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There was a lot of discussions backstage in WWE over the weekend as to how they were going to counter the hostile crowd that was sure to be there at Monday Night Raw in Chicago. To prevent the CM Punk chants from getting out of control, management knew that they needed one of the top talents to start the show. Since Undertaker was not there and Daniel Bryan was needed for later, Paul Heyman ended up as the best choice.
March 4, 2014
When Bo Dallas was defeated by R Truth on Monday Night Raw this week, more than a few eyebrows were raised because the streak was ended in such an irrelevant manner. Rumors are floating around now that WWE opted to do this because they did not want to have another streak in the company now that Brock Lesnar has made his return. Management wants the streak emphasis to be on Lesnar beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30.
July 30, 2014
While the audience was quite jovial towards him during Monday Night Raw, there are no plans in place for WWE to do a face turn for Brock Lesnar, as the company feels that he is much more of a draw as a dominant heel. The fans were basically cheering for the tremendous promo that Paul Heyman was cutting about the end of the Undertaker streak.
April 10, 2014
Considering how incredible the show was, WWE should not have any issues with coming up with Wrestlemania 30 highlights to show on Monday Night Raw this week. Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Rock, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Batista, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Big Show and Antonio Cesaro provided plenty of memorable Wrestlemania moments.
April 7, 2014
There are those backstage in WWE that feel that the booking for Brock Lesnar and Undertaker was not done properly over the last few weeks, as the former UFC champion has not been made to look like much of a threat to end the streak at Wrestlemania 30. Vince McMahon had to be convinced to allow Lesnar to look strong against Undertaker on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 3, 2014
Rather than saving him towards the end of the show, WWE opted to have the Undertaker do the opening segment of Monday Night Raw this week. The rumor going around is that management did that so they could keep their viewers from turning away to watch the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, a massively popular sitcom on CBS.
April 1, 2014
A video from Monday Night Raw, where the Undertaker mysteriously rises out of a coffin and attacks Brock Lesnar, in an attempt to hype up their big match at Wrestlemania 30.
March 25, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, it was announced that Undertaker was going to be making his first appearance on WWE Main Event this week. While it may seem odd for a main event guy of his status to be on that television show, the belief is that it is being done so that Vince McMahon can tout the secondary and tertiary shows during contract negotiations with the networks.
March 19, 2014
After Monday Night Raw went off the air last night, John Cena told Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan that they stole someone's entrance. Almost immediately, the Undertaker made his way into the arena to attack the Wyatt Family. Cena and Undertaker managed to hit their finishers on Rowan and Harper, but Wyatt himself escaped.
March 18, 2014
Since Hulk Hogan and Undertaker were both scheduled for the show, WWE is quite surprised that viewership for Monday Night Raw has declined yet again. It comes as especially shocking since Wrestlemania 30 is right around the corner. The drop in numbers should force management to change up quite a bit of their plans going forward.
March 12, 2014
While everyone already knows that Hulk Hogan has a big announcement tonight on Monday Night Raw, it has now been revealed that Undertaker will be making one himself. That has caused heavy speculations that he will be retiring at Wrestlemania 30. The rumor has been floating around for quite some time now as his body simply is giving out on him.
March 10, 2014
After taking a week off following his much anticipated return, the Undertaker is now scheduled to be on every episode of Monday Night Raw from now until Wrestlemania 30. His opponent Brock Lesnar has another two weeks off of television, so it will be interesting to see how WWE plays things up with just the Undertaker for a couple of episodes.
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
While there were some advertisements floating around stating that he would be at the show in Chicago, Undertaker was not at Monday Night Raw this week. He was at home. Initially, management had planned on having him show up to do a stare down segment with Brock Lesnar to promote their Wrestlemania 30 match, but WWE ultimately decided that it was not needed.
March 4, 2014
WWE has uploaded the quick hall of fame induction video for Paul Bearer that was shown on Monday Night Raw. It features stars like Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston doing quick interviews. It also features the legendary manager with Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley and Vader.
March 4, 2014
There was a lot of discussions backstage in WWE over the weekend as to how they were going to counter the hostile crowd that was sure to be there at Monday Night Raw in Chicago. To prevent the CM Punk chants from getting out of control, management knew that they needed one of the top talents to start the show. Since Undertaker was not there and Daniel Bryan was needed for later, Paul Heyman ended up as the best choice.
March 4, 2014
The rumors about Brock Lesnar beating John Cena at Summerslam 2014 for the WWE Championship are escalating even further today, as it has now been revealed that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion has signed on to do a couple of more episodes of Monday Night Raw. The belief is that he will be making more appearances to promote the upcoming Night of Champions 2014.
