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> Right now, unless either side asks for a delay, the slander trial for the lawsuit filed by Dr. Christopher Amann against Phil Brooks (C.M. Punk) is scheduled to go to a jury trial on 5/21 in Chicago. I’m amazed it’s going this far because this is a case where either Punk was telling the truth or he wasn’t. If he wasn’t, he would want to settle because he could and probably would get hammered by the jury. If he’s telling the truth, there’s no case against him to begin with and with all the depositions and such, both sides should be able to figure out which way the wind is blowing. I’m sure there is more to it than that but I would think that one side, if not both, wouldn’t want it going to trial because of what would come out
> Craig Hutchinson, one of the major sports media figures in Melbourne, said that the WWE show on 10/6 at MCG Stadium was confirmed. WWE has continued not answering any questions on this subject
> Charlotte had more bad luck as on the first day of the European tour in Oberhausen, Germany, she got her bridge in the front of her mouth knocked out in a match with Carmella. They continued the match to its planned DQ finish on Carmella. She flew back home to get it taken care of, but was expected to rejoin the tour. She was scheduled to fly to New York for some appearances for the company at both the NBC Universal upfronts and an investment company appearance the next day
> Charlotte, Rousey and Jax joined HHH and Stephanie at the upfronts. The whole thing was trying to push WWE as so progressive for women, which is funny this week and historically. Jax talked about body shaming and such. The decision on who to bring was Rousey, since she’s Rousey and everyone knows her, Charlotte, because her father is Ric Flair, and lots of people in the room grew up with him on television, and Jax, because they were pushing that they’d push a different body type
> Toni Storm is believed to have been signed, or is at the very least working the 6/18 and 6/19 shows at Royal Albert Hall. She had previously turned down an offer because she wanted to continue working with Stardom and other independents. But at this point WWE was probably more aggressive in signing her. She was scheduled to work in June, and will be coming in, but only told the promotion she had to return to the U.K. for a show on 6/18. WWE is believed to have signed a large number of U.K. wrestlers to keep them away from ITV. Storm would be one of the most valuable because she could become a major star if promoted heavily on the ITV platform given the viewership the show is likely to do and her own ability and marketability.
> Roughly 20 new performers were offered U.K. circuit contracts. The names on the list include Joe Coffey, Zack Gibson, Dave Mastiff (who was the top heel on the ITV pilot episode), El Ligero, Travis Banks, Chris Brookes, Jinny, Kenny Williams, Flash Morgan Webster and Eddie Dennis. Williams and Webster debuted on this week’s 205 Live show. In all, WWE was able to get 12 guys that had originally been expected to do the ITV shots. The contracts all have terms where WWE have the right to break the contracts at both the four month and the eight month mark, so that seems to indicate they are still uncertain of their plans
> The U.K. King of the Ring tournament will have first round matches from 6/8 to 6/10 at the NXT shows at the Download Festival in Derby, UK
> Amy “Lita” Dumas is the only person from the company to publicly talk negatively about the Saudi Arabia show. I don’t sense most thought of it negatively but there were some who definitely did but knew enough not to say a word about it. Dumas was interviewed by Nick Hausman and she said, “I understand that they are a business, a global business, and always looking to expand their global presence. However, I do feel it’s a direct conflict of interest with them maintaining any integrity or truth to the fact that they say they would like to push forward women and their roles and their representation in the industry as anything remotely resembling an equal to a male.” “Make the money. That’s fine. But don’t try to cover it up and be like, `No, we are doing this because we would like to in the future be able to help progress their culture forward. No, you wanted the money and that’s fine. You’re a business and businesses make money. That’s okay from you perspective over there. I don’t own your business, so that’s okay. But from a PR perspective, don’t try to be like, `We’re doing it because we want to help progress that culture forward.’ No, it’s a direct conflict of interest in my opinion.
> Since people have asked about talent pay from the show, as of a few days ago, it hadn’t come in yet so nobody knew (well, those who made outside one-shot deals knew what they were getting paid). As of the last word I had, none of the women were paid bonuses based on the weekend nor were they expecting to be. It’s possible it could happen, because when I checked, the regular guys hadn’t gotten paid yet, but if it does happen, it will be a surprise to them. From a P.R. standpoint, I’d be surprised if they don’t, even though that would go against usual WWE protocol