DEAN MALENKO RETURNS TO WWE

After being sent home early from the European tour because of chest pains, Dean Malenko returned to work backstage for WWE last night at the Survivor Series.

November 25, 2013

After being sent home early from the European tour because of chest pains, Dean Malenko returned to work backstage for WWE last night at the Survivor Series.

November 25, 2013
While many are under the impression that he is temporarily holding the WWE Championship until Daniel Bryan can return from a serious neck injury, word coming out of backstage is that John Cena is expected to have a lengthy title reign. Management wants people to believe that his 15th title reign is very important, so they might keep the belt on him a long time to emphasize that.
July 12, 2014
Initially, Daniel Bryan had surgery to repair a seriously damaged neck. However, doctors found further issues for the former WWE champion recently. His shoulders are pretty messed up as well. Additional procedures could be required to repair all of the damage to his body. Bryan is out indefinitely, and there is no timetable backstage for his return.
July 10, 2014
Earlier in the week, rumors surfaced that a photo of Kurt Angle being passed out on a plane was spotted backstage in WWE. The former world heavyweight champion himself decided to address those rumors on Twitter by denying it completely. He also revealed that he has been sober for almost an entire year now. Angle still plans on negotiating with WWE later on in the year about a return once his contract with TNA expires.
July 10, 2014
Up until today, it was a bit of a mystery as to when Ric Flair would be making his television return for WWE. Well, that puzzle has now been solved. The former world heavyweight champion is officially scheduled to make appearances on the next episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. No word yet on what WWE will have him doing, but there have been rumors of a reunion with the Miz floating around over the last couple of months.
July 9, 2014
About a month ago, it was reported that David Otunga was on his way back to WWE. He revealed those plans to the media, but those plans have yet to surface. It is being said that management simply has not come up with a story for him to make his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some are speculating that he could be a mystery entrant into the upcoming Intercontinental Championship battle royal at WWE Battleground 2014.
July 8, 2014
While a lot of fans have high hopes of his return due to the fact that his wife recently made her comeback, there is close to no chance that CM Punk will be coming back to WWE. AJ Lee coming back doesn't have an effect on his decision to remain away from the company. Punk is supportive of AJ on her decision to continue her career in WWE, but he's going to stay away because he does not like the way the company treated him over the last year.
July 8, 2014
While he walked away from WWE to focus on his business ventures, Tyler Reks is said to actually be open to the idea of making a return to professional wrestling. His former tag team partner, Curt Hawkins, was recently released from his contract, and the two of them quickly announced that they were available to work independent wrestling shows. There are also some rumors floating around that the two of them could be targeted by Jeff Jarrett for Global Force Wrestling.
July 6, 2014
With AJ Lee finally making her return to WWE, the competition in the divas division just got a bit tougher. Someone is going to be losing television time. Naomi Knight and Cameron appear to be safe, as they have a heel turn story line in progress. Summer Rae and Layla El appear to have their weekly television spots secured for the time being. Paige is going to be working a program against AJ, so she should be fine. The belief is that Alicia Fox will be the one demoted, even though her character was gaining a little bit of momentum over the last couple of weeks.
July 5, 2014
Last week, Miz made his long rumored return to Monday Night Raw. However, he came back to WWE alone. Ric Flair was not by his side as expected. The legendary performer is still expected to make his television return soon, but it looks like he might not be paired up with Miz after all. Flair had petitioned the company to work with Dolph Ziggler, but WWE went in a different direction by pairing him up with Summer Rae instead.
July 5, 2014
While his television return has yet to be finalized, Ric Flair will be heading to Australia with WWE when the company does their tour of that country in August. Since that is just approximately a month away, many are expected the former world heavyweight champion to be reintroduced on television to help with the marketing of the events taking place in Australia.
July 3, 2014
When Hulk Hogan decided to return to WWE, there were those that wondered if he took a lesser deal to return to the company. However, it looks like the opposite is actually true. Hogan has a huge guarantee in his deal, which means that WWE will pay him even if he does not make appearances. When he does show up, he gets a sizable amount of money for doing so. Hogan also negotiated a deal that enables him to work outside of WWE. The deal is said to be heavily favored towards Hogan.
July 3, 2014
Shortly after Chris Jericho made his surprising return on Monday Night Raw, the Wyatt Family provided a surprise of their own when Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan suddenly appeared in the ring to attack the former undisputed champion. When Wyatt was in NXT, Jericho specifically requested to WWE officials to let him work with Wyatt. The belief is that he did so again upon signing a contract to return.
July 1, 2014
Now that he has made his return to WWE, Chris Jericho is being added to several of the upcoming shows. The former world heavyweight champion has been announced for the upcoming tour of Australia, a country where he has performed several shows with his band Fozzy. No word yet on how long Jericho will remain with WWE this time around, but it is unlikely to be a permanent stint.
July 1, 2014
For quite a few weeks now, there have been rumors of Miz making his television return to Monday Night Raw. Some speculations have Ric Flair joining him on that return. With Money in the Bank 2014 in the books now, those rumors are heating up again. Some believe that tonight will be the night when they finally come back and start the push for Miz.
June 30, 2014
There is a feeling within the WWE locker room that management does not want Daniel Bryan back in the main event scene when he makes his return. Some are pointing out how he is being brought back in a minimum role at Money in the Bank 2014 as a sign of WWE downplaying his importance. Guys like Batista and Brock Lesnar would not be utilized in such a manner when they come back from their hiatus.
June 29, 2014

"I still think the Superkick is the best finisher ever. It was just so good. There's so many [favorites]. I think Antonio Cesaro's finish right now is cool. I always loved the Piledriver, so an adaptation of the Piledriver is very awesome to me. I've always loved submission holds, so I love the Sharpshooter, that sort of thing. I love Dean Malenko's Cloverleaf. The things that I never really liked as finishers were the stuff that was wacky, stuff like the Von Erichs, who did the Tornado Punch, you know what I mean? The Ultimate Warrior, even though he was my favorite as a kid, had the Press Slam, and then he'd hit the ropes a couple of times and give 'em the Big Splash, the Hulk Hogan Legdrop, stuff like that was all stuff where I was just like, 'Eh.' To be fair, I honestly always hated the Rock Bottom. To me, it was just like, 'Uh, that's weird and stupid.'"

- Daniel Bryan discussing finishing moves and how he hates the one used by Rock

January 31, 2014

Prior to becoming one of the most respected wrestlers that the industry has ever seen, Dean Malenko started out as a referee. He was able to find work in the Tampa area, thanks to his family ties, and he even worked briefly as a referee for WWE.

November 21, 2013

WWE sent Dean Malenko, who has been working as a backstage agent over the last several years, home early from the European tour because of chest pains.

November 20, 2013