Here is your fight size update for Tuesday, August 17, 2021:
- Speaking on the latest Battleground podcast, Bobby Lashley named his picks for a dream team Raw for this year's Survivor Series event despite it being many months away and a draft being planned.
“You know what? Roman, you are over there on SmackDown. Pick your best five. I pick my best five and let's meet at Survivor Series.
“Listen, I'm picking Of course, Drew. Man. I have so many big guns over there on Raw. I have Drew, I can throw in Jinder, Sheamus, Keith Lee, Randy, AJ. Tell me who's on the SmackDown side that he would pick?”
Traditionally, Survivor Series will have a one-on-one match between the two incumbent World Champions. Time will tell if that is still Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley by November.
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- WWE has announced several marketing integrations with social media platforms for the upcoming SummerSlam week including TikTok:
Have you ever wanted to go face-to-face with John Cena? Think you could step up to Universal Champion Roman Reigns?
Now’s your chance, as part of the #SummerSlam challenge on TikTok!
Join more than 12.6 million WWE fans on TikTok, and you can put yourself into a SummerSlam matchup graphic squaring off with the 16-time World Champion or The Head of The Table
Follow @WWE on TikTok
All you need to do is:
Download the SummerSlam background below to your phone.
Pick the video with the Superstar you want to face off with, either Cena or Reigns, and Duet with it.
Choose the “Green Screen” effect and select the SummerSlam background.
Strike a pose, and get ready to face off with a WWE Superstar!
Be sure to use #SummerSlam to join in on the fun, and follow WWE on TikTok for more coverage of The Biggest Event of The Summer this weekend!
- WWE has also announced an interactive shopping experience with Instagram Live:
WWE will host a SummerSlam Superstore Instagram Live shopping experience on WWE’s main Instagram handle this Thursday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m. PT, as first reported by Adweek. The Instagram Live will happen just before doors open at the SummerSlam Superstore at 11 a.m. PT in Las Vegas. Live shopping unlocks the ability to tag and share products in Instagram Lives, allowing customers to purchase in real-time when they are inspired by a brand or creator’s live video content, opening up a new shoppable channel for businesses.
The livestream will be hosted by WWE correspondent Sarah Schreiber and highlight a selection of featured WWE Shop and SummerSlam products, which can be purchased directly through the livestream by clicking into the pinned products or by clicking into the shopping bag (next to the comment bar) on the screen. This is the first time WWE will be leveraging the Instagram Live shopping feature, following other major sporting events such as the Super Bowl.
Products that will be featured during WWE’s Instagram live shopping session include:
SummerSlam 2021 "Vegas Sign" T-Shirt
SummerSlam 2021 Baseball Hat
Sasha Banks "The Blueprint" Authentic T-Shirt
Bianca Belair "Best" Authentic T-Shirt
John Cena "Earn The Day" Authentic T-Shirt
John Cena "Earn The Day" Accessory Package
Roman Reigns "Acknowledge Me" Authentic T-Shirt
WWE Championship Replica Title (2014)
WWE United States Championship Replica Title (2020)
SummerSlam 2021 Championship Replica Side Plate Box Set
Taking place in the Boulevard Ballroom at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the SummerSlam Superstore will feature the largest selection of SummerSlam and WWE merchandise anywhere, including exclusive items, an expanded assortment of championship replica titles, one-of-a-kind memorabilia and your favorite Superstar merchandise.
Superstore hours (all Pacific Time):
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – midnight
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
"(Laughs) I had a good chuckle about it." Rollins said. "John likes to cross some lines occasionally if you look at his history of promos in the ring, especially his face-to-face promos heading into big matches. He likes to cross the line."
"He's gotta do his thing," Rollins continied. "He wants to use my mouth to fit his narrative. And that's fine. He can do that. That's his prerogative. I would do the same thing if I was in his position with his name. That's the nature of the business. That's how we sell tickets. And that's how we get people like you talking. So, I appreciate the question but I'm the only one who has Seth Rollins' fate in his hands, so to speak."
- The best of The Great Khali at SummerSlam? There's a playlist for that.
