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WWE News: New Kickoff Match Announced, Final Card For Sunday’s Extreme Rules

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After being scheduled to face off weeks ago, this week’s edition of WWE’s SmackDown Live finally saw Sin Cara get his opportunity for retribution against one of the blue brand’s newcomers when his original chance was cancelled, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. While Sin Cara put up a valiant effort, the efforts of both Almas and his business associate, Zelina Vega, were enough to come away with the victory. However, the masked luchador has another shot.

Today WWE has announced that Sin Cara vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas will take place Sunday on the Extreme Rules Kickoff, making it the second Kickoff match in addition to SAnitY vs. The New Day in a Tables match. Below is the final card for Extreme Rules, which you can catch Sunday at 7PM EST on the WWE Network with the Kickoff beginning at 6PM:

WWE Championship
(C) AJ Styles vs. Rusev

30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Championship
(C) Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins

SmackDown Tag Team Championship
(C) The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell No

Extreme Rules Match for the RAW Women’s Championship
(C) Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax

Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley

SmackDown Women’s Championship
(C) Carmella vs. Asuka

Steel Cage Match
Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman

United States Championship
(C) Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

RAW Tag Team Championship
(C) The Deleters Of Worlds vs. The B-Team

Kickoff – 6-Man Tag Team Tables Match
The New Day vs. SAnitY

Kickoff
Sin Cara vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

 

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*SPOILERS* Full Results From Tonight’s NXT Television Tapings (7/18/18)

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With tonight’s previously recorded episode of NXT hitting the WWE Network at 8PM EST, the Superstars of WWE’s third brand were at Full Sail University in Orlando this evening for its next set of television tapings that will run up until NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on Saturday, August 18th, the night before SummerSlam.

Per usual, it’s not known if the events are taped in the same order they will air on the WWE Network, however here are the results courtesy of @MrJacobCohen on Twitter:

  • Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is in attendance tonight
  • Jeet Rama defeated Chase Adams
  • Adam Cole defeated Sean Maluta, Ricochet out after the match to challenge Cole to a match at TakeOver Brooklyn. Cole declines and out comes Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, but War Raiders come out to even the odds. The Undisputed Era looks to sneak away, but runs into Moustache Mountain instead.
  • Lacey Evans defeated Tenilla Price
  • Heavy Machinery defeated The Mighty after a distraction from Street Profits
  • Moustache Mountain defeated State Line
  • EC3 defeated Kona Reeves, The Velveteen Dream attempted to distract EC3 to no avail
  • Shayna Baszler defeated Candice LeRae, Shayna continues attacking after the match and Kairi Sane makes the save
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa defeated Aleister Black to become the new NXT Champion
  • Nikki Cross defeated Amber Nova
  • Ricochet makes his way out for a match, but The Undisputed Era ambushes him
  • Kassius Ohno defeated Adrian Jaoude
  • Keith Lee defeated Marcel Barthel in his NXT debut
  • Mae Young Classic Qualifier: Taynara Conti defeated Vanessa Borne
  • Street Profits defeated The Mighty
  • NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa comes out and cuts a promo about how he’s won again, Aleister Black makes his way out, but Johnny Gargano sprints by him to attack Ciampa. Aleister decks Gargano with Black Mass then blames him for costing him the title.
  • Kairi Sane defeated Aliyah
  • Tyler Bate defeated Roderick Strong
  • The Velveteen Dream comes and cuts a promo on EC3
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black gets thrown out after Tommaso Ciampa attacks both guys. NXT General Manager William Regal makes his way out and announces Black vs. Gargano vs. Ciampa for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Brooklyn

 

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*SPOILERS* Big Title Change At Tonight’s NXT Television Tapings

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While NXT is on the air right now on the WWE Network, the brand is simultaneously holding its next set of television tapings at Full Sail University that will run up to NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on August 18th. Tonight’s episode has been previewing next week’s big NXT Championship match as Tommaso Ciampa challenges Aleister Black.

Ciampa has had the NXT Title in his crosshairs since defeating Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II in a Street Fight. ‘The Blackheart’ has looked to put Gargano behind him and played mind games with the current champion leading up to next week’s contest, however the match was filmed tonight.

Tommaso Ciampa has gone on to defeat Black, becoming the new NXT Champion. According to MrJacobCohen on Twitter, who has been a solid source for spoilers, the referee went down in the match which led to Johnny Gargano making his way out after Ciampa. However, ‘The Blackheart’ was able to thwart off the distraction and Aleister Black, picking up the pinfall to win the title:

 

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WWE News: Titus O’Neil Speaks Out On Hulk Hogan’s Return, Reports He Stormed Out

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The news of Hulk Hogan’s reinstatement into the WWE Hall Of Fame this past Sunday prior to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view has remained a hot topic not only among the fans, but also some of the WWE Superstars as well. After WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry offered his thoughts to TMZ Sports this week (find that here), today The New Day addressed their feelings on the situation with a post on Twitter (read that here).

Another Superstar who has been a topic of discussion with rumors swirling regarding how he reacted to the locker room’s meeting with Hogan (find out more about that here) has been Titus O’Neil. A number of false reports surfaced this week claiming Titus stormed out of the PPG Paints Arena in frustration with Hogan’s return and now Titus has issued his own statement on Hulk’s reinstatement to the Hall Of Fame, as well as the rumors surrounding his reaction:

“To my gracious fans and the WWE Universe. 

The reports and rumors concerning my boycotting “Extreme Rules” in Pittsburgh is false and inaccurate. I was not scheduled to attend or be a participant in the “Extreme Rules” match/production and was otherwise not booked for the show.

The talent present in Pittsburgh, which I was a part of, was asked to attend a mandatory meeting in which Mr. Terry Bollea addressed everyone and informed the same that he would be reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. At no point during, after or otherwise did I make any scene concerning Mr. Bollea’s communication to the talent. In addition, let it be known that I did not refuse to shake Mr. Bollea’s hand; we did not have any type of one-on-one interaction whatsoever that would or did necessitate any exchange between us individually. 

As to the reinstatement of Mr. Bollea, I can only communicate that I am a proponent of second and even third chances for individuals that show true remorse, acknowledgment of wrongdoing, fulfill their punishment, if applicable, and otherwise put forth sincere efforts to correct the issues. 

Unfortunately, I must echo the sentiment and dissatisfaction expressed by many of my fellow contemporaries concerning Mr. Bollea’s apology and its lack of true contrition, remorse and a desire to change. Mr. Bollea’s apology “that he didn’t know he was being recorded” is not remorse for the hateful and violent utterances he made which reprise language that has caused violence against blacks and minorities for centuries.

I stand firm in my position that Mr. Bollea is entitled to reinstatement; he was and is a role model, hero and icon to countless people. I hope that Mr. Bollea’s missteps in communicating to the WWE talent in Pittsburgh are not repeated to his fans and I expect that he shall pursue an agenda that clearly communicates to all third parties that his language was inappropriate, wrong and should not be tolerated in a civilized and inclusive society.

As the father of two young black men, I have spent their entire life and the majority of my adult life with a singular focus; being a role model for my children and young black boys and girls. I take tremendous pride in my charity work and the community outreach programs that I have fostered via the platform I have been given. I teach my sons love and tolerance for everybody, but I also teach them to operate in truth and respect.

I hope this clears up any confusion. I, like New Day, will continue to use my platform to positively affect, entertain, embrace, celebrate and love people from all backgrounds both inside and outside of the WWE Universe.

Sincerely,

Thaddeus Bullard aka Titus O’Neil”

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