Backstage News on Bray Wyatt’s Promos, 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Update, Cody Rhodes’ Wife

Partial source: F4Wonline.com

– Cody Rhodes’ wife Brandi Rhodes is now using the name Eden in WWE NXT where she has been doing ring announcing. When she was signed to WWE a few years ago, she used the name Eden Stiles.

– F4Wonline.com confirms previous reports that Paul Bearer is considered a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame this year. PWInsider reports that Scott Hall and Cyndi Lauper’s names have been discussed in recent weeks. Also, word is that Stephanie McMahon is trying to lock in a big name for this year’s ceremony.

– For those wondering about Bray Wyatt’s promos, word from within WWE is that he writes all promos by himself and then submits them to WWE creative for approval or edits.

 

Taz talks TNA Creative, Business and More!

Taz recently spoke with Busted Open Radio. Here are some highlights:

On if TNA is on the upward swing in 2014 after a disappointing 2013:
“I think I can speak on behalf of most of the guys in the company, the roster, the creative team, production–I mean, I’m sure they all– it’s nice hearing someone say that probably. Look, you guys know TNA has been the whipping boy in the industry online for a couple of years now. I mean god, I’ve been here now five years and I’ve heard from where I came in, “you’re going out of business, the place is going out of business, yadda yadda.” Ok yeah. Enough with that. They’re not going out of business. As long as you have a TV contract, you’re not going out of business. As long as you have a niche audience that you have with over a million people 52 weeks a year with original programming on world wide TV; you’re not going out of business. That’s for all you smart marks because you think you know everything and you really don’t. So that’s number one.

Number two; I agree there was some–it was a rougher year maybe? You’re right, I kind of agree with you. Look, you have down times, you have up times. I mean that’s–same with WWE. Same, I’m sure with ROH.I remember when I was with ECW, it was the same with us. Everybody thinks that everything we did in ECW was the cat’s meow. And everything Paul (Heyman) touched was gold. No it wasn’t. Paul would be the first one to tell you not everything worked. For all of us. The wrestlers back then and the current wrestlers now. Listen, fans need to realize that our industry is the most unique because there is no down time. There is no off season. So you hear wrestlers or promoters or whomever in interviews say that a lot what I just said. There’s no off season like the NFL or the NBA or Major League Baseball, NHL. True, right? But put it in perspective and really think about that. There’s no off season. Therefore, these creative teams in TNA or WWE or wherever that get bashed and ripped by hardcore wrestling fans. Which are the fans that–believe me when I tell you behind the scenes we all truly love cause we know no matter what, through thick and thin, they’ll always be there.

The thing is man it’s not an easy task to write 52 weeks of TV and stay fresh. With the most–an audience that is so fickle and that expects so much more and to top yourself every week. That’s an extremely, extremely ambitious thing to do. I’m telling you, I’ve been in creative meetings with the WWE. I’ve been in meetings with TNA and I’m not on the creative team but I’ve been part of giving input at times.–Guys, there’s so much more involved with it then you’ll ever, ever, ever, ever know. And how difficult it truly is. So to understand, I don’t want to speak for WWE but I think the industry as a whole that’s doing TV every week could understand that it’s a deal where–you gotta try to keep it fresh, keep it hot, keep doing stuff that keeps people talking. Keep your talent over. Get the guys and gals over that you’re trying to get over and hopefully they click and connect with the audience. You gotta do that every week! So you know there are times where TNA–yeah. We might have some shows that are horrible but then there might be some shows that are great. I can tell you those shows that were horrible; the intentions were for those shows to be great. Okay, so it’s like a baseball player. He gets to the box. He gets up to the plate. His intention is to make contact and get on base. His intention isn’t to hit a foul ball or foul out or strike out or hit a pop up. He wants to get on base. Okay. Same with us. We want every show to be a homerun. Every show. That’s the goal. That don’t always work. Look, I just wanted people to understand that that’s kind of the ebb and flow, the ups and downs of the industry.”

