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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - He's BAAAAACK...Chuck Palumbo Resigns w/ WWE
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#1 Posted on 14.3.06 1124.41
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So much for the possibility of the Billy & Chuck reunion in TNA...

Chuck Palumbo returns to WWE
By Ed Williams III
March 13, 2006


Chuck Palumbo is a true testament to the old adage that hard work pays off. Palumbo first came to WWE back in 2001, when Mr. McMahon bought WCW. Palumbo enjoyed a successful tag team career, winning the World Tag Team Championship on two occasions with partner Billy Gunn. Palumboís success began to fade, however, and he was released from his contract in 2004. But the former champion didnít let the news keep him down. Palumbo went overseas and began working in Japan to hone his skills in hopes that he would one day return to WWE. His hard work has paid off, and that day has come. Palumbo recently signed a new WWE contract, and WWE.com caught up with him to talk about his time in Japan, how he got his new contract, who he wants to get in the ring with and much more.

WWE.com: What was it like to find out you were coming back to WWE?
Chuck Palumbo: It feels really good, and Iím really excited about it. After a non-televised match with Matt Hardy, John Laurinaitis told me they wanted to sign me back. I was at RAW and had a non-televised match against Rob Van Dam and then I had a match with Hardy before SmackDown. I received a call about a week prior to the matches. I was leaving Japan and on my way to Mexico City. They asked me to come in when I was done in Mexico so they could watch me in a couple matches, so I flew to RAW from Mexico City.

WWE.com: Have you ever worked with Hardy or RVD in the past?
Chuck Palumbo: I worked with Hardy on many occasions. I worked with him when I first came in from WCW and then also a few times after that when he was still with his brother Jeff as the Hardy Boyz. I donít think I ever worked with RVD before, but we had a good match together.

WWE.com: Before hearing any feedback from anyone, how did you personally feel the matches went?
Chuck Palumbo: I felt good about them. We had a great crowd response. I thought they were strong, aggressive matches.

WWE.com: Were there any hard feelings when you were released?
Chuck Palumbo: I actually left on good terms. At that time, I donít think I was where the company wanted me in terms of aggressiveness. I think I needed to be more aggressive on a nightly basis. So, I think it was an opportune time for me to go to Japan. I immediately went there, and thereís no better way to step up your aggressiveness than to go to Japan. Anyone whoís worked in Japan knows that the style is different. Itís what they call strong style, and you have no choice but to be aggressive, otherwise youíll be taken advantage of and eaten up. I worked with Great Muta right away and guys who were on top over there and got good feedback. That was the companyís recommendation from the get-go, too, so there were no hard feelings. The door was open for me to come back in the future if I improved.


WWE.com: How did you start working in Mexico as well?
Chuck Palumbo: The CMLL promoters were in Japan and saw me wrestle. They asked me if I was interested in wrestling for them when I had time off from Japan, so I took that opportunity as well.

WWE.com: What are your goals now that youíre back?
Chuck Palumbo: I just want to work towards a championship. I think Iím ready to hang with anyone.

WWE.com: Is there anyone in particular youíd like to get in the ring with?
Chuck Palumbo: Three guys Iíd really like to get in the ring with are Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Those are the guys. They know the business inside and outside the ring. The opportunity to work with those guys brings you up another level. Thereís no one better than those three.

WWE.com: Youíve been primarily a tag team competitor in the past. Does it matter to you if youíre in singles or tag team competition?
Chuck Palumbo: I definitely want to be in singles competition. I had fun in the tag team division, but Iím ready to be a singles competitor and be on my own.

WWE.com: What can the fans expect to see from Chuck Palumbo now that heís back in WWE?
Chuck Palumbo: Theyíre going to see a whole new person. Theyíre going to see a lot of aggressiveness. I have a no-nonsense wrestling style, getting right to the point. Itís not about being pretty. Iím going to have a rough, rugged style Ė just get down to business.

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I hope things turn out better for him this time around, I just wonder what kind of gimmick they're gonna stick him with??
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#2 Posted on 14.3.06 1217.00
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you could have simply posted a link
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#3 Posted on 14.3.06 1227.27
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    Originally posted by Mr Tuesday
    you could have simply posted a link
So could YOU, but you didn't. I guess I will:
http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/palumboreturns

