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Damien Sandow dresses as Lance Stephenson, blows on Big Show (Video)

Damien Sandow PacersWWE “RAW” took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Monday night, so the organization decided to work some Indiana Pacers references into the show.

The real good one came when Damien Sandow put on a Lance Stephenson jersey and started taunting the Pacers in the ring. Sandow really played it off perfectly, because Big Show came out to challenge him, and he got right in Big Show’s face, even blowing on him like Lance did to LeBron.

This was Sandow getting into character backstage:

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Batista responds to haters of his blue outfit at Payback

Batista blue payback

Batista turned heads during Sunday’s WWE Payback show, and not in a good way.

Fans immediately noticed that Batista was wearing an all-blue outfit that made him something look like a Power Ranger or Megaman, for all you old school NES fans. In fact, an entire Twitter movement began where people were mocking Batista and calling him “Bluetista.”

Bluetista heard all the jokes and was not amused. Check out what he wrote on Monday:

Batista tweet

Come on, Batista, take it easy. You can’t wear outfits like that and not expect to hear crap for it! I mean he did look pretty good for a Bella Twin and all.

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Vince McMahon’s net worth, WWE stock plummet after new TV deal is announced

Vince McMahon power walkThe WWE made a major announcement on Thursday that appears to have cost the organization a ton of money, at least in the short term. The morning after WWE announced a new television deal with NBCUNiversal, WWE stock plummeted nearly 50%.

According to Forbes, investors are extremely disappointed with the new TV deal, which will allow Monday Night Raw to continue airing on USA Network while Friday Night Smackdown airs on NBC-owned Syfy Network. WWE chairman Vince McMahon insists the deal can only mean positive things for the company’s earnings, but Wall Street experts aren’t buying it.

“To all my little Hulkamaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong,” Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote on Friday morning while downgrading WWE’s rating from a buy to a hold and cutting its target price by nearly $10 per share. “The company’s valuation could take a heavy beating this morning, as the new domestic TV deal with NBCU likely disappointed investors over limited visibility and believability on the ultimate success of the network.”

The plummet of WWE stock has been so rapid in the past 24 hours that Forbes estimates McMahon has lost somewhere in the neighborhood of $344 million. While that number is constantly changing, that type of loss would cost McMahon his billionaire status for the time being.

Another concern for McMahon’s company has been the launch of WWE Network, which Forbes says will have to pick up a total of around $1.3 million global subscribers in order to offset the loss of WWE pay-per-view revenue. Thus far, there have been roughly 670,000 subscribers.

While we’re hardly financial experts, we feel we can safely speculate that McMahon and his people are not going to starve to death. We expect the WWE to bounce back.

Daniel Bryan blames tombstones from Kane on neck injury (Video)

Daniel Bryan WWEDaniel Bryan announced on Monday’s RAW that he needs neck surgery and will be undergoing the procedure on Thursday. The people’s champion and leader of the “YES!” movement told the crowd about the news and played himself against some of the heels, like Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane. He even blamed some tombstones from Kane last month on the neck injury, though that was likely just part of the storyline.

“Kane came out and he tombstoned me on the floor. He tombstoned me on the steel steps. He tombstoned me on the announcing table. Because of that, I was in a neck brace,” Bryan said while addressing the RAW crowd.

Bryan will likely be out 6-8 weeks at minimum. LBS wrestling insider Arsen D. believes Bryan just wore out from all the wrestling he’s done over the past years, including multiple two-a-days. He also believes Bryan’s flying headbutt played a role in the injury.

Bryan will be missed, but there is no doubt about whether he and the YES! movement will be back.

Diamond Dallas Page says Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts is almost cancer free

Jake the Snake yoga

Wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts was attempting to resurrect his career last year before he was diagnosed with a form of muscular cancer. The 58-year-old had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor just below his knee back in February, and it sounds like the procedure was a success.

TMZ caught up with Roberts’ close friend Diamond Dallas Page earlier this week, and he said Roberts is doing well and is nearly cancer free.

“They got the reports back,” DDP said. “The cancer, they’ve gotten most of it out. They think they need to go in and get a little bit more out of his leg but it’s not threatening anymore or life-threatening. He was really scared and so were we.”

Before Roberts was diagnosed with cancer, he had moved in with Page and managed to lose 70 pounds doing Page’s yoga workout. He described his recovery as a “resurrection” at the time.

“I don’t regret my mistakes,” Roberts told Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports. “Got to accept those. I’m not ashamed of my life any more. Thank God for forgiveness. I’ve got a lot of people I’ve got to come back to, but today, I’m not not hiding from it. I’m not thinking about running.”

Hopefully he can maintain that same attitude toward life in remission. We wish Roberts all the best.

Nancy Grace being blackballed by WWE over Ultimate Warrior coverage

Nancy GraceTV host Nancy Grace is being blackballed by the WWE over the way she covered The Ultimate Warrior’s death, according to a report.

TMZ says past and present WWE wrestlers are being warned not to appear on Grace’s HLN show after she had Diamond Dallas Page on her program last week and strongly insinuated Warrior’s death was rooted in steroid and drug abuse.

We reported on Grace’s coverage of Warrior’s death and pointed out that she had a scroll of wrestlers who had died young and included Owen Hart on the list, even though Hart’s death was a total fluke due to a complete malfunction during an event rather than steroids or drugs.

Grace’s coverage was enough to upset the company to the point that they don’t want anyone appearing on her program in the future.

The way the program covered the death was simply irresponsible and unprofessional.

Ultimate Warrior’s wife Dana writes heartfelt letter thanking fans, WWE

Ultimate Warrior HallDana A. Warrior, the wife of The Ultimate Warrior, wrote a heartfelt letter thanking wrestling fans and the WWE for their support in the wake of her husband’s death.

The Ultimate Warrior died at the age of 54 last week after suffering a massive heart attack. He left behind his wife and their two daughters.

In her letter, Dana explained how the fan and WWE support made a huge difference for her and her family during their difficult coping period.

Below are the contents of the letter via Jimmy Traina at Fox Sports:

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was ‘there’ for us. ‘There’ is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

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