Drama Involving The Rock, Big Lesnar Suspension Update, WWE To Integrate LGBT Characters Soon, Sandow Debuting In TNA

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- The latest update on The Rock’s beef with Vin Diesel is the Fast 8 crew favors Rock, viewing him as the ultimate professional that is easy to work with. According to the latest report by TMZ, Vin has been arrogant, won’t listen to anyone and has criticized people like The Rock about their acting. TMZ notes Rock has been upset with Vin’s work ethic for a long time, with the crew also frustrated about him being constantly late to shoot scenes. The Rock blew the lid off the behind-the-scenes drama with an Instagram post earlier this week and his issues with Vin Diesel remain unresolved after a meeting.

- The Rock posted this on Instagram about the conflict: ”My FINAL WEEK of shooting #FastAndFurious. There's no greatness ever achieved alone.. it's always a team effort. We promised an epic prison break out for you guys and we delivered. HUGE THANK YOU to my ohana (family) stunt coordinator JJ Perry and his bad ass fearless stunt team - as well as my cousin and incredible stunt double @samoanstuntman. Thank you team for the willingness to "die hard" and drop your blood & sweat daily for our movie. #MyStuntBrothers #Loco4Life You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of TEAM EFFORT. That means respecting every person, their time and their value when they step on to my set or partner with our production company. And like with any team - that's a family - there's gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when its followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it. At the end of the day me and #F8 co-stars all agree on the most important thing: Delivering an incredible movie to the world. #Fast8 #IcemanCometh #FamilyGrowth”

- MMAJunkie.com has confirmed that a temporary suspension request for Brock Lesnar will be heard at the next meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on August 23, 2016 in Las Vegas. Jon Jones isn’t yet on the agenda. Both Lesnar and Jones failed out-of-competition drug tests conducted by the United States Ant-Doping Agency in connection with their fights at UFC 200. While Jones was pulled from his fight, Lesnar’s positive results weren’t learned of until after the show. Both tested positive for the estrogen blocker clomiphene and Jones also tested positive for another estrogen blocker, letrozole. Lesnar and Jones have been hit with administrative suspensions and complaints that will form the basis of future hearings with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. They face two-year suspensions and additional sanctions.

- Bobby Lashleytold TMZ Sports he’s ready to fight again and would like to fight Fedor Emelianenko, an opponent that would help legitimize him as a fighter. Lashley stated his focus right now though is on wrestling but he’s open to fighting whoever can bring a big paycheck.

- Ryback has begun to go public about his booking in WWE. During a Periscope livestream Q&A, Ryback revealed he switched to working in trunks because that’s what Vince McMahon wanted. He said he had a 20-minute conversation discussing several issues, including the singlet and convinced Vince to let him keep it. Ryback stated his booking got worse, so he guesses he didn’t win that argument. Ryback is officially gone from WWE after the two parties could not agree on a contract extension.

- Jimmy Uso, who has been out with an injury, is on WWE’s overseas tour of New Zealand and Australia. He didn’t work a match at yesterday’s show in Auckland but did accompany Jey Uso to the ring and hit a super kick on Bray Wyatt.

- Stephanie McMahon stated at the Beyond Sport United conference in New York City this week that WWE plans to integrate LGBT characters into their programming and there will be an opportunity to integrate some of those storylines in the near future. NBC News has more at this link.

- WWE has confirmed Finn Balor for upcoming live events in Puebla and Leon, Mexico later this month. Click here for more.

- The rumors are true in that there are plans for WWE to reintroduce a Cruiserweight championship on Raw. We’ve been reporting for several weeks there are plans to introduce new titles, including a second set of tag team titles and a second women’s title on Smackdown.

- CJ reported yesterday that all signs point to Damien Sandow going to TNA Wrestling. He’s set to debut tonight.

- Former WWE creative team writer Kevin Eck recently caught up with Drew Galloway (f/k/a Drew McIntyre). You can read his article at this link.

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