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The Morning Roundup 8/30/16: Universal Championship Edition

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The first half of today’s roundup will be dedicated to the shocking finale of Raw where Kevin Owens took his rightful place as Universal Champion!

Champion of the Universe – WWE

In a fantastic close to last night’s Raw, Kevin Owens became the second ever Universal Champion last night on Raw eliminating Big Cass & Seth Rolins with an assist from The Game, Triple H.  Pro Wrestling is #1 and the best.

Rollins Confronts McMahon & Foley – WWE

Following the shocking ending of Raw, “The Man” Seth Rollins and Commissioner Stephanie McMahon had words about her husband’s actions.

Owens’ First Photoshoot – WWE

WWE also has footage of Owens’ first photoshoot as champion before going to call his wife.

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The Morning Roundup 8/8/16

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Benjamin’s Return on Hold – WrestleZone

The return of Shelton Benjamin to WWE & SmackDown Live has been put on hold due to a serious shoulder injury. From the sound of his Tweets announcing the injury, a torn rotator cuff was discovered by WWE doctors.

Ryback Officially Gone from WWE – Pro Wrestling Sheet

While he’s still on the WWE roster page, the Big Guy has set fire to any bridges back to the WWE.  Ryback posted a video on his Instagram wishing the WWE the best in their future endeavors and plugged several new ventures and a website launching today.

#GloriousBomb – WWE

Newest NXT roster members Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa have posted a series of videos in which they “#GloriousBomb” Bobby Roode with his new theme song. The one in Roode’s hotel room might be my favorite.

 

WWE Payback 2016 Preview

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Payback airs tonight on the WWE Network, and is being billed as the first major event of the “New Era.”

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles

The main event perhaps best epitomizes what the “New Era” may entail – establishment versus independents.  Reigns has been finding his way as the official face of the company for about a month, while embracing the jeers of the WWE Universe with a slightly smug swagger.  An outside observer might view Reigns as a champion grown in a sterile environment – the bloodline, professional football player, has only ever wrestled in a WWE/developmental ring.  Combine this with the swoonworthy looks and the marketing department of a publicly traded company, and you have a relatively young guy (not yet 31) who can parade around on talk shows in a suit and ponytail, carrying the belt with the giant company logo.

Compare and contrast to beloved Internet darling and independent “journeyman” AJ Styles.  This list of indy titles, awards, and 5-star matches he’s accumulated in a 14-year career has made him one of the most respected wrestlers alive.  However, he’s a 38-year old who has gotten called “rookie” on an uncomfortably regular basis.  And, there will be ~18,000 people in attendance whose emotions would range from “not that upset” to “over-the-moon ecstatic” if he finds a way to win the strap tonight.

That dichotomy is only half the bout.  Lurking ringside will undoubtedly be the Gallows and Machine Gun, fresh off demolishing the Usos in a fashion not often seen since the APA vs. Public Enemy.  I think it’s widely expected that some form of “Club” will result from this match – Gallows, Anderson, and AJ Styles?  Or, Gallows, Anderson, and Finn Balor?  Or, Gallows, Anderson… and Roman Reigns?    The “New Era” will almost certainly commence with the dawning of a new super stable.

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The Day After: WWE TLC 2015

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A red-hot post main event beat down and tremendous opening tag title match highlighted last night’s TLC extravaganza from Boston.  Let’s run down the results.

TLC Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus defeated Roman Reigns with the help of the League of Nations

Despite the frustrating viewing experience of the live crowd trying to crap all over a main event they paid to see live with pointless chants, I really enjoyed this match.  What worked best about this is it followed a recent trend in WWE ladder and TLC matches I really dig: beating the hell out of each other, then go get the belt.  I always hated the silly race up the ladder dynamics that some ladder matches would have in the past and Reigns and Sheamus did a good job using the plunder at their disposal to incapacitate their opponent before even attempting to grab the belt.

Late in the match after knocking Sheamus off the Ladder with a Superman punch, Reigns seemed poised to win when Rusev & Del Rio stormed the ring giving Sheamus a second opportunity.  Reigns was able to escape but ultimately fell to a Brogue Kick that sent him to the outside and Sheamus up the ladder to victory.

After the match… Roman Reigns snapped.  Spearing the League of Nations duo, with Sheamus on their shoulders, and then decimating the three with vicious chair shots.  An army of referees and the Authority unsuccessfully tried to rescue the WWE Champion, which further enraged the defeated challenger, nailing the Celtic Warrior again with the chair before turning his attention to the Game.  With Superman punches, chair shots, a powerbomb, and a final goodbye spear, Roman Reigns unleashed the frustration of being screwed out of the WWE Championship twice in two months and had the snarky Boston crowd screaming “Thank You Roman” to close the show.

While I’m sure tonight’s RAW crowd in Philly will still crap all over Reigns this was a perfect scenario to get him way over with the majority of the fanbase.  People have been clamoring for the intense, no-nonsense, short on words Reigns from the Shield days and finally, the evolution of that guy may be emerging.  He can handle himself in the ring, I’m done with those who can’t see that, so the next piece that has to be finalized is locking down his persona. Reigns doesn’t need to be good on the mic, cracking jokes like the Rock or grinning like John Cena vowing to try his hardest next time when he can be the silent ass kicker.  Reigns was a powder keg waiting to explode after the events of 2015, from WrestleMania to Survivor Series, this outburst was building.  Tonight was the perfect example of the version of Roman Reigns we need.

An added layer to the Reigns-HHH beatdown: you now have a storyline excuse for the Authority to possibly bar Reigns from the Royal Rumble.  With a “sure thing” removed, combined with Sheamus as champion, it adds a layer of unpredictability to who may emerge with the WrestleMania title match AND avoid the crowd reaction problems of the last two Rumbles.

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Ryback Suffers Knee Injury, Out of Battleground

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WWE.com has announced that Intercontinental Champion Ryback has suffered a knee injury and he has been pulled from his championship defense at Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view.

WWE.com has learned that Ryback was diagnosed with a staph infection following Monday Night Raw. He was admitted to a medical facility, where he is currently undergoing treatment. Though the infection is severe and will be keeping him out of action this Sunday, he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming weeks.

There’s been no word as of yet if the match will be replaced on the card. Two hours ago the Big Guy sent out a series of tweets describing the harrowing ordeal:

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