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WWE News: Buddy Murphy Taking Hiatus From TV, Raw Viewership Hits New High, Steve Austin On KO Using The Stunner

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy has announced on social media that he will be taking a “well deserved vacation”, and subsequently will be off WWE TV for the next several weeks.
“I would like to officially announce that I will not be on 205 Live for the foreseeable future,” Murphy announced on Twitter.
Photo: YouTube
It appears as if right now might be a good time for Murphy to take a break from action, as 205 Live just announced the “Buddy Murphy Classic” to determine who will next challenge the Champion for his Cruiserweight Title. Murphy’s return to TV has yet to be announced, and it’s worth noting he will not be vacating the Title while on vacation.

ANNOUNCEMENT pic.twitter.com/Pyo5rLTSjI
— 205Live Hall of Famer (@WWE_Murphy) February 27, 2019

Raw Viewership Hits Another New High
As noted, viewership for last week’s episodes of Raw and Smackdown Live, which followed the Elimination Chamber PPV, saw both brands bring in the highest amount of viewers for their respective shows so far in 2019.
According to ShowBuzz Daily, this week’s episode of Smackdown saw a decrease in viewership from last week, despite the surprise return of Kevin Owens. This week’s show averaged 2.150 million viewers, which is down from last week’s 2.269 million viewership average.

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Raw, on the other hand, took in the highest amount of viewers since the post-SummerSlam episode of the show back in 2018, averaging 2.922 million viewers for a show which featured the advertised return of Roman Reigns.
The first hour of Raw this week actually took in over 3 million viewers for the second straight week, averaging 3.167 million.
Steve Austin On Kevin Owens Using The Stunner
As noted, following his return to television, Kevin Owens will now be using the Stone Cold Stunner as his finishing move going forward. It’s worth noting that Owens will not be dropping the pop-up power bomb, but will be adding the Stunner to his offense as WWE feels it will help KO get over more as a babyface since the move is tied to legendary WWE babyface Steve Austin.
The Texas Rattlesnake actually commented on Kevin Owens using The Stunner, as seen in the Tweet below.

Highly effective. When executed properly the results are complete devastation. RT @briantheguppie: 1998
[email protected] @steveaustinBSR pic.twitter.com/CadykEAQav
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) February 27, 2019

It looks like Austin is a fan of the former Universal Champion using his signature finishing move, and Kevin Owens has noted in the past that he has had discussions with Austin about using the move, and Austin has always given his blessing.


Major Update On Whether Batista Will Be Competing For WWE Following 'WrestleMania 35'

WWE star-turned-actor Dave “Batista” Bautista made his surprise TV return on Raw Monday night, and attacked Ric Flair during what was supposed to be The Nature Boy’s 70th birthday celebration. Following the attack, Batista called out Triple H, and a match pitting The Animal vs The Game is expected to take place at WrestleMania 35, however WWE has yet to announce the bout officially.
According to The Wrap, the match is indeed expected to take place, but the question remains how long Batista’s current run is expected to last, and whether or not he will be sticking around with WWE following WrestleMania.
“The person with knowledge of Batista-HHH at WrestleMania was not certain on the length of Bautista’s return, but thinks it would just be for the April 7 event at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium,” reads The Wrap report.
Photo: WWE
It should be noted that Batista just landed a role in the upcoming remake of the classic film Dune, and production on the film is expected to begin “early this year”, however the exact start date remains unknown.

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In the past, when speaking about a possible WWE return, Batista has noted that he wants his final run in the company to be full-time, as he expressed particular interest in working non-televised live events, because be really enjoys the vibe of live events compared to TV.
Photo: WWE
Batista has also indicated in the past that a run in WWE, culminating in a match against Triple H at WrestleMania, would be how he wants his pro wrestling career to end, making it more likely than not that WrestleMania 35 might be the last time fans see The Animal in a WWE ring.
Batista has been reluctant in the past to accept a WWE Hall of Fame induction as he feels his in-ring career is not yet over, and he wants to go out with a storyline he feels makes sense, so the Triple H angle leading up to WrestleMania 35 might be the final program that sends Batista into the Hall of Fame in 2020, should WWE make an offer.
Earlier this week, we revealed when Batista is expected to make his next appearance on Raw, and you can read that spoiler report at this link.


