MEDIA NEWS
Rock
While speaking to the media in Australia this week, Rock revealed that he wants to be in the next James Bond movie. The former WWE champion is a big fan of Daniel Craig, who plays the title role. Rock also noted that his grandfather once played a villain in a James Bond movie, and he would love to follow in his footsteps.
April 17, 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
CM Punk
Colin Cowherd, a host on ESPN, bashed CM Punk on his radio show this week. He was critical of the former WWE star for remarks that he made on Twitter about Ultimate Warrior's death not being a result of drugs. Unfortunately, though, Cowherd was not aware that Punk has not been active on social media since leaving WWE. He was actually responding to a parody account.
April 12, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
As expected, the death of the Ultimate Warrior has brought with it some negative publicity for WWE and professional wrestling in general. A lot of people in the media have focused on the fact that professional wrestlers have died young. Many are pointing out that rampant steroid abuse and drug use have taken away a lot of our favorite stars before their time.
April 10, 2014
Fandango
Despite being a pretty popular act, WWE has decided to split up Summer Rae and Fandango, who has been selling the story line through social media over the past couple of days. Fandango is being paired with another person soon, as his act needs a female dancer. Summer Rae will be utilized as more of an in ring performer with the rest of the Total Divas cast.
April 10, 2014
Vince McMahon
The Shorty Awards were handed out this week to companies that best handled their social media and social networking campaigns. Vince McMahon and company were able to take home three of those awards, including one for best YouTube channel. WWE was able to beat out Bleacher Report, MTV, VH1, Nike, Visa and Comedy Central for these awards.
April 8, 2014
Mr T
In a rather interesting move, there were minimal Wrestlemania 30 celebrities involved in the pay per view. WWE generally likes having as many famous faces around as possible, in an attempt to generate interest from the mainstream media, but the company opted to focus more on wrestling this year. Mr T was the most featured celebrity on the show this year.
April 7, 2014
Natalya Neidhart
Since it has generated so much of a buzz on social media and search engines, executives at E! and WWE are quite pleased with the segment on Total Divas where Summer Rae slapped Natalya Neidhart. While it is entirely scripted, the performers were actually able to get a good amount of people wondering if it was a legitimate situation or not.
April 1, 2014
Nikki Bella
Thanks to her featured role on Total Divas, Nikki Bella has seen her popularity rise. The longtime WWE has reached a social media milestone, amassing a million followers on Facebook. The company views her as a marketing asset now, so she should be regularly features on Monday Night Raw for the foreseeable future.
March 27, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
When she made some changes to her social media accounts earlier in the month, Brooke Tessmacher inadvertently flamed the rumors mills with speculations that she was no longer with TNA. The former Knockouts champion has since made her return to both Twitter and Instagram with no mentions of leaving the company.
March 26, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
For more than a year now, Dolph Ziggler has found himself in the doghouse with WWE officials, and the belief was that his blunt media interviews were what got him relocated there. The former world heavyweight champion is doing interviews again, and this time around, he has been noticeably much more tamer with what he says about the company.
March 25, 2014
AJ Lee
Nikki Bella and Brie Bella have reached a social media milestone, as the WWE divas now have a million followers on Twitter. Their starring role on both Monday Night Raw and Total Divas helped to make that accomplishment come to life. AJ Lee is the only other female performer in the company that has broken the million followers mark.
March 16, 2014
Chris Benoit
While there were some concerns about his inclusion earlier in the year, it appears that Chris Benoit is basically a non issue right now with the WWE Network. Fans are not making a fuss about him being on the service, and the media has yet to really mention it, either. Management was concerned that there might be some negative media attention brought about by the inclusion.
March 16, 2014
Rey Mysterio
With rumors floating around that he might be leaving WWE after his contract expires in a couple of weeks, Rey Mysterio has decided to go silent on social media websites. He has not posted on Twitter since February 23, and his Instagram account has not been touched in two weeks. The belief is that he will be moving on to another chapter of his life soon.
