WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 14, 2014

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April 14,
2014
BJCC Arena
Birmingham, Alabama

RAW Pre-Show:Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with a graphic in memory of The Ultimate Warrior We go to the panel – Josh Mathews, Booker T, Sgt. Slaughter and Alex Riley. They talk about Warrior. Slaughter talks about meeting with Warrior at WrestleMania XXX. Mathews says we will be celebrating Warrior’s life tonight. We go to the pre-show opening video and come back to the panel. Mathews introduces everyone.

We get a look at Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX and then last week’s RAW. The panel talks about Triple H and The Shield now. We see Big E defeat Titus O’Neil in the ring for a Superstars match. The panel talks about the Intercontinental Title tournament that kicks off tonight. First round matches will be tonight. The tournament is being held because Christian, the #1 contender, is out with an injury still. Paige will be on RAW tonight.

John Cena  will address The Wyatt Family on RAW tonight. We go to Network commercials. We get a look at Cena vs. Wyatt from WrestleMania XXX. They also show Bray Wyatt’s promo from SmackDown. We see Los Matadores making their entrance for Superstars. Renee Young interviews Divas Champion Paige backstage about making history. We come back from more promos and the panel talks about the IC Title tournament. Renee interviews Big E backstage and he’s not worried. More hype from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw:

Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the entire roster on the stage in Ultimate Warrior gear. Jerry Lawler leads us to a video package on The Ultimate Warrior’s career. Michael Cole tolds us tonight The Usos will take on Randy Orton and Batista.

First Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio starts with a kick to the leg, and then begins to throw punches and beat RVD down. RVD however hits a monkey flip, and then a cross body. Del Rio then is thrown out of the ring while RVD poses in the ring. Del Rio gets back in the ring and tries to fight back, but RVD stays in control. Del Rio then reverses an Irish whip into the corner into a kick to the arm of Van Dam. Del Rio then hits a suplex and is now in complete control. Del Rio then is launched over the top rope. RVD goes for a moonsault on the apron, but Del Rio moves out of the way. RVD lands on his feet but Del Rio hits him with a clothesline. Del Rio then launches RVD into the barricade, and is in complete control as we head to commercial.

We return with RVD hitting Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio gets up and hits a kick to the gut. Del Rio then hits a DDT for a two count. Del Rio tries to catapults RVD into the corner but RVD lands on his feet and hits a kick to the head. RVD goes for the split legged moonsault but Del Rio hits his knees up. Del Rio then hits a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio then goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head. RVD goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head by Del Rio. Del Rio goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio calls for the Cross Arm Breaker but RVD reverses it into a roll up for a two count. RVD then knocks Del Rio down and goes up top and hits the 5 Star Frog Splash. RVD covers Del Rio for the three count.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We are told Daniel Bryan isn’t here tonight as he is on his honeymoon with Brie Bella. We are then given a video package of last weeks main event between Daniel Bryan vs Triple H.

We were shown a Ultimate Warrior video of when he defeated The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1988.

We return to the back with Triple, Batista, and Orton. Triple H says that they all want to be champion, but they have a bigger problem on there hands. Triple H says that no one can stop the Shield except for the 3 of them. Batista says that’s great but he just wants to be champion. Orton agrees and says he is on his own.

Second Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

Goldust and Axel start, with Goldust taking control. Cody is tagged in and goes for a roll up, which gets him a two count. Goldust is tagged in and hits an axe handle for a two count. Axel then fights back with a headbutt, but then is caught with an uppercut. Axel then takes control with a shot to the head, and in comes Ryback. Ryback hits a clothesline in the corner and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ryback then works Goldust in his corner, and then hits a splash from the second rope. Axel is then tagged in and hits an axe handle from the second rope.

Ryback is tagged back in and begins to keep Goldust grounded. Goldust fights out and tags in Cody. Cody begins to clean house, beginning his comeback. Cody hits a moonsault, and then hits a cross body on the outside  to Ryback. Ryback is thrown back in the ring and Cody hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Axel then takes out Goldust but is hit with a Disaster Kick. Cody then goes for a Disaster Kick on Ryback but is hit with a Meat Hook for a three count.

Winner: Ryback and Curtis Axel

Michael Cole plugs alot of original content that will be airing on the WWE Network, the replay of WrestleMania 30, WrestleMania Fallout and WWE Legend’s House.

