WWE Reportedly Planning More NXT Call-Ups Soon for Main Roster
Fightful Select reported that WWE officials are currently working on plans for more NXT call-ups to be made soon for their main roster brands.
It was reported that these plans also include developmental talent from the NXT UK brand being called up and not just those from the NXT brand.
In regards to potential names, it was reported that it is currently not known who will be selected but NXT talent backstage have been speculating among themselves in recent weeks over who will be called up to the main roster.
Backstage News & Notes from Monday’s Episode of RAW
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that there was a lot of rewrites throughout the day for the script for Monday’s episode of WWE RAW with a lot of the show’s first hour not being finalized until around 35-45 minutes before its airing.
Johnson reported that Alexa Bliss was seen backstage despite not being used on-screen for the show.
In regards to the RAW brand locker room, Johnson reported that the current mood is one of excitement over the upcoming return of touring with fans in attendance. Some talent reportedly are currently hopeful for bumps in their pay from merchandise royalties sales from live events. Other talent reportedly have a more cautious view for their expectations on how well these upcoming shows will draw for live gates.
John Cone reportedly has been getting high praise backstage from talent spoken to who stated that he has been well liked in his new role as the number two guy in the company’s talent relations department. Cone replaced former Senior Director of Talent Relations Mark Carrano, who was fired this past April following the Mickie James garbage bag controversy.
WWE Files New Trademark
WWE recently filed a new trademark to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
A trademark for “Rick Boogs” was filed on May 20th for wrestling and entertainment-related purposes. This is the new in-ring name for former NXT talent Rik Bugez, who also portrayed the “Joe Average” character for the recent Old Spice ads that aired on WWE programming.