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For more than 25 years and well over 1000 episodes, “Raw” has been WWE’s flagship show. The red brand’s most memorable moments have thrilled, shocked and wowed the WWE Universe and fans across the world. The action-packed and drama-filled episodes of “Raw” have earned it the distinct honor of being the longest-running episodic television show in history. WWE’s greatest Superstars — such as The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Becky Lynch, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Charlotte

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Flair and others — have competed inside the squared circle on “Raw.”
First episode date: 11 January 1993
Program creator: Vince McMahon
Opening theme: “Greatness” by Vo Williams
Networks: WWE Network, USA Network, Sky Sports, Paramount Network, Syfy, RTL9
Executive producers: Triple H, Bruce Prichard
Spin-offs: WWE Friday Night Smackdown!, WWE Bottom Line

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Jimmy Smith Breaks Down Recent ‘Hot Mic’ WWE Raw Moment

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The heated interview between Seth “Freakin” Rollins and Riddle on this past Monday’s “Raw” has the wrestling world talking. While the two were originally set to come face-to-face with one another in the ring, it was changed to keep them in separate locations after the pair got into an altercation in the arena parking lot earlier that day. After the interview concluded and the show went to a commercial break, Rollins, realizing his mic was still on, took a shot at Riddle about his ex-wife and children. Riddle became enraged, dropped several f-bombs, and stormed off in search of Rollins.

From there it was every man for themself. Ciampa hit a Fameasser on Gable as Gable had a half-Boston Crab on Ziggler. Ciampa planted Ziggler with a White Noise from the middle rope, only for the pin to be broken up by a flying headbutt from Gable.

The match really picked up with a great spot where Gable went for his Rolling German Suplex, but Ziggler flew in from nowhere with a Zig Zag on Ciampa in the middle of the suplex. The final two minutes were filled with great action, as all three men traded roll-up attempts and big moves.

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It ended when Gable attempted a Backslide Rollup on Ciampa for a two count, but Ciampa kicked out. Ciampa then landed a running knee and then a Fairytale Ending for the win.

Rating: 3.5 stars. A good match with a super final few minutes.

Asuka and Alexa Bliss was setup with the idea of someone getting a win that would put them on a radar for a Raw Women’s Championship match. Alexa Bliss took control early, beating down Asuka with some loose-looking knee strikes, but Asuka eventually fought back. After she blitzed Alexa Bliss with a sweet Shining Wizard, Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakotai Kai hit the ring and attacked both women.

Dakotai Kai hit a huge bicycle kick to Asuka’s face in the corner, and Bayley took out Bliss with a running knee. Iyo took to the turnbuckle to hit an acrobatic move on Asuka on the outside, but Bianca Belair came to their recue.

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Belair demanded a match with one of the three imposing women, and Iyo Sky pointed to herself as the segmented ended

The heated interview between Seth “Freakin” Rollins and Riddle on this past Monday’s “Raw” has the wrestling world talking. While the two were originally set to come face-to-face with one another in the ring, it was changed to keep them in separate locations after the pair got into an altercation in the arena parking lot earlier that day. After the interview concluded and the show went to a commercial break, Rollins, realizing his mic was still on, took a shot at Riddle about his ex-wife and children. Riddle became enraged, dropped several f-bombs, and stormed off in search of Rollins

“It was kind of an homage to, of course as we all know, Jon Jones [and] Daniel Cormier,” “Raw” commentator Jimmy Smith explained on the “MMA on SiriusXM” podcast. “What they do is you go out to all of these television stations and studios and shows and ‘Good Morning Boston’ or whatever. So, you’re sitting there in this studio and as you’re sitting there, they go, ‘Okay, you’re going to be on in Boston in six seconds.’ 5, 4, 3, 2, and BOOM! You hear this host and they say hi and you do an interview and then you say goodbye. A few seconds later, you go to another show.”

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What Happened Between Cormier and Jones
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“The interesting thing about this is D.C. and Jon Jones apparently forgot that [they were live], or no one told them because they’re supposed to tell you this. So, Jon Jones and D.C. are sitting down and giving one of these interviews. They’re in separate rooms and doing their thing. They got picked up live on a hot mic [where Jones was caught threatening Cormier].”

The issues between Rollins and Riddle have become increasingly personal over the last several weeks. Rollins injured Riddle during the July 25 edition of “Raw”, causing their scheduled match for SummerSlam to be called off. Despite this, Riddle still showed up at the event where Rollins attacked him again. Riddle was out for a couple of weeks before he returned, looking for revenge. Since then, the two have gotten into several brawls and heated exchanges of words.

