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*** WWE ***
- The Best And Worst Of Summer Slam: Fox Sports posted an article by Nick Schwartz as he gave his opinion of the best and worst of Summer Slam 2016. Do you agree? What was your best and worst?
- AJ Styles vs. John Cena.
- Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens teamed together.
- Sami Zayn and Neville teamed together.
- Finn Balor wins the WWE Universal Championship.
- Finn Balor celebrates with his parents after huge win.
- The Brooklyn Crowd.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton.
- Sasha Banks' botches in her match against Charlotte.
- Original Summer Slam Plans: The product that we got last Sunday night was actually not what was originally planned by WWE. Due to Roman Reigns catching a 30 day suspension for failing his drug test and then suffering punishment on his return, the following was WWE's original plans for Summer Slam:
- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
- "WWE Universal Championship Match": John Cena vs. AJ Styles
- Finn Balor vs. Chris Jericho
- Finn Balor Injury: Sources have said that WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor may have injured his arm during his match against Seth Rollins at Summer Slam. You can see Balor land gingerly on his arm after taking the turn buckle power bomb into the barricade at the event. Balor was said to have had his arm in a sling and was expected to get checked out by WWE Medical on Monday.
- WWE Universal Championship Plans: WWE already have plans set in motion to crown a new WWE Universal Champion. Tomorrow night on RAW it'll be a Fatal Four Way Match between Seth Rollins, Big Cass, Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns to crown a new champion.
- New Smackdown Live Titles Debut: This past Tuesday on Smackdown Live, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan introduced the new WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship and WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. Both titles will be exclusive only to Smackdown Live.
- Daniel Bryan Wrestling Again?: WWE have stated that there is a small possibility that they may let Bryan wrestle again if a storyline calls for it. Bryan has stated on many occasions that he was cleared by his doctors in the past, it was WWE that refused to let him get back in the ring. If the timing is right and Bryan can still go without causing injury to himself, WWE have stated that they may clear him for a match.
- Sasha Banks Update: Sasha Banks dropped the WWE Women's Championship at Summer Slam as she needed to take time off to deal with a back injury. After her evaluation, Sasha will not need surgery and just needs to heal up. Sasha is expected to return by late September.
- WWE Announces Cruiserweight Division: The WWE announced last Monday on RAW that the Cruiserweight Division will officially kick off on September 19th. WWE also announced the first four superstars in the division. They are: Rich Swann, Brian Kendrick, Noam Dar and TJ Perkins.
- The Headbangers Returning: Sources have said that Mosh and Thrasher of the Attitude Era tag team known as The Headbangers may be the eighth team that will be included in the Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Tournament.
This week the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament closed out all second round matches as they move ahead to the Final 8.
-- Rich Swann defeated Lince Dorado, by pinfall, with the Phoenix Splash.
-- Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Drew Gulak, by pinfall. Gulak goes for the Dragon Sleeper, but Sabre counters with a bridging rollup for the win.
-- TJ Perkins defeated Johnny Gargano, by submission, with a knee bar.
The Final 8 Are: TJ Perkins, Brian Kendrick, Gran Metalik, Rich Swann, Noam Dar, Akira Tozawa, Zack Sabre Jr and Kota Ibushi
- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles
- "WWE SmackDown Live World Tag Team Championship Finals" ??? vs. ???
- "WWE SmackDown Live Women's Championship, Six Pack Challenge Match": Nikki Bella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Nattie Neidhart vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss
*** NXT ***
- The Best And Worst Of NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2: Uproxx recently posted an article by Brandon Stroud as he gave his opinion of the best and worst of NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2. Do you agree? What was your best and worst?
- Hideo Itami appearing and hitting Go To Sleep on Austin Aries.
- Ember Moon's debut.
- Bobby Roode's GLORIOUS debut.
- The Revival.
- Bayley's emotional exit.
- Shinsuke Nakamura's live entrance music.
- No Way Jose's shirt.
- No Billie Kay music.
- The Cruiserweight Classic Trophy reveal.
- Bayley Says Goodbye: Bayley recently posted a letter to the NXT fans giving her thanks as she moves forward to the WWE main roster.
Today I went into the Performance Center and had to clean out my locker. After almost 4 years with NXT, it's time for me to step away and the new crop of women to step up. I am so confident in the division and know we will see it be taken to newer heights. I've seen FCW shows grow from 12 people in the crowd to NXT payperviews with 15,000 in Brooklyn. NXT is my life, it's everything I am, everything I've ever wanted in wrestling.
