Brian and Michael are back for the Cheap Pops! podcast as they talk about their favorite movies and TV shows of 2013. Both have seen plenty of both from Gravity to Star Trek to American Hustle at the theater to Breaking Bad, House of Cards and The Walking Dead on the tube. They run down all of their favorites and some upcoming shows in the new year.
Every professional wrestler is only as good as the opponent they face. There’d be no Shawn Michaels without Bret Hart, no Stone Cold Steve Austin without Vince McMahon, no Mankind without The Rock, and no John Cena without JBL. And while modern ‘sports entertainment’ seems content to fill much of its programming time with backstage skits and dancing segments, the idea that two men sometimes just need to beat the crap out of each other lives on. [Read more...]
This was the year that TNA decided to pretty much give up on the Pay-Per-View business – they reduced their major pay events to only four, and filled up the rest of their required dates with various specialty shows. The gamble didn’t exactly pay off. Similarly, WWE became more long-term focused on its own network, while at the same time witnessing buy rates rise and fall. Still, building towards the “big show” is in the fabric of pro-wrestling. So which one delivered most in 2013? [Read more...]
Brian and Steve discuss the final WWE Raw of 2013 including Daniel Bryan in a shocking turn of events joining the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar making his return alongside Paul Heyman, The Shield coming closer to breaking up, Batista returning to the WWE and the talk of his “stealing” someone’s spot, possible plans leading up to and through WrestleMania 30, The Rock announcing his plans for that show, Jeff Jarrett leaving TNA Wrestling, AJ Styles working for Ring of Honor and his future with TNA and more.
WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6 from The Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matches have been confirmed for the show, but The Rock will not be apart of the show.
During a chat on Twitter called #RockTalk, he was asked if be appearing at WrestleMania 30.
— ✞ (@_JordanMayoral) December 31, 2013
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 31, 2013
Do you want to see The Rock next year at WrestleMania 31? If so, against who?
For all that is good in professional wrestling, our heroes would have nothing to fight about if not for the heel characters that cause anguish at every turn. It’s classic booking 101: the babyface chases the heel, and crowds pay good money to see him or her get their revenge. Not every bad-guy in 2013 was worth writing home about, but a few stood out above the rest. [Read more...]
Brock Lesnar hasn’t been seen in the WWE since Summerslam in August when he defeated CM Punk. Last night on Monday Night Raw, Triple H brought out Lesnar with Paul Heyman.
Heyman stated that Lesnar was back to become the WWE world heavyweight champion and was gunning for the winner of the main event of Randy Orton and John Cena at the Royal Rumble in January. Lesnar challenged anyone in the back to come out and Mark Henry accepted the challenge.
The two battled and Henry threw Lesnar over the guardrail and then Lesnar speared Henry threw the barricade. Lesnar then gave Henry the F5 to close the segment.
Watch the segment above with Lesnar and Henry.
The WWE main-event picture found itself flush with talent this year, as CM Punk, The Rock, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and even Ryback all shared the spotlight. While the product found itself in a lull at times, a few superstars really made their mark in 2013. [Read more...]
Half of the business of professional wrestling is the wrestling itself – the other half is the drama that exists outside the ring. Internet “dirt sheets” report the news, including any rumors and speculations that exists, and wrestling fans everywhere clamor for any bit of new information they can find. 2013 was full of surprises – including an openly gay wrestler in WWE, one of the founding members of TNA jumping ship, and a house show debacle that had many scratching their heads. And unfortunately, a number of people in the biz lost their jobs, but one in particular was perhaps more shocking than all the rest combined. [Read more...]
UFC 168 took place on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to retain the UFC middleweight title after Silva broke his leg while throwing a leg kick, that was checked by Weidman.
In the co-feature, Ronda Rousey retained the UFC women’s bantamweight title defeating Miesha Tate by third round submission.
In today’s podcast, Steve recap UFC 168 with Bleacher Report MMA Lead Writer Duane Finley. The guys recap the main card, what’s next for each fighter.
Finley and Steve also preview Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann at UFC 170, why Anderson Silva should retire and much more.
UFC 168 will go down as the most horrific night in the career of Anderson Silva. The Brazilian was looking to regain his UFC middleweight champion and was unsuccessful as he broke his leg in a horrific fashion while throwing a leg kick to Weidman, who checked the kick and his leg snapped. His return to the company is unknown at this time.
