During a recent interview, Jake Roberts acknowledged that he unlikely would have made it to the top if not for the snake gimmick. The WWE legend also revealed that he was and still is afraid of snakes. Roberts came up with the idea when he was extremely stoned one night. He took the idea to management, and they absolutely loved it, so he ran with it to get a push. Roberts has a long history of substance abuse, so it's not that shocking.
March 17, 2016
While having a discussion with Chris Jericho on his weekly podcast show, Talk is Jericho, JTG finally revealed what his name stood for. He stated that he felt he was "just too good". However, to prevent backstage heat from veteran performers and executives, he decided to tell people in WWE that the initials stood for "just too gangsta", which fits in with the Cryme Tyme gimmick that he had.
December 23, 2015
Management is really interested in turning the feud between Paige and Charlotte into something really special. They pushed the envelope already by bringing up the late Reid Flair. Now, WWE is thinking about having the two female performers doing a ladder match for the Divas Championship. There are talks that gimmick match could be taking place as early as the TLC pay per view in December.
November 30, 2015
There are rumors floating around that there are those within WWE that are pushing for Los Matadores to get their new gimmicks sooner than later. The feeling is that New Day is running out of opponents to work with. The three way feud with Lucha Dragons and the Usos is essentially a filler match for the upcoming TLC pay per view. A new opponent for the champions will be needed by January.
November 29, 2015
When Muhammed Hassan had to be removed from television after a controversial segment with Undertaker, Shawn Daivari was forced to sit on the sidelines. He revealed that Stephanie McMahon approached him shortly afterwards with a patriotic gimmick, where he would have been all about the United States. Daivari said that he was forced to turn it down because it simply would not have made sense for his character.
November 20, 2015
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler Breeze revealed some details about the origin of his character. He stated that he knew his real life persona was not something that would be marketing, so he needed a new gimmick. Breeze stated that he turned to Xavier Woods and gave him credit for creating his model persona. Breeze also mentioned that he considered a snowboarder character as well.
November 4, 2015
When the Hulk Hogan controversy erupted, Damien Sandow and Curtis Axel were indirectly punished because their characters could no longer be featured. Sandow is one of the more talented performers in WWE, and he was sitting on the sidelines. Management might be fixing that soon, as there are talks that Sandow could be given his original gimmick back so that he can be featured again.
November 4, 2015
Back when Devon was doing the reverend gimmick in WWE, he used to carry around a collection box. When asked about it during a recent podcast interview, the former tag team champion revealed that people were putting actual money into the container. Devon even stated that there was one night where he made more than $300. He even joked backstage that he would gladly trade in his contract with WWE for that.
November 2, 2015
When asked if the Road Warriors were upset with Demolition for copying their gimmick, Animal stated that he was fine with it. He said that he was friends with both guys. Animal and Smash actually knew one another back in high school. The two of them were among a group of wrestlers that all grew up in Minnesota together. Animal also noted that they were the tougher looking team of the two.
October 31, 2015
A new wrinkle will be added to the Tyler Breeze character. During a recent interview, Breeze stated that if the creative department wanted more use of technology for a character, he would be the one to do it. Breeze even teased that he might incorporate a drone into his entrance routine. The former NXT star has already been praised by many for being the first to utilize the trendy selfie stick into his gimmick.
October 30, 2015