KATSUYORI SHIBATA RELATIONSHIP RUMORS
Name
Katsuyori Shibata
Real Name
Katsuyori Shibata
Date of Birth
November 17, 1979
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Debut
1999
Rey Mysterio
The relationship between WWE and Rey Mysterio might be worse than what a lot of us already thought. Reports have surfaced that the company and the popular masked performer are not communicating with one another nowadays. Many were under the belief that a discussion would be had when Mysterio made a taped appearance at TripleMania for AAA. Apparently, WWE is letting that issue slide for the time being, as lawyers have yet to get involved.
August 28, 2014
AJ Styles
While the negotiation continues between the two sides, the belief is that Bully Ray and TNA are far apart on the financial terms. Management wants to keep their former world heavyweight champion around because he is quite the asset to the roster. However, they are limited in what they can pay him, much like how they had to let AJ Styles leave. Since neither side is willing to budge, it looks like the relationship could be over soon.
August 21, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Rumors are spreading that Alberto Del Rio could possibly become one of the bigger names to sign with Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling. The speculation is due to the fact that the two of them will both be at TripleMania this weekend. Jarrett has a business relationship with AAA and will be wrestling at the pay per view, while Del Rio, fresh off of a controversial release from WWE, will be making an appearance.
August 12, 2014
Cameron
It looks like WWE will be utilizing the relationship between Cameron and her boyfriend a bit more during the next season of Total Divas. The belief is that something drastic will happen, where the couple will either break up or do a wedding. The heel turn and split from Naomi Knight was designed to put more attention into her character on the reality television show next season.
July 28, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
While a lot of fans are hoping to see WWE giving Dolph Ziggler a push again, the on screen relationship between he and Summer Rae is more about the diva than the former world heavyweight champion. Management needed someone to pair her up with, so that she can continue her feud against Fandango and Layla El. WWE still wants to give her a nice push heading into the next season of Total Divas.
July 6, 2014
Dixie Carter
When Seiya Sanada first joined TNA, the belief was that he was only temporarily here in the United States to boost his credibility with fans in Japan. However, since the relationship has worked out well for all sides, there are talks now of Sanada sticking around for a bit. A joint contract between the former X division champion, Great Muta and Dixie Carter is being discussed that will keep Sanada in the US a bit longer.
July 4, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
After their segment on Monday Night Raw this week, there is a lot of speculation going around about Dolph Ziggler and Summer Rae. There has been no confirmation that they are dating in real life. The belief is that this is a move by WWE to make both of them slightly more relevant and to have a foil for Fandango and Layla El. This on screen relationship between Ziggler and Summer could be a short term thing.
July 1, 2014
Bully Ray
Rumors are heavily floating around right now that TNA and House of Hardcore are working together. When Tommy Dreamer cut what seemed to be a shoot interview about Dixie Carter pulling Bully Ray from his show, some felt that it was out of character for Dreamer to do that, as he is viewed as one of the more respectful guys in the industry. Plus, Dreamer himself has a working relationship with TNA already, so it would not be hard to fathom that he would align his company with Carter.
June 8, 2014
Roddy Piper
The rocky relationship between Roddy Piper and Vince McMahon is apparently back on bad terms again. WWE officials are said to be quite upset with the former United States Heavyweight Champion for comments that he made about Legends House during promotional events. Piper, who is no stranger to backstage heat over the years, also made some derogatory comments towards Pat Patterson during a shoot interview recently.
May 30, 2014
Xavier Woods
While they occasionally worked together over the past year, rumors have it that WWE is trying to downplay the on screen relationship between Xavier Woods and the Funkadactyls. Management feels that the girls are over with the audience thanks to their role on Total Divas. They're going to be utilized more as in ring performers than just a dancing side show routine.
April 14, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
Rumors have it that Triple H is the main driving force behind Bruno Sammartino staying involved with WWE. The company already has received his biggest marketing contributions when he was inducted into the hall of fame, but since HHH is a big fan of Sammartino, the two sides are maintaining a working relationship. Sammartino was at Wrestlemania 30 weekend, even though he was not featured on screen.
April 14, 2014
Low Ki
Rumors are floating around right now that Low Ki could be making his return to TNA in the near future. The former X Division Champion contemplated retirement not too long ago, but he had a change of heart apparently. Low Ki has a close relationship with Samoa Joe and MVP, so that have played a part in his potential return to TNA.
