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Backstage Dissension In WWE, Finn Balor's Future Revealed, Divas Revolution Flopping, McMahons A Model Family

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- WWE Raw tonight will emanate from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. It’s the go-home to SummerSlam episode and will feature Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman appearing live. WWE also looks at the continuation of Roman Reigns vs. Rusev, Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor (under The King Demon persona) and The New Day vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows. Additionally, WWE looks at Darren Young with Bob Backlund and Charlotte going solo (without Dana Brooke) for her WWE Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam. Make plans to join our WWE Raw “Open Thread” at 8 PM EDT tonight here at for streaming live results and your discussion.

- We have several big stories currently available in our Members content exclusive to Premium Members. Here’s an excerpt from some of the stories we are featuring:

- Vince McMahon and Triple H are still not in agreement on the finish of Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton at next Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view. Vince wants to keep Brock strong and this match was originally booked as just a way to get Brock a decent win but keep him away from the world title. But Triple H is pushing… Click here to keep reading >>

- We’ve already reported there is criticism within WWE about the company going to Finn Balor’sDemon King persona too early but noted how Vince McMahon was determined to get it on the main roster as soon as possible. We’re told this has been yet another major topic of contention between Vince and Triple H. Hunter wanted to save it for Wrestlemania 33 but Vince was panicking over whether Finn was going to have enough steam heading into the Universal Championship match at SummerSlam and made the call to go that direction right away. Finn Balor has been a… Click here to keep reading >>

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- Kevin Owens talked about the rise of WWE NXT in a new interview with ESPN. There, he attributed much of the growth of NXT to Finn Balor, here’s the comment: "When Finn, myself and Hideo Itami started there, NXT was definitely on the rise," Owens said. "Not just because of us, let me make that clear, but because everybody involved was working so hard, from the performers, to the coaches, to management -- Triple H, Canyon Ceman, Dusty Rhodes -- all those people working on NXT… NXT really built some momentum and became something pretty special. Then Hideo got hurt and I got called to the main roster. Neville got called up as well and he was a big part of NXT, and Sami Zayn got hurt. That could've taken the wind out of NXT's sails a little, because at that point we were the focal point. Then within a month four of us were gone and Finn was the only one still there. Without Finn, I don't know if NXT would've reached the level it has today.”

- Sasha Banks admitted in an interview with The Whig that the Divas Revolution didn’t get off to a great start. Here’s what she said: "It was a struggle at first when we got brought up (to Raw). This Divas Revolution didn't have that great, great start that I wanted (it) to, but I knew with time that we would get it to where we wanted to be.”

- Puff Daddytold ESPN the McMahons are a role model family. Here’s what he said: "[The McMahon family] are a great role model brand and, most importantly, a role model family, as far as building an empire and passing your legacy on to your kids. When you interact with the McMahons, it's so professional and so positive.”

- WWE NXT is scheduled to tour Australia and New Zealand before the end of the year. The main roster just completed a tour in the countries.

- The first decision in the Billy Corgan era for TNA Wrestling is the introduction of the TNA Grand Championship, which was unveiled at the weekend Impact tapings. Matches for the title will have rounds just like an MMA fight, with judges declaring the winner if the match goes the distance. You can see a photo of the new title below:

Bill Corgan

- In other news, TNA retired the King of the Mountain Championship, which was won by Bobby Lashley last week.

- Remember that UFC Presents: Evolution of Punk featuring CM Punk premieres tonight at 9:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1. It’s part one of a four part series that details Punk’s transition from WWE to UFC. I’ve set my TiVO box but make sure you do as well as the series will be head-to-head with WWE Monday Night Raw.

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