Lesnar vs. Jones proposed fight in jeopardy over drug test, crowd reaction to beach balls last night, Schiavone returning to wrestling announcing, Callihan

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

WWE Raw hits and misses analysis
Brock Lesnar (art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch)


-Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones was supposed to be UFC’s mega-super-fight win 2018 that would break butyrate records. Not so fast. For the second time in 13 months, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug test. TMZ originally reported  that Jones tested positive for an anabolic steroid known as Turinabol. Shortly after the news broke, the UFC released a statement, acknowledging that Jones potentially failed an in-competition test on July 28, one day before Jones defeated Daniel Cormier to regain the UFC light heavyweight championship. According to TMZ Jones could be suspended anywhere from 2-4 years for the violation. Read more details at MMATorch.com HERE.

-In a match before last night’s Smackdown Live in Brooklyn, N.Y. Brezango beat The Ascension in 10:00 when Fandango scored the pin. There were about five beach balls bouncing around at one point, but fans were most hostile toward the fans introducing and batting around beach balls, shouting them down and booing fans who were distracting from the wrestling.

-Jim Ross joined the announcers calling some action on Saturday at NXT Takeover. His former WCW cohort Tony Schiavone will also be returning to the announce table. He will be joining Rich Bocchini to call “MLW: One-Shot” which will be available online at MLW.tv in early October. “I’m really excited to return, and the reason I am so excited is because I respect what these wrestlers do,” said Schiavone, who shared that he is particularly looking forward to calling the matches of Ricochet, Sami Callihan, and Jeff Cobb. The MLW One-Shot event, taking place Oct. 5, headlines with Ricochet vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland and MVP vs. Sami Callihan.

-Sami Callahan talks in a recent interview about his time in WWE and whether he left on good terms. “I wasn’t Sami Callihan when I went there,” he told Chris Van Vliet. “I changed who I was, walked on eggshells, and for lack of better terms, I became a bitch. I wasn’t myself, and if I could go back and do it again I feel like it would be a whole different story. But I tried to change. I tried to become everything they wanted me to be instead of sticking to my guns and ride or die. But I think everything happens for a reason because now I’ve left and become one of the biggest stars in the world again despite not being backed by that WWE machine… I was lucky that everything I did at WWE was on good terms. I was a model citizen. Like everything I do in my life, I don’t half ass things. I was a model citizen at the Performance Center and did everything they wanted me to do.” Read more at PWPodcasts.com HERE.

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