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Coming up on today’s show, the ratings for this week’s AEW and NXT episodes are in, as well as your ratings for the shows, there’s more details on WWE almost buying Japanese promotion Stardom to kickstart NXT Japan, and there’s been some major shakeups on the card for Crown Jewel.
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And now, let’s get into the news, starting with the 2019 draft seemingly never ending and being longer than this year’s Superstar Shakeup.
After the dust settled from last week’s SmackDown and this week’s Raw, not much had really changed in the landscape of WWE, apart from The Fiend going to SmackDown, and even then, he’s still feuding with Raw’s Seth Rollins. More on that later.
The more interesting story coming out of the draft was the free agents, including Cesaro, Fire and Desire, Luke Harper and more! And while many of those talents were then subsequently drafted to a brand, there’s one more act that has now been officially taken.
Former NXT and Raw Tag Team Champions AOP have been drafted to Raw. Yes I forgot they were Raw Tag Champions too. The news was broken on an episode of WWE Now featuring McKenzie Mitchell, and honestly I’m not sure if either of those two names I just said are real.
Raw was in need of some good tag teams, so this is a solid acquisition for the red brand. That is, if they’re used of course.
Speaking of being used, and another fairly underutilized talent on the WWE roster is Ruby Riott, who’s main roster highlights include…making a table with Natalya’s dead father on it, and being put through a table with herself on it.
Riott hasn’t been seen since around May, when she went away to have shoulder surgery on her right shoulder, before also going back to have more shoulder surgery on her left shoulder in July. She was a recent guest on Vickie Guerrero’s podcast, where she stated she’s on a “good track for recovery”, but we shouldn’t expect to see her back until well into 2020.
We at WrestleTalk would like to wish Ruby Riott a speedy recovery. And when you come back, please come back to Raw to stop us from our likely never-ending Becky and Charlotte feud that is inevitably going to happen.
But over on the blue brand, it’s all go in the women’s division and elsewhere, as three matches have been announced for tonight’s show on Fox. Brand new SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley is in need of a new challenger seeing that Charlotte is on Raw now, so there will be a six-pack challenge to determine the number one contender featuring Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Nikki Cross, Sonya Deville, Carmella, and Lacey Evans. Out of the 4 blondes in this match, I wonder which one will take it.
There’s also going to be an eight-man tag match, featuring Big E and Xavier Woods of The New Day teaming with Heavy Machinery to take on The Revival and Roodolph the red-nosed tag team. This match is being billed as a warm up for The Largest Tag Team Turmoil Match To Determine The World Cup For The Best Tag Team In The World at Crown Jewel. I think I need a warm up just to say the name of the match.
And finally on Smacky D’s tonight, there will be an Intercontinental Championship match between Shinsuke Nakamura…and Roman Reigns. Well, that came out of nowhere, and wasn’t building off any feuds Nakamura had been in. Nice. My prediction? Sami Zayn causes a DQ, causing Roman to go crazy, beat up Zayn, which rules him out in storyline of travelling to Saudi Arabia, because in real life, he’s not allowed to go because of his heritage. Progressive.
And speaking of progression, or more accurately, regression, the latest ratings for AEW & NXT are in.
The third week of the Wednesday Night War was another victory for AEW in terms of ratings, with AEW drawing 1.014 million viewers, a decline of about 100,000 viewers including last week’s simulcast on Tru TV, while NXT drew 712,000 viewers, declining by almost 80,000 as well. While AEW maintained the lead, both shows continue to decline in viewership. Perhaps the hype surrounding the Wednesday Night War is beginning to fade, and we’re settling in to a more accurate, regular viewing pattern instead of the hyped up inflated numbers from the initial weeks.
But more importantly, let’s see what you thought of the shows. Laurie and I rated NXT a high Fine-est, AKA a three out of five, however only 20% of you agreed with us, with 61% rating it an Undisputedly Good, AKA a four out of five. I’m still getting used to these ratings.
On the AEW side, Oli and Luke rated the show AEW-some, and 66% of you agreed. Which means both shows were voted 4 out of 5, so which show won the week? Well it was another landslide victory, as AEW was voted the better of the two shows by 65% of you, with 26% thinking NXT was better, and 8% thinking the shows were tied.
In entirely different news altogether, Alicia Fox has potentially retired from in-ring competition! I know, I’m shocked as well. I thought she already had. I mean, she was being advertised as a “legend” on several occasions already.
WWE have now moved Alicia Fox to the alumni section of wwe.com, which normally indicates the end of one’s in-ring time in WWE, aside from contract extensions and re-signings etc. One has to wonder what’s next for Fox. Could we see an epic return to the indies? A shock appearance in AEW? Will she turn up and throw her Diva’s title into the trash? Probably not. But in an alternate timeline perhaps, she may have shown up in Stardom.
