Stephanie McMahon to make “historic announcement” on Raw

WWE Chief Brand Officer and Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon will be on Monday Night Raw this coming week to deliver what is described as a “historic announcement.”

Details are scarce at this point but rumors are that it might be the announcement of an all-women WWE pay-per-view which might be taking place later this year although there’s nothing confirmed. Over the past couple of years, the WWE women have done it all, from a Royal Rumble match, to Hell In A Cell matches, Money In The Bank ladder matches, Iron Man matches, and pretty much any match that the men do. And combining the two women rosters from Raw and Smackdown there’s certainly enough women to have an all-women pay-per-view.

Another rumor floating around is the creation of the Women’s Tag Team titles although the all-women PPV is looking more likely at this point.

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Hulk Hogan reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame

After a three-year suspension, WWE has announced that Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame.

A statement on WWE.COM reads, “This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”

Hogan was pretty much erased from WWE in June 2015 after audio tapes involving private conversations which used several racial slurs were leaked by the National Enquirer.

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Extreme Rules 2018 live on PPV and WWE Network tonight

Live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WWE presents Extreme Rules 2018 live on pay-per-view and WWE Network. The full card is as follows:

AJ Styles vs Rusev for the WWE title; Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax in an extreme rules match for the Raw Women’s title; Carmella vs Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s title with James Ellsworth suspended above the ring in a shark cage; Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins in a 30-minute iron man match for the Intercontinental title; Jeff Hardy vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States title; Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt vs The B-Team for the Raw Tag Team titles; The Bludgeon Brothers vs Team Hell No for the Smackdown Tag Team titles; Roman Reigns vs Bobby Lashley; Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin; Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens in a steel cage match; and two Kick Off matches featuring The New Day vs SAnitY in a tables match; and Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Sin Cara.

Extreme Rules is free for first-time subscribers to the WWE Network. To start your 30-day free trial go to http://w-o.it/wwentwrk.

Full betting odds for tonight’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view

12 matches are part of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view card for tonight, two of which will be part of the Kick Off show.

There’s a lot of odds and combinations available in terms of betting on the show today but we’re only presenting the odds for projected winners. You can check out other best sports betting websites for more in-depth bets.

In the WWE title match, AJ Styles is still the favorite with the same odds of yesterday. Styles is at 2/9 to retain the title while Rusev is at 3/1 to make this a very happy Rusev Day.

In the women’s title matches, Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax are currently even at 5/6 odds while Asuka is the favorite at 8/11 over Carmella at 1/1 to win the match. Winning the match does not necessarily mean winning the title in the case of title matches as it could be a DQ win.

One match expected to steal the show is the 30-minute iron man match for the Intercontinental title. The current champion, Dolph Ziggler, is the favorite at 4/7 to retain the title while Seth Rollins is at 5/4 to regain it.

The United States champion Jeff Hardy finds himself as the underdog with his odds at 5/4 to win while Shinsuke Nakamura has a better shot with odds at 4/7 in his favor. If Nakamura wins the title it would be his first title win in WWE since his NXT call up.

Both Raw and Smackdown Tag Team titles will be part of the show this time. Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy are the favorites to retain the Raw Tag Team titles with odds at 4/9 while The B-Team are at 13/8 for the big upset. The story is reversed for the Smackdown Tag Team titles as Team Hell No are favorites with 4/5 odds versus the current champions The Bludgeon Brothers who are just slightly behind at 10/11.

Will Kevin Owens be able to stop Mr. Money In The Bank inside a steel cage match? According to the odds, no! Strowman is at 2/5 favorite while Owens is at 7/4. The other gimmick match left is the tables match on the Kick Off show, with SAnitY the favorites at 1/2 while The New Day are at 6/4 for the win.

In the singles matches, Baron Corbin and Finn Balor are even at 5/6 while Roman Reigns is the slight favorite over Bobby Lashley with odds at 8/11 and 1/1 respectively. There are no odds available for the other Kick Off match between Almas and Sin Cara probably due to the late addition.

Odds are correct as of press time. Please use caution when betting with real money.

Daniel Bryan on renewing with WWE: “There’s a good chance I’ll re-sign”

In an interview conducted two weeks ago but published yesterday by The Business Times in Singapore, former WWE champion Daniel Bryan gave his first indications that he might stay with WWE after his contract expires on September 1.

“The wrestling world is an interesting world right now,” Bryan said. “But I love working with WWE and my wife is a part of WWE and so there’s a good chance I’ll re-sign.”

Bryan told The Business Times that he’s currently in negotiations with WWE over a new contract so the “good chance” is looking more and more definite. Bryan is booked in several shows, including the big MCG show in Australia, after his September 1 contract deadline.

The tune has changed ever since he was cleared a few months ago. Over the last several months before he got cleared, Bryan said in multiple interviews that if WWE didn’t clear him to compete, he would be wrestling somewhere else. But in March, that all changed and Bryan is now back as a full-time WWE Superstar.

