WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainmen though Elias will tell you it means 'Walk With Elias' and is run by Vince McMahon Jr. The company has a history going back to the 1950s when run by McMahons' father, Vince McMahon Snr. Over the years the company has had several names including the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Problems with the World Wildlife Fund led to the company adapting its current title.
The company has been running shows at the world famous Madison Square Gardens for decades but has not always been running shows all over the States as they do now. At one time professional wrestling in the USA was run by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and comprised of a number of wrestling companies in each area of the states. These were known as territories and it was agreed that they wouldn't run shows in other companies areas.
When Vince McMahon Jr took over he changed all that and began running shows around the country. He took many of the top wrestlers from other companies driving them out of business. In the 1980s the company began holding PPV events such as WrestleMania, Summerslam and the Survivor Series, events that continue to this very day.
A whole host of celebrities have been part of WWE in the past. That even includes President Trump who at one time 'owned' Raw, staged WrestleMania at his hotel and was even part of a Hair v Hair match against Mr McMahon at WrestleMania.
There have been rivals to McMahon's empire and at one time in the 1990s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was getting more viewers as both had major shows on Monday evenings. WCW faded and were eventually purchased by WWE.
Latest WWE News
Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart Passes Away
Former WWE Tag team champion Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart passed away on August 13 aged 63. He won the tag titles on two occasions teaming up with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart to form The Hart Foundation. They famously feuded with the British Bulldogs over the tag titles. Neidhart is the father of current WWE wrestler Natalya. The death follows the recent passings of Brian Christopher and Nikolai Volkov.
Summerslam Takes Place on Sunday August 19
Summerslam is traditionally the second biggest WWE show of the year and takes place on August 19 at the Barclays Center in New York. All the major titles in the WWE will be on the line in a stacked card. Here's what we have to look forward to at the weekend:
- WWE Universal Title - Brock Lesnar defends his title against Roman Reigns. A rematch from WrestleMania 33 and The Greatest Ever Royal Rumble. Could this be the time Reigns, who beat Bobby Lashley to get this title shot, finally gets a win over Lesnar?
- WWE Title - AJ Styles v Samoa Joe - This pair have had some classic encounters in other promotions such as TNA. Fans probably never thought they'd get to see them in such a high profile match-up in WWE.
- Raw Women's Title - Alexa Bliss v Ronda Rousey - The former UFC Champion has her third singles match for WWE and two have been title shots. Will she win the title this time?
- Smackdown Women's Title - Carmella v Charlotte Flair v Becky Lynch - Camella no longer has James Ellsworth by her side and a title change looks likely. It'd be great to see Lynch get the belt but failing that a heel turn on Charlotte would do her career the power of good.
- Intercontinental Title - Dolph Ziggler v Seth Rollins - Rumours are that Rollins could have the returning Dean Ambrose in his corner for this match to even up the outside interference by Drew McIntyre. A title change looks likely here.
- US Title - Shinsuke Nakamura v Jeff Hardy - At least Nakamura has a title now, look for possible interference from Randy Orton in this match.
- Smackdown Tag Titles - The Bludgeon Brothers v The New Day - Another title shot for The New Day who really need to break up as their act became stale months ago.
- Cruiserweight Title - Cedric Alexander v Drew Gulak - This will most likely be on the kick-off show because no one really cares that much about it.
- The Miz v Daniel Bryan - This match could steal the show but it'd be much better seeing both in title conention.
- Braun Strowman v Kevin Owens - Another possible show-stealer. Strowman puts his Money in the Bank Contract on the line against Owens. Whoever wins this match may well cash it in later and end the show as Universal Champion
- Fin Balor v Baron Corbin - Balor deserves much better than this card-filler.
- Lana and Rusev v Andrade 'Cien' Almas and Zeline Vega - Most interest here will be on the continuing problems between Rusev, Lana and Aiden English.
WWE To Hold All-Female PPV
October 28 is a date to put down in your diary if you are a fan of women's wrestling. That's when WWE hold their first ever all-female PPV as 'Evolution' takes place at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Colliseum in New York. Other companies such as TNA have held several all-female shows but this one continues WWE's strong push of their women's division.
