Tagged: WWE

Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw

Former Universal Champion Roman Reigns will return to Raw today (2pm NZDT, Sky 5) for the first time in four months, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced on Friday. “@WWERomanReigns (aka Joe Anoa’i) will address the status of his fight with leukemia [sic] this Monday on Raw,” McMahon tweeted. .@WWERomanReigns (aka...

NZPWI Roundtable: WWE Royal Rumble 2019

The Road to WrestleMania 35 begins at WWE Royal Rumble! Champions will be decided, and contenders will emerge as the WWE Superstars descend on Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, for the first pay-per-view event of the year. Brock Lesnar defends the Universal Championship against the first man – or will...

Drew McIntyre on NXT TakeOver and the rise of the UK independent scene

When Drew McIntyre began wrestling at 15-years-old, he had to travel 12 hours from his home in Scotland to find training. The Scottish pro-wrestling scene was non-existent, and England only had two independent promotions. Now, January 2019 has punctuated a boom in the United Kingdom with the opening of a...

NZPWI Roundtable: NXT TakeOver

One day before WWE Royal Rumble 2019, The Valley of the Sun plays host to NXT TakeOver: Phoenix! All four NXT Championships are on the line during Sunday’s WWE Network special. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa defends against the man he beat for the title, Aleister Black. Bianca Belair attempts to...

Northland rockers Alien Weaponry provide theme for NXT TakeOver

Kiwi music enthusiasts have heard a familiar sound on WWE NXT this month. Northland thrash metal trio Alien Weaponry’s Holding My Breath is an official theme of NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, and has been played extensively on WWE programming. Bass player Ethan Trembath told NZPWI the band was on tour in...

Sheamus praises Cesaro ahead of Rumble clash with McMahon, Miz

At WWE TLC 2009, Sheamus teetered on the top rope alongside WWE Champion John Cena. The Celtic Warrior pushed Cena backwards as he himself fell to the floor. Cena smashed through a table – handing Sheamus the WWE Championship. The win would be Sheamus’ first of 11 different title reigns...

Sasha Banks excited for Rousey at WWE Royal Rumble

Sasha Banks is no stranger to firsts. The Legit Boss has etched her name in the history books in the first women’s Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble, and Elimination Chamber matches (among others) over the course of her six years in WWE. When Banks, 26, arrives at WWE Royal...

SmackDown: Andrade bests Mysterio in anticipated rematch

Anticipation was high as Andrade and Rey Mysterio faced off on SmackDown Live in a rematch that did not disappoint. The WWE Universe in Birmingham, Alabama came to their feet as both Superstars traded hurricanranas, moonsaults, and all manner of lucha libre-inspired offence in an early contender for televised match...

Raw: Balor pins Cena to challenge Lesnar at Rumble

Finn Balor is going to WWE Royal Rumble – but not as he first thought. Balor won a fatal four-way match on Raw in Memphis, Tennessee, for the right to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. The position of number one contender belonged to Braun Strowman until a confrontation...