Colt Cabana Not A Fan Of WWE Name
Colt Cabana has wrestled for pretty much promotion across the world, and changed what it means to be an independent wrestler. He’s won all sorts of titles including the British Heavyweight Championship, ICW’s tag team titles, Juggalo Championship Wrestling’s Heavyweight belt, Ring of Honor’s tag belts [- oof, less said about that one, eh? – and even the NWA World’s title. He wrested for ROH, NOAH, Impact, Rev Pro, Wrestling Society X, PWG and many, many others. But it’s easy to forget that Cabana also had a small stint in WWE.
Cabana spent more of his tenure in their old developmental system OVW, but appeared a few times on Smackdown, losing all of his matches. Smackdown’s treatment of developmental call-ups isn’t a new trend, I see. However what’s most notable about Cabana’s WWE run was that he didn’t use that name – as this was during a time when WWE creative thought Michael McGillicutty, Skip Sheffield, Lucky Cannon, Husky Harris, Derrick Bateman and Eli Cottonwood were good wrestler names. As such, Cabana debuted on Smackdown as Scotty Goldman! Because he’s Jewish, you see.
And Cabana has now taken a shot at this rather silly name on the 10 year anniversary of his Smackdown debut tweeting, “Apparently Jewy “The Jew” Jewerstein was trademarked.”
Fans Turn On CM Punk
Cabana made headlines last Friday when it was revealed that he was suing his former best friend CM Punk for over $1 million in damages following their lawsuit against Dr. Chris Amann that spawned from a tell-all interview on The Art of Wrestling. We did a full news story which details the time-line, but if you missed it here’s the briefest rundown. Punk left WWE, did the podcast, said some stuff about Amann, podcast was a hit, Amann was upset, asked for it to be taken down, Punk told Cabana not to and allegedly signed a contract to cover his legal fees, Amann sued, Punk asked for Colt to pay half, Cabana said Punk had signed a contract, Punk and Cabana win the trial and Cabana sues Punk for breach of contract and fraud. I think that just about covers it?
CM Punk has been one of the most interesting names in wrestling over the last few years. Upon leaving WWE he was heralded a hero; the man who stuck it to Vince McMahon and WWE’s booking. But he’s always been polarising. Just the mention of his name on a message board or a YouTube comment sparks conversation with lots of differing points of views. But if there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that the name CM Punk has been used by live WWE crowds as a way to show their displeasure at what they’re seeing in the ring. While this happened all over the United States and the rest of the world, it was at its peak in Chicago – CM Punk’s hometown. So popular was Punk among Chicago wrestling fans that just the announcement of him appearing at Starrcast in a few weeks became one of the biggest wrestling news items of the year , with many speculating his return to the wrestling ring will be announced for All In II next year. But as Bob Dylan once eloquently croaked, “the times they are a’changin’”.
UK-based promotion Progress is currently making its way across the United States, and did a show in Chicago over the weekend. The reports are that the crowd were hot all night, but there was a moment reported by one Reddit user with promoter Jim Smallman and the mention of a certain Chicago-based wrestler. “Jim mentioned Chicago as the home of CM Punk. The WHOLE crowd booed and started a ‘Colt Cabana’ chant.” Well, this will certainly makes his Starrcast appearance in Chicago interesting. Just wait until Cabana releases his Colt of Personality t-shirt.
Austin Aries Shoots On WWE
Someone who has also made waves since leaving WWE is Austin Aries. A Double left the company last year following creative differences, and since earned him the moniker of the Belt Collector, winning titles in Impact and more. Aries’ run in WWE wasn’t filled with lots of memorable moments because it was so short and he was kept on the injury shelf for a while, but WWE Network’s Twitter certainly remembers, recently posting a moment he had at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, where after defeating No Way Jose he was laid out by the returning Hideo Itami. Although he wasn’t tagged in the video, Aries re-posted the tweet adding, “Ahh yes, my reward after giving @WWENoWayJose the best feud and match of his @WWE career. My first meaningful win in @WWENXT and any equity I’d earned is immediately discredited. And what’s either guy done since? Great success?!” I dunno. No Way Jose had that sort-of feud with Mojo Rawley.
This didn’t go unnoticed by Jose, who replied to Aries with a sad face emoji and an image of him disappearing finger click style. Aries wasn’t done yet though, re-posting Jose’s tweet adding, “Well, this reply instantly got you more over with some wrestling fans than anything you’ve done in @WWE recently. I don’t even work there and I’m still getting you over! That’s how good I am at what I do! Anytime you’re free, love to dance again…” With not one, but two dancing guy emojis!