Low Ki has stayed true to his words about retirement and has not been wrestling as of late, but he recently decided to get involved in the business on a short term basis. Along with former WWE star Matt Striker, he was recently spotted at House of Glory, guest training some performers.
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.
Royal Rumble 2014 is barely in the books now, but Jake Roberts, who publicly campaigned for a spot in the big match, has revealed that he has started training for Royal Rumble 2015. The WWE legend feels that it would provide some closure to be able to work one final match for the company.
During the 1970s, the King of Tonga chose five teenagers to go study sumo in Japan. One of the lucky ones was Sione Vailahi, who would someday become known as the Barbarian in the NWA and WWE. The training would provide him a little boost as a professional wrestler.
Leah Van Damme is now known as Carmella in WWE NXT. The developmental diva is still training to become a professional wrestler, and it appears that it might take some time, as she is simply being utilized as a ring announcer at the various live events that NXT runs in Florida.
Had things gone a different way, then wrestling fans might have never heard of Tajiri. The former WWE and ECW star had initially began training for a career in kickboxing, but changed to professional wrestling after watching several matches from Mexico.
In 1986, the Warlord started working out at a new gym when he was approached by the owner, better known to wrestling fans as Road Warrior Animal, about a possible career change. Animal sent him to Dusty Rhodes, and a contract with the NWA shortly followed.
Ricardo Rodriguez, who has not been utilized much on television since the departure of Rob Van Dam, has been training on his in ring skills. The California native wants to wrestle for WWE in the near future.
Earlier today, Bully Ray caught the attention of some fans by posting on Twitter about wanting CM Punk to join him in TNA. Dixie Carter has decided to add even more fuel to the fire by retweeting the message on her own social media account. That has led to some speculations that the company will pursue Punk if he breaks free from WWE.
"If the rumors are true, let me be the 1st to invite CM Punk to Impact Wrestling and get in the ring w/ me. Fans would LOVE it. Yes or no?"
- Bully Ray inviting CM Punk to join TNA
"Once again, HONORED to be included in the Mae Young tribute video tonight on Monday Night Raw. So much respect for her and proud to be in same ring."
- Bully Ray
While his on screen character has dropped down from the main event scene, rumor has it that Bully Ray has been gaining power backstage in TNA. He has a good working relationship with executive vice president of television production John Gaburick from their time together in WWE.
"I think it's great for wrestling fans. As a wrestling fan and personally I am a wrestling fan. There are a lot of things that I would like to see. If I know that I can go to the WWE Network and just order something up and check out a match from back in the day that I want to see; that's awesome. So I think it's good for all of wrestling. It keeps wrestling out there. It keeps wrestling in the public's eye. And now fans have access to whatever they want to see. It's all about entertainment, guys. KISS goes up there every night; plays the same songs; Gene spits the same blood; they do the same pyro and people pay to see them. Because people love KISS. People love rock and roll; drinking whiskey; naked girls and partying. And that's the same reason why people will always love pro wrestling."
"Everybody wants to see TNA succeed. Everybody likes to sit back and whether it's bash TNA or bash the WWE; people will sit there and bash. They don't do anybody any good. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. You might not like something and that's cool. But to sit back there and bash a company for no fricking good reason when all of the wrestlers are trying to go out there every single week and do their absolute best. And all of the creative members are trying to do their absolute best in the best interest of the fans. Sometimes things don't always go the right way. Sometimes they go really great. You kind of gotta roll with the punches."
As many people witnessed on Impact Wrestling this week, TNA has decided to split Brooke Tessmacher up from Bully Ray, as his character is going to be come more of an evil loner. There's a chance that Brooke might be paired with someone else.
"I am the last of a dying breed. the last of the old-school pro wrestlers. I have the old-school respect for the industry. I think old school in and out of the ring. A lot of these guys coming out of wrestling school today, they ask when they’re going to be on TV. Nobody wants to pay their dues any more. ‘Pay your dues,’ there’s three words every young wrestler should have emblazoned in their forehead. Pay your dues, get out on the road, go live in your car, go eat bologna and cheese sandwiches, go struggle and make no money. When you finally get some success, you’ll appreciate it a whole lot more."