Thanks to Ranjit Chahal for sending in the following newsbits:
-- During a recent interview, Jim Ross was asked about the physical shape that The Undertaker is in. The former WWE commentator revealed that the "Phenom" is just fine. He also revealed the financial situation of the Undertaker, in an attempt to explain to people why he is working Wrestlemania 29. Ross stated: "Well, he's in great shape, as good as it can be. He's just like an old baseball pitcher that used to throw heat, and now his throw's chilling. The bottom line is he still gets people out and he still is able to help you get a "W." I think that's where we are with the Undertaker. His body is worn and he's had tears and surgeries. Still mentally tough, physically tough, and still dedicated to his profession. I know that he's never going to compromise his body of work to have one more payday. So I know we'll see him have a great match on Sunday against CM Punk, who's another phenomenal performer. But he works through the pain. Not many guys I know would do what he's doing right now, but he loves it that much. It's not a need for cash. It's not a need for he needs one more payday. He's got all the money he needs. He loves what he does, and as long as he can keep the quality of his work up he's going to continue to do it."
-- Many wrestling fans were under the assumption that Trish Stratus was going to choose Lita as the person to induct her into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 29 weekend. That's why there was a little bit of shock when she revealed that she had chosen Stephanie McMahon. Now, Trish Stratus explains why that choice was made. Trish said: "It was a difficult choice. There's so many people who have had such an influence on my career and shaped my career. Getting a nod to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, it's a look back at your career and at the end of the day, there would have been no career, no opportunity, no revamping of the women's division if Stephanie wasn't behind it all. When we feuded, there's something about when you have an experience with someone that you bond with them. When we had our feud, we bonded then and we remained close ever since. She's just always supportive of showcasing a strong, powerful woman. There would be no division and none of the women would have gotten the push that we needed, or the encouragement we needed. She and I have remained friends. I've watched her evolve into a businesswoman. We were at the same level — green workers having fun wrestling and then she really just got behind the scenes and became a businesswoman. It's very empowering to see the position she has now. I retired and went into the business world and with all my endeavors, it's a tough world for a woman. I admire her greatly and respect her greatly."