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Exclusive Daniel Bryan Update, Disappointment With New Gimmick, Injury Could Derail Slammiversary Plans, Vince/Triple H Relationship Growing More Contentious, Why HBK Won't Wrestle Again, WWE Plants Story About The Streak, Sting Working With WWE, Unwelcom

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Welcome to the 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, May 31, 2014 to Friday, June 6, 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!

Table Of Contents
- WWE News
- TNA News
- Ask WNW

WWE News

- Zeb Colter & Jack Swagger say they want one more shot at Adam Rose on this week's Smackdown Fallout, available at this link.

- WWE has posted post-match interviews with Adrian Neville, Charlotte, Tyler Breeze, and more. The video is available at this link.

- Wrestling News World reader Hiroaki Kawafuji sent word that WWE has announced some of the bouts for their upcoming Japanese tour. They are as follows:

July 10, 2014 from Tokyo:
- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
- Roman Reigns vs. Kane

July 11, 2014 from Tokyo:
- John Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & Kane
- Rob Van Dam vs. Bad News Barrett for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

July 12, 2014 from Osaka:
- Roman Reigns vs. Kane
- Rob Van Dam vs. Bad News Barrett for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

- NXT Champion Adrian Neville lost four of his front teeth during a backstage segment with Brodus Clay that was filmed at the March 13, 2014 WWE NXT tapings in Winter Park, Florida. The segment aired on April 17, 2014.

Wrestling News World reader Jorge Romero Tweeted us a photo of Neville after the injury:

Neville had to undergo a dental procedure to repair the damage and is now wearing a mouth guard for obvious reasons.

- Heading into the weekend we had not heard how much longer Daniel Bryan will be out with his neck injury. The feeling is if he's back in a month, he'll keep the title. If it's longer than that, an alternative plan will be put in place. I would expect a clearer idea to be available Sunday at the pay-per-view, where we should get some answers on where WWE plans to go. The storyline is that Bryan must "surrender" the title to Stephanie McMahon or Brie Bella will be "fired."

- I heard that WWE wants to be very careful with the booking of John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt at Payback. While Cena is the favorite, based on what happened last month, the company doesn't want to kill the momentum they have going with Wyatt.

- One observer mentioned that company officials aren't happy with the conditioning of Bo Dallas and feel he needs to be "more tone."

- The buzz regarding Adam Rose is that the gimmick has only gotten over one time and it was in Europe, likening it to how Fandango could get his gimmick over last year in front of certain crowds.

- Footage of Darren Young working out after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL has surfaced online. You can watch it at this link. Young suffered the injury in April and had to undergo surgery to fix it. The initial timetable for his return was 4-6 months.

- Mick Foley thanked WWE in a new Facebook post where he talked about issues between the two parties since his departure. The following is from Facebook:

Post by Mick Foley.

- Scott Hall was in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday with Carlito. The two stars greeted fans, signed autographs and Hall spoke out about his battle against addiction. Hall said it was by doctor's orders that he canceled his last appearance due to a heart scare. He said he has a clean bill of health. Click here for local news coverage.

- Hornswoggle lost a Mask vs. Hair match on the WWE Payback Kickoff, allowing for El Torito, his opponent, to shave his head. Below are photos of the melee:

- The announced attendance for WWE Payback was 13,311, a sellout from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

- CM Punk was mentioned by Paul Heyman in a show-opening promo at WWE Payback. The promo took place before the WWE United States Championship match, after Sheamus had entered. Heyman told the crowd, as they chanted "CM Punk," that he wasn't here tonight. He said Punk was watching the Chicago Blackhawks get their streak broken by the Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks are playing in Game 7 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at the nearby United Center in Chicago, IL. Punk is indeed at the game.

- WWE Payback was sponsored by Diet Mountain Dew. In addition to advertisements being shown during the WWE Network broadcast, the announcers were drinking the soft drink at the table in clear product placement.

- For what it's worth, we were made aware of streaming issues with the WWE Network on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. I had a small issue in the Kickoff but my stream is running good as of press time. I am using an Internet browser to stream the show live on my desktop.

- During the in-ring segment with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, Stephanie McMahon made reference to CM Punk. During the segment a loud "CM Punk" chant broke out. Stephanie responded by looking at Bryan and saying:

"These people want you to quit just like CM Punk did."

I captured the line on Twitter:

Clearly, Vince McMahon wants to embrace the Punk chants in his hometown rather than pretend they are not there. As for Punk's status, he's retired.

- Roman Reigns stated at the 15:24 mark on WWE Payback Fallout that he thinks he might have torn his triceps in the No Holds Barred Elimination Match against The Shield.

It's too early to confirm whether there is a legitimate injury or if Reigns was just selling the physicality of the match.

Richard Reacts: Hopefully this is all part of Reigns selling the match and he does not have a torn triceps. That's a serious injury that would require surgery and could possibly take him out for the rest of the year. If there's one thing I saw at Payback, it's that Reigns is ready for the next step. There's no way you could look at him in the bout with Triple H and say he didn't belong. He did and he's primed for superstardom.

