WWE is negotiating new television deals for 2014, and the company is willing to go live with Smackdown and move it to another night if an acceptable deal with the network can be reached. The fee would have to be increased to cover the cost, however.
December 17, 2013
The feeling backstage in WWE is that no one is safe now that Vince McMahon is desperate to cut the losses. That proved to be the case when the company released Eddie Feldman, who was the Senior Vice President of Creative. Other people in the department were released as well, which means that a lot of the segments on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown are going to become a bit more basic.
August 7, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that WWE is moving Smackdown back to Thursday nights. The speculations arose when fans spotted a production truck stating that the show is aired on Thursday night. A picture has even surfaced on social media. There has been no official word from Vince McMahon or WWE, so there are those that believe that it might have simply been a typo.
August 6, 2014
Since Vince McMahon and WWE are desperately trying to reduce the amount of money that they're bleeding, the company is reportedly talking about bringing back the Monday Night Raw and Smackdown super show, where they tape both episodes during the same night. A lot of the performers are against that because it's a lot more work than usual. Some backstage are also against it because the lengthy process can tire out the audience and produce less enthusiastic responses.
August 4, 2014
In a rather interesting bit of news, Renee Young has been moving up the ladder quite a bit in WWE. The belief is that the company is trying to appease her after finding out that ESPN was interested in bringing the beautiful blonde over to their network. The company had already lost Jonathan Coachman and Todd Grisham to the sports network. They don't want to lose Young as well. There are those backstage that even believe that Vince McMahon could allow her to become a commentator on Smackdown or Monday Night Raw, in order to keep her from bolting.
July 10, 2014
In what appears to the creative department amusing themselves and Vince McMahon, Xavier Woods will be changing up his gimmick for the next episode of Smackdown. He will be donning the red, white and blue ring gear, similar to what he wore in TNA as Consequences Creed, when he faces Alexander Rusev. WWE is doing a Russia vs United States theme.
June 5, 2014
Some good news for WWE Network subscribers. The company has now added episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown from this year to the online service. Vince McMahon and company had to wait until a new television deal with NBC was finalized before they could do so. Several subscribers of the service complained about the lack of content on the WWE Network, so this should help appease some of them.
May 25, 2014
When WWE started shopping their television programs around, the feeling was that there would be a bidding war for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. There was a lot of optimism from within the company and from Vince McMahon himself. Disappointment set in, though, when WWE learned that very few networks were willing to pay the same amount as NBC offered.
May 25, 2014
With rumors swirling that WWE is set to sign a gigantic television contract this month, there are talks that one of the provisions of the contract is that the company starts doing live versions of Smackdown. The show would air on Tuesday nights instead of Friday in that scenario. Vince McMahon is said to be all for the move if it meant that he receives the type of deal that he was shooting for.
May 15, 2014
One of the big reasons why Wade Barrett is receiving a push in WWE right now is because he has a strong supporter in Vince McMahon, who absolutely loves the Bad News Barrett gimmick. The character was shown to McMahon not too long ago, and he was the one that pushed for it to be brought to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.
April 28, 2014
Wrestlemania 30 was guaranteed to be a busy week for the WWE stars already, but is going to be even more hectic the day after, as Vince McMahon and Triple H have decided that it would be best to tape both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown at the same venue on the same night. With at least five hours of footage needed, it will become an all day affair.
March 26, 2014
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Since the show has become one of the main focal points for the entire company, WWE officials are extremely disappointed that the ratings for the season premiere of Total Divas were among the lowest that they have seen for a first run episode. It failed to crack the top 100 for Sunday night. Vince McMahon could order his company to do more promotions on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to help.
March 18, 2014
In a rather interesting development, it has now been announced that CM Punk will be making his return to television next week. Unfortunately for WWE fans, however, it will not be done on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. The former world heavyweight champion will be making another appearance on the Talking Dead, his first time in public since walking out on Vince McMahon.
March 9, 2014
WWE Main Event is looking like it will be moved to the WWE Network soon, as the television deal between Vince McMahon and ION is set to expire in a month. Reports have surfaced that the network is not interested in renewing the deal. Since WWE is currently negotiating a lucrative new television deal for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, other shows are being pushed into the background for the time being.
