Welcome to the daily WWE Rumor Roundup, where we try and bring the biggest rumors and stories from the world of WWE. In today's edition, we will take a look at backstage details on Triple H allegedly trying to ruin a former WWE Champion's career, what is next for Roman Reigns and much more.
We'll also talk about why WWE decided to fire a former US Champion as part of the recent 'budget-cut releases that took place in the company.
Plus, we will also take a look at the newly formed team of Riddle and Randy Orton and what led to the two men joining forces on RAW. So without further ado, let's dive in and check on some of the interesting stories from the world of WWE today.
#5 WWE legend Bret Hart says Triple H tried to 'ruin' The Rock
It is a known fact among wrestling circles that WWE icon Triple H did not like The Rock early on in his career. Speaking on the 81 podcast, former WWE champion Bret Hart revealed that Triple H and Shawn Michaels hated Dwayne Johnson early on in his career and tried to "bust his chops" every chance they got.
The Hitman also said that Triple H wanted him to beat The Rock for the Intercontinental Championship in 1997. However, Hart refused as he did not need a run with the IC Championship.
"I wrestled The Rock and they wanted me to beat him. Triple H did. He wanted me to beat Dwayne and win the Intercontinental Title. I refused. ‘What do I need the Intercontinental Title for?’... I remember Triple H was sick about it because he had a thing for Dwayne and wanted to ruin him. He hated him."
The Rock and Triple H never liked each other backstage. Although, over time and after working with each other frequently, the two men developed a strong bond of respect which later led to them becoming good friends.
#4 Kalisto was released from WWE for being 'troublesome' backstage
Former US champion Kalisto was one of the names released by WWE last week. The luchador had not been used in WWE for quite some time. While his former partners Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado were featured frequently in WWE, Kalisto was seen sporadically after his split with the Lucha House Party.
As per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via CSS), Kalisto wasn't happy about being part of the Lucha House Party, and despite being told no, he kept insisting on leaving the group. In the end, WWE broke him away from the group but had no plans to use him. This eventually led to him getting cut while Dorado and Metalik are still employed.
"Per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Kalisto was released after he was troublesome for repeatedly trying to get out of Lucha House Party and publicly unhappy about his TV usage."
The report also stated that while Dorado and Metalik were brought in for tapings to job (lose) or work a 24/7 Championship angle, Kalisto was completely written off.
#3 Future plans for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns is set to defend his Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan on WWE SmackDown this week. However, in a major twist to the match, the Big Dog has made it clear that he wants Daniel Bryan "gone" if he loses the match.
With Daniel Bryan hinting at taking a sabbatical from his full-time schedule, this could be a way for WWE to write Bryan off television. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer (via CSS) has stated that the match between Reigns and Bryan is a bridge for Cesaro to become Reigns' next challenger.
"The Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan title match on SmackDown next week is expected to lead to Reigns vs. Cesaro, though it’s unclear exactly how. The Observer noted there are many possible directions that are on the table."
Daniel Bryan has already lost to Roman Reigns thrice in the past couple of months, although the Big Dog always employed nefarious means to beat Bryan. This will be Bryan's last chance at redemption.
#2 The Miz reveals which WWE Superstar taught him to become a champion
Two-time WWE Champion The Miz spoke highly about former world champion John Cena during his WWE 24 documentary. The Miz explained that he wasn't very confident when he started with WWE. However, it was only after working with John Cena and learning from him that he realized what it takes to be a true champion in WWE.
"And I didn’t realize I wasn’t there until I started wrestling John Cena. John Cena taught me more than I could ever imagine. I remember going on live events and learning from John Cena. He taught me what it takes to be the caliber of superstar I needed to be to be WWE Champion."
The Miz is considered one of the best talkers in WWE today. Much like John Cena, The Miz has always delivered on the microphone and is one of WWE's most reliable superstars.
John Cena and The Miz had a major rivalry during The Miz's first reign as the WWE Champion. The two men wrestled each other in the headline match of WrestleMania 27.
#1 Riddle's honest opinion on his new tag-team with WWE legend Randy Orton
This week on Monday Night RAW, former WWE Champion Randy Orton seemingly aligned with Riddle. The two men, who faced each other last week on RAW, worked as a tag team this week.
Riddle had a major win over The Viper last week. The former US Champion managed to beat Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin this week, along with his new partner Randy Orton. Riddle spoke about his new alliance with Orton while speaking on RAW Talk. Riddle explained what led to the two men forming R-K-Bro:
"Nobody thought it was going to happen, especially after I beat Randy in the center of the ring last week. I think he had a week to think about my offer from last week. In fact, on April 20, he sent me a tweet about R-K-Bro and said he actually liked the name," said Riddle.
It has been reported that Riddle working with Randy Orton was a late decision made by WWE last week ahead of RAW.