BACKSTAGE NEWS
Sami Zayn
When several of the WWE stars take off for Saudi Arabia this week, Sami Zayn will be joining them. He's the only developmental wrestler going on the tour. WWE wanted to get a better look at him, and some backstage feel that he might have some marketing appeal overseas. There are still rumors floating around that Zayn could be one of the WWE NXT stars to be called up to the main roster in the coming weeks.
April 16, 2014
Ian Rotten
A very ugly incident took place over the weekend between Ian Rotten and Jeff Jarrett. According to Rotten, Jeff and Karen Jarrett were intoxicated at his show. A dispute over money came up, which Rotten admits was his fault. Jeff was said to have gone ballistic backstage, threatening Rotten, and even going as far as knocking off the glasses from the face of Rotten's 17 year old son. Jarrett has yet to tell his side of the story.
April 14, 2014
Michael Hayes
In a sign of just how valued he is within the company, Michael Hayes is still with WWE. He remains a fairly high ranking official for the company and has a big role backstage, even though he has had so many incidents and suspensions. WWE is even tossing around the idea of inducting the Freebirds into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 32, which is rumored to be held in Texas.
April 14, 2014
Darren Young
At a live event in Texas over the weekend, Darren Young might have suffered some sort of injury. His match with Fandango was extremely short, and the ending was awkward, as Young was counted out after delivering a flying ax handle. Agents came out to the ringside area to check on Young and helped him limp backstage.
April 13, 2014
Christy Hemme
While she has been working backstage in a variety of roles over the past year, Christy Hemme has now been officially added to the creative department in TNA. The belief is that she will be specializing in the Knockouts division, where it will be her job to come up with stories for the girls. She might also have a hand in the ongoing story with Sam Shaw as well.
April 10, 2014
CM Punk
Since he walked away from the company, CM Punk has now been removed from the upcoming Flintstones movie. To make it easier on the script writers, WWE has decided to replace him with Rey Mysterio, which should make it fairly easy for them to adapt the story line. The belief backstage is that Punk is going to just wait until his contract expires this summer.
April 10, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Much was made about the longstanding backstage heat between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior over this past week, but according to Hogan, the two of them finally got a chance to make up. The WWE legends reportedly met, talked, shook hands and even hugged one another. Hogan was sitting in the front row when Warrior was inducted into the hall of fame on Saturday night.
April 9, 2014
Vince McMahon
Strategically, there are some concerns backstage in WWE on how Vince McMahon and the company would handle the Wrestlemania 30 replay rates. While it would make sense to appease WWE Network subscribers by making it readily available, there are those that are concerned that it might have an adverse effect on Wrestlemania 30 DVD and Blu Ray sales.
April 8, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
In a sign of how much things have changed backstage, Vince McMahon actually left Wrestlemania 30 before the main event took place. Normally, the CEO would be there until the very end, but he opted to ride in the ambulance with the Undertaker to the hospital. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were left in charge of the pay per view.
April 7, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Considering how brutal the match at Wrestlemania 30 was for him, it comes as no surprise to many backstage that Undertaker was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance after taking a beating from Brock Lesnar. The fear was that Undertaker has an injured neck. Doctors also checked for a possible concussion. The belief is that Undertaker went all out for what could be his final match in WWE.
April 7, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Each year, wrestlers and officials backstage rank the performances by their stars at the biggest pay per view event of the year, but WWE is having a hard time trying to figure out what the best match of Wrestlemania 30 was. Everyone came through with good matches, even the mid level guys like Kofi Kingston and Antonio Cesaro in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Shane McMahon
Since there were rumors that he was going to be making his return at the pay per view on Sunday night, a lot of fans were under the belief that Shane McMahon was backstage at Wrestlemania 30. However, the former WWE executive revealed in an interview that he was not going to be present at the event. He teased a potential comeback in the future.
April 7, 2014
Billy Gunn
WWE.com is reporting that Billy Gunn suffered a serious injury during his match against Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 30. The report reveals that he was coughing up blood backstage after taking the triple power bomb from the Shield at the end of the match. No word yet on whether this is a story line or a legitimate injury.
April 7, 2014
Beth Phoenix
Since he was in New Orleans this week, there were plenty of rumors that Edge would be backstage at Wrestlemania 31, but that apparently is not the case, as the former World Heavyweight Champion has already hopped on a flight back to North Carolina to be with Beth Phoenix and his newborn child. His relationship with WWE has been speculated for quite some time now.
