THIS WEEK IN WRESTLING: AEW Review, Chris Jericho, Clash of Champions

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Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman New Executive Directors of Raw and Smackdown

WWE has, this morning, released a major press release about the future of the creative development and the trajectory of their two flagship brands. Below is the full release from WWE:

WWE® NAMES PAUL HEYMAN AND ERIC BISCHOFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Stamford, Conn., June 27, 2019  WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown Live, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.

In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.

With more than 30 years of experience in the sports entertainment industry, Heyman served as President of ECW from 1993-2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. After his time with ECW, Heyman joined WWE’s Creative team and is widely credited with helping launch the careers of many current and former WWE Superstars.

Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. During his WCW career, Bischoff oversaw the signing of some of the biggest names in sports entertainment and helped create and develop the NWO storyline. He was also instrumental in securing a television deal for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT and WCW Thunder on TBS. After WCW, Bischoff co-founded Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, a production company that launched TV reality shows and mobile games.

WWE wishes to create “two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.” with Bischoff working closely with Fox executives when Smackdown makes the jump in October

We will have more on this when it arises

WWE Confirms Dean Ambrose Leaving

WWE have confirmed that Dean Ambrose will not be remaining with WWE after April this year, sending out the following comment to the media:

“Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April. We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE”

UPDATE: WWE Have put the following statement on their Twitter account:

4 Superstars Ask for Their Release and News on Kevin Owens Return

This week has since big news in terms of contracts both inside and outside of WWE including the details of Chris Jericho’s VERY lucrative AEW deal. Now news is breaking within the WWE of 4 superstars who have asked for their release from the company this week due to how they have been used on the shows in the recent weeks and months.

We cover this, news on Kevin Owens return date and also why Braun is out of the Royal Rumble match with Lesnar and being replaced by Finn Balor.

Watch the full video below or head on over to iTunes and subscribe to our Podcast.

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 Review Podcast – Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, Tanahashi and more

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s yearly Tokyo Dome extravaganza has come and gone and boy what a show it was. The show had a different feel to previous years with more restraint in timing of matches and a very clear pattern to the outcomes. However, it delivered… HUGE. Kenny Omega v Tanahashi in the main event and Jericho v Naito just before together stole the show but there were many killer moments on the show.

Listen to out podcast above or on iTunes or watch our video review below for results and review of all the key matches and moments from one of wrestling’s biggest nights of the year.

2018 End-of-Year Awards – Best Wrestler, Best Match and more

End of Year Awards Podcast

2018 has been an up and down year in the world of professional wrestling, it has been mired with controversy and tragedy but has also seen some prosperity within the independent world. From WWE’s Saudi Arabia debacle to the success of the All In PPV, 2018 has seen both ends of the spectrum.

These are our end-of-year awards for all things WWE, both the good and the bad. You can hear our audio podcast above or over at iTunes here

Male Superstar: AJ Styles (Seth Rollins a close 2nd)

Female Superstar: Becky Lynch

Top 4 Matches of the Year: 1) Becky v Charlotte (Evolution)

                                                2) Gargano v Ciampa (Takeover New Orleans)

                                                  3) Brock Lesnar v Bryan (Survivor Series)

                                                  4) Gargano v Black (Takeover Wargames)

Best PPV of the Year: Evolution

Worst PPV of the Year: This should come as no surprise to anyone, it is being named the worst PPV solely because of the hideous, deceptive nature of their existence and the disgusting promotional tactics of the WWE. So…. DRUM ROLL PLEASE….. It’s a TIE and The Award Goes to …. The Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel

For more of our end of year awards and reviews, head over to iTunes HERE to listen to our full review. We hand out awards for most improved, best and worst feuds, best tag team and the most overrated wrestler. We also review the year of 2018 in WWE.

We hope everyone has a great New Year and we’ll see you on the other side with more Straight Edge Content.