MEDIA
Jake Roberts
In a sign of just how popular and mainstream Jake Roberts was during the 1980s, several media outlets provided coverage of the WWE legend being sent to the hospital this week. TMZ does a good job of covering wrestling, so they were on the ball with the Roberts story. Huffington Post and USA Today, which does not feature much about the industry, even covered the story.
August 29, 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
Austin Aries
Back in July, Austin Aries decided to go silent on Twitter because he was protesting the decision by TNA to allow fans to vote on the return of the six sided ring. For those that are wondering, the X Division Champion has already came back to the social media website. He has been posting regularly. Aries is even promoting Impact Wrestling on there, so it looks like he's back on good terms with the company.
August 16, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
With so many people praising the yoga system that Diamond Dallas Page created, it's pretty easy to find compliments and feel good stories on social media sites. The latest person to give him praise is Jesse Sorensen, the former TNA star who seriously injured his neck during a match. Sorensen stated that the DDP system helped him get his neck back in order.
August 16, 2014
Roman Reigns
One of the things that will help Roman Reigns in his quest to win the WWE title is the fact that he has a good amount of sex appeal. It was one of the first things that Triple H noticed when he met Reigns. The company keeps track of what fans are saying through social media, and they're easily able to see that a lot of female fans are attracted to his looks. That might help draw in the female demographics.
August 16, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
It looks like Alberto Del Rio will not be joining TNA or Global Force Wrestling after all. During a media appearance, the former world heavyweight champion revealed that he cannot wrestle in the United States for approximately a year. The belief is that he breached his contract with WWE when the backstage incident took place. That reportedly enables the company to ban him from working for another wrestling promotion.
August 16, 2014
David Otunga
When Jennifer Hudson told the media that she was not pleased with idea of David Otunga leaving the family for extended periods of time by returning to a full time schedule with WWE, many were under the belief that it was just for public relations. However, there are those that believe that it might be a legitimate thing, as Otunga has yet to hit the road again. WWE is said to be interested in a return.
August 13, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
When reports initially surfaced that Alberto Del Rio was given a release from WWE, a lot of fans sided with the company. When word got out that it involved something potential racist, people started to switch sides. Del Rio has been picking up a lot of support on social media websites. It has even gotten to the point where the former world heavyweight champion became a Twitter trend on Saturday evening.
August 9, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
With his professional wrestling career seemingly behind him, Chavo Guerrero has stepped into the world of comic books. The former tag team champion will be featured as a superhero in his own series. The story will be loosely based on his family. Guerrero has managed to pick up a bit of media attention for the project, as it is aimed to help show Latinos in a more positive light.
August 9, 2014
Dixie Carter
"Every two years I go through this. This is just the first public negotiation I've ever had. I think social media has really changed this kind of thing. I'm used to every two years negotiating with Spike and negotiating with other networks. This time is absolutely not any different. We're still talking with them, but there are other people, thank God, that are interested in our product. I want to grow this brand; I want to grow it domestically. I want us to be able to start having the kind of success domestically that we're having internationally. I'm not going to stop and none of us are going to stop until we get there. I'm real excited to see and I think we'll know sooner than later what's going to happen." - Dixie Carter addresses the situation on what TNA is doing with Impact Wrestling
August 7, 2014
Vince McMahon
There are rumors floating around right now that WWE is moving Smackdown back to Thursday nights. The speculations arose when fans spotted a production truck stating that the show is aired on Thursday night. A picture has even surfaced on social media. There has been no official word from Vince McMahon or WWE, so there are those that believe that it might have simply been a typo.
August 6, 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
MVP
With a lot of fans going on social media and proclaiming the death of his company, MVP has become quite vocal in defense of TNA. The former United States Heavyweight Champion has been telling people that the company will continue to churn through. He is under the belief that a new television deal will be worked out before the end of the year.
August 1, 2014
Christopher Daniels
Fans in attendance at the Comic Con event in San Diego this week have a chance to meet Christopher Daniels. The former TNA star has a booth there to promote his comic book. Daniels was paid a visit by Daniel Bryan, who was sent to the show by WWE to help promote the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The two of them had a nice talk and posed for a social media picture together.
July 25, 2014
Jim Ross
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few months now, Jim Ross was actually under contract to WWE. Until today, that is. The legendary commentator revealed to fans through social media that his contract officially came to an end this week. While Ross has stated before that he would love to be the lead commentator for Monday Night Raw again, it does not appear that Vince McMahon is interested in that.
July 23, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has decided to drop the story line involving Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, Alexander Rusev and Lana. The belief is that the company changed their minds after seeing the backlash from the media and the fans over the controversial promo that Lana cut at the pay per view. WWE did not let her do much talking on Monday Night Raw this week.
July 22, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Vince McMahon decided to take a huge gamble at WWE Battleground 2014 when he had Lana and Alexander Rusev cutting a promo that hinted about the recent airplane disaster in the Ukraine. That received plenty of backlash from the media and from fans on social media websites. It got to the point where WWE even released a official statement with a veiled jab at those who are complaining.
