WWE sent out the following:
PSYONIX AND WWE® ANNOUNCE ROCKET LEAGUE® PARTNERSHIP
San Diego, Calif., and Stamford, Conn., (May 17, 2017) – Psyonix, creators of the sports-action hit Rocket League®, and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a partnership that will provide Rocket League with significant visibility and consumer engagement across WWE’s global platforms, including television, digital and social media, and on WWE Network, WWE’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.
Rocket League will be a presenting partner of two upcoming pay-per-view events including this Sunday’s Backlash®, as well as Great Balls of Fire™ on Sunday, July 9. Rocket League will also be a promotional partner of WWE’s biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam®, on Sunday, August 20. Rocket League creative will air across WWE Network, WWE’s digital and social channels, and on WWE’s flagship TV programs Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown® Live on USA Network. The award-winning game currently boasts a community of more than 31 million players, and through this new partnership, fans at upcoming WWE live events will have the opportunity to experience and play Rocket League at arenas across the U.S.
“The integrated partnership with Psyonix will provide Rocket League with an opportunity to utilize WWE’s global platforms and reach our passionate fan base, many of whom are avid gamers,” said John Brody, WWE Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Partnerships. “We look forward to working with Rocket League as we collectively build customized one-stop shopping programs to reach their consumers.”
“As WWE fans ourselves, we are well aware of WWE’s strong capabilities as a strategic marketing partner,” said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President, Publishing, Psyonix. “WWE has proven time and again that they know how to execute fantastic integrated programming, and with an audience that has similar interests to our own, it was only natural that we team up to see what we could do together.”
Additional aspects of the partnership include: WWE’s popular YouTube gaming channel UpUpDownDown, which just surpassed 1 million subscribers dedicating six episodes to Rocket League, hosted by WWE Superstar Xavier Woods™. Rocket League will also be the presenting partner of the newly-announced WWE Women’s Tournament, where for the first time in WWE history, 32 of the top female competitors from 17 countries will participate in a tournament this summer airing on WWE Network.
Former WWE & ECW talent Al Snow, was arrested on Monday night in Winchester, KY and charged with “Failure to appear.” Snow was released on a $234 bond and has since issued the following statement via Twitter:
To clear up my arrest, I had a ticket from 2 years ago, broken light & expired insurance ID card, took care of it but thanks to a typo, there was a bench warrant for me that I was completely unaware of. My car was having trouble, 3 police approached and asked for ID and I was taken in and paid $234 dollar fine and was released. A typo resulted in my arrest, and now I’ve spent time in the big house. LOL Be careful.
John Cena was recently interviewed by Justin Barrasso’s Extra Mustard column in Sports Illustrated and spoke on several subjects.
Here are some highlights:
Roman Reigns claiming the ring is his “yard”?
“Roman is in the trenches every night and he’s performing at an elite level with a champion caliber attitude. His performance and the response that he gets from certain audiences is indicative of an elite-level performer. He’s doing what I did in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He has all the justification in the world in saying it’s his yard.”
Why it’s a good time to be a WWE fan, more thoughts on Roman Reigns & Cena’s return:
“I’m not going to take anything away from Roman. He handles his business with the utmost professionalism. He’s doing it on his own watch. He’s not one of the those guys that comes over to me and asks me, ‘What happens next?’ He’s doing it his way, and I think that’s the best way to do it. He’s not trying to be the next John Cena, but he is being the only Roman Reigns-and that’s why it’s met with so much adversity.
“I can tell you from first-hand because I know. I wasn’t trying to be Stone Cold or The Rock, I was John Cena. That was met with adversity from people looking for the next Stone Cold or the next Rock. That’s what creates the dichotomy, the polarizing environment. I think Roman is doing a fantastic job, and he has an entire roster stacked with unbelievably gifted performers. It’s a good time to be a member of the WWE Universe. You’re seeing multiple brands operating at very high capacity, and I just can’t wait to get back. I’m doing what I’m doing now, but I really can’t wait to get back in the ring. As soon as they cut me loose from this movie in Atlanta, I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Check out the full article here,
Despite being advertised to appear on Smackdown Live last night, WWE superstar Rusev wasn’t at the show to “address Shane McMahon” and not receiving a WWE Championship match as he requested.
Rusev posted the following on Twitter saying that he attended the NHL Western Conference Finals game three between the Anaheim Ducks & Nashville Predators instead.
Here are your 205 Live highlights from last night:
Here are your Smackdown Live highlights from last night:
During last night’s edition of Smackdown Live, Erick Rowan requested a match with former Wyatt member Luke Harper at Sunday’s Backlash PPV. Shane McMahon would accept that request.
Here is the updated match card:
Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger
Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
Naomi (c), Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Tamina, Natalya & Carmella
Six-Women Tag Team Match
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (c)
-WWE United States Championship-
The Usos (c) vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango
-Smackdown Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton (c)
205 Live talent Drew Gulak posted a new photo on social media of himself and WWE Champion Randy Orton. Both can be seen beside a sign stating “No Fly Zone.” The reasoning behind this is because Gulak is trying to prevent the “high-risk” action of the Cruiserweights division from happening. Orton on the other hand was just recently involved in a trending story online, where he commented on a post from Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley) referring to his “dive” captioned photo. You can read about it here.
Here was Orton’s tweet:
Here is the photo of Orton with Drew Gulak:
Based on reports, Sami Callihan is the new leader of CZW’s creative team.
Sami and his team will be handling the creative and promotional material for the promotion from now on. CZW president, DJ Hyde will focus on managing from a business standpoint.
WWE women’s talent Eva Marie, will not be returning to Total Divas for their seventh season on E! Network. The producers for the show have already interviewed her potential replacements. Eva Marie has not been on WWE TV since August of last year after being suspended for 30 days following a Wellness Policy Violation.
Total Divas producers have been interviewing fellow WWE talents to determine a new cast member for the show. Charlotte Flair along with a handful of other talents were ones that the producers interviewed. At this time it’s still unclear on the status of Paige and she’ll continue to appear on the show.
As reported back in March, WWE will not be renewing her contract for an in-Ring return. WWE nor Eva Marie has made an official comment on her departure from the company. Marie has since changed her appearance upon her suspension from WWE and has filmed a new movie, so it’s not a huge problem if the company releases her as she does have more projects on the go. She has since removed ever and all mention of WWE and Wrestling off her twitter account.