AHMED JOHNSON EUROPEAN TOUR NEWS
Name
Ahmed Johnson
Real Name
Anthony Norris
Date of Birth
June 6, 1970
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1989
Hulk Hogan
While he has already been booked for the European tour next month, Hulk Hogan has been angling for more involvement with WWE. The company was originally going to use him sparingly after Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that WWE might hold out on using Hogan again until Summerslam 2014, so that his appearances would feel more special.
April 22, 2014
Jeff Hardy
While a lot of people already knew that the return was happening, MVP, who is acting as an investor in the company, announced that Jeff Hardy would be coming back to television TNA Lockdown 2014. The popular wrestler was given some time off because he was not able to join the rest of the crew on the European tour in January.
February 11, 2014
Bobby Roode
MVP revealed that part of the stipulation with him coming on board with TNA was that he would get to work with certain guys that he has admired as performers. He listed Bobby Roode, whom he has already taped a match with while on the European tour, Kurt Angle and good friend Samoa Joe as guys that he would definitely need to work with.
February 7, 2014
Brutus Magnus
There is a guy in TNA named George, who does audio for the company. He was the recent subject of a post on Twitter from Brutus Magnus. The world champion praised George, whom he calls a professional and a tireless worker, and noted how he opted to work the European tour with the company instead of accepting an offer to work the Super Bowl.
February 7, 2014
Alpha Female
While TNA was doing their European tour, they decided to pick up some talent by signing Alpha Female. She is now in the United States, where she should become a regular on Impact Wrestling very soon.
February 6, 2014
Brutus Magnus

It appears that the story line and character development for Brutus Magnus is working, as fans have been booing him during the European tour. Many backstage were expecting him to receive cheers like Rockstar Spud has been receiving, but they're pleasantly surprised by the crowd reaction.

February 3, 2014
Alpha Female

Looks like TNA picked up some more assets while they're on their European tour. The company has signed Alpha Female, a German born wrestler who works in England. She's expecting to make her debut on Impact Wrestling very soon and could be paired up with a male performer.

January 31, 2014
Mr Anderson

Mr Anderson was written off of television on Impact Wrestling, and he's also now the father of newborn twins, so that led many to believe that he was going to be skipping the current European tour that TNA is on. However, it has now been confirmed that he is overseas with the company.

January 30, 2014
AJ Styles

TNA wants a successful tour of Europe in January, so they're hoping to have AJ Styles involved. The company either wants him to make a surprise return during an episode of Impact Wrestling that is being taped overseas or on an episode before that.

December 27, 2013
Jeff Hardy

Speculations about Jeff Hardy leaving TNA have increased, as the former world champion will not be joining the company as they do a tour of England in January. He is also expected to miss at least a couple of episodes of Impact Wrestling as well.

December 7, 2013
Dean Malenko

WWE sent Dean Malenko, who has been working as a backstage agent over the last several years, home early from the European tour because of chest pains.

November 20, 2013
Sin Cara

Even though he did not work the recent European tour, merchandise sales for items featuring Sin Cara were pretty high, which helps him get back on the graces of people in management.

November 20, 2013
Tony Chimel

In a rather interesting segment at a WWE live event in England, ring announcer Tony Chimel kicked Curtis Axel in the gut and delivered a Stone Cold Stunner.

November 17, 2013
Zack Ryder

WWE fans at a live event in Austria this weekend were surprised when Zack Ryder was given a victory over Damien Sandow.

November 16, 2013
Cody Rhodes

While working a tag team match in England, Cody Rhodes hit his head pretty hard and may have a concussion.

November 13, 2013
Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman are headed on a tour of Europe soon to do special appearances and signings.

November 13, 2013
Aksana

While WWE does not give her much television time, Aksana is being utilized on the European tour.

November 10, 2013
John Cena

John Cena and Antonio Cesaro had a special promo segment to end a live event in Germany.

November 10, 2013
Dean Ambrose

At a live event in Belgium, Dean Ambrose defended the US title against Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston in a triple threat match.

November 9, 2013
Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman made his return WWE at a live event in Glasgow, Scotland over the weekend.

