SD to Fox? – We reported a few months ago that Fox was in contention to land the WWE on their networks and it appears that came to fruition. The folks at Fox, who recently sold their studio, agreed with the WWE to purchase the broadcast rights for SmackDown and will air it on their main syndicated networks. That means whatever your local Fox station is, will air SmackDown. The report alleges the deal was worth a whopping $1 billion and will be over the life of a five year deal.
The deal kicks in October of 2019. All of this is thanks to the Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap. I’m told independently that Facebook offered a huge deal and that Amazon may of been the party to actually bid more than Fox for the property but can’t confirm either report independently. I’m also told that one of the issues with moving to Facebook was the poor turnout for the Mixed Match Challenge and the desire to keep their original series off of streaming platform rivals, like Amazon. But again, that’s merely a rumor I’m relaying.
The New York Post is claiming that SmackDown will move to three hours. That’s extremely unlikely as Fox has local news broadcasts at 10 p.m. EST . Fox and CW are the only networks that have two hour prime time slots, while the others have three. If Fox does make SmackDown three hours, the they’ll have to air starting at 7 p.m. EST, which would cost them some syndication money.
Major Name Backstage at All in Presser? – While she played coy about who it actually was backstage, Jen Sterger (the host of the All In Press Conference) revealed that CM Punk stopped Pro Wrestling Tee’s during the presser to pick up shirts. The store that Pro Wrestling Tee’s runs was the host of the press conference. Sterger went on the Collider Bodyslam podcast and revealed the details, saying;
If you got your tickets at face value for this event, I’m just saying it literally might be the best in the world. I will only say someone wearing sweatpants and training for something walked into the back of the building that the press conference was in — with marks, mind you, lining the entire sidewalks in the front of the building — and I just kept thinking ‘if they knew you were back here, they would literally tear down the front of the store.
Samoa Joe Hates Fans – Samoa Joe is getting on fans bad sides these days with some of his incendiary remarks. Before he mentioned he has no problem seeing the WWE raid smaller markets to scoop up talents, killing the markets and the ability for guys to leave the company and make money. Now he’s talking about how he does things specifically to spite fans. Joe was talking to Sky Sports and said;
Yeah, I worked with him at a bunch of other companies other than here. No, we can, we can totally say the name, I chose not to,” Joe laughed. “Everybody says ‘Oh, you can’t say the name’ no, I don’t because I know at home you’re going to get on your message board and you’re gonna be like, ‘He didn’t say it! He didn’t say it! Just say it for me!’ I’m not saying it because you’re reacting that way and you’re a grown human being, it’s ridiculous. … You know! You already have the information, you just want me to say it again? It’s just so redundant.
It seems like Joe doesn’t want to make that Buck’s and Cody money once he inevitably gets fired by the WWE. It should be noted that many top indy guys have spurned the WWE in recent years because “…they can’t afford (them)”. So Joe’s whole attitude is fundamentally wrong.
Andrew Everett Talks Staying With IMPACT – Andrew Everett, Caleb Konley and Trevor Lee all came into IMPACT Wrestling with the Hardy’s and Shane Helms. When the three left all three men were in limbo to a degree but all three opted to stay in the company. Andrew Everett was interviewed about this and was asked about staying. He went on to say;
I just felt that what I was trying to do wasn’t done yet at Impact. And, it still isn’t by any means. I’ve known Shane [Helms] for a long time and he’s been very, very, very influential on my career. He is one of the guys who is probably most influential on me. While it was tough seeing them go, it was one of those things where buckling down, put your nose to the ground and power through. That is what I’ve always done. And, I’m glad that I did. Because, now I’m having some of the most fun I’ve had in at least a couple of years wrestling. It is tough seeing those guys leave but I still stay in contact with those guys. They’re great people.
On the current creative direction;
Finally there is some stability and that is something that we, as performers, weren’t guaranteed for a while. It is nice to see and they have thought enough of me and DJZ to let us run with this tag team, let us give the best performances we can, and that they are confident we can. It is a breath of fresh air. It is the most fun I’ve had in wrestling in a long time!
Ronda Rousey Backstage Attitude – This is not a surprising thing to hear come through the grapevine but apparently Ronda Rousey is an absolute delight backstage, and is said to be incredibly happy with the situation she’s in. Dave Metlzer reports, saying;
I know this from several different people there. Attitude wise, 100% tremendous. No negativity there. She’s happy she loves doing this. She’s a hard worker. She has absolutely no stuck up star issue in this whatsoever. There’s no ego thing there, in fact it’s the opposite everyone’s talked about how refreshing it is that she is so humble for as big a star that she is. So she doesn’t come in with the attitude a lot of guys that came in from football and all this came in and walked around like they were real sh*t or what some people will do. All of those things and the fact she’s a great athelete and in her first match she did absolutely tremendous. All that leads me to that in time when she has two years under her belt because of her attitude that she probably won’t need to be carried and she’ll probably be pretty damn good