Starting off the year right?
- We had some good news with the upcoming return of Tough Enough, in the original format. Casting is going on now, and the show will premiere the Monday after WrestleMania. It will have a regular air time of 8 p.m. Mondays on USA, just before Raw. John Morrison, you may remember, was a Tough Enough winner from the final what-I-call-real season of Tough Enough... The Miz was a contestant on the Tough Enough which aired as segment on Smackdown and was more like NXT.
- Well, you know it's Royal Rumble time if the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship is a former Spirit Squad member... Yeah, I still can't get past that... Nicky!
- On the TNA front, Karen Angle is returning Thursday night and Matt Hardy debuted at Genesis... Guess their budget is a little lower this year than it was last year when Jan. 4, 2010, brought us Jeff Hardy, Shannon Moore, X-Pac, Razor Ramon, Brian Knobbs, Ric Flair, the Blue Meanie and some guy named Hulk Hogan...
- On a final note, I made my way over to the wrestling action figures aisle in a popular super store with a red circular logo and saw something new from the WWE: Rumblers, which are chunky mini action figures for ages 3 and up. They are a lot like the little Star Wars Galactic Heroes, if you are familiar with those. Anyway, they had sets with John Cena and Sheamus, John Morrison and Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and R-Truth, and Triple H and Shawn Michaels. They also had a ring for the figures and separate Morrison with ladder and tables.