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Wrestling Daily News Roundup – Surprise Debuts on Smackdown, Main Event Set for Clash of Champions, Nxt Call-up Confirmed, Why The Miz Lost to Roman Reigns

Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…

Surprise Debuts on Smackdown

Following the debuts of Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose on this week’s Raw, Smackdown had its own Nxt invasion this week. During a backstage segment, former Women’s Champions Naomi and Becky Lynch were assaulted by Nxt talents Ruby Riot, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, who then interrupted a match between Charlotte and Natalya in the night as well.

That’s now five female talents who have been called up from Nxt in the past week, and it looks as though the WWE is trying to work some sort of invasion angle here. It remains to be seen as to whether Paige will be directly involved with this trio as well, or whether they are flying solo on Smackdown. It is also interesting to note that Daniel Bryan refused to comment on the debuts during the show.
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WWE SmackDown Live Review 21/11/17 – Survivor Series Fallout, Surprise Debuts, Main Event for Clash of Champions

Liam Hoofe reviews this week’s WWE SmackDown Live

Like Raw, this week’s SmackDown started with a McMahon in the ring. Shane was out to address his team’s defeat at Survivor Series and from a storyline perspective, to move everything forward following the show. Shane cuts a fairly standard promo where, instead of really seeming bothered by the loss, he expressed his pride in his brand’s performance on the show and claims that SmackDown is the best brand. It’s slightly odd that he takes this approach, considering the whole idea of Survivor Series was to prove who was the better show, and SmackDown lost, but whatever. Shane calls out Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and runs them down. Owens and Zayn, as usual, were great here and Zayn has improved so much as a character since his heel turn. Shane is about to fire the duo
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WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Review

Liam Hoofe reviews WWE Hell in a Cell 2017…

Despite its incredibly impressive roster, Smackdown has failed to put on a good pay per view this side of WrestleMania. Sunday’s Hell in a Cell is the brand’s first pay per view following SummerSlam and will likely set in motion several storylines for the next big 4 event – Survivor Series, in November.

Could SmackDown finally get back on track this past Sunday night? Let’s take a look at every one of the night’s matches and find out.

Pre-Show: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable Defeated The Hype Bros

As pre-show matches go, I really enjoyed this one. Watching Gable and Benjamin wrestle is never a chore and the latter is still looking sharp despite having been away from the WWE for a long time. The teased break-up between The Hype Bros didn’t happen, but Gable and Benjamin can no
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WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Predictions

Liam Hoofe gives his predictions for this Sunday’s WWE Hell in a Cell event…

It seems like only last night I was staying up watching WWE No Mercy, but here we are once again – another WWE pay per view. To give the company some credit, it has done a great job of building Hell in a Cell, and the night’s big match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon does feel like a big event.

SmackDown will also see every one of its titles defending this coming Sunday and judging from the matches on the card, Hell in a Cell could be a nice return to form for the brand, after their last solo PPV, Battleground, was a bit of a dud.

So, who is going to walk away victorious this Sunday night? Let’s take a look at my predictions for each of the night’s seven matches.
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John Cena WWE Raw plans, Shelton Benjamin in return talks – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Happy 15th Birthday, Tna!

Happy 15th birthday Tna! Impact Wrestling! Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Bonanza – whatever name you’re going by this week. The promotion celebrated its 15th birthday yesterday, which was founded on June 19th, 2002.

15 years! On July 2nd we celebrate with #Slamm15 on Pay Per View. Thanks to all our great fans for making this possible. pic.twitter.com/wekdk6lOd4

— Impact Wrestling (@Impactwrestling) June 19, 2017

For all the criticism Tna gets, they provided a vital mainstream alternative to WWE throughout the 00s, and – for better or worse – it was the promotion that gave us Aj Styles, some of the best matches of Kurt Angle’s career, Bully Ray, Beer Money, Broken Matt Hardy and more.

Their 15th anniversary present to themselves? Financial cost cutting!

