Vince McMahon gaining more power
While the belief was that he would reduce his workload, Vince McMahon is actually picking up more responsibilities with the creative department now that Stephanie McMahon is moving on to become the brand manager for WWE.
Sean Waltman robbed in Costa Rica
Sean Waltman revealed on Twitter that he was robbed while in Costa Rica. Apparently, his credit card was stolen by someone that he did a good deed for.
To the Asshole in Costa Rica who stole my credit card, I even left tickets for you & your kids you piece of shit. Police know who you are.— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) December 11, 2013
WWE high on Summer Rae
It was a very telling sign to those within the company that Summer Rae was the only WWE diva chosen to make an appearance with the Bella Twins, both of whom are considered untouchable, at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference.
Great Khali still viewed as asset by WWE
While a lot of fans are confused as to why he is still on the roster, WWE still views the Great Khali as a marketing asset. The company specifically made it a point to have him present during the Wrestlemania 31 press conference earlier this week.
Seth Rollins viewed as mid card wrestler
The belief is that WWE officials view Seth Rollins as a mid card performer. While he is unlikely to ever break past the glass ceiling, he is solid enough of a worker who can stick with the company for years as a supporting cast member.
WWE surprised by Daniel Bryan fans
While many were expecting the fans to be supportive of Daniel Bryan, WWE officials were shocked that the Seattle audience were able to hijack the final segment of Monday Night Raw, which was to promote the upcoming TLC pay per view.
Rockstar Spud being praised in TNA
Many have been praising Rockstar Spud for his work in TNA, as many feel that he is really getting into his character. The European star recently made his Impact Wrestling debut as the executive assistant for Dixie Carter.
Sin Cara and Alberto Del Rio removed from Raw
While management is trying to elevate Sin Cara, WWE opted not to include his match and victory against Alberto Del Rio on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw, leading some to wonder just how serious they are about this push.
Cameron leaving WWE soon
Many are under the belief that Cameron will not be sticking around with WWE for the long run. Since she's focused on her reality television career and music career, the feeling is that she is simply using the industry to get to the next level.
Stephanie McMahon building a house
While rumors are starting to swirl as to why Stephanie McMahon is selling a large portion of her shares in WWE, it is simply a matter of her wanting to build a permanent home for her kids to grow up in.
Big E Langston safe in WWE
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.
Dixie Carter contacts Billy Corgan
"Since we have been in business going on 12 years now, this has been an ongoing (speculation), Oh, we’re going out of business. We’re not going to make it. Ever since we started, people were taking odds on how long we would last. This last time I think a lot of it was perpetuated by a story that Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins was going to buy it. I texted Billy and I said, 'Oh really, so you’re going to buy my company? Are you excited? That’s cool.' And he said, ‘Oh, don’t you love rumors.'"
Stephanie McMahon burnt out
One of the reasons why Stephanie McMahon is stepping away from the creative department a bit is because she is burnt out, having held the position for several years with WWE now. She will still throw out ideas to Triple H, however.
Daniel Bryan preparing for life after WWE
While he hopes to be with WWE for several more years, it is being said that Daniel Bryan has wisely been preparing for life after the company. Having struggled through the independent wrestling scene for a decade, he lives rather modestly.
Big E Langston talks about AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler
"Being with AJ and traveling with her and Dolph was really cool. One of the things I admired about her is how driven she is. She is focused and aware of her brand and the message she wants to get across to fans as well. So I've always respected that about her. She is very cognitive about what she does inside the ring and outside of it. I've also been able to learn from Dolph as well when we were together. Even now, he has been helpful. That first six to seven-month period of being a bodyguard was great because it allowed me the opportunity to ease into my time in WWE and to learn. It was a great start."
Bret Hart regrets leaving WWE
"I've calmed down a lot. There were a lot of things I did to escalate that whole thing with [opponent] Shawn Michaels and [now WWE owner] Vince McMahon. I wouldn't change anything I did in terms of my own conduct but I regret all of it.Visit Wrestling Inc. I wish I had never left the WWE but I've moved on. I went back and shook Shawn's hand and it was good for everyone to bury the hatchet."
Triple H takes over WWE writing
With Stephanie McMahon slowly branching out into other areas of WWE, Triple H is now in charge of the creative department, where the writers and executives are now reporting directly to him.
Big E Langston reveals John Cena advice
"From John Cena, I learned about the importance of timing and the moment. There are things you can let get away from you, and things might happen out of nowhere, but it's all about owning the moment. When you're out there in front of the crowd, it's about taking that chance or doing something special so you go from just being a guy to being someone important."
