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    BULLETIN: FIRST MATCH OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED FOR WWE REVOLUTION

    With Kay Lee Ray's tremendous victory on NXT over Piper Niven in a #1 Contender's Ladder Match, the first match has officially been signed for WWE REvolution.

    Ray will compete against NXT UK Women's Champion Bianca Belair in a high-stakes championship encounter! This marks the first appearance for the NXT UK Women's Championship at an all-women's WWE Network event. Last year, the championship was defended in front of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum crowd, but was not aired to viewers on the Network or any other medium. So some history will indeed be made in this forthcoming encounter.

    This also marks the first time that either Belair or Ray compete at an all-women's WWE Network event. Both missed last year's event last October but one year later, they each find themselves in enviable positions as champion and challenger, respectively.

    This also means that the NXT UK Women's Championship has added another show that it's been defended on. Already this year, the championship has been defended on NXT UK TakeOver by former champion Rhea Ripley, NXT UK TV, Smackdown Live, Raw, and NXT TakeOver: XXV by former champion Toni Storm, and now WWE REvolution by Bianca Belair. This well-traveled championship has already gained a lot of lineage, and the success piled on to those who've worn it have only raised the bar.

    WWE REvolution will air on the WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Saturday, October 26th.

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    Date:
    October 26th 2019
    Location: Brooklyn, New York; Barclays Center
    Event Theme: Little Mix; Salute

    NXT UK Women's Championship Match
    'The EST of NXT' Bianca Belair © defends against Kay Lee Ray

    Mae Young Classic Final
    Finalist 1 vs. Finalist 2

    Fatal Four-Way Ladder Match to Crown the FIRST-EVER Women's Intercontinental Champion
    ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ???
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    Re: April BTBOTM - World Wrestling Entertainment | 2019 & Beyond

    WWE RELEASES SEVERAL TALENTS

    World Wrestling Entertainment announced today they'd come to terms on the releases of several talents from their contracts on Thursday.

    The full list:

    ~ Aiden English
    ~ Akam
    ~ Big Show
    ~ Bo Dallas
    ~ Curt Hawkins
    ~ Epico
    ~ Eric Young
    ~ Heath Slater
    ~ Joe Coffey
    ~ Mark Coffey
    ~ Primo
    ~ Rezar
    ~ Rowan
    ~ Steve Cutler
    ~ Wolfgang
    ~ Zack Ryder



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    A video package opens the show. It opens up with, in big, bold letters:

    MAE YOUNG CLASSIC QUARTERFINALS

    We then see a woman jogging in the early mornings here, adorned in leggings and a tanktop. It becomes clear as we zoom in that the woman is none other than Deonna Purrazzo.

    And then, a subtitle appears while Purrazzo continues to run.

    NARRATED BY
    ALL-AMERICAN NATIONAL CHAMPION AND WNBA CHAMPION SUE BIRD


    “Becoming a champion isn’t easy. It takes hours upon hours of hard work.”

    We then come across Kay Lee Ray, who’s pumping iron in the Performance Center.

    “Ounces of sweat. Aches and pains by the bundle. No pain, no gain right? You’re gonna be feeling it.”

    Toni Storm can then be seen walking with her knee brace on in a hallway at the WWE Performance Center. Fittingly, she comes up to Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox. Both of whom have been around the block with that stuff.

    “Some feel it differently than others do.”

    You can say that again.

    Then we see Rhea Ripley making her entrance at TakeOver: Blackpool with the UK Title around her waist.

    “But some might have that it factor.”

    Next, Kairi Sane is shown winning the 2017 MYC and then the NXT Women’s Championship in Brooklyn last year

    “Others just have that championship mentality.”

    And then, we come around to Mayu Iwatani, whose presence is quite commanding.

    “Others are just special walking in the door.”

    A quick run of everyone making their entrance here.

    “Eight women remain to fight for the prize.”

    A double feature! Dakota beating Alexa and then Tegan knocking out Asuka are shown!

    “Some got here through shocking results.”

    Then we see Toni Storm defeating Meiko Satomura! Along with Kairi Sane defeating Nikki Cross!

    “Others did what was expected of them.”

    The dramatic conclusion from Candice LeRae’s defeat to Deonna Purrazzo is shown next! As well as Rhea Ripley mopping the floor of Carmella.

    “Showed their dominance.”

    Kay Lee Ray knocking off Naomi is shown next.

    “Left an impression.”

    And of course, Mayu Iwatani sending Natalya to the shadow realm.

    “Made their mark.”

    We then return back to how we started. We see Deonna running, but then she stops here. And she then goes down! Clearly she worked hard and is now wiped out, breathing hard on her back in the sun.

    “But how bad are you gonna want it?”

    Soon, we move to find Toni Storm in agony in the ring. Holding her mid-section in pain, clearly being brought through the ringer.

    “When the haymaker is thrown, how are you going to respond?”

    Both Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox go through rigorous knee exercises that damn near take them out.

    Rhea Ripley is then seen doing a POWERFUL-looking bench press, and she completes it safely and gets up and lets out an animated response.

    Kay Lee Ray can be seen running into and then pushing a heavily-weighted sled! And she pushes it for a GOOD while before showing that she’s pumped up.

    Kairi Sane is shown viciously sparring with her confidant, her best friend, and the NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai!

    Mayu Iwatani can be found shadow-boxing and shadow-kicking as well, looking fierce and strong!!

    The duo of Dakota and Tegan get back up here and start doing more agility drills, pushing each other to do more.

    Toni Storm then gets up and continues to do sets in the ring, looking strong while doing so, as she starts to gain control in her practice session!

    And then we see Deonna Purrazzo, getting back up to her feet, guzzling down after, and then sprints away.

    “It’s not about how you start. It’s how you finish.”

    Action shots appear of Deonna, Dakota, Mayu, and Kay Lee Ray.

    “Tonight, two women advance to the Mae Young Classic Semifinals.”

    More action shots of that quartet.

    “Who will take one step closer to becoming the winner of the biggest Mae Young Classic yet?”











    2019 MAE YOUNG CLASSIC
    QUARTERFINALS | SAN FRANCISCO, CA

    We descend upon San Francisco for the Mae Young Classic Quarters! Eight women enter the Bay Area and we’ll be down to FOUR by the time we’re done! Our commentary team of Michael Cole and AJ Lee welcome us to the show and then we get right down to the bracket!



    And we get a look at the two matches that we will see tonight. FIRST… will come later tonight in the MAIN EVENT:

    Last year’s Mae Young Classic winner Toni Storm…

    Battles the 2017 MYC winner Kairi Sane!

    In addition, we’ll see:

    Dakota Kai, after her SHOCKING win over Alexa Bliss in the Round of 16…

    Battle Deonna Purrazzo, who took care of Candice LeRae last week in Atlanta in memorable fashion!

    As well as!

    Former NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley…

    Face off with the Cinderella of the tournament so far, the one that pulled the most SHOCKING upset in the first round, Tegan Nox!

    And then we go and profile our first match…

    Kay Lee Ray, after uprooting 2-seed Naomi last week at The Garden gets back in the ring…

    …As she faces Stardom’s Mayu Iwatani, who beat Natalya last week in the MYC opener!

    After seeing the Tale of the Tape, we cut to video, hyping up the bout!


    “THE SAVIOR”

    Gracing us with her presence first is third-seeded Mayu Iwatani! Iwatani walks out wearing colorfully vibrant attire, white and baby blue, streamers adorned on her chest piece and armbands as she walks to the ring. The crowd reacts well enough to her and she is jazzed up to be here if nothing else. Mayu climbs into the ring and poses, drawing some reaction from the fans here!

