NBCUniversal issued the following press release
WWE AND E!’S “TOTAL DIVAS” PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 10 PM ET/PT WITH A SEASON MORE PERSONAL AND ACTION-PACKED THAN EVER
Natalya®, Naomi®, Nia Jax™ and Carmella return while Ronda Rousey and Sonya Deville™ are added to Season 9
Los Angeles, CA – August 26, 2019 – The hit series “Total Divas,” is back with new and returning fan-favorite WWE® Superstars ready to face their fears, rise to new challenges and live their lives on their own terms as the new season premieres on E! Wednesday, October 2 at 10 PM ET/PT. WWE Superstar, Olympic Medalist and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey joins Natalya®, Naomi® and Nia Jax™ for the new season, which also includes returning cast member Carmella™, and newcomer Sonya Deville™. Nikki Bella® and Brie Bella® will make guest appearances in the series as well. Click here for a sneak peek at the new season.
“Total Divas” kicks off showcasing another side of Ronda Rousey, as she gushes about her MMA fighter husband Travis Browne, enjoying her time in WWE and working on her ranch, Browsey Acres.
Natalya, mourning the death of her beloved father Jim “The Anvil™” Neidhart, is taking things one day at a time and throwing herself into work. Her sights are set on winning the Royal Rumble® and a chance to become the WWE Raw®Women’s Champion.
Nia is feeling confident after her victorious showing in the Battle Royal at WWE’s first-ever all women’s pay-per-view event Evolution®. However, there is trouble in paradise when she learns who her next opponent will be.
Sonya is happy to be living out and proud and is ready for a serious relationship and respect in the ring. While settling into her new home in Ft. Lauderdale, an opportunity to move to Tampa presents itself and shakes up her entire world.
After her recent break up, Carmella is focused on what’s important to her and her career. She is faced with backlash while trying to balance both her friendships and new romantic relationship, putting both to the ultimate test.
Naomi is excited to get down to business during the Royal Rumble in an effort to be the last woman standing. Having her close friends Sonya and Carmella on the road with her makes for many fun adventures along the way.
Nikki and Brie connect with the ladies, whether it’s at their Birdiebee fashion show or on the road. Although the entrepreneurial sisters are busy with their businesses and filming “Total Bellas,” the passion they share for WWE hasn’t waned.
“Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Russell Jay Staglik and Farnaz Farjam Chazan are Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn and Chris Kaiser serve as Executive Producers for WWE. Ronda Rousey and Nikki and Brie Bella also serve as Executive Producers.
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About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 91 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S and 161 countries globally. E! programming includes popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Very Cavallari,” “Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian,” “Total Divas,” “Total Bellas,” “Botched,” and “Dating #NoFilter;” topical series “Nightly Pop,” new series “Flip It Like Disick” and the return of the “E! True Hollywood Story.” “E! News” airs nightly on the network and is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline.com and all digital and social media. The brand’s robust digital programming slate includes “E! News’ The Rundown,” “Face Forward” and “What The Fashion” on Snapchat. E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and E! is also home to the “E! People’s Choice Awards,” the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendlyentertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
About Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World, which recently moved to Facebook after 32 seasons on MTV. BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules(MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera,Starting Over, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Total Divas and Total Bellas (E!),The Challenge (MTV), Born This Way (A&E), Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (Oxygen), The Real World and Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Endless Summer, Stranded with Sam and Colby (Snapchat), Miz and Mrs. (USA Network), Family or Fiance(OWN), Crystal Maze (Nickelodeon) and Emily’s Wonder Lab (Netflix). BMP has also produced They Call Us Monsters (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO),Pedro(MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO) for BMP Films. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.
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Sin Cara Requests Release From WWE
Another WWE superstar has requested his release from the company.
Sin Cara took to Twitter to announce he has requested to be released from his WWE contract. In a statement posted in Spanish, Sin Cara explained although it was a tough decision, he needs to think about his children and future.
Sin Cara was critical about his booking within WWE, stating he is trapped in a place where is not valued. He feels he has been loyal, respectful, and a team player, but has not reaped any rewards from doing so.
