The belief backstage in WWE is that the company is setting things up to where there will be an episode of Total Divas that will be centered around the wedding of John Cena and Nikki Bella. No word on whether they are getting married in real life or not, but the belief is that they can spike the television ratings by doing that on Total Divas.
April 3, 2014
In Memphis, WWE did a segment on Monday Night Raw where Triple H finally caved in and gave Daniel Bryan what he wanted at Wrestlemania 30. That was unanimously praised by fans online immediately afterwards. However, that crowd pleasing moment did not translate to the ratings, as the numbers for this week has continued to go down.
March 20, 2014
While WWE will attempt to come up with ways to change the course of the television ratings drop for Total Divas, Vince McMahon and company still have a lot of faith in the series. A good amount of fans went online last year to search for full episodes of Total Divas, which leads many in WWE to believe that some people simply did not get a chance to tune in.
March 18, 2014
Since the show has become one of the main focal points for the entire company, WWE officials are extremely disappointed that the ratings for the season premiere of Total Divas were among the lowest that they have seen for a first run episode. It failed to crack the top 100 for Sunday night. Vince McMahon could order his company to do more promotions on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to help.
March 18, 2014
During a recent interview, Buff Bagwell stated that nothing can save TNA at this point. He also made sure to mention that he was not upset with the company for refusing to hire him. Bagwell questions Dixie Carter and her decision to not bring in bigger names, including himself, to help increase the ratings. Interestingly enough, he stated that even the Rock could not save TNA.
March 10, 2014
An interesting stat about the WWE Network has surfaced this week. Vince McMahon decided to air WWE Main Event live on his new subscription service, yet ratings for when the episode aired on ION actually increased from the week before, leading many within the company to believe that fans might prefer to watch things on television instead.
March 7, 2014
Despite all the hype about a potential return by CM Punk, ratings for Monday Night Raw surprisingly dropped this week. Vince McMahon was hoping that the ratings would have remained strong after an episode in which Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker all made a special appearance for WWE to promote both the WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30.
March 5, 2014
I've said for years even when I was with WWE that I want TNA to do well, I never saw TNA as the enemy – that would be ridiculous, I love professional wrestling. Part of the reason why I chose to go to TNA was because it's not good for the fans or for the industry when there is just one conglomerate and nowhere else to go. The most prosperous and entertaining time in our business was during the Monday Night Wars – you had two companies that were fairly evenly matched, both with top tier stars, and they were battling with each other for ratings. That meant everything had to be fresh, everything had to be edgy and everyone really had to rack their brain to come up with exciting storylines, all of the guys had to work really hard and there were 12 million people a week tuning into wrestling. Now there is less than half that, if you're in the wrestling industry now in the States there are only two places to go centrally, WWE or TNA. I would like to try and help facilitate, creating a situation where the WWE has to recognize TNA as a potential competitor and if you know like I do, WWE holds all the marbles then for the artists, the talent it's not good for our business, competition is good for business." - MVP discusses competition within the business
February 22, 2014
Since Sting is not signed to a contract yet, it appears that WWE is now considering Hulk Hogan for the role of on screen general manager. The company feels that he is still a draw and believes that he can help boost ratings on Monday Night Raw. Management wants someone to counter Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
February 22, 2014
While some backstage, including Vince McMahon himself, were said to be concerned that the Olympics would affect the ratings for Monday Night Raw, WWE managed to maintain a firm grip on their viewers this week. Numbers actually went up slightly, despite NBC drawing in 22.4 million viewers to the global sports competition.
February 12, 2014
The expectation was that ratings for Monday Night Raw would rise this week because fans would tune in to see if CM Punk would make his return or not. However, the opposite took place. WWE saw a 12 percent drop in viewership, which has to be a bit alarming since it is the time period between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
February 4, 2014
When Batista made his return on Monday Night Raw, WWE officials were said to be rather upset with the lackluster reaction from the audience. However, management then saw the television ratings for the segment and placed the blame on the Dayton crowd instead.
February 1, 2014
"It's ridiculous. I hate to sound like I'm attacking the WWE or (I) devalue what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want -- and he's always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this, I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE -- this guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn't do over and over and over again. Now I'm older I don't get the whole thing, it doesn't work for me, but what he's able to do, the ratings he's able to pull and the things he's done ... And when I look at his model and he's basically taking everything in and devalued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn't make sense to me," White said during a media luncheon on Monday. If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he's crushing it. So it's a risky move, it's a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it."
- UFC president Dana White on Vince McMahon and WWE Network
January 29, 2014
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
January 25, 2014
A lot of WWE fans tuned away during the segment involving Triple H, Big Show and Stephanie McMahon on Monday Night Raw this week.
November 6, 2013
In an effort to show new fans that the company is capable of drawing in the big name performers in the industry, TNA has added alumni profiles to their roster page on their official website. Some notable names on there are Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, Brooke Hogan, Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam.
