WWE Raw & SmackDown CRISIS! AEW WANT CM PUNK! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019

WWE Raw & SmackDown CRISIS! AEW WANT CM PUNK! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019

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WWE Raw & SmackDown’s continued ratings
crisis, plans for AEW television, and all
the latest news on CM Punk’s wrestling return!
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Does wrestling need CM Punk back? Because
I’ll be replying to people in the comments
But first, talking of CM Punk, we begin with
his favourite ever opponent in WWE…
…Ryback, the guy Punk once screamed at after
a match “Either you’re doing it on purpose
to hurt me or you’re just dumb as f****. Which
is it?”
To which Ryback allegedly confirmed: “I’m
dumb as f***.”
After the highs of his Goldberg-level push
in 2012, Ryback left WWE citing creative frustrations
and problems with how the company pays its
performers. Since leaving, he’s started
a controversial podcast, legally changed his
first name to Ryback, written the self-help
book ‘Wake Up! It’s Feeding Time: A Professional
Athlete’s Advice on How to Succeed in the
Game of Life’, and even launched his own
supplements range – which gave the human race
one of the greatest commercials ever made:
He clotheslined her so hard, she lost all
her weight.
And now The Big Guy has levelled up again,
by incorrectly participating in an Ask Me
Anything on Reddit.
Instead of hitting ‘reply’ to people’s
questions, he just made separate posts for
his answers – meaning he created a string
of random sentences with no context during
the session, and everyone had to figure out
what he was talking about.
Some were easy to decipher, like:
“First main event standing on the cell was
a pretty cool moment.”
-probably being Ryback’s answer for his
favourite moment in his WWE career, or
-“Once I’m healthy I will speak to Cody
if I feel I can contribute in a meaningful
way. They are going to do very well over time
I believe. They have an opportunity to do
wrestling the way it always should have been
-most likely being about him approaching AEW
in the future.
Others, however, are completely abstract,
-Ryback just posting the name of WWF’s mid-90s
wrestling plumber character T.L. Hopper!
-the sentence: “As long as the 3rd graders
didn’t force me to lick white dog s*** after
I would take my chances with them.”
Normal Tuesday Night for Ryback.
-And the most cryptic of all, the one nobody
can figure out what he was replying to, just
two words: Sponge Daddy.
Sponge Daddy. Some words are just fun to say
next to each other.
Hopefully it’s not part of Bray Wyatt’s
new gimmick…
Because it seems he’ll be giving out advice
to the parents of his fans, like when Bobby
M tweeted Wyatt upon seeing his new Firefly
Fun House that debuted on this week’s Raw:
“My 3 year old was like, “Daddy he’s
funny!” Now I’ve got to buy her a chainsaw,
Which Wyatt replied with some wholesome words:
“I had a chainsaw when I was a kid and I
turned out awesome!”
Bray Wyatt is… the Sponge Daddy.
Bray’s new gimmick will hopefully catch-on,
as WWE needs all the help it can get in it’s
post-WrestleMania Raw and SmackDown crisis…
The post-WrestleMania editions of Raw and
SmackDown have historically been WWE’s highest
rated episodes of the year. It’s where new
feuds and storylines begin, exciting new acts
debut, and the main roster landscape is rejuvenated
with talent being shaken-up between the two
But this year, that hasn’t happened. Not
even slightly.
Two Mondays ago saw the lowest rated Raw After
Mania in the show’s history, and the following
week’s Superstar Shake-Up was even lower.
This trend was largely mirrored over on SmackDown
– and marks WWE losing 1 and a quarter million
of their viewers in the last four years.
And the ratings crisis continued this week,
with the first normal post-Mania episodes
of Raw and SmackDown getting the lowest viewing
figures since January.
Raw only managed a very disappointing 2.37
million viewers – which F4WOnline point out
is “the lowest number in the modern history
of the show outside of football season”
– with over half a million people turning
off before the Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles main
It’s all your fault, Baron Corbin.
SmackDown was also down, just barely staying
above the 2 million mark with 2.07 million
viewers – a drop off of over 150,000 people
from last week.
To further confirm the chaos backstage in
WWE – and possibly a major factor behind the
drastic drop off of viewers – Bryan Alvarez
has reported the script for this week’s
Raw was only finalised 4 minutes before the
show went on-air.
Save us Tony Khan, you’re our only hope!
The billionaire Khan family – who are significantly
more wealthy than the McMahons – will reportedly
launch their rival promotion All Elite Wrestling
on TV from this October. And there’s already
been some good news for its potential success
coming out of Mexico.
Two of the promotion’s top acts The Young
Bucks – who are also co-executive vice presidents
in the company – and the Luchas Bros’ Pentagon
Jr and Fenix, main evented last Friday’s
TV episode of AAA, which is one of the biggest
promotions in Mexico, through their working
relationship with AEW.
According to Lucha Central, that episode drew
a massive 5.4 million viewers in the country,
where the Young Bucks won the AAA World Tag
Team Titles from Pentagon and Fenix. To put
that in perspective, that is over double the
amount of viewers this week’s Raw got in
the US, and up a million and a half viewers
from the previous week’s episode of AAA
– showing that the Young Bucks and the Lucha
Bros are proven ratings draws.
The two teams will face each other again at
AEW’s inaugural show Double or Nothing on
Saturday 25th May.
And now AEW President Tony Khaaaaaaan has
revealed more about their TV plans in a new
interview with Chris Van Vliet – and how the
boundary-pushing ECW is an influence:
“I think we are doing some very edgy things
and I think what you see on our social media
is not necessarily what you will see in our
television product which I do expect to be
much more advertiser friendly than ECW. But
that doesn’t mean that we won’t push the
envelope sometimes, that doesn’t mean that
you won’t see really exciting high spots.
A lot of what made ECW great was the work
and we’re going to have the best caliber
in ring stuff in the world.”
But given the events from last weekend, there’s
only one thing we all want to talk about:
the chances of CM Punk in All Elite Wrestling…
But first… Moustache Break!
“He’s a great talent and a great performer,
I don’t know if that was Phil in the ring,
but he’s great. I’m from Illinois and
I grew up around Chicago sports and he’s
obviously very popular there.”
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Khaaaaan’s interest in Punk goes beyond
just simple fan admiration, as he was desperate
to sign him to AEW.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer
Radio, Punk was Khan’s first pick for AEW
before either Chris Jericho and The Young
Bucks, suggesting that a huge money offer
was on the table for him, going by Jericho’s
claims that his AEW contract is the biggest
of his career. Punk presumably turned the
offer down.
That was before AEW officially launched in
January, though, implying Khan trying to get
Punk happened late last year. A lot has changed
since then – chief amongst them, the fact
that Punk made his wrestling return last weekend
hidden under a hood at MKE Wrestling.
Since he left WWE in 2014, Punk has kept largely
silent about wrestling. But in recent months,
he’s been referencing his former career
more frequently, nostalgically commenting
on Rey Mysterio’s post last week remembering
his, Rey’s and Eddie Guerrero’s three
way in IWA Midsouth Wrestling all the way
back in 2002.
That was just a few days before Punk turned
up under a mask at MKE Wrestling, and now
that promotion’s founder Silas Young, aka
Robert Roode’s older brother, has hinted
towards a similarly nostalgic reason for his
surprise cameo on Busted Open Radio:
“It made sense with the match being with
Ace Steele and having Dave Prazak involved,
those guys are longtime friends and they broke
in the business [together]. Punk had maybe
his first match in that building. That building
has had wrestling for years, a lot of guys
got their start there. Unfortunately it’s
going to be torn down early next month so
we were the last event there. I think it’s
just one of those things where he wanted to
pay a little respect or a little homage to
CM Punk to AEW confirmed!
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100 thoughts on “WWE Raw & SmackDown CRISIS! AEW WANT CM PUNK! | WrestleTalk News Apr. 2019”

