CHARACTER NEWS
Bully Ray
Since her character has a broken back, Dixie Carter is selling that fact by staying away from Impact Wrestling. However, TNA fans will get to see her at least once more. Mikey Tenay and Carter will be doing an interview from her home soon. The move is designed to further the story line and generate more of a reaction for Bully Ray and the other faces.
August 15, 2014
Bray Wyatt
During a recent interview, Triple H revealed some interesting things about Bray Wyatt. He stated that WWE was on the verge of giving him a release a while back. HHH said he was able to convince management to let him work on a new character and test it out on WWE NXT. Things worked out rather well, and Wyatt was eventually promoted to the main roster.
August 7, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
WWE has announced that Dolph Ziggler will be challenging the Miz at Summerslam 2014 for the Intercontinental Championship. While his popularity remains pretty strong, this is not a push for Ziggler. Management simply needed a mid card baby face to put over Miz. A title change is not expected to take place, as the company wants to see how far this Hollywood character can go.
August 5, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
When Ricardo Rodriguez grew impatient with the company and asked for a release from his contract, WWE lost a guy who routinely did backstage interviews for the Spanish broadcast. Since the company has a tight budget nowadays, they decided to use Alberto Del Rio as a replacement instead of hiring someone new. Del Rio did mention Rodriguez in his first interview, but it was done in character.
August 4, 2014
Sheamus
There are some interesting rumors floating around right now that Sheamus could be cast to portray Darth Vader in the upcoming Star Wars movie. A publication in Ireland is even running with the story. It has been noted that Sheamus has portrayed the character before during promotional tours, which more than likely took place before he became a WWE star. Sheamus himself has mentioned the rumor on his Twitter account and even teased that it might be true.
July 30, 2014
Jerry Lawler
While he receives a bad rap from a lot of fans due to WWE giving him a heavyweight championship run a couple of years back, Miz is actually very much a student of the game. He has remained motivated despite not being given a push in a while. Miz has also been studying legendary actor Andy Kaufman, who will forever have a place in wrestling history thanks to his memorable story line with Jerry Lawler during the 1980s, so that he can improve his gimmick and character.
July 19, 2014
CM Punk
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
Bray Wyatt
It looks like the previous media ban has been completely lifted for Bray Wyatt. WWE is now having him do interviews across the country to promote their events. In the past, the company has forced him to avoid speaking publicly, in order to keep an air of mystery around his character. Management wanted to mold him to be similar to the Undertaker character at one point in time.
July 19, 2014
Santino Marella
During a recent interview, Santino Marella informed the media of something that wrestling observers were already aware of. His in ring career is winding down soon. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion did leave open the possibility of staying with the company as an on screen character or as a host of a WWE Network show. To his credit, Marella has also prepared for life after the ring by opening up a wrestling school.
July 2, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Rumors of CM Punk returning soon have heated up again this week, and Alberto Del Rio appears to be the culprit. During an interview, he was asked if the Straight Edge Superstar would be returning to WWE soon. For public relations reasons, Del Rio, who did much of the interview partially in character, stated that he believes that Punk will be back, but he also stated that he does not know when. This caused a lot of fans to believe that Punk would be back in WWE again.
June 27, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
In a subtle move, WWE has switched company ownership for their on screen characters. Stephanie McMahon is now being announced as "the principal owner" instead of "one of the principal owners". Rumors are floating around that the reason for this is because Vince McMahon wants to retire his character. He'll still make on screen appearances, though, but he will not be portraying the character when he does.
June 26, 2014
Bobby Lashley
After being given some time off of television, where his character was serving a story line suspension, Bobby Roode made his much anticipated return to Impact Wrestling this week. The former TNA champion came back to save Eric Young, who had just lost the world title, from an attack by MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley. Roode received a warm reception from the audience.
June 19, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Despite creating a buzz online with fans, Cody Rhodes had his Stardust character omitted by WWE during the company's broadcast of Monday Night Raw on Hulu. Every week, management decides which segments are important enough to include on that version of their television show. Rumors have it that WWE does not deem Rhodes and Goldust as a high priority at the moment.
