Backstage Report – WWE Nixes Bully Ray’s Return

UPDATE: Here is another update on the Bully Ray/WWE relationship.

When NXT toured Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Albany, New York on May 15 and 16, WWE contacted Bully to work the shows. He was set to work the shows but suffered an ear drum injury before it happened. He said he couldn’t work the events because the injury affected his equilibrium and he didn’t want to have bad matches.

WWE understood the situation and appreciated the fact that he told them.

ORIGINAL: According to sources, Bully Ray was originally planned to make an appearance at the NXT house show that took place in Philadelphia on May 15th. According to source, WWE wanted him because they knew he would get a big pop from the crowd, but they nixed the idea after he appeared on the May 8th episode of TNA iMPACT! Wrestling as a referee in the match between Kurt Angle and Eric Young. Tommy Dreamer worked the show instead.

Bully has been pushing in interviews for a WWE return, despite the fact that he just returned to TNA as the new authority figure. While WWE did contact him to appear at several WWE NXT live events (Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY), that was all he was offered. Several people close to Bully say he was excited about the possibility of returning to WWE full-time after his surprise Royal Rumble appearance but WWE had very little contact with him following that and it got to the point where he didn’t think they had any further interest in him, thus his recent return to TNA Wrestling.

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Major Backstage Update – WWE Screwing ROH Over?, Liger/NXT

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As announced last week, New Japan star Jushin Thunder Liger is coming in to work the August 22nd WWE NXT Takeover: Brooklyn event. He will face Tyler Breeze on the show. The announcement caused quite the stir, due to the fact that New Japan has a working relationship with ROH. The NXT show also goes head to head with ROH’s event at MCU Field that night, which features top NJPW stars Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, and KUSHIDA. Alex Shelley, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr are also scheduled to work the ROH event.

The feeling is that this puts ROH in a very bad position. The New Japan relationship is very beneficial to ROH as it provides some talent more bookings, the joint shows in May were a big success (both financially and critically), it gives ROH a big time feel and allows for talents like A.J. Styles, The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice to be brought in for big events. ROH may feel as if they can’t trust New Japan, but if the relationship changes or ends, it wont happen until after the August event at MCU Field.

One other aspect coming from this is that the New Japan deal is one of the things that makes ROH attractive for some talent, leading to them signing with ROH. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly and Matt Taven & Michael Bennett have been booked well by New Japan (both teams had tag-team title runs, and O’Reilly was rewarded with a great BOTSJ run while Michael Elgin is currently competing in the G1 Climax Tournament.

Liger has the ability to book himself outside of New Japan, but there are limits to what he can do. Since NJPW has a working relationship with CMLL, Liger would never appear on a AAA event running against a CMLL event. The deal looks to open the door for a working relationship, to some degree, between WWE and New Japan. The main thing here is that they are bringing Liger in to specifically work for their brand that targets the hardcore fans, directly against ROH.

WWE is reportedly making other moves in regards to ROH, including WWE contacting at least one arena that ROH runs events at with the idea of running shows provided they no longer book ROH live events. A deal like this will not hurt ROH badly at first, but it would make extra work for them to find a new reliable venue in that area. Obviously, ROH officials aren’t happy about this.

Several top ROH talents have their contracts expiring in January of 2016, and WWE has changed their tone on signing them (now they are interested). The clear message on the independent scene is that talent is being steered away from signing with ROH and TNA. Once ROH signed with Destination America and it was revealed that Kevin Owens had signed an outside action figure deal, Vince McMahon stated that he wanted everyone who has real promise and is a free agent locked up in some form away from TNA and ROH.

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Backstage Update – A German Football Player To WWE?

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As previously reported, WWE NXT coach Robbie Brookside tweeted and deleted an announcement that former football player Tim Wiese would get a WWE tryout.

According to a source, Wiese was at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando last week. He was training and his tryout was picked up by the mainstream media. WWE is hoping to create a German superstar and Wiese has the right physique.

WWE already has German wrestler Axel Tischer in NXT but it’s believed his promos aren’t good enough for the role.

German TV announcer Sebastian Hackl, who is a former wrestler himself, was also in Orlando last week. Hackl works at the WWE Germany offices as the social media editor. He also helps with the mainstream media in the country.

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Report: Top WWE Executives Sell Their Stock, Cesaro/Tough Eough

– Several top WWE executives, including Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, sold WWE stock on Tuesday. Kevin Dunn sold the most, selling almost $350,000 worth.

– We just posted this BRAND NEW photo of Stephanie McMahon on the beach in a bikini during a recent vacation. If you’re interested, you can click here to view the photo. This is a very rare photo as Stephanie is rarely photographed in a bikini.

— WWE has posted a video of Cesaro entering the latest Tough Enough challenge on a zip line.

