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Opening segment for tonight’s WWE Raw announced

Opening segment for tonight’s WWE Raw announced

WWE has announced that Raw General Manager Kurt Angle will be kicking off tonight’s episode of Raw. WWE holds tonight’s Raw in Pittsburgh, PA, which is Angle’s hometown. As noted, WWE has already announced a match and segment for the show. Braun Strowman will take on Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe in a Triple Threat […]

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Kurt Angle On Tonight’s RAW From Pittsburgh

– RAW General Manager Kurt Angle took to Twitter and announced the following blurb before tonight’s show from his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. As noted, Jason Jordan will appear on MizTV with WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz.

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X-Pac Claims Shane McMahon is Preparing For A Match Against A Top WWE Star

Former WWE star Sean Waltman, better known as X-Pac, recently appeared on WrestleZone Daily, where he said that SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon is preparing for a match against a top star.

“About two weeks ago when I saw Shane on TV I said, ‘He’s getting ready for a match. I could tell by looking at him. He’s back in the kind of similar shape he was in at WrestleMania.’”

He also commented on the rumored Shane vs. Kevin Owens match.

“If [Shane and Owens] have a match it’ll be a good match. They’ll make sure nothing is left to chance with it.”

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WWE releases footage of Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe 2 in Detroit

One of WWE’s big marketing plays for its final event at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan was a Universal title rematch pitting Champion Brock Lesnar against Samoa Joe. The champion retained, of course, because while the promotion may book a title change for the United States championship, they weren’t doing so here with Lesnar and the Universal strap.

Above is some footage from the match. It looks about like their prior showdown at Great Balls of Fire.

Enjoy!

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Steve Austin Thinks Kenny Omega Could Be The ‘Next Big Thing’ in WWE

During a recent edition of the Steve Austin show, the Texas Rattlesnake commented on New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kenny Omega, and whether or not the current IWGP United States Champion would be successful in WWE if he chooses to go there someday.

“Hands down, he is one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world, in my opinion. If he came to the WWE, if he had any interest in doing so, I think that guy could be the next big thing. I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I said he has the potential to be, if he was given the platform, just not be put in a box.

“He may never go to New York, but just when I look out there, and I ask, who could be the next big draw, he’s at the top of my list. May it happen or will it happen? Maybe it will and maybe it won’t, but that’s what I think his potential is. I see so much in this kid and that’s why I’m so high on him.”

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Video: Brock Lesnar Vs. Samoa Joe Universal Title Match at WWE Live Event

On Sunday, Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe had a WWE Universal Championship rematch at a live event in Detroit, Michigan, and earlier today, WWE uploaded the match to their YouTube page. You can see it in the video above.

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Early Betting Odds For Brock Lesnar Vs. Jon Jones

Bovada has just released two different betting lines for the rumored Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones fight. The odds not only suggest that the fight will happen, but they also list Jones as the favorite for the rumored bout.

Will Jon Jones face Brock Lesnar in the UFC before July 15, 2018?

Yes -160 (5/8)
No +120 (6/5)

Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar

Jon Jones -350 (2/7)
Brock Lesnar +265 (53/20)

When the idea of Lesnar vs. Jones was first brought up last week, people were saying that the fight will happen in December. However, as of right now, it looks like the fight won’t happen until next summer, at the earliest.

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Rumor killer on stories floating around regarding Paige being backstage at tonight’s Raw

Rumor killer on stories floating around regarding Paige being backstage at tonight’s Raw

We got a few emails from readers asking about Paige appearing on Raw tonight. As far as I know, that is not happening. The rumors started after WWE posted a video of Charly Caruso with a woman in the background dressed up as a zombie. That led people to speculate that Paige was a backstage. […]

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205 Live Star Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling’s Upcoming NYC Event (VIDEO)

205 Live is lending one of its Superstars to PROGRESS Wrestling for their upcoming event in New York City … and he’ll be competing for the WWE United Kingdom Championship.

Jack Gallagher was featured in a video promoting the August event, and in the clip he briefly explains the history between he and UK champ Pete Dunne.

Due to a stipulation stating that Travis Banks can pick Pete’s opponent at the event, as well as the blessing of William Regal, Gallagher says he was given the match he’s been wanting.

Watch the video below to see the full announcement and sound off in the comments below.

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John Cena Cast In Transformers ‘Bumblebee’ Spinoff

The Decepticons are about to get an attitude adjustment … because John Cena has been cast as a lead in the upcoming Transformers spinoff.

THR reports that the sixteen time world champion is set to appear in the Bumblebee movie, which will be directed by Travis Knight and also star Hailee Steinfeld.

No word on Cena’s role, but the film will take place in 1987 and the synopsis explains: “Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.”

Bumblebee is set to release on December 21, 2018.

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Injury at Mae Young Classic taping (SPOILERS)

Another warning that SPOILERS for the Mae Young Classic are ahead, so if you don’t want to know who advanced, do not go any further.

Some space to click out, if you want:

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Kairi Sane suffered a concussion at some point during the taping, though they’re short on details. She worked multiple matches at the tapings, as she advanced all the way to final.

In addition to the concussion, she’s having neck issues.

The good news is she is expected to be cleared in time to wrestle in the final in September, so WWE isn’t currently planning any changes to what was taped earlier this month.

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Chris Jericho Issues Statement On Altercation In New York City

– As noted, WWE Superstar Chris Jericho was involved in a verbal altercation with a man in New York City on Friday night. Chris Jericho issued the following statement to TMZ Sports after they released the video of the altercation.

“David Z was a good friend of mine and I was mentally and emotionally shattered after paying tribute to him and essentially saying goodbye to him Friday night.”

“I was not in a good state of mind at that time and instead of ignoring a pushy (aka rude) fan which is what I would usually do, I snapped. My apologies to all involved and God bless David Z.”

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Update On Top Mae Young Classic Competitor’s Health Status (Contains Spoilers)

– According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Mae Young Classic competitor Kairi Sane is currently out indefinitely, she reportedly suffered a concussion during the Mae Young Classic tapings.

Sources with direct knowledge indicate she’s also dealing with some neck pain, however WWE officials expect her to be cleared for return in early August.

It’s unclear which match the injury occurred during, or how it went down, but she should be ready for the Mae Young Classic finals in Las Vegas this September.

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Details On Signing Dates For Chris Jericho’s Next Book

– Below are book signing dates for Chris Jericho’s next book ‘No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life.’ The book will be released on August 29th.

Check out the synopsis below:

Three-time New York Times bestselling author and six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho shares 20 of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he’s famous for, with a foreword by Paul Stanley.

Chris Jericho has known what he wanted out of life since he was a teenager: to be a pro wrestler and to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Most of his high school friends felt that he lacked the tools necessary to get into either, but Chris believed in himself. With the wise words of Master Yoda echoing through his head (“Do or do not. There is no try.”), he made it happen. As a result, Chris has spent a lifetime doing instead of merely trying, managing to achieve his dreams while learning dozens of invaluable lessons along the way.

No Is a Four-Letter Word distills more than two decades of showbiz wisdom and advice into twenty easy-to-carry chapters. From developing a strong work ethic thanks to WWE chairman Vince McMahon, remembering to always look like a star from Gene Simmons of KISS, learning to let it go when the America’s Funniest Home Videos hosting gig goes to his rival, adopting a sense of perpetual reinvention from the late David Bowie, making sure to sell himself like his NHL-legend father Ted Irvine taught him, or going the extra mile to meet Keith Richards (with an assist from Jimmy Fallon), Chris has learned countless lessons during his decades-long career. Now, in the hopes that those same principles might help and inspire his legions of fans, Chris has decided to share them while recounting the fantastic and hilarious stories that led to the birth of these rules. The result is a fun, entertaining, practical, and inspiring book from the man with many scarves but only one drive: to be the best. After reading No Is a Four-Letter Word, you’ll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well…you just need to get out there and do it. That’s what Jericho would do.

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* August 30th: Bookends on East Ridgewood Ave in Ridgewood, NJ, 6pm
* August 31st: Barnes & Noble on North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, 7pm
* September 1st: Barnes & Noble on East Colonial Drive in Orlando, 7pm
* September 6th: Barnes & Noble on Grove Drive in Los Angeles, 7pm

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WWE’s 10 Best ‘Road to SummerSlam’ Matches

WWE’s 10 Best ‘Road to SummerSlam’ Matches

The Summer is usually pretty slow in the WWE. The Wrestlemania letdown sets in as we either get pointless feuds or rematches for a month or two after the ‘show of shows.’ Overall, booking is in limbo until they’re ready to start gearing up for SummerSlam, but deep in the annals of WWE history, some […]

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Odds say Brock Lesnar will face, but won’t beat, Jon Jones in UFC superfight

Even as UFC President Dana White and the rules of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) remind us a fight between Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former Heavyweight, and current WWE Universal titleholder, Brock Lesnar isn’t happening “anytime soon”, it’s clearly an idea that’s got a lot of fans excited.

And where there’s excited fans, there’s action.

Sports books like Bovada know this. That’s why we have some lines on a prospective Lesnar/Jones bout without Brock even coming out of retirement (something he’ll have to do in order to re-enter the testing pool and start the clock again on his USADA suspension).

First, will the fight happen before next July 25th? “Yes” is favored on that question:

Will Jon Jones face Brock Lesnar in the UFC before July 15, 2018?

Yes -160 (5/8)
No +120 (6/5)

Then, if they face each other before that date, who’s the favorite? Unsurprisingly, the guy who is currently active, just turned 30 and has fought more than once in the last five years…

Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar

Jon Jones -350 (2/7)
Brock Lesnar +265 (53/20)
***Must Fight before July 15 2018 for Action

Place your bets, Cagesiders.

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Wolfgang resets after tough WWE UK Championship opportunity: Exclusive, July 30, 2017

– At Night 1 of “Shug’s Hoose Party 4,” an event held by Insane Championship Wrestling, Wolfgang reflects on his missed WWE UK Championship opportunity.

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John Cena’s transformation into a Hollywood star continues with lead role in ‘Bumblebee’ spin-off

This whole free agent thing is starting to make a lot more sense… Use him while you can.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news a short time ago that John Cena has been cast as a male lead in next movie in Paramount’s Transformers franchise, the spin-off Bumblebee.

Production on the flick, a prequel to the main Transformers movies set in the late 80s and centered on the fan favorite Autobot, starts today in California. Cena obviously won’t be there for every day of shooting, but he may be needed a lot more often on an effects-driven blockbuster like this than he is for one of the comedies he’s been featured in up until now.

Paramount is aiming to have Bumblebee in theaters by Dec. 21, 2018. Cena joins stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg in the Travis Knight directed, Christina Hodson penned movie.

It’s an interesting time for the franchise, as this year’s The Last Knight “underperformed” to the tune of “only” $568.9 million worldwide since its June release, so the spin-off won’t have as much momentum going for it as it did when originally announced.

Still, this is a plum gig for Cena as he continues his transition to life after the ring.

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Kairi Sane sustained a concussion at the recent WWE Mae Young Classic tapings

Kairi Sane sustained a concussion at the recent WWE Mae Young Classic tapings

Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that Kairi Sane sustained a concussion at the recent Mae Young Classic tapings. Satin notes that she is currently on WWE’s injured list but she is expected to be cleared to return by early August. She is also dealing with some neck pain. Note: the following line […]

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WWE Live Event Results From Saginaw (07/30): Orton & Nakamura Team Up

– Check out the following results from last night’s SmackDown live event in Saginaw, Michigan:

* U.S. Champion Aj Styles defeated Kevin Owens

* Baron Corbin defeated Sami Zayn

* Luke Harper & Sin Cara defeated Erik Rowan & Aiden English

* Samoa Joe defeated Tye Dillinger

* Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated WWE Champion Jinder Mahal & Dolph Ziggler

* Charlotte, Becky Lynch & Naomi defeated Natayla, Carmella & Tamina

* SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day defeated The Usos & The Fashion Police in a triple threat match

* John Cena defeated Rusev

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Kevin Owens & John Cena On WWE’s Final Joe Louis Arena Event

– Check out the following video of WWE Superstars Kevin Owens and John Cena react to their Final WWE live event at Joe Louis Arena this last weekend:

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Spoilers For Tonight’s WWE RAW

PWInsider.com listed the following spoilers for tonight’s RAW episode. The show will be Kurt Angle’s first appearance in Pittsburgh since his WWE return.

We can expect to see the following matches tonight:

* Big Show vs. Big Cass
* Nia Jax vs. Bayley
* Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
* Jason Jordan on MizTV

Remember to join us at 8pm EST for live coverage.

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John Cena Joins Transformers “Bumblebee” Spinoff

– According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Cena will be part of the upcoming “Bumblebee” Transformers spinoff movie.

The movie is set in 1987 and focuses on the yellow & black Bumblebee finding refuge in a small California beach town. The film will be the first spinoff in what Paramount hopes will be a Transformers Cinematic Universe, which would include prequels and other offshoots.

The film is produced by Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and expected to hit theaters on December 21st, 2018.

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Matches reportedly planned for Raw, 205 Live and SummerSlam (possible spoilers)

We’re less than a month away from the Biggest Party of the Summer, so it’s not too surprising WWE is using television this week to get ready for their Aug. 20 pay-per-view (PPV). We already knew tomorrow’s SmackDown will set up the WWE title match for Brooklyn, and it looks like the Aug. 1 205 Live will also book a championship match for Barclays.

That according to a couple reports from PWInsider focused on Vince McMahon and team’s plans for tonight and tomorrow. With the cruiserweights, the site is saying a #1 contender match will be booked for 205 Live, setting Ariya Daivari against Akira Tozawa for a PPV shot at Neville’s belt. This is the next step in an angle which has featured all three men since Neville defeated Titus O’Neil’s client at Great Balls of Fire.

A story which has been running even longer and that many expected to culminate at SummerSlam is supposedly happening tonight, per Insider. Big Cass vs. Big Show will go down on Raw in Pittsburgh – probably as another building block in the larger program of Cass and Enzo Amore breaking up and Show putting Cass over as WWE’s new giant. With a crowded card filling up even for a four hour-plus show on Aug. 20, however, we may see that play out on television rather than PPV, though, so this could be key.

New #1 contender Bayley will also face Women’s champ Alexa Bliss’ friend Nia Jax on Raw, according to the report. Whether the Hugster’s friend Sasha Banks gets involved after being beated by her bestie for the SummerSlam shot should be worth watching…

Provided WWE doesn’t change course and these announced matches happen – like what you see, Cagesiders?

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Kairi Sane Sustained a Concussion During Mae Young Classic Tapings

Pro Wrestling Sheet has learned Kairi Sane is currently on the injured list after the recent WWE signee sustained a concussion during the Mae Young Classic tapings.

Sources with direct knowledge tell us the wrestler formerly known as Kairi Hojo is also dealing with some neck pain … but officials expect her to be cleared for return in early August. 

It’s unclear which match the injury occurred during, or how exactly it went down.

(MAE YOUNG CLASSIC SPOILER ALERT)

Because officials have been told Kairi will get the green-light next month, the injury shouldn’t stop her from wrestling in September at the MYC finals in Las Vegas.

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This Day in Wrestling History (July 31): Roddy Piper Passes Away

Today’s TDIPWH is presented in two parts. The first part focused on the events of the day, including Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant in a steel cage match. This part will focus on the career and life of the late Roddy Piper, who passed away two years ago today.

2 years ago today, Roderick George Toombs, best known to wrestling fans as the legendary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, dies of cardiac arrest in his home in Hollywood, California. He was 61.

