Roderick Strong Makes NXT Debut – WWE Officially Announces Arrival

Former ROH Champion Roderick Strong made his WWE NXT debut at tonight’s tapings from Full Sail University. As seen in the photo below, WWE has announced his arrival but did not elaborate.

BREAKING NEWS: @roderickstrong has shown up tonight at FullSail Studios!!! @wwenxt

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Paul “Triple H” Levesque tweeted the following as well :

WWE Network Looking Into Adding ROH And TNA Content – Four Tiered Pricing System

Via Wrestling Observer / Wrestling News Source

WWE is doing marketing research regarding adding a possible tier-based system for the WWE Network. It’s not a for sure thing at this time, but WWE is very strongly looking into a four-tiered pricing based system where there would be free access to the network at last, but with a catch.

The free tier would include video clips (5 minutes or less),the video archive, and you can only watch up to 5 hours per month. It would also include commercials and would be available on all devices. The free tier also includes the live stream but they would black out the pay-per-views, NXT and the Cruiserweight Classic, though.

The very first paid tier would be $4.99/month, you’d be getting the “Big Four” PPV events (So stuff like the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series). NXT wouldn’t be available on the live stream but you would have access to NXT on-demand thankfully. You would also get limited commercials and would only be available on phones and tablets.

The $9.99 tier would be the same content that they already do right now, but it would have limited commercials and it would be available on every device. Along with that you’ll get weekly episodes of the Cruiserweight Classic as well. It looks like the CWC will be returning but not as a tournament on a yearly basis.

The final $14.99 tier would include footage of other promotions, and there would be zero commercials. Any fan would also get perks like early ticket access to events, offline content downloads, small group online chat, 2nd screen content and invites to in-person VIP meet-ups. WWE specifically mentions TNA and ROH as possible promotions that you’d be able to see in the $14.99 tier. This price tier includes everything from the other tiers plus the perks and content from independent promotions.

WWE Smackdown Going Live — Brand Split Returns

WWE announced today that WWE SmackDown will be airing live on Tuesday nights on the USA Network starting July 19th. It was also revealed that the show will have its own roster and storylines.

Here is the full statement that WWE sent us this morning:

SMACKDOWN GOING LIVE ON USA NETWORK BEGINNING TUESDAY, JULY 19

SMACKDOWN to Feature Distinct Roster and Storylines

NEW YORK and STAMFORD, CONN – May 25, 2016 — USA Network, the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties, announced that its weekly SMACKDOWN show will air live – for the first time ever – and move to Tuesdays every week beginning July 19 from 8-10PM ET/PT. With the SMACKDOWN move, USA Network will now offer five hours of live WWE programming a week, including the weekly three-hour live WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (airing Mondays from 8-11PM ET/PT), with each show featuring a distinct cast, unique storylines and a dedicated writing team.

In 2016 to date, MONDAY NIGHT RAW is averaging 4.011MM total viewers, 1.873MM P25-54 and 1.846MM P18-49 L7, and SMACKDOWN in its current time slot is averaging 2.674MM P2+, 1.136MM P25-54, and 1.058MM P18-49+ L7, making USA the #1 cable entertainment network across the key demos on Monday and Thursday nights. In 2015, the two programs combined reached over 50MM viewers. Both shows will now air live 52 weeks a year.

“The fan base for our WWE shows is one of the most passionate and engaged audiences in all of entertainment,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “There is a huge appetite among our viewers for live programming, and the ability to move SMACKDOWN to a live format brings a new level of excitement and helps truly eventize this every week.”

“WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around the world.”

 

Update:

There will be a WWE Draft held soon but we do not know exactly when that it will be. WWE’s announcement said it will come before the live premiere on July 19th.

 

Up Up Down Down? Xavier Woods Goes Full ‘Street Fighter’ During Match

Source: FOX Sports

The New Day retained their tag team titles at Extreme Rules with a win over The Vaudevillains, and Xavier Woods pulled off a tribute to one of his favorite video games during the match.

Woods is a huge gamer – he runs a YouTube gaming channel with more than 500,000 subscribers and has played the Final Fantasy VII victory theme on his trombone during matches – and shortly after starting off Sunday night’s match against Aiden English unleashed a move straight out of Ryu’s arsenal.