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WWE PURCHASES EVOLVE WRESTLING
WWE has moved to acquire long-time partner EVOLVE. Click here to find out more, and read about what this could mean for WWE Network subscribers.
WWE INSTIGATES MASK POLICY
In what seems a u-turn in policy, WWE has reportedly introduced a mandatory mask policy for all those not competing.
The move comes following heavy criticism of the company after 30+ employees contracted COVID-19. WWE has instructed stars not to talk about their health if they have tested positive for the virus, this has made finding exact numbers impossible.
According to PWInsider, WWE plans to fine those who do not comply with the requirement. The punishments aren’t messing around, the first infraction will set a star back $500, being caught without a mask for the second time will double the fine to $1000.
BULLY RAY CURRENTLY WITHOUT ROH CONTRACT
Dave Meltzer has reported that ROH star and wrestling legend, Bully Ray, is currently without an ROH contract.
According to Dave, Bully’s contract has recently expired, but the company hasn’t offered him an extension or the opportunity to renegotiate. Apparently the company hasn’t renewed a single contract, other than Danhausen’s, since the start of the pandemic. Danhausen’s contract was renewed as he is seen as essential to the company and the current storylines.
It is thought that Bully will be brought back soon after ROH returns, Bully has been with the company since 2017 and is thought to be well-liked by the promotion.
KAIRI SANE RUMOURED TO BE RETIRING
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave states that Kairi Sane is set to leave WWE and return to Japan for a final year before retiring.
Sane informed WWE around May that these were her intentions. Apparently there was a plan for Sane to be part of a career-ending injury angle with another star before that person went on to face Asuka at SummerSlam with the title on the line. Unfortunately, Nia Jax injured Sane on an episode of RAW, ruining these plans.
Sane is scheduled to be on the next episode of RAW, but it isn’t known how many more she’ll be available for.
WWE TAPING SCHEDULE LEAKED
Post Wrestling has reportedly obtained WWE’s filming schedule, which takes the company all the way to, and includes, SummerSlam.
With the increase in COVID cases in the United States, the proposition of fans attending wrestling shows in meaningful numbers in the near future is seemingly wishful thinking. With this and WWE’s own COVID-19 problems in mind, the company has come up with a filming plan which runs almost until the end of August. The result is that WWE will shoot the 80+ shows over 12 different days with the three pay per views being live. See below for the dates:
- Wednesday, July 15th: NXT that night and July 22nd
- Friday, July 17th: SmackDown/205 Live for that night
- Sunday, July 19th: WWE Extreme Rules
- Monday, July 20th: Raw/Main Event/Raw Talk for that night and for July 27th
- Tuesday, July 21st: SmackDown/205 Live for July 24th and July 31st
- Wednesday, July 29th: NXT for that night and August 5th
- Monday, August 3rd: Raw/Main Event/Raw Talk for that night and August 10th
- Tuesday, August 4th: SmackDown/205 Live for August 7th and August 14th
- Wednesday, August 12th: NXT for that night and August 19th
- Monday, August 17th: Raw/Main Event/Raw Talk for that night, SmackDown/205 Live for August 21st
- Saturday, August 22nd: NXT TakeOver
- Sunday, August 23rd: WWE SummerSlam
THE ASCENSION REVEAL THEIR NEW NAME
After leaving the WWE in December, Big Kon and Vik (Konnor and Viktor) were left in a tricky spot when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Since the independent wrestling industry was almost entirely put on hold, developing their new characters and team proved difficult. In an interview with WrestleZone, the pair spoke about their new name, The Awakening, and a little of what they’ve been up to.
“We just got our new name basically, thankfully enough. We were going to use ‘FKA’ for the time being just because we liked that. We knew everybody just knew us as The Ascension for the longest time, and to jump off [of that], we couldn’t really figure it out for a while,” Viktor said. “We’d been talking back and forth so much, going through all of these other ideas and it kinda got presented to us the other week via interview… do you want to tell him?”
“The Awakening. It’s like it’s the next step up from The Ascension,” Big Kon added. “It’s still got that connection so the fans can understand it and it’s something that Vik and I think is badass regardless.”
“I know for a fact that had this not happened, Vik and I would be on your tube right now. I’m not going to say much about it—but it was what it was. You start thinking outside the box and you start taking advantage,”
Quotes c/o WrestleZone
NEW JAPAN CUP NIGHT 8 RESULTS
- Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & El Desperado def Yuji Nagata, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Gabriel Kidd
- Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & SHO def Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
New Japan Cup Semi-Final Matches
- EVIL def SANADA
- Kazuchika Okada def Hiromu Takahashi