Latest On Randy Orton, Why Del Rio Failed WWE Wellness, Daniel Bryan On CM Punk

Randy Orton

- WWE Smackdown Live will air tonight from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The show will feature fallout from Sunday’s Backlash pay-per-view as you can expect followup from AJ Styles’s controversial title win, Heath Slater “earning a contract,” whether or not The Miz and Maryse will receive any backlash and whether or not Bray Wyatt can bounce back. Make plans to join our WWE Smackdown “Open Thread” starting at 8 PM ET tonight here at featuring streaming live results and your discussion.

- While Randy Orton did not work Bray Wyatt at Backlash, he did work at last night’s WWE live event in Fairfax, VA where he teamed with John Cena to beat Wyatt and Erick Rowan. He didn’t bump but he hit the RKO to give his team the win. Given the fact he was physically involved at the pay-per-view on Sunday and in the live event match on Monday, it’s clear his removal from the match against Wyatt was precautionary if not kayfabe all together. Orton did a Q&A with fans late Monday night/early Tuesday morning on Twitter. You can view highlights of it below:

CM Punk getting “butchered:”

Orton: He's got bigger balls then most.

If he likes Punk:

Orton: Like and respect are two different things. I admire him for having the courage to fight a more experienced fighter.

Getting respect for taking "real hits," talking about his match against Brock Lesnar

Orton: 'Real hits?' All the peeps in the lockeroom get hit every night 225 nights a year. Compare that to a 'real' schedule

What he thought of the ending to Raw:

Orton: No I didn't watch, because I was wrestling on a #SmackdownLive event in VA, apparently against Dr's orders?

If he would fight in UFC:

Orton: I like making $. Over and over. Not once every 6 I'd prob fake punch the guy and get choked out. #lol Unless it was the Irish guy little person Connor Mcdonald

Orton also implied he’ll be good to go to face Brock Lesnar at WWE’s live event on Saturday, Sept. 24.

- Vince McMahon reportedly tore his quadriceps while squatting. WWE announced on Monday that he was injured and would undergo surgery but that he was scheduled to return to the office on Wednesday.

- Alberto Del Rio failed a WWE Wellness Test because he is on testosterone replacement therapy. Del Rio claims he has a prescription for it but he understands that WWE has to follow through with their policies.

- Philly Voice interviewed Daniel Bryan and he was asked if he watched CM Punk’s fight against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 over the weekend. Here’s what he said: “I did watch the fight. Punk and I have never been best friends or anything like that. I don’t even think I have his number in my phone, but I really support him in that fight. I was really hoping he would win. The reality is that even though he lost, he was dead on in his promo afterwards. It’s the whole thing with me and him, and guys like Sami Zayn and Neville even trying to wrestle. Right? It’s just this idea of you have this dream that everybody tells you that you can’t do, but you just keep going after it. Sometimes, you’re not successful, right? He wasn’t “successful” in the fight. But he fought a professional fight in UFC. That’s crazy! You know? It’s crazy and it’s awesome and he may have lost and he may have gotten beat up, but hey, he tried it. How many people would be afraid because of their ego to not even put themselves out there like that? I like to train jiu jitsu and I like to muay thai and the number of people who train all the time but won’t put themselves out there to even do like a tournament and nobody knows who they are. The ego part of you that says, ‘Well, if I go and I do it and I lose, what does that mean?’ Well, [Punk] went out and did it, right? He’s a huge public figure. I have the utmost respect for him trying to go do it… It’s hard, too. At that age, and I know at my age and how many injuries I have, just getting up out of bed every morning, you know, for the most part, I feel really good. But then to get up and go train with killers – that camp is a great camp. And so you go in there and train with great guys and getting beat up every day. It’s tough. That’s the job. The job is getting beat up every day. And right towards the fight, then you have to lose a bunch of weight. So, it’s like, ‘OK I get beat up every day, now go lose 15 pounds. Oh, just like that? Oh, OK.’” You can read the full piece at this link.

- Speaking of Daniel Bryan, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies MLB game last night. Below is video:

Throwing the first pitch at the

Throwing the first pitch at the @Phillies game! Thanks to @_TommyJoseph_ for the great catch!

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) September 13, 2016

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Throwing the first pitch at the @Phillies game! Thanks to @_TommyJoseph_ for the great catch!

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) September 13, 2016

">@_TommyJoseph_ for the great catch!

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan)

Throwing the first pitch at the @Phillies game! Thanks to @_TommyJoseph_ for the great catch!

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) September 13, 2016

">September 13, 2016

- Emma, who has been out since May with a back injury, was at WWE Raw in Baltimore, Maryland last night.

- Below are the fighter salaries from UFC 203:

Stipe Miocic: $600,000 (no win bonus)
Alistair Overeem: $800,000
Fabricio Werdum: $375,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
Travis Browne: $120,000
Mickey Gall: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
CM Punk: $500,000
Jimmie Rivera: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Urijah Faber: $160,000
Jessica Andrade: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Joanne Calderwood: $25,000
Bethe Correia: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Jessica Eye: $25,000
Brad Tavares: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Caio Magalhaes: $20,000
Nik Lentz: $76,000 (includes $38,000 win bonus)
Michael McBride: $12,000
Yancy Medeiros: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Sean Spencer: $17,000
Drew Dober: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Jason Gonzales: $10,000

- Paige VanZant told TMZ Sports that while she loves CM Punk, she believes he’s “too old” for UFC. She would love to see him fight again and there are a lot of people he would do better against. VanZant said he needs to work on his jiu-jitsu and it’s going to take awhile. She doesn’t understand why people complained about CM Punk coming to UFC because he brought fans there and the more fans means the more money for everyone else. You can watch her comments in the video embedded below:

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