Roman Reigns reveals 11-year leukemia battle
Roman Reigns revealed on Monday Night Raw he has had leukemia for 11 years, and that the cancer's return means he will step away from WWE.
Reigns announces his battle with leukemia has returned
WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns reveals his battle with leukemia has returned and has to relinquish his title, but vows to beat cancer again.
The wrestling world reacts to Roman Reigns revealing battle with leukemia
Roman Reigns' announced Monday night that he has leukemia and will have to step away from the WWE. Before he even walked out of the ring, the waves of support from the world of pro wrestling began to roll in.
An intensely emotional night of Monday Night Raw that saw Roman Reigns relinquish the Universal championship because of a leukemia diagnosis ended with a shocking in-storyline betrayal that blew The Shield apart. Moments after Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre to become two-time Raw tag team champions, Ambrose turned on Rollins, DDT'd him in the ring and then did so again on exposed concrete on the floor. On a night with so much genuine emotion in play, a major storyline change is a big risk - but it could very well pay off in a big way as well.
WWE Power Rankings - The Shield takes center stage
Monday Night Raw and the WWE in general go as The Shield goes, and that's why they're No. 1 in the latest ESPN WWE Power Rankings.
Toni Storm playing key role in evolving world of women's wrestling
Toni Storm introduced herself to the WWE audience in a major way in last year's Mae Young Classic, and as the seasoned 22-year-old similarly shows off in the 2018 MYC, it's the next step in a breakout year in her career.
Toni Storm considers what she'd tell a young girl hoping to follow in her footsteps in the world of pro wrestling - and reflects on what starting at the age of 13 was like. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).
Toni Storm on the direction that women's wrestling is heading in in the WWE. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner)
WWE monitoring situation ahead of November event in Saudi Arabia
With increased pressure on Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, WWE is monitoring the situation ahead of its scheduled "Crown Jewel" event in Riyadh.
Well, well, well. The Big Show was one of many legends to make an appearance Tuesday night, and little question, he had the biggest impact. Show came down the aisle during the championship tag-team match between the New Day and The Bar, seemingly to help the babyfaces, but instead choke-slammed Kofi Kingston, a distraction that led to Sheamus Brogue-kicking the stuffing out of Big E for the three-count. This is The Bar’s fifth tag-team championship and first on SmackDown. It was also the 42nd tag-team title change on SmackDown, the most of any belt since the show’s inception.
The legendary stable of Evolution made its return to the WWE ring on the 1,000th episode of SmackDown Live with Batista delivering a long promo in which he extolled the virtues of his former partners. But Batista did not leave without reminding Triple H he never beat The Animal, a zinger that led to a long, tense staredown between the two. More to come here? Hmmm.
The Shield vs. Braun Strowman/Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre story may have finally reached its final chapter. After teasing the breakup of The Shield early in the night in one-on-one matches between McIntyre and Seth Rollins and Ziggler and Dean Ambrose, the two power trips of Raw faced off in their third six-man tag team match in 10 days. Ambrose went so far as to nearly hit Rollins with Dirty Deeds at the tail end of the match, but it was ultimately the other trio that fell apart. McIntyre hit an inadvertent claymore kick on Strowman that cost the team the match, and then, after Strowman hit a post-match powerslam on Ziggler, McIntyre hit a blistering claymore with purpose to end the night.
So what did we learn on Raw Monday, other than the end of the Strowman/McIntyre/Ziggler trio? There's the confusion and uncertainty of Crown Jewel, for which the build continued on Monday night despite no mentions of the presumed location throughout the night, as Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler qualified for the World Cup tournament. The Undertaker and Kane also cut a promo on DX ahead of their tag team showdown set for Crown Jewel. Additionally, a battle royal was announced for Evolution with 14 names announced, including Torrie Wilson and Asuka. Finally, Samir Singh and Tamina returned from lengthy injury spells.
Kaitlyn's return to WWE fueled by renewed love of wrestling
Kaitlyn debuted in the WWE in 2010, just two months after beginning her pro wrestling journey. Eight years later, as part of the Mae Young Classic, she returns with renewed spirit and passion.
Kaitlyn reflects on how WWE fans have shaped women's wrestling since she first began in the WWE in 2010. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).
