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It came out last week that real-life couple Dean Ambrose and Renee Young had secretly gotten married. As weddings and marriage are heavily focused upon in Total Divas – of which Renee is a cast member – you’d expect that ‘secret ceremony’ to actually feature several cameramen, a sound guy and a catering department.
Not according to Young, who told E! News the proposal was genuinely a spur of the moment gesture:
“We were going to bed and he like busted out the ring and we were like, ‘Oh man I guess we should do this now.’ So we ended up going on Yelp and we found a 24-hour pastor to come to our backyard…his name was Pastor Pete.”
The couple apparently got a marriage license six months ago, which is probably why original reports said they actually tied the knot back in October.
Shortly after Ambrose and Young got married, The Lunatic Fringe suddenly found himself drafted away from his new wife to Monday Night Raw, and getting called ‘lazy’ in a Miz promo – a line many believe to have come from WWE higher ups. This is just me speculating here, but I can see Dean and Renee getting same backstage heat for not saving their wedding for Total Divas.
Similar to the Ring of Honor talent raid late last year, which saw Steve Corino, Nigel McGuiness and Roderick Strong jump ship, WWE now appears to have its sights set on TNA Impact Wrestling’s roster. But just like that ROH talent raid, WWE have had to back off because of a legal threat.
Strong, McGuiness and Corino were expected to be joined by Kyle O’Reilly, Lio Rush and Adam Cole over the following months, but after ROH complained about contract tampering, WWE seemingly put a stop to any talks they were having.
The approached TNA names reportedly include Crazzy Steve – who was offered a WWE developmental contract a few months ago – Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis (whom PWTorch claim are waiting to debut on the Smackdown roster) – Gunner (who Wrestling Inc report will be starting with NXT if he passes a physical), and, according to Wrestling News World, Magnus, where “both sides are very interested.”
WWE and Impact Wrestling are also set to collide over in India. Impact Wrestling’s next set of TV tapings will take place in Mumbai at the end of May, and the promotion were planning a new television show there using the best students from the Great Khali’s wrestling school, with Indian station Sony Six. But WWE are now holding tryouts in Dubai over the next week, presumably to snap up talent that the new Impact show would use.
PWInsider are reporting that a heated verbal confrontation took place backstage at last weekend’s Impact Wrestling TV tapings, initially between Karen Jarrett and TNA executive Bob Ryder over a hotel room not being booked, and then escalating to between Ryder and Jeff. The argument was said to be “as bad as you can imagine”, with several people believing Ryder had been fired after he left the taping in the middle of the show. After the weekend was over, however “both were back at the office in Nashville working like nothing had happened.”
Pro Wrestling Sheet reached out to Impact Wrestling president Ed Nordholm for comment, who replied: “It’s an internal matter and all resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.”
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