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SummerSlam Rumors, UFC 201 Preview, Why Charlotte Dropped Title, Rusev & Lana To Wed, More WWE Releases

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- WWE SummerSlam will include Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship and Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship. It’s still believed that John Cena will face AJ Styles, Charlotte will get a rematch for the WWE Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks and The New Day will likely defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. WWE SummerSlam will take place on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

- UFC 201 is Saturday at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The show obviously doesn’t have the star power or hype of UFC 200 but will feature Robbie Lawler (170 lbs.) defending the UFC Welterweight Championship against Tyron Woodly (170 lbs.). Other main card fights will include Rose Namajunas (116 lbs.) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (114.5 lbs.), Matt Brown (171 lbs.) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs.), Érik Pérez (135 lbs.) vs. Francisco Rivera (135.5 lbs.) and Ryan Benoit (126 lbs.) vs. Fredy Serrano (126 lbs). Weigh-in results are in parentheses.

- There has been a lot of speculation about why Charlotte abruptly dropped the WWE Women’s Championship on Raw. I was even asked by one reader if it was a Wellness issue! No, it was not. We reported exclusively in our Members content on Tuesday that Sasha Banks was originally scheduled to beat Charlotte for the title at SummerSlam but WWE moved it up to have the title change on the first episode of the “new era” of Raw. As we also reported, both Banks and Charlotte were praised for their work and are highly respected in the back.

- WWE sent The Big Show to China this week to do media in preparation for the company’s return to the country in September. Here’s a photo of him in Shanghai.

- Josh Woods and Tom Kingdon join Zamariah "ZZ" Loupe as they have been released from their WWE developmental contracts. PWInsider was first to report the news. Woods commented the following to a fan on Twitter: ”… Just a set back. I have no regrets and I know I did my absolute best!”

- Mike Jones (who?) interviewed Jake “The Snake” Roberts and he had this to say about The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts: ”"I struggled with doing it at the beginning, because I've been burned by some people before. But to do it with Dallas and know that I had total control of the movie. If I didn't want it to come out, it wouldn't come out. Trust was a big part of it and once I saw the final product, I thought, 'you know what, this is going to help so many people.’” I haven’t watched it but one of my friends, a non-wrestling fan, caught it on Netflix and said it was well done. Check out Mike’s interview at this link.

- Rusev and Lana are getting married today in Malibu. The ceremony is being filmed for Total Divas and the show’s cast is there. (Photo | Photo | Photo | Photo | Photo | Photo)

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