More WWE Appearances Confirmed For Brock Lesnar

WWE has begun advertising Brock Lesnar for several more dates in the coming weeks as the Beast seems set to become a bigger presence on television.

Lesnar is currently advertised for the 10/11 Draft episode of Friday Night Smackdown in Las Vegas as well as the 10/25 edition in Kansas City, MO.

Lesnar has also now been announced for the 9/30 Monday Night Raw taping in Phoenix, Arizona, the 11/4 Smackdown FOX debut in Los Angeles (challenging Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship) and the 11/15 Smackdown taping in Philadelphia, PA.

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Bully Ray On Why Brock Lesnar Should Become WWE Champion

WWE Hall Of Famer, Bully Ray spoke on the latest Busted Open Radio show about Brock Lesnar’s return and him possibly becoming WWE Champion.

On believing Brock Lesnar should be the next champion:

“If you’re able to have Kofi Kingston beat Brock Lesnar then you know what, you’re getting behind Kofi saying, ‘This is our champion. This is the guy. This is the face of the franchise.’ But I’ve gotta give you the honest answer from my gut and I don’t think there’s anyway Kofi Kingston wins,” stated LaGreca. “I think we’re gonna see Brock Lesnar with that WWE Championship around his waist.”

“Brock is the guy. And since Brock is a WWE guy and a former UFC guy, Brock’s name is known by people who might not be wrestling fans,” said Bully Ray. “There might be people out there who not only don’t get cable, but are Brock fans from the UFC. Brock should bring a lot of eyes to this show on Friday. He’s the biggest name and that’s why they’re going with him. And Brock as your champion is what’s best for business right now with your show going to FOX.”

On if Lesnar will be around more often:

“I would hope so,” responded Bully Ray. “As the champion and without having commitments to the UFC, I hope we see Brock in at least two out of every four weeks a month. And maybe they can even convince Brock – and this would blow people away, Dave – maybe they can even convince him to wrestle once a month on SmackDown and defend the championship. If Brock were to wrestle once a month on SmackDown and defend his championship, I don’t think anybody could ever say a word again.”

H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.

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Unpopular Opinions About WWE Right Now – by Mike Sanchez

This week I accidentally dragged myself into a heated debate with my friends over the answer to a simple question about a particular food brand – namely which of the most popular brands I preferred. Apparently my answer was not popular and though some chose to question my decision, others jokingly thought I’d lost my marbles. I didn’t back down, and we eventually agreed that I had stumbled upon an unpopular opinion – something I staunchly believe to be true, but will leave myself wide open for criticism, or outright disbelief that I think such things.

Though some of the following opinions of mine are light-hearted and not judgments I’m willing to die on a hill for, it’s worth remembering the golden rule; opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. Just because I think something doesn’t mean you have to agree, but this is wrestling and it’s not supposed to be taken too seriously.

Baron Corbin was the right choice to win King of the Ring

I know, many of you will have stopped reading as soon as you saw that, but hear me out. I wrote a few weeks back that the whole point of the King of the Ring tournament was to elevate a mid to lower card wrestler. Established names or guys with titles need not apply. This is purely to give stars some much-needed exposure and hopefully propel a career that may have stalled. Someone who at one time showed much promise, but for one reason or another, hasn’t hit the dizzy heights expected of them and needs a push. Corbin ticks all of these boxes.

Look, I wanted Chad Gable to win this Monday on Raw, I really did. But WWE doesn’t always give us what they want and sometimes with good reason. Gable has been the plucky good guy since he arrived in WWE, always up against the odds, and the KOTR tournament gave him a shot at winning over the crowd – and to be fair, he was doing a good job. However, perhaps WWE’s plans for him are as a heel going forward, or as a frustrated good guy who thinks the world is against him and will fight and scrap for everything from here on out. Worked out ok for Becky Lynch, didn’t it?

Back to Corbin and I’ll be the first to admit he wasn’t my favorite guy in WWE. Then again, when I think about it, he’s been hampered with some awful gimmicks; the annoying authority figure on Raw, the whiny wrestler who inserted himself into feuds and generally whining about everything. In recent weeks he’s changed. He’s stopped bitching and become cockier. He’s winning matches rather than fluking them, he’s berating the crowd a lot during his matches and now he’s won a high-profile tournament.

Corbin is never bashed by his peers inside or outside of the business and seems to be well-respected. He took on those awful gimmicks and tried his best with poor material. I don’t think it was his fault he didn’t connect with the crowds, but perhaps all he needs is a fresh start, a new feud and an opportunity. Gable will likely get a feud with Corbin out of this, so hopefully putting Corbin over was the right call and can elevate both guys in the long run.

Seth Rollins Isn’t The Biggest Name in Wrestling

Is Seth Rollins talented? Hell yeah. Is he a top guy? Of course. Is he one of the most well-known stars on the roster? Yep. Is he the ‘biggest’ name in the company? Well, that depends on who you ask. Being the champion of a brand or show in wrestling proves two things; you’re the man/woman to beat, and the company has faith in you right now. Rollins is a very safe hand and a credible champion. He never phones it in and is a poster boy for hard work, determination and toughness. Do I think he should be champion? Yes, I do. He’s popular with the fans of all demographics and is the standard-bearer for Monday Night Raw. His recent engagement to Becky Lynch has only served to make him more likable and popular.

