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SUPERSTAR SHAKEUP, RETURN TO NASSAU COLISEUM, NEW DEAL INKED IN JAPAN, NEW SIGNING, ALBERTO, MCINTYRE AND MORE WWE NEWS

By Mike Johnson on 2017-04-10 09:35:00

WWE will kick off their week tonight with Monday Night Raw from The Nassau Coliseum, their first event since the Coliseum's renovations.  The entire show will be built around the Superstar Shakeup with talents moving from Raw to Smackdown Live and vice versa.  

Prior to the Nassau Coliseum shutting down in May 2015 for a complete renovation that saw capacity lowered, WWE had been running there for decades, dating back to the early 1970s when the Coliseum first opened.    The first episode of Saturday Night's Main Event was taped in the venue and the second Wrestlemania had it's New York portion featuring Mr. T boxing Roddy Piper hosted there.  The venue also hosted a number of PPVs over the years, including Summerslam 2002 which saw Shawn Michaels return to the ring against HHH, Brock Lesnar win his first WWE championship and was one of the best top to bottom WWE shows ever.  WWE already has a 12/19 return date booked at Nassau.

Following Raw, the WWE Network will air a new episode of Ride Along featuring Miz and Maryse ad well as Carmella and Alexa Bliss.

The Shakeup will continue tomorrow on Smackdown Live in Boston, MA.  They will also broadcast 205 Live from Boston tomorrow.

Christy St. Olson, who had been working for Maria Menounos' AfterbuzzTV has been signed as an broadcast personality and has already started in Orlando.  We reported a few weeks ago she was at the Performance Center for a final tryout in the Elite section of PWInsider.com.

Alberto el Patron's rant about WWE and the "guy with the big nose" has been picked up by several mainstream UK outlets, including The Sun and The Mirror because of the Paige connection.  You know WWE has to be thrilled with that.  Patron has also claimed that before debuting with Impact, WWE contacted him about returning to the company.  WWE sources we have checked with confirm that story, stating that it was a Vince McMahon idea.

WWE will broadcast a new episode of WWE NXT this Wednesday featuring the official re-debut of Drew McIntyre.  The McIntyre signing came about the same day as NXT Takeover: Orlando.  The two sides had been talking since he left Impact but had not locked in a deal.  We are told that McIntyre finally agreed to terms for a one year deal specifically for the NXT brand on 4/1, which is why he pulled out of the WWNLive Supershow that was scheduled for the same time as Takeover.  McIntyre played the return so close to the vest that some of his best friends didn't know he was returning until he was on TV.

Lio Rush, who finished with Ring of Honor over the weekend, was backstage at Raw last Monday in Orlando. There has been a lot of interest in signing him for NXT.  Rush started out in Maryland at the MCW training academy as a tag team with current NXT talent Patrick Clark.

Jinder Mahal responded to online scrutiny of his physique via Instagram over the weekend, writing, "#TBT to a few weeks ago, no idea exactly when or where... Anyone else on the roster have veins in their abs ??... And of course I'll get a hundred "steroid" or "wellness" comments .... I've been tested multiple times since coming back, and have never once in over 6 years with WWE had any issues. Follow my IG stories or my SnapChat and you can see that no one is out-training me, and no one is out-dieting me."

WWE NXT has live events this Thursday in Atlanta, GA, Friday in Spartanburg, SC and Saturday 4/15 in Concord, NC.  Shinsuke Nakamura is slated to work the events.  If anyone is attending, we are seeking live reports.

Frank J. Wilson sent the following....Sunday's NY Daily News and their celebrity gossip page, Confidential, features a few HOT photos of WCW/WWE alum Torrie Wilson, who was identified as "Bodybuilder, former professional wrestler and ex-Alex Rodriguez gal pal..." The two photos included are from a photo shoot in Miami and one especially cheeky pic is tagged as "Photo of the Day."  They can be found at this link.  The write-up also mentions Torrie's friendship with Stacy Keibler and Stacy's two-year relationship with George Clooney.

WWE has released a new "It's True, It's Damn True" Kurt Angle shirt.  Thanks to Paul Jordan.

WWE issued the following press release today:

WWE® and DAZN Announce Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement in Japan

04/10/2017 TOKYO & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYSE:WWE) and DAZN today announced that WWE’s flagship programs Raw® and SmackDown® will be available live in Japan with Japanese commentary for the first time ever, beginning tomorrow at 9AM on DAZN.

Fans will be able to live stream all three hours of Raw and two hours of SmackDown exclusively on DAZN. Raw will be available live every week on Tuesdays at 9AM, while SmackDown will be available live every week on Wednesdays at 9AM. Fans will now be able to follow all the action in real time featuring their favorite WWE Superstars, including Japan’s own Shinsuke Nakamura™. Raw and SmackDown will also be available via video on demand for DAZN customers.

In addition, fans will soon be able to watch other WWE featured content and highlight shows on DAZN, including WWE Experience®, WWE Bottomline®, and WWE This Week™(release dates of these shows to be announced). Fans can download the DAZN App and watch WWE content on Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as via Chromecast on iOS and Android.

“We’re really excited to add WWE to our portfolio in Japan,” said John Gleasure, Chief Commercial Officer of DAZN. “Raw and SmackDown complement and strengthen our overall international sport offering, plus the live and non-live content available for fans to watch works perfectly for our business model.”

“Our new partnership with DAZN will enable WWE to engage with fans in Japan like never before,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “DAZN will provide WWE fans with a destination to watch Raw and SmackDown live and in Japanese on the device of their choice and follow WWE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura as he continues his WWE journey.”

WWE joins DAZN’s strong portfolio of international sports which includes La Liga, Bundesliga, Major League Baseball, Formula One and UFC.

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About Perform Group

Perform is a leading digital sports content and media group. Our mission is to connect the world of sport by supplying some of the quickest, most detailed and most engaging content, managing a network of wholly-owned global media brands and delivering premium sports content directly to fans. Our B2B brands do this by contributing to one of the world’s most comprehensive sports content collections and distribution operations, servicing global customers in the broadcast, digital media and bookmaking industries. By investing in and developing our own media brands, we create destinations in which global advertisers and brands can engage with a huge worldwide audience of sports fans across all types of digital platform. Most recently, Perform has been working on the launch of DAZN, a new live sports streaming service. Visit http://www.performgroup.com/ for further information. Perform Group is majority-owned by Access Industries, a privately-held US industrial group with global strategic investments in four key sectors: natural resources and chemicals; media and telecommunications; technology and e-commerce; and real estate. Access Industries was founded in 1986 by its Chairman, Len Blavatnik, a major American industrialist and philanthropist. For more information, visit www.accessindustries.com.

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