Following World Wresting Entertainment’s Night of Champions, where three title belts changed hands, focus now turns to the summer’s biggest pay-per-view.
CM Punk and Jeff Hardy have been at odds for several months with the “Straightedge” star calling Hardy’s character into question. The “Charismatic Enigma” dramatically proved Punk could be flawed, kicking out of his “Go To Sleep” finisher and executing a “Swanton Bomb” to earn the World Heavyweight Championship for the second time in his career.
Other title changes included Christian capturing the ECW Championship from Tommy Dreamer and Maryse losing the Divas Championship to Mickie James. In other results: WWE Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton defeated Triple H and John Cena; Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho recruited The Big Show to help successfully defend the belts against Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes; United States Champion Kofi Kingston was successful in the “Six Pack Challenge”; Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio defeated Dolph Ziggler; and Women’s Champion Michelle McCool defeated Melina.
WWE now turns attention to the Aug. 23 SummerSlam pay-per-view. This week’s Raw featured a “Beat The Clock” challenge ordered by celebrity guest host Shaquille O’Neal and won by Cena. The victory earned Cena a WWE heavyweight title shot against Orton at the pay-per-view from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Aerosmith’s “You Gotta Move” is the official SummerSlam theme song.
Golden Globe and Emmy award winning actor Jeremy Piven will be the Aug. 3 Raw celebrity guest host. Triple H has challenged Legacy’s Rhodes and DiBiase to a 2-on-1 handicap match during the show on the USA Network. With Shawn Michaels prominent in SummerSlam advertising, is a Degeneration X reunion possible?
The Aug. 31 Smackdown features Hardy defending his World Heavyweight Championship against John Morrison. Morrison challenges Tyson Kidd during the Aug. 30 WGN Superstars show while Orton takes on Primo.
Chris Masters returned to WWE television this week after a two-year absence for wellness program violations. Best known for his “Master Lock” finisher, Masters, 26, previously worked with the company from 2005 through 2007.
Total Nonstop Action’s 200th Impact episode airs live Aug. 30 on Spike TV featuring a “War Of Champions” with two world titles on the line and an appearance by “The God of Thunder” Bobby Lashley. Hernandez returns to action during the show to challenge Samoa Joe while Matt Morgan faces AJ Styles in the first match of their “Best of 3” series. It has been confirmed the two-hour broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. will run an extra five minutes overtime.
Vanguard Championship Wrestling’s next event has been changed and will now take place Aug. 2 at The Norva located at 317 Monticello Ave. in downtown Norfolk. As stated at VCW-Wrestling. com, “Problems between The Masonic Temple and City of Norfolk Officials have not been resolved as promised, and in an effort to continue bringing our loyal wrestling fans the events that we have advertised, we have secured The Norva for the very next day: Sunday August 2nd.”
The event will feature all the VCW stars in action, appearances by former world champions Raven and “Psycho” Sid Vicious with VCW Heavyweight Champion Preston Quinn defending against Raven in the main event. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, The Norva box office and the VCW Web site. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and a special meet-and-greet with Raven, Vicious and “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko, begins at 4. First bell is scheduled for 5.
A combustible situation may occur during the show. Ever since losing his title, former VCW Heavyweight Champion Q Sic has been making VCW Commissioner George Pantas’ life miserable.
Q Sic even attempted to set Pantas “on fire,” causing him to temporary lose his sight. Pantas issued an open contract for Q Sic to be at The Norva saying, “I can’t wait for Aug. 2 to get here and for Psycho Sid to beat Q Sic to a pulp!”