Nicole Richie and James Corden battle it out on the series premiere of Drop The Mic. From the Late Late Show, James Corden and TBS bring the extremely popular rap battle show. The show is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin.
WWE SUPERSTAR MIKE “THE MIZ” MIZANIN HOSTS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF MTV’S “THE CHALLENGE” SPECIAL “CHAMPS VS. STARS” PREMIERING NOVEMBER 21
Ten Of The Biggest Stars From Sports And Entertainment Try To Top Challenge Champs During A Special Eight-Week Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MTV’s most iconic franchise “The Challenge” is back again with the debut of an eight-week special event “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.” Hosted by WWE superstar and former challenge competitor, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, “Champs vs. Stars” will feature ten of the fiercest champions from past “Challenge” seasons. The alumni go head-to-head against ten celebrity athletes and entertainers in challenge-style competitions to determine who will reign supreme. Winners will compete for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities. “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars” premieres November 21st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
“Building on the success of ‘Champs vs. Pros’ we expanded the format for the second season,” said Tiffany Williams, SVP, Original Programming for MTV. “As a WWE Superstar and former Challenge competitor, Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin encompasses both athlete and star, making him the obvious choice for host as he has evolved into one of the most notable names and decorated athletes across the globe.”
“After 12 years, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back on The Challenge, this time as the host,” said Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. “I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for this iconic show, I never would’ve had the confidence to fulfill my dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. ‘The Challenge’ has evolved since my days of playing and now it’s pitting the biggest celebrity athletes against the best ‘The Challenge’ has to offer. It’s must-see television at its finest!”
Each episode of the eight-week special series will pit the two teams against each other in grueling challenges. The winning team from each challenge will nominate their most valuable player (MVP) who will receive money for their charity, be safe from elimination, and choose their team’s least valuable player (LVP) to go into elimination. The losing team will nominate their own LV P to go into elimination, and the two will compete to keep their spot in the game and ultimately, their share of $150,000 to donate to their beloved charities.
Meet the Host and Stars of “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars:”
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin Instagram: mikethemiz Twitter: @mikethemiz
Before evolving into “The Most Must-See Superstar in WWE History,” Mike Mizanin broke out on MTV’s “The Real World: Back to New York,” introducing his alter ego, “The Miz.” An MTV stalwart for several years, starring on several seasons of “The Challenge,” Mizanin was offered a WWE developmental contract after placing second on WWE’s “Million Dollar Tough Enough” in 2004. Over the next decade, “The Miz” climbed through the ranks to become one of the most recognizable faces in WWE. Mizanin is a former WWE Champion, two-time United States Champion, six-time Tag Team Champion and a seven-time Intercontinental Champion. He is the 25th Triple Crown Champion in WWE History, only the 14th Superstar to complete the Grand Slam, and main evented WWE WrestleMania 27 opposite John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. During his tenure with WWE, Mizanin has starred in the third, fourth and fifth installments of “The Marine” film franchise, where he plays the grizzled veteran Jake Carter. He has also starred in the comedy “Santa’s Little Helper” as well as the ABC Family original movie “Christmas Bounty.”
Ariane Andrew Charity competing for: Black Girls Rock Instagram: arianeandrew Twitter: @ArianeAndrew
Triple threat performer Ariane Andrew is a dancer, actress and former professional wrestler. The former “Total Divas” star isn’t afraid to tell it like it is or throw down in the ring to prove a point. Ready to break new barriers, Andrew is bringing her athletic skills and conniving ways from the ring to “The Challenge.” Underestimated because of her size and swag, Andrew is not intimidated by any of the Champs and will do whatever it takes to claim the title and win money for her charity.
Josh Murray Charity competing for: Extra Special People Instagram: joshmurray11 Twitter: @JoshAllanMurray
Best known for appearing as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” Josh Murray is no stranger to competition. Despite a history of striking out with love, Murray found success as a professional baseball player in his younger years and his love of sports and competition has never left him. Tall, good-looking, and athletic, Murray is certain to have the ladies swooning and the competition shaking in their sneakers.
Justina Valentine Charity competing for: Young Women’s Leadership Network Instagram: justinavalentine Twitter: @JustinaMusic
From her signature bright locks to her larger than life personality, “Wild ‘N Out” star Justina Valentine always manages to shine in a crowded room. This singer, rapper, and songwriter is walking into the competition with one alliance already in the bag: her fellow “Wild ‘N Out” cast member and friend, Matt Rife. With her sunny disposition, Valentine is bound to charm over a Champ or two — but does she have the physical talents to compete at the level of our resident Champs?