March 11, 2014
Christy Hemme
At one point last night during TNA Lockdown 2014, Sam Shaw was a Twitter trend, as a lot of fans were on the social media site talking about his match against Mr Anderson. His stalker story line with Christy Hemme has managed to gain the attention of the industry, and he was given a good amount of credibility from Anderson in that victory over the weekend.
March 11, 2014
Orlando Jordan
Back in October, Orlando Jordan captured the headlines when he revealed on Twitter that he was getting married. Fans were shocked when it was discovered that the openly bisexual wrestler was tying the knot with a woman. Since then, he has kept relatively quiet on the social media site, only posting short messages on holidays.
March 5, 2014
Angelina Love
Earlier today, Velvet Sky informed her fans through social media that she had been added to the WrestleCon event next month in New Orleans. The show coincides with Wrestlemania 30 being in town. Several non WWE stars will be in Louisiana that weekend, including Mickie James and Angelina Love, who are working a big match for an independent wrestling company.
March 4, 2014
Tyler Reks
During a recent interview, Tyler Reks shed some light as to why WWE was not releasing people as frequently as they have in the past. For public relations purposes, management is now opting to allow contracts to expire. That draws in a lot less negative attention to the company, and it greatly reduces the chances of the mainstream media picking up on the story.
March 1, 2014
Brie Bella
When WWE launched the Total Divas television series, they did so because they wanted more mainstream media attention to their product, and it looks like the girls are going to bring more of that next week. Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Cameron, Eva Marie, Summer Rae and Natalya Neidhart are scheduled to appear on the Arsenio Hall Show on March 6.
February 27, 2014
Big Daddy V
While a lot of people backstage were confused by the company refusing to acknowledge his death on Monday Night Raw, it appears that WWE will be doing a quick video tribute to Big Daddy V at the beginning of Smackdown. Management did not want to alert the mainstream media of another early death in the industry.
February 27, 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
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
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
Hulk Hogan
Since the company wants to make full use of him being back, Hulk Hogan is expected to induct Mr T into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30. Aside from their obvious connection, management also believes that this combination has the best chance of receiving some mainstream media attention for the event. Roddy Piper was a consideration as well.
April 2, 2014
AJ Lee
The hot rumor going around professional wrestling right now is that AJ Lee and CM Punk are now engaged. There were talks backstage for the last few days of it being true, and the speculation even spread through to social media. The rumor mills are even hotter now that AJ was spotted on Monday Night Raw with a new ring on her finger.
April 1, 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
Tammy Sytch
It appears that times have become rather hard for Tammy Sytch, as she has been selling topless pictures of herself through Twitter and PayPal. The former WWE diva posted this teaser image, where her breasts are censored, on social media, in order to entice fans into paying $40 to see her nude from the waist up.
March 17, 2014
Scott Hall
While a lot of fans are losing patience, there appears to still be plans for WWE to induct Scott Hall into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30 this year. The company simply has not announced it, which has led people to believe that they might be having second thoughts on the matter. Hall is seen as a potential public relations story for the mainstream media to pick up on.
March 13, 2014
Rhyno
"It's definitely tough, it's always been tough, but it all lies down to the individual, we're all individuals and we all have choices whether we can work for a promotion or not. It's a little easier for me, because I've got a name and reputation and I've built a small little brand with my name and wrestling ability and being on TV for over 13-14 years, so it's a little easier for me. It is very difficult for independent wrestlers, but some aspects of it, it's easier now to get your face out there for independent wrestlers because of social media. Back in the day, when you're poor and living in your car, you don't have $10 to print up an 810 and put together a 15 minute clip on a VHS tape and then pay $5 to mail it out. Now it's just click click on your smartphone and then send the link to a promoter and it's easier for a promoter to look you up. Back when I started, if you were sending a package out, it cost you $20 and it was tough to get your name out there back then. It's easier now for a guy to just click a couple of links, put the match together and send it to a promoter and that costs you nothing, just time." - Rhyno discusses the professional wrestling business
March 12, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
All sorts of names have been attached to Jeff Jarrett and his rumored new wrestling promotion over the last couple of weeks. Another name to throw into the hat is Jesse Sorensen, who has fallen upon hard times since leaving TNA. The belief is that he can be a "feel good" story for the new promotion and possibly generate a little media attention.
