Finn Balor's Injury "Severe," Daniel Bryan Blows Up, Ronda Rousey's Return To UFC, Smackdown Viewership

- Finn Balor knew he suffered a serious should injury during his WWE Universal Championship match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. He put it back in the socket himself but believes it could have popped out again before the bout was over. An MRI revealed a torn labrum, which was surgically repaired on Tuesday.

Balor’s surgery was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, who commented on the injury: "Finn's injury was pretty severe, more severe than normal. A really high energy injury, it did more damage than a standard shoulder dislocation where you simply tear the labrum. The prognosis is excellent, however. We were able to fix it all and put it back where it came from. I'm anticipating him getting back at full speed.”

Many of the veterans within WWE respect Balor and really felt bad for him at TV this week. He’s seen as humble, respectful and always willing to learn. In other words, the injury couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

Balor is expected out six to seven months, possibly longer.

- WWE ran a kayfabe article on dot come that Brock Lesnar was “fined” $500 for his actions at SummerSlam. We’re running a big story on Vince McMahon’s surprising reaction to the finish and what he thinks of Randy Orton. You can read that story link. We’re going to be revamping WNW Premium very soon with new pricing packages, so lock in your rate now or take advantage of the $4.95/month package for 18 months while it’s available. Once you lock in your rate, it’s available for life. CLICK HERE to signup now.

- The new Smackdown tag team championship and women’s championship belts premiered on last night’s Smackdown Live. You can view the belts below:

- Sheamus is currently in Mississippi filming the "ATONE" movie that comes out in 2017. Here’s a photo of him on the set.

- Kane beat Alex Reynolds, an independent talent, in a dark match prior to last night’s WWE Smackdown in Uncasville, CT.

- John Cena, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns beat Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins after this week’s Smackdown in a dark match main event. Ambrose pinned Rowan before all the babyfaces hit their finishers to send the crowd home happy.

- WWE shot an angle with Daniel Bryan and The Miz on “Talking Smack” that generated some buzz. Mia came onto the set and complained about not being on the show as the Intercontinental Champion. A back and forth ensued and Miz cut an outstanding promo. Miz told Bryan he promised the fans he would be back to regain the IC title and he didn’t live up to it. Bryan said he would come back if WWE would let him. Miz told him if he loves wrestling so much he should quit and go to the indie halls. Bryan stormed off as Miz called him a coward. You can check it out embedded in the video below:

- Deadline is reporting that the El Rey Network has signed Rey Mysterio to a one year deal to proceed and consult on creative projects and series, both scripted and unscripted. "Rey Mysterio's incredible talent extends far beyond the ring," said El Rey Network President and General Manager Daniel Tibbets. "He is creative and collaborative and has a keen eye for great entertainment. Rey embodies the El Rey Network brand and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with him.”

- While it still remains unknown when Ronda Rousey will return to the octagon, she will not fight at UFC 205 from Madison Square Garden in New work City on November 12, 2016.

- Last night’s episode of WWE Smackdown garnered 2,714,000 viewers, up +243,000 viewers from the week prior.

2016 WWE Smackdown Viewership Archive:

January 7, 2016 – 2,757,000 viewers (USA Network premiere)
January 14, 2016 – 2,332,000 viewers
January 21, 2016 – 2,757,000 viewers
January 28, 2016 – 2,720,000 viewers
February 4, 2016 – 2,664,000 viewers
February 11, 2016 – 2,414,000 viewers
February 18, 2016 – 2,458,000 viewers
February 25, 2016 – 2,395,000 viewers
March 3, 2016 – 2,491,000 viewers
March 10, 2016 – 2,186,000 viewers
March 17, 2016 – 2,260,000 viewers
March 24, 2016 – 2,501,000 viewers
March 31, 2016 – 2,328,000 viewers
April 7, 2016 – 2,444,000 viewers
April 14, 2016 – 2,355,000 viewers
April 21, 2016 – 2,431,000 viewers
April 28, 2016 – 2,109,000 viewers
Mary 5, 2016 – 2,346,000 viewers
May 12, 2016 – 2,262,000 viewers
May 19, 2016 – 2,295,000 viewers
May 26, 2016 – 2,112,000 viewers
June 2, 2016 – 2,169,000 viewers
June 9, 2016 – 1,996,000 viewers
June 16, 2016 – 2,073,000 viewers
June 23, 2016 – 2,145,000 viewers
June 30, 2016 - 2,080,000 viewers
July 7, 2016 - 2,241,000 viewers
July 14, 2016 - 2,068,000 viewers
July 19, 2016 - 3,170,000 viewers (Smackdown Live Premiere w/2016 WWE Draft)
July 26, 2016 - 2,743,000 viewers
August 2, 2016 - 2,681,000 viewers
August 9, 2016 - 2,455,000 viewers
August 16, 2016 - 2,471,000 viewers
August 23, 2016 - 2,714,000 viewers

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  • Jay El Bee

    If Balor knew he suffered a serious injury then why didn’t he tell the ref so that they could alter the finish mid match. Isn’t one of the reasons that refs wear those earpieces is so that they can stay in contact with the people in the back.

    • Ben

      He probably just wanted to continue the match as planned. Remember Triple H demanding Jericho put him in the Walls after he tore his quad? It’s dedication to putting on an entertaining match… and maybe being a little crazy.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        not quite the same, the first champion of a brand new belt has held it for less than 24 hours, they should have made Seth go over and make him hold it.

        • BlazeKing

          They didn’t have the story to back that scenario. Seth was most likely going to feud with somebody else before coming back into the title picture.

  • David F

    I hope the Bryan and Miz angle leads to Bryan picking Heath Slater to face Miz on next week Smackdown taping for the IC title and for Slater to be new IC champ.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Hell no, Miz has been working hard, he deserves that title… not to drop it slater..