More Names Added to the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

It had been previously announced that the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania has been moved to the pre-show. However, WWE is trying to make the contest more appealing, and added some new names to the match tonight on “Smackdown Live.”

The Tag Team champions, The Usos, have been added to the match, along with Heath Slater, Rhyno, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan. This adds to already confirmed participants Sami Zayn, Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Goldust, R-Truth, Primo, Epico, Curtis Axel, Jinder Mahal, Bo Dallas and Braun Strowman.

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The Usos have been the “Smackdown Live” tag teams since last week’s show, when they defeated American Alpha to win the gold.

The addition of most of the tag team division to the Battle Royal brings the total number of participants up to 21, so far.

Editor’s Note:

I don’t like this decision at all. The “Smackdown Live” tag team championships need to be defended at WrestleMania. Especially when you have such capable teams as The Usos and American Alpha able to put on outstanding matches.

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Major Change to “Smackdown Live” Women’s Championship Match at WrestleMania

WrestleMania is about to “feel the glow.”

Tonight on “Smackdown Live,” Naomi made her return to WWE during the women’s division segment of the show. After a brawl erupted between all 5 members of the Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania, she entered the fray and after declaring that she was back, entered herself into the contest.

WWE confirmed the news via their Twitter account:

IT’S OFFICIAL: @NaomiWWE has been ADDED to the #SDLive #WomensChampionship Match at #WrestleMania! #UltimateThrillRide pic.twitter.com/lBlQ74tYY3

— WWE (@WWE) March 29, 2017

Naomi has been out of action since suffering an injury at the “Elimination Chamber” pay-per-view earlier this year. Although she won her first “Smackdown Live” Women’s Championship at the event by defeating then champion Alexa Bliss, Naomi was forced to relinquish the title to Daniel Bryan nine days following the event.

Bliss would go on to win the championship on the February 21 episode of “Smackdown Live” by defeating Becky Lynch.

Naomi’s return means that she will join Lynch, Natalya, Mickie James and Carmella as they all compete against Bliss for the title.

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Editor’s Note:

YES!! I was hoping this would be the case! I felt so bad thinking that Naomi would not get to compete at WrestleMania in her hometown, but I have to think that she is the favorite now!

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Triple H Has a Surprising Answer for a Roman Reigns Heel Turn

“Why don’t they just turn Roman heel?” That’s been the question on WWE fans’ minds ever since the crowd turned against him two years ago. The Big Dog has been followed by big boos ever since.

But according to Triple H, there’s no need to turn Roman to the dark side. He’s already there–at least for a certain group of fans who are deeply invested in Reigns’ downfall.

“If you believe what you believe,” Triple H told Sports Illustrated, “and you’re saying, ‘How can they not turn him heel? There is 70 percent of the crowd booing him out of the building!’ If that’s your belief, then isn’t he already the biggest heel we have? If 70 percent of that crowd is booing him, then he’s a heel. We’re just presenting him to you in a different way that makes you hate him.”

“The fans who say, ‘I don’t understand why they don’t turn Roman Reigns heel!’ Isn’t he already?”

In fact, Hunter likens the response to that of John Cena, who’s been getting a raucously mixed reaction for years. “I spoke with John in 2004 when I was going to work with him at WrestleMania, and he was a little bothered by the fact he was getting booed. I said to him, ‘Dude, it’s sold out. What do you care? You are the Yankees and the Red Sox in the same game.’ You cannot dictate to people anymore.”

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It’s tough to argue with Triple H’s logic, except for the implication that WWE planned for Roman’s divided response. With Roman set to take on the Undertaker at WrestleMania–and with speculation once again setting in that this will be the Deadman’s last match–that division is only going to get deeper.

Do you buy this “Roman is already a heel” idea? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook!

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Video: WWE Trolled the Philly Crowd With Kurt Angle’s Music Last Night

We all want to see Kurt Angle on WWE TV again. Whether that’s in the ring, or as general manager, or whatever–we just need it to happen. So a bit of production shenaniganry had some Raw fans in Philly last night feeling a little salty.

Kurt Angle’s music played in the arena, but no Olympian followed.

