PWInsider reports that Bradley Cooper is waiting to see an updated version of the Pandemonium screenplay before deciding whether to accept the lead role of Vince McMahon for the film. The movie will be about McMahon’s life story.
The updated screenplay has been finished and turned into Tristar Pictures, the studio behind the film, and if they are happy with it, they will then pass it on to Cooper. The original script was written by Craig A. Williams (writer of Disney’s Underdog) but went through several drafts after WWE Studios got involved and the McMahon family made clear which aspects they wanted removed.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (directors of the pilot episode of This Is Us, as well as Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot) are currently attached to direct the film. Head of WWE Studios Michael Luisi and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworn are producing, with Zaftig Films’ Charlie Gogolak serving as Executive Producer.
The movie is currently slated to begin filming in Spring of 2018, subject to a final script and cast being agreed on.
Smackdown star Jey Uso was arrested for a DWI in Hidalgo, Texas over the weekend. PWInsider reports that Uso, aka Joshua Fatu, was arrested on Sunday on a of Driving While Intoxicated. This is his first offense. The Smackdown brand was in Hidalgo over the weekend for house shows.
Uso was freed later on Sunday on a $500 personal recognizance bond. The site reports that the charge is a Class B misdemeanor as long as his blood alcohol level was below 0.15%. His first conviction would likely see his license get suspended for ninety days to a year, with the possibility of jail time.
More information will be posted once it is available.
WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Laredo, Texas.
Advertised for tonight’s show is a pair of semifinal matches part of the current WWE United States Championship tournament. Scheduled to face off tonight includes Jinder Mahal vs. Xavier Woods and Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley.
As reported earlier, the finals of the United States Championship Tournament has been bumped off the Royal Rumble PPV and will now take place on next week’s show (January 23) live from Washington, DC featuring the winners of tonight’s matches.
Also set for the show is Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. The Riott Squad and more fallout involving Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn following last week.
The WWE US Title Tournament Finals, set to originally take place at the Royal Rumble PPV on January 28 in Philadelphia, have been pulled from the event and will now take place on next week’s 1/23 episode of Smackdown Live from Washington, DC.
The change was announced as part of WWE.com official preview synopsis for tonight’s Smackdown Live from Laredo, Texas.
“The United States Championship picture will become a little clearer this Tuesday on SmackDown LIVE when Team Blue plays host to two thrilling semifinal matchups in the tournament to crown a new titleholder. Xavier Woods will face Jinder Mahal, and Bobby Roode will square off against Mojo Rawley for the right to advance to the tournament finals next Tuesday on SmackDown LIVE. Who will move one step closer to the star-spangled title? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!”
Opinionated View- Message WWE just sent This title doesn't matter enough to even get on the damn pre-show.
WWE.com announced on Tuesday that Ricochet, a former New Japan Pro Wrestling and Lucha Underground star, has signed a deal with the company.
Ricochet is scheduled to be reporting to NXT and the Performance Center, along with other signees that will be announced over the coming days by WWE.
He finished up his remaining independent dates this past weekend at the PWG event in California and had finished up dates towards the end of 2017 with New Japan and Lucha Underground before his signing with WWE.
Ricochet has worked with most of the big independents throughout the course of his career, including the WWN family of promotions, CZW, Beyond Wrestling and several tours of the Dragon Gate promotion in Japan. Under the Prince Puma character, he was heavily featured in the first three seasons of Lucha Underground.
WWE on Tuesday announced the signing of independent women’s wrestling star Candice LeRae (Candice Dawson) to the company, where she will be reporting to NXT and the Performance Center alongside fellow signees.
LeRae, the wife of NXT star Johnny Gargano, is most known for her time in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) from 2006 to 2015, taking part in a long-standing rivalry and eventual tag-team with Joey Ryan as part of the World’s Cutest Tag Team, winning the PWG Tag Team Championships.
LeRae has also competed for SHIMMER, CZW, AIW and several other prominent independent companies, including a run for DDT in Japan as part of her decade-plus long career.
LeRae went on to compete in the Mae Young Classic tournament last year, losing in the quarter-finals to Mae Young Classic runner-up and NXT star Shayna Baszler.
The official description of the channel notes it will feature “exclusive content, including monthly live events and house shows featuring top stars in professional wrestling.”
It should be noted that The LAW (Live Audio Wrestling) will be returning and hosted by Jeremy Borash every Monday night, replacing the previous crew that was let go by the Fight Network last year. Wednesday will feature a show hosted by Tyrus, while Thursday will feature a show hosted by Josh Mathews as Impact airs live on Pop TV.
