Although fans of professional sports-entertainment have grown accustomed to live TV broadcasts and pay-per-views, this summer they will see only recorded events, as WWE pre-taped a dozen weeks’ worth to give its talent some much-deserved time off.
Over four intensive days of filming, the entire WWE roster filmed the next 12 weeks of Raw, Smackdown, NXT, and two pay-per-views, Money in The Bank and SummerSlam.
Filming wrapped up last night, and following a full-cast wrap party, the Superstars of WWE went home to be with their families all summer, whom they would typically only see 5.8 days per year.
Despite WWE’s best efforts to prevent spoilers from leaking, Kayfabe News has received reliable information from an anonymous source within the company, who asked to be identified only as Xavier W., about some upcoming happenings:
- Three Mondays from now, Monday Night Raw will feature the WWE debut of longtime deathmatch wrestler Nick Gage, who will be repackaged as “Hang Ten” Nickie Gee, a rapping surfer gimmick.
- The Money in the Bank pay-per-view features Dominick Mysterio unmasking his father before pummelling him with kendo sticks, causing Rey’s eye to pop out again.
- On the July 23 episode of SmackDown, NXT star Adam Cole will confront his estranged father, commentator Michael Cole
- At SummerSlam, Vince McMahon announces he is retiring and leaving the company to his heir apparent, Hornswoggle.
Live WWE programming will return in the fall, exclusively on PBS. In the meantime, best wishes for a nice summer vacation to all the WWE Superstars!