One More “Smackdown Live Mixed Match Challenge” Team Announced


I don’t know if anyone will be able to handle the energy of this team.

Yesterday, it was announced that Becky Lynch would be teaming with Sami Zayn in the upcoming “Mixed Match Challenge” that will be airing on Facebook Live next week. She found out when Zayn disguised himself as amongst the fans that Lynch was greeting outside of the arena before “Smackdown Live.”

You can see a video of it below:

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The duo joins a very impressive lineup of teams for “Smackdown Live.” This includes Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya, Jimmy Uso & Naomi, Rusev & Lana and Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair.

Over on “Raw,” the teams consist of Elias & Bayley, The Miz & Asuka, Goldust & Alicia Fox, Nia Jax & Apollo Crews, Alexa Bliss & Braun Strowman and Finn Balor & Sasha Banks.

Editor’s Opinion:

Yet another pairing that I am a big fan. Sami Zayn’s heel turn might have been the best thing that WWE did in all of 2017, and his newfound purpose, along with the “Lass Kicker’s” fiery demeanor could make for an entertaining and dangerous combination.

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Former WWE Employee Calls Out the Company on Unequal Pay


With topics surrounding women’s rights being increasingly discussed in society, former WWE makeup artist Stella Kae took to her Twitter account to call out her former employer on their level of unequal pay.

Per WrestlingInc, Kae wrote the following on equal pay in America for women.

“As people become more socially aware in this country, I wonder if WWE will ever address equal pay for women. They risk their lives and bodies just the same to make SUBSTANTIALLY less than male talent.”

As people become more socially aware in this country, I wonder if WWE will ever address equal pay for women. ?

— Stella Kae (@stellakae) January 9, 2018

Continuing, Kae referenced a report that listed Nikki Bella as the highest paid female athlete for WWE, with an annual salary of $400, 000 while the top male performer has a total of $12 million per year.

Estimated 2017 WWE earnings (reportedly)

Top male: $12m
Top female: $400k

Interesting.

— Stella Kae (@stellakae) January 9, 2018

A fan responded saying that women do not earn buys for pay-per-view so they should not have equal pay. Kae responded:

“Have they ever truly been given an equal opportunity to do these things? People use these same kind of tired excuses for not booking black models or extending foundation ranges…lets call it what it is: INEQUALITY.”

Kae revealed that she heard there are women on TV that are still at the NXT rate of pay which translates to $45, 000 annually. Adding to this, she explained that some men in NXT make more than women on the main roster.

“Imagine defending that women should be paid less for the same job for ANY reason? My only response will be Internal laughter.”

I’ve heard rumors that there are women on tv still on NXT starting packages of like 45k ?????? #timesup

— Stella Kae (@stellakae) January 9, 2018

It’s speculated that NXT men are making more than main roster women ?

— Stella Kae (@stellakae) January 9, 2018

We have provided a video below from YouTube personality SeanzViewEnt who talks about the comments made by Kae and gives an introduction to his thoughts on the subject.

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What are your thoughts on the comments made by Kae? Do you think women deserve equal pay?

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Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax Feuding With Liv Morgan on Twitter, Morgan References Ex-Boyfriend Enzo Amore


Uh oh… It appears that ‘Raw‘ Superstars Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax are feuding with ‘Smackdown Live‘ Superstar Liv Morgan of The Riott Squad, with Morgan referencing her ex-boyfriend Enzo Amore.

During ‘Smackdown Live’ last night, Bliss commented on her Twitter account that Morgan was wearing a similar hairstyle to the one she has.

Pink pigtails … where have I seen that before ? ? #sdlive

— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE) January 10, 2018

This would lead to Morgan responding, saying that Bliss hasn’t seen the pink pigtails anywhere as the ones she had were purple.

No where cause they’re purple ?????? https://t.co/ByoHo5B9oD

— LIV Morgan ? (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) January 10, 2018

Jax replied to Bliss, telling her that she shouldn’t worry about Morgan because Bliss is at the top of the mountain so imitation is bound to occur. Jax tells Bliss she is untouchable and the Riott Squad member can have the scraps.

