KATSUYORI SHIBATA COLLEGE NEWS
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Katsuyori Shibata
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Katsuyori Shibata
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November 17, 1979
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Debut
1999
Michelle McCool
In a sign that he is thoroughly enjoying his time away from WWE, Undertaker was spotted with his wife Michelle McCool at a college football game featuring the Texas Longhorns. The former world heavyweight champion even took the time to pose for pictures with fans, something that he did not do frequently when he was an active performer. Undertaker was also spotted recently at a high school football game.
October 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed just how close Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were in college. Ross was the one that recruited Lesnar into WWE, and when a contract was offered, Lesnar stated that he had a special stipulation he would like fulfilled. Lesnar told the company that he would sign the contract if they also gave a deal to Benjamin, who happened to be his roommate at the time.
September 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a brilliant move by Vince McMahon, WWE is now offering further assistance to former performers to help them transition to regular life. The company is offering up to $5000 a semester for college tuition. WWE is also giving free assistance with financial planning and debt management. The gesture should hopefully bring some positive publicity to the company that has been hit in the business department.
June 4, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Goldberg revealed that he recently let WWE know that he's interested in a return. He listed Triple H and Brock Lesnar as two opponents that he would love to work with. Goldberg also added Roman Reigns and noted that they both played college football at Georgia. The former world heavyweight champion feels that WWE can do a story out of that connection.
May 21, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
While she did not leave the company after Wrestlemania 30 like rumored, Vickie Guerrero still intends on moving on from WWE at some point in time. She has already given notice to management, and she still continues to work on her college degree and business ventures. Guerrero wants to maintain a good working relationship with WWE.
April 17, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Wrestlemania 30 and perhaps the next Monday Night Raw will be the last hurrah for Vickie Guerrero, as she is finishing up her tenure with WWE this weekend. The former on screen general manager has been focused on college over the past year, and she has also been trying to get a few business ventures up and running as well.
April 6, 2014
Lilian Garcia
Earlier this month, Lilian Garcia and her band were in Las Vegas, performing concerts for NASCAR fans. It looks like they did well enough to where they were invited back to the city to do their music for people who are in town for March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament by the NCAA that draws in millions of people across the country.
March 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
The location of Slammiversary 2014 has now been revealed. Dixie Carter and company will be hosting the pay per view in Dallas this year. It will be held at the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. The venue is just two years old and holds approximately 7000 people. The show takes place on June 15.
March 6, 2014
Brooke Hogan
Brooke Hogan will be seeing a very familiar face on the set when College Fright night starts filming later on this year. WWE legend Jake Roberts will be appearing the movie with her. He is playing a character named Richard Hertz. It's a movie about college students and vampires. As of right now, the film is set to be released on October 24.
February 8, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
To prepare for life after professional wrestling, Vickie Guerrero decided to return to college to get a degree in medical administration, and it looks like she has been able to thrive, despite still working the hectic WWE schedule. She recently revealed that she received all As this semester.
February 6, 2014
Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis has revealed that while she is pursuing her college degree, she's also going to be going after a certificate for graphics design as well.

December 2, 2013
Maria Kanellis

Former WWE diva Maria Kanellis has revealed that she is going back to school to study film.

November 5, 2013
Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley had a stellar amateur wrestling career in college for a couple of years. He did well enough, where he started training for the Olympics. Unfortunately, though, an injury ended those dreams. WWE came calling, though, and has now signed Lashley to a developmental deal. He is being assigned to OVW for training.
November 9, 2004
Katsuyori Shibata
Just two months after undergoing surgery for his elbow, Shelton Benjamin is back in action. He is currently in New Japan, where he is working a big tournament for the company. The former WWE star has done well thus far, recently defeating Katsuyori Shibata and advancing to the next round.
March 22, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Based on what she has accomplished, Vickie Guerrero has inspired several of the performers backstage in WWE. She was able to leave the business and start a new career. Guerrero went to college while working on the road for WWE. A lot of performers have long been worried if it would be possible for them to leave the road and settle into a new life.
August 8, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Prior to becoming known worldwide as a legend in professional wrestling, Bruiser Brody was actually a pretty good football player. He was an all state high school player in Michigan. His talents were so good that he caught the attention of a university in Texas. He parlayed his success in college to an NFL career, doing a brief stint with the Washington Redskins.
May 1, 2014
Maria Kanellis
A selfie picture from Maria Kanellis, where the former WWE diva shows us what she wears to school. Since she is planning for life after professional wrestling, Maria recently made her return to college.
April 25, 2014
Jack Swagger
"I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we'll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I'm one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps." - Jack Swagger reveals his path to the WWE developmental program
April 21, 2014
Mike Rotunda
Back when he was with the NWA, Mike Rotunda had an amateur wrestler gimmick when he teamed with Rick Steiner. It was actually based on his real life athletic career in college. Rotunda really did wrestle at Syracuse University. He was never an All American, though.
March 21, 2014
George Steele
After a successful career as an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan, Rick Steiner was discovered by George Steele, who convinced the college graduate to become a professional wrestler immediately after he finished school.
March 10, 2014
Matt Hardy
Prior to becoming a big star for WWE and TNA, Matt Hardy was quite the scholar. In high school, he won a scholarship to any college of his choosing to major in engineering. Shortly into his academics career, he was forced to withdraw from classes and leave, so that he could go home and take care of his sick father.
March 5, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
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
Vickie Guerrero
Since she is now focusing on her education, new career and business, there is backstage heat towards Vickie Guerrero from a couple of people backstage in WWE. It has become apparent that she plans on leaving the company after she graduates from college, so management has decided not to push her much on television from here on out.
February 22, 2014
Byron Saxton
While wrestling fans only know of him as an announcer, Byron Saxton, who made his way back to Monday Night Raw this week, is viewed very highly backstage, as he has shown quite a bit of versatility with a variety of behind the scenes stuff. Saxton has also been lauded for receiving a college degree before joining WWE.
February 14, 2014
Eddie Guerrero
The belief is that Vickie Guerrero will leave WWE in the near future, quite possibly around the time that she graduates from college and receives her medical administration degree. The feeling is that her character has already reached its peak and that the widow of Eddie Guerrero simply wants to stop being on the road every single week of the year.
February 8, 2014
Tito Santana
Several guys who played college football for West Texas A&M University went on to become professional wrestlers, and one of those guys was Merced Solis, better known to WWE fans as Tito Santana. He played the tight end position, and his quarterback was future Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard.
February 7, 2014
Ted DiBiase
Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Tully Blanchard was quite the athlete in college. He played football at West Texas State University, where the legendary Four Horsemen member was teammates with Ted DiBiase and Tito Santana. Blanchard started off as a quarterback for the team before being moved to defensive end.
January 14, 2014
Edge