    “VENOM”

    And the Scotswoman has made her arrival! Kay Lee Ray marches out here and nods her head confidently while walking down. Kay Lee of course has had a very busy week. She became the #1 Contender for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, clinching a berth at REvolution! But will she be pulling double duty at the show is the question? She could wind up taking one step closer to pulling the feat off if she gets through Iwatani tonight but that, of course, is no small feat!

    Mae Young Classic Quarterfinal Match
    (3) Mayu Iwatani vs. (7) Kay Lee Ray

    From the jump here, there’s plenty of mutual respect between these two ladies. They’ve had battles before in other countries and the admiration they have for each other is evident in how they wrestle this. Throughout the match there’s no cheap tricks, no outlandishly deceitful maneuvers. Just two ass-kickers trying to advance through to the semifinals. After all, 25,000 dollars and an auto-bid into NEXT YEAR’S Mae Young Classic is an attractive carrot dangling, isn’t it?

    During this matchup, Mayu tries her damnedest to hit Kay Lee Ray with her signature Dragon Suplex. The move, of course, beat Natalya in the Round of 16 and has beat many an opponent that she’s encountered. KLR knows that, and so she tries her best to avoid it. To the Scot’s credit, she’s able to be a slippery one. She avoids the early attempts here that Mayu dishes out as she seems to want to end this early! But Kay Lee averts trouble and is able to really prolong things.

    Ray shows off some of her physicality here as the match progresses. Mayu’s a tough cookie though and she’s able to match the physicality that Kay Lee’s able to bust out. The physicality makes an imprint on each of them as they rough each other up good. And try to bring the other to defeat with some gnarly high-impact moves.

    As the match has worn on here, both ladies are starting to empty the tank a bit. Ray is smashing Mayu’s face in with some forearms and then goes over to the ropes. She comes back and Iwatani CLOBBERS her with a spinning lariat! She then picks Ray up and scoops her up and hits a Michinoku Driver! 1! 2! NO! Kickout by Ray! Iwatani then gets Kay up again then goes for another Dragon Suplex! NO! Ray elbows free! Ray then grabs Iwatani quickly after she’s turned around, props her up AND BOOM! GORY SPECIAL! Ray covers!

    1!

    2!

    3-NO!!

    Iwatani kicks out of the Gory Special!

    Kay Lee Ray NEARLY advanced through! But she could not quite get it done here! Iwatani will survive a bit longer after getting her shoulder up. Ray then picks Iwatani up, and Iwatani sneaks her with an uppercut to the jaw! Mayu then grabs her and butterflies the arms, and then hits her with a Tiger Suplex! Iwatani then picks Kay Lee up and hooks the arms under the neck! And boom!

    DRAGON SUPLEX TO KAY LEE RAY!

    1!

    2!

    3—

    NO!!!

    Kay Lee Ray kicks out of the Dragon Suplex!!

    Mayu CERTAINLY wasn’t expecting that! Iwatani grabs Ray by the hair and smacks her upside it! Almost like she’s mad that she stayed up! She picks her up and goes for another Dragon Suplex! No! Ray uses the strength she has left to tug her forward! Mayu tumbles ahead and Ray runs up and delivers a Shining Wizard!

    But Mayu falls out of the ring! Ray can’t take advantage, so she goes out of the ring here after Mayu. She picks her up and then puts her up… in position! SPLAT! SHE FLATTENS MAYU WITH THE GORY SPECIAL ON THE OUTSIDE!!

    Oh my WORD!! Mayu’s face SMACKS right down on the mat, and Ray then musters herself up and grabs Mayu and tosses her into the ring! She goes back in and drags Mayu up, puts her in position… AND HITS ANOTHER GORY SPECIAL!! Ray turns over and pushes Iwatani’s lights-out body over and hooks the legs!

    1! 2!! 3!!!


    WINNER Kay Lee Ray via pin fall at 10:27. Ray ADVANCES in the Mae Young Classic.

    And the seventh seed has done it!!

    Kay Lee Ray is on to the semifinals!!

    A week of great fortune continues!! Kay Lee Ray has traveled quite a bit to get to this point and now she’s one step closer to winning the Mae Young Classic!

    Replays of this enthralling affair play on. Afterwards, Ray has her hand raised. Following that, Iwatani comes over and embraces Kay Lee! Ray smiles and embraces Iwatani back here as a nice moment’s occurring! Iwtani then bows to Ray, and Ray bows right on back. Iwatani waves goodbye to fans and high fives a few away here.

    Ray is given the ring meanwhile and she is elated and thankful. She acknowledges the crowd too and continues celebrating as we’ve learned one semifinalist and it’s one bad Scotswoman!


    THE WWE DRAFT

    BEGINS OCTOBER 11TH ON SMACKDOWN


    Moving backstage, Toni Storm and Tegan Nox are seen congratulating Kay Lee Ray! The ladies are seemingly very happy for each other and all their successes to this point. Tegan says that once she gets through Rhea Ripley later, she can’t wait to face Ray in the semifinals on the All-Women’s Raw! KLR responds by saying she’s obviously rooting for Tegan. She also says that the both of them are rooting for Toni in her match with Kairi Sane! Toni says that it would be an honor to face either of them in the finals. But! She says that neither of them are stopping her from going back-to-back! Enter… Dakota Kai! Dakota jokingly says to Toni that she hopes she didn’t forget about her. Storm says that of course she didn’t, and that the competitor got the best of her there. Kai says she understands and actually, she likes it, because she wants Toni at her best when they meet in the semifinals!

    Enter… Deonna Purrazzo! Purrazzo and Chelsea Green share a laugh. Purrazzo says that she can’t believe the filth and the lies coming out of their mouths right now. Deonna reminds them that this is her tournament to win. She reminds them all of what she did to Candice LeRae in Atlanta. Purrazzo says she will do whatever it takes to win and that’s what’s going to be the difference tonight when she beats Dakota Kai. Dakota seems to take issue with that, but Tegan pulls her back here, telling her it isn’t worth it. Kai glares at Purrazzo, who shares the exact same intensity here! Fiery!


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    UP NEXT…

    ‘The Nightmare’ Rhea Ripley looks to put her stamp on this tournament…

    …Against Tegan Nox, who’s been through SO MUCH… even at the hands of her opponent tonight!

    A video package plays, examining the road that Tegan Nox had to get here. And well, about the nightmares of last year, induced by THE Nightmare. Rhea Ripley also explains in the package that she just doesn’t give a damn. She wants the Mae Young Classic to herself because last year, she wasn’t featured on Evolution, her pre-show match wasn’t even aired. So she wants to make sure that it doesn’t happen again this year. She has a chip on her shoulder and she doesn’t give a damn who she has to put away, even if it's Earth’s Whiniest Wizard.

    Back to the arena.


    “THIS IS MY BRUTALITY”

    Out of the gate first is Rhea Ripley! The Nightmare’s presence is apparent even at the young age of 22 years old! She doesn’t turn 23 until October 11th, as pointed out by AJ Lee, and already she’s being labeled as a future cornerstone here in WWE. It’s very easy to see why and it’s also very clear why she induces so much fear. She gets into the ring and her towering figure rules the ring right now. She hopes to keep lording over it, but it will no doubt be tough.

