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Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap – Al Snow’s Arrest, Critical Analysis of Japanese ‘Strong Style’, WWE Live Events Struggling, More!

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Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno)

Gilbertti discusses WWE’s steadily dropping ratings. He says that wrestling is a star-driven business, and until WWE finds another Austin or Rock, their business is going to suffer. It’s pretty incredible to think that the biggest star in Hollywood was actually a professional wrestler on WWE’s roster for a number of years. Since Rock left, they haven’t been able to fill that void.

Lane points out that WWE might be turning away the next Austin or Rock because they’re too busy looking for the best ‘workers’. Gilbertti says that today’s promos are all heavily scripted and none of the competitors are able to deliver the promos believably. He says it’s almost like all the talents are in a library because none of them even raise their voices while delivering a promo.

Lane informs that Al Snow was arrested late last week because of a typo in the police’s systems. Lane thinks it’s ridiculous that all the dirt sheets posted a picture of Snow’s mug shot, taking advantage of this unfortunate situation.

Gilbertti says that whenever anyone with any notoriety gets arrested their mug shot is going to be posted on the news and online. That’s simply the way it is. Russo says that he does agree with the heart of Lane’s point, in that the dirt sheets continuously post these stories as ‘news’ when they’re nothing more than errors and lies most of the time.

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The Taz Show Recap – Backlash Analysis, Don’t Hinder Jinder, Difference Between 205Live & UK Wrestlers, More!

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Taz opens today’s show speaking about the online fan criticism directed at Jinder Mahal after he captured the WWE Championship at Backlash last night. A lot of fans seem to be angry at Mahal’s meteoric rise to the top of the WWE roster, along with claiming that he must be taking steroids to have a body like he does.

Taz points out that steroids don’t make you a better professional wrestler, and he says PED use means nothing to him in professional sports. He’s not suggesting that people start using PEDs, but he couldn’t care less if people do choose to use them at a professional level.

He says that he doesn’t know Jinder Mahal at all, but he’ll defend any wrestler who has paid his/her dues over the years, and Mahal has certainly done that. After dealing with a plethora of terrible gimmicks and then eventually getting released, Mahal worked his ass off and made it all the way back to the top and he deserves a lot of credit for that.

As far as fans’ criticisms that Mahal came out of nowhere to win this Title, Taz says that’s not the case at all. Mahal has been wrestling for many years, starting in Canada before getting signed by WWE initially many years ago. He was released from WWE in 2014 and worked around the world at indie events before being resigned by WWE. His hard work paid off, and this win certainly didn’t out of nowhere.

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Raven And Buff Bagwell File Amended Lawsuit Against WWE

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Scott “Raven” Levy and Marcus “Buff” Bagwell have filed a second amended lawsuit against WWE in the United States District Court of Connecticut according to a new report. The amendment has come in continuation of the earlier accusations indicating the former WWE Superstars are owed substantial royalties from the company concerning their work from a host of promotions being featured on the WWE Network.

While the lawsuit maintains that WWE had essentially breached their contracts with both Levy and Bagwell in regard to direct sales royalties, the amendment has added further key allegations to the case. According to Levy, the language of his June 2000 contract with the company specifically highlights its wrongdoing in refusing to pay royalties with regards to WWE Network content. He asserts that the wording suggests he should receive royalty payments when featured in “technology not yet created” and considers the WWE Network to fit this criteria.

In defence during previous filings of the case, the company has made the counter-argument that because there is no physical sale being made with content featured on the WWE Network, there is a material difference. Levy nevertheless claims that this is contractually the same as the video and indeed PPV sales that he had received royalties for before the introduction of WWE Network.

Furthermore, Bagwell alleges that the company has failed to pay him royalties within the agreed upon 90 day window. An additional key claim put forward by the amendment centres around the fact that WWE Network, Inc. (a subsidiary of WWE) has licensed the content in question to a host of other parties without Levy or Bagwell’s knowledge or approval.

