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We unfortunatly transition into very sad news now, as it was announced yesterday that wrestling legend Harley Race passed away at the age of 76.
Race has been hailed as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever grace the sport, capturing the NWA Worlds Championship eight times in his career. The wrestling world has sent their outpouring of love and respect for the man, including Tommaso Ciampa who wrote a lengthy post about their time together, William Regal who called him a great friend and mentor, Cody who recalled that Harley would try and scare him while he was managing Vader in WCW, and Vince McMahon who said, “long live the king.”
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Next week, WWE will be holding their biggest party of the summer – as they host Summerslam in Toronto, which I’m reliably informed is where Daniel Bryan is from.
The show will reportedly run for a butt-numbing six hours, and myself and Oli Davis be live streaming our reactions to it so make sure you join us for that, and the show will feature Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, Becky Lynch vs. Natalya for the Raw Women’s Championship, Charlotte Flair vs. a returning Trish Stratus, and the in-ring debut of The Fiend when he takes on Finn Balor.
One match that was announced this week was Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz, a very strange choice seen as though WWE have put so much focus on Dolph attacking Shawn Michaels last week, as well as his constant references to Goldberg in his promos. Last week it was reported by Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Weekly that this was because Ziggler was going to face Goldberg at Summerslam, with Dave Meltzer adding this week that the Dolph vs. Miz announcement is a “red herring”.
Big Daddy Meltz has since doubled down on this, writing in the Wrestling Observer: “the idea is that Ziggler by disrespecting Shawn Michaels and superkicking him, disrespected the legends. The idea was that Ziggler would have the locker room against him and that Goldberg, who Ziggler has mentioned in passing in every program, would come back.”
Meltzer adds that this has come from the mind of Paul Heyman, who wants to book Goldberg as a John Wayne type character, an older badass character that would return from time to time just like Bruno Sammartino did in his territory days which Heyman saw when he was a kid. And our boy Matt Riddle has seemingly confirmed the rumour, posted on Twitter that he wants to be a part of the match. Maybe they could make it a fatal four way by adding in this guy:
Someone who won’t be at Summerslam, however, is Bobby Lashley.
We’ve not heard from Bobbles Lash Leroux since the battle royal to crown a new number one contender to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship, which came off the back of his incredibly hot angle with Braun Strowman that signified the start of the Heyman era. And it’s now being reported by Fightful that the reason we’ve not seen Lashley as of late is because he’s out with an injury.
Sean Ross Sapp is reporting that the injury is currently “undisclosed”, but says that he should be back in action by November 2nd, which would be in time for Survivor Series.
Which would take him out of the running for who ran over Steve Austin – I mean who pushed some stuff on top of Roman Reigns on Smackdown. If you didn’t see this week’s Smackdown, Roman Reigns had backstage equipment pushed on top of him as he was about to announce his Summerslam opponent to Kayla Braxton. So much so that Roman did his best impression of that Drake meme.
This has led to a lot of speculation from fans on who shot Mr. Burns, I mean who attacked Roman Reigns. Many figured it was Samoa Joe seen as though the two have been feuding for the last couple of weeks, while some felt it could even have been Kayla herself, and there was some early speculation that it Buddy Murphy as someone dressed like him was seen in the background of the attack.
However according to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was none of those choices – and the answer on who is Cartman’s father, I mean who attacked Roman Reigns, is none other than Daniel Bryan – which would tie into his refusal to reveal his career altering announcement on the show. This also ties into the advertisements of Bryan vs. Roman for house shows following Summerslam.
It should be noted of course that this is just a rumour, and there is every chance that WWE could change their minds on this. After all it was reported that this week’s Smackdown was not only re-written twice before the show aired, its second hour was being re-written again while the show was on the air. Huh. So Eric Bischoff is running the show then.
While there is still conflicting stories and rumours about Impact Wrestling getting their weekly TV show off Pursuit and onto AXS, the company did announce two big contract signings. The first came earlier this week when they revealed Tennile Dashwood had signed with the company, and it was announced yesterday that Keira Hogan has also signed a new multi-year deal.
Hogan told Outsport of the signing, “I’m so glad to continue to be a part of the roster and to continue to be a part of the Impact family, because, honestly, that’s what it is. I honestly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It’s the best locker room I’ve been in… it’s just so crazy to think about me talking about the Knockouts division when I was 16 years old, and saying how they had the best women’s wrestlers. To be a part of the division, I can actually vouch for that now.”
Which would certainly put her out of the running for the AEW Women’s Championship, which will be unveiled at All Out later this month.
All Elite Wrestling revealed their World Heavyweight Championship at Double or Nothing back in May, with the first champion being crowned at All Out when Chris Jericho clashes with Hangman Page on August 31st – a show that Oli and I will also be livestreaming our reactions to. A tournament to crown tag team championships was also announced, with Tony Khan on Steve Austin’s podcast, which will take place when AEW debuts on TNT in October – with the winner of Dark Order vs. Best Friends at All Out earning a buy in the first round.
The first show on TNT won’t just see Cody vs. Sammy Gueverra, a Jon Moxley appearance, and a six-man tag with The Elite taking on Chris Jericho and two mystery partners – Two CM Punks to AEW confirmed – Sports Illustrated revealed yesterday that they will also crown their first-ever AEW Women’s Champion. Further details on the belt will be revealed on The Road To All Out next week, and Brandi Rhodes told Sports Illustrated, “The championship will be treated with the utmost respect and prestige. We hope to inspire future female wrestlers to dream of holding such a meaningful title.”
One thing we also know for AEW’s new weekly show is that it won’t feature the same level of violence we’ve seen from Double or Nothing and Fyter Fest. Tony Khan told the press following the Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela match and the chair shot heard round the world from Shawn Spears to Cody Rhodes at Fyter Fest that the show on TNT won’t be like that, and they’d save blood for PPVs only.
That of course didn’t stop Vince McMahon on his WWE investors call last week publicly denouncing the company for being simply “blood and guts” – something WWE have obviously graduated from – and it’s been speculated that this line was designed by Vince to scare potential sponsors from getting into bed with All Elite Wrestling – just like he did with WCW back in the Monday Night War.
The “blood and guts” phrase was parodied on this week’s episode of Road to All Out, and Cody had a message about it in a very passionate promo that aired on AEW’s YouTube channel to hype their debut on TNT. This is what he had to say.
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