Top Rope Promotions issued the following statement in response to Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman’s claims that the promotion did not pay them for their appearances at the event:
“Upon consultation with legal counsel, I’d like to be able to respond to what was said by the two.
There was no “scam,” and such an allegation, in a legal sense, is defamatory. Mr. Nash was paid $4,000 for his appearance, by check, mailed to him on Monday, April 8, funds cleared by the bank on Friday, April 12. Mr. Waltman was paid $1,200, in cash, the night of the show.
Both had travel and accommodations paid for by the promotion as well, as is standard. There was no agreement in place with talent to disburse any of those revenues to talent. For Mr. Nash and Mr. Waltman to suggest otherwise is untrue, and we feel is clearly intended to do harm to the reputation of Top Rope Pro Wrestling, not only in the sense of the allegations regarding pay and the “scam” comment, but also in the adjectives used by Mr. Nash calling one of our staffers a “scumbag” and “hick,” and as such constitutes actionable defamation on the part of Mr. Nash and Mr. Waltman.
Similar arrangements regarding the VIP Meet and Greet were in place with Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson and Mick Foley. Jake “The Snake” Roberts also did a VIP Meet and Greet, and we agreed with him ahead of time to give him half of the proceeds of that meet and greet to go toward his medical bills. Jake was paid $1,000 from the VIP ticket sales per our agreement.
It is telling that Mr. Waltman has taken down eight of the nine tweets related to the show, including the most inflammatory ones, about not getting paid and about “scams.” Perhaps he was given legal advice as to what constitutes slander and defamation and came to the realization that he had crossed the line and exposed himself to legal action.
We are considering all options to correct for the slanderous and defamatory statements made by Mr. Nash and Mr. Waltman and the damage to our reputation that has been done with these materially false messages being sent out to their hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and the additional coverage that has been given to their messages on various wrestling news websites.
We will also be in contact with the state commission that regulates pro wrestling in Virginia regarding the wrestling licenses of Mr. Nash and Mr. Waltman. It is our hope that we can prevent other promoters in Virginia, at the least, from being exposed to this kind of malicious treatment from these two performers in the future.”
Kevin Nash tweeted the following about an independent wrestling promoter in Virginia:
“Head’s up to anyone that doesn’t want to work with a scumbag promoter. Pass on Marvin Ward and Top Rope Productions out of Virginia. Dirtbag. This scumbag has several names Marvin, Doug keep an eye out.It is @TheRealXPac and my mission that this hick never runs another show. Will be going to the Virginia wresting commission on Monday to file against both him and the promotion.”
Nikki Heyman and her crew have a lot to talk about as we continue on the road to Wrestlemania at MetLife Stadium. Some of the topics covered in this week’s episode include a program brewing with Fandango and Chris Jericho, an interview Kane recently gave to a Virginia based website, and the hype behind the current top 3 matches set for Wrestlemania with Punk/Undertaker, HHH/Lesnar, and Rock/Cena II. Expect some TNA news to be thrown in at some point also.
Nikki will also give her thoughts on Rock appearing on the Tonight Show where he didn’t make one mention of WWE at all. That’s a portion that you can’t miss on this week’s NAWC!
Record date: Friday, March 22
Panelists: Shane Beaman, Jason Block, Carl Chenier (also this week’s producer), Jim Williams
Stream or download the show NOW at: http://www.clw83.com/2013/03/23/north-american-wrestling-connection-presented-by-wrestlechat-net-266/
There was an apparent knee or leg injury to Mark Henry at last night’s WWE live event in Norfolk, Virginia. Henry was wrestling Kane and lost when he used a steel chair to get disqualified.
During the match, the referee gave the “X” signal to the back and pointed to Henry’s knee a few times. They quickly went to the DQ steel chair finish and that was it.
Henry limped back after the match.
Randy Orton appears to have suffered an at Sunday’s Tribute to the Troops taping in Norfolk, Virginia.
The injury took place while Orton was working Dolph Ziggler. The injury is believed to be Orton’s right hand or wrist. The referee gave the X signal and a trainer came to ringside to check him out during the match.
John Cena spoke to Virginia’s HamptonRoads.com this week to promote WWE’s upcoming Tribute to the Troops special. Here are some highlights.
Pro Wrestling & Patriotism Going Together:
“You know what, I don’t know. At the root of the good-vs.-evil story is what America is all about.”
Meeting Members of the Military:
“It’s kind of backwards. Every one of them wants to thank us, but we’re there to thank them. It’s a mutual respect.”
What It’s Like Performing for the Troops:
“The energy is crazy. They like to get excited. We encourage them to take a night off and come to the event and be exactly the fans that they want to be.”
Almost Joining The Marines Before Getting Into Wrestling:
“I was literally about to join the Marine Corps (Officer Candidate School) when a buddy asked me if I wanted to be a wrestler. I thought I would literally last two weeks in there and the Marines would always be there.”
Top WWE NXT Diva Paige also worked last night’s live event in Columbia. She teamed with Layla to defeat the team of Aksana and Natalya.
NXT star Corey Graves worked another RAW live event last night from Roanoke, Virginia. He lost to Zack Ryder again.
TMZ reports that former WWE Tough Enough winner Maven Huffman recently had his trophy from the show auctioned off on eBay. A wrestling fan won the trophy for $600 after it was put up for auction when it was found in Maven’s unpaid storage unit in Virginia.
Maven told TMZ that he’s bummed about the situation but hopes the new owner “cherishes [it] as much as I did.”
Chavo Guerrero says he will not be appearing at In The Biz Pro Wrestling’s show this coming Saturday at the Shenandoah Harley-Davidson festival in Shenandoah, Virginia. Guerrero was scheduled to face TNA star Zema Ion. Chavo wrote:
“I will NOT be wrestling this Sat June 16 in Virginia for In The Pro Wrestling, due to the promotor being very inexperienced & not knowing… How to run a show & take care of his wrestlers. Sorry to anyone who has purchased tickets. I’m hope he will offer refunds”
To sell his injuries from WWE Over the Limit, John Laurinaitis has been walking on crutches in public this week. Laurinaitis was seen on crutches and selling his injuries at an airport in Virginia yesterday.
WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. JTG & Michael McGillicutty and Heath Slater vs. Zack Ryder were taped for the Raw portion of this week’s WWE Superstars tonight from The Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.
WWE’s Blu-Ray and DVD set of “WrestleMania XXVIII,” is released today.