Madison Rayne is celebrating her birthday today. The TNA Knockouts Champion is 29 years old now. She has received several birthday wishes on Twitter from wrestlers such as Traci Brooks, Karen Jarrett, Angelina Love and others.
Since his wedding to Maryse Ouellet is taking place later on this month, there is a very good chance that the current story line for the Miz is a way to write him off of television. Though he hasn't been penciled in for a match at Wrestlemania 30 yet, he's expected to return by then.
It appears that the story line and character development for Brutus Magnus is working, as fans have been booing him during the European tour. Many backstage were expecting him to receive cheers like Rockstar Spud has been receiving, but they're pleasantly surprised by the crowd reaction.
Fans who attended the live event in Kansas City on Sunday were given the option of leaving and receiving a refund because John Cena was not in attendance as advertised. Randy Orton cut a story line promo, stating that he injured Cena the previous night.
It was revealed earlier in the week that TNA had signed Alpha Female, a wrestler who is known in Europe. Management has decided to pair her up with Chris Sabin, who recently broke up with Velvet Sky on screen. The relationship is designed to be a focal story line point for the Knockouts division.
MVP, who made his Impact Wrestling debut last night, has been telling fans on Twitter that he has not signed a contract with TNA. He stated that he was on a handshake agreement. Some are speculating that this is just for story line purposes and he is simply protecting the business.
"I guess MVP saved his $$$ by no longer working 4 WWE & being hit w/ their pot fines 2 buy in to TNA. What does it say when a former mid card WWE guy buys in to TNA in story line? At least MVP looks & carries himself like a star. We'll see if this a good story line."
- Missy Hyatt discusses MVP making his debut in TNA
While he denied the rumors all week long, it has now been confirmed that MVP is indeed the new story line investor for TNA. He is making an appearance on Impact Wrestling tonight, where he was accompanied by Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. All three were wearing suits.
"Here's the story on that. I was there as she was coming in. They knew we had worked together in TNA so they told me. 'Okay, you are going to be her first match'. Everyone knows that her first match is going to be a squash match. So she starts killing all of the girls in the ring. Then we have a house show loop and they tell me. 'Okay, you and Eve are going to get laid out'. I knew they were out to kill everything that we had done in TNA. They kept pushing off that singles match on TV and finally they said 'okay, it's going to happen'. I remember she was there and then all of a sudden she went home. She came back for a pay per view, i think it was in Seattle and she set me aside and told me 'I have to tell you something, I'm pregnant'. I told her congratulations but a part of me was also happy that it was divine intervention to save our history. I sat back said, thank you Lord."
- Gail Kim on Kharma story line in WWE
It has been known for several weeks now that Brock Lesnar was not going to be working Elimination Chamber 2014, but speculations arose that the plans might have changed because of the story line on Monday Night Raw. As of right now, Lesnar is still not scheduled for the event, despite it being held near his home town.
To add even further interest in the story line, Paul Heyman has revealed that he has paid the $10,000 fine for Brock Lesnar. He is selling the Wrestlemania 30 match by letting people know that his client will be allowed to be as brutal as he wishes to be.
Brock Lesnar has been fined $10,000 by WWE. While there are a few people who believe this to be a real thing, it is simply a story line that the company is working, in order to sell the brutality that the former UFC champion has been unleashing as of late.
Last night, at Royal Rumble 2014, Shawn Michaels surprised the audience by seemingly breaking character and heavily praising Daniel Bryan while doing commentary. There are those that believe that he was simply setting up an upcoming story line for WWE by doing that.
Since his story line with Bobby Roode has progressed enough, Kurt Angle will now be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be filmed while the company is touring Europe and will be broadcast on an upcoming episode of Impact Wrestling.
Minoru Tanaka had a brief stint in TNA, where the Japanese wrestler was a part of Team Japan, a story line that the company ran in 2006. He worked a tag team match on Impact Wrestling and also worked a six man tag team match at TNA Lockdown.
Prior to joining the company, Goldust was heavily pitching to WWE to allow him to work a match against his little brother, but as of late, he has changed his tone by telling fans on Twitter that he does not want to work against Cody Rhodes. Some believe that he is just trying to sell an upcoming story line.
While details have yet to emerge from backstage, it does appear that the story line between Dixie Carter and the new baby face investory will be a focal point on Impact Wrestling for much of 2014. Some are even saying that it will stretch to Bound For Glory, which is taking place in October.
Another person that TNA wants to push to the main event scene soon is Gunner. Many backstage feel that he can be elevated enough to be viewed as a worthy challenger for Brutus Magnus and the world title. The success of his story line with James Storm should help dictate that.
Aside from being utilized to help promote Brock Lesnar, who works a limited schedule, there does not appear to be much of a story line for Paul Heyman backstage. After being split apart from Curtis Axel and Ryback, management hasn't shown an interest in adding new guys for the former ECW owner to work with.
Brie Bella and Nikki Bella have been pushing WWE officials to create a divas tag team championship, so that other female performers can have a better chance at the spotlight and possibly a second television slot each week on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.
While the initial plans had him working a match against Sin Cara, WWE may have changed their mind on how to use Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 30. There are those within the company that are now leaning towards him working a match against Alberto Del Rio with his mask on the line.
There are rumors floating around that Jeff Jarrett could be revealed as the mystery investor that Dixie Carter was talking about during the Genesis edition of Impact Wrestling last night. Many are still under the belief that his departure from the company is a work.
"Well I got to say first of all; no one and I repeat no one puts anything on Vince McMahon's TV without his okay. And I've had people say to me so what do you think about Vince McMahon trying to ruin your career with the whole stalker thing, blah, blah, blah. Over the years, right? Anything that anyone thought cause I made a lot of those decisions myself and they were stupid decisions by me. Anyone who ever thinks that there has ever been anything between Vince and me or whatever and I've always told everyone; no, there's not. What Vince did for me two Monday's ago with DDP Yoga was--he couldn't have given me a better angle. He couldn't have given me a better spot. He let me go on there for a minute and a half. It was written into the copy! They gave it to me. I didn't pick up the DVD's and do that. That was written for me. "Wear your shirt." Hunter told me do the foot over the head, that always blows people away. You know I was like okay! I expected to be in something but I didn't expect it to be what it was. And to have Booker T involved too, who is one of my good buddies. Cause he's the one guy from WCW who really got over. He's a five time World Champion and he got the strap there. So bottom line is to be able to do it with him and then have Ron (Simmons) come out; it was just--we did so many takes of it, every one was funnier than the next. I had liked the last one the best but there were other ones that were laugh your ass off funny. And we just had a blast. And Ron said (DDP imitating his voice), "Man, Diamond they're really working you today. This one's gonna be a shameless plug but you working for that s**t today…DAMN."