FRANKIE KAZARIAN BACKSTAGE POLITICS
Name
Frankie Kazarian
Real Name
Frank Gerdelman
Date of Birth
August 4, 1977
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1998
Adam Pearce
Rumors were floating around that Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE because of backstage politics as opposed to budget cost. Those rumors are gaining steam right now because the company is reportedly interested in hiring Adam Pearce as his replacement. The former NWA champion has been spotted at the performance center a couple of times already this month.
October 21, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
When reports surfaced that Nick Dinsmore was being released by WWE as a trainer, the belief was that it was for budgetary reasons. However, there are now rumors floating around that Dinsmore might have been the victim of backstage politics. No confirmation on the two different factions at odds, but word is that Dinsmore was on the wrong side of that battle.
October 10, 2014
JoJo Offerman
In WWE, sometimes a good personality can help to combat backstage politics. JoJo Offerman appears to be doing that right now, as it has been rumored that management has been praising her for maintaining a good attitude and continuing to work hard down in developmental. Some felt that she would be resentful towards WWE for removing her from the main roster and from the Total Divas cast.
May 26, 2014
Bob Holly
"They try to make that hall of fame leigtimate, but if you'll notice, to me, it's politically driven. A dead giveaway is Hunter wanting all of his little buddies, his little circle first. He's taken care of all of them." - Bob Holly suggesting that backstage politics plays a big part in the WWE Hall of Fame
May 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
"Here's a guy that has a huge ego. He has a hard time with putting anybody over and let alone outside the business when someone like Brock Lesnar would have to hurt him. His ego wouldn't let him walk around in a sling. He wants people to know it's entertainment unless he's the one doing it then he wants you to walk around in a leg cast. This is what I see the problem is and I've been pretty critical about it. You've got somebody in that position that's got too big of an ego to run a company like that. Triple H goes to extreme lengths to look good, to be big and cut and make sure he's on the cover of the muscle magazine and make sure he's in fitness things. He's the guy who's putting himself in the forefront. For anybody to run a company like the WWE, you can't be that guy. You've got too much talent out there for you to put yourself out there in front of them." - Ken Shamrock bashing HHH for backstage politics
April 28, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Zack Ryder

There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.

January 1, 2014
Big E Langston

The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.

December 9, 2013
Daniel Bryan

There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.

November 8, 2013
Road Dogg

As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.

