Initially, WWE was not going to reveal the Hulk Hogan return until hours before Monday Night Raw, but management was forced to issue a press release because TMZ beat them to the punch. There are also those backstage that are questioning Vince McMahon privately about not making the announcement on television last week.
February 23, 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
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
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
Mark Yeaton has been released by WWE. You probably cannot pick him out of a police lineup, but you're very much familiar with his work. He has been the timekeeper for the company for a very long time. His release has caused some fans to complain, despite it being common knowledge that Vince McMahon needs to cut back on their expenses. Yeaton was also in charge of maintaining the ring.
August 7, 2014
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
When WWE stocks tanked really badly earlier this year, there were rumors floating around that Vince McMahon wanted his company to cut approximately $20 million in spending. That number has now been confirmed. No word yet on how close WWE has gotten to that goal, but the release of several performers from their contracts helped out quite a bit. More wrestlers could be let go in the near future to get closer to the $20 million mark.
July 7, 2014
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
A day after she was arrested for shoplifting, WWE has released Emma from her contract. There were those in the company that believed that she would be allowed to ride out the storm because the item stolen was not very expensive, but it turns out that Vince McMahon and company needed to make an example of her. Since she was not very high up on the card, it was easier for WWE to release her.
July 2, 2014
As many of you already know by now, Drew McIntyre, who was once viewed as a future world champion in WWE by both Vince McMahon and the fans, received his release from the company earlier this month. The talented and underrated performer will now be forced to use a different name if he wishes to continue in the professional wrestling industry because WWE owns the trademark. The belief is that he will wrestle under his real name for the time being.
June 20, 2014
After suffering a massive drop a couple of weeks ago, WWE stock started rising this past week. Many within the company attribute that to the release of several wrestlers. That has caused a lot of fear backstage because performers feel that Vince McMahon could take that as a sign for him to release several more people. Rumors are circulating that a lot of developmental wrestlers will be released soon.
June 17, 2014
There was a point in time where fans viewed Drew McIntyre as a future world champion in WWE. The praise began when Vince McMahon himself went on television and declared that McIntyre was a future star in the company. That never came to be. After floating around as a member of 3MB, McIntyre has now received his release from WWE.
June 12, 2014
While there are rumors that the company is delaying the release date of WWE 2K15 until Wrestlemania 31, management has not informed retailers of that decision yet. Various stores, both online and offline, are still informing their customers that the video game will be coming out sometime in October. Vince McMahon and WWE might opt to go the traditional route and release the game in the fall.
May 21, 2014
Change is a tough pill for some people to swallow, so expect to see a lot of professional wrestling fans complaining this fall if the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game does not get released around the same time as usual. Vince McMahon and company are said to be leaning towards pushing the release date back all the way until Wrestlemania 31 to capitalize on the momentum that the company has during that time of year.
May 14, 2014
The latest episode of Total Divas was the most watched one since the series started last year. That has pleased E! enough to where they posted a press release, touting it as their second best show behind Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Vince McMahon is said to be completely behind the business relationship and is willing to devote more resources to promoting his girls.
April 2, 2014
Rumors are floating around online right now about CM Punk returning to TNA. However, that is not the case whatsoever. He is currently still under contract to WWE, and Vince McMahon has no intentions of giving him a release at the moment. The belief is that both sides will simply enable the deal to expire in a couple of months and then part ways completely.
March 27, 2014
Over the last couple of weeks, fans have noticed that Fandango has been absent from WWE television shows. That naturally lead to some rumors about his release. The dancing star is just fine. Fandango revealed that he has modified his gimmick a bit and will be making his return at the Survivor Series 2014 kickoff show. His character will also be picking up Rosa Mendes as his new valet.
November 18, 2014
Speculations are floating around right now that Brad Maddox has been given a release by WWE. Many noted that his profile was moved from the current roster to the alumni section on the website. Maddox has not been used much over the last couple of months, outside of a random appearance where he was actually allowed to work as an in ring performer. No confirmation has been given by WWE yet, however.
