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A big Monday for WWE ends in a show filled with poor executions

A night that should've provided an opportunity to show new partners what they'll be bringing to the table turned into a display of poor creative decisions and a further-puzzling moment in the progression of Roman Reigns.

The Money in the Bank card got a little bit clearer on Monday Night Raw. Natalya defeated Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan and Dana Brooke to qualify for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, and Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal is official for the June 17 pay-per-view. Next week we'll get Mahal vs Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental championship, and a seven-way, second chance gauntlet match for a spot in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com5d ago

SmackDown Lands on Fox

The biggest questions surrounding WWE's move to Fox

SmackDown Live will have a new home in October 2019, but how will the deal with Fox impact the brand and its performers?

Sources: Fox reaches deal to air 'SmackDown'

After making a "massive" offer, Fox has reached an agreement to air WWE's "SmackDown Live" beginning in October 2019, sources told ESPN.

Monday Night Raw

Three new qualifiers for Money in the Bank on Raw, Rousey shockingly gets title opportunity

The biggest news coming out of Monday's WWE action occurred far away from the ring as Ronda Rousey will get a title opportunity, but in London, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins stole the show once again.

The question of when former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would get her shot at gold in WWE was answered on Monday at the NBC Universal upfronts. At an event that also featured Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax challenged Rousey to a Raw women's championship match at Money in the Bank, which Rousey accepted. The Money in the Bank pay-per-view takes place on June 17 in Chicago. In her lone televised match to date, Rousey impressed alongside Kurt Angle in a win over a Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com12d ago

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Raw moves forward with an eye on Money in the Bank

With the briefcase hanging high above the ring it's clear that the WWE has entered Money in the Bank season.

Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks wrapped up an eventful first hour of Monday Night Raw with a collectively impressive triple threat MITB qualifier. Moon ultimately walked out with the win as the first women's Money in the Bank match qualifier, but all three proved they deserve to be in that match.

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Finn Balor locked up the second berth in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match by beating Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns in the main event. Jinder Mahal got involved in the closing moments and kept Reigns out of the final decision. Balor joins Braun Strowman, with six more spots yet to be filled.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com19d ago

Backlash

WWE Backlash recaps and ratings: Reigns tops Samoa Joe in main event, all champions retain

A lackluster pay-per-view event didn't do much to advance many storylines, as all champions retained their gold and Roman Reigns topped Samoa Joe in the main event.

In spite of a Bayley-Sasha Banks storyline that continues to go off the rails, Ruby Riott and Bayley impressed during their WWE Backlash Kickoff show match. Riott ultimately picked up another big victory and some more momentum, while showing off more of her expansive offensive repertoire.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com20d ago

WWE

Ronda Rousey had a tremendous debut at WrestleMania 34, Shayna Baszler is the NXT women's champion, and now the other two members of the ‘Four Horsewomen' of MMA are joining them in the world of WWE. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir both reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando for training on Monday, making the possibility of a showdown against the WWE's version of the ‘Four Horsewomen' -- Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley -- a reality. Both Duke, 31 and Shafir, 30, have MMA backgrounds, with Duke having competed in the UFC's bantamweight division.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com20d ago

New Japan Pro Wrestling

The second night of New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Dontaku show was eventful, to say the least. Kazuchika Okada continued making history with his 12th consecutive successful IWGP heavyweight championship defense, against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Post-match, Okada challenged Kenny Omega to a fourth, deciding match in their ongoing rivalry. Their championship rematch will be a 2-out-of-3 falls, no time limit match at Dominion on June 9. Earlier in the night, Chris Jericho returned to attack Tetsuya Naito and Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club, with the rest of the group outside of Omega and Cody appearing to settle all differences.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com23d ago

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Greatest Royal Rumble

Greatest Royal Rumble results: Lesnar retains Universal title, Strowman wins Rumble

The highlights of the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumble show in Saudi Arabia included Braun Strowman's victory in a 50-man Royal Rumble match and Brock Lesnar's controversial Universal title win.

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Greatest Royal Rumble

Greatest Royal Rumble a major turning point for Roman Reigns and WWE

The Greatest Royal Rumble is essentially WrestleMania 34 Part 2, and with seven title matches and a 50-man Rumble it should be a strong show that is set to answer a number of lingering questions.

Jericho happy to take part in Greatest Royal Rumble, but wrestling future is still TBD

Chris Jericho is set to have his first WWE match in nine months at Friday's Greatest Royal Rumble show in Saudi Arabia. But he's satisfied with the state of his career and happy to leave his future options in the wrestling world open -- for now.

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