SMACKDOWN
Steve Blackman
A familiar face made an appearance backstage at the Smackdown taping this week. Steve Blackman, who has been rumored for a brand new show on WWE Network, was visiting with friends in Pennsylvania, where he lives. The belief is that he spent some time talking briefly with management about hosting his own show, which is rumored to focus around Blackman as a bounty hunter.
April 23, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Hours before he was set to return to Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan received some awful news. His father has passed away suddenly. However, rather than taking off immediately to mourn the death, Bryan admirably insisted that WWE allow him to work the show tonight, in order to preserve the plans that were already in place. He might skip out on Smackdown to go be with his family.
April 21, 2014
Eva Marie
Back in January, it was revealed that Eva Marie was hospitalized and needed some time off from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. The latest episode of Total Divas has shed further light on the situation, as it has now been revealed that Eva had an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. The medical condition might prevent her from ever being pregnant.
April 21, 2014
El Torito
A video of the match between Hornswoggle, who rarely gets to wrestle in WWE nowadays, and El Torito on Smackdown.
April 21, 2014
Aksana
A video of the match between Paige and Aksana on Smackdown this week. Since she is new to the main roster, WWE is trying to give credibility to the Divas champion by having her work on television against as many of the female performers as possible.
April 21, 2014
Batista
A video of Sheamus wrestling Batista on the main event of Smackdown this week. WWE has been discussing a full blown feud between the two performers later on this year, so this might have been a test to see how the audience reacts.
April 20, 2014
CJ Parker
A video of the Great Khali wrestling CJ Parker in WWE NXT. The former world heavyweight champion has been given time off from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, so it was interesting that he made an appearance in developmental.
April 19, 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
Hulk Hogan
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Hulk Hogan had been booked to work the Smackdown taping in London next month. Word going around is that the company convinced the former world champion to work the show because WWE has struggled to fill the arenas when they do back to back shows. Undertaker was utilized as a draw last year to help with the problem.
April 18, 2014
El Torito
One of the ideas being tossed around right now backstage in WWE is to have Hornswoggle and El Torito wrestling one another on a pretty frequent basis. The two of them will be featured on Smackdown this week, and there could be more matches coming up. WWE had the two of them training together for a couple of weeks to ensure that the match quality is decent.
April 17, 2014
Bo Dallas
A video that teases the return of Bo Dallas to the main roster. WWE has been playing this on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to get fans hyped up again for the WWE NXT star.
April 17, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
After being heavily rumored to be leaving the company after Wrestlemania 30, Vickie Guerrero has continued to be on the road for WWE. This week, she worked the Smackdown taping. Afterwards, the wrestlers got together and threw her a little birthday party once the television taping was done. She turned 46 today.
April 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While he is not quite a full time performer for the company, Rob Van Dam has opted to head to Europe with WWE for a tour in May. There will be an episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown taped in London during this stretch, so most of the performers in WWE will be on hand for the tour. Rumors have it that RVD will be sticking around for a couple of months like last time.
April 15, 2014
Rey Mysterio
Some potentially interest news coming out of WWE this week is that Rey Mysterio might have actually allowed his contract with the company to expire. The former world heavyweight champion hopped on a plane yesterday afternoon with his family to Hawaii for a little vacation. He was not on Monday Night Raw, and he is not expected at Smackdown.
April 15, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A video of Daniel Bryan celebrating his WWE Championship win with Hulk Hogan in the middle of the ring during the latest episode of Smackdown.
April 14, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A video from Smackdown of Bray Wyatt threatening to go extreme on John Cena. The belief is that WWE will be continuing the feud between the two performers, and a gimmick match at Extreme Rules 2014 is being heavily considered.
April 14, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
During Wrestlemania 30, rumors spread that Vickie Guerrero was finishing up her tenure with WWE and moving on to a different chapter in her life. However, it appears that she might have had a change of heart, as the former on screen general manager posted a message on Twitter, stating that she will be on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week.
April 12, 2014
Fandango
Since Summer Rae is going to be pushed as a singles star now, WWE opted to split her up from Fandango, who sold the story line through his Twitter account. As many saw on Smackdown this week, Summer Rae has been replaced with Layla El, who actually has experience as a dancer. WWE has been trying to find a role for Layla since her return.