Born April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toombs was a bit of a wild child. He was expelled from junior high school for having a switchblade; following a fallout with his father, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he left home and stayed in youth hostels. He would work odd jobs, including running errands for local wrestlers. In his youth, he wrestled and boxed on the amateur level and was a Golden Gloves champion. He was also awarded a black belt in judo by famed wrestler Gene LeBell.

Eventually, Roddy turned to wrestling, competing under promoter Al Tomko. His first ever match involved midget wrestlers in an audience full of lumberjacks in Churchill, Manitoba. His first match for a major wrestling company… well, let’s just say it’s a step above midgets and an audience full of lumberjacks: it was against Larry Hennig for the American Wrestling Association. As his friends played him in on the bagpipes, the announcer introduced Toombs as “Roddy, uh, the, uh Piper”. It was cleaned up slightly to Roddy Piper, and the name stuck.

After tours with the AWA, NWA Central States, the Maritimes, Paul Boesch’s NWA Houston, and Big Time Rasslin in Dallas, Piper would establish himself on the west coast in the mid-1970s. He was a top heel for NWA Hollywood, but it was in NWA San Francisco under Roy Shire where Piper developed the “Rowdy” part of his character. He would anger the predominately Mexican audiences by insulting them and playing “La Cucaracha” on the bagpipes when he promised to play the Mexican national anthem.

In Los Angeles, Piper had a long-standing feud with the Guerreros, Chavo Sr., his father Gory, and his brother Hector. Piper and Chavo traded the Jules Strongbow Scientific Memorial Trophy. He also defeated Chavo for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship, but would lose a few “loser leaves town” bouts to Chavo. He would reappeaer as “The Masked Canadian”, and briefly teamed with his rival Chavo. He would wrestle with the mask until his identity was revealed by Chavo’s brother Hector.

In late 1978, Piper headed north to the Pacific Northwest where he would experience his biggest success to date. He would win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship with Killer Tim Brooks and Rick Martel and win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship twice, once each from Lord Jonathan Boyd and “Playboy” Buddy Rose. Around that time, he would also win two championships in the NWA’s Mid-Atlantic territory, winning their heavyweight championship from Jack Brisco and their version of the United States Championship from Ric Flair.

Piper would serve as the color commentator for Georgia Championship Wrestling (their TV show would be renamed World Championship Wrestling in July 1982; the promotion itself would go by that name a few years later). He feuded most notably with Bob Armstrong, Dick Slater, and Tommy Rich. In the summer of 1982, Piper became a fan favorite when he came to the defense of his commentary partner Gordon Solie when Don Muraco grew angry at Solie’s questioning.

Piper would be fired by the promotion late in the year when he showed up late for a match, but would return the following summer after a brief stint in Puerto Rico. Piper rejoined the Georgia territory and would land with Jim Crockett Promotions. He most famously feuded with Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair, and Greg Valentine, the latter culminating in a dog collar match at the first Starrcade. Valentine broke Piper’s left eardrum during the match, causing Piper to permanently lose more than half his hearing.

After serving out his contract with Jim Crockett Promotions (at Piper’s insistence), Roddy joined the WWF in 1984. Initially entering as a manager for Dr. D. David Schultz and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (Piper was still healing injuries he’d suffered in the dog collar match), Piper would return to the ring full-time later in the year.

His gift of gab garnered him his own talking segment, “Piper’s Pit”. His most famous such segment came in the segment’s early days when he insulted Jimmy Snuka’s Polynesian roots and bashed Snuka’s head with a coconut. Another segment saw Piper insult Bruno Sammartino. That led to a feud culminating in a steel cage match won by Bruno.

Piper was an important figure in the “Rock ‘n Wrestling Connection” era. He feuded primarily with Hulk Hogan and pop singer Cyndi Lauper. The three were involved in the MTV special The War to Settle the Score, which featured a main-event bout between Piper and Hogan.

The bout, which also had involvement from Captain Lou Albano, Mr. T, and Lauper, would set up the first Wrestlemania main event. Hogan and Mr. T would go on to defeat Piper and Paul Orndoff when “Cowboy” Bob Orton hit Ornodff with the cast instead of Hogan, the intended target.

In Piper’s 2006 DVD Born to Controversy, Piper said he had to keep Mr. T busy to cover for his lack of wrestling ability. Their relationship became hostile behind the scenes, so naturally they were paired up for an on-screen feud which culminated at the following Wrestlemania. Mr. T defeated Piper in a boxing match after Piper was disqualified for slamming Mr. T.

After taking a leave of absence, Piper returned to the WWF in August 1986, but it was a different WWF from the one he left. His Piper’s Pit segment was replaced by Adrian Adonis’ own talking segment “The Flower Shop”, and he even hired Piper’s one-time bodyguard Bob Orton. Piper crashed Adrian’s show, and it became a beef between the two shows.

The beef, one in which Piper was assaulted three-on-one by Adonis, Orton, and Don Muraco, turned Piper face. Roddy escalated it by storming the Flower Shop set and destroying it with a baseball bat. The feud culminated in what was billed as Piper’s retirement match at Wrestlemania III. Piper defeated Adonis via submission with help from Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.

Post-retirement, Piper went into acting full-time. He would score dozens of TV and film credits over the next twenty years, but his most famous roles came following his first retirement when he appeared in cult classics Hell Comes To Frogtown in 1987 and They Live in 1988. The latter film is best remembered for Piper’s character ad-libbing the famous line “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum” and the long fight scene between Piper and Keith David fighting over a pair of sunglasses. The fight scene, which has been parodied on shows such as South Park and Adventure Time and in video games Duke Nukem and Saints Row IV, took three weeks to rehearse.

Piper returned to the WWF at Wrestlemania V in 1989 for a live Piper’s Pit with talk show host Morton Downey, Jr. That segment was best remembered for Piper hosing down Downey with a fire extinguisher. Piper spent the next few months hosting Prime Time Wrestling with Gorilla Monsoon, but would return to the ring that summer after he cost “Ravishing” Rick Rude the Intercontinental title at Summerslam. The feud culminated late in the year where Piper defeated Rude. Per pre-match stipulations, Bobby Heenan, Rude’s manager at the time, had to dress as Santa Claus for an episode of Prime Time Wrestling.

Piper’s notable early 1990s feuds culminated around Wrestlemania. He feuded with Bad News Brown in the leadup to Wrestlemania VI (that event is infamous for Piper conducting an interview with his face and body painted half black) and with Ted DiBiase in the leadup to Wrestlemania VII, where he was in the corner of Virgil. He reignited his feud with Ric Flair in late 1991.

At the 1992 Royal Rumble event, he defeated The Mountie to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. He would hold the title until Wrestlemania VIII where he was defeated by Bret Hart. Save for a cameo appearance at Summerslam that August, Piper left the WWF again.

Roddy reemerged from his self-imposed absence at Wrestlemania X in 1994 as the guest referee for the WWF Championship match between Yokozuna and Bret Hart. On commentary, Jerry “The King” Lawler berated Piper, talking about how much he hated him. The feud continued over to Lawler’s interview segment, The King’s Court on Monday Night RAW. It led to the two veterans facing off in the main event of the King of the Ring event, with Piper donating part of his purse from the event to a children’s hospital in Ontario. Piper offered commentary on various events in the WWF with his own segment, The Bottom Line, in the spring and summer of 1994. Piper would take yet another leave of absence, but would return as a guest referee for the Bob Backlund-Bret Hart I Quit match at Wrestlemania XI.

In early 1996, Piper was named the on-screen interim WWF President. He would become the object of affection for new talent Goldust. Piper, pledging to “make a man out of him”, met Goldust in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl at Wrestlemania XII. The bout, which used footage of the infamous low-speed OJ Simpson chase, ended with Piper disrobing Goldust in the ring. With Gorilla Monsoon assuming Presidential duties again later in the evening, Piper left the WWF again.

Piper would reappear a few months later, but not for the WWF. He joined WCW in October 1996 and confronted Hollywood Hogan at the end of Halloween Havoc. Piper and Hogan split a pair of bouts late in 1996 and early 1997; Piper defeated Hogan with the sleeper hold at Starrcade in a non-title match, but Hogan would defeat Piper with the title on the line at Superbrawl VII. Piper and Flair would join forces against the New World Order in the spring of 1997 before feuding with one another. Late in the year, Piper defeated Hogan in a non-title steel cage match at Halloween Havoc.

Piper would feud with Hogan again in 1998, as well as with Randy Savage and Bret Hart. The next year, Piper won the WCW United States Championship and became WCW commissioner. He feuded once again with Flair over control of WCW. Late in the year, Piper was the special referee for a WCW world title match between Bret Hart and Bill Goldberg. By order of the “powers that be” (an unseen Vince Russo), Piper called for the bell when Hart locked Goldberg in the Sharpshooter submission, even though Goldberg clearly did not submit (yup, it was a rehash of the Montreal Screwjob two years earlier). Piper assumed special referee duties again at Superbrawl 2000 when he was the special referee for a world title match between Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett, and Scott Hall. It would be his final appearance for the company; Piper was fired in July in a cost-cutting measure. Piper sued WCW the next year, citing age discrimination.

Piper made non-wrestling appearances on the independent circuit and was the commissioner of the short-lived Xcitement Wrestling Federation. In 2002, Roddy published his autobiography, In the Pit with Piper: Roddy Gets Rowdy.

Roddy returned to WWE in 2003 after a seven-year absence from the promotion. He ran in during the Hulk Hogan-Vince McMahon street fight and attacked his old rival Hogan with a lead pipe, cementing him as a heel for the first time since the mid-1980s. Despite that, Hogan would go on to win the bout. Piper would align himself with Sean O’Haire, and he would defeat Rikishi at Backlash.

In May, Piper reignited his feud with Hulk Hogan…sort of. Hogan, who was banned from the WWE at the time, ran around as the masked Mr. America. Piper, McMahon, and O’Haire all tried to prove that Hogan and Mr. America were one and the same. The storyline saw Piper pull the prosthetic leg of one-legged wrestler Zack Gowen. Piper would be defeated by Mr. America at Judgment Day.

In June 2003, Piper appeared on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel where Roddy talked about the darker side of the industry, primarily drug-related deaths among wrestlers. Piper predicted that due to his poor health, he wasn’t going to make it to 65, and that he only returned because he could not access his pension fund until then. Piper’s part in the interview angered McMahon, and WWE terminated his contract less than a week after the story airs. WWE’s statement following his release:

“Since March 31, 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and Roderick Toombs, p/k/a “Roddy Piper,” have attempted to negotiate the terms of an arrangement for Roddy to appear on WWE programming through August of this year. The parties have been unable to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. On Tuesday, June 24, Piper appeared on an HBO program and revealed disturbing facts about his own personal drug use. Piper stated that he used drugs for many years while working in professional wrestling and that he does not like the person that he becomes when he actively performs as a professional wrestler. In view of WWE’s inability to reach agreement on a contract and to assist Piper from engaging in any self-destructive behavior, the WWE is ending any further discussion with Piper regarding a contract. The WWE sincerely hopes for Piper and his family that Roddy can find happiness.”

Piper claims in his 2006 DVD that HBO took parts of the interview out of context to make wrestling look worse.

Piper would make a few appearances for TNA from late 2003 to 2005; he briefly feuded with Vince Russo, reconciled with Jimmy Snuka at Victory Road 2004 and refereed a bout between Scott Hall and Jeff Hardy at Final Resolution in January 2005.

In Feburary 2005, Piper announced as an inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame, and was inducted the night before Wrestlemania 21. The next night, he hosted a special Piper’s Pit with Stone Cold Steve Austin. He frequently appeared for WWE in the following decade, and even was briefly a champion. At Cyber Sunday in 2006, the team of Ric Flair and Roddy Piper won the World Tag Team Championship from the Spirit Squad. They would lose them just a week later on RAW to Rated RKO (Edge & Randy Orton). It would be Piper’s last championship run.

In 2008, Piper returned to the ring for one night only in the Royal Rumble match when he attacked Jimmy Snuka; he would be eliminated by Kane. He had a series of confrontations with Santino Marella later in the year, including one on the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Roddy would be involved in the leadup to Wrestlemania 25 when he was on a team of WWE legends that were insulted by Chris Jericho. The feud culminated at the event when Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat were all defeated by Jericho. Piper’s last WWE match came in June 2011 when Piper won $5,000 from The Miz when he defeated him on RAW.

Piper would have sporadic Piper’s Pit segments over the next few years, including with John Cena in November 2011, Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee in April 2012, The Shield in January 2014, and with some of the participants in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal just before Wrestlemania XXX. At that event, Piper buried the hatchet with Paul Orndorff, Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T, the four men who fought in the first Wrestlemania main event. Piper’s final WWE appearance came at Wrestlemania 31 when he congratulated Daniel Bryan on winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Just before his passing, Ric Flair alleged that Piper had lost his WWE Legends contract due to his public feud with Steve Austin, a feud that ultimately resulted in Piper leaving PodcastOne. Piper later apologized to Austin.

Piper’s last documented match came for Juggalo Championship Wrestling in August 2011, when Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton defeated Mick Foley and Terry Funk in a tag team match (the bout was originally Piper versus Funk, but was changed mid-match). His final Piper’s Pit was for Maryland Championship Wrestling during the 15th Annual Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup just two weeks before his passing.

Roddy has over a dozen television roles to his credit, including Walker, Texas Ranger, The Outer Limits, ITV’s Celebrity Wrestling, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His voice appears on a 2006 episode of Robot Chicken, a 2015 episode of Adventure Time, and in the 2011 animated feature Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Movie-wise, he’s appeared in over 40 films, many of them either direct-to-video or low-budget. His last film was the 2016 release The Masked Saint, based on the 2009 book of the same name.

In November 2006, Piper was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma; on his website, Piper thanked his fans, as he would never had known had he not gotten the vote to be Ric Flair’s tag team partner at Cyber Sunday that year. He had been declared cancer-free in November 2014. In his autobiography, Piper claimed he was a cousin of Bret Hart; Hart said in his autobiography that he was the only wrestler to visit him in the hospital following his stroke in 2005.

Piper is considered one of the greatest talkers and villains in wrestling history; his Piper’s Pit segments were innovative, as it was the norm at the time that only top stars got to talk, and wrestlers were the interviewees, not the interviewers themselves. Bobby Heenan once praised his promo skills, claiming “he could leave Piper in a room and return 20 minutes later having done a class-A promo”. Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer credited Piper as one of the key figures in the growth of the WWF in the mid-1980s, especially leading up to the first Wrestlemania. In a July 2012 list on WWE.com, Piper was named the greatest villain in wrestling history.

On July 31, 2015, Piper died in his sleep in his home in Hollywood, California. He was 61. His death certificate states cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension as the cause, listing a pulmonary embolism as a factor.

He received a ten-bell salute in his honor at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest after Dusty Rhodes, who had died a month earlier, received one in his honor. Another ten-bell salute in his honor opened the August 3, 2015 episode of RAW.

The “Rowdy” nickname lives on in mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey. Initially rejecting the idea to use it professionally, Piper gave Rousey the okay after the two met through Gene LeBell. Rousey dedicated her fight at UFC 190 to Piper and noted him first in her post-fight interview the next night.

Piper at the time of his passing was survived by his wife of 33 years, Kitty, their son Colton, their three daughters Anastacia, Ariel, and Falon, as well as four grandchildren.

