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.
Daniel Bryan waiting backstage
A post on Instagram where WWE shows us what Daniel Bryan was doing backstage before walking out to the ring on Monday Night Raw and informing the fans that he was going to be retiring as an in ring performer.
Chris Jericho supports Social Outcasts
Once Monday Night Raw ended, WWE cameras continued to capture footage as most of the performers backstage came out to the ramp to show appreciation for Daniel Bryan, who announced his retirement this week. Chris Jericho was spotted wearing a Social Outcasts shirt, and the former world heavyweight champion has been receiving praise from the internet wrestling community for showing support to the new stable.
Finn Balor injures leg
On Friday night, Finn Balor worked the main event of an NXT show in Nashville, Tennessee. The heavyweight champion was given a victory over Samoa Joe. Unfortunately, though, the former leader of the Bullet Club injured his leg during the match. Balor was spotted hobbling backstage and had to use crutch in order to leave the arena. Finn and the rest of the developmental brand are expected to work a show in Indianapolis tonight.
TNA releases Awesome Kong
Thanks in large part to her backstage confrontation with Reby Sky, Awesome Kong has now been given her official release from TNA. Kong reportedly physically attacked Reby after throwing her stuff outside of the Knockouts locker room while the two of them were on the tour of Europe. Management could not allow her to stick around because it would send a bad message to the other performers in the company.
Rock in Fast and Furious finale
If you're concerned that Dwayne Johnson does not have enough money in the bank, then rest easy. Actor Vin Diesel has officially announced that the final two installments of the wildly popular Fast & Furious series will hit theaters in 2019 and 2021 respectively. While Johnson was not officially part of the announcement, it is highly unlikely that he would not be a part of the two films, as his character is still one of the centerpieces.
AJ Styles has backstage heat
Even though he has only been with WWE for less than a month, AJ Styles has already picked up some backstage heat. Even worse, the heat is with Vince McMahon himself. The CEO is upset with Styles because he signed a deal with a toy company prior to signing his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. This is the same company that signed Kevin Owens back when he was receiving his big push against John Cena last year.
Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 32
When asked by a fan through social media if he would be in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 32 this year, Chris Jericho flat out stated that there was no chance in hell of that happening. The belief is that the former world heavyweight champion wants a regular match on the main card, preferably with someone younger and newer that he can put over. Jericho has a decent amount of backstage clout with WWE officials.
Rusev defends Lana
After days of sitting back and watching his real life fiancee have her name dragged through the mud by the internet wrestling community, Rusev has finally decided to speak up. The former United States Heavyweight Champion took to social media to deny that Lana has new backstage heat in WWE. He stated that websites are making up lies about her, so fans should be smarter by ignoring those unfounded allegations.
Awesome Kong attacks Reby Sky
While working a tour of England, Awesome Kong, whose real name is Kia Stevens, ended up attacking Reby Sky while the two of them were backstage at the Manchester Arena. TNA officials had to release a statement so that fans would know that they are doing something about it. John Gaburick stated that Kong was immediately sent home from the tour and that further punishment could be levied after they do a full investigation into the matter.
Nakamura painting Venom
A post on Twitter where Shinsuke Nakamura, who should be making his WWE debut very soon, painting a wrestler backstage at a live wrestling event to make him look like Venom, similar to what Finn Balor does in NXT.
Shawn Daivari quitting TNA
During a recent interview, Shawn Daivari revealed a rather interesting story that took place backstage that caused him to abruptly quit TNA. During the planning for his Feast or Fired match against Cody Deaner, Eric Bischoff revealed that he was going to choose the person being legitimately fired as the match was going on. That enraged Daivari, who gave his notice and said that he would be working that final match as a favor to Deaner.
Golden Truth tag team
In case you missed Monday Night Raw this week, Goldust approached R Truth backstage and asked him in his own creepy way to form a tag team. This is actually an idea that WWE has been discussing, as neither of the veteran performers have been doing anything on a consistent basis. Truth has been utilized for the occasional quick laugh, while Dustin Rhodes has been mostly an afterthought since returning from his long injury absence.