Kaitlyn talks about what it's been like adjusting to the current style of women's wrestling in the WWE. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).
Kenny Omega plays Street Fighter
Pro wrestling superstar and avid gamer Kenny Omega stops by the ESPN Esports studio to play some Street Fighter and dish on his involvement with the series.
It’s refreshing to see AJ Styles working a feud more about in-ring tactics than gratuitous antics. The WWE champ will face Daniel Bryan in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 2. On Tuesday, the two men appeared on Miz TV to let each other know that while they respect each other, nothing is going to stop them from walking away from the event with the gold. Later, Styles beat Shelton Benjamin as Bryan stood at the announcer’s table, clapping for his upcoming opponent.
What a terrific, refreshing way to start SmackDown Live. Both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair stood in the ring, ready to battle for the title. In a match probably better suited for a street fight, both women brought their ruthless best, but ultimately, little was settled as it ended in a double-countout. But this feud is hardly finished. SmackDown GM Paige announced Becky and Charlotte will go at it again, this time at Evolution on Oct. 28 in a first-ever Last Woman Standing match.
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton were the latest two performers to add their names to the World Cup competition in Saudi Arabia, but they did so in very different ways. Hardy prevailed when Samoa Joe injured his knee and was unable to continue. Orton took out the Big Show, who returned to the ring for the first time in more than a year, when The Viper stuck a finger to his opponent’s eye, setting up a match-ending RKO.
WWE Evolution results, news and information
Everything you need to know about the 2018 edition of WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view: match cards, results, news, features, history and more from ESPN.com.
Lacey Lane turns heads at 2018 Mae Young Classic
After proving herself on the basketball court in college, Lacey Lane stepped into the world of pro wrestling -- and she has already turned heads in the 2018 WWE Mae Young Classic.
Lacey Lane reflects on how her first attempt at a wrestling promo turned out, and how it pushed her to find herself when she's talking in the ring. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).
Ahead of her second round match in the Mae Young Classic, Lacey Lane on the aggressive style that's becoming more common with women in professional wrestling. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner)
Stemming from what happened in the closing moments of Super Show-Down on Saturday, Triple H and Shawn Michaels collectively challenged Kane and The Undertaker to a tag team match at WWE's upcoming Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For Michaels, that would seemingly indicate that his eight-plus year stretch away from in-ring action is coming to an end.
It was a night of discord, unrest and surprises on Raw Monday night. The Bella Twins attacked Ronda Rousey to set up a Rousey/Nikki Bella title match at Evolution, Kurt Angle returned under a conquistador mask to win a battle royal and Lita returned to set up a tag match at Evolution with Trish Stratus, Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. Oh, and Bobby Lashley seemingly turned heel -- and Dean Ambrose left Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in the ring, following The Shield's loss to Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. A lot of leg work to set up Evolution and Crown Jewel, and I suspect more of the same is to come over the next few weeks.
After Triple H defeated The Undertaker in the main event of WWE Super Show-Down, and they embraced in the ring with Shawn Michaels and Kane, Undertaker and Kane laid out their long-time rivals and walked out. Let the speculation of a tag team match continue.
In front of a hometown crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia's own Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander to become the new WWE cruiserweight champion. Alexander, who won the title at WrestleMania 34, had held the title for 181 days. Murphy is the ninth different wrestler to hold the cruiserweight championship since its return in September 2016.
After AJ Styles successfully defended his WWE championship against Samoa Joe earlier in the night, Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz via roll-up to earn a shot at that title. Styles vs. Bryan will take place on Nov. 2 at WWE's Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Aussie wrestling's dynamic duo come back to where it all began
When they take to the ring for the Super Show-Down on Saturday night, The IIconics will have come full circle, with their WWE journey having began four years ago just down the road...
Triple H and The Undertaker try to defy time with Super Show-Down sendoff
For the better part of the past 23 years, The Undertaker and Triple H have defined their careers against one another. On Saturday in Melbourne, at Super Show-Down, one final battle remains.
Drew McIntyre earned his way back home to WWE
Drew McIntyre has had the WWE spotlight on him before, and he's not willing to let this second opportunity escape him.
Women's wrestling takes center stage as the spotlight grows brighter than ever
A tremendous women's Fatal 4-Way match and the start of the Mae Young Classic kicked off the start of what should be a critical moment in the history of women's wrestling -- leading up to the WWE Evolution pay-per-view in late October.
