Later on this week, Naomi Knight is expected to meet with doctors to see if she will be needing surgery to repair her injured eye. Initially, the belief was that it was not that severe, but the swelling has gone up and she has been experience more pain. WWE needs her back in time for the return of Total Divas later this year.
It looks like the departure of JoJo Offerman from the second season of Total Divas has been confirmed, as the press releases for the show are not making any mentions of the young WWE diva. The media is simply stating that Summer Rae is joining the cast.
If WWE could finally put together a deal that will entice him to sign, Sting could possibly make his debut in the company by being the person to induct the Ultimate Warrior into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two were tag team partners at the beginning of their careers.
While he has yet to sign a contract with the company, there are already rumors that Sting could be utilized by WWE as the general manager of Monday Night Raw in the story lines. The belief right now is that it is highly unlikely that he will be working a match at Wrestlemania 30.
"Steve Borden owes it to himself to have a Wrestlemania moment."
- Elijah Burke on Sting being at Wrestlemania 30
"I think I'm still trying to figure out the reasons between Natalya Neidhart and I. It's something we're both trying to iron out and to be very honest with you, I kind of don't get it. As strong, beautiful, powerful women like the WWE Divas are, we should always support each other and always uplift each other."
- Summer Rae discussing backstage heat within Total Divas
While most fans are rooting for Sting to eventually join the company, CM Punk has publicly stated that he does not want the legendary performer to join WWE because he feels that it would take the spotlight away from the younger wrestlers who are there full time. He also feels that Sting is well past his prime.
While wrestling fans view it as one of the highest priorities, WWE does not share the same sentiment when it comes to signing Sting. The company definitely would like to bring him on board, but they do not view this as big of a deal as they did with Batista, Brock Lesnar, Rock and Hulk Hogan.
While she has been rumored to be removed from the upcoming and second season of Total Divas, WWE is not planning on releasing JoJo Offerman any time soon. The belief is that she is still pretty young, so management will give her more time in developmental.
"It's tough, even Hulk Hogan was a tough loss to accept. Sting has been the cornerstone of the company, Jarrett founded the company and I think he might be the best heel in the business, and AJ Styles is just the best athlete I've ever been in the ring with. From three different perspectives it is a tough pill to swallow because they are three of the best. When you don't have them in the company you hope to god that the young talent steps up, guys like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and James Storm seem to be stepping up. Will they replace Sting? You can't replace Sting, will they replace AJ? Probably not, AJ is irreplaceable, but will they become their own characters and do really well, yes they will do phenomenally well and it's not about replacing anymore, it's about making new stars."
- Kurt Angle on TNA losing stars recently
Natalya Neidhart and Tyson Kidd are in New York City today, and the WWE couple is doing some filming for the upcoming season of Total Divas. She teased the fans about the segment on her Twitter account, but she did not reveal much details about it.
With all of her prior backstage issues, there are those that believe that Rosa Mendes might have been a good candidate to generate interest in Total Divas, but it appears that WWE did not consider that possibility very seriously at all. Officials opted to go with Summer Rae as the new cast member.
While the word is that the two sides are still negotiating, Sting is unlikely to work a match at Wrestlemania 30, even if he does come to an agreement with the company. The long rumored match with the Undertaker will not be taking place this year.
Expect to see a push for Summer Rae later on this year, as E! has now revealed that the blonde bombshell will be joining the cast of Total Divas during the second season. A preview was shown during their coverage of the Grammy awards, and Summer is seen slapping Natalya Neidhart.
For a while there, Aksana had some backstage heat on her in WWE because of her performances during the European tour. However, a lot of that heat has died down tremendously, as she has slowly received more television time. Aksana is also a candidate to join Total Divas next season.
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
"I'll literally be getting dressed or something, I turn the corner, and WHAM there's the cameras. 'Ah, they got me again.' It's like Where's Waldo, you never know where they're gonna be. And for me when I'm backstage, preparing, getting ready, it's not something I wanna be bothered with. So sometimes you'll just randomly hear guys cursing, like that's gonna get them off of the show, like they can't use that scene or something because, 'there's that guy, he's just cussing in the background. A lot of guys just, they all just duck their heads and walk off. So that's something that we deal with but that's the world of entertainment."
- Roman Reigns on Total Divas cameras