Randy Orton destroys the Bray Wyatt house
The Undertaker ReturnSmack Down Live
This final video of episode 343 of Chair Shot Reality is all about The Undertaker at SmackDown Live for the 900th episode. Justin LaBar and Josh Isenberg debate on what his appearance could mean. Heres a sample of the conversation:
Justin LaBar: Survivor Series a joint show so theres going to be promotion of it the night before on the stacked RAW in Buffalo. Undertaker has to do something. He cant just walk out then turn around and leave. Edge has Cutting Edge with Shane so he has a purpose to further something and promote Survivor Series. If Undertaker is out there, question everyone has is what does he do at WrestleMania because thats what his schedule has been reduced to. How do you not make a much and it has to be him versus John Cena? Cenas a SmackDown guy and we havent seen him in a while. So you know Josh, this needs to be a repeat of Triple H and Undertaker years ago with one guy comes out and the other interrupts the entrance. Then a stare down.
Josh Isenberg: Let me give you another alternative. For months weve heard about what WWE wants to do with Royal Rumble. Its in Texas and we know his connection there. Have Undertaker come out and say I want to go out on top at WrestleMania and Im entreating the 2017 Royal Rumble. Adds intrigue to the match. Can he actually win? Can he go and have the big match at WrestleMania in Orlando?
Everyone looked up to The Great Khali whether you wanted to or not.
Thats because the 7-foot-1, 347-pound skyscraper of a WWE Superstar couldn’t help but tower over all of the WWE Universe. Khali stood out from every crowd not only for his overwhelming size, but also for being the first to blaze a trail to WWE from his native India. His formative years might have inclined The Punjabi Giant toward some good-humored fun like dancing up a storm or courting a lucky lady for the Kiss Cam, but Khali frequently called upon his Rajput heritage to become a proud warrior in the ring.
Khalis battle-ready mentality and intimidating presence combined to make him a unique threat to every member of the WWE roster. He had successfully stood tall against celebrated WWE Superstars including The Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, John Cena and Jinder Mahal. And he was the last man standing in a 20-Man Battle Royal on SmackDown in 2007 that allowed Khali to realize his dream of becoming World Heavyweight Champion.
Success in the WWE ring led to notoriety away from it for Khali, whose sizable achievements made him a national hero in India. He frequently has appears on screens of all sizes from Bollywood to Hollywood, which includes prominent acting roles in the feature films The Longest Yard (2005), Get Smart (2008), and MacGruber (2010), in addition to guest star appearances on the NBC series Outsourced and the Disney Channel series, Pair of Kings.
With a massive frame and a huge heart to match, The Great Khali was a gentle goliath beloved by the WWE Universe until he retired in November 2014 to return to India and train aspiring WWE Superstars.
WWE officials are currently looking at doing a champion vs. champion program with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns, according to F4Wonline.com. Plans can always change but the idea is to do the feud in December, perhaps for the December 18th Roadblock pay-per-view from Pittsburgh.
WWE NEWS: THE UNDERTAKER COULD BE RETURNING AT WWE SUMMERSLAM
Since Wrestlemania 32, there has been a lot of speculation within the WWE Universe about the future of The Undertakers career. After his Hell in a Cell match with Shane McMahon in Dallas, Undertaker has been a ghost on WWE programming. That isnt surprising to the WWE fans, because hes not necessary to the product in their eyes until Wrestlemania season.
However, the speculation surrounding his status with WWE has been running wild because Undertaker was reportedly telling people that his match at Wrestlemania 32 would be the final one of his career. Its not the first time that news has been rumored, but a lot of fuel was added to that fire when it was rumored that Undertaker and Vince McMahon were angry with one another.
Apparently, the two sides arent seeing eye to eye on the development of The Undertaker character on WWE programming, and there is said to be a lot of debate between the two men about Wrestlemania 33 next year in Orlando. Currently, Undertakers record is at Wrestlemania is 23-1. If he has a match next year in Orlando, it would be the twenty-fifth match of The Deadmans career at the event. That seems like an incredible opportunity to waste considering it may never happen again in WWE history.
As the WWE Universe continues to speculate about the future of The Undertaker in WWE, the product has undergone a dramatic shift and a brand extension. Even if The Undertaker returns to WWE programming, hell have to be aligned with Raw or SmackDown. As of this writing, Undertaker remains brandless and is considered a free agent by the WWE Universe.
The latest update about his status with the company as WWE Summerslam approaches this weekend was that if he were to return to WWE, it would set up a feud and match with John Cena for Wrestlemania 33. Although there are several creative possibilities left for The Undertaker on the overall WWE roster, Cena vs. Undertaker is a major money match that would be a tragedy for the WWE Universe never to see on the grandest stage of them all.
All the rumors were expecting WWE to finally pull the trigger on that epic match taking place at Wrestlemania 32 in front of over one hundred thousand people. Unfortunately, Cenas shoulder injury forced him to miss the first Wrestlemania event of his career, which also canceled the potentially last chance to see that matchup if Undertaker has truly hung up his boots for good.
