Bill Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar rematch set

Former WCW Champion Bill Goldberg is set to return to the WWE after almost 12 years being away from the big leagues as he faces the Beast incarnate Brock Lesnar in a rematch from their WrestleMania 20 Encounter in 2004.

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Goldberg putting the spear to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 20

With the former WCW Champion and Longest streak owning Bill Goldberg set to respond to the challenge laid out by Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman on WWE Raw this coming Monday.

Now why would Bill Goldberg want to do this at almost 49 years of age? For one it’s basically foreshadowing as being involved with the WWE 2K Series of video games often leads to some Legends of the sport’s entertainment industry being involved in some way as it appears the video game deal seems to smooth things over if there has been any animosity in the past between WWE and Legendary talent such as with the Ultimate Warrior for past games and with next year’s game rumored to involve the Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle in some form, in any case the former WCW Champ also wants this done so that his son could watch him wrestle for the first time.

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Brock Lesnar stretches Goldberg as special ref Stone Cold Steve Austin looks on in their encounter from WrestleMania 20

This dream match many thought would not happen again especially in this day and age is most likely taking place at the WWE Survivor Series event on the WWE Network in November 2016. It certainly is intriguing where this storyline is heading and it appears things have been smoothed over between Bill Goldberg and the leader in Sports Entertainment, the WWE.

CM Punk and the UFC Journey

Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is one of the biggest names in the wrestling world and his transition in to MMA would be seen very soon at UFC 203 would Punk overcome the doubters and win his debut with no prior experience?

Anyone who has followed WWE knows that CM Punk was a huge part of the organization bringing about Charisma everyone hopes to possess in the entertainment world. Many credit Punk to bring about the “shoot” era in wrestling, where once everything was hidden behind the curtains would now creep through it by the wrestlers and even commentators, but what’s important to understand is, even if Punk may seem like a guy who only looks out for himself, he was and still is a role model for many individuals around the world because of his straight edge lifestyle, inspiring others to follow in the drug free lifestyle.

Punk started his career as a backyard wrestler and slowly making his way to in independence scene around the country. Punk has always been a slim and lean guy and wasn’t ever concerned as a top guy in the wrestling world before making his mark. Even WWE was sceptical as “smaller guys” aren’t really on Vince Mcmahons mind to “push”, being persistent, talented and charismatic CM Punk is one of the longest reigning champions in WWE history.

Before Punks fight against Mickey Gall the UFC started a short series about Punks journey and transition into the world of MMA, in my opinion UFC made a smart business move with the series changing people’s perception towards his ability to get into the octagon.

The guy has been training hard there’s no doubt about that, but reports even came out that Punk was mostly losing his amateur sparring bouts in the gym and reportedly he only won one out of 16 sparring sessions.

Wrestlers are beginning to considering MMA especially the UFC as a new career path, Wrestling plays a huge role in MMA and wrestling can dominate their opponents on the mat, the biggest WWE transition of course is Brock Lesnar with Dave Bautista giving the sport a try as well.

Punk is determined to succeed and says that the bright lights and a huge crowd won’t one of Punks problems saying “I will not be a footnote”.

Mickey Gall is new to professional MMA but still has years of experience over Punk and a few professional fight wins under his belt and Punk has no experience and no wins professional even in the amateur MMA circuit.

So is it wise for CM punk to head into battle without ever firing a gun? We’ll just have to wait and see.

As far as the logical reasoning here is, it’s a great business decision and will potentially bring a good payday for the UFC, but if Punk loses that could be the end of his MMA career as the stakes are too high, but if he wins he could be lucky enough to get a title shot after a few bouts like Lesnar who knows.

Gall has a great opportunity, he could be known as the guy who beat CM Punk on his UFC debut.

Brock Lesnar on Steroid Allegations and other topics ahead of his return to the UFC

At the UFC 200 Conference call today, Former UFC fighter and current WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar spoke out about the alleged steroid abuse as far as his opponent at UFC 200 Mark Hunt is concerned. Brock Lesnar had this to say:

“I’ve been dealing with that my whole life. I’m a white boy and I’m jacked. Deal with it.”

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Brock Lesnar also shared his thoughts about the recent interview where Stephanie McMahon said that the WWE was not necessarily behind him to which he commented below:

“I don’t know, I don’t care what she says. Everybody is 100 percent behind this and supporting this. I’m happy and that’s all that matters.” 

