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Daniel Bryan-The Miz, Smackdown Tag Title Match Added to Solid Summerslam

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Well WWE Universe, you finally have what you want – former world champions Daniel Bryan and The Miz will collide at Summerslam.

After initially declining Bryan’s challenge, The Miz accepted the challenge on the Aug. 7 episode of Smackdown Live and will face the “Yes” man in a match at the Biggest Party of the summer.

The Miz and Bryan have a storied past. When Bryan first appeared on WWE programming as a part of the first season of NXT, the Miz was his pro coach. This was at a time when the Awesome One was rising through the ranks and Bryan was a beloved figure on the indie scene. The two mixed like oil and water in the beginning.

After Bryan returned to WWE after being released, he was in a program with the Miz and won the WWE United States title. Their paths didn’t cross in WWE for a number of years.

The two came ahead on an episode of Talking Smack in 2015. Bryan, who was retired at the time, called The Miz a soft wrestler. In his response, The Miz delivered a promo calling a Bryan a coward for not fulfilling his promise to not return to the ring.

The two traded verbal jabs and glares over the next few years. While fans were always hoping for Bryan’s return, Miz was becoming one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster. When Bryan was cleared to return to the ring, fans were hoping these two would meet in the ring.

The build for this match has been fun so far. Both Bryan and The Miz shine on the microphone in their own ways. Bryan attacking the Miz is icing on the cake. 

Bryan vs. The Miz is not the only match added to Summerslam after Smackdown Live.

The New Day defeated The Bar in one of the best matches on Smackdown to earn a shot at the Bludgeon Brothers Smackdown tag team titles.

The Blungeon Brothers have been on a tear since winning the blue belts at Wrestlemania. They have beaten former champions the Usos and The Club. They have a chance to solidify themselves as one of the best teams if they beat a high caliber foe like the New Day.

Of course, The New Day are looking for their fifth tag team title. Adding another trophy to their rainbow-colored case would bring them one step closer to being the best tag team in WWE history.

Some fans may cringe at the idea of the Bludgeon Brothers facing the New Day because most of the champions’ matches have been squashes. Harper and Rowan aren’t flashy wrestlers – they are powerful, dominating monsters. Still, the New Day is crafty and clever and will be able to get in some good offense.

Both matches are worthy additions for a large event like Summerslam.

WWE has touted SummerSlam as the party of the summer and in recent years has built their annual August cards to Wrestlemania-level in terms of talent and matches.

This year’s SummerSlam event appears stacked on paper. Sure fans will complain about Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Title match because it’s the fourth main event title between the two. But this time around fans aren’t getting the same promos as before – Lesnar shoving Paul Heyman around is a nice change from the advocate spewing his usual lines promoting Lesnar.

 

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Shinsuke Nakamura Shuts Down NJPW Rumors

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WWE SmackDown superstar Shinsuke Nakamura will be part of the card at Sunday’s SummerSlam PPV when he takes on Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship, but rumors have been swirling that the Japenese superstar is eyeing a return to Japan and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Nakamura shot down rumors of his departure, noting that NJPW hasn’t reached out to him and adding that he is willing to re-sign with WWE for the right money.

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Daniel Bryan Eyes Wrestling Until He is 70

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WWE superstar Daniel Bryan will be stepping into the ring to face the Miz at SummerSlam this Sunday in a match that has been close to a decade in the making, as the feud has gone on since Miz was Daniel Bryan’s “mentor” when Bryan was in NXT.

Bryan, who is likely to re-sign with WWE soon, discussed his goals for the remainder of his career, a career that he hopes will see him wrestling until he is 70 years old.

“For me, my goal is to enjoy this moment that I have in the WWE spotlight because that doesn’t last forever” Bryan said, in an interview with ESPN’s Arash Markazi. That really has taken hold since I was forced to retire. You have to appreciate every moment of this, but I also have to transition my style in a way that I could still be wrestling when I’m 70 years old. I want to transition my style slowly to something that’s a little bit easier on my body.”

“I have all these dream scenarios in my head where I would love to do this and that. I think that’s one of things that’s makes me so passionate about wrestling — the variety.”

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Samoa Joe Talks About the Influence of Arn Anderson

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WWE Hall of Famer and RAW producer Arn Anderson has had an impact on the WWE run of Samoa Joe, along with other wrestlers, who is preparing to face A.J. Styles for the WWE Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at SummerSlam.

“I think a guy, especially after I really started in the business was Arn Anderson” Samoa Joe said, during an interview with the Vulture Hound. “He had a real good technical acumen, great timing, incredibly explosive, and was able to kind of project an air about himself despite his stature. He seemed like he was ten feet tall.

“Bouncing back and forth, I caught a little bit of UWFI and I remember early Takada matches and seeing kind of the more shoot style of professional wrestling. It was a very mixed bag.”

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