RAW RATINGS DROP IN CHICAGO
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
Reports are surfacing that there is some backstage heat between Vince McMahon and Triple H at the moment over the main event of Wrestlemania 31. McMahon wants Brock Lesnar to defend the title against the Rock, as he feels that those two guys would produce the biggest draw of a match for WWE. HHH, however, wants the company to elevate Roman Reigns by having him challenge Lesnar.
August 18, 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 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
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
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
"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
Rumors coming out of backstage are stating that Vince McMahon made the decision to end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30 because he felt that his legendary star was aging really badly. Since McMahon felt that Undertaker was wrestling what was possibly his last match for WWE, he decided a couple of days before the pay per view to pull the trigger on Brock Lesnar being given the honors.
April 24, 2014
A message on Twitter from CJ Parker, where the WWE developmental wrestler expressed shocked at Brock Lesnar defeating the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. His sentiments were shared by millions of professional wrestling fans, who believed that Undertaker was going to be able to retire with the winning streak in tact.
April 18, 2014
It was heavily speculated that Brock Lesnar would be taking time off after Wrestlemania 30, and it looks like the rumors are true. WWE has removed him from their list of available performers backstage. There are talks that he could be out until Summerslam 2014, unless management can convince him to work some dates before then.
April 17, 2014
While a lot of people assume that he is an asshole because of his reserved nature, Brock Lesnar actually impressed quite a bit of people in WWE with the amount of respect that he showed the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. Not only did he thanks Undertaker in the ring for letting him beat the streak, Lesnar also rode to the hospital afterwards to visit Undertaker.
April 15, 2014
There was actually a push backstage in WWE to have Jim Ross doing commentary at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary performer was penciled in to call the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker. WWE opted against the idea because they were concerned that fans might be able to figure out that Undertaker was going to be losing the match since Ross was brought back for the occasion.
April 13, 2014
As of right now, there are plans backstage to give Antonio Cesaro a huge push. Pairing him with a great talker like Paul Heyman was the start of that. There are even those in WWE that are pushing for Cesaro to be pushed high enough over the next year, so that he can be thrown into a match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, where Heyman would play a pivotal role in the story.
April 12, 2014
During a recent interview, Sting was asked who he would like to work a match with if the Undertaker is unable to wrestle again. The former world heavyweight champion, who is not under contract to WWE as an in ring performer at the moment, stated that he would love to work with Triple H. A match between the two is possible at Wrestlemania 31.
August 23, 2014
There is a little bit of a dilemma backstage in WWE right now when it comes to the Roman Reigns push. Management does not want to put the title on him just yet because they feel that it would be more effective to let him do it at Wrestlemania 31. However, he has gone pretty high up the card already, as Randy Orton is near the top of the ladder. Management will have to figure out what to do with him over the next several months.
August 22, 2014
When WWE announced that they were moving Summerslam 2015 from Los Angeles to New York, the company did not reveal the actual location of the pay per view. There are rumors floating around now that Vince McMahon may try to do the event at the massive MetLife Stadium that was the host of Wrestlemania 29. It's quite the risky endeavor, so the belief is that WWE will eventually end up choosing the Barclays Center or the IZOD Center instead.
August 21, 2014
In another sign that he is moving closer to a full jump to Hollywood, Batista recently discussed his wishes for a retirement match. The former WWE champion would like to do another big match at Wrestlemania against Triple H, who he feels is still the best worker in the business. Management might be willing to do that at Wrestlemania 31 to capitalize on his name value being increased because of Guardians of the Galaxy.
August 15, 2014
The Alberto Del Rio story has just gotten a little more interesting. An employee of AAA has announced that the former world heavyweight champion will be making an appearance at TripleMania, which is the Mexican version of Wrestlemania, on Sunday night. Generally, WWE enforces a 90 day clause on performers who are given a release. There is a possibility that Del Rio might not be under that clause, which means that his chances of showing up in TNA has increased tremendously.
August 11, 2014
While there are still some wrestlers out there who believe that Undertaker was legitimate knocked out at Wrestlemania 30, the majority of the people in the industry are under the impression that the streak ending moment was fully planned by Vince McMahon. The last minute decision was made because he wanted WWE to create a bit of a buzz with the audience.
August 1, 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
While the company publicly states that they do not view any wrestling promotion as competition, the actions being taken by WWE at Wrestlemania 31 tell a different story. Vince McMahon and his staff have worked diligently to prevent independent wrestling companies from being able to do shows in the San Francisco and San Jose areas during the same weekend as their big event. A lot of the buildings in the area have agreed to boycott independent promoters from renting the place.
July 10, 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
While it's several months away and a lot can change during that time, rumors are floating around that Roman Reigns is being penciled in to win Royal Rumble 2015. WWE really wants him to be a main event performer, and being the last man standing in the 30 man battle royal just might be the way to make that happen. The move would put him on track to headline Wrestlemania 31.
July 5, 2014
While it may be hard for a lot of fans to fathom, WWE may not be able to afford to bring the Rock back into the mix for Wrestlemania 31. The company is far from broke, but they have to be wiser about their spending since the valuation of the company has taken a severe dive. Rock is far from cheap since he has great name value. The two sides might not be able to come to an agreement that would see the legendary performer returning to WWE for another stint.
July 3, 2014
Some interesting things might be revealed soon in WWE, as the company is just now getting around to issuing out bonuses from Wrestlemania 30. A lot of people backstage have been wondering how Vince McMahon was going to handle the pay per view bonuses now that the events are shown for free on the WWE Network. McMahon did not help the situation by avoiding his performers on the topic.
