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.

Weekly Wrestling Roundup – Crown Jewel, Triple H Injured, UFC, Wrestlemania 35

Weekly Wrestling Roundup – Crown Jewel, Triple H Injured, UFC, Wrestlemania 35

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 Crown Jewel

Although this event should never have happened in the first place, following the controversies surrounding WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, it did.

From the all-American “World” Cup, the loss of Roman and the refusal of Bryan and Cena to go to Saudi Arabia this show was on a doomed trajectory and it lived up to it quite radically.

Hulk Hogan

Hogan has been gone from WWE tv since 2015 following the leak of a sex tape which showed him, un-prompted, firing off a racist tirade. Further controversies followed after an earlier recording was leaked in which he said to his then jailed son Nick that he hopes neither he nor Nick get reincarnated as black people.

WWE’s decision to bring Hogan back from this is completely tone deaf, and to do it at an already controversial event is equally astounding. Hogan came to the ring at Crown Jewel as “host” to his ‘Real American theme music’ – once again, the tone deafness of the entire thing is incredible.

Hogan hasn’t drawn in nearly two decades, I’m sure people will pop when his music hits in future as he undoubtedly a legend but whether 2018 WWE needs Hulk Hogan is doubtful.

The World Cup

WWE’s world cup tournament to determine the “best in the world” was a farce from the start and with the exclusion of all non-Americans it was quickly a laughing stock. To top it all off the winner was not even on the card… it was Shane McMahon… This was completely out of left field and not in any kind of good way.

The best thing to come out of this is that after his victory somebody opted to have a little fun with Shane’s wiki page….

Brock Lesnar and UFC

Back to the reign of terror of Brock we go. This match was a cluster from the start, Baron Corbin smashed Braun from behind with the title before Brock unleashed a flurry of F-5’s. One throwing Braun over the top rope – which looked rather brutal.

I cannot get on board with them not putting the belt on Braun here unless it is used to catapult Drew McIntyre in some manner, even then it just screams out one solid F-U to the fans.

Brock is obviously set to fight in UFC next year, reportedly against Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier; Cormier called Brock out this Saturday, telling him he should bring the Universal Title to UFC for D.C to win that too.

Triple H Injured

During his match at Crown Jewel, Triple H was thrown over the top rope when it immediately became clear that he was hurt as he grabbed at his right shoulder and chest and was checked at ringside by medical staff.

It has since been reported by PWI and WON that Triple H suffered a torn pectoral and that as a result this may have thrown any Wrestlemania plans up in the air. If surgery is required, it may mean Triple H is not back in time for ‘Mania and any proposed match with Batista.

Triple H reportedly flew directly back from Saudi Arabia to the USA for medical evaluation – missing the current European tour.

Wrestlemania 35 Tickets

WWE announced that Wrestlemania 35 tickets will go on sale on Friday November 16th at 10am E.T.

VIP travel packages are on sale today November 5th at 12 noon E.T.

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