    “CHICANE BOYS”

    Fan favorite and Cinderella of the Tournament so far Tegan Nox has descended on us!! Nox is seen wearing red and gold-colored Captain Marvel attire tonight! Perhaps fittingly enough in the land of the 49ers, Nox is suited up and ready to roll. She high fives a few fans down the aisle, keeping her spirit up high! She goes up and into the ring and poses up on the second rope in the corner. She hypes herself and the crowd up which seems to visibly annoy her opponent. Tegan takes her jacket off and sizes Rhea up in the corner. Ripley is once again annoyed by her mere existence, which could make for a fun match here!

    Mae Young Classic Quarterfinal Match
    (5) Rhea Ripley vs. (8) Tegan Nox

    Rhea Ripley’s general annoyance for Tegan Nox is very evident in this matchup. Tegan attacks her just like the gnat Rhea thinks that she is. But for Nox’s troubles… she gets her ass kicked. Oh boy does she get her ass kicked in the beginning of this match. Ripley seems to take great enjoyment in beating Tegan up too. There’s a reason, I suppose, that Nox was an eighth seed. Which does sound familiar to how we said things were with Asuka right? She made it happen then… but as the match wears on it seems to become unlikelier that she’s going to be able to do it again.

    Rhea keeps kicking her ass, but one constant theme remains. Tegan seems to still be ticking. Nox gets knocked around quite a bit, pillar to post. But she’s still here. She’s still persevering, which ticks Rhea off. Rhea starts to naturally attack the knee in a variety of ways. She does so in a different way from Deonna with Dakota. Rhea just uses her brute force and physicality to slam the knee down and stomp on it and make sure Tegan KNOWS that it’s gonna be hurting one way or another. She throws the knee into the steel steps on the outside after she gets the opportunity, a move that won’t earn her many fans, but may earn her a countout win! For Rhea, she’ll take it however she pleases! And plus, it’s embarrassing! And she wants to embarrass Tegan.

    But Nox’s relentlessness

    Rhea grabs Tegan and pulls her in a bit violently! She hooks her up and—

    GOES FOR THE RIPTIDE!

    NO!!

    TEGAN KNEES HER RIGHT IN THE FREAKING FACE!!

    Ripley drops Nox as a result as she’s taken back by that shot! And as the camera looks in, we can see that she’s a bit more than taken back!

    She’s bleeding!

    Oh my goodness – it also appears that Ripley’s nose might be broken!

    The referee checks on her as Nox looks on. Wide are her eyes, she didn’t even realize she did all of that! She looks down at her knee and then over at her, once again not even realizing she could do that almost. Ripley though is HOT, and she gets up and swim moves past the official! She goes over and engages in a fisticuff brawl with Tegan!! Tegan is more than happy to return the strikes here as the two are having quite the go at it here and now!

    Ripley sends Nox out of the ring after teeing off on her a bit and the referee then checks on her again. Ripley waves the ref off, who holds her still to boos from the crowd. The lead trainer and nurse have gotten into the ring as well, which also draws a reaction from the crowd. Tegan looks on, wondering if this is even going to proceed! Rhea demands they all get the hell away from her, but they say they have to keep the bleeding under control! They get her fixed up over here as Nox is able to get some respite out of this! She looks on as she says that she wants to continue this match when the referee approaches her. She says she doesn’t want to win by forfeiture because that’s not what she’s here for! We see now that they have gotten the blood under control on Ripley, as best they can. They’ve stuck cotton up her nose, but Ripley says she wants to continue! I guess if John Cena can work with a broken nose, then shit, so can Rhea Ripley!

    Tegan gets in the ring and Rhea takes this as an invitation to go on the attack again!! Nox is ready for her again here as the two start fighting. These two clearly don’t like each other and that’s very evident in how they’re approaching this match! Nox trips Ripley up and starts to tee off on her!! Fighting with so much pent-up aggression will get you there! Ripley though grabs her by the throat suddenly! She picks herself up and then tosses Nox into the corner! She stomps away at her, using the size differential to her advantage. Ripley then runs into the corner and smashes Nox up on it a few times, but is eventually unable to keep her down for the count of 3!


    The match proceeds to remain very physical. They’re teeing off on each other with every move, every strike, every kick and then some!! Ripley sends Nox, late in the match, to the ropes. Ripley bends down but Nox is ready and leapfrogs her! She then goes and grabs Rhea from a go-behind and runs into the ropes, pulling her back for a pin! 1! 2! No! Ripley sends Tegan to the ropes and through them she goes. Nox lands on the apron and sees the bullet train that is Ripley coming toward her! So Nox hits her with a rope-assisted Pele Kick! That’s enough to create some time to move! Nox does that, running and then riding up to the top turnbuckle! She looks out at Ripley as she comes in – MOLLY GO ROUND!! 1! 2!! NO!! Almost got her but Ripley kicks out at 2.75!!

    Nox then gets up and then appears to want to go for the Shining Wizard!! She runs in!

    NO!!

    Ripley stands up and grabs her by the throat!

    CHOKESLAM!!

    How ironic for Lady Kane!! Ripley then pulls her up immediately after—

    AS SHE GOES UP FOR THE RIPTIDE AGAIN!

    BUT NOX TURNS HER BODY AND THEN PULLS RHEA DOWN!

    INTO A VICTORY ROLL!!

    1!

    2!!

    RIPLEY KICKS OU—

    3!!!


    WINNER Tegan Nox via pin fall at 11:27. Nox ADVANCES in the Mae Young Classic.

    HOLY SHIT—

    TEGAN NOX HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!

    Tegan Nox is on to the semifinals!!! An unbelievable upset has happened again!! And the eighth-seeded Nox, who has now won her THIRD match of the tournament, is in disbelief and jubilation!!

    Rhea Ripley, the loser of the match, sits in the corner in shock. She can’t believe that she just got nipped like that. Her face is still a bloody mess, not a sight for sore eyes. And she then gets up and heads over Nox’s way! Uh oh!!

    Tegan has no idea, and she then turns around and finds Rhea!!

    Tegan looks up at her and Ripley scowls and shakes her head.

    “You made me bleed my own blood… … … … … so you better go make that worth it.”

    Rhea then goes and grabs Tegan’s hand and shakes it!

    WOW!!


    Rhea heads the other way and gets medical attention immediately while she goes up the ramp. Tegan meanwhile remains in complete shock!


    WWE REVOLUTION
    OCTOBER 26TH ON THE WWE NETWORK


    Ace reporter Renee Young can be then seen standing outside a suite here at Chase Center. Young is playing the role of correspondent and she has a scoop for us. She was just sitting with several network executives from both NBC Universal and Fox, who were invited to this show! And she says that they have been watching this tournament and have come away very impressed with many of the women, including the one who just won their match.

    Interesting!

    And now… Quarterfinal #3!

    We get the Tale of the Tape, then the video package, and we’re then back inside Chase Center.

    “HIGH GROUND”

    And then out walks Dakota Kai! Kai receives a decent hand from the crowd here as she walks out. The eighth-seeded underdog definitely received some positive recognition following her victory over top-seeded Alexa Bliss last time around at MSG. That much is clear! But now Dakota is trying to make it two lower seeds to win tonight after her friend Kay Lee Ray won earlier.

    “FLUENT IN PURRAZZO”

    But to that point, it’s not gonna matter what seed Dakota Kai is if Deonna Purrazzo has her way. Deonna comes out, looking sharp and strong as ever. She is wearing dark purple tonight based on her jacket and revealed attire. Purrazzo keeps her eyes locked on Dakota as she heads up to the ring. It’s clear the tension from before is still evident. What will come of that tension? Well we’re sure as hell about to find out.


