WWE announce new NXT UK brand, tapings, divisions and GM

WWE came to London with some big news for British Wrestling fans as legendary British wrestler Johnny Saint announced to fans in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall for night one of the 2018 WWE United Kingdom Tournament that the company would be launching their own permanent UK division. The wrestling giants have been flirting with the British scene quite a bit in recent years with the first United Kingdom Championship Tournament taking place last January in Blackpool and building up a relationship with several of the key players in the thriving British scene such as ICW and Progress Wrestling as well as integrating the United Kingdom Championship matches into NXT.

Triple H went on to then give a good amount of information on the new UK brand stating that there would be a NXT UK Women’s division and NXT UK Tag Team division to go alongside the already established WWE UK mens singles championship. The former World Champion also announced that the company had already planned tapings over the next few months around the UK and told the live audience that Johnny Saint would be the brand’s General Manager.

Check out our Review of Night One of WWE UK at the Royal Albert Hall here and NXT Royal Albert Hall/ WWE UKCT Night Two here. Keep your eyes on RebNoise.com and all our social media outlets for a review of the second night at the Royal Albert Hall.

NXT UK Tapings are as follows:

July 28 & 29 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Aug 25 & 26 – Insomnia Gaming Festival – NEC Birmingham

Oct 13 & 14 – Pavilions, Plymouth

Nov 24 & 25 – Olympia, Liverpool

Check out the video below discussing the future of the title, possibility of a regular WWE Network show, the chosen five & the forgotten original tournament entries, Triple H showing up in ICW and getting Finn Balor when you ordered Mick Foley.

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Talk and Beans: WWE UK Championship Tournament – Special Guests: William Regal & Robbie Brookside

Episode #17 of Talk and Beans is about the WWE UK Championship Tournament. The boys are joined on this episode by special guests William Regal & Robbie Brookside from WWE who talk about British Wrestling’s past and future.

Scott and Tom review the events, tell stories about “training” with one of the competitors, who stood out to them and the possibility of WWE having worldwide territories.

Lots of laughs, funny stories and ridiculous impressions as always.

 

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Kurt Angle to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

It has been announced the Olympic Gold medal winner and former WWE Champion Kurt Angle will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year in Orlando, Florida.

WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Leveque who has been instrumental in the signing of many of the Hall of Fame inductees in recent years has said “Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary” and went on to say “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame“.

The man of the “Three I’s” had an illustrious career in WWE and was one of the most charismatic and gifted performers of the “Attitude Era“, a period in which the industry was full of mega stars and Kurt Angle was definitely one of them.

Angle left WWE in 2006 and has been one of the most missed Superstars by fans around the world ever since. His run in TNA started out very well but in recent years fans have craved a WWE instead. Could this mark the start of a new working relationship with the wrestling legend?

Tyler Bate becomes first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion

On a weekend that was packed full of history making moments a 19 Year old from Dudley, England has cemented his name in the wrestling world forever. Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne in the final of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in Blackpool to become the first ever WWE UK Champion. The weekend saw many surprises from the controversial finish to the match between Danny Burch and Jordan Devlin in which Burch received a nasty gash to the back of the head which seemed to lead to some confusion as to wether or not the referee missed his kick out attempt in time for the three count to the surprise inclusion of NXT singing Tommy End facing off against Neville in a non-tournament match up.

nevilletommyIt was the 19 year old Tyler Bate who stole headlines in the end though after a tremendous Tournament impressing fans with every segment and match he was involved in.

One of the stars that really shone bright was his final opponent Pete Dunne, who himself had a very newsworthy run in the Tournament after quickly becoming the weekends biggest villain. Dunne started Night 2 of the Tournament with his name on most peoples lips after taking out Joseph Conners at the end of the first event. The “Bruiserweight” went on to beat Conners in the Quarter finals and then successfully defeated the popular Welsh high flyer Mark Andrews in a fantastic Semi Final match.

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We have to congratulate WWE on a very well put together weekend of shows and all of the performers who stole the spotlight from the WWE Superstars in America on Raw, Smackdown and NXT.

There have been rumours for years about the UK possibly getting it’s own home grown division within WWE and it previously hadn’t seemed viable but since the rise in attendance, popularity and quality of British independent wrestling over the past few years combined with the growth of the WWE Network after it’s successful attempts at creating other spin off Brands such as NXT, CWC and now 205 Live, it now seems that this could definitely be a venture worth committing to for the Sports Entertainment giants. A British Territory for WWE could be the starting point for the company having fruitful territories all over the world in their biggest markets such as Mexico, Canada and Japan.

