PWInsider is reporting that WWE plans to go back to Saudi Arabia by the end of the year.
According to the report, WWE has its eyes on the return as the world is beginning to reopen. The company has not yet settled on a return date.
PWInsider is reporting that WWE plans to go back to Saudi Arabia by the end of the year.
According to the report, WWE has its eyes on the return as the world is beginning to reopen. The company has not yet settled on a return date.
WWE has announced that Summerslam will be live from Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS TO HOST SUMMERSLAM® AT ALLEGIANT STADIUM
STAMFORD, Conn., June 5, 2021 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that SummerSlam will take place from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 21 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium.
Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a state-of-the-art global events destination and home to the Las Vegas Raiders. SummerSlam will be one of the first sporting events held at full capacity at Allegiant Stadium with tickets on sale Friday, June 18. Fans interested in an exclusive SummerSlam presale opportunity can register at www.summerslam.com/presale.
“Coming out of the pandemic, it was important to us to have a big event like SummerSlam in Las Vegas. We expect to deliver a great night of sports entertainment for the people of the city and a boost in foot traffic for the casinos and local businesses,” said Nick Khan, WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer and Las Vegas native.
“The Raiders are thrilled to join WWE in hosting SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium in August,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “WWE is a leader in global entertainment, and to host one of its signature events in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is a perfect fit. The Raiders look forward to SummerSlam and a full schedule of events and entertainment to come at Allegiant Stadium.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to host SummerSlam for the very first time and welcome WWE, its Superstars and the WWE Universe to Las Vegas this August,” said Steve Hill, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Live entertainment and sporting events are returning to the destination in a big way, and SummerSlam is the perfect addition to the Las Vegas summer calendar.”
SummerSlam will stream live exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff did a Youtube livestream with the After 83 Weeks Youtube channel. On the stream, he was asked his thoughts on WWE gearing up for a sale to NBCUniversal, Disney, Fox, or another major media player.
Bischoff gave an interesting take. He says that he believes that WWE may not be for sale. He went on to explain that Vince McMahon, the CEO of WWE, has a fiduciary responsibility to make money for WWE’s shareholders and therefore, the WWE releases may just be a move to help make WWE more financially responsible.
Bischoff also went on and gave a few other hypothetical plays that WWE may be working on. He even speculated that WWE may be trying to make a purchase or just trying to keep their stock price rising.
Check out the clip here:
A week after WWE announced several mainstream sports executives joining its board, the company announced on Wednesday it was releasing wrestlers Aleister Black, Ruby Riott, Brawn Strowman, Lana, Santana Garrett and Buddy Murphy.
The cuts were a bit scattered, but with the amount of releases the company has made, it isn’t a major surprise, even though there seemed to be little planning in some of the cuts. Black was involved in a match with Intercontinental Champion Big E on Monday Night Raw earlier this week. Strowman was pushed as a future main eventer for months and considered a project under the direction of Vince McMahon, before he lost some of his initial buzz from the beginning of his singles run. He had a seven-figure contract, which put him in the company’s budget-cutting crosshairs.
Two years ago, WWE was in purchase mode, offering five-year deals and major extension money to everyone on the roster in an effort to kill burgeoning All-Elite Wrestling in the cradle. The company had major success cornering much of the women’s independent talent in the US and locked up many big names from Ring of Honor. But priorities have changed.
Even though the company had its best year in fiscal history in 2020, and just signed a $1 billion deal with Peacock for streaming rights to the WWE Network, the company has been slashing its budget since last spring. The company’s labor costs are relatively low to begin with, but that hasn’t kept them from releasing talent over the last several months.
With WWE’s effort to put AEW out of business a failure, the company is trimming the hedges and repainting the shutters for potential suitors in a sale. Two sources have told me WWE would have considered a sale in the last several years, but couldn’t get the magic number it wanted, something close to the $6 billion Ultimate Fighting Championship received in its sale in 2016.
