Welcome to the WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium Newsletter. This is where you will find all of the big news and Ask WNW segments from the week neatly archived for your viewing pleasure. This week's edition covers news from Saturday, June 14, 2014 to Friday, June 20, 2014 as well as all five Ask WNW segments from the week. Use this newsletter as your own personal tool to catch up on any of the news that you may have missed during the week. Below is a table of contents:
Note From Richard: For those that have asked, the Newsletter is organized with the news posted on Saturday at the top with the most recent stories at the bottom. We have it organized this way so you can read the news in the order in which it happened. Thanks for your support!
- WWE announced Saturday morning that The Usos will defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at Money in the Bank. Money in the Bank takes place June 29 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. We’ll have complete coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- We've heard rumblings that CM Punk and AJ Lee were recently married in Chicago. Unfortunately, I'm unable to confirm those rumors at this time. Punk and Lee were scheduled to wed some time this month, however, both were looking for a low profile ceremony.
- This week's episode of Smackdown Fallout is subtitled "Summer Time Madness" and is online at this link.
- Chris Van Vliet from CBS-19 from Cleveland, Ohio interviewed Bad News Barrett this morning as WWE will be filming Raw there tonight. He hits on a variety of topics including NXT Season 1 stars having success in WWE. you can see an excerpt from some of the questions below:
Where his gimmick came from:
It actually came from a joke. Cody Rhodes likes to tell a story that when he was a little kid he used to watch me wrestle. I'm
slightly older than Cody, we're talking three years or something like that, but in his head I'm a really old man. I once walked into the locker room and he was telling the entire locker room that when he was a kid he was watching me wrestling as this character he made up named "Bad News Barrett" who goes around giving out bad news to people. So we all laughed about it and forgot about it. Then I was invited on the JBL and Cole show and they said they wanted to use me on the show and asked if I had any ideas of what to do. So I said you know what, let's just do Bad News Barrett. I'll just turn up and give people bad news and then disappear. I got a really good response online and fans were loving the catch phrase "I'm afraid I've got some bad news" and Vince McMahon saw it and thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Next thing you know I'm on TV doing it.
On his catch phrase working against him:
It's kind of a blessing and a curse that I have this catch phrase because people like to use it against me. England just lost in the World Cup the other night and believe me my Twitter exploded with people giving me the bad news of England losing to Italy.
If he thinks he can win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with the Bad News Barrett gimmick:
I've always said that I want to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The Intercontinental Championship is nice and this is my fourth time having it but as far as I'm concerned, I'm ready to take a step up and become the man in the WWE. That's where I want to get to and if Bad News Barrett is the vehicle that gets me there then great, but if not I'll keep plugging away and one day I'll be Britain's first WWE World Heavyweight Champion... a certain part of it isn't up to me and I've got to rely on certain people making certain decisions so hopefully that works out in my favor.
On his ever changing theme songs:
Honestly I'm settled on one now. This is finally the one I really, really like. I loved the original Nexus one but as soon as we split up that went away and I had a succession of pretty average theme songs for a little while until I got the current one. And the current one actually has the bonus of a little bit of vocal work from myself which is really just me shouting "boom" over and over again. But as far as I'm concerned I'm a vocalist as well as a wrestler now (laughs).
You can watch the whole interview below or at this link.
- WWE has a new poll up on dot com asking fans to vote for the best high-flyer for a future episode of WWE Countdown on the WWE Network.
The options are Jimmy Snuka, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, The 1-2-3 Kid, Seth Rollins, Sabu, Ultimo Dragon, Ricky Steamboat, Rob Van Dam, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin, Lita, John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, and Eddie Guerrero.
- Dot com also has an exclusive article looking at 19 superstars you didn't know were related. You can read it here.
- Last week's episode of WWE Smackdown received an average viewing audience of 2,322,000. That is down almost 500,000 from the pervious week's show that received 2,782,000.
- WWE star Hornswoggle is featured in the upcoming movie Leprechaun Origins, a WWE Studios production. The movie is set to release on August 26th. The official movie trailer has just been released. You can watch it below or at this link.