April 13, 2014
Aksana
Another name that is rumored to be released by WWE soon is Aksana. While she is on good terms with management now, the backstage relationship has always been up and down. The belief is that the company views her as being expendable and will more than likely allow her to walk once her contract expires. WWE needs room for newer stars.
April 13, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
Since she has maintained a great relationship with Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett, there are rumors that Brooke Tessmacher could be one of the performers that ends up signing with the new Global Force Wrestling. Her status with TNA has been up in the air over the last several weeks, and the Knockout has done very little to squash the rumors.
April 8, 2014
Linda McMahon
There are rumors spreading right now about why WWE opted to have Linda McMahon inducting the Ultimate Warrior into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30. While some are touting the close relationship that Warrior has with the McMahon family as the reason, a few people are stating it is because no one else really wanted to give a speech for him.
March 25, 2014
Fandango
There are a lot of rumors floating around that Summer Rae is dating Fandango right now. Nothing has been confirmed, so it is merely speculations right now. The WWE diva did have a boyfriend not too long ago, but it is uncertain if she is still involved in a relationship with that guy any more. WWE may reveal her status on an upcoming episode of Total Divas.
March 22, 2014
John Cena
When Nikki Bella appeared on the Arsenio Hall show, she mentioned that her relationship with John Cena was on a break. While that has led to a lot of speculations, it appears that this is just being done to generate more interest in Total Divas. The couple is said to still be going strong, but they're willing to go along with the story to help generate revenue for WWE.
March 14, 2014
AJ Lee
Since it has now become quite apparently to everyone in the company that CM Punk is not coming back, the feeling backstage is that the backstage heat has now been transferred over to AJ Lee. Some feel that WWE will be punishing her because of her real life relationship with Punk. There's even talks that she will not be working Wrestlemania 30.
March 11, 2014
Great Muta
While his relationship with TNA is still on good terms, it appears that Rob Terry will be staying with Wrestle-1 for the time being, as everyone involved feels that he has much to gain in terms of experience by working with the Great Muta and his roster of talented performers. He will eventually be brought back to Impact Wrestling some day.
March 9, 2014
Hornswoggle
Since their movie is coming out soon, the Muppets are expected to be hosting an episode of Monday Night Raw in March. WWE has a business relationship with that franchise. The belief is that Hornswoggle will be heavily featured on that episode. Not only is he a huge fan of the Muppets, he also has a cameo appearance in the new movie.
February 27, 2014
Rey Mysterio
There were some talks backstage in WWE of bringing in Rey Mysterio to help do promotions for Summerslam 2014. He lives three hours away in San Diego and is especially popular in southern California. However, that never happened. The shows how bad the relationship is between the two sides, as Mysterio reportedly wants to be free of his contract with the company.
August 21, 2014
Hulk Hogan
The relationship between Hulk Hogan and WWE has been further extended, as the former world heavyweight champion is now going to be involved in a movie for the company. WWE Studios is producing Celebrity Death Pool, featuring Ken Jeong from the Hangover series and David Hasselhoff. Hogan has a small role in the movie, but the company is expected to promote him heavily to draw in their fan base.
August 21, 2014
Scott Steiner
While making an appearance at the Comic Con event in southern California, Scott Steiner was asked about his relationship with WWE. He stated that the company has tried to get him to sign a Legends contract in the past. However, Steiner revealed that he did not sign the deal because his lawyers advised him against doing such a thing because WWE would basically own his name.
August 9, 2014
Sting
For the longest time, it seemed like Sting would never ever work for Vince McMahon or wrestle for WWE, but things have taken quite the turn. The relationship between the two sides have grown rather quickly. It now appears inevitable that the legendary WCW star is going to work a big match for the company. Sting has repeatedly stated his desire to do a match at every public event that he has attended recently.
July 25, 2014
Natalya Neidhart
In a rather interesting and bizarre bit of news, Natalya Neidhart is being sued by a prisoner in the state of Pennsylvania. Christopher Donnelly is alleging that the WWE diva mentally, physically and emotionally abused him from 2005 until 2009. He also claims that Natalya had an abortion during their sexual relationship. Donnelly is attempting to gain $250,000 from the lawsuit.
July 9, 2014
Chris Sabin
A picture of former TNA star Chris Sabin, who was previously in a relationship with Velvet Sky, and a woman who appears to be his new girlfriend.
