While it only seems like yesterday to some of his most loyal fans, it has now been a decade since Eddie Guerrero shocked the wrestling world by defeating Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship. JBL, the Monday Night Raw and Smackdown commentator who took the belt from Guerrero, noted the anniversary on Twitter.
WWE has issued a press release, stating that John Cena is now the most liked athlete on Facebook in the United States. The company touted that he has surpassed NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Cena also moved passed LeBron James and Roger Federer. As of right now, the former heavyweight champion has approximately 18.6 million likes.
"The UWL(unemployed wrestling league) has come to terms with the release of MVP. We wish him well in his future endeavors!"
- Carlito joking on Twitter about MVP signing with TNA
Scott Armstrong, former WWE referee and the older brother of Road Dogg, provided some laughs today on Twitter when he posted this Tweet to mock referee and good friend Charles Robinson. It even got a rise out of JBL, who quickly retweeted the message on his own account.
Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.
"'I can't believe that Mistico didn't make it in WWE.' Said nobody that knew the real deal.."
- Karl Anderson taking a jab at the release of Sin Cara
Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.
With rumors swirling that he could be the next person released by TNA, Garett Bischoff is unintentionally adding a little more fuel to the fire. The former Aces and Eights member is working an independent wrestling show this upcoming weekend in Texas.
Michael Cole will not be on commentary for Smackdown this week. Instead, JBL will be joined on television by Josh Mathews. No word yet on why Cole did not work the event, but there does not appear to be any backstage heat from WWE towards their long time commentator.
Jim Ross has revealed through Twitter that he is extremely close to finalizing a deal with FoxSports.com. The longtime WWE announcer has already started writing for their website, and while no further details have been released about the contract, it is believed that he will have a column online.
TNA recently updated their official roster page with the additions of Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, but the company opted not to remove Garett Bischoff from there just yet. That means that management has decided to hold off on his rumored release.
While many within WWE, including JBL, are pushing for him to be called up to the main roster soon, management currently does not have any plans of bringing Adrian Neville up from the developmental program just yet. The plan is to keep him in NXT until at least Wrestlemania.
There are talks that Sting could possibly be leaving TNA, as the company has set up a farewell scenario next week on the second part of Genesis. His contract had actually expired at the end of December, but the WCW legend opted to stick around for a little while longer.
JBL is a pretty ambitious individual. The WWE commentator will be attempting to climb Mt Elbrus again in July. He had previous attempted the feat, but severe weather conditions in Russia forced him and his fellow climbers to give up on the trek before they made it to the peak.
Since Miz is someone that the company wants to keep around for a long time, WWE is experimenting with him as a commentator on Smackdown this week, where the former heavyweight champion will be joining Michael Cole and JBL for the entire episode.
Usually, when a performer informs WWE that they are leaving, it becomes a well known fact within the locker room, but in regards to Kaitlyn stepping away from the company, very few people were notified ahead of time, so it came as a surprise to most people.
Another name on the chopping block in TNA right now is Garett Bischoff, who has not really done much in the company since management decided to split up the Aces and Eights stable. His father, Eric Bischoff, recently scaled back on his duties within TNA.
Mike Knox could be the next person headed out the door in TNA. While the company likes him, they simply do not have anything planned for him since the split of Aces and Eights. There is a possibility of him being brought back into the fold at a later time.
Jay Bradley has been released by TNA. Aside from cutting cost and opening up a roster spot, the company simply did not feel that he was generating enough of a connection with the audience, despite being given a slot in the Bound For Glory series.
"I don't know the situation with the contracts and all that stuff, but you know for me to see a guy that I've been here since day one with is a dark day for TNA because he did help build TNA. Anytime somebody says TNA they automatically think of AJ Styles and the incredible matches he's had while he's been here. Hopefully him and TNA can come to an agreement and he can come back pretty soon."
Shortly after she was released from WWE, Kaitlyn revealed to the fans that she was going to become an entrepreneur and start a new business. It has now been revealed that the former Divas Champion is starting a fitness clothing line.
In a move that has been speculated for quite some time now, it appears that TNA has indeed released second generate star and former Aces and Eights member Wes Brisco. His profile has been removed from the official roster page on the company website.
Ryback posted an interesting message on Twitter last night, where the WWE star stated that he was released. He then revealed that he was talking about being released by a police officer who had pulled him over, thinking that his GPS was a cell phone.
"Today is the first day of my new life. There's so much to look forward to with big things on the horizon. I learned so much from my experiences with the WWE. I wouldn't change one thing about my career or anything that happened along the way. I hope all of you will continue to follow me and my new endeavors. Speaking of which... None of it would be possible without the help and extreme support of my fiancé @braunfitness. He is making things happen for me and pushing me to do great things. I can never really express my gratitude for all of it. He has built several very successful companies from the ground up and I am learning one day at a time. It's not easy being a BOSS (in every sense of the word). BUT The most important thing he has helped me realize is that this is my opportunity to do things MY way and to create something that is a reflection of me and what I Love."
Wrestling fans were a bit surprised this week when WWE announced that Kaitlyn has left the company. It is now being said that the diva had actually requested her release several months back, but management convinced her to stick around for a little bit longer.
In a bit of a surprise earlier today, WWE announced that Kaitlyn was leaving the company. The former divas champion is said to be walking away from the business, in order to pursue a big project, which has not yet been revealed.
Michael Cole and JBL, who are close friends outside of WWE, are doing a weight loss challenge together. JBL, who currently weighs 278 pounds, wants to lose approximately 50 pounds this year. They plan on climbing a mountain together afterwards.
"Adrian Neville. Not a doubt in my mind. I think he's just phenomenal. I don't know about his promo skills as I haven't seen them as much, but he's a guy who could go out there and perform on any card, anywhere in the world and be a help to that card. I would love to see him up in the WWE. He'll be there I just don't know the time frame."
Chavo Guerrero has been released by TNA. The company wrote him out of the story line on Impact Wrestling last night by having him open the Feast or Fired briefcase. An official press release was also sent out as well.
Frequently injured developmental wrestler Richie Steamboat has been quietly released by WWE. The company made it a point not to bring too much attention to this move because he is the son of beloved superstar Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
For some reason, Jerry Lawler was not present on Tuesday when WWE taped the episode of Monday Night Raw that is set to air on December 23rd. Michael Cole and JBL worked the commentating booth as a duo instead.
During Monday Night Raw, a peculiar scene took place where JBL, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole were taking pictures of themselves. That segment was done because Vince McMahon wanted to take a jab at Barack Obama for doing that at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
Earlier today, WWE informed Knuckles Madsen that he has been released from his contract. The developmental wrestler has been with the company since 2012. Prior to that, he was working with OVW, where he may try to return to now.