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X-Pac 1, 2, 360 Recap w/ Aleister Black – Corbin’s Failed MITB Cash-in, Using MMA in Pro Wrestling, Signing with NXT, More!

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X-Pac opens today’s show by sending his love and best wishes to Ric Flair, who was hospitalized over the weekend. He calls Flair the ‘greatest of all time’, and he wishes some websites would have waited to have more facts before reporting on Flair’s illness. He believe the family deserves some privacy, and we should all wait to get our information from them whenever they feel comfortable sharing it.

X-Pac congratulates Tazawa on his Cruiserweight Championship win. He’s very happy for Tazawa and for the Cruiserweight division in general, because they appear to be making some significant strides as of late. He actually spoke with Enzo Amore recently, who informed him that he wants to join the Cruiserweight division. X-Pac points out that Amore doesn’t really work the ‘cruiserweight style’, but that shouldn’t be a problem.

X-Pac wonders who Baron Corbin pissed off lately, because his cash-in attempt didn’t necessarily go as planned for him on Smackdown Live last night. He points out that usually when something like this happens the Superstar is in line for a ‘comeback’ soon. For this reason, he believes Corbin will defeat Cena at SummerSlam.

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Dinner with the King Recap – Less Balor/More Demon, Ric Flair’s Legacy, Working with Flair in Memphis/WWE, More!

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Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.

Lawler says that he’s very excited about SummerSlam this Sunday, and he’s also excited to be working the Kickoff show on the WWE Network. He admits that for a while he thought SummerSlam needed to be ‘bigger’, but over the last few weeks WWE has done a good job of building the PPV and now Lawler is very excited to watch the show.

He says he’s anxious to see the reformed tag team of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins take on Sheamus and Cesaro for the RAW tag team Championships. He’s also looking forward to The Demon vs. Bray Wyatt because he’s been waiting for The Demon to make its return for a while now. He says that we need less Finn Balor and more Demon moving forward.

Lawler informs that he’s going to be wrestling Cody Rhodes for the ROH Championship next week. He wonders if Rhodes can actually put the ROH Title on the line against a WWE-contracted talent because Lawler has full intentions of beating Rhodes and claiming the ROH Title. That would be a very embarrassing situation for ROH in Lawler’s opinion.

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Bischoff on Wrestling Recap – Dolph Ziggler’s Time Off, Running WCW in 2000, Is Kayfabe Dead? More!

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Bischoff is joined on today’s show by his co-host Nick Hausman.

Bischoff says he was very saddened to hear about Ric Flair’s hospitalization over the weekend. He saw Flair just a few months ago, and Flair appeared to be in very good health. It’s hard for Bischoff to imagine Flair in a compromised state because he’s always been so full of life, and every time he enters a room he commands everyone’s attention.

Hausman points out that Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Centre is promoting Brock Lesnar for RAW after SummerSlam, where they have him listed as Universal Champion and many people are considering this a spoiler. Hausman asks Bischoff if he ever had to deal with a situation like that while he was running WCW.

Bischoff says that this sort of thing happened regularly and it was very frustrating. He does point out that this doesn’t necessarily mean that Lesnar is leaving SummerSlam as Universal Champion, and people may simply be overthinking this information.

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Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap – Ric Flair Tribute, WCW Feud With Flair, One Thing Flair Did for Russo That He’ll Never Forget, More!

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Russo opens today’s show by sending his prayers and best wishes to Ric Flair and his family after Flair was hospitalized over the weekend. Russo says that he doesn’t deal well with sickness and death, and he was absolutely distraught when he heard of Flair’s hospitalization over the weekend.

He says that when he initially left WWE to head to WCW, he was very nervous about the situation he was walking into. WCW was always a traditional Southern promotion, and Russo was concerned with how well he’d fit in there. He was also consumed with the fear of having to work with legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

Once Russo got to WCW, he knew he was going to have to make some changes to the roster. Flair, Hogan and the other veterans were all getting up in age, and Russo began to set the table to get them off of television full time in order to make room for younger talents. He wanted to repackage them and transition them into part-time wrestling roles where they could be respected as the legends they were, but he’s pretty sure that the older generation of talent were not happy to hear this.