The roster, the coaches, our bosses, our fans. All of it is everything I've ever wanted. I couldn't have dreamt up a better journey, and I couldn't have asked for better support and love that all of you have embraced me with. I love this industry with all of my heart but I mean this when I say it, I would not be able to do the things I've done without you guys. You fans match our passion. With everything we give you in the ring, you give us right back as fans. And that's what makes NXT special, and that's what I'll miss most.
I'll miss my NXT family backstage, I'll miss those once in a lifetime moments like doing Finn Balor's entrance or teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura or standing in the ring for 10 minutes as you guys sing a song, and I'll miss the proud feeling of being a part of it all. But I know it will continue. And I will never stop chasing that feeling. I am beyond excited to bring everything you all taught me, to WWE. Thank you for the memories, and as always, WE are NXT."
*** TNA ***
-- Ethan Carter and Drew Galloway meet on a rooftop for a TNA ordered summit throughout the show up until their main event match. Galloway hates EC3 for costing him the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 3 times. EC3 says he's apologized enough and Galloway's own faults is the real reason that he can't win the world title back.
-- Mike Bennett wins a #1 Contenders Battle Royal, earning him a TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match against Bobby Lashley. Bennett eliminated both Moose and Eddie Edwards at the same time for the win.
-- Moose is furious that Mike Bennett eliminated him. Bennett says it was an accident.
-- The Hardy's cut a promo. Jeff Hardy says that he is here to work and win for the creatures. Matt says that he is happy that Jeff is here to wrestle and win. The Decay appear and promise to destroy The Hardy Boy legacy. Matt says Jeff is ready to fight and Abyss answers the challenge.
-- Abyss defeated Jeff Hardy, by pinfall. Matt Hardy attacks Crazy Steve and bites him. Rosemary sprays mist in Jeff's eyes and Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam for the win.
-- Maria Bennett demands to know who authorized Sienna defending her TNA Knockouts Championship. TNA President Billy Corgan arrives and says he did. Corgan has plans for Sienna tonight.
-- Bobby Lashley and Mike Bennett go face to face. Lashley says he never needed help to get where he's at. Bennett needed Moose and his wife Maria Bennett to help him. Bennett tells Lashley to worry about his world title defense.
-- Allie defeated Sienna, Jade, Madison Rayne and Marti Bell, in a Five Way Knockouts Match, to win the TNA Knockouts Championship. Allie grabs Marti's baton from her and accidentally knocks out Sienna with it. Marti retrieves her baton and knocks out Allie with it. Allie, however, falls on top of Madison and scores the pinfall.
-- Bobby Lashley leaves the arena, but on his way out calls Moose Mike Bennett's puppet. Lashley offers Moose a chance to have a chat with him sometime.
-- Eli Drake cuts a promo. Drake calls TNA Management dummies and the battle royal was a joke. Rockstar Spud interrupts and calls the entire X-Division a joke. DJ Z interrupts and promises that he's winning the TNA X-Division Championship next week. A huge brawl breaks out that includes everyone competing in the title match next week. DJ Z is left alone and holding up the vacant championship.
-- Ethan Carter defeated Drew Galloway, by pinfall, to remain the #1 Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at TNA Bound For Glory. Aron Rex served as special guest referee. Galloway gets a near fall tombstone on EC3 and argues with Rex that it was a slow count. Galloway goes for the Future Shock, but EC3 counters and scores a rollup pinfall.
-- Drew Galloway viciously attacks Aron Rex. Galloway head butts Rex, slams Rex into the ring apron and the barricade and repeatedly rams Rex head first into the steel steps before walking out to end the show.
* One Night Only: August 2016 Recap *
-- Chuck Taylor defeated Rockstar Spud, by pinfall, with a roll up.
-- Marshe Rockett defeated Mandrews, by pinfall. Rockett counters a Mandrews slingshot, hits a uranage and scores the pinfall.
-- DJ Z defeated Jonathan Gresham, by pinfall, with a rolling DDT.
-- Suicide defeated David Starr, by pinfall, with a standing sliced bread for the win.
-- Braxton Sutter defeated JT Dunn, by pinfall, with a Flatliner.
-- Eddie Edwards defeated Caleb Konley, by pinfall. Konley misses a double jumping moonsault. Edwards hits a running knee for the win.
-- Crazy Steve defeated Zenshi, by pinfall, with a DDT off the second rope.
-- The Helms Dynasty defeated The BroMans, in an Ultimate X Match. Shane Helms tries to interfere, but gets a hurricanrana. Robbie and Trevor Lee climb for the X. The referee gets distracted as Robbie grabs the X for the win. Helms grabs the X away from Robbie and tosses it to Everett. The referee sees Everett with the X and awards the win to The Helms Dynasty.
