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Stokley Hathaway, Robert Strauss, and Cal Bloom Sign With WWE

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WWE announced today that Robert Strauss, Stokley Hathaway, and Cal Bloom have all signed with the company, and have begun training at the Performane Center.

Strauss is best known for his work as Robbie E with Impact Wrestling, Stokley Hathaway is known for his work as a manger and wrestler in EVOLVE and other independent promotions, and Cal Bloom is the son of former WWE/WCW wrestler Wayne Bloom(Beau Beverly).

WWE released the following

World-traveled ring veteran Robert Strauss, renowned manager Stokely Hathaway and second-generation wrestler Cal Bloom are the newest recruits to join the WWE Performance Center this week in Orlando, Fla.

Strauss has been a fixture of the independent scene since making his debut in 2001, while still a teenager. Competing under aliases like “Robbie E” and “Rob Eckos,” he has won more than two dozen championships throughout his career, as well as wrestled in 46 states and more than 20 countries. In addition to his exploits in sports-entertainment, the New Jersey native has appeared on reality shows, making it to the finals on the 25th season of CBS’ “Amazing Race” and participating in the trials on “The Titan Games,” the competition series created by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Strauss also starred in Muscle & Fitness’ “Dad Bod Destroyer” video series.

Hathaway comes to the Performance Center after a successful tenure as a manager and a wrestler on the indies. Although trained for the ring, Hathaway gained a reputation in recent years for wheeling and dealing on behalf of other wrestlers. The notoriously outspoken Hathaway has represented clients in several promotions throughout the U.S., from EVOLVE Wrestling to the New England-based Beyond Wrestling. He hails from New York City.

Bloom, meanwhile, brings a sports-entertainment pedigree to the Performance Center. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is the son of former WWE Superstar Wayne Bloom, who wrestled as “Beau Beverly” in the early 1990s. The younger Bloom played tight end at the University of Central Florida, making four Bowl Game appearances (including UCF’s Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor University). He also received the team’s Iron Knight Award for strongest player after bench-pressing 500 pounds, a record for UCF tight ends. Although he hasn’t yet had a match, the 25-year-old Bloom has received training from his father Wayne, WWE alumnus Ken Kennedy and famed wrestling coach Brad Rheingans.

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Recent WWE Trademark Filing Suggests Name Of New Show, Possibly On FS1

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WWE has filed a trademark for the name “WWE After The Bell” with the United States Trademark Office on July 18, 2019.

The filing is classified under “Entertainment Services”, and is described as “an ongoing show about professional wrestling”.  Although not confirmed, the new filing may be the name of WWE’s new weekly studio show airing Tuesday night’s on FS1.

Triple H made the announcement in April that WWE will begin airing the show once SmackDown moves to Friday’s on FOX. The weekly program plans to provide analysis on all things WWE, including RAW, Smackdown, and NXT. Triple H states they will not only provide analysis on the athletic component of WWE, but also the storyline aspect of the product.

Below is the filing details for “WWE After The Bell”

 International Class 041:  ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, AN ONGOING SHOW ABOUT PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING; ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, THE PRODUCTION AND EXHIBITION OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING EVENTS RENDERED LIVE AND THROUGH BROADCAST MEDIA INCLUDING TELEVISION AND RADIO, AND VIA THE INTERNET OR COMMERCIAL ONLINE SERVICE; PROVIDING WRESTLING NEWS AND INFORMATION VIA A GLOBAL COMPUTER NETWORK; SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT RENDERED LIVE AND THROUGH BROADCAST MEDIA INCLUDING TELEVISION AND RADIO, AND VIA THE INTERNET OR COMMERCIAL ONLINE SERVICE; PROVIDING INFORMATION IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VIA AN ONLINE COMMUNITY PORTAL; HBN PROVIDING A WEBSITE IN THE FIELD OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT; ORGANIZING AND STAGING ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS WITH WRESTLING FAN CLUB MEMBERS; PROVIDING ONLINE NEWSLETTERS IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT; ONLINE JOURNALS, NAMELY, BLOGS, IN THE FIELD OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT; ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, ON GOING TALK SHOW IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT; PODCASTS IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 

Intent to Use: The applicant has a bona fide intention, and is entitled, to use the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods/services.

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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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