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If you've been following the WWE and/or Arrow star Stephen Amell's social media profiles this summer, you may have noticed that the actor and WWE Superstar Stardust, a.k.a. Cody Runnels, have had an ongoing feud. It seems this online war of words will culminate next week on WWE's Monday Night Raw, where Stephen Amell will appear as a "special guest" on Monday, August 10 in Seattle, where he will supposedly confront Stardust. What exactly will happen remains to be seen, but it will surely be entertaining for fans of both the WWE and Arrow.
The "feud" started when Stephen Amell was spotted sitting ringside during a Monday Night Raw event on Memorial Day, when he was confronted by Stardust. This lead to several months of the actor and wrestler calling each other out through social media, and even in the ring. After a victory on Smackdown last month, »
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the wrestling legend who died Friday at age 61, received a moving tribute on “Monday Night Raw” this week via a video montage. The sequence opens with a chair emblazoned with the name “Roddy” on the back, along with a hanger holding a plaid kilt, an essential element of Piper’s ring costume. The three-minute tribute then presents early images from Piper’s life and wrestling career before moving on to his superstardom, offering snippets of his famous feuds, including throw-downs with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Mr. T. Also Read: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Was Both Playful and Haunting, »
- Tim Kenneally
Related‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dead at 61
Amell and Stardust aka Cody Rhodes first (verbally) butted heads on Memorial Day at a Raw event:
You tread carefully @StardustWWE — Or I'll be back. pic.twitter.com/wuZ56wIIKu
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) May 26, 2015
Since then, the two have used social media to escalate their feud — in such a way that seemed designed to feed into a WWE storyline.
This week’s Monday night Raw takes place in San Jose, California and the big selling point is the return of Brock Lesnar. It’s not a big return since he was on the show two weeks ago, but this is the first time Lesnar and advocate Paul Heyman will be on Raw since that fantastic brawl with The Undertaker on July 20.
As for The Undertaker, he’s not advertised for the show, although he may show up unannounced. It’s also expected that there will be a tribute to Roddy Piper, who passed away on Friday. There will likely be a ten bell salute at the start of the show, as well as a video tribute.
John Cena will not be on Raw – he suffered a broken nose last week and had surgery to repair the damage. Cena posted a video of him lifting weights and even »
- John Canton
Bayley is teasing showing up on WWE Raw tonight in San Jose, California.
“With #Raw being in my hometown tomorrow night, maybe I’ll go visit my Mom..& have her drop me off at the arena..& sneak into some luggage” she posted to Twitter on Sunday.
It was said with a joking tone, but it has whipped up speculation in the internet wrestling community that she’ll be coming in as a fourth member of Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch’s team.
She’s on a push right now, and is headed for an Nxt Women’s Title match with Sasha Banks at Nxt Takeover Brooklyn. It would make sense to have her show up on a Raw in the next few weeks, putting over her credentials as a challenger to Banks.
The timing for an appearance tonight would also coincide with Paige’s appearance on the Steve Austin WWE Network show. »
- Grahame Herbert
Brett Dalton, star of ABC’s “Agents of Shield,” portrays the title character. The film, which recently wrapped production, also stars Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, D.B. Sweeney, Neil Flynn and retired WWE star Shawn Michaels.
Vertical Church films founder Dallas Jenkins directed “Resurrection” from a script by Andrea Nasfell. Dalton plays a former child star turned washed-up and troubled actor. After receiving a 200-hour community service sentence, Stone pretends to be a Christian so he can play Jesus in a mega-church Easter production to fulfill his hours of service, but then discovers that his most important role is far away from Hollywood.
“It is a privilege to be working with the Harvest Bible Chapel and Vertical Church Films, as they share our understanding of »
- Dave McNary
At a swanky press event in America yesterday, Marvel let loose some secrets about their upcoming Netflix plans. We were at home eating biscuits at the time, but we’ve managed to find out what they said thanks to a detailed article by the fine folk at Collider.
