Rumor: What Will John Cena be Doing at “Summerslam 2017”?

The record breaker? Earlier this year, John Cena won his sixteenth World Title, tying Ric Flair’s all time record. When he lost the title about two weeks later, the immediate question became when would he break the record. With Cena returning to “Smackdown Live” on July 4, it seems that we might have a target date in sight.

According to Sportkeeda.com, Cena is currently penciled in to face Smackdown World Champion Jinder Mahal at “Summerslam 2017”. With Mahal set to face Randy Orton at “Money in the Bank 2017”, he may be scheduled to face AJ Styles for a short term story heading up to the big show in August.

Opinion: The story here would write itself but and having the match at one of the biggest shows of the year is a good idea but I’m not sure how strong of an idea Cena vs. Mahal really is. Mahal is hardly a top star and he’d be a huge underdog against Cena, no matter who he faces. Also, how big of a deal would it be if Cena wins the record breaking seventeenth title against a career jobber?

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Bray Wyatt’s Wife Files for Divorce After His Affair With WWE Talent

Bray Wyatt is by far one of the most captivating, charismatic wrestlers on television and in wrestling in general today. However, even somebody as cryptic and down-to-earth as Wyatt can hide demons just waiting to be released.

Bleacher Report, via Daily Mail is reporting that Bray Wyatt’s wife is filing for divorce after Wyatt allegedly had an affair with WWE ring announcer JoJo.

Samantha Rotunda filed the divorce documents in Hernando County, Fla. These were obtained by Jose Lambiet of Daily Mail. Lambiet claims that the reason for the divorce is Wyatt is accused of having an affair. While Rotunda didn’t name anybody specifically in the documents, Lambiet claims it is JoJo.

If any more news does come out on this situation, Wrestling Rumors will bring it to you as the news becomes available. Articles are released on through our app and website before they are linked through social media so stay locked to those places so you’re the first to know!

Bray Wyatt recently notably appeared in the Fatal 5 Way main event at ‘Extreme Rules‘ against Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor and faced Reigns last week on ‘Raw.’

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Editor’s Note:

This is shameful on the part of Wyatt. I don’t know the circumstances behind it, but if what Rotunda alleges is true, that is truly pathetic. Disgusting details, but I hope this is fabrication on the part of Rotunda and Wyatt didn’t truly have an affair.

What are your thoughts on this shocking news? Do you believe 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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Kongo Kong on How to Work for Vince McMahon

I wonder if he’s related to Awesome. Impact Wrestling has brought in a host of fresh talent as of late with a lot of new names appearing on the show. One such name is Kongo Kong, who has squashed everyone around him, some literally, since debuting earlier this year. One other wrestler influenced his career and Kong explained the story in a recent interview.

Kong appeared on “The Roman Show” and discussed the advice given to him by the former WWE giant Rosey. According to Kong, Rosey gave him some advice on how to work for Vince McMahon should the chance ever arise. While Kong has never worked for WWE, Rosey suggested the following:

“I was told one time by Rosey, he said if you get a job with (WWE Chairman) Vince McMahon, he’ll ask you to stay on the ground and be a big man and fight like a big man and not do this flying crap. I don’t know what his angle was when he told me that but I said ‘with all due respect I don’t work for Vince, but when I do I’ll do what he tells me too, but in the mean time I need to separate myself’.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

Opinion: Kong hasn’t exactly impressed me all that much since he debuted in Impact Wrestling. He’s a rather generic monster character and has a horrible look. The company sees something in him though and maybe he can turn my opinion around in the future. The flying stuff is eye catching but it’s become something more common and not as interesting anymore.

Do you like Kong’s work so far? What do you see him doing in the future? Let us know in the comments below.


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Chris Jericho on Ribs and Hanging Out with Anthrax

Well he is the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah. Chris Jericho is currently away from WWE and touring with his band Fozzy. This is a bit annoying or most wrestling fans as they enjoy having him around, especially after his most recent run. Him being away means there are a lot of questions to ask about him, some of which he’s answered in a recent interview.

