CM PUNK REMOVED FROM CHICAGO RAW
In a sign that the backstage heat is still there, WWE has removed CM Punk from advertisement for the upcoming episode of Monday Night Raw that is set to take place in his hometown of Chicago in March. Management was hoping that he would return by that point, in order to avoid being in a hostile environment filled with angry fans.
February 7, 2014
While the backstage heat between the two sides could subside still, the belief right now is that CM Punk will not be included in the WWE 2K15 video game that is coming out this fall. Management has started taken the painstaking steps to remove the former world heavyweight champion from a variety of projects, and the belief is that he will not be a playable character.
March 20, 2014
"It's all speculation based upon my experience with WWE and with CM Punk, but WWE has a very bad habit of not following through with story lines. That's probably one of the reasons that Punk stepped away. He know the fans aren't stupid. He came into WWE with a fantastic following, but WWE didn't understand it and kept him in developmental longer than they should have. He kept fighting and finally got on to the main roster and proved himself to the WWE office and the 'fantastic' writing staff. They think that whatever they put out there, they can shove down the fans' throats and they'll buy it. They have a very contorted view of the wrestling business." Trevor Murdoch talking about why CM Punk might have backstage heat with WWE
March 18, 2014
Ever since the episode of Monday Night Raw in Chicago, the backstage heat towards CM Punk has risen tremendously, as management is starting to believe that the former world heavyweight champion will not be returning to the company to work Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that WWE will be pushing Daniel Bryan as a jab at Punk.
March 16, 2014
While the company has maintained their composure about him walking away, there is now massive backstage heat on CM Punk because he will be making an appearance on the Talking Dead this weekend. Many feel that if he can fly to Los Angeles to work the show, then he could have showed up at Monday Night Raw to talk to Vince McMahon or Triple H while they were in Chicago.
March 13, 2014
Since it has now become quite apparently to everyone in the company that CM Punk is not coming back, the feeling backstage is that the backstage heat has now been transferred over to AJ Lee. Some feel that WWE will be punishing her because of her real life relationship with Punk. There's even talks that she will not be working Wrestlemania 30.
March 11, 2014
While making an appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con show in Sacramento over the weekend, Sheamus was asked by fans about the backstage heat situation involving CM Punk. Sheamus stated that he did not know what happened and that only Punk knows the full story. He also stated that he liked working with Punk and that there is a chance he will return some day.
March 9, 2014
"I don't know any facts on CM Punk. I had the honor of wrestling Punk in his first main events in WWE, including a cage match in Madison Square Garden. I have always enjoyed Punk and being around him. I certainly wish him the best. Hope he comes back, but whatever happens, my best to him." - JBL discussing the backstage heat situation involving CM Punk
March 8, 2014
When asked during a recent interview about the backstage heat situation between CM Punk and WWE, MVP revealed that he is supportive of the move. He noted that he had a year left on his contract when he asked for a release from the company. MVP is grateful to the company, but he also felt the need to be happy with his own work.
March 5, 2014
Those that watched Monday Night Raw this week saw Paul Heyman opening up the show and talking about CM Punk. The company had a detailed script written for him, but Heyman opted to make changes on his own, which is something that WWE usually frowns upon. However, there is no backstage heat towards him because things turned out just fine.
March 4, 2014
"I think it'd be great. Obviously I'm not really aware of what's going, but I think there's a lot of people who desperately want him back, a lot of fans who would be excited to have him back. If that were to be the case, if he did return, I think there'd be a huge buzz around it. I think it would definitely be a positive thing. Like I said, I'm not sure particularly what's going on, if there's a chance or even a possibility or if it's imminent. But I know if he did return there'd be a lot of buzz and a lot of happy fans as well." - Big E Langston discussing the backstage heat situation with CM Punk
February 22, 2014
"Well, I had that happen. Stone Cold did that and went home. And he regrets it to this very day. Because he just--you never get into a situation where--there's a couple of basics things here. One is that you don't want to get into a situation where it becomes easy for you as a professional or in private life to start breaking commitments. And a contract is a commitment. I think that the other thing is that you never get--you never save enough money nor can you live a starkness existence. The way you got all the money you're ever gonna need and you live good money laying behind. I personally don't believe in that. And I think a lot of the wrestlers over the years would say the same thing. So I'm not a fan of anybody in any walk of life exiting before it's time. But I also don't know all the information. This may have been a situation where Punk needed to take his leave and recharge his batteries a long time ago. I don't know. I haven't been there. And I have observed his privacy by not reaching out to him in several weeks." - Jim Ross compares the backstage heat incidents involving CM Punk and Steve Austin
February 15, 2014
During a recent interview with Zap2It, John Cena was asked about the backstage heat situation between CM Punk and WWE. A veteran of media appearances, Cena was deftly able to answer the question by simply stating that Punk was the one that has all the answers right now and that no one else in the company had any further information.