However, some questioned his #1 ranking in the recent PWI rankings, and though I don’t class myself as a wrestling scholar or at the same level as those who ranked over 500 pro wrestlers – I mean, where do you even begin with that list? – is he the biggest name in pro wrestling right now? Let’s do some searches on Google. If he’s the biggest name out there, surely he should be top of the search rankings, right?

  • Seth Rollins – 25.9 million results
  • Chris Jericho – 26.6 million results
  • Bayley – 26.7 million results
  • Becky Lynch – 30.3 million results
  • Roman Reigns – 40.5 million results
  • Sasha Banks – 198 million results
  • AJ Styles – 260 million results
  • Daniel Bryan – 310 million results

And to prove the internet is a fickle mistress and not all wrestlers are equal:

  • Gillberg – 1.08 million results
  • Braun Strowman – 4.8 million results
  • Kenny Omega – 9.75 million results
  • Baron Corbin – 9.9 million results
  • Kofi Kingston – 13.7 million results
  • Randy Orton – 18.5 million results
  • Hulk Hogan – 36.4 million results
  • John Cena – 228 million results

So does that prove that Rollins’ popularity doesn’t transcend outside of WWE? Perhaps, but if that was the case, AJ Styles would be mega-popular outside of wrestling and more people would know Roman Reigns than Hulk Hogan. Take it with a pinch of salt, but my opinion is that Rollins isn’t the biggest star WWE have on their books – at least to the non-WWE audience.

Brock Lesnar is Money and an MVP Whenever He’s in WWE

It came as no real surprise that Brock Lesnar has been brought back to WWE to coincide with Smackdown Live’s launch on FOX. I’ve gone on record before that Brock is a blessing and curse to WWE. He is a draw. He is a freak of nature and a natural talent. He is a star attraction. If he lived, breathed and bled WWE, he would be the biggest star in the industry since Hogan or Austin, perhaps even bigger. Thing is, he doesn’t live for wrestling. WWE is a paycheck to him and nothing more. And honestly, who can blame him?

WWE will always find themselves in a Catch-22 situation. They try to push new talent, but forever go back to big names for their biggest shows.

Wrestlemania coming up? Book Undertaker, Triple H and Goldberg in matches. Got a high-profile show or major change to the brand on the horizon? Throw money at Brock Lesnar and give the Rock a call to see if he’s busy. What’s that? There’s a new X-BOX/Playstation game being launched and we need some talent for the promotional video? Find Sting and tell Hogan all is forgiven.

It’s a never-ending cycle. If WWE won’t push or build new stars for the future, they’ll be forever relying on big names from the past. It would be like NXT bringing in Samoa Joe or AJ Styles to headline a Takeover show.

The problem now is that everyone mentioned above can’t put on a show longer than ten minutes in a high-pressure match with the exception of Lesnar, so they have little choice in bringing him back. Lesnar is their current go-to guy, and sad as it may seem, he is a big attraction and will generate interest – also due to the fantastic hype man that is Paul Heyman. I’d love to write that Rollins, Reigns or Kingston were the big ticket guys who will draw in new audiences, but they just aren’t right now. Reigns does have a good demographic reach and a recent study showed non-wrestling fans find him the most intriguing/interesting/handsome of the current crop on TV, but his run as champion a couple of years ago, along with a negative reaction from WWE fans, saw that idea put on the back burner for a while.

As it stands, we’re stuck with Brock Lesnar being billed as the big draw for WWE. I don’t hate the guy, far from it, but it would be nice for WWE to try something new and showcase some of the current roster and use them as ways to draw in new audiences. Do what NXT does; build from within and use the talent in the locker room to get out into the world and make names for themselves. Garner interest from outside and bring new eyes to the product.

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So what do you think? Do you have unpopular opinions about wrestling? Did you disagree with all of mine, or did I get some right? I’d love to hear your thoughts. – Oh, before I forget, the unpopular opinion I had with my friends that caused so much outrage? I said the Burger King Whopper is a better burger than anything on offer in McDonald’s. There, I said it. I’ll die on that metaphorical hill.

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WWE News: Brock Lesnar Announced for Raw Appearance on September 30

Brock Lesnar returned to WWE last night when he (via Paul Heyman) challenged Kofi Kingston for the WWE Title at the first Smackdown on Fox on October 4th in Los Angeles. Kingston accepted the challenge, Lesnar acted as if he wanted to shake his hand and then Lesnar gave Kingston a F5 to stand tall. The match was made official shortly after that, so WWE will have over two weeks to promote Kingston vs. Lesnar for the WWE Title.

The next Smackdown on September 24 is the last one on a Tuesday night. There won’t be an October 1 Smackdown because the first Friday Smackdown is October 4.

