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
Shawn Michaels Back in the Ring Again
Eight years after his in-ring retirement, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will return to action next month. He's re-uniting DX with Triple H to take on The Undertaker and Kane at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on November 2. Michaels, Kane and The Undertaker are all aged over 50, Triple H is the youngest of the quartet, he's 49!
The match was set up on the October 8 edition of Raw after both Michaels and Triple H had been attacked by The Undertaker and Kane at the October 6 Super Show Down event in Australia where Triple H defeated The Undertaker. It's believed a one-on-one match between The Undertaker and Michaels is planned for either The Survivor Series in November or next year's WrestleMania.
Also confirmed for the November 2 show is AJ Styles defending his WWE Title against Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns putting his Universal title on the line against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. A World Cup tournament will also be held and ths will feature Kurt Angle, John Cena, Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy.
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. Several matches have been confirmed including matches for the Raw, Smackdown and NXT Women's titles as well as the fnal of the 2018 Mae Young Classic. Ronda Rousey will defend her Raw title against Nikki Bella. The Bella Twins turned on her this Monday (October 8) after a win over the Riott Squad. Becky Lynch puts her Smackdown title on the line against Charlotte Flair in a Last Woman Standing match where the only way you can win is by knock-out.
- Raw Title - Ronda Rousey defends against Nikki Bella
- Smackdown Title - Becky Lynch defends her belt against Charlotte Flair in a Last Woman Standing Match
- NXT Title - Shanya Baszler challenges Kairi Sane for the title.
- Alexa Bliss and Mickie James v Lita and Trish Stratus.
The NXT:UK title will also be defending, match yet to be confirmed and it's believed there may be a tournament to crown Women's tag team champions. With over 50 women due to appear a battle royal of some sort also looks likely and former champions Beth Phoenix and Michelle McCool are due to be on the card.
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'. Lost the belts at WrestleMania and moved to Smackdown. The Bar recently lost in the Smackdown number one contenders tournament and didn't take part in a match at Summerslam. They failed in an atempt to win the Smackdown tag titles from The New Day at the PPV event in Australia held in October.
Becky Lynch - The Irish Lass Kicker was SmackDown Live's first ever woman's champion and at the recent Hell in a Cell PPV regained that title beating Charlotte Flair. Lynch turned heel on her best friend after losing a recent title match at Summerslam and pinned Flair to again beome champion.
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 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 beat Constable Baron Corbin at Summerslam making a surprise appearance in his Demon persona. The following night on Raw he failed to beat Roman Reigns as he bid to regain his Universal title.
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. They are currently the Raw tag team champions.
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. September 2018 saw him become the manager of the Raw tag team The Authors of Pain.
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: Roman Reigns (won from Brock Lesnar)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins (won from Dolph Ziggler)
Raw Tag Team Champions: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntryre (won from he B-Team)
Raw Women's Champion: Ronda Rousey (won from Alexa Bliss)
Cruiserweight Title: Buddy Murphy (won fromCedric Alexander)
Women's Royal Rumble Winner; Akusa
Money in the Bank holder: Braun Strowman (cashed in at Hell in a Cell)
WWE Champion: AJ Styles (won from Jinder Mahal)
WWE US Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (won from Jeff Hardy)
Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The New Day (won from The Bludgeon Brothers)
Smackdown Women's Champion: Becky Lynch (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: Kairi Sane (won from Shanya Brazzler)
NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed Era (won from Moustache Mountain)
NXT North American Champion - Ricochet (won from Adam Cole)
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
- Who will be the champion at the end of the year
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Posted on:- 31/10/2014 - 13:41 PM
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