Here's a list of all the veterans the WWE signed and rookies called up in 2002. Also, everyone that parted ways with the WWE this year as well. Damn what a lot of movement. Who knows what 2003 will bring us?
Veteran Additions (13) Hollywood Hulk Hogan Kevin Nash Scott Hall Scott Steiner Eric Bischoff Rey Mysterio Jr. Eddie Guerrero Goldust Curt Hennig Mean Gene Okerlund Ernest Miller Dawn Marie Terry Taylor (Road Agent)
Developmental Callups (20) Brock Lesnar Randy Orton Jamie Noble Chris Nowitzki Batista Rico John Cena Jamal Rosey Nidia Victoria Maven Shannon Moore Johnny Stamboli Sean O'Haire Shelton Benjamin Russ Hass Josh Matthews Linda Miles Jackie Gayda
Departures (15) Diamond Dallas Page Scott Hall X-Pac Debra Curt Hennig The Godfather Paul Bearer Sharmell Sullivan Mike Awesome Perry Saturn Jerry Lynn Sean Stasiak Haku Ron Simmons (Retiring) Big Boss Man (Probaly retired)
I think that's about everyone, but I think I'm missing someone. Anyways, here's who I predict will join the WWE and leave the WWE in 2003. Make your own predictions as well.
Joining WWE in 2003 Bill Goldberg Sting Bret Hart (Handful Of Appearances) Mike Rotunda (Said to be joining as a road agent)
Departing WWE in 2003 Hollywood Hulk Hogan Justin Credible Raven
Originally posted by fuelinjectedDeparting WWE in 2003 Scott Steiner Hulk Hogan Ernest Miller Eric Bischoff Shawn Michaels (Forced retirement due to disability) Crash Hardcore Holly & Billy Gunn (Retirement due to injury)
I pretty much agree with this list but i would have to also add: Al Wilson (please tell me they don't have long term plans for him) Jeff Hardy (and it might not necessarily be an injury or firing, i think he might just quit) Al Snow (i've heard rumors of him thinking of retirement) Bradshaw (atleast as far as wrestling, maybe they have a backstage job for him) Flair (i mean come on, he can't possibly hang around another entire year can he?)
Edit: ALso, did Malenko retire this year or was that 2001?
(edited by Quezzy on 9.1.03 0614) Lance's Response:
Hasn't Hogan already left? I seem to recall him saying on a radio show that WWE has no plans to bring him back after Lesnar killed him. (There was also a thread here arguing whether Hogan should be put over Lesnar if he did come back.)
I hope Crash doesn't leave -- he's always been one of my favorites, even jobbing left and right -- but otherwise, fuelinjected's list looks good. Don't forget 2003 will also probably see the debut of Spanky on WWE TV. Hope he gets a better start than Nunzio has.
Aserje ja de je de jebe tude jebere sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipi!
Originally posted by QuezzyFlair (i mean come on, he can't possibly hang around another entire year can he?)
I sure hope not. Yes, his tank is empty as a wrestler, but he's arguably the best talker in the WWE, and can garner heel or face heat practically at will. Plus, he'd be invaluable to help guys lay out matches, teach psychology, etc.
Matthew: You would've loved it, David. A week in a foreign country, strange people, strange customs... Dave: Oh, I know what you mean. I've been to Canada.
I believe we're forgetting an important callup. What about Damaja from OVW? He's already won himself a spot in the Rumble match and I have every reason to believe that if he has a good outing, he's got himself a ticket to the big show (not Paul Wight).
Does THIS look like the face of a man with Testicles?
The following post expresses the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He is biased, opinionated and bitter. You have been warned.
There is no way, and the crappy columnist means NO WAY that WWE is going to let RVD go. They have not yet reached levels of stupidity that low. Just because some guy's contract is up doesn't mean that he's gone. I mean, it's not like Vince signs people to lifetime contracts and then tries to...back out...oh, crap.
I hear that No Way Out's in Montreal, and I make Hart references everywhere.
The preceding post expressed the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He was biased, opinionated and bitter. You were warned.
God, I hate being the one to set off *this* thread, but I want to throw this out there anyway... Included in the most recent WWE Key Business Drivers report (shareholder.com) is an updated PPV buy chart. WWE is reporting about 250-260K buys for June.