-- Braxton Sutter defeated DJ Z, Chuck Taylor, Marshe Rockett, Eddie Edwards, Suicide and Crazy Steve in a Ladder Match, earning a future TNA X-Division Match. Crazy Steve climbs the ladder for the win, but Sutter leaps onto the ladder, sends Steve flying off and grabs the contract for the win.
- Final Deletion 2: PWInsider has stated that TNA is preparing to give us a second Final Deletion. TNA filmed a bunch of material at Matt Hardy’s Cameron, North Carolina home over the last few days. According to the site, they’ve confirmed that the filmed material will be building to “Final Deletion II: Delete or Decay,” which will be The Broken Hardy Boys vs. Abyss and Crazy Steve. The first Final Deletion between Matt and Jeff Hardy scored Impact’s highest viewership and ratings on POP TV by far with a 0.15 demo rating and 410,000 viewers.
- Bobby Lashley's Next MMA Fight: The next MMA fight for TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley will take place on October 21st from Memphis at Bellator 162. No word yet on his opponent. Lashley's MMA record is currently 14-2.
*** RING OF HONOR ***
-- "Hangman" Adam Page defeated Jonathan Gresham, by pinfall, with the Rite To Passage.
-- The Cabinet cuts a promo on their quest to make wrestling great again.
-- Kamaitachi defeated Stuka Jr. by pinfall. The referee gets knocked out. Stuka hits a plancha on Daniels, who's at ringside. Stuka hits the El Torpedo on Kamaitachi, but the referee is still knocked out. Kamaitachi unmasks Stuka as the referee comes too. Kamaitachi rolls up and pins Stuka while trying to put his mask back on.
-- Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White goes to a 20 minute time limit draw.
"Relief…but only for a moment.
In one word, that one emotion was what I was feeling back in 2013 when I won the Ring of Honor World Championship in Philadelphia for the first time.
I was 23 years old, still a kid in many ways, and the pressure of holding a championship of such importance was weighing on me heavily leading up to that night. I didn’t have time to enjoy it. I didn’t have time to sit back and smell the roses. I was already thinking about the responsibilities I would have and the expectations I needed to fill with being Ring of Honor’s world champion. However, in those few short minutes of holding that championship after the bell rang, I felt a sense of relief. I did it. I accomplished a huge dream of mine.”
- "ROH World Heavyweight Championship Match": Adam Cole (c) vs. Micheal Elgin
- "ROH World Tag Team Championship, Triple Threat Ladder Match": The Addiction (c) vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Motor City Machine Guns
*** Lucha Underground ***
- Rey Mysterio Signs Deal With El Rey Network: Rey Mysterio will not only be appearing on the third season of Lucha Underground, but he also has signed a new one year first look deal with the El Rey Network. The new deal will see Mysterio develop, produce and be a consultant on creative projects and the series, both unscripted and scripted for Lucha Underground. El Rey Network President and General Manager Daniel Tibbets stated the following:
"Rey Mysterio's incredible talent extends far beyond the ring. He is creative and collaborative and has a keen eye for great entertainment. Rey embodies the El Rey Network brand and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with him."
*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***
-- Gurukun Mask, Bushi and Kaiji Tomato defeated David Finlay, Eita and Yuma Aoyagi, by pinfall, in a Six Man Tag Team Match. Bushi hits a second rope Code Breaker to score the pinfall. After the match, Bushi attacks his own partners. Bushi spits mist in Tomato's face and ripped Gurukun's mask off.
-- Taichi defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, by count out, in a Quarter Final J Cup Tournament Match. Liger was attacked by a woman that accompanied Taichi and was attacked by Desperado. Desperado and the unknown lady held Liger down outside the ring allowing Taichi to win by count out.
-- Kushida defeated Kenoh, by submission, in a Quarter Final J Cup Tournament Match. Kushida traps Kenoh in a cross arm breaker submission for the tap out win.
-- Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall, in a Quarter Final J Cup Tournament Match.
-- Matt Sydal defeated Will Ospreay, by pinfall, in a Quarter Final J Cup Tournament Match. Sydal hits the Shooting Star Press on Ospreay for the win.
-- Titan, Mistico and Volador Jr. defeated Gran Guerrero, Ultimo Guerrero and Euforia, by pinfall, in a Six Man Tag Team Match. Volador hits a moonsault side slam on Euforia for the win.
-- Kushida defeated Taichi, by pinfall, in a Semi Final J Cup Tournament Match. Taichi again tried to use the mystery girl and Desperado to steal a win. Kushida fought off all three and won with a rollup.
-- Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Matt Sydal, by pinfall, in a Semi Final J Cup Tournament Match. Kanemaru hits a lariat and a brain buster on Sydal for the win.
-- Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada defeated ACH and Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall, to retain the GHC Jr. Tag Team Championship. The champs score the win with a bridging German suplex on Ishimori.
