Posted On April 25, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Antonio Cesaro Talks On CM Punk, Daniel Bryan & More

The Miami Herald interviewed WWE newcomer Antonio Cesaro. Here are a few highlights from the interview. Training at FCW: “It definitely helped me. Experience is invaluable. I’m really happy to have that and to be here. I think everywhere you go you learn. You never stop learning. If you stop learning and think you know it all, then I think you may be in the wrong profession. If you love what you do, you never stop learning.” WWE Signing Talent From ROH & DGUSA: “In wrestling, everything comes and goesRead More

Posted On April 25, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Finishes Post-WM Shows, Sheamus Chat, Ambrose-Foley

- Most of the WWE talents are headed home for a few days of rest after completing the post-WrestleMania tours overseas and here in the United States. WWE has no shows for the rest of this week until Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. – World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus will be doing a live chat with fans on Comcast’s Xfinity website at 3:15pm EST on Friday, April 27th. – A fan asked FCW star Dean Ambrose on Twitter when he would be fighting Mick Foley. Ambrose replied: “Not. I already won. CompletelyRead More

Posted On April 25, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Health Updates On Ricky Steamboat & Harley Race

- WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race was having trouble getting around at the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion in Las Vegas last week. – In other news from the CAC Reunion, WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat said he is feeling a lot better after the bleeding on the brain problems he was having two years ago. Steamboat had been suffering from dizzy spells that would come a few times a week and other issues that he believed were due to the bleeding on the brain. Steamboat still works withRead More

Posted On April 22, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Paul Heyman Helping Brock Lesnar, The Rock’s GI Joe, Bateman

- Mark Madden recently said on Chairshots Radio that Paul Heyman has been helping Brock Lesnar with his promos since returning to WWE. However, Heyman has not been re-hired by WWE and as previously reported, there is no plan in place to bring him back. – The Rock spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how the new GI Joe movie that opens in late-June is different than the first: “I can tell you this one is creatively much different [from the first],” said Rock. “It’s rooted, it’s grounded, it’s real. TheRead More

Posted On April 21, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: FCW Recap And Thoughts 04/15/12

Jim Ross, Chris Russo, and William Regal are calling the action together tonight on FCW. Xavier Woods, CJ Parker, and Jason Jordan come out to the ring and they are teaming up in a six man tag match together. Abraham Washington comes out to announce his clients as their opponents. He brings out Corey Graves and Jake Carter, the Florida Tag Team Champions, and their partner, Brad Maddox. Xavier Woods pins Jake Carter at the end of the match to get the win for his team. ^I love seeing thisRead More

Posted On April 20, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Austin Speaks On Wrestling At WresleMania 29, Nigel McGuinness

- At the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion in Las Vegas this week, both Steve Austin and Terry Funk expressed interest in going to FCW and teaching the new talents there. Jim Ross, who introduced Austin for the Iron Mike Award, gave a seminar while he was there to independent wrestlers on what to work on and what WWE is looking for when they sign new talents. Austin was asked about wrestling at WrestleMania 29 and said he was on the bubble about it. Austin added that he’d consider it ifRead More

Posted On April 20, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

JR Blog: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena, FCW, Austin & More

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with a new blog. Ross talks about the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion in Las Vegas and other topics: – Steve Austin received the group’s highest award named after the founder of the organization, Iron Mike Mazurki, a former wrestler and successful actor. I was fortunate enough to be asked by Steve to induct him. He had a great speech and offered sage advice to many of the young wrestlers who were in attendance. For more info on CAC visit their website atRead More

Posted On April 20, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Big Tag Match At FCW, Ryder’s New Catchphrase, Birthdays

- WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins turns 27 years old today while TNA’s Garett Bischoff turns 28 years old. – Zack Ryder says he will debut his new catchphrase on today’s episode of his YouTube show that comes out later on. – Seth Rollins (Tyler Black) and Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) teamed together at Thursday night’s FCW event in Florida. They defeated the team of Antonio Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) and Big E. Langston. Kassius wrote on Twitter: “Finally got my hands (& elbow) on @AntonioCesaro. Teamed w/ @WWERollins v. him &Read More
- A press release was issued yesterday for the new reality show The Hero that will feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The show will rely heavily on social media. The press release touted Rock’s social media influence and says that he averages 28,000 new followers/fans per day on Twitter and Facebook. They also noted that The Rock has an unprecedented 11% retweet factor. Rock said the following about the new show: “The Hero will bridge the digital and physical world on the small screen in an unmatched fashion, enabling fansRead More
For those who haven’t heard, there is a possibility of Kevin Nash returning to WWE. Or should I say, come back. Now, what’s the difference you may ask? Well, dating back to last year Nash signed a legends deal. Knowing Nash and his business sense, it was long term. The deal was probably lucrative money wise, and it had anything wrestling wise in a part time scale. Thing is, I cannot confirm he is under contract. BUT, if we’re talking Nash, he most likely is under a legends deal withRead More

