WWE Draft Results

Here are live results for the WWE Draft!

RAW

  1. Seth Rollins
  2. Charlotte
  3. Finn Balor
  4. Roman Reigns
  5. Brock Lesnar
  6. The New Day
  7. Sami Zayn
  8. Sasha Banks
  9. Chris Jericho
  10. Rusev (w/ Lana)
  11. Kevin Owens
  12. Enzo & Cass
  13. Gallows & Anderson
  14. Big Show
  15. Nia Jax
  16. Neville
  17. Cesaro
  18. Sheamus
  19. Golden Truth
  20. Titus O’Neil
  21. Paige

SmackDown

  1. Dean Ambrose
  2. AJ Styles
  3. John Cena
  4. Randy Orton
  5. Bray Wyatt
  6. Becky Lynch
  7. The Miz (w/ Maryse)
  8. Baron Corbin
  9. American Alpha
  10. Dolph Ziggler
  11. Natalya
  12. Alberto Del Rio
  13. The Usos
  14. Kane
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BREAKING: The Brand Split is back!

SmackDown is officially moving to broadcast LIVE on Tuesday nights on the USA Network starting July 19th, WWE has confirmed. This move is the first in an official brand split to truly kick the “New Era” into high gear.

“WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV,” WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said in a statement on WWE.com. “This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around th­e world.”

It looks as if one McMahon each will control RAW and SmackDown, respectively. No word yet on what this split means for the titles. A draft will be held sometime this summer to determine the rosters for each show.

This brand split, like Vince said, is a bold move to accommodate an increasingly loaded roster that only looks to grow with the likes of Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Bayley and Shinsuke Nakamura down in NXT. I am looking forward to this change, and will keep updating everyone as more information becomes available.

 

I accidentally helped Finn Balor troll Twitter

This isn’t news, and I’m not recapping anything. I just thought I’d share something hilarious that just happened today.

So yesterday, during RAW, I got an idea while watching the “Club” squabble. So, I took to Photoshop and mocked up an awful edit in about 30 seconds.

I doubted he’d see it, so I went to sleep soon after posting my RAW recap.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I wake up, and scroll down my timeline to see this:

My first thought: Damn, I should’ve watermarked it.

My second thought: WHAT THE FINN-

My third thought: Of all the things for him to get from me, why THAT? It’s probably one of the worst Photoshops I’ve ever done. That being said, I’m cackling at the fact that he’s using my lovely little edit to troll the internet.

Hopefully, sometime soon, I won’t have to resort to Photoshop to see these four sharing the ring.

WWE News Roundup: April 24, 2016

  • Former Intercontinental and Women’s Champion Chyna passed away this week at the age of 45. Her death is being treated as a possible overdose. Her manager is reportedly looking to donate her brain for CTE research. WWE posted a collection of her career highlights on Youtube, the first acknowledgment of her in years. You can read my tribute to her here.
  • Samoa Joe won the NXT Championship from Finn Balor at an NXT house show in Lowell, Massachusetts, fueling speculation that Balor would be joining former Bullet Club stablemates Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows on the main roster. The night he lost the title, he told a small group of fans as he boarded the tour bus, “See you Monday.” Later, however, he would claim in a promo that he was staying in NXT.
  • Conor McGregor made waves when he seemingly announced his retirement on Twitter and was immediately linked to WWE. However, he looks to simply be in a dispute with the UFC and any signs pointing to his signing with WWE is pure speculation.
  • Dave Meltzer revealed that Bray Wyatt will likely miss only six weeks due to his injury.
  • The Payback card is as follows: Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Miz vs. Cesaro for the Intercontinental Championship, Charlotte, with Ric Flair in her corner vs Natalya with Bret Hart in her corner for the WWE Women’s Championship, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains in the Tag Team Tournament finals, Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose, and Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens. Emma vs. Becky Lynch is expected to be added this week.

Chyna passes away at the age of 45

I don’t normally report deaths. This is an opinion blog and a recap blog, usually. But I had to say something.

As you all know, women’s wrestling is very important to me. And women’s wrestling has lost a legend and trailblazer tonight.

Chyna, the only woman to ever hold the Intercontinental Championship and former Women’s Champion has passed away.

Tomorrow I’ll write up a full article on what she has meant to this sport. Tonight, I will simply grieve along with the rest of the wrestling world.

Rest in peace. Thank you.

WrestleMania 32 Recap

WrestleMania 32 is upon us! Follow along here for live coverage of the Showcase of the Immortals!