Better to do both, in my opinion - people have the link if they want it, and then two weeks later after WWE.com pulls the story you still have the copy here.
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#4 Posted on 14.3.06 1301.59
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Very interesting. I interviewed Chucky either two or three months ago and he was extremely anti-WWE and glad he didn't have "that stress" of working there. Hmmm. I guess it never hurts to have a few more dollars.
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#5 Posted on 14.3.06 1310.38
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    Originally posted by chill
    Very interesting. I interviewed Chucky either two or three months ago and he was extremely anti-WWE and glad he didn't have "that stress" of working there. Hmmm. I guess it never hurts to have a few more dollars.
You got a link to that interview handy?
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#6 Posted on 14.3.06 1325.21
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Why does WWE release guys only to resign them a short term later? Is it so they cut them to save money and then hire them back at a lower pay?
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#7 Posted on 14.3.06 1358.39
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I hate to do this, but it always drove me nuts...from dictionary.com:

re∑sign
v. re∑signed, re∑sign∑ing, re∑signs
v. tr.
1. To submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable: I resigned myself to a long wait in line.
2. To give up (a position, for example), especially by formal notification.
3. To relinquish (a privilege, right, or claim). See Synonyms at relinquish.


And there's no such word as re-signed, although that one looks more appropriate for a situation such as this. Edit - Thanks, Tribal. I looked for it and didn't see it on there...long day at work or something? Who knows.

I never thought Palumbo was all that bad. I don't know if he's all that marketable, though, and don't see exactly why he was brought back over others that have been released.

(edited by Deputy Marshall on 14.3.06 1530)
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#8 Posted on 14.3.06 1420.56
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    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    And there's no such word as re-signed


From the same page:
re-sign
tr.v. re-∑signed, re-∑sign∑ing, re-∑signs
To sign again: re-signed the lease.

Anyways, I *guess* this is good news? I'm not really sure if it is. When he left he was on Heat once in a while at best, and with them full up on RAW and Smackdown, I have to wonder why they even took him back.

Didn't Jamie Knoble get a headline like this a while back, only to end up showing up on tv once every month or so for fans to remember that he still exists? As much as I'd like for the guy to get a chance and make something of this oppurtunity, I can't see him even getting much of a chance. He's exactly the type of guy who should try to get into and try to be a big fish in a small pond like Christian and Rhyno (and that other midcarder... what was his name... started with J-E-ha-ha-Double F...).


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#9 Posted on 14.3.06 1428.46
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    Originally posted by y4j1981
    Why does WWE release guys only to resign them a short term later? Is it so they cut them to save money and then hire them back at a lower pay?


It might be money, but it's also for their benefits. In the case of Chuck Palumbo, he wasn't being used much on TV, and I figure they didn't have plans for him in the future. By releasing him, he got the option to go to Japan and wrestle at a higher profile than what he was doing in WWE. He said it himself, in Japan he got right into the mix with the Great Muta and other top-flight Japanese stars. He had the big match atmosphere he wouldn't have had in WWE fighting Sunday Night Heat matches and jobbing in 3 minute Raw squashes. That lets him evolve as a wrestler and improve his skills so that when he comes back in the future, he might have a better chance.

Basically, from WWE's point of view, why pay a guy if you're not going to use him? And from Palumbo's point of view (and Brian Kendrick, and A-Train, and others who were or are in the same boat), why not go elsewhere to improve your skills and build your resumť for a later return?
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#10 Posted on 14.3.06 1452.07
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Looks like he figured out who to suck up to when he was in Japan.

"Three guys Iíd really like to get in the ring with are Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels."
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#11 Posted on 14.3.06 1521.01
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Good grief!

They'll rehire Chuck Palumbo and Shannon Moore, yet Barry Horowitz is STILL unemployed!
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#12 Posted on 14.3.06 1526.36
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Wasn't this announced quite some time ago?
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#13 Posted on 15.3.06 0259.14
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    Originally posted by Tribal Prophet
      Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
      And there's no such word as re-signed


    From the same page:
    re-sign
    tr.v. re-∑signed, re-∑sign∑ing, re-∑signs
    To sign again: re-signed the lease.

    Anyways, I *guess* this is good news? I'm not really sure if it is. When he left he was on Heat once in a while at best, and with them full up on RAW and Smackdown, I have to wonder why they even took him back.
To be REALLY technical Palumbo didn't re-sign since he was released by WWF and brought back... it wasn't a renewal on their part.

It would be correct to say that "WWF re-signed Palumbo" or "Palumbo rehired by WWF."
    Originally posted by Tribal Prophet
    Didn't Jamie Knoble get a headline like this a while back, only to end up showing up on tv once every month or so for fans to remember that he still exists?
A great moment for me was last SD when Knoble, Kendrick, London, and Kash came out to throw Helms back in the ring. It was the first time I saw Noble since he was rehired.

AND it reminded me of Kash's "Too many damn foreigners!" comment designed to get him heel heat when he came in. So it was pretty damn amusing to see him come out among an all white posse. Would've been funnier if Helms wasn't also white, but you take what you can get.

New stable idea: The KKK (Kash, Knoble, and Kendrick)

It's like a license to print money!
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