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WWE to Split Raw & Smackdown Into Separate Brands Again?

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As wrestling fans, we can all admit that WWE hasn’t been as entertaining as we know it can be and once was. One of the things that made it interesting was the brand split. “What’s the brand split?” you ask? Well, each show had a General Manager and they conducted a draft of the WWE Superstars & Divas to each show. Once the person was selected, they were exclusive to either Raw or Smackdown. It was an interesting way to get ratings up as you had to watch a specific show to see your favorite sports entertainer. The brand split dissolved a few years ago and some fans have been saying how WWE “needs” to return to it. Leave it to Mattel to possibly give us a spoiler!

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Smackdown is moving to the USA Network in 2016 and there have been rumors that it may switch to being a Live show. There are also rumors that WWE has big plans and changes in store which is why they may not be too quick to change up the show as it’s currently airing on SyFy. So how does Mattel tie into this? They produce the main line of WWE action figures, their Basic series shipping every month. It’s around this time of year that we start to see upcoming product that will end 2015 and start us into 2016. Every year, Mattel modifies the packaging in terms of shape, size and graphics. So far, they’ve released images for their Battle Pack Series 37 and the graphics featured lead me to believe WWE may be heading back towards splitting up the roster for Raw & Smackdown. Makes sense since they consider NXT the official third brand. WrestlingFigures.com have posted the images to Battle Packs Series 37 as shown:

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As you can see, The Usos have the Raw brand logo on their packaging while J & J Security and The Ascension are rocking the Smackdown logo. What do you all think? Do you think Mattel maybe jumped the gun? Can we see a brand split coming soon? Does the WWE need one? Sound off below in the comments!

WWE Announces First Ever Iron Woman Match

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Yesterday, WWE.com announced…well, just read it!!

“On the heels of their groundbreaking, show-stealing battle at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Bayley and Sasha Banks are set to make history once again. NXT General Manager William Regal has confirmed that the two will clash once again in the main event of NXT TakeOver on Oct. 7 in a 30-Minute Iron Man Match for the NXT Women’s Championship!

This title match will go a full half-hour. Whoever scores the most pinfalls, submissions, disqualifications or count-outs will win the match and be declared NXT Women’s Champion.

The rivalry between these two Divas runs deep. After months of coming up short in championship matches, Bayley finally found the champion’s spirit within, going on a tear through the best competition NXT had to offer, defeating Emma, Charlotte and Becky Lynch to earn a title match with Sasha in Brooklyn. While the match meant everything to Bayley, The Boss dismissed her challenger before the bell even rang. Having been called up to WWE’s main roster as part of the Divas Revolution, the Team B.A.D. member brushed Bayley off, saying that she wasn’t worth her time.

Fueled by Sasha’s disrespect, Bayley laid it all on the line at the sold-out Barclays Center. Despite The Boss’ best attempts to re-injure her hand, the happy-go-lucky Diva fought through the pain, and several nasty spills, to connect with a reverse hurricanrana off the ropes and a Belly-to-Bayley Suplex to capture the title.

Having finally reached the top of the mountain, Bayley stood tall with the NXT Women’s Championship in hand, soon to be joined in celebration by Charlotte and Becky. Sasha got back in the ring and hugged her rival, before the four Divas who changed the face of women’s wrestling took a curtain call at NXT’s biggest event ever.

As it turns out, the last chapter in this grueling rivalry hadn’t been written yet. Bayley and Sasha Banks will have another opportunity to change the game at NXT TakeOver. Who will go the distance in a grueling 30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match and walk out of Orlando with the NXT Women’s Championship? Find out Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, only on WWE Network!”

I don’t know about you, but I am personally stoked for this match. If you watched the performance they put on at NXT Takeover Brooklyn, you would be too. On a side note, finding out Sasha Banks is a TMNT lover as well as comics just made my day! I’ll leave you with these…

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Is Cesaro Working Hurt?

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Rumor has it that WWE Superstar, Cesaro, is working through some type of rib injury he may have sustained during his match on Raw last Monday against Kevin Owens. During this weeks Smackdown and against The Miz at a WWE Live Event this past Friday, Cesaro was wearing tape around his ribs. Here’s hoping it’s nothing to serious as he is a phenomenal athlete and has a lot of momentum behind him right now.

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn Results & Thoughts

First off, I want everyone to excuse the caps lock on this. We’ll just say I was excited to type this up!

