- The new General Managers of Raw and Smackdown Live were unveiled on last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Stephanie McMahon, the storyline Commissioner of Raw, announced Mick Foley as the brand’s GM, while Shane McMahon, the storyline Commissioner of Smackdown Live, named Daniel Bryan as the brand’s GM. This is an embarrassing situation for WWE as they actually spoiled Daniel Bryan as Smackdown GM in their Raw recap last week. Things between WWE and Bryan seem to be on the mend as he originally wanted out of his WWE contract. Now, not only is he co-hosting the CWC, but he now has a role back on weekly television.
- WWE is reviving the cruiserweight division, making it exclusive to the Raw brand. The announcement comes off the first successful episode of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network. We noted Sunday [via a PWTorch.com report] that both Kota Ibushi and Gran Metalik have agreed to contracts and several others are on the radar. These signings appear to eventually play into the division relaunch.
- Last night’s Raw ended without an official finish to Dean Ambrose’s WWE Championship defense against Seth Rollins. The broadcast ended with Michael Cole questioning who was the champion but it was concluded on the WWE Network (which picked up from where the USA Network feed left off) the match ended in a draw. It was a strange way to end the show considering Cole didn’t plug the WWE Network to find out what happened. We’re expecting this to eventually lead to the introduction of another world title. WWE uploaded post-Raw footage embedded in the video below:
- The 2016 WWE Draft will take place on tonight’s Smackdown Live starting at 8 PM ET on the USA Network. Dot com posted the official draft rules with the Superstars eligible to be drafted on Sunday. You can go over them at this link. We’ll have our Smackdown “Open Thread” starting at 8 PM ET tonight here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com featuring streaming live results and your discussion.
- We’re working on a story regarding The Undertaker and why his name was left off of the eligible Superstars to be drafted, the same for Triple H. Look for that later today in our Members content.
- Another class action lawsuit was filed against WWE on behalf of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and “dozens of other retired wrestlers,” including Road Warrior Animal and King Kong Bundy who claim the company hid the long-term effects of neurological injuries from years of being pounded in and out of the ring. Bloomberg, who covered the lawsuit, received the following statement from WWE: “This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed. A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same.” The lawsuit is online with a full list of the plaintiffs available at this link.
- John Cena will go live on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Off the Top Rope” segment tonight after Smackdown goes off the air. Cena is slated to appear at 10:15 PM ET. Moving forward, WWE’s segment on ESPN will move to Wednesday nights to coincide with Smackdown’s move to Tuesdays.
- Below is the updated lineup for Sunday’s WWE Battleground pay-per-view:
* Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship
* Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
* John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Club in a six-man tag team match
* Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
* The Miz w/Maryse vs. Darren Young w/Bob Backlund for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
* Rusev w/Lana vs. Zack Ryder for the WWE United States Championship
* The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag team match
* Sasha Banks & TBA vs. WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Tonight’s Smackdown Live will focus largely on the Draft but also will feature the final push to Sunday’s pay-per-view, which will emanate from Washington, D.C.
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