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Daily Update: Jerry McDevitt, Don West, Canyon Cemen

Jerry McDevitt talks about retirement, Don West says his cancer has returned, Canyon Cemen comments on WWE release.

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  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a profile on WWE’s longtime lawyer Jerry McDevitt, who said he has considered retirement. “WWE is a major client, but I have other clients” McDevitt said. “I also represented Dr. Cyril Wecht. I’ll be 72 in January, so I’ve been trying to turn it down a little bit as I’m headed into retirement. But because of my longstanding relationship with WWE, I continue to represent them, although I keep telling Vince I do want to retire. Most relationships nowadays with lawyers and publicly traded companies are at the general counsel level. Outside lawyers work with the general counsel of the company and never with the CEO or chairman of the board. But my contact and my relationship is directly with and to Vince. It always has been. It always will be. That’s kind of a unique relationship in the landscape of the law these days for the outside counsel to have that sort of direct relationship.”
  • WWE has trademarked the name “Gunther Stark”. However, it is also the name of a World War II Kapitänleutnant that served in Adolf Hitler’s U-Boat command.
  • Sheamus and Shawn Michaels will be the guests on The Bump this week.
  • Alexa Bliss on Twitter: “Sometimes you need to just be patient & see how things play out…”
  • Shayna Baszler was interviewed by the Argus Leader about her hometown appearance at a WWE house show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota over the weekend.
  • John Cena was a guest on the Drew Barrymore show.
  • Matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include A 15-man battle royal from the April 13, 2009 episode of Raw, The Great Khali vs. Finlay from the January 18, 2008 episode of SmackDown, and John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio from the November 6, 2003 episode of SmackDown.


  • This week’s Road to Dynamite: DC, focusing on CM Punk vs. Shawn Spears, The Acclaimed vs. Sting and Darby Allin, and Serena Deeb vs. Skye Blue.
  • Forbes has a profile on Aubrey Edwards, highlighting her work in the AEW games as well as being a referee.
  • Chris Jericho has trademarked the term “GFY”, a term he used on last week’s AEW programming
  • 5 on Your Side in St. Louis has an interview with Tony Khan.
  • This week’s Sammy Guevara vlog.
  • Jimmy Alexander of DCW 50 interviewed Nyla Rose.

Other Wrestling

  • Don West on Twitter wrote that his cancer has returned. “Unfortunately my cancer is back and I’m undergoing chemo. Thanks to all that have contributed in the past, and if you’d like to donate the GoFundMe page is “Join The Don West Tag Team Against Lymphoma”. God Bless.”
  • Former head of WWE talent relations Canyon Cemen wrote a post on his LinkedIn page thanking WWE for his time with the company. “It was an adventure to articulate and execute the vision, for talent development and NXT, of HHH/ #PaulLevesque, a visionary leader with world class creativity and discipline, and a good human,” part of his statement read. “We were fortunate to lead a team of passionate and interesting humans like #MattBloom, #WilliamRegal, #KristinAltman, Paul Fair, Cami Levin, Ali Bologna, Danielle Vastola, Amanda Tustian, Scott Amann, Gregg Bernard...and many more true professionals at WWE HQ past and present.”
  • NJPW’s LA Dojo will hold a camp on February 21. Those interested can sign up for the camp on NJPW’s website.
  • SportsKeeda has an interview with Deonna Purrazzo, who spoke about Mickie James’ upcoming appearance in the Royal Rumble. “I think WWE hasn't always necessarily played well with others so there was so much shock factor to them announcing Mickie James entering the Royal Rumble as the IMPACT Knockouts World Champion (...) it put a whole new set of eyes on IMPACT's product and then Mickie and my match at Hard To Kill so I was shocked as everyone else about the announcement but if it is benefitting IMPACT in some way, then I'm all for it.”
  • Summer Rae is a guest on The Sessions with Renee Paquette.
  • GCW on social media uploaded a brawl between Joey Janela and Matt Cardona in a storage lot. The two will meet at GCW’s Hammerstein Ballroom event this weekend.