Various: Flash Morgan Webster on SubCutlure Not Signing TNA Deals, Alex Shelley on Future of Motor City Machine Guns Careers, Indies

Flash Morgan Webster on Reason for Subculture Not Signing with TNA

Subculture’s Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andres has been noticeably absent from TNA Wrestling since this past October.

A recent episode of the Wrestling With Johnners Podcast featured Webster as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Webster’s thoughts about the reason for Subculture’s current absence from TNA being due to them not being signed to actual contracts with the company.

“Uh, yeah, I do believe the last time, it was the U.K. tour (that myself & Mark Andrews wrestled for IMPACT/TNA) which was absolutely great, we had a lot of fun then. There might have been talks recently. There might have been. I can’t confirm or deny this. Nothing set in stone but, we are — or we maybe might be in talks (he laughed). I think that the door is open… When Dani (Luna) signed, it was just a matter of we had a conversation with them. We weren’t able to come to an agreement that worked for both myself and Mark. Dani is in a very different position to us, a lot younger than us. I know that me and Mark spent a lot of time — Mark longer than me — in WWE. We were signed. It was a lot of restrictions that came with that. We both kind of said to ourselves that if we were to sign somewhere else as well, we’d wanna make sure we were kind of signing for the right reasons and everything… all the T’s were crossed and the I’s were dotted and stuff like that and it makes sense for us now. TNA is an absolutely great place. That locker room is one of the best in the world to be in just because of the morale and everything else. Sometimes, you’ve got to look past the wrestling and look at where you are in your life and kind of make sure the opportunities and the stuff you’re taking is right for you, right for your family. So, I think you will see us in a TNA ring but I can’t tell you when. But, when we pop back up because I’m confident we will, I think it’s something that the fans will rejoice in.”

Webster also gave his thoughts about Subculture’s Dani Luna’s work and success in TNA and the indies.

“She is, she’s absolutely killing it (Morgan Webster said about Dani Luna’s success in TNA & the independents). I talk about Greedy Souls being top-ten tag teams in the world. She’s easily top-ten female wrestlers in the world. What I love as well is we talk about that summer of Subculture and you talk about us going to IMPACT and the rise and the tag team matches we had. While we were there, she kind of came along and was, I guess, for a lot of people a bit of an unknown entity and she was there ticking along, ticking along. Having great matches with Jody Threat, having great matches with Deonna (Purrazzo), with Jordynne Grace and slowly but surely, she seemed to turn everyone’s heads and they realized how good she was and why as well she’s a member of Subculture and why we consider her to be one of the best in the world and when that opportunity came up for them to grab her and lock her down to a deal, they did just that and believe the championship she just won with Jody Threat — big love for Jody Threat, we love Jody Threat here in Subculture — I believe that the championship she just won is just the beginning. I predict and I believe that she will be Knockouts World Champion by the end of next year I reckon, without a shadow of a doubt. I have no doubt in that.”

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Alex Shelley Comments on Future of Motor City Machine Guns Careers & Free Agency

As noted before, The Motor City Machine Guns’ Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin’s contracts with TNA Wrestling expired at the end of this past March.

A recent episode of the Developmentally Speaking podcast featured Shelley as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Shelley’s thoughts about if there was anything left to accomplish in his and Chris Sabin’s career and their current free agency.

“That’s a really loaded question. Sabin and I have had this conversation where we’ve talked about, we’ve done some pretty cool shit, simply put, and at this point, I think obviously accomplishing a lot of the same things I’ve done previously in a new company and swimming in new waters would be very exciting. The other thing that’s equally important to me is showing up and being enthused, like loving pro wrestling and understanding that this is very much a gift. The fact that I’m able to physically do this, and then the fact that I’m able to financially benefit from this is massive. This is my art. It doesn’t really matter what’s going on in my life. When I start to think about pro wrestling and I actually start to think about the wrestling aspect of it, everything else fades away.”

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Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Major League Wrestling recently announced that Villano II Jr. and Atlantis will be making an appearance for the company at their Azteca Lucha event on May 11th in Chicago, Illinois.

Pro Wrestling NOAH recently announced that they have pulled Akitoshi Saito from their Star Navigation 2024 event on April 11th in Tokyo, Japan due to him recently suffering a lower back contusion injury.

TNA Wrestling recently announced that Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling talent Miyu Yamashita will be making an appearance for the company at their Impact! television tapings on April 21st in Las Vegas, Nevada.

West Coast Pro Wrestling recently announced that their first co-promoted event with Deadlock Pro Wrestling and PRESTIGE Wrestling for their new working partnership will be called Untouchable and it will be taking place on July 20th in San Francisco, California.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that their sources stated that Netflix recently picked up STARZ canceled wrestling drama series Heels for a potential new season on their service.

Super J-Cast reported that HENARE is currently rumored to be leaving NJPW following a recent cryptic post on Twitter giving his farewell to Japan. Henare statedHaere Rā, Nihhon,” which translates to “Goodbye Japan” in Maori.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that El Desperado will be holding an event called the Despe Invitational on June 10th in Tokyo, Japan. It was also announced that the card for this event will be a mystery until wrestlers make their entrances.

NJPW also recently announced that they will be holding a special tournament at their September 7th event to celebrate Shingo Takagi’s 20th anniversary of his wrestling career in his hometown Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan.

NJPW also recently announced three new matches for the card of their Wrestling World 2024 event on April 14th in New Taipei, Taiwan:

  • Vacant NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Tournament Championship First Round match – Oleg Boltin, Toru Yano, & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. United Empire (Callum Newman, Francesco Akira, & Great-O-Khan)
  • Vacant NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round match – Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Yota Tsuji, & Shingo Takagi) vs. House of Torture (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, SHO, & EVIL)
  • Vacant NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Finals – TBA vs. TBA

Stardom recently announced the final matches for Giulia and Utami Hayashishita’s careers in the company at their April 12th event in Tokyo, Japan:

  • Giulia & Syuri vs. Hanan & Mayu Iwatani
  • Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani vs. Saya Iida & Maika