WWE partners with Hire Heroes USA

According to my Yahoo visit, which also entailed seeing how excruciatingly close my win was over Dusty in fantasy football, WWE has partnered with Hire Heroes USA, a group whose mission is to… well, here, I’ll let Yahoo explain it:

WWE (WWE) today announced a partnership with Hire Heroes USA, an organization committed to serving our nation’s veterans through personalized and customized job search training and assistance. To support Hire Heroes USA’s mission, WWE will make a donation and utilize all its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media to generate awareness and raise funds. In addition, Hire Heroes USA will partner with WWE to implement a veterans hiring initiative and enhance WWE’s military hiring practices.

The partnership, which will expand WWE’s commitment to the military through the support of programs that create job opportunities for U.S. military veterans and their spouses, will be featured during the 10th anniversary of WWE Tribute to the Troops. This annual holiday special airs on USA Network this Wednesday, December 19 at 9 p.m. and on NBC this Saturday, December 22 at 9 p.m.

This is a fantastic partnership that makes total sense given WWE’s history of affinity for our armed forces, including free pay-per-view transmission, free tickets, and of course the Tribute to the Troops. However, interesting that this fell under Yahoo Finance, at a time when WWE stock is trading at $8, slightly less than a pack of cigarettes and with less return. What, was the Yahoo Pre-Determined Sports section too full of boxing results? Was the Yahoo Six-Man Tag That Made Internet Nerds’ Heads Explode section down for maintenance? -Eric

(Smackdown spoiler, stop reading) Randy Orton injury angle gives fragile underachiever more time off

This look about sums it up.

This look about sums it up.

According to Prowrestling.net, this Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown taping featured an injury angle with Randy Orton being put through a table by the Shield. The angle is playing up a “separated shoulder” and “concussion,” the latter of which only adds to Orton’s disinterested, glossed-over, Gen-Y, emotionless facial “expressions.”

The angle is to cover for a legitimate injury Orton sustained at the WWE Tribute to the Troops tapings last week. Jesus, who is this guy, Kurt Angle Kevin Nash? Every time you turn around, Orton has a concussion or banged-up knee or a pill in his mouth (oops). He’s spent less time on TV in the past six months than Alicia Fox, and quite frankly, Alicia has been more entertaining.

What would be accomplished if WWE, as Dusty says, cut ties with this piece of garbage? Well, WWE will have divested itself of a long-term contract that isn’t paying off; WWE would be enticing TNA to shell out gobs of money in exchange for a half-assed talent who won’t draw or elevate the brand; and WWE would be forced to push a new main event babyface from the large pool of undeniable midcard tal… ent… wait. -Eric

Randy Orton to star in Marine 3, seriously.

WWE just won’t give up on making low budget shit movies for straight to DVD and Blue-ray release. Up next is yet another marine movie but this time it is set to star Randy Orton. You may remember Randy from his stint in the actual Marine Corp that ended when he was court-martialed and spent 38 days in a military prison.

So who better to portray a Marine on film then the guy who went AWOL and went to jail for it? Imagine the pitch meeting for this movie. “So we have a new Marine sequel but to get that authenticity we need it to star someone with military experience. How about Randy Orton? He was in the Marines after all?”

“Um, he went AWOL and got booted after spending time in jail”

“Oh so he was in The Marines though? Perfect, let’s shoot him to the moon. All those tattoos and that ever present scowl and his animal magnetism will sell this flick.”

“Let me be clear, he was put in jail. He wasn’t even allowed to do Tribute to The Troops for a while because of it. This isn’t a good idea.”

“No he is perfect. Let’s get this greenlit immediately.”

This does beg the question; was Cody Rhodes too busy or beautiful for this role? What about someone like Kofi Kingston? Why do all WWE films star white people?  -Jeremy

Stunt Granny Audio #123

wwe tribute to the troops

I don't think the troops like this sort of thing.

In a world full of pro wrestling podcasts, Eric and Kevin return with a 45-minute show discussing WWE Week on the USA Network, with a hint of TLC sprinkled through. CM Punk attacked John Cena with a chair two shows in a row; what was the difference between the two? Does it ultimately matter in today’s wrestling landscape? Also, what segment of wrestling bored the hell out of Eric? And who should be next in line to receive a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship on Smackdown? The options are literally endless. All this and so much more, in a world where you can just click the link below to listen.

Stunt Granny Audio #123

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