WWE NXT Non-Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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WWE NXT returns tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the WWE Network. Tonight’s show was taped on March 13. Here are the matches that you will see on tonight’s show.

-Colin Cassady vs. Aiden English

-Camacho vs. Oliver Grey

-The Ascension vs. two local wrestlers

-The Great Khali vs. CJ Parker

-Sawyer Fulton and Baron Corbin vs. Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger

-NXT Champion Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay

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Women Not Allowed To Watch WWE Tour Of Saudi Arabia

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The WWE travels to Saudi Arabia with three events starting today and running through Saturday. The tour is headlined by John Cena and Randy Orton.

StarTribune.com wrote a piece detailing that women will not be allowed to enter the arena to watch the WWE action. The article states that on the Ticketmaster website that the matches “are for males only”.

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Watch UFC On Fox 11 Pre-Fight Press Conference Starting at 1 PM ET

The UFC returns to Fox on Saturday with UFC on Fox 11 from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The main event features two of the top three ranked heavyweights in the UFC as Fabricio Werdum battles Travis Browne. The co-feature has Miesha Tate battling Liz Carmouche in women’s bantamweight action.

The pre-fight press conference takes place at 1 PM ET from the home of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neil. Taking part in today’s presser include UFC President Dana White, Browne, Werdum, Tate, Carmouche, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza and welterweights Brad Tavares and Yoel Romero.

You can watch at the video stream above.

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Ring Of Honor To Be On LIVE Pay-Per-View, Will Air On All Major Carriers

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Ring of Honor had promising a big announcement for about the last week or so. No one knew what the announcement would be and now we know. The company announced a short time ago they will be on LIVE pay-per-view starting with their “Best in the World 2014″ show on Sunday, June 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee.

Baltimore, MD (April 17, 2014) – Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment, LLC (“ROH”) today announced that they have agreed to deliver live Pay-Per-View programming starting with Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 emanating from Nashville, TN on Sunday June 22nd at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience a marquee ROH event live at home via all major cable or satellite providers and witness next generation wrestling innovation, epic rivalries and world championship bouts.

Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 will feature the likes of: Matt Hardy, Kevin Steen, the Briscoe Brothers, ROH World Champion Adam Cole, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, as well as, Playboy cover girl and the first woman of ROH, Maria Kanellis and other elite wrestlers from ROH.

The start time for Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 is 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST with a runtime of 3 hours. The event is rated TV-14 and will be available in High-Definition. The suggested retail price is $24.95 (SD).

In conjunction with ROH’s debut on live Pay-Per-View, ROH has moved Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 from Saturday night to Sunday. Customers that have already purchased tickets for Saturday can use those tickets for Sunday. If unable to attend, ROH will provide a refund. Tickets should be mailed back to: Ring of Honor Wrestling, 2000 West 41st St., Baltimore, MD 21211. Contact: help@rohwrestling.com for questions or more information.

“We are thrilled to announce that ROH is now available live on Pay-Per-View via cable and satellite,” said Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer of ROH. “Fans hungry for the best wrestling in the world will now have access to their favorite brand of wrestling from the comfort of their couch in stunning high definition, which is something our customers have been demanding for some time. We’re happy to deliver on that starting this June with Best in the World.”

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Darren Young Suffers A Torn ACL

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WWE.com is reporting that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will be out four to six months. Young suffered the injury over weekend working a live event. Young made a statement earlier today on Twitter.

I tried 2 tough it out but Doc informed me I tore my ACL&surgerywas needed.Surgerywas a success now its time 2 live up 2 #nodaysoff #rehab

— nodaysoffDYoung(@DarrenYoungWWE) April 16, 2014

We wish the best to Young in his recovery.

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Triple H: “Daniel Bryan Wants To Be Treated As An A+ player, He’s Going To Get His Wish”

At the end of Monday’s WWE Raw, Triple H reformed Evolution with Randy Orton and Batista. The trio closed the show by taking out The Shield. The WWE COO returned this week to do his weekly video interview with Michael Cole.

HHH discussed Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and more. You can watch the full interview in the video stream above.

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Current Lineup For WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules takes place on Sunday, May 4th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The WWE has slowly started announcing matched for the event. Here is the current for the show.

