NEWS ITEMS: First-time match between two veterans, Pre-Raw matches, WWE theme park images, Raw Hulu edits, more

By Wade Keller , PWTorch editor

Bobby Roode (art credit Grant Gould © PWTorch)


-Last night NXT began it’s UK tour in Aberdeen, Scotland. In the main event, Robert Roode pinned Drew McIntyre to retain the NXT Title in the main event after a low blow. It was actually the first time Roode and Drew have ever wrestled one-on-one despite their shared time in Impact Wrestling.

-If you attend any live events, please send us a report:

-Smackdown tonight, live from Rochester, N.Y., includes the heavily advertised Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens match, plus a Dolph Ziggler vs. A.J. Styles rematch after last week’s surprise Ziggler clean win, New Day’s first match on Smackdown since the Superstar Shake-up, and a six-woman tag match. 205 Live headlines with T.J. Perkins vs. Neville. Read our full Smackdown Primer HERE.

-Last night before Raw, in matches taped for Main Event, Since Dorado beat Drew Gulak and Bo Dallas beat Curt Hawkins.

-Last night the Smackdown house show opposite of Raw in Elmira, N.Y. headlined with A.J. Styles & Randy Orton beating Owens & Jinder Mahal.

-Kevin Owens vs. A.J. Styles has been added to the July 7 (mostly) Raw house show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.

-A theme park website has published pictures of concept art for a potential WWE theme park. Look at the pics HERE.

-Here is what did not make the cut on the two our version of Raw available on Hulu. (Thanks to PWTorch contributor Craig Elbe.)

  • Cesaro & Sheamus defeating Heath Slater & Rhyno and the promos from Cesaro and Sheamus after their win.
  • The TJP and Neville backstage segment of TJP asking for a tittle shot and Neville promising top talk to Kurt Angle if TJP wins his match.
  • TJP defeating Mustafa Ali, and the Neville attack on TJP after his win that saw Neville telling TJP he’ll face him on 205 Live tomorrow night.
  • The Goldust vignette.
  • Kalisto’s ring entrance.
  • Kalisto defeating Titus O’Neil, and the brief aftermath that followed.
  • The R-Truth promo.
  • Mike Rome interviewing Alexa Bliss backstage.
  • Nia Jax’s ring entrance (but those eyes!)
  • Samoa Joe’s ring entrance.
  • Seth Rollins’s ring entrance. Hulu picked up with Rollins just before his music stopped. The first time Joe was seen was outside the ring before the match.


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