TJR Fri News (03/11): Ken Anderson Fired By TNA, Mick Foley At WrestleMania & More!

TNA Wrestling star Ken Anderson was fired for reportedly failing a drug test, reports Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet.

Sources inside TNA have said that a match between Anderson and Eric Young was supposed to air on the 1/19 edition of Impact Wrestling, but was kept from airing because Anderson looked decidedly bad in the ring. This led people backstage to be believe he was under the influence during the match and he was immediately drug tested and sent home.

TNA officials and Anderson have yet to comment, although the sources in the company say management hopes that Anderson gets treatment for his issues.

At a recent ICW show in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Anderson revealed that he is no longer a member of the TNA roster. He also cut an in ring promo where he wasn’t complimentary of TNA, which you can see below.

He’s been working for TNA Wrestling on and off since 2010 after he was released by WWE in 2009. He is still listed on the roster page, but so is Austin Aries who is now working for WWE in their NXT brand.

Anderson reportedly departed the company prior to the UK tour.

I have been avidly watching TNA over here in the UK for the last 5 weeks as they’re showing the UK tour, and not once did I ask myself where Ken was…….Says it all really doesn’t it?

 

Mick Foley Interview: WrestleMania 32 Appearance, Being A RAINN advocate, Best WrestleMania Memory

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WWE Hall of Famer and Hardcore Legend Mick Foley spoke with the folks at Sports Illustrated this past week, and spoke about his involvement with RAINN, his WrestleMania raffle, and WrestleMania in general. Below are some selected highlights.

On his involvement with RAINN: “I started as a RAINN donor in 2008, and then a volunteer a year later after meeting singer Tori Amos. I knew the work that RAINN did was important, but as a male, I didn’t see how I could make a difference. Then, when I read more about it, I realized it was where I could make the biggest difference. Sexual assault and rape are thought to be issues for women, but there are so few men involved, so I thought I could make a difference as an advocate and later as a volunteer.”

On the success of the WrestleMania Dream Vacation raffle: “I really look forward to making a difference, and so many of the fans do, too. Wrestling fans have raised almost a half-a-million dollars over the past five years, and that’s pretty astounding. This is fourth year of the WrestleMania Dream Vacation, and with all of the excitement surrounding it, we’re going to try to make it an annual event.”

On rumors about him appearing at WrestleMania 32: “There is a rumor that I will be participating in the show. I’m not sure how just yet, but I’ll try to add to the excitement of WrestleMania.”

On his favorite WrestleMania memory: “Savage-Steamboat from WrestleMania III. It had the ability to cast an impression that’s lasted thirty years. I haven’t mentioned Savage much, maybe because he came up in-between the Jimmy Snuka years and the Terry Funk/Bruiser Brody years, but when I entered pro wrestling, Savage was my favorite guy. I was really impressed, not only by his character, but also with his work ethic. I understood even at 19 years old that there was so much more to Savage than the character. He was an extremely hard worker, and I admired that.”

On complaints about this year’s main event: “There are some people who are up in arms over this year’s official WrestleMania main event. But don’t worry about that–worry about the match that is most important to you. I don’t look back at the 2000 WrestleMania as special just because I was in the main event, and isn’t nearly as important to me as the one I did with Edge in 2006, which in no way was the main event. It’s not that we didn’t have a good match in 2000, because we did, but the match with Edge has stood the test of time. Strange as it sounds, there is a level of trust in a match like that, not unlike the kind you would experience in pairs figure skating. There is no way you even try the ‘Iron Lotus’ if you’re Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy unless you completely trust each other. The ‘Iron Lotus’ was to figure skating was what Edge and I going through a burning table was to professional wrestling.”

 

UPDATE: New Day WrestleMania 32 Entrance Revealed?

new day tag titlesI reported last weekend right here, that Big E of the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, said that there was a possible grand entrance for the team at this years WrestleMania. Well according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter it has been reported that the big entrance is for Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E to fly around the AT&T Stadium on unicorns!

WWE officials have not yet approved the idea but it  has been noted that they have a less than 50% chance of getting their idea approved.

