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LaVar Ball took part in what was supposed to be a fun segment with his sons Lonzo and LaMelo on WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” TV show, but the segment quickly went off the rails in more ways than one!

“Monday Night Raw” was broadcast live from Staples Center on the USA Network, and the Balls appeared on Miz TV, the in-show interview segment hosted by WWE heel The Miz.

The ring had four mannequins wearing “Big Baller” T-shirts. Miz introduced LaVar Ball and his son, LaMelo. LaVar got booed as he ran down and slid into the ring. LaVar started hyping the Big Baller brand and got booed again. LaMelo didn’t say anything, but seemed to be having the time of his life.

LaVar then introduced Lonzo, who came down to cheers. He said he was happy to be in Stapes Center for the first time as a Laker, which also drew cheers. That was the end of Lonzo’s participation in the segment.

Miz said he was happy to announce a partnership between himself and the Big Baller brand, and it was at this point that the segment went off the rails. LaVar took over, said Miz wasn’t big enough for them and then proceeded to say things like, “There are only two dudes better than I am and I’m both of them,” and then ripped off his T-shirt and challenged Miz to a fight. This was met with laughter from Lonzo and LaMelo, a junior-to-be at Chino Hills High . Then LaVar ran around the ring.

LaMelo, had a live microphone in his hand and said, “Beat that — “ using a pejorative for African-Americans. He was laughing when he said it and was having fun watching his dad go crazy in the ring. But social media is already picking up on it, so the Ball family may have some explaining to do Tuesday!

WWE responded to what happened with the following: “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values.”

Check out the unedited segment down below, but be warn because it does contain inappropriate language.

Former WWE Smackdown Live announcer Mauro Ranallo is returning to the company just months after departing in April in the wake of the JBL bullying scandal. Ranallo, who suffers from bi-polar disorder:

“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways,” Ranallo publicly stated at the time. “It has nothing to do with JBL.”

“Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago,” Layfield also publicly stated at the time. “WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”

But for weeks prior, pro wrestling dirt sheets and major sports websites were reporting on rumors that Ranallo’s absence from WWE programming was the result of depression spurred on by JBL’s abuse of Ranallo on the WWE talk show Bring It To The Table, said to be a company-encouraged response to Ranallo thanking fans for voting him best wrestling announcer of the year in the Pro Wrestling Observer newsletter. In the wake of the story, other former WWE employees stepped forward to speak out about JBL’s alleged bullying, itself a remnant of the pro wrestling industry’s deeply ingrained carny culture. Fans at live shows even chanted “fire JBL” as public outrage over the situation grew, while JBL blocked journalists who wrote about the story and anyone who interacted with Ranallo on Twitter.

In any case, it looks like WWE and Ranallo have mended fences, or at least the faction of WWE controlled by Triple H has, as Ranallo will be returning sometime in the near future to join the NXT commentary team:

Source: Mauro Ranallo Returning To WWE On NXT Commentary Team

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 On Monday morning, Seth Rollins appeared on ESPN SportsCenter to announce he would be the cover athlete for the upcoming WWE 2K18. Rollins took to Twitter after the announcement to show his gratitude for the honor.
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The game’s official release date was also revealed on Monday when the “Be Like No One” trailer circulated shortly after Rollins’ announcement. Check out the reveal trailer down below, Movie Geeks!

WWE 2K18 is available for pre-order and there are three different versions: Standard, Deluxe and Collector’s Edition. Some of the pre-order details won’t be announced until later in the year, but we do know that those who pre-order the Deluxe and Collector’s Editions will get the game four days early (October 13).

Here’s a chart that breaks down the differences between the three versions.

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WWE 2K18 will be available on October 17!

Good news for fans of Southpaw Regional Wrestling , the obscure 1980s wrestling promotion whose videocassettes were recently unearthed and aired on WWE’s YouTube Channel. Though WWE at the time claimed that those were the only surviving tapes, and the company presumably went out of business after their Lethal Leap Year pay-per-view event was ruined by the fact that 1987 did not have a February 29th, all the dirt sheets are reporting that WWE is filmi… er, we mean, has unearthed more video cassettes and is working on cleaning them up for release.

If you haven’t watched the first set of tapes, you can catch up down below so you’re up to speed on all the hot angles and storylines before the new tapes are released!

Source: Report: WWE Working On New Southpaw Regional Wrestling Episodes


There were rumors going around that WWE was planning the first ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match for the eponymous WWE PPV in June. Tonight on Smackdown Live, following a brawl between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Tamina Snuka, and Natalya, Commissioner Shane McMahon confirmed the rumor and made the match official! Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Carmella, Tamina, and Natalya will all be competing in the first ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and air on the WWE Network!

Source: Shane McMahon Confirms First Ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match On WWE Smackdown Live

When Mick Foley gifted The Rock a “ This Is Your Life ” segment on Monday Night RAW for his “birthday” in 1999, it turned out to be one of the most memorable and highly rated segments in WWE history. So naturally, WWE tries to recapture the magic once in a while, usually to embarrassing effect, especially without the powerful charisma of The Rock and Foley to make it work. When the company tried it on last night’s Monday Night RAW, not even the normally smark-beloved heel Alexa Bliss was able to make such a poorly conceived and badly written segment work.

With poor ratings, WWE tried to capture lighting in a bottle again when they recreated the “This Is Your Life” segment with the Bliss/Bayley feud, which has been negatively received, with fan-favorite Bayley frequently looking foolish as heel Bliss gets the better of her in various physical confrontations and Bliss’s middle-school style attacks on Bayley’s maturity showing a lack of understanding of Bayley’s character on the part of WWE’s creative team. Last night’s awkward “This Is Your Life” segment exemplified these flaws, with Bliss bringing out Bayley’s supposed fourth grade teacher, ex-best friend, and ex-boyfriend in a segment that went on way too long just to drive home the idea that Bliss finds Bayley childish, including some bizarre references to Bayley bringing her father on dates, and ending with a terribly-acted makeout session between the boyfriend and best friend before Bayley finally arrived to attack Bliss and, once again, find herself on the receiving end of a kendo stick beating after Bliss cleanly turned the tables on her.

In one particularly perplexing moment, Bliss mocked Bayley for choosing to watch Monday Night RAW as a teenager instead of hanging out at the mall, thereby sending the message to viewers that they could probably find something cooler to do with their time. And if we’re being perfectly honest, they probably could. In the words of Booker T, the segment was “hard to watch.”

It seems that even WWE realizes that the segment was awful, even by their standards, because according to various reports including from Ringside News, all of the videos posted on WWE’s social media during last night’s show have been removed except for the beatdown at the end of the segment. Likewise, only the beatdown is featured in the RAW highlights on YouTube and on WWE.com. It wouldn’t be the first time WWE tried to delete something from the internet that made them look bad. Last year, WWE deleted a poll from their website that asked who fans wanted to see main event WrestleMania after “The Guy” Roman Reigns came in sixth with just 4% of the vote.

Personally, I am a fan of both female wrestlers, especially Alexa Bliss. Yet, the storytelling and WWE trying to redo past segments instead of creating new ones is uncreative and leaves a stale taste in viewers’ mouths.

Now, no one is suggesting that Bayley: This Is Your Life was anywhere near as bad as the never-ending Roman Reigns superman push, but when even WWE seemingly admits that something they did was bad, you know it had to be bad on a spectacular level.

You decide if this segment was awful or not! View it in its entirety down below!

Source: Is WWE Trying To Pretend Alexa Bliss’s “Bayley: This Is Your Life” Segment Never Happened?