The lawsuit concludes that the WWE was “immoral, oppressive, unscrupulous, and caused substantial injury” to not only Levy and Bagwell, but a number of other performers who signed similar contracts. A jury trial has been formally requested.

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WWE Extreme Rules: Cruiserweight Title Match Gets Stipulation & Updated Card

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WWE Extreme Rules 2017 is shaping up nicely two weeks out from the RAW exclusive show, and today, it was announced that the WWE Cruiserweight Title match between Neville and Austin Aries is now a Submission Match. WWE made the announcement of the match’s stipulation this afternoon.

This will be the third time these two have faced off for the Cruiserweight Title, and I am guessing that the third time’s the charm for Aries. Neville can definitely work an opponent into a submission victory, but with Aries’ Last Chancery being his finisher of choice since hitting the main roster, he may just have a slight edge in this bout.

And, as we reported earlier today, the winner of tonight’s match between Matt Hardy and Sheamus will name the stipulation for the RAW Tag Team Title match on the June 4th show.

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Match Card

WWE Universal Title #1 Contender
Fatal Five Way Match
Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe vs Finn Bálor vs Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns.

RAW Women’s Title
Kendo Stick On A Pole Match
Alexa Bliss vs Bayley.

WWE Intercontinental Title
Title Can Change Hands On A DQ
Dean Ambrose vs The Miz.

WWE Cruiserweight Title
Submission Match
Neville vs Austin Aries.

RAW Tag Team Title
The Hardys vs Cesaro and Sheamus.

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CMLL Fires Several Top Stars; PROGRESS Announces NYC Debut

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PROGRESS Is Doing NYC

Top UK indie wrestling promotion PROGRESS is crossing the pond this summer for it’s New York City debut. The promotion announced today via Twitter that they will be debuting at the Elmcor Centre in Queens on Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 pm.

The promotion will be teaming up once again with EVOLVE and WWN for the show, and from what we know now, it looks like WWN might be streaming the show live on their service. PROGRESS has already announced that the show will be available on their VOD service about a week after it happens.

There’s no full card for the show as of yet, but they have announced that PROGRESS Champion (and new WWE UK Champion) Pete Dunne will be on the card, as well as PROGRESS Tag Team Champions Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.

CMLL Fires Several Top Stars

Things aren’t looking good on the lucha libre front down in Mexico. CMLL released an official statement today announcing that they had fired top stars La Mascara, Maximo Sexy, and Bobby Villa. The firings stem from an incident this past weekend where Mascara and Maximo Sexy basically destroyed Ultimo Guerrero’s car in the Arena Mexico parking lot this past Friday evening. The reason for Villa’s firing was not given.

Both La Mascara and Maximo Sexy have family in AAA, CMLL’s top competitor, so the men could easily end up working there in the near future.

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WWE Title Rematch Announced; Updates For Tonight’s RAW

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WWE Title Rematch Announced For New Orleans SmackDown Live

It looks like Randy Orton will have to wait a couple of weeks for his WWE Title rematch with Jinder Mahal. WWE announced today that the rematch will take place on June 13th when SmackDown Live hits New Orleans for the final event in The Big Easy until next year’s WrestleMania 34.

Two other Backlash rematches will take place on the blue brand’s show that night, as well. Kevin Owens and AJ Styles will meet once more for the US Title, and Dolph Ziggler will get a rematch with Shinsuke Nakamura.

WWE is touting this episode of SmackDown Live as a huge event for New Orleans with a triple main event, and I am sure there will be plenty of hype for next year’s WrestleMania to go along with it.

RAW News & Notes

In news for tonight’s episode of RAW, it looks like The Drifter Elias Samson will finally make his main roster in-ring debut on tonight’s show instead of just walking around backstage with a guitar. And, apparently, he will debut against one of RAW’s top names.

Other matches announced for tonight include:

  • Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe & Bray Wyatt.
  • Finn Bálor vs Karl Anderson.
  • Matt Hardy vs Sheamus (the winner of this match gets to determine the stipulation for the RAW Tag Team Title match at Extreme Rules).
  • Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James.

