Smackdown Live Coverage – July 25, 2017

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Smackdown
Date: July 25, 2017
Location: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, John Bradshaw Layfield

We’re past Battleground and that means we’re off to the biggest party of the summer. Jinder Mahal is still the Smackdown World Champion and there’s a chance that Great Khali will be in his corner for at least a little while. Tonight we’ll likely find out who is next up for Mahal now that Randy Orton is out of the way. Let’s get to it.


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Breaking News: Arrest Warrant Issued for Paige

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In a report by the Pro Wrestling Times, it appears that an arrest warrant has been issued for Paige following the airport incident from earlier this month.

The State Attorney’s office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit has reportedly made the final decision on the case with Paige. They are filing the battery charges against Paige in regards to the incident at the Orlando airport also involving Alberto El Patron.

We previously reported that Paige was under investigation and may be charged with battery. The detectives have since sent the information to the State Attorney’s office, where it was deemed necessary for charges to be filed.

A representative for the Orlando Police Department has informed Pro Wrestling Times that they informed the San Antonio Police Department of this who have in response issued a warrant for her arrest. Charges will now officially be brought against her.

They were also told that the investigation with El Patron is not complete. He wrestled in Monterey, Mexico this past weekend. Paige was by his side. It is unknown whether Paige is currently in the United States. Paige’s representatives have yet to respond to this.

As we previously reported, WWE may be forced to fire Paige, who will now likely be suspended indefinitely. If she is convicted of any of these charges, her contract is likely to terminate. That said, Paige herself is a grey area as WWE are helping to produce and promoting a movie by The Rock and his company on the life of Paige.

Editor’s Note:

Woah! Big news! Hopefully Paige and Alberto El Patron have this situation under control soon. If I were to guess, I would estimate Paige turns herself in and has this resolved fairly quickly. That said, if she is charged…that is very bad for her, her career and WWE.

What are your thoughts on Paige being arrested? Did you see it coming? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Possible Post-‘SummerSlam’ ‘Raw’ Plans for Roster

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According to a live event listing for New Zealand per PWInsider, some upcoming storylines for ‘Raw’ following ‘SummerSlam’ may have been revealed.

Before you continue reading, be aware that everything you see moving forward is subject to change and Vince McMahon has been said to have made decisions last minute in the past. Storylines can change. Beware of spoilers.

The live event in question takes place on 13 September at the Christchurch Horncastle Arena and the card is as follows:

Battle Royal – Winner faces The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship later that night.

Street Fight – Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.

Intercontinental Championship – The Miz w/Maryse vs. Battle Royal winner.

Raw Tag Team Championship – Rhyno & Heath Slater vs. Cesaro & Sheamus.

Raw Women’s Championship Six Pack Challenge – Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma

 

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

Big Show vs. Big Cass

Cruiserweight Championship – Akira Tozawa vs. Neville

Also confirmed to appear are Samoa Joe, Jason Jordan, Dean Ambrose, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, R-Truth, Enzo Amore, Goldust, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Elias Samson.

While everything can and should be taken with a grain of salt, there is a lot of interest in what stories these matches potentially allude to.

To begin with, The Miz remains as Intercontinental Champion, despite many believing he would drop to Jason Jordan at ‘SummerSlam’ as he is scheduled to appear on Miz TV next week in what will likely be the start of a feud.

Next, it appears Rhyno & Heath Slater are now the contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championship that Sheamus & Cesaro still seemingly possess. This would mean that they retain in the reported match against Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose at ‘SummerSlam.’

Some have speculated Ariya Daivari will join the hunt for the Cruiserweight Championship after his actions on ‘Raw‘ to both Neville and Akira Tozawa, but it appears that the latter two will continue their feud alone and Daivari would be a roadblock.

It is also worth noting that no titles are mentioned to specifically belong to a superstar aside from The Miz with the Intercontinental Championship. This brings into the question of who the Raw Tag Team Champions, Raw Women’s Champion and Cruiserweight Champions will be.

Editor’s Note:

From the way it has been formatted, I could see multiple directions, but I can’t be certain of any involving Champions specifically.

What are your thoughts on these storylines? Which do you believe will happen and who will the Champions be? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Emma Speaks Out After ‘Raw’ Loss, Paige and Alexa Bliss Respond

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 Following her loss to Nia Jax on ‘Raw,’ Emma took to Twitter to continue to vent her frustrations. This would lead to a response by Paige and subsequently Alexa Bliss.