April 6, 2014
Junkyard Dog
For more than three decades, the record at the Superdome for a wrestling event was set by a show featuring Michael Hayes and Junkyard Dog in the main event. The two of them drew in 28,000 fans, which is a mark that WWE should easily blow away with Wrestlemania 30. As many already know, Hayes works backstage for the company and will be at the pay per view.
April 6, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
The hall of fame induction speech for the Ultimate Warrior went a little long, but very few people backstage in WWE were upset with it because it was quite entertaining. Warrior spoke from the heart, and he genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself at the hall of fame ceremony. He also gave himself some closure by criticizing the company for producing that DVD a couple of years back.
April 6, 2014
Kevin Nash
Since Lita and Mr T went especially long in their segments, it was very obvious to many that Scott Hall had to rush through his hall of fame induction speech. WWE officials were very concerned backstage at the event, and they informed Hall of the situation. That was the reason why Kevin Nash made his joke onstage about having to rush through things.
April 5, 2014
Batista
In a rather interesting move, WWE is now selling the skinny jeans that Batista ripped during Monday Night Raw last month. It is being sold on their auction website, and the price has climbed up to $260. Batista has been the butt of jokes backstage by other performers for his choice of clothing since making his return to WWE earlier in the year.
April 5, 2014
Jake Roberts
There was a little bit of disappointment in the Jake Roberts induction speech earlier tonight, as the legendary former WWE star lost his voice before the hall of fame ceremony. He was unable to get his stories out without struggling. Many backstage were expecting him to give the best speech of the night because he is such a great story teller.
April 5, 2014
Hulk Hogan
During an interview this week, Hulk Hogan hinted that there was still backstage heat between himself and the Ultimate Warrior. Hogan, however, said that he is going to squash issues between the two of them when they finally meet up at Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two of them have yet to speak to one another, Hogan revealed.
April 5, 2014
Brutus Magnus
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Older wrestling fans took quite an interest in WWE inducting Carlos Colon into the hall of fame this year. Many were expecting to see some backstage heat incident taking place because there are still many people in the industry who blame Colon for his involvement in the murder of Bruiser Brody. Cooler heads prevailed, and the situation went pretty smoothly for WWE.
April 15, 2014
Triple H
There has been a bit of a shift in philosophy backstage with Triple H taking over more of the power from Vince McMahon, as the former world heavyweight champion is more inclined to respond to internet wrestling fans by taking jabs through the story lines. For years, McMahon has long avoided any connection with fans online, but HHH likes sending messages to people who complain.
April 14, 2014
Bobby Roode
If TNA decides to keep the belt on Eric Young for the long term, an idea which is being tossed around backstage because of his marketing value at the moment, then management is going to push Bobby Roode up as a challenger for the world heavyweight championship. There are still talks of Brutus Magnus recapturing the belt at TNA Sacrifice 2014.
April 14, 2014
Heath Slater
Since the company needs room for all the new stars that they are bringing up from the developmental program, WWE is expected to allow several of the veteran performers to leave the company soon. The belief is that Heath Slater will be allowed to walk once his contract expires. The 3MB member has expressed frustration backstage over not receiving a push.
April 14, 2014
Xavier Woods
Even though the company does not have any plans on pushing him in the near future, Xavier Woods is well liked backstage by many in WWE. He has a genuine enthusiasm for being on the main roster and traveling around the world. Woods is viewed as an asset right now because he is willing to do whatever WWE asks of him.
April 13, 2014
Aksana
Another name that is rumored to be released by WWE soon is Aksana. While she is on good terms with management now, the backstage relationship has always been up and down. The belief is that the company views her as being expendable and will more than likely allow her to walk once her contract expires. WWE needs room for newer stars.
April 13, 2014
Brock Lesnar
There was actually a push backstage in WWE to have Jim Ross doing commentary at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary performer was penciled in to call the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker. WWE opted against the idea because they were concerned that fans might be able to figure out that Undertaker was going to be losing the match since Ross was brought back for the occasion.
April 13, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
As of right now, there are plans backstage to give Antonio Cesaro a huge push. Pairing him with a great talker like Paul Heyman was the start of that. There are even those in WWE that are pushing for Cesaro to be pushed high enough over the next year, so that he can be thrown into a match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, where Heyman would play a pivotal role in the story.
