YUJI NAGATA ROYAL RUMBLE 2014 NEWS
Name
Yuji Nagata
Real Name
Yuji Nagata
Date of Birth
April 24, 1968
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Debut
1992
Vince McMahon
It appears that the WWE Network was launched at just the right time. Buyrates for Royal Rumble 2014 and Elimination Chamber 2014 suffered a considerable drop from the previous year. Vince McMahon no longer has to tout these numbers to his investors, though, because the company can state that the viewers have shifted over to the WWE Network.
May 1, 2014
Big Show
Some eyes backstage have been on the Great Khali, as management has not been utilizing him as much lately. He has only worked two televised matches, a win over Damien Sandow on Monday Night Raw and a brief appearance at Royal Rumble 2014. WWE also sent Big Show to India for a promotional tour instead of him recently as well.
February 22, 2014
CM Punk

While we still do not have a definite answer as to how long he has been upset with the company, we do know now that CM Punk was already contemplating a departure from WWE as early as Royal Rumble 2014. He vented to Mick Foley at the time about not being happy within the company and having trouble dealing with injuries.

February 10, 2014
Alexander Rusev

When Alexander Rusev made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, many were under the impression that it was a permanent call up to the main roster. However, it appears that management wants the developmental wrestler to have a little more seasoning by working in WWE NXT for a few more weeks.

January 31, 2014
Jey Uso

While watching Royal Rumble 2014, Rikishi expressed his frustration with WWE by posting a message on Twitter. He asked what the company was doing with his sons, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. He also stated that the "writers suck" and ended the statement with "bullshit".

January 29, 2014
Alexander Rusev

Alexander Rusev, the developmental wrestler who made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, was trained by Rikishi. His relationship with the former WWE star helped help progress in the industry a lot quicker than a lot of other guys who have tried to make it to the main roster.

January 29, 2014
Booker T

Former nWo stable mates Kevin Nash and Booker T have come to terms on a contract. Nash, who surprised wrestling fans by returning to WWE at Royal Rumble 2014, will be working a show for Booker on February 15, and there is a chance that he could be working more dates for the promotion.

January 29, 2014
Jake Roberts

Royal Rumble 2014 is barely in the books now, but Jake Roberts, who publicly campaigned for a spot in the big match, has revealed that he has started training for Royal Rumble 2015. The WWE legend feels that it would provide some closure to be able to work one final match for the company.

January 28, 2014
El Torito

Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.

January 28, 2014
Christian

While there were minor rumblings of him possibly returning at Royal Rumble 2014, it now appears that WWE has saved Christian for Smackdown instead. The former world champion is scheduled to appear on the episode being taped in Toledo later on today.

January 28, 2014
Big Show

Big Show was noticeably missing from Monday Night Raw this week. WWE has given him some time off to heal from the hand injury that he suffered at a live event over the weekend. Management had Brock Lesnar attacking him during Royal Rumble 2014 to write him off of television.

January 28, 2014
Kevin Nash

While he did not make an appearance during Royal Rumble 2014 as speculated, Sean Waltman, who canceled an appearance at an independent wrestling show, was said to be backstage at the event, where his good friend Kevin Nash made his return.

January 27, 2014
Daniel Bryan

At Royal Rumble 2014, fans in the arena heavily showered Rey Mysterio with boos. While that confused many at the beginning, it became evident shortly thereafter that people were upset that Mysterio had the final spot in the match instead of Daniel Bryan.

January 27, 2014
Wade Barrett

While his removal was a last minute decision like it was for other performers, Wade Barrett was pulled from Royal Rumble 2014 earlier in the week. The unknown person that was supposed to replace him ended up not being thrown into the match after all.

January 27, 2014
Evan Bourne

At one point, Evan Bourne was supposed to make his return to WWE at Royal Rumble 2014, but management opted against that move on Sunday night. The high flying wrestler decided to address the issue on Twitter by telling his fans to not worry about last night and that he is still working on his comeback.

January 27, 2014
Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods was originally given a spot at Royal Rumble 2014, as evident by the advertisement stating his participation in the event his year, but WWE officials changed their mind backstage at the last minute and pulled him from the event.

January 27, 2014
Brock Lesnar

Many were expecting Brock Lesnar to take another break after Royal Rumble 2014, as that has usually been the case when the former UFC champion works a pay per view for WWE, but he is scheduled to appear on Monday Night Raw tonight, probably to set up his Wrestlemania 30 match.

January 27, 2014
Batista

After Royal Rumble 2014 went off the air, Batista got into it with a fan on his way back up the entrance ramp. He threatened to snap the person in half, before the rest of the WWE audience turned on him. Batista then added further fuel to the fire by mocking Daniel Bryan at the top of the rant.

