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By Mike Johnson on 2016-06-27 23:07:00

In a subtle nod to the impending WWE brand split, WWE began referring to Dean Ambrose as the WWE champion during Raw tonight.  That seems to indicate plans to resurrect the World championship and have two "top" champions.

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens has been added to the 7/23 Battleground PPV with the idea that this would be their final confrontation under the idea that they could end up on separate brands come the split on 7/19.

Steven Fernandes sent the following....WWE announced a house show in State College, PA on 9/25 the same day as The Clash in Champions PPV taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The State College event kicks off at 1 PM with Kevin Owens, New Day, Charlotte, Paige, Sasha Banks, The Wyatt Family, Big Show, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and The Miz advertised.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston was sitting ringside at Raw.

As WWE noted on Raw, they had a number of Special Olympics athletes at the Performance Center today.  WWE had the following segment on Raw to showcase their new international partnership with the organization:

Our friends at have released a Youshoot DVD with the former Hornswoggle:

The following press release was issued at the Quad Cities River Bandits:

WWE Superstar to attend Black and Brave Night at Modern Woodmen Park

Colby Lopez, who performs as WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins™  will make appearance on Thursday, July 21

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Colby Lopez, who performs as WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins™, will make an appearance at Modern Woodmen Park for Black and Brave Night on Thursday, July 21, when the Quad Cities River Bandits host the Dayton Dragons at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Lopez, who is a Buffalo, Iowa native and current Davenport, Iowa resident, started Black and Brave Wrestling Academy along with Marek Brave in 2014. Lopez, performing as Seth Rollins™, was the 2015 WWE® Superstar of the Year.

Black and Brave night, sponsored by Black and Brave Wrestling Academy, will feature pregame wrestling matches on the left field deck. The matches will be performed by graduates of Black and Brave, who now wrestle under Scott County Wrestling. Academy owners Brave and Lopez will be at the ballpark to give a pregame interview, meet fans on the concourse and provide information on Black and Brave Wrestling Academy. Lopez and graduates of the academy will also be throwing out ceremonial first pitches before the game.

“We’re really excited to have such a prominent member of the Quad Cities community join us at the ballpark,” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. “Colby is a great example of the grit and determination that the Quad Cities stand for and we’re proud to serve as a platform for him to personally impact the lives of our fans and community members.”

Lopez, who still trains at Black and Brave Wrestling Academy, signed with WWE® in 2010 and debuted on the main roster in 2012. Performing as Seth Rollins™, he has been a World Heavyweight Champion, United States Champion, Tag-Team Champion and the winner of the 2014 Money in the Bank™ ladder match. The 30-year-old Lopez began his professional wrestling career on the independent circuit in 2005 with Scott County Wrestling.

Tickets to the game on Thursday, July 21, are available now and can be purchased online at, over the phone at (563) 324-3000, or at the Modern Woodmen Park box office. For more information on the appearance by Lopez, contact Samantha Nicholson at (563) 333-2741 or

UP NEXT: The River Bandits host the Cedar Rapids Kernels for a four-game series beginning Monday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. Central.  The four-game homestand features Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association and Epic Stone night on Wednesday, June 29, and Dueling Pianos night on Thursday, June 30, complete with post-game fireworks. For ticket information, call (563) 324-3000, visit or stop by the Modern Woodmen Park box office.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The 2016 season marks the River Bandits’ fourth year as the Astros’ Class-A affiliate and the ninth season since regaining the River Bandits moniker, which was voted a top-8 nickname in all of Minor League Baseball in 2015. Also in 2015, Sports Business Journal named Quad Cities the number one minor league sports market in the country. In recognition for giving back to the Quad Cities community, the River Bandits were the 2015 recipient of the Ballpark Digest Best Charity Event or Campaign in Baseball award. For more information on the Quad Cities River Bandits, visit

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