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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 Undertaker & Three Big Matches Advertised For SmackDown 1000

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With the 1000th episode of WWE’s SmackDown Live coming up in October (read about that here), it was believed that the celebration would include some big names and matches. Today that has been confirmed as the website for the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. (site of the episode) is advertising that The Undertaker will be appearing, plus three big matches for the show:

WWE Smackdown 1000

The 1,000th episode of WWE SmackDown Live will air on Tuesday, October 16th from Washington, DC. WWE SmackDown premiered on broadcast television almost 20 year ago on April 29, 1999. The show has switched days and networks several times since. For more information, visit: https://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown

Triple Main Event!

AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe!

~ WWE Championship Match ~

Daniel Bryan vs The Miz!

Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton!

See your favorite WWE Superstars including:

The Undertaker
United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers
Women’s Champion Carmella

…and many more!

Card is subject to change

 

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WWE News: RAW Rating Sees Slight Uptick, Reclaims #1 Ranking (8/13/18)

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The road to this coming Sunday’s SummerSlam continued last night with the final edition of Monday Night RAW before the big event. The red brand has been on a pretty good streak in the ratings over the past few weeks, even with a small decrease in viewers last week. So how did last night’s show do?

The numbers are now in and last night’s RAW that saw the return of Dean Ambrose, as well as a vicious attack by Brock Lesnar against Roman Reigns had a minor ratings increase from last week with a 2.825. While this is only a .74% increase over last week, it’s an increase nonetheless. Here’s how the red brand has done in the ratings the past four weeks:

  • July 23rd: 2.779
  • July 30th: 2.901
  • August 6th: 2.804
  • August 13th: 2.825

Last week’s RAW also saw the show drop slightly in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, however last night they jumped back into the number one spot:

  1. Monday Night RAW (9PM) – USA Network – 0.98
  2. *TIE* Monday Night RAW (8PM)/Love & Hip Hop Hollywood – 0.97
  3. Monday Night RAW (10PM) – USA Network – 0.95
  4. Teen Mom 2 Reunion – MTV – 0.69

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: Such a small increase in ratings this week makes it really difficult to tell what exactly made the difference. While SummerSlam is certainly one of the more anticipated WWE pay-per-views every year, I think it’s been a little 50/50 for fans this year. At least on Twitter anyways, which isn’t always the best gauge on how people overall feel (because there’s way more negativity than you’ll get with the general public that includes your casuals). You can’t really pin the increase on Lesnar because while those in-the-know were aware he was scheduled, he was not advertised. Same goes for Dean Ambrose’s return, which some fans really lost their metaphorical s*** over (I am NOT one of them). I’m more interested to see what WWE can do as we head into the Fall season, which is again usually when we hit another lull before the calendar turns over and things begin ramping up for next year’s Royal Rumble. I’m also wondering if we get a bunch of NXT call-ups next week, which we’ve seen after SummerSlam in the past. Personally, I’m hoping not because the company never seems to have any long-terms plans for these. Just look at everyone brought up after WrestleMania back in April.

 

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WWE News: Sin Cara Dealing With Injury, Possibly Facing Surgery

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Following an injury to SmackDown Live Superstar Tye Dillinger at a Live Event over the weekend (read about that here), today it looks like another WWE Superstar from the blue brand is dealing with an ailment of some sort.

Sin Cara has revealed via Instagram Story that he’s down in Birmingham, Alabama, which is of course where Dr. Jeffrey Dugas is located and where nearly all of the company’s performers go when there’s a likely surgery in their future:

Sin Cara has not competed since August 5th at a Live Event in Albany, Georgia when he defeated Aiden English. While there are no details on what exactly Sin Cara is dealing with, the fact that he is even in Birmingham is generally not a good sign. The Chairshot will provide further updates as they become available.

 

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