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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Wrestling

WWE, Stephanie McMahon trolling with $500 fine for Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar elbow

If Brock Lesnar is genuinely being disciplined by the WWE for cutting Randy Orton with some brutal elbows in the ring during their match at SummerSlam on Sunday, then the punishment has to be different from the one Stephanie McMahon stated on Tuesday.

McMahon had said on RAW Monday that there will be “repercussions” for Lesnar. On Tuesday, she said Lesnar would be fined $500. Seriously. $500. Brock makes more than that in half a second in the ring.

In keeping with the storyline surrounding the penalty, the WWE website wrote this commentary about the matter:

Is the fee enough to satiate SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon’s peace of mind for the heinous act inflected upon one of his show’s top Superstars? Is this seemingly paltry sum an insult to Shane and SmackDown Live? How will Lesnar’s fine impact the already strained relations between Team Red and Team Blue?

Clearly this is just a storyline and the actual discipline to Lesnar had to be more.

Chris Jericho reportedly confronted Brock Lesnar over bloodying Randy Orton

Randy Orton cut head

Like many others, Chris Jericho reportedly felt that Brock Lesnar went too far at the end of his match against Randy Orton at SummerSlam on Sunday.

After Orton and Lesnar traded patented moves, Brock hit Orton with a series of elbows. At least one of them left Orton with a gash on his forehead, and there was some speculation that a razor — the standard way to open a cut — caused it. Others believed Lesnar simply took things too far.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, Jericho confronted Lesnar immediately after the match. After checking to see if Orton was OK, Jericho reportedly asked WWE producer Michael Haynes if the finish was planned. When Haynes wouldn’t answer him, Jericho became furious. Here’s more:

Jericho said [that’s bulls—] just as Lesnar came back from the ring. Lesnar thought he was talking about his match, and called Jericho a p—y according to one version, or “shut up” according to another, and to mind his own business. The two got face-to-face and started exchanging words, with one version saying they were shouting at each other the whole time.

Lesnar pushed Jericho with his fingers, and Jericho did what was described as the “Rousey-Tate” forehead press. One version also had Jericho shoving Lesnar to the wall at one point.

They got tangled up against the wall and Lesnar told Jericho to punch him or kiss him. Paul “HHH” Levesque jumped in quickly and broke it up. It was heated enough that they went back at it at which time Vince McMahon broke it up. Jericho started yelling about Lesnar and McMahon told Jericho that it was all a work and to be professional.

The report goes on to say that Orton informed Jericho he knew everything was coming, but a close look at the gash (photo here) makes it seem like the wound was caused by Lesnar’s elbow and not a razor. That’s probably what Jericho was so heated about.

H/T Black Sports Online

Finn Balor relinquishes title after suffering shoulder injury

Finn Balor

Finn Balor relinquished his WWE Universal Champion belt on Monday a day after winning it at SummerSlam because the Demon King suffered a torn labrum in the match.

Balor was thrown into a barricade on a powerbomb by Seth Rollins during their match on Sunday and immediately was in pain. His shoulder dislocated but he popped it back in place. Balor finished the match but ended up undergoing an MRI, which determined he had the torn labrum in his shoulder.

Balor is likely to miss around six months. He came out at the start of RAW on Monday night wearing a sling, but he reassured fans he would be back and better than ever.

Rollins is coming under some scrutiny too for causing the injury. It’s not the first time one of his throws has left a fellow wrestler injured; Sting was hurt by Rollins in a career-ending match.

Randy Orton gets 10 staples for cut on head

Randy Orton cut head

The injury Randy Orton sustained during Sunday’s match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in Brooklyn was no joke.

WWE reported Sunday evening that Orton needed 10 staples to close the cut he sustained on his head during his fight with Lesnar.

The match ended with Lesnar winning via TKO due to the blood he drew with the cut on Orton’s head that was the result of multiple elbows. You can see a closer look at the cut here.

Lesnar appeared to go too hard on Orton when beating him up and drawing legitimate blood with the elbows. His actions have many fans in a fury.

Brazen fan taunts Brock Lesnar with ‘got juice’ sign

Brock Lesnar got juice sign

One extremely bold, extremely brazen fan attending SummerSlam Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn decided to take his life into his hands by taunting Brock Lesnar with a “got juice” sign.

The sign was visible on the broadcast as Lesnar walked out from the tunnel on his way to the ring to face Randy Orton. It’s a reference to Lesnar failing two drug tests prior to his UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt

Lesnar went a little nuts in the ring against Orton and appeared to have caused him to bleed with some major elbows to the head.

Image via Extra Mustard

Randy Orton gets cut, becomes bloody mess at SummerSlam

Randy Orton blood

Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton via TKO in their match at SummerSlam on Sunday, but there was a controversy at the end when Orton left a bloody mess.

The two traded their patented moves — the RKO outta nowhere for Orton and the F5 suplex for Lesnar. But late in their match, Lesnar hit Orton with an elbow to open a massive cut that left Orton bleeding badly. Some speculate that the elbows opened up the cut, but others say it was a standard razor that caused it. In any case, Orton was bleeding badly in the ring and up the tunnel.

Here’s video of some of the elbows:

This photo seems to show a jagged cut, which would indicate it happened the hard way, not with a razor:

Randy Orton cut

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Conor McGregor did Vince McMahon swag walk (Video)

Conor McGregor Vince McMahon

If you’re wondering why Conor McGregor was able to beat Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, it’s very clearly because he had some Vince McMahon swag in his corner.

Prior to their fight, McGregor got his Vince McMahon in by emulating the WWE boss’ swaggy walk with arms out and a-flailing:

It’s not the first time Conor McGregor did the Vince McMahon swag walk. He also had done it in this video posted on YouTube in March:

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