Smackdown Live Coverage – June 27, 2017

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Date: June 27, 2017
Location: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, John Bradshaw Layfield

It’s ladies night with two major women’s matches on the card. First up we have the second ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match as the WWE tries to fix the mess they made out of the first one just nine days ago. After that we have Lana challenging Naomi for the Women’s Title in another Money in the Bank rematch. It’s almost like they’re just doing the same things twice for the sake of not having to come up with anything new. Let’s get to it.

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Mayor of Orlando to Work Next Set of Impact Tapings

As Impact Wrestling approaches its 15-year anniversary, they are bringing in some special dignitaries to help them celebrate.

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The company released a proclamation today, indicating that the Mayor of Orlando will be working the next set of tapings. Below is a portion of the official press release:

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Bringing Proclamation to The Impact ZoneAnd Hes Also Going to Work During Taping for IMPACT on Pop TV

Nashville / Orlando (June 27, 2017) – To honor the 15-year anniversary of IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the City of Orlando has declared Wednesday, July 5, 2017, as “IMPACT WRESTLING DAY IN ORLANDO.”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will present a proclamation honoring IMPACT Wrestling before taping begins July 5 for a future episode of IMPACT on Pop TV.  IMPACT has filmed most of its weekly, two-hour TV show over the past 15 years on the backlot at Universal Studios Florida, dubbed The Impact Zone.

This is the first time Mayor Dyer has attended an IMPACT Wrestling show – and he’s not just attending in a mayoral role.  Mayor Dyer also will serve as the “Special Ring Announcer” for two matches.

“Orlando is already known worldwide as an epicenter for entertainment, and as we have worked to diversify our economy, growing our sports-based industries has been a strong focus,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  “Blending both entertainment and sports, IMPACT Wrestling is the exact type of event we’d like to continue hosting in Orlando. We are grateful to IMPACT Wresting for its commitment to, and investment in, the City of Orlando and look forward to IMPACT’s next 15 years of growth in our community.”

“We are so honored to be recognized by Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando,” said Ed Nordholm, President of IMPACT Wrestling.  “The City of Orlando is like a second home to many of our team.  We’ve spent so many nights in Orlando over the years, most of us have our favorite restaurants – and the staff at those venues know our orders once we arrive.”

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Eva Marie on Transitioning to Acting, Returning to WWE, the Rock

Eva Marie isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Many grew to love her on ‘Total Divas’ and in the company over the years, but it is very accurate to say she had many doubters who she had yet to prove wrong. Just as she had the chance, she was suspended from the company due to the wellness policy, leading her to pursue other options as she felt the suspension was unjustified.

Eva Marie spoke to TooFab to promote the new movie she is to star in, speaking about her transition to Hollywood, possibly going back to WWE and how The Rock has helped her career.

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Marie will be starring in the upcoming thriller titled ‘Inconceivable’ which also stars Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Nicky Whelan. She has always wanted to follow a similar career path to The Rock, and is able to do that, working now alongside the same team as him. The video above is a trailer for the movie and we highly recommend you watch.

Marie first talks about her decision to act, explaining that it fell into place when she was able to meet with The Rock’s agent, which is something her and her husband wanted to do from the very beginning.

“It’s always been something I was definitely interested in and the opportunity came about at the perfect time. Luckily, for me, when I started WWE, my husband and I were like, if I can get in front of The Rock’s agent and manager, that would be a dream. He’s made the transition from WWE into Hollywood so fantastically. He is the guy right now.”

“A year later, it just so happens that it fell into place and I ended up having a meeting with his agent, then his manager, then I talked with Dwayne for an hour and everybody signed off on me and I signed with his exact team. I was with the right people so I could go in and audition for this film. I read the script, I went into the audition and ended up meeting with the producer, the director and it all worked out and now we’re here.”

She was asked next about her relationship with The Rock, to which she explained he has provided her with advice to help her learn and grow.

“Yes, he’s awesome. I literally couldn’t ask for a better mentor. He’s done exactly what I’m trying to do, he gets it. Going into an audition or putting yourself on tape, it’s not the easiest thing to do especially because an audition is usually a camera and one person and then you have to bring to life this character. His advice to me is do the work, always put 110% effort into whatever it is that I’m doing, especially when it comes to these auditions and bringing these characters to life.”

