Daily Drop (5/17): WWE Twitch Stream Invaded By Cryptic Messages, AEW Makes Big Double or Nothing Decision

It’s time for the Daily Drop on May 17, 2024. It’s a Friday, and that means we have made it to another episode of WWE SmackDown tonight, where the 2024 King & Queen of the Ring tournaments will continue.

In case you need a refresher, here are the current-scheduled semifinal matches for the 2024 King & Queen of the King tournaments.

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King of the Ring Semifinals Scheduled:

GUNTHER vs Jey Uso

Winner of Tama Tonga vs LA Knight against winner of Carmelo Hayes vs Randy Orton

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Queen of the Ring Semifinals Scheduled:

IYO Sky vs Lyra Valkyria

Winner of Bianca Belair vs Tiffany Stratton against winner of Jade Cargill vs Nia Jax

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WWE:

WWE SmackDown Card for 5/17

  • Cody Rhodes and Logan Paul to make Champion vs. Champion Match official
  • Randy Orton vs. Carmelo Hayes – King of the Ring Tournament
  • LA Knight vs. Tama Tonga – King of the Ring Tournament
  • Tiffany Stratton vs. Bianca Belair – Queen of the Ring Tournament
  • Jade Cargill vs. Nia Jax – Queen of the Ring Tournament

Bloodline Kicks: Roman Reigns is preparing to get his own pair of custom Air Jordans. A Bloodline version of the famous Nike sneakers will be available in 2025, and we got our first-look at them yesterday. This comes just days after it was revealed that the Young Bucks are getting their own pair of Reebok pump sneakers.

Twitch Takeover: During a stream on WWE’s Twitch channel, glitches appeared as Lilian Garcia introduced Kane to the ring, causing static and manipulating Garcia’s voice to say “Wyatt.” As Kane made his way to the ring, the screen glitched again, showing a serene setting with an ominous chair. The stationary shot remained unchanged, with no one else visible, before flashing back to the WWE program. The takeover, lasting about thirty minutes, featured various interruptions. At the end, a woman appeared in the chair, holding a book and asking the camera “what does this represent?” while showing something drawn on the page. The camera then flashed to a news article about a missing reporter.

AEW:

Dynamite Viewership Down: AEW Dynamite drew 672,000 viewers and a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This result placed it in 6th position on cable for the night in the key demo, trailing only NHL and NBA playoff games and their coverage. These numbers are down from last week’s 711,000 viewers and 0.24 rating.

AEW Collision Spoilers: We have full spoilers for AEW Collision this week. You may click here if you’d like to check those out.

ESports Arena Takeover: AEW confirmed that the city will host five Collision tapings at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, starting with the show on July 20. Additionally, Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor 2024 is scheduled to take place at the Esports Stadium on Friday, July 26.

Triple Main Event: AEW announced that Double or Nothing on May 26 will be a triple main event match. The AEW World Title, TBS Title match, and Anarchy in the Arena match are being promoted as sharing the top match spot of the night. You may find the six matches that have been announced for the upcoming PPV below.

  • Willow Nightingale (c) vs. Mercedes Mone – Singles match for the AEW TBS Championship
  • Roderick Strong (c) vs. Will Ospreay – Singles match for the AEW International Championship
  • “Timeless” Toni Storm (c) (with Luther and Mariah May) vs. Serena Deeb – Singles match for the AEW Women’s World Championship
  • Swerve Strickland (c) (with Prince Nana) vs. Christian Cage (with Killswitch, Nick Wayne, and Mother Wayne) – Singles match for the AEW World Championship
  • The Elite (Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry, Matthew Jackson, and Nicholas Jackson) vs. Team AEW (Bryan Danielson, Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood, and Darby Allin) – Anarchy in the Arena match
  • Adam Copeland (c) vs. Malakai Black – Barbed Wire Steel Cage match for the AEW TNT Championship

Here are the upcoming major wrestling events

  • Saturday, May 25: King & Queen of the Ring (PLE)
  • Sunday, May 26: AEW Double or Nothing (PPV)
  • Sunday, June 9: NXT Battleground (PLE)
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