 

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Ring Of Honor Announces War Of The Worlds UK Tour

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Ring Of Honor is taking their War Of The Worlds shows global. The promotion announced today that they will be embarking on a War Of The Worlds UK tour in conjunction with NJPW, RevPro, and CMLL. Stars from all four promotions will be involved in the tour this summer, according to the press release from the company.

Coming hot off the heels of the sold-out War of the Worlds 2017 Tour in North America, ROH is thrilled to announce, in conjunction with NJPW, CMLL and Revolution Pro Wrestling, the first-ever War of the Worlds UK Tour from August 18th , 2017 – August 20th, 2017! With stronger-than-ever partnerships, stars from the top professional wrestling organizations in the world will do battle over the course of three nights!

The tour comes in overwhelming response to not only the resoundingly successful ROH Reach for the Sky UK Tour, but also to the rapid sellouts of Ring of Honor, New Japan, CMLL, and Rev Pro events around the globe. The match possibilities are endless, dream teams could be formed, and various championships WILL be contested!

ALSO, RPW (Rev Pro) will host their annual ‘Summer Sizzler’, which will serve as a special Kickoff Event on Thursday August 17 at York Hall in London! From there, the stars of ROH, CMLL, NJPW, and RPW will compete at York Hall on Friday August 18 and then head the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday August 19! The tour will wrap up on August 20th in at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange to mark ROH’s first ever event in Scotland! Tickets for the most-recent WOTW USA Tour sold out so keep it locked into ROHWrestling.com to ensure you are the first to have the opportunity to purchase tickets to these historic events!

If history is any indication, anything can and will happen on these tours! On the Reach for the Sky Tour, the ROH World Television Title changed hands twice, while on the most recent War of the Worlds Tour, a New Japan star captured the World Television title!

Event Dates :
August 17th – RevPro Summer Sizzler 2017 @ York Hall – London , England

August 18th – WOTW UK Night 1 @ York Hall – London , England

August 19th – WOTW UK Night 2 @ Liverpool Olympia – Liverpool, England

August 20th – WOTW UK Night 3 @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange – Edinburgh , Scotland

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What’s Next for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles?

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As seen at Sunday’s WWE Backlash event, The Fashion Police faced The Usos in a losing effort for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Titles. This match saw a lot of comedy and overall got a lot of negative and positive feedback from fans on social media.

Dave Meltzer discussed this match on today’s installment of Wrestling Observer Radio. Meltzer indicated that The Fashion Police are just a comedy act and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Meltzer also added that the only reason they received a shot at the tag team titles is because the company is trying to buy some time for the next challengers, The New Day.

WWE has been keeping The New Day off television while Kofi Kingston recovers from his injury. PWInsider reported earlier today that they are expected to return to SmackDown this coming Tuesday to promote a WWE Network special. It is unknown if they will actually be returning full-time on this show, or if it is just for a one-time appearance until they are ready to return.

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Reason Why No Way Jose Hasn’t Been Used on NXT Television

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During the mailbag segment of today’s installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was asked about No Way Jose’s absence from NXT programming and why he hasn’t been appearing on television lately.

Meltzer said that the reason that the company hasn’t been featuring Jose on television is because they really don’t have a television program for him to work at this time. Once they have a program for him, the feeling is that he will be brought back. In the mean time, Jose will be working NXT Live Events, like he has been.

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The Next Challenger for the SmackDown Women’s Championship

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As seen at Sunday’s WWE Backlash event, Natayla ended up getting the victory for her team in the six-women tag match that featured herself teaming with Carmella and Tamina to take on the team of Naomi, Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

Dave Meltzer indicated on Wrestling Observer Radio that the plan is for Natalya to be the next challenger for Naomi’s SmackDown Women’s Championship at a future date and that’s the reason she got the win for her team.

There was speculation a while back that Charlotte would possibly do a turn at Backlash to set up a match between Naomi and Charlotte at a later date. That obviously wasn’t done here and the company is now going with Natalya vs. Naomi moving forward.

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