AHMED JOHNSON WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER NEWS
Name
Ahmed Johnson
Real Name
Anthony Norris
Date of Birth
June 6, 1970
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Debut
1989
Kenta Kobayashi
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
Michelle McCool
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
Adam Pearce
To the average WWE fan, Adam Pearce is not a household name, but to those in the industry, however, he's definitely a familiar face. The longtime independent wrestling star was spotted backstage at Payback 2014. The belief is that he was a guest of the company, as he has been helping to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center.
June 2, 2014
Alex Wright
A couple of weeks ago, Alex Wright was brought to the United States by WWE to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. While the company was doing a tour of Europe, William Regal was sent to the wrestling school that Wright owns to check things out. Rumors have it that WWE wants to maintain an ongoing working relationship with Wright, in an attempt to find new talent from Europe.
May 26, 2014
Alex Wright
After a dozen years of staying away from the United States, Alex Wright made a special trip to America as a guest of WWE. Management flew him in from Germany and had him acting as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. After retiring as an in ring performer himself, Wright opened up a successful wrestling school and started a promotion.
May 14, 2014
Rock
The Samoan presence in WWE has just gotten a little bit stronger, as Savelina Fanene is now under a developmental contract with the company. She is related to the Rock and does have an athletic background. Savelina recently noted on Instagram that she had moved to Orlando, where she will be training for the next year at the WWE Performance Center.
May 10, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
Even though he is no longer touring with the company or being utilized on television, Yoshi Tatsu continues to work really hard, perfecting his craft at the WWE Performance Center every week. Management loves his attitude and determination, so they rewarded him with a spot at Wrestlemania 30 last night. Tatsu was a surprise entrant in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Sarita
Long known as one of the best female performers in Canada and Japan, Sarita has never really been on the radar for WWE. That has changed as of late, as the former TNA knockout spent a week at the WWE Performance Center, doing various tryouts for the company. A veteran performer like Sarita could really help out the divas division.
March 24, 2014
Brodus Clay
After spending some time down at the WWE Performance Center, Brodus Clay is now back on the road. He worked a live event over the weekend in Atlantic City, where he did a quick dance off segment with the Great Khali, another performer who has been off the road for a couple of weeks. No word on a television return for Clay yet.
March 24, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Michelle McCool
In a rather interesting move, Michelle McCool was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center this week. She was helping some of the developmental performers out. Some are speculating that she is interested in becoming a trainer for the company, while others think that she might just be helping out because her husband, Undertaker, is working Wrestlemania 30.
March 13, 2014
Kevin Steen
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
In a show of resilient he is, Yoshi Tatsu refuses to give up on his dreams of being on the main roster with WWE again. He has been spending extra time with Nick Dinsmore, one of the lead trainers for the company, at the WWE Performance Center, working on his stamina and gaining some pointers on how to present his character on television.
February 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro

There are speculations that Antonio Cesaro and John Cena coudl be working a feud together in the near future, as the two stars were spotted working out together at the WWE Performance Center. Cesaro received a slight push from management this week by being added to the main event at Elimination Chamber 2014.

February 1, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu

As many already know, Yoshi Tatsu is no longer on the road, and he has not been utilized regularly at live events in quite some time. He has been doing some training down at the WWE Performance Center, and he's now also training developmental wrestlers as well.

January 30, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu

While he has not been seen on television in quite some time, Yoshi Tatsu is still with WWE. The Japanese wrestler has been training with the company at the performance center. Tatsu has been working closely with Dusty Rhodes on improving himself as a character.

January 16, 2014
Terry Funk

Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and Texas legend Terry Funk was recently brought in to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center.

December 5, 2013
Diamond Dallas Page

While visiting the performance center, DDP taught his unique brand of yoga to the various developmental wrestlers under contract with WWE.

November 23, 2013
Diamond Dallas Page

Triple H and Bill DeMott extended an invitation to Diamond Dallas Page to visit the performance center, and the former WCW champion has decided to take them up on that offer.