Kim Glass Charity competing for: Covenant House Instagram: itskimglass Twitter: @itskimglass
At first glance, Kim Glass is quite the force to be reckoned with. At 6 feet 3 inches, Glass led her Olympic Volleyball team to a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, but she’s not all brawn. Kim was one of only three athletes featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. A fierce competitor, Glass is a team player and expects only the best out of herself and her teammates. She’ll be at the helm to lead the Stars as they come face-to-face with the Champs.
Matt Rife Charity competing for: World Wildlife Foundation Instagram: mattrife Twitter: @ItsMattRife
With his latest iconic role as one of the new hosts on MTV’s “TRL,” Matt Rife, is destined to break out even bigger. The 22-year-old stand-up comedian already made history as the youngest person ever to be cast on MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out,” where he harnessed his hilarious stand up skills. On ‘The Challenge’ he wants to show the Champs that he’s willing to go head-to-head in any physical challenge and is more than just a killer smile with perfect abs. Rife is ready to be the last one laughing when he sends those Champs home.
Michelle Waterson Charity competing for: MVP Vets and Players Instagram: karatehottiemma Twitter: @karatehottiemma
Don’t let her short stature and bubbly personality fool you, Michelle Waterson packs a punch. A life-long martial artist, Waterson lit up the MMA world with dazzling submission skills and lightning-quick strikes. Before joining the ultra-competitive UFC, Waterson was the #1 ranked fighter in the world and was crowned champion multiple times. Although she’s a newcomer to the franchise, Michelle is ready to earn a new title to her list as #1 on “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.”
Riff Raff Charity competing for: Nevada SPCA Instagram: jodyhighroller Twitter: @jodyhighroller
The term “Riff Raff” is usually reserved for a person who is up to no good or someone you wouldn’t want to be associated with, and at first glance, it would be easy to write off this rapper as just that. But after looking past his braids, tattoos, and eccentric fashion choices, there’s more to Riff Raff than first meets the eye. From his appearance on “From G’s To Gents,” to his transformation into a viral internet sensation, Riff Raff, also known as “Jody Highroller,” is a master of reinvention and surprise. When the power of persuasion and manipulation can be your biggest asset in this game, Riff Raff is not one to be underestimated.
Romeo Miller Charity competing for: Team Hope NOLA Instagram: romeomiller Twitter: @RomeoMiller
The son of hip hop royalty, Romeo Miller, formerly known as Lil’ Romeo, has a lucrative music and acting career all his own. His desire for competition isn’t stifled by the fact that he already has all the finer things that life has to offer. Miller is always up for a challenge and competing against these Champs will be no different. With celebrity charm running through his veins, Miller is certain to score a few points with the ladies while simultaneously threatening the competition.
Shawn Johnson Charity competing for: Hope Sports Instagram: shawnjohnson Twitter: @ShawnJohnson
They say good things come in small packages and legendary gymnast Shawn Johnson is no exception to the rule. Amongst her many titles, Johnson has four Olympic medals, including a gold in the 2008 Games. Even though she retired from gymnastics, Johnson still has the heart and drive of a competitor. At only 4 feet 11 inches, Johnson is all strength and power and despite her small size, the Champs shouldn’t underestimate her will to win.
Terrell Owens Charity competing for: Ky Cares Foundation Instagram: terrellowens Twitter: @terrellowens
Former NFL wide receiver, Terrell Owens, also known as T.O., is a powerhouse athlete with a colorful, and sometimes controversial, personality guaranteed to put the Champs on edge. Although he retired from football, T.O. is still extremely competitive and will stop at nothing to win. He’s used to being the alpha male on the team, and with his dominating presence, T.O. is ready to tackle “The Challenge: Champs vs Stars” like a pro.
“Champs vs. Stars” was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Scott Freeman and Trish Gold serve as Executive Producers, and Matt Ruecker and Jack Reifert serve as Co-Executive Producers.
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).
About Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (32 seasons on MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Life of Kylie, Total Divas and Total Bellas (E!), The Real World, The Challenge and The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime), Valerie’s Home Cooking (Food Network), Born This Way (A&E), Earth Live (National Geographic), Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), The Selection: Special Operations Experiment (History), The Healer (TLC), Chachi’s World (go90), GloBugz (YouTube) and Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch). BMP has also produced They Call Us Monsters (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO) for BMP Films. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.
Dana White appeared on Good Day New York and was asked about Conor McGregor signing with the WWE for a WrestleMania match. White said that he had just asked Vince McMahon about it and that McMahon replied “It’s news to me”.
White then showed the hosts the text messages.
McGregor has been long rumored to be wanting to work with WWE in some capacity and the WWE has long wanted him on their payroll. It makes sense for McGregor, who has modeled his persona after legendary wrestler Ric Flair, to end up in a wrestling ring, even if for just a few matches.