Whether or not a loss would affect his drawing power in the WWE and the notion that he was taking this fight for himself to which he remarked:

“I really don’t give a s–t.This isn’t about my fans. This is about me living my life, being the person that I want to be. Granted, without the fans and everything, none of us would be able to do this. I get that. But I don’t sit up at night wondering is my drawing power gonna be hurt or are my WWE fans gonna tune in and watch me do this. I don’t give two sh*ts about that. This is about me. I want to get in there and be an athlete again. That’s what this is about.”

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And finally whether or not the door is open to a bunch of future fight’s in the Octagon:

“I don’t know, I feel really good. Training camp is going great. I’m happy. I’m happy with my life. I’m happy with everything. Since I left the Octagon after I got beat by Overeem and kind of forced out of the cage because of my illness it haunted me for a long time. Well what do you do? Well, here I am. And before it’s too late, I want to get back in the cage and have fun with it.
I haven’t given it much thought. Nothing’s going to change, I’m just looking forward to stepping in the cage.”

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Brock Lesnar is scheduled to fight Mark Hunt in UFC 200 which takes place on July 9th 2016 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas and Brock Lesnar is rumored to make his return to WWE Television for the WWE Draft which takes place on  July 19th on the first edition of the newly announced Live Edition of WWE Smackdown going forward. So what could this mean for the Future of Brock Lesnar? While all parties involved are treating it like a one-time only thing, who knows? Once Brock Lesnar’s contract is up with the WWE he may want to scratch that competitive inch by entering the Octagon for a number of fights. It’s an exciting time to be a wrestling and MMA fan, and I for one think that the WWE will capitalize on this situation by shooting an angle at the UFC 200 event so that it leads to something special at WWE Summerslam in August, perhaps an invasion of sorts by some of the top UFC talent? One can dream and I think the WWE is crazy enough if even to give it a little bit of thought as the idea would be money.

WWE 2K17 Cover Superstar Revealed

And it’s none other than the Beast incarnate himself, the Conquer and the master of the Suplex City Brock Lesnar.

2K games announced on Monday that Former UFC and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will be gracing the cover of WWE 2K17 when it releases this October. WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar joins an impressive list of Other Superstars who have been featured on the cover of past videogames in the Franchise, the likes of John Cena, the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. This is also Brock Lesnar’s first solo appearance on the cover of a WWE videogame.

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So now via this announcement Brock Lesnar joins the likes of the already announced John Cena, the Ultimate Warrior and Sasha Banks plus let’s not forget, the pre-order Bonus Superstar Goldberg which brings the tally to 5 Superstars confirmed to be included in the game so far.The Beast Brock Lesnar commented on the announcement on Twitter which you can see as follows.

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For those who pre-order, The WWE Universe can now finally settle the score and have a rematch between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, they last faced off at WrestleMania XX but now those who pre-order can now have a much more satisfying conclusion.

Below is the press release of the announcement.

 

“Welcome to Suplex City” – 2K Announces Brock Lesnar® as WWE® 2K17 Cover Superstar 
Four-time WWE® World Heavyweight Champion, former UFC® Heavyweight Champion and decorated NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion to eat, sleep, conquer and repeat as flagship WWE video game franchise ambassador 

New York, NY – June 27, 2016 – 2K today announced Brock Lesnar® as the cover Superstar for WWE® 2K17, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Best known for his unparalleled accomplishments in WWE®, UFC®, NCAA Division I wrestling and more, Lesnar’s work ethic, intensity and attitude have made him a prolific sports and entertainment fixture for more than 16 years. In addition, the “Unbeatable, Incumbent Mayor of Suplex City” will usher in WWE 2K17’s worldwide marketingcampaign, inviting fans to explore a new side of Lesnar’s inspired world while learning more about the video game. WWE 2K17 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 11, 2016 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360. 

“My career has been defined by dominating every opportunity presented to me,” said Brock Lesnar. “I am excited for my newest opportunity representing WWE 2K17 as the franchise’s ambassador and honored to serve as the WWE 2K17 cover Superstar.” 

Coming off an impressive collegiate wrestling career for the University of Minnesota, where he became the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion his senior year, Lesnar made his WWE debut in 2002 and was quickly nicknamed “The Next Big Thing” by his advocate, Paul Heyman. Later that year, he became the youngest WWE World Heavyweight Champion in company history, at age 25, by defeating Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson at SummerSlam®. Lesnar later won two additional WWE World Heavyweight Championships and had notable rivalries with WWE Superstars Undertaker®, John Cena® and Big Show®, among others. Lesnar’s first stint with WWE concluded at WrestleMania® 20 in 2004, where he was defeated by Bill Goldberg, the focus of WWE 2K17’s pre-order bonus content. 

