Honky Tonk Man
Date of Birth
January 25, 1953
Place of Birth
Since he has worked himself into shape and became a legitimate main event performer, many are speculating that Bully Ray will be heading to WWE after his contract with TNA expires in a couple of days. However, reports are surfacing that WWE is hesitant to bring him back. Aside from his age, there are those backstage in the company that do not like Bully.
August 21, 2014
One of the big stories of the year is that Dixie Carter allowed herself to be placed through a table by Bully Ray on Impact Wrestling. That has brought some praise, both from within TNA and across the industry, for Carter. She is not a trained professional wrestler, and she is closing in on 50 years of age. Some do believe that she is trying her best to help the company out.
August 14, 2014
While there are some minor rumors about him potentially joining TNA or Global Force Wrestling, the widespread belief is that Theodore Long is more than likely going to retire now that he no longer works for WWE. He's already at a pretty advanced age, and his name value is not quite what it used to be since he was kept off of television for so long.
July 5, 2014
The release of Danny Burch was not a really tough decision for WWE. Management viewed him as damage goods after he suffered a serious knee injury and required surgery. It also doesn't help that Burch was already 32 years of age. WWE has been wanting to move towards filling up their developmental program with younger performers.
May 12, 2014
Michael Moody has passed away. While he's not necessarily a well known name in the world of professional wrestling, many will remember him as being the son of the legendary Paul Bearer. When the company wanted to induct the iconic manager into their hall of fame, WWE enlisted the help of his two sons to do the honors. Moody was 34 years of age and passed away in his sleep.
September 22, 2014
Some unfortunate news for wrestling fans tonight. The rumors of Sean O'Haire being dead are true. Several performers, including Tyler Reks, Lance Storm and Scotty Riggs, have no confirmed the death and expressed condolences towards their former colleague. The former WWE and WCW star was just 43 years of age. His cause of death are not immediately known.
September 9, 2014
During a recent interview, Petey Williams provided some answers for his fans who are wondering why he opted for retirement at such a young age. The former TNA star revealed that he opted to walk away because he saw a lot of his peers being injured, and he did not want to be in a wheelchair. Williams also mentioned that he was going to work in law enforcement, joining his wife, who happens to be a police officer.
August 24, 2014
"No, I've been there and done it against Chris Jericho and I proved a point, so there's no sense in jeopardizing that. Everyone who saw me work that match said I did good for my age. They have a good memory of that and I'd like to leave it at that. I do know some of the older guys who have come back and tried to work in the ring and it's just heartbreaking to see. I don't want to risk all that because the fans still have a pretty good image of me and my last time in the ring." - Ricky Steamboat talking about a potential return to WWE
August 5, 2014
In a very sad and disturbing piece of news, Buck Zumhofe is more than likely going to spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. The former AWA star has been sentenced to 25 years on multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct. Zumhofe molested his teenage daughter for years while she lived with him. The 63 year old is not eligible for release until he is 80 years of age.
May 9, 2014
"I don't know, man, who knows, right? That's something that only he can answer for sure. To me, if he hasn't come back already, then... I left the WWE for two-and-a-half years in 2005. The only difference was I left when my contract was up, but I disappeared too, because I just was over it. I couldn't take it anymore, I wasn't interested in being there, I was getting miserable, so I know how he feels. I had no intention of coming back, and after two-and-a-half years I watched Shawn Michaels vs John Cena at WrestleMania 23 and that inspired me to want to come back, but it took two-and-a-half years to get there. So my answer is, 'I don't know', but I just know how I was when I did the same thing. It took a long time for me to be able to come back, and I was probably the same age as CM Punk is now too, so maybe he's going through the same thing and after a few years he'll come back." - Chris Jericho on the backstage heat situation in WWE involving Punk
May 2, 2014
Since she has been around WWE for a very long time, wrestling fans have been wondering how old Stephanie McMahon is. She was born on September 24, 1976, which makes her 37 right now. Due to her age and the fact that the kids are getting a little older, Stephanie recently decided to scale back on her responsibilities within WWE. She is no longer in charge of the creative department.
April 22, 2014
Since he is one of their more underrated performers, TNA has managed to sign Robbie E to a long term contract extension. Some within the company view that he can be a star down the line, especially since he is still just 30 years of age. There were some questions as to whether or not Robbie was going to stay with the company since the status of his girlfriend Brooke Tessmacher has been up in the air.
April 16, 2014
At Wrestlemania 30, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns completely destroyed Kane, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn in a six man tag team match. The Shield captured the win over the Authority with a triple power bomb on both members of the New Age Outlaws at the same time. That led to an easy pin fall victory for the Shield at Wrestlemania.
April 6, 2014
With his career winding down and his age going up, Mark Henry has decided that he needs to drop some weight, so that he can fully enjoy his last couple of years as an in ring performer for WWE. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that he now weighs less than 400 pounds, a limit which he has not seen in quite a few years.
