Brett Lauderdale is best known as the promoter of Game Changer Wrestling. Lauderdale has largely modeled his company after Extreme Championship Wrestling, but with a more modern take. The promotion has become one of the largest independent groups in the United States.
Lauderdale also promotes a wrestling event that has very different rules than the average fan is used to. Bloodsport matches must end in a knockout or submission. There are no ropes or turnbuckles. The idea is to make a worked match look more legitimate.
Brett recently claimed on his podcast that WWE had a major interest in the Bloodsport brand. Lauderdale shared photos with Stephanie McMahon from WrestleMania weekend and was treated very well by the company. In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer talked about the potential for WWE to acquire or work with Bloodsport.
“Brett Lauderdale on his podcast said that the biggest wrestling company in the world has expressed interest in the Bloodsport brand. That’s interesting based on their being so public about being negative about the idea of promoting the term blood. In addition, WWE doesn’t exactly do shows like that, but I could see the idea of the library for Peacock as something offbeat they could use. He said there had been discussions. He also said that Stephanie McMahon invited him to WrestleMania on Sunday, put him in a suite and came by to say Hi and said a lot of nice things about GCW.”
If WWE is looking to diversify its offerings with something different, Bloodsport might be just what they’re looking for. There is no word on whether WWE wants to buy the brand or simply showcase it on their streaming platforms. Either way, Brett Lauderdale is having some kind of discussion with the company.
We will have to wait and see if anything comes from those discussions. WWE is always looking for new content to offer their broadcast and streaming partners. Bloodsport could give them an original new twist on the traditional pro wrestling formula.
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