While Intercontinental Champion The Miz didn’t wrestle on Smackdown Live! last night, he made waves in a completely different way after the show. During the new WWE Network post-show Talking Smack, The Miz got into a vicious argument with Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan after he was told he “wrestled like a coward”. Miz accused Bryan of breaking a promise he made to the fans to return from his injuries to compete for the Intercontinental Title, and told Bryan that if he didn’t like it, to quit and “go wrestle in bingo halls”. A visibly shaken Bryan then left the set, while Miz continued to shout insults at him.
The first Raw after an action-packed SummerSlam weekend (and, coincidentally, the first Raw after the end of the Summer Olympics) was very successful for WWE, despite losing the first Universal Champion only a day after he won the title. The show, which focused around a series of matches to determine contenders for the vacant title, as well as the debut of Bayley and the retirement of the Dudley Boyz, averaged 3.32 million viewers and a 1.25 rating in the 18-49 demographics, a significant jump from the last couple of weeks, which have averaged below 3 million viewers, and the highest viewership since June. The show did have its usual third hour nosedive, dropping over 250k viewers, but still did well enough to finish #1 among original cable programming for the evening.
In case you missed Smackdown this week, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan unveiled new title belts: the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, and the Smackdown Women’s Championship. New champions for both will be determined at the first Smackdown-exclusive Pay Per View, Backlash, but for now, take a look at the new belts, and let us know what you think!
With SummerSlam now in the rear-view mirror, Smackdown Live! has a lot of work ahead of it and not a lot of time, as the first Smackdown-exclusive Pay Per View, Backlash, will take place in just under three weeks! Could the show maintain its run of decent shows? We’ve got all the important results from this week’s show for your convenience!
While it’s only temporary at this point, Brock Lesnar has been suspended indefinitely from competing in MMA while an investigation continues into his two drug test failures in advance of UFC 200. This is an expected move, and matches the similar suspension levied against Jon Jones, who also failed two separate drug tests, which led to his fight at UFC 200 being cancelled. Jones has said that his own investigation has revealed details that could overturn the decision, but it remains to be seen if the same will be true for Lesnar.
Yes, it’s time for another list of WWE and NXT Superstars who will officially be a part of the roster for WWE 2K17. This week, the list includes some of NXT’s greatest tag teams, The Bad Guy himself, and a couple of people who are currently serving Wellness suspensions! But that’s not all, we’ve got some new screenshots to tide you over until the game actually releases in a couple of weeks, so take a look!
We probably won’t find out for months, as Brock Lesnar isn’t currently expected to return to WWE until the Royal Rumble at the earliest, but the current rumor is that the confrontation between Brock and Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon at the end of SummerSlam was done to set up a potential match between the two, possibly at the Rumble. Obviously, that seems insane, and we’d prefer it if Shane came up with a proxy to wrestle for him against Brock, but at the same time, he did just fight the Undertaker at WrestleMania, so WWE, at least, probably considers the match a fair fight.
Some cryptic Twitter messages from both Bubba Ray and D’Von before Raw led to speculation that they might be running some sort of angle on the show, however, it appears that is not the case, and The Dudley Boyz are no longer a part of WWE. There were reports a few weeks back that they had signed a contract extension with the company, and the seeds of a break-up angle began being planted, but the contract was apparently never officially completed, and the decision was made for both sides to part amicably. After delivering a heartwarming speech on Raw, the Dudleyz were interrupted by The Shining Stars, who they destroyed with their signature moves before falling to an ambush from the team of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, in order to put them over before leaving.
While the finish to the main event of SummerSlam between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar was definitely planned, the extent of Orton’s injuries and the early stoppage of the match almost certainly were not, and that reportedly led to a confrontation between Brock and respected veteran Chris Jericho immediately after the match. Jericho, who was unaware of the planned finish, was apparently upset with Lesnar for what he saw as Brock taking liberties with Orton, and a combination of miscommunication, adrenaline, and harsh words led to Jericho and Brock having a brief shoving match that was broken up by Triple H and Vince McMahon.
We’re not one day out from SummerSlam and there’s already a problem, as new WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor is injured and will have to relinquish the title. How will WWE address the newly-created vacancy for the Raw brand’s main title? We’ve got all the results from the first Raw after SummerSlam right here!