When WWE signed its latest billions in TV deals with Viacom and FOX in 2018, the company was at its highest value point in history. It’s since declined in ratings steadily over the last three years, especially over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it hasn’t hurt the company bottom line. Cutting house shows during the pandemic actually saved the company money, according to reports from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter last year.
But the current streaming wars, along with the major Peacock deal, may be a signal to WWE owner Vince McMahon that it’s now or never to get that major payoff. Steaming platforms are buying up content at record rates, with winners and losers already emerging. What’s expect to follow is consolidation and buyouts of the weaker platforms. If WWE wants to make a sale, this may be its best chance before the number of potential suitors plummet as some streamers die off or get swallowed by the winners.
What WWE cuts mean for released talent
If there’s ever proof that having experience on the indies is important, you’ll see it over the next year as released WWE talent tries to make its way into the greater wrestling world. For workers who came straight into the business via the Performance Center in Orlando, things will be tougher than those who were already established in other companies. For one, those fan bases do vary. Another, while WWE is the biggest company in the world, the WWE “main event” style doesn’t translate well to other promotions, and you can’t take those WWE copyright names and gimmicks with you, so while you are in a much better position than someone starting out, you’re going to have to reinvent yourself for a different crowd.
Ruby Riott/Heidi Lovelace – Riott wrestled as Heidi Lovelace while training in Ohio Valley Wrestling and through time at Shimmer, Chikara and SHINE. She’s got a solid indie background and was a star in WWE, even helming her own stable. WWE did well cornering the market on women’s talent in 2019 and Lovelace should be in high demand from the other American companies.
Braun Strowman – Strowman made a name in strongman competitions before he was signed by WWE in 2013. He’s a total product of the WWE system. Also hurting him, his comments about indie talent hurting during lockdowns in Spring 2020 showed little awareness of how the independent system worked. He later apologized, but he may not have to. Strowman’s knees took a beating while competing in Strongman and training in WWE, and he also had a seven-figure contract, which Dave Meltzer reported was the catalyst for his release. He has money in the bank if he wants to move on with his life. If he wants to continue his wrestling career, hes’ going to have to learn the independent system, but he has a better head start than most WWE-born talent in that he was a recognizable main eventer.
Santana Garrett – Garrett was in WWE since 2019, after competing on and off in NXT as enhancement talent and in the Mae Young Classic Tournament. She worked most of the major women’s promotions like Stardom, SHINE, WOW and a five-year indie run with Coastal Championship Wrestling out of Florida. She was also in and out of TNA/Impact for several years and was Number One contender for the Knockout’s Title. Garrett wasn’t in WWE/NXT long enough to make a marquee name but she’s a second-generation wrestler, with an impressive line of work and will get a lot of looks.
Lana/CJ Lang – To put Lang’s release in context, I’ll quote a tweet her husband, AEW’s Miro, made today: “You can’t soar with the eagles if you’re hanging with the turkeys.” No more dumb storylines trying to book their own divorce, I couldn’t be happier for Lang and Miro.
Aleister Black/Tommy End – End won’t be out of work long. He came into NXT as the leader of the SANITY stable, which was one of the major players on the brand. His run on the main roster – like many other NXT talent – wasn’t as successful. End spent 14 years in UK’s prolific independent wrestling scene, helping build it to its peak while wrestling for ICW, WXW, Progress and Revolution Pro. WWE took notice and signed him in 2017. End’s style and experience will have him in demand overseas and in the US.
Buddy Murphy/Matt Silva – While End was a major player in UK’s burgeoning scene, Silva was a pioneering wrestler in the Australian wrestling scene, which has drawn wrestlers from all over the world. Silva worked six years for MCW and PCW in his home country, before signing with WWE in 2013. He worked in NXT through 2018 until he joined the company’s Cruiserweight Tournament and 205 Live brand. He wrestled much of WWE’s top ring talent in its Cruiserweight division before partnering with Seth Rollins as a sidekick in 2020 and 2021 and won the Raw tag titles. Given Silva’s experience, name in Australia, solid work in WWE, he will be a hot commodity and especially for New Japan, who could use more Asian sphere gaijins on its roster.