Following his WWE departure, Lesnar explored an NFL career following interest from the Minnesota Vikings. He also fought for several mixed martial arts promotions before signing a deal with UFC in 2007. Lesnar quickly became one of the organization’s biggest stars. During his time with UFC, Lesnar became UFC Heavyweight Champion; he tied a UFC record for the most consecutive successful Heavyweight Championship title defenses and headlined one of the highest-selling and most prominent pay-per-view events in UFC history. 

Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012 and has made a relentless, unwavering impression since stepping foot back inside the ring. Alongside renewing old rivalries, Lesnar shocked the WWE Universe at WrestleMania 30 by defeating Undertaker and ending his legendary 21-0 WrestleMania win streak. At SummerSlam in 2014, Lesnar won his fourth WWE World Heavyweight Championship by defeating John Cena and delivering 16 of his signature German suplexes throughout the match. Suplex City then became pop-culture lexicon across WWE live events, traditional and social media, merchandise, lyrics, memes and more. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, my client has truly conqueredeverything in his path, and unleashing Suplex City through WWE 2K17 will be no different,” said Paul Heyman. “As the advocate for Brock Lesnar, I can assure you his embodiment of unadulterated excellence, combined with a Beast’s desire to CONQUER all platforms in the gaming world, will make for a video game and supporting campaign that fans will embrace and absolutely cannot ignore this year.” 

“Brock Lesnar’s unmistakable talent, no-holds-barred mentality and unequivocal determination perfectlycomplement 2K’s commitment to authentically represent WWE at the absolute highest level,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “With Suplex City as the ultimate backdrop and the ‘Beast Incarnate’ in charge, WWE 2K17 will come to life with an incredibleroster and to-be-announced features like never before.” 

Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K17 is not yet rated by the ESRB. WWE 2K17 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on the PS4™ and PS3™ systems, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on October 11, 2016. Consumers who pre-order WWE 2K17 at any participating retailer will receive two playable characters of legendary WCW® and WWE star Bill Goldberg, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas, at no extra cost on launch day. For more information on WWE 2K17 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2K17 or subscribe on YouTube. 

2K is a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). 

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Former WWE Superstar CM Punk’s UFC Debut Confirmed

CM Punk aka Phil Brooks, who signed with the UFC a couple of years ago, more specifically December of 2014 after a very bad breakup with his former employer, the WWE, has finally gotten his first fight in the Octagon set after a number of drawbacks that sidelined him during training for his Octagon debut.

The announcement came by CM Punk himself, on UFC’s unfiltered podcast. So it is official now, CM punk vs Mickey Gall in a Welterweight bout is set for UFC 203 which takes place on Saturday September 10th 2016.

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CM Punk comments below.

“I’ve been laying low media-wise, because I have nothing to say. You can’t talk a bunch of s–t until you’ve been in there, and I haven’t been. The instant I got cleared, I got on the horn and nailed everything down, and I’ll be debuting September 10 in Cleveland. I’m happy to have a date, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You keep training and keep training until you hit a wall, and that was the point I was at. I found out I’ve been walking around with a herniated disk for probably years”.

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On the subject that whether or not anybody in the UFC locker-room has given him a hard time over his decision to fight in MMA and the comments routinely made by his Twitter haters, this was his response.

“I would much rather listen to my wife, my friends, my trainers, my team. I’m not the best at this. No s***. I know that. I want to f****** give it a shot, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I tend to find the most success fighters” … “they’re the ones that are like, f*** it, go for it. Good for you kid, do your thing. But I understand both points of view, I really do. I understand some of these guys that aren’t making what they probably should make, and they see a guy like me come in and get the red carpet rolled out for me. But at the end of the day, it’s still going to be a f****** fist fight in a cage. And if I lose, then they can laugh at me on Twitter. And if I win, good for me.” 

Since this is CM Punk’s first Fight in the Octagon, no doubt there are people who would rather he get a beating and lose but we shall see the aftermath come September when he steps into the Octagon, perhaps he will be a success like Brock Lesnar, a fighter and a wrestler just like him or he will quickly realize that this was not a very good decision, but whatever happens it will surely get people talking and no doubt help the UFC in generating some record PPV Buys.

