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WWE delivered yet another strong episode of Raw last night, continuing the flagship show’s recent hot streak with an eventful show highlighted by Chad Gable and Baron Corbin’s King of the Ring finals, The Fiend’s assault on Kane (and terrorisation of Seth Rollins), and Rusev’s surprising return.

Many fans would agree that the show has experienced a significant upturn in quality since Paul Heyman was installed as Creative Director, and it sounds like the former ECW mastermind had complete control last night. This is according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, who claim that Vince McMahon, Triple H, and Kevin Dunn were not backstage in Knoxville, Tennessee, so Heyman ran Raw by himself. There’s currently no word on whether or not said executives will be present for tonight’s SmackDown.

The writeup claims that Triple H is currently in Orlando to focus on NXT’s USA Network debut tomorrow evening. On top of this, WWE’s VP of Global Television Production, Michael Mansury, reportedly filled in for Dunn.

Where McMahon was is currently unclear. Regardless, it’s encouraging to know that Heyman can helm a mammoth three-hour broadcast without the Chairman’s support, and for it to come out so entertaining is a nice little boost as well.

Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was recently approached by TMZ Sports and asked about his recent filing to trademark the name, “The Man”. 

As previously noted, the LLC owned by Ric Flair filed for rights to the name on August 26th of this year. The nickname has been adopted by current WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. 

“I’m glad that I’m having this opportunity to clear the air. When I first saw this [‘The Man’ Becky Lynch] thing go down in August 2018, I thought, ‘Cool, ‘The Man’ – my gimmick – versus my daughter, Charlotte.’ Okay, that’s the day it started, right after SummerSlam. I thought, cool. I said, ‘I’m going to make some money; it’s my trademark and they have it to use.’ I’ve been saying it’s [been mine] since 1981,” Ric explained. “So I got my worded statement, I sent [WWE’s lawyer] a text and the lawyer, who just has no respect for me whatsoever which is something I’m not going to deal with much longer, he said, ‘You’re wrong. It’s not even close.’ I said, ‘It’s not even close?’ So, boom, I sent him another text, he didn’t respond. So I had my lawyer call him and he blew off my lawyer. This is all in 2018 or in January of ’19.”

Flair also mentioned how his daughter, Charlotte Flair, has been upset with him during this process. He hopes that his daughter and people alike will understand that the decision was centered around providing for his family.

“I told Hunter, ‘Hunter, I’m going to file.’ I mean, the reason they don’t have [the trademark for ‘The Man’], it’s my understanding that it’s because it’s too close to mine… I told Hunter, ‘Hey, if push comes to shove, I’m going to file for it.’ I mean, I get it, but here’s the deal: I love Becky Lynch, and no one has supported the women’s division more than me as an outsider. As a matter of fact, I told the guys that I would have texted Becky last night and Sasha, but I’m sure Becky – I don’t know what the WWE’s spin has been to her. They stole it last night,” Flair explained. 

“It’s funny, my daughter is so mad at me because I filed, not even understanding that it’s not Becky. I have no beef with Becky. But here’s the deal: when I almost died two years ago, one person stayed by me the whole time for 31 days in ICU, 12 days while I was dying on a respirator, and I’m going to take care of her and her family, and my family that has taken care of me, no matter what. I don’t care what the WWE thinks of me personally; I know they love me, but obviously they have lost respect for me,” Ric continued. “If I don’t win, and even if I won, Becky can have [The Man] all day long. I’m glad! But I want the company to pay me for it because I’m going to take care of my family. I am going to be ‘The Man’, and if I don’t get it, you know what my tombstone will say? ‘He died trying to be The Man’.”

Lynch did eventually catch wind of Ric’s trademark filing, and she commented on Twitter, “I am The Man.”

Flair has since responded, tweeting out, “To Be The Man, You Gotta Beat THE MAN! #AlreadyTrademarked”

Flair last appeared on WWE television at the RAW Reunion in late August. WWE is promoting a host of legends for the SmackDown 20th Anniversary show on FOX on October 4th, however Flair is not currently advertised for it.

Earlier today, CM Punk did a two hour interview at Starrcast III in Chicago where he spoke on numerous topics surrounding his career. During the conversation, Punk was asked about his plans regarding WWE or AEW, and if he’d even consider returning to WWE after leaving in 2014.

Punk was asked outright if he plans to come back and if it’s still weird that fans ask if he’s ever returning to pro wrestling.

“No, I don’t think it’s weird, Punk said. “It’s a testament to what I have done and the mark I’ve left on a business, and I think that’s pretty cool. ‘When are you coming back?’ is always a lot better question than ‘When are you going the f— away?’ And trust me, people ask that all the time, so it’s a nice healthy balance of both.”

Punk was then asked about the rumors of going to AEW, showing up at tonight’s All Out, or his possible co-hosting gig with FS1 as WWE looks to start an in-studio show when they move to FOX.

“I mean none of it’s—I’m not gonna be anywhere,” Punk laughed. “[AJ Lee] was in Los Angeles for like a week, week and a half, so I haven’t seen her in a minute, so I’m gonna be hanging out with her tonight. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, I’m sorry.” 

