DEBUT MATCH FOR ALEXANDER RUSEV
While the company will continue to promote him in interview segments, WWE does not plan on doing the debut match for Alexander Rusev until after Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that management wants it to be a big deal, and right now, he would simply be overshadowed by the stories that they are building towards the big pay per view.
February 27, 2014
According to online betting websites, Alexander Rusev is the heavy favorite to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. WWE officials have been trying to think of a way to make his debut strong, and this could be how they kick start his push. Expect him to be featured on Monday Night Raw, where he might finally have a match.
April 6, 2014
Earlier this week, WWE announced the participants in the Andre the Giant battle royal that is taking place at Wrestlemania 30. The company left four open spots for surprise entrants and as a way to buy themselves time on making the decisions. A strong rumor is that Alexander Rusev will be taking one of those spots and be given a decent push in the match.
March 26, 2014
With the announcement of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, WWE has now created an opportunity for them to give a big debut to Alexander Rusev, the latest developmental wrestler to make the jump to the main roster. His name has been mentioned as one of the top candidates to win the match at the pay per view.
March 12, 2014
While he has been eager to make his return to the company, Evan Bourne does not appear to be much of a priority for WWE at this point. After Wrestlemania 30, the focus will be on pushing guys like Roman Reigns and Antonio Cesaro. Alexander Rusev is set to make his debut, so management will be focusing on him as well. Not a lot of room for Bourne in this scenario.
March 7, 2014
Since the former world heavyweight champion does not have a program to work with right now, there are talks within WWE of having Big Show being the one to elevate the debuting Alexander Rusev. Management wants to give the developmental wrestler a nice push after Wrestlemania 30, and Show would be able to provide him with some credibility right off the bat.
March 7, 2014
While the company will continue to promote him in interview segments, WWE does not plan on doing the debut match for Alexander Rusev until after Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that management wants it to be a big deal, and right now, he would simply be overshadowed by the stories that they are building towards the big pay per view.
February 27, 2014
While doing an interview with the Huffington Post to promote his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Batista discussed a few topics regarding WWE. He surprisingly decided to bash the company for their decision to have Brock Lesnar end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30. Batista stated that it made no sense for WWE to go that route.
July 29, 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
An idea being discussed for Summerslam 2014 right now is to do a flag match between Jack Swagger and Alexander Rusev. WWE is trying to keep this program going for a bit longer because they don't have a lot of other people that Rusev can work with. By doing a flag match, Swagger can win without Rusev being pinned. That would enable WWE to extend the feud for at least another month.
July 29, 2014
Alexander Rusev is posing a considerable problem for the WWE creative department nowadays. The staff was instructed to push him up the ladder, but they are now running out of options. His program with Jack Swagger has either ended or will end soon. Rusev cannot be placed into a program with someone lower on the card, and it's too soon for him to work against John Cena. Sheamus has been named as a possible opponent to help Rusev kill time.
July 27, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has decided to drop the story line involving Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, Alexander Rusev and Lana. The belief is that the company changed their minds after seeing the backlash from the media and the fans over the controversial promo that Lana cut at the pay per view. WWE did not let her do much talking on Monday Night Raw this week.
July 22, 2014
Vince McMahon decided to take a huge gamble at WWE Battleground 2014 when he had Lana and Alexander Rusev cutting a promo that hinted about the recent airplane disaster in the Ukraine. That received plenty of backlash from the media and from fans on social media websites. It got to the point where WWE even released a official statement with a veiled jab at those who are complaining.
July 21, 2014
With the real life incident of an airplane being shot down in war torn Ukraine, there are rumors going around that WWE may be forced to tone down the ongoing story line with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Since a lot of people died in the incident, the company may need to be sensitive to the public right now. Vince McMahon loves pushing the envelope, but with WWE struggling financially, now would not be the time for such a move.
July 20, 2014
Since he is currently in the middle of a feud with Alexander Rusev, it was interesting to note that Jack Swagger was absent on Monday Night Raw. The belief is that the WWE star is still not allowed into Canada because of his prior legal issues in the United States. Swagger has been forced to miss shows in the past in that country for that very reason. Zeb Colter was in person at the show, though.
July 8, 2014
In a rematch at Money in the Bank 2014, Alexander Rusev was successfully able to conquer Big E Langston again with his submission move. It was the typical match that you would expect from the two. There was a botched spot where Langston speared Rusev to the outside of the ring. However, the two of them more than made up for that by doing a great closing sequence.
June 29, 2014
In a rather interesting move, Curtis Axel worked as a baby face during a live event in Pennsylvania over the weekend. It was during a match against Alexander Rusev, where Axel explained to the audience that while they may not like him, they have something in common because they all love America. Rumors have it that this was simply a one time thing because they needed someone to work against Rusev that evening. Axel is not expected to do a full face turn anytime soon.
June 16, 2014
One of the ideas being tossed around backstage in WWE is to utilize Rob Van Dam as an opponent for Alexander Rusev, who has been tearing through the lower card division. RVD still has some name value and a bit of a connection with the audience, so he can provide the newcomer with some much needed credibility before heading into a feud with John Cena down the line.
June 10, 2014
Since WWE wants badly to push Alexander Rusev to the top of the card, there have always been discussions about putting him into a feud with John Cena, who still remains one of the top stars in the company. Rumors coming out of backstage right now is that WWE wants to rush their plans and move Rusev into a high profile program much sooner than expected.
June 7, 2014
In what appears to the creative department amusing themselves and Vince McMahon, Xavier Woods will be changing up his gimmick for the next episode of Smackdown. He will be donning the red, white and blue ring gear, similar to what he wore in TNA as Consequences Creed, when he faces Alexander Rusev. WWE is doing a Russia vs United States theme.
June 5, 2014
In a glorified squash match at Payback 2014, Alexander Rusev defeated Big E Langston via submission to continue his push up the ladder in WWE. He was able to slap on the camel clutch after delivering a big kick to Langston. Afterwards, he held the submission move on for a short period of time before Lana instructs him to let go. Rusev should be placed into a new feud this week.
June 1, 2014
WWE has now officially added a match between Big E Langston and Alexander Rusev to the Payback 2014 pay per view. The goal within the company is to provide Rusev with further credibility, so that he can be eventually moved up to the main event scene. Langston is viewed as a more imposing opponent than Kofi Kingston, R Truth and Xavier Woods at the moment.
May 28, 2014
An interesting rumor floating around right now has the Nation of Domination stable making a return to WWE. Some have noted that the four performers that have lost to Alexander Rusev recently are all black. The speculation is that R Truth, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston will band together as a unit in the story line soon.
May 19, 2014
When WWE made their edits for the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw, they opted not to remove Alexander Rusev this time around. His segment with Jim Duggan and Big E Langston was included in the two hour version of the show. WWE had previously removed his squash matches from being shown on Hulu. It should be interesting to see if he is included next week as well.
May 14, 2014