WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment 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.
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Japanese Glory at the Rumble
For the first time ever, there were two Rumble events held at January's Royal Rumble and both went to Japanese wrestlers. Shinsuke Nakamura won the Men's Rumble match and instantly declared that he will take on WWE Champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34 in April. The Women's Rumble was the main event on the card and resulted in a rather predictable win for the unbeaten Asuka. It's not been decided who she'll face at WrestleMania but it's looking as if she might take on Smackdown champion Charlotte.
The Royal Rumble PPV also saw the arrival of Ronda Rousey in WWE. She appeared after the Women's Rumble match which wasn't the best of news for some punters. She'd been one of the favourites to win the Rumble but all those bets went down the drain when she didn't take part in the match. The former MMA Champion will make her in-ring debut for WWE at WrestleMania and is likely to be in a tag match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
There was one title change at the Rumble with The Bar regaining the Raw tag team titles from Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan. Brock Lesnar retained his Universal title with a win over Kane and Braun Strowman. His challenger at WrestleMania will be decided by an Elimination Chamber match on Sunday February 25. It's fully expected that opponent will be Roman Reigns.
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 Mick Foley as General Manager. In charge of Smackdown is Shane McMahon with Daniel Bryan as his General Manager.
A draft was recently held to decide which wrestlers appeared on each show. For example, John Cena now appears just on Smackdown and Seth Rollins on Raw. There are the occasional crossovers but after Summerslam, each brand will hold their own separate PPVs. There will also be a lot more titles available in the company with Raw introducing a Universal title currently held by Kevin Owens and WWE Champion John Cena on Smackdown. Each brand have their own women's and tag team champs.
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 British wrestler Neville with other British wrestlers on the show being Noam Darr and Jack Gallagher.
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 Sheamus before losing the belts to Dean Ambrosee 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 and are again the tag champs.
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 feuding with the Riott Squad.
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 he's now joined up with The Club again but a title match looks a fair away away.
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 has seen more problems for Neville and it is believed he has asked for his release for the company.
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's currently out injured.
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. Now 24, she has barely been seen on TV for a year, due to injuries and suspensions. She is engaged to former superstar Alberto Del Rio (he didn't leave the company on great terms) and she has now become embroiled in a sex-tape scandal after photos and videos she took in private were leaked to the public. Then there was a bust up at an airport grabbing yet more headlines. A film is currently being made of the life of Paige and the Knight family and that's probably the only thing keeping her in the company. She did recently make her comeback leading the Absolution faction but has suffered another injury and it's possible this one might end her career at 25, remember that next time people tell you wrestling is fake.
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 is out injured.
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.
There are several other British wrestlers in NXT. The SAniTy faction includes Killian Dain (formerly known as Big Damo in the UK) who was in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and was third last to be eliminated. Also in that faction is Nikki Cross (formerly Nikki Storm) and won the NXT tag titles in August.
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: The Miz (won from Roman Reigns)
Raw Tag Team Champions: The Bar (won from Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan)
Raw Women's Champion: Alexa Bliss (won from Sasha Banks)
Cruiserweight Title: Enzo Amore (won from Kalisto)
Women's Royal Rumble Winner; Akusa
WWE Champion: AJ Styles (won from Jinder Mahal)
WWE US Champion: Bobby Roode Title (won in tournament)
Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos (won from The New Day)
Smackdown Women's Champion: Charlotte Flair (won from Natalya)
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
Royal Rumble Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
UK Champion; Pete Dunne (won from Tyler Bate)
NXT Champion: Andrade Almas (won from Drew McIntyre)
NXT Women's Champion: Ember Moon (won in fatal four-way against Kairi Sane, Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross)
NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed Era (won from SAniTy)
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
Back Reigns to Win the Royal Rumble
Currently there are odds available on who will win the Royal Rumble match due to be held on January 28, 2018. Odds available at Paddy Power have John Cena and Roman Reigns joint favourites at 9/4. With the gossip being that the main event at WrestleMania 34 will be Lesnar v Reigns, a bet on Roman winning the Rumble to earn a title shot at WreslleMania looks a very good investment.
By:- Steve A
Posted on:- 31/10/2014 - 13:41 PM
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