Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about yesterday’s WWE releases and Jeanie Clark’s new book while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.
The First in a Long Line of WWE Releases?
Yesterday the news was announced that a total of eight performers left the WWE: Cameron, Zeb Colter, Santino Marella, Hornswoggle, Alex Riley, El Torito, Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow all being shown the door.
There was something inevitable about talents being let go. After all, we’ve seen am influx of superstars join the WWE roster in recent months. The likes of Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and now Eric Young have stepped into the company and that was always going to result in some casualties.
It’s difficult to imagine many WWE fans are too disappointed over the departure of some of these – Sandow perhaps being the exception – and it’s unlikely that these are the last talents to go their separate way from the company in the months to come.
The departure of Damien Sandow is disappointing. There is undoubtedly something there with him and he can make the sort of connection with the audience that would leave a lot of current talents very jealous. There has always appeared to be a great deal of hope amongst the fanbase that he would get something good. He certainly earned it. His stunt double stuff with The Miz was excellent and his partnership with Axelmania was good fun and an unfortunate casualty of last year’s Hulk Hogan affair. I’m sure Sandow will go on to maybe not bigger but certainly better things!
Another I’m slightly disappointed to see leave is Zeb Colter. It wasn’t long ago that he was on the receiving end of our ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment and I felt that he still had a role with the company. The recent partnership with Alberto Del Rio was terrible but Colter is a talented man when it comes to shaping a promo and I though that could lead to a role at NXT or the Performance Centre. It wasn’t to be, though.
Through Shattered Glass
Featuring an intro from Missy Hyatt and a forward from Kevin Von Erich, this is undoubtedly a star-studded affair. The story of WCW’s Lady Blossom, and the ex-wife of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Billy Jack Hayes was always going to be a top read. After all, it was Jeanie Clark that now famously inspired her then husband Steve Austin to come up with the Stone Cold moniker. The rest is very much history.
Her book tells the story of her life from managing ‘Gentleman’ Chris Adams through to her marriage with Steve Austin and the issues that led to the breakup and her dealing with personal demons.
Below is the synopsis of the book that is available now.
Jeanie’s book covers her entire life story, from her tough early life, to her breakout mainstream celebrity as a member of Joint Promotions (the national promotion of the UK scene in the 1970s and ’80s), where she managed the career of her then-boyfriend Chris Adams.
Her autobiography follows her relocation to the United States, where Jeanie became a mother. It reveals details of her modelling career and the end of her relationship with Chris, leading to the unique circumstances which led to her first marriage with Billy Jack Haynes.
Thereafter, Jeanie became a business entrepreneur, before being offered the role of a manager to an unknown rookie named ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin.
Their friendship bloomed into a romance, and they were married. However, with fame came the temptations of a touring performer, which slowly tore apart their family. Everyone knows the story of how the name ‘Stone Cold’ came to be, however, this account reveals, for the first time, the truth behind the Austin 3:16 brand. It analyses the painful torment on both sides as their marriage dissolved.
The story culminates in her private war with addiction, a problem that claimed the lives of so many of her friends and colleagues within the wrestling and mainstream entertainment industries. It is an inspirational battle of which Jeanie still faces the consequences.
She now hopes to share her battle to help others facing the same horror.
Tragically, her powerful story has been made more relevant in light of recent events.
Her autobiography, Through the Shattered Glass, will be available worldwide on Wednesday 4th May, from Amazon, Kindle and several major outlets. Similarly, personalized and autographed copies will be available for purchase at the same retail price of $24.99 (£16.99 UK) through orders made directly by emailing: throughtheshatteredglass (at) hotmail.com.
Cody Runnels new tattoo to honor his late father…The American Dream Dusty Rhodes…
When I say Ruce…y’all say O! Russo!
Or Russo Crazy!
Congratulations to Booker T on his new business venture. It is nice to see a former pro wrestler do well outside the ring.
Oh that Dixie Carter….
TNA just can’t catch a break….not even on Twitter.
I love this…
A very cool snippet of a match between a young Dusty Rhodes versus a young Andre the Giant in Japan. Take a look at how an agile Rhodes does a flying head scissors.
A classic beer commercial featuring WWF talent……
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we shared our predictions for Payback; on Monday we had Pt. 70 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; in a new series titled ‘Alternative Wrestling History‘ we ponder what would have happened had Sting been the third member of the nWo; Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment on Thursday and then we rounded off the week with ‘The Way We Was‘ looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.
Next Week on the Blog
In tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon we look at the McMahon McMahon-Helmsley era, review the WWE DVD set on the US Championship, have the next instalment of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ and much more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.