A video of the match between Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler on Monday Night Raw to see who would advance to the next round of the tournament to determine a new contender for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Both performers were heavily praised backstage for the match.
April 17, 2014
Since WWE has filed trademark paperwork on his name, Ric Flair is expected to be utilized as an on screen character soon. While nothing has been confirmed at this time, there are talks backstage of the former WCW champion being a manager again. There are rumors that he could be paired up with Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder, if management opts to make that stable happen.
March 22, 2014
Earlier in the year, there were some minor talks backstage about putting Miz and Dolph Ziggler into a stable together, where the theme of the group is that performers are disgruntled with their positions within WWE. Miz even started a few segments on Monday Night Raw for that. Now, there are talks that Zack Ryder could be thrown into the mix as a third member.
March 15, 2014
Since the company has no interest in pushing them as singles performes, the idea being tossed around backstage right now has the Miz and Dolph Ziggler forming a tag team. WWE is also interested in giving them a gimmick where they both are disgruntled with the company.
February 5, 2014
"Keep voicing your opinions, WWE Universe, but please stop asking me if I'm going to quit. It's annoying. I still have a year left."
- Dolph Ziggler explains his backstage situation to fans
January 29, 2014
While many people are already aware that Dolph Ziggler is being punished by WWE over the last several months, not many are aware as to the exact reason why. Rumor is that he has backstage heat with Randy Orton over comments he made during an interview around the time of Summerslam.
January 22, 2014
"I'm sitting at home with a pounding headache, and I'm thinking I'm going to lose this one opportunity that I was basically never supposed to have. Then slowly over the next two or three weeks, my headaches weren't going away, and then I'm, 'Wow, let's put that on the back burner, I need to see if I can ever wrestle again.' At week three, [still] a consistent 24-hour headache, I may never be able to get in to the ring again. If I do, I don't know if I could fall down, be as crisp as I was, and I'm nervous about hitting my head or anything like that. Luckily, very slowly but surely, everything came back into order. I picked up right where I left off, and unfortunately the title was very shortly out of my hands. Even though you love this business, it doesn't always love you back. It's always about timing, [and] that was my one shot to prove to the world that I could actually be a Heavyweight Champion."
December 25, 2013
"Absolutely Arn. He's taken a liking to me because of my work ethic. I'm the guy who doesn't necessarily win all the time, always out there giving a great match, [and] making someone else look better. He crushed for so many years like that, so I feel like he relates to me sometimes. He pulls me aside and gives me a lot of pointers. [WWE Hall of Famer] Pat Paterson is another one. Guys who are so good and so smart with the business, loving the business, and [when] they see someone else loving it, they try to pass on their wisdom."
December 24, 2013
A lot of people backstage in WWE have been joking around lately about John Cena possibly being the next guy to leave the company to pursue a career in Hollywood. He's got a couple of parts coming up that might help him gain the attention of the studios. There are also talks that Cena is a lot more injured than he lets on, so an acting career might seem like a better option nowadays.
July 23, 2014
One of the ideas being floated around backstage in WWE is to turn Nikki Bella into a heel. The story would be that Stephanie McMahon finally gets to her by getting Nikki to believe that Brie Bella has left her hanging. Nikki would grow tired of being abused by the Authority, so she ends up doing a heel turn against her sister. The story would more than likely be featured on Total Divas as well.
July 22, 2014
As late as Saturday, management had plans in place for Bray Wyatt to beat Chris Jericho at WWE Battleground 2014. However, Vince McMahon called an audible and had Jericho winning the match. No word yet on why McMahon made this decision, but it is being said that a lot of people backstage were against the idea because Wyatt had already started losing momentum with the audience.
July 22, 2014
Since the company has been releasing people left and right due to the budget cuts, there is some understandable paranoia backstage in WWE nowadays. Recently, people were under the impression that Road Dogg had been released because he was not around for a couple of the television taping. However, it turned out to be a false alarm, as the former Intercontinental Champion was simply on vacation.
July 21, 2014
Something must have changed drastically backstage in WWE, as Ricky Steamboat appears to be back with the company. The legendary performer had to inform promoters that he would no longer be able to make appearances unless they contacted WWE to get approval. Steamboat booked himself on a lot of independent wrestling shows after being released from the company.
July 21, 2014
Fans weren't the only ones excited this week when it was announced that Sting was going to be on the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The performers backstage were excited as well, as many of them grew up watching Sting during his prime. It's still uncertain as to the extent of the deal that he signed with WWE, but wrestlers are simply excited to have him involved in any shape or form.
July 16, 2014
When Bray Wyatt was accidentally busted open by some errant punches from Ric Flair at a WWE live event in Madison Square Garden this past weekend, he took it extremely well. Some are even saying that he looked like he enjoyed the moment with the legendary Flair in a legendary arena. Since he did not get upset about the incident, people backstage are praising Wyatt for his attitude.
July 16, 2014
During the main event of Monday Night Raw this week, it appeared that Seth Rollins injured his knee during an interaction with Roman Reigns. Rumors are floating around now that he is actually fine and was just selling the move. However, there are reports that WWE is simply downplaying things, so that fans will continue to be hyped for his upcoming match against Dean Ambrose. Fans in attendance noted that the referee did indeed signal the medical crew backstage when the incident happened.
July 15, 2014
Anyone that has heard Jim Cornette speak over the last decade should already know that he absolutely hates Vince Russo. The former WWE manager routinely sways regular conversations into diatribes against Russo. Through Twitter, Russo offered to make pace with Cornette. As expected, though, Cornette wants nothing to do with that. He refuses to end the backstage heat between the two.
