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The WWE main roster is always changing, some wrestlers leave for whatever reason happens to cause their departure, some wrestlers move up the card because management wants to give them a push and some wrestlers move downwards, or stay still, sometimes merely because the creative team has a lack of ideas for their television character.
The last twelve months have been memorable and a lot has happened to the main WWE roster since June of 2013. So, let’s take a look at the main superstars who are on the main stage of WWE, rate them, and look at how their future in WWE looks at this moment.
The grading system is as follows:
A+ – Is/Should be one of the main faces of WWE. A true star.
A – Should be/Is in the main event scene and has the talent to stay there.
B – Should be being pushed as a future top contender. »
- Chris Cummings
Sometimes it just feels great to see a wrestler make their return to their old stomping grounds. With some time off, they feel fresher than ever, and there’s plenty of new opponents for them to face. Some returning stars appeared to be as good as ever like The Rock, Chris Jericho, or Shawn Michaels. There are also feel-good stories where a talent undergoes a career renaissance like Goldust, who looks better than ever in the ring. Others are not so lucky.
Though there’s plenty of fan fare for returning stars when they first come back, sometimes that shine wears off rather quickly and then turns into hostility. On this list we are looking at wrestlers who just didn’t fit in anymore, failed to connect with the crowds, or were clearly just going through the motions. The superstars here were all once employed by WWE, left »
- Andrew Soucek
Money in the Bank is the one pay-per-view you feel the WWE keep locked away in a protective lair – no doubt guarded by the likes of Big Show and Mark Henry when they’re not on TV. With all the controversy, the drama and the excitement of that unique ladder match backdrop, it is a show like no other, and is truly a unique concept. And this year, fans are in for a real treat, with two ladder matches to once again purr over – despite just one major championship in existence.
Outside of the Royal Rumble, there is perhaps no other pay-per-view that provides drama like Money in the Bank. It’s as gripping as your favourite soap opera (if you’re that way inclined, of course), with more twists and turns than a 30-feet tall roller-coaster. It’s the show that has become infamous for creating outrageous segments involving ladders, »
- Aaron Bower
It’s been quite some time since WWE has had a Spring cleaning and got rid of so many of their contracted talents in one day. It was starting to feel like the days of the wide scale releases were a thing of the past. There were recent rumors that WWE would now simply let wrestler’s contracts run out instead of releasing them to avoid publicity, and hurting a talent’s feelings on the way out. As we’ve now seen, that is most definitely not the case. On June 12th, 11 contracted employees were all let go in one day. One by one the names kept trickling in. Some of them were perhaps a bit overdue like Jtg and Yoshi Tatsu, but others like Drew McIntyre and Brodus Clay were a bit of a surprise due to their potential.
While a few of the names let go »
- Andrew Soucek
It’s been another newsworthy week in WWE because we found out that Daniel Bryan won’t be cleared to wrestle this month, so he’s been stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was also a week of bad news for 11 employees that were released on Thursday. It seems like there’s always something going on in WWE even if it is a quiet time in the schedule.
The Bryan news is a shame, but there’s nothing else WWE could have done about it. He had surgery a month ago, they tried to wait it out to see when he could recover and they’re not sure about when he can come back now. They had to strip him. His absence means the WWE Title is vacant just like it was last September and it’s going to be up for grabs in a Money »
- John Canton
The WWE locker room and insiders are starting to react to the shocking WWE talent cull which took place on what is being termed ‘Black Thursday’.
PWinsider has revealed details behind several of these releases. Regarding the Tatsu exit it is being said that there was an internal feeling for some time that the Japanese star had regressed in the ring.
As far as Brodus Clay goes, he had reportedly “fell out of favour” with the creative team. Clay had always put his best foot forward with his ‘Funkasaurous’ work, but clearly from media interviews he felt he should have been pushed more as a serious monster. He has previously noted that Mark Henry’s ‘Hall of Pain »
- Grahame Herbert
Dolphin hunters beware ... ex-wwe superstar Brodus Clay has big plans following his release from the company today -- he's headed for Japan to protect dolphins from being captured and killed. Brodus says he booked a trip to Japan for this summer and plans to protest dolphin hunting. He's been passionate about the cause ever since seeing the Oscar winning documentary, "The Cove".The Funkasaurus tells us he's bummed about losing his job -- WWE cut »
- TMZ Staff
You can add Jtg to the list of superstars officially released by the WWE today.