Lesnar’s match against Kingston on October 4 will be Lesnar’s first match on WWE television since 2004. All of his matches since 2012 have been on pay-per-view or live events.

Lesnar’s next advertised appearance (for now) is on September 30 in Phoenix on Raw. The Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix tweeted about it today:

They also advertised two matches:

*WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt.

*WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks.

That doesn’t mean anything, though. WWE advertises dark matches all the time like that and then they don’t do them. There are plenty of times on Raw where they don’t do a dark match after the show.

They will likely use that appearance to have Lesnar interact with Kingston prior to their WWE Title match on October 4 because it’s the same week of the Smackdown on Fox debut. Since WWE’s “wildcard rule” is still in effect, wrestlers can appear on both shows.

TJR Thoughts: It’s smart to advertise Brock and build up the WWE Title match more. Lesnar is likely going to be Smackdown only when the WWE Draft takes place on October 11. It makes sense that WWE would want him to be on Smackdown on Fox since he is arguably the biggest name in the company especially as a crossover star when Fox promotes Smackdown during football games.

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Kofi Kingston To Defend WWE Championship Against Brock Lesnar On The Fox Debut Of SmackDown

“The Beast” Brock Lesnar will face-off against Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship next month during the first episode of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX. Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman made their presence felt during tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live after a six-man tag match in which Kofi and New Day were victorious. Brock… Read More Kofi Kingston To Defend WWE Championship Against Brock Lesnar On The Fox Debut Of SmackDown

WWE Championship Match Announced for Smackdown on Fox Premiere on October 4

There was a big surprise on WWE Smackdown Live from Atlanta tonight. That surprise led to a huge match being announced for the first Smackdown episode on Fox on Friday, October 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The match will see Kofi Kingston defending the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar. That episode will also be Smackdown’s 20th-anniversary show featuring several legends from WWE history.

It will be Lesnar’s first match on Smackdown since 2004. It’s actually going to be Lesnar’s first televised match on WWE TV since 2004 as well because he did not wrestle once on Raw in the last seven years since he returned in 2012. Lesnar only wrestled on pay-per-view and live events, some of which were shown on WWE Network.

Lesnar’s appearance on Smackdown this evening was a surprise. He wasn’t advertised and there were no spoilers about his appearance.

Here’s what happened, which I’m going to share from my Smackdown review earlier this evening. This took place right after Kofi Kingston and New Day beat Randy Orton and The Revival in a six-man tag team match where Kingston got the win for his team:

After the match, the music of Brock Lesnar hit and “The Beast” Brock Lesnar was in the arena with his advocate Paul Heyman. They were staring at New Day, especially Kofi Kingston, in the ring. Kingston told Big E and Woods to leave because he’s got this.

Lesnar, who had a bit of a beard, walked on the apron with Heyman while Kingston stood in the ring holding the WWE Title. They went into the ring with Paul Heyman doing his introduction. Heyman said that Lesnar stands in front of Kofi and Lesnar stands in the way of the longevity of Kofi’s title reign. Heyman said it’s a bad day for the New Day…yes it is.

Heyman said that his client Brock Lesnar hereby challenges Kofi to a match for the WWE Championship of the world on Friday, October 4 at the Friday Night Smackdown premiere on Fox.

Kofi Kingston said when he won the WWE Title he said he was going to be a fighting champion, so as far as the challenge is concerned, he accepts. Lesnar grabbed Kingston and hit the F5 on him to leave the WWE Champion down on the mat. Lesnar grabbed the WWE Title and tossed it towards Kingston on the mat.

TJR Thoughts: It’s a big match for the first Smackdown on Fox, which was expected. I think Lesnar will win the WWE Title. I know that pisses off a lot of people that don’t like him, but Lesnar is the biggest name in WWE for casual fans and I think WWE wants to get the WWE Title on him. Lesnar wrestling on TV is rare, so obviously WWE considers the Smackdown on Fox debut to be a huge deal if they are having Lesnar vs. Kingston for the WWE Title.

The next WWE pay-per-view is Hell in a Cell on October 6, so if they do a title change then Lesnar may also wrestle and defend the title two days later as well. Perhaps that could be a reason why Kingston finds a way to retain the title? I’m not sure how they are going to handle the Fox debut and Hell in a Cell two days later, but I think the Fox debut is much more important.

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WALTER Wants To Face Brock Lesnar, Claims; “There’s No Smarter Professional Wrestler”

During a recent interview with Sport Bible, WWE United Kingdom Champion, WALTER, revealed he would like to face Brock Lesnar.

The dominant NXT UK Superstar gave plenty of praise to the Beast, claiming that he is the smartest professional wrestler around right now.

“For sure, I think right now there’s no smarter professional wrestlers than Brock Lesnar at the moment. I’m aware of the negative reactions he gets by the fans, but if I ever end up in that position in my career, I would be very thankful [laughs].”

Within the interview, WALTER also listed the likes of Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre, and Braun Strowman as other dream opponents of his.

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