Thursday, December 14, 2017

Impact Wrestling Preview

Impact returns to Pop TV tonight to crown a new Knockouts Champion.
Here is a preview for tonight’s episode.
* Rosemary vs. Laurel Van Ness to determine a new Impact Knockouts Champion
* Sienna vs. Allie vs. Madison Rayne vs. KC Spinelli.
* Desmond Xavier and Taiji Ishimori vs. X-Division Champion Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley.
* The LAX-OVE Summit.
* Impact Global Champion Eli Drake, Chris Adonis and a mystery partner vs. Alberto El Patron, Johnny Impact and Petey Williams.
* James Storm and MOOSE to call out American Top Team
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vince McMahon "Pulling Out All the Stops" For Facebook Show

Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that Vince McMahon is “pulling out all the stops” for WWE’s new Facebook Watch show, Mixed Match Challenge, which was announced today and will start airing next month. McMahon wants to impress Facebook’s top executives and get the attention of other streaming services so that WWE can have more doors open to them in 2019 when their TV contract with NBC Universal expires.

The show is not expected to tie in to RAW and Smackdown storylines much, though minor things like an “injury” or tough match having lasting ramifications may be worked in.

They add that the decision to move the 205 Live taping to before Smackdown Live is being considered but a final decision hasn’t been made. PWInsider reported earlier that the air time for 205 Live will be moved to 10:30PM ET starting January 16th so that Mixed Match Challenge can air at 10PM ET.
Also expected for the show is to see Nia Jax and Enzo Amore team up, and it’s also possible that other real-life couples such as Jimmy Uso & Naomi and Lana & Rusev will team up on the show.

As reported earlier, Facebook will be paying WWE for the distribution rights to the show, which will have a 12 week run. WWE wants to see how the revenue pans out for this show.


205 Live Getting a New Temporary Start Time in January

According to PWinsider.com, starting January 16th and for the 12 weeks WWE Mixed Match Challenge airs, WWE 205 Live will move its start time to 10:30PM ET. WWE Mixed Match Challenge will air at 10PM for those 12 weeks.

Opinionated View- The 3 people that watch 205 Live are really upset


WWE NXT Preview

WWE NXT will air tonight on the USA Network for the first time at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 CT).
Scheduled for the show is Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole in a Fatal 4 Way No. 1 Contendership match, NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Fabian Aichner and The Authors of Pain vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.
Peyton Royce vs. NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon is being advertised for the WWE Network airing of the show later tonight, which airs at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).
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WWE announces new Mixed Match Challenge starting January 16 on Facebook Watch

WWE announced a new series called Mixed Match Challenge that will begin airing as part of the Facebook Watch video on demand service beginning on January 16, 2018.
The show will air every Tuesday night live at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 CT) for a 12-episode series featuring talent from RAW and Smackdown Live in “single-elimination mixed tag-team tournament to win $100,000 to support the charity of their choice.”
What that means for 205 Live tapings going forward remains to be seen during the 12-week period the show is scheduled to air on Facebook. The announcement emphasized the show would “stream live”, meaning it could be pre-taped from the night prior at RAW.
The announcement by WWE on Wednesday morning noted that “fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown Live roster.” Teams will be determined on January 4 following the online fan vote.
Included from RAW: Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Asuka, Bayley, Braun Strowman, Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Goldust, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and The Miz.
Included from Smackdown Live: Becky Lynch, Bobby Roode, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Jimmy Uso, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Rusev, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura.
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Updated WWE Clash of Champions Card

WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
Special Guest Referees: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan
If Owens and Zayn lose, they are fired from Smackdown Live and WWE

Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Lumberjack Match

Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Natalya
WWE United States Championship – Triple Threat
Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships – Fatal Four Way
The Usos (c’s) vs. The New Day vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. Rusev and Aiden English
Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Update on When Rockstar Spud Will Debut For WWE & What Brand He’ll Be On

According to PWinsider.com, Rockstar Spud is scheduled to make his debut at next week’s WWE TV. He will be part of the WWE 205 Live brand and will also appear on Raw.
Spud, real name James Michael Curtin, is 34 and won the first ever TNA British Boot Camp series. The company signed him and he worked as a wrestler, manager, assistant and even ring announcer. He was with the company from 2012 to 2017. He requested his release from Impact Wrestling in September and signed with WWE in October.

