Prichard’s WWE Release, Bourne Injury Update, Orton


— As noted earlier, Tom Pritchard has been released from WWE developmental. Pritchard had been working as a top trainer for FCW since the promotion was started and had been with WWE’s developmental system since 2007. He originally replaced Bill DeMott as the head trainer for Deep South Wrestling at the time. DeMott has now been picked to replace Pritchard and will take over Pritchard’s duties in FCW. Pritchard originally replaced DeMott because people complained that DeMott ran talent too hard and had other issues with his methods, leading to the company requiring that his sessions be taped and sent to the company offices.

— Evan Bourne tweeted the following update on Tuesday: “Took another xray today. Things are progressing as planned. Another step in the right direction! Might even be off these crutches soon!”

— As reported earlier, Randy Orton noted the punt has been banned by WWE due to concussion awareness. One thing about WWE, and part of this also has to do with the recognition of legal liability down the line, but they do make the attempt to do an athletic exciting product but do it as safely as possible.

— According to Deadline, G.I. Joe Retaliation was reportedly scoring badly in test screenings, mainly due to Channing Tatum’s demise early on in proceedings. A Paramount insider had the following to say about the situation … “Channing Tatum had a breakout spring, starring in The Vow and 21 Jump Street. In our first screening of the film reaction from audiences was good, but with two big concerns: 1) They didn’t like the fact that Channing and The Rock really didn’t have any time to develop a friendship before Channing died, and 2) Why wasn’t it going to be in 3D? We went back and shot another week with Channing to develop more of his story with The Rock, which made the film play much better. But we didn’t have the time to be in 3D.”

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