Stamboli had a tryout prior to a SmackDown taping a few weeks back under a mask billed as “The Unknown Wrestler.” Stamboli was released by WWE in November of 2004. Since his departure from WWE, he has worked overseas in Japan, Italy and Mexico. He has also undergone a complete character overhaul as he now performs under the name REDRUM — which is “murder” spelled backwards. His gimmick is a horror gimmick. He puts on Boogeyman-style makeup and wears a Vader-like mask over his head. He also pours a red liquid all over his body, which is supposed to be blood.
The New York Daily News announced today that the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will begin its hearings on “the destrutive drug culture of pro wrestling” in late September. The opening statement will likely be made on Monday, September 24th. The chairman of that subcommittee, Representative Bobby Rush, said the following about the upcoming hearings: “I am extremely concerned about the possible illegal and destructive practices by professional entertainment athletes that negatively influence the younger generation. We must make sure that today’s wrestling sports heroes are not using illegal performance-enhancing drugs that, unfortunately, can and have led to their untimely deaths.”