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Has The Paul Heyman Era Of RAW Begun? Watch RAW’s Explosive First Segment

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Paul Heyman’s influence on RAW looks to have begun during tonight’s episode from Dallas, TX.

In the opening match between Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman, an angle occurred following both men going through the LED panels on stage.

During a brawl on the ramp, Strowman send Lashley through the Titantron where the power for the set is contained. Major explosions began to happen, and the lights went out on stage. Corey Graves yelled “Holy Shit”, and EMT’s were called. Based on the imagery, and the way the Michael Cole reacted to the situation following commercial break, WWE is attempting play it off as a very serious incident.

According to Dave Meltzer, Paul Heyman was set to have more influence on RAW tonight, but it is not his complete show. Judging by tonight’s first segment, he seemingly put his creative juices to work.

There is more Heyman influence in tonight’s Raw, but he’s had influence for some time.  It is not his complete show.

More details on how much influence he had on tonight’s show will be reported once known.

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IMPACT Wrestling Renews Agreement with Twitch, Expands Weekly Content Production

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IMPACT Wrestling issued the following press release

Flagship weekly show IMPACT! streams on Twitch every Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET

TORONTO – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and one of the world’s largest professional wrestling organizations, announced today it has renewed and expanded the scope of its agreement with Twitch, one of the world’s largest live streaming video platforms, which includes the weekly premiere of the flagship two-hour show IMPACT!, streaming on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The renewal will include the production of more exclusive content on the Twitch platform (www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling), including original weekly programming, pre and post-shows, live monthly specials, weekly airings of Xplosion which features never-before-seen matches, IRL (in real life) first-person streams, and much more. To support Twitch’s development of its co-streaming features, IMPACT Wrestling will facilitate co-streaming of the weekly flagship show and will be announcing details of a contest featuring co-streamers in the near future.

“Since debuting the weekly premiere of IMPACT! on Twitch this past January, we have been committed to growing the passionate professional wrestling community on the platform and the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling. “We have grown our subscriber and follower bases significantly, while spreading our reach to new audiences. With our increased slate of exclusive content hosted by the likes of Melissa Santos, Don Callis and top IMPACT Wrestling stars, fans have been able to interact with our larger-than-life personalities like never before.”

“IMPACT Wrestling has quickly established itself as a leading wrestling channel on our platform”, said Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development at Twitch. “We are excited by the potential to expand on the content delivered by IMPACT Wrestling to the Twitch community, and their commitment to delivering live, shared, interactive and entertaining experiences for our audiences.”

IMPACT! showcases top professional wrestling stars such as IMPACT World Champion Brian Cage, plus Rob Van Dam, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Michael Elgin, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Champion Taya Valkyrie, Tessa Blanchard, Rosemary and Su Yung. Since its inception in 2002, IMPACT! has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto and social media platforms.

For more information, visit www.impactwrestling.com andwww.twitch.tv/impactwrestling.

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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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