For over 45 years, the WWE has been one of the most successful forms of sports entertainment. Thousands of fans on a weekly basis get to witness WWE's one of a kind product that fans of all ages can enjoy. In order to create a successful product, it's important that at the end of every show, fans are left satisfied but crave more. World Wrestling Entertainment is categorized as "sports entertainment" due to the fact that the events use a high level of theatrical flourish and extravagant presentation, with the purpose of entertaining. The outcomes are predetermined, but the action is definitely real.
Although WWE does its best to make sure its fans understand every moment of the various stories they tell, sometimes it's the things that take place behind the scenes that have fans asking questions. Whether it's a simple question like who's in charge or questioning why a certain superstar got fired, the WWE doesn't always address or explain everything.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions by wrestling fans pertaining to certain backstage elements or unexplained situations that have taken place.
With that said, here are 15 Answers To Frequently Asked Questions By WWE Fans.
15 Why Did Vince McMahon Fail To Keep Goldberg Around For More Than A year?
If anyone remembers Goldberg's short stint with WWE from 2003-2004, it was clear that something just wasn't right. Goldberg was nothing short of dominate during his time in WCW. He was a multiple time world champion and held one of the longest winning streaks in sports entertainment. That's the Goldberg fans expected to see in WWE, but it was nothing short of a disappointment.
So why did it completely fail? A few years back, Goldberg spoke with Bill Apter of 1wrestling.com on why he stopped wrestling for the WWE.
"It wasn't fun for any more", said Goldberg. " I was part of a company or business that put programming out that I wasn't a big fan of... the content of the programming was such I was hypocritical if I was continuing to be a part of it."
A year in the WWE was all he could take. He realized that he was losing his passion for something he once loved.
14 How Did The Ultimate Warrior-WWE Deal Go Down?
After decades of disdain for one another, The Ultimate Warrior would make peace with Vince McMahon and the WWE. The process to get Warrior back in WWE programming started with a call from the COO, Triple H. The former World Champion met with Warrior at a 2K Sports presser where he announced that Warrior would be in the WWE 2K14 video game.
Prior to SummerSlam 2013, Vince McMahon would meet with The Ultimate Warrior to hash out past issues and bury the hatchet. After hours of discussion, peace would be made and Warrior would find himself a part of the WWE once again.
A few month later, the WWE would announce that The Warrior would a part of the 2014 Hall of Fame class. During the Raw after WrestleMania XXX, Warrior gave one of his most inspirational and iconic speeches. This speech not only changed WWE forever, it helped create an award to embody the indomitable spirit of The Ultimate Warrior. He'd pass away days later.
13 When Did Seth Rollins Learn Of His WWE Title Win At ‘WrestleMania’?
Hot after a controversial Royal Rumble win, Roman Reigns was on his way to becoming the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. For a second, during his bout with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, that theory looked very possible. However, once both men were down, Rollins bolted down to the ring, cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, curb stomped everyone in sight, pinned the number one contender, and scurried away as the new WWE world heavyweight champion.
Perhaps this seems like it was planned all along. According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Rollins learned of his championship win that same day.
“Rollins was only informed of plans when The Rock segment was going on. He was then taken into a room with Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and producer Michael Hayes. They worked out the new finish to the main event but otherwise kept the structure of the original match that had been designed for Lesnar and Reigns.”
Just like that, things changed. The WWE is an ever growing business where the unexpected should be expected. Rollins suffered a loss to Randy Orton earlier that night, but would have the greatest moment of his career to close the show.
12 Why Did Shane McMahon Originally Leave The WWE?
It’s been more than four years since Shane McMahon first parted ways with the WWE. After not appearing on live television following his feud with Randy Orton and Legacy, Shane wrote a letter for WWE.com recognizing his departure from the company. "It is with great sadness that I announce my resignation from the WWE, effective January 1, 2010."
Following his WrestleMania 32 match with The Undertaker, Shane McMahon sat down with WWE legend Mick Foley for a tell all podcast, revealing why he left back in 2010. Shane elaborated that a deteriorating business relationship with his father was affecting their personal lives and the fun-factor of working collaboratively slowly faded away. Outside of his personal relationship with his father, Shane felt that he wanted to challenge himself by finding success outside of Vince McMahon's billion dollar cooperation.
