Another Takeover Match Announced, WWE in the Philippines, Drake

The next Takeover event for WWE’s NXT brand will be taking place on June 16th right before WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. During the recent NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University, a few of the top matches for NXT Takeover: Chicago were announced. During yesterday’s show, it was confirmed that The Velveteen Dream will be facing Ricochet in a match during the event. A Street Fight between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa was also confirmed for the show, as was an NXT Championship match between Aleister Black and Lars Sullivan. Although the match has yet to be confirmed, it looks like Shanya Baszler will defend her NXT Women’s Championship against NIkki Cross during the show as well.
WWE is in the process of expanding their business wherever possible. A prime example can be found within WWE’s recent 10-year partnership to produce shows over in the nation of Saudi Arabia. However, WWE is not finished branching out globally by a long shot. WWE has just officially announced a brand new deal to begin broadcasting their signature shows over in the Philippines. WWE and 5, a free-to-air Filipino broadcast network, will begin airing one-hour versions of Raw every Sunday night at 10pm before also airing a one-hour version of Smackdown on Mondays at 8:30pm. The new partnership between WWE and 5 will officially commence starting this weekend.

Get ready Philippines, #RAW is coming your way!
@TV5manila will air a one-hour version of WWE’s flagship show on Sundays at 10pm starting this weekend, with the one-hour #SDLive continuing on Mondays 8.30pm!
— WWE Southeast Asia (@WWESEAsia) May 11, 2018
Over the past few years, WWE fans have gotten the chance to get familiar with some of the biggest names from TNA/Impact Wrestling. WWE has signed top Impact stars such as AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, and EC3 to contracts in recent years, but it was also reported a while back that WWE had shown some interest in signing former Impact World Champion Eli Drake to an NXT deal. When asked for an update, the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer noted that WWE is indeed still interested in signing Drake as soon as possible. Eli Drake’s current deal with Impact reportedly expires later this year, and Drake told The Mirror last month that he is keeping his options open for the future.

There has been interest
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) May 9, 2018