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Predicting the Next Three United States Champions

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AJ Styles just defeated Kevin Owens to become a two-time WWE United States Champion. With Styles looking to begin an open challenge, he will have many fresh challengers. One of these challengers will eventually dethrone Styles. Someone will dethrone the one who dethroned Styles. So on and so forth.

Who will be the next person to hold United States gold? Who will become a champion soon? Only time will tell, but here are some bold predictions. Who will become a United States champion before 2017 ends?

 

3. Kevin Owens

Styles is supposed to defend his championship next week on Smackdown. Given WWE’s recent fascination with nonsensical booking decisions, expect Owens to regain the title and become a four-time US Champion.

The match, if it’s anything like their last few matches, will be a mostly okay match. It will be good for a TV match. Eventually, though, some weird booking decision will work in Kevin Owens’ favor. Maybe the referee won’t see a weapon shot, or won’t see a rope break. Maybe Kevin Owens will pick up the whole announce table and hit AJ with it and the referee won’t know if he should disqualify Owens. At the end of a hard-fought match, though, Owens will walk away with the gold.

The next week, he’ll cut a promo saying he’s hosting an open challenge. Styles will answer, and Owens will deny him. Either Daniel Bryan or Shane McMahon will book  the match for the following week, because ratings or something. Whatever. Styles will get his rematch.

What will happen after Styles gets his rematch? It’s easy.

 

2. AJ Styles

At the rematch, AJ Styles will channel the strength of his home state of Georgia. With the weight of 10 million people squarely on his shoulders, Styles will vanquish that dastardly Canadian Kevin Owens and become a three-time United States champion. Ideally, the match would be a no holds barred street fight. The Atlanta Falcons will all be at ringside (despite the show being held in Providence, Rhode Island), and they’ll all attack Kevin Owens. Then the Montreal Canadiens will show up and attack the Falcons. Styles will then perform a Styles Clash to Kevin Owens off the top rope, outside the ring, and onto both teams, who are conveniently brawling near the turnbuckle. Amidst all the strewn bodies at ringside, Styles will roll Owens’ lifeless body into the ring and get the three-count.

Next week, AJ will announce that he’s holding an Open Challenge. John Cena will answer, because reasons. Kevin Owens will also appear, along with Jinder Mahal. They’ll have a tag team match, and Owens will face Styles at Summerslam for the United States Championship.

What happens at Summerslam? I think you know.

 

1. Kevin Owens

At Summerslam, Kevin Owens will defeat AJ Styles in a 60-minute 6-pack Iron Man Elimination match that will also feature Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger, Aiden English, and Mike Kannelis. Owens will eliminate Styles by fighting with the weight of 35 million people on his shoulders. Styles will be fighting with the weight of 323 million people on his shoulders, but since his burden is heavier, Owens capitalizes on that and wins.

Owens will once again proclaim that he will be hosting an open challenge. Styles will demand a match, but Owens will deny him, saying he’s fought him too many times. Styles moves to the back of the line, and Kevin Owens faces new challengers.

Kevin Owens will then hold on to the United States Championship for the rest of his career. He’ll retire 10 years later, still the United States champion. At his last ever match, it will be for the championship. The match will end in a DQ, and Owens gets to retire with the title, forever the New Face of America.

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Updated WWE Network Subscriber Count Revealed

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WWE revealed in their second-quarter earnings report that the WWE Network averaged 1.63 million paid subscribers over the second quarter of 2017. This number is up 8% from last year. 1.158 million were from the United States while 410,000 were international.

The earnings report revealed that there was also a 6% increase in revenue generated by the WWE Network and pay-per-view buys, which totals to $54.9 million. WWE Network subscription revenue increased 7% to $49.1 million from $45.9 million in the prior year quarter based on an 8% year-over-year increase in average paid subscribers to over 1.63 million.

WWE expects the average number of paid subscribers to drop to 1.54 million in the 3rd quarter.

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Backstage News on the Awkward Finish to AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens at WWE Battleground

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As previously noted, WWE changed the plans for the outcome of AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens at the Battleground event. Styles was originally planned to retain the title prior to the show, however they made a last minute change to the match and Owens ended up capturing the title.

