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Monday Night Raw

Three new qualifiers for Money in the Bank on Raw, Rousey shockingly gets title opportunity

The biggest news coming out of Monday's WWE action occurred far away from the ring as Ronda Rousey will get a title opportunity, but in London, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins stole the show once again.

The question of when former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would get her shot at gold in WWE was answered on Monday at the NBC Universal upfronts. At an event that also featured Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax challenged Rousey to a Raw women's championship match at Money in the Bank, which Rousey accepted. The Money in the Bank pay-per-view takes place on June 17 in Chicago. In her lone televised match to date, Rousey impressed alongside Kurt Angle in a win over a Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34.

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Monday Night Raw

Raw moves forward with an eye on Money in the Bank

With the briefcase hanging high above the ring it's clear that the WWE has entered Money in the Bank season.

Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks wrapped up an eventful first hour of Monday Night Raw with a collectively impressive triple threat MITB qualifier. Moon ultimately walked out with the win as the first women's Money in the Bank match qualifier, but all three proved they deserve to be in that match.

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Finn Balor locked up the second berth in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match by beating Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns in the main event. Jinder Mahal got involved in the closing moments and kept Reigns out of the final decision. Balor joins Braun Strowman, with six more spots yet to be filled.

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Backlash

WWE Backlash recaps and ratings: Reigns tops Samoa Joe in main event, all champions retain

A lackluster pay-per-view event didn't do much to advance many storylines, as all champions retained their gold and Roman Reigns topped Samoa Joe in the main event.

In spite of a Bayley-Sasha Banks storyline that continues to go off the rails, Ruby Riott and Bayley impressed during their WWE Backlash Kickoff show match. Riott ultimately picked up another big victory and some more momentum, while showing off more of her expansive offensive repertoire.

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Ronda Rousey had a tremendous debut at WrestleMania 34, Shayna Baszler is the NXT women's champion, and now the other two members of the ‘Four Horsewomen' of MMA are joining them in the world of WWE. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir both reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando for training on Monday, making the possibility of a showdown against the WWE's version of the ‘Four Horsewomen' -- Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley -- a reality. Both Duke, 31 and Shafir, 30, have MMA backgrounds, with Duke having competed in the UFC's bantamweight division.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling

The second night of New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Dontaku show was eventful, to say the least. Kazuchika Okada continued making history with his 12th consecutive successful IWGP heavyweight championship defense, against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Post-match, Okada challenged Kenny Omega to a fourth, deciding match in their ongoing rivalry. Their championship rematch will be a 2-out-of-3 falls, no time limit match at Dominion on June 9. Earlier in the night, Chris Jericho returned to attack Tetsuya Naito and Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club, with the rest of the group outside of Omega and Cody appearing to settle all differences.

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Greatest Royal Rumble

Greatest Royal Rumble results: Lesnar retains Universal title, Strowman wins Rumble

The highlights of the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumble show in Saudi Arabia included Braun Strowman's victory in a 50-man Royal Rumble match and Brock Lesnar's controversial Universal title win.

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Greatest Royal Rumble

Greatest Royal Rumble a major turning point for Roman Reigns and WWE

The Greatest Royal Rumble is essentially WrestleMania 34 Part 2, and with seven title matches and a 50-man Rumble it should be a strong show that is set to answer a number of lingering questions.

Jericho happy to take part in Greatest Royal Rumble, but wrestling future is still TBD

Chris Jericho is set to have his first WWE match in nine months at Friday's Greatest Royal Rumble show in Saudi Arabia. But he's satisfied with the state of his career and happy to leave his future options in the wrestling world open -- for now.

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Brock and Roman face off, Rousey continues to steal the show

Ronda Rousey came to the defense of Natalya and that -- along with Paul Heyman's strong comments about Brock Lesnar's upcoming bout with Roman Reigns -- led the night.

Ronda takes down Mickie in a flash

After Mickie James dropkicks Ronda Rousey to the floor, Rousey storms the ring and quickly make James tap with a submission.

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Bruno Sammartino

The defining legacy of Bruno Sammartino

Beyond his 4,000-plus days as world champion in the WWE, Bruno Sammartino's history and convictions made him a believable hero who fans connected to in a deep and meaningful way. His legacy is one of the cornerstones upon which the modern WWE is built.

Sammartino, WWE Hall of Famer, dies at 82

WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, who held the championship belt for nearly eight consecutive years from 1963 to 1971, has died at age 82.

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Carmella cashes in to become champion, Styles-Bryan main events SmackDown

SmackDown stepped up to the plate to close out WrestleMania week, as Carmella cashed in Money in the Bank and became SmackDown women's champion thanks to an iconic duo, and Daniel Bryan main evented against AJ Styles until Shinsuke Nakamura got involved.

Raw after WrestleMania

Raw after WrestleMania falls a bit short, but still had plenty to offer

The post-WrestleMania Raw didn't quite live up to the reputation of its predecessors, but still delivered a multitude of debuts, a heartbreaking moment for Paige and a few key indicators for what lies ahead for Monday Night Raw.

Rousey puts submission hold on Stephanie

The night after WrestleMania, Ronda Rousey appears to make amends with Stephanie McMahon, but instead Ronda puts her in a submission hold.

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WrestleMania

Rousey happy to have lost last two UFC fights because it brought her to WWE

After blowing away expectations in her first ever WWE match at WrestleMania 34 Sunday, Ronda Rousey feels like everything that happened to her, including her two UFC losses, led her to this moment in her life and the WWE -- and that it was all worth it.

WrestleMania 34 recap - Ronda shines in debut, Charlotte ends Asuka's streak, new champs galore

Ronda Rousey shined in her WrestleMania debut, Daniel Bryan brought back the YES movement and a number of titles changed hands at WrestleMania 34.

Rousey makes strong WWE debut at WrestleMania 34

Ronda Rousey entered the ring for the first match of her career Sunday night at WrestleMania 34 in front of a sold out crowd in New Orleans amid chants of her name to start the match.

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