WWE EVP of Talent on rumors of FCW’s closing: “FCW is not closing”

Following the March19th broadcast of World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship television show, Monday Night Raw, a story was spread across the internet stating that WWE’s development territory, the Tampa-based Florida Championship Wrestling was the be closing in three weeks time.

The story also claimed that WWE had notified Bright House Networks, which aired its television show that it will no longer be doing business with Bright House. Although the Bright House story was true, FCW’s closing was not.

WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Paul Levesque, also known by his ring name “Triple H” spoke to WWE.com on the rumors. Paul stated that the rumors are “…absolutely not true. FCW is not closing”.

Triple H on how the rumor started and how it spread like wildfire across the internet: “I don’t know how the rumor started but I believe it’s a situation where the ‘dirt sheets’ (Pro-wrestling news websites)want to believe they have the scoop on everything.

On how FCW is to be revamped: If anything, we are in the process of ramping up our entire developmental system. It’s the lifeblood of our company. It’s what feeds our future and in no way are we going to close it down.” ….“WWE’s developmental system is being revamped, not shut down. If anything, it’s going to get bigger and better than ever. WWE Developmental cultivates the future talent of WWE. By no means is it going to get smaller or shut down.”

On if FCW is to relocate out of Tampa, and its TV tapings are to be held at“There are plans in the works, but nothing definitive I can discuss right now,”“Shortly after WrestleMania, there will be a major announcement about our developmental system.”

I happened to be one of the idiots who believed this to be true, especially after reading stories on Bleacher Report and other sites. When I started seeing people on Twitter responding, I read a Bleacher Report article and would later sent this tweet:

News of FCW’s closing was a slap in the face. Regardless of that, good luck to all involved.

If there was a better line of communication between wrestling organisations and online wrestling news writers, we wouldn’t be so quick to fall for a false story.

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WWE.COM: Long,Laurinaitis to switch GM roles for upcoming Raw, Smackdown broadcasts

It was announced today over on WWE.com, that for the March 5th edition of Monday Night Raw and the March 8th edition of Friday Night Smackdown that in a struggle for power, there will be a switching of brand general managers.



It all started on the February 13th broadcast of Raw where David Otunga, the official legal consultant to Raw General Manager and WWE EVP of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis suggested an idea that will get him to GM both Raw and Smackdown.
That idea was not revealed on-camera but on the Elimination Chamber PPV that sunday (the 19th) Smackdown superstars Christian and Mark Henry as well as Raw Superstar Alberto Del Rio gave their support to have John (aka Johnny Ace) be general manager for both shows. Theodore Long, the current GM for Smackdown and the longest-serving GM in WWE (who also GM’d ECW) was amused by the idea that there should be two GMs—but with Long being GM of both shows instead of Ace.
THINGS GET HEATED
On the February 21st edition on a live episode of Smackdown, nicknamed “SuperSmackdown Live!” the war between the two GMs escalated to the point where they were overriding each others’s decision involving the Champion v Champion match between Raw’s WWE Champion CM Punk and Smackdown’s World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, which ended in a double-pin.
Things didn’t end there as on the Feb 27th edition of Monday Night Raw, nicknamed “Raw SuperShow” in a rematch the match ended in a no-contest due to involvment from Ace and Otunga and Long and his assistant Santino Marella. An altercation would occur with Long pushing Ace to the ring canvas to the cheers of the crowds in Portland. Soon after the incident, Long walked into Ace’s office talking about rumors that Ace would be replaced and he rebutted that Long would be replaced instead.
Not long after, it was teased that WWE.com would have an announcement on Tuesday at 10a E/ 7a P. Many have speculated that it involved the GM situation– and they were right.

The Announcement
Around 9:35 am ET, WWE Mobile had the announcement under the headline “Raw, Smackdown to get extreme makeover” which detailed the swap for one night only– that Ace serves as GM of Smackdown and Long serves as GM of Raw in order to see which leadership reins supreme on both shows. Since August, Smackdown talent have been allowed to cross over to Raw and vice-versa so now the gauntlet has been thrown and let’s see how things go next week as the road to Wrestlemania XXVIII continues.

Why most viewers don’t really care for Khali/Mahal Storyline on Smackdown!

The Great Khali/Jinder Mahal storyline of Friday Night Smackdown is an interesting one but most viewers are clueless as why it exists and why they should follow it.

In April 2011, Friday Night Smackdown introduced Jinder Mahal in a backstage promo. Originally, not much was known about Mahal until two weeks later when The Great Khali turned on his “brother”/ translator, Ranjin Singh we learned of the true story behind his arrival to Friday Nights.

