We’re going to start things today with a warning: cameras are everywhere.
NXT wrestler Peyton Royce posted the below picture on her Instagram with the caption, “Yeah…I know” in reference to the fan caught on camera checking out her ass.
Now we could make fun of this by Photoshopping laser beams from his eyes directing at Peyton’s behind…
…or maybe even by adding the caption ‘soon…’
…but deep down, I think we all know, that could’ve been any one of us.
So thank you, random guy. You took the hit there, so we didn’t have to.
If only the audience were so attentive at this week’s premiere of 205 Live. The cruiserweight-focused show was broadcast immediately following Smackdown Live on the WWE Network, but many audience members went home once the blue brand had finished – leaving parts of the arena looking empty. It was something that practically everyone expected to happen, but WWE went ahead and scheduled 205 Live after Smackdown anyway.
But then again, this is the same company that tried to get people to cheer for Goldberg in Brock Lesnar’s hometown.
Wrestling News World are reporting that there was discontent backstage in WWE about many of the fans leaving before 205 Live on Tuesday night, and that if it happens again, the show might be moved to before Smackdown. Which would make sense – as the cruiserweights would have a much fuller crowd to perform to, and they’d hopefully warm up the audience with high-flying action like the division used to do back in WCW.
205 Live is just the latest idea to sell more WWE Network subscriptions. The Network hasn’t been as successful as WWE originally projected, and with its total numbers being down after giving Wrestlemania away for free with it earlier this year, the company is realising that more pay-per-views might not be the answer. Having two brand exclusive pay-per-views a month hasn’t driven more Network sign ups.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting they were given a list of 18 planned pay-per-view dates for 2017. This is one less than the 19 shows that WWE has been publicising, and there’s apparently been talk of reducing this further to 16.
This list showed both Extreme Rules and Money in the Bank as Smackdown brand shows, and Fastlane and Elimination Chamber as Raw’s. But now the Wrestling Observer is reporting that plans have since changed, with February’s Elimination Chamber now tentatively being scheduled for Smackdown, and Fast Lane becoming Raw’s.
This is me speculating here now, and I don’t know anything beyond what the Wrestling Observer have been reporting, but now we have a brand split, you’d expect the Royal Rumble match to decide one world championship’s number one contender for Wrestlemania, with the Elimination Chamber match to decide the other. If Elimination Chamber is now going to be a Smackdown show, to me that suggests a member of the Raw roster is going to win the Rumble.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. Brock could win and demand a match against Goldberg at Wrestlemania instead of a championship shot. Maybe a Smackdown star wins the Rumble, and the Elimination Chamber match sets up another number 1 contender to make it a three-way at Mania. Or, given how well they’ve elevated the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships, the Elimination Chamber match could be used for them.
Or, the much more likely scenario, Vince McMahon is going to keep changing his mind up until the day of the Rumble and decide which brand gets the Chamber the day after.
How would you solve the Rumble/Elimination Chamber situation? Tell me how they should combine the two and put all 30 people in pods in the comments below.