November 4, 2013
Jeff Jarrett
There are talks within TNA that Jeff Jarrett regaining power within the company could force Eric Bischoff out.
October 27, 2013
Frankie Kazarian
AAA wanted Frankie Kazarian on board when they venture into the United States because he is one of the most talented and most well known free agents in wrestling, but the former TNA star has decided to reject their contract offer. The belief is that the deal is too restrictive when it comes to the performers being able to work other independent wrestling shows. The pay is also said to be less than what a lot of wrestlers are hoping for.
September 2, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
A status update from Twitter from Frankie Kazarian, which involves Chris Sabin and potentially taking a jab at TNA for not paying their performers on time.
May 27, 2014
Adam Pearce
On June 6, Tommy Dreamer is doing another House of Hardcore wrestling event, and the ECW legend has stacked his card up tremendously. Confirmed for the event are Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, AJ Styles, Devon, Bully Ray, Abyss, Gangrel, Kassius Ohno, Adam Pearce, Kevin Steen, Homicide, Matt Striker, Petey Williams, Shane Helms and the Godfather.
May 20, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
If you are already having Bad Influence withdrawals, some help is on the way. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian will be working the ROH pay per view in June. Daniels has already been publicly confirmed for the event, but Ring of Honor cannot advertise Kazarian just yet because he is still officially under contract with TNA. They have to wait two weeks to announce his return.
May 18, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
Since the two sides could not come to an agreement on a new contract, Frankie Kazarian finished up his stint with TNA this week by working a pair of taped Impact Wrestling episodes. Rumors have it that management is letting the veteran performer walk, so that they could use his salary slot to sign a pair of younger and cheaper wrestlers.
May 12, 2014
James Storm
While they both have now established themselves as singles stars, there are talks backstage in TNA of doing a Beer Money reunion. The hope would be that James Storm and Bobby Roode can remain relevant while carrying the tag team division once again. It would help fill the void that is being left by the potential departures of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.
April 24, 2014
Great Muta
With his contract status in limbo at the moment, Frankie Kazarian is heading over to Japan to work a match for the Great Muta and his new Wrestle-1 promotion. Kazarian will be teaming with Abyss, who is still under contract to TNA, in a tag team match against Muta and Tajiri, the former WWE star. The event will be taking place on May 4th.
April 23, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
While the sides have been unable to come to terms on contract extensions, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are said to be leaving TNA on good terms. The door has been left open for a possible return down the line. For now, however, Bad Influence is taking their act elsewhere. The belief is that Daniels and Kazarian are going to do a quick tour of Japan.
April 20, 2014
Christopher Daniels
It appears that Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are set to leave TNA once their contract expires in the coming weeks. Both performers are already accepting bookings on the independent wrestling circuit. There are rumors floating around that Bad Influence could be taking off to Japan or joining Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling later this year.
April 19, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
A status update on Twitter, where Frankie Kazarian makes a wrestling reference while discussing the recent earthquakes that hit California.
April 2, 2014
Christopher Daniels
There are a ton of rumors floating around right now that Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels are leaving TNA after their contract expires this year. It looks like Bad Influence will have a job to fall back on, as the former tag team champions are now working on a comic book together. Daniels and Kazarian are the main characters in it.
March 27, 2014
Dixie Carter
When Frankie Kazarian revealed on Twitter that he was not working the Impact Wrestling episode this week, it spurned a lot of speculations about his future and that of Christopher Daniels, as both performers will be free agents after April if they do not sign a new contract with Dixie Carter. There have been talks of both guys going to Japan to work.
March 14, 2014
Chris Sabin
A video interview of Great Muta, Seiya Sanada and Yasufumi Nakanoue discussing their big victory over Chris Sabin, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels at TNA Lockdown 2014.
March 13, 2014
Christopher Daniels
In a steel cage match at TNA Lockdown 2014, the Great Muta, Seiya Sanada and Yasufumi Nakanoue defeated Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. All three Japanese wrestlers were representing Wrestle-1.
March 9, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
Seems like everyone in professional wrestling will be in New Orleans during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. It has now been announced that Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian have been signed to make appearances at WrestleCon. They will be signing autographs and taking pictures during the entire weekend.
March 6, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
Shortly after announcing that the Great Muta would be wrestling at TNA Lockdown 2014, the company has now revealed what match he will be involved in. The Japanese legend will team up with Seiya Sanada and Tigre Uno to take on the TNA trio of Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Chris Saban.
March 1, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
There are talks that Frankie Kazarian could be heading off to work for New Japan after his contract with TNA expires this summer. While he wants to leave the door open for a future return to the company, he is rumored to be interested in a change of scenery, even if it's just for a few months. He has several friends working overseas right now.
February 22, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
An interesting name that has popped up as a potential to join Jeff Jarrett in his new wrestling promotion is Frankie Kazarian. He and Christopher Daniesl are both set to become a free agent this upcoming summer. While Kazarian is not unhappy in TNA, the chance for a change of scenery might be enough to entice him to jump ship.
February 19, 2014
Frankie Kazarian
As part of their new business relationship, the Great Muta and Seiya Senada will be wrestling at TNA Lockdown 2014, and it now appears that management is leaning towards a tag team match for them. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are the rumored opponents, as those two guys are versatile enough to work the Japanese style.
February 8, 2014
Eddie Edwards

There are talks that TNA will be taking the tag team championship from Robbie E and Jessie Godderz soon. The feud involving Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards is supposed to take center stage, and the belts will more than likely be used in that program.

January 31, 2014