TNA Drops Lawsuit Against WWE
TNA has dropped the lawsuit that they filed against WWE last year. As most of you know by now, the lawsuit had been filed after Brian Wittenstein, a former TNA employee who had left the company and moved to WWE, had attempted to supply information he had stolen from TNAabout talent contracts and other information. WWE had notified TNA but when Ric Flair tried to get out of his contract to go to WWE, TNA felt thatWWE had targeted them and filed suit.
TNA filed documents on January 15th stating that both sides had agreed to pay for their own legal costs and that the suit had been withdrawn. There is no word as to whether a settlement has been reached, or whether the lawsuit was dismissed with or without prejudice. If the suit is dismissed without prejudice than it could conceivably be refiled again.
The court had previously filed a permanent injunction against Wittenstein demanding that he return all information he took from TNA, not speak of any TNA information to any third parties (including WWE) and not breach any agreements he had signed with TNA.
WWE Signs NCAA All-American Wrestler
NCAA All-American wrestler Clayton Jack has signed a developmental contract with WWE. OSUBeavers.com reports that Clayton, who is from Oregon State University, has signed a three-year contract and will report to developmental on January 24th. Jack is one of Gerry Brisco’s scouting’s and attended a WWE tryout last year.
Jack spot about his signing, saying, “I am just really excited for the opportunity to work with the WWE. As far as goals go, I just want to learn as much as possible. Hopefully if I do well in the three years, maybe I can get an NXT title or move up to the WWE.”
He added, “I wouldn’t mind playing the heel, which is the bad guy. When you first start out you are always kind of the heel and then you work your way into being a face, which is a good guy. As much as I want to say it’s based on my personality, it’s also based on how well I can act.”
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Early WWE Royal Rumble Script Leaks Online
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
An early script for the Royal Rumble has been circulating online, listing the match order and times for those matches. These following times include ring entrances, the match and then the post-match happenings…
* Kaitlyn will defend the Divas championship against an opponent to be determined – 10 minutes
* Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars – 10 minutes
* Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show World Heavyweight title match – 20 minutes
* CM Punk vs. Rock WWE title match – 30 minutes
* The Royal Rumble match – 70 minutes
The script does not have winners or the order of Rumble entrants and does not include any other matches that have been discussed.
Flair and Lesnar Updates
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
WWE is still working with Ric Flair even without a contract in place. WWEwants to sign him and it’s possible a deal will be made in the next few weeks. TNA is also interested in getting Flair back but he will appear withWWE for the next few months.
Flair is booked for next week’s WWE RAW in San Jose, California and the following night’s SmackDown tapings in Sacramento. After that he will go to Japan for his match with All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Flair’s appearance on Miz TV was to help The Miz solidify as a babyface and for Flair to “give” him the Figure Four leg lock as his finishing move. He told Miz backstage: “I hope they let you beat people with it because I never did.”
A source says that Miz and Flair will appear together again.
At this time, WWE wants to sign Brock Lesnar for another year afterWrestleMania 29 in April. Lesnar reportedly wants to wait until the last possible moment to negotiate and decide whether he wants to return for another year. He is expected back on WWE TV in February to begin hisWrestleMania program.
If Lesnar signs on for another year, the new deal would essentially be the same as his current one; a handful of TV appearances and big PPV matches. If he signs, two big matches being talked about are Lesnar vs. C.M. Punk and Lesnar vs. The Undertaker.
The feeling is that the match with Undertaker could be a big PPV draw, especially after their infamous run-in at UFC 121 in October 2010 that could be incorporated into the feud. It should be noted that the match actually happening all depends on Taker’s physical condition. ‘Taker is reportedly hurting really bad these days and Lesnar’s very physical style might not work for Taker at this stage of his career.
Taz Joins Aces and Eights
TNA announcer Taz was revealed as one of the Aces & Eights leaders during Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s fictional wedding in the final segment of Impact.
As Bully and Brooke were set to finish the wedding, Taz interrupted and revealed an Aces & Eights logo. A&E then hauled off Brooke, who played the role of Stephanie McMahon crying out for Hulk Hogan and Bully to make the save.