Vince McMahon is a big fan of tradition, and it appears that he has found one that he really likes. During Monday Night Raw, it was announced to the live audience that Summerslam 2014 will be taking place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. This will mark the sixth consecutive year that the event has been held in the city.
While he did not make a great impression on WWE officials during his extremely brief stint on the main roster, Bo Dallas had a huge fan in CM Punk, who was said to have actually pushed management into bringing the developmental wrestler back up from WWE NXT.
Kendall Skye is a huge fan of the Denver Broncos, and the WWE developmental wrestler even took the journey to New Jersey to watch her favorite NFL team play in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they were soundly dominated and defeated by the Seattle Seahawks, though.
It now appears that WWE definitely wants to get a deal done with Stacy Keibler, as the company is hoping that she will make her return at Wrestlemania 30 and play a part in the pay per view. Some believe that she could be utilized as a backstage interviewer that night.
Rumors are running rampant that Stacy Keibler is returning to WWE. She recently met with Stephanie McMahon at a VH1 event in New York City. A lucrative offer was reportedly made to the former diva, and there's a good chance that she accepts the deal before Wrestlemania 30.
A lot of wrestling fans are hoping that CM Punk makes his return to WWE soon. His biggest fan, though, might just be Mick Foley. The legendary performer recently revealed that he plans on speaking with Punk, in an attempt to convince him to come back and produce a few more classic matches before retiring.
"If I was in complete control of TNA, I would do anything, if WWE right now was going left; I would go right. And if they started going right; I would go left. So that's what I would do. I would try to be the complete opposite of WWE. That's just my opinion. I don't have millions invested. I don't make tons and tons of money as an upper management guy. I don't go in focus groups. I'm not part of that whole research team. I, this is just some blue-collared guy from Brooklyn that wrestled for a living that talks about wrestlers now giving you my opinion. Doesn't mean I'm right. I'm probably wrong. But that's just what I would do as a wrestling fan and a former wrestler; is try to be, look I think our show last night, it looked awesome."
- Taz discussing how he would run TNA if he was in charge backstage
"Daniel Bryan wasn't going to win Royal Rumble 2013. He gets tossed out. His fan base would be more upset than him not being in it at all. Just my opinion."
- Kevin Nash defending WWE and their decision
Since every wrestling fan on the planet is curious about CM Punk leaving WWE, TNA has decided to take advantage of the situation by posting several of his matches for free on their YouTube account this week. Punk worked for the company during their early years.
According to reports, Bellator is interested in signing CM Punk, if he wanted to try changing careers. It has been a well known fact that Punk is a big fan of MMA, where he is frequently seen at UFC events. As many already know, he recently walked out on WWE after some disagreements.
If you're a fan of Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, then you're in luck, as the New Age Outlaws are expected to hold on to those WWE tag team championship until at least Elimination Chamber 2014, where they're rumored to be defending the belts in a match featuring multiple teams.
After Royal Rumble 2014 went off the air, Batista got into it with a fan on his way back up the entrance ramp. He threatened to snap the person in half, before the rest of the WWE audience turned on him. Batista then added further fuel to the fire by mocking Daniel Bryan at the top of the rant.
Rumor has it that WWE had their medical personnel checking out Hulk Hogan to see if it was possible for the legendary performer to work a big match at Wrestlemania 30. From the looks of things, he has not been cleared for any physical involvement, so fans will have to settle for just an appearance.
"This is WrestleMania 30. I've pinned Hogan once and he's never pinned me. From a fan's perspective, and WWE Universe and Vince McMahon, it never had closure. The business that would be done, the interviews and stuff would be coming from the heart. We could try to outraise the bar of the WWE entertainment machine in our sport, if they let us go toe to toe and don't script us. The fans will see really how it got started and why, and then they'll see the conclusion. They are asking can I get in shape. I am already in shape! They are asking Hulk Hogan. But there is a fear, I guess, of whether we can pull off the performance."
- Roddy Piper
Jimmy Wang Yang is teasing fans about a potential return at Royal Rumble 2014. The former WWE star was backstage at Monday Night Raw this past week, where he also teased a television appearance as well. Not very many people are expecting him to actually work the pay per view on Sunday.
"You know they are changing their website, you haven't heard about this? You haven't heard about TNA changing their website? Instead of TNAWrestling.com it is going to be TNAWrestling.org because it's a non-profit organization. Actually they have come up with a new strategy for 2014, Dixie Carter keeps teasing these big, major ideas. She finally hit on a genius idea that I think is going to turn TNA around in 2014. Starting on the first, they are going to let all of the fans in the shows for free and charge them to get out."
- Jim Cornette
WWE received some criticism from the fans last night because they did not put more of an emphasis on their tribute to Mae Young, whose death last week saddened the wrestling world. More feathers will be ruffled, as management has opted to remove the video completely from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw.
A fan on Twitter mentioned to Ezekiel Jackson, who recently had hernia surgery, that is has been a while since he was spotted on television, and the WWE star noted how it has been 28 months since he was last utilized on the main roster.
Had things gone a different way, then wrestling fans might have never heard of Tajiri. The former WWE and ECW star had initially began training for a career in kickboxing, but changed to professional wrestling after watching several matches from Mexico.
Some fans are speculating that there is backstage heat on R Truth because of the way that he has been utilized by WWE over the last several months, but that is not the case. The company still views him as a valuable role player, but management simply is not interested in pushing him at the moment.
While many fans have forgotten about him nowadays, John Laurinaitis still remains backstage for WWE, where he is working as an agent. He has accepted his demotion within the company and is not expected back on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown anytime soon.
Justin Roberts became a fan of professional wrestling as a kid because he met Kerry Von Erich and the Ultimate Warrior at a hotel in Wisconsin. He had recently started watching after catching an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event and became an even bigger fan after meeting the performers.
The NFL and VH1 have hired Stacy Keibler and Nick Cannon to host a series of concerts leading up to the Super Bowl, which is being held at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this year. The game will be played on February 2, 2014.
Fans at the NXT television taping this week were very vocal towards special guest Triple H, as many beleive that he is the reason why Kassius Ohno is no longer with WWE.
Former WWE diva Stacy Keibler is filming an episode of the hit sitcom, How I Met Your Mother.
Quite a few fans in Dublin were wanting a refund because Daniel Bryan did not appear as advertised.