Archive | September 2014

Update on Brock Lesnar’s WWE Status, SmackDown Viewership Down, Post-NOC PPV Videos

– Below are the post-WWE Night of Champions interviews that we recapped earlier:

– Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown, the final show before Night of Champions, drew 2.631 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 2.821 million viewers. SmackDown was the highest-rated original program on cable for Friday night.

– We noted earlier that WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar would not be appearing on tonight’s RAW from Memphis. PWInsider confirms that Lesnar did fly back home this morning. As of this writing, WWE’s website does not have Lesnar advertised for any upcoming events.


Roman Reigns Headed Home, Undertaker on Canvas 2 Canvas, Brie & Bryan Clip

– Below is a bonus clip from last night’s WWE Total Divas episode with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella:

– The latest Canvas 2 Canvas video features WWE artist Rob Schamberger drawing The Undertaker:

– Roman Reigns flew home today and tweeted the following update:

“Finally headed home for some R&R!! My recliner is calling my name!! #Recovery #ASAP”

On This Day in Wrestling – 20th September


1999 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 6.1 to 3.1 in the ratings

2004 – Christy Hemme won the 1st televised (2nd overall) WWE Diva Search. Other participants included Amy Weber, Carmella DeCesare, Joy Giovanni, Michelle McCool, Tracie Wright, & Maria Kanellis

2006 – WWE announced the following: “WWE has come to terms on the release of Boogeyman (Marty Wright) as of today 9/20/06. We wish Marty the best in all future endeavors.”  The reasoning was that WWE didn’t feel Boogey was working hard in rehabbing from injuries that had sidelined him, as he had missed several doctor’s appointments.  However, WWE would rehire him less than a month later, reportedly at the behest of Booker T, who brought Boogeyman to his wrestling school where he saw that Boogey was dedicated to returning to the ring.  He would later be released again

Title Changes

1957 – Ivan The Terrible & Nikita Zolotoff defeated Pepper Gomez & El Medico to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas

1975 – Ric Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Hampton, Virginia

1978 – Jose Lothario defeated Assassin #1 to win the TSW Louisiana Title

1981 – Big John Studd defeated Angelo Mosca to win the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario

1985 – The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) defeated The Dynamic Duo (Gino Hernandez & Chris Adams) to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1987 – Hurricane Castillo Jr. defeated Gran Mendoza to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico . On the same show, Carlos Colon defeated Hercules Ayala to win the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title

1989 – Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto defeated Riki Choshu & Takayuki Iizuka to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

1993 – Shinya Hashimoto defeated The Great Muta to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

1993 – Jerry Lawler defeated Tatanka to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1997 – Devil Masami defeated Zero to win the vacant WCW Women’s Title. Also, Sugar Sato defeated Yoshiko Tamura to win the vacant WCW Women’s Cruiserweight Title

1997 – The Gangstanators (New Jack & Kronus) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Raw, Mr McMahon vacated the WWF Title. Also, The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) defeated The Unholy Alliance (The Undertaker & The Big Show) in a Dark Side Rules Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2003 – The Backseat Boyz (Johnny Kashmere & Trent Acid) won a Gauntlet Match to win the vacant ROH Tag Team Titles

2007 – D’Lo Brown & Buchanan won a 4-team Round Robin Tournament to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2008 – Adam Pearce defeated Brent Albright to win the NWA World Title


Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famers Arn Anderson (56), Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (63), 5-time WW(W)F Tag Team Champion Tony Garea (68), 6-time WWA Women’s Champion Megumi Kudo (44) and former ECW personality Joel Gertner (39)

Today also would have been the birthday of 2-time AWA Light Heavyweight Champion Mike Graham (63)

WWE Re-Write Scripts for Night of Champions, Roman Reigns Replacement

– It’s interesting to note that before Roman Reigns had to have emergency surgery today, WWE had two scripts for Night of Champions and one of them had Reigns not wrestling.

Reigns’ condition is legitimate and was said to be a serious deal. WWE’s writers have been working on re-writing three days worth of TV before Sunday afternoon.

