Bobby Roode Makes Main Roster Debut on SmackDown Live

Following Bobby Roode’s NXT Championship loss at this past Saturday’s NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III, many wondered how long it would take the now former champ to debut on the main roster.

As it turns out, we only had to wait a few days, as Bobby Roode has officially debuted on the main roster. He defeated Aiden English with the Glorious DDT in his SmackDown Live debut.

Following the match, Roode thanked commissioner Shane McMahon, and general manager Daniel Bryan for breaking the bank in order to sign the hottest free agent available. He also said that SmackDown Live will now be “absolutely glorious” with him on the roster.

In the words of @REALBobbyRoode himself… #SDLive went from being GREAT to being #GLORIOUS! pic.twitter.com/SuYOnf2Ga3

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 23, 2017

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Huge Name Backstage At SmackDown, Could Debut Tonight

Tonight’s SmackDown Live will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and, according to Wrestle Zone, a huge name has been spotted at the site of tonight’s show.

According to the site, former NXT Champion Bobby Roode will be backstage during tonight’s SmackDown, and he could end up making his main roster debut.

Of course, Roode was backstage during Monday’s Raw, which obviously didn’t lead to him making his main roster debut. But, if he’s still in Brooklyn, that probably means he’s making his debut tonight.

It’s also worth noting that he’s apparently the only NXT star who will be backstage during SmackDown.

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Bayley Comments On The Rumored Four Horsewomen Vs. Four Horsewomen Match

We recently learned that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is preparing for a pro wrestling career, or at the very least, one or two matches, and one of those matches could happen at this year’s Survivor Series.

There’s been a ton of speculation regarding a possible Four Horsewomen [Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Bayley, and Charlotte Flair] vs. Four Horsewomen [Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler, and Jessamyn Duke] match in recent weeks, and many believe that it’ll happen at Survivor Series in November.

If it does, former Raw Women’s Champion Bayley told SEScoops that she isn’t scared of the four MMA stars.

“They were there [at the Mae Young Classic tapings] and we were there, well, Sasha wasn’t, I know Shayna [Baszler] was in the tournament, she was impressive, so we’ll see what happens. If something were to happen, I would accept it, I’m not scared.”

 

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Jinder Mahal On His Relationship With Vince McMahon And His Physical Transformation

Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal recently did an interview with SEScoops, where he discussed his relationship with company chairman Vince McMahon, and his remarkable physical transformation.

Jinder on his Relationship with Vince McMahon:

“It’s changed drastically. I used to kind of avoid Vince, I was intimidated by him, he is after all a very intimidating guy, but now I have a very good relationship with Vince. He’s actually very cool, he wants to see you succeed. If you succeed, ultimately WWE succeeds, I’m very fortunate that he’s very hands on with me. When I come back from my match, Vince is the first person I come and talk to.”

Jinder on changing his body:

“The most important thing that has changed is my attitude. Mentally, I have changed. I’m just a lot more positive and I know you get back what you put in. I know that if I put in 100 percent, I get back percent.

“Actually another thing I started to do is write down my goals. As of the new year, I would write down my goals, I kind of messed up, I wrote ‘become a WWE Champion’ but I did not write ‘become WWE Champion.’ I aimed kind of low, I was thinking IC Champion or US Champion, but if you put it on paper, I promise you, good things start to happen and you start moving in that direction.”

You can check out the entire interview if you click right here.

 

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Domestic Violence Case Against Paige Has Reportedly Been Closed

TMZ is reporting that former WWE Divas Champion Paige will not be hit with domestic violence charges, which stemmed from an airport altercation with Alberto El Patron, formerly known as Alberto Del Rio.

Below is an excerpt from TMZ’s report:

“But now, a rep for the 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office tells TMZ Sports the case is officially closed — because the victim (Alberto) did not want to move forward with charges. 

“Alberto will not be charged with a crime either.”

El Patron was stripped of the Global Force Wrestling Championship last week, as his suspension with the company still hasn’t been lifted.

Paige is still recovering from a neck injury, and we don’t know if, or when she’ll be back on WWE television.

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Dana Brooke’s Boyfriend Found Dead In His Florida Home At Age 26

Dallas McCarver, boyfriend of WWE RAW Superstar Dana Brooke, was found dead in his Florida home on Monday evening after reportedly choking on his food, according to a report by TMZ.com.

Brooke told TMZ that McCarver, 26, who was a well-known bodybuilder as “Big Country,” was found unconscious in his home by a friend shortly after they spoke on the telephone.

According to Brooke, McCarver was planning to make her dinner. His last words to her were, “I love you. Goodbye.”

Dana Brooke had just recently posted the following photo of Dallas “Big Country” McCarver on her Instagram page.

