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Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap – RAW & Smackdown Analysis, Killing Absolution’s Heat, Moving Owens & Zayn to NXT? More!

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Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane.

Russo informs that he worked on the debut Aro Lucha show this past weekend and he calls it the greatest experience he’s had in the wrestling business. He hates having to leave his house to travel for wrestling shows or conventions, but this show didn’t feel like work to him for one minute.

By all accounts everyone who attended this show had a great time and the reviews online have been great. Unfortunately some dirt sheet writers still had some criticisms, and Russo simply doesn’t understand why they’d want to tear down the show after the promoters spent a lot of time and effort guaranteeing that their debut show would be a hit.

Lane assumes that these dirt sheet writers criticized the show because Russo was involved and these people love to bash anything that Russo’s involved with. Russo admits that this might be true but if it is, that’s a very sad situation.

Moving into his thoughts about this week’s episodes of RAW and Smackdown Live, Russo says that WWE’s two flagship shows have basically become televised house shows at this point. Lane agrees and thinks that the last three weeks of programming have been particularly poor.

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John Cena Believes Fans Would Rag on Him If He Turned Heel

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While speaking to Digital Spy, John Cena talked about how fans want him to turn heel but mentioned that fans would rag on him if WWE actually went through with it.

“So many times in WWE, the audience tells me – at the top of their lungs – that they want me to change. But over the years I’ve learned that, if I change, they’ll just rag on me about something else. I’m never gonna please them and, at the same time, I would be turning my back on those that I care about. So it couldn’t have been a better situation for me to be involved with this movie.”

Cena also talked about how there is more to him than just his wrestling character.

“I am a 40-year-old adult – there’s a man behind the hand. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for this [the hand] and I have great perspective of that. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for those things. But it’s always a challenge to let people know that there’s a little more to me.”

You can check out the full interview here.

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The Taz Show Recap – WWE Creative Failing Nakamura, WWE Partners With Facebook, Riott Squad Needs More Aggression, More!

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Taz opens today’s show by saying that he thinks WWE is mishandling Nakamura right now. Nakamura and Asuka are special in Taz’s opinion and while Asuka is being treated the right way by WWE, Nakamura is not. He knows that the laugauge barrier probably a problem for Vince McMahon, but with some creative writing that wouldn’t be an issue.

Taz points out that Nakamura had a good run when he first debuted on the main roster, but now he’s losing clean on Smackdown Live to Kevin Owens and being booked in tag matches on PPVs. He adds that there’s no shame in losing to Owens or tagging with Randy Orton for that matter, but sometime losing clean on television can hurt you, and this is one of those times in Taz’s opinion.

He liked the A.J. Styles/Singh Brothers segment last night, even though some of the lines in the Singh Brother’s promo came off lame and corny. Taz was happy that WWE at least handled their Champion well here, having Styles get the better of the Singh Brothers before standing tall to end the segment.

Taz mentions that Colin Delaney made his return to Smackdown after a decade’s absence last night, losing a tag team match to the Bludgeon Brothers. Taz says that Delaney is a nice kid and it was cool to see him back on Smackdown all these years later, even if it was just for a one-off appearance like Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported.

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John Cena Advertised for Upcoming SmackDown Live Event

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While John Cena is currently being advertised for the Christmas edition of RAW on December 25th, he’s also being advertised for the December 30th SmackDown Live Event. Cena is scheduled to face AJ Styles in Jinder Mahal in a triple-threat match for the WWE Championship Title.

As previously reported, Cena took time off from WWE television after Survivor Series to work on his non-WWE commitments.

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Triple H Reacts to Chris Jericho Facing Kenny Omega

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While speaking to CBS Sports, Triple H was asked about Chris Jericho facing Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom next month.

“I think it’s great. Good for Chris,” Triple H said. “It’s phenomenal. Good for Kenny, good for New Japan. We were aware. That was a conversation that was had.”

Triple H continued, “It’s great, it’s good for him. Chris is one of the greatest talents in the history of the business, so I think it’s great. Good product is good product. I’m happy for them, happy for Chris and happy for everybody.”

Click here for the full article.

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Backstage Update on Scott Dawson’s Recovery & Return

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Scott Dawson is very close to being cleared to return to in-ring action on WWE programming.

Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that according to sources, Dawson is set to be cleared by the end of the month, barring any potential complications.

As previously reported, Dawson underwent surgery for torn biceps in August.

