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.
Month: August 2016
In an official statement from 2K Sports, several details about the upcoming WWE 2K17 game were revealed today. While most of what is said remains very vague about specific details, there’s still some things we can point to as worth talking about. You can read the full statement here, but we tried to pare it down to the important details of what has changed for this year’s edition of the wrestling game franchise:
SummerSlam is one of WWE’s longest-running Pay Per Views and one of the legendary “Big Four”, a massive show which WWE likes to tout as “the biggest PPV of the summer”. And when you have a Pay Per View that has been around for roughly three decades, you get all sorts of weird statistics and interesting facts that crop up from years and years of matches. As a result, we’ve picked through the entire history of SummerSlam to come up with some items about WWE’s big summer party that we thought you’d find interesting. Enjoy!
The Big Show made his wrestling debut as “The Giant” for WCW in 1995, and won the WCW World Title in his very first match. He’s been a part of WWE since a much-publicized jump in early 1999, and a fixture on WWE programming ever since. Recently, he’s been showered with chants of “Please Retire”, and while we wouldn’t put it quite that way (although at least the fans are saying “Please”), the fact of the matter is that Show has been a regular character on TV for over 20 years at this point, and his career is quite clearly winding down. While he has made cameo appearances on Raw and Smackdown in 2016, his presence has definitely been scaled back in the past few months, and it looks like the inevitable might be closing in.
A few days earlier, Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson wrote a fairly impassioned post on Facebook which implied that he had some massive beefs with his male co-stars in Fast 8, which just wrapped up shooting. Later, it was revealed that The Rock might have issues with the franchise’s star, Vin Diesel, which were not resolved when filming finished. Well, today The Rock walked back his harsh words, posting the following on Instagram, which comes with a video from the set:
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Vince McMahon has not been physically present at WWE TV for the past two weeks, and allegedly there are no plans for him to be around until the weekend of SummerSlam. No reasons have been given for why McMahon, who has been backstage for pretty much every WWE show for years (or at least for Raw and Pay Per Views), has not been around lately, and it’s somewhat odd that he would step back at a time when WWE is in a bit of an upheaval thanks to the Brand Extension. But don’t worry, he’s still in contact with the people running the show, as apparently he was in constant communication with the Creative team for both shows, and this is a quote, “micromanaging every single detail of Raw and Smackdown”.
Speaking at an event in New York recently, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon talked about WWE’s commitment to including LGBT characters and storylines into its programming in the future. In her statements, Stephanie certainly seems to say the right things, but is it real, or just a PR move?
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback, whose WWE contract just expired recently, made use of his newfound freedom to go on Periscope and answer a few questions from the fans. Ryback was brutally and surprisingly honest about more than a few sensitive topics, including his relationship with CM Punk, who he’s going to fight now that he’s a free agent, and, as always, the size of Batista’s manhood. Seriously, why do people want to know so badly? At any rate, you can see highlights from his Q&A right here:
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