June 17, 2014
Seth Rollins
When WWE abruptly had Seth Rollins turning on the Shield, they had to quickly put together things for his new character. The company came up with a new entrance theme song for him to use since it would not make sense for him to use the old one. Apparently, the song was not well received by management, so a new one has already been ordered for Rollins.
June 15, 2014
Theodore Long
There was a surprising amount of fans who have been wanting to see Theodore Long return as an on screen character, but that will not be happening. WWE gave the former general manager his release today. Long has rarely been used over the last year, and it was not clear if he actually had another role backstage.
June 12, 2014
Alicia Fox
There are rumors floating around that Paige simply is not a priority in WWE at the moment. Aside from management not giving her much of a story to work with and very little character development, the company also opted to remove her match against Alicia Fox this week from the Hulu version of Monday Night Raw. WWE does not deem it to be important enough to make the cut.
June 11, 2014
Randy Orton
The story on Monday Night Raw this week was that Randy Orton was on vacation and not at the show. The reason for that is to generate more heel heat for him from WWE fans. His character gets a shot at the world title from Triple H without having to win a qualifying match like the other performers are doing. No word yet on whether or not Orton was actually given the night off, though.
June 10, 2014
Batista
While his character quit WWE on Monday Night Raw this week, Batista is still very much working with the company. The former world heavyweight champion will still be making an appearance at a WWE NXT event later on this month. Afterwards, he is expected to take off for a couple of months to do promote Guardians of the Galaxy and film another movie.
June 4, 2014
Adam Rose
If you routinely watch Monday Night Raw, then you already know that Adam Rose has a bunny in his entourage. Rumors are floating around that the person portraying that character is actually Zack Ryder. However, the long time WWE star is denying it and has been doing so for the last several weeks. Dolph Ziggler recently flamed the fans of those rumors by telling fans on Twitter that it is Ryder.
May 21, 2014
Batista
In a sign that WWE wants his character to hit the mainstream, Bray Wyatt has been booked for Comic Con event in Chicago in August. Previously, management had instructed Wyatt to avoid doing any media appearances and interviews to preserve his character. Now, they're having him work a huge public event with John Cena, Batista, Paige and Bruno Sammartino.
May 20, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE officials were not too pleased with the performance that Alexander Rusev put on at Summerslam 2014 in his flag match against Jack Swagger. His selling of an ankle injury was sub par, and the manner in which he sold it was not very fitting of his character. WWE really wants him in the main event scene, so they're paying much more attention to his matches than usual.
August 21, 2014
Dean Ambrose
Expect to hear plenty of comparisons between Dean Ambrose and Steve Austin over the next couple of months. WWE is having the former Shield member take elements of the Austin character in an attempt to win over even more fans. While it was not shown on Monday Night Raw, the company is doing a story where Ambrose refused medical attention after being severely injured by Kane and Seth Rollins.
August 21, 2014
Kane
After 17 years of portraying the character, Kane might be receiving a new gimmick soon. Rumors have been floating around that he might be bringing the Jacob Goodnight character from the See No Evil movie series to WWE television. The belief is that management wanted to make it easier to promote the film. Some feel that the story line started when Kane handed over his mask to Stephanie McMahon on the last episode of Monday Night Raw.
August 7, 2014
Dean Ambrose
While he might not be as hyped as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose is actually moving up quite a bit in the eyes of management. In addition to doing a good job at portraying his character and working solid matches in the ring, Ambrose has caught the attention of management by becoming a media darling. His ability to make WWE look good to the public has put him in the good graces of high ranking officials.
August 5, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While the company would probably never admit it, there are those that believe that WWE is simply setting up Alexander Rusev for a potential feud with Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medalist has openly talked about leaving TNA and returning to WWE for quite some time now. His patriotic gimmick would be a perfect foil for the evil pro Russian character.
August 3, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Rumors are floating around that WWE is going to be bringing in another member of the Wyatt Family to help Bray Wyatt regain some of the momentum that he has lost over the last couple of weeks. Word has it that the story line will consists of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper both being banned from ringside at Summerslam 2014. The new character would make their debut that night.