Don’t trip bestie, you’re the top of the mountain, imitation is bound to happen. You are untouchable with what you have done, let her have the scraps ? pic.twitter.com/WwDy8omZ1D

— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) January 10, 2018

To end the tweets, the ‘Smackdown Live’ Superstar quoted Jax’s tweet and told her that she believes Jax wants her scraps. This, of course, is referencing the storyline between Amore and Jax.

Amore and Morgan dated until September last year when Morgan announced they had split, likely due to Amore cheating on her with other women.

Uhhhh Nia, I actually think YOU want MY scraps ????? https://t.co/MeCIxeNsvM

— LIV Morgan ? (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) January 10, 2018

For a change of pace, below we have decided to include a video featuring the two ‘Raw’ superstars on Total Divas visiting a pig farm.

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Was the final blow too low? What do you think of this drama on Twitter?

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Jim Ross on Matt Hardy’s One Chance to Make ‘Woken’ Gimmick Work and Vince McMahon


WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was a guest on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast where he spoke at length about Matt Hardy’s use of the ‘Woken’ gimmick and Vince McMahon.

Ross first explained that he used to encourage talent to have a relationship with McMahon because McMahon is more likely to go with creative ideas if he trusts them.

“I used to tell talents this when I’d sign them, ‘here’s what you need to do to come to work here, and stay here, and be great, and make a lot of money, is be the professional that we expect out of you in all phases, but whatever you do, develop a healthy, genuine, not disingenuous ass-kissing, but a healthy relationship with the boss because that will go miles down the road and give you opportunities because he gets to know who you are, he gets to plug into what you’re about as a person. A little bit of that could be converted into creative and then your creative is more organic.’”

Despite the workload current performers have to undertake, Ross believes that a relationship with McMahon would still help them.

“I think Vince would be very adamant by saying ‘yes’. Are those opportunities every day and very, very easy to obtain? Probably not simply because of the workload, but I just don’t believe Vince will ever let go, and he shouldn’t, of his relationship with the talents. Understand most of these kids wanted to get into the business forever. This is their dream job, right? Well, this is the guy that created the dream in that regard. So sometimes, it’s intimidating for them because he is the most omnipotent man in the world that’s in our field.”

Ross continued by explaining that talent that don’t contribute or speak up won’t be as likely to make an impact.

“I can see for some talent who aren’t self-starters and maybe don’t have the confidence in their game yet, [saying] ‘I’ll just stay over here and be quiet – nobody’s going to notice me and I’ll extend my shelf life.’ And I can tell you, nobody likes that. Within the creative portions of the company, if you sit silently, don’t contribute to your character, don’t have an idea, we don’t see growth in all areas as a professional, you lessen your own chances by staying silent and not speaking.”

FInally, Ross says that he likes the gimmick, but Hardy may only have one chance to make it work.

“Matt has been around long enough and is tuned to the business in-depth enough to know where opportunities come and how fleeting they can be. He has one chance to make ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy work and he is in the process of it right now, so it has to work now because it won’t get the second reboot, in my opinion. And I’m not prophesying any failure. I like the persona because of just what [Roberts] said, he’s committed to it and it feels organic. It feels like he has had a metamorphosis of attitude, and theory, and mind, the whole nine yards.”

With H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription.

You can see and listen to the podcast with Jim Ross and Sam Roberts in full below.

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Do you believe the ‘Woken’ gimmick will work? Do you agree or disagree that talent is afraid to speak up?

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WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore on Heat With Big Cass Following Cass’ Injury


WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore was the latest guest on Corey Graves’ Straight To The Source show on the WWE Network.

Amore explained that he and Cass aren’t on speaking terms right now, despite formerly being best friends while down in NXT and for over a year on the main roster together.

