Big WWE Release, Vince McMahon Irate At Roddy Piper

Ryan Clark

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Joel Simon quit the prestigious position of President of WWE Films on September 28th to be involved with some unspecified role involving indy flicks. Michael Lake was named the new President of WWE Films in his place. He is in charge of developing new films for DVD or the big screen as well as television products. Lake actually helped produce such films as Ocean’s 11 and 12, all three Matrix films and Miss Congeniality. And now he can add President of WWE Films to his resume.

Vince McMahon blew a gasket the other day relating to something “Rowdy” Roddy Piper recently said at a G.I. Joe convention. Raw writer Brian Gewirtz told him that Roddy Piper had gone to a convention and told fans that he was probably going to be one of the choices for guest referee at Cyber Sunday. Gewirtz found out about Piper’s comments because they were posted online. Upon hearing about this, Vince immediately axed Piper from Cyber Sunday. McMahon then buried him and said they wouldn’t be putting him on the list for storyline ideas in the foreseeable future. Although, it should be noted that they were running commercials for Cyber Sunday in Canada as early as Labor Day weekend, and they listed a Raw title match with Roddy Piper, Steve Austin, and Mick Foley as possible special guest referees. Apparently, nobody cleared that with Vince. The new commercial now features JBL in place of Piper.

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