- Roman Reigns won the Battle Royal, that The Authority announced at the beginning of WWE Raw. Roman Reigns was excluded from the Battle Royal, as well as Dean Ambrose and John Cena as stated by The Authority; however, Triple H took Stephanie McMahon to the "hospital" after drinking some bad coffee from Vickie Guerrero. Vickie inserted Roman Reigns into the match after some persuasion. Roman went on to win the match after eliminating Rusev with the Superman punch. The final spot will either go to John Cena or Kane.
- Along with Roman Reigns who qualified earlier tonight on WWE Raw, John Cena qualified for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match at Money in the Bank by beating Kane in a Stretcher match. Below are the match to determine the new champion:
7 Man Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Cesaro vs. Shemaus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton
Money in the Bank takes place June 29 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. We’ll have complete coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- After WWE Raw went off the air, Dean Ambrose came out to the arena and hit Seth Rollins several times with a steel chair. John Cena came to the aid and hit Seth with an Attitude Adjustment. Roman Reigns ended the brawl with a spear to Rollins to make the fans go home happy.
- Kevin Hart was the special guest star for WWE Raw. He made several cameo appearances. His main stunt was to commentate during the Adam Rose and Summer Rae vs. Fandango and Layla match. At the end of the match, Kevin Hart joined Adam Rose's dance party. The video can be seen at this link.
- PWTorch.com is reporting that head WWE writer Jay Gibson has been cut from the company this past weekend. If he has been released, last night's WWE Raw would have been the first show without him part of it. The company surprised many Thursday afternoon when they released 11 talent to cut costs. Their "no fire edict" that was put in place by Triple H was no more. After those releases, many were speculating that there would be internal releases as well. As you probably know, Richard Gray is out of town this week, so we can't confirm whether this report is true; however, it wouldn't be surprising that WWE wants to cut their costs anyway they can.
- This week's Backstage Fallout Raw is online at this link.
- JR has a new blog out. In it he discusses any topics in the wrestling industry including the WWE World Heavyweight Title, Bray Wyatt, Adam Rose, Raw and Impact Wrestling.
In WWE it's imperative for every talent that can to talk about the importance of the WWE World title especially now that it's in an undesired state of limbo due to Daniel Bryan's neck surgery. WWE can ill afford for any luster to be lost from their top championship and one that in both fact and fiction that each man on the roster should be dying to win for a variety of viable reasons including more money in their pocket.
I like the duo of Goldust and Stardust and they have a significant upside. Too bad that they aren't heels, and perhaps they will be in time, as the Usos are fan favorites like the Rhodes brothers and the two teams have the potential to have some great matches but the fans need a team to cheer and one to jeer....IMO. Nonetheless with one simple, creative move Monday night the tag team scene in WWE became topical and relevant.
Bray Wyatt continues to be pushed as a 'character baby face' on RAW. His gritty and often times irreverent character is highly entertaining and allows the audience to systematically interact with him and seemingly gets more popular by the week. It's only a matter of time until he's changing jerseys IMO. Mentioning the name of the town that he's in ala Mick Foley's "Cheap POP" or Stone Cold's "Give me a hell yeah!" plus the sing along to 'He's Got The Whole World in His Hands' makes Bray fan friendly.
Roman Reigns is looking like the next 'it' guy, or so it seems, and I am completely fine with that. Great shine in the battle royal for the Samoan athlete and as I said months ago on the Ross Report Podcast, I've got Reigns winning the Rumble and then the WWE Title at WM31 and hopefully not before. WM31 is the only place to put Reigns on the desired pedestal. Plus, he is far from polished and that comes with time. In other words, I hope he isn't rushed or force fed to the fans.
Hearing that Impact Wrestling might be getting ready to turn the dogs loose in the ring and if so I say "Bravo." Play to your teams strengths is akin to not running the option offense with Manning or Brady like Cleveland may do some with Johnny Football.
To read JR's entire blog click here.
- Darren Young has commented on Pat Patterson's announcement of being gay on last week's Legend's House. Below is what Darren Young had to say.