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Rumored Reason Why WWE Decided To Turn Rusev Heel Again

Similar to the fan reaction of Daniel Bryan during the WrestleMania 30 “B-plus player” angle, the advent of “Rusev Day” caused a widespread phenomenon in the world of pro wrestling. Although he started stating the everyday is Rusev Day while being a villain, the fans were still into the fad, and crowds around the world started chanting “Rusev Day” when the Bulgarian Brute came to the ring.
While there were many times where WWE attempted to halt this organic movement, fans continued to give deafening Rusev Day chants in every arena. This level of popularity led to an opportunity to win the United States Championship at WrestleMania 34. Although he was unsuccessful, his popularity led to a WWE Championship opportunity just three months later against AJ Styles at Extreme Rules, but he was once again unsuccessful.
Over the past few months, Rusev has been engaged in a feud against then-United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Despite a couple of failed attempts, Rusev was able to defeat Nakamura on the December 25, 2018 episode of SmackDown Live, winning the U.S. Championship for the third time in his career.

Unfortunately, for Rusev, he lost the title to Nakamura during the kickoff show of the Royal Rumble.
During the latest episode of SmackDown Live, an odd turn of events occurred. After R-Truth defeated Nakamura to commence his second WWE United States Championship reign, Rusev came out and cut a heel promo on the new champion, challenging him to a match. Following R-Truth’s successful defense, Rusev aligned with his foe, Nakamura, and attacked R-Truth. This heel turn from Rusev was totally unexpected, especially since he has been a very popular name on the SmackDown Live roster.

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To explain why this occurred, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer theorized why WWE decided to make the decision.
“The whole ‘Rusev Day’ wasn’t [WWE’s] idea, though. It was just something that caught on and made him a babyface. I think in their minds, the babyface thing was a short-term thing, and now [it has] run it’s course… he wasn’t that over as a face anymore.”

As seen on SmackDown Live, Rusev was called out by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for what they did to R-Truth. Nakamura stepped in and evened out the playing field, stating, “challenged accepted.” Rusev agreed to team with Nakamura, and a match is slated to occur between the two teams.
Please be sure to credit The Floor Seat for any quotes used from this article.


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WWE News: Dolph Ziggler Shoots On Dean Ambrose Leaving, Becky Lynch Owns Vince McMahon On Twitter, New XFL Partnership

WWE star Dolph Ziggler, who surprised fans by making an appearance in the Royal Rumble match after claiming just days before the PPV that he was taking a hiatus from WWE, recently appeared on Busted Open Radio. During the show, Ziggler commented on his Rumble appearance, his future in WWE, and more.
Ziggler also commented on this week’s news that Dean Ambrose will be leaving WWE when his contract expires in April, and admitted he is surprised to see Ambrose leaving. Ziggler added, “[Dean] is always in a prominent role and is beloved by the fans so I didn’t see it coming.”
You can watch the full Ziggler interview in the above video player.
Becky Lynch Has Incredible Response To Vince McMahon
Move over, Kevin Owens, Becky Lynch is the new master of WWE social media accounts, as she recently fired back at Vince McMahon after the Chairman of the Board offered Lynch a happy birthday, Tweeting, “Unflinching, uncompromising and unmistakably The Man. Happy Birthday to Becky Lynch!”

Got some new earrings to match that brass ring I own. https://t.co/9wdxbRgoYW
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) January 30, 2019

