How was the July 18 “Smackdown Live” Audience?

The smack is coming back. We’re less than a week away from “Battleground 2017” and that means WWE is especially hopeful that the ratings are up for “Smackdown Live”. The better the audience for the TV shows right before the pay per view, odds are the better the numbers for the pay per view itself. So how did the go home show do?

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According to Showbuzz Daily, this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” drew 2.548 million viewers, up 3.4% over last week’s 2.465 million. This week’s show was headlined by Kevin Owens/Baron Corbin vs. AJ Styles/Shinsuke Nakamura and also featured an appearance by the Punjabi Prison structure.


Opinion: The audience continues to improve for both “Monday Night Raw” and “Smackdown Live” and while they might not be huge improvements, they are indeed improvements. These numbers need to go higher and higher though as we’re getting close to the network renewal period and therefore the company is under extra pressure to do well here.

Did you like this week’s “Smackdown Live”? Why do you think the audience was larger? Let us know in the comments below.


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FYE to Sell Bayley Candy

There ain’t no stopping her now! One of the issues that had a lot of WWE fans up in arms over the last few months has been the de-push of Bayley. In less than a year on the main roster, Bayley has gone from a top star in the women’s division to someone losing matches in one sided fashion. Now though, there’s a positive sign that WWE thinks something of her.

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According to Wrestlinginc.com, FYE will be selling Bayley gummy bears in the near future. The candy will also come with a t-shirt, making them similar to the New Day BootyO’s cereal package that was sold last year. There is no word yet on the price or release date but Bayley tweeted a picture of Carmella holding a box of the candy:

Jason Jordan is Kurt Angles son, and I have my own gummy bears! What the is going on? @officialfye @CarmellaWWE pic.twitter.com/0FB7LAJywW

— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) July 19, 2017

Opinion: Cool, but more importantly a very good sign for Bayley’s future. If WWE is willing to put her in a major merchandise position like this, they certainly must think something of her. New Day’s cereal was a major seller over Wrestlemania weekend last year and there’s a chance that Bayley’s could become a big deal as well.

Do you like the idea of WWE candy? What other wrestlers should get deals like this? Let us know in the comments below.

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What is Gail Kim’s New Role at Global Force Wrestling?

The best for the best. Gail Kim is easily the most decorated Knockout in Global Force Wrestling history and the only female member of its Hall of Fame. However, she has also announced that she will be retiring from the ring at the end of the year. That doesn’t mean the end of her time with the company though.


According to Wrestlinginc.com, Global Force Wrestling held a conference call earlier this week where Kim’s future role with the company was announced. During the call, Jeremy Borash announced that Kim will be moving to the backstage area and helping to run and train the Knockouts division. There is no word on when she will be starting in the new role.

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Opinion: This is the most logical move that the company could go with. Kim is still relatively young (she’s forty years old) and easily one of the most skilled performers in the world. Couple that with a ton of experience and she would be one of the best options for the trainer’s job. Hopefully she can pass on a lot of her skills and talents as she certainly has a lot to offer.

Do you like the idea of Kim as a trainer? Would you like to see her wrestle longer? Let us know in the comments below.


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John Hennigan to Debut for Global Force Wrestling

More like Mundo Force Wrestling. Global Force Wrestling has recently turned up the jets in an attempt to become a much bigger deal in the wrestling world. That includes signing new talent, including names from Japan and Mexico, but now they might have picked up one of the biggest free agent American names.

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According to Wrestlinginc.com, John Hennigan (Johnny Mundo/John Morrison) will be making his Global Force Wrestling debut at the company’s upcoming house show tour of the New York area. There is no word on if Hennigan will be making any televised appearances, though there is a strong chance that his Lucha Underground contract would prevent him from doing so. Hennigan is currently the AAA Mega, Latin America and Cruiserweight Champion.

Opinion: If this is the kind of thing that Global Force Wrestling can do going forward, they might be getting somewhere. Hennigan is one of the bigger names not signed to one of the two major American promotions and it looks like quite the coup for the company to sign him. Now, as usual, go somewhere with this and have it mean something.

Are you interested in Hennigan performing for Global Force Wrestling? Who else do you want brought in to the company? Let us know in the comments below.


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Shane McMahon Survives the Helicopter Crash

Shane McMahon just survived a helicopter crash.

A small helicopter carrying McMahon and one other passenger made a “controlled landing” in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island’s Gilgo Beach Wednesday morning, prompting a major emergency response.

The pilot of the Robinson R44 issued a Mayday call just before going into the water about a half-mile off shore around 10:25 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A commercial flight heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport heard the call for help and notified FAA controllers.

The FAA described the incident as a crash, but video from the scene showed the red helicopter resting on pontoons, apparently not submerged. The four-seater Robinson R44 is designed to land in the water, Coast Guard officials say, and the pilot deployed the pontoons to allow the aircraft to land safely.

A Coast Guard official on scene said the helicopter, which had taken off from Westchester County Airport, had some sort of mechanical issue that prompted the ocean landing. The FAA is investigating.

“It’s very unsettling when all of a sudden you have something happen and hear a bang and then they say, ‘We’re going to do an emergency landing in the water,”” McMahon said when interviewed after the crash landing.

“It’s very unnerving, but again [the other passenger rescued] was calm, so I was calm and we landed perfectly.”

 

 

Shane McMahon involved in crash landing of helicopter. #wwe #shanemcmahon pic.twitter.com/I45ZKmuRqf

— Dirk (@EliteDirk) July 19, 2017

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Breaking: Shane McMahon Involved in Helicopter Accident Near Gilgo Beach

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 According to a new report from ABC 7 News in New York City, Shane McMahon was involved in a helicopter emergency this morning near Gilgo Beach this morning.