-The Shield vs Evolution- Six Man Tag Team Match
-John Cena vs Bray Wyatt- Steel Cage Match
-Paige vs Tamina Snuka- WWE Divas Title Match

More matches will be announced in the coming weeks. As of right now, you can the show on the WWE Network, In Demand PPV and Dish Network.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Slips Slightly, Up From A Year Ago

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place this week in Birmingham, Alabama. The rating for the show is in and the show scored a 3.3 with an average of 4.77 million viewers, which is slightly down from last week’s post-WrestleMania rating of 3.7 with an average of 5.15 million viewers.

The first hour of the show averaged 4.81 million viewers, which featured the opening tribute video and ten bell salute of The Ultimate Warrior. The second hour of the show averaged 4.83 million viewers, which featured The Usos vs Randy Orton and Batista. The final hour of the show averaged 4.67 million viewers, which featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt segment and the show closing angle involving the return of Evolution beating down The Shield.

Good news for the WWE is the rating is up from last year’s Raw rating following the post-Mania show, which scored a 3.08 rating with an average of 4.15 million viewers.

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The Wife Of The Ultimate Warrior Releases Her First Statement Since His Passing

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Eight days ago the wrestling world lost former WWE champion The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Since his passing we hadn’t heard from his family. This morning his wife Dana made her first statement since her husband’s passing.

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was “there” for us. “There” is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

My husband’s speech had so many highlights for me as I sat proudly in the audience looking on at his moment … I most loved his request for the Hall of Fame to include the, as he called them, “true Superstars,” those behind-the-scenes people who make the machine run. See, I’m the person who puts up the ring in our house. I’m the background person who makes things happen seamlessly. I am surrounded by performers in my husband and children, so I felt a kinship with all the people he wanted to shine a spotlight upon who make WWE work. He loved you all, and knew that each of you made his run there possible. Thank you!

To all the ULTIMATE WARRIOR fans: THANK YOU!! He told me when he shook the ropes it was him gathering strength from each of you. Warrior respected you and loved you as do the girls and I. I will reach out to the ropes for your strength to sustain me in the sad days that the girls and I face. UNWAVERING is what you’ve been. GRATEFUL is what we are.

The Undertaker and I have a lot more in common than you might think. You see, I had a bit of a streak of my own going for the last 20 years. Yes, Warrior and I would have matches of our own … He would yell, I would cry, he would submit, I would win – always. My quivering chin and “pooched” lip was always more powerful than any clothesline or gorilla press slam. He’d laugh and shake his head and say,”you win, Pooch,” but really we both did.

My streak was broken April 8, 2014 when he collapsed. I fought and screamed and cried for him not to leave me, but I wasn’t to win this round. Heaven won and I lost, but I had the ULTIMATE love for 20 years and my children learned to be Warriors from THE ULTIMATE DAD. I wouldn’t trade a moment of the life we shared, good or bad, for anything on God’s green earth. He is the love of my life and gave me the gift of our beautiful, sweet, amazing girls. He was loyal and kind and strong and brave. He taught me to live by his creed,”Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing’s too hard to do, ALWAYS BELIEVE,” and with that creed I will carry on and make him proud.

Streaks are broken but legends live forever.

Always Believe,
Dana A. Warrior

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Report: Script For This Past Monday’s WWE Raw Leaked

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A script from this past Monday’s WWE Raw has apparently leaked online. No one knows where or how the third draft script made its way onto the internet. Here are some of the key notes that were on the script.

-Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are listed as being off until April 20.

-The talent roster page lists The Miz and Summer Rae being off through May 16, as they are shooting the Marine 4 film.

-C.M. Punk, A.J. Lee, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and Alberto Del Rio are listed as “injured/TBD.” Del Rio ended up working a match on Raw.

-Cesaro is listed on the heel roster.

-Brock Lesnar and The New Age Outlaws were moved to the miscellaneous portion of the roster.

-Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Eve Torres, Mick Foley, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, and Bob Backlund are listed as ambassadors.

You can view the script here.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday April 18, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

Triple H opened Smackdown with a promo and announced that Evolution will face The Shield at Extreme Rules.

-Intercontinental Champion Big E defeated Alberto Del Rio by DQ.

It was announced that the Night of Champions pay-per-view will be held in Nashville on September 21…

Paul Heyman cut a promo reminding fans that Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1. Cameron labeled it a “tremendous promo”…

-Paige beat Aksana. A physical match that was reminiscent of NXT women’s matches. It’s almost as if giving them some time to work with is a good thing.

Sheamus was interviewed backstage.