Despite all the logic against it, much stranger things have happened in the wrestling industry, and its not out of the question for The Undertaker to make an appearance sooner rather than later to set up the feud with Cena. The speculation is at an all-time high, and nothing is confirmed as of this writing. However, some news has come to light claiming that The Undertaker may be appearing on WWE programming as early as this Sunday at WWE Summerslam.
According to a rumor from Undertaker could make an appearance at WWE Summerslam and maybe even get involved in the match between John Cena and AJ Styles. The match is expected to steal the show and become one of the most important matches in WWE history. However, that would be guaranteed if it also becomes the catalyst for Cena vs. The Undertaker that would most likely serve as the latters finale in his historic twenty-fifth Wrestlemania appearance and match.
Regardless of how the return of The Deadman would impact Cena vs. Styles, the build to Wrestlemania 33 would begin, and the WWE fans would know almost a year ahead of time what WWE was planning for the event. There are a lot of factors going into Vince McMahon and WWE being able to pull off this match, especially if it is going to be penciled onto the card as early as this Sunday night. Undertakers status is complex enough, but Cena brings some complications of his own to the situation.
John Cena continues to pledge his loyalty to WWE, but his commitments outside of WWE are going to force him to take some time off very soon. Due to American Grit getting a second season with FOX, Cena is expected to be away from WWE television for a few months this fall. The latest word out of the rumor mill is WWE officials are already planning any changes to WWE TV while Cena is on his hiatus, so Undertaker may have factored into those plans to effectively take Cena off WWE programming.
On paper, the only thing that stopped WWE from booking Cena vs. Undertaker last year was the formers injury. In order for the match to become a reality for Wrestlemania 33, WWE is going to have to play the feud very close to the chest, especially if the build will begin roughly eight months early. WWE Summerslam is going to be a historic night, but The Undertakers return to WWE to set up Cena vs. The Deadman for Wrestlemania 33 would make it a benchmark for wrestling and WWE history.
FIVE POTENTIAL OPPONENTS FOR BROCK LESNAR AT WRESTLEMANIA 33
Two out of Brock Lesnars last three WrestleMania matches have been extremely noteworthy, with his match against Dean Ambrose at this past years WrestleMania being the only underwhelming match of the three, and with Lesnar set to go one on one with Randy Orton this coming Sunday night, the question is, whos next for The Beast at WrestleMania 33?
There have been a few slight teases and rumors about who Lesnar will end up facing in Orlando next year, and if you look at the Raw brand which is the brand Lesnar is currently on there arent a whole lot of options. So its possible that WWE will reach out to someone who is not currently with the company and offer them a match with Lesnar. Its also possible that someone in NXT will be brought up to challenge Lesnar.
As of right now, there seem to be only five guys who could end up being The Beasts opponent at WrestleMania 33, and all of the following names, with the possible exception of one, would create a lot of excitement if they were to step in the ring with Brock Lesnar next spring.
- Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has recently been moved down the card, as hes set to face Rusev for the United States Championship at this Sundays SummerSlam, but he probably wont be in that spot for long, because WWE is clearly planning on giving him another main event push in the near future.
Reigns and Lesnar have faced off once before, back at WrestleMania 31, but WWE was forced to change the finish of the match due to the negativity surrounding Reigns push at the time. But, its pretty well known that WWE does want to set up a rematch between the two at some point, where Reigns will actually pick up the win over Lesnar. Will it be at WrestleMania 33? Theres a good chance that it will be.
- Finn Balor
- WWE has done a fabulous job with Finn Balor ever since the draft, and if they truly want to make him into the companys next top star, then they should not only have him win the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, but they should also have him face, and defeat, Brock Lesnar in Orlando next year.
There has been a rumor going around that Lesnar will end up challenging for the Universal Championship at some point next year, so if Balor walks out of SummerSlam as the Universal Champ, then that could be a major hint that WWE is setting up The Demon vs. The Beast at WrestleMania 33.
- Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe is currently the NXT Champion, but he may end up losing that Title at this Saturdays NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show, as hes set to defend it against Shinsuke Nakamura. If Joe does lose the Title, then that could be a sign that hes headed for the main roster.
Several WWE fans have said that Joe is the perfect opponent for Brock Lesnar, so its clearly a match that the fans want to see. But, will WWE give it to them? Well, that all depends on if Joe ends up on the same brand as Lesnar, and as of right now, the SmackDown brand could use Joe more than the Raw brand. But, you never know, maybe WWE will have Joe sign with the red brand once hes done with NXT.
- The Rock
WWE has been wanting to do Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock ever since Lesnar returned to the company in the spring of 2012. In fact, they even had the match planned prior to WrestleMania 30, but The Rock ended up getting hurt during his match with John Cena, so the Brock vs. Rock match was nixed.