TRIPLE H OPENS THE SHOW AND ANNOUNCES THAT THIS COMING DECEMBER, NXT WILL BE OVERSEAS.

1-TYLER BREEZE VS JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER

A GREAT OPENER BUT NOTHING I HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE. THAT’S BECAUSE JTL IS SUCH A LEGEND, MOVES HE PERFORMS HAVE BEEN STOLEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN. SURPRISED JTL GOT THE WIN IF HE’S NOT STICKING AROUND. ON A SIDE NOTE, THE “FULL SAIL SUCKS” CHANTS WERE COOL AS WELL AS SCOTT HALL, KEVIN NASH AND SEAN WALTMAN SITTING FRONT ROW.

WINNER- JUSHIN ‘THUNDER’ LIGER

2-BLAKE & MURPHY VS VAUDEVILLAINS

REALLY DIDN’T CARE FOR THIS MATCH GOING IN. I DO LIKE THE VAUDEVILLAINS GIMMICK THOUGH. WITH THE ADDITION OF BLUEPANTS IN THEIR CORNER, THEY BECAME FACES AS WELL AS NEW NXT CHAMPIONS. I NEVER SAW THE APPEAL OF BLAKE & MURPHY. THE ONLY THING I ENJOY FROM THEM IS SEEING ALEXA BLISS COMING OUT WITH THEM, ESPECIALLY IN THOSE BOOTY SHORTS SHE WAS WEARING. AND WHAT THE HECK IS UP WITH THOSE IRON MAN LOOKING TIGHTS THEY HAD ON? THE “BLUEPANTS CITY” CHANT WAS COOL.

WINNERS-THE VAUDVILLAINS (NEW NXT TAG CHAMPS)

RICK RUBIN IS IN THE FRONT ROW!

3-TYE DILLENGER VS APOLLO CREWS

ANYONE ELSE THINK TYE LOOKS LIKE A WHITE VERSION OF DIP SET MEMBER, JIM JONES? UHAA NATION, MAKES HIS NXT DEBUT AS APOLLO CREWS. LOTS OF HYPE AROUND THAT GUY. LOOKS LIKE A SMALLER VERSION OF EZEKIEL JACKSON MIXED WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BOBBY LASHLEY. LOVING THE UHHA CHANTS. VERY AGILE BIG MAN. STANDING MOONSAULT FINISHER IS PRETTY COOL FOR A MAN HIS SIZE. IT’S IMPRESSIVE NONTHELESS. NEEDS TO WORK ON TIMING A BIT. WHEN HE TRIED TO PRESS SLAM TYE, YOU CAN SEE HE WAS WAITING FOR TYE TO GET INTO POSITION.

WINNER-APOLLO CREWS

WILLIAM REGAL ANNOUNCES DUSTY RHODES TAG TEAM INVITATIONAL STARTING SEPTEMBER 2ND!

TOUGH ENOUGH FINALISTS IN ATTENDANCE. WHO CARES? NO ONE WATCHES THE SHOW.

4-SAMOA JOE VS BARON CORBIN

GOING IN TO THIS MATCH, I HAD NO IDEA WHO WOULD OR SHOULD COME OUT WITH THE WIN. I’M A FAN OF BOTH. VERY GLAD THEY FINALLY CHANGED JOE’S ENTRANCE MUSIC. THAT OTHER TUNE HE HAD REALLY DIDN’T FIT. CORBIN NEEDS A BIGGER PAIR OF TIGHTS. LOOKS LIKE HE’S SAGGING SKINNY SPANDEX. JOE TURNS A PIN ATTEMPT INTO A HALF CRAB AND THEN INTO A CROSSFACE. STRETCHING THE ARM BACK LOOKS SUPER PAINFUL. THE CAMERA ANGLE FROM CORBIN PUTTING JOE IN THAT LEG LOCK WAS BAD AS IT DIDN’T LOOK PAINFUL. IT LOOKED LIKE A SITDOWN ANKLE LOCK. SICK CHOKESLAM FROM CORBIN INTO A PIN INTO A SLEEPER BY JOE. BOOM. JOE TAKES IT. DEFENITLY A BATTLE. GREAT MATCH. WOULDN’T MIND SEEING THIS FIGHT AGAIN.

WINNER-SAMOA JOE

KANNA, RIC FLAIR AND SGT. SLAUGHTER ARE IN ATTENDANCE ALONG WITH TEAM B.A.D. KANNA IS A ‘WORLD RENOWED FEMALE WRESTLER’. VERY EASY ON THE EYES AS WELL.

