-- As noted earlier, a SmackDown live event scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2013 in Ponce, Puerto Rico has been canceled. While no reason has been announced its cancellation, it was likely due to poor tickets.
-- WWE announced on Wednesday that they have hired Mayuri Pitale as Consumer & Promotions Licensing (CPL) Manager and Carl Sequeira as Marketing Manager for the company's India office. The new hires are credited by the company to WWE's growth and dedication to expansion in India.
-- As we reported earlier today, WWE is trying to make the 2013 Royal Rumble a little bigger by scheduling a Rumble Fanfest in Phoenix. It was announced today that WWE has scheduled two Fanfest sessions on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
WWE has also scheduled two VIP Superstar Panels, one focusing on the Montreal Screw Job, and another focusing on DX. Both obviously suggest that Shawn Michaels will be in appearance.
Tickets for the four separate ticketed events go on-sale Thursday at 10AM, and WWE has priced the Screwjob panel at $100 and priced all access for $250.
Here is the press release regarding this:
WWE Royal Rumble Fan Fest:
- WWE Ring with NXT matches
- Appearances by WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends (will not include autographs)
- Live Bands
- Food Trucks
- Local Sponsors
WWE Royal Rumble Fan Fest ALL-ACCESS Experience:
- Street Fair Ticket for Saturday 1/26/13 12p - 4p only
- Located on 1st Street between Madison and Jefferson & on the USAC Plaza
- All 3 Fan Panels discussions with moderator plus WWE Superstars and Legends
- Located in the Casino Arizona Pavilion
- VIP reception in Blue Moon Club follows panel where fan mingle with WWE Superstars and Legends
- Includes food and beverage
- Commemorative Autographed Gift per person
Panel #1: Montreal Screwjob:
November 9, 1997: a day that will forever live in sports entertainment infamy. Over a decade later, the Montreal Screwjob still remains one of the most unforgettable moments in WWE history. Return to the scene of the crime, and revisit the whole story from the people who experienced it firsthand.
Panel #2: DX:
WWE Universe, ARE YOU READY??? From an era filled with rule-breakers, DX stands alone as the most uncontrollable, unpredictable, and undeniable force in WWE history. Get a first-hand lowdown on DX's most rebellious exploits and discuss the group's lasting legacy from DX members ready to tell it all.
Panel #3: WCW & Monday Night Wars:
For 84 consecutive weeks during the Monday Night Wars, WCW defeated WWE in the ratings on the strength of the nWo phenomenon, the wizardry of the cruiserweights, and an almost unlimited budget. Hear from WCW's most influential personalities as they tell the in-depth story of the innovative thinking that led to WCW's meteoric rise and the embarrassing failures that ultimately led to its downfall.