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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 Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in Saudi Arabia AXED amid fan and political pressure following death of US journalist

THE WWE have sensationally AXED their Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in Saudi Arabia after political and fan pressure, according to reports.
Vince McMahon was set to take his wrestling promotion to Riyadh for the event on November 2 after signing a mega multi-year deal.
The Crown Jewel pay-per-view is set to be held in Saudi Arabia on 2 November, this yearWWE
There has been fierce criticism of the show though, following the apparent murder of US journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
And according to reports, it has been cancelled and will not take place in Saudi, with rumours suggesting it could now be moved.
It is understood there have been high-level talks to move Crown Jewel, with the United Kingdom a possibility due to its infrastructure.
It is unlikely the show will be cancelled completely, with a lot of the bookings sorted and mentions of the event on SmackDown 1000 last night.



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It is thought some of the WWE’s top stars have made it clear they do not want to travel to Saudi under the current political landscape.
Meanwhile, the wrestling promotion also removed all mentions of it being in Saudi Arabia from their website last week.
The WWE Told The Sun in a statement: “We are currently monitoring the situation.”

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WWE news: Meet Eddie Dennis… the ex-school headteacher turned WWE superstar and soon-to-be star of NXT UK

Category : Sport , WWE , WWE Raw , WWE SmackDown Live

EVERYONE has one teacher you either love or hate… but not everyone has one that is a WWE superstar.
Well that is the case for Eddie “Pride of Wales” Dennis’ former pupils as the former principal prepares to make his bow on prime television tonight.
Former principal Eddie Dennis is set for the big time ahead of his prime time TV debut tonightWWE
Originally from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, the 32-year-old began teaching in Cardiff before switching to a school in Berkshire seven years ago.
The ex-Maths teacher was able to keep his focus in the classroom despite going on to become one of the biggest names on the UK wrestling scene as he earned the position of head teacher.
But it was not long before the secret was out, as Dennis explained to SunSport.
He said: “I tried to keep it to myself for a while but it was not too long before some of the kids were smart enough to find me wrestling on Youtube.
“We then ended up doing some charity wrestling shows at the school, and that was lovely, raised a lot of money for Sport Relief and nothing kills any rumours like doing it in front of them.
The Welshman is hoping to make NXT UK an unmissable hour of TVWWE
NXT UK will air alongside WWE’s regular NXT and 205 Live showsWWE
“And if you conduct yourself in a professional way I don’t think there was too much distraction and they saw me very much as their head teacher and not a professional wrestler.”
Having gained such a senior position at such a young age and a fine reputation for himself in the ring, Dennis was forced to choose between his two passions in the summer of 2017.

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And it was the success that followed WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne and fellow British star Tyler Bate that persuaded him to put down his marker pen and pull on the tights full-time.
And with the historic announcement last week that WWE are beginning to air NXT UK live at 8pm in Britain on their network from tonight, Dennis’ gamble appears to have paid off.



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The Welshman said: “My career in teaching grew at the same time as my professional wrestling so I was kind of training in both at the same time.
“Suddenly I found myself with the headship but it was very difficult to be doing something else on the side.
“So I was faced with a decision to make on which career took a back seat, but if the first UK Championship tournament hadn’t happened and I had not seen Pete and Tyler succeed the way they did the result would have probably been different.
“But WWE coming over here and giving a chance to the British wrestling scene gave me the confidence and belief there was a real career to be made being a wrestler in the UK.
“It’s 15 months since I walked away from the desk, I’ve ticked a lot of boxes in that time, and hopefully I’m proving I made the right choice.”
Dennis is no stranger to the big time having wrestled for Progress at Wembley Arena last month in the biggest independent British show this century.

Now after the huge announcement from Triple H last week, he and the other grapplers on the UK brand are aiming to make the show an “unmissable” watch after earning an “eternal” place in wrestling history.
Dennis said: “I found out about an hour before everyone else about NXT UK being shown and I’m super excited to see the hard work that we’ve produced has a home on the Network at prime time.
“It’s probably the largest archive of professional wrestling in the world, so for it to probably sit there forever makes our work eternal.
“It’s been a crazy year. I got injured back in January so for the first six months I really didn’t do any wrestling. But since then I’ve been working for WWE and wrestled on the biggest independent British show in front of 4,500 people in Wembley Arena – that was pretty spectacular. I’m trying to make up for lost time.

