SMACKDOWN RUMORS
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
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
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
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
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
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
R Truth
Since he has not been utilized on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown in about a month now, there are speculations that there might be some backstage heat on R Truth. That is not the case. Management simply does not have a story line for him to work with. Plus, his partner Xavier Woods has been utilized on WWE NXT more frequently these past few weeks.
March 9, 2014
Darren Young
Since management was disappointed at the crowd reaction that was received during the match between Darren Young and Titus ONeil at Elimination Chamber 2014, the former Prime Time Players are being scaled back a bit, and their respective pushes are being placed on hold. Their feud has not being featured on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since the pay per view.
March 9, 2014
Batista
One of the reasons why WWE has been utilizing the two of them together on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown lately is because management is trying to build up a potential main event match between Batista and Daniel Bryan at Summerslam 2014. Batista is expected to be the focal point of the show since his movie comes out in August.
March 8, 2014
AJ Lee
Even though there is uncertainty about the return of Naomi Knight, WWE does not feel the pressing need to put together a new program for AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 30. She has been working random matches on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, with Cameron being the closest thing that the Divas Champion has to a feud at the moment.
March 8, 2014
Ryback
It appears that the backstage heat on Ryback has increased as of late. He has not been utilized on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown for quite a few weeks now. Management has relegated him to working the secondary WWE television shows. He has been booked in losses for five straight matches now.
March 6, 2014
Batista
There were plans backstage at the last Monday Night Raw to turn Batista into a heel by having Randy Orton playing with the mind of his former Evolution teammate. WWE opted against doing that during the show, so they went with a watered down version of the heel turn on Smackdown to test out the reaction from the audience.
March 2, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
While he has not been willing to give out a lot of information about his rumored new wrestling promotion at this time, Jeff Jarrett has revealed that the project is definitely moving forward. He event hinted that his television show was going to be airing on Tuesday night, so that it will not compete with Monday Night Raw, Impact Wrestling or Smackdown.
February 27, 2014
Eva Marie
For the upcoming season of Total Divas, you can expect to see a lot of scenes involving Eva Marie and Summer Rae together, as the two of them have formed a friendship on screen. There are talks that WWE could be taking that relationship and featuring it on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, where the two divas would form a team.
February 25, 2014
Xavier Woods
While there looked to be some promise early on, it now appears that WWE is no longer pushing Xavier Woods. He has been largely neglected on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown over the last few weeks, and the belief is that the creative department has been inundated with things to do before Wrestlemania 30, so Woods will have to wait.
February 21, 2014
El Torito
A video of the match between El Torito and Hornswoggle on WWE Main Event this week. The company wants to have these two performers working a series of matches, so expect to see more interaction between the two of them on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown in the coming weeks.
April 24, 2014
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
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
Charlie Haas
With Jeff Jarrett traveling the world to find professional wrestling stars to join his new Global Force Wrestling, a name that has popped up in the rumor mills is Charlie Haas. The former WWE star has been really quiet since his odd departure from ROH. Haas has been in semi retirement, working small shows here and there in Texas. He would bring a veteran presence and a familiar face to GFW.
April 24, 2014
Shawn Michaels
While he did make a brief appearance during Wrestlemania 30 week, Shawn Michaels is expected to be gone from WWE for the time being. The former world heavyweight champion will be focusing his energy on his television show and various promotional appearances for the time being. There are talks that he could be brought back for Summerslam 2014 to help with promotions, but that is not confirmed yet.
April 24, 2014
AJ Lee
AJ Lee has been off the road with WWE for a couple of weeks now, which has naturally caused her fans to wonder about her return date. As of right now, that is unclear, as the company is not rushing her to come back. The hope is that it might ease the tension between CM Punk and WWE. While many feel that he is done with the company, some still believe that he can be convinced to return.
April 24, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Rumors coming out of backstage are stating that Vince McMahon made the decision to end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30 because he felt that his legendary star was aging really badly. Since McMahon felt that Undertaker was wrestling what was possibly his last match for WWE, he decided a couple of days before the pay per view to pull the trigger on Brock Lesnar being given the honors.
April 24, 2014
Bobby Roode
While they both have now established themselves as singles stars, there are talks backstage in TNA of doing a Beer Money reunion. The hope would be that James Storm and Bobby Roode can remain relevant while carrying the tag team division once again. It would help fill the void that is being left by the potential departures of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.