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Of course, the reason why is fairly harmless. The commentary team was speaking about Angle with his music playing softly underneath–or at least as softly as sports arena will allow. Without an image on the titantron or really any reason for Angle to appear, it’s unlikely anyone was especially disappointed he didn’t show up.

But still, that’s a confusing few seconds.

Kurt Angle will be returning to WWE TV for the Hall of Fame Ceremony this Friday. (Yes, Friday. NXT Takeover has taken over the Saturday slot.) Beyond that is pure speculation. Angle certainly wants another match in WWE, but whether the company’s doctors will clear him is another matter entirely.

When WWE trolled the crowd with Kurt Angles music but no Kurt Angle ?#wwephilly #mondaynightraw #trolled

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With Mick Foley fired from the role, however, many are hopeful that he could make his big comeback as general manager on Monday nights.

Let us know what you think down in the comments, or on Facebook!

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Is Alberto Blaming WWE For Paige Leak?

There’s a reason for the question mark on that headline–we really don’t have a clue. Alberto El Patron posted a confusing message to social media last week, and it’s one that comes with some very strange allegations. (Maybe.)

The line of note there is “we were harassed by a company we still are… cause you don’t fool me MF’s I know I was you trying to destroy us…” Is the “company” mentioned WWE? If you’ve got a better explanation for the comment, I’d love to hear it.

Though the beef between Paige and WWE is fairly clear by now–she took medical actions that the company felt weren’t appropriate–what’s less clear is how WWE would benefit from a leak involving one of their most popular stars and the subject of a Rock-produced Hollywood biopic.

I really hope there’s an alternate explanation here, because that’s just crazy.

The other interesting detail is that Paige and Alberto are set to be married tomorrow. Regardless of the drama–and it’s absolutely coming from all sides–we wish the couple the best moving forward.

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But really, if you can think of an explanation for that line less crazy than “WWE leaked the sex tapes” I’m begging you, let us know in the comments. Or on Facebook.

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Photos and Video: Sheamus Suffers Graphic Gash On Raw

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“It ain’t ballet,” or so they say. Though–shocker–pro wrestling is scripted, that doesn’t mean ugly injuries don’t occur, and an especially ugly one meant a series of stitches for Sheamus last night.

It seems Sheamus got busted open when Enzo Amore tossed a ladder at him during last night’s Philly brawl between the Raw tag teams competing at WrestleMania. The result is fifteen stitches for the Celtic Warrior, but no lasting damage.

Sure is an ugly one, though.

That segment was built to add an additional stipulation to Sunday’s match. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson will now be defending the Raw Tag Team Championship against Sheamus & Cesaro and Enzo Amore & Big Cass in a ladder match.

The Road to #Wrestlemania stained with Irish blood… we’ll fight on brother… and take the glory. #RAW pic.twitter.com/E5OHun9IJN

— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) March 28, 2017

Walking under a ladder is bad luck. Turns out, running into one aint so lucky either… 16 stitches & my own personal logo for #Mania. pic.twitter.com/HSDFIqDabi

— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) March 28, 2017

Somebody who knows a thing or two about getting bloody in Philly had a word to add, as well.

Congrats @WWESheamus you got color in PHILLY
You good sir
Are officially
HARDCORE#wweraw pic.twitter.com/w7Gw0GyCfy

— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) March 28, 2017

I never would’ve pegged Sheamus as the lost would-be ECW star, but here we are. If that’s not enough gross-out action for you, enjoy the video below of Sheamus getting stitched up.

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I might ordinarily make a comment here about how unfortunate even a minor injury right before WrestleMania would be. But Sheamus is fine, and you know what? Some blood is the perfect publicity for Sunday’s ladder match.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, or on Facebook!

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This WrestleMania Title Contest Is Now a Ladder Match

It’s just not WrestleMania without ladders involved, is it? Viewers of last night’s Raw saw the combatants in Sunday’s Raw Tag Title match get into multiple brawls involving ladders, and WWE’s not-so-subtle foreshadowing made this announcement an obvious one.