As previously mentioned, WrestleMania 33 is taking place in Florida, which is The Rocks home state, so you can bet that The Great One will do everything he can to get on the shows card. Over the past couple of years, outside projects and insurance issues have prevented The Rock from wrestling, but if he can work through those issues prior to next spring, we could see him in the ring with Brock Lesnar.
In the video posted above, Brock Lesnar calls out Goldberg and tells him that hes next. Of course, its a promotional video for the WWE 2K16 video game, which both men are a major part of. But, there is a rumor going around that WWE is planning a Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg face to face confrontation at this Sundays SummerSlam. Could that lead to a match at WrestleMania 33? Lets hope so!
Lesnar and Goldberg have wrestled once previously, and that match ended up being one of the worst matches in WWE history, mostly because neither guy wanted to be there. But if they were to wrestle again, both men would have a different mindset, and theyd be able to have the kind of match that they shouldve had the first time around.
Brock Lesnar returns to Raw, gets hit with an RKO from out of nowhere,
Brock Lesnar made an appearance on Monday Night Raw for the first time since the buildup to his match with Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32, and his advocate Paul Heyman gave him a new nickname in the wake of his controversial win at UFC 200: “The Beast of the Brocktagon.”
Lesnar and Heyman closed the show, and Lesnar didn’t say a single word in his promo, but Heyman promised that Randy Orton didn’t have a chance in their upcoming headline match at SummerSlam August 21st.
In a brilliant twist, Orton – who is on SmackDown’s roster – jumped in the ring and hit Lesnar with an actual RKO out of nowhere.
WWE COULD FORM BALOR CLUB ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW
After months of speculation, the WWE Draft is finally over. It was an event that will split the WWE Universes opinion based on the roster drafted by Monday Night Raw and the roster drafted by SmackDown. Based on the results of the WWE Draft that can be seen on WWE.com, the results of the WWE Draft wasnt the only thing that was split last night.
Early in the WWE Draft, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan selected AJ Styles for SmackDown. That was rumored for months, so it wasnt a big surprise. However, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley responded by selecting Finn Balor as the first NXT draft pick. For a few rounds, there were some questions about where Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows would be drafted.
What made The Club so interesting was the potential main roster debut of Balor created speculation about the future of the stable. When Anderson and Gallows debuted on Monday Night Raw a few months ago, WWE acknowledged AJ Styles history with them from New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of The Bullet Club. It was unique to see the trio on WWE programming.
Now, Finn Balor has been drafted to Monday Night Raw along with Anderson and Gallows while Styles is on SmackDown. If WWE acknowledged the history Styles had with the latter pair there is no reason to think WWE wouldnt do the same with Finn Balor. The difference is that there was always speculation about Finn Balors debut on WWE television because of that history.
WWE splitting AJ Styles from Anderson and Gallows will help establish Styles on his own against John Cena. That will allow Cena vs. Styles to become a fair match-up, which will most likely culminate at Summerslam next month. In the long run, this will be a good thing for AJ Styles, but there is a lot of speculation about what WWE creative has planned for Finn Balor.
WWE bringing Finn Balor to Raw was the easy decision. Now, that Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows have spilt from AJ Styles and are on the same brand as their original leader. The signs are clearly showing that WWE creative will be forming The Balor Club sooner rather than later. It may not be called The Balor Club, but there will be some kind of trio between the three men.
However, WWE may also want to allow Finn Balor to establish himself on Raw as a top face to make a potential heel turn more meaningful. For Anderson and Gallows, WWE may also want them to establish themselves as a top tag team on Raw without a leader to back up. If WWE takes the time to develop all three superstars as great talents, their group could dominate Raw.
The deciding factor may be Finn Balors popularity coming from NXT. Based on previous WWE superstars that have debuted from NXT, hes going to be very well known. After next months Summerslam and the debut of His Demon, hes going to be a top guy in the eyes of WWE fans who didnt know him from NXT. Then again, WWE could use that to their advantage to turn Balor against the WWE Universe, who wanted him to be the next face of Monday Night Raw.
On paper, WWE wouldnt have split up The Club if there wasnt a plan to reestablish Anderson and Gallows on Raw and AJ Styles on SmackDown. The only question is if Finn Balor will catapult from his NXT run onto Raw or if he will be showing the WWE Universe a new side to him now that he has finally reached the echelon of WWE programming.
WWE NEWS: BROCK LESNAR VERSUS RANDY ORTON WWE SUMMERSLAM MATCH IN MAJOR JEOPARDY
We all know by now that Brock Lesnar was highly successful in his return to the octagon at UFC 200. He beat the eighth-ranked heavyweight in the world, Mark Hunt, in impressive fashion. Interestingly, due to Jon Jones failing a drug test, Brock was thrust into the main event at one point. UFC then made the call last minute to have the women main event the show instead, which was a huge situation. We saw a new Womens Bantamweight Champion crowned out of it.
