WWE Game Publisher in Trouble, WWE-Ticketmaster Note, More

– Devin sent the following: Rob Van Dam has been added to the Nu-Wrestling Evolution event in Toulon, France on December 4th, 2008. Also appearing are Chris Masters, Orlando Jordan, Rikishi, Ultimo Dragon, Juventud Guerrera, Vito and Big Daddy V.

– WWE issued the following press release today:

WWE Ranks Amongst Top 10 For Q3 Ticketmaster Requests
November 4, 2008

World Wrestling Entertainment has made Ticketmaster’s top 10 list of most requested sporting events for the third quarter of 2008. WWE ranked alongside sporting powerhouses like the New York Yankees, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.

– GameSpot.com reports that THQ, the video game company responsible for publishing WWE’s “SmackDown vs. RAW” franchise, is closing five of its studios and laying off employees at two others. A THQ spokesman confirmed that Paradigm Entertainment, Mass Media, Helixe, Locomotive Games, and Sandblast Games have all officially ceased operations, while a portion of the workers at Rainbow Studios and Juice Games were laid off. “It’s just constantly trying to react dynamically to the market,” the spokesman explained, “whether it’s because of things happening to our industry or the economic environment as a whole. It’s making sure that we’re set up over the next three to five years to be profitable and successful.”

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