Opinionated View- So for all you WWE sheep that were going "Spud should go to WWE. They will use him so much better." Well now he's on the show even the sheepiest sheep don't watch and the CW segments on Raw are piss break time. 

WWE Smackdown Preview

WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Advertised for the show is Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, a face off between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal, The Riott Squad vs. Carmella, Tamina and Lana and WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. Rusev and Aiden English.


Opinionated View- WWE copy and paste booking


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Rich Swann released from Florida jail on Sunday afternoon following arrest

Following his arrest early Sunday morning for domestic battery and false imprisonment of his wife (independent star Su Yung), WWE 205 Live star Rich Swann is no longer listed as being held at the Alachua County Jail in Gainesville, Florida.
It is also noted in a new report by Mike Johnson that Swann’s case has been assigned to a judge in Florida, so the charges against Swann will begin their process in the coming days.
If convicted for domestic battery (first-degree misdemeanor), Swann faces up to one year in jail or probation and a $1,000 fine. If convicted of false imprisonment (third-degree felony), Swann faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
WWE immediately suspended Swann indefinitely as part of their zero tolerance policy against domestic violence upon news of his arrest breaking on Sunday.
Swann’s arrest has since been picked up as a national media story by the Associated Press and the New York Times as of this writing.

Chris Jericho attacks Kenny Omega at NJPW show in Fukuoka on Monday

New Japan Pro Wrestling ran an angle during their World Tag League finals on Monday in Fukuoka, Japan featuring former WWE star Chris Jericho making a surprise appearance and attacking IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega.
Jericho hit Omega with a Codebreaker following Omega’s match where he teamed with The Young Bucks in a winning effort against IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero.
A video played with Jericho threatening Omega, then when the lights came back on, Jericho was in the ring behind Omega. Jericho continued the attack, busting Omega open, which is a rarity in New Japan, with the United States Championship.
NJPW’s Don Callis hit the ring to try and reason with Jericho, but Jericho laid him out as well. This saw Callis get stretchered out, almost appearing to be a storyline exit for Callis in NJPW with the recent news of his involvement with Impact in an executive role.
Jericho will face Omega for the IWGP United States Championship  at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4 at the Tokyo Dome in one of two main events on the show.

WWE Raw Preview

WWE RAW is live tonight from Cleveland, Ohio.
Advertised for tonight’s show is WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro, Samoa Joe vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus as The Shield faces The Bar and Joe in three separate singles matches.
Also scheduled for the show is Braun Strowman vs. Kane.
Drew Gulak vs. Rich Swann in a No. 1 Contendership match was scheduled at one point, but isn’t likely to take place due to Swann’s arrest over the weekend.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rich Swann Suspended By WWE Following Domestic Altercation Arrest

