Re: Paul Heyman's World Alliance of Professional Wrestling!
New Head of WAPW?
Gerweck is reporting that Paul Heyman is set to step down as on-screen head of WAPW. After seven weeks Paul has apparently decided that it would be best if he focused all of his creative energies behind the scenes, aiding head booker John Richards. While this is not confirmed or even mentioned as of yet by Heyman, it is likely that he will announce it in under five weeks at the ‘Uprising’ pay-per-view.
Heyman may have already teased stepping down, mentioning ‘big changes’ several times over the past two weeks. Names are being tossed around currently as to who would take over, and currently the favourite seems to be Ric Flair. Flair’s soon Reid recently signed for WAPW and the Naitch’ has mentioned his desire to mentor his son on and off-screen. Another possible candidate is Eric Bischoff, who has just finished working alongside Hulk Hogan for ‘Celebrity Championship Wrestling’.
Lashley/WAPW – Big Names In Talks
Former WWE main-eventer and ECW champion Bobby Lashley is set for a surprise return to professional wresting. If what we are hearing is true, Bobby is in talks with WAPW management about a possible deal. After leaving WWE in 2007 he has been concentrating on his budding MMA career where he currently holds a record of 2-0 and after defeating Jason Guida less than 48 hours ago.
This story has shocked the majority of wrestling people, most of whom weren’t expecting Lashley to return to the sport. If he is to return it is thought that he will balance both careers, possibly working a shorter-term schedule for WAPW. Bobby is said to be keen on working his way up the ramps, though head of WAPW Paul Heyman and chief booker John Walters are believed to be seeking him on a full-time contract.
As well as Lashley WAPW are in talks with ‘at least three other big-names’. WA’ owner, South-African car vehicle giant Michael Morton, told a British newspaper that he was homing in on more big names from both WWE and TNA. In the interview Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and Ric Flair are brought up, with Morton stating that he would like talent the size of them. Of the three Ric Flair seems the most likely to join, following the signing of son Reid. Kurt Angle’s contract expires in a few months and WAPW could take-up the option of buying out his contract. The same applies to AJ, though he has a deal up until mid-2010. WAPW came under huge media scrutiny when they bought out over twenty WWE, TNA and ROH superstars contracts. TNA are seeking legal advice, while WWE are already in court seeking bigger compensation packages.
Update On WAPW International Ticket Sales
So far WAPW’s Crossing Borders tour is selling above expectations. Shows will be hosted in Japan, Mexico, India and the UK. So far, WAPW Hazard tickets in Japan have sold over 25,000. Their show will be hosted in the famous Tokyo Dome which has a capacity of over 50,000. WAPW officials are expecting another five thousand at least before April 8th when the show airs. Tickets have been on sale for 16 days now.
Mexico is also selling very strongly, with 12,300 being sold for the Arena Mexico show following Full Throttle on March 25th. That venue holds around 16,500 and is famous across the Mexican wrestling community for the number of shows to have been held there across the years.
India has so far sold the highest ratio of tickets – of the 10,000 capacity at the Municipal Stadium in Radjkot, it has sold just under 8,500. This will be the last stop before the Uprising PPV, with Hazard being held on April 15th.
England have sold their fair share of tickets for Hazard too – 9,000 have been sold with another 3,500 expected to go before showtime on April 1st.
The WAPW roster is said to be stoked about travelling across the globe after working only once per week for nearly two months. WAPW is seeing this as a real money-spinner and something which will expand there brand across the world.