July 21, 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
Hulk Hogan
To get an idea of why WWE pays Hulk Hogan so much money even though he can no longer be an in ring performer, simply look at how he was treated during the recent tour of Japan. Media and fans in that country treated the Hogan return as a much bigger thing that the actual WWE live events. Hogan's involvement alone helped to generate better numbers for WWE in Japan than they have been receiving over the last couple of years.
July 17, 2014
Batista
For whatever reasons, Mick Foley took to social media this week to defend Batista, stating that it was unfair for fans to have this much hate towards him and his WWE return. Foley mentioned that Batista was at the wrong place at the wrong time because fans were so desperate to see Daniel Bryan being given a proper push. He also feels that not enough people are happy for Batista being featured in a big movie this summer.
July 14, 2014
Hulk Hogan
With the company in Japan for a tour, WWE stars were in for a bit of a rude awakening this weekend. A 6.8 earthquake struck the island country. Several of the stars made note of the incident through their social media website. Hulk Hogan revealed that his bed had moved around the hotel room. Fortunately, though, this particular earthquake did not produce devastating tsunamis like the last one.
July 12, 2014
David Otunga
About a month ago, it was reported that David Otunga was on his way back to WWE. He revealed those plans to the media, but those plans have yet to surface. It is being said that management simply has not come up with a story for him to make his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some are speculating that he could be a mystery entrant into the upcoming Intercontinental Championship battle royal at WWE Battleground 2014.
July 8, 2014
Samoa Joe
Some rumors are floating around this weekend that WWE is trying to sign Samoa Joe. The source of the speculations is said to be due to the fact that Triple H briefly followed Joe on Twitter. Sources are saying that Joe followed HHH back on the social media site, which means that they had the option for two way communications for a period of time this weekend. WWE has long avoided the signing of Joe, so this would be quite an interesting move if true.
July 6, 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
CM Punk
When he decided to walk away from WWE, CM Punk went on a bit of a social media sabbatical. He recently started posting updates on Twitter again, but it's mostly been about hockey. His first wrestling related tweet was made this week when the former world heavyweight champion posted a little joke about a movie to his good friend Paul Heyman, who responded with a joke of his own.
June 29, 2014
Jillian Hall
Through social media, Jillian Hall revealed to her fans that she is back to working on an autobiography. There is some skepticism as to how well the book will sell, as her name value drops the longer she has been away from WWE. It has been nearly four years since her release from the company. It also does not appear to be much interest from TNA in signing her, either. That will make it much more difficult for her to move the books.
June 29, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Next month, WWE is heading over to Japan for a quick tour, and local media has been announcing that the company will hold a press conference to reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi to a contract. WWE has been wanting to increase their presence in the country, and they can greatly improve their chances of doing that by bringing on board one of the more known performers in Japan.
June 28, 2014
Austin Aries
Since he was rather upset that TNA was allowing fans to choose the type of ring that the performers had to work in, Austin Aries aired his frustrations through Twitter. Now that the six sided ring has been officially brought back, Aries has decided to leave the social media site for the time being. The move is being done out of protest, but there's a good chance that the former TNA champion will be tweeting again some day.
June 25, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
Since the two of them have just completed filming for the upcoming season of Amazing Race, there is a very good chance that Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E, who are boyfriend and girlfriend in real life, will be returning to TNA in time to work the upcoming shows in New York City. The company can tout that the two of them are reality television stars, which might get a mention or two from the mainstream media.
June 24, 2014
Bobby Lashley
A big reason why Bobby Lashley was given the TNA World Heavyweight Championship this week is because he is viewed as a marketing asset. The company immediately sent out a press release to inform them that Lashley had become the new champion. TNA is touting his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete, military personnel, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling to the media.
June 20, 2014
Daniel Bryan
There's some potentially bad news if you're a big fan of Daniel Bryan, as rumors are now surfacing that he might not be healthy enough to make a return at Summerslam 2014 as previously predicted. WWE wants to be very careful with his situation, as something negative could trigger a big storm with the mainstream media. Bryan is featured heavily on Total Divas and is one of the more known stars now in the industry.
June 19, 2014
Paige
Rumors leaked recently about Vince McMahon not being a big fan of Paige, which would explain why the creative department has not given her much to work with since she captured the WWE Divas Championship. That riled up her mother, who happens to be a professional wrestler in England. She replied on social media by denying the rumors and mocking wrestling sites for their accuracy. However, she later deleted the messages, perhaps realizing that she was adding fuel to the fire and hurting her daughter by addressing the rumors.
June 17, 2014
James Storm
The decision to invite members of the Dallas Cowboys to Slammiversary 2014 proved to be quite an effective marketing move, as TNA was able to garner some mainstream media coverage from George Selvie being involved in a segment with James Storm and Mr Anderson. Among those that covered the incident were Dallas Morning News, TMZ, Fox Sports, CBS and a variety of local affiliates.
June 16, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Over the last several months, Jeff Jarrett has been pursuing a television deal for his new promotion. While there was some interest in Global Force Wrestling by the networks, it appears that things have slowed down tremendously for Jarrett because of the issues going on in WWE. News about their stocks declining hit the mainstream media, so a lot of industries are leery of professional wrestling at the moment.