It’s immediately brought up that Punk could just be working the fans with that reason. Punk laughed it off saying he doesn’t have time for working people, and wasn’t into it when others did it to him.

“That’s the nature of the beast, right?” Punk responded. “That’s the good thing and the bad thing about pro wrestling. Because a lot of people will talk s—, then you see them in person and be like, ‘Hey,’ and they’re like ‘Oh, I was workin’ ya, brother!” and you’re like, ‘F— you, get the f— out of here.’ I don’t got time for that s—.” 

Punk was then asked if Vince McMahon or Triple H called him, would he take the call and have a conversation with them. Punk replied he’s open to speak with anyone, but he’s not going to be the one reaching out to people. He noted earlier in the interview that when he was suspended for not returning due to needing a break to heal up, he had reached out to WWE to see what the next steps were, and didn’t hear anything back from them.

“I wouldn’t not talk to them,” Punk said. “On what planet, in what other business does somebody suspend somebody else, and then they don’t come and get them after the suspension. Like, why is it up to me? It’s just a weird situation, but that being said, I’m over it. I’ve been over it for a very long time, it’s in the past. I’m 40 years old and I try to be as zen and wise as I possibly can be. … I’ll have a conversation with anybody. But it’s nothing—like, I’m not calling them, but if they’re like, ‘Oh, hey,’ I mean, I’ll talk to you. See what you got to say, but it better be good. I think I had a pretty good career, I don’t think there’s anything left that I need to accomplish.” 

You can check out a full recap of Punk’s interview by clicking here.

Earlier this week a report came out that Enzo Amore and Big Cass were in talks with WWE officials to make a return to the NXT brand. Enzo was released from the company in January of 2018, Cass in June of 2018.

That same day, WWE reached out to the media to say the story had no basis, and they had no discussions with the two former WWE Superstars. After all of this came to light, Cass commented on Twitter, “Idiots [laughing emoji].”

Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT recently wrapped up 30-minute sit down interview with Triple H, and tweeted out his comments about the Enzo/Cass situation.

“I immediately told our PR to shoot down the Enzo and Cass rumors,” Triple H said. “Absolutely zero interest. Congratulations to Enzo, I’m sure spreading rumors is working well for him but I want no part of it.”

Earlier this week Cody Rhodes spoke with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan to discuss him destroying a throne that was symbolic of Triple H was a shot from him personally, and not from AEW. Rhodes also explained how AEW decided to go with Washington D.C. as the first location for its TNT TV debut.

Last May at AEW Double or Nothing, during Rhodes’ entrance a throne was shown on the stage that looked like one Triple H had often used in some of his previous entrances. Brandi Rhodes handed off a sledgehammer—another Triple H reference—to Rhodes, who would return to the throne and destroyed it with the weapon. Rhodes was asked about this moment and he wanted to make it clear this was a shot from him to Triple H.

“Well I mean, the safe term to say is we’re the alternative, because that is true, in terms of you can watch us in lieu of watching WWE, perhaps,” Rhodes said. “There’s an option, a place elsewhere on television that you can go to. But saying ‘alternative’ is almost just kind of insulting to people. Naturally, this is going to be competitive, naturally, because there’s not that much wrestling out there.

“The decision to blow up the throne was my decision alone and doesn’t reflect on AEW at all. It was something I had thought long and hard about, and I, honestly, think it came from more of a personal standpoint than the company firing that first shot. And that’s gonna be something that, I don’t know how many more of those I get in me, because as I become more engrained in the AEW business side, as an employee and as one of the executive vice presidents, I don’t get as many, ‘Oh, well he’s just a dumb talent doing dumb things.’

“Plain and simple, I was a huge fan of Triple H. I learned a great deal from Triple H, a great deal. I probably wrestled him in the Capital One Arena. But when push came to shove and I thought I was better than 99 percent of the people he was putting ahead of me, he didn’t see that. So in that moment, there is no greater revenge in the world than success. So I knew I was walking out to a sold-out crowd, wrestling a 50-year-old man in a match that people, at one point, deemed unworthy and the place was literally shaking. So I felt no need. Like, this is the perfect time to do it, to fire my own shot, and it was my own shot, not an AEW shot.”

As noted, the AEW will debut on TNT TV on October 2 from the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. The show took only three hours to sell-out. Rhodes was asked how AEWdecided to start things off in D.C. and it came down to hard data from previous events.

“We had a really strong presence in terms of, in this era, you’re able to track a lot of data,” Rhodes responded. “And I know that might sound like, ‘Whoa. That’s the nerdiest answer ever.’ But you’re able to track a lot of data and see where, okay, where did the most views come from for BR Live and things of that nature? And when I say we’ve got these artists who are running this, and these inmates who are running the asylum, one of the best things that we’ve done – myself, Matt, Nick and Kenny – as EVPs with AEW, one of the best things we’ve done is said, ‘Okay, we don’t know how to do this, so let’s hire somebody who does.’