BetweenTheRopes.com had requested and did receive the payouts for the event that took place over the weekend. Silva headed the salaries making $600,000 for his performance, while Weidman had the second highest at $400,000, which $200,000 was a win bonus. Total salaries of the event totaled $1,872,000. Here are all the salaries from the event, which do include win bonuses. These do not include any fight night bonuses or discretionary bonuses.
-Chris Weidman: $400,000
-Anderson Silva: $600,000
-Ronda Rousey: $100,000
-Miesha Tate: $28,000
-Travis Browne: $56,000
-Josh Barnett: $170,000
-Jim Miller: $92,000
-Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
-Dustin Poirier: $46,000
-Uriah Hall: $20,000
-Chris Leben: $51,000
-Michael Johnson: $36,000
-Gleison Tibau: $39,000
-Dennis Siver: $66,000
-Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
-John Howard: $32,000
-Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
-William Macario: $20,000
-Bobby Voelker: $12,000
-Robert Peralta: $24,000
-Estevan Payan: $10,000
Legends return to the ring every year, and sometimes make a bigger impact than others. This year was filled with high-profile returns, such as The Rock, Chris Jericho, Goldust, and even (the unexpected) Rob-Van-Dam. Which one meant the most? [Read more...]
We haven’t seen Brock Lesnar in a WWE ring since he defeated CM Punk at Summerslam in August. No one knew when Lesnar would return. Well, we don’t have to wait too much longer.
PWInsider.com is reporting that Lesnar will be returning on tomorrow night’s edition of Monday Night Raw in Richmond, Virginia. Rumors had been running rampant for the last week that Lesnar would be at UFC 168 last night to announce a return to the organization. Lesnar wasn’t seen at the show and nothing was announced.
Ask any wrestling fan – 2013 was a mixed bag. There were great matches, there were terrible matches… Some superstars escalated to new heights while others (Zach Ryder, sorry broski) found themselves relegated to Main Event and, worse, Saturday Morning Slam. Professional Wrestling found itself in the news for both good things, and not-so-good things. Pay-Per-View buy rates fell. TNA stopped even caring about Pay-Per-Views. TNA also stopped caring about ratings. Or the talent roster. Hulk Hogan became unemployed, as did Bruce Pritchard, D-Lo Brown, AJ Styles, and even Jim Ross. CM Punk ended his historic 434-day title reign against The Rock, losing a championship that would find itself unified with the World Heavyweight Championship by year’s end. Pro Wrestling stayed in a slump, but still delivered a year chocked full of fan-pleasing matches. [Read more...]
Anderson Silva suffered one of the most traumatic injuries in the history of the UFC. Silva was throwing a leg kick in his main event fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman and when Weidman checked it, Silva legs snapped. Silva crumbled to a heap and the fight was stopped.
The former champion was immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo leg surgery. Silva underwent successful surgery to his broken fibula and is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital.
The UFC released a statement to the media earlier this morning regarding Silva.
“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s Orthopedic Surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.
“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”
We send wishes out to Anderson Silva and hope for a successful recovery.
Ronda Rousey had ten months off between her fight against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February and her fight tonight against Miesha Tate at UFC 168. The champion will get about a quarter of that time off before her next fight.
It was announced at the UFC 168 post-fight by Dana White that Rousey will defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann in eight weeks in the main event of UFC 170.
McMann was scheduled to make her octagon debut in August, but personal issues arose that kept McMann out of the fight. The Olympian hasn’t fought since April when she defeated Sheila Gaff by first round TKO at UFC 159.
UFC 170 takes place on Saturday, February 22 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
It was a great night at UFc 168 in more ways than one for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian successfully defended her title by defeating Miesha Tate by third round submission.
It was announced during the post-fight press conference by UFC President Dana White that $75,000 bonuses were going to Rousey for her “Fight of the Night” with Miesha Tate and for “Submission of the Night”. Tate gets “Fight of the Night”, Travis Browne got “Knockout of the Night” for his win over Josh Barnett.
In what was perhaps one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of MMA happened tonight in the main event of UFC 168 when Anderson Silva attempted to throw a leg kick to UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. The champion checked the leg kick and the rest can speak for itself.
If you have a sensitive stomach please turn away from the Vine video that we received a few moments ago.