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Brock Lesnar Flagged By USADA For Potential Anti-Doping Violation

Former WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a potential anti-doping violation that stems from an failure of an out-of-competition drug test that took place on June 28th.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that USADA received the results on July 14th, five days after Lesnar’s UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt. Per their policy, USADA has not disclosed the substance that Lesnar tested positive for.

Below is the UFC’s official statement regarding the matter:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016. USADA received the testing results from the June 28, 2016 sample collection from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed in close proximity to Lesnar’s bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

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Director of WWE Swerved Reveals There Was A "DO NOT SWERVE" List, Almost Blinding Kofi Kingston, More

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Ben Pluimer one of the co-executive producers and director of WWE Swerved which airs on the WWE Network recently took part in an Ask me anything on Reddit. He confirmed that there was intial backlash from WWE Superstars to the show when it first launched and there was aDO NOT SWERVE list.The backlash was real. When superstars heard about the prank show, we would have to sneak into venues through back doors so they didnt see us. They got to know some familiar faces and if they saw any of us, they would spread the word. Sometimes they

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Kevin Nash Says “There's Just Not A Lot Of Depth” On The WWE Roster Ahead Of The Brand Split

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WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrateds Extra Mustard in which he talks about his blessing to The Club using the too sweet gesture, Roman Reigns and the current WWE roster not having enough depth going into the brand split.Giving his blessing to The Club to use the too sweet gestureIf youre over enough to use that and the people dont sh on you, youre over. I dont mind it at all. I just didnt like them bringing in Doc and Anderson, then having that six-man elimination match against Roman Reigns and The

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WWE Looking Into Network Subscribers Voting For Hall of Fame Inductees, Ad-Free & More

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WWE issued a new fan survey today, asking for feedback on possible benefits that could be added to WWE Network subscriptions. Below is what was featured on that email- Downloads for offline viewing on mobile devices- Providing the ability to buy merchandise such as video games and WWE apparel before they are available to the public, travel package discounts.- The ability to vote for WWE Hall of Fame inductees.- Offering discounted subscription bundles. Examples given were one year for 99.99 or 6 Months for 49.99.Offering a discount for Hulu Plus and/or a combined WWE Network/Hulu

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TNA Impact Results For August 4th & TNA Xtravaganza PPV Results (SPOILERS)

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TNA held taped more episodes on Thursday night from Universal Orlando. They taped for One Night Only Xtravaganza PPV as well as matches for the August 4th edition of Impact Wrestling.One Night Only Xtravaganza PPV Results Night 1 Spoilers Suicide defeated David Starr Eddie Edwards defeated Caleb Konley Crazzy Steve defeated Zenshi Shynron Braxton Sutter earned a future X Division Title shot by defeating Crazzy Steve, DJZ, Chuck Taylor, Eddie Edwards, Suicide and Marshe Rockett in a Ladder Match Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett defeated BroMans in Ultimate X with an assist from Shane HelmsImpact Wrestling Tapings Airing August

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Eric Bischoff Talks His New WWE DVD, How He Would Book Roman Reigns and Pro Wrestling's Future

Eric Bischoff was special guest on episode 125 of The Ross Report on which he discussed a number of topics including his new WWE DVD, Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure, how he would book Roman Reigns, and the future of professional wrestling.

On His New WWE DVD:

“I was tentative at first because, as we all know, history is written by the victors and WWE has their own point of view about history, as they should. And we’ve all heard it. We’ve all seen it. But I was a little reluctant to just kind of completely open up and particularly bringing in my personal life to the extent that I did and my family and not having any control at all over anything, just hoping for the best and hoping that it would be a well balanced and thoughtful documentary and it was more than I could have hoped for. I think the WWE and the entire team that worked on the project really made an effort to produce something that was a little different than what the audience has seen before, at least when it comes to my career, so I texted Vince [McMahon] after I saw it, the final cut, and told him that I was both very proud and very grateful that they produced it because it’s something that’ll live, it’ll be around long after I am.”

On Booking Roman Reigns:

“I’d like to think that what I would do is I would watch the reaction, much like I used to do when I’d sit up in the stands, behind the curtain, kind of find the cheapest seat in the house and just try to feel like a fan is, I would sit back and I would try to watch it and then I would react to it, but I would react to it in a very seamless way that felt organic and natural as possible and I would let the story and character go where the story and character needed to go based on the kind of social interaction that I was seeing even if it was not the direction I wanted to go in in the first place. You have to adjust. At some point, you’ve got to go, ‘okay, I wanted to go left, but I kind of need to go right,’ but I’d do it slowly and gradually and make it feel organic.”