April 12, 2014
Scott Hall
A picture of Scott Hall and Ultimate Warrior backstage at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place during Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
April 12, 2014
Damien Sandow
There are people backstage in WWE that are questioning the Rob Van Dam return, as it almost feels like an afterthought. Aside from taking place on the same episode of Monday Night Raw where so many new stars were introduced, he also worked a match against Damien Sandow, a performer that has rarely been in a featured role in WWE.
April 11, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
AJ Lee
Now that Paige is on the main roster and has won the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee, people backstage are trying to decide who to put the WWE NXT Women's Championship on. Ashley Flair has been receiving a bit of push as of late, and the belief is that she is the top candidate to carry the strap. Ric Flair could become more involved in the product at this point.
April 10, 2014
Sting
Even though he did not show up at Wrestlemania 30 or the following Monday Night Raw, things between Sting and WWE are not over and done with. There are many backstage that believe that management will still continue to negotiate with Sting, as they feel that he can be a valuable marketing asset for the WCW library that they currently air on the WWE Network.
April 9, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
An almost surreal picture of Vince McMahon hugging the Ultimate Warrior during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two have a long history of backstage heat, and many within the company felt that a reconciliation was never going to happen.
April 9, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
There were much discussions backstage in WWE over the past couple of weeks about what the company would do with Paul Heyman once Brock Lesnar takes his extended break again. Several names were tossed around before management opted to pair him up with Antonio Cesaro. The segment on Monday Night Raw turned out better than expected.
April 8, 2014
Billy Gunn
The belief backstage in WWE is that Road Dogg is going to be winding down his days as an active in ring performer now that Wrestlemania 30 is over and done with. His tag team partner Billy Gunn suffered an injury during the big six man tag team match at the pay per view, so management is contemplating a scenario where they are written off of television.
April 8, 2014
Undertaker
While a lot of rumors are suggesting that he is going to retire, those backstage in WWE believe that there is still a possibility that we will get another Undertaker return in the near future. Some feel that he will want to have his last match be a victory at one of the other pay per view events, such as Summerslam 2014 or Royal Rumble 2015.
April 8, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
One of the most talked about things backstage at Wrestlemania 30 thus far has been the big body slam that Antonio Cesaro delivered to the Big Show. WWE put that finishing sequence together for the battle royal at the last minute, and Cesaro came through. Some were shocked that he was able to body slam Big Show with ease, even though they already knew about his strengths.
April 6, 2014
Dean Ambrose
"You know what, I tell him this and we joke about it, but the smartest thing WWE did was put him with me and Dean Ambrose. Because when we met him, he started from scratch. Granted he's got a whole family history in the wrestling business, but he's a football player. He's an athlete and he's coachable, but like he gets it. Like he got it quick and he understood right away what we were doing. I think putting him with myself and Ambrose, who had the wealth of experience and the all the knowledge and traveling the road. We're in a car all the time, we're on the planes together, we're having the matches together. He was just able to soak up that information we were giving out like a sponge and you can see the difference. He was great when we came in, but look at him now and he's a completely different performer. It was the smartest thing they ever did, putting him with us." - Seth Rollins discussing the backstage reason why Roman Reigns was placed with the Shield
April 6, 2014
Darren Young
Days after disputing internet reports about his injury, it has now been revealed that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL, which will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year. The injury took place at a WWE live event last Saturday night. Since Young wasn't being pushed on television, management does not have to change much.
April 16, 2014
Batista
Even though he is one of the more known performers in the company, WWE is allowing Batista to skip out on the Saudi Arabia tour taking place this week. The belief when the former world heavyweight champion was brought back was that he would help with global marketing due to his history in the company and being a movie star.
April 16, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
After being heavily rumored to be leaving the company after Wrestlemania 30, Vickie Guerrero has continued to be on the road for WWE. This week, she worked the Smackdown taping. Afterwards, the wrestlers got together and threw her a little birthday party once the television taping was done. She turned 46 today.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony was sent over to On Demand to be aired this past week. However, management opted to make a couple of changes. One of those omissions was the part of the Ultimate Warrior speech where he talked about WWE losing the legal battle against WWF in court. Management did not want that to cause any further legal issues.
