The friendship and business relationship between JBL and Michael Cole continues to grow, as the WWE commentators are now scheduled to compete in a fishing competition. On July 4, in Bermuda, where JBL has a residence, the two of them will be contestants in the world marlin championship. A television deal is being rumored for the event as well.
February 21, 2014
While rumors of their demise are swirling rapidly around the promotion, TNA has opted to continue with business. Dixie Carter has announced that the company has signed Chris Melendez to a multiple year contract. The Purple Heart award recipient only has one leg because of injuries suffered while serving the country in Afghanistan. The move should bring about some positive press for TNA.
July 30, 2014
While a lot of fans bashed TNA for paying big bucks to Hulk Hogan over the years, his true value is coming out as Dixie Carter is having some trouble trying to secure a new television deal for Impact Wrestling. Hogan's name value helped open a lot of doors in business for the company, and his absence has made it a bit harder to sell networks on their product.
July 29, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that Chris Jericho is done with WWE after he finishes up his feud with Bray Wyatt. The return was designed to be a short term thing, as the former undisputed champion still has other business ventures that he wants to focus on. There are talks that Jericho could be convinced to stick around in WWE a bit longer if an interesting program can be created for him.
July 28, 2014
Earlier in the month, Steve Austin made a comment about WWE being too scripted for his taste. While those comments would surely bring backstage heat on one of their mid card performers, it is being said that there is absolutely no heat towards Austin, as management knows that they might need him for business down the line.
July 28, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, Triple H cut a promo that took a jab at wrestling fans online. Some more details have been revealed now. The segment was in response to what HHH saw online from fans who complained about WWE Battleground 2014 being a sub par show. It has been said on multiple occasions that he hates fans who think they know how the business works.
July 24, 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
When it comes to public relations, Vince McMahon is one of the best in the business. Knowing that investors have their eyes closely on the WWE Network, the CEO has made sure that the numbers are kept a secret. It is being reported that even some of the top level executives are being kept in the dark about how well the project is doing.
July 14, 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
Through Twitter, Petey Williams informed his fans that he will retire from professional wrestling after his final match on Saturday. The former TNA X Division Champion will be working against long time friend Chris Sabin at an independent wrestling show in Michigan. No word yet on why he has decided to retire after a dozen years in the business or what he intends to do afterwards.
July 4, 2014
During a recent podcast interview between Steve Austin and Vince Russo, the topic of the Montreal Screwjob came up. Russo gave specific details about what went down between Vince McMahon, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Austin then finished the discussion by stating that he had no prior knowledge of the incident going down, but that he thinks the decision by McMahon and Russo was the right one. The business had to be protected from Hart and Eric Bischoff.
July 3, 2014
While the general consensus in professional wrestling is that the world heavyweight champion plays a bit part in the overall success of the company, a recent article from Forbes attempts to dispute that by looking at the financial ramifications during the title reigns of CM Punk, John Cena and Randy Orton. Since the numbers are all over the place, the author concluded that the heavyweight champion does not have much of an effect on the business end of WWE.
July 2, 2014
While a lot of fans are under the impression that CM Punk left WWE because of a recent incident or two, Paul Heyman revealed during an interview with Chris Jericho that Punk had been unhappy with the company for well over a year. That unhappiness had sapped him of his passion for the business. Heyman also stated that Punk did not want to be one of those people who only stuck around for the money.
June 27, 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
JTG and Shad Gaspard are not the only former WWE tag team doing a reunion. Word going around is that Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks are looking into doing a tour of the independent wrestling circuit together. Reks has not been all that active since leaving WWE to start his own business. The two of them should have enough name value to pick up bookings.
June 26, 2014
Since he was very popular with his peers backstage, there have been many wondering why WWE released Josh Mathews yesterday. It turns out that it was simply a business decision, as the company needed to trim their budget further. To management, Mathews was at the bottom of the list when it comes to announcers, commentators and interviewers. WWE is expected to continue with the releases to cut cost even further.
