Smackdown Live: Results and Photos for August 23rd, 2016

Smackdown Live: Results and Photos for August 23rd, 2016

Backstage: Rhyno, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, and Erick Rowan are in the locker room and AJ Styles enters. He says the new face that runs this place, the Phenomenal One is here. He says he did what he said he would do at Summerslam, he beat John Cena. AJ puts the wrist band on his head. He sees someone with a sad face and realizes it is Dolph Ziggler. He tells Dolph he does not like losers. Ziggler attacks Styles and officials magically show up to separate them.

AJ Styles comes out and he complains about the ship that Daniel and Shane are running. Enough about the Tag Team tournament or the Women’s tournament. AJ refuses to be Heath’s partner and then Dolph Ziggler attacks AJ from behind and then the wrestlers in the ring come to the floor to break things up as we go to commercial.

AJ says he is the Face that Runs this Place. AJ repeats himself and he says he should be the number one contender for the WWE Championship. Dolph Ziggler tries to come to the ring, but he is held back by referees and agents. Daniel Bryan comes out and he says that he will not let the two of them ruin this show. Daniel says he agrees. AJ beat John Cena and deserves to be the number one contender. He tells Dolph that he came close to being the WWE Champion. It looks like you want to fight and the people want to see them fight. Daniel says if AJ wins tonight, he will get to face Dean Ambrose at Backlash. Daniel says if Dolph wins, he gets added to the match and it is a Triple Threat.

Dolph Ziggler versus AJ Styles in an If AJ wins, we have a singles match, but if Dolph wins we get a Triple Threat Match at Backlash Match

Dolph goes for the leg but Styles stays on his feet. Styles gets to the ropes and Ziggler breaks the hold. Ziggler goes for the leg again but Styles stays on his feet and Styles with a punch. Ziggler with a take down and he applies a chin lock and body scissors. Styles gets to the floor to slow things down. Ziggler tries to clothesline Styles over the top rope but it does not work. Ziggler drop kicks Styles to the floor. We are back and Styles with shoulders in the corner. We see Ziggler being catapulted into the turnbuckles during the commercial break. Styles with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner when Ziggler moves. Ziggler punches Styles but Styles with a hard Irish whip that sends Ziggler sternum first into the turnbuckles. Styles with a back breaker for a near fall. Styles kicks Ziggler in the back. Styles with punches and a slap. Styles with a round kick to the head. Ziggler with a rollup and then he tries for a German suplex but Styles blocks it and he connects with a forearm. Continue reading

SummerSlam 2016 Results and Photos

SummerSlam 2016 Results and Photos

WWE World Title Match: Dean Ambrose versus Dolph Ziggler
Dean wants Ziggler to take a shot and they lock up. Ziggler wtih a side head lock take down. Ambrose slaps Ziggler and Ziggler slaps back. Both men with near falls as they go back and forth and Dean backs into the ropes. Dean with a kick and he tries for a slam but Ziggler escapes and hits a drop kick. Ambrose goes to the floor. Ziggler with a Stinger Splash into the ringside barrier followed by a neck breaker on the floor. Dean goes for the double underhook DDT but Ziggler escapes. Ziggler goes for a hesitation DDT and Ambrose counters and sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose goes tot he floor and he slams Ziggler’s head into the ring steps. Ambrose punches Ziggler and both men get back into the ring. Ambrose with a chop in the corner and then he puts Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Ambrose goes for a Butterfly superplex and he gets a near fall. Dean with a slam and he gets a near fall. Dean stomps on the midsection. Dean with a single leg crab but Ziggler is able to escape and get a near fall. Ambrose with a clothesline. Ambrose with a suplex. Ambrose comes off the turnbuckles but Ziggler with a drop kick and both men are down.

Ziggler misses a super kick and Ambrose with a Tiger Front Driver for a near fall. Ambrose mocks Dolph and Shawn Michaels by tuning up the band and he sets for a double underhook DDT. Ziggler with a punch and Ambrose goes to the floor. Ziggler with a hesitation DDT for a near fall. Ambrose with punches and forearms. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser but misses. Ambrose charges into the corner and Ziggler moves. Dean goes shoulder first into the ring post and Ziggler hits a Fameasser for a near fall. Both men go for a cross body and they both go down.

