WWE Buying AEW Partner?! WWE Star Wants AEW Move! | WrestleTalk News Aug. 2019

WWE Buying AEW Partner?! WWE Star Wants AEW Move! | WrestleTalk News Aug. 2019

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Which Wednesday night will you be watching
this coming October? AEW or NXT? We’ve got
a packed show of news for you today, including
more on that WWE vs. AEW war, more changes
coming to the Summerslam card, and the real
reason Dolph Ziggler was chosen to face Goldberg
this Sunday. Click the timestamps down below
to jump to any of those stories.
And make sure you join us this weekend for
all the Summerslam fun! Oli Davis and I will
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TakeOver: Toronto on Saturday and WWE’s
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us, watch wrestling. It’s more fun that
it sounds, I swear.
Something I swore at last night was the utter
bastard MJF. Look, me and MJF have had our
differences. He once said this to me on a
podcast – and do you know what, that was all
fine. But now, now he’s getting personal.
Because this utter bellend posted on Twitter:
“All versions of Power Rangers suck. You’re
an idiot for liking it.
How very bloody dare you, sir. How dare you
insult a show that I loved when I was a child
even though it was a thinly veiled toy commercial
with not very good acting, a series of mediocre
video games, a not-very-good-movie and a bunch
of spin-offs that I literally didn’t care
about. How dare you insult all of that! What’s
next? You gonna shoot on Transformers too?
I dare you. I double dare you mother fu–.
So, there you have it, MJF is now this industry’s
biggest heel.
From the classless to the classy now, as Ring
of Honor announced yesterday that they have
signed The Prestigious One, Joe Hendry. The
former Impact star and sometime collaborator
with WrestleTalk – whatever happened to Grado
being the general manager? – will debut with
the company soon but there’s no official
date as of right now. What they did release,
however, was this amazing trailer video.
And if you want to see more of Joe on WrestleTalk,
then head on over to our ScreenStalker movie
and video game channel, where this week we
had Joe Hendry on to talk about what WWE2K20
can learn from his favourite wrestling games
Smackdown 2: Know Your Role, and WWF No Mercy
for the N64. Which, as well know, is the single
greatest wrestling game ever made… apart
from WrestleMania 2000, of course. Or Royal
Rumble for the Mega Drive.
This weekend not only sees NXT TakeOver: Toronto
with awesome matches announced like Adam Cole
vs. Johnny Gargano, Io Shirai vs. Candice
LaRea and Undisputed Era vs. Street Profits,
it will also see WWE have their biggest party
of the summer, Summerfest. I mean Slam, Summerslam.
The card sees Brock Lesnar defend his Universal
Championship against Seth Rollins and his
massive bank account, Becky Lynch defend her
Raw Women’s Championship against Natalya,
Bayley defend her Smackdown Women’s Championship
against Ember Moon, the in-ring debut of The
Fiend, Trish Stratus return to in-ring competition
to face Charlotte Flair, and Dolph Ziggler
taking on the returning Goldberg.
Despite advertising that Miz would take on
Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam, this was indeed
a red herring as reported by Dave Meltzer
last week – with Goldberg returning to Raw
to sign the contract and tell Dolph that he’s
Dave Meltzer also reported last week that
we might see more of Goldberg moving forward,
with Paul Heyman wanting to emulate Bruno
Sammartino at the end of his wrestling career,
where he would come back for one or two shows
a year for a big grudge match. And while him
facing Ziggler doesn’t feel much like a
grudge match, Tom Colohue of Pro Wrestling
Torch and Sportskeeda is reporting that there
is a reason Dolph was chosen over everyone
else on the roster.
According to Colohue, Ziggler was chosen,
“For his experience. Everyone looks good
wrestling with Dolph. WWE loves Dolph. There’s
nothing he can’t do.” Adding: “You remember
the Jackhammer [at Super Showdown against
The Undertaker]? I do. We all do. Dolph’s
safe and he doesn’t weigh too much, really.”
One of the other planned matches for Summerslam
was Aleister Black vs. Sami Zayn, but that
instead took place on this week’s Smackdown
instead. Interestingly it’s being reported
that Black vs. Zayn wasn’t taken on the
show due to timing reasons, but because of
Vince McMahon tearing up the Smackdown script
twice before just hours before this week’s
show went live. The report from Dave Meltzer
is that once Vince had taken out all of the
things he hated from the show, there was an
hour of time left to fill – and so the decision
was made to put Black vs. Zayn on Smackdown
rather than Summerslam, and would explain
why the main event of New Day vs. The Planeteers
went through two commercial breaks.
One of the other rumoured matches for Summerslam
was Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns, but that
has since been scrapped as Vince McMahon reportedly
felt the storyline needed more time to develop
and he didn’t want to rush into the match.
WrestleVotes are reporting that it could be
