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Brock Lesnar Not At Money In The Bank On a recent episode of Wrestling Observer
Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that Brock Lesnar currently isn’t scheduled to appear at WWE’s
next pay-per-view in six weeks’ time Money in the Bank on the 17th June.
And to go even further, CageSideSeats’ rumor section reckons the Universal Champion will
miss July 15th’s Extreme Rules show too, writing: “It’s now expected that Brock
Lesnar’s next match will be at SummerSlam, likely as the main event.” – which, if that’s
to be believed, would be even longer than Lesnar’s post-WrestleMania hiatus last year,
where he was back in time for July’s Great Balls of Fire – because, remember, that was
actually a pay-per-view name once – to successfully defend his Universal Championship against
Samoa Joe. It’s been speculated for a while that one
of the pettier reasons WWE could be keeping their top title on Lesnar is so he’ll surpass
CM Punk’s 434 day title reign. Lesnar’s tenure with the belt currently stands at 402
days, and if he doesn’t defend it again until Summerslam on the 19th August, he can
add another 101 days. Which is… divide by Samoa Joe’s 33 ⅓ percent chance of winning
at Sacrifice… a lot more days than Punk. Not all title lengthy title reigns are created
equal, though, as The 434 have acutely pointed out with their infographic showing Punk defended
his championship 141 times… while Brock has only managed 10 so far.
Further evidence that Brock won’t be around again until Summerslam comes in WWE’s live
event listings for everyone’s most anticipated feud of modern times – and by ‘everyone’,
I mean ‘just Vince McMahon’ – Roman Reigns vs Jinder Mahal.
Reigns Vs. Jinder is reportedly being advertised for Raw live events through July, meaning
their feud – which began in the main event of Monday’s episode – will likely continue
past Money in the Bank and into Extreme Rules. There’s a slither of hope, though, as it’s
possible Roman is programmed against Jinder because a) Brock doesn’t work house shows,
so Reigns vs Mahal is just filler while he’s not there, or 2) WWE will switch to Braun
Strowman for Lesnar’s next big feud. But don’t worry, it’s not all gloom and
Roman in wrestling… Best Of The Super Juniors Brackets Revealed!
…because New Japan’s Best of the Super Juniors 2018 tournament is set to begin next
Friday! The Best of the Super Juniors is New Japan’s
annually recurring tournament, featuring wrestlers from their Junior Heavyweight division and
from outside the promotion. It’s where the famous Ricochet vs Will Ospreay vs the concept
of Gravity match took place back in 2016. And now New Japan have announced the brackets
for this year’s several week long tournament. Block A will include Tiger Mask IV, ACH, Will
Ospreay, Ring of Honor’s Flip Gordon, Yoh from the Junior Heavyweight tag team Sho and
Yoh, the Bullet Club’s newest member Tajiri Ishimori, Suzuki-gun’s Yoshinobu Kanemaru
and LIJ’s BUSHI. And Block B will feature Hiromu Takahashi,
Marty Scurll (whoop whoop), KUSHIDA, Ring of Honor’s Chris Sabin, Ryusuke Taguchi,
El Desperado, CMLL’s Dragon Lee and Sho from Sho and Yoh.
And New Japan aren’t the only wrestling company working with other promotions…
TNA Footage On WWE! …as WWE have supposedly struck a deal with
long-time nemesis Impact Wrestling. Despite TNA founder Jeff Jarrett not once
mentioning the banned initials in his Hall of Fame speech, and WWE completely skipping
over the Impact Wrestling part of Bobby Lashley’s career in Monday’s ‘I love my sisters
segment’ – seriously, what the hell was that segment all abou- the most recent episode
of the WWE Network show Table for Three – which featured Shane McMahon, Kurt Angle and AJ
Styles, showed footage from the Last Man Standing match between AJ and Kurt from TNA’s Hard
Justice 2008 PPV. The episode even ends with a plug for Impact’s
Global Wrestling Network streaming service, where viewers can watch all AJ and Kurt’s
TNA matches in full. When asked about how WWE were able to show
TNA footage on the Network, Dave Meltzer confirmed the obvious: “They made a deal with TNA
for it” [A new faction could soon be coming to WWE!
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