Servus TV launched in 2009 as part of the group’s Red Bull Media House division, which also comprises Red Bull’s print, film, online and games units.
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,
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.
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
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,
1. Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio
Unusually for a WWE programme, the show kicked off with some in-ring action. Del Rio had the entire League of Nations behind him, whilst Reigns was accompanied by Dean Ambrose and The Usos. Del Rio punished Reigns for the majority of the match in a decent, if entirely unremarkable, encounter. There’s no real chemistry between Reigns and Del Rio, with the two men simply blandly competent. The match never got a finish, with a wild brawl erupting at ringside. This didn
1. The Authority Congratulates Sheamus
The Authority opened the show in smug fashion, patting themselves on the back for their well-orchestrated crowning of Sheamus as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Survivor Series. Triple H slammed Roman Reigns for failing to take up the offer of a position within The Authority before introducing his new, hand-picked titleholder Sheamus. Sheamus cut a promo about how crowd chants could not ruin his moment, before Reigns arrived and demanded a rematch on Raw. Triple H refused and left the ring. Out of nowhere, Rusev appeared and kicked Reigns in the face,
1. Alberto Del Rio vs. Neville
Zeb Colter and Alberto Del Rio cut a promo about the new nation of MexAmerica. They promised that there was no room in their new country for hate and that they would eradicate the haters. Their dynamic continues to be bizarre, but interesting in equal measure. This was a very nice match, with plenty of back and forth momentum, showcasing Neville’s talents as well as Del Rio’s. An errant move to the top rope from Neville opened the door for Del Rio to hit his devastating double stomp in
Roman Reigns kicked off the show by laying into Seth Rollins for “brown-nosing” the Authority. He said that there wasn’t “a force on Earth” that could prevent him from becoming the champion. Rollins appeared on the ramp and reminded Reigns of how he scuppered his WrestleMania moment by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, ensuring that Reigns would always be second best. Reigns urged Rollins to come down to the ring and see which of them was truly the best, which brought out the Authority. Stephanie McMahon teased a possible title match during Raw, but immediately took
The show kicked off with Seth Rollins backstage, who was confronted by Corporate Kane, back from the suspension that kept him off Raw. He warned Rollins not to feign injury tonight because the Demon might be waiting for him and informed the champion that he would be kicking off the show. Kane then met the New Day in the corridor and they were in an uncharacteristically glum mood, following Xavier Woods’ beating at the hands of the Dudley Boyz on Raw. After a dreadfully unfunny trombone gag, Kane booked the tandem of Big E and Kofi Kingston
The show opened with Kane on the phone to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, who were running late at the airport. They handed control of the show over to a very chirpy Kane, urging him to put aside his issues with Seth Rollins until Hell in a Cell and be a professional. Kane immediately summoned a stage manager and told her to inform Rollins that he would have a match tonight – a lumberjack match against Kane himself. This was an intriguing way to open the show, even though it seemed rather unlikely that
New Day came out to start the show with a recap of their decimation of John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and the Dudley Boyz on Raw. They gloated about their actions before running down the Philadelphia Eagles and claiming that the Dudleys had “politicked” their way into another title match at Hell in a Cell. Dolph Ziggler turned up and told “the Three Stooges of the WWE” that he would face Big E tonight. New Day teased the numbers game advantage, but Ziggler introduced the Dudleys to even the odds at ringside.
1. Big E vs. Dolph Ziggler
As usual, it was Xavier Woods at ringside who was the star attraction here,
The show opened with a recap of the collision between Seth Rollins and the Demon Kane on Raw. Rollins then emerged, infuriated that everyone seemed to be falling for Corporate Kane’s cover-up of his other, more violent persona. Kane came out, limping on crutches and said Rollins had re-injured his ankle, but the champion wasn’t having it and informed Kane that he had a severe personality disorder. The Director of Operations retorted that it was, in fact, Rollins who needed help. Kane booked a match, in which Rollins and New Day would take on the Dudley Boyz and the Demon.
After last week’s shenanigans, we are starting to get a fairly good idea of what feuds and rivalries are going to take shape over the next few weeks, in the lead up to the next pay-per-view event: Hell in a Cell.
This week’s edition of Monday Night Raw continued to add fuel to that build-up. Admittedly, there were a few stellar booking choices present in this week’s episode, most notably involving the likes of Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt. That being said, here are a couple of booking decisions that hit a little wide of the mark…
Natalya Needs Her Own Revolution
The divas were out in full force this Monday, with yet another 6-woman tag match.
The show opened with a recap of the current main event storyline, including Kane’s amusing split personality antics from Raw, which sadly culminated in the hackneyed spot where Kane emerges through the ring.
It was Kane who was in the ring to open SmackDown, in his new, chirpy Authority persona. The obvious post-production cheers were even more jarring than usual. He announced Kevin Owens and Rusev vs. Ryback and Dolph Ziggler for later in the show, along with Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper in which both men’s partners would be banned from ringside. At that point, an angry Seth Rollins emerged. Kane continued to play ignorant to the
In a pleasant surprise, it was not Seth Rollins or some permutation of the Authority who opened this week’s Raw, but the Wyatt Family, in a refreshing spotlight moment for one of WWE’s most consistent current undercard feuds. Wyatt spoke of how he had tried to warn Roman Reigns with his words, but evidently hadn’t spoken loud enough. He spoke of how he had torn the idol from Mount Olympus and brought him to his knees. Reigns then arrived, alone, and challenged Wyatt to a fight, without the two big men. The two men brawled, but Harper and Strowman soon got involved.
This was a big show for WWE, with Night of Champions marking the first pay-per-view in which WWE had to book Seth Rollins as a double champion, holding both the World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Title. Rollins was set to face two future Hall of Fame stars, in Sting and John Cena, in a back-to-back double main event – a bizarre booking decision to stack odds against a heel. A
Seth Rollins made his way to the ring to open the show, looking every bit as arrogant as always as the announcers told us that he would team with Mr Money in the Bank, Sheamus, to take on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in the main event of the show. He vowed to break John Cena’s spirit at Night of Champions and promised that he would show Sting why he is the past and Rollins is “the now”. Rollins also said he would make even more history by teaming with Sheamus, despite the Irishman’s threat to his championship.
The Wyatt Family made their eerie entrance to open SmackDown, with Bray Wyatt flanked by Luke Harper and new monster Braun Strowman. Wyatt spoke about how Roman Reigns is a smart man who actually doesn’t care about the fans. He added that Dean Ambrose is “cursed with loyalty” for Reigns. He issued a threat to anyone who dared to team with the two Shield men, showing the footage of their assault on Randy Orton from this week’s Raw. This was a great look at Wyatt, who continues to get even better on the microphone.
But hey, let's not dwell on the more controversial aspects of a fine show.
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