Daniel Bryan to host the WWE Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan is set to host the WWE Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network, the Tournament is set to feature some of the best Cruiserweights from around the world and no doubt, Daniel Bryan who was forced to retire due to a number of Concussions has in fact, been around the block and knows what this Tournament, which signifies pure wrestling, is all about. The Press release as revealed by the WWE follows below.

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WWE® Cruiserweight Classic™ to Premiere on WWE Network Wednesday, July 13

STAFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE(NYSE:WWE) announced today that the WWE Cruiserweight Classic will premiere Wednesday, July 13 at 9 PM ET exclusively on WWE Network. The 10-week tournament will air every Wednesday night and culminate with a live two-hour special on Wednesday, September 14.

The WWE Cruiserweight Classic will be hosted by WWE Legend Daniel Bryan® and the voice of WWE SmackDown® Mauro Ranallo.

“We scoured the globe to find 32 of the best Cruiserweights to compete in this inaugural tournament,” said WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events& Creative Paul “Triple H®” Levesque. “These performers will be given an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their elite athleticism and unbridled passion across WWE’s global platforms.”

The WWE Cruiserweight Classic is a 32-man, single-elimination tournament that will feature the best cruiserweights from all over the world including Rich Swann, Johnny Gargano, Cedric Alexander and Tommaso Ciampa from the United States, Kota Ibushi and Akira Tozawa from Japan, Zack Sabre, Jr from England, Noam Dar from Scotland, Ho Ho Lun and Jason Lee from Hong Kong, Gran Metalik from Mexico, Tyson Dux from Canada, Da Mack from Germany, Damian Slater from Australia and many more.

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Here is the complete list of Participants in the Tournament.

Rich Swann
Johnny Gargano
Tommaso Ciampa
Zack Sabre Jr.
Noam Dar
Jake Gallagher
TJ Perkins
Lince Dorado
Drew Gulak
Ho Ho Lun
Akira Tozawa
Tony Nese
Raul Mendoza
Gran Metalik
Anthony Bennett
Tajiri
Kota Ibushi
Cedric Alexander
Zumbi
Clement Petiot
Kenneth Johnson
Fabian Aichner
Sean Maluta
Harv Sihra
Gurv Sihra
Tyson Dux
Da Mack
Brian Kendrick
Alejandro Saez
Damien Slater
Jason Lee
Ariya Daivari

WWE Network will also air an exclusive Cruiserweight Classic special entitled CWC: Bracketology on Wednesday, July 6 at 9 PM ET.

WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Suspended

WWE has decided to suspend Roman Reigns (Joe Anoa`i) for his First Violation of the Company’s Talent Wellness Policy, while it is not known what led to the Suspension at this current time and I doubt it will be made public any time soon as these things are hardly ever made public. It comes at a bad time for Roman Reigns since losing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Seth Rollins and then Dean Ambrose in the same night at the Money in the Bank PPV when Ambrose Cashed in his Briefcase.

Below is the Breaking News Tweet that WWE posted announcing the Suspension and Roman Reigns response acknowledging that he had made a mistake which he issued shortly after which you can see further down below.

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So what could this mean for the leader of the Roman Empire and his Rematch slated to take place at WWE Battleground for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat Shield reunion match against Seth Rollins and the New WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose?

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While Roman Reigns has been suspended for 30 days, it in fact does not put the Main Event of WWE Battleground in jeopardy as he’ll be cleared just in time although don’t expect to see him on WWE Raw or WWE Smackdown any time soon to further the storyline against his former brothers in the Shield or for the buildup heading into the next WWE PPV named Battleground.

 

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So far, this is the third suspension for violating the wellness policy by a WWE Superstar this year as in April the WWE suspended Konnor of the Ascension as well as Adam Rose, who was later released due to various issues such as Domestic Violence. In the case of both Konnor and Adam Rose it was their second violation of the company’s policy therefore earning them the Suspension for 60 days. The WWE usually issues a third and final strike before the Talent in question is let go completely from his or her contract.

WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose takes it all the way to the bank

Yesterday at the WWE Money in the bank event live on the WWE Network, WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose aka the Lunatic Fringe overcame the odds, first by defeating the likes of Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder match by capturing the briefcase which holds the opportunity to go up against whomever the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is at the time and can cash In said briefcase at any time.

In this case we saw, in the main event at the same event, WWE Superstar Seth Rollins who recently returned after being out with a knee injury for quite some time, face off against his former Shield brethren Roman Reigns in which was said to be an exciting match.

