Date of Birth
December 9, 1968
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"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
To the average WWE fan, Adam Pearce is not a household name, but to those in the industry, however, he's definitely a familiar face. The longtime independent wrestling star was spotted backstage at Payback 2014. The belief is that he was a guest of the company, as he has been helping to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center.
June 2, 2014
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
After a dozen years of staying away from the United States, Alex Wright made a special trip to America as a guest of WWE. Management flew him in from Germany and had him acting as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. After retiring as an in ring performer himself, Wright opened up a successful wrestling school and started a promotion.
May 14, 2014
The Samoan presence in WWE has just gotten a little bit stronger, as Savelina Fanene is now under a developmental contract with the company. She is related to the Rock and does have an athletic background. Savelina recently noted on Instagram that she had moved to Orlando, where she will be training for the next year at the WWE Performance Center.
May 10, 2014
Yesterday, news broke out that Tough Enough was being brought back and being aired on the WWE Network. Now, some details are swirling around. Rumors have it that the company will be filming the series at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the lesser known developmental wrestlers like CJ Parker, Sylvester Lefort and Travis Tyler are also rumored to be a part of the show as well.
May 2, 2014
Even though he is no longer touring with the company or being utilized on television, Yoshi Tatsu continues to work really hard, perfecting his craft at the WWE Performance Center every week. Management loves his attitude and determination, so they rewarded him with a spot at Wrestlemania 30 last night. Tatsu was a surprise entrant in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Long known as one of the best female performers in Canada and Japan, Sarita has never really been on the radar for WWE. That has changed as of late, as the former TNA knockout spent a week at the WWE Performance Center, doing various tryouts for the company. A veteran performer like Sarita could really help out the divas division.
March 24, 2014
After spending some time down at the WWE Performance Center, Brodus Clay is now back on the road. He worked a live event over the weekend in Atlantic City, where he did a quick dance off segment with the Great Khali, another performer who has been off the road for a couple of weeks. No word on a television return for Clay yet.
March 24, 2014
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
In a rather interesting move, Michelle McCool was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center this week. She was helping some of the developmental performers out. Some are speculating that she is interested in becoming a trainer for the company, while others think that she might just be helping out because her husband, Undertaker, is working Wrestlemania 30.
March 13, 2014
While he continues to train hard at the WWE Performance Center, there has been some doubt as to how far Ricardo Rodriguez will be able to go as a wrestler. He already has the personality to make it work, but there are some fears that some fans will not be able to see past him as just being a manager and a sidekick for Alberto Del Rio.
March 11, 2014
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
In a show of resilient he is, Yoshi Tatsu refuses to give up on his dreams of being on the main roster with WWE again. He has been spending extra time with Nick Dinsmore, one of the lead trainers for the company, at the WWE Performance Center, working on his stamina and gaining some pointers on how to present his character on television.
February 15, 2014
Scotty 2 Hotty spent some town down in WWE NXT this weekend, where the veteran performer made an appearance and helped to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center. He also posed for this picture with Bayley and posted it on Twitter.
February 9, 2014
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
Earlier in the week, rumors surfaced that a photo of Kurt Angle being passed out on a plane was spotted backstage in WWE. The former world heavyweight champion himself decided to address those rumors on Twitter by denying it completely. He also revealed that he has been sober for almost an entire year now. Angle still plans on negotiating with WWE later on in the year about a return once his contract with TNA expires.
July 10, 2014
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle revealed some very interest details on his contract situation. The former world heavyweight champion noted that his deal with TNA expires on September 21. Dixie Carter wants him to stick around and has put a new contract on the table. Angle revealed that he has yet to sign it because he wants to keep his options open. His next contract will be his last in wrestling, so he wants to see if WWE would be willing to give him a final run.
July 9, 2014
Prior to his injury, there were plans in place to have MVP winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Eric Young. Since the company needed a heel champion to be the antagonist against Kurt Angle and his new on screen authority role, the belt went to Bobby Lashley instead. There are talks that TNA could try to figure out how to transfer the belt over to MVP soon.
July 5, 2014
On Impact Wrestling this week, Kurt Angle was revealed as the new Director of Wrestling Operations for TNA. The move was designed to keep the former world heavyweight champion on television and relevant while he recovers from his injuries. Since Angle still has a high name value in the industry, his presence really helps TNA with their marketing efforts.