And arriving to today’s @WWEToughEnough competition via zip line, @WWECesaro #ToughEnough pic.twitter.com/7y46N872Jy

— WWE (@WWE) July 22, 2015

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John Cena Looking For Acting Roles Outside Of WWE

In an interview with Fast Company, John Cena revealed he’s looking for more acting projects outside of WWE Studios. Here are highlights:

On doing more than WWE: “I’ve been actively trying to extend my reach beyond WWE. I wanted to do some non-action related projects, stuff that will resonate with different audiences who might not know who I am.”

On being different from his WWE character: “I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but there is a difference between the John Cena character you see on television and me as a human being. A role like I had on Parks and Rec, to me is very easy to understand and that’s something that I can do with my eyes closed. But these other projects that have come up are more challenging, and in a good way.”

On improving in Trainwreck: “They gave me a lot of liberty to think of who this guy really was. A lot of what you see on screen is completely improv. I have zero experience in that field and truly I’m learning as I go and never once did they make me feel out of place or as if I was holding up production or anything like that. Judd and Amy never once made it intimidating.”

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Kurt Angle Wants To Face Daniel Bryan In His Retirement Match

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In a post on his official website, Kurt Angle once again said that he would like to wrestle Daniel Bryan in his final match.

He wrote: “Epic matches in the future? The first that comes to mind is Daniel Bryan. He is Shawn Michaels reborn. I would love to retire against a wrestler I believe has won over the hearts of millions of fans. How did he win their hearts? He’s that good. Give me 30 minutes with Daniel Bryan and I will give you the match of the century.”

He also mentioned that if he could go back to the 1980s, he’d wrestle Ric Flair in his prime. He also wished he could wrestle Bret Hart. He mentioned his classic matches with Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar and others. He also said he’d like to have matches with Eric Young, EC3, Bram, Magnus, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Rusev, Dolph Ziggler and Bad News Barrett.

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John Cena: ‘Steve Austin Is My Dream Opponent!’, Talks Rock & More

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In an interview with FOX 411, John Cena said his dream match would be against Steve Austin. Here are highlights:

On if it’s odd having his private life exposed on Total Divas: “It is weird. When they came to us with the concept of “Total Divas” it wasn’t so accepted around [the WWE]. Those girls who chose to put their lives are some of the bravest. I wanted nothing but success for her.”

On staying loyal to WWE: “There will be a time when I won’t be able to perform in the ring. I’m 38-years-old. So, if I’m not in the ring I want to be involved in some way. I love it! I watch every single match because I enjoy it. It’s been 12 or 13 years now, the audience is so exciting and electric. It keeps me coming back.”

On who he’d want to face in the ring, dead or alive: “Stone Cold Steve Austin because he was truly inspiration to me. Our audience wouldn’t mind seeing that. In the same breath there are some present stars that I haven’t faced off with. Hopefully, down the line I look forward to facing those new faces.”

On if he’s the next Dwayne Johnson: “There is only one Dwayne Johnson. What Dwayne has done is absolutely fantastic. He had a vision when he was here at WWE. He promotes like a mad man. We’ll see how I do with John Cena before I can be mentioned in the company of Dwyane Johnson.”

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Last Night’s ROH & TNA iMPACT! Wrestling Ratings Are In – Details

– It was a relief of a night at Destination America after last week’s big drops. Ring of Honor garnered 139,000 viewers in its first airing of the night and a 0.03 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic. Those numbers are up 56% and a tenth from last week’s 89,000 and 0.02. The viewership is the highest since the July 1st episode drew 157,000 viewers and the demo rating is even with the July 8th rating. The 11 PM replay was also up with 126,000 viewers and a 0.02, up 58% from last week’s 80,000 viewers and steady in the demo.

TNA iMPACT! Wrestling was also up, though not quite as drastically. The initial airing brought in 317,000 viewers and a 0.09 demo rating, up 8% and a tenth from last week’s 293,000 and 0.08. It was still a bit down from the 353,000 that the July 8th episode scored, while the demo rating was even with that week. The midnight replay earned 71,000 viewers and a 0.02 demo rating, essentially even with last week’s 72,000 and 0.02.

Neither show ranked among the top 100 cable originals of the night.

– TNA has released a preview for Jeff Hardy’s upcoming DVD “Humanomoly”.

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Mick Foley Praises Eva Marie Following Her NXT Debut

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In a post on Twitter, Mick Foley praised Eva Marie for her in-ring return on NXT last night. He wrote:

.@natalieevamarie – SOMEONE’S been working hard! IMPRESSIVE debut on @WWENXT

— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) July 23, 2015

@RealMickFoley: .@natalieevamarie – SOMEONE’S been working hard! IMPRESSIVE debut on @WWENXT” thanks Mick that means so much coming from u

— Eva Marie (@natalieevamarie) July 23, 2015

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