EZEKIEL JACKSON BACKSTAGE POLITICS
Name
Ezekiel Jackson
Real Name
Rycklon Stephens
Date of Birth
April 22, 1978
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2007
JoJo Offerman
In WWE, sometimes a good personality can help to combat backstage politics. JoJo Offerman appears to be doing that right now, as it has been rumored that management has been praising her for maintaining a good attitude and continuing to work hard down in developmental. Some felt that she would be resentful towards WWE for removing her from the main roster and from the Total Divas cast.
May 26, 2014
Bob Holly
"They try to make that hall of fame leigtimate, but if you'll notice, to me, it's politically driven. A dead giveaway is Hunter wanting all of his little buddies, his little circle first. He's taken care of all of them." - Bob Holly suggesting that backstage politics plays a big part in the WWE Hall of Fame
May 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
"Here's a guy that has a huge ego. He has a hard time with putting anybody over and let alone outside the business when someone like Brock Lesnar would have to hurt him. His ego wouldn't let him walk around in a sling. He wants people to know it's entertainment unless he's the one doing it then he wants you to walk around in a leg cast. This is what I see the problem is and I've been pretty critical about it. You've got somebody in that position that's got too big of an ego to run a company like that. Triple H goes to extreme lengths to look good, to be big and cut and make sure he's on the cover of the muscle magazine and make sure he's in fitness things. He's the guy who's putting himself in the forefront. For anybody to run a company like the WWE, you can't be that guy. You've got too much talent out there for you to put yourself out there in front of them." - Ken Shamrock bashing HHH for backstage politics
April 28, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Zack Ryder

There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.

January 1, 2014
Big E Langston

The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.

December 9, 2013
Daniel Bryan

There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.

November 8, 2013
Road Dogg

As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.

November 4, 2013
Jeff Jarrett
There are talks within TNA that Jeff Jarrett regaining power within the company could force Eric Bischoff out.
October 27, 2013
Ezekiel Jackson
Even though it has been several years since the two of them worked together in WWE, Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel Jackson are reuniting on the independent wrestling circuit. The duo has announced that they are available as a package for promoters to book. The feeling within the industry is that the duo should still be able to draw in a good amount of money since they have more name value than the typical wrestler on the indies.
July 2, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
There were rumors floating around recently that Ezekiel Jackson was signed to a contract by TNA. That has turned out to be false, as the company does not currently have any long term plans for the former WWE star. There is a chance that Dixie Carter might bring him in here and there, but nothing permanent has been discussed. Jackson is also rumored to be a candidate to join Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling.
July 2, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Even though WWE refused to bring him back to the main roster after he recovered from his injuries, Ezekiel Jackson still had some value to the wrestling industry. Rumors surfaced that Jeff Jarrett was interested in bringing him on board with Global Force Wrestling, but word coming out of TNA is that the company is close to finalizing a contract with Jackson.
June 26, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
In a rather interesting revelation, Ezekiel Jackson has publicly stated that WWE has yet to contact him about his release. He received a letter a couple of months before his contract expired, but no one backstage has bothered to call him since the deal ended in April. It's customary to make communication with the wrestlers after they have been released by the company.
June 19, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
A fan on Twitter recently asked Ezekiel Jackson if he would be interested in working with Jeff Jarrett in his new Global Force Wrestling promotion, and the recently released WWE star stated that if the opportunity were to arise, he would definitely be interested. Jackson spent several frustrating months on the sidelines with WWE and has been itching to get back on television.
May 6, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
Now that he has been official released by WWE after spending months waiting in developmental, Ezekiel Jackson joins the long list of names of performers who are rumored to be joining Jeff Jarrett in his new Global Force Wrestling promotion. While Jackson isn't a big star, he does have some name value left, which would help GFW draw in a couple of people.
May 1, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
Some bad news for those of you that have been waiting for Ezekiel Jackson to return to the main roster. He is no longer with WWE. Jackson revealed that his contract with the company expired over the weekend. Management was not interested in signing him to a new deal, as they would much rather focus on developing a new person instead.
April 7, 2014
JTG
In a rather interesting bit of news on two performers that have not been seen in WWE in a while, JTG and Ezekiel Jackson have been working out together. The former Cryme Tyme member posted on Twitter that he goes jogging with Jackson every morning. The two of them are still under contract to WWE, but there are no plans to utilize them any time soon.
March 23, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
When he left WWE, Tyler Reks made it abundantly clear that he was doing so because he wanted to focus on other business opportunities. He is launching one of those soon in BodySpartan.com, a website dedicated to fitness. Among his business partners are current WWE stars JTG and Ezekiel Jackson, both of whom are on the roster but seldom used.
February 27, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson
There are those in the company that still believe that Vince McMahon is keeping wrestlers on the roster because of Linda McMahon and her ongoing political career. Guys like Evan Bourne, Ezekiel Jackson, Hunico, JTG and Yoshi Tatsu are still on the contract and receiving a salary from the company despite not doing much.
February 24, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson

For Throwback Thursday, Ezekiel Jackson posted a picture of himself on Instagram, where he is posing with former NFL star Bart Scott. The two of them are standing on the streets in Las Vegas.

January 26, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson

A fan on Twitter mentioned to Ezekiel Jackson, who recently had hernia surgery, that is has been a while since he was spotted on television, and the WWE star noted how it has been 28 months since he was last utilized on the main roster.

January 20, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson

While he is recovering well from the surgery performed earlier this month, Ezekiel Jackson does not appear to be coming back to WWE any time soon. He has expressed some frustration with not knowing when management will call him back up.

January 16, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson

Ezekiel Jackson posted a message to his fans before going in for surgery.

January 3, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson

Ezekiel Jackson, who is still listed on the main WWE roster as an active competitor, is going in for surgery. The former Intercontinental Champion has had a couple of hernias lately. He noted on Instagram that he will be training again in just two weeks.

January 3, 2014
Ezekiel Jackson

Ezekiel Jackson posted a picture of himself and his wife, before they attend the movie premier of Best Man Holiday.

November 14, 2013
Ezekiel Jackson

There has been very little talk within WWE about bringing Ezekiel Jackson back up to the main roster.

November 1, 2013
Justin Gabriel
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov walked into Elimination Chamber 2011 as the WWE Tag Team Champions, but they would walk away without the gold, as Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, representing the Corre, were victorious in their match. Ezekiel Jackson and Tamina Snuka were both at ringside.
February 20, 2011
Yoshi Tatsu

Alberto Del Rio won Royal Rumble 2011 by last eliminating Santino Marella. Other participants in the match include Alex Riley, Big Show, Booker T, Bray Wyatt, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, John Cena, John Morrison, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan, R Truth, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Vladimiz Kozlov, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.

January 30, 2011