Major WWE Title Changes, Dusty Rhodes Wanted Cody To Leave WWE, Nick Diaz Jumped, Evolution Of Punk

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- Today’s top story resides in our Members Content as we detail possible major changes to the newly introduced Smackdown championship belts. We have a lot of insight, including what it means for Raw, the two world titles and much more. You can read that report exclusively at this link.

- We’ll emphasize once again that WNW Premium is about to see a huge expansion and with that expansion is going to come new price points. You can lock in your rate now at the SIGNUP or RENEWAL page. Also, keep in mind the $4.95/month package for 18 months is still there - don’t miss out!

- Below is the updated lineup for WWE Backlash, a Smackdown pay-per-view, which will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2016 in Richmond, VA:

* Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship
* Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss in a Six-Pack Challenge for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
* The finals of the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Tournament

Make plans to join us here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com for our WWE Backlash “Open Thread” featuring streaming live results and your discussion.

- Cody Rhodes stated in a recent interview with Wrestledelphia Radio that his father, Dusty Rhodes advised him to leave WWE after Wrestlemania 28 but he waited four years later to take his advice. At the time, Dusty was unhappy with the direction things were going with Cody’s character and The Big Show. Cody admitted his dad was right and he should have left WWE sooner.

- The second part of “Evolution of Punk,” the documentary Fox Sports 1 is airing prior to CM Punk’sUFC debut fight against Mickey Gall, is now available online. If you missed it on Monday, you can watch episode two in its entirety above.

- Jim Ross weighed in on The Miz’s outstanding promo work from this week’s episode of “Talking Smack” in a new post made on his blog. Here is an excerpt: "[The Miz] created a buzz in social media circles after his reality based, organic sounding promo that Miz aggressively executed on 'Talking Smack' on the WWE Network after Smackdown Live went off the air Tuesday night," JR wrote. "MIz' promo represented his best work IMO in a long while as he seemingly expressed himself from his heart and not from his memory. Few wrestlers in today's marketplace are truly accomplished in being able to have a quick turnaround upon once receiving their promo copy, memorizing it, and then being able to deliver the copy in a real, authentic manner when it counts and that's on live, TV. The "I'm Not Working You" feel of any pro wrestling promo always resonates infinitely more than does a memorized promo that sounds as if it is being recited from pure memory without true, motion behind it.”

- Rich Swann, Zack Sabre, Jr. and T.J. Perkins advanced to the quarterfinals on WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network. The quarterfinals begin next week and are setup as follows: Akira Tozawa vs. Gran Metalik, Sabre, Jr vs. Noam Dar, Kota Ibushi vs. Brian Kendrick and Perkins vs. Swann.

- Forbes has officially announcedThe Rock was the highest paid actor of 2016, raking in $64.5 million. He responded to the announcement.

- Bobby Lashley will fight for Bellatar MMA again at Bellator 162 in Memphis, TN on October 21, 2016. An opponent has not yet been named but he’ll go into it with a Mixed Martial Arts record of 14-2.

- Nick Diaz ran into some trouble while partying at the Hyde nightclub in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to TMZ Sports. According to their report, he went to a bathroom outside the club around 2:30 AM and accidentally stumbled into another customer. A confrontation ensued as three other men joined the customer he bumped. The fight spilled out of the bathroom and out onto to casino floor of the Bellagio. Attackers were swinging chairs and brawling with staff. They were removed by security. Diaz declined to press charges and claimed they got the worst of it.

- UFC welterweight George Sullivan was given a provisional suspension by the USADA for admitting to using a banned substance. Sullivan was scheduled to fight last July but was removed after admitting the usage prior to test results. Here’s UFC’s statement on the matter: "UFC was made aware today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that it has informed George Sullivan of a potential anti-doping violation and provisional suspension based on his declaration of a prohibited substance. UFC previously announced that Sullivan voluntarily disclosed this information to USADA and, out of an abundance of caution, Sullivan was removed by UFC from his scheduled bout on July 23, 2016, in Chicago. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Sullivan's declaration of the use can be taken into consideration by USADA during the results management and adjudication process… USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, a full and fair legal review process is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.”

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