Posted On April 24, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Backstage News On Andy’s Release, WWE A Top Earner For YouTube

- The decision to release Andy Leavine from his WWE developmental deal was made a few weeks back. The feeling was Tough Enough’s winner wasn’t progressing and just wasn’t good in the ring. – WWE is now one of the top earners for YouTube. The new partnership between the two is working out well for both sides. In an unusual move, WWE is now publishing RAW videos on their channel as the show airs on the East Coast. – As seen last night on RAW, Zack Ryder teamed with UnitedRead More

Posted On April 24, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Austin Comments On Andy’s Release, The Bella Era, JR At FCW

- Steve Austin wrote the following on Twitter regarding the release of Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine: “Big Andy won Tough Enough. All day long and twice on Sunday. Thanks for your passion and opinions. Like it or not…He won. End of story.” – New WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella wrote on Twitter last night that “The Bella Era” has begun and that “Naughty Nikki has arrived. She also thanked fans for their support: “Thank you #BellaArmy for your support! Hope I made you proud tonight! I’m DIVAS CHAMPION! Finally!Read More

Posted On April 24, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: Raw Analysis 04/23/12

I’m going to start out by saying that I don’t have high expectations for these three hour shows. Things are usually dragged out much more with frequent commercial breaks and very little is ever accomplished. This Raw was no exception, and this column reflects on my frustration with that. Raw opens with Teddy Long standing in the ring with everything set up for the contract signing between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. He brings out Cena. He calls for Lesnar, but John Laurinaitis comes out instead. JL says Lesnar isRead More

Posted On April 24, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Beth Phoenix Suffers Injury During Divas Match On Raw

The official WWE website has an injury update on Beth Phoenix, who appeared to suffer an injury in her lumberjill match against Nikki Bella on this week’s Raw SuperShow. In the following excerpt, WWE Doctor Michael Sampson explains the injury: “It looks like she affected her anterior talofibular ligament, which is the most common injured ankle ligament on an inversion injury,” Sampson told WWE.com.“She has some swelling, [and] she’s having a hard time walking or ambulating on it. We’re going to need an MRI just to make sure there’s nothingRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By Jonathan FisherIn Columns

Edge Returning Gives Lesnar/Cena Feud Spark

On Raw tonight, the fans at home and in the arena that was absolutely unexpected. We were treated to an appearance from the 2012 Hall of Fame wrestler, Edge. Why? John Cena and Brock Lesnar were set to partake in a contract signing for their match at Extreme Rules this coming Sunday evening in Chicago, Illinois. John Lauranaitis came out to the ring and announced that Lesnar had not been spotted at the arena yet and that he will show up soon. Instead of cutting to a Cena promo orRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

When A Work Isn’t A Work Unless It Is

Can you cross a line in wrestling or is it all just a work always? Mick Foley and Dean Ambrose were/are in the middle of a twitter feud that has/had Internet fans buzzing. Dean Ambrose is the second most talented person in FCW; just behind Tyler Black…I mean Seth Rollins. Which side note if you haven’t seen those two fight you need to go to YouTube and watch I’ll wait…..ok, great right? Ambrose is known by many in the “wrestling Internet smark world” as a Roddy Piper type. Very provocativeRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Dana White Reveals Brock Lesnar Had A WWE Clause In UFC

UFC president Dana White continued his support with Brock Lesnar returning to WWE. “It was always upfront and said in his deal that he could do the WWE,” White said at this past Saturday’s UFC 145 event. “Everything we did with that guy, nothing ever leaked out of that camp, ever leaks out of that camp,” White said. “Those guys did a deal with (WWE promoter) Vince (McMahon), and I guarantee you Vince said, ‘Keep this a secret. Don’t tell anybody.’ And he did. He never said anything. He didn’tRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News, Videos

Video: Jimmy Hart Speaks On Legends House, A WWE Return & More

Arda Ocal recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart. Jimmy Hart called filming “Legend’s House” the greatest thing he’s ever done in wrestling, said he would welcome a full-time return to WWE and more. You can check it out below.Read More
– The April 20 episode of WWE Vintage Collection featured matches from WCW’s annual Spring Stampede pay-per-view event: British Bulldog vs. Curt Hennig (1998), Steve Austin vs. The Great Muta (1994), Chavo Guerrero vs. Ultimo Dragon (1998), Diamond Dallas Page vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (1997). — WWE.com is counting down the top 50 tag teams in WWE history all week long. #50 – 41 is is now online. WWE.com also revealed the criteria for determining the rankings. Only WWE teams were eligible whereas duos who also competed outside ofRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Top Star Missing Raw Tonight?, ESPN Covers Cena, WWE Supershow

