5 Things Happening in the World of Pro Wrestling

– by Tim Jousma
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1.Ring of Honor will produce Death Before Dishonor XIV tonight on Pay Per View. The Main Event will be Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Champion Jay Lethal squaring off against Adam Cole.  The build up for the match may not have been stellar but the match itself should be great. With the push Adam Cole has received from the company since joining The Bullet Club, I expect him to take the title.

 

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2.Alberto Del Rio, Paige, and Eva Marie have been suspended for their first time offense of the WWE Wellness Policy. There’s no word yet as to what substance they may have taken but it’s disappointing to hear of the suspensions nonetheless. However, the WWE has put themselves over a barrel with these announcements since they refuse to do anything about the recent USADA failure of Brock Lesnar which was handed down after his fight at UFC 200. I’ve always been conflicted about PED’s. While they can certainly give you a physical boost for the particular sport you’re performing in, they’re not Popeye’s spinach. Taking a medication is not going to give you instant skills at the athletic event you want to perform in. You still have to have talent at that sport before you even take the first medication. Let’s be honest here, the WWE is scripted entertainment, not a sport. (A shock, I know.) The only reason the WWE should be drug testing their performers for any drugs would be for liability reasons. (Just ask TNA how things turn out when you allow a performer that's wasted in the ring in the video below.)  If a performer is wrecked on drugs and injures someone in the ring, the company can and should be sued in that instance.

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3.NXT: Takeover Brooklyn 2 happens tomorrow night on the WWE Network. The event last year before Summerslam helped bring about Bayley vs Sasha Banks which undoubtedly ranked up their as match of the year. This go round we have NXT Champion Samoa Joe facing off against Shinsuke Nakamura. The NXT Women’s Championship will give us Champion Asuka facing off against Bayley which I’m excited for.

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4.TNA has announced that Billy Corgan, the lead singer and only remaining original member of The Smashing Pumpkins, will be the new President of TNA, taking over for Dixie Carter. Mr. Corgan is a long time wrestling fan and for a while had his own independent promotion in Illinois so he knows a thing or two about how to run a company. The problem here is that the Carter Family still owns that company. TNA had a legitimate shot of being a strong competitor to WWE. The roster they had at one point was on paper better than what anyone else had to offer yet it was blown on a spending spree to bring in stars of yesteryear who couldn’t perform in the ring. I wish the company the best but don’t expect much from this announcement.

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5.Summerslam is this Sunday. Being the first major event after the Brand Split, all eyes will be on the company to see if they can make this roster split work this time. WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose will face off against Dolph Ziggler. Seth Rollins will face off against Finn Balor for the new WWE Universal Championship. Other matches I’m looking forward to are Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho as well as AJ Styles verses John Cena. Brock Lesnar will also face off against Randy Orton which should be interesting based on the recent USADA news on where they take this match. Be sure to check out the LRM TV Podcast this week as it talks about Summerslam and the current state of the WWE.   http://lrmonline.com/news/lrm-tv-podcast-episode-9-wwe-summerslam-preview 

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