WWE News: Raw Matches on Sept. 23 Include Fatal 5-Way, King of the Ring Rematch, More

Here’s what WWE has advertised for Monday’s edition of Raw from the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

Fatal 5-Way Match between Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Robert Roode. The winner of that match will go on to challenge Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship next week on the “season premiere” of Raw on September 30.

“King” Baron Corbin will face Chad Gable in a rematch of their King of the Ring finals match from last week.

Nikki Cross (w/Alexa Bliss) vs. Sasha Banks (w/Bayley)

They also advertised this non-match segment…

From WWE.com:

“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt’s attack on Seth Rollins at WWE Clash of Champions was a shocking development and foreshadowed a dark new challenge for the Universal Champion. As the two rivals prepare for their showdown at WWE Hell in a Cell, Wyatt returns with an all new edition of “Firefly Fun House.” Will Huskus the Pig Boy or Mercy Buzzard calm their friend’s nerves or will “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt have a new warning for The Beastslayer? Look for possible clues on a new edition of “Firefly Fun House.”

That’s all WWE has advertised so far for Raw. They will likely announce more matches on Monday afternoon on social media.

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WWE News: Final Week for Current Raw/Smackdown Stage, 24/7 Title Changes at Live Events in Asia

Changes are coming to WWE Raw and Smackdown within a few weeks. This coming Monday’s Raw on September 23 in San Francisco and Smackdown on September 24 also in San Francisco are the last two episodes of the shows before the new TV contracts begin. As I’m sure you know by now, Raw is staying on USA Network on Monday nights while Smackdown moves to Friday on Fox.

It is being reported today by the @Wrestlevotes Twitter account that changes are coming to the sets of Raw and Smackdown.

In some follow-up tweets answering fan questions, Wrestlevotes noted that there will be different looks for Raw and Smackdown. Considering WWE is getting over $500 million per year for the two shows, they certainly have money to spend to come up with something creative for the designs.

The new look Raw will debut on September 30 for what WWE is calling a “season premiere” episode of Raw even though they don’t have seasons. As we reported two days ago, Brock Lesnar will be on hand for that.

As for Smackdown, the first show with the new look set is Friday, October 4 in Los Angeles and it airs on Fox with Kofi Kingston defending the WWE Title against Brock Lesnar. That episode will also be a Smackdown 20-Year Anniversary show featuring legends from the past.

What do the new set designs look like? We don’t know. Wait nine days and we’ll see it together.

 

In other WWE news, EC3 held the WWE 24/7 Title briefly this week when he defeated R-Truth, but that title reign didn’t last very long. Here’s more info from WWE.com:

The 24/7 Champion is always on the clock; even when traveling across time zones.

For a brief moment, EC3 became 24/7 Champion during the WWE Live event in Manila. R-Truth wasn’t leaving the Philippines empty-handed and immediately pinned EC3 to reclaim his precious championship. The two Superstars would then continue to go back and forth when EC3 once again captured the title in Shanghai, only for R-Truth to yet again defeat him to reclaim it.

That means R-Truth is an 18-time 24/7 Champion and EC3 is a 3-time 24/7 Champion.

There are no videos posted of the title changes yet, but WWE might post something on their Youtube and social media soon.

 

 

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Killer Kross Comments on What’s Next for Him, AEW, WWE NXT, His Influences and More

Killer Kross has had an interesting couple of years in the wrestling business. He became known on Lucha Underground and then he quickly rose the ranks in Impact Wrestling to be one of their top guys. Currently, he’s in a bit of state of limbo due to a contract dispute with Impact.

Chris Van Vliet, who is an excellent Entertainment reporter out of Miami and a wrestling interviewer extraordinaire, talked to Killer Kross about a number of different subjects recently and sent along this recap. The video will be posted below and you can subscribe to Chris’ Youtube channel here.