DDP created Razor Ramon
"I created that whole gimmick. The black hair, the brushed back cut, five o'clock shadow, all mine, and he'll be the first to tell you. took him from a blond, brownish hair with a big mustache and turned him into what would become best known as Razor Ramon, but it was the Diamond Studd before it was Razor Ramon."
Kassius Ohno discusses WWE bias against indies wrestlers
"I don't think they give a s--t about (indies) buzz. They only care about their own buzz, which makes sense. You can't solely cater to the niche fan base — it's a tricky demographic to deal with. But you can see somebody get over with those fans and think maybe they can do it in WWE, too. And they see someone who has the passion to chase the dream, traveling around the world. If you have passion, if you're a good performer, those are two of the most important things in wrestling, and they're things you can't manufacture. Some people are naturals. Take Big E Langston; he has such a perfect match of athleticism and charisma, and he looks like an action figure."
WWE promotes Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon has been promoted by WWE, where she will go from being an executive vice president to being the Chief Brand Officer, which basically makes her more of a spokesperson for the company.
Daniel Bryan does not have a tour bus
"Quite frankly, it would be very very difficult for me to do it because the tour bus is very, very expensive. I've only made good money the last two years. Randy Orton, John Cena, those guys have been making money for years. Even CM Punk, he has been making money for several years. Big Show has been making money since I was in high school, since before I was in high school! I think he started in WCW as a main eventer. His first match ever was in a PPV main event. So I mean those guys have been making money for years, so they can afford a bus. For me, it's just not financially viable right now. Its still a couple of years down the road. I would need 'X' amount of savings. I'm very logical in my spending. I'm not going to spend all the money on the bus until I know I'm financially secure enough to spend that kind of money. I envy those guys every single day."
Shawn Michaels encouraging WWE stars to change
"Mick and I wanted that match to be something different. We had no background together. We didn't know if we were going to have chemistry. Both of us wanted to make a WWE Championship Match that wasn't typical of the business at the time. Mankind was an opponent with a rugged style that Shawn Michaels had never faced before. Had we not tried to add those extra elements, it wouldn't have felt special. I wasn't a fan of having a definite 'style.' I get that there are different styles, and some guys do things a certain way but, as a fan, I don't prefer one over another. So, throughout my whole career, it always made sense to go out and try to mix things up. One of the easiest ways to keep people from saying, 'It's the same old thing,' is to not continually do the same thing."
Christopher Daniels discusses CM Punk and Daniel Bryan
"I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it's just a matter of getting that opportunity. It's funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they've got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It's almost like they're trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they're doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system."
Ultimate Warrior discusses match with Ryback and Goldberg
"People will say Ryback - 'What would Warrior have been like with Ryback?' Or Goldberg. I know why they say those things - because of the intensity and body look, the aggression, the power. Those kind of matches tend to be f**king stinkers, you know? You want to work with somebody who's got a different style. Wrestling is more than just being big."
Ultimate Warrior discusses Randy Savage
"The toughest for me was the one that brought the best out of me, out of my character. That's different from 'Who's the toughest guy, who's the most badass opponent I ever faced?'. The toughest opponent for me would have been Randy Savage, the Macho Man, because his intensity paralleled mine. He became totally caught up in his character, which was a requisite to success in the business at the time."
Miz says John Morrison saved his job with WWE
"If Miz and Morrison never happened, I truly believe that I would have been fired within a year. I think being with Morrison really gave me the opportunity to take risks. It gave me the opportunity to really stand tall in our realm. When we created a thing called The Dirt Sheet, which… Back then, YouTube was just getting going with its popularity. WWE now has its own YouTube channel. It didn't have its own YouTube Channel. It didn't have those internet shows. We were the first. So we kind of became originals and we were doing those sorts of things that were going against the grain because we wanted to get noticed. I think Morrison pushed me and I pushed Morrison to really do the best that we possibly can. We brought the best out of each other, is what I thought."
Cody Rhodes and Goldust being praised
Cody Rodes and Goldust are being praised backstage in WWE because of the way that they have been handling themselves during media appearances and making the company look really good to the mainstream audience.
Wrestlers concerned about Brodus Clay
Many within WWE are concerned about the status of Brodus Clay after the company had Xavier Woods doing his entrance with his Naomi and Cameron on Monday Night Raw this week.
