• Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Attitude Era Writer & WCW World Heavyweight Champion Vince Russo celebrates his 59th birthday today.
Russo originally started as WWF Magazine editor Vic Venom in 1992, but was promoted to the WWF Booking commission in 1996.
Vince McMahon has confirmed on several occasions, that he ended up using only about 20% of Russo’s ideas, but rejected about 80% of them, so when Vince Russo jumped ship to Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in September 1999 and was given free control as the head booker to use 100% of his own ideas, it was not at all surprising that his creative decisions made them lose a huge amount of money and basically killed WCW financially.
Like him or hate him, but he’s still considered one of the most controversial figures in professional wrestling history.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCE RUSSO!
• WWE Making More Changes To Women’s Titles
After RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch mentioned on WWE Backstage that WWE should drop the term “women’s division” that is used to set the female wrestlers apart from the male wrestlers, WWE went on to change the name of the NXT Women’s Championship to just the NXT Championship.
According to Wrestlingnewsco, WWE is set to change the names of the RAW & SmackDown Women’s Titles as well:
“I have heard that this is not the only change coming for the women’s titles. Prior to Lynch’s comments on WWE Backstage, there was already talk of renaming the Women’s titles on Raw and SmackDown.
I was told that the changes to the main roster titles might not come right away because if the changes happen then they would want to introduce the new title names during WrestleMania.”
• WWWF Wrestler Passes Away
According to the Cauliflower Alley Club, former WWWF wrestler Hercules Ayala passed away at the age of 69 due to heart issues.
Below is what they posted:
“We heard this morning that Ruben Cruz, better known to wrestling as Hercules Ayala, passed away last night due to heart issues at the age of 69. Born in Puerto Rico, Cruz wrestled all over the world, winning dozens of titles in his career. We offer our condolences at this time.”
We heard this morning that Ruben Cruz, better known to wrestling as Hercules Ayala, passed away last night due to heart issues at the age of 69. Born in Puerto Rico, Cruz wrestled all over the world, winning dozens of titles in his career. We offer our condolances at this time pic.twitter.com/PbknUq0ekN
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) January 23, 2020