Last Friday, former WWE Superstar Brian Knobbs called into the Tampa-based Cowhead Show on rock station 102.5 The Bone and said "Vince McMahon" sent a "cease and desist" letter to Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling. This probably has to do with the story reported earlier today on WWE ordering Ed Leslie to stop using the Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake name in his role as a coach on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which airs on CMT. Knobbs also talked about receiving a phone call from John Laurinaitis (WWE Senior Vice President of Talent Relations) warning them to not go anywhere near WWE's talent.
As we've been reporting, lawyers of World Wrestling Entertainment have sent a cease and desist order to former superstar Ed Leslie, better known as Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. WWE is demanding Leslie stop using the "Barber" name they claim to own on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling (CCW) television series. CCW Executive Producer Eric Bischoff has posted a blog addressing the situation, which can be read in its entirety at EricBischoff.com Bischoff claims that Vince McMahon is angry and thinks the show "exposes" the business. "I won't go in to the legal aspects of the case, but suffice to say that we received a letter from Vince McMahon's lawyer in early November and responded accordingly". They continue to use the Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake name each week on the show. "Prior to receiving the letter, I got a call from Brian Knobs who informed me that Vince's surrogate, Johnny Ace, called Brian, who hasn't worked for WWE in a decade, and threatened him not to go near any WWE talent or events as no one who is associated with CCW will ever work for WWE again. Then I found out that Jimmy Hart, one of the hardest working and loyal people I have ever met, was told he was no longer going to be used for WWE promotions because of his associations with CCW, even though he asked for and received permission to do our show!"
The ice storm I had talked about up here in Albany, NY on Tuesday now looks more like a rain storm so we should be good to go. We'll broadcast WZR Radio LIVE from inside the Times Union Center, site of a double SmackDown! taping.
Jim Ross offered his comments regarding an actual WWE Hall of Fame building in the latest blog post in Jeff Wilen's JAWBreaker. Ross said, "I've heard nothing. I'm assuming that the WWE has bigger fish to fry these days than investing in a new entity such as a HOF. I do think it will happen but when is another question."
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