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Backstage News On RAW’s Direction Tomorrow Night Under Paul Heyman

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Vince McMahon Coming To Grips With Product Needing Upgrade

Following Paul Heyman’s first week as RAW’s Executive Director, WWE will continue to focus on their younger demographic for Monday Night RAW tomorrow night in Newark, NJ.

According to Fightful Select, WWE is going to focus on the 18-34 demographic this week, following the spike in viewership from younger viewers from last week’s show.

The “lost generation” of 18-34 year olds is expected to the major target. Last week WWE begin more edgier storylines, and pushing the PG-era boundary.

According to the report, Heyman has been transparent about his where he stands in hierarchy of WWE, and how Vince McMahon still has final say on the product.

“We’re told that Heyman sits in the middle of the production meetings instead of at the front of the room,” Fighful reports. “[Heyman] has spoken to several team members about Vince McMahon coming to grips with the fact that the program needs to be upgraded, and with that happening, true change could be on the way.”

Although Heyman’s transition into his role will be slow, based on last week’s episode, the a new direction has begun.

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Report: Major RAW Reunion Segment Changed Due To Ricochet Injury

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Seth Rollins was not WWE’s first pick for last night’s segment with DX and The O.C.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Ricochet was originally planned to to be a part of the segment, and was pulled due to an elbow infection. The company was planning on using him as a fresh face to “get the rub” from DX and endorse him as a major player in the company.

Seth Rollins ended up working a match against AJ Styles, and being a part of the segment. It’s unknown how long Ricochet will be out of action.

It was also noted that Rikishi was originally supposed to give D-Von Dudley and The Revival a “Stinkface”, but was not medically cleared to perform any moves.

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WWE 24/7 Championship Changes Hands 9 Times During RAW Reunion

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The WWE 24/7 Championship changed hands 9 times over the course of tonight’s RAW Reunion event in Tampa, FL.

The event featured several WWE legends and Hall of Famers, and saw legends such as Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco win the championship.  Alundra Blayze won the title at one point, and threw it in the garbage, similar to what she did with the WWF Women’s Championship on an episode of WCW Nitro in 1995.

The following title changes occurred during the show.

  • Drake Maverick d. R-Truth
  • Pat Patterson d. Drake Maverick
  • Gerald Brisco d. Pat Patterson
  • Kelly Kelly d. Gerald Brisco
  • Candice Michelle d. Kelly Kelly
  • Alundra Blayze d. Candice Michelle
  • Ted DiBiase bought the title from Alundra Blayze
  • Drake Maverick d. Ted DiBiase
  • R-Truth d. Drake Maverick

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Jon Moxley Set To Face Josh Barnett at GCW ‘Bloodsport 2’

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Jon Moxley will be making his Game Changer Wrestling debut at Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 2 on September 14 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Bloodsport events feature matches that must end in either a knockout or submission. The ring features no ropes or turnbuckles, and the matches are presented in a MMA style. Although these bouts are worked, competitors work stuff and the matches have a semi-shoot feel.

At the last Bloodsport event Josh Barnett and Minoru Suzuki worked until a time-limit draw.

GCW and Josh Barnett are teaming up to bring back one of the most talked about events of the year when Bloodsport comes to The Showboat in Atlantic City on Saturday, September 14th!

It’s the ultimate hybrid. MMA meets Pro Wrestling in the most intense, physical, and groundbreaking event in years. Who will survive when shit gets real?

 

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