    Mae Young Classic Quarterfinal Match
    (5) Deonna Purrazzo vs. (8) Dakota Kai

    The referee attempts to get both women to shake hands at the start of the match like the other matches have started. Unfortunately for said referee, neither Deonna nor Dakota have any interest in a pre-match handshake. There’s some building animosity between these two parties that’s been heightened of late on NXT. So they are not willing to partake in any sportsmanship here. And this could be the first match that’s really like that in this tournament, which could produce something very interesting here!!

    Dakota and Deonna don’t start by grappling. No there’s strikes to be had between both sides. The usually technically-gifted Purrazzo is put in a different spot, and Dakota, who started the fistfight, overwhelms her! It seems like Kai had a plan and to start the night here at least, it appears to really be working!! Kai lets a couple of big kicks fly also, doing damage to Deonna’s body which will hopefully tire her out.

    Kai maintains the early advantage here as the underdog eighth seed, who only got into this by winning the Play-In match she had, is looking very impressive! And perhaps very under-seeded as well. Purrazzo doesn’t quite know what to do with Kai, who continues to put her on skates!! Kai stuns Purrazzo with a Bicycle Knee to the jaw, and then runs to the ropes. She rebounds off, and then after turning around, hits a Wheelbarrow Bulldog on Deonna!! Dakota then gets up again, hits the ropes, tumbles, and delivers Rolling Thunder to Purrazzo! She gets a near fall, but this burst of early energy has Kai and some of the crowd picking up on all this, fired up right now!

    Dakota keeps this energy going until Deonna’s finally able to snuff it out. She does so rather swiftly too, countering an Irish Whip into a snap powerslam that immediately shifts things into her advantage. Deonna goes into full ground-and-pound mode. She keeps Dakota down and tries to wear her out. She recognizes what her exuberance was doing for her and now she’s attempting to silence it! To her credit, she does a damn good job at it. She goes from hold to hold here, and while Kai’s energy is sorely missed by the crowd, Purrazzo’s managed to get back into control here!

    She plays the physical game here as well. She gets Kai up in the corner and throws her shoulder up into her gut a few times. She then rifles off a couple knife-edged chops, and then pulls her to the center of the ring and folds her arm up behind her back, and much like she did to Candice last week, drops Dakota on the arm!! Purrazzo immediately keeps the pressure applied, folding her arm up again and putting it in an uncompromising position. Kai winces big time, as she’s suddenly on tilt here!

    Kai is able to extend the match though as she gets to the ropes. Purrazzo remains in control though and she’d very much like to keep it that way. Deonna blocks a kick attempt by Kai and then hits her with a big Dragon Screw takedown! She then drops an elbow on Kai’s bad knee – still braced up, and Deonna then gets up and drops a quick leg on it!! Deonna dusts her hands off as she just made quite the impact quickly! She then comes over and stomps right on it a few times!! She goes through the ropes here and pulls Kai’s legs through by the ringpost. She grabs the leg with he bad knee… and bangs it off the post!!

    Deonna then follows up here after she grabs the legs again and locks in the Figure Four on the post!! Purrazzo keeps the hold applied for all of four seconds, but those were some painful four seconds!! Purrazzo gets up to her feet and gloats a little bit. She feels she has this in the bag and she might be right to think so. Kai struggles away here as Purrazzo keeps attacking the knee in the ring over the next few minutes. Deonna eventually lifts her up by the bad leg. She causes Dakota to hobble and taunts in her face about it. So how does Kai respond? With an Enziugiri!

    Oh and she got all of it too, you better believe!! Kai just flipped things on a dime here as Purrazzo is out! Dakota crawls away from the scene and helps herself up. She allows for Deonna to get up, but not until after eight seconds. Which helps Dakota’s cause also of course since she was ailing! She comes over and gets into a strike-fest with Purrazzo that she eventually wins thanks to her good leg! Purrazzo goes for a clothesline but Dakota ducks! She turns around and kicks her with her good leg and drops her with an X-Factor!! And she’s sure to land on her good side also! She goes and covers! 1! 2! Shoulder up!

    Dakota gets up and tries to feed off the energy from the crowd. She’s able to get some invested here and she runs in and strikes Deonna down a few times!! Purrazzo runs toward her and Kai knees her in the jaw!! And she then pulls her in, puts her arm behind her back and dishes out some of her own medicine, dropping Deonna down on her arm!! Kai is working on pure adrenaline now it seems, as she’s hobbling, but not nearly as ailed as she was before! She looks on at Deonna who’s on her knees, grabbing her arm, and she runs over. SHINING WIZARD! A PAGE OUT OF TEGAN NOX’S PLAYBOOK! A cover on Purrazzo! 1! 2!! 3-NO!!

    Dakota nearly picked off another higher-ranked seed and nearly did so with her BFF’s finishing move! Dakota picks Deonna up and strikes her while she does so. She goes for another but Purrazzo blocks it and hits her with a chop! Scorching her chest, Dakota feels the pain and then can’t block a second chop issued by Purrazzo!! The Virtuosa goes for the trifecta and hits it! But Dakota sends her forearm into Deonna’s head! Another strike-fest ensues here but Dakota clobbers Deonna with a headbutt!! Deonna stumbles into the corner and then Dakota runs around… AND HITS HER WITH A KAIO KICK!!

    Deonna crashes to the mat as Dakota hooks the legs!!

    1!

    2!!

    DEONNA PUTS HER FOOT ON THE ROPE TO BREAK THE PIN!!

    Dakota tries not to get too frustrated, but she’s more exasperated that she couldn’t get it done. Deonna is certainly pushing her to her limits here, and as the match continues on, Purrazzo is nothing if not stubborn! And that stubbornness soon works in her favor! Purrazzo refuses to be hit in the corner later, as she sends Dakota back with a right hand. Kai comes in again but Purrazzo’s ready! Drop toehold down on the second turnbuckle! Kai hits it hard and slumps down! Deonna spins the match to her side of things quickly, and pounces on the moment.

    She keeps Dakota held down here but soon finds out she might be just as stubborn to put down. Deonna grabs Dakota in after an Irish whip and hits a BIG backbreaker over her knee!! And afterwards, Dakota screams out for her back, but it’s put in more harm as Purrazzo puts her in a Crossface!! Purrazzo’s submission style is proving beneficial here as she tries to pull Dakota back as far as she possibly can be! Deonna keeps the hold applied here as Dakota is toiling obviously. Dakota reaches out for the ropes but she’s too far away to get them!

    Dakota digs her arms into the mat to try and make a push. Deonna applies the hold harder here as she yanks back more. Dakota screams but still won’t be put away! Kai makes more inwards towards the bottom rope again here. Deonna tries to fight it off and elbows her in the back of the head! She then reapplies the hold as Dakota is dazed now! Kai regains her composure a few seconds later though and makes yet another push for the ropes. And she gets there!! Deonna is upset though and takes her frustration out on Kai! She gets up and starts stomping on her repeatedly! And then starts stomping on the knee again!

    She grabs Kai by the boot and pulls her back, yanks her up in the air and SLAMS her down! Deonna does this again and again and then runs off to the ropes. She comes back in and jumps and drops an elbow down on the bad knee!! She hooks the leg! 1! 2! NO!! Kai is clearly in a LOT of pain right now but she’s still not going away!! Deonna grabs her leg and starts kicking at the knee again! She stomps on it over and over again too! An absolute mean streak is being unleashed out on Dakota Kai from Deonna Purrazzo! And as if she could be in more pain, Purrazzo then goes down and slaps on the Fujiwara Armbar!!

