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With CM Punk not being on television for a couple of months now, his merchandise sales have been slumping a bit. That has enabled Daniel Bryan to move to the second spot on the list of WWE stars who move the most units. Management wants to try to close the gap between Bryan and John Cena, who sits at the top spot by a considerable margin.
April 24, 2014
For the longest time there, CM Punk was the second best when it comes to moving merchandise. The fact that he was only behind John Cena is a big reason why Vince McMahon wants him back in WWE. Well, his absence has caused Daniel Bryan, whose popularity has remained strong despite not being given the title, to move up into the second spot now.
March 14, 2014
While there are still fans clamoring for him to move down the card, John Cena should remain high in the eyes of WWE officials, as his merchandise is still the top movers. Randy Orton and CM Punk round out the top three, with Daniel Bryan coming in at fourth. Sin Cara still remains a top seller.
February 6, 2014
When the company moved CM Punk from their official roster to the alumni section yesterday, WWE created a bit of a stir. Things escalated even further when management removed his merchandise from the WWE Shop website. Apparently, there was some miscommunication within the company on the matter. All of his merchandise have been returned to the online store.
July 17, 2014
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
A status update on Twitter from Zack Ryder, informing fans that WWE is no longer selling any of his merchandise. Rumors have been circulating that the company wants to downplay his popularity, and this revelation lends credibility to those speculations. The fact that Ryder actually pointed it out in public is a sign that he could be really frustrated with his situation in WWE.
July 1, 2014
In a really interesting move, WWE is looking to hire a body double for Sting, so that they can film some sort of stunt for the upcoming DVD about the legendary WCW star. While many fans are clamoring for Sting to finally make his debut in WWE, the belief is that the two sides have only come to an agreement on a contract to produce content and merchandise.
June 9, 2014
Last month, it was revealed that Rey Mysterio had his contract extended another year by WWE because he had missed so much time over the last twelve months. It was a move done by Vince McMahon to keep one of his top merchandise guys around. Rumors coming out now are that Mysterio is not too pleased with that, as he wanted to leave WWE once his contract expired. There are talks that a legal battle could ensue.
June 5, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that Sting will be included in the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game, which is scheduled to be released in October. Speculations arose recently because Sting appears to be on the verge of signing a legends contract with the company, which would enable WWE to use his likeness on merchandise. The belief is that Sting will be a bonus to those that order early.
June 5, 2014
"It's hard if you're quantifying raw numbers to say anyone was more popular at their zenith than Stone Cold Steve Austin. No one sold more merchandise, tickets or pay per view than Steve. The thing with Junkyard Dog was that he was the first African American number one baby face in a major territory. For black fans especially, he was such a groundbreaking force. There was a unique emotional relationship that JYD had with his audience. He gave a whole race their guy." - Jim Ross describes Junkyard Dog and his place in wrestling history
May 9, 2014
While neither side has confirmed anything, rumors are that WWE and Rey Mysterio have been in contract negotiations to see if the masked wrestler can continue his career with the company for a couple of more years. The belief is that WWE has some leverage this time around because Mysterio merchandise is not moving as well as it has in the past.
May 8, 2014
Now that his week long triple to Hawaii with his family is over, Rey Mysterio is looking to get back to work. The former world heavyweight champion revealed to fans that he was heading to Stamford to meet with WWE officials. The belief is that the two sides are going to negotiate a new contract, so that Mysterio, still one of the top merchandise movers on the roster, can continue his career with the company.
April 30, 2014
While a lot of speculation and rumors have been floating around that he has signed the contract offer with the company because he made some appearances recently to discuss the life of the Ultimate Warrior, Sting still has yet to sign a deal with WWE to become an on screen character. He might have signed a minor deal for merchandise and DVD, however.
April 29, 2014
It appears that the social media experiment for Terry Funk has come to an end, as the legendary NWA star has been quiet for almost half a year now. Funk was pretty active with his status updates back in September, where he promoted some merchandise. He was silent until posting something about WWE in December. No status updates since then.
April 29, 2014
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few weeks now, CM Punk is still receiving paychecks from WWE. He still ranks among the top merchandise movers in the entire company, with some reports stating that he only trails John Cena in that category. Punk is still under contract to WWE, so management is still paying him his royalties.
