JoJo Offerman Posts Tribute to Bray Wyatt
As noted before, Bray Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, passed away this past August due to a heart attack related to issues involving COVID-19.
Former WWE ring announcer and Wyatt’s fiance JoJo Offerman posted on Instagram earlier today her heartfelt tribute to the late Wyatt.
“I’ve written and rewritten this post so many times because there are no amount of words in this world to describe Windham and what he means to me. But I’ve also been avoiding it because in some weird way it makes all of this all too real. I miss the love of my life so much it hurts. He was everything I ever wanted and everything I never knew I needed, and I let him know that everyday. I’m so grateful that he allowed me to love him fiercely. But I am so blessed he loved me fiercely in return. He was and always will be the best person I know, my best friend, and my soulmate. Windham truly gave me a love that will last a lifetime and oh baby I thank him for that. He was the kindest, funniest, most caring man in the world. He made me feel beyond special every single day. He made everyone feel special, which was one of the million things I loved about him. Our bond was magical, something only the two of us understood. And that beautiful bond brought two perfect babies into the world. That’s another thing, he was the BEST daddy to Knash, Hyrie, Cadyn, and Kendyl. Family was EVERYTHING to him. Windham knew me better than I knew myself and he always knew how to calm my storm, as I did for him. He was the only person in the world that I could be unapologetically myself around and not only did he accept it, he loved it. I cry because I wish we had more time baby, but I smile because I was so blessed to be loved by you in the time we did have. I will always love you Windham. I will always show our kids how incredible their daddy is. I will always make sure they know how much you love them. And I will always make you proud just like you made me proud. I love you forever baby, until we meet again ❤️”
Nick Khan Comments on WWE’s Talks for Next Media Rights Deals
Sports Business Journal held a recent interview with WWE CEO Nick Khan. One of the topics discussed included Khan’s thoughts on WWE’s negotiations for new media rights deals for RAW and SmackDown.
“You’ve seen bidding wars between Comcast and Disney on things like the Fox assets, which ultimately went to Disney, and Sky, which ultimately went to Comcast. It does make one wonder how this might look down the road as both companies and as TKO enters into these negotiations. We think ratings, relevancy and revenue for both properties are off the charts, and, of course, we always want to grow that.”
Vince McMahon & Triple H Reportedly Made Many Late Changes to Monday’s RAW Show
WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon and WWE CCO Paul “Triple H” Levesque reportedly made many last minute changes to the original plans for Monday’s RAW show in Norfolk, Virginia, according to the Wrestling Observer and Fightful Select.
Dave Meltzer reported in a recent episode of the Wrestling Observer Radio that his sources stated that both McMahon and Levesque had made multiple changes to the show’s original plans. McMahon reportedly was not backstage at the show but had made his changes from a remote location while Levesque made his changes while present backstage. Meltzer reported that while it was not specifically known at the time what changes were made, those spoken to stated that these were probably for the better compared to the original plans for the show.
Fightful Select’s Sean Ross Sapp reported that his sources confirmed Meltzer’s report and provided additional details. It was reported that some of the changes made included Cody Rhodes’ promo segment was originally planned to open the show before being moved to later in the show and Jey Uso’s segment being the new opener. Another change reportedly involved the originally planned Viking Raiders vs. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin tag team match being moved off the show and held as part of the tapings for this week’s Main Event show instead.
Another notable change reportedly involved a match between Natayla and Zoey Stark was originally planned to take place as part of the Main Event tapings and was later scrapped. It was reported that plans for both Natayla and Stark had changed multiple times throughout the day leading to Natayla just being used for a quick backstage segment. One person spoken to reportedly stated that they felt WWE officials bringing Natayla to the RAW tapings and not using her in any capacity would have been disrespectful after she had stepped up for them for their India show following Becky Lynch not being able to make her scheduled trip.
In regards to McMahon’s involvement with WWE’s creative plans, one talent spoken to reportedly stated that McMahon was calling in changes for shows as recently as this past Friday’s SmackDown show.