CHARACTER
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
Eric Young
Since he is now the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Eric Young is being given a bit of a gimmick change, as management wants to move him further away from the comedic character that he has portraying over the years. TNA wants fans to believe that Young is a credible champion. His Monster's Ball match against Abyss on Impact Wrestling was to aid that.
April 19, 2014
Rockstar Spud
Over the last several weeks, TNA officials have been busy, trying to secure long term deals on as many of their performers as they possibly can. One of the guys that has signed a multiple year deal this week is Rockstar Spud, who has been impressing everyone backstage with how well he has committed to his character. Spud is expected to be utilized in the ring more often in the near future.
April 18, 2014
Fandango
Even though her character was dumped by Fandango in the story line, do not expect a face turn for Summer Rae. The blonde diva will be working as a heel when she returns to WWE after filming her parts in the upcoming Marine sequel. Summer will also be utilized more as a wrestler this time around as opposed to being a side character.
April 17, 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
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
Bret Hart
A video tribute for the Undertaker using his action figure. WWE features his character destroying the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, John Cena and others.
April 14, 2014
Sin Cara
While he has been protesting through social media and threatening legal actions, the original Sin Cara has not actually gone after WWE yet. The belief is that he is just issuing empty threats, as the performer has now gone back to his Mistico name and character in Mexico. It appears that WWE might actually hold the rights to the Sin Cara name after all.
April 13, 2014
Sting
Rumors are heating up that Sting and WWE have finally agreed upon a contract. Negotiations between the two sides have been ongoing for the better part of the past decade. No word yet on what type of role Sting will have with WWE, but there are talks that he will be a television character. A match at Wrestlemania 31 is still a possibility.
April 10, 2014
Dixie Carter
The big draw on Impact Wrestling this week is the return of Dixie Carter to television. TNA has been working a story line where she has been in hiding since losing control of the company to MVP at TNA Lockdown 2014. No official word has been given on what her character will do on Impact Wrestling, but the belief is that Carter will be going after MVP again.
April 10, 2014
Kane
Many were wondering how WWE was going to handle the Paul Bearer induction speech since he is no longer alive. Management opted to use multiple people instead. First, Kane gave an entertaining speech about his former manager. Then, the two sons of Paul Bearer gave a very brief speech before Undertaker came out in character and did a quick pose.
April 5, 2014
Godfather
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Godfather was staying at the same hotel that WWE stars were staying at in New Orleans. Well, the rumor floating around is that he was brought in my company officials and might be utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Some are even saying that the Papa Shango character might be involved in a segment since voodoo is a part of the Louisiana culture.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
As management is still trying to finalize the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal, there were rumors backstage that Ricardo Rodriguez was a candidate to work the match at Wrestlemania 30. However, it appears that WWE has moved away from that. Not only is Rodriguez being utilized as a commentator instead, the company also added Brad Maddox, an on screen character, to the match.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
In a move that was not expected whatsoever, Brad Maddox announced on the Monday Night Raw kickoff show that he will be wrestling at Wrestlemania 30. The on screen character, who was actually trained as an in ring performer, will be one of the contestants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal on the pay per view.
March 31, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A lot of fans noticed something peculiar this week when the latest hall of fame induction at Wrestlemania 30 was announced by WWE on Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon opted to inducted Razor Ramon, as he has always been especially proud of creating the character. He will be inducting Scott Hall later down the line, perhaps with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan as the nWo.
March 27, 2014
Sin Cara
While there is a potential big legal battle in the works, Sin Cara revealed on Twitter that he will be using the Mistico name and character again in Mexico. There has been some dispute as to who owns the Sin Cara trademark. The performer believes that it belongs to him, while WWE is the one that holds all the paperwork.
March 26, 2014
Hunico
The odd saga between Sin Cara and WWE continued this week, as the masked performer was upset with Hunico portraying his character with Scooby Doo on Monday Night Raw. He even went as far as to send messages to Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H via Twitter to vent his frustrations, but he wisely deleted the messages shortly afterwards.
March 25, 2014
Rock
Since he is one of the most known actors in the entire world right now, the Rock has been heavily sought by Hollywood studios for roles. Both DC and Marvel have expressed interest in the former WWE star playing a superhero in one of their upcoming films. Rock recently revealed that he has agreed to a character with DC Comics, but he is not giving any further details just yet.
