Wow. Kinda surprised here, as they've held on to Big Bad John for a long time, shifting him around to different gimmicks and such. He spent a long time in OVW as well (back when he was Big Bad John here ... and was never that great here either, come to think of it).
I figured he was a lock as one of those WWE guys who would always manage to slip past the radar when it came to being released.
Originally posted by Packman V2I'm just impressed they gave up on him this soon...look how long they've stuck with Mark Henry..
The E has been in a 10 year contract with Henry since 1996, if that helps explain that one.
I've heard of the 10 year contract, but if it ain't working, there are other avenues to look at, just paying them to sit at home, buyouts etc. Regardless, Heidenreich is gone, and that isn't a bad thing. Now as much as I love the Road Warriors, I believe Animal needs to go as well. Enjoy your place in history, and let everyone rejoice in the great memories from the DVD, not your teaming with 'Reich.
Originally posted by MayhemSo where does this leave Animal?
I guess he goes back into semi-retirement on whatever WWE Legends contract he's got.
This is rather sloppy; if they're going to fire Heidenreich they should either have done a storyline that broke up the LOD or a storyline that also puts Animal on the shelf. The way they fired Faarooq wasn't much better, but at least it facilitated Bradshaw's transition to a heel singles run by having him not care about the on-screen version of his partner's termination.
PWI actually has a good story about this, though you rstill need to be bring you ad blocker.
The gist of it was Heidenreich got burned out on travel - if the normal WWE schedule was tough, I can't imagine how bad it would be for a person who lost their home in Katrina, as Heidenreich did - and just refused to travel to shows anymore. It sounds like they had no choice but to let him go.
According to PWI, the current plans are to push Animal as a single, and he's also listed as teaming with Matt Hardy on upcoming cards in Japan. (On last week's Velocity, he helped the Mexicools beat the Dicks, and then turned on the Dicks, and I don't know how that would play into this, if it even would.)
In the real world, WWE believes that no matter what our race, religious creed or ethnic background in America, we all share the common bond of being Americans. American-Arabs are a part of the fabric of America, and they should be embraced by all of us.
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffAnd pushing him as a single? Yikes. Must be nice to be the brother of the head of talent.
Remember, he was brought in as a hired thug in the last days of WCW. His return was the planned climax to the match wherein Sid so infamously broke his leg. After this, Animal had some terrific squashes against cruiserwight teams.
I don't have any great memories of Heidenreich, and we didn't give him a big welcome when he hurt Stevie in an early TV match. But his burnout might be a temporary problem, and the WWE could bring him back just as they are other former SD guys.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by The GoonI'm still sad we never really found out who "Little Johnny" was.
I don't know about "Little" but I've got your "Johnny" right here if you know what I mean.
Seriously...This was a log time coming. It's nice to see WWE "trimming" the fat if you will on stiff untalented guys. So now when this hopefully final Mark Henry run is over they get to finally say "nice to see ya go you fat piece of crap. Worlds Strongest Man my left eye. Regardless of maybe nto being a fault, you have to think management isn;t too happy about losing Batista. Henry almost dropped him on SD! 2 weeks ago lifting him, and I also before last weekend he also fucked up a few moves at house show.
Originally posted by ekedolphinI would have been more appreciative if they'd released him before making him one-half of the tag-team champions for what seemed like 47 years, but, hey, whatever.
Amen ekedolphin. This really doesn't surprise. These talent vacuums. These workrate criminals, these behemoths and slugs? Guys like Heidenreich, Nathan Jones, Matt Morgan, etc. they don't last. They don't have longevity. Chris Masters is going to join them sooner or later.
The biggest problem with Heidenreich is that they always wanted to push him as a big scary monster, but I hear that backstage he was pretty much the greatest guy in the entire world, and he always came off like that in the ring. Whether he was painting his face like a skull or anally raping Michael Cole, you could just sense that he was acting and wanted to split a large platter of boneless buffalo wings with him. If you ever met him, he'd probably make up a cutesy nickname for you, slap you on the back and ask you "How's it hangin'?" The guy was clearly a big goofy lug. Unfortunately, "big goofy lug" pushes never work, so it had to be scary monster.
Well, you can't say Vince doesn't put WWE first. He's not the first person I would think of as setting a good example for corporate executives, but I guess WWE's origin as the McMahon family business creates a unique love for the company.