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NXT Recap: July 22nd 2015

In one of the most hectic and packed NXT cards in its short but memorable history, the new NXT Champion Finn Balor returns to Full Sail University. The Irishman gets the chance to revel in his stunning victory at Beast in the East over Kevin Owens, but will not be allowed to celebrate long. With the rematch set between the two superstars at Takeover: Brooklyn, General Manager William Regal oversees a contract signing for that match. What could possibly go wrong with these combustible elements in the same ring for the first time since the title changed hands?

The NXT women’s division was also given significant exposure, following the successful debut of many of its former stars on the main roster. Now appears the perfect time for those still in developmental to step up and live up to the standards set by these extraordinary women. Thus, Bayley returns from injury to battle old rival Emma, with Dana Brooke stalking ringside, and Eva Marie makes her highly touted re-debut in NXT, facing Cassie.

Filling the remainder of the card, Samoa Joe and Baron Corbin competed in their typical squash matches, and the Vaudevillains prepared for their NXT Tag Team Championship shot in a clash with Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton.

Quick Results

  • Eva Marie defeats Cassie
  • Baron Corbin defeats Jobber
  • Samoa Joe defeats Mike Rallis
  • Bayley defeats Emma
  • The Vaudevillains defeat Angelo Dawkins & Sawyer Fulton

NXT Champion Finn Balor Celebrates

Beast in the East was an excellent and unique event for WWE, and its featured contest was a superb clash for the NXT Championship. This resulted in Finn Balor overcoming Kevin Owens to earn his first gold in WWE in his second home of Japan, and cap off an excellent first year in the developmental territory. The Irishman returned to Full Sail University to a rapturous reception from the fans, who were delighted to see their new standard bearer in the flesh for the first time.

Balor talked about the difficult decision to leave his successes in Japan behind and join the revolution in NXT, but that every sacrifice and choice made was worth it as soon as he clasped the coveted gold of the NXT Championship. However, he will have to endure a rematch against Owens at Takeover: Brooklyn to ensure his reign is not a short one. And whilst Balor recognized the numerous accomplishments of his upcoming opponent, he was not intimidated by the challenge. The pair would meet later in the night in a contract signing for that encounter.

Eva Marie vs Cassie

https://youtu.be/6Az3HQcreGoFor months, Eva Marie has been training with Brian Kendrick to make her in-ring return in NXT. The redhead’s original run was marred with criticism from fans and fellow wrestlers for her lack of skill and selling, which made many roll their eyes at the thoughts of her invading NXT. Her exposure on Total Divas has just added to this intrigue, as she has seemingly lost any support from the

Review: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

Now I really want to see Sammy Davis Jr. as Beetlejuice.

A good documentary is less about being told facts and more about raising questions. When a documentary forgets to ask the questions, though, it fails to do its job. When it’s me pausing the film to say “Well why didn’t you…?” or “Why would they…?” and not the guy hosting the documentary, the film has failed to its job.

This film was enjoyable, but only in spite of the direction.

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Jon Schnepp should be commended by geeks and nerds everywhere for taking the time (with help from Kickstarter) to compile this footage and make it available for people who have always wondered about this almost-movie. But there was too much “letting the guests speak for themselves” and not enough probing and followup questions. I suppose a certain amount of deference needs to be given to Hollywood big shots who have let you film them talk about a failure of theirs, but at the same time I want to do more than just speculate. I want the people in charge to answer questions.


Jon with Tim Burton
  • Who thought almost bald Nic Cage wearing a humongous long

Wrestling Smack Talk Podcast Episode #192 – WWE Battleground 2015 Review

On episode 192 of the Smark Out Moment wrestling podcast SMACK TALK, the panel discusses the following:

Part 1 = Ask Him! Wrestling Trivia Question of the Week

  • Revealing the answers to last week’s questions and recapping all of the guesses and responses from the audience.
  • This week’s questions: 1) Which two WrestleMania events did Undertaker not wrestle since starting the streak? 2) What is the longest match Undertaker has had at WrestleMania?

