Vince McMahon is still the one most responsible for everything that goes down in WWE for better or worse. Many fans are upset with the current WWE product. Despite having one of the deepest rosters in modern wrestling history, WWE is still putting out an inconsistent product often met with mixed reactions. McMahon’s vision is scrutinized for how the shows go these days. More and more news comes out from the backstage world regarding how things are going for the wrestlers working for WWE.
There has been even more news, rumors and speculation than usual in recent months. WWE is inching closer to WrestleMania 34 while trying to create interest in the end of year events. We have witnessed the return of Kurt Angle to the ring, The Shield reuniting and Roman Reigns versus John Cena all in recent months proving WWE is clearly trying to find buzz all year rather than going through the usual boring time period in the Fall.
We're going to take a look at some of the backstage stories and interesting notes going around when it comes to WWE right now. All of these are things that the people running the company would to keep under wraps. Instead, it is now being discussed daily on the internet. These are fifteen recent revealing stories floating around that Vince McMahon wants us to forget about.
14 Fan Vote Shows Vince Is Wrong About Finn Balor
One of the biggest recent stories to surface regards Vince McMahon’s feelings about Finn Balor. The original plan for the co-main event of Royal Rumble 2018 was going to see Balor challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Balor has never received a rematch after vacating the title due to injury and Paul Heyman has teased the match in prior promos.
13 Kurt Angle vs. Triple H Rumored To Happen Before WrestleMania
The rumored plan for WrestleMania 34 all year has seen reports of Triple H facing Kurt Angle in a showdown between legends. Angle has recently competed in two matches since returning to WWE as the Raw General Manage but is yet to work a singles match. This match with Triple H is expected to happen, but it is now slated to take place at an earlier PPV.
12 Vince Destroyed Kevin Owens' Confidence Following WrestleMania 33
WWE Network’s new original show WWE 365 took a look at the year of Kevin Owens between the summers of 2016 and 2017. One would have expected it would be all pleasant moments since he was Universal Champion, United States Champion and a main event fixture in that time period. However, Vince McMahon completely killed the confidence of Owens for a short time period.
11 Impact Changing Rules Is Why Matt Hardy Will Be "Broken" Again
Matt Hardy has been treading water on WWE television over the past few months while his brother Jeff Hardy is injured. Everyone had excitement when the Hardys returned to the WWE at WrestleMania 33. It was the most watched video on WWE’s YouTube channel all years. However, the established “Broken” character that Matt made so special outside of WWE was not allowed due to Impact threatening suing if used on WWE TV.
10 Wrestlers Finally Have Some Leverage
The success of wrestlers outside of WWE is changing the landscape for frustrated wrestlers in the company. Vince McMahon has held all the power since WCW died by being the only realistic option to make a great living in wrestling. However, the freelance wrestlers to work all over the world are now becoming stars on their own thanks to the power of the internet and word of mouth.
9 Paige Was Almost Fired
WWE recently had Paige come back with two valued prospects by her side on Raw. The group known as Absolution featured Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville becoming the heel trio that is looking to shake things up in the Women’s Division. Paige has looked great cutting promos and serving as the leader of the group in the time since returning.
8 Jinder Mahal Failed to Draw in India
Vince McMahon’s biggest project in 2017 was trying to push Jinder Mahal as a top heel. Mahal won the WWE Championship out of the blue with a one month push after working as an enhancement talent for months. McMahon loved the look and potential of Mahal since he is still young. However, a big reason for this was Jinder being the face WWE could market to the India market.
7 WWE Cutting Down PPVs in 2018
WWE has tried to run two PPVs per month as much as possible for the Raw and Smackdown brand split needing shows each. The company has recently announced they will be cutting down the number of PPVs in 2018. We'll get 14 shows next year with five Raw PPVs, four Smackdown PPVs and five cross-branded blockbusters events, including Money in the Bank being for both brands.
One of the most shocking moments of the year was when Baron Corbin lost his Money in the Bank title shot in humiliating fashion. Corbin became the third man to fail to cash in by getting rolled up by Jinder Mahal in a matter of a few seconds. This ruined the all but guaranteed title reign everyone expected him to have before the year ended.
6 John Cena Potentially Working His Last House Show
Fan speculation has seen many wondering if John Cena is working his final house show for WWE at the end of the year. Cena is expected to continue working for WWE in a part-time capacity by having big matches at the big four PPVs. However, Cena has still wrestled at house shows off television on and off during his returns in recent years.
5 Daniel Bryan Upset at WWE Clearing Kurt Angle Before Him
Brie Bella revealed that a total of eight doctors have cleared Daniel Bryan over the past few years as he travels all over the country trying to get clarification on his health. WWE doctors disagree with these other doctors as they feel Bryan is prone to concussions and a risk to wrestle in the ring again. Bryan refuses to listen to WWE doctors and believes he is healthy enough to compete.
4 Closer Relationship With Goldberg Influenced Goldberg's Title Win
WWE 24 took an in depth look at the return of Goldberg in late 2016 and early 2017. Goldberg admitted that the biggest difference between his failed run in 2003 and this return was a closer relationship with Vince McMahon. The two men developed a trust and bond that did not exist thirteen years prior. McMahon getting closer to Goldberg saw him book to the legend’s strengths which is a huge change from his past run.
3 Nia Jax Body Shamed by WWE Locker Room
As one of the largest women in WWE, Nia Jax is a unique athlete in many regards. WWE has huge faith in her becoming a major player and potential breakout star. Jax has a background in modeling and the athleticism to contribute to WWE. Unfortunately, a recent comment from Nia saw her reference some less accepted times in the WWE locker room.
2 A.J. Styles Planning Retirement Sooner Than Later
A.J. Styles has been arguably the most valuable performer for WWE since signing back at the start of 2016. A long road to WWE saw him ready for the opportunity as he emerged into a top star very quickly. WWE trusts Styles to be the face of the SmackDown brand and he is now the two-time WWE Champion. However, Vince McMahon clearly waited too long to sign Styles. Considering A.J. has been great for about fifteen years now, WWE waited until the end of his career to bring him in.
1 Cody Rhodes and Young Bucks Planning Super Show to Compete with WWE
One of the biggest reasons why wrestling outside of WWE looks so weak to the average fan is the smaller venues. Even credible promotions like Ring of Honor run small armories and venues that can fit a few hundred people. The recent rise in popularity for Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks and the Bullet Club has seen them all leading a movement for wrestlers outside of WWE.
Rhodes and the Bucks not only want to make big money, but they want to change the industry. The three wrestlers are reportedly putting their own money into running a 10,000 seat venue to prove their worth and convince other promotions to take the risk. Rhodes revealed they are close to securing the venue for a 2018 show with a few interesting names in talks to appear. This could be a game changer for wrestlers and fans wanting a product outside of the WWE.
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