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Hell in a Cell Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks (C) to win the title
Charlotte regained the RAW Women’s Championship for the third time after rag dolling Sasha Banks onto a table (it didn’t break) before hitting Natural Selection. Because there was no big stunt before the pin, it came off as an abrupt and flat ending to an otherwise good Hell in a Cell match. The match started out with an homage to the Undertaker/Mankind Hell in a Cell match with Banks getting seemingly removed and stretchered out of the match after Flair attacked her before the bell, ultimately driving her through an announce table with a power bomb. Like Foley, Sasha rolled off the stretcher and the match was on. While the action was good, several big moments didn’t go as planned. In one spot, Charlotte fell from the apron onto a table that collapsed but didn’t break and near the finish Sasha was thrown onto the table twice with the table staying intact both times. The ending didn’t feel like a blow-off but my hope is they let these two move on to other rivalries for the near future.
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Aries Injury – Pro Wrestling Sheet
If you follow us on Twitter, and you should, you saw the video and photo results of Austin Aries’ Injury Wednesday night in Fresno, CA. A tag team match ended abruptly after NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura kicked Aries in the face and the referee threw up the dreaded “X” signal. Aries’ eye was busted open pretty badly and required stitches.
Charlotte Flair – With Spandex
WWE has added the Flair surname back to former WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte’s in-ring name. The change has been made on all YouTube clip titles on WWE’s account, her WWE.com profile, and personal social media accounts.
Headbangers Return – Lords of Pain
Former WWE Tag Team Champions The Headbangers tweeted that they will be returning to SmackDown Live Tuesday as part of a qualifying match for Team SmackDown in the Traditional Elimination Survivor Series Match. Previously, they competed against eventual Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Rhyno in the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Tournament.
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Corgan – TNA Hearing – The Tennesseean
Nate Rau has a great recap of yesterday’s hearing in the ongoing lawsuit filed by Billy Corgan against TNA Wrestling, that was talked about on last night’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show.
Hell In A Cell Additions – Lords of Pain
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke has been added to the main card of Hell in a Cell this Sunday. In addition, a six-man Cruiserweight tag team match will kick everything off on the HIAC Kickoff show.
Mickie James’ Message for Asuka – YouTube
Mickie James made her official return to WWE television with a video message to NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, who she will challenge for the title at NXT Takeover: Toronto.
WWE Welcomes New Class – WWE
WWE officially welcomed a new class of recruits to the performance center, some have been rumored, one has appeared on NXT already, and the others are newcomers to the business. The new recruits are:
- Roderick Strong – Former ROH & PWG World Champion
- Tommy End – EVOLVE, PWG, & UK Independent wrestler
- Big Damo – UK Independent Wrestler
- Crazy Mary Dobson – Independent wrestler
- Alvin Abitz – Army veteran with kickboxing and rugby background
- Theophilus Agbi – Amateur wrestling background
- Demitrius Bronson – Former professional football player
- Taynara Melo de Carvalho – Olympic Judo competitor
- Victoria Gonzalez – Independent wrestler
Billy Corgan Wants Full Control of TNA – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Pro Wrestling Sheet has obtained court documents showing that TNA President Billy Corgan is attempting a bit of a hostile takeover with his lawsuit against Dixie Carter and TNA. The documents claim Carter lied to Corgan about discussions about selling the company to WWE, funding from the Fight Network and more.
Taker-Cavaliers – With Spandex
The Undertaker was on-hand in Cleveland last night to help the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate their NBA Championship at the request of the team after Lebron James wore an Undertaker shirt following Game 5 of the NBA Finals.