Jim Cornette talks about his upcoming tour of the UK February 17 – 25, flying over there after not being on a plane in over a decade, the Kickstarter program to make that tour into a documentary, keeping busy with various projects and everything on his plate right now, now working directly with a wrestling promotion, if he misses being part of a creative team, if there is any comparison between his working for TNA Wrestling and Ring of Honor, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards going to TNA, what he wants to see on the WWE Network, if he would ever attend WrestleMania or the WWE Hall of Fame, his place in wrestling history, if he has any regrets, why he praises CM Punk for walking out on the WWE, the developmental system there, why certain stereotypes still exist for wrestlers and more.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw including a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to go along with the rest of the lackluster show, more on CM Punk, Sting’s status with TNA and whether or not he will be joining WWE, Kurt Angle look more and more like he wants to be in WWE than TNA, Stacy Keibler talking with Stephanie McMahon about a return and more.
Brian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.
Brian and Steve preview UFC 169 headlined by Renan Barao against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship along with the rest of the card for Saturday’s show. Plus, they talk about the recent argument between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in Brazil while filming The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena’s major injury and news and notes about upcoming shows.
TMZ Sports is reporting that CM Punk walked out of WWE on Monday night before Raw and went home after being upset about his role for WrestleMania XXX and Batista being put in a main-event position.
According to the report, Punk was upset when he learned that Batista was going to win the Royal Rumble which would earn him a championship match at WrestleMania XXX. It goes on to say that “he feels Batista isn’t in great wrestling shape and shouldn’t be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).”
Punk was said to be very upset when he learned that he would be facing Triple H at WrestleMania and would not be in the title match, a match he felt he earned from his work over the past year.
His being upset goes along with a ProWrestling.net story that CM Punk voiced his displeasure with about Batista being in the championship match at WrestleMania XXX at the Wizard World convention in Portland Oregon last Friday, two days before the Royal Rumble.
Punk was said to be very frustrated with his current role and the current WWE direction, not only regarding himself but that the company was not doing more with Daniel Bryan as well.
Following Monday night’s edition, we knew four of the participants in the main event for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Now we know all six following the Smackdown taping for this Friday’s show.
The six people who will be vying for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber match include Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian and Antonio Cesaro.
Both Christian and Cesaro won qualifying matches on Smackdown to earn their spots in the main event match which, for Cesaro, will be his first with the WWE.
Two other matches are also set for the pay-per-view including a six-man tag-team match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family while Batista will square off against Alberto Del Rio.
Share your thoughts on the Elimination Chamber card in the comments section below.
Another podcast as Brian and Steve talk about the breaking news of CM Punk walking out on WWE on Monday night before Raw, the signs pointing to his frustrations with the company, changes to WrestleMania XXX with him leaving, thoughts on if / when he will return and more. Plus, they talk about Matt Hardy’s recent arrest along with his wife Reby Sky and some spoilers for the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Punk was at the building in Pittsburgh for Raw on Monday night and had a conversation with Vince McMahon, telling him that he was going home which is why he was not included on the television show.
It is still not certain why exactly CM Punk left the company, especially just a few months before WrestleMania XXX where he was expected to square off in a major match against Triple H.
CM Punk has been pulled from all advertising on upcoming events on WWE.com.
There had already been speculation regarding CM Punk’s status with the WWE since his current contract expires in July. Punk nearly did not re-sign three years ago but agrees to the new deal. Many times, he has talked about being burned out and in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, he admitted that he has yet to have any discussions about a new deal and that he isn’t sure whether he wants to remain with the company.
With Punk leaving the company for the time being, that leaves a hole in the WrestleMania XXX lineup. Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net is reporting that the WWE has already made a change with Daniel Bryan now slated to square off against Triple H at the April 6th event.
Thoughts about CM Punk leaving the company for now – share them in the comments section below.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw including the reaction that Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Batista each received, what was missing from the show, the setup for Elimination Chamber, if plans for WrestleMania XXX could be changed and more including talk of a physical WWE Hall of Fame again, Kurt Angle wanting to go back to WWE and your questions.
