News: WWE Launches on TikTok

The following press release was sent out by WWE today.

WWE launches on TikTok

WWE and TikTok have launched a new partnership to bring WWE’s unique blend of family-friendly entertainment, edge-of-your-seat action and world-class athleticism to the TikTok community leading into the WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event this Sunday, Dec. 15.

To kick off the partnership, WWE launched their official TikTok account and is also making available WWE Superstar entrance themes for more than 30 Superstars and Hall of Famers including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior, Becky Lynch, John Cena and Sasha Banks, among others. The themes and original entrance music will be integrated into TikTok’s vast content library joining music from top artists like Lil Nas X, Mariah Carey, Lizzo, and emerging artists like Arizona Zervas. By offering WWE’s iconic entrances for TikTok users to play off of and make their own unique videos, the partnership provides fans a new way to engage with their favorite Superstars.

“We are thrilled to be launching this partnership which offers a new level of engagement with WWE content by enabling the TikTok community to create their own shareable stories tied to WWE‘s world renowned Superstars,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE’s Executive Vice President, Advanced Media.

Available in over 150 countries, TikTok’s global community craves the excitement and surprise of live events and are eager to have a deeper engagement with their favorite sports, stars and live events. From WWE’s thrilling in-ring matches to unforgettable backstage action, the TikTok community will receive unprecedented access to their favorite WWE moments as the company begins a new chapter on the platform. Looking ahead, fans can expect exclusive daily content posted to WWE’s TikTok account.

“By capturing the passion and thrill of wrestling, WWE is at the forefront of bringing together sports and entertainment in an unconventional and fun way. Through our partnership with WWE, we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement of the WWE experience to TikTok’s global community,” said Mayan Scharf, Global Partnerships, TikTok.

Currently reaching more than 1 billion social media followers worldwide, WWE looks to extend their position as global leaders in the social media space by leveraging TikTok’s broad and fast-growing user base, while also drawing existing fans onto the platform to create and interact with WWE content in new and exciting ways.

Fans can start following WWE by clicking here to catch all the latest videos.

TJR Thoughts: I miss Tout. Just kidding. Nobody misses Tout. Good luck to TikTok, I guess.

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WWE News On Matches That May Be Added to WWE TLC

The WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV is scheduled to take place this Sunday at 7pmET. As of this writing, there are only seven matches announced for the show, with none of the singles titles being defended at this time. The currently scheduled card for the show is the following as noted in John Canton’s Raw review earlier this week.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match: Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin

Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz – This is not for Wyatt’s WWE Universal Title

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match for the Women’s Tag Team Titles: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch

Tables Match: Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley

Smackdown Tag Team Titles: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Big E (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Raw Tag Team Titles: The Viking Raiders (c) vs. TBA

Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy

Despite TLC only being two days away as of this writing, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that as many as three more matches may be announced.

Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley is expected to defend her title against Lacey Evans, who she has been feuding with in the last few weeks on TV.

Also according to Meltzer, there were plans to start an angle between Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Braun Strowman this past Friday on Smackdown. Strowman, however, was not medically cleared to compete due to a hip injury, preventing this from happening. It is unknown at this time if they will shoot the angle tonight on Smackdown leading to a match at TLC this Sunday.

There are plans for AJ Styles and Randy Orton to continue their feud this Sunday at TLC, but once again no match has been announced yet.

A match between Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, who Rollins viciously attacked this past Monday on Raw is not planned to take place this Sunday, with it being held off to a later date. Owens did a stretcher job on Raw, so that could be used to explain why there is no match.

Regarding the Viking Raiders open challenge, it is believed that they will face Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, who are expected to answer the “open challenge” issued by the champions.

For updates on the card, check out John Canton’s Smackdown review tonight on TJRWrestling and the preview team will have some predictions for TLC on Saturday.

Matt’s Musings: WWE TLC has seemed like a mostly forgotten PPV this year, with WWE waiting to the last minute to announce most of the matches. Hopefully, the roster can overcome this lack of build for the event and put on a fun and entertaining show.