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Third Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

Paige and Alicia Fox lock up, with Fox hitting a backbreaker to gain control. Fox then hits another backbreaker, and mocks the crowd. Alicia then hits a third backbreaker, with Paige struggling to gain any advantage. Alicia hits a suplex but only gets a two count. Paige then fights back with a wicket slap, and then hits three straight clothesline. Paige then hits a dropkick on Alicia.Paige then locks in a Scorpion Cross Lock, with Alicia tapping out.

Winner: Paige

Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Batista and Randy Orton

The match start with the Usos attacking Orton and Batista immediately. The Usos but fly over the top rope and nail Batista and Orton. Orton and Batista regroup, with Jimmy and Orton starting this match off. Orton starts with blows to the head, but Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey. Jey hits a forearm to the head and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Jey is then caught with a backbreaker, and Batista is tagged in. Batista throws Jey into the turnbuckle, and then hits a suplex for a two count. Batista then tags in Orton and Orton begins to stomp away on Jey. Jey tries to fight back but Orton keeps him grounded. Batista is then tagged in.

Jey is caught with a spinebuster but Jey kicks out at two. Jey then gets momentum with a samoan drop, but Orton goes to the outside and begins to attack Jimmy. The Shield then come out of nowhere and take out Orton! atista is left alone in the ring and The Shield use the numbers game to take out Batista. Orton grabs Batista and the two flee from ringside, with The Shield standing tall.

Winner: Randy Orton and Batista by DQ 

We got another Ultimate Moment showing Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI

Fifth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Mark Henry

Cesaro and Henry lock up, with Henry tossing Cesaro across the ring. Cesaro takes a clothesline, and then is thrown over the top rope. Heyman helps Cesaro regroup on the outside, as Henry waits. Cesaro gets in the ring and begins to hit a flurry of forearms and uppercuts. Henry tries to push Cesaro off but Cesaro keeping coming with uppercuts. Henry finally hits a clothesline but Henry is still hurting from Cesaro’s flurry. Henry goes for the Worlds Strongest Slam but Cesaro gets out and hits a second rope leaping uppercut. Cesaro then hits the Neutralizer on Henry for the three count.

Winner: Cesaro

We go backstage with Triple H and Stephanie telling Brad Maddox that he needs to tell the Shield they have a match in the main event tonight.

Sixth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Xavier Woods w/R-Truth 

Rusev starts with knees to the gut, and kicks to the leg. Rusev knocks Woods down, and then hits a modified sidewalk slam. Rusev then hits the Accolade and Woods submits.Truth comes in but gets destroyed by Rusev. Lana raises Rusevs hand in victory

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We get another Ultimate Moment showing Ultimate Warrior Steel Cage Match with Rick Rude at SummerSlam 1990 for the WWF Championship.

Seventh Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Sheamus and Swagger start off with Swagger hitting knees to gut of Sheamus in the corner. Swagger then hits a splash, but then takes a beating in the corner from Sheamus. Sheamus hits a clothesline and then a forearm to the face. Swagger retreats and Sheamus is distracted by Colter. Swagger then catches Sheamus with a slam on the outside. Swagger brings Sheamus in the ring and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits a belly to belly for a two count. Swagger hits a clothesline but again only gets a two count. Swagger tries to keep Sheamus grounded by Sheamus begins to fight back. Sheamus hits a big clothesline and begins his comeback.

Sheamus then hits a knee to the head, and then sets up Swagger for the ten blows to chest in the ropes. Sheamus then goes up top and hits a shoulder block for a two count.Sheamus then goes for the Battering Ram but Swagger catches him into the Patriot Lock. Sheamus gets out and falls to the outside. Swagger then goes to the outside and begins to work the knee, and throws Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus then hits a Brogue Kick out of no where for the victory.

Winner: Sheamus

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose

First In-Ring Segment: We return to the ring with Damien Sandow. Sandow says he is the most deserving person in the WWE. Big Show comes out and Sandow says he will not be silenced. Sandow says that he is a former Money In the Bank winner, and that he was seconds away from being champion. He says that every time he walks down the ramp, they should be begging to touch him. He says he deserves that and that he has earned it. Sandow asks Big Show and he says nothing. He says that he says nothing because he knows he deserves it. Show then knocks out Sandow and leaves the ring.

The Big Show will be taking on Jack Swagger on WWE Main Event.

Second In-Ring Segment: Out comes the Wyatt Family. Bray grabs a microphone and says that society has become putrid. He says that everyone just does what they are told. Bray says that he is different. He says that he sees what people don’t see. He says that he has a million names, and they can call him whatever they want, but he has never lied to them. He says one man has lied, and that is John Cena. He says he earned your trust with his smile but he isn’t just a man. He says for kids not to worry because he won’t let him lie to them anymore. He says he has him against the ropes and he just needs one more push. He says he will complete his crusade but he just wants to play. He calls Cena out.

