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WWE Not Affected by Writer’s Strike; 2023 Draft Completed Ushering in New ‘Raw’ & ‘Smackdown’ Rosters

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In case sports entertainment/pro wrestling fans across the globe were concerned that the just called WGA writer’s strike would have an effect on WWE programming, there is good news.

According to WWE CEO Nick Khan, on a quarterly business meeting about the organizations merger with Endeavor, “Our writers are not members of the guild, so there is no effect on us whatsoever. Of course we are supportive of the writers who are members of the guild and their efforts, and we are hopeful a deal can be reached between them and the other side in short order.”

As previously reported, the writer’s went on strike on Tuesday that will have wide-ranging implications on various types of television programming and motion pictures. Currently, picket lines are set up and can be seen at studios and networks across Los Angeles and New York City.

In other WWE news, if you caught the second night of the WWE 2023 draft on this week’s Monday Night Raw, you know which wrestlers will be on the blue brand on Friday Night Smackdown and who will be on the red brand on ‘Raw’.  In addition, supplemental talent was drafted on Raw Talk.  Several wrestlers were also drafted-up from NXT.  The talent picks will take effect on Monday, May 8th following this weekend’s WWE Backlash ppv in Puerto Rico.

As for ‘The Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar, he remains a free agent that allows him to compete on both brands.  Other just announced free agents include:Baron Corbin, Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander, Elias, and Xyon Quinn.

Check out who is going where from the second night of the draft below.  Check here for night one results.

Raw Draft Picks

  1. Rhea Ripley
  2. Seth Rollins
  3. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
  4. Judgment Day (Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio)
  5. Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez
  6. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
  7. Trish Stratus
  8. Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler
  9. Braun Strowman and Ricochet
  10. Bronson Reed
  11. Otis and Chad Gable
  12. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter
  13. Dana Brooke
  14. Nikki Cross
  15. Johnny Gargano
  16. Humberto Carillo and Angel Garza
  17. Akira Tozawa
  18. Piper Niven
  19. Xia Li
  20. Tegan Nox
  21. Emma
  22. Riddick Moss
  23. Indus Sher (Jinder Mahal, Veer and Sanga)
  24. Odyssey Jones

SmackDown Draft Picks

  1. Austin Theory
  2. Charlotte Flair
  3. The Usos
  4. LWO (Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Zelina Vega)
  5. Asuka
  6. The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch)
  7. Karrion Kross (with Scarlett)
  8. LA Knight
  9. Shotzi
  10. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson)
  11. Rick Boogs
  12. Cameron Grimes
  13. Tamina
  14. Grayson Waller


WWE’s Alexa Bliss Reveals Pregnancy, Expecting First Child with Husband Ryan Cabrera

The WWE Universe had been wondering for months, just why Alexa Bliss was taken off TV, especially when it looked like Bliss was falling back under the spell of then-returning Bray Wyatt in the storyline.

First at the end of March, the pro wrestler shared she had skin cancer surgery.

Now, comes happier news from Bliss herself, she and her husband, singer Ryan Cabrera are expecting their first child together. Cabrera and Bliss married in April of 2022 after more than two years of dating.

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Bliss, is a former three-time Raw Women’s Champion, three-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion.  Looks like this mom-to-be won’t be getting back into the squared circle anytime soon.

The happy couple with a new bundle of joy on the way shared with E News: “It was a total surprise, as we weren’t trying at all,” shared Alexa. “We Facetimed my mom immediately … and then shared the news with Ryan’s family.”

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On her Instagram, Bliss shared her excitement, “The best moments in life are the completely unexpected. Baby Cabrera arriving December 2023!!”

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WWE Night of Champions 2023: The ‘Bloodline’ Breaks Down as Roman Reigns is Left Shocked, Seth Rollins & Asuka Win Title Belts

The demise of the ‘Bloodline’ is now truly underway, after the closing bout at WWE Night of Champions streaming Saturday on Peacock.

The WWE returned to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for this event which featured numerous titles on the lines and the crowning of the winner for the new WWE championship.

Let’s recap what went down for the triple main event.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa 

The crowd was firmly behind Zayn and Owens, in particular because Sami is a wrestler of Syrian descent and he has never taken part in any of the WWE’s Saudi Arabian shows, due to the relationship between Syria and Saudi Arabia. With the tensions died down between the two countries, Zayn got the opportunity to wrestle in front of family and in the Middle East.  When his entrance music played, Sami entered dressed for the culture he was performing for in all white.

While the crowd was red hot for Zayn and Owens, they also jeered Roman Reigns who has now held the WWE Universal Championship for 1000 days. The uber-villain played right along with the fans, egging them on, as only he can.


As the teams went back and forth, the referee got knocked out, when Reigns speared him by mistake. With no official, the Usos appeared and went on the attack of Owens at ringside.  Later in the ring, the brothers and former tag champs, set Zayn up for a double superkick, but the kicks landed on their younger brother, Solo Sikoa, by mistake.  Not seeing what had fully transpired, The Tribal Chief was losing his temper and started pushing Jey and Jimmy around.

Fed up, Jimmy landed a superkick on Reigns which knocked him down to the mat. Jey was conflicted by the actions of his brother, but Jimmy landed a second superkick on Reigns.  That left Owens open to deliver a stunner to Sikoa. Then, Zayn followed it up with a Helluva kick.  A new referee showed up in time and counted 1, 2, 3 as Zayn pinned Sikoa.  As the Usos walked back up the ramp and backstage, Jimmy was trying to assure Jey, that they did the right thing, while Roman Reigns was left stunned as Sami and Kevin celebrated retaining their belts.  The storytelling in this match was brilliantly executed by all involved.

Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins vs. AJ Styles


The finals of the new World Heavyweight Championship Tournament were on tap for the opener of Night of Champions featuring two of the best wrestlers in the world, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins and AJ Styles.  Who would win the new belt?

As Seth and AJ battled back and forth, ultimately it was the Visionary who was battling his ‘injured knee’ sustained in who hit Styles with a Pedigree before ultimately delivering a Stomp for the pin and the win. Triple H came to the ring and presented Rollins with the belt as the newest of champs for the organization.  If anyone deserves a belt around their waist it’s Rollins, who has not held a title for over four years. Just how this title will remain relevant is yet to be seen.

Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar


The third piece of the triple main event included the question of just how would Rhodes wrestle the ‘beast incarnate’ with one arm having supposedly been broken during a beatdown by Lesnar on RAW?

Throughout the match, Rhodes had his arm wrapped with a brace, which he eventually used to hit Lesnar with. However, in the end, as many predicted, the WWE creative team had to find a way in the storytelling to even up the series between Cody and Brook to 1 win each.  How did they do it?

Late in the match, Lesnar put Rhodes in a Kimura Lock. However, in the first attempt, Cody was able to escape it. The second time Brock applied it, Rhodes eventually passed out and the referee called for the bell and named Brock the winner. Look for the rubber match in this feud to be forthcoming.

Bianca Belair vs. Asuka


In their match at Wrestlemania 39, it was clear that Asuka was the crowd favorite, even though she was the heel going up against Belair. Now, in a rematch at Night of Champions, Asuka has become even more heinous with her ‘mist’ than ever before. Going into the match, Belair held the RAW Women’s Championship for a record 420 days, but her title reign was about to come to an end.

At first, Asuka tried to mist Belair in the face, but she missed her target. Avoiding that calamity, Belair continued to fight back, while Asuka played dirty.  Then in a clever move, Asuka blew the mist from her mouth on to her fingers, while the ref’s back was turned and she was on the ropes. When Bianca hoisted Asuka over her head, the challenger rubbed her misted-fingers in the champ’s eyes and down she went.  After kicking the EST in the head, Asuka was able to secure the pin, ending Belair’s incredible reign. While Asuka celebrated, Belair was left outside the ring with ‘stinging’ eyes, and no medical attention to help her.  Will we see a heel turn by Bianca Belair, coming out of Night of Champions? Stay tuned.

In other bouts …

Rhea Ripley defeated Natalya (on her birthday no less) which amounted to nothing more than a squash match.  Ripley showed her strength and easily won over the birthday girl in a few minutes to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

Gunther retained his Intercontinental Championship defeating Mustafa Ali, as the crowd rooted for Ali who is of Pakistani and Indian descent.

Trish Stratus, with the help of Zoey Stark, got the victory over Becky Lynch.  Stratus reminded us of her in-ring skills, while this story has been hard to swallow. Adding Stark to the mix, gives Stratus a pal, so we can only assume she will tag team with Trish … or Stark will be the next to feud with “The Man” Becky Lynch.


Overall, nothing topped the final match of the night featuring Reigns, Zayn, and the Bloodline, for the pure theater of it all.

So, what did you think of WWE Night of Champions 2023? Share your thoughts and favorite matches via the comment section. But first, take a look at what went down when Jimmy Uso kicked Roman Reigns.

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Bad Bunny Reflects on ‘WWE Backlash’: “I Really Thought I Was Going to Die After That Match, But It’s Part of It”

The global recording artist and superstar, Bad Bunny dropped his latest single just a few days ago to the delight of music fans everywhere.

The new track “Where She Goes,” is already heralded as one of his best has accompanying video which also features the likes of Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert and Brazillian soccer mega-star  Ronaldinho.  In promotion of his latest song, Bunny appeared on New Music Daily with host Zane Lowe.

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During the interview, Lowe asked San Benito about taking his brand and his in-ring performance to the next level at WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico. Bunny wrestled in a Puerto Rican street fight match against Damian Priest.

Bunny responded: “Wow, that was insane. That was really crazy, the people, the energy was another level. What happened that night, I’m never going to forget it. I remember, I said before the WrestleMania fight that day was one of my favorite moments of my life, but the Backlash fight in Puerto Rico was another level. It was really one of the biggest and best moments of my life, I really enjoyed that fight.”

Lowe pointed out that no other music superstars who have to tour, would ever to what San Benito did, and risk injury.  So, he had to ask if Bunny was hurt following his Backlash victory.

The superstar explained, “I suffered. Yeah, I got hurt. I got hurt. My back, my back. My whole body, bro. My whole body. I felt that I was going to die after that match. I really thought that I was going to die after the match, but it’s part of it. I was prepared then, and now I’m going to drop a song. I know. I’m a crazy guy. I love it. I love it, and that’s what matters.”

Check out the music video for Bad Bunny’s latest track “Where She Goes” below, followed by highlights of his match against Damian Priest just a few weeks ago.

Let us know what you thought of Bunny putting his life and limb on the line at WWE Backlash, in a match that was one of the most exciting ever seen by the WWE Universe in quite a long time in the comment section,

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