Updates on Ashley Massaro, Snitsky, Big Daddy V, More

– Recently released ECW backstage announcer Lena Yada has a blog thanking WWE for her time in the company. Here is what she wrote:

Thank you to everybody for all your support and love throughout my time with WWE. Even all of you who were my non-fans, because that still meant you noticed me 😉

This has been such a wonderful experience and I would not trade it for the world. Thank you to everyone at WWE for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their company/family. For almost a year I traveled to cities across America and even London to entertain audiences that only WWE could bring in. I said it before and I’ll say it again: WWE has the best fans in the world!

Special thanks to all of the people that worked behind the scenes to make all of this happen: writers, agents, travel, PR, Vince (of course), wardrobe, camera crew. And a very special thanks to all the wrestlers and divas that I became close with. Because of all these people, going to work every week didn’t seem like work. This is the first job I can honestly say that I looked forward to going to every week.

Thank you WWE, and thank you fans for the time of my life!

Much Love, Lena Yada

– The Wall Street Journal has an article looking at indy wrestling in light of the “The Wrestler” movie debuting in the U.S. this month. The WSJ reporter went to a Jersey All-Pro Wrestling show and captured independent wrestling with the following paragraph: “Independent events provide a training ground for young wrestlers hoping to get someplace bigger and a home for older wrestlers on their way out to pasture.” Independent wrestler B-Boy commented on how addictive wrestling can be. “Wrestling is like an addictive drug – the adrenaline and everything that comes with wrestling inside and out,” he said. “It’s like smoking cigarettes. It’s like nicotine.” The issue of health insurance, or lack thereof, is also detailed in the article. “The wrestlers know better than to expect insurance – the best they get on this night is a registered nurse on staff,” according to the reporter. “Me along with a lot of wrestlers do not have health insurance,” B-Boy said, “so unless you’re in the media of TV like WWE, you don’t have health insurance unless you’re in a 9-to-5 job.”

– Regarding recently released WWE star Gene Snitsky’s future prospects in wrestling, they don’t look too good. Snitsky probably would have gotten regular in Japan in another era due to his tremendous size, or perhaps even in Mexico, but the foreign groups are employing few Americans these days, so his odds aren’t good. As Tyson Tomko can attest to, he returned to the states because he was having trouble finding regular work in Japan. For foreigners to get work in Mexico these days, they either have to be particularly talented or have some really good connections as the regulars don’t like them coming in and taking their jobs. Regarding TNA, there doesn’t appear to be much interest him there unless someone influential in the company such as Jeff Jarrett or Kurt Angle strongly pitches for him. Snitsky will probably just wind up on the U.S. indy circuit and doing appearances at various wrestling conventions.

– It was announced that former WWE Superstar Big Daddy V is coming to World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico on the first weekend of next year.

– Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro has a new blog talking about what she’s been up to lately. She talks about her dog (who was recently killed after running on to the road), the holiday season, music, and more. In a passing note, she said might work out at a wrestling ring this coming week, as she hasn’t been in one in quite a while. Massaro wrote: “So I think this week I might head down to the ring here and work out some, just for fun for now, havent been in one in a while and I feel like messin around.”