Mark Henry Talks WWE Performance Center, Money in the Bank

WWE superstar Mark Henry talks about the new Performance Center and his current run in the WWE including his upcoming match against John Cena at the Money in the Bank PPV.

The Shield Talk Performance Center, Success in WWE

WWE superstsars Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns of The Shield talk about the new Performance Center in Orlando, FL, some places they trained at when breaking into the business and their quick success in the WWE.

WWE Performance Center Grand Opening Press Conference Video

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Here is the press conference at the grand opening of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando including Michael Cole, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, Sheamus, Xavier Woods and Dr. Joseph Maroon.

WWE Performance Center Tour Video

A quick video tour at the grand opening of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando including WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events Paul Levesque (Triple H) and Florida Governor Rick Scott talking about the facility.

Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 10, 2013

Better late than never – Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the debut of the Wyatt Family, Daniel Bryan’s role this week and if he is being used too much, the lead up to the Money in the Bank PPV, Vickie Guerrero out as the Raw GM as well as Matt Morgan getting his release from TNA Wrestling.

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Randy Orton Has Gotten Divorced

TMZ is reporting that former WWE champion Randy Orton has gotten divorced from his wife Samantha.

The couple got married in 2007, but separated in 2012 with Samantha filing for divorce in March saying the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

According to the court document, Randy gets his 2012 Range Rover, 2011 Bentley, and 2009 Harley Davidson. Samantha gets her 2013 Infiniti.

Orton also gets a bunch of six-figure bank accounts, his gun collection, his jewelry, and one house plus 100% of all rights, title and interest in his WWE contract According to the docs, Orton makes $291,666 per month.

Meanwhile, Samantha gets a bank account worth $654,317 as well as her jewelry (including engagement and wedding ring). She also gets one house.

The couple has one daughter, which Samantha gets sole legal and physical custody, but Randy gets visitation. He has also agreed to pay Samantha $4,500 per month in child support.

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Report: Anderson Silva Wants His Rematch With Chris Weidman This Year

Well that didn’t take Anderson Silva long to change his tune about facing Chris Weidman again.

MMAFighting.com is reporting that people close to former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva are saying Silva wants his rematch with Weidman sooner rather than later. The former champion had stated immediately to Joe Rogan after his loss to Weidman that he wasn’t going to fight for the title again.

Silva then stated at the post-fight presser that he needed some time to think about it. Apparently it only took about 24 hours for Silva to want his rematch.

The report also states that Silva would like to face Weidman this year and not at the rumored February 1 show in New Jersey in conjunction with Super Bowl weekend.

UFC President Dana White told Lance Pugmire from the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that the company has been thinking about putting the Silva-Weidman rematch for UFC 168 on December 28 and moving the original main event of Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate to February 1.

Weidman appeared on a CBS Sports Radio show this morning stating that Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that the rematch will take place in either December or February.

When an announcement is official, we will bring it to you.

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Video: Invicta FC 6: Road to Coenen vs Cyborg

Invicta FC returns on Saturday with there sixth event. The show takes place at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

The main event features a rematch pitting former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg facing off with former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen for the Invicta featherweight championship.

The video above previews the main event of Saturday’s show.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – UFC 162 Recap

On today’s podcast Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford.

Steve and Percy recap UFC 162 from Saturday night as Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to become the UFC middleweight champion. Steve and Percy discuss what’s next for Weidman and Silva, will Silva retire, discuss whether Silva was really into the fight and much more.

The guys then get into Nick Diaz wanting to return to the UFC, the UFC world tour, if the UFC stole the idea from boxing, what fighters can do to market themselves better ad much more.

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‘Monday Night Raw’ Reaction and Review – 7/8/2013

Be sure to check out the Raw Rundown for complete coverage of last night’s show!

henry tops cenaMark Henry and John Cena faced off last night, in a take-it or leave-it segment. This feud kicked off hot a few weeks ago with Henry’s faux retirement speech. Unfortunately, things died off for the last two weeks, and this segment only managed to muster up a little more momentum heading towards Sunday. The face-off at the end gave Cena fans a reason to worry. But, it also reminded the rest of us that Henry’s chances at Money in the Bank are slim indeed.

Rob Van Dam was featured prominently on last nights show through a series of classic ladder match clips. This was a smart move by WWE. It reminded fans why they should care about Rob Van Dam returning to the company after so many years, and also highlighted his chances at winning the match this coming Sunday. For those of you that don’t like RVD, this probably didn’t do much to change your mind. But it should at least help sell a few more Pay Per Views to the casual fans.

The Wyatt Family finally debuted, and ended up deliver a Shield-esque beatdown. I’m not saying their overall persona reminded me of The Shield, or that just because they’re both three-man groups they act the same. But WWE creative has to give these guys more than just “we attack random people.” The videos hype last night climaxed in an eerie way. Let’s hope that trend continues, and these three men (especially Bray Wyatt) are treated like something special. These guys definitely have the potential to become the “creepy presence” of the next decade, and fill the void left by The Undertaker and Kane. Speaking of which, do I smell a possible SummerSlam feud?

