MINORU TANAKA APPEARANCE RUMORS
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Minoru Tanaka
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Minoru Tanaka
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November 29, 1972
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Debut
1994
Shawn Michaels
While he did make a brief appearance during Wrestlemania 30 week, Shawn Michaels is expected to be gone from WWE for the time being. The former world heavyweight champion will be focusing his energy on his television show and various promotional appearances for the time being. There are talks that he could be brought back for Summerslam 2014 to help with promotions, but that is not confirmed yet.
April 24, 2014
Brock Lesnar
While he only made an in ring appearance at the big pay per view this year, Rock is being penciled in to work a match at Wrestlemania 31. WWE actually wants to build the entire event around him. A hall of fame induction is being discussed as well. As far as opponents are concerned, the top candidate to face the Rock at Wrestlemania is Brock Lesnar.
April 12, 2014
CM Punk
At one point in time, he was rumored to be working a high profile match at this pay per view against CM Punk, but it looks like WWE will have to settle for just a cameo appearance by Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 30. The rumors are that some sort of agreement has been made, and Austin will be involved in some shape or form during the main show.
April 3, 2014
Rock
If you're one of those people still hoping to see the Rock at Wrestlemania 30, then you might be in luck, as rumors are heavily stating that he will be making an appearance at the pay per view. However, there are those that believe that it might just be a taped promo. At one point in time, Vince McMahon was hoping that Rock would be working the main event.
April 3, 2014
Bobby Lashley
When Bobby Lashley made his return to TNA, some felt that it might have been a temporary appearance. However, that was squashed when it was revealed that was back for an extended period of time. There are rumors floating around right now that TNA could use his name value to give some credibility to Brutus Magnus in a title program.
March 27, 2014
Scott Norton
While he expressed his desire to make a return in a feature article for WWE last month, there are no plans within the company to bring Scott Norton back into the mix. Officials are not even interested in a cameo appearance, as they feel that the current fan base simply would not connect with the former WCW star.
March 26, 2014
CM Punk
One of the things that was being discussed by WWE backstage before Monday Night Raw was the appearance that CM Punk made for the Talking Dead television show. Many noted how he looked a lot healthier than he had been for the previous year. The much needed time off has been very good for the former world heavyweight champion.
March 18, 2014
Andre the Giant
While he has not been seen on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown in a year now, there is still a chance that Yoshi Tatsu could be working a match at Wrestlemania 30 this year. The Japanese star has been working really hard down in developmental, and WWE might just reward him with a brief cameo appearance in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
March 18, 2014
CM Punk
While the company might never admit, WWE officials are expected to closely watch the Talking Dead episode tonight to see what CM Punk has to say about his situation. Vince McMahon himself might not watching the episode, but it is expected that someone within management will be providing him with a report of the appearance.
March 16, 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
CM Punk
While the company has maintained their composure about him walking away, there is now massive backstage heat on CM Punk because he will be making an appearance on the Talking Dead this weekend. Many feel that if he can fly to Los Angeles to work the show, then he could have showed up at Monday Night Raw to talk to Vince McMahon or Triple H while they were in Chicago.
March 13, 2014
Chris Jericho
There are rumblings that Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho could be making a special guest appearance on Monday Night Raw this week. The two of them are already scheduled to be in Chicago this weekend. Michaels will be at the World of Wheels convention on Saturday, while Jericho will be a featured attraction on Sunday.
February 28, 2014
Hornswoggle
Since their movie is coming out soon, the Muppets are expected to be hosting an episode of Monday Night Raw in March. WWE has a business relationship with that franchise. The belief is that Hornswoggle will be heavily featured on that episode. Not only is he a huge fan of the Muppets, he also has a cameo appearance in the new movie.
February 27, 2014
Kevin Nash
Initially, Shawn Michaels was scheduled to be a part of the big WWE NXT show that is taking place this week. However, he is no longer making that appearance. The company really wanted this show to be special since it is on the new WWE Network, so they're bringing in some familiar faces. Kevin Nash is still signed on at this point.
February 25, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Now that Hulk Hogan has been signed to a contract and an official return announcement has been made, WWE is expected to turn their attention towards Roddy Piper and begin negotiations with him on an appearance at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary performer has been pushing for a match at the pay per view, but management is unlikely to go that route.