March 25, 2014
Balls Mahoney
Prior to making a name for himself in ECW, Balls Mahoney had a very brief stint in WWE as a character named Xanta Klaus, who was supposed to be the younger brother of Santa Clause that lived in the South Pole and stole Christmas presents. He was introduced by Ted DiBiase at an In Your House event in 1995 as a foil for Savio Vega.
March 24, 2014
Corey Graves
Through Twitter, Corey Graves posted this message, where he mocks Total Divas. He joked that the performers are sharing their secrets with a national audience and expecting people not to know. This is keeping in line with his social media character, as the WWE developmental wrestler has also mocked the Shield and the company itself.
March 24, 2014
John Cena
In order to promote the movie, WWE will be having Scooby Doo on Monday Night Raw this week. It will not be the cartoon version, however. The company is opting to bring a real life costumed version of the character, and there is a very good chance that he could be involved with a segment. John Cena is a good candidate to be involved in that scene.
March 23, 2014
Christy Hemme
Now that he has become quite a compelling character, thanks in part to Christy Hemme and Mr Anderson, let's take a look back at the Impact Wrestling debut for the new Sam Shaw character, where he was successfully able to beat Norv Fernum.
March 23, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
Since WWE has filed trademark paperwork on his name, Ric Flair is expected to be utilized as an on screen character soon. While nothing has been confirmed at this time, there are talks backstage of the former WCW champion being a manager again. There are rumors that he could be paired up with Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder, if management opts to make that stable happen.
March 22, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
When WWE announced their new Slam City cartoon, the characters announced were John Cena, Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton. The company is expected to expand that with more performers. Stephanie McMahon recently revealed that the Rock will become a character soon.
March 21, 2014
Triple H
Some interesting salary details were released about WWE today, and it has now been revealed that Triple H is collecting two checks from the company. He receives $550000 a year for being the executive vice president of talent and live events. HHH also receives $1 million a year to be a wrestler and on screen character as well.
March 20, 2014
CM Punk
While the backstage heat between the two sides could subside still, the belief right now is that CM Punk will not be included in the WWE 2K15 video game that is coming out this fall. Management has started taken the painstaking steps to remove the former world heavyweight champion from a variety of projects, and the belief is that he will not be a playable character.
March 20, 2014
CM Punk
Since the company has started to believe that he will not be returning anytime soon, WWE has started taking steps to remove CM Punk from existence. The script for the upcoming Flintstones movie is being redone, so that his character can be removed. Management wanted to remove him from Slam City, but the project is too far along to do so.
March 19, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
At one point in time, Vince McMahon considered Antonio Cesaro to be a boring performer and character. Chris Jericho confirmed that during his podcast interview with Rob Van Dam. There are some merits to the rumors, as people backstage have been heavily praising Cesaro for quite some time now, but his big push in WWE has yet to really take place.
March 18, 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
Rock
Late last year, it was revealed that the Rock had been cast as the lead of a movie called San Andreas, a disaster movie about an earthquake destroying California. It has now been revealed that Carla Gugino will be portraying the lead female character. The two of them worked together in Race to Witch Mountain back in 2009.
March 14, 2014
Hunico
While there is a legal storm brewing between the two sides, there is now a chance that WWE might not be willing to fight with Sin Cara over the use of the name, as the value of the character has dropped tremendously over the last couple of weeks. When merchandise sales remained strong, management utilized Hunico in the role to help keep that going. The numbers have since dropped.
March 14, 2014
Paul Bearer
While a lot of people are hoping that management changes their minds and allows it to happen because it makes the most sense, the Undertaker right now is not a candidate to induct Paul Bearer into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30. Vince McMahon and company want to maintain his character while he is still an active in ring performer.
March 12, 2014
Emma
While her character and routine have not exactly caught fire with the audience yet, WWE is said to be dedicated to giving Emma a legitimate chance at becoming a star in the divas division. Management is expected to continue giving her television time on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown for the time being.
March 10, 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
Daniel Bryan
To further promote their feud and potential match at Wrestlemania 30, WWE posted this video interview of Triple H on YouTube. In it, the WWE COO was asked if he was afraid of Daniel Bryan since his character has been avoiding the match on Monday Night Raw these past two weeks.
March 7, 2014
Sin Cara
Despite being sent legal threats from the company, it appears that Sin Cara has opted to be defiant towards WWE. The masked wrestler recently won a championship down in Mexico while using the name and character, both of which he claims ownership to. New merchandise has been made despite the possibility of a lawsuit coming.
