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Lesnar Under UFC Contract, Orton Back In The Ring, Finn Balor’s Call-Up Imminent, Tons Of Exclusive News

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- confirmed today that Brock Lesnar remains under UFC contract following last weekend’s UFC 200 pay-per-view. This means Lesnar will continue to be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency per the UFC’s policy. As we have mentioned several times, in order for Brock to fight for UFC again, he has to be cleared by WWE as they control exclusive rights to his services. Whatever UFC deal Lesnar is under does not control his exclusivity but it means he's an active fighter and he has not informed the promotion of his retirement. UFC’s rule is that a fighter must inform the promotion four months in advance if they are coming out of retirement so that a fighter can be placed back in the USADA testing pool. This rule was waved for Lesnar’s UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt, which garnered controversy. However, Lesnar was heavily tested in the months leading up to the fight. Will he fight again? We have the latest insider details available here in our Members content.

- John Cena was great last night as the host of the 2016 ESPY Awards, the gig really highlighted why John has been the face of WWE for over a decade. Here’s what I wrote on social media - Cena has done an outstanding job tonight at the ESPYS. Huge gig, wish I could have made it out to LA. He makes me proud to do what I do. Well spoken and has a great personality. If you missed it, check out a snippet of his opening monologue in the tweet below:

">@JohnCena show the

Watch @JohnCena show the @ESPYs audience how @WWE influences the world of sports.

— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2016

">@ESPYs audience how

Watch @JohnCena show the @ESPYs audience how @WWE influences the world of sports.

— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2016

">@WWE influences the world of sports.

— WWE (@WWE)

Watch @JohnCena show the @ESPYs audience how @WWE influences the world of sports.

— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2016

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- WWE ran an angle at The ESPYS, where NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal will presumably face The Big Show at Wrestlemania 33. Brooks covered it last night and we have more footage below: - Randy Orton is at the WWE Performance Center this week in Orlando, FL as he looks to get back into ring shape for his program against Brock Lesnar. He will return to television at WWE Battleground in The Highlight Reel segment with Chris Jericho. Orton tweeted this photo after running the ropes yesterday. - Finn Balor’s debut on the main WWE roster is on the horizon. I don’t have an exact date to give you but it’s a matter of weeks and not months if not sooner at this point. Balor is coming and is expected to get a rocket pack strapped to him. - Ibushi, Alexander, Lun and Metalik advanced in the first episode of the Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network. WWE is seeking feedback on the show, as you can vote in the poll embedded below:

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- George Steelenoted on social media yesterday he was discharged from the hospital this week after a 105-day stay.

- Conor McGregor and Holly Holm won ESPY Awards last night. McGregor won “Best Fighter,” while Holm won “Best Upset” for her victory over Ronda Rousey. In other UFC news, Dana Whitewill speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention next week.

As we move forward, we’re going to post a spoiler from last night’s TNA tapings and go over notes from last night’s WWE NXT tapings that includes spoilers. If you do not want to be SPOILED, stop reading here.

- TNA Champion Bobby Lashley won the X-Division Championship at last night’s Impact tapings in Orlando. The match, against Eddie Edwards, was inside Six Sides of Steel and will air on next week’s episode. Impact will return to Thursday nights at 8 PM next week on Pop.

- The card for WWE NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn took shape at last night’s WWE NXT tapings. We have full spoilers available at this link. As for TakeOver, the show will be headlined by WWE NXT Champion Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. Bayley will face Asuka for the WWE NXT Women’s Championship, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa will face Dash & Dawson for the WWE NXT Tag Team Championship, Austin Aries will face No Way Jose, Jason Jordan & Chad Gable will face The Authors of Pain and Andrade “Cien” Almas will face Bobby Roode. WWE NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York over SummerSlam weekend.

- Speaking of Bobby Roode, he officially debuted with WWE NXT at last night’s television tapings. He worked the recent NXT tour of the United Kingdom and, as mentioned, will face Andrade “Cien” Almas at WWE NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn.

- Hideo Itami taped his return to WWE NXT television at last night’s tapings against Sean Maulta. The bout will air on August 10, 2016 on the WWE Network.

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