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
Bobby Roode
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
Alberto Del Rio
Word going around right now is that Alberto Del Rio is not as vocal as he used to be backstage. In the past, he was known to be outwardly upset whenever WWE did not push him properly. Nowadays, though, it appears that he is content with just being there and collecting nice paychecks. He is not as adamant about being in the main event scene as before. The belief backstage is that Del Rio will leave the company sooner than later.
August 1, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
A familiar face showed up on Impact Wrestling not too long ago. Ezekiel Jackson made his debut for TNA. However, it is simply a temporary stint for the big man. The belief is that Jackson signed on for a couple of appearances in order to increase his name value with independent wrestling promoters. It improves your chances of being signed when you are spotted on a nationally televised show.
August 1, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Even though the move was done at the last minute, the baby face turn for Jack Swagger has turned out a lot better than WWE had expected. Officials backstage are impressed with the audience reaction to the now patriotic character. A lot of that has to do with the heat that Lana and Alexander Rusev have generated. However, management will more than likely give a push to Swagger to see if the momentum can carry on.
August 1, 2014
Undertaker
While there are still some wrestlers out there who believe that Undertaker was legitimate knocked out at Wrestlemania 30, the majority of the people in the industry are under the impression that the streak ending moment was fully planned by Vince McMahon. The last minute decision was made because he wanted WWE to create a bit of a buzz with the audience.
August 1, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While there are still discussions on a title unification program, there are now people backstage in WWE that are pushing for Sheamus to drop the United States Heavyweight Championship to Alexander Rusev. Some feel that it would give he and Lana a bit more heel heat. Plus, they can stall his push a bit by having him defend the belt against lower level opponents.
July 31, 2014
Sting
Despite years and years of rumored negotiations between the two sides, it has now been revealed that Sting and Vince McMahon have never met in person. That will be changing soon. Through his deals with Mattel and WWE 2K15, Sting is required to be in Los Angeles during Summerslam 2014 takes place. The belief is that Sting and McMahon will finally sit down and talk about a potential wrestling contract.
July 31, 2014
Scott Hall
Reports are surfacing about an incident between Scott Hall and a terminally ill kid with brain cancer at a wrestling convention, and it is making the former WWE and WCW star look like a really bad human being. It is being said that Hall refused to sign a birthday card for the 6 year old boy, who may only have a little bit of time left to live. Several other wrestlers took the time to do the kind deed for the kid.
July 31, 2014
Vince Russo
Yesterday, Vince Russo took to Twitter to reveal to fans that he opted to quit TNA instead of taking an extended leave of absence. There are now reports surfacing that John Gaburick, the former WWE executive who is now in charge of TNA backstage, actually called and fired Russo. No word yet on which side is telling the truth, but a lot of fans have already opted to assume that Russo is lying.
July 31, 2014
Bo Dallas
When Bo Dallas was defeated by R Truth on Monday Night Raw this week, more than a few eyebrows were raised because the streak was ended in such an irrelevant manner. Rumors are floating around now that WWE opted to do this because they did not want to have another streak in the company now that Brock Lesnar has made his return. Management wants the streak emphasis to be on Lesnar beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30.
July 30, 2014
Vince McMahon
While the official WWE Network subscribers count will not be revealed until tomorrow, there are already speculations that the company will be doing a massive layoff due to what is predicted to be lower than expected numbers. It is being said that Vince McMahon will be releasing close to ten percent of his workforce in an attempt to appease the investors.
July 30, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Since his contract with WWE has now officially ended, rumors about Jim Ross and his future in professional wrestling have started heating up again. Since the longtime commentator does not want to replace Taz or Mike Tenay in TNA, much of the speculations has been geared towards him joining up with Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Interest within the industry towards the new promotion has grown since Jarrett has been able to secure several deals across the globe.
July 29, 2014
Dixie Carter
Rumors are floating around right now that Vince McMahon would be interested in purchasing the TNA library to add to his WWE Network. It could simply just be all speculation right now, as the company has been focused on cutting back their spending because of how much money has been lost over the last several months. Obviously, no negotiations have taken place since Dixie Carter is still trying to find a new television deal for Impact Wrestling.
July 29, 2014
Alexander Rusev
An idea being discussed for Summerslam 2014 right now is to do a flag match between Jack Swagger and Alexander Rusev. WWE is trying to keep this program going for a bit longer because they don't have a lot of other people that Rusev can work with. By doing a flag match, Swagger can win without Rusev being pinned. That would enable WWE to extend the feud for at least another month.
July 29, 2014
Big E Langston
Rumors are floating around that WWE really does not have all their plans in place for that new stable featuring Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. Several names, including R Truth, Titus ONeil and Mark Henry, have been mentioned as possible candidates to join the group, but none of that has been solidified. For the time being, the trio will continue to be vague on television.
July 29, 2014
Big E Langston
An interesting idea being floated around in WWE has Titus ONeil joining the stable that consists of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. Management really likes ONeil, as evident by the fact that he routinely gets sent out on public appearances for the company, but they do not believe that he can be pushed as a singles performer. Putting him in a stable helps to alleviate some of those concerns.
July 28, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Rumors are floating around right now that Chris Jericho is done with WWE after he finishes up his feud with Bray Wyatt. The return was designed to be a short term thing, as the former undisputed champion still has other business ventures that he wants to focus on. There are talks that Jericho could be convinced to stick around in WWE a bit longer if an interesting program can be created for him.
July 28, 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
Steve Austin
Earlier in the month, Steve Austin made a comment about WWE being too scripted for his taste. While those comments would surely bring backstage heat on one of their mid card performers, it is being said that there is absolutely no heat towards Austin, as management knows that they might need him for business down the line.
July 28, 2014
Damien Sandow
Since he has shown a willingness to not only do what is asked of him but to actually put in great effort in doing so, Damien Sandow has been earning a good amount of praise backstage by his peers in WWE. They are impressed by the fact that he has not grown frustrated with the new gimmick. Unfortunately for Sandow, though, management does not feel that he deserves a real push at the moment.
July 28, 2014
Miz
There are still plans being discussed backstage in WWE to unify the United States Heavyweight Championship and the Intercontinental Championship in the near future. If management decides to go through with it, then Miz is the more likely candidate to hold the unified belt because he has a lot more momentum than Sheamus at this point in time.
July 28, 2014