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Are WWE’s Stockpiling Days Over?

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Nothing has been the same in professional wrestling since the launch of AEW. The ‘Elite’ group of Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson got together with billionaire Tony Khan to open a brand new wrestling promotion, and they followed that up by landing a prime-time slot on TNT. For the first time in well over a decade, WWE had serious competition – and they were never likely to take that competition lying down. AEW wanted wrestlers to become the star of their new show. WWE was determined to make sure they didn’t get them.

Around the same time that AEW launched, WWE started offering its entire roster multi-year, big-money contracts to ensure that they never became available to AEW as free agents. This didn’t just apply to the top stars. If you were a wrestler and WWE thought you might have value to AEW, they’d offer you a contract even if they had no intention of using you on television. This practice extended so far that they even offered a big-money new deal to Rhino before he left the company. Rhino is in his mid-40s and hadn’t been used on television in months before his eventual department. The company didn’t want to use him – they just didn’t want anyone else to be able to use him, either.AEW Dynamite scaled 1

At the same time as locking down all of their current stars to new contracts, WWE started buying up every name they possibly could from the independent scene. The NXT roster quickly became bloated with new faces, several of whom have since become lost in the mix. Those who weren’t wanted for the ‘main’ NXT brand were shipped out to NXT UK. The mere existence of the UK brand of the company is another example of WWE’s stockpiling policy. They’d never expressed any interest in having a UK-centric brand until ITV brought back ‘World of Sport Wrestling,‘ and WWE’s monopoly on televised wrestling in the country was broken. World of Sport Wrestling has long since been canceled and disappeared. WWE’s UK brand limps on, mostly unwatched, with dozens of former stars of the UK’s once-burgeoning independent scene trapped by their contracts.

All of this, though, might be about to change. It was fine for WWE to spend big money on keeping the world’s best wrestlers away from their competition when they had money to spend on it. It makes less sense during a time when the company – and perhaps more pertinently, the company’s owner Vince McMahon – can no longer spend that money so easily. McMahon has been stung by the closure and subsequent bankruptcy of the XFL, his alternative American Football organization. It’s thought that the WWE Chairman had personally invested up to three hundred million dollars in the company before it folded. Not only has that money disappeared with the collapse of the company, but he’s also now being sued for a further $25m by the sports league’s former commissioner.

There’s also the small matter of WWE’s stock to worry about. The stock hit a peak last year, as the company signed new contracts for its flagship television shows and also secured a lucrative deal to air live events in Saudi Arabia. Since then, ratings for both RAW and SmackDown have steadily declined, and there have been several suggestions that the Saudi shows aren’t being paid on time, or on the terms that were previously agreed to. The stock is holding steady, but it’s not at the level it was twelve months ago. WWE isn’t in financial difficulty, but it has begun to make cuts to save money and ensure that it delivers a profit to its investors.

Holding onto talent with no clear reason to do so was always a gamble from the company’s point of view – perhaps an even bigger gamble than the official range of WWE online slots that they intend to release later this year. Tellingly, almost all of those online slots are based around great WWE names of the past – not its stars of the present. With the exception of Roman Reigns, John Cena, and Becky Lynch, the company doesn’t seem to believe that anybody on its current roster is a big enough star to merit having their own online slots game based around them. That indicates that the company knows it doesn’t have many genuine breakout talents on its hands – and yet it’s still paying big-name money to those talents. The gamble they took was based on the belief that if they kept hold of enough talent, AEW would fail. It didn’t pay off. AEW has secured a new, longer-term television deal since it began broadcasting – and so the WWE strategy no longer makes sense.

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We’ve already seen the beginning of the tides changing on this matter. Although there might have been other reasons behind the recent spate of WWE releases, it’s hard to imagine they’d ever have agreed to let go of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder (the tag team known as ‘The Revival’) six months ago. The Revival has been conducting a cyber-feud with AEW’s ‘Young Bucks’ tag-team through Twitter for years. When they eventually meet in the ring, it will be a big-money match that draws a lot of viewers – and that match will now happen in an AEW ring, not a WWE ring. WWE has handed their rival company an asset, and in the most recent spate of releases, they may have handed them many more.

WWE’s loss is likely to be a gain for the world of wrestling as a whole. Holding on to so many talents without using them doesn’t strengthen WWE’s hand – it makes them appear petty, and it denies performers the opportunity to compete in the ring elsewhere. If those days are over now, we might see a resurrection of the independent wrestling scene that’s taken such a battering in recent years. Even if AEW doesn’t pick up all of the released talents, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, the NWA, and several Japanese promotions might. Stockpiling made the whole scene feel stale. Letting go might prove to be the perfect remedy.

