Three Confirmed Injuries, Graham Stable, Reigns & Samoa Joe Locker Room Leaders, Big TakeOver News

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- Bray Wyatt sprained his ankle on Tuesday’s Smackdown Live. At this point we do not know if he’ll have to miss time but Wyatt has a history of ankle issues.

- Paige and Jimmy Uso are battling injuries. We noted yesterday that Paige was pulled from WWE’s upcoming tour of New Zealand and Australia and this appears to be the reason why. She hasn’t worked since June 27, 2016 when she teamed with Sasha Banks to beat Charlotte & Dana Brooke on Raw. Uso hasn’t worked since Battleground on July 24, 2016 when he teamed with Jey Uso to “do the honors” for Tyler Breeze and Fandango.

- We noted yesterday that ”Superstar” Billy Graham was hospitalized with serious symptoms. TMZ reports Graham was bleeding internally but is now in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.

- Ember Moon will debut with WWE NXT at WWE NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II, which we have more on below. You can watch a Moon vignette at this link.

- Below is the latest lineup for WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, which will take place over SummerSlam weekend on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York:

* Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamurafor the WWE NXT Championhsip
* Asuka (c) vs. Bayleyfor the WWE NXT Women’s Championship
* The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampafor the WWE NXT Tag Team Championship
* Bobby Roode vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas
* American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) vs. The Authors of Pain (Gzim Selmani and Sunny Dhinsa) (with Paul Ellering)
* Austin Aries vs. No Way Jose

- August 20th is a big day as not only will NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn take place but UFC 202 featuring Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor will take place that night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

- Seth Rollins talked about Roman Reigns addressing the locker room as a leader after his violation of the WWE Wellness Policy was announced on Baily and Southside. You can watch the interview at this link.

- Here are results from last night’s episode of WWE Cruiserweight Classic: Rich Swann b. Jason Lee, Noam Dar b. Guru Sihra, Jack Gallagher b. Fabian Aichner and Johnny Gargano b. Tommasco Ciampa.

- With neither Raw nor Smackdown “wanting” Heath Slater, WWE is kayfabe teasing him to EVOLVE. EVOLVE released this as part of their WWN Live alerts: "WWE.com reported that Heath Slater was in talks with EVOLVE after becoming a free agent following the WWE draft. We can now confirm that negotiations are at a standstill. Slater is now focused on his match against Rhyno this Tuesday on Smackdown Live on the USA Network. If Slater wins this match, he will be signed to the Smackdown brand.”

- WWE is teasing the introduction of a new set of WWE Tag Team titles and a Women’s Championship to the Smackdown brand. We have more available in our Members Content.

- Samoa Joe talked to NOLA.com about being signed to WWE NXT as a locker room leader. Here’s a quote: "My inclusion in NXT from the start was to spearhead it as a stable brand in the WWE Universe. Me being a designated locker room leader, I take the responsibility very, very seriously. I hope to continue extending the brand even beyond its current bounds.”Click here to read the interview in its entirety.

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