BUSINESS
Vickie Guerrero
While she did not leave the company after Wrestlemania 30 like rumored, Vickie Guerrero still intends on moving on from WWE at some point in time. She has already given notice to management, and she still continues to work on her college degree and business ventures. Guerrero wants to maintain a good working relationship with WWE.
April 17, 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
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
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
Christopher Daniels
"A unique athlete, it's funny because he was a book that was judged by his cover, for a very long time and it took a while to get him into TNA and we were always fighting to get him in. Everybody was like 'we gotta change his look and blah blah blah,' but finally when they gave him the chance, he showed them that you didn't need to judge him by the cover because he brings a unique intensity and a unique character to TNA and I think it would be a different TNA without him. He has changed the business." - Christopher Daniels discusses Samoa Joe
April 15, 2014
Paul London
"I've always admired and looked up to Terry Funk. Never did I actually think I'd be walking just like him. Knees hurt." - Paul London explaining how much of a toll the wrestling business gives to the body
April 14, 2014
Ashley Flair
Since she is now the WWE Divas Champion, Paige will be dropping the WWE NXT Women's Championship soon. The top candidates at the moment are Ashley Flair and Sasha Banks. While some are pushing for management to put Bayley in the spot, the company feels that it would be better for business if she were to chase the title for a couple of months first.
April 13, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since all the important monthly shows have been moved to the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company have decided that they will no longer use the term "pay per view". Instead, WWE will be calling them "special events". PPV buy rate is no longer a vital thing for the company because they can now tell investors that the business has shifted to the WWE Network.
April 11, 2014
Cody Rhodes
"Why are folks surprised by Nancy Grace? She got dumped by a professional wrestler in the 1980s and started a life quest to be just awful. If she was remotely confident in her accusations, she would interview an active talent. Yet, she won't do that because she'd have a Mark Cuban and Skip Bayless situation, and she would come off as the ignorant sweat hog she actually is." - Cody Rhodes bashes Nancy Grace for attacking the wrestling business
April 10, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
"I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man. Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated. At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience. To imply that all of the wrestlers on that list died from steroids was wrong and for that they owe the families an apology. Again, my only intention was to discuss Warrior the man and share some stories about how dedicated he was to the wrestling business. I am saddened that was not what happened and my thoughts remain with his family." - Diamond Dallas Page discusses Nancy Grace interview
April 10, 2014
Sting
After the death of the Ultimate Warrior, Sting took to social media to express his grief. The legendary NWA star also posted this picture of the two of them together before they became professional wrestlers. Sting noted that this was right when they were about to start training to become future hall of fame stars in the business.
April 10, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Since a lot of fans were in disbelief, there were rumors floating around that the Undertaker ending at Wrestlemania 30 was not planned. Some believed that Brock Lesnar went into business for himself. That was not the case, as WWE had the finished planned for quite some time now. They kept things as much of a secret as they could.
April 7, 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
Vickie Guerrero
Wrestlemania 30 and perhaps the next Monday Night Raw will be the last hurrah for Vickie Guerrero, as she is finishing up her tenure with WWE this weekend. The former on screen general manager has been focused on college over the past year, and she has also been trying to get a few business ventures up and running as well.
April 6, 2014
Jim Ross
"Vince doesn't go to ball games, golf, or any of that rich-guy stuff. He just works, and nobody works harder than him. He's always had that unrelenting work ethic, and I think a lot of it stems from his father. His father was such an iconic figure in the wrestling business. Vince idolized his father from afar, and he wanted to do anything he could to draw favor from his dad. When his dad reluctantly allowed Vince to get into the wrestling business, that overwhelming work ethic kicked in." - Jim Ross praising Vince McMahon
April 4, 2014
CM Punk
"I don't know why he quit and what the situation was about, but I was really looking forward to meeting the man and getting to know him. As far as me, I have a personal opinion on it and I would love for him to come back. If he needs time off whether it was business or personal, it's none of my business. Whatever it was, he was such a great superstar and I would love for him to come back." - Hulk Hogan wants a CM Punk return in WWE
April 3, 2014
Vince McMahon
The latest episode of Total Divas was the most watched one since the series started last year. That has pleased E! enough to where they posted a press release, touting it as their second best show behind Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Vince McMahon is said to be completely behind the business relationship and is willing to devote more resources to promoting his girls.
April 2, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
JTG
Since he has been infrequently utilized by the company over the last year, there have long been speculations that JTG will be released by WWE once his contract is up. It appears that there is some merit behind those rumors, as the former Cryme Tyme member has been focused on other business ventures to ensure that his departure from WWE is not too rough.
March 26, 2014
LeiD Tapa
Proving that she is far from done with the professional wrestling business, LeiD Tapa immediately has gone back to work after receiving her release from TNA. The former Knockout is back in OVW, where she is receiving further training and experience. Many within the company are praising her for the determination that she is showing.