Jericho recently appeared on “Bailey and Southside” on 100.5 in Atlanta for a long interview. The interview talked about a variety of things, including his travel schedule, various ribs played on him over the years and some time he spent with the metal band Anthrax. Here are some highlights, with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:

On Mark Henry Pranking Him

“When the guy came and got me, it was Jeff Jarrett that came to knock on my door, like, ‘come on, we’ve got to watch this,’ I left the little thing in the door, so the door was open. The little key lock. Yeah, so when I go back in my room, the lights are all off and I’m like, ‘what the hell happened? Like, I didn’t leave the lights off.’ So I’m walking in there and as I’m walking towards the light switch, I get attacked by this giant bear!

“And this guy takes me down and I’m like, screaming so scared, ‘ahh, ahh, ahh’ and all I see are these big, white eyes. And then, I hear the laughter and it’s Mark Henry, who’s super African-American, dark. He’s super dark, super big. So in the dark, he was even darker and he went and hid in there and then attacked me as I went in the room and started laughing. We still laugh to this day.”

And on Shenanigans with Anthrax

“We were in Nuremberg, Germany a couple of months ago and we just happened to be in the same hotel as Anthrax. They had the day off, so they came to our show. And then, afterwards, you have catering after a wrestling show. When we’re done, we go back to the hotel and have catering.

So I started having some cocktails with Frankie [Bello] and Jon [Donais] from Anthrax, which led to a complete trashing of the catering room at about 6 in the morning to where nobody could eat breakfast there. They had to move catering. Like Rusev is down there, like Cesaro is down there, ‘we want breakfast. The catering was trashed. We have to go upstairs. Who did that?’ ‘Anthrax. Freaking Anthrax, man. It’s Anthrax’s fault.’ It was more my fault than anything, but I just blamed them, ‘you know those Anthrax guys are crazy!’”

You can listen to the full interview here.

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Opinion: I could listen to road stories forever. If nothing else, there’s something funny about Jericho thinking a bear attacked him because Henry is just that big and powerful. I’m sure Jericho, who has written four books, could go on about this kind of thing for a long time and the stories are likely to always be funny.

Have you read any of Jericho’s books? When do you think he’ll be back in WWE? Let us know in the comments below.


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WWE Sends the Pittsburgh Penguins a Custom Championship Belt

It takes a champion to known a champion, it would seem.

Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, winning the series 4-2 and capping off a run of back-to-back seasons as the top team in the NHL.

WWE has sent a custom title to the Stanley Cup Champions, long with a personalized tweet from Triple H:

Back-to-back @NHL Champions
…gonna need a bigger trophy case in Pittsburgh. Congratulations to the @penguins! pic.twitter.com/zImlFdiKuF

— Triple H (@TripleH) June 12, 2017

Several superstars also commented on the championship victory:

Just got off the plane in Lafayette, Louisiana for WWE Raw tomorrow. Congrats to the @penguins #stanleycupchamps #itstrue #theyDONTsuck

— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) June 12, 2017

?x2!#StanleyCup #LetsGoPens @penguins

— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) June 12, 2017

As you can see, I had a very PROLIFIC PREMONITION in March which allowed me to see the impending winners of the 2017 #StanleyCup  . https://t.co/85KVOmrMOy

— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) June 12, 2017

“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels is also a Penguins fan, as last season, a group of three of their stars, Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, became known as the “HBK line.”

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Editor’s Note:

I must admit that even though I was pulling for a Game 7, that championship belt looks awesome. It’s always cool for me to see how creative WWE gets when they send custom titles to winning sports franchises. I wonder if it will end up becoming a tradition across all sports platforms? Imagine a golfer holding up a WWE title after The Masters. That would be hilarious.

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Why David Otunga Was at ‘Extreme Rules’

David Otunga is a man of many talents. He first came into the spotlight through the first season of NXT back when it had the game show format, became a core member of Nexus and was soon known as a lawyer based on his attendance and graduation at Harvard. Now he commentates as opposed to wrestle. He is also a movie star!

According to WrestlingInc, through Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, Otunga was at ‘Extreme Rules‘ as he had the day off filming ‘Katrina.’

