Major Possible Shakeup Could Cause UFC/WWE to Lose TV Deals

According to bizjournals.com could be changing their TV partner in 2019 when their current TV rights deal ends.

The article explains a lot of this actually has to do with the UFC and their partnership with News Corp’s, Fox Sports 1. UFC is reportedly going to ask for a MAJOR increase in their TV rights deal. UFC is currently receiving $120 million a year for the TV rights, they are expected to be looking for a number closer to $450 a year when they renegotiate. Fox is apparently looking to pay no more than $200 million. If the two companies can’t negotiate a deal that both sides can live with, it is expected that UFC would be headed to another network. This is where the WWE comes in. WWE is currently making around $180 a year from NBC universal, the company that owns USA Network. If Fox Sports One does lose UFC it would reportedly look at WWE as a suitable replacement.

Executives George Barrios and Paul “Triple H” Levesque have already met with executives at Fox, Disney, CBS, and Amazon about the possibility for moving their TV shows to one of those networks. NBC has the right of first negotiation up until the spring of 2018.

Sources reveal Meltzer completely fabricated Finn Balor Story

In what has already been an embarrassing year for Dave Meltzer, with him being over 80% inaccurate throughout the year- our sources have revealed there is no truth to his story that a Lesnar vs Balor match was scrapped due to Balor not being over, as reported by Meltzer.

The plan was for Balor to face Lesnar as late as the Survivor Series go-home show, when Paul Heyman was scripted to say that Finn Balor and AJ would have to figure out among themselves who the best “in-ring performer” in the world, currently is. This was an early seed for Balor vs Lesnar. However, a decision was made to scrap the match a few days later, NOT because Balor wasn’t over, but to PROTECT his Demon gimmick, which remains unbeaten on the main roster. McMahon felt that there would be nowhere to go with Balor if they defeated the gimmick this early into his tenure, seeing as they are using the gimmick to win feuds to keep Balor strong, allowing Balor to lose non-Demon matches, without losing too much credibility (according to the company).

Balor’s Demon merchandise is also one of the top selling lines of merchandise in the company, in the same bracket as The New Day, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles, but significantly trailing Roman Reigns and John Cena. This further discredits Meltzer’s fabricated claim that McMahon feels that Balor isn’t over.

This is another embarrassment for Meltzer, who has been wrong throughout the year. Some of Meltzer’s biggest errors this year include reporting:

• The Hardy Boyz had one year deals with ROH (The Dirty Sheets reported they would return at WrestleMania 33 and win the tag titles).

• Goldberg vs Lesnar would close WrestleMania 33 (The Dirty Sheets reported it would be Reigns vs Undertaker).

• Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar would headline SummerSlam (The Dirty Sheets were reporting the Fatal 4 Way in May).

• The WWE were cancelling Lesnar vs Reigns at WrestleMania 34 and going with Cena vs Reigns (The Dirty Sheets correctly reported this was NEVER a discussion and that Lesnar vs Reigns was set in STONE).

• AJ Styles vs John Cena would face off at SummerSlam, after reporting Styles vs Nakamura two weeks earlier. Neither happened. He also reported Kevin Owens would face Shane McMahon (The Dirty Sheets correctly reported Shane vs Owens would be held off until Hell in the Cell).

• Nakamura vs Jinder Mahal would Main Event Hell in the Cell in a Hell in the Cell match.

• A UK PPV would be happening next May.

Dave Meltzer was once a semi-reliable source, however, since incorrectly reporting that CM Punk would be returning in Chicago, in March 2014, he has been far more miss than hit. We have it on very good authority that Meltzer is not liked by the WWE and has zero sources left within the company. Anyone caught talking to Meltzer would be instantly let go. We feel this may have been the case with Jimmy Jacobs, but that is purely speculation. Meltzer appears to be remaining relevant, based on a reputation that he built many moons ago.

Fortunately for Dave, hardcore wrestling fans are creatures of habit. They won’t stop watching, no matter how bad the product gets, and they will always make Meltzer their first port of call for wrestling news, no matter how inaccurate and unreliable it may be. This is why you won’t be seeing Dave Meltzer going away anytime soon, even though Mike Johnson from PW Insider has been far more accurate, whilst The Dirty Sheets have dominated 2017 since our inception, breaking over 200 major stories and being over 95% accurate- a feat which is unparalleled by any other wrestling site.

Ken Shamrock addresses WWE return

Former WWF Intercontinental and UFC Champion Ken Shamrock spoke to Wrestledelphia Radio’s Mark Whited to talk about his new podcast.

During the conversation, he was asked if a WWE return was a possibility:

“I doubt it. I’ve been saying this for years. I’m not understanding that with everybody that I’ve seen come back – Kurt Angle, The Rock – how isn’t Ken Shamrock there? If anybody makes sense in coming back and doing something with those guys coming back, there is no other better person than myself.”

Charlotte Flair reveals who she wants to face at WrestleMania 34

Charlotte Flair recently spoke with Uproxx and revealed what she’d like to be doing at WrestleMania 34:

“Last match? Maybe fatal four-way, Four Horsewomen, I think that’s the main event match. I don’t really have a dream singles, I just dream of main eventing. When I think of WrestleMania, you think of so many outside celebrities and athletes getting involved. Maybe a WrestleMania moment would be Queen versus Queen, me versus Stephanie McMahon. I see storylines that could lead into WrestleMania like that, but [choosing] one person is so hard. … I really don’t know. I would love to face Becky Lynch one-on-one. I’d love to face Bayley. I’d love to face Sasha. It’s a lot of talent; it’s hard. It boils down to the right storyline.”

Interestingly, our sources recently revealed to us that the current WrestleMania plan for Charlotte, is none of the above, and will provide further information next week.

Fantasy Premier League and Betting Week 13

Coming off another strong week where both guys landed their LOCKS, taking both to 46-14 for the season, Billi and James preview a week which some very one-sided games. However, the main game of the week will see the resurgent Chelsea travel to the free-scoring Liverpool

Despite being 5-1 with his Locks, Billi is keen to end his 0-6 start with his dogs, whilst James simply continues to pick against his own team- a successful formula so far this season.

Be sure to check out a midweek EPL special, which will be available NEXT MONDAY, exclusively on The Dirty Sheets Podcast feed or by going to DirtySheets.Net.

WWE Shuffles PPV Schedule

According to Dave Scherer of PWI, the WWE is planning on shuffling the PPV schedule next year. According to “their sources” WWE will be adding a 5th co-branded PPV in Money in the Bank and will be reducing the over all PPV schedule by two. The schedule they are publishing is as follows:

Event Date City
Royal Rumble January 28 Philadelphia, PA
Elimination Chamber (Raw) February 25 Las Vegas, NV
Fast Lane (SD) March 11 Columbus, OH
WrestleMania 34 April 8 New Orleans, LA
Backlash (Raw) May 6 Newark, NJ
Payback (SD) May 27 Baltimore, MD
Money In The Bank June 17 Chicago, IL
Battleground (Raw) July 15 Pittsburgh, PA
Summerslam August 19 Brooklyn, NY
Extreme Rules (Raw) Septmeber 16 San Antonio, TX
Hell In A Cell (SD) September 30 Nashville, TN
WWE TLC (Raw) October 21 Boston, MA
Survivor Series November 18 Los Angeles, CA
Clash Of Champions (SD) December 16 San Jose, CA