Report: WWE re-branding Divas Championship – SEScoops
SEScoops and PW Insider are reporting that WWE will officially re-brand the Divas Championship as the Women’s Championship this Monday on Raw and a new belt has been commissioned which “bares a strong similarity to the WWE World Heavyweight championship belt – but it’s mounted on a white leather strap and is smaller.”
Kickoff Show Shuffled…Again – Cageside Seats
Remember that totally definitive Kickoff Show lineup I posted in the roundup yesterday? Well, Figure Four Weekly is reporting that the lineup has been shuffled once again. Now, Kalisto vs. Ryback is expected to kick off the in-ring action around 5:30 on the 5PM broadcast and the six divas tag match and the Usos-Dudleyz match will take place on the 6PM USA broadcast. Until they change it again.
Cesaro Spotted Sans Sling – Pro Wrestling Sheet
I’ve altered the headline a bit here because I don’t feel Cesaro appearing in Dallas is that big of a deal because Mania is sort of an”all-hands on deck” situation for contracted talent, but Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting the Swiss Superman is in Dallas without a sling. This obviously has led to smark speculation that Cesaro could be involved in some shenanigans on Sunday.
Just days from the Showcase of the Immortals, The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show is back with a preview of the card this Sunday in Dallas, Texas! What will The Rock’s role be? Can Roman Reigns defeat Triple H? Who will steal the show? Chad Dukes discusses this and more as he previews WrestleMania 32 with Loud Goat and Thom.
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Wyatt Family Rings NYSE Opening Bell – With Spandex
The Wyatt Family visited Wall Street yesterday to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to promote WrestleMania 32. Now if they could just get them on the WrestleMania card.
WrestleMania Kickoff Update – Lords of Pain
Settle in kids, it’s gonna be a long WrestleMania Sunday with the action starting at 5PM ET and running until 11PM ET. Buried in the match previews for each bout, WWE has confirmed the placement of matches on the kickoff matches on this year’s show. Hour 1 (Airing on WWE Network, WWE.com, the WWE App, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+): The Usos versus The Dudley Boys and Kalisto versus Ryback; Hour 2 (Also airs on USA Network): Team BAD & Blonde versus Team Total Divas and the Andre The Giant Battle Royal.
Shinsuke Nakamura Arrives at the Performance Center – WWE
Ahead of his NXT Takeover: Dallas match with Sami Zayn, new WWE signing Shinsuke Nakamura has finally arrived in the United States for his new life as a WWE Superstar. WWE.com documented his arrival to the WWE Performance Center.
Final WrestleMania Card – PWInsider
The card for WrestleMania is locked in it appears. Four matches will occur on the Kickoff Show on the WWE Network at 5PM ET (second hour also airing on the USA Network): The Andre the Giant Battle Royal, The Usos vs. The Dudleyz, Kalisto vs. Ryback for the United States Championship, and Team Total Divas vs. Team Bad and Blonde. ‘Mania proper runs from 7PM ET to 11PM ET and will feature the remaining 7 matches.
Harper Knee Surgery – WrestleZone
Justin LaBar is reporting that Luke Harper underwent successful knee surgery this past week.
Global Cruiserweight Series Update – Cageside Seats
In addition to qualifying matches going down at upcoming EVOLVE events, REV Pro and Progress Wrestling in the UK will host Cruiserweight Series qualifiers. Also in this update are the taping dates for the series: June 20-24 at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.
Machine Gun in the PC – Twitter
The former Albert & NXT Head Coach, Matt Bloom posted a photo yesterday showing someone who appears to be Karl Anderson hanging out at the WWE Performance Center. Suffice to say people are foaming at the mouth for the Bullet/Balor Club to make their debut.
It’s the biggest go-home show of the year for the biggest event of the year! Monday Night Raw goes down in Brooklyn tonight, with less than a week away from Wrestlemania 32! The pre-Raw notes:
- Final Additions: As Wrestlemania nears, the card looks to be mostly set. Expect the addition of an AJ Styles/Chris Jericho match, as well as another Divas bout.
- Diva Debut: WWE.com is teasing the debut or return of another Diva. The “Total Divas” team (Paige, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, and Natalya) is outnumbered by the “Other Divas” team (Emma, Summer Rae, Tamina Snuka, Cameron, and Lana). This could be an interesting spot for Bayley, as it would be with the faces, but lumping her with the Total Divas and not the Banks/Charlotte/Lynch triad would be a curious decision. Either way, this is certainly something to keep an eye on.
- Wrestlemania: ’nuff said. This show will be HOT.
Enjoy Raw and the rest of Wrestlemania week, marks!