WWE

  • 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.

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Latest WWE News

Finn Balor Wins Intercontinental Title at Elimination Chamber

Two titles changed hands at the Elimination Chamber PPV held on Sunday February 17. Finn Balor won his first Intercontinental title when beating defending champion Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a handicap match. Balor pinned Rush to win the belt.

The Smackdown tag titles also changed hands as The Uso's beat The Miz and Shane McMahon to win the titles. The card also crowned WWE Women's Tag Team Champions with Sasha Banks and Bayley winning the titles which can be defended on both Raw and Smackdown.

Results

  • Daniel Bryan beat Kofi Kingston (last eliminated), Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles inside the Elimination Chamber to retain his WWE Title.
  • Sasha Banks and Bayley beat Sonja Deville and Mandy Rose (last eliminated), Nia Jax and Tamina. The Riott Squad (Morgan/Logan), The Iiconics and Naomi and Carmella inside the Elimination Chamber to win the vacant titles.
  • The Uso's beat The Miz and Shane McMahon to win the Smackdown Tag Team Titles
  • Ronda Rousey beat Ruby Riott to keep her Raw Women's Title. After the match there was a confrontaton between Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch
  • Finn Balor beat Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush to win the Intercontinental title.
  • Buddy Murphy retained his WWE Cruiserweight title with a win over Akira Tozawa
  • Baron Corbin beat Braun Strowman with help from Bobby Lashley and Braun Stowman.

It's Lesnar v Rollins and Rousy v Flair at WrestleMania 35

The Royal Rumble was held on Sunday January 27 and after events on Monday Night Raw, we know two of the title matches at WrestleMana 35.

Seth Rollins won the Men's Royal Rumble and he'll be facing Brock Lesnar for the Universal title (who successfully defended his belt against Finn Balor on Sunday) at WrestleMania 35 on April 7.

The Women's Royal Rumble was won by Smackdown's Becky Lynch but at the biggest show of the year, she decided to face Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey. However, Lynch has since been suspended for 60 days after attacking Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The title match has now been given to Charlotte Flair though it's expected we'll end up with a triple threat match.

The Royal Rumble card saw a title change as the team of The Miz and Shane McMahon won the Smackown Tag titles from The Bar. How long their title reign will last remains to be seen. Rumours are that the pair will break up and face each other at WrestleMania 35. The US Title also changed hands as Shinsuke Nakamura beat Rusev to regain the title. His title reign didn't last long though as he lost the belt to R-Truth on the January 29 edition of Smackdown.

Daniel Bryan retained his WWE Title with a win over AJ Styles thanks to interference by the returning Luke Harper. Other successful title defences saw Ronda Rousey beat Sasha Banks and Buddy Murphy is still WWE Cruiserweight Champion after beating Hideo Itami, Kalisto and Cedric Alexander. Asuka made Becky Lynch tap out to keep her Smackdown Women's title.

The Men's Royal Rumble match was reasonably predictable with Rollins tipped to win for the past few months. The Rumble often has surprise entrants and this year saw the return of WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. He's started a feud with Elias who also has the singer/wrestler gimmick. R-Truth was due to enter at the 30th and last position but was attacked by Nia Jax. She became the first person to enter both the Men's and Women's Royal Rumble in the same show.

The evening didn't start well for Becky Lynch as she failed to regain her Smackdown Women's title. She wasn't scheduled to be in the Women's Royal Rumble but replaced the injured Lana and went on to win the Rumble with Charlotte Flair the last elimiated.

'Mean' Gene Okerlund Passes Away

The new year began on a sad note as 'Mean' Gene Okerlund passed away at the age of 76. The WWE Hall of Famer worked for the company as an interviewer and presenter and also went on to work for WCW. Okerlund had three kidney transplants (one received from his wife) and suffered a fall late in 2018.

 Two New Champions at NXT:UK Takeover

NXT:UK held their first Takeover event shown live on the WWE Network on January 12. Two new champions were crowned as Toni Storm beat Rhea Ripley to win the Women's title. The opening match on the card saw the first tag champions crowned as the team of Zack Gibson and James Drake beat Moustache Mountain to become champions. The main event was won by Pete Dunne as he beat Joe Coffey to retain his NXT:UK title. After the match he was confronted by Austrian giant Walter. Other results on the card saw Finn Balor beat Jordan Devlin and Dave Mastiff win a No DQ match against Eddie Dennis. 

