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Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the 9/13 Raw to win the WWE championship from Bobby Lashley, signifying his switching brands and reuniting The New Day.

Born Ettore Ewen, the 35-year-old Tampa product was a state heavyweight champion wrestler at Wharton High School and football player, who went to the University of Iowa, and after college, became a powerlifter.

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  • Following the angle where she was attacked by Shayna Baszler on Raw, WWE announced that Nia Jax suffered “an elbow posterior fracture and dislocation to her left elbow” and will require surgery. WWE wrote: “As reported on WWE's The Bump, Nia Jax suffered an elbow posterior fracture and dislocation to her left elbow which will require surgery after a vicious attack by Shayna Baszler last Monday on Raw. She will be out for an undisclosed amount of time. Stay locked to WWE social and digital platforms for the latest updates.”
  • Becky Lynch told TalkSport that her facing Bayley at WrestleMania 37 this past April was an idea that had been thrown around. Lynch also talked about returning to WWE at SummerSlam: “They called me last minute, you wouldn’t have [seen me on this UK tour]. Oh gosh, I thought I was going to be back by ‘Mania. I was ready to come back by ‘Mania. But look, I got the call at SummerSlam, I stayed ready. I stayed ready! I believe the original return date was October.”
  • Drew McIntyre kissed the ground in Scotland after returning home for the first time in two years. McIntyre was in action at today’s WWE house show in Glasgow. McIntyre took an open top bus tour through Glasgow and exchanged gifts with the lord provost of the city.
  • Dante Chen made his WWE debut by defeating Trey Baxter on NXT last night. Chen (real name Sean Tan) was billed as NXT’s first Singapore-born competitor. WWE wrote about Chen when he joined the Performance Center this July: “Sean Tan comes to the Performance Center from Singapore, where he competed under the name Trexxus. The 25-year-old is a former Singapore Pro Wrestling Southeast Asia Champion.”
  • Nikki A.S.H. & Rhea Ripley, Damian Priest, and Sheamus appeared on WWE’s The Bump this morning.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded King Booker vs. The Undertaker from the September 22, 2006 episode of SmackDown, John Cena vs. The Great Khali in a falls count anywhere match for the WWE Championship from One Night Stand 2007, and Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton & Kane from the June 30, 2014 episode of Raw.

Other Wrestling

  • Tony Khan spoke to the Associated Press to promote tonight’s Grand Slam edition of Dynamite at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Khan said that AEW has gotten stronger with the more responsibility he's taken on: “I’ve found the company has gotten stronger the more I take on. And I think the fans would agree with that. The really hardcore fans would actually really agree with that. The people who know, know the more hands-on I got about everything, the company has gotten a lot stronger.”
  • Khan also discussed AEW’s TV deal with TNT: “Our TNT deal is very fair. I think we’ve performed at such a high level that we’ll justify a big increase on our next deal. We are very fortunate to have their support. The timing of that deal was great, to get that in January 2020, that is a huge revenue stream for us.”
  • Sportico published an article on Khan and AEW.
  • In an interview with the New York Post, Bryan Danielson discussed Kenny Omega being his first opponent in AEW: “This is kind of one of my ideas I came in with is doing this right away. The idea came from when I came back from my retirement (in 2018) there were a lot of matches in WWE people wanted to see and we either took a long time to get to them or even didn’t get to them at all and I think we lost some of the momentum when fans were excited about me coming back from my retirement. And at the time I felt yeah, build to these matches, build to these matches. I think with so many exciting people coming into AEW  you can build to a CM Punk-Kenny Omega match. You can build to some of those matches, but I also think fans want to see something right away to get them super excited. To be fair, I want my first match in AEW to feel like a big deal. So there is no bigger deal than me versus Kenny Omega right now.
  • Barstool Sports’ Brandon F. Walker interviewed CM Punk.
  • Barstool’s Robbie Fox also interviewed Eddie Kingston.
  • The New York Daily News has a story on AEW’s New York-raised wrestlers.
  • MJF’s parents brought a sign to tonight’s show that says “We’re MJF’s parents and we think he sucks too!”
  • Britt Baker and Adam Cole appeared together on The Bronx’s News 12.
  • UPI also has an interview with Cole.
  • Ruby Soho was the guest on yesterday’s episode of Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette. Soho spoke about Sarah Logan surprising her at All Out:

I got pulled over on the way to the show. I was 15 minutes late. I was so excited. I was speeding like a mad woman. I got pulled over. I got a ticket, but I’m freaking out. I’m trying to calm myself down. I’m texting Sarah at different points. I said, ‘I was going to call you, but I’m trying to stay focused and be calm right now, but I’ll text you when I get to the venue.’ She texted back, ‘I’m here for you.’ In my head, I’m like, ‘Oh, she’s here for me. That’s so sweet. That’s nice of her.’ I got to the venue. I have a hood on, and everybody is trying to sneak me in. I’m still flustered because I’m late and excited. I open the door and she is the first person I see, and she has Cash (her baby boy) with her. I just started balling. I hugged her. I grabbed Cash and I held him. I said, ‘What are you guys doing here?’ She said, ‘I’m here for you.’ Apparently, she had it planned for a while, and she’s terrible at keeping secrets. She almost spilled it three or four times while she had it. She was almost telling me about Cash’s first airplane trip before I was ever supposed to know about it. It was amazing because she’s always been there for all of our milestones in our career. We’ve been together since we first started, and for her to be there made it that much more special.

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