All titles will be on the line when World Wrestling Entertainment returns to pay-per-view with “Night of Champions” on July 26 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. In the featured contests, WWE Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will defend against Triple H and John Cena in a “Triple Threat” match, while World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk defends against rival Jeff Hardy.
Other confirmed championships bouts for the pay-per-view beginning at 8 p.m. include Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio challenging Dolph Ziggler; United States Champion Kofi Kingston defending in a “Six Pack Challenge” against The Big Show, MVP, Carlito, Jack Swagger and The Miz; ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer defending against No. 1 contender Christian; Divas Champion Maryse challenging Mickie James; Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho and a partner to be announced during the show defending against Legacy members Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes; and a match pitting Women’s Champion Michelle McCool against Melina.
Christian will challenge William Regal during the July 23 Superstars on WGN while two title holders collide during the July 24 Smackdown, taped at the Richmond Coliseum, when CM Punk clashes with Rey Mysterio.
The July 27 Raw from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. is the first stop on the road to the SummerSlam pay-per-view in August. NBA great and new Cleveland Cavalier Shaquille O’Neal will be the celebrity guest host for the night.
Kurt Angle secured his ankle lock and forced Mick Foley to tap out in their main event bout during Total Nonstop Action’s Victory Road pay-per-view, July 20.
It was the Main Event Mafia’s night as Kevin Nash defeated AJ Styles for the Legends Championship, Booker T and Scott Steiner captured the TNA Tag Team titles from Beer Money getting the pin when Booker caught Robert Roode with his “Axe Kick,” and Samoa Joe, with help from his advisor Taz, defeated Sting. Both MEM women Jenna and Sharmell were knocked out by Awesome Kong during their bout, but Kong dragged Jenna on top of Sharmell to give her the victory.
In other Victory Road results, Angelina Love regained her Knockouts Championship from Tara; “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan defeated Daniels; Abyss defeated Dr. Stevie; and Team 3D defeated The British Invasion to retain their New Japan Tag Team Championship.
Taz and Samoa Joe will make their first public statements since the pay-per-view during the July 23 Impact on Spike TV. Angle will also address TNA fans while newly crowned Nash and Tag Team Champions Booker T and Steiner will both defend their belts during the show. Also, look for more news on TNA new acquisition Bobby Lashley.
TNA returns to pay-per-view Aug. 16, with Hard Justice from Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. Hardcore rules will be allowed during every match on the show while a “Steel Asylum” match will be featured.
Former world champion Raven defeated Idol X during the July 18 Vanguard Championship Wrestling show at the Kings Fork Recreation Center in Suffolk. The Set member J-Sinn won the third annual Liberty Lottery while VCW Liberty Champion Tonic retained his title over Caleb Konley, Manscout Jake Manning defeated Charlie Dreamer, Damien Wayne pinned Vinnie Vain, The Reason beat Sean Denny, and Sanchez was disqualified against Horrorshow.
Raven, “Psycho” Sid Vicious and “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko will join the stars of VCW for a big show Aug. 1, at the Norfolk Masonic Temple at 7001 Granby Street. Q-sic, well-know for his “psycho” behavior in VCW, will meet Sid face-to-face that night. Look for more information on the show at www.VCW-Wrestling.com.
The new Southside School of Professional Wrestling, located at 545 South Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach, will hold an open house, Aug. 1, from noon - 2 p.m. Trainer Mark Myers and his trained students will demonstrate their skills during the event. Learn more about the open house and the training school at www.SouthSideProWrestling.com or by calling 301-9885.