February 14, 2014
Looks like the rumors about Lita were true, as WWE announced on Monday Night Raw that the beloved diva will be inducted into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. There were some concerns that management might have delayed the induction because of the backstage heat situation with her former boyfriend CM Punk.
February 11, 2014
AJ Lee made a special appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans on Friday, and there was a fear that fans were going to ask her about CM Punk, so event coordinators instructed people beforehand to not do questions regarding her boyfriend or his backstage heat situation with WWE.
February 8, 2014
There are those that believe that the backstage heat situation with CM Punk right now will have a major effect on whether or not WWE brings Colt Cabana on board as an announcer. The two of them are really good friends, and the belief is that Punk was the reason why management gave Cabana a second chance at trying out for what was rumored to be a spot on the WWE Network.
February 8, 2014
"Hey, let's stop pretending to be offended by what some shitty old lady said about wrestling on a fake news show." - Trent Baretta discusses the backstage heat that professional wrestlers have towards Nancy Grace
April 19, 2014
Older wrestling fans took quite an interest in WWE inducting Carlos Colon into the hall of fame this year. Many were expecting to see some backstage heat incident taking place because there are still many people in the industry who blame Colon for his involvement in the murder of Bruiser Brody. Cooler heads prevailed, and the situation went pretty smoothly for WWE.
April 15, 2014
Much was made about the longstanding backstage heat between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior over this past week, but according to Hogan, the two of them finally got a chance to make up. The WWE legends reportedly met, talked, shook hands and even hugged one another. Hogan was sitting in the front row when Warrior was inducted into the hall of fame on Saturday night.
April 9, 2014
An almost surreal picture of Vince McMahon hugging the Ultimate Warrior during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two have a long history of backstage heat, and many within the company felt that a reconciliation was never going to happen.
April 9, 2014
During an interview this week, Hulk Hogan hinted that there was still backstage heat between himself and the Ultimate Warrior. Hogan, however, said that he is going to squash issues between the two of them when they finally meet up at Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two of them have yet to speak to one another, Hogan revealed.
April 5, 2014
"Right before he passed, we ran into each other at a doctor's office. He had gotten remarried to his high school sweetheart. He was smiling and grinning. He was the old Macho Man I had always known. We hugged each other and talked on the phone a few times. We were planning to have a barbecue at his mom's house, and a couple days before that, he passed away." - Hulk Hogan discusses the end of his backstage heat with Randy Savage
April 1, 2014
"For some reason I think people thought that I didn't like Daniel Bryan or I had this personal thing. I said a comment, I had one comment about him when he first won the world heavyweight championship and I was like, I was in shock and I said, 'Okay.' Because I just didn't get it. The reason I didn't get it because it was too soon and that's my personal opinion. I felt it was way too soon and they did that constantly over and over. I thought they, they just slap the title on people like, way too fast. It's like, I think sometimes that they used the title, I might get a little grief for saying it, sometimes I think they use the title to get guys over. I thought it just, they did it, it was premature. I never had a problem with him being you know, World Heavyweight Champion, I just thought that they did it way too fast. Years ago, before everybody was you know on his jock, when they wanted me to job him out, and I was like, 'Hell no.' He's just too good. He had been coming around for years and I could never figure out why they didn't give him a job, but he had come out and they wanted me to work a match with him, and squash him and I was like, 'No, not gonna happen.' He's way too good man, we could have a good match, and we did. I mean we gave 'em a version of what they wanted, but we gave 'em a hell of a match." - Batista discusses his backstage heat with Daniel Bryan
April 1, 2014
"There's nothing unresolved. My relationship with WWE is exactly what we want it to be. I'm staying very busy and doing something for WWE Network on an ongoing basis would be challenging. They've moved on and so have I with no regrets." - Jim Ross on his backstage heat with Vince McMahon and WWE
April 1, 2014
Having been able to capture the attention of a lot of people with just the first two episodes this season, Total Divas has now become a show that fans are looking forward to. The next episode will feature an interesting story line, where Summer Rae will flirt with Daniel Bryan, which causes some backstage heat between the blonde bombshell and Brie Bella.
