WWE Issues Statement On Toy Problems, More Notes Inside

Ryan Clark

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., a promoter of wrestling events and other entertainment, said Thursday none of its licensed toys are involved in a New York State recall. The company said “Wrestle Mania” action figures included in the recall are made by an unknown manufacturer that did not ask for permission to license WWE products. Earlier this week Governor Eliot Spitzer’s administration included the “Wrestle Mania” toys, which are distributed by AA of America, in a list of three products it said had excessive lead levels in their paint. Spitzer requested the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission issue a national recall of the toys, which also included the “Army Force” car set imported by Encore Sales of Ontario, Canada, and green and orange “Sprite Tractor Trailer” toys. The toys are made in China and sold in dollar stores. Once further information is obtained, WWE said it plans to request the appropriate courts stop the manufacturer from creating the action figures without its consent.

WWE issued the following advisory earlier this morning: STAMFORD , Conn. , December 13, 2007 â<80>” World Wrestling Entertainment® has not licensed any of the toy products identified by Gov. Spitzer in his recent recall of unsafe toys. The â<80><9c>Wrestle Maniaâ<80> product identified is manufactured by a company unknown to us and which does not have an agreement to license our products. We are researching this product with the intent to file papers with the courts to stop the manufacturer from using our Intellectual Property without our permission.

Wrestling trainer Les Thatcher is currently selling two wrestling rings and health club quality gym equipment. One ring is an 18×18 WCW ring, and one is a 20×20 WWE ring. He also also selling 3 weight stack machines, one Smith machine, and one multi-function bench with Olympic bar. For details on pricing and more information, please contact Les at les@epwt.com

Former WCW and WWE superstar Billy Kidman has signed on as a trainer for WWE’s new Flordia Championship Wrestling developmental territory in Tampa. Kidman has been wrestling on a regular basis for the promotion.

For those that have not heard, WWE has signed Ric Flairâ<80><99>s youngest son Reid to a developmental deal. He will report to Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa, Florida after the holidays.

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