It was revealed in the June 3th episode of  Friday Night Smackdown (also known as Smackdown on Syfy) Ranjin Singh in a pre-taped interview who is Mahal and his connection to Khali, Here is a summary of what was said when speaking to commentator Josh Mathews:

 Mahal was always jealous of our family, of Khali (due to his work with WWE and appearances on Indian television) [..] Our [Singh] family was in poverty and Mahal married our sister and constantly berates her and orders Khali to obey his orders or [Mahal] will divorce the sister and send the family back to poverty …..

The WWE Universe ( WWE Fans) needs to fear Jinder Mahal.

Originally, I did not understand the story because I didn’t understand the family situation, then I did a little research and found that in India the culture is not like American culture. Situations like this tend to happen in India ( not often, but it does happen) but not in North America.

WWE , short for World Wrestling Entertainment is an American institution and the largest fan-base for their Sports-Entertainment hybrid (or variation, if you will) of Pro-Wrestling is North America  but they as well have several International fan-bases, including India.

In India, Khali is the equivalent of Hulk Hogan at the height of 80’s WWF in terms of being a top draw and is respected in the community.

Since WWE has a global audience, It’s only fair that they try out storylines for the international audience since they sacrifice so much to catch up with WWE Television ( Raw airs live from 9-11.05 Monday Nights, which in turn is from 2am-4:05am Tuesday Mornings and WWE PPVs air from 7-11pm Sunday Nights which translate to 1am-5am Monday Mornings depending on PPV length.)

The problem with these storylines is that they don’t hit close to home in North America so viewers cant make heads or tails of it.

Also, the storyline isn’t explained with a use of a video package or an online piece on WWE.com. This past Monday Night Raw, which aired on September 5th and called on-air as WWE Raw SuperShow, Commentator Michael Cole who works as a liasion for RAW on Friday Nights for Smackdown took the time to explain the story and break it down for the Raw audience that generally don’t watch Smackdown.

Kudos to Michael Cole to explain the situation for the broadcast, however it may get repetitive if Cole, Josh Mathews repeat the situation on every Raw and Smackdown they appear. True WWE fams would know most storyline by heart so you wouldn’t need the announce team repeat the situation. I believe that WWE should do a story on WWE.com on the situation so that online fans will get a better understanding of the story.

The WWE fans and the dirtsheet writers who don’t understand the story is because they aren’t clued into the culture that the story is revolved around:

  • Greed and Money being used to exploit a financial shortfall and personal feelings
  • Greed being used to force one’s hand to commit things that would normally not occur
  • Local Influence being used to exploit one’s personal decisions
If there was an online piece or a video package on Raw and Smackdown explaining the story and try to sway the audience to try to comprehend the unfathomable situation that Khali is in.

There is also another reason that people don’t understand the storyline, whenever Jinder cuts a promo, most of the promo is in his native tongue sprinkled in with some English words.

If WWE fans were to understand, they would probably see the storyline in a different light than they do now.

WWE Releases SmackDown!’s Serena

WWE releases Serena according to PWInsider.com, No details at this time WWE.com has yet to announce it.

10am UPDATE

Following word breaking of her shocking release last night, more details have emerged regarding Serena‘s release from WWE.

According to PWTorch‘s James Caldwell, Serena was let go for ‘not living out’ her Straight Edge gimmick, offering few other details. Meanwhile, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Radio state that she had ‘more than one rough night’.

While details at this time from both sources are sketchy, it’s evident that Serena’s release was a disciplinary measure. Conjecture on my part, but it seems management was unhappy with Serena enjoying nights out and/or drinking in public.

Many, including the Observer, have likened the situation to Mickie James’ supposed ‘excessive partying’ during the European tour in April, which was said to be the last straw before she was released.

WWE has yet to acknowledge Serena’s release, but will likely make an officials statement following this Friday’s SmackDown which was taped last week and includes Serena in her final on-screen appearance.

Bryan Danielson speaks out on his WWE Release

Raw ring announcer Justin Roberts escorted after Daniel Bryan choking him with his tie ( Photo: WWE)

Bryan Danielson  has spoken of his anger of being released by WWE and confirmed that he was released due to his breaking of the company’s PG rules.

The former ROH champion, who went by the name of Daniel Bryan in WWE, was sacked after he “went too far” in an attack by the NXT rookies choking ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and spitting in John Cena’s face.

Some thought the firing was part of a storyline, especially after Cena Tweeted that Bryan should be reinstated, however most now accept it was a real life incident.

The WWE has allowed Danielson to wrestle for other companies during his 90 day no compete clause, on the condition that the matches aren’t televised

Bryan wrote on his blog: “Since the WWE statement was released I’ve been bombarded with messages asking me if it’s real, and by now I’m sure that most people know that it is.

