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Kurt Angle Gives “No Brainer” Response To Who Should Induct Him

Kurt Angle recently did another interview, this time with Sports Illustrated, talking about the recent announcement of his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame – Class of 2017. Some of the more relevant quotes are below:

On ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Possibly Inducting Him:

“That’s a no-brainer. I had just started with WWE and had a program with Austin right after I beat Rock for the world title. I had a quick skit with Stephanie and Triple H, and then it was right on to Austin. We had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments, so he is at the top of my list.”

On Austin’s Impact On His Career:

“Steve was one of the most giving individuals. He took me in and allowed me to shine even when it was still his time. I don’t ever compare myself to Stone Cold. He is the guy who elevated wrestling to a level that nobody ever went before, but he enabled me to show my talents when he very well could have said no. He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.”

On His TNA Career:

“The WWE Universe is different from the rest of the world. Even though I was wrestling all these great matches, most WWE fans didn’t see those matches. That makes me sad, but it would be nice if WWE somehow got my TNA library, as well as AJ Styles’s, Samoa Joe’s, and Bobby Roode’s so people can see the stuff we did. Those guys will continue to have great matches, but we also had some great ones in TNA.”

On His Discussions with WWE

“I have yet to speak to Vince, but I did talk with Triple H. It was a great conversation. This is all about the Hall of Fame, nothing else, and I’m OK with that. WWE wanted to show their appreciation for my career there. Even though I feel it was short-lived at six-and-a-half years, I made enough of an impact that they felt I was worthy of the Hall of Fame.”

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Another Wrestler Gone From TNA

Marti Belle is no longer with TNA Wrestling. Several readers sent word that she has changed her twitter handle to remove the TNA references.

Belle first appeared in TNA at the Knockouts Knockdown PPV in 2014 but her most prominent role may have been as part of The Dollhouse group and her later run as a singles competitor. She’s a good worker and I wouldn’t be surprised if she got a look from WWE as part of the next set of Performance Center tryouts.

On twitter, she noted the username change and said that she is back to where it all began (ie. as an independent wrestler).

Note the handle change! Back to where it all began.

I am @MartiBelle

— Marti (@MartiBelle) January 17, 2017

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Hideo Itami Returning From Injury Soon?, Michael Cole On Jerry Lawler Calling Royal Rumble Match

– NXT star Hideo Itami, who suffered a neck injury during a tag team match at the October 1st NXT show in Largo, Florida when he took a bad bump, teased on Twitter that he is ready to return to action. At the time of his injury, it was reported that he would only be out for two months, so it appears that Itami could return to in-ring action soon. He posted the following:

I am ready.

— Hideo Itami / 伊丹英雄 (@HideoItami) January 18, 2017

– As noted, Jerry Lawler will be on commentary for the Royal Rumble match with Corey Graves and Michael Cole later this month. Both Cole and Mauro Ranallo took to Twitter to comment on the news. They posted the following:

Really happy that my former broadcast partner will call the #RoyalRumble match! Welcome back King! 👊

— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) January 18, 2017

The KING is back! Can’t wait to call the rumble match with @JerryLawler and @WWEGraves! Awesome perspective!

— Michael Cole (@MichaelCole) January 18, 2017

– WWE will be holding a RAW live event at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY on Friday, March 17. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. at

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Jerry Lawler To Do Commentary For The WWE Royal Rumble Match

It was announced on Tuesday’s edition of WWE Talking Smack that Jerry “The King” Lawler will be returning to commentary at the Royal Rumble PPV event. He’ll be part of the broadcast team along with Michael Cole and Corey Graves for the Royal Rumble match. Lawler will also join Young and Booker T on the Royal Rumble pre-show panel.

Lawler returned to WWE TV on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live in Memphis, TN to host a King’s Court segment with Dolph Ziggler.

.@ReneeYoungWWE announces @JerryLawler will CALL the #RoyalRumble Match Jan. 29 with @MichaelCole & @WWEGraves. #TalkingSmack

— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 18, 2017

The WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, January 29th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

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Match Announced For Next Tuesday’s SmackDown Live

As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live, Luke Harper cost Randy Orton his singles match with Dean Ambrose after getting into the ring, which led to Ambrose rolling up Orton to pick up the win. After the match, Orton and Harper briefly brawled before Bray Wyatt stopped them.

