Welcome to Falls Count Anywhere! My name
is Chris and this should come as no surprise.
yet you fall for it every time.
WWE is back at it. They’ve released seven folks, a
couple for very good reasons and a few that were just nutty.
After the long, strange week they had stuck in Europe, being
unable to fly back because of the Icelandic Death Cloud,
the guys got dumped. The story has it that a couple of folks
found out they were being let go while on WWE duties!
Mike Knox was let go. Michael Hettinga,
his real name, was never overly awesome, but he had his
moments. He was teamed with Kelly Kelly, who they’ve
always thought highly of, though he was never very over.
I’d say that he will probably end up on the indy circuit
instead of in TNA, though he does have the size that the
Hogan crew likes to push.
Benjamin is the one. If there was one guy who a company
could build around who was never really given a chance,
it’s Shelton. By the time that Shelton is free of
his no-compete clause, Kurt Angle will be back and there’s
a natural program. A lot of folks have been talking about
putting him and Charlie Haas back together, perhaps with
Kurt again, but I think a singles feud between Kurt and
Shelton would be huge. And my mouth waters at the thought
of AJ Styles vs. Shelton, or even better, Desmond Wolfe
this is not the administration for a guy the likes of Shelton,
I think anyone can see that he’s money waiting to
happen. I kinda see him like Bret Hart: a guy stuck for
years in tag teams or in the mid-card, and then when they
put their weight behind him, he shines.
Jimmy Yang was in the first match on the
first TNA PPV. I think he’ll end up in Mexico or maybe
Japan. He’s a talented guy, was pretty over at times,
but never a player. He could end up in TNA, he’d mean
almost nothing there, but I’m betting he’ll
play better internationally. Sadly, Rikishi’s old
promotions in Italy and Spain ain’t what they were,
because he’d be perfect for that atmosphere.
Slam Master J is actually the son of legendary
Freebird Terry Gordy. He’s a guy with size, he can
move, he’s got a pedigree and he could end up as a
guy who is there to fill out the middle of the card for
TNA, but with cost-cutting measures that they’ve already
started taking, I don’t see him coming in. He’s
probably going to end up as a regular on the indy scene.
Funaki has been with the company forever.
He was SmackDown’s #1 Reporter, was there with Taka
and co. as Kaientai and was a funny character. I thought
he had been gone for a while, but alas, he was not. Tajiri
didn’t last in the WWE, sadly, but Funaki was always
that Japanese wrestler who managed to stick around. In Japan,
I am betting he’ll find regular work, but I understand
that his family lives in the US now.
Lea Burchill, Katerina Waters, was a pretty woman, not bad
in the ring at times, and had a run in the film world. That
made her pretty valuable and with the WWE wanting to get
more into the world of movies, it would seem strange to
let her go. I could see her in TNA, but costs being what
they are, I’m betting she could get better offers.
biggest name, Mickie James. There had been a lot of problems
with her recently, she was focused on making it as a country
singer and now the bet is that she’ll go that route
instead of going back to wrestling. She’s young enough
to spend a few years trying to make it in music and then
end up coming back. Look at Lita. She left, partly to make
it work with her band The Luchagores, and she’s not
back yet, despite the fact that there’ve been some
very good offers floated her way.
of the reasons Mickie was booted, according to the Observer,
was that she was late for buses while on tour in Europe,
which held up the entire crew. That’s not cool, and
there had been various incidents along the line that led
to her being released.
does this say? Well, they lost a little in this, and the
WWE gained a little. They need to clear some salary, and
some of these folks would certainly have drawn a fair bit
due to having been around for a while. The WWE sees that
there could be some seriously dry times ahead, but they’ve
had some decent revenue of late.
thing that’s interesting about the releases is that
they were all over the place. Guys they weren’t really
using, people that lost their place after ECW folded, guys
whose programs had tried up and someone who was working
programs that had been devalued. A little bit of everything.
There’s a feeling that there could
be more cuts coming, with names like Dustin Rhodes coming
up, but some are thinking that there’ll be more releases
in the lower levels (such as the Florida developmental territory).
I say that Dustin would be perfect to work with the guys
That’s all for now! More next week!