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Hulk Hogan Addresses Rumors of a WWE Return and Advice on How to Fix TNA

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WWE Offering Four $25,000 Grants for their "Be a Star" Anti-Bullying Program

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wwe-offers-100-000-star-175800709.html



New Ring Names Assigned to WWE Developmental Wrestlers

The following is from Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com:

Stephen Cole has been renamed Cole Andrews
Britney Fetkin has been renamed Devin Taylor.
Erika Hammond has been renamed Veronica Lane.
Smith James has been renamed Bull Dempsey.
Lexi Kaufman has been renamed Alexa Bliss.
CJ Perry is now LANA.
Rebecca Quinn (the former Rebecca Knox) has been renamed Becky Lynch.
Adam Scherr has been renamed Braun Stowman. Interesting they would rename him as he's got a bit of a name in the bodybuilding world, having won the 2012 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships.
Australian talent Matt Silva has been renamed Buddy Murphy.

Credit Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com

Comments

  1. You're gonna rename a guy whose real name is Silva? Huh, if only there were a legit combat sport with lots of Silvas in it.
    Anyway, you nerds better not screw up my chance at that anti-bully money or you're getting swirlies.

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  2. Buddy Murphy is an awful wrestling name.

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  3. Bayless, theres apparently a new Kayfabe commentary with Russo about WcW 2000. If you have access to it, I feel this is a MUST review for one of your next interview reviews. Just my humble request/opinion.

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  4. Smith James is a funny name.

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  5. Charismatic e-Negro Jef VinsonAugust 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    is LANA a heel Japanese wrestler?

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  6. Hogan has the right idea... wrong person. This isn't 1997 anymore.


    But in all honesty, I don't know anyone I'd trust with that kind of power in today's enviroment.

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  7. Stephen Cole has been renamed Something Generic.
    Britney Fetkin has been renamed Something Generic.
    Erika Hammond has been renamed Little Miss Something Generic.
    Smith James has been renamed Something Generic.
    Lexi Kaufman has been renamed Something Generic.
    CJ Perry is now Something Generic.
    Rebecca Quinn (the former Rebecca Knox) has been renamed Something Generic.
    Adam Scherr has been renamed Something Generic. Interesting they would rename him as he's got a name already.
    Australian talent Matt Silva has been renamed Something Generic.

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  8. If ever there was a time NOT to name someone Braun. Oh WWE, never change!

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  9. Hulk Hogan has been telling us since 2010 how to "fix TNA". Why hasn't it worked yet, brother?

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  10. Hulk Hogan Shares TNA Fix: Viewers Need More Prayers, Vitamins

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  11. Vince just recently heard of Ryan's MVP, give him time to catch up to the other stuff

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  12. Other than the last two, all fine names.

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  13. Scherr should grow his hair out and dye the tips. Frosty the Stowman, everyone

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  14. Buddy Murphy and Bull Dempsey are awful, in my opinion. Why can't any of the guys have a one word moniker, a name with "The" in it, or even a nickname instantly attached to them. I always thought "Hitman" or "Heartbreak Kid" added to the characters' presence/auras.

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  15. I still remember when WWE announced on their site that they signed Monty Brown to a contract, calling him "Monty Brown", then debuting him on ECW as "Marcus Cor Von".

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  16. Or, and I get they want to protect their IP, but at least let the actual wrestlers give naming themselves a shot. With the understanding whatever they come up with can't be used outside of WWE, but at least they'd have more incentive in getting it over than just being named John Doe342.

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  17. Steve Williams has been renamed Will Stevens
    Terry Bollea has been renamed Terry Bull
    Amy Dumas has been renamed Sarah Whitney
    Dwayne Johnson has been renamed Rocky Maivia (oh wait...)

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  18. Charismatic e-Negro Jef VinsonAugust 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I want Fandango to have an alter ego of Dan Fango.

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  19. They named a guy The Prototype once, but he ended up flaming out and no one ever heard from him again.

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  20. Braun Stowman? Sounds like a Simpsons character.

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  21. I like your Earth Number, is the sky blue there?

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  22. Pro wrestling needs more Silvas.


    And Thiagos. We have a paucity of Thiagos.

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  23. ... and I think he debuted as Marquis Cor Von first before changing that (still pronounced the same).

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  24. I'm probably just pissy because I live in Wisconsin, and overpaid for the guy's jersey. Whoops.

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  25. To be fair, we never thought Dolph Ziggler would work and it did... and yes I realize it's 1 out of 100 so far.

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  26. Eh, wrestlers work in spite of their names for the most part. Dolph worked because he spent the last few years bumping like Perfect.

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  27. I'm just waiting for them to take another guy with a perfectly acceptable birth name and rename him Because "Fuck You" Thatswhy.

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  28. Right, what I'm saying is that great talent can overcome a shoddy name.


    They can't all be Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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  29. I find WWE's obsession with owning their wrestlers' names to be kind of ludicrous.


    If they'd renamed Brock Lesnar to Giggles McEisenstein, they never would have been able to capitalize on his UFC success upon bringing him back, because UFC audiences know him as Brock Lesnar and WWE audiences know him as Giggles McEisenstein.


