Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to receive star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

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WWE.com announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

The Rock is the first former WWE Champion to have his own star on Hollywood Blvd. He joins WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who had his star added in 2008 for his “groundbreaking contributions to television.”

To view the complete list of those receiving their star along with The Rock, you can view it on The Hollywood Walk of Fame’s official website.

Congratulations to The Rock on this exciting accomplishment in his acting career! This is truly deserved and I couldn’t be happier for him.

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NXT Superstar of the Month (June 2016)

Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels).   Each month, this particular person will be awarded NXT Superstar of the Month and for the month of June, this title goes to The Revival’s Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson.

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I won’t lie, it’s usually difficult for me to choose the NXT Superstar of the Month because there are so many talented individuals who have moments of victory, success or stolen the attention of members from The NXT Universe.  Even though I had to think for a brief moment as to who to choose this month, The Revival continuously kept popping up as my first choice.  Clearly, they are the best choice.

Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson made history at NXT TakeOver: The End when they had their rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championship against The American Alphas.  Dash and Dawson lost their titles to Jason Jordan and Chad Gable at NXT TakeOver: Dallas and they were nothing short of determined to get them back.  The majority of The NXT Universe (myself included, a huge fan of The Revival) didn’t think Dash and Dawson would retain their titles.  Everyone was either behind The American Alphas or thought they were a sure win.  To our surprise (happily surprised for me), The Revival retained the titles, becoming the first 2x NXT Tag Team Champions.

I couldn’t be more thrilled for my boys. They are really a dominant force in NXT who without a doubt live up to their name, reviving the Tag Team division.  I have no doubt they will be keeping these titles around their waists for quite some time, including winning their rematch against The American Alphas in a 2 out of 3 Falls match scheduled for next week.  Regardless of the length of their reign, they have solidified their place in NXT history which most of the NXT roster – past, present and future – can’t say for themselves.

WWE Superstar of the Month (June 2016)

Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels).   Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of June, this title goes to Seth Rollins.sethrollins

Seth made his exciting return to action at Extreme Rules, where he blindsided Roman Reigns with a Pedigree moments after Reigns retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles.  This highly anticipated return came after six months out being out of action.  As well all know, Seth tore his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his knee while attempting a Sunset Flip Powerbomb on Kane.  This occurred during a WWE Live event in November of 2015.  This injury led to surgery and anywhere from six to nine months of recovery, forcing Seth to vacate his reign as WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship at 220 days.  The WWE Universe got to witness what Seth endured during his six months of recovery through the WWE special “Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim” which aired on the WWE Network on Monday, May 30th immediately following Monday Night Raw.  For me personally, it was very inspiring to see how The Architect became who he is today and of course, the frustrations he encountered during his road to recovery.  He certainly redesigned and rebuilt himself during that six months and all that was left for him to do was reclaim.  This would occur during the main event at Money in the Bank where he did exactly what he said he would do and retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  Of course, we all know that reign wouldn’t last long with Dean Ambrose cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and became our new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  Now, Seth Rollins is a part of the exciting main event match taking place at Battleground in July which is a Triple Threat Match against Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Even with this slight upset in his plan to become – and stay – WWE World Heavyweight Championship, this past month has certainly been successful for Seth, earning the title of June’s Superstar of the Month.  I know there will plenty more months ahead where not only will he be making history but achieving every single goal he has in his sight.

Warrior Wednesday: Return to WWF & Second Departure

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 take a look at The Ultimate Warrior’s return and second departure from WWF.

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Vince McMahon contacted The Ultimate Warrior about returning to The World Wrestling Federation since Hulk Hogan would be leaving somewhere around mid-1992 to early 1993. Warrior made his return at Wrestlemania VIII where he rescued Hulk Hogan from Sid Justice and Papa Shango who were giving Hulk a beat down.  When Warrior returned, it was agreed upon that he would have a bit of creative control over his bookings.  However, that wasn’t the case with the storyline he was involved in with Papa Shango.  Shango, a “witch doctor”, placed a spell on The Ultimate Warrior which would make Warrior shake and vomit in various odd colors.  The Ultimate Warrior had a match scheduled at SummerSlam in August of 1992 against “Macho Man” Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.  The Ultimate Warrior won the match by countout, but not the title itself.  Warrior then was scheduled to team up with Macho Man as “The Ultimate Maniacs” against Razor Ramon and Ric Flair at Survivor Series but was replaced with Mr. Perfect weeks before the event since Warrior was released for disputed reasons.

The intention for Warrior’s return was to make him the WWF World Heavyweight Champion but during the time of his return, the government was cracking down on the use of steroids in professional wrestling. Warrior had admitted to being a heavy steroid user during his time with WWF.  In his book titled Sex, Lies and Headlocks, it was written by ESPN writer Shaun that Mauro Di Pasquale, a Canadian chemist, was incredibly hard on anyone who failed a drug test.  WWF had hired Pasquale in June of 1992 to monitor the new drug test system WWF had implemented within their company.  Pasquale caught Warrior using steroids during a drug test in September and persuaded Vince McMahon to release Warrior from the company and his contract.  McMahon at the time was under federal scrutiny for supplying his roster with steroids.  However, in the Warrior: The Ultimate Legend documentary, McMahon claimed that it was Warrior’s experimentation with growth hormones that led to Warrior’s release.  Warrior was suspended and missed dates he was scheduled for due to offense of McMahon’s recent actions and decided to leave WWF on November 21, 1992.

Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens at Battleground

This should be no surprise to you as it seems Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have had a match against each other every WWE pay-per-view, but this match is different.  This match between the two will be their last.

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Ever since Kevin Owens debuted in NXT, the same night Sami Zayn won the NXT Championship, these two have been at war.  Kevin has had success in his career on Sami’s expense and there is nothing he won’t do to get what he wants.  Sami made a valid point on Monday Night Raw last night and that was the last few big matches Kevin has had he’s lost all because of him.  And the same goes for Sami.  These two cannot move forward in their careers until they bury the hatchet once and for all.  Sami requested one final match with his former best friend at Battleground to which Kevin Owens accepted.

I’m sure there are members of The WWE Universe who will be thankful when this feud ends.  I on the other hand am going to be so sad.  Their chemistry in the ring and on the mic sparring off against one another is just magnetic, always pulling you in and keeping you hypnotized until the moment they’re off the screen or out of the ring.  It really is a new era within WWE and as excited as I am to see what the WWE holds for each of these two tremendously gifted athletes, I’m sad to see this come to an end.  I’ll definitely be soaking up every minute of their final match together at Battleground, knowing we won’t ever see it again on live television.  At least we The WWE Network to relive the magic their feud has had within WWE.

More matches for WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view to be announced as they are made public.

“Total Bellas” series premiere on E!

WWE.com announced that Total Bellas, a spin-off show of Total Divas, will air on E! on Wednesday, October 5th.

If you’re familiar with the reality hit series Total Divas (and are as obsessed and love to binge watch it like I do), this spin-off is no different.  The only difference is that The Bella Twins will be the primary focus of the show, following their lives and all love, family, drama and projects that fill their every day lives.

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Now let’s be honest: who is just as excited as I am for the series premiere?!  Please let me know if you’re joining me in the excitement – or not – by leaving a comment below!