The former member of Cryme Tyme had been with the WWE for the best part of eight years but the countdown clock has finally stopped ticking. This website, setup in jest because no matter how worthless Jtg had proven to be with the company and how little he was ever used (some modern fans may not even know who he is), counted his miraculous stay with the company and had been up-and-running for a few years now, but it crashed just moments after his release was made public.
The superstar tweeted about his release;
Damn ! Why I pick up my phone !
— Jtg (@Jtg1284) June 12, 2014
Vince McMahon and his officials undertook their “Spring Cleaning” by relieving 11 names from their contracts today. It’s unknown whether any more are due.
Here is the updated list »
- Jonathan Fisher
WWE.com have revealed that no less than Nine significant talent have today been released and no longer work for the company.
When WWE did their original post today there were only five names on it. They then added four more to it twenty minutes later and it now appears that they have settled on nine names plus a referee. Unless more names are to be announced, that’s the end of a massive day of talent cutting that we haven’t seen the WWE inact on in a while.
Here’s more details of those superstars cut.
9. Teddy Long
Teddy Long is 66 years old and spent most of his time as the Gm of Smackdown where he was known for making a lot of tag matches. »
- John Canton
At its best, professional wrestling is an emotional roller coaster. As fans, we fall in love with the characters. We invest ourselves in their stories and support them through the good and bad times. Like a sports team.
For that reason, there are some defeats that are absolutely crushing to the men, women and children in the stands and watching at home. They elicit passionate responses and even can force tears. Some are occurrences that fans knew were coming but still could not adequately prepare themselves for. Others are like sucker punches, unexpected losses that shook the wrestling world and left fans deflated. They are the kind of defeats that have the ability to make fans question everything they have ever thought they knew.
The more likable the loser, the more devastating the loss.
10. RKOing Christian’s Title Dreams
For years, Christian was a popular midcard »
- Erik Beaston
A lot of people have been talking about Benjamin Morris’ 538 piece, “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?”
Like Morris, I am neither an actuarial scientist nor a demographer. So, our interpretations of the data should be taken with a grain of salt. My results were somewhat different from Morris’ due to a difference data set and changes in how we calculated actuarial predictions.
Differences in methodology from Morris
I also used Social Security Actuarial Life Tables, but my “expected mortality rates” for the age groups were not the same as Morris’. For each wrestler, I calculated what their age would have been as of today. Then, based on gender, I looked up the number of lives (out of 100,000) that were expected to still be alive and converted that to a percentage. His analysis looked at wrestlers who were on 20+ WWF PPVs through 2002. I went with a »
- Chris Harrington
Wrestlemania XXX Teaser Wallpaper by i-am-71
Last night’s edition of Raw was the second last episode of WWE’s flagship show prior to WrestleMania 30 on April 6 in New Orleans. It was held in Brooklyn, New York in front of a boisterous crowd that reacted well to most of the action. There were times when they veered off in another direction with “Cm Punk” chants, but for the most part they cared about what they saw in the ring even without Daniel Bryan in action.
For weeks we’ve been updating you with the lineup for WrestleMania. Several matches were made official following Elimination Chamber while others have slowly taken shape based on recent actions from Raw and Smackdown. Here’s a look at the eight matches that are expected to be a part of the full WrestleMania card.
- John Canton
Scooby Doo is back and he and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang are ready to solve a new mystery - with the stars of WWE! In ScoobyDoo! WrestleMania Mystery, Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, so the entire Mystery Inc. gang to travel to WWE City in the Mystery Machine to enjoy the show. But the trip quickly turns into another mystery as WWE City is full of secrets! A mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show and steal the championship title belt. With the help of WWE Superstars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, Aj Lee, The Miz, Santino Marella and Kane, Scooby-Doo and The Mystery Inc. gang team up to solve the case before it is too late!