All Elite Wrestling has been a leader in the wrestling landscape during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This weekend, the promotion became the first to hold a full capacity event in well over a year. While WWE’s WrestleMania had more fans in attendance, AEW is the first to fill a building to capacity.
AEW’s Double or Nothing saw almost 6,000 fans plus the crew and stars of the show. Amongst all of the hype, energy, and chaos of Double or Nothing, a star was born. That star, Anthony Ogogo.
Ogogo is a boxing superstar and former Olympian. He is a mega heel and he held his own against the American Dream Cody Rhodes. During the multi-week exchange between Rhodes and Ogogo, Ogogo showed the fans and critics alike that he had what it took to be a big player in AEW.
Sure, the guy drew on the heat of being anti-American, a tactic in pro-wrestling is as old as the day is long, but it worked. And it worked extremely well against the American Dream, Cody Rhodes. Rhodes ultimately got the win, that doesn’t mean the program between Ogogo and Rhodes is over.
In fact, this is just the beginning. AEW did a great job laying out the possible groundwork for this feud to continue. How could a monster heel from the UK just walk away after being defeated by an American? This feud will go on. And mark my words: if Ogogo sticks around, he will become a MEGA heel champion for AEW.
Ogogo can also be a key signing for AEW long term. As AEW continues to expand, the UK is going to be a huge market for them and having Ogogo has a top star is going to be vital for their expansion. Ogogo is going to be a top draw for the company. He will be over. He will show the world that he can be money.
Check out my more of my thoughts on the Double or Nothing post show edition of the Bruce Mitchell Audio show by clicking here.
So that’s how a professional wrestling show feels like with a crowd. What a wonderful thing.
Double or Nothing was remarkable for the simple fact it occurred. All-Elite Wrestling owner Tony Khan made the decision several weeks ago to make the company’s first full-capacity show since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. The company, the crowd, the wrestlers, the announcers couldn’t have been better.
The show was pure joy – from Serena Deeb and Riho’s classic during the pre-show, to the main-event cinematic Stadium Stampede (complete with a cameo from college football coaching legend and current Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer). The end summed up why AEW and this show worked, with Sammy Guevera and Shawn Spears getting their star-making moment as the center to the main event. They began the match, they were the meat in the middle and they finished it and they delivered.
Sports are important because they aren’t important. Things that are of significant duty rarely involve joy. In the last week, since the COVID-19 world began to slip away and we have been able to gather together, we’ve seen Phil Mickelson’s legendary run to the PGA Championship, Helio Castroneves win his fourth Indy 500 in front of 150,000 fans as he did his Spider-Man climb only to run the length of the straightaway to celebrate with the crowd. Double or Nothing was professional wrestling’s special moment.
All Elite Wrestling presents Double or Nothing live on Pay-Per-View. Follow MultiMediaMouth.com for results and commentary.
Serena Deeb defeated Riho for the NWA Women’s World Championship with the “Serenity Lock.”
Justin Roberts introduces Taz and Jim Ross.
The Main Card
Brian Cage (FTW World Champion) vs. Adam Page
Brian Cage comes out with major heat from the audience. Adam page gets a huge pop from the crowd. The kid is over. Page is coming in hot on Cage. Cage eventually catches Page on a suicide dive.
Cage does a suplex from the second rope onto the entrance ramp. The fans break out in a “Holy shit” chant. Amazing spot. Cage does a slam from the second turnbuckle. Pins Page, but Page kicks out after two. Cage is setting up a buckshot lariat (Page’s move) but messes it up. Page goes for the buckshot but Cage ducks it into a power bomb.
Cage hits a spinning liger bomb in what is an insanely awesome 2 minutes of TV. Ricky Starks and Hook comes out to help Cage. Cage rejects the help. Cage is now focused on Hook and Page is able to hit the buckshot and pins Cage. Great match.
