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Feb 27, 2013 - 12:00:58 AM
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-- WWE wrestler Wade Barrett attended Tuesday night's red-carpet premiere of WWE Studios's "Dead Man Down," which is slated for theatrical release on March 8, at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles. Sheamus will get a kick out of Barrett positioned as a background player during a photo-op spotlighting Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, and Terrence Howard.
-- Terrence Howard appeared on Tuesday night's edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote Dead Man Down. Howard, wearing the same outfit that he wore to the red-carpet premiere, mainly talked about working with Farrell. It was part of a separate, non-WWE marketing push to make the movie acceptable for mainstream audiences by making it seem like WWE has nothing to do with the movie.
-- There is a new episode of former WWE Creative writer Court Bauer's MLW Radio. In this episode, WWE part-time star Chris Jericho re-unites with Konnan to talk about the transition from Vince McMahon to Triple H as a boss, who represented WWE in setting up Jericho’s current deal, and Jericho shares stories from their early years in Mexico. [ Part 1 of their conversation can be found by searching "MLW Radio" on iTunes or here at MLW.com - http://traffic.libsyn.com/mlwradio/63JERICHO.mp3 ]
-- E! covered Donald Trump's 2013 WWE Hall of Fame induction. E! printed a tweet from Trump noting that he was not aware of the induction until it was announced. "Wow, I was just informed that I'm being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame-- a great honor -- 4/6/13 at MSG," Trump tweeted Monday. [ E! Coverage here at EOnline.com ]
-- There is an interesting twist on the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics. According to multiple mainstream reports, including ESPN, the head of Istanbul, Turkey's bid for the 2020 Games has made it clear that "if we are awarded the games, Turkey wants to have wrestling events in Istanbul." Istanbul is one of three finalists along with Madrid, Spain and Tokyo, Japan. The voting occurs in September. [ Report here at ESPN.com ]
-- Les Thatcher has been announced as an award recipient at the annual Mid-Atlantic Memories (formerly NWA Legends Fanfest) gathering August 1-4 in Charlotte, N.C. Thatcher will be receiving the 2013 Hall of Heroes honor. [ Event details here at MidAtlanticLegends.com ]
-- "Smashing Pumpkins" lead singer Billy Corgan was interviewed by Spinner.com about his involvement in pro wrestling through Resistance Pro Wrestling and playing a "heel" in public because he feels underappreciated as a musician. [ Q&A here at Spinner.com ]
-- WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff is scheduled for an autograph appearance from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Pro Wrestling World inside Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, Pa. [ Event details reported here - http://bit.ly/XZPtjZ ]
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