WWE NXT In CRISIS?! Luke Harper STILL UNHAPPY In WWE?! | WrestleTalk News Oct 2019

WWE NXT In CRISIS?! Luke Harper STILL UNHAPPY In WWE?! | WrestleTalk News Oct 2019


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Who would be your first draft pick for Raw
or Smackdown? We’ve got a packed show of
news for you today, including the week two
ratings for both AEW and NXT, possible major
changes coming to the black and yellow brand,
and Luke Harper still being upset with WWE.
You can jump to any of those stories using
the timestamps down below.
And things have been… a bit weird round
the office as of late. I don’t know if you’ve
noticed, but we’ve had some issues with
the lights, and that Fiend keeps attacking
people! I’ve not seen Oli all day, Laurie
hasn’t been the same since yesterday, and
Pete seems oblivious to the whole thing. But
I’m going to try and get through this news
without being attacked. Wish me luck.
Tonight marks the end of the Wild Card Rule
and the beginning of the new version of the
WWE Draft split roster version 3.9 most definitely
for super duper reals this time. The Draft
kicks off on tonight’s episode of Smackdown
Live, and WWE.com have released some details
of what we can expect.
This version of the Draft will see 71 wrestlers
from Raw and Smackdown up for grabs, with
Raw getting three picks for every two that
Smackdown does due to the extra hour on Monday
nights. Tag teams are being counted as one,
unless either Fox or USA Network decides to
split them up, any undrafted wrestlers will
be considered free agents and can sign with
any brands. Fox and USA will be making the
picks and celebrities will be discussing them,
but Stephanie McMahon will be the actual person
to announce them. And although there are 71
wrestlers up for grabs not all of them will
be available to draft tonight, as they’ve
been split into two pools. One pool gets drafted
tonight and the second pool is saved for Monday.
It’s really quite simple when you think
about.
WWE have announced that celebrities and personalities
will be across both shows, including Michael
Che and Colin Jost from this year’s Andre
The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, Christian
Slater from Mr. Robot, The Real Housewives
of New Jersey, and various Fox Sports commentators
and analysts from NFL, MLB and Premiere League
Live. John Pollock of Post Wrestling has said
the celebs won’t be making any draft picks
per say and “are said to be spots discussing
strategy/analysis” while “Stephanie McMahon
will be in the role of announcing all the
picks like a league commissioner would.”
The big names for pool one tonight include
Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, The OC, The Fiend,
Sasha Banks, Randy Orton, Braun Strowman and
Kevin Owens, with a few surprise names in
there like 205 Live’s Humberto Carillo,
Akira Tozawa and former Cruiserweight Champion
Drew Gulak – which furthers the rumours that
WWE might be dropping 205 Live entirely. Street
Profits are also on the list to confirm their
main roster jump. Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar,
Charlotte Flair and Daniel Bryan are in the
list for the Raw portion of the Draft, and
there are no NXT names in either pool – which
seemingly confirms previous rumours that there
wouldn’t be any NXT call-ups in this Draft.
WWE also announced that tonight on Smackdown
we’ll see Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns,
with Rollins representing Raw and Roman repping
Smackdown – just in case you forgot he is
a Smackdown guy – with the winner getting
their brand the first draft pick.
So we’re heading into our last two WWE shows
with joint rosters – at least for now until
the ratings are bad and things change – and
Fox celebrated this, by tweeting a memorial
photo for the Wild Card Rule.
But looking at the list, there is one name
missing – and it’s been revealed that’s
because they have a potentially serious injury.
We haven’t seen a lot of Ember Moon since
her hashtag three week push during the build
to Summerslam. After losing that match to
Bayley, she’s appeared on TV a handful of
times, losing to Charlotte Flair, Bayley again,
and Lacey Evans on 23rd September edition
of Monday Night Raw. And as we alluded to
earlier in this news episode, Ember Moon’s
name is not on the list for either pool for
the 2019 Draft.
And now Dave Meltzer has reported in the Wrestling
Observer Newsletter that’s because Moon
is currently dealing with a potentially serious
injury. Meltzer says that the injury hasn’t
been fully disclosed at publication, but notes
that either something is wrong with her ankle,
or she’s suffered an Achilles injury. If
it is the ankle, Moon will be out for a while,
but nothing too significant. However if it
is her achilles, Ember Moon could be out for
upwards of a year.
Moon hasn’t had the smoothest ride to the
main roster after her excellent run in NXT
– though that is hardly unique to her – and
has suffered a couple of injuries already
– most notably an elbow injury she got during
the Royal Rumble which kept her out until
WrestleMania. While we hope this injury is
nothing too serious, it is notable that her
name is missing off that Draft list, which
suggests that WWE are not expecting her back
any time soon.
Someone else who probably won’t be back
anytime soon is Kevin Smith. The director
of movies such as Clerks, Mallrats, and Jay
& Silent Bob Strike Back was sat at ringside
for AEW’s debut show on Dynamite last week
alongside his co-star and hetro-life partner
Jason Mewes – and was even interviewed by
Chris Van Vliet to plug his new movie Jay
& Silent Bob Reboot which is released later
