- Clearly, the biggest news that has rocked the fighting world and has implications in WWE is the news that Brock Lesnar has been flagged for a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation following the testing of a sample collected on June 28, 2016. The test was conducted on July 14, 2016. UFC issued a statement that we first brought you at this link.
- WWE covered the news but only by carrying the statement released by UFC. They made it clear Lesnar hasn’t worked for them since Wrestlemania 32 and is not scheduled to return until Sunday, August 21 [for his match against Randy Orton at SummerSlam].
- Mark Hunt, Lesnar’s opponent at UFC 200, is furious and has demanded half of Lesnar’s purse or his immediate release from the UFC. He was already upset that Lesnar was granted an exemption in not having to contact UFC in writing four months prior to coming out of retirement to be placed in the testing pool. Ariel Helwani has the story here at MMAFighting.com.
- Lesnar issued the following statement to The Associated Press: “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”
- The possible violation makes Lesnar look horrible, especially when he ripped Jon Jones, who was flagged for a possible Anti-Doping Policy violation prior to UFC 200,and pulled from the card. He called Jones “unprofessional” and had the same comment for Roman Reigns, who recently failed a WWE Wellness Policy test.
- Paul Heyman told an interesting story at his “An Evening with Paul Heyman” show in Glasgow, Scotland last night. Heyman questioned whether he was messing with the audience or if he was telling them something they were not supposed to know. He suggested it was actually planned for The Undertaker to beat Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 but Brock beat Undertaker up so bad and hooked his leg in a way that he couldn’t kick out. In that case, WWE couldn’t discipline Lesnar because he ended the streak. He also suggested this was why Lesnar’s music didn’t begin immediately playing and why Undertaker collapsed as soon as he got through the curtain. Heyman said if it wasn’t true, the only people who knew the streak was ending was himself, Brock, Undertaker and Vince McMahon.
- WWE is expected to debut a new Smackdown logo on next week’s first live episode. You can view a screen capture below:
- Remember when Bret Hartunleashed on Triple H over Hunter being rated higher than him in the WWE 2K16 video game? ESPNinterviewed Triple H and asked him about what Hart said, here are the comments: “[Laughs]. I have not heard that. I'm sorry, there was a report that somebody was upset that their video game ranking was lower than mine? I don't even know how that works to be honest but I suppose there is.
I see guys arguing about stuff all the time in the locker room and video game rankings would probably be part of that. I know that they are very competitive with each other in a lot of ways so it wouldn't surprise me. Trust me, the locker room can make anything a competition.”
- John Cena’s opening monologue at the 2016 ESPY Awards is embedded below:
- This year’s ESPY Awards garnered 5,600,000 viewers, which was down from the 7,700,000 viewers the show drew last year. However, last year’s show featured Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which is credited with the spike.
- Cena raised his public profile on the show and has received glowing reviews. I commented on Thursday that he was outstanding and that’s a sentiment shared throughout the sports world. John Cena did the wrestling business proud this week and probably opened up more doors for him if he ever chooses to pursue a career outside of the wrestling business.
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