In an update to a story we ran yesterday about Alberto Del Rio being removed from all future scheduled WWE live appearances, it appears that the rumors are true and Del Rio will be finishing up with the company as of the last day of September, thanks to an “out” clause in his contract. In fact, Del Rio reportedly gave the company 60 days notice of his intentions, which means that WWE was already aware that he was leaving when suspended him 30 days for his first violation of the Wellness Policy before SummerSlam (as well as his girlfriend Paige, which definitely makes it look like the suspension had more than a fair share of spite involved).
One of the last shots of Smackdown Live! was #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title AJ Styles, painfully sitting astride the top rope, after being knocked there by Dean Ambrose. Always a comical spot worthy of mention, but Styles went the extra step further after the show went off the air. According to live reports, Styles stayed in that very uncomfortable position for roughly ten-fifteen minutes, while other wrestlers made their entrances for the post-show dark match, which was scheduled to be Styles teaming with Seth Rollins against John Cena and Roman Reigns. And as each wrestler made their way into the ring, they decided to mess with the Phenomenal One’s predicament. Here’s some fan footage of exactly what happened.
We’re not quite going to go all the way and say that “KO=Ratings”, but the main event of Raw this week, which featured Kevin Owens defeating Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Big Cass (with a little help from a rogue Triple H) to win the Universal Title was notable for a couple of different reasons. First of all, for the first time in a long time, the third hour of Raw did not lose a significant number of viewers, and actually gained viewers when compared to the opening hour (which is usually the strongest). Second of all, the higher number of third hour viewers helped Raw to its highest numbers since mid-June, even better than the post-SummerSlam Raw last week. Overall, Raw averaged 3.41 million viewers and a 1.17 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While the demo rating was slightly down from last week, it was still good enough to give Raw the win among original cable programming for the evening.
Backlash is rapidly approaching, and Smackdown has a lot of matches to set up beforehand, including more rounds of the Smackdown Tag Title tournament! Will Heath Slater even make it through the first round in his goal to win the tournament and secure a Smackdown contract? Plus, all the fallout from The Miz’s shocking promo on Daniel Bryan from last week’s Talking Smack!
This likely comes as no surprise after his Wellness suspension and the rumors that he had an “out” clause in his contract, but it looks like Alberto Del Rio’s second run in WWE has come to a close. The Mexican Aristocrat has been removed from all scheduled appearances for WWE, even after his suspension ends at the beginning of September. This would seem to be a strong indicator that Del Rio will more than likely sit out the rest of his contract without appearing on WWE TV, his final appearance a loss to John Cena on the Smackdown before SummerSlam.
SummerSlam is in the books, which means we’re basically at the halfway point in the wrestling year. That’s right, it’s all downhill to WrestleMania from here. Figuratively, and hopefully not literally, anyway. And even though WWE is in some form of semi-controlled chaos due to the brand extension and being forced to crown two Universal Champions within the first two weeks of the title’s existence, there are still some thing we’ve seen that have led us to make a reasonable assumptions about where things could go if WWE was currently being booked with WrestleMania in mind. And we can’t prove that it’s not, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (this time), and assemble a list of matches that we think could possibly happen at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.
Finally, the entire roster for WWE 2K17 is known, with 2K revealing the last Superstars to be included today, pushing the total number over the century mark. With these final additions, the roster for WWE 2K17 is looking fairly substantial, including a huge presence from the NXT brand. Take a look at the last Superstars to be named, and get hyped for WWE 2K17, which is scheduled to be released in October!
As much as we’re not particularly thrilled with having Sheamus and Cesaro stuck in an endless Best of Seven series against each other while other people are doing things like having awesome matches for the vacant WWE Universal title, at least they’re making the effort to have different finishes to their matches thus far. At the end of the second match, which happened on Raw, Sheamus tossed Cesaro back-first into the ring post (can we still call them steel ring posts if they’re now mostly LED screens?), then earned a quick victory with a Cloverleaf submission hold. Today, WWE reported the following on their website:
Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is, Brock Lesnar is going to work another match this month, after we thought he’d be gone until January at least, and it’s going to be a rematch against Randy Orton. The bad news is, it’s taking place at a non-televised live event in Chicago the night before Clash of Champions, and it won’t be a WWE Network special, so only the people in attendance will get to see it. Lesnar is also not scheduled to appear on the Raw-exclusive Clash the next night, all of which begs the question: what’s the point of the rematch, then?
After being put in a tough spot due to Finn Balor’s unfortunate injury, this week, Raw crowned a new Universal Champion, with Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and Big Cass fighting in a four-man Elimination Match to determine the new Champion. But that’s not all that went down on Raw, and we’ve got all the results right here!