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New Tag Team To Debut On SmackDown?
As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown live, Paige was interviewed backstage and stated she will be bringing in an impressive tag team in to SmackDown on next week’s episode. No word as to who this team will be.
With the superstar shakeup next week, anything is possible. I would imagine it could be an NXT callup, and I will go out on a limb an predict it will be Kari Sane and Io Shirai.
CZW Best Of The Best Preview
Many may consider Combat Zone Wrestling an extreme or death match promotion, however they do have talented stars on their roster. One of their events that focuses more on wrestling than death matches is the Best Of The Best tournament and that will be taking place this Saturday, April 13th. This is the 18th year of the tournament and Last Word On Pro Wrestling has a great preview of the tournament that you can check out here.
16 Competitors. 1 Night. 1 Champion.
— SATURDAY – BEST OF THE BEST – VOORHEES NJ (@combatzone) April 7, 2019
In all honesty, I have never been a big follower of many independent promotions, however I have always loved CZW. I know many of you, including myself, aren’t a big fan of extreme wrestling, but the Best of the Best has always been such a great pure wrestling tournament.
NWA Crockett Cup Bracket Revealed
Another popular tournament is the NWA Crockett Cup that is occurring later this month. The annual tag team tournament brackets were revealed today on the official NWA YouTube account.
If you are looking for tag team wrestling, the Crockett Cup is where you will find it. This tournament features a mixture of top independent talent, and veterans, including the Rock N Roll Express.
AEW/Warner Media Group Discussions ?
Jim Ross stated last week that AEW will begin to air on a major network beginning in October. Many networks have been rumored to be a part of AEW’s plans including TNT, WGN, Spike, AXS TV, and ESPN. According to the the Twitter account of the Fight Oracle, AEW will air on TNT.
-BREAKING- @WarnerMediaGrp aka Turner Sports (TNT, TBS) will present @AEWrestling at their upfronts to advertisers next month. WarnerMedia/Turner upfronts are currently scheduled for May 15th. This is how Networks announce their content lineup for the fall season to advertisers.
— The Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) April 10, 2019
Greg DeMarco also gave some of his thoughts regarding the news early today, and you can read there here.
I’m not familiar with this Twitter account, so take it with a grain of salt. However, TNT has long been rumored, and they are a major network. We know there were possible discussions of WWE moving RAW or SmackDown to TNT during network negotiations last year, so obviously TNT has wanted to get back in the game. However, Warner Media Group has a large amount of networks under its umbrella in addition to TNT including HBO and TBS. Now the discussion will be how the program will be formatted. Will it be a weekly show? And if so, will it be live every week? With the costs associated with live television production, one can assume that show will be taped, but where? On location? Still many questions to be answered, but the company is taking the next logical steps in the right direction
HHH Speaks On Vince’s Current Role
HHH and Stephanie McMahon were interviewed recently by Sports Business Journal. At one point during the interview, HHH discussed Vince McMahon’s role in WWE. (thanks to #wrestlingnews.co for the transcription)
“Vince has the most incredible work ethic of any person I have ever seen. It’s impossible to hang with him on a long term basis even at 73. It’s crazy. He still trains every day, still does everything but he’s hands on on so many things. Not because he micromanages or not because he can’t let people succeed and do things. When it comes to creative and the shows, he’s at Raw and SmackDown every week. That’s the part that he loves. He found himself as a business man but that’s what he loves to do and he’s awesome at it. That is his passion. He won’t give that up, not because he should, it’s his passion.”
Vince McMahon obviously can’t be in charge of WWE forever, and HHH will most likely take over at some point. However, at 73, Vince is like the Tom Brady of professional wrestling; hated by many, but at the top of his game.
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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