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Director of WWE Swerved Reveals There Was A "DO NOT SWERVE" List, Almost Blinding Kofi Kingston, More

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Ben Pluimer one of the co-executive producers and director of WWE Swerved which airs on the WWE Network recently took part in an Ask me anything on Reddit. He confirmed that there was intial backlash from WWE Superstars to the show when it first launched and there was aDO NOT SWERVE list.The backlash was real. When superstars heard about the prank show, we would have to sneak into venues through back doors so they didnt see us. They got to know some familiar faces and if they saw any of us, they would spread the word. Sometimes they

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Eric Bischoff Talks His New WWE DVD, How He Would Book Roman Reigns and Pro Wrestling's Future

Eric Bischoff was special guest on episode 125 of The Ross Report on which he discussed a number of topics including his new WWE DVD, Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure, how he would book Roman Reigns, and the future of professional wrestling.

On His New WWE DVD:

“I was tentative at first because, as we all know, history is written by the victors and WWE has their own point of view about history, as they should. And we’ve all heard it. We’ve all seen it. But I was a little reluctant to just kind of completely open up and particularly bringing in my personal life to the extent that I did and my family and not having any control at all over anything, just hoping for the best and hoping that it would be a well balanced and thoughtful documentary and it was more than I could have hoped for. I think the WWE and the entire team that worked on the project really made an effort to produce something that was a little different than what the audience has seen before, at least when it comes to my career, so I texted Vince [McMahon] after I saw it, the final cut, and told him that I was both very proud and very grateful that they produced it because it’s something that’ll live, it’ll be around long after I am.”

On Booking Roman Reigns:

“I’d like to think that what I would do is I would watch the reaction, much like I used to do when I’d sit up in the stands, behind the curtain, kind of find the cheapest seat in the house and just try to feel like a fan is, I would sit back and I would try to watch it and then I would react to it, but I would react to it in a very seamless way that felt organic and natural as possible and I would let the story and character go where the story and character needed to go based on the kind of social interaction that I was seeing even if it was not the direction I wanted to go in in the first place. You have to adjust. At some point, you’ve got to go, ‘okay, I wanted to go left, but I kind of need to go right,’ but I’d do it slowly and gradually and make it feel organic.”

On The Future of Professional Wrestling:

“When we reach that point where all that ‘highspotitis’ as I like to call it, has kind of come and gone, because that’s what’s en vogue right now. Everybody wants to see that crazy crap. It doesn’t matter if there’s a story. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense. They just want to see Cirque du Soleil. That’ll run its course and it always comes back to story. So here’s where I think the future is bright: when it comes back to story, and it will, and when we’ve adjusted to the fact that our big time characters don’t need to be 6’6″ [and] 350 lbs., you’re going to find a lot more talent that can deliver because they won’t be doing six hurricanranas in a row and taking 15 dropkicks to the skull and getting up and doing a backflip. I mean, they won’t be doing that anymore because that will have run its course. Look, everything comes back to story. Shakespeare is still Shakespeare because story rules. It’ll come back to that.”

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WWE Splitting Up Tag Teams, ECW DVD Scrapped, John Cena Filming In The Desert (Photo)

WWE Tag Teams Splitting Up

F4Wonline.com is reporting that WWE has plans on breaking up a few tag teams during Tuesday night’s Draft. Historically breaking up tag teams at the draft has enabled the much stronger wrestler of the duo to on to have a successful singles career.

WWE Scrap Upcoming ECW DVD?

The planned “OMG! ECW’s Top 50 Craziest Moments” DVD which was scheduled for November and is set to be replaced by a new title.

The set had largely been filmed with interviews ready to feature from Taz, Tommy Dreamer, Joel Gertner and more…

John Cena Filming In The Desert

John Cena has been filming for his new project in the desert this week. He tweeted the following photo:

What a difference a day makes! Headed back to the desert for another dirty day then fly to NYC for @WWE @TheGarden pic.twitter.com/UwBvH4aU90

— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 15, 2016

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WWE NXT Spoilers For Episodes Airing In July And August

Below are spoilers from Wednesday night’s WWE NXT television tapings at Full Sail University for episodes that will air the rest of this month and a portion of August:

July 27th:–Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Blake
–NXT General Manager William Regal announces that at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn, Samoa Joe will defend the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura in the show’s main event.
–Billie Kay defeated Santana Garrett
–TM-61 defeated Adrian Nails and Rob Ryzin
–No Way Jose defeated Steve Cutler. Following the match, Jose cut a promo on Austin Aries.
–Kota Ibushi defeated Murphy
–NXT Champion Samoa Joe cut a promo, saying that he wasn’t happy about his match at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn. He has words with William Regal before being taunted by Shinsuke Nakamura to end the show.