OUT COMES STEPHANIE MCMAHON. TRILPE H CHOSE RIGHT, LOL. SHE LOOKED COLD. SHE INTRODUCES THE CO-MAIN EVENT OF THE NIGHT; THE NXT WOMENS BOUT!

5-SASHA BANKS VS BAYLEY

NOTICE HOW NXT LADIES ARE REFFERED TO AS WOMEN, WHEREAS THE MAIN ROSTER ARE REFFERED TO DIVAS? NEVER CAUGHT THAT BEFORE. BAYLEY IS SUPER FUN. SHE REPRESENTS ALL THE PURE INNOCENCE AND EXCITEMENT THAT EMBODIES WHAT WWF/E MEANT TO ME AS A CHILD. SHE CAN BE THE FEMALE JOHN CENA IF POSTIONED THE RIGHT WAY BUT I’D BE LIYING IF I SAID I WANTED SASHA TO LOSE. NO SECRET I LOVE ME SOME BANKS. BAYLEYS ARM TASSLES LOOK LIKE MACHO MANS ALONG WITH HER YELLOW POLKADOTS AS A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE DUSTY RHODES. WITH ALL THE HYPE AND PROMO GOING INTO THIS MATCH, IT’D BE HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SASHA RETAINS, ESPECIALLY WITH HER BEING ON THE MAIN ROSTER. SASHA’S ENTRANCE FITS HER VERY WELL. BAYLEY STARTS THE MATCH VERY AGGRESSIVLEY. VERY BACK AND FORTH MATCH. THE DOUBLE KNEES FROM THE TOP ROPE WAS A NICE SPOT BY BANKS. WITH THE BACK AND FORTH, ITS HARD TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHO’LL WALK AWAY THE WINNER AS FAR AS THE PHYSICALITY IS CONCERNED. SASHA GOES THE SUPER HEEL ROUTE AND REMOVES THE TAPE FROM BAYLEYS INJURED WRIST WHICH MAKES BAYLEY LOOK EVEN MORE LIKE THE UNDERDOG WHO WON’T WIN. THE SPOT WITH BAYLEYS HAND BEING SMAHED BETWEEN THE STEPS AND RING APRON WAS GREAT! I FOUND MYSELF CLAPPING TO AN EMPTY ROOM AS SASHA DID THAT CRAZY FLIP DIVE OVER THE REF ONTO THE OUTSIDE TO LAND ON BAYLEY. IMMEDITALEY, THE “THIS IS AWESOME” CHANTS BEGIN AND RIGHTFULLY SO. WHAT A SEQUENCE WITH SASHA PUTTING BAYLEY IN THE BANK STATEMENT WITH THE AGGRESSIVNESS OF STOMPING THE INJURED HAND AS WELL JUST FOR BAYLEY TO REVERSE IT! SASHA SHOVING BAYLEY OFF FROM THE TOP ROPE AS BAYLEY ATTEMPTED A BAYLEY TO BELLY SUPLEX AND WATCHING BAYLEY LAND WAS JUST WICKED! WITH THAT CRAZY FINISH OF BAYLEY HITTING HER BAYLEY TO BELLY AND FINALLY WINNING THE BIG ONE MAKES THIS MATCH THE BEST OF THE NIGHT SO FAR! LOVE HOW WWE LET BECKY, CHARLETTE AND SASHA REP THEIR 4 HOURSEWOMEN FACTION AT THE END OF THE MATCH WHICH SEEMED TO MAKE SASHA LOOK LIKE A FACE…ANYWAY, CONGRATS BAYLEY!

SETH ROLLINS (& GIRLFRIEND, POSSIBLY THE WOMAN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE NUDE PHOTO SITUATION EARLIER THIS YEAR) ARE SHOWN AT RINGSIDE. ALL GUESTS SHOWN ARE ALL SITTING FRONT ROW.

