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Chris Benoit Used in Walkers Crisps Marketing Campaign

Trolls have hijack Walkers Crisps social media campaign which forced the company to shut the campaign down. Users were asked to post a selfie with the hashtag #WalkersWave for a chance to win Champions League final tickets. Fans started submitting photos of criminals and dictators, one of them were Chris Benoit.

My favourite #WalkersWave troll 😭😂#ChrisBenoit

— Courtney 🦄❤ (@cheesybiscuit_) May 25, 2017

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WWE Cancels NXT Event Following Manchester Tragedy

Due to the recent tragedy in the United Kingdom, WWE has cancelled the upcoming NXT events in June. The company released a statement on Facebook.

Out of respect for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy, WWE is cancelling the NXT event on Tuesday, June 6 at the Manchester Arena, and giving fans who purchased tickets to the show a full refund and offering them the option to receive a free ticket at point of purchase to the NXT show on Wednesday, June 7 at First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Our Superstars will be in Manchester on June 6 visiting with those affected by the tragedy and WWE is making a donation to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

We look forward to returning to the Manchester Arena on Monday, November 6 for Raw and Tuesday, November 7 for SmackDown Live.

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More Details on Mae Young Classic Women’s Tournament

WWE would like to have a strong female presence for next month’s Mae Young Classic. The 32-women tournament will be taped on July 13th and 14th. Jim Ross has already been announced as the lead male announcer, and it’s expected for two female announcers to join him. WWE Hall of Famer Lita is rumored to be part of the team and she could be joined by either Renee Young, Charly Caruso or Beth Phoenix.

There are also discussions of using female referees for the tournament. WWE signed Kennadi Brink as a referee last week, so it’s expected for her to be used as one of the officials.

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Ciampa on Why He Turned Against Gargano at NXT Takeover

DIY split up at NXT Takeover: Chicago when Tomasso Ciampa turned heel and attacked Johnny Gargano. Ciampa was at last night’s NXT taping and came out in crutches to explain to fans why he turned against Gargano. Thanks to Twitter user @MrJacobCohen for the following recap:

Crowd chanting “Why Ciampa Why?” Ciampa invites Gargano out to the ring because he feels he owes him an explanation. “Right… Johnny isn’t here tonight.” Thursday before Takeover Ciampa sustained an injury, it didn’t matter, he was still going to fight. But the people were thinking up dream partners for Gargano, it took 24 hours for Ciampa to become an afterthought to the fans. When Ciampa realized they lost he knew he was injured & going away for a long time, when he looked across at John it became clear. That if Ciampa went away Gargano would replace him, Ciampa won’t become an afterthought, and in that moment he made his choice. It is the fans fault and it is Gargano’s fault that DIY is done, if Ciampa has to go away then Gargano had to go away too. Takeover: Chicago was supposed to be DIY’s moment, but it ended up being Ciampa’s moment. Ciampa is irreplaceable, Gargano is irreplaceable, the fans are replaceable. When Ciampa returns he will be the most dangerous man in professional wrestling and everyone is on notice.

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5 Star Wrestling Increases $1 Million Offer to CM Punk

As we previously reported, 5 Star Wrestling offered CM Punk one million dollars to participate in their 128 man tournament. Dan Hinkles confirmed on the latest edition of Pancakes and Powerslams Show that this wasn’t a publicity stunt for the promotion. He wants to arrange a meeting with Dana White to give Punk clearance to wrestle this year. Hinkles also increased his $1 million offer to Punk.

“I’ve never seen CM Punk’s [UFC] contract. We know that he had the fight, we know that he is a part of a multi-fight deal. We’ve also seen Dana White come out and say he’s not going to fight in the UFC again. And we’ve seen Punk come out and say he’d love to. I’m not suggesting for a second that what [5 Star Wrestling] would do would take precedence over that. What I’m saying is, if Conor McGregor, the lightweight champion of UFC, can go and box Floyd Mayweather, why the [heck] can’t CM Punk come and make a million dollars wrestling. If the lightweight champion can go out and actually lose in a real fight, in the world of fighting, the last thing thing you want is your real champion go and lose in another sport.”

Hinkles added, “But what we do is a bit different. If CM Punk returns to professional wrestling, it would be an iconic moment, a great moment, that could really kickstart [his return]. He could go back to the WWE, and they would pay him fortunes to do that, far more than we could ever offer. But what we could do is say that you can go do that for a company where you’ve already left, and we don’t know the real circumstances behind that, that’s his thing. But, he can come and really kickstart something here. He could come and be the guy that took this [company] to the top level.”

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Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion, Reactions to WWE Backlash and NXT Takeover: Chicago

This week’s All Night Long Wrestling Podcast features reactions to Jinder Mahal becoming the new WWE Champion. What does it mean for Smackdown Live and WWE as a whole? Plus a review of WWE Backlash and WWE NXT Takeover: Chicago from this past weekend.

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Stephanie McMahon On Equality In WWE, Superstar Outfits, More

– Stephanie McMahon spoke with the Sky Sports “Sports Women” show during her stay in United Kingdom this month, check out the highlights below:

On outfits the WWE Superstars wear:

“People shouldn’t be worried. Our athletes aren’t worried, especially when you look at Olympic level athletes having to wear certain types of clothing.

