WWE News: Braun Strowman Announces He Has Signed New Deal With WWE for Four More Years

It’s not every day that a WWE superstar announces they have announced a new contract, but that’s exactly what Braun Strowman did today on Instagram. You can find Strowman on Instagram under his real name @AdamScherr99 here. Here’s what he wrote:

“Well I’m sure more than a few of you will like this announcement!!!!!!!! Here’s to 4 more years of being the hardest working and best big man in the whole damn industry and working for the Greatest promotion in the world the @wwe”

He also went crazy with hashtags noting that he “likes Million dollar deals” although we don’t know how much he has re-signed for.

#ThenNowAndForever #wwe #resigned #ILikeMillionDollarDealsWheresMyPenBiatchImSigning #FourMoreYearsOfPuttingButtsInSeatsAndSmilesOnFaces #BraunStrowman#BraunZilla #KingOfAllMonsters with my army behind me my #MonsterMilitia #ILoveMyJob#MonsterOnTopTheMountain

Strowman will turn 36 years old in September. He started on the main roster in late 2015 and then got a monster singles push in July 2016 when the brand extension started. Strowman has main evented several pay-per-views already, but his quest to become Universal Champion has been unsuccessful so far. He also rarely loses any matches. It will be interesting to see if this new contract will lead to him becoming a main event performer in WWE again. It’s certainly possible.

Here’s the Instagram post:

Strowman also posted this video of his Corvette starting up. He’s loving life and that’s great to see.

Nice ride. Congrats to Braun on the new contract.

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Report: Finn Balor Expected to Take Time Off from WWE After SummerSlam

Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental Title to Shinsuke Nakamura at Extreme Rules on the Kickoff Show on Sunday. It was the second straight match with Nakamura where Balor lost cleanly. Prior to that, Balor was barely on television over the last month. There’s no injury to report, but Balor has apparently requested some time off that has been granted to him.

It was reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin that Balor will be going on a WWE break starting next month. Balor asked WWE officials for two months and it’s not known why, but a source told Satin that Balor wanted to “recharge.” The request for time off was granted and it was noted that the time off will start at some point in August. The belief is that it will be after SummerSlam on August 11 in Toronto.

Last night on Raw, Balor had a match with Samoa Joe where Joe countered a move and hooked the arms of Balor leading to a pinfall win in a match that was only given one match. After the match, Joe tried an attack on Balor and Balor came back with his signature offense including the corner dropkick followed by the Coup de Grace double foot stomp off the top rope.

Balor was in the ring posing for the fans when the lights flickered, then the lights went off and when a spotlight was back on, Bray Wyatt was there in his “Fiend” mask. Wyatt dropped Balor with the Sister Abigail neckbreaker and the fans popped huge for it.

It’s not known yet if Wyatt will face Balor at SummerSlam, but it makes sense to do that now and if they do it, that would be a way to write out Balor after he loses that match.

TJR Thoughts: The WWE schedule is a grind as we all know, so if somebody needs a few months off to “recharge” their batteries so to speak, then it’s nice that WWE is willing to give him that. It will also freshen up the Balor character while he’s away and he can come back in October (that would be two months away) with a lot of freshness for his character.

Also, if you follow Balor on Instagram and/or Twitter, Balor is very happy in his life with his girlfriend Vero Laguera, who works for Fox Sports. I wish him all the best and if he wants to take time off to spend more time for him, that’s great for him.

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WWE News: 10-Man All-Star Battle Royal on Raw Tonight, Winner to Challenge for Universal Title at SummerSlam, 4-Way Women’s Match

It was announced just moments ago that there will be a ten man “All-Star” battle royal tonight on Raw. Here’s more from WWE.com about it:

With Brock Lesnar reinstalled as Universal Champion following his Money in the Bank cash-in at WWE Extreme Rules, the business of naming his challenger must be addressed. WWE officials have opened the field and sanctioned a “Cross Brand All-Star Top 10 Battle Royal” between some of the top Superstars from Raw and SmackDown, with the winner to challenge The Beast Incarnate at next month’s SummerSlam event. The Raw participants are Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Baron Corbin, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio, while SmackDown LIVE will field Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and freshly-crowned SmackDown Tag Team Champion Big E. May the best man win …

TJR Thoughts: My pick to win is Braun Strowman. I think Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins are a good choice too, but I feel like WWE is going to want to push Strowman again. That’s just a hunch on my part.

A Fatal 4-Way women’s match was also announced between Natalya, Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Carmella. The winner of that match gets to challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Title at SummerSlam on August 10.

TJR Thoughts: I want Naomi to win because she has been out of the spotlight too long. I know she’s a face like Lynch, but I want Naomi to have a shot at doing something meaningful. Natalya is my favorite of the four, so if she wins that would be great too.

I’ll be around tonight for a live WWE Raw review exclusively right here on TJRWrestling to let you know what happens.

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News: WWE Network Has Added 12 ECW Supershows from 1994 to 1996 (Video Preview)

A new batch of classic wrestling content was uploaded to WWE Network today and it’s all about Extreme Championship Wrestling. Prior to ECW’s first pay-per-view, Barely Legal on April 13, 1997, the company put out supershows on tape and they really did a great job of covering what ECW was all about.

