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Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk news, I’m El Fakidor Laurie Blake.
And we’re jumping right in with the main story and a major spoiler for last night’s NXT so if you don’t want to know hopefully there are some timecodes in the video description down below so you can leap right passed this section and onto the other stories.
Right, hopefully if you’re still here you don’t mind being spoiled, because OMFFFFFFFFG the twist ending to NXT was so good.
As was the main event in which Roderick Strong eked out a win over Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic by letting them tucker themselves out continuing their feud mid-match.
Post-match the rest of the Undisputed Era rush the ring, beat on Lee and then are interrupted by Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, whose brief DIY reunion is interrupted by Finn Balor coming down to the ring.
The three face off against the UE only for Balor to hit a pele kick on Johnny from out of nowhere, UE rush Ciampa and Balor dropkicks Gargano into the crowd, before giving him an elevated ddt onto the ramp and then doing the Bullet Club finger guns he used to do in New Japan!
There was a moment where people thought he might do the UE hand signal thing, but he went with the guns instead. Which obviously have such strong ties to Bullet Club and the Prince Devitt character that helped him make his name.
Finn’s only response to this shocking turn was to tweet: “I’m back”. And tbh last week on the show he said ‘my past has become my future’ and we all thought that was returning to NXT, but it’s actually Japan.
Speaking of Japan, some of the lads Finn used to run around with back in the day are in WWE and Clubbing together on the main roster: The OC.
And they weren’t staying quiet about this new turn of events.
AJ Styles retweeted WWE’s clip of the shows end saying: “Well, well, well”
While Karl Anderson went with “what took you so long, Prince..?” #hotasianwife. He didn’t but you can tell he was thinking it.
Could this lead to an OC team up? And eventual OC vs UE match down the line, or will Finn become the fifth man in the Undisputed Era? Let me know what you think will happen in the comments.
I think this is genuinely one of the most exciting heel turns in recent WWE history and could completely revitalise Finn Balor as a character after the main roster really squeezed the life out of him as a babyface.
While Finn returns to the character of his past, AJ Styles is returning to the beautiful, progressive city of Riyadh for Crown Jewel next week.
On The Bump WWE’s new morning show thing they announced that a 20 man battle royal would be held to determine the number one contender for AJ’s US Title and that Styles would defend against that person on the show too.
So there you have a show opener and something for a little higher up the card.
These two join the already announced Team Hogan vs Team Flair respect your elders 5 on 5, the World Cup Tag Team Turmoil Match to Determine the Best In The World, the Falls Count Anywhere Fiend vs Seth Rollins match that cannot be stopped for any reason, Braun Strowman vs Tyson Fury and Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar.
Thankfully this idiosyncratic Saudi Prince pleasing experience should restock WWE’s coffers so this final news item hurts a little less.
WWE stock was down 0.16% yesterday with a low of $65.75 a share.
Now, that might not sound bad but CNN are reporting that WWE stock is down about 10% this year overall and the company is trading more than 30% below its 52 week high with some investors getting fidgety and thinking we may have reached peak WWE.
Never trust anyone saying peak anything, we’d apparently reached peak beard a few years back and mine didn’t exactly fall out.
Some analysts are blaming this drop on declining ratings across the board with Brandon Ross of LightShed Capital saying: “Ratings are a barometer of fan interest and they have been going in the wrong direction”.
There is also apparently concern over WWE’s international TV deals and hopes they’ll announce something big on October 31st during their Q3 earnings report.
The other big issues causing investors to sweat is the rise of AEW, which has been besting NXT in the ratings rather handily.
But analysts quite rightly reckon WWE can withstand the storm: “In the past new competitors brought more attention to all of wrestling and WWE has been able to withstand the competitive threat,” said Loop Capital Markets Alan Gould.
So WWE need to press Y and hit that reversal of fortunes, but most seem to think this is a position they can bounce back from. It’s just interesting that investors and analysts equally think that this has never been a better time for wrestling but that WWE might not be making the most of it right now.
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