“I wish him nothing but the best. Am I going to do business with him? That’s one thing, but nothing. How many times do I have to tell [Graves] that? Me and Cass don’t talk anymore. I wish him nothing but the best, honestly. Nobody ever wants to see a guy get hurt because this is how we feed our families. This is how you do it – you get paid to wrestle, alright? And the WWE provides great healthcare and when you’re injured, they take care of you when you’re not on the road. But you’re not making the same money as the damn champ, not when you’re not on the road.”

Amore explained that he has been so successful in WWE due to his resiliency.

“I’ve been picked up by Big Cass and thrown down the ramp onto metal. Have you ever seen that before in this business? No, no, that’s a mighty big fall from the top of the ramp, straight down to the bottom onto concrete. He picked me up over his head and thrown me 14 feet to the ground. Have you seen a guy straight up gorilla pressed onto the ground maybe? No, no, no. The difference between me and other people is I always persevere, alright? I’m the champ for a reason, because every time I got knocked down, I got back up.”

Finally, Amore confirmed he is furious with Cass for not finishing their Street Fight match where Cass’ leg injury ultimately happened.

“While there is no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’, Big Cass, there is in ‘EA’, Enzo Amore, okay? So a little heat with Big Cass not being able to finish the match? I finished that match just like I always do. Just like I made him finish that match when he threw me out of that ring 14 feet, I beat that 10-count at nine. I got back into that ring and I knew I didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. He ran back at me with that big boot because I made him finish it like a damn man, okay? And when the bell rings, ding-ding-ding, [Graves] know[s] how this business works, okay? You finish the damn match, point blank, period. That’s it and I always finish, even if I’m finishing on my back. Do you know what I mean?”

 Before having surgery, Cass had responded to Amore’s comments on social media about him.
“I think what he said on Twitter after was completely classless. He can run his mouth all he wants on Twitter. We wants to make fun of me for my injury. When he got injured at Payback last year, I was right there escorting him to the ambulance, carrying him over my shoulder when he got injured in NXT. He broke his leg and I literally carried him up the stairs of our apartment complex, onto our couch, and I carried him back to the car when he had to go to physical therapy, stuff like that, literally carried him over my shoulder, and this happens to me and he says this s–t on Twitter. f–k him, dude. He’s a p—y and he thinks he’s a tough guy. He can run his mouth all he wants, but he’s a little b—h. He showed me the type of human being he is, the type of actual person he is. He’s classless and tell him he’s a b—h.”
With H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription.
In the video below, Amore talks to Graves about the rumors of him being kicked off a tour bus. Check out what the Champion had to say.
Did you expect these two would have real heat with one another? Which side do you find yourself on, if any?

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Triple H On Daniel Bryan Wrestling In WWE Again


Back in February of 2016, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan was forced to retire during the prime of his career due to concussion-related issues. Since then, the current SmackDown general manager, along with his personal doctors, believe that he’s healthy enough to return to the ring.

However, WWE’s medical staff still isn’t convinced.

On Tuesday, Triple H was asked by The Wrap about Daniel Bryan possibly wrestling again in a WWE ring, and you can check out his response below.

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“There can be no exception medically. If the belief is that he’s not healthy enough and there’s a risk [for him] to perform, then I don’t know why you’d allow him to step into the ring unless it can be proven otherwise. There will be no exceptions.

“We have some of the best medical people in the world that work for us. Our wellness policy, our concussion programming, our protocols — I’ll put them up there against any on the planet.

“That is a new science in a way, too. So we’re gonna look at it from all aspects, but the medical experts will make the determination as to whether he can ever step into that ring or not.

“Look, personally for him, I know it would be something he would love to do, and part of me feels like I hope he has that opportunity. But at the same point in time, he’s married and has a child. Certainly, [we put] the human being first.”

Daniel Bryan’s current WWE contract will expire this coming fall, and if he feels like he’s healthy enough to resume his in-ring career, he’ll do so, even if he has to leave WWE to do so.

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The Undertaker Was Backstage at ‘Smackdown Live’ Last Night


According to PWInsider, WWE legend The Undertaker was backstage last night or ‘Smackdown Live’ in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Undertaker is by far one of the most iconic superstars in professional wrestling history. People unfamiliar with wrestling on the scale many fans are will still have heard of his name.

