MARIA KANELLIS DISCUSSES JOHN CENA

"John Cena was always very sweet to me. We had breakfast together on numerous occasions when we were on overseas tours. I don't know what he is like now but back then I considered him a friend."

- Maria Kanellis on John Cena backstage

January 26, 2014
It looks like WWE wants to promote Roman Reigns as a top star during the upcoming tour of Japan. Management is booking him in singles matches against Kane, a performer that Japanese fans are aware of. Reigns will more than likely be going over in those bouts. WWE is also booking Reigns for a tag team match with John Cena during the tour as well, which should give him a little more credibility with the overseas fans.
May 30, 2014

"John Cena was always very sweet to me. We had breakfast together on numerous occasions when we were on overseas tours. I don't know what he is like now but back then I considered him a friend."

- Maria Kanellis on John Cena backstage

January 26, 2014
Back in June, Yoshi Tatsu was given his release from WWE, and many speculated that it would only be a matter of time before he headed back overseas. Earlier this week, he made his return to New Japan by attacking Jeff Jarrett and helped Hiroshi Tanahashi recapture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles, whom Jarrett was trying to help illegally regain the belt.
October 15, 2014
While there has not been a ton of details revealed from the deal between New Japan Pro Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling, there are reports that have surfaced that Jeff Jarrett is looking to distribute content from the overseas promotion across the United States. His ability to do that would greatly increase if he were able to secure a national television deal, which he is rumored to have been working on over the past couple of months.
October 14, 2014
Even though he is now off doing his music thing, Chris Jericho has agreed to help WWE out on their upcoming tour of Europe. Management does not have a lot of top level talent on the active roster nowadays, and Jericho still is enough of a draw to overseas fans. He might be making a couple of appearances on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown before taking off again.
October 9, 2014
When Yoshi Tatsu was given a release by WWE, he was devastated by it because he had been working so hard in developmental to get back to the main roster. However, he is not one to give up on a wrestling career. Reports have surfaced that he will be heading back overseas to sign a contract with New Japan after he finishes up his commitment on the independent circuit.
August 24, 2014
As the company continues their negotiations with Spike TV, TNA has signed a new television contract with SuperSport in Africa. The deal is for five years, which means that Dixie Carter and company will maintain a strong presence overseas, even if they are unable to secure another deal with Spike. Many in the industry are under the impression that Impact Wrestling will remain on television in the United States somehow.
August 21, 2014
As many already know, WWE has been trying to downplay the importance of Great Khali to the company. For years, he was paid a very high salary because of his overseas marketing appeal. However, with WWE losing a ton of money lately, there are talks that the former world heavyweight champion could become a casualty soon. Giving him a release would save WWE close to a million dollars a year.
August 13, 2014
While the movie did not dominate in the United States as the studios had hoped, Hercules has done well overseas. Rock has now informed the fans that the movie has topped the box offices in India, Russia and Australia. The movie has generated almost the same amount from international viewers as it has domestic ones. There's still talks that the movie might barely break even for the studios, which would definitely not be a good sign for the Rock.
August 9, 2014
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
July 17, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Dixie Carter and company would do a big announcement in London. A lot of speculations floated around, including the possibility of doing an overseas tournament there. However, signs are pointing to a new television show instead for TNA. It would be designed specifically for their fans in England and the surrounding areas.
July 3, 2014
One of the reasons why Santino Marella worked a segment with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Monday Night Raw this week was because Emma was overseas. WWE sent the diva to her home country of Australia to do some promotional work for an upcoming tour. Management really does not have a long term plan for Santino and Emma, but they like utilizing the two of them on television together.
June 11, 2014
Even though he could possibly still be with WWE for the next several years, John Cena is now taking steps to ensure that he will have income after his wrestling days are over. The former heavyweight champion has partnered up with Leftfield Pictures, and they are going to be producing a variety of reality television shows to shop to the networks. Leftfield Pictures has had much success with Pawn Stars.
October 22, 2014
While he has long maintained that he has no desires to leave WWE for Hollywood, John Cena is publicly expressing interest in expanding his horizons. The former heavyweight champion wants to show the audience that he can do comedic roles. The belief is that he might have been influenced by the massive success of the Rock and Batista over the last couple of years.
