During a recent and rare interview, Tito Santana bashed WWE for not pushing his El Matador gimmick. He stated that he was not initially crazy about the idea, but he was still dedicated enough to travel down to Mexico to learn to be an actual bullfighter. Santana felt that the gimmick was very much over with the audience, so he feels that WWE missed an opportunity by not pushing him into the main event scene.
October 6, 2014
Since he has a criminal conviction on his record, there were some speculations as to whether or not Jeff Hardy would be allowed to travel into Japan to work at Bound For Glory 2014. Sources are now stating that the former world heavyweight champion has been cleared to enter the country if he wishes. It is now up to TNA to decide if they want to have him on the show. As of right now, Hardy is not being advertised for the pay per view.
September 14, 2014
In order to show support, MVP took his own time and money to travel to Ferguson to be part of the protest. While the TNA star was pleased by the show of solidarity in the community, he did note that there were a few people there who were making the situations worse. MVP was more than likely referring to the looters who were taking advantage of the situation.
August 18, 2014
Last night, Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to work a match at TripleMania, which is the biggest pay per view by AAA. Unfortunately, though, he was not able to make it. Jarrett had some travel issues due to some bad weather in Texas. There is said to be no backstage heat towards the former world heavyweight champion because he did make the effort to try to get to Mexico for the show.
August 18, 2014
In a sign of how tight money is becoming in WWE, Vince McMahon has decided to take away the tour bus that the production crew used to travel in. This has reportedly upset several of the workers, as they were able to sleep while being transported to the next city to set up the arena. Now, they're being forced to drive themselves, which means that they are receiving very little sleep.
July 16, 2014
In another sign that the company is concerned about the huge amount of money being lost, WWE is going to be scaling back on their traveling budget. Several of the top performers in the company are allowed to fly first class when they travel to and from the live events. Vince McMahon is now going to have them flying coach like the mid card and lower card performers.
July 12, 2014
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
During a recent interview to promote his upcoming appearance at Slammiversary 2014, Kevin Von Erich revealed to the Dallas News that he normally avoids traveling because of a bad back suffered from years of being an in ring performer. The Texas legend stated that he was willing to travel from his home in Hawaii to the TNA pay per view because he wants to see his son performing on a national stage.
June 1, 2014
MVP is taking the weekend off from TNA live events, so that he can travel to England to work a big show over there for PCW. Promoters there have also booked Al Snow, Shane Helms, Low Ki and Chris Masters as well. One of the things that MVP asked for in contract negotiations with TNA is to have some freedom and flexibility to work overseas still.
May 30, 2014
The scheduling department in WWE is doing the already overworked John Cena no favors this July. The company has a big Madison Square Garden show booked, and Cena is scheduled to be the main event performer that night. However, Cena is also needed to draw in the fans at shows in Japan earlier in the week. He will be forced to travel across the world in a short period of time.
April 30, 2014
While his days as a top level performer are certainly behind him now, WWE is hoping to sign Rey Mysterio to a contract extension that will see him in a new role. He would work extremely limited dates as an in ring performer and travel extensively to other countries to act as a brand ambassador. The current contract expires at the end of April.
April 3, 2014
While fans are under the impression that professional wrestlers are all getting rich, that simply is not the case, especially for a lower level performer like Jinder Mahal. The 3MB member is currently being paid $75,000 a year by WWE in downside guarantees. That salary seems like a lot, but Mahal has to pay for his own travel expenses every week.
March 26, 2014
While he is not a main event performer in WWE, Kofi Kingston draws in a pretty good salary. His downside guarantee is $254,200 a year. Even though he does have to pay for his own travel expenses, Kingston does get thrown into a couple of pay per view events per year, which gives his annual salary a nice boost from the PPV bonuses.
March 24, 2014
Since wrestlers travel a ridiculous amount of miles every single year, coincidental meetings at airports take place rather frequently. The latest one has Chavo Guerrero and Sean Waltman bumping into one another at the airport in Dallas. Guerrero snapped this picture of the two of them together and uploaded it for his fans on Twitter.
March 1, 2014
While it is viewed by many backstage as one of the biggest draws that WWE could put on Wrestlemania 30, the feeling is that the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker will not happen. Reports are stating that management is concerned that Lesnar is not willing to travel down to Texas to work out with Undertaker for a few weeks.
February 13, 2014
There is a little bit of a buzz generating from the independent wrestling circuit. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas are going to be reuniting for a show in Houston, which is being promoted by Booker T. The reason why there is a buzz brewing is because Kurt Angle recently teased fans on Twitter by asking them if they want to see a Team Angle reunion, which has sparked rumors that the Olympic gold medalist might be making a surprise appearance at the event.