We reported last week that it appeared a working relationship between Impact and Twitch was starting up after the new four-sided ring featured a Twitch logo on the ring apron. Impact is the latest wrestling promotion to get involved with the streaming service as Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore announced a deal last year.
You can check out the full press release below.
IMPACT Wrestling Channel to Launch on Twitch
TORONTO | SAN FRANCISCO – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., today announced the launch of a new channel on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service. IMPACT Wrestling’s channel (Twitch.tv/impactwrestling) will feature a 24-hour live stream and exclusive weekly programming.
The IMPACT Wrestling Channel will launch on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week stream of content that leads up to the debut of Barbed Wire Massacre III on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET immediately following the weekly premiere of IMPACT! on Pop.
The IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Twitch will feature exclusive content, including monthly live events and house shows featuring top stars in professional wrestling. The channel will also feature lifestyle programming showcasing IMPACT Wrestling stars outside of the ring – from diets and workouts to relationships and travel. Twitch will also air IMPACT Wrestling’s live event at WrestleCon in New Orleans, La. on Friday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. CT. Other exclusive shows on the channel include:
Monday nights: Live Audio Wrestling (The LAW) returns with a new weekly video podcast. Produced and hosted by longtime IMPACT Wrestling announcer Jeremy Borash, The LAW will cover all of the latest news in professional wrestling and feature special guest interviews, live calls, chat interaction, contests with prizes, and much more.
Wednesday nights: Returning IMPACT Wrestling star Tyrus will host Nuff Said, as the Fox News contributor offers his unique take on professional wrestling, politics, sports and popular culture.
Thursday nights: At 8:00 p.m. ET, Josh Mathews will host Mathews’ Megacast with his irreverent second screen perspective on the flagship IMPACT! show Thursdays on Pop.
Programming for the channel will also include past and present episodes of the flagship IMPACT! show, the original weekly show Xplosion, pay-per-view events on a second window, plus over 1,000 hours of original programming showcasing classic content featuring household industry names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and many more.
“Our expansion on Twitch marks another important milestone in our digital expansion,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “The interactive content and larger-than-life personalities of IMPACT Wrestling are a perfect fit for the platform, whose passionate communities have demonstrated an increased appetite for professional wrestling and live events. As we adapt to new content consumption methods, our partnership with Twitch gives us an opportunity to interact directly with our audience, while engaging and growing our fan base across the world.”
PWInsider has several updates about the ongoing Paige situation. The former Divas champion was told last week that her in-ring career is over. As we noted earlier today, she was reportedly told that she shouldn’t return to the ring at all after her initial neck injury was repaired. During her appearance on Lilian Garcia’s podcast several weeks ago, Paige said the same thing. She said that doctors advised her not to return but “doctors don’t understand how pro wrestlers” think and want to perform. She was eventually cleared by WWE before a stinger suffered in a match with Sasha Banks put her out again and ended her in-ring career.
If Paige wanted to return to wrestling after leaving WWE, she still could. The decision to retire her was one made by WWE. She’s in a similar place as Daniel Bryan where once she’s no longer under WWE contract, she could keep wrestling if she wanted, even if there were health risks.
She’s currently backstage at RAW in San Antonio, Texas, but there’s no word on what her role would be. During her appearance last week she led Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to the ring.
Meanwhile, there is no heat on Sasha Banks over the situation. It’s believed that the incident could have happened with anyone and Banks was not to blame. The two performed the same spot the night before the injury at a show in Madison Square Garden.
Paige will likely have a role with WWE going forward, especially when it pertains to Fighting with my Family, the film based on her life. WWE will hold an advance screening of the film during Wrestlemania 34 weekend in New Orleans.
WWE revealed a big announced for next week’s RAW 25th Anniversary show.
In a video announcement by Mike Rome, it was revealed that WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler will reunite on commentary to call the action next Monday night in New York City live from the Manhattan Center.
As noted in previous reports, WWE will be holding the special 25th Anniversary episode of RAW from both the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Manhattan Center in New York City next Monday night featuring a hosts of former legends.
Legends already confirmed for the show includes:
* Stone Cold Steve Austin
* The Undertaker
* Ric Flair
* D-Generation X
* Scott Hall and Kevin Nash
* The New Age Outlaws
* The APA
* The Dudley Boyz
* The Bella Twins
* Ted DiBiase
* Brother Love
* The Boogeyman
* Sgt. Slaughter
* The Godfather
* Theodore Long
* John Laurinaitis
Opinionated View- Well that is going to suck. Been many many many years since King and JR were any good on commentary. Should just be limited to maybe 1 match and than back to the current team. Don't get me wrong Booker is god awful and Cole still sucks but I am sick of JR and King