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November 29, 1966
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After finishing off his commitments, Kevin Steen has now officially reported for duty with WWE. The former ROH champion posted on Twitter that it was his first day at the WWE Performance Center. While he is viewed as one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit, the belief is that management will keep him in developmental, so he can simplify his in ring style to suit the audience.
August 25, 2014
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
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
A couple of weeks ago, Alex Wright was brought to the United States by WWE to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. While the company was doing a tour of Europe, William Regal was sent to the wrestling school that Wright owns to check things out. Rumors have it that WWE wants to maintain an ongoing working relationship with Wright, in an attempt to find new talent from Europe.
May 26, 2014
After a dozen years of staying away from the United States, Alex Wright made a special trip to America as a guest of WWE. Management flew him in from Germany and had him acting as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. After retiring as an in ring performer himself, Wright opened up a successful wrestling school and started a promotion.
May 14, 2014
The Samoan presence in WWE has just gotten a little bit stronger, as Savelina Fanene is now under a developmental contract with the company. She is related to the Rock and does have an athletic background. Savelina recently noted on Instagram that she had moved to Orlando, where she will be training for the next year at the WWE Performance Center.
May 10, 2014
Yesterday, news broke out that Tough Enough was being brought back and being aired on the WWE Network. Now, some details are swirling around. Rumors have it that the company will be filming the series at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the lesser known developmental wrestlers like CJ Parker, Sylvester Lefort and Travis Tyler are also rumored to be a part of the show as well.
May 2, 2014
Even though he is no longer touring with the company or being utilized on television, Yoshi Tatsu continues to work really hard, perfecting his craft at the WWE Performance Center every week. Management loves his attitude and determination, so they rewarded him with a spot at Wrestlemania 30 last night. Tatsu was a surprise entrant in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Long known as one of the best female performers in Canada and Japan, Sarita has never really been on the radar for WWE. That has changed as of late, as the former TNA knockout spent a week at the WWE Performance Center, doing various tryouts for the company. A veteran performer like Sarita could really help out the divas division.
March 24, 2014
After spending some time down at the WWE Performance Center, Brodus Clay is now back on the road. He worked a live event over the weekend in Atlantic City, where he did a quick dance off segment with the Great Khali, another performer who has been off the road for a couple of weeks. No word on a television return for Clay yet.
March 24, 2014
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
In a rather interesting move, Michelle McCool was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center this week. She was helping some of the developmental performers out. Some are speculating that she is interested in becoming a trainer for the company, while others think that she might just be helping out because her husband, Undertaker, is working Wrestlemania 30.
March 13, 2014
While he continues to train hard at the WWE Performance Center, there has been some doubt as to how far Ricardo Rodriguez will be able to go as a wrestler. He already has the personality to make it work, but there are some fears that some fans will not be able to see past him as just being a manager and a sidekick for Alberto Del Rio.
March 11, 2014
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
In a show of resilient he is, Yoshi Tatsu refuses to give up on his dreams of being on the main roster with WWE again. He has been spending extra time with Nick Dinsmore, one of the lead trainers for the company, at the WWE Performance Center, working on his stamina and gaining some pointers on how to present his character on television.
February 15, 2014
"It actually came from a joke. Cody Rhodes likes to tell a story that when he was a little kid he used to watch me wrestle. I'm slightly older than Cody, we're talking three years or something like that, but in his head I'm a really old man. I once walked into the locker room and he was telling the entire locker room that when he was a kid he was watching me wrestling as this character he made up named 'Bad News Barrett' who goes around giving out bad news to people. So we all laughed about it and forgot about it. Then I was invited on the JBL and Cole show and they said they wanted to use me on the show and asked if I had any ideas of what to do. So I said you know what, let's just do Bad News Barrett. I'll just turn up and give people bad news and then disappear. I got a really good response online and fans were loving the catch phrase 'I'm afraid I've got some bad news' and Vince McMahon saw it and thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Next thing you know I'm on TV doing it." - Wade Barrett explaining how his new gimmick in WWE came ot be
June 16, 2014
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
A couple of years back, fans witnessed a real life shoot incident in the ring between JBL and the Blue Meanie. Some blood was involved. Apparently, the two of them have resolved their issues since then, as JBL took to Twitter to wish the Blue Meanie a happy birthday. The former WWE stars appear to be quite cordial with one another now.
May 20, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE wants to make a change with their Monday Night Raw commentating team, but that is just pure speculations at this point. Management is said to be quite pleased with the trio of Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler. WWE wants Cole to remain at the position for the long haul, as he has taken over the position in a commanding way.
May 5, 2014
A picture of the mini announce team used by WWE at Extreme Rules 2014 during the WeeLC match between Hornswoggle and El Torito. The trio basically was a mock version of JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, where they were respectively named JB Elf, Micro Cole and Jerry Smaller.
May 5, 2014
While their on screen characters in WWE did not get along, Shawn Michaels and JBL are good friends backstage. The two of them have arranged a special fishing expedition together in Bermuda. Michaels will be bringing the MacMillan River Adventures camera crew with him to the island to film scenes for an upcoming episode.
May 4, 2014
With the X-Men star making a return appearance next week, WWE has been hinting that Hugh Jackman is going to be knocking out one of the wrestlers. The company set up a poll to see which performer the fans wanted to see in the roll. Damien Sandow, JBL, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton, Batista, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Zeb Colter, Fandango and Jack Swagger were all included, but Triple H and Paul Heyman are currently in the lead.
April 25, 2014
With so many of his peers, including JBL, Michael Cole, Jim Ross, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin, finding success doing shows online, Taz is following suit. The TNA commentator announced that he was going to debut his own online radio show soon. The format will basically be the former world heavyweight champion talking about the daily topics in professional wrestling.
April 22, 2014
"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
When word spread earlier this week that JBL was the one behind the Twitter account that mocks Vince McMahon, it bothered the former WWE heavyweight champion enough that he felt compelled to release a statement of denial. It has even gotten to the point where JBL has now started blocking fans on Twitter who are harassing him about it.
March 23, 2014
Yesterday, speculations arose that JBL was the man that was behind a Twitter account which frequently mocked Vince McMahon with backstage information that only people within the company would be aware of. The WWE commentator took to Facebook to post a long message, denying that he is involved in such a thing. Some still think it may be JBL.
March 20, 2014
For the longest time, people backstage in WWE have been trying to figure out who was behind a Vince McMahon parody account on Twitter, as a lot of the stuff being said was insider information. Speculations have arisen that JBL might be the culprit. If proven to be true, there could be massive backstage heat between the two, as McMahon is said to hate the account.
March 19, 2014
Even though they both participated in the public bashing of Jim Ross on Monday Night Raw, there is said to be no backstage heat towards JBL and Jerry Lawler because everyone is aware that they were only following orders from a vengeful Vince McMahon. Both JBL and Lawler really enjoy their jobs, so it made sense for them to do what McMahon demanded.
March 15, 2014
The relationship between Jim Ross and Vince McMahon has gotten worse. A lot of fans noticed recently that JBL and Jerry Lawler participated in a segment that bashed Ross. That was done because McMahon was upset with Ross for telling an embarrassing story about him that ended up being covered by TMZ. The jabs may continue in the coming weeks, depending on how McMahon feels.
March 14, 2014
"I don't know any facts on CM Punk. I had the honor of wrestling Punk in his first main events in WWE, including a cage match in Madison Square Garden. I have always enjoyed Punk and being around him. I certainly wish him the best. Hope he comes back, but whatever happens, my best to him." - JBL discussing the backstage heat situation involving CM Punk
March 8, 2014