While there was some interest in bringing him back a couple of months ago, it does not appear that Lance Hoyt will be coming back to TNA anytime soon. He is currently thriving as a tag team with David Hart Smith in New Japan right now, and the money there is higher than what he would be paid if he was working Impact Wrestling again.
With CM Punk leaving WWE due to unhappiness, a lot of eyes have now focused on Alberto Del Rio, who has openly talked about leaving the company whenever he is upset with the way that his character is being utilized. The belief is that he is unhappy about being fed to Batista.
Fans who attended the live event in Kansas City on Sunday were given the option of leaving and receiving a refund because John Cena was not in attendance as advertised. Randy Orton cut a story line promo, stating that he injured Cena the previous night.
When TMZ reported that Nikki Bella was starting a career in real estate, it led to mass speculations that she was thinking about leaving WWE. Many feel that she wants to settle down in life. However, the twin diva stated that she was only looking to make some extra money on the side.
There are two sides being formed backstage in WWE right now over the CM Punk situation. Some have backstage heat towards him because they feel that he was unprofessional in leaving the company in a jam. Others are applauding him for standing up to management because it's something that very few can do.
Since every wrestling fan on the planet is curious about CM Punk leaving WWE, TNA has decided to take advantage of the situation by posting several of his matches for free on their YouTube account this week. Punk worked for the company during their early years.
With CM Punk abruptly leaving the company, WWE needed someone to replace him at the upcoming live events that he was scheduled for. Sheamus has been chosen as the replacement, and he will be working handicap matches against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
"No, I don't think this is an elaborate, TV storyline but instead it's all about a highly motivated, talented wrestler who, at times, feeds off the chip on his shoulder, which is not a bad thing, who has hit the wall and isn't enjoying what once was his primary professional focus....dare say his life."
- Jim Ross discusses CM Punk leaving WWE
"So Punk allegedly walked out & quit WWE. Interesting. It's impossible 2 understand the toll that job can have on you-unless you've lived it. A 'screw you' from Punk? NO. Punk's gotta prioritize his own sanity & health. Sometimes WWE isn't conducive to those two things. From my experience- When you're in constant physical pain, frustrated the majority of the time, & resent what u love, things have to change."
- Matt Hardy defending CM Punk for leaving WWE
When word spread last night that CM Punk had informed Vince McMahon at Monday Night Raw that he was leaving WWE, it spread pretty rapidly through the internet, but now those rumor are all over the place since worldwide gossip website TMZ has picked up on the story as well.
"It's Punk's life he needs to do what's best for him"
- Lance Storm comments on CM punk leaving WWE
There's talks that TNA is interested in bringing Lance Hoyt, who has been thriving in Japan as of late, back on a short term basis.
Lance Hoyt challenged Howard Stern after the radio personality made some derogatory comments about wrestling.
Several performers opted to leave All Japan and join the Great Muta in his new wrestling promotion. Many of them were upset with the new president of the company. One of the stars leaving was Kaz Hayashi, who signed up with Wrestle-1, along with his tag team partner, Shuji Kondo.
Eve Torres has decided to leave WWE. She informed management in December that she wanted to focus on her career as a self defense instructor, and the company granted her the release. She worked until January and put over Kaitlyn before leaving.