There is a full review of the Tournament on this episode of the Talk and Beans podcast.

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Check out the interview below with William Regal, Finn Balor, Robbie Brookside and Neville as they talk about the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament and the future of the title,  wether or not Will Ospreay & Marty Scurll were considered, ITV’s World of Sport Wrestling, advice for British Wrestlers, the history of the British style and the future for the WWE UK Championship. Full interviews will be uploaded soon to the Rebellious Noise YouTube channel so make sure you Subscribe to get the content first.

VIDEO: WWE Superstars & Legends talk about the UK Championship

We sit down and talk to William Regal, Neville, Finn Balor & Robbie Brookside about the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament and the future of the title. The guys talk about wether or not Will Ospreay & Marty Scurll were considered, ITV’s World of Sport Wrestling, advice for British Wrestlers, the history of the British style and the future for the WWE UK Championship.

The WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament is available on the WWE Network.

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WWE announce two day tournament to crown first ever WWE UK Champion

The WWE have just taken their claim as the world leaders in sports entertainment to the next level by officially announcing in London that they will be holding a two day tournament in Blackpool at the historic Empress Ballroom to crown the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion. Tickets are already on sale for the event that will take place on Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15, 2017. We have to admit that this Championship title looks beautiful, it’s got the signature look from this era of the WWE but has a classic and very British feel to it as well with the crest on the centre plate.wweuktitle

Triple H was in attendance at The O2 in London to make this historic announcement as he continues to be the face of all things WWE as far as expansion and development. The 14x WWE Champion has played a major part in things such as the WWE Performance Center, the growth of NXT, the Cruiserweight Classic and consequently the birth of 205 Live.

hhhwweukThe WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative has also stated that “The tournament is the next step in our ongoing strategy to create localized content for our global WWE Network, develop another brand that engages our passionate fans, and add a new dimension to our on-going storylines.” in a statement released today.

Another man who has been a key figure in those ventures for the WWE has been Britain’s own William Regal, who was also in attendance introducing some of the names we are going to see in January on the WWE Network.

The tournament will feature 16 competitors over two days in a single elimination event and will feature talent from all four of the Home Nations and Ireland. The 16 men that hope to make history are Pete Dunne, Saxon Huxley, Trent Seven, Jack StarzWolfgangRoy Johnson, James DrakeJordan DevlinTyler BateSam Gradwell, Joseph ConnersTyson T. BoneHC DyerDan MoloneyChris TylerRingo RyanTiger Ali and Tucker.

During the press Conference Regal also joked that the location of the two day event may have been so that he could “go home for a few days” to his beloved Blackpool. Another key announcement today was given to us by Senior Broadcaster Michael Cole, who introduced the world to the newest member of the WWE Broadcasting team Nigel McGuinness. The British legend spoke of his personal dream to some day work for the WWE, a passion that has been burning inside the man since he attended Summerslam in 1992 at the old Wembley Stadium.

Tickets for the historic event are now on sale at Ticketmaster and we reckon this is a weekend not worth missing if you are a die hard wrestling fan.
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Talk and Beans: NXT Dallas & Wrestlemania 32

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Episode #2 is a special on NXT Dallas and Wrestlemania 32 and the fallout of both.

Join Scott & Tom for plenty of ridiculous impressions, their thoughts on both events and plenty more random wrestling chat including stories about the time Scott met Velvet Sky and he and Tom met Matt Hardy.

 

 

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Top 10 Musical Performances at Wrestlemania

Wrestlemania is the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Final of Professional Wrestling and just like those events it not only displays the amazing performances of it’s own stars but often of other areas of sports and entertainment. This run down will focus on the musical acts that have performed on the “Grandest stage of ’em all” and my personal favourites. Some wrestling fans dont think there is a place for music are a wrestling show, I however, love it. I think it adds another dimension to the show of all shows and really gives it that big time feel. Plus, I’m a big music fan in general so every year I am one of those keen to find out about musical acts performing at the event, like this year when we broke the news of Travis Barker performing at the show. Wrestling and music go hand in hand in my opinion and to be honest it has played a big part in the discovery of many bands whilst I was growing up. So, here we go with my list, some include hit singles from bands and some are just kickass wrestling theme songs that have been used over the years and performed live at the once a year special event.

