BUSINESS NEWS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bobby Roode
In what could be a sign of things to come, Masakatsu Funaki challenged Kurt Angle after defeating Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view. Great Muta and Dixie Carter have a business relationship now, and there are plans in the works for Muta to send some of his performers to work for TNA later on this year. Funaki might be among the group to do so.
March 2, 2014
Dixie Carter
When the company previously attempted to get into the video game business, things did not turn out as well as everyone had hoped, so TNA put those plans to the side. During a recent interview, Dixie Carter revealed that the company was indeed working towards releasing another video game in the near future. No further details have been made available.
March 1, 2014
Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon is a pretty clever business man. Since he knew that many would sign up for the free trial of the WWE Network, he opted to only include a certain amount of footage on there. The intent was to just whet the appetite of fans and entice them to sign up for the six month commitment. WWE will be adding a lot more content after the free trial period ends.
March 1, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since they were launching the WWE Network, many were under the belief that WWE would be pulling their content from Netflix, in order to increase demand on their own service. However, it has now been revealed that Vince McMahon has no intentions of severing that business relationship, as Netflix has provided a stable source of revenue.
February 27, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rock
It has been a rather busy month for the Rock. First, he flies into New Olreans to give WWE a hand with Wrestlemania 30. Then, he heads over to England to finalize things with the Hercules movie. Rock also stopped in Dubai to do some promotional work. His next stop is Australia, where the former WWE champion will start shooting the San Andreas movie.
April 15, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While he is not quite a full time performer for the company, Rob Van Dam has opted to head to Europe with WWE for a tour in May. There will be an episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown taped in London during this stretch, so most of the performers in WWE will be on hand for the tour. Rumors have it that RVD will be sticking around for a couple of months like last time.
April 15, 2014
Rey Mysterio
Some potentially interest news coming out of WWE this week is that Rey Mysterio might have actually allowed his contract with the company to expire. The former world heavyweight champion hopped on a plane yesterday afternoon with his family to Hawaii for a little vacation. He was not on Monday Night Raw, and he is not expected at Smackdown.
April 15, 2014
CM Punk
While the widespread assumption is that CM Punk has been avoiding everyone in WWE since walking out on the company, it looks like he has been keeping up with Rey Mysterio. The masked superstar revealed on Instagram that the two of them still maintain communication. Mysterio also revealed that Punk sent him a custom made shirt this week.
April 15, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company was not exactly pleased with the amount of subscribers that have already signed up, Vince McMahon and company are offering another free trial for the WWE Network. Management wants to get a lot closer to the one million mark before the year ends, so that they can tout the project as a success. A replay of Wrestlemania 30 is being included with the free trial.
April 14, 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
Jeff Jarrett
An article about Jeff Jarrett was recently published in the Tennessean, and some interesting tidbits are in there for professional wrestling fans. It revealed that Jarrett is still the largest shareholder in TNA outside of Panda Energy, which was confirmed by the company. He will remain an owner, even though he is starting up a rival promotion called Global Force Wrestling.
April 14, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Earlier this month, Jeff Jarrett finally made the long awaited announcement of his new wrestling promotion, Global Force Wrestling. Another announcement was set for today, but the former world heavyweight champion had to delay things for another day. The reason being is because a major Hollywood publication needed more time for exclusivity.
April 14, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Now that Global Force Wrestling has been officially announced, skeptical fans have been questioning whether or not Jeff Jarrett has enough of a net worth to fund such an endeavor. While he is putting some of his own money into the project, the TNA founder is not alone in this venture. Aside from Toby Keith chipping in a large chunk, there are other investors being lined up as well.
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
Rock
After his cameo appearance at Wrestlemania 30, the Rock has headed back to England to put in more work into the Hercules film. While WWE fans were hoping that he would stick around and make a couple of more appearances, the former world heavyweight champion is not expected to make another return for the foreseeable future. WWE is still trying to convince him to come back in 2015.
April 14, 2014
Barry Windham
In a sign of how much the company is vested into the character, Bray Wyatt is not allowed to do any media interviews. The Hernando Times in Florida did a feature article on Mike Rotunda, Blackjack Mulligan, Barry Windham and the family. It was revealed that WWE would not grant Bray Wyatt permission to be involved in the piece, but Bo Dallas was allowed to give quotes.
April 14, 2014