Welcome to Hit or Miss?! We’ll be examining the week’s news bits and deeming them hits or misses. For instance, did a Diva develop some backstage heat? That’s a miss. What about a Knockout match receiving the highest ratings of the show? That’s a hit. I’ll rate each story by stars (out of 5) – more stars for a hit, less for a miss. Got it? Let’s dive in..
Story #1: Victoria to hang up her boots?
Victoria appeared to be teasing retirement in a recent MySpace blog, saying:
I have been doing my best to lay the Smackdown every Friday night. I hope everyone followed us to MyNetwork. Again, I am very thankful to have had a long and successful WWE career. Although between you and me, I think I have one more championship run left before I hang up the wrestling boots. What do you think?
Is she looking to retire soon? The sudden career reflection seems rather odd. (See the original post.)
Hit or Miss?: 1 1/2 star makes it a MISS. Victoria’s clearly near the end of her career, and I doubt she’ll be seeing a big push in her future. However, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to her just yet, so this news kind of disappoints me. Hopefully she wasn’t hinting at retiring just yet. She’s one of the WWE’s most talented Divas, and she certainly helps in bringing up the newer girls, even if that may make her a glorified jobber. Perhaps she should cut her losses before she tarnishes the legacy she’s built, but I don’t think that time for that has come.
Story #2: Kelly debunks Playboy rumor.
In another MySpace-created headline, Kelly Kelly claims that rumors of her posing for Playboy are false. She says:
ok so anyways here is the answer to the question people have been asking me..i finally have a chance to set the record straightâ€¦im not posing for playboy..nothing against playboy at all but i dont know who is posing for playboy but it wont be me. i just want to concentrate on wrestling right now.
Looks like the leading contender in the Playboy race has dropped out. So, who will grace the next cover? Let the guessing game commence! (See the original post.)
Hit or Miss?: 3 stars makes it a HIT. I think it’s smart of her to concentrate on wrestling. Posing for Playboy would give her a push, but we know from experience that those don’t last very long. It’d be to her advantage to try and gain as much respect as she can, and needless to say posing nude isn’t going to do that. Maybe Maryse will take the helm? That’s another girl who is developing well in the ring, but since she’s a heel, a Playboy push could be a little more different (and entertaining) than your standard babyface Playboy push.
Story #3: Kristal gives birth.
Former WWE Diva Kristal Marshall recently gave birth to a child with fellow WWE castoff Bobby Lashley details are scarce, but it’s nice to see a WWE couple that can stick together! (See the original post.)
Hit or Miss?: 4 stars makes it a HIT. Births are always happy occasions! Best wishes to the happy couple. I wasn’t even aware that the two of them were still together. Both of their WWE departures had a bit to do with one another, so it’s great to see them sticking together. Now, baby pictures please!
Story #4: Stacy covers ‘Maxim’.
Stacy Keibler has expanded her post-WWE celebrity by landing the cover of “Maxim” magazine. Much of her interview alludes to her WWE career, so it’s clear that her wrestling past isn’t completely behind her. (See the original post.)
Hit or Miss?: 3 stars makes it a HIT. Stacy looks amazing, and “Maxim” is a pretty big deal in the States. That alone makes this a hit. However, the fact that her interview had a lot of wrestling mentions in it makes me wonder how far her post-WWE career has really gone. I know she’s got the “Samurai Girl” thing going on, but other than that, she seems to just pop up at Hollywood events and pose for the cameras. Stacy, you’re more valuable than Paris Hilton – act like it!
Story #5: Melina captures Bret’s ‘hart’.
In a “not news but interesting nonetheless” piece, a fan at a recent book signing asked WWE legend Bret Hart who his current favorite wrestler was. In a surprise answer, he claimed Melina took top honors. (See the original post.)
Hit or Miss?: 3 stars makes it a HIT. Sure, it’s from a fan report, and it could be fabricated, but what’s would be the fan’s point making it up? The fact that Bret Hart appreciates the Divas is a great sign that their work is entertaining, legitimate, and worth notice. I’d say that’s good news for all of us Diva fans.
Story #6: Ex-Angle out of TNA?
TNA Knockout and soon-to-be ex-wife of Kurt Angle, Karen Angle, is rumored to be leaving TNA. The news isn’t the most shocking thing in the world, as it’s been rumored since her divorce from Kurt was announced. Mike Tenay mentioned on commentary during this past week’s Impact that she will be taking a break from TNA to concentrate on being a mother to her children. Sounds fishy, eh? (See the original post.)
Hit or Miss?: 1 & 1/2 stars makes it a MISS. As I mentioned above, it’s not the most shocking news bit, but her departure from TNA could solidify the end of her and Kurt’s marriage. I don’t think divorce nor a job release should be treated lightly – both suck. Hopefully it was based on her decision and is in her best interest!
So, what’d you think? Did you think a hit was a miss or vice-versa! Let us know!