- Batista told The Washington Post he warned WWE management that he wouldn't be able to get over as a babyface. Below is an excerpt:
“They told me that I was going to come back and be this huge babyface,”
“I said, no, it’s not going to work,” he continues. “They said, no way, they’re dying for you to come back. I said, that’s going to last two minutes, just watch. And sure enough it did.”
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Vince McMahon was "set" on Batista coming back a babyface, regardless of the success he had as a heel in the latter part of his WWE career in 2010. McMahon went to extraordinary efforts at Elimination Chamber to "right the ship" but when the fans didn't buy it, even after a cheap beating by Alberto Del Rio, Vince finally conceded and turned Batista heel.
- As of late Wednesday/early Thursday we're told no one from WWE had contacted CM Punk. My source noted Vince McMahon was staying the course and giving Punk his space. The belief was they would wait a couple of months before giving it a last ditch effort to get him to re-sign before his contract comes up in July.
One thing I covered last week is the booking of Punk's fiancée WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee. While it would be typical Vince to punish her for Punk's actions by burying her, it's actually been the opposite. We're told Vince wants AJ booked as strong as possible because whatever influence she has over Punk, they want to make sure she is happy and has positive things to say about the company. In fact, multiple sources have stated the plan headed into the weekend was for AJ to retain the Divas Championship at Wrestlemania XXX.
The thinking is if Punk gets bored and gets the itch to come back, they want AJ Lee to encourage it and there's no way she'd do that if she was buried over backstage politics.
As for Wrestlemania itself, WWE feels like they ended up with a strong show without Punk, so there is no panic from Vince to get him back ASAP. We're told Vince is more focused on having Punk long term and doing what he thinks gives him the best shot to convince Punk to not retire so young.
Triple H and Stephanie on the other hand feel the company should just move on and cut their losses. However, there is something to be said for not risking letting a guy like Punk show up in TNA or in Jeff Jarrett's promotion, especially when on top and in their prime.
Sources close to Punk maintain he isn't interested in working in pro wrestling outside of WWE and considers himself finished. Nonetheless it's still considered a risk to let him hit the free agent market, especially when guys in the wrestling business change their mind about retirement 9 out of 10 times.
- Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 to end the streak at 21-1. The bout was very slow and while it had some good false finishes, there wasn't enough in between to engage the audience. Lesnar got blown up early, profusely sweating and gasping for air. Undertaker got all of his trademark moves in, hitting old school and his vintage leg drop on the ring apron. He locked in Hell's Gate and landed the Tombstone. To finish Undertaker, Lesnar gave him three F-5s before pinning him for the shocking three count. The crowd seemed genuinely shocked this is how WWE chose to end it. They turned, shouting "bullshit" but paid respect to Undertaker when he got up. The announcers played up this was it for Undertaker and gave him a standing ovation as he left the ring.
- WWE announced on Monday the WWE Network has 667,287 subscribers. The company reassured they are well are on their way to 1 million, the number of subscribers they need in order for the service to be profitable.
- Brock Lesnar was scripted to go over The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. While Undertaker was indeed injured in the match, it did not alter the outcome. Undertaker was taken from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in NOLA to a local hospital via ambulance and kept overnight for observation. Messages left for WWE's Public Relations department regarding the injury were not immediately returned. The match outcome actually leaked to the public about an hour before it happened, causing international betting odds to move Lesnar as the favorite.
- The Undertaker was injured early on in the bout against Brock Lesnar, apparently on a single leg takedown. The injury was of his head/neck and I heard the word concussion mentioned. As previously noted, Vince McMahon accompanied Undertaker and Michelle McCool to the hospital. He was transported via ambulance.
- The Undertaker suffered a severe concussion during his match with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday night. Undertaker was transported via ambulance from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to Ochsner Medical Center. He was accompanied by WWE boss Vince McMahon and his wife Michelle McCool.vvAfter arriving at the hospital, Undertaker underwent a CT scan and other medical testing where doctors were able to give the diagnosis of a "severe concussion." He was kept overnight for further evaluation and discharged on Monday afternoon.vvClick here for coverage by dot com.
- Brooks Oglesby reporting after Monday Night Raw:
After the show, Renee Young got in the ring for an interview and The Shield said she should be asking if Triple H believes in The Shield. They all three agreed that he did after tonight. Then Daniel Bryan was asked how it feels to finally have the upper hand over The Authority. He says he owes part of it to hard work, but everyone in the back works hard and everyone in the crowd appreciates that.
He then takes the mic and says that he got to live his dream last night, in front of his sister, his mom and his fiancée. He owes it all to the people, so he says he has two words to say: thank you. He then went around to every ringside area, even up by the corners of the stage, to slap hands with fans. He led yes chants before Justin Roberts sent everyone home.
- Rob Van Dam was scheduled to return at this week's episode of Monday Night Raw for the past two months. There was talk of inserting him in the 30-man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, as he was even backstage, but Vince McMahon decided to hold him off until Raw. This was because Vince was concerned about Raw the night after Wrestlemania 30 being a let down and he wanted to save the pop. The last I heard, WWE and RVD were still working on the length of his contract and WWE was hopeful he would be there through SummerSlam in August.
- Triple H posted the following to Twitter late Tuesday night:
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014
This comes just a few days after Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and only 24 hours after appearing on Monday Night Raw.
- For those that missed it on Wednesday, an autopsy is scheduled on the body of the Ultimate Warrior on Thursday if it hasn't been done already. The results will take some time to get back.
The latest regarding his untimely passing is that all signs point to a massive heart attack. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol being a factor and according to reports, he clutched at his chest before going down.
He was with his wife Dana at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ on Tuesday evening, walking down a hallway when he collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital by Scottsdale firefighters.
Those that spent time around Warrior over Wrestlemania weekend noted something was off and there were signs he was not in good health. Everything from constant sweating, to having a red face, to being stooped over has been reported.
Warrior had agreed to a new multiyear deal with WWE to act as an ambassador, it was not a deal that included physical involvement.
- Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are tying the knot on Friday in Sedona, Arizona. The ceremony will be filmed for inclusion on Season 2 of Total Divas and according to Brie, it was a decision they took their time on making. Only 150 people are expected with 10-20 being members of the WWE roster. Neither Brie nor Bryan are booked for this weekend's live events.
- As we reported earlier here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Sting's WWE contract has been "done for a while," so the fact it's actually signed, according to Dave Meltzer, is no surprise. We are told the contract is to work in the ring in addition to making appearances.
As for potential matches, we're told Sting was "caught off guard" by The Undertaker losing to Brock Lesnar and was under the impression he would be wrestling him next year at Wrestlemania 31. He even stated publicly he only wants one more match and it's a match against Undertaker. He furthered the tease in an appearance at Wrestlecon in NOLA last weekend, where he said 31 was his new favorite number.
We're told there is still a chance of Undertaker working next year and if he does, he would be interested...
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