The interview was conducted in Taipei during WWE’s one-day stop there after the shows in Tokyo, Japan.

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Elias picks his next victim: The Rock

WWE Superstar Elias has picked his next victim: The Rock.

“Thus sayeth Elias: I have seen the future.. Please donate to Rocky Maivia (aka @TheRock).. He’s going to need it after he Walks With Elias,” tweeted Elias, complete with a link to a GoFundMe campaign.

With a goal of $10 million, the GoFundMe campaign titled “The Rock’s road to recovery” has only collected a whopping $5 so far.

The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native has been on a pretty good push lately and a program with The Rock would definitely be the biggest thing he’s done in WWE. Dwayne Johnson stated this week that he can’t wait to get back in a WWE ring so it seems that Elias will be waiting with his guitar.

Maybe we’ll get an Elias and Rock concert? Who knows!

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Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff talks about landing MSG for show in April, WWE comments

The New York Post has a story regarding ROH and NJPW booking Madison Square Garden during WrestleMania weekend to present the G1 Supercard, becoming the first non-WWE wrestling show to perform at The Garden in well over 50 years.

ROH COO Joe Kofi said that executives at The Garden originally canceled their date after someone from WWE made the call to interfere and prevent the show from happening. MSG declined to comment on the story and Koff told the NYPost that they were very aggressive in wanting to book that date.

“MSG did what they had to do as a business and I guess all of a sudden there was a phone call and we were able to work it out,” Koff said. “That’s probably their story to tell because they made the call to us and said let’s get on the phone and see if we can work this out. They wanted us. They knew that we would be good promotion. I think they were just looking for a satisfactory outcome for all parties.”

Koff added that Ring of Honor and WWE had no contact throughout the process of landing the show at MSG but admitted that wanting The Garden was mainly due to the location of WrestleMania. “This could be a whole different conversation if it were in Boston or Chicago. This is the site that was chosen for that big weekend and then we had to look for buildings to accommodate what we think would be the best opportunity for our business and for our fans.”

Ring of Honor, like many other independent wrestling companies, make the most to take advantage of the 70,000+ wrestling fans that are in the area for WrestleMania.

Meanwhile, WWE refuted the story that they made the call to prevent the combined ROH/NJPW show from happening. “MSG is, of course, free to work with ROH however they want,” a WWE statement said.

John Saboor, WWE’s Executive Vice President of Special Events, said that WWE and MSG share a wonderful relationship but those in charge of booking arenas for live events look at every venue. “Our live-event staff is looking at every venue in the tri-state area as we place our major events, our major annual events, our television events, our non-television events. I know there is a constant dialogue with what is a wonderful leadership team at MSG.”

WWE has stopped doing television shows or pay-per-views from The Garden because of high costs as well as union issues. When WWE runs The Garden, WWE has to use the production staff of MSG and that does not come cheap. While not completely scratching off MSG from its schedule, WWE now simply holds non-televised events which come out cheaper. Most of the TV tapings in the area for WWE are now held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Will it be a happy Rusev Day tomorrow at Extreme Rules?

Will it be a championship win on Rusev Day for the Bulgarian Brute? Or will AJ Styles retain the title at Extreme Rules?

If betting odds are correct, it will not be a happy Rusev Day for Rusev as the WWE champion is the favorite to retain the WWE title tomorrow, with odds at 2/9 while Rusev, in his first WWE title match, is at 3/1.

In the other main event, the singles match between Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns, have the odds tipping slightly in favor to Roman Reigns. Reigns is at 8/11 in the odds today while Lashley is at 1/1.

The Lashey vs Reigns match might actually main event this pay-per-view according to rumors although that is not confirmed yet.

Second match added to the Extreme Rules Kick Off show

A second Kick Off match has been added to the Extreme Rules card tomorrow, with the one-hour show now featuring two matches.

The new match is Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Sin Cara and it joins The New Day vs SAnitY tables match which was announced earlier this week.

Extreme Rules now has 12 matches on the card in total, a number which seems to be the new norm ever since the pay-per-views have been combined now.

Dwayne Johnson’s newest movie Skyscraper opens today

Dwayne Johnson is back in theaters today with his newest movie Skyscraper, which debuts in a total of 3,700 theaters across the United States.

Skyscraper, described as Die Hard meets The Towering Inferno thriller, is expected to bring in between $30 and $35 million in the opening weekend, which is not enough to secure the #1 box office chart as that honor seems to be going to Hotel Transylvania 3, which is on course for at least a $40 million box office open.

The movie, which had a $125 million budget, also opens in 56 international markets including Hong Kong, France, Australia, Brazil, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom followed by a July 20 release in China.

Johnson’s last movie, Rampage, is currently at $425,678,945 in worldwide box office receipts.