PWInsider are reporting that backstage producers Al Snow, Simon
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WWE star injured, Shelton Benjamin WWE return update | WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

They might not be able to book babyfaces you can cheer, nor heels you can ever fully ‘boo’, but credit where credit’s due: WWE can book big, sweaty men really well.

After deadlifting an ambulance on Roman Reigns last week, last night’s Monday Night Braun had The Monster Among Men beat up R-Truth, throw Goldust through a gate and dump Kalisto in a bin. The night’s big set piece, however, came in the main event, where Strowman suplexed Big Show off the middle rope, causing the ring to collapse.

I don’t know what they thought was going to happen. Last time these two main evented Raw, the whole night was built around reinforcing the ring fittings. This time, no reinforcing. Kurt Angle needs to read up on the health and safety requirements.
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Real reason why Wrestlemania match cancelled, ex-wwe star reveals return talks | WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

You might’ve noticed that Kane hasn’t been on Smackdown as of late. If you thought he’d taken time off to eviscerate his enemies or burn the souls of his foes, you’d be mistaken. Because the real reason is actually more ridiculous. He’s running for mayor in Knox County.

The Big Red Machine – whose real name is the much less intimidating Glenn Jacobs – announced his bid at a press conference earlier this week, and followed it up with a campaign video seemingly using his Corporate Kane gimmick. The ‘Lighting the way for our future’ slogan and flame in the middle of his logo are nice references to his Demon alter-ego.

Even without Kane, Smackdown’s post-Superstar Shake-Up roster looks mighty fine: Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Aj Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are the most exciting headliners,
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Seven More Ex-Superstars WWE Should Sign

Liam Hoofe takes a look at seven other ex-superstars the WWE should consider signing…

With Kurt Angle and The Hardy Boyz having returned to the WWE this past week, and Drew McIntyre re-signing with the company too, it would appear as though the WWE is entering a new era of rehiring old superstars to add to their current roster.

Since last year’s brand split we have also seen the return of Curt Hawkins, Shelton Benjamin (well, not yet), Jinder Mahal and of course, Goldberg. The company’s willingness to reach out to old stars has opened the door to many possible returns and here is a look at seven other stars the company should consider reaching out to.

Rey Mysterio

With WWE’s cruiserweight division finally beginning to get some momentum behind it, there would be no better time to add some real star power to the division than now.
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Samoa Joe Wrestlemania 33 role revealed? Last minute Wrestlemania changes?

With Wrestlemania 33 set to run just shy of 27 hours, missing the pre-show seemed like a good way to reduce that butt-numbing length. But then WWE added Austin Aries vs Neville to the kickoff show. And the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, complete with bonus Braun Strowman.

Fans were annoyed – particularly over the Cruiserweight title match – but the major outrage was saved for the big Smackdown announcement: the two hour pre-show would also include the blue brand’s Women’s Championship match, as displayed by the below Wrestlemania kickoff graphic, which looks to be advertising the weirdest four way ever.

See Also: Shelton Benjamin cleared to return, WWE stars injured heading into Wrestlemania

The Internet wasn’t happy, as prior to the Road to Wrestlemania, Smackdown’s women’s division was prominently featured on weekly TV – and many argued that’s where the real women’s revolution was; with actual
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Shelton Benjamin cleared to return, WWE stars injured heading into Wrestlemania…

One of the better wrestling memes floating around the Internet is the image of Triple H congratulating Triple H on winning a championship belt – poking fun at Triple H’s ‘My Nxt person just won a title’ selfie habit.

Getting in on the Wrestlemania Axxess festivities, Triple H has tweeted an image of his latest signing: Triple H.

Don't need to photoshop this one… see it @WrestleMania #Axxess pic.twitter.com/pKRaOKuJ4x

— Triple H (@TripleH) March 30, 2017

Be careful what you wish for, Triple H, because the Internet will, and indeed has, Photoshopped it. Like @ChillHartman’s Triple Triple H photo.

.@TripleH @WrestleMania dont tell me how to live my life dad. pic.twitter.com/ayfw1AJwYg

— big banter james (@chillhartman) March 30, 2017

Or, going one better, @I_Am_Sau_Rabh’s Quarto Triple H picture.