Booker T on Sid Vicious
While doing a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Booker T revealed that Sid Vicious was the one that brought he and his brother, Stevie Ray, to WCW. Vicious told them that he wanted to transition to the front office so he recruited them to show management that he had an eye for talent. Sid even allowed Harlem Heat to stay at his apartment for the first three months that they were with World Championship Wrestling.
Social Outcasts tee shirts
In a sign that the group is here to stay, WWE has just produced new Social Outcasts tee shirts. Management has a history of pushing performers who can move merchandise, so Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Heath Slater and Adam Rose might finally receive pushes if their stable generates a lot of a sales. The front of the shirt has their name with a hash tag in front of it, while the back has the phrase "Now Trending" across the top.
Neville funny backstage
When asked which WWE star is underrated in the humor category, Xavier Woods revealed that Adrian Neville is actually a lot more hilarious in real life than what his character is allowed to portray. Woods and Neville play video games backstage when they are on the road, and Xavier says that Adrian loves to harass players that he defeats. Woods also stated that Neville is relentless when it comes to the trash talking.
Bronson Mathews being punished
Earlier in the month, Josh Bredl picked up a ton of backstage heat when he made comments about the Social Outcasts on social media. There is now talks that the Tough Enough winner might be placed into the Royal Rumble so that veteran WWE performers can punish him in the ring. World Wrestling Entertainment has done that before with Daniel Puder, who was released shortly after the in ring punishment took placed.
Rosa Mendes not fired
As some of you may already know, Rosa Mendes has been away from Monday Night Raw because she is currently pregnant. She recently noted that she was the first pregnant diva that WWE has employed. Many backstage believe that Rosa would have been released from her contract had Total Divas not been in existence. World Wrestling Entertainment felt that her pregnancy would be good for their reality television show.
Tommy Dreamer done with WWE
Over the weekend, Tommy Dreamer worked live events for WWE in Charleston and Canton. After that, he should be done with the company for the time being. The belief is that Dreamer will return to TNA and work backstage at Impact Wrestling. Tommy is said to be leaving World Wrestling Entertainment on really good terms, so it would not be impossible to see him making another return to the promotion some day.
Mark Henry retiring at Wrestlemania
While it is not a secret that Mark Henry intends to retire pretty soon, it does come as a bit of a surprise that he is telling the media that he wants his final match to be at Wrestlemania, which makes it seem like he is retiring in a couple of weeks. WWE does want Henry to stick around backstage after he is done as an in ring performer. Mark hasn't really had a feud in quite some time.
Ryback and Social Outcasts
On Monday Night Raw, Ryback ran out and attacked the Wyatt Family as they were involved in a match with the Social Outcasts. There is a chance that he could be officially added to the stable, as WWE had Heath Slater filming a backstage interview claiming that the Big Guy was definitely a part of their crew. It would be an interesting move and would give Ryback a story line to work with.
Nexus reunion in WWE
A rather interesting question was asked of Ryback during a recent interview. The former Intercontinental Champion stated that he would not completely rule out a potential reunion of the Nexus stable that WWE did a couple of years ago. Former members (Wade Barrett, Darren Young, Heath Slater, David Otunga and Curtis Axel) are still on the roster. Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt would not fit in nowadays.
Damien Sandow not used
When WWE decided to take lower level wrestlers and form a stable called the Social Outcasts, they enlisted Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Heath Slater and Curtis Axel. A noticeable absence was Damien Sandow, who has a much bigger connection with the audience than the four aforementioned performers. As of right now, there appears to be no plans by management to include Sandow in with this group.
For those that missed Monday Night Raw, WWE put together a new stable called the Social Outcasts, and it features Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Heath Slater and Curtis Axel. Since the four of them are pretty close to the bottom of the ladder, it would require a great deal of support from the audience in order for management to even consider giving them a push. Most of the time, these guys have trouble getting on television.
Chris Jericho is backstage
Earlier in the week, Chris Jericho revealed through social media that he was not going to be a part of Wrestlemania 32. However, he might be involved in the Royal Rumble, as the former world heavyweight champion is said to be backstage at Monday Night Raw, which is taking place in San Antonio. Jericho could be setting up his pay per view appearance tonight by declaring himself as an entrant.
Tammy Sytch blowing guys
A post on Twitter where former WWE diva Tammy Sytch addresses the rumors that she used to provide oral sex to the male performers backstage.