January 20, 2007
Tatanka, Bill DeMott and WWE prospects latest WWE cuts
By SLAM! Wrestling
Black Thursday has carried over, as Tatanka and Bill DeMott has been released by WWE.
The announcement was made on WWE.com in an update to yesterday's posting of 11 other releases.
Tatanka had recently been brought back to WWE for a second run with the company. Though he had not figured into the title scene on Smackdown, he was a near-constant on TV. Most notably, he was part of the battle royale on the WWE vs. ECW special prior to One Night Stand.
Tatanka first re-emerged on WWE TV as part of the Eugene Invitational, when the Raw superstar held an open challenge for any wrestler to last in the ring with him for an allotted time. The performance was strong enough to garner the Aboriginal wrestler enough attention from WWE brass to be re-signed. He would join the Friday night show originally as a babyface, but turned heel recently.
This was Tatanka's second run in The Fed, having spent a long tenure in WWE in the early to mid 1990s. During that initial run, Tatanka had a year-and-a-half long winning streak. His tenure ended in the mid-1990s.
DeMott was best known during his wrestling career as Hugh Morrus, an agile big man who made a name for himself in WCW. DeMott's time in Atlanta was promarily spent in factions, first with the Dungeon of Doom, then later as the leader of the Misfits in Action, where his name became General Rection. During this span, DeMott was re-named General Rection.
When WCW was bought by WWE, DeMott's contract was one of those that the Fed retained. He became a part of the InVasion, though only appeared spontaneously. After the angle ended, DeMott soldiered on on his own, later taking on his real name in the ring.
During the Tough Enough run, DeMott became a trainer and excelled in this role. He would also spend time as a colour commentator on Velocity before moving into a full-time role as head trainer in Deep South Wrestling.
WWE has not yet announced who the new head trainer will be for the territory.
Also announced as part of the roster cuts were several developmental wrestlers on Saturday, a rarity by the Fed. These wrestlers included Ryan Reeves, who was part of Tough Enough IV, along with other OVW trainees Jack Bull (Greg Groothius) and Seth Skyfire (Steve Adkins). Mike Taylor, Tracy Taylor, Tony Salantri, and Thomas Farra were also given their releases.
Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more information on the WWE roster as it happens.