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AEW AND NXT RATINGS TAKE BIG HIT
Both WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite have both taken huge dives in regards to viewership.
According to Showbuzz Daily, Dynamite came out on top by 16%, managing 685,000 viewers whereas NXT hit 590,000 viewers.
This is the lowest Dynamite viewership of 2020, and the second-lowest NXT viewership of 2020. This is also the lowest NXT viewership for a first-run episode and also the second-lowest non-holiday AEW Dynamite audience in history.
WWE SAYS ELIAS MAY NOT APPEAR AT WRESTLEMANIA
WWE has another update today that said Elias’ status remains uncertain for the match against King Corbin.
Following last weeks SmackDown, where Corbin threw Elias off a platform to the concrete floor. WWE first said that Elias had to be taken to a local medical facility. This was followed up by WWE then announcing that Elias managed to escape the attack with no injuries, and had vowed to wrestle Corbin at WrestleMania.
WWE has now said Elias’ status remains uncertain for the match against Corbin.
As far as everyone knows, Elias vs King Corbin was taped in some form of fashion but we will keep you updated if anything changes.
MONEY IN THE BANK PPV SET TO CHANGE
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it looks as if WWE’s first pay-per-view following WrestleMania will undergo major changes.
The Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland had announced the MITB pay-per-view for May 10 with tickets going on sale Friday, March 13th. However, @Wrestlevotes has reported that the event will not take place as scheduled to to ongoing schedule changes related to the pandemic.
Money In the Bank could end up being held at the WWE Performance Center, but the status of the event as a whole in up in the air.
There have been rumors on WWE possibly taking time off, following the mayor of Florida issuing a stay-at-home order.
ESPN2 TO AIR BROCK LESNAR MARATHON
A five-hour Brock Lesnar marathon will be part of ESPN2’s schedule on Sunday, April 5th.
This marathon will include four of Lesnar’s UFC fights, along with his win from the 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championship.
Here is the schedule:
- 6AM — UFC Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
- 7AM. — UFC Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
- 7:30AM. — UFC Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
- 8AM — UFC Unleashed: Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture
- 9AM. — 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championship
Lesnar’s E:60 feature from 2009 will also be replayed during Sunday morning’s SportsCenter, and ESPN+ has added a Lesnar UFC collection to their library.
AEW FORCED TO MOVE LOCATION AGAIN?
All Elite Wrestling will once again need to find a location to tape Dark and Dynamite as their current location will now be forced to shut down.
AEW were filming at the Nightmare Factory in Norcross, Georgia, which will be shut down temporarily due to a shelter-in-place order signed by Governor Brian Kemp.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, “a lot” of future content was filmed in Georgia this past week meaning this will allow AEW the time to regather and plan their next move while airing the footage they have already produced.
Their first place of filming, Dailys Place in Jacksonville, Florida was closed due to The city of Jacksonville using the parking lot near Daily’s Place as a major coronavirus testing center.
AEW ANNOUNCE TNT CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKETS
AEW have announced the full bracket for the recently announced inaugural TNT Championship.
On Tuesday’s episode of Dark, the left side of the bracket was announced with Cody vs. Shawn Spears and Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara, and then on last night’s Dynamite the right side of the bracket was announced as Dustin Rhodes will go one-on-one against Kip Sabian for the first time ever while Lance Archer will face Colt Cabana.
The tournament begins next Wednesday with Cody vs Spears.
MLW RESCHEDULES TEXAS SHOW
Due to COVID-19, MLW’s tapings that were scheduled for the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas on Saturday, May 2nd have been rescheduled to Saturday, October 3rd.
Tickets that had been purchased for the show will be honoured on the new date.
In a statement on their website, MLW said;
The league remains focused on a return after suspending promoting live events, however is proceeding with an abundance of caution.
MLW has considered many scenarios but is not close to rolling out a plan given that the pandemic has yet to reach its apex in the United States.
At the appropriate time, the league will communicate plans for promoting live events outside of the temporary hiatus and update the status of league events.
The MLW family would like to extend our appreciation and well wishes to all doctors, nurses, emergency services staff, first responders, medical professionals, essential services staff and all others on the front line working to address the public health crisis in our nation and around the world.
AJPW CANCELS CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2020
Once again, due to coronavirus another major wrestling event has fallen as All Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that their Champion Carnival tournament will not go on as scheduled.
It was scheduled to start on April 6th at Korakuen Hall, with the finals taking place on May 5th at the same arena.
President of AJPW, Tsuyoki Fukuda, said in the press conference announcing the cancellation that he will “make every possible effort” to run the tournament this year.
Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lucas Steel, and Joel Redman were all previously announced for the tournament, but they were pulled following travel restrictions imposed by the Japanese government.
The Champion Carnival tournament has been held every year since 1991, with the tournament originally beginning in 1973.