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The Morning Roundup 6/19/17

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Money In The Bank – Wrestling Observer

The Maharaja retained his championship in much the same way he gained it and Carmella and Baron Corbin became the 2017 Money In The Bank Winners at last night’s pay-per-view. Carmella’s victory came in a controversial fashion as Carmella’s puppet/second James Ellsworth climbed the ladder for her and dropped the case down to her for the win. It sounds like Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan will have something to say about that this Tuesday. Corbin grabbed the men’s case by ending the spectacular AJ Styles-Nakamura confrontation, dumping both men off the ladder, and grabbing the briefcase. Special recognition to Sami Zayn who dealt out some hellacious moves to Ziggler and Kevin Owens during the match.

Mike & Maria Kanellis – YouTube

Another happening last night was the debut of Mike and Maria Kanellis, formerly Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis of Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor. The pair is being billed as a couple who is over the top in love, complete with 80’s power ballad theme music, focused on teaching SmackDown Live, “The Power of Love” through the heelish tactics the pair is known for I’m sure.

Crazzy Steve – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Another former Impact Star and former tag team champion, Crazzy Steve was featured in the article touting the latest crop of athletes trying out for WWE at the Performance Center.

Mae Young Classic – With Spandex

Friday afternoon, the first four names for the Mae Young Classic were revealed: Toni Storm (PROGRESS Women’s Champion), Lacey Evans (NXT), Sarah Logan (Crazy Mary Dobson, NXT) and Princess Sugehit (CMLL Mexican National Women’s Champion). In addition, Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that former Straight Edge Society member Serena is in talks to participate and Becky Lynch name-dropped former MMA fighter turned Wrestler Shayna Baszler as a possible participant in an interview with an Indian publication.

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WrestleMania London? – With Spandex

WWE has included London in a poll of potential future sites to attendees of Orlando’s WrestleMania 33 sparking speculation that London could actually be the host site for the WWE’s crown jewel event. There are some logistics to overcome, like the time difference, but it’s certainly an interesting option.

Slammiversary Announce Team – Cageside Seats

MLB Network & NHL Network’s Robert Flores will join Don West for the call of Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XV. The makeshift announce duo will be replacing Jeremy Borash and Josh Matthews, who instead of calling the action will be in action in a tag team match.

Rumor: Former Impact & ROH Stars Set for WWE – Wrestlezone

PW Insider is reporting that a pair of Impact and Ring of Honor stars are set to debut for the SmackDown Live brand this Tuesday or even as soon as Sunday’s SmackDown Money In The Bank show. For the sake of those who don’t want their identities revealed, I’ve omitted them in this space, but if you want to know click the link.

The Morning Roundup 6/14/17

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Money In The Bank – WWE

The Money in the Bank card appears to be set after last night’s SmackDown Live in addition to the two ladder matches, there will be three championship matches: Jinder Mahal versus Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, Lana vs Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and The Usos versus The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

Cueto Cup – Twitter

Tonight on Lucha Underground a 32 man tournament will begin titled “The Cueto Cup” with the winner receiving a Lucha Underground Championship Match at Ultima Lucha Tres.

Bullet Club – YouTube

And now, the following is a paid advertisement from the Bullet Club promoting the NJPW United States G1 Specials.

The Morning Roundup 6/13/17

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Matt & Jeff Talk “Broken” Gimmick – Cageside Seats

Matt & Jeff Hardy spoke relatively openly about the “Broken” gimmick on WWE television for the first time in an interview on “Bring It To The Table” and in the Originals tab of WWE Network yesterday. During the 14 minute package, Graves point-blank asks about the “shattered or broken personas” and Matt says while there is a chance, he can’t say more due to legal issues but encourages the WWE Universe to continue their “Delete” and “Brother Nero” chants, before Jeff remarks that he’s happy that his middle name is Nero.

John Cena: Free Agent – PW Insider

As seen on last night’s Raw, John Cena is being billed as a free agent for his return to SmackDown Live. PWInsider is reporting that the move is to allow Cena to move freely between Raw and Smackdown.

Dash Wilder Cleared – Pro Wrestling Sheet

After suffering a fractured jaw back in April, The Revival’s Dash Wilder has been cleared to return to in-ring competition. In recent weeks, the Top Guys have been involved in the “Whodunnit” attacks on Enzo & Cass storyline as the top suspects and possibly setting up the Big Show to take the fall for the attacks on Big Cass.

 

The Morning Roundup 6/12/17

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Raw Rematch – Lords of Pain

The Hardyz will invoke their rematch clause tonight on Raw challenging Tag Team Champions Sheamus & Cesaro.

NJPW Dominion Results – Wrestling Observer

Fire up your NJPW World subscription, New Japan Pro Wrestling held its second biggest show of the year Dominion, headlined by the rematch between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada from WrestleKingdom. From all accounts, they did not disappoint wrestling to a 60-minute draw.

NJPW G1 Special Cards – Wrestling Inc

Speaking of New Japan, the cards for their two live shows in Long Beach, CA on July 1st and 2nd have been announced and the main event to Night 1, which will be broadcast live on AXS TV, will feature a big match for friend of the show Cody Rhodes, challenging Okada for the IWGP Championship just a week after challenging Christopher Daniels for the Ring of Honor Championship. Also the full list of competitors for the United States Championship Tournament will include: Jay Lethal, Adam Page, Juice Robinson (CJ Parker of NXT), Zack Sabre Jr., Michael Elgin, Tomohiro Ishii, Naito, and Kenny Omega.

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