sources: www.f4wonline.com, PWInsider.com
— Steve Keirn, who oversees WWE’s developmental program, Florida Championship Wrestling, made some outrageous comments during his appearance on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show last week mere days after the release of the Waxman documents relating to steroids in professional wrestling.
Keirn said WWE only wants guys who are between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-6 with lean physiques that would look good on television. Keirn basically said WWE doesn’t want any small wrestlers by saying “they don’t want anyone who is 5-foot-1.” He also added that with all due respect to Rey Mysterio, who he said is one of the biggest superstars in wrestling today, WWE is looking for “bigger guys than that.”
In the spring of 2006, Vince McMahon reportedly issued a directive to John Laurinaitis saying he only wanted him to sign wrestlers who are at least 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds to a contract. While the roster as a whole is the probably the smallest in the company’s history, little has changed since then as WWE still primarily signs wrestlers who match that very description — even if they have little to no prior wrestling experience. With the exception of a handful of wrestlers in developmental (TJ Wilson, Hade Vansen and Chris Cage), the majority of the roster & recent signees are over six feet tall and 200 pounds.
— Regarding last week’s release of ECW wrestler Gavin Spears, while he was regarded as one of the most technically proficient workers on the roster, officials felt he was too skinny and “didn’t have the right look.” They gave him a few matches on ECW as part of their “new talent initiative,” but officials had no real plans for him from the start. Scotty Goldman and Ryan Braddock, who debuted around the same time as Spears, fall in the same category. This explains why it took all three so long to be called up to the roster, and then do little of note upon their respective arrivals. Spears is now unemployed, and both Goldman & Braddock haven’t appeared on television in months. Between the three of them, they’ve garnered a total of one win in WWE (Braddock won a match in September as a result of a disqualification, after Jesse and Festus wrapped him in bubble wrap and duct tape).
— A.M. Raw on 1/10 drew a 0.5 cable rating. Regarding last Friday’s edition of SmackDown, which was the most watched telecast in the history of MyNetworkTV with 3.9 million viewers, the show tied for first in the 8-10 p.m. block with CBS and Fox among men 18-49, with a 1.6 rating in the demo. The show drew 868,000 adults 18-49.
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