WWE And Sony Form Partnership Starting At Summerslam

Sony released a statement today saying they will be partners with WWE in their new Live Events Viewer App on the PS3 video game system. The partnership starts this Sunday as you will be to watch Summerslam on your PS3.

Here is how you download the app, so you can watch Summerslam this Sunday:

1.Log on to the PlayStation Store on your PlayStation 3 system.
2.Scroll down to the Apps section and find Live Events Viewer for download.
3.Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on the XMB under TV/Video Services.
4.Log on with your PSN or Sony Entertainment Network username and password.
5.Then, enjoy watching WWE’s SummerSlam this Sunday, including the pre-show starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and other to-be-announced live events on the Live Events Viewer.

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Dave Meltzer Talks Summerslam, WWE TV Rights, WrestleMania 30 and More

On the latest Between The Ropes podcast, Brian talks with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and F4WOnline.com to talk about this Sunday’s Summerslam pay-per-view and the directions they could possibly go in the John Cena – Daniel Bryan – McMahons storyline, laying out plans for WrestleMania 30 next year, if The Rock will be coming back or another possible big star, when the WWE Network could possible launch, if that could be tied to current WWE TV deals, what networks may be interested in WWE and the landscape of big money deals in sports, young talent on the main roster right now and more.

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WWE Total Divas Extended For Six More Episodes

If you are a fan of WWE’s Total Divas, you are going to see additional episodes of this season. E! and WWE released a statement moments ago stating that “Total Divas” will have six additional episodes for this season.

Here is the statement released moments ago:

Total Divas” Has Grown Each Week Since Its Premiere And Hit A Series High With 1.7 Million Total Viewers In Its Most Recent New Episode On Sunday Night

Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2013 – E! has picked up six additional episodes of its popular new series “Total Divas,” which offers the first-ever look into the world of the WWE Divas both inside and outside the ring, bringing season one to a total of 14 episodes. The product of two entertainment giants, E! and WWE, teaming with reality hit maker Bunim-Murray Productions (“Keeping Up With The Kardashians”), “Total Divas” has successfully attracted infatuated pop culture enthusiasts who have made the series an instant hit after only three episodes. The series’ sexy stars have let cameras into their glamorous private lives, their sometimes rocky romances and behind the scenes of their hectic sports entertainment careers. Building on its ratings success and enormous social media buzz, E!’s “Total Divas” will continue with new episodes airing Sundays at 10pm with a summer finale on Sunday, September 15 at 10pm. The six additional episodes will debut this fall starting Sunday, November 17 at 10pm ET/PT only on E!

“Our audience has embraced ‘Total Divas’ in a big way and we’re excited to build on the show’s tremendous momentum with six additional episodes,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Program Development. “For many women, WWE Divas possess aspirational personalities because of their glamorous lifestyles and international stardom, but it’s their genuine and dynamic personal lives that have truly captivated so many viewers.”

The series was an instant hit with audiences, delivering 1.3 million total viewers in its debut, and has built week-to-week since with its most recent episode on 8/11/13 delivering 1.7 million viewers. The third episode of the show on 8/11 was its strongest yet in all key 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 targets including women and men as well as households.

With only three episodes having aired, “Total Divas” has a lot more to share this season as the lines between the Diva personal lives and ring lives begin to get blurred. Nattie’s (WWE Diva Natalya) relationship with her long-time fiancé WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd hits a rough patch as the flame that brought them together starts to flicker. What was supposed to be smooth sailing to a fairytale wedding has become a rocky road and a relationship in trouble. Meanwhile the devilish duo, “The Bella Twins,” are separating for the very first time. Brie Bella is moving to a quieter home base in Phoenix with boyfriend WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan, which leaves her sister Nikki Bella and her boyfriend WWE Superstar John Cena living their life of luxury across the country in Tampa. The women also struggle to mend their strained relationship with their father, who was in and out of their lives growing up, and deal with body issues as Nikki gets dubbed “the fat twin” by “haters” on social media.

Tag-team partners Trinity (WWE Diva Naomi) and Ariane (WWE Diva Cameron) who make up “The Funkadactyls” are at odds when they begin to question what each other bring to the ring and how it will further their individual careers. On their own, Trinity is at odds with her fiancé WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso when she refuses to wear her engagement ring so she is more appealing to male fans, and Ariane is considering a breast augmentation which requires her to stop wrestling for an extended period of time, thus taking “The Funkadactlys” out of the spotlight they have worked so hard to get into.