Vickie Guerrero, love her or hate her, delivers in segments like last night’s job performance evaluation. I question her replacement (Brad Maddox? Really? Isn’t he a wrestler?), but considering he’s probably a spot-filler, I can handle it. What left me most disappointed was the McMahon family feud (again!). Just when it seemed like Vince and Triple H were taking their disagreements to a more personal level, they simply deferred to Stephanie, who settled things with the biggest non-commitment anybody could ask for. This constant bickering is leaving me indifferent. Come on, WWE, let’s kick things up a notch.

The overall show was solid. While not every match was entertaining, and not every segment lived up to the lofty expectations in place, I felt consistently entertained for three hours. A few standout matches including Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus (these guys could have stolen the show last year at Wrestlemania), without a lot of filler, made this seem like a well-booked show. This was the first night in a while where advertised segments, such as the Wyatt Family and Vickie Guerrero, kept me from changing the channel. And while I still think the WWE product (obviousy) has room for growth, it feels like creative is finally taking the charge of putting together a full three-hour show more seriously. Hopefully this is indicative of a good SummerSlam build… but only time will tell.

Video: UFC 165 Jones vs Gustafsson Introductory Press Conference Starting at Noon ET

The UFC officially announced yesterday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be defending his championship against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

That event takes place on Saturday, September 21 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Both main event participants and UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright will be at the Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto to officially announce the event.

Watch the video below starting at Noon ET when the press conference will begin.

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Video: Wyatt Family Debut

Michael Cole kicked the show off last night announcing that a WWE.COM reporter had been sent earlier in the week to track down the Wyatt Family.  What followed was a series of three POV, horror-style videos. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown – July 8th, 2013

Raw SidewaysEntertaining Monday Night Raw tonight. While three hours still feels too long for a weekly wrestling show, the show had a number of great hooks, and a solid final build towards Money in the Bank that made it worth watching. Let’s take a look: [Read more...]

Video: Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar Hall of Fame Ceremony

Dana White announced in May that the next two members of the UFC Hall of Fame would be former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

That ceremony took place on Saturday at the UFC Fan Expo leading up to UFC 162. Here is the video below provided by MMA Heat with the complete induction of both fighters.

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UFC 162 Salaries: Anderson Silva Tops With $600K

UFC 162 took place on Saturday night with Chris Weidman defeating Anderson Silva to become the UFC middleweight champion. The Nevada State Athletic Commission sent an email to media members with the disclosed salaries of all the UFC 162 participants.

Weidman took home a disclosed $48,000, while Silva took a home a disclosed $600,000, which topped all fighters on the card. Here are the disclosed salaries for UFC 162.

Main Card Fighters:

-Anderson Silva: $600,000 ($600,000 to show, $200,000 to win)

-Chris Weidman: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)

-Charles Oliveira: $21,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)

-Frankie Edgar: $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 to win)

-Roger Gracie: $50,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)

-Tim Kennedy: $90,000 ($60,000 to show, $30,000 to win)

-Denis Siver: $33,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)

-Cub Swanson: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)

Preliminary Card Fighters:

-Andrew Craig: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)

-Chris Leben: $51,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)

-Kazuki Tokudome: $8,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)

-Norman Parke: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)

-Dave Herman $23,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)

-Gabriel Gonzaga: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)

-Rafello Oliveira: $14,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)

-Edson Barboza: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)

-Brian Melancon: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)

-Seth Baczynski: $16,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)

-David Mitchell: $10,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)

-Mike Pierce: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)

The above figures do not include any bonuses given as performance based bonuses or back room bonuses that are rumored to be given to some athletes.

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UFC 162 Bonuses: Weidman Picks Up Bonus After Knocking Out Anderson Silva

After knocking out the longest reigning champion in UFC history, Chris Weidman picked up a little extra money for his handywork.

The new middleweight champion picked up an additional $50,000 for his “knockout of the night” win over Anderson Silva.

UFC officials also announced after the card that they were handing two $50,000 “fight of the night” bonuses as well. Those went to featherweights Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira with the other one going to featherweights Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver. There was no “submission of the night” bonuses due to no submissions on the card.

Edgar and Oliveira fought a three round war with Edgar (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) defeating Oliveira (16-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) by unanimous decision (30-27×3) in a fight closer than the scorecards would indicate.

Siver and Swanson kicked off the main card of last night’s main card. The two top featherweights put on a show as Silver won the first round with Swanson coming back to win the second. Swanson (20-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) then closed the show and stopped Siver (21-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in the third by TKO to pick up his fifth straight win.

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UFC 162 Video Highlights Of Chris Weidman Defeating Anderson Silva

See the highlight video of Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) ending the run of Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) to become the UFC middleweight champion last night at UFC 162.

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Chris Weidman Defeats Anderson Silva To Win the UFC Middleweight Championship

Chris Weidman said he got into MMA because he knew he could beat Anderson Silva. The New York native made good on his promise.

Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) shocked the world as he defeated Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) by knockout at 1:18 of Round 2 to become the UFC middleweight champion.

Weidman took Silva down early in the fight, but Silva was able to get the fight back standing to the fight. Silva then started mocking Weidman by dropping his hands and daring Weidman to hit him even though the challenger dominated the first round.

The second round started as how the first ended with Silva dropping his hands while dancing in the process. The former champion then backed away with his hands on hips, Weidman missed two punches, but the third didn’t miss as the punch dropped Silva and one more punch did it for Silva and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.

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