Backstage news from Monday Night Raw in Cleveland...
- We're told there was a decision made to take Seth Rollins away from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match at Money in the Bank and possibly work Dean Ambrose in a gimmick match.
- Speaking of Ambrose, he had ice taped to his shoulder after the show.
- Erick Rowan had a "golf ball size bump" on his head after the ladder shot that connected. No word whether or not he suffered a concussion, however, he was in pain.
- We're told Triple H hated the Vickie Guerrero puking segment and it was Vince McMahon's call.
- There was no update available on Daniel Bryan. I was cautioned that "no update" is not a good update.
- Vince McMahon is reportedly growing wary of Paige. Similar to the way he fizzled on Emma, Vince just seems to be losing interest in someone he was initially very high up on.
- The plan as of this week was for Cody Rhodes to dress as Stardust for a "little while."
- Last night's WWE Raw received an average viewership of 4,123,333. The show is only up around 4,000 compared to last week's show. However, just like last week, the show continued in a positive trend throughout the night. Below is the hourly breakdown:
Hour one – 3,928,000 viewers
Hour two – 4,197,000 viewers
Hour three – 4,245,000 viewers
You can compare how WWE Raw did compared to the competition at this link.
- There's an interesting recap of Vladimir Kozlov's career after he left WWE in 2011. You can check out what he has been doing since then at this link.
- Big Show is currently on the set of the newest film being produced by WWE Studios. He will have a role in the movie "Vendetta". Check out the tweet below:
- Seth Rollins appeared on WWE Main Event on the WWE Network and announced that there will be a Money in the Bank Ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Seth Rollins also announced that he is the first participant in the match. As we reported, WWE pondered on the idea of having another Ladder match at the pay-per-view when Daniel Bryan's neck injury was worse than initially thought. As we can see, WWE went ahead with the idea to make this match to showcase the undercard.
- As we revealed last night, Seth Rollins made the announcement on WWE Main Event, which aired live on the WWE Network, that there will be a Money in the Bank Ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. He also announced that he will be the first participant in the match. You can watch the segment below or at this link.
- WWE released a new interview with Triple H conducted by Michael Cole. In this week's interview, Triple H states that Vickie Guerrero will be dealt with next week on WWE Raw in terms of "tampering" with Stephanie McMahon's drink and putting Roman Reigns in the Battle Royal. On a side note, the word going around right now is that Vickie Guerrero will be written off television moving forward, but we can't confirm that at this time. Triple H also confirms the Money in the Bank Ladder match at Money in the Bank and says Seth Rollins will be a participant. The interview also reveals that this week's WWE Smackdown main event will be Four On Three Handicap Match: Sheamus, John Cena, and Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, and Randy Orton. WWE announced Alberto Del Rio vs. Roman Reigns for this week's Smackdown on Raw, but they scrapped that the following day. You can check out the interview below or at this link.
- JR posted a new blog today, talking about who's been on his recent podcasts, and the WWE Money In The Bank Ladder Match pay-per-view:
- MVP also talks in sobering terms of his former traveling partner the late, Chris Benoit and their relationship and how it developed in WWE notwithstanding Chris' infamous final days of Benoit's life. - We talk Bubba's early influences, his days in ECW, the great run that he and Devon had in WWE, the TLC matches that they were instrumental in helping build, an issue that Bubba had with Randy Orton, their dream opponents and who I would have loved to have seen the Dudley's face back in the day. - WWE should target the older fan who may have ceased becoming a regular, weekly viewer in recent years as their primary target demo to subscribe to their WWE Network. The older fan has more disposable income and makes more long term buying decisions than do the younger crowd who still lives at home or are still students.
For JR's entire blog, Click Here
- CM Punk will make his next television appearance not on WWE programming, but on Maron this Thursday at 10pm ET/PT on IFC. You can see the clip of his appearance on the show below or at this link.
- The Hollywood Reporter interviewed The Rock to discuss a wide variety of topics. In the interview, he comments on his injury he suffered last year while fighting John Cena at Wrestlemania 29 and whether he will return to the wrestling ring.