On what direction would he go if he had complete control of TNA:
“I would bring MVP in to be the investor. (Laughs) If I was in complete control of TNA, I would do anything–if WWE right now was going left; I would go right. And if they started going right; I would go left. So that’s what I would do. I would try to be the complete opposite of WWE. That’s just my opinion. I don’t have millions invested. I don’t make tons and tons of money as an upper management guy. I don’t go in focus groups. I’m not part of that whole research team. I–this is just some blue-collared guy from Brooklyn that wrestled for a living that talks about wrestlers now giving you my opinion. Doesn’t mean I’m right. I’m probably wrong. But that’s just what I would do as a wrestling fan and a former wrestler; is try to be–look I think our show last night, it looked awesome. I mean hi-def, beautiful bright lights, awesome lighting grid, the whole nine yards. Thousands upon thousands of people. You know all of this stuff, it looks great on TV. The way its shot. Awesome camera work. All these camera shots. Tons of money going into the production. Me? I’m old school. Give us a couple of cameras, a spotlight over the ring, dark out the arena, let’s get after it. That’s my idea, you know? But that doesn’t draw millions. Or NWA would still be in business. And ECW. So what do I know? But that’s what I would do.”

On The Great Muta coming to Lockdown; how much has changed in a year:
“I think that’s awesome. I mean, geez. Who doesn’t have mad respect for The Great Muta? Great Muta is just the bomb. I mean just a legend. Iconic figure in our industry worldwide. I mean no doubt about it. So I think that’s awesome. Very excited. I have not seen Muta in years. Looking forward to seeing him again. Last time I saw him it was in Tokyo, many years ago when I was wrestling there. But I’m looking forward to seeing him.

On the Aces And Eights Angle:
“And yeah a lot has changed from Aces and Eights being gone. I thought the Aces and Eights deal was a very cool concept. Some people loved it; some people hated it. I liked it a lot. Even if I wasn’t a part of the gimmick, which I was, I still would’ve liked it. I really liked it a lot. That was during a time where we had different heads of states in there running stuff. I thought it went a little long for my liking. A little long but I thought it was really cool. I thought it helped create some bars. I thought it was a cool gimmick.

It think it really helped Bully Ray immensely. And now Bully Ray is at a point where he helps things. He don’t need things helping him anymore. And that’s kind of what our business is about; is you want to put a title on a guy to help make the guy. And once that guy’s made, let’s get it on someone to help him. And now once that guy is made, he can help someone else. It’s kind of like hot tag. You just tag in and out. And that’s kind of what happened with Aces and Eights with Bully Ray I felt. You know that really helped him, pole-vault him, really give him a platform to show the world who he is as a character. And he kicked ass on it. He did an awesome job on it. I think that you gotta tip your cap to guys like Eric Bischoff who were heavily behind the Aces and Eights concept. I thought he did a great job with it. And the rest of the creative team with Matt Conway and Dave Lagana. I thought they did a great job with that. There were a lot of guys in that thing at one point. It got a little crazy. But then it simmered down and all that stuff. And that was for a reason. Now Aces and Eights are a thing of the past. And that’s cool. We just move on. We keep evolving.

So the whole investor angle, I’m not sure where it’s going. It’s really cool. You saw with Dixie Carter last night, she was kind of– her character was freaking out a little bit backstage. Nervous, oh my god the investor’s here now. Boom. Now we’re going to see the fallout, right? We’re gonna watch Impact this week to see what MVP’s gonna say. What he’s gonna do? How do The Wolves play a part of this? Who else is involved with this if anyone? What’s Dixie Carter’s reaction? Sorry, I’m giving you the whole announcers deal right here. Breaking it down for you. But those are the questions I think true fans would ask.”

Report: CM Punk & WWE Not Talking

Partial Source: Pwinsider.com

According to sources within WWE, no one has heard from CM Punk since his departure last Monday.

No one within WWE has been able to get a hold of Punk via phone or text, and at this time, Punk is only communicating with his close, inner circle of friends, who are not talking about the situation with anyone.

WWE Upset Over CM Punk Story Leak

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Source: The Wrestling Observer

WWE is reportedly not happy that the news of CM Punk walking out on the company leaked. The company is also said to be equally upset with how it has turned into a big story. The hope was that the situation would stay as an internal issue, and the company would deal it as such.

Vince McMahon and Triple H are at odds over the situation with Punk, and McMahon is now personally handling the situation. As a result, Triple H and his talent relations department are now staying out of the issue.

WWE held creative meetings on Thursday and Friday to address the storyline plans headed into Elimination Chamber andWrestleMania XXX.

As of last week, the WrestleMania card was scheduled to feature Randy Orton vs. Batista, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt, The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, CM Punk vs. Triple H and Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus.

One match that’s been proposed is Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, with the stipulation being that Daniel Bryan gets a WWE title shot at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, which takes place near his home town in Seattle. Bryan wrestling Triple H would then lead to his originally scheduled opponent Shameaus wrestling Kane. John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Batistavs. Randy Orton.

Another scenario is John Cena vs. Triple H, Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt and a triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight championship featuring Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan in a three-way for the belt.

