WWE Tough Enough’s Return, Ryback Criticism, Sheamus On Twitter, End Of An Era For Kurt Angle?

What are the details on the return of WWE Tough Enough, is it really happening?

Yes, WWE Tough Enough is returning as original WWE Network programming. Little is known other than it’ll be taped at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL this summer. Bill DeMott, head NXT trainer, has confirmed his involvement and Tweeted me that more information should be announced soon.

A few months ago Ryback was being criticized for his bad attitude and recklessness in the ring, has that changed?

The criticism of Ryback has died down considerably, most likely due to his change on the card. Like it or not, main event talent is scrutinized much more than members of the undercard. I’m not saying Ryback hasn’t improved his ways because I know he has done some good media appearances following some of the debacles he had last year but the microscope isn’t on him because of where he’s booked.

What do you make of the Tweets made by Sheamus, where he called out “dirt sheet heroes” and seemingly referenced a comment posted on WrestlingNewsWorld.com?

I popped for Sheamus on Twitter on Thursday! I always have a lot of fun when wrestlers go after writers; it’s entertaining. Sheamus is known for “keeping kayfabe” and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if these Tweets were part of what seems like an inevitable heel turn. If Sheamus was legitimately bothered by a story of him falling asleep at Extreme Rules or a comment where one of our readers called him Triple H’s “workout buddy,” that’s fine too. It’s human nature to get annoyed over things in the media, especially the mentality in this business where “if you haven’t wrestled, you haven’t paid your dues.” I completely understand why a worker would think that, I just disagree. While I haven’t paid my dues in the ring, I’ve paid my dues in my field. To run a successful publication the size of Wrestling News World without the backing of a large corporation, it takes a lot more than turning on a computer in my mother’s basement.

Is it the end of an era for Kurt Angle and TNA Wrestling?

For those that missed it, Kurt Angle’s torn ACL is a legitimate injury and he’s undergoing surgery on Friday to repair it. Alex Barie broke the news here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. TNA rolled it into storyline, which will hopefully help Ethan Carter III moving forward. Angle’s recovery timetable (4 1/2 months) would suggest Angle has worked his final match in TNA but it’s premature to suggest anything is definite. I do not expect to see Angle in TNA past 2014, despite the company’s efforts to re-sign him.

From the Ask WNW vault…

June 2013: A couple of years ago, WWE had five pay-per-views between Wrestlemania and Summerslam and this year there are only three. Given that, shouldn’t WWE expect buys to be higher now to make up for lost revenue? And if the buys are not substantially higher now does that mean that their PPV strategy is not working? - There were five pay-per-views between Wrestlemania 25 and SummerSlam in 2009, WWE scaled it back to four until this year, which has now been cut to three. Yes, WWE is hopeful that fewer pay-per-views will mean stronger buy rates for the shows but it’s no secret that the pay-per-view business has changed. This is why WWE is willing to give up the revenue to put the pay-per-views on the forthcoming WWE Network. They would rather use the pay-per-views as the centerpiece of the cable network rather than depend on them to be bought independently.

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  • BIG M

    Rumour has it Angle was thinking about joining Jarrett’s new promotion when its up and running.
    Richard think theres any truth to it.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Yes, I’ve heard and reported that Kurt Angle is a top target for Global Force Wrestling. However, I could almost guarantee he’d accept a WWE offer (if it’s there) first. If WWE has no interest in his services in any capacity, I see him going to GFW. There’s nothing left for Kurt in TNA.

      • BIG M

        If WWE did make him an offer Would Angle be able pass a WWE wellness test.
        I mean after all he is in his 40′s and a little banged up and WWE seems to have gotten pretty serious about Workers needing to pass a Physical in order to be signed.

        • https://twitter.com/DannyIWR Danny Murphy

          That’s the burning question, and you’ll only find out the answer when Kurt’s contract expires with TNA

      • PHATBOYLBC

        Man that has to be hard to go work for the man who took your wife! I couldnt do that

        • Bob’s Diner

          They’ve long buried the hatchet. Reminds me of Eric Clapton and George Harrison – great friends, George’s wife left him for Eric and they all remained friends. George Harrison even said Eric did him a favour because it meant he didn’t have to go through a messy divorce and fight about money.

          • PHATBOYLBC

            That is still different. YOu just said they didnt have to go thru a messy divorce, but Jeff and Karen were sneaking around and involving Kurts children. That was NOT cool

          • Bob’s Diner

            Only thing I ever heard about the children being involved was in TNA storylines. I certainly don’t remember Kurt and Karen have a messy public divorce

  • David F

    I cant wait to see if WWE books Sheamus v Bad News Barrett on England edition of Raw. I feel those two could have good lengthy feud for the summer

  • Ctw13v1

    Recovery time for ACL repair is 6-8 months, and that’s being generous. I mean he’s no Cena and at his age it could be longer. This is coming from experience with the injury.

  • Jay El Bee

    I always thought that whole workout buddy thing was just stupid, the dirtsheets report that Triple H & Sheamus were seen working out together once or twice and all of the sudden the IWC thinks they best buddies or something like that.

  • Dave Barton

    I have to admit, my jaw kinda dropped when I read Sheamus’s Tweet about my comment on here. But I was hardly breaking any news. Back when he beat Cena for his first WWE Title, and everyone was wondering why…THAT was when it was uncovered. I just always find it funny when one of HHH’s personal “favorites” does something big out of nowhere. Kinda like how this years Royal Rumble was essentially the “HHH’s Favorite Superstars” show.