A short list of accomplishments for the “Hot Rod”:

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion
  • WWE World Tag Team Champion
  • WWE Hall of Fame Inductee (2005)
  • 3-time NWA/WCW United States Champion
  • 3-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion
  • 2-time NWA Television Champion
  • 2-time NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion
  • 4-time NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion
  • 5-time NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion
  • 6-time NWA Americas Tag Team Champion (5 with NWA Hollywood, 1 with World Class Championship Wrestling)
  • NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion

From Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

  • 2-time Best Heel (1984 and 1985)
  • 3-time Best on Interviews (co-winner in 1981 with Captain Lou Albano, 1982, 1983)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Inductee (1996)

From Pro Wrestling Illustrated:

  • 1985 Match of the Year (with Bob Orton versus Hulk Hogan & Mr. T, Wrestlemania)
  • 2-time Most Hated Wrestler (1984 and 1985)
  • Most Inspirational Wrestler of 1982
  • Most Popular Wrestler of 1986
  • 2015 Stanley Weston Award for lifetime achievement
  • #17 ranked singles wrestler of the PWI Years in 2003
  • Cauliflower Alley Club Reel Inductee (2001)
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee (2007)

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John Cena lands lead role in Transformers spin-off “Bumblebee” movie

John Cena lands new role in Transformers spin-off “Bumblebee” movie

If you’re one of those outspoken individuals who thinks John Cena should stick to the WWE ring and stop making movies then you should stop reading here. But if you feel that way and keep reading you have been forewarned. The Hollywood Reporter says John Cena has landed a leading role in the upcoming Transformers spin-off […]

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Chris Jericho Issues Statement On Verbal Altercation In NYC

WWE Superstar Chris Jericho issued the following apology to TMZ after they released video of the verbal altercation between himself and fan that took place in New York City:

“David Z was a good friend of mine and I was mentally and emotionally shattered after paying tribute to him and essentially saying goodbye to him Friday night. I was not in a good state of mind at that time and instead of ignoring a pushy (aka rude) fan which is what I would usually do, I snapped. My apologies to all involved and God bless David Z.”

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Unannounced Match and Segment Revealed For Tonight’s WWE Raw (SPOILER)

PWInsider is reporting that WWE has plans for a confrontation between The Big Show and Big Cass planned for tonight’s WWE Raw. It is believed this will set up their match the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view.
In addition, Bayley will go up against Nia Jax.
WWE has already announced that Jason Jordan will be the guest on Miz TV and Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe is scheduled for tonight. 

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Somebody’s treating John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura like a PPV match

There’s been no small amount of upset among WWE fans about SmackDown’s main event for Tuesday, August 1.

Whether it’s because the company is “leaving money on the table” by putting this first-ever showdown between WWE legend John Cena and Japanese superstar Shinsuke Nakamura on (so-called) free television rather than pay-per-view (PPV) and/or it’s the latest example of Vince McMahon not understanding what he has in the King of Strong Style and/or you don’t think either man – but especially Swagsuke – should be taking a loss right now, the reaction to Daniel Bryan announcing the match was a lot more “WTF!?!?” than “F*** YEAH!!!!”

But fear not, sports entertainment junkies! The bookies (not to be confused with the bookers) agree with you that a Cena/Nakamura showdown should be a big deal. That’s why, for the first time in history according to Wrestling Observer, oddsmakers are taking bets on a TV match.

You may not like the line, Cena is a -160 favorite to Nak’s +120 underdog, but you can take some consolation in knowing the “smart” money hasn’t come in yet, so these odds are just an attempt to even out the betting on both sides, not a sign some WWE insider is throwing a lot of money behind the Total Bellas star because they know he’s going to be trying for WWE title #17 at SummerSlam.

So, place your bets, Cagesiders… or just state your case for why this match should or shouldn’t be happening on SmackDown… below.

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CM Punk fighting again this year?

CM Punk fighting again this year?

CM Punk’s MMA coach Duke Roufus has everyone speculating after a post on his Instagram account that lists Punk listed among his trainees that have had fights or will potentially have fights this year. Here is the post: I am such a firm believer in #team Together Everyone Achieves More! Every year I strive to […]

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Bruce Prichard on when fan signs at live events became a problem

Bruce Prichard on when fan signs at live events became a problem

If you’ve ever shown up at a WWE event with a sign or two you’re not alone. As you can see every week on television fans bring signs from all over to support their favorite superstar or just have a laugh about what they can get on television before security takes their sign away. There […]

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SPOILER: Another match set for SummerSlam

SPOILER: Another match set for SummerSlam

The Cruiserweight Championship match for SummerSlam should be set after this week’s episode of 205 Live. PWInsider is reporting that this week’s show will be headlined by Ariya Daivari vs. Akira Tozawa and the winner will go on to face Neville for the title at SummerSlam. They’ve been pushing Daivari in recent weeks so it […]

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Low Ki On WWE Approaching Him, Details On His GFW Return, More

– GFW’s Low Ki recently spoke to Tom Feaheny. They sent us these highlights.

On his return to GFW:

“I didn’t expect to be in this position, I was actually transitioning away from wrestling at the start of the year so it has been a pleasant surprise. I was approached by Sonjay Dutt about returning he explained to me it was now a different environment, they were focusing more on what we do in the ring now.”

On similarities between GFW and early TNA:

“The atmosphere right now at Global is very similar to how it was at the start of TNA, Jeff is leading the way, it is now seen as a place that gives opportunities to younger professionals who want to make a name for themselves

His time in the WWE:

“It was never my goal to go there in the first place, they approached me at my height of my career in Japan. I was hired virtually on the spot due to Vince McMahon seeing me live, they brought me in and then treated like someone who was just there, it was an opportunity I took but it was what it was, I have seen things have changed but it’s still operated by the same person.”

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Big Cass On Leaving Enzo: ‘I Feel Like I Did The Right Thing”

– WWE Superstar Big Cass recently did a media call with Planeta Wrestling on a wide variety of topics, check out the highlight below:

On being portrayed as a bad guy after turning on Enzo Amore:

“I don’t see myself as a bad guy, I don’t know who portrays me as a bad guy, but the guy that walks out there every Monday now, Big Cass, he doesn’t think he’s a bad guy. I think that my cause is just and I feel like I did the right thing and I feel like anyone who disagrees with me – I feel like they’re stupid. They should understand the circumstances, they should understand what I’ve been through, they should understand what it’s like to have somebody hold them back and to constantly have to cover for somebody and to constantly have to help somebody out – it really affects your career and your progression.

“I feel like I did the right thing and I don’t think I’m a bad guy, if people want to look at me like a bad guy then that’s their agenda. But I’m not a bad guy and I don’t portray a bad guy, I portray myself and a guy that believes in his cause, and I think my cause is right. Look, I believe I’m right and I’m always going to believe I’m right. If people want to like it, that’s fine. If people want to hate it, that’s fine too cause I could care less what people think.

“But that’s who I am and that’s who Big Cass is, I feel like it was right for myself, I did what was right for my career, it was right in my mind in the interest of morals. So I feel like I’m right in this situation and moving forward I’m no bad guy, I’m not a good guy, I’m just Big Cass, man. I don’t portray anything but myself.”

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SPOILER: Two matches revealed for tonight’s Raw

SPOILER: Two matches revealed for tonight’s Raw

Two matches have been revealed for tonight’s episode of Raw. PWinsider.com is reporting that Big Cass vs. The Big Show and Bayley vs. Nia Jax will take place on the show. WWE holds tonight’s Raw in Pittsburgh, PA at the PPG Paints Arena. As noted, WWE has already announced a match and segment for the […]

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SPOILERS: Match scheduled for tonight’s Raw

SPOILERS: Match scheduled for tonight’s Raw

Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw will continue the build towards SummerSlam. PWInsider is reporting that there is a confrontation planned for tonight between The Big Show and Big Cass. It seems like this will be the set up for a match at SummerSlam. Also, Bayley will take on Nia Jax. WWE has already announced […]

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Josh Barnett Tosses People Off the Stage at Every Time I Die Concert (VIDEO)

NJPW English commentator Josh Barnett may have heat with members of Bullet Club, but last night he seemed to take some of the aggression out at a concert … by tossing people off the stage.

It all went down on Sunday in Santa Ana, California during an Every Time I Die show — featuring guitarist/wrestler Andy Williams — when Barnett took the stage to launch fans back into the crowd.

The former UFC Heavyweight Champion can be seen in the video below lifting fans, then throwing them off the stage as safely as possible atop the raucous crowd.

One guy even takes a selfie video as Josh lifts him in a torture rack!

Check out footage below and enjoy watching from a safe distance.

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Chris Jericho comments on NSFW verbal altercation with fan in New York (video)

Following an appearance at a tribute show for Adrenaline Mob bassist David Z. at New York City’s Irving Plaza, Chris Jericho got into a argument with a fan.

As reported by TMZ Sports, witnesses say the Fozzy frontman and WWE Superstar was approached by fans outside the venue for pictures and autographs. He granted several requests, but eventually began turning people down.

It’s at that point begins, as Y2J responds to a fan upset by that. Because this is 2017, it was caught on video. TMZ’s not-safe-for-work video (embedded above) shows Jericho and the fan getting into it, with liberal use of profanity and other offensive language.

Reached for comment, Jericho issues the following statement to TMZ where he apologizes to fans and explains he was caught off-guard after performing for his friend, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident earlier this month:

“David Z was a good friend of mine and I was mentally and emotionally shattered after paying tribute to him and essentially saying goodbye to him Friday night.

I was not in a good state of mind at that time and instead of ignoring a pushy (aka rude) fan which is what I would usually do, I snapped. My apologies to all involved and God bless David Z.”

Jericho made a surprise return to SmackDown last week (July 25), but is not currently advertised for this Tuesday’s show. His fourth book, No Is a Four-Letter Word, is due out in late August, and he’ll be on a signing tour for that before a fall tour of Europe with his band.

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Chris Jericho issues apology after verbal confrontation in New York City

Chris Jericho issues apology after verbal confrontation in New York City

Chris Jericho was recently involved in an altercation on the streets of New York City after performing in a benefit concert for his late-friend David Z. If you listened to Talk Is Jericho last week he gave an emotional tribute to David Z and spoke about his horrific and tragic passing. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Adrenaline […]

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Chris Jericho Involved In Verbal Altercation In New York City (Video)

– According to TMZ, it appears WWE Superstar Chris Jericho was involved in a verbal altercation with a man in New York City on Friday night.

Seen below in the video posted by TMZ Sports, a man is seen shouting curse words while Jericho shouts back “F-ck your ass.” The man said he was trying to tell Jericho congratulations. Jericho eventually tells someone with him, “These guys are f-cking p-ssies.”

It was noted that Jericho was approached outside a tribute show for musician David Z to sign autographs and take pictures at first before getting frustrated and turned down requests.

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Chris Jericho Remains Calm During Verbal Altercation With a ‘Rude’ Fan (NSFW VIDEO)

Chris Jericho is not someone you want to mess with … but one rude fan who cussed at him outside of a memorial on Friday got lucky, because Y2J didn’t kick his ass.

Jericho attended a tribute show at Irving plaza this weekend, in remembrance of musician David Z who passed away earlier this month, and exchanged harsh swear words with a person outside.

Surprisingly though, Jericho remained as calm as possible while the fan blew up in his face.

When asked for comment by TMZ, who first reported the story, Jericho said, “I was not in a good state of mind at that time and instead of ignoring a pushy (aka rude) fan which is what I would usually do, I snapped. My apologies to all involved and God bless David Z.”

You can watch Jericho keep it calm (maaaan) in the profanity laden video below.

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Spoilers for upcoming episodes of ROH TV

Spoilers for upcoming episodes of ROH TV

Ring of Honor held a TV taping on Saturday in Concord, North Carolina at The Cabarrus Arena. Here are the spoilers for upcoming episodes of ROH TV: Episode 1 — Kazarian walks down to the ring to open the show and cuts a heel promo blaming the fans for Christopher Daniels losing the ROH World […]

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The 10 Greatest SummerSlam Cards of All Time

The 10 Greatest SummerSlam Cards of All Time

For nearly 30 years, SummerSlam has been one of the biggest shows of the WWE calendar. In fact, outside of Wrestlemania, it may be the biggest. WWE’s SummerSlam philosophy appears to be changing as they’ve tried to make the show feel as big as possible the latest couple of years. This year is shaping up […]

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Ring of Honor announces Kenny Omega’s first stateside IWGP U.S. title defense

It’s been about a month since Kenny Omega won the tournament to crown the first ever IWGP United States champion during New Japan’s G1 Special shows in Long Beach.

And it’ll be a few more months before the Bullet Club leader defends the belt back in country it represents.

We don’t yet know who The Cleaner will face in his first stateside defense, or if it will broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV) or the New Japan World streaming service, but we know when and where it will go down. Ring of Honor (ROH) revealed this morning (July 31) Omega will be on the card for their first show at Chicagoland’s Odeum Expo Center – a venue ECW used for PPV at the turn of the century.

Global Wars 2017: Chicago takes place on Sunday, Oct. 15. Tickets go on sale this week – Wednesday, Aug 2 for ROH Ringside members and Friday the 4th to the general public.

Omega hasn’t defended the belt since winning it on July 2, so it looks like his reign will be at least three and a half months long. So, New Japan’s U.S. title is kind of like WWE’s United Kingdom championship.

Still, American appearances by The Elite’s main man don’t happen everyday, so tickets for this one should go fast.

Excited?

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Betting Odds Revealed For John Cena Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

– Betting odds have been released for tomorrow’s John Cena vs Shinsuke Nakamura match.

As noted, John Cena vs Shinsuke Nakamura will be the main event of tonight’s WWE Smackdown Live, the winner will face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at WWE SummerSlam. While the smart money still hasn’t come in yet, John Cena is currently favored at -160 while Nakamura is the underdog at +120.

The minus sign represents the favorite and the plus sign indicates the underdog. If the number on the left of the fraction is greater than the number on the right, this indicates an underdog. The opposite is true for the favorite.

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Let’s Say Nice Things About… Rowdy Roddy Piper

Now more than ever, the world needs a good dose of positivity. We here at Cageside Seats will do our small part to bring that positivity on a daily basis. Throughout the entirety of 2017, we’ll say something nice about wrestling and everything around it, past, present, and future.

As a reminder, only positive comments are allowed here. No negative comments, no troll comments, no back-handed compliments. None of that here. You have the rest of the site for that. Any comments that are not in the spirit of this feature will be flagged, deleted, and posters of said comments may be subjected to a ban.

It’s been two years since his passing. Today’s subject: Rowdy Roddy Piper.

There are few people that can play both smarmy, charismatic villain with a vicious side and working man’s hero that you’ll run though a wall for. Roddy Piper’s one of them.

He’s responsible for a quite a few of my childhood wrestling memories, like this…

and this…

and of course, this.

Ok, that wasn’t a wrestling moment, but come on. Name one person who hasn’t quoted that famous line at one point or another. Name one.

Piper spoke his mind until his final breath. Yes, it cost him his job more than once, but if I’m being honest, he wouldn’t have it any other way. We miss you around these parts, Hot Rod.

Now you do it. Say something nice about Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Got a suggestion for a future “Let’s Say Nice Things About…”? Hit me up on the Twitter gimmick @notoriouseddie. I may not always respond, but I will read it.

