Articles by Kyle Ross

WWE Tag Team News: The New Day, Broken Hardys, The Revival

In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that the plan is to hold off The New Day's SmackDown debut until Kofi Kingston is ready to return from ankle surgery. When exactly that will be was not specified, although initial reports were that Kingston would be out "several weeks." It's considered a no brainer…


NXT News: TakeOver Chicago Update From Last Night’s Tapings

The latest round of NXT tapings took place at Full Sail University last night and we now know what the three title matches will be at TakeOver. If you don't want to be spoiled, please avert your eyes. NXT TakeOver takes place in Chicago on May 20th, the night before Backlash, a SmackDown Live exclusive…


WWE News: Cost Of WrestleMania Set, Austin Heat?, Mahal Push, Zayn Promo

It's been reported that WWE spent approximately $5 million (U.S.) on the stage for WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. The ramp alone was reported to be 85 yards in length. While we still don't know the company's exact profit from it's biggest event of the year, the stage setup will probably end up being the proverbial…


WWE Files Key Motion In Concussion Lawsuit

PWInsider is reporting that WWE has filed a motion seeking a summary judgment that would end the lawsuit brought against them by former wrestler Vito LoGrasso and former developmental talent Evan Singleton on 4/17 in the United States District Court of Connecticut. Similar lawsuits brought against the company by Billy Jack Haynes, Luther Reigns, Ryan…



SmackDown Live: Potential Spoiler For Tonight’s Six Pack Challenge

SPOILER ALERT! As mentioned in our preview, tonight's SmackDown Live is being headlined by a Six Pack Challenge to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Title. Here are the participants, one more time: Sami Zayn Luke Harper Erick Rowan Dolph Ziggler Jinder Mahal Mojo Rawley I noted in the preview that picking a winner…


SmackDown Live Preview (4/18/17): Five Reasons To Watch

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for our SmackDown Live preview. The¬†respective rosters have been "shaken up", but with the two top titles on the SmackDown brand being and defended on the next RAW pay per view, Payback, where does that leave the rest of the Tuesday crew? Let's take a look at five…



WWE News: Roman Reigns Injury, Revival Promo, Incredible Craigslist Ad

As mentioned in Abbey's recap of last night's WWE Live Event in Providence, Roman Reigns worked the show despite suffering a (storyline) separated shoulder. Strowman made a challenge for Reigns to come out, thinking he wasn't there, but Reigns answers. defies doctors orders and the two brawl. There was much debate over Reigns working the…


YouTube Bans Pro Wrestling From Monetizing On Platforms

Earlier this week, there was a major story involving YouTube and ad revenue, which will have a significant impact on pro wrestling, specifically several independent groups. The gist of the situation is that several major companies - such as AT&T and Verizon - found their ads running in videos that involved hate speech and were…


EVOLVE News: Next Weekend’s Shows, Future Matchups

EVOLVE returns to New York next weekend with its first shows since WrestleMania weekend. The double shot takes place in Queens and Brooklyn and full cards have been announced. 4/22 in Queens, NY at La Boom: WWN champion Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher with Stokely Hathaway EVOLVE Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Galloway Last…


WWE Notes: Otunga’s Replacement, El Patron Rant, Reigns, JBL, Bliss

WWE announced today that Booker T will serve as David Otunga's temporary replacement in the RAW announce booth. Otunga is expected to miss the next six weeks due to a previously scheduled film project. Otunga and fellow announcer Byron Saxton switched brands as part of this past week's "Superstar Shakeup." Booker will of course join…


WWE Notes: Stephanie Update, Upcoming Tours, Big Show Upset, & More

It was noted in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the reason Stephanie McMahon took the table bump at WrestleMania 33 was because she was already set to take time off for a family vacation. Speaking of WrestleMania, according to Sean Waltman, The Big Show was none too pleased about the execution of the Andre…


WWE Payback: Updates On Rumored And Confirmed Matches

WrestleMania 33 has come and gone. With the RAW and SmackDown Live rosters officially "shook up," the next pay per view offering from WWE will be Payback, which takes place April 29th in San Jose, CA (Bayley's hometown). Though promoted as a "RAW-only pay per view," Payback has the potential to be a pretty loaded…


WWE News: Kevin Owens DVD Listing, Mahal, Strowman, Coachman-WWE

Wrestling DVD Network got a first look at the upcoming Kevin Owens' DVD release, titled "Fight Owens Fight." It will be a three-disc set that includes a full length documentary. There are also 17 matches set to be included, with the notables being his main roster debut against John Cena at Elimination Chamber 2015, the…



WWE SmackDown Live Preview (4/11/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

Well, there most certainly was a "shakeup" courtesy of WWE RAW Monday night. Ironically, the best part of the show had nothing to do with new faces, just two RAW mainstays. Honestly, I don't have a clue what the future holds creatively for SmackDown at this point. But something tells me that we're about to…



WWE SmackDown Live Preview (3/28/16): 5 Reasons To Watch

We're five days away from the biggest show of the year. SmackDown Live is our final television offering prior to WrestleMania 33, so get ready for the hype. Here are five reasons to watch tonight. 1. Time To Go Home This is the 'go home' show for WrestleMania, so expect a lot of hype. All…



WWE SmackDown Live Preview (3/21/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

Believe it or not, there are only two SmackDowns left before WrestleMania 33. Most of the key matches are set, even if they're not official. I anticipate by show's end tonight, we'll have something resembling a complete card. Here are five reasons to watch SmackDown Live. 1. Is AJ Styles Fired? In a word, "no."…



WWE SmackDown Live Preview (3/14/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

The WWE Title Match for WrestleMania was finally solidified last week on SmackDown Live. The rest of the card, from this brand's perspective, is also starting to come into focus. In last week's preview, we knew the vast majority of what would be taking place on the show. This week, strangely, little has been announced.…



WWE SmackDown Live Preview (3/7/17): 5 Reasons To Watch

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times last week on WWE SmackDown LIVE. Best in the sense that John Cena and The Miz delivered one of the great opening segments in the history of the show. Worst in the sense that the Bray Wyatt-Randy Orton storyline seems like a…