Here’s a breakdown of what was said…
Marvel wants to debut a new show every six months, according to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “And then, they will cross over and do a combined season [The Defenders] once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters. Some will selectively have multiple seasons, as they come out. The cadence of it, though, we believe, will probably be about two launches a year.”
And could The Punisher – set to appear »
John Cena defeated Seth Rollins and defended his Championship, winning the fight after Rollins broke his nose. Seth Rollins Breaks John Cena’s Nose [Watch] Cena defended his United States Champion title against Rollins on WWE’s Monday Night Raw, but he may have lost his profile in the fight. Cena and Rollins were battling it out […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Season four of Total Divas is in full swing, and things are as dramatic as they've ever been - especially for veteran WWE Diva Eva Marie. She's been laying low the past couple seasons and focusing on her family, but this time around, she's taken the brunt of the criticism from fellow Divas. We caught up with her to talk about what it's been like to be the center of attention (not in a good way) and what else we can expect from the rest of the season. Check it out, and take a look at all the life lessons you learned from Total Divas. Image Source: Getty / Jon Kopaloff Popsugar: Is it hard to hear people talking about your diva attitude? Eva Marie: It is. People have been talking about my diva attitude, and I definitely don't think that is the case. If anything, all I am really »
Anyone tuning into Monday Night Raw last night hoping to see the fallout from the brawl between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar would have been left disappointed, as neither the Deadman nor The Beast Incarnate made an appearance (nor, indeed, the Walrus, Paul Heyman).
In truth, last night was one of those rare occasions when the limited dates WWE are able to squeeze out of Lesnar and an ageing Phenom coincided with their absences kind of making sense. After such a hellacious punch-up last week, trying to add something extra to the build so soon might seem pointless, and take away the anticipation of when these two will stare one another in the face again.
Besides, for all we know, Brock’s still in the slammer. Keep it kayfabe, folks.
Still, there was plenty of action on Raw for us to get our teeth into. A little too much action for John Cena, »
- Chris Collins
Still think wrestling is fake?? WWE superstar John Cena -- star of one of the biggest movies in the country right now -- broke his nose during Monday Night Raw last night ... after Seth Rollins bashed him in the face with a flying knee. Despite blood dripping from his honker, the "Trainwreck" star continued with the match WWE doc Steve Daquino says Cena suffered a nasal fraction -- and explained, "He’s got quite a bit of displacement, »
- TMZ Staff
There was a lot on the line Monday night when John Cena and Seth Rollins wrestled on Monday Night Raw. With Cena's United States Championship on the line, the pressure was on. Fortunately for Cena, he was able to defeat Rollins, but not without a serious injury! Rollins slammed his knee into Cena's face, causing his nose to basically shatter and blood to spill everywhere. Throughout the rest of the match Cena kept touching his face and nose, shaking his head every so often, but the Trainwreck actor wasn't going to let a broken nose stop him; he actually ended up winning the fight after several doctors examined him. "John Cena's nose is in the side of his face," said one ringside »
A quick note on that: Absolutely, Hogan should be condemned for his remarks. Whether they were made eight years ago while drunk or eight days ago sober, there’s no excuse for that kind of bigotry. Should he be fired? Most likely yes. Should he be erased from WWE history? That’s not as easy of a question. WWE obviously did what it felt was right.
However, there are plenty of other superstars with checkered histories (and not within storylines like Triple H and Booker T in 2003). Steve Austin immediately comes to mind given his domestic abuse arrest and the fact that WWE now has a zero tolerance policy for such behavior. »
- Scott Carlson
This week’s edition of Monday night Raw takes place in Oklahoma City and it’s not expected that Brock Lesnar or The Undertaker will be there., even after they had a very memorable brawl on Raw last week.