Lesnar obviously was impressive, but some felt it was a bit too much so. Due to Lesnar bypassing the four-month testing mark, he had to be tested by the USADA eight times before his fight with Hunt. He passed seven of the tests, but one happened to be taken on June 28, and the USADA was finally able to let UFC know about it by Thursday evening. Lesnar had failed it and potentially doped before the fight. One would imagine that if Brock Lesnar took eight tests and passed seven, the other would have been a false positive. However, it is unsure what he took or if was even bad enough to result in a suspension or penalty of any kind.
Thinking about it fully, if Lesnar was doping prior to the event, he would have done it from the beginning and the entire time leading to the event itself. If he was taking all along, he would have failed more tests. He took eight in the span of a month, so clearly he had to be clean for the others, and one failed means something was up. A man claiming to be his training partner claims that Lesnar took an inhaled corticosteroid due to training that he was going through that caused an issue with asthma for the Beast Incarnate.
Clearly, these wont help you and arent considered PEDs. However, because they do enter the lungs and thus the blood system, he very well could test positive for a steroid due to them. If its in the blood, the tests do not take that into consideration, as they cannot tell. In theory, passing seven and then failing one makes no sense.
For his part, Mark Hunt is trying to destroy Lesnars name and is demanding Lesnars entire purse from UFC 200 or his release from the UFC because hes not patient.
WWE may also not be patient, as they may have an issue on their hands with their possible WWE SummerSlam main event between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton due to all of this. According to the Wrestling Observer, the investigation into Brock Lesnar and what he took may be of concern because of the fact that the New York State Athletic Commission may hand down a suspension if Brock is found to have been fully guilty of doping before UFC 200 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and USADA. There is an investigation into things, of course, so what is found will result in what occurs.
For those unaware, the NYSAC also regulates pro-wrestling in the state of New York on top of other combat sports. Due to this, WWE may have an issue with Summerslam, as it does take place in Brooklyn this year. Many athletic commissions recognize suspensions from other states. Due to the NSAC helping with UFC material, they handle the suspension material for the mixed martial arts leader while the USADA now handles all drug testing. Ultimately, the UFC does work in New York and Las Vegas a lot, so they usually have to go with whatever is handed out even though some take what is done as a suggestion.
Meanwhile, some would say that WWE is sports entertainment, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon made this clear years ago. However, New York does not have to recognize this since they run pro-wrestling as well as MMA in their state. Other states may also follow along if they also regulate wrestling, such Pennsylvania and Kentucky. In WWEs case especially, they run live events in New York through New York Event Services, Inc. They also happen to be on the NYSAC website.
WON noted that sources close to NYAC representatives claim the reps would stop Brock Lesnar from working MMA events in the state but not pro-wrestling because wrestlers in New York do not have individual licenses. The promoters are obviously required to have one in the state, however. Weirdly enough, the NYSAC does not have a different drug testing policy for wrestlers, which means they treat them as they do the fighters at times. The source told WON that they really cant penalize the wrestlers, though.
In an interesting example, the NYSAC does not allow pro-wrestlers to fight in the crowd at independent events. Of course, WWE is able to do it, as they seem to be a special case. More often than not, promoters are fined or penalized for allowing such an action. Due to the promoter having the license and not the wrestler, in this case, Vince McMahon (promoter) would get fined if the NYSAC wanted to hand one down for such a situation.
All of this being said, the NYSAC may not be able to suspend Brock Lesnar, according to sources close to WON, because he is not under the individual license situation. WWE and Vince McMahon would, however, be penalized for allowing Lesnar to work WWE SummerSlam. It is unknown what kind of penalty or even fine would be handed out, but the company would have no issue with it regardless.
WWE Raw results: The Shield triple-threat set for Battleground as Sasha Banks and Bray Wyatt return
WWE World Heavyweight champion Dean Ambrose will defend his newly-acquired title against former Shield partners Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Battleground. The ‘Lunatic Fringe’ agreed to put his championship on the line after dismissing both former titleholders’ claims on the belt he wrested away on Sunday night (19 June), when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
Protesting he had never lost the championship in the first place after being benched with a serious knee injury in November, a riled Rollins seethed: “That title is coming back to me!”
And although it was pointed out to Rollins that he had eaten a pinfall when losing the title following the Money in the Bank cash-in, Raw co-manager Shane McMahon agreed the two most recent titleholders should be in the hunt as Dean’s next challenger.
However, their bruising Raw decider ended in a stalemate before the universally-cheered Ambrose suggested getting The Shield back together… but not as a force reunited.
McMahon in what may be a storyline set-up to crown another brand champion ahead of the much-vaunted Raw/Smackdown brand split next month went one step further, adapting Ambrose’s ‘take on all challengers’ approach to make the Battleground title defence a triple-threat match.
And although allies Ambrose and Reigns had showed few signs of friction during last night’s opening segment, Dean drew a line in the sand in the moment after Shane made his final decision.
Blasting ‘The Big Dog’ with the aptly-named Dirty Deeds, Ambrose also levelled Rollins with the same move after his slippery nemesis looked to get a few extra licks in on their fallen rival.