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If you use any quotes from this article, please credit MMA on SiriusXM with an h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

Wardlow Addresses Whether He Plans To Go Into Acting

Dutch Mantell Believes Top WWE Heel Is About To Turn Babyface

Identity Of Man Who Attacked AJ Styles On WWE Raw Revealed

BY MARIA SCINTO/UPDATED: AUG. 10, 2022 1:01 PM EDT
Professional wrestling may be scripted and not all of the in-ring injuries are as serious as they’re made out to be — but, as Mick Foley’s long-missing ear can testify, it’s not what you could really call fake, either. One thing about the sport that is (almost) always made up, however, are the names the wrestlers perform under. While there are a handful of wrestlers out there whose ring names match the ones on their birth certificates, for the most part, once you go into the wrestling business, you’re in for a name change whether you want one or not.

Some of the ring names listed here are really, really cool, and others not so much. There are even a few that you may be surprised to realize aren’t real names at all because since they just seem kind of … normal. Each and every one has a story behind it, though, and nobody sells a story like a wrestler –- or, in the case of Chris Jericho, a “sports entertainer.”

Adam Cole’s given name is Austin Jenkins, but he knew he’d need to pick a new one since wrestling is a wee bit oversaturated with Austins at present. There’s Austin Aries, Austin Gunn, the Theory Formerly Known as Austin, and of course the original Stone Cold one, Austin 3:16 himself. Of course, as if to prove the point, Cole picked the name Adam and then wound up in a promotion where his number one rivalry would be with another Adam, Hangman Page. He mentioned on “Talk is Jericho” (per Inside the Ropes) that his parents originally wanted his first name to be Cole, but changed their minds at the last minute for some unknown reason.

As for the Bay Bay, he says he got the idea for a name/catchphrase combo when be was wrestling in the indies along with Joey Mercury and Mercury kept shouting out his own name. Cole realized that was one way to make people remember you. The “baby” part, however, came from Chris Jericho, who used to stand on the chests of fallen opponents and say “C’mon, baby.” As Cole revealed on the “AEW Unrestricted” podcast (Via Wrestling News Co.), while he started off with “Adam Cole baby,” eventually the word changed into “bay bay” and, as he tells it, his delivery “got more and more obnoxious as time went on.”

Alexa Bliss
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Alexa Bliss has had quite the arc in WWE. The one-time Goddess went over to the dark side in an epic heel turn when she took on Bray Wyatt’s Fiend persona, and then there was all that craziness with her doll Lilly, who was ripped to shreds by the sadistic Charlotte Flair (a heel who needs no evil gimmick over and above being Rick Flair’s daughter). Then there was that weird business with Bliss’ therapy sessions, and now she’s back as … we really don’t know quite yet. Her name, however, is a remnant of a long-abandoned NXT persona.

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In earlier days, it seems Little Miss Bliss was meant to be a southern belle, and she’d go around uttering the phrase “bless her heart.” In Bliss’ fake accent (the real-life Alexis Kaufman is a native of Ohio) the phrase came out sounding like “bliss her heart,” and as she tells For the Win, “It became a play on words and not meaning a good thing.” She felt that with this as her name, she could then play around with it by claiming to be “blissed off” and doling out “Bliss slaps.” While her southern belle says are long behind her, Miss Bliss is stilly blissfully beating the bejesus out of everyone who steps in the ring with her, so perhaps the name still suits her well enough.

Bayley
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Bayley, the hugger-turned-heel, is actually Pamela Rose Martinez. She signed on with WWE at a time when they were apparently going pretty minimalist with names, as she tells Chris Jericho on “Talk is Jericho” that all she was given to work with was a short list of just three first names. She was trying to suggest a few options of her own, all of them unisex ones like Jordan or Bobby because, as she explains, “I don’t want it to be super girly.” WWE shot her down (quel surprise) and insisted she go with one of their picks.

Of the three names on the list, Bayley says she can’t even remember one of them, but it must have been pretty bad. Another name was “Davia,” which she thought was maybe a typo for “Davina.” They said no, “Davia” was exactly what they meant, and she said “That’s not even a name.” She reluctantly went with Bailey, a name she didn’t much care for but found to be less awful than the other options. Still, she did insist on putting her own spin on it, changing the spelling to “Bayley.” As she explains, she’s from the Bay Area so the spelling is meant as a small shout-out to her hometown.

Cactus Jack may not have been the first of Mick Foley’s many faces, but it was the one under which he first made (and broke) his bones. Interestingly enough, this colorful character was originally meant to be nothing more than a placeholder. As Foley once admitted in a piece written for Sports Illustrated, “I only intended to be Cactus Jack long enough to learn the ropes and develop enough confidence to become the man I really thought I was destined to become -– Dude Love.” Funny how things work out. As to how Foley came up with this “generic, boring name,” it seems he adopted it from a 1979 movie called “The Villain” starring Kirk Douglas (a “screen legend,” as per Foley’s RIP tweet upon Douglas’ death) as well as a pre-“Terminator” Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Foley being Foley, though, there’s more to the story than some long-forgotten comedy western. As per WWE, Foley and his dad used to play a wrestling-themed board game, and Cactus Jack was the name he gave to his dad’s in-game persona in honor of the Douglas movie, so the name is meant as a tribute to his dad.

