The month of June of 2014 will no doubt be the month that helped changed the WWE landscape. Several WWE Superstars were “future endeavored,” a couple of stables disbanded, and a veteran Superstar got a new gimmick.
And so without further delay, let’s dissect the changes that occured this month in the WWE (so far):
The WWE released 12 Superstars.
Brodus Clay. Josh Mathews. JTG. Jinder Mahal. Drew McIntyre. Evan Bourne. Aksana. Marc Harris. Yoshi Tatsu. Curt Hawkins. Teddy Long. Camacho. Do these names ring a bell? They were the twelve Superstars who got fired in the last couple of weeks as part of WWE reducing its budget following the disappointment of WWE Network and the lackluster TV deal with NBC Universal (which includes USA Network and SyFy). Expect more Superstars to get “future endeavored” soon (possibly the likes of Zack Ryder, David Otunga, and The Miz).
The Shield and 3MB break up.
In 3MB’s case, McInytre and Mahal were released. Meanwhile, the breakup of The Shield came out of nowhere. Determined to break up Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins, the leader of The Authority Triple H had one trick up his sleeve on the June 2, 2014 episode of Monday Night RAW (the day after the Payback pay-per-view), Rollins turned on his Shield teammates by attacking them and congratulating Triple H and Randy Orton in the process.
Goodbye Cody Rhodes, Hello Stardust.
In the last several months, Cody Rhodes was getting as stale as an old slice of bread. In other words, he was just another “guy in trunks.”
After losing to Ryback and Curtis Axel at the Payback pay-per-view, Rhodes told Goldust that Goldust needed to find a new tag team partner. In the following couple of weeks, Goldust teamed up with the likes of Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara, and R-Truth, but without much success. At the same time, Rhodes left the popular YouTube series, The JBL and Cole Show and teased that he would get Goldust a new partner in the process.
On the June 16, 2014 episode of Monday Night RAW, Rhodes ditched his trunks for a bodysuit and facepaint. He and Goldust defeated Ryback & Axel and seemed to be finally over with the WWE Universe. Could the Stardust character be the missing link for Rhodes? After all, Husky Harris turned into Bray Wyatt while Johnny Curtis revamped himself as Fandango.