- David Otunga accompanied fiancee Jennifer Hudson this morning in Chicago at the trialof the man accused of killing Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew four years ago. The assumption is that Otunga won’t be at RAW tonight, although that is not confirmed. Reuters has a story about this morning’s proceedings and refers to Otunga as “best known for his stint on VH1’s reality show I Love New York.” – Earlier we noted that John Cena turned 35 years old today. ESPN.com wished Cena a happy birthday, and posted five interestingRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Andy Leavine Comments On His WWE Release

Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine commented on his WWE release via Twitter; “On my way to acquire some much needed experience. I’m just gettin’ started in this business.”Read More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Opening For Tonight’s Three-Hour WWE Raw Revealed

Road Dogg, who works as a producer backstage in WWE, wrote the following on Twitter: Brian G.James@WWERoadDogg Tonight’s #RAW is kicking off with a contract signing between Brock and Cena!! Fireworks coming early! #OUDKRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Mark Madden Still Insists Paul Heyman Is Helping Brock Lesnar

- As noted earlier, Mark Madden stated that Paul Heyman has been helping Brock Lesnar with his promos since returning to WWE. Heyman then denied Madden’s claim yesterday, writing on his Twitter. “@MarkMaddenX As flattered as I am by the notion, I have nothing to do with #BrockLesnar’s @WWE promos… Believe it or not, @WWE got it right … in a BIG way … with that #DeathClutch promo last week on #Raw… I’d love to take even a tiny bit of the credit for that promo, but it all belongsRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Justin Gabriel Update, WWE’s French Commentator Resigns, Foley

- Injured WWE Superstar Justin Gabriel has returned to home to South Africa to deal with passport issues. Gabriel was injured in the WrestleMania 28 dark match but is looking at returning in mid-May. – Christophe Agius, who worked for AB Productions in France doing commentary for WWE programming, resigned from the company after WWE’s live event in Toulouse, France this past Thursday. Agius also worked to arrange WWE Superstar interviews in France and was well-known at WWE headquarters. Agius worked with WWE for over a decade. No word yetRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Nash Still Open To WWE Return, Derrick Bateman, Perry Saturn

- Kevin Nash wrote on Twitter this weekend that he is still open to returning for WWE: “I will return to the WWE when they call and tell me where to be. Love working the Indys and getting to know my fans.Nice to be real!!!” – Despite being removed from the WWE and FCW roster pages, the profiles of Derrick Bateman and Percy Watson can still be accessed through the WWE NXT Superstars page on WWE’s website. – Former WCW/WWE star Perry Saturn recently did a shoot interview with no-kayfaben.com.Read More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Cena Celebrating Today, Mick Foley’s Next Book, Hawkins & Reks

- John Cena turns 35 years old today. – Mick Foley revealed on Twitter that Jerry Lawler will be doing the artwork for his children’s book that comes out for Christmas. Foley also said WWE will be promoting the book for him. – WWE has removed the profiles of Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks following their firing by William Regal on NXT last Wednesday. The two have went on Twitter and are asking fans to help them get re-hired by John Laurinaitis: “Well, our profiles have been removed from dotRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Full Content For WWE WrestleMania 28 DVD & Blu-ray Revealed

Shock Entertainment released the full content for WWE WrestleMania 28 on DVD and Blu-ray. You can pre-order either edition at this link. Below are full details for the DVD and Blu-ray: ONCE IN A LIFETIME: The two biggest Superstars of their generation, The Rock and John Cena, collide in the most anticipated match in WWE history, an epic confrontation that will define the legacies of these two icons. Plus, the men that have defined the WWE for 2 decades will battle in the nightmarish prison they helped immortalize, Hell inRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Confirmed For Tonight’s Three-Hour WWE Raw Supershow

WWE’s first three-hour Raw Supershow of 2012 takes place tonight from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. WWE will also tape the Raw portion of this week’s WWE Superstars before Raw. The only officially item advertised for the three-hour show is John Cena and Brock Lesnar’s “contract signing” for Sunday’s Extreme Rules main event.The Joe Louis Arena is advertising this as Lesnar’s first WWE appearance in Detroit in eight years. CM Punk & John Cena vs. Chris Jericho & Kane is being advertised for the live crowd as theRead More

Posted On April 23, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

UFC President Dana White Supporting Brock Lesnar’s WWE Return

During the post-UFC 145 press conference on Saturday night in Atlanta, UFC president Dana White said that he supports Brock Lesnar returning to WWE. “When he did the deal with the WWE, all the rumblings started with you guys,” White told reporters. “He never called me. He never told me. He didn’t have to. It was always up front and said in his deal, he could do the WWE.” White added, “I’m happy for him. To do what he did in the WWE, came here and did what he did,Read More