Date of Birth
April 14, 1975
Place of Birth
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
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
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Dixie Carter and company would do a big announcement in London. A lot of speculations floated around, including the possibility of doing an overseas tournament there. However, signs are pointing to a new television show instead for TNA. It would be designed specifically for their fans in England and the surrounding areas.
July 3, 2014
One of the reasons why Santino Marella worked a segment with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Monday Night Raw this week was because Emma was overseas. WWE sent the diva to her home country of Australia to do some promotional work for an upcoming tour. Management really does not have a long term plan for Santino and Emma, but they like utilizing the two of them on television together.
June 11, 2014
For those of you that haven't heard, Wes Brisco has been wrestling in Japan as of late. The second generation star has been wanting to work overseas since being released by TNA because he wanted to gain more experience. Brisco recently came back to the United States, but he later revealed that he was just taking a break. He is scheduled to return to New Japan this summer.
June 2, 2014
While he is currently one of the top stars in the company, don't expect MVP to remain with TNA for the rest of his career. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former United States Heavyweight Champion confirmed that he wants his wrestling career to end overseas. MVP wants another big run in Japan before he retires from the business.
June 1, 2014
It looks like WWE wants to promote Roman Reigns as a top star during the upcoming tour of Japan. Management is booking him in singles matches against Kane, a performer that Japanese fans are aware of. Reigns will more than likely be going over in those bouts. WWE is also booking Reigns for a tag team match with John Cena during the tour as well, which should give him a little more credibility with the overseas fans.
May 30, 2014
MVP is taking the weekend off from TNA live events, so that he can travel to England to work a big show over there for PCW. Promoters there have also booked Al Snow, Shane Helms, Low Ki and Chris Masters as well. One of the things that MVP asked for in contract negotiations with TNA is to have some freedom and flexibility to work overseas still.
May 30, 2014
As a sign of how much the company values his overseas appeal, Sami Zayn was brought on the tour of Europe with the main roster. The developmental wrestler worked matches with Damien Sandow and was actually given the win. Zayn is starting to become a regular on these overseas tour, so it would not be a stretch to see WWE promoting him to Monday Night Raw soon.
May 25, 2014
With WWE needing all of their stars for the tour of Europe, the company decided to send a retired performer to Malaysia on a promotional tour instead. Ricky Steamboat, one of the most beloved stars in the history of WWE, flew overseas and promoted the October tour, which will feature two shows. The company has not been back in the country since 2002.
May 24, 2014
While his name is not known to the majority of fans in the United States, people within the industry believe that Kota Ibushi is the best high flying wrestler in the business. The New Japan star has caught the attention of WWE. The company wants to sign the current IWGP Junior Champion and bring him overseas. Management has been pushing recently to bring an influx of new performers into the developmental program.
May 23, 2014
When WWE performers headed off to Europe for a tour, Xavier Woods was left behind. Management needed him to work the Florida Special Olympics event. Now that he is done with that task, Woods is boarding a plane to join the rest of the company overseas. He is expected to be available for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, which are being taped in London next week.
May 17, 2014
A columnist in Chicago, who happens to be friends with CM Punk, recently wrote that the former WWE star has retired from professional wrestling. While fans have made this into a big ordeal, people backstage are brushing it off, as they know that Punk could easily decide to return to the ring whenever he felt like it, whether it is with WWE, TNA, ROH or overseas.
May 9, 2014
News coming out of WWE is that AJ Lee is going to be taking more time off than initially planned. The former Divas Champion was originally advertised to work the upcoming tour of Europe, but management has now changed those plans. AJ has been removed from promotional materials, and she will not be joining the other WWE stars overseas later on this month.
May 9, 2014
While he has been campaigning to maintain his on screen role with WWE, the company has opted to put Hulk Hogan back on the shelf for the time being until they can come up with something backstage for him to do. It looks like he could be brought back in early July on Monday Night Raw, so that his presence can be used to help excite overseas fans before WWE tours Japan.
May 7, 2014
Since they're now one of the most popular acts in all of Japan, the Bullet Club has been booked for a couple of shows with Ring of Honor. In May, ROH will be featuring AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at their live events in Toronto and New York City. The trio are just doing guest stints, as they still intend to fully return overseas to finish out their contracts.