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Kenny Omega Will Defend IWGP US Title at Ring of Honor Global Wars

New Japan star and inaugural IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega will be defending his title for the first time on US soil in Ring of Honor.
ROH released the following press release announcing the title match:

The Honor Nation in Chicago has always been one of the best and most passionate fan bases so ROH is bringing this show – as the capstone to the already announced Global Wars tour! The event will take place at a NEW LOCATION in Villa Park, Ill., with ROH debuting at the larger Odeum Expo Center, aimed at providing a greater experience to more

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Chris Jericho Involved In Verbal Altercation In New York City (Watch)


Chris Jericho, who recently returned to WWE Television was involved in a verbal altercation with a man in New York City on Friday night, according to TMZ.
The entertainment news website posted a video showing a man shouting swear words at Jericho who shouted back at him, "F-ck your ass." The man said he was a fan and was just trying to tell Jericho congratulations. More expletives were exchanged before Jericho told someone with him, "These guys are f-cking p-ssies."
The incident reportedly occurred when Jericho who was attending a tribute show for musician David Z, started

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Two Years Ago Today We Lost The Legendary ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

Today marks the two-year anniversary since the passing of WWE Hall of Famer ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper who died of a heart attack triggered by a pulmonary embolism in his lungs. 
Piper was famed for being one of the best heels in professional wrestling, and fans loved his intense and unpredictable  “Piper’s pit” in-ring segments. He headlined the first-ever WrestleMania in a tag-team match alongside Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
Outside of wrestling, Piper acted in dozens of films and TV shows, including the lead role of John Nada in the 1988 cult

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WATCH: Chris Jericho in heated F-Bomb altercation in New York City

WATCH: Chris Jericho in heated F-Bomb altercation in New York City

An altercation went down on Friday night in New York City between Chris Jericho and another man on the streets of New York City and TMZ Sports was able to obtain the footage. The heated argument but, as you can hear in the video below, was full of expletives. The video shows a man (apparently […]

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WWE Live Event Results From Youngstown (07/30): Reigns Vs. Strowman Headlines

– Check out the following results for last night’s WWE RAW live event in Youngstown, OH:

* R-Truth, Titus O’Neil, Kalisto & Jason Jordan defeated Goldust, Gallows & Anderson & Curt Hawkins

* Neville defeated Akira Tozawa

* Finn Bálor defeated Elias

* Big Cass squashed Enzo in under a minute

* Cesaro & Sheamus defeated Heath Slater & Rhyno

* Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins defeated The Miz, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel

* Bayley & Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax

* Bray Wyatt defeated Apollo Crews

* Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman via disqualification. Reigns speared Strowman through a table after the match to send the crowd home happy.

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Tonight’s WWE Raw Preview: Triple Threat Main Event, Jason Jordan On Miz TV

– Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA as the road to WWE SummerSlam continues.

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Check out the following preview from WWE.com:

Three’s a crowd
Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe will meet Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a Fatal 4-Way Match at SummerSlam, but first they’ll battle it out in a Triple Threat Match as Raw rolls through Pittsburgh. Who will leave Pittsburgh with a victory over two of their three opponents at The Biggest Event of the Summer?

Jason Jordan to speak out on “Miz TV”
What questions might The A-Lister have in store for Jordan? Will we learn of his true aspirations now that he has joined Team Red? One thing’s for sure, even though Jordan’s the son of the Raw GM, The Miz won’t be pulling any punches.

Brothers in arms
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins clearly still have issues they need to work out, but their alliance nevertheless proved successful when they defeated The Miz and his Miztourage in a 3-on-2 Handicap Match last week on Raw. What’s going through Ambrose’s mind these days? Will he ever forgive Rollins for betraying The Hounds of Justice, or are those wounds just too deep?

Hardy Boyz and “good brothers,” meet Team Red’s “top guys”
Matt & Jeff forced The Revival into retreat last week, but it’s clear that the newcomers are inching toward Cesaro & Sheamus’ Raw Tag Team Titles. Will The Revival become our next Raw Tag Team Champions?

Bálor to Wyatt: “Let’s play”
This cryptic statement could mean many things, but if Bálor is saying what we think he’s saying, The Eater of Worlds just made a massive mistake.

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WWE Trademarks ‘3:16’ For Future Merchandise Use

WWE has officially trademarked “3:16” for future use on merchandise, specifically T-Shirts which will feature city name and 3:16. The trademark is, of course, a bible verse but is associated with WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin who unknowingly at the time uttered what would become one of the most popular catchphrases in wrestling history.
Austin’s rise to stardom began at the 1996 King of the Ring. He began using his trademark finishing maneuver, the Stone Cold Stunner; with this new technique, he won the King of the Ring tournament. After defeating Marc Mero

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Titus Worldwide has merch, and maybe a big-time new member?

One area where Titus O’Neil’s brand was lagging behind Lavar Ball’s was in merchandise. Titus Worldwide still has a ways to go, but this new shirt from WWE Shop is a start…


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Of course, with the color and the hand signal, you’ll also be low-key repping Thaddeus Bullard’s fraternity, but, hey! Good, or bad, news – depending on which side of the debate you fall on – no $#!+ on the back!

In even bigger news, with Apollo Crews representing Raw and Akira Tozawa on 205 Live, Titus may have his first SmackDown Superstar lined up. And maybe the answer to concerns folks have about Shinsuke Nakamura’s presentation on the main roster?

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No, sorry. Turns out the King of Strong Style thought Titus Worldwide was a rewards program of some kind…

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Oh well. Still got the shirt!

Get yours here.

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Rey Mysterio Announced For ICW Fear & Loathing X in November

Former WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio will be appearing at ICW Fear & Loathing X event in November it was announced yesterday. Scottish based promotion Insane Championship Wrestling made the announcement on their official Twitter page which you can read below.  
For those that don’t know, Fear & Loathing is the ‘WrestleMania’ for ICW.

BREAKING: @reymysterio confirmed to appear at @TheSSEHydro Sun, Nov 19! TICKETS: https://t.co/4loCDxW1lM #ICWHydro http://pic.twitter.com/HidQrM3YGK
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) July 29, 2017

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Early Preview For Tonight’s WWE RAW – Triple Threat Main Event, Brock Lesnar & More

Tonight’s WWE Raw emanates from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA with an already announced main event of Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman battle in a Triple Threat. Brock Lesnar is also scheduled for tonight’s broadcast.
In addition, Jason Jordan will be appearing on MizTV with WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Below is the official points WWE is focusing for tonight’s episode:
– Three’s a crowd in the main event
– Jason Jordan to speak out on “Miz TV”
– Brothers in arms: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
– Hardy Boyz and “good brothers,” meet Team

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‘It meant something’: Becky Lynch, identity, and wrestling

Why the main roster story of arguably WWE’s most developed character resonates.

Read the first part of “Becky Lynch, identity, and wrestling.”


Revolutions and betrayals

While TakeOver: Unstoppable was not Becky Lynch’s last match in NXT, it largely concluded her story arc. Eight weeks later, she was called up to WWE’s main roster along with Charlotte and Sasha Banks. There were an untold number of ways to handle the call ups that would make the trio of performers seem important, breathe new life into the main roster women’s division, and indeed legitimately advance women’s wrestling.

Somehow WWE chose none of them.

Placing the call ups in arbitrary, management-designed teams sapped the NXT trio of any agency (as well as Paige) and focusing on team warfare at the expense of the championship—one would think that these hotshot newcomers would immediately want a crack at Nikki Bella’s Divas Championship, and not take several months to realize it exists—led to a plethora of unoriginal tag matches sans stakes and zero character development. Unsurprisingly, treating big new arrivals as interchangeable balance sheet assets used to check a faux-progressive box to try to cash in on a societal trend didn’t work too well.

Regardless, the Divas Revolution finally started in earnest when Charlotte beat Nikki for the title in September 2015, and then retained the following month. But the next title feud was rather problematic, pitting a face crowds didn’t really want to cheer—Charlotte—against a heel they actually did—Paige.

Indeed, Paige’s promo bashing Charlotte and signaling her heel turn was well cheered, except for one little throwaway line thrown Becky’s way:

You’re never going to be a Divas Champion, you know why? Because you’re the least relevant of all of us.

Despite popping for basically every diss thrown Charlotte’s way, the crowd gave a much more mixed reaction for the shot at Becky. Even back in fall 2015 main roster fans started to feel a connection with The Lasskicker.

When Paige finally turned in full, she repeatedly attacked both Charlotte and Becky—with the fans mostly cheering her assaults against the former, yet treating the beatdowns of Becky with ambivalence. Becky was distressed that Paige, someone she had managed long ago on the indies, “showed her true colours,” but wasn’t hugely devastated. She still had her best friend Charlotte by her side, after all.

The “Revolution” reached a new low when heel Paige mocked face Charlotte’s brother, Reid—who died of a drug overdose—in a Nov. 18, 2015, contract signing. This was made worse by WWE realizing only a few weeks later that they needed to do a double-turn. At TLC Dec. 13, 2015, Charlotte used both interference from her father Ric and actively cheated on her own initiative to beat Paige.

Literally less than a month after the disgusting, scripted Reid shot, Charlotte was relying on interference and cheating to beat the very person that said the line.

If anything the use of Reid Flair’s death in such a vile way was a perfect encapsulation of the “Divas Revolution”—everything was wrong and bad, and at its worst, downright offensive.

To say that the “Revolution” was foundering as of late 2015 is an understatement.

But a savior was on the horizon. Someone whose philosophy on the high-concept “Revolution”—as she later noted in at least one memorable Comic-Con panel appearance—was smart and simple: show fans that women are capable of quality pro wrestling. Someone who finally, in her long wrestling journey, was in the right role at the right place at the right time.

Becky Lynch.

TLC was not, in fact, Charlotte’s first sign of villainy. On Nov. 30, 2015, she faced Becky in a “friendly” match. But Charlotte feigned an injury, and along with a slight distraction from Ric, rolled up Becky for the win. Lynch was understandably incensed, and despite Charlotte later claiming it was just “strategy,” “tough love,” and a “valuable lesson because I care about you,” Becky was less than convinced.

But Lynch had already lost a friend in Paige, and despite her obvious hesitations, accepted Charlotte’s non-apology. The trauma of one friend betraying her was enough, so she had no desire to rock the boat and lose an even closer friend.

What Lynch refused to realize was that Charlotte was already gone, as the next month would demonstrate.

Three days later on SmackDown, Charlotte, who claimed earlier in the night that she “had Becky’s back,” entered the ring to attack Brie Bella when Becky was on the verge of making Brie tap out. The disqualification understandably irked Becky, who said she was “a little bit perplexed, a little bit annoyed,” and wondered of Charlotte “what’s gotten into her, who’s gotten into her head?”

On Dec. 10, 2015, Becky forced Paige to submit due to a distraction from Charlotte—which Becky was seemingly OK with, understandably so, as she could interpret it as a gesture of goodwill from her friend that allowed her to get back at someone who had wronged her in a greater sense. At this point, Becky was more concerned about keeping Charlotte on her side than adhering to an absolute morality. But the actions of the Divas Champion and her father the following Sunday at TLC again pointed to Charlotte’s fall—which Becky still didn’t want to admit.

On Raw the night after TLC, Becky and Charlotte were victorious in a tag match over Team Bella after Ric—unbeknownst to Becky—tripped Alicia Fox, allowing Lynch to pounce on Fox for the win. Three days later on SmackDown, Becky forced Brie Bella to tap out. This time, however, Becky was keenly aware of Charlotte’s interference, but immediately recorded the victory anyway. Later that night, though, Becky told Charlotte off, and when the champion said “I just didn’t want you to lose,” Lynch took umbrage:

Becky: You think I can’t win on my own…

Charlotte: That’s not what I meant. That’s not what I meant.

Becky: That’s exactly what you meant.

When Becky walked off frustrated, Charlotte stared at her back with more than a hint of ice.

Clearly their relationship was strained, and the following week would make matters worse.

On Raw Dec. 21, 2015, Becky would make Brie tap out again—this time clean, proving Charlotte’s patronizing attitude from the prior week wrong. The following night on SmackDown, Becky was on commentary for Charlotte’s match with Brie. Team BAD came ringside, and Naomi immediately poured egg nog on Becky. Understandably, she was quite angered, and tried to take on Team BAD despite being outnumbered 3-on-1. Charlotte, seeing her friend viciously beaten mere feet away, thought for a brief second about going to help—but instead locked Brie in the Figure Eight and recorded the victory. Afterward, instead of showing any sort of remorse or sympathy, Charlotte laughed in Becky’s face.

After the turn of the New Year, things would come to a head. Becky and Charlotte were scheduled for a match on Raw Jan. 4, 2016, which Becky was excited for—with Charlotte far less enthused. She said she had already beaten Becky on Raw (Nov. 30), “fair and square”—an obvious lie, given that she’d feigned an injury to win. Becky shrugged the dishonesty off, but somehow failed to hear the obvious disingenuous in her friend’s voice throughout the rest of the discussion.

Charlotte agreed to take the match in the “spirit of competition,” and her father Ric appeared out of nowhere to offer his signature woo (startling Becky) and “endorse” the friendly ethos.

Foreshadowing, much?

After a quality back and forth match, Becky was tripped by Ric and Charlotte attempted a roll up. But Lynch wriggled free and turned the tables, pinning Charlotte with her own roll up—and a handful of tights, all the while purposefully staring at The Nature Boy. An incensed Ric threw his jacket at her, and as Becky jawed with him, failed to see Charlotte behind her preparing the shiv.

What Becky had denied for over a month finally proved itself true—her “friend” Charlotte was corrupted wholly by her father’s nefarious ways. Indeed, it was a classic case of tragic irony, as from the very first moment Charlotte feigned injury, the audience (being wrestling fans) was well aware it would eventually lead to a turn and betrayal of Becky. Yet Lynch refused to see the truth, and it played out over a month’s time, episode by episode. It was a tightly controlled narrative that the Revolution had entirely lacked until then, and featured a babyface in Becky that crowds were increasingly appreciating.

Lynch’s performance in this feud arguably saved the Revolution.

All the while, the viewer desperately wanted Becky to see what is clearly happening, but Lynch refused. Struck once by recent trauma—Paige’s betrayal—and carrying a legacy of isolation from her forced exile, she wanted to believe at all costs that Charlotte’s actions were excusable. They were not, and Becky paid the price for being unable to see what was in front of her.

Three days later on SmackDown she would get a shot at the Divas Championship, and at the end of the match seemingly forced Charlotte to tap out. But again Ric played the decisive part, having put Charlotte’s foot on the bottom rope seconds before the champion submitted. Immediately thereafter, Charlotte rolled up Becky—and put her feet on the ropes to get the win.

On Raw Jan. 11, 2016, Becky would strike back, ambushing Charlotte before the champion’s match with Brie Bella. Finally dragged away by officials, Lynch would offer a famous claim:

I’M TAKING YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, AND I’M TAKING YOUR ARM.

On Jan. 18, Becky would beat Tamina with Charlotte and Ric looking on from ringside. While Charlotte rejected another title match, Becky worked her magic and manipulated Ric into granting a rematch at Royal Rumble the following Sunday. Later that night she would gleefully exclaim that she “outplayed the Dirtiest Player in the Game.”

Their bout at Royal Rumble 2016 was, in many eyes, the culmination of a brilliant feud and would surely end with the babyface triumphant. But it was not to be. Late in the match, Becky, who had fought off being sexually assaulted (a bit that was eventually edited out in the Network footage) by Ric earlier, had Charlotte locked in the Disarmer. The Nature Boy climbed onto the apron and threw his jacket on Becky, blinding and enraging her—again, she’d just been sexually assaulted by the man, so it’s plenty understandable that she would explode in anger and drop Charlotte’s arm to get at her assaulter.

(Ironically, the end of the match doesn’t actually work without the assault, as without it there’s no reason for Becky to do anything but simply shrug the jacket off and force Charlotte to quit.)

Inevitably, releasing the submission on the verge of victory led to Becky’s defeat. To make matters worse, as her former best friend beat her down and triumphantly stood over Lynch, her old mentor Sasha Banks returned after a several week absence. To add insult to Becky’s injury, Sasha, who had a storied rivalry with Charlotte as well, proceeded to initially walk past the champion and kick Becky out of the ring, proclaiming “My spotlight, Becky.” The crowd booed lightly before immediately beginning a thunderous “SASHA! SASHA! SASHA!” chant, which grew ever louder when Banks feigned a BFFs reunion with Charlotte before locking her in the Bank Statement.