During his time away, he launched a video-on-demand company in China, where he was the CEO.
11 Are The Commentators Filled In About Match Outcomes?
The WWE commentators are a key element of a match, by making them fun and exciting to watch. Although it seems like everyone working for the WWE is informed about the outcomes of every match, not everyone is. A surprise came when former WWE commentator and Hall of Famer Jim Ross revealed on his popular podcast that he and Jerry "The King" Lawler called the matches without knowing the outcome at times. Ross and Lawler informed Vince McMahon that they wanted to react naturally and feel genuinely surprised during big matches, so they could create authenticity in their commentary. Ross had this to say about whether they'd know about heel/face turns:
"We were privy to it if we wanted the info but I always preferred to know less and to be more spontaneous."
10 Do Wrestlers Rehearse Before a Match?
This might be the most intriguing question on this list. Chris Jericho, time and time again, has compared the WWE to a Shakespearian play due to their similarities. Although they are very similar, wrestlers, generally, do not rehearse before a match. In some cases, younger wrestlers like to go over certain situations prior to the match. Typically veterans of the company like to call the match in the ring, thus having the younger bucks learn the proper way to call a match. They use this tactic for them to learn and observe, so that one day they can call their own matches.
For example, take Shawn Michaels against Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV. Flair recalled that Michaels had to call the majority of the match. "He carried me in the match in Orlando. Bottom line. I'm the first to admit it. I was just lucky to be there. I just went through the motions and followed his lead, which I've never done."
Sometimes wrestlers need help from their opponent, which is why chemistry is a big factor when being a pro wrestler.
9 What Happened To Custom WWE Pay-Per-View Stages?
One of the coolest things WWE had to offer during their monthly pay-per-view specials was the uniqueness of each entrance stage. For each event, a custom stage was built to relate to the pay-per-view title and slogan. Stages like this became extremely popular in the earlier 2000s and would last until about 2010. Since 2010, WWE has created a simpler generic stage set up that they use for each event.
Over the years, fans have wondered why they've stopped using custom stages. While WWE never officially made it clear why they transitioned to a generic stage, it's been speculated that it has to do with several things, including saving money. Realistically, the stage does nothing to make the event better, due to the fact that what matters most is what takes place in the ring.
8 When Did The Shield Realize That They Were Gonna Split Up?
The Shield ran wild in the WWE for over two years. Each and every week, a new opponent would find themselves on the receiving end of a triple power bomb. The popularity of this faction seemed to be ever growing and the idea of them breaking up seemed impossible. According to Dean Ambrose, who spoke on Chris Jericho's podcast, Talk Is Jericho, The Shield were originally supposed to break up at the Royal Rumble, setting up a triple threat match at WrestleMania XXX. Ambrose revealed that he, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins were not on board with the idea of a breakup, which is why it initially didn't happen the first time that Vince McMahon tried.
After realizing that all three members of The Shield would not take splitting up lightly, McMahon decided to throw a curveball at them by informing them hours before the main event of Monday Night Raw that they would be parting ways so that they couldn't fight it.
7 How Did Vince McMahon Get Shane Back To WWE?
As mentioned earlier, before Shane McMahon made his surprise return to the WWE, he was working as the CEO of a streaming and subscription service in China. Shane was taking on the challenge of trying to make a name for himself outside of the WWE. So how and why did he come back?
"A phone call from my father followed by one from The Undertaker. I always knew that one day I would want to return, but it would have to be under the right circumstances, and the biggest reason which I've said a couple times is my children..." Shane said. "It's kind of like the perfect storm came together, the right scenario all blended, and we had this great thing to do at WrestleMania. I said 'you know what? I just feel it's time. It's the right time to go do it.
... It's kind of like the perfect storm came together, the right scenario all blended, and we had this great thing to do at WrestleMania. I said 'you know what? I just feel it's time. It's the right time to go do it.''
So far, Shane McMahon has found great success during his second run around with the business.
6 Is Triple H Regarded as Vince’s Successor Backstage?
Everybody knows Triple H is the COO of the WWE and the evil leader of The Authority (on-screen). However, what's more interesting to the WWE Universe is where the former World Champion finds himself among the higher-ups backstage. For those who don't know, The Game is one of two men who work behind the chairman himself, Vince McMahon. Hunter does a little bit of everything including helping creative, scouting talent, and helping to plan the future of the company.
