What Happened After SmackDown, Foley Talks WrestleMania Excitement, JR on Potential Champs

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– Jim Ross has updated the Q&A section on jrsbarbq.com and was asked which Superstar has the potential to be champion but still hasn’t won a title. Ross replied:

“Anyone of several talents that are young including Roman Reigns. WWE is seemingly working diligently to facilitate young talents to get over to the next level. It’s an exhausting process and many talents never make it.”

– The dark main event after last night’s WWE SmackDown tapings in Toledo saw Daniel Bryan defeat Bray Wyatt by DQ when Erick Rowan and Luke Harper made the save. Sheamus and Rey Mysterio made the save to end the show.

– Mick Foley says some of the excitement around WrestleMania is returning after he was unhappy with things following the Royal Rumble on Sunday. Foley tweeted:

“Following #RAW, a little of that #Wrestlemania excitement started returning. I think @WWE NEEDS a great #eliminationchamber PPV, though.”

Dana White Says the WWE Network Will Devalue WWE’s Product, Talks Vince McMahon

UFC President Dana White says the WWE Network devalues WWE’s product and the UFC won’t be following suit.

According to FOX Sports, Dana discussed the WWE Network at a luncheon this week:

“It’s ridiculous. I hate to sound like I’m attacking the WWE or (I) devalue what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want — and he’s always smashing us and talking shit about us, but I will tell you this, I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE — this guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn’t do over and over and over again. Now I’m older I don’t get the whole thing, it doesn’t work for me, but what he’s able to do, the ratings he’s able to pull and the things he’s done … And when I look at his model and he’s basically taking everything in and devalued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn’t make sense to me,” White said during a media luncheon on Monday.

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy shit since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

Breaking News: CM Punk Leaving WWE?

Word has come out that CM Punk has left WWE, according to several sources.

CM Punk reportedly told Vince McMahon personally on Monday that he was going home, and then got on a plane for Chicago. WWE.com has since removed Punk from all upcoming live events and house shows over the next few weeks including Monday Night Raw. He is still advertised for the Elimination Chamber PPV on February 23rd in Minneapolis, MN but it remains to be seen how long Punk will be gone for.

He did not appear at Monday night’s Raw, and also didn’t appear at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in Toledo, Ohio, despite being advertised for the event.

Punk, who worked roughly 50 minutes in the Royal Rumble match was described as “pissy” after the pay-per-view, although that reportedly wouldn’t be an unusual description of Punk’s demeanor backstage.

He tweeted the following message on Monday morning:

 

Punk was scheduled to face Triple H at WrestleMania 30, but as seen on Monday’s Raw, early signs may have been shown that Triple H will be facing Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania instead. No word if the match change is what caused Punk to leave, or if the match was changed because Punk left. According to sources, Bryan vs. Triple H is indeed the new current plan for WrestleMania.

The belief is that Punk leaving is not due to an injury issue. In the past, Punk had been very vocal about “part-time” wrestlers returning to WWE and getting pushed ahead of guys who are there on a nightly basis, and that may be a reason for him being upset. According to reports, Punk’s final goal in WWE was to main event WrestleMania, and with his current contract expiring in July, and it becoming more and more apparent that he would not be main eventing WrestleMania this year, his failure to achieve that goal may be a driving force for his departure.

Punk stated in an interview last week that he doesn’t know if he will re-sign after his contract expires, and that “everything is up in the air.”

All signs indicate that this is not a work. MindofCarnage will provide more information as we confirm additional details.

Reports: WWE Won’t Return Sin Cara’s Calls

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Source: The Wrestling Observer

— At the closing bell today, WWE stock hit a new 52-week high at $21.98 per share.

— Over the next several weeks, Wicked Cool Toys will be launching ofWWE articulated action figures.

— According to sources, the latest word on the original Sin Cara is thatWWE won’t return his phone calls and he has no idea if he still has a job. Seriously. This comes after WWE opened their own Twitter page for his character.

 

Kurt Angle Discusses Personal Issues, Hogan/Sting/TNA

Credit: Mike Johnson and Pwinsider.com

Kurt Angle was interviewed by The UK Sun yesterday to help promote the kickoff of the European tour. Below are the highlights…

Angle noted that his TNA contract was up in September. He said that he’s left things open and there is a desire on his part to return there, but notedDixie Carter has treated him well. He said that he can’t “lie to” himself any more, but didn’t extrapolate on what he meant there. He did say that he wants to wrestle CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, saying that he came to TNAbecause of the lure of wrestling AJ Styles and Samoa Joe and he feels that same lure with those talents. He said he feels like he has unfinished business in WWE, but whether he gets there in a year or “three years” won’t matter and it’s not a “bad thing” to choose to remain with TNA.

