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WWE Raw Rundown – June 18th, 2013

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While in-ring action wasn’t the top priority for Raw this week, the number of great surprises and unexpected returns worked together to create a noteworthy show. Payback’s momentum carried over here in a good way. Read More »

Between The Ropes Podcast Talking WWE Payback, Raw – June 18, 2013

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Brian and Steve look back at what has been two very good shows for the WWE between the Payback PPV on Sunday and Raw the following night.  First, they talk about Payback including the great match between CM Punk against Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio winning the World Heavyweight Title against Dolph Ziggler and the double turn in the match ... Read More »

Video: Brock Lesnar Returns, Attacks CM Punk

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Brock Lesnar is back once again.  The beast returned last night on Raw and decided to pick on someone new, that being CM Punk. Punk had just finished his match against Alberto Del Rio which he won by count out when Del Rio decided not to continue and as he was walking away, he was attacked by Dolph Ziggler.  Punk ... Read More »

Video: Mark Henry Slams John Cena After Teasing Retirement

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Last night on WWE, Mark Henry (along with a bit role from John Cena) delivered one of the best angles on Raw — or in all of wrestling — in a while.  Henry was fantastic in giving a heartfelt speech, announcing his retirement.  But when Cena came in for a hug, Henry laid him out with the World’s Strongest Slam. ... Read More »

Video: WWE Payback Kickoff Show

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WWE has made the entire kickoff show to the Payback pay-per-view available online on its YouTube channel.  The kickoff show includes the panel discussion with Josh Mathews, the Big Show, Cody Rhodes and R-Truth as well as a good, ten-minute match between Sheamus and Damien Sandow. Read More »

Rob Van Dam Returning to WWE

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Last night during the WWE Payback pay-per-view, a video was shown announcing the return of Rob Van Dam to the company at next month’s Money in the Bank PPV. Van Dam was last under contract with the company in 2007 and decided to leave when his contract was up.  He did appear at the 2009 Royal Rumble for just the ... Read More »

WWE Payback 2013 Results

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Here are the results from Sunday night’s WWE Payback pay-per-view: *  Sheamus defeated Damien Sandow on the kickoff match.   A very good math that went more than ten minutes.  Sandow got in a lot of offense but Sheamus connected with the Brogue Kick for the victory. *  Curtis Axel defeated The Miz and Wade Barrett to become the new ... Read More »

The Shield’s Loss is a Loss for WWE

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Just to catch up: If you missed Friday Night Smackdown this past week, then you also missed a pretty big development for one of WWE’s hottest acts. The Shield, who have seemed unstoppable since their debut last November, finally saw defeat. Re-read that first paragraph. Summary: “If you missed Friday Night Smackdown, then you missed The Shield’s first loss.” See, ... Read More »

WWE Payback 2013 – Staff Predictions

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This Sunday, it is the WWE Payback pay-per-view.  Here is the predictions from the Between The Ropes staff for each match on the show.   Payback Match Kickoff – Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow Brian Fritz:  Sheamus is really caught in limbo right now when it comes to his place in the pecking order.  While Sandow should win here and get ... Read More »

Previewing WWE Payback

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WWE returns to pay-per-view tomorrow night with their June event, Payback. This event seems to be trying to build itself around it’s title sake by having most of the matches taking place focus on return matches from the Extreme Rules event, the ongoing rivalry with The Shield, and what could perhaps be the payoff to the only rivalry going on ... Read More »

WWE Smackdown Rundown – June 15th, 2013

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The word “mediocre” comes to mind when discussing this week’s Smackdown. WWE creative seemed to check out for the night, save for one very questionable booking decision. Let’s break it down: Read More »

Between The Ropes MMA Podcast UFC 161 Preview – June 14, 2013

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Brian and Steve preview UFC 161 with includes Rashad Evans against Dan Henderson and Roy Nelson squaring off against Stipe Miocic as well as the rest of the card.  Plus, the look ahead to fights later this year including Jon Jones against Alexander Gustaffson, Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos and Georges St. Pierre against Johny Hendricks and more UFC ... Read More »