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WWE Rumors: WWE Reportedly Offers Contracts To Multiple Independent Stars

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Coming on the heels of WWE announcing the first eight competitors for the upcoming United Kingdom Championship Tournament in June (you can see that here), it appears that the company may be looking to fill out the division.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE has offered contracts to roughly 20 independent stars, primarily out of the United Kingdom. Reportedly, names like El Ligero, Joe Coffey, Dave Mastiff, Chris Brookes, Eddie Dennis and Travis Banks have all either signed or received an offer, in addition to New Zealand’s Toni Storm. Storm had previously been advertised for the United Kingdom Championship Tournament (which you can read here), but obviously the thought is she would be signed for NXT.

There’s speculation that WWE is making a push to sign more United Kingdom stars to keep them away from ITV World Of Sport. It was previously revealed by Triple H that there would be an announcement regarding the future of WWE’s United Kingdom Division (check that out here), the current rumors being that it could involve a local television deal.

EA’s Take: I’ve definitely crapped on some of Meltzer’s stuff before, but this one does make a lot of sense with the participants that were announced for the UK Tournament earlier. I did say it was unusual there would be so many non-contracted talents competing, so it lines up. Triple H had also spoken previously about expanding NXT (read that here) and having developmental territories across the world and I think this is already the first signs of that long-term plan. I think we could see more of this in other countries in-terms of WWE “swiping up” talent as well. The one that will be REALLY interesting to see? If people are upset because of World Of Sport losing talent, just wait until WWE tries Japan whenever that day eventually comes.

 

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WWE Results: SmackDown In Amsterdam, Update On Big Cass (5/19/18)

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As it was noted earlier, the WWE Superstars of SmackDown Live were in Amsterdam, Netherlands tonight as the company’s European Tour rolls into its final few days. It was reported that Big Cass may have suffered a leg injury (which you can check out here), as he was badly limping through a tag team match where he paired with The Miz to take on Tye Dillinger and Daniel Bryan.

Since then, it has now come out from numerous fans who had attended previous events on the tour that Cass has been limping at every show. This is to sell the beat down given to him by Bryan this past Tuesday on SmackDown. Below are results from tonight’s show in Amsterdam:

  • SmackDown Tag Title Triple Threat: The Bludgeon Brothers retained over The New Day & The Usos
  • NXT Champion Aleister Black defeated SAnitY’s Alexander Wolfe
  • Charlotte Flair, Asuka & Naomi defeated Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose & Lana
  • Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas defeated Sin Cara
  • Daniel Bryan & Tye Dillinger defeated The Miz & Big Cass
  • United States Title: Jeff Hardy retained over Rusev
  • SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch defeated Carmella by DQ
  • AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura

Results c/o WrestlingInc

 

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Impact News: Did Impact Bounce Back In Viewership?

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This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling featured a tag team main event of Austin Aries and Matt Sydal losing to Pentagon Jr. and Fantasma, as well as the crowning of New Impact Tag Team Champions, the team of Z&E. This episode brought in 326,000 viewers which is up from last week’s 295,000 viewers, an increase of 10.5%.

This is a great sign that things are on the upswing for Impact after two weeks in a row of low viewership numbers. This is also the highest for the month of May. Impact was ranked #108 on the top 150 this week while last week was ranked #133. Once again this week, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation topped the Top 150 list for the 18-49 demographic.

Below is breakdown of Impact’s weekly ratings for 2018:

January 4th Episode: 309,000 viewers
January 11th Episode: 276,000 viewers
January 18th Episode: 309,000 viewers
January 25th Episode: 310,000 viewers (Genesis episode)
February 1st Episode: 319,000 viewers (Reboot)
February 8th Episode: 294,000 viewers
February 15th Episode: 300,000 viewers
February 22nd Episode: 262,000 viewers
March 1st Episode: 365,000 viewers
March 8th Episode: 325,000 (Crossroads episode)
March 15th Episode: 350,000 viewers
March 22nd Episode: 362,000 viewers
March 29th Episode: 399,000 viewers
April 5th Episode: 294,000 viewers
April 12th Episode: 381,000 viewers
April 19th Episode: 373,000 viewers
April 26th Episode: 308,000 viewers (post-Redemption episode)
May 3rd Episode: 299,000 viewers
May 10th Episode: 295,000 viewers
May 17th Episode: 326,000 viewers

2017 Total: 16.147 million viewers
2017 Average: 311,000 viewers per episode

Source: Showbuzz Daily

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WWE Rumors: Possible Injury To Big Cass

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It hasn’t been very long since WWE Superstar Big Cass made his return on SmackDown Live back in April. The seven footer had been off since the previous Summer recovering from a torn ACL, but was thrust immediately into a feud with Daniel Bryan upon his comeback.

As it’s been noted, the WWE’s tour of Europe continues this weekend and tonight, the Superstars of SmackDown Live were in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cass was in tag team action with The Miz to face Bryan and Tye Dillinger and it looks as if the big man has suffered another leg injury:

At this time, there are very little details on what happened or when the possible injury occurred.

EA’s Take: As always, I’m a little weary of any and everything at first. Initially, I had only seen the second video which shows Cass walking out under his own power at the very end. My first questions were; Did they work the leg during the match or is he simply just selling? Then I saw the first video and it quelled those questions for me. Cass was visibly frustrated, slamming his hand on the mat in anger, therefore something is definitely not right. Some are jumping to the conclusion that he may have re-injured his knee, however to me I’m wondering if perhaps it’s a foot/ankle injury just based off how he walked. Personally, I’m hoping it’s just minor.

 

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