PAYBACK 2014 NEWS
Vince McMahon
For a while there, things were looking pretty bad for WWE, as viewership for Monday Night Raw kept dropping and dropping. Thanks to some excitement generated from Payback 2014, however, things are turning around. Approximately half a million more fans tuned in for Raw this week than the previous. That should help bring a smile to the recently embattled Vince McMahon.
June 3, 2014
Bray Wyatt
While WWE decided to keep him off of the televised broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week, Bray Wyatt was actually in attendance and worked a dark match against John Cena after the cameras stopped rolling. The move was done to sell the brutality of his Last Man Standing match at Payback 2014. He has been officially confirmed for Smackdown this week.
June 3, 2014
JBL
One of the biggest advertisers at Payback 2014 was Mountain Dew, and WWE made sure to let their fans know about it by having JBL, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole promoting the soft drink throughout the evening. Fans in attendance at the pay per view, however, noted that Lawler was actually drinking Diet Coke whenever the cameras were not turned on to him. The commentator kept it hidden for much of the broadcast.
June 3, 2014
Adam Pearce
To the average WWE fan, Adam Pearce is not a household name, but to those in the industry, however, he's definitely a familiar face. The longtime independent wrestling star was spotted backstage at Payback 2014. The belief is that he was a guest of the company, as he has been helping to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center.
June 2, 2014
Batista
During the post show for Payback 2014, Roman Reigns told fans that he might have suffered torn triceps during the big main event match involving Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista. Since the interview took place in front of cameras, rumors have it that WWE was just selling the brutality of the match. Reigns is expected to be at Monday Night Raw later on today.
June 2, 2014
Brie Bella
A rather unusual thing took place during Payback 2014 last night, as several WWE fans were under the assumption that Stephanie McMahon had an accident with her bladder during his big segment with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. However, the presumed wet spot on the backside of her dress was basically caused by the lighting in the arena. Stephanie continued to wear the dress backstage afterwards.
June 2, 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
CM Punk
Since the pay per view was in Chicago, many within WWE expected the fans to chant for CM Punk last night. They did just that throughout Payback 2014. However, some within the company were surprised to see a passionate please from the audience for WWE to utilize Dolph Ziggler. They chanted for him almost as much as they did for Punk, the hometown hero.
June 2, 2014
Brie Bella
During the Payback 2014 pay per view, WWE did a segment where Stephanie McMahon demanded that Daniel Bryan make a decision about the world heavyweight championship. Instead of him giving up the belt that he chased for so long, Brie Bella told Stephanie that she was quitting WWE. Brie then gave a big slap to Stephanie. The belief is that Brie will be given some time off of television.
June 1, 2014
El Torito
For those of you that did not watch the Payback 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle with a flying top rope moonsault. Hornswoggle had gotten distracted by thinking that he won after pulling off the mask. Afterwards, Hornswoggle was forced to sit in a barber chair while El Torito shaved his head. Hornswoggle is now bald, and expect WWE to promote that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 1, 2014
CM Punk
Rumors going around right now is that CM Punk will be making an appearance at Payback 2014 tonight because the event is taking place in his hometown of Chicago. However, the former WWE champion revealed that he will be approximately 20 miles down the road from the pay per view. Punk will be attending an NHL game instead of making his return to wrestling.
June 1, 2014
Vince McMahon
In some troubling bit of news for Vince McMahon, Monday Night Raw lost 400,000 viewers from the previous episode. Numbers go up and down all the time, and WWE is fully aware of that. However, since it is the final episode before Payback 2014, the loss is a bit disturbing for the company. Fan interest is supposed to increase the week before and after a pay per view.
May 28, 2014
Adam Rose
Initially, it appeared that WWE was going to give Adam Rose a match at Payback 2014, presumably against Jack Swagger. However, with officials losing some faith in Rose, it looks like that chance isn't likely to take place at the pay per view. Rumors have it that it could be added as a filler match if WWE cannot find a better option for the slot.
May 28, 2014
Alexander Rusev
WWE has now officially added a match between Big E Langston and Alexander Rusev to the Payback 2014 pay per view. The goal within the company is to provide Rusev with further credibility, so that he can be eventually moved up to the main event scene. Langston is viewed as a more imposing opponent than Kofi Kingston, R Truth and Xavier Woods at the moment.
