On this Independence weekend here in the United States there is less of that feeling going on in WWE despite The Authority backing there new champion John Cena after 'Money In The Bank.' Meanwhile TNA started a new era with a national hero, and former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, in charge.
TNA wrestling had recorded this Impact broadcast last month, so the results really were already known, including, as mentioned last week, Gail Kim capturing her fourth TNA Women's Knockout Championship over Angelina Love. Bobby Lashley retained the TNA World Championship in a rematch with former champ Eric Young. Also The Wolves defended the TNA World Tag-Team titles against The BroMans (DJ Z and Jessie) and The Menagerie (Knux and The Freak). Probably the biggest shock of the week though was the return of Rhino during a Tables Match between Bully Ray and ECIII. It appeared Rhino was about to gore Rockstar Spud, but he stopped himself and gored his former ECW-mate Bully Ray instead. That maneuver allowed Ethan Carter to win easily with a choke-slam of Bully through the table. This sets up more of the "hardcore" angle that will be furthered when TNA reveals the tapings from NYC last week on future episodes of Impact wrestling.
For WWE Monday Night Raw was all about returns, the first being John Cena as a 15 time World Champion. The Authority gave Cena the "hard way" as he will defend his newly won championship against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns in a fatal four way match at 'Battleground' on July 20th. The Miz also returned with his new "character" of being a pompous movie star that wants to be in the main event at 'WrestleMania' again. During his speech, Chris Jericho returned to a raucous ovation by the WWE Universe, especially as Y2J hit a "code-breaker" to silence The Miz. Unfortunately for Jericho the Wyatt Family interrupted him and attacked Jericho, meaning matches between him and Bray will be forthcoming to help put Bray over even more. If all of that wasn't enough there was one more return as AJ Lee came out while Paige was speaking in the ring and tried to use the same congratulations type move to gain a Divas title match. At first Paige said no, but she eventually agreed and after a short match that featured a small package for the pin, AJ regained the Divas Championship.
Lastly it seems that Kevin Steen has finalized his exit from Ring of Honor in the coming weeks, as he has picked his opponents for his final three matches in ROH. On July 12th he will face off for the first time ever against former TV Champion Tommaso Ciampa, then Silas Young on July 18th, but lastly mentor and former tag-team partner Steve Corino on July 19th. After that you will see him soon to WWE television as part of NXT on the WWE Network.
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