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CHANGES TO WWE NETWORK APP
WWE has announced that its popular app for accessing the network will no longer be supported on some platforms. The company explained that the reason behind the move is the failure of manufacturers to keep up with the latest updates. This, in turn, prevents the devices from streaming the high-quality video WWE uses. WWE released a list of affected devices:
- Amazon Fire Tablets
- Apple TV (3rd Generation and earlier models)
- LG- 2016 and earlier models
- PlayStation 3
- Samsung (2016 and earlier models)
- Samsung and Sony Blu-Ray Players
- Sony (non-android TVs)
- Windows 10 Desktop
- Xbox 360
WWE SPONSOR RESPONDS TO LARS SULLIVAN SITUATION
After Lars Sullivan released a statement regarding his past social media posts the story has done anything but die. One Reddit user reached out to new WWE sponsor Mars. The fan wrote the company a letter which you can read below:
Dear Snickers, one of the companies you sponsor, the WWE is heavily featuring a wrestler by the name of Lars Sullivan (portrayed by Dylan Miley) who has made many internet comments praising mass shooters, espousing hatred and mocking black, mentally ill, and gay people. Does that represent Mars as a company? If so, I’ll have to choose a different snack brand that more identifies with American values.
In an unusual move, the company responded to the fan, the response was also posted:
Dear Loyal Consumer,
Thank you for reaching out to Mars Wrigley Confectionaery with your comments.
We learned of Lars Sullivan’s comments recently and share in your shock and disgust. As a values-based company, we find his behavior abhorrent and unacceptable. We have engaged the WWE to discuss this situation and seek to understand what actions they will take to swiftly address this matter.
We hope this information is helpful and wish you a great day!
Your Friends at Mars Wrigley Confectionery
So it seems that WWE is facing pressure not just from the WWE universe, but their sponsors as well. With advertising being such an imaged based industry, WWE will be doing everything they can to correctly resolve the situation.
FLIP GORDON EXPLAINS HIS VISA SITUATION
We reported yesterday that Flip Gordon was to be replaced for this year’s Best of the Super Juniors. The NJPW event is held yearly and is a fantastic showcase for up and coming talent.
Fightful reached out to Flip and received the following response:
the second certificate of eligibility, in order to apply for a new visa, got lost in the mail. They sent it back on April 12. I should have had it in enough time to apply for a new visa. It was a miscommunication with the consulate. I drove to the consulate to see if we could get an extension on the current visa, which was the wrong via, but we didn’t know the current visa had expired until yesterday.
He clarified that the visa he obtained in January for NJPW’s Honor Rising tour, but was unable to extend this for the Best of the Super Juniors.
the visa I had would have worked had I gone to Japan (in February) because they would have taken the certificate of eligibility and put the stamp in my passport and I would have had re-entry (for Best of Super Juniors),
When asked about what he would do now, Flip responded positively:
I’m trying to look at the bright side, I may get to see my family because ROH has shows in Washington and I’m hoping to get on those. My knee isn’t 100% so maybe it’s better off for my knee. It’s motivating me. I’m angry but you can use it in two different ways. You can piss and moan about it or you can turn it into motivation. I’m trying to turn it into motivation. I have more that I want to prove because I’m missing out on (Best of Super Juniors). I just want to wrestle. I don’t care where it is. I’ll be back in Japan and I’ll work hard to get back there.
RYBACK HIT WITH CEASE AND DESIST
‘The Big Guy’ Ryback took to his Twitter account to reveal that he has received a cease and desist letter from WWE. The complaint focuses on Ryback’s continued use of the name Ryback, the moniker ‘The Big Guy’ and the use of his catchphrase ‘feed me more’.
WWE has always been known to protect trademarks they see as their own, they say as much in their letter! This could all get quite interesting as in September 2016 Ryback legally changed his name to Ryback.
WWE has requested that Ryback transfer all social media accounts to their control. They have also asked for control of feedmemore.com and for any unsold merchandise bearing what they consider their intellectual property.
As always, we’ll keep on top of this changing situation and update you as soon as something develops.
NXT ANNOUNCER LEAVES WWE
Percy Watson has reportedly left the WWE. Click here to read our full article.