Aug. 20 News Update: SummerSlam Preview & Update on Ric Flair



**The LAW will be live tonight immediately after SummerSlam concludes with Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski running through the entire show with their analysis and opening up the phone lines for your reaction. You can call in all show long at 1-855-591-6876 to chat SummerSlam and the NXT Takeover event from Saturday night. We will also be joined by Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter to discuss both shows and news from the past week.

Tune in right after SummerSlam ends on TSN 1050 Toronto, TSN 1410 Vancouver and live here on the website.

**Here is our SummerSlam preview with Jimmy Korderas and I:

**For those that download The LAW on Monday morning, we will have a LAW Extra with Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave reviewing the NXT Takeover card from Saturday night in Brooklyn.


**SummerSlam takes place tonight from the Barclays Center tonight in Brooklyn with the second of four consecutive events in the arena with Raw and SmackDown Live to follow. It is the WWE’s third biggest show of the year and is scheduled for six-hours on the WWE Network a total of thirteen matches currently scheduled. Below is the lineup for tonight’s show, starting at 5pm Easter with the kickoff show:
*Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe for the Universal title
*Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakmaura for the WWE title
*John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
*A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens for the U.S. title with Shane McMahon as the special referee
*Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose for the Raw tag titles
*Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw women’s title
*Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
*Randy Orton vs. Rusev
*Naomi vs. Natalya for the Smackdown women’s title
*Big Cass vs. Big Show with Enzo in a shark cage above the ring
*Akira Tozawa vs. Neville for the Cruiserweight title on the kickoff show
*New Day vs. The Usos for the Smackdown tag titles on the kickoff show
*The Miz & Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel vs. The Hardys & Jason Jordan on the kickoff show

**There was promising news released on Saturday regarding the recovery process for Ric Flair. His management team posted the following update after a tumultuous week where Flair was admitted to hospital last Friday and underwent surgery earlier in the week:

Happy 2 report @RicFlairNatrBoy is awake, communicating & progressing..but there are complications so needs rest for the 1st time in 40 yrs. He did cut a promo on a nurse yesterday so anyone that knows @RicFlairNatrBoy knows that’s a very, very good sign. On behalf of @RicFlairNatrBoy THANK YOU 4 the outpouring of prayers & well wishes (altho the offers 4 a kidney seemed a little excessive :) The man outlived a plane crash & being struck by lightening, he is a survivor.Grateful 4 all the love & respect sent @RicFlairNatrBoy way

**A photo was posted from a fan on an airplane with The Undertaker spotted arriving in New York and has led to speculation regarding what his involvement could be this weekend. We will see tonight if he does appear but it was such a strong retirement at WrestleMania that it seems anticlimactic for him to return.

**Saturday night’s Takeover from Brooklyn was the best WWE show of the year and perhaps the best Takeover from start-to-finish they have produced. Every match delivered in its own way with most going to Asuka vs. Ember Moon as the best match on the show. The reaction to the near falls were incredible on television and was told from those in attendance live that the heat was out of this world. The big angle was the debut of Adam Cole at the conclusion of the main event after Drew McIntyre won the title and was attacked by Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly (who had already appeared earlier in the night to attack new tag champions Sanity and the Authors of Pain). It provides a clear and fresh direction for the NXT title feud and fresh blood inserted into the mix. They also did a backstage segment following the show with Roderick Strong confronting Bobby Roode and that will probably lead to a blow off match between the two. It was clear watching this show that the women’s title is most over title to the audience and Asuka defending the title becomes a major event in and of itself. Given the debut of Cole and the angle, they had to close the show with that but Asuka could probably be the pillar of these Takeover events and presented as the main event because the title reign has reached a level where every near fall means so much because of the chance they will see Asuka lose.

**The next set of NXT television tapings are this Thursday at Full Sail University.

**The following matches were taped prior to the Takeover special and will air this Wednesday:
*Lars Sullivan vs. No Way Jose
*Peyton Royce vs. Sarah Logan
*Pete Dunne & Wolfgang vs. Tyler Bate & Trent Seven

**Global Force Wrestling continues at the Impact Zone tonight with their fourth straight night of television tapings and will wrap up Tuesday night. The tapings will cover all of the episodes of Impact through November 2nd, which is the week of Bound for Glory.

**The American Top Team guys will be returning for the Impact tapings on Monday and Tuesday night. That would suggest they are building to something for Bound for Glory with the initial angle shot this past Thursday with Colby Covington choking Brian Hebner and the backstage brawl with Jeff Jarrett and James Storm involved.

**Sami Callihan was visiting friends backstage at the Impact tapings on Friday night.

**Konnan also posted a picture backstage at GFW with Texano, Jr. and Taya, who are both working with GFW this weekend.

**Matt Riddle apparently suffered an ankle injury earlier this week and it resulted in Riddle being taken off Friday’s House of Glory card for his match with Stephan Bonnar and also had to pull out of today’s PWX card in Concord, North Carolina.