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Baron Corbin Agrees with the Female Fan that Flipped Off John Cena

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Even though there are reports of backstage heat with Baron Corbon over his recent usage of Twitter, that hasn’t stopped him from using the Twitter Machine.

Corbin took to his Twitter account today to tweet John Cena to let him know where he stands with the female fan that flipped Cena off after costing Corbin his Money in the Bank cash-in on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live:

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WWE SmackDown Ratings, Viewership (8/15/17): Numbers Steady

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WWE SmackDown Live Preview 8 15 17

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The numbers are in for this week’s edition of WWE SmackDown Live. Smackdown finished with 2.530 million viewers on Tuesday night, good enough to finish as the fifth watched show on cable television in the Tuesday night ratings.

This number was down every so slightly from last week’s broadcast, which garnered 2.584 million viewers. SmackDown did finish number one for the night in the all important 18-49 age group demographic. It finished the night with 0.77 rating in that demo, down from last week’s 0.80.

SmackDown was defeated in overall viewership this week by the Rachel Maddow Show (3.297 million) on MSNBC, The Last Word with Laurence O’Donnell (2.785 million) on MSNBC,  Hannity (2.675 million) on FOX News, and Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.596 million) on FOX News.

SmackDown was the final cable broadcast before this Sunday night’s SummerSlam PPV. It was headlined by WWE Champion Jinder Mahal taking on John Cena. The match ended in a no contest after Baron Corbin interfered, cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase, and was then pinned by Mahal.

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Barclays Center Spoils SummerSlam Match Outcome

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The Barclays Center Twitter account has apparently spoiled the Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Universal Championship match that saw Brock Lesnar defending the title against Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns.

You might recall that the stipulation added to the bout was if Lesnar loses the match, he would leave WWE. Well the Twitter account of the Barclays Center advertised Lesnar for Monday’s episode of RAW, which would be an indication that Brock is in fact leaving the SummerSlam event as WWE Universal Champion.

https://twitter.com/barclayscenter/status/897835948368687104

UPDATE: After several fans complained about the match being spoiled, the tweet was deleted.

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Ric Flair’s Girlfriend Reveals Details on His Status

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As we noted earlier today, there appears to be conflicting reports regarding Ric Flair’s surgery. While “Mean” Gene Okerlund mentioned on Facebook that Flair had had colon surgery, Ric Flair’s girlfriend Wendy Barlow is denying that Flair had colon surgery.

Wendy issued the following statement regarding Flair’s status:

“Just want to give an update to my friends and Family as I have been unable to talk on the phone without crying and just feel shocked over events….I took Ric to the Hospital Friday night with Severe Abdominal pain. From that moment on it all seems like a nightmare…multiple Organ problems. Not to go into too many details I want everyone to know he still needs Prayers as he is still in Critical Condition. And No he did not have Colon Surgery….It was another Surgery! I don’t know how the Media comes up with their stories. I have been by his side since Friday and will continue to make sure he is getting the best care possible. Thanks for all of the support and Love”

Keep checking back for more details as we receive them.

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First SummerSlam Kickoff Pre-Show Match Announced

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WWE has confirmed that Neville vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa will take place on the WWE SummerSlam Kickoff pre-show on Sunday in Brooklyn. With the pre-show being 2 hours long, it’s being speculated that the show will feature 2-3 matches in total.

Here is the updated card:

Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Universal Title
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar

WWE Title Match
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal

SmackDown Women’s Title Match
Natalya vs. Naomi

RAW Women’s Title Match
Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss

United States Title Match
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
Special Referee: Shane McMahon

SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
The Usos vs. The New Day

RAW Tag Team Title Match
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro and Sheamus

Big Cass vs. Big Show
Enzo Amore will be suspended above the ring in a shark cage.

Finn Balor (Demon Balor) vs. Bray Wyatt

Rusev vs. Randy Orton

John Cena vs. Baron Corbin

Kickoff Pre-show: Cruiserweight Title Match
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa

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WWE Writer Responds to Negative Feedback on Baron Corbin’s Cash In

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As seen on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, Baron Corbin cashed-in his Money in the Bank contract but failed to capture the WWE Title. WWE Creative Team member Road Dogg responded to negative feedback he has received regarding the angle:

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