So The Miz and Daniel Bryan will duke it out at the Super Show-Down in Australia with the winner earning a shot at the WWE championship. While a worthy reward for the winner, it’s hard to imagine Bryan in particular being thrust into the title scene this time of year. Seems as though Bryan’s breakthrough needs to wait until WrestleMania, doesn’t it?
How ridiculously good is Andrade “Cien” Almas? Since the moment he joined SmackDown Live, he has wowed the crowd with his athleticism and in-ring skillset. On Tuesday, he took it to AJ Styles before the champ landed a last-ditch Styles Clash to pull out a win. Little question this will go down as the best televised match of the week.
Quite the coronation for newly minted SmackDown champ Becky Lynch, who was more interested in pummeling Charlotte Flair than she was embracing the moment as champ. Still, as much as Lynch tried to play the heel role, the chants for her only grew louder. Nonetheless, the heat between the two women is getting more intense, and here’s hoping their rematch at the Super Show-Down is a memorable one.
WWE Hell in a Cell results: Brock Lesnar interrupts main event, Becky takes Charlotte's gold
Brock Lesnar shocked the WWE universe by showing up, then kicked down the Hell in a Cell door and attacked Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns to bring chaos and a no contest in the main event.
WWE will host "WWE Crown Jewel", its second major event in Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 2 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. Crown Jewel will feature a triple threat Universal championship match between Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. The show will air live on WWE Network.
The Undertaker made one of the biggest splashes of the night on Raw, as he announced that Kane and Shawn Michaels would be in opposite corners for Taker's match against Triple H at Super Show-Down in Australia. Later in the night, Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler in a very different (yet still entertaining) Intercontinental title match, Nia Jax returned to action and Roman Reigns outlasted Baron Corbin's Universal championship challenge two times over. Finally, the influx of managers from 205 Live continued, as Lio Rush established himself as Bobby Lashley's representative and flashed some of his dizzying offensive repertoire in fending off and then attacking Elias and Kevin Owens with Lashley's help.
Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg
With Hell in a Cell around the corner, the boys break down the card, a big mailbag, and celebrate Greg History Week.
Looking back at the best Hell in a Cell moments in WWE history
Hell in a Cell is arguably the most brutal and exciting match stipulation in the WWE. It has also produced several of the most memorable moments in the history of the organization.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 results, news, and information
Everything you need to know about the 2018 edition of WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view: match cards, results, news, features, history and more from ESPN.com.
UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg says she would be interested in facing Ronda Rousey in the WWE, if asked. "If it happens, maybe we can give all fans the fight they’ve never seen. I think it would be great for all the fans to watch. But I’m not sure about that 100 percent. Maybe it happens, maybe not." Cyborg is currently scheduled to fight UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in December.
Kacy Catanzaro ready to take next step with debut in WWE's Mae Young Classic
After making history with American Ninja Warrior, Kacy Catanzaro is set for her break into WWE as part of the Mae Young Classic.
Kacy Catanzaro talks about what inspired her to pursue American Ninja Warrior, the experiences that drove her to excel and how she views her role in inspiring others who look to follow in her footsteps.
Kacy Catanzaro walked into the WWE Performance Center without a shred of experience in the word of professional wrestling. For the better part of the last year she's been training hard, and she shares what her experience has been like thus far. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).
On tonight’s episode of NXT TV, NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa proclaimed his innocence as it pertains to the attack on Aleister Black noting that when he attacks someone, he does it for all to see. “When I want to attack someone, I do it on the biggest stage possible with all the eyes of the world on me so that you can worship your master at work,” Ciampa exclaimed. He then took credit for reestablishing the NXT title as the focal point at TakeOver events and ended with the following message: “If you want to be a champion, follow the lead of Tommaso Ciampa.”
