The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view took place last night. In the main event of the show, Randy Orton retained the WWE world heavyweight championship defeating Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Christian, Sheamus and Cesaro. We also a six-man tag match that was an early candidate for the match of the year between The Wyatt Family and The Shield.
Jeff Jarrett Talks About His Departure From TNA And Answers Whether Leaving Was His Toughest Decision
Jeff Jarrett has been releasing videos discussing what is next in his career. Jarrett announced in December that he was leaving TNA and officially was out of the company. It has been rumored that the former WWE and TNA will be starting up a new promotion in the near future.
Jarrett released a video today with his wife Karen discussed the departure from TNA, whether leaving the company was the hardest decision he has ever made, discussed what’s next, change, the future of professional wrestling, and a number of other topics.
WWE.com has released its preview for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw so here is what you should expect on the show.
Randy Orton walked out of last night’s Elimination Chamber match still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the title thanks to the help of the WWE Director of Operations, Kane. Orton now heads to the WrestleMania 30 main event against Batista. Would assume that we will see a confrontation between the two stars.
Bryan coming off a devastating loss to Orton will be looking for retribution against Kane. Will Bryan get revenge tonight against “The Big Red Machine”? Will be interesting how Bryan is used on the show tonight. Would think we would see a match tonight or somehow gets inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania.
We will see the return of former WWE champion Hulk Hogan on the show. What will Hogan’s role on the show be? Would think we will see Hogan give a big boot to a fellow WWE superstar.
John Cena lost his chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when the Wyatt Family attacked Cena, who got pinned by Orton. It will be interesting to see how Cena reacts to losing his opportunity to main event Wrestlemania.
Would also think we will start to get more clarity of the top matches for Wrestlemania. Also it is rumored that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will be on the show, so it will be intriguing how they get to the expected between the superstars.
Gilbert Melendez was the first big name fighter to agree to an offer from Bellator and the UFC had the right to match the offer. The question of whether the UFC would match the offer loomed over the MMA world since it was announced that Melendez had agreed to a deal with Bellator about ten days ago.
UFC officials announced late last night that they were matching Bellator’s offer to Melendez. The company also announced that “El Nino” would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The two will fight later in 2014.
“The Ultimate Fighter 20″ begins filming in May and as previously reported will feature the launch of the promotion’s women’s strawweight division. The winner of the season, which debuts Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1, will become the first UFC women’s 115-pound champion. The UFC has already signed some of the world’s best fighters for the series, including Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood.
Melendez is also expected to make an appearance on the recently-announced “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” series, which debuts this summer. Broadcast plans for that series are expected to be announced shortly.
No terms were announced regarding Melendez’s contract.
The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The main event features the Elimination Chamber match with Randy Orton defending the WWE world heavyweight championship against Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus.
The first Elimination Chamber match took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Tonight’s match will be the 17th chamber match in WWE history. Chris Jericho has competed in the most chamber matches at eight and Triple H has the most victories at four.
We are now going to take a look at the top matches inside the Elimination Chamber.
3) No Way Out 2009: Edge walked into this event as the WWE champion. The Smackdown chamber kicked off the night as Edge defended the title against Triple H, The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. The champion didn’t last long as he was pinned by Jeff Hardy about 2:30 into the match. The match came down to Undertaker and Triple H with HHH winning the match to become the WWE champion.
The former champion wasn’t done for the night as the main event of the show was the Raw chamber match featuring John Cena defending the world heavyweight championship against Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.
As Kingston was making his way to the cage, Edge attacked him from behind and threw him into the ringside steps and then grabbed hit Kingston over the head with a chair. Edge then ran into one of the chamber pods and inserted himself into the match. Cena ended up being the third man eliminated as he was speared and pinned by Edge. The match came down to Edge and Mysterio. Edge threw Mysterio through the pod glass and put Mysterio back into the ring, speared him and became the new world heavyweight champion. Edge was the only WWE superstar to ever compete in two chamber matches in one night.
2) No Way Out 2008: The Undertaker is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. The Undertaker has only competed in three chamber matches in his career. Taker was in the 2008 match with Batista, MVP, Big Daddy V, Finlay and Great Khali to determine the number one contender for the world heavyweight championship. The final two participants were Taker and Batista. In a unique ending, Batista was on the outside with his back to the ring and Taker lifted Batista over the ropes for tombstone piledriver and the pinfall victory. That was The Undertaker’s lone chamber victory.
