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Poll Question: Which ECW star are u most shocked about getting a release?
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    Posted: 19/January/2007 at 06:44
In my honest opinion, you cant really count Al Snow as he is still with WWE as a trainer, helping bringing up younger talent from OVW. Without including Snow, I'd have to say The Bashams are going to get my vote as they are a good tag team and im quite surprised they got the boot.
 
The others served no purpose in ECW and pretty much werent getting used at all, with CW out injured.


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I'm going to have to go with Sylvester Terkay. This guy seemed like a decent worker and his pairing with Elijah Burke was something slightly different to the traditional tag team.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/January/2007 at 16:02
The Bashams for me because they are a half decent tag team. I don't agree with releasing someone when injured either. That isn't a very professional way to do business. It also doesn't take a genius to understand it probably means no tag division anytime soon. I reckon it's pretty obvious that TNA will pick them up in 90 days time. With all the tag teams breaking up and/or up to other things, i reckon Bashams shouldn't struggle to get picked up. The writing was on the wall when the security guards were no longer needed.
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Terkay was a total shock. He was used just a few days before!! Sure he wasnt anything great, but he can work at it till he feels conferable. 
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I ll go with Terkay it seemed WWE hyped him up a bit and have him destroy opponments, it seemed like they were building him up for something big. So I was most surprised with this release. Also The Bashams was quite surprising.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Matthew J Stark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22/January/2007 at 20:56
Terkay for sure! I was expecting big things from him, possibley a future ECW Champ wasted there.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/January/2007 at 22:04
Quote Speaking of recent releases, Vince McMahon decided to cut Tony Mamaluke because he was too small. Writer David Lagana did fight to keep him and push him as an underdog character ala 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman), but McMahon didn't go for it.
 
Fairplay to Lagana for wanting to keep him. However in this instance i would have to back up Vince with his choice. If he had been kept it should have been for the tag division which should have been built to a point that people demanded a title. Keeping him as the underdog would been a repetitve storyline. We have seen it before with Tazz/Spike as tag champions for example. The guy simply didn't have "it" and wasn't even a major player in the old ECW. Trinity can be hidden away and Nunzio should be put back on Smackdown. Still good for someone to stand up to Vince for a change though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/February/2007 at 00:39
Quote - More on the recent WWE releases. Kevin Dunn never liked Jazz's looks for television, thus the reason she wasn't used. Her husband, Rodney Mack, was hired at the request of Paul Heyman. Heyman had wanted to do a program with Mack and CM Punk, but it never got off the ground.

- David Health (Gangrel) was hired to be apart of ECW, however, they didn't feel he was in good enough shape and was sent to Deep South to work as a trainer. WWE wasn't happy with his quality of training, and thus dropped.
 
Its a shame that the business is all about looks, I reckon Jazz wouldve been handy on Raw and she wouldve been a good addition the crappy womens division. Mack on the other hand, couldve been good aswell, if given time.
 
Gangrel though, meh they brought him back way before and it didnt work, so why try again? Seriously. WWE wastes a lot of money on bringing back old workers.
 
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Heres some more news on the talent that has been released...
 
Quote - Chris Wright (C.W. Anderson) wasn't used much because they didn't like his look. He hadn't been used in months either on the road or on television. Although, he was out with an injury since September, and that was supposed to heal by January. Wright is trying to hook up with Zero-One Max in Japan, where he wrestled before landing a job in WWE. Although, the promotion is booking less foreigners these days.
 
- WWE had high expectations for Sylvester Terkay because he was being groomed to feud with The Undertaker in a headline program on SmackDown. But after a few weeks, WWE didn't think his MMA style in the ring was getting over and they wanted him do a pro wrestling oriented style. He was lost with the new style and was subsequently sent to ECW. Also, Gerald Brisco, who loves amateur wrestlers, wanted to make him into a Kurt Angle-style wrestler. He too gave up on him in the end and that led to Terkay being dropped. Terkay's pro wrestling career seems to be over because he is now looking to sign a multi-fight contract with one of the MMA organizations.

