Hard as it may be to believe, but WWE is moving Zack Ryder even further away from the main roster. The veteran performer is now a full time participant in NXT live events. He will more than likely be utilized rather frequently when the brand starts doing national tours on a regular basis. Ryder has also been tasked with being a mentor for Mojo Rowley, a guy they have big plans for.
June 21, 2015
Getting one of the top tag teams in New Japan was not enough for Jeff Jarrett. He went out and signed another one. Lance Hoyt and Davey Boy Smith Jr have both signed a contract with GFW. They will be a regular part of the roster, while also continuing to do tours of Japan. That way, they can maintain their international name value. While the two of them did not find a lot of success in WWE, they have established themselves as stars overseas.
May 6, 2015
In a sign that the company might be more popular overseas than in the United States, TNA is reportedly about to announce that they are going to be doing major tours in China, India and Australia. Word going around is that the deals are finalized for the first two countries, but the front office is just waiting to complete the contracts for the third one before making the big announcement. Dixie Carter is taking a pretty bold step here.
April 10, 2015
Last month, Daniel Bryan revealed in an interview that he wanted to wrestle his former roommate and training partner Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestlemania in Dallas next year. Now, the popular star is requesting that management bring the New Japan star on board when WWE tours Japan this year. Bryan feels that an interpromotional match between the two of them would help draw in fans to the live events in Tokyo.
April 3, 2015
It appears that Eva Marie has regained her health, as she has started doing in ring training again. Rather than working out at the performance center, however, she has opted to stay in California and work at a local school. WWE might be allowing that because the school is owned by Brian Kendrick, who recently made a return to the company by working a match on NXT. No word yet on when Eva will be back on the road for the weekly tours.
March 27, 2015
Even though he is no longer utilized as an in ring performer, David Otunga is still considered a marketing asset to WWE because he is married to Jennifer Hudson. They do not mind giving him odd jobs here and there because he is able to do the mainstream media tours. A lot of shows still request him more than the other wrestlers because of his relationship. There is a good chance that Otunga will forever remain just an ambassador for the company.
March 14, 2015
Do not expect to see much of Jack Swagger on television or live events this week. That is because WWE is sending him over to London to do some promotional work for the company. A tour is taking place next month with a dozen shows already scheduled. Swagger will do various media appearances to hype up the fans. Management usually sends guys who are not pivotal to their television stories on these promotional tours.
March 3, 2015