Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.
While his removal was a last minute decision like it was for other performers, Wade Barrett was pulled from Royal Rumble 2014 earlier in the week. The unknown person that was supposed to replace him ended up not being thrown into the match after all.
The push for Wade Barrett is not off to a good start, as WWE didn't even bother to include the Bad News Barrett segment on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw. Management usually cuts things that they do deem to be of high priority.
At a WWE live event in Dublin, Wade Barrett was introduced to the audience as Bad News Barrett.
Jim Ross is finalizing a deal to produce his own podcast show, and he's decided to call up a good buddy of his to help him out. Former WWE superstar Steve Austin is expected to be the first person that the long time commentator interviews on his show.
Chris Jericho has found some success in the podcast industry, as his Talk is Jericho show is now expanding. The former WWE star revealed through Twitter that he is now hosting the show on Wednesday and Friday instead of just doing it once a week.
Maria Kanellis is the latest professional wrestler to do a podcast show. She is doing the show with her fiancee and ROH star Mike Bennett, in order to raise their stock with wrestling fans. The couple has managed to get their show distributed through iTunes.
The latest wrestling legend to to find their way on to the Steve Austin podcast is Roddy Piper, who revealed that the two WWE legends really do not know one another all that well despite crossing paths a few times throughout their careers.
Since the two of them are in Las Vegas right now for the big WWE announcement tonight, Steve Austin has revealed that he will attempt to interview Triple H for his podcast show, which has already featured some of the biggest names in wrestling.
The podcast craze has been catching on in the world of professional wrestling. Maria Kanellis has decided to make her debut in that genre. The former WWE diva will be hosting the show with her fiance and Ring of Honor star Mike Bennett.
Chris Jericho has a new podcast out called Talk Is Jericho, and it is off to a very good start. The former WWE champion revealed on Twitter that his show has been downloaded 600,000 times in the first two weeks.
Chris Jericho revealed on his podcast show that he once tried to kiss the Undertaker on the lips at a bar in Japan. He spent three hours trying to convince him, but ended up only being allowed to kiss the Undertaker on the cheeks.
Chris Jericho has revealed that he will be interviewing fellow former WWE star Edge for an upcoming episode of his podcast.
That big push for Wade Barrett isn't likely to take place any time soon. The feeling is that WWE is giving him television time each week, in order to fill up the three hours of Monday Night Raw. Plus, his segments are said to amuse the script writers in the creative department.
Many backstage in WWE are surprised that Yoshi Tatsu has managed to stick with the company. He has not toured with the main roster for quite some time now. He also was replaced by Wade Barrett last year when the company needed to do some promotions in Asia.
"I've given up my spot in this year's Royal Rumble to make way for a WWE legend. It's top secret, but just between us, here's a clue: Voodoo."
- Wade Barrett on giving up his spot at Royal Rumble 2014
There is some concerns within WWE about Wade Barrett, as his match against Tyson Kidd, another under utilized performer, has been receiving a horrible reaction from the audiences at various live events during the past week.
There are those within WWE that are skeptical about the Bad News Barrett gimmick that recently made its debut, as many are concerned that Wade Barrett will have his gimmick abruptly taken away from him like he has in the past.
Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre joke about tornadoes affecting their traveling issues on Twitter.
Wade Barrett does the Miz entrance on WWE 2K14.