May 28, 2014
Brie Bella
For fans of Total Divas, one of the most anticipated events will be the wedding between Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. E! executives were hoping that this particular episode will generate the highest numbers since the series started. Unfortunately, though, WWE is doing the Payback 2014 pay per view on the same night that the wedding is expected to air.
May 19, 2014
Daniel Bryan
On Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan stood in the middle of the ring and addressed the entire WWE Universe. He informed everyone that he was suffering from a neck injury and required surgery. While some fans believe this to just be a story line, it is actually real. The surgery is said to be a minor one, but there are those backstage that believe that he might be forced to miss Payback 2014.
May 12, 2014
Seth Rollins
Reports are surfacing now that Vince McMahon made the decision to do a heel turn with Seth Rollins on Sunday afternoon, shortly before Payback 2014. The belief is that he pulled the trigger on the move as a response to the low ratings that Monday Night Raw has received over the last couple of weeks. WWE is hoping that this provides a quick boost to the numbers.
June 5, 2014
Roman Reigns
A picture of WWE star Roman Reigns showing off the bruised back that he received from working Monday Night Raw and Payback 2014 this week.
June 3, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Initially, there were rumors that WWE was going to add a tag team championship match at the last minute on Payback 2014 featuring Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. However, management changed up their plans once they decided to include a lot of outside interference during the match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena. WWE did not want to take away from the big match by having the performers working multiple times last night.
June 2, 2014
El Torito
A picture of WWE star Hornswoggle now that he has been shaved bald after a loss to El Torito at the Payback 2014 pay per view.
June 2, 2014
Batista
In a rather surprising move, WWE had the Shield win convincingly against Evolution. Batista and Randy Orton were the first two performers to be eliminated from the main event match at Payback 2014, but both provided interference for Triple H after their eliminations. After taking a brutal beating, Roman Reigns picked up the win for his team. Many expected Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to be eliminated during the match, but WWE opted to give them a dominant ending.
June 2, 2014
Alicia Fox
In a match designed to be the buffer between the two main event features at Payback 2014, Paige successfully defended the WWE Divas Championship against Alicia Fox via submission. Afterwards, Alicia continued her story line of going crazy whenever things do not go well for her. The audience reacted more to the post match antics than the actual match.
June 2, 2014
Bray Wyatt
In a segment filled with plenty of interference from Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Luke Rowan and Erick Harper, John Cena was able to defeat Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match at Payback 2014 after Cena put Wyatt through a big black box and covered him with an even heavier box. Rumors have it that WWE will be continuing this feud and something could trigger that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 2, 2014
Rob Van Dam
At Payback 2014, Wade Barrett successfully defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Rob Van Dam after picking up the pin fall victory, thanks to the Bull Hammer. The performers placed some doubt in that finish when it appeared that Barrett had injured his arm while smashing into the corner post after RVD ducked away from the move outside the ring.
June 1, 2014
Alexander Rusev
In a glorified squash match at Payback 2014, Alexander Rusev defeated Big E Langston via submission to continue his push up the ladder in WWE. He was able to slap on the camel clutch after delivering a big kick to Langston. Afterwards, he held the submission move on for a short period of time before Lana instructs him to let go. Rusev should be placed into a new feud this week.
June 1, 2014
Cody Rhodes
In a match designed by WWE to accelerate the split between the brothers, Curtis Axel and Ryback defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust in the second match of Payback 2014. Ryback picked up the pin fall victory for his team after delivering the Shell Shock to Rhodes. Afterwards, Rhodes told Goldust that he needs to find a better tag team partner for himself.
June 1, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being in the airplane spin for quite a few rotations, Sheamus was able to capture the victory over Antonio Cesaro, who had Paul Heyman with him at ringside, at Payback 2014 by surprising his opponent with a small package. With the win, Sheamus retains the United States Heavyweight Championship and will more than likely be placed in another feud by WWE tomorrow.
June 1, 2014
Erick Rowan
There are rumors floating around that WWE wants to add another match to Payback 2014. Speculations are that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper will be rewarded with a pay per view title match against Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. There does not appear to be a high chance of a title change, as some feel that the Wyatt Family can get the spotlight without the belts.
June 1, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
At one point in time, WWE had plans to put the Intercontinental Championship around the waist of Antonio Cesaro. However, those plans were dropped and the belt was given to Wade Barrett instead. Since management still wants to push Cesaro, there is a very good chance that he ends up capturing the United States Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus at Payback 2014 tomorrow night.
