Vince Russo, one of the top officials in the world of professional wrestling, was part of the Legion of RAW podcast. During the podcast, Russo spoke about WWE’s deal with USA Network for WWE RAW.
Vince Russo on USA Network and WWE RAW
Given his long history in the professional wrestling business, Vince Russo has several sources. It revealed that WWE RAW is no longer a high priority for the USA Network. Apparently there has been a change in the mindset of the network. As a result of the change, WWE may have trouble renewing their contract with RAW.
“I’m going to tell you something. I’m going to say this; I’m not going to tell you who. I still talk to Network people on TV because I’m a television brand. I’ve worked with Network people all my life, you know, with Spike. , Turner and USA and the whole nine meters. I’ve learned a lot from television from the Network people. “
“Someone told me last week, when it comes to the television side, and I’m not going to speak on Fox. I don’t know about Fox, but they told me WWE isn’t even a priority for USA Network anymore. And if it’s not a priority, I can’t imagine the USA (Network) registering them again after this deal. Now don’t get me wrong, Chris. You and I know about wrestling. They will find another fool. They’ll find a chain that they think Rock and Austin are buying. That’s what they do “.
Apparently, the USA Network expected to see a change in RAW’s ratings after WWE ThunderDome was introduced. While there was an increase after the introduction of ThunderDome, the ratings have fallen again since then.
USA Network was also unhappy with the firing of Paul Heyman earlier in the year.
Bray Wyatt ‘medical issues’ in WWE Leak
‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt has not been on WWE programming since the April 12 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, recently defeated by Randy Orton at WWE WrestleMania 37 the night before. With this, fans and members of the WWE universe have been wondering where Wyatt has been and how come he hasn’t been fighting in a WWE ring. Bray Wyatt ‘not returning’ to WWE?
In an attempt to answer this, Steve Carrier of Ringside News recently asked about Bray Wyatt’s condition, where he was told that Wyatt’s absence is due to a “medical” issue.
The publisher and owner of Ringside News stated via Twitter: “There are rumors about Bray Wyatt. One story circulating is that he is off WWE television for “personal” reasons. We have been told that your absence is considered “medical” and not personal. It is still advertised for the August 9 RAW in Orlando as well. Stay tuned.”
In other Bray Wyatt news, in a recent interview by Bill Apter, wrestling legend and Bray Wyatt’s uncle, Barry Windham spoke about how his nephew is currently being used in WWE. Credit to SEScoops for the following quotes.
Bray Wyatt ‘broke character’ before WWE SmackDown “I hope he makes the cut in WWE, we’ll just have to see,” Windham said when asked about Bray Wyatt. It’s been (a great performer), it just hasn’t been used properly there. “
However, Windham claimed that he has not seen many of Wyatt’s matches as the Demon in WWE, but has seen the vignettes that he has done as the character. The wrestling legend continued:
“You know I haven’t really seen any of his matches, I’ve only seen some of the little vignettes that he’s done. He was always ready to be a fighter growing up. “
Rumors are circulating about Bray Wyatt. One story circulating is that he is off WWE television for “personal” reasons. We have been told that your absence is considered “medical” and not personal. It is still advertised for the August 9 RAW in Orlando as well. Stay tuned.
– Steve Carrier of Ringside News (@steve_carrier) July 22, 2021
WWE Brings back the world champion for the return match
Samoa Joe will compete in a ring once more. The last time Samoa Joe was in a WWE ring was on the February 10 episode of Raw. Here Joe, Kevin Owens, and The Viking Raiders took on Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy, and AOP in a losing effort. Joe would then work as a color commentator for WWE Monday Night Raw until his release from the company on April 15, 2021. Joe would re-sign in June and be named enforcer to NXT General Manager William Regal. Did Vince McMahon ‘infuriate’ this former NXT star in a text message?
After NXT Champion Karrion Kross strangled Samoa Joe, he laid the groundwork for a possible fight between Kross and Joe. It is now reported that Kross Vs Joe will take place for the Kross NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver 36. The event will take place on August 22, 2021.
In other Samoa Joe news, former NXT Champion Johnny Gargano commented on Joe’s last season with WWE NXT during a recent interview with TV Insider. The NXT mainstay stated: “Samoa Joe is a legend. You cannot replace the mind you have. He has done so many things in this business, even long before WWE. I was a fan of Samoa Joe when I was in high school. Everything he does, he does it successfully.
This fired WWE NXT employee recently leaked his paycheck. Continuing Gargano said: “Having Joe in this new role in NXT brings a breath of fresh air and brings this new dynamic. I am very excited about what he will do in the future. Whenever it is on the screen, it is essential television. “
Credit to Wrestling Observer
Shane McMahon segment ‘canceled’ for a sad reason
Shane McMahon had hosted RAW Underground, which saw street-style fights and the segment took place on Monday Night Raw.
Arturo Ruas, who is currently part of the Diamond Mine stable on NXT, had an interview with The Wrestling Inc. Daily. He talked about RAW Underground.
Arturo Ruas explains why Shane McMahon stopped RAW Underground
Ruas has a background in combat sports, which was a major factor in his participation in RAW Underground, which is now disbanded. Triple H offers former WWE Champion a new contract
He also opened up about the segment’s initial plans, but named the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason it disbanded.
This is what he had to say:
“I, like you, knew about these things while they were happening. I heard they were bringing a show that was going to have some street fighting vibes, ”Jaoude revealed. “They were bringing in people with legitimate backgrounds to have a different design of a match. They lowered the strings and said to bring street clothes to wear and have street vibes, and I got it. So when I got to RAW and saw it, I thought, okay, I got it. It will be a real thing and all the games were short and the interactions were real, you had to do it 100%.
That was RAW Underground. RAW Underground was totally different from what we see in professional wrestling matches. I had a lot of fun doing it and I got to talk to a lot of people and it was really good to be there. I had a lot of fun on the show. It was supposed to be uninterrupted, running all the time, but the pandemic sucks and the pandemic changed the lives of millions of people. So RAW Underground died from the pandemic. “
WWE is unlikely to bring back RAW Underground, which garnered a mixed reaction from fans and wrestling experts.