March 5, 2014
Kane
Since the company wants to protect the Undertaker character, the belief right now within WWE is that the top candidate to induct Paul Bearer into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30 is Kane. With the way Mick Foley has been bashing the product over the last couple of months, it appears that there are a few people in management who are voting against him doing the induction speech.
March 4, 2014
Brock Lesnar
While there were some people within the company that were opposed to squashing Mark Henry again, the decision was made to have him confront Brock Lesnar since Undertaker was not there. WWE initially had a spot at Wrestlemania 30 penciled in for Henry, but since those have been dropped, management felt that his character could afford to take another beating.
March 4, 2014
Tensai
Since he has been making the transition from in ring performer to commentator, Tensai has been contemplating a name change, as his current moniker does not suit his new position with WWE NXT. During the television taping this week, he was introduced as Jason Alberts, which might be a play on his former character name of Prince Albert.
March 2, 2014
Sin Cara
Fans at a AAA show in Mexico this week were a bit surprised when Sin Cara showed up as a different character, and it has now been revealed by the masked performer himself that it was due to legal threats from WWE. AAA wanted nothing to do with that, so they asked him to change things up for the night. Sin Cara stated that his lawyers will be fighting back.
February 25, 2014
Ivan Koloff
As was the case with most other performers who portrayed a heel foreigner during the era, Ivan Koloff was not a Russian. He was actually born in Canada, and his real name is Oreal Perras. Prior to becoming a well known heel in the industry, Koloff portrayed yet another ethnicity. He was once known as Red McNulty, whose character was Irish.
February 25, 2014
Curt Hawkins
Two seldom used WWE stars got a chance to hang out over the weekend, as Curt Hawkins and Tyson Kidd, who has been regulated to being a side character on Total Divas, were spotted in the audience at an independent wrestling show in New Jersey. The event was promoted by Pro Wrestling Syndicate, and it was a sold out crowd.
February 25, 2014
Damien Sandow
"I think your actual language, in my opinion, is what's wrong with a lot of the Superstars. I don't mean that as a shot at you… let me explain myself... their frustrations and, I hate this term, but 'push.' What is a push? Every time you get a chance on television, that is a chance to win fans. That is a chance to create good content. A lot of the guys… 'I'm not working in the main event.' If they have a problem with that, you get yourself in the main event. If you're not, you make sure your match is the best match of the night. You can only go forward. I never saw me losing my briefcase to John Cena as a bad thing, it was a chance for my character to evolve. And evolve I did! I think, looking back at my career, when it's all said and done, that night will go down as one of the most pivotal nights in my career." - Damien Sandow discusses his push being stopped
February 23, 2014
Paul Bearer
There are talks that Paul Bearer will be announced as the latest inductee into the WWE hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30 on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. There are also talks that Undertaker will be the one inducting him, even though management has avoided having him at the ceremony in order to maintain his character.
February 22, 2014
Jeff Hardy
As many fans already know, Jeff Hardy is returning to Impact Wrestling soon as Willow the Wisp, a character that he created before he became an internationally known star in the business. The first video was released by TNA last week, and now we have this second one to further tease the audience.
February 22, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Some further tweaks are being made to the Alexander Rusev character before he makes his big splash in WWE, as management has decided to switch up his finishing move. He had been using the camel clutch, which has been utilized by heel foreigners for years now, but will now be switching to the side slam when he returns to television.
February 21, 2014
Sheamus
There are some talks within WWE of turning Sheamus into a heel again, as management feels that it might be something that can give his character a slight boost. He has not exactly made a huge splash since he returned, despite being given ample television and pay per view time.
February 20, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
John Cena has been using his backstage powers as of late to get WWE to create new stars. He has told management that he is tired of working with the same performers over and over again. The former heavyweight champion feels that guys like Antonio Cesaro, Roman Reigns, Big E Langston and others could provide his character with some freshness.
February 17, 2014
Sgt Slaughter
While some are under the impression that he is simply portraying a character, Sgt Slaughter was once actually in the military, more precisely the Marine Corps. He even achieved the rank of Sargent during his tenure. That was how wrestling promoters came up with his gimmick and character.
February 15, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
In a show of resilient he is, Yoshi Tatsu refuses to give up on his dreams of being on the main roster with WWE again. He has been spending extra time with Nick Dinsmore, one of the lead trainers for the company, at the WWE Performance Center, working on his stamina and gaining some pointers on how to present his character on television.
February 15, 2014