Aug. 21 News Update: John Cena Advertised for Tonight’s Raw



**The LAW’s SummerSlam Post-Show is up on the site with Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski reviewing the entire show and sharing their thoughts on the card along with your phone calls. Dave Meltzer is also on the show from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter to chat SummerSlam, NXT Takeover, the latest on Ric Flair’s recovery and GFW moves over the past week. Plus, for those that download the show you will get a bonus LAW Extra with Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave reviewing the NXT Takeover card from Saturday. The show is available for download at and on iTunes.

**Below is our SummerSlam review with Jimmy Korderas and I:

**We have a new edition of Japanese Audio Wrestling on the site with JoJo Remy & WH Park sharing their thoughts on the final three nights of the G-1 Climax at Sumo Hall, Tetsuya Naito’s tournament win, the directions set in place for the remainder of 2017 and going into Wrestle Kingdom in January and they conduct a “fantasy draft” for the 2018 G-1 tournament. That show can be downloaded at

**Review-A-Raw returns tonight with Wai Ting & I reviewing tonight’s show from the Barclays Center and we will be taking your feedback from The LAW Message Board.

**I was a guest on TSN 1040 Vancouver on Monday to discuss the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight.


**Raw is at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight with John Cena advertised for Raw events moving forward, including next month’s No Mercy pay-per-view. The Barclays Center was advertising Brock Lesnar last week, but quickly removed that advertising (as that would give away Lesnar winning last night) so I would expect Lesnar on the show tonight.

**The WWE confirmed today that Lio Rush has signed with the company and reported to the Performance Center on Monday.

**The SmackDown crew has a house show in Albany tonight with Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton and A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens being advertised. The television tapings are Tuesday night for the fourth straight night at the Barclays Center.

**Global Force Wrestling has two more nights of television tapings in Orlando at the Impact Zone. They will be taping episodes for October tonight. We have been told that members from American Top Team are returning for tonight’s tapings, as well as Tuesday night’s taping.

**Ring of Honor wrapped up their War of the Worlds U.K. tour on Sunday with a show in Edinburgh, Scotland. The show was highlighted by a title change with The Young Bucks & Hangman Page defeating Dalton Castle & The Boys to win the ROX six-man tag titles.

**New Japan has announced the lineups for their three Destruction cards in September with nine title matches spread out over the three events. Below are the lineups for each of the Destruction cards:
*September 10th in Fukushima at 3am Eastern: Minoru Suzuki vs. Michael Elgin for the NEVER Openweight title; EVIL & Sanada & Bushi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Rocky Romero & Toru Yano for the NEVER six-man tag titles; Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay; Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay; War Machine vs. Guerillas of Destiny vs. Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP tatg titles; Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Takashi Iizuka & El Desperado & Taka Michinoku; Yujiro & Chase Owens vs. Trent Baretta & Jado; Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka; Yuji Nagata & Hirai Kawato vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Shota Umino
*September 16th in Hiroshima at 5am Eastern: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. for the Intercontinental title; Kushida vs. El Desperado for the IWGP junior heavyweight title; Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay & Toru Yano & Gedo vs. Tetsuya Naito & EVIL & Sanada & Bushi & Hiromi Takahashi; Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay; War Machine vs. Guerillas of Destiny vs. Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP tag titles; Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru for the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles; Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku vs. Michael Elgin & Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe; Roppongi Vice vs. Chase Owens & Yujiro; Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi & Jado vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger
*September 24th in Kobe at 3am Eastern: Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson for the United States title; Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay vs. EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi; Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Bushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Rocky Romero; War Machine vs. Killer Elite Squad vs. Guerillas of Destiny for the IWGP tag titles; Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Iizuka & Taichi; Michael Elgin & Katsuya Kitamura vs. Togi Makabe & David Finlay; Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. El Desperado & Taka Michinoku; Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hirai Kawato vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino

**The Roppongi Vice match for the September 16th is being billed as their final match teaming together.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling has also announced the Kazuchika Okada will make the next defence of his IWGP heavyweight title against EVIL in the main event of the King of Pro Wrestling card at Sumo Hall on Monday October 9th. The same card will also feature Tetsuya Naito putting his Wrestle Kingdom title shot on the line against Tomohiro Ishii. Both of these matches were set up during the G-1 with EVIL becoming the first person in a year to pin Okada and Ishii defeating Naito, prior to Naito winning the tournament.