“And then, be yourself when you walk into the room, never change. Leave it all in there. Once you’re done, walk out and you’re onto the next. That’s what I’ve really tried to carry throughout the process of going in for auditions, and not taking anything too personal because there’s so many factors that come into people getting roles, whether it’s not the right look or doesn’t have the right accent or wrong color hair. The list goes on, so you gotta take it lightly and move on.”

Next, Marie spoke of her hair color and how it has changed from the classic red fans of wrestling had familiarized themselves with over the years as Marie has competed in WWE. She mentions it wasn’t until she got the role that she made the full switch to black hair.

“I went in for my first initial audition with red hair and the director of the movie couldn’t really see past the red hair and I don’t blame him, it’s a pretty crazy color that I had. The moment I walked into any room, it’s more so my hair walked into the room.”

“So for my second audition, I’m really lucky and fortunate because one of my best friends created the red color and does my hair. Before I went in for my second audition, Jose came over and he did a wonderful magic and transitioned my red to black. I went in for my second audition with black hair and halfway through the meeting I mentioned my hair was still red, and everybody was mind blown. Luckily, I got the role and that’s when we went in and say bye bye to all red everything and hello to the black.”

Marie mentions that it is rather surreal to be in such a situation as she is in.

“I think pure, like, I can’t believe this is really happening. But also a little out of body experience because I’m on set with tremendous actors. They’re Academy Award winners, Faye Dunaway, Nicolas Cage, getting to work with Gina Gershon and Nicky Whelan. This is my first film and I’m amongst major superstars. It was a crazy, surreal feeling because not only am I so grateful, but then also I’m like, dude I better step up and bring my A game on set because all these guys are elevating my performance because they’re such amazing actors and actresses.”

She gives credit to WWE for helping her learn to be comfortable in front of an audience. She explains that this experience has showed her she can do anything she puts her mind to as this wasn’t what she was used to.

“That I really can do anything I put my mind to. It definitely was a whole other avenue for me. Being with WWE and the reality show, it was a great experience in a sense of being comfortable in front of a camera and a live audience. WWE is like, you can’t really get a bigger production as far as traveling wise and what they do on a day to day basis. So I really feel like that helped me become comfortable with it.”

“When I was on set with everybody, it wasn’t too too far off of something I have experienced before with cameramen, being told where to stand or your cues, so I feel like that really really helped me sink in and become truly my character as time went on. I’m proud of this film, I think it’s awesome, I’m very fortunate to be a part of it, especially being my first one. I feel like I stepped into the game.”

Marie is asked about her favorite Nicolas Cage moment, to which she explains that it would be meeting Cage and facetiming Cage’s son, both of whom are WWE fans.

“For me, I was so excited to meet him because I’m a huge fan. He’s a fantastic actor. When I saw him, he’s a huge WWE fan and so is his son. So a cool cool moment for me was is that, on set, he Facetimed his son and I spoke to his son because he could not believe that Eva Marie from WWE was in a film with his dad. To me, that was like, are you kidding me? I had to call my brothers and tell them because that doesn’t happen everyday.”

She explains that acting is the direction she hopes to continue moving forward.

“Absolutely. It’s something I’m so excited about, it’s awesome, you’re able to expand and become different characters and really dive into different types of roles. I have another film coming out called “Action No. 1,” which ironically, is about Nicolas Cage. He really got the “Action No. 1” comic book stole from his house and that’s what this movie is about. I play a bounty hunter he hires to find his comic book. It’s definitely a way different character than “Inconceivable,” but that’s the goal, to keep on going out and finding projects that not only I love but works out on both ends.”

She says she would be open to a return to WWE in the future and would be more than happy to take one of the Women’s titles away from the Champions.

“Oh my goodness, for sure. WWE, for me, is where it all started. You never know, I could show up on a Monday Night Raw, I could come down to SmackDown Live and snatch that title real quick. Never leave me out, you never know what’s creeping around the corner, if you know what I mean.”

Finally, Marie explains she could appear in the future on ‘Total Divas,’ just likely not as a cast member after she was removed for this upcoming season.

“You never know. It’s definitely a possibility. I love that show and I think everybody needs a little bit of Natalie Eva Marie in their life, so why not spread it everywhere.”

