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AEW AND NXT SUFFER RATINGS DROP
Both NXT and AEW Dynamite suffered big ratings drops due to a live UFC card being aired on ESPN+.
Dynamite actually suffered both its lowest viewership ever and the lowest rating its done in the key 18-49 demo. The show averaged 654,000 viewers, down 10.7 percent from last week and averaged a .23 rating in the 18-49 demographic, down 17.9 percent from last week.
However, NXT still came in second place – averaging 604,000 viewers, down 8.9 percent from last week. In the 18-49 demographic, the show averaged a 0.15 rating, down 16.7 percent from the previous week.
MIKE TYSON TO AWARD TNT TITLE AT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
It was announced tonight on Dynamite that Mike Tyson will be presenting the TNT championship at AEW Double or Nothing on May 23rd.
Ever since footage emerged of Mike Tyson training for a potential comeback, wrestling promotions has been scrambling to get ‘The Baddest Man on The Planet’ on board. MLW owner Court Bauer recently sent out an invite to Mike Tyson to participate in a wrestling match, with proceeds going to charities.
Mike Tyson has appeared for WWE on several occasions, most notably as the guest enforcer during Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first WWF Title win over Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV.
STADIUM STAMPEDE MATCH MADE FOR DOUBLE OR NOTHING
During last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite, Chris Jericho, on behalf of The Inner Circle, challenged The Elite to the Stadium Stampede match. He brought up the street fight that took place last week, saying it was nothing compared to fighting inside the TIAA Bank Field, the stadium connected to Daily’s Place.
The rules for this match have not been revealed, but it doesn’t take a genius to guess that this match will take place inside the home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Elite are yet to respond.
THREE MORE MATCHES MADE FOR DOUBLE OR NOTHING
Yet more matches were made for AEW Double or Nothing, two for the main show and one for ‘The Buy In’.
Thanks to her win over Penelope Ford, Kris Statlander and Dr Britt Baker D.M.D, Hikaru Shida will finally get her shot at AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose. However, following a kendo stick assault from the champion, this match is also no disqualification and no count-out.
Following her ringside attack during the very same four-way contest, Statlander will be taking on Dr. Baker in singles action.
Finally, Private Party will face Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent) on ‘The Buy In’ with the winner becoming number one contenders for Hangman Page and Kenny Omega’s AEW Tag Team Titles.
MATCHES MADE FOR GO-HOME AEW DYNAMITE
A host of matches as well as a face-to-face segment have been set for the final Dynamite before Double Or Nothing.
Following an attack last night, Rey Fenix will face Orange Cassidy. Next week will also see MJF face Marko Stunt, after he revealed he answered an open contract for a match. Thirdly, Matt Hardy will face Sammy Guevara in an Elite vs Inner Circle match ahead of the ‘Stadium Stampede’ match at Dounle of Nothing. Then, ahead of his AEW Title defence, champion Jon Moxley will face The Dark Order’s 10.
Finally, a face-to-face confrontation will take place between Lance Archer’s manager Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Cody’s “head coach” Arn Anderson.
NXT TAKEOVER: IN YOUR HOUSE SET FOR JUNE 7TH
On last night’s NXT, the next TakeOver titled ‘In Your House’ is set for June. Click here for the full story.
RHEA RIPLEY’S RETURN, CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCHES MADE FOR WWE NXT
Former NXT women’s champion Rhea Ripley is returning to action next Wednesday, facing Io Shirai in the her first match since losing the title to Charlotte Flair at last month’s WrestleMania.
We also have a pair of Cruiserweight Championship Tournament matches as the unbeaten KUSHIDA will face Drake Maverick and El Hijo de Fantasma will battle the unbeaten Akira Tozawa.
In addition, Roderick Strong challenge Dexter Lumis to a match during an Undisputed Era group call and while that has not been announced, expect that to be on next weeks episode as well.
BIG WWE STORYLINE REPORTEDLY NIXED
According to @WrestleVotes, WWE reportedly had a major storyline planned for this spring and summer, but things were nixed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reportedly, officials came up with a lengthy major storyline that was to unfold over the span of several weeks during the spring and summer of this year. It was meant to play out similar to how the Vince McMahon limousine explosion or the Nexus invasion debut did.
The storyline was put on hold due to COVID-19 forcing WWE to tape TV shows on closed sets with no fans.
RACHAEL EVERS REVEALS WWE RELEASE
Rachael Evers announced her comeback to independent wrestler with a video posted to Twitter last night, revealing she was part of the recent WWE/NXT releases.
Reverting back to her real name of Rachael Ellering, she also released some new merchandise, calling herself the Queen of Strong Smile.
The daughter of Paul Ellering has wrestled for Impact, STARDOM and Shimmer before signing for NXT in 2019. She hasn’t had a match since last July due to a torn ACL.
NBA STAR ENES KANTER CLAIMS WWE CONTRACT OFFER
Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter has said he has a contract offer from WWE.
In an interview with Stadium Sports Network, Kanter says he plans to become a WWE Superstar when he’s done with basketball, saying;
“I’m definitely becoming a WWE wrestler, for sure. I actually already have this offer from WWE, but I’ve got to finish my basketball career first. But after my NBA career, I’m definitely becoming one.”
The 27 year old Kanter is a former WWE 24/7 Champion, pinning R-Truth before losing it right back. He is a big wrestling fan and reportedly recently dated Dana Brooke.
NEW DETAILS ON WHY VINCE MCMAHON FIRED XFL CEO OLIVER LUCK
New allegations have come to light regarding former XFL Commissioner & CEO Oliver Luck were revealed today after federal court filings in Connecticut.
According to a new report from Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, Vince’s attorneys say Luck was fired for “gross neglect” of his job during the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, for personal use of a league-issued iPhone, and for signing former NFL player Antonio Callaway despite Vince’s orders to avoid players with troubled legal histories.
These details were originally redacted in Luck’s original lawsuit, but Vince’s legal team detailed some of the complaints in a pre-trial motion. Vince acknowledged that he personally guaranteed XFL parent company Alpha Entertainment’s contract with Luck, with a personal guarantee that provides the basis for Luck to sue Vince, rather than file an appeal to the United States Bankruptcy court overseeing the end of the league.
Luck is suing former XFL owner Vince McMahon for breach of contract over his April 9th dismissal.
BELLA TWINS AUTOBIOGRAPHY BECOMES NY TIMES BEST SELLER
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I don’t even have the words to describe how happy I am right now!!! New York Times Best Seller!!! #7 and #10 Goodness in the top 10!! 🥂🥰👯♀️ On a list with such incredible people!! Thank you all SO much for your constant support, love and loyalty! This couldn’t have happened without all of you! Our Bella Army!!! And an incredible team that was on this! So many people to thank! I will definitely get to that! Going to go steal a kiss from my man! When we got the call @thebriebella immediately took this pic! We are just so so happy!!! Love you all!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
2020 WWE Hall of Famers The Bella Twins are now New York Times Best-Selling Authors, after their book ‘Incomparable’ placed #7 on the Best-Sellers Combined Print & E-Book list, and placed #10 on the Best-Sellers Print Hardcover list.
The book was released last Tuesday, May 5th. You can check out our review of ‘Incomparable’ here.