For what it’s worth, two of our correspondents at last night’s SmackDown tapings in Omaha, Nebraska noted that one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns may have been injured in the main event.
Apparently Reigns tweaked his ankle during a six-man tag match with The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Big Show and Kofi Kingston. Reigns started limping after a spot with Orton on the ring apron.
Reigns was seen limping around the ring during the end of the match and was helped to the back by a referee right after the finish. A post-show beatdown by the babyfaces took place but only Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were involved.
WWE Smackdown spoilers from tonight’s tapings in Omaha, Nebraska:
* The Miz and another MizTV segment opens this week’s WWE SmackDown. His guests are Fandango and Summer Rae. Miz announces he will do MizTV and then win the Intercontinental Title tonight. Wade Barrett interrupts and starts running down Fandango and threatens him. Miz and Barrett start brawling and we have tonight’s first match.
* The Miz vs. Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title is up first. Fandango comes out dancing and interrupts in the match. Barrett nails the Bullhammer on Fandago but Miz wins by DQ.
* Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger is next. Zeb Colter cuts a promo about conspiracies before the match. Bryan wins a back and forth match with the Yes Lock. After the match, the crowd chants “yes” and Bryan looks as if he’s crazy before putting the lock on Swagger again. Kane breaks the hold up and they argue before Bryan leaves.
* Damien Sandow is out in the ring with Matt Striker. Sheamus ends up coming out. This was described as a weak segment to start a Sheamus vs. Sandow feud.
* Chris Jericho defeated Big Show by count out. Big Show controlled most of the match but Jericho hit a Codebreaker outside of the ring and Show got counted out.
* Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel are out next. Heyman and Axel talk about extending his brand and taking out Triple H.
* Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel is up next. Cara hits his usual high-flying moves but McGillicutty wins with his finisher.
* Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose for the United States Title is up next. The match ends when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns interfere. Randy Orton and Sheamus make the save. Teddy Long makes a six-man match.
* The Shield controlled most of the match but the faces turned it around. Orton hits a RKO on Reigns, Rollins takes a Brogue Kick but Ambrose hits his finisher on Kofi for the win. After the match, Team Hell No come out and throw Ambrose and Rollins back in the ring. Orton hits a RKO on Rollins and Ambrose takes a Brogue kick to end it.
Tonight’s WWE TV tapings will take place from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Confirmed for Main Event is Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title and set for the SmackDown tapings is Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose for the United States Title.
SmackDown General Manager Booker T is currently out of action after having elbow surgery that we noted last week. Booker suffered a torn triceps and had to have the surgery after getting an elbow infection. Because of his absence, the feud with Teddy Long has been put on hold.
The injury was described as a freak injury and not ring related. He’s expected back on TV around the end of this month.
Tonight’s WWE TV tapings take place from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Confirmed for tonight’s SmackDown tapings is The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho, Big Show and Randy Orton.
Main Event will feature Seth Rollins vs. Kane. It’s interesting to note that WWE is still advertising injured World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler for tonight’s tapings.
Powerlifter Adam “Big Country” Scherr has reportedly signed a deal with WWE. At the Arnold Classic earlier this year, Scherr told RXMuscle.com that he was negotiating with WWE and what they were offering was way better than what the Strongman competitions pay. At the Arnold Classic, Scherr suffered a bicep injury. Here are two photos of the 6 foot 7, 375lbs. Scherr:
Dolph Ziggler was interviewed by WWE.com about his concussion that he suffered at Tuesday’s WWE TV tapings. Dolph noted that he doesn’t remember Monday into Tuesday and was diagnosed with retrograde amnesia stemming from the incident.
WWE is working on alternative plans for the World Title match at Extreme Rules in case Ziggler isn’t medically cleared. Here is an excerpt from the interview.
