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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Pro Wrestling--- WWE is believed to have re-signed Brock Lesnar, causing both sides to drop their lawsuits against the other. WWE is now going to play up on its web site the storyline that the two sides are "meeting for secret negotiations," but the reality is that WWE would not be mentioning any negotiations with Lesnar unless a deal was signed. This comes a week after Lesnar basically threw in the towel verbally in a newspaper interview, saying that he just wanted to go back to work in WWE and was willing to drop his lawsuit.

Also, WWE has released a HUGE amount of wrestlers in the past 24 hours, and there are more cuts expected. New names will be added to the list as more cuts are announced.

WWE Has Released:
-Bubba Ray Dudley
-D-Von Dudley
-Charlie Haas
-Jackie Gayda (who just got married to Charlie Haas in real life)
-Dawn Marie (who is five months' pregnant and was told that her pregnancy would not affect her job in WWE)
-Matt Morgan
-Billy Kidman
-Maven (which means that every single one of the Tough Enough winners from the first two seasons has now been released)
-Spike Dudley
-Marty Jannetty
-Shannon Moore
-Mark Jindrak
-Kevin Fertig (aka Mordecai)
-Dave Heath
-Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroko (added at 3:00 PM)
-Joy Giovanni (added at 5:20 PM)

Update at 3:00 PM:
-Kenzo Suzuki and his real-life wife, Hiroko, have been released.

Update at 4:43 PM:
-WWE now has a story on its web site claiming that Brock Lesnar will be meeting with WWE management tomorrow to negotiate a possible return. That is false. In fact, Lesnar has had meetings with WWE for the past week and as I said before, there is no way in hell WWE would be making him the featured image on its web site if they didn't already have an agreement.

This is another example of WWE taking a real-life situation (ie, negotiations with Lesnar) and trying to turn it into a storyline. Rather than just announcing on WWE.com that they have signed Brock Lesnar, WWE is going to get a few days' worth of huge web site traffic in order to make the announcement slowly over a period of time.

Update at 5:20 PM:
-WWE Smackdown diva Joy Giovanni has become the 18th person to be released in the past 24 hours.

Update at 5:42 PM:
Spike Dudley, who is among the 18 wrestlers who have been released in the past 24 hours, made the following impassioned post on his web site:

"I'm back, and in more ways than one. First, yes I'm gone from the WWE. Does it sting? Hell, yeah. Especially since I've always been one of their "model" employees. It makes sense that I was released, I don't bitch, moan, groan, or suck. I just didn't fit in with what the WWE puts on TV. No, I'm only kidding (but not really). It was my turn and that's the nature of the beast. The WWE is a sinking ship, cursed by owning 100% of the industry. I can see how they couldn't afford my outrageous salary in these times of number crunching. Hey, they gave me a great oppurtunity and maybe I didn't make the most of it. That's life.

At first I was pissed, but I woke up this morning feeling, I don't know, alive. Check this out, this morning I woke up and visioned having a wrestling match without a script. I visioned going to an arena and actually having fun again. I visioned not having to go to the hospital after being hurt by a "future" WWE superstar who may look good but has the wrestling ability of a dead walrus. I visioned pitching an angle without having to get approval from writers who six years ago were buying ECW tickets and making signs (it's true). Hell, I visioned blading!!! I really don't want to burn bridges (if I haven't already) and all that, but that company sucks the life out of you and then spits you out. Enough on them.

I want to love wreslting again. I want to be passionate about the business. It's been so good to me, I want to give back. I don't know how yet, but it will happen.

Right now, I'm going to chill. I've got some time to sit back and re-evaluate life, smell some roses, and get my head straight. I doubt you've seen the last of me. And if anything it's a blessing. Nothing sucks worse than working for a company that doesn't respect you. Paul E. (God bless him) proved that to me. Now I don't have to worry about it."