Before breaking down a massively-newsworthy week in wrestling, Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes the now-former Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley to WrestleRant Radio! They talk her match with Charlotte Flair at Money in the Bank, fans returning, her roller coaster of a last year in WWE, her current character dynamic, why she's reverted back to being the Rhea Ripley from NXT UK, adjusting to the Raw roster, her call-up from NXT and when it was supposed to happen, her interactions with Vince McMahon, her thoughts on the recent call-ups of Toni Storm and Piper Niven based on her history with them from NXT UK, and more!
GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau to talk about the huge breaking news: SummerSlam is coming to movie theaters this August! Okay, so not that (though they do discuss it), but rather CM Punk and Daniel Bryan reportedly being in talks with AEW! How big would they be for the promotion? Who can they face? When should they debut? They talk about all of this and much more, as well as their thoughts on last Friday's SmackDown in front of fans and the newest additions to the blue brand, Sunday's electric Money in the Bank pay-per-view, their thoughts on who won each briefcase, Nikki A.S.H. cashing in to become Raw Women's Champion, if AJ Styles is being underutilized, Bobby Lashley squashing Kofi Kingston before being challenged by Goldberg to a WWE Championship match at SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley, John Cena's epic return following Roman Reigns vs. Edge, Karrion Kross' polarizing Raw debut and if he can recover from it, if it takes away from the hype from Kross vs. Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver 36, and a quick recap of Night 2 of Fyter Fest on AEW Dynamite.
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For the first time in two weeks, RJ Marceau returns to WrestleRant Radio alongside Graham "GSM" Matthews to break down all the latest happenings in the world of wrestling! They have plenty of thoughts on last week's Road Rager edition of Dynamite as well as Night 1 of Fyter Fest this week featuring Jon Moxley defending the IWGP United States Championship against Karl Anderson, Ricky Starks winning the FTW Championship from Brian Cage and how AEW bungled Team Taz, the benefits of Malaki Black's first feud in AEW being with Cody Rhodes, the latest with Adam Page and The Elite, Christian Cage vs. Matt Hardy, and a Coffin match main event between Darby Allin and Ethan Page.
GSM and RJ also have thoughts on the last WWE Raw from the ThunderDome, Bobby Lashley losing to Xavier Woods clean, Ricochet vs. John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere match, Mandy Rose returning to NXT in exchange for Aliyah going to Raw, why Doudrop may be better off with Alexa Bliss than Eva Marie, what's next for Karrion Kross as NXT Champion and if he's going to drop the title to Samoa Joe on the way out, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view including Lashley vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Championship, and who will win the men's and women's Money in the Bank Ladder matches!
Forget everything you know about WWE Superstar Eva Marie, because she's on this week's WrestleRant Radio and is far from the person she portrays on screen! In her exclusive interview with Graham "GSM" Matthews, they discusses her being back in WWE, returning to Raw and picking up where she left off, her experience in the ThunderDome, how she deals with criticism, if she trained during her time away, if she was supposed to return sooner than she did, her NXT run, wanting to feud with Bayley and Becky Lynch again, and more!
Then, Alexis DiGiacomo returns to WrestleRant Radio and replaces RJ Marceau on her and Graham's anniversary to preview Marvel's Black Widow out this weekend and give a complete breakdown of Wednesday's Road Rager edition of AEW Dynamite! Hear their thoughts on the South Beach Strap match between Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall, Adam Page confronting Kenny Omega, Darby Allin and Ethan Page hyping up their Coffin match next week, the latest six-man tag team clash between Inner Circle and The Pinnacle, Chris Jericho and MJF facing off (and the stupid fan that tried to rush the ring), Andrade El Idolo's in-ring debut against Matt Sydal, the arrival of Malaki Black, Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander vs. The Blade and The Bunny in intergender tag team action, Lance Archer attacking Dan Lambert and if we've seen the last of Lambert in AEW, and The Young Bucks defending the AEW World Tag Team Championship against Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo in a Street Fight main event.
It's an absolutely loaded week on WrestleRant Radio as Graham "GSM" Matthews first welcomes Eric Woodard and returning guest Branden Dross to discuss wrestling returning to Herrington, Kansas on July 30th! Hear what brought wrestling back to the area, why you need to check it out if you're in the midwest area, getting back on the road coming off the pandemic, where you can buy tickets, James Storm and Ricky Reyes being a part of it, and more!
The second interview this week is with none other than WWE NXT star Tommaso Ciampa! He has plenty to say about his upcoming opportunity at the NXT Tag Team Championship at The Great American Bash, teaming with Timothy Thatcher, if it was adjustment returning to tag team wrestling, being left off TakeOver specials this past year, what motivates him, his incredible fitness, why a main roster run likely isn't in the cards, and advice for departing talent.
Finally, GSM and RJ Marceau give their thoughts on all of the latest happenings in AEW including two above-average editions of Dynamite featuring an AEW World Championship match between Kenny Omega and Jungle Boy, predictions for next week's Road Rager show featuring a South Beach Strap match, Drew McIntyre qualifying for the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match, Ricochet and John Morrison rekindling their rivalry in a thrilling affair, Isiah "Swerve" Scott becoming the new NXT North American Champion on NXT, thoughts on the returning Breakout Tournament, and predictions for The Great American Bash next Tuesday!