WWE Backstage HEAT On Star! Original WWE Smackdown Live Plans REVEALED! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019

WWE Backstage HEAT On Star! Original WWE Smackdown Live Plans REVEALED! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019

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of Raw and Smackdown? Oli and I will be going into detail on these and AAA beating them
in the ratings in tomorrow’s WrestleRamble. But before we get into the big stories of
today’s news, there are still some questions about the Superstar Shake-Up. Despite last week WWE telling us that we’d
know which brand everyone is on by the time Smackdown finished, it was revealed earlier
this week that Andrade, Zelina Vega and Aleister Black had moved from Raw to Smackdown. PWInsider
reported that Andrade and Vega were moved because Fox want Spanish speaking wrestlers
on the show when it moves to their station this October, and it’s also been reported
that the company did not want to separate Andrade and Charlotte Flair, who are dating
in real life. This is also why Black was moved over to Smackdown, as he and Vega are married
IRL. Tuesday also saw the return of Jinder Mahal
to Smackdown Live – better watch out Kofi – and it’s been reported that The B-Team
have also moved to the Blue Brand to bolster their tag division, which has been hurt by
The Usos jumping to Raw, New Day involved in the WWE Championship picture, and The Bar
being split up now that Cesaro is on the Red Brand. Dave Meltzer has noted in the Wrestling Observer
Newsletter that Nikki Cross is also now on Raw too, though WWE.com still doesn’t list
her with a brand attached. Meltzer notes that if Cross does end up on Raw, likely her real-life
husband Killian Dain will also end up on that brand as WWE doesn’t want to split up couples.
Which means despite splitting them up last week ¾ of Sanity will be on Raw. And someone else who’s moved brands is Dean
Ambrose – only he’s been moved from the current active WWE roster to their alumni
section – in between Dean Malenko and Dawn Marie. But yeah, pretty sure this is all still
a work. Those Smackdown moves all seem to be part
of a bigger picture, with Dave Meltzer reporting what the Blue Brand landscape would have been
post-Mania. According to Meltzer, the original plan for
Smackdown was to see Daniel Bryan have a rematch against Kofi Kingston at Money in the Bank,
but that was scrapped when Bryan went down with an injury following WrestleMania – an
injury that is a closely guarded secret within WWE according to PWInsider. With Bryan out,
WWE reportedly looked to have Kofi face either Randy Orton or Rowan at Money in the Bank
for the WWE Championship as they were the brand’s other top heels, and also considered
cancelling plans to move Samoa Joe to Raw, possibly move across Drew McIntyre, or have
Kofi Kingston face Baron Corbin for the title, because it’s all your fault Baron Corbin. Bryan’s injury instead changed plans for
Kevin Owens, who was originally lined up to the be the brand’s number two face behind
Roman Reigns prior to Kofi Kingston catching fire before Elimination Chamber. Meltzer writes,
“The original plan for Owens was to be a guy next door babyface, who ate junk food,
had the same problems everyone else had, had kids, but could kick ass, and was given the
ultimate modern WWE babyface finisher, the stone cold stunner”. Meltzer adds that Big
E’s injury also pushed forward these plans to turn Owens heel, which was decided a few
days after WrestleMania. And it’s not just Big E and Daniel Bryan’s
injuries that are changing plans… But those aren’t the only plans WWE changed
this week. Last week Kenny McIntosh made the unfortunate
announcement that his planned Q&A tour of the UK with The Undertaker had to be altered
after Taker signed a new deal with WWE that prevented him from doing any public appearances
for companies not affiliated or endorsed by WWE. It was then reported that Taker flew
to WWE headquarters to convince the company to still allow him to do the meet & greet
with fans but not take part in a Q&A, which instead will be done by Mick Foley who will
be talking about his feud with Undertaker. This all stems from Undertaker being announced
for Starrcast II, which takes place in the run up to All Elite Wrestling’s inaugural
show Double or Nothing. While not an AEW event, it was reported that Vince McMahon felt they
were affiliated enough that he didn’t want Undertaker on the show – with Dave Meltzer
first reporting after it was announced that Vince took the news very poorly and was doing
everything he could to get Taker pulled from the show. Foley himself confirmed in a statement
that the decision for Taker to not do the Q&A was entirely one made by WWE. It’s been reported that Undertaker felt
that he was done with WWE following Super Show Down and Crown Jewel last year, but his
announcement for Starrcast II made Vince try everything he could to get Taker pulled from
the show and back in a WWE ring for their next Saudi Arabia show which will likely take
place in June. And it looks like he was successful, as Starrcast
announced this week that both Undertaker and Kurt Angle have been pulled from the event,
with Angle signing the same deal Taker did. Starrcast promoter Conrad Thompson told Sports
Illustrated, “I had an agreement in place with the talent. Without exception, I dealt
directly with the talent or their management, they set their terms, and I complied. First
class travel accommodations were made and marketing was done. Now, thanks to the influence
of WWE, the performers are missing out on substantial income and the fans are being
punished.” Thompson adds that a friend within the company
spoke to Vince McMahon – gee I wonder who that friend might be – and Conrad was told
that there was no heat on him or Starrcast, but the feeling in the company is that Undertaker
shouldn’t be doing these sorts of appearances – and was told they would offer replacements
for both Angle and Undertaker from the WWE roster. So like a total badass and in a completely
ballsy move, Conrad asked for the replacements to be Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Vince
