Later on this week, Naomi Knight is expected to meet with doctors to see if she will be needing surgery to repair her injured eye. Initially, the belief was that it was not that severe, but the swelling has gone up and she has been experience more pain. WWE needs her back in time for the return of Total Divas later this year.
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.
"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
While she has been rumored to be removed from the upcoming and second season of Total Divas, WWE is not planning on releasing JoJo Offerman any time soon. The belief is that she is still pretty young, so management will give her more time in developmental.
Natalya Neidhart and Tyson Kidd are in New York City today, and the WWE couple is doing some filming for the upcoming season of Total Divas. She teased the fans about the segment on her Twitter account, but she did not reveal much details about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a while there, Aksana had some backstage heat on her in WWE because of her performances during the European tour. However, a lot of that heat has died down tremendously, as she has slowly received more television time. Aksana is also a candidate to join Total Divas next season.
"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
"I'll literally be getting dressed or something, I turn the corner, and WHAM there's the cameras. 'Ah, they got me again.' It's like Where's Waldo, you never know where they're gonna be. And for me when I'm backstage, preparing, getting ready, it's not something I wanna be bothered with. So sometimes you'll just randomly hear guys cursing, like that's gonna get them off of the show, like they can't use that scene or something because, 'there's that guy, he's just cussing in the background. A lot of guys just, they all just duck their heads and walk off. So that's something that we deal with but that's the world of entertainment."
- Roman Reigns on Total Divas cameras
It's quite an eventful week for the divas. First, they attended the wedding for Naomi Knight and Jimmy Uso in Hawaii, and now, they're partying with Brie Bella for her bachelorette party and bridal shower. The belief is that the Total Divas camera crew will be there this weekend.
"They need to rename Total Divas, Marrying Divas. we've had 2 weddings (1 aired, 1 taped) and 1 proposal, and we aren't even to season 2 yet."
One of the rumors floating around backstage is that Aksana will be added to the cast of Total Divas when the show starts filming for next season. If management does choose to go with her as the new addition, then WWE will start pushing her on television.
Cameron was spotted with Ray J recently, as the two of them were seen coming out of the gym together in Los Angeles. It appears that the WWE diva and the singer were filming some scenes together for an upcoming episode of Total Divas.
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 is some backstage heat towards JoJo at the moment, with one source stating that she is actully on thin ice with WWE. The company opted to take focus away from her on Total Divas, and she's missed several episodes of Monday Night Raw.
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.