POST NEWS UPDATE: Sting no longer under contract with WWE, per report

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/05/12/post-news-update-sting-no-longer-under-contract-with-wwe-per-report/

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** Per a report from Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE Hall Of Famer Sting is no longer under contract with the WWE. Sources told the site that despite Sting not currently being signed, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of the two sides working on a new deal. The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast shared a tweet yesterday which included a statement from Mattel which read:

“Due to circumstances out of our control Sting needed to be removed from Legends Series 7. We’ll look to include this figure in a future wave if he becomes available to us again.”

** DDT Universe has rebranded and will now be known as “Wrestle Universe”. DDT Universe is the streaming service for DDT Pro-Wrestling and that service is home to Ganbare Pro, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Pro Wrestling NOAH. NOAH was acquired in January by CyberAgent, which is the parent company of DDT.

** On May 4th, Lio Rush put out a tweet which read that he may never wrestle again. During an interview with Forbes, Rush addressed that tweet and elaborated on his thought process behind sharing that with the world.

“Yes, that was definitely a tweet that I made and have thought that it was very real comment. Even before the release, I would talk to family members, I would talk to friends—people that I’m close to in the wrestling business—people that I’m close to outside of the wrestling business, and I would just have this feeling in my gut or in my heart that my wrestling days were going to come to an end. So I don’t know why. I don’t know why I was feeling like that. I just said to myself, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be wrestling for that much longer, and then once the release happened, it made me just think about it even more and I said to myself: Why jump right back into something when I have all this time where I don’t have to wrestle right now?’ I had good times in WWE. I had bad times too, and some of those bad times were a little traumatizing to me. I just thought to myself: ‘Why put myself back in a situation where I was going to be unhappy?’”

Rush was asked if All Elite Wrestling coming to him with an opportunity would change that feeling. He specified that there are several factors that he would have to think about before jumping into another exclusive deal.

“I feel like it’s going to take a lot for me to consider going anywhere because it’s not just about the money to me, you know? It has to be right for me mentally. It has to be like my family. You know, I got a wife, I got two kids and although that money will provide for myself, my family, at the end of the day, if I’m not right mentally and I’m not right emotionally, then I’m not even going to be able to do this job.”

Lio Rush also spoke about the lack of African-American representation backstage in WWE. He said during his time on RAW, there was one black writer who was actually in charge of something.

“I think the lack of backstage African-American staff members plays a huge role in the progression in the African-American community in wrestling and sports-entertainment. When I was doing the stuff with Bobby , who worked for the WWE and he was a writer. It’s just so crazy to think about, but I can’t remember any other African-American person walking around backstage in a suit that was in charge of something.”

** Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand noted on Twitter that ESPN+ reeled in approximately 700,000 buys for UFC 249 that took place this past Saturday. The prelims averaged 1.154 million viewers for the entire four hour broadcast.

** The likes of Billy Dixon, Danhausen, Ophidian Cobra and Chuck Mambo were profiled by Fodor’s Travel and chatted about how they are moving forward with their respective wrestling careers during the COVID-19 pandemic and also shared their thoughts about wrestling continuing on during the pandemic.

** Former two-time ROH World Champion Jay Lethal was the most recent guest on the ROHStrong podcast. Towards the end of the interview, Lethal was asked what is the worst question he’s ever been asked during an interview and Lethal narrowed it down to being asked when will he go to WWE. Lethal explained why he is not fond of that question and the undertones that come with it.