Jake Roberts talks about traveling with Undertaker
"He came to me and he says, 'I hear you know all the great strip joints,' I said, 'yes, I do, worldwide,' he says, 'I'll travel with you'. so, he tried to hang with me, and it's a chemical world, so I was cheating. After about three or four weeks, we went to TV and Vince looked at him and said, 'Mark, I don't think you need the makeup today, you look like hell. Jake is killing you and a few days later, he was in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. Finally, I had to smarten him up and tell him how I was doing it, and we then became very, very good friends. I have all the respect in the world for Mark. He has earned everything that he has gotten. He is a unique character, I love the fact that he upholds kayfabe, just a great guy, and of course he was there for the stripper times with me, and we did it well."
Layla El taking time away
Layla El has not been seen on WWE television for a couple of months now and many are wondering what her status with the company is. Many are under the impression that she is not injured and simply taking time off to deal with personal issues.
John Cena reveals JBL as early supporter
"He's one of the few people that as I was coming up and trying to make a name for myself, he actually believed in me. He'd say, 'the kid's got something,' and everyone else would say, 'no way.' And here we are years later."
Tyson Kidd not being pushed
Initially, the belief was that Tyson Kidd was going to be receiving a push by WWE in order to capitalize on his relationship with Natalya on Total Divas, but it looks like management has opted against that now.
Adam Cole takes jab at other champions
Ring of Honor champion Adam Cole took to Twitter to announce that he was returning to England to wrestle and to take a jab at other champions.
WWE testing out Tensai as commentator
Since the company likes having him around, WWE has been testing out Tensai as a color commentator down in NXT.
Batista meets with Triple H
Batista was backstage at the NXT television taping this week, and the belief is that he was there to meet with Triple H, who made an appearance on screen.
William Regal gaining power in WWE
William Regal is said to be gaining power backstage in WWE, as many feel that he can become quite influential to Triple H and the decisions that he makes.
Triple H pushing for more tag teams
Triple H has been really pushing hard for WWE to bring in more tag teams for 2014. He feels that it is a great way to elevate developmental wrestlers without putting too much pressure on them.
WWE improving Monday Night Raw and Smackdown
With WWE wanting to sign a lucrative television deal when the current one expires, the company is focused on improving Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, in order to gain leverage in negotiations.
Vickie Guerrero reveals what Edge taught her
"And then Edge I will always respect. He showed me psychology, how to work in the ring, helped with my promos, and how to work with the cameras.Visit Wrestling Inc. He took me under his wing and made me feel like I was his partner. He really built my confidence and made me believe that whatever I did out there would be great. He really believed in me and I think that's why we got to stay together for so long."
Booker T talks about retirement
"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."
JBL mentions Jeff Jarrett
Since there was some confusion from the fans, JBL revealed through Twitter that his mentioning of Jeff Jarrett on Monday Night Raw was done out of respect to a friend.
Paul London: Triple H is jealous of Rob Van Dam
"That is another reason I'm pretty sure I won't be returning there any time soon. Hunter was pretty obviously jealous of certain individuals. I'm not saying he was jealous of me. I could tell he was envious of (Rob) Van Dam. He was extremely envious of Rob's success. He was jealous of Van Dam's personality. He was jealous that people gravitated towards Rob, because people liked being around Rob because he was very positive. The most glaring was the work rate. Hunter has had the same matches his whole career. If the guy is so damn tough, why does he need a sledgehammer. How do you justify this guying be a bad ass if he always has a weapon. Hunter is like that nerd that throws out a joke expecting the room to start laughing and ends up laughing at his own joke."
Paul London bashes Chris Benoit
"Chris was dark, he was extremely dark. We used to have a joke that Chris was tri-polar, because it was a step up from bi-polarity. He would flip sometimes. I think a combination of Chris' background of with steroids, mixed with the partying, is a recipe for disaster. One of them is a recipe for disaster. Its literally taking Drano and pouring it on your hard drive. See what that does for your computer."
Bob Holly bashes CM Punk
Through Twitter, Bob Holly bashed CM Punk for not being friendlier to the fans.
Jim Ross prevented from working for TNA
The belief within in the industry is that Vince McMahon is preventing Jim Ross from working for TNA as a commentator.
Ricardo Rodriguez as an agent
WWE has been testing out Ricardo Rodriguez as a backstage agent as of late.
CM Punk avoiding Twitter
CM Punk has not been very active on Twitter for the last month and a half now.
Antonio Cesaro doing heavy promotions
WWE was extremely reliant on Antonio Cesaro to do promotional work in Germany that he actually missed a couple of live events.
Ryback doing Goldberg moves
WWE has instructed Ryback to do moves associated with Goldberg, in order to tease a potential match between the two.