June 18, 2014
Bully Ray
Earlier this week, it was discovered that Bully Ray had been pulled from the House of Hardcore event that Tommy Dreamer was promoting. It has now been revealed that TNA pulled Bully Ray, so that he can go represent the company at a Spike TV television event. Since contract negotiations on a new television deal are ongoing, TNA wanted to maintain a good working relationship with Spike TV, and Bully Ray is one of their best representatives.
June 8, 2014
Bully Ray
An interesting situation took place at the House of Hardcore show in New York tonight. Tommy Dreamer bashed Dixie Carter for pulling Bully Ray from his show at the last minute. He stated that the TNA president pulled Bully to appear on a promotional event for Impact Wrestling. Dreamer has a working relationship with Carter, so there are rumors that this was simply a story line to generate interest in both promotions.
June 6, 2014
Ashley Flair
In a sign that she should be called up to the main roster in the near future, Ashley Flair has been given the WWE NXT Women's Championship. She defeated Natalya Neidhart to capture the belt. Management has long praised her athletic ability, and with her father, Ric Flair, coming back to Monday Night Raw soon, WWE could be looking to capitalize on that relationship.
May 30, 2014
Brutus Magnus
"Why do internet fans and gossip writers always have to find an ulterior motive for decisions? It baffles and frankly irritates the hell out of me that these people always have to assume the worst, and report it as fact. More needs to be done in both companies to combat internal sources talking to these parasites. I was asked by a promoter recently if I lost the title because there was heat between me and John Gaburick, our Executive VP of Talent and Creative. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, 'Big' and I are able to freely express ourselves to one another, which means we get to speaks our minds properly, and we've had that relationship since he first arrived in TNA. "Furthermore, how ridiculous is that notion? Do you think if there was heat, that he would have put the title on me in the first place. On average, numbers went across the board while I had the strap. The job of the heel champion is to get the babyfaces over, and leave the place in a better state than he found it. Mission accomplished. "I can't wait to sink my teeth into my next chapter." - Brutus Magnus addressing rumors that he has backstage heat in TNA
May 28, 2014
Alex Wright
A couple of weeks ago, Alex Wright was brought to the United States by WWE to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. While the company was doing a tour of Europe, William Regal was sent to the wrestling school that Wright owns to check things out. Rumors have it that WWE wants to maintain an ongoing working relationship with Wright, in an attempt to find new talent from Europe.
May 26, 2014
Jim Ross
"It's hard if you're quantifying raw numbers to say anyone was more popular at their zenith than Stone Cold Steve Austin. No one sold more merchandise, tickets or pay per view than Steve. The thing with Junkyard Dog was that he was the first African American number one baby face in a major territory. For black fans especially, he was such a groundbreaking force. There was a unique emotional relationship that JYD had with his audience. He gave a whole race their guy." - Jim Ross describes Junkyard Dog and his place in wrestling history
May 9, 2014
Chris Jericho
"For relevant reasons. Once in a while you'll shoot texts back and forth with somebody, or if there's some business thing going on, like if they need something signed or a scan for a video game or something like that but it's not like I talk to the WWE every week and give them my thoughts on what's going on with them or they call me and give their opinions on what I've been doing. It's a business relationship and like everything else when you're gone you're gone and when you're back you're back and if there's anything in-between on a business level or a personal level I'll get in contact with them. I have a good relationship with the WWE and there's no animosity but it's not like we're calling each other every day finding out what we had for dinner that night." - Chris Jericho on his business relationship with WWE
May 9, 2014
Eric Bischoff
A status update on Twitter from Steve Austin, who revealed that he was visited by Eric Bischoff today. The two had a history of backstage heat towards one another because of how Bischoff treated Austin when the two of them were working in WCW together. It appears that the relationship has been mended.
May 6, 2014
Batista
"I spoke to them in November about coming back in January, but neither of us could really agree on what it was I would be doing, and not in a bad way. If I'm going to come back, what am I going to be doing at WrestleMania? Let's see, we've got Batista coming back, we've got Brock Lesnar coming back, we've got Undertaker coming back, we've got Hulk Hogan coming back, we've got the ascension of Bray Wyatt, we've got the ascension of The Shield, Cesaro's ready to go and Daniel Bryan's ready to go. Where do I fit in? We have a great relationship, but if it doesn't work for both of us, then it won't happen. When the time comes where it does, then it will. It's as simple as that." - Chris Jericho discusses a potentail WWE return
May 2, 2014
Christy Hemme
In a sign that her powers are increasing backstage, news coming out of TNA is that Christy Hemme was actually the person that convinced upper management to sign Rebel. The two of them have a personal and professional relationship that dates back before Christy was working for WWE. Rebel is expected to receive a solid push in the Knockouts division eventually.