August 3, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Even though the move was done at the last minute, the baby face turn for Jack Swagger has turned out a lot better than WWE had expected. Officials backstage are impressed with the audience reaction to the now patriotic character. A lot of that has to do with the heat that Lana and Alexander Rusev have generated. However, management will more than likely give a push to Swagger to see if the momentum can carry on.
August 1, 2014
Cameron
It looks like WWE will be utilizing the relationship between Cameron and her boyfriend a bit more during the next season of Total Divas. The belief is that something drastic will happen, where the couple will either break up or do a wedding. The heel turn and split from Naomi Knight was designed to put more attention into her character on the reality television show next season.
July 28, 2014
Kaitlyn
"I don't think I will ever wrestle again, but if I do, it would be for WWE. I just feel like that's my place. It's where I developed my wrestling abilities and character and that's where I would stay if I was to wrestle again. The good thing about when I left is that I left on very good terms with the WWE. It left the door open for me if I ever wanted to come back. It's not completely out of the question to ever return, whether it's for a short-term or longer. Maybe there will be a point down the line that I miss wrestling bad enough that I'll want to come back. As for now though, I'm just focusing on my company and my marriage and haven't gotten that itch to wrestle." - Kaitlyn discusses her future in professional wrestling
July 17, 2014
Adam Rose
Rumors about former TNA Knockout Rosita joining WWE have been floating around for quite some time now. Well, things are heating up again. In addition to being utilized as an on screen character within the Adam Rose party posse, Rosita is also said to be one of the top candidates to compete in the upcoming season of Tough Enough, which has been delayed due to budgeting issues.
July 16, 2014
Sheamus
Earlier in the year, WWE had plans on doing a heel turn for Sheamus, in order to bring a little more life back into his stale character. The company even attempted the move on television, but it was botched and the majority of fans did not realize that it had taken place. Rumors going around now is that WWE has completely scrapped the idea. Sheamus will continue to work as a baby face US champion until they can decide on something for him to do.
July 6, 2014
AJ Lee
With AJ Lee finally making her return to WWE, the competition in the divas division just got a bit tougher. Someone is going to be losing television time. Naomi Knight and Cameron appear to be safe, as they have a heel turn story line in progress. Summer Rae and Layla El appear to have their weekly television spots secured for the time being. Paige is going to be working a program against AJ, so she should be fine. The belief is that Alicia Fox will be the one demoted, even though her character was gaining a little bit of momentum over the last couple of weeks.
July 5, 2014
Adam Rose
According to backstage rumors, Adam Rose is clinging on by a thread since key members of WWE management, including Vince McMahon and producer Kevin Dunn, are not big fans of his character. Things might have gotten worse since his match at Money in the Bank 2014 against Damien Sandow was basically ignored by the live audience. Rose could be demoted from television very soon.
July 5, 2014
Tommy Dreamer
Those of you that watch Impact Wrestling on a regular basis already know that Tommy Dreamer has returned as a character. However, do not expect to see him sticking around on TNA television for too long. His character is expected to be written off very soon. Dreamer, however, will continue to work for the company as a front office official.
July 3, 2014
Dixie Carter
In the very near future, Dixie Carter will be leaving TNA. It's not what you think, however. Her character is being written off of television. Carter feels that the time has come to move on and focus solely on her work behind the scenes. She was hesitant to take on the role in the first place, but many within TNA felt that she could generate a lot of heat from the blind hatred that she has from her critics.
July 2, 2014
Cody Rhodes
In a match that was slightly held in higher regards than a filler match, Goldust and Cody Rhodes, who worked under his Stardust gimmick again, defeated Curtis Axel, who was sporting a ridiculous looking singlet, and Ryback. The match was designed to highlight the Stardust character. Since there was a little bit of action after the match, there is a chance that WWE could be continuing this feud.