Commentary: McGregor would do huge numbers for the WWE. But the problem is going to be two-fold. The biggest issue is going to be money. Will WWE be willing to give McGregor a massive payday? Not to McGregor. WWE isn’t going to pay McGregor $50 Million for one match. I don’t think McGregor is going to want to do multiple matches for anything less than $100 M.
The second part of that problem is the UFC problem. Will Dana White allow one of his fighters to compete on the WWE stage? WWE matches are knowingly staged and UFC is considered shoot fighting. I wouldn’t want one of my legitimate competitors working for a staged fighting company. It would be counterproductive to my business model.
Do you want to see Conor McGregor in WWE?
Miley Cyrus and James Corden sing through some of Miley’s best old songs. You will love this.
25 year old Michael Kight did an insane version of “Sugar” by Maroon 5 on The Voice. The rendition was stripped down and totally different than the original version. I think you will enjoy it.
Anthem Launches Global Wrestling Network
Multi-Platform Digital Service
NASHVILLE | TORONTO – Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, announced today the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, a multi-platform digital service designed to give fans around the world instant 24-hour access to the extensive IMPACT Wrestling library, including every classic pay-per-view event, groundbreaking original series, reality shows and documentaries, exclusive events and cards from international promotions and partners, classic content from old territories, over 1,000 hours of original programming, plus the ability to purchase premium live pay-per-view events.
Global Wrestling Network will be available on all major over-the-top (OTT) platforms and devices, including web at GlobalWrestlingNetwork.com, iOS and Android, and coming soon to Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV and Smart TVs. A premium subscription will be priced at just US$7.99 per month with a 30-day free trial for new members.
Members will also have free access to episodes of the weekly flagship show IMPACT!, as well as new weekly episodes of Xplosion and other original digital content featuring top professional wrestling stars, including Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, EC3, Eddie Edwards, James Storm, the high-flying X-Division, the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Sienna, Rosemary and Gail Kim, and talent from international partner promotions such as Johnny Impact, Naomichi Marufuji and El Hijo del Fantasma.
“Within just one year, we have made tremendous progress by re-branding and re-energizing the IMPACT Wrestling product,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “The launch of the Global Wrestling Network marks a significant milestone in the brand’s digital growth and international expansion. Working with our partners, GWN will create, acquire and curate content from various promotions around the globe to become the leading provider of independent professional wrestling content in the world.”
Programming from IMPACT Wrestling’s 15-year library showcases household industry names such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and many more.
For more information, visit www.impactwrestling.com and www.globalwrestlingnetwork.com.
About IMPACT Wrestling
IMPACT Wrestling is one of the world’s largest wrestling entertainment properties, creating more than 200 hours of original content annually across television and other digital platforms. IMPACT Wrestling specializes in events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, EC3, Eddie Edwards, James Storm, the high-flying X-Division, plus the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Sienna, Rosemary and Gail Kim, as well as talent from international partner promotions such as Johnny Impact, Naomichi Marufuji and El Hijo del Fantasma. Its highly successful flagship, IMPACT!, broadcasts in more than 120 countries around the world, including Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop (a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate) in the United States, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony ESPN in India, Spike UK in the United Kingdom, SuperSport in Africa and ranFIGHTING in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
About Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.
Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global sports media company with offices and studios in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and Nashville. Anthem’s portfolio includes Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel now broadcasting in the U.S., Canada and over 30 other countries, GameTV, featuring game shows, reality series, movies and sports available in over 9 million homes, IMPACT Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion seen in 120 countries specializing in television programs, events, products, merchandise, music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers, and Edge Sport, an extreme and action sports network recently launched in Canada in partnership with IMG. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S. available in 45 million homes.
Anthem also owns the Fantasy Sports Entertainment Group (FSEG), which includes Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), the world’s first and only channel dedicated to fantasy sports, FNTSY Sports Radio Network, a 24/7 audio channel, RotoExperts.com, a leader in season-long fantasy sports news and analysis, DailyRoto.com, the most comprehensive and far-reaching daily fantasy sports website, and SportsGrid.com, a leader in general sports entertainment commentary.
Jason Aldean opened up Saturday Night Live with a touching tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and Tom Petty. Aldean performed a cover of “I Won’t Back Down” by Petty.
On WWE Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns took on The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship and in the process got attacked by Cesaro and Sheamus. Afterwards, WWE had Roman Reigns backstage with his former Shield partners, teasing the reunion of the group.
Are you excited to see the Shield back together?
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest took the morning to discuss the tragic events that occurred in Las Vegas. Seacrest really puts things into perspective.
Music icon Tom Petty has died at the age of 66. Petty was on life support as of Monday morning in full cardiac arrest. He was found unresponsive in his Malibu home and rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
More details will come out as they are released.