6-FINN BALOR VS KEVIN OWENS

GOING INTO THIS, IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT OWENS WILL WIN THE BELT BACK AFTER THE RECEPTION AND PRAISE BALOR HAS RECEIVED SINCE BECOMING CHAMP. ALSO, OWENS IS ON THE MAIN ROSTER SO I CAN’T SEE HIM GETTING IT BACK. I WONDER HOW OWENS WILL DO AGAINST CESARO AFTER COMPETING JUST 24 HOURS PRIOR IN THIS LADDER MATCH. GOING IN, I’D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT I AM A HUGE FAN OF NOT ONLY BOTH OF THESE COMPETITORS BUT OF THEIR THEME MUSIC AS WELL. TOTALLY DUG THE MULTIPLE BALOR’S AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS ENTRANCE! LOVED HOW OWENS SEEMES TO HAVE PUNKED COREY GRAVES OUT OF HIS CHAIR. OWENS USING THE LADDER AGAINST BALOR TO PIN HIM AGAINST THE OUTSIDE OF THE RING LOOKED PAINFUL, ESPECIALLY THAT STAIGHT RIGHT PUNCH TO THE FACE. DURING THE OUTSIDE SCUFFLE, BOTH MEN DID A GREAT JOB OF MAKING IT ALL SEEM SO BRUTALLY PHYSICAL. GOTTA LOVE THOSE “HOLY SHIT” CROWD CHANTS. THE BACK BODY DROP BY BALOR TO OWENS ONTO THE LADDER LOOKED SICK, AND THEN OWENS TRIES A CORNER CANNONBALL BUT INSTEAD FINDS A LADDER TO THE BACK YET AGAIN! BALOR THEN PERFORMS A COUP DE GRAS AND STARTS TO ASCEND THE LADDER. OWENS COMES TO AND YANKS BALOR OFF THE LADDER INTO A POWERBOMB! OWENS THEN TRIES TO CLIMB THE LADDER BUT FINN LIFTS THE BOTTOM OF THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE LADDER SENDING OWENS CRASHING INTO THE CORNER. AFTER A LITTLE BACK AND FORTH, OWENS ENDS UP HITTING BALOR WITH HIS POP-UP POWERBOMB INTO THE RING APRON. OWENS THEN STARTS TO CLIMB THE LADDER AS BALOR RUNS BACK IN AND TRIES TO PREVENT OWENS CLIMBING SO OWENS RETURNS THE FAVOR BY HITTING A SUPER KICK FOLLOWED BY A SECOND! OWENS THEN SETS UP 2 LADDERS. ONE UNDER THE BELT AND THE OTHER BETWEEN THE BOTTOM CORNER AND THE BOTTOM RUNG OF THE FIRST LADDER WITH THE INTENTION OF HITTING A SUPLEX ON BALOR FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER BUT BALOR MANAGES TO FIGHT OUT OF IT AND SEND OWENS FALLING BACK ONTO IT. OWENS’ HEAD SNAPS BACK PRETTY HARD. HE ENDS UP ROLLING AROUND AND THEN BALOR PROCEEDS TO HIT A COUP DE GRAS FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER ON OWENS. VERY BRUTAL LOOKING. ALL THAT’S LEFT IS FOR BALOR TO CLIMB THE LADDER AND GRAB THE NXT BELT, WHICH HE DOES AND BOOM! FINN RETAINS! HELL OF A MATCH! FINN CELEBRATES ATOP THE LADDER.

WINNER-FINN BALOR

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Passes At 61

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It’s never a good thing when you find out an icon in the wrestling industry has died. Yesterday, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died of cardiac arrest at the age of 61. He joins another icon in Dusty Rhodes, who just a little more than a month ago, passed away as well. Rest well sir.

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Remembering Roddy Piper

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As a child growing up in the 80’s, one could not help but be enamored by Hot Rod Rowdy Roddy Piper. He was gruff, brash, unapologetically Piper. One of the first bad guys it was ok to be a fan of. I confess, I fail to recall any of his matches. I do remembers Piper’s Pit, but his movies I remember most of all his acomplishments. Hell Comes to Frogtown, I am sure just reading that one questions the truth of the title. Let me assure you it was most definitely a real movie. Not one he will readily be remembered for. Now the movie most of us will remember is John Carpenter’s They Live where Piper made his breakout performance. It is in my opinion, one of the best films starring a former or current WWE Superstar. He even voiced Green Lantern Bolphunga in the DC animated feature Green Lantern Emerald Dawn. He has been featured in many cameos, small movie and tv roles on top of appearing at WWE events when called on. To get back to point, Hot Rod was a big part of my childhood I will never forget. A man who was a bad ass inside the ring and a good man out of it, which can not be said for most. Rest in Peace Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper.

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2K Games Announces Who Will Be On the Cover of WWE 2K16!

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2K Sports has announced that none other than the Texas Rattlesnake himself, Stone Cold Steve Austin will grace the next entry into the popular video game franchise. Details are scarce at the time of this posting but we imagine it’ll be welcome with open arms by hardcore fans!