“Our men and women have to wear spandex-type clothing because what they do in the ring is actually quite dangerous. If you had a lot of loose clothing then it could be a problem in the ring. This is athletics, this is sports, this is like live action theatre and there’s no denying the athleticism of our women in the ring and what they can do.”

On the fight for equality in WWE and other businesses:

“I’m incredibly proud of WWE. I’m not sure if we’re the standard bearer or not but I still think we’ve got a long way to go and I would hope every company becomes the standard bearer.”

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** SPOILERS ** WWE NXT Tapings For May And June

– Check out the the following WWE NXT spoilers from tonight’s tapings at Full Sail University:

May 31st:

* Percy Watson, Tom Phillips and Nigel McGuinness came out for commentary and Percy got more boos than usual

* Tommaso Ciampa comes out on crutches to “why?” chants. He invites Johnny Gargano to the ring but says he’s not here tonight. Ciampa acknowledges the injury he suffered the Thursday before Takeover and when they lost, he knew he was going to be out for a while. He figured Gargano would replace him and he would become an afterthought, so he couldn’t let that happen. He said Takeover was supposed to be DIY’s moment but it turned out to be his own moment. Ciampa says he IS professional wrestling. Ciampa puts every one on notice and says he will be the most dangerous man in pro wrestling when he returns

* WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne defeated Danny Burch (Martin Stone). Dunne cut a promo after the match and ran down Tyler Bate

* Cezar Bononi defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas with a roll-up out of nowhere. Thea Trinidad was brought to ringside to watch Almas from the crowd

* Roderick Strong and Kassius Ohno defeated Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe after No Way Jose returned to help fight off the triple team from SAnitY. Nikki Cross was not there

* Dana Warrior comes out to present a WWE Hero award to a teacher from Orlando for her charity work

June 7th:

* Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic defeated Lars Sullivan (Dylan Miley) and his partner, an enhancement talent. Heavy Machinery got a good reaction. Lars attacked his partner after the match

* Peyton Royce defeated Sarah Logan (Sarah Bridges, Crazy Mary Dobson) with Billie Kay at ringside

* Hideo Itami vs. Oney Lorcan is next. The match ends in a No Contest when Itami destroys Lorcan and hits three GTS in a row. Kassius Ohno runs down to stop Itami and they have words. Itami slaps Ohno and Ohno shoves him back. Itami leaves as officials come out to help Lorcan to the back

* No Way Jose vs. Killian Dain is next. Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe came out with Dain but no Nikki Cross. Dain looked strong and won with his finisher

* Roderick Strong comes out for a serious talk with the fans. He’s now focused on the NXT Title and says it’s no longer Roddy vs. The World, it’s Roddy and his new family. He goes on but NXT Champion Bobby Roode interrupts with fake crying. Roode runs him down with one of Roode’s best promos since coming to NXT, telling him he has to earn a shot in his NXT

June 14th:

* Drew McIntyre defeated enhancement talent Rob Ryzin

* Ember Moon returned to action and defeated Peyton Royce in a really good match

* NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain defeated enhancement talents Beastly Brody and his partner. WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering cut a promo on Heavy Machinery after the match. Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight came out for a face off with The AOP but the champs backed down and left

* The Velveteen Dream vs. Raul Mendoza is next. The former Patrick Clark gets the win with a flying elbow. Dream is on his way to having a strong fanbase at Full Sail

* Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross vs. NXT Women’s Champion Asuka in a Triple Threat Elimination Match is up next.

Props: WrestlingInc

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Major Heel Turn Happened at Tonight’s NXT Taping

A fan report revealed there was a major heel turn at tonight’s WWE NXT taping at Full Sail Live in Winter Park, FL. Below is the recap of tonight’s heel turn:

“Hideo Itami vs. Oney Lorcan. Itami gives Lorcan 3 Go To Sleeps, Ohno out to talk some sense into him, Itami slaps Ohno, Ohno pushes Itami, Itami leaves. Ohno checks on Lorcan, match appears to be a no contest, they call out refs to help Lorcan to the back.”

#NXTFSLive @KassiusOhno saves Oney and shoves down Hideo… no contest

— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) May 26, 2017

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Tye Dillinger On WWE’s Strength And Conditioning Coaches

– WWE Superstar Tye Dillinger recently took part in a Q&A with Muscle & Fitness and discussed a wide variety of topics, check out the highlights below:

On his time spent in WWE:

“This is my second time signing with WWE and I have been around for six and half years in total. The second time around is much different. We have strength and conditioning coaches and on-site medical staff. WWE has gone to great expense to bring the best fitness experts in, all to ensure the talent’s safety, progress, and growth.

“Right now we have a great strength and conditioning coach in Sean Hayes. He’s accessible any time. I have messaged him questions about health and nutrition at 2 a.m. and he has responded three minutes later.”

“From Sean, I have learned from a wide range of disciplines. He knows how to go about packing on muscle if you want to, or even ease off if you are going too hard. I owe the WWE Performance Center a lot for getting me ready for shows like WrestleMania.”

On the busy schedule::

“I feel awesome at the moment. In terms of the schedule, that’s what you sign up for and I welcome it with open arms. I have dedicated over 15 years of my life to this industry and the right to wrestle for the number one wrestling company in the world. I feel good, I’m excited, and I’m ready.”

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