His injury last year
Johnson had suffered a bad injury in his 2013 return to the ring, when he fell and tore both his rectus tendon and adductor muscle while fighting former nemesis John Cena. After seeing a doctor, he opted against surgery. Two days later, by sheer coincidence, something else went wrong. "I came in for a checkup and pulled my pants down, and the doctor goes, 'Oh! That's a hernia,' " says Johnson. "Your abdominal wall gets weak and your organs push through. The doctor said, 'You need to lie down,' and slowly starts to push my intestines back in my stomach. He said, 'I would really recommend surgery.' "
A possible return:
He has not ruled out a return to the ring, though he says its scale — both as an event and a payday — would have to equal or exceed his 2013 fight, and he continues to work with WWE, though film is his real focus.
The interview goes through his entire career from breaking out of the wrestling business to suffering from depression multiple times. Click here to read the full interview.
- Chief Branding Officer of the WWE, Stephanie McMahon published a new article on the Huffington Post. The article describes WWE's relationship with the Special Olympics USA Games. As we noted, Big Show has been part of the opening ceremony over the weekend. Stephanie went on to praise Big Show. Below is an excerpt of the article:
One of the best "coaches" is WWE Superstar, Big Show. Big Show is a legitimate "giant" who had the medical condition acromegaly resulting in his massive size. Big Show is no stranger to adversity and learned at a young age how to ignore those who judged him and truly celebrate his uniqueness. Big Show uses his past experience to motivate the athletes and has said his involvement with Special Olympics is one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
You can read the full article at this link.
- The Miz was interviewed by Philly.com to promote a WWE live event show in Philadelphia this weekend. In the interview, Miz revealed what he said to public relations when he first entered the company:
"When I first came to the WWE, I went to the talent relations department and I said, ‘Listen, if you have any interviews that nobody wants to do, if you have any TV spots, anything, I will fly anywhere, anytime to do every radio spot."
The Miz also talks about the 11 WWE releases that occured last week. Click here to check out the full interview. - Kevin Hart appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night and he talked about his experience on WWE Raw as the special guest this past Monday. You can hear about his experience below or at this link. - WWE's reality series television show Total Divas has been nominated as the "Best Reality" television show for the Teen Choice Awards. The show is running against Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Dance Moms, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Real Husbands of Hollywood. - WWE published an exclusive interview with Batista on dot com and they covered a wide variety of topics. Batista "quit" on the June 2nd episode of WWE Raw as he had to take a hiatus to promote his "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. In the interview, Batista talks about when he wanted to come back after he left in 2010, the reception he received when he came back this year, and more! Can you talk to us about how your return came about? Who contacted who?Well, actually, I’d wanted to come back the day I left! [Laughs] I always planned on coming back, and I always tell people I wanted to come back much sooner. It was just that when I left, I wanted to accomplish certain things, and it just honestly took me a lot longer than I had hoped. But I’d always stayed in touch with a few of the boys, and I stayed in constant touch with [Triple H]. When Hunter started being very involved in NXT, it was right here in Orlando, so I just started coming out, talking to him and we talked about me coming back after I wrapped on “Guardians.”You came back with a lot of fanfare and a great reaction, but the fans, as we all know now, eventually turned against you. What were your thoughts on that sudden change in reception?It was weird. It wasn’t like a normal response. It was almost like a personal attack. It had to do with factors that were not in my control, factors and things that were going on in the company with other people, stuff that really had nothing to do with me. To me, it was a little frustrating, a little confusing, and, you know, I don’t want to say I completely took it personal, but I did somewhat. What I heard over and over was, “Batista doesn’t deserve this,” and that’s what I took personally, because it’s like they forgot about my 10 years of pain and suffering and sacrifice. When I left the company, I gave plenty of notice, I left the right way, I did everything right. And also, my very last match, I broke my back. So I literally broke my back for the fans. And for me to come back and for them to say that I didn’t deserve the spot that I was being put in? For one thing, I didn’t ask