November 14, 2014
In a move that does not come as a surprise to those that have been following the company closely, WWE has opted to release the Great Khali. His profile has been officially moved to the alumni section on the company website. Reports are saying that his contract expired, and management felt it was financially beneficial to not renew the former world heavyweight champion, even though he was considered a marketing asset.
November 14, 2014
WWE is looking for a new social media manager. While that normally would not generate much interest, it does so here in this case because the previous guy that held the spot was Cody Barbierri, the allegedly racist employee that played a huge part in the controversial Alberto Del Rio release earlier in the year. No word yet on whether or not the release is related to the incident, but more on the story should be revealed in the upcoming days and weeks.
October 24, 2014
Rumors were floating around that Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE because of backstage politics as opposed to budget cost. Those rumors are gaining steam right now because the company is reportedly interested in hiring Adam Pearce as his replacement. The former NWA champion has been spotted at the performance center a couple of times already this month.
October 21, 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
While the news of his release from WWE surprised the fans, Justin Roberts apparently knew that it was coming. A couple of weeks ago, the announcer attempted to trademark his name. No word yet on whether or not that was successful. He is also currently in Hawaii, a trip that appeared to have been booked prior to his release after the latest episode of Monday Night Raw.
October 16, 2014
Back in June, Brodus Clay was given a release by WWE, so he informed his fans that his professional wrestling career was far from over. After exploring his options in Japan, the former bodyguard for Snoop Dogg decided to remain stateside by signing with TNA. He made his television debut for the company this week on Impact Wrestling by aligning himself with Ethan Carter and defeating Shark Boy in a match.
October 16, 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
While the backstage heat between the two sides remains at a pretty high level, it does not appear that WWE will be giving a release to Rey Mysterio any time soon. Management has started to accept that the former world heavyweight champion will not be returning to work anytime soon, but they will not let him out of his contract to help another promotion out. WWE would rather just keep him on the sidelines for the time being, especially since Mysterio has reportedly stopped cashing in their checks.
October 15, 2014
When Justin Roberts was given his release from WWE after Monday Night Raw ended, there were a good amount of people who were upset with the company for dropping him unceremoniously. Overwhelmed by the support, the announcer went online and asked fans not to be angry. He stated that he was able to live out his dream for several years. Roberts was one of the more well liked guys backstage because of his passion and enthusiasm for the business.
October 15, 2014
Back in June, Yoshi Tatsu was given his release from WWE, and many speculated that it would only be a matter of time before he headed back overseas. Earlier this week, he made his return to New Japan by attacking Jeff Jarrett and helped Hiroshi Tanahashi recapture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles, whom Jarrett was trying to help illegally regain the belt.
October 15, 2014
Shortly after he worked Monday Night Raw this week, WWE announced that they have decided to release Justin Roberts after a dozen years o service because they did not want to sign him to another contract. No word yet on why management is letting him go, but the news is probably not well received backstage since Roberts was viewed as one of the biggest wrestling fans in the company.
October 14, 2014
Earlier this month, Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE after the company refused to sign him to a new contract as a trainer. During a recent interview, he hinted on a return as an in ring performer. Dinsmore did not specify which company he would be signing with, but he did state that it was one of the highest profile wrestling companies in the world.
October 13, 2014
During a recent interview, Evan Bourne was asked about his time in WWE. The high flying performer revealed that he had a good amount of fun during his stint with the company. However, he stated that management fired him via fax instead of a more personal phone call. No word yet on whether or not that is the new policy for WWE, but in the past, phone calls were made to the performers being given a release.
September 17, 2014
For the longest time now, Smackdown has been considered a show that WWE fans can miss and not skip a beat with the character development and story lines. Vince McMahon is hoping to change that. Reports have surfaced that he has instructed his staff to put more emphasis on the show. Major story line developments will start taking place on the show. There should also be bigger matches on there as well.
November 27, 2014
While a lot of fans are under the impression that he walked away from WWE, CM Punk contradicted those beliefs during a podcast interview with Colt Cabana. The former world heavyweight champion was suspended for two months by Vince McMahon. When the suspension was over, he received a letter from management, informing him that he was fired and would no longer receive royalty payments.
