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— Brock Lesnar’s next Universal title defense is currently scheduled for the 8/19 SummerSlam PPV, where he is expected to tentatively headline. However, this is not locked in stone but could depend on whether Lesnar declares himself eligible to return to UFC by being put back in the USADA drug testing pool by June 30. If he does by that date, it would enable him to work the UFC show on New Year’s weekend, but if he doesn’t go back into the pool, it is very likely he will be staying with WWE.

— Either way, with both UFC and WWE ready to sign very rich deals, the timing of Lesnar once again being a free agent later this year is impeccable as he is not only still the WWE’s Universal champion, but he has a great ability to successfully play one side against the other. Bottom line, Lesnar is likely in for a massive pay day on his next contract with whichever company he goes with.

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In a new photo released for the upcoming fourth season of Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network features a former Impact Wrestling star.

Jessie Godderz is featured in a new promo for the new season, which kicks off on June 13th on the El Rey Network.

Check out the photo of Godderz promoting Lucha Underground’s new season at Instagram.com.

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This week, Ring Of Honor (ROH) officials announced an eight-man International Cup tournament for their return to the United Kingdom.

ROH will be holding the shows in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 16, Doncaster, England on August 18 and London, England on August 19.

Check out the complete announcement below.

Inaugural ROH International Cup To Take Place At Honor Re-United UK Tour

Coming off the highly successful Honor United Tour, the Best Wrestling on the Planet, Ring of Honor, returns to the UK with the HONOR RE-UNITED TOUR, featuring an eight-man, United States vs. United Kingdom Tournament! The tournament is the First Annual Ring of Honor International Cup with the first round taking place in Edinburgh on Thursday August 16, the Semi Finals and Finals on Saturday August 18 in Doncaster, with the winner challenging for the Ring of Honor World Championship in the Main Event on Sunday August 19 in London!

The tournament marks the first of many anticipated International Cups, all of which possess endless possibilities, including the United States vs. Japan, United States vs. Germany, United States vs. Mexico, and more!

As we have seen from the recent Reach For The Sky, War of the Worlds – UK, and Honor United Tours, Ring of Honor brings in the very best UK stars to compete against its own stars year after year! Previous tours have brought stars like “The Villain” Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay, Mark Haskins, NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis, and others to ROH competition, with all making the most of their opportunities. Will we see a breakout star make the most of this opportunity or will an established star win the first-ever ROH International Cup?

The best way to experience ROH is to be there LIVE! There is nothing like the hard-hitting, in-your-face-action Ring of Honor can deliver LIVE. Be sure to get your tickets NOW!

1st ANNUAL RING OF HONOR INTERNATIONAL CUP
– UNITED STATES VS. UNITED KINGDOM –

Thursday, August 16 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Edinburgh, Scotland – 7:00pm GMT
4 FIRST ROUND MATCHES – USA VS. UK in each first round match

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Saturday, August 18 – Doncaster Dome
Doncaster, England – 5:30pm GMT
SEMI FINALS & FINALS

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Sunday, August 19 – York Hall
London, England – 5:00pm GMT
INTERNATIONAL CUP WINNER VS. ROH CHAMPION

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  • Update On NXT Leaving WWE Network For TV + NEW WWE Performance Center?

In an update on tonight’s WWE television tapings at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, SmackDown Live General Manager Paige announced via social media on Tuesday afternoon that a WWE Money In The Bank championship rematch will be taking place on tonight’s show.

The post-Money In The Bank episode of SmackDown Live, which airs tonight on the USA Network, will now also include a SmackDown Live Tag-Team Championship contest with The Bludgeon Brothers defending against Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a rematch from their Kickoff Show bout last night.

As noted, previously announced for tonight’s show is SAnitY vs. The Usos, Billie Kay vs. Becky Lynch and a Gauntlet Match with Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Big E., with the winner moving on to challenge A.J. Styles for the WWE Championship at the WWE Extreme Rules 2018 pay-per-view.

