Monday Night Raw Live Coverage – June 26, 2017

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Monday Night Raw
Date: June 26, 2017
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T., Corey Graves

Things are getting interesting around here with last week’s show seeing Big Cass revealed as attacking himself to set up Enzo Amore. Why Cass didn’t just attack Amore during a match isn’t clear but that’s life in WWE. Other than that, Brock Lesnar is in the house and planning to call out Samoa Joe. Let’s get to it.

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Mauro Ranallo’s WWE Return Date Confirmed

Welcome home. In one of the bigger surprises of the year, Mauro Ranallo was announced as returning to the WWE family and the “NXT” broadcast booth in particular. Last week, Ranallo’s return was made public and the episode featuring his return has already been filmed. Now Ranallo has started hyping it up in his own way.

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In a Tweet earlier today, Ranallo said that his debut appearance on the show will take place this coming Wednesday and will feature a main event of Asuka defending the NXT Women’s Title against Nikki Cross in a last woman standing match. Ranallo is back with NXT full time and on a multi-year contract, as reported last week.

My first @WWENXT show features Women’s champ @WWEAsuka vs @NikkiCrossWWE in a #LastWomanStanding match. Wednesday 8ET/5PT @WWENetwork

— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) June 26, 2017

Opinion: I’m just glad Ranallo is back. He’s one of the best broadcasters out there today and it’s cool to have him behind a WWE mic again. I don’t think many people thought he was a horrible commentator but now that he’s away from the nonsense that came with working with John Bradshaw Layfield, it’ll be great to hear that enthusiastic voice again.

Are you excited for Ranallo’s return? Do you think he’ll ever be back on the WWE main roster? Let us know in the comments below.

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Watch: Superstars who Attack Parents

Not with my dad you don’t. One of the easiest ways to get a heel over in wrestling is to have them attack someone’s parents. More often than not, a wrestler’s parents are going to be older and therefore more susceptible to being attacked. This is something that has worked for a long time, meaning there’s quite the history to it. I think you know where this is going.

WWE has released another Top Ten video, this time looking at the top instances of parents being attacked in wrestling. This list mainly includes more modern instances but some of them are older instances, including WCW making the list. As you might expect, the list is primarily comprised of fathers being attacked but not entirely.

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Opinion: There’s a reason this idea is used over and over again: it works quite well. There’s something about seeing the parent/family member of a wrestler attacked. You know that most of the time they’re not actual wrestlers and it’s not right to have them dragged into a feud. It might feel cliched now but it’s a plot device that still works just fine.

Who is your favorite wrestling family? What is your favorite instance of a relative being attacked? Let us know in the comments below.

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Several Hall of Famers Looking to End World Hunger With Charity

After concluding their careers as full-time wrestlers or personnel with a company as rigorous and time-consuming as WWE, wrestlers sometimes devote their time to giving back to numerous charities using their image to help funding.

ESPN recently wrote an article explaining the efforts Hall of Famers Jim Ross, Beth Phoenix and Edge did to help the ‘Headlock on Hunger’ charity created by another Hall of Famer in Jerry Brisco.

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The video above is a promo released by Ingles which worked in association with the non-profit organization ran by Brisco to donate non perishable food to those less fortunate. The organization also aims to improve public education in schools. They make themselves known through high visibility events such as the one they speak of in this promo, which took place last week on June 21. Led by the mantra that “when you’re hungry, nothing else matters,” the organization is based in North Carolina.

Brisco spoke about how it affects him watching these kids, explaining how eating can positively affect their behavior. Brisco himself has had trouble with food supply during his life, but as a choice. Knowing how that feels, he wouldn’t want any people or kids in particular to live on an empty stomach.

“It’s heartbreaking. She will feed these kids no matter what. She will buy them lunch or be sure that they go on the school lunch programs. Once these kids start eating — once they get breakfast — they start behaving in classes and doing their homework, and move from being problems in the classroom to being contributors.”

Ross works as the chair to the organization due to his passion for the project. He explained more on this with ESPN, saying that he was astounded by the statistics and thinks people should volunteer more to help the country.

“I’m a big advocate of that people should volunteer more. We’d have a lot less problems in this country if we all did a lot more volunteer work. If we all did good things for those in need. Because we’d have a lot more self-esteem and we’d feel better about ourselves and help the community.”

“When I found out and verified that 25 percent of school-age children, when they are not in school, don’t eat, I was embarrassed that we live in a country that we could allow that to happen. We allow it to happen because there aren’t a lot of people breaking doors down to help any charity.”

“I thought maybe somebody will see me rolling my sleeves up and paying my own way to come to these charity affairs, and get some encouragement by seeing that JR, with the year I’ve had losing my wife in March and dealing with a district attorney and lawyers and all of that stuff, is still out there trying to do things for those that need it, and will figure that maybe, ‘I can do the same thing.’”

