WWE Stars Try To QUIT! ‘Uncomfortable Vibe’ Backstage After Firings! | WrestleTalk News

WWE Stars Try To QUIT! ‘Uncomfortable Vibe’ Backstage After Firings! | WrestleTalk News

Coming up on today’s show there’s an uncomfortable
vibe backstage in WWE following their shock releases of top employees, and some more WWE
stars have tried to quit in even more backstage turmoil, and we’ve got a recap of last night’s
SmackDown where the loser of the main event eats dog food! Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk STACKED
News and STACKED Review. I am Chopper Pete Quinnell. Today on this episode, let’s kick things
off with a review of last night’s supposed Super SmackDown, in about 5 minutes. Where
the loser of the main event eats dog food. The show kicked off with Roman Reigns & The
Usos coming out a cutting on promo on Reigns losing the Royal Rumble but beating Corbin,
before they’re interrupted by the aforementioned Corbin and his cronies. The two go back and forth for a while before
they make the stipulation for their main event match, that the loser of the match must eat
dog food. And boy where they sure to remind of that fact throughout the rest of the show.
At the end of every segment was a reminder that in the main event tonight, the loser
eats dog food, occasionally with a man stirring the vat of dog food, or emptying another can
into it, for reasons unknown. It was really quite obnoxious. Up next was a Fatal 4-Way tag team match to
determine the number one contenders to the New Day’s SmackDown tag team championships,
in what was a really fun match. Heavy Machinery vs The Revival vs Lucha House Party vs Miz
& Morrison, and you knew that Miz & Morrison were going to win anyway since they’ve been
feuding with The New Day as it is, but this was a great match to give Miz & Morrison a
win. Everyone worked really fluidly together, with
some great spots and long extended sequences. The ending sequence in particular seemed to
go on for about two minutes and it was awesome. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Dawson,
Morrison hit the Starship Pain for the win. But that’s only a prelude to the main event
where the loser eats dog food! After that, Otis is backstage and asks Mandy
Rose out, and she accepts for Valentine’s Day! I’m genuinely…quite excited for that
angle. Let’s hope the loser doesn’t eat dog food! There was an awesome video recap of Daniel
Bryan vs The Fiend at Royal Rumble, with an extra of Daniel Bryan backstage after the
fact, lamenting his loss and questioning if he just loves wrestling too much, which he
admits he does. This was powerful, and emotional, and awesome. So let’s end the show with
a match where the loser eats dog food! Fire & Desire took on Nikki Cross & Alexa
Bliss next, and Bliss & Cross just…won. No reference to the storyline with Otis, no
interference or dodgy finish, Cross hit the neckbreaker, and Bliss hit Twisted Bliss for
the win. Maybe Otis should have distracted them with dog food, just like in the main
event tonight where the loser has to eat it! Braun Strowman vs Shinsuke Nakamura was next
for the Intercontinental Title. This was a fairly quick match, lasting under ten minutes,
and the finish came with Zayn removing the turnbuckle pad while the referee was distracted,
but Strowman reversing it and bashing Shinsuke’s head off it instead, and then hitting the
Powerslam for the win. It’s honestly really nice to see Strowman
win his first singles title in WWE, but it’s about three years too late. Also if this was
going to be the outcome of this feud, was it really necessary to have Braun win every
single match along the way? And if he was in the main event and he won, he wouldn’t
have to eat the dog food! Sami Zayn is understandably upset backstage,
and he keeps getting interrupted by Elias in the ring with his guitar, so Zayn sends
out Cesaro to deal with him, who immediately gets taken out by Elias. Insert joke about
dog food. Corey Graves interestingly said on commentary
that Ronda Rousey was his guest on the After The Bell podcast this week, and that we should
expect her back on WWE programming sooner rather than later. Ronda Rousey return confirmed.
Probably to eat dog food. Shorty G vs Sheamus is next in a rematch from
the Royal Rumble, and Shorty G attacks Sheamus from behind before the match starts like the
good clean babyface that he is. Sheamus wins really quickly with a Brogue Kick, what was
the point of this match. Bayley comes out next to gloat about retaining
her title over Lacey Evans, and says she’s beaten everyone there is to beat, and she
knows Charlotte is going to challenge her at WrestleMania, so let’s bring her out,
but instead out comes Naomi. She says Bayley has never beaten her and then Bayley proceeds
to try and beat her up, before Naomi kicks her in the face to end the segment. But here come the Usos because it’s time
for our dog food main event where the loser of the match has to eat dog food, surrounded
by other dog food. Did I mention dog food. Corey had the great line of the dog food not
being fit for consumption by dogs. That’s literally the point of dog food, but the match
itself is a pretty standard affair, heels work over faces, babyface hot tag, heels work
over again, babyfaces come back, babyfaces win. Reigns pinned Corbin with a rollup, nice
and definitive there, so naturally The Usos handcuff Corbin and pin him around the turnbuckle
post, because that’s definitely what was agreed before. They bring over the vats of dog food and cover
Corbin in it, yay isn’t everybody happy. I like how when it happened to Reigns and
it was a can or two of dog food, people were treating it like it was a near-death experience
for Reigns, and now it’s two giant vats of it, it’s a light hearted, look he got
sludged moment. This was a bit pants. So that was the show, press the i above my
head to let me know what you thought of the show where you can choose from The Top Dog,
The Dog’s Bollocks, Up Dog, Down Dog, and A Dog’s Dinner. For a show that was dubbed a “Super SmackDown”,
and after the frankly awesome episode of Raw this week, this SmackDown felt incredibly