On The Future of Professional Wrestling:

“When we reach that point where all that ‘highspotitis’ as I like to call it, has kind of come and gone, because that’s what’s en vogue right now. Everybody wants to see that crazy crap. It doesn’t matter if there’s a story. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense. They just want to see Cirque du Soleil. That’ll run its course and it always comes back to story. So here’s where I think the future is bright: when it comes back to story, and it will, and when we’ve adjusted to the fact that our big time characters don’t need to be 6’6″ [and] 350 lbs., you’re going to find a lot more talent that can deliver because they won’t be doing six hurricanranas in a row and taking 15 dropkicks to the skull and getting up and doing a backflip. I mean, they won’t be doing that anymore because that will have run its course. Look, everything comes back to story. Shakespeare is still Shakespeare because story rules. It’ll come back to that.”

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WWE Splitting Up Tag Teams, ECW DVD Scrapped, John Cena Filming In The Desert (Photo)

WWE Tag Teams Splitting Up is reporting that WWE has plans on breaking up a few tag teams during Tuesday night’s Draft. Historically breaking up tag teams at the draft has enabled the much stronger wrestler of the duo to on to have a successful singles career.

WWE Scrap Upcoming ECW DVD?

The planned “OMG! ECW’s Top 50 Craziest Moments” DVD which was scheduled for November and is set to be replaced by a new title.

The set had largely been filmed with interviews ready to feature from Taz, Tommy Dreamer, Joel Gertner and more…

John Cena Filming In The Desert

John Cena has been filming for his new project in the desert this week. He tweeted the following photo:

What a difference a day makes! Headed back to the desert for another dirty day then fly to NYC for @WWE @TheGarden

— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 15, 2016

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WWE NXT Spoilers For Episodes Airing In July And August

Below are spoilers from Wednesday night’s WWE NXT television tapings at Full Sail University for episodes that will air the rest of this month and a portion of August:

July 27th:–Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Blake
–NXT General Manager William Regal announces that at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn, Samoa Joe will defend the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura in the show’s main event.
–Billie Kay defeated Santana Garrett
–TM-61 defeated Adrian Nails and Rob Ryzin
–No Way Jose defeated Steve Cutler. Following the match, Jose cut a promo on Austin Aries.
–Kota Ibushi defeated Murphy
–NXT Champion Samoa Joe cut a promo, saying that he wasn’t happy about his match at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn. He has words with William Regal before being taunted by Shinsuke Nakamura to end the show.

August 3rd:
–Hideo Itami defeated Sean Maluta
–A backstage segment took place between Bayley and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka
–NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Aliyah. Following the match Asuka continued to attack Aliyah, but Bayley made the save.
–Bobby Roode made his Full Sail University debut and began to cut a babyface promo, but then quickly turned on the fans. He called himself a superstar and said the arena would soon be filled up with businessmen and vice presidents, not losers like now.
–NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival defeated TM-61. Following the match, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa taunted the champions before hitting Dash with a double-team move. Gargano and Ciampa then celebrated with the titles.
–Mojo Rawley vs. Chris Atkins ended in a No Contest due to NXT Champion Samoa Joe taking out both men. Joe then cut a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura before he was attacked by Rawley. Joe then locked in a submission on Rawley and caused him to tap out to end the show.

August 10th:
–NXT General Manager hosts a special contract signing between Bayley and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka for their title match at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn. The signing ends in a staredown between the two women.–The Authors of Pain defeated Adrian Nails and Rob Ryzin. Following the match, American Alpha attacked The Authors.
–Andrade “Cien” Almas defeated Angelo Dawkins. Following the match, Bobby Roode confronted Almas and announced that the two will face one another at NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn.
–Billie Kay defeated Liv Morgan
–Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa defeated Tucker Knight and Patrick Clark

August 17th:
–Hideo Itami defeated Mustafa Ali
–Carmella, Liv Morgan, and Nikki Glencross defeated Daria, Mandy Rose, and Alexa Bliss
–NXT Champion Samoa Joe defeated Mojo Rawley. Following the match, Joe continued to assault Rawley until Shinsuke Nakamura made the save, which caused officials to rush to the ring to prevent a brawl from taking place. Nakamura taunts Joe and the episode ends with Joe attacking security.

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Triple H Responds To Bret Hart's Recent Comments, NXT, WWE Draft, Brock Lesnar & WWE 2K17

Triple H recently did a Q&A with ESPN to promote the WWE NXT edition of WWE 2K17 and more.?

Brock Lesnar appears on the cover of “WWE 2K17,” and you recently praised his performance at UFC 200. What does his ability to cross over do for WWE’s brand?

It’s huge. I think any time that you can have a WWE performer that can cross over into something else and have that kind of a night or a performance, whether that’s making a movie or television show or competing in the UFC, that’s huge. To me, it speaks to the amazing athlete that Brock Lesnar is. To be able to come back at such an elite level after a fairly long period of time doing something different and be that dominant is just amazing to me.

We have said it a million times about Brock but I think it’s worth repeating. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime athlete that comes along and is just — you can see it when you look at him. Guys don’t come along that quick, that big, that fast, that aggressive and with that mentality. He is a once-in-a-lifetime combat athlete. Certainly he helps UFC, banking on Brock Lesnar’s name in the very beginning of him becoming a UFC star and showing his dominance in it. And now it’s the same thing, back and forth. They benefit from it, we benefit from it and it has been great. My hat’s off to Brock, he’s an amazing, amazing athlete.

