Since his character has grown rather stale, WWE has been testing out a heel turn for Jerry Lawler on the commentating booth. During the latest episode of Smackdown, he started showing more and more heel mannerisms. Lawler has not been a heel on the microphone in more than ten years, so this will be an interesting transition for the former world heavyweight champion.
January 8, 2016
In a rather interesting development, Chael Sonnen, who is currently the lead commentator for GFW, is set to meet with Michael Cole when WWE does a Smackdown taping in Portland on August 11. There are talks that Sonnen has long been interested in joining the promotion and working as an on screen talent. He definitely has the passion and the talent for the job.
July 30, 2015
To help further sell Sheamus as a heel, WWE has announced that Dolph Ziggler is unable to compete on Smackdown this week. He is not actually injured. It will be interesting to see just how far the front office takes the story. There are no live events planned for this upcoming weekend, as the performers are being given a little bit of rest before taking off for a tour of Europe. Ziggler is expected to be on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 2, 2015
A rather interesting offer was made to Dolph Ziggler recently. A porn company asked him if they could produce some branded wrestling tights for him to wear on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Brazzers wanted to be the official sponsor of the former world heavyweight champion. Of course, this is simply a marketing ploy by someone that is very adept at social media marketing because WWE would never allow such a thing to happen.
March 5, 2015
One of the more interesting things that came out of the Pro Wrestling Illustrated podcast interview with Alberto Del Rio is the fact that WWE fines their performers if they were to stray from the scripted promos that the creative department provides for them during Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. The former world heavyweight champion stated that performers were basically like robots. He also revealed that he had been fined a couple of times.
January 29, 2015
When the company decided to move him from the Monday Night Raw commentating table to Smackdown's lesser watched crew, it became clear to observant people that Jerry Lawler was being demoted by WWE. His job security, though, remains fairly high. He still has name value and a good amount of fans. Plus, management is afraid that another wresting promotion will sign Lawler and team him up with Jim Ross.
January 28, 2015
It looks like Darren Young will be making his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown very soon. Now that he has recovered from his injury, WWE is testing him out physically. Young worked a live event in Canada over the weekend. No word yet on how he will be utilized upon returning, but there were rumors not too long ago that he was going to be revealed as the person behind the bunny that has been hanging out and teaming with Adam Rose.
December 21, 2014