May 2, 2014
AJ Styles
"It's unfortunate. At the end of the day this is a business, not everybody is going to be happy and people go their separate ways. It's the wrestling business and we're seen it happen a million times. Unfortunately, AJ Styles was a TNA original and was the face of our company for a very long time. That departure bothers me the most. I had a great relationship with AJ, we were friends, we were part of Fortune together, and we had some great matches. I understand where AJ's coming from, it's all business, and I wish him nothing but the best. Sting was a great guy to have in our locker room. He was a veteran leader. A guy that you can go and talk to, a guy who I had some memorable matches, and a guy who mentored me a lot and taught me a lot in the ring. He's an icon; his name will live forever in this business. And I wish him nothing but the best of luck. At the end of the day this is a business and you've got to do what you can for yourself." - Bobby Roode talks about people leaving TNA
April 30, 2014
Mick Foley
In responding to fans online, Mick Foley admitted that he is losing out on some money by not signing a new contract with WWE. He is rejecting the company because of principals, as he feels that talent was not paid appropriately for the last two video games that were released. Foley also admitted that his relationship with WWE is strained even further because of his decision.
April 24, 2014
Bret Hart
A picture of Bret Hart with Karen Jarrett and Jeff Jarrett while all three were in New Orleans earlier this month for WrestleCon. Rumors are suggesting that Hart could have some sort of involvement with Global Force Wrestling, but that appears to be highly unlikely, as Hart does not want to ruin his relationship with WWE.
April 21, 2014
John Cena
"All relationships have ups and downs. Love is strange. Just make sure you love someone for who they are and not who you want them to be." - John Cena posting a message on Twitter that might explain his relationship with Nikki Bella
April 21, 2014
Masakazu Fukuda
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
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
ODB
In regards to the release of ODB from TNA, reports are surfacing that the two sides are leaving on good terms. She was not released because of backstage heat or anything. In fact, her contract had expired, and management opted not to renew her deal at this time. The belief is that the two sides could come to an agreement down the line, but nothing is expected to happen until TNA can secure a new television deal.
August 29, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Yesterday, it was revealed that WWE had pulled Daniel Bryan from the upcoming European tour in November. The former world heavyweight champion was scheduled to make appearances at the live events on that continent. Reports are now surfacing that management made the decision to pull him from the tour because Bryan has received confirmation from doctors that a second surgery is needed to repair his neck injury.
August 29, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Those that watched Monday Night Raw last week saw John Cena being booked dominantly against Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. It has now been revealed that Vince McMahon was the person behind all of that. Someone backstage had informed McMahon that a lot of WWE fans were mocking Cena for being dominated, so McMahon has decided to build Cena back up again.
August 28, 2014
Davey Richards
Could Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards be gone from TNA as quickly as they came in? That's the speculation going around right now, as it has been revealed that the contract for the Wolves expire at the end of this year. Management does have the option of extending the deal for another year, but a lot of people are skeptical since the company has been letting a lot of people walk over the last couple of months.
August 28, 2014
Ashley Flair
There are rumors floating around that a title change could be taking place in WWE NXT very soon. Bayley might be given the women's title during the middle part of September. Reports are floating around that Ashley Flair is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster in about a month, so she would need to drop the belt to someone else in developmental.
August 28, 2014
Curtis Axel
Since Ryback is on the shelf for a couple of weeks, it will be interesting to see what WWE does with Curtis Axel. There were already plans being discussed a couple of weeks ago to split up the tag team, so it should come as no surprise if management opted to use the injury as an excuse to accelerate those plans. WWE no longer believes that Axel is worthy of being a top level guy, but they do believe he can still be a useful member of the roster.
August 27, 2014
Wade Barrett
Patience isn't always a virtue in WWE. Wade Barrett was initially told by doctors that he would not be able to make his return to the ring until December. However, the company has a big tour of Europe in November. Since Barrett is viewed as a bit of a draw on that continent, WWE has started advertising his appearances. The belief is that Barrett will rush back from the injury to work those shows.