    It's like they're innovating in new ways to cheat themselves out of possible revenue on the off-chance someone actually succeeds above and beyond their insular little bubble.

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  30. Well, the goal is to not have them leave, and then come back on their own terms...


    ... resulting in a contract and schedule that pisses off a lot of people looking for a break.


    Having said that, Bork LaZer is worth every penny.

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  31. Bull Dempsey is fine.

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  32. I think what Hogan is suggesting here is that Ted Turner buy TNA, rename it WCW, dump seemingly endless funds into it, and put Eric Bischoff in charge. Does that sound about right?

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  33. As far as names go, how the hell have they NOT given someone Roddy Piper's real name? Instant world champ right there.

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  34. And Algo Generico has been renamed Sami Zayn. IrĂ³nico!

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  35. Hogan addressing rumors of a WWE return got me thinking...anyone else find it surprising that Hogan and Vince ended up doing so little business together since 2002? I mean, starting with his return at Mania 18, Hogan has only worked 3 of the last 12 Wrestlemanias (counting the run-in at mania 21) and none of the last 8. Not saying that we needed Hogan fulltime during that period or anything, obviously, but I'm kinda shocked that both guys left so much potential money on the table by not involving Hogan in a few more Manias. Hell, those two Summerslams Hogan worked, especially the one against HBK, drew really good numbers.


    Again, not saying I personally wanted more Hogan in the last decade, but it's just shocking that they didn't work something out for Mania 20 in MSG, or the "25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania" which had the Y2J-fighting-legends storyline tailor-made for Hogan, or the Trump Mania 23 in Detroit which had the logical "Hulk slams Khali on the 20th Anniversary of the Andre match" staring right at them. Aside from singles matches, you would have thought that Hogan in tag matches or acting as someone's manager would have been logical side-draws on the last decade's worth of shows.

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  36. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryAugust 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    THE ONLY THING THAT'S KEEPING UP FOR BEATING THE BOYS UP NORTH IS A FREE CASH FLOW, BROTHER! WE NEED THE KEYS, WE NEED THE MONEY, WE NEED THE CARS, BUT MOST OF ALL, WE NEED ALL THE POWER, DUDE!


    BUT DIXIE, SHOULD SOMETHING HAPPEN, YOU RUN OUT OF CASH, AND THE WHOLE PANDA ENERGY RUNS OUT OF CASH....JUST HANG ON TO THE LARGEST BACK IN THE WORLD, BROTHER, AND I'LL DOGPADDLE, BACKSTROKE, ALL OF US TO SAFETY!

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  37. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryAugust 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I'm not, I think Vince saw he had nothing left, which is why they took the title off him so quickly in '02. You could bring him in for a quick nostalgic pop and feud, but he had no long-term future, and I think eventually, the novelty would wear off sooner rather than later. I think they got the most out of him.

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  38. Daniel Bryan has been renamed Bryan Danielson.
    HHH has been renamed HHH.

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  39. Your_Favourite_LoserAugust 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    'the jobber'


    oh wait, they already have zach ryder

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  40. He's not even that anymore.

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  41. Your_Favourite_LoserAugust 28, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    LENNY VOWELS AND BISCUIT, YOU GUYS BETTER NOT SIGN WITH WWE.

    EVER.

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  42. They should make Bork Lazer his actual gimmick name. His titan tron could be the lazer backdrop from school photos.

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  43. Yeah and by the time this guy gets called up to the main roster if he keeps that name its going to be well after the Braun "scandle" which was a one day news headline in the sports section is going to be a distant memory. There is this whole A Rod thing coming up that I'm pretty sure will over shadow Braun's deal. On a side note fuck Ryan Braun he's a lying bitch who threw lots of people under the boss so he could continue to cheat. I'm a Cardinals fan so of course I hold no bias whats so ever....no really I don't because he cheated and we still beat them in their house on our way to the World Series that year.

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  44. Hulk slamming Big Show WAS supposed to happen at Wrestlemania 23, but the deal fell through and it ended up happening on one of Lawler's independent shows.

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  45. Well you know something brother, the Hulkster can't do it himself dude. Kirk Agile and Buddy Dumpsley or whoever these guys are brother just aren't draws, Jack! We gotta bring back Brooke, and Nitro Nick is gonna come in with a prisoner gimmick brother, and then we get Nash and Hall out of retirement and we all team up to pin the Ultimate Warrior and his whole family dude! Then Brother Bruti spraypaints wWe on the Impact world title and we all do some lines off it, jack! Book it Bischoff brother!

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  46. Yup— and instead we got them recreating the Hogan-Andre slam with the iconic image of Kane slamming Khali. Ugghh.


    I guess Hogan and Vince are such strong personalities that on one hand, yeah, it's not surprising that they've had such a hard time coming to agreements on these things. But on the other hand I just would have thought they would have done more with Hogan at Mania all these years, especially with such easy nostalgia moments staring them in the face,

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  47. Oh yeah the 2002 title run was a giant over reach. Just saying that when he came back in 2002, I figured a yearly or every other year Hogan appearance at Mania would be a given.

