Fans often get excited when a former WWE talent hits the independent circuit to ply their trade in more intimate environments, but no superstar in recent memory has caused as much of a stir in the wrestling world with their post-WWE career plans as former 6-time tag team champion and 2-time Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes.
After releasing the now infamous checklist in May, Rhodes is lining up a who’s who of dream matches that fill the remainder of 2016, beginning on August 19th in Joppa, MD at Evolve 66 and continue through Ring of Honor’s Final Battle pay-per-view on December 2nd in New York City.
In one of the most relaxed and conversational interviews we’ve had on the show, Cody joined this week’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show for an amazing 20-minute discussion on topics ranging from land dealings with Bray Wyatt to his upcoming part on CW’s Arrow to Evolve and Ring of Honor to the chance we see him in the Lucha Underground temple and more.
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Down one man, having lost Thom Daly for the week while he works a match in the Everglades, Chad Dukes and Loud Goat are back for an all-new Chad Dukes Wrestling Show!
This week the boys discuss what they thought of the WWE Draft and then this week’s special guest Cody Rhodes joins the program to talk about his upcoming independent shows, his wrestling family, and a plot of land that he almost owned with Bray Wyatt.
Thank you to Cody Rhodes for coming on the show and giving so much of his time. Follow Cody Rhodes on Twitter @CodyRhodes for information on all his projects including the bevy of matches on his schedule and purchase a shirt at his Pro Wrestling Tees store. If you’re in the MD/DC/VA area, be sure to catch Cody Rhodes versus Cruiserweight Classic competitor Zack Sabre, Jr. at Evolve 66 August 19th in Joppa, MD. Tickets are on sale at DGUSA.tv. Tickets are also on sale at 10AM Thursday morning for Rhodes’ appearance at Ring of Honor’s Final Battle 2016 at ROHWrestling.com.
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WWE Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship
An action-packed main event, with a number of nods to the history of the Shield, including a Shield style powerbomb and Seth Rollins’ sneak attack chair shots. The finish came after Rollins hit Reigns with a Pedigree and a Buckle Bomb but Reigns rebounded with a Superman punch and a spear. With Rollins neutralized, Ambrose swooped in and hit Reigns with a Dirty Deeds to keep the championship on SmackDown. The SmackDown roster sans Bray Wyatt came down to the ring to celebrate the victory. An overall strong match which will likely set up a Rollins & Stephanie vs. Reigns conflict over losing the championship for the Raw brand.
Not surprisingly I suppose, the live DC crowd was solidly behind “Anyone But Roman” in this match. I was pleasantly surprised that with the presence of the commissioners and GMs of the respective brands there was not chicanery and the finish was clean. I do hope that now the draft has taken place and the rosters are set, we stray away from the Raw vs. SmackDown feuding brands and onto traditional rivalries as separate shows.
The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton
With Orton and Jericho headed to different brands, this was purely promotion for Orton-Lesnar. While I think everyone knew going in how this was going to end, with an RKO out of nowhere, it had some fun elements. Orton surprisingly referenced Lesnar’s USADA drug tests and Chris Jericho is killing it currently with his “drink it in man” shtick.
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The Club T-shirt – Cageside Seats
It’s Y2AJ all over again! Well not exactly, unlike Y2AJ it’s still relevant because Gallows and Anderson are still teaming. However, days after separating AJ Styles, Gallows & Anderson to different shows, WWE has finally released a t-shirt for “The Club.”
Booty O’s are Real – IGN
The New Day announced at a WWE/Mattel panel during San Diego Comic Con that their previously fictional cereal, Booty-O’s was going to be produced and sold at fye and you can pre-order them now.
Johnny Gargano Going Full Time with NXT – PW Torch
Johnny Wrestling will be leaving the company on September 11th in Queens, NY against Cody Rhodes and wrapping up his independent dates on September 25th. Gargano was working a “second-tier” contract with NXT previously that has been turned into a full-time deal along with NXT tag partner Tommaso Ciampa.
Ultima Lucha Dos Pt 3 Results – WrestleZone
Prince Puma vs. Rey Mysterio & Pentagon Jr vs. Mantaza Cueto? Yeah, you need to see this show.
Cruiserweight Classic Week 2 Results – With Spandex
Week 2 is in the books in the Cruiserweight Classic and 4 more men moved on to the round of 16. Check out the results or find out for yourself on the WWE Network.
Slater Undrafted – Twitter
This could be a quality bit, if handled correctly. As mentioned in our Draft recap yesterday, Heath Slater went undrafted in the 2016 WWE Draft and is now touting himself as the hottest free agent in wrestling.
Cesaro on Draft Position – YouTube
Erick Rowan Vignette – Twitter
And finally some supplemental material for last night’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show, the videos mentioned of Cesaro talking about his draft position and the Erick Rowan “Alone” vignette.