The WWE has bumped up an anticipated match between Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to this weekend due to a legitimate injury to Becky Lynch.
Lynch suffered a broken nose and concussion after being punched in the face by Nia during RAW on Monday night.
This Is How Becky Lynch Was Busted Open! pic.twitter.com/VVPesOawYz
— Brian The Guppie (@briantheguppie) November 13, 2018
Lynch was set to face Rousey at Survivor Series on Sunday. Since she will be medically unable to wrestle, she appeared on “Smackdown” Tuesday and asked Flair to replace her in the match.
— WWE (@WWE) November 14, 2018
There was heavy speculation that the WWE was trying to build towards a Flair vs. Rousey match at WrestleMania next year. Perhaps whatever happens on Sunday will be with a future WrestleMania match in mind.
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The WWE has faced a lot of scrutiny for proceeding as scheduled with its “Crown Jewel” event in Saudi Arabia in the wake of the mysterious death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and at least one superstar may be backing out.
Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports reported on Monday that John Cena and Daniel Bryan are “refusing” to go to Saudi Arabia, while other wrestlers have expressed concern about working the show.
WWE Crown Jewel could be in trouble.
I was just told Reigns is currently injured and that Cena and Bryan are "refusing" to work the show. Many on the current WWE roster have expressed concerned with going, as well, but obviously not all of them have the power like Cena/Bryan.
— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) October 22, 2018
In his latest episode of “Wrestling Observer Radio,” Dave Meltzer confirmed that Cena is refusing to take part in the Crown Jewel. Meltzer said the WWE creative team was informed on Monday that they need to find a replacement for Cena, according to WrestlingInc.com.
Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian who lived in the United States, was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate on Oct. 2. News reports stated that he was murdered and dismembered inside the consulate, and Saudi officials initially said he left alive before admitting he died. They claimed Khashoggi was strangled to death after a fight broke out.
Many politicians and companies have called for Donald Trump to condemn Saudi Arabia in the wake of the incident, but the president said he spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and believes a thorough investigation is taking place.
The Crown Jewel is scheduled for Nov. 2, but there has been talk that it is in jeopardy. Fox said WWE officials have been scrambling in an attempt to find a new location for the event.
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Roman Reigns will not have to fight leukemia alone.
Reigns will have the support of the wrestling community as he battles leukemia, which has returned after it was in remission since 2008.
The WWE Superstar announced at the start of “RAW” on Monday night that he was relinquishing his title due to the return of his leukemia. He asked for the prayers and support of anyone who would provide it. He received plenty of well wishes and support from his fellow wrestlers.
Take a look at all the tweets sent in support of Reigns:
— Lexi Kaufman (@AlexaBliss_WWE) October 23, 2018
, @WWERomanReigns. Praying for you and your family.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) October 23, 2018
Thank you @WWERomanReigns
— Kayla Braxton (@KaylaBraxtonWWE) October 23, 2018
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) October 23, 2018
@WWERomanReigns My Family And I Are Thinking Of You And Are Keeping You In Our Prayers! We Are Here For You!
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 23, 2018
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) October 23, 2018
— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) October 23, 2018
— Ember Moon (@WWEEmberMoon) October 23, 2018
You got this. #ThankYouRoman
— ONEY Lorcan (@_StarDESTROYER) October 23, 2018
Thank you Roman my love and prayers go out to you and your family we are with you!
— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) October 23, 2018
— SUPERNOVA11 (@NoamDar) October 23, 2018
About to board my flight to Newark and hearing news about my #GoodBrother and one of the hardest working, strongest brothers I know @WWERomanReigns , got a pit in my stomach.
My family throwing so many prayers at you..
Love you bro.
— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) October 23, 2018
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way @WWERomanReigns … Thank you and stay strong!
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) October 23, 2018
— MELLA I$ MONEY (@CarmellaWWE) October 23, 2018
The Man. #ThankYouRoman
— Dash (@DashWilderWWE) October 23, 2018
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@MustafaAliWWE) October 23, 2018
Roman is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege to share a locker room with. We all knew he was the locker room leader and we all aspired to be like him. Come back stronger than ever my friend #ThankYouRoman @WWERomanReigns
— Mike Kanellis (@RealMikeBennett) October 23, 2018
— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) October 23, 2018
I'm overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this.
