-- WWE tapes tonight in Providence, Rhode Island for RAW. No matches have been announced as of this writing.
-- WWE tapes tomorrow night at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY for NXT and SmackDown!.
-- SportsBlog in the UK has an interview up with Sheamus, which you can read at blog.sport.co.uk
-- The following press release was sent out today. Sweet timing, huh?! Anyways, here is the presser: CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA? St. Charles, Illinois—January 31, 2011—Hot on the heels of an appearance on WWE's Royal Rumble 2011, fan favorite Booker T. has signed a deal to publish an autobiography detailing his tough road from rags to riches. Book publisher Medallion Press, Inc., set to release The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling by Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis with Andrew William Wright (March 2011), announced today that Booker T. Huffman—who has held 35 major titles within WWE, WCW, and TNA and is one of the most decorated champions in the history of professional wrestling—has decided it's time his story be told. Scheduled to release September 2012, Booker's raw and honest autobiography From Prison to Promise, also with Andrew William Wright, will detail Huffman's struggles with family and crime in urban Houston before becoming one of the world's most recognized and successful athletes. The youngest of eight children, Booker was born just outside Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 1, 1965. Booker's father passed away just 10 months later. His mother, knowing her children needed a better environment in which to be raised, packed everything up and moved to Houston, Texas. "My mother worked hard to provide for us, and I can say without question that although I may have had many wants, I never had any needs," said Huffman. "Sure, we might've been on food stamps, but I always had a warm coat, shoes on my feet, and food on the table." Then in 1978, when Booker was only 13 years old, his mother passed away at the age of 49, leaving the Huffman siblings to navigate life on their own. Without parental guidance, Booker's life spiraled out of control. Gang life eventually consumed him, and he was sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery on February 14, 1987. It was there, behind bars in Navasota, Texas, that Booker made himself a promise to rise above a life of crime and hopelessness to accomplish greater things, things he would have once thought impossible. And that's exactly what Huffman did. Now, for the first time, his inspiring true story will be released to the public for everyone to read and learn from. "I'm at that point in my life where I feel maybe someone else can benefit from hearing what I've been through," Booker said. "You know, whether their parents passed away at an early age, or they got into some serious trouble with the law, there's no doubt in my mind people will not only relate to what I went through, but maybe I can even help keep some of them from going down the same path." From anonymity to stardom, from rags to riches, this story will remind you that anything is possible when you choose to make a positive impact. From Prison to Promise by Booker T. Huffman with Andrew William Wright (Medallion Press, September 2012, Hardcover, ISBN 9781605424682, $24.95 U.S./$26.95 CAN) About Medallion Press, Inc.: Medallion Press, Inc. is a genre fiction and nonfiction publisher dedicated to creating the highest quality product, both inside and out. For more information, visit medallionpress.com.
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