Becky laid ringside for all of it, once again the afterthought. It wasn’t enough that she put Charlotte over in the match in humiliating fashion—she was made to suffer at the hands of Banks as well.

Sasha would split from Team Bad on Raw Feb. 1, 2016, but Becky was drawn into the fray as well. During a match between Lynch and Banks, Naomi and Tamina attacked their old stablemate. Becky, who couldn’t stand idly by and watch, intervened on Sasha’s behalf, and the former Team BAE duo reluctantly joined forces on the following SmackDown:

As Becky noted, “Unlike you who decided that giving me a cheap shot at Royal Rumble was the best way to make a statement, when I see someone in trouble, I help them out.” Left unstated by Becky is that Sasha, right or wrong, had been an important part of Becky’s WWE story, and Lynch could identify with the desire to “make it own her own” that Banks had announced upon her return.

The unlikely alliance would defeat Team BAD at Fastlane 2016, and then over the following weeks would square off with each other several times to determine who would challenge Charlotte for the Divas Championship at WrestleMania 32. But every match they ran was inconclusive, and without a clean finish, it was decided both Sasha and Becky would face Charlotte in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania. After an enthralling contest which stole the show, Becky tapped out to Charlotte’s Figure Eight—while Ric held Sasha back from getting into the ring—thus crowning “The Queen” as the new Women’s Champion.

Becky’s failure at WrestleMania, which ended her pursuit of the Women’s Championship, was a big setback. Soon after, a potential feud with Emma (what could have been…) after Mania was cut short due to the Aussie’s injury, leaving Becky adrift. She gained direction again May 30, 2016, coming to the aid of Natalya to fight off Charlotte and her new protege Dana Brooke. She passionately said later that night she would “always have” Natalya’s back.

Natalya, who had temporarily teamed up with Charlotte and Becky after Paige’s heel turn the year prior, was a suitable face partnership for Becky. Their camaraderie was not quite on the level of Becky and Charlotte, but Natalya’s role as sort of a mentoring figure made sense as the pair battled Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana.

Yeah… about that.

At Money in the Bank 2016, Becky Lynch was attacked by someone she considered a friend for the third time on the main roster. Her fallout promo that night showed a despondent Becky, trying to claim that a miscommunication in the match caused Natalya’s actions, before stammering that she’d “known her for 10 years” and walking off.

The very next night, amid a burst of anger, Becky seemed to show a sign of maturation.

Renee Young: How are you handling this betrayal?

Becky Lynch: I don’t know Renee, it’s like I’m cursed or something. First, Paige, then Charlotte, and now Natalya. It doesn’t add up. But the way I’m looking at is if I am the last woman in this entire division with any sort of integrity or sense of sportsmanship then I’m doing a lot better off than the rest of them. I am done trying to figure out why these girls do what they do, ya know, why did Natalya attack me? I don’t know. I have no idea. But I’m not making excuses for anybody anymore. I’m gonna take this knife out of my back, no apologies, no second chances with me, from now on, it’s one strike and you’re out, I’m sick of …

Natalya then again attacked her, and the two would feud for the following month. A blowoff match was scheduled for Battleground July 24, 2016. Unfortunately, the bout immediately followed a Match of the Year candidate in Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, and the crowd was largely listless. Becky—despite being SmackDown Live’s first female chosen in the brand split draft one week before—again lost on pay-per-view when she tapped to Natalya. This was a peculiar decision and certainly wasn’t made any clearer when Becky got her win back only two days later, on the first post-brand split episode of SmackDown Live.

Interestingly, Paige, Charlotte, and Natalya all turned on Becky for varying reasons:

  • Paige: Frustration that the Horsewomen were being placed front and center at her expense.
  • Charlotte: The nefarious influence of her father, Ric, who was guiding Charlotte toward the dark arts.
  • Natalya: Anger that she continuously came up short against Charlotte, and unwilling to admit that her failures were her own responsibility.

There’s no one common thread other than Becky being the target (in Paige’s case, along with Charlotte). She is the scapegoat, the one that others look to blame when things go bad.

But what makes Becky’s pre-brand split run on the main roster particularly ironic is that a trio of women she considered friends betrayed her in order to better their careers at her expense.

When pressed by interviewers as to just why the three did so, Becky was frequently at a loss for words—simply unable to comprehend why someone would do such a thing to a person they called a friend.

Cough, cough.

NXT continuity is not always perfectly kept on the main roster, but there’s a good reason why Becky’s turn on Bayley in October 2014 has never been brought up on the big stage: aside from a brief exchange at Survivor Series 2016, the two have not interacted on the main roster whatsoever. However it seems a bit of karmic justice—and so very “Becky Lynch”—that multiple women have turned on her to improve their lot, while the woman she turned on ended up arguably the biggest star in NXT history and someone who both walked into and out of a WrestleMania as Women’s Champion.

Oh yeah, and beat Becky to become number one contender for the NXT Women’s Champion headed into TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015.

Always the runner up, no matter what she does. Be good? Friends stab you in the back to get ahead. Be bad? The friends you stab in the back become mega stars—and go over you on the way.

Since Unstoppable Lynch has certainly become a pure babyface. Indeed, one could make the claim that her constant refusal to admit that being a bit ruthless can lead to success is an overcorrection from her experience of betraying Bayley. Despite consistent evidence that perhaps “the other way” could lead to more immediate results, the character remains steadfastly decent.

Becky’s unwillingness to succumb to the dark side definitely has narrative justification: She did just that in NXT and didn’t exactly light the world on fire. Rather her passion was manipulated by someone else—Sasha Banks—to get ahead. It was only when she was in the process of shedding off Banks’ influence that Lynch made progress. That the character’s best match (by a wild degree) was one in which she was amid a self-realization process fighting against an erstwhile mentor makes a ton of sense.

There’s another potential reason for Becky’s continued adversity in the face of rampant cheating and dishonesty. Perhaps being a prized call up, the first woman drafted to SmackDown Live, and the blue brand’s inaugural champion has allowed the character a level of comfort that has in turn sapped some of her elan. Becky is a fighter, a struggler, and to bring out her best requires scenarios in which she is actively unsure of her place in life. Instead, she has now settled into routine.

The benefit of falling into such a routine is that it tempers the passions that could bring out too much “straight fire” and cause her to lash out—but it’s a drawback as well. Without that uncertainty and confusion, she’s yet to come close to replicating the career-defining performance at Unstoppable. Indeed her matches since the Charlotte feud tend to have a feeling of going through the motions, which would further suggest that Lynch is keeping herself in check emotionally so as to not overheat, break down, and fall into a nihilistic trap as she did in NXT.

True blue

During the 2016 brand split draft, Lynch was taken by SmackDown Live as its first female pick. With both Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks on Raw, it was clear (despite the bizarre loss at Battleground) Becky was positioned as the cornerstone and leader of the blue brand’s division. It quickly proved a natural fit. Long seen by fans as deserving something greater, and indeed the only Horsewoman to never win a title to that point, Becky’s underdog “can do” attitude meshed well with SmackDown Live’s branding. In many ways Lynch perfectly encapsulated “The Land of Opportunity.”

The blue brand’s Women’s Division didn’t truly get going until after SummerSlam, when Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan unveiled both the SmackDown Women’s Championship and Tag Team Championships. It came as no surprise on Aug. 23, 2016, that the crowd verbally anointed their choice for standard bearer: “BECKY! BECKY! BECKY!” Though the WWE Universe made its choice clear, still Lynch had to actually win the title—something she’d never done in either NXT or on the main roster.

At Backlash on Sept. 11, 2016, she did rise to the occasion by forcing Carmella to last submit in the Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match to win the gold. At first glance one could argue that the lack of a true babyface chase hurt Lynch’s first title win—it should have “meant more.” But this reasoning neglects a few crucial things.

As noted Becky had prior storyline title chases against both Charlotte and Sasha Banks, and came up short both times. But Lynch’s real journey was her comeback from retirement, a far grander tale than either of her big WWE feuds. Lynch was of course unfazed by such a notion of needing her first championship to “mean more”—the title and what it represented meant everything in the world to her. It represented more than just a championship; it was vindication of the long, hard road back. It was vindication for all those flights on Aer Lingus, serving tea and biscuits while silently harboring a long-lost dream:

It just makes everything worthwhile. There were so many times when I doubted myself, and a lot of other people did, ya know. I was told I wasn’t going to make it, this, that, and whatever.

Yet there she was backstage at the Richmond Coliseum, displaying the title on her “boulder shoulders.”

Again we see the synergy between Lynch’s life and her character’s narrative, and again we see why Lynch’s run is so connected: WWE successfully integrated reality into storyline with Lynch in a way not unlike the arcs of Daniel Bryan or The Miz. Becky was beyond chuffed with the title win, claiming she would take the title to bed with her, because she knew that there were no guarantees in life. She knew that in many ways she wasn’t supposed to be there that night in Richmond—that many times throughout life all signs seemed to point to no, and yet here she was, emphatically saying yes.

Either someone in creative really gets Becky’s life story, or Lynch herself plays an extremely active role in the presentation of her character.

But she couldn’t enjoy her championship win for very long, as only two days later a new number one contender was crowned. Someone who would relentlessly mock the notion of Lynch’s story and overtly reject any worth it had: Alexa Bliss.

Bliss was perhaps the perfect rival for Lynch. The polar opposite ways that each character thought of themselves was perfectly noted during their first SmackDown Women’s Championship contract signing on Sept. 20, 2016.

Alexa Bliss: You don’t fit the role as a champion… I’m talking about your role in life, Becky. Your role in life is not to be a champion. Your role in life is to be the woman that succeeds, then fails miserably…

Becky’s reaction tells us that shot hit a little close to home:

WWE Superstar Becky Lynch
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AB: And then afterwards, you go back to doing what you do best: being the lovable Superstar that never quite gets it. That’s your life story, Bex. And honestly, subconsciously, you know that. I know that. And you know you’re gonna lose your title. Because you weren’t born to be a champion, Becky. You were born to be a loser.

Becky Lynch: Yeah, you’re right. I was not born to be a champion. You’re right Alexa, I was not born to be a champion. I was born to live in a small house by the side of the road in Dublin. I was born to work a job I didn’t like and barely make ends meet. You’re right, I was not born to be a champion. But I watched far too much TV and I listened when they told me, that if I believed in myself, I could be anything that I wanted to be. And I wanted to be champion, I wanted to be champion real bad. That’s right, Alexa. I was not born to be champion, but just like every other Superstar that has walked down that aisle, I have poured my heart and my soul into this, so that I can raise this above my head. No, no, Alexa, I was not born to be a champion, but I want this, and I want this a whole lot more than you do, and if you think you are going to take this from me at No Mercy, I will rip your head off. I was not born to be a champion, I fought to be a champion.

Lynch’s monologue is scarily on point and perfectly explains her character motivations. But Bliss sought to immediately undercut its value:

AB: (sarcastic) Oh my God. I mean, that was so inspirational. Puhlease, Becky. The difference, here’s the thing, between you and me, you’re always destined for second place, because I was born to be a champion, Becky. And to be honest, at No Mercy, I’m gonna take that title from you and expose you for what you are: a one-hit wonder.

Alexa hit Becky with the binder and then flipped the table onto her, but the champion eventually chased off the challenger and held her title aloft to close.

The segment was memorable and helped catapult Bliss into stardom, but Lynch’s promo required the crowd to truly invest for Alexa’s distaste to work. Becky most definitely accomplished that goal.

It is truly hard to encapsulate a feud better than that contract signing did.

But their match at No Mercy would not take place, as Lynch suffered an undisclosed medical issue that put her out of action for a month. Alexa, convinced that Becky was ducking her, welcomed the champ back Oct. 25, 2016, by mocking her once more, laying her out, and spraying a yellow stripe down her back.

If there is any one insult that could most offend Becky Lynch, after everything she has gone through in her career, surely it’s calling her a coward. Yet that’s exactly what that yellow stripe was meant to suggest. But on Nov. 8, 2016, in Glasgow, Lynch made Bliss tap out to the Disarmer. The referee, however, missed that Bliss’ foot was on the rope, which gave the Spiteful Sprite another opportunity at TLC on Dec. 4, 2016.

Five days before the title match, Lynch and Bliss had another contract signing. The mutual hatred between the two was palpable with the exchange of insults, but it was not until Lynch was shoved off the top rope through a table that it reached the next level. The match at TLC was quickly turned into a Tables Match, which Becky reacted to later that night:

(You have to love the video’s title.)

“Bitch” is a word tossed around every so often in WWE to signify a feud is serious. It’s used to pop the crowd, which it always does, but it was different when Becky used the word. Becky is a paragon of virtue, and her resorting to the language was a clear sign that Alexa was thoroughly in Bex’ head. Becky was, as they say, gotten to.

Unfortunately for The Lasskicker, she was gotten to again five days later in Dallas. When the pair were on the ring apron, Alexa first poked Becky in the eye, then tripped her feet up in the ring apron, before finally powerbombing her through a table on the outside to win the title.

Everything Alexa had said in their feud was, ostensibly, proven accurate. One line in particular from their September 2016 contract signing stood out in hindsight. We can see in the picture above the chilling effect it had on Bex—because she does indeed wonder if it is her lot in life:

Your role in life is to be the woman that succeeds, then fails miserably… And then afterwards, you go back to doing what you do best: being the lovable Superstar that never quite gets it. That’s your life story, Bex. And honestly, subconsciously, you know that. I know that. And you know you’re gonna lose your title. Because you weren’t born to be a champion, Becky. You were born to be a loser.

After everything she has experienced, Becky harbors no illusions that she is a warrior of fate. There’s no pie in the sky, and certainly no guarantee that she would ever win the championship again. One could claim it’s a cynical way of approaching life, but in truth it’s simply realist. Success can be earned, yes, but oftentimes people toil without reward.

Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”

Most importantly, meaning is not found in triumph—it’s found in struggle. To struggle and fight and claw and resist is to be human. Becky Lynch is perhaps the most relatable character in WWE because, if there is one word to describe her career and her character, it’s this: struggle. Everyone on the planet can understand this, because we all struggle with an untold amount of things. It’s what makes Becky a great and true hero, and what will make any future turn so tragic.

Unfortunately for Lynch, over the following month Alexa would retain the title despite Becky’s best efforts—including defeating Alexa Dec. 20 in a non-title match while wearing a mask and wrestling as “La Luchadora”:

But Becky’s nom de guerre turned out to have a life of its own, as a new La Luchadora began to continuously harass Lynch in the coming weeks. At times it was Bliss herself, but it was usually Mickie James (technically Deonna Purrazzo, but it was James in storyline) filling the role. Finally, when Bliss and Lynch squared off once and for all in a cage match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on Jan. 17, 2017, James interfered once more to cost Becky the title. In the aftermath, Lynch pulled off the mask before eating a beatdown from both James and Bliss. Later that night, Becky would cut her greatest ever promo:

I’m not disappointed, I’m disgusted. I’m disgusted that my championship is on this little Harley Quinn-wannabe that doesn’t have a single ounce of integrity. That has robbed her way, and cheated her way, into the history books. Tonight we were supposed to make history , we did make history, we were the first women to main event SmackDown Live, the first women to have a steel cage match on SmackDown Live.

That championship is supposed to mean something.

When I had it, it meant something.

It meant something.

And then to have a veteran, Mickie James comes back and then gets involved and steals me of my championship, again, what’s it gonna take? There was a steel cage. There was a steel cage out there, to make sure nobody could interfere. I don’t know what it’s gonna take. But I’m willing to do it.

