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
Daniel Bryan
Hours before he was set to return to Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan received some awful news. His father has passed away suddenly. However, rather than taking off immediately to mourn the death, Bryan admirably insisted that WWE allow him to work the show tonight, in order to preserve the plans that were already in place. He might skip out on Smackdown to go be with his family.
April 21, 2014
Eva Marie
Back in January, it was revealed that Eva Marie was hospitalized and needed some time off from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. The latest episode of Total Divas has shed further light on the situation, as it has now been revealed that Eva had an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. The medical condition might prevent her from ever being pregnant.
April 21, 2014
El Torito
A video of the match between Hornswoggle, who rarely gets to wrestle in WWE nowadays, and El Torito on Smackdown.
April 21, 2014
Aksana
A video of the match between Paige and Aksana on Smackdown this week. Since she is new to the main roster, WWE is trying to give credibility to the Divas champion by having her work on television against as many of the female performers as possible.
April 21, 2014
Batista
A video of Sheamus wrestling Batista on the main event of Smackdown this week. WWE has been discussing a full blown feud between the two performers later on this year, so this might have been a test to see how the audience reacts.
April 20, 2014
CJ Parker
A video of the Great Khali wrestling CJ Parker in WWE NXT. The former world heavyweight champion has been given time off from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, so it was interesting that he made an appearance in developmental.
April 19, 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
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
Paul Heyman
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
Kofi Kingston
"My condolences to the family of the Ultimate Warrior. I am happy to have met him, even if only briefly. The man truly had a presence." - Kofi Kingston the death of the WWE legend
April 22, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"Warrior girls and I will put our toes back in the pond of life. To honor Warrior do something brave today too. He'd tell us all we can be sad but not lazy :) join a gym and put down that chocolate bunny. I'm going for my first run since I lost him; support us by doing something bold, brave and awesome." - Ultimate Warrior's wife tells wrestling fans on his Twitter account that she is moving on after his death
April 22, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
Chris Sabin
"After breaking my hand playing soccer, I emailed the Ultimate Warrior looking for inspiration and motivation, telling him of my dream of wanting to be a professional wrestler when I grew up. He actually emailed me back with super positive encouragement and told me I could do it." - Chris Sabin reveals how Ultimate Warrior motivated him early on in his career
April 22, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"No way! I'm really shocked and saddened to hear the passing of one of my heroes, the Ultimate Warrior. Rest in peace." - Yoshi Tatsu comments about the death of the WWE legend
April 22, 2014
AJ Styles
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Ultimate Warrior." - AJ Styles posting a quick message after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 21, 2014
Jack Swagger
"I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we'll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I'm one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps." - Jack Swagger reveals his path to the WWE developmental program
April 21, 2014
John Cena
"All relationships have ups and downs. Love is strange. Just make sure you love someone for who they are and not who you want them to be." - John Cena posting a message on Twitter that might explain his relationship with Nikki Bella
April 21, 2014
Camacho
"Dominance. I know that my opponent doesn't hit harder than me. Heck, my opponent probably doesn't even hit harder than my mom. I plan to accomplish my goals of being the No. 1 contender for the WWE NXT Title, becoming NXT Champion and then ridding this place of the circus characters that annoy me. After that, I'm gonna reconstruct the foundation of NXT and rebuild this place the right way. I'm gonna make NXT respectable again." - Camacho talking about his stint in developmental
April 20, 2014
Jim Ross
"Where did the info come from that ESPN was interested in Renee Young? Not saying it's true or not but it certainly made the rounds quickly within the IWC. Renee is a talented, young woman, without question, and I wish her the best no matter what she decides to do long term with her career. Renee has skills, a great look and isn't a high maintenance talent but is easy to produce." - Jim Ross on rumors about ESPN being interested in WWE interviewer Renee Young
April 20, 2014
Kevin Nash
"I love Roddy Piper and respect him. What I did was disrespectable. He was a legend. I was a raw Detroit guy. Wish it didn't happen. I fucked up. When you strike a man and see fear in his face at my size, you realize you're playing the bully. I was bullied as a 6'10, 212 pound 14 year old." - Kevin Nash apologizing to Roddy Piper
April 20, 2014
Eric Bischoff
"Roddy Piper is a deranged old fool. He got bitch slapped to the floor. Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff were in the room. Let it go, Rod. Pod cast invite?" - Kevin Nash telling a backstage story about Roddy Piper and mockingly asks for an invitation to do a podcast interview
April 20, 2014
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