You can find these classic ECW shows on WWE Network in the section of PAY-PER-VIEWS and then click on ECW to find the show you are looking for.

Thanks to WWE Network News for the dates, names of the supershows and descriptions for what was added to WWE Network today.

2/05/1994 – The Night The Line Was Crossed [Duration: 02:07:29]
Terry Funk defends the ECW Title against Shane Douglas and Sabu in a Three-Way Dance. Plus, Public Enemy, The Sandman, and more in action!

05/14/1994 – When Worlds Collide [Duration: 01:45:13]
Terry Funk and Arn Anderson take on Bobby Eaton and Sabu in the main event. Plus, 911, Public Enemy, Kevin Sullivan and more in action!

06/24/1994 – Hostile City Showdown 1994 [Duration: 01:54:30]
Cactus Jack goes one-on-one with Sabu in the main event. The Tazmaniac battles The Pitbull in a Dog Collar Match. All this and much more!

08/13/1994 – Hardcore Heaven 1994 [Duration: 01:49:13]
Cactus Jack takes on Terry Funk in a legendary main event. Plus, Public Enemy, The Pitbulls, and many more take to the ring for action!

11/05/1994 – November to Remember 1994 [Duration: 02:29:18]
Ron Simmons challenges Shane Douglas for the ECW World Title. Plus, Public Enemy is in action, Dean Malenko faces The Tazmaniac, and more! – This event has never been released in its entirety, although portions aired on ECW’s weekly TV at the time.

04/08/1995 – 3 Way Dance [Duration: 01:46:29]
Public Enemy battles two formidable duos in a Three-Way Dance main event for the ECW World Tag Team Titles.

09/16/1995 – Gangstas Paradise 1995 [Duration: 01:40:03]
Mikey Whipwreck and Public Enemy get locked up inside a true Gangstas Paradise with New Jack, The Sandman, and an unexpected competitor.

12/29/1995 – Holiday Hell 1995 [Duration: 02:34:50]
Cactus Jack takes on Sabu in an Extreme Death Match. With Tommy Dreamer on his heels, Raven challenges The Sandman for the ECW World Title.

01/05/1996 – House Party 1996 [Duration: 02:25:00]
Public Enemy and The Gangstas take their rivalry to the streets. Konnan challenges The Sandman for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

02/03/1996 – Big Apple Blizzard Blast 1996 [Duration: 02:27:27]
The Sandman and Too Cold Scorpio battle The Gangstas in the main event. Plus, Cactus Jack, Raven, The Eliminators, and more in action!

04/13/1996 – Massacre on Queens Boulevard 1996 [Duration: 02:17:37]
The main event sees Too Cold Scorpio and The Sandman battle The Gangstas and The Headhunters in a Three-Way Elimination Tag Team Match.

04/20/1996 – Hostile City Showdown 1996 [Duration: 02:17:56]
Shane Douglas challenges Raven for the ECW World Title in the main event. Rob Van Dam faces Sabu. Plus, Brian Lee, Taz, and more in action!

Here’s a preview video from WWE:

TJR Thoughts: I remember these shows well. We didn’t have the original ECW broadcasts in Canada where I live, but we got it once it started on TNN. Anyway, I remember in 1998 when I got my first credit card when I was 18, one of the first purchases I made was from a wrestling tape trading site for these ECW shows. I’ve thrown all the tapes out now, but I remember getting them and being so excited to dive into learning what ECW was all about.

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WWE News: Madison Square Garden Will Host Raw and Smackdown TV on September 9/10, Ticket Info

This news was known a few weeks ago, but it was announced officially by WWE today. Madison Square Garden, also known as the “World’s Most Famous Arena” in New York City, will be the host of WWE’s Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live on September 9th and 10th.

The reason why this is significant is because it has been nearly ten years since WWE had Raw or Smackdown at MSG. Whenever WWE goes to the New York City area for television, they usually go to Barclays Center in Brooklyn or in Long Island, NY, which is where Raw is tonight. While WWE hasn’t been at MSG for TV in nearly a decade, they do regularly go to MSG every 3-4 months. The main reason for not going to MSG for TV tapings is because it’s a lot more expensive than running Barclays or other arenas in the area.

Here’s the official announcement from WWE, plus a video from Seth Rollins.

WWE Live TV returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 10 years with back-to-back episodes of Raw, taking place on Sept. 9 & SmackDown LIVE on Sept. 10.

Combo & individual event tickets will be available this Friday July 19 at 10 a.m. ET at ticketmaster.com

The last time Monday Night Raw took place at MSG was Nov. 16, 2009, featuring John Cena & The Undertaker against Triple H & Shawn Michaels of D-Generation X against Chris Jericho & Big Show of JeriShow in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the action when Raw and SmackDown LIVE return to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” this September.

The MSG Twitter account also posted this.

TJR Thoughts: It will be nice to get Raw and Smackdown from WWE’s “home” arena again. Since WWE’s $400+ million per year TV deals are kicking in this October, they can pretty much afford to do anything anymore, so “costing too much” is less of a factor.