“Especially growing up, the first couple years of my wrestling career, even today sometimes I still get the question but the question is, ‘How come you don’t go to the WWE?’ It’s the worst question in the world. So even if I wanted to right now, it’s just not that simple. You just don’t go and knock on the door and say, ‘Okay, I’m ready to start…’ I just hate that question, because it just — it implies that it’s just that simple to do. Also, it also implies that you’re just not happy where you are, which is another thing. I don’t wanna go anywhere else. I love Ring of Honor and I’m here to stay. So there’s so much that goes into… I’m a big believer in the undertones of a question, which is there’s so many layers to that question which you’re implying that A, I shouldn’t be where I am or I’m not happy where I am or maybe you — Man so much goes into it but it’s just not that easy. I don’t know what they expect of me when saying that. Like, ‘Oh, you know what? I never thought of that.’ Maybe they have this — I don’t know, but to me, it’s just the worst question in the world and what a rib that anybody listens to this, any fan of mine, they’re instantly going to ask me that question now out of sheer humor because they know it’s going to rattle me inside even if I don’t show it. But yeah, it’s probably the worst question that I’ve ever been asked, repeatedly. So yeah, that’s the worst question in the world to me.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lethal spoke about how far he has come in his career to the point where losses don’t impact how fans view his character. Lethal shared that there have been points in his career in Ring of Honor where he’s had to ask to lose a match because he felt like him winning may not have been the right decision.

“This is the honest truth: There has been times in Ring of Honor where I have… I don’t get my way all the time but there’s been times when I had to beg to lose. There’s been times when I stepped in the ring with people and I’m like, ‘I don’t really need to win this match. Is there any way — it would do wonders for this person if they won,’ because I’m not trying to toot my own horn but I do believe I have gotten to a point where the wins and losses — I mean, unless we’re in a tournament and there’s brackets and such, regular matches just to fill up a card, I don’t believe a loss there would really hurt me and that’s not me being cocky, that’s just — I understand where I lie. But yeah, there has been times where I tried to beg for someone else to win other than me.”

** ESPN has a feature story up about Money In The Bank winner Otis. Otis said that he would’ve loved to share that Money In The Bank win with his partner, Tucker.

** According to PWInsider, Tasha Steelz, who’ll be wrestling Kylie Rae on tonight’s episode of IMPACT on AXS, will be a regular with the company going forward.

** On the latest edition of Tama Tonga’s podcast, he gave his thoughts about the idea of New Japan Pro-Wrestling running empty arena shows. Tama feels that as things start to open back up, there has to be an adaption of sorts so New Japan can bring money in.

“Now that things are starting to slow down, and open back up, we have to adapt and put on a show. Someway, somehow, there’s gotta be some kind of income coming in, or else, us as a company won’t last long. So, yeah I agree with it, now that things are starting to lift. How we do it? I don’t know.”

** Here’s a new video from Zelina Vega and Aleister Black’s YouTube channel which includes footage of them backstage at the Performance Center prior to a taping of RAW.

 

** To promote her clothing line ‘Rainbow Love’, Sonya Deville spoke with ‘Edge Media Network’.

** Renee Young did an interview with Ryan Glasspiegel of ‘Outkick The Coverage’. During their chat, Renee spoke about the star power of Sasha Banks and feels that Sasha being given the ball in WWE and being allowed to run with it is inevitable.

“I agree to that. I think Sasha Banks is so immensely talented and I think she has that superstar draw about her. I think people really want to love her and support her whether she is a heel or a babyface, people love it either way. But you know, I think the stuff with her and Bayley, obviously they are best friends when they went for the tag titles. The interesting thing though, I think between Bayley and Sasha is you are always waiting for Sasha to turn on Bayley again. I think that’s always gonna be their dynamic is waiting for that to happen again and maybe whenever that next time is gonna be, hopefully they can really take it and run with it and really lean into that because I think there’s so much depth to Sasha’s character that I think we’ve not even got to see really tapped into because there’s so much there. I agree with you. I think her being an absolute top star in the company, it’s gonna be inevitable. It will happen at some point.”

Renee was asked if there was a position in WWE that she hasn’t held that she’d like to do. She mentioned ring announcing but doesn’t thinks she’d be good at it and recalled when Vince McMahon wanted her to do the ring announcing for the ‘Tough Enough’ series.

“I’ve not ring announced, but I also don’t think I’d be very good at that. I was supposed to ring announce something. What were we doing? We were doing Tough Enough! And I think Vince wanted me to ring announce something during Tough Enough and I was like, ‘I don’t know how, I don’t ring announce. I don’t know what you like. Do I say their weight and where they’re from?’ I would ruin it. I would totally ruin it.”