In recent years, Foley has faced some competition for the name from rapper Travis Scott, namesake of the Mickey D’s “Cactus Jack” meal that doubtless disappointed countless wrestling fans. (Where’s the Mick Foley merch?) While WWE tried to counter Scott’s efforts to trademark the Cactus Jack name, Foley’s now trying to lock down the rights himself.

Chris Jericho
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Chris Jericho, aka Y2J, Le Champion, the Wizard, and, less frequently, Christopher Keith Irvine, may be quite the all-around entertainer (we wouldn’t dare call him a pro wrestler out of a healthy respect for his fireball-throwing abilities), but one talent he apparently lacks is the ability to pick a good ring name on the first try. As he reveals on “The Rich Eisen Show,” he originally planned to call himself Jack Action. Yes, really. He admits “I thought it was going to make me a million dollars.” (Mission accomplished, but no thanks to that name.)

It wasn’t until Jericho told someone else his plan, and they told him “You can’t be Jack Action, that’s stupid,” that he realized that yes, it is pretty dorky. He tried to pass that name choice off as a joke, but was then left scrambling to come up with a better one on the spur of the moment. Fortuitously, Jericho laid eyes on the album “Walls of Jericho” by German power metal band Helloween. In that instant, he gained not only a decent ring name, but also a pretty epic finishing move.

CM Punk has worked for many different promotions including WCW, ROH, WWE, and UFC, and is now a top star with AEW, but throughout most of his career he’s had just the one ring name. As to what it means, the last name refers to his preferred musical genre, of course. Punk, however, has long preferred to be a man of mystery as regards the initials CM. As he admitted to IGN in an interview back during his WWE run, “Every time someone asks me, I tell them something different.” Among the explanation’s he’s come up with are that it stands for “Simpsons” character C. Montgomery Burns; for “Chicago Made,” since he is from the Windy City; for Chuck Mosley, claiming it to be his real name (it’s actually Phillip Jack Brooks); and even for such unlikely candidates as Crooked Moonsault, Charles Manson, and Cookie Monster.

The real origins of “CM,” though, are something Punk might well be a little embarrassed about. The initials actually stand for “Chick Magnet,” as he was once part of a tag team by this name. So how do we know this isn’t just another piece of fiction from prolific storyteller Punk? Sports Illustrated confirms it by reporting that he testified under oath to this name origin during the course of legal proceedings in 2018. Hey, as long as AJ Lee doesn’t mind her hubs being a self-proclaimed chick magnet, then it’s okay with us, too.

Darby Allin
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Anyone familiar with old-school punk rock can tell you where Darby Allin gets both halves of his name -– as per eWrestling, the Darby comes from Darby Crash, lead singer of the Germs, while Allin’s eponym could be none other than GG, a one-man musical Attitude Era who once defecated onstage at a Milwaukee show. While both men died from drug overdoses -– Darby Crash 13 years before his wrestling namesake was even born and GG Allin when he was about 6 months old –- Darby Allin told “Busted Open Radio” (via Wrestling Edge) that he himself is straight edge, which is something he has in common with CM Punk.

Another thing Allin doesn’t really have in common with his punk rock heroes is his style. He’s adopted more of a goth look than a hardcore one and wouldn’t have looked too out of place in ’80s bands such as Alien Sex Fiend and Specimen. The spooky face paint is something he shares with his sometime ring partner and locker roommate Sting, earning the twosome a roasting from The Acclaimed in their hilarious diss track about “two grown men going through a goth phase.”

Jushin Thunder Liger
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New Japan Pro-Wrestling may just be the purest form of professional wrestling on the planet, but they have struggled to find a mainstream audience in the U.S. due in part to not having a regular TV slot in America. All that may be about to change, however, thanks to AEW president Tony Khan. He’s all about establishing a working partnership between AEW and NJPW and now that the Forbidden Door has cracked open, we’re hoping there’ll be plenty more such matches to follow. WWE, however, has less of a track record of playing nice with other promotions, NJPW included. Still, they can (and do) claim one of NJPW’s biggest legends as one of their own due to a brief NXT stint late in his career: Jushin Thunder Liger.

Liger’s name, and his extremely colorful ring gear and mask, were taken directly from an anime series that debuted in 1989, which was the same year he adopted the persona. By the following year, Liger had gained the sobriquet “Thunder,” as well. In a case of life imitating art, the anime series was even spun off into a 1995 classic cheesefest called “Jushin Thunder Liger: Fist of Thunder” that stars the Living Legend himself.