    Already in so much pain, Dakota now has to deal with this!! Deonna cranks the arm back and twists it and manipulates the crap out of it! Kai yells, as she’s getting picked apart and is visibly distraught. Every bad feeling is overtaking her but still, she fights on! Deonna keeps the armbar locked in tight, doing her best to pull it out of the damn socket. Dakota still clings onto hope here. She digs into the mat, inching forward. Purrazzo sees this and tries to further hyperextend the arm. Dakota screams, but then feverishly shakes her head while the referee asks her if she wants out! Kai pushes ahead again as Deonna looks down. She tries to further bend it but Dakota reaches out…

    …As Deonna kicks at her hand!! Deonna kicks again on it but whiffs! She tries a third time and lands it halfway! But in the meanwhile she’s actually losing some grip on the arm! She reapplies it, realizing her mistake, but in that moment, Dakota reaches out and grabs the rope!!

    Deonna lost her patience and it just cost her there! She relinquishes the hold but does NOT look happy at all. Deonna grabs Kai by the hair and pulls her up. She gets in Kai’s face and yells at her, telling her to quit! She says that this is her tournament and no one else’s! Especially not the eighth seed’s! She then smacks Dakota across the face!! Dakota stumbles into the ropes, but looks furious herself now! That slap might’ve just done something! Deonna goes and grabs Dakota again by the hair, showing no respect whatsoever!

    AND DAKOTA SLAPS DEONNA!! A COLD, HARD SLAP!!

    Deonna stumbles backwards and Dakota then builds up some rage and then runs ahead!

    KAI-ROPRACTOR TO DEONNA PURRAZZO!!

    COVER!!

    1!

    2!!

    3-NO!!!

    Oh NO!! Deonna kicked out of the Kai-Ropractor!!

    Dakota lets out a HUGE sigh, but not of any sort of relief. She cannot BELIEVE that didn’t put her down for the count! Dakota gets up to her feet and moments later, she goes for another Kaio Kick on Deonna! But Deonna moves!! Dakota’s foot hits the rope, backing her up, and Deonna then grabs the bad leg AND LOCKS IN A LEG LOCK!!

    Deonna immediately scissors the leg and twists the ankle!! She’s got a grapevine situation here now and is using it to her FULL advantage!! Kai shouts out as she reaches for the ropes! But Deonna sees this, grabs her by the boot again, SLAMS HER ELBOW down on Kai’s knee, and then puts the Leg Lock back in here in the center of the ring!!

    It's suddenly getting very late in the game!! Dakota tries to make more inwards, but she has almost nothing left!! Everything’s being emptied out here, as Purrazzo cranks and cranks and CRANKS some more on the ankle and leg of her opponent!! The underdog Kai has done everything she could do here. She reaches out again but she’s just too far. She’s going through too much. Purrazzo has the hold TIGHTLY applied and isn’t going to let go for anything but a rope break!! She cranks at it some more and—

    SHE PASSED OUT!

    DAKOTA KAI PASSED OUT!!

    IT’S OVER!!

    WINNER Deonna Purrazzo via technical knockout at 13:46. Purrazzo ADVANCES in the Mae Young Classic.

    Deonna’s done it!

    Dakota Kai’s upset bid has been snatched up! And instead, it is Deonna Purrazzo advancing to the Mae Young Classic Semifinals!

    Kai gave it everything she had and laid it all out there. Literally. She emptied her tank till she quite legitimately passed out. The pain was too much for her to endure. She never tapped out. She never said I Quit. But she could not continue the match and Deonna Purrazzo could.

    The Virtuosa’s biggest win to date – over someone who beat ALEXA BLISS – has her feeling amazing. But she looks like she expected it. She let out that mean streak but perhaps she always had that in her. Perhaps we are looking at the woman who’ll stand tall at REvolution.

    Deonna looks on, admiring her work almost, as Dakota is helped up after coming back to life here. Purrazzo laughs and exits the ring. Purrazzo then continues on here and then we see Tegan Nox marching out!

    And boy she is FUMING.

    She gets right in Deonna’s face!

    Deonna cracks a smile.
    “Stay outta my way if you know what’s good for you,” Purrazzo threatens. Unflinching, Tegan gets in her way anyway! Deonna clenches her jaw as Tegan stays up in her face.

    “You better hope Kay Lee Ray kicks my ass,” warns Nox, glaring Purrazzo in the eyes. “You don’t want to face me in Brooklyn if you make it that far.”Nox shakes her head. “Not after that.”

    Purrazzo tells Tegan exactly what she thinks about her threats. She dusts her hair to the side and walks away with a smirk on her face! Nox shakes her head and watches her walk, hatred in her eyes. Tegan runs down and checks on Dakota, who’s in good spirits now. But obviously… this might have just gotten personal. Very quickly.


    THE MONDAY NIGHT RAW SEASON PREMIERE

    THIS MONDAY NIGHT AT 8!

    TUNE IN FOR THE FIREWORKS!!

    And we are able to transition away from that wild scene that just unfolded here. And we then throw it back to Renee Young, who has grabbed a hot interview: Deonna Purrazzo!

    RENEE YOUNG
    That’s right, thank you Michael. Deonna Purrazzo, you are the second to qualify for the 2019 Mae Young Classic semifinals. Tense moment back there though after your match with Dakota Kai. Tegan Nox got in your face. Toni Storm made some comments. Do you have a response?

    Deonna looks over at Renee and nods.

    DEONNA PURRAZZO
    It’s real simple. When that bell rings and I’m between those ropes, what I do to my opponent is entirely up to chance. There is no move that I won’t make. No chance I will not take. One week I might take your wrist tape, hog tie you and make you quit. The next, I might inflict you with so much pain that you pass out because you can’t take it anymore. Boundaries are going to get crossed every single time. You are going to get hurt when you face The Virtuosa. The best thing that you can hope for is that I find my conscience, but I ghosted it so long ago that they’ve moved on to some other sap without the guts to be real about things.

    Sheesh…

    Deonna Purrazzo
    Dakota Kai, just like Candice LeRae before her, was in the wrong place… at the wrong time. Was I trying to send a message out there? You’re damn right I was.

    Purrazzo smirks and then lets out a full smile.

    Renee Young
    What was that message?

    Deonna Purrazzo
    Same as it’s always been, Renee. Quit overlooking me. I am the favorite to win this tournament. I don’t care about Kairi Sane and I don’t care about Toni Storm. And you know what? You better stop talking about all these other superstars in this tournament. This is MY Mae Young Classic. It has always BEEN my Mae Young Classic. When the committee decided to rightfully invite me to this event, the committee also decided who was going to be crowned its champion. At REvolution, October 26th, Brooklyn, New York, 14 months after The Virtuosa first arrived in the VERY same building… I will take what’s mine. Toni Storm, Kairi Sane, you better start thinking about your backup plans. Your other ways of getting to REvolution. It’s sure as HELL not going to be in the Mae Young Classic. Because I’m going to the All-Women's Spectacular. I’m going to win. And then, I’m going to be the woman I always knew I was.

    Whew… Purrazzo is as intense as it gets right now.

    Renee Young
    Do you have a comment about Tegan getting in your face though?

    Deonna Purrazzo
    Either she or Kay Lee Ray is going to tap out, pass out, or just lose to me in Brooklyn. It does not matter. I don’t fear anybody in this tournament because it’s mine, Renee. And everyone else just needs to deal with that.

    And away Deonna goes… having left a whole TRAIL of fire behind her.

    And now…

    MAIN EVENT TIME!

