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205 Live Will Be Disbanded Before The End Of The Year

WWE has put Paul Heyman in charge of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff in charge of SmackDown Live, while Triple H will continue his duties in NXT and step back from gorilla position on the main roster. According to a report by Brad Shepard, this could mean that 205 Live is discontinued before the end of the year.

The company has moved a number of stars over from 205 Live to the main roster and regularly relegates the Cruiserweight Championship match to the kickoff show on pay-per-views, so it would make sense if this was the brand that the company decided to disband first.

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Eric Bischoff To Return To SmackDown Live Next Week?

Eric Bischoff was recently appointed the new Executive Director of SmackDown Live, this means that he will be controlling everything to do with the running of the show and only answering to Vince McMahon. While reports from PWInsider claimed that Bischoff’s role would be off-screen, a recent email sent to the WWE Universe to promote the upcoming episode advertises the former WCW star as one of the stars of the show.

Bischoff had a fantastic run on SmackDown in the early 2000s, but this role was originally thought to have been a backstage one, so it will be interesting to see how SmackDown Live’s superstars react to a new authority figure.

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Undertaker vs Baron Corbin Planned For SummerSlam?

Undertaker made his return to WWE this past week for the first time since his match against Goldberg at Super ShowDown and reports now suggest that this return had been planned for a while. According to a report by Brad Shepard, Undertaker is expected to work a number of other matches this year heading into WrestleMania 36 where rumors suggest he could face Drew McIntyre.

The Deadman already has a tag team match set for Extreme Rules, but Shepard stated that right now the match being considered is for him to take on Baron Corbin at SummerSlam in August.

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Drake Maverick Storyline Could Lead To A Huge Push For British Star

Drake Maverick is a former 24/7 Champion, but ever since he lost the Championship when he was pinned at his own wedding, the General Manager of 205 Live has seemingly fallen deep into depression. This continued on Raw and SmackDown this week when he was seen looking gloomy backstage but according to a report by Slice Wrestling, this could be the start of something huge for the British star.

Maverick is reportedly helping with input on storylines backstage and WWE officials are currently high on the former TNA star, which means that he could be getting another on-air managerial role sometime in the future after he seemingly left Authors of Pain.

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WWE Cancels A Number of Shows On UK Tour, Could Change Saudi Arabia Date

WWE annually takes part in two tours of the United Kingdom, there is one coming up in November, which will see Raw and SmackDown presented live from across the pond but the company has already begun canceling shows.

WWE’s show on the 5th of November in Nottingham, the 6th in Birmingham, the 8th in London, and the 9th in Minehead have all been axed and it’s reported that the company has also changed the Saudi Arabia date from November 1st, since the company can’t present a pay-per-view and SmackDown Live on the same day. According to The Wrestling Observer, this could be in order to set up their next trip to The Middle East.

“This may have nothing to do with it, but it’s just weird from a schedule standpoint on 11/1 to have an afternoon PPV from Saudi Arabia and followed a few hours later by a live SmackDown. The London show at Wembley being canceled could be because they want all the talent at SmackDown that day which in theory would be in Manchester. But that wouldn’t explain the other moves,” via Ringsidenews.

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AEW Set To Be Streamed On A Wednesday Night 8pm-10pm

All Elite Wrestling have already proved their worth by presenting a fantastic Double or Nothing pay-per-view and tonight Fyter Fest will be looking to make the same numbers. As well as pay-per-views including Fight For The Fallen and All Out coming up, AEW also begins their weekly TV show in the fall on TNT’s Network.

According to The Wrestling Observer, it’s now a lock that it will take place on a Wednesday night from 8pm until 10pm which could directly compete with NXT.

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.

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