Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match Added to Royal Rumble Kickoff with Winners Entering Rumble

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WWE just announced that a Fatal 4-Way tag team match will take place on the Royal Rumble kickoff show, with the winning tag team earning entry into the Rumble match. The 4-Way features The Ascension vs. The Dudleys vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young & Damien Sandow. Apparently Darren Young and Titus O’Neil very quietly broke up, but I missed that one.

The odd thing here is this match implies that six of these men will not enter the Rumble. WWE’s roster is already razor thin thanks to a multitude of injuries, so we’re either getting some NXT call-ups, a Bullet Club appearance, a bunch of nostalgia returns, or a combination of the those.

With the announcement of this match, here is your updated Rumble card:

Royal Rumble WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose

United States Championship Match
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio

Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos vs. The New Day

Divas Championship Match
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

Kickoff Show Fatal 4-Way, Winning Team Gets Entry into Rumble
The Ascension vs. The Dudleys vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young & Damien Sandow

Here is Your Updated Royal Rumble Card

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With less than a week to go, WWE finally got around to adding some matches to the Royal Rumble card during last night’s episode of Raw. We already knew that Roman Reigns would defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the 30-man Rumble match and we now also know that he will be entrant number one in the contest. Every championship will now be defended on the show, which airs live on the WWE Network (and pay-per-view, if you’re a big dumb idiot who can’t do math) at 8pm ET.

Here is the complete Royal Rumble card, as of Tuesday, the 19th.

Royal Rumble WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose

United States Championship Match
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio

Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos vs. The New Day

Divas Championship Match
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

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Predicting the Survivor Series Card

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With less than three weeks to go until the 29th annual Survivor Series pay-per-view, the official card is beginning to slowly take shape. Roman Reigns will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on November 22nd after the Authority announced as much on Monday’s episode of Raw. The show also gave us a women’s fatal fourway to determine the number one contender to Charlotte’s Divas Championship, which was conveniently won by Paige since she turned heel on Charlotte last week.

Those are the only two confirmed matches so far but last night’s Raw gave us an indication for how the rest of the card will most likely play out.

Obviously something is going to happen with the Wyatt Family v. Undertaker and Kane. Since Bray and Company took out Taker following his match with Brock Lesnar at Hell in a Cell, it’s been a foregone conclusion that we would get the payoff in the form of a traditional Survivor Series elimination match between the two factions, with Taker and Kane recruiting help. With less than 20 days to go and no mention of partners for the Brothers of Destruction, it seems like we might be getting a 4-on-2 handicap match instead. That result probably makes the most sense since the other people who have crossed paths with the Wyatt Family recently – Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton – are either tied up in something else or injured.

Speaking of Ambrose, a program with Kevin Owens seems like the next step in the timeline of the Lunatic Fringe. The Intercontinental Champion was eliminated by Ambrose during last night’s 5-on-5 elimination tag team match on Raw and a back-and-forth with Owens is a great hurdle for Ambrose to jump over while he waits for his inevitable program with the winner of the Reigns-Rollins feud.

The Usos made their return in the aforementioned 5-on-5 elimination match, joining forces with their cousin Roman Reigns. With the Dudleys getting plenty of unsuccessful chances at the Tag Team Titles, it would make sense to slide the Usos into the challengers’ position with the New Day.

Tyler Breeze and Dolph Ziggler had some more interaction on Raw, with Breeze “costing” Ziggler the match by standing with his back to the ring which prompted Ziggler to swipe at him for some reason, which was enough of a distraction for Kevin Owens to hit a pop-up powerbomb and defeat the Show Off. Breeze then laid Ziggler out with the Beauty Shot and we’re headed for a showdown of main roster blondes.

We still don’t have a clear direction for the United States Championship but it would seem preposterous to not have the recently-returned (and already losing steam quickly) Alberto Del Rio on the card.

Also with nothing on the show so far: Cesaro, Stardust and the Ascension, Ryback, the Dudley Boyz, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, the Lucha Dragons, and Neville. A thrown-together traditional Survivor Series elimination match consisting of ten of the above wrestlers would make a lot of sense. As friend of the site Nick Gator pointed out, a Cesaro, Lucha Dragons, Ryback and Neville v. Stardust, the Ascension, Sheamus and Wade Barrett match would be really fun.

We’ll probably know a whole lot more after tonight’s Smackdown tapings but if the card shapes up as I expect it to, it should be a really fun Survivor Series.

Undertaker v. Brock Lesnar Hell in a Cell Match Highlights Upcoming PPV Card

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It was announced last night during a Brock Lesnar vignette at Night of Champions that the Beast will face The Undertaker in a rubber match of their recent feud at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, October 25th. The match will also be a Hell in a Cell match.

Many had speculated that a Hell in a Cell match would be a fitting end to this feud, given Taker’s history with the match and the murky circumstances under which their most recent match ended. The surprise, though, is that it’s happening this quickly and not being stretched out to a WrestleMania match. This also adds some fuel to the Taker v. Sting fire, freeing the Dead Man up for a match with “the vigilante,” pending Sting’s health.

Video: Preview Sting v. Seth Rollins with WWE 2K16


We have to wait until Sunday night to see Sting challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career but, thanks to the WWE 2K16 dev team, we can get a simulated version of the action right now. They’ve uploaded some 2K16 gameplay to the WWE2Kdev YouTube channel, which features the “Franchise of WCW” v. the “future of the WWE.” Take a look.

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.

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.

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

Randy Orton v. Sheamus Added to Battleground

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WWE announced this afternoon that Randy Orton will battle Sheamus for presumably the one millionth time at Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view.

Orton returned to WWE television on last Monday’s episode of Raw, attacking Sheamus and setting up the match. The two had been engaged in a mini-feud before the Celtic Warrior won the Money in the Bank briefcase at the pay-per-view of the same name last month.

The Orton-Sheamus contest is the sixth announced match on the card, with a Divas match likely to be set at some point before the show. Here’s a look at the updated card:

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Brock Lesnar v. Seth Rollins

WWE United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens v. John Cena

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz v. Big Show v. Ryback

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day v. The Prime Time Players

Roman Reigns v. Bray Wyatt

Randy Orton v. Sheamus

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Elimination Chamber Card Set Following Memorial Day Raw

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We’re only five days away from the WWE Network-exclusive “pay-per-view” (or is it “special event?”) Elimination Chamber and the card is filled out following the Memorial Day edition of Monday Night Raw.

Dean Ambrose was able to maintain his spot as challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship despite many hurdles put in front of him by the Authority – including an arrest – thanks to some help from a “YouTube video” and his ol’ buddy Roman Reigns.

The Neville-Bo Dallas feud will continue with a match between the former NXT Champions and a MizTV segment with special guest Daniel Bryan has been added to the pre-show. While there hasn’t been a lot of time to build up this card, WWE has certainly done a great job and it looks to be one of the more appealing shows of 2015.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Dean Ambrose v. Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Rusev v. Dolph Ziggler v. Ryback v. King Barrett v. R-Truth v. Sheamus

Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match
Los Matadores v. Lucha Dragons v. Kidd & Cesaro v. The Ascension v. The Prime Time Players v. The New Days

John Cena v. Kevin Owens

Neville v. Bo Dallas

Divas Championship Match
Paige v. Naomi v. Nikki Bella