Archive for June, 2009

Gina Carano Doesn’t Exist in the East Bay Express

Published June 25th, 2009, Uncategorized

Last week the East Bay Express, based in Berkeley, California, ran a cover story on female mixed martial arts in the area. You can read it at http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/tigers__but_ladies_too/Content?oid=1013324. Focusing on a particular local trainer, it was an OK-enough article, except for this glaring statement: “But will there be a place for these fighters to compete? […]

Muchnick / Bret Hart CNN Exchange Popular at YouTube

Published June 24th, 2009, Uncategorized

The clip from the June 29, 2007, edition of CNN’s Nancy Grace, with an exchange between author Irvin Muchnick and retired wrestler Bret Hart about the role of steroids in the Chris Benoit double murder/suicide, is the first clip on the new WrestlingBabylon channel at YouTube to surpass 1,000 views. The  channel is at http://youtube.com/WrestlingBabylon. […]

Historical Footnote on Wrestler Brian Blair

Published June 22nd, 2009, Uncategorized

Brian Blair, a retired wrestler who most recently was an elected commissioner of Hillsborough County, Florida, has been arrested and jailed in Tampa on charges that he punched his two sons and put the older son, who is 17, in a chokehold. See http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article1012183.ece#. At the 1991 federal trial of Dr. George Zahorian — the […]

Donald Trump, WWE, And the SEC

Published June 21st, 2009, Uncategorized

In a Friday piece headlined “GE and WWE in Violation of Securities Law?”, http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/media/ge-wwe-violation-securities-law, Kathryn Glass of Fox News wondered about the storyline “sale” of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Raw brand to Donald Trump. Trump’s involvement is a ratings stunt for the USA cable network show Monday Night Raw. (USA is owned by GE. Raw is […]

‘No WWE in Benoit Wrongful-Death Suit’ (full text from SLAM! Wrestling)

Published June 17th, 2009, Uncategorized

[originally published on June 12 at SLAM! Wrestling under the headline “No WWE in Benoit wrongful-death suit — only Dr. Astin and “Distributors X, Y, Z,” http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Benoit/2009/06/12/9772341.html By Irvin Muchnick On Wednesday the family of Chris Benoit’s wife Nancy brought down the civil litigation hammer, filing a wrongful-death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Newnan, […]