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    Powell’s POV: The drop was expected due to the return of the NFL, which delivered 6.765 million viewers to NBC for the Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Ravens. That said, it’s only going to get tougher for Impact once the NFL regular season begins next month. Last year, Impact Wrestling produced 276,000 viewers for the August 3 edition, which was also opposed by the HOF game.


    "Eli Drake has indeed signed a new long-term contract with Impact Wrestling, has confirmed with multiple sources within the company.

    While the announcement of Drake's signing was categorized as a "contract extension" on Impact's social media accounts earlier today, it is not a short-term extension of his existing deal. We are told it is a longer form deal that secures Drake's position with the company.

    As I wrote earlier today, there had been some interest from WWE for Drake in the NXT brand, but he opted to remain with Impact. Drake had been under a WWE developmental deal before being cut and signing with Impact back in 2015."

    Quelle: pwinsider

    Plans are reportedly in place for Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to face each other for the Universal Championship once again at SummerSlam.

    According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Corey Jacobs of, Lesnar vs. Reigns is in the works for the pay-per-view on August 19, however, the match isn't set in stone, and it is still possible that Vince McMahon changes his mind.

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    WWE has also gotten aggressive regarding trying to sign up indie talent with MLW as the target since they just got television. That will be interesting because the key guys MLW is relying on have signed contracts

    There were reports that WWE approached several wrestlers under contract to MLW. According to legal papers sent, the talent advised MLW of the offers and told WWE they were signed, but WWE told the wrestlers they should still come to a tryout and be around the system. In the past, WWE would back off when approaching talent under contract to a degree due to what happened in the past with ROH. They’ll still get word indirectly to tell people not to renew their deals like they did with ROH (and there were guys in ROH based on promises made and such while under contract that one would think was tampering, and that’s what led to the legal situation last year where WWE had to pull all offers from ROH talent and waited months after their contracts expired before approaching them again, although in the end the guys like Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole and Bobby Fish all came. The MLW deals signed with its key talent were for multiple years.

    Quelle: WON

    There's a big live-sports rights deal up for grabs.

    Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that WWE's Smackdown is being shopped to various networks after NBCUniversal — whose USA Network airs the highly rated pro wrestling matches — declined to re-up its deal. NBCU is said to be focusing on renewing its pact for WWE's Raw, another wrestling franchise, and that deal is expected to close at as much as three times its current value. NBCU and WWE declined to comment on the still-ongoing negotiation. Fox has been speculated as a home for Smackdown, sources say.

    NBCU scored rights to Smackdown — the second-longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. TV history — in 2010. At the time, the company is said to have paid $30 million for rights to the franchise. The show began airing that year on Syfy, with corporate sibling USA heavily promoting it. Smackdown moved full time to USA in January 2016, as the cable network home to Mr. Robot and The Sinner aired all three WWE shows: Smackdown, Raw and Tough Enough. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. Smackdown started airing live in May 2016, increasing the value for advertising during the wrestling show. At the time, USA aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming currently airs two nights a week on USA. (Raw aired solo on USA from 2005 to 2016.)

    Smackdown, which still boasts the sixth biggest audience among cable originals (including news programming), enters the open market as sports and sports entertainment (WWE wrestling is staged) programming has been fetching a premium given the live tune-in that comes with it.

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    Fox Snags 'Thursday Night Football' in Massive Five-Year Deal

    Fox this year inked a massive five-year, $550 million annual deal for rights to the NFL's Thursday Night Football as the broadcast network begins to focus on sports and news. Back in 2012, Major League Baseball, Fox Sports Media Group and Turner Broadcasting entered into an eight-year national media rights deal for postseason games said to be worth $12.4 billion.

    Still, broadcasters have questioned whether there is a ceiling for sports rights. Disney and ESPN earlier this month inked their first-ever multiyear deal for digital rights to live UFC Fight Night events in a pact worth $750 million ($150 million annually) starting in January. Those matches will be broadcast on ESPN+, the sports network's OTT platform. But UFC linear television rights are still being shopped by Endeavor, which purchased UFC in 2016 for $4 billion as part of its push into content ownership. (Fox Sports is the linear home for UFC.)

    Quelle: https://www.hollywoodreporter.…ves-lock-down-raw-1112671

    Following Sunday’s WWE Backlash pay-per-view, there was a lot of talk about the fans leaving during the main event and the close-up shot of fans leaving immediately after Roman Reigns defeated Samoa Joe.

    It should have come off as the biggest sign to WWE that Reigns is not the guy or, at the very least, they should consider turning him heel and revisit a babyface run in the future.

    At this point, there is nothing to indicate that Vince McMahon is changing his mind on Reigns. Here is what we told by someone who was backstage on Sunday night when we asked about McMahon’s reaction to the fans walking out:

    “Look, there is work that needs to be done to get [Reigns] over but the whole idea that fans were walking out because they were protesting is absurd. Vince no sold it backstage and he chalked it up to the show running late until 11:30. Fans wanted to beat the traffic and kids needed to go to school on Monday. Simple as that. If Vince was upset he sure didn’t show it backstage. He wasn’t expecting this massive face reaction in the New York market. It was business as usual and it didn’t seem to bother him.”

    Reigns is entering a feud with Jinder Mahal so it’s clear that they are staying the course with him as a babyface, at least for now. It’s not clear where things are headed next for him and Brock Lesnar. The only thing known is that Lesnar is not scheduled for the Money In The Bank pay-per-view. If McMahon plans on putting the belt on Reigns then it won’t happen until the summer during the July pay-per-view or at SummerSlam.