EARL HEBNER PAYBACK 2014 NEWS
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Earl Hebner
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Vince McMahon
For a while there, things were looking pretty bad for WWE, as viewership for Monday Night Raw kept dropping and dropping. Thanks to some excitement generated from Payback 2014, however, things are turning around. Approximately half a million more fans tuned in for Raw this week than the previous. That should help bring a smile to the recently embattled Vince McMahon.
June 3, 2014
Bray Wyatt
While WWE decided to keep him off of the televised broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week, Bray Wyatt was actually in attendance and worked a dark match against John Cena after the cameras stopped rolling. The move was done to sell the brutality of his Last Man Standing match at Payback 2014. He has been officially confirmed for Smackdown this week.
June 3, 2014
JBL
One of the biggest advertisers at Payback 2014 was Mountain Dew, and WWE made sure to let their fans know about it by having JBL, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole promoting the soft drink throughout the evening. Fans in attendance at the pay per view, however, noted that Lawler was actually drinking Diet Coke whenever the cameras were not turned on to him. The commentator kept it hidden for much of the broadcast.
June 3, 2014
Adam Pearce
To the average WWE fan, Adam Pearce is not a household name, but to those in the industry, however, he's definitely a familiar face. The longtime independent wrestling star was spotted backstage at Payback 2014. The belief is that he was a guest of the company, as he has been helping to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center.
June 2, 2014
Batista
During the post show for Payback 2014, Roman Reigns told fans that he might have suffered torn triceps during the big main event match involving Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista. Since the interview took place in front of cameras, rumors have it that WWE was just selling the brutality of the match. Reigns is expected to be at Monday Night Raw later on today.
June 2, 2014
Brie Bella
A rather unusual thing took place during Payback 2014 last night, as several WWE fans were under the assumption that Stephanie McMahon had an accident with her bladder during his big segment with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. However, the presumed wet spot on the backside of her dress was basically caused by the lighting in the arena. Stephanie continued to wear the dress backstage afterwards.
June 2, 2014
Batista
A surprising buzz was created last night when fans made mention of Batista wearing blue ring gear at Payback 2014. At one point, it even become the top trend on Twitter, a fact that Michael Cole proudly boasted to fans. Batista was not nearly as amused, as he took to the social media site today to bash fans for focusing on the color of his outfit, as opposed to the tremendous performance that he, Randy Orton, Triple H, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put on.
June 2, 2014
CM Punk
Since the pay per view was in Chicago, many within WWE expected the fans to chant for CM Punk last night. They did just that throughout Payback 2014. However, some within the company were surprised to see a passionate please from the audience for WWE to utilize Dolph Ziggler. They chanted for him almost as much as they did for Punk, the hometown hero.
June 2, 2014
Brie Bella
During the Payback 2014 pay per view, WWE did a segment where Stephanie McMahon demanded that Daniel Bryan make a decision about the world heavyweight championship. Instead of him giving up the belt that he chased for so long, Brie Bella told Stephanie that she was quitting WWE. Brie then gave a big slap to Stephanie. The belief is that Brie will be given some time off of television.
June 1, 2014
El Torito
For those of you that did not watch the Payback 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle with a flying top rope moonsault. Hornswoggle had gotten distracted by thinking that he won after pulling off the mask. Afterwards, Hornswoggle was forced to sit in a barber chair while El Torito shaved his head. Hornswoggle is now bald, and expect WWE to promote that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 1, 2014
CM Punk
Rumors going around right now is that CM Punk will be making an appearance at Payback 2014 tonight because the event is taking place in his hometown of Chicago. However, the former WWE champion revealed that he will be approximately 20 miles down the road from the pay per view. Punk will be attending an NHL game instead of making his return to wrestling.
June 1, 2014
Vince McMahon
In some troubling bit of news for Vince McMahon, Monday Night Raw lost 400,000 viewers from the previous episode. Numbers go up and down all the time, and WWE is fully aware of that. However, since it is the final episode before Payback 2014, the loss is a bit disturbing for the company. Fan interest is supposed to increase the week before and after a pay per view.