January 27, 2014
Alexander Rusev

Rumors had persisted for several months that Alexander Rusev was next in line to be called up from developmental to the main roster in WWE, and the move took place during Royal Rumble 2014, where the big man was involved in the annual battle royale.

January 27, 2014
Daniel Bryan

At the risk of ruining his chances of signing a new deal with the company involving his stand up comedy show, Mick Foley, whose contract expires in a few weeks, opted to be open and honest by speaking out against WWE for not pushing Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble 2014. 

January 27, 2014
Yuji Nagata
At the Second Navigation 2014, Yuji Nagata challenged Takeshi Morishima for the GHC Heavyweight Championship in Tokyo, and the former WCW star was successfully able to capture the belt for the very first time in his career. Morishima had only been champion for about a month before handing the title over to Nagata.
February 8, 2014
Batista
"I'm just one of those people who never really cared about being cheered or booed. If they cheered me, it motivated me. If they booed me, it motivated me more. Fans saying I don't deserve the Royal Rumble 2014 win, it's like they forgot the 10 or 12 years beforehand. I try to never be disrespectful. I left not because I wanted to leave, but because I needed to achieve some things on my own without WWE. To tell you the truth, I wished the crowd had been a little more supportive. When I come back to WWE, I'm with WWE." - Batista defending himself against fans
May 18, 2014
Curtis Axel
A picture of Curtis Axel and NFL star Ben Roethlisberger backstage at Royal Rumble 2014. Many have noted the physical resemblance between the WWE star and the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback.
April 18, 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
Diamond Dallas Page
A video clip of Triple H calling Diamond Dallas Page to inform him that Jake Roberts would not be allowed to work Royal Rumble 2014, but that he would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania 30.
April 11, 2014
Andre the Giant
Despite not being utilized all that frequently on television, Justin Gabriel was given a spot in the Andre the Giant match at Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that WWE is rewarding him for not making a big fuss about being removed from Royal Rumble 2014 at the last minute. Management likes that he does as he is told backstage.
April 6, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since management has been unable to figure out a way for him to make his long awaited return, there are now rumors that Evan Bourne could be one of the guys to take the four remaining spots in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. The high flying performer was initially scheduled for Royal Rumble 2014, but WWE pulled him from the big match.
March 27, 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
Andre the Giant
At Royal Rumble 2014, Justin Gabriel came really close to making his pay per view return, but that spot was taken away from him at the last minute. His chances of working Wrestlemania 30 this year has increased tremendously now that he is one of the many veteran performers who are being penciled in for the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
March 18, 2014
Andre the Giant
The Great Khali made his return to the ring this week by working a match against CJ Parker at the WWE NXT taping. Prior to that, he had not worked a match since Royal Rumble 2014. The belief is that the former world heavyweight champion is going to be given a spot at Wrestlemania 30 in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
March 16, 2014
Kevin Nash
When Kevin Nash made a surprise appearance at Royal Rumble 2014, many noted that he looked younger because he dyed his hair and beard black. Now that his brief stint with WWE is done, he has gone back to his natural gray look.
February 13, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Since he has voiced his displeasure to those backstage, WWE has been attempting to appease Alberto Del Rio a bit. Since the start of 2014, the former world heavyweight champion has been given eight televised victories. His only losses came against Rey Mysterio on Smackdown and at Royal Rumble 2014.
February 7, 2014
Evan Bourne

After he was pulled from Royal Rumble 2014 at the last minute, Evan Bourne told fans on Twitter that he was still working on making his return to WWE, but as of right now, it does not appear that management is making that a priority backsage.

February 3, 2014
Big Show

Since the company wanted to sell the brutality of Brock Lesnar for his match against Big Show at Royal Rumble 2014, they had Mark Henry work an injury angle and take a couple of weeks off. It looks the former world champion is returning to WWE, possibly as soon as Monday Night Raw this week.

February 3, 2014
Daniel Bryan

After what took place at Royal Rumble 2014, WWE officials were concerned that the audience at Monday Night Raw was going to hijack the event by voicing their opinions, so in order to help squash some of that and control the crowd, management had Daniel Bryan cutting a promo to open up the show.

February 1, 2014
Daniel Bryan

Long known backstage as someone with a short fuse, Randy Orton was said to be irate with the fans at Royal Rumble 2014 because he feels that they interrupted his performance against John Cena by openly rooting for Daniel Bryan. Orton does have a history of being upset with audiences.

