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CM PUNK'S THANKSGIVING HOMECOMING IN CHICAGO, RIC FLAIR IN PHILLY FRIDAY, DH SMITH DISCUSSES WWE DEVELOPMENTAL AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2008-11-26 12:36:51

CM Punk will be appearing Thanksgiving morning in the McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade in his hometown of Chicago, IL as the official "Sports Grand Marshall" of the Parade, which will travel through downtown Chicago from 8-11 AM, airing locally on WGN.

The Miami Herald interviewed DH Smith today at this link, discussing his family ties to the business, being sent back to WWE developmental and more.  He doesn't touch upon his WWE Wellness suspension in the interview, although the article does mention it.  Smith commented that of everyone in developmental, he felt he was the best, but praised Curt Hennig's son Joe as well.  Smith and tag team partner TJ Wilson worked the dark match of last night's Smackdown taping in Albany, NY, managed by Natalya Neidhart as "The Foundation."  Smith and Wilson worked regularly on the indy scene as the Canadian Bulldogs and were going to be part of the New Hart Foundation idea that was discarded when Teddy Hart left WWE developmental. 

The National Wrestling Alliance is promoting a Ric Flair signing this Friday in Philadelphia at Chickie & Pete's Sports Bar (which is actually a hell of a place) at 2 PM.  For information, visit www.chickiesandpetes.com or call (215) 218-0500.

The late, great "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd was mentioned today on ESPN.com in an article about a dream Linebacker team, which you can read by clicking here.

The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Wasterloo, Iowa is hoping to have renovations completed by early January following the terrible flooding that devastated the museum and left it with $400,000 worth of damage.  For more information on the Institute, visit www.wrestlingmuseum.org.