Otunga was brought back for the Kickoff to ‘Extrene Rules’ but didn’t work as a commentator as Booker T still remained in Otunga’s position. Otunga is expected to return in a few weeks, but according to Meltzer, it is “pretty much acknowledged” that Booker T has been a better commentator than Otunga so WWE may not bring him back.

Booker is already scheduled to be on ‘Raw’ for the rest of the summer, despite Otunga being scheduled to only be off for six weeks to film. It was back on April 10 and 11 that Otunga would be moved to ‘Raw’ from ‘Smackdown Live’ during the Superstar Shake-Up.

‘Katrina’ revolves around Hurricane Katrina in 2005 New Orleans. Otunga is scheduled to play the role of DEA agent James “World” Lawson.

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Editor’s Note:

I like Otunga! Sure, he isn’t the best commentator, but he excels in other positions. I feel like he could be good as an assistant to Kurt Angle or Daniel Bryan/Shane McMahon somehow and fit well, depending on how they use him.

Who is a better commentator? Will you miss Otunga if he doesn’t come back? 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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Cast Member Not Returning to “Total Divas”

Renee Young is one of the largest on-air personalities WWE has that doesn’t actively compete as a wrestler. This is so much so that she was featured on the E! Network show “Total Divas.”

Renee Young tweeted in response to a fan’s inquiry that she will not be a part of the cast of “Total Divas” this season.

Nope I am not, but the new cast will crush it!! https://t.co/nSJu5tX7cO

— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) June 11, 2017

Renee Young , Lana and Maryse were both added for the previous season of the show. It is expected that Maryse and Lana will be returning to the show, but it seems as though Young won’t be.

To replace her and Eva Marie, WWE and the E! Network have reportedly added both Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. Charlotte is also rumored to be added to the cast, but it is unknown yet if this is confirmed.

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Editor’s Note:

From what I’ve seen of Renee Young on Total Divas, she was a very interesting character that added some much needed depth to the show. It baffles me why people like her and Naomi were removed when for me they were one of the biggest draws of watching the show.

What are your thoughts on Renee being removed? Do you watch the show? 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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New WWE Signee Reportedly Pursued for Months

In wrestling, it is safe to say Thea Trinidad was one of the hottest independent stars not to be signed with WWE. She is to play AJ Lee in the upcoming film by The Rock, which alone makes her a much bigger star as it provides her a larger spotlight.

WrestlingInc via PWInsider is reporting that WWE have been pursuing Thea Trinidad for months, leading to her eventually being signed.

Thea Trinidad once again appeared on NXT after previously appearing in the crowd during a match between Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Kassius Ohno, this time slapping Almas after he was on his way to a party with other women.

WWE have been pursuing her ever since The Rock pushed for her to play AJ Lee in ‘Fighting with My Family’ which is produced by WWE Studios, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider. She was supposedly expected to debut at NXT ‘TakeOver: Orlando’ with Almas in April but things obviously didn’t go that way.

Trinidad is engaged to WWE Cruiserweight competitor Austin Aries and first appeared for the company back in 2013 for a tryout, followed by working as a ‘Rosebud’ for Adam Rose. She appeared with Tyler Breeze backstage for NXT ‘TakeOver: Fatal 4 Way’ in 2014. She worked as an enhancement talent against NXT Women’s Champion Asuka in October 2016.

If any more news does come out about Trinidad’s status in WWE, we at Wrestling Rumors will bring you the news.

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Editor’s Note:

I am a big fan of Thea. I hope she does well in the company, because she is vastly talented. I think we will likely see her in the ‘Mae Young Classic’ but I guess only time can tell. Good luck to her! Also, can’t wait for that movie.

What are your thoughts on Thea Trinidad? Do you see her becoming a big name in the company? 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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John Cena Addresses Accusations of Burying Younger Talent

WWE Smackdown Live star John Cena, who will be returning to WWE TV on July 4th, recently spoke with The Wrap to hype the new season of “American Grit”, and below are some interview highlights:

On the notion that he is “protected and coddled” in WWE:

“If you look at my existence in WWE, I have never asked anyone and will never ask anyone to pull any punches. I believe that it’s a ‘Strong Survive’ environment, and accept nothing less. I think people forget my [history] in WWE sometimes and the fact that I truly had to earn every inch. There is this overwhelming perception that I am protected and coddled — that couldn’t be father [sic] from the truth.”

