We publish a whole lot of content here at Cageside Seats. We’re also [looks around and whispers so the bosses can’t hear] not the only place producing wrestling content on the internet. So, as a service to you on the weekdays, we’ll be producing a wrestling newsletter, "Rude Awakening." Well, it will be a newsletter eventually: for now, it’ll just be part of your experience here at Cageside, collecting the news, recaps, and social moments from the greater wrestling universe daily so you won’t fall behind, with a newsletter format to come.
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We still don’t know what Roman Reigns’ announcement is going to be. We speculated in this space earlier in the week — maybe Braun Strowman or Finn Balor interrupts Roman before he ever gets his SummerSlam-centric announcement out of his mouth — but as said, that’s speculation. What we do know, though, is that it’s going to make people mad. We know this because Reigns told us so himself.
I have to say, I am super into this post-Undertaker version of Roman Reigns who just wants to kick ass and doesn’t give a single care about what people think of him. It’s bled into his Twitter persona, too, and really, who needs the man to “officially” go heel if he’s just going to be in badass mode all the time?
You might be getting mad just reading that above paragraph, but since Reigns seems to be feeding on people getting mad online... well, this is a loop now. Count me among those who still don’t think we’ll get to hear an actual announcement because someone interrupts, but part of me hopes Reigns has something to say that truly will upset some people — not because it’s a bad plan, but because he’s further asserting that RAW is his show.
- WWE wants SummerSlam to be massive, if Friday’s Rumor Roundup is to be believed. And that might mean a Kurt Angle match.
- Geno Mrosko believes Lana has the best entrance theme in WWE.
- Apparently PJ Black (the former Justin Gabriel) suffered another basejumping injury, and this one got him more than just broken bones.
- The trailer for the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker documentary has released.
- In less depressing news with fewer stories about the racist words Hulk Hogan uses when he thinks no one is listening, here’s the trailer for John Cena’s animated movie, Ferdinand.
- If you’re wondering where Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett are with their WWE negotiations, well, you can keep wondering. The pair will reportedly be traveling with the SmackDown team this weekend for Money in the Bank, however.
- Impact Wrestling had itself a pretty solid show this week, which you can read more about in Kyle Decker’s recap.
- As Impact’s announcers will be in matches at Slammiversary, Robert Flores and Don West will be calling that show.
- From Paste, here are five reasons Impact’s X Division makes the show worth watching.
- ESPN released a statistical history of past Money in the Bank ladder matches. Here’s your reminder that Dolph Ziggler is the only one of the 11 participants this year to have previously won a Money in the Bank match, as the women are in their first-ever such bout, and every win for a non-Ziggler man would be their first.
- Maybe you already read Brandon Stroud’s profile on former WCW star Glacier, but if you haven’t, you really should.