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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
WWE Smackdown! is set to move to Fox
According to The Wrap, Fox Sports and WWE are closing a deal to move the USA series to Fox starting in fall 2019. The deal would mark Smackdown's return to broadcast TV. The wrestling show previously aired on UPN, The CW and MyNetworkTV. The Hollywood Reporter adds that Fox will pay more than $1 billion over five years, or about $205 million a year. That's more than three times what NBC Universal is currently paying.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 5:56PM EST
Vince McMahon would ban players with “any criminality” from the XFL, but why doesn’t he hold WWE to the same standard?
In announcing his XFL revival, McMahon said he wants XFL players to be people who do “not have any criminality associated with them whatsoever.” That includes players with a drunk driving past. But as David Bixenspan points out, McMahon’s 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw this week featured several wrestlers who’ve had criminal pasts, including Steve Austin and Kurt Angle. Which has Bixenspan wondering if there is perhaps a racial motivation behind the “criminality” ban.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Vince McMahon’s XFL revival will premiere in January 2020 -- without gimmicks or politics
The new XFL will be in stark contrast to the version that ran on NBC in 2001. There will be no flashy cheerleaders or crazy antics. And players will be forced to stand during the National Anthem -- unlike the NFL. The new XFL will consist of eight teams on a 10-week schedule. “I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one," McMahon tells ESPN. "A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, 'You were the one who screwed this up,' or 'You made this thing a success.'" McMahon hopes to differentiate the XFL from the NFL with faster games that last about two hours. McMahon also emphasized that his players won’t be allowed to be political on the playing field. "People don't want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained," McMahon said. "We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time."
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
WWE’s Monday Night Raw celebrates its 25th anniversary two weeks after the actual anniversary
“While WWE’s claim that Raw is ‘the longest-running weekly episodic program in the U.S.’ is not 100 percent accurate, it is indeed the longest-running nationally televised pro wrestling show in the history of the medium,” says David Bixenspan. “It didn’t reinvent the wheel when it came to the pro wrestling world at large, but Raw was such a striking change from how WWE had normally produced television in the past that, once it hit, there was no turning back.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
John Cena will be back as Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards host
The WWE star’s return is part of an expanded deal with the cable network. He’s also joining the voice cast of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and executive producing the game show Keep it Spotless.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Vince McMahon sells $100 million in WWE shares to possibly bring back the XFL
McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment stated in its SEC filing that the $100 million is "primarily to fund a separate entity from the Company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, which Mr. McMahon established to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football." As ESPN notes, Alpha filed for five trademarks to the XFL on Dec. 16 with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office. The company also sought to trademark "URFL." The XFL was a joint venture of WWE and NBC that launched in 2001 and lasted one season. ALSO: Is the "New XFL" in response to the National Anthem protest?
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 5:41PM EST
WWE will celebrate Christmas Day by showing the first 60 minutes of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live commercial-free
Monday will also mark the first time that the WWE will air Raw live on Christmas.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 2:06PM EST
HBO teases the Andre the Giant documentary
WWE and Bill Simmons’ The Ringer website are behind the HBO Sports film about the legendary wrestler, titled Andre the Giant.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
ESPN’s 30 For 30 on Nature Boy would be so much better if Ric Flair wasn’t so cagey about wrestling being fake
“The subject’s caginess about fakery gets in the way of what’s most interesting about his story,” says Noel Murray. “Ric ‘Nature Boy’ Flair was around at the moment when wrestling exploded in popularity, due largely to the expansion of cable TV and UHF channels. As one of the biggest stars of the lower-rent National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling, he has special insight into the ways that his team staged combat and built stories, in comparison to the slicker WWF. But while all of that is an element of what ‘Nature Boy’ is about, ultimately the nuts-and-bolts of the pro wrestling phenomenon take a backseat to Flair’s personal story of success and excess.”
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:23PM EDT
WWE star Nikki Bella and a Property Brother are set to join Dancing with the Stars
Bella already stars in two E! reality shows, Total Divas and Total Bellas.