WWE 205 Live star Rich Swann was arrested early Sunday morning after a domestic altercation with his wife, wrestler Su Yung. According to an arrest report from the Gainesville, Florida police, Swann was arrested following the incident, which occurred after a Gainesville, Florida match that Yung (real name Vannarah Riggs) had been performing at.
According to the arrest report, the two were traveling from the event and began arguing after Swann was criticizing Yung’s performance and began to get angry with her. Yung was afraid that argument would escalate and got out of the car as Swann, who was driving, was in the middle of traffic. Swan chased after Yung and yelled for her to return to the car, but she refused and began to walk away. Swann then allegedly grabbed Yung by the arm and put her in a headlock. He began to bring her back to the car as she screamed for help. According to a witness, Yung was “beating on the window screaming for help” as the car drove away, which a second witness described as “erratic.” That second witness noted that Swann failed to put the car in park during the argument, and the car moved forward and struck a telephone pole. The first witness said that Yung “seemed very afraid of the Defendant and was trying to get away from him.”
Police stopped Swann about a mile away from the altercation and placed him under arrest. Yung told authorities that she was afraid of Swann and of the possibility that the argument would get physical, as “he has a temper sometimes.” She said she asked Swann to pull the car over so that she could leave the vehicle, but said he refused so she waited until the car slowed in order to jump out.
Swann, according to the report, denied after being read his rights that he touched Yung, and said she returned to the car on her own. He said that he wanted to return home and that he needed her to come with because of her phone’s GPS. The report says that the two have been together five years, and have been married for nine months. He is currently being held at Alachua County Jail in Gainesville, Florida and has been charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment, as well as battery – touching or striking. The former charge is third-degree felony, while the second is a first-degree misdemeanor.
WWE has suspended Swann following the arrest, issuing the following statement: “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been indefinitely suspended following his arrest.”
Swann was set to face Drew Gulak on Raw in a match to determine the #1 contender for Enzo Amore’s Cruiserweight Championship, though that match is obviously cancelled at this point


New NWA Champion Crowned Last Night

Nick Aldis is the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion following a win over Tim Storm at CZW’s show over the weekend. Aldis beat Storm in a match at the Sewell, New Jersey event on Saturday to win the championbship.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Buff Bagwell and Raven’s Lawsuit Against The WWE Has Been Dismissed

PWInsider reports that the United States District Court of Connecticut has dismissed the lawsuit against WWE by Marcus “Buff” Bagwell and Scott “Raven” Levy over claims that WWE owes them royalties for using footage from them in WCW and WWE on the WWE Network. The lawsuit was filed in August of last year. It was dismissed with prejudice, which means that neither Bagwell nor Levy can bring the claims against WWE again. It’s unknown why the case was dismissed at this time, but filings seems to suggest the two parties were discussing a settlement.
Both men claimed that WWE breached their contracts by not paying direct sales royalties for material on the Network. WWE’s contracts say they give royalties for content under direct sales, which is named as “…including without limitation, at the arena, via mail order sales or directly on television, or via the Internet….” The two men claimed that WWE Network subscriptions counted as part of that, while WWE said that there was no sale of physical media with the WWE Network, just a license that a subscriber rents to view the content.
Levy claimed that talent should be paid for Network content with the same royalty rate they would get from PPV and video sales. He also said that once WWE bought the WCW and ECW libraries, they fell under the royalty rate he was promised on his contract for direct sale of WWE events. He said that when he was released by WWE in 2003, the agreement stated that WWE bought him out of any claims against them or money owed “other than the obligation to pay Levy the royalties due to him pursuant to, and as determined by, the Contract.” Bagwell made similar claims, stating that WWE didn’t pay royalties for WCW and WWE material that features him. He said that WWE breached an agreement they signed in 2001 when he was released. He said that WWE hadn’t paid him royalties within ninety days, was late in paying them and hadn’t paid any since February 2014 when the Network launched. He said this was another breach of contract.
The lawsuit also claimed that WWE breached its “fiduciary duty” to both because it was in a superior position in regards to finances and money owed. Bagwell said that his contract allowed him to have his own certified accountant audit their books. The contract said: “For the purpose of verifying the accuracy thereof, during WCW’s normal business hours and upon reasonable notice. Such audit shall be conducted in a manner that will not unreasonably interfere with WCW’s normal business operations. Wrestler shall not audit WCW’s books and records more than twice during any calendar year and no such audit shall be conducted later than one (1) year after the last statement of royalties is given, delivered or sent to Wrestler. Each audit is limited to seven (7) days in duration. Statements of royalties may be changed from time to time to reflect year-end adjustments, to correct clerical errors and for similar purposes.
He claims he tried to do that in June 2016 and was told that while it could be done in late July or early August of that year, it was done by WWE’s counsel K&L Gates and Bagwell was told there would be no audit because Bagwell’s accountant “asserted a pretextual and invalid audit request to attempt to stealthily obtain that information (WWE network royalty audit)”. WWE stated that since Bagwell is not paid royalties for the WWE Network, “there is nothing to audit.” Due to blocking the audit attempts, Bagwell claimed that WWE forfeited any claim that he didn’t fulfill any of his contract obligations before he filed the suit.
The lawsuit had stalled previous plans to add Sunday Night Heat and WCW Thunder to the Network, even though both complete runs were ready to go. Raven and Bagwell were featured heavily on those shows and new material could have added to the damages if the courts didn’t rule in WWE’s favor. WWE even looked into possibly removing content featuring the two from the Network, even though it would require a lot of work and money to do so. However with the case now dismissed, WWE can move forward and add whatever shows they would like, including the runs of Thunder and Heat in 2018. It also seems to suggest that talents will not be owed any royalties from material on the Network.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Update on reports about Laurel Van Ness and her status with Impact