November 21, 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
Kenta Kobayashi
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
CJ Parker
Yesterday, news broke out that Tough Enough was being brought back and being aired on the WWE Network. Now, some details are swirling around. Rumors have it that the company will be filming the series at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the lesser known developmental wrestlers like CJ Parker, Sylvester Lefort and Travis Tyler are also rumored to be a part of the show as well.
May 2, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While he continues to train hard at the WWE Performance Center, there has been some doubt as to how far Ricardo Rodriguez will be able to go as a wrestler. He already has the personality to make it work, but there are some fears that some fans will not be able to see past him as just being a manager and a sidekick for Alberto Del Rio.
March 11, 2014
Bill DeMott
A picture of Hulk Hogan visiting the WWE Performance Center. Also pictured are Nick Dinsmore, Bill DeMott, Dusty Rhodes, Normal Smiley and former WCW star Terry Taylor.
February 22, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
Bayley
Scotty 2 Hotty spent some town down in WWE NXT this weekend, where the veteran performer made an appearance and helped to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center. He also posed for this picture with Bayley and posted it on Twitter.
February 9, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

Japanese star Kenta Kobayashi, the wrestler who made the Go 2 Sleep finisher internationally famous, could be signed to a developmental deal with WWE soon. He was recently spotted at the WWE Performance Center, where he was given a tryout by officials.

January 28, 2014
Knuckles Madsen

”There are quite a few trainers and classes. There are a lot of vultures flying around there who will take the move if they like it so I was careful. I just worked with the great trainers. At the performance center, there is a man there who is just great. Norman Smiley, he is a surgeon in the ring. It was incredible. I would love to say I could do The Big Wiggle so I am going to yeah, I can do the wiggle.”

January 18, 2014
Christopher Daniels

"I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it's just a matter of getting that opportunity. It's funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they've got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It's almost like they're trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they're doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system."

November 30, 2013
Kane

Kane visited the WWE performance center for the very first time.

November 21, 2013
Christina Vargas

Christina Vargas spent less than a month training at the WWE Performance Center before quitting the company, and the developmental diva has now explained that the biggest reason why she asked for her release was because she felt unwanted there.

