King of the Ring Participants, WWE Comics Nixed, Former ECW Owner Retires

— Former ECW owner Tod Gordon is retiring from the wrestling business. He helped run the Pro Wrestling Unplugged indy promotion out of Pennsylvania, but a person in his immediate family is gravely ill and he must devote all of his physical and financial resources to the person’s healthcare. Click here to read a message from Gordon regarding his retirement.

— WWE’s official site has a graphic promoting the King of the Ring tournament on next week’s three-hour Raw. The eight wrestlers featured on the graphic include Chris Jericho, Umaga, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Batista, Big Show, Triple H and MVP. Although, the preview for the King of the Ring also notes Mr. Kennedy and Finlay, so the wrestlers featured in the graphic likely aren’t final.

— The newly launched WWE Kids Magazine was planning on including comic strips in the magazine, but the idea has been dropped. WWE hired ex-DC Comics editor Paul Kupperberg to be the Senior Editor of the magazine, but was fired for unknown reasons. According to Kupperberg, WWE believes that kids don’t read comics. Also, reader Anthony Davis sent in the following… A sample of the comics that were nixed from WWE comics magazine can be found in Rich Johnston’s “Lying in the Gutters” column at Comic Shop News. Here’s a link. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the story, and then click on the links to see the pages.

See photo of Khali & his wife at this link