April 29, 2014
Since the company has already given the honors to Lita and Trish Stratus, two of the more known WWE Divas over the last two decades, management is said to be looking for another female performer to induct into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 31. A name being tossed around right now is Mickie James, who is currently pregnant but should be available by next spring.
May 14, 2014
"It was great. I was watching Monday Night Raw when they first announced it and I was glad to see that. I'm very proud of her. Anytime you're inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, it's quite the honor." - Jeff Hardy sharing his thoughts on Lita being inducted at Wrestlemania 30
April 26, 2014
Since they really are best friends in real life, Trish Stratus and Lita have decided to capitalize on that relationship by doing a tour together. The former WWE divas will be hitting up various locations across the country to meet with fans and sign autographs. Aside from generating an income, the two of them will get a chance to spend some time together on the road as well.
April 16, 2014
Since Lita and Mr T went especially long in their segments, it was very obvious to many that Scott Hall had to rush through his hall of fame induction speech. WWE officials were very concerned backstage at the event, and they informed Hall of the situation. That was the reason why Kevin Nash made his joke onstage about having to rush through things.
April 5, 2014
Some heavy editing will be required by WWE to trim down the hall of fame induction speech that Lita gave. The longtime diva told quite a few stories and went well past the thirty minute mark. WWE might simply choose the punchlines in the stories and show the segment where she gave two beers to Arn Anderson on a bet that she lost years ago.
April 5, 2014
Every year, a couple of people within WWE are forced to miss the hall of fame induction ceremony because the company needs to keep the Axxess shows going. This year, Hornswoggle is going to be one of those people. He will be manning a booth while Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Scott Hall, Lita, Carlos Colon, Paul Bearer and Mr T are inducted.
April 5, 2014
While it was heavily speculated at the beginning due to the connection between the two, it has now been confirmed by Lita through her Twitter account that Trish Stratus will be the one to give her hall of fame induction speech at Wrestlemania 30. WWE opted to go with the obvious choice this time around because of their relationship with Trish.
March 25, 2014
Rumors are floating around that there are some wardrobe malfunction pics of Lita floating around the internet. It turns out that the source of those rumors is Dhantenan, a foreign website that has jokes, wallpapers and screen savers. They are luring in WWE fans with the promise of semi nude pictures, but there is really nothing there.
March 21, 2014
Since the company has not officially announced who will induct Lita into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30 yet, there are still some speculations going around. Right now, the top candidate is still Trish Stratus, who will actually be in New Orleans that weekend, doing some promotional work for the company.
March 20, 2014
"I admire her so much. She really helped me out when I was nobody. I credit her with a lot of my success. She's definitely one of the most overlooked women in the last decade. She wasn't like anybody else. She let people know that it's OK to just be yourself. She totally deserves it, and I couldn't be happier for her." - Mickie James explains why she wants to attend the hall of fame induction of Lita
March 16, 2014
While the heavily speculated hall of fame induction has yet to be announced by WWE, Sean Waltman has been telling fans as of late that he would be at Wrestlemania 30 to induct his good friend Scott Hall. The company is still trying to decide on his inclusion, as the class already includes Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Lita and Paul Bearer.
March 7, 2014
Despite already signing Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts and Lita, Vince McMahon still wants the WWE hall of fame induction ceremony at Wrestlemania 30 to be even more star studded. There are talks going around that Scott Hall will be announced as part of this year's class on Monday Night Raw this week.
February 15, 2014
"I was out there with Edge and Randy. It was a 2 segment match and at some point during the match Randy rolls out of the ring. I go over to him and check on him and he proceeds to tell me that his shoulder is out and he canít get it back in or move it. So, I tell him to stand up against the ring post, he holds on to his dangling arm, and I shoved his shoulder up against the ring post, heard a click, and it went back in. I told him he was all set and to get back in there and help my dude. His reaction was half hot and half relieved and half still not even clear as to what was going on (I was never good at fractions)." - Lita on helping Randy Orton through an injury
February 14, 2014
Since he played a key part in her career, Dory Funk Jr takes a lot of pride in the fact that Lita will be inducted into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30, joining himself and his brother Terry Funk. The legendary former NWA star praised his trainee for the dedication she shown, despite being the only girl in his first class.
February 12, 2014