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What Happened Before SmackDown Went Live?, John Cena Signs With New Management Group


Prior to Friday night’s episode of WWE SmackDown going live on FOX, Ricochet defeated Mace. For what it’s worth, Mace was being managed by LA Knight and was billed as “Mace the Face”.

According to a report from THR, John Cena has signed on with the WME talent representation company. For those unaware, Cena has been signed to ICM for the last 18 years.

Cena’s longtime agent Dan Baime left ICM on Thursday and will be starting his own management company (Intenta Management).

The official Twitter account of Madison Square Garden has announced the pre-sale code for the July 25th WWE RAW TV tapings at the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. The arena tweeted out the following on Friday,

“JUST ANNOUNCED: WWE Monday Night RAW returns to The Garden for the first time in nearly 3 years on Jul 25 with special guests @BeckyLynchWWE, @WWERollins, @BiancaBelairWWE, @CodyRhodes and more! Access presale tickets starting next Wed, May 11 at 10am with code SOCIAL”

Peacock sent out the following press release on Friday to promote this weekend’s WrestleMania: Backlash pay-per-view event:


Following the most stupendous two-night WrestleMania in history, WrestleMania Backlash streams live only on Peacock Sunday, May 8.

This year’s event features several highly-anticipated WrestleMania rematches including Charlotte Flair v. Ronda Rousey in an “I Quit” match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.

Additional matches include Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) v. The Bloodline (Roman Reigns and The Usos), WrestleMania rematches Cody Rhodes v. Seth “Freakin” Rollins, AJ Styles v. Edge, Bobby Lashley v. Omos, and more.

The kickoff show will begin streaming at 7PM ET, with the main event beginning at 8PM ET on Sunday, only on Peacock.

In addition to live events, Peacock Premium subscribers can stream thousands of hours of on-demand programming from WWE including original series, groundbreaking documentaries, and fan favorite shows from the WWE archives. Plus, Peacock Original WWE Evil from Executive Producer John Cena, which dives into the minds of some of the most diabolical antagonists in WWE history, is streaming now.

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