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March 17, 1979
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July 26, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
July 17, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Dixie Carter and company would do a big announcement in London. A lot of speculations floated around, including the possibility of doing an overseas tournament there. However, signs are pointing to a new television show instead for TNA. It would be designed specifically for their fans in England and the surrounding areas.
July 3, 2014
One of the reasons why Santino Marella worked a segment with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Monday Night Raw this week was because Emma was overseas. WWE sent the diva to her home country of Australia to do some promotional work for an upcoming tour. Management really does not have a long term plan for Santino and Emma, but they like utilizing the two of them on television together.
June 11, 2014
For those of you that haven't heard, Wes Brisco has been wrestling in Japan as of late. The second generation star has been wanting to work overseas since being released by TNA because he wanted to gain more experience. Brisco recently came back to the United States, but he later revealed that he was just taking a break. He is scheduled to return to New Japan this summer.
June 2, 2014
While he is currently one of the top stars in the company, don't expect MVP to remain with TNA for the rest of his career. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former United States Heavyweight Champion confirmed that he wants his wrestling career to end overseas. MVP wants another big run in Japan before he retires from the business.
June 1, 2014
It looks like WWE wants to promote Roman Reigns as a top star during the upcoming tour of Japan. Management is booking him in singles matches against Kane, a performer that Japanese fans are aware of. Reigns will more than likely be going over in those bouts. WWE is also booking Reigns for a tag team match with John Cena during the tour as well, which should give him a little more credibility with the overseas fans.
May 30, 2014
MVP is taking the weekend off from TNA live events, so that he can travel to England to work a big show over there for PCW. Promoters there have also booked Al Snow, Shane Helms, Low Ki and Chris Masters as well. One of the things that MVP asked for in contract negotiations with TNA is to have some freedom and flexibility to work overseas still.
May 30, 2014
As a sign of how much the company values his overseas appeal, Sami Zayn was brought on the tour of Europe with the main roster. The developmental wrestler worked matches with Damien Sandow and was actually given the win. Zayn is starting to become a regular on these overseas tour, so it would not be a stretch to see WWE promoting him to Monday Night Raw soon.
May 25, 2014
With WWE needing all of their stars for the tour of Europe, the company decided to send a retired performer to Malaysia on a promotional tour instead. Ricky Steamboat, one of the most beloved stars in the history of WWE, flew overseas and promoted the October tour, which will feature two shows. The company has not been back in the country since 2002.
May 24, 2014
While his name is not known to the majority of fans in the United States, people within the industry believe that Kota Ibushi is the best high flying wrestler in the business. The New Japan star has caught the attention of WWE. The company wants to sign the current IWGP Junior Champion and bring him overseas. Management has been pushing recently to bring an influx of new performers into the developmental program.
May 23, 2014
When WWE performers headed off to Europe for a tour, Xavier Woods was left behind. Management needed him to work the Florida Special Olympics event. Now that he is done with that task, Woods is boarding a plane to join the rest of the company overseas. He is expected to be available for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, which are being taped in London next week.
May 17, 2014
A columnist in Chicago, who happens to be friends with CM Punk, recently wrote that the former WWE star has retired from professional wrestling. While fans have made this into a big ordeal, people backstage are brushing it off, as they know that Punk could easily decide to return to the ring whenever he felt like it, whether it is with WWE, TNA, ROH or overseas.
May 9, 2014
News coming out of WWE is that AJ Lee is going to be taking more time off than initially planned. The former Divas Champion was originally advertised to work the upcoming tour of Europe, but management has now changed those plans. AJ has been removed from promotional materials, and she will not be joining the other WWE stars overseas later on this month.
May 9, 2014
While he has been campaigning to maintain his on screen role with WWE, the company has opted to put Hulk Hogan back on the shelf for the time being until they can come up with something backstage for him to do. It looks like he could be brought back in early July on Monday Night Raw, so that his presence can be used to help excite overseas fans before WWE tours Japan.
May 7, 2014
Since they're now one of the most popular acts in all of Japan, the Bullet Club has been booked for a couple of shows with Ring of Honor. In May, ROH will be featuring AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at their live events in Toronto and New York City. The trio are just doing guest stints, as they still intend to fully return overseas to finish out their contracts.
April 29, 2014
Some rumors are floating around this weekend that WWE is trying to sign Samoa Joe. The source of the speculations is said to be due to the fact that Triple H briefly followed Joe on Twitter. Sources are saying that Joe followed HHH back on the social media site, which means that they had the option for two way communications for a period of time this weekend. WWE has long avoided the signing of Joe, so this would be quite an interesting move if true.
July 6, 2014
Since MVP has a badly injured knee, TNA decided to change up the main event of Slammiversary 2014. Eric Young will still be defending the world heavyweight championship in a steel cage at the event, but he's now going to be doing so against two opponents. The winners of the respective matches between Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley, Kenny King and Austin Aries will be challenging Young for the belt.
