Tonight’s episode of WWE Main Event features a showdown in the desert! Behemoths collide as Erick Rowan of the Wyatt Family takes on Big Show of Big Show & Mark Henry.
After getting beat down yet again by the Usos, Rowan and Luke Harper have been shuffled away from the tag team title picture and into a feud with friendly giants Big Show and Mark Henry. The teams have clashed over the past few weeks, and things could get interesting tonight now that Mark Henry has drawn Rusev into a side beef. Geez, I can’t remember the last time a wrestler had multiple feuds popping off at once.
Either way, this should be an entertaining slobberknocker!
Erick Rowan vs. Big Show
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
LIVE on WWE Network 8pm Eastern, 7 Central
If it’s possible to be sent off to film a movie looking stronger than Dean Ambrose, I don’t know that I’ve seen it.
After forcibly volunteering Seth Rollins for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge/bouncing the bucket off his face and a fantastic Falls Count Anywhere match against Rollins, Dean Ambrose was on the receiving end of a devastating curb stomp. Through cinder blocks. Gimmicked cinder blocks yes, but it couldn’t have been a pleasant experience.
Now this morning Ambrose’s write off has produced the single greatest opening paragraph/story from WWE.com ever…or at least for this week.
Despite suffering what was deemed to be extensive head and spine trauma after being Curb Stomped through a pile of cinder blocks by Seth Rollins on Raw, Dean Ambrose has not only refused treatment but is reportedly missing after escaping WWE medical personnel altogether.
The story continued with this gem:
Dr. Amann went on to say that Ambrose’s exact injuries could not be determined thanks to his refusal of treatment, and further tests are impossible at this time as WWE trainers simply cannot find the notoriously unstable former U.S. Champion.
“At the time of bringing him backstage, he was responsive and was refusing transport to a local medical facility for further evaluation,” said Amann. “He had removed the straps and surgical collar, said he refused to go and we haven’t seen him since.”
I know it’s a kayfabe injury report, but… I love this and I love Dean Ambrose. It’s totally in line with everything we know about Dean Ambrose, the WWE Superstar. Every week that goes by the guy gets more over and he just drops new gems that make me tear my ACL from slapping my knee. From threatening to pawn the MITB Briefcase to Fat Tony and Sneaky Pete to “It’s for Charity.” The guy is on fire, he’s WAY over, and I wonder how long before WWE has another Daniel Bryan situation on their hands, forcing their hand on who the fans want in a top spot.
Wherever you’ve gone Deano, just stay away from those Mexican border towns.
Pictured is Dusty Rhodes in 1979 as the reigning and defending NWA Brass Knuckles Champion (later known as the Texas Hardcore Championship).
You can accept one of two truths from this image…. Either Dusty Rhodes really did nickname Cody Rhodes “Stardust” as a child, or, as I choose to believe, the Dream can see into the future.
Plus, the belt is pretty cool. Nothing against the current/newly unveiled WWE strap, but Brass Knucks > Diamonds.
Lets talk wrestling, NOW!
New Belt – Wrestling, Inc.
Think about how long we had the spinner belt. That thing was around for years and looked awful any time John Cena did not have it. Finally, we got a new belt a year ago, and now we get another one! The new belt has the new WWE logo, it makes sense. It looks better than one guy holding two belts. The old school World Heavyweight title is dead, however. It was always my favorite looking title, and it’s sad to see it go.
Ambrose, Out – WWE on Youtube
Seth Rollins and Kane have put Dean Ambrose out of action for a number of weeks. This is all a part of a bigger scheme to give Dean time to shoot a movie. Except him to be back in a month or so once filming has wrapped.
Lesnar Coverage - CDW
Almost every site covered Brock Lesnar in some respect yesterday. From him not being a good champion, to his dominance, to his part-time schedule. You know who did all this the best? Louis Tully & Rick Martel of Chad Dukes Wrestling Show. Check it out!
Well! With a potentially landscape-changing SummerSlam in the books, the WWE universe hits Las Vegas for the post-SummerSlam edition of Monday Night Raw! Some pre-show notes, and if the lead image wasn’t enough of a clue, there will be SummerSlam spoilers in the post below:
- BROCK LESNAR: Yes, the Beast Incarnate gets the all-caps treatment! One night after completely decimating John Cena en route to becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Lesnar and mouthpiece Paul Heyman will be in the building celebrating the huge victory. Speculation has run rampant about what kind of schedule Lesnar will have now that he’s champion, with the general consensus being that he’ll only defend the belt a few times a year as opposed to the current “30 day” schedule. Answers should be had tonight.
- Other New Champs: Though the night was overshadowed by Lesnar’s dominant performance, two new champions were crowned as well: Dolph Ziggler and Paige. With Lesnar likely to maintain his “part-timer” status, there has been much talk of consolidating the IC and U.S. titles, making Dolph Ziggler (and Sheamus) bigger players than their current titles would suggest. Also, rumors have been swirling that AJ Lee is gradually decreasing her WWE presence. Unfortunate if true, but hopefully she paves the way for some NXT call-ups before going on hiatus.
- Authority Madness: The tangled web of the Authority only grew stickier last night, acquiring the allegiance of Nikki Bella and Kane sticking his nose in the Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose feud again. However, golden boy Randy Orton lost to Roman Reigns, which has to lead to questions about Orton’s place in the pecking order. Another interesting note that was lost in the build-up to Lesnar/Cena: Lesnar (and by extension Paul Heyman) were contracted by the Authority to win the belt from Cena. Expect that tenuous connection to come into play tonight, now that Lesnar has kept up his end of the bargain.
- Bray and Y2J Rolls On: Despite scoring a decisive win against Chris Jericho last night, it appears Bray Wyatt isn’t quite done tangling with the Lion Heart. Expect things to escalate tonight towards a showdown at Night of Champions, as the series sits at 1-1.
That’s it, marks! If the Raw after Wrestlemania is considered the top episode of the years, this Raw after SummerSlam can’t be too far behind. Be sure to tune in tonight and check back here for the “Day After” report and all your wrestling news and analysis needs!