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The Final Deletion

- TNA Wrestling grabbed headlines with their Hardy vs. Hardy: The Final Deletion main event that aired on Tuesday night. The show drew 410,000 viewers, which was the highest viewership number Impact has ever done on Pop. TNA posted The Final Deletion online (we’ve also included it above) and some readers have asked for my thoughts. The match/segment can be viewed one of two ways and I probably fall somewhere right in the middle. On one hand it was over-the-top cartoonish that was more like a low budget music video or scene from an independent film. On the other hand it was innovative and different, offering some crazy spots that combined professional wrestling with a mystique that’s often lacking with today’s product. Matt Hardy nailed the role and Jeff Hardy showed why he’s still a highly sought after talent. The Final Deletion isn’t something that will be etched in professional wrestling history but it’s not something that should be immediately dismissed either. There were some parts I felt like laughing (when Matt went running from Jeff with the firework/oh look, a dilapidated boat) and there were others, the Swanton from the tree, when I was engaged. Like I stated, my opinion was somewhere in the middle and most probably either loved it or hated it. TNA taped it under the direction of Jeremy Borash on the Hardys property in North Carolina.

- The mystery regarding Brock Lesnar’sSummerSlam opponent is over before tonight’s episode of Smackdown as it was leaked out on Aftermath in Canada on Wednesday night. Lesnar will face Randy Orton at WWE’s biggest show of the summer. This is expected and as we reported in our Members content, there is concern this is too big of an injury risk for Orton. Not only is he coming back from a major shoulder injury but he’s got a possible neck injury as well. Brock isn’t known for working light and his trademark suplexes could take their toll. Check out our Members section for more on this decision.

- As for UFC 200, Brock Lesnar is now headlining after Jon Jones was pulled from his fight against Daniel Cormier due to a potential doping violation. Lesnar now has the opportunity to establish himself as the top star in UFC and WWE at the same time. It will only happen if he can convincingly beat Mark Hunt, which is not something the oddsmakers are predicting. If he loses, it will take away from his luster and WWE will have to enter damage control to save him in storylines.

- Brock Lesnarwas asked about Jon Jones being pulled from the main event and his response was pretty much the same as that of UFC president Dana White. Lesnar said it sucks for everyone but it is what it is. Daniel Cormier got the short end of the stick and it’s the worst for him. As for Jones, Lesnar said it’s really unprofessional of anybody at this caliber for something like that to happen. He was also asked about the suspension of Roman Reigns, in which Brock also called unprofessional.

- Saturday should be a fun night and we’ll be covering Lesnar’s fight here at

- For those that missed it in our Premium area late last month, Vince McMahon has been pressuring Pat Patterson to get more involved in the WWE creative process. Vince is looking for assistance from the brand split through Wrestlemania 33, instead of Pat coming back around towards the end of the year for Royal Rumble like he usually does.

- Chris Jericho will remain with WWE for at least the rest of this year as he told The International Business Times his band Fozzy isn’t doing anything until their new record in early 2017. Jericho is someone WWE is relying on rather heavily right now and will need even more when the rosters expand in a couple of weeks.

- Cody Rhodes was Ric Flair’s first guest on the new Ric Flair Show podcast on Wednesday. In it, Rhodes stated he recently met with WWE officials about merchandising opportunities with the company still using Cody Rhodes and Stardust. They also talked about a new autobiography he’s doing with WWE about his father, the late Dusty Rhodes. Cody began writing the book after Dusty died. As for Rhodes’s in-ring future, we have more that we posted here on WNW Premium.

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