With WWE Network content in the United States migrating to the NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock later this month, current Network subscribers have already begun deleting their accounts.
Several individuals have noted that when trying to unsubscribe, a screen informs the user of upcoming events streaming on the WWE Network, including an NXT TakeOver event scheduled for April 8, two nights before WrestleMania 37 begins.
WWE has not yet officially announced a TakeOver event for WrestleMania weekend this year, but it’s also a very unusual year with the COVID-19 pandemic and WWE still finalizing the logistics for bringing a massive number of fans back that weekend in Tampa, FL.
As for WWE Network subscribers curious about when to make the switch to Peacock, the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view on March 21 will be something of a soft launch, as the show will stream live on both platforms. WrestleMania 37 will be the first event exclusive to NBCU’s Peacock.
IMPACT Wrestling has announced two matches for next week’s show:
- Ace Austin vs. Chris Bey
- Desi Hit Squad vs. Beer Guns
Ace Austin won a triple threat match this week over Black Taurus and Chris Bey to become the number one contender to the X-Division Championship. He got the win after a little outside interference from Madman Fulton, who tripped up Bey while he was attempting to deliver his finishing maneuver, the Art of Finesse.
Two weeks ago on IMPACT, Rohit Raju accidentally spilled James Storm’s beer in a backstage segment, which is apparently enough to pick a fight with “The Cowboy”. The “Desi Hitman” teams with Mahabali Shera to take on Storm and Chris Sabin, two of the all-time great TNA tag team legends.
IMPACT Wrestling airs every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM ET on AXS TV and Twitch.
Brand new WWE Champion Bobby Lashley has made it clear that he wants Drew McIntyre in the main event of WrestleMania 37, but “The Almighty” admits he is also keeping an eye out for the possible return of one more name — Brock Lesnsar.
Lashley was a guest on this week’s episode of the After The Bell podcast with WWE announcers Corey Graves and Vic Joseph. During the conversation the new world champ was asked who he would like to defend his title against on the Grandest Stage of Them All this April, and was quick to point out Drew McIntyre.
“Drew had an amazing run,” Lashley said on the show. “Great champion, but I think I’m the man to legitimize him.”
The two heavyweight juggernauts battled it out in the main event of the 2020 WWE Backlash pay-per-view in one of McIntyre’s early title defenses. Interestingly enough that was the first and only two the two ever met in singles competition, so it’s certainly not a match WWE has gone to the well on too many times.
“I wear it proud. When I come in, the suits and everything, this is an image of the Hurt Business. I’m proud of everything that’s going on, man — the whole Hurt Business, where I’m at right now. I’m a little older athlete, and I’m still able to compete with the young guys and do it at a very high level. I’m proud of everything that’s going on right now, man.”
During the interview, Lashley all but called out Brock Lesnar, demanding to know where the former WWE and UFC heavyweight champion has been for the past year. Fans haven’t seen the “Beast Incarnate” since he dropped the title to McIntyre at WrestleMania 36.
Lashley joked that he just wants the match to happen before he turns 50, and even suggested the idea of a triple threat with Lesnar and McIntyre at some point in the future.
For what it’s worth, back in December it was reported by WrestleVotes that one of the early WrestleMania main events being discussed was a triple threat between McIntyre, Lesnar and Keith Lee. Lee was pulled from a U.S. title match featuring Lashley at last month’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and has not been seen since.
Featured above is this week’s new episode of WWE’s The Bump. Kayla Braxton and her crew return following the crowning of a brand new WWE Champion in Bobby Lashley on Monday Night Raw. Plus, interviews with WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, Sonya Deville and Heaven Fitch, the star of a new WWE Network documentary about her historic high school wrestling career.
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