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Former Champion Comments On The “Screwed Up World” Of WWE

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On this day in 1996, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.

It was broadcasted from the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina, just one day after ‘WCW Fall Brawl 1996’ and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Halloween Havoc 1996’ PPV.

The card can be found here:

1. Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera

2. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Ice Train

3. Konnan vs. Super Calo

4. Brad Armstrong vs. Hugh Morrus

5. Scott Norton vs. Randy Savage

6. Glacier vs. Big Bubba Rogers

7. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. Chris Jericho & Marcus Bagwell

8. Handicap Match: Lex Luger vs. Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael

• Former Champion Comments On The “Screwed Up World” Of WWE

During a recent edition of his podcast, former WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback read out a clause from his WWE contract, which allowed the company to own his real name.

Below is what he said about it:

“That’s the thing – this is the problem right there. It’s not even about being fair. These are human lives you’re talking about and that’s where things need to change. I’m dealing with it now with the Ryback trademark. We’re going into the trademark attorney’s office and we’re gonna be deciding this in the next 20 months.

This is gonna be tied up, and it’s gonna cost me God knows how much in attorney’s fees and a lot of time in getting back the Ryback trademark so they can not use it or profit it in any way, or expose it, or do anything to hurt my brand further than what they’ve already done. It’s crazy.”

He also revealed that WWE asked him to sign over all of his social media channels, his website and his podcast while he was still under contract with them.

“The talent and the people [in WWE], if they even try to stick up for themselves, they’re done. They can’t. A lot of them don’t even want to affiliate or talk with me now because there’s heat with that. There’s people that speak up and tell the truth because this is how they make their living. This is why I was so hell-bent on being able to create a living outside of that screwed up world…

If I’m a talent there and I have Cameo, I’m using my real name. I’m not letting them stop me from making any money. The problem is what’s gonna happen creatively – eventually you’ll be fired, but not right away. They’ll hold onto you for a year or two and then they’ll release you so you can’t connect the dots.”

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