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Source: Indepedent

Triple H spoke with the Independent on a number of topics including the future of WWE’s UK Division. He talked about how it takes time to put together a division and hoped things would have come together a bit quicker.

“Pete [Dunne] and all of those UK guys are very talented,” Triple H said. “Putting together a product of a television show and live events in the UK and doing what we do takes time. I would love for this to have happened quicker and sooner, but we are where we are.”

Triple H continued that he expects something more consistent to come together for the division in the near future with many of the talent training in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center.

“We’re still in that process but we’re using those guys here and there and they are still doing their other bookings as well as working with us,” Triple H said. “As we move forward, I’m hoping something more definitive for them will be coming soon and we’ll certainly be letting everyone know. They are all very talent kids and a bunch of them are at the Performance Center now, training and constantly working with us as we try to improve them so that, when the opportunity comes, we are ready to go.”

Back in January of this year, WWE held a WWE UK Tournament in Blackpool, England that crowned Tyler Bate as the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Since then, Bate dropped the title to Pete Dunne and the division has been used sparingly, making appearances on NXT, and more recently, on Raw and 205 Live when WWE visited the UK, earlier this month.

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Source: The Ringer

Paul Heyman spoke with The Ringer on his career in pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Staying relevant in pro wrestling:

“Tell me somebody who was in the NWA who was relevant then and relevant now. Sting’s not. Lex Luger’s not. It’s Ric Flair and Paul Heyman. Tell me someone from that entire era who is relevant today. Vince McMahon. Jerry Lawler. And of all those people that I’ve named, how many of them are in a prominent position on television today? The only one is me. So, how? The manner in which you were treated behind the scenes did not promote longevity. You were going to be used up and spit out. And here I am as the advocate of the number-one attraction, the highest-paid commodity, the top champion on the flagship show in the company that owns 99 percent of the market share. Obviously whatever I was doing back then, that people perceived as career suicide, gave me the ability to survive long enough to have a longevity that no one else enjoys.”

Being the number one believer in ECW:

“I never looked at ECW as wrestling. I always considered it more of a theology. I don’t know whether I had or didn’t have a messianic complex during that time. But I bought into the movement as much as, if not more than, anybody else. If I sold anyone on the religion of extreme, I was its number-one customer.”

Working with others in WWE aside from Brock Lesnar:

“As long as Brock is in WWE. I don’t think it makes sense to work with someone else.”

Managing The Undertaker (before he was The Deadman) in 1990:

“[He was] shockingly mature for someone so new to the industry.”

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WWE has confirmed that Roman Reigns will appear on tonight’s Raw.

The former WWE Champion has been absent from television over recent weeks owing to an illness he picked up on the eve of last month’s Tables, Ladders & Chairs.

It was originally reported that he would be out of action until after Survivor Series, but his earlier-than-expected return could now see him play a role in Sunday’s show.

After Jason Jordan took the final spot on Kurt Angle’s five-man team – which, we’re told, was originally meant for The Big Dog – Roman is not currently scheduled to be involved in any official capacity.

However, with WWE promising another Shield “reunion” on Monday, it seems unlikely that the trio will be left off the event altogether – regardless of whether they find their way into a match in time.

Eric Bischoff was recently interviewed by Isaac Wenzel for “All Things Wrestling Radio.” You can listen to the full interview at Spreaker.com, they sent us these highlights:

Roman Reigns being a face / heel hybrid:

“You have to make a choice and you have to commit to a character. You’re either a babyface or a character that the fans relate to, support, love and aspire to be, or you’re not. And if you’re not, you’re heel, you’re despicable and they need to learn to love to hate you. And I think when you take that safe road in-between and let the fans decide…to me, it’s a cop-out. To me, that’s kind of like raising your hands and saying, ‘look, I’ve got ideas. I really don’t have a plan, so let’s just put him out there and let the fans choose.’ I think that’s just the most cowardly creative cop-out that I’ve ever heard.”

There being too much WWE programming:

“It’s kind of like football… there’s just too damn much of it. It’s all day Sunday, it’s Monday Night Football, it’s Thursday Night Football… [there] is just so much of it out there that none of it feels special anymore and I think that’s really acute when it comes to Sports Entertainment and Professional Wrestling… I used to produce three hours of Nitro, so I know what kind of monster that is. I would think that it’s harder to watch three hours of content than it is to produce it.”

Paige will return to WWE programming on next week’s Raw, according to PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson.

The former Divas Champion was cleared to return to action in September after a lengthy injury lay-off which dates back to the summer of last year.

It was originally reported that the 25-year-old would be assigned to SmackDown, but PWInsider now believes she will end up on Raw, where could be set for a starring role straight away.

Johnson says his WWE sources have indicated that she has been penciled in for a slot on the Raw Survivor Series team, who will meet the female cast of SmackDown on November 19.

It is reported that Paige could be a last-minute addition to the already-advertised Triple Threat qualifying bout between Mickie James, Bayley and Dana Brooke on Monday.

Whatever the case, fans of the British star will be relieved that she remains in her employer’s plans after a controversy-laden 12 months which appeared to put her future in doubt.

It has also been suggested this weekend that Paige has split from fiancé Alberto Del Rio after posting a Snapchat video in which she indicated she is now single.

Despite his tempestuous walkout before the October 9th edition of Monday Night Raw, Neville has yet to formally part ways with WWE.

Sports Illustrated have since reported that the Geordie star will simply be left on the payroll until his contract officially expires, unless the two sides can mend fences in the interim.

Neville’s frustration allegedly built following months of frustration with his under-appreciated 205-and-under role. Despite contesting some of the finest matches this year, the ‘King Of The Cruiserweights’ was often criminally ignored. His WrestleMania 33 kickoff opener was even left off of the official DVD – a move that partially triggered opponent Austin Aries’ own departure in July.

Company icon Stone Cold Steve Austin has spoken publicly on the situation, drawing natural comparisons between the situation and his own incensed 2002 exit.

He said, “Well, my situation when I walked out, I wasn’t on board with the direction creative wanted to go. I was working my ass off and I just was not happy with that decision.”

Noting Neville’s superlative skills, ‘The Rattlesnake’ continued, “I can respect the guy that has enough balls to walk away just because he had a gut feeling like I did. He is an outstanding talent…he was a guy that I really liked watching. Hopefully he gets past this and whether he goes back to WWE or goes somewhere else, I hope he continues to have a successful career and have fun. At the end of the day, pro-wrestling, to be able to get paid to do that, it’s a fun job but it is a business and you need to get paid accordingly.”

The Undertaker will make his first WWE appearance since WrestleMania 33 on January 22nd, 2018, joining Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, and a host of other legends in celebrating Raw’s 25th anniversary.

There’s no word on what ‘The Deadman’s’ role will be that night, but the appearance should shed light on what his future holds. ‘Taker was thought to have retired after losing to Roman Reigns at ‘Mania, but has been dogged by rumours of an in-ring return ever since, and this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that Raw’s anniversary show will give a clearer indication.

As per Dave Meltzer, if WWE shoot an angle with Undertaker on January 22nd, they could have him wrestle at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. Finding a suitable opponent could be problematic, though. Reigns would be the logical choice, but he has been pencilled in to face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar all year, and it’s unlikely that WWE will changes those plans.

Whatever happens, here’s hoping the show at least provides closure on the issue, as the only time WWE have officially acknowledged ‘Taker’s retirement came through a single line of commentary on this year’s post-‘Mania Raw.