@TripleH @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/gmIVEaRdqF

Sau Rabh (@I_Am_Sau_Rabh) March 31, 2017

If you
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Will ex-wwe star return at Royal Rumble? Two big Tna returns…

Today we’re going to play: where are all those wrestlers we thought were going to WWE?

First up, where is Kyle O’Reilly?

The former Ring of Honor champion reportedly turned down a new Roh deal just days before his WrestleKingdom 11 match last week – which might be why he lost the belt in 10 minutes to Adam Cole, bay-bay. Dave Meltzer speculated that O’Reilly must be on his way to WWE, but PWInsider is reporting he’s actually considering a few more options – one of which being him signing a deal with Flosports, which would see him used on the wrestling promotions on their streaming service. Until O’Reilly makes a long-term decision, he’ll continue to work with Roh on a per-appearance basis.

Next, where is Tommy End?

He’s in Nxt, but you might not know it just by reading the names on their roster. Because he
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Rumor: Sasha Banks turning heel in WWE? Shelton Benjamin WWE return update…

It’s rumour time! And remember, as we found out with the rumoured Survivor Series results I reported on last week, absolutely none of them turned out to be true. So take this with a bag of salt.

In CageSideSeats’ rumour round-up section, they’re saying there might be plans for Sasha Banks to turn heel within the next few months.

Despite arguably getting the more established stars in the draft – with Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and, later on, Bayley – Raw’s women’s division somehow feels much less developed than all the various feuds happening on Smackdown Live, preferring to focus on just one feud. Charlotte vs Banks. Which feels like the new Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler.

It’ll never end.

With Charlotte seeming to be entering a feud with Bayley, the only other people Banks could enter a feud with are Nia Jax, Dana Brooke or the redebuting Emmalina – who are all,
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Exclusive: Ross Owen Williams talks about Bob “Hardcore” Holly’s new comedy short film and whether he’d return to WWE

Ross Owen Williams talks to us about his new short film with former WWE superstar Bob “Hardcore” Holly…

Flickering Myth had the chance to sit down with Ross Owen Williams, co-author of Bob Holly’s autobiography The Hardcore Truth, who shares the screen alongside the former WWE Hardcore and Tag Team Champion in their new comedy short Thanks For Reading.

We talk about the short, how it all came about, and whether Holly would be interested in returning to WWE. You can watch the short below:

Luke Owen: It’s been three years since The Hardcore Truth was released – how have you and Bob reacted to the feedback?

Ross Owen Williams: We both believed in the book – we took a lot of time to make sure it read properly to us and captured his voice properly – so we thought it would be pretty well received but we’ve
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Conor McGregor Slams Wrestlers! WWE Want John Morrison Back?! | WrestleTalk News

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In this episode of the WrestleTalk News, Conor McGregor controversially calls professional wrestlers ‘p***ies’ and slams Brock Lesnar failing a drugs test, and WWE stars reply. Also, WWE have John Morrison in their sights, and Shelton Benjamin sadly injured…

Conor McGregor Slams Wrestlers!

Our top story today is that WWE want John Morrison back! But first, Ufc fighter Conor McGregor has said some really nasty things about professional wrestlers.

In the conference call ahead of his Nate Diaz rematch at Ufc 202, he was asked about Cm Punk’s chances in the octagon, who’s fighting Mickey Gall at Ufc 203:

“For the most part, those WWE guys are p***ies, to be honest. They’re messed up p***ies, if you ask me. Fair play to Brock, he got in and fought,
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Two Ex-wwe Stars Returning! Summerslam WWE Title Match Made! | Smackdown Live 07/27/16 Review

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Two big WWE returns! Dean Ambrose’s Summerslam opponent decided! And someone forgot to bring the hard cam from Raw… That’s right, we’re reviewing Smackdown Live this week…

Shane O’Bry

The first brand split episode of Smackdown Live opened with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan talking about why Smackdown is so great. It’s the land of opportunity, not where the same people dominate the main event scene all the time *cough* Raw *cough*

Oh yeah, Finn Balor.