Ambrose with Sting-ike punches and chops. Ambrose with clotheslines and then he waits for Ziggler to get up. Ambrose with a running forearm into the corner followed by a bulldog. Ambrose goes up top and he hits an elbow drop to the upper chest and Ambrose gets a near fall. Ziggler with a sleeper and Ambrose goes through the ropes to the floor to get out of the hold. Ziggler with a super kick and Dean tries not to fall into the crowd. They get back into the ring and Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler has a super kick blocked and Ambrose with a kick and he tries for a double underhook DDT. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler with elbows to the head and he applies a sleeper and he adds a body scissors. Ziggler turns it into a rear naked choke. Ambrose gets back to his feet and he snap mares Ziggler. Ziggler misses a super kick but he forces Dean near the ropes and he rebounds with a clothesline. Ambrose goes up top and Ziggler hits the ropes and it crotches Ambrose. Ziggler sets for a superplex but Dean blocks it with punches. Ambrose with a head butt and Ziggler falls to the mat. Ziggler leaps to the turnbuckles and Ambrose holds on to the ropes. Ziggler with head butts and he goes for a super X Factor but Dean lands on his feet and he hits the double underhook DDT for the three count.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

Inquisitr: Dolph Ziggler And Charlotte Say They’re Ready For Victory

World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam, will emanate from Barclays Center this Sunday, and two of the company’s biggest stars are ready to steal the show. Dolph Ziggler, 36, and Charlotte, 30, will both compete in championship matches as the 11-year WWE veteran Ziggler faces Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship while Charlotte looks to regain her WWE Women’s Championship from Sasha Banks. However, three days before SummerSlam, Ziggler and Charlotte made an appearance at JC Penny in the Manhattan Mall to promote the newest line of the WWE sponsored apparel Tapout, which includes a new women’s line. Charlotte, who has been on WWE’s main roster for just over a year, and Ziggler, an established veteran, spoke to the Inquisitr before their big matches and covered everything from their roles as brand ambassadors to their love of the craft.

Mark Suleymanov: Charlotte, you have been on the main roster for just over a year now, what does it mean for you to be in an ambassador role [for Tapout] and have all this responsibility on your shoulders?
Charlotte: “It’s a huge opportunity, I’m usually in gym clothes when I’m not at work so being able to wear Tapout all the time and be an ambassador for it is a perfect fit.”
Dolph Ziggler: “It’s also a play on words… perfect fit… that was a great line I thought. We just kind of glossed over that but I thought that was a great line.”

Mark Suleymanov: Is that your plan for this Sunday? To Tapout Dean [Ambrose]?
Dolph Ziggler:
“I might, through some guidance from some people behind-the-scenes, I have gone back to some old school, amateur roots where I used to win like 99 percent of the time…and that’s me being humble about it. So I think that’s something I need to get back to. It’s not that we lack it, there’s just not too many superstars who do that type of in-ring material so I’m really looking forward to it. And like Charlotte said, I’m in gym clothes all the time, I’m in sweatpants, shorts, sleeveless t-shirt one way or another. This stuff is squishy and stretchy, I love it.”

Mark Suleymanov: Speaking of tapping out, Charlotte, your dad Ric Flair recently said that you, Dolph, are one of the few that could take on Conor McGregor in a real fight after he bashed the WWE roster. What was your reaction to McGregor’s comments and Flair’s endorsement?
Dolph Ziggler:
“First of all, McGregor’s comments were probably just trying to get more people to watch his pay-per-view [fight vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 202]. That’s great, that’s smart. Whether it’s a joke or not, you act serious, then we take it seriously. If I wanted to get people to watch SummerSlam, I wouldn’t badmouth somebody’s life choices for the last 10 years. Flair, I grew up watching him and all the hard work he put in and to kinda it a joke and say those guys aren’t tough? Those guys are some of the toughest guys I’ve met in my entire life and a lot of them are behind-the-scenes and I look up to a lot of them. I made a little joke back that said ‘yeah, I’m one of the smaller guys on the roster and if I lost 40 or 50 pounds, I’d still be bigger than him.’ So even if he’s really good at what he does – which I’m sure he is – I’m also really good at what I do, I just happen to do it and get punched in the face a lot less for real.” Continue reading

Men’s Journal: WWE’s Dolph Ziggler’s Training Secret – Empty Stomach Cardio

Dolph Ziggler has been a WWE mainstay over the past decade, known to fans for stealing the show with his awe-inspiring performances. On August 21, he faces WWE Champion Dean Ambrose for title at WWE’s SummerSlam. Ziggler, 36 (whose real name is Nick Nemeth), spoke to Men’s Journal about how he stays fit and trains for his performances. His secret? Empty-stomach cardio. Here’s what that’s all about and three more of his training secrets.

