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NXT Takeover Respect: A reflection 

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Yesterday on October 7th, 2015 the WWE held NXT Takeover Respect live from Full sail university in Orlando Florida. The event was live  and exclusively on the WWE Network. The event was an historic one for many reasons and definitely lived up to its name because by the end of the night you respected not only every single man and woman who stepped foot in the squared circle last night but you also respected wrestling as a whole.

The event kicked off with a semi final match up in the Dusty Rhodes Tag team classic. In the opening match we saw the team of NXT champion Finn Balor and Samoa Joe take on the team of Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson After what was a grueling battle the team of Balor and Joe came out on top but the victory came with a price. Balor banged up his knee throughout the match and would be going into the finals with a huge target.

Up next we had the second semi final match up in the tag team classic. We saw the unlikely pairing of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable take on yet another unlikely paring of Ryno and Barron Corbin. This match was interesting because we saw two different styles of professional wrestling. On one hand we had the technically sound Jordan and Gable and on the other we hand we had the powerhouse in your face style of Corbin and Ryno. In the end the power was to much for the technicians and Ryno and Corbin emerged victorious.

Then we witnessed the NXT debut of legendary Japanise wrestler Auska and her opponent was none other than the total diva Dana Brooke. Throughout the match Brooke proved that she’s not just a pretty face and can carry herself in a match against a more experienced opponent. When all was said and done experience triumphed over the learning and growing  Dana Brooke as Auska scored an impressive submission victory.

Now it came time for Prince Pretty Tyler Breeze to take on who some are already calling the total package Apolo Crews. Both men where very impressive in the match and it truly could’ve gone either way. By the end of it Crews kept his undefeated record intact and Breeze’ losing streak continued.

On to the co main event of the evening. It was the finals of the Dusry Rhodes Tag team Classic. We saw the team of Ryno and Corbin facing off against Finn Balor and Samoa Joe. Even though Balor went into the match with an injury he started it off and it played a physiological effect on the opposing team. This match was an all out brawl and numerous times it was in the favor of either team. After an impressive battle that showed heart and will Balor and Joe got the victory becoming the very first holders of the Dusty Rhodes trophy. Watching this match you couldn’t help but think “the American Dream would’ve been proud”.

Last but certainly not least came what many are already calling the match of the year as NXT Women’s Champion Bayley defended her title for the 1st time against the boss Sasha Banks in a 30 minute Iornman match. If you’re keeping score at home prior to this match there had only been 9 ironman matches in WWE History, making Bayley vs Banks the 10th time this type of match has taken place. Further more this was the first time ever that women have  main evented in a WWE special event. Everything from the entrances to the finish of the match was goosebump worthy. Props to Sasha Banks for channeling her heel character and making Bayley’s #1 fan Izzy cry. Now days the hardcore wrestling fans can pretty much guess how the outcome of the match will go and even though the majority of us watching guessed correctly there were numerous times in the match where you had the feeling of “man I wonder what’s going to happen.” I’m sure I speak for everyone who watched, this match had us all on the edge of our seats. With every pinfall that was scored the feeling of excitement and uncertainty grew. There were two times where challenger Shasha Banks was up by a fall. The first time was when she used the referee as a shield and poked Bayley in the eye to get the pinfall. The 2nd time was a count out victory after she threw Bayley into the LED board at the top of the ramp. Each time though Bayley came back aggressively to tie up the number of falls.  We even saw a different side of Bayley as she used the steal  steps to cause Sasha pain. In fact the steal steps played a factor a few times in the corse of the match. Both competitors were pulling out all the stops even if that meant using each other’s finishing moves. The whole thing was insane in the best way. In the closing moments Banks and Bayley had two falls each and then with about 20 seconds remaining  Bayley reversed the bank statement into a submission of her own causing Sasha to verbally submit. As the match concluded you can tell the 30 mintue had taken a tool on both women. Bayley and Sasha were overcome with emotion as the ramp filled up with the rest of the NXT roster. Then they both were embraced and given flowers by CEO Triple H. There was tears, hugs, and cheers. It truly was a beautiful site to see.

If you watch only one match from NXT takeover respect Bayley vs Sasha Banks should be it.Both women continue to break down barriers. They’re changing the game not only in professional wrestling but they are also changing the world, proving time and time again that the sky is the limit.

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WWE Star Roman Reigns Announces His Cancer Is In Remission

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Roman Reigns returned it to the wrestling ring Monday night to share with fans that his cancer was in remission. The WWE Superstar revealed that his Leukemia had returned last year and announced that he would be taking time away to fight the battle once again something he had done before in his early twenties.