Here is an excerpt of my story last weekend that of Big E speaking with GuideLive about the possible big entrance:

“We’ve already kind of started getting people excited about our entrance – which I’ve kind of wanted to temper expectations, but we had some media hits this morning, and Woods and Kofi were already telling people to look out for our entrance. So, I suppose our WrestleMania entrance is the big plan. There’s a good chance that it all gets nixed, and people are very disappointed, but we have something cooking.”

 

In Other News

  • Mark McAllen yesterday wrote about the very big possibility that Lucha Underground and Netflix could be working together in the very near future. His more in depth report is right here.
  • Bray Wyatt was interviewed by the Philly Voice a few days back to promote the upcoming Raw TV taping there this Monday night. He was asked about his match against Brock at WWE Roadblock, the disbanding and eventual reformation of the Wyatt Family and more. The entire interview is here but below are some highlights.

Before WrestleMania, you have a match against Brock Lesnar coming up at WWE Roadblock this Saturday night. What are your thoughts heading into this particular match?

I’ve never faced Brock Lesnar before. One of the few I haven’t danced with yet, and I’m looking very much forward to it.

Each individual you go into battle with, you have to handle them in a precise manner. And I’ve faced The Undertaker, John Cena and Chris Jericho, and Brock Lesnar is different than them all. Brock Lesnar is the Beast. Even though I haven’t competed against him in just one-on-one circumstances, I’ve been in there with him, so I know exactly what he’s capable of. We’re talking about a very dangerous individual. But, on the flip side of that, I like to believe I’m a dangerous individual, too. I’m someone that he wouldn’t see on a daily basis because I’ve got some things that come out of my brain that no one else does. So I think that me and Brock is a very big matchup and if I do get this win, if I do go in there and beat Brock Lesnar right before WrestleMania, I think that would do wonders for my career. So, it’s a big moment for me and I’m ready.

Are you disappointed that your match with Lesnar isn’t a WrestleMania match this year?

Of course I’d rather do it at WrestleMania. Then again, you don’t know what I’m gonna do at WrestleMania. It’s still an open-ended game for me. Like I said, to beat Brock Lesnar right before WrestleMania, you should be owed some kind of spot, some kind of high place – you know, I view myself as a high place player – I’m a serious player in this game and I intend to keep that.

About a year and a half ago, the Wyatt Family disbanded before eventually getting back together. Was that always the plan, or was it just a matter of things not working as you all went your separate ways?

We were at a place in time where we needed to see what we all could be. I felt like Harper needed to shine on his own and he did. I thought that Rowan needed to shine and he did. But, at the end of the day, it’s just a better situation when we’re together. It just feels better. It makes us stronger. It’s an all-around better feeling when we’re all involved. Not to mention we have Braun Strowman, who’s one of the most amazing physical presences we have here in WWE. We feel like it’s our time. It’s our era. And I look forward to big things this coming year, not just at WrestleMania.

  • The current on screen promos between Vince and Shane McMahon have been very cutting and close to the bone according to some people backstage. Mark yesterday posted a report looking into this in much more detail and you can click right here to find it.
  • Over at WWE.com, there is a fantastic article about the long and storied history of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. It doesn’t name their past alter egos (or in Kevin’s case, his real name), or past promotions that they have been members of, but to me it captures just how “real” this rivalry is. Give it a read here, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

Read Our Stuff

  • Kurt Zamora is back once again with his NXT Spotlight, recapping this weeks superb edition. It’s just a click away right here if you fancy reading it, and I strongly advise that you do.
  • Mr TJR himself, John Canton is back with the 20th edition of the TJR Podcast. As always Rey Moralde joined John, and this week they were joined with special guest, former WWE referee and now a broadcaster, Jimmy Korderas. As always it’s a great listen.
  • Mike Holland is back with an article about Shane O Mac’s return and also critiquing the WWE and their apparent lack of a long term strategy. An enjoyable read as always.
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Closing Time

Last orders folks! That’s it from myself today. I would like to say thanks for reading, and the TJR news team will be reporting any breaking news this weekend as always. John will be back on Monday with the news update, that will include the Raw preview and all the stories from across the world this weekend.

I will be back next Tuesday with the news update, all the fallout from Raw, and everything else that happens in the crazy world of Professional Wrestling/Sports Entertainment.