Dudleys sign with TNA; WWE releases Hassan
It was a day of comings and goings, and neither announcement was a surprise.
TNA cheekily announced that the tag team "formerly known as The Dudley Boys" signed a multi-year contract with the company, and will make their debut on Impact! on SpikeTV.
The WWE has laid claim to the Dudley Boys monicker, however, though apparently Mark Lomonica and Devon Hughes can still be Bubba and Devon respectively.
"We see TNA as the future of wrestling," Devon was quoted as saying in a TNA press release. "They have a lot of amazing talent that are ready to step up and revolutionize this business. We thought we had done it all in tag team wrestling until we saw TNA Wrestling. Now, we begin a new chapter in our careers. The NWA World Tag Team Titles are one prize we haven't held yet, so we're both really excited about joining TNA."
In the other big fed, the WWE's Muhammad Hassan experiment is now officially over. The company announced on WWE.com that Mark Copani and WWE have parted ways.
According to the website story, Copani is going to pursue an acting career. There was no announcement on the fate of Hassan's on-air manager Khosrow Daivari.
Back in TNA, speculation is that the company has penned Ring of Honor veteran Roderick Strong to a contract.
More on the Dudley Boys
July 21, 2005: WWE removes Hassan from programming
July 16, 2005: Outrage over terrorist storyline
-- SLAM! Wrestling