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Raw Reunion Draws Huge Rating, Sycho Sid, Rob Van Dam, AEW on TNT and Moxley/Bloodsport News | Wrestling News Update, July 23rd 2019

With news on all the fallout from Raw Reunion and news from GCW, Impact Wrestling and 205 Live; Matty Deller brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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RAW REUNION DRAWS BEST RATINGS OF 2019

Last nights Raw Reunion drew the highest ratings of the year, pulling in 3.09 million viewers.  It handily beat out the previous high, 2.92 million on the Raw after WrestleMania.

In addition, it is the highest-rated Raw in nearly 11 months, and was not only the highest-rated show on cable for the night, beating Hannity on Fox News at 3.04 million, but also beat everything except ABC and NBC on television head-to-head.

WHY SID NO SHOWED RAW REUNION

Former two-time WWE Champion “Psycho” Sid Vicious, otherwise known Sycho Sid, was the only legend advertised for WWE RAW Reunion that did not appear at the event.

Dave Meltzer reported on the Wrestling Observer regarding Sid’s no-show that Sid reportedly pulled out of the show several days ago.

WWE apparently knew that Sid would not be appearing before they created the graphic for the “RAW Reunion” shirt below, which was released last week, along with him not being featured in updated promotional material before the show.

Sid’s last WWE appearance was on RAW 1000, where he and a bunch of legends beat up Heath Slater.

IMPACT STAR ROB VAN DAM APPEARS ON WWE TV

Current Impact Wrestling star Rob Van Dam shockingly appeared on Raw Reunion last night. Click here for the full story.

POSSIBLE NAME FOR WWE’S FS1 SHOW REVEALED

WWE has recently filed to trademark the name ‘WWE After The Bell’.

While there is no official reason for what this is for, speculation is that this could be the name for the WWE studio show that will premiere on Fox’s FS1 later this year. It’s been reported that the studio show will be hosted by Renee Young.

Triple H revealed back in April that the weekly WWE studio show will air on FS1 on Tuesday nights, beginning in the fall. The show will feature discussions on the various WWE happenings, plus appearances by familiar faces from the past and present.

NXT STAR TO APPEAR ON 205 LIVE

WWE has announced that Raul Mendoza will be teaming with Humberto Carrillo against The Lucha House Party (Kalisto & Gran Metalik) tonight. It’s being billed as an NXT vs. 205 Live contest, even though Carrillo is also regularly on 205 Live.

Mendoza & Carrillo have previously teamed together in NXT. Raul was a part of the first Cruiserweight Classic in 2016 and losing to Brian Kendrick in the first round, Mendoza signed with WWE in 2017.

Also on 205 Live, Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak is facing NXT’s Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in a non-title match on tonight’s 205 Live and there will also be a contract signing for Drake Maverick vs. Mike Kanellis.

AEW/TNT Update

Yesterday, All Elite Wrestling and TNT launched social media accounts for their upcoming television show. Their first tweet was teasing a big announcement, believed to be the details of that TV show.

A new teaser was posted today, revealing that the announcement will be made on Wednesday of this week. You can see the “calm before the storm” tweet below.

IMPACT ANNOUNCES NEW DEAL WITH TWITCH

Impact Wrestling has announced a renewal and expansion of their content agreement with streaming platform Twitch.

Due to this deal, we will see more exclusive Impact content on Twitch, including original weekly programming, pre-shows and post-shows, live specials, Xplosion, IRL streams, and more.

In a press statement, Impact said;

The renewal will include the production of more exclusive content on the Twitch platform (www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling), including original weekly programming, pre and post-shows, live monthly specials, weekly airings of Xplosion which features never-before-seen matches, IRL (in real life) first-person streams, and much more. To support Twitch’s development of its co-streaming features, IMPACT Wrestling will facilitate co-streaming of the weekly flagship show and will be announcing details of a contest featuring co-streamers in the near future.

“Since debuting the weekly premiere of IMPACT! on Twitch this past January, we have been committed to growing the passionate professional wrestling community on the platform and the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling. “We have grown our subscriber and follower bases significantly while spreading our reach to new audiences. With our increased slate of exclusive content hosted by the likes of Melissa Santos, Don Callis and top IMPACT Wrestling stars, fans have been able to interact with our larger-than-life personalities like never before.”

MOXLEY TO FACE JOSH BARNETT AT BLOODSPORT

Game Changer Wrestling has announced Jon Moxley vs. Josh Barnett for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport II. The show is taking place at Showboat Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, September 14 and will air live as an iPPV on Fite TV.

Bloodsport features hybrid MMA style pro-wrestling matches. 

VICELAND’S ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO OF ‘DARK SIDE OF THE RING’

It was announced today that Viceland has picked up Dark Side of the Ring for season two. It will feature 10 hour-long episodes.

Viceland president Guy Slattery said on the deal;

“We were thrilled with the positive response to Dark Side when it debuted. The enthusiasm from fans and non-fans alike was contagious. We can’t wait to tell more of these stories.”

Evan Husney and Jason Eisener are returning as executive producers for the series.

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