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It looks like Alexander Rusev is extremely close to being called up by WWE. The developmental wrestler is once again on tour with the main roster this weekend, where he is working matches early on the card against veteran performer Zack Ryder.
January 25, 2014
Good news for wrestling fans who hope that the Undertaker remains in the industry in some sort of capacity after retirement. The legendary performer has agreed to work as an adviser for the WWE developmental program. He will make the occasional trip to the WWE Performance Center and provide evaluations and advice to the performers and the trainers.
October 24, 2014
Some interesting stuff came out of a recent interview that Mark Henry did with Newsday. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that he met Rock in Canada while he was playing professional football. Henry was up there training with Bret Hart and his family. Henry recruited Rock into joining WWE with him. While they were in developmental, the two of them even shared an apartment.
October 11, 2014
Friday was a big day for Maria Kanellis. She is now a married woman. For those of you that do not know, her husband is ROH star Mike Bennett, whom she has been dating for approximately three years now. There were talks of WWE bringing him into their developmental program a while back, but nothing has surfaced since then, so the belief is that the ship has sailed on that.
October 11, 2014
Nick Dinsmore has been released by WWE yet again. This time, though, he was functioning as a trainer for the developmental program. Dinsmore, who formerly wrestled for the company as Eugene, spent a year with the company, and the belief is that management opted not to renew his contract once it expired. Some are saying that this move was done for budgetary reasons.
October 2, 2014
Reports have surfaced that Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi are going to be promoted to the main roster very soon. The two of them are established international stars, and management is not going to have them languishing in the developmental program. WWE knows that the promotion might upset some of the guys that have been in WWE NXT for a while, but it is a move that they want to do.
September 30, 2014
Since WWE likes to own the copyright to the names of their performers, most everyone is given a new moniker when they sign a contract. Prince Devitt is no exception. The international star will now be using the name Finn Balor while he works through the developmental phase. Depending on how fans react to the name, Devitt will more than likely be bringing that name with him to the main roster.
September 25, 2014
Earlier this month, it was revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25,000 a year. It has now been discovered that the amount is only for the male performers. The divas in WWE NXT, such as Ashley Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, are paid $50,000 a year, which is twice as much. The reasoning behind that is because management feels that the girls have more expenses in maintaining their looks.
September 18, 2014
While the hot rumors are pointing to Darren Young being eventually revealed by WWE as the man underneath the bunny suit, a lot of fans have been wondering who has been portraying the character on television as of late. Reports have surfaced that developmental wrestler Sami Zayn has been the one in the suit. He apparently portrayed the character on Monday Night Raw and at live events.
September 17, 2014
Professional wrestling and football have long had a connection, as a lot of players from the gridiron have successfully made the switch to the squared circle. Triple H wants that tradition to continue, so WWE is now targeting more football players to join their developmental program. While there are a couple of guys already on the roster with athletic backgrounds, the company is looking for guys with more name value. WWE is also willing to pay these guys more money than the wrestlers.
September 15, 2014
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
Last week, wrestling fans were dazzled by Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd during a tag team match on Monday Night Raw. You can expect more of that in the near future, as the WWE NXT stars are being booked for more television appearances. Reports have surfaced that Triple H is the one pushing management to feature the developmental wrestlers more frequently.
September 13, 2014
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
There are rumors floating around that a title change could be taking place in WWE NXT very soon. Bayley might be given the women's title during the middle part of September. Reports are floating around that Ashley Flair is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster in about a month, so she would need to drop the belt to someone else in developmental.
August 28, 2014
After finishing off his commitments, Kevin Steen has now officially reported for duty with WWE. The former ROH champion posted on Twitter that it was his first day at the WWE Performance Center. While he is viewed as one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit, the belief is that management will keep him in developmental, so he can simplify his in ring style to suit the audience.
August 25, 2014
When Yoshi Tatsu was given a release by WWE, he was devastated by it because he had been working so hard in developmental to get back to the main roster. However, he is not one to give up on a wrestling career. Reports have surfaced that he will be heading back overseas to sign a contract with New Japan after he finishes up his commitment on the independent circuit.
August 24, 2014
While online fans are quite aware that Kevin Steen was one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit over the last couple of years, WWE is not treating him any more special than other performers that they have in the developmental program. Management views him as just another wrestler, and they're going to keep pushing for him to lose weight before giving him much of a chance at a promotion.
August 13, 2014
Rumors are going around that Ashley Flair has moved to the front of the line for a promotion from developmental to the main roster in WWE. There are some roadblocks in her way, though. Total Divas is set to become a major focus again very soon, so the writers will put an emphasis on them when writing Monday Night Raw. Flair might also have to wait a bit longer if Paige picks up more momentum in her feud with AJ Lee.
August 12, 2014
Rumors have persisted over the last several months that Kevin Steen was set to sign a developmental contract with WWE. It looks to be official now, as the former ROH champion has posed for a picture with Triple H while wearing a WWE NXT shirt. The belief is that he will be focusing more on his weight and physique than actually training for the in ring stuff.