June 13, 2014
In case you did not catch Impact Wrestling this week, Samoa Joe made his return to TNA. He received a bit of a pop as he came back to save Eric Young and Bully Ray from an attack by MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley in the final segment of the show. Upon signing with TNA, MVP specifically mentioned Samoa Joe as a performer that he wanted to work against, so that feud could be happening soon.
May 30, 2014
As some of you already know, former WWE and TNA star Luke Gallows recently got married. CM Punk, AJ Lee, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Mike Knox, Bully Ray, Angelina Love, Samoa Joe, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Reby Sky, Velvet Sky and Colt Cabana were among those in attendance at the wedding.
May 20, 2014
In approximately two years, TNA has reduced the amount of contracted performers by nearly half, going from 60 to 33 during that stretch of time. Dixie Carter and company have been forced to allow performers to leave whenever their contracts expire because they need to become fiscally responsible if they wish to remain in business. Rumor has it that only Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Abyss, James Storm, Bobby Roode and Mr Anderson have big salaries.
May 15, 2014
After being given some time off, Samoa Joe is back on the road for TNA. The former world heavyweight champion worked live events for the company this weekend. There have been conflicting reports as to why Joe was off the road. He denied rumors about a concussion, but he has not done the same for the reports of him taking time off for family reasons.
April 19, 2014
"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
Rumors are floating around right now that Low Ki could be making his return to TNA in the near future. The former X Division Champion contemplated retirement not too long ago, but he had a change of heart apparently. Low Ki has a close relationship with Samoa Joe and MVP, so that have played a part in his potential return to TNA.
April 13, 2014
Rumors surfaced over the weekend that Samoa Joe had been pulled from TNA events because he suffered a concussion. However, the former world heavyweight champion has disputed those claims through his Twitter account. It is now being reported that Joe is taking time off from TNA in order to deal with a personal issue with his family.
April 13, 2014
One of the more notable absence on Impact Wrestling this week was Samoa Joe. Many believed that he would have been a part of that gauntlet match to determine a new contender for the TNA title. However, it has now been revealed that Joe was unable to work the show because he suffered a concussion at a live event in Nebraska a couple of weeks ago.
April 12, 2014
While he is not officially booked for an event, you can expect to see Rockstar Spud being involved in the main event TNA championship match between Brutus Magnus and Samoa Joe. On Impact Wrestling, Dixie Carter was selling the fact that Magnus would be out there alone. That is simply a set up for some interference from Spud.
March 8, 2014
Through his latest blog post, Jim Ross was critical of TNA because the company has Kurt Angle working a mid card match at TNA Lockdown 2014. For those that are not aware, the former world heavyweight champion has been booked for a steel cage match against Ethan Carter. The main event of the pay per view features Brutus Magnus and Samoa Joe.
March 5, 2014
A big six man tag team match has been added to the Wrestle-1 Outbreak, and Samoa Joe will be heavily featured, as the TNA star is teaming up with former WWE star Rene Dupree and Masayuki Kono. The three of them will face the Great Muta, who founded the promotion, Rob Terry and a mystery partner. The event takes place next week in Japan.
February 26, 2014
While there are those backstage that believe that he is deserving of another title reign, the belief right now is that Samoa Joe will not be taking the belt from Brutus Magnus. TNA wants to give him a nice long reign to build up his heel heat, so that when the time is right, a baby face would get the huge victory over him.
February 26, 2014
Reports recently spread that Samoa Joe gave a huge speech to the other TNA performers on the tour bus while the company was in England. The speech was said to have incited a loud applause from his coworkers. Joe, however, issued this statement on Twitter to deny the rumors.
February 19, 2014
The belief right now is that Kurt Angle will be the next performer to challenge Brutus Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He is currently involved in a program with Samoa Joe, and the plan appears to be for Magnus to retain and move on. It also appears that Angle will be putting over Magnus as well.
February 18, 2014
Rumors are floating around that several performers within TNA are loyal to Jeff Jarrett and are possibly going to jump ship whenever his new promotion starts up. Samoa Joe, who has grown into a locker room leader, has advised those guys to keep going out there and performing because there is still a chance that the new promotion does not get formed.
February 13, 2014
In order to help his new promotion gain more fans, the Great Muta is putting together a big pay per view in March. It now has a name. Wrestle-1 has revealed that the event will be called Outbreak. Thanks to a business deal with TNA, the show will feature stars such as Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode.
February 12, 2014
It has now been officially announced that Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus will be headlining TNA Lockdown 2014 in a match for the world heavyweight championship. Joe recently requested a bigger role in the company, and management is honoring that request. Plus, this has been a program that was set up a long time ago in the story lines.
February 8, 2014