** According to PWInsider, the contract of former MLW World Tag Team Champion Richard Holliday is going to expire soon. MLW is already working on signing him to a new deal. PWInsider also noted that MLW has had one conversation with the team of Mike Tyson about possibly working together in the future. ICM Partners represent both Tyson and Major League Wrestling. Last week, Court Bauer tweeted that he’d love to see Mike Tyson work with MLW in some capacity.

** Orange Cassidy is joining Colt Cabana and Darby Allin in the Casino Ladder match at AEW’s Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 23rd.

** Ring of Honor ambassador Cary Silkin noted on Twitter that he once did cocaine in a hotel room with Tony Atlas in the 80s.

** Yahoo! Japan posted their chat with Masahiro Chono and Chono stated that because of the Coronavirus, Japanese pro wrestling has been hit harder than its ever been since the birth of the sport in Japan. Chono feels that it is too late for a union to be formed, referring to multiple companies in Japan coming together to address the state of the business during a government meeting. Chono feels that the wrestling business may collapse and may never recover and at the end of it all, the only person that may be left is Kazuchika Okada.

** PWInsider posted a few notes following the Money In The Bank pay-per-view and per the report, the Money In The Bank conference room is the name of a legitimate conference room in WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut and the briefcase that Dana Brooke grabbed always hangs from the ceiling. The portion of the match with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan running into Vince McMahon’s office was a spin-off of the fact that everyone in WWE knows that after a meeting with Vince, make sure to put the office chairs back where they originally were.

** The National Wrestling Alliance is airing their ‘Super Powerrr’ special on their YouTube channel. This footage is the season 3 finale of Powerrr and was intended to run on the lead up to the Crockett Cup event in April.

 

** Rick Bassman, founder of the ‘Ultimate Pro Wrestling’ promotion appeared on The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast. During the conversation, Rick spoke about his relationship with John Cena early in Cena’s career and how he and Cena never considered each other “buddies” and how Jim Cornette played a role in that.

“John and I were never buddies. We got along but there’s some guys from my company like Nova and put his hand in his pocket. Don’t pay him a penny. He’s taken advantage of the boys and that’s not how it works.'”

** Part two of Kazuchika Okada’s fan Q&A session was posted on NJPW1972.com. Okada said that he had been planning his 3D hologram entrance at this year’s Wrestle Kingdom for two years.

** Karl Anderson noted on Twitter that in 67 days on he, Rocky Romero and Luke Gallows’ Talk ‘n Shop podcast, they’ll tell all about their runs in WWE and their decision to re-sign with the company in September of 2019. While Gallows, Anderson and Rocky Romero were recording the latest episode of Talk ‘n Shop, IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore called Gallows and he had a conversation on-air with Gallows and Anderson. Anderson joked about if there was still an opportunity for them to have deals with IMPACT.

** Former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho is appearing on MTV’s ‘Ridiculousness’ at 10 PM EST.

** Click here to watch the trailer for ‘The King of Fighters ALLSTAR’ game featuring WWE talents.

** Otis talked to Comicbook.com about the spot during the Money In The Bank ladder match where he dropped a heavy barbell onto AJ Styles. Otis detailed his interaction with Styles while putting that spot together.

“It was like, ‘All right, let’s shoot down this area here’ and you talk to your producers or writers. That was the fun part too, because I know AJ is just like… he goes, ‘You’re not doing that to me.’ I go, ‘Oh yeah AJ, this’ll be great!’ It was basically like what could we do, all the toys we could play with. It wasn’t like a direct, ‘You guys do it this part of the room.’ I think the directors to make sure to get your point across as to why we’re doing this in this particular scene, but it was basically just like, ‘Oh yeah, we should do this with this, and then all right, if I break it, I’m sorry,’ kind of thing.”