Back at NXT, the WWE developmental system, the Divas-in-training are being put through the ringer at performance boot camp and while JoJo is questioning her dedication to becoming a Diva, fiery redhead Eva Marie is continuing to make herself known in the sports entertainment business for all the wrong reasons as she defies the rules set by WWE, flirts with veteran Superstars while hiding her engagement, bites off more than she can chew with performance promises she can’t keep and bumps heads with the big bosses.

Total Divas is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.

The fall premiere of “Total Divas” begins November 17th at 10pm ET/PT. And don’t miss this summer’s new episodes of “Total Divas” every Sunday at 10pm ET/PT on E!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up Slightly

The two main event segments that needed to deliver for the WWE on Monday’s Raw did just that in terms of ratings. The rating for Monday’s Raw was a 3.0 with an average of 4.11 million viewers up slightly from the 2.96 rating from last week.

The first hour produced a 2.7 rating with an average of 3.74 million viewers, hour two produced a 3.0 rating with an average of 4.2 million viewers and hour three including the overrun averaged 4.32 million viewers.

Usually the rating doesn’t go up from hour two to hour three. Hour two opened with Brad Maddox, Vince McMahon and Triple H coming out and Triple H announcing he will be the special referee for the John Cena versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE title this Sunday at Summerslam.

Hour three began with a Miz TV segment featuring great promos from Cena and Bryan to help promote Summerslam on Sunday. The final segment of the show was set to feature Paul Heyman versus CM Punk. Heyman came out and cut a great promo, which led to Brock Lesnar coming up as they promoted the Lesnar versus Punk match this Sunday at Summerslam.

Punk then came out from behind and attacked Lesnar to end the show. It is a good sign as the overrun did a 3.5 rating, which shows people are very interested in this match at Summerslam on Sunday.

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Jessica Aguilar and Jessica Eye Get Their Releases From Bellator MMA

From the way things are looking, it seems like we may not be seeing a women fighting in Bellator MMA anytime soon. The promotion has released top ranked fighters Jessica Aguilar and Jessica Eye.

Both ladies confirmed their releases on Twitter earlier today.

Aguilar went 5-1 under Bellator and defeated quite arguable the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time in Megumi Fuji at Bellator 69 last May. “Jag” last competed in the organization at Bellator 94 when she defeated Patricia Vidonic.

Eye went undefeated in three fights for Bellator defeating former Bellator champion Zoila Gurgel at Bellator 83 last December.

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WWE Summerslam Press Conference Video

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WWE Summerslam takes place this Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today the WWE held a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to promote Sunday’s show.

We have the entire press conference for you to watch in the video above.

Among the people who spoke at the press conference to hype up WWE Summerslam were: WWE champion John Cena, Daniel Bryan who Cena will face Sunday for the WWE title, CM Punk to hype his battle with Brock Lesnar, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 13, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at Raw from last night which was the go-home edition for Summerslam, the build for the matches on the pay-per-view, a new match announced, John Cena reportedly needing surgery, creating characters and getting them over in today’s climate, video packages, more on the new WWE 2K14 video game and who is involved and more.

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Invicta FC Signs Felice Herrig

Invicta Fighting Championships has announced that top 115 pound strawweight Felice Herrig has agreed to an exclusive multi-year deal with the organization.

Invicta FC officials have said that Herrig would fight for the promotion later this year.

Herrig previously has fought for Bellator MMA and XFC, with her last fight being in March when she defeated Heather Clark at Bellator 94.

“I couldn’t be happier than I am now, after signing with Invicta FC,” said Herrig. “I have seen them do so much for women and really give them a chance to shine. I don’t think anyone realized how big Invicta FC would become, and I am truly proud to say I have found a home with them.

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp is excited to have Felice Herrig in the company.

“We are excited about bringing Felice, one of the brightest, young talents in the women’s field of MMA, under the Invicta FC umbrella,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Felice has overcome a lot of stiff competition, thus far, during her career, and we are looking forward to seeing her perform against some of the top women in the world who fight for Invicta FC.”

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WWE Total Divas Viewers Up in Week 3

The WWE may have a hit show on their hands. The viewers for this past Sunday’s, “WWE Total Divas” was 1.67 million viewers, which is up from 1.53 million viewers in week two.

The show had 1.3 million viewers in the inaugural week. It will be interesting to see what the rating will be for next week as the show is competing with Summerslam.

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Big Show Returns at RAW

After being advertised a few weeks ago, the Big Show finally returned on last night’s edition of RAW.

The 20-man battle royal to earn a title shot against Dean Ambrose ended with RVD and Mark Henry bumping fists.  Immediately afterwards, the Shield quickly surrounded the ring, outnumbering Henry and Van Dam.  Just as Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins were getting ready to swarm the ring, the Big Show’s music hit, and he re-emerged on stage.  He walked down to the ring as the Shield scurried back into the crowd.