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Part 2 = Hot Tags Topics of the Week

  • MVP leaving TNA? Would he be a good fit for NXT?
  • TNA changing contracts from a monthly guarantee to per-appearance deals, except for top talent
  • Mick Foley boycotting Tough Enough after Patrick Clark’s elimination
  • Stephanie McMahon suggests Darren Young may receive a gay gimmick in the future, possibly
  • Broken Skull Challenge crew goes on strike due to contract issues over health benefits and pensions
  • ESPN to start covering WWE in the future?

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Part 3 = Rest Hold Interlude and Commercial Break

  • The WWE “Did You Know?” joke of the week
  • The Smark My Words comment of the week as submitted by the viewers on YouTube
  • Promotional notes for the next edition of the monthly mailbag Q&A session, Sign Me Up initiative, and more.

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Part 4 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: Battle for the Crown Match

  • Review of the WWE Battleground 2015 PPV pre-show kickoff match featuring R-Truth versus King Barrett.

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Part 5 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: Randy Orton vs Sheamus Match

Also read: Wrestling Smack Talk Podcast Episode #191 – WWE Battleground 2015 Predictions

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Part 6 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: Tag Team Championship Match

  • Review of the WWE Battleground 2015 PPV Tag Team Championship match featuring The Prime Time Players defending against The New Day.

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Part 7 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt

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Part 8 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: Divas Triple Threat Match

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Part 9 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: United States Championship Match

  • Review of the WWE Battleground 2015 PPV United States Championship match featuring John Cena defending against Kevin Owens.

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Part 10 = WWE Battleground 2015 Review: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

  • Review of the WWE Battleground 2015 PPV WWE World Heavyweight Championship match featuring Seth Rollins defending against Brock Lesnar.

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Part 11 = WWE Fantasy League & Outro

  • Recap of the current standings in our Fantasy League
  • A breakdown of any recent noteworthy points seizures or deductions
  • Waiver wire and trades between teams
  • Signature outro parody of the week

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Wrestling Smack Talk Podcast Episode #192 – WWE Battleground 2015 Review

MR. TITO STRIKES BACK – Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker at WWE SummerSlam 2015 – Can It Deliver?

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The Excellence in Column Writing has returned! And wow, WWE Battleground really stirred up wrestling conversation. Overall, it was a great show from top to bottom and I was satisfied as a $9.99 paying WWE Network customer! On average this week on RAW, 300,000 people decided to watch RAW on average than they did last week. See what a good Pay Per View can do? Certainly helps that an all-time great, the Undertaker, has come back to seek revenge on Brock Lesnar… Over a year to see revenge…

But I want to quickly address John Cena vs. Kevin Owens, as many in the internet are FURIOUS that John Cena won the series. Hello?!? John Cena is the #1 star in the company in terms of popularity, merchandise sales, houseshow draws, etc. Kevin Owens wrestled his first official WWE match in May 2015 and we’re in July 2015 right now. HE’S STILL A WWE ROOKIE!!!

Settle down, internet… John Cena gave the guy THREE great matches to start his WWE career. Now, the majority of the internet knows the guy because he (a) beat John Cena in his debut match and (b) pushed John Cena to the limits in 2 other matches. Believe me, the WWE could have given him a much worse or lesser known debut. Instead, they let Owens headline 3 Pay Per View (or WWE Network) specials against the #1 company guy. That’s a gift. Aside from the Shield‘s amazing debut and run as a trio, nobody debuting from a developmental system has started their WWE career better.

And John Cena is not even close to his downslide of his career… That’s why you push him to the WWE Title again against the failing Seth Rollins as champion. Sorry, but viewership is pushing below 3.5 million viewers with Rollins as champion. The Buck Stops Here with the WWE Champion. I know, arguing with Kane and neutering him as a character (bye bye Curb Stomp) has hurt Rollins… I’ve argued that for a while. But eventually, you need to more as a character and tell people backstage “NO” to stupid ideas. WWE tried with Rollins and now it’s time to pull the plug unless WWE wants to run a series of matches with John Cena. I’m fine with an extensive Cena vs. Rollins feud that lasts for the rest of 2015.

