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All In News: Deonna Purrazzo Confirmed To No Longer Be All In

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With less than two months to go until the September 1st All In event from the Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois, the status of one of the previously announced participants had seemingly become up in the air. Three months ago, independent stand-out Deonna Purrazzo had announced that she was “All In” (check that out here), however at the tail end of May it was reported that she had signed a contract with WWE (read about that here). It was added later that she was expected to begin at the Performance Center in Orlando some time in July (for more on that go here), all signs pointing towards her likely no longer competing at All In.

Cody Rhodes, who is producing the show with The Young Bucks (and perhaps some other help) responded to a fan question last night on Twitter, confirming that Deonna is no longer able to be at All In:

EA’s Take: No big surprise here, there was never a chance that WWE was going to let her work that show, no matter what kind of strides they’ve made with other promotions. There’s been some talk that WWE had been trying to sign people in order to prevent them from appearing at All In and I believe that all really started here. You could maybe throw MJF into that mix, but if I’m remembering correctly, he was already under contract to MLW before he was “All In” (which reportedly hasn’t stopped WWE from offering him a deal). Personally, I’ll never understand why any company as big as WWE would ever be so worried about another event that they’d just blindly sign people to keep them away. Whether you believe that’s the case here is up to you. I’d just hate for that to turn into some kind of narrative for Deonna because it’s not like she isn’t talented.

 

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WWE News: Liv Morgan’s Injury Now Confirmed By WWE

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If you didn’t catch last night’s edition of Monday Night RAW from Denver, Colorado, The Riott Squad was in 6-Woman Tag Team action against the trio of Natalya and The Bella Twins.

During one moment in the match, Brie was delivering her husband’s trademark Yes Kicks to Liv Morgan and misfired on a couple of shots, striking Liv in the head with two consecutive blows. Morgan was visibly wobbly immediately after, getting tagged out and then only reappearing for one more spot in the match where The Riott Squad was hit with a triple suplex.

While it was widely believed that Liv likely suffered a concussion, it had yet to be confirmed although we did learn she was undergoing testing to see if that was in fact the case (read about that here). Today, WWE has now confirmed that Morgan does have a concussion with the following statement to PWInsider:

“Liv Morgan has a concussion and is going through the proper protocol under WWE’s comprehensive wellness program.”

It has also been noted today that Liv is having trouble remembering what happened during last night’s match. Additionally, it’s being said that although she was clearly injured, Morgan essentially forced her way back into the match briefly to take the triple suplex spot. At this time it’s not known how long she will be out of action.

 

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WWE News: RAW Rating Takes A Big Drop, Rises In Top 5 (9/24/18)

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It has been nothing but dipping ratings for WWE’s Monday Night RAW ever since the post-SummerSlam episode on August 20th. With the NFL season in full swing, would the red brand have any shot at turning it around this week?

The numbers are in for last night’s episode and their downward trend continues with a 2.349, a 12% decrease over last week’s edition that had a 2.672. This is officially the lowest rated edition of RAW in the show’s history, beating out the July 9th episode a couple of months back. Here’s a look at the last four weeks of RAW ratings:

  • September 3rd: 2.872
  • September 10th: 2.740
  • September 17th: 2.672
  • September 24th: 2.349

While RAW’s rating took a big drop this week, their Cable Top 150 Ranking in the 18-49 demographic unusually went back up to the fourth spot after ranking fifth last week:

  1. NFL/Steelers vs. Buccaneers – ESPN – 4.43
  2. Monday Night Kickoff – ESPN – 1.62
  3. SportsCenter (12 AM Hour) – ESPN – 1.50
  4. Monday Night RAW (8PM Hour) – USA Network – 0.84
  5. Love & Hip Hop Hollywood – VH1 – 0.83

EA’s Take: While I’m generally tooting the horn of “Don’t Panic” lately when it comes to RAW’s ratings, there’s not much good going on here. It’s a bit of a deceiving positive that the red brand was able to move up a slot in the Cable Top 150. Last week, they came in fifth with a 0.96 share of the 18-49 demographic, so along with a big drop in the ratings, a big decrease here as well. It’s going to continue getting worse before it gets better, I feel at least. This is football season baby and any time there’s a big game like this week, RAW has no chance.

 

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*Spoilers* Update On Independent Star Injured At Last Week’s NXT TV Tapings

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Last Thursday, WWE’s NXT was back at Full Sail University for its latest set of television tapings to air on the WWE Network.

Among the action, Shayna Baszler went one-on-one with independent star and the girlfriend of The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, Britt Baker. According to initial reports, Baker may have been injured during the match, however she continued to compete and even was attacked after the bell by Baszler. This led many to believe the injury in question was just part of an angle, but it now appears like that is not the case.

It has now been revealed that Baker suffered a dislocated shoulder, however the speculation is that there is not a major injury in play that would require surgery. In what would seem to back that talk up, Britt took to Twitter and remarked that she will be out of action for a few weeks. Adam Cole would also comment:

 

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