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch found the win column on NXT TV when they defeated Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude. Both Lars Sullivan and Shayna Baszler made quick work of their opponents, Raul Mendoza and Violet Payne respectively. This week’s main event featured two superstars looking to climb the ladder in the NXT women’s division. Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair battled to a double count out and continued to brawl as the show went off the air. On next week’s show, North American champion Ricochet will take on U.K. champion Pete Dunne with both titles on the line. Also on next week’s show, the duo of Deonna Purrazzo and Dakota Kai will face off with Aliyah and Lacey Evans.
Women's wrestling takes center stage as the spotlight grows brighter than ever
A tremendous women's Fatal 4-Way match and the start of the Mae Young Classic kicked off the start of what should be a critical moment in the history of women's wrestling -- leading up to the WWE Evolution pay-per-view in late October.
Kacy Catanzaro on what debuting in the Mae Young Classic means to her, and how she's starting her WWE career at a perfect time thanks to those who came before her. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner)
There were a few common themes on Tuesday night's edition of SmackDown as we head towards Hell in a Cell. There were blindside attacks; Randy Orton went after Jeff Hardy and caused a DQ late in Hardy's match against Shinsuke Nakamura, while Becky Lynch hid in the crowd with a disguise and attacked Charlotte Flair after her win over Sonya Deville. The other theme was marital strife, as AJ Styles and Samoa Joe traded pre-taped promos. Styles reiterated similar points to what he's already said, but Joe took it to an entirely different level with a full-blown children's storybook that ended with Joe stealing Styles' title, wife and kid. Similar tension was present in the night's main event, as The Miz paid for getting physical with Brie Bella and got punched and clotheslined by Bella and Daniel Bryan as Maryse also got involved.
With their victory in the SmackDown tag team No. 1 contender's tournament, Aiden English and Rusev picked up what would have to be described as an upset win over The Bar. That win gives them a SmackDown tag team title shot at Hell in a Cell against The New Day.
Wrestling isn't the same for Daniel Bryan in 2018 ... it's better
As expectations for him continue to soar, Daniel Bryan is just thankful to be back in the WWE ring and doing what he loves once again.
There's a WWE oral history coming -- and Vince McMahon is involved
Journalists Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum are set to craft the ultimate oral history of the WWE -- and Vince McMahon is on board.
Raw had a couple of memorable moments heading into Hell in a Cell, like Roman Reigns putting Braun Strowman through a piece of the stage set with a Samoan Drop, but there wasn't a whole lot of forward momentum during WWE's first broadcast up against Monday Night Football in 2018. Alexa Bliss went after Ronda Rousey's ribs after she and Mickie James lost to Rousey and Natalya, Nikki Bella beat Ruby Riott (handing Riott her first one-on-one loss since March) and Finn Balor defeated Elias. The B-Team failed to regain the Raw tag team titles, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode had some friction in a tag team victory and AOP beat a couple of Grade-A enhancement talent. Even Kevin Owens coming in to try to explain the last few weeks of stories couldn't do much to clarify the direction Raw's heading in. Perhaps Hell in a Cell can be a launching point for some fresh stories on Monday nights.
Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler will defend the Raw tag team championships against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. On a Hell in a Cell card that only had seven other matches announced to that point, this one's a no-brainer (although the usage of the legal system and faux police force strained suspension of disbelief over the last two weeks, to be sure).
Intergender wrestling: Equality for women, or violence against them?
The optics of intergender wrestling can be shocking. But those who participate say pitting women against men in the ring is a step toward equality.
After Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher got the tag team victory over Akira Tozawa (who tapped out to the Gu-lock) and Cedric Alexander, 205 Live GM Drake Maverick announced next week that Gulak would get a rematch vs. Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship. Buddy Murphy will get a title shot in Melbourne, presumably against the winner, and he picked up a win in an impressive match over Gran Metalik. Mustafa Ali also returned to action, winning against an enhancement talent, with Hideo Itami watching from the ramp.
The boys break down Braun's change
The boys break down Braun's change, Dolph's jacket, Cien's mic work and much more! Plus the mailbag and BPR!