Dave Meltzer provided an update on the awkward finish to the match and confirmed that the change was actually made late into the match right before the referee bumped. The people that needed to know the finish were told that AJ Styles was winning and there was some commotion backstage when the finish went down.

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Who’s Idea Was For AJ Styles to Win the US Title at Madison Square Garden?

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While appearing on Edge & Christian’s podcast, AJ Styles revealed that it was actually Vince McMahon’s idea for Kevin Owens to drop the United States Championship title to him at the Madison Square Garden event a few weeks back.

“To me, it’s smart. It’s something that hasn’t been done in a long time and to do it at Madison Square Garden and everybody with WWE knows that’s a big deal. I think it was awesome. I think it was very clever and I loved it.”

Styles recalled, “there was a pop, ‘he won! Yes!’ but, ‘well, who’s going to walk out there?’ and then, there was another pop because nobody walked out there. It was really cool, but it was smart to not do that every year, but every couple of years to do something like that. I think it just came down to doing something different and it was Vince’s call and no one else’s. And yeah, it was great.”

Styles went on to explain how he wouldn’t be surprised to see the WWE Championship change hands at a SmackDown Live live event.

“You never know. And who knows? When the guys wrestling, whoever it may be wrestling Jinder Mahal, they may switch it. If you’ve got John Cena working Jinder Mahal on the main event or whatever, it could possibly happen. That’s a good idea. That’s a business move to some extent.”

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The Taz Show Recap – NXT Analysis, Effective Commentary in Wrestling, Will Taz Return to the Announce Booth? More!

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Taz opens today’s show speaking briefly about last night’s episode of NXT. He says that Velveteen is a very captivating character with a terrific look, great size and a ripped body. He thinks Velveteen Dream has a plethora of potential moving forward, and if he had to pick two NXT Superstars who he believes will become legitimate stars he’d choose Dream and Aleister Black.

Speaking about the NXT commentary team, one line in particular really bothered Taz during last night’s episode. After Velveteen Dream dropped his elbow finisher from the top rope, Mauro Ranallo said, “The elbow was Macho like Randy!”. Taz cringed at that line, and he really wishes Ranallo wouldn’t have compared Veleveteen Dream to ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage.

Taz understands that Ranallo is not making this comparison maliciously and he’s doing his best to get Velveteen Dream over, but Taz doubts Vince McMahon is aware that this type of comparison is happening on a weekly basis on NXT. He doubts McMahon would approve of these young talents being compared to some of the business’ all time greats, and Taz believes Ranallo is simply trying too hard to get these guys over.

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Updated WWE Network Subscriber Count (Q2, 2017) With Chart & Analysis

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WWE revealed their quarterly WWE Network subscriber count and business statistics as part of their conference call and earnings report today.

The WWE Network ended Quarter 2, 2017 (June 30, 2017) with 1.633 million subscribers. Of this number, 1.568 million of the subscribers are paid. That includes 1.158 million paying customers in the United States and 410,000 international paying customers. The company announced an average of 1.634 million paid subscribers for the quarter as a whole, which is the highest quarterly average for Network customers since the service launched.

The overall Network subscriber numbers are up from this point in 2016. As far as 2017 goes, the company averaged more paid customers during Quarter 2 of this year than they did during Quarter 1. With WrestleMania occuring during Quarter 2 of this year, that is to be expected. The closing paid subscribers number is very slightly down this quarter compared to last quarter (1.568 million versus 1.574 million). Even so, the WWE Network continues its slow but steady growth over the last couple of years. You can see the past paid subscriber counts below.