this month. Smith was invited to the show
by Chris Jericho, who will also star in Jay
& Silent Bob Reboot.
And Smith has now revealed this week that
he and Mewes were also supposed to be on the
star studded Smackdown debut on Fox that Friday.
However when they found out he was ringside
for AEW, he was told he wasn’t allowed to
be on the WWE show anymore. Here’s what
he had
to say:
Either that’s true, or they turned up to
Smackdown and the guard told them: “no ticket”.
This isn’t really connected to the news
story, but I also wanted to highlight what
Kevin Smith had to say about the debut of
AEW Dynamite. “It was dazzling”. That
is such a wonderful way to describe a professional
wrestling. From now on, I’m going to try
and describe wrestling as “dazzling” more.
What wasn’t quite so dazzling for AEW and
NXT this week were their ratings, which predictably
dropped this week following Dynamite’s debut,
and NXT’s TakeOver worthy card of title
matches and shock returns.
Due to two important baseball games, AEW was
aired on TNT but also on TruTV in case the
baseball overran. On TNT, AEW drew 1.018 viewers,
and another 122,000 on Tru – giving the show
a total of 1.14 million, which is a drop of
19.2% from last week. According to industry
experts, TNT’s average drop week to week
for shows is around 20%, but AEW only dropped
that number if you include the Tru viewers
as well.
The positives for AEW is that it maintained
over 1 million viewers – which is double the
figure that TNT reportedly wanted – and it
once again beat NXT in the key demos including
18-49, with NXT only winning the over 50s.
But what did you think of the shows? I scored
Dynamite a very high AEW-some, and 34% of
you agreed while 57% thought it was a full
five-out-of-five show! For NXT, Laurie gave
it a low Undisputed-ly Good, and 64% agreed!
But in the overall AEW vs. NXT war for Wednesday
night supremacy, 67% felt that Dynamite was
the better show, with only 24% voting for
NXT.
NXT also dropped in the ratings this week,
losing 11.3% of last week’s audience to
pull in 790,000 viewers. It’s been noted
that while AEW’s drop isn’t great, it’s
worse for NXT as this their fourth week on
USA, and have gone from 1.179 million to under
800,000.
And that could be leading to some big changes
to the black and yellow brand.
When it was first announced that NXT would
be moving to USA Network, it was reported
that Vince McMahon would have no involvement
in the show, with the whole thing being handled
by Triple H and his team. Not only that, but
despite AEW running bigger buildings, NXT
was going to stay in Full Sail. However, Dave
Meltzer reported that around 71 minutes into
NXT’s broadcast last week he got a text
from someone in production backstage saying,
“we need to get out of this building”.
And that looks like it could be the case,
as it’s been reported by the Wrestling Observer
Newsletter that WWE have made enquiries to
buildings across the US about shooting a television
product there on Wednesday nights. According
to Meltzer, these buildings would be around
5,000 seat capacity – the same size AEW are
currently selling out – and the move date
could be as early as January 2020. Meltzer
adds that this was always the plan even before
the first rating came in, and NXT is only
running Full Sail currently because the USA
Network move was a late decision and there
wasn’t time to book different arenas.
With NXT losing to AEW again in the ratings
this week, could we see more main roster stars
move to the black and yellow brand like Finn
Balor did last week? And could we see other
unhappy stars also move there? Someone like
Luke Harper, for example?
It’s been a tumultuous 2019 for Luke Harper.
After suffering an injury following Summerslam
last year, Harper told creative that he was
cleared to wrestle but never heard back from
anyone. This led to him posting a very honest
open letter on Twitter where he highlighted
his frustrations with the company for only
working Axxess against Dominick Dijakovic
over WrestleMania weekend, which got him a
short spot in the Andre the Giant Memorial
Battle Royal. Shortly after WrestleMania though,
Harper posted another letter on Twitter, this
time asking for his release from WWE. His
request was turned town, and it was reported
that WWE even added time to his contract for
his injury last year.
Harper shockingly made his return to WWE at
Clash of Champions last month, once again
teaming with Erick Rowan to beat Roman Reigns,
and was the man to eat the pinfall at Hell
in a Cell in a tag match against Reigns and
Daniel Bryan last Sunday. It’s been reported
that despite returning to TV, Harper has not
signed a new contract with WWE and is still
thought to be leaving next year.
And Harper’s Twitter displeasure appears
to be continuing. He recently changed his
Twitter bio to read that his DMS were “wide
f***ing open”, which he then changed last
month to read: “DMs are wide open. Wwe threatened
to fine me but it’s cool when nxt talent cusses
on Twitter…. got it.”
And while that might not seem like that big
of a deal – other than the fact he publically
said he was fined by the company for something
he posted on Twitter – he has changed it again,
this time to be even more sarcastic to his
situation. He’s removed the fact that he
was fined by WWE for swearing on Twitter,
and it now reads: “DMs are wide [censored]
open. I’ve never been more happy!”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone try
to get fired as hard as Luke Harper is right
now. It’s going to make for a very interesting
episode of Talk is Jericho next year!

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