News here! Commentary today on Cody Rhodes using WCW gimmicks, New Day leaving WWE?, Alexa Bliss injury update and more!
Cody Rhodes Applies For WCW Related Trademarks
While not overly newsworthy, but something that is rather interesting; Cody Rhodes has applied for trademarks for “Bunkhouse Stampede,” “Bash at the Beach,” and “Battlebowl.” As many wrestling fans may know, all there of this names are former WCW/NWA pay per view and event names. Cody’s father, Dusty Rhodes, was the creator of the Bunkhouse Stampede and Battlebowl matchups.
I am going to hate on AEW a bit here. If they are trying to change the world, and do something new, why even revisit the past? I get the fact that these are events long forgotten by the WWE, but why revert to the past? It does not make you innovative and world changing by doing so.
New Day Leaving The WWE?
The Tuesday episode of SmackDown Live initially saw Kofi Kingston win his gauntlet match and the right to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. However, at the conclusion of the match, Vince McMahon added an additional opponent in Daniel Bryan. Bryan would go on to defeat Kofi, thus ruining his chance at a title match at WrestleMania. Throughout the day, Big E and Xavier Woods have hinted at leaving the WWE.
We have kept other skills on deck for a reason…. pic.twitter.com/3B2IrqKqrE
— ✈️ GDC Wed/Thurs✈️ (@XavierWoodsPhD) March 20, 2019
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) March 20, 2019
Both videos/promos are very heartfelt, and there is probably a mixture of a work/shoot to both of them. I expect that this is a work, and the New Day won’t be leaving the company anytime soon. My thoughts are this all is storyline leading up to Kofi getting a match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. The writing works, but I don’t know why they are taking this approach.
WWE Moves It’s Headquarters
WWE sent out a press release today announcing that it will be moving headquarters, it stated:
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that the company will move its global headquarters to a new office complex at 677 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut. This move will allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.
“One of the most important elements necessary to execute WWE’s long-term growth strategy is world-class talent collaborating seamlessly to create compelling content. Our workplace initiative will be the foundation to meet these objectives and underpins our ability to deliver long-term value,” said George Barrios, WWE Co-President.
The new headquarters will provide the company with work space suited to its growing and evolving workforce. The site in Stamford’s central business district provides greater access from various means of transportation, floor plans which are well-suited to producing video content and greater flexibility in workplace design. The Company anticipates that it will move to the new headquarters in early 2021.
WWE will lease the space for an initial term of approximately 16.5 years commencing no earlier than July 1, 2019, with five five-year renewal options thereafter. The lease will be accounted for as a finance lease, with the creation of a lease obligation (equal to the present value of future lease payments, which would result in the recognition of interest expense over time) and a right-of-use lease asset (equal to the lease obligation less tenant incentives, which is depreciated on a straight-line basis through depreciation expense). Accordingly, the accounting for the lease agreement is not expected to have a material impact on Adjusted OIBDA. Depreciation expense associated with the right-of-use asset will be reflected in operating income. The Company’s capital expenditure guidance reflects this initiative. That guidance estimated capital expenditures of approximately $70 million to $90 million for 2019 with continued spending in 2020 above the historic range of approximately 4% to 7% of revenue. Additionally, the company expects to sell its owned and operated corporate facility at 1241 East Main Street, exit its leased spaces at 1266 East Main Street, and will evaluate options for its production studio facilities at 88 and 120 Hamilton Avenue based on strategic, operating and financial considerations.
Plans For Asuka At WresleMania Revealed
I have talked about the rumored plans for Asuka at WrestleMania over the past few whether it involved a potential one on one match with Lana, Mandy Rose, or Lacey Evans. However, the questions have been answered. On next week’s SmackDown, Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville will face off in a Fatal 4 Way match with the winner taking on Asuka for the SmackDown women’s championship at WrestleMania
The Fatal 4 Way will be a great match, and I expect Mandy Rose to come away with the victory. As an early prediction, I expect her to walk away with the SmackDowntitle at WrestleMania as well.
Alexa Bliss Injury Update
With minimal appearances wrestling the past few months, many have wondered if Alexa Bliss has been re-injured. Other than her Royal Rumble appearance and tag team tournament match, she has been hosting A Moment Of Bliss rather than competing in the ring. Alexa spoke with Asbury Park Press, and her in ring status came up as a topic. Alexa replied with:
I think Alexa does very well as a show host on RAW, and this is more of a creative having nothing for her at the moment until after WrestleMania. I responded to a post on the Chairshot Facebook page (which you should be following) that Alexa should be in a role managing Elias. Elias has been chasing potential WWE gold for some time, and who better to lead him to the promise land. Remember, it was Bliss who lead Blake and Murphy to tag team gold in NXT.
Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown
Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?
Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.
In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.
The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?
Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal
I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.
This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:
UPDATE: Aleister Black is now officially listed on WWE dot com as a SmackDown Superstar as well. His profile states: "After the 2019 Superstar Shake-up, Black set his sights on changing the landscape of SmackDown LIVE."
— Pro Wrestling Sheet (@WrestlingSheet) April 22, 2019
Dolph Ziggler Reveals He Was Added To The 2019 Royal Rumble The Night Before
How did Dolph Ziggler end up in the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble?
When, and how, was Dolph Ziggler added to the 2019 Royal Rumble match?
In a sit-down interview with Chris Van Vliet (seen above), Dolph Ziggler reveals that he wasn’t booked for the WWE Royal Rumble until the night before, and he earned a payday for his comedy show and the Royal Rumble appearance.
“Oh my God. That’s a great story. Can I tell this story? When I talked to you, I was not booked for the Royal Rumble and I have no reason to lie to anybody or be like ‘Hey listen, I don’t know what the deal is’. I was just on hiatus and I got a call to be there. And if I wasn’t in town for a booking for a comedy show that night I would not have even been in Phoenix. I got a call the night before saying ‘Hey, you gotta get here.’ … I was one of the last people in the ring that night and my comedy show three blocks away had to start an hour late because I was running over with sweat and my bags. I almost went in my gear but I was like I’m going to have to shower.”
Dolph Ziggler hasn’t appeared for WWE since the Royal Rumble, and in the interview above he maintains that he on an extended vacation from the company. You might remember that Ziggler made first contact with Nia Jax during the Rumble, nailing her with a Superkick.
With thanks to WrestleZone for the quote.
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