Huge Friday Night Update: Hall Returning, SSlam Buyrate

Ryan Clark

According to data released by WWE on their corporate website, this year’s SummerSlam drew a few thousand pay-per-view buys short of last year’s figure, which was 541,000 buys for SummerSlam 2006.

Lilian Garcia now has a page on MySpace at It’s linked from her official website.

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the Kane character. Kane made his WWF debut on October 5, 1997 at Badd Blood 1997, costing The Undertaker his Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels. After failed stints as the evil dentist Isaac Yankem, DDS, and the fake “Diesel”, Glen Jacobs finally found his niche in the Kane character. In an interesting little known fact, officials originally wanted Dan “Waylon Mercy” Spivey to reprise the role of Kane. Two years earlier, Spivey suffered a back injury after being power bombed by Diesel that forced him to permanently retire from professional wrestling in October of 1995. Spivey decided to not come out of retirement for the role and so the Kane gimmick went to Jacobs.

This week on WWE Heat, Gene Snitsky and Charlie Haas make their long-awaited returns to the ring. Snitsky wrestles Jerry Miles, a 10 year veteran who wrestles on indy shows as J-Rocc. Snitsky was quietly suspended in late August for failing a drug test. The returning Charlie Haas takes on Super Crazy. Haas was suspended for purchasing drugs over the Internet, which is a violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. Other matches on Heat include Ron Simmons vs. Daivari and The Highlanders vs. two people from OVW in Justin LaRoche and Jay Bradley.

This week’s “Diva Dish” is all about Lilian Garcia. She talks about her music album, ¡Quiero Vivir!, which hits stores next Tuesday. She also talks about her grueling schedule this month as she’ll be flying all over the place for appearances to promote her album, in addition to handling her regularly scheduled ring announcing duties at WWE shows. However, she doesn’t mind the grueling schedule. “It’s going to be a grueling schedule, but I’m not complaining one bit because this is what I wanted, for so long. This is the one thing I wanted in my life,” Lilian said.

Former WWE star Scott Hall appeared at indy show in Little Rock, Arkansas last night. Hall told fans that he would be working for AAA in Mexico soon. Sean Waltman, a close friend of Hall, has been working in AAA regularly in recent months with his girlfriend Alicia “Ryan Shamrock” Webb.

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