Samoa Joe revealed some bad news on Twitter. While he was off in Europe touring with TNA, he had a death in the family. His grandfather passed away. Since he did not want to leave work, he was forced to miss the funeral.
With CM Punk leaving WWE due to unhappiness, a lot of eyes have now focused on Alberto Del Rio, who has openly talked about leaving the company whenever he is upset with the way that his character is being utilized. The belief is that he is unhappy about being fed to Batista.
Fans who attended the live event in Kansas City on Sunday were given the option of leaving and receiving a refund because John Cena was not in attendance as advertised. Randy Orton cut a story line promo, stating that he injured Cena the previous night.
When TMZ reported that Nikki Bella was starting a career in real estate, it led to mass speculations that she was thinking about leaving WWE. Many feel that she wants to settle down in life. However, the twin diva stated that she was only looking to make some extra money on the side.
There are two sides being formed backstage in WWE right now over the CM Punk situation. Some have backstage heat towards him because they feel that he was unprofessional in leaving the company in a jam. Others are applauding him for standing up to management because it's something that very few can do.
Since every wrestling fan on the planet is curious about CM Punk leaving WWE, TNA has decided to take advantage of the situation by posting several of his matches for free on their YouTube account this week. Punk worked for the company during their early years.
With CM Punk abruptly leaving the company, WWE needed someone to replace him at the upcoming live events that he was scheduled for. Sheamus has been chosen as the replacement, and he will be working handicap matches against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
"No, I don't think this is an elaborate, TV storyline but instead it's all about a highly motivated, talented wrestler who, at times, feeds off the chip on his shoulder, which is not a bad thing, who has hit the wall and isn't enjoying what once was his primary professional focus....dare say his life."
- Jim Ross discusses CM Punk leaving WWE
"So Punk allegedly walked out & quit WWE. Interesting. It's impossible 2 understand the toll that job can have on you-unless you've lived it. A 'screw you' from Punk? NO. Punk's gotta prioritize his own sanity & health. Sometimes WWE isn't conducive to those two things. From my experience- When you're in constant physical pain, frustrated the majority of the time, & resent what u love, things have to change."
- Matt Hardy defending CM Punk for leaving WWE
"I would say the best person - because it was the best match-up - would be Samoa Joe. Usually you pick people that are retired and been out of the business for a while. Not for me - it's the guys that made you. Joe was a big part of that, so I would love it to be Joe but I don't know who it's going to be yet."
- Kurt Angle on who he wants to induct him into the TNA hall of fame
When word spread last night that CM Punk had informed Vince McMahon at Monday Night Raw that he was leaving WWE, it spread pretty rapidly through the internet, but now those rumor are all over the place since worldwide gossip website TMZ has picked up on the story as well.
"It's Punk's life he needs to do what's best for him"
- Lance Storm comments on CM punk leaving WWE
Since TNA wants Brutus Magnus to have a solid run as the heavyweight champion, the creative department will be lining up some challengers, so he can work memorable feuds. Aside from Samoa Joe, another candidate being discussed is James Storm, who has routinely gotten the best reactions from the live audiences.
Rumors are spreading that Angelina Love could be making a surprise return at the Genesis edition of Impact Wrestling tonight, as the former TNA knockout was spotted on a plane with Samoa Joe, who is heading to Huntsville to perform at the show.
"I think with TNA now, especially with the inner office changes. I think hopefully I will be on top. I told them already. I said, 'Look, you guys have tried to do things in different ways.' I told them at the beginning of last year. 'You guys have been using me in a utilitarian way for the past 2 or 3 years. I'm cool with it. I know this is a team effort but I'm ready to run with it and produce for you if you give me the opportunity.' I've told John Gaburick the same thing. 'You guys have been using me in a utilitarian way for the past 2 or 3 years. I'm ready to get s--t done. If you want to run with me, It's going to be this year.' The ball is in their hands and we will just see what happens."
"Um I think Bischoff is still around, I think it's just a production capacity. I think with Hogan, some people think he had more clout than he did. I think they really wanted him to do a bit more but I think he just didn't want to really do more at this time. As far as Hogan as a person, cool cat. As far as working with him, I wouldn't know. I never worked with them. I never see them, I never talk to them. When they just asked me 'This is what we need from you' I did it and that was that."
Samoa Joe recently revealed that he has asked the TNA front office to give him a bigger role to work with. He is in a contract year, and he wants to be able to show his true value to the company. Joe has been stuck in the mid card for quite some time now.
Now that Brutus Magnus is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, it looks like Samoa Joe will be one of the first wrestlers to challenge him. The two of them have been booked for matches at live events this upcoming weekend.
When Samoa Joe made a comment on Twitter about not being welcomed back in ROH, the company decided to respond to those rumors by posting a message on their social media account, stating that they would gladly take him back.
For some reason, Samoa Joe was curious about a potential return to Ring of Honor, but the current TNA star revealed on Twitter that it would never happen. Apparently, he was told by someone that he would not be welcomed back in ROH.
TNA produced a highly entertaining funeral segment for Aces and Eights, who were forced to split up after Bully Ray was defeated by Mr Anderson at Turning Point.