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Right now, Ronda Rousey is being portrayed as a top babyface in WWE, but she admitted to “The DC Check-In,” that she’d like to be “a heel the whole time.”

The former UFC star is notorious for being a major Rowdy Roddy Piper fan, and he is her inspiration for wanting to be a villain, as she believes he was “the best heel ever.” Rousey added his nickname during her MMA career in order to pay tribute to him, which she then brought into the wrestling world through some of her ring gear.

“He was the real heel though that wanted you to hate him, he wasn’t the cool guy heel that was like, ‘I want to be bad. I want to be cool. I want you to like me.’ That jacket that I wear is a replica of his jacket and is actually stab-proof because people would try to stab him,” she said. “That’s what kind of heel I want to be.”

Rousey admitted she wants to be a heel that “really inspires that visceral from within and really gets the other person liked,” but she has only spent a brief period of her WWE career working in that manner. Prior to the end of her first run with the company, Rousey began embracing the boos of the audience throughout her storyline with Becky Lynch, which culminated in the first-ever women’s main event at WWE WrestleMania.

“It’s so much easier to get people to hate someone than like them. I think a lot of people forget that the job of a heel is to get the babyface over, it’s not for everyone to think that you’re a cool heel,” she said.

Despite the fact she wants to be a heel, right now, Rousey is working as a babyface in her feud with Natalya, and the two women will collide this Saturday at WWE’s Money In The Bank for the “SmackDown” Women’s Championship.

Former Bellator fighter Valerie Loureda has signed for WWE.

The 23-year-old used Twitter to break the news on Wednesday. The newcomer, who possesses a 4-1 record in mixed martial arts, is proud to be the first Cuban American woman to ever join the market-leading promotion.

Loureda tweeted:

WWE’s Triple H was quick to put the new signing over, saying he can’t wait until she starts training at the Performance Center:

TMZ put out a new interview with Loureda shortly after her original tweet. Valerie, who has been training for several months, officially starts with WWE on 18 July, and has set herself a goal of being on television by the year’s end:

“Turning 24 and becoming a WWE Superstar, like, that’s my dream. I’m going to train there very hard. My goal personally is to be on live TV by the end of the year. Obviously, I trust the WWE and what they’ve done with all their athletes, and I’m going to follow their path. But, I set big bars and expectations for myself, and I’m going to work very hard to make life to be ready by the end of this year.”

Finished with MMA for the time being, Loureda last competed for Bellator in November 2021, when she defeated Taylor Turner. She has a strong background in combat sports, with her father, Frank, a taekwondo school owner and mother Mily a practitioner.

Triple H may have declared himself “back” in NXT following a visit to the WWE Performance Center last week, but the brand’s former executive producer wasn’t backstage for this week’s show.

This is according to POST Wrestling’s John Pollock. The regular NXT 2.0 crew ran the show on Tuesday, with Hunter apparently not at the tapings.

Pollock broke the news of Triple H’s PC speech and return declaration on 22 June:

The 52-year-old also told those at the Performance Center that was looking forward to working with the people there whom he hadn’t collaborated before. There remains no word on what, exactly, his apparent comeback means or what his new NXT role will involve, though it sounds like it didn’t require him to be present for this week’s broadcast.

Triple H oversaw NXT’s creation as a brand and transition from Florida Championship Wrestling in June 2012. He served as its executive director until last summer, when severe heart failure hospitalised him, though he returned to work for WWE earlier this year.

NXT has overgone a complete overhaul in Triple H’s absence, transforming from black-and-gold super indie to a purer developmental territory focusing on greener prospects and broader creative strokes.

The lineup for NBC’s Fall programming was revealed earlier today via “Hollywood Reporter” and it confirmed that the third season of “Young Rock” will be airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET starting November 4. The show will air following new episodes of its lead-in program, “Lopez vs. Lopez”.

“Young Rock”, which first started airing in February 2021, is based on true events that occurred while legendary WWE superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was growing up. The perspective of the character shifts through flashbacks of his younger selves played by Uli Latukefu, Bradley Constant, and Adrian Groulx, depending on the year of the memory. It also shows us a glimpse of Johnson in a fictional future, the year 2032 to be exact, where he is running for president.

There’s no telling what the focal points may be for the next chapter in the story, but season two did see plenty of wrestling references, like Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H, The Iron Sheik, and even a young Roman Reigns.