What is Linda hiding? See @natalieevamarie in #InconceivableMovie in theaters and on demand June 30th!

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Editor’s Note:

I actually liked Eva in her latter days on NXT and ‘Smackdown Live’ for the brief period of time she appeared on it for. It is a shame she never came back to prove her worth to the company. She’ll have doubters for years to come. That said, I bet many people will be interested in a film that looks as intriguing as Inconceivable does. Can’t wait to watch!

Are you going to watch Inconceivable? What are your thoughts on Eva Marie? 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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Seth Rollins on a Possible Shield vs. Club Rivalry, His Knee Injury

Seth Rollins has finally started to gain momentum back in recent weeks, with his attack on and feud with Bray Wyatt and his announcement as the cover athlete for WWE 2K18 that is due for release later this year.

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You can watch the video above to see Rollins speak on ‘Raw’ about being named the cover athlete for the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game. This coincides with his feud with Bray Wyatt as Wyatt himself gets involved. This also led, as we reported, to Rollins getting stitches.

The Sun recently interviewed Seth Rollins, where he spoke in length about a potential Shield reunion and rivalry against The Club and how his knee injury has affected him.

With all members of The Shield and Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows all featuring on the ‘Raw’ roster, fans may be in store for a huge rivalry in Shield vs. Club. Seth commented at length on this. He first explains that when The Shield previously existed, they had a single, united goal and it would take something similar to that to get them to work together again.

“I’m sure it could happen at some point, you never know. We’re all on our own page and have one goal in mind, like we did before. We’ve all got our individual goals now. It would take something very special to get all three of us back together with a singular goal. That was the focus before, and the reason we came together to begin with, we had a singular goal to make waves. Now we’re on our own, with our own individual goals, so who knows, never say never, but the good thing is I see all of us being around for a long time. There will always be the possibility of us coming back together and slapping on a tac vest.”

Rollins comments on the rivalry now, giving them props for all the hard work they’ve done and explain that the match could be ‘fantasy warfare’ and they’d make magic.

“A Club versus Shield rivalry interests me, for sure. Those are guys who have made a lot of success over the years in there own world. I think that would be a fantasy warfare. Those are all good gentlemen, hardworking guys. We’d have a blast in the ring, we could make some magic if it ever came down to it.”

Next, Rollins spoke about his knee injury keeping him out for a great length of time and how it has affected him since coming back to WWE. He explains that he hasn’t had time to reflect and worry about another potential injury.

“I’m good, it’s been a pretty wild year-and-a-half since I had the first knee injury, I’m just trying to stay as healthy as I can. Both of them were freak accidents, it’s just a wear and tear situation. It’s crazy it was the same knee, but I’m feeling good. I’m getting back into the swing of things. I hopefully I can keep myself together, keep healthy and get back to the form I was in before I got hurt. I had to give up the title, so I’d like to get the universal title, once I get the title, whenever that may be, that will be for me the affirmation I’ve made a complete comeback. That’s one of the nice things about having a schedule that just keeps going, you don’t have time to focus on that sort of stuff. You just go onto the next thing. I think if you start focusing on those things, you might feel and work at an optimal level. Worrying about my injury is only going to do that. For me it’s about moving forward and getting back on top.”

Editor’s Note:

Rollins is amazing! I am sure with him being in 2K18 he will bounce back and be a big star this year and next, just as he has been since he split from The Shield back in ’14. As for the feud between Shield and Club, YES PLEASE!!!

What are your thoughts on a possible Shield vs. Club match? Who do you want to see Rollins face? 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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Watch: Footage of Dean Ambrose And LaVar Ball During Commercial Break

The LaVar Ball/Miz TV segment from Monday’s Raw didn’t go as well as WWE hoped it would. In fact, some would say that it was a complete disaster.

The segment led to a six-man tag team match, where The Miz, Curtis Axel, and Bo Dallas faced Dean Ambrose, Heath Slater, and Rhyno. But, before the match could begin, Ambrose hit the ring, and during the commercial break, he and LaVar continued the segment. You can check out the video below.