But let’s talk about what REALLY drew on Monday Night RAWUndertaker vs. Brock Lesnar. Quite a brawling segment and sending an army of wrestlers to break them up helps emphasize that both guys are badasses and that both guys absolutely hate each other. On one hand, Brock Lesnar ended the Wrestlemania streak and through Paul Heyman, he has bragged about that victory for over a year now. On the other hand, the Undertaker just ruined Brock Lesnar’s shot at becoming WWE Champion again at Battleground. Better yet with Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, there is a lot of past WWE and real life heat to build on…

(a) Brock Lesnar and Undertaker has a nice Smackdown brand feud during late 2002. You have to realize that Lesnar was within his first year on the WWE roster and defeating the Undertaker was a big deal for him.

(b) Reportedly, Brock Lesnar was supposed to feud with the returning “Deadman” Undertaker following Wrestlemania 20 during 2004. However, Brock Lesnar quit the WWE and Lesnar’s match at Wrestlemania 20 was his last… Lesnar burned out from the WWE road schedule and unhappy with creative at the time. Lesnar’s exit ruined WWE’s plans that summer and Undertaker was reportedly upset about the matter for years…

(c) Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker had some words and a staredown following Lesnar’s fight at UFC 121 from October 2010. In case you haven’t seen the video, here is the official feed on YouTube. In my opinion, some heat from the 2004 exit was a source of contention for the Undertaker. “Kind of a personal thing”, said the Undertaker during the interview.

SAME heat from points (a), (b), and (c) were helping to fuel their Wrestlemania 30 match… HOWEVER, in my opinion, the match did NOT deliver aside from the utter SHOCK of Brock Lesnar ending the Wrestlemania streak. Here was my own personal review:

Mr. Tito’s PHAT Wrestlemania 30 Review
The match was decent, ***, but you can easily see that the Undertaker was not at the age or physical condition to hang with someone like Brock Lesnar. Either way, the 21-1 record at Wrestlemania was an awesome ride and the Undertaker made the most of the streak, particularly during the 2000’s.

That’s what I wrote on April 7th, 2014, but the second viewing of Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar @Wrestlemania 30 did not hold up well (probably go **1/2 now). Two things that I noticed:

i) Brock Lesnar was too much of the aggressor. Sure, he’s a former UFC fighter, but the Undertaker is an established badass and Lesnar should sell more.

ii) Undertaker is older and the scars of his 2 Triple H Wrestlemania matches and the Shield attack are still there. On top of that, Undertaker sustained a concussion at Wrestlemania 30.

Undertaker‘s match against Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 31 wasn’t bad… Few things I liked about the match. Shows that Undertaker can sort of go as long as the opponent is willing to sell for him. See the Wrestlemania 29 match against CM Punk. Undertaker looked amazing in that match because CM Punk sold everything like a champ. Bray, to an extent, made Undertaker look good by selling. That was the flaw of the Wrestlemania 30 match. No selling by Brock… Things were compounded when the Undertaker became concussed and Lesnar continued to no sell everything. As far as match quality goes, the Wrestlemania 30 match between Brock/Taker underwhelmed… Thankfully, the SHOCK of the streak ending helped mask any issues with mask quality. Everybody will remember the streak ending and not how well the match went. Given how dominant Brock Lesnar was during 2013-2014, his dominance of the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 can be accepted.

FAST FORWARD to 2015… Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar is going to legitimately headline SummerSlam 2015. The hype of the streak is no longer there to mask match quality. Furthermore, this match will be the MAIN EVENT of SummerSlam. It’s one thing to put on a clunker on the undercard but it’s entirely different to bomb in the main event. The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar must work together to pull off a “Match of the Year” type match. I know, that’s a lot to ask, but a weak match would just exploit how the WWE wants to keep propping up the older Undertaker. In real life, the aging Undertaker would have no shot at defeating Brock Lesnar in a fight… But a convincingly good match performed by both Lesnar and Undertaker can sell that the Undertaker is still a hot commodity in the WWE.

Better yet, a strong SummerSlam 2015 match helps to set up a THIRD MATCH.

