Friday, August 18, 2017

NYT Article On Jinder Mahal 'Turning Up The Heat,' WWE SummerSlam Still Not Sold Out, Dolph Ziggler Q&A

- Earlier today, Dolph Ziggler did a live Q&A on WWE's YouTube to answer fan questions about his Summer. Dolph also answered questions about fashion, his favorite foods, and music. The stream starts at the 1:30 mark of the video.




- The New York Times wrote an article on Jinder Mahal's rise to becoming the WWE Champion by looking at what his gimmick means to not only the WWE, but in pop culture and politics, as well. The article also looks back at Great Khali and how WWE is looking to break into India. Here's an excerpt:

"Mr. Dhesi [Jinder Mahal], the first WWE champion of Indian descent, is a heel (wrestling speak for a villain), so it is his job to turn crowds into booing, angry mobs. As part of his persona, he exhorts the crowd with statements of cultural confrontation: that Americans are too clueless to realize that greatness comes from immigrants (and therefore, himself). The heated rhetoric often sounds like it would be at home on a cable news panel rather than a wrestling ring."

- Sunday's WWE Summerslam is not yet sold out, according to TiqIQ. They sent work that as of Friday morning, both lower level and floor seating was still available through Ticketmaster from $400. There's over 1,000 tickets listed on the secondary market with cheapest seats listed for $99. Lower level seating is available from $269 with ringside from $450. The $99 starting price marks the cheapest secondary market "Get-In" of the past 3 Summerslams at Barclays Center.

Of the surrounding events, Tuesday's Smackdown Live is the hottest on the resale ticket, with tickets starting at $42. Saturday's NXT Takeover starts at $38 on the resale market, and Monday's WWE Raw is the cheapest of the lot, with tickets listed for as low as $19.


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