WWE RAW Reaction 11/25/13 – Champion vs. Champion as Orton Strikes Cena

Orton the Champion Wide

Last night’s RAW opened right where Survivor Series left off – with the tease of champion vs. champion. This segment was a great way to re-establish The Authority, Randy Orton, and John Cena. And while I question the booking direction going forward (a match “eleven years in the making” only gets a three-week build? really?), at least this feud feels like something fresh. [Read more...]

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – November 11th, 2013

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You know how WWE always seems a little bit… different when it’s overseas? Well, last night’s show opening had to be one of the most bizarre segments ever. Not only did we find out that The Authority was on vacation (really?), we had Brad Maddox and suited-up Kane arguing about Randy Orton’s opponent. The Result? Orton got stuck in a 2-on-1 match against the tag-team champions. Huh? Because, really, WWE, it makes the MOST sense if your HEEL AUTHORITY FIGURES put the HEEL CHAMPION in a handicap match against the BABYFACE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM…. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – November 8th, 2013

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For a second time this week, WWE kicked off the show with CM Punk. And while his promo here against The Wyatts was decent, the follow-up match with Curtis Axel was nothing to write home about. We’ve seen these guys do this exact same thing almost every week. Furthermore, Axel continues to look like a tool for coming out and essentially sacrificing himself at the altar of Paul Heyman every week. The IC title is in bad, bad shape, folks. [Read more...]

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – November 4th, 2013

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Raw opened with, surprisingly enough, an actual wrestling match – CM Punk defeated Luke Harper in a good enough segment. I’m still not sold on Luke Harper as a future singles star (size doesn’t necessarily equal success), but I think he stepped up his game quite a bit here. Then again, CM Punk can make pretty much anybody look like a star… that is, anybody except for Ryback. It’s nice to see The Wyatt Family matter again. It’s also nice to see WWE mix in some lower-to-mid card talent with the main event boys. [Read more...]

OPINION: Triple H Insulted Daniel Bryan on Raw, and That’s Okay

Triple H and Daniel Bryan

The most recent edition of Monday Night Draw sent the internet into a fury over a closing angle involving Daniel Bryan and Triple H. During the segment, Triple H told Bryan that he isn’t the one, and while he might be very talented and very popular, so were people like Chris Jericho, Edge, and Rob Van Dam. He went on to say that if any of those guys had been “the one,” they’d all be working for Ted Turner right now. [Read more...]

POLL: Greatest ‘Hell in a Cell’ Match of All Time?

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Since its inception in 1998, the Hell in a Cell match gimmick has seen some incredible battles… and some not-so-incredible ones.  But which one is the greatest of all time? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll below.  And be sure to watch the next ‘Between the Ropes’ video podcast where we here at Between the Ropes discuss the results of the poll, and give our own favorite Hell in a Cell memories. [Read more...]

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – October 14th, 2013

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Anytime a show opening includes Shawn Michaels, you know you’re in for a treat. Still, this should’ve been so much more. Randy Orton deserves the most credit here for delivering the angriest face and most gravely voice he could muster – his intensity was fantastic. Unfortunately, Shawn Michaels no-sold him for most of the promo. On top of that, the logic here made little-to-no sense.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – October 7th, 2013

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Hold on to your cowboy hats, folks – last night’s WWE RAW stoked up the hype train in a big way. The show opening, with Big Show getting “fired” by Stephanie McMahon, left me with mixed feelings. I liked the idea here (especially since it set the tone for Show’s re-emergence later in the evening). Unfortunately, Stephanie and Show both had their best Brendan Frasier acting hat on. There are ways to sell moments as believable without being over the top, but that subtlety was overlooked here. [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: John Cena Returning at Hell in a Cell

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Just announced on Monday Night Raw – John Cena will be returning at Hell in the Cell to challenge Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Cena has been out since SummerSlam with a pretty serious elbow injury.  Early reports suggested he might return around Royal Rumble. When rumors popped up that he might return earlier, he quickly shot them down on Twitter.

Does this indicate a panic within WWE over lackluster ratings, or has “superman” John Cena proven once again that injuries simply can’t keep him down?