Appearing on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw program which airs every week on the USA Network Reigns opened up about the response from fans and all the support and prayers he has received. A man of faith, Roman reflected on how his trust in God and how the many prayers helped him through his recent battle and shared that he was back and was ready to use his notoriety as a WWE wrestler to help those in similar situations.

“I’m a man of faith I’ve always believed in God I’ve always believed that he’s favored me and looked out for me but I’m not going to lie before my announcement in October I was terrified Y’all,” Romain said during his remarks Monday night. “I was scared I was insecure and I really didn’t know if I wanted to share that secret with the world.”

“The overwhelming support that you gave me it gave me strength it gave me new life it gave me a new opportunity and it gave me a new purpose. Roman continued. “I’m going to use this platform this giant WWE platform that is global and the whole world can see it I’m going to use it to raise awareness and I’m going to use it to support those who are in need it just like I was.”

Later in the evening, Roman Reigns returned to the ring to take part in a segment of WWE Raw where he helped save a fellow wrestler which you can check out in the video clip provided at below.

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World Wrestling Entertainment Announces First-Ever All Women Wrestling Pay-Per-View

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is known as the leader in sports entertainment, The company announced during their weekly flagship telecast “Monday Night Raw” that they will hold the first ever all-women wrestling pay-per-view in October.

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British Wrestling Star Paige Retires Due To Real-Life Neck Injury

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Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment

In the world of pro-wrestling, it can be difficult to determine what is real and what isn’t. World Wrestling Entertainment which is without question the leader in what is professionally known as “sports entertainment” held it’s annual event known as “WrestleMania” on Sunday night (April 8) in New Orleans which saw the in-ring debut of former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.

The following night during the WWE’s weekly broadcast of “Monday Night Raw” which airs on the USA Network a popular WWE superstar from the United Kingdom simply known as “Paige announced to the international crowd in attendance that she had to retire from in-ring competition due to a neck injury. “Paige” whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis will be the subject of an upcoming motion picture called “Fighting With My Family” which will tell the real-life story of Bevis and her family who are well-known wrestlers in the United Kingdom

Paige began wrestling as a teenager in her family-run wrestling promotion in England. Following a tryout, with the WWE she came to the United States and began training which eventually led to Paige joining the company’s developmental division known as “NXT” where the wrestler polished her in-ring ability.

Four years ago Paige made her official television debut on WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” ironically in New Orleans following WWE’s WrestleMania event. Known as the “Raw after mania” the special edition of the weekly wrestling program is often full of surprises which capitalize on the hype left over from the previous night’s event.

This week four years later Paige appeared in the ring holding a microphone where she informed the sold-out crowd in attendance that she had to retire. This announcement had been a long time coming since news of the career-ending neck injury first was reported by wrestling industry news outlets but the WWE continued to feature Paige on their television programs for the last few months with no mention of the injury.

You can watch a video of Paige’s announcement below:

 

 

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LGBT Characters & Storylines To Be Included Moving Forward Says World Wrestling Entertainment

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NBC News has an article on Stephanie McMahon speaking at the Beyond Sport United conference in New York City this week, which is why she was not at Monday’s RAW in Anaheim. Stephanie told NBC OUT that the company is committed to LGBT inclusivity and inclusive storytelling going forward. She said:

“Throughout my life I have grown up knowing gay [WWE] superstars and executives. It’s always been accepted, but now it’s about getting that message out there.”

“We will integrate LGBT characters into our programming … and I do think there will be an opportunity to integrate some of those storylines in the near future.”

Through WWE’s partnership with GLAAD, they are working on prioritizing sensitivity with the WWE creative team.

“We’ve had GLAAD come in and speak to our entire writing team and give a whole tutorial on sensitivities, the right words, the wrong word [and] why those words matters,” Stephanie explained. “I think that with their guidance and support, we will be able to portray that [LGBT storyline] appropriately.”

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USA Network & World Wrestling Entertainment Announce Major Programming Changes Beginning In July

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USA Network 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.”

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WWE Takes Huge Step Forward In Gender-Equality With Women’s Championship

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WWE Hall of Famer Lita introduced the all-new WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania.

The lineage of female champions dates back to September 1965, when legendary WWE Hall of Famer The Fabulous Moolah began an astounding 28-year run with the title. Her successor, fellow WWE Hall of Famer Wendi Richter, defended the championship at the inaugural WrestleMania with pop star Cyndi Lauper in her corner in an event that melded the worlds of rock ‘n’ roll and sports-entertainment. Legendary women like Trish Stratus, Alundra Blayze, Lita and Jacqueline followed in those footsteps, proudly carrying the title en route to WWE Hall of Fame enshrinement themselves.