August 12, 2014
Ever since his return to WWE, Ric Flair has just been floating around, making random appearances and working as a special guest referee at live events. It looks like management may have something for him to do very soon, as Ashley Flair has reportedly been earmarked as the next developmental wrestler to be called up to the main roster.
August 7, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that there is a good amount of backstage heat from management towards Zack Ryder. Some are even pointing to the fact that he was squashed by Alexander Rusev recently as evidence that WWE is upset with him for comments that he has made on social media. The belief is that Ryder is on thin ice nowadays, as his name value has been reduced greatly by being utilized sparsely over the last couple of years.
September 2, 2014
There might be some backstage heat towards Zack Ryder. After working the live events this week for the company, he noted that he was flying back to New York. He also stated that he was not sick, which has led many fans to believe that this involves some sort of disciplinarian issues. WWE usually flies in performers for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, even if they're not being utilized on television.
August 25, 2014
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
A status update on Twitter from Zack Ryder, informing fans that WWE is no longer selling any of his merchandise. Rumors have been circulating that the company wants to downplay his popularity, and this revelation lends credibility to those speculations. The fact that Ryder actually pointed it out in public is a sign that he could be really frustrated with his situation in WWE.
July 1, 2014
During a recent interview, Curt Hawkins revealed that the locker room morale in WWE took a massive hit whenever the company refused to push Zack Ryder properly. The wrestlers backstage felt that it would be virtually impossible for some of them to receive a push when a guy like Ryder, who built up a following on his own, was not being rewarded by WWE.
June 25, 2014
In a rather interesting move, WWE did a live event in Long Island this week, and they did not bother to put Zack Ryder, a well known resident of the city, on the show. Instead, Ryder was utilized at the WWE live event in Pennsylvania. Rumors have been floating around over the last year that management has been trying to downplay Ryder and reduce his popularity with the audience.
June 23, 2014
If you routinely watch Monday Night Raw, then you already know that Adam Rose has a bunny in his entourage. Rumors are floating around that the person portraying that character is actually Zack Ryder. However, the long time WWE star is denying it and has been doing so for the last several weeks. Dolph Ziggler recently flamed the fans of those rumors by telling fans on Twitter that it is Ryder.
May 21, 2014
As some of you already know, former WWE and TNA star Luke Gallows recently got married. CM Punk, AJ Lee, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Mike Knox, Bully Ray, Angelina Love, Samoa Joe, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Reby Sky, Velvet Sky and Colt Cabana were among those in attendance at the wedding.
May 20, 2014
While management has not officially give him an extended feud to work with since his debut, Alexander Rusev is still being penciled in for a filler match at Extreme Rules 2014. He is expected to squash someone in a quick segment. Top candidates right now are Zack Ryder, R Truth and Xavier Woods, as those are the three WWE performers he has worked with lately.
April 18, 2014
In a rather interesting move, Alexander Rusev has been removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw for the second week in a row. His debut match against Zack Ryder was omitted the previous week. He defeated Xavier Woods this week and assaulted R Truth afterwards. Apparently, WWE did not feel that was important enough to include on the Hulu version.
April 15, 2014
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
A video from WWE Main Event of a match between Alexander Rusev, who made his in ring debut on Monday Night Raw this week against Zack Ryder, and Sin Cara. This segment was designed to give even further credibility to Rusev, who is expected to be booked in victories on television over the next couple of weeks.
April 11, 2014
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
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014
In a rather interesting bit of news, WWE did a live event in Long Island this weekend, and they purposely opted not to use Zack Ryder, the hometown hero. In what could be a show of defiance towards management, Dolph Ziggler did an in ring tribute to Zack Ryder during his match by doing a couple of his Ryder's signature moves.
March 24, 2014
Since WWE has filed trademark paperwork on his name, Ric Flair is expected to be utilized as an on screen character soon. While nothing has been confirmed at this time, there are talks backstage of the former WCW champion being a manager again. There are rumors that he could be paired up with Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder, if management opts to make that stable happen.
March 22, 2014
In the latest episode of Last ReZort, Zack Ryder talked about how the greatest moment of his WWE career was winning the United States Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler, so he decided to shatter that glass ceiling by destroying the title belt.
March 17, 2014
Earlier in the year, there were some minor talks backstage about putting Miz and Dolph Ziggler into a stable together, where the theme of the group is that performers are disgruntled with their positions within WWE. Miz even started a few segments on Monday Night Raw for that. Now, there are talks that Zack Ryder could be thrown into the mix as a third member.
March 15, 2014
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
With him producing a new YouTube video series called the Last Rezort, it appeared that Zack Ryder was going to swing for the fences before possibly walking away from WWE when his contract expired. He now has a chance to work at Wrestlemania 30 with the introduction of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal before he decides to move on.
March 12, 2014