Roman vs. Buddy Murphy, but they are also
unsure if that match will go ahead. Dave Meltzer
has added that there could be an angle that
takes place on the show between Reigns, Bryan
and Rowan – but it’s unconfirmed at this
And the same can be said Drew McIntyre vs.
Cedric Alexander – which has been building
for several weeks now. According to Meltzer,
Drew vs. Cedric is currently on the running
order for the show as of Thursday, but it
could be removed come the day of the show.
Something that isn’t going anywhere or being
removed and changed, is the WrestleLeague
Season Two Punishment Music Video. It’s
a tight race to the bottom of the table between
myself Pete, and Laurie – where you could
hear us sing [use rushes from yesterday].
Vote in the poll above my head and we’ll
collate all the numbers together to announce
a winner in our Summerslam review on Monday.
And don’t forget that Summerslam isn’t
just the end of WrestleLeague Season Two,
it’s also the start of Season Three which
will then run until Survivor Series in November.
Like WrestleMania 25, this Sunday will be
where WrestleLeague begins… again.
Someone who isn’t on the Summerslam card
this year is Rey Mysterio, who in the last
couple of weeks has lost twice to Andrade
in what is being reported as the start of
a push for the former “Cien” Almas. However,
I’ve heard that story before so I’ll believe
it when I see it.
It’s now being reported that Rey is transitioning
into an enhancement talent – essentially there
to put over the younger guys and try and help
turn them into stars. Meltzer said on Wrestling
Observer Radio that, “The mentality is that
Rey is 44 years old so because he’s 44 years
old, his basic thing is to get new guys over”.
However Meltz notes that might not be the
same mentality for Mysterio himself, and speculates
that he could just run out his contract which
ends next October, saying that he would jump
to AEW “in a heartbeat”. Mysterio wrestled
for the prototype of All Elite Wrestling last
year at All In – teaming with Bandido and
Rey Fenix against The Golden Elite of Kota
Ibushi and The Young Bucks, and Meltzer adds
that those in charge of AEW “love” Rey
Mysterio and “wouldn’t abuse him” like
WWE currently are.
And it’s just another element to the on-going
WWE vs. AEW war, which is only going to get
hotter when All Elite Wrestling debuts on
TNT on October 2nd. Along with reports that
WWE are set to have NXT going head-to-head
with AEW when they move to Fox, it’s also
being reported that WWE are in talks to buy
wrestling streaming platform FITE TV.
Fite TV currently plays host to several wrestling
companies such as Ring of Honor, MLW, Impact
Wrestling and – crucially – All Elite Wrestling.
Dave Meltzer is reporting in the Observer
that WWE are so far in the discussion phase
with FITE, that meetings between the two parties
are set for next week. Should WWE buy FITE,
this would remove one of AEW’s big streaming
partners – but as Meltzer notes, All Elite
Wrestling also have B/R Live, and there’s
always a chance they could air their shows
on one of Turner’s streaming services. But
it’s yet another example of WWE doing everything
they can to squash AEW before they even get
going on TNT.
come October, we could end up seeing the long-rumoured
Wednesday Night War – as it’s now being
reported that FS1 are set to air NXT on Wednesday
nights. But it won’t be the current one-hour
taped format – and will instead air from 8
to 10pm – directly competing against All Elite
Wrestling’s new weekly show on TNT.
As of now nothing is official, but the reported
internal feeling is that a taped show won’t
work against AEW’s live two-hour format,
so it will have to become a live show itself
but there has been no decision made on whether
the show would stay at Full Sail University
or become a touring brand like Raw and Smackdown.
If the show does move to FS1, that would likely
take it off the WWE Network, but will feature
more main roster stars appearing on the show
in an effort to boost the ratings. While TNT
is available in more homes than FS1, the feeling
is that WWE is the more recognisable brand
to wrestling fans. And as been previously
noted, WWE don’t need to beat AEW in the
ratings, they just need to make a dent in
This has been a long-standing rumour, and
Meltzer notes in the Observer that WWE were
waiting to see a date and timeslot for AEW
on TNT before making any final decisions.
On a conference call to promote this Saturday’s
NXT TakeOver: Toronto, Triple H addressed
the possibility of NXT being on FS1 and said,
“We have content all over the place, and
if people want to talk about counter-programming
and bring that up in the conversation – like,
Wednesday has been the home of NXT forever.
Right? That’s where it’s sat; it’s been on
our network on a Wednesday’s time slot now
forever. And when other people announce [their
show] on Wednesday, you don’t hear talk about
counter-programming. You just hear, ‘the announcement’.
For us, everything is ‘counter-programming’…
We plan things long in advance.”
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100 thoughts on “WWE Buying AEW Partner?! WWE Star Wants AEW Move! | WrestleTalk News Aug. 2019”