April 2, 2014
Some sad news to report tonight, as Big Daddy V has died. He turned 42 years of age over the weekend. The belief right now is that the former WWE star suffered a massive heart attack and passed away. A well known wrestling promoter in New Jersey named Eric Simms was the first to report the death on his Twitter account.
February 18, 2014
At just 16 years of age, Luther Reigns left home and tried to fend for himself. During this time, he became involved with gangs and criminals. He committed an assortment of crime in his youths and was frequently in trouble with the law. Reigns was also shot, stabbed and had his throat slit before he turned 20 years of age.
February 17, 2014
In an extremely sad bit of news, Reid Flair has passed away at just the age of 25. He was found dead by his father Ric Flair in a hotel suite. While the true cause of death will not be revealed until after his autopsy is completed, the belief is that he passed away from a potent mixture of heroine and prescription pills.
March 29, 2013
In a sad bit of news, Curt Hennig has been found dead in a Florida hotel. He was just 44 years of age. While the official cause of death will not be revealed until after the autopsy and funeral, the belief is that he died from a cocaine overdose. Hennig was a big star in WWE during the early 1990s as Mr Perfect.
February 10, 2003
In a rather interesting bit of business news, the Honky Tonk Man has revealed that he owns the trademark to the Patriot gimmick, which was used in WCW and WWE. He stated that he has owned it since 2007, which means that Del Wilkes, who has continued to use the gimmick on the independent wrestling circuit over the years, could be legally forced to find a new character to portray.
November 1, 2014
Another potential legal battle is heading towards WWE. Honky Tonk Man is threatening to sue the company, and he is taunting them into suing him as well. The dispute between the two sides is over the use of the character and name. The former Intercontinental Champion is claiming that WWE has tried to prevent him from making a living and feeding his family on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 23, 2014
Through Twitter, Honky Tonk Man posted this rather interesting message about having to buy his own ticket to New Orleans during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. He mentioned something about WWE screwing him over. The former Intercontinental Champion is in town for WrestleCon, and it does not appear that he was invited to the big event on Sunday night.
April 6, 2014
Prior to become a professional wrestler, the Honky Tonk Man had another career in mind. After graduating from college with an education degree, he became a high school football coach. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion only did that job for two years before deciding that he wanted to try something different.
March 2, 2014
Through Twitter, the Honky Tonk Man posted a picture of his new house, and the former Intercontinental Champion noted that it was all thanks to WWE stocks being on the rise. The belief is that HTM purchased the stocks personally, as there has not been a lot of performers who have been given shares of the company.
March 1, 2014
Through this Twitter post, Honky Tonk Man bashed TNA, where he posted a picture of a stage wagon. He called it the TNA tour bus. No word yet on whether the former WWE Intercontinental Champion is just being playful or if he has some backstage heat towards Dixie Carter and her company.
February 20, 2014
Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage in a classic match at Wrestlemania 3 to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but that reign did not last too long. Just two months later, he has now lost the title to the Honky Tonk Man at a television taping in Buffalo, New York. Steamboat is taking some time off.
June 2, 1987
For a good period of time there, the belief was that Randy Orton would be the mystery partner for the baby faces in the main event of Survivor Series 2014. There is a chance that might still happen. The former world heavyweight champion is backstage with WWE right now. Management could pull the trigger on a last minute change and have Orton, who was off filming a movie, replace one of the current team members.
November 23, 2014
Reports have surfaced that Roman Reigns is backstage at Survivor Series 2014. Some believe that he could be making an appearance during the pay per view. No word yet on what role that will be, but he could play a part in the main event elimination tag team match. Reigns could be utilized to attack Seth Rollins, which would reignite the feud between the two of them that was started before Reigns was sidelined by an injury.
November 23, 2014
Since they are now one of the more entertaining acts in the industry, Miz and Damien Sandow are the favorites to win the WWE tag team championship at Survivor Series 2014. Cody Rhodes and Goldust have lost a good amount of momentum, mainly due to the creative department not putting much focus on them. The feeling is that Miz and Sandow can help bring some energy back into the tag team division.
November 23, 2014
WWE is really desperate to increase the subscribers count for the WWE Network, and it might prompt them to pull the trigger on something that fans have long been waiting to see. In addition to providing their online service for free during the entire month of November, management is now seriously discussing the possibility of having Sting make his official on screen debut for the company.
November 22, 2014
There is a little bit of a buzz generating from the independent wrestling circuit. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas are going to be reuniting for a show in Houston, which is being promoted by Booker T. The reason why there is a buzz brewing is because Kurt Angle recently teased fans on Twitter by asking them if they want to see a Team Angle reunion, which has sparked rumors that the Olympic gold medalist might be making a surprise appearance at the event.
