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WWE, TNA announce cuts
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


The chopping block in both the northeastern and southeastern US has been active over the last couple days, as TNA confirmed the release of Petey Williams and WWE announced that Scotty Goldman is no longer with the company.

The TNA release of Williams was reported widely to have happened last week, but was made official after Thursday's broadcast of Impact. As TNA stated on their website, "on Thursday's "iMPACT!", the team of Eric Young and Petey Williams lost to TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money, Inc. in the ongoing 'Off The Wagon' challenge. Williams was pinned in the bout, and as a result of the match stipulations, he is no longer a member of the TNA Wrestling roster."

Williams came to TNA in 2004 as part of Team Canada, a faction led by Scott D'Amore that emanated from the X Cup. Members of the faction included Robert Roode, A1, Tyson Dux, Eric Young and others for various stints. Williams would gain the X-Division championship during this time for the first of two reigns and would often be featured in matches against other top rank wrestlers in the high-risk division.

Following the breakup of Team Canada, Williams would continue to be a highlight of the X-Division. He would later align himself with Scott Steiner, who mentored the Canuck to become "Little Petey Pump". Williams would gain his second X-Division Title during this stint, which would run virtually to the end of his career in TNA, first aligned with Steiner, then on his own (after Scott suffered an injury) and, after being put on the shelf himself, against "Big Poppa Pump" during the Main Event Mafia angle.

Goldman, who achieved more fame as Colt Cabana in Ring of Honor, never really got a break on WWE TV. He debuted in WWE in 2008 following a lengthy run in development, but did not get a lot of TV exposure on the Smackdown brand. During his time away from the WWE ring, Goldman hosted a web-based show on wwe.com, entitled "What's Crackin'". Goldman, real name Scott Colton, also competed for Wrestling Society X as Matt Classic.

Related Links:

  • Petey Williams bio and story archive
  • Colt Cabana a Matt Classic