Matt Hardy Update, Mickie James, New WWE Deal in Europe, More

– Mickie James will be the next WWE star to appear at Ohio Valley Wrestling’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. James will be making her appearance on Tuesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. the Davis Arena, located at 4400 Shepherdsville Road, Louisville, KY 40218.

– has a brand new feature updating every Monday though Friday, the “Jack Swagger Photo of the Day.”

– features an article about former WWE superstar Christopher Nowinski’s Sports Legacy Institute, which is researching the effects that concussions have on athetes’ brains. The article says that Nowinski’s dreams of a long career wrestling were dashed by a kick to his chin. That kick, which caused Nowinski to black out and effectively ended his career, capped a career riddled with concussions. “My world changed,” said Nowinski. “I had depression. I had memory problems. My head hurt for five years.” Nowinski began searching for studies, and what he found startled him. “I realized when I was visiting a lot of doctors, they weren’t giving me very good answers about what was wrong with my head,” said Nowinski. “I read [every study I could find] and I realized there was a ton of evidence showing concussions lead to depression, and multiple concussion can lead to Alzheimer’s.” Nowinski decided further study was needed, so he founded the Sports Legacy Institute along with Dr. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon. The project solicits for study the brains of ex-athletes who suffered multiple concussions.

– WWE issued a press release this morning announcing a new partnership with European television network Eurosport. The two-year agreement will see Eurosport broadcast two new original WWE shows, ‘This Week in WWE’ and ‘WWE Vintage Collection’, in all its European territories excluding the UK. The new program will be seen by 200 million viewers and 58 countries across the continent. Launching on February 9, 2009, the shows will air back-to-back in primetime.

– ECW General Manager Theodore Long kicked off last night’s edition of ECW by saying former ECW Champion Matt Hardy was leaving the brand for SmackDown. The move comes after Hardy’s betrayal of his own brother, former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy, at the Royal Rumble. Long said Hardy asked for his release and the GM OK’d the move to the blue brand. Hardy’s profile has been moved back to the SmackDown section.