Extreme Rules is this Sunday and the card appears to be set.
After some concern last week that a plague of injuries might alter some plans, all scheduled competitors have been cleared for action this weekend. That said, we do have an updated list of injured superstars for you along with other nuggets of news you may enjoy.
Extreme Rules Card updates:
Bray Wyatt appeared on Raw and seems to have been cleared for competition this Sunday. While he didn’t actually work a match on Monday, they also didn’t run any sort of angle that would remove him from Extreme Rules. This probably means that they were just giving him a few extra days of protected work to heal up for the PPV.
Shinsuke Nakamura has also been cleared to return to in ring action, and will be able to compete against Jeff Hardy for the US Title.
Here’s the final card:
-WWE Title: AJ Styles© vs Rusev
-Raw Tag Titles: Deleters of Worlds© vs B Team
-Smackdown Womens Title: Carmella© vs Asuka with James Ellsworth in a shark cage
-Smackdown Tag Titles: Bludgeon Brothers© vs Team Hell No
-United States Title: Jeff Hardy© vs Shinsuke Nakamura
-Intercontinental Title: Dolph Ziggler© vs Seth Rollins in a 30 minute Iron Man match
-Raw Womens Title: Alexa Bliss© vs Nia Jax in an Extreme Rules match
-Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin
-Roman Reigns vs Bobby Lashley
-Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens in a steel cage
-Preshow: New Day vs Sanity in a tables match
One superstar who definitely will not be appearing at Extreme Rules this weekend is the Miz. Instead he’ll be participating in the MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. This event is a fun part of the MLB All-Star weekend in which former stars team up with actors, musicians and athletes from other sports for a bit of fun on the field. This year’s event takes place at Nationals Park in Washington DC.
The newest addition to the injury list appears to be Fandango. WWE.com reports that he’ll be having surgery for a left labrum tear. Fandango himself tweeted that he expects to be out for approximately 6 months recovering from the surgery.
Although there hadn’t been any official reports regarding the details of an injury, Goldust has undergone what appears to have been a successful knee surgery this week. He and Fandango were sharing photos together in their respective bandages from the medical facility.
Here’s a current list of all of WWE’s injured stars and when they may be back in action:
-Jason Jordan: reportedly backstage and ready to return any day
-Charlotte: after having a ruptured implant replaced she’s currently training to return in the coming weeks
-Ruby Riott: resting an MCL sprain and should be back late July/early August
-Randy Orton:meniscus tear, July/August
-Tamina: torn rotator cuff, July/August
-Dean Ambrose: triceps tear, September
-Samir Singh: torn ACL, late 2018
-Fandango: left labrum tear, early 2019
-Sami Zayn: 2 torn rotator cuffs, early 2019
-Epico Colon: shoulder surgery, unknown
-Big Show: hip surgery, unknown
-Goldust: knee surgery, unknown
And on the NXT side of things:
-Bobby Fish: torn ACL and MCL, late 2018
-Tino Sabbatelli: torn pectoral muscle, early 2019
-Riddick Moss: torn achillies tendon, early 2019
-Oney Lorcan: broken orbital bone, unknown
-Lars Sullivan: broken jaw, unknown
Nikki Cross tagged with Becky Lynch against the Iconics at a live event this week. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re ready to call her up full time, it’s an encouraging sign that a call up could happen later this year. I’m not sure what was behind the decision not to bring her up with the rest of Sanity, but she’s been doing some great work against Shayna Baszler lately and perhaps the way she was used at this live event is a hint at how she might be brought up eventually. There’s been talk off and on of forming a women’s tag division. They already have the Iconics as an established team and seemingly paired the dancing duo of Naomi and Lana during their recent segment with the cast of Glow. Could the Irish Lynch and the Scottish Cross be forming a Celtic Connection? I, for one, would be all in on that tandem!
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While we’ve had many reports of newly signed stars that we expect to make their debuts in next month’s MYC, the first officially announced participate is a returning superstar. Former Divas Champion Kaitlyn is returning to WWE for the tournament. No word yet on whether or not she’ll be sticking around after the MYC.
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