Macho Man Randy Savage
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Macho Man Randy Savage was born Randy Poffo, and if that last name rings a bell (perhaps a ring bell), it’s because his dad, Angelo Poffo, was also a wrestler, as was his brother, the poetry-reading Leaping Lenny Poffo (kind of a proto-Max Caster). Randy Poffo got his start in the sports industry playing pro ball in the Cardinals’ minor league system, but when he decided to join the family business he didn’t want to ride on his dad’s or baby brother’s coattails. Instead, he went with a Spider-Man gimmick and called himself The Spider, but Biography says that Ole Anderson convinced him to drop the spider shtick and just call himself Randy Savage after his “savage” style.

As to the “Macho Man” moniker, Savage credits his mom, Judy, although there is some question about the actual timetable involved. He told IGN Sports that his mom read a Reader’s Digest article about how the term was going to become the next hot catch phrase long before the Village People song of the same name became a hit, but his mom’s obituary indicates that the article may have come out in response to the song. We may never have the whole truth (we tried, but searching the Internet Archive “Reader’s Digest” collection for “macho man” yielded zero results), but one thing we do know: Savage did not adopt the Village People hit as his entrance music. Instead, he opted for a true classic: “Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar.

Penta El Zero M is a man of many monikers, so much so that Rey Fénix complains in a hilarious YouTube interview, “I don’t know what to call you anymore, dude.” Fénix doesn’t think much of this practice, saying “one day your name is this and the other is that.” Penta, however, explains: “My name depends on the circumstances.” In Lucha Libre AAA, he wrestled as Pentagon, Jr., and started out under that name in AEW. He’s now Penta El Zero M on the current AEW roster and has wrestled under this name in CMLL, as well. In Lucha Underground, he started as Pentagon, Jr. and wound up Pentagon Dark, and he’s been known to show up in AEW as Penta Oscuro. This mysterious asked man also goes by the name of Penta El Zero Miero, perhaps when he’s wishing to be formal.

As for the reason behind these names, the Pentagon character has been passed down through several luchadors, but there is thought to be some bad luck associated with the name. The “El Zero (or Cero) Miedo” (meaning “zero fear”) started as a catchphrase adopted by Penta Jr. to show that he wasn’t worried about any Pentagon curse, but he later adopted it as a ring name due to the fact that AAA owns the rights to Pentagon Jr.

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat is one of the few wrestlers in WWE who never did turn heel. In fact, it’s thanks to his perpetual babyface status that he owes his ring name. As Steamboat told the “Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw” podcast (via Inside the Ropes), he’d been wrestling in the indies under his real name of Ricky Blood. When he went down to Florida and met up with promoter Eddie Graham, Graham told him that while Rick Blood was “a great wrestling name,” he added “Blood, that’s for heels.” The future Dragon was not starting a heel run then (or, as it turned out, ever), so Graham chose to book him as the nephew of another Hawaiian wrestler who’d worked the territories a decade or so earlier, Sammy Steamboat. Sammy Steamboat was quite the star back in the day, so his kayfabe nephew went over in a big way. As a result, the newly-dubbed Ricky Steamboat would stick with that name for the rest of his career.

As for the “Dragon” bit, this came in 1985 when Steamboat started working for WWF. Steamboat is of half-Japanese descent, so WWF decided to give him a whole Asian dragon gimmick complete with nickname and Japanese-inspired ring gear. The whole dragon bit served him well in his feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts -– when Roberts brought out his pet python, Steamboat saw the snake and matched him with a komodo dragon.

Roddy Piper, the original Rowdy One, spent most of his career as a faux Scotsman, but as per his obituary in the newspaper also called The Scotsman, his not-quite-native land didn’t seem to mind one bit. In fact, the paper made sure to point out that the late Roderick George Toombs was, in fact, of Scottish ancestry despite being Canadian by birth. The popular Mr. Piper was also an adopted son of Portland (via The Oregonian) for the last few decades of his life.

So how did Piper come up with the whole Scottish ring shtick? Well, both the bagpipe entrance music and the name date back to his days in the long-defunct American Wrestling Association. As per “In the Pit With Piper,” his first match was in 1973. On this occasion he walked out to the ring passing out dandelions to the crowd while a friend played the bagpipes, The ring announcer didn’t know the wrestler’s last name, so he just introduced the man as “Roddy the Piper” (although Roddy the piper’s friend would have been a more accurate description). Piper apparently abandoned the dandelion gimmick in short order, but he kept the ring name (minus the “the”) and embraced the whole Scottish theme with his signature kilt, pipe music, and Glaswegian billing.

Wrestling these days may be oversaturated with Austins, yet there’s only one who merits his own scripture, Austin 3:16 (“I just whipped your a**!”). Steve Austin has wrestled under that name since early in his career, although his birth name is Steven Anderson (later changed to Williams). There’s not much information about how or why the Austin moniker was chosen, although it seems likely that it was meant to refer to his very non-kayfabe Texas roots. As to the “Stone Cold,” however, there’s a well-documented (and very amusing) story that lies behind this.

