Monthly Archives: June 2016

Breaking News: CM Punk UFC Debut Set

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18 months after signing with UFC, CM Punk finally has a date for his debut fight. Punk will face Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on September 10.

Punk signed with UFC in December 2014 and has had his debut delayed by a series of injuries.

Gall won the right to face Punk by defeating Mike Jackson at a UFC Fight Night show. The bout lasted only 45 seconds before Jackson submitted to a Rear Naked Choke. Gall is just 24 years old with two professional and two amateur fights on his record. He has won all four, with both his professional victories coming by submission.

The fight will be in the Welterweight Division, which is between 156 and 170 pounds.

I won’t claim to be an MMA expert, but I see Punk as having long odds. Without knowing much about Gall, he’s almost 14 years younger than Punk and also a more experienced fighter. When the fight was first announced in Feburary Gall started as a -380 favorite with the projection that the fight would end in the first round.

But all that really matters is that when this fight finally happens we’re all going to be watching.

Breaking News: Roman Reigns Suspended

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Roman Reigns has been suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy, as announced by WWE’s official Twitter account moments ago.

This is arguably the highest profile suspension in the ten year history of WWE’s current drug testing regime and a serious shock. In the initial years of the Wellness Policy there were a number of big suspensions, but the number had dwindled in recent years.

The immediate question that jumps out at me is whether this is the reason he lost the WWE Championship on Sunday. My instinct is that it probably wasn’t because if they knew about the suspension I don’t think he would have been booked in the title match for Battleground.

There had to be doubts about whether he was the right next top guy for WWE before this and those doubts are only going to get bigger.

His suspension will end days before the Battleground pay-per-view, so technically the suspension could be fulfilled with him still competing in the match. We will have to see if WWE goes that route but it would really surprise me if they did.

There will surely be more updates in the days to come.

The Law Reviews: WWE Money in the Bank 2016

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Money in the Bank representing possibility. Someone new could break through and become world champion. Edge in 2005, Rob Van Dam in 2006, CM Punk in 2008, Jack Swagger in 2010…the list goes on. This year we’re looking for someone who can break the monotony of WWE’s main event scene. Roman Reigns is the WWE Champion and no one is especially happy about it.

This show is stacked as far as Money in the Bank cards go. Cena/Styles and Reigns/Rollins both feel like Wrestlemania matches and the Money in the Bank match is stacked this year. There’s possibility in the air. Opportunity to be had. Can WWE grab it tonight and build some momentum going into the draft? Continue reading

Money in the Bank 2016 Preview

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This Sunday WWE will present perhaps the most stacked card ever for Money in the Bank. John Cena vs. AJ Styles and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins could both easily be featured matches at a Wrestlemania. Money in the Bank always represents the possibility of a reset, which is exactly the sort of thing WWE could use on the eve of the new roster split. Is there a big swerve coming on Sunday?

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The Law Reviews: NXT TakeOver The End

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“The End” is certainly an ominous subtitle. NXT obviously isn’t ending, but it does feel like we are reaching the end of an era. At some point, NXT became the #2 wrestling promotion in the United States and the primary alternative/competition to WWE. When the idea of bringing back the brand split was brought up, many people suggested that Smackdown should be replaced by NXT.

Obviously, that isn’t happening. Instead WWE is going to try to create competition between Raw and Smackdown, and perhaps turn Smackdown into an alternative brand. Where does that leave NXT? Maybe it becomes more of a true developmental territory than it has been in the last few years. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor maybe weren’t all main roster ready as soon as they showed up…but their stints in developmental went on a lot longer than they needed to. Balor is presumably on his way to the main roster, and the question becomes what should be done with guys like Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and Austin Aries. They’re all ready to be on national TV and probably have been for a long time. Where they go next depends on what the vision for NXT is: Is it a developmental program to get guys ready for the main roster, or is it a legitimate competitor to Raw and Smackdown?

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