“WWE is very serious about adhering to their PG guidelines, and apparently my actions during the NXT attack on John Cena, namely choking announcer Justin Roberts with his tie and spitting in Cena’s face, crossed the boundaries of what is considered PG.

“Perhaps the choking was too violent or perhaps the spit was too demeaning.

“I apologized for both immediately following the incident but I would be a hypocrite if I apologized for putting everything I have into the attack. I would much rather have gone too far than to come up too short.

“As with anyone who gets fired from their job, especially when they feel its unjust, I am angry. Very angry.

“But I can’t fault WWE for how they handled my release. My contract contained a 90 day no-compete clause in the event I was let go, yet the WWE has graciously allowed me start wrestling again on any show that’s not taped for television or PPV.”

Bryan also found some positive in his release namely now being able to attract more fans to watch him on the independent wrestling scene.

He added: “With most of us having little national exposure the only thing we could do was wrestle our hearts out and hope for word of mouth.

“Now that I’ve appeared on WWE television in front of millions of new fans, things are different. My goal is to garner as much interest in independent wrestling over the next 90 days as I possibly can.

“I hope that some of the people who enjoyed watching me wrestle on TV will give independent companies such as Evolve, Dragon Gate USA and Ring of Honor a chance.

“I think most of you would enjoy the intimacy between the fans and the wrestlers and the intensity of the action.”

Once those 90 days are up, it’s most likely Bryan will return to the WWE especially with the likes of Cena and Jim Ross fighting his corner and fans chanting his name.

TNA are also rumoured to be interested and would have an immediate series of dream matches on their hands between Bryan and his former Ring of Honor foe Nigel McGuiness, now known as Desmond Wolfe.

Looking at both options, Danielson said: “Regardless of what offers come in, I am in no rush to make any rash decisions.

“I enjoy my freedom as much as I enjoyed the benefits offered by being in WWE.

“My future, as usual, is uncertain. But I am enjoying my return to the independents.

“I’m hoping to see some of you there.”

The Undertaker marries Michelle McCool

WWE Legend The Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) got married to Smackdown Diva Michelle McCool in a low key ceremony in Houston, Texas.

The Pair have been romantically linked for several years. Michelle is 15 years his junior. A Very small collection of friends (including some former WWE Talent) were invited to see the ceremony of Taker, 45 and Co- Womens Champion McCool, 30.

A photo on was put up on the Twitter page of Lisa Marie Varon (aka Victoria in WWF/E and Tara in TNA)showing her pictured with McCool, Former WCW and WWF/E diva Torrie Wilson and former WWE and TNA talent Sharmell Sullivan ( Booker T’s Wife) over the weekend.

The Undertaker is off WWE TV, sidelined for an injury during a match with Rey Mysterio, is explained by storyline as being found in vegetative state.

This is the Undertaker’s third marriage.  He was married to Jodi Lynn from 1989-1999 with one son. He got married to Sara the following year, and they have two daughters and Taker had Sara’s name tattooed on his neck, which on WWE TV is not seen.

Sara has also been seen on WWE TV during the WCW invasion fo the early 2000’s, when she was ‘stalked’ by former WCW talent ‘Diamond’ Dallas  Page even wrestling him on one occasion.

Michelle, who in storyline is the ‘self-professed’ Co-women’s Champion  when her friend Layla El won the Women’s belt from Beth Phoenix. Although in reality, the WWE recognizes Layla as the Women’s Champion.

Michelle had a previous marriage to a high school sweetheart, but the marriage ended in 2006.

This union may not be mentioned or even acknowledged by WWE TV and its announcers.

Barrett, McIntyre having Work Visa Issues, taken off WWE TV

WWE wrestlers Wade Barrett who competes on Raw and SmackDown’s Drew McIntyre are having work visa issues.

Since the two aren’t natural born citizens, they were allowed to work in the WWE with work visas.

However, Both of their visas have expired and word is that they have been deported.

Barrett is in the UK while things are getting sorted out, while there is no word on where McIntyre is but may still be in the US since he recently married Ex ECW GM and now current SmackDown! diva Tiffany.

While Barrett did not appear on WWE TV on the June 28th Raw Broadcast ( In Storyline he was meeting with the WWE Board of Directors) McIntyre did appear on the SmackDown Broadcast of June 25 ( taped on June 22nd) with McIntyre being notified by SmackDown GM Teddy Long via the titantron of his visa expiring.

McIntyre’s Visa expired after SmackDown! was taped that week.

No Word yet if Barrett’s Issue will be addressed on Raw.