July 30, 2014
To further their story line, WWE has revealed that Stephanie McMahon has invited Brie Bella to make an appearance on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. This should move them closer to the long rumored match at Summerslam 2014. The belief is that this also gives the company an opportunity to showcase Daniel Bryan and capitalize on the fame that he recently picked up by detaining a burglar.
July 28, 2014
While he is a reliable performer who does not cause trouble backstage, Justin Gabriel was one of the candidates to be on the receiving end of a release from WWE when the company was doing budget cuts. He apparently has survived the cuts and will remain with the company for the time being. It is interesting to note that Gabriel has not been utilized on Monday Night Raw since last September.
July 27, 2014
Those that watched Monday Night Raw this week may have noticed that Sheamus was not in attendance. The former WWE champion will also not be appearing on the next episode of Smackdown, either. That's because the Irish star has been taken off of the road due to a severe flu. The illness is probably quite bad since Sheamus has been known to work through injuries before.
July 24, 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
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few months now, Jim Ross was actually under contract to WWE. Until today, that is. The legendary commentator revealed to fans through social media that his contract officially came to an end this week. While Ross has stated before that he would love to be the lead commentator for Monday Night Raw again, it does not appear that Vince McMahon is interested in that.
July 23, 2014
For those of you that missed Monday Night Raw this week, Brock Lesnar made his much anticipated return to WWE and challenged John Cena at Summerslam 2014 for the world heavyweight championship. The story is that Paul Heyman convinced Triple H to go with Plan C because it was the best chance at getting the strap away from Cena.
July 22, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has decided to drop the story line involving Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, Alexander Rusev and Lana. The belief is that the company changed their minds after seeing the backlash from the media and the fans over the controversial promo that Lana cut at the pay per view. WWE did not let her do much talking on Monday Night Raw this week.
July 22, 2014
Xavier Woods formed a stable with Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston on Monday Night Raw this week, and that has led WWE fans to speculate online about other potential members. R Truth has long been rumored to be joining the group, as he had an on screen partnership with Woods in the past. There is also a chance that WWE may simply opt to keep it a three man stable.
July 22, 2014
On Monday Night Raw this week, Xavier Woods, who is only used sporadically on television by WWE, made a surprising appearance after a tag team match featuring Curtis Axel, Ryback, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. He cut a quick promo about how Kingston and Langston cannot get very far in WWE by being nice guys. This is the start of the long rumored stable, which has already been compared to the Nation of Domination by fans online.
July 22, 2014
During Monday Night Raw, a segment aired where Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan attacked Chris Jericho in the locker room. That was actually a trick by WWE, as the footage was filmed at the pay per view on Sunday night. Jericho had actually hopped on a flight to Los Angeles on Monday morning, so that he can begin promotional work for the new Fozzy album.
July 22, 2014
For those that missed Monday Night Raw, WWE did a story where Stephanie McMahon was arrested during the show because she assaulted Brie Bella, who happened to be sitting in the front row as a fan. The segment generated a huge ovation from the audience, and it was a major topic of discussion online. This is designed to lead to a big match between Stephanie and Brie at Summerslam 2014.
July 22, 2014
After successfully retaining the heavyweight championship at WWE Battleground 2014, many would expect John Cena to be at Monday Night Raw for some sort of victory promo. However, the popular performer hopped on a plane Monday morning in Tampa to head to New York City. Cena is filming some scenes for an upcoming movie and will not be at Raw.
July 21, 2014
While Ric Flair made his much anticipated return to Monday Night Raw this past week, WWE reportedly has no plans for the former world heavyweight champion. He was supposed to make another random appearance on Smackdown, but that was changed at the last minute due to the script being completely reworked. Flair will sporadically be making appearances for WWE heading into Summerslam 2014.
July 19, 2014
While wrestling fans online are downplaying the incident, WWE is a bit concerned that fans in attendance at the last episode of Monday Night Raw were bored with Bray Wyatt during his segment with Chris Jericho. The chants came as a bit of a surprise to management, as they felt that Wyatt was one of their more popular performers. There were concerns that he would lose interests from some fans once his program with John Cena ended.
July 17, 2014
While doing an interview with the Huffington Post to promote his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Batista discussed a few topics regarding WWE. He surprisingly decided to bash the company for their decision to have Brock Lesnar end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30. Batista stated that it made no sense for WWE to go that route.
July 29, 2014
Rumors are swirling that the Undertaker was not supposed to have lost to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30, thanks to some comments made by former WWE stars. Some are saying that he did not kick out of the pin attempt because he was legitimately knocked out from the move. Since the referees are instructed to go through with the count, there is a possibility that it may be true.
