Ex-WWE Writer Reveals All
There are many big questions surrounding the wrestling world. Who was behind GTV? Why exactly did The Great Khali help Jinder Mahal last year? Who threw the pie at Kevin Owens? Who really is Byron Saxton? And I’ll do you one better, why is Vince McMahon?
Someone who might be able to answer that incredible question is former WWE writer Kevin Eck. Eck worked for WWE from 2011 to 2014, and has gone on record with some fascinating behind the scenes stories such as the original plans for The Shield, Dean Ambrose’s proposed character debut and his plans to turn Cody and Brandi Rhodes into the new Goldust and Marlena. And in a new interview with Wade Keller, Eck has revealed some new interesting tidbits about his former boss Vince McMahon.
“As Vince has gotten older I think he has become more forgetful with things and there were a lot of instances where he had to be reminded. He would just flat out ask, ‘What did we do on RAW last week with this guy? What did we do?’ He would need to be caught up to speed.”
And along with telling a story about how Vince McMahon even forgot what Brock Lesnar’s finisher was – even though he’d taken it himself in the past – Eck shared memories of Vince’s feelings on women’s wrestling in WWE in 2014 before throwing some brief shade on the current champions.
“Whenever there was a suggestion of more of a wrestling type match [for women] or some type of stipulation, whether it be Falls Count Anywhere or whatever it might have been, it was, ‘No no no one wants to see that.’ He would look at the girls as providing a sexuality aspect of the show. ‘Let’s get some sexuality on the show,’ which meant let’s get a women’s match on the show. You would get a 3 or 4 minute match and get the women in the ring and guys can see hot women and that would be a nice buffer to the next men’s match. That’s the way they were promoted. That era: Carmella or Alexa Bliss? Absolutely. They were perfect champions for that era; but, not today.”
Maybe Kevin Eck is a bigger fan of Charlotte Flair? Although if he is, he won’t be seeing a lot of her for a while.
Charlotte Flair Out Until Summerslam?
It was reported back in May that Charlotte Flair would be undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured breast implant which had been causing her issues since before WrestleMania. However the decision was made to hold off on the surgery until after ‘Mania and Money in the Bank, and Dave Meltzer has now reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Flair underwent the surgery on June 16th and adds that she will be taking this PPV cycle off to recover – with plans in place for her to return at Summerslam.
And if she’s back for the biggest party of the summer, she may come across a WWE legend making his return.
The Undertaker Returning For Summerslam?
Despite cries from John Cena to do something in the build up to WrestleMania, we’ve only seen The Undertaker in WWE twice in 2018. The Cena ‘Mania match that only went a couple of minutes – which was frankly bizarre in hindsight – and his Casket Match against Rusev at the Greatest Royal Rumble – which was also frankly bizarre in hindsight. Undertaker has also been announced for WWE’s Madison Square Garden show on July 7th and their October supershow in Australia where he will face Triple H for the very final time.
And now Twitter account WrestleVotes – who have an excellent track record of backstage scoops – is reporting that all of this is being put in place to get The Deadman ready for a return at Summerslam.
“Texting With A Source: The Undertaker has been presented w/ a story & match for SummerSlam. Source said him working MSG next month along with Australia in October should be a good sign. I can add that the idea is something Taker was pushing for at one point.”
But who will his opponent be? One possible way to find out with WWE is to check their house show loop – which is handy as his Madison Square Garden match has been revealed!
The Undertaker’s MSG Match Revealed
MSG announced that Taker is set to team up with his WrestleMania 33 opponent Roman Reigns and Mr. Monster in the Bank Braun Strowman to take on the team of Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin and Elias. Last year’s Madison Square Garden show around this time was a rather news worthy show – given that AJ Styles beat Kevin Owens to win the United States Championship. Could WWE shoot an angle to set up Undertaker’s Summerslam return? MSG also announced Dolph Ziggler defending the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, as well as Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax with Alexa Bliss as the special guest referee.