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Conor McGregor Is Predicting A 10-Second KO Win Over Floyd Mayweather

The highly-anticipated Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight will take place this coming Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as you would expect, McGregor is supremely confident going into the fight.

In recent weeks, McGregor has predicted that he’ll knock Mayweather out within four rounds, and during a recent interview with ESPN, he said that he won’t be surprised if he knocks Mayweather out within the first 10 seconds of the fight.

You can check out the clip from the interview below:

“I have finished many fights early because I have prepared for the full distance, and this is no different. I’m prepared to go the full 12 rounds with this man, but I’m also prepared to knock him out in 10 seconds, and that would not surprise me if that happens.

“Size, reach, power, and precision are all in my favor. When I hit you, you fall.” 

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Road Dogg Calls The Brooklyn Crowd Disrespectful Following Monday’s Raw

Monday’s Raw had a pretty rambunctious crowd, similar to the crowds we see the night after WrestleMania, and needless to say, WWE superstars and management weren’t happy with the crowd’s behavior during Monday’s show. In fact, there was probably only one person who loved the crowd, and that was John Cena. He even said as much after Raw went off the air.

“You wanted to bring out a beach ball, call a security guard an a-hole, rocked this place with a wave, and let everybody know Monday Night Raw was coming from the BK. Peep it like this – I don’t know if this is or isn’t my yard, but I do know that this is definitely my family and I love to see my family having fun. You guys made might night by kicking a** as an audience. I hope you have a great one.”

However, one of SmackDown Live’s top producers and former WWE Tag Team Champion Brian James, better known as Road Dogg, didn’t agree with Cena about the Brooklyn crowd.

Disrespect at its core. Not just to Finn, to all the talent.

— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) August 22, 2017

WWE gets these type of crowds only a few times a year, so they’re probably not overly concerned with the possibility of their audience being somewhat out of control and on a regular basis.

 

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Samoa Joe On Which ROH Stars WWE Should Sign

Prior to Sunday’s SummerSlam, former NXT Champion Samoa Joe did an interview with Hindustan Times, where has was asked to name some Ring of Honor stars that he would like to see in WWE.

Joe said that he would like to see both Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle make the jump to WWE.

“I would like to see Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle join the company. Both have made their name in Ring of Honor and their addition can make WWE a very exciting place.”

WWE is doing a Ring of Honor stable with Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Adam Cole, who made his debut in NXT over the weekend. On top of that, WWE is clearly more open to signing independent stars, so if WWE wants Lethal and Castle, they’ll probably end up getting them at some point.

You can check out Joe’s entire interview by clicking right here.

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It’s a Big Man’s Game

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Brock, Roman, Strowman, & Joe – Summerslam 2017 (wwe.com (2017)

For years now, we have been told it’s no longer about the big guys, and to an extent that has been true. However, the WWE’s biggest star and their “reigning, defending, Universal Champion” is the “beast” Brock Lesnar. And, WWE’s hottest prospect is the “monster among men” Braun Strowman. At Summerslam, these two men were joined by Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe, in a battle of monsters, and the results were nothing short of extraordinary.

Four men, who weigh near, or over three-hundred pounds went to war. Tables, stairs, and bodies flew around the Barclays Centre in what can only be described as the greatest monster movie ever made. All four big men had the fans in the palm of their hands and gave a performance only they were capable of delivering.

Earlier in the night, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose gave the fans a fast and furious tag team match which ultimately ended with them holding the tag team titles. The match was a prime example of what the smaller guys bring to the table, but there is an aura and fascination when watching the heavyweights collide, that the smaller performers simply cannot replicate.

Heavyweights Collide

This fascination became abundantly clear in the main event, as the roof came unglued when Braun Strowman finally went to war with Brock Lesnar. Strowman eventually got the upper hand and put him through two tables before finally putting the third table on top of the beast.

Strowman’s every move seemed to bring the fans to their feet, and even in the matches climax, fans were taken on a rollercoaster ride before finally witnessing Brock Lesnar retain his Universal Championship. No technical wrestling on display, no flashy moves. The Summerslam main event was a hard-hitting and believable match which every superstar walked out of in a better position than when they walked in.

Brock Lesnar, a man who is fairly, and sometimes unfairly criticised for not working hard and only having short matches – put on a performance showing everybody why he is the WWE’s top star. Not only did Brock give one of his best performances in quite some time but he also helped elevate three of WWE’s top stars by allowing them to beat him up for large portions of the Summerslam main event.

Brock left Summerslam by silencing his critics; however, all four men left Summerslam by showing the wrestling world that the big men still rule the industry. After a match like that, after the fans reacted the way they did – one cannot deny, it’s still ‘a big man’s game’.

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