 

 On accusations of him burying younger talent:

“This is why I have the reputation of quote-unquote ‘burying younger talent,’ because I will let them do whatever they want with me — and then after they get done, they’re not as motivated. So, it’s not that I sink their ship, it’s that they fail to operate at an elite level. And I’m on to the next person, [to] whom I say, “Hey man, bring your best punch and I’m gonna punch back” — and they don’t take that attitude beyond me.”

On his match with Nikki Bella against The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33:

“I take that approach to everyone. The Miz story couldn’t be a better example of that, because when that story started … no one wanted to see that match. No one. I made it a point to have everyone work as hard as they could to change everyone’s mind.”

“And now here you are, months after the fact, saying that was one of the most entertaining things done on television. That just goes to show you that it’s all just about how much you’re willing to invest and how strongly you believe in what you want to do.”

 

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Money in the Bank 2016: Shield’s Night

 

Money in the Bank 2016
Date: June 19, 2016
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, John Bradshaw Layfield

You always hear about how any particular show is supposed to be the best ever but in this case they might actually have a chance at the best Money in the Bank of all time. There are three major matches tonight with AJ Styles vs. John Cena, Roman Reigns defending the WWE World Title against Seth Rollins and of course the Money in the Bank ladder match. Let’s get to it.

Pre-Show: Breezango vs. Golden Truth

Breezango has severe sunburns due to some shenanigans before the match. Fandango and Truth start things off with Truth chopping at the very raw chest. It’s off to Breeze vs. Goldust as the chop-a-thon continues. Fandango comes in and ducks a chop, only to have Truth slap him on the back. Breeze offers a distraction so Fandango can stomp away, much to his own severe pain. We hit a leg crank on Truth for a bit before it’s back to Goldust for more chops and atomic drops. Everything breaks down and the Final Cut (suplex into a neckbreaker) puts Fandango away at 5:00.

Rating: D+. Sure it was stupid but I’ve got a soft spot for this angle as they’re just having goofy fun. The wrestling obviously wasn’t the point here and that’s ok when the entire point of this match is to fill in some time before we get to the actual pay per view. It’s nothing worth watching again but it’s funny enough to do its job.

Pre-Show: Lucha Dragons vs. Dudley Boyz

Bubba and Kalisto start things off before Cara comes in for a dive, followed by a double dive to take the Dudleyz down. Back from a break with Bubba working on Cara’s arm as the fans want tables. D-Von’s big elbow drop gets two before it’s back to Bubba who threatens to rip Cara’s mask off. The jab sequence is countered by a dropkick from Cara and the hot tag brings in Kalisto. The hurricanrana driver and kick to the head have the Dudleyz rocked and we get some heel miscommunication for good measure. A 3D is broken up and it’s the Salida Del Sol and the Dragon Bomb (swanton) for the pin on Bubba at 8:50.

Rating: C+. This was WAY better than I was expecting and a rather snappy little tag match. The Dragons never getting the titles is actually a bit surprising but at least we get a few nice matches like this every now and then. I’d still like to see Kalisto get an extended singles run but if this is the best I can get, so be it.

The opening video looks at the history of Las Vegas and the idea of chasing the dream. Everyone here tonight is going all in for the sake of reaching their goal, whatever that may cost.

Tag Team Titles: Enzo Amore/Big Cass vs. Vaudevillains vs. The Club vs. New Day

New Day is defending. Enzo’s attire looks like it’s covered with a bunch of miniature license plates. He’s sorry but he’s a bit tired tonight because he and Lady Luck were up all night. New Day does some impressions on the way to the ring, including calling Enzo and Cass a sawed off Han Solo and a hairless Chewbacca. The Vaudevillains are the Monopoly Men and the Club is being sent back to Japan to cure their male pattern baldness.