The show was created by Nahnatchka Khan and Jeff Chiang who had the idea to make a story mirroring what Johnson experienced growing up in a unique environment. Rock, Khan, Chiang, Brian Gewirtz, Dany Garcia, Jennifer Carreras, and Hiram Garcia serve as Executive Producers, while the show is produced by Seven Bucks, Universal Television, and Fierce Baby Productions. When first announcing the return of the program this past May, NBC touted how the show is the network’s #1 primetime comedy in the 18-49 key demographic.

Stay tuned for updates on “Young Rock” Season 3.

The effects of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Roe vs. Wade last week have rippled into pro wrestling, with many wrestlers commenting negatively on the ruling and those who have praised it, such as WWE Hall of Famer Kane. Now, WWE star Liv Morgan is looking to do her part in protecting a woman’s right to make her own choice.

On Twitter Monday afternoon, hours before she wrestled on “WWE Monday Night Raw,” Morgan made an important announcement regarding her third-party earnings in July.

“For the month of July, I will be donating 100% of my share of Cameo earnings to The National Network of Abortion Funds,” Morgan tweeted. “Please consider booking a cameo from me so we can ensure every woman around the world has a choice.”

Morgan is one of many wrestlers who has spoken in support for women’s and abortion rights. WWE star Becky Lynch did so after the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday, in response to a tweet supporting the ruling from former WWE star Jaxson Ryker. Meanwhile, soon-to-be-former WWE star Paige has been active on social media over the last several days criticizing the decision, while AEW World Champion CM Punk, in the lead up to the Supreme Court’s ruling, sported several pro-choice shirts while appearing on “AEW Dynamite.”

Morgan defeated Alexa Bliss last night on “Raw” just days before the two are set to be opponents in the Women’s Money in the Bank match at WWE Money in the Bank. Joining Morgan and Bliss in the match are Lynch, Asuka, Lacey Evans, Raquel Rodriguez and Shotzi. Money in the Bank will air on Peacock this Sunday, in the intimate confines of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For those interested in purchasing a cameo from Morgan over the next month, they can do so here.

The lack of Dana Brooke on this week’s episode of WWE Raw can be attributed to a car crash.

Unfortunately, the reigning, six-time 24/7 Champion was involved in what she has described as “a bad car accident” at some point over the past week. The better news, however, is that she is “doing good” and anticipates returning to television in “no time.”

Brooke tweeted the following on Tuesday, thanking her fans for their support:

All the best to Dana as she recovers from the crash.

Brooke has enjoyed renewed Raw focus in 2022, albeit in the 24/7 Championship division. Nonetheless, Dana has become a near-weekly fixture after threatening to fall completely off the radar in the wake of her split from tag team partner Mandy Rose, who has been back on NXT since July 2021.

Dana’s first 24/7 Championship run kicked off in November 2021. She recently embarked upon her sixth reign following a standard multi-change segment on the pretaped 23 June episode of Main Event, ultimately defeating Nikki A.S.H. Currently, Brooke’s cumulative 200 days atop the division mean only R-Truth (at 415 days) has held the strap for longer.

Could Dominik Mysterio be turning to the dark side soon?

On Monday’s “WWE Raw,” The Judgment Day’s Damian Priest and Finn Balor confronted The Mysterios in the backstage area. The segment began with Balor listing out Rey Mysterio’s long list of accomplishments in the WWE.

“You are loved and respected by everyone in the business,” Balor told Rey. “So I’m a little confused – what is that you are not teaching Dominik?”

At this point, Priest interjected to make a case for Dominik to join The Judgment Day.

“Our door is always open, especially for the people who are tired of hearing the same thing over and over again and are being led by so-called leaders that just lead you down the wrong path.”

Priest then spoke to Dominik in Spanish, which led to Rey responding with a few words of his own.

In conclusion, Balor would blame Dominik’s underwhelming WWE career on bad parenting.

“Maybe it’s not bad luck, maybe it’s a bad father,” Balor told Dominik.

The segment ended with The Mysterios challenging Priest and Balor to a tag team match on next week’s “Raw,” which would emanate from their hometown of San Diego, California.

Dominik Mysterio last won a match on WWE TV on the May 29 “Raw” where The Mysterios & Ezekiel defeated Chad Gable, Otis & Kevin Owens in a Six-Person Match. He last won a singles bout on the Feb 7 “Raw” defeating The Miz in an upset victory.

Former three-time WWE Divas Champion Paige is letting her contract run out, with her final day in WWE being July 7th.

Another wrestler who was once a champion in WWE and already left the company is current AEW star Athena, known as Ember Moon in WWE. While on NBC “Sports Boston”, former NXT Women’s Champion Athena commented on Paige’s influence on the women’s revolution in WWE.

