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.
When Alexander Rusev made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, many were under the impression that it was a permanent call up to the main roster. However, it appears that management wants the developmental wrestler to have a little more seasoning by working in WWE NXT for a few more weeks.
"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
Alexander Rusev, the developmental wrestler who made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, was trained by Rikishi. His relationship with the former WWE star helped help progress in the industry a lot quicker than a lot of other guys who have tried to make it to the main roster.
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.
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.
Rumors had persisted for several months that Alexander Rusev was next in line to be called up from developmental to the main roster in WWE, and the move took place during Royal Rumble 2014, where the big man was involved in the annual battle royale.
Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.
It looks like Alexander Rusev is extremely close to being called up by WWE. The developmental wrestler is once again on tour with the main roster this weekend, where he is working matches early on the card against veteran performer Zack Ryder.
"A trailblazer & role model...paving the way for women in this division. You will always be remembered! Rest in peace, Mae Young."
Justin Gabriel has been working as an in ring trainer this week, as WWE has him working with Alexander Rusev during the last few live events. Management wanted a better look at the NXT developmental wrestler to see if he is ready to be called up to the main roster.
There are talks that Summer Rae could be splitting from Fandango in the very near future. The dancing diva was given her own entrance music last night when she taped a match with Natalya Neidhart for an upcoming episode of WWE Superstars.
WWE officials want another look at Alexander Rusev, so the NXT developmental wrestler is touring with the main roster this week. Management has him working with enhancement talent Zack Ryder on the shows.
Since Monday Night Raw and Smackdown have already been taped for this week, WWE diva Summer Rae is going home to North Carolina for the holidays.
Fandango defeated Dolph Ziggler in a really short TLC kickoff match. He won via pinfall after nailing the top rope leg drop. Summer Rae provided some distraction to help Fandango score the win over the former World Heavyweight Champion.
There are those that believe that Fandango is being greatly helped by the presence of Summer Rae, as management needs him around for the act while they continue to develop her into a future WWE Divas Champion.
It was a very telling sign to those within the company that Summer Rae was the only WWE diva chosen to make an appearance with the Bella Twins, both of whom are considered untouchable, at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference.
John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Big Show, Fandango, Great Khali, R Truth, Bella Twins, Summer Rae, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were all in attendance at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference in Santa Clara.
Alexander Rusev has been traveling and working with WWE this week, as the developmental wrestler worked a match against Zack Ryder at a live event in Spokane. Management enabled him to pick up the victory over the veteran.
The seven girls of Total Divas were able to beat the other WWE divas in a traditional Survivor Series match. Natalya and Nikki Bella were the last two standing in the ring at the end.
There are currently plans within the company to teach and push Summer Rae in 2014, where she should be given a WWE Divas Championship reign, if she can handle herself well.
While she has been receiving more ring time as of late, there are currently no plans to split up Summer Rae and Fandango, as WWE officials feel that the tandem is a successful mid card act.
Developmental wrestler Alexander Rusev has been impressing officials down in NXT, and the massive performer could be the next person called up to the main WWE roster.
There are those that are curious to see if WWE will keep pushing Summer Rae now that Total Divas has returned to the air.
Tyson Kidd returned from an injury and worked a tag team match with Natalya Neidhart on Monday Night Raw against Fandango and Summer Rae.
The sexy Summer Rae dresses up as Alice in Wonderland for a special Halloween photo shoot.