The wrestling landscape has changed significantly over the last few months, and will continue to do so throughout 2019 as various promotions bid for talent.
In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE has made it clear, at least for certain people, they will beat any other promotions offer for talent. This all stems after WWE tried to sign Bandido , who ended up signing a deal with Ring Of Honor.
WWE has told people if you can show an offer from another company on paper they will beat it, or even double it on the spot if you sign with the company immediately.
After the Bandido situation, WWE has made it clear, at least for certain people, that they will beat anyone’s offer for talent, although they did not do so in the case of Chris Jericho. WWE has told people if you can show on paper an offer from another company, they’ll beat it, even double it on the spot provided you sign immediately. – Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter 1/21
The WWE obviously did the opposite for Chris Jericho, who’s took a larger offer from All Elite Wrestling. Jericho’s deal, which he states is the largest amount of money a company has offered seems to be an exception to the rule.
The WWE is extremely aggressive with not only signing talent, but also retaining them. With the recent news of The Revival and Mike and Maria Kanellis wanting to be released from their contract, the WWE doesn’t seem to want anyone to leave.
PWInsider is reporting that the WWE has approached numerous talents who’s contracts are expiring soon with longer form deals. A standard WWE contract is 3 years, and WWE is looking to have talents sign deals up to 5 years. The WWE signed The Miz and Kevin Owens to 5 year deals last year.
Changes To Original Survivor Series Plans, Current WWE Universal Championship Match
WWE Survivor Series is approaching, and WWE has yet to announce a Universal Championship match.
This up-coming Friday on SmackDown, Daniel Bryan is set to appear on MizTV to give his thoughts on the attack from Bray Wyatt on last week’s episode.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, one plan originally had Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz at Survivor Series, with the angle beginning on MizTv the day after the Crown Jewel event. That angle was scrapped due to the traffic incident which held most of the roster overseas.
The current plan has Bray Wyatt defending the WWE Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
At one point, there was talk to have Daniel Bryan in the Triple Threat Match against AJ Styles and Roderick Strong. This would mean Daniel Bryan would defeat Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. Those plans have since been scrapped, and now Daniel Bryan is scheduled to work against Wyatt for the Universal Championship.
WWE Survivor Series – Current Match Card
- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio
- WWE Universal Championship: Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan (Not Announced)
- Becky Lynch (RAW) vs. Bayley (SmackDown) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT)
- The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) (RAW) vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingson) (SmackDown) vs. The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (NXT)
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong
- Team Raw (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and TBA) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
- Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Braun Strowman, Mustafa Ali & Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
Backstage Reaction To CM Punk’s Return To WWE Programming
Multiple WWE Stars Give Thoughts On CM Punk’s Return
CM Punk made a surprise return to WWE programming this past Tuesday at the tail end of WWE Backstage on FS1.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful has received thoughts on the matter from numerous talent backstage.
Fightful Select reports that a longtime WWE name told them they have known CM Punk for a long time, and have not personally had any issues with him, despite hearing stories of him burning bridges. They indicated that if WWE doesn’t find a way to include him any Survivor Series festivities during the 4-day run in Chicago, they have “royally fucked up”.
Another top star indicated they would love to work with CM Punk in any fashion, whether that be inside or outside the ring. They stated, “someone like that, you can have a great story with, and where there’s a great story, the fans are happy and there’s (money), so I’m happy.”
One high level member of the WWE roster didn’t seem to care for CM Punk, stating “I have zero time for that guy. So no thoughts, no.”.
Almost everyone who responded feels that CM Punk will once again step back inside the squared circle.
CM Punk signed a deal with FOX to be a contributor for WWE Backstage on FS1. He has not currently signed to any deal with WWE.
Mia Yim and Aliyah Both Suffer Broken Noses During NXT Television
Two NXT stars suffered broken noses during last night’s NXT on USA episode.
Aliyah was busted open following a kick from Xia Li during last night’s episode of NXT on USA. She later confirmed she suffered a broken nose. NXT’s injury report also indicates she may have an orbital floor fracture as well.
— BOUJEÉ Aliyah (@WWE_Aliyah) November 14, 2019
Mia Yim suffered a nasal fracture following a ladder hitting her face during her match with Xia Li. NXT’s injury report also indicates she may have injured ribs as well.
— The HBIC (@MiaYim) November 14, 2019