The Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins made his debut on Raw this week against Tony Nese. Even though the crowd preferred to chant for Randy Savage and CM Punk instead of enjoying the match, the 32 year old still unlocked a career achievement.
But he’s allegedly already rubbed some people the wrong way backstage. You’ve gotta go counter-clockwise with the baby oil.
One of the more appealing parts of TJ’s character – besides the awesome retro video game entrance – is the hardship he’s had to go through to get to WWE. His video packages on the Cruiserweight Classic always highlighted how he’d been homeless in the past, and that he had overcome this to make it as a professional wrestler. Think the emotional videos they always play in X Factor.
In the build-up to TJ’s Clash of Champions Cruiserweight title defence, his opponent The Brian Kendrick brought up Perkins’ homelessness in an interview with Michael Cole:
“I keep hearing this ‘Cinderella Story’ business, OK? TJ Perkins, he was homeless. So were half the guys in that locker room. You think he’s sacrificed anything more than I’ve sacrificed?”
According to Dave Meltzer and F4WOnline, Kendrick’s words might actually be a worked shoot.
Because so many independent wrestlers have been homeless in the careers, Perkins has apparently garnered some backstage heat for making this situation sound unique to him.
Speaking of backstage WWE happenings, Daily Wrestling News are reporting that Paul Heyman has asked about expanding his behind-the-scenes role at the company. Apparently Vince McMahon wants another solid wrestling mind on WWE creative because of how many “Hollywood writers” they currently have, and is very open to getting more input from Heyman.
This report, however, is the complete opposite of what Heyman has said in the past. When I saw him at his brilliant Inside the Ropes ‘An Audience With…’ event back in July, Heyman did say ‘never say never’ in regards to booking for WWE again, but he definitely gave the impression it was more on the ‘never’ side of things.
Heyman was in contract negotiations around the time of the brand split, though, so this could’ve been something he asked about then. Smackdown’s been so good recently, maybe Heyman’s actually secretly booking Tuesday nights.
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