PWI Weekly for January 29, 2024
Vince McMahon Resigns (Again), Ospreay vs. Alexander II, Vader & Harley Race
NO, THIS ISN’T a rerun you’re living in. However, those feelings of deja vu you’re having are certainly warranted.
Following a story in the Wall Street Journal, Vince McMahon, accused of sexual misconduct, has resigned from his WWE role. As was the case in 2022, the disgraced former chairman seems unlikely to return to his post. However, with another pending lawsuit—including some deeply troubling implications about the corporate culture in WWE—one can be forgiven for feeling slightly cynical.
At Saturday night’s Royal Rumble post-show press conference, Paul “Triple H” Levesque was questioned about last week’s departure of his father-in-law and what steps the company might be taking to ensure the safety of its employees. Although Levesque’s answers didn’t exactly provide us with much new information, you can read a brief summary of his comments here.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
In cinema, rarely does a sequel trump the original. In the squared circle, it happens far more often.
On the January 18 episode of IMPACT, TNA presented one of its best bouts ever. The rematch between Josh Alexander and Will Ospreay outdid an already great contest from November 2023. We could wax lyrical about this one all day. However, we would much rather you go and watch it yourself.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT
When news broke last Tuesday morning that WWE had secured a new broadcast partner to air its Monday Night Raw television show, many of us were stunned to find out that the winning bid had gone to Netflix—which, technically, isn’t even in the television business. At least in the strictest sense. Rather, the streaming giant was in the business of trying to sign a premium sports brand.
WWE fit the bill of what Netflix was looking for … at a price of course. That price? A reported $5-billion over the span of a 10-year deal.
This is, without doubt, the boldest step the promotion has taken in terms of its media rights negotiations. The ripple effects of the move will be felt in many areas of WWE business and, likely, the larger wrestling world as well.
Who would you rather fight, Big Van Vader or Harley Race? The correct answer is “neither.” Two of the most legendary tough guys in the history of the wrestling business came together in WCW, where Race served as manager to the man from the Rocky Mountains. With numerous world championships between them, Vader and Race struck fear into the hearts of their opposition—including Sting, who they take aim at in this classic promo.
FROM THE VAULT
Speaking of Sting, the foldout poster in the February 1998 edition of Pro Wrestling Illustrated spotlighted the anticipated Starrcade ’97 showdown between the WCW icon and rival Hulk Hogan. Although the match’s controversial conclusion left many fans feeling less than satisfied, the rivalry itself remains a pivotal one in the history of World Championship Wrestling.
Sting is, of course, set to compete in his last-ever match at AEW Revolution 2024, which is expected to feature a tag bout between the Young Bucks and the team of Sting & Darby Allin.
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