WWE has a lot going on in the next week. SmackDown goes live on Tuesday, which is the same night we will see the roster split up in the draft. That's on top of the Battleground pay-per-view coming up on July 24.
But that's all in the future. Let's take a look at some of the biggest headlines from the past week.
Brock Lesnar's Possible Doping Violation
Brock Lesnar's victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9 made it a triumphant return to MMA, but the win may be overturned after news of a possible doping violation broke.
Here is a portion of the statement released by the UFC on its official website:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016.
USADA received the testing results from the June 28, 2016 sample collection from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14, 2016
This isn't just bad news for UFC, but it could also spell trouble for WWE's plans to use Lesnar at SummerSlam on August 21.
WWE has its own wellness policy and testing procedures, but if Lesnar is found to be guilty of the violation by the USADA, the company may have no choice but to suspend him for the standard 30 days.
If that happens and the suspension goes into effect after July 21, Lesnar would not be able to appear at the biggest pay-per-view of the summer.
We should find out more information in the coming days regarding Lesnar's possible violation and how it will affect WWE's plans for him to face Randy Orton.
Big Show Challenges Shaq to WrestleMania Match
WWE has been teasing a possible showdown between The Big Show and Shaquille O'Neal for years, and it may finally happen at WrestleMania 33.
Big Show was in attendance for Wednesday night's ESPY Awards, hosted by John Cena, and the giant challenged the NBA legend to a match while on the red carpet.
The two were friendly with each other during the exchange, and Shaq seemed open to the idea.
If this happens, it will mark the third time Big Show has faced a non-WWE Superstar at the biggest PPV of the year.
He fought Sumo wrestler Akebono at WrestleMania 21, and he followed up with a match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. three years later at WrestleMania 24.
Wade Barrett's 1st Post-WWE Project Revealed
Wade Barrett, real name Stu Bennett, left WWE in May, but he is already lining up projects to keep himself busy.
Barrett will star in the movie Vengeance as the film's heroic main character, which is a big departure from the villain he portrayed in the ring for the past several years. The former Nexus leader commented about how excited he is to join the project via his Twitter account:
Since this movie won't be produced by WWE's in-house studio and production company, WWE Studios, there's a chance it may actually be good. Here is a synopsis from the press release, posted by Wrestling Inc: "Vengeance is a fast paced, action-packed revenge thriller that kicks off when ex-soldier turned mercenary, John Gold learns of the murder of his best friend and sets off to find the killers. What he discovers is a sinister conspiracy, and he sets about taking down those responsible one by one."
Authority Figures Galore
As seen during Monday's episode of Raw, Shane McMahon was named the new commissioner of SmackDown, with Stephanie McMahon retaining her position as the lead authority figure on Raw.
But that wasn't the only thing Vince McMahon revealed about the changes to the on-screen corporate structure.
We also found out each McMahon sibling will name a general manager to take care of the day-to-day responsibilities since Shane and Stephanie won't be appearing on the shows every week.
Many names have been thrown around as possible GMs for both shows, but we won't know who they are until SmackDown goes live on July 19.
Updated Battleground Card
A few new matches have been added to the Battleground card over the past week. Here's a look at the updated lineup, according to WWE.com:
- Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks and a mystery partner.
- Becky Lynch vs. Natalya.
- The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family.
- Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens.
- The Miz vs. Darren Young for the Intercontinental Championship.
- Rusev vs. Zack Ryder for the United States Championship.
- John Cena, Enzo and Cass vs. The Club.
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship.
- The Highlight Reel with special guest Randy Orton.
With eight matches and a talk show segment planned, this show is packed to the brim. This means WWE can focus on the upcoming draft in the week leading up to the PPV.
What are your predictions for WWE Battleground 2016?
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