RENEE YOUNG JOINS RAW FULL TIME!

WWE’s corporate website has announced that Renee Young will be joining the Raw broadcast team on a full time basis and The Coach will now be the host of the pre-shows. Renee has been a part of the Raw commentary team on two occasions in the past month and has been very well received by the majority of those watching at home. This permanent change is likely to receive just as much support and praise as well.

Since his return, The Coach has not been holding in very good stead with the viewing audience, contradicting his colleagues and very often himself. Since rejoining the team Coach has arguably missed a step and doesn’t seem to be telling consistent stories. Only time will tell what the future holds for Coach’s more long-term position within the company but all the best is wishes to Renee Young on this new, exciting journey in her career.

 

ALL IN DRAWS 11,263 FANS

ALL IN has been receiving almost universal acclaim since its airing this weekend. This all began as somewhat of a joke bet that Cody could sell out a 10,000 seat arena at an independent wrestling event in the USA. Tickets sold out in minutes and were being re-sold on other sites shortly after at huge markups – the demand was astronomical.

Nick Jackson, who helped produce the show on Saturday alongside his brother Matt and Cody has announced on Twitter that All In actually drew 11,263 fans to the Sears Centre in Chicago.

 

WOS Wrestling: Ratings

World of Sport Wrestling has not exactly gotten off to the start which many had anticipated, or hoped, that it would. It debuted at a rather underwhelming, but respectable 1.1 Million viewers only six weeks ago, commanding an 8% share of UK viewership.

The WATW on Twitter have reported that in its 6th week WOS Wrestling garnered a mere 0.4 million viewers.

This is a rather shockingly low figure, especially considering it was hot on the heels of WOS announcing a nationwide tour:

WOS has been met with staunch criticism since its re-emergence a little over a month ago. It has had the feel of a cheesy, cartoonish gameshow – which is not surprising as it has been placed in perhaps the worst possible time-slot for such a show. This was not the wrestling show that was needed; NXT UK is brining over fast-paced action, likely with edgy stories (if NXT is anything to go by) WOS has offered us neither.

Of course, this week’s show was at an earlier start time than it’s usual 5pm slot and that may account for some of the fall off as last the last two weeks had seen a gradual rise in the ratings. Nonetheless, one has to wonder how long until ITV pulls the plug. Only four more episodes left of the current recordings, we would have to expect that it will also be the last.

STRAIGHT-EDGE WEEKLY 01/09/18

Welcome to the all new Straight-Edge Wrestling weekly roundup. In this article we run down some of the top rumours, speculation and new items from the last 7 days in the world of wrestling. This week we look at ALL IN, WWE, Summerslam 2019, Kane and more…….

All in and Starrcast

I’ve been hearing some good things coming out of Starrcast, a lot of people are enjoying themselves and posting that they’re having the best time there and I’m glad for them. These kinds of event just make the business stronger so I’m all for it.

All In is tonight, when it was first announced it seemed like a pipe dream from Cody that was never going to come to fruition. I’m pleased that these guys have pulled this off and proven a lot of people wrong, a non-WWE show running such a big event is only a good thing. I’m sure it’ll be a great success, for the Straight-Edge predictions of All In head on over to our YouTube or ITunes for our podcast.

Raw & Smackdown

I don’t think too much of note happened on the shows this week. They’re really just setting up for Evolution and Super Show-Down at the moment so it’s kind of all over the place. The Trish Stratus appearance was exciting and fresh and was, for me, the highlight of Raw; Trish’s interactions with Elias were a lot of fun, Elias is such a good talker and at least we get something out of Trish before her appearance at Evolution. Kevin Owen’s “quitting” and walking out was good as well, maybe taking him off of TV for a while after using him as Braun’s whipping-boy for the last few months is a good thing, allow him time to heal his character.

Much like the Trish appearance on Raw, King Bookers re-emergence on Smackdown made for an entertaining opening segment. He and the New Day played so well off of each other and were genuinely funny for the most part.

Neville

WWE has confirmed to Dave Meltzer that Neville is no longer under contract, he was moved to their Alumni page on WWE.com this week. It’s obviously been a long time coming and I should think that every wrestling company in the known universe will be wanting him right now, so I’m sure he’ll be extremely successful.

Jason Sensation

There was a situation with Jason Sensation on Monday night, Jason is best known for the skits he done during the Attitude Era where he impersonated wrestlers. Jason Tweeted out saying:

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Thankfully, it turned out to be untrue. Vince Russo reached out to him and confirmed that it was untrue and later the local police department said they were with Jason and that he was never at the arena that day. It was a true shit-show and a horrible situation for those in the arena who were aware of the threat.

Kane

Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs was sworn in this week as the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee:

CM Punk

CM Punk made his first wrestling related appearance over the weekend, participating in a signing for PWTees in Chicago. Despite some Trollish earlier reports, Punk was extremely well received and people were saying how friendly and receptive he was to the whole thing. Punk Tweeting out:

Summerslam 2019

WWE officially announced that Toronto would be the host of Summerslam next year, an event which in recent years has boomeranged between Los Angeles and New York.