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F4W NEWSLETTER: Bayley turns heel, WWE continues to focus on HorsewomenJoseph Currier looks at how WWE has addressed the women's division post-WM problems. Plus, Bryan Rose's notes on Japan, and Vinny's TV reviews.
Bayley going through a long-anticipated character change was the latest step in WWE refocusing on the Four Horsewomen.
Bayley & Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross main evented last Monday's episode of Raw. Sasha Banks ran in and caused a disqualification by attacking Lynch. Banks struck Lynch with a steel chair until Bayley took it away from her. But instead of playing peacemaker between her friends, Bayley smiled and pummeled Lynch with the chair herself.
After beginning her heel turn and reuniting with Banks, Bayley cut a promo explaining her actions the next night on SmackDown. The crowd alternated between cheering and booing her. Bayley told the fans that their reaction was confusing. Instead of going full bore with the heel turn, Bayley spoke about her friendship with Banks and called Banks the one person who has always had her back. Bayley disingenuously talked about being a hero and a role model. She said she was trying to show kids what it means to be loyal and noted that she couldn't turn her back on Banks just because things got rough. Bayley said that SmackDown deserves a champion that gets the same kind of recognition as Lynch.
WON NEWSLETTER: Anthem buys AXS TV plus tons of news
In a move that has great ramifications in pro wrestling, Anthem Sport and Entertainment has purchased a majority interest in AXS TV and HDNet Movies and will begin running the two channels.
The deal also includes purchasing the AXS TV library of concerts, pro wrestling and MMA content, which would include U.S. broadcast rights to old ROH, many years of New Japan, WOW, and some defunct MMA promotions as well as countless smaller MMA shows.
Mark Cuban, who founded the stations, and AEG, his partners, will continue to own a minority interest. Part of the purchase team included Anthem, headed by Leonard Asper, and entertainer Steve Harvey, who will enter into a strategic content development agreement.
The company will continue operating from studios in Los Angeles and Denver, as well as use Anthem studios in Toronto, Nashville and Europe. The office in Dallas was closed down.
While not stated in the sales press release, as noted over the months this day has been in play, that if it was to go through, that Impact would move from The Pursuit Channel, where it has been dying on the vine, and move to AXS.
The deal actually first started with an attempt by Anthem to get Impact on AXS when they got word in the latter stages of 2018 that they weren’t going to be renewed by Pop TV. AXS turned down the initial deal, since Impact did not have a good reputation in the wrestling world at the time and AXS had its own wrestling franchise with New Japan.
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
- Cathy Kelley will host the Clash of Champions edition of WWE Watch Along tomorrow night. Ali, Matt Hardy, Natalya, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Kassius Ohno, Chelsea Green, Vic Joseph, Heath Slater, and others will be joining her during the PPV.
- WWE Network News reported that a new WWE Untold episode will premiere on the Network on Sunday, September 22. It will focus on Kane’s debut and the first Hell in a Cell match. Here’s the brief description for the episode: “In Your House: Badd Blood was a pay-per-view that changed WWE forever. Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Kane and more reveal behind-the-scenes stories from that night’s main event: the very first Hell in a Cell Match and the debut of The Big Red Machine, Kane.”
- WWE Network News also noted that the first season of “Miz & Mrs.” will be uploaded to the Network on Friday, September 20.
- Squared Circle Sirens reported that Australian wrestler Indi Hartwell has signed with WWE.
- TVInsider interviewed Alexa Bliss about the time she spent in NXT.
- WWE posted footage from Roman Reigns and Erick Rowan’s brawl on SmackDown, showing it from the angle of the jib camera that Rowan attacked Reigns with.
- WWE’s YouTube account uploaded Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch for the NXT Women’s Championship from TakeOver: Unstoppable in 2015.
- During a Twitter Q&A, Cody Rhodes answered a question about AEW TV airing in Canada: “Canada’s patience is gonna’ pay off. Standby…”
- PROGRESS Wrestling uploaded last year’s Hello Wembley show to YouTube. It was headlined by WALTER vs. Tyler Bate for the PROGRESS World Championship.
- MLW released video of the celebration they held for the late Gary Hart at their War Chamber tapings in Texas. Hart’s son Jason was there to accept a lifetime achievement award on his behalf.
- On the latest episode of Talk is Jericho, Don Callis and Scott D’Amore discussed Anthem’s purchase of AXS TV.
- Indie wrestler Thunder Rosa (real name Melissa Cervantes) has signed a multi-fight deal with Combate Americas. ESPN wrote that Cervantes “is a longtime Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and has been training for an MMA debut. Cervantes is expected to fight on Combate's Nov. 8 card in her adopted hometown of San Antonio.” Thunder Rosa played Kobra Moon in Lucha Underground and also teams with Holidead as The Twisted Sisters.
- Kevin Lee wants to move back to lightweight for his next fight.
- Tyron Woodley spoke about the title shot opportunities Colby Covington has missed: “Colby does a good job of putting his own foot in his mouth. I know people say that about me, but he’s a complete dumbass. He’s talked himself out of three world title fights. He was supposed to fight me before I fought Till, he bitched out of that fight. He was supposed to fight me before I fought Usman, he bitched out of that fight. You guys can do the math as to what he did with the Usman fight.”
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