    A video package plays to hype up this star-crossed match where the first two winners of the MYC are facing off against each other! The FINAL SPOT in the Semifinals is on the line, so the stakes are VERY high!

    “VOYAGE”

    Away we go! Kairi Sane is first out of the chute here as our resident Pirate Princess has arrived. She’s tasked with quite a challenge tonight but the former NXT Women’s Champion and inaugural Mae Young Classic winner has been in these big moments before. And she has delivered in spades too! Sane, wearing white attire with teal blended into it, gets to the ring and she does notably have a different demeanor. One that looks very focused and not so crowd-friendly like we’ve become used to. Perhaps that’s Io Shirai’s doing, and speaking of, The Genius of the Sky is not here! So it looks like this’ll be one… on one.

    “TAKE COVER”

    And here comes Toni Storm! Storm walks out to a nice hand from the crowd and she looks to be very fired up. Dressed up in black and white attire with a black jacket and white hat, Storm strolls down to the ring. She looks focused with a mix of fan-friendly, as she high fives plenty of them on her way to the ring. The opposite of Kairi, who’s looking in at her target. Storm gets on the apron and then climbs inside and throws the horns up, giving a shout, and then takes off her jacket and stares over at Kairi. She goes up to offer a handshake, and Kairi shakes it firmly… keeping her eyes locked in on Storm, who shares the same competitive stare!


    Mae Young Classic Quarterfinal Match
    (2) Toni Storm vs. (3) Kairi Sane

    And it’s main event time!

    Kairi and Toni stand up to each other here in the center of the ring. Toni offers a handshake and Kairi accepts. Firmly. She stares into Toni’s eyes, as the happy-go-lucky face we’ve grown accustomed to for Kairi is escaping from inside her with each passing moment. Toni stays aplomb though and there’s a tremendous feeling out process to start this one. Grapple exchanges and tests of strength aplenty, Sane and Storm are certainly on equal footing. Both spent time carving out their careers in Japan; both are former champions of their respective brands; and both of course are former Mae Young Classic winners. And both look the part of MYC favorites in this one, and hey – both are the highest seeds remaining in the tournament!

    We saw Deonna’s mean streak be flashed in the last match and we can say the same about Kairi Sane’s evolving one. Kairi doesn’t look like a very wholesome babyface anymore. She is much more physical and much more chaotic. Toni absorbs a lot of early offense from Sane, who isn’t shy about using her hands to try and snuff the 23-year-old prodigy out. After stunning her, Kairi unleashes some kicks, but Toni eventually blocks one! She gets up and tries to get on the offense, but all she receives in return is a punishing kick to the rib cage! Followed up by one to the sternum, a shotei and a back kick to knock her off her feet!

    Kairi’s aggression keeps her going here but Toni is still staying alive. She weathers this storm and begins to let one of her own surge. Kairi eats some offense from Toni, who’s playing a much more methodical game. She gets Sane grounded and pounds away at her that way. She won her first match one way and she’s trying to win her second another! She knees Kairi in the chest and then starts to go after her legs. AJ Lee rightly and perhaps obviously points out that the former NXT Women’s Champion needs her legs to deliver her In-Sane Elbow Drop. And so Storm is trying to make life harder for her opponent!

    The physicality between the two doesn’t stop persisting. Their fight, and this has turned into a fight, spills into the ringside area. Toni breaks the count after stunning Sane, but then Sane lets a quick kick fly in to Storm! She then grabs her and throws her hard into the side of the ring! Sane then climbs in to break the count and then viciously kicks Toni again. Sane then goes and grabs a steel chair! But she doesn’t hit Storm with it. Instead, she sits the chair out and then grabs Toni and sits her down on it. She pounds away at her, making sure she doesn’t get up. Sane then goes into the ring and then back out. Kairi then steps back here, ‘walks the plank’ and then runs in—

    FLYING KICK THROUGH STORM’S FACE, AS SHE FALLS OFF THE CHAIR!

    My goodness!! Kairi Sane has gone to great lengths to try and take Toni Storm out!! Kairi then goes up the steps and into the ring and takes a seat! She is content with another countout win! Last week she knocked out one half of Firestorm and won by countout, and now she’s looking to do the same to the other! The count gets to six as we see Storm really coming to her senses. It gets to seven as she begins to get her bearings. Coming back into her consciousness. Eight as she begins to crawl over. Nine as she needs to beat the count!


    And she does!

    Kairi angrily walks over, as if it’s pissing her off that Storm got up and is continuing the match. It probably is! Storm keeps taking a beating here but she’s showing plenty of resolve! Sane strikes her and causes her to stumble out of the corner. But Storm stops and unloads with a huge strike to Sane! It rocks Kairi back here but Sane roars back with a forearm! Storm withstands the blow! Toni then headbutts Sane and pulls her back! HUGE German Suplex! Storm sends her back flying and both women are now down and out on the mat!

    Both ladies reach their feet and combat with each other before Sane unleashes a POWERFUL back elbow! Storm is put on Dream Street and Kairi pulls her back and hits a Bridged German Suplex, dropping Storm damn near on her neck! 1! 2! SHOULDER UP! Storm kicks out!! Kairi can’t seem to believe that Toni could kick out of that, but kick out she did! Kairi keeps the pressure applied here and looks to drill Toni with a DDT moments later. But Storm breaks free suddenly! And after kicking away her arm she boots Sane in the gut! She pulls her in and goes for Storm Zero! But Kairi breaks out of it and back drops her!

    Storm’s attempt at the finisher was the closest she got to taking Kairi down! But take her down she didn’t and Kairi makes her pay for that quickly. It seems that Toni’s chances of winning the tournament are evaporating with each passing strike from the 2017 MYC winner. Sane weakens Storm again and then jumps up on her shoulders!? She rolls through with a Victory Roll, but instead of pinning, Sane gets up to her feet, leaps up AND PULVERIZES STORM’S CHEST WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! Sane quickly hops on her and covers both legs! 1! 2! TONI KICKS OUT AT 2.5!

    Toni kicks out and Kairi is in despair! Sane can’t believe that didn’t do it, and she then stomps her out! She finishes stomping on her here and then drags her out towards the corner. Kairi then walks and ascends to the top rope. As she does though, we see Storm beginning to stir. Kairi climbs up to the top, and as she does, Storm has reached her feet too! Wounded, Storm trudges over and knocks a surprised Sane down! Toni gets her with a few shots, as even though she’s weakened, she’s digging deep!

    Storm then goes up to the second rope and tries a Superplex! But Sane slams her back with her forearm and then shoves her away. But Storm comes back and slams her forearm into Kairi’s face! She then grabs Sane and pulls her off the top rope. She then hooks the leg and hits a Fisherman’s Suplex! Keeping her down! 1! 2! NO! Kick out at 2! Storm stays on her though as she’s catching quite the second wind here! She grabs Kairi and throws her into the corner and then runs in and splashes on her! Sane shuttles down to a seated position and Storm smacks her side as she gets the crowd riled up! She digs REAL deep here, runs ahead, and crashes into Kairi with a Hip Attack! She pulls Kairi over and peels her leg up! 1! 2! NO!! Shoulder up!

    Tony’s babyface bid rides on here but Sane eventually sends her face-first into he second turnbuckle in the corner! It Dazes and slumps Storm against the nearby rope as Sane turns the match back in her favor. She grabs Storm by the legs and drags her out. Toni holds on for dear life, using whatever wherewithal she has, but Sane pulls her up and catches her on her shoulder! Sane pulls Storm away from the rope. She runs but Storm pushes herself off! Sane turns around and goes for a Spinning Back Elbow! Toni scouts it and avoids it and then boots her in the gut! And goes for Storm Zero again! No! Kairi worms out of it and shoteis Toni! She pulls Toni in—DDT! SPIKES HER!