March 11, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Generally, WWE tries to avoid things that have the possibility of bringing negative attention from the mainstream media to the company, but Vince McMahon gladly overlooked Hulk Hogan sex tape scandal because he knows that his former world heavyweight champion was still quite the marketing draw. It is considered a non issue backstage.
March 9, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
At one point in time, it seemed all but certain that Alberto Del Rio was going to be given a spot at Wrestlemania 30, so that the company can attempt to capitalize on some attention from the media in Mexico. That no longer appears to be the case, as the former world heavyweight champion looks like the odd man out right now.
March 6, 2014
Brock Lesnar
There was a hoax on social media last night that claimed that Brock Lesnar injured a female fan during Monday Night Raw. It was during the segment when he was throwing monitors into the ring. While some are stating that one of the items did make it into the audience, they also claimed that no one was injured by it.
March 4, 2014
Maxine
This really hot picture of Maxine in sexy shorts and a tight fitting top that exposes her breasts has surfaced online. The former WWE diva herself highlighted the picture on her social media account.
March 3, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Rumors coming out of WWE was that management had initially planned on surprising the fans by having Brock Lesnar, who is not scheduled to return until Monday Night Raw, show up at Elimination Chamber 2014 and replacing Christian in the main event. However, those plans may have been scrapped because Kane accidentally leaked the story to the media.
February 23, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
It appears that the legendary Bruno Sammartino has decided to go off the grid, as the former WWE champion has been avoiding Twitter since the end of August. Prior to that, he was routinely providing updates to his fans through the social media site. He was quite active on there around the time of his induction into the WWE hall of fame.
February 23, 2014
JoJo Offerman
While she has been able to maintain her professionalism, especially over social media, word going around is that JoJo Offerman is extremely disappointed that she was removed from the cast of Total Divas. The show is viewed by those backstage as a vehicle for a push in WWE. Her replacement, Summer Rae, is expected to receive that push now.
February 22, 2014
Big Daddy V
Upon hearing about the death of Big Daddy V, who passed away after suffering a massive heart attack days after his birthday, Kane took to Twitter to post this simple message about his friend. It's a rather interesting Tweet, as Kane does not post all that often on the social media website.
February 21, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
There are rumors floating around that Rey Mysterio might be working a retirement match at Wrestlemania 30, as his contract with WWE is ending in a few months. In order to generate even further international media attention, the belief is that Alberto Del Rio will be given the honor of being the opponent for the bout.
February 21, 2014
Alpha Female
Some cruel fans on Twitter have been making jokes towards Alpha Female, who recently made her debut on Impact Wrestling, stating that she is actual Rob Terry with a sex change. The new TNA star is taking the joke well by acknowledging it on her social media account and even stating that she found it humorous.
February 18, 2014
Kurt Angle
During a recent interview, Kurt Angle confirmed that his contract with TNA expires in September. Fans have long been clamoring for him to make a WWE return, and the former world heavyweight champion has acknowledged that there is interest there. Rather than jumping right into the mix of things, Angle stated that he is not making a decision until December, allowing his body some time to rest.
April 20, 2014
Randy Orton
In a rather interesting move, WWE gave Roman Reigns a clean victory over Randy Orton during a live event in Saudi Arabia. While some will dismiss it because it was not televised, management generally does not allow performers to go over their main event stars, even at house shows. This solidifies the rumors that WWE is pushing Reigns towards the top of the scene.
April 20, 2014
Mark Henry
There is a new comedy out in theaters called Haunted House 2, which stars Marlon Wayans, and Mark Henry has a role in the film. He plays a "big buff black inmate". Wayans interviewed with WWE recently, and the actor joked about hiring Henry to be "big bluff black henchman". Henry has expressed interest in doing more movies.
April 20, 2014
Charles Robinson
Since it is rather expensive to do overseas tours, WWE generally runs a lighter crew at the live events. Charles Robinson, who is normally a referee, put in some work with the ring crew. He narrowly avoided a horrific situation when he nearly lost his thumb in an accident. WWE medical personnel were able to stitch him up, and he is expected to be fine.