Brian and Steve recap the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble including Batista winning the Royal Rumble match and getting a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX, the reaction that match got especially at the end, Daniel Bryan against Bray Wyatt, Bryan not being in the Royal Rumble match, where does WWE go from here for booking and do they change their original plans, the lineup for WrestleMania XXX right now and the rest of the pay-per-view including Randy Orton against John Cena which got hijacked by the fans and Brock Lesnar smashing Big Show. Plus, more of your questions!
This Sunday, it’s the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view headlined by Randy Orton against John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the annual Royal Rumble match with the winner earning a title shot at WrestleMania XXX. Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.
WWE Tag Titles: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. New Age Outlaws
Steve Muehlhausen: This is a match I didn’t think we would ever see especially considering we are in 2014. Still don’t see how the Outlaws are getting a title opportunity considering they only beat the champs in one non-title match, but so have other teams. Anyways, this match will be better than people think especially with the Rhodes brothers in it. Speculation has been rampant that the brothers will break up and that is a bad idea. Don’t think WWE decides not to do that. Rhodes brothers retain.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show
Brian: While Big Show got to toss around Lesnar on Raw, this match is about the Beast Incarnate getting a decisive win against the giant. No fluke wins, no interference, no getting tossed around for ten minutes and then connecting on an F5 out of nowhere for the pin. This needs to be Lesnar showing that anyone standing in his way will get taken out and that’s what we will get here. He has an agenda and that is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But in reality, it looks to be a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX as he looks to end the Dead Man’s streak.
Michael: Listen up, 2003, you finally got what you always wanted: a Big Show/Brock Lesnar feud. This whole thing just reeks of last minute place keeping. I guess I’m supposed to feel threatened by Big Show’s size, but when we’ve seen Brock Lesnar dominate similar opponents, including Mark Henry (which, for the record, is a feud I would feel much more vested in), then the stick walls built around this storyline start to crumble. There’s no way Brock Lesnar loses here – and I have my doubts it going to be a match worth remembering. Oh well.
Steve: This match is going to be better than people think here. The buildup has been really solid and the match will be no different. Lesnar needs the win here as he has big things laying ahead of him going forward. Going with Lesnar by devastation.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs John Cena
Steve: I know the popular pick here is Batista to win the match. Yes the rating was good for Raw especially in the opening hour, but let’s remember here that it was only one week and that was expected considering the hype of his return. Batista stated to Randy Orton on last week’s Raw that he came back to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If that was a program your going with for Mania, you don’t do that segment right out of the shoot.
While there is a big game coming up in a few weeks that people like to wager on, another event is taking place this Sunday which will have plenty of highs and lows itself, especially for those with a rooting interest.
That is the WWE Royal Rumble featuring the annual 30 person over-the-top-rope extravaganza, entering at timed intervals with the last one standing getting a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the showcase of the immortals, WrestleMania XXX.
Yeah, it’s a big deal.
It’s also a big deal and a real fun one for those watching at home. And there are plenty of people – myself included – that take part in a Royal Rumble pool with a couple of Monopoly bucks on the line. Everyone picks their number before the match and then waits in anticipation to see if you get a real contender or The Brooklyn Brawler.
The look on someone’s face when they are hoping for John Cena but instead get Gillberg with one of their numbers is priceless.
With the Rumble just days away, here are my standing odds for this year’s participants. Note: I am taking a few liberties because the entire 30-superstar field has not been announced and I am taking some liberties with who else I think will be included.
THE SANTINO MARELLA AWARD (WITH A NOD TO THE WARLORD)
This goes to the person who will be in the Rumble the shortest time with Santino holding the record of one whole second before being dumped over the top rope, breaking The Warlord’s seemingly unbreakable record of two seconds before elimination. While he is not officially one of the participants right now (and mysteriously disappeared from the WWE list earlier in the week) Barrett is the perfect guy for this spot. I’ve got some bad news for him: he’s not going to be getting a title shot at WrestleMania XXX.
Odds: 1000 – 1
THE “AT LEAST WE ARE IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE AND GET A PAYDAY OUT OF IT” GROUP
It’s an honor just to be one of thirty people to be in the Royal Rumble right? Well, for some it is. Let’s be honest, for most people in the match they really have no chance at winning it. But that doesn’t mean they can’t put on a good show while you’re out there. So here are the longest of shots
Sorry rookie, not your time.