** Austin Theory was the most recent guest on the Swerve City Podcast with Isaiah Scott, Teasy and Big Swole.

 

** Here’s the newest episode of AEW’s ‘Road To Double Or Nothing’ series:

 

** Along with Otis, joining the 5/12 episode of WWE Backstage on FS1 is Ricky Steamboat.

** Set for this week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown is a MizTV segment with Otis, and an appearance from the current NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

** Wrestling Inc. has a story up on their site which includes a photo of the script from a scrapped segment for the Edge & Christian Show on the WWE Network. Edge and Christian were supposed to do a Sid Vicious biopic sketch and Paul Walter Hauser was the writer of the script.

** Former NXT talent MJ Jenkins did an interview with DS Shin of Ring The Belle. MJ was asked about the comments she made about Naomi in 2016 on Twitter and how those tweets were brought back up when MJ joined the WWE. MJ said there was never an issue with Naomi and shared that Naomi reached out to her about the situation and let her know that there is no issue between them.

“We don’t have beef. People need to stop with this beef and get some chicken instead. Let me stop. To be honest, I remember when I got signed, all of a sudden, old tweets come up and it’s like, ‘Ah! She hates her. She said this, she said that,’ and I’m just like, ‘So nobody wants to point out the tweets where I congratulated her on winning the WWE Women’s Championship. Nobody wants to talk about when I reposted her stuff. Nobody wants to retweet all this other stuff that I said positively about her’ and then I’m like, ‘Nobody understood that this was…’ I know some fans be like, ‘Oh, we know what kayfabe is.’ So I’m like, ‘So none of y’all understood that this was like a character thing of me…’ There’s no beef and she was actually one of the people who reached out to me when I got released and I actually reached out to her even before that because the truth is, perception is a lot of people’s reality. So, if someone thinks something is a certain way, I felt like it’s on me to reach out to her and just let her know, ‘Hey, I respect you and I don’t think any ill will of you and I offered an apology’ and it turns out, she wasn’t even offended. I think everyone else was more offended than she was and I think everyone else made it such a big deal and it was on us to ‘say yeah’ about it and she was really understanding and she was like, ‘Hey, you don’t even have to apologize about that. That was so long ago and just know that I’m here to support you. I wish you all the best and when I see you, I’m gonna give you a really big hug’ and I was like, ‘Thank you!’ Because she’s someone I looked up to so, when it all blew up and looked as if I was bashing her and hating her, I was just like, ‘That’s totally not the case.’”

MJ said that prior to getting called up to RAW/SmackDown, Nikki Cross was a locker room leader in NXT and before Jenkins was let go from WWE, she said that Kacy Catanzaro was in that role without needing to be appointed as a locker room leader.

“So, one of the locker room leaders there before she got called up was Nikki Cross. She was a really big help with showing the ropes or things to do, letting you know about unspoken rules. I can say now, Kacy Catanzaro, she is — even though she’s more laid back, she’s really always the person that there, that is in this company that you may not know even if you had the experience elsewhere. So, and she’s just always that person that’s motivating you. Like, ‘Hey, good job guys, okay.’ She’s like a cheerleader. It was a lot of great girls there.”

** Former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics (Peyton Royce & Billie Kay) joined Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston on New Day’s ‘Feel The Power’ podcast.

** 2020 men’s Money In The Bank winner Otis guest appeared on Lilian Garcia’s ‘Chasing Glory’ podcast. Otis opened up about his battle with dyslexia. One of the positives that Otis has pulled from that is it keeping him away from negative comments on social media.

“If anybody had a problem with that on social media, because you know how somebody can be on social media, they could say certain things but luckily for me as I always tell the people — they say, ‘Did you see what they wrote about you? This or this?’ I say, ‘Well, I got dyslexia so, I don’t read too many tweets baby.’ I remember Roman said that one time — he’s like, ‘Oh man, so you never look at –’ I said, ‘Brother, if it’s more than a paragraph, I’m not bothering. I don’t care if they’re putting me over, I’m not bothering with it.’ Obviously with somebody I know, but usually with fans, I’m sorry. It saves my headache, I’m sorry. I’m just a pictures and a simple caption is what I’m all about.”

** Priscilla Kelly spoke with Alicia Atout of ‘A Music Blog, Yea?’ and stated that as of late, she’s been receiving comments that she resembles WWE’s Sasha Banks.

