Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 17, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at last night’s Raw including Daniel Bryan being stripped of the WWE Championship, Stephanie and her wicked ways involving with Dusty Rhodes, Paul Heyman and his starry eyes for Ryback, the good guys finally stepping up and helping and more.  Plus, they talk about the report that Hulk Hogan’s TNA contract expiring in two weeks and the company possibly taking Impact off the road.

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Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thomson Headlines UFC On Fox 9

Anthony Pettis became the UFC lightweight champion a little over two weeks ago at UFC 164 when he defeated Benson Henderson. Pettis has a date and an opponent for his first title defense.

Pettis will be squaring off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday, December 14.

Thomson last fought in April at UFC on Fox 7 when he became the first to ever stop Nick Diaz when stopped Diaz in the second round. The Calfornia native got the shot at Pettis when T.J. Grant announced on Twitter last night that he was still experiencing the effects of a concussion he suffered in June.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Here is the updated card for UFC on Fox 9.

- Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes

Report: Hulk Hogan’s Contract With TNA Expiring on October 1

A lot of rumors have circulated that Hulk Hogan could return to the WWE when his TNA contract expires. The question was though, no one was sure about when the contract actually expired.

ProWrestling.net is reporting that Hulk Hogan’s contract with TNA expires on October 1, which is exactly two weeks away. The website is also reporting that Hogan’s camp has declined comment on the contract status with TNA.

When Hogan’s contract was set to expire last year, TNA picked up the option on his contract.

TNA has been cutting costs recently getting rid of talent like Mickie James, Devon and Mr. Anderson. Hogan would come at a hefty price for TNA, so it will be interesting to see if the company and Hogan can agree to a new deal.

A reunion between Hogan and the WWE has been circulating due to Hogan having a prominent role in the WWE 2K14 video game, which comes out on October 29. During the Night of Champions on Sunday, the WWE ran a poll on who was the greatest WWE champion of all time was and Hogan was the winner.

Do you want Hulk Hogan to stay with TNA or do you want to see the biggest star in the history of wrestling return to the WWE?

We will keep updated on the status of Hulk Hogan and where he will end up.

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 Reaction and Review

bryanwinsLast night’s pay-per-view started off in a weird way. Triple H opened up with a segment about making the match fair, no interference, blah blah blah. But wait, isn’t he our “big bad” in WWE right now? His character has done nothing but demolish Daniel Bryan for weeks, and all of sudden he decides to play both sides. I completely understand the idea of making a heel a little more tweener. What I can’t figure out is, why does WWE think now is the time to pull him back? [Read more...]

Former Heavyweight Boxing Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe To Enter Pro Wrestling

It was announced earlier today that former two-time heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe will be making his pro wrestling debut on March 1, 2014 for Preston City Wrestling based out of the United Kingdom.

Bowe became the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1992 when he defeated Evander Holyfield. The former boxing champion left boxing in 1996 and enrolled in the Marines, but quit after three days.

Bowe since then only has had three boxing fights since 1996 and even had a Muay Thai fight in June and lost in the second round, when he could no longer continue.

Preston City Wrestling is excited to have Bowe participating in their promotion.

“This is an exciting coup for Preston City Wrestling. Riddick Bowe is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and has been training hard to make the transition to the wrestling ring,” said Preston City Wrestling Owner Steven Fludder.

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Giant Matt Morgan Looking for Next Opportunity

matt-morganwideIt seems like everyone is always looking for a big man in wrestling.  While the business is evolving, the big man – especially a giant – has always been at the top of the food chain, standing out above others to dominate until a worthy contender can slay him.

Right now, there is a big man in wrestling without a home.  That is Matt Morgan.

The seven-foot, 300-pound plus “Blueprint” was last seen in TNA Wrestling back on June 13.  After being with the company for the better part of six years, Morgan decided a change was needed.

It was time to go.  And after several discussions with TNA President Dixie Carter, he was given his release.