pedestrian. This thankfully seems like the end of the Corbin/Reigns feud, though I also
said that at the Rumble, and the other stories are just…chugging away, doing their thing.
I’ve said for the past month or so of the show, but there was nothing outwardly bad
about it, it was just pretty boring. Even with a title change and a loser eats dog food
main event. This SmackDown gets an Up Dog. Or a 3/5 , Smack Bang in the Middle. And now as always on a Saturday, hot tag to
me for the news. Great review, young Chop Choppity Whopper.
I’m Oli Davis, and if you’re watching at this point of the video, you know what
would really help us out. A little thumbs up party! It’s one of the easiest ways to
support WrestleTalk. You press the thumbs up, YouTube goes, hey, these guys a popular,
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Not just because it’ll get annoying, but also because it’s inappropriate when talking
about WWE essentially having a thumbs down party. Awkward YouTube promotional tactic
into serious business story segue! On Thursday afternoon, WWE suddenly announced
that George Barrios and Michelle Wilson would be departing the company “effective immediately”.
Who are George Barrios and Michelle Wilson, you might ask? Have they only wrestled on
NXT live events so far? Far from it. They actually exist above the main roster. Above
Brock Lesnar. Above Triple H. Above even Byron Saxton. I know you’re secretly in control
Saxton! Wilson and Barrios were actually the 2nd and
3rd most powerful people in the company behind Vince McMahon, heading up the corporate side
of the business for over a decade. And for all of those saying that’s not a big deal,
in the day following the news, WWE’s stock has tanked – and not in a cute Shotzi Blackheart
kind of way. WWE’s market value has fallen by almost
a quarter, with its stock down 21.57% yesterday – meaning the company has effectively lost
$1 billion, as reported by Bloomberg. This is WWE’s biggest decline in nearly six years.
Vince McMahon was quoted in the statement saying: “I decided a change was necessary
as we have different views on how best to achieve our strategic priorities moving forward.”
But Wall Street analysts have called WWE’s explanations “vague”, which is their way
of saying ‘we don’t believe you, sell sell sell.’
While Dave Meltzer reported the Barrios and Wilson firings are a scapegoat tactic ahead
of next Thursday’s investors call, which will apparently announce earnings as “lower
than expected”, PWInsider is corroborating WWE’s statement, saying the company’s
internal memo was far more strongly worded, citing “irreconcilable differences in WWE’s
strategic priorities” between Vince and the co-Presidents, quoting one employee who
joked: “It’s never going to be Vince who loses that argument.”
PWInsider continue saying WWE employees – likely referring to the actual office staff – were
shocked by the departures, and that it came FROM OUTTA NOWHERE! Not now, Randy, this is
serious. And that all work has “ground to a halt” following the announcement, including
the long-planned ‘tier launch’ of the Network. Which isn’t the best thing to happen
with your company not only entering its busiest time of the year with the Voyage to WrestleMania
and chucking a Saudi Super Show on top of that, but also relaunching an entire football
league next week with the XFL. As if Vince being stretched across the WWE and XFL wasn’t
enough, now he won’t have his two long term right hand people to help him.
The very reliable WrestleVotes on Twitter have described the backstage atmosphere following
the sackings: “Just spoke to someone inside Titan Tower.
Vibe is said to be uncomfortable today. More questions than answers. As the busiest time
of year approaches, people are scratching their head. Oh, and the XFL launches next
week…” Several rumours have hinted that Barrios and
Wilson were trying to push Vince to sell WWE to FOX or Disney, or that they disagreed with
the XFL relaunch, but both of these have been shot down.
Presumably thinking Vince was in a firing mood, it’s being reported that The Revival
have asked for their release yet again at some point last week as “They desperately
want out”! Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live noted their request was turned down,
as they will likely go to AEW as soon as they are able – which will be later this year after
their contracts expire in the Spring. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder first asked for
their releases last January, following the public announcement of AEW’s launch, and
have rejected the big money deals WWE have since offered them to stay – including a contract
worth even more than the $700k a year deal Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows signed last
Summer, as reported by, and that “the two are ‘just ready to go.’”
And they’re not the only wrestlers unhappy in WWE, as Vince McMahon also appears to have
angered pretty much the entire roster. In a cost-cutting measure, WWE is cutting back
on their live event business, as non-televised shows have been losing them money. But the
Observer is reporting that will significantly affect how much WWE’s wrestlers can earn,
as the top stars will see a big drop in their merchandise sales, and everyone else won’t
make as much because they’re working fewer dates. And to negatively affect morale even
more, the talent only found out recently when they received their booking sheets for February,
and saw that their shows had been reduced. What do you think about all this backstage
turmoil in WWE? Is it good for them to restructure and refocus on making a better product? Or
is it all symptomatic of a company in crisis mode? Let me know in the comments because
I’ll be replying to people FROM OUTTA NOWHERE! And have a thumbs up party to help this video
get more views, hopefully! And tell all your wrestling friends to come watch WrestleTalk.
Like mine and Luke’s deep dive into the Barrios and Wilson firings in yesterday’s
WrestleTalk Podcast show! And what’s happening with Undertaker and Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania
in the video below that! I’ve been Oli Davis, and that was wrestling.

