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- Steve Austin's barn at his Texas ranch was badly damaged due to a recent storm. TMZ has a photo of it along with comments from Austin that you can view at this link.

- Vince McMahon set out to make Wrestlemania XXVIII last weekend the "social media event of the year." has a new article online looking at the show's social media statiscs. Below is an excerpt from their article:

  • A partnership with YouTube to deliver Wrestlemania content gained a total of more than 3.9 million views for the week surrounding the event.
  • Despite being a pay-per-view broadcast, Wrestlemania was TV’s most socially engaged program on April 1, according to Trendrr.
  • The hashtag #Wrestlemania was mentioned more than 610,000 times on April 1.
  • The high level of social engagement delivered record traffic to, and a 30% increase over traffic during Wrestlemania the year before.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent in the following:

After debuting his new gimmick on Smackdown this week, Ryback, the former Skip Sheffield, is listed again as a superstar on

- There is another three-hour episode of WWE Raw Supershow on Monday, June 11, 2012 airing on the USA Network beginning at 8 PM/7 CT. The show will take place from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent in the following:

After debuting his new gimmick on Smackdown this week, Ryback, the former Skip Sheffield, is listed again as a superstar on

- There is another three-hour episode of WWE Raw Supershow on Monday, June 11, 2012 airing on the USA Network beginning at 8 PM/7 CT. The show will take place from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Randy Orton has commented on WWE's decision to pull him from the upcoming WWE Studios production, "The Marine 3" with the following Tweet on Twitter:

- Ted DiBiase, who is currently out rehabbing his shoulder after surgery, wrote the following today on Twitter:

- I am told that MVP is looking to return to WWE. With New Japan Pro Wrestling under new ownership, the promotion has cut back even further on some of the money they were using on foreign talent. This is also the reason Matt Bloom ended up leaving to return to WWE. At this point I do not know where negotiations stand but I can confirm there is interest from MVP on returning to his former employer. MVP, who left WWE at the end of 2010, signed a contract with NJPW at the beginning on last year. As I reported here on Premium, MVP left WWE on good terms and was careful not to "burn bridges." As I reported last week here on Richard's Backstage Blog, both Batista and Bobby Lashley are reported to have interest in returning to WWE as well.

- WWE Champion CM Punk posted the following on Twitter:

I take away a couple things from this. First of all the angle between Mick Foley and Dean Ambrose looks to  result in Ambrose being called up to the main roster shortly. Secondly, this appears to be Punk Tweeting to enhance storylines, which is something WWE has encouraged workers to do.

- spoke to a promoter booking The Bella Twins for an autograph signing on May 19th who informed them that the Divas are leaving WWE. According to their report, both the contracts of Brie and Nikki Bella are set to expire on April 30, 2012 and they will not be re-signing with WWE.

- It was announced on tonight's WWE Raw Supershow that Brock Lesnar will face John Cena at Extreme Rules later this month. WWE Extreme Rules 2012 will take place Sunday, April 29, 2012 from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at

- John Cena's mouth was bloodied during the melee in the opening segment of tonight's WWE Raw Supershow. Jerry Lawler said on commentary that Cena lost a few teeth, however, I cannot confirm the legitimacy of his claims at this time. A close-up of Cena's bloody face was shown as the segment concluded.

- Triple H is being officially advertised for Wednesday's WWE live event in Moscow, Russia. I was asked in today's Ask WNW if Hunter would appear on next week's Raw Supershow in London and while he isn't advertised and I said it appeared he would be on a hiatus from TV, that doesn't appear to be the case for live events (or at least special international live events).

- With Brock Lesnar now under contract with WWE, I'm told Vince McMahon is focusing on other things. A lot of readers have wondered when/if we could see another big return to the company with McMahon currently on a kick of bringing back former talent (such as Lesnar and Matt Bloom). As I noted last week here on Richard's Backstage Blog, WWE officials are interested in Batista over Bobby Lashley, who has put the word out he is interested in returning. Many people expect a round of cuts to take place shortly after the roster returns from the Wrestlemania Revenge overseas tour that starts tomorrow. The norm in recent years is that any worker not booked on the tour is in jeopardy of falling victim. One source feels the company could be interested in bringing in another big name following the cuts. Remember, as I noted yesterday, MVP is another possibility. With that being said, nothing with Batista (the biggest of the current available/interested names) returning to WWE is considered imminent. He's in no rush to come back but the lines of communication between the two parties have been re-opened. The feeling is Batista wants to position himself for a major match at Wrestlemania XXIX next year and is interested in working with Triple H.

- Mick Foley posted the following on Twitter:


This is an in-character Tweet to continue Foley's feud with Dean Ambrose.

- The feud between Mick Foley and Dean Ambrose continues with Ambrose Tweeting about getting "sent home" from last night Smackdown. The following Tweets are from Ambrose's official account:






This program started with this video over Wrestlemania XXVIII weekend and has played out completely on Twitter. It is a work that will lead to Ambrose getting called up to the main WWE roster.

- Christian is on the booking sheets in a program against WWE Intercontinental Champion Big Show for upcoming Smackdwon live events in June. I don't know if there are plans for him to return prior to that but it's safe to say his severely sprained ankle he suffered last November has been a very nagging injury.

