Finn Balor undergos shoulder surgery

Finn Balor had shoulder surgery on Tuesday, August 23rd to repair the injury he sustained during his WWE Universal Championship match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam.  Finn released the following photos on his official Instagram page today regarding his surgery.

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WWE.com released photos of Finn’s surgery prep, the surgery itself and post-op.  You can view those photos here*Photos contain graphic images*

Today is the first day of Finn’s recovery and I know I’m not alone when I say I am sending him all of my love, support and prayers during the next few months of recovery!

Warrior Wednesday (Conservative Speaker)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we are discussing Warrior’s short career as a Conservative Speaker.

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After The Ultimate Warrior had retired from wrestling in 1999, he had a brief career as a conservative speaker and commentator. During this time, he partnered with another conservative spokesperson in Daniel Pinheiro and they criticized left-wing politics.  While speaking at the University of Connecticut, he made a comment about homosexuals stating, “Queering doesn’t make the world work.” This comment led to some controversy which resulted in Warrior clarifying this on his official website, stating that “the human race would die out if everyone was a homosexual.”

The first matches announced for Backlash

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Now that the Championship belts have debuted, it’s time to determine who will be the first ever Smackdown Live Women’s Champion and Tag Team Champions!  These Championship matches will occur at Smackdown Live’s first pay-per-view, Backlash.

The women will compete in a Six Pack Challenge to determine our first Women’s Champion.  These women consist of Becky Lynch, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Carmella, and the newly returned Nikki Bella.  Whoever successfully pins an opponent first will be declared our first Smackdown Live Women’s Champion.

In order to declare Smackdown Live’s first Tag Team Champions, a Tag Team Tournament will occur leading up to Backlash. Smackdown Live held their first round qualifying matches last night where The Usos defeated The Ascension and American Alphas defeated Breezango in order to advance to the Championship match.

Dean Ambrose will also have a Championship match at Backlash as he will put his title on the line against AJ Styles.  After pushing Dolph Ziggler’s buttons to the point where Dolph continuously lashed out, Daniel Bryan scheduled a #1 Contender match between the two.  If AJ Styles won, he would face Dean Ambrose at Backlash for the WWE Championship.  If Dolph Ziggler won, he would be added to that match and it would become a Triple Threat Match.  Sadly for Dolph, he was unsuccessful in obtaining the win leaving him behind as AJ Styles moves on.  It was one hell of a match and such a shame Dolph couldn’t advance as well.  It would have been an incredible Triple Threat Match!

 

Stay tuned for more upcoming matches for Backlash, airing on The WWE Network September 11th!

Smackdown Live debuts Women’s Division and Tag Team Championship Belts

Rumors have been circulating around the WWE Universe that Smackdown Live would be adding Tag Team Championships and a Women’s Championship to their brand which General Manager Daniel Bryan confirmed last night.  Daniel Bryan was joined by Commissioner Shane McMahon, the Smackdown Live Women’s Division and Tag Team Division to unveil the new Championship belts.  The belts are identical to those of Monday Night Raw with the exception of replacing the red with their signature blue color.  Photos of Smackdown Live’s new Championship belts are provided below.

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Who will be the first woman and tag team crowned as Smackdown Live’s first Champions?  Find out on Sunday, September 11th on Smackdown Live’s first pay-per-view, Backlash!

Raw (After SummerSlam) Recap

I’m always curious to see how the Monday Night Raw after a pay-per-view plays out.  Will there be excitement, a debut or any major announcements? Monday Night Raw certainly delivered all of the above last night.  So much so, that I felt like I should have prepared myself with a box of tissues and a pint of chocolate ice cream.  What can I say?  I’m undeniably invested in WWE and members of their roster.  The way Raw kicked off last night, I know I’m not the only one who shed a few tears.

