– ESPN’s Michelle Beadle has a new podcast up, discussing Summerslam and her love of CM Punk. You can check that out at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=6848304
– Brodus Clay defeated All Pro Wrestling talent “Big Country” Jody Kristofferson in a dark match prior to last night’s SmackDown! taping in Sacramento, California. More information on Kristofferson is available at http://www.allprowrestling.com/roster/page-two/jody-kristofferson/ His father is Kris Kristofferson, a famous musician and actor.
– Following a several year hiatus, “The Informer” is once again featured in WWE Magazine. Though the monthly column largely consisted of made-up stories, it would at times correctly predict future storylines. The feature is now branded as “WWE gossip” and appears to be a mashup of kayfabe and legitimate backstage tales. Highlights from the October 2011 edition are as follows:
* “Would a certain A-list Hollywood celeb please stop calling our offices in hopes of landing a Raw guest-star slot? You had your chance already, pal!”
* “I hear a top-level, WWE Hall of Fame-bound Superstar suggested that Natalya use the double sharpshooter at 2010′s WWE TLC.”
* “During a recent photo shoot, a Superstar demanded that the makeup artist stop touching up the Divas and focus her attention on him!”
* “A source tells us that The Rock isn’t the only Attitude Era Superstar planning to step in the ring in 2012. Hint: There’s an “E” in his name.”