WWE’s Reaction To Creative Leak, Henry’s Title Quest, Planned Spots, Pushing Back On TNA’s Demise

Do you find WWE’s statement that they “…may have a modern day Nostradamus on our hands…” in reaction to the Reddit user leaking storylines a bit odd? It seems like a strange response considering how serious Vince McMahon takes creative leaks?

For those that need to catch-up, Deadspin.com reported on Monday there is a Reddit.com user that has accurately spoiled the outcome of every WWE pay-per-view match since Elimination Chamber 2013. The story has gotten a lot of play, prompting the aforementioned statement by WWE (you can read the full statement here. WWE is very concerned about the leak and no matter how nonchalant they are acting to the public, they are working diligently to stop it. Some of you may remember we used to spoil WWE pay-per-views before they aired and here’s how WWE stopped us. The company gave a different set of outcomes to everyone in the know and the outcomes that ended up online, ended up catching the leak. Since that happened, we’ve stopped posting match outcomes. We will report on “talks” or “direction” (as we did when we broke the news about Damien Sandow emerging as a MITB winner) but we will not post match outcomes because of how WWE operates.  As for WWE’s response to the leak, they are downplaying it because the fact of the matter this is a major problem and something they do not want to have to deal with it.

I was curious that after so much build-up and hype regarding Mark Henry’s quest to win the WWE title, is he out of the title picture after just one match?

There is still a chance WWE blows off John Cena/Mark Henry [before SummerSlam] but it looks like they are heading straight into Cena/Daniel Bryan. Mark Henry is still suffering from a rib cartilage injury and WWE had already planned to do Cena vs. Bryan for the WWE title at SummerSlam. Henry was a stopgap program but there are a lot of people that wouldn’t mind getting the nod to challenge at the top of the card.

How do workers know when to do “their spot” in matches like the Money in the Bank? E.g. Sheamus going through the ladder, Randy’s winning moment, etc.

Matches like Money in the Bank and the 30-man Royal Rumble are laid out just like any other match. The chain goes from creative (after it’s approved by Vince McMahon), to the producers to the workers. The workers will get together and discuss what they want to do. There is a lot of communication before the match but during as well, with workers “calling spots” in the ring. The latter is discouraged with WWE broadcasting in HD but it’s still done all the time.

It just doesn’t look good for TNA these days. Do you see Panda Energy selling it to Vince McMahon? I think TNA has a lot of talent but no one seems to know how to run that promotion or promote it well.

I’m going to push back on this because the fact of the matter is – no one knows the financial state of TNA Wrestling. TNA is backed by a huge corporation in Panda Energy and as long as they are interested in backing the company, they will survive. The massive round of cuts and departures do not make TNA look good but the fact of the matter is, the company is trying to manage a budget. Whenever you are trying to manage a budget, you have to make moves that are unpopular. I refuse to bite on this conjecture that TNA is in its dying days. If they were “dying,” do you think they would have called in the extra names that were used on Destination X? I realize it’s not expensive to use an “extra” but TNA wouldn’t be doing it if they couldn’t afford it. Taping television on the road is expensive and unless I hear 100% otherwise, I’m taking the cuts/restructuring as part of an attempt to save money.

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  • Xavier

    I don’t understand how someone can call themselves a fan of the business and yet go thru drastic measures to try and leak everything online like that, what exactly are they trying to accomplish by doing this again?

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

      No fan has an obligation to protect the business. The fact of the matter is people are interested in match outcomes and what goes on behind-the-scenes. If WWE doesn’t want stuff getting out, they better be careful who they tell. I have absolutely no problem with it and if someone wants to be surprised, stay off the Internet.

      Re: the link, that’s an email address. Not a clickable link.

      • Mike Elliott

        It’s clickable on mine. Open right up in gmail to a new message box with that in the “to” line.

      • sir-rusty82

        That’s not fair saying if you want to be surprised stay off the internet at the same time as saying people are interested in behind the scenes stuff, Im a fan & I like the gossip on the internet ( but that being said I do stay off the net if I miss raw or a ppv ) :P

        • Robert Olley

          Whenever there are results posted before the event ie smackdown it says spoilers even the reddit user says spoilers in the article. Tbh im curious if they predict summerslam aswell 1 because i dont think its a leak and maybe just a lucky fan 2 i can maybe make some money on a bet lol

          • TheBigKing1

            He said he has a source(employee) in the company that tells him this when they have the final results a few days before the event. He said his purpose is to make WWE more careful, because they are being careless. So whatever sense that makes.

      • TheBigKing1

        TRUE!

      • sir-rusty82

        Hi Richard have you found out what the problem with my premium account is

  • 1molly23

    Is Mark Henry ever not hurt?

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

      Big guy, lot of miles. Probably not. But have to give it to him, tough as nails.

      • JJ

        Come on Richard just admit it; you know Henry shouldn’t be doing in ring anymore. With the constant issues and always hurting, his character is dry and is falling to the waste side. He used to be even better, but now things are set up to make him look good. He needs to retire and become a mouth.

      • Erik V. Veras

        Do you think that TNA is Panda Energy’s write-off?

  • Nostaljack

    Yes, TNA would call in extra people without really being able to pay them. They can do so on a “per shot” basis. They’ve done it before.

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

      I don’t see them reaching for even more names if they can’t afford it. Maybe, it’s pro wrestling, but I still believe reports of TNA’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

      • Nostaljack

        We can’t see the books but, based on their actions (especially recently), it’s hard not to know that something’s going wrong.

        • D-Bag

          WWE make cuts every year. It’s just balancing a budget. Every company has to make changes in order to progress and taping on the road is good progress for TNA. Taping in the Impact Zone every week was really dragging down the product IMO.

          • Nostaljack

            They let 11 go (including Bruce Pritchard). They horribly mishandled another (RVD). We *know* WWE isn’t in financial trouble. It’s obvious. I also think it’s equally obvious that TNA is. I doubt they’ve ever operated in the black.

          • D-Bag

            And out of those 11 the only one that was being used was DOC and he was rarely in a match. There’s no point to keeping somebody on payroll if they aren’t working. It is a shame about Bruce though, but it was his call to not restructure his contract. People have always bitched that Dixie was too afraid to fire workers and now that she’s finally “trimming the fat” people think the company is going under.

        • Robert Olley

          But there could have been backstage problems etc it may not have just been about the money

      • TheBigKing1

        I know. It is.

  • David

    I don’t understand people who ask will Vince McMahon buy TNA. Even if TNA was for sale, why would Vince McMahon buy them?

    • Jay El Bee

      So he can own the TNA video library.

      • Robert Olley

        Vince has a video fetish im sure just goes around collecting and never uses most of it

  • Mathew Lisett

    “workers “calling spots” in the ring” the prime suspect of this is and has been HHH. consdiering his experience, hes bloody awful and shutting up.