  1. Send Mr. Mcmahon to a retirement home and let Triple H take over. Dude keeps ruining the wwe and changing scripts even 30+ minutes into the start of shows…….

  2. WWE needs to stop kicking babyfaces in the balls, pushing the asshole characters and doing stupid turns. this being done WWE will turn their ratings around

  3. Despises the WWE after his career, changes name to his Gimmick, Insane online post, crazy af commercials.

    Are we talking about Ryback or the Ultimate Warrior? Cause I am starting to see the parallels.

  4. So sick of hearing about cm punk, If he comes back he comes back…

    No one really knows him or wwe’s situation. You don’t know where his head is at or where there head is at.

  5. The ratings are going to shit because of channels like this uploading what happens… People are to busy and it’s easier to watch a 10 minute video of your favourite wrestlers instead of watching a 2 hour show

  6. Its time… I give you permission cm punk to return to wrestling and be the best in the world again.
    You've paid for your sins for letting us down by staying silent and being humble….some what.
    I forgive you .
    Come reclaim the limelight…just do one thing… make it epic and don't fuck it up.

  7. Never watched the punk era watching it now he doesnt impress me and after UFC run I just think he is a weak punk ass twat

  8. WWE storylines are dull now and characters like Barin Corbin are annoying to see week in and week out. They could have made the women's tag team division exciting but they killed it by crowning the Iconics. Who wants to watch an annoying team that has little to no talent. It would have been more exciting to see Banks/Bayley hold on to the titles and then building up a feud with Aska and her partner. WWE needs to do better work on storytelling.

