WWE has had a bizarre 2017, a year in which Jinder Mahal became WWE Champion while the likes of Finn Balor and Samoa Joe couldn't even get on the WrestleMania card.

Whether it's because of a lack of character development, poor booking or bad performances, many of WWE's most talented main roster superstars haven't been able to capture the magic they once had.

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We haven't had a chance to play WWE 2K18 yet, but based on the screenshots we've already seen, this could be the best looking WWE video game in history.

For years, the championship belts didn't fit the player models.

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WWE SmackDown Live will be headlined by a dream match between Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena, in what will be a true litmus test for the struggling former two-time NXT champion.

Like Raw, which actually set a three-month high Monday night with 3.163 million viewers, SmackDown has done a fine job of retaining most of its audience since its own three-month high back in late June.

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Look for John Cena to face Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam, though that doesn't necessarily mean he will win the WWE Championship.

It looks like there is a very real possibility that Brock Lesnar could return to UFC for a blockbuster fight with Jon Jones.

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WWE SmackDown's 5 Biggest Problems [0.11]

Posted on July 28, 2017, 12:56 p.m. by Forbes Real Time @ [source]

WWE SmackDown has gone from Internet favorite to laughingstock on the heels of a horrible Battleground pay-per-view. SmackDown boasts a very good roster that features WWE's No.

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WWE Battleground 2017 was highlighted by John Cena defeating Rusev and Jinder Mahal beating Randy Orton after an assist from the returning Great Khali on SmackDown's last stop before SummerSlam.

Here are five things we learned at WWE Battleground, plus a sixth one for good measure.

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Jinder Mahal retained his WWE Championship at Battleground 2017 via an assist from The Great Khali, setting the stage for a match against John Cena in SmackDown's main event at SummerSlam.

Given Cena's victory over Rusev, Mahal's successful title defense against Randy Orton at Battleground and the surprising return of The Great Khali, it's quite apparent that Cena's next target is the anti-American character of Mahal and his new sidekick.

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WWE Battleground 2017 is headlined by Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal and John Cena vs. Rusev, and it's SmackDown's last chance to turn things around before SummerSlam.

But now, Cena is back, and we're headed toward SummerSlam, when interest in the WWE product tends to increase, assuming WWE can give the fans something interesting to watch, that is.

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Pro Wrestling Sheet somewhat refuted that, noting that Lesnar had reentered the USADA testing pool, something UFC denied, because his WWE contract expires after WrestleMania 34 but he currently has no intentions of re-signing and is simply keeping his options open.

Lesnar is a known draw in both UFC and WWE, but it's widely believed that he's more passionate about fighting than pro wrestling, the latter of which he does more so because the money is good and, given his in-ring style, the risk of injury isn't as severe as it is in MMA.

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WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is reportedly looking to return to UFC and may drop the Universal Championship at SummerSlam to facilitate an MMA comeback. Rumor around WWE is Brock is dropping the belt at SS.

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WWE Raw finally revealed what was behind Kurt Angle's "mystery text" storyline, and as it turns out, Angle has a storyline son: The newest member of Raw, Jason Jordan.

The big reveal, that Angle had an illegitimate son who turned out to be a WWE superstar, continued a recent trend of WWE's creative team booking angles straight out of the soap operas.

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Kurt Angle is set to headline one of the most anticipated Raws of 2017 in an "Angle Comes Clean" event that is sure to draw a top-five number for the year.

In addition to Angle's big reveal, WWE advertised a No.

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5 Signs That WWE Will Reunite The Shield [0.06]

Posted on July 16, 2017, 4:49 p.m. by Forbes Real Time @ [source]

Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are all former WWE Champions who find themselves at a career crossroads.

We're just a Roman Reigns away from seeing The Shield vs.

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The main event of SummerSlam may not be Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns or Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman as originally expected. All four men are the hottest they've been in a while, and WWE should capitalize on that by giving us a high-stakes main event at SummerSlam.

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It's usually promising for Raw's viewership on a pay-per-view fallout show with Brock Lesnar advertised.

Least-Viewed: Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar (115,395) The second-least viewed video was also a cruiserweight match as only 158,619 viewers watched Neville battle Mustafa Ali.

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WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017 featured Brock Lesnar defeating Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman topping Roman Reigns to highlight Raw's last stop on the road to SummerSlam. That's great news for WWE because the company's TV ratings are incredibly important as its TV deal is set to end in 2019, which a huge cause for concern after a drastic dip in viewership throughout 2017.

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WWE Great Balls of Fire will attempt to overcome a controversial name with an otherwise stacked pay-per-view card. Otunga already had arguably the most impressive rèsumè in WWE history before his latest credit, but tonight he was outed as Steve Harvey's personal fitness guru.

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WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017 featured major victories for Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, and the two appear to be headed for a clash in the main event of SummerSlam.

News broke last week that WWE was considering moving up Lesnar vs. Reigns to SummerSlam, due to poor TV viewership and the fact that an absentee Universal Champion (Lesnar) might be contributing to that.

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WWE apparently has big things in store for John Cena after his return to SmackDown.


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AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens at Madison Square Garden Friday night to become the new United States champion as WWE pulled the trigger on a rare title change at a live event.

Styles’ surprising win over Owens harkens back to Kevin Nash’s (a.k.a.

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