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Bleacher Report 11 September, 2021 - 10:11am

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When is 'WWE Friday Night Smackdown' on? “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” airs live on Fridays, including Sep. 10, at 8 p.m. on FOX. nj.com‘WWE Friday Night SmackDown’ Season 23, Episode 37 free live stream, time, TV channel, how to watch online (9

WWE's Zelina Vega showed off some awesome new gear inspired by the Itachi Uchiha and the Akatsuki group from Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto that she almost got to wear on WWE Friday Night SmackDown! Vega has definitely struck a chord with fans in the past for the number of fun pop culture inspired looks and full wrestling gear that she has shown off since coming back to the WWE, and couple this with the fun Naruto inspired looks and cosplay she has shared through social media in her spare time, and fans couldn't wait to see what was next. 

Vega had teased fans about a new look that she had been brewing in the works for the Madison Square Garden edition of Friday Night SmackDown, but unfortunately was not one of the talents featured in the program. Taking to Twitter following the end of the show, Vega debuted a close look at her Itachi Uchiha inspired gear that comes with a full length Akatsuki red cloud cloak and even a fun twist of the shinobi headbands with the WWE logo. Check it out below: 

ITACHI UCHIHA. https://t.co/dAiJChhhcl

Vega was notably, and suddenly released by the WWE last year but made her surprising return to the company earlier this Summer ahead of the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Speaking with Digital Spy about that return, Vega broke down why she returned to the WWE and her goals moving forward, "I think, more than anything, WWE has always been a place that I felt like I had some kind of unfinished business with," Vega said. "And, for me as a kid, you look and you're like. 'I want to be a champion,' there's so many things that you want to accomplish and coming back. I set my eyes on the SmackDown Women's Championship and that's what I'm focused on the most and seeing where that takes me."

Through elaborate in-ring gear like this and the many shout outs she has shared to her favorite things in her prior run with the WWE, Vega has been one of the more notable additions to the SmackDown roster this year. While she was unable to make a full televised debut with this gear for such a big occasion, hopefully there will still be plenty of opportunity to do so in a future SmackDown episode. What do you think of Zelina Vega's Naruto inspired gear? What do you think her main jutsu would be? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! 

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WWE 2K22: 10 Things GM Mode Must Get Right

WhatCulture 12 September, 2021 - 03:01pm

Sports Gamers Online broke the news that the much-loved feature had become a "top priority" during WWE 2K22's development - they also said that 2K knew how much "fans clearly wanted it". That's true. The feature has been topping wishlists since it was last spotted in SmackDown vs. Raw 2008, which was released way back in 2007.

14 years on (15 by the time 2K22 launches next year), grapple-obsessed gamers will finally get to grips with an updated version. That means players clinging on to the past can finally put those Xbox 360s away, kiss goodbye to the old '24/7 Mode' and quit booking photoshoots or movie roles for Batista right before crucial pay-per-view matches.

It's time do that for stars like Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch instead.

Getting GM into 2K22 was only half the battle though. It's crafting a must-play mode that charms both older and younger gamers alike that 2K will be concerned with. To do so, they'll need to make gameplay fun and immersive, and they'll also need to keep an eye on replayability too.

Here's everything GM Mode 2.0 needs...

Right, WWE, enough of this bullsh*t.

The company seem content to pretend that Charlotte Flair's duel NXT Women's Title reigns didn't matter, or that Seth Rollins wasn't the brand's original champ, every week. This sucks, especially for those who actually give a rat's ass about Tuesday nights. If 2K do, then they'll include NXT in this redone GM Mode.

Players should have the chance to pick between Raw, SmackDown, NXT and NXT UK. Yes, it'd be great to see the British brand in there somewhere - if that's too much of a stretch, then just make it part of the NXT line up, or something. Why not? It is WWE's show, after all.

There's a reason why this gets a mention first here. Vince McMahon and pals keep taking an almighty dump all over those three little letters, and it's not on. NXT deserves better than to be treated like a 2021 version of WWF Jakked, and it must be part of GM's suite.

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"And politely threaten them I did" - Drew McIntyre discusses his inclusion for the UK tour

Sportskeeda 12 September, 2021 - 11:18am

WWE superstar Drew McIntyre recently spoke with Tom Campbell of Cultaholic, discussing his current status in WWE and how he managed to get included for the WWE UK tour.

WWE will be back on the road and heading across the pond for its UK tour from September 19-22. The SmackDown roster will perform four live events across London, Newcastle, Cardiff, and Glasgow.

Top stars of the blue brand such as Roman Reigns, Bianca Belair, Big E, and the Usos have been advertised for the event. This is WWE's first international tour since the pandemic hit early last year.

Drew McIntyre detailed how he was not scheduled to be a part of the tour since he is a member of the RAW roster. The Scottish Warrior stated that he had to pull a few strings backstage to get included in the tour. McIntyre mentioned that he went to the extent of politely threatening some WWE officials to make sure that he was allowed to travel with the SmackDown roster.

In an exclusive interview with Cultaholic's @TomCampbell, @DMcIntyreWWE has discussed returning to the UK for the first time in 18 months next week https://t.co/JK8GHHGWTT

This trip marks the first time Drew McIntyre will be home since the pandemic. Drew mentioned that he was glad to be going back home to meet friends and family. He shared that due to time constraints, he could not meet his family and friends the last time he was in the UK.

McIntyre recalled his time in Scotland early last year, filming a video commercial for BT Sport, but his trip had to be cut short because of the severity of the pandemic.

This Drew McIntyre video package from @btsport is epic! pic.twitter.com/gEfnCBNtnJ

Who do you think Drew McIntyre will square off against from the blue brand? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Kevin Owens segment cut from SmackDown - Reports

Sportskeeda 12 September, 2021 - 03:58am

Kevin Owens was absent from the Super SmackDown event at Madison Square Garden this past Friday.

WWE's return to the world's most famous arena was marked by the return of Brock Lesnar to the blue brand and a grueling match between Edge and Seth Rollins. 'The Demon' Finn Balor also returned to close out the show. Kevin Owens, however, was missing from the 'Blue Brand'.

Fightful reported that Kevin Owens was originally scheduled to have a follow-up segment with Happy Corbin after their in-ring scuffle (ft. Logan Paul) the previous Friday. The angle was nixed mere hours before the show went live. Corbin later appeared in a dark segment after SmackDown went off the air. Other media outlets reported that the segment was cut due to the lack of time.

The report comes at a time when Kevin is making headlines for his WWE contract. Last week, reports stated that Owens' contract would be up for renewal in January 2022 as WWE restructured before the pandemic.

Kevin Owens segment pulled from WWE SmackDown https://t.co/ZKUYffFIt7 pic.twitter.com/6aaxZbEMBk

Kevin Owens is yet to comment on being left out of the marquee show. A few other members of the SmackDown roster also missed out on an MSG appearance. Liv Morgan and Carmella both responded to being axed from the show.

Zelina Vega also responded on Twitter after fans learned that Zelina Vega and Carmella were booked to take on Liv Morgan and Toni Storm in a tag team match.

nevermind. pic.twitter.com/xyyrIA1wYR

Vega trended on social media as the WWE Universe felt she should have been a part of the show considering that she is a New Yorker and lost her father in the 9/11 attacks.

Do you think Kevin Owens will re-sign with WWE at the end of his current contract? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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