Winner: “Hangman” Adam Page
Post match, Brian Cage confronts Team Tag and it looks like things are on the fritz for them.
AEW World Tag Team Championship Match:
The Young Bucks (c) w/ Don Callis vs. Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston
Moxley and Kingston come out with a huge pop. The Young Bucks come out to a shower of boos. Mox and Kingston take the fight to the Bucks. The two teams brawl with no official start. The fight pours out into the jam packed crowd.
The bell rings when the Young Bucks have taken control of the situation. Kingston and Nick Jackson kick off the match.
Anderson comes out and distracts Moxley. Gallows comes out but Kingston stops him from interfering. Kazarian comes out and attacks Anderson. Matt Jackson hits Moxley with a can of spray and busts him open. The Bucks do a Meltzer Driver onto the ramp.
The Bucks kick a bloody Moxley. Moxley tries to tag in Kingston but Matt pulls him away. Moxley begins a comeback but the Bucks take over again. The ref is letting the Bucks do their thing. It looked like the Bucks were going to go for the Shield Bomb but Moxley is able to counter and tag in Kingston.
Kingston comes in with a sprint. He is able to take control of the match. Matt hits an Assisted Sliced Bread, gets a two count. Nick goes for a seanton bomb but Kingston puts hit knees up. Moxley is back on the apron. Moxley is tagged back in, Bucks hit a double super kick.
Moxley gets a sleeper locked in. Nick is able to hit a 450 splash and gets a two count. Every time Kingston and Moxley get the upper hang, The Bucks are able to take control again. Doomsday by Mox and Kingston and Nick breaks up a 2 count.
Nick locks in a sharpshooter, Kingston breaks it up. Backdrop driver onto Matt from Kingston, Nick hits a superkick on Kingston. Paradigm Shift onto Nick, Matt breaks up the two count. Superkick party on Moxley, a one count kick out. Moxley is “hulking up”.
The Bucks hit 4 BTE Triggers and get a three count. Absolutely incredible match.
Winners: The AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks.
The Casino Battle Royal (results only): Jungle Boy wins by eliminating Christian Cage.
Anthony Ogogo vs. ‘The American Dream” Cody Rhodes
Cody takes it to Ogogo from the start. Rhodes pushes Agogo to the ropes. Ogogo hits Rhodes with a punch in the early moments of the match.
Ogogo has control of the match. Ogogo is busted open. Bleeding from the right eye. Cody begins to take control of the match. Cody hits the Cody Cutter. Rhodes takes Ogogo to the turn buckle and is going for a super plex. Ogogo hit a hard right hand knocking Cody down.
Ogogo goes to the top rope and hits a frog splash. Ogogo grabs his ribs and gets a two count on Rhodes. Rhodes locks in a Figure Four Leg Lock in the middle of the ring. Ogogo hits Rhodes with a left and knocks Rhodes down for a two count in the figure four. Ogogo reverses the leg lock.
Cody hits a Vertibreaker on Ogogo and gets the win.
Winner: The American Dream Cody Rhodes
TNT Championship Match
Miro (c) vs. “The Murder Hawk” Lance Archer
Archer takes the fight to Miro to the outside. Archer is going in hot for this match. Archer does this really awesome tight rope walk and a moonsault onto Miro.
Miro tosses Archer into the crowd onto plants onto the front row. Miro then tosses him back over into the ringside area. Miro has taken complete control of the match.
Miro wins the match by sumbission.
Winner: TNT Champion Miro
AEW Women’s World Championship
Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Dr. Britt Baker
Shida and Baker both attempt to go for a finish quickly. The crowd is behind Shida. Baker is bringing the fight to Shida. These two women are tearing the house down.
The crowd has so much respect for both women but they want Baker to win the title. Baker locks in Shida into a lock. Baker brings her back into the center of the ring. Shida hits a suplex and takes control of the match. Diving elbow leads to a two count.
