PUSH
Antonio Cesaro
A lot of fans have noticed that Antonio Cesaro has been coming out to the ring in silence since joining up with Paul Heyman. While it has generated a little buzz for WWE, that is not the long term plan. Management is currently trying to find the right entrance theme for Cesaro. He is being given a huge push, so everything has to be just right.
April 17, 2014
Drew McIntyre
On WWE Main Event, Hornswoggle teamed up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, which has caused some speculations to arise. Rumors over the past several weeks have stated that Heath Slater was unhappy backstage because he was not receiving a push. However, his absence on this show was unrelated, as Slater missed the show because he is heading to Saudi Arabia for a tour with WWE.
April 17, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Since the title belt is being given more of a story line than it has been in a while, a lot of fans have been speculating as to who will win the tournament to determine a new challenger for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Right now, management is leaning towards Antonio Cesaro, who is in the midst of a big push.
April 16, 2014
Gunner
With so many of their performer contracts expiring this year, TNA officials have been busy with negotiations and signings. The latest person to put pen to paper is Gunner, a rising star in the promotion. With the deal, he is expected to remain with the company for a couple of years, and he is also expected to continue on his push since splitting with James Storm.
April 16, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Prior to Wrestlemania 30, there were plans in place to push Alberto Del Rio towards Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so when the tournament was announced, many viewed Del Rio as a top candidate to win. However, management has changed their minds on that push, as evident by the fact that Del Rio lost to Rob Van Dam on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 16, 2014
Bobby Roode
If TNA decides to keep the belt on Eric Young for the long term, an idea which is being tossed around backstage because of his marketing value at the moment, then management is going to push Bobby Roode up as a challenger for the world heavyweight championship. There are still talks of Brutus Magnus recapturing the belt at TNA Sacrifice 2014.
April 14, 2014
Heath Slater
Since the company needs room for all the new stars that they are bringing up from the developmental program, WWE is expected to allow several of the veteran performers to leave the company soon. The belief is that Heath Slater will be allowed to walk once his contract expires. The 3MB member has expressed frustration backstage over not receiving a push.
April 14, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
While all eyes are on Antonio Cesaro and the push that he is about to receive, there are actually rumors that Jack Swagger could be on the receiving end of a push as well. WWE has discussed the possibility of putting the Intercontinental Championship on him. Management tested out the audience over the weekend to gauge their reaction to Swagger beating Big E Langston for the title.
April 13, 2014
AJ Styles
While the company has recently suffered the loss of AJ Styles and Chris Sabin, it appears that TNA has been able to retain one of their longtime stars. James Storm has signed a new multiple year deal to stick around. The former world heavyweight champion is expected to be given a nice push after he finishes up his program with Gunner.
April 13, 2014
Titus ONeil
Rumors surfaced before Wrestlemania 30 that Titus ONeil was no longer going to be on the receiving end of a push in WWE. Those plans have not been changed, as management is planning on pushing several of the newer stars ahead of him. ONeil, however, has some job security, as WWE feels that he is a great representative at public appearances.
April 13, 2014
Brock Lesnar
There was actually a push backstage in WWE to have Jim Ross doing commentary at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary performer was penciled in to call the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker. WWE opted against the idea because they were concerned that fans might be able to figure out that Undertaker was going to be losing the match since Ross was brought back for the occasion.
April 13, 2014
Roman Reigns
While he has lost a bit of momentum since Royal Rumble 2014, there are still plans in WWE to give Roman Reigns a big push. Since the Shield pulled a face turn recently, there are talks of elevating Reigns to the point where he can be booked in a match against Triple H at Summerslam 2014. The hope there is that HHH can make him into a star by giving him a memorable match.
April 12, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
As of right now, there are plans backstage to give Antonio Cesaro a huge push. Pairing him with a great talker like Paul Heyman was the start of that. There are even those in WWE that are pushing for Cesaro to be pushed high enough over the next year, so that he can be thrown into a match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, where Heyman would play a pivotal role in the story.
April 12, 2014
Natalya Neidhart
Since he is still involved with Natalya Neidhart on Total Divas, WWE wants to figure out a way to utilize Tyson Kidd more as a wrestler on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Rumors have it that officials are toying around with the idea of a new gimmick for him, even though his current gimmick works just fine. A push might be taking place in the upcoming weeks.
April 11, 2014
AJ Lee
Now that Paige is on the main roster and has won the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee, people backstage are trying to decide who to put the WWE NXT Women's Championship on. Ashley Flair has been receiving a bit of push as of late, and the belief is that she is the top candidate to carry the strap. Ric Flair could become more involved in the product at this point.
April 10, 2014
Damien Sandow
Despite the guy still having a large fan base, the return of Rob Van Dam was removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. The former world heavyweight champion defeated Damien Sandow in a quick match, but WWE did not view it as a segment important enough to be shown to their fans on Hulu. A lot of eyes will be on RVD now to see how much of a push that he receives from management.
