MASATO TANAKA SMACKDOWN INTERVIEWS
Name
Masato Tanaka
Real Name
Masato Tanaka
Date of Birth
February 28, 1973
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1993
Batista
"I left for very specific reasons and the reasons were because there were certain opportunities I wasn't getting when I was with the company, and we were so locked down and I mean when you are under contract with them you're pretty much limited to the things you can do. You really can't do anything else in the company without their say so and they weren't certain guys were getting opportunities that I wasn't getting and I wasn't real cool with that. So I left to accomplish certain things, and I felt like once I accomplished them, I always wanted to come back. At the end of the day I love professional wrestling. We didn't come back and demand a lot of money you know I didn't say, 'I'm not doing house shows I'm only doing Monday Night Raw.' I mean I said, 'I'll do Smackdown, I'll do house shows.'" - Batista talks about his WWE return
April 1, 2014
Davey Richards
"I don't know. You never really know what they're thinking. The original plan was to do three weeks of NXT and then go to Smackdown but then we got the email that basically what it said was you guys are great but we have a lot of Davey's and Eddie's right now. So we'd probably just put you in developmental to start out and we wouldn't do that when you've already been around the world making a living so you're free to pursue other interests. I thought at least they're being honest because they could have been yeah, you're in developmental and it's going to be great. Then you're down there for three years. I thought it was really respectful of them. Obviously it worked out for them and it worked out for us. We're both happy. It didn't really surprise me. I'm thankful for it." - Davey Richards discusses being rejected by the developmental program in WWE
March 10, 2014
Big Daddy V
"I am extremely disappointed in the WWE for not acknowledging the passing of Nelson Frazier, also known as Big Daddy V, also known as Viscera, also known as Mabel. Brother put in too much time and deserved at least a Rest in Peace package. I understand there is something on Smackdown, but it should have been on Monday Night Raw, the flagship." - Shelton Benjamin on the death of his friend being neglected
February 27, 2014
Fandango
"Something that's interesting with season two of Total Divas, Fandango and I's relationship has been on the surface level, as far as WWE programming with Monday Night Raw, Main Event, Friday Night SmackDown. You see us on camera and that's about it. As far as backstage, not a lot of people know about our relationship. It's great that people are going to see behind the scenes with Fandango and I, something that's never been explored before." - Summer Rae discussion backstage situation
February 17, 2014
Tensai

"As far as my future goals, I hope to be a regular commentator on WWE NXT. From there, I hope to be part of a team to call Monday Night Raw or SmackDown. I would also like to be a trainer and producer for WWE at some point. I like to set lofty goals and tackle them a day at a time."

- Tensai

January 24, 2014
Masato Tanaka

"Sitting in CLT airport at 4:42am, thinking about how me vs Masato Tanaka at WrestleCon may very well be the craziest match of my career."