1) Survivor Series 2002: This was the first time that the match ever took place. The match featured HHH defending the world heavyweight championship against Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane. One of the highlights of the match was Van Dam doing a five star frog splash and landing on HHH and causing a severe throat injury. The ending of the match came down to HHH and Michaels with Michaels back body dropping HHH from a pedigree and landing “Sweet Chin Music” to capture the title in a thrilling match.
Let us know what you think. You have any matches that differ from ours.
Michael and Steve are back for the latest podcast as the guys recap WWE Friday Night Smackdown. The show saw two Daniel Bryan matches and a Christian vs Sheamus main event.
The guys then preview the Elimination Chamber main event, the WWE return of Hulk Hogan, CM Punk at UFC 170 last night and the health of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Former WWE champion CM Punk left the WWE at the end of January after competing in the Royal Rumble the previous night. Punk hasn’t made any public comments or been seen since his departure.
At UFC 170 last night Punk was at the event sitting next to UFC President Dana White.
CM Punk is in the crowd for UFC 170 pic.twitter.com/LUgJ91tEd0
— Dave. (@HeavenlyAriG) February 23, 2014
Punk has stated numerous times that he is a big MMA fan and has attended numerous UFC events, most recently appearing at UFC on Fox 10 in his hometown of Chicago. That event was a day before the Rumble show.
Was Punk just there as a fan?
In the main event of tonight’s UFC 170, Ronda Rousey garnered her first stoppage by strikes as she defeated Sara McMann to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. The champion also ended up with some extra cash in her pocket at the end of the night.
It was announced during the post-fight press conference that the fight night bonuses went to Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia for their “Fight of Night”, which MacDonald won by unanimous decision. Rousey and Stephen Thompson for “Performance of the Night”, with Rousey defeating McMann and Thompson defeating Robert Whittaker.
The four fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
UFC 170′s main event of Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann was hyped up as a battle of the Olympians. Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics and McMann won a silver mdeal in wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
The fight began with both fighters going right at each other. A few moments later the champion was able to shove McMann into the cage and started landed a few knees. Rousey tried a few judo attempts, but the challenger was able to stuff them.
The end of the fight came when Rousey landed a knee to the body, an elbow, a knee, another elbow and then a knee to the liver that made McMann crumble. Rousey a couple short shots and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, which elicited boos.
Ronda Rousey defeated Sara McMann to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at 1:06 of round one. It was Rousey’s first win by stoppage due to strikes and was also the quickest fight in women’s MMA in the UFC.
Ronda Rousey tonight makes the third defense of her UFC women’s bantamweight championship as she defends against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170. If Rousey is victorious tonight, her next title defense is unknown at this time.
Her longtime rival Cris Cyborg would like to get that crack at Rousey. The reason the fight hasn’t taken place yet is that Cyborg had refused in the past to drop from 145 to 135 pounds and wanted the fight to take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds.
Cyborg sent a statement to “Inside MMA”:
“In reference to Ronda’s statement that I am looking for a payday so that I can retire, you’re right, I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano. But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.
My English is not that great, so sorry if I was misunderstood. I didn’t literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted.
You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA. You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.
I’m currently training to fight at 145 on March 28 and in early May. My team has hired a medical doctor to help me make 135. I plan to challenge and win the Invicta 135 Championship in the summer and challenge you, champion to champion, for your 135 belt in December.
Now I know critics will say “I thought you said you would die if you made 135.” All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck. You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”
It was announced yesterday that former WWE champion and Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is returning to the company. Hogan will be the guest host of Wrestlemania 30 on April 6th and will return to WWE television this Monday on Raw in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Hogan made his first comments since the press release was sent out regarding his WWE return. Here is what “The Hulkster” said on Twitter.
Well I guess it's that time again, I hope they are ready, this is gonna be the best run ever,it's great to finally be home,WWE4LIFE.ThankuHH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 22, 2014
It's 2 different things,I have a web hosting company called hostamania and I'm also hosting WRESTLEMANIA for the WWE UNIVERSE brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 22, 2014
I am so grateful for the outpouring of love from everyone,thank you and it has to be the greatest day of my life to know I'm coming home to
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 22, 2014
WWE where it all started ,I am so grateful, only love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 22, 2014
UFC 170 weigh-ins took place moments ago from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is where tomorrow nights card takes place. All 22 fighters on the card made weight including the main event fighters, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann.
