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Hulk Hogan Addresses Wrestlers Who Haven’t Accepted His Apology

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Since being reinstated back into the WWE Hall Of Fame and issuing an apology to the company’s locker room backstage at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh prior to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on July 15th, there have still been a number of wrestling personalities, including those under contract to WWE who have not entirely forgiven Hulk Hogan for his racist remarks that got him in hot water back in 2015.

Notably, the members of The New Day (find that here) and Titus O’Neil (read his comments here) addressed the situation stating that they do not fully forgive Hogan for his remarks. Meanwhile, WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry spoke on Hulk’s return (check that out here), having the opposite feeling of his WWE cohorts.

While appearing on an episode of Bill Apter’s new The Apter Chat Podcast, Hogan discussed his thoughts on those that are not forgiving him after his apology:

“A lot of people accepted my apology and a lot of people heard what they wanted to hear and a lot of the narrative that came out of the meeting was on point. A lot of the narrative was really different. I was surprised to hear some people interpreted what I said that I was just sorry I got caught on camera or whatever they interpreted, but I never said that.

I just hope the brotherhood can get back to the way it was. Outside the ring, you’re supposed to protect your brother. In this case, it’s a situation where 75, 80, 90 percent of the wrestlers are protecting me and they’re giving me another chance to move forward. There’s just a few wrestlers that kinda like, don’t understand the bond and the brotherhood of wrestling. If someone makes a mistake, you need to forgive them and move on and try to let them prove themselves.”

For those that would like to listen to the full episode, you can do so here.

 

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NJPW News: Results From This Weekend’s Lion’s Break Project 1 (11/10 & 11/11)

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With some of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s roster finishing things up with Ring Of Honor’s Global Wars Tour this weekend, some of the promotion’s other top stars took part in the weekend’s Lion’s Break Project 1 shows in Anaheim, California.

While Saturday and Sunday’s events were a chance for some of the young stars of NJPW to shine, matches also featured familiar faces such as Hirooki Goto, ACH, Jyushin Thunder Liger and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega. Below are the results from both nights of action, with the roster all coming back together for the World Tag League beginning on November 17th:

November 10th

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin ended in a Time Limit Draw
  • Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Rocky Romero
  • David Finlay defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger
  • Hirooki Goto defeated ACH

November 11th

  • ACH defeated Karl Fredericks
  • Jyushin Thunder Liger defeated Clark Connors
  • Jeff Cobb & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Rocky Romero & Hirooki Goto
  • IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defeated David Finlay

Results c/o NJPW1972

 

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WWE News: How Much Money Did WrestleMania 34 Bring Into New Orleans?

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WrestleMania New Orleans

As we approach WWE’s Survivor Series on Sunday, that means we’re inching ever closer to the end of 2018 and the company kicking off the road to WrestleMania 35 as the calendar turns to 2019.

The 2019 ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ is set for MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will certainly bring an economic impact to the New York/New Jersey area. How much of one? Today, WWE issued the following to reveal what WrestleMania 34 brought into New Orleans, Louisiana this past April, boasting $175 million in impact to the city:

WRESTLEMANIA® GENERATES $175 MILLION FOR NEW ORLEANS

 STAMFORD, Conn., November 12, 2018 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today that WrestleMania 34 generated $175 million in economic impact for the greater New Orleans region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks a significant increase from the $142 million generated for WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans and the seventh consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event.  WrestleMania 34 also generated approximately $23.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

“Yet again, WWE delivered on its promise to offer a spectacular event in New Orleans and a boost to the local economy,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.  “I would like to thank the WWE fans from around the world that descended on New Orleans for WrestleMania Week.  We hope they enjoyed their visit, and more importantly, we hope to bring WrestleMania back to New Orleans in the future.”

“We were thrilled to have been a cornerstone event as part of the city’s Tricentennial Celebration, and that WrestleMania’s triumphant return to New Orleans once again generated an incredible economic windfall for the city,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events.  “The success of our weeklong celebration would not have been possible without the tireless support of the State of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans and all of the public and private sector partners throughout the region. We now turn our attention to New York and New Jersey for what will be a historic WrestleMania Week celebration.”

A record crowd of 78,133 fans from all 50 states and 67 countries attended WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza this past April, making it the highest-grossing entertainment event in the history of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Key highlights from the study include:

  • $175 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to New Orleans for WrestleMania 34.
  • 77% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the New Orleans region and stayed an average of 3.9 nights.
  • $22 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within New Orleans.
  • The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,583 full-time jobs for the area.
  • $9.9 million was spent by visitors to New Orleans at area restaurants.

Next year, WrestleMania 35 will take place Sunday, April 7 live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.  Tickets will be available this Friday, November 16 at 10 AM ET through Ticketmaster.  The event will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.

About Enigma Research Corporation

Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting firm which specializes in measuring the economic impact of special events. Enigma’s economists developed a customized model which converted expenditures into economic impact, employment supported and taxes generated as a result of the event.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/

 

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WWE News: SmackDown Live Event Results From Glasgow, Scotland (11/11/18)

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As the WWE hits its final episodes of Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live prior to Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, yesterday saw the conclusion of its recent European Tour before heading back to the United States today.

The SmackDown Live roster finished up things yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland with a Live Event that was very similar to other weekend shows in London and Brighton, England. WWE Champion AJ Styles faced two challengers in a Triple Threat main event, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the United States Title against Jeff Hardy, plus The New Day went after the SmackDown Tag Team Championships in a Triple Threat match-up with The Bar and The Usos. Below are the results:

  • United States Title: Shinsuke Nakamura retained over Jeff Hardy
  • SAnitY vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson ended in a Double DQ
  • Asuka & Naomi defeated Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
  • Wolfgang defeated Kenny Williams
  • SmackDown Tag Title Triple Threat: The Bar retained over The New Day & The Usos
  • Rusev & Lana defeated Carmella & R-Truth
  • Shelton Benjamin defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
  • SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch retained over Charlotte Flair
  • WWE Title Triple Threat: AJ Styles retained over Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe

Results c/o WrestleYard

 

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