As noted, tonight's WWE NXT episode will see the debut of a new theme song, a new opening video and new display graphics inside Full Sail University.
Triple H took to Twitter today and announced that "Rage" by CFO$ is the new NXT theme song.
"We were made for this. #Rage drives The new look...
The new feel...
...and the new sound of NXT #WeAreNXT".
April 12, 2017
With the WWE Superstar Shakeup now seemingly complete, the only thing left is to take a look at the roster moves and determine where the brands stand going forward.
Considering it was not a “draft” and WWE noted that all superstar changes would occur via trades, deals and other moves between the Raw and SmackDown Live brands, one would have expected some explanations about how every new wrestler wound up on his or her respective new show.
Instead, WWE simply had these superstars appear on Raw and SmackDown without any explanation for how or why they got there. In fact, some of the moves are relatively convoluted considering the performers are involved in matches against competitors on their prior brand, rivalries WWE could have ended at WrestleMania 33 but for some reason chose not to.
Bray Wyatt, the No. 1 contender for the WWE championship (a SmackDown title), moved to Raw but will still face champion Randy Orton for the strap at Payback, a Raw pay-per-view. No mention has been made of what will happen if Wyatt wins the “House of Horrors” match.
Kevin Owens, the United States champion, took the belt from Raw to SmackDown (as Dean Ambrose did in reverse with the intercontinental title) but is still scheduled to defend the belt at Payback in a rematch against Chris Jericho, who remains on Raw. At least WWE clarified that Jericho would move to SmackDown should he regain the championship.
What WWE does from here is anyone’s guess. Wyatt beating Orton could take a world title away from SmackDown, but Orton beating Wyatt in the challenger’s signature match (no details provided at this time) would be another massive blow to Wyatt, who always loses big matches, particularly at pay-per-views.
OK, enough bloviating. Here are the new SmackDown and Raw superstars.
April 10, 2017
The highest paid WWE Superstars of 2016 have been revealed by Forbes who used data compiled from WWE’s booking contracts, pay documents, public filings as well as interviews with industry insiders. Below are the top 10.
10: Randy Orton - $1.9 million
9: Seth Rollins - $2 million
8: The Undertaker - $2 million
7: Shane McMahon - $2.2 million
6: AJ Styles - $2.4 million
5: Dean Ambrose - $2.7 million
4: Roman Reigns - $3.5 million
3: Triple H - $ 3.8 million
2: John Cena - $8 million
1: Brock Lesnar - $12 million
WWE has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a number of unknown bit torrent users on Thursday, April 6th in the United States District Court of Connecticut, according to worldipreview.com report.
The lawsuit alleges that the users “unlawfully acquire, reproduce, and distribute” the WWE Studios film Eliminators." “
"Eliminators" is a 2016 US action thriller film released by WWE Studios. WWE used forensic software to identify the IP addresses associated with the infringement; WWE is asking for actual damages, statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement, costs and jury trial.
April 6, 2017
STAMFORD, Conn., April 6, 2017 – In addition to setting a new Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record of 75,245 fans, which led to the highest-grossing event in the stadium's history at $14.5 million, WrestleMania also broke records for sellouts, digital and social media engagement and merchandise sales.
As part of the week-long WrestleMania celebration, WWE held an unprecedented five consecutive nights of sellouts at the Citrus Bowl and Amway Center with 165,000 in attendance at WrestleMania Axxess, Hall of Fame, NXT TakeOver: Orlando, WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
WrestleMania 33 was the most social event in WWE history, according to Nielsen Social, with 5.19 million interactions on Facebook and Twitter during the broadcast alone. There were also 2.8 million tweets about WrestleMania throughout the day.
WrestleMania 33 accounted for nearly 30 percent of all social TV interactions on Sunday, April 2, surpassing the Country Music Awards (13 percent), The Walking Dead Season Finale (10 percent) and MLB Opening Day on ESPN – Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals (10 percent).
WWE-related content saw more than 490 million video views across WWE.com, WWE App and social media during WrestleMania Week, an increase of 96 percent year-over-year.
WrestleMania reached a record 1.95 million global households on WWE Network alone, making it the most-watched WrestleMania in history, with pay-per-view data still forthcoming.
WWE Network subscribers viewed 22.5 million hours during WrestleMania Week or 13 hours per subscriber during the week. This compares to 21.7 million hours last year, a year-over-year increase of 4 percent.
WWE generated $3.7 million in WrestleMania merchandise revenue, an increase of 164 percent or $2.3 million, from WrestleMania 24 in Orlando. It was also WWE's second-highest grossing WrestleMania, only behind last year's WrestleMania 32 in Dallas.