May 31, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Following a botched heel turn, it looks like WWE might be attempting the move again with Sheamus. The United States Heavyweight Champion is rumored to be moving into a feud with the returning Miz after his Payback 2014 match against Antonio Cesaro. Since Miz is still a baby face, there is a very good chance that WWE will try to do the heel turn with Sheamus again.
May 30, 2014
Batista
From the moment he made his return to WWE, rumors have persisted as to when Batista was going to be leaving again. The latest word coming out of the company is that the Evolution member is going to be finishing up at the Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis next week. It will be the episode immediately after Payback 2014, and the belief is that Batista will be written off on television.
May 28, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since the company is hoping to build him back up to the main event level, Wade Barrett is expected to successfully retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship in his match against Rob Van Dam at Payback 2014. The former leader of Nexus will more than likely be fed another challenger next month as well. If things go as planned, he could be a future rival for Daniel Bryan.
May 27, 2014
Adam Rose
Things change pretty rapidly backstage in WWE, and that appears to be the case with the Adam Rose push. While he might still get his pay per view debut at Payback 2014 against Jack Swagger, there are those in management who feel that his television debut on Monday Night Raw was a flop. There are even rumors floating around that Rose could be sent back down to WWE NXT.
May 12, 2014
Adam Rose
It looks like Adam Rose is going to be leapfrogging other WWE stars this month, as the former developmental wrestler is penciled in for a match at Payback 2014. His pay per view debut is expected to be against Jack Swagger, whom he confronted during Monday Night Raw this past week. There are those backstage in WWE that feel that his character can get over with the live audience in Chicago.
May 10, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since Kane is scheduled to be working a Buried Alive match against Daniel Bryan at Payback 2014, rumors are floating around that this could be how WWE writes the Big Red Machine out of the story line for a couple of weeks. Something big has to happen to put Bryan over, so Kane will most likely take the fall and be removed from television.
May 7, 2014
Batista
While the early rumors were that Evolution and the Shield would be doing a rematch at Payback 2014, word coming out of backstage now is that WWE is thinking about handling things a little bit differently. Management is toying around with the idea of doing three separate singles matches involving Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at the pay per view.
May 7, 2014
Kurt Angle
While the wrestling world still awaits the big announcement from Kurt Angle, the former world heavyweight champion has revealed some details on his next contract. It will only be a one year deal, as the Olympic gold medalist believes that his time is running out as an in ring performer. Angle stated that he wants to give 100% during the final year and give the best performances that he can before retiring.
September 29, 2014
Jim Duggan
Some very interesting news coming out of a wrestling convention in Charlotte last month. Jim Duggan revealed to fans in attendance that he and Roddy Piper were working on getting a reality television show for themselves. Quite a lofty goal for the WWE legends, as there probably is not a whole lot of network executives who are interested in such a show.
September 29, 2014
CM Punk
If you're a big fan of Hulk Hogan, then you do not want to miss Monday Night Raw this week. The WWE legend and Jimmy Hart have flown into Chicago for the event. Hogan is definitely expected to make an on screen appearance. Some are speculating that his presence is needed to help promote the company's fight against breast cancer, while others think that he is there to help control the audience from going overboard with their chants for CM Punk.
September 29, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While it is something that a lot of fans had assumed was going to happen anyways, Rob Van Dam recently revealed that he will return to WWE again some day. He stated that he has earned the right to dictate his own schedule and will go back whenever he is ready. RVD also stated that he will not work for another wrestling promotion until he returns to WWE.
September 28, 2014
Goldust
When Goldust decided to make his return to WWE, he was not expecting to be on the road as a full time performer on a long term deal. He thought he was going to have a lot more time to spend with his family, but plans were altered, so he can continue wrestling. The veteran performer decided to focus on his family this week by taking a vacation from WWE and relaxing in Hawaii.
September 28, 2014
Big E Langston
WWE is still having trouble figuring out what they want to do with the stable of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. However, one question appears to have been answered. Woods will be a wrestling member of the group and not just a manager, as many fans have speculated based on a couple of his appearances on Monday Night Raw earlier this year.
September 28, 2014
Great Muta
While the entire card is far from being finalized, TNA has revealed two matches that will definitely be taking place at the pay per view. In the first match, Samoa Joe, Low Ki and former WCW star Kaz Hayashi will be battling in a triple threat match for the X Division Championship. Seiya Sanada will be teaming with his new on screen mentor James Storm to take on his real life mentor Great Muta and Tajiri.