The final set of possible matches discussed is Sheamus vs. Triple H, John Cena vs. Wyatt and Orton vs. Batista vs. Bryan in a triple threat.

Kurt Angle Wants to Fight Punk and Daniel Bryan

Source: ww.flavourmag.co.uk

Kurt Angle was recently interviewed by Scott Felstead of FLAVOURMAG at Google HQ in London, England during TNA’s tour of the UK. Angle said that he wants to wrestle CM Punk and Daniel Bryan one day. You can watch the video in the player below.

 

 

News on Tonight’s Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Announced for tonight’s show is a steel cage match for the WWE Tag Team Titles between Cody Rhodes & Goldust and The New Age Outlaws.

WWE is focusing on the following points for tonight’s show:

* Can The Shield pull themselves together to topple The Wyatt Family?

* What’s next for the former Prime Time Players?

* Can The New Age Outlaws prove they still have it in the cage?

* Is Batista truly ready for what Alberto Del Rio throws at him?

* Can Daniel Bryan keep his momentum going?

Former WWE Writer comments on CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, the Rumble crowd & more

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Source: The Shoot

Former WWE Smackdown lead writer Alex Greenfield was the guest on The Shoot yesterday for nearly 60 minutes. They talked about a variety of topics. Here’s a few highlights:

Comments on CM Punk:

I know there’s been a certain amount of dissatisfaction from Punk backstage according to the rumor mill anyway. He seems like he’s always got some level of dissatisfaction but it never occurred to me that he would walk away. I’m 70 percent sure this is not a work, that he has really walked away. Which isn’t to say he can’t be brought back but there is a chance that this some sort of high level story telling that they’re trying. Presuming it’s real i kind of understand it. His body’s all banged up, he’s looking at the same creative we are and probably feeling a very similar sense of dissatisfaction. I can understand walking away. It makes sense to me. It also makes sense to me though like i can articulate a story where in which this is a work and we get him together with Hunter and we can all sort of telescope that this is a work version of the story out and if that’s the case i just feel like this is the 2nd time we’ve gone to this well with this character so it doesn’t make sense to me that you would tell that story again which is one of the reasons why i think the preponderance of the evidence is that he’s actually walked away and i can feel it cause just as a fan i’m going to walk away for a little while.

Comments on Daniel Bryan:

You look at the way Bryan’s been booked since Summer Slam. An argument you see a lot is that Daniel Bryan’s PPVs didn’t increase numbers and neither did his RAW segments well you gave him shitty booking that involves belittling him every single week. This is something i went with Rey (Mysterio). We had Mark kill him and the Great Khali killing him. We were burying our champion every single week. Of course that’s going to turn people off when you don’t give them what they want. Telescoping forward, i have the feeling that this is all going to come to a head and that they will put the title on Bryan in a big of a way as they feel is right and Vince is going to start booking him like Rey. Here’s a guy whose job is to get his ass kicked, and slip over every now and then. I think it’s terrible storytelling, it’s not what the people want and when people bitch about Bryan’s ratings and say well that’s the reason they’re not going with him they gave him a shot already. I don’t think they gave him a legitimate shot. I think they gave him a story that undercut him at the knees from the moment he walked out of the curtain.

Comments on the Rumble and not adding Bryan to it:

WWE seems to want to fight against the crowd just doesn’t make any sense to me. Why aren’t you taking advantage of the lighting and that’s one of the things that frustrated me so much about the Rumble is i don’t think you can get that moment of triumphing over adversity in that way and there’s so many stories it opens up like did Kane help him get in? So many things you can do. Even if they change plans and give him (Bryan) a big WrestleMania moment i feel like the lightning in the bottle has been lost because now it’s all repairing shit they broke. It’s silly if they didn’t have some idea of what would happen before the world title match started. If you get to the end of that world title match and you don’t call the audible to get Bryan into the match, hell even having Batista eliminating him and having them be the final 2 i think would have sent people home a lot happier. But that you don’t even call that audible just to me indicates the calcified my way or the highway thinking that makes wrestling not very fun.

 

Fans Say Randy Orton is More Successful Than Batista, Antonio Cesaro Workout Tips

– WWE’s website has a new poll up asking fans who is the bigger Evolution success story – Batista or Randy Orton. With over 25,000 votes cast, Orton is leading with 56% of the vote.

– WWE’s website also has a new article with Antonio Cesaro where he gives 5 tips on getting in shape:

1. Be honest with yourself
2. Get into habits
3. Stick to the basics
4. Master the core lifts
5. Have fun!

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