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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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NXT Takeover War Games: War Games Match

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WWE NXT Takeover War Games Undisputed Era Adam Cole Roderick Strong Kyle O'Reilly Bobby Fish War Raiders Ricochet Pete Dunne

Results of the fifth match of WWE NXT Takeover War Games, Undisputed Era members Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong battled WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne, NXT North American Champion Ricochet, and War Raiders in WAR GAMES!





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Undisputed Era members Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong enter the two-ring, steel cage structure against Pete Dunne, Ricochet, and War Raiders members Rowe and Hansen in the closing match at WWE NXT Takeover War Games!

  • Adam Cole would be the first entrant into War Games, as the announcers quoted Arn Anderson talking about the importance of the  order of entry. Really it was because he needed the platform to go “Adam Cole BAY BAY!”
  • NXT North American Champion Ricochet would be the second entrant into War Games, and would spend 5-minutes inside the rings with Cole.
  • Kyle O’Reilly entered War Games third, giving Undisputed Era the advantage for three minutes.
  • The fourth entrant into War Games was Hanson, who jumped in front of Pete Dunne. Hanson evened the odds for Ricochet, who was taking a beating from the former Future Shock.
  • Roderick Strong, who teamed with Raw Tag Team Champions The AOP in last year’s War Games, was the fifth entrant into War Games, giving the Undisputed Era the 3-minute advantage once again.
  • Rowe entered War Games sixth, once again keeping Dunne in the shark cage.
  • During this segment of War Games, the babyfaces isolated Adam Cole and did as much damage as possible before Bobby Fish entered the match.
  • Bobby Fish was the seventh entrant into War Games, once again giving Undisputed Era the advantage for a final three minutes. Before heading to the ring, Fish attacked Pete Dunne, locking him into the shark cage and keeping the key.
  • Fish brought four Undisputed Era labeled chairs with him into the ring.
  • Pete Dunne was able to enter the match thanks to a set of bolt cutters, but didn’t enter until after filling the ring with plunder (including multiple tables).
  • Once Pete Dunne entered, The Match Beyond began (I don’t care what the announcers said!).
  • Dunne was able to survive a double submission move from O’Reilly and Strong (the NXT Tag Team Champions) as Ricochet broke through Cole and Fish to make the save.
  • After one of the most creative Tower Of Doom spots I’ve ever seen, Ricochet hit a double-rotation Moonsault off of the top of the cage onto the seven other competitors.
  • In one of the most well-done War Games things I’ve ever seen, both teams lined up at opposite sides of the cage, marching towards each other as if they were “marching into battle,” meeting between the two rings to pair off and trade blows.
  • Pete Dunne connected with the Bitter End on Adam Cole, followed by a 450 Splash from Ricochet, and both men draped their arms over Cole for the three count and win for the babyface team.

 















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NXT Takeover War Games: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream

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Results of the fourth match of WWE NXT Takeover War Games, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream for the NXT Championship!





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Velveteen Dream challenged Tommaso Ciampa for his NXT Championship under the bright lights of Los Angeles at WWE NXT Takeover War Games!

  • Velveteen Dream made his entrance first, emulating the NWO’s Hollywood Hogan with his attire and entrance.
  • During both his entrance and the announcements, Tommaso Ciampa repeatedly kissed the nameplate on his NXT Championship.
  • Ciampa would steal Dream’s “Hollywood” headband, then do the Hogan Ear Cusp, which elicited a huge round of boos from the crowd. Dream would get his headband back, not not after doing the Macho Man throat dive over the top rope and Macho Man double ax-handle off the top.
  • Velveteen Dream would later suplex Tommaso Ciampa over the top rope, sending both men crashing to the floor, doing damage to both competitors.
  • The referee would avoid an errant kick from Dream and catch Ciampa pulling the tights in a roll-up that would have otherwise ended the match.
  • Soon after, Tommaso Ciampa would complete a barrage of offense with a Project Ciampa, but Dream kicked out at two.
  • Dream would hit the Swinging Spike DDT on the NXT Championship, which Ciampa brought into the ring. Ciampa himself would then kick out at two.
  • Late in the match we’d see Ciampa take a shot at Mauro Ranallo, which allowed Dream to take the advantage and eventually connect with the Purple Rainmaker… for two.
  • A short time later, Ciampa would score the pinfall to retain his championship after hitting a Draping DDT on the metal sheet connecting the two rings.

 



 







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