Alexa Bliss Comments on WWE Extending Her Contract & Return Plans Status
As noted before, Alexa Bliss has been out of action for WWE since this past January due to skin cancer treatment-related issues. Bliss had announced earlier this week that she is currently expecting the birth of her first child.
The Messenger held a recent interview with Bliss. One of the topics discussed included Bliss’ thoughts on when she had found out that she was pregnant.
“I was preparing for my return in the ring and I was just having really bad cramping. I thought that was weird. So then I just decided to take a test and then I think I said, ‘Oh s—t.'”
Bliss also stated that WWE recently extended her contract and have left the decision for her return entirely up to herself.
“WWE gave me time off for [Masked Singer] to kind of fully dive into that experience with rehearsals, vocal lessons, and all that stuff. Storyline-wise, I was not on TV anyway, so it really kind of worked out perfectly. [WWE] extended my contract, and so it’s just basically come back when I’m ready. Probably a month after the baby, I’ll start probably getting back into the gym, and getting ready for to see what my in-ring return looks like.”
Seth Rollins Comments on His WWE World Heavyweight Title Victory at Night of Champions 2023
A recent episode of the WWE The Bump show featured Seth Rollins as the guest. One of the topics thoughts included Rollins thoughts on his recent WWE World Heavyweight Championship victory at WWE’s Night of Champions 2023 event this past Saturday in Saudi Arabia.
“It has been a long road, it really has. Nearly four years since I’ve held a world heavyweight championship, and I said it on Raw a little bit, lots of ups, lots of downs. The audience, they love me, they hate me, they like me, they don’t like me. I’ve loved every second of it. It’s been a transformative four years. I’m a completely different person than I was the last time I held a world heavyweight championship. So this time, it really does feel right. I’m excited to bring a world title back to Raw, a show that has sorely missed a world champion in quite some time, and I plan on defending that title, being present, being the man on Monday nights like I have been, but this time with a title on my shoulder.”
Rollins also gave his thoughts on competing in his third match for an inaugural championship in WWE, which were the NXT Championship, WWE Universal Championship, and WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
“It’s special. Any time you’re able to do something for the first time, it’s special, and it feels special. This one was the biggest of the three, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because this was a culmination. This title doesn’t exist if our industry and our company isn’t so healthy with incredible talent across the board. There was a need for a title on Monday nights. There was a need for a new title because everybody is so good. You look across the board, myself, AJ Styles, all the SmackDown guys, really. Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Gunther. You look at Raw, you got Cody Rhodes, you got Kevin, you got Sami. There’s just tons of guys, tons of competition at the top, and we needed a prize to fight for since our Universal Champion wants to keep his part-time schedule. So we gotta have a title. I was more than thrilled to have it. I’m more than thrilled to be the guy to usher in this new era, an era of change.”
Rollins also gave his thoughts about wanting to be a fighting champion as WWE’s inaugural World Heavyweight Champion.
“I said it in the beginning. I want the competition. I want anybody from any brand. I don’t care if it’s SmackDown, Raw, NXT, I don’t care if it’s from anywhere across the globe. I want people to come through that curtain, I want them to challenge me, whether it’s a shot at the title, whether it’s the title itself, whether it’s a tag match, six-man, cage match, doesn’t matter to me. I want the fight. I want the excitement. I want to elevate myself and this title along with me …
Just open it up. Roman Reigns hand-picks his opponents. You can see it. He’s been doing it for years. It’s a smart move. It’s a smart move if you’re only interested in yourself. But I’ve been interested in myself for a long time. Myself is great, but also myself is fine. I’m going to be fine, so let’s open it up. I want everybody coming. I want the wolves snipping at my heels. I want to run, I want to climb the mountain, let’s go. I want everybody chasing me to the top. I want to raise the entire scene. I want all the ships to come up with me. I’m ready for that challenge. I want it now more than ever. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been. I’m just hitting my prime, I’m just hitting my hot steak. Let’s ride it til I can’t do it no more.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
A&E WWE Programming Ratings – May 28, 2023
This past Sunday’s WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures episode drew 295,000 viewers on A&E. This episode also drew a 0.07 rating in the 18-49 demographic and a #37 ranking in the key demographic rankings. This was up from last week’s 258,000 viewers and #43 key demographic ranking but down from last week’s 0.08 key demographic rating. This episode focused on lost historic Goldberg memorabilia.
This past Sunday’s Stone Cold Takes America episode drew 244,000 viewers on A&E. This episode also drew a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic and a #45 ranking in the key demographic rankings. This was up from last week’s 177,000 viewers, 0.05 key demographic rating, and #66 key demographic ranking.
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