It’s worth noting that Big Show looked leaner than he has in years.  When he left back in May, he was finishing up a heel run in a feud against Randy Orton.  After last night’s events, and the open challenge by Reigns earlier in the night, it looks like Show will possibly be teaming up with Mark Henry to challenge Rollins and Reigns for the Tag Team Championship.

Eddie Alvarez Resigns With Bellator, Faces Michael Chander At Bellator PPV

The contract squabble with Eddie Alvarez and Bellator MMA is finally over. Alvarez and Bellator MMA have agreed to a new contract and Alvarez will get a chance to avenge his only loss in the organization, as he will face lightweight champion Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator MMA’s first PPV at Bellator 106 on November 2.

Alvarez and Chandler met in November of 2011 in what a lot of people thought was the best of 2011, with Chandler stopping Alvarez in the fourth round to become the Bellator MMA lightweight champion. Since then Chandler has remained undefeated and defended his title on two occasions. Chandler feels very confident heading into the rematch.

“Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter,” Chandler said. “Two years later, I’ve grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind on November 2nd, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist. I have full confidence that I can take this fight wherever I want, whenever I want because I didn’t even show much of my wrestling in that last fight and I was able to beat him just with my standup. My ground game has always been there, and I’ve taken my striking to a whole new level since the last time we met. I feel like I have more experience under my belt, I’m wiser, stronger, and have had so much time in the gym trying to become the best fighter I can be.”

Eddie Alvarez and Bellator had been in a contract dispute since October of 2012 with Bellator MMA allegedly matching the offer the UFC made to Alvarez. But Alvarez had disputed that Bellator MMA had matched every term of the deal, especially in regards to Bellator MMA being able to put on a PPV since the organization had never done a PPV show.

The former lightweight champion says he is ready to regain his title on November 2.

“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record,” Alvarez remarked. “This was a long process, but at the end of the day I’m back with Bellator and I’m happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I’m ready to get my belt back on November 2nd.”

Bellator 106 takes place on November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event of the event is Rampage Jackson facing off with Tito Ortiz.

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Lineup for WWE Summerslam 2013

Here is the full card for WWE Summerslam on Sunday, August 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and live on pay-per-view.

WWE Championship:  John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan with Triple H as special referee

Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk

World Heavyweight Championship:  Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian

Ring of Fire Match:  Kane vs. Bray Wyatt

Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and AJ Lee

Natalya vs. Brie Bella

Pre-show Kickoff – United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam

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WWE Setting Up Celebrity Match for Summerslam 2013

While it is not confirmed yet, it looks like the WWE is setting up a celebrity match for this Sunday’s WWE Summerslam PPV.   The talk is that Maria Menounos and Natalya will face Brie Bella and a partner for SummerSlam.

Nikki Bella could be her tag partner is she received medical clearance.  If not, they will find another partner for the match.

It’s far from the first time that Menounos has been involved with the WWE.  She teamed with Kelly Kelly at WrestleMania 28 where they defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres.  She even worked the match with cracked ribs that she suffered while training for Dancing With The Stars.

If this match happens at Summerslam, it will be Menounous’ fourth match in the WWE.

Her first match was on October 12, 2009 when she teamed with Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim to beat Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox.

Then on the Tribute to the Troops show on December 11, 2011 she once again teamed with Kelly Kelly along with Eve Torres and Alicia Fox to beat the Bella Twins, Natalya and Beth Phoenix.

Menounos also introduced longtime friend Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.

It’s no surprise that the WWE would have interest for a celebrity match, especially at Summerslam which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, right among the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Plus, with Menounos being the host of the celebrity show Extra! along with Mario Lopez, she will get the WWE and Summerslam some extra attention and at the least will not hurt interest in the show.

TNA Wrestling Pushes Back Big Match

TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter announced that the match between Aces and 8′s vs. the Main Event Mafia will not be taking place on this Thursday’s Hardcore Justice event on Impact.  Instead, the match has been pushed back a week to the August 22 edition of Impact Wrestling.

Carter posted the following:

 

The most logical reason for this is because Kurt Angle — who is a part of this match — is currently in rehab following his recent DWI arrest.  If this indeed the case for the match being pushed back a week, that would mean Angle would be in rehab for about three weeks before checking out or at least leaving for this match.

You would hope that Angle along with TNA Wrestling is taking his problem very seriously.  However, if he stays in rehab for anything less than 30 days, many people will have doubts about his sincerity to battling this issue.  There are even those that believe Angle should stay in rehab for as much as 60 days considering this is his fourth related DWI issue although he has either gotten off or had the charges reduced in the first three cases.

Angle is committed to his job and no one can question that.  It’s whether or not he has that same commitment to overcoming this personal problem and how serious he is treating it.