- Brie Bella Tweeted the following after the angle at WWE Payback where she "quit" the company:

The storyline is that Brie "quit" in order to prevent Daniel Bryan from having to surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WWE is clearly delaying any plan there was to strip Bryan of the title because of his neck injury with the hope he'll be back sooner than later. I was told last week that Bryan would only drop the title if he was going to be out longer than another month. Expect a followup on Raw.

- This week's episode of After Total Divas is now online at this link.

- The commercial for WWE Money in the Bank 2014 premiered during WWE Payback. You can watch it at this link.

- WWE has renamed Paige's finisher the PTO - Paige's Tap Out. The move is otherwise known as a Scorpion Cross Lock.

- One of the main stories we've been following over the past couple of weeks is the growing divide between Vince McMahon and Triple H. It's been a lot of little things, but people are noticing that their relationship has grown noticeably more contentious.

Let's start with a silly example that I mentioned Sunday night on Twitter. The angle where El Torito got his tail pulled off and it was sold as a big thing. Complete nonsense that made the announcers look ridiculous. We're told when it was pitched, Vince "loved it" and thought it was hilarious. The writers know Vince loves anything involving somebody's ass.

We're told Triple H was "100% against it" and tried to talk Vince out it. Obviously, we saw who won that.

A larger example is the formatting of the show.

Vince wants to continue to do the top acts on Raw at 8, 9, 10 and 11, while Hunter feels the fans are starting to figure this out and the show has long stretches where nothing important happens. Triple H wants to focus on creating and building more young acts so they have enough talent to spread around the bigger segments instead of it being so predictable.

While Vince has slowly handed over a lot of the business aspects to Hunter, he's still wielding his power in terms of creative, especially on Raw.

Triple H wants a more serious and wrestling-focused product and the more resistant Vince has been to handing over the creative reigns to Hunter, the more Hunter has been focused on making NXT the strongest product possible and trying to show Vince that some of the changes he wants to make are working great in NXT and need to be applied to the bigger shows.

We're told Triple H "took a lot of satisfaction" in how NXT Takeover was received and kind of had a "top this" attitude with Vince heading into WWE Payback this weekend.

- It seems as though nothing can go right for Batista since returning to WWE earlier this year. Things were no different at Payback on Sunday as the former WWE Champion gained more negative attention for wearing blue ring gear when everyone else in the match wore black.

The gear stuck out and resulted in the hashtag #Bluetista trending Twitter, the term being chanted in the arena and even acknowledged on the pay-per-view broadcast.

What did Batista think about it? He wasn't amused. The following is from Twitter:

And just so you know, smarks irritate big Dave more than moving.

- The promotional poster for WWE Battleground 2014 is embedded below:

WWE Battleground 2014 will take place on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.

- Big Show did local media prior to WWE Raw in Indianapolis. You can watch an appearance he made on Fox 59 at this link.

- Last week's episode of WWE Smackdown, the go-home to Payback, did an average viewing audience of 2,437,000 viewers on SyFy. That number is down from the past two weeks. TV by the Numbers has data for the entire day available at this link.

- Evolution kicked off Raw. Batista told Triple H he wanted that one-on-one title match that he's been waiting for. Triple H said even if he was able to grant him a title match, he would probably choke. Triple H apologized, said things have been tense around here, and that no one will be getting what they want until The Shield is taken care of. Batista went on to say "I understand, and I quit" and walked out of the ring. We reported awhile back that Batista was rumored to be leaving for a short time to promote his latest movie. Stay tuned to for the latest news and results.

- Below are Raw Fallout videos:

Del Rio in the Bank - Raw Fallout
B-Ballin' Big Show - Raw Fallout

- The major storyline update coming out of this week's Monday Night Raw is The Shield breaking up and Seth Rollins joining Evolution in a swerve. You can watch the angle at this link.

Roman Reigns Tweeted the following:

WWE Tweeted the following:

The reason for the big swerve is that Vince McMahon felt they needed a great summer angle and that shows were "lacking an edge." I was told Monday afternoon that Vince wanted to do something strong and this is exactly that.

- Below are the Most Watched Shows Last Week on WWE Network:

WWE Payback 2014
WWE Payback 2014 Kickoff
NXT Takeover
Legends' House
NXT Takeover Fallout
NXT Takeover Pre-Show
WWE Main Event
Raw Backstage Pass
Wrestlemania 30
WWE Extreme Rules 2014

- Stephanie McMahon announced on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw the plan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. If Daniel Bryan is cleared to compete, he'll defend the title against Kane in a Stretcher Match at Money in the Bank. If not, the title will be on the line in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. While a storyline announcement, this is exactly the plan behind-the-scenes. We reported on Sunday afternoon the plan was for Bryan to keep the title if he's out another month. Any longer than that, a storyline would be put in place to crown an interim champion at Money in the Bank. You can watch Stephanie McMahon's segment from Raw at this link. WWE Money in the Bank 2014 will take place Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. We'll have complete coverage here at

- The Season 2 finale of Total Divas did a surprising average viewing audience of 1,547,000 viewers on E.