for that spot. And here’s my thing with wrestling, and I tell this to everybody: If you get an opportunity, take the opportunity, and if you pass it up, you’re a fool. And if you hate on a guy just because he’s taking advantage of an opportunity that’s given to him, then you’re an idiot.So going back to your return for a moment, after you won the Royal Rumble Match, it was supposed to be you and Randy Orton at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Eventually, Daniel Bryan was added to the mix. What were your thoughts on that development?Oh, I was super excited. I was super excited, because, you know, we needed that element. Even speaking from a fan’s standpoint, for me, it’s hard to get sucked into a [bad guy vs. bad guy] match. We needed a hero, man, and Daniel Bryan was the biggest hero in the company. I knew this was gonna be good. It’s so much better when the fans have an emotional investment. And they were so emotionally invested in Daniel Bryan, and they were so absorbed in their hatred for me that I knew it was gonna be good stuff.You’ve spoken about wanting to steal the show, and a lot of people think the Triple Threat Match did just that. Did the match live up to your expectations?Oh, by far. I knew we were gonna steal the show. But that’s one other thing. If anybody can accuse me of being selfish or arrogant, it’s when it comes to my match. I’m selfish in that way. I want it to be all about my story. I want it to be all about my match. Everything else is secondary to me. I think more guys in this business should have that outlook. It’s gotta be about their story. They should be protective of their story. They should be protective of their matches, because it’s theirs. It’s what they own. It’s everything they strive to be in this business. It’s all in that story and in that match. Not making it about yourself, making it about thematch. It’s never making it about yourself, it’s about your story. That’s why I never minded being the bad guy. I don’t need the accolades, I don’t need the applause. I want people to be sucked into my story.You ultimately did quit on Raw, dropping the mic and giving a pageant wave that got one of the best reactions of your return. How do you think that exit stacks up against you in the wheelchair in 2010?The last time I quit in the wheelchair, my contract was up. I had fulfilled my contract, I gave plenty of notice, I wanted to leave and do other things outside of the company. I felt like that was the time. I’m not getting any younger, I needed that time to go and do it. And this time it’s the same way. I’m really leaving because I have obligations that I made to Marvel, and I need to go out and promote “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I’m not leaving behind WWE, I’m not leaving behind wrestling. I love it. I always say, at the end of the day, I am a wrestler, I am a sports-entertainer. I’m not leaving it behind, but I fulfilled my obligations and now I need to fulfill other obligations and that’s why I left.Do you think you’ll get back in the ring after you’re done promoting the movie?We’ve already been talking about that. We were talking about when I would come back before I even left. I don’t feel like my career is over. I felt better leaving this time than when I got in, because I came in with an injury and I left feeling healthy as can be. It’s hard for me to leave now because I feel like I was just hitting my stride. I think a lot of people forgot I was away from wrestling for four years, and it took me a couple months to really start getting in touch with the audience because it’s a completely different audience, man. It was really weird for me at first. I just started finding my stride, so it’s weird for me to leave, but I don’t feel like my career is even close to over, man. I got a lot of good matches, and hopefully it’ll work out. Batista also comments on the whole "Bluetista" craze, his upcoming movie, and states he wants to have a program with Bray Wyatt. You can check out the full interview here. - Kevin Hart was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where Stewart talked about having no one else to talk to about wrestling, other than his son, and all the do together is watch wrestling. Hart stated he was a fan, but it's dropped off as he got older, Stewart, not so much as he was ranting about Evolution breaking up. Hart talked up Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Junkyard Dog, KoKo B. Ware, Road Warriors. Then Stewart threw out names of Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, Haystacks Calhoun, Jimmy Snuka, Chief Jay Strongbow. The only name Hart knew was Snuka's and they discussed Hart on WWE Monday Night Raw. Hart told Stewart that they at first wanted to get Hart into the ring, but he wanted nothing to do with that. They asked what he'd like to do, and he said that he'd love to announce a match, be a personality, but when he got there, they told him they had a plan to get him in the ring. He really didn't want to get in the ring, but did after Fandango's match.
