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SummerSlam 2014: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – it is so on

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One of the premier events of the summer — SummerSlam 2014 — will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles for the sixth straight year, and it will feature some fantastic matchups that have to get you pumped. The big-time event will be available on WWE Network (as are all WWE pay-per-view events) and will not be available on DirecTV or Dish Network.

The headlining match that will get you excited is Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena. Cena won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground last month. The next night on Raw, Triple H announced that Brock would square off against Cena at SummerSlam for the championship. Lesnar is coming off his huge upset at WrestleMania 30 where he beat The Undertaker and ended the Taker’s 21-match winning streak at WrestleMania.

Will it be another big win for Brock? Or will it be You Can’t See Me?

Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho will also meet in one of the more exciting matches. Wyatt lost to Jericho at Battleground, which sets up this rematch. Keep in mind that Jericho has been attacked by The Wyatt Family twice — once on Raw in June and then again in July where he was attacked in the locker room. Another notable angle is that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have been banned from ringside for the match. Will either superstar figure out a way to get involved? We’re guessing yes.

This video will definitely get you warmed up for the Bray Wyatt-Chris Jericho match:

One of the more fun feuds in the past several weeks has been between the Bella Twins and Stephanie McMahon. It all started at Payback when Brie Bella quit after McMahon issued an ultimatum to Brie’s husband, Daniel Bryan. Rather than have Bryan forfeit the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Brie quit and slapped Stephanie’s face in the process, but that wouldn’t be the only slapping done. At the July 21 edition of Raw in Miami, Brie was in the audience and was slapped by McMahon. Stephanie was then arrested and hauled off for assault and battery in what was one of the more exciting developments in recent memory.

Brie came back at Stephanie a week later and told her she would drop the charges if Stephanie agreed to face her at SummerSlam. That’s how this exciting singles match came to be.

In addition to these three awesome matches, Jack Swagger will face Rusev in a flag match. The idea for the flag came about after Rusev hit Swagger with the Russian flag. AJ Lee and Paige will meet for the WWE Divas Championship. It will be Roman Reigns against Randy Orton in a singles match after the two feuded with each other the past few weeks. The Miz will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, whom he last eliminated in a battle royal to capture the title. And Dean Ambrose will face Seth Rollins in a match where Ambrose will choose the stipulation.

It will be a busy week for the WWE Superstars and Divas, who will be busy with charity functions leading up to SummerSlam, such as appearances at children’s hospitals, an anti-bullying rally, a Special Olympics event and Make-A-Wish event.

And for the real fans — and anyone else in the Los Angeles area — one of the cool attractions are the SummerSlam Confidential Panels at Club Nokia. Hulk Hogan will speak on the Friday panel; the WWE 2K15 roster reveal will take place on Saturday with D-Generation X featuring Triple H and Shawn Michaels speaking on the Saturday evening panel; and Stone Cold Steve Austin will host the Sunday panel.

The panels are huge opportunities for the WWE Universe to ask some questions to their favorite stars.

Alberto Del Rio reportedly slapped social media manager over racist joke

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Alberto Del Rio’s release by the WWE was announced Thursday with very few details surrounding the circumstances for his departure from the organization. Slowly the story has begun to emerge.

Here’s what the WWE said in its statement Thursday:

“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.”

The rumor was that Del Rio had an altercation with a social media manager for the company.

WrestlingInc.com provides details on what allegedly happened:

According to the new report, WWE’s social media manager was supposedly asked to wipe his plate clean following a meal in catering. He allegedly joked that it was Del Rio’s job to clean the plate, which could be perceived as racist by Hispanic people. Del Rio was informed of the comment, and confronted him. The individual did not apologize for his remark and then smiled at him. Fuming, Del Rio slapped him.

The WWE got defensive about the release of Del Rio and sent these tweets Friday regarding the move:

There was speculation that this could be a work, but it seems pretty clear now that this is for real. And if this story is accurate, I wouldn’t say Del Rio was justified in his actions, but the social media manager was out of line.

H/T Arsen D.

Alberto Del Rio released by WWE for altercation with employee

Alberto Del Rio black eye

WWE announced the release of wrestler Alberto Del Rio Thursday evening. They gave few details about his release, leading many to speculate about the reason and legitimacy of the news.

“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee,” the organization wrote in its announcement.

There has been speculation that Del Rio was unhappy with his contract and that he would leave the company when his deal expired.

PW Mania notes that the WWE did not use Del Rio’s real name in its announcement and that they did not wish him the best in his future endeavors, which is standard practice for someone who is released, leading to speculation that this could just be a “work.”

H/T Arsen D.

Paul Heyman: Brock Lesnar would consider UFC return

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Brock Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman says the former UFC champion would consider a return to the octagon if his situation changed with the WWE.

Lesnar signed a 3-year deal with the WWE in April 2012 and broke the Undertaker’s win streak at WrestleMania this year. If things weren’t going so well in the wrestling world, he’d be more inclined to check out the UFC again, Heyman says.

