Source: Pocono Record
Spring cleaning once again has come to WWE.
In the past two weeks, six performers have officially been released from their contracts. Some were not surprises, such as Mitch from last summer’s Spirit Squad, Vito (who you may last remember wrestling in a dress) and Rob Conway.
Others came as more of a surprise. Despite her help in getting Kevin Thorne over in ECW, Ariel was released from her contract last week. Sabu was also let go after several instances of being late and uncooperative. Scotty 2 Hotty was let go after over 10 years of service.
Finally, though there has been no formal announcement, reports from within WWE state former ECW and WWE Champion Rob Van Dam was sent home early to wait out the end of his contract in late June. Earlier, it had been thought that Van Dam would be buried all the way to WWE One Night Stand on June 3 (notice the name change this year — goes to show how much they really care about ECW up in Stamford, CT).
Are you looking for some good wrestling action this weekend? Well, the fine folks at Chikarapro will be returning to the Hellertown American Legion (just a short drive down Route 33) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Chikara is home to many of the big names in independent professional wrestling today, including “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, Larry Sweeney, Delirious and Eddie Kingston.
Hellertown will see the culmination of Quackenbush and Hero’s two-year rivalry in a singles match this weekend. Their feud started in February 2005 in Pittston. In the finals of the Tag World Grand Prix that year, Hero turned on Quack and joined up with Castagnoli and “Anarchist” Arik Cannon, who was last seen on MTV’s Wrestle Society X. For more information, check out , and to see some Chikara action, check out the Podcast-A-Go-Go.
In some more bizarre news, the Ultimate Warrior reportedly had a run-in with the Iron Sheik at a wrestling convention in Edison, NJ. Warrior had it in his agreement that he would not have any interaction with either Hulk Hogan or the Iron Sheik, but when a drunken Sheik made his way over to say hello to Warrior (who is pretty crazy in his own right), Warrios asked security to have Sheik escorted from the building.
Sheik (also known for legally bordering on lunacy) had some words in response for Warrior, and then slapped his handler and was removed by the cops. Video footage of the incident does exist, and can be seen on YouTube.