source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
— The AAA promotion out of Mexico fired former TNA wrestler Rellik (Jon Hugger, a.k.a. Johnny Stamboli) on New Year’s Eve. His character failed to get over with the Mexican audience. “He didn’t make the cut” was the official term given regarding his release from the company from head AAA official Dorian Roldan. Hugger’s constant demands also factored into his release from the company. Teddy Hart makes constant demands too, but they put up with him because he’s considered to be more talented whereas Rellik didn’t get that pass. Hugger had been pushing for AAA to pay for an apartment in Mexico City so he could move out of living in a hotel. AAA doesn’t book apartments for wrestlers unless they are convinced they are going to last in the promotion. Hugger also asked for a raise and told Roldan that CMLL and Marco Corleone (Mark Jindrak) are making offers for him to jump as leverage. Hugger no-showed a show in Tijuana a few days earlier, as him asking for a raise was the final straw.
— Former WWE Superstar “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, 48, recently took up a job at Southwest Airlines.
— Three former WWE stars in Jon Heidenreich, Sylvester Terkay, Matt Wiese (Luther Reigns) went to Beijing, China on 12/28 to be cast as fighters in an upcoming martial arts movie. Former UPW Heavyweight Champion Tom Howard and boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch were also cast in the movie.
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