McMahon – adding that he would donate 100% of the proceeds to Connor’s Cure – a charity
set up by Triple H and Stephanie – and match the donation himself. This, of course, is
very unlikely to happen, but it does mean that Conrad has set up charity owners to turn
down donations for their own charity. And while WWE have said they would provide
Starrcast with a replacement, it’s being reported that it won’t be anyone from the
current active roster. Conrad told Sports Illustrated that based on this he asked to
keep Angle booked, and have Shawn Michaels replace Undertaker so they could do a screening
of his WrestleMania X ladder match against Scott Hall – because Hall is also booked for
the show and they could provide live commentary for fans. However according to Thompson, he’s
been checking in daily with the company for over a week, and he’s not heard anything
back from them. Perhaps they’re too busy pursuing their
next signing for NXT. In a rather shocking piece of news, it’s
been reported by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE recently reached
out to Joey Ryan to offer him a position in NXT. While it is surprising that WWE would
want to sign a man who was recently offering fans a chance to have their photo taken next
to his penis and pay for the privilege, it shouldn’t be too surprising since Ryan is
the only guy featured on Being The Elite who isn’t officially signed with All Elite Wrestling. Meltzer writes that WWE contacted Ryan earlier
this week to offer him a spot wrestling on NXT for a few years before moving into a trainer
role at the Orlando Performance Centre. However in order to do this, Ryan would have to take
a massive pay cut from what he currently earns on the independent scene. Meltzer writes,
“The way it was explained to us, was that he would have absolutely taken the offer if
he was 29 years old, but at 39, taking a pay cut to start with WWE (or anyone offering
less than what he’s already making) is probably something he’s not going to do.” And as we’ve seen with The Young Bucks in
the past, turning down WWE can get you some heat in the company. Speaking of heat! Bobby Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush were
not a part of Raw this week. And while this could just be because the show was reportedly
finalised four minutes before it went on air, the Wrestling Observer are reporting that
there is backstage heat on Lio Rush. It’s being reported that Rush is a very
confident man which can often rub people the wrong way, with Meltzer writing, “The story
goes that he’s made it very clear to many people that he thinks he should be the top
guy on the brand, and hasn’t been shy about saying it.” For what it’s worth, Bobby
Lashley did come out for the dark match segment after Raw, but didn’t have Lio with him. This wouldn’t be the first time that Rush
has found himself in hot water with the WWE locker room, with him making an ill-timed
joke about Tenille Dashwood being released from the company in 2017 which got him heat
with a lot of WWE wrestlers. Rush himself has taken to Twitter to address
these rumours, writing “The fact of the matter is that you don’t always know the
facts and that’s ok.” He does also seemingly confirm the report that he believes he should
be a top guy on either Raw or Smackdown writing, “The fact of the matter is that I am a passionate
African American male in America who takes my passion seriously and will do whatever
it takes to change me and my family’s situation.” Lio Rush to AEW confirmed. Someone who might have some heat on him as
well is Dean Malenko, with Justin Barraso of Sports Illustrated reporting that the long-serving
agent has quit WWE. Barasso doesn’t give any reasons for why
Malenko has left the company, only noting that he’s been an agent for WWE for the
last eight years booking tag matches – suggesting that he could be a good fit for All Elite
Wrestling. Dean Malenko to AEW confirmed. This also ties into a PWInsider report from
last month after it was announced that Arn Anderson had been fired from his role as an
agent, with Mike Johnson writing that WWE were shaking up their backstage employees
– bringing in the likes of Abyss and Sonjay Dutt from Impact Wrestling as well as Gregory
Helms. Someone we do know who wants to quit however
is Luke Harper, who publicly requested his release from WWE last week. Harper has been frustrated with his position
in WWE for the last month or so, posting on Twitter his unhappiness about only working
Axxess over WrestleMania weekend and how Smackdown writers didn’t even know he was cleared
to wrestle. Harper joins a list of WWE wrestlers who have asked for their release in 2019 – including
Tye Dillinger, KENTA, Dean Ambrose, Dustin Runnels, The Revival, The Kanellisi and more
recently Sasha Banks. And while WWE granted the releases of Dillinger, KENTA and Runnels,
Harper falls into the category of wrestlers who WWE think could sign for the competition
and be beneficial to them – hence why The Revival, Mike and Maria, and Sasha Banks were
all denied their release. It’s now being reported that Luke Harper
has been told to sit out the rest of his contract, which was set to end in November. However
because he spent six months of last year on the injured shelf, WWE have reportedly added
that six months onto his contract meaning he can’t go anywhere until at least after
WrestleMania next year. And if WWE don’t use him in that time, they could just keep
adding more time onto his contract the same way they did to PAC when he tried to leave
in 2017. Sadly, this is the same news for Sasha Banks,
with Meltzer reporting that, “The attitude right now from the company side is that she
can go sit out the rest of her contract if she wants to. The bad part of that is that
if she doesn’t wrestle and tries to sit out, they can freeze the contract as well.” Meltzer theorises this is WWE’s way “to
dissuade people from going public and saying they’re unhappy”. The opposite of unhappy is happy, and you
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100 Replies to “WWE Backstage HEAT On Star! Original WWE Smackdown Live Plans REVEALED! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019”