The following statement was translated from Spanish to English.
Last night, after praying and considering it a lot, thinking about my children and their future, I made one of the most difficult but sensible decisions I have had to make in my professional wrestling career; I have asked for my WWE release.
Since I was a child, all I wanted to do was fight and all my life I have made decisions and sacrifices to put myself in a position to fulfill that dream. They are 20 long years of experience and total dedication to my sport that I love and respect. I have traveled the world, met incredible people and fought for the incredible fans of the WWE Universe.
I am so grateful for the opportunity they gave me, however, I realized that I am trapped in a place where I am not valued as an athlete or talent. I have worked hard and honestly for many years to polish my trade, I have been loyal, respectful, a team player, supportive and patiently awaited the opportunity to show the world everything I can do. Unfortunately, after all these years, that opportunity never came nor do I feel that it will ever come as long as I remain where I am.
The best years of my professional wrestling career are coming and I think the best is yet to come! I am a healthy, disciplined man, respectful of my profession and its environment, of my colleagues and mainly of the public to whom I have never failed. This is not the end, on the contrary, this is the beginning of the next chapter and I am excited for what the future holds! (Isaiah 43: 18-19)
I want to thank WWE for this amazing chapter, I will always be grateful. Most importantly, thanks to the WWE Universe for its unwavering support and to all my public that in all parts of the world has supported me and showed their love, the only way I can correspond is to continue providing myself with all the dedication, passion and professionalism that I have Always shown. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. – Translation provided by HeelByNature.com
— Sin Cara (@SinCaraWWE) November 11, 2019
It’s unknown if WWE will grant Sin Cara his release, or if he will have to wait out his contract like many others. Most recently Mike Kanellis requested his release from the company, and has yet to be granted it.
Jorge Arias currently plays the role of Sin Cara. Arias debuted for WWE in 2011, temporarily replacing Luis Urvive, who previously played the character.
In 2013, after WWE released Urive, Arias reprised his role as Sin Cara and has since performed as the character.
Earlier this year PWInsider reports, Sin Cara signed a new three-year deal with WWE. His current deal runs until 2022.
Independent Wrestler Matt Travis Passes Away In Tragic Hit-And-Run Crash
Independent wrestler Matt Travis died on November 9, 2019, when he was struck by a dump truck while riding his bicycle in Harlem, NY.
According to NBC New York, the 25-year-old independent wrestler, whose real name is Matthew Travis Palacios was riding his bicycle in East Harlem on Saturday when a dump truck driver made an illegal turn and struck him. Travis was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Travis started training in 2016 at House of Glory Wrestling school in Queens, NY. He has been a mainstay on the independent scene competing for HOG, Game Changer Wrestling, and CZW.
Following the news, the wrestling world began posting tributes the late wrestler.
Game Changer Wrestling tweeted, “R.I.P. Matt Travis A passionate, rising star with a big heart and a world of potential. You will be missed 🙏”
CZW added, “CZW is heartbroken to learn of Matt Travis’ tragic passing. He will always be considered part of the Combat Zone family and we send our deepest condolences and love to everyone lucky enough to know him. RIP Matt.”
I just can't.
I don't understand life sometimes.
I'm gonna try and pull it together for you today.
I just want to see you! Talk to you!
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— ₳₥₳Ⱬł₦₲ RƎD (@AmazingRed1) November 9, 2019
WWE Set To Re-Launch Stone Cold Podcast With MAJOR Name As First Guest
WWE will be reviving the Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network.
According to Wrestlevotes, WWE plans on changing the name from Stone Cold Podcast to Broken Skull Sessions With Steve Austin.
The debut episode will feature Steve Austin interviewing The Undertaker. This will be The Undertaker’s first wrestling podcast appearance.
WWE is reportedly planning on making the announcement this week. Original plans had the podcast debuting in the first quarter of 2020.
The original Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network debuted in 2014, featuring guests such as Vince McMahon, Dean Ambrose, Triple H, and Ric Flair.