-El Torito beat Hornswoggle. No, seriously, writes Cameron. That match actually happened. I will say that it was entertaining than I thought it would be, but it was still a waste of time.

-Alexander Rusev beat R-Truth. A sub-3 minute squash, but Rusev looked vicious during the match and had a post match decimation of Xavier Woods. “I feel bad for Woods because he deserves better than this,” writes Cameron. “Lana is even more awesome live.”

-Santino Marella (w/Emma) defeated Fandango (w/Layla). Santino won via sunset flip. It was not an especially great match, but there was a very Emmataining moment when Emma took out Layla. That distraction is what let Santino pick up the win. There was some bad comedy after the match with Emma asking for a high five and Santino forgetting to take the cobra sleeve off.

-Batista defeated Sheamus with a Batista Bomb. A pretty decent fight. They worked in some great near falls on both sides, but the right guy went over for sure.

After the taping, Batista grabbed a mic and challenged Sheamus to a last man standing match which Sheamus won via Brogue kick to send everyone home happy. Side note: Sheamus grabbed a Warrior-clad little girl from the crowd and carried her around for a bit. It was a touching enough moment that one of the photographers had to wipe away tears. He finished up the evening by signing some autographs and posing for photos. What a class act.

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WWE Tribute Video Of The Ultimate Warrior

It has now been seven days since the passing of WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior. He passed away at the age of 54 and was survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, the show opened with a tribute video to Warrior with all of the superstars on the ramp. Watch the video at the top of the page.

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TUF Nations Finale Weigh-In Results: Michael Bisping And Tim Kennedy On Weight For Main Event

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UFC TUF Nations Finale takes place tomorrow night from the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The main event is a battle of top ten middleweights as Michael Bisping battles Tim Kennedy. The co-feature has the TUF Nations coaches as Patrick Cote faces off with Kyle Noke in welterweight action.

Before the fights can happen, all 26 fighters stepped on the scale today to weigh-in to make the fights official.

MAIN CARD
•Michael Bisping (186) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
•Patrick Cote (170) vs. Kyle Noke (171)
•Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Sheldon Westcott (184)
•Olivier Aubin-Mercier (169) vs. Chad Laprise (170)
•Akira Corassani (145) vs. Dustin Poirier (145)

PRELIMINARY CARD
•K.J. Noons (168) vs. Sam Stout (169)
•Sarah Kaufman (135) vs. Leslie Smith (135)
•Ryan Jimmo (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (204)
•Dustin Kimura (136) vs. George Roop (135)
•Mark Bocek (156) vs. Mike De La Torre (156)
•Vik Grujic (186) vs. Nordine Taleb (185)
•Chris Indich (170) vs. Richard Walsh (171)
•Mitch Gagnon (135) vs. Tim Gorman (135)

You can watch the card starting at 3:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass and then the last half of the preliminary card will start at 5 ET on Fox Sports 1 and the main card starts at 7 ET on Fox Sports 1 as well.

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Seen In Over One Million Homes

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place nine days ago at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Highlights of the show included Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at the biggest wrestling event of the year.

A big question heading into the show was how many people would watch on pay-per-view since the show was also available on the WWE Network. The number was released as we were sent a press release touting how many people watched WWE Wrestlemania 30 overall.

STAMFORD, Conn., April 15, 2014 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WrestleMania 30 reached a record 1 million households in the U.S. alone on WWE Network and pay-per-view combined, the first time WrestleMania has eclipsed this mark domestically. With more than 667,000 WWE Network subscribers in the U.S. and nearly 400,000 domestic pay-per-view buying homes for WrestleMania 30, WWE is confident that it will reach its goal of 1 million subscribers by the end of 2014.

WWE Network launched on February 24 in the U.S. and successfully streamed six hours of live coverage of WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6. Additionally, more than 7.1 million hours of video content was viewed on WWE Network during WrestleMania Week from Tuesday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 8.

WWE Network will be rolled out in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics in late 2014/early 2015.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Birmingham, Alabama. The show followed last week’s show, which featured the coronation of Daniel Bryan as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and an epic Paul Heyman promo regarding Brock Lesnar’s win against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. How would WWE follow up after quite arguably the best Raw of 2014?

The Good

1) Bray Wyatt Promo: Thank god Wyatt was out there with John Cena because if it was anybody else, this segment would have been in the gutter. Cena was being Cena and goofing off about how each member of the family would look if they were somebody else and then made of fun of Bray referring to him in a Cinnabon type of manner. Loved how Bray was able to turn it around and say when Cena feels threatened he makes corny jokes, which in turn made Cena get serious and that’s when he is at his best.