Things are much different in 2015 than they are in 2013. Brock Lesnar has sort of morphed into a quasi-babyface character. Additionally, he was attacked by the Undertaker at WWE Battleground. The Undertaker “screwed” Lesnar out of a WWE Title match. Wouldn’t that make the Undertaker become heel? Undertaker didn’t just ruin the match, but he delivered 1 chokeslam and 2 Tombstone piledrivers. That’s quite an attack…

Thus, SummerSlam 2015 has a more interesting dynamic of Undertaker acting as a HEEL and Brock Lesnar acting as a FACE. By forcing Brock Lesnar as a babyface character, he’ll have to sell more in the ring. In order for the quality of this match to improve, Lesnar has to “tell a story” that the Undertaker is a real threat to defeat him on this very night. Undertaker needs to tell a story that he’ll do whatever it takes to get revenge on Brock Lesnar for his streak and that he’s obsessed over this moment since Wrestlemania 30. After all, Undertaker WAS at Wrestlemania 31 did nothing to get revenge against Brock Lesnar. And Lesnar was WWE Champion then… I guess the attack comes when you least expect it…

Undertaker might have to go dark to convince fans to believe that he’s a heel… Some are already suggesting a return to the Ministry of Darkness era, but I really liked the Undertaker of the early 2000’s that went heel. The early 2002 stuff was good and the Wrestlemania 18 bout against Ric Flair was very heated. Undertaker pushed a darker version of the Bikertaker gimmick and it worked. It could also work in 2015…

For the match at SummerSlam 2015, something has to be done early to show vulnerability on Brock Lesnar. Something like an early Tombstone or Hell’s Gate submission for a long time by Undertaker that causes Lesnar to look vulnerable for the rest of the match. Brock Lesnar HAS to sell in this match. He needs to realize that he’s a WWE employee for just less than 3 years and must act like a professional. Lesnar, for example, did all that he could to make Roman Reigns look good at Wrestlemania 31. Why? He sold moves and then when he hit the ringpost, sold the vulnerability that made Roman Reigns appear credible enough to beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31. For the most part, aside from the HHH matches where nobody sold, Lesnar has appeared to be an unstoppable tank. What the WWE needs to quietly sell is that the further Brock Lesnar gets away from UFC, the less dominant he gets.

Point being, Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar MUST deliver and WWE officials should do everything in their power to encourage both competitors to make it happen. There is REAL money in doing a rematch at Survivor Series 2015 or Royal Rumble 2015… But if they deliver a weak match and worse yet, if that bad match results in Undertaker winning… Looks very bad for WWE.

Hopefully, both wrestlers can do business at SummerSlam 2015. Then, they can move on to a rematch and then, in my opinion, move on to unique match-ups at Wrestlemania 32:
– Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
– Undertaker vs. John Cena

Sadly, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are running out of BIG NAME opponents. Sure, the WWE has a bunch of developmental call-ups in their upper midcard and some in their main event, but in terms of star power comparable to Undertaker and Lesnar? Not there… RAW Ratings speak for themselves on Seth Rollins, but Bray Wyatt feuding with the Undertaker didn’t help his career much. WWE needs to do a better job developing stars into Main Eventers. You know, starting them at the bottom of the card and letting fans see their climb to the top. Again, go watch the WWE Network to see how John Cena, Steve Austin, the Rock, Mick Foley, etc. climbed the ladder. Even guys like Undertaker and Hulk Hogan who dominated in the WWE from the start had to endure years of paying dues in other promotions. For every Brock Lesnar, there are multiple failures of wrestlers pushed way too fast following their debut. In my opinion, Sheamus can’t get over because he was pushed too fast from the start and WWE keeps forcing the issue by continually pushing him.

Worse yet, the developmental stars are not drawing right now… That’s what causes Vince McMahon to seek the security blanket of his older stars. Aside from the Undertaker showing interest in returning, Vince McMahon his a long history of cuddling up with veterans when times appear tough. We’re now consistently under 4 million viewers on RAW and now beginning to be under 3.5 million. NOT GOOD.

A bigger disaster is caused if Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2015 doesn’t deliver.



Question #1: What wrestlers should have been BIG Main Event Stars in your opinion?