Elsewhere on Raw, Sasha Banks made her presence felt with WWE Women’s champ Charlotte, who snubbed out the challenge of Brit star Paige following interference from lackey Dana Brooke. Another bout that had been tipped for WrestleMania, Banks vs Charlotte is expected to play out across live events and WWE TV over the summer.
And another set of (hairy) faces not seen for some weeks showed themselves as Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman withstood The New Day’s gyrating and baiting to seemingly insert themselves into the chase for the tag titles.
“New Day falls,” Wyatt ominously promised Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston.
WWE Raw results from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona:
- A celebrating Dean Ambrose was confronted by Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
- Sami Zayn countered Kevin Owens’ pop-up power bomb attempt and rolled him up for the pin. Owens attacked Zayn after the match and the rivals continued to brawl until they reached the backstage area
- John Laurinaitis attempted to present his case to be General Manager of SmackDown, but was rebuffed by Shane McMahon
- Big Cass and Enzo Amore beat the Vaudevillains
- John Cena demanded another match with AJ Styles his on Raw for over six months after The Club ‘apologised’ for their Money in the Bank shenanigans. But Styles told Cena he could face anyone of them but him. Cena subsequently beat Karl Anderson by DQ after The Club piled into the match
- Baron Corbin finished Zack Ryder with the End of Days
- Charlotte retained her WWE Women’s Championship over Paige with a little assistance from Dana Brooke, who placed Charlotte’s foot over the rope when it looked as if her reign may be compromised by a cradle DDT. A distracted Paige was then toppled by the Natural Selection before Sasha Banks emerged and made her title aspirations clear
- Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family made their Raw return after a couple of months’ absence… only to be interrupted by tag champs The New Day.
- A furious and humiliated Titus O’Neil sent US champ Rusev fleeing into the crowd before their Money in the Bank rematch even began
- The number one contendership decider between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins went to double count out, prompting Dean Ambrose to offer to defend against both men at Battleground. Shane McMahon accepted the champ’s suggestion, tweaking it to to a triple threat involving all three former members of The Shield at the same time. Ambrose ensured his pal Reigns was clear their friendship would play no part in proceedings by laying him out with a Dirty Deeds DDT before dishing out the same to Rollins, with whom he has feuded since the faction’s break-up in June 2014
WWE Has Entered the Dean Ambrose Era
After the Roman Reigns experiment, theres finally a believable champ
On Saturday night, Dean Ambrose wrestled in a Los Angeles Street Fight in the middle of an untelevised house show card. On Sunday night, he won the WWE world heavyweight championship. Thats a long way to come in just 24 hours.
I was at Staples Center to watch that WWE house show. In many ways, it was wrestling the way it should be: stripped of the technicolor bombast, lights dimmed like a stage show, and jabbering on the microphone kept to a minimum. The matches were mostly rehashings of feuds I had seen on TV any number of times, but that only mattered for the backstory. The stories that night were told entirely in the ring, without the explanatory sidebars of the announce team or camera cuts to backstage high jinks. Rather than play to the cameras, the wrestlers played to the guy in the 50th row.
I havent seen a wrestling crowd that into a show in a long time. Sure, there are crazy crowds at big WWE shows in major cities. There are insane crowds at PWG and NXT and other smaller operations that build die-hard fan bases too. But this crowd was reverent. Forget the dictatorial chants of contemporary wrestling fandom. Saturdays crowd cheered at the right time. And it booed at the right times, too.
Roman Reigns entered the main event to the snarky boos of the Never Reignsmovement that has enveloped the entire WWE fan base, but he eventually won over the crowd by the end in a way that makes you understand what WWE thinks it has in him. Becky Lynch got a huge pop a bigger reaction than I was expecting for any of the women that night, especially given her second-tier usage over the past several months. And the match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn absolutely brought the house down. Maybe that shouldnt come as a surprise since those two have been fighting each other on untelevised cards for years, but it never ceases to amaze me how seamlessly theyve both transitioned to the major leagues.
The biggest cheer of the night, though, came during the intros to a Los Angeles Street Fight match midway through the card. Chris Jericho, ageless superstar and lover of the life on the road, got his share of boos, but it was his opponent, Dean Ambrose, who the crowd loved most of all. You might have thought that he was the biggest star in the company.
There have been signs that he was closer to Reigns in terms of popularity than WWE let on. Gate receipts from the two WWE touring shows one headlined by Reigns, the other by Ambrose were identical during the last tour,according to Dave Meltzer. Throw in how the B-show that Ambrose headlined worked smaller markets, and how the A-show numbers were down 30 percent over the same month last year with Reigns atop the card, and you have the signal of a change.
Even outside the numbers, it was clear that Ambrose was poised to make this leap. When The Shield debuted, he was the most polished of the three, and when they split up in June 2014, even though he was leapfrogged by Seth Rollins (who would become the heel standard-bearer) and Reigns (who was shoehorned into the Hulk Hogan Memorial Top-Dog-Playing-Underdog role) on the depth chart, Ambrose could get the crowd going like nobody since Daniel Bryan.