Renee Young has permanently joined the Monday Night Raw commentary team. After making her debut as a guest commentator in August, making one other fill-in appearance on Raw and serving as part of the Mae Young Classic broadcast team, Young joins Corey Graves and Michael Cole on a full-time basis starting Monday night. She has been with the WWE since 2012, serving as a primary backstage and in-ring interviewer and pay-per-view kickoff show host among many other roles. Jonathan Coachman will now host WWE's monthly pay-per-view kickoff shows.
This week’s NXT TV main event was a great one. Two of the premier talents on the roster faced off when Johnny Gargano took on the Velveteen Dream. After a high octane contest, the Velveteen Dream came out on top. After the loss, a dejected Gargano exited the arena. Another marquee match-up was announced as North American champion Ricochet will battle U.K. champion Pete Dunne in two weeks. On next week’s show, Lars Sullivan will take on Raul Mendoza.
In her first match on NXT TV since winning the women’s championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, Kairi Sane picked up a quick pinfall victory over Trish Adora. Shortly after the win, former champion Shayna Baszler emerged and announced that she would be enacting her rematch clause, but didn’t reveal when. Baszler then ambushed Sane, but Sane got the better of the tussle and caused Baszler to retreat. In other action, Kassius Ohno defeated Kona Reeves and two out of three members of the Forgotten Sons, Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler beat the Street Profits with an assist from The Mighty.
Shelton Benjamin on the fading art of 'calling it in the ring'
The ability to improvise and adapt in the midst of a pro wrestling match is not as common as it once was, but Shelton Benjamin -- a WWE performer known for "calling it in the ring" -- feels it's an invaluable skill for young wrestlers to learn.
A strange week in the WWE continued on SmackDown, as R-Truth defeated The Miz in the main event. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella attacked The Miz and Maryse, but ultimately ended the night with Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega in matching "Yes" locks. Bryan defeated Almas in a very solid rematch to open the night's action, and Rusev Day defeated SAnitY and The Usos to earn a match against The Bar to determine the new No. 1 contenders for the tag team titles. AJ Styles attacked Samoa Joe and they had to be pulled apart and, rounding out the night, Naomi beat Peyton Royce in a match that lasted just over a minute.
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch for the SmackDown women's championship is official for Hell in a Cell.
How Conrad Thompson went from Alabama mortgage broker to pro wrestling power player
Conrad Thompson, an Alabama mortgage broker, went from fan to pro wrestling power player with a podcast empire and connections to the biggest names in the business. As Starrcast, the fan convention attached to All In, gets underway, how did it happen?
Gran Metalik picked up a win over Tony Nese to open Tuesday's 205 Live. However, the match could be a positive for Nese, as he got a long match to show his offensive skills, breaking out a 450 in addition to his raw athleticism. A face turn and a match with current running mate Buddy Murphy could be a show stealer.
The second edition of the Mixed Match Challenge will kick off on Sept. 18. Ten teams will compete in a round-robin format over the course of 14 weeks. As was the case the first time around, all episodes will air on Facebook Watch.
Shawn Michaels was interrupted mid-promo by The Undertaker, and the result was a tremendously powerful moment for HBK -- as well as a massive surprise for the audience. After hearing "one more match" chants for the last 10 years, Michaels talked about how he's turned down millions of dollars to keep from going back on his word. The Undertaker, who defeated Michaels at WrestleMania 26 in a retirement match, claimed it was fear rather than respect keeping him away - and that Super Show Down in Melbourne, Australia will be another in a long line of moments in which he has put down Michaels and Triple H.
As The Shield returned from their stay at a "jail", they returned to the arena in the very same vehicle that took them away - a plot device used notably on several different occasions in WWE history. Everything got turned on it's head after the bulk of the "heel" locker room, which strangely included 205 Live performer Drew Gulak and recent Braun Strowman rival Kevin Owens, helped Strowman, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler destroy Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Rollins was thrown through a window, while Reigns was battered by steel ring stairs. There was good and bad on this edition of Monday Night Raw, and while there are sure to be some growing pains for Strowman's new power trio, there's no question that we're in the midst of a major shift.