November 27, 2014
During the meeting with Rey Mysterio last week, it was made very clear that Vince McMahon was in charge of the situation. He is the one that desperately wants the popular masked performer back in the ring, even though Mysterio has made it clear that he does not want to make a return. McMahon reportedly pushed the former world heavyweight champion to return on a full time schedule, even though Mysterio does not feel that his body can hold up for that.
November 13, 2014
Last night, subscribers of the WWE Network were heavily disappointed when the online service went down. Vince McMahon was said to be furious over the incident because the company cannot afford any bad publicity for the project, especially when it has failed to reach the subscribers count that they were hoping for. The situation has been resolved, and the company has made a public announcement and apology to its users.
November 13, 2014
Since his departure from WWE was so abrupt and controversial, many are under the impression that Alberto Del Rio has backstage heat towards Vince McMahon. The former world heavyweight champion actually revealed that he holds no grudges against McMahon. Del Rio stated that his former boss was always professional and courteous towards him. His issues with the company are with others in the front office.
November 10, 2014
Fans in England are not pleased with Vince McMahon this week. The heat towards the WWE CEO came after he announced at the last minute that the WWE Network launch in the country was going to be delayed. It got bad enough to where McMahon even taped an apology. That footage was shown at live events in England this week, and the fans booed when it was aired, signifying that they are not pleased with his decision.
November 8, 2014
Earlier in the week, Chael Sonnen caught the attention of the professional wrestling industry when he revealed that WWE had offered him a $5 million contract, which he claims to have turned down because he was dedicated to UFC at the time. However, sources within WWE are stating that the story is completely fabricated. Vince McMahon reportedly does not view Sonnen as someone worth that high amount of money.
November 6, 2014
With rumors swirling around about why the WWE Network launch was delayed in England, Vince McMahon took it upon himself to film a public apology to the fans in that country. It was essentially a generic message, where the CEO reminded fans of how important they are to his company. Conflicting reports have surfaced behind the reason for the delay, and Sky TV has denied that they are negotiating with WWE.
November 5, 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
When Vince McMahon announced at the very last minute that the WWE Network launch in England had been postponed, many wondered about the reasons behind it. Sources stated that the delay was so that WWE can continue to negotiate with Sky TV about airing their content. Representatives from Sky TV, though, have been telling people that there is no negotiations, and they do not plan on providing the WWE Network.
November 4, 2014
Fans in England are forced to wait a bit longer for the WWE Network, as the company announced at the last minute that there is yet another delay. Management posted a statement on Twitter about half an hour before the launch was to take place. Vince McMahon really wants the online service in the country, as they are one of his better markets. However, complications keep arising in that particular project.
November 3, 2014
While a lot of fans are under the assumption that there will be a huge number of international subscribers for the WWE Network, the latest financial reports tell an entirely different story. Over the last three months, the online service has picked up 31,000 more subscribers. Since 3,000 of those are domestic, that means that only 28,000 subscribers signed on from 170 different countries. It's a positive, but not nearly what was needed to get to the 1 million subscribers mark that Vince McMahon desperately wants.
October 31, 2014
In response to the lower than expected subscribers count, Vince McMahon has decided to give away the WWE Network for free to new subscribers. There will be no charge during the month of November. The move is being done to entice people to sign up on a more permanent basis, as the company knows that they really need to get to at least a million subscribers, in order to win back the trust of investors.
October 30, 2014
A good amount of investors have bailed on WWE after their much anticipated announcement today. Vince McMahon and company revealed that they only have 731,000 subscribers for the WWE Network, a number which falls way short of what they were aiming for. Since they were not able to break the 1 million mark, expect some changes to be made to the product. The project has been deemed a failure by many, and all eyes will now be on McMahon to see what he does to rectify the situation.
October 30, 2014
Anyone that has followed WWE for a couple of years already knows that things are pretty hectic from January through April. It looks like management is looking to alleviate some of the clutter by removing the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Vince McMahon still loves the gimmick, however, so the cage match might be moved towards the summer or fall.
October 26, 2014