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It looks like WWE wants to promote Roman Reigns as a top star during the upcoming tour of Japan. Management is booking him in singles matches against Kane, a performer that Japanese fans are aware of. Reigns will more than likely be going over in those bouts. WWE is also booking Reigns for a tag team match with John Cena during the tour as well, which should give him a little more credibility with the overseas fans.
May 30, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
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
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Dixie Carter and company would do a big announcement in London. A lot of speculations floated around, including the possibility of doing an overseas tournament there. However, signs are pointing to a new television show instead for TNA. It would be designed specifically for their fans in England and the surrounding areas.
July 3, 2014
One of the reasons why Santino Marella worked a segment with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Monday Night Raw this week was because Emma was overseas. WWE sent the diva to her home country of Australia to do some promotional work for an upcoming tour. Management really does not have a long term plan for Santino and Emma, but they like utilizing the two of them on television together.
June 11, 2014
For those of you that haven't heard, Wes Brisco has been wrestling in Japan as of late. The second generation star has been wanting to work overseas since being released by TNA because he wanted to gain more experience. Brisco recently came back to the United States, but he later revealed that he was just taking a break. He is scheduled to return to New Japan this summer.
June 2, 2014
While he is currently one of the top stars in the company, don't expect MVP to remain with TNA for the rest of his career. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former United States Heavyweight Champion confirmed that he wants his wrestling career to end overseas. MVP wants another big run in Japan before he retires from the business.
June 1, 2014
MVP is taking the weekend off from TNA live events, so that he can travel to England to work a big show over there for PCW. Promoters there have also booked Al Snow, Shane Helms, Low Ki and Chris Masters as well. One of the things that MVP asked for in contract negotiations with TNA is to have some freedom and flexibility to work overseas still.
May 30, 2014
As a sign of how much the company values his overseas appeal, Sami Zayn was brought on the tour of Europe with the main roster. The developmental wrestler worked matches with Damien Sandow and was actually given the win. Zayn is starting to become a regular on these overseas tour, so it would not be a stretch to see WWE promoting him to Monday Night Raw soon.
May 25, 2014
With WWE needing all of their stars for the tour of Europe, the company decided to send a retired performer to Malaysia on a promotional tour instead. Ricky Steamboat, one of the most beloved stars in the history of WWE, flew overseas and promoted the October tour, which will feature two shows. The company has not been back in the country since 2002.
May 24, 2014
While his name is not known to the majority of fans in the United States, people within the industry believe that Kota Ibushi is the best high flying wrestler in the business. The New Japan star has caught the attention of WWE. The company wants to sign the current IWGP Junior Champion and bring him overseas. Management has been pushing recently to bring an influx of new performers into the developmental program.
May 23, 2014
When WWE performers headed off to Europe for a tour, Xavier Woods was left behind. Management needed him to work the Florida Special Olympics event. Now that he is done with that task, Woods is boarding a plane to join the rest of the company overseas. He is expected to be available for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, which are being taped in London next week.
May 17, 2014
A columnist in Chicago, who happens to be friends with CM Punk, recently wrote that the former WWE star has retired from professional wrestling. While fans have made this into a big ordeal, people backstage are brushing it off, as they know that Punk could easily decide to return to the ring whenever he felt like it, whether it is with WWE, TNA, ROH or overseas.
May 9, 2014
News coming out of WWE is that AJ Lee is going to be taking more time off than initially planned. The former Divas Champion was originally advertised to work the upcoming tour of Europe, but management has now changed those plans. AJ has been removed from promotional materials, and she will not be joining the other WWE stars overseas later on this month.
May 9, 2014
While he has been campaigning to maintain his on screen role with WWE, the company has opted to put Hulk Hogan back on the shelf for the time being until they can come up with something backstage for him to do. It looks like he could be brought back in early July on Monday Night Raw, so that his presence can be used to help excite overseas fans before WWE tours Japan.
May 7, 2014
Since they're now one of the most popular acts in all of Japan, the Bullet Club has been booked for a couple of shows with Ring of Honor. In May, ROH will be featuring AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at their live events in Toronto and New York City. The trio are just doing guest stints, as they still intend to fully return overseas to finish out their contracts.
April 29, 2014
Prior to becoming a star in professional wrestling, Scott Norton was a star in the arm wrestling world. The former WCW star won at least thirty championships, including four national titles. He also traveled overseas for competition, including a life changing one in Japan. Norton also had enough recognition to be cast in Over the Top, a Sylvester Stallone movie about arm wrestling.
April 28, 2014
"I'm grateful. WWE gave me an opportunity to do a number of things, to fulfill career goals and dreams, but also the opportunity to get in front of a national audience. I have nothing but good things to say about WWE and a lot of fond memories of being a champion, wrestling overseas and learning about the business from a different perspective." - Trevor Murdoch looking back on his career
April 24, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, WWE was quick to set up the main event for WWE Battleground 2014. John Cena will defend the heavyweight championship in a fatal four way match against Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Kane. The move was set up by Triple H, who did not reveal his reasoning for putting Reigns, an adversary, into the title match instead of Seth Rollins.
July 1, 2014
A lot of action took place in the main event of Money in the Bank 2014. Fans went crazy as they saw creative signature spots from Randy Orton, Sheamus, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Kane and Bray Wyatt. However, it was Cena, much to the dismay of online WWE fans, who climbed the ladder and captured the heavyweight championship.