March 26, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
While there has been plenty of speculations on the nature of the new business, it now appears more certain that Jeff Jarrett is starting a wrestling company, as the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion is going to be holding a seminar in Pennsylvania in April, where he will be teaching some techniques, while also looking for new talent to sign.
March 25, 2014
Bray Wyatt
While fans and betting websites are predicting that Bray Wyatt will be the one victorious at Wrestlemania 30, there are those backstage in WWE that are now pushing for John Cena to be given the win. Management knows that Cena is still the centerpiece of their business model, so keeping him strong is a company wide policy.
March 24, 2014
Daniel Bryan
"It was such a huge match, and I feel like at every Mania since then, I haven't had the opportunity to do that again. I'm hoping at Wrestlemania 30 or Wrestlemania 31 to bounce back to that level again. The wheel goes round and round and comes back and opportunities are given again. You just have to remember that. After four years of experience -- and especially after the match with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 27 for the U.S. title that ended up being a dark match -- you've got to realize that patience is a huge key in this game." - Sheamus talks about how the wrestling business works
March 24, 2014
Chuck Palumbo
As a few of you already know, Chuck Palumbo now has his own television show, where the former WCW star talks visits car lovers across the country. Scott Armstrong, his good friend, posted this special message on Twitter to congratulate Palumbo on his new business venture.
March 24, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
"Paul Levesque aka Triple H has been one of the most solid guys I've ever met in this business so nobody can talk s--t about him around me. You may have your own beef with him, whoever it is but no one who don't know ain't got nothing to say about him around me because he's always been a stand up guy to me." - Diamond Dallas Page defending HHH and his backstage reputation
March 23, 2014
Jim Cornette
While a lot of performers will say that they always wanted to be involved in the professional wrestling industry, Jim Cornette actually means it. The legendary NWA manager started working in the business when he was just 14 years old, serving as a photographer, ring announcer, magazine correspondent and as a public relations person.
March 23, 2014
Maryse Ouellet
Now that her big wedding is over and done with, there are talks of WWE bringing Maryse Ouellet back. The company was interested in having her make a return earlier, but she politely declined, as she was preparing for her big event with the Miz and focusing on her business. A comeback could take place as soon as the couple settles into a new home.
March 22, 2014
Kaitlyn
Rumors about Kaitlyn joining TNA are floating around right now. It does not appear to be something that will be happening anytime soon, though. The former WWE star is currently enjoying her time away from the ring and is focused on building up her new fitness business. Plus, TNA is more focused on bringing in lesser known performers at this time.
March 22, 2014
Emma
"Being in this industry isn't for everyone, that's for sure. Wrestling consumes your whole life ... for me that's fine, it's what I want, but for others not so much. Being in this industry means being at the Performance Centre five days a week, sometimes from morning until night, then doing shows on the road the other days of the week. I've only been home (to her Orlando apartment) twice a week for the whole of this year." - Emma talks about the wrestling business
March 21, 2014
Triple H
While it does not appear that he is willing to sell his controlling shares in the company, there are those within WWE that are worried about Triple H being the guy to replace Vince McMahon, as many do not feel that the former world heavyweight champion has enough business experience to handle that side of the corporation. They're not concerned about his wrestling knowledge, however.
March 21, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the game has been out for quite some time now, retailers are reducing the cost of WWE 2K14 down to $39.99. Sales should be assisted greatly by the added interest that Wrestlemania 30 is bringing. Vince McMahon is very adamant about this aspect of the business, as he feels that it draws in the younger viewers that he targets.
March 18, 2014
Dixie Carter
A picture from Twitter of the Great Muta and Dixie Carter backstage. The two of them formed a business partnership, where talent will be exchanged between TNA and Wrestle-1, one of the newer wrestling promotions in Japan.
March 18, 2014
CM Punk
"It's all speculation based upon my experience with WWE and with CM Punk, but WWE has a very bad habit of not following through with story lines. That's probably one of the reasons that Punk stepped away. He know the fans aren't stupid. He came into WWE with a fantastic following, but WWE didn't understand it and kept him in developmental longer than they should have. He kept fighting and finally got on to the main roster and proved himself to the WWE office and the 'fantastic' writing staff. They think that whatever they put out there, they can shove down the fans' throats and they'll buy it. They have a very contorted view of the wrestling business." Trevor Murdoch talking about why CM Punk might have backstage heat with WWE
March 18, 2014
Vince McMahon
While a lot of fans are hoping that it does not happen, the possibility of Vince McMahon selling WWE still exists. Business analysts have been speculating on a variety of possible new owners, and there are even talks that McMahon could be persuaded to make the move if there was a way that he could still be in charge of the company.
March 17, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
This steamy picture of Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett has surfaced on Instagram, and the belief is that it has something to do with the new business that the couple has been working on for the last few weeks. Many are under the belief that it will be a new wrestling promotion.