2) Number One Contender Tournament For The Intercontinental Title: Smart move by WWE as they have to start making these mid-card titles feel important. The IC title used to be held in high prestige, but in the last 15 years it hasn’t felt important at all. We seen some good first round matches on the show and this is a good way to give more guys something meaningful.

The Bad

3) Daniel Bryan and Kane program: If this was the title program one year ago, this would have been a better idea. Why would you go with this program? Kane regaining his mask and becoming a monster would have worked ten years ago, but now, not so much. The matches between these two in the past have been average at best. Common thought would have been Triple H vs Bryan for the title as that is still a hot program based off what those two did at Wrestlemania and last week’s Raw. Let’s just hope this lasts until Extreme Rules and we get to more serious challengers.

4) The Return of Evolution: You could tell what the world was thinking as soon as their music hit and the crowd was flatter than a pancake. When I think of top factions, Evolution doesn’t even register in my mind. I respect all three guys, but they are more known for their individual feats than for being together. Obviously the premise here is to get The Shield over, so hopefully this is another program that lasts one month and it is done.

The Dirty

5) The Ultimate Warrior Tribute: Even seven days later, it is still weird to think Warrior isn’t alive. The tribute video was well done as no one does a video package like the WWE. Also liked the fact that you had all the superstars on the ramp and even Vince McMahon up there. Then you had a few superstars who had Warrior shirts and facepaint on. Very classy tribute by a company who had their trials and tribulations with Warrior throughout the years.

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Jeff Jarrett Announces Partnership With Creator of “The Biggest Loser”

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Jeff Jarrett announced last week that he was creating Global Force Wrestling, with no date or television partner announced at that time. We were sent a press release regarding the latest step in the promotion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 14, 2014) Global Force Wrestling is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Dave Broome and 25/7 Productions out of Los Angeles.

25/7 is a leading independent production company launched by Broome in 2003. In addition to being the creator and executive producer of the long-running NBC hit series “The Biggest Loser,” Broome’s credits include some of the biggest live television specials in the world of music and sports, such as “Tsunami AID: A Concert of Hope” for NBC, which he executive produced with George Clooney. Broome also has executive produced Clear Channel’s “Radio Music Awards” and live specials for the NHL.

Over the past 15 years, Broome has created and produced unscripted projects for broadcast, cable and digital networks, including the first online series for NBC and one of the best reviewed sports documentaries on the NFL draft for Netflix.

“We’re excited to enter this journey with a group as talented as Dave Broome and 25/7,” said Jeff Jarrett, founder of Global Force Wrestling. “They’ve achieved some great things over the past decade, and we feel like they can lend a unique perspective both in and out of the ring.”

Jarrett is the founder of TNA Wrestling, a third-generation wrestling promoter and an executive producer who has produced shows for Fox Sports, Spike and Endemol. He and his wife, Karen, have been laying the foundation for GFW since January 2014.

“It’s easy to get excited about Global Force Wrestling when you get to know Jeff Jarrett and see his passion and understand his vision,” Broome said. “He’s eager to bring a new perspective to professional wrestling, and we’re eager to help him achieve that goal.”

In the meantime, the Jarretts continue on their search for emerging talent worldwide. The evolving GFW talent database now includes more than 500 performers.

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Intercontinental Championship Tournament To Start Tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw

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The WWE announced a short time ago that starting on tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw that a tournament will be held to determine a number one contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The championship is currently held by Big E.

The company hasn’t announced which wrestlers will be competing in the tournament at this time. WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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DirecTV Will No Longer Air WWE Pay-Per-Views

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When the WWE launched the WWE Network in February, people were wondering if cable and satellite providers would stop carrying WWE pay-per-views. Dish Network didn’t carry the Elimination Chamber show in February but did air Wrestlemania 30 eight days ago. Now the first company has dropped pay-per-views for good.

PWTorch.com is reporting that DirecTV will no longer air WWE PPV’s. We had reported back in January when the Network was announced that DirecTV wasn’t happy with the fact the Network would be carrying pay-per-views if you subscribed to it. WWE released a statement to the Torch confirming DirecTV dropping the events.

“Yes, DIRECTV has decided to stop offering our PPV’s residentially and commercially. The only other option would be to work through the local cable provider.”

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