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
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
Since TNA really wants Brutus Magnus to be viewed as a main event performer, one of the ideas being tossed around backstage is to have Kurt Angle put him over in an upcoming feud. Many feel that a win over the former world champion would help add credibility to both his character and his reign. TNA could do a huge match on a special edition of Impact Wrestling.
February 14, 2014
"We even have to take briefings on how to tweet and what's the most effective way to tweet. I just never thought it would get to the point where we have meetings on the technique of tweeting. Times are changing. We're getting more pressure from the networks we're on. We just had a meeting with Spike TV and their representatives on who to tweet, how to tweet, when you should re-tweet. They want us to talk about things that are storyline-driven in character."
- Kurt Angle reveals that Spike is teaching TNA stars how to use Twitter
January 30, 2014
In order to create new matches in the main event scene, WWE is contemplating a baby face turn for Randy Orton in the near future. Seeds have been planted on Monday Night Raw recently when his character is shown complaining frequently about being forced to put out fires created by Seth Rollins. The belief is that a feud between the two will be taking place very soon.
September 30, 2014
One name that will definitely not be at Hell in a Cell 2014 is Batista. He will be busy next month doing a new movie with acting legend Robert De Niro. The two will star in a film called Bus 657, which will be centered around a heist. Batista will be playing a greedy character who helps his coworker rob a bank to pay for health treatments for his daughter.
September 25, 2014
A new sitcom called Wrestling With Joeylicious, and as the name suggests, it is centered around the world of professional wrestling. The lead character clings on to his dreams by working at low level independent wrestling shows. Producers have managed to sign Roddy Piper, Mick Foley, Tito Santana and Jimmy Snuka to make an appearance on the show. They will each be portraying themselves.
September 25, 2014
Another potential legal battle is heading towards WWE. Honky Tonk Man is threatening to sue the company, and he is taunting them into suing him as well. The dispute between the two sides is over the use of the character and name. The former Intercontinental Champion is claiming that WWE has tried to prevent him from making a living and feeding his family on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 23, 2014
On Night of Champions 2014, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso for the WWE tag team championship. Rumors are floating around that management felt that the twins had grown stale because they ran out of teams to defend the titles again. Plus, Rhodes has really been getting into his Stardust character, so the front office wants to see if the gimmick can pick up further steam with a championship push.
September 22, 2014
While the hot rumors are pointing to Darren Young being eventually revealed by WWE as the man underneath the bunny suit, a lot of fans have been wondering who has been portraying the character on television as of late. Reports have surfaced that developmental wrestler Sami Zayn has been the one in the suit. He apparently portrayed the character on Monday Night Raw and at live events.
September 17, 2014
If you watched WWE NXT Takeover last night, you know that Tyler Breeze failed to win the heavyweight championship. However, management might have something better for him. Reports have surfaced that Breeze is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster, where the cocky character will be joining the entourage of the Miz, which already features Damien Sandow.
September 12, 2014
When he was feuding with John Cena, Bray Wyatt appeared to be a lock to remain in the WWE main event scene for quite some time. When that feud ended, he was able to maintain some momentum when Chris Jericho made his return to the company and feuded with Wyatt. Since there is a lack of top level talent in WWE, there are now talks that management could have Wyatt feuding with Dolph Ziggler over the Intercontinental Championship, even though it seems out of the norm for his character to chase a secondary belt.
September 10, 2014
Even though there are still many who believe that the company will be folding at the end of the year, TNA has decided to sign Manik to a contract extension. Official terms of the deal have not been released yet, but reports are saying that is a multiple year pact. Management is also said to be toying around with the idea of a character change for the performer, so he is not restricted in the stories.
September 3, 2014
After struggling to choose which role he wanted to play, the Rock has now revealed that he will be portraying Black Adam on the big screen soon. The character is from Marvel. Black Adam is usually a villain, but he has sometimes been utilized as an antihero. Rock also had the option to play Captain Marvel, but he eventually opted to play the nemesis of the lead character instead.
