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- World Heavyweight Champion Kane tops WWE.com’s latest POWER 25 chart. He is trailed by Sheamus and Randy Orton, among others.

- Several wrestlers released by World Wrestling Entertainment on April 22, 2010 are now free to join TNA Wrestling (or any wrestling promotion for that matter) as their respective 90-day no-compete clauses have expired. Among those let go that fateful day were Mickie James, Shelton Benjamin, Katie Lea Burchill, Jimmy Wang Yang, Slam Master J, Kung Fu Naki and Mike Knox.

The contractual clause was put in place to prohibit wrestlers from immediately competing with nationally televised promotions following their release.

- It was announced during Friday’s episode of SmackDown that Layla would be defending her Women’s Championship against Tiffany on this week’s show.

  • Truthiness

    “let go that fateful day” It’s just wrestling, and that’s just bad writing.

  • Original ECW Fan

    TNA should sign Paul Burchill & Katie Lea without question! WWE f****d up letting them go, so its their loss

  • erik

    I think mickie james and katie lea would be great for knockout divison. A real divison with victoria tara (person with biker helmet) madison rayne, angelina love, taylor, sarita, daffney katie lea and mickie james would be a perfect for knockouts in tna. wouldn’t suprise me if wwe released melina and beth and they down road join tna. since wwe just fires there great talent. kepp worthless models.

  • knightcon

    During the 90 days they do receive pay and they can do signings and what not

  • governor of connecticut

    wow i wonder how TNA will mess this up, I prefer all to get a job at wal-mart than working for TNA at least they will be used right.

  • Raziel

    Trish, Lita and Molly retired. Can’t blame that on the WWE. But they did fire Gail Kim, Jazz, Mickie and force Victoria out. That injuries and hiring models that don’t really want to be wrestlers is why the Women’s division is so lackluster now.

  • lamar williams

    My mistake: HAVE THERE “WRESTLING INABILITY DIVAS TRAIN MORE”

  • lamar williams

    @ Matt, lol!!! couldn’t agree more
    @ Soulshroude u definitly on point with that statement

    It sad that the WWE has let this go on 4 so long if they get some decent storylines and have their “wrestling inability divas” treat more then all will be good. There’s nothing wrong with having a hot chick in ring looking sexy a$$ hell. But, she gotta be able 2 KICK A$$ IN THAT VERY SAME RING!!!! THAT’S ALL I AM SAYING

  • adam

    @Matt
    Yes, the no compete clause is 100% legal because it only prevents them working another nationally televised company. so they can still work for smaller indy promotions and oversees

  • Matt

    Is this 90 days no compete clause even legal? Isn’t it against wrestlers’s fondamental rights to work for a company and earn money to pay their bills? How are they suppose to live during thoses 3 months without pay? Working at mcdonald?

  • me

    i love me some mickie, but shes really busy with her music career, not sure if she will be wrestling anytime soon

  • scooter

    mickie, katie lea and shelton should end up in tna I think knox will since tazz was pushing for him

  • Soulshroude

    Who are you kidding? The womans division hasn’t looked good since the 80′s. The only wrestlers there are in that division are gone now. Mickie, Katie Lea, Victoria, Beth. The rest are barbie-doll amateurs.

  • lamar williams

    BETH AND MELINA RETURN GET WILL SOON AND MAKE A SPEEDY RECOVERY. WE FANS NEED YOU GIRLS ASAP ITS NOT LOOKING 2 GOOD 4 THE WOMENS DIVISION HOPEFULLY EVERYONE WHO C’S THIS WE AGREE WITH ME!!!!!

    THAT IS ALL!!!
    :-p

  • lamar williams

    As far as Tiffany winning the Women’s Championship FAT CHANCE!!!! The girl is good, but she can be much better. No doubt, she is Championship Material, BUT its entirely 2 soon 4 her 2 win the title. WWE needs 2 let her learn more maneuvers and moves because that cutesy posey monkey filp thing is straight up TIRED!!!!!! POINT,BLANK,PERIOD!!!!!!
    Lay-Cool will eventually split, Michelle going 2 get tired of Layla or Layla is going 2 f-up in a match and lose the title then Michelle is going 2 get psycho on her blame her 4 losing “HER CHAMPIONSHIP” when Layla won it fair n squared circle. But if Tiffany wins it good for her. Gail Kim won it on her 1st nite on RAW. May b Tiffany can do it!!!

  • lamar williams

    As far as Mickie James, Shelton Benjamin, Katie Lea(most definitly),and even Mike Knox SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RELEASED ANYWAY!!!!!!!! I feel as though they should all join TNA to make things interesting.I could see a Mike Knox and Abyss storyline waiting 2 happen 2 see who’s the top monster. If Dixie Carter was smart she’d hire at least 3 out of the 4 (considering Mickie is promoting her new album). But I think Mickie will return 2 WWE soon or later.

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