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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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ROH-CMLL Relationship Made Official – ROH Wrestling
In what they are touting as three companies working towards one goal, Ring of Honor announced a working relationship with Mexico’s CMLL in conjunction with the relationships between ROH-NJPW & NJPW-CMLL.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus Added to SummerSlam – WWE
A best of 7 series between Cesaro and Sheamus will begin Sunday at SummerSlam. With this addition, the card is up to 10 matches: 7 for Raw, 3 for Smack Down. No word yet if any matches will be shifted to the 2 hr kickoff show.
No Mercy Added to PPV Calendar – Cageside Seats
No Mercy has returned to the WWE PPV calendar on October 9th as a SmackDown exclusive PPV. So the upcoming schedule looks like this: Backlash (SmackDown, September 11th), Clash of Champions (Raw, September 25th), No Mercy (SmackDown, October 9th), Hell in a Cell (Raw, October 30th), and Survivor Series (November 20th).
Playing into the heel persona he’s cultivated in the UFC, Conor McGregor has drawn the ire of another group of athletes this weekend: professional wrestlers.
During a media call for UFC 202, after being asked about if there was any interest in a future in the squared circle, McGregor spoke with harsh words.
“I have thought about it. For the most part, I think these guys are p*ssies, to be honest. They’re messed up p*ssies if you ask me. Fair play to Brock (Lesnar); he got in and fought, but at the end of the day, he was juiced up to the f*cking eyeballs. How can I respect that? The other guy (CM Punk) hasn’t fought yet, so I don’t know about him yet. There’s some Dons in that wrestling game. The McMahons are Dons. Triple H is a Don. The Rock is a Don. But the rest of them are p*ssies. I haven’t thought about that, to be honest. It’s a little more show business and this is the fight business.”
The UFC Featherweight Champion then doubled down on his comments on his Twitter.
Naturally when their profession is given the badmouth, Wrestlers from WWE and outside the company aren’t shy in sticking up for their genre of entertainment. The responses range from offended to hilarious. Continue reading →
Tag Title Match for Roadblock Announced – WWE
The WWE Tag Team Championships will join the NXT Tag Team Championship on Saturday’s Roadblock card when Sheamus & King Barrett meet the champions The New Day in Toronto.
Double Main Event for Live Impact – Lords of Pain
Two matches have been announced for next week’s live Impact Wrestling on Pop, Ethan Carter III will challenge Matt Hardy for the TNA World Championship and Jeff Hardy will take on Eric Young.
Tank Abbot In, Ken Shamrock Out – With Spandex
We told you a few weeks back about the UR Fight PPV featuring 4 fights of different “combat” disciplines, including Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio. As predicted one of the fights has already changed as Ken Shamrock will no longer be facing Dan Severn but he will be replaced by Tank Abbot. Also of concern, Michael Bisping is currently medically suspended after his UFC London fight. Perhaps the rules are different for a “grappling” match?
It’s amazing what WWE can do to turn a crowd around sometimes. In the same arena where he was booed out of the building after winning the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns captured his second WWE Championship to a raucous ovation.
The victory was the culmination of show-long tensions between Reigns and the McMahon family after Reigns’ assault of Triple H to close last night’s TLC pay-per-view. With a returning Vince McMahon in control of the show, Reigns was given an ultimatum win or go home. After nearly claiming the title on a Superman punch, McMahon interrupted the pin pulling referee John Cone out to begin the Chairman’s attempt at a Philadelphia screw job. Occupying the referee, McMahon’s distraction allowed League of Nations members Alberto Del Rio & Rusev to strike. Ultimately Reigns dished out Superman punches for all including Vince McMahon and hit the spear for the win.
This is the first WWE World Heavyweight Championship title change on free television since either 2013 or 2011, depending on which championship lineage you subscribe to:
-Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship (the Big Gold Belt) in April of 2013 from Alberto Del Rio on Raw.
-John Cena defeated Rey Mysterio on Raw to win the “interim” WWE Championship in July of 2011 during the CM Punk “walkout” angle.
A very exciting end to Raw and now WWE will likely shift its focus to who will win the Royal Rumble and challenge Reigns at WrestleMania. Heavy money has to be on a Lesnar-Reigns WrestleMania rematch, but there are other possibilities like HHH-Reigns or Cena-Reigns as WWE looks toward Dallas.