Shane McMahon Wrestling At Survivor Series
– Shane McMahon will make his return to the ring at Survivor Series as a member of Team SmackDown. The slot was originally given to Baron Corbin, but as played out on SmackDown LIVE, he was pulled due to injury when Kalisto got his revenge by attacking Corbin’s leg.
– James Ellsworth was also named the official mascot for the team, before joining Dean Ambrose and Kane in a match against the New Wyatt Family, which he lost in epic fashion:
– The Women’s championship match between Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss ended in controversy, when Bliss tapped with her foot on the ropes. Triple H praised the bout which was billed as “main event” on Twitter.
— Triple H (@TripleH) November 9, 2016
– Breezango def. The Vaudvillains to earn the final spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series tag team:
– Naomi def. Natalya:
– Daniel Bryan announced that Kalisto will face Bryan Kendrick for the Cruiserweight title at Survivor Series, bringing the entire division to SmackDown if he wins:
– Curt Hawkins def. Apollo Crews:
– The Cutting Edge is announced for next week:
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) November 8, 2016
SmackDown Gets Fourth Announcer
SmackDown LIVE has a new addition to its announce team: Tom Phillips. The announcer joins play-by-play commentators Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga, and color commentator JBL, giving Team Blue a four-man booth every Tuesday night at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Phillips made his WWE debut in 2012 on NXT, where he announced NXT ArRIVAL, WWE Network’s first live, in-ring broadcast.
Fear not, NXT Universe, in addition to joining SmackDown LIVE, Phillips will still call the action on WWE NXT every week.
Can't even begin to explain how humbling this is, and am so appreciative to all who've reached out. Sincerely, thank you
— Tom Phillips (@TomPhillipsWWE) November 9, 2016
Names At UK Tryouts
WWE holds tryout in Glasgow, Scotland
WWE’s worldwide search for talent continued this week in Glasgow, Scotland, where more than 30 athletes were invited to a tryout.
The tryout coincided with WWE’s current tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. This week, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow hosts both Raw and SmackDown LIVE.
Invitees to the tryout included independent wrestling standouts from throughout the continent, as well as athletes from other sports.
More than a dozen female wrestlers were on hand, ranging from Wales’ Nixon Newell to England’s Lana Austin to 6-foot-2 Queen Maya of Italy. A variety of renowned male competitors from the U.K. — such as “Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne (who battled Jack Gallagher in a Cruiserweight Classic qualifying match earlier this year), veteran Trent Seven and 19-year-old wonder Tyler Bate — also attended the camp.
Other notables included “Freak of Nature” Sean O’Hagan, a 6-foot-11, 420-pound strongman from Northern Ireland who claimed the title of Ireland’s Strongest Man in 2015, and English rugby player Luke Menzies.
As previously reported, WWE will hold another invitation-only tryout next month in Australia in conjunction with NXT’s debut Down Under.