WWE's Kevin Owens + Liv Morgan Legit Inujured + What's on TV This Week - Knotfest

WWE’s Kevin Owens + Liv Morgan Legit Inujured + What’s on TV This Week

Posted by Rob Pasbani in Culture on July 25, 2023

Plus: The Rock donates to the actor’s strike and which major star re-signed with AEW?

Just as WWE is gearing up for its second biggest event of the year, they have suffered a loss in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Kevin Owens and Liv Morgan are both dealing with injuries.

Rhea Ripley attacked Liv Morgan in a very brutal fashion on Raw last night, which indicates that she will be out for an extended period of time. Liv recently recovered from a left shoulder injury and the report from Bryan Alvarez is that she seems to have injured her right shoulder, leading to the time off.

This explains why the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles were won last week by Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville, with Liv taking the pin for her team.

Ripley had a busy night, also injuring Kevin Owens as Sami Zayn was in the ring facing Dominick Mysterio. Owens is dealing with a fractured rib for weeks now, and it’s at the point of pain where he is requiring a few weeks off.

Elsewhere on Raw, Ricochet and Logan Paul had a cool exchange leading to their official match:

Otherwise, we are fully on the road to SummerSlam which is next Saturday on Peacock TV. Here’s the expected lineup:

Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso
Trish Stratus vs. Becky Lynch
Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Bazler.
Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Bianca Belair
Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Rodriguez
Gunther vs Drew McIntyre
Logan Paul vs. Ricochet
Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor

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What else is on TV this week?

WWE NXT is on tonight at 8pm on USA Network and they’ve been loading up the show lately.

  • Rhea Ripley vs. Lyra Valkyria
  • Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams & Ilja Dragunov vs. Joe Gacy & The Dyad
  • Gable Steveson will decide his future
  • Kendo stick match: Cora Jade vs. Dana Brooke
  • Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley will kick off the episode

AEW Dynamite is tomorrow at 8pm on TBS and has a stacked lineup too:

  • AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy vs. AR Fox
  • Darby Allin vs. Swerve Strickland
  • Britt Baker vs. Taya Valkyrie
  • PAC vs. Gravity
  • MJF & Adam Cole promo
  • Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Best Friends vs. Lucha Brothers

Impact Wrestling is Thursday at 8pm on AXS:

  • Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Moose & Brian Myers
  • Eric Young vs. Nick Aldis
  • Trinity & Dani Luna vs. The Coven (KiLynn King & Taylor Wilde) 
  • Loser Leaves Impact match: Johnny Swinger vs. Zicky Dice
  • Gisele Shaw vs. Masha Slamovich

WWE Smackdown at 8pm on Friday has two matches announced on Fox:

  • United States Championship Invitational finals: Rey Mysterio vs. Santos Escobar
  • Karrion Kross vs. Karl Anderson

AEW Rampage is Friday at 10pm on TNT.

  • No matches announced yet.

AEW Collision has a big show Saturday at 8pm on TNT:

  • AEW Tag Team Champions FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) defend against MJF & Adam Cole
  • Andrade El Idolo vs. Buddy Matthews in a ladder match for Andrade’s mask
  • El Hijo del Vikingo, Action Andretti & Darius Martin vs. Juice Robinson & The Gunns (Austin & Colten Gunn)

More Wrestling News

Variety reports that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a seven-figure donation to the SAG-AFTRA’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which helps struggling members of the unions pay for bills in light of the ongoing strike.

RUSH has re-signed with AEW. It’s not known for how long, but it’s believed to be a multi-year deal. He was entertaining an offer from WWE but AEW came in at the higher price point.

Orange Cassidy is not just the AEW International Champion, he’s also been producing other matches. He was the producer of the excellent Big Bill & Brian Cage vs. Matt Sydal & Trent Beretta match on the July 7th edition of AEW Rampage. He’s widely been praised for his knowledge of psychology, having been in the business 19 years.

Xavier Woods offered an update on New Day’s return saying “We’ll be back in due time.” to Superstar Crossover. The other two New Day members are almost recovered and Xavier noted “If you look at wrestling, the landscape has changed and I love when it changes because it comes at like a slow pace and then all of a sudden, you see all these faces are faces that have only been there for like six months or a year or year-and-a-half. And that’s what’s kind of happening right now. So many people are filtering in. And so as people filter in and they get established and the crowd gets to know who they are, then all of a sudden, New Day, we’re back on the attack.”

Circle6 announced a pretty insane main event for their Los Angeles return on Sunday, October 15. Hardcore legend Masato Tanaka will be flying in to take on Matthew Justice. We’re hearing big things about the event. Tickets are available now, as well as for their 8/25 BarRoom Blitz show in Nashville.

Billy Gunn teased retirement on last week’s episode of Collision.

Matt Cardona won the DDT Universal Championship in Japan. He celebrated by going to Tokyo Disneyland:

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