WWE Legend, The Undertaker, was the featured guest on this week’s episode of Hot Ones. Check out the video below.
WWE has released long-time announcer and backstage employee, Tony Chimel.
Chimel has been with WWE for close to 30 years. Starting in 1991, Chimel was originally hired to help out backstage and eventually became the voice of Smackdown.
Chimel is probably most known for his introduction of WWE Hall of Famer Edge. WWE also let go of their Director of Merchandise and Remote Operations, Derek Casselman who has been with the company for close to 3 decades as well.
WWE announces the lay-offs as they announce a 19% growth in revenue of $221.6 million.
“Our third quarter financial performance was strong and reflected our ongoing creativity in a challenging environment,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “We continue to adapt our business, as demonstrated by the creation of WWE ThunderDome, focusing on increasing audience interaction and engagement to support the value of our content globally.”
WWE has announced the official “Final Farewell” for The Undertaker.
UNDERTAKER®’S FINAL FAREWELL SET FOR WWE® SURVIVOR SERIES®
STAMFORD, Conn., November 6, 2020 – Undertaker’s Final Farewell will take place at Survivor Series on Sunday, November 22 at 7 pm ET streaming live around the world on WWE Network, capping off The Phenom’s legendary 30-year career.
One of the most iconic Superstars in WWE history and a pop culture phenomenon, Undertaker made his WWE debut at Survivor Series on November 22, 1990. From his debut with Brother Love to his critically-acclaimed match vs. AJ Styles® at this year’s WrestleMania®, Undertaker has participated in some of the greatest matches in history against Hall of Famers such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair®, Triple H®, Shawn Michaels® and Mick Foley®; had multiple WWE Championship reigns; and held an unmatched and astounding undefeated streak at WrestleMania that lasted 21 years.
As part of Undertaker’s Final Farewell and 30th anniversary, WWE is celebrating “30 Years of the Deadman” throughout November, including recently debuted documentaries “Meeting The Undertaker“ and “WWE Untold: The Phenom and The Legend Killer” on WWE Network as well as “The Mortician: The Story of Paul Bearer” premiering this Sunday, November 8 and “Brothers of Destruction,” which premiered in October at the Austin Film Festival, and will stream on WWE Network on Sunday, November 15. In addition, Undertaker will be a special guest on “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions” immediately following Survivor Series.
Activation will also include special Undertaker photo galleries, video highlights and features on WWE.com, Undertaker Tik Tok Challenge, Instagram filter and Snapchat lens, two exclusive product opportunities with Funko only available at Amazon, feature space in 2,300 Walmarts including an exclusive Mattel action figure, national media appearances including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and blocks of primetime programming from WWE’s distribution partners around the world dedicated to Undertaker.
In addition to Undertaker’s Final Farewell, WWE Survivor Series is the one night of the year where Raw® squares off against SmackDown®. Current matchups are highlighted by: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns® taking on WWE Champion Randy Orton®; Raw Women’s Champion Asuka® vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks®; Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day® against SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits®; United States Champion Bobby Lashley® vs. Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn®; as well as men’s and women’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination matches.
WWE and Netflix have come to terms on a “groundbreaking” deal to producer a multi-part documentary on the WWE CEO, Vince McMahon.
WWE’s President Nick Khan revealed the news during the WWE Q3 earning’s call. Khan stated that the deal is groundbreaking because it will create the highest-budgeted documentaries in Netflix’s history.
No title or release date has been set. Bill Simmons will serve as Executive Producer of the project. Chris Smith, of FyreFest documentary, will direct the product.
Professional wrestling companies have been able to continue to operate during the Coronavirus pandemic. Now, it looks like WWE may have some issue brewing.
SEScoops is reporting that The Orange County Department of Health is investigating several locations as “Coronavirus hotspots.” Two of those locations are WWE’s arenas for their weekly programming. The health department is looking at 17 locations as potential hotspots and include bars, gyms, and the WWE venues.
WWE has responded with the following statement:
“WWE is not open to the public, but rather operating on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance. As part of on-going weekly testing protocols, Aventus Labs have administered more than 10,000 PCR tests to WWE performers, employees, production staff and crew resulting in only 1.5 percent positive cases as compared to the current national average of more than 5%. Additionally, extensive contact tracing takes place and impacted individuals are placed in 14-day quarantine and then only cleared after they test negative.”
It is unknown at the time of publishing what, if anything, would be done to a location deemed a “hotspot.”
Former WWE broadcaster Rene Paquette (Rene Young) is returning to WWE programming. FOX Sports is putting together a “best of 2020” show hosted by Pauette and Boooker T.
See the press release below:
FOX SPORTS CELEBRATES SEASON TWO OF FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN WITH A SLATE OF WWE SPECIALS
WWE: THE BEST MOMENTS OF 2020 Airs Adjacent to FOX NFL Singleheader on Sunday, Oct. 11
FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW Airs Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 PM ET/PT on FOX
Los Angeles – With FOX Sports’ fall programming slate ramping up, including the start of season two of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX, the network is set to deliver two new WWE specials.
