NXT Women’s champion Asuka suffered an unfortunate injury at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III over the SummerSlam weekend, breaking her collarbone during a match with Ember Moon (which she won anyway). She’s expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks while it heels, but the most recent NXT television tapings revealed a big change in plans for the Japanese star.
While the WWE has quite famously dialed back their wrestling style, basically eliminating things like chairshots to the head, blood of any kind, and even a handful of moves that target the head (like the piledriver, for example). With concussions a heavy talking point in all sports these days, it was probably a smart move by the WWE — both to protect their athletes, but also to limit their own legal liability.
Following in the footsteps of Shinsuke Nakamura, the glorious Bobby Roode dropped the NXT championship at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III on Saturday night and then quickly reappeared on the main WWE roster by debuting on SmackDown Live on Tuesday night.
Back in June, NXT grad Baron Corbin upset the likes of A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, and Shinsuke Nakamura to win the Money in the Bank ladder match, guaranteeing himself a shot at the WWE championship at a time of his choosing.
The wrestling world held their breath yesterday when Ric Flair’s manager took to social media and asked for prayers for the 16-time world champion, saying that a “routine” hospital visit had turned into a scary stay in the ICU. It was later reported that Flair had been placed in a medically induced coma and would undergo surgery, although the nature of the surgery wasn’t revealed.
According to Jimmy Van of Fightful.com, Ric Flair has been placed in a medically induced coma as of Monday morning. We will continue to update this post as information becomes available. The original post remains below.
The first rumors that Brock Lesnar was considering a return to the UFC came from… well, some guy on Twitter. So we’re not entirely sure how reliable that information is.
When Ronda Rousey was emphatically beaten into oblivion by Amanda Nunes last December, most people assumed that was the end of her MMA career. Back-to-back loses to Holly Holm and Nunes put all of Rousey’s weaknesses on display. It was evident her noted armbar submission finisher was useless against women who were actually elite strikers.
Former WWE champion CM Punk surprised everyone in late 2014 when he showed up on a UFC pay-per-view and announced he had signed a contract to fight in the world’s largest MMA promotion. It would be almost two-full years before fight fans actually saw him in the octagon, where it was quickly revealed that it’s never a great idea to start your MMA training in your mid-30s and expect to have a chance. Young Mickey Gall beat up CM Punk quite thoroughly from the opening bell, right up until he slapped on a rear-naked choke three minutes into the fight and ended it.
Every wrestler has a dream match. That one potential opponent they dream of facing off against in the main event of WrestleMania. And even though Seth Rollins has already enjoyed WrestleMania moments with the likes of Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Triple H, he’s still holding out hope for one matchup in particular.