Hart went on to discuss his respect of the ropes around the ring. That you're supposed to go over the second rope, but he did none of that and went over the bottom rope. He didn't realize he went into the ring that way, but when he got to the back wrestlers came up to him laughing about the bit he did by getting into the ring the way he did. He said that he got in that way because it was on his level.
- Thanks to WNW reader David for sending in the following:
ABC-7 News out of Denver, Colorado is covering the story of John Cena helping Brittany Depew, a 21 year old battling terminal cancer. John Cena, who already sent her a video message of him wishing her a Happy Birthday, stopped by her house on Tuesday in Kentucky to spend time with her. He gave her some merchandise and a hug. She stated, "My leukemia is past the stage of being cured." This emotional story can be found here.
- The Shining Wizardinterviewed recently released WWE star Curt Hawkins. Hawkins hits on a variety of topics, but he does comment on his release from the company last week. Thanks to WNW reader Eddie for sending this in. Below is an excerpt of the interview:
On his WWE release
On his WWE release: It was expected to an extent. Really I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. They weren’t using me and I was just living this life of sitting and waiting around and not able to commit to things in my real life. Like if I wanted to go a wedding, I never know if they (WWE) are going to come calling. It was kind of annoying, to be honest with you. And anyone that knows me knows that I’m just crazy about wrestling, and I’ve had my pulse on the Indy scene and it’s something I’ve been dying to dive into and now I finally can.
- WWE released a new series on their official YouTube page titled "Bad News Barrett's World Cup Breakdown". Obviously, Barrett breaks down this week's World Cup Tournament. You can watch the video below or at this link.
- On the latest WWE Inbox, WWE stars guess who is underneath the bunny costume that follows Adam Rose around in his entrance. You can watch the video below or at this link.
- NYCastings is currently searching for someone to be in an anti-smoking commercial that will star Daniel Bryan. The plot is going to be centered around a WWE event where Daniel Bryan gives a shout-out to the fan, but he's nowhere to be found. You can see the description below:
This spot is very similar to the "cigarette-as-bully" PSA that is currently running. We find "Dave" being bullied by his cigarette by way of text message. He is attending a WWE match a super-fan of his idol Daniel Bryan. When Daniel gives a public shout-out to "Dave" in the audience he is no where to be found. The camera finds "Dave" alone in the parking lot bullied by his cigarette to go out and smoke missing what would have been the greatest moment of his life thus far.
They are searching for a male between the ages of 16-23. To find more information about this commercial and role, click here.
- Former WWE diva, Eve Torres, has landed a role in a new television show titled "Matador". Here is an excerpt about her character:
Torres will appear as Reyna Flores, a sideline journalist who reports on Tony's rise to fame. Sharp, ambitious and fit, Reyna is a former college player herself who is passionate about the game as she is about her career.
Matador will premiere on July 15th on the El Rey network. You can read about it at this link.
- Jim Ross will also be in front of a camera as he landed a role in an independent comedy film called "What Now". His tweet is below:
- A lot of people were surprised by WWE publicly announcing 11 talent releases. It had been so long since the company had done a round of mass cuts and as we broke here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Triple H had been reluctant to fire anyone. Instead, Hunter had opted to pay talent their downsides until their contracts expired and quietly let them go.
We're told with the stock collapse after WWE's underwhelming deal with NBCUniversal that all bets are off now. Not only is the company looking to fire more people, they're also looking to do a hiring freeze for several months, if not the rest of the year.
The next round of cuts are expected to be primarily NXT talent. The company believes that investors see the cuts as an initiative to save money. NXT workers do not make a lot of money, however, that's where WWE is looking to cut talent to create the illusion that significant costs are being saved.
Several guys WWE was looking to sign for NXT have been told plans are now on hold.
The hiring freeze isn't just for wrestlers, either. We're told the freeze is in effect for many departments. One example is a guy like Perry Saturn. He's been trying to get a full time job in WWE for years as a trainer in developmental and was even told at one point he'd be getting hired soon. Saturn has now been notified the deal is off due to the hiring freeze.
In conclusion, the cuts are on response to investor concerns over WWE's long-term profitability including concerns over the monetization and profitability of the WWE Network. Not only that but the company is not looking to add to their payroll until they are able to show investors they are cutting costs and saving money.