Two specific wrestlers come to mind. Many suggest Owen Hart, but I don’t think he had the drive and political backbone to be a regular main eventer. Owen actually had fun as a wrestler and was discussing retirement during 1999 before he was killed. I could also suggest Magnum TA from NWA, as an injury stopped him cold. He was very over in that territory back then and he could have followed up the Dusty Rhodes top babyface position to challenge Ric Flair. WCW was thin on top level babyfaces as a result of that injury.

The 2 I have in mind are Barry Windham and Shelton Benjamin.

In my opinion, Barry Windham should NOT have left WCW during 1989 for WWE. Bad decision. WWE had no interest in using him at a high level and they marginalized him on the midcard with the “Widowmaker” gimmick. The guy had a serious workrate that few could top back then. Go watch his 1 hour long battle with Ric Flair, amazing stuff. He was never the same after that WWE run.

Shelton Benjamin was the most talented in-ring performer of the “Class of 2002” developmental class. He was a freak inside of that ring. Unfortunately, he was buried by bad booking. Don’t believe me? He was given a stereotypical overweight black lady to portray his mother on television. Seriously… World class wrestler had that handcuffed to his wrestling career. When WWE lost multiple main event talents during 2004, he would have been the perfect guy to push along with Batista, Orton, and Cena. From all that I’ve heard, Benjamin was vocal backstage on how he was used and snitches got back to WWE management on what was said.

And I could argue the Big Show, as the WWE has wasted him since 1999.


Question #2: How big was the Von Erich and Fabulous Freebird feud in World Class? As big as hyped?

It was huge for its time. I actually watched it unfold from the replays that actually aired on ESPN during the afternoons. I remember coming home from school and immediately walking towards the television to watch World Class, AWA, and Global Wrestling back in the day. I really enjoyed the Freebird/Von Erich stuff because there was tons of heat surrounding the matches and the matches always delivered. As much grief as Michael “PS” Hayes may get for his current WWE management work, he’s not lying on his World Class stuff. It legitimately drew.

Von Erich brothers were crazy over in Texas as top babyfaces and the Freebirds arrived as out-of-towners. The big feel of this feud, as someone on the World Class DVD suggests, was like College Football between Texas and basically any team South East Conference (SEC) region. Like a Big 12 vs. SEC feud… Freebirds proudly represented all of the Southern states East of Texas and proudly displayed the Confederate Flag their clothing or waving the flags. Makes you wonder if Corporate WWE will cleanse their footage of the Freebirds… Uh oh.

To Hayes’s benefit, his ability to draw with World Class has probably opened the door for him to work anywhere including getting a prized job with the WWE. And he can keep the WWE job for an extended period by being a close and loyal associate to Stephanie McMahon/Triple H. Many wrestlers have complained about Hayes over the years for becoming a WWE “stooge” and I think you can see that by the way he acts in the CM Punk DVD and on the “WWE Legends” roundtable discussion on the Monday Night Wars. The way Hayes spoke to Eric Bischoff was very unprofessional and uninformed, in my opinion. Like he can be the voice of reason against Bischoff.


Question #3: Any interest in writing daily wrestling columns again?

Nope… When I wrote daily last time, 2010-2012, I really burned myself out. Between being workaholic, family man, managing the house, etc., writing columns daily again came at the expense of lost sleep. During this period of time, 5 hours of sleep was actually a good night. I was developing bad insomnia and that’s not a good thing.

In order for me to ever write daily, with due respect, I need to be paid… I’m fine writing once or twice a week voluntarily, but daily takes a lot of time and energy. My columns can take anywhere between 1-2 hours to actually write but I’m often daydreaming about a topic beforehand. Writing daily thins out any creativity I could have per column. Being honest here, I would have to compensated to write daily again. Time is money to me and writing daily consumes my time… But if compensated, I would try to make time.

Besides, you want to keep Old Man Tito around… My production level, even after almost 17 years of being Mr. Tito, remains high. On average, I write over 1 column per week and purely on my free time as a volunteer. I enjoy my audience at LordsofPain.net and that continues to drive me to still write.


Question #4: Should Daniel Bryan retire?

Yes he should. Neck and head injuries. Until he’s able to convince me that he can adjust his in-ring style away from the high risks, he should not return to the ring. Sadly, Bryan needs to wrestle that way because of his size. Worse yet for Bryan, he can’t rely on his character or mic skills instead like say Steve Austin did after SummerSlam 1997 when Austin broke his neck.