November 9, 2013
Ahmed Johnson
During a recent interview, Ahmed Johnson stated that he felt that there were a lot of racism going on backstage in WWE. He cited that as a huge reason why he was never given the heavyweight championship. Johnson, a former NFL player, also accused TNA founder Jeff Jarrett of being a racist as well.
July 23, 2013
Daniel Bryan
Yesterday, it was revealed that WWE had pulled Daniel Bryan from the upcoming European tour in November. The former world heavyweight champion was scheduled to make appearances at the live events on that continent. Reports are now surfacing that management made the decision to pull him from the tour because Bryan has received confirmation from doctors that a second surgery is needed to repair his neck injury.
August 29, 2014
AJ Lee
After dropping the belt to Paige the night after Wrestlemania 30, AJ Lee was given some time off, presumably to rest up and move to Chicago to be with boyfriend, former WWE star CM Punk. Rumors are floating around that AJ will be returning to the company in May, as she has been advertised for the European tour. She is also advertised for events in June.
April 23, 2014
Davey Richards
There were initially plans to have Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards winning the TNA tag team championship while the company was on their European tour, but management opted to hold off on that, as they felt that it might be too soon for the fans to accept hem as title holders. They should still be in line for the belts in the coming months.
February 9, 2014
Al Snow

This rather interesting picture surfaced on Twitter this week. It's Alpha Female, who signed a contract with TNA while they were on the European tour, and LeiD Tapa carrying Al Snow, a backstage agent for Impact Wrestling.

February 8, 2014
Samoa Joe
While he was in the dog house with management for quite some time, it now appears that Samoa Joe has turned things around and has actually taken on a leadership role within TNA. He gave the other performers quite a speech during the European tour.
February 6, 2014
AJ Styles
While the possibility of a return is still there, there has been no negotiations between AJ Styles and Dixie Carter as of late, since the latter has been focused on the European tour and the signings of MVP, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards over the last few weeks.
February 6, 2014
Eric Young

John Gaburick, the former WWE executive who now has a lead role in TNA, reportedly has some backstage heat with Eric Young during one of the television tapings on the European tour. The two were arguing over the longevity of a spot filmed for Impact Wrestling.

February 4, 2014
Kurt Angle

In a bit of news that will be troublesome to fans who are concerned with his health, Kurt Angle has postponed surgery on his knees. He was initially supposed to go under the knife in January, but pushed that back to work the European tour with TNA, and there's talks that he might postpost it even further than that.

February 3, 2014
Aksana

For a while there, Aksana had some backstage heat on her in WWE because of her performances during the European tour. However, a lot of that heat has died down tremendously, as she has slowly received more television time. Aksana is also a candidate to join Total Divas next season.

January 25, 2014
John Cena

Since he's having to work on a nightly basis, John Cena is pretty banged up from the European tour.

November 14, 2013
Aksana

Apparently, there are many backstage who have been critical of the matches that Aksana has worked during the European tour.

November 13, 2013
Natalya Neidhart

Natalya Neidhart revealed some lucky leprechaun socks that she is wearing during the European tour.

November 7, 2013
Big E Langston

The advertised match on Main Event against Curtis Axel was canceled because Big E Langston had to miss the television taping to fly out for the European tour.

November 7, 2013
Ricardo Rodriguez

Despite not being utilized on television by WWE, Ricardo Rodriguez is being flown in for the European Tour.

November 7, 2013
Miz

Miz worked as a heel against Kofi Kingston during a WWE live event in Belfast, Ireland last night.

November 7, 2013
Lilian Garcia

Since she is scaling back from her WWE duties, Lilian Garcia will not be joining the crew on the European tour this month.

November 7, 2013
Antonio Cesaro

There are talks that the much anticipated Antonio Cesaro baby face turn could take place while WWE is in Europe later this month.

November 5, 2013
Cody Rhodes

Through Twitter, Cody Rhodes revealed that he and Goldust are set to do a rare tour of Europe with WWE.

