• “If he’s gone, I’m gone” – Brock Lesnar Reportedly Leaves SmackDown After Vince McMahon’s Retirement
Vince McMahon dropped a bombshell today by announcing his retirement from WWE.
Below is his full statement:
“As I approach 77 years old, I feel it’s time for me to retire as Chairman and CEO of WWE.
Throughout the years, it’s been a privilege to help WWE bring you joy, inspire you, thrill you, surprise you, and always entertain you.
I would like to thank my family for mightily contributing to our success, and I would also like to thank all of our past and present Superstars and employees for their dedication and passion for our brand.
Most importantly, I would like to thank our fans for allowing us into your homes every week and being your choice of entertainment. I hold the deepest appreciation and admiration for our generations of fans all over the world who have liked, currently like, and sometimes even love our form of Sports Entertainment.
Our global audience can take comfort in knowing WWE will continue to entertain you with the same fervor, dedication, and passion as always.
I am extremely confident in the continued success of WWE, and I leave our company in the capable hands of an extraordinary group of Superstars, employees, and executives – in particular, both Chairwoman and Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon and Co-CEO Nick Khan.
As the majority shareholder, I will continue to support WWE in any way I can. My personal thanks to our community and business partners, shareholders, and Board of Directors for their guidance and support through the years. Then. Now. Forever. Together.”
Brock Lesnar was scheduled to appear on tonight’s SmackDown, but it looks like he won’t.
According to Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, Lesnar was pissed after hearing about Vince’s retirement and left the arena just hours before tonight’s show:
“Brock’s line was some derivative of, ‘If he’s gone, I’m gone.'”
Lesnar is scheduled to face Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event of SummerSlam 2022 on July 30th.
We’ll keep you updated regarding this situation.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 22, 1996) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1996’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Shawn Michaels & Ahmed Johnson vs. The Smoking Gunns
2. Marc Mero vs. The Goon
3. Mankind vs. Freddie Joe Floyd
4. Goldust vs. Barry Horowitz
5. The Smoking Gunns vs. Shawn Michaels & Ahmed Johnson