Shida takes Baker to the top rope. They go for a Death Valley Driver but Baker is able to break away. Shida hits a Super Plex and gets a two count. Shida attempts to go for the top rope again but Baker breaks away. Stretch Muffler. Rebel breaks up the submission.
Rebel hits Baker with crutch. Baker hits a curb stomp on the title belt and gets a two count. Shida hits her running knee strike and gets a two count. Baker locks in the lock jaw and Shida taps.
Winner: And NEW AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker
A barn burner of a match. Baker deserves this.
Sting & Darby Allen vs. Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page
Sting comes out with a great response from the AEW fans. Amazing moment for Sting. Darby comes out with the Sting face paint. Darby dives out onto Ethan Page.
Scorpio Sky and Sting have a great moment on the stage. Page and Scorpio take control of the match.
Sting tags into the match bu Aubrey Edwards didn’t see the tag. Ethan page throws Darby into the front row. Holy crap. Sting is conflicted if he should help Darby back into the ring or not.
Sting gets the hot tag. He comes in HOT. Hits a code red in the corner and gets a two count. Darby is back in the ring with the tag to sting. Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock onto Ethan Page. Scorpio hits a leg lock. Darby and Ethan slap one another in the middle of the ring.
Sky is tagged in. Sting is tagged in. The crowd is hot. Sting hits a Scorpion Death Drop on Sky and gets the three count.
Winner: Sting & Darby Allen
All Elite Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis (c) vs. Pac vs. Orange Cassidy
Pac is out first. Orange Cassidy is out next. The Champion. is out last. Justin Roberts does an amazing job at making this a big fight feel.
The bell rings and Pac beelines it to Omega. Omega jumps out of the ropes and then sucker punches Cassidy. Cassidy is out of the match momentarily. Pac and Omega have some good moments together. Cassidy comes in and attempts to pin both men and gets a one count.
The crowd is eating out of Cassidy’s hands. Amazing work from Cassidy. Cassidy gets a two count on Omega.
Omega is out of the match. Pac and Cassidy are going at it one on one. Pac hits a drop kick on Cassidy. Omega comes into the ring and Pac is able to hit the drop kick on Omega. Pac goes back to the top rope and hits another drop kick on both men.
Omega and Pac begin to go head to head. Omega does and incredible kick to Pac and throws him into the corner with just a kick.
Cassidy and Omega have this fun back and forth pin attempt. Pac does a 450 splash onto both men! Wow! This is a great match.
Omega attempts to do a super german suplex on Cassidy. Cassidy blocks it and Pac some and hits a german onto Omega and Omega goes flying. Cassidy is on fire. Cassidy does a dive onto Pac to the out side. Cassidy comes into the ring and Omega hits a tiger driver and a two count.
Omega attempts a one winged drop, Pac counters, Omega is able to get a two count on Pac. Omega is hitting knee strike on Cassidy. A little comedy spot with Cassidy falling face first. Cassidy is able to slam Omega and then Pac hits a brain buster on Cassidy and gets a two count. The crowd loves the match.
Omega attempts a One Winged Solider on Pac but Pac hits a Sun Set Flip on Omega. Pac hits a falcon arrow from the top rope, Cassidy throws Pac out of the ring and gets a two count. A very close two count. The crowd goes nuts.
Cassidy does his lazy kicks on Pac, Pac hits a low blow. Pac dives over the top rope onto Omega and then jumps back into the ring and hits a Black Arrow on Cassidy. Omega jumps back into the ring and breaks up the count at the last second.
Pac has Omega locked into a hold, Cassidy comes in and hits the Orange Punch. Pac falls out of the ring. Cassidy hits his finisher on Omega and gets a very close two count. Cassidy hits two Orange punches on Pac and Omega. Callis leaves the announce position. Cassidy hits another Orange punch on Pac. He gets a two count and Callis pulls the ref out on the two count.
