In an interview with Slam Wrestling, actor Mickey Rourke reveals that he was not initially interested in playing the lead character in Darren Arnofsky's "The Wrestler." Rourke says a meeting with WWE Hall of Famer Greg "The Hammer" Valentine is what led him to follow up on the role. Rourke tells Slam Wrestling, "Greg "The Hammer" Valentine was this big, big guy in, maybe his early 60s, but he was still all tanned, and with all this long blonde hair," Rourke said. "He spoke about wrestling with such enthusiasm, and such pride." He also commented on the lack of benefits available for the performers. "Absolutely, these (promotions) should be looked into. There's no insurance, no pensions."
MyNetworkTV in New York City (WWOR - Channel 9) issued the following release today: My9's SmackDown Block Party - 1211 Avenue of Americas between 47th and 48th, New York City, NY from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Don't miss out on your chance to celebrate the launch of Friday Night SmackDown on My9 on Friday, October 3rd with your favorite SmackDown Superstars Jeff Hardy, Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins*, act out your favorite SmackDown entrance and take home a DVD of the experience, get exclusive SmackDown airbrushed tattoos, compete in SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 video games & more!!! SmackDown has a new home, new attitude. SmackDown premiers on Friday October 3rd only on My Network TV. Check your local listings or log on to www.mynetworktv.com to find your local station. * Limited space available, pick-up a wristband at the start of the event for a guaranteed Superstar photo or autograph.
According to TV listings, the Thursday, October 2 episode of Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed on myNetworkTV is scheduled to be a WWE-themed show. The show will feature WWE Divas. It is slated to air right after the WrestleMania highlight show at 9:00 p.m. - and directly against the first hour of an episode of TNA iMPACT!.
WWE.com has posted a new photo of ECW's infrequently seen backstage announcer Lena Yada.