Odds: 500 – 1
Maybe he can sell some of his CD’s to fans at the show.
Odds: 400 – 1
Not awesome – for him at least.
Odds: 400 – 1
THE “WE HAVE A LITTLE BETTER CHANCE BUT NOT REALLY” GROUP
Yep, he’s still with the WWE although he haven’t seen him outside of NXT in two years. So it’s time for the big return!
Odds: 300 – 1
I just hope that Zeb Colter doesn’t break out Shoo Baby to punish him for not winning.
Odds: 300 – 1
Dance on in and dance on out. Remember, you still have Summer Rae.
Odds: 300 – 1
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
They’ve definitely a good tag-team they have a higher purpose and that’s protecting the figurehead of the Wyatt Family. At least they’ll be home in time to catch up on Duck Dynasty or Swamp People.
Odds: 300 – 1
Jimmy and Jey Uso
A fantastic tag-team and could easily be in the line for the titles in the near future.
Odds: 300 – 1
Kofi has stamped his mark several times in the Royal Rumble using his athleticism to escape elimination.
I’m sure he’ll come up with something again this year but that will be his legacy here.
Odds: 300 – 1
THE FEEL GOOD STORY
Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Jake has been wanting this for a long time. He was absolutely giddy about his return to Raw a few weeks ago and this would be a dream come true for him after so many years of fighting addiction. I say give him his moment, let him DDT someone in the middle of the ring. Fans will eat it up and Jake will appreciate it.
Odds: 250 – 1
THE “IT WOULDN’T BE TOTALLY CRAZY BUT STILL NOT HAPPENING” GROUP
Another big return! Unfortunately he was sidelined for a while following a concussion and has been cleared to the ring. We haven’t seen him though as WWE tried to come up with something creatively for him. I’m not saying that Christian should be a world title contender but he is a great talent and should have a good mid-card role.
Odds: 150 – 1
Goldust and Cody Rhodes
The brothers will be busy this night, first defending the tag-team titles against the New Age Outlaws and then trying to land a championship match by winning the Rumble. With rumors that they could square off against one another at WrestleMania, I could see a scenario where the lose the tag belts and then one of them costs the other in the Rumble to set up a match. My personal preference would be to keep them together as tag champs and continue to anchor the division for months to come.
Odds: 150 – 1
Here’s a guy that seems to get close to taking the next step (having great matches with John Cena) and then having to put over The Great Khali. He’s getting there but it’s baby steps for now.
Odds: 100 – 1
Another guy who is not officially in the match but it would make sense that he be in there to fill the quota. Originally, I thought about including several surprise returns like Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho which could happen but chose not to. Cesaro is definitely a guy that deserves a shot to stand out on his own and come out of the Rumble looking great. Get him out of the Real Americans team and push him. And who doesn’t want to see him Giant Swing someone. Here’s a suggestion: Jake “The Snake”. Or not.
Odds: 100 – 1
THE “WE’RE GETTING TO THE GUYS WHO HAVE A REAL CHANCE” GROUP
A former Royal Rumble winner back in 2006 and still holds the record for the longest time in a single Rumble clocking in at 1:02:12. That seems like a long time ago now but he still has to be considered a dark horse.
Odds: 50 – 1
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
It almost seems like they are the other two guys of The Shield with Roman Reigns getting so much attention these days. I think both of them will be the workhorses of this match and try to keep it together. Even though they have already said that no matter what happens at the Rumble they will still be a tight group afterwards, we know that is wrestling talk for “prepared for the split to begin”. But I can see either of them as singles stars in the coming years.
Odds: 30 – 1
Big E. Langston
The current Intercontinental Champion has been impressive, especially over the last few months. It looks like things will continue to get better for him in 2014 and then him becoming a world champion in 2015. He’s close.
Odds: 20 – 1
THE “WE HAVE A REAL CHANCE IF SOMEONE SLIPS OUT OF THE RING” GROUP
Alberto Del Rio
Yes, I am putting Del Rio in this group. Say what you will about him but WWE still plans on keeping him at least near the top of the card. And he definitely has a feud both in and out of the ring brewing with Batista who is a made man in the company. I could see a scenario where he wins the Rumble only to lose his title shot before WrestleMania. Unlikely but possible. What might be more possible is he and Batista shooting on one another in the ring in the near future. Book it!