Lots of love.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018
Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) October 23, 2018
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) October 23, 2018
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WWE’s “RAW” show on Monday night turned somber very quickly after the promotion announced some difficult news about Roman Reigns.
Reigns opened the show by taking the mic and saying he was relinquishing his championship belt because his leukemia returned. He ended up laying his title belt in the ring to show he was relinquishing it.
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 23, 2018
The WWE also announced the news in a press release.
Press release from WWE: pic.twitter.com/KR1DX0kTl4
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) October 23, 2018
Reigns’ leukemia had been in remission since 2008.
Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, is 33 years old. He has been controversially pushed as a major face of WWE the past several years and has headlined WrestleMania the last four years, including a shocking win over The Undertaker.
He is a four-time world champion in WWE. Reigns was suspended 30 days in 2016 for a violation of the company’s wellness policy.
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Ronda Rousey is bringing the heat to Nikki Bella.
Rousey and Bella have been feuding this week ahead of their WWE Evolution match on Oct. 28. Things began when the Bella Twins turned on Rousey last week and beat her up following their victory over The Riott Squad.
Rousey brought her A-game on “RAW” Monday night with a promo she cut in the ring. She went in on Nikki Bella, calling the twins “Do Nothing Bellas.” Rousey then got in the ultimate dig when talking about all the doors she’s knocked down in her career.
“The only door you’ve knocked down was the door to John Cena’s bedroom,” Rousey said.
— My Alter Ego (@geezus116) October 16, 2018
Cena and Bella dated for several years and got engaged last year, but they broke up and got back together a few times before once again calling things off a couple of months ago. Their relationship issues centered around plans for children.
The Philadelphia Eagles appear to have quite an interesting audible call in their playbook.
As Carson Wentz was at the line of scrimmage for a 4th-and-2 before halftime, he could be heard yelling “Hulk Hogan.”
Whatcha gonna do when the Eagles call Hulk Hogan on YOU pic.twitter.com/7Wmxtz5uuN
— Andrew Quinn (@AJQuinn82) October 12, 2018
We never got to see what the Hulk Hogan audible was because a timeout was called. The Eagles ended up kicking a field goal on the possession.
Fans on Twitter seemed to like the audible:
“Hulk Hogan” -Carson Wentz pic.twitter.com/SIKfp5Igr3
— CutCut94 (@CutCut94) October 12, 2018
— Nicholas Huba (@ACPressHuba) October 12, 2018
The play called Hulk Hogan??? pic.twitter.com/MCmW3N2muM
— simone (@TennesseeHoney_) October 12, 2018
— Girl Grey (@_girlgrey) October 12, 2018
— Ed Feins (@Efeins89) October 12, 2018
Of course there were some who speculated the Hogan audible was a play for Riley Cooper on account of the racist remarks made by each man.
Wonder what the Hulk thinks of it, brother.
If there’s one thing you don’t do, it’s take a shot at Seattle over the loss of their SuperSonics. WWE’s Elias learned that the hard way.
Elias and Kevin Owens were in the ring for a segment prior to Owens’ match with Bobby Lashley on “Monday Night Raw” in Seattle’s Key Arena.
Owens said something about Bobby Lashley teaming with John Cena not making sense. Elias responded with his jab, saying a basketball team in Seattle does not make sense. The fans in attendance proceeded to let Elias hear it with boos:
— WWE (@WWE) October 2, 2018
The boos were so hard they continued for several minutes and essentially prevented Elias from carrying on with the rest of his segment.
Fans watching the show on TV reacted immediately on Twitter:
Elias may get jumped after the show #Raw
— The Closed Fist (@TheClosedFist) October 2, 2018
Elias told Seattle they don’t deserve a basketball team and they’ve been booing for 10 minutes #RAW
— Royally Rumbled (@RoyallyRumbled) October 2, 2018
— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) October 2, 2018
Wow. Listen to those boo’s. Elias just garnered the loudest heat reaction from the crowd. I haven’t heard something like this in a very long time. #Raw
— WWE & Chill (@WWEAndChill_) October 2, 2018
— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) October 2, 2018
Elias is just the best. This heat is amazing. #RAW
— R.Dream (@WWERDream) October 2, 2018
Seattle has not had an NBA team since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. They got one year of Kevin Durant as a rookie when the team won 20 games. The franchise proceeded to draft Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka, forming the cornerstone of one of the best teams in the league. The fans in the area take the matter seriously, as this T-shirt company, and now Elias, could tell you.