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Oh wait WWE are announcing something tonight. Oh good.
Well that’s if the reports coming from multiple sources are to be believed that say that NXT will be moving to a slot on USA rather than the rumoured airing on FS1.
Wrestling Inc say that the show will fill the 8pm – 10pm Eastern timeslot on a Wednesday, meaning NXT will be doubling in length.
And also going up against AEW’s Wednesday night offering too. Kel fucking surprise.
Sources say that USA got much more involved in negotiations over the last couple of weeks and that within WWE people think it is a ‘done deal’
Which is something WrestleVotes on Twitter corroborates saying: “A lot of rumors going around concerning NXT. I’ll add what I’ve heard… NXT is moving to USA Network on Wednesday nights. Not FS1.
And… I’ve been told WWE will make the official announcement this Monday.”
Yep, so that means we might get the big announcement on Raw tonight! Just imagine NXT is moving to USA network! Some of your favourite stars came from there: losers like Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Tyler Breeze, oh no wait he went back… err No Way Jose? Conga… party… look this is a cynical move to beat those AEW guys, so piss off.
While actual network TV time is great news for the NXT crew who have been killing it for years now, it could be bad news for the product overall because it brings it into the view of one Vincent McMahon.
His vision is based on network deals, he’s like a T-Rex for ratings.
So expect him to ruin it in short shrift, I don’t know how he’ll have the NXT guys lose to the RAW talent on their own show, but like Ian Malcolm says Life Finds A Way.
And don’t think Vince won’t be involved, because according to spy-master general Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio:
He said: “One of the things is that Vince is so adamant that they don’t lose in viewers. Which AEW had the advantage because TNT is so many more homes and is a higher rated station [than FS1]. So they would be in a disadvantage in that sense.”
“This is on the USA Network. Vince is not going to be hands-off for a show on the USA Network.”
I don’t know about you but I think it’s best we put NXT to sleep then, I don’t want to see it in pain.
Fingers crossed though that things like the XFL starting up again in February next year and Smackdown’s move to Fox will distract Vince from tampering too heavily with the current product. I’m just nervous now.
Someone who doesn’t at all flustered by the announcement though is Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks, who tweeted “Bring It On” around the time the news got out about NXT’s move.
And they should be confident, because their second and third set of TV tapings in Philadelphia and Boston sold out in around an hour on Friday.
The company thanked fans and said they would look to release more tickets soon once they’ve worked out “set/camera positions”.
Meanwhile WWE is still working out camera positions to hide all the empty seats.
The good news for AEW doesn’t stop there though as according to Wrestling Observer they’ve reached a deal with former WCW and current Major League Wrestling commentator Tony Schiavone.
He’s appeared in a couple of videos on the Road To All Out leading many to speculate he might be joining JR and Excalibur in the broadcast team.
But not so according to MLW founder Court Bauer who issued a follow-up statement saying not only is Tony tied into a two year exclusive deal but: “Unless AEW elects to reach out, Tony Schiavone cannot proceed with AEW or any other company doing anything. I was unaware of him doing the digital stuff until I read it in this week’s Observer,”
Sounds like no Tony for you then AEW.
But maybe they’d trade Tony in for this tag team instead, or should that be exchange?
Because after an amazing run with Impact in which they won the Tag Team Championships four times, LAX’s Santana and Ortiz have left the company.
Santana took to Instagram to post a statement saying: “Last night we wrestled our final match with @impactwrestling. Our appreciation and gratitude for every single person there who had a hand in helping us get to this point, is absolutely endless. THANK YOU for the opportunity to show the world our passion and commitment to this business. And most of all, for the opportunity to represent our people and culture on a big stage. We are forever grateful. #ThankYouIMPACT”
While nothing is official yet, both WWE and AEW have expressed interest in signing the pair, personally I’d love to see them in the mix at AEW and continue the magic with the Lucha Bros.
Someone else keen to recapture the magic of the multiverse is Matt Hardy, who seemingly has tired of being Mr Backstage Producer in a suit and wants to return to the lake of reincarnation and be Broken once more.
Matt recently took to social media to ask fans if they liked the Ultimate Deletion video he did with WWE, and 95% of people said that YES it was WONDERFUL.
Fans then asked if Matt could use the Broken Matt gimmick in WWE now that he owns it outright:
“I absolutely can, it’s how I desire to finish my career. I’m very appreciative of the @WWE & will forever be grateful to them for giving me my first break. I would love to be #BROKEN Matt there & actually stay true to the origins of the persona & fantastical stories.”
So Matt is keen to be Broken within WWE, but it’d be interesting to see if the company could reach a deal with him as they generally don’t like people being names they own any more, like their real ones or the ones that made them famous because they can go and use those in other companies.
So if Matt said he would see out the end of his career as Broken Matt at WWE then they might reach an accord.
Otherwise this poll and tweet might be obsolete. And Matt could end up back on the indie scene, or joining the Bucks of Youth over at AEW if they would give him more creative control.
Something else that has been rendered obsolete is the news that was reported earlier this year that Eminem would participate in the WWE 2K20 game.
Back at the time Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin heard from Eminem’s then representative who said there was a meeting between two unnamed third parties.
It then came out that Universal had been meeting with reps from 2K and “came to terms” on a deal, but interestingly once this story broke it was the first that most within WWE and Eminem himself had actually heard about the collaboration.
Which lead to a lot of finger pointing and he said she saids and would the real culprit please stand up, so much in fact that the deal just kind of crumbled away to nothing under the strain.
In an attempt to clean out their closets 2K got back to Fightful about the whole debacle with an evasive: “Soundtracks and projects are constantly in development at 2K, but an agreement has not yet been finalized with any artist for our impending slate of games.”
Shame this all fell through though, would have love Eminem in 2k20, the soundtrack will feel so empty without him.
Speaking of empty without him, that’s how CM Punks chair felt after he leapt out of it during an altercation at a CFFC event over the weekend. Segway. CM Punk to standing up confirmed.
During the Cage Fighting Fury Championships 77 event in Atlantic City an unhappy fan reportedly came up and started hurling some abuse getting very close to the commentary table following Danny Holmes loss to Christopher Daukau.
On camera we can see security intervening, sitting the fan back down and trying to calm Punk who seems pretty rightfully riled.
He can even be heard on the mic explaining what happened: “I’m sitting here with a headset and I’m doing my f***ing job, and he did exactly what you’re doing right now. He screams bull$#!+ in my face.”
Thankfully things didn’t escalate beyond that point, but just goes to show that fans take this fighting thing very seriously indeed.
Thankfully wrestling fans aren’t like that at all.