SummerSlam preview, Levesque speaks on modifications to WWE

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**Rewind-A-SmackDown is stay at 11:05 p.m. ET with Wai Ting and I reviewing SmackDown & AEW Rampage. We may also undergo the newest information from the previous few days and a take a look at the foremost playing cards this weekend in addition to take your calls. This present is on the market stay and on-demand for POST Wrestling Café members in any respect ranges.

**This month’s ASK-A-WAI Mailbag Present options Wai & I answering questions for practically two hours together with Black Saturday in 1984 and the way Vince McMahon acquired management of the time slots on WTBS, attending occasions as media in comparison with followers, the naming of girls’s championships, New Japan’s L.A. Dojo, WWE working stadium occasions, modifications to AEW’s presentation, Vince McMahon’s expansions within the ‘80s and extra.

**On Saturday night time, we could have the SummerSlam POST Present streaming stay on the POST Wrestling YouTube channel minutes after the cardboard ends. On Sunday, Phil Chertok & Eric Marcotte could have a UFC 277 POST Present at 2 p.m. ET on the YouTube channel.

**The subsequent G1 Climax podcast shall be launched Sunday night time with Karen Peterson and I reviewing each playing cards this weekend in Nagoya for POST Wrestling Café members.

**This weekend is among the many busiest of the yr between one in every of WWE’s tentpole playing cards of the yr, the encircling occasions in Nashville together with Ric Aptitude’s Final Match, the G1 Climax has two exhibits in Nagoya, Stardom launches its 5-Star Grand Prix, and UFC 277 in Dallas that includes two title fights. We could have protection of all the foremost occasions together with POST Reveals on Saturday night time after SummerSlam and one for UFC 277 on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. We could have written studies from Mark Buckeldee for each G1 exhibits, Karen Peterson protecting the opening weekend of Stardom’s 5-Star Grand Prix, Andrew Thompson shall be protecting SummerSlam, Jon Pine with protection of The Folks vs. GCW, and John Siino could have a report on Ric Aptitude’s Final Match.


**The 35th annual SummerSlam takes place on Saturday from Nissan Stadium in Nashville and is constructed across the ‘Final Man Standing’ match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar with the heavy tease of a cash-in try by Concept. There are over 36,000 tickets distributed, per WrestleTix, which is a stable quantity, though nowhere close to the precise capability of the stadium. That is the earliest SummerSlam has been staged on the calendar with the unique concept of WWE working three stadium playing cards over two months with Cash within the Financial institution (moved from Allegiant Stadium to the MGM Grand), SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium, and Conflict on the Fortress at Principality Stadium in Wales.

The present takes on added significance because it’s the primary main occasion below new management, mainly Paul Levesque, who runs inventive now. Whereas all of the applications and build-ups have been below Vince McMahon’s imaginative and prescient, the match finishes will theoretically be left to Levesque to log out on and supply a way of the place among the key abilities shall be positioned, which we’ll see over the subsequent few weeks. This previous Monday’s Uncooked was not indicative of the brand new period given a lot of the present was constructed previous to the modifications apart from some minor tweaks, we have been instructed.

One change is the removing of Seth Rollins vs. Riddle, which was “postponed” after taking pictures an angle on Uncooked the place Rollins stomped Riddle’s throat onto the steps, and he was “medically disqualified”. It’s a storyline harm and this was a inventive determination to maneuver the match. Rollins posted an apology to followers that purchased tickets to see him and ended the message hoping that one-day administration would hear their voices. This led to Levesque responding, “I hear you”. It’s unknown if Rollins will nonetheless seem on the present as he isn’t being marketed nor did they state he would have a brand new opponent, however he’s in Nashville and attended the WWE tryouts on Friday. The cardboard does lose some depth because the match stood out among the many strongest on the present.

It’s an enormous take a look at of Logan Paul, who has been terribly solid as a babyface towards The Miz. It’s fairly exhausting to be booed in opposition of The Miz however the viewers has soundly rejected Paul and both this new imaginative and prescient of WWE will minimize bait and take heed to the viewers or proceed to struggle the reactions and swim towards the tide. The conduct of WWE audiences has modified over the previous three years and the times of followers hijacking playing cards and loudly rejecting characters are few and much between.

Liv Morgan has momentum coming off her title win earlier this month and it’s been sustained within the weeks since. Ronda Rousey has quite a lot of momentum on this second run with the corporate and successful the title again from Morgan virtually ensures a destructive response, which isn’t the worst factor if that’s the last word course to take Rousey’s character and freshen it up. It’s not the demise knell for Morgan if she loses the title however stays featured as the highest babyface on the model and feuds with a heel Rousey or returning Charlotte Aptitude. They’ve one thing in Morgan, so it’s important to not squander it.

