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Daily DeMarco: Pete Dunne Taking Increased WWE Role In 2019?

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Are we going to see more of WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne stateside for WWE in 2019? Greg DeMarco thinks so!

Pete Dunne has taken the wrestling world by storm since his initial appearance in the WWE United Championship Tournament. Dunne would lose to Tyler Bate in the finals, but would go on to defeat Bate for that same title at WWE NXT Takeover: Chicago in what I recently called one of the best matches I’ve ever seen.

Fast forward to December 31, 2018, and Dunne has held that championship for 590 days (and counting), and is on a collision course with Gallus member Joe Coffey at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool on January 12. Dunne may have given us reason to pick against him at that event earlier today.

Pete Dunne defeated Tyler Bate in the main event of PROGRESS Chapter 82: Unboxing today, and shared an interesting tweet after the event:

“Finished my time on the British independent scene tonight” is a hell of a statement for Dunne, who at age 25 is already considered a 13-year veteran of the ring and has been a staple of the UK wrestling scene. While he is under contract to WWE, he has seen the same flexibility as other NXT UK talents, wrestling at specific independent events in the United Kingdom, including PROGRESS.

That seems to be coming to an end, according to his tweet.

Pete Dunne has been much more involved in non NXT UK events over the past two years, wrestling on the main roster in a win over Enzo Amore, and being part of multiple NXT Takeover events, including working the recent War Games match alongside Ricochet and the War Raiders–a team that was victorious over Undisputed Era.

Dunne is an amazingly talented performer, and is over with the WWE United States audience to a huge degree. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him drop the NXT UK Championship to Joe Coffey–himself deserving of such an honor. Coffey has been one of the most impressive NXT UK stars since the brand’s inception, and has a crew to back him up as a strong heel champion.

As for Dunne, he can be an asset to any brand. If I were WWE, I would put him wherever a shot of energy is needed. If that’s 205 Live, count me in, as long as Dunne gets regular work. Personally, I would love to see him in NXT, where he can work the likes of Adam Cole, Ricochet, Velveteen Dream, Tommaso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano.

Dunne could still work the NXT UK tapings, so dropping the UK Championship isn’t a “must” at this point. But I have a feeling it’s likely, so he’s fully available to the WWE’s US brands. I would expect him to appear in the Royal Rumble, and a spot at Takeover: Phoenix isn’t out of the question. Either way, this all reads like a change in focus for Dunne–one that he is more than ready for.


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Levin: Television Deal Gives AEW A Chance To Push WWE Around

With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal? 

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With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal?

I don’t know if it is competition yet, but the fact AEW has a television deal with WarnerMedia to air live matches in a weekly primetime format on TNT should make things interesting.

I’m not expecting the return of the Monday Night Wars or for Tony Khan to shout from Stone Mountain that he is in the “wrasslin business” as Ted Turner once did to the deaf ears of Vince McMahon. This isn’t the same kind of confrontation between two middle-aged men with egos bigger than the state of Florida.

Per the New York Post, “The new wrestling company and WarnerMedia announced the agreement Wednesday morning. TNT will air live AEW matches weekly in prime time starting in the fall, as well as streaming them on B/R Live and on pay-per-view. AEW will be presented to advertisers during the WarnerMedia Upfront at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Wednesday.”

If this is the kind of entrance Khan and his performers want to make, then I am all for it. Pro wrestling is moving the needle a bit from the monopoly of the McMahons with NJPW, ROH and the NWA grabbing the attention of fans – away from the stale and pungent feel of what WWE has offered ahead of the Money in the Bank PPV. If anything, there is an injection of adrenaline in a business that has been on life support in some circumstances since the last day WCW was in operation and Billionaire Ted gave in to the struggles of trying to get it right on a weekly basis.

Per Joseph Staszewski,” The deal marks the first time wrestling will appear on TNT since the final “WCW Monday Nitro” on March 26, 2001, and officially puts AEW in competition with WWE for prime-time television ratings.”

My son wasn’t two yet and I was on my first wife at the time.

Now comes the fun of seeing what Khan, who is a huge wrestling fan and part owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will do with top-level talent (Cody, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Guns and Britt Baker to name a few) at his disposal.

If the branding and storylines follow that of the old NWA with a splash of WCW from the early 1990s mixed in, then Khan and his venture have a chance to rock the wrestling boat. No one is going to knock McMahon off his lofty perch. But the programming and promotion can offer hardened fans a chance to see their old favorites weekly.

What AEW did by making the announcement in grand style is deliver a message to WWE, which signifies this is an upstart that isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers. It was the right time with the right company backing them.

It’s time to see if the McMahon old guard is as solid as it once was or can the little engine that could make a dent in a business monopolized for too long.


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Smackdown (5/14/19)

They had Kayla Braxton interview Lars Sullivan. Really.

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WWE Smackdown is in London this week, and it’s the go home SD Live for Money In The Bank. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is on the horizon, and the WWE Smackdown side takes it home in dramatic fashion. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Andrade

Andrade is the man. Seriously, he’s taken tranquilo to the main shows in WWE, and it shows in such a good way. I still wish he was on Raw where he’d be given more opportunity, but he still makes the most out of each moment. Despite the “tranquilo” attitude I referred to, every thing he does actually has far more intensity than almost anyone else not named Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, or Roman Reigns. Traditional thinking means a win here won’t lead to a Money In The Bank briefcase retrieval, but if I was booking the show he’d leave Money In The Bank with the WWE Championship.


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The Second Star: Kayla Braxton

These assholes had Kayla Braxton, a mixed-race female, interview Lars Sullivan? LARS SULLIVAN? I don’t know what idiot made that decision, but they need some special training of their own. Kayla, of course, handled it like the true professional she is. But I’m biased, because I love Kayla Braxton.


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The First Star for WWE Smackdown: Kevin Owens

I am so glad Kevin Owens didn’t stay babyface for long. He’s more than a natural heel–he’s a spectacular heel. He told the truth to Kofi (“reality begins…reality ends this Sunday”) and it worked. He answered Kofi’s babyface challenge, but walked away multiple times, which was long enough to make Sami Zayn’s attack unpredictable. He’s fat, looks dirty, and wrestles in a t-shirt. But he’s so good while doing it. Kevin Owens is the heel we all need, in an era where it’s hard to be a true heel.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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