May 28, 2014
Adam Rose
Initially, it appeared that WWE was going to give Adam Rose a match at Payback 2014, presumably against Jack Swagger. However, with officials losing some faith in Rose, it looks like that chance isn't likely to take place at the pay per view. Rumors have it that it could be added as a filler match if WWE cannot find a better option for the slot.
May 28, 2014
Alexander Rusev
WWE has now officially added a match between Big E Langston and Alexander Rusev to the Payback 2014 pay per view. The goal within the company is to provide Rusev with further credibility, so that he can be eventually moved up to the main event scene. Langston is viewed as a more imposing opponent than Kofi Kingston, R Truth and Xavier Woods at the moment.
May 28, 2014
Brie Bella
For fans of Total Divas, one of the most anticipated events will be the wedding between Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. E! executives were hoping that this particular episode will generate the highest numbers since the series started. Unfortunately, though, WWE is doing the Payback 2014 pay per view on the same night that the wedding is expected to air.
May 19, 2014
Daniel Bryan
On Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan stood in the middle of the ring and addressed the entire WWE Universe. He informed everyone that he was suffering from a neck injury and required surgery. While some fans believe this to just be a story line, it is actually real. The surgery is said to be a minor one, but there are those backstage that believe that he might be forced to miss Payback 2014.
May 12, 2014
Earl Hebner
According to TNA, Earl Hebner has now been a referee for 100,000 matches over his long and storied career. The company has been promoting that fact at the various live events that they have been doing across the country. While it would be difficult to confirm the count, the belief is that it is true since he has been in the industry for more than three decades now.
March 3, 2014
Seth Rollins
Reports are surfacing now that Vince McMahon made the decision to do a heel turn with Seth Rollins on Sunday afternoon, shortly before Payback 2014. The belief is that he pulled the trigger on the move as a response to the low ratings that Monday Night Raw has received over the last couple of weeks. WWE is hoping that this provides a quick boost to the numbers.
June 5, 2014
Roman Reigns
A picture of WWE star Roman Reigns showing off the bruised back that he received from working Monday Night Raw and Payback 2014 this week.
June 3, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Initially, there were rumors that WWE was going to add a tag team championship match at the last minute on Payback 2014 featuring Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. However, management changed up their plans once they decided to include a lot of outside interference during the match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena. WWE did not want to take away from the big match by having the performers working multiple times last night.
June 2, 2014
El Torito
A picture of WWE star Hornswoggle now that he has been shaved bald after a loss to El Torito at the Payback 2014 pay per view.
June 2, 2014
Batista
In a rather surprising move, WWE had the Shield win convincingly against Evolution. Batista and Randy Orton were the first two performers to be eliminated from the main event match at Payback 2014, but both provided interference for Triple H after their eliminations. After taking a brutal beating, Roman Reigns picked up the win for his team. Many expected Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to be eliminated during the match, but WWE opted to give them a dominant ending.
June 2, 2014
Alicia Fox
In a match designed to be the buffer between the two main event features at Payback 2014, Paige successfully defended the WWE Divas Championship against Alicia Fox via submission. Afterwards, Alicia continued her story line of going crazy whenever things do not go well for her. The audience reacted more to the post match antics than the actual match.
June 2, 2014
Bray Wyatt
In a segment filled with plenty of interference from Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Luke Rowan and Erick Harper, John Cena was able to defeat Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match at Payback 2014 after Cena put Wyatt through a big black box and covered him with an even heavier box. Rumors have it that WWE will be continuing this feud and something could trigger that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 2, 2014
Rob Van Dam
At Payback 2014, Wade Barrett successfully defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Rob Van Dam after picking up the pin fall victory, thanks to the Bull Hammer. The performers placed some doubt in that finish when it appeared that Barrett had injured his arm while smashing into the corner post after RVD ducked away from the move outside the ring.
June 1, 2014
Alexander Rusev
In a glorified squash match at Payback 2014, Alexander Rusev defeated Big E Langston via submission to continue his push up the ladder in WWE. He was able to slap on the camel clutch after delivering a big kick to Langston. Afterwards, he held the submission move on for a short period of time before Lana instructs him to let go. Rusev should be placed into a new feud this week.
June 1, 2014
Cody Rhodes
In a match designed by WWE to accelerate the split between the brothers, Curtis Axel and Ryback defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust in the second match of Payback 2014. Ryback picked up the pin fall victory for his team after delivering the Shell Shock to Rhodes. Afterwards, Rhodes told Goldust that he needs to find a better tag team partner for himself.