“TNA was a company I fell in love with,” Morgan told Between The Ropes in an exclusive interview. “Dixie Carter is someone I love like a family member.   But on the business end of it, you want to be in a situation where you feel like you’re still improving and you’re being put in situations that highlight your strengths and hide your weaknesses.  Every wrestler wants that.

“But you also want to keep progressing.  I was in a spot where if I’m going to be sitting home and just collecting a check, that’s not the kind of guy I am.  That’s not the kind of performer I am.  I’m a guy who wants to earn his check.  More importantly, I want to be a guy who helps put asses in seats and do that, I need to be in the ring wrestling matches.”

Morgan is a man still torn by the decision and you can hear it in his voice.  It sounds like it’s straight from a current storyline in that what he did “was best for business”.  But when you hear him talk about that, it sounds like a business decision he didn’t necessarily want to be forced to make.

“It was tough to leave because that was my family for a while.  TNA really was a good family atmosphere.  That’s not even getting into the guy in the locker room who are like brothers to me as well.”

On several occasions, it looked like Morgan was on track for bigger things, a true main-event player.  Every time, something happened.

A feud with Hulk Hogan?  Well, the Hulkster just can’t get in the ring any more with his health issues?

The feud with Sting?  It fizzled out quickly.

There were plenty of other starts and stops along the way when it looked like he was on his way to becoming the TNA World Champion.  Even Morgan thought it was going to happen at some point but it wasn’t meant to be.

“From the business side of things, all you can do is bust your ass, whatever they throw at you, and do it to the best of your ability,” Morgan said.  “Now, if there was something that I did wrong that prevented that from happening, I’ll take that on the chin.  But if it’s something that I can’t control, like that, than no.  That’s on decision-makers.”

“That’s on the wave of the business at that moment and what they feel is best for their product and who they think should be the world champion at TNA at that moment.  If it’s not me, it’s not me.  That doesn’t mean you cry over it.  You try to prove them wrong and keep it moving.”

So now he is a giant without a company.  There are some that think he would be a better fit in WWE being a big guy.  It’s not like that company isn’t familiar with him either since he came up through their developmental system before going to the main roster for several stints before he was released.

Maybe he was brought up to the main roster too quickly.  He needed more experience.  Now, he’s been in the business for 11 years and has gotten that seasoning working in Japan as well as TNA Wrestling.

So when asked about that possibility, he didn’t shoot it down.

“I’ll put it to you this way,” Morgan replied.  I think there is a bazillion and one fresh matchups for me.  I think I’d be a hell of an addition to that roster as far as adding some freshness and adding a big man that would be able to go for the next five to eight years easily if needed.  And again, a guy that’s never missed a single date in his career.  No injuries, doesn’t take steroids, isn’t on drugs and someone that would be a hell of a representative for that company.”

“On my own accord, I do anti-bullying campaigns.  I’m part of D.A.R.E. and PAL here in Orlando where I’ve spoken to just 215 schools here in the state of Florida alone, on my own, since I can tell these kids my own stories.   I have ADHD for instance.  I talk about learning disabilities.  I talk about my drug history in the past of being a painkiller abuser and moving past that.  I’m a very good story to tell and I think I’d be a hell of a representative as far the company is concerned publicly.”

At the same time, he has history with TNA Wrestling and while he asked to leave, he is keeping the door open for a return.

“Definitely if the timing is right,” Morgan said.  “Timing is everything in this sport.  I’ve always said that and it’s the truth.  But I do not want to go back somewhere where it’s business as usual and let’s do the start – stop stuff again.  It’s got to be full guns blazing, let’s do this thing.  You’ve got a seven-foot, 330-pound steroid-free monster that is the most durable thing there is right now.  Please tell of someone who is my size and hasn’t had an injury in ten years.  I’ve never missed time for anything.  That being said, let’s go.  Let’s just come out of the gates blasting.”