March 17, 2014
Jeff Hardy
When the Willow gimmick showed up in TNA, a lot of fans wondered what exactly was going on with Jeff Hardy. Well, it turns out that the gimmick change was basically his desire to try something new with his character. He wanted to bring a little more excitement for himself after having been in the wrestling business since he was a teenager.
March 15, 2014
Tara
In the restaurant business, if you can make it through the first year, then you're considered quite the success, as most people go out of business before that mark. Tara has accomplished that. Her restaurant, the Squared Circle in Chicago, will be celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend, and they're throwing a big party.
March 13, 2014
Kaitlyn
Back in November, it was revealed that Kaitlyn had gotten engaged to her boyfriend, a bodybuilder named PJ. Well, the former WWE Divas Champion recently revealed some details of her upcoming wedding. The event will be taking place in Connecticut some time in June. Kaitlyn also revealed that the couple will not be going on a honeymoon as she is too busy building her new business.
March 12, 2014
Rhyno
"It's definitely tough, it's always been tough, but it all lies down to the individual, we're all individuals and we all have choices whether we can work for a promotion or not. It's a little easier for me, because I've got a name and reputation and I've built a small little brand with my name and wrestling ability and being on TV for over 13-14 years, so it's a little easier for me. It is very difficult for independent wrestlers, but some aspects of it, it's easier now to get your face out there for independent wrestlers because of social media. Back in the day, when you're poor and living in your car, you don't have $10 to print up an 810 and put together a 15 minute clip on a VHS tape and then pay $5 to mail it out. Now it's just click click on your smartphone and then send the link to a promoter and it's easier for a promoter to look you up. Back when I started, if you were sending a package out, it cost you $20 and it was tough to get your name out there back then. It's easier now for a guy to just click a couple of links, put the match together and send it to a promoter and that costs you nothing, just time." - Rhyno discusses the professional wrestling business
March 12, 2014
Gail Kim
After watching her incredible steel cage match against Madison Rayne at TNA Lockdown 2014, Jim Ross took to his blog to tell fans that Gail Kim is basically the best female performer in the industry, an opinion widely held by those who study the business.
March 12, 2014
Chris Jericho
"It really took me a month or two after for it to set in that I debuted at Wrestlemania and beat Lionheart Chris Jericho, a guy I grew up watching, and who was one of the reasons I got into the wrestling business - a huge influence for me - and he helped me a lot. He helped me build the Fandango character by working with me leading up to Wrestlemania. It was overwhelming and unbelievable and it happened in the blink of an eye." - Fandango talks about working with Chris Jericho
March 9, 2014
AJ Styles
While they have both been in the business for a very long time, AJ Styles and Joey Styles have never met before. Through Twitter, the former ECW commentator posted this picture of the two o them together at a convention in New York City this weekend. Joey also joked that AJ was his southern cousin.
March 9, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
Great Muta
Seiya Sanada is working the TNA Lockdown 2014 pay per view this weekend, and the Japanese star is already in America. Before heading to Miami, though, he stopped by New York City. The belief is that he and the Great Muta could be doing some business for the new Wrestle-1 promotion. Sanada himself will be sticking around with TNA for a few weeks.
March 8, 2014
Karl Anderson
"I love this business! You got to be willing to make a 16 hour drive one way to South Dakota to work in front of eight Indians for $50. Of course, I wouldn't do that now, not even for $1000, but that's the proper way to come up in wrestling. Got to love this shit, man." - Karl Anderson explaining the wrestling business
March 6, 2014
Eric Young
Earlier this week, Eric Young headed down to Arizona for a project outside of professional wrestling. The long time TNA star is producing a new show for the Animal Planet. He had found some success doing Off the Hook: Extreme Catches for the network, and it appears that the business relationship is being extended to other things now.
March 6, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Timing is everything in business, and Jeff Jarrett, who will forever have the founding of TNA on his resume, is fully aware of that. He has been waiting for the right time to make his announcement about his new project, which is rumored to be a wrestling promotion. The belief is that he might be waiting for Wrestlemania 30 weekend to make the reveal.
March 5, 2014
Trish Stratus
Since she is no longer on the road with WWE, Trish Stratus has ventured into other lines of business in order to make a living, and she is doing rather well. The former divas champion has transitioned over to the world of fitness, and she recently revealed that she was meeting with a company to create a new line of yoga mats.
March 5, 2014
Mick Foley
Since he has grown to become quite vocal and outspoken towards the company, many fans are wondering if the relationship between Vince McMahon and Mick Foley has soured backstage. According to Foley, he is still doing business with WWE. He recently made an appearance at NHL game and is scheduled to do an NBA game for the company soon.
March 3, 2014
Sami Zayn
Through Twitter, Sami Zayn posted this message about celebrating a dozen years being in the professional wrestling business. A lot of fans are unaware of his experience, as some only know of him as a developmental wrestler for WWE at the moment.
March 3, 2014