I also think a reason for this happening is because MSG had a sold out New Japan/Ring of Honor show in April during WrestleMania. The AAA promotion out of Mexico is also running MSG this year, but ticket sales are said to be slow. It’s possible that MSG and WWE made a deal that if WWE runs TV or a PPV in MSG then maybe MSG won’t have other promotions in the building. I don’t know if that’s true, but it might be a valid theory.

There will be some tough competition on September 9 because that’s the first night in 2019 where Raw is up against Monday Night Football on ESPN. They have a doubleheader that night with the Houston Texans at the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders.

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WWE News: Raw Reunion Advertised for July 22, Why USA Network Suggested It, Steve Austin Comments

There’s going to be a “Raw Reunion” show when WWE’s flagship show Monday Night Raw heads to Tampa next Monday, July 22. It was announced during last night’s Extreme Rules broadcast during a commercial that promoted the event as the “biggest Raw reunion” in history.

Why are they doing it? According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, USA Network is disappointed about Raw’s ratings being down. They made several suggestions and one of them was the Raw Reunion show, so WWE is going with that.

There’s no particular reason why WWE is choosing that night and that city other than simply wanting to bring back some of the biggest stars in WWE history to have a big Raw reunion party. Plus, it is on the road to SummerSlam, so they can probably do some big angle on the show.

You can watch the video here:

Here are a list of names that were shown in the video: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon (Scott Hall), Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, Christian, Eric Bischoff, The Boogeyman, Shane Helms, Ted DiBiase Sr., Jimmy Hart, D-Von Dudley, Jerry Lawler, Sgt. Slaughter and Santino Marella.

There are several big names that aren’t listed on there that could be like why is Christian there, but not Edge? I’m not sure unless Edge has other commitments. They might add more people to it over the next week.

That means they are going to have a lot of the biggest names in WWE history…plus The Boogeyman! I’m sorry to the three Boogeyman fans out there, but he seems so out of place.

Steve Austin commented about it on Twitter:

Austin also has a USA Network show on August 12 after Raw (the night after SummerSlam), so he might be on a few more times this year to promote his show.

Jim Ross, who now works as an announcer for All Elite Wrestling, was invited to be at the Raw Reunion show, but he turned it down according to some comments that Ross made at a “Grilling with JR” Q&A event yesterday. Thanks to Dominic DeAngelo of Wrestlezone for that news. It was noted that AEW President Tony Khan said that Ross would be able to do the show if he wants, but Ross declined the invitation.

There will probably be more news about Raw Reunion during Raw tonight and over the next week with more names announced for the show.

 

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Final Lineup for AEW Fight for the Fallen Tonight, Opening Video Package, Plus Info on How to Watch

The third ever All Elite Wrestling show takes place tonight in Jacksonville, Florida and it’s called Fight for the Fallen. We posted an updated card earlier in the week, but since the show is tonight, I figured it would be a good idea to remind you of the matches that will take place including one match that was added later in the week.

The first AEW show was held on May 25 and it was called Double or Nothing, which I reviewed here. That was a PPV event. The next show was Fyter Fest, which was two weeks ago and it was on a PPV event, but it was a free show for most of us. I reviewed Fyter Fest here. The third AEW show is tonight’s Fight for the Fallen event.

Before we begin, I want to commend AEW for announcing that all of the event’s proceeds will be donated to victims of gun violence. That’s a great thing they’re doing, so I’m happy for them.

Here’s the cold open video package that AEW posted for tonight’s show.

The BUY IN Pre-show starts at 7:30pmET with the main show beginning at 8:15pmET, which is a unique start time, but that’s what they are doing. Here’s the lineup:

“THE BUY IN” Pre-Show: Sonny Kiss vs. Peter Avalon (with Leva Bates)

“THE BUY IN” Pre-Show: Britt Baker and Riho vs. Bea Priestley and Shoko Nakajima

Chris Jericho will make an appearance.

The Dark Order (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) vs. Angelico & Jack Evans vs. Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy – The winners advance to All Out for a chance at a first-round bye in the Tag Title tournament.

Adam Page vs. Kip Sabian

Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin and Joey Janela vs. MJF, Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears

Brandi Rhodes vs. Allie

SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (with Christopher Daniels) vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fenix)

Kenny Omega vs. Cima

Cody and Dustin Rhodes vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)

Here are some more videos to help get you ready for the show.

Here’s the how to watch info from the AEW’s official website.

Pre-Show: The Buy In: Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT / 12:30am BST. It will be available to stream for free live on the following services:

Fight For The Fallen: Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 8:15pm ET / 5:15pm PT / 1:15am BST. It will be available to stream live on the following services:

  • United States & Canada – B/R Live (Free To Watch)

  • United Kingdom – Fite TV (Purchase Necessary)

  • International – Fite TV (Purchase Necessary)

I think that’s all the info you need. I plan on posting my review on Sunday morning. I have plans tonight, so I won’t be home to watch it live. I will be home tomorrow night to write about WWE Extreme Rules live.

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