-- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has secured the lead role for Hercules, reports Deadline.com.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin in "early 2013," which could coincide with Johnson's involvement with WWE in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania 29.

The Brett Ratner-directed action film will be co-produced by Paramount and MGM. The screenplay is based on Radical Studios’ graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

-- AXS.com is currently holding a pre-sale for the Dec. 28 SmackDown live event in Minneapolis at the Target Center with the passcode Sheamus. Sheamus vs. Big Show and Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio are advertised as the main events.

-- WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon was a special guest speaker at the The SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Covington & Burling Sports Media & Technology Conference in Times Square in New York City. Click here to see WWE.com's photos of the event.