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John Cena and Stephanie McMahon

WWE Raw Review 6/2/2014: Evolution Grows

WWE Raw Review 6/2/2014: Evolution Grows

After a surprisingly solid WWE Payback Sunday Night, Raw looked poised to deliver new creative direction for WWE. So did it break the recent Monday night funk? Read on to find out…

Bray Wyatt John Cena

WWE Payback (2014) Review: The Shield is Flawless

Last night’s WWE Payback pay-per-view had a number of questions to answer. Would the lackluster hype lead to an equally lackluster show? How would WWE handle the championship situation? Could WWE Payback be better than NXT Takeover? Read on to find out what we thought…

WWE Payback PPV

WWE Payback 2014 Staff Picks

This Sunday brings us WWE Payback. While the pieces have been in motion since Wrestlemania 30, this special-event looks to be the culmination of numerous multi-month feuds. So who’s going to win? Read on for Between The Ropes staff predictions from Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen, Michael Wiseman, Josh Lopez, and James Borbath. And be sure

Tyler Breeze and Sami Zayne

NXT Takeover (2014) Review

Since the WWE Network debuted, the one consistently-growing phenomenon has been NXT. What started out as a wrestling alternative has turned into one of WWE’s best hours. Last night’s Takeover set out to prove that not, only are these future WWE stars, but they can carry a show today. Did it deliver? Read on to

Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon

WWE Raw Review (5/26/2014): Daniel Bryan Decides… Nothing

Formerly known as the RAW Reaction… Welcome to the new show review format! WWE has been a mixed-bag as of late. Since coming off an excellent Wrestlemania 30 pay-per-view, and a pretty solid B-show at Extreme Rules, the company has struggled to find creative momentum. Last night’s go-home show for Payback didn’t fare much better.

Vince Russo

That Time Vince Russo Booed Me On Twitter, So I Bribed Him With ‘The Following’

Do you remember Vic Venom? I didn’t either, until recently. A 1997 WWF Monday Night Raw rebroadcast on the WWE Network still had that glorious, late 90s, attitude-cutaway style WWF Magazine advertisement intact. Vic Venom showed up in his leather jacket and biker sunglasses, with promises of exclusive rumors, insider knowledge, and more, if I’d

Vince McMahon

There’s No Need to Panic Over WWE Television Deal Yet

WWE has experienced a tumultuous week in business. The company announced a television deal was coming, only to see said television deal come in lower than what analysts expected, thus leading to a dramatic stock drop, and now a forthcoming investigation. Whew. This was enough for many commentators to sound the warning bell. With the

Evolution

WWE RAW Reaction 5/12/2014: Daniel Bryan Says Goodbye

The show opened with Evolution… because, at this point, it’s obvious that their feud with The Shield is WWE’s top priority right now. I’m not entirely sold on the ‘we’re angry and want to challenge Evolution to a REMATCH even though we won cleanly’ logic. There’d be more money on the table (and more momentum

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