MASAKATSU FUNAKI TNA LOCKDOWN 2014 RUMORS
Name
Masakatsu Funaki
Real Name
Masaharu Funaki
Date of Birth
March 13, 1969
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1985
Bully Ray
When he made his face turn at TNA Lockdown 2014, a lot of fans were confused, as Bully Ray was such an effective heel. Well, there is actually logic behind the move, as the company is hoping for Bully Ray to be a key marketing asset when Impact Wrestling is taped in New York City, where the performer is from. TNA needs a big crowd at these shows.
March 21, 2014
Kurt Angle
As many already know, Kurt Angle has been sidelined after going in for knee surgery. The former world heavyweight championship actually had to pull out of TNA Lockdown 2014 in order to get his leg repaired. Angle has revealed that the recovery is going well, and the belief is that he should be back on the road with TNA in April.
March 19, 2014
Brutus Magnus
Internally, TNA is hoping that they can build up Gunner over the next several months, so that he can become a title challenger for Brutus Magnus and the world heavyweight championship. His program with James Storm and fantastic match at TNA Lockdown 2014 helped increase his credibility in the eyes of the fans. Management will be doing more of that as well.
March 15, 2014
Bobby Lashley
When Bobby Lashley made a surprise appearance at TNA Lockdown 2014, where he answered the open challenge issued by Ethan Carter, it create a bit of a buzz in the world of professional wrestling. Many wanted to know about his long term status with the industry. That is being worked out with Dixie Carter still, as Lashley worked the pay per view without a contract.
March 14, 2014
Great Muta
Since he is now working closely with Wrestle-1, many were under the impression that Rob Terry might have been chosen to team up with the Great Muta and Seiya Sanada during TNA Lockdown 2014, but the move was something that management was against because they want him to return in a much bigger way down the line.
March 11, 2014
Gunner
At TNA Lockdown 2014, James Storm and Gunner put on a tremendous show inside of the steel cage. While they were both praised backstage for the match itself, both are receiving individual praises as well. James Storm is being lauded for making his opponent look like a million bucks, while Gunner is receiving words of encouragement because he is starting to look like a star.
March 11, 2014
Christy Hemme
There are some talks backstage that Christy Hemme could be doing a heel turn and aligning with Sam Shaw at TNA Lockdown 2014 during his match against Mr Anderson. That would provide a bit of a shock factor to the story. However, there are also a lot of people pushing against that, as they feel that Shaw can be used to terrorize the other Knockouts as well.
March 9, 2014
Bully Ray
Since management is planning to give him a nice push, Sam Shaw is expected to go over Mr Anderson at the TNA Lockdown 2014 pay per view. Management feels that Anderson has enough credibility to provide Shaw. Plus, Anderson is coming off of a big win against Bully Ray in their feud, so he will not be losing too much heat by putting someone else over.
March 6, 2014
Brutus Magnus
While it has yet to be officially announced for the pay per view, many are expecting a match between James Storm and Gunner will be added to TNA Lockdown 2014. On Impact Wrestling this week, Storm turned heel by hitting his super kick on a flying Gunner during his heavyweight championship match against Brutus Magnus.
February 23, 2014
Dixie Carter

After TNA Lockdown 2014, Seiya Sanada is sticking around and working a couple of episodes of Impact Wrestling. The belief is that Dixie Carter and company will be giving him a nice push, as management wants to maintain a good business relationship with the Great Muta and Wrestle-1. They also want to entice other Japanese stars to come tour with them.

February 12, 2014
Christopher Daniels
As part of their new business relationship, the Great Muta and Seiya Senada will be wrestling at TNA Lockdown 2014, and it now appears that management is leaning towards a tag team match for them. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are the rumored opponents, as those two guys are versatile enough to work the Japanese style.
February 8, 2014
Kurt Angle

While it initially appeared that he was going to postpone the knee surgery a couple of more months, there are reports surfacing that Kurt Angle has decided to do it next week. It is being said that he will need a month off, which puts his spot at TNA Lockdown 2014 in jeopardy.

