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Vince McMahon’s assertion that the XFL’s relaunch would have no impact on his day-to-day WWE role was one of the biggest talking points to emerge from January 25th’s press conference, but the Chairman is already going back on his word.

According to this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Vince is currently undergoing the process of transferring certain WWE powers to others, with Triple H the main benefactor.

‘The Game’ has already taken over 205 Live’s operations, with McMahon stepping aside. On top of this, Vince is currently assembling a team to assist Triple H in running NXT, which is why Impact Wrestling’s Jeremy Borash was recently brought into the company. Dave Meltzer notes that Vince has also spoken to other individuals with a view to taking a bigger role, but doesn’t mention any specifics.

This doesn’t mean that McMahon is stepping away entirely, but he is looking to ensure key positions are covered when the XFL’s rebirth finally comes to fruition.

The only surprise here is the timescale, as while Triple H was pinpointed as Vince’s preferred heir a long time ago, the Chairman had shown no signs of ceding power. McMahon will still hold authority going forward, but it sounds like big changes are on the way.

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Those who’ve tuned into WWE 205 Live over the past few weeks will have noticed a clear shift away from the ‘Raw Lite’ format that had defined the show since its inception, and towards a style more in line with 2016’s Cruiserweight Classic, with in-ring action given a stronger focus.

According to PWInsider, these changes are down to a significant backstage power shift. Vince McMahon has reportedly stepped away from producing the show, handing over the reins to Triple H, who has installed Drake Maverick as General Manager, and started a 16-man tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion at WrestleMania 34.

As per PWI, WWE had spent the past few months discussing 205’s failure, with Enzo Amore brought in to transition towards a more character-driven show. This failed, and WWE have now shifted to the Cruiserweight Classic’s blueprint, with the show eschewing overlong talking segments and Raw/SmackDown-style dramatics.

205’s new form is reportedly what WWE had originally planned for the show before McMahon became personally involved. He stepped aside in mid-January, and Triple H will now attempt to salvage the brand by presenting strong, athletic characters in exciting matches.

Stephanie McMahon recently spoke with The Times of India at this link. Below are highlights:

WWE working with Make-A-Wish:

“WWE is the most unique form of content in the world, we are a global media company and I think as long as long as we are fulfilling our mission of putting smiles on people’s faces world over, I think that is our greatest gift. To be able to help a child who is sick, make them forget that they are sick, even for a couple of hours watching the show and give that gift to their parents, to see that joy on their child’s face and even not so serious, just someone who is having a really hard day and can escape into the story telling and fun of WWE.”

WWE staying relevant with storytelling and staying on top with audience interaction:

“The real reason why WWE remains so relevant and continues to grow over the past 50 years, is we are all about storytelling – no different than a famous Opera, play, book or a Sitcom. It is protagonist vs antagonist with conflict resolution; the only difference is our conflict are settled inside a 20×20 foot ring with some of the great live action you can see in sports and entertainment. And when you have that connection with the audience, when audience is part of the show influencing the storytelling and you have larger than life, still relatable characters, the audience has the opportunity to engage and live their fantasy through these characters which is no different than any other form of media and that really is the secret to or our success.”

Triple H being responsible for the women’s revolution after WWE fans called for more athleticism, better character development and better storylines:

“In terms of WWE, Paul Leveque (Triple H) started recruiting elite athletes from all over the world, both male and female and he started training them the same way as men, he the same opportunity to tell stories in the ring, the same as men and what resulted was a huge ground swell of our audience chanting for our women and chanting women’s wrestling and ‘This is Wrestling’ and it really gave rise to the voice of our audience and they knew they could impact the content of our show.”

Source: Times of India

We’re less than 65 days until WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans and just one match has been confirmed by WWE for the biggest show of the year – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles.

We do have a handful of rumored matches and matches that have been planned for some time. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports this week that RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is set to defend her title against Nia Jax, which leaves Asuka to cash in her Royal Rumble title shot against SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

Below is the current rumored card for WrestleMania 34, which takes place on April 8th from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It should be noted that this is the rumored card based on what has been reported. No word yet on who RAW Tag Team Champions The Bar or SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos may defend against but there could be multi-team matches. There’s also no word yet on who WWE United States Champion Bobby Roode might defend against.

WWE Universal Title Match

Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

WWE Title Match

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles

RAW Women’s Title Match

Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss

SmackDown Women’s Title Match

Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair

WWE Intercontinental Title Match

Braun Strowman vs. The Miz

Ronda Rousey and a partner (The Rock & WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle have been rumored) vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

John Cena vs. The Undertaker

Finals of the WWE Cruiserweight Title Tournament

The 5th Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

The Ronda Rousey-to-WWE rumors are heating up once again.

Rousey and her agent were spotted having dinner with Triple H at Republique in Los Angeles on Tuesday, while “SmackDown Live” was happening in Alabama, according to TMZ Sports. A source told TMZ it’s unusual for Triple H to miss a television event.

“I really enjoy fine dining,” Rousey said when asked about the reason for the meeting.

Triple H dismissed a report that Rousey was finalizing details to join WWE while appearing on CBS Sports’ “In This Corner with Brian Campbell” podcast in December, though he did confirm there’s interest on both sides.

As noted, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon took questions at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour event in California on Tuesday.

The Wrap asked Triple H if there’s some sort of exception in WWE’s strict policy that might allow SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan to return to the ring. Triple H said:

“There can be no exception medically,” Triple H said. “If the belief is that he’s not healthy enough and there’s a risk [for him] to perform, then I don’t know why you’d allow him to step into the ring unless it can be proven otherwise. There will be no exceptions. We have some of the best medical people in the world that work for us. Our wellness policy, our concussion programming, our protocols — I’ll put them up there against any on the planet.

“That is a new science in a way, too. So we’re gonna look at it from all aspects, but the medical experts will make the determination as to whether he can ever step into that ring or not. Look, personally for him, I know it would be something he would love to do, and part of me feels like I hope he has that opportunity. But at the same point in time, he’s married and has a child. Certainly, [we put] the human being first.”

Bryan has not wrestled since April of 2015. He announced his retirement in February of 2016, but has since said that he plans to wrestle again this year unless doctors advice him otherwise. His WWE contract expires in September.

On December 10, 2017, WWE star Rich Swann was taken into custody in Gainesville, Florida on charges of battery and kidnapping/false imprisonment.

Both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon answered questions about Rich Swann’s status in WWE during a recent appearance on the Television Critics Association’s winter panel, and the power couple left Swann in no doubt about his future if found guilty.

Should the Cruiserweight be imprisoned for the domestic incident involving his wife (independent wrestler Su Yung) then he will be automatically released from his WWE contract.

“We are just waiting on the legal”, Triple H said to the panel. “We have a zero tolerance policy on that, as you’ve well seen, so he’s suspended until it is determined legally one way or the other.”

Stephanie chimed in by adding, “if he’s convicted, he will be released”, to which Triple H definitively stated the release would come “immediately”.

It’s hard to see a road back for Swann even if he’s cleared of any wrongdoing. Domestic abuse is not only a serious issue, but this has also been terrible PR for WWE over the Christmas/New Year period.