- Kevin Steen

January 20, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Since his son Bray Wyatt is rapidly rising up the ladder in WWE towards stardom, a lot of people have been asking about Mike Rotunda as of late. The man formerly known as Irwin R Schyster is still working for WWE, where he is a producer backstage at Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Rotunda's job is to script out the matches and segments for the wrestlers.
April 18, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Hulk Hogan had been booked to work the Smackdown taping in London next month. Word going around is that the company convinced the former world champion to work the show because WWE has struggled to fill the arenas when they do back to back shows. Undertaker was utilized as a draw last year to help with the problem.
April 18, 2014
El Torito
One of the ideas being tossed around right now backstage in WWE is to have Hornswoggle and El Torito wrestling one another on a pretty frequent basis. The two of them will be featured on Smackdown this week, and there could be more matches coming up. WWE had the two of them training together for a couple of weeks to ensure that the match quality is decent.
April 17, 2014
Bo Dallas
A video that teases the return of Bo Dallas to the main roster. WWE has been playing this on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to get fans hyped up again for the WWE NXT star.
April 17, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
After being heavily rumored to be leaving the company after Wrestlemania 30, Vickie Guerrero has continued to be on the road for WWE. This week, she worked the Smackdown taping. Afterwards, the wrestlers got together and threw her a little birthday party once the television taping was done. She turned 46 today.
April 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While he is not quite a full time performer for the company, Rob Van Dam has opted to head to Europe with WWE for a tour in May. There will be an episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown taped in London during this stretch, so most of the performers in WWE will be on hand for the tour. Rumors have it that RVD will be sticking around for a couple of months like last time.
April 15, 2014
Rey Mysterio
Some potentially interest news coming out of WWE this week is that Rey Mysterio might have actually allowed his contract with the company to expire. The former world heavyweight champion hopped on a plane yesterday afternoon with his family to Hawaii for a little vacation. He was not on Monday Night Raw, and he is not expected at Smackdown.
April 15, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A video of Daniel Bryan celebrating his WWE Championship win with Hulk Hogan in the middle of the ring during the latest episode of Smackdown.
April 14, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A video from Smackdown of Bray Wyatt threatening to go extreme on John Cena. The belief is that WWE will be continuing the feud between the two performers, and a gimmick match at Extreme Rules 2014 is being heavily considered.
April 14, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
During Wrestlemania 30, rumors spread that Vickie Guerrero was finishing up her tenure with WWE and moving on to a different chapter in her life. However, it appears that she might have had a change of heart, as the former on screen general manager posted a message on Twitter, stating that she will be on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week.
April 12, 2014
Fandango
Since Summer Rae is going to be pushed as a singles star now, WWE opted to split her up from Fandango, who sold the story line through his Twitter account. As many saw on Smackdown this week, Summer Rae has been replaced with Layla El, who actually has experience as a dancer. WWE has been trying to find a role for Layla since her return.
April 12, 2014
Hulk Hogan
It looks like Hulk Hogan is going to be putting in some extra hours with WWE next month, as the legendary former world heavyweight champion has been booked to show up at the Smackdown taping that will be taking place in London. The event is taking place on May 20. Hogan is also expected to work the Monday Night Raw in England as well.
April 12, 2014
Natalya Neidhart
Since he is still involved with Natalya Neidhart on Total Divas, WWE wants to figure out a way to utilize Tyson Kidd more as a wrestler on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Rumors have it that officials are toying around with the idea of a new gimmick for him, even though his current gimmick works just fine. A push might be taking place in the upcoming weeks.
April 11, 2014
Adam Rose
A video by WWE to promote the arrival of Adam Rose to the main roster. The clip is entitled Board the Exotic Express, which is the theme that the former developmental wrestler is going to be using on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.
April 10, 2014
Dean Ambrose
During WWE Main Event, it appeared that Dean Ambrose had suffered a serious rib injury. It looks like the Shield member is fine enough to keep working. He will be making an appearance on Smackdown this week, and Ambrose is not currently scheduled to miss any of the live events taking place over the next couple of days.
April 10, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A video of Hulk Hogan making his return to Smackdown. WWE asked the legendary former world heavyweight championship to make an addition television appearance this week to promote Wrestlemania 30.
April 6, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Since Brock Lesnar is expected to go back on the sidelines after Wrestlemania 30, there are talks that Paul Heyman is going to be receiving a new client to work with on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Heyman teased on a radio interview this week that he has already decided on a new guy, but he will not be revealing him just yet.
April 2, 2014
Hulk Hogan
While many are under the impression that he is only sticking around to help promote Wrestlemania 30, there are talks that Hulk Hogan could be sticking around with WWE past that. Right now, the former world heavyweight champion is being advertised to make an appearance on Smackdown later on in April.
April 2, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Since returning to the company, Hulk Hogan has only made appearances on Monday Night Raw, but since this is the week before Wrestlemania 30, the former world heavyweight champion is working twice this week. Hogan will be doing an in ring segment on Smackdown this week, where he will be hyping up all the WWE events for the weekend.
March 31, 2014
Masato Tanaka
A video of former ECW star Masato Tanaka performer his finisher, the Diamond Dust.
April 18, 2014
Masato Tanaka

Kevin Steen has been booked for a huge match at WrestleCon, which is taking place in April in New Orleans. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion will be wrestling Masato Tanaka, a Japanese star and ECW legend who is returning to America just for the event.

