The Morning Roundup 8/22/14

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ODB gone from TNA – WrestleZone

Eric Young’s “spouse” is gone from Impact Wrestling. I loved the EY/ODB pairing and wedding so it’s bittersweet to see her go.

Where’s Dean? - WWE.com

The WWE.com boys and girls are some silly geese. They have a poll up asking where Dean Ambrose has gone since he “disappeared” on Monday night. Lotta shtick.

NXT Takeover 2 & 4 matches Officially announced - PW Torch

The next NXT Special is September 11th, 2014 and already announced for the show: Bayley vs. Charlotte for the NXT Women’s Championship, The Ascension vs. the Tag Team Tournament Winner (Sin Cara/Kalisto or The Vaudevillians) for the NXT Tag Team Championship, Enzo Amore vs. Sylvester LeFort in a Hair vs. Hair Match, and Adrian Neville will defend the NXT Championship. Also, there will be a brand new GM of NXT.

Spike to buy TNA? - Yahoo

There is a theory being floated out there by a writer for Wrestling News World that Spike extended their relationship with TNA until the end of the year so they could continue to negotiate the sale of TNA to Spike. It makes sense. Spike parent company Viacom purchased Bellator MMA which airs on the Network a few years back, so why not TNA?

The Morning Roundup 8/21/14

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Daniel Bryan Needing Tommy John Surgery – Masked Man

Our pal David Shoemaker aka the Masked Man broke this one on his twitter. He’s reporting that Daniel Bryan will be sidelined at least 3 more months after finding out he needs Tommy John Surgery. I’m guessing at this point he’ll be held out until Royal Rumble and by then WWE will see if he’s ready to go.

Impact on Spike through end of 2014 – Impact Wresting

Don’t heap that dirt on TNA just yet. They announced last night that they’ll remain on Spike through the end of the year at least. Using their taping schedule as a guide they’ll have taped all those December shows by October. I kid. Maybe.

Christy Hemme Pregnant – Wrestling INC

Two TNA stories! Ring announcer Christy Hemme announced she’s pregnant last night. I guess Samuel Shaw’s completely out of luck now.

ICYMI, You’ll never guess who Brock Lesnar’s first challenger is… - PWTorch

As much as I loved the match and as much as I give John Cena credit for taking the beating… color me disappointed. 1) I wanted Cena to sell the physical and emotial beating for a bit longer, 2) The possibility of hotshotting the victory back to Cena is lingering in the back of my mind, and 3) I really wanna see Lesnar work some title matches with “lesser” guys.

 

WWE Main Event Preview 8/19/14

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!

Official Notes:
Erick Rowan vs. Big Show
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
LIVE on WWE Network 8pm Eastern, 7 Central

WWE.com: Dean Ambrose “reportedly missing after escaping WWE medical personnel.”

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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.

Coolest Pic You’ll See All Day: The Other Stardust

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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.

 
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