TNA News: Eric Bischoff Shoots Down Hulk Hogan/2K Sports Deal, Rips Wrestling Websites

As we stated earlier in today’s podcast, their is backstage heat in TNA with Hulk Hogan for agreeing to a deal with 2K Sports to appear in the new WWE 2K14 video game. Eric Bischoff who is a close friend of Hogan, came out swinging earlier today on Twitter shooting down these reports.

 

 

 

If that wasn’t enough, Bischoff decided to criticize the wrestling websites reporting the heat with Hogan and people in TNA.

 

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WWE News: Total Divas Viewership Up From Last Week

The good news keeps on coming for the WWE and their hit reality show, “Total Divas”. Viewership from Sunday’s episode was at 1.460 million viewers, up from last week’s episode only had 1.349 million viewers.

That’s good news considering this week’s show had more competition as MTV was airing their video music awards show, which was seen by over ten million people compared to last week when WWE Summerslam aired on pay-per-view.

Total Divas raked in 1.3 million viewers in week one, 1.526 for week two, 1.671 for week three and last week’s 1.349 million viewers.

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Bellator MMA Adds Another Title Fight For Their Inaugral PPV

Bellator MMA is really making a splash as the organization gets ready to make their PPV debut. The organization announced today that Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will look to make his third straight title defense as he faces off with Daniel Straus for a second time at Bellator 106 on November 2.

Curran has fought two times already in 2013 defeating Patricio Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev. The top five featherweight is excited to face Straus again and very excited to fight on pay-per-view.

“I’ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has,” Curran said. “It means the world to me to be able to defend my title on our first Pay-Per-View, especially with such a tough fight ahead of me. I’m not taking Straus lightly. He is an incredibly tough featherweight, and I’m not even thinking about our first fight in 2009, we are two totally different guys right now. This card is stacked, and I want to give Bellator and all our fans a great show.”

Straus won the Season Six tournament to get his shot at Curran. The fight was supposed to take place earlier this year, but Straus broke his hand and then went through some legal troubles.

The challenger is looking forward to finally match up with Curran and knows he is a different than the first time they squared off.

“It’s finally here. I’ve faced so many setbacks over the last year, and my title shot is finally here,” Straus said. “When Pat and I met in 2009, we were two completely different fighters. Both of us have developed so much in that time, but I still want that loss of my record. That fight taught me a lot about where I was as a fighter, especially considering I’ve gone 17-1 since we last met. I’m just excited to be able to get a chance to fight for a title on a huge stage like this. I really don’t know how this fight is going to end, but I envision it going quickly. This won’t be a long, drawn out process. I’m going in for the kill.”

Curran and Straus squared off at the Chicago promotion XFO in 2009, with Curran winning by knockout.

Bellator 106 takes place Saturday, November 2 at the Long Beach Arena in Long beach, California. The card is headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson facing Tito Ortiz, with Michael Chandler versus Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator MMA lightweight championship in the co-feature.

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UFC Fight Night 27 Weigh-Ins Live on BetweenTheRopes.com At 4 P.M. ET

UFC Fight Night 27 takes place tomorrow night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The main event features a rematch from 2009 with Carlos Condit looking to avenge his first ever loss in the UFC as he squares off with Martin Kampmann.

Before the fighters get in the cage, all 24 fighters hit the scales today to weigh-in for their respective fights tomorrow night.

Watch the live weigh-in stream here at betweentheropes.com starting at 4 p.m. ET.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – August 27, 2013

rawbryanortonshieldBrian and Steve are back as they talk about Klondike bars, mints, coupons, concerts and NBA Championships and then they get into a full review of WWE Raw including the latest in the Triple H – Daniel Bryan – Randy Orton storyline, the eye-popping Paul Heyman – CM Punk – Curtis Axel segment, AJ Lee with her version of a pipe bomb promo and more.  Plus, they talk Goldberg and Hulk Hogan’s future in wrestling.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – August 26th, 2013

For full coverage of last night’s show, be sure to check out the complete Raw Rundown.

Triple H and Randy Orton gloatThe Triple H and Randy Orton opening felt very old school. What I mean is that, the heels came out to put over their ongoing ‘victories,’ then the face came out and played to the crowd. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/26/2013

Refresh this page throughout the show tonight for LIVE ongoing coverage and analysis!