**On the Mae Young Classic Bracketology show that aired on the WWE Network, they released the brackets for the entire tournament with the following opening round matches:
*Jazzy Gabert vs. Abbey Laith
*Rachel Evers vs. Marti Belle
*Kay Lee Ray vs. Princesa Sugehit
*Xia Li vs. Mercedes Martinez
*Nicole Savoy vs. Reina Gonzalez
*Candice LeRae vs. Renee Michelle
*Sarah Logan vs. Mia Yim
*Shayna Baszler vs. Zeda
*Kairi Sane vs. Tessa Blanchard
*Bianca Belair vs. Sage Beckett
*Dakota Kai vs. Kavita Devi
*Miranda Salinas vs. Rhea Ripley
*Vanessa Borne vs. Serena Deeb
*Santana Garrett vs. Piper Niven
*Taynara Conti vs. Lacey Evans
*Toni Storm vs. Ayesha Raymond

The first four episodes of the tournament will be released next Monday on August 28th and the following four episodes come out on September 4th with the finals scheduled for Tuesday September 12th in Las Vegas at the SmackDown tapings. With the exception of the finals, all the tournament matches were taped last month at Full Sail University and will be called by Jim Ross & Lita with Alundra Blayze conducting backstage interviews with the participants.

**Mike Mooneyham has a feature on Ric Flair in the Post and Courier discussing his friendship with Flair and sharing stories.

**Tony Schiavone is going to be calling his first pro wrestling show since 2001 in October for MLW’s “One Shot” event. Sports Illustrated revealed the news that Schiavone will call the show alongside Rich Bocchini and will be Schiavone’s first time calling any professional wrestling since the XWF tapings in 2001. The event takes place from the Gilt Nightclub in Orlando on Thursday October 5th and will be available 72-hours later to stream at The card will be headlined by Ricochet taking on Shane Strickland.

**NXT has announced live events for October 19th in Macon, Georgia, October 20th in Charleston, South Carolina and October 21st in Aiken, South Carolina with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10am.

**Former WWE performer Ho Ho Lun spoke to the South China Morning Post on his year with the WWE, his recent release (that Lun requested due to his mother’s health) and the online criticism he received during and after last year’s Cruiserweight Classic. He noted he didn’t feel his first match in the CWC was very good (against Ariya Daivari) and the American style was a difficult adjustment for him. On requesting his release, he stated that his mother is losing her memory and cannot walk and made the decision to go back home to Hong Kong to be with her and is wrestling in Asia with several projects on the go. Lun also explained his role assisting with other Chinese signees such as Tian Bing, who Lun assisted with the language barrier and getting them acclimated to the U.S.

**This is quite the spot that Cricket Wireless has produced involving John Cena and lives he has changed:

**Konnan has announced that he is going to be training Stephan Bonnar for professional wrestling from this point on. Bonnar had his pro wrestling debut this past Friday night for House of Glory wrestling. Bonnar was scheduled to face Matt Riddle on Friday’s show but Riddle suffered an injury and was replaced by Sho Tanaka.


**In a surprising announcement, Brian Stann is leaving his post as an analyst for the UFC to pursue a big opportunity in real estate. Stann is taking a big position with a real estate firm and will be going to school this fall to acquire his executive MBA, which will leave him without any time to dedicate to UFC (he noted he was on the road 26 weekends in 2016 for the UFC) and this new job will be a lot of work but keeps his weekends free for his family. Stann quickly became one of the best analysts in the industry after retiring in 2013 and making the transition to the broadcast booth. Stann was well respected for his in-depth research and pre-fight interviews with fighters, which enhanced each broadcast he was a part of significantly. In my opinion, Stann and Dominick Cruz are the best analysts they have and I’d put Jimmy Smith alongside them for analysis.

**Conor McGregor speaks to Andrew McGahon for McGregor’s The Mac Life website as his training camp comes to an end heading into Saturday’s fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. McGregor spent the majority of his camp in Las Vegas at the UFC Performance Institute:

**The UFC has confirmed an earlier report from Combate that Lyoto Machida will return to the octagon against Derek Brunson on October 28th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Machida is returning following a 18-month suspension issued by USADA after Machida disclosed to the agency that he was taking 7-keto-DHEA during a collection sample in April 2016 ahead of a scheduled fight Machida had with Dan Henderson. Brunson is coming off a KO win over Dan Kelly this past June following losses to Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva (which was a fight most scored for Brunson).

(JoJo Remy & WH Park share their thoughts on the final three nights of the G-1, Tetsuya Naito’s win, directions for Wrestle Kingdom 12 and they conduct a fantasy draft for the 2018 G-1)
(Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski run through the WWE SummerSlam card and take your calls, Dave Meltzer chats SummerSlam and the latest on Ric Flair, plus LAW Extra with Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave reviewing NXT Takeover from Brooklyn)
(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)

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