sources: SLAM! Wrestling, Wrestling Observer Newsletter, www.f4wonline.com
– Tyson Tomko, who recently signed a contract with WWE and worked a dark match with Paul Burchill prior to Monday night’s Raw taping, was seen with his arm in a sling this past week. The details and extent of his injury are unknown.
– WWE developmental performer Angela Fong is said to have the most potential at this stage of training of any WWE women’s wrestler in a quite some time. Fong’s athleticism is far and away above any of the women on the current roster, including the likes of Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix or former WWE Diva Trish Stratus, who were accomplished athletes before joining the wrestling business. Although it should be noted that Fong is a former gymnast and cheerleader. Fong is said to be significantly better at the same stage of training as Gail Kim was, not to mention actually significantly better athletically that Kim even is now. With that being said, Fong is by no means close to ready for television matches in WWE, although she has started getting feet wet in Florida Championship Wrestling after starting out as a manager. Fong’s pure athleticism is said to be on the level of the top Japanese women’s wrestlers, and she does things like bridging out of pins and moves reminiscent of that style and era. Fong, now simply going under the name Miss Angela in FCW, tried out for the 2007 WWE Diva Search, but didn’t make the final cut. WWE would later sign Fong to a developmental contract in February 2008.
– SmackDown Diva Maria Kanellis appeared on CNN’s morning news program, American Morning, yesterday morning plugging Saturday’s Tribute to the Troops special on NBC. Kanellis told Kiran Chetry the trip was a great experience, and talked about her brother being a soldier five years ago. She also said she met up with her cousin stationed in Iraq. Kanellis said morale was much higher than in the past and things felt more secure. Kanellis said all the soldiers told her she smelled good.