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Naomi’s WWE contract may reportedly expire
Amid her absence from WWE programming, it is reportedly possible that Naomi’s contract with the company has expired.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Subhojit Mukherjee of Ringside News), Naomi’s WWE contract was nearing an end when she and Sasha Banks were suspended indefinitely for going out before an episode of Raw in May. was given.
Meltzer stated that it is possible that WWE may have blocked Naomi’s contract to prevent her from expiring, or it could have signed her to a new deal, although it is unclear whether that has happened.
According to Meltzer, Naomi and Banks are expected to return to WWE, even though they haven’t officially signed new contracts yet.
Last week, Brian Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live (h/t Joseph Currier of F4WOnline.com) revealed that a source told him that Naomi and Banks were in talks to return to WWE, but all of them told WrestlingNews.co. Confirmed previous report.
The walkout and suspension occurred while Vince McMahon was CEO, chairman and head of creative, while John Laurinitis was head of talent relations.
McMahon recently retired from his positions with the company, and Laurinitis dropped out as head of talent relations after WWE’s board of directors investigated allegations that McMahon had sexual relations with or committed sexual acts to McMahon. Paid millions of dollars to several women for not disclosing information about the misconduct. In.
Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan have taken over as co-CEOs, while Triple H is now Head of Creative and Vice President of Talent Relations.
Given the fact that Triple H was primarily responsible for signing Banks and pushing her to top star status in NXT and that most of WWE holds female Superstar Stephanie in high regard, it is understandable that Naomi and Why banks will likely be ready to return with a change in leadership.
Triple H reportedly eased restrictions on promo verbiage
In his new role as the head of WWE Creative, Triple H is reportedly making some changes that have been positively received by the talent.
According to Meltzer (h/t WrestlingInc’s Sai Mohan), Vince McMahon always informed Talent that he could not use the words “wrestling” or “wrestler” unless he was asked to do so in his promo first. is not approved.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan are reportedly set to loosen those restrictions going forward.
Vince’s priority has always been to refer to wrestling as sports entertainment and wrestlers as superstars, and it is reportedly planned that WWE’s talent will be called superstars now and in the future.
Another term that McMahon disliked was “belt”, as he preferred the use of “championship” or “title” to add more prestige to WWE’s top awards.
There are many other words known or believed to be on WWE’s banned list, and depending on Triple H’s explicit philosophy, some of those words may even be used more frequently.
Meltzer also stated in his report that WWE talent believes Backstage has a “positive and refreshing vibe” and cares about Triple H wrestlers.
In Triple H’s short time as head of creative, the product has already undergone some notable changes, and as he becomes more deeply involved, it stands to reason that it reflects his vision. Will reflect even more.
Logan Paul reportedly took a long WWE break
Following his impressive win over The Miz at SummerSlam, Logan Paul will reportedly not be on WWE programming for the foreseeable future.
According to Meltzer (h/t Mukherjee), Paul is taking time off from WWE to focus on a possible boxing match in December.
Paul revealed his plans for the December fight on Wednesday when he appeared on The Pat McAfee Show with former NFL punter and current WWE SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee:
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Although he did not name his rival, Paul said he had only a few people on his mind and was excited to reveal his plans.
Paul has limited boxing experience, facing fellow YouTuber KSI in a pair of amateur bouts before competing against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. at an exhibition last year.
Paul’s younger brother, Jake Paul, is more notable in the boxing world, as he is 5–0 in five pro fights, including victories over former UFC stars Ben Askren and Tyrone Woodley.
The jury is out on Logan as a boxer, but he quickly began to wrestle with eye-opening performances at WrestleMania and SummerSlam.
SummerSlam represented his first singles match, and he defeated The Miz, thanks to a perfect Frog Splash through the announcement table.
Paul appeared on Raw via satellite after SummerSlam and announced that he had a multi-year, multi-event deal with WWE and that he expected to return to the ring at some point.
Even though Paul will only be a part-time wrestler who competes in major events, his fame and star power could prove to be a huge asset to WWE.
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