It’s the first week of the new Kevin Owens show, and one would imagine that all sorts of people were looking for revenge against the man who basically had the Universal Title handed to him by Triple H last week! We’ve got all the results of this week’s Raw right here!
The great thing about The Rock is that you can always count on him to keep you updated on what he’s up to on a daily basis, whether it’s his exercise routine, his eating habits, his adorable puppies, or whichever of the six dozen movie projects he’s currently working on. This time, he’s provided his fans with a first look at the concept art for his starring role in the “reimagining” of the family film Jumanji, where he apparently plays a character named Dr. Bravestone. Really stretched your creativity on that one, people. Anyway, have a look, and just like The Rock, wonder where the heck his upper body disappeared to.
Just announced this morning by Triple H on social media, the next highly anticipated NXT live special will take place in the Great White North, as it will air live on the WWE Network the day before Survivor Series in November from Toronto, (dramatic pause) Ontario, Canada. The announcement advertises matches involving NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, and NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival, among others.
Much like the NFL holds its own scouting combine to test the various skills of potential draft picks, the WWE Performance Center held its own physical training showcase this week in Orlando. It was an opportunity for both newer trainees and NXT veterans to show off their physical skills in a series of grueling challenges. There’s even a video of some of the highlights of the event, which you can see right here, just in case you ever asked yourself “how hard can it be to become a pro wrestler, anyway?”
Every year, Pro Wrestling Illustrated releases a list of the 500 best wrestlers in the world, ranked across a variety of factors. This year’s edition has studied the data, and come to the conclusion that WWE Superstar Roman Reigns has accomplished enough during the previous voting year (which covers July 2015 to June 2016) to secure the top spot on this prestigious and highly-debated list. “The Guy”, as he apparently wishes to be called, took the honor largely on the strength of 3 WWE World Heavyweight Title victories, his (technically) hour-long stint in the Royal Rumble, and his position in the main event of the largest WrestleMania in history.
Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Smackdown Live! General Manager Daniel Bryan joined ESPN for one of their weekly interview segments, and the topic was, of course, the promo The Miz cut on last week’s Talking Smack (the Smackdown post-game show which airs on the WWE Network) where, among other things, Miz took issue with Bryan saying he “wrestles like a coward” and calling Bryan more of a coward because he hasn’t gone back to wrestling in bingo halls after WWE forced him to stop.
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.
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.