It's always a WIN with the "Week In News." The first instalment of the WIN gives you several (free) news updates from our exclusive premium section:
Brock Lesnar update
Early in the week and even late last weekend word broke on the potential return to the UFC for Brock Lesnar. Here's an excerpt from Monday's scoop:
"Brock Lesnar's desire to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has not only put the SummerSlam booking in limbo, but WrestleMania as well. While Lesnar will definitely be competing at both events if physically able, there is a lot of maneuvering going on behind the scenes between WWE, Lesnar and the UFC.
Vince McMahon wants the fight to happen before the Royal Rumble, right when Lesnar's athletic commission suspension expires. Win or lose, as long as Lesnar isn't the Universal Champion, McMahon feels the fight benefits WWE as it would raise Lesnar's profile heading into WrestleMania. Also, with the fight out of the way, McMahon believes it increases the chances of Lesnar signing a contract extension with WWE after WrestleMania.
When they shot the angle to explain a potential Lesnar absence in the event that he lost the Universal Title at SummerSlam, the expectation was that Lesnar would go on to face Jones in late December or mid-January. Lesnar's preference to not rush the fight has WWE officials concerned that he plans to leave after WrestleMania."
Tom's Tidings: It can be added and noted as of today it is becoming more and more unlikely this fight happens on or before January, which then gets very tricky as it would interfere with Mania season. There were false rumors circulating this week that Vince would not approve the fight - those are simply untrue. Wwe will get percentage points from the fight as well as the fact that Jones was one of the potential opponents Vince would sign off on. For what it's worth Brock is booked on multiple shows after September with Wwe. Originally Heyman was going to incorporate Jones into the promo on Raw last week however there was a last minute change and his name was taken out of the promo. We will continue to follow the on going story and keep you post.
Rey Mysterio not going to WWE?
Early in the week our very own CJ Blaze published a premium story in reguards to WWE not having interest in dealing with Rey Mysterio on 7/23:
"While reports are spreading about Rey Mysterio's intentions for 2018 when his Lucha Underground contract expires, he may not have as many options as he was hoping for. While he has had discussions with Global Force Wrestling, those talks were primarily to create leverage to maximize any potential deal with WWE, which is where those close to Mysterio say he prefers to end up.
Mysterio's talks with GFW are being handled by current GFW manager Konnan, who is acting as Mysterio's real life manager. However, attempts to reach out to WWE were met by very little enthusiasm as WWE has had bad experiences with Konnan in the past and have no interest in dealing with him in any negotiations with Rey Mysterio.
If Mysterio is serious about returning to WWE, he may have to drop Konnan as his representation. As one source in WWE said on the condition of anonymity, "There's no way Vince McMahon is going to negotiate through Konnan. It's a non-starter."
Tom's Tidings: Sports Illustrated has picked up on the story weeks after we ran it and ran the same story over the weekend. We have reached out to SI for comment in reguards to the story, however they have not returned calls, messages, or email. Konnan may be on the Keeping it 100 podcast with @OGkevingill later this week to clairify the situation.
SmackDown main event plans
With the second biggest WWE show of the year just a couple weeks away, below is a major update on the main event scene on SmackDown:
"WWE brought in Great Khali at Battleground not only to give a surprise finish, but also to use Khali in a tag match at Summerslam. This was not suppose to be a one and done. Khali, however, was not at the time medically cleared to take any bumps or to be in a full tag match, which was originally scheduled to be Orton and a partner vs. Mahal and Khali. Cena vs. Nakamura was originally going to be a #1 contenders match at SummerSlam, but instead it was moved forward to Smackdown since the tag match had to be nixed.
At the time of booking they were not 100% sure whether they wanted Cena or Nakamura to win. Early in the weekend WWE officials and Cena got word for when the filming was to begin on the Transformers: Bumblebee spin off. Cena is not the lead, but he does have a lead role. The choice was then finalized that Nakamura would be challenging for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
The plan as of Tuesday morning before Smackdown was for Baron Corbin to interfere and accidentally give the win to Shinsuke. This plan was obviously scrapped. Vince and brass got together around 6 pm and thought Nakamura going over clean was the correct call and went with that finish.
At this point it looks like Cena vs. Corbin at Summerslam, however things get even more tricky here. WWE has invested much time and efforts into the Corbin push and it simply is not working out. They are definitely not pulling the plug on Corbin, but at this point they are at least considering having him lose when he cashes in and not win the championship. This would lead to him taking on an even more aggressive character, which they're hoping would send him further into the main event picture.
Nothing is set at this point, however, there has been talk that Nakamura would go over Jinder at SummerSlam and Corbin would cash in on Nakamura only to lose, putting Nakumura over strong. The few caveats to this is that Jinder was originally planned to hold the WWE Championship all the way to the Royal Rumble. With Jinder's supporters not as strong as they once were and WWE feeling like they did everything they could to build the India market with Khali, they may be set to move on from it.
As much as WWE loves that they have built up the US Title, they all know their top heel is Kevin Owens and that they need to move to the direction of having AJ and Nakumura being their #1 and #2 babyfaces on the show with Cena again limiting his schedule and fans being burnt out on Randy Orton at this point.
If we do not see another Superstar Shake-up after SummerSlam, which has been rumored since the spring, look for a directive to be made to have the changes moving forward on the show.
Vince is very happy with the ratings Smackdown has had and the booking of the show, but also feels the ratings could be even better, and with football season upon us, they will need the Tuesday show to really be neck and neck with Raw's ratings or possibly better without the competition from NFL."
Tom's Tidings: To pick up on this, Nakamura has zero heat in reguards to the nasty neck bump John Cena took. Cena blamed himself for not going over on the bump and told Nakamura he has nothing to apologize for and it is not his fault and that has been the conscience backstage.
Other news & notes
- In CZW over the weekend, Joey Janela power-bombed (folded piledriver) Lio Rush off of a ladder through a table. However, Rush jumped right up to his feet and no sold it. Rush has caught hell on Twitter from fans and other indie workers for the no sell of the move and "ruining" the buisness. Moves have been no sold and disregaurded so much in the buisness the last 10 years with finishers being kicked out of multiple times in matches. Was it shocking that he no sold, sure... did it kill the business? Not in the least and is not even in the conversation.
(We have a Premium update on Lio Rush HERE.)
- Mick Foley over the weekend in OTT Wrestling was involved in a spot with Joey Ryan when Ryan used his (penis) to block Mr. Socko and flip and actually bump Foley. It's not the craziness or over the top gimmick that Ryan plays that is shocking, it's the fact that Foley was taking any sort of bump no matter how little at this point.
- In an episode of Being The Elite over the weekend, there was a cameo from Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, and Kevin Owen from Montreal:
- WWE is trying to hold off Finn Balor's demon paint untill SummerSlam even though there are a few backstage that would like to see it on Raw. Logic and best guess would be that we will see some time of taped interveiw or video package prior to. I am in the market of wait untill Summerslam for the payoff and do not do it prior to or it takes away from it like it took away from it last time.
- Tonight's edition of Raw features a Last Man Standing match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. Additionally, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is being advertised. We'll also see two triple threat women's matches to determine the SummerSlam opponent for Alexa Bliss.