Wyatt announced in a backstage segment later in the show that Orton and Harper would wrestle each other on next Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live in Toledo, OH at the Huntington Center. Wyatt said in his promo that in the end, one would stand, and one will fall but The Wyatt Family will be stronger.

.@WWEBrayWyatt: @RandyOrton will face @LukeHarperWWE on #SDLive next week! And all three Wyatts will be in #RoyalRumble Match!

— WWE (@WWE) January 18, 2017

No other matches have been announced for the show.

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Main Event Announced For Next Month’s WWE Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View

The Royal Rumble is just a couple of weeks away but WWE has already begun the hype for next month’s Smackdown-branded Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. On this week’s episode of WWE Smackdown Live, Shane McMahon announced that 6 WWE Superstars will compete in the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship.

Styles came out to protest McMahon’s announcement before he was interrupted by John Cena and the Miz came out about a minute later. McMahon did not say who would be competing for the WWE Championship at the Elimination Chamber PPV but they did a backstage segment with Dean Ambrose talking with McMahon and Ambrose said that he wanted to be in the Chamber match.

The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will take place on Sunday, February 12th on the WWE Network and it’s the last Smackdown-branded PPV before WrestleMania. The show will emanate from the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets are still available through

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Tajiri Comments On His Knee Injury

As noted, WWE announced on Tuesday that Tajiri, who recently returned to action as part of WWE’s Cruiserweight division, suffered a right knee injury at the January 5th NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University. It was noted that he is not medically cleared to compete.

Tajiri took to Twitter to comment on his injury and wrote the following:

“Now Im getting much much better!! Sorry for 12 billion of TAJIRI fans in the world.I`ll come back to the ring soon.”

Now Im getting much much better!! Sorry for 12 billion of TAJIRI fans in the world.I`ll come back to the ring soon.

— TAJIRI (@TajiriBuzzsaw) January 17, 2017

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WWE SmackDown Live Results (01/17) – Becky Lynch Vs. Alexa Bliss Steel Cage Match, More

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

A video kicks off the show that highlights the upcoming Steel Cage Match with Becky Lynch challenging Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. That match happens on tonight’s show.

The Steel Cage is shown hanging over the ring.

Shane McMahon makes a big announcement

Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a nice reception from the Memphis crowd. McMahon greets the crowd and soaks in the “Shane O’Mac” cheers. In two weeks time, the Alamodome will host the Royal Rumble. 30 superstars will compete – The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Baron Corbin, and the “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose just to name a few. They’ll all compete to be the last one left to main event WrestleMania. Here at Smackdown Live, the WWE Champion will have a detour on the road to WrestleMania. In four weeks at Phoenix, Arizona, the WWE Championship will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber. We’ll see who will walk out as the WWE Champion.

AJ Styles’ music hits, and the WWE Champion makes his way to the ring looking none too pleased by this announcement. Styles says after he does what he does best at the Royal Rumble (Beat up John Cena), he’ll now have to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber match. McMahon says he catches on quickly. That is if Styles is still the WWE Champion… or will it be around the waist of the person who would tie the record of being a 16-time WWE Champion? McMahon let’s out a “WOO!” Styles says, “Over my dead body!” That’s just a bad decision. Maybe McMahon should consult the champ before he does something so stupid. McMahon says he’s running Smackdown Live. A loud “AJ Styles” chant fires up. McMahon says he consulted with the Smackdown General Manager, Daniel Bryan. They want the best of the best to have the opportunity to walk into the Elimination Chamber and have a shot at the title. McMahon says Styles is one of the best. What he does in the ring and what he’s accomplished in one year, his hat is off to him. Styles is phenomenal. The only thing that isn’t is his attitude. Styles looks indignant. Styles says his attitude and the WWE Championship could go back to Japan and never come back. He’s never been in an Elimination Chamber match before and now the title is on the line.