Pac locks the Brutalizer on Cassidy. Omega crawls back into the ring and tried to break up the submission. Pac doesn’t let go. Omega attacks the ref. Omega calls for Callis to toss a title belt to Omega. Omega throws in the Impact title. Omega hits Pac. Mega heat on Omega. Cassidy is out of the ring. Omega uses the AAA Mega championship as well. And ultimately hits Pac with all his titles.
Cassidy comes running in and hits an Orange Punch. Aubrey Edwards comes running out and makes a a two count on Omega. Omega flips into a roll up and gets the three count.
Winner: And STILL All Elite Wrestling Champion, Kenny Omega.
AEW did a great job on highlighting Cassidy as a future player
The Pinnacle vs. The Inner Circle
Going to do my best to follow the action
The Pinnacle enters the TIAA Stadium in a limo. The Inner Circle descends from the top of the stadium. The Inner Circle chases MJF back into his limo. The rest of the Pinnacle come on FTR’s truck. Wardlow and Hager are fighting over the fire. Odd stop. Sammy Guevara and Sean Spears are in the ring to start.
MJF comes out of the limo, but Jericho is waiting for him. The two of them brawl. Jericho and MJF take off on foot and begin to right in the back stage area.
MJF hits Jericho with a phone and then hangs the phone up again.
Jericho and MJF end up in coaches office and the coaches throw Jericho some footballs. Fun spot.
We cut to Hager and Wardlow in the back. They fight near the walk-in freezer. They eventually go thru a breakaway wall. We cut to Guevara and Spears in the back. The two have a fun mortal combat style fight with chairs.
Guevara and fight further into the back. Guevara climbs up a storage rack and right into a ladder from Spears. Spears pulls out some handcuffs and locks Guevara to the storage rack. Guevara finds bolt cutters.
We cut to a makeshift club and FTR is drinking and Santana and Ortiz comes in and clears house. Konnan is there! The two teams brawl in this club area.
We are back to MJF and Jericho who ar enow fighting in the office area. Jericho stamples a thank you card to MJF’s head. Jericho suffers from the first pin attempt in the match. Two count on a conference room table. MJF attempts to hit Jericho’s injured arm with a hammer. Jericho finds a bat and hits him in the head.
Spears runs into the Inner Circle bike club. Jericho and MJF are fighting their way into Daily’s Place.
Guevara chases Spears with a golf cart and gets his spot in. Spears hits Guevara with a nasty chair shot. Two count on the second pin attempt.
Guevara pins Spears after a 650 splash and redeems himself from Blood and Guts.
Winner: The Inner Circle
An okay match that got better as it went on. Great to see the Inner Circle standing tall with a full house singing Judas.
Here is the final card as of now.
Stadium Stampede: The Inner Circle vs. The Pinnacle
AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida vs. Dr. Britt Baker
“The American Dream” Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo
Adam Page vs. FTW Champion Brian Cage
TNT Champion Miro vs. Lance Archer
AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs. Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston
Casino Battle Royale: Competitions announced thus far include Griff Garrison, Brian Pillman, 10, Stu Grayson, Nick Comoroto, QT Marshall, Lee Johnson, Dustin Rhodes, Anthony Bowens, Max Caster, Penta El Zero Miedo, Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen, Matt Sydal, Christian Cage, Matt Hardy, Powerhouse Hobbs, Evil Uno, Colt Cabana, Jungle Boy, mystery participant – winner gets a world title match
NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb vs. Riho – pre-show match
WWE has announced the date for WWE Summerslam.
WWE released the following information:
STAMFORD, Conn., May 28, 2021 – WWE today announced that SummerSlam 2021 will take place on Saturday, August 21 from a summer destination location. The venue will be revealed during the 2021 Belmont Stakes’ pre-race show on NBC next Saturday, June 5.
Tickets for SummerSlam go on sale Friday, June 18. The event will stream live exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
It has been rumored that WWE will be hosting SummerSlam from Las Vegas.