WWE and USA Network announced this afternoon that Chris Jericho will host the 2015 version of the program, with Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paige joining him on the panel. Booker T, Billy Gunn and Lita will serve as trainers.
Jericho has quickly become WWE’s go-to guy for outside the ring endeavors, taking over for Steve Austin in both the WWE Network’s podcast slot and his former Tough Enough hosting gig. Jericho is also returning to WWE for a house show run this summer.
The new season of Tough Enough premieres live Tuesday, June 23rd at 8pm ET on USA Network.
Following in the footsteps of other consoles games to come to mobile like Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K, WWE 2K is headed to your iOS or Android device this spring.
In a press release this afternoon 2K announced the game, which will feature three match types, comprehensive move sets and entrances, Create-A-Superstar and Career modes and live multiplayer matches. The company also noted the price point will be $7.99. Some of the playable wrestlers mentioned in the release include Hulk Hogan, Sting, John Cena, Triple H, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
On the heels of a noteworthy and praise-earning WrestleMania 31, WWE has announced several new series that will be coming to the WWE Network. In addition, the semi-regular NXT Takeover specials will now be monthly events.
Camp WWE, Swerved, a new Divas Search and Jerry Springer’s show were all announced during ‘Mania but the release also reveals that Chris Jericho’s podcast will be a monthly feature. Unfiltered with Renee Young will debut in May while Culture Shock with Corey Graves premieres in June. WWE The List will also premiere in June, which seems very similar to the current Countdown shows. There will also be new episodes of WWE 24, Countdown and Rivalries, along with a special showcasing the Big Show v. Floyd Mayweather WrestleMania XXIV match. WWE also announced that episodes of Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling will be added to the Network.
It’s great to see so much content being added to the WWE Network and the news of WWE increasing to 1.3 million subscribers undoubtedly has the company willing to spend a little bit more on the vehicle.
The full release from WWE is after the jump.
WWE has completed the card for NXT’s fifth live WWE Network special, Takeover: Rival. The event will air February 11th. If you haven’t yet checked out an NXT special event, be sure to tune in for this one as all of these events have been excellent so far.
Below is the current card for the big show:
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens v. Sami Zayn
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Sasha Banks v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch v. Charlotte
Match to Determine the Number One Contender for the NXT Championship
Finn Balor v. Adrian Neville
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake v. The Lucha Dragons
No DQ Match
Baron Corbin v. Bull Dempsey
It has long been rumored but WWE announced after Raw that WrestleMania 32 will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The home of the Dallas Cowboys holds 80,000 for football but can fit over 105,000 for other events. The record attendance for a football game was 105,121 in September 2009 when the Giants beat the Cowboys in the stadium’s first regular season game. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game drew 108,713 fans to the stadium, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance for a basketball game.
WWE will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops to try to fill Jerry World. An Undertaker retirement match would not seem out of the question, especially if WWE decides to keep him off the WrestleMania XXXI show. There has always been talk of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returning for one more match in his home state, so I’m sure Vince McMahon and company will be working the Rattlesnake over.
One thing to remember is that although the capacity can reach over 105,000, WWE generally has a pretty elaborate and space-consuming entrance way for WrestleMania, which will cut down on some of those potential seats.
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With less than a week to go until the Royal Rumble comes to us from Philadelphia, WWE has finally rounded out the card, adding three tag team matches to the slate. A Divas tag team match will feature Natalya teaming with new bestie Pagie to take on the Bella Twins, while A New Day will battle Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose on the kickoff show. The Ascension will seek revenge against the New Age Outlaws as well, bringing the total match number to six. Below is the full, updated card:
Royal Rumble Match
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
John Cena v. Seth Rollins v. Brock Lesnar
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos
The New Age Outlaws v. The Ascension
Natalya & Paige v. The Bellas
Kickoff Show Elimation Six-Man Tag Team Match
A New Day v. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose
“The Vigilante” Sting appeared at the close of last night’s Raw Reunion show to distract Seth Rollins and the rest of the Authority just long enough for John Cena to get a roll-up pinfall on the Money in the Bank briefcase holder. The win – against Rollins, Kane and Big Show – means Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler all get their jobs back, thanks to the stipulation agreed upon earlier in the night. Had Cena lost he would have had to forfeit his spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.
The appearance of Sting would seem to make a Sting v. Triple H WrestleMania match a lock and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Triple H makes the most sense to face Sting given the current situation. He’s still in incredible shape and can most likely put on a better match with Sting than Undertaker can at this point in his career.
TNA superstar Robbie E provided us with a look at the new Impact Wrestling logo for the company’s debut on Destination America. I personally really liked the current Impact Wrestling logo and this one feels a little “1990s Geocities” to me, but new is new.
WWE has changed the name of its February pay-per-view from Elimination Chamber to Fast Lane, according to PWTorch.com. The news comes via an email from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, which plays host to the event on February 22, 2015.
The new name ties in with the “Road to WrestleMania” concept and one would imagine that it means the Elimination Chamber match will not be a part of the event.
Following the announcement that CM Punk signed a multi-fight deal with UFC, the organization has released some highlights from his introductory press conference.
Punk says he’s excited for a new challenge and feels better than he has in a long time. We’ll see how well the transition from pro wrestling to MMA goes for the Straight Edge Superstar but, at 36-years-old and not having a traditional wrestling background like fellow wrestler-turned-fighter Brock Lesnar, it’ll be a big hill to climb.