The second developmental wrestler to be released by WWE is Tony Briggs, who told his fans through social media on Friday afternoon. He was very thankful of the company and had nothing but nice things to say about those that trained him and helped him. Briggs vowed to make it back to NXT some day, so there is a very good chance that he will pursue his opportunities on the independent wrestling circuit to prove is worth again.
April 24, 2015
In a sign that even the most talented athletes in the world might not make it in WWE, Denzel Freeman has been given his release from the company. He went on social media on Friday morning and revealed to fans that his contract had been terminated. The former amateur wrestler stated that he had a lot of fun in NXT, but it is now time for him to move on, which sounds like he might be completely done with the industry.
April 24, 2015
A lot of information gets released when a big lawsuit is taking place. Since he is suing WWE for damages that were done to him while he was working for them, we now now how much Big Vito was making. His salary for the year was $75,000, which should come as a shock to fans who assume that wrestlers are paid a whole lot more than that. He was also given a percentage of merchandise sold, which really amounted to very little.
April 23, 2015
Since the company is hoping to break records at the next Wrestlemania, they are already coming up with a list of wrestlers that they can call to perform. One of those names that has already received an offer is Shawn Michaels. He revealed that to Jim Ross on his podcast show this week. Michaels stated that he was not interested in working backstage with WWE because he no longer has the passion required, but he did not rule out an in ring return.
April 16, 2015
Since Vince McMahon is highly aggravated with how long the hall of fame induction ceremony has been running over the past couple of years, everyone in WWE has been trying to figure out ways to resolve that issue. One of the ideas being tossed around backstage is to induct fewer wrestlers each year. The feeling is that if they took away one or two inductees from the yearly class, it would prevent the show from going on for four hours.
April 16, 2015
An apparel website that works with wrestlers has reportedly been sent a cease and desist letter from WWE earlier this month. The two shirts in questions were designed for Steve Austin. As many of you already know, there have been rumors floating around of backstage heat between Austin and Vince McMahon. The belief is that the company is purposely doing this as a way of getting back at him for skipping out on Wrestlemania.
April 16, 2015
A lot of wrestling fans are under the assumption that Ric Flair helped to train Charlotte to become a professional wrestler. Apparently, that is not the case. When your father is one of the greatest performers that the industry has ever seen, those are rather large shoes to fill. Flair understands that, so he doesn't give her a lot of advice because he does not want to interfere with what the WWE trainers are teaching his daughter.
April 13, 2015
Vince McMahon has not been pleased with how the hall of fame ceremony has been doing over the last couple of years. His main source of discord is the fact that these shows are running way longer than expected. Wrestlers have a tendency to ramble on because some view it as their last moment in the spotlight. McMahon has instructed the front office in WWE to come up with a plan to prevent that from happening again next year.
April 12, 2015
A lot of the older wrestlers on the independent wrestling circuit like to tell fans that they are returning to WWE soon. Apparently, the Great Khali is one of those guys. He has been telling the mainstream media in India that he is returning to the promotion soon. However, representatives from the company are reportedly denying those rumors. They stated that they have no plans to bring the former world heavyweight champion back into the mix.
April 11, 2015
Before he started doing his gimmick of mimicking Miz, Damien Sandow had a character that was very similar to what Lanny Poffo used to do in WWE. Some fans were critical of that. During a recent interview, Poffo came to the defense of Sandow. He actually went out of his way to point out that Sandow was one of the nicest wrestlers he met during Wrestlemania week. Poffo said that Sandow did not steal his gimmick. He is fine with it.
April 10, 2015