The tweet would come following a squash match after Emma had previously explained on Twitter she was unhappy sitting in the back celebrating her anniversary with WWE while the same four women (Nia Jax, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss) were only seen on WWE programming. In what seems by many to be punishment, Emma got what she asked for, some time on TV.

Emma also referenced that Bliss had a jacket that looked eerily similar to the one Paige wears to the ring. This would ultimately lead both Paige and Bliss responding. The interaction can be found below.

Maybe I’m a little dazed after my “opportunity” with @NiaJaxWWE (Thx @RealKurtAngle?) But @AlexaBliss_WWE isn’t that @RealPaigeWWE‘s jacket?

— EMMA (@EmmaWWE) July 25, 2017

It’s cool. I’m probably her favorite wrestler. Right? @EmmaWWE https://t.co/221ihvvyrH

— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 25, 2017

well I was going to wear yours … but oh wait … ?

— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE) July 25, 2017

The response by Bliss is reportedly a knock on Emma not having any merchandise available. This shouldn’t be taken seriously, as it was likely a joke between the two and there are no signs of tension.

Editor’s Note:

By far, Emma is my favorite women in wrestling. There is a movement now, #GiveEmmaAChance and I truly believe she deserves the chance. While Emma hasn’t necessarily always been in the best health, she has proven to be a commodity to the company and could be a great addition moving forward with either ‘Raw’ or ‘Smackdown Live’ women’s division.

What are your thoughts on this interaction? Should Emma get a push? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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07/25/2017 ‘Smackdown Live’ ‘Battleground’ Fallout Show Predictions?

What are your predictions for Smackdown Live this week?

Comment down below or over on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

You can find our Smackdown Live preview here.

Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.



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Jim Ross Talks Natalya’s Win, Punjabi Prison Match, Fan Passion

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In the latest blog to his official website, legendary commentator Jim Ross speaks about Natalya’s victory at ‘Battleground,’ the Punjabi Prison match and the passion of the fans.

On the Flag match between John Cena and Rusev and the Punjabi Prison featuring Jinder Mahal defending the WWE Championship against Randy Orton with a surprise return from The Great Khali.

“Any time two major, main event level  matches have little to no ‘near falls’ included due to the structure of their match i.e. the Punjabi Prison bout and the Flag Match, it’s a risky premise. I’m still not sure that I could pass a quiz on the rules of the Punjabi Prison match which had challenging sight lines for TV through all the bamboo, etc. Those basic challenges can make it hard for the live audience to emotionally invest.”

On the passion of wrestling fans.

“While I admire and respect the passion of ‘rasslin fans, I can only hope that they are as passionate about the more significant things in their lives as they are about show biz athletics. This may be like the ‘pot’ calling the ‘kettle’ black, too, I will readily admit. I’ve been as guilty as most in this department.”

On the result of the United States Championship match between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens.

“Enjoyed the AJ-Owens bout but was expecting a bit more from two of my favorite athletes currently in the business.  The match was far from ‘bad’ but it was lacking a bit of ‘magic,’ for the lack of a better term or description. Nonetheless if I was starting a ‘territory’ I’d love to have them both on any roster that I would comprise.”

Ross would comment on Natalya’s victory in the Fatal-5-Way number one contender’s match involving Lana, Tamina, Charlotte and Becky Lynch. He also spoke here about Charlotte’s talent.

“Surprised that Nattie won the women’s bout but not displeased. Many fans are complaining that Charlotte did not win but that was not a concern for me as its simply a matter of getting more talents, in this case Nattie, better ready for higher profile bookings. Charlotte is ‘ready’ whether she won Sunday night or not but Charlotte needs more, viable opponents going forward and Nattie, for one, can certainly fill that void.”

Ross updates his blogs all the time, so if you’ve yet to check those out, we do suggest you go view them yourself as they contain a lot of interesting details and perspectives from a legend in this business.

Editor’s Note:

Always love writing about Jim Ross. A living legend no doubt. Love the way he thinks and how calm and down to earth he seems!

What are your thoughts on what Ross had to say? Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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What Happened After “Raw” Went off The Air?


There was a lot of development last night on ‘Raw.’ While you can find full results here, some of the biggest news coming out is Jason Jordan’s singles debut against Curt Hawkins and the WWE Raw Womens Championship and WWE Universal Championship matches being confirmed for ‘SummerSlam.’

That said, there is a tradition with WWE where they usually feature a dark match main event after any show or pay-per-view to send the fans home happy. So when in Washington, DC, what was WWE to do?

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WrestlingInc has revealed what took place following ‘Raw’ in Washington, DC as per the tradition of sending the fans home happy with a dark main event.

