Scenarios For WWE Tag Team Title Change, Wrestlemania In The UK, Cold In New Jersey, WWE Purchasing Other Promotions

Do you think it was a good idea for Air Boom to drop the WWE Tag Team Championship at at yesterday’s Raw house show in Oakland, California?

From time-to-time WWE will do a title change at a live event to keep the illusion that “anything can happen.” While rare, it does happen as we saw at yesterday’s show with the new WWE Tag Team Champions of Epico & Primo. There are three possible explanations for the change and while I can’t confirm any of them, here they are. Scenario one, WWE wanted to maintain the illusion “anything can happen” and booked the change. Scenario two, a mistake was made which caused the change to happen. WWE has been doing a finish where Epico & Primo are ruled the winners only to discover that Kofi had his foot on the ropes, causing a referee restart. I thought this was likely, however, I’ve learned Primo pinned Evan Bourne. Scenario three, Evan Bourne’s backstage heat has gotten so bad that WWE decided to punish him with the change. WWE has been known to flex their muscle by punishing title holders with heat. You can read all about what Bourne did that has him very under with everyone right now at this link.

Do you think WWE will ever hold Wrestlemania in the United Kingdom?

Every year we’re flooded with questions about WWE holding Wrestlemania in the United Kingdom. I never like to say never because anything is possible; however, the hang-up has to do with the time difference. The UK is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time which would mean an 8 PM EST pay-per-view would be at midnight in the United Kingdom. I don’t see how that would work given the fact Wrestlemania is the centerpiece of WWE’s financial year and there’s no way they would put it on tape delay, especially in the day of the Internet. WWE has done UK pay-per-views before, airing in the afternoon here in the United States. It’s more likely of WWE doing an afternoon special pay-per-view rather than altering something as big as Wrestlemania.

I read that plans were being considered for Wrestlemania 28 or Wrestlemania 29 to be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. But surely the NY/NJ climate isn’t suitable for an outdoor event?

MetLife Stadium is an open-air stadium which would mean the elements would play a factor, however, WWE is reportedly close to bringing Wrestlemania back to New Jersey. The company will be able to protect the ring canvas; however, it’s going to be cold! There was a lot of talk about MetLife Stadium hosting the Super Bowl because of the climate but they are scheduled to do just that in 2014.

Do you think there is a chance of Vince McMahon or his successor, likely Triple H, buying TNA or ROH? Personally, I cannot see Vince McMahon doing this, but Triple H seems like an aggressive business leader who would not hesitate to do this, given the right circumstances.

Triple H is being groomed as Vince McMahon’s successor; however, I don’t see what the draw would be to purchase either of the aforementioned promotions. This would also be assuming that either Panda Energy (TNA) or Sinclair Broadcasting (ROH) would be interested in selling. Both are not in it to make money as they are clearly “novelty assets.” Perhaps the tape library of either would be of interest; however, I don’t see the value in either with no clear path for long-term viability.

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  • @RatedMKD

    In regards to the tag team title switch, I'm thinking it's scenario A and/or C. Maybe scenario A is an intentional by-product of scenario C.

  • James

    Is it just the fact of the timezone that WM wont be hosted in the UK. Would WWE consider hosting a WM in a place that wasnt Canada or the US is the timezone wasnt that bad?

    • Dunstan

      Outside of Latin America and the Caribbean (which as far as I am aware share all their timezones with the US/Canada), essentially all timezones outside the US and Canada are not preferable. The closet European timezone is 5 hours ahead and the closest Asian one is 14 hours ahead and Sydney Australia is 16 hours ahead

  • Brian

    Wait, so hold on. Metlife is going to be hosting both the Superbowl AND Wrestlemania in 2014. Wow.

    • Zach

      No, he just said they are hosting the Superbowl in twothousandfourteen, not WM. There were TALKS, but absolutely nothing is official, I don’t know how you got that out of what he said.

      • Brian

        You're a mean, mean, and really mean dude.

        • Zach

          I wasn’t trying to be mean, honestly. I was just clearing things up. Sorry if it came across as kind of jerkish, i am really not that way at all.

        • Brian

          Sorry, I was lost in the sauce. Enjoy your dinner tonight, and for dessert I'd try a piece of that humble pie.

  • Mike Brailsford

    So no American or Canadian fan who wanted to see a PPV enough would not be prepared to watch it on a Sunday afternoon, WWE think ? If we can stay up until 4 am in the UK, they have no excuse to say this. This would go for holding any PPV major or not outside North America.

  • David

    Though some people might complain, football was meant to be played in the cold. But also football players will have more clothes on, not just wrestling trunks.

  • person

    i get what you're saying about the title switch, because cm punk and kofi kingston won the tag titles a couple of years ago

    • eurosario

      They lost them not won them

  • Scotty

    I live in Jersey and I can tell you that the weather here is unpredictable! One day it’s really really cold another day is normal. Some days you can walk out wearing shorts! Plus it has not yet snowed here. The point is, the weather could very well be a good one on wm day! If they push towards April its usually pleasantville! I hope they bring it next year! I’m already saving up!

    • Misha

      Thats true! I live in Bay Head and its been pretty weird around here with the weather! Me and my whole family are going to go if they indeed bring WM to NJ!

  • Ubereem

    None of the big 4 PPV's will ever be held in the UK due to the fact that they are really the only PPV's that draw buyrates. But i don't understand why the WWE never bring one of there B-level PPV events to the UK! I mean why not follow the structure of the UFC & have the event air via tape delay on tv? I'm sure the USA Network wouldn't turn down the chance to have a "live" WWE PPV on there network, as they will get good ratings.

    • Paulio_j

      Summerslam was indeed held in the uk and correct me if im wrong but that is one of the big 4 ppvs

      • Ubereem

        Dude that was 20 years ago! Business has changed.

  • Alex

    I could see WWE maybe buying ROH one day if ROH if the situation ever presented itself. As for TNA? No way. They wouldn't touch TNA with a 20 ft pool. The video library is about all Vince would probably want from them. Anyone that remembers wrestling history would know that the brand extension was originally suppose to be WWF/WCW as oppose to Raw/Smackdown. The problem with this was that no tv station wanted to air WCW cause it had been tainted so badly. Now that was WCW, a company that had world-wide main-stream recognition. TNA doesn't even have that going for it so could you see any station airing that?

  • Cristina

    Richard I understand the heat on Evan Bourne, but what will happen to Kofi? Is he being punished too or might they push him in singles again?