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Monday, July 18, 2016
Ring The Bell: Thoughts on Brock Lesnar, WWE Signing some new talents, John Cena, Eric Bischoff and More
Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement…
Monday, a night for RAW VIEWS… so let’s RING THE BELL!
good thing I don’t do these particular blogs with a video, cause
I’d look like a total idiot if I didn’t have a bell to ring…
let’s go over the headlines, and of course we have to talk about
Brock Lesnar who has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping
Agency and failing an out of competition drug test. While having an
exemption for not having to take part in the drug tests (because the
UFC was desperate as hell to make sure they had him on the show)
People are speculating that its tied to his medication for his little
intestine issue, but if that was the case it wouldn’t register at
all, and hell the USADA has caught people who passed a number of test
and failing one. If Lesnar is busted for doping, then as I see it,
based on similar circumstances involving Billy Gunn, the WWE has to
fire him, is the USADA is a higher authority, and number of sporting
commissions would have Lesnar banned… which is good news, cause
then the WWE doesn’t have to waste precious time involving someone
who isn’t a draw and isn’t earning the money they are paying him.
has reported signed Kota Ibushi and Gran Metalik, both competitors in
the Cruiserweight Classic (which had a great first episodelast week), and rumor is that they may be signing Zack
Sabre Jr, Cedric Alexander and others. This is good news as it would
fill out the NXT roster since there is expected to be at least six
call ups due to the WWE Draft that takes place tomorrow night.
speaking of the draft, some of the rules for it has been announced,
Raw gets 3 picks for every SmackDown 2 due to the show being an hour
longer, Tag Teams count as 1 pick, unless a brand wants an
individual, and it appears those with managers and valets are also
‘package deals’ as well. The WWE is also going to air a live
‘draft room’ on the Network, so Tuesday night means my computer
will have the Network on at the same time as SmackDown… that’s
gonna make for some interesting viewing. Getting back to the rules, I
like them, and this resolves a lot of the problems with the first
draft back in 2002, where tag teams were broken up for no apparent
Aries denies that he no showed NXT Events, and is scheduled to appear
at some NXT events down in Texas… some fans believe him, a lot
doubt… the trouble with indy darlings is that they can be
incredibly flaky, particular if things aren’t going their way. The
fact that the WWE is still doing business with him, says all there
needs to be said.
booked to appear on the tours of China and Australia, John Cena has
no live event bookings with the WWE folllowing last nights show in
upstate New York. It’s said he has signed on for a number of
entertainment projects, including one with HBO apparently, and since
he’s gracefully moved down the card, he’s entering the special
attraction phase of his career it seems. Which is all fine and good,
except when you realize there is no one that can fill his shoes, and
the WWE has certainly tried since 2011… and everyone from CM Punk
to Roman Reigns failed.
about if he has any desire to return to wrestling full time Eric
Bischoff stated yes and no, he doesn’t want to do do all the stuff
he had to do back in the 90s, so running a promotion is out, but he’s
open about possibly doing the creative process and doing spot
appearances as long as he doesn’t have to travel most of the week,
and that’s pretty cool. He’s open to opportunities, something to
be taken into account as he’s clearly someone whose been to the
mountain top… and if he didn’t have Hogan with him in TNA, may
have made some positive impacts there too, pun not intended.
ESPY’s last week, Big Show challenge Shaquille O’Neil to a match
at WrestleMania 33… and this is something that has been rumored for
a long time, since Shaq is a wrestling fan, and a big man vs big man
match with a pro like Big Show would be the best way to go. The match
would be ugly as hell, but would make a great spectacle and it would
also be a natural extension from this year’s WrestleMania when Shaq
participated in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
TNA had a
couple of title changes at their last set of tapings, with Jame Storm
winning the King of the Mountain title… I’d like to know of which
mountain so I can avoid it…. And also TNA Champion Bobby Lashley
won the X-Division title defeating Eddie Edwards… and this.. some
how reminds me of a stupid time when Kurt Angle ended up holding all
of TNA titles, since Lashley is going to be facing Storm in a title
for title match…
show that Bobby Roode isn’t going to do anything special in the WWE
(not that he would of), in a mixed tag main event, the incredibly
awesome Bayley gave him the Bayley-To-Belly Hugplex… and that my
friends, in professional wrestling, is the kiss of death for a male
wrestler. Don’t care if it’s a main event match, you keep the
guys and girls separate. No need to have them beating on each other.
speculation regarding how long and how often Shane McMahon will
appear on WWE television, sure the use of the GM will help manage
that a bit, but a lot of folks are tying that to him still not having
a front office position again with the company, and probably Triple H
and Stephanie are fighting to keep that from happening. They are very
protective of their territory and never like to let anyone get
involved or go ahead if it’s the best thing for the company, either
on TV or in the board room.
Slater was busted open over the weekend in a match with Titus O’Neil…
and…well I’ll go ahead and say it: Slater was viciously attacked
by a Florida Gator…. Those of you who know anything about O’Neil
will get that joke.
that note, let’s take it home with a three count.
Due to the
WWE Draft tomorrow night… and possibly I’ll do a video log on it,
this weeks Lets Play Star Trek Online, will be done much sooner than