Kevin Owens may be the most dastardly heel that WWE has seen for some time, and one of the most hated men in pro wrestling, but off-screen, he’s also a devoted husband and father, whose family just got to see him win the WWE Universal Title on Raw, by far the biggest accomplishment of his long career. Here’s his son, Owen (who, like KO himself, was named as a tribute to the late Owen Hart, and yes, in kayfabe, that means his name is Owen Owens), in the minutes after watching his dad win the title.
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!
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.
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:
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!
After reporting that Netflix was looking to create a new comedy series based around 80’s female wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling back in May, we can now reveal that the project will be moving ahead with Alsion Brie in a leading role. You might recognize Brie from such shows as Community, Mad Men, and her voice work on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, as well as several movie roles.
Yes, the rumors that started when Goldberg signed a deal to appear in WWE 2K17 may have borne fruit, as TMZ is reporting that he and WWE are apparently in negotiations that would see the 49-year-old former World Champion make his return to the squared circle in some capacity. Nothing has been confirmed, but we’d have to believe that the most likely outcome, if Goldberg plans to return as a wrestler, would be a Lesnar-Goldberg rematch, likely at WrestleMania 33.