Comments (100)

  1. OLI: What did you think of Su-Su-Super SmackDown? Let us know in the comments…
    SmackDown Recap – 0:34 / WWE Lose $1Billion – 6:45 / WWE Stars Try To Quit – 9:15

  2. Oli heel turn confirmed 💪❤️

  3. Yeah cool Ronda isn’t a wwe diva and hasn’t been around for almost a year but will come back and main event wrestlemania again,
    not letting women that have been working years have their wrestlemania moment

  4. What is it with guys like Vince? They seem to think that the monsters they create are too big to fail, until they start failing!!! He just HAD TO buy out all his competition!! And now, he’s got MILLIONS of dollars going out, in talent contracts, and less than half of that talent is being used! And THAT is just the tip of the iceberg off Vince’s problems!

  5. A message from The Revival to Killer Kross: Welcome to the WWE Killer Kross. What have you got yourself into?

  6. wwe disapoints show after show. I see why aew is pulling their ratings.


  8. Dance Chopper 🤣😂🤣

  9. Dammit, Chopper! Dance!!!

  10. egyptian bayley makes me sad 🙁

  11. I hope wwe sinks all the way to the bottom for promoting and pushing the feminist agenda!

  12. Basically people want to see real wrestling

  13. lets open another big main event. Dogfoodmania insteed of Wrestlemania

  14. Wwe is getting so boring

  15. So glad to see my name appear on the historic losses of WWE video. Now when my future grandchildren ask where I was the day Vince steering the company into a cliff, I can proudly say "I was on WrestleTalk, children" and the nurses will ask who I'm talking to…

  16. Well if there’s any positive thing about this loss, it’s that the Dr Evil references have increased 😎

  17. WWE is definitely in crisis mode and its wrestlers are gonna take a loss. There's no way this won't affect morale. Those not part of The Revival whose deals expire soon could jump ship as a result of the lack of bookings.

