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.
WWE face swapping
A video on YouTube where WWE stars swap faces backstage using a special app. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel swap faces, while Ryback does the same thing with Dolph Ziggler.
Randy Savage paranoid about snakes
To give you an idea of just how shady the professional wrestling business used to be, Randy Savage was said to have been paranoid about doing the segment where Jake Roberts ties him up and lets the snake bite him in the arm. The idea was created by Vince McMahon. Savage had issues trusting McMahon, so he had Roberts get the snake to bite himself backstage to make sure that it wasn't poisonous. He didn't want to find out on camera.
Kazuchika Okada leaving New Japan
Since the company does not want to lose their top star, New Japan has offered Kazuchika Okada a five year deal. That's not normal because the company generally prefers one year contracts. Since Okada has yet to sign the deal, rumors are heating up that he's seriously considering an offer to join Shinsuke Nakamura in WWE. The company wants them because they want to better promote their online video subscription service overseas.
Vince luring Shane McMahon back
Rumors about backstage heat between Vince McMahon and Triple H are heating up as of late. There are reports floating around that Vince is trying to lure Shane McMahon back into WWE as a high ranking executive. Vince would then use Shane as leverage against HHH and Stephanie McMahon. For the longest time there, HHH and Stephanie were said to be taking over the company from Vince, so they gained a lot of power backstage from that.
Mr Anderson done with TNA
The working relationship between Mr Anderson and TNA appears to be over. According to reports, the company released the former world heavyweight champion due to his behavior backstage at a recent television taping. No further details from that situation have been revealed. Fans at independent wrestling live event were witnesses to Anderson trashing the company. No word yet on what he plans on doing with his career next.
Vince McMahon on Styles Clash
When AJ Styles first showed up in WWE, he didn't immediately use the finishing move that he made world famous. That led many to believe that management was not allowing him to do the Styles Clash. It turns out that there were some hesitancy backstage in regards to allowing that move to be used. Vince McMahon apparently found out that Yoshi Tatsu was once seriously injured when the finisher was botched during a match in Japan.
Goldust as a rapper
A post on Instagram where WWE star Goldust is hanging out backstage at Smackdown while dressed as a rapper, his latest attempt to convince R Truth to form a tag team.
Undertaker cheating for Michelle
A post on Instagram where former WWE diva Michelle McCool states that Undertaker did not cheat for her in her competition against Stephanie McMahon.
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.