The number was good enough for the highest viewing audience of the season and the second-highest audience of the show's history. A decline was expected with the show up against WWE Payback on the WWE Network. The trend since Total Divas premiered is for viewership to drop off up against WWE pay-per-view events.

TV by the Numbers has data for the entire night at this link.

- WWE posted a Wrestlemania Rewind clip on Tuesday morning of Shawn Michaels discussing his relationship with Undertaker over the years, their level of maturity at Wrestlemania 25 and ultimately his retirement match at Wrestlemania 26.

Speaking of Undertaker's thoughts on him in the early days, Michaels commented that, Undertaker, "always respected what I did in the ring but just didn't like me."

The feeling was mutual, Michaels admitted.

"I didn't particularly think he was all that either. Didn't care for him much. I was a little more outgoing."

Shawn noted he was not intimated by Undertaker's gimmick as most people were but he respected him. He spoke of their relationship as love/hate and that Undertaker put up with him. Michaels said that Vince McMahon did a lot of balancing back and forth as they were two mainstays on different sides of the ship.

Michaels said regardless of their relationship behind-the-scenes, every time they got in the ring it was phenomenal and they always enjoyed it.

When speaking on their match at Wrestlemania 26 and why he's not tempted to come out of retirement, Michaels said he's never done a perfect thing in his life. However, he's wise enough to know the things he's done that shouldn't be messed with.

You can watch the clip at this link.

Wrestlemania Rewind airs on WWE Network Tuesdays at 9/8c.

Richard Reacts: I'll never forget that following their match at Wrestlemania 26 on March 28, 2010, my mentor texted me with the words, "best match ever." What a moment and what a match to go out on.

- The Undertaker's caskets are featured in the latest episode of WWE Warehouse. You can watch here on dot com.

Backstage news from Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis…

- WWE legitimately doesn't know how much longer WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan is going to be out which is the reason for the segment on this week's show. As I mentioned here on, it's literally a legitimate plan being intertwined with storylines. It gives WWE both options without leaving the fan base wondering. Interjecting some of my own opinion, I believe it's in the best interests of everyone involved to err on the side of caution.

- The angle of breaking up The Shield and having one of them join Evolution came up several weeks ago and was finally put into motion on Monday. The response backstage wasn't as optimistic as I was in Ask WNW, as I was told there were more than a few questioning the logic of the turn. Additionally, the belief from one observer that I spoke with is that if they were going to do it, it should have Dean Ambrose.

- Rusev's segment was done to make him a bigger deal than he is, however, it didn't receive high marks backstage.

- Roman Reigns could get the rest of the week off as he's more than a little banged up after the last 48 hours.

- The framework is being laid for all of Goldust's partners to fail, leading to Cody Rhodes tell him that he was the failure. Whether or not they stick with that direction remains to be seen but most expect Cody vs. Goldust at some point.

- This week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw did an average viewing audience of 4,146,667 viewers on the USA Network. The number was up from the past two weeks.

Below is how the show broke down by hour:

Hour one - 4,033,000 viewers
Hour two - 4,482,000 viewers
Hour three - 3,925,000 viewers

TV by the Numbers has more data for the entire night at this link.

- It was announced on this week's WWE Main Event that WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will appear on next week's Monday Night Raw to respond to Stephanie McMahon's announcement about Money in the Bank. You can read about Stephanie McMahon's announcement here.

- Evan Bourne updated fans on his status with WWE on Twitter on Tuesday. The following is from his verified account:

Bourne has been away from WWE since 2012 after consecutive Wellness Policy violations for testing positive for synthetic marijuana. While out, he was in a car accident where he suffered a career-threatening foot injury. He worked an NXT live event in March 2013 but hasn't been seen since.

We can confirm that Evan contacted the WWE office about working SummerSlam last year but was told that he wasn't needed. He was at the WWE Performance Center in February.

WWE TV taping notes from Cincinnati…

- Damien Sandow's comedy gimmick continued as he was WWE Hall of Famer Pete Rose on Tuesday night. He went under to Adam Rose in a dark match.

- Sheamus beat Fandango in a dark match in-between the WWE Main Event and Smackdown tapings

- After the Smackdown taping concluded, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & The Big Show beat Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan & Luke Harper in a dark match main event.

- This week's kayfabe Michael Cole sit-down interview with Triple H is now online. As expected, the piece deals with Seth Rollins defecting to Evolution. Below are the highlights:

Regarding Batista "quitting," Triple H said it wasn't the first time he quit or the last. If he wants to run off to Hollywood and play Drax the Destroyer in his Guardians of the Galaxy movie, good for him. Triple H hopes it works out because he knows Dave well enough to know he doesn't have a Plan B.

Hunter said he won because The Shield is no more. Cole pressed for why Seth?