"Then finally when I signed my deal deal, my very first deal, they also paid all of my college fees as a bonus. I think I owed like 40 grand, which they didn't have to do, I always felt was very, very cool of JR to do. He was like we're going to take care of your college, by the way. I was like oh, because that had been hanging over my head while I had been trying to just get somewhere and make it. I was like oh, man. I got this 40 grand that's over my head and I'm making 50 bucks on this show. Cool, now I'm making 210, but that's not going to chip away at 40 grand. So they took care of that when I signed my deal."

January 2, 2014
Rosa Mendes

Prior to dropping out of college to pursue a career in modeling, Rosa Mendes studied business at the University of British Columbia.

November 18, 2013
Eddie Guerrero

Former WWE champion Eddie Guerrero attended the University of New Mexico on a wrestling scholarship.

November 5, 2013
Bret Hart

Prior to becoming a WWE star, Bret Hart majored in filmmaking at Mount Royal College.

November 4, 2013
Kevin Nash
Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Kevin Nash played basketball for the University of Tennessee.
October 27, 2013
Katsuyori Shibata
Back in 2000, the world of professional wrestling was saddened by the death of Masakazu Fukuda. While working a tournament match, Fukuda was hit by a flying elbow drop from Katsuyori Shibata. The blow proved to be fatal, as Fukuda had to be taken to the hospital, where he died a couple of days later. New Japan finished the tournament and dedicated the event in his honor.
April 28, 2014
AJ Styles
AJ Styles could be coming home soon. Sort of. American fans of the former world heavyweight champion might get to enjoy his work on television in a couple of weeks. New Japan has just signed a television contract with AVS TV, which is owned by Dallas Mavericks owner and noted wrestling fan Mark Cuban, to start airing their shows in the United States. More details are expected soon.
November 25, 2014
Brock Lesnar
As one of the biggest free agents in the industry right now, Bully Ray is constantly asked about his future plans. The former world heavyweight champion stated that he is open to a return to WWE. However, he wants to have a singles run if he does decide to return to the company. Ray stated that he would like to work a match against Brock Lesnar and John Cena, two of the upper tier guys.
November 24, 2014
Hulk Hogan
If there is a spotlight around, then Roddy Piper wants to be in it. The WWE legend watched Survivor Series 2014 last night, and he witnessed the debut of Sting. Sensing an opportunity, he told fans on Twitter that he would gladly work a tag team match with Sting against Hulk Hogan and a mystery partner. Piper also stated that he only needed seven weeks to be physically prepared for the bout.
November 24, 2014
Randy Orton
A lot of fans were under the impression that Randy Orton was going to make an appearance at Survivor Series 2014, especially since he was backstage and the event was taking place in his hometown. Management actually had that planned, but they canceled the idea because they wanted the focus to be on Sting. Orton will still continue his feud against Seth Rollins, but the creative department will have to come up with a different way to reignite that program.
November 24, 2014
Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns made some headlines recently when it was revealed that he was working with an acting coach to improve his mic skills. That gave WWE fans hope that a new main event performer will arise. However, management apparently is not pleased with the amount of progress that Reigns has made. In fact, they even had him taped a promo last night, even though he was backstage at Survivor Series 2014.
November 24, 2014
David Hart Smith
Sometimes in life, speed bumps arise and slow us down. That is the case right now for David Hart Smith. The second generation star has been having trouble breathing throughout the year because of peritonsillar abscess, a complication of tonsils. Smith has been hospitalized on a couple of occasions because of this. The medical has impeded his progress a bit in New Japan, where he had been thriving.
November 24, 2014
Chris Jericho
Since there are a ton of rumors swirling around this weekend about Survivor Series 2014, Chris Jericho took it as an opportunity to tease the internet wrestling community. The former world heavyweight champion joked that he was going to be meeting up with Randy Orton and Sting for lunch, since all three of them are rumored to be at the pay per view tonight. Jericho performed a concert last night in Minnesota.
November 23, 2014
CM Punk
For those of you that are clinging on to the smaller glimmer of hope that CM Punk will return to WWE some day, there may possibly be some good news this week. Punk posted a warm message towards Paul Heyman, his former on screen manager and good friend in real life, on Twitter. That post was noticed by Triple H, who made it one of his Favorites. For those that are not keen to social media, that means that he approves of the message. It also shows that HHH isn't as upset with Punk as some people think he is.
November 23, 2014
Dixie Carter
