Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WWE Announces Headquarters Move to New Stamford Location, Will Sell Titan Towers

WWE has announced that they will move its global headquarters to a new location in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford is the site of the company’s current location, Titan Towers, which has served as the company’s headquarters for the past thirty-four years. Titan Towers was famously the location for WWE’s “Attitude Era” Super Bowl XXXIII ad in 1999.

The announcement noted that the new site will be an office complex located at 677 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut, which will bring all operations including production studios and corporate offices together. The plan is to lease the space for a term of sixteen and a half years starting on July 1st, with the company expecting to move in in early 2021. The announcement notes that they will sell the Titan Towers location, “exit its leased spaces at 1266 East Main Street, and will evaluate options for its production studio facilities at 88 and 120 Hamilton Avenue based on strategic, operating and financial considerations.”

“One of the most important elements necessary to execute WWE’s long-term growth strategy is world-class talent collaborating seamlessly to create compelling content. Our workplace initiative will be the foundation to meet these objectives and underpins our ability to deliver long-term value,” said WWE co-president George Barrios.

Sadie Gibbs Reportedly Signs With AEW

 Per, 26-year-old UK talent Sadie Gibbs has signed to join the women’s division for All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Sadie Gibbs has recently been getting a lot of high praise for her work on the U.K. indie scene and Stardom last January.

AEW has not yet officially confirmed her signing. Gibbs’ background includes gymnastics, track and field, and CrossFit. You can also check out a sizzle reel that she released last month below. Her time in a recent Stardom tour was cut short due to the passing of her grandfather.

AEW is set to make its debut on May 25 with Double or Nothing. The card will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fatal 4-Way next week on Smackdown, Winner to challenge Asuka at WrestleMania 35

WWE posted a short video shortly after Smackdown Live went off the air with Kayla Braxton attempting to interview Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville backstage, as both women have recently been having issues between the two of them.

Braxton went on to announce in the video that next Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live will feature both Rose and Deville, along with Naomi and Carmella in a Fatal 4-Way match to determine who will challenge Asuka at WrestleMania 35 on April 7 in New Jersey for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship

Impact Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling announce new developmental agreement

Impact issued the following press release announcing a new developmental agreement with Ohio Valley Wrestling going forward.

IMPACT Wrestling Re-establishes Developmental Agreement with Ohio Valley Wrestling

TORONTO | LOUISVILLE – IMPACT Wrestling announced today that it has re-entered into an agreement with Louisville-based Ohio Valley Wrestling to serve as an official development and training territory for IMPACT Wrestling.

The announcement of the renewed partnership follows the success of the co-promoted One Night Only: Clash in the Bluegrass event, a sold-out show from Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky, which featured stars from both organizations.

“We are excited to grow our outreach and partnership with promotions worldwide,” said IMPACT Wrestling Executive VP Scott D’Amore. “It is great to work with Al Snow and the team at OVW, which has a long history of developing great talent.”

“OVW is proud to be entrusted with the development of the true lifeblood of any professional wrestling promotion – the in-ring talent,” said OVW CEO and owner Al Snow.

As part of the agreement, IMPACT Wrestling management will look to OVW when scouting new talent and those on the development roster will see future opportunities to appear on the flagship weekly show IMPACT!, which is televised in more than 120 countries around the world.

Al Snow acquired OVW in June 2018 and formed Gladiator Sports Network, which also produces professional boxing events and a high school sports prep series while keeping wrestling as its signature brand. OVW served as the official development training ground for World Wrestling Entertainment from 2000 to 2008 and as IMPACT Wrestling’s training territory from 2012 to 2014. With more than 1,000 television episodes, OVW is the longest running professional wrestling series broadcast on local television in the U.S. The series is the signature of the company’s elite training program, which boasts more than 150 alumni who went on to international fame, including John Cena, Brock Lesnar and reigning IMPACT World Champion Johnny Impact.

Updated WWE WrestleMania 35 Card

Here is the updated card for WrestleMania 35 on April 7 in three weeks:

WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins

RAW Women’s Championship – Triple Threat Match
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

No Holds Barred Match
Triple H vs. Batista

WWE United States Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

Retirement Match
Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

Shane McMahon vs. The Miz

Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Confirmed so far: Braun Strowman

Plus, Alexa Bliss will act as the official host of WrestleMania

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Flip Gordon Cleared for In-Ring Return

 As previously reported, ROH talent Flip Gordon suffered an injury at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme and had a full MCL tear in his right knee. Flip Gordon has announced on his Twitter today that he’s been cleared to return to the ring.

Flip Gordon wrote, “UPDATE: I just saw the doctor, I passed all the tests, and I am officially CLEARED to WRESTLE!!!”

WWE Smackdown Preview

WWE Smackdown is live tonight from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Scheduled to kick off the show tonight is a Gauntlet Match featuring Kofi Kingston taking on  Randy Orton, United States Champion Samoa Joe, Cesaro, Sheamus and Rowan. As reported earlier, Vince McMahon announced on Smackdown last week that if Kingston wins the gauntlet match, he will earn an opportunity at the WWE Title at WrestleMania.

Also advertised for the show is an appearance by WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley and The Miz will respond to Shane McMahon.

Monday, March 18, 2019

AJ Styles confirms he has agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE on Monday

AJ Styles will be remaining with WWE.

Styles confirmed on Twitter this afternoon that he agreed to terms on a new deal with the company, just hours after reports by PWInsider and F4WOnline indicated that Styles and WWE were close on coming to terms on a new contract.

The terms of the new contract were not immediately available. His current deal was set to expire in April, shortly after WrestleMania 35 in three weeks.

Styles made his WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble and is a two-time WWE Champion. Styles will face Randy Orton at WrestleMania 35 on April 7.

EC3 Reportedly In ‘Dog House’ In WWE reports that EC3 is allegedly in the WWE “doghouse” with management for unknown reasons, which is why he hasn’t been featured much on WWE TV after his main roster in-ring debut on RAW back in February.

He competed on RAW with a win over Dean Ambrose but after that began to lose his matches at live events. This includes to Shelton Benjamin at a February 16 event in Alexandra and most recently a TV loss to Tyler Breeze on WWE Main Event this past week. He did, however, defeat Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger at other events. However, the belief is that his recent losses are because “for some reason” Vince McMahon is not too high on EC3 at this point in time.

EC3’s matches this weekend were triple threat matches for the Intercontinental title against Bobby Lashley and Apollo Crews. Lashley won the matches by pinning EC3.

Opinionated View- More proof Vince has lost any eye for talent

ROH Confirms Ladder Match For ROH Title At G1 Supercard

Ring of Honor has confirmed that there will be a triple threat ladder match for the ROH World title at the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard in New York. Jay Lethal will defend against Marty Scurll and Matt Taven at Madison Square Garden. The match was announced during this past weekend‘s taping. Here’s the current card:

* Jay White vs. Winner of 2019 New Japan Cup for the IWGP Heavyweight Title
* Jay Lethal vs. Marty Scurll vs. Matt Taven in a Ladder Match for the ROH Title
* PCO & Brody King vs. Guerrillas of Destiny for the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Titles
* Taiji Ishimori vs. Dragon Lee vs. Bandido for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title
* Bully Ray vs. TBA
* Honor Rumble