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Ronda Rousey has been “suspended” by WWE for attacking a referee at SummerSlam. Was the incident legitimate?

At WWE SummerSlam 2022, former MMA star Ronda Rousey looked to regain her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Liv Morgan. In just under five minutes, Rousey put Morgan in an armbar, but her shoulders were on the mat, and the referee counted to three.

Morgan was declared the winner, but there was controversy. Morgan tapped out before the official’s hand hit the mat for three.

Rousey was enraged after her loss, and attacked Morgan. Then, she turned her attention to the referee, putting him in an armbar.

WWE announced that Rousey was suspended and fined as a result of her actions. The news was picked up by multiple outlets, but was the incident legitimate?

Did Ronda Rousey legitimately attack a referee at SummerSlam?

This was not a legitimate incident. Rather, the attack happened in-storyline. Seemingly, it is meant to turn Rousey into a heel (a villain).

In fact Rousey is not expected to be suspended for long. Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio said that Rousey is booked for WWE’s next premium live event, Clash at the Castle, on Sept. 3 in Cardiff, Wales.

“Not that long. She’s booked on the Cardiff show, so she’s going to be unsuspended at least before (that),” said Meltzer, h/t “I don’t know when she comes back, she’ll be out for I don’t know how long, but it’s not going to be a month, put it that way, because she’s got to be back for the pay-per-view show.”

Rousey made her return to WWE earlier this year, where she won the Women’s Royal Rumble. After failing to defeat Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38, she ultimately did so at WrestleMania Backlash this past May in an I Quit match. After defending her title against Natalya at Money in the Bank, Rousey lost to Morgan via a roll-up after the latter cashed in her Money in the Bank contract.

On the Aug. 5 episode of SmackDown, there will be a seven-woman gauntlet match to determine the No. 1 contender for Morgan’s championship at Clash at the Castle. The competitors in this match are Natalya, Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler, Sonya Deville, Shotzi, Aliyah, and Xia Li.

Next: Tractors and carnage: WWE fans couldn’t get enough of Brock Lesnar-Roman Reigns at SummerSlam

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Steelers Sign Ex-Cowboys Lineman to Bolster Defense

Getty Cowboys DE Ron'Dell Carter participates in practice drills.

It’s that time of year when your team signs a player, and you say, “Who?” These guys are known as “camp bodies” — a player who eats up reps so projected rostered players don’t have to.

The Pittsburgh Steelers did precisely that on August 8 with the acquisition of journeyman linebacker Ron’Dell Carter following a successful workout (per the NFL transaction wire). In a corresponding roster move, linebacker T.D. Moultry was waived/injured.

We have signed LB Ron’dell Carter, waived/injured LB T.D. Moultry and activated DE Tyson Alualu off the Active/PUP List.

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 8, 2022

Carter, a defensive end, played his collegiate ball at Rutgers (2015-2016) before transferring to James Madison, where he registered 152 tackles (69 solo), 48.0 tackles for loss, 23.0 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 44 games.

A linebacker at the pro level, Carter has bounced around the league since the Dallas Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL draft. He was part of Dallas’ final roster cuts but resigned to the practice squad. A few weeks later, the Indianapolis Colts poached Carter for their practice squad. In the five games Carter was on the active roster, he was declared inactive.

On November 10, 2020, after being waived by the Colts, he briefly returned to Dallas. He appeared in three games in the final four games of the 2020 season, recording an assisted tackle.

Ex-Cowboys DE Ron'Dell Carter went unclaimed on waivers. But he won't be returning to Dallas, planning to sign instead with the Cardinals' practice squad, source said.

— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 1, 2021

From there, Carter had two stints with the Arizona Cardinals and played in one game with the Houston Texans. He projects as an edge-rusher in the Steelers’ system.

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Ramping Things Up

The Steelers are ramping things up; they are only five days away from their first preseason tilt with the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, August 13.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and staff “went heavy” on game situations at the August 8 practice.

“It’s a big day for us, hitting some elements of situational football and continue to introduce those components of the game to them and teach and learn,” Tomlin told reporters. “We’ll be in a stadium at the end of the week. That’s the reality of it. There needs to be a certain level of preparedness.”

Making that preparation a little more complicated are injuries that inevitably occur as practices ramp up. Per camp reports, Diontae Johnson (hip flexor), Alex Highsmith (ribs), Kevin Dotson (ankle), and linebacker Genard Avery (groin) did not finish practice.

Among those who did not finish practice were Diontae Johnson with a hip flexor and Alex Highsmith who hurt his ribs. Chase Claypool had wrap on his shoulder but was not mentioned by Tomlin. Kevin Dotson has ankle injury.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 8, 2022

“We’ll get those guys evaluated, and hopefully, they can be described as day-to-day,” Tomlin said.

Chase Claypool (shoulder), who’s missed practice since July 29, was limited in pads. Joe Rutter reported that Claypool did end practice with a wrap on his shoulder. He was not mentioned in the injury rundown of Tomlin’s press conference, nor was linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III who ESPN’s Brooke Pryor spotted in a walking boot.

Ulysees Gilbert III is in a boot today on his right foot. He went down in a tackling drill Saturday. He’s been having a good camp, but his career has been plagued by bad luck injuries.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 8, 2022

In typical Tomlin fashion, he chalked up the laundry list of injuries as “things associated with this
time of year.”

Pat Freiermuth returned to the field after also having missed practice since the 29th with hamstring tightness. Another big get is Tyson Alualu (knee). As a precaution, he started training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but Tomlin said he’s “able to begin his process.” The return of Alualu, 35, is a great sign considering how badly the Steelers’ run defense suffered after he went to injured reserve after Week 2 in 2021.

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