For Reigns and Lesnar, this must be the final match for a very long time, if not the ultimate time. The best way the WrestleMania match got here off didn’t depart the viewers clamoring for a return match and it was such a definitive win by Reigns that this match hasn’t grabbed the identical degree of curiosity. Sometimes, last-man-standing matches are very sturdy in WWE and it’s a query of how lengthy that is booked to go. Lesnar’s singles matches are normally below 12 minutes and he hasn’t gone longer than that in a match because the Royal Rumble 2 ½ years in the past. There may be the intrigue of Concept trying to money within the MITB briefcase, the challenger for Conflict on the Fortress must be set after SmackDown tonight, and past that, you will have potential matches with Seth Rollins and ultimately Cody Rhodes down the street for Reigns. Another choice can be some kind of disputed end involving the cash-in that results in the separation of the belts after being consolidated at WrestleMania however at all times assumed can be damaged up ultimately.

As of Friday afternoon, there are eight matches listed with Reigns vs. Lesnar within the final man standing match, Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch for the Uncooked girls’s championship, Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown girls’s title, The Usos vs. The Road Income with Jeff Jarrett because the particular referee for the Undisputed tag titles, Logan Paul vs. The Miz, Blissful Corbin vs. Pat McAfee, Bobby Lashley vs. Concept for the US title, and a No DQ match with Rey & Dominik Mysterio towards Finn Balor & Damian Priest.


**Paul Levesque spoke throughout a media scrum on Friday relating to potential modifications to the product. Levesque stated he’s getting into a large pair of footwear and doesn’t dream that he can fill them by himself. He closely emphasised a “staff” that was mandatory and particularly talked about himself, Stephanie McMahon, Nick Khan, and Kevin Dunn as a part of that staff and little question they’ll do it with this staff.

Levesque answered a follow-up query from Jon Alba relating to Paul Heyman being utilized within the inventive and developmental course of. Levesque spoke extremely of Heyman discovering expertise and being one of many biggest audio system within the trade with out committing to any tangible position that Heyman may very well be assigned past his present duties.

Ariel Helwani requested him about how he was feeling health-wise:

**On Thursday, Brandon Thurston reported {that a} message was despatched to all WWE workers final Friday that they might not purchase or promote firm shares till additional discover. The message was signed by James Langham, WWE’s senior vp, and assistant normal counsel:

Please be suggested that, in gentle of current developments, the Firm’s buying and selling window has closed efficient instantly for all staff.

Till additional discover you’re prohibited from any purchases or gross sales of Firm securities. You’re additionally instructed to not communicate with others about this be aware.

Thurston reviewed the corporate’s insider buying and selling insurance policies noting that any staff in possession of “materials private data” could also be subjected to buying and selling “blackouts” relating to the inventory and that that is seen in different firms, though this seems to be a blackout for all staff somewhat than ones with sure designations.

WWE has not commented on the story and it’s believed the blackout interval continues to be in impact, in keeping with Thurston.

**Friday Evening SmackDown is on the State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta on the eve of SummerSlam. Roman Reigns is marketed to look on this system simply days after wrestling on Uncooked. The next matches have been listed for tonight’s present
*Donnybrook Combat: Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus – the winner will get the Undisputed Common title shot at Conflict on the Fortress on September 3rd
*Aliyah vs. Lacey Evans
*New Day vs. Viking Raiders

**AEW Rampage airs at 10 p.m. ET on TNT and streaming on TSN Direct in Canada with the next matches taped earlier this week in Worcester:
*Anna Jay vs. Ruby Soho
*Lee Moriarty vs. Matt Sydal
*Leon Ruffin vs. Ethan Web page
*Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta vs. Jay Deadly, Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt (this was Dutt’s first match since 2017)
*Rap video from The Acclaimed

**IMPACT Wrestling averaged 96,000 viewers and 0.03 within the 18-49 demographic on AXS TV on Thursday night time. They completed #147 amongst cable originals. Final week, they averaged 107,000 and 0.03 in the important thing demographic.

**The Roast of Ric Aptitude streams at 9 p.m. ET tonight on ET as a part of Starrcast. These introduced to talk on the roast embrace Aptitude, Eric Bischoff, Brian Knobs, Torrie Wilson, Diamond Dallas Web page, Vickie Guerrero, NFL Corridor of Famer Eddie George, Tie Domi, and a number of other comedians.

**The Folks vs. GCW takes place tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET from the Nashville Fairgrounds as a part of Starrcast and options the next card:
*GCW World Championship: Jon Moxley © vs. Blake Christian
*Speedball Mike Bailey vs. Tony Deppen
*Bandido vs. Jordan Oliver
*GCW Tag Crew Championship: Effy & Allie Katch © vs. Ciclope & Miedo Extremo vs. Mance Warner & Matthew Justice
*Nick Wayne vs. Alex Zayne
*Black Taurus, Gringo Loco & Jack Cartwheel vs. Laredo Child, ASF & Komander
*Kevin Blackwood vs. Masha Slamovich
*Psycho Clown vs. Joey Janela

**The G1 Climax resumes with exhibits at Dolphin’s Enviornment in Nagoya on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s card streams stay at 4 a.m. ET on New Japan World with the next matches and level totals in brackets:
*A BLOCK: JONAH (0) vs. Tom Lawlor (0)
*B BLOCK: SANADA (2) vs. Nice O-Khan (0)
*C BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (4)
*D BLOCK: Shingo Takagi (2) vs. David Finlay (2)
*Jay White, Juice Robinson, Unhealthy Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Gedo vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI
*Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI vs. EVIL & Dick Togo
*Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Aaron Henare vs. Lance Archer, Taichi & Taka Michinoku
*KENTA & El Phantasmo vs. Tama Tonga & Jado
*SHO & Yujiro vs. Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita

**Sunday’s card from Dolphin’s Enviornment streams at 3 a.m. ET with:
*A BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada (4) vs. Unhealthy Luck Fale (4)
Jay White (4) vs. Chase Owens (2)
Tetsuya Naito (0) vs. EVIL (2)
Juice Robinson (2) vs. YOSHI-HASHI (0)
*A BLOCK: Jeff Cobb (2) vs. Lance Archer (2)
*Shingo Takagi, SANADA & BUSHI vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & Taka Michinoku
*Will Ospreay, Nice O-Khan & Aaron Henare vs. Tama Tonga, David Finlay & Jado
*Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs vs. JONAH & Unhealthy Dude Tito
*Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Ryohei Oiwa vs. KENTA, Yujiro, El Phantasmo & SHO

**Stardom’s annual 5-Star Grand Prix kicks off Saturday morning with a pay-per-view at 3:45 a.m. ET from Ota Ward Metropolis Gymnasium. It’s the most important discipline ever for the match, which is able to run till October. The next card is about for the opening night time of the Grand Prix:
*Pink Stars: Syuri vs. AZM
*Pink Stars:
Maika vs. Risa Sera
*Pink Stars:
Utami Hayashishita vs. Himeka
*Pink Stars:
Unagi Sayaka vs. SAKI
*Pink Stars:
Mai Sakurai vs. Momo Kohgo
*Blue Stars:
Giulia vs. Hazuki
*Blue Stars:
Mayu Iwatani vs. MIRAI
*Blue Stars:
Saya Iida vs. Ami Sorei
*Blue Stars:
Suzu Suzuki vs. Starlight Child
*Gauntlet Match: Tam Nakano & Natsupoi vs. Momo Watanabe & Saki Kashima vs. Momo Kohgo & Koguma vs. Miyu Amasaki & Hina vs. Mina Shirakawa & Waka Tsukiyama vs. Rina & Hanan
*KAIRI & Nanae Takahashi vs. Saya Kamitani & Woman C

**The Undertaker is internet hosting his one-man speak present tonight on the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, which is the place the WWE tryouts are wrapping up at the moment. There’s a coverage the place they’re proscribing telephone use in the course of the present the place attendees shall be in possession of their telephones, however it is going to be secured in a pouch that won’t be opened till the present is over. If anybody attends the present, please ship any notes to

**Ariel Helwani spoke with Liv Morgan for BT Sport and mentioned her response to Ruby Soho’s launch final yr. Morgan stated when she heard the information, she assumed he was being launched in addition to she couldn’t perceive why they’d minimize Ruby and never her.

**The Toronto Star has a narrative on AEW’s first set of exhibits within the metropolis this October with feedback from AEW president Tony Khan, who famous:

You’ll see most of the prime stars, together with some who’re on the injured record. I feel there’s a good chance they may very well be again by then.

**WWE has introduced two stay occasions for Mexico this fall. They may maintain exhibits at Enviornment Monterrey on Saturday, October 29th, and Enviornment CDMX in Mexico Metropolis on October 30th. They’re promoting Rey Mysterio, Becky Lynch, AJ Kinds, Damian Priest, Raquel Rodriguez, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor among the many expertise slated to look.

**Two fighters missed weight on Friday previous to UFC 277. Orion Cosce, who takes on Blood Diamond within the prelim opener, weighed 172.5 kilos and was fined 20 % of his purse. Joselyne Edwards missed the bantamweight mark by 1.5 kilos at 137.5 and was additionally fined 20 %, per MMA Junkie.

Saturday’s card takes place from the American Airways Middle in Dallas, Texas. Whereas this lineup and the dimensions of the venue have been initially believed to threaten the UFC’s streak of sellouts, the present is performing exceptionally effectively. WrestleTix studies that over 17,400 tickets are out with the present scaled for 18,072, so it must be utterly full by Saturday night time. That’s a serious feather within the promotion’s cap given the shortage of marquee stars on the cardboard and isn’t anticipated to do a large quantity on pay-per-view.

Under is the total card:

MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view)
*UFC Bantamweight Championship: Julianna Pena © vs. Amanda Nunes
*UFC Interim Flyweight Championship: Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France
*Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich
*Alex Perez vs. Alexandre Pantoja
*Anthony Smith vs. Magomed Ankalaev


*Alex Morono vs. Matthew Semelsberger
*Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves
*Hamdy Abdelwahab vs. Don’Story Mayes
*Drakkar Klose vs. Rafa Garcia

EARLY PRELIMS (6 p.m. on ESPN+ & Combat Go)

*Adam Fugitt vs. Michael Morales
*Ji Yeon Kim vs. Joselyne Edwards
*Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ihor Potieria
*Orion Cosce vs. Blood Diamond

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