July 14, 2014
Showing that some friendships extend beyond the business, Undertaker and his wife Michelle McCool recently attended a comedy show featuring Mick Foley. The longtime WWE couple wanted to show support for their old friend. The two of them even went backstage to catch up with Foley for a bit. Several wrestlers in the industry, including CM Punk recently, have made the effort to go watch Foley tell jokes.
July 14, 2014
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
A black eye usually is not something to be proud of. It is, however, when you're a lifelong wrestling fan being punched by one of the greatest performers that the industry has ever seen. Bray Wyatt received a black eye during a big live event at Madison Square Garden in New York City over the weeken due to an errant punch by Ric Flair. Reports are stating that the incident happened because Flair forgot that he was wearing his hall of fame ring. There is said to be no backstage heat between the two due to the injury.
July 14, 2014
Since the company is expected to lose several millions of dollars this year, WWE has decided to scale back on their catering at live events. Vince McMahon was well known for being rather generous with his performers when it comes to food being served backstage. Sometimes, the dishes were very lavish. Food will still be served at WWE events, but they will be much simpler.
July 12, 2014
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
"Dolph Ziggler has got to be one of the toughest men to put on a pair of boots, but he's going to be like Mick Foley in another five years because that kid beats his body up more than anybody on the crew. I do know this, in my dealings with him, when I'm his producer, he gives everything he's got. He does some really phenomenal and athletic stuff." - Arn Anderson thinks WWE should push Ziggler
July 20, 2014
While a lot of fans are hoping to see WWE giving Dolph Ziggler a push again, the on screen relationship between he and Summer Rae is more about the diva than the former world heavyweight champion. Management needed someone to pair her up with, so that she can continue her feud against Fandango and Layla El. WWE still wants to give her a nice push heading into the next season of Total Divas.
July 6, 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
Some more names have been added to the upcoming WWE Intercontinental Championship battle royal. Big E, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Ryback are now in the match at WWE Battleground 2014. They join Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Great Khali and Antonio Cesaro. As of right now, the company is favoring the idea of giving the title to Cesaro.
July 2, 2014
After their segment on Monday Night Raw this week, there is a lot of speculation going around about Dolph Ziggler and Summer Rae. There has been no confirmation that they are dating in real life. The belief is that this is a move by WWE to make both of them slightly more relevant and to have a foil for Fandango and Layla El. This on screen relationship between Ziggler and Summer could be a short term thing.
July 1, 2014
In a very exciting match, Seth Rollins outlasted Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger to capture the briefcase at Money in the Bank 2014. WWE wants to continue the war between Ambrose and the Authority, so they had Kane coming out and providing assistance to Rollins. Despite the heel tactic to win the match, the Rollins victory was actually cheered by a good amount of fans.
June 29, 2014
Thanks to the help of Kane, Seth Rollins was able to climb the ladder uninterrupted and win the briefcase at Money in the Bank 2014. The Big Red Monster came to the ring and attacked Dean Ambrose to clear the path. Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Rob Van Dam were all laid out on the floor during the finale. WWE power couple Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out afterwards to congratulate Rollins.
June 29, 2014
Through his personal blog on Facebook, Mick Foley revealed that he was supporting Dolph Ziggler. The WWE legend also revealed why he was rooting for the former world heavyweight champion. He stated that fans were behind Ziggler during his push because they knew that he had worked hard to get to the top. Foley wants WWE to get fans to believe that hard work pays off by pushing Ziggler again.
June 24, 2014
The long rumored return of Ric Flair is reportedly close to happening, as word coming out of WWE is that the former world heavyweight champion has passed the medical tests that the company requires before taking a performer on the road full time. The strong rumors are that he will be paired up with the Miz again, despite asking WWE to put him with Dolph Ziggler.
June 10, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, Alberto Del Rio qualified for the big ladder match at Money in the Bank 2014 by defeating Dolph Ziggler. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as many felt that WWE would utilize Ziggler in a match that suits his skills. Instead, management opted to go with Del Rio, who does not have a lot of momentum or popularity right now.
June 3, 2014
Since the pay per view was in Chicago, many within WWE expected the fans to chant for CM Punk last night. They did just that throughout Payback 2014. However, some within the company were surprised to see a passionate please from the audience for WWE to utilize Dolph Ziggler. They chanted for him almost as much as they did for Punk, the hometown hero.
June 2, 2014
"I was shown a package of things he's done and I was wondering if I could keep up in the ring with him. Once he gets here he'll not only already be established, but Superstars like myself will already have ideas in our head about things we can do with him. And that will make it that much better." - Dolph Ziggler praising WWE NXT developmental star Adrian Neville
May 30, 2014
"The purpose of my post. I'm not to suggest that Dolph Ziggler join Global Force Wrestling, just using him as an example of how subjective WWE decisions can be. I do agree that Dolph Ziggler is a terrible ring name. A couple of years ago, I sent a very detailed e-mail to the powers that be with a suggestion of how he could get out of the name and simultaneously garner some mainstream media attention, but never heard back from those in charge." - Mick Foley explaining his post about Dolph Ziggler on Twitter
May 23, 2014
Now that he is on the verge of making a full time return to WWE, Ric Flair has been in discussion with management on how to utilize his character. The former world heavyweight champion had been petitioning to be assigned as a manager for Dolph Ziggler. However, WWE isn't interested in pushing Ziggler, so they want to put Flair with someone else instead.
May 23, 2014
If you routinely watch Monday Night Raw, then you already know that Adam Rose has a bunny in his entourage. Rumors are floating around that the person portraying that character is actually Zack Ryder. However, the long time WWE star is denying it and has been doing so for the last several weeks. Dolph Ziggler recently flamed the fans of those rumors by telling fans on Twitter that it is Ryder.
May 21, 2014