          

10) Kid Rock Medley (25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania)"WrestleMania 25" - 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania - Inside

Houston, Texas was the home of the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania and yours truly was in attendance. Another man in the building that night was the cocky man himself Kid Rock who performed a medley of songs “Bawitdaba”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus”, “Cowboy”, “All Summer Long” and “So Hott” The latter of the bunch was the intro to the Divas Battle Royal which as good as it may have been on paper, kind of took away from some of the special attractions to that match like some of the returning legendary Divas who perhaps didn’t get the welcome back attention that they deserved. Never the less, it was a good medley that provided a mini concert feel which to me wasn’t such a bad thing as it meant I pretty much got to see a Kid Rock concert for free. Kid Rock was also involved with the company years earlier when he performed The Undertaker’s then theme song “American Badass” live on an episode of Raw.

9) Ice T – “Pimpin Aint Easy” (Wrestlemania 2000)ice t

The early part of the century was a strange time in not only wrestling but pop culture. The then WWF thrived on the opportunity of its ‘Attitude era’ with a more cutting edge product that was definitely more adult friendly than it had been before. One of the most outlandish characters was The Godfather who was a pimp. Yes, a pimp. His entrance on regular shows was a sight to be seen as he would lead his “Ho Train” to the ring before a match. Wrestlemania 2000 saw The Godfather team up with D’Lo Brown and their entrance featured a newly remixed version of The Godfather’s theme song with Ice T performing the track live. Ice T was fully immersed in the role of leading the Ho Train and performed a great rendition of “Pimpin’ Aint Easy” which was from the WWF’s recent compilation rap album titled WWF Aggression. This CD was one of the first I ever bought myself and whilst this track wasn’t my favourite from it, it was a perfect fit for The Godfather’s character and provided a good Wrestlemania moment. I don’t know how Ice T kept his composure with all those… uh,fans.

8) Sean “Diddy” Combs Medley (Wrestlemania 29)diddy

WWE stepped it up for Wrestlemania 29 when they returned to what is considered home for the company to the New York metropolitan area. Although they are a global phenomenon now, their roots trace back to this area of the United States and New York in particular has been home to some of the biggest events and moments in the company’s history including the very first Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden. Therefore it was fitting to have a song like “Coming Home” by Diddy – Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey as the homecoming events theme song. Diddy performed a number of his hits including “It’s All About the Benjamins” and “Victory” as well as one of my favourite Diddy tracks “Mo Money, Mo Problems”, which I found out was being played as I was outside Met Life stadium on a sunny day listening to sound checks which hyped me up realising this show was going to have such a big time feel.

7) Living Colour – “Cult of Personality” (Wrestlemania 29)living colour

CM Punk went into Wrestlemania 29 after years of proving how good he was when he stepped up to the main event picture. This year he was going into the big event to face The Undertaker to try and break his legendary Wrestlemania streak. Punk had used this theme song unofficially on the independent circuit in his younger days and when he had arguably one of the biggest wrestling storylines and moments of all time in 2011 he started using “Cult of Personality” in the WWE. Living Colour performed the song for CM Punk in front of packed out Met Life stadium in New Jersey. I was in attendance that night and it was such a spectacle. The crowd were pumped up with Living Colour playing live and when CM Punk appeared the noise level got even louder. CM Punk may not have got his Wrestlemania moment in the sense that most people would have hoped he had gotten in the true main event for the companies World Heavyweight championship, but this incredible moment during a brilliantly executed feud with The Undertaker truly made CM Punk shine, as a live performance like this should do.

6) P.O.D – “Booyaka 619” (Wrestlemania 22)pod

When we interviewed Marcos Curiel of P.O.D we asked him about the link between the band and Rey Mysterio. Marcos was on a hiatus from the band when they performed at Wrestlemania but explained the bond between them from growing up together in the 619 area code of San Diego, California. Rey Mysterio was heading into the event after another comrade of his Eddie Guerrero had passed away months prior to the event. The wrestling world was in mourning as Rey promised to fight in Eddie’s name to get to the top of the company and he did just that, winning the World Heavyweight Championship that night. The entrance was as spectacular as Rey’s always were, from his early days on Smackdown getting thrown into their air from underneath the stage to his frequent Wrestlemania special costumes including this events Eagle head piece over his mask whilst his friends in P.O.D played him to the ring.

