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#1 Posted on 3.11.04 1804.17
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There's a new article up on WWE.com saying that they've released Gail Kim, Chuck Palumbo, and Nidia.

I can't say that I'm surprised by the last two. Nidia really doesn't bring much to the table. She's not good enough to get by on ability and not hot enough to get by on looks, so she's definitely expendable. Palumbo is kinda unfortunate. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for guys who will take the questionable angles that other guys might turn down, such as the Billy & Chuck wedding. It was clear, though, that they'd given up on Palumbo when they broke up his FBI team with Stamboli to turn him into a Heat jobber.

Gail Kim was a surprise. Was she not on Raw just two days ago? She's serviceable for a womens wrestler, and since they just wasted 250gr on a woman without a day of wrestling training...oh, I guess I just answered my own question.

And somehow, Rosey continues to escape the chopping block...
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#2 Posted on 3.11.04 1808.16
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Wow, not five seconds ago, I ranted about the releases in the thread dedicated to the other three guys and then I read this! These three are really surprising, especially Kim. I won't rant again because I just did that, but WWE has a really thin roster right now, and all this means is that we'll be seeing a lot more Snitzkys and Heidenreichs in the coming months. Friggin morons.
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#3 Posted on 3.11.04 1808.16
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Wow, not five seconds ago, I ranted about the releases in the thread dedicated to the other three guys and then I read this! These three are really surprising, especially Kim. I won't rant again because I just did that, but WWE has a really thin roster right now, and all this means is that we'll be seeing a lot more Snitzkys and Heidenreichs in the coming months. Friggin morons.
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#4 Posted on 3.11.04 1808.16
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Wow, not five seconds ago, I ranted about the releases in the thread dedicated to the other three guys and then I read this! These three are really surprising, especially Kim. I won't rant again because I just did that, but WWE has a really thin roster right now, and all this means is that we'll be seeing a lot more Snitzkys and Heidenreichs in the coming months. Friggin morons.
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#5 Posted on 3.11.04 1811.28
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I don't really get releasing Gail Kim. I doubt she was making much money and she was decent enough in the ring. Its not like they have an overwhelming amount of women wrestlers who can do a decent match.

Palumbo and Nidia are total non-factors to me. Same as Test and A-Train. I didn't really mind having them around but I doubt anybody will really notice that they're gone.

I wonder if they're coming short of projections for the next quarter? This is quite a lot of releases in a short period of time.
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#6 Posted on 3.11.04 1813.32
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Really really really bizarre cuts as I can't imagine that any of them were making a significant amount of money and all three had been regulars on some form of TV over the past few months. Can't say I'm suprised by Palumbo's cut, but it's very unfortunate since the talent was there for him to be a solid midcard big man. Nidia was a passable wrestler and an underrated manager. Kim's release is the shocker, since she had been steadily improving after her terrible start and she was part of one of the main women's angles on Raw.

I get the feeling that there's more to this than just budget cuts.
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#7 Posted on 3.11.04 1832.09
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I'm with Vito, why the hell have Gail Kim do a run-in on RAW, then release her less than 48 hours later? ...

Palumbo was a good solid tag team wrestler. I wish they'd have left him to team with Stamboli and have Nunzio as their mouthpiece while competing in the cruiserweight division.

Anyone else see a stable of ex-WWE wrestlers forming in some other promotion?

Garrison Cade can't be far behind.
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#8 Posted on 3.11.04 1843.36
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I wonder how many HeAT and Velocity guys are looking over their shoulders right now? And any guys that are out and hurt and probably running to the gym to get back in shape to return so they don't get canned.

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#9 Posted on 3.11.04 1847.34
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    Originally posted by Mayhem
    Anyone else see a stable of ex-WWE wrestlers forming in some other promotion?


Possible, but somehow I don't see TNA laying down the big bucks for a Billy & Chuck reunion. Test is injured, although I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see him pop up and be a player in TNA. I always thought they could do something real good with him if his pushes were ever sustained for longer than a month.
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#10 Posted on 3.11.04 1852.21
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Talk about trimming the fat around the turkey time of the year. Good grief Charlie Brown they are really doing a shake up.
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#11 Posted on 3.11.04 1900.31
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So that makes

-Gail Kim
-Chuck Palumbo
-Nidia
-A-Train
-Billy Gunn
-Test
-Jamie Noble

Seems Smackdown lost the most of that list. Don't understand Kim getting cut since she was just used on RAW.
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#12 Posted on 3.11.04 1935.58
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I can see cutting Palumbo and Nidia, but Gail is a bit of a surprise. Her matches were at least a little more interesting than the other ladies when she put those cool submission moves in there.

They didn't have a lot of women wrestlers in the first place, and they cut two more....I wonder what that means for the future of the division.
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#13 Posted on 3.11.04 1941.51
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Well they DID bring back Lita as an active wrestler, so I guess an argument could be made that they only lost one member of the entire division.

...what am I saying. The women's division is screwed.
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#14 Posted on 3.11.04 2000.11
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    Originally posted by y4j1981
    So that makes

    -Gail Kim
    -Chuck Palumbo
    -Nidia
    -A-Train
    -Billy Gunn
    -Test
    -Jamie Noble

    Seems Smackdown lost the most of that list. Don't understand Kim getting cut since she was just used on RAW.

Um, only 2 of those guys are SD (Gunn & Knoble).

They cut Chuck? Yet Tyson Tomko remains gainfully employed.

Grrr....
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#15 Posted on 3.11.04 2000.53
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Jeeze, I hope they don't take Gail Kim's theme song off the new WWE CD now. I've been looking forwards to getting my hands on that theme for a long time.

Why yes, I collect WWE themes. Don't look at me like that. =\
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#16 Posted on 3.11.04 2114.47
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    Originally posted by BigVitoMark
      Originally posted by Mayhem
      Anyone else see a stable of ex-WWE wrestlers forming in some other promotion?


    Possible, but somehow I don't see TNA laying down the big bucks for a Billy & Chuck reunion. Test is injured, although I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see him pop up and be a player in TNA. I always thought they could do something real good with him if his pushes were ever sustained for longer than a month.


They'd have to reunite Billy & BG "Road Dogg" James ... speaking of which, does Sopp (I think that's his real name) own the rights to the "Billy Gunn" name?
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#17 Posted on 3.11.04 2116.42
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Shame. I liked Gail's "mistress of weird submission holds" gimmick -- it gave her a more distinct ring style. But it looks like the women's division is going to be all Trish, Lita, and Stacy all the time for at least the foreseeable future.
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#18 Posted on 3.11.04 2120.32
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I'd also say Shannon Moore, Scotty 2 Hotty, Steven Richards & Val Venis are getting a bit ancy right now ...
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#19 Posted on 3.11.04 2136.38
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    Originally posted by Shem the Penman
    Shame. I liked Gail's "mistress of weird submission holds" gimmick -- it gave her a more distinct ring style. But it looks like the women's division is going to be all Trish, Lita, and Stacy all the time for at least the foreseeable future.


Gail had taken over as the queen of mean, taking down Victoria with a series of holds and overall viciousness. She had a great look, a small build and the willingness to work the mat and the crowd. This really surprises me. A totally puzzling move.
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#20 Posted on 3.11.04 2301.14
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I think if anything, these are a couple of guys that TNA could bring in for a while at least to give it a bit more name recognition. Very surprising to say the least. I wonder if they pulled some shit that was a WWE no no.
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