WWE v British Wrestling: How WWE are trying to tear apart UK Wrestling

Can’t say we didn’t see it coming…

Wrestletalk has reported that WWE have been issuing new contracts to their NXT UK talents following their latest tapings in Liverpool this weekend. The contracts included a reported pay rise, by how much we do not know but on the reverse side stop the talent from performing for other promotions in the UK.

The new terms are said to be extremely restrictive, stopping talent performing for ROH, NJPW, Impact or World of Sport or, crucially, wrestling against anyone contracted to these companies. This is a complete shift from their previous position has been said to apply immediately to all NXT UK talent.

The effects of this are sure to be very wide ranging as it means any indie show which has NXT UK stars already booked will have to find alternative arrangements and may well suffer as a result. 

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WWE will, however, allow talent to wrestle for promotions that they partner with, namely PROGRESS, RevPro, Defiant, ICW and wXw.

This is only good news for the WWE, it is a complete stranglehold by WWE toward the smaller independent shows throughout the UK who often rely on these homegrown names to draw a crowd. 

Wrestletalk note that this does not apply to all talent on the roster as not everyone was given a new contract, but does apparently apply to the majority of them.

Stars and promotions are beginning to react to the news, an quite understandably in a rather negative way.

Braun Strowman Injured – To Undergo Surgery

Braun Strowman has suffered a legitimate injury to his elbow.

It has been reported by multiple sources that Braun Strowman has ‘bone spurs’ in his elbow and as such his status for TLC is up in the air at the moment.

WWE shot an angle during Raw last night where Baron Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre put a beat down on Braun, Baron was shown crushing Braun arm between the steel steps at the end of the segment. 

POST Wrestling have reported that Braun will undergo surgery on his elbow later this week and that at present the hope is that he will be back for TLC.

Braun is scheduled to face Corbin at TLC,  it is doubtful that WWE would chose to announce that match last night had they been in doubt as to whether Braun would make it.

WWE Starrcade to Stream on WWE Network This Sunday

WWE have announced today that they will be live streaming their second ever Starrcade event on the WWE Network on November 25th at 8pm E.T live from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Starrcade is of course the legendary WCW PPV which ran from 1983 through to 2000 which WWE resurrected last year as the name of a special house show event which featured a number of WCW originals.


The current card looks like this as of writing:

Street Fight for the WWE Intercontinental Title
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

WWE United States Title Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
The New Day vs. The Bar

Steel Cage Match
Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles

Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin

Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre

Rusev with Lana vs. The Miz

Elias performs a special concert with WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair

Appearances by Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Dolph Ziggler and more

However, the event is only being live streamed for 1 hour, therefore it is unknown which of the above matches will form the live event and if any changes or surprises will be made during the show.

WWE are promoting this event as an inter-brand event with both Raw and Smackdown superstars appearing, unlike the traditional house show format.

Enzo Amore Tried Crashing Survivor Series

Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore, who was released from the company amidst sexual assault and rape allegations which were later dropped, made an appearance last night.

Images surfaced of what appeared to be Enzo sitting in the second row on camera side at last nights event:

It later became clear that it was in fact Enzo Amore in some kind of disguise sitting front and centre These images below appeared at the beginning of AOP v The Bar.

At the start of the match a lot of activity could be seen in the front rows and loud Enzo chants could be heard within the Staples Centre.

These images were sent to me from various people, which can clearly show it was Enzo in the building.