One fall to a finish here and it’s Kofi vs. Karl to start things off. It’s quickly off to Gallows who eats a quick pendulum kick in the corner before Enzo comes in to help clean house. Kofi grabs a rollup for two on Amore and that’s not quite cool. We get the big showdown between Cass and E. but Gotch tags himself in instead. Everything breaks down and all eight stare each other down in a cool visual.

The heels are sent outside and it’s Enzo/Cass vs. New Day, only to have the Vaudevillains jump Kofi from behind to take over. Gallows tags himself in but a double clothesline drops both Luke and Kofi. A double tag brings in English and Enzo (odd choices for tags) but it’s quickly back to Gallows, who low bridges Enzo to the floor. Amore grabs a tornado DDT on Luke and another double tag brings in Cass and Anderson. Cass cleans house and throws Enzo onto a pile at ringside.

The Rocket Launcher gets two on Anderson with Gallows pulling Enzo out at the last possible second (or maybe a bit too late). Kofi tags himself in but misses Trouble in Paradise. The Whirling Dervish gets a very close two on Kofi (I bought that as the finish for a second) and Big E. spears Gotch to the floor. Kofi grabs a DDT on English but Karl makes a blind tag. There’s a Magic Killer to English, only to have Big E. make a quick save. The Midnight Hour connects on Anderson and Kofi pins English at 11:47.

Rating: B+. It’s not quite the four way from last month but sweet goodness they were on fire here. This was a great back and forth match where I actually bought that all four teams could have gotten the belts at any time. In theory this sets up the Club vs. New Day for the titles at Battleground after New Day sets the record for the longest title reign.

Kevin Owens is in the back and brags about being awesome when he powerbombed John Cena on the apron last year. See, you have to specify what he does because everything he does is special. Owens: “That’s what my mom tells me.” Jericho comes in and does his usual speech about inventing Money in the Bank but Owens calls him out for never winning the thing.

Alberto comes in (Owens: “Most likely to speak some Spanish.”) and they discuss the meaning of perro. Del Rio brags about being the only one to win Money in the Bank but Owens cuts him off to say he needs new material, like Owens, who is always doing cool stuff. Jericho: “The only perros I see here are this pair-o idiots.” Jericho offers them the gift of Jericho but both guys leave, allowing Jericho to call them stupid idiots. If Owens was any more golden, he’d be a prize in the Olympics.

Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler

Because this won’t die. The threat of a superkick sends Corbin backing off so he pops Dolph with a right hand to take over. Ziggler tries to send him under the ropes but Corbin swings around the post and comes in with a hard clothesline. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Corbin just stomps away. The fans call this boring so Corbin takes a bit of a bow and picks Ziggler up even slower.

Dolph comes back with some dropkicks but can’t follow up. The Fameasser and superkick are both broken up and Corbin blasts him with another clothesline for two. Back up and Ziggler avoids a charge to send him shoulder first into the post, setting up the Fameasser for two. The fans alternate between Bayley and Ryback chants as Corbin bails to the floor to avoid the superkick. That thing better hit at some point.

A Deep Six on the floor gets a nine count. Back in again and End of Days is countered into the superkick for two. Ziggler heads up top but gets caught by a running right hand. Well that’s a bit more simple. Ziggler jumps back down and tries another superkick, only to run into End of Days for the pin at 12:24.

Rating: B-. This is a good example of a quality match where the fans just weren’t interested and I really can’t blame them. These two have fought so many times and there’s no reason to want to see them again. That’s where WWE gets in trouble so many times: they get something interesting and then don’t know when to stop, laving us with crowd reactions like this. It was good with the nice little story of teasing the superkick but I had no interest in watching them.

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Charlotte/Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch/Natalya

The announcers point out Natalya losing title match after title match this year. Natalya shoves Dana to the ropes a few times to start so Dana shouts a lot. Becky comes in and we get a Hart Attack on Dana, followed by a baseball slide to put Charlotte on the floor as well. Back in and Natalya gets beaten down as the announcers push the idea that Charlotte has been teaching Dana to get better. Apparently she needs to do more teaching as Natalya gets over for the tag off to Becky for the house cleaning.

