The Rock is now being advertised for the 20th anniversary of Monday Night Raw, which takes place in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14. ‘The People’s Champion’ is also scheduled to appear at this coming week’s Raw (in Tampa, Florida) and Smackdown (in Miami, Florida).
Zack Ryder had the following to say via his Twitter page on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day:
No reason for me to watch the ball drop tonight…I lived through the ball being dropped with me all year.
2013 IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR!!! Jk
Kurt Angle’s fourth child was born on New Year’s Eve as he posted the following on Twitter:
18 Hours At the Hospital. Sophia Laine Angle Was Born. 7lbs12oz. 20inches. I'm a Proud Daddy if 4 beautiful Kids. Blessed
Tommy Dreamer has posted a new blog. Here is some of what Dreamer had to say regarding another ‘House of Hardcore’ show:
It is WrestleMania weekend, our industry’s Super Bowl. I understand why promoters try to piggyback on the large number of wrestling fans converging in one area in order to get the ’Mania runoff. I even wish WWE would have a fan access event in which it showcases smaller, independent promotions. WWE could offer it at a much cheaper rate, that way keeping it independent of WrestleMania, yet still available to the masses. I can hope and dream, right? I mean, it is my last name after all.
I obviously have a soft spot for indy promotions and want every show to sell out, but I can’t throw my House of Hardcore hat into play. The good news, however, is that I do have two dates set aside for HOH 2 and HOH 3, but we will have to see when the time is right to announce the shows.
I’ve also decided to share some behind-the-scenes happenings that I discovered as a promoter and a fan that were very shocking to me.
To run a wrestling event, you need advertising, which costs money. I ran commercials during Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, as well on radio. In all, promoting the show cost me roughly $5,000. I also had to choose whether to do an Internet pay-per-view (IPPV) or showcase the show on DVD, or both. I chose to do just a DVD, which was made available a month after the show. The IPPV costs about $1,500, while my DVD post-production costs were about $1,000. You can see how the costs climbed long before even one ticket was sold.
You can view the entire entry at http://www.thewhig.com/2012/12/27/house-of-hardcore-2-a-matter-of-when-not-if.