June 29, 2014
Cody Rhodes
"It actually came from a joke. Cody Rhodes likes to tell a story that when he was a little kid he used to watch me wrestle. I'm slightly older than Cody, we're talking three years or something like that, but in his head I'm a really old man. I once walked into the locker room and he was telling the entire locker room that when he was a kid he was watching me wrestling as this character he made up named 'Bad News Barrett' who goes around giving out bad news to people. So we all laughed about it and forgot about it. Then I was invited on the JBL and Cole show and they said they wanted to use me on the show and asked if I had any ideas of what to do. So I said you know what, let's just do Bad News Barrett. I'll just turn up and give people bad news and then disappear. I got a really good response online and fans were loving the catch phrase 'I'm afraid I've got some bad news' and Vince McMahon saw it and thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Next thing you know I'm on TV doing it." - Wade Barrett explaining how his new gimmick in WWE came ot be
June 16, 2014
Tyson Kidd
Even though the mask has been designed and ordered, it looks like Tyson Kidd might not be doing that gimmick after all. Some were pushing for him to receive a new character and push on the main roster because of his long tenure with WWE. However, others are against the idea and want him to remain in WWE NXT to work with the developmental wrestlers.
June 12, 2014
Paige
While a lot of fans are high on the newcomer, Vince McMahon is said to not be a fan of Paige, even though she currently wears his WWE Divas Championship. Rumors have it that she has not been given much of a story line to work with because McMahon is not backing her. It is probably the reason why the creative department has done little character development for her.
June 12, 2014
John Cena
While there are talks of shotgunning him into a big time program with John Cena, it appears that there are some backstage in WWE that are pushing upper management to ease the gas pedal a bit on the Rusev push. Rumors are floating around that the company could utilize Mark Henry as his next opponent, as his status as a former world champion could help add credibility to the Bulgarian character. A match between the two is reportedly penciled in for Money in the Bank 2014.
June 8, 2014
Justin Gabriel
Through Instagram, Justin Gabriel stated that is not going to be doing the ice bucket challenge. The WWE star revealed that he takes cold showers every day. He also stated that he would much rather see people donating the full amount instead of doing the challenge in order to donate a smaller amount. To his credit, Gabriel has already donated to the cause.
August 21, 2014
ODB
It looks like TNA and ODB have parted ways. The former Knockouts champion has just been moved from the official roster to the alumni section. She has not been very active with the company over the last couple of months. ODB has also been working as a bartender. The belief is that the split was amicable, and she could be utilized at various live events if needed.
August 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
As the company continues their negotiations with Spike TV, TNA has signed a new television contract with SuperSport in Africa. The deal is for five years, which means that Dixie Carter and company will maintain a strong presence overseas, even if they are unable to secure another deal with Spike. Many in the industry are under the impression that Impact Wrestling will remain on television in the United States somehow.
August 21, 2014
Big Show
Since he wants another run in the main event, Big Show has been working out pretty hard and watching what he eats. The former world heavyweight champion has been telling people in WWE that he is at his lightest weight since joining the company. Show is under contract for another four years, so it is definitely possible for him to convince management to give him another run.
August 21, 2014
Rey Mysterio
There were some talks backstage in WWE of bringing in Rey Mysterio to help do promotions for Summerslam 2014. He lives three hours away in San Diego and is especially popular in southern California. However, that never happened. The shows how bad the relationship is between the two sides, as Mysterio reportedly wants to be free of his contract with the company.
August 21, 2014
Christy Hemme
In a bit of news that is sure to disappoint the millions of guys that were lusting after her, Christy Hemme has revealed that she is pregnant with her first child. The TNA Knockout is five months into the pregnancy. Christy should be giving birth by the end of the year or the beginning of next year. She also revealed that she and her husband have had baby names picked out since they initially met.
August 21, 2014
Hulk Hogan
The relationship between Hulk Hogan and WWE has been further extended, as the former world heavyweight champion is now going to be involved in a movie for the company. WWE Studios is producing Celebrity Death Pool, featuring Ken Jeong from the Hangover series and David Hasselhoff. Hogan has a small role in the movie, but the company is expected to promote him heavily to draw in their fan base.
August 21, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Hulk Hogan has a knack for drawing attention. That's why he has made millions of dollars in his career. The former world heavyweight champion has pulled TMZ in and brought extra attention to WWE this week by exaggerating his supposed real life feud with Brock Lesnar. Hogan is pretending to have backstage heat with Lesnar because the former UFC champion called him "grandpa".