“If a change of circumstance happens, and it’s a no-brainer to get Brock back into the cage, I’m sure it’s something he would consider,” Heyman said on “The MMA Hour” via Bloody Elbow. “At this moment, it’s not a topic of conversation because things are going so well in WWE.”

If Lesnar ever did return to the UFC, he would have a long line of people who would want to challenge him. That line starts with Alistair Overeem, who beat Lesnar by TKO at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011, and called out Brock earlier this year.

Lesnar has immense popularity and means big business and ratings for whichever organization of which he is a part. At 37 years old, it’s not realistic for him to continue much of a fighting career, but he certainly could fight once or twice before being too old.

Lesnar is scheduled to face John Cena in the headlining match at SummerSlam on Aug. 17 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He is 5-3 in his professional MMA career, which included a 4-fight win streak in which he rose to become the UFC heavyweight champion.

Previously: Dana White says Brock Lesnar is interested in UFC comeback

Batista says Brock Lesnar breaking Undertaker’s streak ‘made me sick’

Fan Undertaker reaction

Brock Lesnar took down The Undertaker at Wrestlemania earlier this year in one of the most shocking defeats in WWE history. Prior to losing to Lesnar, Undertaker had been 21-0 in his Wrestlemania career. Some fans were so upset by the outcome of the match that they walked out of the Louisiana Superdome. WWE superstar Dave “Batista” Bautista knows exactly how they felt.

During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Batista ripped the decision to have Undertaker lose like he did.

“It sucked! Honestly, I thought it sucked,” Lesnar said. “I haven’t really talked much about it but I think it was a bad decision, a horrible decision. I don’t have any say in the matter but to me, watching as a fan, it made me sick.

“Brock Lesnar beating him didn’t seem to work and it really wasn’t good that Brock left the day after. I just don’t see how that made sense at all. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the streak broken and it just didn’t make sense to me.”

I think most wrestling fans would agree with Batista. Lesnar, a three-time WWE champion, has bounced between mixed martial arts and wrestling. While he has been wildly popular during his time in the WWE, he is hardly the same type of legend that the Undertaker is. The streak eventually ending made sense. Having Lesnar end it didn’t.

H/T What Culture

Daniel Bryan stopped burglar at his home with rear naked choke

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Daniel Bryan is the people’s champion for good reason: he is a badass.

Bryan thwarted a robbery attempt at his home by chasing away two burglars on Thursday and catching one of them.

Bryan and wife Brie Bella were coming home after Brie picked her husband up from the airport. Upon arriving at their home, they saw a door open inside and were concerned. Brie went inside to check on their dog, Josie, while Bryan spotted the men trying to flee out the back door and chased them. He successfully caught up to them and subdued one of the burglars — 22-year-old Cesar Sosa — using a rear naked choke hold.

“Fortunately he wasn’t in very good shape, so it didn’t take much. I put him in a rear naked choke. I didn’t want to hurt him, I just wanted to make sure he was subdued until the police could come,” Bryan said. “It took zero effort to take him down. Zero effort to put him in a rear naked choke.”

Sosa also had a felony warrant for burglary and kidnapping.

Bryan also says a neighbor called the police to report suspicious activity around the time of the robbery attempt.

[Related: MMA champ Jon Jones subdued robber before his fight]

“I got really angry at first,” Bryan said at a press conference. “You’d rather they steal your car than break into your home where it’s an invasion.”

Did the burglar recognize Bryan?

“I don’t think he’s a wrestling fan, no.

“We consider ourselves, given the circumstances, very fortunate people.”

Photo: Twitter/Daniel Bryan

The Rock won’t be going into MMA because he doesn’t like being punched in the face

The RockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is doing promotional work for his movie “Hercules,” which debuts on Friday. One such promotional interview he did was with UFC.com, where he also talked about the world of MMA.

Though some famous wrestlers like Brock Lesnar have transitioned to MMA, The Rock says the combat sport is not for him.

“I used to hear that voice a few years back, then I remembered I don’t like getting punched in the face,” The Rock said in an interview with UFC.com. “Kidding aside, I have boundless respect for MMA and the discipline it takes to become a champion. The best way I can honor the warriors is through my support.”

As The Rock said, though he doesn’t see himself ever fighting, he still supports the sport. He had many complimentary things to say about women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, with whom he filmed “Fast & Furious 7.”

“Ronda is one of a kind. She’s a champion with world-class drive and work ethic. And to be able to do what she’s doing—the drive of being a champion and then balancing that with the drive of being equally as good on the big screen—that type of ambition requires capacity, and it’s so cool to see her achieve and move mountains.”

The Rock also has worked with Gina Carano on “Fast & Furious 6″, so he wasn’t about to make a prediction on their impending fight, saying that was too hard to do.

Everyone else knows that Rousey is the easy pick.

If you have plans to see The Rock’s new movie, make sure you read about the diet he maintained in order to get into shape for the movie. It was insane.