August 3rd:
–Hideo Itami defeated Sean Maluta
–A backstage segment took place between Bayley and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka
–NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Aliyah. Following the match Asuka continued to attack Aliyah, but Bayley made the save.
–Bobby Roode made his Full Sail University debut and began to cut a babyface promo, but then quickly turned on the fans. He called himself a superstar and said the arena would soon be filled up with businessmen and vice presidents, not losers like now.
–NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival defeated TM-61. Following the match, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa taunted the champions before hitting Dash with a double-team move. Gargano and Ciampa then celebrated with the titles.
–Mojo Rawley vs. Chris Atkins ended in a No Contest due to NXT Champion Samoa Joe taking out both men. Joe then cut a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura before he was attacked by Rawley. Joe then locked in a submission on Rawley and caused him to tap out to end the show.

August 10th:
–NXT General Manager hosts a special contract signing between Bayley and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka for their title match at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn. The signing ends in a staredown between the two women.–The Authors of Pain defeated Adrian Nails and Rob Ryzin. Following the match, American Alpha attacked The Authors.
–Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Angelo Dawkins. Following the match, Bobby Roode confronted Almas and announced that the two will face one another at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn.
–Billie Kay defeated Liv Morgan
–Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa defeated Tucker Knight and Patrick Clark

August 17th:
–Hideo Itami defeated Mustafa Ali
–Carmella, Liv Morgan, and Nikki Glencross defeated Daria, Mandy Rose, and Alexa Bliss
–NXT Champion Samoa Joe defeated Mojo Rawley. Following the match, Joe continued to assault Rawley until Shinsuke Nakamura made the save, which caused officials to rush to the ring to prevent a brawl from taking place. Nakamura taunts Joe and the episode ends with Joe attacking security.

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Early Preview For Tonight's 4th July Episode Of WWE Raw; Huge Tag Match, Former GM Returning & More

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WWE will broadcast tonights edition of Raw from Columbus, OH at the Nationwide Arena.Below is an official preview for tonights show- The fallout from Mondays RAW.- Vickie Guerrero will be appearing on this show.- Champion vs. Champion WWE champion Dean Ambrose vs. IC champion The Miz- U.S. Title match Rusev vs. Titus ONeil- Team USA vs. Team World in a 16-man elimination tag match- John Cena fighting back against A.J. Styles The ClubSuperstars who are advertised to appear at the taping include Seth Rollins, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Big Show, Bray Wyatt and many more.

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Jake “The Snake” Roberts Says He Didn't Enjoy Working With Sting While In WCW

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During a recent interview with Fox Sports, WWE Hall of Famer Jake The Snake Roberts discussed many different topics, including how he didnt enjoy working alongside Sting while the two were in WCW together, as well as how he supported fellow WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin early in WWE. Below are highlightsWhy He Didnt Enjoy Working with Sting in WCWHe was very lackadaisical, didnt want to ramp it up. I didnt enjoy it. Bottom line. I didnt enjoy it. Its one thing to go out there and tip your hat and go at it and try to

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18 Years Ago Mick Foley Was Thrown Off Hell In A Cell

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18 years ago in 1998, the WWF held the King of the Ring 98 pay-per-view live from the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It will be forever remembered as the night where The Undertaker threw Mick Foley Mankind off the roof of the Hell in a Cell cage on theannouncers table below, oh and he continued before being slammed through the top of the cell.As well as being a visual spectacle, it promoted one of the most legendary calls in the history of the business, when Jim Ross uttered the words Good God almighty That killed him

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Stephanie McMahon Talks Brock Lesnar – UFC and WWE, Fans and Social Media, More

Stephanie McMahon spoke with Lara O’Reilly of Business Insider last week while in France at the Cannes Lions advertising festival. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

O’Reilly: How much do you listen to what fans say on social media and how much does that influence what you do as a company, but also storylines?