Check out Paige’s announcement for tonight’s show regarding the addition of the SmackDown Live Tag-Team Championship rematch from the WWE Money In The Bank 2018 Kickoff Show below.

Join us here this evening for live play-by-play results coverage of the post-WWE Money In The Bank episode of SmackDown Live.

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As noted, Triple H spoke with the media while in the U.K. for the taping of WWE’s two-day WWE U.K. Championship Tournament special for the WWE Network. Featured below are some additional highlights.

On WWE working with local independent promotions in the U.K.: “I think to say to ‘work with all the indies,’ I’ve said this before, there are groups cultivating talent and I’d like to work with those. There are also groups out there just putting on shows and you’ve heard the stories of are you going to get paid? Is there medical? There’s a lot of things we’re trying to upgrade. It’s hard, fans just see it and they liked the product or they don’t, but I’m trying to upgrade the behind-the-scenes for the talent, for their health, for their well being, [and] for their careers. I want this to be a career for people, not a thing where you you hope that you make it and 15 years later and go, ‘Man, I spent a lot of time doing this and I have nothing to show for it.’ Trying to change that and trying to change that for their well being. That’s the effort and at the same time showcasing them to the world. The pathway to get to WWE, the pathway to get this to be a career didn’t necessarily exist before, [I] think talent is beginning to see this [open up].”

On their new U.K. brand becoming included in a more global vision of NXT: “I think it organically developed into that, it what was always in my head of how it would end up being. When we did it the first time it was, ‘Hey, WWE is going to do this UK tournament’ and I think it helped up put more eyeballs on it. But as NXT has become more and more established, the ability to look at Raw and SmackDown as kind of these two bigger flagship juggernauts that are out there and where everything sits beneath it. It’s not a downgrade, but it’s just this global system that allows you to have the benefits of the WWE and a career that can be meaningful. Putting these in other international markets and in some way building a global territory system, much like what existed in the U.S. year ago, but global.

“Having talent have those places to work, so even if they spend time in a location and they’re not quite ready to make that move yet or it’s just time for them to go someplace else, they can go someplace else, but still stay within that system. Still continued to grow. If I were a 25 year old kid trying to make it in the business and they told me, ‘You want to go to the Middle East for six months and work a territory there?’ I’d say, ‘hell yeah.’ Those are the things that are a blast when you’re at that time frame and to be able to have that experience will be so valuable to all those talents.”

Check out more from the Triple H U.K. media scrum in the video embedded above.

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The numbers are in for this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling, and the news isn’t positive.

The Thursday, June 28th edition of Impact Wrestling on Pop TV finished with 254,000 total viewers, according to Showbuzz Daily.

By comparison, last week’s Impact Wrestling show finished with 262,000 total viewers, marking a decrease of 8,000 viewers for this week’s show.

Check out the top five moments from this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling on Pop TV above.

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Bill Goldberg recently spoke with the folks from The Digital Spy for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.

On whether or not The Undertaker should retire: “You know, it’s not my decision. If you asked him the same question about me, he’d probably say the same thing. At the end of the day, it’s up to the person lacing those boots up, and my opinion is nothing but that. And one person’s opinion doesn’t mean that things are right or wrong. I believe that in Mark’s head, Mark knows when to call it quits. He’ll do it when he wants to, and nobody can tell him otherwise, except for Vince, maybe. You know, they can sit down and have a man-to-man, and when it gets to the point where the performance isn’t there, or you’re enduring too much pain [where] you have to prepare too many different ways to get into the match, then it’s time to do it.

“But, it’s a really very hard thing to do. And money doesn’t drive it. People think that money drives them, and that has nothing to do with it. We’re talking about careers here that need to be made or broken in one or two matches, or one comeback. One of the old-time programs. You know you don’t want to change your legacy. So, it’s something very much to consider, and it’s tough. I mean, when I got offered the opportunity to come back, it was tough for me. I mean, I didn’t know — personally, I didn’t want to do it. For the family, there wasn’t an iota in my mind that didn’t want to do it. So I had to meet myself in the middle, take a sacrifice, and take one for the team and go out and do my thing. I wasn’t prepared the way I wanted to be, but I finally got prepared enough, and then it was time to hang them up again.”