The championship has now undergone an incredible evolution. Modeled after the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE Women’s Title contains 283 stones positioned on a striking, white leather strap and a sleek, metallic recreation of WWE’s logo, which was constructed with assistance from Orange County Choppers of “American Chopper” fame.

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Daniel Bryan Retires: WWE Superstar Addresses Brain Injuries Live on RAW

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TVLine: Just hours after announcing his retirement on Twitter, (former) WWE SuperstarDaniel Bryan made good on his promise to further explain the terms of his exit during USA Network’s Monday Night RAW.

Read excerpts of his speech below:

“The truth is, I’ve been wrestling since I was 18 years old, and within the first five months of my wrestling career, I’d already had three concussions. For years after that, I would get a concussion here and there … and then it gets to the point when you’ve been wrestling for 16 years, that adds up to a lot of concussions. It gets to a point where they tell you that you can’t wrestle anymore. For a long time, I fought that, because I’d gotten EEGs and brain MRIs and neuropsychological evaluations, and all of them said this: I was fine, and I could come back and wrestle.

A week and a half ago, I took a test that said maybe my brain isn’t as OK as I thought it was. I have a family to think about; my wife [WWE Diva Brie Bella] and I want to start having kids soon.

It is with a heavy heart and the utmost sadness that I officially announce my retirement. I’ve gone through all these complex emotions in this last little bit. I’ve been angry, I’ve been sad, I’ve been frustrated … but today, when I woke up this morning, I felt nothing but gratitude. I have gotten to do what I love for nearly 16 years.

We do this because we love to do this. It’s strange … I did this because I love to do this, and then all of a sudden, you guys got behind me in a way I never thought was possible — in a way that fans shouldn’t necessarily get behind the guy who’s 5′ 8, 190 pounds. … For that, I’m grateful. I’m grateful because a little over two years ago, in this very arena, you guys hijacked RAW.

Because of wrestling, I got to meet the most wonderful woman in the world. She’s beautiful, she’s smart and she completes me in a way I didn’t even think was possible. And that’s because of wrestling. I am grateful.

Tomorrow morning, I start a new life — a life where I am no longer a wrestler. But that is tomorrow. And that is not tonight. And by damn, I have one more night to feel this energy and to feel this crowd. So if I could just get one more ‘Yes!’ chant, I would really appreciate it.”

Needless to say, the fans obliged.

Bryan’s statement, which sent the three-hour affair into overtime, was part of a night-long tribute to his lengthy career in the WWE. With the help of a video series highlighting the athlete’s most memorable moments, #ThankYouDanielBryan remained a top Twitter trend throughout the night.

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Reports Of ISIS Threats For WWE’s Survivor Series Being Taken Seriously

According to Wrestling Inc this morning hactivist group Anonymous uncovered information today about other upcoming attacks planned by ISIS, following their attacks last week in Paris, France that left 130 people dead. The only US target listed was this Sunday’s WWE Survivor series from Alanta.  WWE officials had this to say about the potential threat” WWE … Continue reading WWE issues statement on ISIS threat at survivor series 

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According to Wrestling Inc this morning hactivist group Anonymous uncovered information today about other upcoming attacks planned by ISIS, following their attacks last week in Paris, France that left 130 people dead.

The only US target listed was this Sunday’s WWE Survivor series from Alanta. 

WWE officials had this to say about the potential threat

” WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate the matter with federal, state and local authorities.”
It should be noted that although there were threats found the event isn’t 100% confirmed

However The local CBS affiliate in Atlanta reports that the FBI is taking the threat very seriously. They issued this statement to Action 2 News:
“The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event. While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time. We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe.”

They are staying very close to the situation. There’s also a possibility that survivor series may be rescheduled. More updates to come

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WWE Considering John Cena vs The Undertaker For WrestleMania 32

The Undertaker & John Cena may face off as a main event for WrestleMania 32, WrestlingInc.com reported. The last time Cena and The Undertaker battled in a singles match at a pay-per-view event was in 2003. Citing a report from PWInsider.com, Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com wrote the two Superstars are—at least for the time being—options … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: The Undertaker To Face John Cena at WrestleMania 32?

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The Undertaker & John Cena may face off as a main event for WrestleMania 32, WrestlingInc.com reported. The last time Cena and The Undertaker battled in a singles match at a pay-per-view event was in 2003. Citing a report from PWInsider.com, Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com wrote the two Superstars are—at least for the time being—options … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: The Undertaker To Face John Cena at WrestleMania 32?

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