Welcome to this edition of The Pro Wrestling weekly report. In this edition, Monday night Raw results, Smackdown Live results, and Hulk Hogan ask what he should do next in Professional wrestling and is Ronda Rousey headed to the squared circle?
WWE Raw Results:
— The show opened with The Miz and his Miztourage in the ring. Miz demanded that Jason Jordan come to the ring and get payback for attacking him last week. Kurt Angle came out and said Jordan has a match against Curtis Axel later tonight, but he’s giving MizTV a special guest. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came to the ring. Miz insulted Brock and said Lesnar would take his ball and go home after he loses at SummerSlam. Heyman said Lesnar will demonstrate how the SummerSlam Fatal 4-Way will go, and Lesnar attacked and laid out Axel, Miz, and Bo Dallas.
1. Sheamus defeated Seth Rollins. Rollins went to the top rope, but Cesaro distracted him, allowing Sheamus to roll up Rollins for the pin. After the match, Rollins tried to fight both members of The Bar, but they beat him down. Dean Ambrose did not make the save.
— Backstage, Rollins confronted Ambrose and asked what he has to do to prove he’s not the same person he was three years ago. Ambrose told him he’s not getting burned again, and said he needed to get ready to go it alone against Cesaro later.
— Jason Jordan made his entrance for his match, but backstage, Axel was not medically cleared to compete. Angle found a local wrestler named Jean-Pierre Goulet, and gave him the opportunity.
2. Jason Jordan defeated Jean-Pierre Goulet. Jordan won by pinfall after hitting his back suplex neckbreaker.
— Bayley addressed the crowd and said she was frustrated about her injury, but said she thinks her friend Sasha Banks will become the new No. 1 contender to Alexa Bliss’ title.
3. Sasha Banks defeated Emma and Alicia Fox. Bliss sat in on commentary for this match. Banks had Fox in the Banks Statement, but Emma broke it up with a rollup. Banks kicked out and transitioned into a Banks Statement on Emma, who tapped out.
— Enzo Amore and Big Show were talking about Big Cass in the ring, but were interrupted by The Club. Enzo challenged Gallows and Anderson to a match.
4. The Club defeated Big Show and Enzo Amore. In the middle of the match, Big Cass came to ringside. Using the distraction, Gallows knocked Show off the apron. The Club hit the Magic Killer on Amore, but he managed to roll up Gallows. Anderson kicked Amore in the face and covered him for the pin.
— Finn Bálor came to the ring and said Bray Wyatt gives him the creeps, but he’s not afraid of him. He called out Wyatt and said anything Wyatt starts, he will finish. Wyatt appeared in the ring and went after Bálor, but Bálor got the better of him. As Bálor went for the kill, Wyatt disappeared again and appeared on the video screen, telling Finn he will rip him out of the heavens and bring his fans down with him.
5. Dean Ambrose defeated Cesaro. Sheamus tried to distract Ambrose in a mirror image of the Sheamus vs. Rollins match, but Ambrose was able to roll up Cesaro and get the pin.
— After the match, Sheamus and Cesaro began attacking Ambrose, but Rollins made the save and ran the tag champs off. Ambrose reluctantly offered his fist in the Shield salute, but Rollins shook his head and walked away.
6. Akira Tozawa defeated Ariya Daivari. Tozawa won by pinfall after hitting the senton bomb.
7. Nia Jax defeated Mickie James and Dana Brooke. Bliss sat in on commentary for this match as well. Jax won with the legdrop and will go on to face Sasha Banks for the No. 1 contendership next week.
8. Last Man Standing match: Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns. Reigns laid out Strowman with a spear, but wandered over to the front row, where Samoa Joe appeared and locked in a Coquina Clutch on Reigns. Joe choked out Reigns, allowing Strowman to make it up at the count of 8 and win the match.
Source Credit: Uproxx
WWE Smackdown Live results:
– The episode opened with a long Jinder Mahal promo. He was interrupted by Shinsuke Nakamura, which brought out Rusev and Randy Orton. Nakamura and Orton vs. Mahal and Rusev is announced as the night’s main event.
1. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin defeated The Ascension. This was the debut for the Gable/Benjamin tag team. Benjamin won the match with a Pay Dirt (jumping reverse STO) on Viktor.
– Randy Orton will face Shinsuke Nakamura in a number one contender match next week.
2. United States Championship Match; AJ Styles (c) defeated Tye Dillinger.This was the return of the United States Championship open challenge. Baron Corbin attacked Dillinger before the match, but Dillinger refused to forfeit. Styles tapped him out with a Calf Crusher in less than a minute. Corbin attacked Dillinger again after the match, but Styles ran him off.
3. Bobby Roode defeated Mike Kanellis. Roode pinned Kanellis in short order with a Glorious DDT.
4. Aiden English defeated Sami Zayn. Before the match, Kevin Owens complained to Shane McMahon. Owens stuck around for commentary, then got in the ring and stole the referee’s shirt to prove he could be a better referee than Shane. Owens pop-up powerbombed Sami, then gave English a fast count of three.
– Dolph Ziggler was supposed to re-debut this week but said he didn’t want to wrestle in front of the Arkansas crowd. Instead, we’ll see him show “all style and no substance” next week.
– Smackdown Women’s Champion Natalya will face Money in the Bank winner Carmella next week. Not a cash-in.
6. Tamina defeated a jobber. Tamina won with a superkick.
7. Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jinder Mahal and Rusev.Nakamura won the match for his team with a Kinshasa on Rusev. After the match, Orton RKO’d Nakamura.
Source Credit: Uproxx
Hot News From the Week
It looks like The Undertaker might be preparing for an in-ring return
PW Insider is reporting that not only was The Deadman in Brooklyn over SummerSlam weekend, which we already knew, but he also worked out in the ring prior to WWE’s biggest show of the summer.
As previously mentioned, we heard that The Undertaker was in New York during SummerSlam weekend prior to the show, but he obviously didn’t end up making an appearance. Jerry Lawler said on his podcast that the future WWE Hall of Famer might’ve been in NYC to do something for the WWE 2K video game, but according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, his visit had nothing to do with WWE’s annual video game.
Source Credit: Prowrestling.com
Hulk Hogan wants to know what you want him to do with pro wrestling
On his YouTube channel, Hulk Hogan did a Q&A featuring fan submitted questions that ranged from “what’s your favorite ice cream flavor” to “what did it feel like to body slam Andre the Giant?” There isn’t much to it, other than what he dropped at the end of it.
Ronda Rousey reportedly training for pro wrestling career
Rousey, who has been known as a major fan of pro wrestling, was spotted speaking with WWE executive Triple H at a taping for the Mae Young Classic, the company’s all-female tournament. She was ostensibly on hand to cheer for her friend Shayna Baszler, a former UFC fighter competing in the tournament, but her presence sparked renewed speculation that she herself might be close to joining the action.
“There was also buzz backstage at the tournament — mainly among WWE employees and contractors — that Rousey’s training would start soon,” Fightful reported. “She’s taken some basic bumps among other things thus far.”