- Randy Orton met with Vince McMahon, Triple H and other WWE officials on Friday. While specifics of the meeting have not been disclosed as of this writing, I'm told there is still the possibility the company cuts ties with Orton and releases him. The feeling is if the company can no longer push him as a main event talent, there isn't enough upside to keep him around. Orton's current position, with two public Wellness strikes, allows no room for error and many feel like even if it gets back on the "straight and narrow," one mistake results in a mandatory termination. Making matters worse, Orton is currently under a lucrative 10-year contract and WWE would save money by terminating it and spending the money elsewhere. Even if he was brought back and pushed as a mid-card talent, I'm told the company can't justify the amount currently stipulated in his agreement.
- Bill DeMott confirmed his new role in WWE as the company's head developmental trainer on his official Twitter account over the weekend. DeMott has been on the road with WWE this weekend, evaluating developmental prospects that are working with the Smackdown crew. More notably, Richie Steamboat worked last night in Augusta, Georgia with Damien Sandow going over him. DeMott replaces the departing Dr. Tom Prichard who actually replaced Demott in 2007.
- WWE Champion CM Punk said on Saturday at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia that WWE is planning to reveal a new WWE Championship belt. He said he's seen the new title and it's about 20 pounds heavier than the current spinner belt, however, he doesn't feel it's "any better" than the current one.
- The daughter of WWE referee Scott Armstrong and niece of producer Road Dogg, Kayla Armstrong, will be getting a tryout with the company this week at the Florida Championship Wrestling facilities in Tampa. She posted the news on her Twitter account:
At the airport getting ready to fly to Tampa for my tryout! I'm nervous and excited about finally doing this all on my own! It's all me now!
— Kayla Armstrong (@_KaylaArmstrong) June 3, 2012
- Mark Henry posted the following on Twitter over the weekend:
I'm the healthiest I've been in 5 years.U haters go to hell to the fans I'm healing great the Hall of Pain! LIVES!! twitter.com/TheMarkHenry/s…
— TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) June 3, 2012
Henry underwent surgery on his shoulder on May 15th and is expected to return to WWE when he recovers.
- Arda Ocal reporting:
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network and the Baltimore Sun currently interviewed injured WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. (@TedDiBiase).
The interview can be read here.
In the interview, DiBiase outlines that he will be ready to return to WWE in a month, and is currently at 85% (he could "go" today if necessary). He also outlines his exact injuries (ankle, shoulder, wrist) in detail.
DiBiase also talks about changing his character from wealthy heel to a babyface that better suits him, and begging for new theme music. There is also a conversation about the wealthy heel character and how he wasn't fond of being given the Million Dollar Belt.
- In news that shouldn't surprised anyone, Paul Heyman has major heat backstage in WWE. I'm told the company has strong suspicions that he's leaking information to a pro wrestling website in which employs a writer believed to be working with Heyman on HeymanHustle.com. A lot of people view it as "Paul being Paul" so WWE isn't looking to fire him over it as they do need him to keep Brock Lesnar relevant without burning through all of the dates on Lesnar's contract. Remember, the most attractive thing about Heyman is his connection to Lesnar in which provides the company the opportunity to use him as Lesnar's on-air mouthpiece. As a result of the suspicions, WWE has been kayfabing Heyman about any future plans until it's "absolutely necessary" to tell him because they feel like he isn't going to keep his mouth shut about anything. This is one of the reasons why a story made rounds that WWE had nothing to do with Brock's meeting with UFC officials a couple weeks ago when we can confirm the contrary. I'm told the whole thing is starting to drive an even further wedge between Brock and Heyman as Brock is a private person and doesn't like Paul talking about his career to outsiders. While the feeling is almost anybody else would be fired for this, Vince McMahon thinks so little of Heyman and already expects this kind of stuff from him, that now they just need to kayfabe Heyman as much as possible. As a result, expect other bogus Lesnar/WWE stories to materialize so WWE can keep an eye on the leak but of course they will not appear on this website.
