Raw will host Great Balls of Fire on July 9, 2017 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. It will air on pay per view and on the WWE Network. Here is the confirmed card thus far:
Universal World Title Match: Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Samoa Joe
Raw Women’s Title: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Sasha Banks
Cruiserweight Title: Neville (C) vs. Akira Tozawa
Ambulance Match: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
The following matches that are speculated to be on the card:
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships Match: Sheamus & Cesaro (C) vs The Hardy Boyz
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (C) vs Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Golddust vs R-Truth
Smackdown will host Battleground on July 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NXT Takeover Brooklyn III will be August 19, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.
Raw has announced that it host No Mercy in Los Angeles on September 24, 2017 but presale tickets will available on July 13 at 10:00 AM on AXS.com.
WWE signee, Io Shirai, will debut later than planned due to a neck injury suffered in May. There’s currently no estimate as to when she’ll be ready for action. Io was slated to head to NXT and to compete in the Mae Young Classic.
Sheamus will be stepping away from the ring to film his eighth movie, The Buddy Games. The film is one of the latest offerings from WWE STudios and will star Josh Duhamel
WWE and Jim Ross have announced that Lita (Amy Dumas) will be Good Ol’ J.R.’s announcing partner for the inaugural Mae Young Classic Tournament. The tournament will be single elimination and will have a field of 32 competitors from around the world. It will be held September 4-12 and will air exclusively on the WWE Network. Competitors announced thus far include Toni Storm, Princesa Sugehit, Lacey Evans, Sarah Logan, Tessa Blanchard, Abbey Laith, Taynara Conti, Kavita Devi, Jazzy Gabert, Bianca BelAir, Vanessa Borne, Dakota Kai, Piper Niven, and Bianca Belair.
Kairi Hojo will be going by the name “Kairi Sage” in WWE. She will also enter the Mae Young Classic.
Stephaie McMahon has been named among Adweek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports for 2017. She was included on the inaugural list last year as well.
Paige and Alberto El Patron (aka Alberto Del Rio) had a dustup at a water park in Orlando, which led to speculation that the soon to be newlyweds broke. Paige took to social media and quashed the rumor on Twitter, as has Alberto. Paige has been training to return to action after injuries and controversial suspensions stemming from wellness policy violations. She’s expected to be returning very soon and is said to be marrying Alberto within the coming weeks. Alberto has mentioned in a recent interview with ESPN promoting Slammiversary that that he intends to retire in three years before becoming an agent for Impact Wrestling.
Eva Marie hasn’t closed the door on a return to the WWE. Eva is all in with pursuing acting but in a recent interview with Wrestling Observer Live, she stated: “Of course. I love WWE. So, are you going to see me on TV as of late? Not so much. But will I possibly show up at some random Monday Night Raw, Smackdown Live, and go snatch that title? You never know, I am ‘Miss All Red Everything’. So anything is possible, but for the time being, I definitely have some projects coming up that don’t allow me to be on the road as much as you need to be when you are a full-time WWE talent.” While she’s no longer on Total Divas and hasn’t been seen in action since her suspension last August, her info is still on WWE.com. Her career is off to a good start, as her new movie, “Inconceivable”, debuts this weekend on June 30th. The film also stars Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, and Gina Gershon.
Smackdown World Champion, Jinder Mahal, took to Instagram to refute whispers of steroid abuse regarding his physique and improbable rise. He posted video of his workouts and he outlined his diet plan. He really fired back when former WWE star Ryback, questioned his physique as well.
Kurt Angle has been announced as a surprise preorder bonus for Day 1 purchasers of WWE 2K18. Given that he and Seth Rollins are having issues as of late, one can speculate that this could be a tie in into a feud that may culminate into a future Wrestlemania or some other pay-per-view match. The same happened with Goldberg’s return and feud with Brock Lesnar not long after the release of WWE 2K17. 2K Games confirmed that two playable versions of Angle will be in the game. Players can choose between the “American Hero” persona that defined him in WWE, or the “Wrestling Machine” persona that he made famous in ECW.
The Colons are allegedly asking to be released from their WWE contracts. They’re still on scheduled to appear on Smackdown House Shows and WWE Live Events. It’s speculated that they’re unhappy about their utilization on the roster.
Tyson Kidd will now be a producer for matches with roster talent. His in ring career is effectively over after suffering a neck injury in a match with Samoa Joe. He will also star on Total Divas with his wife, Natalya.