Welcome to the Wednesday Headli…err…News Update! Yes it's a new name as you saw on Monday when Heather posted about it. Basically we thought a new name was needed because the old Headlines format has changed. What we do now are longer commentaries than what Andrew Johnson used to do with Headlines, so we felt a name change was necessary.
As I'm sure most of you have read/heard, WWE released Kassius Ohno late last week. Of course he's also known as Chris Hero. He took to his Facebook page to share some thoughts on the subject. Here's part of that message.
Maybe you've heard. Maybe you've not heard. Last Friday my contract with WWE was terminated. Man... Terminated sounds so harsh, right? To me, it conjures up images of post-apocalyptic wars with robots, machine guns and atomic bombs. No thank you. Merriam-Webster defines terminate as 'to come to an end in time.' Okay.. That's a little less dramatic. I can handle that. For the last 21 months, I've lived in Florida as a part of WWE's Developmental System. That time has now come to an end.
There are a lot of ways I can look at this and, honestly, it won't serve me at all to be anything BUT positive and optimistic. I could sulk. I could point fingers. I could feel sorry for myself. Or, I could channel all my energy into getting back out there, kicking some ass and taking things to the next level. Once upon a time, a close friend of mine named Claudio Castagnoli was released from WWE. Another good friend, Colt Cabana, got his walking papers. The 'Best in the World' Bryan Danielson had his contract 'terminated'. TWICE. These three guys are all CRAZY talented and, on all accounts, are doing rather well for themselves right now, eh? I'm leaving WWE on good terms so, if it's meant to be, I'm sure I will be back. If it's not meant to be, I can guarantee you that I will still be trotting all over the globe doing what I love (and what I'm damn good at) at the highest level possible.
How will my career unfold? There's no telling at this moment and that can be scary. I can assure you, though, that I am genuinely excited to take things into my hands and get back out there. There are sights I've not seen in the last two years, friends I've not spent time with and fans I've not performed in front of. How long has it been since a #HipHopThursday? There are people I'm dying to work with! I have ideas that are practically begging to surface; I say let's get to it!
There was more in the message that you can read here on his Facebook page if you like, which included info on some of the indy shows he's booked on over the next few weeks and months.
I was surprised by the release. He's a guy that was in the WWE developmental for about two years, yet I would watch him on NXT and think why is he even there? He's been a wrestler over ten years. He doesn't need to spend that much time there. For whatever reason, the creative team didn't have anything for him and he never made it to the full time main roster. Now at 33 years old (he's 34 next month), who knows what the future has in store for him.
What I like about the message was that he was optimistic about things. He said if it's meant to be he'll be back. If it's not meant to be then he'll enjoy working the indies because that's something he's done for a decade and he's made a good name for himself doing it. I think he's talented enough to be on the big stage in WWE. I just don't think the right opportunity presented itself. Hopefully that door does open for him again.
If he's wrestling in your area check him out. He's a great performer. I first saw him in the indies in 2003 (when I went to more indies) and hopefully can see him again soon.
On another note, congrats to JTG on being employed by WWE for over 6.5 years. Thanks to LOLWrestling for that one.
IN OTHER NEWS
- Former 5 time WWE Women's Champion and 1 time Divas Champion Mickie James is in Orlando this week as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. She was in TNA for the last three years, so this is her first time having any involvement with WWE since May 2010. Her TNA deal expired in late September. (F4WOnline) In the interest of full disclosure, I run a lot of her social media outlets and am a part of her management team. She was asked to go there for a week to help train the NXT divas.
Being a guest trainer doesn't necessarily mean a comeback to TV. In recent weeks and months other women like Michelle McCool and Eve Torres have been there too. Of course male wrestlers are there all the time too. It's a case of WWE wanting to bring in veterans to help the newer talent, which is a smart move. I like that they do that.
As I have said many times before, I hope she gets back to WWE. I think there's a potential money feud with AJ Lee vs. Mickie and since AJ has beaten nearly every woman in WWE already it makes sense that they would do that feud. I don't know how interested WWE is. I hope they are. I'm also fully aware that this week's Raw in Nashville is called "Raw Country" and Mickie has a country album out. Like I said in the Raw Deal, it could mean something. Maybe it's nothing. I honestly don't know. Wait until Monday to find out.
- Here are 5th and 6th episodes of Chris Jericho's "But I'm Chris Jericho" online show on Youtube:
I think the series has been pretty good. It's interesting that the episodes are all about 7-8 minutes long, so you don't have to do too much content. Jericho has commented that he's doing the Seinfeld thing in the sense that he's the normal, main character while everybody around him are the crazy ones. It's a good way of summarizing it. Check it out if you haven't seen them. There's only been 6 episodes so far, so it would only take about 45 minutes to get through them all.
- WWE is releasing a "Shawn Michaels: Mr. WrestleMania" DVD on February 11th. The DVD features all 17 WrestleMania matches that Michaels had in his amazing career. I've seen all the matches a few times (at least), but I'll likely pick it up because it will be nice to have them all on the same Blu-ray. (WrestlingDVDNews)
The interesting thing is they included the WrestleMania 20 match with Michaels vs. Triple H vs. Chris Benoit. Of course Benoit won the World Title that night. In the past they have obviously ignored anything Benoit related, but they are including him in this DVD. It will be interesting to see if they edit commentary that is complimentary of Benoit or what they might do with it.
What was HBK's win/loss record at WrestleMania? 6-11. Proof that wins and losses don't really matter...unless you book it well and make it a big deal like The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
- Today marks eight years since Eddie Guerrero died. It's one of the saddest things that we, as wrestling fans, have ever experienced. I wrote about him a few years ago. You can read that here.
He was one of those truly special performers whose legacy will live on forever.
- Lastly, we had a one hour edition of TJR Radio last night. Joining me were my co-hosts Cory aka The Ace and TJR writer Matt Seagull. Among the topics we discussed:
* The booking of Daniel Bryan in the last few months and if it has damaged him.
* Talk about how WWE has always wanted larger wrestlers and any "new" reports aren't really a new thing.
* Our frustration with the booking of this year's WWE Survivor Series.
* There was talk about Chris Hero with Matt providing insight as an expert on ROH wrestlers.
* Plenty of discussion about The Wyatt Family, The Shield and the possibilities with them.
* We answered some reader questions as well.
* We also talked Total Divas towards the end too!
There's all that and more. It's about 50 minutes of wrestling and 10 minutes of NFL, so if you have an hour to spare please give it a listen and let us know what you think.
Listen to it. Now! Go!
I'll have a new column up on Saturday morning. Then the Raw Deal next week of course. Keep reading everything we post on the site. Thanks for all your support.