chops in stiff, but he knows not to cross the line and he never tries to
Bob has denied that he was trying to make Brock look bad, but other
wrestlers watching it thought Bob was trying to teach Brock the lesson that
without his opponents helping Brock wouldn't look nearly as good. There
doesn't seem to be a feeling that Brock hurt Bob intentionally, but that he
likely dropped Bob out of confusion and not knowing how to react when he
couldn't lift him.
- Some mid and lower card guys think HHH and Taker have too much "stroke",
as they say. Some have a running joke of counting how many TV segments each
guy has. They don't like the rumors of Hunter having people's pushes killed
if they get too hot, and there's still heat on both guys for the pep talk
business a while back.
Taker's status as "locker room leader" has taken a big hit over the past
year, with the final straw for many being how Taker reacted to the
Unforgiven finish. Sources say when presented with the initial finish of
taking a cheap pin from Brock, Taker simply said "I'm not feeling it" and
that's about all it took for it to get changed.
Vince trusts Taker and feels loyalty to him for never jumping to WCW. What
Vince may not know, however, is that sources say Undertaker did contact WCW
shortly after Hall and Nash gave notice to see what kind of offer they'd
make him. Negotiations never got serious because Bischoff didn't know what
to do with Mark Calloway without the Undertaker gimmick. Nevertheless,
Taker continues getting his way.
- For a while WWE.com had a picture of Jackie with her booby popped out,
from when she was dancing while Union Underground played.
- OVW observers say nobody there is really good enough to make a major
impact on WWE. Doug Basham is considered the best of the bunch, but his
look and his size won't turn him into anything special. Rene Dupre looks
like the most likely prime time playa of the future, but he's only 18 and
thus a long-term project.
- Jeff Hardy was six hours late to Unforgiven.
- Rosey and Jamal have quickly gotten a reputation for not protecting
opponents, going back to the stiff kick Loony Lane took. In the development
circles Jamal earned himself a rep for being immature and not having much
passion for the business, but Rosey has gotten good reviews.
Big ups to Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer!
NEWS FROM NWA TOTAL NONSTOP
- There was some feeling that the Taker/Brock finish was received so poorly
because the guys weren't going at it aggressively when the bell rang. They
were supposed to but both guys were tired and the ref just called for the
- Several companies in Japan are interested in Mike Awesome now that he's
been released. Johnny Ace is trying to find Shawn Stasiak work there, as
- Johnny Ace went to bat to get Terry Taylor his tryout as an agent. No
decision has been reached as to what will happen with him. Vince yelled at
Terry for his part in working with the Chavo/Rikishi match where the camera
was used, as Vince wants the wrestlers to go back to using holds and working
over a body part.
- After Unforgiven but before Smackdown there was a meeting about the No
Mercy main event and Paul Heyman suggested that Benoit challenge Lesnar,
even though Undertaker's issue wasn't finished. Terry Taylor suggested the
Hell in a Cell.
- Vince has been stressing to agents and writers that he wants new ideas and
doesn't want them rehashing old storylines.
- Little Guido of ECW fame got dark match tryouts at the TV tapings.
COMPLAINT OF THE
- Correction: Two weeks ago the Torch erroneously reported that TNA would
have to wait another 3 months to get out of their deal with In Demand.
Actually, they have a window at the end of every month to end the deal. But
allowing their 3 month window at the end of September to pass means that
InDemand has them scheduled through December, and if they opt out before the
next 3 month roll-over... meaning while they're still scheduled for shows...
then they'll take much higher financial penalties.
- Phase Three, who designed the logos for Jarrett Sports Entertainment and
TNA, sued JSE and InDemand and DirecTV. The suit says they were never paid
for their services. Sources say the Jarretts are claiming that Jay Hassman
set up the deal with Phase Three without authorization. Phase Three used to
do similar work for WCW.
- The Jarretts declined to protest the motion to move the Hassman suit into
federal court, so that's where it's heading.
- Cable industry sources estimate the buyrates are still between 20,000 and
- TNA sources "whisper" that Road Dogg's story about getting in a car
accident was just a way to get out of working indy shows without getting
himself a "no show" reputation. He's apparently used the same excuse in the
So I buy this Law & Order game for the PC, right. And I install it and I'm
waiting for it to start up and I'm trying to decide if I want to pretend to
be Logan or pretend to be Curtis... and after the intro movie and
everything, I get nothing but a black screen! There's sound and I can move
the mouse around, but I can't see anything.
So after checking around at the game's official site, I found some message
board tips to help me out. Apparently I needed a Sun Java program and my
DirectX was only 8.0, instead of the required 8.1. Now things are running
smoothly, although I haven't actually started playing yet. But apparently
lots of people are having trouble, which makes one wonder why they put it
out so quick.
ALSO what is up with Amazon cancelling my order for the Bobby Heenan
autobiography? After 3 weeks they say "sorry we can't get it from our
distributors" and they shut me down! What is up with that? They can most
certainly kiss my butt.
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