Considering you are no longer presenting NXT exclusively as a developmental brand, how will its future be affected by the upcoming brand split?

It’s funny that when people talk about it to me, some will say, ‘Well, isn’t that the downfall of NXT because when a superstar becomes big enough that he’s immediately going to be taken away from you?’ I feel that’s the strength of the brand. If you look at the growth of NXT in the last couple years, there are points in time when people said, ‘Oh no, these characters are getting called up and [NXT] is doomed.’ We made somebody else the lead characters of the show and that’s the challenge and the beauty of it. It’s always fresh, it’s always different, it always feels like there is something new going on to me.

With NXT being different, it complements Raw and SmackDown. You have the opportunity to see these guys come in and make a name for themselves on a bigger platform. They can grow themselves while helping to create NXT’s brand. Then, if you’re following NXT, you’re ahead of the curve when they come to Raw and SmackDown. You know everything about them and their backstories. It’s like being a fan of the band before they hit it big. You have that claim to fame. And to our most passionate fan base that’s an exciting vibe that we have. I think that’s why social media is so strong for us — it’s people that want to be ahead of the curve.

Bret Hart recently took offense that your rating in “WWE 2K17” was higher than his. How aware are you about any rivalries in the locker room between superstars regarding the video game?

[Laughs]. I have not heard that. I’m sorry, there was a report that somebody was upset that their video game ranking was lower than mine? I don’t even know how that works to be honest but I suppose there is.

I see guys arguing about stuff all the time in the locker room and video game rankings would probably be part of that. I know that they are very competitive with each other in a lot of ways so it wouldn’t surprise me. Trust me, the locker room can make anything a competition.

You have competed against top superstars around the world. How rare of an athlete and performer is NXT star Shinsuke Nakamura in your eyes?

I have watched a lot of guys over the years and there are certain talent that you’re just drawn to, and that’s charisma and X factor and all those things. Shinsuke brings something to the table that I haven’t seen for a long time. He brings a level of charisma, a level of showmanship, that you don’t see a lot of times with guys that have an aggressive style, with the striking and skill set, that he does. He’s an amazing athlete.

I think he’s somebody I had my eye on for a long time as far as being part of WWE as a whole because I think he’s that different level of performer. He’s one of those guys that is harder to explain what he is because when you start to begin to say it, it doesn’t do it justice. You kind of just have to say, ‘You just have to see him.’ Once you see him, you want to watch him again. He’s that kind of performer.

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WWE And Topps Launch Mobile Trading Card App

For Immediate Release

July 14, 2016

New York and Stamford, Conn.? – The Topps Company, Inc. and WWE? (NYSE: WWE)? today announced the launch of? Topps® WWE SLAMSM, WWE’s first digital trading card app.Topps® WWE SLAMSM? will bring WWE Superstars to life with exclusive digital cards that can be collected and traded with fans worldwide.? The app, which debuted today, is now available to download for free on iOS and Android devices through the Apple App Store? and Google Play.

“WWE has been an incredible partner with Topps for many years, and we are thrilled to be able to offer WWE fans worldwide a new way to collect their favorite WWE Superstars from today and the past,” said Jeremy Strauser, Vice President and General Manager of Topps Digital. “WWE has been at the forefront of pop culture and entertainment for many years and we are excited to add? WWE SLAM? to the Topps apps portfolio.”

? “We are pleased to once again partner with Topps and offer our fans a new way to connect with their favorite WWE Superstars digitally,” said Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. “Topps WWE SLAM? provides us with another opportunity to innovate and engage a global fan base that continuously consumes content across all platforms.”

Topps® WWE SLAMSM? will feature thousands of digital trading cards of some of the world’s favorite past and present WWE Superstars including John Cena, The Rock, Undertaker, Ric Flair, Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks and Charlotte.? New digital cards will be released daily in? Topps® WWE SLAMSM? with highlights from the extensive Topps cards library and all-new designs and collections exclusive to the app.? Additionally, collectors will have a chance to collect a variety of unique cards featuring WWE Superstar memorabilia and autographs.? To celebrate the launch of the app, fans who sign up to try WWE Slam will receive 10 free packs of digital cards to help build their collection. To learn more, visit


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Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of physical and digital sports cards, entertainment cards and collectibles, and distinctive confectionery products. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, Star Wars, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks and other trading cards, sticker album collections and collectibles. Topps’ app portfolio, including Topps BUNT®, Topps NFL HUDDLE®, TOPPS KICK®? and Topps®? Star WarsSM: Card Trader,? has been a hit with millions of fans around the world.? Topps’ confectionery brands include Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop®? Pop, Crunchkins™? and Bazooka®? bubble gum.? Topps was acquired by? Michael Eisner’s? Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in October 2007.? For additional information, visit? and?

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.


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