September 27, 2014
Gail Kim
Jimmy Suzuki is the guy playing a big role on deciding the card for Bound For Glory 2014. He recently made a comment about there possibly not being enough room for a Knockouts match, and that drew the ire of TNA fans. Suzuki explained what he meant and revealed that he has quite a bit of history with booking women. Gail Kim came out and defended Suzuki as well, as he played a part in her career early on.
September 27, 2014
Rock
While the speculations had long been out there, the Rock has finally confirmed that he will be starring in The Janson Directive. The movie is based off of a novel by Robert Ludlim, who passed away in 2001 and will not get to see the big screen adaptation of his work. Rock revealed to WWE fans that he will be producing and writing the movie as well.
September 27, 2014
Jack Swagger
Wade Barrett hasn't been on television in quite some time now because he suffered a shoulder injury during a match with Jack Swagger. He was recently up in Toronto, so he sought the help of Trish Stratus, a former WWE diva who now runs a successful yoga business. Barrett stated that the workout session with Trish helped his shoulder feel a bit better.
September 27, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
As some of you already know, Chavo Guerrero is key backstage figure in that new Lucha Underground promotion that was recently launched. He is already receiving criticism for his work, as many people feel that the company is making a mistake by having high flying and quick paced performers slowing down to a manner similar to what WWE uses.
September 27, 2014
CM Punk
In a move that appears to be very petty, WWE muted the audience reaction when CM Punk was revealed for the upcoming WWE 2K15 roster. Management initially kept things cordial between the two sides when Punk first left because they were hoping that he would consider a return. However, now that a reunion is very unlikely to happen, some bitterness has started to show.
September 27, 2014
Paul Heyman
As many fans already know, Lisa Marie Varon, who worked in TNA as Tara and in WWE as Victoria, owns and operates a very successful restaurant in the Chicago area. She generated some media attention for her establishment this week when she revealed that she was introducing a burger named after Paul Heyman soon. It will feature swiss cheese, pastrami, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing.
September 27, 2014
AJ Lee
A bit of buzz was created earlier this week when it was reported that AJ Lee was among the many female celebrities who have had their nude pictures leaked online by hacker. Unfortunately for WWE fans, however, those rumors were false. The divas champion herself even commented on the rumors through social media. She did so in her usual playful way.
September 27, 2014
Bray Wyatt
For the past 24 years, Pro Wrestling Illustrated has listed the top 500 performers in the industry. Despite being injured, Daniel Bryan was given the top honor this year. It is the first time that he has been ranked as the top wrestler in the world. He managed to beat out fellow WWE stars, Randy Orton and John Cena. Among the notable newer performers in the top ten were Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.
September 26, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A little bit of controversy was stirred this week when the media got a hold of the dress code implemented by the Hulk Hogan restaurant in Florida. When the WWE legend found out that some people were offended by it, he called the owner of the place and demanded that they take it down. TMZ revealed that Hogan doesn't actually own the establish. He simply licenses out his name for them to use.
September 26, 2014
Santino Marella
By now, a lot of people are aware that Santino Marella is in the process of trying to make a comeback to professional wrestling after being forced to retire due to a severe neck injury. The former Intercontinental Champion has now revealed that he hopes to be able to make a return to WWE in about six months. The belief is that the door is open for him to come back since management views his comedic routine as an asset.
September 26, 2014
Dixie Carter
Generally, when you run a nationally known wrestling promotion, you try to lock down your performers to prevent them from being hurt elsewhere. TNA was doing that for a while, but Dixie Carter had to make some changes, in order to keep her company afloat. Performers are now given a bit more freedom to work on the independent wrestling circuit to compensate for the lower paying contracts.
September 26, 2014
Jake Roberts
Earlier this month, professional wrestling fans were given quite the scare when Jake Roberts passed out on a plane ride and had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. While he has recovered tremendously from that ordeal, the WWE legend has informed fans that there are still some minor issues with his brains that doctors are tending to.
September 26, 2014
Batista
One name that will definitely not be at Hell in a Cell 2014 is Batista. He will be busy next month doing a new movie with acting legend Robert De Niro. The two will star in a film called Bus 657, which will be centered around a heist. Batista will be playing a greedy character who helps his coworker rob a bank to pay for health treatments for his daughter.
September 25, 2014