LaVar wasn’t done. Lol

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Mike Kanellis on Leaving Impact Wrestling, Coming to WWE and More

That’s the power of love. At “Money in the Bank 2017”, Mike and Maria Kanellis made their debut for WWE. While Maria had been there before, this was their first time appearing together and Mike’s first time period. A lot of fans might not know much about Mike, but an appearance on “E&C’s Podcast of Awesomeness” might help solve that problem.

Mike appeared on the show to discuss his path to WWE, including the story behind he and Maria’s departures from Impact Wrestling. The story goes into quite the level of detail and you can read it in full at the link below. Here are some highlights with transcription courtesy of

On Not Re-Signing with Impact Wrestling

“We had finished up our contracts with TNA, but we were still working there. The way I was raised in the [pro] wrestling business, it’s once you decide to leave, you leave the right way, so we wanted to make sure that we would tie up any loose ends and storylines, which we did.

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“Maria did the whole wedding angle and I was kind of slowly pushed off TV and just doing that stuff with her, so I could help those people do what they needed to do, so I was just kind of in the background in that storyline because that’s just what I believe in. So we promised that we would finish up and at that point we were in between contracts. TNA had offered us to stay and they were offering us a pretty good amount of money. And at that point, I didn’t know if I wanted to stay.”

On Getting in Touch with Triple H

“He emailed me back and he was really nice about everything and he was like, ‘alright,’ he was like, ‘I’ll have someone be in touch with you.’ And I’m so used to… I’m kind of jaded in [pro] wrestling, just through everything, so hearing that, he was really nice, so that was great. The most I took out of it was, ‘wow, that was really great – he was really nice about everything. Cool.’

“And I was like, ‘but, if I don’t hear from anybody, I’m not going to be surprised.’ But a week later, or maybe, yeah, a couple of weeks later, I don’t know, Regal called me and they offered me a contract and I was just kind of blown away. I was just kind of like, ‘holy cow!’ I think it was like the end of January or so and I was just blown away. I remember looking at Maria and I was like, ‘yeah, they offered’ and she was like, ‘oh, well, what is it? Is it NXT?

“And I was like, ‘no, they want to bring us right up to the main roster’ and she was like, ‘holy cow!’ And I was like, ‘well, we’ve got to take it.’ And so we had to reach back out to TNA and be like, ‘oh, we’re going to go in a different direction.’ It’s this weird dynamic because you want to keep everything a secret and quiet, which is impossible to do in the [pro] wrestling business nowadays.”

On Why They Said They Were Taking a Break From Wrestling

“We then had to reach out to TNA and just be like, ‘yeah, [for] personal reasons, we aren’t going to re-sign’ because if you say something to them about WWE, it’s going to get out there because what do they care at that point? And you can’t blame them, but we were like, ‘yeah, it’s personal reasons – we’re going to do other things and maybe take a break from [pro] wrestling for a little while.’

“Whatever you can think of at that point. It sucks for me because I had a great time at TNA, like the locker room, the roster, and I didn’t really get a chance to say that because everything was so quiet and, like, hush-hush about WWE, so it really hurtful me because guys like EC3 and Rockstar Spud, like, the Hardys were so great there, Eli [Drake]. Like those guys, the locker room was great and I think that’s what bothers me the most about all the crap that goes on because that locker room is fantastic.”

And on What He’ll do to Stay in WWE

“I want to do everything in my power to make sure I stay here and never go back to where I was and I’m going to do that. I just want to be here now and that’s it. I’m going to do what I need to do to be here. And I did everything I needed to do to get here. Now, I’m going to do everything I can do to be here, and stay here, and just finish off here.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

Opinion: I’m still not sure if the Kanellis Family will be able to go anywhere on WWE TV with the love gimmick but it’s nice to see them trying something different. Maria continues to carry herself like a star, which is one of the most important things you can do. Mike still remains to be seen but it could be much worse.

Which of the two do you like better? What do you think of their gimmick? Let us know in the comments below.

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Watch: Samoa Joe Chokes Out Brock Lesnar on Raw

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Samoa Joe got to Brock Lesnar again on Monday’s Raw, and this time, he was able to successfully lock in the Coquina Clutch, which turned Lesnar’s face purple.

At this point, it’s clear that Samoa Joe is supposed to be the heel in this feud, so it’ll be interesting to see if the crowd reacts accordingly during his match with Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire next month.

