There has been some speculation in recent weeks about the future of Paul Heyman as it pertains to the WWE. As has been reported by several websites, Heyman’s contract expired back in May and no agreement has been reached on a new contract. When the WWE Draft took place, the fact that Brock Lesnar was drafted alone and there was no mention of Heyman coming with him due to being his advocate poured some fuel onto the idea that Heyman’s future could be in doubt. However, most recent reports indicate that the hangups are due to Heyman’s various outside projects, and a distribution deal with Yahoo Sports, and that an agreement is expected soon so that Heyman can return for SummerSlam.
In related news, as was announced on Monday Night Raw, and further reported by several sources, Brock Lesnar’s next appearance on WWE television will take place this coming Monday on Raw. It’s not yet clear how the progression of the storyline between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton will take place, or if Paul Heyman’s contract situation will resolve quickly enough for him to appear as well.
There was news last week that a legitimate fight had occurred backstage at SmackDown, but initial reports were scarce on details. While it’s not clear what started the fight, the altercation was apparently at catering between Simon Gotch (of The Vaudevillains) and Sin Cara. Pretty much all news coming out of it was that Sin Cara won the fight handily, but it seems like Gotch may have been at fault in the situation. Sin Cara has continued working live events, but Gotch was pulled from the road and Aiden English has appeared alone at the last few live events. It’s not clear how long Gotch’s punishment will last.
While not all of the dates and events have been confirmed, there has been previous reports that Raw and SmackDown would be doing brand-exclusive pay-per-views once the brand extension took effect. While the “big four,” SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and WrestleMania, will remain co-branded, the first exclusive event is reported to be the returning WWE Backlash which will take place on September 11th and be a SmackDown-only event. Below is a tweet from the arena’s twitter account confirming it and revealing the logo.
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>JUST ANNOUNCED ★ <a href=”https://twitter.com/WWE”>@WWE</a> presents BACKLASH Sun Sept 11 | <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RichmondColiseum?src=hash”>#RichmondColiseum</a>. Tix on sale July 30. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WWE?src=hash”>#WWE</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WWEbacklash?src=hash”>#WWEbacklash</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVA?src=hash”>#RVA</a> <a href=”https://t.co/U2XeLp4CL1″>pic.twitter.com/U2XeLp4CL1</a></p>— Richmond Coliseum (@RVAColiseum) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RVAColiseum/status/756479587480068096″>July 22, 2016</a></blockquote>
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