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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New Champions Crowned at WrestleMania 34 But Rousey Steals the Show
The biggest PPV of the year took place in New Orleans on Sunday April 8 and several titles changed hands. Not the top two titles though with Brock Lesnar retaining his Universal title over Roman Reigns and AJ Styles beating Shinsuke Nakamura to keep hold of his WWE Title. After the match Nakamura turned heel and attacked his opponent.
Here's the title changes that took place at WrestleMania 34
- Nia Jax beat Alexa Bliss to win the Raw Women's title
- Jinder Mahal won a four-way against defending champion Randy Orton, Bobby Roode and Rusev to become US Champion but has since lost the belt to Jeff Hardy.
- Seth Rollins won a triple-threat match against defending champion The Miz and Fin Balor to become Intercontinental Champion
- Braun Strowman and ten-year-old Nicholas beat The Bar to wn the Raw tag team titles but vacated the belts the following day.
- The Bludgeon Brothers beat defending champions The Uso's and The New Day to become Smackdown tag champs
- Cedric Alexander beat Mustafa Ali to win the vacant cruiserweight title
Star of the show was Ronda Rousey who put in an impressive performance in her in-ring debut for the company teaming up with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Making their in-ring returns on the show were Daniel Bryan, back after two years out and The Undertaker. Bryan and Shane McMahon beat the team of Kevin Owens and Sammi Zayn, while The Undertaker returned to beat John Cena inside three minutes.
One of the biggest shocks of the night was in the Smackdown Women's title match as Charlotte Flair made Asuka submit to end the Japanese wrestler's two-year unbeaten streak.
The Andre the Giant Battle Royal was won by Matt Hardy with help from Bray Wyatt and it was Naomi who ran out the winner of the Women's Battle Royal.
WWE Head to Saudi Arabia
WWE are always looking to expand their business and on Friday April 27 head to Saudi Arabia for the Greatest Ever Royal Rumble show. It's an event that is almost as large as WrestleMania but due to the laws of the country doesn't feature any women's matches. Scheduled to take place are;
- WWE Universal Title in a steel cage - Brock Lesnar v Roman Reigns
- WWE Title - AJ Styles v Shinsuke Nakamura
- Vacant Raw Tag Team Titles - The Bar v Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy
- Smackdown Tag Team Titles - The Bludgeon Brothers v The Uso's
- US Title - Jeff Hardy v Jinder Mahal
- IC Title Ladder Match - Seth Rolliins v Fin Balor v Samoa Joe v The Miz
- Cruiserweight title - Match yet to be determined
- John Cena v Triple H
- Casket Match - The Undertaker v Rusev
- 50-man Royal Rumble Match
Roster Changes Made
Monday April 16 and Tuesday April 17 saw lots of changes made to the rosters with wrestlers moving from one brand to another in the Superstars Shake-Up. Main changes include
Moving from Raw to Smackdown
- Paige became the new Smackdown GM after announcing her retirement from the ring on Monday, Jeff Hardy, Gallows and Anderson, The Miz, Asuka, Absolution, Samoa Joe, Big Cass, The Bar and R-Truth.
Moving from Smackdown to Raw
- Natalya, Breezango, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, The Ascension, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Mike and Maria Kannellis, Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley.
Moving from NXT to the Main Roster
- To Raw - Drew McIntyre, Ember Moon, No Way Jose and The Authors of Pain
- To Smackdown - The IIconics, Andrade 'Cien' Almas and SaniTY
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 to regain the title. Lost them again at WrestleMania and moved to Smackdown.
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 was given an IC title shot at WrestleMania but failed to win the title.
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. Current rumours are that talks are taking place between Neville and WWE and he could be making his return soon.
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 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.
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.
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: Seth Rollins (won from The Miz)
Raw Tag Team Champions: Vacant
Raw Women's Champion: Nia Jax (won from Alexis Bliss)
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: Jeff Hardy (won from Jinder Mahal)
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: Aleister Black (won from Andade Almas)
NXT Women's Champion: Shanya Brazzler (won from Ember Moon)
NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed Era (won from SAniTy)
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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