— Superluchas.net is now reporting that there is talk that Metallica could possibly be performing at this year’s Summerslam pay-per-view event. WWE has been trying to make Summerslam into the second version of Wrestlemania. A big musical act like Metallica would help make the event feel more special. WWE and Metallica have been doing business together lately, so there’s a very good chance of this happening. The company hired the band to produce one of the theme songs for Wrestlemania this year. WWE has also been hyping the Orion Music Festival for Metallica as well. WWE SummerSlam 2012 takes place on Sunday 19 August 2012 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
— As of this weekend, John Cena is not booked for a match at WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view on July 15th. A source does not expect Cena to be added to the RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match either. As noted yesterday here on the website, the latest word on Cena’s SummerSlam plans is that he will be going after WWE Champion CM Punk in the co-main event. WWE will reportedly be focusing on Cena-Punk and Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H as the SummerSlam main events this year. Plans always change this far out but advertising for WWE’s Night of Champions pay-per-view in September suggest that Cena would not win the WWE Title at SummerSlam. WWE is teasing that Cena will challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions, which takes place from his hometown in Boston. Cena is expected to spend the latter part of 2012 in the WWE Title picture.
— WWE.com recently did an interview with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper where he talked about returning on RAW for a segment with Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter. “Cyndi, oh, we have a long history. We weren’t always on the same side, but to be honest with you, it was a true pleasure,” said Piper. Piper also talked about the promo where is said The Rock & Wrestling were the “saving grace” for WWE. “If it wasn’t for the Rock & Wrestling connection at that time being so big on TV — you know, they were all cheering [Hulk] Hogan and booing Piper — I don’t know if wrestling would have gotten the huge launching pad that it did,” Piper said. “It’s very surreal to think that you were apart of the beginnings of it but I was and I’m proud of it.” When asked about the upcoming 1,000th RAW, Piper said: “The fact that a wrestling program called Raw could be the longest running television show in the history of television, bar nobody — nobody can now say we’re not on the map,” stated Piper. “We’re for real. I have worked all my life to make that happen, along with a lot of other guys that have worked just as hard or harder.”