But just what did the title mean while Becky held it?

The concept of “meaning” is rarely so overt in WWE, but by this time it was well known for what Lynch was fighting. She fought not for personal glory as an end of its own. Instead, her constant desire was to validate her struggle—to prove that it was all worth it. As long as the title was around her waist, Becky could point to it and claim that her saga had value. It’s a very personal idea with universal implications.

After an extended feud, Lynch would eventually go over James in the end, but the damage was done. Becky was no longer in conversation for the Women’s Championship—which Bliss lost to Naomi at Elimination Chamber on Feb. 12, 2017, won again (by beating Becky) when Naomi vacated due to injury, and finally lost once more to Naomi at WrestleMania 33. Lynch was also in the Mania match, a Fatal Five-Way for the title, but was not involved in the finish. Becky was seemingly out of the picture.

After WrestleMania, an old friend and rival would once again feature in Becky’s life.

All shook up

SmackDown Live’s addition of Charlotte Flair during the “Superstar Shake-Up” massively altered the the structure of its Women’s Division.

Indeed, her immediate demand of a title opportunity—conditionally granted to her by Commissioner Shane McMahon—caused a spontaneous reaction on the part of Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina, that ultimately led to their alliance of the “Welcoming Committee.”

The champion of the division, Naomi, was eager to prove her status as top dog and as a fighting champion by accepting Charlotte’s request. Though she lost the “play-in” match that ultimately gave Charlotte a shot at the championship, Naomi seemed on the way to retaining when they squared off for the title—before the Welcoming Committee made its presence felt.

After Naomi got her knees up on an attempted moonsault by Charlotte, the Welcoming Committee struck the pair, laying out both with an extended beatdown. The Des Moines crowd, eager for a savior, desperately chanted, “BECKY! BECKY! BECKY!” Surely Bex would save the day.

Despite Charlotte’s arrival it was Becky who was initially most in the narrative spotlight following the Superstar Shake-Up. This is only natural: as aforementioned Becky was SmackDown Live’s first female draft pick and inaugural Women’s Champion, and has a long, storied relationship with Flair.

But “Celtic Invasion” did not play that night in Iowa. Even more worryingly, Lynch’s appearance that night on Talking Smack showed considerable frustration:

Renee Young: So what’s your disposition tonight, how are you feeling with what went on with basically the entire SmackDown women’s locker room?

Becky Lynch: OK, so earlier, I was having a nice conversation with Dasha and they [the Welcoming Committee] came up and they came up and they surrounded me and they said basically either I’m with them, or against them. So we’ve got the New Wench Order, apparently now here in WWE. And I am not going to stand with them, they’re all a bunch of snakes, they’ve all attacked me individually. There’s no way I’m standing with them.

JBL: Maybe it’s you. Maybe if everybody attacks you, maybe you’re the problem.

RY: She’s always had the target on her back, she was the number one female draft pick on SmackDown, the first SmackDown Women’s Champion …

JBL: Maybe the whole world’s not at fault, maybe, I don’t know, I think Becky’s very nice, but maybe it’s Becky’s fault.

BL: Maybe it is. Maybe it’s my fault that I’m so good so they think that I’m a threat. Look, let’s take a look at what happened. Everybody that’s attacked me has always gotten rewarded. They’ve always gotten rewarded, they’ve gotten pushes, they’ve gotten top spots, they’ve gotten title opportunities… They’ve gotten pushes, they’ve gotten put on posters, in commercials, whatever. And it seems like they’re rewarded for their bad behavior.

There’s a bit of genius in her answer above, and it very much plays into Max Landis’ notion of WWE programming not being a “wrestling show” but instead a “television show about a wrestling show.” Here Lynch is responding to in-world events by referencing the notion that her attackers have gotten pushes—indeed, that those attacks were in fact very much part of said pushes. But being pushed by WWE is not, ostensibly, storyline—it’s an actual decision the company makes for its product. (Unless, of course, Landis is right and what fans think of as “reality” very much remains kayfabe.)

The idea is that the character of Becky Lynch is rightly aggrieved because despite whatever crowd reaction she can garner, regardless of her performances, for her entire time in WWE she’s been utilized as a character that builds up others, rather than being built up herself. She put over Sasha in NXT; she put over the trio of women who betrayed her—Paige, Charlotte, and Natalya—and most especially Alexa on the main roster. Through it all, she never got a truly big “moment” over a rival.

She very much has a legitimate claim of being underpushed relative to her reactions. This in fact proved itself true yet again, when it seemed as if the Welcoming Committee angle was opening up a lot of potential directions for Lynch:

  • She could turn and be revealed as the mastermind behind the group—wary of Charlotte, the best friend who gutted her, coming over from Raw.
  • She could remain a neutral party, ala “Crow Becky.”
  • She could unite two opponents in Charlotte and Naomi and lead them to victory over the dastardly heels.

Becky even teased a turn, shaking the hands of the Welcoming Committee in the ring before feigning a hug to Ellsworth before tossing him into the group and fighting the trio. Her fire was well appreciated by the audience, but the numbers game caught up to her and she ended up catching a beatdown as well.

What did it all lead to? The Welcoming Committee beating Becky, Charlotte, and Naomi at Backlash on May 22, 2017. Quelle surprise, Becky tapped out to the Sharpshooter. Clean. Once more, someone—or a group of someones—was elevated by going over Becky.

Since then, the division has been somewhat mired in a directionless purgatory. The Welcoming Committee faded out; the blue brand made its own “history” with the first, and second, Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match—Becky, of course, being screwed out of victories on both occasions; and now a new, overly-ineffectual partnership of Tamina and Lana seem to be the primary narrative focus.

It’s certainly not that there are no avenues to explore. Becky accepted Charlotte back into her good graces with open arms, a development which leaned heavily on their real-life bond and not any storyline events. Becky never once demanded an apology, or even some sort of contrition, from her once-again bestie, which is rather incongruous with the moral compass of the character and the centrality of the Charlotte feud in Becky’s arc.

As we’re currently seeing in Monday Night Raw’s storyline pairing Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, a broken friendship doesn’t heal automatically—it’s a process, and really something that needs to be shown on camera. What makes it more aggravating is that the sort of character work the story would require is exactly Lynch’s forte.

You see, Becky took Charlotte back because, as aforementioned, she knows and fears the pain of isolation. Jetsetting around the world as a teenager had to be a bit isolating for one of the few women on the independent scene in the aughts—a feeling of isolation which was certainly exacerbated when she then lost her dream due to injury. So when Charlotte appeared on the blue brand, Becky was naturally inclined to remember the good times and forget the bad—because as crushing as Charlotte’s betrayal was, it paled in comparison to the constant longing she felt during her years away from wrestling. But Becky’s story was not a priority, and this potential goldmine was not (yet) fleshed out.

We’ve seen that much of the meta reality has served to hamper Lynch’s starpower (a truth that does, however, play into her character’s role of being underappreciated) and yet she’s still managed to overcome the odds and be a favorite of the WWE Universe.

Two recent pieces of content—an internet-exclusive promo and a backstage segment from an episode of SmackDown Live—get to the heart of what makes Becky such a beloved babyface.

The week prior to Money in the Bank 2017 she cut said promo, once more affirming the importance of her time away from wrestling—her journey, if you will. When asked if being in a Money in the Bank ladder match was something she ever envisioned, she responded:

Becky Lynch: So yes, it is something that I envisioned myself participating in, but there was times that I didn’t think that this was possible. I left this business for seven years because I thought that there was no point, that there was no way this was gonna happen. But there was something in me that always said, ‘You have to do this, and you are meant to do this,’ and I feel, as corny as this might sound, that this is my calling. And to be in yet another historical women’s match is just, it’s everything that I envisioned since the moment I first stepped foot into a ring back in this tiny little school hall in Bray County, Wicklow, Ireland, and to be able to do that now in St. Louis and have the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match is just incredible, it’s incredible. And I’m so happy to be a part of it, but beyond happy to be a part of it, I need to win it. I need to win it.

Interviewer: Whether it’s the female Superstars on Raw, or legends who have commented on social media, all eyes will be on you on Sunday. Does that put pressure on you and the other women to perform at your very highest this Sunday?

BL: You know what, yes it does, but I love it. I love the pressure. Whether it’s this match or any other match that I do, I always put that amount of pressure…

She then went on to coin a hashtag, #BeckyGotBank (which actually made the interviewer laugh), and made a dreadful pun about banks, which inevitably popped herself. But the key idea here is that Becky thrives in high stake scenarios—and left unsaid is that despite thriving, she still fails because others cheat.

Unfortunately on June 18, 2017, James Ellsworth won the first Money in the Bank contract for Carmella, physically unlatching the briefcase himself before dropping it to her. He did so after tipping over the ladder when Becky was on the verge of unhooking the contract for herself, making the insult doubly painful to her.

That night, as was now her custom, Becky cut a terrific fallout promo.

Becky Lynch: What do you want me to say, you know? It’s like Groundhog Day. Tonight we’re making history and then James Ellsworth comes in and tips the ladder over and climbs up there, he’s not part of the match, and is able to just hand it to Carmella—yeah that seems like a metaphor for a lot of people get handed a lot of things around here, and that’s just what happened tonight. And yeah, it’s a bit of a disappointing outcome, I would say that.

Interviewer: Becky where do you take it from here, now that Carmella is holding the Money in the Bank contract?

BL: I don’t know, where do I take it from here? Where do I take it from here, because no matter what I do, how hard I train, how good I am in that ring, if I’m the best there is, there is going to be somebody, with somebody on their side, that’s gonna come in whether it’s in a Luchadora mask or whether it’s in a big stupid, freakin’ money sweatsuit or whatever the hell that (indecipherable) was wearing and take it from under me. I don’t know, I don’t know, what do I do? What do I do now? What do I do? Do I just have to bring somebody along with me, like freaking Tweedledum over here, and TweedleDiva? That little partnership that’s going on, and now she gets to walk around as Ms. Money in the Bank, as the first Ms. Money in the Bank—because he climbed that ladder and just handed it to her? Just handed it to her. What am I supposed to do?

Once again we see Becky referencing past travails (La Luchadora) in order to connect her narrative thread for the viewer.

Two days later on SmackDown Live, the women in the match approached General Manager Daniel Bryan separately, all arguing that Carmella winning in such a fashion was unjust and wrong.

Becky was the last to do so, coming up to Bryan when he was conversing with Sami Zayn on a different matter. The whole thing should be watched, as it’s perhaps the purest babyface exchange in recent memory:

Sami Zayn: Oh, Becky!

Becky Lynch: Hi, Sami. (wearingly)

SZ: Hey, perfect, I kind of wanted to talk to you actually. Listen I saw the Women’s Money in the Bank match and uh, man you went through hell. Honestly I kind of feel like you got robbed a bit, I’m sorry it ended the way it did, I was really pulling for you.

BL: Thanks man, I was pulling for you too.

SZ: No problem. Hang in there, all right?

BL: Yeah you too, thank you. (Exit Zayn)

BL: Look, Daniel, I know everybody has come up to you today, but I keep thinking about the match and the worst part of it is that I physically had the briefcase in my hands. Like, I physically had it, and then Ellsworth just slithers in like the snake that he is and topples over the ladder, and just climbs it and hands it to Carmella. He just hands it to her. And we keep talking about how SmackDown is ‘The Land of Opportunity’ but it’s not, it’s not feeling like that. It feels like it’s The Land of Handouts. It doesn’t matter how hard I train, how hard I work, how good I am, there is just always somebody willing to come in and cut in front of me and take shortcuts and weasel their way to the top, the saddest part about it is that I’m prepared for it, I’m prepared for it, I know it’s going to happen and there’s nothing that I can do, Daniel, help me out, what can I do?

Daniel Bryan: I’m sorry Becky, it’s complicated.

BL: (scoffs) Is doing the right thing really that complicated?

Bryan’s decision later that night to strip Carmella of the contract—”the right thing”—is clearly influenced by Becky’s words (having her talk to Bryan last was very deliberate). He knows that she’s right, and having him reach the conclusion he does because of her words puts over her virtuousness in a huge way.

It’s not going over in a classic match of the year candidate. What it is, though, is affirmation of the character’s righteousness. These 108 seconds are arguably far more important for the success of Becky Lynch than any given match—win or loss. (Just would be nice to combine the two!)

In this segment, one indeed is wholly convinced that WWE is offering more than just a “wrestling show”—that its programming is indeed a legitimate “television show.” It appears so simple and mundane, but the interaction between Zayn and Lynch is so seemingly off-the-cuff, impromptu, and utterly believable that it convinces the viewer they’re watching something other than wrestling. To then flow seamlessly into Becky’s conversation with Bryan makes it feel like a real universe populated by real people.

What’s more, it’s zero accident that it involves Zayn, Bryan, and especially Lynch, all of whom have an immense grasp of their characters and how they would react to any given situation. It’s worth watching a second time just to see how Becky reacts to Sami’s words, slipping pointed glances at Bryan all the while maintaining her appreciation for Zayn’s words.

There have been and will be more “exciting” or “better” WWE moments in 2017, but this two minute clip has a case as the most sincerely babyface segment of the year. It demonstrated in full how WWE programming can and should be—a holistic, coherent, and believable art.

The neverending story

Becky Lynch’s WWE tenure is so fleshed out and steady due to the successful integration of the performer’s real-life backstory into the character. What’s more, playing so closely on things that actually happened have allowed Lynch to consistently present the truest version of herself on camera—it’s barely an act at all, but rather simply herself.

While many other performers stumble due to a creative process that doesn’t get them or their character, Becky has proven resilient to any such pratfalls. This teflon-like resistance to bad booking or storytelling is rare and will undoubtedly serve The Lasskicker well for the remainder of her career.

Yet there remains something beyond all that. There are plenty of performers who have and will overcome bad booking or storytelling. It’s WWE, after all. There’s a lot of bad booking and storytelling. (Which, admittedly, is kind of understandable when the program runs five hours a week, 52 weeks a year, year after year.)

But somehow, dramatically more than most, Becky Lynch’s segments form a tight, consistent narrative that builds on itself weekly. (This article left out many examples, but we’re already way over an ideal word count.) It’s honestly a remarkable clarity in vision and performance that’s difficult to find in any fictional medium, let alone the “last minute changes” world of WWE.

There’s no legitimate complaints of being “told” her story instead of being “shown” her story. Is it her actual acting background that gives Lynch a preternatural ability to present her character? Probably in part.

What it most points to, though, is her exile from the thing she loved most, and how that “wandering in the desert” shaped her early adult life. Every little detail is important to Becky Lynch—”all the pieces matter,” if you will—because of what she overcame to get to WWE. Without the struggle and pain and loss, she is not the character she is today.

And the character she is today is someone very hard to “not care” about. Her journey, her discovery process, is universal—it may not be wrestling, but there’s something in everyone’s life that they’ve fought, and fought hard, to keep. Some innate part of ourselves that no matter what, we can’t quite give up. Some driving force for which we can remember all the little details, all the successes and all the failures, because they all play a small part in shaping the way we view our desire.

All the pieces matter, and they help us answer one great question: Who is Becky Lynch?

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This Day in Wrestling History (July 31): Wrestlefest ‘88

Today’s TDIPWH is presented in two parts. The second part will focus on the career and life of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who passed away two years ago today.

38 years ago today at a Championship Wrestling taping in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Roddy Piper and Tony Atlas both make their WWF debuts.