**Highlights of the G-1 airing in the White House press briefing room.

**Paul Levesque did a cameo on Friday’s “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and they plugged SummerSlam during the skit:

WWE SummerSlam
Sunday August 21st 2016
Brooklyn, New York

*American Alpha & The Usos & The Hype Bros. over Tyler Breeze & Fandango & The Vaudevillains & The Ascension
*Neville & Sami Zayn over The Dudley Boyz
*Sheamus over Cesaro in their best-of-seven series
*Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens over Enzo & Big Cass
*Charlotte over Sasha Banks to win the Raw women’s title
*The Miz over Apollo Crews to retain the Intercontinental title
*A.J. Styles over John Cena
*Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows over New Day by disqualification
*Dean Ambrose over Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE title
*Nikki Bella & Natalya & Alexa Bliss over Becky Lynch & Naomi & Carmella
*Finn Balor over Seth Rollins to become the first Universal champion
*Brock Lesnar over Randy Orton by TKO


**On Friday, it was announced by the UFC that Junior dos Santos was being pulled from his heavyweight fight with Francis Ngannou on September 9th due to a potential USADA violation. This was the result of an out-of-competition test administered on August 10th. The Dos Santos camp has come out and been very adamant that he did not take a banned substance. His manager Ana Guedes released the following statement to MMA Fighting:

Junior tested positive for a substance called Hydrochlorothiazite, which is a diuretic and is banned by USADA due to its use as a masking agent.  We do not know where this substance came from. Junior has had his blood and urine randomly tested many times and has never once tested positive for a banned substance.

We requested testing of his B sample today. Most times, the B sample will show the identical results as the A sample. Therefore, we are already working on analyzing his nutritional supplements and medications, to determine whether anything might have been contaminated. Jeff Novitzky and Donna Marcolini of the UFC have provided the guidance for this process, and we are grateful to them for their professionalism and competence.

Junior remains committed to and supportive of USADA drug testing – even if he is bearing an unfortunate consequence of it. He spoke personally with Francis Ngannou, and apologized for the unintended consequence to him. Junior thanks Francis for the sympathy, understanding, and respect that transpired during their call, and very much looks forward to resolving this situation so that he and Francis can set up a new date to face one another.

As of now, Ngannou remains without an opponent for the UFC 215 pay-per-view on September 9th in Edmonton. The card features two title fights at the moment with Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg for the flyweight title and Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the women’s bantamweight title.

**A welterweight fight between Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal is expected for UFC 217 on November 4th at Madison Square Garden. Masvidal tweeted out the news and it was later confirmed by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. Thompson last fought in March of this past year and lost to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley by majority decision. Masvidal is coming off a split decision loss to Demian Maia at UFC 211 this past May.

**Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has been booked for another UFC fight, despite losing his last five outings. The UFC has announced that Arlovski will be fighting Junior Albini on November 11th at the UFC’s Fight Night event in Norfolk, Virginia. Albini recently made his UFC debut and stopped Timothy Johnson in the first round and has a pro record of 14-2.

**Fight week begins Monday for one of the biggest fights of all-time with Mayweather and McGregor coverage dominating the news cycle for the next seven-days.

(John Pollock & Jimmy Korderas provide a full preview of Sunday’s SummerSlam card from Brooklyn with the fatal four-way main event for the Universal title and all the rest of the matches scheduled)
KEEP IT 2000 – Ep. 18 “Takin’ Care of Bollea”
(Brian Mann & Nate Milton are joined by comedian Chris Trew to review the May 1st 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro during David Arquette’s run as WCW champion and leading into Slamboree that year)
THE MMA REPORT – Aug. 17th
(John Pollock welcomes Stephen Espinoza of Showtime Sports to discuss the making of Mayweather vs. McGregor, working with Dana White, the UFC’s initial stance against the fight, working with McGregor in the future & more)
whtsNXT – Aug. 17th
(Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave chat the final episode of NXT before Takeover in Brooklyn this Saturday and make predictions for the Takeover card)
(Martin Bushby & Oli Court & Benno return to chat the recent ICW & PROGRESS cards, chat about ZSJ’s G-1 Climax outing, the ROH War of the Worlds U.K. tour and Sean Sedor joins the show to chat the PROGRESS card from New York City this past weekend)
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review the final SmackDown Live before SummerSlam, the uncomfortable opening segment to the show, Jinder Mahal vs. John Cena, Baron Corbin’s cash in failure and a review of 205 Live)
REVIEW-A-RAW: “I Earn Fist”
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review Raw from Boston, Ambrose & Rollins unite, update on Ric Flair, Alberto El Patron stripped of GFW title, G-1 finals and we take your feedback & questions)
(Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski chat all the week’s news and review the G-1 with John Pollock; Dave Meltzer stops by to chat G-1, Ronda Rousey, Alberto El Patron and more; plus, a preview of SummerSlam weekend and Live Audio Extra will a complete rundown of the G-1 Finals from Sumo Hall)

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