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HEATH SLATER MAKES SHOCK RETURN TO RAW
On Monday’s episode of Raw, Heath Slater made an appearance to work an angle with Drew McIntyre. The return took many by surprise as Heath had been released on black Wednesday in April.
Many asked if Heath had been rehired, much like Drake Maverick was. Unfortunately the answer seems to be no. Gray Cassidy of Sportskeeda has reported that the date was just an isolated occurrence. As Heath is currently still being paid as he moves through his ‘do not compete’ clause, WWE apparently retains the right to recall wrestlers in these situations.
Heath has already made plans for after WWE. After Rhyno hinted at his return to Impact, Heath was confirmed for ‘Talk N’Shop Mania’. This new event will also star Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, two stars who have just signed with Impact. The bulb for the event is as follows:
Talk N’ Shop comes to life on your screen with all of their zany, raunchy characters, and some of the biggest stars in professional wrestling! Buckle up for a wild, booze soaked wrestling event like only. Little people, large women, & Sex Ferguson coming through the screen on a ride you will have to see to believe!
WWE DEBUTS NEW US TITLE BELT
This week’s episode of RAW saw the unveiling of the new US title belt.
The belt has caused nowhere near the controversy as other notable additions recently. Most people online seem to be reasonably accepting of the new design, at least in comparison to the reception the Universal title first got!
They've had new SD tags since WM35 they haven't used.— Dan Beltzer (@BeltFanDan) July 8, 2020
NXT belt is being replaced with a larger version of the same design.
Dan Beltzer first mentioned that the belt would be changing back in December of last year, and apparently there will be more changes coming to another set of title belts soon. Dan has also reported that the SmackDown tag team belts will be next to be replaced. As with the Us title, WWE has had the new belts for some time but will wait for what they consider the best time to debut them.
WWE’S RATINGS WOES CONTINUE
WWE hasn’t yet managed to turn around their recent spate of viewership figures. This week’s RAW has the unwanted distinction of having the second-lowest viewership of the modern era.
Monday’s episode achieved an average of 1.69 million viewers, that’s only 10,000 above RAW all-time lowest, 1.68 set May 4.
This week saw Heath Slater make an appearance to face old 3MB stablemate and current WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre, Kairi Sane also faced Sasha Banks. Bayley took on Asuka in a losing effort, while Seth Rollins and Murphy met Mey Mysterio and Kevin Owens in the ring. The show could not have been accused of failing to have big-name attractions.
The situation isn’t dire yet, but unless WWE does something to turn around their television viewership, renegotiating their television deal will be a very tough prospect.
WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS UPDATE
Are you ready? #WWE2KBattlegrounds lands September 18th! Brawl with Friends. Brawl with Family. Brawl with Legends. Brawl with Superstars. BRAWL WITHOUT LIMITS. Pre-Order now: https://t.co/00lkTLY393 pic.twitter.com/BwvkTAkDIN— WWE 2K Battlegrounds (@2KBattlegrounds) July 8, 2020
Earlier today 2K issued a press release regarding the upcoming Battlegrounds game they’re producing with WWE.
In the press release, the company confirmed that the game would be released on PS4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Switch, and Stadia. They also stated that over 70 current WWE superstars and legends would be available at launch, with more added at different times after. Different game modes were also announced with special attention paid to casual gamers.
Interesting 2K confirmed the pricing of the game, two editions would be available at launch, standard edition should cost around $40, with the deluxe version costing approximately $50. The game has also been rated T for Teens by the ESRB.
See below for the complete release:
2K today announced that WWE® 2K Battlegrounds, the arcade-style brawler that will bring over-the-top WWE action to a new level of intensity, will release worldwide on September 18, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch™ system and Stadia. Featuring a roster of more than 70 WWE Superstars and Legends at launch, with additional Superstars to be released thereafter, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is now available for pre-order in digital formats and at participating retailers.
Developed by Saber Interactive, WWE 2K Battlegrounds offers explosive excitement in an approachable experience for everyone from passionate WWE fans to casual players, with several ways to play:
Exhibition: Take part in Exhibition matches at home or on-the-go, anytime and anywhere, in local and online multiplayer action for up to four players;
Campaign: Join the adventures of seven new WWE hopefuls – created exclusively for WWE 2K Battlegrounds – in Campaign mode and compete for the chance to earn a WWE contract. Along the way, you’ll unlock new arenas, inspired by locations such as the Everglades, a military-style Bootcamp, Mexico, New York and Scotland, while receiving guidance from legendary personalities including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin® and Paul Heyman™;
King of the Battleground: Take on all comers in the King of the Battleground, an online, last-man-standing mode where four players start in the ring while four more wait outside to enter, challenging you to run the gauntlet and defeat them all;
Online: Test your toughness in online tournaments and Exhibition matches.