The Triple Threat which will see Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defend the Raw Tag Team Championship against Sheamus & Cesaro and Enzo Amore & Big Cass is now a ladder match.

Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Ladder Matches–as wordy as that title might be–have an auspicious history at WrestleMania. Edge & Christian, the Hardy Boyz, and the Dudley Boyz competed in just such a contest back at WrestleMania 2000.

Given the rapidly intensifying rumors of the Hardys coming to WWE and their history with this match, well… You can speculate for yourself.

The past two WrestleManias have seen the Intercontinental Championship defended as part of a seven-man ladder match. Daniel Bryan won the title at 31, and Zack Ryder won the title at 32. (Pour one out for Ryder’s less-than-24-hour championship reign.)

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This is just the gimmick that the Raw Tag Titles need. All three teams involved in the contest are capable of great matches, but there’s not much fire in the division–the high spots should provide just the remedy to that lack of interest.

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Four Big Segments Announced for Final SmackDown Before WrestleMania

This is it–the last main roster show before WrestleMania. Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship may or may not be the main event this Sunday, but it has had one of the most interesting builds and it does mean that Bray is at least a co-headline act for WWE’s biggest show.

SmackDown has four segments announced for this evening, including one major match involving the champion that could have big implications this Sunday. Here’s what is going down.

Former Wyatt member Luke Harper will take on the family patriarch tonight. We expect a victory for Bray, but the alternative is pretty interesting on its own–if Harper could score a pin over the champ, would this Sunday’s match become a triple threat? Bray’s probably got this, but still. There’s an added layer of drama there.

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We’ll also see the contract signing for AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon, the WrestleMania match voted most likely to be complained about online. Coming in a close second is John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. the Miz and Maryse, and the latter couple promise another episode of “Total Bellas Bulls***” to bring us to Sunday’s fight. (Which will feature a weatherman as a guest ring announcer, for whatever reason.)

There’s also the matter of the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and while we know Alexa Bliss will be fighting numerous challengers, we still don’t know what type of match it will be or if any of the rumored names will be getting involved. Tonight will see Becky Lynch take on Carmella, and hopefully somewhere around that brawl we’ll get some answers.

We’ll have live coverage as always, so stick around for news on everything as it happens!

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Another WrestleMania Match Bumped to the Kickoff Show

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That’s two. The “Wrestlemania XXXIII” card is one of the biggest of all time with thirteen matches announced so far. It’s going to make for a long night when you add in the mini-concert from Pitbull and company. Thankfully there’s a Kickoff Show where multiple matches can go, thereby taking some of the pressure off the regular card.

After last night’s announcement that the Cruiserweight Title match will take place on the Kickoff Show, WWE.com is now listing the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal as taking place there as well. This would be the second time the match has taken place on the Kickoff Show after it first did so at “Wrestlemania XXXI”.

Opinion: This is one of the best options as this match can take a good amount of time given all the entrances. It’s also not the biggest match on the card as it’s going to be a lot of low level performers who have nothing else to do and are thrown into the battle royal. Let the main show be for the bigger matches, as it should be.

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Watch: The Undertaker Enters The Ring During Darkness on “Monday Night Raw”

If there’s one thing that we know about The Undertaker, it’s that he’s a mysterious figure. He seemingly has the ability to appear out of nowhere, hidden under the cloud of darkness that is created when the lights in the arena are dimmed.

However, phone cameras and social media seem to be the answer to that mystery.

A fan captured The Undertaker entering the ring after the lights went out during his segment with Roman Reigns on “Monday Night Raw:”

@ryansatin 🙂pic.twitter.com/3uDxggp01m

— MeepMoop™Guy (@VincentMichaels) March 28, 2017

Reigns came out during his segment on “Raw” and declared that the WWE ring has officially become “his yard.” This would lead to the culmination of a series of video packages that were shown throughout the evening, which showed The Undertaker digging a grave for Reigns.

“The Deadman” would then appear in the ring, and tell “The Guy” that he would “Rest In Peace.”

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Editor’s Note:

I wonder how long he has to stay under the ring before he gets to make his appearance? Does he have to stay there the whole show?

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