- There was talk of bringing The Bashams back to SmackDown once Danny's torn biceps injury healed, but that obviously never came to be. Apparently, the call-up of the more colorful, yet far less skilled Deuce & Domino act led to The Bashams being expendable. Out of the twenty talents that were released during WWE's purge two weeks ago, the Ring of Honor promotion seems to only be interested in using one individual. That person is Doug Basham. Also, you never know, maybe we'll see Doug Basham in TNA one day because he has a personal connection due to Gail Kim. They were dating long after Kim had been fired from WWE and was working in TNA. No word yet if they still are though. Gail was at the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony last year as Doug's date.

- Back in May, Todd Shane tore his pectoral muscle, which meant he was going to be out of action for a few months. His injury healed up by the fall season and WWE were planning to bring The Gymini back to SmackDown with Angel Williams as their manager. They worked a few tryout matches before SmackDown crowds back in November, but apparently, WWE officials didn't like what they saw because they probably would have otherwise been on television by December. Soon after, Angel was split from the group in DSW and of course, The Gymini were soon released. To show how little long-term planning was done in their departure, they were still the DSW tag team champions at the time of their termination. They were stripped of their titles the very next day and never mentioned in DSW ever again.

- The team of High Impact, which consisted of Mike Taylor and Tony Santarelli, with Mike's wife Tracy as their manager, were the top babyface tag team in DSW since the promotion's inception back in September 2005. This act was actually really close to being called up to the SmackDown roster back in July, but the problem was that WWE officials wanted a heel team to feud with Kendrick & London. Some felt they weren't ready because High Impact worked exclusively as babyfaces in DSW. Their spots on the roster ended up going to the team of Idol Stevens and K.C. James, with Michelle McCool as their manager. Idol and James got the nod over High Impact because they had more wrestling experience and were more natural at being heels. A few months later, High Impact were going to get some WWE tryout matches during the swing of house shows they do right after Christmas. However, Mike Taylor was injured and thus they obviously couldn't go on the road to show their stuff. They were released a few weeks later.

- Let go alongside the slew of other releases was developmental wrestler Ryan Reeves, who finished fourth in the 2004 Tough Enough competition. He bleached his hair blonde and added enough muscle mass to look like the type of wrestler the company usually loves. Down in OVW, he was doing a high-energy act that was copied after the Ultimate Warrior. However, he was knocked for not being able to understand the concepts presented to him. He was working with powerlifting champion Jon Bolen in a tag team called High Dosage. Also, Reeves failed a company drug test back in July and he was subsequently suspended for 30 days for it.

- In regards to the other developmental releases, Jack Bull wasn't too good of a worker and he didn't have much going for him other than size. He was doing a gimmick in OVW where he was always drunk. Seth Skyfire was basically released because he was too small (5-10 and 195 pounds) and he didn't have the look the company likes as he looks kind of 'indy'. Also, he was probably the best worker in OVW for a long time, but that didn't seem to change their tune on him all too much. Surprisingly, he was under a developmental contract to WWE when it was believed that he didn't have one. He was working in OVW for a long time without one.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/February/2007 at 17:36
WWE give some really stupid reasons to fire some guys. I hope that Doug Basham gets used in ROH sometime. He had a really good gimmick going on Heat a few years ago. But for some stupid reason someone decided to not use it on Raw in a solo career (and the point to breaking the Basham's up in the first place was.........). Ryan Reeves was always in with a chance of a call up. I guess with him being fired that anything can happen. Plus we don't know for sure what sort of attitude these people had backstage.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lt. Fatman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/February/2007 at 22:45
The only shocking release is that of Paul Heyman.
Ok, so technically he hasn't officially been released, but I found none of the above shocking.
Seems like typical WWE to me.
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