March 4, 2014
Since the deal with NBC fell through, WWE will now be looking at other options for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. The belief is that Vince McMahon is not in a rush now, as he wants to wait until after the launch of the WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30 to finalize a deal. He can use the numbers from those two projects to tout his company to the networks.
February 20, 2014
Since neither man was involved in a feud, it looks like WWE is about to pair Antonio Cesaro and Sheamus in a feud for the United States Heavyweight Championship. The story between the two might have been initiated during WWE Main Event. Management has been known to drop stories abruptly, so if this does not make it to Monday Night Raw or Smackdown, then the feud is not going forward.
August 20, 2014
When it was announced that Dean Ambrose was going to be starring in an upcoming WWE Studios movie, the belief was that he was going to need to take some time off to film his part. It looks like the former United States Heavyweight Champion might only be missing the live events, as management still wants him around on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to further his feud with Seth Rollins.
August 16, 2014
Since management wasn't completely sure what to do with them upon their returns, WWE has seemingly decided to put Big Show and Mark Henry into a tag team. The duo demolished Curtis Axel and Ryback on Smackdown. The belief is that Show and Henry could be placed into a big tag team match on a pay per view against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
August 11, 2014
When he received his release from WWE, many expected Theodore Long to retire from professional wrestling. It looks like those speculations were true, as the former on screen general manager of Smackdown has been relatively quiet since his departure. Long has not made appearances on the independent wrestling circuit or other events.
August 9, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has already dropped the new stable of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. Speculations rose even further when Langston worked a singles match on Smackdown, losing decidedly to Alexander Rusev. Kingston has also been working solo while doing live events in Australia these past couple of days.
August 9, 2014
After taking a little bit of time off the road and in Europe, Sheamus is now back with WWE. While he was not utilized on Monday Night Raw, he did work a match at the taping for WWE Superstars. The former world heavyweight champion was also kept off of Smackdown as well. Sheamus is currently on the tour of Australia with the rest of the WWE crew and should be back on television soon.
August 7, 2014
When Heath Slater and Titus ONeil teamed up on an episode of Smackdown earlier this month, many fans assumed that WWE had just thrown two guys together for the sake of the match. However, it looks like it could become a permanent thing, as management has gone through the trouble of giving them an official name. Slater and ONeil are now known as Slater Gators.
July 29, 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
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
Rumors are floating around that the segment on Monday Night Raw between John Cena and Ric Flair was a subtle way for WWE to retire the world heavyweight championship belt. For those that missed it, Cena handed the belt over to Flair and told the legendary performer to keep it. WWE has not released an official statement on the matter yet, so fans will be tuning in to Smackdown and WWE Battleground 2014 to see the fate of the belt.
July 15, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that Adam Rose is expected to replace Santino Marella as the comedy routine on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. However, those reporting on the speculation are failing to remember that Damien Sandow actually owns that role in WWE at the moment. Management is still not sold on Rose, so the chances of him being moved above Sandow isn't very high at the moment.
July 11, 2014
Even though the company quickly rehired her, Emma might actually still be in hot water with WWE. The diva was not spotted backstage at Monday Night Raw or Smackdown this week. The belief is that the company has sent her home for the time being. Many believe that it will be quite some time before Emma is allowed back on television.
July 10, 2014
Up until today, it was a bit of a mystery as to when Ric Flair would be making his television return for WWE. Well, that puzzle has now been solved. The former world heavyweight champion is officially scheduled to make appearances on the next episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. No word yet on what WWE will have him doing, but there have been rumors of a reunion with the Miz floating around over the last couple of months.
July 9, 2014
About a month ago, it was reported that David Otunga was on his way back to WWE. He revealed those plans to the media, but those plans have yet to surface. It is being said that management simply has not come up with a story for him to make his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some are speculating that he could be a mystery entrant into the upcoming Intercontinental Championship battle royal at WWE Battleground 2014.
July 8, 2014
When he announced his sudden decision to retire, Santino Marella teased WWE fans that he might be taking over as the new general manager of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. While the role is vacant due to the departure of Vickie Guerrero from the company, there has been no confirmation of what Marella is claiming. The belief is that he was simply teasing the audience at this point.
July 7, 2014
When Rey Mysterio decided to make a video appearance at TripleMania for AAA, the belief was that he was doing it as a shot at WWE. Rumors have surfaced that he is quite upset with the company in regards to his contract situation. Reports are now surfacing that Mysterio had a handshake agreement with Triple H that would have enabled him to walk away from the company. However, Vince McMahon reportedly decided to overrule that and force to remain under contract to WWE for another year.
