Live tonight from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, WWE present NXT Takeover: The End on the WWE Network. The full card is as follows:
Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor in a steel cage match for the NXT title; Asuka vs Nia Jax for the NXT Women’s title; American Alpha vs The Revival for the NXT Tag Team titles; Shinsuke Nakamura vs Austin Aries; and Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Tye Dillinger.
The event will start at 8PM EST however there will be a 30 minute pre-show on the Network starting at 7:30PM EST. The WWE Network is free for a month for first time subscribers and you can get it at http://w-o.it/wwentwrk.
A new episode of WWE Breaking Ground will air on the WWE Network tonight after NXT Takeover: The End goes off the air.
The synopsis for the episode reads, “Catch up with the Breaking Ground cast and witness the highs and lows of their quest to WWE during a historic WrestleMania weekend.” The show is set for an hour.
Breaking Ground was a very well received behind-the-scenes documentary series narrated by William Shatner chronicling the life of several NXT Superstars and rookies. The series started airing in October and aired its tenth and last episode in January of this year, culminating with the NXT Takeover: Respect show.
Triple H will be hosting a live interview on his Facebook tonight starting at 10:15PM EST following NXT Takeover: The End.
It’s not known if HHH will be accepting questions from the fans or if it will be your typical WWE interview as it was not announced. The Game met members of the wrestling media yesterday in a conference call to discuss NXT Takeover and other WWE news.
Triple H’s Facebook is located at http://www.facebook.com/tripleh.
TNA has hired a new host for their television shows, McKenzie Mitchell, a Nashville native who made her debut on last night’s Impact.
Before working for TNA, Mitchell worked for NBC’s America’s Got Talent as a personal assistant, talent escort for the 2015 CMT Awards, on-camera reporter for omspirit.com, and is a model signed to Colors Talent Agency. She also has a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism focusing on sports marketing.
The pre-sale for the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show kicked off this morning on Ticketmaster.com and those wishing to buy a ticket before the general public sale can use the code WWENXT.
Ticket prices are $25.50, $35.50, $45.50, $80.50, $105.50, and $130.50 for ringside seats. Tickets for NXT Brooklyn are expected to be more in demand than SummerSlam so it’s best to act fast if you intend to attend.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, June 11 at Noon EST. The show takes place at the Barclays Center on the eve of SummerSlam, kicking off a three night WWE stay with NXT, SummerSlam, and Raw all in the same building.
With no major competition against it, Raw failed to gained advantage and was dragged down by a horrible third hour. This week’s Raw did 3,254,000 viewers in total, just 25,000 viewers more than last week’s show.
Hour one started with 3,371,000 viewers, followed by 3,490,000 in the second hour, and then the third hour dropped drastically to 2,903,000. That third hour number is the worst 10PM to 11PM showing since Raw moved to three hours in July 2012. Between hour two and hour three WWE lost 587,000 viewers. (Ratings credit: Showbuzzdaily.com)
So far Brock Lesnar has been very respectful about his UFC 200 opponent Mark Hunt and has not talked trash about him. The same cannot be said about Hunt, who said he’s ready to knock Brock’s face, mouth, and and lips off.
In a blog post on his website, Hunt said that he had no idea that he would be facing Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 and a few weeks ago the UFC told him to get ready for July.
“I’ll knock his face off. I knock his mouth off and then his lips fly off. If he has an itch to scratch I will scratch it for him. I ain’t no part-time fighter,” Hunt said, taking a dig at Lesnar and his part-time status as a wrestler.
“He thinks this is a game where he can come back and forth. I will send this pretender back so he can play house with the other part timers. This realm is for the real fighters, not these damn pretenders. Don’t confuse wrestling with real fighting. I’m going to give it to him,” Hunt added.
Former Germany national goalkeeper Tim Wiese has accepted a personal offer from Triple H to start his full-time training at the WWE Performance Center.
Wiese, who represented Germany between 2008 and 2012 and also was the keeper for Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim, will now relocate to Orlando to start working on his wrestling game.
“Tim is tenacious,” said Triple H. “He continues to be very vocal in his desire to prove that he has what it takes, and he has shown tremendous resilience and determination to create an opportunity for himself. This is his break to walk his talk. If all goes well in Florida, he will get his chance in the ring.”
In November 2014 Wiese appeared at the WWE live event in Frankfurt, Germany, and was the time keeper for the Usos vs Goldust and Stardust tag team match. After the match he celebrated with The Usos.
One of the challenges laid down by Triple H to the former goalkeeper is to get ring-ready for the upcoming WWE European tour which has four stops in his home country in November.
“I have been training hard for this, and I am excited for the opportunity,” Wiese said. “No matter what it takes, my goal is to be in that WWE ring this November. I want that match!”
Holla holla! Former Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long made a surprise return on Raw last night and tried to make some whacky matches as only he could do!
Long appeared in the opening segment of the show between the Money In The Bank participants and showed his mic rust as he made a few mistakes while trying to get his point across. Stephanie McMahon interrupted his return and didn’t like that he called her a “baby girl.” Long eventually made other appearances throughout the show including suggesting the fatal 4-way tag match which Steph didn’t like…only to announce the match herself a few minutes later.
After pleading his case to run the live Smackdown again, Stephanie ejected Long out of the building.
Teddy Long had a long career with the WWE that started in 1998 as a referee. After a stint as a manager, he was given the Smackdown General Manager job and that of ECW. He was released from his contract in June 2014 after a full year off television. He returned in October of that year to make an appearance at the 15th Anniversary of Smackdown to confront John Laurinaitis.
The WWE Tag Team titles will be on the line at Money In The Bank after Stephanie McMahon made a fatal 4-way tag match on Raw last night.
The current champs, The New Day, will be defending their titles against The Vaudevillains, Enzo and Big Cass, and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The New Day are currently holding the longest reign with almost a full year as tag team champions.
This is the fourth match announced for the MITB card with under two weeks to go for the show. In related Money In The Bank news, it seems that WWE has decided to drop the 7th participant in the MITB ladder match and only six will be in the match – Zayn, Cesaro, Owens, Del Rio, Jericho, and Ambrose.