After taking out presumptive Raw tag team title challengers The Revival, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler stepped in and defeated The B-Team to become the new Raw tag team champions. It's a strong move, as it brings immediate gravitas back to the division, and it's a nice move for a team in McIntyre and Ziggler that's stood head and shoulders above the current crop of Raw tag teams from a creative standpoint. The Revival are immediate challengers, and The Shield will suddenly come into play as well. The tag team division is back on its way up.
Kevin Owens 'quitting' offers the opportunity of a lifetime
After Kevin Owens "quit" Monday Night Raw, the WWE has a chance to cement Owens as one of the biggest stars of this generation.
Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg
Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg
The Raw three count: Strowman gets help, Owens quits, Stratus returns
Monday Night Raw brought more questions than answers, as Braun Strowman added some help to counter The Shield, Kevin Owens quit after a thrilling Intercontinental title challenge and Trish Stratus returned to the WWE.
SmackDown's three count: Lynch's heel turn continues, Bryan outwitted and champions missing
Becky Lynch's turn, Daniel Bryan's struggles and the lack of champions in the ring created a unique SmackDown Live on Tuesday night.
This week’s NXT TV main event saw Adam Cole and Roderick Strong of the Undisputed Era defeat the team of WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne and North American Champion Ricochet. Cole, Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, who was ringside, continued the assault after the match until the War Raiders emerged to make the save.
NXT TV began with a verbal confrontation between Johnny Gargano and the Velveteen Dream. After questioning his whereabouts during the attack on Aleister Black earlier this month, General Manager William Regal announced that Gargano and Dream would face off on next week’s show. Regal continued to question members of the NXT roster about the attack on Aleister Black throughout the show. A returning Lars Sullivan caused havoc this week. After attacking EC3 backstage, he took more aggression out on Raul Mendoza in the ring. Keith Lee was also back in action. He defeated Luke Menzies. Dakota Kai saw in ring action as well and picked up a win over Aaliyah.
After four straight years in Brooklyn, SummerSlam moves to Toronto in 2019. From Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, four nights of shows -- NXT TakeOver: Toronto II, SummerSlam, Raw and SmackDown -- will take place at Scotiabank Arena. Previously, WWE has held four of their signature events in Toronto; WrestleManias 6 and 18 at SkyDome, SummerSlam 2004 and Survivor Series 2016.
WWE Power Rankings - Reigns surges to No. 1 after title win, Shield reunion
Roman Reigns won the WWE Universal title at SummerSlam, then reunited with The Shield stifle Braun Strowman. As Reigns enters a crucial juncture in his career, he's surged to No. 1 in our rankings, but does he deserve it?
Neville, who last performed for the WWE in October 2017, is officially no longer under a WWE contract. During his tenure in the WWE, Neville was an NXT champion and the longest-reigning cruiserweight champion to date.
Big Show's charitable efforts made him most active WWE star of SummerSlam week
Even as The Big Show moves closer to returning to the WWE ring after almost a year out due to injury, his commitment to charities like the Special Olympics and other causes remains a centerpiece of his life's work.
Bold WWE WrestleMania 35 predictions
With the tremendous amount of fallout from Sunday night's WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view, the contributors of WWE on ESPN have each worked to extrapolate one key match on the WrestleMania 35 card, ranging from clearly foreseeable to intensely optimistic.
Summerslam Recap: What a Week!
The boys are back with a big Summerslam weekend recap, lots of mailbag, fantasy booking, and lots more. Enjoy yourself.
SmackDown Recap - New Day wins tag-team gold once again
The New Day became five-time tag-team champions with their victory over the Bludgeon Brothers on the post-SummerSlam SmackDown Live.
The Shield reunites and stops Braun Strowman
A surprise reunion of The Shield allowed Roman Reigns to keep his title and set the stage for a very interesting dynamic between four of the top stars in WWE.
