4 items from 2016
Red Bull unexpectedly pulled the plug on its Servus TV Austrian channel on Tuesday, saying it was no longer economically feasible to sustain the broadcaster.
Despite pumping annual sums in the “three-digit million” range for the past seven years, Servus TV said in a statement that in view of the current market situation and competition, a positive development could no longer be expected.
It added: “The changes in the global media market support our decision because digital offering are supplanting classic linear channels.”
Red Bull topper Dietrich Mateschitz also confirmed that apparent plans by some employees to establish a works council at the channel contributed to the decision to shutter the broadcaster.
“That this process was not exactly conducive when deciding on the current situation is evident, »
- Ed Meza
Prior to Monday night’s live Raw broadcast, the company taped matches for this week’s episodes of Superstars, Main Event, and Smackdown. There were only five matches in total, as the pre-WrestleMania shows are typically clip-heavy.
I attended the tapings last night, so here’s my notes of what went down…
Jack Swagger pinned Tyler Breeze with a Vader Bomb
Ryback pinned Fandango with a Shell Shock
Aj Styles defeated Heath Slater in a competitive match. Slater got the heat when he knocked Styles off the turnbuckle and “The Phenomenal One” fell off and hit his face on the ring steps. Styles came back, fought off interference from the Social Outcasts, and got the pin with the Phenomenal Forearm. Prior to the match, Heath Slater cut a promo where he promised the Outcasts would win the “2011 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. »
- Scott Fried
Cleveland, Oh played host to the final pay-per-view stop on the road to WrestleMania. The main event decided who would take on WWE Champion Triple H at the Show of Shows and the rest of the card saw WWE shuffle the pieces around on the booking chessboard. It’s the Fastlane Report…
1. Pre-Show – Two Out of Three Falls Match for United States Championship: Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
This was nothing we haven’t seen from these two men before and it was nothing short of baffling to see such an intriguing title match relegated to a nothing slot on the pre-show. Nonetheless, Kalisto and Del Rio worked very hard here. Kalisto won the first fall when Del Rio nailed him with a steel chair. This weakened the champion long enough that Del Rio could score his corner foot stomp to even the contest at a fall apiece. The »
- Tom Beasley
The latest trailer for Epic Games’ upcoming Moba Paragon has arrived to demonstrate the latest set of hero powers that are – well – pretty epic. Starting with a blitzing assault from two flighty heroes, the action quickly becomes intense when a powerful counter attack enters the field of battle.
Opening on Sparrow and Gideon, the trailer showcases a rapid assault on an enemy core. While Sparrow uses her abilities to rain arrows on the defending minions, Gideon uses mysterious portals to unleash devastating attacks that transport objects – and eventually himself – across the arena.
The assault moves swiftly, but grinds to a halt when the powerful Steel and Grux come to defend the core. Steel’s ‘Force Shield’ suddenly restricts the speed and power of the attackers’ abilities, while Grux inflicts massive damage with ‘Smash & Grab’ and ‘Shell Shock’ attacks.
While Steel and Grux appear to have the upper hand as the action draws to a close, »
- Gareth Cartwright
4 items from 2016
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