Triple H said Rollins was the brains and the architect and it's always been him from day one.

Cole wants to know why Rollins did what he did, Triple H said to ask him. He said he's going to walk Rollins down to the ring on Smackdown and he's going to tell the WWE Universe exactly what they need to hear.

When Cole asked if Triple H was concerned about what Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns would do, he said The Shield doesn't exist anymore. Adapt or perish and Seth Rollins adapted. The Shield perished.

You can watch this week's exchange at this link.

- WWE planted a story shortly after Wrestlemania 30 that Undertaker didn't know in advance that he was losing to Brock Lesnar and that it was 100% Vince McMahon's call to end the streak.

As we've reported numerous times, that wasn't the case. In fact, Undertaker didn't want to retire undefeated at Wrestlemania and wanted to give someone the rub after so many had "done the honors" for him. Apparently the places that took the bait are trying to backpedal but any suggestion that Undertaker didn't have creative control over the streak is preposterous.

Vince McMahon wanted it to appear like he was in control and that he was going to to make a "gutsy" call whether Undertaker liked it or not.

Undertaker had been telling people in the months leading up to his bout with Lesnar it could be his last match. Those close to him knew better than to believe that it was Vince's doing.

- Brandi Rhodes recorded her video blog from backstage at WWE Payback. You can watch at this link.

- WWE NXT Women's Champion Charlotte recounts her journey to NXT Takeover at this link.

- WWE clarified on the verified Twitter account for NXT that Batista will still make his guest appearance at the June 12, 2014 tapings from the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The following is from Twitter:

As the storyline goes, Batista "quit" on Raw this Monday. In reality, he's taking time off to do media for "Guardians of the Galaxy." He plays the role of Drax the Destroyer in the film that is set to be released in theaters on August 1, 2014.

- We reported back in April here on that WWE plans to release a Sting DVD next September. WrestlingDVDNews.comconfirmed those plans are on with DVD and Blu-Ray releases set for September 23, 2014 in the United States and September 29, 2014 in the United Kingdom.

Below is the synopsis for the set courtesy of the website:

The Sting DVD chronicles his entire career from his Mid-South days as part of the Blade-Runners (with Ultimate Warrior) through his last WCW match vs. Ric Flair on the very last episode of WCW Monday Nitro (3/26/01).

The video features more than two dozen matches in total, many never before released on DVD. This includes a combination of well-known memorable matches, as well as some fairly obscure matches including encounters with Vader, Cactus Jack, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair. In addition, packages throughout the title will help tell the story of Sting’s career evolution.

There are also reportedly plans to utilize Sting in WWE 2K15.

Regarding Sting's contract status, we still cannot confirm a deal with WWE has been finalized but the two parties are clearly working together. Sting has said he only wants one more match, one against the Undertaker. That is still a possibility but will hinge on Undertaker's desire and health to work Wrestlemania 31 next year.

Sting is accepting independent bookings and has a scheduled appearance in Illinois in a couple of weeks.

- WWE posted a new video on YouTube on Thursday titled "Inside the June 2014 Issue of WWE Magazine." You can watch it at this link.

- Batista, who is going on hiatus due to his upcoming movie release, is scheduled for summer appearances at upcoming Wizard World Comic Cons. WWE sent out the following email blast on Thursday:

- WWE is doing everything they can to keep Daniel Bryan's momentum going as he recovers from the minimally invasive neck surgery he had on May 15, 2014. The company has stalled plans to strip him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in hopes that he'll be able to return by Money in the Bank later this month. The problem is, they still do not have a definitive timetable on his return.

This is because it all depends on how quickly Bryan is able to regain the strength in his arm after the procedure was done to decompress the nerve root. When dealing with such issues, it's impossible to provide a timetable because it depends on how quickly the body responds.

As we explained in Monday's backstage notes from Raw, Stephanie McMahon's announcement was WWE intertwining their legitimate plan in storyline to show fans both options.

Internally, WWE doesn't want to strip Bryan of the title after all that went into the build for him to go over, however, they realize that's their only option in the event of a prolonged absence.

Bryan is scheduled for next week's episode of Monday Night Raw from Minneapolis, MN.

- WWE is planning to raise the price of the WWE Network at the end of the year/beginning of 2015. While different price points are being discussed, we're told they're currently looking at going to $11.99-$12.99 per month with a 6 month commitment before Royal Rumble. While some may find this news disappointing, we're told there has also been talk of allowing for subscribers to keep the $9.99/month price point for those willing to make a 12-month commitment. WWE wants to raise the price before Wrestlemania 31 but they don't want it right before the pay-per-view, for obvious reasons. This is why the increase is expected at the end of this year/beginning of next.

- Brock Lesnar is selling his home in Maple Plain, Minnesota for $800,000. Click here to check it out.

- Luis Ignascio, the original Sin Cara, is now working in AAA as Myzteziz. He'll continue to use the Sin Cara gimmick on shows outside of the Mexican promotion.

