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Sounds like WWE is using Paul Heyman has a writer now.  Every so often their run sheets get leaked and if legit, this past week, he was listed as a contributor to the opening segment and a later Lashley segment.  Which explains why the opening was much better than usual.  Apparently he was listed as a "Road Writer" but also as a "Home Writer".  Home writers are guys that work from home and will be assigned specific tasks like scripting promos or writing segments and emailing it to their supervisor.

Im guess it would be that he submits creative from home usually but was backstage at Boston so perhaps he will attend TV regularly to write.  Its not so odd since he clearly had a hand in everything involving Brock for awhile.  Also, that UFC segment with Brock and DC smacked off Heyman too.

He previously was Smackdown head writer years ago during the brand split when SD routinely beat RAW in viewership.  He was fired because Steph didnt like him.  He got in trouble for calling into RAW creative team conference calls and listening in and basically treating it like a real competition.  During the awful ECW December to Dismember PPV which WWE altered, he openly complained and mocked the segments to Vince and that was the final straw.

Vince always protected him though.  Always liked him (secretly funded ECW for awhile).

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16 hours ago, The Unknown Poster said:

Well ROH is again running MSG as a joint suoershow with New Japan. Wrestlemania weekend. 

They previously said WWE blocked them and threatened legal action.  I guess it worked. 

I heard MSG wanted a PPV and WWE said no cuz rent is high so MSG said **** yall then. 

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Just now, Goalie said:

I heard MSG wanted a PPV and WWE said no cuz rent is high so MSG said **** yall then. 

You heard that?  😉

The relationship between MSG and WWE goes back to Vince's grandfather.  The initial speculation was MSG was getting annoyed at WWE going to Barclays for TV and letting ROH (and AAA) book a hold was a way to get WWE's attention.  It worked as WWE and MSG spoke and suddenly the dates weren't avail.  No idea what happened in the interim but ROH did say their lawyers were involved.

Its possible MSG thumbed their nose at WWE but if the deal was simply to run TV or PPV there, they'd probably be able to come to an agreement.  WWE is very, very unhappy about this, you can bet on that.  Not only because it's MSG, but because it's WM weekend (and likely against their own NXT event).

Its par for the course.  Cody tried to talk with Staples about All In and couldnt even get a meeting due to their relationship with WWE.

Its possible WWE didnt like getting drawn into this and with lawyers involved, dropped their opposition.  They've blinked when stared down by ROH before.  You can bet that date will be war...and Kenny and the Bucks just saw their potential contract offers by WWE increase to make sure they arent available.

Same with Bryan actually...He's in an amazing position right now with a contract that expires in a couple months.

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1 hour ago, The Unknown Poster said:

Its possible WWE didnt like getting drawn into this and with lawyers involved, dropped their opposition.  They've blinked when stared down by ROH before.  You can bet that date will be war...and Kenny and the Bucks just saw their potential contract offers by WWE increase to make sure they arent available.

Yep.  They are already advertising guys like Okada will be on the show but they cant confirm the Bucks or Kenny.  Those guys are getting a bump in pay regardless of which company they end up signing with.

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49 minutes ago, bigg jay said:

Yep.  They are already advertising guys like Okada will be on the show but they cant confirm the Bucks or Kenny.  Those guys are getting a bump in pay regardless of which company they end up signing with.

I believe the Bucks's contracts expire at the end of December (I think they are strictly ROH contracts).  Kenny's contract is with New Japan and expires at the end of January (I believe its the day after Rumble because I joked with him that he should insist it expire the day OF the Rumble just to make the internet explode).

If Im New japan & ROH, they HAVE to be trying to lock those guys up ASAP.  The longer they dont, the more indication it is that those guys are willing to listen.  I'd be surprised if Kenny went though.

The opportunity for ROH/New Japan in running MSG is perception.  Right now, a bunch of outlets who wanted WWE TV lost out....generally speaking, Networks felt it was WWE or a bust (no alternative, certainly not Impact).  The increasing popularity of New Japan in the US can open doors.  NJ has a TV deal on AXS, owned by Mark Cuban who has said he wants to see NJ continue to expand.  That's a major advocate.  Plus, ROH is owned by the very very huge TV company, Sinclair. 

If a Network or streaming outlet targets wrestling, there really is no alternative to WWE but New Japan/ROH and its not just a minor league alternative anymore.  There is huge potential growth.  MSG raised their profile big time.

A National US deal with Kenny Omega as the face of the TV on a weekly basis has a lot of potential.  Bucks, Okada, Cody...and it creates a scenario where guys have options.  The Elite said they wanted to change the wrestling world.  They might...

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All this talk of WWE wanting to throw big money at guys to come in....anyone watching the PPV last night is reminded of why they've avoided going.  Ugh

Anyway, Hulk Hogan is back.  Supposedly not on RAW and I suspect they want to see if the announcement gets any blowback before he appears.  They're working on a Network special about it (taped his address to the crew last night).

It amazes me that WWE should be the smartest guys in the world and yet, they seem to have such trouble with the creative aspect.  The Tag titles are meaningless (I assume they'll end up with the Revival next, though I'd put them on Drew & Ziggler).  They've killed Asuka dead.  They've managed to make fans cheer the idea of stripping Brock and him never returning (despite the fact they pay him millions of dollars per year to be "special"), they have Owens do an idiotic bump and Braun laughs about losing (how many other sports do wins/losses not matter).  They keep beating Roman trying to make him sympathetic which isnt working because they keep reminding you "its his yard" and he's the top guy.  The book an Iron Man Match which almost always suck when WWE does it and the fans dont care one iota.  Then they book it backwords with the heel being the underdog.

Plus, if Owens/Braun is a cage match so Owens cant run away, why isnt there a roof?  Why are the rules "escape the cage"?  Why put Ellsworth in a Shark Cage above the ring so he cant interfere when, in fact, he does!

Then when fans complain its like 'well dont watch then'.  The problem is, look at their ratings, people are tuning out.  They tease Brock tonight.  The Hogan thing was about getting the word out so people tune in tonight.  They need to pop a rating.  And probably will to a degree.

Vince needs to move aside ASAP.

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