What do you think about John Cena’s early return?  Discuss in the comments below! And be sure to follow Between the Ropes on Facebook and Twitter!

Breaking News: AJ Lee Off Raw Due to Concussion

AJ Lee

WWE.com is reporting that AJ Lee will not be at Raw tonight due to a concussion suffered at Battleground.  She is suffering from “concussion-like symptoms” and is having “headaches and some difficulty remembering her match.”

Last night on Pay-Per-View she defended her Divas Championship against Brie Bella.  During the course of the match, she apparently struck her head against the turnbuckle.  AJ eventually emerged victorious after help from Tamina.

AJ Lee’s future availability is up in the air depending on how her symptoms progress.  Doctors want to see improvement before issuing an impact test.

Stay tuned to Between the Ropes for full coverage.

WWE Battleground 2013 Reaction and Review

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Hot opening to last night’s WWE, with Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler squaring off in a ‘battle of the dog house’ match. Both men have been on an incredible losing streak – that is, incredible in the “I can’t believe these two men are getting buried like this” way. But credit to both Ziggler and Sandow here. They took a terrible slot and made it entertaining, and did their duty by selling a few more Pay-Per-Views along the way. I’m also happy Ziggler walked away with the much deserved win. This might not have been the match of the night, but it was at least in the top three. [Read more...]

WWE Battleground 2013 Rundown – LIVE

Refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE results as they happen!  Also, be sure to check back with Between the Ropes immediately after tonight’s show for post-PPV coverage. [Read more...]

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – September 30th, 2013

Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton RAW

Let’s go ahead get this out of the way: the overall show last night was a giant mess. Incoherency reigned supreme. If you tuned in to catch final build for WWE Battleground this coming Sunday, or even just to catch a little bit of wrestling, you undoubtedly left disappointed. So what happened? [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 9/30/2013

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RAW logo blackWith less than one week until WWE’s newest Pay-Per-View ‘Battleground,’ the flagship show should be on high alert tonight.  Expect Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton to kick into high gear as these two sell their match-up this coming Sunday. Also, CM Punk looks to get revenge after his beat-down on last week’s show, and Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio look to promote their No DQ World Heavyweight Championship match.  Plus, Dusty Rhodes is being advertised. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 27th, 2013

Randy Orton Smackdown

Smackdown opened with Triple H again defending his recent actions to the fans, but took a curve when The Miz came and confronted him. I liked it. I thought Miz made the segment more interesting, and he held his own on the mic against Triple H. It also served as great storyline continuity from show-to-show. Give The Miz more stuff like this, and less MizTV time, and he’ll probably start to shine a little more. [Read more...]

In Defense of The Miz

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Hey internet, it’s time to give The Miz a break. Not that he doesn’t deserve the criticism, but he probably doesn’t deserve the non-stop nitpicking that happens every time MizTV comes on. He probably doesn’t deserve to be called out for using the figure-four leglock, an obviously corporate decision. And he probably doesn’t deserve to be made fun of for Real World anymore. [Read more...]

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – September 23rd, 2013

Make sure to check out last night’s RAW Rundown for complete coverage of everything that happened on WWE’s flagship show.  Also, hear what Brian and Steve thought on the latest Between the Ropes podcast!

Goldust AttackLast night’s show opening was solid. I think the “every superstar on stage” gimmick is starting to run its course, but at least the result was a little different (that being the 11-on-3 handicap match). I seriously question the locker room’s ambitions, since they made Rob Van Dam their spokesperson – furthermore, they’re all buying into Triple H’s spill a little too easily. On the other hand, I really enjoyed seeing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon ham it up a little. Selling Daniel Bryan as the selfish one, not the COO, is a great way to make Hunter the type of villian fans love to hate. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 9/23/2013

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RAW logo blackRAW comes to you LIVE from Chicago tonight, and features the return of “The Best in The World,” CM Punk.  Not only that, the WWE locker room has shown growing signs of unrest over the past few weeks, so Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have promised to address the situation publicly.  Plus, with only two more weeks until WWE Battleground, fans can expect Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to lock horns as they build towards their WWE Championship match.

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