April 8, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Despite the company being very high on the guy, Alexander Rusev had his debut match removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. He defeated Zack Ryder in a squash match, but WWE officials deemed it not important enough to show their fans on Hulu. This leads to a lot of questions about how strong of a push Rusev will receive.
April 8, 2014
Alexander Rusev
According to online betting websites, Alexander Rusev is the heavy favorite to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. WWE officials have been trying to think of a way to make his debut strong, and this could be how they kick start his push. Expect him to be featured on Monday Night Raw, where he might finally have a match.
April 6, 2014
Andre the Giant
There is still a strong push within WWE to add Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal match, as many feel that they have done a good job throughout the past several months. However, some in management feel that being involved in the match with John Cena and Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 30 is enough of a reward for them.
April 4, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Earlier this week, WWE announced the participants in the Andre the Giant battle royal that is taking place at Wrestlemania 30. The company left four open spots for surprise entrants and as a way to buy themselves time on making the decisions. A strong rumor is that Alexander Rusev will be taking one of those spots and be given a decent push in the match.
March 26, 2014
AJ Lee
Initially, there was a push backstage in WWE to have AJ Lee defending the belt against Naomi Knight in a straight up match, but for the sake of Total Divas, management opted to just throw as many of the girls into the match as possible. Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya Neidhart, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Emma, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Layla El and Tamina Snuka are now involved.
March 25, 2014
Bray Wyatt
If WWE goes through with their plans of putting the heavyweight championship on Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 30, then one of his first opponents could very well be Bray Wyatt, who is expected to receive a huge push at the pay per view over John Cena. The writers can push their match at Royal Rumble 2014 as the story behind the feud and title program.
March 23, 2014
Dean Ambrose
Since the company is worried about ruining the momentum of a potential star, there has been a lot of changes discussed backstage on how to handle the Roman Reigns push. Right now, WWE feels that it would be better if Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose turned on Reigns, as opposed to the other way around, because it would get the fans behind Reigns more.
March 22, 2014
CM Punk
Top level spots in WWE are highly coveted in the industry. With CM Punk leaving, that has created an opportunity for someone to step up and take his place. There is a push backstage to have Seth Rollins being given a push towards the main event, as many feel that he has a style similar to Punk and could be a good candidate to replace the former world champion.
March 20, 2014
Andre the Giant
When Carlos Colon was announced as an inductee into the WWE hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30, some were under the belief that Diego and Fernando would be receiving a little push in order to promote the induction. However, it is much too late to do that, so management might simply put the two of them into the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal match instead.
March 19, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
At one point in time, Vince McMahon considered Antonio Cesaro to be a boring performer and character. Chris Jericho confirmed that during his podcast interview with Rob Van Dam. There are some merits to the rumors, as people backstage have been heavily praising Cesaro for quite some time now, but his big push in WWE has yet to really take place.
March 18, 2014
Great Khali
Since WWE has been phasing out the Great Khali over the last few weeks, there is a very good chance that he could be allowed to walk away from the company when his contract expires. If that were to happen, then Jinder Mahal might finally get his push, as he is a decent worker, does not get in trouble and is on a relatively cheap contract.
March 17, 2014
Andre the Giant
While management has halted his push because of a poor reaction from the audience at Elimination Chamber 2014, there is still a chance that Darren Young will be working the Wrestlemania 30 show. He and his former teammate Titus ONeil are both candidates to be entrants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal that weekend.
March 16, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Even though the brothers have not been utilized on television as strongly as they were a couple of months ago, WWE is working on a DVD that will featured around Dusty Rhodes, Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The family should be receiving a push whenever the DVD is ready to be launched. There's a good chance now that Goldust will stick around a little bit longer.
March 14, 2014
Steve Austin
Since the company was so focused on other wrestlers over the last couple of months, Steve Austin has not been a focal point for WWE heading into Wrestlemania 30, but there is now a change, as management wants to do a big merchandise push in the coming months. Despite not being there any more, Austin still remains as one of the top merchandise sellers for WWE.
March 13, 2014
Roman Reigns
When a professional wrestler becomes popular, often times fans will try to get to know as much about the performer as possible. A lot of fans lately have been discovering that Roman Reigns has a public intoxication arrest on his record. However, it happened a long time ago, so WWE does not consider that a big of a deal. His push is not in jeopardy.
March 13, 2014
Buff Bagwell
During a recent interview, Buff Bagwell was asked about John Cena, and he stated that he could have been just as big as Cena had WWE given him the exact same push. He also noted that Cena was not as good as guys like Sting, Goldberg, Steve Austin and the Rock. Bagwell feels that Cena is simply at the right place at the right time.
March 10, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Since the former world heavyweight champion does not have a program to work with right now, there are talks within WWE of having Big Show being the one to elevate the debuting Alexander Rusev. Management wants to give the developmental wrestler a nice push after Wrestlemania 30, and Show would be able to provide him with some credibility right off the bat.