As Oli wonderfully covered in his solo stream yesterday, there were some major plays in the Japanese wrestling market, with Bushiroad, the company that owns New Japan Pro Wrestling, also now owning Japanese women’s promotion Stardom.
This was seen to be a major snub for WWE, who were looking to expand and launch NXT Japan, potentially with the help of pro wrestling NOAH. Now with the Japanese market even more locked down, NXT Japan is looking increasingly less likely.
This was expanded upon on Wrestling Observer Radio, as it seems WWE were another party actually looking to purchase Stardom as another avenue to start NXT Japan.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE’s plan was to merge Stardom with a local men’s promotion, build a local performance center, and kickstart NXT Japan. WWE reportedly offered to sign every Stardom wrestler under contract, bring them all to the States for WrestleMania, and even induct Stardom CEO Hiroshi “Rossy” Ogawa into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020.
Despite all that, Dave Meltzer reports that Ogawa never really considered selling Stardom to WWE, considering Bushiroad offered a much more concrete plan for the promotion moving forward, whereas WWE’s was considerably more vague, not knowing which local men’s promotion Stardom would merge with, and being unclear on how house shows would work.
All of this led to Bushiroad being the comfortable favourite in negotiations, and that was the decision Ogawa and Stardom opted to go for. Where this leaves a potential NXT Japan remains to be seen.
But now let’s move back over to WWE, and we move ever closer to Crown Jewel on October 31, which will probably be the day The Fiend dies forever, which is fitting as it’s Halloween actually.
As the WWE On Fox Twitter account so eloquently put it, the WWE Draft that’s now…officially over…I think? has definitively put an end to the Wild Card rule, where 3…or 4, or sometimes maybe 7 roster members from the opposite brand could show up on the other brand for reasons.
However that rule it now possibly back in effect, what are the rules, because not only is SmackDown’s Bray Wyatt being advertised for this Monday’s Raw, but he’s being advertised throughout the entirety of November for Raw as well. Come on guys you had one job!
Whether this means his feud with Raw’s Seth Rollins over the Universal Title must continue past Crown Jewel, or whether he actually wins Raw’s top title while being on SmackDown remains to be seen, but let’s be real, chances are he’s probably not going to win the title…again. It’s going to be a double count out in a Falls Count Anywhere match, I know it, I know it!
This really undermines the Draft if someone can just show up on another brand, and leaves us in exactly the same position we were before the draft. Can Bray just…stay on SmackDown and we can forget this Seth Rollins feud ever happened please? Thanks.
If he’s being advertised throughout November though, this very well may be leading to a match at Survivor Series, probably still with Seth Rollins, because WWE never learn from mistakes. What does that mean for their match at Crown Jewel? Honestly I have no idea. I’m just going to try and stop speculating at this point, because who even knows what they’re thinking.
Speaking of that match at Crown Jewel, and it was being advertised that Seth Rollins would be pulling double duty at Crown Jewel: defending his Universal Title against Bray Wyatt, and being on Team Hogan against Team Flair, which is a match I still can’t believe is actually happening.
On the same episode of WWE Now where McKenzie Mitchell announced AOP has signed with Raw, it was revealed that Seth Rollins has now officially been pulled from his match captaining Team Hogan, so he can focus on having his match against Wyatt for the Universal Title.
This had reportedly been in the works for a while, but it’s nice of WWE to actually announce this ahead of time, instead of falsely advertising him for the match before revealing a MYSTERY WRESTLER on the show. It would never be like WWE to falsely advertise something after all.
Strange isn’t it, that all this news seems to be dumped on a Thursday, right around the time the ratings for AEW and NXT are released. What a coincidence.
With Seth no longer on Team Hogan, surely the entire Crown Jewel card will suffer, because as we all know, Seth is the top babyface on the card, and no-one dislikes him. But don’t worry, WWE will probably wheel out The Undertaker, or Goldberg, or some other legend to have a match.
Well actually, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, that won’t happen as both The Undertaker and Goldberg are not scheduled to work the show. There’s no given reason why they’re not scheduled as of yet, but it was speculated that with new WWE star Cain Velasquez and boxer Tyson Fury on the card, it made little sense to add some WWE legends on top of those that might overshadow them.
But how will Undertaker keep up his Saudi Arabia undefeated streak? He beat Rusev in a Casket Match at The Greatest Royal Rumble, then beat DX alongside Kane at Crown Jewel last year, then beat Goldberg at Super Showdown earlier this year. It’s the only streak he’s got left!
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