Shane Douglas No-Shows, Mr. Kennedy News, Elijah Burke on Jacko, More

Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

– Former WWE Superstar Mr. Kennedy will be appearing at the upcoming World Wrestling Council Anniversario event in Puerto Rico. No word yet on what his role will be on the show.

– According to the latest issue of Super Luchas magazine, Necro Butcher will be making his Mexico debut on July 18th at an X-Law show at Arena Lopez Mateos.

– Former WWE star Elijah Burke has posted a blog on his official website,, concerning the passing of Michael Jackson.

“Michael Jackson: The Man, The Myth, The Legend…The Icon. What can I say? No one, and Pope means NO ONE, was more “Worldwide” recognized and loved than this man (not everyone loves The Pope… Ya know, the one in white). His “Worldwide Popularity” was only rivaled recently by one man, Barrack Obama, who now stands alone,” Burke wrote. “Michael Jackson meant so much to me; it’s crazy. In the past couple of years I’d been asked if I could meet 3 people, who would it be? Without hesitation I would answer: The first black president, Bill Clinton, “The Icon” Sting (more to come), and “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson, and of course MJ topped this list.”

Burke took the news of Jackson’s passing really hard, especially considering he had never attended one on his concerts before. He had vowed since the release of Jackson’s last CD that if he were to ever tour again, he would attend one of his concerts.

With the announcement of his planned 50 concert tour of Europe earlier this year, Burke had plans to attend on of his concerts in August. He even planned on holding a contest on his website for one lucky person to go on an all expense paid trip with him to see Jackson in concert.

– Shane Douglas was advertised to wrestle Al Snow at Saturday’s “Legends of the Arena” event promoted by longtime ECW performer Francine and her husband Joe to raise money for the American Cancer Society, but pulled a no-show. When Snow came out for his match, he blamed the Head, saying he was responsible for all their losses to Douglas in the past and now that he had a chance to beat him, Head pulled this. The lights went out and when they returned, Jerry Lynn was in the ring. A few minutes into the match, the crowd began chanting, “F*** Shane Douglas.”

Douglas was scheduled to fly in Friday, but claimed he missed his flight. When Douglas attempted to re-book his flight for Saturday, he called claiming an issue at the airport, saying he was there and couldn’t rebook the flight. Ultimately, he did not come to the show, and the word going around the locker room was that he was in a cast from his ankle injury at the TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view and “didn’t want fans to see him in the cast.” Whatever the case may be, Douglas had a plane ticket and a hotel room paid for him, but he didn’t come. Douglas was scheduled to be inducted into the Hardcore Hall of Fame at the event as there was a banner made for him. A decision was made to just announce Douglas couldn’t make it as they didn’t want to be bury anyone on what was supposed to be a feel good show for a good cause.

– Tammy Sytch was also scheduled to appear at the show, but did not appear as well. In fact, her picture was on the banner advertisements promoting the show. Sytch backed out of the appearance to take a booking in California.

– Beyond Douglas and Sytch, Tracy Smothers and Jack Victory also missed the event. Smothers had a conflict with his full-time job and couldn’t attend. In Victory’s case, a personal issue came up at the last minute, thus preventing him from doing the show.