In WCW, Steve Austin was “Stunning,” while in ECW he became “Superstar.” When he arrived in WWF, however, he was stuck with a “Ringmaster” gimmick that he was understandably anxious to ditch in favor of something more menacing. Inspired by a documentary about a serial killer called The Iceman, Austin took this idea to WWE creative, but as he later told Larry King (via Essentially Sports), they came up with “the worst names I’d seen in the history of my life … Otto von Ruthless, Ice Dagger, Fang McFrost.” Luckily, help would soon arrive in the most unlikely way. Austin’s now ex-wife Jeannie Clarke, who is British, made her husband some tea and told him to drink up before it got “stone cold.” A light bulb went off, a legend was born, and all on account of a cup of tea. Who knew? We’ve always assumed Austin was strictly a beer man.

As we all know now, since he’s been breaking kayfabe right, left, and center since his retirement, the menacing Undertaker is really an affable (if impressively large) man named Mark Calaway. His ring name, however, is less of a name than it is a job descriptor, although the whole “Man With No Name” gimmick harks back to the spaghetti western genre that seems to have been a clear influence on the character. At one time, however, the Undertaker character did have another name. According to Bleacher Report, his last (or maybe first) name was meant to be … Kane. Seriously, “Kane the Undertaker” was the name WWF came up with, but the announcers were leaving out the Kane part so they decided to save it for later use when a “brother” showed up.

As to the genesis of the Deadman character, and the name attached, it seems we have Vince McMahon to thank for the idea of a Wild West gravedigger. As the Phenom told Joe Rogan (via YouTube), one day he was at home and the phone rang and he picked it up to hear a very distinctive gravelly voice ask “Is this the Undertaker?” He thought to himself, “Undertaker, that’s pretty f cool,” certainly compared to certain other gimmicks he might have been saddled with (he had the notorious Gobbledy Gooker in mind). Needless to say, the new Undertaker was on board right away. and was happy to spend the next 30 years digging holes and taking souls.

Back in 1987, as Pro Wrestling Stories tells it, a fellow named Leon White was wrestling in NJPW. They felt that he had the size and the skills to be the new monster heel who could serve as a foil to the great Antonio Inoki. Unfortunately, no one is all that intimidated by a Leon, not even in Japan, nor did his nickname of “Baby Bull” (bestowed by Verge Gagne in his AWA days) lend him sufficient gravitas. When the promoters got the idea of creating a brand-new character, though, White took to the Big Van Vader role as if he were born to play it.

Big Van Vader was created by Go Nagai, the same artist who would later be responsible for Jushin Liger (both manga and wrestling character). Vader was an ancient Japanese warrior complete with sci-fi samurai ring gear including mask and (sometimes) steam-spewing helmet. The one thing Vader wasn’t, was any relation to Star Wars villain Darth. While some wondered whether George Lucas would object to Vader’s using that ring name once he came over to WWF, Jim Cornette had this to say: “I can’t sit here and say with a 100% certainty that no one ever contacted him because of his name, but obviously nothing ever came of it.” Cornette went on to explain that the reason the masked wrestler was introduced as “The man they call Vader” had to do more with the sound of it than for any legal reasons.

It was kind of an homage to, of course as we all know, Jon Jones [and] Daniel Cormier,” “Raw” commentator Jimmy Smith explained on the “MMA on SiriusXM” podcast. “What they do is you go out to all of these television stations and studios and shows and ‘Good Morning Boston’ or whatever. So, you’re sitting there in this studio and as you’re sitting there, they go, ‘Okay, you’re going to be on in Boston in six seconds.’ 5, 4, 3, 2, and BOOM! You hear this host and they say hi and you do an interview and then you say goodbye. A few seconds later, you go to another show.”

The heated interview between Seth “Freakin” Rollins and Riddle on this past Monday’s “Raw” has the wrestling world talking. While the two were originally set to come face-to-face with one another in the ring, it was changed to keep them in separate locations after the pair got into an altercation in the arena parking lot earlier that day. After the interview concluded and the show went to a commercial break, Rollins, realizing his mic was still on, took a shot at Riddle about his ex-wife and children. Riddle became enraged, dropped several f-bombs, and stormed off in search of Rollins.

The issues between Rollins and Riddle have become increasingly personal over the last several weeks. Rollins injured Riddle during the July 25 edition of “Raw”, causing their scheduled match for SummerSlam to be called off. Despite this, Riddle still showed up at the event where Rollins attacked him again. Riddle was out for a couple of weeks before he returned, looking for revenge. Since then, the two have gotten into several brawls and heated exchanges of words

Clash of the Titans, a new addition to the throne? – 5 potential directions for Braun Strowman following WWE return

Reports regarding Braun Strowman’s imminent WWE return have fans at the edge of their seats. He is expected to be back on RAW following the Clash at the Castle Premium Live Event in Cardiff.