February 24, 2014
Edge
There are speculations now that Edge could be making an appearance at Wrestlemania 30. The former WWE champion has signed on to make an appearance at WrestleCon, which is taking place in New Orleans during the same weekend. Edge has revealed in the past that he is a huge fan of the Ultimate Warrior, who is being inducted this year.
February 15, 2014
Hulk Hogan
While he has done some appearances for the company over the past couple of years, Jimmy Hart has never really made a full return to WWE. That looks to be changing, as the legendary manager is expected to make an appearance on Monday Night Raw on February 24 with real life good friend Hulk Hogan.
February 11, 2014
Shawn Michaels
Rumors are sparking that Shawn Michaels could be making a special appearance at Elimination Chamber 2014, as the WWE legend will be in the same area that weekend. He will be doing another special appearance for World of Wheels on February 22 in Milwaukee, which is just a two hour drive from the pay per view in Green Bay.
February 10, 2014
Undertaker
There are now talks that Undertaker could be making a special appearance at Elimination Chamber 2014 later on this month. He has been confirmed to return on the following Monday Night Raw, so management might have him popping up on the pay per view to surprise the audience and set up his Wrestlemania 30 match.
February 10, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
In a sign of how badly the company wants to see him becoming a star, it has now been close to two whole years since Mason Ryan was sent back down to WWE NXT for further developmental work. His last televised appearance with the main roster was back in April of 2012 in a match against Dolph Ziggler. Ryan is expected to be given another chance around Wrestlemania 30.
February 9, 2014
Steve Blackman
A familiar face made an appearance backstage at the Smackdown taping this week. Steve Blackman, who has been rumored for a brand new show on WWE Network, was visiting with friends in Pennsylvania, where he lives. The belief is that he spent some time talking briefly with management about hosting his own show, which is rumored to focus around Blackman as a bounty hunter.
April 23, 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
Big Show
Since professional wrestlers are now intertwined with comic book conventions, Big Show has just become the latest WWE star to sign on for a Wizard World appearance. He will be doing the event in Atlanta, which will be the first time it is being held in that city. Big Show will be signing autographs, taking pictures and answering questions with fans.
April 19, 2014
Nikita Koloff
A lot of wrestling fans have been wondering about the net worth of Nikita Koloff, as the legendary NWA star has yet to even make an appearance in WWE. The former United States Heavyweight Champion is done with professional wrestler. He has been a preacher for quite some time now, and his family was also featured on a reality television for the Lifetime Network.
April 14, 2014
Rock
After his cameo appearance at Wrestlemania 30, the Rock has headed back to England to put in more work into the Hercules film. While WWE fans were hoping that he would stick around and make a couple of more appearances, the former world heavyweight champion is not expected to make another return for the foreseeable future. WWE is still trying to convince him to come back in 2015.
April 14, 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
Ultimate Warrior
A video of the Ultimate Warrior making what would turn out to be his final appearance on Monday Night Raw. The legendary WWE star, who was inducted into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend, died on Tuesday. His death has rocked the entire professional wrestling industry.
April 9, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
In one of the most shocking news ever, the Ultimate Warrior has died. His death comes just a day after he made his return to Monday Night Raw. It also comes during the same week where he was finally was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and made a special appearance at Wrestlemania 30. No further details have been released yet.
April 8, 2014
Sting
In a move that could signal his imminent debut in WWE, Sting has been removed from the official TNA roster page on their website. The company had kept him on there, even after he made his last appearance for the company in January. The belief is that he has been negotiating with WWE over the past several weeks, and this could signal that a deal has been reached.
April 7, 2014
Sting
A video of Sting teasing an appearance at Wrestlemania 31. This was taken from New Orleans this week while the legendary former world heavyweight champion was in town for WrestleCon.
