Knotfest Wrestling is back after a long Independence Day weekend and there's plenty to talk about. I'll be recapping RAW, previewing tonight's NXT Great American Bash, as well as tomorrow's AEW Dynamite and all the upcoming news and gossip from the internet.
What happened on RAW this week?
Rather than doing detailed results, I figured I would just mention the notable moments on RAW for you guys.
- The show was emanating from San Diego, the hometown of Rey Mysterio and his son Dominick and the dup had a successful showing against The Judgement Day's Finn Balor and Damien Priest. Rey won after using tactics that paid tribute to the late, great Eddie Guerrero. With the ref's back turned, Finn Balor grabbed a chair and was about to attack Rey. Rey overexaggerated a fall without any contact being made, so the ref, who had his back turned, could hear it. The ref turned around to see the scenario of Rey down and Finn with a chair in his hand and disqualified Finn. A classic Eddie Guerrero finish. The crowd loved it!
- Newly crowned WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Liv Morgan seems to be moving to Smackdown permanently. She had her RAW farewell match where she and RAW Women's Champion Bianca Belair defeated Natalya and Carmella. The rumor is Liv will be facing Ronda in a rematch at Summer Slam.
- Men's Money in the Bank winner Theory and Bobby Lashley had a face-off and will have a US title rematch at Summer Slam. That would indicate that John Cena will not be at Summer Slam. Theory hinted he would cash in at Summer Slam after the Brock/Roman last man standing match.
- There was a hot dog eating contest between Angelo Dawkins and Otis, which somehow Tozawa won. Later in the night, after his match, Otis ended up puking from having too many hot dogs.
- Becky Lynch and Asuka closed the show with an excellent No Holds Barred Match.
Here are some videos from the night:
WWE NXT Great American Bash Preview
Here are the matches for tonight's NXT Great American Bash on the USA Network starting at 8pm eastern time.
- Bron Breakker (c) vs. Cameron Grimes for the NXT championship
- Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Grayson Waller for the NXT North American title
- The Creeds (c) vs. Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp for the NXT Tag Team championship
- Toxic Attraction (c) vs. Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez for the NXT Women’s Tag titles
- Wendy Choo vs. Tiffany Stratton
- Trick Williams vs. Wes Lee
AEW Dynamite Preview 7/6/22
Dynamite is live, tomorrow night, from Rochester, NY on TBS at 8pm eastern and here's the card. Don't forget, immediately following Dynamite, Knotfest Wrestling does a live post-show on the Knotfest Instagram page.
- Jon Moxley (c) vs. Brody King for the AEW Interim World Championship
- Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Wardlow for the AEW TNT Championship in a Street Fight'
- Thunder Rosa and Toni Storm vs. Nyla Rose and Maria Shafir
- The Butcher and the Blade vs. Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland
- Christian Cage and Luchasaurus make an appearance.
Here are some news bits from around the wrestling world.
Roman Reigns is scheduled to make his return to Smackdown this Friday to promote his match with Brock Lesnar at Summer Slam.
World champion boxer Tyson Fury is in talks with WWE about a return to the company, possibly to appear at WWE Clash at the Castle in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday, September 3, 2022. Fury's one and only WWE match was in Saudia Arabia in October of 2019 and has spoken fondly of WWE since then.
Big E posted an update saying that his neck isn't healing quite how doctors expected and they plan to reevaluate at the one-year mark, which would put him out of action past March 2023. Some fans are worried he may not wrestle again. Ultimately, Big E is lucky to be alive after the nasty bump that caused his injury.
New Japan Pro Wrestling crowned new NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions at their house show last night with the trio of Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & YOH beating House of Torture's EVIL, SHO and Yujiro Takahashi. You can read detailed results here.
On the latest episode of Being the Elite, the Young Bucks teased a potential reunion with "Hangman" Adam Page.
The New York Times has a great article on how beer and wrestling go together.
The card for Ric Flair's Last Match, happening the night after SummerSlam, July 31st in Nashville, TN is really shaping up. Here is the card as it stands now:
- Ric Flair's last match (match to be announced)
- Impact World Champion Josh Alexander defends against Jacob Fatu
- Impact Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace defends against Deonna Purrazzo and Rachael Ellering in a three-way match
- Rey Fenix vs. Laredo Kid vs. Taurus vs. Bandido
- The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)
- Killer Kross (w/Scarlett Bordeaux) vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
- Clark Connors vs. Ren Narita
That's all this week. Hit me up @robinjection with feedback on what you think of this column.