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Vince McMahon “Pulling Out All The Stops” for WWE Mixed Match Challenge

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Vince McMahon is “pulling out all the stops” for the new Facebook Watch show, WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, McMahon wants to impress Facebook’s top executives and get attention of other streaming services so that WWE can have more doors open to them in 2019 when their TV contract with NBC Universal expires.

Mixed Match Challenge is not expected to tie into on-going storylines on RAW or SmackDown.

Nix Jax and Enzo Amore are expected to team up on the show and it’s very possible that other real-life couples such as Jimmy Uso & Noami and Lana & Rusev team up on the show.

Facebook will be paying WWE for the distribution rights to the show, which will have a 12 week run. WWE wants to see how the revenue pans out for this show.

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WWE & FaceBook Announce Mixed Max Tag Team Challenge For January

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge

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Something new this way comes. WWE and Facebook announced today that next month, they will be holding a Mixed Match Challenge.

Facebook and WWE today announced a new in-ring series, Mixed Match Challenge, that will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook on Tuesday nights beginning Jan.16 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT. The 12-episode series will air on Facebook Watch and feature WWE Superstars from both the Raw and SmackDown LIVE rosters competing in a single-elimination mixed tag-team tournament to win $100,000 to support the charity of their choice.

Each 20-minute episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption, experimentation and social interaction, including the ability for the WWE Universe to engage with Superstars during the show. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to select matchups, match stipulations and more, on Facebook.

“As we continue to expand our strategic partnership with Facebook, this new series, Mixed Match Challenge, jointly reflects our innovative approach to content distribution and fan engagement,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “This show will deliver the action and excitement our passionate fan base is accustomed to while offering new production elements and social experiences that only Facebook can provide.”

“As a leader in entertainment innovation, WWE is an ideal partner to demonstrate how the live sports viewing experience can be reimagined on Facebook Watch,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “Mixed Match Challenge is a new competition produced specifically to take advantage of the reach, interaction and ongoing engagement enabled by our platform. Fans will be able to directly influence and interact with the in-ring action, follow the rivalries and storylines in between events, and connect with one another as the drama unfolds. We’re excited for the WWE community to come together on our platform to watch some of the biggest Raw and SmackDown Live Superstars and engage with WWE like never before.”

“Mixed Match Challenge demonstrates WWE’s flexibility in creating and producing compelling content across platforms in a media landscape that is evolving each day,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Digital & Social Content. “The social interaction leading up to and during each show will connect WWE Superstars with our massive fan base on Facebook in more ways than ever before.”

The unique storylines for Mixed Match Challenge will continue between episodes across WWE’s Facebook Pages with short-form videos and social content. WWE will also promote the series across its extensive digital and social footprint, including a new Facebook Watch show Page dedicated to Mixed Match Challenge. A promotional sizzle reel for the show can be found here.

Kurt Angle announced the RAW competitors earlier today:

And, Daniel Bryan announced the SmackDown Live competitors:

If anything else, even if it’s not intergender, it’s bound to be interesting.

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205 Live Getting A New Start Time Next Month

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Starting January 16th and for the next 12 weeks after, 205 Live will be moving to a new start time of 10:30PM. In it’s place, WWE Mix Match Challenge will air in it’s spot until the new Facebook Watch series concludes.

More details about WWE’s new Mix Match Challenge show can be read at this link.

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WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (12/12/17): Numbers Down For Clash Go-Home Show

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The numbers are in for last night’s episode of SmackDown Live, and this week’s episode, which featured the final build for Sunday’s Clash of Champions, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens trying to takeover SmackDown Live, and Ruby Riott take on SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte, drew 2.481 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 2.493 million viewers.

While the audience didn’t decrease all that much, any decrease for a go-home show is never good. Maybe fans are bored or maybe they just don’t see the appeal in the upcoming PPV. I guess we will see next week when the audience either goes up or down in the aftermath of the PPV.

The blue brand was #13 in viewership for this week on cable, falling behind two airings of CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Curse of Oak Island, Last Word, 11th Hour, Rachel Maddow, The Ingraham Angle, Hannity, All In, Tucker Carlson, The Story, and Special Report. SmackDown Live was #6 in the 18-49 demographic, falling behind Anderson Cooper, NBA games on ESPN, and Curse of Oak Island. Coverage of the special Senate election in Alabama dominated the night.

SmackDown Live drew a .71 cable rating for the night in the 18-49 demographic. This was down from the .76 rating they garnered in the same demographic for last week’s episode.

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