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AEW Announces Revolution PPV in Chicago on February 29

It was announced during last night’s edition of AEW Dynamite that the next AEW pay-per-view will be called Revolution and it will take place on Saturday, February 29th.

Here’s the official press release from AEW:

— AEW’s Fourth PPV takes Center Stage at C2E2 Convention at Wintrust Arena —

December 11, 2019 – AEW is invading the popular C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) with an explosive pay-per-view event on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Wintrust Arena in downtown Chicago. REVOLUTION will be AEW’s fourth PPV offering, its first visit inside Chicago city limits, and its third visit back to the Midwestern wrestling hotbed.

The three-day C2E2 expo, which runs from Feb. 28-March 1, is the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest with more than 90,000 attendees. AEW will have a strong presence at the show with a dedicated booth, special meet-and-greet sessions with world-class talent, and other fan engagements.

REVOLUTION will feature electrifying and high-profile match-ups with stars such as AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, AEW World Tag Team Champions SCU, AEW Women’s World Champion Riho, Jon Moxley, Cody, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Nyla Rose and Britt Baker all scheduled to appear. Just in time for holiday gifts, fans can purchase tickets for REVOLUTION on Friday, Dec. 20, at noon ET (11am CT/9am PT) at www.AEWTIX.com , www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $20 and range up to $150 face value.

“REVOLUTION will be a huge pay-per-view event for AEW, featuring the biggest wrestling card we’ve ever presented, at the heart of a three-day destination event in partnership with C2E2,” said Tony Khan, President and CEO of AEW. “The experience in the South Loop of Chicago will be unlike anything we’ve seen in wrestling, and it will be all day, all night and all weekend.”

REVOLUTION will be live on PPV on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and is available for purchase via iN DEMAND cable operators, DirecTV, DISH Network and B/R Live. International fans can purchase the event at FITE.TV.

TJR Thoughts: This is the fourth AEW PPV and it’s the second PPV in Chicago. It’s not the same building as All Out in August because that was at the Sears Center in a different part of Chicago, but it’s still in the Chicago area. They need to expand their horizons a bit. I know AEW President Tony Khan grew up in Illinois, but they need to try other markets too.

The plan is for four AEW PPVs in the year, so they are likely going to be this one in February, Memorial Day weekend in May, Labor Day in September and Full Gear was in early November, so that seems to be their annual PPV schedule.

I think two of the top matches on this show will be Chris Jericho defending the AEW World Title against Jon Moxley and I think Cody will face MJF.

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WWE Backstage Recap from Dec. 10 with CM Punk’s Rusev/Lana Storyline Idea, King Corbin and More (VIDEO)

The WWE Backstage show took place last night on Fox Sports 1 at 11pmET from Fox Studios in Los Angeles. The show featured the usual hosts Renee Young, Booker T and Paige. They were joined by recurring co-host CM Punk making his second appearance as a panelist and Baron Corbin was the in-studio WWE superstar guest.

The WWE on Fox Youtube channel does a great job of posting clips from the show in case you missed it in the US or you live in another country (like me in Canada) that doesn’t get WWE Backstage on television.

At one point during the show, CM Punk had an idea for the Rusev storyline with Lana and Bobby Lashley. Here’s a transcript courtesy of WrestlingInc of what Punk’s idea was and Punk also tweeted about it.

CM Punk: “They have a match, they have a blow-off. I don’t think Rusev wants to be involved with Lana anymore on-screen. So, Lana and Bobby go off and do their thing, but Lana grinds on the nerves, Bobby is sick of her. He leaves Lana too, they have another divorce. She gets another tag team to go after Bobby and Rusev, who have become best friends because they have the familiar: the ex-wife. This new tag team with Lana in tow go after them. What they do at WrestleMania, they put Lana in a shark cage because by WrestleMania the new tag team is already so sick of Lana that the loser of the match gets what’s in the shark cage. We can continue it past WrestleMania! I don’t know if we’re still doing shows in Saudi Arabia, but Lana in Saudi Arabia, I’ve got ideas for that too, come at me after the show!”

Here’s the clip of that.