The Monster Among Men was released in June 2021 due to budget cuts. WWE fizzled the former Universal Champion’s push and his career became lackluster.

Fortunately, with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in charge, the superstar could soon find himself fighting his way to the top of the main roster. He may even “control his narrative” after WWE allows him to go berzerk with his creative control.

In this list, we will look at five directions for Braun Strowman following his WWE return.

Karrion Kross is undoubtedly hounding the WWE world titles. The Herald of Doomsday has bashed Drew McIntyre and even had a face-off with The Bloodline. Yet, Braun Strowman could derail him from his path and look forward to grab the title contender spot for himself.

A similar case is with Dexter Lumis, who seems to be picking off challengers for the United States Championship. “The Stimulus” could have a heated rivalry with Braun Strowman over who gets to be against Bobby Lashley.

In doing so, The Monster Among Men would help the newcomers on the main roster adjust to long rivalries and difficult fights.

The best way for Braun Strowman to impact the main roster again is by racking up wins. With that being said, the best option to feed the Monster Among Men is through Open Challenges. Multiple squash matches would help him in the long run.

This way, WWE won’t have to develop any storylines for the returning superstar. They could immediately be set to work on pushing Strowman while carefully brewing future rivalries. Prior to any title contender matches, the former Universal Champion could have fights with Omos and Veer Mahan.

It’s highly possible that Braun Strowman would be introduced as a babyface. In order to connect with the audience, he needs to show his dominance by destroying anyone who dares to accept his challenges

Bobby Lashley has laid waste to AJ Styles and Theory multiple times in his title run. While Mr Money in the Bank doesn’t seem like a capable antagonist to Lashley, The Phenomenal One is now busy with the Miz and Dexter Lumis.

WWE desperately needs new rivals for the United States Championship if they want the gold to be defended regularly on RAW. Their solution could be the returning Braun Strowman, who will be a worthy challenger. He matches the strength and size of The All Mighty. As a title contender, Strowman’s feud with Lashley would do wonders for his push to the top.

It’s not like the two powerhouses haven’t met before. They have faced each other countless times, most recently being at WrestleMania Backlash 2021. With a significant push backing him up, Braun Strowman could end Bobby Lashley’s winning streak against him.

Reportedly set to return at Clash at the Castle, Tyson Fury’s debut match in WWE was against Braun Strowman. He clinched a Countout victory at Crown Jewel 2019 before shaking hands with his rival on SmackDown.

The two giants tag-teamed to crush Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Fans were excited about the future of the pair, but it turned out to be momentary. Now that The Gypsy King has retired from boxing for the second time, they could reunite and pick things up from where they left.

Fury and Strowman may form their own stable on RAW. They looked formidable together and could continue their dominance by overthrowing The Judgment Day as the best faction. The Alpha Academy could also be incorporated into the new faction as they haven’t had much going for themselves recently.

Clash at the Castle will feature Roman Reigns defending his WWE title against Drew McIntyre. Regardless of the outcome, Braun Strowman could confront the champion on RAW amidst a raucous Kansas crowd.

The Monster Among men wouldn’t have forgotten how Roman Reigns defeated him at Payback 2020. Whether The Tribal Chief retains his championship, Strowman could unveil himself as the next abominable threat. He could have his own payback by pulverizing Roman Reigns and The Usos single-handedly.

As aforementioned, he could have a brief feud with Karrion Kross. WWE may even add Kross to the struggle for the WWE Title along with Braun Strowman. Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre could boot his way to make it a Fatal-4 rivalry, adding a lot of hype to Extreme Rules.

Do you want think Braun Strowman will return back to WWE? Give your thoughts in the comments section below.

WWE Superstar Sami Zayn recently broke his silence following his controversial role in Kevin Owens’ victory on RAW before Clash at the Castle.

Zayn joined The Usos during their appearance on the red brand this week. The three superstars were cutting a promo when Kevin Owens hijacked their segment. The war of words soon led to a singles match between Jey Uso and Owens

The bout’s closing moments saw Jey conspire with Jimmy and Sami Zayn at ringside. Jimmy was supposed to distract the referee while Zayn was instructed to hit Kevin Owens with a steel chair. However, the former Intercontinental Champion couldn’t go through with the plan, and KO got enough time to recover. He then used a Stunner to seal his victory.

Zayn took to Twitter to explain what stopped him from hitting KO. He apparently didn’t want Jey Uso to lose via DQ and believes that he has sorted the issue with The Bloodline:

“To clarify, I didn’t hit Kevin Owens because I felt the ref could see me in his periphery, and I didn’t want to cause Jey Uso to lose by DQ. I’ve explained this to The Bloodline, and the issue has been resolved. Friday’s championship celebration will proceed as planned. Thank you,” wrote Zayn in his tweet.

