The Morning Roundup 9/23/14

Morning News RoundUp 1

Lucha Undergound Teaser - YouTube

El Rey Network’s Lucha Libre show is set to debut October 29th featuring AAA lucha stars and former WWE talents like Chavo Guerrero (pictured above!) and John Morrison.

TNA hypes WWE Announcer - Lords of Pain

Like they always do, TNA’s really excited about another possible WWE acquisition, this time it’s announcer Josh Matthews. Worth noting that they later deleted the tweet.

WWE2k15 Trailer –

ICYMI, here’s last night’s gameplay trailer for WWE2k15.

Monday Night Raw Preview 9/22/14

It’s time for the post-Night of Champions edition of Monday Night Raw! Coming to you LIVE from Memphis, Tennessee, this episode of Raw should clean up all the Night of Champions fallout and direct the WWE’s direction for the upcoming Hell in a Cell special event. Some pre-show notes below (note: Night of Champion spoilers included):

  • Championship Picture Suddenly Fuzzy: While Brock Lesnar retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions and Cena once again failed to “embrace the hate,” Seth Rollins curb-stomped his way into the title picture, and at least theoretically dragged Dean Ambrose in with him. As it stands, John Cena can lay claim to the No. 1 Contender’s spot, since he technically won last night’s match. Rollins is on the fringe thanks to his status as Mr. Money in the Bank, and wherever Rollins goes, Ambrose isn’t far behind. Also, Randy Orton is still owed a one-on-one title shot. is teasing a new challenger for the strap, so expect someone besides Cena to step up and take a run at the champ.
  • Authority Looking to Flex: While the Bella feud is still raging, the Authority has suddenly found itself without a main event dance partner. Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns are out with injury and Chris Jericho is back on hiatus. Last night implied that a returning Dean Ambrose would become the Authority’s main focus. Another possibility (though these are not mutually exclusive) is that the tenuous alliance between the Authority and Paul Heyman could snap, as Seth Rollins (an Authority member) cost Brock Lesnar a win last night over John Cena — a win which would’ve cleared Cena from the title picture.
  • New Champions, New Courses: Three new champions were crowned last night: the Dust Brothers, Miz, and AJ Lee. While intimated that the Miz/Dolph Ziggler feud would continue, it looks as though AJ and the Dusts might be in search of fresh rivals. The Usos and Paige should still be prominent players on Raw, but it might be time to elevate another tag team and perhaps some Divas from NXT? Speaking of…
  • The Next Generation: A cryptic tweet from WWE’s twitter account mentioned that the “next generation” would arrive tonight. Speculation has run rampant, as NXT is continually referred to as the “next generation” by WWE and after a spectacular special event two Thursdays ago plus an influx of outside talent, this could be the perfect time to roll out a kind of Nexus 2.0 (headed by a returning Bad News Barrett?!). Not to be a wet blanket, but my money’s on NXT characters getting added to WWE 2k15. Hope I’m wrong.

That’s it! Enjoy the show and be sure to check back here tomorrow for the “Day After” report!

The Morning Roundup 9/22/14



I’m going to try to get a Night of Champions recap up later today, but my quick thoughts: Solid wrestling, Dean Ambrose is the man, and I’m perfectly fine with how the main event went down considering the alternative (LOL Cena Wins).

Paul Bearer’s son passes -

Michael Moody, who inducted his father in to the WWE Hall of Fame this year passed away yesterday. Thoughts and condolences to the family.

Wrestling Legend Bobby Eaton suffers a heart attack – Wrestling INC

Member of the legendary Midnight Express Bobby Eaton is recovering from a heart attack suffered this weekend. All the best on a speedy recovery.

Michelle McCool debunks “Undertaker in poor health” rumors – Instagram

There was a weird rumor going around this weekend that the Undertaker was in poor health, but wife Michelle McCool posted a rebuttal and a photo to her instagram to debunk the rumors.

Post Surgery – Reigns’ NOC Status, Time Out For Injury


You may have heard that Roman Reigns was rushed to the hospital earlier today with an incarcerated hernia.  The good news is that it sounds like the surgery went about as well as it could have.  The WWE posted an interview with their lead physician, Dr. Chris Amann, who has been in contact with Reigns and his surgeon…

“At the time of the surgery, surgeons found a loop of small intestine was caught in the hernia sac, which would account for the pain and discomfort that Roman was having earlier in the evening,” Dr. Amann explained. “The surgeons released the hernia sac so the intestine could be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. Once they were satisfied blood supply had returned to the intestine after releasing the hernia, they went ahead and completed the procedure. A mesh was placed over where the hernia had occurred to prevent future occurrences.”

Dr. Amann added that the hernia was likely a pre-existing issue, and wasn’t related to a specific injury that occurred in the ring.

It sounds as though Roman Reigns is expected to make a full recovery, which is fantastic news.  Of course, those hoping to see Reigns-Rollins II will have to wait for another day.  It goes without saying that the Samoan powerhouse will miss Night of Champions tomorrow evening, but according to Dr. Amann, Reigns could miss “closer to six weeks.”

Dean Ambrose has been heavily rumored to return tomorrow night, and that possibility may have just increased.  With Roman expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow (and thus in no immediate danger), WWE may go ahead with Rollins declaring victory by count-out or forfeit, much like he’s done in the past.  The return of the Lunatic Fringe may appease the WWE fan base who had hoped to see Reigns in action tomorrow night.

We’ll keep you updated on any changes in Roman Reigns’ situation.

ICYMI: Kenta Debut

In case you missed it, one of the top “prospects” for the WWE debuted yesterday on NXT.  Former Japanese wrestling star KENTA made his in-ring debut in NXT just last night.  KENTA, now under the name Hideo Itami, debuted against high-flying Justin Gabriel.  Hideo comes from Japan with a lot of hype and promise as he was a top star in Japan.

Hideo’s in-ring debut lived up to the hype, I do believe.  Hideo brought a high impact offense that brought the kicks he promised.  Hideo did not squash Justin, but did control most of the action.  Hideo hit a lot of great kicks and looked comfortable in the ring.  He had a great number of different kicks and finished with a stomp move off the top rope.

After the win, Hideo was demolished by the Ascension.   This was in retaliation to Hideo beating up the Ascension last week on NXT.  The future looks bright, and if he is booked strong against the Ascension, the sky is the limit.

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