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“Now it’s about putting on the best hour of quality television that we can. I consider myself a wrestling fan as well as a professional, and I consider the American NXT to be an unmissable hour of wrestling TV.
“Now I want the UK brand to be the same and 2019 is going to be a huge year for us, but what that means for us is still up in the air.
“But to make the show an unmissable watch is the goal for everyone backstage.”
*NXT UK airs on the WWE Network at 8pm on Wednesday October 17.

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WWE SmackDown 1000: Is the Rock ready to return and will he be back for the historic episode?

Category : Sport , WWE , WWE SmackDown Live

THE ROCK might FINALLY be returning to WWE after the company teased his comeback for SmackDown 1000.
The landmark episode of the weekly wrestling show will take place next Tuesday with a host of star-studded names from the past lined-up to appear.
Finally The Rock could be back on SmackDown LiveWWE
Now fans are hoping The Great One will be in attendance for the celebrations of the show he created.
WWE shared a tweet promoting the episode with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s photo, captioning it “10 Days to Smackdown 1000” and “FINALLY…it’s almost here! #SD1000 @TheRock”.
The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment, aged 46, recently said: “I can’t wait to get back into a WWE ring. Everybody always asks me what’s it like being in a WWE ring and I always tell them, there’s a lot of celebrities and athletes too, I say there’s nothing like it.
“There’s nothing like [being] inside a WWE ring because there’s a certain live crowd acumen, there’s great connective tissue that’s second to none.
WWE teased The Rock’s return with this tweet promoting SmackDown 1000Twitter @WWE

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“That was always, and will always be the best part of my job when it comes to wrestling, whether I’m wrestling a match or just giving a promo. That connection with the audience, there’s nothing like it.”
The People’s Champ nor WWE have yet to officially confirm whether he will be making an appearance.

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Rock is now a huge Hollywood star and rumours are suggesting he could miss out due to scheduling conflicts.
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Ronda Rousey slams Conor McGregor over his UFC promotion antics with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229

Category : MMA , Sport , UFC , WWE Raw , WWE SmackDown Live

UFC LEGEND Ronda Rousey has slammed Conor McGregor over his promotion antics.
The Irishman is currently suspended for the octagon after his explosive encounter at UFC 229 last Saturday.
Ronda Rousey has slammed Conor McGregorWWE
Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Notorious by submission in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title in Las Vegas before the real drama unfolded after the fight.
Moments after downing McGregor with a rear naked choke, the Russian jumped out of the octagon to confront Dillion Danis, sparking wild scenes and a mass brawl.
That followed months of bad blood between the pair, with McGregor receiving community service and ordered to attend anger management courses after attacking Nurmagomedov’s bus at the Barclays Centre in New York in April.
Rousey, the former women’s bantamweight champ in UFC, is now forging a fine career for herself in the world of wrestling after joining WWE earlier this year and becoming Raw women’s champion.
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McGregor attacked a bus carrying Khabib Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters in AprilThe Mega Agency
But she still keeps her eye on events in the Octagon and has now voiced her opinion on the shameful events surrounding McGregor’s loss to Nurmagomedov.
She told TMZ: “I understand promoting fights and having to sell them. I really do, but I don’t think people have to get arrested in order to do that.

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“I think I’ve been able to prove that you can make a fight exciting and make people really wanna see it without crossing any legal lines.
“I think that Khabib jumping out of the Octagon was not as bad as throwing objects at a bus, because my friend Rose Namajunas was on that bus. My friend, Michael Chiesa, missed his fight because [he suffered an injured after being cut by the glass].”



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When asked if she believes Khabib should be punished for his actions at UFC 229, Rousey hinted that McGregor is receiving “special treatment” from the organisation as he is the “bigger draw.”
She said: “I think, if you’re gonna draw the line there, you should have drawn it before that.
“I just feel like there has to be equal treatment all the way across the board. I don’t think that anyone should get special treatment because they’re a bigger draw.

“I would be much more strict about everything. I say you get popped for steroids once, you’re banned for life. You know, but then again I’m not the promoter of a multi-million dollar organization.
“It’s just you have to think about, you know, from their perspective when is it not worth it anymore? I don’t want the company to be prioritising this quarter over the next 10 years.”
“I don’t want it to get to the point where people are not buying tickets to go see fights live, because they are afraid of what could happen in the arena.”

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