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Taz
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Peter Senercia
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October 11, 1967
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Debut
1987
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed just how close Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were in college. Ross was the one that recruited Lesnar into WWE, and when a contract was offered, Lesnar stated that he had a special stipulation he would like fulfilled. Lesnar told the company that he would sign the contract if they also gave a deal to Benjamin, who happened to be his roommate at the time.
September 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a brilliant move by Vince McMahon, WWE is now offering further assistance to former performers to help them transition to regular life. The company is offering up to $5000 a semester for college tuition. WWE is also giving free assistance with financial planning and debt management. The gesture should hopefully bring some positive publicity to the company that has been hit in the business department.
June 4, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Goldberg revealed that he recently let WWE know that he's interested in a return. He listed Triple H and Brock Lesnar as two opponents that he would love to work with. Goldberg also added Roman Reigns and noted that they both played college football at Georgia. The former world heavyweight champion feels that WWE can do a story out of that connection.
May 21, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
While she did not leave the company after Wrestlemania 30 like rumored, Vickie Guerrero still intends on moving on from WWE at some point in time. She has already given notice to management, and she still continues to work on her college degree and business ventures. Guerrero wants to maintain a good working relationship with WWE.
April 17, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Wrestlemania 30 and perhaps the next Monday Night Raw will be the last hurrah for Vickie Guerrero, as she is finishing up her tenure with WWE this weekend. The former on screen general manager has been focused on college over the past year, and she has also been trying to get a few business ventures up and running as well.
April 6, 2014
Lilian Garcia
Earlier this month, Lilian Garcia and her band were in Las Vegas, performing concerts for NASCAR fans. It looks like they did well enough to where they were invited back to the city to do their music for people who are in town for March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament by the NCAA that draws in millions of people across the country.
March 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
The location of Slammiversary 2014 has now been revealed. Dixie Carter and company will be hosting the pay per view in Dallas this year. It will be held at the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. The venue is just two years old and holds approximately 7000 people. The show takes place on June 15.
March 6, 2014
Brooke Hogan
Brooke Hogan will be seeing a very familiar face on the set when College Fright night starts filming later on this year. WWE legend Jake Roberts will be appearing the movie with her. He is playing a character named Richard Hertz. It's a movie about college students and vampires. As of right now, the film is set to be released on October 24.
February 8, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
To prepare for life after professional wrestling, Vickie Guerrero decided to return to college to get a degree in medical administration, and it looks like she has been able to thrive, despite still working the hectic WWE schedule. She recently revealed that she received all As this semester.
February 6, 2014
Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis has revealed that while she is pursuing her college degree, she's also going to be going after a certificate for graphics design as well.

December 2, 2013
Maria Kanellis

Former WWE diva Maria Kanellis has revealed that she is going back to school to study film.

November 5, 2013
Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley had a stellar amateur wrestling career in college for a couple of years. He did well enough, where he started training for the Olympics. Unfortunately, though, an injury ended those dreams. WWE came calling, though, and has now signed Lashley to a developmental deal. He is being assigned to OVW for training.
November 9, 2004
Taz
With so many of his peers, including JBL, Michael Cole, Jim Ross, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin, finding success doing shows online, Taz is following suit. The TNA commentator announced that he was going to debut his own online radio show soon. The format will basically be the former world heavyweight champion talking about the daily topics in professional wrestling.
April 22, 2014
Taz

Steve Austin revealed that he is interviewing TNA announcer Taz for an upcoming episode of his popular podcast series.

