Thursday, October 4, 2012

News On Michael Cole's Babyface Role

As reported earlier, Michael Cole has been told to work more as a babyface, especially now that Jim Ross has been brought back to fill in for Jerry Lawler. It's said that Vince McMahon is now set on Cole being a full-fledged babyface. Regarding JR, there's a different mentality towards him right now than in the past.
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Update On Brodus Clay's "Funkasaurus" Future

Credit:PWInsider

There is talk backstage that Vince has soured on the Brodus Clay "Funkasaurus" character, which is why the push he had going has stalled. We noted months ago that Clay may be going back to his old monster gimmick and that seems more likely now.

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Update On Christian At TNA's Bound For Glory

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter , several sources in TNA note that WWE Superstar Christian is not scheduled to appear at the TNA Hall of Fame next weekend.
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News On Undertaker/WrestleMania 29

With recent talks about WrestleMania 29,Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting there are some people speculating that Taker may not even perform at WrestleMania 29, meaning last year may have been his last WrestleMania match. While nothing is 100% yet, the feeling among most is that he will return.
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General Manager Storyline Reportedly Dropped

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the storyline that would see both AJ Lee and Booker T fired as Raw and Smackdown GM with one new general manager taking control of both brands has been dropped.
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Backstage Reaction To Jillian Hall's TNA Tryout

Following her dark match tryout in TNA Wrestling last week, Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that TNA officials thought that former WWE Diva Jillian Hall did well in the match.
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News On What Lead To Kelly Kelly's WWE Release

As reported last week, WWE came to terms of the release of WWE Diva Kelly Kelly. Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that those close to the situation thought it was likely her tenure was coming to an end after she was resistant on signing a long-term contract extension and had requested time off from the road. Company officials granted her time off under the belief that she would return full-time. However, those close to her say she wasn't sure about resuming a full-time schedule and was looking to pursue non-wrestling endeavors.

Her situation is similar to many other talents who have left the company, particularly women, in the past two years. She was forced to reject numerous media offers, either because WWE didn’t want her involved or because WWE has made its product too kid-friendly that companies don't want to associate with them. The matter is tied to women, because of those limitations.

Since Kelly had already earned her downside guarantee for the year and had no intention on returning full-time, there was no money left for her to earn by not asking for her release. Plus, she wanted to pursue outside opportunities sooner rather than later.

During an advertisement campaign shoot last Thursday for Let It Fly Energy, an energy drink line, she received a text message from Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events. He informed her that by the terms of her contract, she needed to have a calendar that she planned to sell on her official website approved by the company. She had tweeted previews of some risqué lingerie pictures and the company demanded she take them down. She had no intention on calling off the project, which led company officials to cutting ties with her the next day.

Another factor in Kelly's resistance to remaining in WWE for several more years could be tied to her health since she had been dealing with neck issues from wrestling. WWE officials requested that she see Dr. Joseph Maroon, the company's medical director. She preferred to be examined by her own doctor. With the accumulated injuries, she wanted to stop wrestling full-time at the age of 25 rather than be physically broken down years later and too old to pursue entertainment opportunities. It is believed that she would have stayed with WWE had they allowed her to make occasional appearances.

WWE did not perceive Kelly as reaching a level known as the "Mick Foley deal," where a talent is under contract, works occasionally, and is free to pursue outside endeavors. WWE does not want create a precedent where talent have control over what they do, which is an issue currently affecting their relationship with Chris Jericho.


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Report: WWE Ends Contract Talks With Chris Jericho

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE officials had been negotiating with Chris Jericho on a new contract in recent weeks, but talks fell through. WWE opted to cease talks with Y2J.

It is believed that the proposed deal fell through due to control over when he worked as well as his activities outside of WWE. Officials were seeking a deal where the company would be his top priority and they would have some control over his outside endeavors. Jericho, on the other hand, wanted complete control of all of his activities.

Jericho was open to returning as early as this month had WWE agreed to his terms. He was looking to work forty to fifty dates per year, including full-time for cycles and even assisting the developmental program. However, he would determine the periods when he worked and would be strictly unavailable during tours, which WWE was not in favor of.

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Backstage Viewpoint On Female Wreslters

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The general viewpoint among people in WWE is that there are two types of women who join the sports-entertainment organization. There are models who use the company as a stepping stone toward fame due to its substantial television presence. And then there are those who truly love wrestling, with Beth Phoenix and Natalya being the prime examples. However, it is said that the girls who perform for the love of the sport get easily frustrated because there is little reward for being talented in the ring, not to mention that they receive minimal television time to showcase their grappling abilities. The model types are willing to wrestle for a few years, with the hope it leads to a break in the entertainment world, and bolt once they start attracting offers.
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