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On a recent tour with All Japan, wrestling icon Abdullah the Butcher teamed with Nobutaka Araya to face Seiya Sanada and Nobukazu Hirai in a prelim match. Butcher had trouble getting into the ring at age 70, and stayed on the floor and brawled.

Several WWE employees are out in California this week filming promotional material for January’s Royal Rumble PPV. WWE Senior Vice President John Laurenitis is on the set supervising. The commercial features several top WWE superstars fighting in a New York subway. The 2008 Royal Rumble takes place Sunday night January 27 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

As we’ve previously reported, WWE plans to run a storyline leading up to the Royal Rumble involving several of the stars from the hit TV show (and movie) “Jackass”. Royal Rumble is sponsored by the Jackass video game. Fans will be able to participate in the “Roll to the Royal Rumble Jackass Style Sweepstakes” – winner gets Rumble & round trip plane tickets, 1 night in a New York City hotel, a signed copy of the Jackass game and the chance to meet a WWE Diva.

According to the latest issue of the U.K.’s Powerslam magazine, Dawn Marie recently settled her case with WWE. Details were not disclosed. Dawn took legal action against the company after the company fired her while she was pregnant in July 2005. At the time, they promised her that she would keep her job.