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

WWE Looking Into Network Subscribers Voting For Hall of Fame Inductees, Ad-Free WWE.com & 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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WWE Splitting Up Tag Teams, ECW DVD Scrapped, John Cena Filming In The Desert (Photo)

WWE Tag Teams Splitting Up

F4Wonline.com 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 pic.twitter.com/UwBvH4aU90

— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 15, 2016

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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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Game of Thrones: What to expect from Season 7?

Another season of Game of Thrones has ended, and with the dust of the Sept settled, and the blood and muck drying on the fields of Winterfell, what can we expect from the next season of George RR Martin’s fantasy epic?

Season six gave us a lot of answers: Jon has been confirmed as Lyanna Stark’s son, Benjen Stark is still alive (so to speak), Cersei is the Mad Queen, Daenerys crosses the Narrow Sea, and winter is finally here. Thanks to the show’s stellar finale, The Winds of Winter, everyone is in their new positions for the shows final act; and with the confirmation that there is only 13 episodes left before the show comes to a close, no one should get too comfortable. Let’s get started.

Winter is Here

After six seasons, and so many Stark promises, winter has finally come. While this is good news for fans itching for “The Long Night” it means that the show’s production has been moved back. Instead of premiering in April like all the past seasons, Season 7 will land later in 2017 due to the effect winter has on the show’s sunnier locations. That’s the bad news. The good news is the wealth of storytelling opportunities winter brings. The show, and its fans, according to Old Nan, have been Summer children. We have no idea what a harsh winter would do to Westeros. What it does mean is that as winter comes, the White Walkers come with it.

Bran and the Night King


Bran, or Bran Exposition, as I like to call him is inexorably linked to the White Walkers. In season six highlight The Door, the Night King put his mark on Bran in order to breach the cave of the Three Eyed Raven. Bran’s mistake cost the lives of the Raven, the presumed last of the Children of the Forest, and our beloved Hodor. It makes sense that the Night King’s brand is still in effect, after all it took Benjen to save Bran and Meera from the wight’s who were still following. At the end of the season Benjen told Bran that ancient runes and spells, were carved into the wall, meaning the dead could not pass. The dead also couldn’t breach the Raven cave. Does the mark of the Night King mean the White Walkers can pass the wall? Could Bran be the one responsible for letting these creatures in?

The King in the North


If the White Walkers do get through, and Castle Black falls (which it will, lets hope Ed can get away), the North will be the first to invaded by the dead. Luckily we have a new King of the North in Jon Snow, let’s hope he does better than the last King. If Jon gets a wedding invite I hope he burns it. It’s not just White Walkers that Jon has to deal with. As he told Sansa, the Starks of Winterfell have a lot of enemies, even some they wouldn’t expect. After all Sansa was passed over to be ruler of Winterfell, a title that even Jon thought she deserved. As Jon is proclaimed king she shares a loaded look with Littlefinger. Could Sansa, hardened by the brutality she has suffered over the years try and usurp Jon’s position? Or will se take up Littlefingers offer and try and scheme their way to the Iron Throne? There’s also the matter of Littlefingers comeuppance. This man has sewed chaos through the Seven Kingdoms since the show began. His rival Vary’s put it perfectly: Littlefinger would burn everything down if he thought he could be king of the ashes. It was Littlefinger that betrayed Ned, something Jon and Sansa don’t seem to be aware of. He caused the event that started the whole mess in motion all the way back in season one. The death of Jon Arryn, the very thing that sent Ned to King’s Landing in the first place, was orchestrated by Littlefinger, as we found out in season four. He’s playing the longest of long games, but can he win?

Spot Arya


The Winds of Winter saw the return of Arya to Westeros as she avenged her mother, and brother, by killing Walder Frey, after she fed him his two sons. Since escaping King’s Landing in season one Arya has been a wild card, going from captor, to captor, to faceless murder cult. Now that she’s back home will she continue to cross names off her list, a list that includes Cersei and the Mountain, or will she return to Winterfell? At the very least, it will be fun to try an guess who are is disguised as from scene to scene. Another appetizing possibility is her coming across the Brotherhood again and her old friend the Hound. Sandor Clegane is another wildcard within the Game of Thrones universe, and the Lord of Light seems to have plans for him, as he does Jon. Whatever happens, it would be a treat for fans to see Arya and the Hound together again, as Maisie Williams, and Rory McCann has great chemistry as both friends and enemies.

Queen’s Landing


Dany’s finally sailing west to retake the Iron Throne, a throne occupied by someone a lot more dangerous than her, dragons included. Cersei is the queen of the Seven Kingdoms once again ? but this time there is no man beside her. Cersei’s arc has been electrifying to watch as her actions have robbed her of her children, her love for them as Tyrion pointed out was her only redeeming quality. Now she is queen of a populace who despise her, and she them. Add to that Jamie’s return to the women he loves, the women who caused the death of his children, and in blowing up the Sept (and everyone in and around it) recreated the action in which he killed the Mad King to prevent.

A reckoning is coming for Cersei, as the witch said: she will be overthrown by someone younger and more beautiful than herself. the odds seem to favour Dany, with three dragons, the unsullied, the Iron fleet, support from three great houses (Tyrell, Martell, and Greyjoy), and Tyrion at her side, Cersei might not be on the throne for long. There is a spanner in the works though: both Dany and Bran have had visions of a destroyed throne room and a layer of snow on the Iron Throne. What this could mean is that if the Starks (ice) and Dany (fire) fail, then the Iron throne could belong to the Night King.