  1. At this point I skip anything WWE related from you guys, not a personal thing against you guys, I just don't wanna know anything about a company I don't watch.

  2. I'm in another timezone and don't plan on getting up to watch either of the shows live at night so I'll watch both next day.

  3. I do not ever want to see Goldberg attempt to wrestle ever again, never ever again! Put that antique in the museum.

  4. As keen as I am to see what AEW does with their weekly show, I just haven’t gotten invested in anything they’ve done so far. If NXT does end up moving to FS1 and leaving the Network, I’ll probably keep watching that and catch AEW on demand or something.

  5. if i watched tna during their worst days over raw, do you really think i wouldnt do the same for AEW? i havent watched a raw or smackdown since mid 2014. still watch the PPV's and thanks to yt wrestling channels i dont have to suffer for 5 hours a week

  6. If WWE puts main roster guys on NXT, to boost ratings and makes it a two hour, live traveling show, then will it really be NXT anymore. This could backfire badly.

  7. I'm on 240p to save data and I can't work out whether that's one eyebrow going across your head or the crease in ya forehead hehe. Good content dude 🙂

  8. Love the shirt, Luke. I really need Rage to get back together. I need a new RATM album in the age of Trump. And to answer the question, I'll be watching AEW live and recording NXT. AEW has my full support. I'll watch NXT on Thursday.

  9. Dolph was chosen to face Goldberg for these reasons I believe.
    Dolph is a great wrestler that can produce a good wrestling match.
    Dolph weighs in the low 200 in range so easier for Goldberg to handle.
    Dolph knows how to sell when he takes a bump.
    Dolph is a loser on WWE so him losing to Goldberg won’t affect him.
    Most importantly Dolph will make Goldberg look good.

  10. Honestly, I was wondering earlier this week what happened with the big WT update last year and the new additions..

  11. people look too far into things. FITE is probably meeting with WWE to try and get WWE content on there… maybe NXT or exclusive Live Events will air on there or something… maybe nothing at all…

  12. WWE is going to RUIN NXT just to stick it to AEW.
    And planned 'long in advance'?! What about 'Card subject to change' and Vince rewriting the whole shows an HOUR to 2 hours before the freaking show starts? Or hell rewriting even during the show?

  13. Ziggler was chosen because he’ll do a Shaun Michaels over-sell at everything Goldberg will do……which will be about three moves in total.

  14. If only WWE concentrated on their own product as much as they are concentrating on destroying AEW.. Imagine that kind of philosophy in sport.. Looking forward to our next match, sent out ninjas to hamstring the opposition (thanks to ice skating for that one), also looking to bribe the referee, think we will win. Our players? I have no idea if they are playing well. This is sport damnit I'm concentrating on our opponents! 😁😁

  15. If the search for the most prestigious championships in wrestling led you to ROH, you obviously don't know the definition of the word 'prestigious'!😂

  16. watching AEW because I have not watched WWE since 2007 and even then the only thing keeping me around was the second comming of Y2J

  17. WWE is successfully turning all the hardcore wrestling fans away from WWE. Why would they care what numbers AEW pulls on any day/night of the week? They need to worry about the millions of viewers that stopped watching WWE this year and not how many are gonna watch AEW.

  18. Honestly though it's frustrating when I hear people say "all competition is good for wrestling, it will make WWE better" because it's just not true, all it does is make WWE petty and undermine others to have a monopoly on wrestling. Vince has always been a little brat because the NWA never let him sit at the big table with the adults and now with Hunter and his NXT brand going global they want to become what the NWA was, I pray for the day when the McMahons and Hunter get what they deserve and get taken down a peg.

  19. NXT moves to a live format, Vince “knows how to get ratings”, Vince is going to ruin NXT. I hope Keith Lee gets ready for his dancing gimmick.

  20. Wrestlemania 2000 sir yes! Da best! Remember the create a character was off the charts in that and the computer AI learned from you so the better you got the better IT got, whaaat!? Loved it

  21. I think NXT should stay on the network it already has a fan base they should see first keeping it the way it is How it will compete with AEW

  22. It would be nice if yall would stop trying to put yourselves into stupid ass storyline shit with AEW & NJPW. Nobody gives a fuck about seeing that shit. It's nothing but a way to stroke your own egos and shows how desperate yall are to be friends with them.

  23. I found it most apt that the still you used of Dolph had the word Cricket in the bottom right…
    As Cricket sounds were all I heard at this announcement.

  24. "I'm back and better than ever, got a knack, for making things better, face facts, cause your opinion don't matter this maniac, is gonna step on whoever."
    As if you don't know the actual lyrics Luke.

  25. everyone looks good when wrestling dolph and they love him for the same reason. They get to win! lol. Im honestly sick of dolphs act especially when they make him loose all of the time. He just complains it should be me. Im the best, and looses. Repeat on any appearance. Its boring.

  26. Oh whoa is me. If there was only a way to tape one of the shows and watch it after the other show is done… Oh wait there is. So problem solved watch AEW then watch NXT afterwards after recording it too your DVR.

  27. Hello @Luke. Were you at Reading festival in Y2K when those tees were for sale? You didn't reply to my Angel Dust tweet either, tut tut

  28. AEW!!! “F” WWE. They don’t deserve AJ, Balor, Dolph, and Bray. I can’t wait to see AEW make it plain that Professional Wrestling really doesn’t need the McMorons and their stupidity. I would if HHH greased up his bum for Vince long in advance? What a tool he’s turned out to be. Long live AEW!!!

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