WWE BLOCKS DOLPH ZIGGLER FANS
A lot of fans are aware that Dolph Ziggler has been in the doghouse with WWE, and while he has kept quiet as of late, he could no longer do so this week after Smackdown. He noted on Twitter that WWE edited out the "We want Ziggler!" chants from his fans in the audience during his segment with Batista.
March 1, 2014
Over the weekend, there were talks that Batista was leaving WWE after working the big six man tag team match at Extreme Rules 2014, but the two sides made an agreement, and the former world heavyweight champion ended up sticking around. He worked Monday Night Raw this week, and he even did a match at the Smackdown taping against Seth Rollins.
May 7, 2014
A video from Smackdown of the Shield attacking Brad Maddox backstage. WWE has been pushing Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns even more so recently, in order to get them ready for their big match against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista at Extreme Rules 2014.
April 27, 2014
A video of Sheamus wrestling Batista on the main event of Smackdown this week. WWE has been discussing a full blown feud between the two performers later on this year, so this might have been a test to see how the audience reacts.
April 20, 2014
"I left for very specific reasons and the reasons were because there were certain opportunities I wasn't getting when I was with the company, and we were so locked down and I mean when you are under contract with them you're pretty much limited to the things you can do. You really can't do anything else in the company without their say so and they weren't certain guys were getting opportunities that I wasn't getting and I wasn't real cool with that. So I left to accomplish certain things, and I felt like once I accomplished them, I always wanted to come back. At the end of the day I love professional wrestling. We didn't come back and demand a lot of money you know I didn't say, 'I'm not doing house shows I'm only doing Monday Night Raw.' I mean I said, 'I'll do Smackdown, I'll do house shows.'" - Batista talks about his WWE return
April 1, 2014
One of the reasons why WWE has been utilizing the two of them together on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown lately is because management is trying to build up a potential main event match between Batista and Daniel Bryan at Summerslam 2014. Batista is expected to be the focal point of the show since his movie comes out in August.
March 8, 2014
With crowd support for him deteriorating as the weeks go by, Batista was utilized to work Smackdown again. The man headlining Wrestlemania 30 is actually working the main event on television twice this week. There are those that believe that WWE is utilizing him more to help turn the fans who bash him for being a part time performer.
March 5, 2014
There were plans backstage at the last Monday Night Raw to turn Batista into a heel by having Randy Orton playing with the mind of his former Evolution teammate. WWE opted against doing that during the show, so they went with a watered down version of the heel turn on Smackdown to test out the reaction from the audience.
March 2, 2014
A lot of fans are aware that Dolph Ziggler has been in the doghouse with WWE, and while he has kept quiet as of late, he could no longer do so this week after Smackdown. He noted on Twitter that WWE edited out the "We want Ziggler!" chants from his fans in the audience during his segment with Batista.
March 1, 2014
During the Smackdown taping, Batista opened up the show and addressed the audience. Dolph Ziggler came out and issued a challenge. Batista laughs at him, so Ziggler gives him a drop kick. The match itself, was set for later in the show, was a quick squash. It should be noted that Batista played the heel role throughout the match.
February 26, 2014
The always busy Chris Jericho is packing his bags and traveling over the Atlantic Ocean soon, as he will be joining WWE on their tour of Europe. The company desperately needed the star power to draw in audiences, and the former world heavyweight champion saw an opportunity to promote his brand new book in a couple of foreign markets. No word yet on whether or not Jericho will be appearing on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, though.
November 9, 2014
As many of you are already aware, Rey Mysterio was backstage last night at Monday Night Raw. He reportedly met with Vince McMahon about his future in WWE and his contract situation. No word yet on how that went, but the masked performer took a flight from Buffalo to San Diego this morning, meaning that he will not be working the Smackdown taping today in New York. He is also unlikely to head to England with the crew tomorrow as well.
November 4, 2014
In yet another example of how hard the guy works, John Cena is backstage at the Smackdown taping today. That is noteworthy because he is scheduled to work a live event in London tomorrow. WWE generally calls upon Cena whenever they need to give Smackdown a boost. However, it is strange that they would call on him this week since he is very much needed on that tour of Europe.
November 4, 2014
Rumors are floating around that Randy Orton suffered a serious injury during the handicap street fight tag team match on Monday Night Raw. It took place early in the match when Dean Ambrose dove out of the ring and on to the heels. Orton reportedly told the trainer that the ruptured disc in his back was messed up. No word yet on whether or not he can work Hell in a Cell 2014, but as a precaution, WWE kept Orton from working Smackdown this week.
October 22, 2014
When news broke that Justin Roberts had been given a release by WWE, fans naturally speculated as to who would replace him in the role. Initially, the belief was that Lilian Garcia would be remaining on Smackdown because it suits her schedule more, but it has now been revealed that she will be making a return to Monday Night Raw. Some are saying that the move will be temporary until WWE can find someone who can fill the position permanently.
October 20, 2014
Now that Justin Roberts has been given a release by WWE, fans are speculating as to who will replace him as the announcer for Monday Night Raw. Lilian Garcia is said to be ruled out because the Smackdown schedule works much better for her pursuit of music. Byron Saxton is just the backup for now. Brandi Rhodes and JoJo Offerman are the two primary candidates for the role.
October 16, 2014
In the past, Vickie Guerrero was receptive towards a potential return to WWE some day, but her tone has definitely changed since starting a new career. Guerrero was recently contacted by the company to make an appearance on the special episode of Smackdown that aired this week. She rejected WWE and stated that it was time for her to move on with her life. John Laurinaitis and Theodore Long worked the segment instead.