March 27, 2014
During an interview session with fans in Manchester, Bret Hart revealed that he has still has some backstage heat with Hulk Hogan. He cited an incident back in 1993, where Hogan refused to shake his hand while he was talking to Brutus Beefcake. Hart states that he and Steve Austin did the same thing back to Hogan much later on.
March 25, 2014
The latest rumors on Titus ONeil is that there is backstage heat on him within WWE, as management has been booking him in multiple losses at live events. During a show this weekend, ONeil lost a match to Darren Young before issuing an open challenge and being decimated by Mark Henry. In the third match, he teams up with Wade Barrett to lose to both Young and Henry.
March 23, 2014
A video of a match between Balls Mahoney and Marty Jannetty, where Jannetty hit Mahoney with a chair shot during that match that caused the former ECW star to throw up immediately afterwards. This was the incident that caused some legitimate backstage heat between Jannetty and several of the veterans on the independent wrestling circuit, most notably Elijah Burke.
March 23, 2014
When Bray Wyatt went on Monday Night Raw to cut a promo against John Cena, he used the term "plastic girlfriend" to describe Nikki Bella. Some wondered if there would be backstage heat for that, but it turns out that Wyatt actually told her about it beforehand. He even apologized before doing it. Everyone backstage really enjoyed the segment.
March 22, 2014
During a recent interview, Bret Hart revealed that he was supposed to wrestle the Ultimate Warrior at Royal Rumble 1993. Since he had some backstage heat with Vince McMahon, Warrior ended up leaving the company before the pay per view, so Hart ended up defending the WWE heavyweight championship against Scott Hall instead.
March 21, 2014
"Yeah, a lot of people tweeted it towards me. I think he is entitled to his opinion. You can't fault people for having an opinion. Luckily for me, I've never been put in a position to hire and fire people, and he was in that position and he can't hire everybody. I'm one of the people that Jim Cornette didn't want. Obviously the people that he didn't want aren't going to be happy about it. That's life. I could hold a grudge, but I don't. I understand that you have to hire and you have to fire and the ones that you fire aren't going to be happy. It's about going on and moving on. Luckily, I've done way bigger and better things since leaving Ring of Honor. Maybe it was a mistake by them for letting me go, and maybe it wasn't if they're happy with the direction that they've gone. I don't hold any grudge against Jim. I'm almost kind of thankful that I was able to go on to better places in my career." - Colt Cabana addresses the backstage heat he has with Jim Cornette
March 21, 2014
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few weeks now, CM Punk is still receiving paychecks from WWE. He still ranks among the top merchandise movers in the entire company, with some reports stating that he only trails John Cena in that category. Punk is still under contract to WWE, so management is still paying him his royalties.
April 18, 2014
One of the biggest reasons why WWE opted to put the Divas championship on Paige is because AJ Lee really needed to take some time off from the road. Aside from being stuck in the figurative storm after CM Punk walked out on the company, AJ has been on the road constantly over the last year. Both her body and mind needed the break.
April 16, 2014
While the widespread assumption is that CM Punk has been avoiding everyone in WWE since walking out on the company, it looks like he has been keeping up with Rey Mysterio. The masked superstar revealed on Instagram that the two of them still maintain communication. Mysterio also revealed that Punk sent him a custom made shirt this week.