August 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
After reading the latest announcement from Dixie Carter, it appears that the deal between Impact Wrestling and Spike has been extended until at least a couple of months. The TNA president stated that her weekly show will be on Wednesday until the end of the year. The contract was initially said to be ending in the fall. Carter also noted that negotiations are still ongoing between the two sides.
August 20, 2014
Brock Lesnar
With Night of Champions 2014 being a crucial pay per view in terms of drawing in WWE Network subscribers, management is going to be stacking the deck a bit. They knew that they needed their two biggest draws in the main event. That's why it has now been officially announced that John Cena has activated his rematch clause against Brock Lesnar, and the two will tangle again for the world heavyweight championship.
August 20, 2014
Kurt Angle
During a recent interview, Kurt Angle revealed that he only has another month left on his contract with TNA. He actually stated September 21 as being the final day of the deal. As usual, Angle left open the possibility of making a return to WWE, while not ruling out an extension with TNA. The former world heavyweight champion stated that no matter where he signs his last deal, it will have to be a part time schedule.
August 20, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While a lawsuit against WWE is still being pondered, Alberto Del Rio revealed that several employees, including wrestlers, were witnesses to the backstage incident that took place between he and Cody Barbierri. Of particular note, Del Rio pointed out that Jack Swagger was one of the wrestlers that saw the entire thing unfold. If a lawsuit takes place, then there is a chance that Swagger could be questioned.
August 18, 2014
Rey Mysterio
When TripleMania ended, fans in attendance were treated to a video of Rey Mysterio. The masked legend informed the audience that he would be back in AAA very soon. Unfortunately, though, part of that video was accidentally aired to people who purchased the pay per view. Since that happened, there is now a chance that WWE could pursue legal actions against the promotion.
August 18, 2014
MVP
In order to show support, MVP took his own time and money to travel to Ferguson to be part of the protest. While the TNA star was pleased by the show of solidarity in the community, he did note that there were a few people there who were making the situations worse. MVP was more than likely referring to the looters who were taking advantage of the situation.
August 18, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Last night, Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to work a match at TripleMania, which is the biggest pay per view by AAA. Unfortunately, though, he was not able to make it. Jarrett had some travel issues due to some bad weather in Texas. There is said to be no backstage heat towards the former world heavyweight champion because he did make the effort to try to get to Mexico for the show.
August 18, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
During an interview with Primera Noticias, Alberto Del Rio revealed some details about his release from WWE. He stated that while Vince McMahon did admonish him, he was also told to go back to work. Del Rio found out the following day that he was then given a suspension. Shortly afterwards, Triple H called and told him that he was being fired instead of just suspended.
August 18, 2014
Konnan
As many are already aware, Konnan has been having issues with his hips over the last couple of years. It's the reason why he has been forced to stay away from the ring. The former WCW star revealed that he wants one final match after his next surgery. Since he is involved with AAA, the belief is that his match will be held for that promotion. No word yet on who he wants as his final opponent.
August 18, 2014
Vince McMahon
Over the last couple of years, Summerslam has grown to become a tradition in Los Angeles. Last night, however, WWE announced that the tradition is going to be broken. Summerslam 2015 will be held in the New York area. No official word yet on why Vince McMahon called for the change. The venue has not been announced yet, but rumors are floating around that McMahon wanted something more than the Staples Center.
August 18, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
As expected, WWE has instructed their performers to remain silent if they are asked about the backstage incident that led to the release of Alberto Del Rio. When asked by the media, Sheamus explicitly stated that he knew nothing of the situation, even though most everyone in the company is aware of what happened. Management does not want to run the risk of starting a legal battle with Del Rio.
August 17, 2014
Shelton Benjamin
Another speed bump has presented itself in the career of Shelton Benjamin. The former Intercontinental Champion has suffered a serious knee injury while working in Japan. He is expected to miss a couple of months of action because of the surgery. Benjamin was sidelined earlier in the year when he had surgery on his elbow, but he recovered much quicker than expected from that injury.
August 17, 2014