Since Adam Cole's ROH contract is up, how likely is it that we could possibly see him at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, or on a main WWE roster soon?
Adam Cole is more likely to sign with NXT (as opposed to the main roster) once he does join WWE. In fact, he himself has stated this in recent interviews. Cole's final ROH date, as of right now, is May 12 at ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds against Hiroshi Tanahashi. If that is indeed his final night working independent dates, then there certainly is a real possibility he could appear at TakeOver: Chicago, but that's only speculation at this point. Personally, I think Cole would be more likely to appear at the NXT tapings after TakeOver.
Who is on the short list for NXT call-ups?
With the likes of Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger, The Revival, and Elias Samson being called up so far in 2017, it's safe to say it will be a while before anymore transitions from NXT to the main roster take place. What we do know, though, is that #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) are considered to be on the short list, followed by current NXT Champion Bobby Roode. These call-ups would likely take place after sometime SummerSlam, especially if WWE plans to hold another Draft this year.
What's the status of Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman following Payback?
While both men may have been banged up from their physical match at Payback, neither suffered remarkable injuries as they worked each other in a street fight Wednesday in Rome. As we reported in WNW Premium on Tuesday, WWE is over-exaggerating the injury extent for Strowman just a bit. The two are scheduled to work an Ambulance Match in the main event of Extreme Rules early next month, so WWE would be faced with a big problem if either star were indeed legitimately injured. It will be interesting to see how they are handled on Monday's Raw in London for a couple reasons, which I'll dive into with the next question.
Also, did anyone catch that photo on the internet of Reigns and Strowman hanging out together in Rome? Props to Titus O'Neil for killing kayfabe!
Raw and SmackDown viewership numbers have hit record lows for the year. What gives?
Viewership numbers for both Raw and SmackDown were steady going into WrestleMania 33, which is obviously telling of fans' interest in the product and storylines then. SmackDown viewership reached great heights (over 300,000 to be exact) for the Superstar Shake-Up, but soon tanked and has been on the decline for three weeks now. A few factors play into this.
Obviously the WrestleMania excitement has come and gone, so that means names like The Undertaker, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, and John Cena aren't on TV every week. We also have to take into consideration that NBA games are going on, as well has the NHL play-offs. Then there's the fact that storylines have been a little wonky since the Shake-Up. SmackDown viewers will be quick to look at Jinder Mahal's abrupt push playing a factor. A number of fans have also been quick to point out that Roman Reigns has missed the last two weeks of Raw (to sell his injuries and grieve the loss of his brother).
The upcoming episodes of Raw and SmackDown will not air live like usual since they are in the UK. With that being said, I'm thinking WWE may want to bring back Reigns and Strowman to build to their Ambulance Match sooner rather than later. If numbers don't increase for either show before Backlash or Extreme Rules, Vince and the powers that be need to do some serious re-evaluating. Perhaps featuring your Universal Champion could help?
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