Right now, Morgan is working a few independent shows just so he can stay in ring shape.  Priority number one though is taking care of his wife who is more than five months pregnant with their first child in what he says is a very high-risk pregnancy after the couple tried for ten years.

You can tell he misses being in the ring, being away from the brotherhood of wrestlers.  He wants to be in the spotlight and given a chance.  He undoubtedly has the size.  He believes he has the tools. Now, he needs the opportunity.

Morgan says that he won’t have to wait long before he gets that opportunity.

“I’ll put it to you this way without saying too much.  I know exactly what I’ll be doing and where I’ll be heading and when I’ll be doing that.”

Will we see him TV before the end of 2013?

“Yes.  Yes you will.”

Between The Ropes | Matt Morgan – September 16, 2013

Brian Fritz sits down with Matt Morgan about his time in TNA Wrestling, why he left and how tough the decision was to leave, what could be next in his future including the WWE, his acting career including one interesting role he recently tried out for, his relationship with Hulk Hogan and if he thinks Hogan will return to the WWE, Kurt Angle’s recent issues and coming back from rehab, his battles with painkillers years ago and coming back to wrestling, being around Brock Lesnar and Nathan Jones early in his career, the state of wrestling right now and more including some Breaking Bad discussion.

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Mickie James Rejects TNA Contract, Becomes a Free Agent

Former TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James contract expired today. ProWrestling.net reported that James had also turned down a contract offer recently from the organization. In the past few months, TNA has been cutting payroll and offering lower contracts to talent whose contracts are about to expire.

James’ final TNA appearance will this Thursday on a taped edition of Impact Wrestling, where James loses the Knockouts Title to ODB. James started in TNA in September of 2010 after she was in the WWE from 2005-2010.

No word yet on what James will do next in regards of where she will continue her wrestling career.

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 Review Podcast – September 16, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at last night’s WWE Night of Champions PPV which saw Daniel Bryan defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, added matches to the show, the greatest champion polls during the show and if they have any meaning and more.  Plus, they talk about tonight’s edition of Raw and a few people possibly leaving TNA Wrestling.

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 Rundown – LIVE

Refresh this page throughout the evening for LIVE ongoing results and analysis from WWE Night of Champions (2013).  Coverage starts at 8 pm ET!

wwenightofchampions2013posterTonight, WWE returns to Pay Per View with its annual “Night of Champions” Pay-Per-View.  The show is headlined by an exciting match, with Randy Orton defending his WWE Championship against an underdog Daniel Bryan.  Fans also have CM Punk vs Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel in a handicap match, with the stipulation that if Punk beats Axel, he gets his hands on Punk.  Be sure to watch along with us tonight! [Read more...]

Dusty Rhodes To Appear Tommorow Night Monday Night Raw

WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes will appear on WWE Monday Night Raw tomorrow night to confront McMahon family.

It was on Raw almost two weeks ago that Cody Rhodes lost his job when he lost to WWE champion Randy Orton. Then last week, his brother Dustin Rhodes appeared on Raw and if he had won against Orton, Cody Rhodes would get his job back. Orton defeated Dustin Rhoades in a good back and forth match.

Stephanie McMahon on Thursday extended an invitation to Dusty Rhodes to appear tomorrow night on Raw.

 

No one heard from Rhodes up until about an hour ago, when he responded to McMahon.

 

McMahon responded to Rhodes.

 

What will happen tomorrow night on Raw involving Dusty Rhodes and Stephanie McMahon?

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 – Staff Predictions

wwenightofchampions2013posterOn Sunday night, it is the WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view.  Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.

Kickoff match:  The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. 3MB (any pairing of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, or Jinder Mahal) vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) with Zeb Colter)

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Jim Ross, the Real Face of WWE

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Do me a favor: think back to the ‘Attitude Era.’ Make a numbered list, one to five. Next to each number, write down the names of those men who best defined that short, yet ludicrously profitable, wrestling period from late 1997 until around 2001. [Read more...]

