Mickie James leaving TNA
June 9, 2015
While she remains on very good terms with the company, there are talks that Mickie James could end up not returning to TNA after she is done with her autograph sessions. The uncertainty does not stem from backstage-heat/wrestling'>backstage heat or anything like that. Rather, it stems from her desire to stay home with her child more frequently.
Adam Rose in Wyatt Family
Thanks to that special on ESPN, there is a lot more support backstage for Adam Rose. However, management has not pushed him because they simply do not feel that his gimmick connects with the audience. There are now rumors floating around that the creative department might have him change up his character and be the newest member of the Wyatt Family.
Uhaa Nation theme song
Uhaa Nation has been given a new theme song to use in NXT, and it is interesting to note that it is a piece that was utilized on the very first episode of Impact Wrestling that aired on Destination America. Since that could be grounds for a lawsuit, someone might have made a mistake backstage. A change should be expected soon, as the legal department already has their hands full with lawsuits.
Kevin Owens changes personality
According to Jim Cornette, the reason why Kevin Owens is now finding major success in WWE is because he has changed his personality. The legendary manager stated that the former NXT champion was a bit difficult to deal with backstage throughout the majority of his career. Cornette stated that Owens refused to listen to management when he was on the independent wrestling circuit.
Seth Rollins a politician
All three members of the Shield were trained by Tom Prichard, so when he speaks about them, he has a lot more insights than the fans do. The legendary trainer revealed recently that a major reason why Seth Rollins is being pushed more in WWE than Dean Ambrose is because the former is a much better backstage politician than the latter. Prichard was not being malicious with those comments.
WWE not pushing Neville
In the power ranking, Adrian Neville is listed as the 11th hottest performer in WWE. In reality, though, he has been severely demoted since being given a slight push during his debut. The high flyer has been dropped down the ladder and is now working with the likes of Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Stardust and Heath Slater. A main event push is highly unlikely at this point in time.
Mark Henry bashes Hulk Hogan
Due to the fact that he has faced racism backstage in WWE before, a lot of people sought out Mark Henry to see how he feels about the latest fiasco involving Hulk Hogan. Henry felt that Hogan was a friend for years, but he was extremely hurt and disappointed to hear the words that came out of the Hulkster's mouth in the recently released audio tapes.
Flair replacing Hogan
Since Hulk Hogan was forced out of the company, WWE needed someone to replace him. They're turning to the other legend backstage. Ric Flair has been pegged as the top candidate for the role. He will likely take over as a judge on Tough Enough this week. Flair is also most likely to replace Hogan when the company tours Australia in a couple of weeks.
Antonio Cesaro being pushed
While no one in WWE wants to see one of their own being injured, there is a belief internally that the Tyson Kidd injury might end up inadvertently benefiting Antonio Cesaro. The front office has quietly given Cesaro a push past many of the mid card guys. He is now working the upper mid card. Many backstage feel that he should be given a chance in the main event scene.
Seth Rollins as a heel
Rumors are floating around right now that there is a major difference of opinions backstage on how Seth Rollins should be booked as a heel champion. Triple H wants to keep going the old school route by having Rollins be a cowardly champion, much like how Ric Flair used to be. Vince McMahon, however, wants Rollins to be booked as a stronger champion with more credibility with the fans.
Undertaker at Raw
A post on Instagram of the Undertaker leaving the backstage area to head out to Monday Night Raw. The legendary performer was on hand to promote the upcoming Summerslam pay per view by explaining why he attacked Brock Lesnar at Battleground.
Bully Ray fighting the Rock
A post on YouTube where Bully Ray tells the story about the night where he almost got into a real life fight with The Rock because of a comment that the latter made backstage while they were planning out their segment on Monday Night Raw.
Mika Rotunda and Sasha Banks
A post on Instagram of Mika Rotunda and Sasha Banks hanging out backstage at a WWE live event. The former was visiting her brother, Bray Wyatt, who also happens to be dressed out of character in the photo.
Vickie Guerrero photo bomb
A post on Instagram where Vickie Guerrero does an awesome photo bomb on Summer Rae backstage during a WWE live event. The former general manager of Smackdown is making a hilarious face, and Summer has absolutely no clue what is going on behind her.
Jack Swagger on Twitter
Reports recently surfaced that Jack Swagger had deleted his social media account, which quickly led to the internet wrestling community to speculate that he could be upset with his status within WWE. However, the certified account is still up and running. Swagger wants more of a role, but he has not been overtly expressing his displeasure backstage or anything.
NXT divas on Raw
A post on YouTube where Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte make the jump from NXT to WWE. The trio were brought to the ring when Stephanie McMahon revealed to the Monday Night Raw audience that she was going to be shaking up the divas division because Paige was the only one backstage that really showed any fire.
Jake Roberts visiting Raw
A post on Instagram where Natalya revealed that Jake Roberts is backstage at Monday Night Raw and hanging out with the WWE stars. The legendary performer looks much better than he did before Diamond Dallas Page helped get his life back in order.
Ric Flair watches Charlotte
A post on Instagram of Ric Flair being backstage and watching his daughter on a monitor as she makes her debut on Monday Night Raw. In a rather interesting bit of trivia, Charlotte makes her WWE debut in a city where her father dominated the professional wrestling scene for years.
Sheamus at Battleground
In order to keep the Money in the Bank winner relevant, WWE has decided to throw Sheamus into a hastily built match against Randy Orton at Battleground. Since neither man would be buried by a loss, the outcome is a lot harder to predict than normal. The belief is that the Celtic Warrior will either cheat to win, or he will walk out of the match.
WWE inducting Stan Hansen
Since the front office is still determined to do a Texas themed hall of fame induction class at Wrestlemania next year, one of the names being thrown around backstage is Stan Hansen. He wrestled in the Amarillo territory for years. Hansen remains on good terms with WWE and even inducted Antonio Inoki back in 2010 for them.
Gail Kim addresses Vince McMahon
Earlier in the week, Jim Ross revealed that he had to do quite a bit of convincing in order to get Vince McMahon to sign Gail Kim to a contract. Her ethnicity was a big issue for the CEO. When asked about the comments, Gail revealed that she was not surprised by it whatsoever because that was just how McMahon is as a person backstage.
Backstage heat on Kevin Owens
Rumors are floating around now that there is some resentment towards Kevin Owens from the other wrestlers on the roster. The developmental wrestlers have backstage heat with him because he was promoted ahead of them and very quickly. Some main roster guys are upset because he was given an immediate push, which WWE doesn't usually do.
Antonio Cesaro match censored
There might be a good amount of backstage heat coming towards Antonio Cesaro. During his match on Monday Night Raw with John Cena, Cesaro gave the middle finger to Cena, which immediately prompted the production crew to censor that particular segment by putting up a blank screen for a second or two.
Bill DeMott new job
While many were under the assumption that he might be done with professional wrestling forever, Bill DeMott has found a way to stay involved in the industry, and he picked up recognizable faces to help him out. DeMott, Mickie James and Brutus Magnus will be teaming up to host a camp where wrestling hopefuls get evaluated to see if they can make it in the business.
TNA releasing James Storm
In a rather shocking bit of news, James Storm has asked for his release from TNA, and the company has granted that to him. No word yet on why he made this decision, but there has not been any reports of backstage heat between the former world heavyweight champion and management. It might just be due to the fact that he has not received a push in a while.
Lucha Underground wrestlers upset
It looks like Shawn Hernandez might not be the last guy to leave Lucha Underground. Reports have surfaced that several of the performers backstage have grown rather frustrated with management for not providing them with updates on the status of the company. Some are under the belief that the promotion will be folding, as a second season has yet to be announced.