There has been evident tension between Jey Uso and Sami Zayn over the last few weeks. The latter’s role in Jey’s loss has further fueled the fire. It is worth noting that Zayn still shares a good bond with Jimmy Uso.

WWE fans dismiss Sami Zayn’s explanation of his actions on RAW
Although Zayn tried his best to make everyone believe he didn’t hit Kevin Owens to protect Jey Uso, WWE fans refused to buy his reasoning. Many seem to think he still has a soft spot for his former best friend, especially since KO openly called him his brother before the match against Jey Uso.

Moreover, The Prizefighter previously confirmed that he wants to go after every title available in WWE, including the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Thus, many speculate that the entertaining duo are bound to come together and eventually engage in a title feud with The Usos.

Fans responded to Zayn’s tweet with epic replies, most hailing him for not attacking his real-life friend despite the pressure of maintaining his position in The Bloodline. Here are some of the funniest reactions:

The WWE Universe seems to be enjoying this storyline, especially considering Zayn’s portrayal of an Honorary Uce on SmackDown. Addtionally, this narrative is bound to bring Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns back in front of each other down the line.

The heated interview between Seth “Freakin” Rollins and Riddle on this past Monday’s “Raw” has the wrestling world talking. While the two were originally set to come face-to-face with one another in the ring, it was changed to keep them in separate locations after the pair got into an altercation in the arena parking lot earlier that day. After the interview concluded and the show went to a commercial break, Rollins, realizing his mic was still on, took a shot at Riddle about his ex-wife and children. Riddle became enraged, dropped several f-bombs, and stormed off in search of Rollins.

“It was kind of an homage to, of course as we all know, Jon Jones [and] Daniel Cormier,” “Raw” commentator Jimmy Smith explained on the “MMA on SiriusXM” podcast. “What they do is you go out to all of these television stations and studios and shows and ‘Good Morning Boston’ or whatever. So, you’re sitting there in this studio and as you’re sitting there, they go, ‘Okay, you’re going to be on in Boston in six seconds.’ 5, 4, 3, 2, and BOOM! You hear this host and they say hi and you do an interview and then you say goodbye. A few seconds later, you go to another show.”

WWE Raw Results for Aug. 1: Full Recap, Becky Lynch Injury and Analysis

Ciampa defeated AJ Styles to become the No. 1 Contender for Bobby Lashley’s US Championship, and The Usos retained their gold against The Mysterios.

The WWE Raw after SummerSlam was considered by many to be a historic one. Vince McMahon retired in July during the build to SummerSlam, though it can be presumed that the events of Saturday’s show were the ones McMahon had already sketched out. Raw on Monday, Aug. 1 was percieved to be a fresh start, the first Raw written from the ground-up by Paul “Triple H” Levesque

The result was a strong show, though not radically different from what you’d get in the Vince McMahon-era. There was a greater emphasis on wrestling, and certain talents are getting more emphasis, but this was largely the Raw you know.

The topline news is that Becky Lynch sustained a shoulder injury at SummerSlam and will now be on the shelf for “several months”. That’s bad timing, considering Lynch’s turn into a babyface. Lynch was written off TV through an attack at the hands of Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai, who were featured recurringly throughout the show. With Lynch out, Belair is now aligned with Asuka and Alexa Bliss against Bayley’s new faction.

Meanwhile, Ciampa is the No. 1 Contender for Bobby Lashley’s United States Championship. Ciampa was heavily featured in Triple H’s NXT, so it makes sense that he’s getting more of an opportunity now. It was a big night for Ciampa, who won a Triple Threat match and then defeated AJ Styles to earn the spot.

It’s also worth noting that the United States Championship was pushed as a big deal, which is a nice change. Also on the show, Montez Ford was defeated by Seth Rollins in a strong match, and The Usos retained their Unified Tag Team Championship titles by beating Rey and Dominik Mysterio in the main event.

The Usos had their Unified Tag Team Titles on the line as they faced Rey and Dominik Mysterio in the main event. After a strong match, the Usos retained their gold after they hit the 1D on Dominik.

Following the title bout, Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley stormed the ring and started beating down the Mysterios. That led Edge to the rescue, as happened at SummerSlam. Edge setup Balor for a Spear, but Ripley threw Dominik in his place at the last moment, so Edge accidentally cut down Dominik with a Spear. Edge chased Balor through the crowd, and Raw ended with Rey and medical staff kneeling over a pained Dominik

This match was as good a reminder as any that Rey Mysterio is still awesome: This match was consistently fun whenever Mysterio was in the ring. Lots of great counters, like when The Usos attempted a 1D on Rey but he turned it into a Hurricanrana on Jimmy

The apex of the match came when, after a previous failed attempt, the Mysterios managed to hit stereo 619s on Jimmy Uso. Dominik followed it up with a Frog Splash, which the crowd definitely bought as the finish, but Jey Uso broke up the pin.

