With just under two weeks until SummerSlam – usually the WWE’s second-biggest show of the year – the company had to jump things up a notch this week on RAW.
When it comes to Brock Lesnar, there is no doubt fans love the realism that only a former UFC heavyweight champion can bring.
While he is one of the most protected superstars in the company, Seth Rollins did convincingly and quickly defeat the Beast to capture the Universal title at WrestleMania 35.
Lesnar would then cash in his Money in the Bank contract and reclaim the belt at Extreme Rules before Seth Rollins won a 10-man battle royale the following night on RAW to earn the right for a rematch at SummerSlam.
Last night on RAW, their feud took a violent turn.
WOW. Lesnar’s beat downs of Rollins on #RAW (& Seth’s pained reactions) were hard to watch. Just look at this F5! No way in the world of faking it. Has this bump alone heaped a little more intrigue onto their match at #SummerSlam, and was it necessary?! Who’s excited? pic.twitter.com/yJe5dwVEQo
Of course, Mysterio has lost his mask once before during his WCW days. However, during his run with the WWE that has stretched back to 2002, he has never been properly demasked.
Mysterio cut an interview about the incident later after RAW where he mentioned that only Eddie Guererro and Randy Orton had ever gotten Mysterio’s mask off – though you never saw his face – but Andrade was the first man to rip it.
Becky Lynch is not only one of the top female stars in WWE, she’s one of the top stars, period.
The Man has kicked down plenty of doors in the past 12 months and after becoming the first woman to ever main event WrestleMania alongside Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, her star has only shone brighter.
One of Lynch’s milestone moments arrived when she battled Flair at the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, last October.
The match was critically acclaimed, as was the entire show. And yet, WWE have not pencilled in a sequel as of yet.
Dave Meltzer has reported that WWE are hesistant to do so without having someone like Ronda Rousey as a headliner, but Lynch told talkSPORT that she would love to headline part two.
“Oh, absolutely! First and foremost, it was one of the best pay-per-views of the year. And that’s not me being biased, that’s a fact,” Lynch confidently stated. “It had Match of the Year on it, including yours truly.
Absolutely, I don’t see any reason why not. I think we have a strong enough women’s division [without Rousey], as long as they tell the stories around us and let us go. And… that’s all I’ll say.”
Lynch resisted digging into Rousey too much – for once! – or criticising the way WWE have handled the women’s division as of late. But mentioning the need to build stories around the ladies said it all.
Speaking of stories, Lynch was been embroiled in a mixed tag-team angle with real-life boyfriend Seth Rollins heading into Extreme Rules.
The former Lass Kicker says she was ‘apprehensive’ when creative pitched the idea to her, but, ultimately, working with a talent like Rollins won her over.
“Honestly, I was very apprehensive,” Lynch started. “What I didn’t want was everybody talking about the relationship. What I wanted was two bad asses, two people at the top of their game fighting side-by-side. Not for the world to be reminded every five minutes that this is Becky Lynch’s boyfriend or that’s Seth Rollins’ girlfriend. Which, of course, they didn’t do. They were the masters of subtlety…
“So, for that reason, I was apprehensive. But when I thought about it, I was like OK. One, we’re going to make this a badass fight, it’s going to be a great fight. No matter what, you know when you put me and Seth Rollins in a fight you’re going to get pure passion and we’re going to pull out all the stops. But in terms of having my relationship be the freaking be the front and centre, that’s not what I’m about. That’s not what I’ve worked towards. That’s not what I wanted.
“I wanted to work with Seth because he’s the best in the business – you know, besides me – but working with him was awesome. He really is the absolute best.”
talkSPORT caught up with Lynch ahead of SummerSlam which goes down from Toronto, Canada on August 11. You can watch it via a free trial on the WWE Network.
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WWE fans are some of the harshest critics in the world and barely a week goes by without some strong words said about the product online.
Lately, WWE superstars have finally found their voice and have lept to the defence of the company. Chief among the defenders is Seth Rollins.
After a few exchanges on Twitter, Rollins has even come in for criticism for defending the company from criticism! A vicious cycle if there ever was one.
However, he has found some support in the form of his opponent at Raw Reunion, AJ Styles.
The two-time WWE champion totally understands where Rollins is coming from and in an interview with SportingNews.com, The Phenomenal One talked about how fans like to give an entitled opinion.
“I totally understand where he’s [Rollins] coming from,” he began.
“We’re out there doing trying our best to entertain everyone to the best of our ability. It’s not easy to do that and then you want to be arm-chair quarterbacks. Hindsight sucks. Everybody wants to do that. You can’t do that.”