Theres no question that Ambrose is a capable world champion, but if this was the plan, why did WWE always seem content to let him wallow in the midcard? Why did he often feel like an afterthought in the ongoing Shield psychodrama? And, drama aside, why wasnt he already scheduled to be in the main event on Sunday night?
The build to Money in the Bank was about three things: (1.) the title match, pitting incumbent superhero yawn Reigns against former champ Rollins, who had just come off a lengthy stint on the DL; (2.) John Cena vs. AJ Styles in an establishment vs. outsider tussle; and (3.) the titular ladder match, in which the winner climbs a ladder and grabs a Halliburton briefcase that earns him a title shot, anytime, anywhere. Ambrose was one of six competitors in the ladder match. The MITB match was given a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the show, but the six guys in it might have all ranked below the ladders in the pre-match power rankings.
In the opening segment on last weeks Raw, Ambrose interviewed Reigns and Rollins. He suggested he would win the briefcase and cash it in that same night, and then he got into fisticuffs with them to cement the deal. I made it pretty friggin clear what was going on, Ambrose said on last nights Raw, but it was an awkward misdirection because thats what Money in the Bank is all about. The best thing about MITBs anywhere, anytime title shot is the element of uncertainty it brings to the proceedings. The worst part about MITB is that fans spend every moment until the cash-in hoping for the cash-in. Its started to become an untenable situation, with fans disappointed over something that was never going to happen not happening at the end of most PPVs.
On Sunday night, Ambrose won the MITB match. Then, after Rollins defeated Reigns for the title, Ambrose cashed in the briefcase, DDTed Rollins, and took the title for himself. WWE managed to solve two problems at once: it eliminated the MITB hangover of expectations, and it put Ambrose on top of the company, where he took his rightful place (for now anyway) over Reigns. WWE ended the Reigns experiment with minimal fanfare; now, if he regains the title, it will be absent a lot of the vestigial pressure that came with his two-year slog to the top. The company also avoided placing similarly outsize expectations on Rollins, who is great but whose legend grew to messianicproportions in his absence. Instead, Ambrose becomes the champion of realistic expectations.
I mean that as a compliment, too. Much of his shtick harkens back to the Attitude Era, but hes an older soul than that. As much as hes a child of the 90s, hes a callback to the 70s, when wrestlers were average-looking dudes who got in the ring and scared us with their grit and fearlessness. Hes the antidote to the WWE hype machine; he tells you what hes going to do, and then he does it, or he gets mauled trying.
On a night already filled with rip-roaring, unlikely victories (Cleveland over Golden State and Jon Snow over Ramsay Bolton), Ambroses surprise ascent from the midcard to the title was even more unlikely and maybe even more fulfilling. He may be from Ohio, but hes never had the pedigree of a LeBron James. (This isnt the NBA, Ambrose said on Monday as he prepped to defend his title five weeks from now. You dont have a championship match and then an offseason.) And hes certainly not the messiah that Jon Snow is made out to be though hes every bit the WWEs bastard.
He was the unwanted child in the Shield divorce, and by choosing the guy who was the last pick in the Shield draft, WWE finally got it right. Hes the stripped-down, house-show version of a world champion. Hes not The Guy not yet anyway hes just a guy who won the world title. Right now, thats good enough.
With the brand split looming, WWE has reportedly reached out to a number of former stars about coming back to fill out its roster(s) guys like Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, and Goldberg. There have been talks about calling a lot of the NXT talent up to the pros soon, too. But what WWE really needs especially at a time when some of its biggest stars are aging out (Triple H, the Undertaker), injured (Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt), or risking legitimate disgrace in a real cage fight (Brock Lesnar) is wrestlers who are perceived as championship material. WWE desperately needs believable headliners, and so it desperately needs Ambrose
Ambrose could lose the title to a teenager in a Jell-O match next Monday, and the WWE announce team would still hype him as one of the greatest champions whod ever laced up his boots when it suited them. Their current form of bombast entails dubbing every big match a WrestleMania-caliber match, which, I mean, OK The Red Rooster vs. Bobby the Brain Heenanwas a WrestleMania match. But theyre serious about it and with the run theyve been having recently, for once theyre not that far off. John Cena vs. AJ Styles at Money in the Bank this past Sunday? Yeah, that could be a big-timeMania match. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins in a WWE championship match? Sure. But when Raw ended on Monday night with the announcement that next months Battleground pay-per-view would be Ambrose vs. Rollins. vs. Reigns in a triple threat match, WrestleMania-caliber couldnt have been more true. The Shield showdown was penciled in for this past Mania until a Rollins injury put a snag in that plan, and there was once a pervading theory inside WWE that a match of that magnitude was to be saved for aWrestleMania and WrestleMania only.