Paid WWE Network Subscriptions (U.S. and International, Combined)

  • Q2, 2017: 1.568 million subscribers at close, average of 1.634 million subscribers
  • Q1, 2017: 1.574 million subscribers at close, average of 1.490 million subscribers
  • Q4, 2016: 1.473 million subscribers at close, average of 1.407 million subscribers
  • Q3, 2016: 1.444 million subscribers at close, average of 1.458 million subscribers
  • Q2, 2016: 1.511 million subscribers at close, average of 1.517 million subscribers
  • Q1, 2016: 1.357 million subscribers at close, average of 1.290 million subscribers
  • Q4, 2015: 1.217 million subscribers at close, average of 1.237 million subscribers
  • Q3, 2015: 1.233 million subscribers at close, average of 1.173 million subscribers
  • Q2, 2015: 1.156 million subscribers at close, average of 1.216 million subscribers
  • Q1, 2015: 1.327 million subscribers at close, average of 927,000 subscribers
  • Q4, 2014: 816,000 subscribers at close, average of 721,00 subscribers
  • Q3, 2014: 731,000 subscribers at close, average of 723,000 subscribers (WWE Network launched internationally during this quarter on August 12)
  • Q2, 2014: 700,000 subscribers at close, average of 665,000 subscribers
WWE Network Subscriber Count Chart Graph

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You can read WWE’s full earnings report and WWE Network reporting data at this link.

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Updated WWE Network Subscriber Count (Q2, 2017) With Analysis

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Global Cruiserweight Series

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WWE revealed their quarterly WWE Network subscriber count and business statistics as part of their conference call and earnings report today.

The WWE Network ended Quarter 2, 2017 (June 30, 2017) with 1.633 million subscribers. Of this number, 1.568 million of the subscribers are paid. That includes 1.158 million paying customers in the United States and 410,000 international paying customers. The company announced an average of 1.634 million paid subscribers for the quarter as a whole, which is the highest quarterly average for Network customers since the service launched.

The overall Network subscriber numbers are up from this point in 2016. As far as 2017 goes, the company averaged more paid customers during Quarter 2 of this year than they did during Quarter 1. With WrestleMania occuring during Quarter 2 of this year, that is to be expected. The closing paid subscribers number is very slightly down this quarter compared to last quarter (1.568 million versus 1.574 million). Even so, the WWE Network continues its slow but steady growth over the last couple of years. You can see the past paid subscriber counts below.

Paid WWE Network Subscriptions (U.S. and International, Combined)

  • Q2, 2017: 1.568 million subscribers at close, average of 1.634 million subscribers
  • Q1, 2017: 1.574 million subscribers at close, average of 1.490 million subscribers
  • Q4, 2016: 1.473 million subscribers at close, average of 1.407 million subscribers
  • Q3, 2016: 1.444 million subscribers at close, average of 1.458 million subscribers
  • Q2, 2016: 1.511 million subscribers at close, average of 1.517 million subscribers
  • Q1, 2016: 1.357 million subscribers at close, average of 1.290 million subscribers
  • Q4, 2015: 1.217 million subscribers at close, average of 1.237 million subscribers
  • Q3, 2015: 1.233 million subscribers at close, average of 1.173 million subscribers
  • Q2, 2015: 1.156 million subscribers at close
  • Q1, 2015: 1.327 million subscribers at close, average of 927,000 subscribers
  • Q4, 2014: 816,000 subscribers at close
  • Q3, 2014: 731,000 subscribers at close (WWE Network launched internationally during this quarter on August 12)
  • Q2, 2014: 700,000 subscribers at close
WWE Network Subscriber Count Chart Graph

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You can read WWE’s full earnings report and WWE Network reporting data at this link.

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Another WWE ‘Superstar Shakeup’ Coming?; Second NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Match Confirmed

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NXT Women’s Championship Match Announced

Following last night’s WWE NXT broadcast on the WWE Network, the second match for NXT TakerOver: Brooklyn III was officially confirmed. After Ember Moon defeated Lei’d Tapa, Moon challenged the longest-reigning NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka. Later in the show, NXT General Manager William Regal confirmed the match for TakeOver: Brooklyn III. Asuka did not appear on the July 27th NXT broadcast, but she is set to reappear next Wednesday.

Moon and Asuka previously battled in a one-on-one match at TakeOver: Orlando, where Asuka dodged Moon’s Eclipse finishing move by shoving the referee.

