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WWE Rumors: Brock Lesnar’s Next Title Defense, Missing Extreme Rules?

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One of the biggest gripes you’ll hear these days from members of the WWE Universe is most certainly the use (or lack thereof) of RAW’s Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. ‘The Beast Incarnate’ won the title back at WrestleMania 33 and has held onto it ever since, making sporadic appearances and title defenses. The overwhelming sentiment from fans is they’ve just had enough of the red brand’s top title being seldom seen.

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, fans will have to continue waiting as Lesnar is reportedly not scheduled to defend the championship again until SummerSlam on August 19th. With Money In The Bank coming on June 17th, the next pay-per-view after that is Extreme Rules on July 15th, which Brock has not been advertised for.

Additionally, it’s being said that if Brock has his sights set on returning to the UFC when his short-term agreement with WWE runs out (reportedly right after SummerSlam), he would have to re-enter the USADA testing pool prior to June 30th. Speculation has been that ‘The Conqueror’ could get his next fight on New Year’s weekend, should he choose to return.

EA’s Take: I still don’t have a big issue with the Universal Title not being around much, as I stated last week on the Top Of The Morning Podcast (check that out here). It’s allowed the importance of the IC Title to be amplified (which we’ve seen with Miz and Rollins), plus I grew up on Hogan as the champion and hardly ever wrestling (at least on television). I also still say Lesnar’s not going anywhere, he really has it made in WWE and at his age, why fight again? I’ve heard in the past that the Mrs. doesn’t want him to either, so that’s got to play a part.

 

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WWE News: The Latest On Crown Jewel, No Plans To Change Locations Yet

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To say that controversy continues to follow the relationship between the WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia might be the understatement of the year the latest bit surrounding the upcoming Crown Jewel event and the company is beyond the scope of just professional wrestling.

After the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and what many to believe his murder at the hands of the Saudis has led the WWE to come under fire not only from their own Universe, but United States government officials as well (read that here). Earlier today, it was noted that WWE.com was no longer showing the the link to purchase tickets and location, leading many to believe this is an indication the show will be heading someplace else or completely cancelled.

In an update to that story, both Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer and David Bixenspan of Deadspin have confirmed with the company that the show is moving forward as scheduled. Additionally, a company spokesman told Bixenspan that any removal of the link or location for Crown Jewel was done in error, stating that, “The event should be listed”.

To further proof of WWE going ahead with the show in some capacity, two World Cup Qualifiers have been announced for tomorrow night’s RAW as Drew McIntyre takes on Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose faces Dolph Ziggler.

According to PWInsider, at this time plans will not be changing “unless something drastic happens”. To further that, there has been speculation that WWE may have given itself a “soft deadline” of tomorrow to make a final decision. With World Cup matches being announced for RAW, some are taking that had drawn the conclusion that the location isn’t going to be changing. This all comes despite even more pressure from United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, who said the following to WCBS News Radio 820 on Friday:

“I would hope that WWE will recognize on its own a conscience and conviction if there is proof that Saudi officials approved and ordered this kind of killing, and I would lean first on the United States government to do its duty so that it can lead private interests like WWE, and the first place to look is to the United States of America.”

Quotes c/o WrestleZone

 

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*SPOILERS* NXT UK Plymouth Night Two Results, Tag Titles Introduced

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NXT UK action continued for the second day in a row today at the Plymouth Pavilions in Plymouth, England, as the brand that will be debuting on WWE Network this Wednesday taped another round of television.

Although today’s events won’t be seen for a few more weeks, there were some erroneous reports coming out of yesterday’s results from multiple outlets regarding a match being made for Evolution. It was said that Isla Dawn vs. Rhea Ripley for the NXT UK Women’s Title was set for the all women’s pay-per-view on October 28th, however that was never actually the case and the two squared off today.

Additionally, Triple H revealed his big announcement that was teased yesterday. Here are the results:

  • Dark Match: Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams defeated Dan Moloney & Tucker
  • Triple H and NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint open the tapings and unveil the new NXT UK Tag Team Titles
  • Mark Coffey & Wolfgang defeated Ashton Smith & Ligero
  • Joseph Conners defeated Jack Starz
  • Jinny defeated Xia Brookside
  • Dave Mastiff defeated Eddie Dennis
  • Jordan Devlin defeated Wild Boar Mike Hitchman
  • Fabian Aichner defeated Eddie Ryan
  • Moustache Mountain defeated Saxon Huxley & Tyson T-Bone
  • NXT UK Women’s Title: Rhea Ripley retained over Isla Dawn
  • Toni Storm defeated Charlie Morgan
  • James Drake & Zack Gibson defeated Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews
  • Nina Samuels defeated Killer Kelly
  • Joe Coffey defeated Travis Banks
  • Special Referee – Shawn Michaels: Moustache Mountain & Travis Banks defeated The Coffeys & Wolfgang. Pete Dunne helps Moustache Mountain & Banks get the victory, Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music on The Coffeys & Wolfgang. This was very likely a dark main event.

Results c/o RingsideNews

 

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WWE Rumors: Possible Indication Crown Jewel Is Being Moved?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely caught up on the big story of the week surrounding WWE’s Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 2nd.

The alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi officials (check the story out here) has led to a lot of fans clamoring for the show to be cancelled and another round of threats by WWE Network subscribers that they will no longer be paying customers should the event go on in its current location. Also, a number of United States Senators have called for WWE to at minimum, “rethink the relationship” (find that story here). Meanwhile, WWE’s only comments on the matter have been that they are “monitoring the situation”.

In some interesting news today, the link to purchase tickets and location have been removed from WWE.com which has led many to believe this is an indication the show will be heading someplace else or even cancelled altogether.

It should be noted there has been some talk that matches scheduled for Crown Jewel could be pushed back to Survivor Series on November 18th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Of course, Crown Jewel currently has the World Cup tournament, Triple Threat for the Universal Title featuring Brock Lesnar’s next match and the big Brothers Of Destruction vs. D-Generation X match scheduled as of today.

The Chairshot will provide further updates as they become available.

 

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