November 4, 2013
Arn Anderson
In a very brutal and ugly situation, Arn Anderson has been stabbed by Sid Vicious. The Four Members were on a European tour for WCW when they got into an argument at a hotel. The fight escalated and a pair of scissors became involved. Vicious received four stab wounds, while Anderson received twenty. Too Cold Scorpio stopped the incident from going any further.
October 27, 1993
Ahmed Johnson
While his footage does appear on the WWE Network, Ahmed Johnson is essentially banned by the company. The former Intercontinental Champion has been heavily vocal against the company over the years, claiming that racism is prevalent backstage. WWE will never induct him into the hall of fame, and he will never be invited to show up on Monday Night Raw.
April 27, 2014
Ahmed Johnson
There was a point in time where Ahmed Johnson and his popularity were growing so much that WWE gave him a shot at the heavyweight championship. He actually won a battle royal to receive a title shot, but a legitimate kidney injury forced Johnson to miss Summerslam 1996. WWE had scheduled a match for him against Shawn Michaels on the following episode of Monday Night Raw.
February 5, 2014
Ahmed Johnson

Prior to becoming a star in professional wrestling, Ahmed Johnson, whose real name is Anthony Norris, played middle linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys for two seasons (1990 and 1991). He wasn't a big star, nor did he receive a lot of playing time, so he's not remembered by too many NFL fans.

February 4, 2014
Goldust

"Oh he got me! Let me tell you how it was supposed to go down. First of all that was a live TV taping so whatever happened happened. So me and Goldust went over this s*** over and over again during the pre-tape. I told him when we did mouth to mouth don't touch my lips put your hand over my mouth and do it to your hand, nobody is going to know. The camera won't be that close up to where anybody would see that and we worked out the angle with the camera man and everything. So I'm lying there and Goldust thought it would be ah if he did it. So I'm lying there and the part is coming up and I feel this mother f***** lips and man I lost it!"