  1. So sadly the best thing for Sasha & Luke Harper to do is to go back to WWE & wrestle until their contracts expire then leave…like Dean Ambrose.

  2. No fixing Raw or Smackdown. Alternatives are a good thing and it should have lit a fire under Vince's Arse to kick up his brand a bit. Alas not happening.

  3. LOL WTF IS WWE doing what about company policy no dating inside the company they are all fuckin eachother overtheredamn ,its getting annoying and it has nothing to do with the sport who shags who ,

  4. How about some fresh matchups they have botched so much stuff I just dont understand why they cant do it right.

  5. Wanna make Raw and Smackdown have higher ratings ?

    More WRESTLING and less "sports entertaining". Short and sweet promos. ATTITUDE! "Holy shit" chants uncensored and middle fingers that aren't blurred.

    It IS possible for an Attitude Era and PG-13 to coexist if written correctly.

  6. THE BEST T-SHIRT YOU HAVE EVER WORN ON WRESTLETALK BY FAR!!! R.A.T.M. and WWE… Its like Vodka & Cranberry… A Burger & Cheese… Its just, AWWWSSOOOME (Shameless Miz Plug) You are now officially a "A" Lister! (Shameless Miz Plug 2) WWE & AEW….. OK I wont go there, yet…. CM PUNK! CM PUNK! CM PUNK!"

  7. WWE has turned into a dictatorship.

    “You will like who we tell you to like”

    “You’re not allowed to quit because we’ll automatically extend your contract”

    “If we want to do a crappy show, we will and you’ll like it”

    They’ve developed this hard headed arrogance over the last year or so. Either that or there’s real insecurity about their status as the number one wrestling company after being comfortable for so long…

  8. Killian Dane is a lucky man. Nikki Cross is hot.
    Also, Owens is better as a heel anyway.
    Aaaanndd….the Saudis backed that Brinks truck up and made an offer Taker couldn't refuse.