His Thoughts On AEW:

“I watched the AEW show live in Vegas and I’m not saying this because I think I’m supposed to say it, in all sincerity, I was really blown away by it because there was just a different energy to the show, in a good way. I’ve said this before but I just think it needs to be said, with all the different tools we use to illicit and engage an emotional response from an audience when we go out there, from putting our bodies on the line to the execution of the story, sincerity, energy, listening to the fans during the match, timing, everything. There was like people literally weeping in the audience; Cody vs Dustin. You can’t like orchestrate that, that’s not something you can pre-plan. Putting things together you can’t be like ‘And at this point the audience is going to cry.’ That was amazing to actually be around, I don’t think I’ve been at a wrestling event in the audience where that’s happened. It was just awesome. I think with the direction that they’re going in with TNT and I think that with the flexibility that I’ve heard they are offering creatively, I definitely think there are somethings that I could do there and creatively get out that it just might not fly elsewhere. But ultimately I’m not married to go in any specific direction for any company right now, it’s even difficult to think about, it’s stressful to think about just because of the other things that are associated with it.”

Would going to NXT or WWE change how his character is portrayed?

“I’m in a place right now where I feel like it won’t really matter where I go, I’m going to be able to do what I’m doing in any way shape or form. I’ve hit a really cool peak creatively with things, I know how to lay things out differently so it will work on any platform. People haven’t seen me do that yet and there’s a reason why, because I’m saving it for perhaps a direction that I finally go in.”

On His Approach To Pro Wrestling:

“One thing that I really have always tried to do is create an emotional engagement and a response, to understand the purpose of what we are really doing out there and for me it’s always been to illicit emotion and engage people with the art of storytelling, the oldest stories in the world, light vs dark, good vs evil and so forth. I grew up in that time when 80s horror films, and early 90s horror films, they didn’t make sense and that was unsettling. Remember how things used to be? I think that that really scared people because in life, the things that really bother us are the things that create uncertainty. It’s like you’ve been walking down this street your entire life, you know exactly where everything is, and then one day you walk down and everything is different. It’s just something as simple as that, it freaks people out, they feel displaced. So, I’ve always tried to create that kind of atmosphere in what I’ve been doing.”

On What Wrestlers Inspired Him Growing Up:

“A lot of people will always throw out one name for a political reason. Like, a lot of the guys in the business will say that their favorite wrestler was a specific person because they are afraid they are going to get heat from someone who is above them being like ‘Why would you mention that guys name? He never drew any money’ you know? I really had a tonne of favorites but not to be redundant, I mentioned Warrior. As a child, I had a manic amount of energy. More so as a child, I could scale this wall. I just identified with high energy characters and back then, 80s and 90s, there was a lot of high energy stuff.”

On Separating Himself From Killer Kross:

“I’m not Killer Kross but Killer Kross is definitely a real thing and I think people would agree that when they go to the shows they are getting something very visceral, very carnal, and very real, in the way that we can use that word for this, out of him. So, we put him away until the music and the lights start.”

You can watch the full 30+ minute interview below.

 

 

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AEW EVP Kenny Omega Takes Shot at WWE NXT, Claims They Would Be in the Dark Match While He Would Be Main Eventing

Kenny Omega is one of the Executive Vice Presidents of All Elite Wrestling and in anticipation of thier “Wednesday Night War” with WWE NXT, Kenny felt the need to take some shots at WWE’s NXT brand.

Here’s part of what Kenny said in an interview with Sportskeeda.

“You can call it a war if you want. It’s like, to me, we’re in a completely different kind of business. I mean what they’re doing is different from what we’re doing. It’s weird, because it’s hard to say you’re going to war with people that I call my friends.  And yet, we are going to war. And yet, when I sit back and look at the grand picture, I’m going to war with these dudes that, if we were on the same show together, the same promotion…let’s pretend there were no borders. Let’s pretend there were no promotions. Let’s just pretend there’s just one big promotion. If these guys were in the same show as me, they’d be in the dark match. They’d be in the opening match of my main event match.”

Omega continued with more comments when he talked about AEW crowd sizes.

“You wanna call that a war, you wanna call that competition? Go ahead. Maybe it’s fun for you to do. That’s cool. But we’re different planets. And you’re going to see that right away, when you see 10000+ arenas sold out. You’re going to see smiles on fans’ faces. You’re going to see real stars, not developmental talent. But real stars appearing on your television sets, every week.”

You can see it for yourself here.

As you might expect, these comments definitely ruffled some feathers of some NXT wrestlers including Donovan Dijakovic.

There will likely be more NXT stars stepping up to comment on this as well.

TJR Thoughts: I think Kenny was trying to have fun in a playful manner, but people are going to see the headlines and take it as some cruel shit-talking. AEW Dynamite is two weeks away and there’s already a feeling of a “war” between AEW and NXT right now. It’s a fun time to be a fan, that’s for sure.