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
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
During an interview with Primera Noticias, Alberto Del Rio revealed some details about his release from WWE. He stated that while Vince McMahon did admonish him, he was also told to go back to work. Del Rio found out the following day that he was then given a suspension. Shortly afterwards, Triple H called and told him that he was being fired instead of just suspended.
August 18, 2014
Over the last couple of years, Summerslam has grown to become a tradition in Los Angeles. Last night, however, WWE announced that the tradition is going to be broken. Summerslam 2015 will be held in the New York area. No official word yet on why Vince McMahon called for the change. The venue has not been announced yet, but rumors are floating around that McMahon wanted something more than the Staples Center.
August 18, 2014
When Vince McMahon decided to take the WWE Network north of the border, they decided to partner up with Rogers Communications. That led to a lot of upset fans because the full online service was not being made available in that country. Rogers has now announced that they are working on a plan to bring the full WWE Network experience to their customers in the near future.
August 17, 2014
While the company was hoping that the legendary masked performer would make an appearance at TripleMania on Sunday, AAA is reportedly backing away from Rey Mysterio. The promotion does not want to be involved in a contract tampering lawsuit with WWE. As of right now, there is a bit of a dispute between Mysterio and Vince McMahon on their deal. Until that is cleared, AAA will not be contacting Mysterio.
August 16, 2014
Apparently, there is a deal in place where the wrestlers are supposed to receive a portion of the money made from the WWE Network. No word yet on how big of a percentage that Vince McMahon is giving out. Unfortunately for the performers, though, no money is being paid out right now because the online service is losing a ton of money and forcing the company to release employees left and right.
August 15, 2014
Rumors have surfaced that Vince McMahon and company have given up on Bo Dallas. They do not view him as someone that will be a major asset to WWE. With his push being derailed on television, these rumors appear to lean closer to fact than fiction. Dallas had his push taken away almost immediately the last time he was on the main roster, so there are those that believe that this might be his final chance.
August 15, 2014
Alberto Del Rio might not be the only familiar WWE face to make an appearance at TripleMania this upcoming Sunday night. Word has it that Rey Mysterio has accepted the invitation from AAA to be at the biggest wrestling pay per view in Mexico this weekend. If the masked performer shows up, then that means that his contract issues with Vince McMahon are still lingering.
August 14, 2014
Reports have surfaced that the WWE Network has become the primary priority for Vince McMahon nowadays. He is obsessed with getting the online service launched internationally. McMahon is also looking into a lot of options on how to increase the subscribers count. The belief is that he feels that everything with the stocks will work itself out once he can show the shareholders that the Network can reach its full potential.
August 13, 2014
Fans in Canada have access to the WWE Network now, but it is not like what their counterparts in the United States are used to. Instead of it being an online service, Vince McMahon made a deal with Rogers that puts his product on television. Fans will have access to the scheduled programming, but they will not be able to browse through the catalog. It is also $11.99 instead of $9.99. In addition to that, Rogers is only available in a portion of the country, so everyone else is left out. That has caused some criticism from fans online.
August 13, 2014
Initially, rumors floated around that the WWE Network was going to be available on a monthly basis without commitment to subscribers for $19.99. However, it looks like Vince McMahon and company are going to reduce that down to $12.99. Many felt that doubling the price would be too much for people, so the new price was agreed upon. The belief is that a lot of subscribers who were on the six month commitment may switch over to the monthly plan.
August 12, 2014
When Mark Yeaton was given a release from WWE, many assumed that it was because the company was just trying to save money. However, speculations are now arising that there might have been more to it. Yeaton, who has worked with the company for approximately three decades, was close with Kevin Dunn. Triple H and Dunn are reportedly locked in a power struggle backstage to see who can sway Vince McMahon the most.
August 10, 2014
While a lot of fans are still under the impression that Hulk Hogan is really training to make an in ring return for WWE, no discussions are taking place within the company, as many people are already aware that the former world heavyweight champion is in no shape to wrestle. Vince McMahon would gladly pull the trigger on something like this since it would generate a ton of publicity, but he knows it will not be taking place.
August 8, 2014