Originally written on Wrestling Truth  |  Last updated 11/6/14
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Apologies for the lack of site updates over the past 7 days, I’ve been on holiday and my system for posting news completely backfired as I was unable to get online. I’ve gone through the backlog and here are the most important stories that have been missed… New WWE TV Show?: WWE are trademarking the term “WWE Slam City” possibly for a new TV show. Matt Striker Released: Matt Striker’s WWE contract will not be renewed and the announcer is effectively gone from the promotion. The former wrestler noted on Twitter… “Was just informed by @WWE that my contract will not be renewed. I am now available 4 appearances, signings seminars & wrestling. Deep breath…Thanks for all the support. To book plz email ForMattStriker@gmail.com @WWE has your entertainment first in their mind. Support that product” Striker who signed in 2005 said he was heartbroken in a PWInsider interview… Rob Van Dam Shoots On TNA: Returning WWE star RVD took at shot at TNA for their lack of promotion and popularity during his RVD Live show… “I read this yesterday on some story. It said, ‘With one 48-second video, WWE can make RVD mean more than he’s meant in the last several years.’ I think it’s true. “The reason I think that’s true is because like over the last several years I’ve had so many people say, ‘RVD, you got to get back in the ring. What did you do, retire?’ “You know, and I’m always promoting, ‘No, no, Thursday nights on Spike every week.’ And I’ve done that for three years. I don’t know about you, but I get that all the time. All the time. And that’s the difference between this and this.” Tyson Kidd and Natalya Marriage: The wedding of Tyson Kidd and Natalya is expected to air on WWE’s new reality show Total Divas on E! Punk Gets Restraining Order on Mother: CM Punk has taken out a restraining order against his bipolar mother after years of harassment and threats. Punk filed legal docs in Illinois claiming his mom threatened to commit suicide several times after he stopped giving her money to pay for her living situation. Punk also claimed his mom had threatened to expose humiliating secrets from his past. Rampage Not Going To Wrestle?: In a recent interview with MMA Mania Rampage Jackson said his wrestling career may not be going ahead in the short term… “I’ve always wanted to be a pro wrestler since I was a kid, but now that I’m older and have had a lot of injuries, people don’t understand the toll that wrestling takes on your body,” Jackson said. “I just don’t think I can do that now while I’m fighting, but when I retire from fighting and go full time into pro wrestling, then I think I can go and get more extensive with my style and my moves. “Right now, I just want to stick to what I know. I haven’t trained for wrestling but I know MMA and MMA is exciting. That’s why it has such a big following that it does now and I want to bring my style into my performance. Guys like Samoa Joe have an MMA style in their pro wrestling and stuff like that. I want to be different than him. I still like to slam and throw people and that’s why I did that so many years in my MMA career because I was a pro wrestler at heart. I wanted to bring some pro wrestling into my MMA back in Pride and now I want to bring some MMA into my pro wrestling.” Jake Roberts Relapses: Wrestling legend Jake Roberts who is embarking on sobriety under DDP’s Yoga program unfortunately relapsed a few days ago and had some alcohol after meeting an old “lady friend”. DDP posted the fall-out in a series of videos… TNA Hires Former WWE Producer: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2013) – John Gaburick has been named Executive Vice President of Television Production for TNA Entertainment effective immediately. Gaburick is an accomplished production executive who joins TNA from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he served as Vice President of Television Production. The announcement was made today by President Dixie Carter, to whom he will report. In his new role, Gaburick will oversee management and production of TNA Entertainment television including LIVE IMPACT Wrestling, marketing and advertising production, special projects and digital assets. “As TNA evolves, John’s award-winning creative vision and production expertise coupled with his sports and entertainment industry business savvy make him the perfect person to push us in new directions,” said Carter. “He is a gifted and innovative storyteller, and we are thrilled to have him on board.” “I’ve always admired Dixie Carter and TNA as a uniquely dynamic and growing organization,” said Gaburick. “This opportunity marks an exciting new challenge for me, and I am honored to join the team.” Prior to joining TNA Entertainment, Gaburick spent the past 13 years in production at WWE. While there, he was awarded the PROMAX/BDA Brandbuilder of the Year Award and guided all image and brand-building media campaigns, as well as network documentary programming. Additionally, he spent 10 years as Operations Manager for National Business Archives in Jessup, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Towson University in Towson, Maryland and is a proud member of The Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame. He will be relocating to Nashville with his wife and two young children. Dwayne Johnson Makes Forbes List: Wrestling and film star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made this year’s Top 100 Power Actors list at #25. The list ranks actors based on personal wealth and the financial success of their movies. Rock noted on Twitter… “Started my career wrestling in flea markets for $40 bucks a night (fun;). To #25 on @Forbes Top 100.” Low-Ki Retired?: Former TNA, ROH and NXT star Low-Ki has moved on from wrestling and is trying his hand at voice acting – utilizing his distinctively deep pitch. Though not necessarily retired from the business, it’s believed he’s deliberately pricing himself out of the market. Stephanie Relinquishes Creative Role: Over the past few week’s Stephanie McMahon has minimized her role in the creative department of WWE, though she is still used when needed. There has been a lot of reshuffling of writers which may be reflected in the recent spate of quality programming. Tazz Teases WWE Return?: In what was taken as a hint of a return to WWE, TNA’s Taz posted a cryptic Tweet about appearances in Brooklyn… “Couple of big wrestling shows in my “hometown” of Brooklyn! #RedHookNearBarclay” WWE is running at the Barclays Center for the July 15th episode of RAW. The Tweet has since been removed.
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