  9. So with 3 to 4 videos a week with "WWE Wrestlers unhappy and possibly going to AEW so far…..
    Gold Dust at 50, Jericho who wasnt signed and……?‍♂️?‍♂️
    The ICW especially commentaries on YouTube has put so much pressure on AEW that even a better then average showing would end up being a complete disappointment

  10. Wwe should not call other nxt wrestlers that fast cause nxt have great talents and adding them makes the wwe creatives’ work harder. Look at the war raiders, why are they called up? Too early. A guy like ec3 is getting wasted and teams like sanity or aop. Only lacey evans, alleister black, lars sullivan and ricochet were good call-ups because they are getting used. No way jose should’ve stayed in nxt. Wwe should release wrestlers also if they want to call-up nxt wrestlers.

  11. Vince will def be there and whenever your trouble just say “ I’m African American “ and all is fixed right Leo ?

  12. I hope AEW thrives because I'm done with WWE destroying gimmicks, forcing unpopular angles and matches and just overall falling out of touch with what casual and hardcore fans want imo

  13. I would make raw 2 hours. I would use money in the bank and royal rumble to put people into the main card level to help create new feuds and fresh faces.

  14. Give the people what they want. Stop the Experiments and Experiences. If you observe in the short term that AEW are doing want fans base wants. It is call getting market share by "getting a cheap pop" where ever they go. More fan intervention. We should look at the Shield, DDP, Sandman and anytime wrestlers goes through the audience get to be part of the program. Most talent may not be comfortable with it going into the audience but they need to before there is no audience to go through!

  15. U want more RATINGS take off the DUMB talk show SEGMENT that shit is hella boring & bring back THE HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP with 24/7 RULES and the HARDCORE CHAMP has to watch their (man/woman) back from BOTH BRANDS

  16. If wwe don't change things on wwe smackdown especially with always giving Charlotte title after title shots it's going to fail if it moves to Fridays even if it goes 3 hours and since I go to bar I can dvr it fast forward through the bs

  17. The plummeting WWE ratings would've been a completely different story had Kenny, Cody, and The Young Bucks signed.

  18. Bring velveteen to raw. Have seth rollins turn heel. Big E needs to turn on new day. Clear out stagnant talent like orton and lashley. Finally push the hell outta sami zayn. If u cant be amazing on the mic and give a good promo, get out of the title scene. Finally there needs to be less titles or not so many title matches every pay per view. The main events of pay per views need to be for the main titles not shield reunions or nostalgic acts no one cares about. Titles meen nothing anymore.

  19. WWE holding talent hostage and not letting them do events make them look evil. If they just let people go no one would care but them.

  20. Wait I thought that independent contractors could work anywhere that they wanted and take any opportunities that was offered to them? ?? Seems to me they are exclusive employees of WWE then or am I wrong?

  21. Wow… Adding 6 months of being injured onto his contract. Christ, what is in these contracts that makes that possible?!

  22. Big difference back then it seemed like a fight wrestlers used defense nowadays wrestlers sit there and let there opponent do the move and dont fight back so basically today it choreographed acrobatics not wrestling at all. The most a wrestler blocks is one big move and then he gets beat up then hits the move he just missed it always the same

  23. Lio Rush is an idiot… Talented? Absolutely. Penchant for putting his foot in his mouth? Definitely. He's an African American in America? No shit… Hence being "African American" what a dumbass a long with other stuff he has said in the past.

  24. I would probably start with not making last minute changes to the entire show. Book storylines that actually lasts for more than a week is another big step forward. Lastly, it's a wrestling show, so why not dedicate it to wrestling. And no, 5 minute matches of boring holds does not count. Their roster is capable of delivering great matches, if only they were allowed to…

  25. Didn't wwe tell Harper to get wrist surgery because they didn't have anything for him while Rowan was out with a torn bicep

  26. Lets see fix raw a simple answer make it 2 hours again and focus on wrestling smackdown have slightly edgier storylines and more mandy rose camel toe shots ?

  27. I'm not a lawyer but that has to be blackmail right? Telling employees to sit out their contract but if they do they will freeze the contract and extend it even more.

  28. 1)Retire Vince.
    2)Push fan favorites.
    3)Fire/(rework character for)hated superstars.
    4)Stop the PG era, at least TV14 would be better.

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