December 3, 2013
Vickie Guerrero
Based on what she has accomplished, Vickie Guerrero has inspired several of the performers backstage in WWE. She was able to leave the business and start a new career. Guerrero went to college while working on the road for WWE. A lot of performers have long been worried if it would be possible for them to leave the road and settle into a new life.
August 8, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Prior to becoming known worldwide as a legend in professional wrestling, Bruiser Brody was actually a pretty good football player. He was an all state high school player in Michigan. His talents were so good that he caught the attention of a university in Texas. He parlayed his success in college to an NFL career, doing a brief stint with the Washington Redskins.
May 1, 2014
Maria Kanellis
A selfie picture from Maria Kanellis, where the former WWE diva shows us what she wears to school. Since she is planning for life after professional wrestling, Maria recently made her return to college.
April 25, 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
Mike Rotunda
Back when he was with the NWA, Mike Rotunda had an amateur wrestler gimmick when he teamed with Rick Steiner. It was actually based on his real life athletic career in college. Rotunda really did wrestle at Syracuse University. He was never an All American, though.
March 21, 2014
George Steele
After a successful career as an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan, Rick Steiner was discovered by George Steele, who convinced the college graduate to become a professional wrestler immediately after he finished school.
March 10, 2014
Matt Hardy
Prior to becoming a big star for WWE and TNA, Matt Hardy was quite the scholar. In high school, he won a scholarship to any college of his choosing to major in engineering. Shortly into his academics career, he was forced to withdraw from classes and leave, so that he could go home and take care of his sick father.
March 5, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Prior to become a professional wrestler, the Honky Tonk Man had another career in mind. After graduating from college with an education degree, he became a high school football coach. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion only did that job for two years before deciding that he wanted to try something different.
March 2, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Since she is now focusing on her education, new career and business, there is backstage heat towards Vickie Guerrero from a couple of people backstage in WWE. It has become apparent that she plans on leaving the company after she graduates from college, so management has decided not to push her much on television from here on out.
February 22, 2014
Byron Saxton
While wrestling fans only know of him as an announcer, Byron Saxton, who made his way back to Monday Night Raw this week, is viewed very highly backstage, as he has shown quite a bit of versatility with a variety of behind the scenes stuff. Saxton has also been lauded for receiving a college degree before joining WWE.
February 14, 2014
Eddie Guerrero
The belief is that Vickie Guerrero will leave WWE in the near future, quite possibly around the time that she graduates from college and receives her medical administration degree. The feeling is that her character has already reached its peak and that the widow of Eddie Guerrero simply wants to stop being on the road every single week of the year.
February 8, 2014
Tito Santana
Several guys who played college football for West Texas A&M University went on to become professional wrestlers, and one of those guys was Merced Solis, better known to WWE fans as Tito Santana. He played the tight end position, and his quarterback was future Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard.
February 7, 2014
Ted DiBiase
Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Tully Blanchard was quite the athlete in college. He played football at West Texas State University, where the legendary Four Horsemen member was teammates with Ted DiBiase and Tito Santana. Blanchard started off as a quarterback for the team before being moved to defensive end.
January 14, 2014
Edge

"Then finally when I signed my deal deal, my very first deal, they also paid all of my college fees as a bonus. I think I owed like 40 grand, which they didn't have to do, I always felt was very, very cool of JR to do. He was like we're going to take care of your college, by the way. I was like oh, because that had been hanging over my head while I had been trying to just get somewhere and make it. I was like oh, man. I got this 40 grand that's over my head and I'm making 50 bucks on this show. Cool, now I'm making 210, but that's not going to chip away at 40 grand. So they took care of that when I signed my deal."

January 2, 2014
Rosa Mendes

Prior to dropping out of college to pursue a career in modeling, Rosa Mendes studied business at the University of British Columbia.

November 18, 2013
Eddie Guerrero

Former WWE champion Eddie Guerrero attended the University of New Mexico on a wrestling scholarship.

November 5, 2013
Bret Hart

Prior to becoming a WWE star, Bret Hart majored in filmmaking at Mount Royal College.