Odds: 15 – 1
Yet another big return! This really wolud be a big return with Sheamus out since last August following surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder following a brutal bump at last year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. He has also revealed that his other shoulder was banged up too although it didn’t require surgery.
Sheamus won’t come back until he is 100% and doesn’t want to risk further injury. The timetable works and he could be healthy enough for a return here. If that’s the case, he’ll get a good run in the match and will be back in the main event picture soon enough. Hopefully a heel turn as well – funny Sheamus doesn’t work for me.
Odds: 10 – 1
It makes sense that he would be in this match with Harper and Rowan there to watch his back. I have no idea what the plan is for WrestleMania with Wyatt but one of the rumors has been a match with John Cena. If that were to happen, he would need a strong showing in the Rumble. I don’t see that match happening but WWE has something in the Wyatt Family and people look at him as a credible threat here.
Odds: 7 – 1
Punk has a long night ahead of him as the number one entrant in the match. The most likely scenario for him is that he gets screwed in this match with either The Shield ganging up on him or maybe Kane observing at ringside and pulling down the ropes with Punk helplessly flying over and to the floor. Punk has never won the Royal Rumble and I don’t see it happening here. I do see him in a big match against Triple H at WrestleMania XXX though.
THE FINAL FOUR
While everyone always tries to guess the winner, the true I-really-think-I know-what-is-going-on person guesses the final four of the Royal Rumble. Here’s my best stab at it.
You can tell that the WWE has big plans for Reigns when the time comes that he splits from The Shield. It just depends on when exactly that happens. He already has a devastating spear that is putting away opponents left and right. And now he has added an incredible Superman punch to his arsenal like the one he did to Cody Rhodes on Raw this past Monday which almost put him on dream street sitting next to the “American Dream” baby.
Still, it’s not his time for the win here. My guess is he breaks Kane’s record of 11 eliminations in the Rumble and it one of the big talking points of the match.
Odds: 5 – 1
Yes, the Beast Incarnate is not listed for the match but I can easily see him pulling double duty especially since Paul Heyman has expressed that his client has his sights on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar being included in the match would add some major juice to it and another true threat to being the last man standing.
Odds: 4 – 1
Yep, another guy who is not included in the match as it stands right now. But everyone wants to see him in it. YES! And just about everyone wants to see him win it. YES!
WWE has already given the people want they want (shout out to Jalen Rose) and switched course with Bryan, taking him out of the Wyatt Family after the monster response he continued to get from the live audience at their shows. Or even from people attending non-WWE events like what happened at the recent Michigan State – Ohio State game. YES!
It seems like a no-brainer that Bryan should at least be in the match and even make it to the end. While I could easily make a case that he should win, YES! and then go on to beat either Randy Orton or John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX YES!, I’ll say he comes close but isn’t able to stand alone. NO!
Odds: 3 – 1
Yes, the Animal is the odds-on-favorite to win the Royal Rumble. That’s no surprise and it really shouldn’t be either. It sure looks like the plan has been for him to return in time to win the Rumble and then square off against former Evolution member Orton at Mania. While Daniel Bryan – and especially his legion of fans – have tried to throw a monkey wrench into those plans, my guess is that Batista still comes out a winner. And then sporting skinny jeans on Raw bragging about his win.
Odds: 2 – 1
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night which saw the return of Batista, the buildup for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV including John Cena and Randy Orton as they get set to square off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Daniel Bryan’s explanation for being with the Wyatt Family, more matches for the Rumble show, the entrants right now for the Royal Rumble match itself and others that could be added, more on Hulk Hogan, Sting, the American Wolves debut in TNA Wrestling and your questions.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the big turn for Daniel Bryan and the reaction from it, possibly ramifications from this change, more on Raw including the Randy Orton angle involving John Cena and his dad, Ryback ridiculed and talk about the WWE Network from the show and the company’s conference call. Plus, your questions as well!