    Kairi keeps the pressure applied here over the next few minutes. She nearly gets Toni to submit, but Storm fought out of an STF by eventually putting her hand and the arms on the rope! Kairi throws multiple kicks at Toni afterwards after she tried helping herself up. But she weakened Storm so much that she just drops back down to the mat! Sane stomps on her and then pulls her in near the corner. The Pirate Princess can see her bid to get to the semifinals in her sights! She takes aim!

    AND FLIES THROUGH THE AIR!

    SHE SCORES WITH THE IN-SANE ELBOW DROP!!

    COVER!!

    1!

    2!

    KAIRI’S MOVING ON—

    NO!!!

    Toni kicks out!!

    And Kairi shoteis Storm in the chest!! She scorches her with her palm, the hardest strike she’s unleashed so far. She then dips down and POWERS Toni up onto her shoulders! She then reaches back and then delivers an Air Raid Crash!! Kairi balances herself up on the top rope and looks below at the downed Storm!

    SANE GOES FOR THE IN-SANE ELBOW DROP ON STORM AGAIN!!

    NO!!!

    TONI KICKS HER LEGS UP SO THEY HIT KAIRI’S ELBOW!!

    She grabs it in pain!! Storm had enough consciousness to turn the tide!! Sane toils on the mat while we see that Storm mighties herself up. She’s gone through a lot in this match but she sees the opening and wants to seize the opportunity! Storm goes up to Sane and kicks her in the gut. Then she pulls her in and butterflies the arms!

    AND TONI FINALLY HITS STORM ZERO!!!

    1!

    2!!

    3!!!


    WINNER Toni Storm via pin fall at 15:09. Storm ADVANCES to the MYC Semifinals.

    She’s done it!

    Toni Storm is on to the semifinals!!

    A GUTSY performance for the 23-year-old! Storm is hyped up as she has weathered through a LOT. Kairi Sane bruised and banged her up pretty good in this one. But the former NXT Women’s Champion’s attack was not enough to prevent Toni from picking up the victory!

    Storm had to fight for that one and fight just to use her finisher! The third time was the charm however and as we can see, Storm is relieved to have survived that match. Surviving and advancing is all that matters at this point. The fact is, Toni got it done!

    And now we’re down to four women! Four women who’ve just become at least $25,000 richer! And four women who’ve all automatically received invites into next year’s tournament as well. Two of

    Deonna Purrazzo
    Kay Lee Ray
    Tegan Nox
    Toni Storm

    Will be competing at the historic REvolution event on Saturday, October 26th in Brooklyn!

    So much on the line still, and think of what’s already happened!


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    BULLETIN: Braun Strowman bolts WWE

    A major name is gone from WWE.

    Adam Scherr, better known as Braun Strowman to the WWE Universe, has left the company. The two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract as his has expired.

    The reported incident at Madison Square Garden in September, in which a WWE superstar left and was planning on leaving the company, was indeed Strowman as we have learned today. In recent conversations leading up to this moment, the WWE locker room is not said to be surprised by this after the incident. There was however a sense that the rapidity to which it happened is what can be described as surprising. One superstar, who spoke with anonymity, who we spoke to suggested that Strowman had to have felt ‘insulted’ to react in the fashion that he did to lead to his exit. And to that degree, it seems that whatever occurred left things irreparable.

    Strowman leaves WWE having won The Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia in 2018, shortly after winning the Raw Tag Team Championship with a child at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. His peak featured his work with Roman Reigns in 2017.

    As far as destinations, some have suggested that he could land in All Elite Wrestling or Impact Wrestling.



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    Braun is GONE! Braun is GONE! BRAUN is GONE!! In all seriousness, I don't think that's super shocking given his limited usage in this thread as of late. I think when you mentioned that big time releases in a news post earlier the main picks were Braun and Bray. That's not a bad thing because it makes sense with the world you're creating

    A quick comment on the Mae Young results from this week as well. I've long believed that you were going to have Storm win the whole thing so it makes sense that she's advancing. Tegan beating Rhea was a mild surprise for me, but you are a big Tegan fan. Also you play on shared history very very well so now I'm feeling a Nox-Kai final; which I would be ELATED for. I always felt like there was more to that story to tell IRL. The one that is kind of a head scratcher for me is Kay Lee Ray. Not because you're booking her poorly or that she isn't a great talent. She's amazing and you're making her look really strong. However, I know the Mae Young finals are at Revolution and I know Kay Lee Ray is facing Bianca at Revolution. So it's created this weird thing in my head with her semifinal match against Tegan. Tegan is an 8 seed, ultimate underdog type who is trying to overcome the odds and win this right? But now she feels like a favorite against Kay Lee next week because I know Kay Lee will be doing something else at Revolution. Overall all though, the Mae Young shows continue to be a fun addition to this thread. Your passion for women's wrestling really comes through in the writing

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    Really digging the Mae Young Classc thus far. Lots of interesting matchups. I really hope my girl Kay Lee Ray wins, could be a huge launching pad for her.


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    BULLETIN: Tag Team Exits WWE

    As WWE begins its biggest week in recent memory, they will be doing so without a legendary tag team on the roster.

    The Hardy Boyz have left WWE. Reports surfaced early Sunday that Matt and Jeff Hardy requested their release from WWE prior to the recent cut-down day last week. We're told that WWE hoped to negotiate some sort of compromise with them staying, but both expressed their dissatisfaction with their current directions. And so, the compromise is that the Hardys are now free agents.

    We're told that The Hardys had expressed frustrations recently with how little they have been used for several months now. The proof would be in the pudding that they have only been used sparingly. The team was scheduled to be in the #1 Contender's Battle Royal on Monday night's Raw Season Premiere. But obviously, that's no longer going to be the case.

    The Hardys returned to WWE at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando after a lengthy absence and competed against several of the top tag teams in the company the last two years and change.

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    2019 WWE Draft Internal Memo Revealed

    We have managed to obtain the internal memo from World Wrestling Entertainment that was sent out just a short while ago this morning. The memo is in regard to the upcoming WWE Draft, set to be a two-night event on October 11 on Fox and October 14 on USA Network. The memo was not sent to talent, but we are told talent will be informed on a nearly-individual basis about what these rules mean for them. The memo was sent to creative members and people who’ll be in charge of broadcasting all this on air.

    The memo includes some very surprising details about the upcoming Draft as well as the future of the WWE Draft. And some new changes to the way things are done. It reads intriguingly.

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    To whom it all may concern,

    The WWE Draft is coming up in just a few weeks. After much creative discussion, we’ve come to a final decision.

    This will not be like any Draft that has occurred. This will be elaborate but also very easy to dissect on the television programs, which will be undergoing some presentation tweaks over the coming weeks and months.

    Instead of years past where Drafts have happened on a yearly basis, after lengthy discussions with the networks, we have come to a firm decision. THIS WILL BE THE FINAL MAIN-ROSTER DRAFT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

    In 2020, we plan on having an NXT-only Draft and hopefully continue that cycle every year. The fact is, we need consistency. Open Season got the best of us. We don’t need to be disillusioned anymore. We need static and we need consistency. That’s what’s going to keep us on the straight and narrow with All Elite Wrestling debuting in October. We also need to display our talent in NXT. The only way the ecosystem is going to work is it the talent influx keeps on going.