Kalisto vs. Ryback (United States Championship match)

Some taunting from Ryback prompted an immediate attack from Kalisto, who utilized quick strikes to wear down the big Guy despite being thrown around the ring and out of it.

Ryback, angered, mounted a brutal comeback, sending the Luchador into the barricade before carrying him back in. He wrestled in a firm strong style, lifting Kalisto with ease and mocking him throughout.

His comeback continued for several minutes as he countered Kalisto’s attempts to take him into vicious powerbombs. However, Kalisto regained some momentum by reversing a superplex into a near-pinfall. Just as he seemed to be really gaining momentum, Ryback hit him with a Spinebuster.

But a Salida Del Sol secured the scrappy champion the pinfall.

Team Total Divas vs. Team BAD and Blonde

Alicia Fox and Summer Rae started things off, but it wasn’t long before chaos began to leak into the match, with all ten Divas coming into the ring to face off.

Eva Marie and Emma faced off next before Natalya and Naomi were tagged in. Paige tagged in to an ovation, doublt-teaming with Nattie to strike Naomi. Emma then joined in, the two foes facing off, with Emma slamming paige with a suplex.

Lana tagged in soon after for her in-ring debut, briefly striking Paige before bringing in Tamina. Tamina dealt some damage to Paige before Naomi joined in, but Paige managed to hit a flying crossbody on all five of the heels.

Emma tagged back in, attacking Paige before the British Diva could tag in Brie. Brie took Naomi down with a Bella Buster before Lana broke it up.

Things disintegrated from there, with everyone tagging in and out.

Brie finally locked in the Yes Lock on Naomi, forcing her to tap for the win. Nikki emerged in her neckbrace to congratulate her. The Total Divas all hoisted Brie onto their shoulders to close out the match.

Women’s Wrestling

In the ring, Lita talked about the female wrestlers of years past before discussing the Divas Revolution.

“They are WWE Superstars,” she said, before unveiling the new WWE Women’s Championship belt.

Welcome to the REVOLUTION!

The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz

The Dudleys took early control, taking advantage of the Usos’ attempted aggressive start. Mocking Rikishi as they beat down on the twins, the Dudleys brutalized them slowly and efficiently.

“I’m gonna take my time and I’m gonna beat the hell out of you,” Bubba Ray taunted before a Superkick brought things back into the Usos’ favor, with Jey hitting a Samoan Drop. However, a Diving Headbutt brought things back into the Dudley’s favor. A death drop nearly scored a pinfall.

However, a Superkick into DeVon’s jaw scored the Usos a victory.

The Dudleys, furious, looked to retaliate by putting them through tables, but the Usos fought back, sending THEM through the tables with splashes.

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zaynvs. Stardust vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara (ladder match for Intercontinental Championship)

As soon as the bell rang, Owens and Zayn began to brawl at the center of the ring.

The Miz tried climbing the ladder first, but was taken down by Ziggler and Zayn. Soon enough, it was Owens and Zayn brawling once more before being interrupted by Zack Ryder, who took Owens out.

Ziggler and Ryder exchanged blows on the ladder before Stardust went for it,  being sent out of the ring along with Sin Cara. Zayn set up the ladder before flying through it, taking the five out before hitting Owens with a DDT.

Zayn climbed the ladder, but was taken down by Sin Cara, who springboarding off the top rope when Sami knocked him off the ladder to wipe out the others. Ziggler went for the ladder, fighting off Stardust, Zack Ryder and the Miz.

Owens took Ziggler off the ladder, with both hitting Superkicks.

Stardust pulled out a polka dotted ladder in homage to his father, taking the others out with it. However, Owens broke up his momentum, throwing the ladder out of the ring. Once again, Sami Zayn went after him, only to be hit by a splash on the ladder by Owens. Zack Ryder hit an elbro off the ladder onto Miz, who had taken out Owens.

However, Ziggler took out Ryder, also hurting his knee in the process. He crawled back to the ladder, climbing on a single leg, but Owens hit his Pop-up Powerbomb on him. Sin Cara climbed the ladder, but Owens knocked him off, through Stardust, who was on another ladder. WOW.

Owens ascended, and he and Zayn exchanged blows at the top of the ladder. Zayn knocked him off, and nearly got the belt, but the Miz knocked him down.

However, it was Zack Ryder who knocked him down, claiming the IC Title and celebrating in the ring with his father. The shock quickly gave way to joy for the Internet Champ finally being rewarded for years and years of hard work.

Oh my word. What an AMAZING victory!

AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho

Styles and Jericho locked up right away, Styles knocking a flustered Jericho out of the ring. Styles immediately chased him right back in, keeping his momentum by scouting out everything Jericho had.

However, he did not anticipate the dropkick that brought Jericho back into the lead. He wailed on Styles without mercy, getting him into a headlock. Styles powered out with his swift series of strikes and a dropkick.

Jericho rolled Styles into the Walls of Jericho, but Styles made it to the bottom rope. The twoe xchanged momentum, fighting hard before going to the top rope, where they both hit the ground hard after Jericho sent them down. Styles went for a Pelee Kick, but Jericho caught it, once again locking in the Walls.

But Styles reversed it, locking in the Calf Crusher. Jericho rolled out, nearly having to take the Styles Clash. Jericho hit the Codebreaker, but hesitated long enough to let Styles kick out. Jericho looked to hit the Styles Clash, but Styles squirmed out of it, planting Jericho into the ring.

Styles finally hit the Styles Clash, but Jericho once again kicked out. In the middle of the ring, the two exchanged heated blows before Styles hit a Lionsault, nearly getting the pinfall. He next went for the Phenomenal Forearm, but went right into the Codebreaker.

And Jericho won.

The New Day vs. The League of Nations

The New Day emerged from a literal giant box of Booty-O’s. The League of Nations weren’t too thrilled with having to wade through it all.

The League of Nations started off strong, with Del Rio beating on Xavier Woods. However, Woods fought back, but not hard enough to keep him from suffering at Sheamus’ and Rusev’s hands.

Woods continued to be punished, being kept from tagging anyone in as the League interfered from the outside until Woods snuck in a single reversal and tagged in Kofi. On fire, Kingston took out both Rusev and Sheamus.

Sheamus looked to lock in the Clover Leaf, double teaming with Rusev for a nearfall broken up by Woods. Big E tagged in super hot, taking out 3 of the 4 League members. Woods tagged in, covering Sheamus for a near-fall. Del Rio took out Kofi, leaving Woods alone in the ring after being hit by a backstabber.

However, a Bullhammer elbow from Barrett and a Brogue Kick from Sheamus got the League the win over the New Day.

In the ring, the League cut a promo about how dominant they were, but were interrupted by Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Steve Austin! The trio entered, beating downt he League with the help of the New Day. The legends all hit their finishers, with poor Barrett taking all three of them.

The New Day danced with all three before Austin hit Woods with a stunner, because STONE COLD SAID SO!

Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar

Lesnar wasted no time in hitting Ambrose with suplexes before Ambrose began fighting back with a kendo stick. Lesnar, unfazed, just hit him with more suplexes. Dean, defiant, gave him a thumbs up, only to be hit with more suplexes.

To which he responded with a slap to the face. Lesnar suplexed him again, offering Ambrose the kendo stick. Ambrose hit the low blow before wailing on Lesnar with the stick. He hit Lesnar with a wild suicide dive.

Ambrose pulled out Chainsaw Charlite, only to be hit by another suplex, even another off the top rope. He looked to continue his beating before Ambrose got him witha  fire extinguisher and chair. Ambrose climbed to the top rope, hitting Lesnar with the chair, but Lesnar kicked out.

Ambrose filled the ring with chairs, and Lesnar suplexed him, knocking himself into the chairs. He went for the F-5, but Dean countered it into a DDT for the near-fall.

At this point, Ambrose pulled out Barbie the bat, but Brock hit the F-5 into the steel chairs for the pinfall.

Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Women’s Championship match)

Sasha entered accompanied by her cousin, Snoop Dogg, wearing gear inspired by Eddie, and Charlotte wore the robe her father wore in his retirement match. Full circle indeed.

Sasha and Becky took out Charlotte first before going after each other. The three then went into an impressive sequence of backslides. Becky hit Sasha with a sequence of arm drags after hitting a German suplex.

Out of the ring, Charlotte hit Sasha into the ropes and becky took her down in turn. Becky hit Charlotte with a DDT for a two count, as the champ kicked out, hitting Becky with the Rude Awakening. She slammed Becky into the ring, working her leg and looking for the Figure Four.

Sasha returned, sending Charlotte into the turnbuckle before being thrown out by Becky. Becky locked in the Disarm-her before it was broken up by Sasha. Charlotte locked in the Figure Four before Sasha hit a Frog Splash to break it up. She looked to pin Charlotte, but was suplexed by Lynch, who nearly pinned Charlotte herself.

Becky and Sasha brawled in the ring, with Becky on the offensive. Sasha launched herself out of the ring into Charlotte. Becky flew out of the ring as well, taking out Ric Flair. Charlotte dragged herself into the ring, hitting a moonsault off the top rope out of the ring onto the two women.