April 16, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
During a WWE Business Partner Summit, Stephanie McMahon revealed that the company will be completely shifting over to a new logo, which happens to be the current one used for the WWE Network, by Summerslam 2014. Management has been slowly replacing the logos over the last several weeks and will keep doing so until August.
April 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
WWE has issued a statement touting the fact that a record number of households watched Wrestlemania 30 this year. That total comes from both the WWE Network and traditional pay per view buys. One of the reasons why Vince McMahon wanted to launch the online service was to draw in more people for the pay per view with the lower monthly pricing.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
Since there was still a buzz surrounding the professional wrestling industry, many had expected viewership for Monday Night Raw to increase this week because the company was doing a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, who died last week. WWE was disappointed to learn that fewer people tuned in this week than for the episode after Wrestlemania 30.
April 16, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
Since he is one of their more underrated performers, TNA has managed to sign Robbie E to a long term contract extension. Some within the company view that he can be a star down the line, especially since he is still just 30 years of age. There were some questions as to whether or not Robbie was going to stay with the company since the status of his girlfriend Brooke Tessmacher has been up in the air.
April 16, 2014
Batista
Since he was on such a roll, many wondered if Daniel Bryan was actually going to be given time off after his wedding to Brie Bella to enjoy his honeymoon. The WWE champion was not on Monday Night Raw this week, and there are rumors that the Total Divas camera crew were with him on his break. WWE filled in his spot by having Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton reforming Evolution.
April 16, 2014
Gunner
With so many of their performer contracts expiring this year, TNA officials have been busy with negotiations and signings. The latest person to put pen to paper is Gunner, a rising star in the promotion. With the deal, he is expected to remain with the company for a couple of years, and he is also expected to continue on his push since splitting with James Storm.
April 16, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
Throughout the past several months, Chavo Guerrero has been taking in quite a few business meetings, in order to set up his career outside of professional wrestling. It looks like one of those ventures has come to fruition, as Guerrero is now doing a talk show for GeekNation.com, called Where Men Come To Be Men. Rampage Jackson and John Morrison recently filmed an episode with him.
April 16, 2014
Lita
Since they really are best friends in real life, Trish Stratus and Lita have decided to capitalize on that relationship by doing a tour together. The former WWE divas will be hitting up various locations across the country to meet with fans and sign autographs. Aside from generating an income, the two of them will get a chance to spend some time together on the road as well.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
In times of tragedy, the worst of the worst comes out, in order to take advantage of the situation. Several people have been selling illegal Ultimate Warrior merchandise shortly after the WWE legend died last week. Lawyers for his marketing company have already sent out cease and desist letters to over 100 different people, demanding that they quit selling products with his likeness attached.
April 16, 2014
Sting
In a rather peculiar move, WWE instructed the security personnel at Monday Night Raw to remove any signs that involves Sting. Rumors have spread this week that the legendary performer was close to signing a deal to finally join WWE. The belief is that management wants to ensure that his arrival is a surprise, even though most fans online have already heard about the possibility of his debut.
April 15, 2014
Sting
A buzz was created in the world of professional wrestling earlier tonight when Sting made his official debut on the WWE Network. The former world heavyweight did an interview segment, where he talked about his former tag team partner, the Ultimate Warrior. Sting revealed that Warrior used to blend tuna and orange juice into a drink.
April 15, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
In a rather nice win for his new Global Force Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett has revealed that he has signed a production deal with 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome, the man that created the popular Biggest Loser reality television show on NBC. Together, they are currently shopping a wrestling show around to the networks and hope to land a television spot soon.
April 15, 2014
Alexander Rusev
In a rather interesting move, Alexander Rusev has been removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw for the second week in a row. His debut match against Zack Ryder was omitted the previous week. He defeated Xavier Woods this week and assaulted R Truth afterwards. Apparently, WWE did not feel that was important enough to include on the Hulu version.
April 15, 2014
Brock Lesnar
While a lot of people assume that he is an asshole because of his reserved nature, Brock Lesnar actually impressed quite a bit of people in WWE with the amount of respect that he showed the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. Not only did he thanks Undertaker in the ring for letting him beat the streak, Lesnar also rode to the hospital afterwards to visit Undertaker.
April 15, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
Now that the autopsy test has been concluded, it has been officially announced that the Ultimate Warrior died of heart failure, with the official statement being "Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease". This qualifies as being a natural death, where drugs and alcohol are not directly related. However, long term drug use in the past could have been indirectly related.
April 15, 2014