The FAA says that the Robinson R-44 helicopter with two aboard landed in the water on its pontoon skids just before 10:30 a.m. Fortunately, neither McMahon nor the pilot was injured.

From the report:

Emergency responders picked up the two and ferried them safety to shore. Both were wearing life jackets. NYPD Aviation and SCUBA units also responded and assisted in the rescue.

McMahon took to Twitter this morning to personally give his thanks to everyone involved in his rescue:

I’d like to thank the man upstairs for looking out this morning & thanks to pilot Mario, Suffolk County Marine Bureau & Babylon Coast Guard.

— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) July 19, 2017

We at Wrestling Rumors will continue to monitor this story and provide any updates as they become available to us.

Editor’s Note:

I am so thankful to hear that Shane is OK. Whenever you hear of stories like this, you always fear for the worst, but are glad to hear the best. Obviously he will be a little shaken up, but I look forward to seeing him back in action as soon as possible.

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Rumor: Brock Lesnar Eyeing UFC Return?

One more time? Brock Lesnar is one of the few athletes who has dominated two sports. In addition to being a multiple time (and current) World Champion in WWE, he’s also a former UFC World Champion in mixed martial arts. However, there’s a chance that he might be heading back to the latter after a long time away.

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According to TalkMMA

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by way of Wrestlinginc.com, Lesnar and Paul Heyman were seen at UFC headquarters to negotiate Lesnar’s return to the organization. If this is the case, he would likely be appearing at the November 4 show from Madison Square Garden and dropping the Universal Title at “Summerslam 2017”. Lesnar’s suspension due to testing positive for performance enhancing drugs expired earlier this month. The site does note that this is NOT confirmed as of yet but it is a possibility.

Opinion: I’m not sure if Lesnar is going back to the UFC or not and this may never go anywhere, but if it does it would shake things up for WWE in a huge way. With Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns penciled in to headline “Wrestlemania XXXIV”, this could completely change everything that WWE has been building towards.

Do you think Lesnar will return to the UFC? Do you want him to? Let us know in the comments below.


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How Long Does John Cena Spend Shaving Himself Each Day?

…..who times this stuff? John Cena is one of the most famous wrestlers in WWE today and one of the biggest names of all time. Part of this is the fact that he’s a rather handsome man who looks like he was carved out of stone. As it turns out, there’s another secret to that and it involves a lot of shaving.

In an interview with People.com, Cena spoke about his grooming habits, which mainly centers around shaving his entire body, from the ears down, every single day. Cena goes on to say that this takes thirty to sixty minutes a day, which is still less time than it takes Nikki Bella to get ready. Here are some of his comments.

On Grooming in General


“I’m completely man-scaped from head to toe — from the ears down — so that takes a bit of time. I’m constantly trying to stay up on fine lines in my skin and that stuff, so I’m a lot more grooming-centric than you would realize. My routine is a lot more than you would think — I’d say it’s a strong 7 ½ out of 10.”

On How Long He Takes Every Day

“I got into bodybuilding at a young age, when I was like 15 or 16. It’s something that I started, and the first time you man-scape yourself and it starts to grow back, it is so uncomfortable, so I just kept doing it. If I’m pretty, pretty quick with it, I’d say it takes a half hour, but sometimes it’s probably an hour.”

And on How Long Bella Takes

“She [takes longer], absolutely. Man, she does, but it’s not like I’m always waiting for her. She takes longer by a few minutes.”

Opinion: While this might be a bit more information than most people want or need, it’s a good sign that Cena and Bella are the kind of celebrities who are being interviewed by something on the level of People Magazine. It shows me that things are going well for them and that their careers are rapidly expanding.

Do you like Cena or Bella better? When do you think Bella will be back? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: Mike and Maria Kanellis Comment on Victory

The power of winning. Mike and Maria Kanellis made their WWE debut as a couple at “Money in the Bank 2017” and haven’t exactly done much yet. That changed at least to a degree this week on “Smackdown Live” when Mike made his in-ring debut against Sami Zayn. The couple worked together to get the win, which wasn’t exactly clean.


After their match was over, the Kanellis family celebrated in the back and spoke with WWE cameras about the win. When asked if they were satisfied with the way they won the match, Mike said of course he was and Maria said that it was a victory for the power of love. Here’s the clip:

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Opinion: Standard heel interview here and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Kanellis family isn’t the most interesting thing on paper but once they shake off the initial issues and turn the gimmick into something a bit stronger. Having Mike actually get into the ring is a start and a few longer matches with Zayn could help a lot.

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Watch: Bayley Debuts at WWE “Battleground” 2016

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The “hug life” had its beginnings on the battle field.

WWE has posted a new video showing Bayley’s debut on the main roster at “Battleground” 2016. Although she would not be an official member of “Raw” until after “SummerSlam,” this was Bayley’s first match on the main roster.

In the match, she teamed up with her best friend Sasha Banks, to take on the team of then WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke. The finish came when “The Boss” made “The Queen” tap out to the Bank Statement.

This Sunday at “Battleground,” Charlotte will compete in a 5-way Elimination match against Natalya, Becky Lynch, Tamina and Lana. The winner will then face Naomi for the “Smackdown Live” Women’s Championship at “SummerSlam.”

Editor’s Note:

This was one of my favorite moments in all of 2016. Not only was the pop for Bayley unbelievable, but the pure joy that was on Banks’ face when her best friend finally made her debut on the main roster was one of those moments that wrestling fans live for.

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