• AEW Coach Says Nobody In WWE Is Safe
We reported yesterday that WWE released 13 names from NXT after several other bulk-releases in recent months, all rumored to be due to budget cuts.
To remind everyone, the latest releases included Giant Zanjeer, Bobby Fish, Bronson Reed, Leon Ruff, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, Mercedes Martinez, Asher Hale, Zechariah Smith, Kona Reeves, Ari Sterling, Desmond Troy & referee Stephon Smith.
Old School WWF Legend & current AEW coach Mark Henry talked about this topic in an interview on Busted Open Radio, where he said the following:
“I just saw somebody say, ‘NXT has just been released by the WWE.’ I giggled a little bit. That shouldn’t be a thing, man. I shouldn’t giggle at that, but the point about it is there have been so many releases that people are starting to look at, ‘Damn, man, the writings on the wall. I can be out of here at any time. Maybe I need to focus on job security. Maybe I need to go ahead and take a preemptive strike and not re-sign and go somewhere else.’
Japan, IMPACT, AEW, ROH, MLW. There are places to go work, and do you want to be a part of something that’s already well established or do you want to go somewhere and help make a company better? It depends on the talent, but it looks like, from an NXT standpoint, that nobody’s safe.
That’s what it looks like to me after last night, getting that news, and man, I’m just sitting here like still perplexed about the fact [that] it happened during the show. Like, hey guys, ‘I’m going to throw this grenade in the room and see what happens.’ What did they think was going to be the reaction from the fans?”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 7, 1989) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling
On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.
It featured pre-taped matches, studio interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1989’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
1. The Widow Maker (Barry Windham) vs. Terry Daniels
2. The Powers Of Pain vs. Paul Roma & Jim Powers
3. Hercules vs. Chris Duffy
4. Koko B. Ware vs. Rick Martel
5. The Brother Love Show: The Brain Busters
6. Summerslam interviews
7. Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Savage (SNME 7/29/89)
8. THE BOBBY HEENAN SHOW EPISODE 4