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Roll Call of Wrestling Champions: July 2014 Edition

July 22nd, 2014 at 12:21 PM
By Peter Schifani

So we have come to that time of the month again to bring you the wrestling fans a listings of the champions in wrestling here in the United States. Not quite as many changes as one month ago, but the top two prizes in WWE have "new" champions. As always those new titleholders are in BOLD.

'WWE Fan Axxess - Championship Title belts' photo (c) 2012, Simon Q - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

WWE title holders:

WWE World Heavyweight Champion: John Cena, Intercontinental Champion: The Miz, WWE Tag-Team Champions: Jimmy and Jey (The Usos), United States Champion: Sheamus and Divas Champion: AJ Lee

NXT title holders:

NXT HW Champion: Adrian Neville, NXT Tag-Team Champions: Konnor and Viktor (The Ascension) and NXT Women's Champion: Charlotte

TNA title holders:

World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Lashley, X-Division Champion: Austin Aries, World Tag-Team Champions: Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards (The Wolves), Women's Knockout Champion: Gail Kim

NWA title holders:

World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Conway, Junior Heavyweight Champion: Chase Owens, World Tag-Team Champions: Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (Tencozy), Women's Champion: Barbi Hayden, North American Champion: Byron Wilcott, National Champion: Lou Marconi, United States Tag-Team Champions: Damien Wayne and Lance Erikson (Lords of Kaos)

ROH title holders:

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Wrestling Review Weekly, First Edition: Number 51

July 20th, 2014 at 2:34 PM
By Peter Schifani

As we saw this past week in the world of professional wrestling/sports entertainment saw TNA return to the use of the six-sided ring, which had occurred during there recent tapings in NYC. Meanwhile the freight train entitled WWE continued its way along setting up all matches for 'BattleGround' later tonight.

TNA's Impact wrestling broadcast opened with Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle showcasing the return to the six-sided ring. The main reason it was used during the heyday of TNA was because of the many and varied action that could occur during X-Division matches. An X-Division title gauntlet match was on the card and saw new champion Austin Aries defend by eventually beating Sanada after all the other competitors had been tossed out battle royal style. TNA will also be recording matches for 'Destination X' to feature the use of the six-sided ring, and possibly the brief return for that event of former X-Division stars. Also on Impact "Team 3D" of Bully Ray and Devon reunited due to the angle between Tommy Dreamer, Rhino and the House of Hardcore (HOH) versus TNA/Dixie Carter. Lashley defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Jeff Hardy, who will also be reuniting with his brother Matt as the rest of these prior tapings are shown on television.

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WWE ‘BattleGround’ Special Event Preview, Part Two

July 19th, 2014 at 6:54 PM
By Peter Schifani

Yesterday we previewed the under card matches for WWE 'BattleGround' On Sunday night, now we look at three upper card contests. In case you missed that part one of our preview you may read it here.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way

John Cena (C) versus Roman Reigns versus Randy Orton versus Kane

Peter Schifani:

As much as WWE has been heavily pushing Reigns since the break-up of The Shield, we cannot see him becoming champion just yet. Orton never really got a rematch for the WWE World title since losing it as 'WrestleMania' and well Kane is on a final run under the mask that doesn't lend itself to him being champion. So after all is said and done expect John Cena to retain going into 'SummerSlam.'

Mark Eddinger (Motorsports101):

With Battleground being a new pay-per-view name I don't expect it to be much of a game changer so I expect that John Cena will come out of this with the title. The odds are against him but Cena will retain and going into 'SummerSlam', which is a much bigger pay-per-view, will be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

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WWE ‘BattleGround’ Special Event Preview, Part One

July 18th, 2014 at 5:43 PM
By Peter Schifani

It's that time of the month again in WWE as there next special event is this Sunday as 'BattleGround' has been moved up the calendar from where it was last year. As the next event after this is one of the big four 'SummerSlam' it may be hard to see this being a great event, but the card is pretty solid. Here are the under card matches.

Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal

Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, Great Khali, Damien Sandow, Big E Langston, Rob Van Dam, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, U.S. Champion Sheamus, The Miz, R-Truth, Xavier Woods, Zack Ryder, Heath Slater, Adam Rose, Sin Cara, Titus O'Neil, Fernando or Diego (Los Matadores)

Peter Schifani:

Well when this match was announced due to Barrett's injury forcing the title be vacated we expected Cesaro to be the guy head and shoulders above the rest to be crowned the new I/C champion. Since Cesaro has lost several matches to Kofi Kingston, this could be one where Ziggler "steals" it.

Mark Eddinger (Motorsports101):

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Top 10 Women Wrestlers: Countdown Part Two

July 16th, 2014 at 4:32 PM
By Peter Schifani

Last week we started our July Top 10 countdown with three very special women wrestlers and now we continue with numbers seven, six and five. In case you missed part one you may read it here. Next week we reveal numbers four, three and two, with number one the last week of the month.

Number Seven: Victoria/Tara

The woman who's real name is Lisa Marie Varon started competed in WWE in 2000 after competing in both bodybuilding and fitness competitions just a few years prior. She would train in WWE's developmental territories for a time before coming up to the main roster as one of the Godfather's Ho's but she really got her start in a feud with fellow fitness competitor Trish Stratus. During her seven years in WWE she won the Women's Championship twice, but never the Divas title. While she was always a solid worker for WWE she retired in January, 2009. After about five months away from the ring she joined TNA in May, 2009. During her four years with the company she held the TNA Women's Knockout Championship seven times, and helped to give the title more prestige because of her prior time in WWE. While is no longer wrestling as of this year, 2014, she does own a restaurant in Chicago, Illinois entitled "The Squared Circle" that is frequented by wrestlers when in town and fans alike.

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