After ‘Raw’ went off the air, Dean Ambrose would make his way to the back. Rather than having the usual match that fans are used to, Seth Rollins would reportedly give thanks to the crowd to send them home happy.

This comes after Rollins & Ambrose defeated The Miztourage in a handicap match. It is likely that Rollins & Ambrose will become number one contenders for Sheamus & Cesaro’s WWE Raw Tag Team Championship for ‘SummerSlam.’

Editor’s Note:

This was such a letdown. I thought they at least would have one small gimmick match just because it is DC. I get why WWE didn’t do more than that, feeling that the main event was enough. But still.

What are your thoughts on the situation? What match should’ve taken place? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Watch: New Goldust Video Shown After “Raw”


Goldust has for the longest time been considered a living legend in WWE. From his various rivalries to his incredible in-ring presence, he still continues to thrive in today’s environment.

The roster in WWE has never been so packed, yet Goldust still shines in his ongoing feud against former tag team partner R-Truth of The Golden Truth. Despite working for well over a decade in the business, Goldust has always continued to prove he can bring it.

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It appears that the video may have been scheduled for the show as opposed to a Fallout video, but due to a lack of time WWE aired it as a Fallout exclusive. This also brings forth the question on whether his storyline with Truth is continuing, though we should hear within the next few weeks we should have our answer.

Editor’s Note:

I don’t think Goldust has too much left in him or for him to do. I could perhaps see a title reign, but that’s about all. He in my eyes is a lock for the Hall of Fame.

What are your thoughts on the Goldust character since he turned heel? Who should he feud with? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Wrestling Rumors Official Smackdown Live Preview – Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Following a controversial “Battleground” pay-per-view, tonight’s episode of Smackdown Live emanates from The Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. Here’s what we can expect for tonight’s show:

Who will step up to challenge Jinder Mahal?

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Following the Punjabi Prison match at “Battleground,” WWE Champion Jinder Mahal escaped with his title, with an assist to a returning Great Khali. I fully expect that the “Modern Day Maharaja’s” opponent for “SummerSlam” will be announced tonight, and I expect it to be John Cena.

Will AJ Styles continue his pursuit of the United States Championship?

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Following a controversial loss at “Battleground,” I anticipate that the rivalry between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens for the United States Championship is not over. My guess is that a rematch will be announced for “SummerSlam,” with an added stipulation involved. And I would be completely fine with this.

How will The New Day’s title win change Team Blue’s Tag Team division?

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Call them your 3 TIME CHAMPS! After successfully capturing the “Smackdown Live” Tag Team Championships at “Battleground,” The New Day now reign over the blue brand’s division. That being said, I won’t be surprised if they continue their feud with The Usos up through “Summerslam,” and this would be fine, as they put on the match of the night at “Battleground,” in my opinion.

Who blindsided The Fashion Police?

While I was hoping for a conclusion to this storyline at “Battleground,” I’m excited that the search for Breezango’s attacker is continuing. This has been some of the most entertaining television in recent WWE history, and you can bet that “The Fashion Police” will continue to get more clues tonight.

What are you most looking forward to seeing on tonight’s episode of “Smackdown Live?” Leave us a comment below, or post a comment on our Facebook page!

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The Rock On Nia Jax In WWE, Emma & Alexa Bliss Twitter Exchange

– The Rock tweeted the following on his cousin Nia Jax after she tweeted a clip from her win over Emma last night:

Great seeing my cousin’s progress in @WWE. Pro wrestling is a hardcore life – especially for the women. Proud of her and all the ladies. 👊🏾https://t.co/5Yuy6NlmbS

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 25, 2017

Get off the tracks when the train is coming through 😈👊🏼#NotLikeMost pic.twitter.com/Hw9LUPbJGE

— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) July 25, 2017

 

– Emma expressed her frustration on Twitter last week about not being used on television recently. During the Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss match on last week’s RAW, Emma tweeted, “watching Alexa Vs Bayley… Then Sasha and Nia.. Love watching others get more opportunities that I never get! Cool..”

WWE granted Emma’s request on last night’s RAW and booked her to lose a one-sided squash against Nia Jax. After the match, Emma had the following exchange on Twitter with RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss:

Maybe I’m a little dazed after my “opportunity” with @NiaJaxWWE (Thx @RealKurtAngle🙄) But @AlexaBliss_WWE isn’t that @RealPaigeWWE‘s jacket?

— EMMA (@EmmaWWE) July 25, 2017

well I was going to wear yours … but oh wait … 🤔

— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE) July 25, 2017

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