“I didn’t even remember Monday until I watched Raw when I got home,” the champion revealed, in reference to the injury, which he sustained when he interfered in a match between Jack Swagger and Big E Langston. “I don’t even remember traveling from Raw to SmackDown. I don’t remember Tuesday. I remember AJ and Big E taking me to the airport on Wednesday morning.”
“I was told I interfered in a match and tried to get my hands on a ladder,” said Ziggler, piecing together the timeline. “When I bent over to grab it, Jack Swagger kicked me in the head.”
Happily, Ziggler is on the mend since returning home, and his condition is improving.?”I feel a lot better today,” The Showoff told WWE.com of his recovery process. “Yesterday I had a bad headache. Today, I have a slight headache.”
While Ziggler’s suffered concussions before in his career, he said this was by far the worst.
“I didn’t know what day it was; I didn’t know what month it was.” he said. “I’ve had a couple of concussions before and just had a headache. I’ve never not remembered entire days, like someone in a movie.”
WWE taped the following matches for tonight’s SmackDown:
* The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho and Ryback
* Cody Rhodes vs. Kofi Kingston
* Big E Langston vs. Jack Swagger
* Dean Ambrose vs. Daniel Bryan
* Tensai vs. Big Show
* Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
Credit – Wrestling Observer
As noted earlier, WWE reported that Dolph Ziggler had suffered a concussion at Tuesday night’s WWE television tapings in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ziggler concussion is legitimate and he has been removed from all in-ring bookings until he has passed an imPACT test indicating that he is healthy enough to perform.
WWE is reporting that Dolph Ziggler suffered a concussion at Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown TV tapings in Raleigh, North Carolina.
WWE’s report states that Ziggler suffered the concussion while interfering in a scheduled match between Big E. Langston and Jack Swagger. According to WWE’s doctor, Dr. Michael Sampson, Ziggler was “having some memory difficulties and a bit of a headache.”
Ziggler will be undergoing “neuropsychological testing” and WWE continuing to monitor Ziggler’s recovery the next few days.
Tonight’s WWE SmackDown tapings take place from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Confirmed for tonight’s show is The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho and Ryback.
Set for tonight’s Main Event tapings is a match between Randy Orton and Antonio Cesaro. Advertised locally is Sheamus and Orton vs. Big Show and Mark Henry.
As seen on last night’s RAW, Fandango came out with a different dancer other than NXT Diva Summer Rae.
Summer was backstage at RAW last night and noted on Twitter that she will be at tonight’s SmackDown tapings. It’s not known at the moment exactly why Summer Rae didn’t accompany Fandango to the ring.
Smith James, who is a Northeast independent wrestler and a protege of Taz, revealed on Twitter that he was offered a WWE developmental contract. James tried out at the big WWE training weekend a few months ago. ROH’s Mike Bennett & Wildkat star Luke Hawx also attended the tryouts.
“The next 2 months will be my last indy shows for the foreseeable future (hopefully longer) as I was offered a WWE developmental contract”
James credited Taz’s training with making it possible for him to get signed as James went to Taz’s finishing school in Long Island.
Taz congratulated Smith, writing on Twitter, “official congrats to a future player in WWE, @BigGameJames12 pleasure training u & pleasure being friends with u! Kick ass bro!”
Over the past several weeks there has been speculation that WWE could possibly be adding fourth member to The Shield group.
Recently one of NXT’s top wrestlers replied to an earlier tweet from Seth Rollins saying that he “believes in the Shield”. Rollins wrote the following message on Tuesday:
“Tearing down that wall. Brick by brick by brick. We don’t need no thought control. #BelieveInTheShield #raw”
NXT Star Sami Zayn,(AKA El Generico) then later responded with:
“@WWERollins I believe in the Shield.”
Credit – Wrestling Observer
We noted before that WWE is planning on bringing NXT TV to the United States this fall. Word is that SyFy may be the network to air the one-hour show.
There is also talk of bringing NXT matches to the RAW and SmackDown live event tours and billing them as NXT matches, to give the developmental talents the experience of working in front of larger crowds.