August 27, 2014
Big Show
After witnessing Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan being utilized as pawns in the feud between John Cena and Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw, a lot of fans voiced their complaints towards WWE. It is now being said that management actually had a different plan that evening for Wyatt. He was supposed to have been booked strong by attacking Big Show and Mark Henry during the closing segment. Instead, WWE changed their minds and decided to put Cena and Lesnar over instead.
August 27, 2014
Big E Langston
A lot of fans are under the assumption that the stable consisting of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston has been disbanded. It's hard to blame them for thinking that because WWE has removed them from television over the last couple of weeks. However, rumors are floating around that the trio has been informed by management that there are still plans in place for them to work as a group in the future. The creative department simply has not figured out a good way of using them.
August 27, 2014
Dean Ambrose
A Shield reunion could be taking place as soon as Night of Champions 2014. Unfortunately, though, the trio will not be on the same side. There are talks now that instead of doing a singles match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, WWE could opt to go with a tag team match. Dean Ambrose would make his return and team up with Reigns against the team of Rollins and Kane.
August 26, 2014
Batista
Initially, the belief was that Batista would make a return to WWE after he was done promoting Guardians of the Galaxy. However, reports are now surfacing that he could be completely done with professional wrestling. The belief is that the movie studios are against the idea of him risking injuries by being an in ring performer again. Batista could have no choice but to comply since he wants his career in Hollywood to keep growing.
August 26, 2014
Dixie Carter
Reports have surfaced that the network currently interested in bringing TNA on board is Velocity. The channel is available in approximately 52 million households right now. Velocity is aimed at males between the ages of 25 and 54, which is beneficial to Dixie Carter and company because that is similar to the audience that Spike targets. No word yet on how far along the negotiations are at the moment.
August 25, 2014
Zack Ryder
There might be some backstage heat towards Zack Ryder. After working the live events this week for the company, he noted that he was flying back to New York. He also stated that he was not sick, which has led many fans to believe that this involves some sort of disciplinarian issues. WWE usually flies in performers for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, even if they're not being utilized on television.
August 25, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
Rumors are floating around right now that Miz may have suffered a concussion. The Intercontinental Champion took a very stiff kick to the face from Dolph Ziggler in a match in Fresno. Afterwards, he appeared to be quite dazed and requested the assistance of a trainer to help get backstage. WWE has yet to issue an official statement, so we will have to wait until Monday Night Raw for further clues.
August 25, 2014
Velvet Sky
There are rumors floating around right now that Velvet Sky is going to be leaving TNA soon. However, the speculations stem from an overreaction to something that might really be insignificant. The Knockout changed her profile biography on Twitter. She removed TNA from there and replaced it with other words, as there is a word limit set on the biography. As of right now, her departure from the company is far from confirmed.
August 25, 2014
Bully Ray
Reports have surfaced that the contract between Bully Ray and TNA has now officially expired. The two sides had been trying to negotiate a new deal, but financial terms could not be met. The former world heavyweight champion is still listed on the official roster page on the TNA website. The belief is that the company might wait until a new television deal has been signed before renegotiating with some of the bigger stars.
August 25, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While it appears that he is still under contract to WWE, it does not seem like the company is going to be bringing Rey Mysterio back to television, even after his hand injury heals. The two sides are greatly at odds right now, and it seems like management is more concerned about preventing him from going to another company at this point. A reconciliation seems unlikely right now.
August 24, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
When Yoshi Tatsu was given a release by WWE, he was devastated by it because he had been working so hard in developmental to get back to the main roster. However, he is not one to give up on a wrestling career. Reports have surfaced that he will be heading back overseas to sign a contract with New Japan after he finishes up his commitment on the independent circuit.
August 24, 2014
Dixie Carter
Some interesting rumors have popped up about TNA and their attempt to get a new television contract for Impact Wrestling. It appears that Dixie Carter is not panicking because the company has another network lined up. It is being said that it is not a major one, but it should enable TNA to remain available nationally, which is something that the company desperately needs.
August 24, 2014
Big E Langston
There might be some good news for those of you that were excited about the new stable of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. Management had apparently decided to split up the group because they were taken off of television, but at a recent live event, the stable was utilized once again. WWE could be testing out the audience to see if the trio can be worth saving.
August 23, 2014