WWE doc Chris Amann admits giving Z-Pak to CM Punk and others without proper paperwork

WWE doctor Chris Amann admitted under oath yesterday during the trial against CM Punk and Colt Cabana that he gave Z-Pak to Punk and other WWE Superstars without proper paperwork and prescription.

Z-Pak, the antibiotic that contains azithromycin and packaged under the Zithromax brand, is an oral tablet that is used to treat different kinds of bacterial infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia. In the 2014 podcast, Punk alleged that Dr. Amann gave Z-Paks for everything and the constant use of the drug became a running joke within the wrestling industry.

In his testimony as reported by a WrestleZone reporter inside the Cook County courtroom, Amann said he used to give wrestlers the medication in an envelope with the name and the dosage listed on it and mentioned that he gave CM Punk Z-Paks without recording them as well.

A text exchange from November 27, 2014 between Dr. Amann and Chris Jericho also revealed that Amann violated the HIPAA law by discussing Punk’s health with Jericho. In his cross-examination, Punk’s lawyer zinged Amann on why he decided it was okay to disregard the HIPAA law in text messages. HIPAA is the acronym for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The regulation is designed to protect personal information and data collected stored in medical records.

The trial is currently in its third day and today there were video testimonies from WWE trainer Larry Heck, referee John Cone, former timekeeper Mike Yeaton, and WWE Superstar Kane.

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Deonna Purrazzo signs WWE developmental deal

The website Squared Circle Sirens is reporting that 23-year-old Deonna Purrazzo has signed a developmental deal with WWE and will be joining the WWE Performance Center in the next few weeks.

The New Jersey native has worked for Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, and World Wonder Ring Stardom in Japan. She also appeared in a couple of matches on NXT in 2015 and 2016 and was occasionally used as one of the Rosebuds when Adam Rose joined the main roster. Purrazzo also appeared on Smackdown last year in a segment with Alexa Bliss.

Purrazzo was selected as an alternate for the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament but was not used. With the second MYC tournament set for the Summer, it’s highly likely she will be part of it.

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Raw rating for 05/28/2018

Monday Night Raw drew 2,494,000 viewers on average this week, down 179,000 viewers from last week’s broadcast. This was the least-viewed broadcast of Raw since the September 26, 2016 episode and the second-lowest in modern-day Raw.

Hour one drew 2,593,000 viewers, followed by 2,591,000 viewers in the second hour, and 2,300,000 viewers in the third and final hour.

Raw faced some heavy competition on Monday, with game 7 of the NBA conference finals doing nearly 15 million viewers on TNT and game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup final on NBC which did nearly 5 million viewers.

Raw was #5, #6, and #8 in the top 50 cable chart among the 18-49 demographic. (Ratings credit: Showbuzzdaily.com)

John Cena talks about his short WrestleMania match against Undertaker and its significance

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, former 16-time world champion John Cena discussed his quick match at WrestleMania 34 against the Undertaker, a match which was never officially announced for the card but eventually ended up taking place.

Lasting just three minutes, the Undertaker squashed Cena who earlier in the broadcast was sitting among the fans at ringside. Several weeks of build-up to the match saw Cena saying that if the Undertaker does not accept his challenge, he would be having his WrestleMania moment with the fans in the stands. The fans kept chanting for Taker week in and week out but Taker never appeared on the show, leading fans to believe the match will not happen.

“I loved it because it got the job done. The focus was not me, the focus was someone else. Often times,” Cena said of his quickest WrestleMania performance. “We look at things so selfishly, asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Well, what was in it for me was the chance to reintroduce a WWE icon. I had to stretch the suspension of disbelief to its breaking point to do it, but it was awesome,” he continued.

Cena admitted that fans did not believe he would be sitting among them on WrestleMania Sunday but he managed to do that and “be handily defeated in three minutes and bring back an icon” in the same time.

“That is a message to any performer who is complaining about their spot or that, creatively, they have nothing going for them. I’ve been first, I’ve been in the middle, I’ve been last. I just want to go out there and do something,” Cena said, adding that there’s a lot of disdain and complacency in the locker room and everyone should be happy with any sort of role, even if it means you’re getting your ass kicked.

John also had high praise for The Miz who he said shares his ideology. “That’s why he is skyrocketing into a new bracket as we speak, and I can’t wait to see what he does next week.”

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WWE UK Championship tournament first round brackets revealed

Next week, the first round of the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament will kick off at the Download Festival in the United Kingdom.

16 hopefuls from the UK will face each other in this preliminary round with the winners advancing to the two-day tournament that will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on June 18 and 19. The winner of the tournament will face the WWE United Kingdom champion Pete Dunne on day two of the tournament.

WWE published the full bracket of the tournament yesterday, with the left side having Zack Gibson vs Amir Jordan, Drew Gulak vs Jack Gallagher, Flash Morgan Webster vs James Drake, and Tyson T-Bone vs Jordan Devlin.

The right side bracket matches consist of Tucker vs Joe Coffey, Dave Mastiff vs Kenny Williams, El Ligero vs Travis Banks, and Ashton Smith vs Joseph Conners.

All these matches, except for one, will be held at the Download Festival. Drew Gulak vs Jack Gallagher has already been filmed as part of the NXT television tapings held earlier this month at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

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Enzo Amore insists he did not know he was under police investigation

Enzo Amore is insisting that he did not know that he was under a police investigation for the alleged rape until January 22, the day he got fired from WWE.

