While doing promotional work for the upcoming SummerSlam Pay Per View, Smackdown GM and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan shared some candid thoughts on his retirement, and the entire process that led up to the end of his in-ring career. It’s quite clear that Bryan misses being able to get in the ring and wrestle, but the interview also shows that if doctors and WWE hadn’t stepped in, it’s very likely that things could have gone much worse for Bryan, who talks about how dedicated he was to not changing his high intensity, hard-hitting style despite the advice of everyone around him. Here’s Bryan on what happened to him in the days after he retired on Raw, then headed off to film episodes of Total Bellas immediately afterwards.
Month: August 2016
It might have gotten lost in the chaos last night, but for the second straight year, retired former host of The Daily Show and noted huge wrestling fan Jon Stewart will be appearing at the SummerSlam PPV, this time as a guest of Mick Foley. Hopefully this year he won’t show up looking like a homeless man in poorly-fitting clothing, but more importantly, what are the chances that Stewart has as big of an effect on SummerSlam as he did last year, when he singlehandedly prevented John Cena from defeating Seth Rollins and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for a record-tying 16th time?
While everything obviously went off without a hitch (give or take a fan jumping the barricade), there was a serious chance that last night’s Raw could have been delayed or even cancelled. In the hours right before the show, a huge rainstorm led to lightning struck somewhere around the arena and caused a blackout, bringing setup and production to a near-standstill. Fortunately, the power was restored in time to finish setting up, and the show went on the air as normal, but given how WWE has reacted in similarly disastrous situations in the past (such as the post-Rumble Raw that aired during a blizzard, or when that Icelandic volcanic eruption stranded the Raw crew in Europe), we would have been interested to see what kind of show we might have gotten had the power stayed off, especially given that it was the final Raw before SummerSlam.
If you were watching Seth Rollins’ in-ring promo last night when he called out the Demon King, you might have briefly noticed someone appear in front of him before disappearing just as quickly, with Rollins staring off-screen for a while (Michael Cole attempted to cover by claiming Rollins was “in a trance”). Apparently, a fan got it in his head to rush the ring, and got within feet of Rollins before being dragged away by referees and ringside security. Some footage captured by another fan’s cellphone shows what happened to him immmediately after he was subdued, in case anyone needed a reminder of why you absolutely, positively, never jump the railing and attempt to attack WWE Superstars.
It’s the go-home Raw before SummerSlam, so this was the final chance for any new matches to be made, and for any SummerSlam opponents to try and get the upper hand headed into the big show! Here’s everything that went down on the last Raw before the PPV!
Since his retirement following WrestleMania XXVI, it seems like Shawn Michaels has spent most of his time running around the various wilds of Texas, hunting, fishing and generally staying as far away from the squared circle as he can. Well, his hiatus from the world of wrestling looks like it might be over for a while, as it has been reported that HBK has taken a job at the WWE Performance Center, where he’ll be acting as a trainer for the “finishing” class of NXT recruits, taking over a job vacated by Terry Taylor, who recently had neck surgery and is not expected to return to the same position when he recovers.
We’re probably not alone in thinking that SummerSlam is shaping up to be a pretty great wrestling show, with nine matches announced (and the possibility that more could be added in the final week before the show). However, in its continuing quest to make SummerSlam just as big of a deal as WrestleMania, WWE might have gone too far, announcing today that the already four-hour SummerSlam Pay Per View will be preceded by a two-hour long kickoff show, which will air on the WWE Network. In addition, it has also been revealed that WWE will likely be continuing their trend of allowing their PPV’s to run longer than the scheduled time, a pattern which actually began at WrestleMania, and could possibly add as much as an extra thirty minutes to the show.
It seemed like fans had been waiting forever for Finn Balor to escape the developmental system of NXT and debut on the main roster, but now that he’s there and fighting for the WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam, it looks like things have worked out for the best. And according to another Superstar who spent some time in NXT, WWE’s “minor league” promotion wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful or popular had Balor made the jump before now.
It’s likely the whole world knows who Brendan Dassey is at this point, after he was one of the subjects of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Making A Murderer. During the show, Dassey, who is intellectually challenged (a fact which played into how he was convicted as an accomplice), talked about how he was upset that he was going to be in jail and unable to watch WrestleMania 22. This caught the attention of wrestling fans and several wrestlers, most notably former WWE Superstar X-Pac, who expressed a desire to visit Dassey in prison.
We’re not exactly sure why Conor McGregor is focusing all his attention on WWE the week before UFC 202 instead of his opponent for that evening, Nick Diaz. Maybe in some weird way, this was part of the cross-promotional agreement UFC made with WWE to promote SummerSlam, which will take place the day after McGregor’s fight. Or maybe McGregor is just paving the way for a WWE appearance in the future, possibly after he gets destroyed for fighting outside his weight class again.