With ‘Raw’ planning their 25th anniversary show featuring a plethora of legends including Kevin Nash and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin for January 22 in New York City, it is quite possible that The Undertaker was at ‘Smackdown Live’ to go over his big appearance.

What makes this appearance so significant is that it is on the road to ‘WrestleMania 34’ and as we all know, The Undertaker was defeated by current WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns last year at ‘WrestleMania 33‘ where ‘The Phenom’ symbolically laid his gear out in the middle of the ring and walked out to close the show, indicating his retirement.

While some fans speculate his return will result in a ‘WrestleMania’ match potentially with 16-time WWE Champion John Cena, we are at this time unsure what his appearance may mean.

For all intents and purposes, his appearance on ‘Raw’ for the 25th Anniversary show may just be that – an appearance.

Due to his significance, we have decided to put a video down below we feel many of you will enjoy. The video features twenty of The Undertaker’s most iconic moments in the company. For newer fans that haven’t got to see The Undertaker in his prime, this will amaze you.

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What do you believe The Undertaker was backstage at ‘Smackdown Live’ for? Do you think he will compete at ‘WrestleMania 34?’

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Video: More Names Confirmed for “Raw” 25th Anniversary


It’s not Austin, but it’s not bad. On January 22, “Monday Night Raw” will be holding its 25th anniversary special. This of course means a big look back at the past, including some special appearances from several previous names. While we already know a lot of the headliners, we now know some of the smaller names who will be appearing.

This week on “Smackdown Live”, WWE announced several more names for the upcoming special. These names include a mixture of big names from the past and some who were more supporting players, though they’re all names that a lot of fans will recognize. With Ted DiBiase as the biggest name on the list, there are several to be excited about. Here’s the announcement:

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Opinion: This works quite well. I’m a huge fan of the older names appearing, even if it’s just for one night. While some of these names might not be the first you associate with “Monday Night Raw”, they all played at least some sort of a role in the show’s history and could make for some entertaining appearances.

Which of the names in the video interests you the most? Who else do you expect to show up? Let us know in the comments below.

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Three More Names Confirmed for Royal Rumble Matches


What a great day. We’re getting closer and closer to the “2018 Royal Rumble” and that means we’re getting a lot more names added to the Royal Rumble matches. Coming into Tuesday, the women’s match was over half full and the men’s was at about a third. Both matches received some additional names this week.

As announced on this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live”, Becky Lynch was added to the women’s Royal Rumble while Rusev and Aiden English announced their entries into the men’s match. This brings the women’s match up to seventeen entrants while the men’s match currently has eleven.

Lynch had a match on the show as well.

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Opinion: The women’s Royal Rumble is starting to get interesting as the regular roster is almost out of members to send into the match. That means we might be getting to some of the surprise names being brought in, which should be a lot more interesting. At the same time the men’s match is still taking shape, which could mean we get to some of the bigger names being added.

Which of these names interests you most? Who do you think will win either match? Let us know in the comments below.

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Smackdown Tag Team Title Match with Stipulation Set for “Royal Rumble 2018”


It worked once so let’s do it a few more times. Last week on “Smackdown Live”, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin pinned the Usos and seemed to win the Tag Team Titles. It turned out that they pinned the illegal man though, meaning the decision was overturned. You almost knew that something was going to happen as a result and that took place this week.

As announced on this week’s show, the referee’s decision was indeed overturned so the Usos retained the title, but there would be a rematch. In this case, the second title match will be a 2/3 falls match taking place at “Royal Rumble 2018”. Daniel Bryan announced the match after Gable asked if they would have to beat the Usos twice in one night.

Here’s how the announcement went down.

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Opinion: The wrestling should be good, though it’s hard to imagine that the winners are anything more than cannon fodder for the Bludgeon Brothers. The Usos vs. the Brothers could be a heck of a match (as it has been before) so I can imagine the pay per view match will be fun but not much in doubt.

Who do you think wins here? If the Usos survive, who will take the titles from them? Let us know in the comments below.

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