• Roman Reigns Forced To Tap Out On Tonight’s SmackDown, Former Universal Champion Returns
The fans are back in WWE and they’re making a lot of noise tonight! Vince McMahon kicked off tonight’s SmackDown and said “where the hell have you been?”
The show kicked off with a 6-man tag team match, and Universal Champion Roman Reigns came out first to a HUGE reaction, and The Usos later showed up as well.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Mysterios and WWE Hall Of Famer Edge came out next to huge pops as well.
This was Dominik Mysterio’s first match in front of fans. The match ended with the heels winning, when Jey Uso pinned Rey Mysterio by holding his tights.
A brawl broke out after the match, which ended with Edge spearing Roman and applying the Crossface with lead pipe across his mouth, and Roman tapped!
— WWE (@WWE) July 17, 2021
Edge then posed with the Universal Championship and left. Edge got interviewed backstage by Kayla Braxton after the match, and Seth Rollins interrupted the interview.
Rollins said he hopes Edge wins this Sunday, because he’s going to win the Money In The Bank contract and finish what he started 7 years ago, and finish Edge.
We go to the ring after this, and Sami Zayn is asking for justice. Former Universal Champion Finn Balor then made his return to the blue brand and laid out Zayn.
— WWE (@WWE) July 17, 2021
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• Old School Wrestling Legend Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 95th birthday of Old School Wrestling Legend Happy Humphrey (Real name: William Cobb).
Happy Humphrey was THE single heaviest Professional Wrestler in the History of the business.
Humphrey started his career by wrestling a bear for almost half an hour in 1953, which instantly got him access to the world of professional wrestling.
He toured all over the United States, wrestling for several NWA Territories, but his most famous appearances were when he wrestled for Vince McMahon Sr.’s CWC Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the promotion that later became the WWWF, WWF and now WWE, where he had legendary Madison Square Garden battles with fellow Super Heavyweight Haystacks Calhoun.
On a funny side note, WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race got his first role in professional wrestling, when he became the driver for Happy Humphrey, who in return taught Race how to take bumps in the ring.
In 1962, Happy Humphrey had to retire from Pro-Wrestling due to his increasing health problems, which is why he checked himself into a clinic.
There are rumors that after his pro-wrestling career was over, he had gained up to 1000 lbs, which can’t be confirmed or denied though.
What is very well documented though, is his phenomenal weight loss inside the Medical College of Georgia’s Clinical Investigation Unit in Augusta Georgia, where Happy Humphrey was put on a strict diet.
When Cobb left the clinic in 1965, he weighed a healthy 232 lbs [105 kg] which put him into the Guinness Book of World Records, as the man who lost the most amount of weight.
During his final years, Humphrey regained much of his earlier weight and when he passed away, he was back to 600 lbs [270 kg].
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
July 16, 1926 – March 14, 1989