“I find that today’s generation of wrestlers is a lot more aware of things like this than previous generations, in my view. I think that the WWE is so civic-oriented that the younger wrestlers get caught up in the rush of helping others.”

Phoenix would explain that they hoped to use their notoriety to help stimulate success for the organization, as they do not want to see children starve through periods like Thanksgiving, Summer or Christmas as they don’t have a supply of food to sustain themselves.

“We got involved with an Eblen Charities turkey drive at Thanksgiving and saw that a lot of families rely on the school lunch program during the year. That leaves the issue of, ‘How do we bridge the gap for these kids when they are on break during summertime, Christmastime or Thanksgiving?’ Some of them go hungry on those breaks from school because they don’t have that lunch program. We thought that initially we could get some sports figures together and use our wrestling names and try to get some notoriety and attention on this cause and do something about it.”

Edge would add that he thinks what they started with now can continue to grow with endorsements from celebrities due to the message they are trying to send to everyone. They have already sold so much, with Phoenix, the vice chair of the company, explaining that this past year alone saw an increase of 33% of meals donated.

“I have a vision for this that you could take it national. We already have Heath Shuler, Brad Johnson, Brad Daugherty, Jim Ross, Jerry Brisco, myself and Beth. But the way I envision this thing going is that when I run into Dave Grohl and say, ‘Hey, do you want to hop on board with this and try to feed some kids?’ we have a structure in place where he can join the fight.

“I want to turn this thing into Heroes Against Hunger, and really let the people who donate know that they are the heroes for their donation. We’re already distributed half a million meals in 2½ years. I would love to see it be 10 million meals. I always try to think where could we push this to so that kids across the country are getting the benefits of this. It’s snowballed each year, and I would love to turn it into an avalanche.”

We noted earlier today that Jim Ross will be partnered with a Hall of Famer to commentate the ‘Mae Young Classic,’ which we highly suggest you take a look at!

Editor’s Note:

This is such an incredible thing to do. If I were around that area when they had the food bank, I would’ve donated some myself. I always love to see people that have notoriety using it for good. This makes me proud to be a wrestling fan.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Would you support it? 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.

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Full Match: The Rock Vs. Brock Lesnar At SummerSlam

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In the video above, you’ll see the Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock match from SummerSlam in August of 2002. It turned out to be one of The Rock’s last high profile matches, as he’s had less than 10 matches since.

The event took place in New York, which means that the fans in attendance were smarter than the average WWE crowd, and they knew that The Rock was leaving the company following the match. So, if you’re confused as to why they’re booing The Rock, and cheering Lesnar, well, now you know.

Interesting Note: The Rock and Brock Lesnar were originally scheduled to main event WrestleMania 30. However, The Rock suffered a major injury during his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29, which prevented WWE from shooting the Lesnar/Rock angle the next night on Raw.

Since then, an insurance issue has prevented The Rock from returning to the ring. Yes, he had a match with Erick Rowan back at WrestleMania 32, but it was less than 10 seconds long. Essentially, the insurance issue prohibits The Rock from having long, competitive matches in WWE, as movie studios are afraid that he’ll suffer yet another serious injury.

The Rock is probably interested in having another match, and, who knows, maybe he’ll be a part of next year’s WrestleMania. But, will we see him wrestle there? Probably not, unless he’s able to resolve the aforementioned insurance issue.

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Cody Rhodes Discusses Being ROH World Champion, Responds To Daniel Bryan

New Ring of Honor World Champion Cody Rhodes recently sat down with Sports Illustrated as a part of their “Extra Mustard” series. He discussed a number of topics, including what being the new champion means to him, as well as to a tweet that Daniel Bryan sent out a few days ago.

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A few days ago, the “Smackdown Live” General Manager sent out the following message, “challenging” Rhodes to a match when his WWE contract expires:

Side note, if you hold the @ringofhonor title 462 days I may have to come after you, which would be 9/28/18. Be forewarned! #FinalCountdown

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) June 25, 2017

“I don’t think it was a challenge, just fun,” said Rhodes. “Daniel Bryan remains one of my friends. Final Countdown would be a welcomed tune, even as a competitor. I have always looked up to Dan. It would be major, major box office for all involved.”

Becoming the ROH World Champion is a big deal for Rhodes, who says that he is proud to represent the brand.

“I am proud to represent ROH against New Japan,” said Rhodes. “The Ring of Honor roster, with men like Christopher Daniels, Dalton Castle, and the Young Bucks has been instrumental in such heavy growth of the company.

“Everybody keeps talking about the ‘Attitude Era’, and I loved it too, but some people have their eyes closed to the current work in wrestling outside of WWE. You can love WWE, but it is not sacrilege to watch Ring of Honor or New Japan World.”

However, he has very little time to celebrate, as he has an upcoming opportunity to win the IWGP Championship against New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Kazuchika Okada during a live show on AXS TV.

“When I defeat Kazuchika Okada, I’ll be holding the infinity gauntlet as the top wrestler in the entire world,” promised Rhodes. “Anyone who says otherwise is not living in the same wrestling climate.