- Here are the latest SummerSlam betting odds courtesy of BetOnline.AG
WWE - SummerSlam
Roman Reigns (c) vs John Cena
Roman Reigns -500 (1/5)
John Cena +300 (3/1)
Bobby Lashley (c) vs Goldberg
Bobby Lashley -600 (1/6)
Goldberg +350 (7/2)
Bianca Belair (c) vs Sasha Banks
Bianca Belair -200 (1/2)
Sasha Banks +150 (3/2)
Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair
Nikki A.S.H. -125 (4/5)
Charlotte Flair +150 (3/2)
Rhea Ripley +250 (5/2)
AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs RK-Bro
AJ Styles & Omos +150 (3/2)
RK-Bro -200 (1/2)
The Usos (c) vs the Mysterios
The Usos -400 (1/4)
The Mysterios +250 (5/2)
Sheamus (c) vs Damien Priest
Sheamus +150 (3/2)
Damien Priest -200 (1/2)
Edge vs Seth Rollins
Edge -300 (1/3)
Seth Rollins +200 (2/1)
Drew McIntyre vs Jinder Mahal
Drew McIntyre -600 (1/6)
Jinder Mahal +350 (7/2)
Alexis Bliss vs Eva Marie
Alexa Bliss -400 (1/4)
Eva Marie +250 (5/2)
WWE – SummerSlam Props
Will Big E Cash in the MITB Contract at Summer Slam?
Yes +175 (7/4)
No -250 (5/2)
- Speaking of Deonna, Kenny Omega was recently photographed together with her in Mexico and he was displeased by not having as many belts as she does.
- WrestleDeck, the new mobile card game, has announced yet another roster member:
We are proud to announce the next card in our game.— WrestleDeck (@WrestleDeck) August 16, 2021
Officially signed to #WrestleDeck is "Joey Silver" @joey_silver
Last week Silver was on #AEWDark, this week he's announced in WrestleDeck!!
Follow us for more announcements. #AEW #AEWDark #IndyGameDev #Wrestling pic.twitter.com/sWUoT9JsbW
- With many cities vying for the rights to host, MLW prepares for this year's Opera Cup:
Plans for the 2021 Opera Cup are underway.
MLW.com has learned MLW is in talks with various arenas to host the 2021 edition of the prestigious tournament. Sources have shared that cities under consideration, include: Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.
While MLW’s events department engages some of wrestling’s greatest hotbeds, MLW.com can confirm the office of wrestling operations is in talks for the tournament to feature some new albeit familiar faces. Who is in the mix? League officials are mum on the particulars but more details are expected to be shared in the weeks and months ahead.
Held annually for nearly 50 years at various turn-of-the-century opera house locations from New York City to Boston, the Professional Wrestling Opera House Cup was a grueling multi-day tournament.
The best of the day competed in the tournament and would often be an entree to more success, including the World Heavyweight Championship of the day.
After a 71 year hiatus, the Opera Cup returned in 2019. Soon thereafter, the league confirmed the “classic” would be an annual tournament hosted exclusively by MLW.
Inspired by the legends whose names are immortalized in plaques on the sides of the cup, including: George Hackenschmidt, Stu Hart, Leo Pardello, William Muldoon and Waldek Zbyszko, “the classic” has returned to reignite the spirit of the greats who preceded today and tomorrow’s greats.
Over the summer of 2019, Major League Wrestling entrusted the same craftsmen who have worked with the NHL on maintaining the Stanley Cup to complete the restoration process of the original cup in time for the return of the tournament.
The Professional Wrestling Opera Cup is dedicated to the great men who have fought valiantly before us to ensure our passion, professional wrestling be cemented and respected in the annals of time.
- Speaking with Cageside Seats’ Shakiel Mahjouri, Maria Kanellis teased possibly appearing at NWA EmPowerrr.
“You never know,” she teases. “But I will have to say once we have a champ and kind of solidified our women’s division — because we're just re-upping this — we’ll have a lot more options after that.”
-Today, WWE stock closed at 48.96 per share.
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