WWE Referee Nearly Loses Thumb, Top Star Taking Time Off, First Look At Global Force Wrestling Roster (12 Names), WWE Closely Monitoring Big Program, Interest In TNA Tag Team, Details On GFW’s Future TV Tapings

WWE News

- While doing media out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mick Foley said he probably wasn’t going to sign his new WWE Legend’s Contract because he doesn’t feel the company did right by the guys in the WWE 2K14 video game. Foley said the check was “a little low” and while there was a bankruptcy last year (referring to THQ going out), he said he didn’t see the upside. He admitted he probably should have told WWE before he told the radio hosts. You can listen to Foley make the comments at the 13:30 mark at this link.

- Batista is not being advertised for WWE shows after next month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, as it appears he’ll be taking time off. You can check out official promotional listings at this link. Batista is back under a multiyear contract that calls for him to work TVs and live events, however, he is featured in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel film that will be released on August 1, 2014.

- This week’s episode of Total Divas did an average viewing audience of 1,390,000 viewers on E. The show had to deal with competition from Game of Thrones on HBO as TV by the Numbers has more data at this link.

WWE TV Taping Notes from Hershey…

- Neither John Cena nor WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan worked this week’s tapings. The storyline is Bryan was at home resting when he was given time off due to the death of his father. Bryan is scheduled to work Raw next week in St. Louis.

- Someone that was supposedly gone was back. We have taping results at this link.

- Bo Dallas worked a dark match prior to the start of the show, going over a local worker. Sami Zayn was also at the taping and went over Heath Slater in a dark match.

- After this week’s Smackdown was taped, The Shield brawled off-camera with The Wyatt Family. The babyfaces won out to send the crowd home happy.

- WWE is taking Hulk Hogan to Japan for their upcoming tour of the country on July 11 and July 12. The July 11 show will take place from Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and the show on the 12th will take place from Maishima Arena in Osaka. We have official details on WWE’s summer tour of Japan at this link. Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Hiroaki Kawafuji for sending this in.

- WWE has announced NXT Takeover, a “live, two-hour action-packed special” airing next month on WWE Nework.  The event comes after February’s NXT ArRIVAL special event, the first live special to air on WWE Network. Click here for more information. WWE NXT Takeover will take place on May 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET, with a pre-show taking place at 7:30 p.m ET. WrestlingNewsWorld.com will have full results from the show as it happens.

- Wrestling News World’s Scott Brooks is at Thursday’s WWE NXT tapings and passed along the following notes:

The next live WWE Network special will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2014 and it will be called NXT Takeover. Like ArRIVAL back in February, the show will be two hours in length.

Triple H announced both the NXT Championship and WWE NXT Women’s Championship will be defended on the show.

Speaking of which, there will be a tournament [that started at Thursday's tapings] that will crown a new WWE NXT Women’s Champion.

They’ll also crown the new number one contender for Adrian Neville’s NXT Championship.

- WWE has hired Rich Brennan as an announcer and currently have him working in NXT. Brennan was hired in March and began his career in pro wrestling with Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling promotion. Brennan has a background working in sports. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/richbrennanwwe.

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