SummerSlam Card Taking Shape

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We’re now less than two weeks away from SummerSlam and the card for the second-biggest show of the year is taking shape. So far, six matches have been made official, with the Rollins v. Cena match pretty much a lock and three more likely coming our way, according to my predictions. Here is a look at the scheduled bouts:

Brock Lesnar v. The Undertaker

WWE World Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship Match (Unofficial)
John Cena v. Seth Rollins

Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt v. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose

Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match
Big Show v. The Miz v. Ryback

World Tag Team Championship Fatal Fourway Match
Los Matadores v. Lucha Dragons v. The New Day v. The Prime Time Players

Women’s 3-Team Elimination Match
Team Bella v. Team B.A.D. v. Team PCB

Stardust & King Barrett v. Neville & Stephen Amell

Not Announced but Likely to Happen

Randy Orton v. Sheamus

Dolph Ziggler & Lana v. Rusev & Summer Rae

Kevin Owens v. Cesaro

That is a card with 11 matches. Even though it is a four hour show, we may not get all these. The likely candidate to get scratched is a Rusev & Summer Rae v. Dolph Ziggler & Lana mixed tag team match. Lana mentioned on last night’s Raw that Ziggler won’t be back until after SummerSlam, which I thought was to set up a surprise appearance. I also don’t know how long they can stretch this feud out without having some sort of match, so we’ll see if Dolph does indeed return on next week’s go-home episode of Raw.

Matt Striker to Join Hugo Savinovich on AAA Triplemania English Language Announce Team

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AAA has announced that Matt Striker will join Hugo Savinovich on commentary for the English language broadcast of Triplemania XXIII. The August 9th show will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 7pm ET.

More, from the company’s press release:

“Along with our established AAA announcer, Hugo, Matt allows us to provide unparalleled coverage for this very special event. Their insights from years in the ring and broadcasting will enhance Triplemanía for our English speaking fans,” said AAA EVP Dorian Roldan Peña.

“Hugo is rich in experience and insight while Matt is a tremendous analyst. We are excited to have them join the pay-per-view production,” said Court Bauer, Executive Producer for Triplemanía XIII.

Triplemanía XXIII is headlined by a double main event featuring a dream match of Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Myzteziz for the first-time ever. Complimenting this double main event is a Hair vs. Hair match pitting Alberto El Patron vs. Brian Cage.

The PPV is available in High-Definition for $29.95 in the U.S. and Canada on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and in the United States and Bell TV, Rogers and Shaw in Canada.

Striker was a logical grab for AAA since he’s already the play-by-play man for Lucha Underground and has familiarity with many of the AAA wrestlers. Along with Rey Mysterio facing the former Sin Cara and Alberto El Patron wrestling Brian Cage, the other announced matches are Los Psycho Circus v. Los Villanos and Blue Demon Jr. & La Parka v. El Mesisas & Electroshock.

The Stone Cold Podcast Returns to WWE Network with Guest Paige Next Week

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WWE announced that the Stone Cold Podcast will return to the WWE Network with a live airing following next Monday’s episode of Raw. Steve Austin’s guest will be Paige.

This probably won’t be as hard-hitting as Austin’s previous interviews with Triple H and Vince McMahon, but it should be interesting nonetheless, especially given the “revolution” that is going on in the WWE Divas division.

SummerSlam Will Indeed be a Four Hour Show

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WWE has confirmed the speculation, announcing that this year’s SummerSlam will be a four hour show. The event will now start at 7pm ET on Sunday, August 23rd.

Right now, the card only has one official match, which is the Brock Lesnar – Undertaker rematch. We can expect the card to start filling out on tonight’s Raw, with John Cena v. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Kevin Owens v. Cesaro and a Dolph Ziggler & Lana v. Rusev & Summer Rae mixed tag match as likely additions.

Video: Trailer for 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown, Starring Dean Ambrose

The first trailer for the new WWE Studios film, 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown, dropped today. Below is the synopsis of the film.

WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose plays Shaw, a detective who returns to active duty after the death of his partner. When he uncovers evidence linking his fellow officers to a murder, they frame him for a homicide he didn’t commit. Trapped in his own precinct, Shaw will do whatever it takes to expose the dirty cops and clear his name. With twelve rounds in the clip and one shot at redemption, nothing will stand in Shaw’s way in this action-packed thriller.

The film also features Lochlyn Munro, who some may remember as Cliff in Dead Man on Campus and for his roles in White Chicks and Scary Movie. The movie will be released on September 11, 2015.