- I don't care what you think about John Cena, he's an awesome person. Check out his latest act of kindness.

Richard Reacts: John Cena is always going above and beyond. He doesn't *have* to do these things but he continues to do them. We're talking about a guy on the road 300-days out of year, carrying WWE year in and out and oh by the way, he's also a cast member on Total Divas. Yet he's still willing to participate in these random acts of kindness. I don't even think we could begin to describe how many lives John has touched. I know he has his haters and I know there are always going to be *those people* but stuff like this goes to show you what kind of person he is. Class act.

- WWE sent out another survey on Thursday, asking fans about SummerSlam and their interest in Tyson Anytizers. I Tweeted a screen shot of the survey that you can view below:

Among the names the company is gauging interest in for SummerSlam are Cesaro, Brie Bella, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Batista and Brock Lesnar.

- Jim Ross spent Thursday night in an Oklahoma hospital. He Tweeted that he didn't feel well after attending the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While we do not know JR's condition, it doesn't appear serious as of press time.

- WWE posted on dot com that Heath Slater and his wife Stephanie welcomed their baby girl Remmedy into the world on Thursday. She was born weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Click here for coverage by

- Tamina Snuka had surgery Wednesday on her left knee to repair her ACL and meniscus. Tamina posted the following on her Twitter account:

- interviewed Dolph Ziggler and sent the following highlights:

What Dolph does before matches: "I’m not one of those guys that has to, one of those guys that walks around with their Beats headphones on and get in the zone and bounce around. I do the opposite of that. I sit around in a corner and I focus on a game plan or psychology going into the match so I can get all my focusing in, think of everything I can that I can possible use against my opponent out there. So I like to sit and plot quietly. I listen to music on the treadmill every morning, little bit of a mixture of pop music and mostly hair bands and rock."

On doing stand up comedy: "Mick Foley has some stand up things going on also, so he’s giving me an opening invite if I ever have a day off. I can speak on stage with him and get a couple minutes in. Whenever I have a free minute, which is very rare, I am looking for mic time one way or another. Just know that a lot of my set has to do with Chipotle in a positive way. A lot of Chipotle talk!"

Who he hopes to face at Summerslam: "I would like to face Bad News Barrett at Summerslam. That guy, he’s come back from an injury, he’s come a long way. He’s found a way to recreate himself on The JBL and Cole YouTube show and actually bringing that over to television. He brought it over to television and it’s great. I love hearing him talk. He’s good and he knows what he’s doing. We’ve only been in the ring maybe two times together and we tore it down. I would love to get out there with him and put on a match that nobody else could follow."

On Sami Zayn being the next Paul Heyman Guy: I actually got to have a match with him overseas and it went really well. I think he could be next to hit the roster and maybe he will be a Paul Heyman Guy. When you walk through the door and you become a Paul Heyman Guy, there’s dollar signs around you. It makes you a main player in the game.

On him being the new RAW GM: "I would hate that! That’s like having an office job. I need to be out there, I need to be out there in the ring. I would go crazy if I was GM."

One of his all-time favorite matches: "One of my favorites for sure was me versus Edge at the 2011 Royal Rumble. We were the opening match for the World Heavyweight title. Edge was someone I had rode with and he’s been a mentor to me. It was cool to be in the ring with him and me being the bad guy. The crowd understands I’m good at my job. And I was able to hang in the ring with him. In the last ten minutes of that match, everybody was on the edge of their seats. It was a real special time for me. It was a great match. Edge was awesome, I hung in there with him and definitely held my own. We tore it down that night."

Click here to read the piece in its entirety.

- WWE issued a press release on Friday, announcing they're teaming with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, and the Ad Council to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage dads to recognize their critical role and give them the tools to help get more involved. Talent featured in the ads will include Alberto Del Rio, Titus O'Neil and Roman Reigns. Click here to read the press release in its entirety. One of the ads featuring Del Rio is available at this link.

- Who's leaving The JBL & Cole Show forever? Watch this week's show at this link.

- Jim Ross provided the following health update on Twitter:

As we reported earlier here at, JR spent Thursday night in an Oklahoma hospital. He Tweeted that he didn’t feel well after attending the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TNA News

- Brooke Adams and Robbie E are running on the 25th season of "The Amazing Race." The race began on Saturday from Times Square in New York City. An official press release was issued by CBS, with a complete list of the 11 teams competing. Click here to read it.

- Kevin Von Erich spoke to The Dallas Morning News about accompanying his sons, Marshall and Ross, to their match at TNA Slammiversary on Sunday, June 15, 2014 from College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. The publication notes that Von Erich didn't even know about the show until a week ago, indicating this was all put together recently. Click here to read the piece in its entirety.

- MVP suffered a knee injury Friday night in the United Kingdom while working for Preston City Wrestling. The injury occurred during a spot outside of the ring where he limped to the back.

While the severity of the injury is unknown, he did not work on Saturday night for PCW. Instead, he came out on crutches and announced to the crowd that x-ray results were inconclusive and that he would have to undergo an MRI.

