-John Cena’s return started with him thanking the veterans on Memorial Day. He then said that the New Era would have to go through him. AJ Styles came out. There was a couple minute long dueling “Lets Go Cena/Lets Go Styles” chant. Anderson and Gallows came out and said they were here to make a statement like they did to the New Day earlier.
On Wednesday, the WWE announced that Smackdown would be going live on Tuesday nights. They also announced the return of the brand split. Starting in mid-July, RAW and Smackdown will have their own unique rosters.
Since the news broke, multiple rumors have come out regarding what the brand split will look. Here are a few of them courtesy of Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, with my thoughts afterwards.
-Pentagon Jr tries to leave Vampiro’s training. Pentagon says he is ready. Vampiro stops him. Pentagon tells Vampiro he has no fear, but Vampiro says he does, and Vampiro says Pentagon is not ready to face the monster.
Joey Ryan vs Mascarita Segrada w/Famous B and Brenda
-Famous B tries introducing Mascarita but Joey Ryan kicks Mascarita. It was funny because the kick happened right when Famous B got to the Sega, so Famous B finished with Sega-DAMN.
-Joey Ryan hits a mini bodyslam. Mascarita comes back with a firemen’s carry.
I may be late to the party (sorry the WWE announced this on my work/softball night) but the WWE announced today that they will be moving Smackdown to Tuesday nights on the USA Network, and that it will be live. They also announced the return of the brand split. Here is the official press release:
-Five people qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match: Sami Zayn (defeated Sheamus), Cesaro (defeated The Miz), Chris Jericho (defeated Apollo Crews), Dean Ambrose (defeated Dolph Ziggler), Kevin Owens (defeated AJ Styles)
JC’s Take: I’m not really too upset with any of those results. I still say Owens is the favorite to win the match, taking the victory away from Sami Zayn at the last second. The final two qualifiers will be set on Smackdown.
The WWE officially released Adam Rose today. They sent out the following statement:
WWE has granted Adam Rose’s request to be released, as of today, May 23, 2016. WWE wishes Rose the best in all his future endeavors.
The release comes as no surprise, and I’m sure the WWE was happy to honor Rose’s wishes. Rose is currently facing charges in Florida for witness tampering and battery domestic assault.
- No you’re not hallucinating, I’m back and covering Extreme Rules! Here’s hoping I’ll be able to start doing this again more often.
Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin (No Holds Barred Match)
- I’ve always been more of a fan of Baron Corbin than many NXT diehards. Sure there’s a lot of talent coming through NXT, especially during Corbin’s time, but yet he always held his own and had good, big man, “WWE”-style match with whomever he was put into the ring with. I love that his first WWE feud has been with Dolph Ziggler as it’s a great dynamic for both men to succeed and so far it’s been great.
Cody Rhodes posted the following message on his Twitter account regarding his request to be released from the WWE:
Cody Rhodes posted on his Twitter account Saturday that he has asked for his release from the WWE.
Extreme Rules is this Sunday. Similar to Payback, I expect the card to be filled with some good matches. Not only that, but the show should be the end to a good amount of these feuds that are going on. I’d be surprised if any of these stories stay connected after this show. Some of them might intertwine with the Money in the Bank build up, but that’s it. Maybe the Tag Title program keeps going as well. But there is a lot to like about this show and I hope it delivers similar to Payback.