June 1, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being in the airplane spin for quite a few rotations, Sheamus was able to capture the victory over Antonio Cesaro, who had Paul Heyman with him at ringside, at Payback 2014 by surprising his opponent with a small package. With the win, Sheamus retains the United States Heavyweight Championship and will more than likely be placed in another feud by WWE tomorrow.
June 1, 2014
Erick Rowan
There are rumors floating around that WWE wants to add another match to Payback 2014. Speculations are that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper will be rewarded with a pay per view title match against Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. There does not appear to be a high chance of a title change, as some feel that the Wyatt Family can get the spotlight without the belts.
June 1, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
At one point in time, WWE had plans to put the Intercontinental Championship around the waist of Antonio Cesaro. However, those plans were dropped and the belt was given to Wade Barrett instead. Since management still wants to push Cesaro, there is a very good chance that he ends up capturing the United States Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus at Payback 2014 tomorrow night.
May 31, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Following a botched heel turn, it looks like WWE might be attempting the move again with Sheamus. The United States Heavyweight Champion is rumored to be moving into a feud with the returning Miz after his Payback 2014 match against Antonio Cesaro. Since Miz is still a baby face, there is a very good chance that WWE will try to do the heel turn with Sheamus again.
May 30, 2014
Batista
From the moment he made his return to WWE, rumors have persisted as to when Batista was going to be leaving again. The latest word coming out of the company is that the Evolution member is going to be finishing up at the Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis next week. It will be the episode immediately after Payback 2014, and the belief is that Batista will be written off on television.
May 28, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since the company is hoping to build him back up to the main event level, Wade Barrett is expected to successfully retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship in his match against Rob Van Dam at Payback 2014. The former leader of Nexus will more than likely be fed another challenger next month as well. If things go as planned, he could be a future rival for Daniel Bryan.
May 27, 2014
Adam Rose
Things change pretty rapidly backstage in WWE, and that appears to be the case with the Adam Rose push. While he might still get his pay per view debut at Payback 2014 against Jack Swagger, there are those in management who feel that his television debut on Monday Night Raw was a flop. There are even rumors floating around that Rose could be sent back down to WWE NXT.
May 12, 2014
Adam Rose
It looks like Adam Rose is going to be leapfrogging other WWE stars this month, as the former developmental wrestler is penciled in for a match at Payback 2014. His pay per view debut is expected to be against Jack Swagger, whom he confronted during Monday Night Raw this past week. There are those backstage in WWE that feel that his character can get over with the live audience in Chicago.
May 10, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since Kane is scheduled to be working a Buried Alive match against Daniel Bryan at Payback 2014, rumors are floating around that this could be how WWE writes the Big Red Machine out of the story line for a couple of weeks. Something big has to happen to put Bryan over, so Kane will most likely take the fall and be removed from television.
May 7, 2014
Batista
While the early rumors were that Evolution and the Shield would be doing a rematch at Payback 2014, word coming out of backstage now is that WWE is thinking about handling things a little bit differently. Management is toying around with the idea of doing three separate singles matches involving Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at the pay per view.
May 7, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed just how close Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were in college. Ross was the one that recruited Lesnar into WWE, and when a contract was offered, Lesnar stated that he had a special stipulation he would like fulfilled. Lesnar told the company that he would sign the contract if they also gave a deal to Benjamin, who happened to be his roommate at the time.
September 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a bit of news that is sure to cause mass speculations about Vince McMahon and company, it has now been announced that there will be a delay in the launch of WWE 2K15. The video game was initially scheduled to be released in North America on October 28. It has ow been pushed back to November 18. The official word given for the move is because both companies wanted to produce the best possible game before releasing it to the fans, but as many already know, that is simply public relations talk.
September 16, 2014
AJ Styles
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
Chris Jericho
If you're a big fan of Chris Jericho, then definitely check out Night of Champions 2014, as that will be the last time that we see him in WWE for quite some time. The former undisputed heavyweight champion will be working a match against Randy Orton. He finishes up with the company shortly afterwards. Jericho has a tour with Fozzy coming soon, and he will be traveling around to promote his new book.
