Last year saw a lot of notable releases from WWE. Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett – but lift after Vince McMahon isn’t all just Impact Zone debuts and beating up Ninja Turtles. There’s always the self-help business.
Ryback has announced on his Instagram page that his self-help book Wake Up! It’s Feeding Time has been published ahead of schedule. Probably best he went with those catchphrases, rather than the ‘I’m Dumb As F***’ one CM Punk made famous.
This comes the same week as Ryback’s latest shoot story about his time in WWE, on his podcast Conversation with the Big Guy:
“[Vince McMahon] sees me, this was before my third surgery, he comes up to me and we had a nice little lengthy discussion…’I’m going to allow you to make me a lot of money and I’m never going to give up on you,’ were his exact words. And then, they gave up on me.”
The more serious accusation comes from Ryback recalling what happened to – in his words – the “open and shut” multimillion dollar lawsuit he had against a doctor:
“I get a phone call from [former WWE Vice President of Talent Relations] Jane Geddes… and she tells me, ‘Ryan, this phone call is off the record’ and I go, ‘okay’ and she goes, ‘do you want your standing in this company to remain good? Do you want your push to continue?…we need you to drop the lawsuit against Dr. Herscovici immediately.’”
So WWE threatened to stop Ryback’s push unless he didn’t drop a lawsuit, which Ryback says he did, but they stopped pushing him anyway when the case’s statute of limitations was running out.
Maybe he would’ve been better off going to TNA, which not only officially now has new owners with Anthem Sports & Entertainment having “a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest of TNA Impact Wrestling”, but also no more Dixie Carter, who has finally stepped down from a position of power.
The new owners aren’t expected to make any major roster changes for this week’s batch of tapings, but PWInsider are reporting that the promotion are once again in talks with former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio reportedly talked to TNA as soon as he was released from WWE back in September, but the negotiations broke down. Now it seems the two sides are trying to work out a deal, despite the controversy that follows Alberto wherever he goes. Even Austria, where Del Rio was arrested last Friday for a nightclub brawl, which resulted him reportedly hospitalising two people, one of which being his brother.
Maybe his old, oddly paired MexAmerica manager Zeb Colter can help him out. Known as Dutch Mantel outside of WWE, PWInsider are also reporting rumblings that TNA want to bring him onto their management team, presumably for creative. Mantel is widely credited for the booking success of the TNA Knockouts division in its mid-00s heyday.
The Puerto Rican wrestler ‘Mr. 450’ John Jesus Yurnet has suffered a severe knee injury and desperately needs to cover the medical bills. He was most recently seen on WWE’s 205 Live, and WrestleTalk’s man in Puerto Rico Jason Vega told me Mr 450 has been forced to sell all his ring gear except for two sets in an attempt to cover the expenses. You can donate to Mr. 450 on his GoFundMe page.
What free agents would you bring into TNA for the post-Dixie era? Ask ‘what’s Bade Warrett doing in the Impact Zone’ in the comments below.