WWE has issued a press release, stating that John Cena is now the most liked athlete on Facebook in the United States. The company touted that he has surpassed NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Cena also moved passed LeBron James and Roger Federer. As of right now, the former heavyweight champion has approximately 18.6 million likes.
The last time that the United States Heavyweight Championship was defended was back in October, when Dean Ambrose successfully defended the title against Big E Langston at Hell in a Cell 2013 and on Monday Night Raw the following night.
"The UWL(unemployed wrestling league) has come to terms with the release of MVP. We wish him well in his future endeavors!"
- Carlito joking on Twitter about MVP signing with TNA
While there are still plans by WWE to push him, Big E Langston has essentially been neglected by the creative department over the last couple of weeks because the writers simply have not come up with anything for his character to do with Mark Henry being off television.
"'I can't believe that Mistico didn't make it in WWE.' Said nobody that knew the real deal.."
- Karl Anderson taking a jab at the release of Sin Cara
Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.
With rumors swirling that he could be the next person released by TNA, Garett Bischoff is unintentionally adding a little more fuel to the fire. The former Aces and Eights member is working an independent wrestling show this upcoming weekend in Texas.
"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."
- Big E Langston
Jim Ross has revealed through Twitter that he is extremely close to finalizing a deal with FoxSports.com. The longtime WWE announcer has already started writing for their website, and while no further details have been released about the contract, it is believed that he will have a column online.
TNA recently updated their official roster page with the additions of Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, but the company opted not to remove Garett Bischoff from there just yet. That means that management has decided to hold off on his rumored release.
There are talks that Sting could possibly be leaving TNA, as the company has set up a farewell scenario next week on the second part of Genesis. His contract had actually expired at the end of December, but the WCW legend opted to stick around for a little while longer.
Usually, when a performer informs WWE that they are leaving, it becomes a well known fact within the locker room, but in regards to Kaitlyn stepping away from the company, very few people were notified ahead of time, so it came as a surprise to most people.
Another name on the chopping block in TNA right now is Garett Bischoff, who has not really done much in the company since management decided to split up the Aces and Eights stable. His father, Eric Bischoff, recently scaled back on his duties within TNA.
Mike Knox could be the next person headed out the door in TNA. While the company likes him, they simply do not have anything planned for him since the split of Aces and Eights. There is a possibility of him being brought back into the fold at a later time.
Jay Bradley has been released by TNA. Aside from cutting cost and opening up a roster spot, the company simply did not feel that he was generating enough of a connection with the audience, despite being given a slot in the Bound For Glory series.
"I don't know the situation with the contracts and all that stuff, but you know for me to see a guy that I've been here since day one with is a dark day for TNA because he did help build TNA. Anytime somebody says TNA they automatically think of AJ Styles and the incredible matches he's had while he's been here. Hopefully him and TNA can come to an agreement and he can come back pretty soon."
Shortly after she was released from WWE, Kaitlyn revealed to the fans that she was going to become an entrepreneur and start a new business. It has now been revealed that the former Divas Champion is starting a fitness clothing line.
In a move that has been speculated for quite some time now, it appears that TNA has indeed released second generate star and former Aces and Eights member Wes Brisco. His profile has been removed from the official roster page on the company website.
The hot rumor this week is that WWE will be unifying the United States and Intercontinental belts at the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Dean Ambrose, who has not done much with the title, will most likely work a match with Big E Langston at the show.
Ryback posted an interesting message on Twitter last night, where the WWE star stated that he was released. He then revealed that he was talking about being released by a police officer who had pulled him over, thinking that his GPS was a cell phone.