Over 50 women are scheduled to take part in the show with several former stars appearing. Former champions such as Michelle McCool, Trish Stratus, Lita and Beth Phoenix are likely to be on the card. With so many due to apppear it's likely there will be at least one Battle Royal on the card. It's also more than likely that Ronda Rousey will be in the main event. Already confirmed for the event is the final of the 32-women Mae Young Invitational Classic.
WWE NXT:UK Brand Launched
WWE have finally confirmed that they will be launching a UK brand later in the year. The official announcement was made in June when WWE held a UK tournament at the Royal Albert Hall. The brand will be called NXT:UK and feature many of the UK's top male and female wrestlers. Pete Dunne currently holds the UK title and there will be tag team and women's champions crowned in the future. The first tapings for the series took place in July and the show will be streamed on the WWE Network. Former World Lightweight Champion Johnny Saint is the GM for NXT:UK.
Now WWE hold shows all over the world with Monday Night Raw being a live three hour show every Monday and now Smackdown is televised live every week of the year. With Smackdown going live there's been a brand split in the company. Raw is now run by Stephanie McMahon with Kurt Angle as General Manager. In charge of Smackdown is Shane McMahon with Paige as his General Manager.
Smackdown is currently shown live on Tuesday evenings but after a new TV deal worth a billion dollars, the show will be moving to Fox and is expected to move to Friday's.
Recently WWE reintroduced their cruiserweight division with plenty of high flying action. They now have their own weekly TV show called 205 Live, the '205' being the weight in lbs that the cruiserweight division has. Current champion is Cedric Alexander.
WWE recruit wrestlers from all over the world and most new signings start off in NXT before moving up to the main roster. WWE now have their own WWE Network offering access to exclusive programs and a massive library of past events.
British and Irish Wrestlers
Sheamus - The Celtic Warrior is easily one of the most decorated performers in the industry today. He has won the Royal Rumble, the King of the Ring and the Money in the Bank match, and only Hall of Famer Edge can match that feat. He is a four-time world champion and has recently had a tag team title run with Cesaro under the name 'The Bar' before losing the belts to Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at Summerslam and lost the rematch at 'No Mercy'. Good news this week though as he and Cesaro regained their titles in Manchester thanks to interference by The New Day. They did regain the belts but lost them recently to the team of Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins but had a rematch at the Royal Rumble PPV to regain the title. Lost them again at WrestleMania and moved to Smackdown. The Bar recently lost in the Smackdown number one contenders tournament.
Becky Lynch - The Irish Lass Kicker was SmackDown Live's first ever woman's champion, but since dropping the belt to Alexa Bliss, she has remained in the championship trail. She looks set to challenge for the strap in Orlando at WM33, but all available SD Live women took part in that match and she was unsucessful in that title bid. There's continuing talk of her taking on UFC fighter Chris Cyborg sometime in the future and probably needs that to boost her career. Lynch captained the Smackdown team at the Survivor Series but spent some time off screen after being attacked by the Ruby Riott Squad. That was to allow her to film a movie but she's back now and gets a title shot at Summerslam facing Charlotte Flair and champion Carmella.
Finn Balor - The Demon was a huge deal before he ever made his way to a WWE ring. After making his name in Ireland and then Great Britain he had great sucess in Japan as a member of the Bullet Club - probably the biggest stable since the NWO back in the 1990s - he came to NXT and was one of the most successful champions in the developmental brand's short history. He then moved up to the main roster and was the first-ever WWE Universal champion at SummerSlam 2016, but he had to relinquish the title the next night after suffering a shoulder injury. He made his return after WrestleMania 33 but hasn't been involved in the title picture instead feuding with Elias Samson and defeated Bray Wyatt at Summerslam at No Mercy but still no sign of him getting the chance to regain his Universal Title. He had a big win over AJ Styles at TLC but then got beaten by Kane the following night. His feud with Bray Wyatt went nowhere but was given an IC title shot at WrestleMania but failed to win the title. He takes on Baron Corbin at Summerslam.
Neville - The King of the Cruiserweights hails from Newcastle, England and made his name in the UK and Japan under the name 'Pac.' Last year he suffered an injury just before WrestleMania 32. Since returning to the ring he has proclaimed himself 'The King of the Cruiserweights. This year he won the Cruiserweight title from Rick Swannand after a series of successful title defences lost his belt to Akira Tozowa on the August 21 edition of Raw but regained it at Summerslam. He then lost the belt to Enzo Amore at No Mercy. October 2017 saw more problems for Neville and it is believed he has asked for his release for the company as he hasn't appeared in a WWE ring since that date.