Bryan should set aside any ego of trying to return quickly to the ring and talk to big stars who had to retire due to neck injuries (Austin, Edge) or concussions (Bret Hart).



– I enjoyed hearing JJ Dillon‘s thoughts on one of the WWE Legends roundtable discussion. He explained how WWE stayed in business. I know that many have disputed the claims that WWE was missing payroll during 1997. Dillon explained it perfectly. As bad as the 3-4 episode of RAW tapings were, that saved the WWE tons of cash on production costs. Secondly, WWE refused to pay wrestlers top dollar compared to WCW. In other words, WWE kept costs low during 1996-1997 and that is truly why they kept alive during that period of time.

– Covering WWE events would be idiotic for ESPN to do. They need to do more with UFC even if FOX Sports covers the sport. That’s the wagon that they need to hitch onto. Certainly, covering NBA and NFL extensively and growing coverage on Soccer is important, but informing old men like me as to WHO the UFC fighters are and why a certain event matters would go a long way. ESPN is reportedly experiencing some financial issues for the television rights they’ve acquired over the years (letting go lots of top name talent lately, too).

– WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling working together would be interesting… In my opinion, I believe that Japanese wrestling would surge if any of their top stars made it huge in the WWE. For example, Mexico has given the United States multiple stars in WCW and WWE but Japan always falls short. Great Muta, a personal favorite, was the best crossover wrestler from Japan… But if one of their biggest stars could translate their success in Japan to the WWE, that’s huge and opens the door for much more interest in Japanese wrestling.


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Eva Marie Talks About Heat With Other WWE Divas, Says She's Here To Stay, More

Eva Marie, who made her return to the ring on this week’s episode of NXT, spoke to Afterbuzz TV recently about her career. You can see some highlights below, and check out the full interview above.

Heat from WWE Divas:

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around why there was so much heat, for me training when I’m just trying to get better at my job. So I’m still, you know, trying to figure that one out.”

Having kids::

“I don’t think anytime soon because I feel, like I said, I just arrived within the WWE…[My husband jokes] ‘I don’t know if I can handle another one of you.'”

Working for Mother’s Cookies:

“And so I remember working at the office for like a little, little bit. Basically I was in charge of the orders of how many iced oatmeal cookies or whatever this store gets. Can you imagine? I used to go to all these different grocery stores and have to count the shelves and figure it out.”

Her WWE NXT debut and future:

“All-red everything is here to stay.”

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*SPOILERS* TNA Impact, One Night Only and Xplosion Tapings from Tonight 7/22

– TNA taped more content tonight in Orlando. No word yet on when these will air but champions did not come out with their titles so it appears these are One Night Only pay-per-view and Xplosion tapings but our correspondent indicated that one or two matches and a promo may have been taped for Impact Wrestling. Thanks to Jeremy for live spoilers:

* Drew Galloway defeated Bram

* Rockstar Spud defeated Grado

* Awesome King defeated Madison Rayne

* Ethan Carter III and Austin Aries with Rosita went to a time limit draw

* Abyss defeated Eric Young

* Bobby Roode defeated James Storm

* Matt Hardy defeated Davey Richards

* Brooke Tessmacher defeated Gail Kim

* Kenny King defeated Aiden O’Shea (Jay Bradley)

* DJ Zema Ion defeated Tigre Uno

* Tyrus defeated Chris Melendez in a match for Xplosion

* Eli Drake came out for a promo about being the best wrestler in TNA. He wrestled Micah to a double count out. They got a restart and Micah won by pinfall

* Robbie E defeated Eddie Edwards

* Jessie Godderz defeated Crimson

* Manik defeated Mark Andrews

* Mahabali Shera defeated Crazzy Steve

* Drew Galloway defeated Grado

* Eric Young came out and cut a promo on how he would be the tournament winner

* EY defeated Bobby Roode

* Bram defeated Spud but demanded the match be restarted so he could continue the punishment. It was restarted and Spud quickly won

* Bobby Lashley defeated Mr. Anderson

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Daniel Bryan On His Return To The Ring, If It Will Be In 2015, Steve Austin Reaching Out To Him

Source: FOX Sports

Daniel Bryan recently appeared on The Buzz with Jimmy Traina to promote his new book. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights from FOX Sports:

When he’ll be back in the ring:

“I feel great. And it’s just a matter of getting cleared by doctors. Their whole clearance process is more difficult than people would think. … That’s the biggest issue. I will wrestle again. But it’ll be interesting to see when.”