“It’s going to be the greatest accomplishment for me. That is all I know. The NJPW world subscriptions will be up. The U.S. expansion will be fortified. NJPW will no longer be just your favorite band, it will be mainstream. It’s massive, it is the infinity gauntlet. Unstoppable.”

They also discussed Kenny Omega, being a member of the Rhodes family and more.

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Chris Jericho Figures Out Why WCW Went Under

That doesn’t make a lot of cents. In its final years, WCW was one of the biggest disasters the wrestling business had ever seen, allegedly losing over a million dollars a week for over a year straight. While various things can be blamed for the collapse, Chris Jericho has weighed in on why he thinks the company went under.

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Jericho was recently cleaning out some stuff from his house and found a check that WCW sent him in the year 2000. The check is for fifteen cents, which Jericho points out meant they lost even more money as the price of a stamp at that point was thirty three cents. Jericho posted an image of the check on Instagram:

Opinion: I can always go for some Jericho sarcasm. While he’s clearly kidding about this being why WCW went under, assuming this is a royalty check, a bigger issue for me is the fact that he only made 15 cents in royalties so soon after he was gone from the company. You would think they would have sold his leftover merchandise when he was a hot name but apparently that wasn’t something they were interested in doing. Then again they were probably too busy putting Judy Bagwell on a forklift to make the REAL money.

What is your favorite Jericho moment in WCW? When do you think Jericho will return to WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

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Possible SummerSlam Plans for Finn Balor

At the moment, it doesn’t seem like WWE has anything big planned for Finn Balor in the immediate future, as he’s feuding with The Drifter on Raw. The two are set to face each other at next month’s Great Balls of Fire show, but it might not be a one and done match.

When asked about WWE’s plans for Balor at SummerSlam on Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer suggested two possible matches for the Demon King: a rematch with Elias Samson, or a match with Bray Wyatt. Of the two, I’m hoping for the latter.

“I don’t know where [Finn Balor] would fit in on the show. It could be Bray Wyatt, it could be The Drifter in a rematch, it could be something else.”

We do know that Roman Reigns will challenge for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam, which means that Finn Balor won’t be in the title picture until after the event. Of course, plans could change, and WWE could decide to book Balor against Brock Lesnar or Samoa Joe, however, that probably won’t happen.

Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor has been a match that WWE fans have been dying to see ever since Finn Balor debuted the Demon persona in NXT. Shortly after Balor returned from injury, WWE teased a future match between he and Wyatt, but the match didn’t end up happening.

It doesn’t seem like Bray has an obvious opponent for SummerSlam either, so WWE could very well put him against Finn Balor.

We also know that WWE is trying to make this year’s SummerSlam as big as possible, and a Balor vs. Elias Samson rematch wouldn’t exactly help their cause. But, stranger things have happened.

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Do you think we’ll see Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam? Who would you like to see Balor in the ring with this coming August? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Mike Tenay Did Not Want to Call “Slammiversary 2017”

No says the Professor. Impact Wrestling has been around for a long time now with Sunday’s “Slammiversary 2017” marking their fifteen year anniversary. One of the constants for the first ten or so years was Mike Tenay, who was a longtime voice of WCW as well. It would make sense to have him back for an anniversary show, but that’s not going to be the case.

According to the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” by way of, Tenay was offered a chance to call the show but turned it down for unknown reasons. The show will feature Tenay’s former partner Don West and former ESPN broadcaster Robert Flores on commentary due to regular broadcasters Josh Matthews and Jeremy Borash taking part in a match later on the show.

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Opinion: It’s not a good sign when your signature voice of all those years won’t be on the anniversary show. That being said, at least West will be there to give the show a bit of an old time feeling. I’d love to have Tenay back for one night but maybe he has reasons for not wanting to do it.

Do you like the replacement commentators? Who did you want to call the show? Let us know in the comments below.

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AJ Styles Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Could Happen Sooner Than You Think

WWE gave us a brief look at what a Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles match would look like during the Money in the Bank ladder match, and needless to say, it was awesome. In fact, it was so awesome that WWE fans are begging for more, and, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, we might not have wait much longer to see the two ex-NJPW stars go one on one.

On Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer was asked when we’ll see Nakamura vs. AJ, and whether or not it’ll happen at SummerSlam in August. You can check out his response below.

“I don’t know for sure [if it’ll happen at SummerSlam], but it’s for sure a planned match. Whether or not it’s at SummerSlam or WrestleMania, I don’t know. But yeah, it’s absolutely a planned big show match.”

Nakamura and AJ have wrestled once before during their time in New Japan, and, surprise surprise, they had a fantastic match. So, there’s no reason to believe that they won’t do the same when they face each other at either SummerSlam, or WrestleMania 34.

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Are you interested in seeing Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles? When do you think it’ll happen, SummerSlam, or WrestleMania? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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