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  48. ROH's Cheeseburger has signed a contract and will wrestle under the name Veggie Burger.

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  49. I shudder to think what they'd call the Undertaker nowadays!

    Probably Sami Deadmon or something.

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  50. Oh hell, he'd probably be Ashleigh Wyatt!

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  51. Or use, the old WWF intro, with the lasers filling in the letters, complete with sound effects and music!

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  52. "Adam Scherr has been renamed Braun Stowman. Interesting they would
    rename him as he's got a bit of a name in the bodybuilding world, having
    won the 2012 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships."


    First of all, I'll admit that "Braun Stowman" is not a great name.

    But I think you're exaggerating exactly how many people pay attention to the "Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships"....

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  53. Regardless, WWE will still mention it, and they will still exaggerate it's importance. Plus, it's got Arnold's name on it.

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  54. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryAugust 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Fuck him because he stole the MVP from my boy Matt Kemp

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  55. I lol'd at this.

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  56. There are only like 5 each of first and last names in UFC it has always seemed to me.

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  57. Your_Favourite_LoserAugust 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    lenny vowels, already rockin' an awesome name

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  58. Ron Killings is my favorite example of this.

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  59. Still a horrible name.

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  60. Two words: Creative control. He didn't have it in 2002 and he's had it ever since when he works for them.

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  61. I like Cole Andrews. That's actually a pretty good name. A lot better than they usually come up with.

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  62. Renaming an unknown guy is a smart business move and always will be. The problem only really arises when the name you give them is Lucky Cannon or Eli Cottonwood or Jim-Bob Fartwind.

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  63. Ugh, the Cardinals. I always tell people to forget about the Cubs; they're losers who are never a threat to us. The fuckin' Cards, however, knocked us out of the postseason twice. At least you don't have Poop-hols or Berkman anymore, but Molina can seriously eat a dick. Grrrr.

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  64. That logic doesn't necessarily ring true. There's a reason why The Rock began his Hollywood career as "The Rock" and then "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson" before finally settling on "Dwayne Johnson." Guys like Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin and "Ric Flair" and the like ARE recognized by their stage names. If they were to expand to an outside market, WWE would certainly be in an advantageous position if they owned their names (in those cases, they don't). Their departing property would either have a lower value because they can't use the name that made them famous, or they make a little extra dough allowing them to use the name they own.

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  65. At least none are named Red Rooster or "Terrific" Terry Taylor!

    Speaking of which, here's pretty decent TV match between Taylor and Savage from Dec. 1992.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoVGaYak68c

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  66. And if WWE does wind up picking up any of TNA's talent when the time comes, you can bet they'll also go through the same random name generator, thus taking away their name recognition and defeating the whole purpose of picking them up in the first place.

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  67. And of course it's for a guy that already looks like a 'roided-up bodybuilder. Of course it is.

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  68. Stranger in the AlpsAugust 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    What if....Brock Lesnar was coming through this system right now? Brock Lesnar is a pretty badass birth name. WWE would probably change it to Donnie Nelson. If there's a Donnie Nelson out there reading this, I'm sorry, but that's a stupid name.

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  69. Old age has memories blurring, forget it if was an ECW angle mention or something off RSPW back in the day, but I was amused by Phillip D. Grave as a mockutaker name

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  70. These aren't bad for the most part. The last two are pretty brutal.

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  71. Yep, but I don't think Hogan wants to just trot out once every two years - he wants to be more involved.

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  72. Yeah, jobbers actually appear on TV.

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  73. Heh.

    Actually chances are he wouldn't have anything resembling the Undertaker gimmick or character, so there wouldn't be anything death related in his name.

    He would probably be M.C Worthingsmith.

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  74. Oh - I'm sure they'll mention it over and over and over. They just won't call him "Adam Scherr" while mentioning it.

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  75. Yaaaay Australian talent

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  76. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Nelson

    There ya go.

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  77. Yeah, just like they did what that 'C.M. Punk' guy.


    And man - did they ever just butcher Bryan Danielson's name or what? Who'd have thought that "Daniel Bryan" and "Bryan Danielson" are the same person?????>?

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  78. Stranger in the AlpsAugust 28, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Dude needs to change his name. For him....Judd Nelson.

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  79. Bull "Shit" Dempsey. He's good to go.

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  80. Or Chilly McFreeze...or Manson the Mutilator....or Big Bully Busick...wait that one actually made it to TV. Albeit briefly.

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  81. Let's not forget Mantaur, Duke Droese, The Goon, MVP (the baseball one), Freddie Joe Floyd, Well Dunn, Skip, Zip, Kloudy, and all the other shitty names of the early 90s.

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  82. Charismatic e-Negro Jef VinsonAugust 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    He'd be Jamaican?

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  83. A Hogan appearance at WM30 would make sense, but anything related to a match or significant angle would be embarassing. It was a stretch in 2002, it would be asinine now.

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  84. Anchorman news guy?

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