1. He swears by “empty-stomach cardio.”
Empty-stomach cardio is the idea that you can boost weight loss and get better gains at the gym by not eating before working out. “I wouldn’t advocate anything to anybody ­­— everybody’s different. Some people can put on those toe shoes and think they’re having a better work out than those in tennis shoes. Everybody can advocate their own way of doing something,” Ziggler says. “[But for me,] I prefer not to eat at all, maybe a handful of berries or something, just to have something in my stomach. I don’t eat anything before, but I can still go kill it at the gym and be in and out in 45 minutes or an hour, even doing workouts in the sauna to get the blood and sweat flowing.” For Ziggler, working out on an empty stomach helps him amp up his training sessions and allows him to maintain focus at the gym. If you’re curious about trying, don’t eat for three to five hours before your workout, but still be sure to hydrate with plenty of water.

2. He takes no breaks.
“I don’t stop, I don’t take breaks. I do circuit training — different workouts without stopping. I like having that stamina, where I’ve never been too tired to put on a match or go above and beyond,” he says. “Afterwards I’ll go eat a huge meal. That’s my reward — It keeps me hungry mentally and physically, so I know If I can power through the last few minutes, I’ve got a big plate of food waiting for me when I’m done.”

3. He mixes his training up.
Ziggler is a fan of circuit training. “I hit an exercise — arms and legs, a set of curls, a set of tricep pushdowns, and then grab the bar and squat 40-20-30 and do it over again. I hit that a couple times through, then go in the sauna, I’ll do a couple calf raises, then hop on a treadmill at 15 — the highest incline it can have while maintaining a fast-paced walk,” he says. Every two minutes or so, he shocks his body by doing 30 seconds of an all-out sprint, repeating this for 15 to 20 minutes straight before hitting the sauna again. After that, he bangs out torso twists (like a lateral crunch), and ends with a final round of arms and legs strength building, more crunches, and a final trip to the sauna.

4. He adds weight when lifting to avoid plateaus.
“Every couple of months I’ll get stagnant,” he says. “So out of every three or four months, I’ll do a month [where I’m] lifting a little heavier with less reps. Mixing it up and shocking your body [is fun].” If you’re looking to up your max, check out the simplest way to lift heavier.

Source: MensJournal.com

The Player’s Tribune: Dolph’s 5 Favorite Finishing Moves of All Time

The Player’s Tribune: Dolph’s 5 Favorite Finishing Moves of All Time

Wy before I was ever a WWE Superstar, I was a WWE fan.

I mean, I still am. When I’m not performing in the ring, I spend a lot of time watching old matches. Part of it is to try to learn something new, and a bigger part of it is that wrestling is awesome and I like watching it. It all started for me when I was just five years old and my dad took me to my first WWE show in Cleveland. I remember we sat in the cheap seats, and the entire time I was completely mesmerized by the show. I don’t even think I fully understood what I was watching, but before I left, I turned to my dad and told him “This is what I want to do when I grow up.”

Fast forward a few years and I found myself wracking my brain trying to figure out what my finishing move could be. I was known for being athletic, even in this profession with so many talented athletes. So my challenge was trying to think of a move that was both athletic and hadn’t been done before. The problem is that there are about 100 years worth of finishing moves that have been invented, and a bunch of slight modifications to those moves. It’s difficult to come up with a good finisher that looks different.

I tested out just about every move imaginable before I was finally directed to what’s now become the Zig Zag. I knew that I was pretty good at shooting in on people, like a collegiate wrestler, and then wrapping my arms around them and hitting a Russian legsweep. At first I tried doing a smooth move into it, then I started mixing in a jump to sort of make it my own. After some tinkering, I tried out the Zig Zag and I knew that was the one. It had what I was looking in a finishing move. It looked impactful – like it actually hurt. And when I performed it, the crowd understood that the match was over. Those elements were really important to me, but to really make it great, I needed to give it time and repetition. You can do everything right technically but what makes a finishing move truly great is when there’s a story behind it. When a great finishing move is performed, it makes the crowd reflect on that Superstar’s body of work. A Superstar performing a finishing move for the first time will hardly bring the house down. But by the time they perform it for the 100th time, it’s become an indispensable part of this thing that we love. It basically becomes part of the performer’s identity in way.

While there have been a lot of amazing finishing moves performed throughout the years in WWE, these five in particular are my personal favorites. Continue reading

Dolph & Charlotte Meet the WWE Universe at JCPenney’s in Manahattan

Dolph & Charlotte Meet the WWE Universe at JCPenney’s in Manahattan

I’ve added 41 high quality photos of Dolph & former WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte meeting with fans at JCPenney’s in Manahattan on Thursday into the gallery.

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