November 22, 2014
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
In what became a running joke, the New Day stable, which consists of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston, kept being delayed by WWE. The trio worked live events together, but they were not utilized on television. Reports have surfaced that the reason why management held off on their push was because of the situation taking place in Ferguson, where a white cop killed a black teenager. The company did not want anything that can be construed as racial on their programming, so the group had to wait.
November 22, 2014
While their new television contract with Destination America does not start until 2015, there are talks that TNA could start filming episodes of Impact Wrestling again in December. Initially, Dixie Carter had planned to do taping at the Manhattan Center in January, but those will now more than likely be canceled. The company would then film episodes in England during their annual tour of the country.
November 21, 2014
Some further details have been released about the return of Chris Jericho to WWE in January. In order to main his character's popularity, the former world heavyweight champion prefers to not be shown on television. Jericho wants to work live events, where he can still experience the thrill of entertaining an audience and be a marketing asset at the same time. An appearance at Royal Rumble 2015 is still a possibility.
November 20, 2014
While it is a well known fact now that Jim Ross will be calling the first Global Force Wrestling pay per view in January, it is still a mystery as to who will be joining him for the event. Reports have surfaced that both Ross and Jeff Jarrett were leaning towards adding Mike Tenay to the team. However, there might be some complications with that, as TNA has just secured themselves a new television deal.
November 20, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Alberto Del Rio was going to be signing with two different wrestling promotions at the beginning of 2015. Reports have surfaced that one of those companies will be TNA. Del Rio is said to be adamant about being able to work in Mexico again, and TNA provides a bit more freedom than the bigger corporation up north. The belief is that the announcement can be made as soon as January.
November 18, 2014
Rumors about AJ Lee leaving WWE have popped up again. This time, the belief is that the Divas Champion will be wrapping up with the company in December. A part of the reason why the speculations have popped up is because AJ recently started her own website, independent of the company. Some believe that she is trying to make that her main source of revenue. For what it's worth, AJ is not advertised for events at the end of December.
November 18, 2014
There's been quite a bit of speculation this week about former divas returning to WWE. The latest name on the rumor mill is Maryse Ouellet. A big part of that is because the Miz mentioned the possibility on Twitter. There are those that believe that Maryse could be interested in a return, if it meant that she would get a spot on Total Divas. The exposure could help her business ventures exponentially.
November 18, 2014
Speculations are floating around right now that Brad Maddox has been given a release by WWE. Many noted that his profile was moved from the current roster to the alumni section on the website. Maddox has not been used much over the last couple of months, outside of a random appearance where he was actually allowed to work as an in ring performer. No confirmation has been given by WWE yet, however.
November 14, 2014
During the meeting with Rey Mysterio last week, it was made very clear that Vince McMahon was in charge of the situation. He is the one that desperately wants the popular masked performer back in the ring, even though Mysterio has made it clear that he does not want to make a return. McMahon reportedly pushed the former world heavyweight champion to return on a full time schedule, even though Mysterio does not feel that his body can hold up for that.
November 13, 2014
After months of silence between the two sides, Rey Mysterio and WWE got together recently backstage to discuss the contract situation that has been lingering for a bit. Reports are surfacing that Mysterio essentially told management that he was no longer interested whatsoever in working with the company and wishes to move on to other things. WWE is still hoping that the former world heavyweight champion will change his mind, as they really need the drawing power in Mexico.
November 11, 2014
Earlier in the week, Chael Sonnen caught the attention of the professional wrestling industry when he revealed that WWE had offered him a $5 million contract, which he claims to have turned down because he was dedicated to UFC at the time. However, sources within WWE are stating that the story is completely fabricated. Vince McMahon reportedly does not view Sonnen as someone worth that high amount of money.
November 6, 2014
There are speculations floating around that Antonio Cesaro has backstage heat on him from management because of some recent comments that he made in regards to the creative decisions being made by WWE. Some gasoline was thrown into the fire when Cesaro was shockingly defeated in two consecutive matches in a best of three falls match at Hell in a Cell 2014. Some are disputing the rumors, but we shall see how Cesaro is used in the upcoming weeks and months.
November 2, 2014
During interviews, Kurt Angle has repeatedly stated that he wants to do one final year before retiring from professional wrestling. However, word is now coming out that the former world heavyweight champion is open to signing a contract that stretches out to 18 months since it would be a part time deal. Angle wants to focus on building a career in Hollywood, and he knows that he still needs the exposure from wrestling to help make that happen.
November 1, 2014
While it seemed all but certain that Impact Wrestling was going to have a new home in 2015, reports are now surfacing that TNA and Spike TV are close to finalizing a deal to keep the business relationship going. Sources have stated that the two sides have been in negotiation the entire time, even as TNA was allowed to seek a contract with another television network. Dixie Carter was expected to make an announcement this week, but if there is a chance to remain with Spike, the reveal could be delayed.
November 1, 2014