WBC Welterweight Champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr. participated in an in-ring situation at the WWE NO WAY OUT pay per view in Las Vegas last night, and broke returning giant Big Show's nose in what is will be the most replayed piece of videotape going in to WWE's biggest pay per view of the year -- Wrestlemania XXIV on Sunday, March 30 from The Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
Recent news has Mayweather in a video clip tossing cash at a WWE press conference, taunting them with chants of "I'm the Money Man."
According to www.wrestlingnewsdesk.com, Big Show, real name Paul Wight, has been ironically training to be a boxer since leaving World Wrestling Entertainment in December 2006. The 7-foot tall giant from Aiken, South Carolina was going to be part of a Miami-based promotion owned in part by Hulk Hogan. But Hogan's divorce, coupled with son Nick Bollea-Hogan's car wreck and pending criminal charges lead Wight to return to the Land of McMahon.
Mayweather saved Rey Mysterio from a beating at the hands of the returning giant, and in the process hit Big Show with two solid punches that legitmately broke Big Show's nose. The blood only served to make the incident more spectacular.
Mayweather, who is scheduled later this year to box Oscar De La Hoya in a rematch of the highest grossing pay per view event in history, has been seeking other ways to get his name into the public consciousness. His involvement in "Dancing With The Stars"
allowed him to meet Texas billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns not only the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, but also an upstart Mixed Martial Arts league. Cuban and Mayweather have had fun with the media by floating rumors that Mayweather would consider training for an MMA event if Cuban wanted to go all the way with Mayweather breaking into the MMA world, which has been dominated by the Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).
Cuban has launched the first missle in UFC's direction by filing suit asking for a judge to clarify exactly when Randy Couture can fight outside of UFC. Couture, the UFC Heavyweight Champion, quit the world's number one MMA promotion last year because he felt he wasn't being respected enough by owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta and UFC President Dana White.
Couture was also angry UFC could not close a deal with Russian MMA legend Fedor Emalianenko to fight Couture in the biggest USA vs Russia showdown since the 1980 Olympics, or Rocky Balboa vs Ivan Drago.
IN OTHER NEWS: It appears as though Wrestlemania will also feature WWE Champion Randy Orton vs John Cena vs HHH in a Triple Threat Match, as HHH won a thrilling Elimination Chamber after a Pedigree to Jeff Hardy on a chair. Orton punched the referee in his rematch against Cena, losing the match but retaining the title.
Paul Heyman, whose ECW Wrestling revolutionized pro wrestling in the 1990s and whose work in WWE included being the Head Writer for Smackdown and later for WWE-ECW, will debut his first out-of-wrestling project, "The Heyman Hustle" with the Rupert Murdoch-NewsCorp owned UK SUN today. The hi definition video show heavily promoted a sneak peak last week featuring CBS Survivor's Ami Cusack and Flicka Smith in a passionate lesbian kiss, to which the hyper hype master Heyman proclaimed "You ain't seen nothin' yet!"
Heyman Hustle's first episode can be found here.
John Roth is an independent columnist
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