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  • On Talking Smack last night, Daniel Bryan spoke about this being his last full-time run as a wrestler: “I haven’t said anything about this, but in my mind, this is kind of my last run. This is my last run as a full-time superstar. Well, it’s not really a scoop. I think you can feel it in even just the way I approach things and the way my mentality is as far as my view towards younger people and all that kind of stuff and when I do this -- as I’m doing this last run, my thing isn’t like, ‘I gotta prove to everybody that I’m the best.’ When I’m out there, I’m proving things to myself, and I want things better for the younger talent.”
  • Big E told Fox Sports about how much notice The New Day got that they were being split up in the WWE Draft: “We probably got two days in advance. Which, I think a lot of it was to ensure that we didn’t show up to work and if we heard the news then, I assume that people just imagine that we would be tearing up the halls, knocking down doors, crying in public, just fits of rage. So I feel like they decided, let’s give 'em a couple of days to simmer down at home before we had to actually do this on TV.”
  • Big E was also asked if we’ll continue to see unity between The New Day across brands: “Possibly. But if we’re going to do the split, it’s either we do it or we don’t. I still want some level of connectivity, but there’s going to be no clamoring for a reunion if I’m constantly around. Or if they’re constantly finding ways to be in my segments. I think that some separation could be a good thing. I think it allows us to build some identity. As much as I want us to stay connected … I feel like, as moving as Friday was for so many people, if next week I’m showing up at Raw or wearing a lucha mask and pretending that I’m not Big E on Raw, and I’m teaming with them -- and they’re finding ways to get involved in my stuff -- I feel like we’ve really detracted from this really emotional profound segment. At least to me. And from the response that we got from so many people. I feel like it takes away from that. We’ll need to find ways. I think there’s a bit of a line here that we need to find a way to toe to still make sure we stay connected, but absence makes the heart grow fonder and I want your heart to grow fonder.”
  • WWE posted a behind-the-scenes video from The New Day’s SmackDown farewell match.
  • Mick Foley, Road Dogg, Jeff Jarrett, Montez Ford, Bianca Belair, Sami Zayn, Tamina, and more will be appearing on tomorrow’s Hell in a Cell edition of WWE Watch Along.
  • TalkSport has an interview with Foley.
  • Jerry Lawler will be part of the panel for tomorrow’s Hell in a Cell pre-show. As was previously announced, Jeff Jarrett will also be part of the panel.
  • Drew McIntyre tweeted in support of Manchester United player Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child poverty in the UK: “What @MarcusRashford is doing in the UK is nothing short of inspiring and incredible. A 22-year-old doing his very best to #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY. You have my full support and the @WWE Universe behind you.”
  • WWE has filed trademarks for the names Xyon Quinn, Odyssey Jones, Akeem Young, Ivy Nile, and Tony Modra. Quinn is the new name for NXT’s Daniel Vidot, Jones is the new name for Omari Palmer, and Young is the new name for Sidney Bateman.
  • The Greatest Independent Steel Cage Matches, The Best of Ilja Dragunov in PROGRESS Wrestling, ICW Fight Club 100, and episode six of wXw Shotgun 2020 season two were uploaded to the WWE Network today.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship from Hell in a Cell 2018, Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens in a Hell in a Cell match from Hell in a Cell 2017, and Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler from Bragging Rights 2010.

Other Wrestling

  • Impact Wrestling’s YouTube channel uploaded their This is Bound for Glory special building up Eric Young vs. Rich Swann for the Impact World Championship and Deonna Purrazzo vs. Kylie Rae for the Knockouts Championship at tonight’s Bound for Glory PPV.
  • The Sporting News interviewed Swann ahead of tonight’s PPV.
  • Jon Burton, Madison Rayne, and D’Lo Brown will be the panel for Countdown to Glory tonight. Countdown to Glory is the pre-show for Bound for Glory. It will air live on AXS TV and Impact Wrestling’s digital platforms starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Also on the pre-show, The Rascalz will face The Deaners and Ken Shamrock’s Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place.
  • Impact shared video of an angle where The North crashed Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows’ whiskey launch party.
  • Sylvain Grenier will be part of the French commentary team for Bound for Glory on Fite TV.
  • Denise Salcedo interviewed Impact’s Larry D.
  • Alex Reynolds posted a message yesterday about the injury he suffered on this week’s episode of Dynamite: “Hey guys, just wanted to thank you for all the concerns for my health. It means the world to me. I truly believe the ref and our doctor handled the situation great on Wednesdays show. Injuries happen in wrestling, but I feel completely safe with our team here. Thanks again and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.”
  • Santana & Ortiz appeared on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho.
  • Jericho tweeted about the ratings for his Le Dinner Debonair segment with MJF from this week’s Dynamite: “Just saw minute by minute ratings for #LeDinnerDebonair & I’m stoked that almost 800k checked out our song and dance! Fifth highest demo for #AEWDynamite  as well. Add over a million views on Twitter & it looks like our experiment paid off!  The #DemoGod wins again! @The_MJF”
  • Mike Chioda has joined Conrad Thompson’s Ad Free Shows and will be doing a Monday Mailbag show every other Monday.

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