Hardcore Justice on Thursday is headlined by TNA World Champion Chris Sabin defending his title against Bully Ray in a steel cage match.  Plus, there will be a Bound for Glory series ladder match with Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries vs. Kazarian.

UPDATE:  The August 22nd edition of Impact Wrestling will be taped after the show on August 15.  So, it’s not certain why the match is being pushed back.  It could possibly be just to have a big match on that show and not just have one big loaded show on August 15.

 

Between The Ropes Podcast – August 12, 2013

It’s Monday so Brian and Steve preview WWE Raw tonight which is the go-home edition for Summerslam on Sunday.  Plus, they talk about a new match on the pay-per-view, where some others may or may not fit in when it comes to the show, the latest WWE video game announcement and more.

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WWE Makes A Major Announcement Regarding WWE 2K14

The WWE and 2K announced today that the new video game WWE 2K14 will now have a feature called 30 Years of WrestleMania, which will be centered around the biggest matches in the history of WrestleMania. One of the big matches will include Hulk Hogan against Andre the Giant from WrestleMania III.

There will be 45 matches included in the new feature including matches like Hogan versus Andre, Hogan versus The Rock from WrestleMania 18 and The Rock versus John Cena from WrestleMania 28.

The new feature will also include recreated arenas, ring entrances of the wrestlers and the graphics used for each match.

Here is a statement WWE issued today regarding the new feature for WWE 2K14:

2K announced the all-new “30 Years of WrestleMania” mode in “WWE 2K14,” the upcoming video game in the award-winning franchise. Details about the exciting new single-player campaign were revealed during a conference call with WWE COO Triple H and 2K Creative Director Cory Ledesma.

Inspired by the landmark WrestleMania XXX, which will emanate from New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014, “30 Years of WrestleMania” will be a nostalgic journey through three decades of WWE history. Utilizing the greatest video game roster ever assembled, “30 Years” will allow players the chance to relive and experience 45 classic WrestleMania matches, including Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III, Hogan vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8 and The Rock vs. John Cena a tWrestleMania XXVIII.

The inclusion of Hulk Hogan in the game is a particularly exciting announcement, and one the WWE Universe has eagerly anticipated.

In addition to the 45 classic WrestleMania matches, 2K has painstakingly recreated arenas, era-centric graphics and vintage screen effects to provide gamers with the ultimate historically accurate experience.

“WrestleMania creates moments in time that last forever,” WWE’s COO told reporters. “And with our amazing partner, 2K, we can really capture that.”

Also included are exclusive WWE-produced video packages made for the game to refresh the storylines that led to the matches and historical in-game objectives to unlock a treasure trove of rewards such as Superstars, Legends, alternate attire and exclusive photography.

“Knowing where you came from is important to where you’re going to go, and for WrestleMania, it’s important to see these iconic moments,” Triple H said. “We are extremely excited about this concept, as 30 years of WrestleMania is a massive milestone for us.”

“WWE 2K14″ puts gamers in the boots of WWE’s grandest Superstars at the very moments that made them legendary, allowing WWE Universe members the chance to live that big match and participate in that big WrestleMania moment.

Because “WWE 2K14″ is where dream matches happen, WWE.com asked Triple H what his dream match would be. Admitting that it would be hard to choose just one, The Cerebral Assassin said, “I would have loved to go one-on-one with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, because I consider him to be the greatest in-ring performer of all time, and my best friend.”

Since we are talking dream matchups here, Triple H added, “I’d go back to the early ’80s and wrestle Ric Flair … I’ll go back even further and say Bruno Sammartino and Buddy Rogers. I’m really a history-based guy.”

And, from all accounts, “WWE 2K14″ is shaping up to be a game steeped in history, while bringing the cutting-edge graphics and gameplay the WWE Universe has come to expect from the franchise. Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

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Seth Rollins Talks WWE Summerslam, Success of The Shield

WWE superstar Seth Rollings spoke with Eric Lopez of SportsTalkFlorida.com to promote Summerslam which is coming up on August 18 on pay-per-view.

He spoke about the quick success of The Shield along with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and the impact they have made in the WWE. Rollins shares his thoughts on some o the highlights of his career including  coming up from FCW, being part of the Shield , debuting in the WWE at the Survivor Series in 2012, winning the tag team titles with Reigns against Kane and Daniel Bryan. Rollins also talks about how and why the Shield has worked so good together, the history of the Florida Territory in Wrestling, wrestling in Central Florida area, the new WWE Performing center in Orlando and a lot more.

Check out the interview at http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/wwes-seth-rollins-talks-path-to-stardom-and-future-for-the-shield/