New XFL Partnership
The following press release has been issued:
XFL Partners with The Spring League to Reimagine Football
Stamford, Conn., January 30, 2019 – The XFL today announced that it has formed a partnership with The Spring LEague, an elite professional football development organization, to test changes to rules and gameplay as it works to reimagine the game when it kicks off in 2020. Testing during The Spring League’s upcoming season follows the XFL’s first testing session conducted last month, which featured two Mississippi-based junior college teams.
The Spring League will take the field in Austin, Texas from March 28 to April 11 and will provide players the opportunity to showcase their ability in front of the XFL, NFL and other professional football talent evaluators. While doing so, coaches will work closely with football operations executive from the XFL to blend in on-field adjustments the league has been researching and developing since announcing its return just over a year ago.
“We believe that conducting live R&D sessions to test out potential game adjustments in real time is critical,” Oliver Luck, XFL Commissioner & CEO. “Puttung the best product on the field is out number one priority and thanks to partners like The Spring League, we are confident that the changes we eventually decide to deploy will have the desired effect and we will deliver outstanding football when we kick off.”
“This is an exciting partnership for The Spring League,” said Brian Woods, CEO of The Spring League, “We applaud the XFL’s effor to reimagine the game and simultaneously provide out players and additional opportunity to display their talents for the XFL coaches and scouts in attendance.”
In early December, XFL football operations personnel worked with the National Junior College Athletic Association and two member schools, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College, to conduct its first live R&D session.
“The feedback we recieved from the players, coached and game officials who participated in our three R&D sessions in December was hugely beneficial,” said Doug Whaley, XFL Senior Vice President of Football Operations. “We’re excited to take that feedback, as well as observations from the hundreds of hours of tape we captured, and put these new adjustments on the field in real time with the incredibly talented players of The Spring League attracts.


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BREAKING: 'All Elite Wrestling' Issues Press Release For Major Upcoming Event

All Elite Wrestling has become the talk of the pro wrestling world. The brand new company spearheaded by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, is making waves on social media as it moves forward into 2019.
AEW Public Relations has issued a press release regarding a major event taking place on January 8.
THE ELITE ANNOUNCES “DOUBLE OR NOTHING” EVENT RALLY IN JACKSONVILLE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 @ 5PM –
– New “All Elite Wrestling” Poised to Change Wrestling Landscape — JACKSONVILLE, FL, (January 3, 2019) – All Elite Wrestling, the new wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite, today announced plans for a special DOUBLE OR NOTHING event rally in Jacksonville, FL. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 5pm ET outside TIAA Bank Field in Parking Lot J (near Gate 1, adjacent to the TV compound).
The rally is on the heels of the unveiling earlier this week of DOUBLE OR NOTHING, the inaugural event under the new All Elite Wrestling (AEW) banner. Keeping in true The Elite fashion, attendees can expect the unexpected as the rally will showcase the true spirit of wrestling entrepreneurialism and feature special guests, inside info and limited edition merchandise.
Photo: @CodyRhodes Twitter
Fans can also watch the event rally live on the “Being The Elite” YouTube channel, as well as @AEWrestling (Twitter), /TheYoungBucks (Facebook), @TheBrandiRhodes (Instagram), and can interact socially at #AEW.
“The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson, are right with me in committing to deliver on our promise to change the wrestling landscape in 2019, and the DOUBLE OR NOTHING event is just the start,” said Cody Rhodes. “The time to change the world is now.”
From: Brandi Runnels Chief Brand Officer AEW

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Brandi Rhodes is joined in AEW’s corporate structure by her husband Cody, who will serve as Executive Vice President. The same title will also be shared by The Young Bucks, while Jacksonville Jaguars Co-Owner Tony Khan will serve as the President of All Elite Wrestling.
It’s unknown how many pro wrestlers will be signed or how soon the company will get a TV deal. Chris Jericho and Jim Ross were rumored to be part of AEW’s creation and though that story did not prove to be true, it’s possible that one or both of them may get involved in the company at some point. But as of this writing, neither one has officially been announced by All Elite Wrestling.


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WWE Star Paige Has Altercation With Fan During 'UFC 232' Event

Former SmackDown General Manager Paige was recently involved in a Twitter exchange over a situation that happened at the UFC 232 event in Inglewood, California.
Paige and her boyfriend were in attendance at the event when evidently, someone witnessed a fan asking for an autograph That person was apparently told no, which led to the witness taking her case to social media.
Though the original Tweet has since been deleted, screenshots of it still exist online.
Photo: Twitter
That Tweet started a chain reaction and the user in question was forced to answer for herself to one fan after another. She did relent and admit that Paige was not the one to refuse the autograph. She also said that Paige was not rude, it was actually her boyfriend that came off in that fashion.

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But as the Twitter conversation progressed, Paige suddenly became the villain by proxy. Supposedly since her boyfriend was rude, Paige was guilty by association.
Paige was fully aware of what was being said and did respond.

