Former WWE Superstar Elijah Burke, who was also known as “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero in TNA/Impact Wrestling, was backstage at last night’s SmackDown LIVE at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Burke posted this photo of himself with Kofi Kingston, who was his traveling partner when they both worked WWE’s now-defunct ECW brand in 2008.
Great seeing my friend and former travel partner @TrueKofi at Smackdown Live, but I gotta ask," Why the surprised look?" ~PHS #WWE #SmackDownLive #RealDealPope #TheRealDealBoxing pic.twitter.com/CLCFVPFGMB
— Elijah Burke (@DaBlackPope) April 25, 2018
While Burke was backstage visiting friends, he apparently went to the show with legendary boxer Evander Holyfield. Holyfield was there because he is now a boxing promoter and is coordinating a show at the KFC Yum! Center this Friday (Burke promotes Holyfield’s boxing company on Twitter). The show was promoted to the live audience at SmackDown as Holyfield did an interview with Dasha Fuentes.
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) April 24, 2018
Here is Holyfield with The New Day.
— King T’Kofi (@TrueKofi) April 25, 2018
Burke worked for WWE from 2004 to 2008. While Burke didn’t win any championships, he competed at WrestleMania 23 as part of The New Breed and was one of ECW’s top stars in 2007 and 2008. He will also go down as the last competitor to wrestle Chris Benoit.
After being released by WWE in 2008 (as part of a talent purge), Burke joined TNA. He wrestled for the company until 2012 and was pushed an upper mid-card star. He returned to TNA in 2015 as a color commentator and parted ways with the company last August.