November 4, 2013
Kevin Nash
Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Kevin Nash played basketball for the University of Tennessee.
October 27, 2013
Taz
Since his contract with WWE has now officially ended, rumors about Jim Ross and his future in professional wrestling have started heating up again. Since the longtime commentator does not want to replace Taz or Mike Tenay in TNA, much of the speculations has been geared towards him joining up with Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Interest within the industry towards the new promotion has grown since Jarrett has been able to secure several deals across the globe.
July 29, 2014
Bully Ray
Now that it has been revealed on Impact Wrestling that Mike Knox will be making his return to television soon, rumors have surfaced that Taz is actually one of the people backstage who has been pushing TNA to keep the performer around. Throughout the last year, Taz and Bully Ray have seen their backstage powers increase within the company.
March 23, 2014
Gunner
The TNA production crew put together a really good promotional video of Gunner recently, and it impressed Taz enough to where he took to Twitter to give them this shout out.
February 20, 2014
Taz
While much of the sports world is making a big fuss about Michael Sam revealing that he was gay, Taz took to Twitter to share his feelings on the matter. The Impact Wrestling commentator feels that society should not be making such a big deal out of someone's sexuality.
February 13, 2014
Taz

"If I was in complete control of TNA, I would do anything, if WWE right now was going left; I would go right. And if they started going right; I would go left. So that's what I would do. I would try to be the complete opposite of WWE. That's just my opinion. I don't have millions invested. I don't make tons and tons of money as an upper management guy. I don't go in focus groups. I'm not part of that whole research team. I, this is just some blue-collared guy from Brooklyn that wrestled for a living that talks about wrestlers now giving you my opinion. Doesn't mean I'm right. I'm probably wrong. But that's just what I would do as a wrestling fan and a former wrestler; is try to be, look I think our show last night, it looked awesome."

- Taz discussing how he would run TNA if he was in charge backstage

February 3, 2014
Taz

Another person that has been gaining some power backstage in TNA is Taz. Aside from being the voice of Impact Wrestling, he also has been helping out with the creative department. Taz was also instrumental in the return of Tommy Dreamer to the front office.

January 20, 2014
Jim Ross

"....and I'm STILL NOT buying TNA nor would I ever want to affect the team of Mike Tenay and Taz. They have great chemistry and as I have said before they do a great job with what is provided them on their monitor."

November 21, 2013
Taz

Former ECW stars Lance Storm and Taz took to Twitter to make fun of unlikely TNA star Norv Fernum.

November 7, 2013
Dixie Carter
When his contract with TNA was expiring, Taz made some calls to WWE to gauge their interest on a potential return as a commentator on either Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. Since the company was not interested and had no room on their shows, Taz instead chose to sign the offer that was on the table from Dixie Carter.
July 24, 2013
Taz

Since his contract only has a certain amount of dates on there, Taz was allowed to miss an episode of Impact Wrestling.

