WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University tomorrow. World Wrestling Entertainment will tape their NXT series on Thursday, June 14th at Full Sail Live on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. In addition to the NXT regulars and stars from Florida Championship Wrestling (the official developmental organization for WWE), World Champion Sheamus, Hunico Camacho and Sin Cara are also scheduled to appear on the show. WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross will be on hand to call the action. Tickets are available to the general public for $10, with proceeds going to the Full Sail/WWE Scholarship Fund. Several episodes of NXT will be taped, which can be viewed on WWE.com.
TNA Impact broadcast from Universal Studios tomorrow. TNA will have their first Impact broadcast since this past Sunday’s Slammiversary Pay-per-view on Thursday, June 14th at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. As with all TNA events at Universal, admission is free, although park goers will be given first admittance for the show, which will air live on SpikeTV. World Champion Bobby Roode vs. Mr. Anderson is set for the show, and the annual “Bound For Glory” series will begin, with 12 competitors vying for a World Title match at the Bound For Glory Pay-per-view in October.
WWE No Way Out this Sunday. WWE presents their next Pay-per-view event this Sunday with No Way Out, taking place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The lineup is hardly the strongest WWE has presented lately, hurt by injuries (Alberto Del Rio), suspensions (Randy Orton, Chris Jericho), and other circumstances (Brock Lesnar’s limited dates contract). The main event has John Cena vs. Big Show in a steel cage match, with the stipulation that if Show loses, Raw & Smackdown General Manager John Laurinaitis will be fired, while if Cena loses, he will be fired (the latter stip being added after Raw was broadcast). Of course, we all know that the last time Cena was “fired” he didn’t miss a single show, so it is hardly the most believable stipulation.
The top title matches on the show have WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan (with the storyline being who AJ will help or hurt in the bout), World Champion Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler, Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Cody Rhodes, Divas Champion Layal vs. Beth Phoenix and Brodus Clay vs. Santino Marella in a pre-show match that will air on YouTube. Triple H is also going to address the Brock Lesnar situation, which most expect will set up the two in a singles match for Summerslam in August.
While Sheamus vs. Ziggler and Christian vs. Rhodes should be strong matches, you have to wonder if the fans will have any emotional investment in Ziggler being rushed into a title program so quickly, while Christian-Rhodes suffers from being a secondary feud on the secondary show (Smackdown). Punk vs. Bryan is always a good match, but the addition of Kane and the AJ storyline practically guarantees the match won’t have the focus that their singles battles have had. You still get the feeling that Big Show is just a placeholder until Cena has someone better to feud with, and that’s the top draw for the show. This looks to be a tough sell for WWE.
LIVE AND LOCAL– Upcoming live wrestling events in Florida.
June 14 – Full Sail University – Winter Park
TNA Impact Wrestling (Broadcast live on SpikeTV)
June 14 – Universal Studios – Orlando
June 21 – Universal Studios – Orlando
June 28 – Universal Studios – Orlando
June 16 – Minneola Recreation Center – Minneola
Florida Championship Wrestling
June 15 – Palatka Armory – Palatka
June 16 – Crystal River Armory – Crystal River (Father’s Day Weekend Special - Children under 16 admitted free when accompanied by their Father.)
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