With Darren Young coming out earlier in the year, the belief was that he was going to be a big part of the marketing campaign during Wrestlemania 30 weekend, but WWE opted against it. While Young did still play a role for the company this week, his sexuality was downplayed and kept in the background. It does not seem like WWE will be going that route any more.
April 8, 2014
Rumors are swirling that the Undertaker was not supposed to have lost to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30, thanks to some comments made by former WWE stars. Some are saying that he did not kick out of the pin attempt because he was legitimately knocked out from the move. Since the referees are instructed to go through with the count, there is a possibility that it may be true.
July 26, 2014
Some interesting things might be revealed soon in WWE, as the company is just now getting around to issuing out bonuses from Wrestlemania 30. A lot of people backstage have been wondering how Vince McMahon was going to handle the pay per view bonuses now that the events are shown for free on the WWE Network. McMahon did not help the situation by avoiding his performers on the topic.
June 26, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
After being robbed of an opportunity work a match at Wrestlemania 29, Brodus Clay focused his energy on trying to ensure that he was not going to miss Wrestlemania 30. WWE was not pleased with him telling the fans about his angst about being removed from the card at the last minute, so he was demoted to the developmental program. Today, Clay received his release from the company.
June 12, 2014
There are still a good amount of people backstage in WWE that are questioning the decision to have Undertaker lose his winning streak to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30. Some feel that the moment did not turn out exactly as Vince McMahon had hoped that it would. However, no one is willing to bring it up to the WWE CEO, as it was a decision he made on his own.
May 29, 2014
In a sign that the company once planned on splitting up the stable, Dean Ambrose referred to Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns as his former partners during an interview in the latest issue of the WWE magazine. Rumors persisted for months that management was going to break the trio apart around Wrestlemania 30. However, they changed plans and kept the unit intact.
May 28, 2014
By now, most wrestling fans are already aware that Vince McMahon has lost a ton of money this year. Since Wrestlemania 30, that loss has been approximately $842 million, with $360 million of that taking place in one day earlier this month. Rumors have it that the WWE CEO is more upset with the media coverage and negative publicity than the actual loss of money.
May 26, 2014
It looks like WWE is throwing quite a bit of faith into Paige. Aside from giving her the Divas Championship on the special episode of Monday Night Raw following Wrestlemania 30, management is also sending her to the big Comic Con event in Chicago. This is considered one of the bigger events of its kind, so the fact that they chose Paige instead of a Total Divas cast member is a telling sign.
May 20, 2014
While fans want to believe that Undertaker was the one that made the decision to end the winning streak at Wrestlemania 30, another person has confirmed that Vince McMahon was the one behind the move. Shawn Michaels revealed to Jim Ross during a podcast interview that McMahon made the decision approximately four hours before the pay per view started.
May 7, 2014
As many people saw on Monday Night Raw, the feud between John Cena and Bray Wyatt is set to continue, despite the two of them working matches at Wrestlemania 30 and Extreme Rules 2014. WWE is setting up a rematch at Payback 2014, which should more than likely be a gimmick match. There are also rumors that Cena and Wyatt will be battling one another after that pay per view as well.
May 6, 2014
In a rather interesting move, Batista rejected a match against Daniel Bryan at Payback 2014. WWE wanted Batista to do the job for Bryan at the show, but the former world heavyweight champion refused because he felt that his character had already lost momentum by tapping out at Wrestlemania 30. Since he does not want to work the pay per view, WWE is allowing him to leave shortly after Extreme Rules 2014.
May 3, 2014
"I loved it, I thought it was great. It was a legitimate shock, it got everybody talking. I think the right guy got it, if you're going from a credibility standpoint, and if you're going from a believability standpoint. As much as people and fans and journalists want to believe that it's the case, I'm not sure if Undertaker had too many matches left in him. Maybe he doesn't want to wrestle again. Maybe he knew that he couldn't take any more. It's a big, physical task to wrestle as it is, and once a year is hard. I wouldn't want to come and wrestle just once a year. That's even harder than wrestling 200 times a year, because your body's not used to it. And the older you get, the harder it gets, the more the aches and pains kick in. Maybe The Undertaker decided that, 'I don't want to do this anymore'. And much to the fans' chagrin, who wish that we would wrestle until the day we die at 90 years old and explode into a puff of dust in the ring, sometimes you've got to make that decision. If the time was now, Brock was the right guy for that day, and I thought it was amazing. And I would have hated it - hated it - if Undertaker would have retired without losing. I think that would have been a horrible way to go, I'm really happy that he lost The Streak." - Chris Jericho on the streak ending at Wrestlemania 30
May 2, 2014
"I was completely in shock. Nobody saw it coming. If anybody happened to miss the finish they would have had unlimited oxygen to breathe because everybody held their breath at the same time! It was just unbelievable. The reaction - just silence. I don't even know how to describe it. I did not see it coming. My dad was at the event, he was frantically calling me! That's how big it was I guess, my dad's trying to phone me saying, 'What's going on, what's going on? The Undertaker lost!' He couldn't comprehend it, I don't think anybody could. I know it's a moment that'll be remembered. Lesnar is going to go down in history as the man who did it." - Drew McIntyre discusses the Undertaker loss at Wrestlemania 30
May 1, 2014
For years, Vince McMahon has touted the buyrate for their biggest pay per view event of the year, but things were a little bit different with Wrestlemania 30. WWE issued a statement, but it was not nearly as vocal as it was in the past. A little under 400,000 households purchased the event this year, which is a lot less than the one million mark that WWE aimed for in the past.
