-- Jim Ross, a play-by-play commentator for WWE since 1993, has been removed from the company website's SmackDown! roster page. While his talent contract with WWE has expired, he remains employed to the organization in a talent relations capacity. "My WWE 'talent contract' has ended after a 17+ year run with the company," Ross wrote in a recent blog. "Obviously, I would have liked to have had the ability to do a 'farewell broadcast' but that opportunity never occurred."
-- Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer brought their new tag team to Thursday night's episode of WWE Superstars, defeating two local wrestlers. Archer and Hawkins cut a promo after the match and put each other over. Hawkins said that WWE has given them thirty day contracts to make an 'impact'. They will be representing the SmackDown! brand.
-- The following press release was sent out today for the Legends of Rock N' Wrestling Tour…
Announcing The Legends of Rock N' Wrestling Tour
Every week, millions of adoring fans worldwide, followed their every move on TV. Household names, their music has been heard on millions of Albums, DVDs and Videotapes. Now for the first time ever they are uniting for a unique entertainment event … The Legends of Rock & Wrestling are coming to a venue near you soon.
"The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart: The WWE Hall of Fame manager who guided the careers of the biggest names in the sport got his start in the 60s as a member of The Gentrys whose successful hits included the million selling record "Keep on Dancin" and "Cinnamon Girl". Hart composed many of history's most famous wrestling theme tunes including those for The Honky Tonk Man, Jimmy Snuka, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, The Rockers, The Hart Foundation, Crush, The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, Dusty Rhodes, The Legion of Doom, The Nasty Boys, The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, The Mountie, Hulk Hogan, The nWo Wolfpac, 3 Count and of course the song that is frequently cited as the most popular ever -- Shawn Michaels' "Sexy Boy." His single hits include "Crank It Up" and "Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield."
Honky Tonk Man: Born to rock and roll, The Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All Time is also an accomplished musician and singer whose hits include: "Cool, Cocky, Bad", "Hunka Hunka Honky Love" and "Honky Tonk Baby".
Koko B. Ware: One of the most flamboyant and groundbreaking wrestlers of all time, and usually accompanied by Frankie his parrot; Koko rocked the crowd every time with his live performances on the way to the ring. His biggest hits include "Piledriver" and the catchy "Bird Bird Bird".
Hillbilly Jim: Beloved by wrestling fans of all ages, nobody has a more enduring relationship with them than Hillbilly Jim. When his wrestling career came to an end, Hillbilly became the WWE's first goodwill ambassador and in this role he continued to embrace the fans and they him. His biggest hits include "Waking Up Alone" and "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy".
You've seen them in action, now hear them in person as they tear down the roof with their show featuring all of their greatest hits and many of the tunes they have been involved with. They will make you laugh and cry with 1000s of anecdotes from their years on the road. These are the guys that REALLY put the ROCK in WRESTLING, performing and composing their own songs, as opposed to relying on established Rock Anthems or session singers to get them over. Be there and experience The Legends of Rock & Wrestling LIVE … it will be night that you will never forget ... guaranteed! For more details, visit honkytonkman.net
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