  18. Can't wait for Ronda to be led out on a collar by Meisha Tate to eat dog food at wrestlemania.

  19. I liked for the DANCE CHOPPER!

  20. This might be the most obnoxious Michael Cole has been since his heel commentator run. It was almost unbearable.

  21. 👍🏻 Thumbs up party 👍🏻👍🏻 Heavy Machinery should have come out to interrupt. It would have made perfect sense, especially after getting the date. And giving FirenDesire the win!

  22. Thank God I only watch NWA and save myself the headache

  23. I would end the Braun Monster among men Strowman. He needs a rework like Bray Wyatt. With Braun I would call him Escanor. Give him some Golden Armor. Also give him a shorter hair cut with a combover undercut shave him and give him a mustache. Change his music to Sun Shine and make him strong that the entire world militaries combined. Literally his finger touch wins against and nothing in the world can hurt him but I'm. Meaning nukes are nothing cause the sin of Pride will never ever lose a match 20 year 0 loses for Escanor. Praise be to the Sun.

  24. As soon as they promoted yet another Roman v. Corbin match it automatically eliminated any possibility of a 5 or even a 4. Add the dog food stipulation and a smackbang in the middle, I mean up dog was gone also. At best it would get a 2.5 and that's what I give it. The #1 contender tag match and Braun winning the IC Belts are the only things that saved the show from being a 1 out of 5.

  25. Well, last year I called bankruptcy for WWE by the end of 2020 and people laughed at me. Now with layoffs and stock plumetting, I'm laughing now.

  26. Good video content, hate to hear about WWE losing that match money.

  27. Tbh what does anyone expect.. They buy up all the talent then proceed to only show a fraction of them with repeated lazy storylines. Plus so much more!

    Id like to see more talent leave.. I think some women should head out Charlotte leaving would be refreshing she did trademark her name and she has done everything in WWE I honestly don't see her being a lifer Ric wasn't

  28. The WWE has become 2001 WCW. I love it! Long live the Indies!!!

  29. Man I had stock in wwe bought them at $54 bucks it went up about 20-30 bucks then they dropped a lot I’m so pissed right now

  30. Not a fan of this guy doing the reviews. Seems like he doesnt like wwe at all. Not a fan at all.

  31. No one EVEN CAME CLOSE to eating dog food after it gets mentioned 7634 times throughout the night

  32. What’s “up dog”?

  33. It makes me happy to see WWE dying. That's what they get for giving us garbage for the past seven, eight years.

  34. Vince will kill his own company before he dies.

  35. You know Chopper isn’t dancing with Oli because he’s standing on a box.

  36. That show was a disgrace exept for the tag team match. Which is the only reason, I'd like to give 2 stars. The rest was utter dog****. No, not food.


  37. ‘‘Twas dog shit”

  38. Drop the PG and get back to the attitude era, bring back the "blood" and the bra and panties matches. lol

  39. But…WHO REALLY IS…George Barrios??? CUE IN…

  40. Like because oli told me 2

  41. I gave it a like because of the dance

  42. Am I the only one finding it ironic how WWE was given $1 billion by FOX,
    and now they already hemorrhaged that money?

    How do you even do that?

  43. The BEST match of the night goes to Braun Strowman winning the Intercontinental Title from Shinsuke Nakamura. Now, if only Vince would allow Braun the opportunity to win and successfully retain either the WWE World Heavyweight Title and/or the Universal Championship Title. We shall see.

  44. On th' NEXT Friday Night Smackdown-

    The Big Dog ROMAN REIGNS versus SCOOBY-DOO!! Winner eats human food, while loser eats dog food BLINDFOLDED!