April 15, 2014
Colin Cowherd, a host on ESPN, bashed CM Punk on his radio show this week. He was critical of the former WWE star for remarks that he made on Twitter about Ultimate Warrior's death not being a result of drugs. Unfortunately, though, Cowherd was not aware that Punk has not been active on social media since leaving WWE. He was actually responding to a parody account.
April 12, 2014
WWE has now decided to put the Undertaker into the upcoming Flintstones movie. The belief is that he was added to help alleviate the loss of CM Punk, whose role in the film has been replaced by Rey Mysterio. WWE still plans on having a working relationship with Undertaker, even if he decides to retire after his Wrestlemania 30 match against Brock Lesnar.
April 10, 2014
Since he walked away from the company, CM Punk has now been removed from the upcoming Flintstones movie. To make it easier on the script writers, WWE has decided to replace him with Rey Mysterio, which should make it fairly easy for them to adapt the story line. The belief backstage is that Punk is going to just wait until his contract expires this summer.
April 10, 2014
In a move that many people had been expecting for quite some time now, Bo Dallas has been called back up to the main roster by WWE. His last stint was rather uneventful, and he was sent back down to developmental. Dallas was the WWE NXT guy that CM Punk was heavily pushing to management before he walked out of the company a few weeks back.
April 9, 2014
Since there were a million rumors about him being at the pay per view on Sunday night, a lot of fans were disappointed when CM Punk did not show up at Wrestlemania 30. Word has it that the former world heavyweight champion was sitting in the front row of an NHL game in Chicago on Sunday. His return to WWE appears less and less likely by the day.
April 7, 2014
While there has been a ton of rumors about him being in New Orleans for Wrestlemania 30 weekend, CM Punk is actually not even in the state. The former world heavyweight champion was actually in a Chicago suburb on Friday night. He was in attendance for an Against Me! concert. Many were expecting him to return to WWE on Sunday night.
April 5, 2014
"I could get more out of that guy than anybody else walking Planet Earth. He could have that ultimate 'Come to Jesus' meeting with me. Punk's been around for a long time and he's a smart guy, but he never stepped into a damn squared circle with the intensity of a guy like Stone Cold Steve Austin." - Steve Austin discusses potential match with CM Punk at Wrestlemania 31
April 5, 2014
The hot rumor heading into this weekend is that CM Punk will be at Wrestlemania 30. First, Steve Austin made the prediction that the former world heavyweight champion will be at the pay per view. Now, Diamond Dallas Page is doing the same in an interview with Wrestle Talk TV. Both Austin and DDP have connections backstage, so there might be some merit to their predictions on Punk.
April 4, 2014
Since there are rumors swirling around that the former world heavyweight champion is in New Orleans this weekend, there is a sports book that is taking bets on whether or not CM Punk makes his return at Wrestlemania 30. This is not sanctioned by Betfair Sportsbook and not by WWE. The odds are against Punk returning this weekend.
April 3, 2014
"I don't know why he quit and what the situation was about, but I was really looking forward to meeting the man and getting to know him. As far as me, I have a personal opinion on it and I would love for him to come back. If he needs time off whether it was business or personal, it's none of my business. Whatever it was, he was such a great superstar and I would love for him to come back." - Hulk Hogan wants a CM Punk return in WWE
April 3, 2014
At one point in time, he was rumored to be working a high profile match at this pay per view against CM Punk, but it looks like WWE will have to settle for just a cameo appearance by Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 30. The rumors are that some sort of agreement has been made, and Austin will be involved in some shape or form during the main show.
April 3, 2014
"I'm telling you, I'm going to stick to my prediction that CM Punk is going to make his return at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. I made this prediction two months ago here on the show. It's been a long time, I think he's cooled his jets, he's got some rest, and I think it's time to get back to work. I don't see him participating in a match but it would be great to see him in a run-in to establish himself, to entrench himself immediately in a memorable and just a great moment, and I would say plant himself firmly in the middle of an angle, because he would be the angle, by attacking whoever he sees fit to attack or asserting his presence rather, whatever the case may be. But I see CM Punk coming back at WrestleMania 30. Who knows if it will happen. We will know in about six short days when WrestleMania actually happens." - Steve Austin predicting that CM Punk will return this weekend
April 2, 2014