WWE News 05/09/12

– WWE’s website recently ranked the top 10 top rope finishing moves. Here’s the full list:

10. Vader’s Vadersault
9. Justin Gabriel’s 450 Splash
8. Sin Cara’s Exploder
7. Shane McMahon’s Coast to Coast
6. Legion of Doom’s Doomsday Device
5. Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb
4. Rob Van Dam’s 5 Star Frogsplash
3. Evan Bourne’s Shooting Star Press
2. Jimmy Snuka’s Superfly Splash
1. Randy Savage’s Flying Elbow Drop

– We noted earlier that Sheamus took a shot at CM Punk on Twitter for his beard and hairdo. Punk replied via Twitter this afternoon and has fans speculating that he is suggesting Sheamus wears lifts in his boots:

“@WWESheamus yes. A “sheamus” beard. Google Harley Race. Ya might learn something. Like the fact that he never wore 6 inch lifts in his boots”

CelebrityNetworth.com has published an article listing the richest professional wrestlers in the world, with figures acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The estimated net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle. The list states:

1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s net worth – $70 million

2. Steve Austin’s net worth – $45 million

3. John Cena’s net worth – $35 million

4. Big Show’s net worth – $30 million

5. Triple H’s net worth: $25 million

6. Kurt Angle’s net worth – $20 million

7. Chris Jericho’s net worth – $18 million

8. Shawn Michaels’ net worth – $17 million

9. The Undertaker’s net worth – $16 million

10. Mick Foley’s net worth – $15 million

11. Bret Hart’s net worth – $14 million

12. Edge’s net worth – $14 million

13. Brock Lesnar’s net worth – $12.5 million

14. Goldberg’s net worth – $12 million

15. Batista’s net worth – $10 million

16. John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s net worth – $9 million

17. Rey Mysterio’s net worth – $8.5 million

18. Kevin Nash’s net worth – $8 million

19. CM Punk’s net worth – $7.5 million

20. Jerry Lawler’s net worth – $7 million

21. Randy Orton’s net worth – $6 million

22. Alberto Del Rio’s net worth – $6 million

23. Hulk Hogan’s net worth – $5 million

According to the article, Hogan lost an estimated $25 million in his divorce from ex-wife Linda. She was awarded 70% of the couple’s liquid assets, a 40% stake in all of Hogan companies, sixluxury cars and millions more in property.

24. Ric Flair’s net worth – $5 million

25. The Miz’ net worth – $5 million

26. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s net worth – $4 million

27. Chyna’s net worth: $1.5 million

Plus, WWE chief Vince McMahon’s net worth is listed as $500 million while deceased grappler Randy Savage’s is $8 million.

– Sources report that there were major time constraints at last night’s RAW from Chicago. Apparently several skits or matches that were planned ended up cut from the show.

– Paul Heyman has signed a new deal with WWE, as made clear by his appearance on RAW last night with CM Punk. Heyman’s original deal ran out at SummerSlam but it was expected that he re-signed when he appeared on RAW the next night.

One of the reasons behind Heyman working with Punk is to keep Brock Lesnar fresh on everyone’s mind while he is away from TV. Word is that both Punk and Heyman were vocal in pitching their on-screen partnership to WWE officials.

– After  RAW, the feud between Ryback and Jinder Mahal is considered to be done. WWE wanted to make sure that Ryback was booked to look strong last night as Vince McMahon and others weren’t happy with last week’s match against Jack Swagger and how it was booked.

Dark Match:

* Ted DiBiase defeated Dean Ambrose

SmackDown, Airing Friday:

* SmackDown opens with Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga coming out. Ricardo Rodriguez is trailing and he’s in a neck brace. They want action taken against Sheamus for hitting Ricardo Rodriguez with a Brogue Kick on RAW. They want the kick banned in WWE. GM Booker T comes out and says he wants to put it in the hands of the fans. They vote that the kick should remain legal. Del Rio throws a fit and Booker has something planned for them later.

* Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara beat Cody Rhodes and The Miz when Cody accidentally hit Miz with a Disaster Kick.

* Comedy segment with Hornswoggle stomping on Daniel Bryan’s foot before running away.

* Zack Ryder vs. Daniel Bryan is up next. They hugged before the bell. Bryan won with the No Lock but wouldn’t break the hold so the referee reversed his decision. Bryan continued to lose his temper.

* Damien Sandow comes out and starts ripping on Randy Orton. Orton comes out and reveals that Booker T has put the two in a match.

* Randy Orton beat Damien Sandow by count out with Dolph Ziggler coming out for commentary. Sandow ended up rolling out of the ring and running away for the count out. Ziggler attacked and Orton brawled with him. Sandow ran back down and caught an RKO while Ziggler ran off.

* David Otunga storms into Booker T’s office and still wants the Brogue Kick to be banned. Booker makes Otunga vs. Sheamus for tonight.

* Titus O’Neil and Darren Young beat Primo and Epico to become the new #1 contenders. WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth and Kofi Kingston were on commentary.

* Backstage interview with Wade Barrett.

* Barrett came out to big heel heat and beat Yoshi Tatsu in a squash. Barrett cut a promo after the match.

* Sheamus beat David Otunga in the main event with Alberto Del Rio watching from ringside. Booker T came out before the end and banned the Brogue Kick. Sheamus argued with Del Rio and they mixed it up but he still got the win.

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