Re: Ultimate Wrestling Mayhem
Ultimate Wrestling Mayhem's first ever show, Tuesday Night Turbo on May 4th, received a 1.5 overall rating, which is surprisingly higher than a typical TNA Impact show. Many expected a much higher rating, and to somewhat compete with the WWE, but some are grateful to even be at TNA's rating level just off their first show. UWM is looking to maintain the rating despite dropping to one hour shows every week. ESPN promises to consult programming time if ratings are maintained or improve.
Previous rumors of Shelton Benjamin becoming first ever world champion are looking true. Shelton Benjamin was a main focus on the debut show, and plans are for him to begin the new era of UWM. Word backstage, however, is that Heyman was not impressed with his promo skills, and wants some improvement from Benjamin. It is expected that Benjamin is either going to face his World's Greatest Tag Team partner, Charlie Haas, or the "Phenomenal" AJ Styles for the championship. Believe it or not, sources say Styles is still in talks to be the first ever world champion.
Christopher Daniels and Gregory Helms are both said to be written off as first ever champions. It is most likely a feud is starting between them with a possible match at UWM's first ever pay-per-view, The Massacre. Although neither men will be crowned first ever world champion, it is expected that both men hover around the title picture/upper card. Daniels is highly regarded in the company as a hard worker, while Helms is highly touted for his above average promo ability and recognition.
Reports are that the head creative writer of UWM went back and forth multiple times on the decision to make Generation Next's Austin Aries and Roderick Strong the world tag team champions instead of The Hooliganz. The Hooliganz are a more well-known and recognized team, which should garner more viewers, but the head creative writer went against the decision in the end. Generation Next's controversial win (with Sydal's interference in the end) is to set up a future feud with The Hooliganz. A possible match is expected to happen at The Massacre between the two teams.
With only 19 contracted wrestlers in UWM, it is expected that once things get settled, UWM will be looking for more talent. Despite only one week in, names such as Kid Kash, Shannon Moore and JEFF HARDY have come up. These are, however, just RUMORS.
That's all for now. Preview up within the next few days, and show should be up around the weekend. I've seen some threads that I've been wanting to give feedback to, so that's most likely what's up in the next few days for me. Later dayz for now..