The Bexploder sends Charlotte flying and a double missile dropkick drops the villains. Natalya comes in for the discus lariat on Charlotte, who comes back with a rollup for two with her feet on the ropes. The Sharpshooter has Charlotte in trouble but Dana makes the save, only to have Natalya and Becky collide. Natural Selection ends Natalya at 7:00.

Rating: C. Much like the previous match, I never want to see Charlotte vs. Natalya again. That’s like five straight losses for Natalya and there’s no reason to see them go at it again. Just let Sasha come up and get the title in a better match like everyone wants to see instead of just doing the same stuff over and over again. Why can’t WWE get that simple logic?

Post match Becky apologizes but Natalya blasts her with a forearm for a heel turn. Yeah because that’s going to make her interesting. Again, if you want us to care about a character more, DON’T HAVE THEM JOB IN EVERY SINGLE MATCH BEFORE YOU TURN THEM.

Dean Ambrose says we’re in the jungle tonight and he’s walking out with the title. He doesn’t have a comment on the main event other than Reigns is going to have fun beating on Rollins. “Beating up Seth is fun.”

Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews

Veteran vs. newcomer. Sheamus jumps him to start and headlocks Crews down. Back up and Crews sends him out to the floor, only to get caught in Irish Curse off the apron and out to the floor. Back in and we hit the chinlock as the fans break out the YOU LOOK STUPID chants again.

The ten forearms to the chest get two for Sheamus and we hit another chinlock. Crews pops back up for his running clotheslines and an enziguri before belly to belly suplexing Sheamus over the top. A moonsault from the apron gets two but Sheamus runs him over again. Sheamus takes it to the top for a super White Noise and two but an argument with the referee allows Crews to grab a rollup for the pin at 8:44.

Rating: C+. I liked this more than I was expecting to as Crews got the win after hanging in there long enough. It’s kind of a fluke but Crews kicked out after a big move and got to show off enough to make it look like a big win. This is what people like Sheamus and Ziggler are good for: having quality matches and putting people over while it still means something.

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We recap AJ Styles vs. John Cena. This has been billed as a dream match and that’s not too far from the truth. Styles attacked Cena a few weeks back like so many others have done but Cena was more impressed by a moment when the fans were chanting LET’S GO CENA/AJ STYLES. Tonight AJ has his chance to prove that he belongs and has agreed to have the Club barred from ringside.

AJ Styles vs. John Cena

The fans are just coming unglued for this before the bell. They trade takedowns to start and AJ is all fired up. Cena comes right back with some armdrags and a monkey flip of all things but it’s way too early for the AA. You Can’t See Me is answered with a forearm to the face and AJ starts sticking and moving. That earns him a belly to belly before they head outside. Cena tries to send him into the steps but AJ jumps over them in a sweet counter that leaves Cena shocked.

Back in and a knee drop gets two for AJ, followed by a suplex. AJ: “Is this all he’s got?” Cena keeps going simple with a stiff right hand and a backdrop but the flying shoulders are countered with a dropkick. We hit the chinlock for a bit before another comeback is countered by an enziguri.

The Protobomb plants AJ but the Shuffle is broken up as well with Cena being knocked outside. A big flip dive misses though and Cena finally has an opening. Back in and the AA is countered again with AJ hitting the strike rush, only to get caught in the STF. A rope is grabbed so Cena tries a top rope AA but Styles reverses into something like Snake Eyes. Cena tries it again (with some LOUD spot calling, which has been an issue all night) but AJ escapes one more time.

The Phenomenal Forearm is countered into the AA but Cena takes too much time turning to face the camera, allowing AJ to reverse into the Calf Crusher. John gets to the ropes and hits that big running clothesline to make the comeback when he needs to hit a big move to make a comeback. The AA is countered AGAIN but Cena just muscles him up, only to have AJ kick out again.

