Even though he has only been with WWE for less than a month, AJ Styles has already picked up some backstage heat. Even worse, the heat is with Vince McMahon himself. The CEO is upset with Styles because he signed a deal with a toy company prior to signing his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. This is the same company that signed Kevin Owens back when he was receiving his big push against John Cena last year.
February 4, 2016
While doing a podcast interview, MVP revealed a very telling backstage story about Batista. The former United States Heavyweight Champion stated that the Guardians of the Galaxy star once went to Vince McMahon to get him to change the outcome of a match because Batista did not want to see MVP losing a third consecutive match to him and losing whatever momentum that he had with the audience.
December 30, 2015
When asked about his backstage heat with Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura stated that the two of them could no longer be friends because Ventura has to be able to trust friends. The former Governor of Minnesota stated that Hogan was the one that ratted him out to Vince McMahon. Ventura learned that when he took McMahon to court. McMahon had to reveal his source because he was under oath.
October 30, 2015
While the internet wrestling community might have enjoyed the blood during the match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar at Hell in a Cell, Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn were definitely not amused. The two of them were said to be freaking out backstage at the gorilla position. McMahon is very adamant about blood since he does not want to risk alienating any of his sponsors and advertisers.
October 26, 2015
In a rather interesting tidbit, Mark Henry revealed that he was ready to retire as an in ring performer back in 2013. The former world heavyweight champion was more than willing to remain with WWE in a backstage role. However, when he went to the headquarters and spoke with Vince McMahon, he was somehow convinced to sign another multiple year deal by the CEO.
October 8, 2015
Whenever television ratings go down, Vince McMahon and his paranoia go up. He is in that mood nowadays because his numbers have been declining at a rapid rate. There is a fear within WWE that if the ratings drop below 2.0, which is not that far off, then USA Network executives are going to come calling with some questions. At that point, McMahon is going to make life a living hell for the people who are around him backstage.
October 3, 2015
When it comes to television ratings, Vince McMahon is probably one of the most paranoid people in the entertainment industry. It is being said that he is going crazy backstage nowadays because WWE has seen a drop in their numbers. To combat this, the CEO is reaching into his pockets and bringing in the heavy hitters. Brock Lesnar and Undertaker are being added to several episodes of Monday Night Raw.
September 30, 2015
During a recent interview, Ryback revealed that it never bothered him whenever fans would chant for Goldberg during his matches. However, he also revealed that Vince McMahon absolutely hates it when the audience does that. The CEO kept asking others backstage for ideas on how to better control the audience. McMahon does not like giving any type of rub to performers who are no longer with the company.
September 24, 2015
Since he was the ruler of the empire for so long, it should come as no secret that Vince McMahon has seen relationships ruined backstage. The man rumored to be the next ruler has been busy mending fences for WWE. Triple H has been widely credited with getting Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Bruno Sammartino back into the good graces of the company. Doing that has helped raised morale backstage.
September 20, 2015
There is some concern backstage in WWE over the return of Monday Night Football next week. The NFL has historically drawn away a good portion of professional wrestling fans when it returns to the air every fall. Wrestlers are said to be worried about the situation because Vince McMahon is not too worried about it. Nothing special is being planned to pique the interest of the audience.
September 8, 2015