Various: SmackDown MitB Qualifier Changes, FOX TV Deal Update, Indies
Changes Made to SmackDown’s Final Money in the Bank Qualifier Match
As noted before, Big Cass was rumored to have suffered a knee injury during WWE’s European tour over the weekend. While the Wrestling Observer reported the injury is not legit and only for storyline reasons, WWE teased Big Cass’ upcoming Money in the Bank Qualifier match was in doubt due to this new injury.
In an update to this situation, SmackDown General Manage Page announced on Monday that Big Cass has been pulled from his scheduled Money in the Bank Qualifier match against Samoa Joe. Page also announced a pre-qualifier match of Jeff Hardy versus Daniel Bryan will be held instead this week with the winner to face Joe on the May 29th episode of SmackDown for the final spot in the upcoming Men’s Money in the Bank match.
SmackDown Moving to FOX Network Update
As noted before, WWE agreed in principle to a new television contract with FOX to become SmackDown’s new home following NBC refusal to continue carrying the show. FOX was reported to be paying around $205 million per year for five years putting the total value of the contract at over $1 billion.
In an update to this situation, the Hollywood Reporter reported WWE actually had a bigger offer on the table in terms of money per year but went with FOX in the end due to FOX offering better visibility and cross-promotion for RAW with their major sports properties.
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
The on-going libel lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana by WWE doctor Christopher Amann is reported to be potentially ending in a settlement, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet. Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin reported the trial for the lawsuit was recently delayed and lawyers on both sides have recently engaged in talks in regards to a potential settlement deal being reached.
Impact Wrestling announced they will be holding a One Night Only taping on June 3rd at Santino Marella’s Wrestling Academy in Mississauga, Canada.
Major League Wrestling announced the card for their June 7th show in Orlando, Florida features a Boiler Room Brawl match of Sami Callihan versus MVP.