WWE has one last Raw show before their July pay-per-view, and both Lesnar and Joe will be on it. So, don’t be surprised if Joe gets to Lesnar one last time before their match.

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Several Former WWE Divas Backstage Last Night at “Raw”

Even once many athletes finish up with WWE, they can’t resist the opportunity at catching up with everybody backstage and potentially appearing for the company again in the future, such is the case most recently with several former WWE Divas being backstage at ‘Raw’ last night.

WrestlingInc have compiled a list of names that were backstage last night on ‘Raw,’ which includes several former WWE Divas.

Through Instagram, it has been revealed that Lilian Garcia, Christy Hemme, Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle and Sharmell were all backstage together catching up with Stephanie McMahon and hanging out. Additionally, it is being reported that Eve Torres was backstage watching Raw with her son, Raeven Gracie.

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The clip above showcases what former WWE Diva Eve Torres has been up to since she left WWE, which has an emphasis on empowering women and family. You can watch it and let us know through our social media what your thoughts are.

When your squad is on point #CaliforniaLove #

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It is unknown at this time if there is any real purpose to them being there, besides catching up with others, but Wrestling Rumors will keep you updated as we learn of more information.

If you missed Raw and want to know the results, we have them available here for you!

Editor’s Note:

This is interesting! They say there is no reason for them being there, but I feel like this must have something to do with a WWE Network special of some kind. Regardless, this is nostalgic to see all these former talents backstage.

What are your thoughts on these women? Would you like to see any of them return? 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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Jim Ross on if Daniel Bryan Will Ever Wrestle Again

Daniel Bryan’s WWE contract will expire next fall, and he’s made it pretty clear that he wants to wrestle again.

Bryan, who just turned 36, was forced into retirement last year due to a concussion issue. Since then, he’s gotten several more tests done, and he seems pretty confident that everything is fine, and that he should be allowed to wrestle again.

However, WWE, at least as of right now, won’t allow him to get back in the ring, and if they’re still against Bryan wrestling when his contract expires, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion will leave the company to wrestle elsewhere.

Even though Daniel Bryan has a strong desire to wrestle again, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross doesn’t think it’ll happen, and he explained why in his latest blog post.

“Seems as if Daniel Bryan is having some fun trolling social media as he teases a return to the ring which I seriously doubt will or should ever happen. If his existing medical condition put DB in a higher risk category, then he needs to be the responsible husband and father and refrain from lacing up his boots again. Don’t get me wrong, if DB could safely resume his career I’d be all for it as he is one of the great talents in recent memory.”

The social media trolling that Ross is referring to happened last week, when Bryan teased a match with Ring of Honor Champion Cody Rhodes. Shortly thereafter, Bryan put up a tweet which simply read “trolling for life.”

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Opinion: Daniel Bryan will wrestle again, it’s just a matter of where it will be. It wouldn’t be wise for WWE to go against the advice of their head of medical, Dr. Joseph Maroon, especially when it comes to something like concussions.

If Bryan does leave, he’ll likely end up in both New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor. He’s also expressed interest in wrestling for CMLL in Mexico, so don’t be shocked if he ends up there as well. Also, if he leaves WWE, he’ll have to wrestle under his real name, Bryan Danielson, as WWE owns the Daniel Bryan name.

Where do you think Daniel Bryan will end up after his WWE contract expires? Do you think WWE will allow him to wrestle again? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Brock Lesnar Set to Face Top SmackDown Star on July 29

It looks like Brock Lesnar will have more than just one match in the month of July, as the current WWE Universal Champion is scheduled to appear at a SmackDown live event in Detroit, Michigan on July 29.

Lesnar, who works very few live events, will wrestle Baron Corbin at the event. Of course, plans could change between now and then, but, as of right now, Lesnar vs. Corbin is set for July 29.

Brock Lesnar’s live event appearances usually aren’t anything special, as his matches typically don’t last any longer than five minutes. So, expect more of the same when he faces Baron Corbin next month.

As of right now, it’s unclear why Lesnar is wrestling on a SmackDown live event, as he’s part of the Raw roster.

Lesnar is scheduled to defend the WWE Universal Championship against Samoa Joe at next month’s Great Balls of Fire show. As of this writing, most are expecting Lesnar to successfully defend his title, then go on to defend it against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam in a WrestleMania 31 rematch.

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