April 20, 2014
Big Show
Since professional wrestlers are now intertwined with comic book conventions, Big Show has just become the latest WWE star to sign on for a Wizard World appearance. He will be doing the event in Atlanta, which will be the first time it is being held in that city. Big Show will be signing autographs, taking pictures and answering questions with fans.
April 19, 2014
Christopher Daniels
Earlier this week, Seiya Sanada successfully defended the TNA X Division Championship against Christopher Daniels at a Wrestle-1 live event in Japan. TNA loves the idea of their championship being defended overseas, as it does give it more credibility with certain fans. Expect a couple of more performers to be sent to Japan to work matches.
April 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Steve Austin recently did a podcast interview with Paul Heyman, and the two of them discussed the possibility of Austin returning for another match with WWE. Austin stated that he would entertain the idea if he were allowed to wrestle Brock Lesnar, as he feels that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion can give him the match quality that he wants.
April 19, 2014
Goldberg
ABC has a sitcom called the Goldbergs, and producers have a special wrestling themed episode coming up soon. Goldberg himself has been cast for the show, and he intends to do a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior on there. The former WCW champion even contacted Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon to get approval.
April 19, 2014
Samoa Joe
After being given some time off, Samoa Joe is back on the road for TNA. The former world heavyweight champion worked live events for the company this weekend. There have been conflicting reports as to why Joe was off the road. He denied rumors about a concussion, but he has not done the same for the reports of him taking time off for family reasons.
April 19, 2014
Christopher Daniels
It appears that Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are set to leave TNA once their contract expires in the coming weeks. Both performers are already accepting bookings on the independent wrestling circuit. There are rumors floating around that Bad Influence could be taking off to Japan or joining Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling later this year.
April 19, 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
Tammy Sytch
Through Twitter, Tammy Sytch revealed that she was moving to New York City. The former WWE diva has been making headlines over the last few years for all the wrong reasons, so the hope is that this move will help her get her life back on track. Aside from legal issues with her previous boyfriend, Sytch has also been relegated to selling nude pictures of herself.
April 19, 2014
Lilian Garcia
While she continues to fulfill her weekly duties as the announcer for WWE, Lilian Garcia is still finding time in her busy schedule to focus on her singing career. She noted on Twitter that she is back in Los Angeles this week and shooting a new music video. She formed a new band a couple of months back, and they have been performing frequently in Las Vegas.
April 18, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Since his son Bray Wyatt is rapidly rising up the ladder in WWE towards stardom, a lot of people have been asking about Mike Rotunda as of late. The man formerly known as Irwin R Schyster is still working for WWE, where he is a producer backstage at Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Rotunda's job is to script out the matches and segments for the wrestlers.
April 18, 2014
Cody Rhodes
In an interesting move, WWE had Dean Ambrose defend the United States Heavyweight Championship at a live event in Saudi Arabia this week. He successfully retained the belt in a fatal four way that consisted of Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler. Ambrose has rarely been allowed to defend the US title over the last couple of months.
April 18, 2014
Batista
For the longest time there, MVP was the longest reigning WWE United States Heavyweight Champion, but that mark looks to be broken soon if Dean Ambrose can hold on to the belt a little while longer. The Shield member rarely defends the belt, but WWE could opt to include it in the story line against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.
April 18, 2014
Enzo Amore
While he is not a well known name to WWE fans yet, Enzo Amore is currently in the plans with the company. The developmental wrestler recently made his return to WWE NXT from a leg injury that he suffered towards the end of 2013. Management feels that he has some potential, even though he is not currently anywhere near the head of the line to be called up to the main roster.
April 18, 2014
Jonathan Coachman
If things go as expected, then Renee Young is expected to follow in the footsteps of Todd Grisham and Jonathan Coachman, two former WWE on screen personalities who ended up with ESPN. The sports network has heavy interest in Renee right now, as executives there have been impressed with how well she has performed for WWE.
April 18, 2014
AJ Styles
In an effort to show new fans that the company is capable of drawing in the big name performers in the industry, TNA has added alumni profiles to their roster page on their official website. Some notable names on there are Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, Brooke Hogan, Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam.
April 18, 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