Here's another mystery: how are you going to see see Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery? Well, you can buy it -you can own it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The final pay per view of 2013, TLC (Tables, Ladders, Chairs) 2013, boasts, what was being promoted by WWE as one of the most important matches in the history of WWE and/or professional wrestling: the unification match between the WWE Champion Randy Orton and the World Heavyweight Champion John Cena; and the show begins with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming onto the stage and putting over the importance of the main event and the history of the belts that will be hanging over the ring in the TLC match. The first match of the PPV begins…
Cm Punk vs. The Shield (Handicap Match)
The first of two handicap matches of the pay per view opens the TLC show, with Cm Punk facing off with all three members of The Shield, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The Shield must tag one another as they face the former WWE Champion, »
- Chris Cummings
Since his WWE main roster debut at the Royal Rumble, Alexander Rusev has been featured prominently on Raw and Smackdown, although he’s yet to wrestle a match on those shows. WWE aired promo videos for several weeks with Rusev, along with manager Lana, cutting promos in foreign languages. That’s pro wrestling. Not speaking in English usually means evil, so that’s what the Bulgarian monster Rusev is. If you’re wondering about Lana, she’s actually an American named Catherine Joy Perry that used to live in Latvia when she was a child.
A new report from PWInsider suggests that Rusev’s first match was expected to take place on the Raw after WrestleMania 30 although there has been some talk that he could have a match at WrestleMania 30. If they choose to do a singles match, they better set up a feud with some babyface soon »
- John Canton
This past Monday’s edition of Raw saw Hulk Hogan announce the Andre the Giant memorable battle royal that will see 30 men compete to win a trophy that has Andre’s image on it. Currently on WWE.com it lists Ryback, Big E and Curtis Axel as the first three competitors in the match. Two more superstars have been added to the match in the last couple of days.
At Tuesday’s Smackdown tapings, Dolph Ziggler entered himself into the battle royal also. He’s somebody that has a lot of talent, but has no current direction and his TV time has been very inconsistent in the past several months. Perhaps a good showing in the battle royal could be the spark that Ziggler needs to become a top guy again. It would be a welcome sight to »
- John Canton
With annual talks that Sting is in negotiations with WWE looking stronger than ever, Aj Styles actually leaving Tna to become a free agent and Kurt Angle recently stating that he expects to return to the WWE in September when his Tna contract expires, it looks like we’re likely to see more talent cross-over between the two companies, following the rich thread of figures who have jumped across the divide in the past. To celebrate some of those figures, we have put together a rundown of some of the stars who made their name in either WCW or Tna and then made the step across (or up, as some might more strongly put it) to the WWE.
Not all of the transferred talents fared as well in the new company as they once had under the other banners, whether because of their own behaviour, or a loss of ability, »
- Philip Frazer
Cesaro received a standing ovation when he got backstage after his epic match with John Cena this past week. Vince McMahon is said to be a big fan and a major push is well underway. We all know Cesaro won’t win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay per view but they can give him a prime showing heading into the grandest stage of them all. Cesaro pinned Randy Orton cleanly on Smackdown with the crowd loving every minute of it. During his match with Cena he not only brought out one of Cena’s best matches but also had the crowd completely behind him again.
With Cesaro looking to be leaving the Real Americans sooner rather than later, what kind of contests could Cesaro be put in at Wrestlemania XXX to kickstart his push for the rest of 2014? It’s obvious like Roman Reigns WWE »
- Brandon M. Prosek
Since his entry into the world of the WWE in 2012 (2011 in Fcw), Cesaro has shown that not only can he has a good match with anyone, no matter the size, but he can get the best match out of almost anyone. His acts of strength have put us in awe. The first time he Neutralized Brodus Clay, my jaw almost hit the floor. The way he can put any superstar in the Cesaro Swing is amazing and the fans love to see spectacles of the such.
However, since joining the main roster, he has had to endure some pretty bad booking and terrible gimmicks. He started as a ultra-euro rugby player/boyfriend of Aksana and was there just to torment Teddy Long. I will now say a word in five languages to tell you if this was a good idea: French, »
- Michael Muys
More and more, tag matches are becoming a highlight of WWE TV once again. Maligned for years as meaningless and boring, suddenly we are seeing legitimate teams have athletic contests each week on Raw and Smackdown. Are we closer to getting back to the days of incredible tag-teams like the Road Warriors, Edge & Christian, Dudleys, and Four Horsemen?
The Shield and the Wyatt Family have rejuvenated a dying beast, and are putting on clinics in character development and match quality. Previously irrelevant but talented performers in Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro have been given a platform to be on TV more and get over organically with the crowds. Finally the WWE management seem to have moved away from pairing two random people together and throwing them into the tag division to make up the numbers (Rybaxel aside!). Even Brodus Clay and Tensai have been somewhat entertaining and have »
- John Gaius
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