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New Champ Lesnar Getting New Belt On RAW, Steph Gets Ice Bucketed, Rey and Del Rio Appear For AAA

Brock Lesnar Debuting New Belt Tonight

Brock Lesnar will be debuting the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt tonight on RAW after defeating Jonh Cena at Summerslam. Also last night Dolph Ziggler won the IC title from The Miz, and Paige defeated AJ Lee for the Diva’s title.

In his first Tweet since defeating the streak Lesnar simply wrote: “WWE Champion.”

He also confirmed to TMZ that he won’t be carrying around two belts going forward.

Jim Ross wrote on his blog:

I thought Summer Slam was a really good show. From the untouchable broadcast opening, which no one in TV does better within their genre than WWE, to the jaw dropping main event that unleashed the legit beast that is Brock Lesnar, Summer Slam was a ‘transitional show’ that we may look back upon in the coming years and say that was the show that changed the course of WWE.

From developing Lesnar’s next opponent, and his future opponents, to watching the evolution of the next level of main event stars, this is going to be an interesting notwithstanding crucial time within WWE as it relates to their ‘creative’ direction but more importantly, in my eyes, their overall booking philosophy.

Regarding Lesnar’s dominating performance against Cena, too many people are already leaving/forgetting that performance and it’s impact to look a head and fixate on who’s next for Lesnar and how can it be possible that any one can ever beat him. Firstly, in the land of sports entertainment, a variety of things can occur to create the ‘impossible’ but my take on this is to see Lesnar sporadically defend the title, please don’t live or die on the “30 Day Rule,” while new challengers are being developed.

The new talents need time to refine their game and are works in progress, IE Reigns, Wyatts, etc, while there are other options such as a rejuvenated Big Show, for example, that might pose as an interesting attraction/challenger who would challenge Lesnar’s ability to execute the F5. It’s all a matter of presentation and execution. Remember that this is show biz where characters are created, refined, and repackaged. Great bookers have done far more with far less assets than WWE has at their finger tips. Cesaro and even Sheamus can be positioned as viable opponents too especially Cesaro with the @HeymanHustle connection.

Tonight’s RAW is live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas – are hyping the following 5 points:

– What’s next for Brock Lesnar and will John Cena respond to his crushing defeat?

– How will Nikki Bella explain her turn on sister Brie Bella?

– Will Bray Wyatt seek out a new target tonight?’

– Does WWE have a new Apex Predator in Roman Reigns?

– Who will Dean Ambrose go after first – Kane or Seth Rollins?

Rey Wants To Be Free and Del Rio Explains Release

Both Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio appeared for AAA’s Triplemanía XXII iPPV on Sunday, with Del Rio appearing live and Rey in a pre-recorded video.

Mysterio made it clear that he wants out of his WWE deal and told the Mexican fans he’d be coming home soon. The hashtag #FreeRey was promoted during the video:

Del Rio was joined by his legendary father Dos Caras. Here is a full transcript of what he said:

History will mark this day as the day that El Patron returned home. But the truth is, after listening to that grand reception, I don’t think El Patron ever left, because his heart belongs to you, it belongs to Mexico. A lot has been said about why I left, why I came back. Seven years ago I embarked on that dream, that adventure called America. And by suffering, blood, sweat and tears we showed North Americans and the entire world, that when you do things with heart, with passion, with love, and being humble under the eyes of God our Father, dreams do come true.

Of course it wasn’t easy, and then came a day that the dream turned into a nightmare. Similar to many of you, or if not you, to family members of yours, who have gone to the other side looking for a better life for those that we love, I came across a monster, a monster called racism. Racism doesn’t distinguish sex, race, religion, color, it doesn’t care… if you have money, if you don’t have it.

But this man that’s standing right here (points at his father Dos Caras), that has given me everything and has made me the person that I am, gave me the biggest gift a father can give his son – honesty and the spirit to triumph. He never lowered his head, so that I could learn to never lower it in front of anyone. I love you, Dad. In the U.S., they might be able to take my job, but they’ll never, ever take away my dignity and my pride. And on this night, my fellow Mexicans, I promise you and God that never again will someone come and disrespect my people, myself and all those that I love – because I am El Patron Alberto and I am Mexican, ladies and gentlemen!

He also discussed his departure on a Mexican news show, confirming that WWE’s social media manager Cody Barbierri made a racially charged joke and he slapped him. He said he wasn’t proud of his response, but it was about pride and dignity.

Stephanie McMahon Answers Ice Bucket Challenge

Stephanie McMahon answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after Summerslam, with help from UFC star Ronda Rousey and co:

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