Hello everyone I hope everybody had a good week last week, as the summer continues to fly right by here in New York City and I know has officially ended in other parts of the United States, as public schools have reopened. For my fellow New Yorkers, let’s enjoy some of this hot weather while we can because, before we know it, there will be 2 feet of snow on the ground again. Now that I’ve bummed everyone out, as the summer continues to count down for some of us, things continue to heat up in WWE. We are now just 13 days away from the “Wrestlemania of the Summer” as the road continues to Summerslam. Let’s get right into some of the things you can look forward to this upcoming week in WWE.
1) The Arrow Has Landed…and He May Have Company- Ever since Raw emanated live from the Nassau Coliseum (A show I was at live and covered here on the site on Memorial Day) when actor Stephen Amell sat front row for the show, the tension has been building between the actor and Stardust. This all comes to a head tonight as the actor will return to Raw, live from Everett, Washington this evening. Whether the actor has agreed to a match at Summerslam remains to be seen, but I’d say it is likely that Amell will be at the event in some capacity. Rumors are running rampant that Amell will don the role of Arrow for a “Superhero” type showdown with Stardust at the biggest event of the summer. I think it would personally be a lot of fun but I believe that if Amell hasn’t signed on for a match, he’ll at the least be in the corner of Neville (who’s also been involved in this story line) at Summerslam.
Actor Stephen Amell, may not be the only person returning to WWE tonight as last night at a WWE live event in Vancouver, BC, Dolph Ziggler made a surprise appearance attacking Rusev. While pwinsider.com is reporting that Ziggler’s return will be held off until next week, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Dolph make that return tonight to build towards his inevitable match with Rusev at Summerslam. Another superstar on the mend is the intercontinental champion, Ryback. We touched on Ryback’s staph infection last week on this very column and it does appear that Ryback is going to also be returning in time for Summerslam so he can continue his program with the Miz and The Big Show. Whether, he returns to Raw tonight, remains to be seen. Of course, will all do respect to Dolph Ziggler and Ryback, the biggest name of superstars on the way back from injury is John Cena. Cena has not been seen on WWE television since his broken nose two weeks ago. It’ll be interesting to see if he shows up tonight to accept Seth Rollins’ title vs. title match at Summerslam. I for one would like to see Cena held out until Summerslam to add to the mystique of what he will look like and whether he’ll even be there, but I realize that isn’t very likely.
2) A Big Night Following Raw- While both the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar aren’t advertised for Raw tonight, there will be a special presentation profiling the big Summerslam match between the two immediately following Monday Night Raw on the WWE Network. The special, entitled “Undertaker Vs. Lesnar: One On One” is being promoted as a preview of the main event match with thoughts and predictions from the other WWE Superstars. I can’t remember the last time that WWE has done this but I’m excited for it, the special gives this match a big event feel and also ties in the WWE Network with the Summerslam promotion. If WWE were smart they’d promote this special and try to get some network subscriptions out of this promotion.
Also, on the WWE Network tonight is a first look at the new Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 3 Blu Ray set which will be released tomorrow. I also appreciate these first looks and, I know in the case of Daniel Bryan, the first look got me to go out and purchase the blu ray the next day so they’re a smart idea in that sense too. DDP is back hosting the set and I think he did a great job on the first two editions.
3) The Build For NXT Takeover: Brooklyn Continues- WWE Summerslam isn’t the only show emanating out of the Barclays center the weekend of 8/23. The night before Summerslam, NXT Takeover:Brooklyn will be live on the WWE Network on August 22nd (and is actually sold out which is very impressive for the NXT brand). Well, this Wednesday the build for Takeover continues when Becky Lynch goes one on one with Bayley to determine the number one contender for Sasha Banks’ NXT Women’s championship at Takeover. The women’s championship match will no doubt be the second biggest match on the Takeover card behind only the ladder match for the NXT World Title between Kevin Ownes and Finn Balor, so this is a match you want to go out of your way to see, Will Bayley continue her recent winning streak towards getting a womens title match? or Will Becky Lynch get a rematch against Sasha Banks from their epic match at the last NXT: Takeover event? The only way to find out would be to tune into NXT this Wednesday night on the WWE Network at 8:00 Pm EST.
On top of all of this, John Cena will be appearing on WWE Tough Enough tomorrow night, as the show has reached it’s final six. Whether he is able to return to Monday Night Raw tonight remains to be seen, but if not than Tough Enough would be John’s first appearance since breaking his nose in a match with Seth Rollins two weeks ago. Lastly, tomorrow night on Total Divas it appears that Daniel Bryan’s health will be a big focus of the show. Up until this point, the details behind Bryan’s injury have been kept pretty close to the vest so I wonder if this is because WWE is saving Bryan’s health update for Total Divas. Regardless it promises to be a big week for WWE before the mega week and chaos that will commence next week. Until then, be sure to keep yourself tuned it with all of the great coverage we have for you right here on thedailyspotlight.com.