September 28, 2013
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
Dixie Carter
While a lot of fans bashed TNA for paying big bucks to Hulk Hogan over the years, his true value is coming out as Dixie Carter is having some trouble trying to secure a new television deal for Impact Wrestling. Hogan's name value helped open a lot of doors in business for the company, and his absence has made it a bit harder to sell networks on their product.
July 29, 2014
Bret Hart
Smith Hart has managed to make headlines again, and it's still for all the wrong reasons. The older brother of Bret Hart publicly bashed Vince Russo on Twitter. He claims that Russo was the one that murdered Owen Hart in WWE. Smith Hart is also challenging Russo to a real life fight. He is attempting to make it seem reasonable by offering to donate the proceeds to charity.
July 29, 2014
Dixie Carter
Since rumors broke out about Spike TV canceling Impact Wrestling, TNA officials had to react quickly to prevent their performers from panicking. Dixie Carter and her staff sent out emails to the wrestlers to let them know that the rumors were not true. She reiterated to the crew that negotiations were still ongoing with the network, and the show should remain on television.
July 29, 2014
Batista
While doing an interview with the Huffington Post to promote his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Batista discussed a few topics regarding WWE. He surprisingly decided to bash the company for their decision to have Brock Lesnar end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30. Batista stated that it made no sense for WWE to go that route.
July 29, 2014
Vince McMahon
The mystery is about to revealed. Vince McMahon has been keeping the subscribers count for the WWE Network a well guarded secret, even from those that are within the company. However, an announcement will be made on Thursday to the shareholders. Many are curious to see if the company was able to reach the million subscribers mark that they were hoping for.
July 29, 2014
Jesse Ventura
The former governor of Minnesota should be receiving a nice check in the near future. A jury in the state awarded Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his lawsuit against Chris Kyle, who passed away before the trial concluded. The former WWE star filed the lawsuit because Kyle had been telling people that the two of them were involved in a fight at the bar.
July 29, 2014
Brie Bella
To further their story line, WWE has revealed that Stephanie McMahon has invited Brie Bella to make an appearance on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. This should move them closer to the long rumored match at Summerslam 2014. The belief is that this also gives the company an opportunity to showcase Daniel Bryan and capitalize on the fame that he recently picked up by detaining a burglar.
July 28, 2014
Goldberg
It looks like the longstanding real life backstage heat between Goldberg and Scott Hall has now ended. The disdain between the two sides started when both were working in WCW. Goldberg has publicly stated that Hall was unprofessional and careless in the ring. The two of them were spotted together at a wrestling convention in Arizona recently, and they appeared to be cordial with one another.
July 28, 2014
John Cena
WWE ran a live event on Friday in Dallas, and they initially drew in fans by advertising that John Cena would be working the show. However, the heavyweight champion picked up a part in a movie and was forced to miss the event, which prompted management to offer full refund to fans in attendance. It is being said that only a small amount of people bothered to leave the building.
July 28, 2014
Dixie Carter
In a landscape changing bit of news, it is now being reported by TMZ that Spike TV officials have informed TNA that they will not be renewing their television for Impact Wrestling, which means that Dixie Carter and company are now scrambling to find a new home. People in the industry know that without a national television deal, it is hard for a company to maintain and grow.
July 28, 2014
Colt Cabana
Got some bad news if you're a fan of the Colt Cabana podcast. The former WWE star revealed that his web server has been hacked by malicious bots. He is having trouble finding help to resolve the issue, which started a couple of days ago. Cabana recently landed a pretty big guest when legendary commentator Jim Ross agreed to do an interview for his show.
July 27, 2014
Batista
News coming out of Comic Con is that a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has already been set. For WWE fans, that means that Batista will need more time off to work on the film. No word yet on whether or not he plans to remain in the professional wrestling industry since his movie career is moving forward, however. Depending on the success of the first film, Batista could land other roles in Hollywood, which would entice him to leave WWE.
July 27, 2014
Tensai
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon has another big headache to deal with, as his company is being hit with a class action lawsuit. The claim is that WWE purposely misled investors about their ability to secure a much better television deal with the network than the contract that they eventually signed. The promise of a bigger television deal was reportedly the reason why a lot of investors sank money into WWE, causing their stocks to soar to record levels.
July 26, 2014
Brie Bella
While he is already revered by WWE fans, Daniel Bryan has now become a real life hero. The former world heavyweight champion and Brie Bella were coming home when they noticed that their front door was open. Upon realizing that they were being burglarized, Bryan immediately pursued one of the thieves and put him into a rear naked choke before police officers arrived on the scene to arrest him.
July 26, 2014
Ric Flair
In an attempt to get as much out of his name value as possible, WWE has been utilizing Ric Flair during live events as a special guest referee. The hope is that his appearance will help convince some fans to attend the show. As of right now, he has been booked on a couple of shows throughout the summer in this particular role. No word yet on what WWE plans on doing with him on television, though.
July 26, 2014
Dixie Carter
TNA might have finally found a formula that works with these latest episodes of Impact Wrestling. The shows taped in New York City have been drawing in a much better audience than normal. Dixie Carter and her crew are said to be quite pleased that they're coming close to reaching 1.5 million viewers a week now. Something like this may entice management to change up their booking style.
July 26, 2014
Rob Terry
Even though he is now back in TNA, Rob Terry still continues to work for other wrestling promotions. Thanks to the new taping schedule for Impact Wrestling, he is able to work shows in Europe in early August. At these live events, he will be working under his real name as opposed to being under a mask like he is in TNA.
July 25, 2014
Sting
For the longest time, it seemed like Sting would never ever work for Vince McMahon or wrestle for WWE, but things have taken quite the turn. The relationship between the two sides have grown rather quickly. It now appears inevitable that the legendary WCW star is going to work a big match for the company. Sting has repeatedly stated his desire to do a match at every public event that he has attended recently.
July 25, 2014
Christopher Daniels
Fans in attendance at the Comic Con event in San Diego this week have a chance to meet Christopher Daniels. The former TNA star has a booth there to promote his comic book. Daniels was paid a visit by Daniel Bryan, who was sent to the show by WWE to help promote the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The two of them had a nice talk and posed for a social media picture together.
July 25, 2014