From PWInsider.com via 411mania.com
FREEBIRD SUSPENSION UPDATE:
The reason for the suspension of "Smackdown" head writer Michael Hayes is because Hayes apparently made an explicitly insulting comment towards Mark Henry during WrestleMania week in Florida. WWE tried to keep the suspension quiet by telling people Hayes was away on vacation, but word spread within the company over the weekend about his punishment. No word on if the insult was racial in nature.
"ONE NIGHT STAND" POSTER:
The poster for "WWE One Night Stand" on 6/1 features Kane wearing a blacksmith's apron while holding a hot WWE branding iron. The caption reads "One Night Stand - The One Night A Year When WWE Goes Extreme."
HD AFFECTS ON RAW RATINGS:
WWE RAW ratings have taken a slight hit due to DVRs... sort of. RAW's two hours last week were two of the top five most shifted shows on cable. If adding in DVR viewers last week, RAW's hour one rating would have increased 7.3% while hour two would have increased 8.6%.
MARTY GARNER??? :
Marty Garner, the wrestler who lost to Vladimir Kozlov at the "Smackdown" taping, is also known as "Cham Pain". He got his start in OMEGA, famous for introducing the world to the Hardys, Gregory Helms and Shannon Moore.
"SMACKDOWN" DARK MATCHES:
In dark matches for the "Smackdown/ECW" show, Funaki defeated a local indy wrestler... then Chuck Palumbo came out and defeated Funaki.
JOEY STYLES INTERVIEWS SUPERSTARS:
Joey Styles interviews Chris Jericho, Matt Hardy, MVP, Michelle McCool, and Beth Phoenix about "Backlash" this coming Sunday.
TOMMY DREAMER TALKS JOEY'S "STYLE":
I was shocked to hear that Joey Styles was not going to be announcing for ECW and moving on to WWE.com. Joey has called some of my favorite matches. I never had to talk to Joey before a match, because he always knew my heart and passion for this business. What I do in the ring, Joey does on the microphone. Joey cares about the wrestling business. He cares what our audience feels about and has been living his dream for many years. As a business decision, it was a great call made by the higher-ups. Joey was a force behind ECW in its inception when the Internet began. I am sure that WWE.com will get even better with Joey on board.
Read the rest at the following link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/superstars/tommydreamer/originalthought/origthought042308