Piper’s first stint in the WWF would be a brief one, wrestling just three matches for the company, all in Madison Square Garden. His more famous run kicked off in 1984 (just weeks after taking part in the first Starrcade) and would eventually be one of the company’s lead villains during their national expansion. Piper would remain in some capacity with the WWF (first as a wrestler, then commentator, then on-screen authority figure) until 1996. He had a second brief run in 2003, and a Legends run from 2005 until just before his death in 2015.

Tony Atlas, aka “Mr. USA”, would go on to moderate success in WWE as well. In 1981, Atlas was the first man to both press slam and pin Hulk Hogan (the win came with an asterisk; Hogan’s foot was on the bottom rope). In 1983, Atlas and Rocky Johnson as the Soul Patrol became the first African-American team to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. Atlas was set to have a run as Intercontinental Champion, but drug problems would spiral his WWF run downward, until leaving the company in 1987. He returned to the WWF in 1990 as Saba Simba (though the gimmick was unpopular, Atlas credits the gimmick for saving his life). He had one last run in the late 2000s as the manager for Mark Henry.

Both men would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (Piper in 2005, Atlas in 2006) and took part in the short-lived reality series Legends’ House in 2014.

33 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Giant Baba defeated Stan Hansen to win the PWF World Heavyweight Championship.

31 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Stan Hansen defeated Jumbo Tsuruta to win the NWA International Heavyweight Championship.

On the same show, Hiro Saito defeated Brad Armstrong in a tournament final to become the first PWF World Junior Heavyweight Champion.

29 years ago today, WWF presented Wrestlefest from the Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 25,866 fans were in attendance for the event.

The event would eventually be released on Coliseum Home Video in abbreviated form, and some matches would eventually air on Prime Time Wrestling.

  • Big Boss Man defeated Scott Casey.
  • Brutus Beefcake defeated Hercules Hernandez.
  • Jacques & Raymond Rougeau defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell).
  • Bad News Brown defeated Bret Hart.
  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan defeated The Honky Tonk Man via disqualification in a WWF Intercontinental Championship match.
  • The Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian) defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zuhkov).
  • Jim Neidhart defeated Lanny Poffo.
  • Macho Man Randy Savage defeated Ted DiBiase to retain the WWF Championship.
  • Curt Hennig defeated Terry Taylor.
  • Jake Roberts and Rick Rude fought to a double countout.
  • Haku defeated Sam Houston.
  • Ultimate Warrior defeated Bobby Heenan. As a result of Heenan’s loss, he was forced to wear a weasel suit.
  • Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeated The British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
  • Dino Bravo defeated Ken Patera.
  • Hulk Hogan defeated Andre the Giant in a steel cage match.

17 years ago today on Nitro from Cincinnati, Ohio (WWE Network link), Lance Storm defeated Chavo Guerrero via submission to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.

The win made Storm a triple champion, as he also held the United States and hardcore titles.

7 years ago today, Adam Pearce defeated Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave, and Shaun Tempers in a four-way match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

6 years ago today, PWInsider.com reported that Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan would launch his own promotion in the fall. The promotion would be Resistance Pro Wrestling, based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Corgan left the company in November 2014, and would join TNA in May 2015. Corgan, briefly a minority owner with the company, eventually ended up a contentious legal battle with the promotion when he sued for money owed to fund tapings. Eventually the case was settled, with Corgan getting what he was owed, but he no longer has any involvement in the promotion, known today as Global Force Wrestling.

In May 2017, Corgan got back in the wrestling business, buying the National Wrestling Alliance.


It’s a happy 48th birthday for David Cash, best known to wrestling fans as Kid Kash.

Gaining national prominence in 1999 partly for his uncanny resemblance to Kid Rock, he competed most notably for ECW until its shutdown in 2001. He was briefly ECW World Television Champion. Following ECW’s shutdown, he joined WCW… right before the WWF bought it. He emerged in TNA in August 2002 and stuck around there for nearly three years, winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice.

After a 15-month run in WWE (which included a six-week run as cruiserweight champion), Cash spent most of the remainder of the 2000s on the independent circuit before rejoining TNA in 2010.

Kash, released from the company a second time in January 2013, spent the remainder of his career on the independent circuit until his retirement in December 2015.

It’s a happy 55th birthday for John Hodger Laurinaitis.

Best known from his wrestling days as Johnny Ace, he’s the younger brother of Joe Laurinaitis, aka Road Warrior Animal, and the uncle of New Orleans Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Long before his days as a “glad-handing, nonsensical, douchebag yes man”, Lauranitis had a bit of success in the ring, though the majority of it was in Japan: he was a four-time All Japan Pro Wrestling world tag team champion, a two-time All-Asia tag team champion, and was part of Wrestling Observer Newsletter‘s Match of the Year in 1996.

Laurainitis left All Japan in 2000 in the mass exodus that led to the creation of Pro Wrestling Noah and retired from the ring. He returned to the states and rejoined WCW, where he was one half of the Dynamic Dudes in the late 1980s. He replaced Vince Russo as head booker and most notably booked the one-night tournament for the vacated WCW United States Championship.

He was brought over to WWE following the sale of WCW, and eventually took over Jim Ross’ spot as head of talent relations. Laurainitis would have a brief, yet memorable run on-screen following the infamous “pipebomb” promo by CM Punk, eventually becoming WWE’s general manager. Following his on-screen firing, Laurainitis returned to his role as a producer and road agent.

Laurainitis is credited with innovating the cutter maneuver, a ¾-facelock front face bulldog that would be popularized by Diamond Dallas Page and would be the basis of the Stone Cold Stunner.

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Cageside Speaks! The ‘Punjabi Spectacle At The Opera’ Edition (WWE Battleground reactions)

After WWE pay-per-view (PPV)s, and on other occasions of import, a panel of Cagesiders is convened to discuss. These conversations among members of the best dang pro wrestling community on the interwebs are called…

CAGESIDE SPEAKS

(get it?)

To discuss the latest SmackDown-branded PPV moderator supreme 14fizzpatrick recruited Gabe13, Mister Doctor Senju and Taker’s Minion to talk Kevin Owens’ controversial win, John Cena’s victory for America and the return of India’s hero The Great Khali.

And, as always with Speaks – a few other tangents and side discussions. That’s what the show’s all about after all. Fans with different views & opinions, likes & dislikes, doing their best to show why our little corner of the internet wrestling community is so darn special.

So please enjoy! And hit us up in the comments with your thoughts, feedback, questions or suggestions. Wrestling’s busy Summer heads to Brooklyn, and Cageside Speaks will be ready to talk everything that goes down in New York… and more!

Stay tuned.

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WWE Raw preview (July 31, 2017): Confluence

Team Red heads to Kurt Angle and Corey Graves’ hometown of Pittsburgh, and they’re bringing a main event worthy of where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio… a Triple Threat!

The Headliner

When Braun Strowman returned from injuries suffered after Great Balls of Fire to get revenge on the man who tried to kill him in an ambulance, he also threw the top of the Raw card into chaos. The Monster Among Men wrecked his nemesis Roman Reigns and the wrestler he was competing with to determine the #1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal title, Samoa Joe.

General Manager Angle opted to address everyone’s claims to a title shot – Strowman defeating Reigns at the last pay-per-view (PPV), Roman almost killing Braun and Joe hanging with Brock (and proving to be very popular with the WWE Universe by virtue of being very good at this whole sports entertainement thing) – by putting them all in a Fatal 4Way with the champ for SummerSlam.

And with several weeks to go until Brooklyn… you know what that means!

We’ll get the series of matches between the trio of full-time Superstars started with a Triple Threat tonight. And while Lesnar doesn’t wrestle on regular TV, he will be in the ‘Burgh, making this the proverbial combustible situation.

The title scene

Things didn’t work out too well the last time Bayley was in a feud with Women’s champ Alexa Bliss. Will they be different now that the Hugster’s defeated her best friend Sasha Banks for another opportunity to take down The Goddess at SummerSlam? Before we worry about that, we should probably keep an eye on how The Boss handles this setback.

Intercontinental champion The Miz suffered a defeat in last week’s show-closing match when Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins set aside their differences to take down The Miztourage. Tonight, the A-Lister is moving on, putting himself right in the middle of another big storyline when he interviews Angle’s long lost son and new Raw Superstar, Jason Jordan, on Miz TV.

Based on the official preview for Raw on WWE.com, it seems safe to assume tag titleholders Cesaro and Sheamus will still be watching from the sidelines (the Celtic Warrior is off doing his best Miz impression in Hollywood). There’s a couple teams who might be angling for a shot at the straps as soon as Shea-saro are ready. If Dean can learn to trust Seth again, the former Shield brothers proved a week ago they’ve still got the old Hounds of Justice chemistry. And The Revival have bounced back from Dash Wilder’s injury, spending the past few Mondays defeating former champs Gallows and Anderson and The Hardyz.

After the most recent 205 Live, it looks like Cruiserweight champ Neville might be headed to his own Triple Threat soon. Ariya Daivari earned a countout win over the King when he shoved him into their mutual nemesis, Akira Tozawa – who is still trying to convince his manager Titus O’Neil to let him fight with a bum shoulder.

Other stuff to keep an eye on:

– He won a match, but lost his name. We’ll see if Elias is booked to do anything interesting to build off his Bray Wyatt-assisted win over Finn Bálor, but we’re pretty sure all eyes are going to be on the coming Eater of Worlds vs. Demon battle.

– She managed to get on TV in an interesting way, but Emma only bought herself a beating at the hands of Nia Jax.

– Big Cass is making a living throwing Enzo Amore around, and putting Big Show down when he comes to his little buddy’s rescue.

Three weeks until SummerSlam!

What will you be looking for on Raw tonight?

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Preview for tonight’s episode of WWE Raw

Preview for tonight’s episode of WWE Raw

WWE invades Pittsburgh, PA at the PPG Paints Arena for tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Here is what’s on tap for tonight’s show: — The fallout from last week’s episode of Raw. — More build for the Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman match at SummerSlam. — Jason Jordan […]

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Road Dogg says “most fans have no idea what 5 stars even means”, X-Pac responds

Road Dogg says “most fans have no idea what 5 stars even means”, X-Pac responds

Brian James has wrestling in his blood. Pro wrestling has been his entire life as he followed in his family legacy and this shoo-in for the WWE Hall Of Fame is currently sitting at the top creative position on SmackDown Live. Road Dogg really should be respected if anything because The D-O-Double G gave a […]

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Daily Open Thread: July 31, 2017

Here’s your “Daily Open Thread” for July 31, 2017: Come chat about whatever you would like. Come back all day and night for discussion of all things pro wrestling and beyond, some of the former but much more of the latter. Basically, this is the spot to yak about anything related to anything other than pro wrestling.

Don’t forget to check out everything else we have going on here at Cageside today. Keep checking that front page for content throughout the day, but for now, scroll on down to the comments and talk about whatever your heart desires.

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Handing Out WWE’s Mid-year Awards

Handing Out WWE’s Mid-year Awards

2017 has been an eventful year in the WWE. We’ve already seen several things we thought we’d never see again. Goldberg in a WWE ring again, even defending a main championship at Wrestlemania. Kurt Angle is back on weekly WWE programming. The Undertaker has supposedly wrestled his last match. It’s been a wild year and […]

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Sami Zayn’s outstanding charity effort has Finn Balor’s support

Sami Zayn’s outstanding charity effort has Finn Balor’s support

Sami Zayn is the Underdog From The Underground and he’s taking that name seriously. His love of helping people has transcended the sport and branched out into real world problems. So Sami joined forces with the charity Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to help out. Zayn’s endeavor dubbed  “Sami For Syria” will go to benefit […]

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WATCH: The earliest known footage of Andre The Giant from 1966 is incredible

WATCH: The earliest known footage of Andre The Giant from 1966 is incredible

Everyone loves Andre The Giant but most people remember him as the smiling big man in the Princess Bride. The truth is he was quite nimble in his youth. Yeah, he was still a giant but Andre could still get around in more ways than one. Andre was a ladies man, an athlete, and a […]

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Brock Lesnar Vs. Jon Jones Could Happen Next Summer

Following his light heavyweight championship win over Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones addressed the Brock Lesnar super-fight rumors by calling out the current WWE Universal Champion. Of course, Lesnar responded, and the two seem to be interested in fighting each other.

As of this writing, Lesnar hasn’t re-entered the USADA testing pool, which means that he likely won’t be able to fight on December 30, which has been the rumored date.

On Sunday’s Live Audio Wrestling podcast, Dave Meltzer said that he thinks the Jones vs. Lesnar fight will happen, but we’re still about a year away from seeing it.

“I do think [Jones vs. Lesnar] is gonna happen because both guys want it really bad and there’s a lot of money at stake to do it. Whoever came up with the idea, that was a really smart idea. But I don’t see it happening until next summer.

“For timing reasons, for scheduling reasons, and for his drug suspension reasons, [Lesnar] isn’t going to be able to fight after WrestleMania anyway. So, you’re talking about WrestleMania and a two month camp before a fight, so really, the earliest is June, and more likely, if you can do it June, you can probably do it on the July 4 weekend show in Vegas, because that’s one of the biggest shows of the year.”

 

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Update on The Great Khali’s WWE Status

Even though The Great Khali played a vital part in Jinder Mahal’s successful WWE Championship defense at Battleground, he was nowhere to be seen on last week’s edition of SmackDown Live, which might mean that his return was a one time deal.

On Sunday’s Live Audio Wrestling podcast, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was asked if The Great Khali is back, and if he’ll have a storyline with Randy Orton going forward.

“I don’t think so. I guess you could do a [Khali vs. Orton] TV match, but I don’t really wanna see… I think that Randy Orton has had enough problems this year with bad booking to go in there and follow with a feud with The Great Khali. That would be pretty scary for him.”

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Update on the Rumored Kevin Owens Vs. Shane McMahon SummerSlam Match

On last week’s SmackDown, WWE teased a future Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon match, which led everyone to believe that the match is going to take place at this year’s SummerSlam.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently appeared on the Live Audio Wrestling podcast, where he talked about the rumored Shane vs. Owens  match, and whether or not it’ll happen.

“It’s the time of the year. If they’re gonna do it, I think it’d be for SummerSlam because it’s a little early to start something for WrestleMania. But yeah, it looks like a possibility. 

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Loser of John Cena Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura to Get a US Title Shot?

On next week’s SmackDown Live, John Cena will take on Shinsuke Nakamura in a match which will determine who will challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Of course, we know what the winner of the match will be doing on August 20, but what about the loser?

On Sunday’s Live Audio Wrestling podcast, Dave Meltzer of the Wresting Observer Newsletter said that the loser of next week’s Cena vs. Nakamura match might end up getting a shot at the United States Championship at SummerSlam.

“The winner is getting a match with Jinder Mahal, so I think we’re gonna get a winner. I think the other guy is gonna be wrestling AJ [Styles]. I think that AJ and Kevin Owens are wrestling [on SmackDown], and they’ve wrestled so many times that it’s kinda like, it’s time to move on. So, the loser of that match could be the one who faces AJ because they’ve teased Cena and Nakamura against AJ in recent weeks on TV.”

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Jon Jones Explains Why He Wants to Fight Brock Lesnar

After regaining the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 214, Jon Jones called out ex-heavyweight champ, and current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. You can see the call-out in the video at the top of this article.

After hearing of Jones’ call-out, Lesnar issued a statement of his own, which was more of a warning than anything else, and at the UFC 214 post-fight press conference, Jones responded to the WWE champ’s warning, and he also explained why he’s interested in fighting a guy who is significantly bigger than he is.

“I just think it’s a wonderful match-up. Obviously Brock Lesnar has millions of followers outside of MMA, so that’s huge for our sport to kind of steal some of those followers. I feel like Brock has a pretty limited game, and I just think it’s a wonderful fight. There’s just some much reward that’s involved. I just want to do it.

