source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

— The list for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame inductees is almost complete. Two names we know for sure are Ric Flair, and Mae Young. Young is said to be a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame. Another name getting some considering is former announcer Gordon Solie. Dusty Rhodes is pushing hard for Solie to get inducted, since it’s in Florida and that’s where he made his name. The problem is that Solie never spoke well of McMahon when he was alive, and that doesn’t help his chances obviously. Solie has gotten a significant amount of votes from the selection panel in the past, but McMahon vetoes his induction. Two other individuals up for consideration are Peter Maivia, The Rock’s grandfather that passed away in 1982, and Rocky Johnson, The Rock’s father. Their inductions hinge on The Rock’s schedule getting cleared during WrestleMania weekend. He’s definitely up for the idea. Internally, the belief is that The Rock is coming. Furthermore, there is an unwritten rule in that WWE doesn’t want to induct more than one or two deceased individuals per year. They don’t want the event to be a downer and the last thing they want to do is a put a spotlight on death.

— Chris Jericho has been offered a book deal to write a sequel to “A Lion’s Tale.” That would likely cover his career from the time his book left off, which was his WWE debut in August 1999. Jericho hasn’t signed the deal yet.

— Ticket sales for a Monday Night Raw taping in Anaheim, CA on 2/18 have been a bit slow. Thus far, they’ve only sold 6,500 tickets. Part of it may be because WWE is holding a Raw brand house show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles two days before the Raw taping in Anaheim.

— The WWE theme song CD dropped to No. 118 in the most recent Billboard chart. The CD has sold 94,809 copies thus far, not including sales from Wal-Mart.

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