The Rock To Be Officially Named 'Peoples Champion', Full Gear Behind-The-Scenes, More | Fight Size

Here's your fight size update for Monday, November 22, 2021.

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- After calling himself the people's Champion for over two decades, The Rock will officially be named people's Champion during the upcoming People's Choice Awards.

"Dwayne is one of the most beloved actors of our time who has achieved unprecedented success throughout his career," said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Live Events, Specials & E! News, NBCUniversal Entertainment Television and Streaming. "During a period where there has been a lot of uncertainty, Johnson has displayed an uncanny ability to raise spirits and make people smile despite circumstances. His philanthropic efforts and international social media presence has made him a cultural leader and inspiration to many, making him the perfect recipient for The People's Champion Award of 2021."

- Speaking with Sportskeeda, Xavier Woods admitted that he's still sour about those that told him some of his crazy ideas for wrestling would never work.

"So, being in this realm of my career, I feel really excited because now I'm digging more into that notebook of things that people said would never happen. When I was in FCW back in the day, 'Hey, I think we should do this, this and this,' 'No, that is ridiculous. This is a wrestling show! Why would you try to be funny? People don't want to be entertained; they don't want to laugh.' What are you talking about, dude? And then we made New Day, and everybody shut up, well, not everybody but those people. I have a lot of beef in my chest from the past. Anyway, it drives me! I'm digging more into that notebook of ridiculous things and seeing how I can work them into the show and make them fun and exciting and make them feel new," revealed Xavier.

- WWE SmackDown returns to Mohegan Sun for first time in three years

- Velvet Sky and Bubba Ray Dudley had broken up with the pair saying on social media that it is amicable in the one and only statement they will make on the matter

- Before the in-ring action kicked off at Survivor Series at the Barclays Center on Sunday night, WWE hosted an upfront presentation for advertisers. (via Variety)

“We have massive reach and broad distribution available in over 900 million homes, 180 countries, 28 languages, and — in a non-pandemic era — over 500 live events [per year],” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s chief brand officer. “That gives us the opportunity to engage with your brand globally, nationally, or locally.”

“Nine out of the top 15 most followed female athletes in the world across all social platforms are WWE superstars,” she said. “We are the number one most followed sports brand on TikTok…We are the number one sports channel on YouTube and the sixth most viewed channel on YouTube all around the world.”

“We have a young, diverse fanbase,” she continued. “Over 75% of our fans are in that sweet spot, 18-49. 40% of our audience is women and we over index with both African-American and Hispanic audiences.”

- Here is this week’s WWE Network release schedule:

This Week’s Schedule
** = available on the Free Version of WWE Network

Monday, November 22
Ruthless Aggression - Season Two (4 more episodes)
Raw Talk** – 11:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday, November 24
Monday Night Raw (10/25/21)**
WWE’s The Bump: Undertaker** – 10 a.m. ET
WWE NXT (11/23/21)

Thursday, November 25
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions: Jeff Hardy
NXT UK
This Week in WWE

Friday, November 26
205 Live – 10 p.m. ET

Saturday, November 27
WWE Main Event (11/4/21)
Talking Smack**
ICW Fight Club 199
wXw We Love Wrestling 23
PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 126

Sunday, November 28
Friday Night SmackDown (10/29/21)**

Per Jon Alba, Barclays Center has confirmed 200 level (upper deck) tickets for tonight's WWER aw show have been upgraded to lower level seating.

- Ruby Soho has joined Twitch!

- Watch: Ric Flair on Kenny Omega

- Instinct Culture by Denise Salcedo interviewed NXT announcer Beth Phoenix about her debut EP "Stone Rose & Bone" and the new NXT 2.0. In the interview, Beth Phoenix talks about how Renee Paquette writing a cookbook inspired her .

Beth Phoenix On How Renee Paquette Writing A Cookbook Inspired Her

So last year I had the privilege of watching my friend Renee Paquette create and put out this lovely cookbook which was just such a beautiful process and I know she poured her heart and soul into it and it was really inspiring to me. So I kinda just started writing songs and sharing them with friends and family and getting their feedback on stuff and then like I said the WWE Group offered me an opportunity...they helped to contribute and guided me so much in this process.

Beth Phoenix Says She Got Cold Feet Before The Release, Explains How Her Husband Edge Helped Motivate Her To Not Give Up

Then I kinda got cold feet, about half way through especially after we got the photos done and we started picking a date for this to come out. I was like oh my gosh, 'I am afraid of the feedback', I just started feeling panics like everybody knows me as a wrestler and I was kinda like this tough wrestler,'what are they gonna think of this new side of me, am I gonna get laughed at, does this album really suck and everybody is just gonna try and be nice to me?' {laughs} It was a lot of stuff, I had a lot of fear kinda ruling my decisions. I almost bailed on the whole thing and my husband, was like 'don't let fear rule your decision, when you put something out into the world it's nobody's business what they think of it, you just put your heart into it, your soul into it, let it out there and let it be recieved how its received but that shouldn't lessen how proud you are of it and that's definitely how I felt with the product I put out. I got wonderful feedback... there's always gonna be the haters, you can't control them or focus on them. I am proud that I went for it because I like to live my life with the philosophy of "no what ifs."

- Sammy Kiss is back with his second part of his retrospective for the last ten years of WildKat Sports in New Orleans.

Ten Years Of WildKat Sports & Entertainment

Year Two: 2012
"A Champion is crowned"

As WildKat Sports entered it's second year, things were already in full swing. A partnership with the National Wrestling Alliance brought legitimacy to the new promotion and awareness to the fact that professional wrestling had returned to New Orleans. Even more awareness came with the appointing of Percy Pringle the III as WildKat General Manager. Many wrestling fans may be more familiar with as Percy Pringle when he worked in the WWE as Paul Bearer. A long time presence in southern wrestling, Pringle brought his experience and passion for the business to WildKat and was instrumental in getting the promotion started. His contributions to WildKat can not be overstated. With Percy Pringle at the helm, a second class of students starting and the inaugural WildKat Class now getting their feet wet, the future for WildKat seemed bright.

What the promotion now needed was a symbol for this new found excellence in professional wrestling. This symbol would manifest as the WildKat Sports Heavyweight Championship.

A single night Tournament was held featuring professional wrestling stars from across the south as well as the new blood cultivated from the WildKat Dojo. A unique 12 man tournament saw six opening round match ups. Three matches within each bracket saw winners advance to a Triple Threat Match, where that winner would advance to the finals. That Final saw former NWA Jr Heavyweight Champion "The Exclamation Point" Steve Anthony face the "Southern Stomper" Luke Hawx. With Luke Hawx's previously discussed history with wrestling in NOLA, many considered him a favorite to become the the inaugural honcho, but in the end the incredibly athletic, high-flying Steve Anthony would claim victory and become the first ever WildKat Sports Champion!

Now with an established emblem of excellence for the promotion, WildKat Sports and Entertainment was poised to take business to a whole new level.

- Rey & Dominik Mysterio are coming after Bobby Lashley: Raw Exclusive, Nov. 22, 2021

- When the market closed today, WWE stock was trading at $51.20 per share.

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