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From Apple Music With Love: DJ Khaled’s Ultimate 2022 MegaMix in Spatial

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Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the return of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 25 – 30, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. This year, gifts range from live concert recordings, new renditions of favorite songs, a classic album rerelease alongside a brand new holiday album, and party-crushing mixes to close out the year. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the musical experiences we’ve put together with Apple Music listeners in mind.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from DJ Khaled. Following up 2021’s year-ending MegaMix, Khaled returns with a final holiday gift for Apple Music subscribers. “I was just thinking of this year and all the great hits that came out,” he tells Apple Music. “It was real special because this was the first year in a while that we all been back outside! Know what I’m saying—from the pandemic, and dodging all this corona and all that. First of all, God is the greatest, and we blessed—so when I got this opportunity to make this MegaMix, I was like, ‘It’s only right that we do it big and play nothing but all the hits of the whole year,’ know what I’m saying?”

Look back at all of the From Apple Music With Love gifts this year, and hear Khaled’s MegaMix now, which includes smashes from Taylor Swift, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, and Beyoncé—plus a couple of Khaled’s own highlights from 2022 HERE

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian settle divorce, Ye to pay $200k a month in child support

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Kim Kardashian and Ye have reached a settlement in their divorce, averting a trial that had been set for next month, court documents filed Tuesday showed. (more…)

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Future Releases Music Video For “712pm” Directed By Travis Scott

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– Ready to blow up the internet yet again, Future presents the blockbuster music video for “712PM” directed by none other than fellow game-changer Travis Scott. Watch “712PM”

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From Apple Music With Love: Listen To Sam Smith’s Royal Albert Hall Set In Spatial

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Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the return of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 25 – 30, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. This year, gifts range from live concert recordings, new renditions of favorite songs, a classic album rerelease alongside a brand new holiday album, and party-crushing mixes to close out the year. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the musical experiences we’ve put together with Apple Music listeners in mind.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from Sam Smith, and features their stunning October 2022 performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“I definitely wanted this to be different to my other shows,” Sam Smith tells Apple Music. “I come from a theatre background and really missed that feeling on my last tour. It takes a village of talent to put on my shows, and it’s important for me now to showcase and celebrate the artists around me.” In Live From Royal Albert Hall, which arrives to Apple Music listeners as part of the From Apple Music With Love series, Smith celebrates their body of work with a curated selection of songs from the evening.

Though Smith was mostly performing songs from their catalogue, the singer says the set was imbued with the spirit of their fourth studio album Gloria, scheduled to release in January 2023. “With this show it was about adding a little Gloria to all my songs,” Smith says. “I always want to change all the songs a little to fit the mood and the tones of whatever project I’m currently releasing. But I am also passionate about playing the songs the way people love them.” One listen to Live From Royal Albert Hall and you’re sure to have found that Smith couldn’t lose either way.

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift on Apple Music and check out Sam Smith’s October 2022 performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall HERE

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Brazilian photographer uses the model as a human sticker album in a project about Brazilian passion for the World Cup

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Inspired by the World Cup, Brazilian photographer Carlos Locatelli innovated the idea of a record that refers to the national passion for women and football. The artist used the body of a model and influencer, Wanessa Moura, to produce a “human sticker album.”

 

The influencer said she was a little uncomfortable when she received the invitation, but she accepted the challenge after understanding the proposal. “At first, I didn’t understand the idea, but I accepted the challenge of artistically approaching the woman’s body and sensuality.

 

Today, masculinity and the objectification of women’s bodies are outdated figures, and they don’t complete the album”, explains the model.

 

Wanessa gained worldwide fame after being compared to actress Penélope Cruz in 2019 and was on the cover of Vietnam’s Baazar magazine.

 

Always active on the networks, she always seeks to exalt the female body and power, encouraging women of all body types to seek their space in the world of fashion and catwalks.

 

The model has performed a provocative test in favor of female empowerment before. In 2018, the year of the last World Cup, the model took pictures with phrases and expressions stamped on her body, asking for respect, freedom, and rights for women. “I will always raise this flag. In the same way that we root for Hexa, we should hope that women are respected and stop being objectified”, completes Wanessa.

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Revealed: The World Cup game that caused the biggest social media reaction

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England against Iran is the World Cup game that has caused the biggest social media reaction so far, a new study has found.