June 27, 2014
Thus far, the TNA Hall of Fame consists of Sting and Kurt Angle, two of the more prolific performers in the history of the industry. A third member is set to join them. At Slammiversary 2014, Angle will be on hand to announce who the latest inductee will be. No official word on who the third person was going to be, but there are heavy rumors that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted as part of his departure agreement with TNA.
June 11, 2014
The general consensus backstage in TNA is that the company will lose Kurt Angle later on this year when his contract expires. Several of the wrestlers remaining with the company are speaking rather candidly about his imminent departure nowadays. Rumors have persisted for the last year that he was going to attempt a WWE return. Angle himself has been publicly stating his desire to return to the company that made him a star.
June 1, 2014
In approximately two years, TNA has reduced the amount of contracted performers by nearly half, going from 60 to 33 during that stretch of time. Dixie Carter and company have been forced to allow performers to leave whenever their contracts expire because they need to become fiscally responsible if they wish to remain in business. Rumor has it that only Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Abyss, James Storm, Bobby Roode and Mr Anderson have big salaries.
May 15, 2014
The latest news coming out of TNA is that Kurt Angle could be done with the company. The former world heavyweight champion underwent surgery this week to repair a torn ACL. Angle had been dealing with the injury for several years now. He is expected to miss the next several months in recovery, and it is highly unlikely that he makes a return before his contract with TNA expires in September.
May 9, 2014
In order to keep his options open, Kurt Angle has signed on for the lead role of a television pilot called Emergency: LA, which will be centered around a fictional emergency service station in Los Angeles. Katarina Waters, a former WWE diva and TNA knockout, also has a part on the show. The first episode will be filmed soon, and producers will be shopping the series to various television networks afterwards.
May 6, 2014
Earlier this week, news came out that Kurt Angle had been added as a last minute addition to the live events that TNA is holding this upcoming weekend. Word has now come out that the former world heavyweight champion will be teaming up with MVP to take on Ethan Carter and Brutus Magnus. Angle is replacing James Storm and Gunner, who are doing a show in England.
May 2, 2014
Since James Storm and Gunner are heading over to England this weekend to work a big anniversary show over there, Kurt Angle has been added to the TNA live events this upcoming weekend in Wisconsin. The move is designed to help with ticket sales, as Storm is one of the more popular performers on the tour. No word yet on who Angle will be wrestling on these shows.
May 1, 2014
While he has been quite vocal about going back to WWE after his current contract expires, Kurt Angle has not closed the door on potentially staying with TNA beyond this year. The former world heavyweight champion still intends on wrestling for a couple of more years, and if a suitable deal with WWE does not take shape, then he'll do so for TNA.
April 29, 2014
In a really one sided match at TNA Sacrifice 2014, Kurt Angle and Willow, who is the alter ego of Jeff Hardy, were able to defeat Ethan Carter and Rockstar Spud. Hardy hit Spud with a Twist of Fate, Angle followed it up with a suplex and Hardy closed things out with his Swanton bomb finishing move for the pin fall victory.
April 27, 2014
During a recent interview, Kurt Angle confirmed that his contract with TNA expires in September. Fans have long been clamoring for him to make a WWE return, and the former world heavyweight champion has acknowledged that there is interest there. Rather than jumping right into the mix of things, Angle stated that he is not making a decision until December, allowing his body some time to rest.
April 20, 2014
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
A video of the match between Yuji Nagata and Kurt Angle that took place at Global Impact at the Tokyo Dome in Japan back in 2009. Viewed as two of the top performers in the entire world, Nagata vs Angle did not fail to deliver for either New Japan and TNA.
April 4, 2014
A picture of the official Slammiversary 2014 poster, which features Brutus Magnus as the centerpiece attraction. Behind him are Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, MVP and Kurt Angle, which has led to speculations that TNA could be doing a big world heavyweight championship match featuring all five of the performers.
March 26, 2014
While doing a show in Manchester, Bret Hart listed off some dream match opponents. The legendary WWE star listed Kurt Angle, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar as performers he would have enjoyed working with. He also said it would have been fun working back to back King of the Ring matches against CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
March 25, 2014