McMahon: I think it’s one of the secret sauces to our success if you will is that our fans are a part of our show. They engage, they chant, they cheer, they boo. There’s a problem when they don’t react. So, in essence, every live event is like a focus group. So we are getting that real-time feedback from them, in the arena.

Another reason why I think social media was so successful for WWE is because of that fan engagement, because they are a part of what we do, therefore, even when they are not live in the arena, they have influence through social media. I think that it’s so important. A lot of brands just push messages out on social media, but that’s not what social is about. Social is about engaging, it’s about a conversation, it’s about listening and then responding, it’s an ongoing conversation with our fan base.

So when you consider the fact that our fans influence what happens in a match – a lot of it is improv, so they can dictate the flow if something’s not working, you can make an adjustment on the fly. They dictate what’s being said. They can often chant or you can get a feeling they are not engaged with the content, so you have to find a way to transition around that.

O’Reilly: Brock Lesnar [an NCAA wrestler, turned-WWE star, who is now rising to UFC fame] is a really interesting story right now. You’ve not necessarily ever done cross-brand promotions with the UFC before. Are you realizing there is a place for both UFC and WWE? Do they compete in any way? And also the fact that he’s flipped from one to the other and then back again.

McMahon: Brock is a unique proposition, but just to get to the broader question: UFC is not a competitor to the WWE because we are entertainment and UFC is competitive sport. It’s very different. WWE is all about protagonists and antagonists where ultimately our conflicts are settled in the ring with action that is akin to Hollywood. It’s incredible stunt-like action and the match itself tells a story, but our audience is engaged in the characters and their storyline. It has to be relatable to them so that they care to see the tragedy or triumph and we’re at an advantage because we can script it.

UFC, they can make a big star but the second that person loses, they lose credibility, and how do you continue to make that star rise? So I think we have the best of both worlds and the opportunity to tell the stories in the way we want to tell them.

In Brock Lesnar’s case it was really a special case that we are allowing him to do this fight [against Mark Hunt on July 9]. But like you said it’s not really a cross-promotional opportunity, but we are allowing him to participate in that fight.

We are not supporting the fight necessarily but, again, it’s not a competitor to us and the more that our superstars, that’s how we refer to our talent, the more they do outside of WWE, the more awareness it generates and the broader the audience can be that is then brought back into our properties. So we recognize the value of that.

O’Reilly: I wanted to ask about WWE Network and how it’s performing. What expectations did you set at the start and now where are you at?

McMahon: It is now our fastest-growing and second most-profitable business, behind television rights and licensing. For WrestleMania, we announced 1.8 million subscribers and in just two years that’s not too shabby.

Our whole content proposition, it’s like it functions almost exactly like Netflix, except you get a little bit more bang for your buck. So we like to say it’s like Netflix only better, if you’re a WWE fan, because not only do we offer the VOD content, which we currently have over 5,000, which we continue to add our library to. We create original programming. We also offer our live, monthly specials, our pay-per-view specials, for incredible value of $9.99 a month, versus $59 and up in the US.

Also, we have a linear channel, so you can turn on and watch it just like a regular, pre-programmed channel, or you can have the customized experience. It really is very unique that way and it was one of the first to market prior to HBO and a couple of the other big launches.

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Jimmy Snuka Added to 2017 WrestleCon Event

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Jimmy Snuka has been announced for the upcoming WrestleCon 2017 events during WrestleMania 33 week in Orlando.The WWE Hall Of Famer was ruled not mentally competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino on June 1. His legal team argued that his condition will not improve.Chief Deputy District Attorney Charles Gallagher filed a motion asking that Snuka be compelled to participate in outpatient mental health treatment for 60 days to ascertain whether the defendant can be competent to stand trial.His move to appear at WrestleCon next year will likely cause some

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Paul Heyman Challenges Donald Trump To A Debate In Scotland Next Month

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Paul Heyman is set for a UKtour next month for three one-man shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow with Inside The RopesHeyman has challenged presidential candidate and WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump to a debate on July 15th in Glasgow.Trump recently visited his golf corse in Scotland and was recently in Glasgow.Listen to Heymans challenge below

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