The NXT Women’s Championship match is the second match confirmation for the third-consecutive TakeOver in Brooklyn special. The first match confirmation was NXT Champion Bobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre.

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III will air live on Saturday, August 19, from the Barclays Center, and it will broadcast exclusively on the WWE Network.

Another “Shakeup?”

In less than a year, we have seen two occasions where WWE superstars moved back and forth between RAW and SmackDown Live brands – the WWE draft last summer and the “Superstar Shakeup” this past April. According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there are talks of another “Superstar Shakeup” after SummerSlam.

The latest “Shakeup” saw the United States Championship and Intercontinental Championship swap brands, RAW gaining names such as The Miz and Maryse, Dean Ambrose, Alexa Bliss, and Mickie James, while SmackDown Live attracted Charlotte Flair, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn.

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Ric Flair ESPN Documentary Air Date & Trailer; Renee Young Becomes ‘Free Agent?’

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Ric Flair

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“The Nature Boy” Finally Airs

After what seems like a long delay, ESPN has confirmed the air date for its 30 for 30 documentary about “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Aptly titled “Nature Boy,” the 30 for 30 episode will air Tuesday, November 7, at 10 p.m. EDT.

In a statement from ESPN, 30 for 30 Executive Producer John Dahl said the documentary film was created after working with director Rory Karpf on other projects and realized Flair “would be a fascinating subject to explore for our first feature-length 30 for 30 on a pro wrestler.”

Karpf had previously interviewed Flair on the topic of sports villains and later discovered he wanted to do a film about “The Nature Boy.” He explained:

“I grew up a huge wrestling fan in the 1980s and I was captivated by Ric Flair. It’s been a personally rewarding experience to tell the story of arguably the greatest wrestler of all time. Ric’s story transcends the wrestling business, and my hope is that it will appeal to wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike.”

The documentary film features an in-depth conversation between Karpf and Flair during a 16-month span. Interviews were also done with Arn Anderson, Baby Doll, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels, Sting, Road Warrior Animal, Tully Blanchard, Triple H, The Undertaker, and members of the Flair family.

WOOOOOO!!! It's official. ESPN 30 for 30's "Nature Boy" will debut Nov. 7 on ESPN.Details: http://es.pn/2eONfJM

ESPN 发布于 2017年7月26日

Renee Young Moving Brands?

WWE revealed SmackDown Live interviewer Renee Young will also appear frequently on the RAW brand on Monday nights. She was seen during this week’s RAW, much to the surprise of viewers. Young also posted a photo with RAW interviewer Charly Caruso.

Dream team back in the (RAW) hiiiizouse!!! @charlycarusowwe ❤️❤️❤️ (and yes, I'll still be on Smackdown 😉)

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Young’s addition to RAW comes after the cancelations of Talking Smack as a weekly program and her Unfiltered series on the WWE Network.

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Steve Austin Believes Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar Should Headline WrestleMania

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During a recent installment of the Stone Cold Podcast, Steve Austin talked about Samoa Joe and mentioned that he would put him in the main event of WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar if he had influence on the WWE booking committee.

“If I was booking WWE or if I had influence on the booking of WWE, or whatever, my Wrestlemania main event would be Joe and Brock and I would build it and by the time we got there, people would be going crazy to see it.”

Austin also talked about Nakamura being brought up to the main roster and criticized WWE for booking him like he’s just another Joe Blow.

“You bring him over and he’s going 30-minute broadways with half the damn roster. Debuted down there in WrestleMania 32, NXT, with Sami Zayn, hell of a match. Hell of a match! A lot of credit to Sami Zayn and Shinsuke, but here’s ‘The King Of Strong Style’ and all-of-a-sudden, he comes in and he’s working Dolph [Ziggler] and it took him a long time to finish off Dolph for ‘The King Of Strong Style’. Do you understand where I’m going with this gimmick? That’s booking though. What is the plan? You’ve got this guy who’s one of those talents that just don’t come around every single day. He’s special. He comes in and you treat him like he’s another Joe Blow.”

You can listen to the complete podcast here.

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