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AEW Officially Announces TNT TV Show Will Be Called Dynamite, Promotional Video Released

The official name of the AEW on TNT television show is Dynamite. The first episode will take place on Wednesday, October 2 from 8-10pmET on TNT in the US. It will take place at the sold-out Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.

As we reported yesterday, there were already expectations that Dynamite was the name of the show because it was in TV listings, so it’s no surprise that they made it official today.

Here’s more about the Dynamite name from AllEliteWrestling.com:

Wednesday nights are going to get explosive as All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and TNT reveal the name and first official poster of their upcoming weekly show: All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite. As previously announced, starting Wednesday, October 2, AEW will begin airing live two-hour weekly matches on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. The highly-anticipated, action-packed matches will take place in different cities across the nation each week on Wednesdays, starting in Washington, D.C., at the famed Capital One Arena. Future matches announced so far will be held in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh PA, Charleston, WV, Charlotte NC, Nashville, TN, Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL.

AEW is giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years. AEW is about more than wrestling. It’s a movement fueled by fans, offering fun, gripping and authentic athletic matches every week. Founded by President and CEO Tony Khan, the league is headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page, Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. The diverse roster of world-class competitors includes Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Dustin Rhodes, Jungle Boy, Dr. Britt Baker, MJF and SCU. AEW is poised to bring new innovation, new energy and a new spirit to wrestling.

As you can see on the graphic above, they have already released a promotional poster for Dynamite. Chris Jericho’s graphic is the biggest of them all, which is understandable since he is AEW’s biggest name and the first-ever AEW World Champion.

A promotional video was also released on the TNT Youtube channel:

Cody (Rhodes) tweeted a different looking promotional poster with him and his brother Dustin Rhodes.

Good luck to AEW and Dynamite, which premieres in less than two weeks.

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Triple H Addresses Live Crowd After WWE NXT Goes Off the Air (VIDEO)

After a sparkling debut on the USA Network and WWE Network tonight, NXT’s head honcho Triple H simply wanted to say “thank you.”

Once the dust cleared following a chaotic brawl between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain at show’s close, The Game cut a promo for the rabid crowd at Full Sail University in Orlando.

He said that NXT will continue to deliver blistering action every single week, emphasizing that the fans are the most important part of “WE ARE NXT.”

The segment ends with Trips jumping into the masses and leading them in an “NXT” chant. Check out it yourself on the video below.

 

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FOX Sports Announces WWE Programming Ahead of Friday Night Smackdown Debut

The following press release was sent out by FOX today.

Special “Blue Carpet” Preview Show to Celebrate Arrival of WWE on FOX

FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN Air Time Details Announced

Los Angeles – Leading up to the network debut of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4, FOX Sports presents a slate of special programming, pre-event coverage and cross-platform integrations in anticipation of the marquee event.

A pair of hour-long WWE specials lead the charge, beginning with WWE SMACKDOWN’S GREATEST HITS, on Friday, Sept. 27, on FOX (8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT). Hosted by WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair and The Miz, the show highlights the most memorable moments from the storied franchise. On Sunday, Sept. 29, John Cena narrates WWE WRESTLEMANIA’S LEGENDARY MOMENTS, offering viewers a chance to relive the most spectacular WrestleMania moments from the past 35 years. Check local listings for air times surrounding Sunday’s NFL on FOX singleheader action.

Less than a week later, FOX Sports rolls out the “blue carpet” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW on Friday, Oct. 4 (7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT/6:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT). This star-studded show features “blue carpet” arrivals and backstage access to celebrities and athletes, as well as past and present WWE Superstars to kick off the new era of WWE on FOX.

In front of a star-studded crowd in Los Angeles, FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airs live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on FOX. For viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, SmackDown airs at 7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT on FOX. For all authenticated viewers nationwide, SmackDown will be available to stream live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/6:00 PM MT/5:00 PM PT on the FOX Sports App.

Today, FOX Sports also launches its WWE on FOX social handles, which will provide insight, analysis and entertainment across social platforms. For more information, explore @WWEonFOX on Twitter, @WWEonFOX on Instagram and WWE on FOX on Facebook.

Additional details on FOX Sports’ WWE programming will be announced at a later date.

– FOX SPORTS –

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing Fox Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports arm of the FOX Network as well as FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine, jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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