April 12, 2014
Hulk Hogan
It looks like Hulk Hogan is going to be putting in some extra hours with WWE next month, as the legendary former world heavyweight champion has been booked to show up at the Smackdown taping that will be taking place in London. The event is taking place on May 20. Hogan is also expected to work the Monday Night Raw in England as well.
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
Adam Rose
A video by WWE to promote the arrival of Adam Rose to the main roster. The clip is entitled Board the Exotic Express, which is the theme that the former developmental wrestler is going to be using on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.
April 10, 2014
Dean Ambrose
During WWE Main Event, it appeared that Dean Ambrose had suffered a serious rib injury. It looks like the Shield member is fine enough to keep working. He will be making an appearance on Smackdown this week, and Ambrose is not currently scheduled to miss any of the live events taking place over the next couple of days.
April 10, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A video of Hulk Hogan making his return to Smackdown. WWE asked the legendary former world heavyweight championship to make an addition television appearance this week to promote Wrestlemania 30.
April 6, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Since Brock Lesnar is expected to go back on the sidelines after Wrestlemania 30, there are talks that Paul Heyman is going to be receiving a new client to work with on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Heyman teased on a radio interview this week that he has already decided on a new guy, but he will not be revealing him just yet.
April 2, 2014
Hulk Hogan
While many are under the impression that he is only sticking around to help promote Wrestlemania 30, there are talks that Hulk Hogan could be sticking around with WWE past that. Right now, the former world heavyweight champion is being advertised to make an appearance on Smackdown later on in April.
April 2, 2014
Batista
"I left for very specific reasons and the reasons were because there were certain opportunities I wasn't getting when I was with the company, and we were so locked down and I mean when you are under contract with them you're pretty much limited to the things you can do. You really can't do anything else in the company without their say so and they weren't certain guys were getting opportunities that I wasn't getting and I wasn't real cool with that. So I left to accomplish certain things, and I felt like once I accomplished them, I always wanted to come back. At the end of the day I love professional wrestling. We didn't come back and demand a lot of money you know I didn't say, 'I'm not doing house shows I'm only doing Monday Night Raw.' I mean I said, 'I'll do Smackdown, I'll do house shows.'" - Batista talks about his WWE return
April 1, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Since returning to the company, Hulk Hogan has only made appearances on Monday Night Raw, but since this is the week before Wrestlemania 30, the former world heavyweight champion is working twice this week. Hogan will be doing an in ring segment on Smackdown this week, where he will be hyping up all the WWE events for the weekend.
March 31, 2014
Bray Wyatt
When the picture of the four of them together initially spread across the internet, there was not a lot of details as to why John Cena was standing in the ring united with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. It has now been revealed that the four of them teamed up in a dark match main event at the Smackdown taping against Kane, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
March 27, 2014
Triple H
Wrestlemania 30 was guaranteed to be a busy week for the WWE stars already, but is going to be even more hectic the day after, as Vince McMahon and Triple H have decided that it would be best to tape both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown at the same venue on the same night. With at least five hours of footage needed, it will become an all day affair.
March 26, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Since he is now one of the most popular figures in the entire industry, fans in Brooklyn were a bit angry that Daniel Bryan was not on hand for Monday Night Raw. WWE had advertised him to be in the dark main event, and the company even stated on Smackdown that he would be making some sort of appearance that evening.
March 25, 2014
Big Show
Since the company would like for him to work a match before his big showdown with John Cena at Wrestlemania 30, Bray Wyatt has been booked to face the Big Show at the Smackdown taping this week. Obviously, he is expected to win the match, as management would like him to look stronger heading into the pay per view against a top level talent.
March 25, 2014
Eva Marie
While the company has switched over to a more family friendly product over the years, there are talks that WWE could be pushing the Eva Marie scandal, which was started on Total Divas, on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Management saw how much interest that the incident has generated with fans, and they want to capitalize on it.
March 25, 2014
Brie Bella
Since they're heavily featured on Monday Night Raw, Smackdown and Total Divas, the Bella Twins have gained quite a bit of popularity over the last year. Naturally, WWE fans have wondered if we will ever seen Nikki Bella and Brie Bella posing nude in Playboy magazine any time soon. While they would sell quite a bit of copies, WWE has to avoid that connection right now because of advertisers and sponsors.
March 22, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Great Khali
Rumors about the Great Khali leaving WWE when his contract expires this year have been spreading since management has been downplaying his role on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Right now, there are talks backstage that the company might opt to keep him from working at Wrestlemania 30, in which case, his fate with WWE is sure to come to an end.