Now that their long anticipated television deal with Destination America has been signed and sealed, Dixie Carter and the TNA management team will now shift their focus towards securing a television contract to continue airing Impact Wrestling in Canada. A deal seems imminent, as the company sounds highly confident in their ongoing negotiations with networks north of the border.
November 22, 2014
Kevin Steen
When you sign a developmental contract with WWE, more often than not, you're going to be spending a good amount of time in training and not on television. Of course, when you have the experience that Kevin Steen has, the wait is a lot shorter. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion, who is now going by the name of Kevin Owens, is scheduled to make his debut on December 11, 2014 at the Takeover: R Evolution event.
November 22, 2014
Erick Rowan
The surprising face turn for Erick Rowan recently left fans a bit confused, as there had been no signs of that happening. The reason for that is simply because WWE did not have it planned out. The move was done at the last minute when management found out that Sheamus was being forced into surgery to repair an assortment of ailments. Rowan went from not being scheduled for Survivor Series 2014 to being in the main event.
November 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
Now that the television deal is signed and sealed, Dixie Carter and her staff will be focusing on offering contracts to performers, both in house and free agents. TNA had allowed several of their starts to depart because they did not want to sign long term deals without knowing if they will remain on the air. It may become a bit of a race, as other employment options have sprung up for wrestlers over the last couple of months.
November 21, 2014
Santino Marella
Fans who tune into the next episode of Monday Night Raw will get an opportunity to see Santino Marella making his return to WWE. However, it is not the long rumored permanent one. The former Intercontinental Champion has been asked to make an appearance, so that he can promote his new movie with Larry the Cable Guy, who also happens to be the guest host of Raw. Marella is still working on making an official comeback some time in 2015.
November 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
One of the reasons why Dixie Carter found the Destination America deal more appealing than the others is because the network promised that they would make TNA a centerpiece. In addition to being given two hours a week for Impact Wrestling, the company will also be allowed to produce specials and secondary shows to be aired. The network is hoping to lure in professional wrestling fans to their other shows as well.
November 21, 2014
Mickie James
During a recent interview, Mickie James was asked about a possible WWE return. She reiterated that she was definitely interested in doing so. However, she firmly stated that she would only do so as an in ring performer. Mickie refuses to be a trainer, something that the company has reportedly shown interest in. Her reasoning for wanting to wrestle instead of train is because she wholeheartedly believes that she is better than the majority of divas in WWE.
November 21, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
As many of you already now, Diamond Dallas Page has found a great deal of success after professional wrestling. His yoga program has been purchased by thousands of people worldwide, and the business has been thriving. The former world heavyweight champion has hired a new instructor in former ECW star Stevie Richards, who will be relocating to Atlanta to start his full time job soon.
November 20, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Fans at WWE live events have noticed that the company has been greatly reducing the price on Daniel Bryan merchandise over the last couple of weeks. That has led to some speculation about the future of the former world heavyweight champion, who has been out of action because of a severe neck injury. The belief is that management is simply trying to clear out the merchandise, and that it has no bearing on what will happen with Bryan.
November 20, 2014
Sheamus
Apparently, Sheamus is actually injured. Many were under the impression that the former world heavyweight champion was only doing a story line for television, but he posted a photo of himself on Twitter, going in for surgery. It does not appear to be extremely serious. The belief is that Sheamus is going on to repair several minor ailments that have been bugging him. He is expected to miss some time from WWE.
November 20, 2014
Sheamus
During a recent interview, Sheamus stated that he was a big comic book fan, and he would absolutely love to play Venom in the upcoming film. That has led to rumors about the former world heavyweight champion actually being in line for the role. That is simply not the case. He was basically expressing his desire. Nothing more than that. Hollywood will more than likely go with an established actor in the movie.
November 19, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Someone in the WWE front office has not been paying attention to the story lines. On Monday Night Raw, Jack Swagger was injured by the Authority and removed from Survivor Series 2015. However, when the show runners needed someone to work against Bray Wyatt on Main Event this week, they accidentally chose Swagger as the opponent, not realizing that he should be kept off of television for a couple of weeks.
November 19, 2014