John Cena’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to his traditional mixed reception. The crowd is buzzing. Cena goes to speak, but Styles cuts him off and tells him to shut up. Styles says his brother-in-law gifted him a title match. As for McMahon, it’s stupid that he has to be in an Elimination Chamber match. Styles tells the crowd they don’t respect him or the title. Why is Smackdown Live against AJ Styles? He’s the champ. Who’s next to come out and try to steal his spotlight?

The Miz’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with his wife, Maryse. Miz says Styles can consider his spotlight stolen. As for McMahon, an Elimination Chamber match is a perfect story bead for his 2017. Whenever he gets his rematch with Dean Ambrose, he’ll beat him for the Intercontinental Championship. Then whether he wins the Royal Rumble or walks out of the Elimination Chamber as the champion, he’ll be where he belongs – in the main event of WrestleMania. He’ll leave WrestleMania as a dual champion, doing more for both titles than anyone has before. Styles asks if he’s delusional. Miz does a good job looking good and hiding behind his wife, but the best thing he can do for his Hollywood career is stay away from him. Miz tells him to stop bragging about beating up John Cena. While he was in Japan growing out his hair to be America’s Next Soccer Mom, he was beating John Cena at WrestleMania. He beat John Cena before it was cool. He’s also the one that made the Intercontinental Championship what it is today. When people talk about Smackdown Live, they’re not talking about AJ Styles – they’re talking about him. Cena says it sounds like The Miz is saying he’s better than Styles. Styles takes the bait and reminds him the last time they were in Memphis, he knocked Miz’ teeth out. After the beating he gave him, he’s surprised he doesn’t perform with a limp. Does he Maryse? Cena asks Miz if he’s going to let Styles talk about him like that. McMahon steps between Miz and Styles. McMahon makes the match right here and now in Memphis. That’s happening right now.

The King’s Court with Jerry Lawler returns with special guest, Dolph Ziggler.

-Commercial Break-

Shane McMahon is walking backstage when he bumps into Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose. Ambrose says he should be in the Elimination Chamber, but he also needs a new title since it still smells like The Miz. McMahon says there is only one title. Ambrose mentions The Wyatt Family, so McMahon immediately books him to face Bray Wyatt. Ambrose says he wants to dismember The Viper himself. McMahon says that’s dark and gives him the match. Ambrose pats him on the face and leaves.

John Cena will be on commentary for the next match.

AJ Styles vs. The Miz w/ Maryse

Charles Robinson, the greatest referee ever, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Miz wrenches the arm. Styles twists out and takes him down. Miz rolls out, but Styles keeps him grounded. Miz fights up, so Styles applies a hammerlock. Miz quickly gets to the ropes and gets out of the ring. Miz gets back in the ring, and they lock up again. Miz bends him back, but Styles fights up and bends him back. Styles stomps the midsection. Miz fights up and kicks him back before applying a side headlock. Styles whips him off, leapfrogs him, drops down, and dropkicks him in the face. Styles then poses for the crowd and taunts Cena. Styles puts him in the corner and punches away at him. Styles connects with a backbreaker for a two count. Styles has a whip reversed, and Miz turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz punches away at him before going for a hip toss, but Styles counters into a Calf Crusher. Miz immediately gets to the ropes. Miz rolls him up, but Styles rolls through and viciously forearms him in the face for a near fall. Styles punches him back before having a whip reversed to the corner. Styles boots him in the face and sets up for a Phenomenal Forearm. Maryse gets on the apron to distract him. Miz then big boots him in the face and knocks him to the floor.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Miz applying a surfboard stretch. Styles fights up and knocks him to the corner. Miz reverses a whip to the corner and starts giving him corner dropkicks a la Daniel Bryan. Miz does the “YES” chant and connects with his patented corner clothesline. Miz goes to the top rope, but Styles counters into a Styles Clash attempt. Miz fights out, but Styles tries again for the Styles Clash. Miz thumbs him in the eye and hits a DDT for a two count. Styles counters the Skull Crushing Finale into a roll-up for a two count. Styles kicks him away and gives him a pelé kick that knocks him out of the ring. Styles knees him in the face and grabs him at ringside. Styles then throws Miz into John Cena and attacks him. The referee throws out the match.