June 14, 2014
Bully Ray
As many of you already know by now, TNA pulled Bully Ray at the last minute from a House of Hardcore show, which led to Tommy Dreamer cutting a scathing promo on Dixie Carter. The supposed backstage heat has now spilled over to social media, as Carter has responded to Dreamer on Twitter. The two have gone back and forth.
June 10, 2014
Evan Bourne
Some confusion took place earlier this week, where wrestling fans were under the belief that Evan Bourne had been released by WWE. The high flying performer posted a message on Twitter, noting that he had been with the company for six years now. Some misconstrued that message as being a goodbye letter. Bourne then took to the social media site to explain things to confused fans.
June 3, 2014
Damien Sandow
While a lot of wrestling fans weren't exactly sure who Lance Stephenson was, the move by WWE to have Damien Sandow mocking an NBA player has paid off. Several sports media outlets have picked up on the story, which gives WWE free publicity. Since Stephenson has been known to retaliate in the public, there's a chance that WWE could receive further publicity if he responds to this segment.
June 3, 2014
Batista
A surprising buzz was created last night when fans made mention of Batista wearing blue ring gear at Payback 2014. At one point, it even become the top trend on Twitter, a fact that Michael Cole proudly boasted to fans. Batista was not nearly as amused, as he took to the social media site today to bash fans for focusing on the color of his outfit, as opposed to the tremendous performance that he, Randy Orton, Triple H, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put on.
June 2, 2014
Great Khali
Since he knows that his career in WWE isn't going to last forever, the Great Khali has reportedly been looking towards life after leaving the company for quite some time now. Those speculations gained more credibility this week when a professional wrestler in India told the media that he has been working with Khali to start a new promotion in their home country.
May 27, 2014
Vince McMahon
By now, most wrestling fans are already aware that Vince McMahon has lost a ton of money this year. Since Wrestlemania 30, that loss has been approximately $842 million, with $360 million of that taking place in one day earlier this month. Rumors have it that the WWE CEO is more upset with the media coverage and negative publicity than the actual loss of money.
May 26, 2014
Layla El
There are rumors floating around right now that Layla El could be finishing up her final run with WWE this year. The longtime diva told the media in England that she was hoping to return to the country full time before the end of the year. While there is a chance that she could just be stroking the media, some do believe that Layla is willing to leave WWE after so many years of being on the road.
May 25, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
"The purpose of my post. I'm not to suggest that Dolph Ziggler join Global Force Wrestling, just using him as an example of how subjective WWE decisions can be. I do agree that Dolph Ziggler is a terrible ring name. A couple of years ago, I sent a very detailed e-mail to the powers that be with a suggestion of how he could get out of the name and simultaneously garner some mainstream media attention, but never heard back from those in charge." - Mick Foley explaining his post about Dolph Ziggler on Twitter
May 23, 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
CM Punk
While fans have been clamoring for him to come back to WWE, CM Punk has made a different type of return. The former world heavyweight champion is back on social media. Punk has broken his silence on Twitter after refusing to post any status updates on the site. He went silent around the time that he walked away from WWE due to backstage heat with management.
May 19, 2014
Jessie Godderz
It looks like Jessie Godderz is increasing his value to TNA. The former reality television star has signed a deal with ESPN to host a brand new show called CAWL to Arms, which will feature coed arm wrestling tournaments. The series will be airing nationally between May and July. The move should bring some media attention to TNA thanks to Godderz.
May 10, 2014
Alexander Rusev
WWE has a long history of doing things on screen that are designed to capture the interest of the mainstream media. The company succeeded in doing just that at Extreme Rules 2014 with the use of Vladimir Putin on the screen. It was designed to generate heel heat for Alexander Rusev and Lana. The Washington Post actually wrote a brief piece about the segment, so word should be spreading soon.
May 5, 2014
Damien Sandow
A video from Monday Night Raw of the segment where Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine in the movies, and Dolph Ziggler attacking Damien Sandow, who was dressed as Magneto. WWE did this segment to draw in mainstream media attention.
April 30, 2014
Terry Funk
It appears that the social media experiment for Terry Funk has come to an end, as the legendary NWA star has been quiet for almost half a year now. Funk was pretty active with his status updates back in September, where he promoted some merchandise. He was silent until posting something about WWE in December. No status updates since then.
April 29, 2014
Dixie Carter
In a move designed to move the company forward, Dixie Carter has announced that TNA has signed a deal with United Talent Agency, a company that specializes in the entertainment industry. UTA will be responsible for expanding TNA on television, social media and other avenues. They will also be representing the wrestlers as well by finding them roles in movies, television shows, etc.
April 24, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
When Antonio Cesaro left him for Paul Heyman recently, Zeb Colter took to Twitter to ask fans who they thought should replace him and team with Jack Swagger in the Real Americans stable. Scott Dawson has been campaigning for the role through social media, but it is highly unlikely that WWE brings him up from developmental at this point in time.
April 19, 2014