November 22, 2014
During interviews, Kurt Angle has repeatedly stated that he wants to do one final year before retiring from professional wrestling. However, word is now coming out that the former world heavyweight champion is open to signing a contract that stretches out to 18 months since it would be a part time deal. Angle wants to focus on building a career in Hollywood, and he knows that he still needs the exposure from wrestling to help make that happen.
November 1, 2014
Reports are floating around that Kurt Angle has signed a new contract with TNA that will enable him to work part time and focus on building up his career in Hollywood. The former Olympic gold medalist attempted to get a part time deal with WWE, but the company insisted that he sign a full time deal, which Angle did not want because he was worried about the effects it would have on his body.
October 29, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was reported that WWE had offered Kurt Angle a full time contract, which he turned down because he wanted a part time deal to preserve his body and health. There are speculations floating around that Triple H only made that offer because he knew that Angle would reject it. Some are still under the belief that HHH wants nothing to do with Angle and is attempting to block his return to the company.
October 15, 2014
While reports have surfaced that Kurt Angle has indeed been in negotiation with WWE on his final contract in the business, the former world heavyweight champion has not ruled out a potential return to TNA because the company is more than willing to give him the part time deal that he prefers. Angle has publicly stated that this will be his final contract as a wrestler, and he wants to try to gain more ground in Hollywood.
October 14, 2014
Sources within WWE are now confirming that the company has indeed had talks with Kurt Angle about a potential return. Reports are stating that a full time contract was offered, but the former world heavyweight champion declined because he simply did not feel that he can handle being on the road that frequently. Angle is said to be seeking a part time deal, where he only works the big events. Negotiations are said to be ongoing.
October 11, 2014
Contrary to popular beliefs, WWE has not shut the door on a potential return by Kurt Angle. He is still viewed as a possible asset, and the company severely lacks top level talent right now. Angle has plenty of opponents on the roster that he can work with and elevate. The former world heavyweight champion is still expected to make an announcement about his future before the end of the year.
October 9, 2014
While the wrestling world still awaits the big announcement from Kurt Angle, the former world heavyweight champion has revealed some details on his next contract. It will only be a one year deal, as the Olympic gold medalist believes that his time is running out as an in ring performer. Angle stated that he wants to give 100% during the final year and give the best performances that he can before retiring.
September 29, 2014
TNA could be losing another big name performer, as their contract with Kurt Angle is expiring at the end of the day. He already told fans that an official announcement on his future will be made soon. The former world heavyweight champion has long stated that he has a desire to do one more run with WWE before retirement. With the company desperately lacking top level performers, a reunion is quite possible.
September 21, 2014
"Well right now I'm not at liberty to say where I'm going but I will tell you I'm going to do the right thing for me and my family. I am in the process of structuring a deal and I do have a company in mind. I haven't said yes because I want to make it a public thing with the company and myself. I can't really say who it is or where I'm going but I can tell you it's going to happen in the next two weeks before my contract is even up. I won't be wrestling until January but there will be a signing in the next couple of weeks." - Kurt Angle hinting on whether he will stay with TNA or return to WWE
September 10, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Kurt Angle has called Triple H about a possible return to WWE. Reports has surfaced that HHH is not interested in a reunion with the former world heavyweight champion. There is said to be some lingering backstage heat from HHH towards Angle, whose contract with TNA expires in exactly a month from today.
August 21, 2014
During a recent interview, Kurt Angle revealed that he only has another month left on his contract with TNA. He actually stated September 21 as being the final day of the deal. As usual, Angle left open the possibility of making a return to WWE, while not ruling out an extension with TNA. The former world heavyweight champion stated that no matter where he signs his last deal, it will have to be a part time schedule.
August 20, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Vince McMahon is not interested in seeing Kurt Angle making a return to WWE. However, that appears to just be speculation. While management has been trying to cut back on spending, the belief is that they would open the check book for Angle since he is a superb performer who can draw in a good amount of fans.
August 18, 2014
Kurt Angle has long stated that he wants to explore his options when his latest contract with TNA expires, and it looks like he's really sticking to his words. The company has announced a big tour of England in 2015, and Angle has not been promoted. The belief is that the company does not want to put themselves in a position where they have to offer refunds because a big star is not there.
August 14, 2014
While the company would probably never admit it, there are those that believe that WWE is simply setting up Alexander Rusev for a potential feud with Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medalist has openly talked about leaving TNA and returning to WWE for quite some time now. His patriotic gimmick would be a perfect foil for the evil pro Russian character.
August 3, 2014