- We just received word that Brodus Clay is making his first appearance since being let go from the WWE. Brodus Clay will be making his GLCW Debut on Friday, June 20th at KALapalooza. The switch came after Rosita was unavailable for the show. As of this show there are still Meet and Greet tickets available to talk to the former WWE Star. With this appearance, it seems as though Clay didn't have a 90 day no-compete clause with is release.
- WWE has removed Cody Rhodes from the Superstars section, and replaced him with Stardust. His new page can be seen here.
- Former TNA Wrestling Knockout, Taeler Hendrix appeared on the June 6th episode of WWE Raw as one of Adam Rose's rosebuds. You can see her tweet from her official Twitter page below:
- Former WWE talent, Drew McIntyre was recently interviewed by Chris Jericho on his "Talk is Jericho" podcast. In the interview, Drew states that Vince McMahon though Heath Slater needed a band and decided to pick him. Drew stated he was suppose to be the main guy for the faction but he suffered a broken wrist and the plans were scrapped. He also talks about his release from the company last week. You can listen to the interview at this link.
- TNA also uploaded a new Spin Cycle episode on their YouTube page. You can watch it below or at this link.
- Tyler Breeze appeared at the NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida, and addressed the fans saying that he has a broken finger. Breeze is the current number one contender to the NXT Championship. Below are images of him with his finger wrapped:
- Ross & Marshall Von Erich made their national television debut at Slammiversary and beat Jesse Godderz and DJ Zema Ion by disqualification after Godderz attacked them with a chair.
Kevin Von Erich got in the ring and attacked DJ Z with The Iron Claw after the match. Below is a picture of Kevin locking in the Iron Claw:
- Bobby Lashley and Austin Aries won their respective singles matches at Slammiversary to challenge Eric Young for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a Steel Cage Match. During the match, Lashley was sent outside the ring through the door of the cage. The only way to win was by pinfall or submission. Young went on to hit the pile driver on Aries to win. No titles changed hands at Slammiversary as Sanada retained the X-Division Championship in a Ladder Match and Angelina Love retained the Knockout's Championship against Gail Kim.
- As CJ Blaze noted on the site duringTNA Slammiversary, Team 3D have been announced as the next inductees into the TNA Hall of Fame. You can watch the official video honoring them below or at this link.
- TNA Wrestling also sent out an official press release about the announcement. You can read it below:
ARLINGTON, Texas (June 15, 2014) --- During Slammiversary XII live from Arlington, Texas, Olympic Gold Medalist and TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle announced the next inductees into the TNA Hall of Fame will be Team 3D, Bully Ray and Devon.
Team 3D is one of the most decorated tag teams in professional wrestling history having won more than 20 tag team championships across various promotions, including twice winning the TNA World Tag Team Championship. In 2005 Team 3D was named TNA Tag Team of the Year and in 2013 were named TNA Tag Team of Tag Teams.
Having made their TNA debut in 2005, Bully Ray and Devon are known for their no-nonsense hardcore, taking care of business inside and outside of the ring, which often ends in putting their opponents through a table.
Team 3D becomes the third inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame, following the inaugural induction of “The Icon” Sting in 2012 and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle earlier this year.
A special induction ceremony for Team 3D will take place later this year.
- Several people told me that they had trouble viewing TNA Slammiversary last night. The trouble came across Time Warner Cable. One person told me that they missed the first 10 minutes of the show. They explained the situation to me in the tweet below:
However, there was an instance where Time Warner told pay-per-view buyers that Slammiversary was unavailable. One person who bought the event was unable to watch it:
- We posted the honor video and press release from TNA Wrestling in regards to Team 3D being announced as the next inductees into the TNA Hall of Fame on last night's TNA Slammiversary. Bully Ray and Devon commented on the announcement. Below are their tweets:
- We noted on Friday that Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie would be in attendance at the Slammiversary pay-per-view. His teammates, Ben Bass, Nick Hayden, Tyrone Crawford, Caesar Rayford and Martez Wilson were also at the event. They got into a confrontation with James Storm during his match against Mr. Anderson. The team met with Mr. Anderson in the ring after his victory. TMZ covered the moment and you can read the story here.