On Sunday, Oct. 11, catch WWE: THE BEST MOMENTS OF 2020, an exciting look back at the year’s biggest stars and most memorable moments in WWE. The special airs adjacent to Sunday’s regional NFL broadcasts airing in-market at 1:00 PM ET and 4:05 PM ET. Viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 1:00 PM ET can watch WWE: THE BEST MOMENTS OF 2020 at 4:30 PM ET; viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 4:05 PM ET can watch the special at 3:00 PM ET.
In celebration of the second season of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX, FOX Sports’ WWE personalities come together for a special FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW on Friday, Oct. 16. Longtime broadcaster Renee Paquette and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T host a bevy of WWE Superstars and special guests live from the brand new “WWE ThunderDome” in Orlando.
The FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW begins at 7:30 PM ET/PT and 6:30 PM CT/MT, leading into the season premiere of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX at 8:00 PM ET/PT and 7:00 PM CT/MT.
WWE released the following press release for their $50 a bottle wine.
New York, NY – September 22, 2020 – Wines That Rock, the entertainment and lifestyle wine company, today announced the first two releases in its new WWE Wines collection featuring WWE Legend The Undertaker® and WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior®. They will be available for pre-sale beginning today via wwewines.com with a shipping date of Thursday, October 22 in time for the holiday season.
Both unique offerings make up a collection of individually numbered, special vintages of limited-edition wines developed in collaboration with WWE. The wines were specifically chosen to represent each Superstar’s unique personality and will feature individually numbered labels, unique glass, dynamic artwork, and the winemaking talents of 2020 Wine Enthusiast’s ‘40 Under 40 Tastemaker’ Andrew Nelson.
“We knew these bottles would look amazing and be perfect for collectors and fans alike but wanted the quality of the wine to ultimately be the real winner here,” said Wines That Rock winemaker Andrew Nelson. “For The Undertaker’s Limited-Edition 30 Barrel Series, we used 100% premium Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, California aged in oak. For The Ultimate Warrior, we looked to Mendocino County for a high quality, full bodied and flavorful Zinfandel.”
The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most iconic Superstars in WWE history and captivated audiences around the world with his distinctive ring entrances and larger-than-life personality. The powerful and flavorful wine features a rich and dark 80% Zinfandel and 20% Sangiovese blend from the Northern Coast of California. The bottles will feature three unique corks produced with different images and quotes from the WWE Hall of Famer, hand-filled and expertly hand wax-dipped in his signature bright neon colors.
“It was an amazing experience to collaborate with the team at Wines That Rock on this special Ultimate Warrior wine project,” said Dana Warrior. “From the quality of the wine, to the unique bottle, label and signature wax colors, it was clear they were committed to capturing his essence and honoring his legacy with impeccable attention to every detail.”
The Undertaker Limited-Edition 30-Barrel Series is a premium Cabernet Sauvignon wine consisting of a 30-barrel production run honoring his 30-year anniversary with WWE. Each bottle is marked with an individual number and the barrel it came from, hand-filled and expertly hand wax-dipped using his signature purple color while featuring a unique tombstone shape and glow-in-the-dark label.
As both bottle series are numbered, all collectors who purchase WWE wines during the first two weeks of the launch will be added to the WWE Wines priority list and will receive special early notice on all future releases.
“Our collaboration with WWE has taken our creative and winemaking teams to a new level. Working together with their team to define the first two releases has been fun personified,” said Wines That Rock’s Senior Project Manager Heather Hudson. “Our goal is always to create premium, limited-edition wines that we as fans want to own. These first two releases for WWE Wines are stellar! To quote WWE’s Ultimate Warrior – Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing’s too hard to do, ALWAYS BELIEVE!”
As part of its Rock ‘N Roll tradition, Wines That Rock has also produced one-of-a-kind branded electric guitars for both The Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker. For additional details, including a special Sweepstakes opportunity, please visit wwewines.com.
John Morrison returned to WWE last year after 8 years away from the company. During his time away, Morrison went on to become the Lucha Underground champion, IMPACT Wrestling Champion, worked for Triple A and other organizations all around the world.
When Morrison left WWE in November of 2011. He talks about the reason he returned to WWE was that Lucha Underground had closed.
“So when season four of Lucha Underground ended? They have some stuff on their contracts where there’s a tail” John Morrison began on the podcast.
“The tail doesn’t start until the episodes stop airing, so I’d signed with IMPACT… When everything was free and clear? I decided ‘I’m a free agent again, completely free like no ties anywhere. I’m going to figure out where I want to go.’” John Morrison continued. “So I talked to WWE, and I talked to AEW.”
What made Morrison sign with WWE? He said he talked to Vince McMahon and had a good offer from them. “I had a really good conversation with Vince and they made me a really nice offer. And, I ended up taking it.”
Wade Barrett has signed a one year deal with the WWE. Barrett will be a full time talent with WWE on the NXT brand as an announcer.
Barrett was interviewed by Sports Illustrated where he announced that he signed a 1 year deal with the company. His contract has an option to renew at the end of the term.
Barrett most recently took over announcing duties for the NWA after Jim Cornett was let go from the promotion.
WWE can tout a rise in rating for their Smackdown show two weeks in a row. WWE debuted the Thunderdome last week and saw 2,168.000 viewers. This week, Smackdown saw 20,000 more viewers ar 2,181,000,
Hour one of Smackdown saw 2,210,000 and hour two saw 2,151,000. WWE was not able to retain their audience for the night.