She dragged them both into the ring, hitting Natural Selection, but they both kicked out. Charlotte looked to powerbomb Sasha, only to both be hit by a dropkick.

All three women locked in their submission holds, but no one could get the other to tap. Charlotte hit a spear on Sasha, and Becky hit a suplex from the top rope on Charlotte, who locked in the Figure 8. Sasha was kept away by Ric, and Becky tapped.

Shane McMahon vs. Undertaker (Hell in a Cell match)

Shane brought his kids to watch him get slaughtered. The Undertaker took, I believe, five minutes to get into the ring. Shane moved around Taker early on, avoiding him at all costs before Taker finally got his hands on him.

The two exchanged jabs in the turnbuckle before Taker sent Shane out of the ring. Back in the ring, Shane hit another flurry of shots, but a single strike from Taker took its toll. Shane hit a flying elbow and in retaliation, Taker threw him into the cell itself before planting him HARD into the mat.

He went for the cover, but Shane kicked out. Undertaker brought steel steps into the ring, but Shane got him locked into a triangle submission hold. Taker got him to get his shoulders down, breaking the hold and chokeslamming Shane onto the steps. Miraculously, Shane kicked out.

Shane drew Taker in and hit his face into the steps, with Taker barely kicking out in time and locking in Hell’s Gate. Shane began to fade, but reversed the hold into the Sharpshooter. Taker escaped.

With the Undertaker in the turnbuckle, Shane set him up for the Coast to Coast and hit it, but Taker kicked out. Desperate, Shane clipped the bolts of the cage. Taker, re-energized, drove Shane through the cell and into the German announce table. He continued assaulting him on the cell wall and primed the American table and Spanish one for action. In a moment of revenge, he beat on Shane with the monitors.

Undertaker set Shane up for a Tombstone piledriver on the barricade, but Shane locked in a sleeper hold. It was only broken by Taker sending the two into the announce table. Shane grabbed a toolbox, bashing Taker’s face with it. With Taker prone on the table, Shane scaled the cell and jumped off it onto the table, Taker dodging it.

Wildly, Shane asked for more. Taker complied, bringing him back into the ring and hitting the Tombstone piledriver for the three-count. He left, and medical took Shane from the ring. He gave the crowd a thumbs up as he was carted away.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale

Immediately, all the men went after Big Show and yes, Shaquille O’Neil, who sadly eliminated Damien Sandow. The two got caught in a stalemate as all the other Superstars teamed up on them, eliminating them both.

The men all went at it in the ring, with Konnor eliminating Diamond Dallas Page before being eliminated himself. Baron Corbin eliminated Tatanka. Kane threw out Jack Swagger.

The Social Outcasts briefly took control before R-Truth made a brief comeback. He was promptly eliminated along with Goldust. The Outcasts took a victory lap before Kane and Corbin teamed up on them, eliminated Axel and Rose. Mark Henry returned, eliminating Slater and Breeze. Darren Young and Kane then eliminated Henry, and BARON CORBIN ELIMINATED KANE!

The Rock is…back?

The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders paved the way for the Rock himself, who entered with a flamethrower. Of course. He revealed they had broken the WrestleMania attendance record before being interrupted by the Wyatt Family.

Wyatt introduced himself and his brothers, saying that he chose The Rock because he represented greatness; a lie. The moment wasn’t his or anyone’s, but Bray’s. He said he would destroy him on the grandest stage of them all.

Shockingly, the Rock complimented Bray Wyatt, saying he had it all, but was knocking on the wrong door.

Bray Wyatt shoved that aside, and The Rock challenged him to a match, stripping down into his ring gear to take on Erik Rowan, defeating him in six seconds. Furious, the Wyatts surrounded him, but then…

JOHN CENA RETURNED.

Together, the two took down the Wyatts and embraced in the ring.

Triple H vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship match)

Triple H and Stephanie absolutely OWNED their royal status with Triple H’s best entrance in years. Unsurprisingly, Roman Reigns entered to a lot of boos.

Reigns went on the offensive immediately, but Triple H threw him out of the ring. Reigns re-entered, and the two circled each other before locking up. Triple H worked his arm before Reigns fought him off, mocking him.

Once again, the two stared other down before once again locking up. Reigns seemed to be gaining control, but Triple H began to power back, meticulously beating the challenger down. Reigns countered into a series of clotheslines, beating him down at the ring’s edge.

