What story can top the go-home episode of Raw before WrestleMania 30? Turns out nothing. Ahead we have some useful information if you’re wondering what mainstream media is saying about the WWE Network, what WrestleMania week programming the Network will have or what Bryan and Batista are saying in interviews.
Interesting stuff, but oh, did I mention that Shane McMahon might be at WrestleMania 30? That’s neat, I guess.
Shane McMahon Expected to Attend WrestleMania 30
Via WrestlingNewsDepot, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Shane McMahon is expected to be backstage at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans, but won’t receive any camera time. Or maybe he’ll get a cameo. Or maybe he’s just there to kick back and enjoy the show. At this point, the details are nebulous.
To me, it’s interesting considering how WWE was recently looking toward two of its most senior executives as possible replacements for Vince McMahon following his retirement. Could this encounter could be a way of rebuilding a bridge between WWE and Shane McMahon for a future business relationship? Or am I just speculating from a place of insufficient business acumen?
Probably the latter.
If you haven’t kept up with Shane O’Mac since he left WWE, let’s just say the dude hasn’t always had the best luck. WrestlingNewsDepot recounts how Shane McMahon was nearly scammed out of $20 million when he thought he was buying Maxim Magazine. Additionally, just last week he filed a $50 million lawsuit after water leaks in his penthouse caused him and his family (including three young children) to develop respiratory problems.
Daniel Bryan and Batista Interviews
Batista covers subjects such as the heat he got in 2011 for a tweet about Bryan winning the World Heavyweight Championship (which he responds to by claiming to have been a Bryan supporter since before he was signed to the WWE), his return to the WWE and what current Superstars are impressing him.
Bryan talks about what it’s like being on Total Divas, if he gets any backstage resentment for the “YES!” chants and if anyone teases him for being on Total Divas. Here’s a highlight from the third subject:
"People tend to not rib me in general, and I think it's a penchant I have for when people do something like that I kick them in the groin. So people stopped ribbing me a very long time ago and I think that that's why. 'Oh yeah that's real funny-WHACK!' Because that is always funnier than any rib you put on or any jokes you put on somebody."
Always a classy guy, Bryan. (Rajah)
The New York Times Covers WWE Network
Covering wrestling broadcast history, to-date adversity and successes of the network, and Vince McMahon’s previous business ventures, this New York Times story is a great read for anyone wanting a more in-depth look at the WWE Network.
A lot of important people are quoted, including Michele Wilson, chief revenue and marketing officer at WWE, whose name previously appeared in the news as a possible CEO candidate. There’s even a quote of TJR Wrestling friend Brandon Stroud from With Leather.
One point of note is the revelation (to me, at least) that the WWE will unveil its first subscription numbers on April 7, the day after WrestleMania. Pro Wrestling Torch Editor Wade Keller says an initial number below 100,000 would be a “disaster,” while estimating the actual number could be anything from 80,000 to 100,000.
Be sure to check out TJR Wrestling next week for our coverage of the subscription number. Personally, I’m optimistic it’ll be high; easily higher than 100,000, but maybe not in line with their one-year million subscriber goal.
Rapper Wale Punches Fellow Raw Attendee in the Face
At last night’s Monday Night Raw, well-known wrestling fan and rapper Wale punched a heckler in the face.
TMZ interviewed eyewitness Jawn Murray, who says some fan started taunting Wale while he was minding his own business, watching the show from behind the announcers’ table.
Murray says Wale stood up and “"the next thing I know Wale is putting the smackdown on dude. Punched him dead in his face. It was a full fight."
Security brook up the fight, taking both men and anyone else involved out of the arena. However, apparently everyone was allowed to return afterwards.
WWE Network WrestleMania Schedule
Lastly, the WWE has posted a schedule for this week’s WrestleMania-related content, beginning with a WrestleMania 30 press conference at 11:00 am ET, with encores at 7:00 pm and 2:00 am.
I won’t detail the whole schedule here. If you want to get your WrestleMania hype on, just head over to this article here to find out when and what to watch.
Sorry if you were expecting any April Fools’ Day jokes. Wasn’t sure how that would go over. I figured that your time is valuable and I’m not funny, so might as well stick to the legit news.
Special plug: Need some more wrestling chat in your life? Then I’ve got just the place for you! I’ve been part of this wrestling group on Facebook for a couple years now. It’s pretty organized and has better posters compared to a lot of forums and groups I’ve been on. We’d love some more members heading into WrestleMania. If you’re interested, here’s the link. Requests have to be approved by an admin, but one will probably get to you lickety-split.
Nicholas LeVack is a double major in English creative writing and journalism. His interests include writing, wrestling, video games and occasional outdoorsy things. You can follow him on Twitter, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and take part in his first venture into video game journalism at doublejump.co.