Kevin Kelly Headed To ROH?, Lots Of Backstage ROH & Various News Inside
By Ryan Clark | February 11, 2010
-- Todd Bridges, (Diff'rent Strokes, Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling) is releasing a autobiography next month called Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted, here is the promotional material…The former child star—best known as Willis Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes—shares the shocking but inspirational details of his struggles with addiction, brushes with the law, and fierce fight to carve a path through the darkness and find his true identity. For Todd Bridges early stardom was no protection from painful childhood events that paved the road to his own personal hell. One of the first African-American child actors on shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Roots, Bridges burst to the national forefront on the hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes as the subject of the popular catchphrase, "What'chu Talkin About Willis?" When the show ended, Bridges was overwhelmed by the off-camera traumas he had faced. Turning to drugs as an escape, he soon lost control. Now, for the first time, Bridges opens up about his life before and after Diff'rent Strokes: the incredible reversals of fortune brought on by fame and the precipitous—and very public—descent that followed; the persecution from police; the drug addiction that nearly consumed him; the criminal charges that almost earned him a life sentence; and his successful legal defense led by Johnnie Cochran. Through it all, Bridges never relented in his quest to fight his way back from the abyss, establish his own identity—separate from Willis Jackson—and offer his ordeal as a positive example for those struggling to overcome similar challenges. His triumphant story of recovery and redemption is recounted here as well. Todd Bridges has lived a life of remarkable twists and turns—from the greatest heights to the lowest lows imaginable. In this shocking but ultimately hopeful memoir, he proves that what he was really talking about was survival.
-- ROH has an open letter from Colt Cabana to Kevin Steen on their website, which you can read at ROHWrestling.com.
-- There is hope within the company that today's announcement of a TV deal with TVDahlia in Italy will be the first of a series of these sorts of announcements. The international TV market is a stream of revenue that the company has been trying to break into.
-- Former WWE announcer Kevin Kelly has been visiting at the last few sets of ROH TV tapings. There are rumors that he may be coming to work for the company, but some ROH sources recently denied that.
-- The company's next major event is on April 3rd in Charlotte, NC, which will be the company's next online PPV.
-- ROH booker Adam Pearce wrestled Phill Shatter at the NWA: New Beginnings event on Sunday in Charlotte, NC.
-- ROH has plans to run some new markets in the future.
-- WWE will be holding two Smackdown shows on May 16th. They are:
* Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada at 1PM: Tickets go on sale on March 6th at 9AM.
* Harbour Station in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada at 7PM: Tickets go on sale on March 6th at 10AM.