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WWE Fires Merchandising VP Following WM30 Issues

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter WWE VP of Venue Merchandising and Operations Alan Rebhun was fired after mismanaging the concessions at WrestleMania 30. According to sources, Rebhun hired a sketchy vending company, who had previously gone bankrupt twice, to handle the concessions. They were said to be poorly staffed and disorganized and that a large amount of money was...
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WWE Runs Tryouts For NXT Takeover 2 Main Events

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter WWE ran a “tryout” of the NXT Takeover 2 main event of Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Adrian Neville vs. Tyler Breeze in a four-way for the NXT Title on a recent house show, putting Sami Zayn over. The company also has been practicing Charlotte vs. Bayley, which will be on the show, as a non-title match with a finish where Sasha Banks costs...
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Report: WWE Very Interested In Ronda Rousey

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter While WWE has been interested in Ronda Rousey on and off, that interest has apparently gone way up following SummerSlam. According to sources, Rousey being backstage at the show and meeting Stephanie McMahon did a lot to raise awareness of her in the company. The problem with bringing Rousey in before–aside from the very obvious note of...
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Report: WWE Scraps Plans For Tough Enough Return

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter WWE’s idea for a new season of Tough Enough is dead, at least for now. According to sources, there have been no talks as of late in regard to when filming of the show may take place and following a drastic budget cut, the decision was made to cut the idea altogether for now. There were originally plans for the show to film in the fall for...
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WWE Changes Their Lesnar/RAW Plans + Barrett/WWE Update

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – For whatever reason, WWE decided to air the Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman pre-taped video package to build up the rematch with John Cena at WWE Night Of Champions on this past Monday’s edition of RAW instead of their original plans, which was to save the package for the September 1st edition of RAW. – As noted recently, Bad News Barrett...
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WWE & TNA Alumni Set For AAA’s Lucha Undergound

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Several WWE and TNA alumni are set for the premiere of AAA’s Lucha Underground on September 6th. According to a source, John Hennigan (aka John Morrison), Ricky Reyes, Joey Ryan, Candice LeRae, Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, and Ivelisse Velez will all be there.
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AUDIO: Matt Morgan Talks Vince McMahon, Russo, & More

Matt Morgan recently appeared on Vince Russo’s podcast, here are the highlights… Failing to get picked up by The Monster Factory despite his size: “In the past, the only wrestling school I’d ever heard of was ‘The Monster Factory’. I was still in college at the time in Hawaii, and I tried to call them up to try to get trained when I’d be back in Connecticut after graduating...
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Report: WWE Talent Happy With WrestleMania Payoffs

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter According to sources, there are no complaints inside WWE with the payoffs for WrestleMania 30. As previously reported, there was concern that the launch of the WWE Network and the cannibalization of the PPV business that resulted would result in payoffs being greatly reduced, but either that didn’t happen or at least no one is audibly upset...
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Why Y2J & Orton Weren’t On RAW, Colter Injured, NXT Firing

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – Both Chris Jericho and Randy Orton were both kept off RAW as they were given time off. As previously reported, Chris Jericho’s “Highlight Reel” with special guest Randy Orton will take place on next week’s WWE RAW broadcast. For those who may have missed our earlier report, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were both backstage at...
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Report: Shawne Merriman & WWE Part Ways

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Former NFL star Shawne Merriman reportedly signed a deal with WWE around WrestleMania 30. He was down at the WWE Performance Center training to be a wrestler and an announcer. According to sources, Merriman is no longer under contract with WWE and has no affiliation with the company. No word on why the plans between the two fell through.
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NXT Gimmick Dropped Due To Triple H?, Ryback Injured?, More

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – While several sources believe Ryback isn’t injured, another source says he is legitimately injured as he suffered a “lower body injury” and is being evaluated on a week to week basis. Nonetheless, he’s expected to return within the next several weeks and won’t be missing a significant amount of time. We’ll keep you posted...
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Prince Devitt’s WWE Ring Name?, Recent WWE Attendance #’s

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – Some WWE developmental news – Prince Devitt is expected to wrestle in NXT under his real first name, Fergal. With that being said, it’s very likely that his name will change before he debuts on the main WWE roster as the company likes to own the rights to their talents ring names. – Here are some recent WWE live event attendance...
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Daniel Bryan Pulled From UK Tour Advertisements, Shockmaster News

