As of today, here are the current plans for WWE PPV markets through the end of 2016.

June 19 – WWE Money in the Bank in Las Vegas.

July 24 – WWE Battleground in Washington, DC

August 21 – WWE Summerslam in Brooklyn, NY

September 25- WWE Night of Champions in Indianapolis, Indiana.

October 30-WWE Hell in A Cell in Boston, MA.

November 20 – WWE Survivor Series in Toronto.

December 18 – WWE TLC in Pittsburgh

The current advertised dark match main event for Raw on May 30 is John Cena & Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles & Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.

Vince McMahon tweeted, “@JohnCena hosting the @ESPYS is Sports Entertainment at its best.”

John Cena did an interview with ESPN talking about hosting the ESPYs at this link.

Shawn Michaels announced he would indeed attend Game 5 of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ NHL Playoff Game:

WKMT has an interview with new head of the new Kentucky boxing and wrestling commission Chad Miller. On the subject of WWE returning to the state for television tapings and live events (due to a WWE live event in Louisville in 2010 using blood), Miller said the following:

“All you can ask for as a business owner, whether you’re a $1,000 corporation or a multi-billion dollar corporation, is a fair and even playing field. What we want is a consistent product. You know, I hate to refer to people as products, but what we want to try to do is make the best environment possible for our athletes. Whether it’s wrestling, MMA, boxing or kickboxing, if a family spends $25 on an evening or $2,500 on an evening, we want that product to be consistent. That goes for regulations as well. Whether you’re the WWE or NWA Appalachia, you’re going to have the same exact regulations, playing field and guidelines to follow.”

On whether they think they can get WWE back in the state, he said the following:

“That’s the elephant in the room right now. We have to evaluate the current policies and regulations in place and make a fair decision. I can tell you my goal is to generate as much revenue for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as I can. If you say the WWE, UFC and Impact Wrestling are not a part of that, you’re fooling yourself. I had an opportunity last night to speak with four local promoters after our meeting. I asked them “If I could change one thing for you as a wrestling promoter, what would you want it to be?” I had a very long and lengthy conversation with one gentleman and he said “I want Wrestlemania here.” That’s a big step for us, I’m not saying I’ll be able to get it done tomorrow, but it’s a goal that we’re striving for. We have world class venues. If you look at Rupp Arena, the Yum! Center, Pikeville has a phenomenal setup for a live television show, the Corbin Arena, the Northern Kentucky Civic Center, you’ve got Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Paducah has venues, Richmond has Eastern Kentucky University, there’s so many great venues. We would love to have the WWE come in here and host them, but also we want our local promoters to reach that level as well. We want to start by bringing in those bigger tickets. It rejuvenates the sport. That is our ultimate goal. We want to have something home-grown, but we also want to show our state off to the world.”

Chad Miller also talks about helping foster the state of independent wrestling in Kentucky, concussion research, MMA and more. You can check out the interview by going here.

WWE Will Be in Utica New York Tonight for a Live Event.

Tickets go on sale today for the Cruiserweight Classic tapings at Full Sail University (Thursday June 23, Thursday July 14, Friday August 26 and Wednesday September 14 – a live broadcast on WWE Network).

WWE began selling tickets to the Cruiserweight Classic tapings following last night’s WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University, so if you intend to buy tickets, be on the NXT Ticket website at 10 AM EST and be ready, because they will only have limited tickets available.

According to PW Insider, the good news is that the Full Sail Live venue in Winter Park, Florida will feature a different set up so the tapings look different from NXT, which will allow additional seating in the venue.

Cruiserweight Classic tickets for all of the taping dates (Thursday 6/23, Thursday 7/14, Friday 8/26 and Wednesday 9/14 – a live broadcast) will be on sale at www.nxttickets.ticketforce.com/. WWE will be selling tickets to each taping date as well as a package for the entire tournament.

Plus the July live events in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Smackdown taping July 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Updated card for Sunday’s Extreme Rules:

AJ Styles versus Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Extreme Rules Match)

Cesaro versus Sami Zayn versus Kevin Owens versus the Miz for the Intercontinental Championship (Fatal Four-Way Match)

Natalya versus Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship (Submission Match; Ric Flair is banned from ringside. If Ric Flair gets involved then Charlotte loses The Women’s Title)

Rusev versus Kalisto for the WWE United States Championship

Chris Jericho versus Dean Ambrose (Asylum Cage Match)

The Usos versus Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (Texas Tornado Rules)

The Vaudevillians versus The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championships

Kickoff Match: Dolph Ziggler versus Baron Corbin (No Disqualification)

WWE Network is running a pre-roll indicating a new episode of Camp WWE will be available on demand following the Extreme Rules pay-per-view this Sunday. It appears to involve Vince McMahon interrogating a young Triple H before a date with Stephanie.

The following promotional material was released for The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them), which will be released in January 2017 “WWE has a tremendous cult following. They recently ceased publication of their magazine, leaving a great opportunity to provide fans with the content they so love. Do you know the difference between a Hollywood Backlot Brawl and a Brooklyn Street Fight? What happens at the end of an Iron Man match if there’s no clear victor? Which move is off-limits inside a WWE ring? WithThe Official WWE Rule Book, you’ll no longer need to ask. This complete guide to every single style of WWE match-stipulation or otherwise, lays out all of WWE’s rules (many published for the first time) and also calls out Superstars who have no problem breaking them. With insight and commentary from WWE’s brightest Superstars as well as veteran referees, it’s the ultimate companion to anyone who believes rules were made to be broken.”

Eva Marie will be hosting a Pool Party at the Foxwoods Casino on August 14.

The Kingston Whig-Standard interviewed Aiden English to promote the Extreme Rules PPV this weekend at this link. It’s a very good interview talking about his theatrical background, his marriage to Shaul Guerrero, working the PPV this Sunday against The New Day and more.

WLFI TV in Louisiana had a piece on Van Holt, who is trying out this week at the WWE Performance Center tryouts. He was stopped by someone at WWE while attending the Arnold Classic and told to send some information into the company and was invited to the Tryout. He noted he went through the “Tough Enough” process back in 2011 as well. The WLFI story can be watched or read at this link.

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Smackdown Fallout

Extreme Rules previews

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Meet TM-61, NXT’s newest tag team: May 19, 2016