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WWE Spoilers: Three new matches announced for Battleground


The fourth annual WWE Battleground will come to you, live on the WWE Network, a week from this Sunday night on July 24 from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. As announced on last night’s RAW, twelve-time former World Champion and Brock Lesnar’s opponent at SummerSlam, Randy Orton, will make his first live appearance at Battleground since his shoulder injury back in November as “The Viper” will be a guest on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel. It was also? announced on RAW that The Miz will defend the Intercontinental Championship at the event. WWE.com also announced that the United States Title will be defended at Battleground as well as a 6-Man Tag pitting The New Day against The Wyatt Family. Here is the updated card:

  • WWE Championship: Triple Threat Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
  • 6-Man Tag: John Cena, Enzo Amore, & Big Cass vs. The Club
  • Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
  • The Highlight Reel with Guest Randy Orton
  • 6-Man Tag: The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family
  • Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Darren Young (with Bob Backlund)
  • United States Championship: Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Zack Ryder
  • Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

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Dead of Summer Review: S01E01-02 – Patience and Barney Rubble Eyes

Remember when new television existed only in the fall? Summer was, for the most part, a barren wasteland of reruns. Now there are new seasons starting all around the calendar, including for shows that exist only in summer. What a time to be alive.

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has been one of the pioneers in the new scheduling, with shows like Pretty Little Liars, which airs its seasons in parts (like AMC’s The Walking Dead). Like the CW, the network is no stranger to genre shows, like those with supernatural or fantasy elements. One of their newest series fitting that bill is Dead of Summer, which is a ghost story disguised as a slasher film. But is it any good? I watched it to find out.


First of all, let’s get the nitpicking out of the way, which is that this show is set in 1989, but if you missed the beginning, you might never know that. The styling is laughably anachronistic. More than once, I had to remind myself that this was all taking place in the 80s. Take a look at the cast for Sleepaway Camp 3, which actually came out in 1989. That’s pure, uncut 80s. The kids on Dead of Summer, on the other hand, just look like your average millennial. Like, Blotter (Zachary Gordon) wears a “stealie” t-shirt that looks like it came from last night’s lot. [Yep, this is where we all find out I’m a Deadhead.] They should have much worse hair and clothes than they do. It’s a minor quibble, but it is indicative of the care that goes into the making of the show. Would you have taken Mad Men seriously if Don Draper had shown up dressed for Casual Friday?


Anyway, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual show. I mentioned Sleepaway Camp because Dead of Summer is also a horror story that takes place at summer camp. However, if you were expecting a typical slasher, look again. Dead of Summer has cleverly disguised its summer camp murder story with a supernatural setting. As we see at the beginning of the pilot, something bad happened on the grounds of Camp Stillwater a long time ago. The lake is choked with floating bodies and the authorities close in on the piano-playing Tall Man, played by Tony Todd, whom you know better as that character whose name we won’t say. We don’t learn more about what exactly happened, because the next time we see the camp it’s 1989.


This part is all familiar territory. If you’ve seen horror movies, you’ve seen this before. The earnest young counselors arriving at camp, with no idea of the terror awaiting them. Et cetera. The camp is just now being reopened and most of the counselors are former campers, excluding Amy (Elizabeth Lail), who’s positioned as our final girl. In flashbacks, we learn about Amy’s past, which is allegedly tragic, but is instead faintly ridiculous.

Then we get back to more tried-and-true horror staples. There’s the groundskeeper who’s both creepy and full of warnings for innocent Amy. There are the local ne’er-do-wells who cause trouble at the camp. There are also the local authorities, who aren’t quite sure the camp should be reopened. (I’m with them,? especially since the camp opens one day after a body is pulled from the lake.) And since it is the 80s, let’s throw in some Satanic panic. The lake is a goat’s head! And I’m sure the dining hall sits on a mysterious hatch.


The supernatural elements–specifically, the Tall Man and whatever he wants–are kind of interesting, but they’re surrounded by that kind of junk. And everything moves so slowly that if you can tough it out until the end of the season–let’s be real, the end of the series–you might forget why you started watching it to begin with. But that’s easy. It’s summertime and you wanted to see something scary. Too bad there’s more fright in any given episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?

5/10 – There is a lot of potential in a scary story set at summer camp, hence the many iterations that have been attempted over the years. This attempt just doesn’t get there. It’s not scary, for one, and you’ve seen all this before. Finally, the lack of attention to rather large details makes you feel like if they didn’t care enough, why should you?

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Brock Lesnar defeats Mark Hunt In His UFC Return

Former WWE and UFC World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar walked into the octagon( albeit not to his WWE entrance music, as was rumored) repeatedly took down, smothered, grounded and pounded the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt on his was to a decision victory.

In the post fight interview, Joe Rogan mentions to Lesnar that by defeating Mark Hunt, he has thrown himself directly into the heavyweight title mix. To which Lesnar responds hes “taking things one day at a time”. Not exactly ruling out a future return to the Octagon.

It was also reported earlier today that Lesnar received a $2.5 Million payout for this fight. This is the largest payout in UFC history.?


Brock Lesnar defeats Mark Hunt In His UFC Return