MVP hasn't mentioned the injury on Twitter but did write on Sunday that he was in Amsterdam. The following is from Twitter:

If the injury is serious, it could have disastrous consequences. MVP is scheduled to challenge Eric Young for the TNA Championship at Slammiversary on June 15, 2014.

- While we do not want to speculate, MVP Tweeted the following on Sunday:

Earlier in the day, he wrote:

MVP suffered a knee injury on Friday night while working in the United Kingdom for Preston City Wrestling. The injury kept him from working Saturday night, where he appeared on crutches and said that x-rays were inconclusive and that he would need to undergo an MRI.

MVP is scheduled to challenge Eric Young for the TNA Championship at Slammiversary on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

- Taryn Terrell, who has been away from TNA Wrestling on maternity leave, Tweeted to Dixie Carter that she is ready to return. Below is the exchange on Twitter:

- TNA Wrestling announced on their official website that their Destination X show will be filmed in New York City in the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center on June 26th. You can read TNA's announcement below or at this link:

In New York City, everything is larger than life and this embodies TNA’s X-Division, where there are no weight classes and no limits. Today, TNA is happy to announce that Destination X will take place during the June 26 event inside the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York City and will broadcast as a special episode of IMPACT on Spike TV during the summer.

One of the most celebrated divisions in all of pro-wrestling, the X-Division has come to exemplify the meaning of TNA – Total Nonstop Action. The death-defying athleticism of X competitors is something fans have been captivated by since its debut. Every year, Destination X has been the flagship show of the division and, for 2014; we’ve made it even more extreme!

With many surprises in-store for the event, one major question is will Sanada make it to Destination X as the X-Division Champion? If so, will he use Option C to cash in the X-Division Championship for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship?

Since Option C was created by Austin Aries in 2012, both competitors who held the X-Division Championship have successfully cashed in to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Destination X.

Will it happen again? Don’t miss Destination X LIVE from New York City on June 26. Get your tickets now!

Additionally, TNA is giving fans a voice in the show! Beginning immediately, use the hashtag #MyDestinationX on Twitter to tell us which X-Division Superstar you most want to see at this year’s event. Your vote can be any past, present or even FUTURE X-Division star! Get involved in the conversation now!

To find out more about the June 26th taping and to get your tickets, click here.

- Wednesday, June 4, 2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of Impact's premiere on FOX Sports Network. Dixie Carter Tweeted the following the celebrate the milestone:

- Mickie James had an exchange with Mark Henry on Twitter where she confirmed she is six months pregnant. The following is from Twitter:

Mickie and Magnus are expecting their first child together. Congratulations to them!

- TNA could possibly have a major problem on their hands with MVP. As previously reported here on, he suffered a knee injury last Friday night while working in the United Kingdom. X-rays proved inconclusive and he was scheduled to undergo an MRI to fully evaluate the extent of the damage.

Other than some cryptic comments, MVP hasn't said much about the injury on social media. The initial prognosis doesn't seem good as he has been forced to make overseas bookings on crutches and noted that Chris Masters was pushing him around an airport in a wheelchair.

The next two weeks of Impact Wrestling, that features heavy promotion to MVP vs. Eric Young for the TNA Championship at Slammiversary, is already in the can. Obviously if MVP is unable to work, something will have to be inserted in post-production to address it.

TNA Slammiversary will take place Sunday, June 15, 2014 from College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.

For those that have asked, the MVP interview we posted on Thursday was taped before he suffered the knee injury.

- This week's episode of Impact Wrestling did an average viewing audience of 993,000 viewers on Spike TV. There was stiff competition with the 2014 NBA Finals airing on ABC which garnered an average viewing audience of 12,610,000 viewers.

- After the airing of this week's episode of Impact Wrestling, below is the updated lineup for TNA Slammiversary:

TNA Championship Match
- Eric Young © vs. MVP

Singles Match
- Ethan Carter III vs. Bully Ray

Singles Match
- Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe

Singles Match
- Magnus vs. Willow

Singles Match
- Mr. Anderson vs. James Storm

Singles Match
- Kenny King vs. Austin Aries

Tag Team Match
- Marshall & Ross Von Erich w/Kevin vs. TBA

TNA Slammiversary 2014 will take place Sunday, June 15, 2014 from College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. We'll have complete coverage here at


I feel that when John Cena doesn't do the SuperCena routine when he turns to the five moveset, he has incredible matches like his match at Payback against Bray Wyatt and his match against Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam. Wouldn't it be best for him to get the fans back on his side by using new moves as opposed to doing the same ones over and over?