September 15, 2014
Ric Flair
Since he has a history of partying and the company does not want rumors to run wild with internet fans, WWE has released an official statement in regards to why Ric Flair was recently forced to miss some live events. They stated that he was hospitalized and will be back with the company soon. WWE had issues with the former world heavyweight champion at a public event involving their upcoming WWE 2K15 video game a while back.
September 15, 2014
Dixie Carter
While reports are saying that their contract with Spike TV is expiring at the end of the year, executives in TNA are still making moves as if they are definitely going to remain on television. The company has now booked the Manhattan Center in New York City for three more episodes of Impact Wrestling. It appears that Dixie Carter is extremely confident that they will be signing a deal somewhere.
September 15, 2014
CM Punk
Since he no longer has the burden of the hectic WWE schedule to worry about, CM Punk has been enjoying his time tremendously. The former world heavyweight champion was recently spotted at the Riot Fest music event in Chicago. Punk was even invited onstage by a band called The Bouncing Souls and performed a song with them.
September 15, 2014
Ryback
Through his Twitter account, Ryback revealed to fans that it has now been 18 days since his surgery, and he has been recovering extremely well from his still unknown injury, which is rumored to involve his groin. He should be making a return to WWE very soon, as he is now pain free. He might not be rushed back, though, as management really doesn't have a story ready for him.
September 15, 2014
Ric Flair
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ric Flair had to be pulled from the WWE NXT show. The exact reason has now been discovered. The former world heavyweight champion was in the hospital this week for some minor surgeries. No word yet on what those procedures were for, but none of it was life threatening. Flair is expected to be back with WWE after he recovers.
September 15, 2014
Jeremy Borash
While the future of Impact Wrestling is in question because a deal with Spike TV cannot be reached, TNA is still continuing to churn forward. The company is filming a new television show called TNA Legends, and it is being hosted by Jeremy Borash, who is seemingly the most versatile person backstage. No word yet on where this show will be airing, but it will be on television somewhere.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
Jeff Hardy
Since he has a criminal conviction on his record, there were some speculations as to whether or not Jeff Hardy would be allowed to travel into Japan to work at Bound For Glory 2014. Sources are now stating that the former world heavyweight champion has been cleared to enter the country if he wishes. It is now up to TNA to decide if they want to have him on the show. As of right now, Hardy is not being advertised for the pay per view.
September 14, 2014
John Cena
While a lot of fans still have a hard time understanding why he is pushed so heavily by WWE, John Cena continues to rack up the numbers to let management know that they are making the right choice. Reports have surfaced that live events featuring Cena are averaging approximately $60,000 more per show than events without the former WWE champion.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Last week, wrestling fans were dazzled by Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd during a tag team match on Monday Night Raw. You can expect more of that in the near future, as the WWE NXT stars are being booked for more television appearances. Reports have surfaced that Triple H is the one pushing management to feature the developmental wrestlers more frequently.
September 13, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Sean OHaire
Earlier this week, wrestling fans were stunned to find out that Sean OHaire had committed suicide by hanging himself. TMZ has now revealed that he did try to get help over the last six years. It is being reported that OHaire attended rehab six times, and they were all paid for by WWE. Unfortunately, though, his addiction to alcohol became too much to overcome.
September 12, 2014
Jake Roberts
In addition to making an appearance at an independent wrestling show produced by Kizarny, Jake Roberts also spent the time to help train some of the wrestlers at the event. The WWE legend even got physically involved in the training, so that's great news for those of us who were quite concerned when he was in the hospital for a week.
September 11, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Originally, Ric Flair was scheduled to make an appearance at WWE NXT tonight at the Takeover 2 event. The former world heavyweight champion was supposed to introduce Kenta Kobayashi to the fans as a way to accelerate the fan support for the Japanese star. However, it has now been revealed that Flair has canceled on the appearance due to some sort of personal issue.
September 11, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
During a recent interview, Sami Zayn revealed that Antonio Cesaro actually made the request to management to go down to WWE NXT and work there. Zayn explained that the motive behind the move was to let certain people backstage see what he was capable of since it is harder to get the spotlight on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. According to Zayn, Triple H was really impressed with what he saw in Cesaro.
September 11, 2014