  45. Note- the secret to any dog food eating match? Take a can of chili, remove the label, then replace the label with a label from a dog food can, and BAM!!….you're eating dog food. Of course, I have eaten a LOT of different name brand chili, and there is a few that I would assume IS dog food.

  46. You know, for all the crap Baron Corbin goes through just to sell the heel character, I have become a fan of that character, and I am interested to see 'if' people would react to him 'if' Corbin became a face/good guy. To me, face or heel, I am a fan of BARON CORBIN.

  47. A dogs dinner
    Is what I vote

  48. Almost forgot to press like…..

    Thanks Oli

  49. where was this empty arena at? it's at about 9:50

  50. Sounds like a crisis to me. This is a really bad time for it too, since they now have some new competition in the form of AEW. Unlike other promotions, such as Impact, ROH, and NWA, AEW is actually a big threat to them. They could end up signing away most of those unhappy wrestlers, thus crippling the WWE.

  51. Vince is a narcissist. He is destroying his creation so no one else can have it. True narcissism.

  52. that dog food spam all night reminded me of RAW when they spammed that Edge was going to make an announcement. Whoever is writing this shit needs to find a new job

  53. good review but you are no olly davis sorry had to be said haha

  54. Gunna try and keep up with comments! Love you guys! Keep the thumbs up party

  55. Best for wwefanboys there. Cause AEW IS KICKING A**.

  56. I said it before no more recycled storylines I get that its traditional but you can always make new traditions new fresh storylines adapted, change and progress

  57. Lowkey the like party strat is working.😂

  58. Well, I'm only a casual wrestling fan (sure, I watch Impact, AEW, NJPW, and Stardom sometimes) and I will say this is bad. WWE needs to treat their wrestlers better. AEW's creation was good for WWE because now they can reduce their schedules, increase their pay, and HOPEFULLY give them more creative freedom!

  59. Smackdown was boring nxt is good raw was ok aew was great impact was boring new japan was good nwa was decent roh was ok

  60. Hoping WWE ice cream bars feature a big dog eating a Reigns ice cream bar in commercials on RAW.

    That will give us the inevitable moment where a split screen pic shows millionaire human actor-wrestler eating dog food while dog eats human food with picture of millionaire human on it.

    This will be the most WWE image ever recorded.

  61. Any money says this prick is bald under the skullcap.

  62. I wonder if vince actually cares?

  63. So the WWE wrestlers are jealous that with AEW they get more time off (as was reported during the big contract war) and now are upset at being booked less….seems a bit contradictory to me.

  64. What I want to know @Wrestletalk is why aren't there coverage vid's on specifically the Indie promotions, and I'm referring to the MCW's, Progress, Rev Pro, NOAH, etc. ?

  65. the 221 thumbs down were because the Thumbs up Dance by Chopper was not motivating enough

  66. wwe is garbage, their dying

  67. Yes, it sucks something awful to be a WWE superstar atm, but speaking as an AEW fanboy, I'm not so sure that people should assume that they would be making anywhere near the same amount of money in AEW.

    One of the best things for the AEW roster is the lighter work schedule (at least for now) that allows them more time to heal and spend time with family.
    To the best of my knowledge, this is partly why you'll find several folks in the roster still wrestling for New Japan or AAA.

    Less house shows in WWE could be a blessing in disguise for those burning out, but yeah, at least AEW is the land of creative freedom, for the time being.

  68. Man please that was chilli!

  69. 227 👎 for this vid.. GET RID OF CHUBBY PETE

  70. Time for HHH to think like Vince. I do believe HHH is recruiting talent and has a good amount of creative control. I watch MLW and have become a fan of The Dynasty. MJF, (contract is up, he will be exclusive to AEW soon.) Richard Holliday and Alexander Hammerstone fit the old WWE mold and can bring ratings. How this group extisted outside WWE is amazing. But Trips will sign another vanilla midget. Just in MLW I see the talent to fuel a TV show.
    1. Filthy Tom Lawlor
    2. Mance Warner
    3. Jacob Fatu
    4. Josef Sameul
    5. Selina Del la Renta
    6. Killer Kross
    NWA talent worth poaching.
    1. Eli Drake
    2. James Storm
    3. Tim Storm
    4. Ricky Starks
    5. Thunder Rosa
    Time to focus on entertainers not matches.