- TNA Wrestling just announced that Matt Hardy is returning to the company for their Impact Wrestling tapings in New York City at the end of the month. Below is the official statement from TNA:
Matt and Jeff Hardy make up one of the most recognizable tag teams of all-time. Individually, they have climbed to the top of professional wrestling. Now, at the upcoming IMPACT tapings in New York City, the brothers will reunite! ImpactWrestling.com has learned that TNA has come to terms with Matt Hardy to appear at IMPACT in New York City, which marks the first time that Matt has been inside a TNA ring in three years – this was also the last time a match featuring the Hardy’s was nationally televised. Together, Matt and Jeff Hardy are one of the most decorated tag teams of all time and we are excited to see what the duo has planned for NYC! More details to be announced soon! Stay updated at ImpactWrestling.com!
- Last night Devon returned to TNA programming as he and Bully Ray were announced as the next inductees in the TNA Hall of Fame. The company added his profile to the official roster page as well as Matt Hardy.
- Dixie Carter went on a tweet marathon on Twitter. In her tweets, she invites Tommy Dreamer to this week's Impact Wrestling in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She went on to say she would give him a live mic to say everything he said to her at a recentHouse of Hardcore. Below are her tweets:
You can find details about the Impact Wrestling taping in Bethleham at this link.
- TNA Wrestling is running a poll on their official website asking fans which ring they want TNA to use going further. Voting will end on Thursday at Midnight after the airing of Impact Wrestling. TNA will make the results known Friday. TNA will begin using the ring at the NYC tapings start on June 25. TNA states the future of the Impact ring is in the fan's hands. To vote you can visit TNA's official site by clicking here.
As we noted on the site yesterday, TNA Wrestling is asking their fans to vote on which ring the company should use moving forward. Should they use the four sided ring or the six sided ring? The winning win will be revealed this Friday and whatever one wins will be used at their New York City tapings next week and beyond.
The company is seeing lots of talk about the voting as at one point yesterday "#6sides" was trending in the United States. While there is a lot of debate on what ring the company should use, Austin Aries is speaking out on the situation on his official Twitter account. Below are his tweets:
Back in March when Austin Aries was off of Impact Wrestling for a month or more, speculation started to rise on Aries' status with the company. After I published an article about the situation on TNANews.com and sent it to him, he replied with the following,
"Seems to be some overanalyzing going on. I tweet more often about my personal, non-wrestling life, than not. Keep that in mind y’all…"
This should be brought up because he reveals he is more out of character on his Twitter page.
- Sean Waltman also know as Xpac had a few choice words for Dixie Carter and the 6 sided ring on Twitter. Waltman states that the 6 sided ring is more dangerous, harder to climb, and harder to keep balance on the top rope. He also told Dixie she should get off of TV. Below are his tweets
- As we noted earlier this week, TNA Wrestling is polling their fans on which ring they prefer - the 4 sided ring or the 6 sided ring. The poll has been going on for a couple of days. The voting ends at midnight tonight but the winner of the poll will be announced on Friday. While there is a lot of debate on which ring they should use, Dixie Carter tweeted a fan earlier today stating that the 4 sided ring is getting "killed" in the voting. You can read the tweet below:
- MVP "fired" Earl Hebner on Impact tonight. Brian Henber stepped up for his father, but then backed down in order to retain his job.
- Dixie Carter took to Twitter to talk down Tommy Dreamer after their encounter on Impact last night.
- Last night's Impact Wrestling received an average viewing audience of 1,330,000. That is dramatically up from last week's 1,005,000.
This show, which featured Taryn Terell, Bobby Roode and Tommy Dreamer's return to Impact Wrestling television as well as Eric Young's two championship defenses, which had Bobby Lashley win the TNA World Championship at the end of the night, received the highest audience since the April 11th Impact Wrestling.
You can check out how Impact Wrestling stacked up against the competition at this link.