Tonight, live on USA Network, WWE Raw is bringing a lot of hype with two major matches.  First, CM Punk sent out a tweet over the weekend accepting Curtis Axel’s challenge from Friday Night Smackdown.  Also, WWE.com is advertising Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam in what might be a prelude to an eventual Championship match-up at Night of Champions.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 26, 2013

It’s Monday so Brian and Steve are back to look ahead to WWE Raw tonight.  Plus, they talk about Goldberg and whether or not he could return to WWE for the Hall of Fame and possibly a match at WrestleMania XXX next year, where it looks like WrestleMania could be in 2015 and 2016, Ted DiBiase Jr. leaving the WWE, AJ Styles possibly leaving TNA and if he would be a good fit in the WWE and a big discussion about WWE creative and utilizing the talent roster.

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Ted DiBiase Jr. Departs from WWE

Ted_DiBiase_JrTed Dibiase Jr. announced today on YouTube that his contract with the WWE is up and he has decided not to re-sign.

DiBiase said the decision was “bittersweet” but this was best for him and his family right now.

“I have had just some amazing life experiences with the WWE. I’ve done some amazing things. I’ve traveled the world, wrestling at WrestleMania.  I’ve made a movie.  It’s really been a dream”.

DiBiase stated that he had other things he wanted to pursue including being a dad.  He also left the door open for a return down the road.

“I’m not saying this is forever,” said an emotional DiBiase.  “Hopefully there will be some good times in the future.  We’ll see.  But until then, I’m going fishing.”

DiBiase –  a third generation wrestling – signed a developmental deal with the WWE back in 2007.  There were many in the company who thought he was a ‘can’t miss’ prospect with high aspirations for him.  In May 2008, he made his WWE debut and quickly teamed with Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.  The following January, the two along with Randy Orton formed the Legacy faction.  But the group unraveled quickly and the three squared off against once another in a triple threat match at WrestleMania XXVI which Orton won.

DiBiase went off on his own and was became the Million Dollar Champion, playing off of his father.  However, the gimmick never seemed to fit him well and fizzled out over time.

After that, DiBiase got lost in the shuffle and for whatever reason was not put in even a mid-card position.  In March 2012, he suffered a broken ankle which required surgery.  He had also been working with a bad shoulder that needed surgery as well.  He was able to return later in the year but was rarely used on television and in minor roles for months.  The last time he was on TV was during the June 10th edition of Raw as a lumberjack for a match between John Cena and Ryback.

Away from wrestling, DiBiase started “The Ted DiBiase Foundation” helping individuals with life threatening illnesses or disabilities.

WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/23/2013

Tonight’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown comes only five short days after an epic SummerSlam pay-per-view event.  Del Rio looks for revenge in a match against Christian, and 3MB is being advertised against Mark Henry and Big Show.  Let’s see if this week’s show delivers. [Read more...]

TNA News: Devon Makes First Statement Since Leaving TNA

Former ECW, WWE and TNA champion Devon is gone from TNA after taking the pinfall last night in the main event of Impact Wrestling. Devon was apart of Aces and Eights facing off with the Main Event Mafia and he got pinned by AJ Styles. The loser of the match as part of the stipulation had to leave TNA.

Devon made first statements on Twitter after taking the pinfall last night.

Devon will be making at least one more appearance for TNA as he is advertised for the Body Slammin’ Breast Cancer 2 event on September 14 in Melbourne, Florida before he leaves the company.

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UFC News: Conor McGregor Out Around 10 Months With A Torn ACL

The hype train surrounding Conor McGregor will be derailed for awhile. UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports Live that a MRI McGregor took today revealed a torn ACL, posterior horn meniscal tear and a MCL strain. White said that McGregor would out for about nine to ten months.

McGregor fought this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 26 defeating Max Holloway by unanimous decision. The Irishman stated after the fight that he felt a pop in his knee during the fight and in the proceeding days had thought he had suffered an LCL injury.

The surging featherweight in recent days had made inflammatory comments towards top contenders in the featherweight division including UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

We wish McGregor the best in his recovery.