February 1, 2014
Daniel Bryan

While the crowd reaction at Royal Rumble 2014 was noticed by management backstage, WWE does not appear to be changing their plans for Daniel Bryan. He is still penciled in for a match against Sheamus at Wrestlemania 30, and the program is expected to be started at Elimination Chamber 2014.

January 28, 2014
Jamie Noble

There are those backstage that were disappointed with Royal Rumble 2014, as many feel that there were not enough highlight spots during the match. Kofi Kingston was praised for doing his best to produce memorable moments, but very few others were able to stand out. Jamie Noble, the agent in charge of the match, has backstage heat because of that.

January 28, 2014
Mick Foley

"I honestly never expected the type of attention that both my tweet and my Facebook post about my displeasure with the Royal Rumble would bring. I was just expressing an opinion, and it seemed to be in line with what many of you had on your mind last night as well. The response on both Twitter and Facebook dwarfed anything I'd received in the past, and I hope WWE will recognize this unprecedented response as a sign that a little tweaking might be needed in order to save this Wrestlemania from the prospect of 75,000 people booing, turning their backs, or walking out of its main event."

- Mick Foley thanking fans for their response to his Royal Rumble 2014 rant

January 27, 2014
Daniel Bryan

Last night, at Royal Rumble 2014, Shawn Michaels surprised the audience by seemingly breaking character and heavily praising Daniel Bryan while doing commentary. There are those that believe that he was simply setting up an upcoming story line for WWE by doing that.

January 27, 2014
Jim Ross

"Crowd became disconnected in John Cena - Randy Orton match. Talents worked hard nonetheless. Simply wasn't what they wanted to see. "