June 26, 2014
One of the biggest advertisers at Payback 2014 was Mountain Dew, and WWE made sure to let their fans know about it by having JBL, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole promoting the soft drink throughout the evening. Fans in attendance at the pay per view, however, noted that Lawler was actually drinking Diet Coke whenever the cameras were not turned on to him. The commentator kept it hidden for much of the broadcast.
June 3, 2014
A surprising buzz was created last night when fans made mention of Batista wearing blue ring gear at Payback 2014. At one point, it even become the top trend on Twitter, a fact that Michael Cole proudly boasted to fans. Batista was not nearly as amused, as he took to the social media site today to bash fans for focusing on the color of his outfit, as opposed to the tremendous performance that he, Randy Orton, Triple H, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put on.
June 2, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE wants to make a change with their Monday Night Raw commentating team, but that is just pure speculations at this point. Management is said to be quite pleased with the trio of Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler. WWE wants Cole to remain at the position for the long haul, as he has taken over the position in a commanding way.
May 5, 2014
A picture of the mini announce team used by WWE at Extreme Rules 2014 during the WeeLC match between Hornswoggle and El Torito. The trio basically was a mock version of JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, where they were respectively named JB Elf, Micro Cole and Jerry Smaller.
May 5, 2014
With so many of his peers, including JBL, Michael Cole, Jim Ross, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin, finding success doing shows online, Taz is following suit. The TNA commentator announced that he was going to debut his own online radio show soon. The format will basically be the former world heavyweight champion talking about the daily topics in professional wrestling.
April 22, 2014
A picture of WWE stars on the set of the Soup, a popular television show that makes fun of current events. Titus ONeil, JBL, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Dolph Ziggler, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella were recently guests on an episode.
April 12, 2014
Since he recently was spotted at WWE headquarters, there are now speculations that Tony Schiavone could be signed to a commentating contract with the company. That is clearly not the case, as the former WCW announcer really was just there to do some work on upcoming content. Michael Cole is not being replaced anytime soon.
March 22, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, the commentators were instructed to take a few verbal jabs at Jim Ross. Rather than being upset at his former cohorts, Ross took to Twitter to tell fans to ease up on JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. He stated that they were simply doing their jobs and saying what they were told to say. The belief is that the orders came from Vince McMahon.
March 4, 2014
While fans across the country are trying to voice their opinions on the situation, JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler find it annoying. The commentating trio were heard on Monday Night Raw being agitated with a group of fans that were trying to get the chants going. They were basically telling those people to go away.
February 12, 2014
WWE commentator Michael Cole has suffered a death in the family. Thomas Coulthard, his father, passed away in Florida this week at the age of 74 after battling cancer for the last several years. Coulthard worked with the United States Trooper for more than a quarter of a century while living in New York.
February 8, 2014
As part of his weight loss challenge with Michael Cole, JBL needs to lose another two pounds by Sunday, or else he has to pay a fine by donating money to charity. The former WWE champion has lost 17 pounds thus far, and he needs to lose another 37 pounds before climbing another mountain.
February 7, 2014
Michael Cole will not be on commentary for Smackdown this week. Instead, JBL will be joined on television by Josh Mathews. No word yet on why Cole did not work the event, but there does not appear to be any backstage heat from WWE towards their long time commentator.
January 22, 2014
Since Miz is someone that the company wants to keep around for a long time, WWE is experimenting with him as a commentator on Smackdown this week, where the former heavyweight champion will be joining Michael Cole and JBL for the entire episode.
January 16, 2014
WWE purposely had Summer Rae and Rosa Mendes wear similar outfits on Monday Night Raw as a rib to Michael Cole for mixing up the two performers the previous week.
January 1, 2014
Since they are friends in real life, Michael Cole flew down to Houston this week to do commentary at Reality of Wrestling Christmas Chaos, an event promoted by Booker T. The two of them requested and received permission from WWE to do so.
December 25, 2013