December 19, 2013
Aksana
During a recent interview, Maxine revealed something very interesting that took place backstage in WWE. She stated that while she was working in the developmental program, she pitched an idea to management about her character and story line. About a day later, Maxine noticed that Aksana had been given that very gimmick that she had pitched to company officials.
October 31, 2014
Kevin Nash
A lot of wrestling fans were pleasantly surprised to see Kevin Nash making an appearance in the first Magic Mike movie, which surpassed a lot of expectations by becoming a worldwide hit. They're going to be even more surprised when they see Ric Flair in the movie. During a recent podcast interview with Steve Austin, the former WWE champion revealed that he just completed some scenes for the film.
October 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
While a lot of fans are under the assumption that there will be a huge number of international subscribers for the WWE Network, the latest financial reports tell an entirely different story. Over the last three months, the online service has picked up 31,000 more subscribers. Since 3,000 of those are domestic, that means that only 28,000 subscribers signed on from 170 different countries. It's a positive, but not nearly what was needed to get to the 1 million subscribers mark that Vince McMahon desperately wants.
October 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
In response to the lower than expected subscribers count, Vince McMahon has decided to give away the WWE Network for free to new subscribers. There will be no charge during the month of November. The move is being done to entice people to sign up on a more permanent basis, as the company knows that they really need to get to at least a million subscribers, in order to win back the trust of investors.
October 30, 2014
Kevin Nash
Apparently, when Hollywood needs a Russian enforcer, Kevin Nash is the guy to call. The former WWE star has a small role in the John Wick movie, which stars Keanu Reeves. In it, Nash plays a Russian bouncer. A couple of years back, the former world heavyweight champion was cast in the Punisher movie, where he played a Russian hit man for the mob.
October 30, 2014
Sin Cara
Depending on your name value, the pay outside of WWE is usually a lot less than within the company. For Sin Cara, who is viewed as a legend in Mexico, he is doing quite alright for himself. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is generating approximately $5000 for every match that he works. Sin Cara is said to be working two to three matches a week. That is a significant amount of money, and he probably does not miss WWE much.
October 30, 2014
Vince McMahon
A good amount of investors have bailed on WWE after their much anticipated announcement today. Vince McMahon and company revealed that they only have 731,000 subscribers for the WWE Network, a number which falls way short of what they were aiming for. Since they were not able to break the 1 million mark, expect some changes to be made to the product. The project has been deemed a failure by many, and all eyes will now be on McMahon to see what he does to rectify the situation.
October 30, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A lot of changes have taken place on the upcoming WWE tour of Europe. Initially, Randy Orton was scheduled for the entire trip. Then, after he expressed frustration with his role in the company, management allowed him to leave during the second half of the tour. Now, the former world heavyweight champion has been removed from the overseas shows altogether. He is being replaced by Bray Wyatt, who will work matches against Chris Jericho.
October 30, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Since he had spent many years utilizing the stiffer style of wrestling in Japan, there were concerns in WWE about Kenta Kobayashi being able to adapt to their more moderate style. Reports have surfaced that the newly named Hideo Itami is indeed having some trouble making the adjustments. A match he did was recently filmed again because officials felt that his kicks were too light and off the mark. It is a sign that he is trying to hold back on the realism.
October 29, 2014
Curtis Axel
With Ryback making his return on Monday Night Raw, many are wondering about the fate of his former tag team partner, Curtis Axel. It looks like management will utilize him as a role player in the singles division. The former Intercontinental Champion worked a match this week against Kofi Kingston on WWE Main Event. The company really likes having a veteran performer like Axel around, so job security should not be an issue anytime soon.
October 29, 2014
Christian
Management does not want Christian back in the wrestling ring, but since he is still on the payroll, the company is finding various ways to put him to good use. The latest task has the former world heavyweight champion flying over to France to do some promotional work for the recently released WWE 2K15 video game. Christian will make various media appearances and encourage consumers to make the purchase.
October 29, 2014
Ryback
Since he was no longer a topic of discussion, Ryback managed to have his return to Monday Night Raw fly under the radar. That, in part, helped to generate a much better reception for the former main event performer than expected. WWE fans in the arena chanted his catchphrase and cheered for him, while online fans helped his name become a trend on various social media websites.
October 28, 2014
Michelle McCool
Monday Night Raw was held in San Antonio last night. Since the event was so close to their home, Michelle McCool and Undertaker decided to pay a visit backstage to some of their friends in WWE. There were never any plans for either of them to make an appearance on television, especially since Undertaker is still on vacation mode physically. The two of them still maintain a close relationship with management.
October 28, 2014
Randy Orton
As many already know, Randy Orton is being given time off by WWE to prevent him from being burnt out on the road. The former world heavyweight champion isn't just going to sit around idly during that time, however. Orton has been cast as the lead role in the upcoming Condemned 2 movie, which is a sequel to the film that starred Steve Austin.
October 27, 2014
CM Punk
There is some development in the bitter feud between WWE and CM Punk, it seems. When the former world heavyweight champion had his lawyers send a 22 page letter to the company about royalties, management responded by removing most of his products from their online store. Something might have changed backstage, as WWE is selling Punk merchandise again.
October 27, 2014
John Cena
Rumors have long been floating around that there is some professional resentment from Randy Orton towards John Cena because he feels that WWE shows preferential treatment towards Cena. His recent comments on Twitter appear to confirm the speculations. Orton told fans that management only produces new merchandise for him after they make room for the Cena stuff.
October 26, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Karl Etherington was undefeated and the British heavyweight champion when he walked into Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane last night. By the time that Bellator 130 had ended, however, his unblemished record was no more. About 90 seconds into the fight, Etherington slipped on a judo throw, so Bobby Lashley was able to capitalize and land enough punches to get the referee to stop the match.
October 25, 2014
Undertaker
Good news for wrestling fans who hope that the Undertaker remains in the industry in some sort of capacity after retirement. The legendary performer has agreed to work as an adviser for the WWE developmental program. He will make the occasional trip to the WWE Performance Center and provide evaluations and advice to the performers and the trainers.
October 24, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
WWE is looking for a new social media manager. While that normally would not generate much interest, it does so here in this case because the previous guy that held the spot was Cody Barbierri, the allegedly racist employee that played a huge part in the controversial Alberto Del Rio release earlier in the year. No word yet on whether or not the release is related to the incident, but more on the story should be revealed in the upcoming days and weeks.
October 24, 2014
Christian
There is going to be another Edge and Christian reunion in the near future, but unfortunately for WWE fans, it will not be taking place inside of a wrestling ring. On the November 28 episode of Haven, Christian will be making a guest appearance on the show. His character will be a close friend of Dwight, the character portrayed by Edge.
October 23, 2014