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.
Lana and Paige feuding
Since she has nuclear backstage heat on her right now, WWE is still trying to figure out if they want to bring Lana back to television or not. The belief is that if she does get brought back, then management is going to turn her real life war of words with Paige into a story line so that they can try to convince fans that it was a work all along. Management is upset that their issues was taken to social media.
Paige on Thanksgiving
A post on Instagram where Paige and her friends celebrate Thanksgiving by walking to the movie theaters while wearing their pajamas.
Terry Taylor and Finn Balor
A post on Twitter where Finn Balor is hanging out backstage with Terry Taylor, who is freakishly much taller.
Roman Reigns reaction improving
One of the reasons why WWE put the world heavyweight championship on Sheamus is because they want the fans to root for whoever he is up against. The Celtic Warrior does a pretty decent job of generating heel heat. Plus, a lot of fans aren't keen to the idea of him being in the top spot. Management has noticed that the reaction to Roman Reigns has been a bit warmer because of it.
Lana returning to Raw
There are rumors floating around right now that Lana could be making her return to Monday Night Raw this week, as the episode is being filmed in Nashville, where she recently purchased a new house with Rusev. The blonde bombshell was recently spotted at the performance center in Florida to prepare for her return. There is still talk that WWE has backstage heat towards Lana.
Billy Gunn returning to WWE
Earlier in the month, Billy Gunn was fired by WWE after management found out that he had failed a drug test during a powerlifting competition. The belief is that it is simply a public relations move to avoid drawing negative attention from the media. Many feel that Gunn will be back as a trainer in a couple of months when the heat dies does. He is well liked by a lot of people in the company.
Backstage heat on Ric Flair
Apparently, there is some backstage heat towards Ric Flair, mostly from the older performers in the business. When Nick Bockwinkel died, very few details were revealed. That turned out to be on purpose because the family asked their friends to keep things out of the public. Prior to Bockwinkel dying, Flair had casually mentioned that he was having some issues with his health.
Charlotte mentioning Reid
When the writers decided to do something controversial to help build momentum for the story line between Paige and Charlotte, they knew that there was a chance that they would alienate certain fans. They definitely did that because people did not like the use of the late Reid Flair to generate cheap heat. WWE is reportedly going to issue a statement on the matter, where management will pin the blame squarely on Charlotte.
Paige bullying Lana
It appears that the social media war of words between Lana and Paige is actually a legitimate thing. The former has accused the latter of bullying her while the two of them were both in NXT. Summer Rae has publicly defended Paige and dismissed the notion. Interestingly enough, WWE appears to be siding with the Pale Princess as well, as management is said to have backstage heat towards Lana over the incident.
Triple H recruits Cesaro
A post on YouTube where Triple H tries to recruit Antonio Cesaro into joining the Authority during a backstage segment on Monday Night Raw.
Tessa Blanchard and father
A post on Instagram where Tessa Blanchard gets paid a visit by her father, Tully Blanchard, backstage at an independent wrestling show.
Kalisto beats Ryback
In case you missed the latest episode of Smackdown, Kalisto defeated Ryback to advance in the tournament to crown a new world heavyweight champion. It is now being said that the reason why WWE did that is because there are those backstage that felt that the tournament matches were a bit predictable. The creative department wanted to have at least one upset in the first round.
GFW Women Championship preview
A post on YouTube where Christina Von Eerie, LeiD Tapa, Karen Jarrett and Mickie James talk about the women's division in GFW.
Hernandez done with LU
When asked if he would make a return to Lucha Underground, Shawn Hernandez flat out stated that the ship has sailed on that. He has backstage heat with the promotion because of how they handled his contract situation with TNA. Hernandez really wanted to be with a bigger promotion, but he lost that chance when the controversy arose. The belief is that Hernandez will continue to work the independent wrestling circuit.
Buff Bagwell blames Jim Ross
After WCW folded, Buff Bagwell was one of the guys whose contract was picked up by WWE. His stint there did not go well. Things apparently went downhill whenever Bagwell was involved in a backstage altercation with Shane Helms. Bagwell required 20 stitches from the fight and was sent home. When he called Jim Ross back, Bagwell felt that he received the cold shoulders, so he blames Ross for his failure in the company.
Del Rio not dropping title
Since WWE will not allow Alberto Del Rio to return to Mexico to drop the Mega Championship, AAA officials have decided to simply strip him of the belt and do a tournament to crown a new champion. The former world heavyweight championship really wanted to do the right thing and honor tradition, but his contract would not allow it. AAA does not have any backstage heat towards Del Rio because they understand the situation.
Bayley working backstage
A post on Instagram where Bayley is shown working backstage with Road Dogg during the taping of Smackdown.
Paige addresses rumor
There are rumors floating around that Paige has some backstage heat in WWE because she was caught on camera using foul language. While doing a media appearance to promote the tour of Europe that is currently going on, she decided to address those rumors. Paige flat out stated that management does not have an issue with her doing that because they know how she really is backstage.
Nikki Bella motivating others
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Nikki Bella had been named the top female performer by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Well, the other girls backstage are using that as a source of motivation now. Paige, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte are now on the main stage, so they know that they have a much better chance at topping the list. PWI factors in on screen accomplishments as a criteria.
Undertaker vs Cena
With the devastating loss of Seth Rollins, WWE has been forced to make changes to their Wrestlemania lineup. The former world heavyweight champion was scheduled for one of the main event slots. One of the ideas that has been tossed around backstage is to finally pull that trigger on a match between John Cena and Undertaker, especially since the latter is running out of performers that he can work with.
Drew Galloway visiting friends
A post on Twitter where Drew Galloway meets up with Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso and Heath Slater while WWE is doing a tour of Europe.
WWE signs Superstar Billy Graham
Throughout the years, Superstar Billy Graham and WWE have had a roller coaster relationship. Things got heated at one point when Graham spoke out against Linda McMahon going into politics. The backstage heat appears to have been soothed over. Graham announced through social media that Triple H has offered him a legends contract to get back into the good graces of the company. Graham signed it.
Backstage heat on Renee Young
When Renee Young recently got into it with the internet wrestling community, some were afraid that she would receive some backstage heat in WWE. Fortunately for her, that is not the case. Management did not have any issues with her venting about how fans act on social media. They are aware of how certain fans can be. The front office also encourages their performers to interact online with fans.
Tyson Kidd making a return
People in WWE have a genuine concern for the well being of Tyson Kidd. He happens to be very well liked backstage. However, there are also some that are hoping that he can make a full recovery and return to the ring because it could do wonders for business. The mainstream media would more than likely pick up on the story since it would be quite the miraculous comeback.
Lana back on good terms
The backstage heat towards Lana is said to have died down considerably. WWE was really upset when TMZ initially reported that she was engaged to Rusev in real life. It forced them to change their plans abruptly. Since Lana has not been around because of her injury, the heat has settled down tremendously. Management wanted her back with Rusev anyways, so they are just going to move forward with new plans.