Ring of Honor is Returning to Traditional Pay-Per-View in September

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Ring of Honor Wrestling announced today that the company will return to traditional pay-per-view with this September’s All Star Extravaganza VII. The event will take place Friday, September 18th from the Shrine Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.

Details are scarce at this time, but here is some more information from ROH’s press release:

With the fall-out from our recent Death Before Dishonor XIII iPPV now in the rear-view mirror, all roads will lead to San Antonio and All Star Extravaganza VII. Will Jay Lethal make it to this event as dual ROH World & ROH World Champion? Will Roderick Strong be knocking on the door for another chance? Will Jay Briscoe be looking for his rematch? Kyle O’Reilly is telling anyone who listens that he has Jay Lethal’s number! And do not forget Bobby Fish’s recent win now declares him the #1 contender to the ROH World Television Championship! This is just a sample of the excitement heading towards All Star Extravaganza XIII. If you are in San Antonio, you will not want to miss out on the chance to witness the best wrestlers on the planet collide!

Ring of Honor is bringing a jam-packed lineup to San Antonio, Texas to celebrate a truly unique event. The stars in Texas sky will shine bright, but they will pale in compassion to the stars signed for this live Pay Per View event. This is an event you cannot afford to miss!

RING OF HONOR STARS SIGNED TO APPEAR

ROH World & World TV Champion Jay Lethal w/ Truth Martini
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction
“Phenomenal” AJ Styles
Jay & Mark Briscoe
#Reborn Matt Sydal
Roderick Strong
The Young Bucks
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Adam Cole
The Kingdom (Bennett & Taven) w/ Maria
Moose
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin

WWE 2K16 Pre-Order Bonus is The Terminator

2K has announced that the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K16 will be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as a playable character. The game will actually have two Terminators; one modeled after the original in the 1984 movie and the other modeled after 1991’s Judgment Day Terminator.

The above commercial will most likely debut on tonight’s episode of Raw and features a reenactment of Schwarzenegger’s famous scene in Terminator 2, along with appearances by Daniel Bryan, Eva Marie, Paige, Finn Balor and Dean Ambrose.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage Enshrined into the Hall of Very Good

HOVG Logo“Macho Man” Randy Savage joins Jim Kaat and Lee Smith as inductees into the 2015 class of the Hall of Very Good. HOVG is a website aimed at starting water cooler talk about who should or shouldn’t be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It has evolved into something much more, creating its own Hall class last year.

Savage – enshrined into the celebrity wing – is inducted based on his Minor League Baseball career with the Cardinals, Reds and White Sox organizations. From the Hall of Very Good’s press release:

Long before Savage was the “Macho Man”, Randy Poffo was an aspiring young baseball player. From 1971 to 1974, Randy spent time with farm clubs for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox.

In 1973, Savage followed in the footsteps of his father Angelo Poffo and embarked on a career in pro wrestling that would make him a household name by the mid-1980s.

“When he was playing baseball, he never spoke of wrestling. After his baseball career imploded, he became a Wrestler and never spoke of baseball,” Lanny Poffo said of his famous brother. “He focused on what he was doing with no other distractions except to be the very best!”

Jim Kaat, Lee Smith and “Macho Man” Randy Savage join former inductees Tommy John (2012), Dale Murphy (2013), Steve Blass (2013), Luis Tiant (2014), Tony Oliva 2014) and The San Diego Chicken (2014).

“The Hall of Very Good has a solid class for 2015,” said Out of the Park Baseball creator Markus Heinsohn. “Jim Kaat had a solid career during which he won an amazing 25 games in 1966, and you couldn’t go wrong with Lee Smith stepping out of the bullpen to close out games for you, with 478 saves during his time in the big leagues. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage offers a glimpse at what could have been, had his baseball career held more promise.”

Ring of Honor Done Airing at 8pm ET on Destination America?

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In a much ballyhooed move that many thought signaled the end of TNA’s relationship with Destination America, Ring of Honor was brought in to re-air the company’s Sinclair broadcasting show at 8pm on Wednesdays, leading into Impact.

After only eight weeks, that will no longer be the case.

According to Destination America’s TV lineup (via Cageside Seats) Ring of Honor Wrestling will be replaced by Bigfoot in America, at least for the next two weeks. ROH will still air in its regular 11pm ET slot, except this will be the first run on Destination America.

Ratings for the 8pm ET showing of ROH on Destination America rose through June after a 163,000 viewer debut, then sharply declined through the first three weeks of July, landing only 80,000 viewers on July 15th.