Lesnar is expected back on Raw next Monday August 3 in San Jose and Minneapolis on August 17. The Undertaker’s schedule isn’t known, but it’s entirely possible he would be on those same shows as Lesnar. Even though Undertaker and Lesnar won’t appear, they will still likely feature in some capacity because WWE will run video packages celebrating last week. Plus, Paul Heyman could be there to do a promo to help further the storyline as well.
- John Canton
WWE are the masters of pro wrestling history, owning a monopoly over the industry and its past. That unique domination has allowed Vince McMahon to present a version of the past that isn’t necessarily the true picture.
He changes history for several reasons. Sometimes it is down to personal animosity, with a wrestler leaving on bad terms and disrespecting the family business. In those instances, major characters have then been misrepresented as bit part players.
Other times, McMahon has to deal with situations that reflected badly on the WWE. In those cases, he doesn’t want to associate any of the company’s greatest moments with a wrestler who proved to be a social or cultural pariah
- Grahame Herbert
Schwarzenegger was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Scripted programming continues to take a backseat this summer, with reality series and a trio of sports specials dominating the top of the Nielsen program rankings in key demos.
Tuesday’s coverage of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on Fox (3.1 rating/11 share) and the previous night’s “Home Run Derby” (2.5/11) were the week’s top two primetime telecasts in 18-49. While the former was within 4% of last year’s average audience, the latter was up about 30% and drew the event’s largest overall crowd (7.13 million) in six years.
The Espn-presented “Espy Awards,” airing on ABC for the first time, hit record highs on Wednesday (2.2/8 in 18-49, 7.75 million viewers overall), more than tripling its year-ago audience on the sports network. With heightened interest due to an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner as recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the three-hour show gave the Alphabet its top-rated Wednesday in young adults »
- Rick Kissell
The main event of SummerSlam was announced during Monday night Raw: The Undertaker will face Brock Lesnar on August 23rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a rematch of their memorable encounter at WrestleMania 30 when Lesnar conquered the The Undertaker’s undefeated streak.
It was an announcement that was expected following Sunday’s Battleground main event when Undertaker attacked Lesnar during his WWE Title match against Seth Rollins. Undertaker started Raw, said he was sick of Lesnar (and Paul Heyman) bragging about beating him, so he was going to make them pay. Later in the show, Undertaker stalked Heyman in the ring, which brought out Lesnar.
When Lesnar confronted Undertaker, they got into a massive brawl that saw them fight all around the ringside area while security guards, police officers and the majority of the WWE roster were out there to try to break them up. »
- John Canton
Third time’s the charm for WWE Battleground.
When Battleground debuted in 2013, the first incarnation of the PPV was widely-heralded as a failure. For its Monday Night Raw-level matches, and the woeful non-finish to its main event, the Wrestling Observer voted it the Worst Major Wrestling Show of the Year, and it racked up the second-lowest number of buys for a WWE PPV (pre-Network) in the last 17 years, beating only the infamous December to Dismember.
Last year’s Battleground wasn’t a huge improvement, suffering from a predictable main event, half-cooked Summerslam-lite feuds and the Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins match being pulled at the last minute. Never Forget, Never Forgive.
All eyes were on this year’s showing to buck the trend and produce a Battleground worth remembering. Well, it certainly did that.
The Undertaker returned to finally exact a measure of vengeance on the »
- Adam Blampied
The Sheild team up once again to take on Sheamus and Big Show in a match no one could possibly care about, we get a Raw re-match and the debut of Team Bad – it’s this week’s Smackdown report…
With Battleground, and his clash with the Eater of Worlds, looming on the horizon, Smackdown began with the Samoan-powerhouse Roman Reigns talking in-ring. The Samoan was in a focused mood, claiming that Bray Wyatt has failed to get inside his head. Wyatt interrupted Roman’s motivational battle-cry, saying that Roman is the “unattainable” good. An odd hammer metaphor then flew between the two men before Wyatt claimed that their game had “only just begun”, teasing an anticipated SummerSlam match between the pair.
1. Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
- Jake Wilson
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