June 26, 2014
Even though the push went absolutely nowhere in the long run, Chris Jericho listed his match against Fandango at Wrestlemania 29 as one of his two favorite moments at the pay per view. Jericho loved the idea of putting Fandango over so well that the fans made him a global sensation the following night on Monday Night Raw. His other favorite moment was his big match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 19.
June 17, 2014
Since he is easily one of the biggest stars that professional wrestling ever produced, the Rock remains the top choice for WWE when it comes to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Wrestlemania 31. However, the company has now focused on Sting as a potential candidate to take the top spot in the class next year in case they are unable to convince Rock to participate in the event.
June 17, 2014
After being robbed of an opportunity work a match at Wrestlemania 29, Brodus Clay focused his energy on trying to ensure that he was not going to miss Wrestlemania 30. WWE was not pleased with him telling the fans about his angst about being removed from the card at the last minute, so he was demoted to the developmental program. Today, Clay received his release from the company.
June 12, 2014
After witnessing Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan being utilized as pawns in the feud between John Cena and Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw, a lot of fans voiced their complaints towards WWE. It is now being said that management actually had a different plan that evening for Wyatt. He was supposed to have been booked strong by attacking Big Show and Mark Henry during the closing segment. Instead, WWE changed their minds and decided to put Cena and Lesnar over instead.
August 27, 2014
WWE has announced a big rematch between John Cena and Bray Wyatt for Monday Night Raw tonight. No word yet on why the match is taking place, as the two of them are not currently feuding with one another. Wyatt is still feuding with Chris Jericho, while Cena is in a program with Brock Lesnar, who once again will not be making a television appearance this week despite being the WWE champion.
August 25, 2014
WWE is bringing in the big names to help open up Monday Night Raw this week. Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair have been confirmed to make an appearance. The trio of former world heavyweight champions will be in the opening segment. Reports are surfacing that Flair, Hogan and Michaels will be promoting the feud between John Cena and Brock Lesnar, who is not scheduled to be there.
August 23, 2014
Hulk Hogan has a knack for drawing attention. That's why he has made millions of dollars in his career. The former world heavyweight champion has pulled TMZ in and brought extra attention to WWE this week by exaggerating his supposed real life feud with Brock Lesnar. Hogan is pretending to have backstage heat with Lesnar because the former UFC champion called him "grandpa".
August 21, 2014
With Night of Champions 2014 being a crucial pay per view in terms of drawing in WWE Network subscribers, management is going to be stacking the deck a bit. They knew that they needed their two biggest draws in the main event. That's why it has now been officially announced that John Cena has activated his rematch clause against Brock Lesnar, and the two will tangle again for the world heavyweight championship.
August 20, 2014
It will be interesting to see how WWE handles the promotion of the world heavyweight championship over the next few weeks. Brock Lesnar is not scheduled to be back on television for approximately a month. John Cena, who is returning next week, is expected to get his rematch story line. Paul Heyman is great at what he does, but management will be curious to see how the audience reacts to a missing champion.
August 19, 2014
A lot of eyes in the industry are on Alberto Del Rio right now, as many want to see if he will pursue a lawsuit against WWE. The company has reportedly banned him from working in the United States for a year. Back when Brock Lesnar filed a similar lawsuit, the judge was very close to ruling in his favor. Both sides agreed to a settlement instead. If Del Rio were to file the lawsuit and win the case, then that changes things in the industry quite a bit.
August 19, 2014
When Brock Lesnar interrupted the birthday celebration for Hulk Hogan on Monday Night Raw last week, he went off script a bit. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion said, "Party's over, grandpa." That was not a line fed to him by the WWE creative department. Reports are surfacing that Lesnar took that jab on his own or had help from Paul Heyman in coming up with that line.
August 18, 2014
A Twitter post from former WWE star Kevin Nash where he jokes about trying to do a Vulcan mind meld with Brock Lesnar to let him know that he is only back on Monday Night Raw for the beers and not looking for a fight.
August 14, 2014
An idea being floated around backstage in WWE has Antonio Cesaro and Paul Heyman engaging in a big feud in the next couple of months. The story would involve their amicable split, which is being promoted by the commentators nowadays. This would be the long rumored face turn for Cesaro, and he would be elevated into the main event scene by working against Brock Lesnar.
August 2, 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
During a recent podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle confirmed the longstanding rumors that he and Brock Lesnar got into a backstage fight when both were with WWE. Angle stated that he initiated the brawl with Lesnar because Lesnar was telling the other wrestlers that Angle was too small for him to wrestle. The incident was more of an amateur wrestling match than a fist fight.
July 24, 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
A lot of wrestling fans were a bit confused on Monday Night Raw this week when it was revealed that Paul Heyman and Antonio Cesaro are no longer together. The reason for the abrupt split is because WWE wants Heyman to be associated only with Brock Lesnar, who is rumored to be returning as soon as the night after WWE Battleground 2014. The former UFC champion is rumored to be on the receiving end of a huge push in the coming months.
July 15, 2014
There is a feeling within the WWE locker room that management does not want Daniel Bryan back in the main event scene when he makes his return. Some are pointing out how he is being brought back in a minimum role at Money in the Bank 2014 as a sign of WWE downplaying his importance. Guys like Batista and Brock Lesnar would not be utilized in such a manner when they come back from their hiatus.
June 29, 2014