April 5, 2017
Triple H hit a big social media milestone of 5 million Twitter followers today. Triple H's Twitter account has had the fastest rise to 5 million of any wrestlinTriple H hit a big social media milestone of 5 million Twitter followers today. Triple H's Twitter account has had the fastest rise to 5 million of any wrestler, including The Rock, John Cena and Randy Orton. Triple H, who started his Twitter account in February of 2013, is now the 4th most followed star behind The Rock (11.1 million followers), Cena (9.4 million) and Randy Orton (5.2 million).
March 24, 2017
According to The Wrestling Observer, the following names will be this year’s WWE Hall of Fame Legacy Inductees:
Dr. Jerry Graham
Perhaps it’s fitting that Triple H will be standing across the ring from Seth Rollins, the first NXT champion, at WrestleMania.
Beyond his own match, though, Paul “Triple H” Levesque can look at the entire lineup on April 2 and see performers, ring announcers and broadcasters who have come through NXT, WWE’s developmental system based in Orlando.
Levesque, as WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, has been the founder and chief architect of NXT and overhauled how the company recruits and builds talent.
All but three of the currently scheduled WrestleMania matches feature performers who spent time in NXT. It’s likely eight of the 10 NXT champions will be involved in WrestleMania, barring a surprise. Three of the five NXT women’s champions – Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley – are in the same match.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have that pride factor,” Levesque said. “It’s a huge moment to see those guys shine. I know what it feels like. I was there. I went through all of it. To me, it’s awesome to help them live their dreams.
“I get as much excitement of seeing these kids succeed as I do by far from any of the stuff I’ve done in my career. I’m not the one out there in front of the 100,000 people, but it’s like being a proud papa. It’s the difference between doing it yourself and watching your kids doing it. There is a difference in the kind of pride, but it’s still there.”...More?
March 23, 2017
Triple H recently remarked “I’m not happy with where it is right now by far” when referring to the NXT brand he created. In a conference call today to promote the upcoming NXT TakeOver: Orlando event he took time to clarify what he meant by the statement:
"Let me just say first off I'll never be happy with the product, probably, because I just never... I think that's the nature of what it is, you always want it to be better than it can be. You always want it to be more than what it is at that time. That being said, I want to make sure that I'm clear on that. That unhappiness had nothing to do with talent; that unhappiness had more to do with my end, with the creative, with our production, with all that. There were reasons for all of it. We were, you know, NXT, the Performance Center, designed to create a lot of things, designed to create everything that we do, really, not just in-ring performers. And it did that, it did that very well. When those people were moved up to take on different and maybe bigger responsibilities within the company, it sort of strip-mined NXT. So about the same time we lost a lot of our performers, at the draft we lost the entire women's division with the exception of Asuka. We had to start over in many ways, but we also did that behind-the-scenes and we kind of had to start over.
"So when I say 'unhappy with the product,' I'm happy with where we had brought it to. There are a lot of things that as NXT came up and changed, some of the things that worked got adopted by main roster, the things that worked got moved up, and we had to reinvent ourselves. I just didn't have the team and the capabilities... we just got caught. I'm much happier where we are now not because it's where I want to be but because I'm on a path to get there. To me, there's nothing worse than saying I'm unhappy with this and I don't have the means or the ability to fix it or I'm not on the way to fixing it. We're on the way to being where I want it to be now, to me. I think I would look to everybody out there as to whether NXT is getting better over time in the last few weeks or months but I feel like it is."
March 18, 2017
Recently on The Ross Report, professional wrestling veteran 'Good Ol' J.R.' Jim Ross spoke with fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels. Among many other things, Michaels talked about his hunting show, Shawn Michaels' MacMillan River Adventures, coming to an end, what professional wrestling shows he watches regularly, hammering out a deal to become a coach at the WWE Performance Center, and working with young talent.
According to Michaels, 2017 will be the final year of his hunting show. 'The Heartbreak Kid' said that he would rather being doing "easier stuff" at this point in his life.
"We are going to wrap up MacMillan River Adventures this year. This is going to be our last year. It's the seventh year. It has just become a little busy, and, again, I'm, I guess, way too lazy to travel that much now. And having enjoyed this warm weather so much, the thought of going away to a bunch of faraway, cold places, and live in a sleeping bag, and things of that nature… it was fun to do for a while just to push myself and to see if I could do it, and go on hunts that I've never had the opportunity to go on, so I'm so blessed and so fortunate to be able to go and do that, but now I'm so fortunate that I've got a ranch in Texas and if I want to hunt I can go there and do it, so Keith [Mark] and I are going to wrap up our final year, 2017, on MacMillan River Adventures and I'm going to just focus on just doing some easier stuff and, honestly, just see where the wind blows me to that."
