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Royal Rumble 2020 Schedule Changes; NXT TakeOver Replaced
There won’t be an NXT TakeOver on Royal Rumble weekend in 2020, according to F4WOnline (h/t WrestlingInc). Instead, WWE will present Worlds Collide from Houston on the Saturday. The event will likely include NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live competitors.
As well, not all of the shows will take place in one city. WWE has had it’s major pay-per-views host four consecutive shows in one place. This would include an NXT TakeOver, Big Four Pay-Per-View, Raw and SmackDown. Cities like Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Orlando have done it before. Now the plan is for the four shows to be spread across Texas. The show schedule will be:
- Friday, January 24 – SmackDown in Dallas
- Saturday, January 25 – Worlds Collide from the Toyota Center in Houston
- Sunday, January 26 – Royal Rumble from Minute Maid Park in Houston
- Monday, January 27 – RAW in San Antonio
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WWE Network Tier System Coming
Three tiers are expected to be introduced for the WWE Network in the coming months. According to WWE Co-President George Barrios in an interview with The Verge, the network will have free, regular, and premium tiers. Descriptions of the tiers from the interview are:
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- Free: This will offer the same free-to-watch videos you’d normally find on WWE.com. Barrios said WWE might also offer timed previews of paid WWE Network content.
- Regular: The standard WWE Network experience, combining free content with subscription benefits like live pay-per-views, on-demand streaming, and original programming.
- Premium: “We think there’s also an opportunity to super-serve our most passionate Network subscribers with a premium tier that’ll bring together more content for them, more features for them, and also integrating some of our other non-video services like our commerce — potentially integrating something like free shipping, bringing together our digital ticketing efforts in there. It becomes the one place to experience everything WWE.” Barrios didn’t disclose how much WWE might charge for the premium tier.
No timeline was given for the introduction of the tier system.
Potential WWE SmackDown Live Superstars Spoiled?
WWE looks to be doing a draft to have more defined rosters once SmackDown moves to Fox. Some promotional photos have surfaced (h/t SEScoops) showing Raw wrestlers promoting SmackDown on Fox. The superstars shown are Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio. Other photos show Mandy Rose and Randy Orton, who are already SmackDown exclusive superstars.
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