“I think it’s an amazing, historic event for the UFC,” Rousey added. “It’s not two guys fighting that you found in the back of a bar.”
“I think this is going to be the best women’s fight the UFC has ever had,” McMann said.
Here are the results from the UFC 170 weigh-ins:
•Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135)
•Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
•Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
•Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
•Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
•Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
•Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
•Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
•Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
•Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
•Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)
UFC 170 takes place tomorrow night in Las Vegas. The main event features Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann. In the co-feature, Daniel Cormier battles Patrick Cummins.
Before the fights can be made official, all 22 fighters have to weigh-in. You can watch the UFC 170 weigh-ins in the video stream above.
Steve Corino Talks Tonight’s Ring Of Honor 12th Anniversary Show, Why Winning The ECW Title Wasn’t His Biggest Moment
Ring of Honor holds their 12th anniversary show tonight in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The main event features Adam Cole defending the Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Championship against Chris Hero.
We talk ROH commentator Steve Corino about the show tonight, the biggest star in the history of the company, why winning the ECW championship wasn’t the biggest moment in his career and more.
Follow Steve Corino on Twitter @KINGCorino.
UFC 170 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey battling Sara McMann. The co-feature has Daniel Cormier facing off with Patrick Cummins.
We talk to Bleacher Report and UFC.com writer Duane Finley as we break the main card of the show. Finley discusses the significance of the co-main and main event and what other fights to watch out for on the card.
Finley then discusses the latest news on Gilbert Melendez and whether he will end up in Bellator or the UFC, if this could be a game changer for MMA and more.
You can follow Duane Finley on Twitter @DuaneFinleyMMA.
The co-main event of UFC 170 on Saturday night featuring Daniel Cormier vs Patrick Cummins is quite arguably the most anticipated fight on the card. The light heavyweight fight was made eight days ago when Rashad Evans had to bow out of the fight due to suffering a knee injury in training.
Cummins told UFC President Dana White that while helping train Cormier for the 2004 Olympics, he “broke” Cormier and made him cry. Cormier hasn’t denied that it happened, but you can tell it has agitated him throughout the week.
It came to a head today when they did the pre-fight press conference staredown, when Cormier walked right up to Cummins and shoved him. Cormier then clenched his fist like he was going to punch Cummins, which you can see in the video above.
Video was courtesy of MMAWeekly.com.
As we stated earlier the WWE held their fourth quarter conference call today. The company during the call released their quarter numbers and revenues for pay-per-view.
-October’s Battleground drew 114,000 buys.
-October’s Hell in a Cell drew 228,000 buys compared to the 199,000 buys in 2012, 182,000 buys in 2011, 210,000 buys in 2010, and 283,000 buys for the same event in 2009.
-November’s Survivor Series pay-per-view produced 177,000 buys compared to 208,000 buys in 2012, 281,000 buys in 2011, 244,000 buys in 2010, and 235,000 buys in 2009.
-December’s TLC drew 181,000 buys compared to 175,000 buys in 2012, 179,000 in 2011, 195,000 buys in 2010, and 228,000 buys in 2009.
It was the first time that Battleground had been a PPV. Hell in a Cell this year headlined by Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship inside the cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. That event also marked the return of John Cena, who was out with an arm injury.
Survivor Series was headlined by Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE championship and TLC was headlined by Cena vs Orton in a title unification bout.
Are the numbers where you expected them to be?
The WWE today held their fourth quarter conference call as Chairman Vince McMahon, CFO George Barrios, and Investor Relations Michael Weitz were on the call. The company released their financial numbers for the quarter.
WWE stated that revenues totaled $508 million for 2013, compared to $484.0 million in 2012, and $483.9 million in 2011. Operating income came in at $5.9 million compared to last years $43.2 million
The company also announced total revenue of $118.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $115.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.
“During the past year, we laid the foundation for future growth and enhanced our brand strength,” stated Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have now announced the renewal of our television distribution agreement in the U.K., are continuing the negotiations regarding our domestic content, and are poised to launch our global WWE Network in the next few days. With preparations for WrestleMania 30 fully underway, we look forward to celebrating our enduring legacy and ushering in a new era as we blaze new trails in the media industry.”
You can view the full report here.