TV Shows

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.

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.

2018 saw WWE introduce NXT:UK which is based in the UK using mainly British wrestlers. It's shown weekly on the WWE Network. The network also offers 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 regained the titles on the October 16th edition of Smackdown beating The New Day after interference by The Big Show. They lost the titles to The Miz and Shame McMahon at the 2019 Royal Rumble.

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. She retained her title at Evoluton beating Charlotte in a Last Woman Standing match and was set to take on Ronda Rousey at the Survivor Series before being injured on the November 12 edition of Raw during a Smackdown invasion. Lynch lost her title to Asuka at TLC and lost her rematch at the Royal Rumble. Later on the show, Lynch won the Women's Royal Rumble and was due to face Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Title at WrestleMania 35 but has been given a suspension.

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. After a win on Monday January 14, he clinched a shot at Brock Lesnar's Universal title at the Royal Rumble. He lost the match but won the Intercontinental title at the Elimination Chamber PPV.

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 became number one challenger to the UK title but was unable to defeat Pete Dunne.

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 enemy The Brian Kendrick. A film about his career has  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 was named the GM on that brand but recently lost that position. A film about her life is soon to be released in the UK.

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 and became Raw tag champions but dropped the belt to Rollins and Ambrose on October 22. McIntyre split from Dolph Ziggler on the December 3 edition of Raw.

Drake Maverick -  The British wrestler first made his name as Rockstar Spud and won  TNA's British Bootcamp show. He left that company in 2018 and has now debuted in WWE. He's now called Drake Maverick and is the General Manager of 205 Live. September 2018 saw him become the manager of the Raw tag team The Authors of Pain who won the tag titles on the November 5 edition of Raw. He had a rather unfortunate moment at the Survivor Series, wetting himself while being attacked by the Big Show. His team won the Raw tag titles last month but lost them to Bobby Roode and Chad Gable on December 10 but ther opponents have recently regained those titles.

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. Did take on Becky Lynch on the November 6 edition of Smackdown. She'll be making her main roster debut in the new year, possibly on the Raw brand.

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

Raw

Universal Title: Brock Lesnar won vacant title by beating Braun Strowman).

WWE Intercontinental Champion: Finn Balor (won from  Bobby Lashley)

Raw Tag Team Champions: The Revival (won from Bobby Roode and Chad Gable)

Raw Women's Champion: Ronda Rousey (won from Alexa Bliss)

Cruiserweight Title:   Buddy Murphy (won from Cedric Alexander)

Men's Royal Rumble Winner;  Seth Rollins

Money in the Bank holder: Braun Strowman (cashed in at Hell in a Cell)

Smackdown

WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan (won from AJ Styles)

WWE US Champion: R-Truth (won from Shinsuke Nakamura)

Smackdown Tag Team Champions:  The Uso's (Won from The Miz and Shane McMahon)

Smackdown Women's Champion: Asuka (won from Becky Lynch)

Women's Money in the Bank holder - Carmella - cashed in on April 17 to win title.

Women's Royal Rumble Winner: Beky Lynch

NXT:UK

UK Champion;  Pete Dunne (won from Tyler Bate)

Women's Champion: Toni Storm (won from Rhea Ripley)

Tag Champions James Drake and Zack Gibson (won in tournament final against Moustache Mountain)

NXT

NXT Champion: Tomasso Ciampa (won from Aleister Black)

NXT Women's Champion:  Shanya Brazzler (won from Kairi Sane)

NXT Tag Team Champions: The War Machines  (won from  The Undispputed Era)

NXT North American Champion - Johnny Gargano  (won from 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
  • Who will be the champion at the end of the year
  • Who the champions will be at the end of WrestleMania
  • Who will be on the front cover of their next computer game.

 

By:- Steve A
Posted on:- 31/10/2014 - 13:41 PM

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