“My favorite thing in the world is people lately saying that I look like Sasha Banks and I’m like, ‘Huh…’ Like that one really throws me off…”

** A new video has been uploaded to Joey Ryan’s YouTube channel which features a tag team match with Darby Allin and Priscilla Kelly taking on Delilah Doom and Eli Everfly at a Bar Wrestling show:

 

** Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald interviewed IMPACT X Division Champion Willie Mack.

 

** RAW Women’s Champion Asuka is guest appearing on the 5/13 edition of WWE’s The Bump.

** R-Truth participated in an Instagram Live interview with ‘OooLaLaBlog’. Truth recalled a period during his career in WWE where he thought about ridding of the ‘What’s Up’ song and it was Paul “Triple H” Levesque who convinced him to keep it.

“I remember when I wanted to change that song because it was around for so long, I wanted to change it. I remember Triple H said, ‘I don’t know Truth. I don’t think it’s broken. Why would you fix it if it’s not broken?’ He said, ‘When you hear: Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? You know that’s Rock coming out. The Rock’s always had the same music. When you hear the glass break, you know that’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. When you hear that gong, you know that’s Taker.’ So when you put it in perspective like that, they know me by that.”

** Deonna Purrazzo chatted with Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald and she spoke about trademarking “The Virtuosa” nickname. She said she’s in the process of doing that, but stated that if WWE had asked her to trademark the name while she was with the company, she likely would’ve let them do it.

“I never trademarked it and honestly if they would’ve asked, I would’ve let them do it but that’s not something they ever brought up to me so, it’s just a word and anyone can use it, but I’m looking to figuring out the trademark process for that right now.”

** Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated chatted with Otis. In regard to his pending cash-in, Otis stated that he believes he can be in the main event and if he fails, that is on him.

“I’ve heard I’m just a big man comedy wrestler. I’ll admit it, I’m always the loud one in the room. But when it’s time for business, it’s time for business. Can I be in the main event? Let’s do it. If I sink, then that’s on me. I love wrestling, and I’m going to show people that I can do it.”

Otis reflected on the food fight portion of the Money In The Bank match. He said that when it came to throwing a platter of food at Paul Heyman, Otis apologized for ruining Heyman’s suit but couldn’t take it easy on Heyman when it came to the force he used when throwing the food at the Executive Director of RAW.

“Paul was all for it. I was looking around that table and said, ‘What should I toss at you?’ There was that big, massive plate with the pastas and sandwiches, and I said, ‘Sorry sir, about your suit,’ and you can’t not throw it hard when you throw something like that, so I brought it.”

** Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp conducted an interview with AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. Moxley told the site about his frustration about his cancelled bout against Josh Barnett that was set for Bloodsport during WrestleMania weekend.

“That’s just one of many matches and many events like just aren’t working right now. That sucks. I mean, WrestleMania had to take place in front of nobody and that’s not ideal for all those guys and girls who wanted to have their big WrestleMania moment, they had to do it in front of nobody. So, everybody got affected by this. Pro wrestling is such a small part of the world even though it dominates my life, there’s much more important things. People are suffering through way worse financial times and stuff. It sucks for everybody.”

Moxley spoke about WWE’s WrestleMania 36 event as well. He said that he enjoyed the two-night event and specifically nodded at the cinematic matches that took place during that weekend.

“I watched the whole thing. Both nights. I enjoyed it. I thought it flowed nicely and a lot of people really worked their ass off and put on great performances. I enjoyed the Boneyard Match, I thought that was cool. I thought that was really cool too, because The Undertaker is a really beloved character. He’s like a comic book character. He’s a beloved character from our childhood. Same as John Wayne or John McClane or any action movie star you can think of, so it was really cool. I think everybody really enjoyed that.”

** NXT’s KUSHIDA turned 37-years old on May 12th.

** Former WWE talent Stacy Keibler welcomed her new born child into the world and celebrated Mother’s Day with the newest addition to her family.