  9. I mean, I don't even watch either show anymore nor do I remember to (I just watch your reviews and the Rambles). At this point, I only watch NXT and NXT UK as well as, occasionally, 205 Live. Raw and Smackdown have become really uninteresting, excepting Smackdown which is better, with Raw having too many boring and needless segments, BARON FRICKEN CORBIN, and just boring wrestling. Smackdown is much easier to consume, but it still somewhat bores me in few cases. I really hope that Vince retires and lets Hunter run the show, otherwise NXT and NXT UK will be the only shows in WWE I'll be watching.

  10. Can someone start a petition or something to change Roode's theme to whatever that bomb ass groove is that plays during the "Mustache Break"?
    I would pay big money to watch 'Robert' strut his shit down the ramp like he's imitating Disco Inferno to that.

  11. tony khan said to chris van vliet there are many surprises at double or nothing ,,i think cm punk is signed to AEW ,,,
    CM PUNK TO AEW CONFIRMED !! ha ha ha

  12. Yess wrestling needs cm punk why not go super big. Also when AEW does a video game go THQ 😭😭😁😁😁☺️☺️☺️

  13. Fuck CM PUNK. Nobody will ever believe him beating anyone bc we all know he can't fight for shit. WWE is failing bc they're repeating themselves and think fans won't notice. Becky Lynch & Stephanie were going to try to pull a Stone Cold vs Vince type of bit and…WE NOTICED. From my 1st Time seeing Bobby Roode I've been waiting for him to copy Rick Rude completely. And he has. But honestly I think I like it. I love Rick Rude. Badass mother fucker.

  14. i think vince is trying but he still underestimates our intelligence, that never ending roman push really did mess up the company

  15. CM Punk signing with AEW would be a bad business move during their inaugural debut run. Now a year after they debut on TV, and the ratings literally threaten WWE ratings. Only then would it be a great business move to have CM Punk on their roster to have feuded storyline with the Nightmare family. Taking out each member one by one leading up to a match against Cody. A nicer bonus would be if they can get CM Punk and AJ Lee both signing and have her feud with Brandi Rhodes after the signing.

  16. WWE has lost the ability to properly book and utilize talent, deciding instead to book the same matches over and over again. Vince McMahon also has to control every facet of a wrestler's gimmick instead of giving wrestlers at least some creative freedom. WWE is becoming WCW and AEW is looking more and more like Attitude Era WWE.

  17. It tickles me when people like to point out that the Khans are more wealthy than Vince Yeah they are but so was Ted Turner and how did that work out for WCW 😂

  18. CM Punk didn't just quit on WWE, he quit on his fans. I wouldn't be upset if he came back but I can't say I'd be excited either. So no, wrestling has just fine without him. Sports Entertainment on the other hand, has sucked since he left. Like terribly sucked!

  19. Let's see: Phil Brooks makes an unannounced, masked appearance at an indie show as a favor to a friend. Result: now EVERYBODY thinks that they can bag him to a contract. In this, AEW has a slight edge because WWE's ratings are, lately, sucking, and they are QUIETLY trying to get him back. Wonder what the locker room thinks about that?

  20. They are losing viewers because the show ( to older generations and some younger ) is showing too much and becoming too predictable and not really interesting to watch… Where is that Fuller House woman that has her kids begging for an education with bribes… that is becoming more interesting to watch and read about now… Sorry WWE lol

  21. if they want viewers they shoud have a main event worth watching, if it was mysterio vs styles, or anyone else vs aj styles it would have been worth watching more then another baron corben main event.

  22. dont get me wrong baron corbin would be a good heel, if he would ditch the stupid gm clothing, he isnt the gm anymore so why is he still comeing out with a vest and shit. he would do alot better and be seen better as more of a legit heel if he would go back to his old look. at leat he looked bad as then. not he just looks stupid and you cant take the guy serious dressed like that. is he going to serve the other wrestler a lobster or kick his ass? im just asking because when it comes to appearance it went from baron corbin looking like a badass lone wolf biker type person to a french waiter at some snutty rich restraunt

  23. Everyone's excited about AEW, but careful what you wish for, remember TNA when Jarrett was running it , it was Jarrett holding the TNA title over and over again until fans got burned out, I think AEW is going to have the same problem with Cody,Young Bucks ,and Kenny Omega! Workers running the show is not a good thing! Hope I'm wrong but probably not! I'm just saying!

  24. Ratings are down cuz ppl are tired seeing same feuds and same ppl pushed all the time, charlotte soon to be universal champion i heard

  25. WWE in a crisis? After what they did to the King of Strong Style they deserve to feel the heat of a million suns

  26. The mustache break is a great skit.

    WWE should use that music as Roode's new entrance music

    Also, CM Punk isn't needed in wrestling. I think his stock is over-inflated now especially with his being exposed in UFC

    But if people will tune in to AEW and stop watching WWE because of Punk, then I'm all for it

  27. If Vince doesn't retire, we're gonna have AEW. Now, if Vince does retire and Hunter takes the steer, then we're gonna have 2 over the top promotions to watch. It's all up to you Vince.

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