  71. Um correct me if I'm wrong but didn't WWE mention every chance they got during the show that "the loser has to EAT dog food" ??? Well call me blind as a bat but I didn't see anyone eat it !!! WWE lost a billion $$$ well look at the way they spend buying up wrestlers they don't use (just to stop them from going to their competitors), um…to buy their newest addiction "dog food" and if wrestlers have to purchace their own health insurance (which uh…their job is risky so yeah can everyone say "expensive healthcare" !!! So this leads me to believe that WWE didn't lose a billion on there contractor's (not employees) it looks to me the culprit is…..WWE XFL !!! Why do I say this ? Um apparently the money is NOT being spent on making the show better, or to take care (cough..cough healthcare) of their wrestlers or maybe the pyro is that expensive…not !!! Wait a second…correct me if I'm wrong but didn't I see a recent report that WWE bought another private jet ??? But WWE want their contractors/wrestlers to pay the consequences for not only bad product but now their stock loss, planes, pyro and for Vince's new toy XFL ??? Damn it Vince now I'm more convinced than ever that Alzheimer's has ate up the last few brain cells you had left…..

  72. Does this mean no more pyro again 🤦🏾‍♂️


  74. Others have Adam PATITY reviewing NXT

  75. Covered with dog food. Anybody remember when the old territories NWA put on such matches in the early '70s? It's been a while but, I think it was in mid south or something like that.

  76. The terrible dog food jokes in this video are worse than the actual dog food eating main event.

  77. Won me with the "Dance Chopper" segment

  78. The kids liked the dog food main event. As a long long term fan, I hated it. However, I am not the target audience now because I don't buy shirts or figures for myself. I get them for my kids though. WWE Dog Food for dinner this Saturday then.


  80. Dance like your life depends on it!!!! Lol!

  81. WWE is making the right call with less shows. They have to many superstars that they don’t use. They also need to work on storyline’s more and stop limiting superstars in the mid card

  82. what is the matter with choppers thumbs?

  83. The dangers of being a publicly traded company….I've always thought that the non-televised live dates needed to go….just more wear and tear on the wrestlers and a potential barrier to signing talent (especially legends), without a massive upside. Work your tv dates into places with smaller venues and hopefully get a packed crowd with enthusiastic fans rather than dead arenas for house shows that have no meaning.

  84. Crisis mode, obviously….

  85. It's this stupid fantasy he has of competing with the NFL. The XFL failed once already and his altzhimers keep him thinking it gonna be a success. He will burn the buildings down if it got him promo time for it.

  86. Definitely problems when a guy could arrive in Miami on thursday morning and leave sunday morning and have his mindblow while missing WM completely.

  87. What's up dog?
    Better question, what's dog down?

  88. 5:23…How about Downward Facing Dog?? 🤔🤔🤔🐶🐶🐶

  89. 6:01… YES! Finally someone we ACTUALLY want to see on screen!!! 🧑🏼‍💻👩🏻‍💻👨🏾‍💻🙀🙀🙀🤗🤗🤗🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇺🇸🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  90. The big dog fighting not to eat dog food! The irony

  91. I’m kinda torn with this whole Vince situation, I want them to struggle to actual have to flourish with new and better ideas but I want the stars to still get paid for their commitment

  92. Dog food for you
    Dog food for you too
    Dog food for everybody😂😂

  93. I think they should help WWE with some better booking and better wrestling. Then decide who's a heel and who's a baby face. Then have them react as such.

  94. Eating dog food? Vince is really doubling down on that hack carny shit again I see.

  95. I am so happy that the WWE is losing money because it's a racist organization and they are criminals on how they treat the wrestlers

  96. No reason to watch any reigns rivalry

  97. Don't blame u get away from this freak show

  98. Dance chopper lol. I bet that's what Vince would tell brodus. DANCE BRODUS DAMMIT

  99. Guys, can you put the SMACKDOWN REVIEUW thing please back in the title, or make it a seperate video again? Now I keep having to search through the titles and hope its even in there.

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