July 26, 2014
It looks like the previous media ban has been completely lifted for Bray Wyatt. WWE is now having him do interviews across the country to promote their events. In the past, the company has forced him to avoid speaking publicly, in order to keep an air of mystery around his character. Management wanted to mold him to be similar to the Undertaker character at one point in time.
July 19, 2014
While the event is still several months away and nothing has been decided yet, Sting is already planting the seeds for a legendary match at Wrestlemania 31. The former WCW champion wants the Undertaker, and he is not shy about stating that publicly. Sting told the Mirror that he has already informed WWE of his wish for next April, so it is now up to Vince McMahon and Undertaker to decide if it will happen or not.
July 16, 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 most wrestling fans would love to see him working a match at Wrestlemania 31, Undertaker is actually said to be quite fine with retirement. He didn't make the decision to drop the winning streak to Brock Lesnar, but he reportedly does not mind ending his career on the losing end of a match. WWE wants him back, but the ball is entirely in the court of the Undertaker. For what it's worth, the legend is still staying in shape and working out.
July 5, 2014
While it is still quite a long time away, WWE currently has plans penciled in for Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 31. The company wants him to challenge Brock Lesnar at the event, and they're going to heavily push the fact that Reigns is going up against the only man that has ever defeated Undertaker at the biggest pay per view event of the year. The winning moment is supposed to cement Reigns as the top star in WWE.
July 2, 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
Country music singer George Strait held his last concert ever this weekend in Dallas, and drew in an incredible amount of people to the show. Among the 105,000 fans at the concert were Undertaker, Michelle McCool and Steve Austin. No word yet on whether or not the former WWE stars were at the event together or just happen to be there at the same time.
June 9, 2014
In a depressing bit of news, Undertaker is said to be very pessimistic about being able to work another match for WWE again. When asked about Wrestlemania 31, the legendary performer stated that it was highly unlikely to happen because his body is quite banged up. While fans are urging him to do another match, Undertaker has to take his health and family into considerations.
June 5, 2014
During a recent interview, Shawn Michaels revealed that there was quite a bit of backstage heat between he and Undertaker during their careers. Michaels noted that he was obnoxious and outgoing, while Undertaker was quiet and reserved. The two WWE legends had respect for one another, but they simply did not like one another. Vince McMahon was said to have done a lot of work to appease both performers and kept them apart as much as possible backstage.
June 3, 2014
There are still a good amount of people backstage in WWE that are questioning the decision to have Undertaker lose his winning streak to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30. Some feel that the moment did not turn out exactly as Vince McMahon had hoped that it would. However, no one is willing to bring it up to the WWE CEO, as it was a decision he made on his own.
May 29, 2014
While fans want to believe that Undertaker was the one that made the decision to end the winning streak at Wrestlemania 30, another person has confirmed that Vince McMahon was the one behind the move. Shawn Michaels revealed to Jim Ross during a podcast interview that McMahon made the decision approximately four hours before the pay per view started.
May 7, 2014
"I spoke to them in November about coming back in January, but neither of us could really agree on what it was I would be doing, and not in a bad way. If I'm going to come back, what am I going to be doing at WrestleMania? Let's see, we've got Batista coming back, we've got Brock Lesnar coming back, we've got Undertaker coming back, we've got Hulk Hogan coming back, we've got the ascension of Bray Wyatt, we've got the ascension of The Shield, Cesaro's ready to go and Daniel Bryan's ready to go. Where do I fit in? We have a great relationship, but if it doesn't work for both of us, then it won't happen. When the time comes where it does, then it will. It's as simple as that." - Chris Jericho discusses a potentail WWE return
May 2, 2014
"I loved it, I thought it was great. It was a legitimate shock, it got everybody talking. I think the right guy got it, if you're going from a credibility standpoint, and if you're going from a believability standpoint. As much as people and fans and journalists want to believe that it's the case, I'm not sure if Undertaker had too many matches left in him. Maybe he doesn't want to wrestle again. Maybe he knew that he couldn't take any more. It's a big, physical task to wrestle as it is, and once a year is hard. I wouldn't want to come and wrestle just once a year. That's even harder than wrestling 200 times a year, because your body's not used to it. And the older you get, the harder it gets, the more the aches and pains kick in. Maybe The Undertaker decided that, 'I don't want to do this anymore'. And much to the fans' chagrin, who wish that we would wrestle until the day we die at 90 years old and explode into a puff of dust in the ring, sometimes you've got to make that decision. If the time was now, Brock was the right guy for that day, and I thought it was amazing. And I would have hated it - hated it - if Undertaker would have retired without losing. I think that would have been a horrible way to go, I'm really happy that he lost The Streak." - Chris Jericho on the streak ending at Wrestlemania 30
May 2, 2014