“Everyone says the women’s evolution started with The Bellas, I highly disagree,” Athena stated. “It started with Paige and Emma, or Tenille and Saraya, It started with them. That was the first mainstream women’s match that got time that made people like, want more.”

Paige and Tenille Dashwood, Emma at the time, were both vital parts of the women’s division in “NXT” when it was being turned more into a standalone brand rather than a reality contest show. Paige defeated Emma in the finals of the NXT Women’s Championship tournament in order to become the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion. Following this, Paige would go on to have success on the main roster until she suffered an injury, tallying up two Divas Championship wins in her first six months, with the first being won on her first night on “Monday Night Raw” by defeating AJ Lee.

Dashwood would not find such success in WWE despite being with the company from 2012 until 2017, with her last match for the company being against Asuka on the “Monday Night Raw” following TLC 2017. Alongside ‘The Influence’ tag team partner, Madison Rayne, Dashwood won the IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship, marking her first time holding a championship in a major organization. The Influence won the Tag Titles at IMPACT Wrestling Sacrifice on March 5th and recently dropped the titles to Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary on Slammiversary earlier this month.

Since Paige and Dashwood’s match, women have gone on to accomplish many historic feats in WWE. Some of those first-ever evens are an all-women Pay-Per-View called Evolution, a women’s Royal Rumble, a women’s Elimination Chamber match, a women’s Hell in a Cell, main-eventing PPVs, and regularly being in the main event of weekly TV shows.

The Bellas held down the fort, along with AJ Lee and Paige, on the main roster until September of 2015 when Bella lost the title to Charlotte Flair. Flair, along with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, were brought up to the main roster so there would be a heavier feature on women’s wrestling as there was in “NXT.”

The Viking Raiders returned to WWE TV with a bang on Friday’s SmackDown.

Erik and Ivar attacked New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods as the pair danced in-ring with Shanky. This, seemingly, signifies the Viking pair’s first heel turn on the main roster – it’s long overdue. The Raiders have been spinning their wheels for far too long since first jumping up from NXT in April 2019.

They’ve been going through a rinse and repeat series of mini-pushes that ultimately go nowhere, and that became tedious. Now, as heels, they’ll hopefully start to dominate the division and work their way back towards those now-Unified Tag-Team straps.

This was a good start.

A few matches against New Day should help prep The Viking Raiders for a title tilt whenever WWE decides to stip the belts from fellow heels The Usos. Alternatively, wouldn’t it be something different if the company decided to cast Erik and Ivar as cold wrecking machines who don’t care who they have to mow down?

The Raiders could certainly do with exorcising the demons of that flopped feud with Jimmy and Jey from earlier this year.

Not many segments in WWE history are more iconic than Edge and Lita’s live sex celebration.

During ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw‘, former WWE Writer Christopher DeJoseph recalled how the live sex celebration was brought into existence.

“Edge had just won the title from John Cena and cashed in the Money in the Bank. We were in a meeting with Vince and he said, ‘Well what would you do if you won the title and you’re Edge?’ and I said, ‘I would have sex with my girlfriend in the middle of the ring for everybody to see’,” DeJoseph stated. “So that’s kind of how that live sex celebration thing happened.”

Edge won his first world championship in WWE by defeating John Cena at “New Year’s Revolution” 2006 with the Money in the Bank contract for the WWE Championship. The Rated-R Superstar was the first to hold the Money in the Bank briefcase, defeating five other men at “WrestleMania 21” in the Money in the Bank ladder match to win.

The next night on “Monday Night Raw,” Edge and Lita celebrated Edge’s WWE Championship win by having sex in a bed in the middle of a WWE ring. The celebration may have been a bit premature, however, because only 20 days after their fun on TV, Edge lost the title back to John Cena at “Royal Rumble” 2006. Edge would go on to win 10 more World Championships following this first victory. Edge has also won the Intercontinental Championship five times and the Tag Team Championships 14 times.

Christopher DeJoseph revealed who were his favorite wrestlers to write for while working with WWE.

“I had a lot of fun writing for Jeff Hardy, to be honest with you,” DeJoseph said. “… I loved writing for Vickie and Edge. I had so much writing for them when they were a team together.”

Vickie and Edge were an on-screen pairing from 2007 until 2008 and Edge feuded with Jeff Hardy, whom DeJoseph mentioned, in 2009. The two had history, with both of them taking part in the historic TLC matches involving the Hardys, the Dudleys, and Edge & Christian about a decade prior.