On whether or not we could see Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 35: “All I got to say is, it ain’t up to me. Whether it’s Reigns or ‘Taker, and, I don’t know, I’m not gonna say anybody else. Hey, Reigns and ‘Taker are the two guys on my list right now. I mean, obviously for two different reasons, but I’d be honoured to get in the ring with either one of them. And I still owe Brock one, but I’m two-and-one on him, so it’s all good.”

Check out the complete Bill Goldberg interview at DigitalSpy.com.

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WWE Smackdown Live Viewership Unexpectedly Rises

November 24, 2020 | News | No Comments

— Unlike Raw on Monday night, Tuesday’s Smackdown Live increased in viewership from the week before, hitting 2.183 million viewers up from 2.013 million seven days ago. It was the second most watched Smackdown since May but was down from one year ago when it drew 2.48 million people.

— On the night, Smackdown sat atop the 18-49 demographic and was seventh overall in total viewership. Leading the way was America’s Got Talent on NBC which generated over 11 million viewers.

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This week, Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG) announced the first round matches for this year’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament.

The promotion announced the lineups for their three-night event from September 14-16, which includes some non-tournament matches. Featured below is the complete schedule for the three events. All matches listed are tournament matches unless otherwise stated. The full card for night three will not be revealed until after the first two shows.

PWG’s Battle Of Los Angeles 2018 tournament takes place at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Night one (September 14)

* Non-tournament match: WALTER & Timothy Thatcher vs. Ilja Dragunov & Shingo Takagi
* PCO vs. Brody King
* CIMA vs. Jody Fleisch
* Bandido vs. T-Hawk
* Joey Janela vs. David Starr
* Flamita vs. Puma King
* Rey Horus vs. Adam Brooks

Night two (September 15)

* Non-tournament match: Bandido, Flamita & Rey Horus vs. CIMA, Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz
* WALTER vs. Timothy Thatcher
* Travis Banks vs. Shingo Takagi
* Ilja Dragunov vs. Jonah Rock
* Jeff Cobb vs. Darby Allin
* DJ Z vs. Robbie Eagles
* Chris Brookes vs. Trevor Lee

Night three (September 16)

* Non-tournament match: PWG Tag Team Champions The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) defending against The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix)

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As noted, WWE Hall Of Famer Bill Goldberg recently spoke with the folks from Inside The Ropes for an in-depth sit-down video interview. Featured below are some additional highlights.

On telling Vince McMahon he needs to change the WWE Hall Of Fame induction ceremony: “First and foremost I went to Vince and I told him my impression of the Hall Of Fame and what should happen. What happened the night before and I don’t think it’s a justice to the people being inducted. I don’t think it’s a justice to the fans that sit there for four hours.

“I think it needs to be changed completely right up on its head. I don’t care what anybody says and I don’t care if the person that puts it together thinks I’m full of s–t. It needs to be changed because it sucks. I don’t care about what other people say or how they did it, I’m telling you in my experience as a headliner in 2018 in the Hall Of Fame — it needs to be changed.”

On if things were better the next night at WrestleMania: “That’s a tough question. Because I went up to Vince and I told him — I’m not gonna tell you everything I told Vince — but let’s just that me standing there after I was done with the Hall Of Fame on a Monday Night Raw it’s like being on the sidelines when you can play. I couldn’t stand it just because I’m a competitive dude and I don’t sit backstage and watch people do their thing when I’m still capable of doing it.

“It was the coolest experience of my life being inducted as the headliner of the 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame. It was awesome, but yeah the next night I was like a caged animal man. You know it’s tough for me and it is what it is and I have to grow up and be a man about it and accept things the way they are, but if I’m still capable of doing something I don’t like watching people do it.”

Check out more from the Bill Goldberg interview with Inside The Ropes below.

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