Jey Uso took out Rey on the outside, but Dominik crashed into him with a Suicide Dive. Back in the ring, Dominik setup Jimmy for another 619. Jey jumped on the ropes and got a blind tag, then The Usos cut an oblivious Dominik off with the 1D for the win.

In the clearest sign that Triple H is now directing the ship, former NXT Champion Ciampa defeated AJ Styles in a fantastic match to become the No. 1 Contender for the US Championship. Both Styles and Ciampa won Triple Threat matches earlier in the night to earn a spot in this bout.

This was clearly designed to establish Ciampa as a formidable force in WWE, a pivot from him being positioned as a generic lackey for The Miz. He won with the help of The Miz, but was presented throughout as being essentially on an even level with AJ Styles.

Miz first helped Ciampa by saving him from defeat towards the end of the match. After terrific back-and-forth action, in which Ciampa clocked AJ Styles with a knee strike in the middle of a Phenomenal Forearm attempt, Styles managed to land a Styles Clash on Ciampa. The ref nearly counted three, but The Miz placed Ciampa’s foot on the rope.

AJ Styles then attacked Miz on the outside, tossing him over the barricade. Ciampa threw Styles into the turnbuckle, and then over the barricade. Ciampa ran inside to try and secure a countout win. Miz grabbed onto Styles’ leg behind the barricade to stop him from entering, but Styles kicked himself loose and made it into the ring at the last second.

Ciampa caught a flustered Styles with a Fairytale Ending for the win. Ciampa will face Bobby Lashley next week on Raw.

Rating: 4 stars. This match’s main flaw was that the crowd wasn’t that into Ciampa, due to him being presented in such lackluster fashion for weeks. Hopefully that changes as he’s pushed into a better position.

Former NXT Women’s Champion Iyo Sky made her main roster debut in a match against Bianca Belair. After a long bout with two break spots, the match ended with disqualification after interference from Bayley, Dakota Kai, Asuka and Alexa Bliss.

As that ending implies, there was a lot of interference in this match. It opened with a flurry, with Sky landing a Moonsault from the apron to the outside on Belair, leading into a break. Belair attempted a comeback when we return from break, but Sky cut her off. Sky grounded Belair and locked on a Crossface.

Belair powered out with a Fallaway Slam, but before she could gain momentum Baylay and Dakota Kai came to ringside — to huge boos from the crowd. After a few minutes of solid action, Belair and Sky fight on the outside. Belair swung Sky into the barricade in a gnarly spot, but Bayley and Kai sat on the apron to stop Belair from tossing Sky back into the ring.

Asuka and Alexa Bliss came to Belair’s aid as the second ad break aired.

The break ends just in time for us to see a big Superplex from Belair to Sky. Belair attempted a Glam Slam several times, but Sky rolled through and hit a jumping stomp onto Belair, and then a running knee attack to Belair in the corner.

Belair went for some offense but got tripped by Bayley and Kai on the outside. Sky rolled up Belair and put her foot on the ropes for extra leverage, but Asuka pushed her feet off. That led Bayley, Kai, Asuka and Bliss to all hit the ring and start brawling for the DQ.

All six women start brawling, but referees and various officials come to break it up as the crowd chants “let them fight!”

Edge came out to his old theme music (!) for a short but impassioned promo. Edge admits he’s been “acting like an asshole” over the past few months, but that all he wanted to do with Judgement Day was get the most out of underutilized talent like Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest, that he hoped to pass down knowledge he’d accumulated over his 30 year career.

“I gotta be honest with ya, it felt like we were just getting started, we were going somewhere, but apparently that first taste of power clouded their judgement,” Edge said. “They thought they’d learned all there is to learn from me, but they were damn wrong.”
Edge said that, along with Finn Balor, they pulled one over on him and put him on the shelf for several months. But now, Edge said, he’s going to kill what he created.

WWE confirmed that Becky Lynch will have to take “several months” off due to injury. The storyline reason is the attack she sustained at the hands of Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai at the beginning of the night, but really it’s due to legitimately injuring her shoulder at SummerSlam.

Chad Gable did a great promo on the way to the ring. He basically just made fun of Houston — saying he’s got a brain double the size of the city, and calling the Houston Astros cheaters — but Gable comes off more naturally than the vast majority of talkers in WWE, who mostly feel stilted.

Good action at the beginning from this trio, but a muted crowd reaction. Dolph Ziggler is the babyface, but the crowd is only moderately behind him. The story was that Gable and Ciampa were teaming up to pick apart the babyface. There was a cute moment where the two heels were bickering as they beat on Styles and Ciampa “shooshed” Gable.
“You don’t shoosh the shoosher!” Gable shot back.

After a break, Gable had Ziggler in an Ankle Lock. Ciampa joined the action by putting a Crossface on Ziggler. Their teamwork was broken up by Ciampa, who attacked Gable after realizing that there would be no clear winner if Ziggler tapped out to both of them.

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