April 6, 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
Diamond Dallas Page
With much of the wrestling world in the state of Louisiana this weekend, Mr Anderson will be in New Orleans as well. Instead of working Wrestlemania 30, though, he will be making an appearance at WrestleCon, along with several dozens of other big name performers like Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
"Right now the Big Show or Big E. Langston have a good chance to win it. But if something crazy happens like Sting or Ultimate Warrior show up, anything could happen." - Hulk Hogan teasing fans about a shocking appearance at Wrestlemania 30 during the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal
April 3, 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
Brock Lesnar
"The friendship came together when we got together professionally back in 2002 and realized just how similar our goals were both professionally and personally. On a professional level, we both want to be the absolute best at our craft. We will settle for nothing less than being at the top of our game at every appearance and we want to leave a legacy of being the single, solitary best in that particular role the industry has ever seen. On a personal level, nothing means more to either one of us than our children and we will fight to the death for our children. And everything that we do including everything we do professionally revolves around, is about and is regarding the love that we have for our children. So both professionally and personally as much as we are different, you're talking about a South Dakota farm boy that is a natural born predator and conqueror and a smart ass New York Jew boy who's the son of a personal injury attorney from the Bronx. But as different as we are culturally, we are in terms as professionally and personally, we are very much alike." - Paul Heyman discusses his relationship with Brock Lesnar
April 1, 2014
CM Punk
At the Wizard World Comic Con this weekend in Louisville, Randy Orton will be making an appearance at the event. The news is a bit interesting as this was the show that CM Punk was originally scheduled to be at before he walked out on WWE. Orton will be taking pictures and signing autographs, but he is not going to be answering questions from fans.
March 26, 2014
AJ Lee
Since he left the company, WWE fans have been eager to get a glimpse of CM Punk. His appearance on the Talking Dead created quite the buzz. So did a brief glimpse at the airport, where the former world champion was picking up his girlfriend, AJ Lee. Now, Punk has been spotted again, this time he is with Colt Cabana at an NHL game.
March 26, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since he is now one of the most popular figures in the entire industry, fans in Brooklyn were a bit angry that Daniel Bryan was not on hand for Monday Night Raw. WWE had advertised him to be in the dark main event, and the company even stated on Smackdown that he would be making some sort of appearance that evening.
March 25, 2014
Jake Roberts
Over the weekend, Jake Roberts worked an independent wrestling show in Maryland, where the legendary WWE performer was victorious in a six man tag team match. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as many expected him to cancel out on the appearance because he recently underwent surgery to determine what type of cancer that he has.
March 24, 2014
Chase Stevens
Professional wrestling stars are going to be making an appearance on the season finale of Duck Dynasty, one of the more talked about reality television shows. It's not someone from WWE or TNA, however. Jim Duggan, Chase Stevens and Cassidy Riley are all appearing on the episode as themselves.
March 24, 2014
Minoru Tanaka

Minoru Tanaka had a brief stint in TNA, where the Japanese wrestler was a part of Team Japan, a story line that the company ran in 2006. He worked a tag team match on Impact Wrestling and also worked a six man tag team match at TNA Lockdown.

January 26, 2014
Minoru Tanaka

After almost an entire decade working for the company, Minoru Tanaka shocked the wrestling world by opting to leave New Japan. The two sides simply were not able to come to terms on a brand new contract. There are talks that Tanaka could be headed to All Japan soon.

January 31, 2009
Charlie Haas
With Jeff Jarrett traveling the world to find professional wrestling stars to join his new Global Force Wrestling, a name that has popped up in the rumor mills is Charlie Haas. The former WWE star has been really quiet since his odd departure from ROH. Haas has been in semi retirement, working small shows here and there in Texas. He would bring a veteran presence and a familiar face to GFW.
April 24, 2014
AJ Lee
AJ Lee has been off the road with WWE for a couple of weeks now, which has naturally caused her fans to wonder about her return date. As of right now, that is unclear, as the company is not rushing her to come back. The hope is that it might ease the tension between CM Punk and WWE. While many feel that he is done with the company, some still believe that he can be convinced to return.
April 24, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Rumors coming out of backstage are stating that Vince McMahon made the decision to end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30 because he felt that his legendary star was aging really badly. Since McMahon felt that Undertaker was wrestling what was possibly his last match for WWE, he decided a couple of days before the pay per view to pull the trigger on Brock Lesnar being given the honors.
April 24, 2014
Bobby Roode
While they both have now established themselves as singles stars, there are talks backstage in TNA of doing a Beer Money reunion. The hope would be that James Storm and Bobby Roode can remain relevant while carrying the tag team division once again. It would help fill the void that is being left by the potential departures of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.
April 24, 2014
Booker T
Since his Reality of Wrestling promotion has been making a lot of progress as of late, there are rumors that Booker T could be leaving WWE soon to focus on running his company. However, that does not appear to be the case. Booker is intent on keeping his role with WWE because it keeps his profile high, which in turn helps the value of ROW as well.
April 24, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A lot of fans are quick to point out the similarities between Eric Young winning the heavyweight championship and Daniel Bryan winning the heavyweight championship. However, people backstage in TNA are denying that there is a correlation. Company officials are standing by their stance that the move was done in order to surprise the fans.