Angle described Sting as the “cornerstone” of TNA saying that people can say it’s Angle or AJ Styles , but it was actually Sting. He said the loss of Sting would be bigger than the Hulk Hogan departure. He said Sting “is a big blow to the company” and that it’s up to others like himself or Samoa Joe to work even harder to fill that void that is left behind. He said losing Sting is “as bad as it can get.”

On Hulk Hogan ‘s exit, Angle said that the company could have paid to keep him but if Hogan is done in the ring, they had to weigh whether it was worth it to keep a Hogan that wasn’t going to be physically involved in the company. He said that the company could take that money and invest it in younger talents. He did say that Hogan was worth the price he was asking.

Angle noted that his personal problems over the years were a mix of him attempting to get back to the natural high of winning an Olympic gold medal and that he was obsessed with getting back there for a long time . When he couldn’t get there, he found himself in a bad depression and said that pro wrestling titles can’t match that natural high because Angle trained his entire life to be an Olympic athlete. He also said that being isolated from his family and being on the road so much was another thing that factored into his depression.

Angle said he really learned to love pro wrestling in the last year after feeling that TNA creative didn’t do much with him in recent years. He said that he just did what he was asked and didn’t complain but finally realized he has to speak up if he’s going to get to show how passionate he is about the business and what he wants to do in it.

Angle said he could get a great match out of the Ultimate Warrior. I don’t know why but I bet you he could.

Angle said the Brock Lesnar shooting star press at Wrestlemania 19 was his idea and he takes the blame for Lesnar getting hurt that night.

Angle also discussed Chris Benoit in depth, saying that wrestling him was like being pushed in a real competition and he misses that. He said that he’s tried to incorporate the intensity that Benoit brought into his own matches. He said his matches with Benoit were “magic.”

On retirement, Angle said that he feels sore all the time but once he gets in the ring, he feels great and then two hours later, he’s back to being sore. He said he wanted to keep going for as long as he could perform at a top level.

Ultimate Warrior Reacts to Jake the Snake HOF Announcement

The Ultimate Warrior posted the following on Twitter today…

Who Was In Charge of the Royal Rumble Match?

Source: Pwinsider.com

Jamie Noble was the head agent in charge of the Rumble match, and is taking some of the blame for the lack of interesting spots during the match. The feeling is that outside of Kofi’s spot, there was nothing that memorable in the match.

One report says that this could have been due to the fact that officials did not start mapping out the match until 6PM ET on Sunday evening.

Batista to Turning Heel and Rollins Fall

 

– For those wondering, there are plans to turn Batista heel after the negative reaction he’s received at the Royal Rumble. As of now, it’s not likely to happen until after WrestleMania 30. Of course, that could change so stay tuned.

– Seth Rollins took a spill while coming to the ring during RAW last night. Former WWE Superstar John Morrison tweeted the following regarding Rollins’ fall:

 

For those who missed it check it out here:

Has WWE Changed Their WrestleMania 30 Plans?

Source: SPwinsider.com

There’s talk in WWE right now of having Daniel Bryan win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. This is NOT confirmed and has only been talked about as of this writing.

The idea is that having him win the title at that show will pop the RAWrating the following night, as that is the night that the WWE Network will launch, so they want as many eyeballs on that show as possible. There has already been talk of having a lot of big names from the past on RAWthe night after the Elimination Chamber for the same reason.

If they decide to pull the trigger on that plan, then the WrestleMania XXX main event will likely become a triple-threat match featuring Bryan, Batista and Randy Orton.

Update on Sting coming to WWE.

Partial Source(s): RFVideo.com & Pwinsider

Negotiations are reportedly ongoing still between Sting and WWE. The word going around is that a decision must be made and finalized within the next two weeks if Sting is going to join the company. It’s possible the deal has already been reached but we don’t have that confirmed as of this writing.

Several factors are being decided at the moment, including scheduling and what Sting is and isn’t willing to do creatively. While nothing is confirmed, and Sting could end up working with TNA again, the impression has been given that if Sting were to have a run with WWE, he realizes that now is the time.

Another note going around is that if Sting were to sign with WWE, he would not be competing in a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX as has been rumored in the past. However, this does not mean that Sting won’t appear in some sort of cameo or vignette during the WrestleMania XXX broadcast.

Additionally, there’s a feeling within WWE that with the company getting ready to focus a lot of WCW-related content on the new WWE Network, that Sting could be an asset in that regard.

As of Monday, it is believed that Sting had still not signed a contract with WWE. For whatever it’s worth, however, Rob Feinstein of RF Video noted on his Facebook account that he heard Sting had in fact signed a deal with WWE at some point in the last 24 hours

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