The research by sports betting site Nostrabet analysed the number of tweets containing the official fixture hashtag for each team’s first two games of the tournament.

It found that the number of tweets containing #ENGIRN on the day of England’s incident-packed game with Iran totalled 538,974 – by far the highest amount in the tournament so far, and more than the second and third most tweeted matches combined.

The match provided plenty of reasons for discussion on social media, from England’s six goal haul and exciting performances from young stars, to the gruesome clash of heads between Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand and Majid Hosseini, and the record amount of injury time that was added.

The second most tweeted game of the opening two rounds of World Cup action was Wales vs Iran. The #WALIRN hashtag was used 336,631 times on the day that Iran scored twice in injury time to secure a 2-0 win following a red card for Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey.

The third most tweeted game was France’s impressive 4-1 win over Australia, with the hashtag #FRAAUS being used 176,133 times on the day of the game as Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud helped put the Socceroos to the sword.

Completing the top five, Japan’s massive win over Germany generated 166,612 tweets with the #GERJPN hashtag, putting it in fourth, while the fifth most tweeted game was Saudi Arabia’s stunning upset of Argentina, which produced 158,013 posts containing #ARGKSA on the day of the game.

Commenting on the study, a spokesperson for Nostrabet said: “It’s fascinating to see which games have generated the biggest reaction on social media, with the top matches generating hundreds of thousands of posts. There has been plenty to talk about during this World Cup both on and off the pitch, and with half of the games already played, it will be interesting to see how social media reacts as we prepare for the knock-out stages and the stakes get even higher.”

At the other end of the scale, Japan vs Costa Rica generated the fewest tweets of the World Cup so far, with just 11,406 uses of #JPNCRC on the day of the game. Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with South Korea was similarly uninspiring, as it prompted 16,042 posts containing #URUKOR, while the same day also featured the third least tweeted game, with Switzerland v Cameroon (#SUICMR) receiving 18,202 posts.

Overall the fixture hashtags have been used a combined 2,947,534 times since the tournament started on 20 November. The day of fixtures that has generated the most tweets so far is 21 November, the first Monday of the World Cup, which produced 643,724 posts containing the fixture hashtag for one of the day’s games. The second most tweeted day was 25 November, which prompted 487,560, while the third biggest day was 22 November, with 410327 tweets.

 

The most tweeted games of the World Cup so far, by Nostrabet

Fixture HashtagHome TeamAway TeamDate of gameTotal tweets on day
#ENGIRNEnglandIran2022-11-21538,974
#WALIRNWalesIran2022-11-25336,631
#FRAAUSFranceAustralia2022-11-22176,133
#GERJPNGermanyJapan2022-11-23166,612
#ARGKSAArgentinaSaudi Arabia2022-11-22158,013
#POLKSAPolandSaudi Arabia2022-11-26128,225
#BELMARBelgiumMorocco2022-11-27124,925
#PORGHAPortugalGhana2022-11-24111,624
#QATECUQatarEcuador2022-11-2098,032
#ARGMEXArgentinaMexico2022-11-2692,925
#ENGUSAEnglandUnited States2022-11-2584,898
#SENNEDSenegalNetherlands2022-11-2169,255
#ESPGERSpainGermany2022-11-2763,727
#MEXPOLMexicoPoland2022-11-2255,977
#BELCANBelgiumCanada2022-11-2351,648
#PORURUPortugalUruguay2022-11-2849,823
#QATSENQatarSenegal2022-11-2535,547
#USAWALUnited StatesWales2022-11-2135,495
#ESPCRCSpainCosta Rica2022-11-2333,006
#MARCROMoroccoCroatia2022-11-2331,880
#KORGHASouth KoreaGhana2022-11-2831,017
#NEDECUNetherlandsEcuador2022-11-2530,484
#FRADENFranceDenmark2022-11-2623,567
#BRASUIBrazilSwitzerland2022-11-2823,535
#CROCANCroatiaCanada2022-11-2722,904
#BRASRBBrazilSerbia2022-11-2421,606
#CMRSRBCameroonSerbia2022-11-2820,972
#TUNAUSTunisiaAustralia2022-11-2620,378
#DENTUNDenmarkTunisia2022-11-2220,204
#SUICMRSwitzerlandCameroon2022-11-2418,202
#URUKORUruguaySouth Korea2022-11-2416,042
#JPNCRCJapanCosta Rica2022-11-2711,406

 

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