- 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
Rollins to face Ambrose at TLC
The next WWE PPV is the TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) event scheduled for Sunday December 16. Confirmed matches so far are:
WWE Title - Daniel Bryan defends his belt against AJ Styles
WWE IC Title - Seth Rollins defends his title against Dean Ambrose
RAW Women's Title - Ronda Rousey puts her belt on the line against Nia Jax
Smackdown Women's Title - Becky Lynch defends against Charlotte Flair and Asuka (TLC MATCH)
Smackdown Tag Team Titles - The Bar defend against The New Day and The Uso's.
Cruiserweight Title - Buddy Murphy puts his belt on the line against Cedric Alexander.
Baron Corbin v Braun Strowman (TLC match) - If Corbin wins he becomes permanent GM of Raw. However, if Strowman wins, Corbin is fired and Strowman faces Brock Lesnar for the Universal title at the Royal Rumble in January. Strowman is currently out injured and it's rumoured he may be replaced in this match by Bray Wyatt.
Finn Balor v Drew McIntyre
Elias v Bobby Lashley - Ladder match with a guitar hanging from the ceiling and whoever gets it first can use it as a weapon.
Final of the Mixed Match Challenge Trophy
Natalya v Ruby Riott in a Tables Match
NXT:UK Takeover Set for January
It was announced by Triple H at the November 24/25 NXT:UK tapings that a live show will be broadcast on the WWE Network in January. NXT:UK Takeover will be held in Blackpool on January 12. Confirmed for the event are:
- NXT:UK Title - Pete Dunne defends against Joe Coffey
- NXT:UK Women's Title - Rhea Ripley puts her belt on the line against Toni Storm
- Vacant NXT:UK Tag Titles - Moustache Mountain v Zack Gibson and James Drake
- No DQ Match - Eddie Dennis v Dave Mastiff
Raw Reign Supreme at the Survivor Series
The Survivor Series took place on Sunday November 18 and saw a number of matches between the champions on the Raw brand and those on Smackdown. It proved to be a dominant night for Raw winning all of the matches held on the main show.
- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar beat WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
- WWE IC Champion Seth Rollins pinned WWE US Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
- Raw Tag Team Champions AOP beat Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar
- WWE Cruiserweight Title - Buddy Murphy retained his title with a win over Mustafa Ali
- Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey beat Charlotte Flair by DQ
- 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Match - RAW (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntryre, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Lashley beat SMACKDOWN - The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe
- 5 on 5 Women's match - RAW (Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka, Mickie James, Ruby Riott and Natalya defeated SMACKDOWN - Carmella, Naomi, Asuka, Sonya Deville and ?
- 5 on 5 Mens tag team' Match - RAW - The Revival, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, Lucha House Party, The B-Team and The Ascension lost to SMACKDOWN - The New Day, The Uso's, Gallows and Anderson, The Colons and Sanity.
Daniel Bryan Becomes WWE Champion
Daniel Bryan won the WWE Title when beating AJ Styles on the November 13 edition of Smackdown Live. He got his win soon after hitting the defending champion with a low blow. After his win, Bryan then attacked Styles and turned heel. He'll now face Brock Lesnar at the Survivor Series.
Brock Lesnar Regains Universal Title
Brock Lesnar is again the WWE Universal Champion after beating Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel event on November 2. The title had been vacated by Roman Reigns after he announced on October 22 that he is battling leukemia. Lesnar got the win over Strowman who was dazed after being hit with the title belt by Baron Corbin just before the match was due to begin.
Shawn Michaels Makes a Winning Return to the Ring
Eight years after his in-ring retirement, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels returned to action at the Crown Jewel event held in Saudi Arabia on November 2. He teamed up with Triple H to reform DX and they defeated the Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane), when Triple H pinned Kane.
Shane McMahon is 'The Best in the World'
In a major shock, WWE Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon won the World Cup tournament held at Crown Jewel. He wasn't even entered but when The Miz was unable to take part in the final against Dolph Ziggler, McMahon took his place and won the cup. Not great news for anyone who placed a bet on the event.
Also on the card, AJ Styles retained his WWE title by beating Samoa Joe and The Bar kept their Smackdown tag belts with victory over The New Day. The show also saw the return of Huk Hogan who was the host.
WWE NXT:UK Brand Launched
WWE launched the NXT:UK brand with the show being presented on the WWE Network on Wednesday evenings. 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 regained the titles on the October 16th edition of Smackdown beating The New Day after interference by The Big Show.
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.
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. Currently feuding with Drew McIntyre.
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 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 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.
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 but hasn't featured since.
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 vacant title by beating Braun Strowman).
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins (won from Dolph Ziggler)
Raw Tag Team Champions: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (won from AOP)
Raw Women's Champion: Ronda Rousey (won from Alexa Bliss)
Cruiserweight Title: Buddy Murphy (won from Cedric Alexander)
Women's Royal Rumble Winner; Akusa
Money in the Bank holder: Braun Strowman (cashed in at Hell in a Cell)
WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan (won from AJ Styles)
WWE US Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (won from Jeff Hardy)
Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Bar (won from The New Day)
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)
Women's Champion: Rhea Ripley (won in title tournament final against Toni Storm)
NXT Champion: Tomasso Ciampa (won from Aleister Black)
NXT Women's Champion: Shanya Brazzler (won from Kairi Sane)
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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