There have been plenty of ups and downs in the relationship between the WWE and The Ultimate Warrior. Over the past few years, it had looked like the two sides were getting along better and to the point where Warrior may make it into the Hall of Fame.
That is now happening with WWE announcing on Raw that The Ultimate Warrior will be inducted into the 2014 class of the Hall of Fame.
Here is the official press release from the WWE:
STAMFORD, Conn., January 13, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that The Ultimate Warrior will return to WWE after an 18 year absence and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at New Orleans Arena, as a part of the WrestleMania® 30 festivities.
“The Ultimate Warrior was the most intense, colorful, competitive and outspoken Superstar in sports entertainment history, and his contributions to WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “We are thrilled to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame.”
The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most iconic and exciting Superstars in WWE history. When the distinctive ring entrance music of Warrior hit, he would burst out of the dressing room and sprint towards the ring, causing a frenzy of excitement amongst WWE fans. Inside the squared circle, Warrior was responsible for many of the most memorable moments in WWE history.
In 1988 at the inaugural SummerSlam®, he defeated the Honkytonk Man™ in record time to win his first of two Intercontinental Championships. In 1990, Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan™ to become WWE Champion atWrestleMania® VI in one of the most exciting matches in WrestleMania history. Warrior would continue to captivate audiences around the world with epic encounters against WWE Legends such as Undertaker® and Randy Savage™. After a storied career that also saw him compete in WCW®, Warrior stepped away from the ring in 1998. Last year, he was featured in the WWE 2K14 video game as a downloadable character, giving the next generation of WWE fans a chance to “feel the power of the Ultimate Warrior.”
Additional WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductees will be announced over the coming weeks.
Add more to the fuel now The Winnipeg Sun advertising his return to a WWE event Jericho’s hometown in March.
Chris Jericho is bringing the WWE to Winnipeg.
The World Tour is coming to MTS Centre March 7.
Other stars coming to Winnipeg include CM Punk, Big Show, R-Truth, The Miz and Daniel Bryan.
Tickets will be available on wwe.com and Ticketmaster, but are not yet for sale.
Jericho has been pelted with the question about a potential return over and over again. Late in December, he told WWE.com that he is staying busy but he was open to donning the tights at WrestleMania 30:
I don’t really have the itch. I’m super busy with all the stuff I’m doing, between Fozzy tours, we’re getting ready to record a new record, thepodcast, “But I’m Chris Jericho,” which is another big hit. I’m also finishing my third book. There’s a lot of stuff going on. Having said that, I’d be open to it, but I haven’t had any conversations or anything like that. It’s WrestleMania. Anybody that’s been in WWE wants to be involved. If I’m there, it’ll be awesome and I’ll do everything I can to have the best match on the show. If I’m not, I’ll have a great time watching it, I’m sure.
Within days of that interview, Jericho took to his Twitter account to say he had no plans on coming back right now.
Ok guys here’s the deal…Im not coming back anytime soon next year! No secrets, no shenanigans, no plans. Sorry!! I still love you tho…
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 27, 2013
Now look closely at that tweet and you’ll see that he never said he wasn’t returning to the WWE anytime soon next year. Sure, he says no shenanigans and possibly had his fingers crossed when he wrote that but there is some wiggle room there.
Jericho was last with the WWE on July 19 when he came up short against Curtis Axel in a Smackdown match for the Intercontinental Championship and then being attacked after the match by Ryback.
There are currently no tour dates listed on the Fozzy website. While Jericho always keep a full schedule, that is always the case and he could be back in time for at least a short-term run in the WWE including WrestleMania 30.
Thoughts on a possible Chris Jericho return to the WWE? Share you comments below.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer talks about the introduction of the WWE Network, the interesting aspects of it, the break point for the WWE right now, the possible effect on its TV negotiations, cable and satellite providers possible dropping WWE pay-per-views, sports bars and how they carry WWE events, the company reportedly rejecting a deal with cable and satellite for their own channel, the possible effect the network could have on other sports or entertainment and more.
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Brian and Michael talk about the announcement of the WWE Network which will launch on February, 24, all the details about the network and what will be available from the start. Plus, they discuss the overall value, how this could change the wrestling business, the possible effect on the WWE’s upcoming TV negotiations and more.