January 11, 2014
Masato Tanaka
Since it has been a while since he was starring in ECW and since he was never really a regularly featured performer in WWE, many fans have forgotten what entrance music Masato Tanaka utilized. In this video, you can hear the theme song that he utilized in ECW while he was feuding with Mike Awesome.
March 3, 2004
Masato Tanaka
After winning fans over in Japan with his hardcore style, Masato Tanaka has decided to see if he can become a star in the United States. He has signed on with Paul Heyman and made his ECW debut tonight at Living Dangerously 1998. He defeated former WCW star Doug Furnas in a singles match after hitting a running elbow.
March 1, 1998
Manik
"My contract was started midway thru the year last year but altogether with salary+appearances I was on pace for roughly $75,000-$84,000 for a year period. That's if my schedule is as busy as it was last summer/fall. Also that's only counting TNA. I'd make a lot more if I kept up with other bookings outside but I just don't. I'm also guaranteed a huge chunk of that regardless of if I wrestle or not. So it's pretty ok considering I do what I love. I'm on the low end on the roster too. Most guys do way better than me." - Manik reveals salary in TNA
April 19, 2014
Mick Foley
"Honestly, I'm probably not going to sign my Legends deal with WWE because I don't think they did the right thing by the guys with the video game. The check was a little low. Last year, there was a bankruptcy, but this year there wasn't. So, I don't see the upside to signing the Legends deal when the carrot isn't there dangling. So, I'm not going to sign my Legends deal." - Mick Foley reveals why he is not signing a new contract with WWE
April 19, 2014
Corey Graves
"When I was in first grade, I was Ultimate Warrior for Halloween. I just watched his hall of fame speech two hours ago. I don't even have words." - WWE developmental star Corey Graves on the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 19, 2014
Tamina Snuka
"I'm in shock and can't believe it, but my heart goes out to Ultimate Warrior and his family. He was one of my favorites. Rest in peace, Warrior." - Tamina Snuka on the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 19, 2014
Trent Baretta
"Hey, let's stop pretending to be offended by what some shitty old lady said about wrestling on a fake news show." - Trent Baretta discusses the backstage heat that professional wrestlers have towards Nancy Grace
April 19, 2014
Mr Anderson
"That was actually my idea. I said in passing one day, 'What about me dressing up as old Sting?' I mean, I had the blonde hair. And Sting actually loved it. Those outfits that I wore were actually Sting's old gear. And he painted my face. A cool moment. Looking back on that, I would have to slide him into that group of most significant opponents that I've had." - Mr Anderson talks about working with Sting
April 18, 2014
AJ Styles
"It's nuts to think that we could have four major wrestling promotions in the United States. Jeff's very smart, there's no doubt about it. He knows what he's doing, and always has a backup plan. He took TNA from nothing and turned it into something that's still around 12 years later. That's pretty darn good. That's an accomplishment right there. I trust Jeff. I trust him to put on something good, and something that people will watch." - AJ Styles on Jeff Jarrett and his new Global Force Wrestling
April 18, 2014
Mick Foley
"He was an intense guy, and he was a perfectionist. His career was based on looking as good as possible. That meant eating as good as possible, training as hard as possible, avoiding anything that a normal human being might reach out to in their everyday culinary affairs." - Mick Foley on the diet that Ultimate Warrior had
April 17, 2014
Jesse Neal
"It is funny how people make fun about real jobs and wrestlers. We are human, too. I have a family to provide for. So, yes, I manned up and provide. The biggest joke of all is I get paid way more at Walmart than I ever did in TNA and on time. What a waste of time. Print that. Don't think that this is bitterness. I'm not on their show any more. Remember, I left them. They didn't leave me." - Jesse Neal talks about his new job in life
April 17, 2014
Bray Wyatt
"So happy for Bray Wyatt. You deserve your moment, brother." - JTG praising Bray Wyatt before his match against John Cena at Wrestlemania 30
April 17, 2014
Jey Uso