Amore’s alleged incident with his accuser Philomena Sheahan happened in mid-October 2017 and his accuser said she filed a police report four days later. When she came out with the story in January, WWE suspended Amore but later in the day fired him on the grounds that he lied and did not disclose that he was under investigation.

“I hate to be the 1 to pull the nipple out of the baby’s mouth.. but NO. I WAS NOT CONTACTED ONCE BY THE POLICE BEFORE JAN. 22nd,” Amore said in a social media post. “Don’t believe my last tweet? Your an armchair detective? The police have an open line: call em & ask… they’ll call u back in 4 months,” he added.

The original police report has not been published so it’s not clear to see who is lying and who is saying the truth.

The former WWE Cruiserweight champion is now a free man after Phoenix police closed the case as there was not enough evidence to corroborate Sheahan’s rape story.

WWE deal with NBCUniversal for Raw worth $1.325 billion

In the same Hollywood Reporter story covering the Smackdown FOX deal it was was revealed that NBCUniversal will be paying WWE $265 million per year to keep Monday Night Raw on USA Network, a five-year deal worth $1.325 billion.

The deal was originally rumored to be a three-year contract with the figure around $250 million per year. Together with the FOX deal for Smackdown worth $1.025 billion over five years, WWE will be getting a whopping $2.35 billion for their shows, or $470 million per year. That is way up from the projected $300 million maximum that analysts were predicting.

The Hollywood Reporter also said that that NBCUniversal were planning a 10-year $360 million per year deal for both Raw and Smackdown until they decided to put their efforts in keeping Raw, leaving Smackdown up for grabs for other networks. WWE will now be getting $110 million per year more by moving Smackdown to FOX.

Total Bellas S3 E2 rating

Episode two of season three of Total Bellas drew 505,000, down 12,000 viewers from last week. This was the lowest-rated episode of the whole series so far. (Ratings credit: Showbuzzdaily.com)

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Enzo Amore thanks fans at appearance in New York’s Times Square

A large amount of fans showed up at Times Square in New York City on Monday night to greet the former WWE Cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore.

Amore was making his first public appearance since late January after he was fired from WWE following a story that surfaced where he was accused of raping a young female by the name of Philomena Sheahan. The case has since been closed by Phoenix PD after not enough evidence was found to corroborate the rape story.

In footage shot by W-O reader Adam Glyn, Amore arrived in Times Square surrounded by several big men and said that he’s been busy “writing scripts, screenplays, directing, producing, and making music on the low” and will soon drop a lot of content.

Seeing the large crowd which showed up for his appearance, Amore said that he can’t even believe this is real and he sure didn’t script this, saying somebody up there must be pulling some strings. “I don’t know what’s going on, bro! It’s insane,” Amore said.

When asked if we will see him back wrestling and maybe in WWE, Amore said he owes every degree of gratitude to his fans because if it wasn’t for them, Enzo Amore would have never existed in that business. He added that for his size, you’re not supposed to make it in the wrestling business and everyone is trying so you don’t make it “but with the fans, they couldn’t take me off the screen.”

He said that he doesn’t know why he even hired a lawyer because his fans were basically his lawyers, “stalking” his accuser and making sure they report it every time she slipped. “I owe them the world, I owe them every bit of opportunity I’ve bene given.”

When pressed again regarding a WWE return, Amore said that he’s just one man and that question should not be directed at him.

Amore then made his way around Times Square with tons of fans chanting “How you doin?” as he threw t-shirts for those in attendance.

You can see the video below.

Rupert Murdoch attended meeting with FOX and WWE for Smackdown deal

The Hollywood Reporter is carrying a more in-depth look at the negotiations that took place between WWE and FOX and how the deal, which will be finalized soon, came about.

THR says that Stephanie McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Michelle Wilson, and George Barrios attended a meeting with FOX executives on the 44th floor of 21st Century Fox’s Manhattan headquarters on the morning of May 17. With them were Creative Artists Agency’s Nick Khan and Alan Gold, who were also negotiating the deal on behalf of WWE.

Sitting across them were Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, Fox Sports executives Eric Shanks and Larry Jones and Rupert Murdoch, the 87-year-old owner of 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

May 17 represents the first day following the May 16 “first dibs” deadline that NBCUniversal had with WWE. FOX knew of the deadline and quickly moved in to snatch Smackdown away from NBCU in a deal worth $1.025 billion over five years.

The conference room where the meeting was held had a giant TV screen projecting a shot from WrestleMania 34, with Ronda Rousey lifting Triple H in a fireman’s carry with the Fox Sports and FS1 logos superimposed on it…a move which THR said served as an icebreaker that kicked off a two-and-a-half hour meeting.

Rupert Murdoch apparently told the WWE crew at the meeting that NBCUniversal was “embarrassed by your product” and unlike them, FOX would fully embrace WWE with Smackdown promos airing across sports programming every night of the week, along with a weekly studio show on FS1.

That was enough for WWE to handshake on the deal, with legal teams from both sides now inching closer to a finalized contract that would see Smackdown moving to FOX starting in October 2019. THR also adds that NBCU is paying $265 million per year to retain Raw on USA Network.