“I’ll give you an example. Rafael Morffi, who came from WWE and was there with me as our market rep, that’s the individual who can look all across the board, and who can strategically place us in the best market and service every market that we possibly can, and reflect that data that’s been reflected, and appease that, and all that math and all that science. We’ve built a really great team around us, and short answer, I’m a huge fan of American history. I’m the American frickin’ nightmare. It makes perfect sense that we’re in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. So that’s the short answer. The long answer is that we’ve got a lot of really wonderful professional people who said this is the spot you want to be for the first show.”

All Elite Wrestling’s next event is All Out from Chicago on August 31 featuring Chris Jericho vs. “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW World Championship. Also, Cody will face Shawn Spears, and Jon Moxley takes on Kenny Omega.

Batista recently spoke with GQ to promote his new “Stuber” movie that hit theaters today. Batista revealed that some of his friends in Hollywood were surprised this year when he returned for a match at WrestleMania 35 because they never knew he was a pro wrestler. The interviewer said he must have learned to really “play up” his intimidating presence coming from WWE.

“Oh yeah, way over the top,” Batista said. “That is the stigma I was stuck with when I wanted to become a real actor. There was a point in my career where none of my social media contained anything that said WWE. I just wanted to completely remove myself from that world. Not because I was embarrassed or ashamed to have come from that world, but I needed people to lose that stereotype with me being a professional wrestler. Open their eyes, broaden their minds a little bit of who I could be. Then when I felt like I had finally established that respect, that credit, I started owning it. I had more than a few people when I went back for WrestleMania this year, more than a few of my peers in acting, who were surprised that I was ever a professional wrestler. They had no idea. To me, that’s an accomplishment. That’s a statement.”

Batista reiterated recent comments on the No Holds Barred loss to Triple H being his last match, but he did say that he’s told WWE he will go back and make appearances for them, and he would like to stay connected to the company.

“It was my last match,” he said of WrestleMania 35. “I’ve told them I’ll go back and do the show. I’ll be a personality on the show. I love the company. I love the fans and I would like to stay connected to them. But as far as going back and have another wrestling match, it will never happen. I think it’ll just never happen. I couldn’t have ended my career any better than I did this year. It was something I fought very hard for. So for me to go back and wrestle again after all that would be taking a huge dump on my career. I just won’t do it.”

Batista also talked about the recent WWE Super ShowDown match between The Undertaker and WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. Batista said he called Taker and tried to talk him out of the match. He also said he would not have traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“I called, man,” he said. “I called ‘Taker and said, “Is there any way I could change your mind?” He laughed, and I knew I couldn’t change his mind. He said it sounded good when we first started talking about it. I only saw highlights which were, you know, low lights. It was not good. It’s just bad circumstances all the way around. 

“I feel like Taker’s there for the right reasons. I think he’s there because he still loves it. But I wish that they would utilize him in the right way. I think a novelty match with Goldberg is the wrong way. I just don’t think it’s good for anybody and especially it’s not good for the fans. I wouldn’t have gone to Saudi at all. I don’t care who they would’ve booked me with. I just would not have gone.

“But I loved my final match at WrestleMania, with Hunter. The fans wanted to see two old guys go to war. That’s what we did. That’s the way the match was designed.”

Batista has had an up and down relationship with WWE over the years. Batista officially announced his retirement following his WrestleMania defeat at the hands of long-time mentor and rival Triple H. Batista appeared on Talk is Jericho and revealed that they wanted the match to be a “Hell in a Cell” bout. 

“Originally, we wanted it to be a Hell in a Cell,” Batista revealed. “Vince didn’t want it because of the pay-per-view (Hell in a Cell being its own event). We needed bells and whistles; we needed the drama. We are two old guys that haven’t wrestled in a while, we have already got the history. We just needed the violence.”

One of the memorable moments of their no holds barred match came when Triple H extracted Batista’s nose ring with a pair of needle nose pliers. Batista said that idea came from the Game himself.

“That was all Hunter,” Batista explained. “I would never wear that out to the ring. But Hunter asked if I was going to wear it out and said he had a spot and explained it. I said, ‘Hell yeah I’ll wear it out!’ We talked about pulling it out, it was great.”

Batista admitted that he was beaten up during the match. He noted that a table bump hurt the worst because he took it wrong. 

“I was really beaten up,” Batista recalled. “I took a really bad bump. The bump that looked like it hurt the least, hurt the worst. It was this bump I took on a table, I took it all kinds of wrong. So, I felt a little beat up, but I felt really satisfied, at peace with myself, I was happy to go out with that. It was weird, I had such hatred coming back on my last run, but I felt all love this time around. I wanted to beat myself up to show the fans it meant something to me.”

Batista noted that he talked to Vince McMahon after the match, and the Chairman of the Board was happy with how it turned out. 

“When I got back to gorilla, everyone was gone,” Batista said. “I did talk to Vince. It wasn’t anything emotional, but he was really happy. All along he was really happy I was back. We butted heads a little bit, not in a bad way, but a creative way. It’s weird, I have had my differences with Vince, but I have always gotten along with him. I don’t have anything bad to say about him.”