April 18, 2014
In times of tragedy, the worst of the worst comes out, in order to take advantage of the situation. Several people have been selling illegal Ultimate Warrior merchandise shortly after the WWE legend died last week. Lawyers for his marketing company have already sent out cease and desist letters to over 100 different people, demanding that they quit selling products with his likeness attached.
April 16, 2014
Since the masked performer has yet to put his signature on a brand new contract, WWE has been purposely downplaying his role on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. However, management does indeed want to keep Rey Mysterio around for at least another year, as they feel that he still has some merchandise value. Plus, he is already involved in the Flintstones movie.
March 19, 2014
With his contract expiring in a few weeks, things might have just became easier for WWE to let Rey Mysterio walk away. Merchandise sales for the masked superstar have dropped as of late. His consistent ability to generate revenue for the company was a big reason why they never gave up on Mysterio as his body repeatedly failed him over the years.
March 14, 2014
While there is a legal storm brewing between the two sides, there is now a chance that WWE might not be willing to fight with Sin Cara over the use of the name, as the value of the character has dropped tremendously over the last couple of weeks. When merchandise sales remained strong, management utilized Hunico in the role to help keep that going. The numbers have since dropped.
March 14, 2014
Since the company was so focused on other wrestlers over the last couple of months, Steve Austin has not been a focal point for WWE heading into Wrestlemania 30, but there is now a change, as management wants to do a big merchandise push in the coming months. Despite not being there any more, Austin still remains as one of the top merchandise sellers for WWE.
March 13, 2014
During his podcast interview with Jim Ross, the topic of John Cena doing a heel turn was brought up with Steve Austin. The former WWE star was adamant that the move should not happen. Austin pointed out that his own heel turn was a disaster because it ruined his merchandise sales. He feels that the same would happen if Cena were to make the turn.
March 6, 2014
In the past, Vince McMahon was quick to bury wrestlers who did anything remotely negative towards WWE, so it is quite telling that the CEO has opted to remain quiet on CM Punk. The belief is that McMahon really is hoping that Punk changes his mind and returns because he moves a lot of merchandise and is quite the draw for the company.
March 6, 2014
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
For whatever reasons, Mick Foley took to social media this week to defend Batista, stating that it was unfair for fans to have this much hate towards him and his WWE return. Foley mentioned that Batista was at the wrong place at the wrong time because fans were so desperate to see Daniel Bryan being given a proper push. He also feels that not enough people are happy for Batista being featured in a big movie this summer.
July 14, 2014
While many are under the impression that he is temporarily holding the WWE Championship until Daniel Bryan can return from a serious neck injury, word coming out of backstage is that John Cena is expected to have a lengthy title reign. Management wants people to believe that his 15th title reign is very important, so they might keep the belt on him a long time to emphasize that.
July 12, 2014
Initially, Daniel Bryan had surgery to repair a seriously damaged neck. However, doctors found further issues for the former WWE champion recently. His shoulders are pretty messed up as well. Additional procedures could be required to repair all of the damage to his body. Bryan is out indefinitely, and there is no timetable backstage for his return.
July 10, 2014
By now, everyone should know that WWE has plans on pushing Roman Reigns into the main event scene. However, not everyone knows that the original plan was not this accelerated. Management has decided to pull the trigger much quicker on the Reigns push because of the absence of Daniel Bryan, who is still indefinitely on the sideline due to a serious neck injury. There are some concerns backstage that Reigns could be ruined if the push is rushed too quickly.
July 10, 2014
Some rumors have surfaced that Daniel Bryan is returning to WWE soon, and the cause of the confusion is over the fact that he was spotted in the ring with his wrestling gear on last night. The former world heavyweight champion was simply filming a public service announcement. Even though he informed the fans in the arena that he might still need another surgery to repair his damaged neck, some were still under the belief that he was coming back soon.
July 2, 2014
While there is still a chance that he was working the audience during his speech at Money in the Bank 2014, the topic of Daniel Bryan require a second surgery to repair his neck is a major issue for WWE. Reports are surfacing that if it is true that he needs to go under the knife again, there is a very good chance that Bryan could miss up to a year of action.
June 30, 2014
There is a feeling within the WWE locker room that management does not want Daniel Bryan back in the main event scene when he makes his return. Some are pointing out how he is being brought back in a minimum role at Money in the Bank 2014 as a sign of WWE downplaying his importance. Guys like Batista and Brock Lesnar would not be utilized in such a manner when they come back from their hiatus.