Shane revealed the first Smackdown-only Pay Per View will be Backlash, then he welcomed WWE Champion – that’s the title solely limited to the planet Earth – Dean Ambrose down to the ring. They’re going to find him a #1 contender for Summerslam.

Because fatal fourways are sooo Monday Night, Bryan announced
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xxvi

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Unified WWE Tag Title Match: ShoMiz vs. John Morrison & R-Truth

Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Ted Dibiase Jr. (Triple Threat Match)

Jack Swagger vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane vs. Mvp vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Matt Hardy vs. Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

Triple H vs. Sheamus

Rey Mysterio vs. Cm Punk

Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart (No Holds Barred Match)

World Heavyweight Title Match: Chris Jericho vs. Edge

Michelle McCool, Layla, Maryse, Alicia Fox & Vicky Guerrero vs. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, Gail Kim & Beth Phoenix (10-Diva Tag Match)

WWE Title Match: Batista vs. John Cena

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (Streak vs. Career Match)

Lows:

Has there been a recent WrestleMania moment that was
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 25

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Cm Punk vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. Mvp vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Finlay vs. Christian (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

‘Miss Wrestlemania’ Battle Royal

Chris Jericho vs. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & Ricky Steamboat (Handicap Match)

Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy (Extreme Rules Match)

Ic Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Jbl

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

World Heavyweight Title Match: Big Show vs. John Cena vs. Edge (Triple Threat Match)

WWE Title Match: Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Lows:

One (admittedly minor) low-point of this WrestleMania was its title. Instead of simply calling it ‘WrestleMania 25’ or ‘WrestleMania Xxv’, the show’s graphics department and Michael Cole insisted on calling it ‘The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania’. Except that simply wasn’t the case, was it?
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xxiv

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Jbl vs. Finlay (Belfast Brawl)

Cm Punk vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho vs. Carlito vs. Mvp vs. Mr Kennedy vs, John Morrison (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

Batista vs. Umaga (Battle for Brand Supremacy)

Ecw Title Match: Kane vs. Chavo Guerrero

Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair

Beth Phoenix & Melina vs. Ashley & Maria (Playboy BunnyMania LumberJill Match)

WWE Title Match: Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Triple H (Triple Threat Match)

Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show (Win by Ko)

World Heavyweight Title Match: Edge vs. Undertaker

Lows:

This would be a historically significant WrestleMania for a variety of reasons, including the first ever Ecw Title match to be held at the event. The reigning champ Chavo Guerrero would defend his title against Kane, who had earned the
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 22

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

World Tag Title Match: Big Show & Kane vs. Carlito & Chris Masters

Rob Van Dam vs. Ric Flair vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay vs. Matt Hardy (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

United States title Match: Jbl w/Jillian Hall vs. Chris Benoit

Edge w/Lita vs. Mick Foley (Hardcore Match)

The Boogeyman vs. Booker T & Sharmell (Handicap Match)

WWE Women’s Title Match: Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James

Mark Henry vs. Undertaker (Casket Match)

Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon (No Holds Barred Match)

World Heavyweight Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio (Triple Threat Match)

Torrie Wilson vs. Candice Michelle (Playboy Pillow Fight)

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Triple H

Lows:

Sometimes it proves a little bit difficult to single out
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 21

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Show case of the Immortals’…

The Card:

Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

Edge vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

Randy Orton vs. Undertaker

WWE Women’s Title Match: Trish Stratus vs. Christy Hemme w/Lita

Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels

Akebono vs. The Big Show (Sumo Match)

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Jbl

World Heavyweight Title Match: Triple H vs. Batista

Lows:

The lowest point of the WrestleMania 21 card is also the most bizarre: the sumo match between Big Show and Akebono.

Despite being a (literally) huge deal in his native Japan, Akebono has got be the most obscure ‘celebrity’ to make a WrestleMania appearance. Having the sumo champion on the card was an obvious ploy to attract pay-per-view
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