“If they were so good at what they’ve done, and I know you’ve heard this before, if these guys who want to criticise wrestling were so good at what they do, they’d have a job in the wrestling business. But they don’t. They rely on what someone else has said and whether or not they agree with that.
“They pick and choose what they like. You can’t do that. Either you enjoy it or you don’t. Regardless, you’re making a show about it weekly, so something must be going right. Somebody is doing something right.
“We want to entertain. We want to do our best, so it’s aggravating when not only do we know some things don’t go the way that we like, then we have to hear it from somebody else.”
As we rapidly approach one of the biggest months of the calander year in wrestling, both companies are trying to position themselves the best they can with huge shows on the horizon.
Below, we have the latest news from around the wrestling business:
Adam Page on picking AEW over WWE
“I’d like say it was difficult so it would look like I’m level-headed and played my options well but, at some point, you feel like you’ve made it far enough in your career and you feel financially stable enough that, maybe money isn’t the most important thing.
“With All Elite, I felt that I had the opportunity to do something huge for my career and just to have fun with my friends and provide something for a ton of other guys, who, this kind of exposure would not have existed without us committing to it. It was something we decided to do together. It was an easy decision.”
No Evolution II
Dave Meltzer is reporting that WWE have not considered running a second all-women’s pay-per-view because they do not believe it would be successful without Ronda Rousey.
Rousey and Nikki Bella main evented last time out and the event was commercially successful.
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The Wrestling Observer says the WWE are attempting to make a deal with The Rock to have him appear live and in person on SmackDown when it debuts on FOX.
While talks are ongoing, no deal has been agreed as of yet.
Daniel Bryan set for renewed push
Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda has said that WWE has big plans for Bryan in the coming months.
“Both Eric Bischoff and FOX are reportedly big fans of Daniel Bryan’s current heel gimmick and FOX is believed to have encouraged this move given the negative reactions to Bryan’s fight to save the planet.”
There are plenty of notable absences from the WWE Hall of Fame and speculation runs rampant every year as to which deserving legend will get the accolade.
One thing that the WWE has begun concentrating on lately is including teams into the Hall of Fame.
Names like D-Generation-X, The Hart Foundation and The Four Horseman have all gotten the nod, but who is next?
According to PW Insider, the NWO could be in line to be inducted in Tampa.
“It’s Tampa, which is Hulk Hogan country, so perhaps the NWO makes sense. I haven’t heard any definite names at this juncture,” Mike Johnson of PW Insider said.
While there were dozens of members over the course of the group’s existence, the induction would feature the founding members of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan.
All three men are already Hall of Famers in their own right, but the NWO faction certainly deserves recognition for kicking off the hottest period in the history of the business. No question.
The NWO formed in 1996 at Bash at the Beach and it was the first time in Hogan’s career that he would turn heel.
That sent shockwaves through the industry and helped WCW overtake WWE in the ratings for 83 consecutive weeks.
Of course, the WWE would eventually buy WCW in 2001 and NWO would have a brief run in the company in 2002.
With All Elite Wrestling’s All Out approaching at the end of August and their weekly TV show following in October, they’re gaining more attention than ever.
There is no doubt that AEW has made a strong start to life as a major wrestling promotion and all of their shows thus far would be viewed as qualified successes.
One man that keeps getting linked to the company, though, is CM Punk.
The 40-year-old was one of the biggest stars the business had seen in recent years during the height of his WWE run between 2010-2014.
However, after becoming frustrated with working in WWE and alleged claims they weren’t taking care of him from a medical standpoint, he departed the company and embarked on an unlikely MMA career with UFC.
Now, after going 0-2, many fans feel it’s the perfect time for Punk to return to the ring and finish off his career in the squared circle.
Speaking to ESPN, Punk said that he had received an offer from vice president Cody Rhodes via text and he didn’t seem over the moon about it.
“The last thing I got — I got a text from Cody [Rhodes]. And again, I almost don’t even know how to reply to them sometimes, because if I reply, they do interviews and are like, “Oh yeah, I just talked to Punk.” I’m kind of damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I always think if somebody wants to do business with me, they can come talk to me. Texting offers isn’t really a way to do good business, at least.”
Now, Cody has responded to Punk’s comments and he even speculates that the Chicago-native may return to WWE.
“I think he was misquoted. I know one of us had met with him in person, and yes I texted him plenty when we couldn’t connect on the actual phone, but not a contracted offer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to WWE. Regardless, great wrestler and guy. Door is open if he wants it.”
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