Benoit, Saturn, WWF-bound?
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling
An inside source tells SLAM! Wrestling that former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit and Revolution member Saturn, two of the four wrestlers who asked to be let out of their contracts with World Championship Wrestling, have been granted their release. Both are expected to sign with the World Wrestling Federation.
As per the terms of their contract, Benoit and Saturn are free to sign with any wrestling federation they wish as there isn't a "no compete" clause or restrictive date in their contract. No word on what the situation is with the two other disgruntled WCW employees, Dean Malenko and Shane Douglas. Rumors have Douglas leaning toward sticking around WCW and Malenko maybe spending some time in ECW.
The talent crisis in WCW began before the Souled Out pay-per-view when WCW President, Bill Busch, demoted Vince Russo as head booker. Kevin Sullivan took his place touching off a storm of controversy. Initially, Benoit, Malenko, Saturn, Douglas, Konnan, Kidman and Eddie Guerrero asked to be let out of their contracts as none of them has a good working relationship with Sullivan. Sullivan is known as a booker who tends to stress mega-superstars over the up and coming talent. Kidman and Konnan later decided to stay on and withdrew their requests. Eddie Guerrero was offered his release but there is no word of whether he will be accepting it or not.