"Obvious that Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso have committed to getting main event phsyical conditioning. I wish them well. They had in ring skills when they were eight years old. That's a fact." - Jim Ross praising the Usos
April 17, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"I was told it was reported WWE was 'there' for us. 'There' is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I'm honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next." - the wife of the Ultimate Warrior informing fans of how much WWE has helped her since the death of her husband
April 16, 2014
Brutus Magnus
"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
Jeff Jarrett
"Seems like TNA is signing their core talents whose contracts are either up or in need of revising. WWE has seemingly made it clear that they have no interest in Impact talents and will instead reply on their Performance Center for their future stars. However, with Jeff Jarrett preparing to launch another promotion it makes sense for TNA to be proactive." - Jim Ross reveals that WWE is not interested in TNA performers
April 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
"Not sure why as a fan I should dislike Cesaro and it can't be simply because he's aligned himself with Paul Heyman. Cesaro simply outwrestles people and is damned impressive while doing it. Some of Cesaro's matches down in NXT the last year or so were better than anyone on RAW was having at the time." - Jim Ross thinks Antonio Cesaro should do a face turn
April 15, 2014
Christopher Daniels
"A unique athlete, it's funny because he was a book that was judged by his cover, for a very long time and it took a while to get him into TNA and we were always fighting to get him in. Everybody was like 'we gotta change his look and blah blah blah,' but finally when they gave him the chance, he showed them that you didn't need to judge him by the cover because he brings a unique intensity and a unique character to TNA and I think it would be a different TNA without him. He has changed the business." - Christopher Daniels discusses Samoa Joe
April 15, 2014
Jim Ross
"I assume that he hasn't signed with WWE only because WWE hasn't announced it. Signing Sting would create positive news for WWE as he is a major star that WWE can monetize in a variety of ways if he comes aboard. I don't see Sting even needing to wrestle to be a viable asset to WWE if he does sign with the company. If Sting did have one match it WWE it would need to be a long build, much anticipated one that has a significant payoff at a major event more specifically Wrestlemania 31." - Jim Ross talks about the rumors of Sting signing with WWE
April 15, 2014
Davey Richards
"I never really wanted to go to WWE. The tryout there was awesome. It was really fun and I can't say enough good things and I learned a lot, but I told a few of the guys during the initial tryout with Eddie that this was not for me just because moving down to Orlando is not what I wanted to do and wrestling is not the only thing I want to do with my life. To give up everything and just live in that world is not my idea of a great life or a perfect life. TNA offered me to be able to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the world, I could be on television, I could go and entertain crowds but I could still come home and be Wes. I could be Davey, then I could be Wes. It was just better for me and I couldn't be happier in TNA it's been great." - Davey Richards on choosing TNA over WWE
April 14, 2014
Marty Jannetty
"Happiest guy living right now. Wish I was there to watch her grow up, but so happy to be given this gift now. And from here on, I'm going to be a different person than I have been. Will be the best daddy ever, or at least the best one I can be. I'm the happiest guy on this planet right now. Now, I get it. To all the boys who have told me how it's life changing when you have a kid, man, had no kids, so I didn't get it. Now I do. That's my girl. Guys, don't you dare look at her twice. Bad ankles and all, I will make sure you never look at my daughter like that again. Love you, Bianca." - Marty Jannetty after finding out that he has a daughter
April 14, 2014
Paul London
"I've always admired and looked up to Terry Funk. Never did I actually think I'd be walking just like him. Knees hurt." - Paul London explaining how much of a toll the wrestling business gives to the body
April 14, 2014