Michaels divulged that when he watches pro wrestling, it is usually either NXT or 205 Live. 'The Showstopper' claimed that he watches those shows to inform him in his role working with younger talent.
"I watch a little bit. I mean, the majority of it is to… honestly, I watch more NXT and the 205 Live more than anything else, to be perfectly honest." Michaels continued, "I do that because, I mean, that's something that I'm interested in. I think in terms of, again, being here and being able to contribute and see what I can do, if anything, to help the younger wrestlers. That's the part that I enjoy, so, clearly, if you're going to do that, you've got to know about the product, and you've got to watch it, and you've got to be informed with the talent and the people that are there."
March 16, 2017
The WWE has gone retro in the first teaser trailer for a new comedy series titled Southpaw Regional Wresting.
The clip, released Wednesday on Twitter, begins with a VHS tape being inserted into a VCR player as the video switches over to a more low-quality look.
WWE Superstars including John Cena, Rusev, Lana, United States Champion Chris Jericho, Raw Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, Cesaro and more are seen donning various wigs and costumes as they recreate the glory days of professional wrestling.
A man in a dinosaur costume along with Superstar TJ Perkins wearing a championship belt also make appearances.
"This is Lance Catamaran and you are watching Southpaw Regional Wrestling," Cena announces while wearing a wig.
WWE plans on releasing Southpaw Regional Wrestling on Friday on the WWE Network.
“I have worked with the greatest of the greats in wrestling and I love all these guys,” he said. “There’s two guys in pro wrestling in terms of wrestlers: one would have to be Triple H, and the other one would have to be ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Both guys I love, both guys I respect [and] admire. They’re great friends to this day.”
March 13, 2017
Eric LeGrand, a former standout for the Rutgers University football team-turned-motivational speaker, has been named the recipient of the third annual Warrior Award. The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
Named after WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior, The Warrior Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of Ultimate Warrior.
The award will be presented to LeGrand by Dana Warrior, widow of Ultimate Warrior, at the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will broadcast from Orlando, Florida’s Amway Center live on WWE Network at 8 ET/5 PT on Friday, March 31. USA Network will also broadcast a special presentation of the ceremony on Monday, April 3 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following Raw.
LeGrand was a key player on the Rutgers University football team, before a spinal cord injury sustained during a game in October 2010 left him paralyzed from the neck down. LeGrand’s tremendous courage and unwavering strength throughout his rehabilitation captured the attention of the nation. He resumed his college classes via Skype and launched his sports broadcasting career as an analyst for Rutgers Football Radio Network. LeGrand founded the charity Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in 2013, and is now a highly sought-after motivational speaker. In support of LeGrand’s mission – raising funds for research to find a cure for paralysis and to help improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries – WWE will make a $25,000 donation to Team LeGrand.
Further details have emerged as to why Impact Wrestling owners Anthem sent cease and desist orders to the Hardys, Ring of Honor and PPV distributors over Matt and Jeff appearing as their “broken” characters.
As reported by PWInsider, a source claims that Hardy filing the trademark for the "Broken Matt Hardy" name was the trigger as they believe Hardy wasn't the only person to create the character with names such as Dave Lagana, Matt Conway and Billy Corgan all being mentioned as key figures in having come up with the concept, therefore Anthem believe others deserve revenue from the character.
They want to pressure Hardy into signing a deal that gives Anthem a percentage of profits made from the gimmick.
ROH was forced to pull their recent PPV from DISH Network and the Hardys toned down their act for the PPV itself. According to Reby Hardy, The Hardys have full ownership of the gimmick.
If you're looking to start a little, mom and pop, family run business that you can one day pass on to your children, might I suggest opening up your own ridiculously successful multimillion dollar wrestling organization. F4Wonline.com recently revealed the 2016 salary details for the four members of the McMahon family namely Vince McMahon, his son Shane McMahon, daughter Stephanie McMahon and son-in-law Triple H.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon hasn’t been seen inside a WWE ring since he gave Shane and Stephanie joint control over Raw at Payback last year, but the Boss is reportedly still at nearly every taping and remains in 100% creative control over the main roster.
Meanwhile, ‘Shane-o-Mac’ and his sister continue to be a regular feature on WWE television in their roles as Commissioner of SmackDown Live and Raw respectively. Triple H, too, is seen quite often on RAW as the COO of WWE, as well as on NXT posing with anyone who wins a Championship. The Game has also spent a several months last year as the WWE Champion when he won the 2017 Royal Rumble.