Eight unique Battlegrounds environments play a major role in the action, many of them featuring interactive elements adding to the mayhem alongside a variety of outrageous melee weapons players can use to pummel opponents. Soar from military helicopters, smash opponents with cars in an auto shop and toss them into the jaws of a hungry alligator in the swamp. Bombastic play-by-play is provided by WWE commentators Mauro Ranallo™ and Jerry “The King” Lawler® to complete the mood.
Players can also customize their own arenas to give each brawl a personal touch and use the Superstar Creator to build their own, unique WWE Superstar with different body types and sizes, facial features, clothing, hair and fighting styles.
“We know WWE fans and gamers enjoy a wide variety of experiences, and with WWE 2K Battlegrounds, we’re presenting a whole new dimension through arcade-style gameplay that’s completely different than our WWE 2K simulation franchise,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing for 2K. “We look forward to seeing everyone tear it up with friends and family in the Battlegrounds.”
WWE 2K Battlegrounds is designed to be easy to pick up and play, but challenging to master, with more advanced techniques to be learned and skills to be unlocked so players of all skill levels can enjoy the action. A roster of today’s biggest WWE Superstars, including Roman Reigns®, Drew McIntyre®, Charlotte Flair®, Becky Lynch®, Asuka®, Daniel Bryan®, Kofi Kingston®, Randy Orton® – combined with Legends – including Andre the Giant™, Undertaker®, Mankind®, Shawn Michaels®, Yokozuna™, Sgt. Slaughter™ and many more, offers fan favorites for all generations of the WWE Universe to enjoy, with more unlockable Superstars to come via free updates in the future. Each Superstar utilizes one of five class styles, and each class style has its own combat moves, strengths and weaknesses. Choose from the Powerhouse, Technician, High-Flyer, Brawler and All-Rounder to find the style that works best for you. Arcade-style powerups, such as Flaming Fist, Ice Breath and Earthquake, are accompanied by colorful visual effects, offering extra excitement and an additional dimension of strategy that can quickly change the direction of a match.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds is available now for pre-order in Standard Edition (MSRP $39.99) and Digital Deluxe Edition (MSRP $49.99). Players who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive WWE Hall of Famer Edge®* at launch. The Digital Deluxe edition includes Edge, as well as all versions of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock and Ronda Rousey® unlocked at the beginning of play, plus 1100 bonus Golden Bucks, in-game currency that can be used to unlock Superstars, as well as cosmetic items**.
Developed by Saber Interactive, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is currently scheduled for worldwide release on September 18, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch™ system and Stadia. For more information on WWE 2K Battlegrounds and 2K, visit WWE.2K.com/Battlegrounds, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2KBattlegrounds or subscribe on YouTube.
AEW FYTER FEST NIGHT 2 CARD
Taking place at Daily’s Place once again, see below for the card for tonight’s AEW Fyter Fest night 2. Nyla Rose is also billed as being in action, and Taz is due to make a big announcement.
- Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy
- FTR and Young Bucks vs. The Butcher, The Blade, Fenix, and Pentagon Jr.
- Lance Archer (with Jake Roberts) vs. Joey Janela
- SCU vs. Dark Order: Brodie Lee, Grayson, and Colt Cabana
- Hangman Page and Kenny Omega (c) vs. Private Party AEW World Tag Team Championship match
NXT THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH NIGHT 2 CARD
The #NXTGAB fireworks continue TONIGHT:— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) July 8, 2020
? @adamcolepro vs. @RealKeithLee in a #WinnerTakeAll Match
? @MiaYim vs. @CandiceLeRae in a #StreetFight
? @swerveconfident vs. @JohnnyGargano
… and MORE❗️https://t.co/q7grGg3FAs
Taking place at the Performance Center once again, see below for the card for tonight’s Great American Bash night 2. Mercedes Martinez will also be making her return.
- Johnny Gargano vs. Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott
- Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim Streetfight match
- Breezango and Drake Maverick vs. El Legado del Fantasma: Santos Escobar (c), Raul Mendoza, Joaquin Wilde
- NXT North American Champion Keith Lee vs. NXT Champion Adam Cole in a Winner Takes All-match