“I guess Lesnar just talked to the AP and said ‘be careful what you wish for, young man.’ Listen, Lesnar, it would take six months for him to even go through USADA to fight. It’s fun to talk about but the reality of it happening anytime soon… it’s not a reality.”

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Rumor Roundup (July 31, 2017): John Cena plans, Becky Lynch vs. Cris Cyborg, Taboo Tuesday, more!

Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.

Important reminder: Rumors are just that — rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it’s just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.

Rumors for the Day:

  • John Cena is now advertised for the No Mercy pay-per-view on Sept. 24. That’s a Monday Night Raw show.
  • The Becky Lynch-Cris Cyborg back-and-forth on Twitter may not actually be going anywhere after all.
  • WWE recently trademarked “Taboo Tuesday” for wrestling use, leading to the obvious speculation that it could be coming back as a pay-per-view.
  • PW Insider notes the game show hosted by R-Truth shot for the WWE Network will not be airing.
  • GFW was given an initial refusal on four Broken Universe related trademarks by the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to PW Insider.

If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Have fun with it.

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WWE Raw results, live blog (July 31, 2017): Triple threat

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 31, 2017) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) next month in Brooklyn.

Advertised for tonight: Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in a triple threat match, Jason Jordan joins Miz TV, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 31

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No one in WWE had a better goodbye for the Joe Louis Arena than Kevin Owens

WWE had the honor of holding the last ever event at the Joe Louis Arena before it closed its doors for good, so the company did a few tributes for it. Such as:

John Cena, who headlined the show, cut a promo:

AJ Styles said a few words:

No one was better than Kevin Owens, though:

Never change.

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Fifth Match Confirmed For Leicester Championship Wrestling ‘LCW Knockout’

Leicester Championship Wrestling have confirmed a fifth match for their August 5th event, LCW Knockout at the West End Working Mens Club in Leicester, England. It has been announced that Xander Cooper shall compete against Hustle Malone in singles action in Leicester on August 5th. Photo Credit: Leicester Championship Wrestling The announced match card is as…

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Former WWE & ECW Champion In Action, First Match Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Loathing X’

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their November 19th event, Fear & Loathing X at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It has been announced that Lionheart will compete against former WWE & ECW Champion, “The Whole Fuckin’ Show” Rob Van Dam in Glasgow on November 19th at Fear & Loathing X. Photo Credit:…

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Second Contest Announced For Pro Wrestling 4U ‘Versus The World’

Pro Wrestling 4U have announced a second contest for their September 10th event, Versus The World at the Holy Trinity Community Centre in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England. It has been confirmed that Juken has chosen White Tiger to face Rob Sharpe in singles competition in Newcastle-Under-Lyme on September 10th at Versus The World. Photo Credit: Pro Wrestling 4U The…

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Target Wrestling ‘Live In Carlisle’ FULL Results

The following results are from Target Wrestling’s event at The Venue in Carlisle, England on July 29th, 2017:   Tag Team Gauntlet*/** – Kriss Ross (Luke Ross & Kris Kendall) won the tag team gauntlet match. *Entry Order: Damon Havok & Theo Doros, Gabriel Kidd & Joshua, Kriss Ross, Medallion & Ivy Mist. ** Elimination Order: Gabriel Kidd & Joshua, Havok &…

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Bram lost his cool during an indie match and destroyed Ravie Davie’s face

GFW star lost his cool during an indie match and destroyed Ravie Davie’s face

Insane Championship Wrestling recently held their House Party 4 event and during the show, things might have gotten out of hand in one match. Reports from the show are saying GFW star Bram lost his cool and shot on Ravie Davie in a way that “couldn’t have been planned and everyone else feels uncomfortable and […]

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Jon Jones explains why he wants to fight Brock Lesnar; Dana White reminds us it isn’t happening anytime soon

If it seems like all this talk of a Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar fight came out of nowhere, that’s because it has. There were rumors going around that UFC may want to put it together while both made comments indicating interest. That was just smoke.

Then came the fire at UFC 214 when, following his knockout win over Daniel Cormier, one that made him light heavyweight champion, Jones called Lesnar out in the Octagon live on pay-per-view. Brock quickly responded.

It’s clear there’s interest.

But why?

At the UFC 214 post-fight press conference, Jones explained his side of it:

“You know, to be honest with you, I have no clue where this Brock Lesnar situation came from, how it started, but it got serious really quick. I started talking to my management team, First Round Management, and my team at Jackson’s MMA and I said ‘well, what do you guys think if this was to happen?’ Obviously my manager was like ‘well, it’s going to be a big payday.’ That’s his job, right, to make me money. But my team at Jackson’s MMA, Jackon’s Wink, they said ‘Jon, you can win that fight. You’re gonna have to dig deep, take your self belief to a higher level. You’re gonna have to earn this fight, so you’re going to have to change a lot, fighting at 225, 230.’ But they said ‘You can do this.’ So we made up in our mind that we were serious about it.

“I think it would be great for the MMA world, right? It would definitely bring more of the general public to the sport of mixed martial arts. That’s what we need — we need to expand our sport. Why not be the guy to play a part in that?”

“I just think it’s a wonderful match-up. Obviously Brock Lesnar has millions of followers outside of MMA, so that’s huge for our sport to kind of steal some of those followers. I feel like Brock has a pretty limited game, and I just think it’s a wonderful fight. There’s just some much reward that’s involved. I just want to do it.”

UFC President Dana White was quick to remind us all, however, that it isn’t happening anytime soon (for a lot of reasons):

“I guess Lesnar just talked to the AP and said ‘be careful what you wish for, young man.’ Listen, Lesnar, it would take six months for him to even go through USADA to fight. It’s fun to talk about but the reality of it happening anytime soon… it’s not a reality.”

But that doesn’t mean it’s not happening at all.

Tick tock.

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Raven Talks About Helping CM Punk, What’s Wrong With Promos In Wrestling Today

Former WWE Superstar Raven recently spoke with ESPN for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.

On today’s wrestling promos being heavily scripted: “I think it’s bad for the business. Now they write promos for people. In the old days, you got bullet points. They said, ‘Here are the points you gotta hit, so do it in your character.’ If you didn’t know how to be a character or how to be a star, you didn’t get over. Now they write for everybody, which is good for the lower-tier guys who can’t write, who aren’t creative enough yet or don’t have enough psychology yet. But for guys who have potential star power, you’re really killing it, because [Steve] Austin would’ve never came alive if they would’ve been writing his character for him. If they told him to just stay with these promos. It’s a whole different world now.”

On helping CM Punk early in his wrestling career: “I never realized I helped him that much. Maybe he was listening when I thought he was arguing with me. I thought he would’ve looked back with less than fondness on me because we butted heads quite a bit, but I’m glad he didn’t.”

On wrestlers talking over fans’ heads: “[Eric] Bischoff pulled me aside one time and said, ‘I think you’re talking over the fans’ heads.’ I go, ‘I may be, but I don’t think it matters because it’s mystifying and elegant and eloquent.’ The fans listen to Kurt Cobain music and get the point, but they don’t understand what every word means. They understand the concept of what he’s talking about, and that’s the same thing with my promos. You understood the concept. If you were a misfit, you felt, ‘Here’s somebody who gets me.’ If you were a normal person, you’re like, ‘I hate misfits. Misfits are a pain in the ass. They whine. They complain.’ It was a unique perspective on the world.”

Check out the complete Raven interview at ESPN.com.

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**Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Shug’s Hoose Party 4’ Night Two LIVE Results**

The following results are from Insane Championship Wrestling Shug’s Hoose Party 4 Night Two at the O2 ABC in Glasgow, Scotland on July 30th, 2017:   **LIVE EVENT IN-PROGRESS –  REFRESH FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION** “The Phoenix” Jody Fleisch defeated Aaron Echo by pinfall. Molly Spartan came to the ring to interview Lionheart but instead attacked…

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Social Slam: Captain Rhyno, Emma, Paige, Rusev/cows

The wrestling world certainly keeps a fan busy. Whether it’s speculating on rumors, pounding out FanPosts on your thoughts about what’s going on in WWE, catching up on your local indies, engaging in back-and-forth with commenters on your favorite wrestling site (hi!), dream booking your favorite wrestler. or trying to figure out if the latest 205 Live is worth a watch — it’s crazy. And it’s a lot. When the numerous colorful personalities that make up this wrestling world we’re all attached to collide with the freedom and craziness of the Internet, it’s fun but it can be hard to keep up

In this new feature, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite posts that hit social media with the aim of keeping you updated or just bringing a smile to your face.


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Nick Jackson reveals how they’d neutralize The Revival’s offense for a victory:

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My squad.

Family dinner at our favorite San Diego spot @civico1845 ✨

A post shared by Brie Bella (@thebriebella) on Jul 28, 2017 at 9:23pm PDT

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Up in the club like

The whole cast – minus Nia Jax. Hyped?

#totaldivas #season7 #comingsoon

A post shared by Nikki Bella (@thenikkibella) on Jul 27, 2017 at 2:23pm PDT

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Legit Boss of Loot Crate.

Monster heel and Big Cass.

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Gurl.

Captain Rhyno and Heath Slater baby!

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I want to be a person who inspires hope and dream ☺️⚓️

A post shared by Kairi Sane⚓️カイリ・セイン (@kairisanewwe) on Jul 29, 2017 at 6:38am PDT

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I feel like the addition at the end is new. DC??

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Nakamura shaming ‘em

#greatconversation

A post shared by Shinsuke Nakamura (@shinsukenakamura) on Jul 27, 2017 at 4:46pm PDT

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The anniversary of Jericho!! Ring it in, maaaaaaaan!

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A year ago today before I got married I fed a cow! ##

A post shared by Miroslav Barnyashev (@rusevig) on Jul 27, 2017 at 10:08am PDT

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Social Slam: Captain Rhyno, Emma, Paige, Rusev/cows

The wrestling world certainly keeps a fan busy. Whether it’s speculating on rumors, pounding out FanPosts on your thoughts about what’s going on in WWE, catching up on your local indies, engaging in back-and-forth with commenters on your favorite wrestling site (hi!), dream booking your favorite wrestler. or trying to figure out if the latest 205 Live is worth a watch — it’s crazy. And it’s a lot. When the numerous colorful personalities that make up this wrestling world we’re all attached to collide with the freedom and craziness of the Internet, it’s fun but it can be hard to keep up

In this new feature, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite posts that hit social media with the aim of keeping you updated or just bringing a smile to your face.


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Nick Jackson reveals how they’d neutralize The Revival’s offense for a victory:

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My squad.

Family dinner at our favorite San Diego spot @civico1845 ✨

A post shared by Brie Bella (@thebriebella) on Jul 28, 2017 at 9:23pm PDT

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Up in the club like

The whole cast – minus Nia Jax. Hyped?

#totaldivas #season7 #comingsoon

A post shared by Nikki Bella (@thenikkibella) on Jul 27, 2017 at 2:23pm PDT

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Legit Boss of Loot Crate.

Monster heel and Big Cass.

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Gurl.

Captain Rhyno and Heath Slater baby!

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I want to be a person who inspires hope and dream ☺️⚓️

A post shared by Kairi Sane⚓️カイリ・セイン (@kairisanewwe) on Jul 29, 2017 at 6:38am PDT

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I feel like the addition at the end is new. DC??

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Nakamura shaming ‘em

#greatconversation

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The anniversary of Jericho!! Ring it in, maaaaaaaan!

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A year ago today before I got married I fed a cow! ##

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Finn Balor congratulates WWE star for losing 100 matches in a row

Finn Balor congratulates WWE star for losing 100 matches in a row

Curt Hawkins has been back with WWE for less than a year but his win/loss record has been less than stellar. In fact, he’s lost 100 matches in a row. No worries, because he is still collecting those WWE paychecks and he’s booked for almost every house show and he is seen as a guy […]

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Shawn Michaels On NXT Crowds Being ‘Rebellious’, His NXT Talent Standouts, More

– WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels recently caught up with Kayla Braxton on the road with NXT, check out the highlights below:

On the difference between NXT crowds and WWE crowds:

“One is very different than the other; it’s a little bit more of a rebellious, rowdy, and very sort of protective group, as well. I think they understand that all of the NXT Stars that they’re seeing are eventually going to the main roster, but right now, they’re theirs to enjoy. I think [the NXT crowd] also understand they are going to be a big part of what takes these NXT Stars to the next level.”

On his list of NXT standouts:

“From the guys that are a little bit more experienced: Johnny Gargano, Roderick Strong, I very much enjoy them to guys like Patrick Clark – Velveteen Dream – I certainly see a lot there. But then you go a little further down with less experienced, Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude, so I think there’s real potential there. My goodness, with the girls of course you’ve got Ember [Moon] and Asuka [who] are phenomenal. Nikki Cross, but then, again, there are some sleepers out there, Sage [Beckett] and Abbey Laith, I think there’s so much depth here.”

On WWE Performance Center environment:

“Matt Bloom [Head Trainer] and Sara Amato [Trainer/Producer] are the ones – honestly, in my opinion – who deserve all of the credit. They are the ones that set the vibe, set the mood, set the culture for that place each and every day and it is absolutely, easily, the best environment I have ever been in, in my entire life. It is phenomenal, it really is, and that isn’t blowing smoke or kissing anybody’s backside because those two make it that way.”

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Samoa Joe On ROH Talents WWE Should Sign, Why NXT Is Beneficial To Talents

As noted, WWE Superstar Samoa Joe recently appeared as a guest on 102.5 The Bone’s Drew Garabo Live program based out of Tampa, Florida. Below are some additional highlights from the interview.

On The Authors of Pain: “He’s got a brand new tag team that’s very LOD-like. Yeah, they’re called The Authors Of Pain. They’re AOP and they’re basically, one was a former shoot fighter who was called ‘The Albanian Psycho’. Huge guy. The other one was an Olympic-Qualifying wrestler for Canada. They’re young and you’re going to be something special. Managed by ‘Precious’ Paul Ellering.”

On NXT being good for new aspiring talents to pay their dues and to get over before moving to the WWE main roster: “Yeah, they do pay their dues. When guys are in NXT, not me, but the guys who are signed to developmental deals that are there,” Joe said, “they’re setting up the ring, they’re tearing it down, they’re working every day at the PC. And it’s arduous training, man. Those guys go through a lot. And then, you have the benefit of getting over before you’re on the main roster. So the hardcore fans that are really into WWE, they’re watching NXT and they’re seeing these guys develop, they’re seeing these guys come up, and when they debut on RAW or SmackDown, from Night One, people are excited that they’re there.”

On ROH talents he feels WWE should sign: “A couple of dudes, Jay Lethal, I think, is one of them. He’s the kind of guy who can do any character, and do anything you put in front of him, he can kill it. And another guy I was just recently watching a lot of, God, I’m trying to remember, Dalton Castle. And I don’t know if you guys have seen his act, but it’s… I won’t even spoil it, if you just look up ‘Dalton Castle Entrance.’” Joe added, “a lot of guys in NXT are making their debuts in NXT, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and other are kind of the main ones.”

Check out the complete Samoa Joe interview at TheBoneOnline.com. H/T to WrestlingInc.com for transcribing the above quotes.

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WATCH: Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe during final WWE show in Joe Louis Arena

WATCH: Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe during final WWE show in Joe Louis Arena

Brock Lesnar is The Beast incarnate and WWE Universal Champion. But amidst rumors he’ll be making a jump back to the Octagon, Brock might not hold Raw’s top title for very long. But who knows? He just might go over in his match against Samoa Joe, Bruan Strowman, and Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, but the […]

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