– Shop WWE has new individual t-shirts available for Stardust and Goldust. They are available for purchase at the link provided. – Daniel Bryan has been pulled from the advertising for WWE’s upcoming European tour in November. As of last Sunday, Bryan was still being advertised for the tour. – As noted earlier, WWE.com has a new piece on the history of one of the most infamous...
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Who Was Responsible For John Cena’s RAW Booking?, More

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Vince McMahon was the person responsible for the way John Cena was booked on this past Monday’s edition of WWE RAW. McMahon, who has a history of focusing on the top guys personally in his company, wrote and put together all of the material for Cena at this past Monday’s show. McMahon was reportedly under the impression that due to the...
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The Backstage Reaction To Alberto Del Rio At AAA TripleMania

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter As noted earlier today, WWE reportedly did not contact Rey Mysterio or AAA regarding his appearance on the “TripleMania” event last week in Mexico. Apparently the company did not contact Alberto Del Rio regarding his appearance on the show as well. It’s also worth noting that Del Rio is booked for a show in Puerto Rico in less than...
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The Backstage Reaction To Rey Mysterio At AAA TripleMania

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter As far as fallout from Rey Mysterio’s taped appearance at the AAA “TripleMania” event last week, there has been nothing. According to one source, no one from WWE has said anything to Mysterio since May. No phone calls, e-mails, letters or any other type of contact has been made. WWE did not ask why Mysterio did the AAA show, threatened...
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Another Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against WWE

Another law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against WWE. As previously reported, the company is facing a few lawsuits over claims that they failed to accurately represent their ability to negotiate a favorable TV deal. Now the firm of Levi & Korsinsky has joined in, filing suit against WWE for the same reason. The lawsuit claims that “throughout the Class Period defendants...
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Major Backstage Update On WWE Night Of Champions

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter For the WWE Night Of Champions pay-per-view on September 21st in Nashville, Tennessee, thus far the only matches that are official are Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Sheamus vs. Cesaro for the WWE United States Championship. Next week, we will likely have a strong idea what the roles will be for...
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John Cena Congratulates A Rapper, Hollywood Snubs WWE?

– According to sources, Guardians of the Galaxy producers didn’t want to buy WWE advertising for the movie as Marvel didn’t want the movie to become a “wrestler movie.” – John Cena recently congratulated rapper Wiz Khalifa on his new album. He also threw in a WWE Network plug as he tweeted the following: “Congrats to @wizkhalifa who’s album Blacc Hollywood debuted...
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Backstage News On Wade Barrett’s WWE Return, Shockmaster

Partial Source: Pwinsider – Wade Barrett has reportedly been told by doctors that he’ll be cleared to return by December. Despite this, the hope within WWE is that he’ll be able to return in November. – WWE.com has a new article up looking at The Shockmaster. – Here is a new video interview Sam Roberts conducted with Bo Dallas during SummerSlam weekend:
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Big Matches For WWE Live Events, What Happened After SD?

– At the closing bell on Wednesday, WWE stock was at $14.64 per share. Wednesday’s high was $14.86 and the low was $14.55. – Seth Rollins vs. John Cena Street Fight matches as well as The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title are being advertised for numerous upcoming WWE live events. – Kane and Seth Rollins attacked Roman Reigns following last night’s WWE...
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Conflicting Reports On Ryback’s Current WWE Status – Details

As reported on Monday, Ryback and then deleted a Tweet saying that he was dealing with “stuff that needed to be fixed” and would be “going away for awhile.” This was seemingly confirmed on WWE Main Event last night, when Michael Cole said Ryback is injured and will be out of action for a few weeks. However, another source says that Ryback’s actual status is unclear, with...
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Daniel Bryan Gives An Update On His Injury Status

Daniel Bryan spoke with Between the Ropes about his injury status and more. Check out the highlights: On his up and down year: “Yeah, it been tough just because there’s been some really good things and there’s been some really bad things. When my father had passed away, that was literally, probably the hardest day of my life. But a lot of people can relate to that. I’m not...
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Original RAW Plans Revealed – Major Creative Re-Writes

One of the original plans for RAW called for Bray Wyatt to lay out Big Show with Sister Abigail to help add to the Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Wyatts feud. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro was also scheduled for RAW early in the day. Ahh, creative re-writes.
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Report: John Cena Dealing With Injury Issues

John Cena has reportedly been dealing with a shoulder injury as well as nagging neck issues. Some backstage have observed that he looks to be moving around slower than he usually does backstage. He is downplaying things as he always does and won’t admit that anything is wrong.
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