Stephanie distracted the referee, and Triple H hit a low blow on Reigns to applause. Triple H continued to attack low before targeting Roman’s nose, punching him square in the face. Reigns countered with some punches, but Triple H hit him again with a spinebuster.

Triple H bashed Reigns into the announce table, but Reigns turned the tide before being sent over the announce table and hit with a swinging neckbreaker off the table. Getting Reigns back in the table, he got another near-fall.

Triple H went for a move off the ropes, but Reigns caught him with a right hook and hit a Samoan Drop. Triple H rolled out of the ring to recover and was pursued by Reigns, who continued his assault, driving Triple H into the steel steps.

Triple H countered, sending Reigns into the steps and announce table before Reigns speared him through the barricade.

Back in the ring, Reigns went for a Superman Punch but was caught by Triple H, who caught him in a vicious armbar, but Reigns wouldn’t surrender. Naturally, he powered to his feet, but Triple H kept hold of his arm until Reigns broke it with a powerbomb.

Triple H went for a Pedigree, but Reigns sent him out of the ring. Back in the ring, Triple H received a spear from Reigns, but Stephanie pulled the ref out of the ring. Reigns then speared Stephanie by mistake. Furious, Triple H hit the Pedigree on Reigns, who kicked out.

The two brawled in the ring before Reigns hit Triple H with a Superman Punch. He went for a spear, but was hit by a running knee. Triple H was given his sledgehammer by Stephanie, but was surprised by two Superman punches and a spear for the victory.

I’m exhausted, and disappointed. Good night.

 

Titus O’Neil’s suspension shows McMahon is still prone to rash decisions

Going into last night’s SmackDown taping in Portland, Oregon, Titus O’Neil was in the midst of a pretty decent push despite suffering a loss to Adam Rose and the Social Outcasts on Monday Night RAW. However,t hat push looks to be coming to an abrupt halt, as O’Neil has been suspended following an awkward encounter with Vince McMahon after RAW that was witnessed by those tuning into the WWE Network.

Reportedly, when O’Neil showed up to Tuesday’s SmackDown taping, he was informed that he was suspended for the incident.

My response to this is: seriously?!

Look, I get it to an extent. Boundaries matter, especially when it comes to your boss. But a 90 day suspension? Why not just book him with a loss as punishment or, better yet, give him a warning and not damage the current story you’re trying to tell because you have the maturity of a twelve-year-old?

In what world does it make sense to suspend one of your top philanthropists/company ambassadors in the midst of a substantial push when your product’s ratings are tanking and you desperately need some good PR? Vince McMahon has been known to make some dumb decisions before, but this one is just plain puzzling in its stupidity.

Yes, the moment was awkward, but it’s not like O’Neil physically assaulted him. It was an ARM GRAB. He probably didn’t mean for it to be uncomfortable. He’s a freaking award-winning DAD, for crying out loud. What kind of message does this send to your roster? Does it really take a suspension to communicate that you don’t want to be touched?

Once again, Vince McMahon’s childlike hypersensitivity is going to harm the overall quality of his product heading into Wrestlemania season. This incident is yet another sad reminder of the kind of man calling the shots in the WWE today.

Daniel Bryan to announce retirement on RAW

On Twitter today, Daniel Bryan announced his retirement. Bryan has been on leave from the WWE due to continued injuries and has been trying to get cleared to return to in-ring action for months.

This is heartbreaking, and I honestly don’t know what to say. Concussions are no joke, and I want Bryan to do what is best for his health, but I’d be lying if I said I was holding out hope he’d make his triumphant return.

The WWE Universe will never forget you, Daniel Bryan, and wherever the future takes you, you’ll have our support.

Breaking: Shinsuke Nakamura is coming to NXT!

The rumors are confirmed. The King of Strong Style will make his WWE debut at NXT Takeover: Dallas!

“He has taken on a who’s who of the best grapplers in the world in his career, facing the likes of Finn Bálor, Kevin Owens, Hideo Itami, WWE Performance Center Head Coach Matt Bloom and The Beast Incarnate himself, Brock Lesnar,” WWE.com posted tonight following the announcement.

Nakamura will be a massive boost for the company. His in-ring prowess and electric charisma make him one of the most exciting performers to watch int he entire world, and the atmosphere of NXT will be a fantastic way to groom him for a main roster debut.

Me too, Finn. Me too.

At Dallas, Nakamura will be facing Sami Zayn in what could very well be Zayn’s final appearance on NXT. After that, expect Nakamura to put on classics with the likes of Finn Balor and Hideo Itami.