The boys preview the weekend's festivities in Melbourne
Peter Rosenberg and S.G.G preview the weekend's festivities in Melbourne and catch you up with the week that was in WWE -- plus mailbag and BPR. Enjoy yourself!
As for which Aussie sporting star should make the switch to the WWE? Billie Kay and Peyton Royce say Ian Thorpe should step into the ring! "He's already got a nickname and he already wears speedos!"
In terms of a go-home show, the latest episode of SmackDown Live was pretty ordinary with a couple of pro forma non-match brawls between the competitors in this weekend’s Super Show-Down in Australia. The New Day and The Bar came to fisticuffs during an irreverent pancake-making segment, while Becky Lynch was attacked by challenger Charlotte Flair. But of note, outside of a pre-taped segment from AJ Styles explaining why he couldn’t leave his family Tuesday, neither he nor Samoa Joe made an appearance.
Randy Orton took the next step in his deranged, depraved persona by removing a turnbuckle pad, latching Tye Dillinger's finger inside the apparatus and then twisting it. It was a savage and cringe-worthy moment, but it also begs the question: What's the ultimate play for Orton? To beat down mid-carders? It's hard to imagine him in the WWE Championship picture anytime soon, and even the United States title might be a stretch. Perhaps it's none of the above and the WWE is just looking for water-cooler filler time. If that's the case, mission accomplished.
Kofi Kingston added to the tag team record books once again
Kofi Kingston has become the most decorated tag-team wrestler in WWE history with over 953 days as champion.
In the final moments of Monday Night Raw ahead of Saturday's Super Show-Down, Undertaker and Kane dished our chokeslams and tombstone piledrivers that left Triple H and Shawn Michaels laying in the ring. All four of these guys are in their late 40s or early 50s, but there's no denying he reaction they received ahead of Super Show-Down's most heavily promoted match, the "last ever" one-on-one meeting between Triple H and The Undertaker with their respective compatriots in each corner.
There was a lot to like (and dislike) about Monday's Super Show-Down go-home Raw. Singles matches between The Shield, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre made a lot of sense ahead of their scheduled six-man tag, and each delivered solidly. Ruby Riott and Ronda Rousey had what was almost certainly Rousey's best one-on-one performance to date (in the most entertaining match of the night), and Elias and Kevin Owens drew one of the longest and most sustained negative crowd reactions in recent memory by putting down the long-departed SuperSonics in Seattle. But between the tease of a really compelling Sophie's choice scenario for Dean Ambrose that quickly got scuttled without a satisfying ending, and the shock of Bobby Roode falling in a one-on-one match to Konnor of The Ascension, among other moments, it's clear Raw and its creative team have some work to do after Saturday's show in Melbourne, Australia.
The boys break down the week's controversy from Raw and do an extended mailbag.
Well, you can chalk up this episode of SmackDown Live to a low-budget soap era, one that spent more time honing in on sketchy storylines like Lana’s relationship with Rusev and Samoa Joe standing outside AJ Styles’ house, presumably with the champ’s family inside. It seemed as though we were past all that in this current era, instead focusing on more organic in-ring narratives and women as symbols of strength. Apparently not this week.
If the WWE is intent on building Becky Lynch as a heel, it was a smart decision to have her take on Lana, a popular and now sympathetic personality. The match itself was rather flat, with Becky needing only a few minutes to lock in a Dis-Arm-Her for the win. But you can bet any jeers toward Becky will last only until Charlotte Flair returns to the ring.
What a shame Truth TV looks like it could be one and done. R-Truth (along with Carmella) kicked off SmackDown Live with an amusing segment featuring an interview with Daniel Bryan, an interruption by The Miz and, most importantly, a couple of "mandatory" dance breaks. However, in a match to determine who would host future talk shows, Miz finished off Truth with a version of Daniel Bryan's running knee.
The through line for Monday's edition of Raw was the efforts of Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler and Braun Strowman to get Dean Ambrose to leave The Shield behind. By the end of the night, as The Shield defeated Baron Corbin and his teammates AoP, Ambrose unsurprisingly stood by his compatriots. Whether or not those psychological efforts have any long-term fallout (including Seth Rollins' counter efforts in a similar manner with McIntyre) remains to be seen, but on an otherwise mostly uneventful night, it was at least an effort to lay down a narrative for the show.
