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 or anything like that. Rather, it stems from her desire to stay home with her child more frequently.
Cameron training again
Earlier in the year, Cameron informed her fans that she was going to be taking some time away from professional wrestling. It looks like that break is going to be a whole lot shorter than we expected. WWE has sent her down to the performance center to work on her in ring skills. Some backstage feel that she was elevated to the main roster well before she received enough training. The longtime diva confirmed her arrival through social media.
John Cena taking time off
For several days now, the internet wrestling community has been speculating on the reason why John Cena is taking some time off after Hell in a Cell. Apparently, people backstage in WWE are doing that as well. The United States Heavyweight Champion is purposely keeping it a secret from others. He lets them know that he is fine. Cena has been telling people that the reason for the break is a very good and positive one.
Shane Helms working TNA
Some of you may already know that Shane Helms has been working backstage for TNA over the past year. However, what many of you might not know is that he is rapidly moving up the ladder in the promotion. Many in the company are praising him for bringing a fresh insight into how matches should be put together. He was even given the responsibility of being the lead agent for the main event of Bound For Glory.
WWE divas too emotional
Since so much of the spotlight is on them now, WWE has to be very careful in how they book the divas. There are already some concerns backstage that the creative department is making them appear too emotional at times. Crying is fine if the segment is Charlotte winning the divas championship for the very first time. However, the emotional overplay should not take place on a weekly basis.
Undertaker fears cucumbers
In a rather interesting tidbit, Savio Vega revealed that Undertaker absolutely hates cucumbers. He suggested that the hate might have actually been fear, saying that the fruit was the equivalent of Kryptonite to him. Vega also revealed that he has been involved in backstage pranks involving said fruit and the Phenom. That shows just how much backstage stroke that Vega had in WWE back then.
Bischoff and Luger heat
During a podcast interview with Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff revealed that he had backstage heat with Lex Luger up until a year or two ago. He stated that the arrogant personality that Luger portrayed on camera was pretty close to what he was really like in real life. Bischoff hated working with him. He also resented Luger because of what happened with Miss Elizabeth, whom his wife was very close to.
Mark Henry signing contract
In a rather interesting tidbit, Mark Henry revealed that he was ready to retire as an in ring performer back in 2013. The former world heavyweight champion was more than willing to remain with WWE in a backstage role. However, when he went to the headquarters and spoke with Vince McMahon, he was somehow convinced to sign another multiple year deal by the CEO.
Pushing Dean Ambrose
As many of you already know, John Cena is expected to take some time away from WWE in the near future. That means that there will be an empty spot for someone on the roster to try to claim during his absence. It is being said that many backstage are pushing for Dean Ambrose to be given that chance. The one thing that might get in the way of that is that it might be too soon to do a rematch with Seth Rollins.
Matt Hardy stripped of title
While the internet wrestling community has been mocking TNA for putting the world heavyweight championship on Matt Hardy, there are rumors floating around that the reign might not last all that long. There are those that believe that the move was simply done to put more heat on Ethan Carter. The story would play out where Carter finds a way to take the belt back through some sort of scripted legal methods.
Lita working backstage
For the longest time, Lita stated that she did not want to make a full time return to WWE because she enjoyed her freedom. However, the former women's champion has changed her mind since she enjoyed working backstage so much. Reports have surfaced that Amy Dumas has signed on with the promotion for a full time job backstage. No details have been confirmed, but she could be working as a producer or in the creative department.
WWE bringing Hogan back
It looks like the tension between WWE and Hulk Hogan is starting to ease a bit. The company has decided to bring back more of his content to the Network. When the racial controversy first broke out, management did everything that they could to cut ties with the former world heavyweight champion. Many believed that things would go back to normal as soon as the heat died down, which it has quite a bit.
Helms challenging Tigre Uno
During the Bound For Glory pay per view on Sunday night, Shane Helms made his television return by entering the ring to congratulate Tigre Uno for retaining the TNA X Division Championship. The belief is that the front office is trying to set up a match between the two. The hope is that Helms will provide some credibility for the champion. In case you didn't know, Helms has been working backstage for the promotion for some time now.
Hansen defends Luger
There are a lot of negative things said by the internet wrestling community towards Lex Luger. A legendary performer that actually knew him and worked with him, however, has a different point of views. Stan Hansen acknowledges that he hears the criticism towards Luger. The Bad Man From Borger felt that Luger was a good worker in the ring. He also stated that he never encountered any attitude problems backstage.