April 18, 2014
While the company has recently suffered the loss of AJ Styles and Chris Sabin, it appears that TNA has been able to retain one of their longtime stars. James Storm has signed a new multiple year deal to stick around. The former world heavyweight champion is expected to be given a nice push after he finishes up his program with Gunner.
April 13, 2014
A picture of AJ Styles with his new stable, the Bullet Club. The group consists of several guys, including the Young Bucks, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Styles is currently working for New Japan, where he is rumored to have signed a one year contract.
April 8, 2014
Through Twitter, Scott Hall revealed that his son Cody Hall worked an independent wrestling show in Georgia with AJ Styles. The promoter, however, opted not to have them wrestling in the same match, though. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion worked the main event match against a local performer named Chip Day.
March 22, 2014
While they have both been in the business for a very long time, AJ Styles and Joey Styles have never met before. Through Twitter, the former ECW commentator posted this picture of the two o them together at a convention in New York City this weekend. Joey also joked that AJ was his southern cousin.
March 9, 2014
While a lot of fans were hoping that he would sign with a promotion in the United States so that they can watch him on television again, it appears that AJ Styles will be signing overseas instead. Word has it that he is close to finalizing a contract with New Japan and should be heading to that country to work a few tours. He may be paired up with Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and Prince Devitt.
March 6, 2014
The feeling backstage is that Christopher Daniels will be leaving TNA once his deal expires this summer. He is one of the better paid performers on the roster, and management is still intent on cutting cost. There is a chance that he could take a pay cut, as he does like working for the company, but he could join AJ Styles as a free agent instead.
February 8, 2014
Seiya Sanada is being brought to the United States with the Great Muta to work TNA Lockdown 2014, but instead of returning to Japan with his mentor, it appears that he will be sticking around to work for Dixie Carter for a couple of months. For those that don't know, Sanada was the one that challenged AJ Styles for the TNA title a couple of months ago.
February 8, 2014
In a rather interesting move, AJ Styles has decided to emphasize a post from Twitter, where a fan criticized him for being too demanding during contract negotiations and walking out on TNA. The fan noted that Impact Wrestling drew in good crowds in Europe. He also went as far as to instruct Styles to keep working "shitty ROH shows".
February 7, 2014
To show off his playful side, Seiya Sanada, the Japanese star who recently challenged AJ Styles for the TNA world title, posted this picture of himself on Twitter, where he is playing a Hello Kitty guitar.
February 7, 2014
When he initially left the company, AJ Styles gave the impression that the doors were left open and a potential return to TNA might still take place if he and Dixie Carter could ever come to terms on a contract. However, Styles has changed his tone as of late, and it does not appear that he will be returning.
February 6, 2014
During a recent interview, AJ Styles was asked who his dream opponent in WWE would be, and the former TNA champion chose Rey Mysterio for that honor. Styles then made sure to tell the fans that he was not sure of that happening, as the company has expressed very little interest in giving him a contract.
February 6, 2014
While the possibility of a return is still there, there has been no negotiations between AJ Styles and Dixie Carter as of late, since the latter has been focused on the European tour and the signings of MVP, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards over the last few weeks.
February 6, 2014
How would you describe your two bosses Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter? You can't compare Vince to anybody, if it wasn't for Vince McMahon I wouldn't be here talking to you. He knows how to make money and make stars, I wouldn't be working for Dixie Carter right now if it wasn't for Vince McMahon doing what he did for me. Dixie is a woman and she has that caring aspect about her, sometimes she lets personal [issues] get involved with business because she can't help it. She cares about the wrestlers and their wellbeing and their welfare. Other than that I think Dixie has done a great job, we are talking about a woman that has been involved in the entertainment business but not the wrestling business. It is different when you are involved in music and go over to wrestling, there is so much difference, I think the last 12 years she has had to learn on the job and I think she has done a good job. I can't say anything bad about her, one thing I'll say is that I'm not sure she would have made it without the help of Jeff Jarrett because she did need someone to help transition here and there and Jeff has a great mind for the business. She has learnt a lot during her time at TNA but at the same time she has to make business decisions that she doesn't necessarily like. Lately she has made some very rash business decisions when you are talking about Hulk Hogan and AJ Styles but she has to do what is best for the company, if she thinks that is what is best for the company she has to do it. Would other people agree, no, but she is doing what is best for her company and you can't blame her for that."
- Kurt Angle on comparisions between Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter
January 29, 2014
"It's tough, even Hulk Hogan was a tough loss to accept. Sting has been the cornerstone of the company, Jarrett founded the company and I think he might be the best heel in the business, and AJ Styles is just the best athlete I've ever been in the ring with. From three different perspectives it is a tough pill to swallow because they are three of the best. When you don't have them in the company you hope to god that the young talent steps up, guys like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and James Storm seem to be stepping up. Will they replace Sting? You can't replace Sting, will they replace AJ? Probably not, AJ is irreplaceable, but will they become their own characters and do really well, yes they will do phenomenally well and it's not about replacing anymore, it's about making new stars."
- Kurt Angle on TNA losing stars recently
January 29, 2014