April 24, 2014
Dixie Carter
While we are still several months away from the expiration of the contract, rumors have it that several TNA stars are concerned about Dixie Carter not being able to secure a new television deal with Spike, which has been home to the promotion for quite a few years now. Last time around, Carter was able to get the deal done a lot quicker.
April 23, 2014
Batista
Aided by the fact that so many fans want to see it coming back, rumors have been spreading that WWE is considering the idea of doing a War Games match between Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) and Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista) at WWE Battleground in July. However, management has long been against the idea, so things are still up in the air.
April 23, 2014
AJ Lee
After dropping the belt to Paige the night after Wrestlemania 30, AJ Lee was given some time off, presumably to rest up and move to Chicago to be with boyfriend, former WWE star CM Punk. Rumors are floating around that AJ will be returning to the company in May, as she has been advertised for the European tour. She is also advertised for events in June.
April 23, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Since his popularity has been growing by the day, there are actually talks backstage in WWE of doing a face turn with Bray Wyatt. Rumors have it that some in the company believe that he can reach his full main event potential by being a fan favorite. The belief is that WWE will not be pulling the trigger on this character change until they decide to turn Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins back into heels.
April 23, 2014
Big E Langston
Thanks to a really impressive performance from both guys on Monday Night Raw last week, rumors are now floating around that Wade Barrett has shot up as candidate to win the tournament to crown a new challenger for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The two of them could be facing one another at Extreme Rules 2014.
April 22, 2014
Curtis Axel
Since he has managed to behave himself rather well since being put into the dog house, there are talks that Ryback could be on the receiving end of a push from WWE in the near future. There are rumors that he and Curtis Axel could be going their separate ways soon, and it looks like Ryback will be the beneficiary of that breakup. He should be moved back into the mid card scene by the summer.
April 22, 2014
Alex Riley
While it has been quite some time since he was taken off the road as an active in ring performer, Alex Riley, who has transitioned to a broadcasting career with WWE since then, is contemplating a return to the ring. There are rumors that it might actually take place in WWE, too. One of the ideas being tossed around backstage is for him to replace Antonio Cesaro in the Real Americans stable with Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger.
April 22, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Rumors have sparked about Cody Rhodes and Goldust doing a heel turn soon. However, that is just pure speculation at this point, as a lot of people are under the belief that WWE was testing things out at the live event in Saudi Arabia earlier this week. The brothers worked a match against Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, but it was simply a matter of filling out the card.
April 22, 2014
Sting
One of the frequently discussed items backstage in WWE is the status of Sting. The former world heavyweight champion was handed a contract, but he has not signed it and returned it to management yet. The belief is that Sting is simply going through the contract with his lawyers to make sure that all of his demands are met before he makes it official.
April 21, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
While a lot of names have surfaced in rumors as possible candidates to join Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling, a name that can be ruled out is Diamond Dallas Page. While the former world heavyweight champion has kept himself in great shape, he has no interest in bring a wrestler again. His main focus right now is on his yoga business.
April 21, 2014
Batista
Rumors going around right now has Batista taking a break after Extreme Rules 2014, where he is scheduled to team up with Triple H and Rand Orton in a six man tag team match against Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Batista is not currently scheduled for any of the events following the pay per view, and the belief is that he will be out promoting his upcoming movie.
April 21, 2014
Daniel Bryan
While the company has yet to make it official, Daniel Bryan is expected to defend the WWE championship against Kane at Extreme Rules 2014. Since fans might view it as a lackluster match up, there are talks that management might turn it into a gimmick match, especially since that would fit in with the theme of the pay per view.
April 21, 2014
Davey Richards
While the majority of the pay per view has already been announced, there are rumors backstage that an eight match could be added. Davey Richards and Eddie Edward are expected to be given a spot on the show, and their opponents could be Zema Ion, Robbie E and Jessie Godderz. There are also talks that MVP could be added if TNA doesn't want to do a handicap tag team match.
April 21, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
While he has made quite a name for himself in New Japan, there are rumors floating around that Lance Hoyt could be interested in signing with Jeff Jarrett and his new Global Force Wrestling. The belief is that Hoyt would want a schedule that enables him to still do frequent tours of Japan. Jarrett might be willing to agree to that since he wants his promotion to be internationally known.
April 21, 2014