- WWE filled out the card for Sunday’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view on last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Below is the lineup for Sunday’s pay-per-view from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana:
* Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship
* Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
* The New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
* TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
* Rusev w/Lana vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE United States Championship
* Cesaro vs. Sheamus in match seven of their best of seven series
* Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn in a singles match
* Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox in the Kickoff Match
Make plans to join us for play-by-play coverage on Sunday night featuring streaming live results and your discussion here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- Smackdown Live will take place tonight in Birmingham, Alabama and will feature Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena and The Miz defending the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Expect continuation from storylines as the company builds towards the blue brand’s No Mercy pay-per-view. Join us here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com for streaming live results and your discussion beginning at 8 PM EDT.
- Bayley, who was inserted into the WWE Raw Women’s Championship match listed above on last night’s Raw by Mick Foley (remember how they forgot to put her in there?), will be on ESPN’s “Off the Top Rope” segment with Jonathan Coachman on Wednesday night.
- The plan for the Best of Seven Series between Sheamus and Cesaro has always been for Cesaro to come back and win it and then get pushed. So far, he’s won three straight, so it would appear that plan is in tact. He’s also been rumored to switch brands, something worth watching out for as well.
- Emma revealed Monday night on social media she was cleared to return to the ring six weeks ago. She’s been out since May with a back injury but is back on the road with WWE.
- After this week’s Raw went off the air, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Rusev attacked Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Rollins reversed Owens’s popup power bomb attempt into a pedigree. Reigns speared Rusev. There was a brief staredown between Reigns and Rollins before Rollins left and Roman’s music played to send the crowd home happy.
- Bill Goldberg will be in Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, the same night Clash of Champions will emanate from the city. Goldberg was asked if he’ll be appearing for WWE during an appearance on Submission Radio but he noted it was purely coincidence.
- Paige, whose WWE Wellness Policy suspension ended yesterday, was at Raw but obviously was not used. Based on her social media activity, she was thinking about her boyfriendAlberto Del Rio.
- We’ve reported for over six weeks now that John Cena will be going on another hiatus soon; this time to film season two of the Fox reality competition American Grit. The hiatus is expected to begin the middle of next month and will limit him throughout the rest of the year. He is scheduled to appear on the October 11, 2016 episode of Smackdown and will face AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose in a WWE Championship match at No Mercy the Sunday prior. Also as we’ve noted, Cena is in the plans for Survivor Series.
- Randy Orton weighed in on athletes raising their fists during the National Anthem as a form of a peaceful protest by responding to sports reporter Dave Zirin after last night's Monday Night Football game:
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- MVP encouraged Orton to hit him up to be educated on perspective.
- Sting was recently featured on the WWE Network’s “Legends with JBL” program where he expressed a continued desire for a match against The Undertaker. Sting indicated that he’s put off neck surgery because having the operation would likely end his professional wrestling career. He considers a match against Undertaker unfinished business and knows the fans want to see it.
- Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz will work as analysts on the next two installments of UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1. Cruz will call fights with Jon Anik, who will handle play-by-play, for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 from 5-10 PM EDT on Fox Sports 1. Cormier will work with Anik for the UFC Fight Night 96 card on October 1, 2016 from Portland, Oregon from 6-8 PM EDT on Fox Sports 2 and complete the show from 8-10 PM EDT on FS1. The Los Angeles Times has more with quotes at this link.
- Nate Diaz passed his UFC 202 fight night drug test administered by the USADA, however, he’s still being investigated for using a cannabidiol (CBD) oil vape pen at the post-fight press conference that night. MMAFighting.com reports that Diaz telling reporters he was vaping a CBD oil pen could fall under the “admitted use” clause in the UFC’s anti-doping policy implemented by USADA. You can watch Diaz make the admission in the video embedded below:
- All other UFC 202 fight-night drug tests also came back negative. While Diaz didn’t test positive, he still admitted to use a prohibited substance and could face a public warning or a suspension of up to one year from the USADA.
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is rumored to take place at UFC Fight Night 100 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Gustafsson beat Jan Błachowicz via unanimous decision earlier this month, while Nogueira last fought Patrick Cummins, winning by technical knockout at UFC 198 in May.
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