February 4, 2014
Masakatsu Funaki
When Masakatsu Funaki defeated Bobby Roode over the weekend during the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view, he called out Kurt Angle. It was rumored that the Great Muta was trying to get Angle out to Tokyo for a show, and it now appears that should be happening at his next big event in July. Muta has a talent exchange agreement with Dixie Carter and TNA.
March 3, 2014
Dixie Carter
The big draw on Impact Wrestling this week is the return of Dixie Carter to television. TNA has been working a story line where she has been in hiding since losing control of the company to MVP at TNA Lockdown 2014. No official word has been given on what her character will do on Impact Wrestling, but the belief is that Carter will be going after MVP again.
April 10, 2014
Manik
A fan created this video of a WWE 2K14 simulated match between Manik and Tigre Uno, based on their performance at TNA Lockdown 2014.
March 23, 2014
Tigre Uno
After he made his second debut at TNA Lockdown 2014, a lot of wrestling fans became curious about Tigre Uno, so they went online in search of some information about the masked performer. While his date of birth is readily available, his real name is quite the mystery. The tradition of guarding identities of masked wrestlers in Mexico is strong here.
March 19, 2014
Bully Ray
A video of footage from Impact Wrestling, where Bully Ray is attacked by Rockstar Spud, Ethan Carter, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz and Zema Ion for screwing over Dixie Carter at TNA Lockdown 2014.
March 18, 2014
Bully Ray
A video of Bully Ray explaining his face turn at TNA Lockdown 2014 during an episode of Impact Wrestling this week.
March 14, 2014
Bully Ray
To generate even further heat, Rockstar Spud will be hosting a special tribute segment to Dixie Carter on Impact Wrestling this week. The story line is that she has lost control of her company to MVP, whose team was victorious at TNA Lockdown 2014 thanks to the help of Bully Ray, who pulled off a surprising face turn that evening.
March 13, 2014
Chris Sabin
A video interview of Great Muta, Seiya Sanada and Yasufumi Nakanoue discussing their big victory over Chris Sabin, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels at TNA Lockdown 2014.
March 13, 2014
Bully Ray
Apparently, the cryptic message that Bully Ray posted on Twitter about the Chicago audience during Monday Night Raw convincing him to make a career change was about his own face turn that took place at TNA Lockdown 2014. Many were under the belief that it was a sign that he was headed back to WWE for one last stint.
March 12, 2014
Gail Kim
After watching her incredible steel cage match against Madison Rayne at TNA Lockdown 2014, Jim Ross took to his blog to tell fans that Gail Kim is basically the best female performer in the industry, an opinion widely held by those who study the business.
March 12, 2014
Tommy Dreamer
Earlier in the year, it was revealed that Tommy Dreamer was going to start working for TNA again, and it looks like the ECW legend has started that job. He played a key role backstage at TNA Lockdown 2014 as an agent, helping to keep the flow of the show moving smoothly and coming up with creative spots for the performers during the matches.
March 11, 2014
Christy Hemme
At one point last night during TNA Lockdown 2014, Sam Shaw was a Twitter trend, as a lot of fans were on the social media site talking about his match against Mr Anderson. His stalker story line with Christy Hemme has managed to gain the attention of the industry, and he was given a good amount of credibility from Anderson in that victory over the weekend.
March 11, 2014
Chris Sabin
Chris Sabin grew up as a wrestling fan, so it comes as no surprise that he would be a huge follower of the Great Muta. He gushed on Twitter about how awesome it was to work against the Japanese legend at TNA Lockdown 2014.
March 11, 2014
Seiya Sanada
Those that watched TNA Lockdown 2014 got a nice glimpse of new X Division Champion Seiya Sanada and Tigre Uno. An opportunity to get even more of a look will be available this upcoming Thursday night on Impact Wrestling, as both performers are scheduled to be there and scheduled to work a match. The company is hoping to revitalize the X division.
March 11, 2014
Bobby Lashley
When Bobby Lashley made his return on TNA Lockdown 2014, fans immediately began to speculate as to whether it was a one time thing or if the former WWE star was back full time. In this video, the MMA fighter informs fans that he is back on a permanent basis and is hoping to win some championships in the company.
March 10, 2014
Gail Kim
In a very impressive match at TNA Lockdown 2014, Madison Rayne was able to retain the Knockouts Championship against Gail Kim, even though LeiD Tapa attempted to interfere. A flying spear from the top rope enabled the champion to get the pin fall victory.
March 9, 2014
Gunner
In a crowd pleasing segment at TNA Lockdown 2014, Gunner was able to secure one of the biggest wins of his career by defeating James Storm in a Last Man Standing match after Storm was unable to get back up from a superplex through two steel chairs.
March 9, 2014
Manik
High paced match between Manik and Tigre Uno, who is sort of making his debut with the company again at TNA Lockdown 2014. A flying Sabtretooth Splash enabled Tigre Uno to get the pin fall victory.
March 9, 2014
Bobby Lashley
In a well kept secret, Bobby Lashley made his return to professional wrestling by answering the open challenge set by Ethan Carter, who was originally supposed to face Kurt Angle until an real life injury took out the Olympic gold medalist, at TNA Lockdown 2014. A quick brawl ensued, which was won by Lashley.
March 9, 2014
Christy Hemme
At TNA Lockdown 2014, Mr Anderson was able to climb out of the cage, but the referee was knocked out, and he had no choice but to return to the ring because Sam Shaw managed pull Christy Hemme into the ring. Christy was able to escape, but Anderson was caught with a low blow and a choke hold, which enabled Shawn to walk out and get the win.
March 9, 2014
Chris Sabin
In a steel cage match at TNA Lockdown 2014, the Great Muta, Seiya Sanada and Yasufumi Nakanoue defeated Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. All three Japanese wrestlers were representing Wrestle-1.
March 9, 2014
Great Muta
In what could be a sign of things to come, Masakatsu Funaki challenged Kurt Angle after defeating Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view. Great Muta and Dixie Carter have a business relationship now, and there are plans in the works for Muta to send some of his performers to work for TNA later on this year. Funaki might be among the group to do so.
March 2, 2014
Masakatsu Funaki
An opponent for Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view has been chosen. He will be stepping into the ring against veteran wrestler Masakatsu Funaki, who is viewed as one of the greatest MMA fighters in the history of Japan. Funaki has had a couple of legitimate fights with Ken Shamrock over the years.
February 21, 2014
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
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
Rosa Mendes
There are speculations right now that Rosa Mendes could be on the receiving end of a push from WWE. She recently stated in an interview that she has never won a singles match via pin fall on television before. The belief is that she is planting the seeds for an underdog story line. Rosa chasing the championship could be a focal point on Total Divas.
August 23, 2014