John Cena is more than capable of working good matches and has proved the "you can't wrestle" hate is completely unfounded. Cena has had far too many "Match of the Year" candidates to even begin to question his ability. The problem is Cena is always going to get heat from a segment of WWE's audience as long as he's the company's top babyface that overcomes the odds. While there are readers like you that are very high up on Cena vs. Bray Wyatt at Payback, there are those very upset that Cena went over. As I stated in Richard Reacts to Payback, I understand why Cena went over Bray Wyatt and still believe Wyatt was helped by the program. WWE has to protect Cena because he's still the top guy and they're going to rely on him heavily (especially with Daniel Bryan out) to carry them this summer. However, I'll admit I'm not thrilled with Wyatt losing, I understand it. So to answer your question, there is nothing Cena can do to his move set that is going to change someone's mind about him. He will have fans and he will have detractors but until further notice, he's WWE's top talent.

What was your reaction of WWE mentioning CM Punk throughout the night during Paul Heyman's opening segment, as well as Stephanie McMahon acknowledging that he quit? I felt it was the only thing they really could do to somewhat keep the CM Punk chants a bit calmer.

I'll start by saying if you go to a WWE event and chant "CM Punk," you're ridiculous. You bought your ticket knowing Punk's situation and what's the point of chanting for someone that left on their own terms? Punk wasn't fired, he quit. WWE wants him back but he's ready to move on. It's time for Punk's fans to do the same. I talked about WWE mentioning Punk in the Paul Heyman segment and in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship segment in Richard Reacts, stating it was the right move. In the past, WWE has tried to ignore things they don't want getting on TV and it does nothing but insult the intelligence of the viewer. Embracing the chants helped keep them under control and delivered two of the best one-liners of the night. I do want to reiterate that if you buy a ticket to a WWE show only to be disruptive by chanting "CM Punk," you're wasting your time and should probably find a new hobby.

The series between John Cena and Bray Wyatt was obviously to help elevate Wyatt's career. With the continual addition of The Usos to the series is this to help elevate them and thus the tag team titles?

I believe The Usos were continuously used in John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt to help get them on the map and also help prevent a double turn. With Cena's 50/50 crowd reactions and audiences buying into The Wyatt Family, WWE didn't want to turn either. The Usos helped that, especially Sunday night at Payback. Their energy and babyface move set kept the babyface audience behind Cena and prevented a Bray Wyatt turn. As I mentioned in Richard Reacts to Payback, the fact The Usos were used in this program goes to show their rising stock. I'm not sure either has the ceiling of Bray Wyatt but they look to be a big part of WWE moving forward.

Considering the fact that 'smaller' workers are featured heavily on NXT, and wrestling ability seems to take priority over simply 'looking the part' on the show, do you see WWE adopting this attitude towards the main roster going forward?

This is one of the biggest reasons NXT has developed into its own brand. The smaller/more intimate venue at Full Sail University, the focal point being in-ring work and cruiserweight talent getting to use a more high-risk pace than they would on the main roster. This is also what has internally muted conversations for a potential cruiserweight-only show on WWE Network and has some wondering if there will be certain guys that are signed solely to work on NXT, without ever being called up to the main roster. For WWE to replicate what they do at NXT on the main roster, they would have to completely change the way they push talent. I don't see that happening as much as I see the NXT brand succeeding as a viable alternative. NXT is what TNA was at one point. A product that thrived on great wrestling with a higher production value. When TNA decided to do away with that (brushing aside the X Division and their Knockouts), their audience stopped growing. There is a marketplace for what NXT brings and while I do not see WWE becoming more like NXT, I hope the company keeps the brand strong.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2012: CM Punk calls Kofi Kingston his “road wife.” What is the meaning of this term? - CM Punk and Kofi Kingston are friends that travel together. Given the fact WWE workers are on the road 300 days out of the year, most travel with friends for company and to share expenses. Someone like Punk probably doesn’t have to worry about money (he has his own tour bus) but I’m sure he enjoys hanging with Kofi.

Do you think it was the right choice to break up The Shield?

I'm on board with Seth Rollins turning on The Shield and joining Evolution. The angle gives WWE a sharp page turner into the summer and will only help the elevation of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and of course Rollins. No one saw Rollins' turn coming and those are the best angles. Not only that but it helps Triple H look powerful, even with Evolution "doing the honors" at two straight pay-per-views. A breakup of The Shield was inevitable and I can't think of a better time to do it. How higher could the faction go after consecutive defeats of Evolution? This was perfect timing.

Usually around this time of year, WWE usually has a huge summer angle lined up, such as Nexus or CM Punk turning heel. My question is do you think Rollins turning heel is the big angle heading into the summer.

You are exactly right and it was nearly four years ago The Nexus stormed onto the scene and created one of the most compelling angles we have seen on WWE television in quite some time. I heard Monday afternoon that Vince wanted to do something big for the summer and turning Seth Rollins is exactly that. WWE can build off of this for the next few months and it should only help in elevating three up and coming stars.

Brock Lesnar beat the streak at Wrestlemania 30 and hasn't been back since. Doesn't him being off for so long take the "rub" that The Undertaker gave him away?