5) Drowning Pool – “The Game” and ”Tear Away” (Wrestlemania X8)drowning pool

2002 was a big year for Drowning Pool, they had recently exploded on the Metal scene and seemed to be getting bigger and bigger until in August their singer Dave Williams was found dead on their tour bus. Just months before this sad event the band were on top form at Wrestlemania X8. They performed ‘double duty’ that night by performing an alternate version of the song “The Game” that had been featured on the brilliant WWF Forceable Entry album which had several rock and metal bands performing new WWF Superstars entrance themes. Many of the songs on the album became the Superstars official theme song but Drowning Pool’sThe Game” wasn’t one of those tracks and has only been used by Triple H at this one event. They also performed the events official theme song “Tear Away” in front of a great video package hyping up the Main event between Triple H and heavy metal’s own Chris Jericho. This period in wrestling and rock music seemed to really fuse well together, especially when it came to these brilliantly well put together video packages.

4) Saliva – “Turn the Tables” and “Superstar” (Wrestlemania X8)saliva

Saliva also pulled ‘double duty’ at Wrestlemania X8 with opening the event with a great performance of their track “Superstar” that pumped up the Toronto crowd for one of the biggest Wrestlemania’s to date. The performance had a brilliant put together video package playing on the big screens that hyped up the nights coming events. Later that night Josey and the boys made their second appearance when they played the Dudley Boyz and Stacy Keibler to the ring with their then new theme song also off of the amazing WWF Forceable Entry album. One of my favourite things about this performance was seeing the 3 of them get involved with the band as Stacy danced with Josey as the Dudleyz head banged with the rest of the band, including Bubba even smashing his hands on the drum cymbals. Saliva later worked with the company again providing the theme song for Batista.

3) Mark Crozer & The Rels – “Live in Fear” (Wrestlemania 29)mark crozer

This performance was definatley one of the best visually. Mark Crozer is most known for his time touring with the band The Jesus and the Mary Chain and with Jim Reid’s solo project. But at this event it was Mark in the spotlight with his own band playing in Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt Family in with an eerie performance of “Live in Fear”. Bray’s entrance is always something to grab your attention but the element of a live band whom were all in well suited freaky costumes and the tens of thousands of Bray’s followers holding lights up was something special that only the ‘Grandest stage of em all’ can provide.

2) Motorhead – “The Game” (Wrestlemania X-Seven)motorhead

Triple H has long shown his affection for England’s Metal legends Motorhead, using three Motorhead songs as his entrance theme over his illustrious career. Hunter is a well known Metal head and was the one who orchestrated getting one of his favourite bands involved with the wrestling world. Wrestlemania X-Seven is probably my favourite Wrestlemania ever and I love everything about it including Motorhead playing “The Game” to a sold out Astro Dome in Houston Texas as Triple H made his way to the ring to become another tombstone in The Undertakers streak. But, before it all went wrong for the cerebral assassin he had a memorablel entrance. Even though Lemmy didn’t remember all of the words, it couldn’t take away the fact that we were seeing something special here with one of the best wrestling themes ever being performed by such a legendary band for such a legendary wrestler in his prime. They performed it again at Wrestlemania 21 when a Lemmy inspired ‘handle bar’ moustache sporting Triple H came through the floor of the stage in the middle of the band playing, which was a pretty cool visual. The X-Seven performance is my pick though as it was the first time they played it live and to be honest Lemmy still didn’t know the words 4 years later anyway. But hey, it’s Lemmy.

1) Limp Bizkit – “Crack Addict” and “Rollin” (Wrestlemania XIX)limp bizkit

It had been a year since The Undertaker stopped using Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin” as his entrance theme but the opportunity for them to play it live for him came up in 2003 when they were also appearing at the event to perform their latest track “Crack Addict” which was used as the official theme song for Wrestlemania XIX. The song never made it to an official release and was dropped from the bands upcoming “Results May Vary” album, but this performance of the song was one of my favourite Wrestlemania performances. Guitarst Wes Borland had left the band in what began the first Bizkit Borland drought but they had recently hired Mike Smith as his replacement, not only did he perform with them but as did Brian ‘Head’ Welch of Korn. The performance was not only a great Wrestlemania moment but also a very big moment for Limp Bizkit fans as it was a very rare performance with Head and playing “Crack Addict”. A performance that was ripped and uploaded to many old school sharing applications and spread around as the only way to get a hold of the Limp Bizkit track that since had gone under the radar. Fred Durst and the boys went straight into playing “Rollin” as Fred and his ‘Bizketts‘ made his way to the ring to await and embrace The Undertaker when the ‘American Badass’ himself rode his motorcycle down the massive ramp towards wrestling immortality and on to defeat the legendary Ric Flair, adding another name for the tombstones to mark his winning streak.

You can find all of these performances on the WWE Network.