Reports about Laurel Van Ness (Chelsea Green) made the rounds among the wrestling media last week indicating she may have requested a release from Impact Wrestling.
According to a new report by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Green did indeed request a release from her current Impact contract at the TV tapings in Ottawa and did so just hours after she captured the vacant Knockouts Championship.

The company is currently airing the tournament on Pop TV the next few weeks and were described as being “really upset” with her request, more so that she did so after winning the championship and they had already taped weeks of TV about the tournament. The same report indicated Green admitted making the mistake of not asking for her release on the first day of the tapings and then going through scheduled plans for TV.

Some sort of agreement was reportedly made between both Green and Impact officials that she wasn’t supposed to talk publicly about requested the release until she dropped the championship. Impact is scheduled to hold TV tapings in early January in Orlando, so it would appear she will be brought in to drop the title then unless plans change. Either way, the story got out and the company denied her release request at this time.

Opinionated View- I really don't get why she would want to leave.


Impact Wrestling Preview

Impact returns to Pop TV tonight on December 7, 2017.
Scheduled for tonight’s show is Impact Global Champion Eli Drake and Chris Adonis vs. Johnny Impact and Petey Williams, EC3 defends the Impact Grand Championship against Matt Sydal, Sienna vs. Rosemary vs. Allie in a Knockouts Championship Tournament match, Caleb Konley vs. Ishimori and Dan Lambert will make his in-ring debut.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WWE NXT Preview

WWE NXT airs tonight at 8:00 PM ET on WWE Network.
Scheduled for the show is new NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas holding a championship celebration. Plus, qualifying matches begin to determine a new No. 1 Contender to the NXT Title and Ruby Riot faces Sonya Deville in a No Holds Barred match.
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Updated WWE Clash of Champions Card

WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
Special Guest Referee: Shane McMahon
Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Lumberjack Match

Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Natalya
WWE United States Championship – Triple Threat
Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships – Fatal Four Way
The Usos (c’s) vs. The New Day vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. Rusev and Aiden English
Opinionated View- This card is awful. Outside of Balor I don't think AJ's had a match anywhere near his hold level since joining the WWE. Jobber Mahal's title run sucked he's poor to at best average in the ring. Than you have Owens and Zayn having to carry Orton and Nakamura. They have done some version of Zayn and or Owens vs. Orton and or Nakamura since Zayn's heel turn. Even worse Shane being added for no other reason to push his "all important" story with Zayn and Owens.
The women's title match is going to be another mess Charlotte and Natalya are awful they have no chemistry in the ring and adding in the lumperjacks adds nothing because I don't care about the Riot Squad or what ever Lana is doing with Tamina. I already made my feelings on the US title match clear. Tag title match is going to be a dumpster fire. Four boring teams.