I don't think so and actually feel it does quite the opposite. Brock Lesnar got one of the biggest rubs in WWE history by ending the streak and there hasn't been an opportunity big enough for him to display his dominance. Sometimes less is more and Lesnar having squash matches on B-level shows loaded with Wrestlemania blow-offs runs the risk of overexposing him. Lesnar is WWE's new "money chip" and they need to use it wisely. The worst thing they could do is rush Lesnar back to TV in a meaningless feud. Patience is the key here and Lesnar's part-time status and contract actually works in the company's advantage. Paul Heyman isn't going to let anyone forget what Lesnar did and the next time WWE uses him, people are going to pay attention.

Coming off the Payback win and the timing, was the heel turn of Seth Rollins better than that of Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach 1996?

The heel turn of Seth Rollins was surprising and properly executed, however, I do not put it on the level of Hulk Hogan's turn on Team WCW at Bash at the Beach 1996. WCW captivated the entire industry with the defections of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and just when it appeared Hogan had come to WCW's rescue, he joined the biggest thing going. Everyone knew Hall and Nash were from the WWF and while it was known they had signed WCW contracts, it was done so tactfully that it was very intriguing. The "takeover war" on WCW had been launched and Lex Luger, Sting and Randy Savage were over huge. When they looked to be in serious trouble, Hogan was there to the rescue. There was already a very clear WWF vs. WCW fan base and Hall and Nash had brought over WWF fans, while WCW fans wanted "their guys" to go over. The turn infuriated WCW loyalists and propelled the company to heights we haven't seen since. You have to realize Hogan's turn was at the magnitude of turning John Cena at a time he was needed the most. It was great TV and anyone that hasn't seen it, needs to go back and watch Bash at the Beach '96 on WWE Network.

From the Ask WNW vault…

March 2013: Are you as bored with Fandango character as everyone else? So boring and irritating. - WWE is trying to irritate people with Fandango, so if you’re irritated, they’ve accomplished their goal. I’ve joked with readers on Facebook and Twitter about people “never getting his name right” so we don’t have to endure the gimmick but the truth is we haven’t seem much of a sample to give it a fair assessment. I find it peculiar the company pushes the gimmick in vignettes, takes them off, puts them back on then does what they are doing now with him “refusing to debut.” It seems to highlight the indecision that goes on behind-the-scenes. Fandango is set to work The Great Khali on Smackdown, will he debut? Taping results are online at this link.

If all final decisions go through Vince McMahon, shouldn't he take some of the negative feedback directed at the WWE creative team after bad storylines? He has obviously given the green light for the creative team to write and produce these storylines, yet creative get blamed for everything it seems.

Vince McMahon is the head of the WWE creative team so when they are criticized, he is criticized. This is a job that he took back from Stephanie McMahon last year. At the time it was unknown if WWE would acknowledge the change because they didn't want to paint Stephanie in a negative light. WWE later addressed the switch and gave Stephanie the title of Chief Brand Officer. When WWE does well, Vince McMahon does well and vice versa.

How much of Total Divas is scripted?

Total Divas is completely scripted. Yes, there are real-life aspects (such as the partner relationships) but everything else is made for TV. I'm sure there are some "slip-ups" and legitimate moments that find there way onto final versions, however, it's just like any other reality series. The purpose of Total Divas is to expand the company's demographics by bolstering the female audience. The series has been a resounding success on E, becoming the network's number two original series behind "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

I've noticed Bret Hart doing a few independent shows and it got me thinking is this not a step down for a guy who seen himself as a real life hero? Did he not save his money or can he just not stay away from the business like so many others?

When I first read this question I nearly deleted it and said Bret Hart's net worth is none of our business. However, that's a copout because Bret is a public figure. While someone's private life is none our business, we also have an obligation to provide the public with information (especially information that is already publicly available). Therefore the folks at estimate Bret Hart's net worth at $14,000,000. I see Bret Hart as a real life hero and as someone that transcended the wrestling business. He was the one that laid the groundwork for workers like Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle with a level of legitimacy that hadn't been seen before him. I respect and admire Bret Hart on multiple levels. I can't answer the question as to why Hart does independent bookings but if you get the opportunity to meet him, you should take it.

With Seth Rollins breaking away from The Shield, what do you see next for Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose? Will they continue as a tag team or go their separate ways?

I expect follow-up and retaliation from Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose on Seth Rollins and Evolution. I'm not sure what the next step is, if there will be more members, etc. However, WWE is already hyping [via Triple H] that The Shield has perished. WWE has be careful because all three [Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins] cannot be elevated at the same time. Rollins is first in breaking away, so now particular focus should be put on his elevation.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: Which member of The Shield do you think has the most potential? - This is a question that’s too early to answer because we haven’t seen enough of any of them. Roman Reigns is the greenest of the trio as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have already had runs as top guys in other promotions (Dragon Gate USA and Ring of Honor respectively), however, Reigns has a great look. WWE’s developmental system is very well stocked and these are three of the best. Take a look at WWE’s top prospects from the original Nexus and you can see more of what I’m talking about.Remember questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. Check out the Ask WNW archive at this link.

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