Pre-Survivor Series Production Notes

According to numerous sources originating with Rajah.com a production script has been floating around which has several points of note for tonight’s Survivor Series show. (Note that this is all unverified by Straight Edge Entertainment as of writing)

  • NXT Star Lars Sullivan May be announced as debuting during tonight’s show
  • Nia Jax will likely take responsibility on the pre-show to delivering the punch to Becky that sidelined her and hype herself up over it
  • The following words are listed as being banned by WWE during the broadcast: belt, feud, strap, kill, hate, stupid, hell, ass, violence, fake, revenge, Number One Contender, in the back, National Television, DQ, spot and girls -Some of these make sense, whilst others are debatable, and I will have more on this tomorrow.
  • WWE will be pushing home the fact that PPV’s now have an earlier start time
  • Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss will undergo concussion testing  
  • Charlotte will likely hint at the four horsewomen during a promo
  • An angle will be shot regarding Ruby Riot breaking Natalya’s sunglasses from Jim Neidhart

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for a live chat and update throughout the night for Survivor Series

James Ellsworth Denies Sending Inappropriate Photos to Underage Girl

James Ellsworth has categorically denied all of these allegations made against him.

16-year old Twitter user @Kliqkid sent out a flurry of tweets claiming that former WWE Superstar James Ellsworth sent her inappropriate photos via social media.

She claims he has sent her several nude photographs as well as numerous other inappropriate images after she met him at an indie wrestling event this month. 

She has posted her version of events via video on Twitter alongside several images:

 James Ellsworth’s lawyers issued a statement on Ellsworth’s Twitter Account once these allegations began making the rounds on social media:

Smackdown Live Spoilers – Survivor Series News

Smackdown is emanating from Manchester, England tonight and as such it is a recorded show and we have all the up to date live spoilers from the show down below.

Current attendance looks to be rather poor, pictures show that half of the Manchester Arena is covered. Take this images with a pinch of salt as they were before show start time. However, having attended WWE’s last UK Raw and Smackdown shows it doesn’t seem too far fetched as both arenas then were only half filled.

  • Show kicks off with Shane and Paige (Shane reportedly coming out to boo’s) – they name Bryan survivor series team captain. Miz interrupts and both men are named co-captains.
  • The Uso’s v New Day – Uso’s pick up a clean win
  • AOP v The Bar confirmed for Survivor Series
  • Becky cuts a promo on Ronda – Nikki Cross DEBUT interrupts and goes after Becky
  • Becky on Ronda “I was not hand picked like you, but here I am!”
  • Nikki Cross v Becky –  Nikki taps out

  • Jeff Hardy v Samoa Joe announced for final survivor series spot
  • Mysterio v Almas – Rey wins and joins team Smackdown
  • Randy Orton with an RKO outta nowhere on Rey
  • Dark Match for the event is Randy Orton and Miz v AJ and Bryan
  • Paige begins announcing Smackdown’s women team – She chooses Carmella, Naomi, Sonya, Asuka and Charlotte
  • Mandy comes out instead of Charlotte
  • Jeff Hardy v Samoa Joe for the the last SS Team spot
  • Joe picks up the win – becoming the final member of Team Smackdown
  • Show closes on a huge bust up between the Smackdown men, with Bryan and Joe brawling before Shane interferes who also gets attacked by Bryan

Weekly Wrestling Roundup – Evolution Review, Crown Jewel, Roman Reigns

This has been one of the busiest news weeks in WWE history, listen to out audio weekly round up below or head over to iTunes to subscribe to out Podcast reviews by clicking the link to the right.

In this weeks round up we cover the Roman Reigns news, the Evolution PPV results and review as well as various pieces of Crown Jewel news.

Evolution Review (In-Brief)

This show did not have the greatest build in the world, in fact it was rather lost in the shuffle with Super Show-Down, Crown Jewel and SD 1000 all occuring at the same time.

However, this show not only met expectations but blew them out of the water. It may well be the most I have enjoyed a PPV this year.

Every single match on this card delivered last night and all of the women should be extremely proud of themselves for what they accomplished. Listen to our audio review for a full review, but my notes in brief:

  • Becky and Charlotte stole the show – This should have main evented and is very likely a match of the year. I have not enjoyed a match this much in a long time. A+
  • The Battle Royal was really enjoyable and Nia Jax is 100% the correct winner. Ember Moon was put over STRONG and I loved Tamina’s performance – really made her look like a monster again
  • Lita and Trish haven’t aged – This was absolutely the right way to start off the show, the crowd was HOT for everything on this show and this nostalgia kicked it off perfectly.