- WWE has announced that Mr. McMahon will return to Raw Supershow next Monday to "evaluate" the job performance of John Laurinaitis. The company will tape next week's Raw Supershow next Monday from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- The following article was written by The Associated Press:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut newspaper claims wrestling company WWE Inc. violated federal election laws by illegally helping former chief executive Linda McMahon's U.S. Senate campaign when it threatened a lawsuit against the newspaper two weeks ago.
The Journal Inquirer of Manchester filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission last week, saying Stamford-based WWE rendered illegal corporate assistance to McMahon's campaign.
The newspaper reports that a WWE senior vice president, Brian Flinn, accused the paper of libel and threatened legal action for two opinion columns written this year by Managing Editor Chris Powell. Powell asserted that McMahon created her fortune from the business of pornography and violence, but didn't specifically mention WWE.
WWE officials didn't immediately return a message Monday. Flinn told the newspaper there is no merit to its FEC complaint.
- WWE announced on tonight's Raw Supershow that Mr. McMahon will open next week's three-hour show where he will "evaluate" the job of John Laurinaitis.
- After Monday's Raw Supershow went off the air, John Laurinaitis announced that John Cena had a 2-on-1 handicap match against Big Show & David Otunga. Laurinaitis then got in the ring to make it 3-on-1. Show knocked out Otunga with a wild knockout punch and Cena capitalized off the distraction by throwing Show out of the ring. Cena pinned Otunga to win the match. After the match, Laurinaitis swung a crutch over Cena's head and John countered with the Attitude Adjustment to send the crowd home happy.
- Ryback's opponents from Monday's Raw Supershow, Arthur Rosenberg & Stan Stansky, were Carolina independent workers Kirby Mack & Stoney Hooker.
- To recap the atmosphere backstage at this week's Raw Supershow, there was major panic over the 2.7 cable rating the Memorial Day show did last week. The last time Raw scored this type of rating was in December of last year when Monday Night Football did a huge rating. Vince McMahon blew a gasket over last week's number and laid it out on Sunday that he wanted to bring back the Mr. McMahon character and book John Cena with Michael Cole in the opening and closing segments of this week's show in attempt to hotshot ratings. One of the major causes of concern from the writing team was how they were going to explain Mr. McMahon coming back to "evaluate the job performance" of John Laurinaitis when in storyline, the character was "removed" and "lost all power." Vince's response to the question was something along the lines of "no one believes or remembers that." I'm told more than one writer rolled their eyes as if to say why are they booking things they don't buy let alone the fans. Another writer was annoyed that not only were they trying to create a new storyline between Cena and Cole but also try and cover up for the long-term McMahon storyline. This week's show was re-written until nearly one hour before the taping began. In an act of pure unwillingness to write scripts together, a follow-up on Christian vs. Cody Rhodes was scrapped and Sin Cara was added last minute. I'm told the reason the Abraham Washington storyline "comes and goes" because it's simply forgotten some weeks. It was mentioned he would be managing Primo & Epico this week but as was seen on last night's show, there was no sign of any of them.
- WWE producer Arn Anderson spoke to The State out of South Carolina about appearing at tonight's Smackdown taping in Columbia. Anderson hasn't appeared in Columbia since his retirement speech in 1997 at a WCW Nitro taping. Below is a quote from The Enforcer:
“You have to expect some major announcements with those two on the show,” he said when referring to Triple H and John Cena. “I’m glad Columbia is the site for whatever they have planned. We will give the fans the best possible show possible.”
Click here for coverage by The State.
- Teddy Long announced on this week's Smackdown that Brodus Clay is now a permanent member of the Smackdown roster.
- WWE Mobile Alerts just sent out the following:
BREAKING NEWS: WWE COO Triple H is confirmed to appear at No Way Out on Sunday, June 17, to address his future, pending lawsuits against WWE and Brock Lesnar.
WWE No Way Out will take place Sunday, June 17, 2012 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. We’ll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- I'm told Sheamus was very sore after a bump he took working with Alberto Del Rio on Raw Supershow Monday night. He received medical attention backstage but wasn't seriously injured.
- Vince McMahon wants to be inserted in the Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H program that is expected to take place later this summer. A source with knowledge of the thinking of the writing team is a possible scenario where Paul Heyman would be with Lesnar and Vince with Hunter to put the program over the top.