Jeez lady. Let it go. It’s wild how you’re the ONLY person out of the hundreds of people who came up to me that night who has a complaint. Solidified that I had a great reason to say no to you. It’s “fans” like you that makes people not wanna give your entitled ass a pic. https://t.co/TQ3sCZUf1E
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 3, 2019

The assertion that Paige should “always be on duty” is surely a bit frustrating for many fans. But some would say it’s indicative of today’s social media culture, which centers on complete openness and interpersonal connections among users. Evidently, Paige is required to acknowledge the fans despite what she’s doing or why.
Paige took serious issue with that notion.

always on duty huh? So what happens when i have to use the restroom? What happens if I’m having a bad day personally? What happens if I’m in the middle of eating? Etc. I have to stop what I’m doing make sure rude people like yourself get a pic? I’ll take pics w/ anyone. Not YOU. https://t.co/TQ3sCZUf1E
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 3, 2019

Though Paige is no longer in the General Manager role, she is expected to still be used in some capacity on TV. The McMahon Family recently took full control of both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live, which essentially rendered Paige’s storyline job unnecessary.
Photo: WWE
Paige is still in the fold, though it’s unclear how WWE will use here from here. Fighting With My Family, the biopic about Paige’s life and journey to WWE, is scheduled for U.S. release on February 14.


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SPOILERS: More Names Confirmed For Men's And Women's 'WWE Royal Rumble' Matches

With 2018 nearly in the books, WWE looks ahead to the annual Royal Rumble PPV, which kicks off not only 2019, but the road to WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey.
Following this past week’s WWE TV tapings for episodes of Raw and Smackdown Live airing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively, the card for the Royal Rumble PPV is beginning to take shape, with more bouts confirmed and new names set for the two big over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble matches.
Photo: WWE
The first names confirmed for both Rumble matches were R-Truth and Carmella, when each Superstar earned the right to enter the matches at the coveted number thirty spots after winning season two of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

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Also confirmed for the men’s Rumble match is Drew McIntyre and all three members of The New Day. The women’s Rumble match will also feature Natalya in addition to The Princess of Staten Island.
Last year’s Royal Rumble match winners were Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka, both representing the Smackdown Live brand, and Nakamura went on to lose his title shot against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34, and Asuka was handed her first defeat on the WWE main roster when she challenged Charlotte Flair and was defeated by the “Queen” of the women’s division.

FULL MATCH: to six years ago and relive the 2012 #RoyalRumble Match! https://t.co/5fO34OQS3W
— WWE (@WWE) December 30, 2018

Below is the updated card for next month’s WWE Royal Rumble PPV, taking place on January 27th in Phoenix, Arizona.
WWE Universal Championship Match:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman
WWE Championship Match:
-Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles
Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Title:
-Buddy Murphy (c) vs Kalisto vs Akira Tozawa vs TBA
-The Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches, with the winners earning a title shot at WrestleMania 35 in April, 2019.
With the Royal Rumble PPV now featuring a women’s Rumble match in addition to the traditional men’s match, it’s likely only a couple more matches might be added to the PPV, which will feature a four hour main card and a two hour Kickoff show, as the Royal Rumble is considered to be one of the “big four” PPV events in WWE.


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Major Update On Whether Braun Strowman Will Compete At 'WWE TLC'

Braun Strowman, unfortunately, had his momentum thwarted due to being forced to have surgery on his elbow. Along with knee issues, reported by the Wrestling Observer, Strowman needed some time to recover from nagging injuries, which was why he was written off by being attacked by Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley.
As of now, Strowman is booked to compete against Corbin at the TLC pay-per-view this Sunday. If Strowman wins, he will compete against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. However, if Corbin wins, he will be the permanent General Manager of the Raw brand.

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Although Strowman is still out recovering from injury, WWE is still promoting his TLC match against Corbin.

The stakes are HIGH for both Superstars as @BraunStrowman battles #GeneralManager-Elect @BaronCorbinWWE THIS SUNDAY at #WWETLC! #RAW pic.twitter.com/ReLsF9aFiG
— WWE (@WWE) December 11, 2018

Despite promoting Strowman for TLC, it does appear that he will be competing. According to WrestleVotes, Strowman most likely will not be competing against Corbin at the show.
“Braun Strowman is still not likely to compete Sunday at TLC. So much so, that on the holiday tours, John Cena will wrestle in his place. Strowman will still appear at the holiday tour shows, just won’t work. So I can’t see him working a TLC match.”

