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Backstage Notes From SmackDown Live, Vince McMahon Misses Show, Bischoff Begins Next Week

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Vince McMahon missed this past week’s SmackDown Live in Manchester, NH.

In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was noted McMahon was not present at the taping, but was on the phone constantly and he reviewed the show prior to it going live. Paul Levesque and Bruce Prichard were said to be in charge, with Levesque working Gorilla position, and Prichard presenting the show to producers backstage.

Ryan Ward will continue his position as lead writer of SmackDown, unless Eric Bischoff tries to make a change, which will need to be approved by Vince McMahon first. Ryan Ward has been with the company for 10 years now, and added Vice President of Creative Writing to his resume this past March.

Eric Bischoff is scheduled to begin full-time with the company at next week’s SmackDown in Worchester, MA. Bruce Prichard, who pushed hardest for his hire will be assisting him in transitioning into the new role. Some backstage do feel that Bischoff not being at any events prior to starting the job puts them behind in deciding what changes need to be made to improve the product.

There was talk of people asking why Bischoff wasn’t at least at the show to watch how things are done before he starts full-time, and the same was said last week. His deal was to move in this week and start with the 7/16 show. It’s been noted to us that every week he’s not there puts him another week behind and the battles necessary to be the catalyst of change and improvement are going to take a long time

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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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