** Xavier Woods joined The No-Sports Report Podcast with Jensen Karp and during their conversation, Woods detailed what New Day’s WWE cinematic match would turn out to look like:

“When I got to see this Boneyard Match it really touched my soul. But The New Day match, essentially my way of explaining to people that don’t watch wrestling, I say, ‘Hey, remember Lisa Frank back in the day? All those folders with the bright colors and dolphins? Imagine if Lisa Frank just threw up on three black guys. That’s New Day.’

So it’d be something where we’re in this weird, magical, like a rainbow world, but like there’s this weird shadow land area like in the Lion King where like we don’t go there, but when we do, it’s game time. So, uh, lots of sunshine, lots of rainbows, lots of inanimate objects talking to you… It’d be super weird. I like the dissonance between something horrible happening like us just being someone to a pulp with like a nice, children’s music like ‘Baby Shark’ playing in the background. I would lose my mind , especially if she was like a Wizard of Oz. We just always reported to Lisa Frank and you finally get to see her. She turns around in this wheelchair and it’s like, ‘Oh my God. It’s really her!’ I feel like lots of people try to go out and try to kind of please the masses with like a promo or a thing in a match, and for New Day we try to get like the 0.01% each time we go out. So then, what we’ve been together five years, so that adds up because when you hit like a specific niche that hard, those three people that get that joke, they go, ‘That’s my guy! That’s my group!’ No matter what, we rock with them.”

** IMPACT Wrestling sent along the following preview of their ‘Aftershock’ show with Jimmy Jacobs and Don Callis during-which the two go over what occurred on the most recent episode of IMPACT on AXS TV.

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** Military.com posted their interview with Lacey Evans.

** Mick Foley wrote a detailed message on his Facebook page about Becky Lynch’s announcement that she and Seth Rollins are expecting a child.

** UPROXX pushed out their interview with Christian.

** Lana was a part of an Instagram Live interview with Comicbook.com’s Chris Killian.

 

** Karl Anderson has been trying to trademark his ring name since the beginning of 2019 but was initially blocked out because WWE was already in the process of trademarking the name. They completed the registration in the Summer of 2019 which led to Anderson being rejected to avoid confusion and Anderson sent the following to the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) courtesy of PWInsider:

“With respect to the cited registration, applicant notes that contractually the WWE has acknowledged that applicant is the owner of the mark but that WWE would file and register the mark in its own name. That is to say, applicant is the legal owner of both the cited registration and the instant application. A heavily-redacted copy of the agreement between the registrant and applicant can be provided, if helpful and requested by the Examining Attorney.”

** The ‘Peacock’ streaming service is starting up a variety show and the likes of The Bella Twins and The Miz will be a part of the show.

** Ricky Steamboat spoke with Sports Illustrated to promote tonight’s airing of WrestleMania III on FS1. Ricky said that to this day, he still hears from fans that he and Randy Savage redesigned the blueprint for a pro wrestling match with their bout at WrestleMania III.

“I still hear, even from guys generations after me, that we redesigned the blueprint of a match. I hated it when fans could call a match and know how it would finish. We wanted to leave people in suspense.

It was uncommon for the time, but Randy was the type of guy that liked to put together a lot of things before the match, going on gut feeling. We put the match together on paper, not really knowing how the crowd was going to react. We decided we wanted to make it a championship-level match, knowing that the closing match was Hogan-Andre. We wanted to make a statement.”

** The MLW Radio Network is expanding as they’ve partnered with Libsyn. The refresh will be the beginning of a new Spring lineup that will be anchored by Luke Gallows, Rocky Romero and Karl Anderson’s Talk n’ Shop podcast.

** During his appearance on The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, Heath Slater confirmed that his 90-day non-compete with WWE expires on July 18th.

** WrestleZone posted their interview with IMPACT X Division Champion Willie Mack. Mack said he’d like to wrestle Rob Van Dam again and joked about his Frog Splash being better than RVD’s.

** Bianca Belair revealed that she created Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins’ jerseys that they wore on the 5/11 episode of Monday Night RAW.

** Canadian artist NAV partnered with WWE Shop to collaborate on the design of hoodies, hats and t-shirts.

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