Low WWE ratings
Whenever television ratings go down, Vince McMahon and his paranoia go up. He is in that mood nowadays because his numbers have been declining at a rapid rate. There is a fear within WWE that if the ratings drop below 2.0, which is not that far off, then USA Network executives are going to come calling with some questions. At that point, McMahon is going to make life a living hell for the people who are around him backstage.
James Storm at NXT
Rumors surfaced over the weekend that James Storm was in attendance at the NXT live event in Nashville. Some even go so far as to say that the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion was actually sitting in the front row. There were also those that said that Storm was watching from the backstage area. To clear up the rumor, he took to social media and let everyone know that he was a bar with his buddy.
Fabulous Freebirds being inducted
When it comes to worthiness, there really should be no questions about the Fabulous Freebirds and their place in professional wrestling history. That's why many in WWE are pushing for them to be inducted when Wrestlemania takes place in Dallas, which is where they made the most impact on the industry. The only thing preventing it from being a surefire thing is the fact that Michael Hayes was once involved in a racial controversy backstage.
WWE low ratings
When it comes to television ratings, Vince McMahon is probably one of the most paranoid people in the entertainment industry. It is being said that he is going crazy backstage nowadays because WWE has seen a drop in their numbers. To combat this, the CEO is reaching into his pockets and bringing in the heavy hitters. Brock Lesnar and Undertaker are being added to several episodes of Monday Night Raw.
Kurt Angle praises Sasha Banks
When it comes to being the greatest professional wrestler of all time, Kurt Angle belongs in the discussion. So, when the former world heavyweight champion heaps praise upon someone, those words carry a lot more weight. Angle recently mentioned through social media that he felt that Sasha Banks was the most gifted female performer he has seen. He puts her right up there with Mickie James and Gail Kim.
WWE signs Shield
During a recent interview, Seth Rollins revealed that Joey Mercury was the person that was responsible for getting him a developmental contract with WWE. The world heavyweight champion also revealed that Mercury was also instrumental in getting a deal done for Dean Ambrose. Your backstage stroke in the company rises tremendously if you are able to find two main event performers from the independent wrestling circuit.
ROH bans wrestler court
Throughout the history of the business, performers would police themselves backstage by holding a wrestlers court. This recently happened in ROH, where a referee was accused of doing something minor. He was cleared of the charges. When Joe Koff found out about the incident, he informed his wrestlers to never do it again. This is another case of a wrestling promotion being ran by someone without a wrestling background.
McMahon hates Goldberg chants
During a recent interview, Ryback revealed that it never bothered him whenever fans would chant for Goldberg during his matches. However, he also revealed that Vince McMahon absolutely hates it when the audience does that. The CEO kept asking others backstage for ideas on how to better control the audience. McMahon does not like giving any type of rub to performers who are no longer with the company.
Jake Roberts bashes sledgehammers
Earlier this week, Jake Roberts was a guest on the podcast show that Steve Austin does weekly. One of his comments might gain him some backstage heat with Triple H. Roberts vented on the show and stated that a heel using a sledgehammer as a weapon is a bad idea. The WWE legend states that doing so shows a lack of ring psychology, something that HHH takes a lot of pride in having.
Roman Reigns mocks wrestlers
Members of the internet wrestling community already don't like Roman Reigns, and now, some backstage in WWE might not like him either. During a recent interview, he mocked performers who named their moves. Sheamus was specifically mentioned as someone that has lots of unique names in his move set. Reigns stated that he refused to be a nerd and sticks with the tradition move names.
HHH mending fences
Since he was the ruler of the empire for so long, it should come as no secret that Vince McMahon has seen relationships ruined backstage. The man rumored to be the next ruler has been busy mending fences for WWE. Triple H has been widely credited with getting Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Bruno Sammartino back into the good graces of the company. Doing that has helped raised morale backstage.
Kane at Night of Champions
Earlier in the month, the internet wrestling community was surprised when Kane was revealed as a potential candidate to be the mystery partner for Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns at Night of Champions. Some more fuel was added to the fire today, as it has now been confirmed that the former world heavyweight champion is indeed backstage at the pay per view. His return is expected to take place soon.