Whether he’ll be back in 2015:

“I don’t know. It’s kind of in the hands of certain doctors, as far as them clearing me and what not. My goal was to be back by SummerSlam, and that’s looking less and less likely, and so then you’re hoping to be back by Royal Rumble.”

Whether he reached out to Stone Cold Steve Austin to discuss wrestling with a neck injury:

“Steve Austin is actually an amazing human being and he reached out to me. Imagine how weird that is for somebody like me who grew up in that era where it’s like he’s the biggest superstar on the planet Earth. Yeah, he reached out to me and talked to me about it. He was actually giving me some very good advice as far as like, ‘Hey, when you come back, if you come back, you need to do more of this and you need to be doing this.'”

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Update on WWE Doctor Chris Amann's $1 Million Libel Lawsuit Against CM Punk and Colt Cabana

– The Washington Post has an article about the $1 million libel lawsuit WWE’s Dr. Chris Amann has against CM Punk, stemming from comments Punk made on Colt Cabana’s podcast last year. On Monday, a Cook County Circuit Court judge Janet Adams Brosnahan denied Punk’s and co-defendant Colt’s motions to dismiss the case and instead it is moving forward.

The judge also ordered Punk and Colt to submit answers to Amann’s 15-page complaint. Punk and Colt now have until August 24th to file a response to Amann’s complaint. The two will be asked to admit or deny the allegations, or say they lack sufficient knowledge to answer.

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Update on WWE Doctor Chris Amann's $1 Million Libel Lawsuit Against CM Punk and Colt Cabana

Eva Marie Warns Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens Apologizes to William Regal, The Bella Twins – Bayley

– In this Fallout video from this week’s WWE NXT, Eva Marie says she’s “over the moon” about returning to the ring and thanks NXT General Manager William Regal for the opportunity. Eva talks about her training from Brian Kendrick paying off and says she’s going “balls to the wall” now. She also issues a warning to NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.

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– This Fallout video from NXT features Kevin Owens apologizing to Regal for hitting him during the Takeover contract signing with NXT Champion Finn Balor. Owens says he was in fight mode and didn’t mean for it to happen as he’s had a rough few days.

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– It appears The Bella Twins offered a spot to NXT Diva Bayley on Team Bella last night. They tweeted the following and Bayley responded:

.@itsBayleyWWE can we have a hug??? Maybe all of #TeamBella ??? What do you say??

— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) July 22, 2015

Umm …As tempting as that sounds…Last time I tried to hug Foxy she kicked me in my face. https://t.co/mYjGBYWv0l

— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) July 22, 2015

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Longtime UFC Employee Fired, UFC On Fox Embedded, UFC Trying To Beef Up PPV Card

– The UFC has released the first episode of UFC Fight Night Chicago Embedded in promotion of their big, free fight card this Saturday on Fox. The episode features Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw and challenger Renan Barao preparing for their title fight.

You can see the show, which also has a cameo by Paige VanZant, above.

– The UFC raised eyebrows this week by firing longtime cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran after an interview with Bloody Elbow saw him criticize the company’s deal with Reebok. The UFC wouldn’t comment on the situation.

Duran said that he lost a good amount of money due to Reebok’s sponsorship, because he had to drop a monthly sponsor he received when the deal went into effect.

Reebok released a statement to angry fans, which you can see below:

“UFC fans: We have no input on decisions of UFC employment or fighter compensation. Our focus is providing the best gear for fighters & fans.”

– According to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, the UFC is looking to beef up their September 5 UFC 191 card, headlined by Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. John Dodson. According to the report, UFC has contacted both Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem for the show, with Edgar agreeing to fight on the card.

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Longtime UFC Employee Fired, UFC On Fox Embedded, UFC Trying To Beef Up PPV Card