There wasn't a ton of forward momentum on Monday Night Raw, as the bulk of the card for Oct. 6's Super Show-Down is already locked in, the evening came with big opportunities for The Revival and AoP. In a Raw tag team title match against McIntyre & Ziggler, The Revival once again flashed their potential in a match that could easily have gone another 10 minutes and was just starting to pick up. Running down the rest of the show: Finn Balor, with Mixed Match Challenge partner Bayley in tow, beat Jinder Mahal; Konnor scored a shock victory over Chad Gable; Lio Rush, Bobby Lashley, Elias and Kevin Owens got into some shenanigans; and Nia Jax took care of Alicia Fox. Finally, there was a scary-looking moment in a six-woman tag team match featuring The Bella Twins, Natalya and The Riott Squad, as consecutive "Yes" kicks from Brie Bella appeared to legitimately connect flush with Liv Morgan's face.
WWE Power Rankings - Becky Lynch's rise evokes memories of Daniel Bryan
Roman Reigns gained an even tighter grip on the No. 1 spot in the newest ESPN WWE Power Rankings, while Becky Lynch made a serious charge after her title win at Hell in a Cell.
205 Live ended in spectacular fashion as Mustafa Ali hit a 450 splash on Hideo Itami... who was on the apron at the time. Neither could answer a 10 count and the show went off the air with trainers attending to both. Their feud, summarized as Itami being a dominant force but Ali refusing to go down. Earlier in the show, Lio Rush's rise through 205 Live continued as he defeated Noam Dar. He'll continue to do double duty on Raw and 205.(Photo from @WWE205Live).
Becky Lynch is having a moment
Becky Lynch is having a moment, and so is Rosenberg in the last 10 minutes of this episode. Enjoy yourself!
So The Miz and Daniel Bryan will duke it out at the Super Show-Down in Australia with the winner earning a shot at the WWE championship. While a worthy reward for the winner, it’s hard to imagine Bryan in particular being thrust into the title scene this time of year. Seems as though Bryan’s breakthrough needs to wait until WrestleMania, doesn’t it?
How ridiculously good is Andrade “Cien” Almas? Since the moment he joined SmackDown Live, he has wowed the crowd with his athleticism and in-ring skillset. On Tuesday, he took it to AJ Styles before the champ landed a last-ditch Styles Clash to pull out a win. Little question this will go down as the best televised match of the week.
Quite the coronation for newly minted SmackDown champ Becky Lynch, who was more interested in pummeling Charlotte Flair than she was embracing the moment as champ. Still, as much as Lynch tried to play the heel role, the chants for her only grew louder. Nonetheless, the heat between the two women is getting more intense, and here’s hoping their rematch at the Super Show-Down is a memorable one.
WWE Hell in a Cell results: Brock Lesnar interrupts main event, Becky takes Charlotte's gold
Brock Lesnar shocked the WWE universe by showing up, then kicked down the Hell in a Cell door and attacked Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns to bring chaos and a no contest in the main event.
Cedric Alexander had what might've been his best match since becoming cruiserweight champion, defeating Drew Gulak on the first 205 Live since the move to Wednesday. This match saw several fun spots, including Gulak going to the top rope(!), and an Alexander vertical suplex after he held on after both tumbled over the top rope. The result was never really in doubt, as Alexander-Buddy Murphy was set for Super Showdown in Melbourne, and Gulak-Murphy didn't make much sense. Hopefully this isn't doesn't mean Gulak will go too far from the title picture. Next week, it was announced Lio Rush will take on Noam Dar, and Mustafa Ali faces Hideo Itami.
WWE will host "WWE Crown Jewel", its second major event in Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 2 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. Crown Jewel will feature a triple threat Universal championship match between Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. The show will air live on WWE Network.
The Undertaker made one of the biggest splashes of the night on Raw, as he announced that Kane and Shawn Michaels would be in opposite corners for Taker's match against Triple H at Super Show-Down in Australia. Later in the night, Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler in a very different (yet still entertaining) Intercontinental title match, Nia Jax returned to action and Roman Reigns outlasted Baron Corbin's Universal championship challenge two times over. Finally, the influx of managers from 205 Live continued, as Lio Rush established himself as Bobby Lashley's representative and flashed some of his dizzying offensive repertoire in fending off and then attacking Elias and Kevin Owens with Lashley's help.
Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg
With Hell in a Cell around the corner, the boys break down the card, a big mailbag, and celebrate Greg History Week.
Looking back at the best Hell in a Cell moments in WWE history
Hell in a Cell is arguably the most brutal and exciting match stipulation in the WWE. It has also produced several of the most memorable moments in the history of the organization.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 results, news, and information
Everything you need to know about the 2018 edition of WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view: match cards, results, news, features, history and more from ESPN.com.
UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg says she would be interested in facing Ronda Rousey in the WWE, if asked. "If it happens, maybe we can give all fans the fight they’ve never seen. I think it would be great for all the fans to watch. But I’m not sure about that 100 percent. Maybe it happens, maybe not." Cyborg is currently scheduled to fight UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in December.
Kacy Catanzaro ready to take next step with debut in WWE's Mae Young Classic
After making history with American Ninja Warrior, Kacy Catanzaro is set for her break into WWE as part of the Mae Young Classic.
Kacy Catanzaro talks about what inspired her to pursue American Ninja Warrior, the experiences that drove her to excel and how she views her role in inspiring others who look to follow in her footsteps.
Kacy Catanzaro walked into the WWE Performance Center without a shred of experience in the word of professional wrestling. For the better part of the last year she's been training hard, and she shares what her experience has been like thus far. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner).
On tonight’s episode of NXT TV, NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa proclaimed his innocence as it pertains to the attack on Aleister Black noting that when he attacks someone, he does it for all to see. “When I want to attack someone, I do it on the biggest stage possible with all the eyes of the world on me so that you can worship your master at work,” Ciampa exclaimed. He then took credit for reestablishing the NXT title as the focal point at TakeOver events and ended with the following message: “If you want to be a champion, follow the lead of Tommaso Ciampa.”
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch found the win column on NXT TV when they defeated Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude. Both Lars Sullivan and Shayna Baszler made quick work of their opponents, Raul Mendoza and Violet Payne respectively. This week’s main event featured two superstars looking to climb the ladder in the NXT women’s division. Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair battled to a double count out and continued to brawl as the show went off the air. On next week’s show, North American champion Ricochet will take on U.K. champion Pete Dunne with both titles on the line. Also on next week’s show, the duo of Deonna Purrazzo and Dakota Kai will face off with Aliyah and Lacey Evans.
Kacy Catanzaro on what debuting in the Mae Young Classic means to her, and how she's starting her WWE career at a perfect time thanks to those who came before her. (Interview courtesy of KC Joyner)
Wrestling isn't the same for Daniel Bryan in 2018 ... it's better
As expectations for him continue to soar, Daniel Bryan is just thankful to be back in the WWE ring and doing what he loves once again.
There's a WWE oral history coming -- and Vince McMahon is involved
Journalists Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum are set to craft the ultimate oral history of the WWE -- and Vince McMahon is on board.
Intergender wrestling: Equality for women, or violence against them?
The optics of intergender wrestling can be shocking. But those who participate say pitting women against men in the ring is a step toward equality.
Renee Young has permanently joined the Monday Night Raw commentary team. After making her debut as a guest commentator in August, making one other fill-in appearance on Raw and serving as part of the Mae Young Classic broadcast team, Young joins Corey Graves and Michael Cole on a full-time basis starting Monday night. She has been with the WWE since 2012, serving as a primary backstage and in-ring interviewer and pay-per-view kickoff show host among many other roles. Jonathan Coachman will now host WWE's monthly pay-per-view kickoff shows.
Shelton Benjamin on the fading art of 'calling it in the ring'
The ability to improvise and adapt in the midst of a pro wrestling match is not as common as it once was, but Shelton Benjamin -- a WWE performer known for "calling it in the ring" -- feels it's an invaluable skill for young wrestlers to learn.
Big Show's charitable efforts made him most active WWE star of SummerSlam week
Even as The Big Show moves closer to returning to the WWE ring after almost a year out due to injury, his commitment to charities like the Special Olympics and other causes remains a centerpiece of his life's work.