March 7, 2014
Curtis Axel
While he will unlikely ever receive a big push again, Curtis Axel is being praised backstage in WWE because of the way that he has been handling his demotion. Management stuck him into a tag team with Ryback and has not given them much to work with, but Axel remains a professional who comes to work every day.
March 7, 2014
CM Punk
With CM Punk no longer with the company, the plan moving forward for WWE is to push John Cena and Daniel Bryan as the top two baby faces. No word yet on which one of them will be the top guy or the champion. Some were under the impression that Roman Reigns would be elevated into one of the top two spots once he does his face turn and leaves Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins behind.
March 6, 2014
Bully Ray
Since management is planning to give him a nice push, Sam Shaw is expected to go over Mr Anderson at the TNA Lockdown 2014 pay per view. Management feels that Anderson has enough credibility to provide Shaw. Plus, Anderson is coming off of a big win against Bully Ray in their feud, so he will not be losing too much heat by putting someone else over.
March 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
In order to kick start his big push, there are talks backstage in WWE of putting the Intercontinental Championship on Antonio Cesaro at Wrestlemania 30, where he is rumored to be working a triple threat match against Big E Langston and Jack Swagger. A much anticipated face turn is also supposed to help get things going as well.
March 5, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While a lot of fans were under the impression that his win on Monday Night Raw might have signaled an escape from the dog house, there does not appear to be much of a chance of seeing a Dolph Ziggler push any time soon. He and Alberto Del Rio were basically just chosen to do a match to help guest star Aaron Paul promote his movie.
March 4, 2014
Christian
While it has not been officially confirmed yet, it appears that WWE is leaning towards doing a match between Christian and Sheamus at Wrestlemania 30. Management definitely wanted Sheamus on the card, as they still view him as a high priority within the company. There was a strong push to give Christian a spot on the card, as this might be his last one.
February 28, 2014
R Truth
While many are hoping that he eventually makes it to the main event level in WWE, there are those backstage that feel that his push needs to be drawn out, in order to prevent backlash from fans. Since management wants to go slow, there is a chance that they could feed him a low level baby face, such as Zack Ryder or R Truth, in his debut feud.
February 28, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
"I thought it was awesome. I love the kid. He was having the time of his life because he was a fan of all of us. So he couldn't wait for the Vader Bomb or the Diamond Cutter. I mean he loved it. And he's a good kid, he's a damn good worker. I hope at some point he actually gets the push. He could back it up because he can talk and he can work." - Diamond Dallas Page on how Heath Slater is backstage
February 27, 2014
Batista
Those who watched Elimination Chamber 2014 and Monday Night Raw this week, witnessed the WWE audience turning on Batista because they do not approve of his push and his attitude towards the fans since returning. Mick Foley posted this message on Twitter, stating that he has never seen anything like it before in his long career.
February 24, 2014
Damien Sandow
"I think your actual language, in my opinion, is what's wrong with a lot of the Superstars. I don't mean that as a shot at you… let me explain myself... their frustrations and, I hate this term, but 'push.' What is a push? Every time you get a chance on television, that is a chance to win fans. That is a chance to create good content. A lot of the guys… 'I'm not working in the main event.' If they have a problem with that, you get yourself in the main event. If you're not, you make sure your match is the best match of the night. You can only go forward. I never saw me losing my briefcase to John Cena as a bad thing, it was a chance for my character to evolve. And evolve I did! I think, looking back at my career, when it's all said and done, that night will go down as one of the most pivotal nights in my career." - Damien Sandow discusses his push being stopped
February 23, 2014
Bray Wyatt
There are those within WWE that want to figure out a way to push Erick Rowan and Luke Harper a little more, as the feeling right now is that Bray Wyatt is receiving all of the heat from the audience. Some are concerned that these two guys might be left behind if management were to ever split up the act and let Wyatt be a single act.
February 22, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Since she is now focusing on her education, new career and business, there is backstage heat towards Vickie Guerrero from a couple of people backstage in WWE. It has become apparent that she plans on leaving the company after she graduates from college, so management has decided not to push her much on television from here on out.
February 22, 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
AJ Lee
Initially, WWE wanted to book Naomi Knight to win the Divas championship from AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30, but an eye injury has put those plans in jeopardy. Management is looking at backup options at the moment. They still want someone from Total Divas to be given the spotlight at the pay per view, in order to push the upcoming and second season of the show.
February 21, 2014
Dixie Carter
While the company was not initially interested in bringing him on board after he was released from the WWE developmental program, there is now a push within TNA to sign Kassius Ohno, who is also known as Chris Hero. He is currently working some dates for ROH, but the belief is that Dixie Carter can sign him away with a long term contract.
February 21, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Very often in WWE, management will hold back a performer, in order to test their patience and professionalism. That appears to have been the case with Antonio Cesaro, who was stuck in a filler tag team with Jack Swagger for the past year. He handled himself well, so management feels more comfortable giving him a main event push now.
February 20, 2014