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WWE News: NXT Superstar To Enter Mae Young Classic For Second Time

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After yesterday’s news that former WWE Superstar and one-time Divas Champion Kaitlyn will be returning for this year’s Mae Young Classic (read about that here), a new report has revealed another participant for the tournament which begins taping at Full Sail University on August 8th and 9th.

According to The Advertiser out of Australia, NXT Superstar Rhea Ripley will enter the tournament, the first participant that we know of to compete in the Mae Young Classic for the second time. The 21-year old Ripley took part in the inaugural Mae Young Classic back in 2016, defeating Miranda Salinas in the first round, but then falling to fellow NXT Superstar Dakota Kai in the second round.

This is the third name we’ve now heard for the tournament as PWInsider previously reported that Vernice Gabriel, who wrestles in the Philippines, will also be entering the Mae Young Classic. Last month, it was also rumored that Japanese star Meiko Satomura would also be taking part (check that out here). At this time, Kaitlyn is the only name confirmed by WWE, however we should start to see more names announced as the event approaches. It has also yet to be revealed when the tournament will air on the WWE Network.

 

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WWE News: Preview Tonight’s Post-Extreme Rules Edition Of RAW (7/16/18)

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The WWE went “extreme” last night at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh for Extreme Rules, but now the fallout will be felt in Buffalo, New York as Monday Night RAW heads to the KeyBank Center. As we heard last night, General Manager Kurt Angle is demanding Universal Champion Brock Lesnar either show up or accept the terms of a future Universal Title match.

Additionally, we saw the crowning of new RAW Tag Team Champions last night as The B-Team shocked everybody by defeating The Deleters Of Worlds. Plus, what’s next for Roman Reigns after falling short against Bobby Lashley? Below are the main points of focus for the show which airs at 8PM EST. You can follow along with Mitchell’s Live RAW Report, as well as join the conversation and check out instant reactions from members of The Chairshot staff on Twitter (@theCHAIRSHOTcom):

  • Will Brock Lesnar be stripped of the Universal Title?
  • Who will be Braun Strowman’s next victim?
  • We have new RAW Tag Team Champions in Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel
  • It’s only a matter of time before Alexa Bliss’ actions finally catch up to her
  • Can Seth Rollins stay in the Intercontinental Title picture?

 

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Japanese Wrestling Legend Masa Saito Passes Away At 76

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In some sad news to report today, one of the all-time greats from ‘The Land Of The Rising Sun’, Masa Saito, has passed away at the age of 76 after a 18-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Saito will go down as one of the legends of Japanese wrestling, competing in freestyle wrestling at the 1964 Olympic Games before beginning his pro wrestling career in 1965. During his 34-year pro career, Saito competed for every big promotion including the NWA, WWF, AWA, WCW, New Japan Pro Wrestling and All-Japan Pro Wrestling among others. He’s also one of the more decorated Japanese stars to make his mark in North America, winning numerous titles through out his career:

  • 2-time IWGP Tag Team Champion (once with Riki Choshu, once with Shinya Hashimoto)
  • 1-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion
  • 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion
  • 5-time NWA Florida Tag Team Champion (three with Ivan Koloff, two with Mr. Sato)
  • 2-time WWF Tag Team Champion (with Mr. Fuji)
  • 1-time NWA North American Tag Team Champion (with Hiro Matsuda)

WWE fans will obviously remember Masa Saito most for his pairing with WWE Hall Of Famer Mr. Fuji, but he also made appearances for Ted Turner’s WCW in the early-to-mid 1990’s, most notably at Starrcade 1990 alongside The Great Muta to take on The Steiner Brothers, then again at Starrcade 1995 against Johnny B. Badd.

The Chairshot would like to issue its sincerest condolences to the friends of family of Masa Saito.

 

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WWE Rumors: WWE Reporting Kane Suffered Broken Ankle At Extreme Rules

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At tonight’s Extreme Rules, we saw the reunited tandem of Kane and Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No, get their shot at The Bludgeon Brothers’ SmackDown Tag Team Championships after weeks of buildup. Of course, The Bludgeon Brothers got themselves involved last month in a Gauntlet Match to determine the number one contender to the WWE Championship, costing Bryan his opportunity and leaving him easy pickings for The Miz.

The champions essential “bullying” of The Leader of the Yes Movement would then see the surprise return of his old tag team partner Kane to even the odds and the pair would earn their chance for the SmackDown Tag Titles by defeating The Usos in their first match back together.

It didn’t play out how Team Hell No expected tonight however, as The Bludgeon Brothers attacked them early on in the night and severely damaged Kane’s leg. This would force Bryan to compete alone against the champions, putting up a solid fight before the numbers became too much for him. ‘The Devil’s Favorite Demon’ would finally make his way to the ring sporting a walking boot, but in the end the damage had already been done and The Bludgeon Brothers retained.

WWE has since provided an update on Kane, claiming that he has suffered a broken angle as a result of tonight’s attack:

At WWE Extreme Rules, Kane suffered an injury at the hands of The Bludgeon Brothers. Despite returning to action to help his Team Hell No tag team partner Daniel Bryan, X-rays taken on The Devil’s Favorite Demon later revealed that he has suffered a broken ankle.

Check back with WWE.com for more details as they become available.

PWInsider is now reporting that the backstage angle was done because Kane is legitimately injured and was seen in the walking boot earlier in the day.

EA’s Take: Of course, this is all storyline it feels like. It has to be right? We all knew the Team Hell No reunion was going to be short-lived due to Kane’s political career and nothing against ‘The Big Red Monster’, but Bryan’s got better things to do now that he’s reportedly signed a new two-year contract (read about that here). So this was just a way to kill two birds with one stone, giving The Bludgeon Brothers the win and writing Kane off of television in one swoop. This injury seems to have popped up rather quickly and with no previous word of it, so I feel like I have to at least question it.

 

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