-- The Young Bucks defeated The Motor City Machine Guns, by pinfall, to retain the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship. The Bucks hit a super kick and the Meltzer Driver on Chris Sabin for the win. After the match, The Young Bucks demand a title shot against the IWGP Tag Team Champions The Briscoe Brothers.
-- Kushida defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission, in the Finals, to win the J Cup Tournament. Kushida forces Kanemaru to tap out to the cross arm breaker submission.
*** EVOLVE ***
-- TJ Perkins defeated Cedric Alexander, by submission. TJP traps Alexander in the TJP Clutch and forces the tap out.
-- Stokely Hathaway says if WWE wants what's best for business than they'll sign TJP because he's the future of the Cruiserweight Division.
-- Jigsaw and Peter Kaasa defeated Fred Yehi and "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams, by pinfall. Jigsaw hits a brain buster on Yehi for the win.
-- Ethan Page defeated Dustin, by pinfall, with a Package Piledriver.
-- Drew Gulak defeated Tony Nese, by pinfall, with a sunset flip.
-- Timothy Thatcher goes after Drew Gulak who still has Thatcher's EVOLVE World Championship in his possession. Thatcher gets attacked from behind by Matt Riddle and their title match begins.
-- Timothy Thatcher defeated Matt Riddle, by submission, to retain the EVOLVE World Championship. Thatcher makes Riddle tap out to a cross arm bar.
-- Drew Gulak and Timothy Thatcher brawl until Gulak finally escapes, still with Thatcher's world title, and tells Thatcher to be ready at EVOLVE 67 because Gulak is winning the title and taking it for real.
-- Cody Rhodes defeated Zack Sabre Jr., by submission. Rhodes locked Sabre in a Indian Deathlock that Cody calls the American Nightmare to get the win.
-- It's announced that former ECW and WWE announcer Joey Styles will be on commentary for the main event.
-- Ethan Page defeated Kobe Durst, by pinfall, with the Package Piledriver.
-- Tony Nese defeated Peter Kaasa, by pinfall, with a 450 Splash.
-- Matt Riddle defeated Tommy End, by submission, with the Bromission submission.
-- Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Cedric Alexander, by submission, with a grounded Octopus submission. After the match, Sabre shakes Alexander's hand and says he's coming for the EVOLVE World Championship.
-- Chris Hero defeated Cody Rhodes, by pinfall, with the Death Blow.
-- Chris Hero and Drew Galloway cut a promo mocking Cody Rhodes' loss. Drew Gulak hits the ring and chases them off because he wants his world title shot now.
-- Timothy Thatcher defeated Drew Gulak, by pinfall, with a head butt, to retain the EVOLVE World Championship.
-- Drew Gulak cuts a promo and says he's a man of his word. He lost so he returns Thatcher his world title that he's been holding hostage. Thatcher takes back his title and then attacks Gulak, choking him out. Hot Sauce Tracy Williams makes the save, but Dustin, Drew Galloway and Ethan Carter arrive and take control.
-- Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter and Dustin try to cut a promo about wanting Joey Styles to be their mouth piece for their faction, but Fred Yehi and TJ Perkins hit the ring and we have a brawl.
-- Fred Yehi and TJ Perkins cut a promo and they want a EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship match now and they get it.
-- Dustin and Drew Galloway defeated Fred Yehi and TJ Perkins, by pinfall, in a No DQ Match, to retain the EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship. Dustin hits a Piledriver on TJ Perkins on top of one of the tag titles to score the pinfall. After the match, Cody Rhodes hits the ring and goes after Dustin and Galloway, but they escape.
-- Joey Styles cuts a promo to give his answer to Drew Galloway and his faction. Styles rips TNA, announces that he's now a matchmaker in EVOLVE and announces that at the next EVOLVE event in September, it'll be Drew Galloway and Chris Hero vs. Johnny Gargano and Cody Rhodes. Styles thanks everyone to close the show.
*** W3C Wrestler Of The Week ***
- IWGP Intercontinental Champion (1 time)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion (2 times)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion (1 time) – with Kota Ibushi
- NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion (2 times) – with Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson
- NJPW G1 Climax Tournament Winner (2016)
Kenny Omega has also won many titles throughout the independent wresting circuit. Omega came close to the WWE in 2005 as he competed under a developmental deal, but never made the full time roster jump. Omega has yet to compete in WWE, TNA or ROH, but has been on their radar for the past year.
- Kenny Omega vs. El Generico (Sami Zayn):
- The Best Of Kenny Omega:
- Kenny Omega Turns On AJ Styles And Becomes Leader Of The Bullet Club:
And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!