Former TNA Star Announces Retirement, Shawn Stasiak Speaks

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— Former TNA wrestler Andy Douglas, 31, announced his retirement from the squared circle at last night’s Showtime All-Star Wrestling event in Nashville, Tennessee, thus ending an eleven-year career.

The announcement came after he lost a Steel Cage Match for the SAW International Championship to Chase Stevens, who he partnered with for seven years and became three-time NWA World Tag Team Champions with as The Naturals.

After a three year stint with TNA Wrestling, both Douglas and Stevens were released from their contracts in May 2007. In March 2008, they worked a handicap match against Big Show on an episode of Friday Night SmackDown, but WWE deals never materialized and they soon went their separate ways. They had been working in the southeast independent circuit since.

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— In an interview with The Miami Herald, former WWE star Shawn Stasiak says he is primed for another run at the big time.

“I don’t want to waste my time and any company’s time. I’m a humble guy and call a spade a spade. I have all the attributes to be a top guy in this business. Fans might think, `Look at Shawn Stasiak. He is mid-card at best,” Stasiak said. “That could change at the drop of a dime. It’s a matter of who they want to push. Who can draw revenue or merchandise sales? I never got the chance to really exploit my true skills. People never got to see the matches I had with Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho at house shows that were untelevised. I had my best matches with those guys. I think a lot of people remember me with the goofy cheesy gimmicks.”

To read the interview in its entirety, click here.

— In today’s birthdays, Bryan “Wrath” Clark turns 46 while Beulah McGillicutty turns 41.