July 22, 2013
Rob Van Dam
As many already know, Rob Van Dam is taking some time off from WWE. However, that does not mean that he is taking time off from professional wrestling. The former world heavyweight champion is working an independent wrestling show in Florida later on this month. Due to his name value and recent stint with WWE, RVD is able to command a higher pay than the typical performer at these shows.
September 17, 2014
Evan Bourne
During a recent interview, Evan Bourne was asked about his time in WWE. The high flying performer revealed that he had a good amount of fun during his stint with the company. However, he stated that management fired him via fax instead of a more personal phone call. No word yet on whether or not that is the new policy for WWE, but in the past, phone calls were made to the performers being given a release.
September 17, 2014
Great Khali
The downplaying of the Great Khali continues. WWE is doing some promotional work in India this week, and once again, the former world heavyweight champion was not chosen for the task of generating interest in his own country. Instead, WWE has sent Wade Barrett, a European star who is currently injured. The belief is that management will be severing ties with Khali once his contract expires because he is one of higher paid performers on the roster.
September 17, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a bit of news that is sure to cause mass speculations about Vince McMahon and company, it has now been announced that there will be a delay in the launch of WWE 2K15. The video game was initially scheduled to be released in North America on October 28. It has ow been pushed back to November 18. The official word given for the move is because both companies wanted to produce the best possible game before releasing it to the fans, but as many already know, that is simply public relations talk.
September 16, 2014
AJ Styles
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
Chris Jericho
If you're a big fan of Chris Jericho, then definitely check out Night of Champions 2014, as that will be the last time that we see him in WWE for quite some time. The former undisputed heavyweight champion will be working a match against Randy Orton. He finishes up with the company shortly afterwards. Jericho has a tour with Fozzy coming soon, and he will be traveling around to promote his new book.
September 15, 2014
Ric Flair
Since he has a history of partying and the company does not want rumors to run wild with internet fans, WWE has released an official statement in regards to why Ric Flair was recently forced to miss some live events. They stated that he was hospitalized and will be back with the company soon. WWE had issues with the former world heavyweight champion at a public event involving their upcoming WWE 2K15 video game a while back.
September 15, 2014
Dixie Carter
While reports are saying that their contract with Spike TV is expiring at the end of the year, executives in TNA are still making moves as if they are definitely going to remain on television. The company has now booked the Manhattan Center in New York City for three more episodes of Impact Wrestling. It appears that Dixie Carter is extremely confident that they will be signing a deal somewhere.
September 15, 2014
CM Punk
Since he no longer has the burden of the hectic WWE schedule to worry about, CM Punk has been enjoying his time tremendously. The former world heavyweight champion was recently spotted at the Riot Fest music event in Chicago. Punk was even invited onstage by a band called The Bouncing Souls and performed a song with them.
September 15, 2014
Ryback
Through his Twitter account, Ryback revealed to fans that it has now been 18 days since his surgery, and he has been recovering extremely well from his still unknown injury, which is rumored to involve his groin. He should be making a return to WWE very soon, as he is now pain free. He might not be rushed back, though, as management really doesn't have a story ready for him.
September 15, 2014
Ric Flair
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ric Flair had to be pulled from the WWE NXT show. The exact reason has now been discovered. The former world heavyweight champion was in the hospital this week for some minor surgeries. No word yet on what those procedures were for, but none of it was life threatening. Flair is expected to be back with WWE after he recovers.
September 15, 2014
Jeremy Borash
While the future of Impact Wrestling is in question because a deal with Spike TV cannot be reached, TNA is still continuing to churn forward. The company is filming a new television show called TNA Legends, and it is being hosted by Jeremy Borash, who is seemingly the most versatile person backstage. No word yet on where this show will be airing, but it will be on television somewhere.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
Jeff Hardy
Since he has a criminal conviction on his record, there were some speculations as to whether or not Jeff Hardy would be allowed to travel into Japan to work at Bound For Glory 2014. Sources are now stating that the former world heavyweight champion has been cleared to enter the country if he wishes. It is now up to TNA to decide if they want to have him on the show. As of right now, Hardy is not being advertised for the pay per view.
September 14, 2014
John Cena
While a lot of fans still have a hard time understanding why he is pushed so heavily by WWE, John Cena continues to rack up the numbers to let management know that they are making the right choice. Reports have surfaced that live events featuring Cena are averaging approximately $60,000 more per show than events without the former WWE champion.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Last week, wrestling fans were dazzled by Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd during a tag team match on Monday Night Raw. You can expect more of that in the near future, as the WWE NXT stars are being booked for more television appearances. Reports have surfaced that Triple H is the one pushing management to feature the developmental wrestlers more frequently.
September 13, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Sean OHaire
Earlier this week, wrestling fans were stunned to find out that Sean OHaire had committed suicide by hanging himself. TMZ has now revealed that he did try to get help over the last six years. It is being reported that OHaire attended rehab six times, and they were all paid for by WWE. Unfortunately, though, his addiction to alcohol became too much to overcome.
September 12, 2014
Jake Roberts
In addition to making an appearance at an independent wrestling show produced by Kizarny, Jake Roberts also spent the time to help train some of the wrestlers at the event. The WWE legend even got physically involved in the training, so that's great news for those of us who were quite concerned when he was in the hospital for a week.
September 11, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014