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Eventually Seth Rollins in a surprise pinned the leader of the Roman empire thus becoming the New WWE World Heavyweight Champion all for a couple of minutes and then Dean Ambrose music hit and he cashed in his Money in the Bank Contract Briefcase which he had won earlier in the night to become the New WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

 

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So where do we go from here? The long rumored triple threat match between the former Shield members which many speculated to take place at this year’s WWE SummerSlam but instead as seen tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw, looks like we shall be getting the match a bit sooner, WWE Battleground in fact, which takes place on July 24th 2016 from Washington DC live on the WWE Network.

AJ Styles Turns Heel, What does this mean for the WWE Universe

Some may have seen it coming while other’s may haven’t but it was certainly shocking of which we need more of today in the landscape of professional wrestling. Aj Styles shook the wrestling world when he turned heel on a returning John Cena and re-aligned himself with his former Bullet club stable mates, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Aj styles much like John Cena has been a Baby face for almost his entire career only did Aj styles find that Edge so to speak when he left Total Nonstop Wrestling (TNA) and found himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling as the New Leader of its Popular Bullet Club stable in place of a departing Prince Devitt aka Finn balor for WWE NXT.

So there it was, a returning John Cena on Memorial day giving a speech to the crowd, thanking the troops for their support and out comes AJ Styles to confront John Cena. AJ Styles put over John Cena as being a hard working guy but not before he mentioned himself waiting for this moment for a very long time to which John Cena played off to the crowd and said “ by the sound of it, so has everybody else “ the WWE universe was clearly split between John Cena and AJ Styles which was a cool moment seeing these two in the same ring at the same time,something the WWE universe never thought would actually happen, TWO faces of Different Brands squaring off for the first time in a WWE ring.

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But out come Gallows and Anderson confronting AJ Styles and proceeding to tell him that he made a mistake not siding with them and that they were there to kick ass not kiss ass and from there it looked lke the fight was on while the crowd went wild only for BAM, Aj styles to attack John Cena from behind with Gallows and Anderson joining in on the assault and the heel turn was complete, what’s funny was how Gallows and Anderson were acting like the peacemakers so to speak holding Aj Styles back from completely decimating John Cena who went in there repeatedly to attack like the Pit-bull he had been marketed as thus far, so what does this bode for the future of AJ Styles and the club? Well for one, AJ Styles needed to turn heel even if some feel it should have come sooner against Roman Reigns at WWE Extreme Rules but since he lost his opportunity to win the WWE championship and lost in a qualifying match for WWE money in the bank against Kevin Owens the next night on Monday night Raw,it made sense for Styles to be pushed over the edge and turn heel plus the fact that the WWE is stacked with Babyfaces right now plus it makes introducing the original Leader of the Bullet club, former NXT Champion Finn Balor into the fold all the more easier.

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No doubt many a fan has already dreamt up this scenario, picture this, what if Finn balor shows up on a future edition of Monday Night Raw and confronts AJ Styles over the club he rightfully owns? Or maybe he aligns himself with them for a potential and often teased by balor himself on twitter, the Balor Club? Bulletproof? Too many possibilities but for right now, it is clear they are going for a John Cena vs AJ Styles feud which could take place either at WWE money of the bank on june 19th on the WWE Network, WWE Battleground , or have three bouts capping off this feud with the rubber match taking place at WWE Summerslam in august. My only concern is that they should book AJ Styles going over John Cena because let’s face it, John Cena’s career is winding down and he doesn’t really need the win but Whatever the case may be, this freshens things up a little so imagine the next night on Monday night Raw after Summerslam, Finn Balor makes his long awaited main roster debut, can’t wait.

WWE Superstar John Cena’s New Merchandise re-designed because of legal Threat

WWE Superstar John Cena’s new Merchandise ahead of his long awaited return to the world of sports entertainment on memorial day’s edition of Monday Night Raw was hit with a minor roadblock in the form of an American Beer company threatening legal action over the New Merchandise of John cena which was more than remarkably similar to one of their logos. Sporting the same Red, White and blue as the American flag but also looking similar to a logo that is vastly known to the consumers of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
They, Pabst Blue ribbon beer via their official twitter account sent out a cease and desist warning to the WWE over possible copyright infringement as seen in the following screenshot.

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So as of this past Saturday the shirt was pulled from the WWE shop website which was unable to fulfill the pre-orders of the shirt which went up shortly then and was taken down not long after WWE quickly re-introduced a brand new re-designed variation of the same shirt as seen below.

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Even though we think it was a cool take on their beer logo, but it is better to be safe than sorry even for a Mega Giant of a Corporation as the WWE.