So, how much did all these roles pocket the McMahon fam? As reported by F4Wonline.com, Stephanie McMahon earned $2,000,000 in her roles as an executive and a performer in 2016. Her brother, Shane McMahon, surprisingly did even better in his comeback role, as he managed to gross a figure of $2,150,000. Besides taking on the televised authority figure role, Shane also wrestled at Survivor Series and WrestleMania; nearly killing himself at both.
Triple H earned a whopping $3,993,417 in the year 2016. It should come as no surprise that Vince McMahon is the highest earning member of the McMahon family having drawn a huge salary of $5,348,624 last year; which really isn't quite as much as one might think it would be.
March 12, 2017
March 11, 2017
Reby Sky has claimed on her personal Twitter that Impact Wrestling are issuing letters to cable providers threating to sue them if they show the Hardy's in ROH.
UPDATE: TNA sending "spooky" letters to cable providers threatening to sue if they air Hardys. Trying to screw ROH & ruin wrestling for fans— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) March 11, 2017
Christopher Daniels has been a witness to a lot of wrestling history since his career started in 1993. He saw the rise of the "Attitude Era" and the Monday Night Wars, as he wrestled for WWE, WCW and ECW.
Once the latter two organizations had folded, and after a spell in WWE developmental, Daniels struck out for himself and made an immediate impact on the independent wrestling world. He wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling, won the "King of the Indies" tournament and otherwise traversed the globe, but ultimately, the next two decades of his career would tie Daniels to the fate and history of two companies: TNA and Ring of Honor.
Daniels was there in the formative stages of each company in 2002, and the defining moments of his career have come in these two organizations, for whom he's performed concurrently and independent of one another at various points over the last 15 years. He's had titles every step of the way, on both a tag team and singles level, but the man who will forever be known as "The Fallen Angel" has one major gap among his many career accomplishments -- a major world title.
With TNA (now Impact Wrestling) in his rear-view mirror, the now 46-year-old Daniels has the ROH world championship as his holy grail. As the company celebrates its 15th anniversary in Las Vegas on Friday night, Daniels gets another chance for that breakthrough against Adam Cole. Amidst a wave of fan support and emotion, following his victory in the ROH "Decade of Excellence" tournament and the betrayal of long-time tag team partner Frankie Kazarian to Cole's cause and the Bullet Club, it could very well be Daniels' last chance at a storybook ending...More?
ROH has a new interview with Matt Hardy, who was promoting tonight's ROH 15th Anniversary pay-per-view, where they will defend the ROH Tag Team Championships against The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice in a "Triple Threat Vegas Street Fight." Make sure to join us tonight for our live coverage of the pay-per-view. Below are a few highlights from the interview:
You and Jeff already had a match with The Young Bucks signed for Supercard of Honor on April 1, so why did you decide to show up at Manhattan Mayhem last Friday to challenge them to an ROH World Tag Team Title Match that night?
"It was just the time. I told Vanguard 1 the Seven Deities have said it is time to teleport to the honorable ring and procure the ROH Tag Team Titles of the World. It was not my decision; it was something bigger than me. The day of deletion had arrived for the Bucks of Youth. We just had to follow through with the action we were mandated."
Fans have access to so much information these days that it's very hard to surprise them anymore, yet you've been able to do that multiple times now.
"The most important thing in the professional wrestling industry in this day and age of technology and the Internet and social media is to be able to make wrestling unpredictable. We were very happy we were able to do that, and it's one of the things I take a lot of pride in, along with my universe. I do all that I can to surprise people and make things unpredictable because that is what makes wrestling fun. Matt Hardy may be dysfunctional, but you can't spell dysfunctional without fun. My goal in the professional wrestling industry is to put fun into the dysfunctionality of it."
It's fair to say that ROH has the most talented tag team division in the sport. Let's get your thoughts on some of your top challengers, starting with the former ROH World Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks, whom you and Jeff will face in a Triple Threat Vegas Street Fight also involving Roppongi Vice at the ROH 15th Anniversary pay-per-view. Do they remind you of a young Matt and Jeff Hardy?
"Ah, yes, they do, especially when you look at their style and their clothing. When we were in our mortal vessels we were spot monkeys as well. I'm going to allow my brother to indulge in his spot monkey addiction for one night only [tonight] in the Street Fight. We will bring tables, ladders and chairs, all inanimate objects the Hardys made famous."