WWE Night of Champions 2013 Preview

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It’s that time of the year again as WWE comes back onto pay per view tonight with it’s annual Night of Champions event. The premise, that every title is to be defended, falls a little by the wayside this year a the seven matches scheduled for the card make it appear a bit lackluster in terms of quality and seems to show the misdirection WWE has for almost every title that isn’t the top two championships.

That misdirection is inherent in the pre-show kickoff match. In order to determine the number one contenders to the Tag Team Championships currently held by The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins we are going to be treated to an absolute cluster of a 5-team Tag Team Turmoil match. Nothing about the format of this match makes any sense and aside from The Primetime Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neill) none of the other teams have been built up for a tag title run. So, sorry 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre), Tons of Funk (Tensai & Brodus Clay), Jimmy & Jay Uso, and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) but you are just adding to the cluster that will be this match.

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Floyd Mayweather Dominates Canelo Alvarez and Wins By Majority Decision

44 men before had tried to defeat Floyd Mayweather and the boxing world thought Canelo Alvarez would be the man tonight to dethrone Mayweather. The number is now 45 as Floyd Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez by majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 117-111). BetweenTheRopes.com had the fight scored the fight 118-108 for Mayweather.

The pound for pound king looked tentative at the outset, but was able to control the first two rounds with the jab and was able to open up on Alvarez throughout the rest of the fight. Alvarez showed moments of frustration with a low blow in the middle of the fight and you can tell Mayweather was in Alvarez’s head.

Mayweather after the fight was complimentary of Alvarez’s performance.

“Canelo is a young strong champion,” Mayweather said. “I take my hat off to him. I take my hat off to the country of Mexico. Mexico has produced some great champions throughout the years. Canelo is a true champion at heart.”

Alvarez suffered his first loss in 43 fights admitted he was frustrated as the fight went on, but admitted that Mayweather was everything and then some.

“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple,” Alvarez said. “He’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter. We tried to catch him.”

Mayweather was guaranteed $41.5 million for the fight, while Alvarez was guaranteed $5 million. The gate for the event reached over $20 million, with a chance for this event to break the pay per view buyrate record set by Mayweather’s fight with Oscra De La Hoya that did over 2.4 million buys in 2007.

Mayweather didn’t state what was next him, but it seems like it could be 140 pound champion Danny Garcia who defeated Lucas Mattyhsse in thrilling co-main event.

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 13th, 2013

Daniel Bryan Randy Orton No LockOpening segment featuring Big Show, Triple H, and The Shield was excellent. Big Show’s fake apology letter cracked me up, and Triple H coming out to confront show about his actions made sense. But I was afraid that was going to be all there was to it. Fortunately, The Shield came out to liven things up, and Big Show entered an entertaining, hardcore, five-minute brawl with the trio. The fans in attendance were digging it, I was digging it, and it kicked things off in a hot way. [Read more...]

Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez Live Stream Weigh-Ins Starting At 5 P.M. ET

Floyd Mayweather will square off tomorrow night against Canelo Alvarez for Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship and for Alvarez’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight Championships at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It is the biggest fight in boxing since a 2007 showdown with Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, whohc broke the all-time pay-per-view record with over 2.4 million buys. Boxing experts have been saying that this fight has a chance to eclipse that mark.

In the co-feature, Unified Super Lightweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will defend his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight Championships as he battles Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse.

Before the fights take place, the fighters will weigh-in today starting at 5 p.m. ET.

Watch the live stream above.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place on Tuesday night from the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We released the full spoilers on Wednesday. If you didn’t see the spoilers, here is what took place on the show that airs tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET.

- Big Show promo
- Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana vs Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella
- Vickie Guerrero promo
- R-Truth vs Fandango in a dance competition
- Santino Marella vs Damien Sandow
- Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel
- Alberto Del Rio vs Ricardo Rodriguez
- Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
- The Shield vs The Usos and Doplh Ziggler
- The Cutting Edge featuring Edge, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan

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