- Jim Ross on Royal Rumble 2014

January 27, 2014
Kurt Angle
A video of the match between Yuji Nagata and Kurt Angle that took place at Global Impact at the Tokyo Dome in Japan back in 2009. Viewed as two of the top performers in the entire world, Nagata vs Angle did not fail to deliver for either New Japan and TNA.
April 4, 2014
Takeshi Morishima
A video of the GHC World Heavyweight Championship match between Takeshi Morishima and Yuji Nagata at Pro Wrestling NOAH event.
March 22, 2014
Yuji Nagata
Prior to becoming a star in professional wrestling, Yuji Nagata was involved in amateur wrestling. He was fairly decent at it as well, as the New Japan star actually represented his country in the Asian Championship twice during his career. He also competed in the World Cup and World Championships as well.
February 9, 2014
Justin Roberts
When news broke that Justin Roberts had been given a release by WWE, fans naturally speculated as to who would replace him in the role. Initially, the belief was that Lilian Garcia would be remaining on Smackdown because it suits her schedule more, but it has now been revealed that she will be making a return to Monday Night Raw. Some are saying that the move will be temporary until WWE can find someone who can fill the position permanently.
October 20, 2014
Alicia Fox
The expanding cast of Total Divas will include Alicia Fox next season. WWE has decided to include as many of their female performers as possible on the show, and Alicia was quite willing to sign up for the reality television show. For a lot of the girls, the hope is that the extra exposure will help them build up their name value for when they eventually leave the company and pursue other things.
October 20, 2014
Paige
In an attempt to draw in even more viewers, the producers of Total Divas and WWE have decided to add new faces to the show. Paige was chosen to be one of the two cast additions. She is young, has a different look, is from England and has already been the Divas champion. Speculations are that the show will portray her as the new girl being given preferential treatment from management.
October 20, 2014
Mickie James
It has now been revealed that Mickie James is interested in making a return to WWE. She recently took several months off from the independent wrestling circuit to give birth to a child. Mickie has expressed interest in the past in returning to the company, but management reportedly did not pursue the move very aggressively. No word yet on how much interest their is from WWE at the moment.
October 20, 2014
Michelle McCool
In a sign that he is thoroughly enjoying his time away from WWE, Undertaker was spotted with his wife Michelle McCool at a college football game featuring the Texas Longhorns. The former world heavyweight champion even took the time to pose for pictures with fans, something that he did not do frequently when he was an active performer. Undertaker was also spotted recently at a high school football game.
October 19, 2014
Gene Snitsky
Through social media, Gene Snitsky has expressed his dissatisfaction with TNA for not bringing him on board full time. He did a couple of segments on Impact Wrestling this summer, but management has opted to remain fiscally responsible, as they are still trying to secure a new television contract. The company is expected to start signing wrestlers are that happens.
October 19, 2014
Great Muta
Earlier this month, the Great Muta promised to attack the Rock when the former WWE star visited Japan to promote his Hercules movie. Obviously, there was no real life friction, and Muta was simply stating that to help with promotion. The Japanese legend did show up at the event, teased tension with the Rock before shaking hands and posing for pictures together.
October 19, 2014
Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho recently revealed a highly interesting story that took place between Kofi Kingston and Vince McMahon. He said that McMahon was mocking Kingston on a plane, so Jericho instructed Kingston to stand up for himself and challenge McMahon to a fight. Kingston exchanged some heated words with McMahon, and a quick scuffle ensued between the two.
October 18, 2014
Dean Ambrose
During a recent interview, Dean Ambrose revealed that he had no idea that he was going to be the lead actor in a WWE movie. He thought he was just going to have a really small part as a background character. However, upon reading the script, he realized that he was the lead role. Ambrose also admitted that he was not qualified for the gig, but management thought he could pull it off.
October 18, 2014
Sin Cara
In a rather peculiar move, WWE opted to inform the local media in Mexico that the Sin Cara was being performed by the original wrestler. That is not the case at all, since he was released some time ago. Many in Mexico are already aware of that fact and know that he is currently working for AAA under a different name. No word yet on why WWE opted to make that claim.
October 18, 2014
Dixie Carter
Reports have surfaced that TNA will announce their new television deal before the end of October. It is being said that Dixie Carter has informed business partners that an announcement is coming soon, in hopes of alleviating some of the concerns that they currently have with Impact Wrestling. Still no word yet on which network the company will be signing on with, though.
October 17, 2014
Justin Roberts
While the news of his release from WWE surprised the fans, Justin Roberts apparently knew that it was coming. A couple of weeks ago, the announcer attempted to trademark his name. No word yet on whether or not that was successful. He is also currently in Hawaii, a trip that appeared to have been booked prior to his release after the latest episode of Monday Night Raw.
October 16, 2014
Brock Lesnar
While Brock Lesnar is not defending the WWE Heavyweight Championship for the time being, that does not mean that he is simply just sitting around the house. In addition to working out on a daily basis, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion has been doing a lot of hunting up in Canada recently. No word yet on when his official return to WWE is, but many are expecting it to be in time for Royal Rumble 2015.
October 16, 2014
Brodus Clay
Back in June, Brodus Clay was given a release by WWE, so he informed his fans that his professional wrestling career was far from over. After exploring his options in Japan, the former bodyguard for Snoop Dogg decided to remain stateside by signing with TNA. He made his television debut for the company this week on Impact Wrestling by aligning himself with Ethan Carter and defeating Shark Boy in a match.
October 16, 2014
Zema Ion
Since TNA is not very active right now with live events, several of their performers have been looking into other ways of making money with the holidays just around the corner. Guys like Zema Ion and Robbie E are looking to be booked down in Mexico, and there are other stars possibly attempting the same thing. Wrestlers are also looking into the independent circuit and Japan as options as well.
October 16, 2014
AJ Lee
Anyone that has watched WWE routinely over the last year has heard the audience chanting for CM Punk, who walked away from the company due to backstage heat with management. Those chants are especially loud whenever AJ Lee, his real life wife, is in the ring. During recently live events, Paige has decided to turn the tables around on the fans by actually responding to the chants. She reminds the audience that it is actually AJ in the ring and not Punk.
October 15, 2014
Justin Roberts
When Justin Roberts was given his release from WWE after Monday Night Raw ended, there were a good amount of people who were upset with the company for dropping him unceremoniously. Overwhelmed by the support, the announcer went online and asked fans not to be angry. He stated that he was able to live out his dream for several years. Roberts was one of the more well liked guys backstage because of his passion and enthusiasm for the business.
October 15, 2014
AJ Styles
Back in June, Yoshi Tatsu was given his release from WWE, and many speculated that it would only be a matter of time before he headed back overseas. Earlier this week, he made his return to New Japan by attacking Jeff Jarrett and helped Hiroshi Tanahashi recapture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles, whom Jarrett was trying to help illegally regain the belt.
October 15, 2014
Justin Roberts
Shortly after he worked Monday Night Raw this week, WWE announced that they have decided to release Justin Roberts after a dozen years o service because they did not want to sign him to another contract. No word yet on why management is letting him go, but the news is probably not well received backstage since Roberts was viewed as one of the biggest wrestling fans in the company.
October 14, 2014
Batista
Despite a lot of critical wrestling fans predicting his failure in Hollywood, Batista is expanding his resume rather nicely. After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, the former world heavyweight champion has cemented himself into the Marvel Universe, which is red hot right now in the industry. Now, Batista is joining the James Bond universe, where he is slated to portray a villainous henchman named Hinx.
October 13, 2014