October 22, 2014
Initially, WWE felt that a match between John Cena and Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell 2014 was going to be able to sell itself. Management reportedly noticed the lack of interest and a good amount of complaint from fans, so they made the decision to change things up. The winner now gets a shot at the heavyweight championship, which should pique interest from more fans.
October 21, 2014
WWE is promoting Hell in a Cell 2014 as having a double main event, and the reason behind that is simple. They do not believe that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are proven draws yet, even with the big steel structure and a highly entertaining feud behind them. Thus, the reliance on John Cena and Randy Orton, two guys that the company has relied on for years now, to help sell the pay per view.
October 14, 2014
A lot of speculation has arisen ever since Rock made a surprise appearance on Monday Night Raw and worked a segment with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Many are under the impression that a match between the two could take place at Wrestlemania 31. However, WWE does not appear to be heading in that direction. Rusev is still penciled in for a high profile match against John Cena at the pay per view.
October 12, 2014
While he does not have a story line or a feud on Monday Night Raw, Bray Wyatt has been working against Big Show, most recently during the brief tour of Malaysia. That has led to speculations that the two of them could be bringing that feud to television soon. However, Big Show is expected to put over Alexander Rusev, which would bring him down a notch. Management is concerned about putting Wyatt against mid card performers after moving him all the way up to John Cena.
October 11, 2014
Since management really likes the character and wants him back on television and pay per view events, there are talks of doing a baby face turn with Bray Wyatt. WWE ran out of top level opponents for him to work against once he was done with John Cena and Chris Jericho. Wyatt would have a couple of fresh heel opponents to work against if he were to switch sides.
October 9, 2014
If you're a big fan of Roman Reigns and want to see WWE continue to push him, then there's some really good news from the merchandise department. His products are the second best selling ones at live events across the country. Management uses that as a big gauge for who they continue to push. John Cena remains the leading seller by a landslide, however.
October 9, 2014
In a sign of how rapidly Alexander Rusev is rising through the ranks, management now has him penciled in a high profile match at Wrestlemania 31 against John Cena. The Russian loyalist is expected to be built up in upcoming matches against Big Show and possibly Sheamus before starting his feud with Cena. The early bet is that Cena will be the one to end the reign of terror by Rusev.
October 9, 2014
Since he is not scheduled to win the big battle royal, it looks like WWE wants to utilize John Cena in the main title match at Royal Rumble 2015 instead. A rematch between Cena and Brock Lesnar is now scheduled to take place at the pay per view. Management knows that they do not have a lot of credible opponents for the former UFC champion, so they are going back to the Cena well once again.
October 9, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon announced that John Cena and Dean Ambrose would be facing one another in a match at Hell in a Cell 2014, and the winner would get to work the main event against Seth Rollins in the gigantic steel structure. Rumors are still floating around that the loser of the match will be given Randy Orton as a consolation prize.
October 7, 2014
While WWE is still trying to finalize plans for Hell in a Cell 2014, one thing is certain. Seth Rollins is going to be working a match inside of the huge steel structure. His opponent will either be John Cena or Dean Ambrose. Management has not yet made a decision on that, but the belief is that Cena has the advantage because he has been more of a proven draw over the years, and the pay per view desperately needs that drawing power since Brock Lesnar and the WWE title are not going to be present.
September 30, 2014
Reports have surfaced that Brock Lesnar is not scheduled to work Hell in a Cell 2014. The WWE champion has caused quite a headache for the front office. Management has to be selective about when they use him because they have to pay him accordingly. The creative department has a dilemma because they know that they cannot keep having Lesnar wrestle John Cena, and there's not a lot of performers on the roster that has enough name value to work with Lesnar.
September 25, 2014
There is some disarray backstage in WWE right now as to what to do with the main event of Hell in a Cell 2014. Some think that John Cena and Brock Lesnar should have a title rematch in the gigantic steel structure. However, there are enough people who are opposed to the idea that management had to scrap all plans involving Lesnar and Paul Heyman on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw.
September 24, 2014
Rumors are floating around that Brock Lesnar is having some serious health issues, and it looks to have been started by a writer at What Culture. He wrote an article that detailed how Lesnar looked vulnerable very early on his match against John Cena at Night of Champions 2014. The speculations have gotten to the point where WWE felt compelled to issue an official statement saying that Lesnar is just fine.
September 24, 2014