May 1, 2014
When it comes to value to the company, Kofi Kingston has been on the rise backstage. Aside from being utilized in promotional campaigns for the WWE Network, the former Intercontinental Champion was heavily involved in charity work in New Orleans during Wrestlemania 30 and is routinely sent to other countries as an ambassador for WWE. His job security is extremely high right now.
May 1, 2014
Earlier in the year, there were rumors that Titus ONeil was going to be receiving a push from WWE. Reports surfaced that it was dropped because of the poor reaction that his match against Darren Young at Elimination Chamber 2014 received from the audience. It has been several months now, and it looks like the rumors were true. Since that pay per view, ONeil has only won two matches on television.
June 4, 2014
Days after disputing internet reports about his injury, it has now been revealed that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL, which will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year. The injury took place at a WWE live event last Saturday night. Since Young wasn't being pushed on television, management does not have to change much.
April 16, 2014
At a live event in Texas over the weekend, Darren Young might have suffered some sort of injury. His match with Fandango was extremely short, and the ending was awkward, as Young was counted out after delivering a flying ax handle. Agents came out to the ringside area to check on Young and helped him limp backstage.
April 13, 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
Since Wrestlemania is right around the corner, WWE has decided to tape a commercial in New Orleans to promote the pay per view. Fandango, Summer Rae, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, Big Show, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella are all in town for the shoot. There are also reports that Darren Young might be a part of the cast as well, but that is unconfirmed.
March 22, 2014
Since management was disappointed at the crowd reaction that was received during the match between Darren Young and Titus ONeil at Elimination Chamber 2014, the former Prime Time Players are being scaled back a bit, and their respective pushes are being placed on hold. Their feud has not being featured on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since the pay per view.
March 9, 2014
In a grudge match between the Prime Time Players, Titus ONeil defeated Darren Young at Elimination Chamber 2014.
February 23, 2014
WWE has issued a press release, informing the world that Darren Young will be participating in GaymerX this year. It is an event held in San Francisco, where gay and lesbian video game enthusiasts get together. Management views this as a great public relations move, which means that Young will continue to have some job security within the company.
February 21, 2014
While they were in Colorado Springs for the Smackdown taping this week, Darren Young and Mark Henry decided to train together at the Olympic Training Center. This was the facility that Henry utilized years ago when he was an Olympic athlete.
February 20, 2014
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Since he did receive a lot of media attention when he decided to reveal to the world that he was gay, Darren Young has been criticized for doing it for the wrong reasons. He defended himself on Twitter by stating that he told TMZ his story because he wants the respect from staying true and living an honest life. He denies that it was done for marketing.
February 10, 2014
Fans have been wondering when Wade Barrett was going to be wrestling again, as he has only been doing the Bad News Barrett segments on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. It looks like that might be happening soon, as the former Nexus leader was given a match against Darren Young at a WWE live event in Oakland this weekend.
February 8, 2014
While many are under the assumption that Titus ONeil is the one that will be receiving the push since he was the one that pulled the heel turn, the rumors of Darren Young being pushed is gaining some steam, as the latter was given the victory over the former at a live event in Oakland. At this point, the match appears unlikely to make it on the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card.
February 8, 2014
There has been some back and forth backstage recently over the push that Titus ONeil is set to receive. Some feel that management will not be giving him a huge one, so there are plenty of people keeping an eye on WWE to see if they will give he and Darren Young a coveted spot at Elimination Chamber 2014, which would mean that the company is serious about elevating ONeil.
February 7, 2014
In preparations of an upcoming feud against his former Prime Time Player teammate and real life good friend, Darren Young has gone with a shorter haircut. While many are expecting Titus ONeil to be on the receiving end of the push, WWE may be elevating both performers.
February 3, 2014