WWE News Roundup: Mickie James reveals backstage controversies, Randy Orton's initial dislike for Riddle, who's the female version of Roman Reigns? (April 30, 2021)

Mickie James and Randy Orton.
Mickie James and Randy Orton.
Kartik Arry

We are back with another exciting WWE News Roundup to look at the top stories that recently made headlines. Mickie James has spoken about a few interesting details related to WWE.

Randy Orton recently mentioned his initial dislike for Riddle. Meanwhile, Tamina expressed her opinion regarding the "Roman Reigns" of the women's locker room.

A WWE legend fired shots at Triple H, while Daniel Bryan talked about an interesting scenario related to his feud with Roman Reigns.

With that in mind, let's dive straight into the latest WWE News Roundup.

#5 Mickie James says WWE still employs the person responsible for sabotaging her last WWE stint

Mickie James has been in the headlines since being released from WWE alongside several other Superstars. She revealed some backstage controversies during her appearance on GAW TV with Lisa Marie Varon and So Cal Val.

Apparently, James pitched the idea of an all-female brand to WWE before her release, and someone from the company said that women's wrestling doesn't make money:

"There was this moment where I said, 'What if we do an all-female brand?'" said James. "If I could help lead up that and have an awesome team of women....we have the talent, tools, and facilities. It would really help all the girls who are not getting television time. This one person says to me, 'They're never going to do it. Ever. Women's wrestling doesn't make money. WWE Evolution was the lowest-rated PPV ever in WWE. I get what you're trying to do, but I don't understand why you're fighting so hard for it. You should play the cards you're dealt and see if there's a way to incorporate that within a show rather than fight for it to be its own show.' I just realized that every decision they do, a lot of it is business and how it falls in line with business."

Mickie James also mentioned the trash bag incident and how she highlighted the situation by tagging Vince McMahon on Twitter.

While Stephanie McMahon publicly apologized to James, Vince McMahon personally called her on the phone to do the same. James said she tagged the CEO of WWE on Twitter because he is oblivious to many things that happen in the company. As a result, she just wanted to bring the situation to his attention:

"He [Vince McMahon] called me on the phone to apologize for this incident and to let me know that this isn't what he thought of me," James added. "I tagged Vince because he needs to know. There's a lot of stuff that happens under his nose that he is oblivious to because he's running a multi-billion dollar company."

Mickie James further stated that she experienced ageism during her last few years in WWE. The legendary female star added that the person who devalued her during her last run in WWE is still employed by the company:

"The fans were way more offended than I was," James mentioned. "The person who is responsible for me feeling like s*** and trying to devalue me or sabotage me or make me feel less than is still very much employed."

Mickie James has a 90-day non-compete clause that will expire in July 2021. It shall be interesting to see her pursue other options outside of WWE.

#4 Randy Orton initially disliked Riddle due to their awkward backstage meeting in WWE

Although Randy Orton and Riddle currently share a good professional relationship on WWE's main roster, this wasn't always the case.

During Orton's recent appearance on "The Kurt Angle Show," the veteran detailed his first backstage meeting with Riddle in WWE. He first saw Riddle at a WWE event in Miami, where NXT's entire roster was present backstage alongside main roster talent. As Orton tried to break the ice with Riddle, the latter walked past him instead of engaging in a conversation.

"Me, especially being a vet, being around for a while, and I see this, and now I already got a hard-on for these guys, right?" Orton said. "So, it doesn't help when I walk by Matt Riddle, and my olive branch was basically me all looking at Matt, and I just said, I go, 'Oh, there he is, there he is!' Just kind of icebreaker, expecting maybe a, 'Oh, hey Randy. My name is Matt, nice to meet you.' But instead, Matt just kind of barely, you know, with the bloodshot eyes glanced over at me, he is just like, and he just kept walking. I remember thinking, 'that motherf****r.'"

Due to this instance, Orton said that he disliked Riddle in the beginning. The WWE veteran viewed Riddle's actions as a sign of disrespect. But in 2021, both of them are on the same page.

"So, for quite a while, I didn't like Riddle, and it was because of that little scenario. One little incident. And it wasn't even an incident. It's just, I took it as a lack of respect, and when you come back there, and you're brand new, and no one knows you, you want to introduce yourself because we are a band of brothers," Orton added. "I have got to trust you with my body in that ring. And you, the same. You've got to trust me. We should probably make an introduction at some point. We should probably shoot the sh** a little bit, and so, back to Matt Riddle, I love the guy now."

On WWE RAW, Riddle and Randy Orton have formed an unusual partnership. This particular development surprised many fans, as Orton has been portrayed as a vicious heel who crossed numerous boundaries in recent memory.

#3 Tamina compares Charlotte Flair to WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns


Roman Reigns has always been a top WWE Superstar over the last few years. However, Reigns only received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding his onscreen character and storylines once he became a villain in 2020.

Tamina recently spoke to Vicente Beltrán of ViBe & Wrestling. Alongside Reigns, she is also a part of the Samoan Dynasty. During the interview, Tamina labeled WWE RAW's Charlotte Flair as the "Roman Reigns" of the women's locker room:

“If you wanna talk outside of the Polynesian culture, the ‘Roman Reigns’ of the women’s locker room both Raw and SmackDown... maybe Charlotte," Tamina said. "I would say probably Charlotte at this point. She came back and she definitely got something on her head; she is coming back for something and definitely wants to prove who she is. She came out and put everybody on the spot and she addressed all the locker room, so I would have to say maybe Charlotte right now.”

Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair are both accomplished WWE Superstars in their respective divisions. While Charlotte has always been an opportunistic character, she recently embraced her heelish roots to a greater extent.

Do you agree with Tamina's comparisons between Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

#2 Bret Hart fires shots at WWE EVP Triple H


WWE legend Bret Hart had some unfavorable things to say about Triple H. Hart recently appeared on The 81 Podcast and implied that Triple H's connection to the McMahon family is the reason behind his executive status in WWE.

The Hitman publicly called Triple H an overrated competitor and said that the latter didn't have an original idea throughout his career:

“There’s always some guys, you know, that no matter what they do with them, you always wonder how they got there," Hart said. "And I never thought Triple H ever had an idea, original idea, for anything. And I always thought he was overrated. The only reason people even know him or remember him today is because (of) daddy, daddy-in-law."

Triple H currently serves as WWE's Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy and Development. He has a huge role to play in NXT's weekly proceedings, and The Game also wrestles on sporadic occasions in WWE.

Although Bret Hart retired from in-ring competition many years ago, he is still regarded as one of the best wrestling icons from the 1990s. Do you agree with his opinions about Triple H?

#1 Daniel Bryan would have loved a heel vs. heel encounter against Roman Reigns in WWE

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have been feuding on WWE SmackDown for a while now. While Bryan is the clear babyface out of the two, he recently spoke about a potential heel vs. heel match with Reigns.

Bryan's run as the Planet's Champion towards the end of the previous decade was quite successful. He would have loved that version of the character to feud with The Tribal Chief in WWE. Not too long ago, he appeared on My Mom's Basement with Robbie Fox and mentioned this scenario:

"You know, I would have loved to have done Planet's Champion Daniel Bryan versus this version of Roman Reigns to see who could get the fans to hate them more," Bryan revealed. "But I don't think that's really something that's good for mass audiences. Two people that everybody hates."

While a heel vs. heel contest between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan doesn't seem like an immediate possibility, fans can only dream about potential outcomes from this interesting scenario for now.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more WWE news and updates.

Edited by Zaid Khan
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