But that was then, and this is now and the prevailing philosophy now seems to be go for broke and come up with something else next week. Thats a good thing. Practically, its silly to hold onto big matches when you never know if the wrestlers will be available or healthy enough to have the match. (See: The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar, failed headline match at WrestleManias 29, 30, 31, and 32.) And more importantly, it brings some of the excitement of the Monday Night Wars back to the product. If anything is on the table, theres a lot more reason to watch. (Once SmackDown goes live on Tuesday nights, and if, as is rumored, the company starts running two PPVs a month, well, WWE is going to need to come up with a lot of reasons to watch.)
Case in point: Dean Ambrose, WWE champion. Nobody predicted it. A few months ago, if you had told me that Ambrose would either be champ or unemployed come June, I would have had to think about it. But on Sunday, when Ambrose celebrated with the belt, it felt right. Ambrose has a habit of rising to the occasion. And when he held that belt aloft, the crowd did a funny thing the fans didnt boo spitefully like they do with Reigns, or ironically like they do with Cena. They didnt cheer out of turn like they sometimes do with Rollins, or accidentally cheer like they sometimes do with Styles. They just cheered. They cheered at exactly the right time, in exactly the right way.
Welcome to the Ambrose Era, when you dont know what to expect, but you know how to react when it happens.
ROMAN REIGNS SUSPENDED FOR 30 DAYSAFTERVIOLATING WWES WELLNESS POLICY
WWEs official Facebook page has just announced that former three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns has been suspended for 30 days after violating the companys wellness policy. Its unknown what substance he tested positive for as of this writing.
Its also unclear when Reigns failed test came back, but his WWE World Heavyweight Championship loss could be directly related to the failure.
On Monday, WWE announced that Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be the main event of next months WWE Battleground show, and now that match will likely be changed to Rollins vs. Ambrose.
Reigns 30-day suspension started today, so thatll mean that hell be back just after WWEs draft concludes. The draft will take place on the July 19 episode of SmackDown, and Reigns will probably be one of the top picks in the draft.
Obviously, WWE has been trying to position Reigns as the new face of the company, and at this point, its unclear how his wellness violation will impact his position going forward. There has been some speculation that Dean Ambrose, who just won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship two days ago, will now be in the Roman Reigns spot.
The triple-threat match that was originally scheduled for Battleground will probably be moved to SummerSlam in August.
This is Reigns first wellness violation, which is why hell only be suspended for 30 days. Below is WWEs official statement on the matter.
WWE has suspended Joe Anoa`i (Roman Reigns) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the companys talent wellness policy.
Reigns also issued a statement regarding the failure.
I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWEs wellness policy. No excuses. I own it.
Seth Rollins def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns; Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Winner: At first Seth Rollins, but then the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion ended up being Dean Ambrose!
Highlights: The crowd came alive once again as both Superstars squared off against each other. Reigns used his power to get the better of Rollins during their 1st lockup exchange. On the 2nd time around, Reigns embarrassed Rollins all over again. This enraged Rollins and forced him to get Reigns off his feet with his lockup offense. Reigns soon pushed him off and shoved him to the mat with a wicked shoulder tackle. This happened a 2nd time, but Rollins dropkicked Reigns once he came bouncing off the ropes. Rollins then kneed him in the back, smashed him with a splash through the middle rope and struck him with an elbow back inside the ring. Rollins bounced off the ropes to gain more momentum for another move, but Reigns cut him off with a Samoan Slam. Reigns then got back in control as he suplexed Rollins and flew at him with his jumping clothesline.
A visibly upset Reigns threw Rollins into the ring corner and began assaulting him with repeated clotheslines. Reigns then flung Rollins into the corner and slammed him to the mat with a spinning slam. Rollins fought to get back to his feet and when he did, he simply slapped Reigns and caused him to explode. Reigns responded with more strikes, Rollins threw in even more slaps and the fight got even more fierce. Reigns punched Rollins right over the top rope while Rollins laid atop it. Outside the ring, Reigns beat the holy hell out of him near the announce tables. Once the action got back inside the ring, Reigns got cut off by Rollins for a few moments. But Reigns quickly shook off his offense and got back in control. Reigns grabbed Rollins again off the top rope and almost defeated him with a Splash Mountain Powerbomb.
Rollins survived and countered Reigns Superman Punch. Rollins slammed Reigns face into the ring padding, dropkicked him to the outside and then used two middle rope dives to further weaken Reigns. Rollins used his Slingblade maneuver on Reigns once the match returned to the ring. Rollins almost got in a springboard strike of some sort, but Reigns moved out of the way. Rollins quickly regained his composure and almost hit a Pedigree on Reigns. Reigns countered him and dropped Rollins with a Superman Punch. Rollins somehow survived. Later on, Rollins managed to catch his breath and land a flying knee to Reigns that was followed up by a graceful Frog Splash. Reigns kicked out of Rollins next pin attempt, though.
