• Old School ECW Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School ECW Legend The Sandman (Real name: James Fullington) celebrates his 56th birthday today.
While he wasn’t exactly a great in-ring-performer per se, The Sandman character still became a legend in the business, especially when it comes to hardcore wrestling, mainly because of 3 things he used during his iconic entrance … beer, a cigarette and his entrance theme song: Metallica – “Enter Sandman”.
Sandman wrestled for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling / Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1992 until the company closed its doors in early 2001, only interrupted by a 1 year stint for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling from September 1998 to September 1999.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDMAN!
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• Amount Of WWE Wrestlers That Contacted AEW “Would Blow Your Mind”
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that A LOT of WWE wrestlers have contacted AEW because they’re not happy in WWE and have even turned down big money offers from Vince McMahon.
Below is what Meltzer said:
“It’s not something that Vince saw coming. I think that they were ready to you know, beginner’s luck — I’m sure that’s what they were going with — beginner’s luck, but here’s the other thing too. It’s not just, ‘Okay they’re doing good, but we can both do good.’ We know that, but the key is that — I know because WWE was just in town and everybody wants out.
I mean not everybody wants out, that’s not fair — Roman Reigns doesn’t want out — but, the amount of people who have contacted AEW would blow your mind and there were plenty of people — the thing also is that there are people who are counting down the days, but you know — okay, The Usos did sign to stay and AJ signed to stay, but you know when this happens that changes the game.
Because #1 is WWE and WWE is offering people a lot of money to stay, ridiculous money. I mean more money than these guys have ever made in their lives, but even with that there are guy who have told me, including guys in AEW now, that they cannot believe they turned the offer down, but they did.
I know people in WWE now who are not interested in signing again and they cannot believe the amount of money they’re turning down, but it’s like if you’re miserable and you’re not being who you want to be and maybe you can make a little less, but it’s more than you’ve ever dreamed about making in the business, maybe you can make more if you become a star.
I’ll put it this way if you’re a guy — I don’t wanna name names — but let’s just say that you’re a guy and you were offered $500,000 for 5 years from WWE and let’s say you’re going nowhere there, you’ve been there, you know how they book, but you can make that money or you can go in and you can be — you can go [to AEW] and you have confidence that you can be a Superstar and even if you make $350,000 in the beginning if this thing takes off then you’ll make more, but when your contract is up in one case you’ll be a jobber for life.
You’ll be Dolph Zigglered out when your career is done — I don’t wanna say ‘done’ cause Dolph Ziggler is doing okay right now, but still he never was what he should have been or you could be Jon Moxley who is hotter than he’s ever been in his whole life and [WWE wrestlers] can see it.”