Cena is shocked so he goes up top, only to have the Fameasser countered into a powerbomb to put both guys down. That’s only good for two as well so it’s a Pele into the Styles Clash for two more with the fans getting more and more into the kickouts. The springboard 450 only hits knees though and both guys are down. Neither can hit finishers with AJ landing on his feet to escape the AA but missing the Pele. The Forearm misses and Cena tries another AA, only to have the ref get bumped. Now the AA connects but there’s no one to count. Cue the Club for the Magic Killer to give AJ the pin at 24:09.

Rating: A-. I was hoping for a clean finish here as they were nailing it near the end. They were working the big match formula here and the key thing is AJ looking like he belonged in there and even frustrating Cena like few others have been able to. I don’t know if I’d say it lived up to the expectations but I don’t think anything really could have. Still though, excellent stuff as you had to know was coming..

JBL calls this a cheap victory but it’s not clear if AJ knew what happened. I mean, him looking up while the Club ran in would suggest otherwise but I’ve heard worse storyline explanations. As expected, JBL drives the point into the ground like no one else can.

We get a really cool video on the ladder match with a theme of what the briefcase can mean for you and how it means the world to someone’s career.

Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose

The fans seem split between Owens and Ambrose. Huge brawl to start as you would expect with Ambrose taking Owens down, followed by Sami hitting a big flip dive to take out most of his opponents. Owens kicks Sami in the face though and it’s Jericho with a front suplex to send Cesaro ribs first into the ladder. Dean gets back in but gets suplexed onto the ladder for his efforts. Jericho tries to crush him 69 times with the ladder but Del Rio comes in for the save.

That means it’s time for an uppercut party until Owens makes the save and busts out the Cannonballs. Sami comes back in and makes the first real climb but Del Rio makes the save and ties him in the Tree of Woe. Del Rio gives Cesaro the top rope double stomp onto a ladder but makes the slow climb, allowing Jericho to come in for a save. Chris gets pulled down and might have hurt his knee.

Del Rio goes up again but Cesaro makes a save this time, only to get caught in the cross armbreaker on the ladder. Kevin superkicks Del Rio but eats the spinning uppercut. Now it’s Ambrose and Jericho back inside with Jericho hitting a Codebreaker but only getting his hand on the briefcase as Sami makes a save.

They’re both knocked onto the ropes by an intervening Owens, who is taken down just as quickly with a Backstabber. There’s a Cesaro Swing for Del Rio and one for Jericho as a bonus with Cesaro letting him fly into the ladder for a big crash. Ambrose hits the elbow drop on Cesaro but Owens makes another save and crushes Dean with a frog splash onto the ladder.

Sami’s Michinoku Driver onto the side of an overturned ladder freaks the fans out all over again and breaks Owens at the same time. Del Rio hits Sami with a ladder over and over for the save before bridging one ladder into the other and draping the end on the middle turnbuckle. Cesaro does the same thing on the other side to make two platforms and all six are on ladders at the same time.

Cesaro and Del Rio fall off and the four others climb the middle ladder at once, only to have Del Rio and Cesaro set up another ladder. That results in a huge crash with Del Rio taking a very nasty fall. Everyone else falls down and Sami goes up, only to have Jericho run across the platform and make a save. Now it’s Dean stopping that one and planting Jericho with Dirty Deeds. Owens pulls Sami down and powerbombs him onto the platform. Dean and Kevin fight on the ladder with Owens falling backwards through the ladder and Ambrose gets the briefcase at 21:36 as JBL goes ballistic.

Rating: B+. See, this is what I was hoping for when they announced a six man match. Instead of fighting to get time, this was all about everyone going for the briefcase and surviving until the end when someone could get the briefcase. The ending isn’t a shock as you had two main options with Ambrose and Owens and it’s hard to argue with Dean winning. Really fun brawl though with some awesome spots, though nothing we haven’t seen before.

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Long pre-show recap.

US Title: Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil

Rusev is defending and Titus’ kids are in the crowd. Rusev goes straight outside and gets in their faces, setting up a double clothesline on the floor. Titus just erupts on Rusev against the barricade before throwing him into said barricade. Rusev sends him into the post for a seven count before getting two off a spinwheel kick back inside. A hard knee has Titus’ ribs in trouble and we hit the chinlock.