Noam Darr - The Scottish cruiserweight (born in Israel) made his debut on Raw television when they visited Scotland at the tail end of 2016 to a big pop from his home fans. He has become a regular on the WWE show '205 Live' which is dedicated to cruiserweights. He managed to get Alicia Fox as his girlfriend before turning on her. He has just returned from injury and is number one contender for the UK Title.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher - Gentleman Jack Gallacher is more of a comedy character above anything else, but in his current feud with The Brian Kendrick he's been showing a more agressive side to his character. We previously speculated that it wouldn't be too long before he turned heel and that's just what he did in Setpember and now teams with his former enemyy The Brian Kendrick. A film about his career has just been released.
Paige - The anti-Diva, who has since started appearing on the Total Divas reality TV show, made a blistering impact in the early stages of her main roster career, but a string of controversies has seen her stock dramatically fall over the past year or so. In her debut match on the main roster, she won the Divas Championship from AJ Lee, becoming the youngest champion in the title's history at the age of 21. Injuries and supsension kept he out of the ring for a year. A film about her life and that of the Knight family is being released in 2019. She did recently make her comeback leading the Absolution faction but has suffered another injury and this has forced her to retire from in-ring competition. Recently switched to Smackdown and is now the GM on that brand.
Drew McIntyre - This Scottish wrestler has already had one run in WWE winning the Intercontinental and tag team titles. He made his return tot NXT earlier this year and won the NXT title from Bobby Roode in August. He's since dropped the title and the day after WrestleMania 34 debuted on Raw teaming up with Dolph Ziggler.
Rockstar Spud - The British wrestler first made his name in the USA after winning TNA's British Bootcamp show. He left that company earlier this year and has now debuted in WWE. He's now called Drake Sexton and is the General Manager of 205 Live.
Killain Dain - Part of SAniTy and moved to Smackdown in April 2018.
Nikki Cross - Still on NXT but likely to move up to the main roster at some point this year.
The General Manager of NXT is William Regal who has been in the company for the past 16 years. 2016 saw the company hold a tournament to crown a UK Champion with Tyler Bate becoming champion. He's since lost the belt to Pete Dunne who made his debut on RAW on November 6 winning a non-title match against Cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore.
Current WWE Champions
Universal Title: Brock Lesnar (won from Goldberg)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler (won from Seth Rollins)
Raw Tag Team Champions: The B-Team (won from Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt)
Raw Women's Champion: Alexa Bliss (won from Nia Jax)
Cruiserweight Title: Cedric Alexander (won tournament final against Mustafa Ali)
Women's Royal Rumble Winner; Akusa
WWE Champion: AJ Styles (won from Jinder Mahal)
WWE US Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (won from Jeff Hardy)
Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Bludgeon Brothers (won from The Uso's)
Smackdown Women's Champion: Carmella (won from Charlotte Flair)
Men's Money in the Bank holder guaranteeing a title shot anytime in the next year - Baron Corbin - cashed in on August 22 but failed to beat Jinder Mahal thanks to interference by John Cena
Women's Money in the Bank holder - Carmella - cashed in on April 17 to win title.
Royal Rumble Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
UK Champion; Pete Dunne (won from Tyler Bate)
NXT Champion: Tomasso Ciampa (won from Aleister Black)
NXT Women's Champion: Shanya Brazzler (won from Ember Moon)
NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed Era (won from Moustache Mountain)
NXT North American Champion - Adam Cole (won in six-way ladder match beating Velveteen Dream, EC3, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan and Ricochet)
What WWE events can I bet on?
Most bookmakers offer odds on the PPV events held each month. Sometimes it's just the main matches on the card but for major events like WrestleMania odds can be offered on all matches.
- Results of individual matches held at the monthly PPV events
- Who Will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy Battle Royal
- Most eliminations in Royal Rumble and Battle Royal matches
- How a match wlll end
By:- Steve A
Posted on:- 31/10/2014 - 13:41 PM
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