March 20, 2014
Rey Mysterio
Since the masked performer has yet to put his signature on a brand new contract, WWE has been purposely downplaying his role on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. However, management does indeed want to keep Rey Mysterio around for at least another year, as they feel that he still has some merchandise value. Plus, he is already involved in the Flintstones movie.
March 19, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the show has become one of the main focal points for the entire company, WWE officials are extremely disappointed that the ratings for the season premiere of Total Divas were among the lowest that they have seen for a first run episode. It failed to crack the top 100 for Sunday night. Vince McMahon could order his company to do more promotions on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to help.
March 18, 2014
Andre the Giant
While he has not been seen on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown in a year now, there is still a chance that Yoshi Tatsu could be working a match at Wrestlemania 30 this year. The Japanese star has been working really hard down in developmental, and WWE might just reward him with a brief cameo appearance in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
March 18, 2014
Dean Ambrose
Now that he is featured prominently on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, a lot of fans have grown curious about the personal life of Dean Ambrose. Some believe that this picture is of the WWE star and his girlfriend, while others believe that it is simply a fan taking a picture with the US champion.
March 17, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
For the longest time, WWE tried figuring out a way to get Alberto Del Rio on to the Wrestlemania 30 card, even though he was not involved in a compelling story line on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. The Andre the Giant memorial battle royal has now made that happen, as the former world heavyweight champion has been officially announced as an entrant.
March 15, 2014
Zack Ryder
Despite not being utilized too often on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, Zack Ryder still managed to get himself a guest appearance on a television show called Toy Hunters, which is hosted by Jordan Hembrough. The segment was filmed this week, but there is no official word on an air date yet. The WWE star has also been busy with a new YouTube series.
March 14, 2014
Carlito
Even though he did not leave the company on the best of terms, Carlito is said to be returning to WWE at Wrestlemania 30 to induct his father Carlos Colon into the hall of fame. The belief is that his brother Diego and his cousin Fernando will also be a part of the induction ceremony as well. The induction announcement for Colon will be made during Smackdown this Friday.
March 13, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since the two of them have worked matches on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown over the last couple of weeks, WWE was concerned about putting Sheamus and Christian into a match at Wrestlemania 30, so there are now people backstage who are pushing for them to be added to the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal instead.
March 12, 2014
Big Show
It looks like Kane and Big Show might be sneaking on to the Wrestlemania 30 card after all. Management has been planting the seeds to have them work a filler match at the pay per view, and the events at Smackdown was the start of that. The idea for the match has been around since February, but management had other priorities to take care of first.
March 11, 2014
Emma
While her character and routine have not exactly caught fire with the audience yet, WWE is said to be dedicated to giving Emma a legitimate chance at becoming a star in the divas division. Management is expected to continue giving her television time on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown for the time being.
March 10, 2014
Mojo Rawley
While the company recently informed the developmental wrestlers that it will be harder to get called up to the main roster, that change does not appear to be affecting Mojo Rawley and WWE's desire to fast track him to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. The belief is that he is the WWE NXT star that will some day be the headliner for the entire company.
March 10, 2014
Davey Richards
"I don't know. You never really know what they're thinking. The original plan was to do three weeks of NXT and then go to Smackdown but then we got the email that basically what it said was you guys are great but we have a lot of Davey's and Eddie's right now. So we'd probably just put you in developmental to start out and we wouldn't do that when you've already been around the world making a living so you're free to pursue other interests. I thought at least they're being honest because they could have been yeah, you're in developmental and it's going to be great. Then you're down there for three years. I thought it was really respectful of them. Obviously it worked out for them and it worked out for us. We're both happy. It didn't really surprise me. I'm thankful for it." - Davey Richards discusses being rejected by the developmental program in WWE
March 10, 2014
CM Punk
In a rather interesting development, it has now been announced that CM Punk will be making his return to television next week. Unfortunately for WWE fans, however, it will not be done on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. The former world heavyweight champion will be making another appearance on the Talking Dead, his first time in public since walking out on Vince McMahon.
March 9, 2014
Big E Langston
On Tuesday, Big E Langston and Jack Swagger worked a match at the Smackdown taping. However, WWE opted to remove that from the broadcast on Friday night. Some are saying that the match came off horribly, while others are saying that management might simply be saving that for Monday Night Raw since it has a bigger audience.
March 9, 2014