Primarily, Triple H works side by side with Vince at the gorilla position during Monday Night Raw and the monthly pay-per-views. Hunter is also is in charge of NXT, where he has been able to showcase his talent as the mastermind behind the most exciting show on the WWE Network.
With the ever growing success of NXT, Triple H could one day find himself taking over McMahon's seat as chairman of the board.
5 What Does Vince Do Backstage?
Despite getting up their in age, Vince McMahon still runs the everyday operations for the company, including communicating with the commentators, brainstorming ideas for the creative team, optimizing the WWE’s popularity on social media and foreseeing all major and minor decisions.
Although Vince McMahon's presence on live television has largely diminished, he is backstage at almost every single Monday Night Raw/pay-per-view and is still in charge of his billion dollar business. Retirement does not appear to be an option for this 70 year old. For the sake of the business, he'll still take a Superman Punch or two.
4 Did WWE Fire Jim Ross in 2013?
Back in 2013, 2K hosted a panel during SummerSlam weekend that was headlined by "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Good Ol' Jim Ross, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, and Mick Foley. Ross had been working a long day at SummerSlam access, showing lots of fatigue, slurring his words and accidentally insulting the sponsor of the event.
Flair would come up to speak, but he also showed signs of fatigue, slurring and going overboard with his speeches. This led to the conclusion that both individuals must have been intoxicated during the event.
During an appearance on The Sam Roberts show, Jim Ross stated that he indeed was fired back in 2013 for the incidents that took place during the 2K panel. He also admitted that he had one cocktail earlier that day, but that was all. Ross never received a proper retirement, so hopefully he finds his way back to the company one day.
3 How Did WWE Bring Eric Bischoff In?
The signing of former WCW chairman and arch rival Eric Bischoff was one of the most surprising signings in professional wrestling history. Vince McMahon went toe to toe with WCW every Monday night during the late 9os, batting for professional wrestling supremacy, which was known as The Monday Night Wars.
Although Bischoff was on the losing side of The Monday Night Wars, he would eventually receive a phone call from one of his former enemies. The chairman of the WWE found himself doing business with the most controversial sports-entertainment figure of all time.
In Bischoff's recently released documentary, Eric Bischoff: Sports-Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure," he stated that "I knew 30 seconds in, maybe less I knew that I was going to do something with Vince."
With that, he became the Monday Night Raw general manager. The kicker to the entire situation? No one knew that Bischoff was working on a deal with the WWE and he was kept a secret from nearly everyone.
2 What Actually Happened Backstage Following The Montreal Screwjob?
This was one of the most talked about and controversial moments in WWE history. The Montreal Screwjob took place back in November of 1997 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, where we saw Shawn Michaels take on the WWE champion at the time, Bret Hart, who was leaving the company for WCW. The ending of the match saw Vince McMahon instruct the referee to ring the bell after HBK locked in the Sharpshooter. Hart, along with the Montreal fans, were left in utter shock.
It was obvious that the ending was tainted and spitting in the chairman's face was not where Hart would end his path of destruction. Following the match, Hart would show the chairman his appreciation by punching him square in the face in the locker room with everyone watching. According to Shane McMahon, Vince had an idea that he would get hit, but decided to step up, hoping to reason with the former WWE champion.
1 Who Choose To End The Undertaker's Streak And Why?
The Undertaker had been undefeated at WrestleMania with a record of 21-0. When Brock Lesnar stepped into the ring with The Deadman at WrestleMania XXX, no one expected Lesnar to end the greatest streak in WWE history. After it actually happened, WWE fans wanted to know who chose to end The Undertaker's legendary feat.
Well, for those who don't have the WWE Network, earlier this year, Vince McMahon was a special guest on Steve Austin's podcast. Vince revealed that The Undertaker felt that Brock Lesnar was the "guy" who could benefit from this moment the most. The Undertaker had an important say on who should end it, but it was ultimately the boss' decision to make it happen.
"I made that decision…. you have to make difficult decisions sometimes, that’s my job to do that. And I think I made the right call at the right time."
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