Here’s a clip of the panel talking about the Seth Rollins heel turn on Raw with Punk commenting that Rollins isn’t good at being the “good guy” aka a babyface. Punk said he was also leery of seeing a Shield-like group. Booker T and Paige also liked the idea of Rollins being a heel.

The panel discussed the ending of Smackdown with Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler pouring dog food on Roman Reigns while Reigns was cuffed to the ring post. Punk thought that it was a good segment in terms of getting heat on Corbin and Ziggler while saying the heels need to do bad things like that.

King Corbin joined the panel for an interview segment that went nearly ten minutes. Corbin was in a suit because he probably didn’t bring his “king” gear. Corbin said he loved being a top bad guy (heel) on Smackdown and he loved irritating people. Punk said it was a lot easier to be a bad guy and it’s hard to get the fans to love you. Punk noted that if you are a good enough bad guy, the fans may love you. Corbin said it is hard to be a good guy and his job is to help the good guy. Corbin commented that he has seen little kids cry and even grown adults react to him, so it’s always funny to him. Corbin said that wrestling fans on Twitter are the easiest to piss off.

Corbin said this is the job that puts food on his table and he noted that when fans hated his ring gear, he knew he had to keep wearing it. Punk and Corbin talked about the pride they had in being a bad guy. Punk said he knew it was real dog food and Corbin confirmed that it was 100% real dog food. Corbin talked about the special moment he had with The Rock (on the first Smackdown on Fox) and how it was such a cool moment for him. Corbin commented that he has to repay The Rock with a beating. Good luck with that. Here’s that video.

Here’s a video with Finn Balor talking about his TLC 2017 match against AJ Styles that was an impromptu match that happened due to Bray Wyatt being unable to wrestle that night. The panel also talked about the match while Paige told the story about when she beat AJ Lee (CM Punk’s wife) for the Divas Title in 2014 on her first day on the main roster. CM Punk told a story about being at a house show when he wrestled Chavo Guerrero for 55 minutes because other wrestlers weren’t at the building due to weather issues.

This is a clip with former NFL Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, who is more known for his college football career at USC, talking with Baron Corbin about their time on the Cardinals together. Leinart works for Fox’s college football pre-game show.

That’s all of the highlights from this week’s WWE Backstage show. It airs every Tuesday night at 11pmET on Fox Sports 1. Thanks for reading.

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WWE TLC Updated Lineup – Six Matches Official Including Women’s Tag Team TLC Match

Last night on WWE Monday Night Raw, there were three more matches added to the WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) pay-per-view that takes place this Sunday, December 15th.

The Women’s Tag Team Titles will be on the line when Asuka and Kairi Sane team up against Charlotte Flair and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch in a TLC match. Lynch and Flair are not friends in the storyline, but they are teaming together because the Kabuki Warriors have become common enemies.

There will also be a Tables Match between Rusev and Bobby Lashley with Lana. That was expected since they have been feuding for over two months now and Rusev’s “divorce” with Lana became official on Raw after they both signed the divorce contract.

Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy was also added to the show. It’s a big match for both guys. Murphy knocked on Black’s door and both guys have won several matches since then, so each of them goes into it with a lot of momentum.

I think if they add another match from the Raw brand it will be Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles just based on what has happened on Raw in recent weeks.

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins is possible too, but maybe Owens will be out of action due to the attack on Raw that led to a stretcher job for Owens. Rollins also has a broken pinky finger on his right hand, but PWInsider reports that he should be fine by the weekend.

They could also add matches for US Champion Rey Mysterio or Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders, but there’s nothing obvious right now.

Here are the six official matches while keeping in mind that WWE can still add more matches during the week and during Smackdown on Friday. We will make new posts if more matches are added.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match: Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin

Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz – This is not for Wyatt’s WWE Universal Title

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match for the Women’s Tag Team Titles: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch

Tables Match: Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley

Smackdown Tag Team Titles: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Big E (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy

On Sunday Dec. 15, get ready for all-out mayhem when WWE TLC streams live on the award-winning WWE Network at 7 ET/4 PT, and the WWE TLC Kickoff begins at 6 ET/3 PT on WWE Network, WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Twitch.

We will have a WWE TLC preview up on TJRWrestling on Saturday morning.

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