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WWE News: John Cena Says His Goal Is To Return To WWE “Healthy And Strong”

Former 13 time world champion John Cena made his first comments today since his triceps surgery on Tuesday. Cena told WWE.com that he wants to be healthy and put rumors to rest about being at WrestleMania 30 in April.

“I plan on using the next couple months to rehab and get healthy as I can, as quickly as I can,” said Cena. “My goal is to return to WWE healthy and strong, and since my expected time away is only six months, this shouldn’t affect WrestleMania.”

It has been a very good time for WWE recently given the rise of Daniel Bryan and the storyline with Paul Heyman and CM Punk. Even though he won’t be in the ring, Cena is looking forward to seeing what will happen during his time away.

“WWE has never been and never will be dependent on one man, with the exception of Mr. McMahon,” he added. “In the coming weeks, WWE will be filled with exciting programming as always, and I’ll have the best seat in the house! Let’s see who captivates the WWE Universe.”

We will keep you updated on Cena’s recovery as we get updates.

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TNA News: AJ Styles Leaving TNA?

You think of AJ Styles and you think of him being an original member of TNA since the organization started in 2002. Well that run could be coming to an end. PWInsider.com is reporting that Styles’ contract expires next month and TNA has made very little effort to make him an offer.

The former TNA world champion posted this on his official Facebook page early this morning:

Where do fans want AJ Styles to be? TNA? WWE? ROH? Japan? Lots of options. Tough decisions.

Should Styles stay in TNA or take his talents elsewhere?

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UFC News: Jessica Eye Talks Leaving Bellator And Signing With The UFC

On today’s podcast, Steve talks to top-ranked women’s fighter, UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Jessica Eye. “Evil” discusses what led to her no longer being with Bellator MMA, what organizations talked to her right after her release from Bellator and what led Eye to signing with the UFC.

Eye also tells Steve if Sarah Kaufman is the next opponent, how soon she wants to face the winner of Ronda Rousey/Miesha Tate, who her favorite football team is and much more.

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Lyoto Machida Drops To 185 And Faces Tim Kennedy At UFC Fight For The Troops 3

It had been said since last year at UFC on Fox 4 when Lyoto Machida weighed in at 201 pounds for his fight against Ryan Bader that he could make 185 pounds. Now you will get the chance to see that.

UFC President Dana White announced on Fox Sports Live on Fox Sports 1 that Machida will make his debut in the middleweight division against Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight For The Troops 3.

That event will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky.

Machida last fought almost three weeks ago at UFC 163, where he lost a controversial split decision to Phil Davis. We had reported last week that Machida was rumored to fight Nick Diaz, but White stated last Saturday that the fight was off the table.

Kennedy most recently fought in July at UFC 162 when he defeated Roger Gracie by unanimous decision. A few weeks back, Kennedy called out Vitor Belfort, but Belfort had turned down the fight. The two time Strikeforce middleweight title challenger last week stated that he would be interested in fighting Machida.

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Jon Jones Appears in Nike’s 25 Year Anniversary “Just Do It” Commercial

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones signed a deal last year with Nike, but with all big name athletes we have seen them in commercials. We hadn’t seen Jones in any Nike commercials, until now.

Nike has released a commercial celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign. The commercial, which was directed by Nicolai Fuglsig features Nike athletes like Jones, LeBron James, top-ranked tennis player Serena Williams, boxing champion Andre Ward, soccer star Gerard Pique with actor Bradley Cooper doing the voiceover for the commercial.

Jones will next be in the cage on Saturday, September 21 when he defends his title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

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WWE Night of Champions Main Event Announced At Smackdown Tapings

It was announced at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings in Bakersfield, California that the main event for WWE’s Night of Champions will be Randy Orton defending his WWE championship against Daniel Bryan.

The feud started started when Bryan defeated John Cena for the WWE title on Sunday at Summerslam. Orton came out after the match, while Bryan was celebrating, he received a pedigree by Triple H. “The Viper” then proceded to come into the ring and pin Bryan to win the title.

On Monday’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Orton gave an RKO to Bryan as the former champion tried to enter the ring.

WWE’s Night of Champions takes place on Sunday, September 15 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detriot, Michigan.

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