April 24, 2014
Booker T
Since his Reality of Wrestling promotion has been making a lot of progress as of late, there are rumors that Booker T could be leaving WWE soon to focus on running his company. However, that does not appear to be the case. Booker is intent on keeping his role with WWE because it keeps his profile high, which in turn helps the value of ROW as well.
April 24, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A lot of fans are quick to point out the similarities between Eric Young winning the heavyweight championship and Daniel Bryan winning the heavyweight championship. However, people backstage in TNA are denying that there is a correlation. Company officials are standing by their stance that the move was done in order to surprise the fans.
April 24, 2014
Dixie Carter
While we are still several months away from the expiration of the contract, rumors have it that several TNA stars are concerned about Dixie Carter not being able to secure a new television deal with Spike, which has been home to the promotion for quite a few years now. Last time around, Carter was able to get the deal done a lot quicker.
April 23, 2014
Batista
Aided by the fact that so many fans want to see it coming back, rumors have been spreading that WWE is considering the idea of doing a War Games match between Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) and Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista) at WWE Battleground in July. However, management has long been against the idea, so things are still up in the air.
April 23, 2014
AJ Lee
After dropping the belt to Paige the night after Wrestlemania 30, AJ Lee was given some time off, presumably to rest up and move to Chicago to be with boyfriend, former WWE star CM Punk. Rumors are floating around that AJ will be returning to the company in May, as she has been advertised for the European tour. She is also advertised for events in June.
April 23, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Since his popularity has been growing by the day, there are actually talks backstage in WWE of doing a face turn with Bray Wyatt. Rumors have it that some in the company believe that he can reach his full main event potential by being a fan favorite. The belief is that WWE will not be pulling the trigger on this character change until they decide to turn Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins back into heels.
April 23, 2014
Big E Langston
Thanks to a really impressive performance from both guys on Monday Night Raw last week, rumors are now floating around that Wade Barrett has shot up as candidate to win the tournament to crown a new challenger for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The two of them could be facing one another at Extreme Rules 2014.
April 22, 2014
Curtis Axel
Since he has managed to behave himself rather well since being put into the dog house, there are talks that Ryback could be on the receiving end of a push from WWE in the near future. There are rumors that he and Curtis Axel could be going their separate ways soon, and it looks like Ryback will be the beneficiary of that breakup. He should be moved back into the mid card scene by the summer.
April 22, 2014
Alex Riley
While it has been quite some time since he was taken off the road as an active in ring performer, Alex Riley, who has transitioned to a broadcasting career with WWE since then, is contemplating a return to the ring. There are rumors that it might actually take place in WWE, too. One of the ideas being tossed around backstage is for him to replace Antonio Cesaro in the Real Americans stable with Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger.
April 22, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Rumors have sparked about Cody Rhodes and Goldust doing a heel turn soon. However, that is just pure speculation at this point, as a lot of people are under the belief that WWE was testing things out at the live event in Saudi Arabia earlier this week. The brothers worked a match against Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, but it was simply a matter of filling out the card.
April 22, 2014
Sting
One of the frequently discussed items backstage in WWE is the status of Sting. The former world heavyweight champion was handed a contract, but he has not signed it and returned it to management yet. The belief is that Sting is simply going through the contract with his lawyers to make sure that all of his demands are met before he makes it official.
April 21, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
While a lot of names have surfaced in rumors as possible candidates to join Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling, a name that can be ruled out is Diamond Dallas Page. While the former world heavyweight champion has kept himself in great shape, he has no interest in bring a wrestler again. His main focus right now is on his yoga business.
April 21, 2014
Batista
Rumors going around right now has Batista taking a break after Extreme Rules 2014, where he is scheduled to team up with Triple H and Rand Orton in a six man tag team match against Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Batista is not currently scheduled for any of the events following the pay per view, and the belief is that he will be out promoting his upcoming movie.
April 21, 2014
Daniel Bryan
While the company has yet to make it official, Daniel Bryan is expected to defend the WWE championship against Kane at Extreme Rules 2014. Since fans might view it as a lackluster match up, there are talks that management might turn it into a gimmick match, especially since that would fit in with the theme of the pay per view.
April 21, 2014
Davey Richards
While the majority of the pay per view has already been announced, there are rumors backstage that an eight match could be added. Davey Richards and Eddie Edward are expected to be given a spot on the show, and their opponents could be Zema Ion, Robbie E and Jessie Godderz. There are also talks that MVP could be added if TNA doesn't want to do a handicap tag team match.
April 21, 2014