The match looked to be coming to an end when Rollins Powerbombed Reigns into the ring corner and followed it up with a kneeling Superkick. The crowd was shocked when Reigns still hung on after escaping a 2-count. Rollins didnt let Reigns breathe as he landed more elbow shots onto him in the ring corner. Reigns ended up on the top rope and Rollins tried desperately to bring him back down. Reigns pushed him away again and again until Rollins finally landed a Superplex/Falcon Arrow combination. Rollins looked for a Pedigree, but Reigns broke the hold. Rollins used his kicks to keep Reigns off his feet, but Reigns rolled Rollins up and dropped him with a Sitdown Powerbomb. Both men locked eyes and shared their disgust for each other with intense stares. They struck each other repeatedly, but Rollins got up and Powerbombed Reigns into the corner once again. But Reigns regrouped pretty quickly and struck him down with a Superman Punch.
Rollins crawled to the outside, which led to Reigns getting a running head start for a Spear. Reigns then ran full speed at Rollins, but Rollins dodged it and caused him to crash right into the ringside barricade. Medical officials showed up to check on Reigns condition, but Rollins would have none of it. He brought him back into the ring and looked to finish him, but Reigns ended up shoving him right into the refs back. Reigns finally speared Rollins, but the refs late count resulted in a 2-count. Reigns went for another Spear, but Rollins jumped into the air and caught him with a Pedigree. Rollins dropped him with a final Pedigree soon after and reclaimed his championship.
Rollins celebrated his victory for a while, but then Ambroses music hit. Ambrose smashed the briefcase into Rollins face and ordered the ref to start the title match. Rollins fell right into Ambroses grasp for a Dirty Deeds finisher. Ambrose laid Rollins out, pinned him and left the show as the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
Salwar-kameez-clad Punjabi woman takes down pro wrestler with epic move
Woman wrestler BB Bull Bull’s challenge was accepted by an unlikely opponent.
New Delhi: Continental Wrestling Entertainment, promoted byThe Great Khali, witnessed a very interesting sight during one of its events,
Kavita, dressed in a yellow Salwar-kameez, walked on to the stage and turned the tables on her.
While Kavita is not a wrestler, she was working with Haryanapolice before and is also a MMA champion.
This is what happened when the two collided..
BROCK LESNAR AFRAID TO GET HIT? WHY HIS UFC RIVALS MAY BE RIGHT
Brock Lesnar does not look like the kind of athlete, who would be afraid of anything.
Since coming onto the professional wrestling scene from NCAA stardom in 2000, he has been one of the most imposing figures in the history of sports entertainment.
He is also a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, who will be competing against salty challenger Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
Neither of these facts add up to the idea that he is afraid to get hit, as some UFC rivals have said in recent days. At least they dont until you start looking at the fine print.
Before getting into that, heres what is being said about Brock Lesnar and who is saying it.
Up first is Chuck Liddell, one of the legends of the UFC whose wars with Randy Couture are among the most storied in the organization.
Liddell was known as a heavy puncher during his prime, and he thinks that is precisely what Brock Lesnar fears the most.
In comments to Hollywood Life, Liddell credited Brock with being a good college wrestler, but said flatly that he is afraid to get hit very afraid of the punch, and when you have a guy that can punch (like Hunt) and stop Brocks takedowns, it is a recipe for trouble.
Another MMA legend and former opponent of Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, echoed this sentiment in similar comments.
He doesnt like to be hit, Mir, the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, said on the Phone Booth Fighting podcast.
He continued.Not that anybody likes to be hit, but Brock for whatever reason has shown much more of a dramatic response to the negativity of those shots. To the point where hes not asleep, it isnt like he got knocked out, hes not getting dropped, but he just turns his face away from adversity. Thats a bad thing when fighting Mark Hunt, who again I think is one of the hardest punchers in the division.
For his part, Brock Lesnar seems confident going into the July 9 bout, claiming that if Mark Hunt ends up on the ground, the fights over, referencing his own superior wrestling abilities.
Still, Brock is not ignorant of Hunts dangerous striking game as evidenced in comments to Fox Sports.
Its a tough challenge ahead of me, Lesnar said. I believe Mark has a tough challenge ahead of him. Hes never faced an opponent such as myself and Im looking forward to this bout.
While it may be easy to look at this and note that Brock Lesnar isnt backing down from anyone thus proving hes not afraid to take a punch, all bets are off when one actually gets in the cage and starts throwing hands.
Liddell gave Lesnar credit for having the guts to get back into the UFC after brutal losses to Cain Velazquez and Alistair Overeem. But trying to prove something to yourself and actually being able to recover once clocked with a hard punch or kick are two different things.
Brock Lesnar certainly has the courage to compete, but in the heat of battle, it remains to be seen whether he will continue to be afraid of the punch, as Liddell puts it.
With several years out of the Octagon, Brock will find himself in an unlikely role for someone known as the Beast Incarnate in the professional wrestling world that role being the underdog.
But what do you think, readers?
Does Brock Lesnar stand a chance of success at UFC 200 or is he in over his head against a guy like Mark Hunt?