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It appears that WWE has decided to shorten Elias Samson’s name to just “Elias” moving forward.
In his bio section on WWE.com, the last name has been cleared away. This would be an indication that they have decided to shorten his name. WWE has done this in the past with Superstars like Big E Langston, Antonio Cesaro and Adrian Neville.
The following matches are excepted to be added to the upcoming August 20th WWE SummerSlam event:
RAW Tag Team Championship
Sheamus & Cesaro (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
New Day vs. Usos
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
The Miz vs. Jason Jordan
United States Championship
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
The Hardy Boyz vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The Revival
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Big Cass vs. Big Show
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari
It was reported via Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there was an incident between Braun Strowman and Karen Jarrett at a bar establishment in Nashville when Global Force Wrestling had meetings and RAW was in the same city.
PWInsider has picked up the story and was informed by a witness at the bar that the altercation was just “a drunken conversation between two drunk people in a bar that got loud, nothing more.”
For those who missed the original story, you can check it out here.
Several of our readers have sent word that CM Punk was being advertised this week for the Hulu version of SmackDown Live. You can check out a screen shot that reader Erik Glenn sent in:
It’s obvious CM Punk isn’t appearing on the episode as he hasn’t returned to the company. Someone at Hulu screwed up and somehow this happened.
At last word Punk was under contract to UFC and has voiced in several interviews that he has no plans to return to WWE anytime in the near future.
Hardy says that Nordholm blatantly lied to defame him and he has the entire conversation recorded to prove it.
Reby Hardy has also said that all of the conversations they had with Nordholm have been recorded.
Mike Kanellis knocked Global Force Wrestling over their pay issues in a Twitter exchange with a fan.
The fan pointed out how Mike was a joke in Global Force Wrestling and is also a joke in WWE. That is when Mike decided to point out that he’s getting paid now. You can check out the exchange below:
As seen on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, Shane McMahon announced that Kevin Owens would defend the United States Championship against AJ Styles and Chris Jericho in the main event of the show. After the announcement, Owens and Shane went face-to-face.
Dave Meltzer mentioned in the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that this is it very clear that this was done as a tease for a match between Shane and Owens down the line. There is a lot of online speculation that the two could possibly face each other at this year’s SummerSlam event.
While nothing has been confirmed, there is always the possibility that the match gets added to SummerSlam as WWE is trying to book the event strong and a match between the two would definitely be something the fans would pay to see. We will keep you updated if we hear anything regarding the two facing off at the biggest even of the summer.
Do you think we’ll see Shane McMahon wrestle at SummerSlam? Sound off in the comment section below…
IGN recently interviewed Skip Chaisson, El Rey Network’s chief creative officer, about the potential of Lucha Underground being renewed for a fourth season. During the interview, Chaisson said the show’s future “looks good.” He would not confirm nor deny, however, the show itself being renewed.
Chaisson noted that one of the biggest talking points at the El Rey Network is where LU fits into their TV schedule going forward. Though he also noted that he and network head/famed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez love the show. “I can’t emphasize enough just how giving the wrestlers are,” he said, “and just working with Eric [Van Wagenen, Lucha Underground’s executive producer] and Chris [DeJoseph, co-executive producer] – it’s just so much fun.”
Luckily for LU, El Rey is still airing season 3 of the series. This leaves plenty of time for the network to decide the show’s future.
Paige sent out the following tweets congratulating the new cast members of Total Divas and told them that she will see them soon:
As previously noted, Paige was not a part of the upcoming season because she hasn’t been on the road with the company due to her neck injuries. It is still possible that she becomes a cast regular again upon her return to WWE, that is if she returns. Her status with the company appears to be up in the air given the drama that has surrounded her personal life lately. She was suspended for a wellness violation, involved in sex tape scandal and may be facing battery charges for an assault on her boyfriend at an airport.