Austin missing next Raw, Foley's role, NWA TNA hirings + Top wrestling books

Reported by Ryan Allen of
On Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 3:36 PM EST

- Steve Austin will be missing Raw next Monday so he can attend the Upfronts for Spike TV. The plan is for Mick Foley to appear on the show, and he will fill the role being played by Austin as Eric Bischoff's antagonist.

In addition to this, Austin was at the Spike TV launch party at the Playboy Mansion on Tuesday. Other stars in attendance included, Pam Anderson, Kelsey Grammar, Carmen Electra, Fred Durst, Ice-T & Busta Rhymes. Austin went to the party with John "Big" Gaburick.

- Here are the Top Ten Best Selling Wrestling Books according to rankings:
1. Classy Freddie Blassie by Fred Blassie (699)
2. The Hardys Boyz by Matt & Jeff Hardy (2,564)
3. Bobby the Brain by Bobby Heenan (4,676)
4. In the Pit with Piper by Roddy Piper (5,025)
5. Wrestlecrap: The Worst of Pro Wrestling by R.D. Reynolds (6,645)
6. It's Good to be a King sometimes by Jerry Lawler (9,822)
7. Sex, Lies and Headlocks by Shaun Assael (9,963)
8. J.R.'s Cookbook by Jim Ross (11,641)
9. WWE Yearbook by Michael McAvennie (15,778)
10. Pure Dynamite by Dynamite Kid (22,334)

- Recently in NWA TNA ownership has been going on a spending spree. As you may have read, there have been a few front office hirings in the last month and also they have bought a new set which debuts next week. In addition to this, they also agreed to terms with Sting, who doesn't come cheap. The main event next week is Sting & Jeff Jarrett vs. A.J. Styles & a mystery partner.

Credit: Dave Meltzer @