October 11, 2014
As many of you already know, Edge recently made a cameo appearance via video on Monday Night Raw to promote the Smackdown anniversary. Word going around is that Christian played a heavy part in recruiting and convince Edge to make the appearance. Since retiring from the ring, Edge has distanced himself greatly from WWE, only making a couple of appearances.
October 11, 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
Even though he is one of the most popular and entertaining performers, WWE is planning on keeping Paul Heyman off of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown until at least January. The belief is that management does not want to draw attention to the fact that their world heavyweight champion is not around for television shows. Lesnar and Heyman should be back in time to promote Royal Rumble 2015.
October 9, 2014
If you are a big fan of Edge and Christian, then you might want to tune into Monday Night Raw this week. WWE revealed earlier today through Twitter that the two of them have just arrived. A picture was also posted of the former tag team champions getting out of a vehicle. No word yet on where they are, but there is a chance that they could appear on television tonight to promote the Smackdown week.
October 6, 2014
There were some speculations from online wrestling fans that Bray Wyatt had some sort of injury since he has not been utilized much on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown as much recently. However, the truth is that he is just fine. Wyatt continues to work matches on a regular basis during WWE live events. Management seems to be purposely not using him much on television.
October 4, 2014
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
During a recent interview, Sami Zayn revealed that Antonio Cesaro actually made the request to management to go down to WWE NXT and work there. Zayn explained that the motive behind the move was to let certain people backstage see what he was capable of since it is harder to get the spotlight on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. According to Zayn, Triple H was really impressed with what he saw in Cesaro.
September 11, 2014
While there are some concerns backstage about going up against the NFL, the move to Thursday for Smackdown is being viewed as a good thing for WWE. Vince McMahon and company been wanting to make the switch for quite some time now, as Friday nights are really difficult to draw because a lot of their targeted demographics is out of the house.
August 30, 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
Despite a lot of critical wrestling fans predicting his failure in Hollywood, Batista is expanding his resume rather nicely. After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, the former world heavyweight champion has cemented himself into the Marvel Universe, which is red hot right now in the industry. Now, Batista is joining the James Bond universe, where he is slated to portray a villainous henchman named Hinx.
October 13, 2014
WWE fans in Dallas had a chance to meet Batista this upcoming weekend at the ComicCon event. Unfortunately, though, that chance has been taken away. The former world heavyweight champion has been forced to cancel the appearance. The official reason given was that Batista had other commitments that came up. Refunds are being offered to those who purchased tickets specifically to see the Guardians of the Galaxy star.
October 8, 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
Batista isn't the only former WWE star who has been signed to star in a movie sequel. It has now been revealed that Kevin Nash will be reprising his role as Tarzan in the upcoming Magic Mike 2 film. The first film, which stars Channing Tatum, was a surprising hit that made a lot more money than expected, so a sequel had been discussed for quite some time now.
September 24, 2014
In yet another sign that Batista might never return to WWE, the big guy is restructuring his contract with Marvel Studios. The company wants to pay him more money after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to being signed for the sequel, Batista is also expected to be part of the cast of the third Avengers movie. With a whole lot more money in his pockets, the former world heavyweight champion may decide to retire from professional wrestling altogether.
September 9, 2014
During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Batista revealed that he has some lingering backstage heat towards Vince McMahon over an incident that happened a couple of years ago. The former world heavyweight champion was fined $100,000 by WWE because he purposely cut himself during a match to draw blood. Batista felt that the amount was unfairly high, and he noted that was the day when he knew that things would never be the same with WWE.
September 8, 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
A couple of years ago, there were quite a bit of rumors floating around that Batista and Bobby Lashley were set to fight one another at an MMA show. During a recent interview, Lashley revealed some details about that. The TNA champion stated that he had approached a promoter about making the fight happen. There was interest because of the potential draw of wrestling fans, but things never got to the point where there were serious discussions.
September 2, 2014
Due to his new found success in Hollywood, Batista is said to be holding all the cards when it comes to his career with WWE. Guardians of the Galaxy did extremely well, so he does not feel the need to return to professional wrestling. Rumors have surfaced that the former world heavyweight champion would only be interested in doing another match if it meant that he would receive a huge pay day at Wrestlemania 31.
August 31, 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
We have ourselves another sign that Batista might be putting WWE in his rear view mirror. During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, the former world heavyweight champion openly bashed the method in which the company handled his return. Batista stated that he wished management would have given him the spotlight alone during his first night back. He also stated that WWE made a mistake by bringing him in as a baby face.
August 29, 2014
The value of the WWE audience has taken yet another hit. There is already a good amount of advertisers who are avoiding the company because they do not feel that the demographics is desirable. Reports are now surfacing that Marvel purposely declined to advertise their Guardians of the Galaxy movie to the WWE audience, even though Batista could have drawn in some of the fans to the film. Since the studio was not interested, WWE opted to avoid promoting the movie, even though it could have benefited them internally.
August 27, 2014
Initially, the belief was that Batista would make a return to WWE after he was done promoting Guardians of the Galaxy. However, reports are now surfacing that he could be completely done with professional wrestling. The belief is that the movie studios are against the idea of him risking injuries by being an in ring performer again. Batista could have no choice but to comply since he wants his career in Hollywood to keep growing.
August 26, 2014
Earlier this week, Batista revealed that he was willing to work with Titus ONeil because he wanted to help his friend become a star in WWE. As of right now, management does not appear interested in the idea. While they do want to appease Batista since he is building his name in Hollywood, they seem more interested in using him against other big name performers instead.
August 19, 2014