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SKFabe: WWE News, rumours and scoops 4th August, 2016

Updated: 05 August 2016 11:49 IST - Published: 04 August 2016 17:53 IST
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Dolph Ziggler Talks about Brock Lesnar in College, Being Scared of Lesnar:

Dolph Ziggler talked about Brock Lesnar and recalled seeing Lesnar at the national wrestling tournament back when he was in college. He noted how big Lesnar was even back then, but added that while The Beast is a special and unique talent, and he is scared of him to a certain degree, he would never back down to him in a fight.

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Top WWE Stars Missing Smackdown Live 9th August, 2016 (Next Week)

With WWE heading overseas post WWE Raw next week for their Australia and New Zealand tours, top Smackdown stars John Cena, AJ Styles, Erick Rowan, The Usos and Apollo Crews will not be on show as they are scheduled to appear on the tours.

The scheduled dark match main event for Tuesday's SmackDown in Bakersfield, CA is WWE Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt.

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JBL retweets list of future guests for his WWE Network Show 'Legends with JBL'

The list includes Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, Sting, Bruno Sammartino, Jimmy Hart and Madusa. All of those legends are WWE Hall of Famers and given their influence on the industry at one time or another, they are bound to be fascinating guests.

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Kevin Owens reveals how John Cena and Randy Orton helped him in the dressing room:

Kevin Owens in an international media call earlies this week to promote WWE SummerSlam 2016 says he found a lot of help from John Cena and Randy Orton just from observing them. Owens feels confident about things are in the ring. He takes inspiration from John Cena and Orton on how to carry yourself as a WWE Superstar

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Picture courtesy: Instagram
Picture courtesy: Instagram
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Reason why Paige and Albert Del Rio were drafted to separate brands revealed: 


According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio this week, Del Rio and Paige were drafted to separate brands in the WWE Draft last month in order for WWE to nip their relationship drama in the bud. 

Paige was sent to the RAW brand while Del Rio was placed on Smackdown, a move which reportedly infuriated Del Rio. Briefly after being drafted, Paige scrubbed her social media profile of all mentions of Del Rio, deleting previous posts and photos about him — only to add them all back just one week later, which created a bit of a stir online. 
Meltzer states that this is the reason the couple was separated since WWE doesn’t particularly need this drama earning them negative press.

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Brock Lesnar forced WWE to re-sign Paul Heyman   
As reported before, the on-screen advocate of Brock Lesnar – Paul Heyman – made his WWE return along with The Beast in Cornet during this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. Not only that, he also showed up during SmackDown in a brief backstage segment after Lesnar delivered an F5 to Randy Orton, returning the favour to the Viper after he was hit with an RKO Outta Nowhere on Raw.
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Bray Wyatt struggling with a sprained ankle:

During this week's Smackdown Live Bray Wyatt was hurt during his match with Dolph Ziggler.  Ziggler went for a roll-up and pin attempt but Bray’s leg twisted awkwardly. WWE knew immediately that something was wrong so that is why they went to commercial break.

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Nikki Bella Injury Update

Nikki Bellas was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL last week. It is reported that Bella has been cleared by her doctors to train again after her neck surgery last month. However, due to the severity of her injury doctors have still not given Bella still haven’t officially cleared Bella to return

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Reason why Paige's was excluded from WWE Australia tour revealed:

Rumors were going around about WWE Diva Paige was pregnant or being released from the company. However, her mother clarified she is out because of her shoulder injury. She is working to get it back to full strength so she can get back in the ring.

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Ember Moon aka independent wrestling standout Athena, will debut at NXT TakeOver: Back 2 Brooklyn.
Ember Moon aka independent wrestling standout Athena, will debut at NXT TakeOver: Back 2 Brooklyn.
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Jimmy Uso Being Out Of Action

Jimmy Uso has been out with an unknown injury but was supposed to return to action on SmackDown Live last Tuesday, which did not happen.

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Smackdown LIVE ratings slides downward

The third live episode of Smackdown brought in 2.68 million viewers and a 0.93 rating in the 18-49 demo, well below the 3.31 and 1.24 that Raw pulled down, and a small decrease over the previous week.