    Key Points
    • Roster construction for the brands will be based on payrolls now. Each Network will have a ‘set’ amount of dollars to ‘spend’ on talent.
    • Superstars picked are drafted to their show, but they will “sign contracts” with the brand that drafts them to officially lock them in. So, just because a superstar is drafted to their show, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they will sign on that show if a deal isn’t ironed out. We do not anticipate having any hold-out storylines at the jump, but some contract “issues” might come up in the future, just as they do in the sports world from time to time.
    • Draft slots will decide the “salaries” for the superstars. The higher the pick, the higher the salary would be, and vice versa. Supplemental Draft selections will have “minimum” salaries, set to be determined later.
    • The contracts handed out will range from 1-5 years. The maximum five years signifies the current end of the current television deals with Fox and NBC Universal, a smart wrinkle that we hope fans may come to appreciate.
    • The superstars will enter a “free agency period” every October when their contracts expire. A WWE Network show, ‘The Superstar Shakeup,’ has been pitched to announce deals. In response to the lack of WWE Draft telecasts, we have pitched special shows for the networks to run. Much like NXT does and will be doing in the coming years.
    • April’s Superstar Shakeup show has been binned as a consequence.
    • A new feature to the Draft: NXT Draft Slots. The final 10 picks of the Draft will be NXT-only selections. But they will not necessarily result in immediate call-ups. The “draft rights” to the NXT wrestlers will be granted to the networks with these selections. An NXT superstar selected in the final round has six months to have their contract selected by the network to result in a call-up to that draft, or their rights will be forfeited. Should that occur, the superstar will then have the option will go back to NXT and enter the upcoming NXT Draft we have planned for the summer of 2020. We believe this will offer the networks opportunities to promote their ‘future’ draft selections via television marketing, social media, or otherwise. And, in general, benefit the superstars themselves.
    • Additionally, as it pertains to NXT, any NXT superstars picked prior to the final round will IMMEDIATELY join the show they are picked by, assuming a deal can be worked out.
    • The General Managers of NXT and NXT UK will have until 11:59:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 to submit a list of protected superstars to the networks. These protected superstars will NOT be allowed to be chosen prior to the final round of the Draft. A superstar can be protected for any reason that the General Manager sees fit as long as it is believed to be done in good faith and not out of retribution, vengeance, or otherwise.
    • Any undrafted NXT superstars can choose to return to the brand or remain an undrafted free agent to be picked up following the Supplemental Draft.



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    Raw Season Premiere Notes

    ***SOME CONTAIN SPOILERS, I will drop the tag.***

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    ~ An additional match has been announced for this evening's program. Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott will be competing in a Non-Title Match against veteran Christian. The WWE.com preview indicated that this match was requested by Swerve, who wanted to have a veteran test before his title defense against Pete Dunne at No Mercy.

    ~ Lita is backstage at Raw in Phoenix, as are The Bella Twins. It's expected that they are there to shoot angles. The Bellas have been teased as a target of 'Ms. MITB' Ruby Riott, but we are currently unsure as to why Lita is around quite yet.

    ~ WWE reportedly took part in "extensive filming" at Browsey Acres this past weekend. Browsey Acres, of course, is the farm that new Smackdown Women's Champion Ronda Rousey and her husband Travis Browne live on. We're not sure if this was for an upcoming documentary or shooting an angle at the show, but the latter may help explain why Becky Lynch is advertised as "Giving an update via satellite." We're told that pretty much none of the cast in this angle is at the show, which might suggest something big being planned for this Friday night on Smackdown's debut on Fox.

    ~ Also backstage are The Revival, who are reportedly 'locked back in.' Reportedly, the two sides met in the Carolinas this past weekend upon word that they remained free agents. They were quick to pounce, and now, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are back in WWE after departing the company just four months ago. Pretty wild story!

    ~ There's talks of The OC expanding and having a new member be revealed tonight on the broadcast.

    ~ Lastly, John Morrison has reportedly gotten injured. It's been indicated to us that he suffered a 'slight pectoral muscle tear' and will be out of action after tonight for a not-so-insignificant period of time. This may result in the current angle being dropped, and could result in a title change on tonight's broadcast in Morrison's match with Rey Mysterio.


    Dragging my feet posting, sorry for the casual and boring updates. I'll try to get the Raw Season Premiere up before the end of the month. If not...oh well, next month!
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    In 2020, we plan on having an NXT-only Draft and hopefully continue that cycle every year. The fact is, we need consistency. Open Season got the best of us. We don’t need to be disillusioned anymore. We need static and we need consistency. That’s what’s going to keep us on the straight and narrow with All Elite Wrestling debuting in October. We also need to display our talent in NXT. The only way the ecosystem is going to work is it the talent influx keeps on going.

    Key Points
    • Roster construction for the brands will be based on payrolls now. Each Network will have a ‘set’ amount of dollars to ‘spend’ on talent.
    • Superstars picked are drafted to their show, but they will “sign contracts” with the brand that drafts them to officially lock them in. So, just because a superstar is drafted to their show, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they will sign on that show if a deal isn’t ironed out. We do not anticipate having any hold-out storylines at the jump, but some contract “issues” might come up in the future, just as they do in the sports world from time to time.
    • Draft slots will decide the “salaries” for the superstars. The higher the pick, the higher the salary would be, and vice versa. Supplemental Draft selections will have “minimum” salaries, set to be determined later.
    • The contracts handed out will range from 1-5 years. The maximum five years signifies the current end of the current television deals with Fox and NBC Universal, a smart wrinkle that we hope fans may come to appreciate.
    • The superstars will enter a “free agency period” every October when their contracts expire. A WWE Network show, ‘The Superstar Shakeup,’ has been pitched to announce deals. In response to the lack of WWE Draft telecasts, we have pitched special shows for the networks to run. Much like NXT does and will be doing in the coming years.
    • April’s Superstar Shakeup show has been binned as a consequence.
    • A new feature to the Draft: NXT Draft Slots. The final 10 picks of the Draft will be NXT-only selections. But they will not necessarily result in immediate call-ups. The “draft rights” to the NXT wrestlers will be granted to the networks with these selections. An NXT superstar selected in the final round has six months to have their contract selected by the network to result in a call-up to that draft, or their rights will be forfeited. Should that occur, the superstar will then have the option will go back to NXT and enter the upcoming NXT Draft we have planned for the summer of 2020. We believe this will offer the networks opportunities to promote their ‘future’ draft selections via television marketing, social media, or otherwise. And, in general, benefit the superstars themselves.
    • Additionally, as it pertains to NXT, any NXT superstars picked prior to the final round will IMMEDIATELY join the show they are picked by, assuming a deal can be worked out.
    • The General Managers of NXT and NXT UK will have until 11:59:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 to submit a list of protected superstars to the networks. These protected superstars will NOT be allowed to be chosen prior to the final round of the Draft. A superstar can be protected for any reason that the General Manager sees fit as long as it is believed to be done in good faith and not out of retribution, vengeance, or otherwise.
    • Any undrafted NXT superstars can choose to return to the brand or remain an undrafted free agent to be picked up following the Supplemental Draft.

    This is a really neat sports concept that could really transfer over to wrestling and freshen things up. All sorts of angles can be played off "the salary cap"... Honestly, I thought about something like this involving MVP when he debuted in the WWE and I think you're going to be able to come up with some cool stories involving "disrespect" because of a salary grade or one wrestler envious of another's position. Agents could be huge players in that type of landscape. If you ever want to explore some ideas....I think I've got them jotted down somewhere and would love to share.


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