SummerSlam recaps: Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, Seth Rollins and Charlotte Flair win gold
Roman Reigns finally got the best of Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey became a WWE champion and Seth Rollins and Charlotte Flair recaptured gold in Brooklyn.
In her first match on NXT TV in over two years, Deonna Purrazzo faced off with Bianca Belair in a match taped before TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 this past Saturday. Belair picked up the win via her torture rack face-buster finisher. Also featured on this week's show was a U.K. championship rematch from the WWE U.K. championship tournament back in June as champion Pete Dunne battled Zack Gibson. The result was the same as Dunne walked out victorious following an excellent match. On next week’s show, Dunne will team up with new North American champion Ricochet to take on NXT tag team champions Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong of the Undisputed Era.
The five craziest SummerSlam moments
Behind-the-scenes contract issues, an iconic tour bus and a heated backstage argument are some of the most memorable SummerSlam moments.
Roman Reigns defeated Finn Balor in the main event of Monday Night Raw, after Braun Strowman walked out in the closing moments of the match. As Strowman was announced as cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase, The Shield's music hit and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose ran to the ring in full Shield attire. They kept Strowman from cashing in, Reigns hit a spear on the outside and then the trio hit a triple power bomb through the commentary table to close the show.
Daniel Bryan returned to visit the high school in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, and shared a story about a couple of tryout matches he had against John Cena and Jamie Noble — and revealed the infamous nickname the crowd gave him. His match against Cena will be part of the return of "Showcase mode" to the WWE2K19 video game, which is focused on Bryan's career. (Video courtesy of Arash Markazi)
Tegan Nox injures leg during Mae Young Classic
Paul "Triple H" Levesque provides an update and comments on the knee injury suffered by Mae Young Classic performer Tegan Nox Thursday night, with thoughts from Nox following her hospitalization.
Glenn 'Kane' Jacobs on his path to becoming mayor, his plans for office and WWE future
Knox County mayor-elect Glenn Jacobs, aka WWE icon Kane, joined Bob Ley on Outside the Lines Tuesday to discuss his path to victory, his plans as mayor, Pete Rose and whether or not his in-ring career is over.
Kane train: WWE star wins mayor's race in Tenn.
Glenn Jacobs officially will take over as mayor of Knox County on Sept. 1. He previously has said he will not rule out a special appearance in WWE as Kane.
Five WWE superstars that could thrive with Paul Heyman by their side
The best mouthpiece in the business may soon become a free agent. Which superstar would benefit from the Heyman hustle?
Paul Heyman's secrets to WWE stardom
How NXT has become the top brand in WWE
Cohesive storylines, interactions and character development have set NXT apart and, in Tim Fiorvanti's eyes, made it the top brand in the company.
MMA star Cain Velasquez visits WWE Performance Center
Two-time UFC champion Cain Velasquez visited the WWE Performance Center for an in-ring workout with some NXT stars.
MMA fighters and pro wrestling stars who proved to be dual threats
Though it might seem as though the scripted fighting of the WWE and the real fighting in the world of MMA don't have much in common, backgrounds in amateur wrestling and various martial arts have allowed stars to transition from one world to the other.
Inside the "All-Access" experience at the WWE Performance Center
KC Joyner accompanied a handful of fans getting the experience of a lifetime at a WWE Performance Center "All-Access" event, where fans get to experience a day in the life of an NXT superstar.
Little people in the 'lucha libre' are headliners
For decades they were relegated as sidekicks in the iconic Mexican wrestling matches, but little people now train and feature as headliners.
Microestrellas de la lucha libre
Little person wrestlers are determined to showcase their craft in Mexico's iconic 'lucha libre.'
Is it too soon for Hulk Hogan to return to WWE?
The disgraced grappler, banned for making racist comments, has been reinstated to the Hall of Fame.
Two-division UFC champion and big WWE fan Daniel Cormier reacts to Hulk Hogan being reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. Video from Farbod Esnaashari.
WWE wrestlers react to Hulk Hogan's Hall of Fame reinstatement
Kofi Kingston says Hogan must make 'genuine effort to change.'