Cena chases Styles into the ring, but he quickly escapes. The Miz attacks Cena from behind, but Cena soon gives him the Attitude Adjustment. Styles tries to blindside him with a Phenomenal Forearm, but Cena sidesteps him and hits another AA. Cena then holds up the WWE Championship.

No Contest

Later tonight, Alexa Bliss will defend her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch inside a Steel Cage. Coming up next, we’ll hear from Nikki Bella.

-Commercial Break-

Nikki Bella address the brawl with Natalya last week

Nikki Bella makes her way to the ring to a nice reception. Footage is shown of her brawling with Natalya last week. Natalya got the better of the exchange. Nikki says they were just getting started last week, but tonight they’ll finish it. Nikki calls her out, but Natalya doesn’t respond. Nikki says she’s not woman enough to come out and face her. Nattie is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be… at stabbing people in the back!

Natalya calls to her from the top of the steps in the crowd. Natalya tells her to shut her mouth and open her eyes. She has something to show her and runs off. Natalya goes to the merchandise stand and asks for the Nikki Bella merchandise. Nikki starts coming up through the crowd. Natalya says it’s right next to the John Cena merchandise. She then starts ripping it off the board. Even her Uncle Bret has a shirt. Natalya cannot believe she doesn’t have a shirt and says Bret is her ex-uncle before saying he’ll die alone like Nikki. Natalya takes a bunch of shirts. If she doesn’t have merchandise, Nikki can’t have it. She then starts throwing it away. Nikki attacks her from behind and drives her through a table. Security tries to break them up, but Nikki slaps one away and continues to attack. They finally separate them. Natalya gets away, but she’s quickly held back.

Dean Ambrose will face Randy Orton later tonight.

The Steel Cage is shown hanging above the ring.

Alexa Bliss is being interviewed backstage. She is asked if she’s afraid, but she isn’t. She’ll prove to the human Chucky Doll that she’s no match for her. When she walks out of the cage still the champion, the look on Becky’s face will be one no one will forget.

They show the video of Kurt Angle’s Hall of Fame announcement. Angle will headline the Class of 2017.

Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. Footage is shown from last month when Dean Ambrose beat Luke Harper. The Wyatt Family then attacked him, and Randy Orton dropped him with an RKO. Ambrose faces Randy Orton, next.

-Commercial Break-

Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton w/ The Wyatt Family

Footage is shown of Randy Orton and Luke Harper arguing following a loss last week. It ended with Bray Wyatt inadvertently being knocked down.

Ambrose chases Luke Harper back, so Orton rolls him up for a two count. Bray Wyatt gets on the apron, but Ambrose is ready for it. Ambrose chops Orton before ducking a clothesline and taking him down with a cross-body. Ambrose punches away at him before Orton gets away and leaves the ring to recover. Orton angrily paces the ring. Orton soon gets in the ring, but Ambrose wrenches the arm. Ambrose takes him down and applies a side headlock before hitting a takeover. Orton transitions into his own headlock, but Ambrose whips him off. Orton takes him down with a shoulder block and poses for the crowd. Orton hits the ropes, but Ambrose takes him down and applies a submission. Orton fights up and reverses a whip. There is some miscommunication, but Ambrose is taken down. Orton then gives him a front suplex onto the top rope. Orton stomps the midsection and begins doing the Garvin Stomps for a two count. Orton applies a chin lock, but Ambrose fights up and punches out. Orton quickly knees him in the midsection and whips him to the corner. Ambrose elbows him back and boots him in the face. Ambrose goes to the top rope and takes him down with a diving elbow drop for a two count. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Orton immediately escapes and leaves the ring. Ambrose follows him out, so Orton kicks him. Orton sends him into the ring, but Ambrose rebounds and clotheslines him down. Ambrose shouts at Wyatt and Harper before Orton sends him into the ring post. Orton slams his head off the commentary table before giving him a back suplex onto it.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Ambrose trapped in a chin lock. Ambrose fights out, but Orton punches him. Ambrose soon clotheslines him down. Both men are down. Ambrose gets up, ducks a clothesline, and forearms him down twice. Ambrose has a whip reversed, but he clotheslines Orton down before hitting a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Orton elbows him back. They start trading punches before Orton kicks him in the midsection. Orton then counters the rebound lariat into a powerslam for a near fall. Orton puts him on the top rope and goes for a superplex, but Ambrose elbows him down. Ambrose jumps over him and nearly gets the Dirty Deeds, but Orton gets out. Orton kicks him back, but Ambrose wipes him out with the Lunatic Lariat for a near fall. Ambrose hits a running forearm in the corner, but Orton soon comes back with a draping DDT attempt. Ambrose gets out and gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Luke Harper checks on Orton. Ambrose then wipes Harper out with a suicide dive. Ambrose gets on the apron, and Orton gives him a draping DDT. Bray Wyatt shouts at Orton to finish this now. Orton sets up for an RKO, but Luke Harper gets in the ring. Orton asks what he’s doing, and Wyatt orders Harper out of the ring. Ambrose then rolls Orton up for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose

Randy Orton looks absolutely livid over losing this match before of Luke Harper’s ill-timed entrance into the ring. Bray Wyatt is even admonishing Harper. Harper gets in the ring, and he starts brawling with Orton. Wyatt separates them and tries to talk some sense into them. Harper tries to approach Orton again, so Wyatt punches him back. Orton smirks at Harper. Wyatt tells Orton to end it with Harper. The crowd is loudly chanting “RKO.” Harper then walks off on the two of them.

Becky Lynch is being interviewed backstage. Lynch says she’ll never forget the look on Bliss’ face when she made her tap out two weeks ago. Tonight, we’ll find out who Alexa Bliss is… and it won’t be champion.

Coming up next, we’ll see The King’s Court with Jerry Lawler.

-Commercial Break-

The King’s Court with special guest Dolph Ziggler

Jerry “The King” Lawler is already in the ring. They have the old “King’s Court” props in the ring. Memphis gives Lawler a standing ovation. Lawler says it’s usually good to be The King, but it’s really good to be back. Lawler says this is the first-ever “King’s Court” on Smackdown Live in his hometown of Memphis. He’s so excited about this. His first guest has an ego — Dolph Ziggler.

Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring looking very serious. Lawler welcomes him to the show, but Ziggler says nothing. Lawler says he wanted him to be his first guest because he’s known him for a long time and has always thought of him as a good person, but that goodness has faded almost as much as the bleach in his hair. Lawler asks what’s up with him. Ziggler still says nothing. Lawler says he understands that he’s been “mum” on the situation, but he knows why he’s out here. Ziggler is frustrated and losing a lot, so he’ll change his attitude thinking it’ll win him some matches. Ziggler is silent. Lawler sighs and says he has some footage to show him how badly going down the wrong path can be. Ziggler still lost to Kalisto and went even further down the wrong path. Footage is shown of Ziggler viciously attacking Kalisto and Apollo Crews with a steel chair. Lawler asks why he did that. Ziggler lifts up his microphone and lets out a sigh. Ziggler then puts it down and says nothing before going to leave. Lawler says he could’ve interviewed an oil painting, and it would have been better than this. Lawler begs him to talk.

Ziggler says he’ll talk. He wasn’t going to play Lawler’s game. He knew Lawler would try to dirty his name in front of his friends and family. Ziggler asks if Lawler knows how he knew that. He brought some footage and wants Lawler to take a long, hard look at this. Footage is shown from September 2012 when Ziggler dropped a bunch of elbows on Lawler. Ziggler says that was him repeatedly dropping elbows on Lawler’s chest minutes before he suffered a heart attack. Ziggler knows Lawler blamed him, and he should have. Ziggler says it’s been a long, hard road. It took him years before he could face him man to man, but if he doesn’t stop with these questions, he’ll finish what he started four years ago. The crowd starts to buzz and chant, “Jerry.” Lawler says it’s too bad because he’s got one more question for him. How does it feel to know that no matter how many times he changes his attitude, he’ll always be a loser? Ziggler puts his head down and then superkicks Lawler in the chest! Ziggler walks off. JBL runs in to check on Lawler. Lawler screams for Ziggler to come back and calls him gutless. Ziggler just keeps walking.

Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch are shown on split-screen warming up.

A theatrical trailer is shown of XXX: The Return of Xander Cage.

-Commercial Break-

Bray Wyatt is shown on a video. Wyatt says his family will be in the Royal Rumble match. Next week, Randy Orton and Luke Harper will compete in a match. One will stand and the other will fall. In the end, the Wyatts will be stronger than ever.

The Steel Cage is lowering over the ring. This match is next.

-Commercial Break-

Smackdown Women’s Championship – Steel Cage Match
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (c)

The bell rings, and Bliss quickly runs for the door, but Lynch keeps her back. Bliss kicks her and tries to send her into the cage, but Lynch blocks it. Bliss reverses a whip, but she lowers her head and eats a kick. Lynch quickly grabs her before she goes through the door. Lynch bounces her head off the turnbuckles before whipping her had to the corner. Bliss elbows her and boots her back. Bliss tries to climb the cage, but Lynch grabs her. Bliss takes her down with an STO. They execute a sloppy catapult. Lynch quickly starts climbing the cage, but Bliss grabs the leg and pulls her down. Lynch comes back with two arm drags and a single leg lariat. Bliss soon pulls her into the turnbuckle and stomps her down in the corner. Bliss clubs her and goes for a suplex, but Lynch counters into a roll-up for a two count. Lynch goes for a powerbomb, but Lynch grabs the cage and tries to climb. Lynch follows her up and they fight on the top rope. Bliss slams Lynch’s head off the cage before they both crash and burn on the mat.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Bliss stomping Lynch into the corner of the cage and dropkicking her against it for a two count. Bliss throws her into the cage and shoulders her against it. Lynch finally sidesteps her and goes for the door, but Bliss stops her. Lynch slams her off the top turnbuckle and comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick for a two count. Lynch climbs up the cage and gets her legs over, but Bliss grabs her hair at the last second. Bliss pulls her back in and forearms her. Bliss uses the cage to kick her. Bliss then hits an exploder superplex for a near fall! Bliss tries to crawl to the door, but Lynch cuts her off and punches away at her. Bliss pulls her back from the door.

La Luchadora blocks Lynch’s exit from the cage. Lynch takes Bliss down and applies the Dis-Arm-Her. La Luchadora runs in and kicks Lynch in the head. Bliss follows up with a snap DDT for the win.

Winner by Pinfall and still Smackdown Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss

Bliss and La Luchadora continue to double-team Lynch after the match is over. Lynch fights then off and rips the mask off to reveal Mickie James underneath! James smiles before Bliss attacks Lynch from behind. James finishes her off with a big kick to the face. Bliss then holds the title up while Mickie James proudly stands next to her.


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Shane McMahon To Make A Big Announcement On Tonight’s SmackDown Live

WWE has announced that SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon would be opening tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live in Memphis, TN at the FedEx Forum. noted in the SmackDown preview that McMahon would be making a big announcement on the show that would take SmackDown Live to the next level. The following was written in the preview: has learned that Commissioner Shane McMahon will open SmackDown LIVE this week with some very big news. Under the leadership of Shane-O-Mac and General Manager Daniel Bryan, Team Blue has simply thrived. Although we are not sure what he has to say, the announcement will no doubt take SmackDown LIVE to the next level. Is it possible that the man in charge has something up his sleeve for the Royal Rumble? Which Superstar, or Superstars, will the big news concern? Tune in tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network to find out.

As noted, the only match that has been announced for the show is Alexa Bliss defending the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch inside a steel cage.

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Tajiri Injured At Recent WWE NXT Tapings is reporting that Tajiri, who recently returned to action as part of WWE 205 Live, is injured.

There are not many details available other than that he suffered a right knee injury at the recent NXT tapings. They noted that he is not medically cleared to compete. It was not mentioned in their story but the injury likely happened during the dark match that took place prior to the 1/5/17 tapings when he teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura to take on Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe.

We will pass along more information once it becomes available. At 46 years old, a knee injury could be career-threatening. Hopefully, it’s not something that serious enough to keep him out of action for an extended length of time.

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