Titus fights back with elbows to the ribs and a shoulder. Something like a reverse slam gets two but Titus has to get out of the Accolade. A pumphandle powerslam gets two more on the champ, who comes right back with the jumping superkick. Now the Accolade retains the title at 8:15.

Rating: D+. It’s almost like the idea of crushing the former champion over and over left Rusev with no one credible to defend against here. Oh wait Titus won some dad award a year or so ago so now he’s supposed to be interesting. Boring match here with zero doubt about the end result but that’s what midcard titles mean these days.

Rusev laughs at Titus’ kids and PLEASE don’t mean we get a rematch.

We recap Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins with 15 minutes left in the show. They’ve been involved forever and things were made even worse when Rollins cashed in Money in the Bank to end Wrestlemania XXXI. Then Rollins hurt his knee and Reigns took the title in Seth’s absence, setting up this showdown.

WWE World Title: Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

Reigns is defending and the bell rings at 10:54 EST. Feeling out process to start until Reigns drops him with a shoulder. A second shoulder does the same but a third is blocked with a dropkick. Reigns is sent outside for a suicide dive but comes right back with a Samoan Drop for two. The fans don’t give Roman an inch as he hits that running clothesline and pounds away in the corner.

It’s past 11pm as regular pay per views now have overruns. Roman asks if Seth is ready for this so Rollins slaps him in the face. The comeback is stopped with a right hand and Roman sends him over the announcers’ table. Seth whips the champ into the steps but Roman comes right back with a Razor’s Edge into a sitout powerbomb for two. The Superman Punch is avoided though and Seth dropkicks him outside for another suicide dive. A big flip dive over the top is followed by a Sling Blade for two back inside.

The Pedigree doesn’t work though and the Superman Punch gets two for the champ. Seth enziguris Reigns away and hits the springboard knee to the head. A frog splash gets two on Reigns, allowing JBL to get in his second Eddie Guerrero reference of the night. Rollins is scared to go for the sunset bomb so he switches to a buckle bomb and low superkick for two instead.

Seth has to try three times for a superplex before getting him down, setting up a Falcon’s Arrow for two. The Pedigree is broken up again and Rollins gets two more off a powerbomb. The slugout goes to Rollins and there’s another buckle bomb, only to have Reigns come out with a Superman Punch for two. Since this hasn’t gone on long enough, Rollins goes outside, only to avoid the spear into the barricade.

Medics come out to check on Reigns until Rollins throws him back inside for the Pedigree. That’s countered as well and we get a ref bump, followed by the spear for a delayed near fall. The spear is countered into a Pedigree for two and Rollins is stunned. There’s a second Pedigree and Rollins is champion at 26:04.

Rating: B+. It was long but the end was a surprise and a good way to wrap things up with Reigns getting pinned clean. This sets up a lot of interesting stuff with the potential Shield triple threat that should headline Summerslam but more importantly….I hear music so we’ll cut this short.

We’re not done yet! Ambrose comes in through the crowd and hits Rollins with the briefcase for the cash-in.

WWE World Title: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

Ambrose is champion off Dirty Deeds in 9 seconds, meaning that all three members of Shield have been World Champion in a single night. More importantly: NO MONEY IN THE BANK FOR A YEAR!!!

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JBL sounds like he wants to cry as Ambrose celebrates to take us off the air.

Overall Rating: A-. If not for some of the midcard stuff not exactly living up to the same standards and what seems to be the introduction of overruns on a pay per view (because ten matches over four hours and then three hours and ten minutes tomorrow night isn’t enough), this would have been a classic. As it is it’s just great and a bit beneath the 2011 edition, though still very good.

That being said, if WWE actually runs the Shield triple threat at freaking Battleground and not on the big stage of say Summerslam’s main event, I think my head might explode. That’s a Wrestlemania main event level match and there’s a chance they’ll waste it on the nothing July pay per view. Either way, it’s a really good show worth watching, but have your fast forward button ready.

 

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