The countdown to my return and your end starts now. #TickTock pic.twitter.com/FedLhQ3HEz
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) November 28, 2018

Although Cena is not confirmed to make a surprise appearance at TLC, he is scheduled to return on December 26 and will be competing on non-televised events until his next film, which he will start airing in Vancouver on January 20.
As promoted on Raw, Corbin is expecting to win by forfeit and become the permanent GM. However, with Vince McMahon appearing on Raw, there could be some interesting scenarios that come out of TLC. With Strowman likely out, Corbin either could actually win by forfeit, or someone else could come in the stead of Strowman and defeat Corbin. This could lead to Vince firing Corbin on Raw and doing the Superstar Shake-up on the show.


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WATCH: WWE Releases Exclusive First Look At John Cena's New Movie 'Bumblebee'

WWE star John Cena, who is set to return to the ring at the upcoming Raw live event taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 26th, is also gearing up for the release of his new Transformers spinoff movie, Bumblebee.
The movie stars John Cena in his first role as a villain, and co-stars Hailee Steinfeld and Justin Theroux. Below is the official movie synopsis, according to IMDB.
On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.
WWE has released a new, exclusive look at Bumblebee, which features more footage of John Cena in-action in the new sci-fi action-adventure flick, and you can check it out in the video player below.

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The new clip also features comments from John Cena, in which he discusses playing Agent Burns in the film, the head of Sector 7, which Cena says is “responsible for all the things the masses don’t know about.”

In other John Cena news, the former WWE Champion was the recipient of this year’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for Excellence, and Cena Tweeted the following after receiving the award this week in Los Angeles.
“Tonight was for “us.” The privilege we have to entertain fans young and old has opened to the possibilities of what can be accomplished in and out of the ring. Thank you @SINow for this amazing honor and @TheRealLailaAli @ikebarinholtz for presenting tonight. Now…back to work!”

Tonight was for “us.” The privilege we have to entertain fans young and old has opened to the possibilities of what can be accomplished in and out of the ring. Thank you @SINow for this amazing honor and @TheRealLailaAli @ikebarinholtz for presenting tonight. Now…back to work! https://t.co/JvCa5DMOOa
— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 12, 2018

As noted, John Cena will be making his WWE in-ring return at the upcoming holiday live event tour which see Cena make appearances at both Raw and Smackdown live events at MSG, in Long Island, New York and more. As of this writing, no opponents or matches have been announced for Cena, however, WWE is advertising him for several events, which could foreshadow Cena’s eventual return to WWE TV as WrestleMania season approaches.


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Live At 5pm EST: VOW Talks Braun Strowman Possibly Missing 'WWE TLC', Rollins vs Lesnar Rumors And More

The Voice of Wrestling video show, hosted by The Floor Seat‘s Nick Paglino and Chris Cash, is now on FITE TV, and you can watch the latest episode today at 5pm EST at this link! A replay of the episode will be available immediately after it airs.
VOW returns from the holiday break with a loaded episode of the show! On this week’s “Main Event” segment, Chris and Nick provide the latest update on Braun Strowman‘s surgery status heading into WWE TLC, and the possibility of Strowman missing the PPV. The show hosts also offer their thoughts on the multitude of recent heel and babyface turns, and which have and have not been successful.
Photo: WWE
On the heels of a rumored Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins match at WrestleMania 35, the hosts discuss how WWE might get to the match and whether or not the title will be on the line.
Also on the show this week, the popular “tag in tag out” segment returns, with Chris and Nick revealing whether they are “in” or “out” on a number of topics including:
-HBK claiming he will not have another match
-Lars Sullivan’s main roster debut
-Renee Young on commentary
-Ronda Rousey’s ring gear
-R-Truth
-More!

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VOW airs live on FITE TV every Wednesday at 5pm EST, with replays available OnDemand. To catch new episodes of the show, install the FITE app from iOS App Store or Android Google Play. You can also watch VOW via your desktop at this link, and hit favorite to be alerted when new episodes are available!
Photo: WWE
You can watch the November 15th episode of the show, featuring the hosts discussing the median WWE fan age, and questioning whether or not WWE needs to consider changing the focus of its product given an older fanbase, at this link.


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