For more news and reviews listen to the above audio review or head over to Twitter @SEW_Podcast

BREAKING: WWE ARE Going to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel

WWE have announced in their 3rd quarter earning report today that they WILL be going to Saudi Arabia as planned. The full statement from WWE is below:

“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled”

UPDATE (4:52PM 25/20/18): On the WWE analyst conference call this afternoon the first question asked to Vince McMahon was about Saudi Arabia and he responded by saying “We’re not gonna talk about that. It’s a very sensitive subject” before referring to the approves statement above.

A timeline of events

On October 2nd 2018 Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post, went missing after being lured to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey. Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the Saudi regime and was presumed to have been kidnapped and executed by Saudi agents.

This story has garnered international attention, from every mainstream media outlet. WWE has found itself in the crosshairs of staunch criticism due to their upcoming Crown Jewel event in the nation and a reported 10-year deal worth $450 million.

October 12: WWE release a statement saying they were “monitoring the situation”. Several US Senators voice concern over the relationship and say it should not go ahead.

October 12: Richard Branson halts $1 Billion investment in Saudi Arabia. Several companies such as Uber, CNBC, Viacom, HP and Ford drop out of the Saudi Arabian investment conference known as “Davos in the Desert”.

October 14: John Oliver, on his award-winning show Last Week Tonight, criticised WWE for the Crown Jewel event and for using their Greatest Royal Rumble event as a propaganda machine for the Saudi regime.

October 15: UFC’s owner, Endeavor, dropped a $400 million deal with Saudi Arabia

October 15: Sports Illustrated reported WWE talent were expressing that they were “uncomfortable” with making the trip to Saudi Arabia. WWE responded to the New York Post saying that they “maintain an open line of communication with our performers

October 16 Former WWE Superstar and commentator John Bradshaw Layfield said on Fox Business news that he believed WWE should go to Saudi Arabia as a means to “promote change” in the region. This was met with some staunch criticism from wrestling journalists such as David Bixenspan and Sean Ross Sapp.

October 17: Eric Handler, a Wall Street analyst who is listed on WWE’s corporate website, told Deadline that WWE would stand to lose up to $16 Million if they pulled out of the Saudi deal. A far cry from some of the reported sums

October 20Saudi Arabia claims that Mr Khashoggi was killed during a “fistfight” in the consulate. This marks the first time Saudi Arabia acknowledged the journalist’s death.

October 23: Turkish president Recep Erdogan said on Tuesday that the death of Khashoggi was a “premeditated murder

October 23: US President Donald Trump today said that the operation “should never have been thought of” and that the cover-up was “one of the worst in the history of cover-ups”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Hulk Hogan “Looking forward” to going to Saudi Arabia with WWE

UPDATE: WWE confirmed to Wrestling sheet today that Hogan would serve as “Host” of Crown Jewel. He was advertised on the WWE events listing of Crown Jewel earlier today, but has since been removed:

Hulk Hogan, perhaps the biggest star in wrestling history, has been cast into the wilderness for the past few years after some racially charged comments made in a leaked video.

However, he is seemingly back in WWE’s good graces, having been reinstated into the Hall of Fame and WWE have been actively promoting his NWO event in Florida next week.

Hogan has now expressed in an interview:

“I’m looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia with the WWE, looking forward to WrestleMania — but yeah, we’re moving forward at a rapid pace. It’s exciting to have this opportunity again after all these years where I was there and gone.”

It is unsure if Hogan is referring to an appearance at the controversial Crown Jewel event or a future Saudi event. Hogan seems very proactively determined to get back within the WWE on a more permanent and visible way. Wishing to travel the world with the company and make appearances at Wrestlemania next year and beyond.

There is no official word from the WWE regarding any potential Hogan appearance as of writing.