September 3, 2014
Since his movie career has taken off thanks to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, the widespread belief in the industry is that Batista is unlikely to return to WWE beyond a special appearance. During a recent interview, the former world heavyweight champion hinted that he would be a bit more inclined to return if management gave him more creative control over his character and story line.
September 2, 2014
WWE decisions are sometimes garbage, according to Batista. During a recent podcast interview with Chris Jericho, the former world heavyweight champion stated that he was disgusted by how the creative department utilized Daniel Bryan after he was put over at Wrestlemania 30. Batista felt that Bryan should have been allowed to sell the injuries from the previous night because it would have added to his lovable underdog character.
August 31, 2014
Those that watched Summerslam 2014 saw Nikki Bella doing her much rumored heel turn. She is expected to work in that role on television going forward. However, WWE did something peculiar at a live event in Sacramento over the weekend. Nikki worked as a baby face. She teamed up with Emma to defeat Alicia Fox and Layla El. The face team even attacked Rosa Mendes, who was portraying a heel character. No word yet on why WWE opted to do this.
August 24, 2014
There's been rumors floating around for quite some time now that WWE has lost interest in pushing Adam Rose because several key members of management, including Vince McMahon himself, are reportedly not fans of the character. It has now been noted that Rose has not had a match on Monday Night Raw in about a month, which leads many to believe that the rumors are indeed true.
August 24, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE officials were not too pleased with the performance that Alexander Rusev put on at Summerslam 2014 in his flag match against Jack Swagger. His selling of an ankle injury was sub par, and the manner in which he sold it was not very fitting of his character. WWE really wants him in the main event scene, so they're paying much more attention to his matches than usual.
August 21, 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
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
Earlier in the week, rumors surfaced that a photo of Kurt Angle being passed out on a plane was spotted backstage in WWE. The former world heavyweight champion himself decided to address those rumors on Twitter by denying it completely. He also revealed that he has been sober for almost an entire year now. Angle still plans on negotiating with WWE later on in the year about a return once his contract with TNA expires.
July 10, 2014
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle revealed some very interest details on his contract situation. The former world heavyweight champion noted that his deal with TNA expires on September 21. Dixie Carter wants him to stick around and has put a new contract on the table. Angle revealed that he has yet to sign it because he wants to keep his options open. His next contract will be his last in wrestling, so he wants to see if WWE would be willing to give him a final run.
July 9, 2014
Prior to his injury, there were plans in place to have MVP winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Eric Young. Since the company needed a heel champion to be the antagonist against Kurt Angle and his new on screen authority role, the belt went to Bobby Lashley instead. There are talks that TNA could try to figure out how to transfer the belt over to MVP soon.
July 5, 2014
On Impact Wrestling this week, Kurt Angle was revealed as the new Director of Wrestling Operations for TNA. The move was designed to keep the former world heavyweight champion on television and relevant while he recovers from his injuries. Since Angle still has a high name value in the industry, his presence really helps TNA with their marketing efforts.
June 27, 2014
Thus far, the TNA Hall of Fame consists of Sting and Kurt Angle, two of the more prolific performers in the history of the industry. A third member is set to join them. At Slammiversary 2014, Angle will be on hand to announce who the latest inductee will be. No official word on who the third person was going to be, but there are heavy rumors that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted as part of his departure agreement with TNA.
June 11, 2014
The general consensus backstage in TNA is that the company will lose Kurt Angle later on this year when his contract expires. Several of the wrestlers remaining with the company are speaking rather candidly about his imminent departure nowadays. Rumors have persisted for the last year that he was going to attempt a WWE return. Angle himself has been publicly stating his desire to return to the company that made him a star.
June 1, 2014
In approximately two years, TNA has reduced the amount of contracted performers by nearly half, going from 60 to 33 during that stretch of time. Dixie Carter and company have been forced to allow performers to leave whenever their contracts expire because they need to become fiscally responsible if they wish to remain in business. Rumor has it that only Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Abyss, James Storm, Bobby Roode and Mr Anderson have big salaries.
May 15, 2014