universalchampionshipFinn Balor had the match of his career Sunday night. After working in the industry for 16 years, “The Demon King” became a WWE Champion.  Not only that, but he made history at SummerSlam.  Finn Balor is the first WWE Superstar to win an inaugural Championship on his pay-per-view debut.  His victory was just “too sweet” and every wrestling fan couldn’t have been more proud of him.  Unfortunately, reality set in just hours into his victory.  Balor sustained a shoulder injury while competing against Seth Rollins in their Championship match.  His shoulder popped out which he immediately popped back in but the damage had already been done; it’s possible Finn will need surgery followed by the necessary time to recover which is reported to be six months.  As a result, the newly crowned WWE Universal Champion had to relinquish the title. Before handing the title over to General Manager Mick Foley, Finn thanked WWE, the locker room, Seth Rollins for giving him the match of his life, and us – the WWE Universe.  Finn promised us with such conviction that he would be coming after the Universal Championship as soon as he was medically cleared to compete.

 

fatal4wayWith the WWE Universal Championship being newly vacant, practically half of the male roster came out wanting an opportunity at the title. The situation began getting out of hand so Stephanie and Mick put a stop to it real quick.  The resolution being there would be a series of matches to take place that night and whoever won their prospective match would move on to a Fatal 4Way match next week to determine the new WWE Universal Championship.  The matches consisted of Seth Rollins vs Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville vs Kevin Owens, Rusev vs Big Cass and Chris Jericho vs Roman Reigns.  The four gentlemen that won their matches and will be advancing to the Fatal 4Way are Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Big Cass, and Roman Reigns.  Next Monday, one of these men will be crowned our new WWE Universal Champion!

 

bayleyrawdebutSpeaking of Champions, our new Women’s Champion Charlotte came out to boast about her victory against “The Boss”, Sasha Banks. Right about the time Charlotte and Dana Brooke were about to leave the ring, General Manager Mick Foley wanted to introduce these ladies – and the WWE Universe – the new, hottest free agent that he and Stephanie signed to Raw’s Women Division.  The newest (and excellent) addition to the roster came in the form of the most notorious hugger in WWE history, Bayley!  The fans immediately welcomed her with open arms and were just as thrilled as she was to see her on Monday Night Raw.  She had her debut match against Charlotte’s protégé’, Dana Brooke and was successful in picking up the win.  This is only the start of amazing things to come for Bayley and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her!  She truly deserves all of this success and more.

 

thedudleyboyzOf course, I chose to end this Raw recap on a sad note but it deserved to be saved for last.  The Dudley Boyz announced that on Twitter that a year after their return to WWE, they would be leaving.  It wasn’t your typical departure; these men were retiring after an amazing career in professional wrestling.  Bubba Ray Dudley, who is a brutal being, gave the WWE Universe a heads up that he may get emotional.  Bubba reflected on his last year with WWE; they arrived, they kicked some ass, they had some high moments and some low moments.  We loved them and we hated them, but deep down he knew that we respected them.   D-Von took an opportunity to address the WWE Universe as well, saying he spent 20 years up and down the highway with Bubba Ray creating history; history like the legendary TLC match that fans talk about to this day being one of the best matches of all time.  D-Von reflected about the history that he made with fellow tag teams Edge and Christian as well as The Hardy Boyz.  The WWE is his home and always will be and if it weren’t for the WWE Universe, there would be no Dudley Boyz.  At that time, Bubba Ray wanted everyone to give themselves a round of applause since they always applaud them.  Bubba Ray ended this farewell saying, “In this business and in this industry, you don’t get to go out on your own terms. Even though things didn’t go perfectly for us this year, being able to say goodbye to our hardcore brothers and sisters in our own backyard, this is our own terms.  Thank you very, very, very much!”  Of course, D-Von had to appropriately end it with “Oh my brother, TESTIFY!” It was sad to see them go but at least they busted out some classic maneuvers on The Shining Stars prior to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson beating them down.  Maybe they’ll have one more match to invoke revenge on Gallows and Anderson before they officially close the book on their professional wrestling career.  One can only hope!

 

So do you see why I should have been stuffing my face with ice cream as my tears fell into it!? Monday Night Raw was like an emotional roller coaster ride; I was sad, happy, content then sad again.  I can’t handle it!  I did however handle all of the entertainment value Raw gave us last night and I look forward it continuing next week when we see a new WWE Universal Champion crowned!