June 29, 2014
Those that have been following Mick Foley closely over the last year are aware that there is some sort of backstage heat between he and Vince McMahon. WWE has given him the cold shoulders on a couple of occasions. Foley has now revealed a possible source of that friction. He accidentally sent a message to McMahon while trying to send to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. The content of that message was Foley complaining about WWE not doing the right thing and putting Bryan over when his popularity was at its peak.
June 27, 2014
In a rather interesting bit of news, reports are surfacing that the audience at Monday Night Raw did not react much when WWE announced that Daniel Bryan would be making an appearance at Money in the Bank 2014. That comes as a surprise because he was really one of the most popular guys in the industry before he left to have surgery on his injured neck. It should be interesting to see how fans react to him at the pay per view itself.
June 24, 2014
Some bad news for those of you that hate John Cena. Rumors are pointing to him being at the head of the line as the next WWE champion. Cena is expected to win the title at Money in the Bank 2014. The belief is that the company wants to put the title back around the waist of their most proven draw. If Cena wins the belt again, potential feuds include Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan.
June 22, 2014
Some new rumors have popped up in regards to Brock Lesnar coming back to WWE. Since Daniel Bryan is still on the shelf, management wants to utilize Lesnar in a higher profile role. That desire might even cause the company to change their mind about who comes out as the new heavyweight champion at Money in the Bank 2014. Initially, the belief was that a heel was going to win the belt and feud with Bryan, but there is a strong chance now that a face will win, so that they can defend against Lesnar.
June 19, 2014
There's some potentially bad news if you're a big fan of Daniel Bryan, as rumors are now surfacing that he might not be healthy enough to make a return at Summerslam 2014 as previously predicted. WWE wants to be very careful with his situation, as something negative could trigger a big storm with the mainstream media. Bryan is featured heavily on Total Divas and is one of the more known stars now in the industry.
June 19, 2014
Rumors going around right now has WWE giving the world heavyweight championship to a heel at Money in the Bank 2014. The belief is that the company will set someone up to feud with John Cena and Daniel Bryan over the next few months. Antonio Cesaro has been rumored for a few weeks now, but some are skeptical of that because he hasn't been given a ton of momentum by WWE. Management will either hot shot the belt to Bray Wyatt or go with the safe route in Randy Orton.
June 16, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Daniel Bryan will be returning at Money in the Bank 2014 and being the mystery entrant in the ladder match to determine a new WWE champion. However, those speculations might have simply been fueled by fans who are hoping to see the massively popular Bryan back on television. Those within the company know that his medical condition is nowhere near 100 percent.
June 11, 2014
Rumors are heating up this afternoon that Daniel Bryan will be stripped of the WWE championship tonight. Monday Night Raw is expected to open up with an announcement from the Authority, where it will most likely be Stephanie McMahon and Triple H revealing to the wrestling world that Bryan is not healthy enough to perform, so a new champion will be crowned in the near future.
June 9, 2014
With the company still in limbo as to what to do with Daniel Bryan, rumors are coming out that WWE is thinking about doing two ladder matches at Money in the Bank 2014. The idea is to generate more interest for the pay per view since the world heavyweight champion is not around. The first MITB match would determine the new WWE champion, while the second one would set up the new challenger for the belt.
June 9, 2014
With Daniel Bryan injured, things are a bit hectic backstage in WWE, as he was the centerpiece story line. The situation backstage is made even worse by the fact that the company has seen its stock plummet. It has now gotten to the point where Vince McMahon himself is taking over more control of the creative department than usual. He has been making decisions on how to work around the Bryan injury.
June 8, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Daniel Bryan is going to work Money in the Bank 2014, even if he is not healthy enough to do so. The belief is that the WWE champion does not want to lose his place at the top of the card, as it took quite a bit of effort to get there in the first place. Bryan would not be the first wrestler to jeopardize his health in order to maintain his spot.
June 7, 2014
Some disturbing news is coming out of WWE. Word going around is that Daniel Bryan has been losing strength in his arm. The world heavyweight champion has been trying to rehabilitate after having much needed neck surgery, but things are not progressing as well as WWE had hoped. There is a very good chance that he will be missing more time than initially expected.
June 5, 2014