We noted earlier that one of WWE’s back-up plans reportedly fell through and that may have been their main plan for Reigns’ replacement. That plan falling through could be why they didn’t interrupt WWE Network coverage today with an update on Reigns. An impression given was that they were going to announce the back-up plan on the Network.

This has not been confirmed by WWE or any WWE sources but the obvious speculation is that Dean Ambrose, who wrapped WWE Studios’ Lockdown this weekend, will likely do something with Seth Rollins tomorrow instead.

Post-Surgery Update on Roman Reigns and How Long He Will Be Out of Action

– As noted earlier, Roman Reigns was rushed to a Nashville, Tennessee hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for an abdominal hernia, also know as an incarcerated hernia. Reigns will miss tomorrow’s Night of Champions pay-per-view and the match against Seth Rollins.

WWE physician Chris Amann says Reigns’ condition is not related to any in-ring activity. He said:”Roman has had a pre-existing hernia for some time, which unfortunately had become acutely painful, which led to him going to the emergency room in Nashville. He was found to have a large hernia that was unable to be reduced, which means pushed back into the abdominal cavity. As a result, it was necessary to perform an emergency operation to open up the hernia sac and try and push it back into the abdominal cavity.”

Amann added that the hernia suffered by Reigns is different from a sports hernia. Reigns’ injury is an inguinal hernia which “can sometimes come from sports” but might also be present at birth.

Reigns has been transferred to a recovery area and is “doing quite well.” Doctors will continue to monitor his progress with a particular focus on preventing infection and insuring that his intestinal functions return to normal. He may be discharged from the hospital as early as tomorrow.

According to Dr. Amann, a typical recovery time for a condition like this is approximately four to six weeks, noting that because this particular hernia was significant, Reigns will likely be out of commission for “closer to six weeks.”

Update on Roman Reigns’ Status for WWE Night of Champions on Sunday, Sting comments on WWE teaser

– WWE issued the following Roman Reigns update, noting he will be unable to compete at Night of Champions against Seth Rollins tomorrow night:

“ has learned that Roman Reigns has undergone emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. Reigns had been in Nashville to promote tomorrow’s Night of Champions pay-per-view. His recovery time will be evaluated by the local surgeon and WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann, but he will be unable to compete against Seth Rollins tomorrow night. Check back with for further updates on Reigns’ condition.”

– WWE had been hyping a breaking news update on Roman Reigns’ status at 1pm EST on the WWE Network but as of this writing at 1:19pm EST, the interruption never aired. notes that one of the plans WWE was working on with Reigns fell through, presumably a back-up plan.

– Sting is the latest wrestler to tweet about WWE’s “next generation” teaser for Monday’s RAW, adding to the speculation that the teaser is related to WWE 2K15. Sting posted the following on Twitter today:

“It’s Showtime. 9.22.14”

WWE Says Roman Reigns Has Been Rushed to a Hospital, Undergoing Surgery

– WWE announced the following:NASHVILLE, Tenn. — has learned Roman Reigns has been rushed to a Nashville, Tenn., hospital to undergo emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. Reigns had been in Nashville to promote tomorrow’s Night of Champions event. His recovery time will be evaluated by the local surgeon and WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann following today’s operation. Check back with for updates on Reigns’ condition.

Speculation on WWE’s “Next Generation” Teaser for Monday’s RAW, NXT Stars Booked

– Regarding WWE teasing the “next generation” for Monday’s RAW, it most likely will not have to do with some kind of invasion angle with NXT Champion Adrian Neville, Fergal Devitt, Kevin Steen, Hideo Itami and Sami Zayn.

WWE has referred to this group as the “next generation” on their website this week but speculation is that the teaser for Monday has to do with WWE 2K15 and either the gameplay on next-gen consoles or possibly the NXT stars having a bigger role in the game.

On a related note, The Ascension, Tyler Breeze, Neville and Zayn are all confirmed to be at Monday’s RAW.

WWE Teases “Next Generation” for Monday’s RAW from Memphis

– WWE’s Twitter account posted the following teaser for Monday’s RAW in Memphis:

“You’ve waited long enough… Prepare yourself for the next generation. 9/22/2014”

As noted, a new interview on WWE’s website referred to NXT Champion Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Kevin Steen and Fergal Devitt as the “next generation.”