- Not only did "Extra" host Maria Menounos work Wrestlemania XXVIII with two broken ribs but she revealed today that she has stress fractures in both of her feet.

- WWE Champion CM Punk and Rey Mysterio are scheduled to appear at the 2012 WizardWorld Philadelphia Comic-Con over the weekend of May 31-June 3. Punk is scheduled to appear on June 2nd with Mysterio scheduled for June 3rd.

- This next tidbit isn't the most newsworthy thing I've ever posted but Tito Oritz has grabbed a little attention for the following Tweet:


- GQ has a very good Q&A online with Daniel Bryan. In it, he discusses his abbreviated Wrestlemania match and called this past Monday's Raw Supershow a "hectic show." Below is an excerpt:

GQ: Do you have any ideas as to why it's happening right now?
Daniel Bryan: Especially last week in Miami, I feel like part of it was a backlash against how short my match at Wrestlemania was. A lot of it is that people like to boo me, but they kind of like me. They don't want bad things to happen to me, like an 18-second loss at Wrestlemania, especially the hardcore fans, which is mostly who comes for Wrestlemania. People come from all over the world. They travel to Wrestlemania, and a lot of those people know my story, how long it took me to get a Wrestlemania match. And then for my first one to be an 18-second loss, it actually generated a lot of anger.

GQ: Do you share that anger?
Daniel Bryan: Of course I do. I was World Heavyweight Champion for four months. I wanted to go out there and steal the show. I was trained by Shawn Michaels, and that's what he's notorious for. I've always had the mindset that my wrestling is as good as or better than anybody out there. I was really looking forward to going out there and showing everybody what I can do on the biggest stage of them all, and then I just wasn't able to do it.

GQ: What was the conversation like when you were told that the match was going to go down like this?
Daniel Bryan: I mean, there wasn't much of a conversation. This is my job, you know? You have to do something, and even if you don't like it, that's what you do. But you go out there and do the best that you can. I went out and did the best entrance I could possibly do. You just do your best; that's all anybody can do.

GQ: There have been moments where WWE has been notorious for not doing what its audience wants. But with all the chants for you and how much you've been catching on since Wrestlemania, it seems like the company wouldn't be able to ignore that.
Daniel Bryan: Well, for example, [this week] I wasn't on Raw. There were loads of "Yes!" signs in the crowd, but I wasn't on Raw. There's always a lot of things that go into that; it was a hectic show. But yeah, there's some stuff like that that happens.

GQ: Moving forward, what would you like to be doing?
Daniel Bryan: I would like to have a more aggressive side to my character. Losing the World Heavyweight Championship in 18 seconds, storyline or not, is going to anger somebody. If you've been champion for four months and you lose it in 18 seconds on what's kind of a cheap shot, you're going to be a little bit angry. I'd like to amp up the more aggressive side of my character in that sense. But as far as what happens from here, who knows? I'm hoping that the fans keep getting behind me. Even if they do the "Yes!" chant in a mocking sense, I want them to see me in the same light that they've seen me before, as one of the main event guys on Smackdown.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- WWE will be developing a new DVD series entitled "Superstars Collection." The releases will be single-disc sets and will begin with John Cena and Zack Ryder in July. The retail price is only $10.

- WWE did an angle at the Revolver Awards last night in Los Angeles. CM Punk was awarded "Most Metal Athlete" but wasn't there to accept. Chris Jericho, who hosted the awards, smashed it.

WWE has announced the following dates in Ecuador:

  • May 25th from the Voltaire Paladines Polo Coliseum in Guayaquil
  • May 28th from the General Ruminahui Coliseum in Quito

- Tito Ortiz continues to ponder a WWE future out loud on his recent media blitz. "But I've got a lot of options. I've seen Brock Lesnar go back to the WWE, that's something I may entertain, do some 'theatrical entertainment' as they call it." Tito told ESPN while talking about his July 7th fight against Forest Griffin.

- Remember the "CrankyVince" Twitter account I reported drew concern from WWE officials back in December? While the company continues to try and get the account shutdown and has been conducting internal investigations to try and find out who is behind it, things had died down in recent months. However, that changed due some Tweets sent out over Wrestlemania XXVIII weekend. Tweets from "CrankyVince" were actually one of the first sources to break that some members of the WWE creative team had their feelings hurt when they were not invited to the company's post-Wrestlemania XXVIII party. Literally moments after the writers first started to complain about being snubbed, Tweets began to be sent out from "CrankyVince." I'm told the prankster talked about it so quickly after the drama started that finding out who is behind the account is once again considered a top priority.

- WWE has announced the June 26th Smackdown taping will take place from the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

- As noted in yesterday's house show results, WWE will return to Dublin, Ireland on November 8, 2012.

- The Rock is set to star in the sci-fi action film "Lore" which has just been picked up by Warner Bros.

- WWE No Way Out is set to return to pay-per-view on Sunday, June 17, 2012 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The show's main events will be in steel cage matches but they will also include stipulations to prevent participants from escaping the structure. Proposed stips include lumberjack, handcuff, strap and chain added to the steel cage main events. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage of WWE No Way Out 2012 here at

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