June 29, 2014
In a very exciting match, Seth Rollins outlasted Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger to capture the briefcase at Money in the Bank 2014. WWE wants to continue the war between Ambrose and the Authority, so they had Kane coming out and providing assistance to Rollins. Despite the heel tactic to win the match, the Rollins victory was actually cheered by a good amount of fans.
June 29, 2014
Thanks to the help of Kane, Seth Rollins was able to climb the ladder uninterrupted and win the briefcase at Money in the Bank 2014. The Big Red Monster came to the ring and attacked Dean Ambrose to clear the path. Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Rob Van Dam were all laid out on the floor during the finale. WWE power couple Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out afterwards to congratulate Rollins.
June 29, 2014
A somewhat interesting thing took place backstage at Monday Night Raw this week. Naomi Knight took a picture of herself with Kevin Hart and uploaded it to Instagram. However, the WWE diva made the mistake of including John Cena and Kane, who are fighting in the story line, in the background. Luckily, she was able to remove and edit the photo before management caught on.
June 17, 2014
Ever since it happened on Monday Night Raw, WWE fans have been raving about the Seth Rollins heel turn because it was considered a surprise to many. The reason for that, however, is because it was a surprise to those backstage as well. The script for the show did not include that segment initially. John Cena and Kane were supposed to be in the final spot, but WWE quickly changed their minds and had Rollins turn on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns instead.
June 4, 2014
On Monday Night Raw this week, Brad Maddox was called out by Stephanie McMahon, Kane and Triple H. He was attacked and fired as the general manager of Monday Night Raw. That has led to plenty of rumors and speculations about his future with the company. As of right now, Maddox is still employed by WWE and this is simply just a story line.
May 26, 2014
As many already know, Daniel Bryan will be having neck surgery on Thursday, so he was removed from the tour of Europe that WWE is currently doing. The world heavyweight champion was supposed to headline one side of the tour, so management is scrambling to readjust the shows. Kane was originally supposed to have been working with Bryan, but a new main event is needed now.
May 14, 2014
Shortly after he announced on Monday Night Raw that he was taking time off to have surgery, rumors sprung up that Daniel Bryan did a lot of damage to his neck by doing the flying headbutt off of the forklift on Kane at Extreme Rules 2014. Some within WWE are denying that by saying that the neck was damaged by years of working a stiff style on the independent wrestling circuit.
May 14, 2014
Since Kane is scheduled to be working a Buried Alive match against Daniel Bryan at Payback 2014, rumors are floating around that this could be how WWE writes the Big Red Machine out of the story line for a couple of weeks. Something big has to happen to put Bryan over, so Kane will most likely take the fall and be removed from television.
May 7, 2014
Since Kane was booked so strong in defeat at Extreme Rules 2014, rumors immediately spread that the veteran was going to be receiving a rematch against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Payback 2014. Those rumors may be proven to be true really quick, as management is said to be leaning towards doing a Buried Alive match between the two.
May 5, 2014
At the end of the Extreme Rules 2014 main event, WWE fans witnessed Kane being put through a burning table, which he actually set up himself, by Daniel Bryan. Aside from giving Bryan a highlight, WWE also went with this route, in order to keep Kane strong in defeat. There are talks that a rematch could take place at Payback 2014.
May 5, 2014
WWE wanted to have a really visually memorable moment for Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules 2014, so the decision was made over the weekend to utilize a forklift backstage and in the arena. The heavyweight champion used the vehicle to cart Kane back to the ring. Bryan also used it as a platform for his flying headbutt finisher, which Kane kicked out of.
May 5, 2014
In a match filled with quite a few over the top spots, Daniel Bryan successfully retained the WWE Championship by defeating Kane at Extreme Rules 2014. A running knee followed by a pin enabled Bryan to get the pin fall victory over Kane. Prior to that spot, Kane was put through a burning table and carried on a forklift, among other things.
May 4, 2014
To give you an idea of just how predictable many believe the match between Daniel Bryan and Kane to be, some sites are not accepting bets on the Extreme Rules 2014 main event. Betting will proceed as normal for the other matches, however. The only other really predictable choice is that Alexander Rusev will squash Xavier Woods and R Truth.
April 27, 2014
Officials are said to be really pleased that the WWE Network is around because the Extreme Rules 2014 buyrate is no longer a priority. Vince McMahon is said to be a little easier to deal with because he is not obsessed with boosting those numbers like he normally is. If the buyrate was still a priority, then it would be unlikely that we see Daniel Bryan and Kane headlining Extreme Rules 2014.
April 27, 2014
With the pay per view just days away, there are some early predictions for Extreme Rules 2014 already. Many in the industry believe that Wade Barrett will take the IC title from Big E Langston because of the momentum that he has built up. A lot of people believe that Bray Wyatt will be given a win over John Cena to get some of his heat back. Almost no one believes that Kane will win the WWE title from Daniel Bryan.
April 27, 2014
As of right now, there are still over 1000 tickets available for Extreme Rules 2014, including several expensive seats on the floor. WWE is hoping that the big time six man tag team match featuring Randy Orton, Batista, Triple H, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns will help sell the remaining tickets, as the hype behind Kane and Daniel Bryan is not as strong as normal.
April 27, 2014
The feeling backstage in WWE is that the segment between Kane and Daniel Bryan on Monday Night Raw was so strong that Bryan could effectively take time off up until Extreme Rules 2014 and the company would be fine. As many already know, Bryan has left WWE temporary to be with his family as they mourn the death of his father.
April 25, 2014