Shelton Benjamin is on the sidelines after having elbow surgery, but that doesn't mean that he's avoiding the wrestling ring. The former WWE star recently was a guest trainer at a seminar held by Booker T in Houston.
Former nWo stable mates Kevin Nash and Booker T have come to terms on a contract. Nash, who surprised wrestling fans by returning to WWE at Royal Rumble 2014, will be working a show for Booker on February 15, and there is a chance that he could be working more dates for the promotion.
Aside from his day job as a WWE personality, Booker T is making some really good progress as a wrestling promoter. The former world champion has reached a deal with Kube to air his Reality of Wrestling on a weekly basis in the Houston area.
Booker T is working on his second autobiography right now with Andrew Wright, who helped him do the first book. Booker T: My Rise to Wrestling Royal is expected to hit the shelves in August of this year.
Since they are friends in real life, Michael Cole flew down to Houston this week to do commentary at Reality of Wrestling Christmas Chaos, an event promoted by Booker T. The two of them requested and received permission from WWE to do so.
After Monday Night Raw went off the air, a match between John Cena and Randy Orton took place. The interesting thing about this particular segment was that Booker T, who used to wrestle frequently in Dallas, was the special guest referee.
While there are still people under the belief that this entire thing is a story line, AJ Styles has now been booked for various independent wrestling shows, including a big match against former WWE signee Kassius Ohno in January, from now until March.
Since TNA showed very little interest in picking him up, Kassisus Ohno has decided to return to ROH this weekend, utilizing the Chris Hero name that he used before jumping ship to the WWE developmental program.
Booker T is throwing a big wrestling event in Houston this upcoming weekend called Christmas Chaos, and he's managed to convince WWE officials to allow him to hire the Usos to work a match that evening.
Sheamus and Booker T were in attendance for the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as WWE wanted to do a little promotion since Wrestlemania 31 will be held in the area.
TNA has shown very little to no interest in signing Kassius Ohno, the former ROH star who was recently released by WWE. That does not come as a surprise, though, as the TNA front office is currently slowing things down for the holidays.
While the company has publicly left the door open for a potential return, the belief is that Kassius Ohno has no intentions of ever coming back to WWE, as he feels that management will not give him a fair chance to succeed.
At a Dragon Gate USA show, Kassius Ohno, who was recently released by WWE, took a jab at Triple H by having his opponent doing the crotch chop and Pedigree finisher, which Ohno was able to kick out of at the one count.
"I don't think they give a s--t about (indies) buzz. They only care about their own buzz, which makes sense. You can't solely cater to the niche fan base — it's a tricky demographic to deal with. But you can see somebody get over with those fans and think maybe they can do it in WWE, too. And they see someone who has the passion to chase the dream, traveling around the world. If you have passion, if you're a good performer, those are two of the most important things in wrestling, and they're things you can't manufacture. Some people are naturals. Take Big E Langston; he has such a perfect match of athleticism and charisma, and he looks like an action figure."
One of the people who backed up Kassius Ohno with management was Dusty Rhodes, who was really pushing for the company to keep the former ROH star around.
While there were speculations that Kassius Ohno could be returning to Ring of Honor, the former WWE developmental wrestler is going to work on the independent wrestling circuit while he decides where he wants to take his career next.
Fans at the NXT television taping this week were very vocal towards special guest Triple H, as many beleive that he is the reason why Kassius Ohno is no longer with WWE.
"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."
Booker T has decided to do a finishing school for wrestlers who have already gone through the regular program and are ready to try out for bigger promotions like ROH, TNA and WWE.
The release of Kassius Ohno was not an abrupt move by WWE, as the company had been planning his departure for quite some time now.
Kassius Ohno has been booked for a dream match against Lance Storm at an independent wrestling show in Ontario on December 15.
Former WWE star Kassius Ohno is rumored to be attempting to get some matches booked in Mexico soon.
Booker T, Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Mark Henry, Jimmy Hart and Mick Foley are hosting a Wrestlemania 30 part in New Orleans this weekend.
Through Twitter, Trent Baretta revealed that he was upset about WWE releasing Kassius Ohno.
Curt Hawkins publicly defended Kassius Ohno after the former ROH star was released from the WWE developmental program this week.
Shortly after his release from WWE, Kassius Ohno has already been booked for a show in a week against Shane Helms.
WWE has released Kassius Ohno, formerly known as Chris Hero in ROH, from their developmental system.
A celebrity roast of Booker T is taking place on December 11 for charity.
As a frequent traveler, Booker T is upset with the shooting incident that took place at the Los Angeles International Airport today.
Prior to taping Smackdown on Thursday, Booker T is being honored by the city of Houston, where the mayor has declared it to be "Booker T Day".
Kassius Ohno makes his NXT debut in a match against Xavier Woods.
Alberto Del Rio won Royal Rumble 2011 by last eliminating Santino Marella. Other participants in the match include Alex Riley, Big Show, Booker T, Bray Wyatt, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, John Cena, John Morrison, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan, R Truth, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Vladimiz Kozlov, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.
Chris Benoit shocked the wrestling world when he was able to win the Royal Rumble and earned himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. He was successfully able to eliminate the Big Show to win the match.