Posted On April 10, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Update, Washington On Mark Henry

- Paul Bearer turns 58 years old today while former TNA star Jesse Neal turns 32. – FCW star Abraham Washington appeared on last week’s RAW Supershow trying to convince Mark Henry to hire him as his manager. Washington did not appear on last night’s show but wrote the following on Twitter: “If #@TheMarkHenry wants to win the WWE title I advise he give me a call or anyone else in fact who’s looking to be made into a CHAMPION!” – CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho No DQ matches areRead More

Posted On April 4, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

*Spoiler* FCW Star Debuts On WWE Smackdown This Week

FCW star Damien Sandow made his debut during this week’s WWE SmackDown tapings in a backstage segment. Sandow is apparently doing an actor gimmick as he talked about film and theatre in the vignette.   Sandow is billed at 6’4″, 243 lbs. and is rocking long hair and a long beard.   The former Idol Stevens previously held the FCW 15 Title and the FCW Tag Team Titles with Titus O’Neil.   He previously worked in WWE developmental from 2001 until 2007 before being re-signed in 2010.Read More

Posted On April 3, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Zack Ryder Wants A New WWE Diva, The Rock Wins Award, More

- Lance Storm turns 43 years old today.   - Zack Ryder says he wants another WWE Diva after things appear to be done with Eve Torres. Ryder wrote on Twitter: “Headed home to the LI for a few days. I gotta get @EveMarieTorres out of my head. The best way to get over a girl is to get under another. I guess I need to find a new girlfriend. Which Diva should I go after?”   - CinemaCon has named The Rock as the Action Star of the Year.Read More

Posted On April 3, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Jericho Comments On Slip, Returns On Raw, Rock Talks WWE Title

- Alberto Del Rio made his return on tonight’s WWE RAW Supershow in Miami and confronted new World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.   - Former ECW personality and current FCW star Abraham Washington returned to RAW tonight in a backstage segment with Mark Henry. Washington is trying to let Henry represent him.   - The Rock opened tonight’s WWE RAW Supershow from Miami, Florida and told fans that his WrestleMania 28 win wasn’t the end – it was just the beginning. The Rock then told of a vision he had whereRead More

Posted On March 26, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Evan Bourne Injury Update, Backstage News On Layla’s Return

- Evan Bourne wrote on Twitter that he has been in the hospital for a week now. Bourne revealed that he had a bad accident last week and broke his foot in 4 spots and dislocated it in 5 more.    - As noted before, Layla returned to the ring at a FCW event this past week and received high marks from FCW officials.    On a related note, it's said that some top officials in WWE have been looking forward to Layla being able to return for some timeRead More

Posted On March 25, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

The Miz To Make Statement On Raw, Christian-FCW, WM28 HD

- The Miz says he will be making a statement on Monday's RAW Supershow. He wrote yesterday: "A statement will be made on #Raw, @WWERawGM. I guarantee it. #MizMania" - Christian will be appearing at the FCW show in Orlando, Florida on May 18th. – There are already reports of fans having problems ordering the HD version of WrestleMania 28 on pay-per-view. – The Fink announced on Twitter that he will be doing a live version of "Out Think The Fink" during the WrestleMania Axxess sessions in Miami this comingRead More

Posted On March 22, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE WrestleMania 28 Set Going Up, Melina To Lucha Libre, FCW

- FCW updated the live events section of their website. They will continue to hold events, including some TV tapings, at their school in Tampa every Thursday night through to the end of May. – Melina will be working some dates coming up for Lucha Libre USA. – WWE started setting up construction for Wrestlemania 28 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL earlier this week.Read More

Posted On March 22, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Crack Down On YouTube, Praise For Raquel Diaz, Husky Harris

- WWE officials have been trying to crack down on footage from live events being published on YouTube. – FCW Divas Champion and Queen of FCW Raquel Diaz (Shaul Marie Guerrero) has been praised for being versatile in being able to change characters and do promos off the top of her head, learn from her mistakes, take criticism well and having a great attitude. It was noted that several women have showed up to FCW for tryouts knowing nothing at all about wrestling so the ones who do know somethingRead More

Posted On March 21, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Opening Up New Developmental System In Connecticut

Following all the confusion this week regarding the future of WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, we have an update on FCW and a new developmental program in the works. WWE plans to open up a new branch of its developmental system in Stanford, Connecticut in the next few months. The project has been described to us as something in between Florida Championship Wrestling and the main roster, where talent that is “almost ready” will work closely with WWE officials to get them ready for their debuts. Triple H issuedRead More