Various: Daniel Bryan on Being SmackDown GM, WWE TV Deal Update, Indies
Daniel Bryan Comments on His Previous Role as SmackDown’s General Manager
Sportbible held a recent interview with Daniel Bryan and one of the topics discussed involved Daniel Bryan’s thoughts on his previous role as SmackDown’s General Manager.
“It was very difficult. I disliked it, strongly. I would try and leave as soon as I could and if I found out they might not have a segment for me on TV, I would be texting the writers being like, ‘Hey can I just stay home’ — a portion of that is not liking it and portion of that is because now I’m being away from Brie and my baby to do something I’m not passionate about. That was a weird mental thing for me.”
Rumor: WWE Dropping “Big 4” PPVs from WWE Network in Favor of Major National Cable Networks
As noted before, WWE recently agreed to new television deals with both NBC and FOX in regards to RAW and SmackDown’s future. While the amount from NBC is currently unknown, FOX was reported to be paying around $205 million per year to become the new home for SmackDown.
In an update to this situation, WWE is currently rumored to be considering the idea of dropping their Big 4 pay-per-view events from the WWE Network and sell the broadcasting rights of those events to FOX or other major cable networks. The reason for this change in business strategy is rumored to be due to the company wanting to take advantage of their programming being in a very high demand at the moment.
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
DEFY Wrestling announced the card for their May 26th event in Portland, Oregon features a singles match of Matt Riddle versus Matt Sydal.
The official Twitter account for All In announced the card of WrestlePro’s June 8th event in Rahway, New Jersey features a mixed tag team match of Flip Gordon & Brandi Rhodes versus MJF & Madison Rayne. The winner of this match will be guaranteed a booking at September’s All In event.
Major League Wrestling announced the card for their June 7th MLW Fusion tapings in Orlando, Florida features a singles match of Sammy Guevara versus Fred Yehi.