- Daniel Bryan recently did an interview with CT.com in which he discusses his lifestyle out of wrestling, the ups and downs of his WWE career, and more. In the following excerpt, Bryan discusses how he felt about being called a "rookie" in NXT after years on the independent circuit:
"See, I don't have a problem with being called anything as long as people treat me with respect. I felt like when I got to WWE, all the wrestlers treated me great, but coming from independent wrestling, you really have to prove yourself more to the office than anybody else because I don't look like your prototypical WWE superstar. I don't have a lot of the qualities they look for in a WWE superstar, so it's [about] going out there and proving that you belong there. At first, it took me a long time to be able to do that. I felt like only in the last six, seven months, I've really proved to the people on top that I really belong here."
Bryan was also asked about his traveling companions, or "road wives," and he revealed why Ryback had a black eye a few weeks ago:
"Right now, my road wife is the Ryback [Laughs] and Cody Rhodes. We don't have any particular good road stories because I feel like we're kind of boring. We just kind of drive to the next town. But what me and Cody really like to do is make up stories about the Ryback and then spread them amongst the locker room. For example, yesterday, we were working out in a gym. He was doing kettle bell snatches with only 35 pounds. You look at him, and you'd think, 'Oh! This guy is way stronger,' but he was lifting this kettle bell and he couldn't control it, and it hit him in the eye and now he's got a black eye. That story spread throughout the locker room all day yesterday.
One thing that we have really gotten into is crushing apples with our bare hands. We like to give the Ryback a lot of crap because he's the only one among the three of us who can actually do it. [Laughs] We only think it's just because of cheating and stuff like that."
Click here to read the full interview.
- The atmosphere was chaotic at Tuesday's Smackdown taping due to the two segments on this week's show with workers dressing up as other workers. I'm told the segments were "pieced together" at the last minute.
- The third positive WWE Wellness test in which I concealed the name was Ezekiel Jackson. I'm told Jackson tested positive for synthetic testosterone but was not suspended because he produced a valid prescription. However, because the specific substance he tested positive for is on WWE's "banned substances" list he was required to notify them he was taking it beforehand. He didn't do this and has been pulled from TV. One source feels his job is in jeopardy.
- In an update to TNA's lawsuit against WWE, a judge has ordered WWE through an injunction they may not hire any worker that has been under contract to TNA in the last sixty days. Basically a hiring freeze until the matters of the litigation are cleared up.
- Steve Keirn, President of Florida Championship Wrestling, posted the following on his Twitter account yesterday:
— FCW (@stevekeirnsfcw) June 6, 2012
-The official FCW website has added referees Darrick Moore and Jason Ayers. In addition, the profiles of Cameron, Naomi, Damien Sandow, and Eli Cottonwood have been removed.
-Wrestling News World reader Logan Walker sent in the following tweet from Randy Orton's Twitter account:
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) June 7, 2012
- Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent word that Tommy Dreamer has been added to the Alumni section of the official WWE website. Click here to view his page.
- Kelly Kelly will be taking a break from WWE and is now accepting bookings through an agent outside of WWE. The former WWE Divas Champion requested time off due to burn out and her request was granted. There are many in the company that believe she will not return although she remains under contract as of this writing. For information on booking Kelly Kelly, you can contact Heidi at [email protected].
- Wrestling News World reader Logan Walker sent word that Kelly has changed the description on her official Twitter account. You can view it below:
Barbie Blank/Kelly Kelly, WWE Diva, MAXIM Cover Girl and 100 Hottest Women. For full appearances/endorsements please contact Heidi at [email protected]
tampa,fl · http://www.wwedivakellykelly.com
Deadline.com is reporting that WWE Studios has acquired a new suspense thriller spec by Adam Rodin. The film is called "Interrogation." Below is the plot courtesy of Deadline Hollywood:
The plot: a bomb will go off in Las Vegas on one of the busiest betting days. A brilliant interrogator is called in to question the prime suspect as time runs out, and it becomes clear there’s an even bigger plan in place for both of them.