It's no secret that we at Thursday News Update don't take kindly to TV personality Nancy Grace.  We find her brand of tabloid "journalism" to be a special kind of garbage.  That she has exploited the death of wrestlers over the years makes her even worse in our opinions.

Well, it sounds like the WWE feels much the same about Grace as we do.  Following the death of Jim "Warrior" Hellwig, a rumor spread through professional wrestling that WWE didn't want former wrestlers to appear on Grace's show.  Now, news is breaking that Grace has attempted to have another wrestler appear on her show... but she may have chosen the wrong one.

Rowdy Roddy Piper (currently starring on WWE Network's Legends House) took to Twitter today to reveal that Nancy Grace has approached him about appearing on her show.  Here are his epic Tweets on the topic:


Good to know Roddy has WWE's back...

I want to see Roddy rip Nancy into a new job!!  Even if I don't quite understand how that would work.

Walking pieces of feces don't necessarily need to sleep, Roddy.

Isn't Roddy the best?

Seriously, if you've been watching Legends House, you know how entertaining a Roddy Piper/Nancy Grace face off would be.  And while it'll never happen, I'm glad to see Piper standing up for professional wrestling.  He can be a little nutty, but he's our nut. (Wrestling Inc)


According to PW Torch, WWE has released Danny Burch, Oliver Grey, Mason Ryan, Sara Backman, and Raquel Diaz from developmental.  Diaz is the daughter of Eddie and Vickie Guerrero, while Ryan had a cup of coffee with the main roster once upon a time.  The reasons behind the two getting released have yet to be revealed, but one can assume Mason Ryan possessed everything a wrestler could dream of except the rudimentary basics of the actual process of wrestling.  And Raquel Diaz?  Well, she probably pulled a Chavo and got caught trying to teach John Cena how to be a superstar.  (Google that punchline.  I'm too lazy to explain.)


There's some big happenings in regards to the WWE Network right now.  Just this week WWE released the Network app on the Xbox One, months earlier than most fans expected.  This probably has something to do with Dish Network and Directv refusing to carry PPVs like Extreme Rules.  Sure, the One is a relatively new console, but it still represents several million more people having access to the Network.

Also, in an attempt to increase its original content on the WWE Network, WWE is set to air a new weekly one hour show tentatively titled "Rivalries."  As you might expect, the show will focus on different wrestling rivalries that once held the industry captive.  There is a preliminary list of about 16 rivalries that could be featured on the new show, from Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair to John Cena vs. Edge.  In what can only be someone's idea of a practical joke, Hulk Hogan vs. Sting is also included on the list.  What masochist chose that winner?  Don't get me wrong, the idea of watching Sting put Hogan in the world's ugliest worked Scorpion Deathlock/Sharpshooter has some comedic value, but an hour?  Have some damn human decency!  Won't someone please think of the children! (SEScoops)


In an interview with the Miami Herald, former WWE superstar Mick Foley spoke about his disappointment in WWE having little desire to air a comedy special involving his current stand up act.  The Hardcore Legend questions the wisdom in passing up the opportunity to add original content to the WWE Network, but we here at Thursday News Update know the real reason Vince McMahon is dragging his feet on the possible project.  You see, word has it that WWE is in talks to produce a comedy special featuring another wrestling legend, and doesn't want to over saturate the Network too much pure comedy gold.  The rumored former WWE star and name of his special?  You guessed it, "Marty Jannetty: Didn't I bang a chick that looks kind of like you way back in the day?" (Miami Herald)


Be sure to listen to this week's SharpShooter Cast!  It's our 40th episode, and we review the Extreme Rules go home Raw.

This week's episode covers:

  • Clipper's owner Donald Sterling punished for being a racist.
  • Tom gets engaged!
  • Too much nudity on television?
  • WWE Network comes to the Xbox One.
  • Review and analysis of the 4/28/14 episode of WWE's Raw.
  • John Cena/Bray Wyatt choir segment.
  • Axel or Chavo, who would you rather watch?
  • Where is WWE going with Cesaro?
  • Stephanie McMahon apologizes to Daniel Bryan.
  • Brie Bella calls Stephanie a bitch!
  • Wolverine makes an appearance... and it disappoints.
  • Is Adam Rose the next Matt Borne/Doink?
  • Ric Flair turns his back on Evolution.
  • Final grades for Raw.
  • Listener question: If we could have the body of any current WWE superstar, who would it be?


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Written By Thomas and Aaron Briggs