Cena comes out and says he just wants to have some fun. He says that they tried to take the monster out of him but he doesn’t exist. Cena then makes jokes about all the Wyatt Family, saying they can be the life of the party. John then shows a picture of “Sister Abagail”, which is a picture of Bray. He then shows Bray’s mom, who is a picture of Luke Harper. He then says the Family have a new member, who is a baby Erik Rowan.

Bray says that he loves that every time there is a serious threat, all he can do is make jokes. Cena then says that he can get serious, because when he got serious, Bray got beat. Cena then says that if Bray loses again, its him against the wall. He says that without the Family, he is nothing. He says that he wants Bray Wyatt in a steel cage. Bray says that he wants to have fun then they will, and that this is his world. He then says he won’t let Cena take it from him. Bray accepts and we cut to commercial.

Eight Match: Fandango and Layla vs. Santino Marella and Emma

Fandango and Santino start off the match, with Santino hitting an arm drag. Santino hits a hip toss and goes for the cobra, but Fandango tags in Layla. Emma then locks in the DilEmma on Layla, and then goes up top. Santino takes out Fandango but Layla knocks Emma off the top and covers her for the victory

Winner: Fandango and Layla

Stephanie is talking to Kane, saying that he has not been doing a great job as well. He says that he has been failing ever since he put on the suit and she asks him where the big red machine has been. Kane then stands up in anger and looks at the mask. He takes the mask out of the box and picks it up. Kane looks at the mask, and says that he is going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan, and send him to the depths of hell.

We are shown a replay of Warriors promo on Raw last week.

Ninth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler and Barrett lock up, with Ziggler putting Barrett in a headlock. Barrett fights out and Ziggler goes to the outside to get a breather. Ziggler is then taken down with a right hand, and is then thrown into the turnbuckle. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a two count. Barrett then goes for a jumping knee but misses. Ziggler then puts Barrett in a headlock again, but Barrett gets out. Barrett then whips Ziggler in the corner and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Barrett begins to choke Ziggler in the ropes, but Ziggler gets out and hits a dropkick. Ziggler then tosses Barrett over the ropes and they then fight on the outside. Barrett then tosses Ziggler into the steel post and Barrett mocks Ziggler as we head to commercial.

We return with Barrett in control over Ziggler. Ziggler is put in a headlock, but Ziggler gets out and side steps Barrett into the turnbuckle. Ziggler then begins his comeback. Ziggler then follows it with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler goes for the Fame-Asser but is caught in a Wasteland! Barrett goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for a pump handle slam but Ziggler gets out and hits the Fame-Asser. Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Barrett knocks Ziggler down and then goes up top. Ziggler catches him and goes for a superplex. Barrett blocks it and pushes Ziggler off. Ziggler jumps back up and hits a facebuster from the top rope! Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count!

Ziggler then goes for the Zig Zag but Barrett holds onto the ropes and is caught with the Winds of Change. Barrett then goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Ziggler ducks it into a roll up! Barrett kicks out at two and launches Ziggler in the air. Ziggler then is hit the Bullhammer for the three count!

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sheamus will take on Batista on Friday Night SmackDown

Tenth Match: The Shield vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, Bad News Barrett

The Shield are ready to take on the gauntlet. Rollins and Slater start off the match. Ambrose is tagged in and take out Slater. Reigns is tagged in and begins to beat down Slater. Reigns knocks down Slater in the corner and tags in Rollins. Rollins hits a kick to the head and goes for the cover but Barrett breaks it up. Rollins is now in the opposing corner. Drew is tagged in and begins to beat down Rollins. Titus is then tagged in and hits a backbreaker. Rusev is tagged in and hits 3 elbows and a headbutt. Swagger is tagged in and continues the beat down.

Ryback is tagged in and throws Rollins to the outside. Reigns spears Ryback on the outside and chaos begins. Rollins then takes out everyone

Winner: No Contest

The heels then begin to decimate the Shield in the ring, with all the heels standing tall. Out comes Evolution! Triple H calls everyone to leave and Evolution begin to decimate Rollins. Reigns tries to help but is taken out with an RKO. Reigns then is taken out with a Batista Bomb. Evolution continues the beat down on Rollins. Rollins then eats an RKO and a Batista Bomb. Ambrose then eats a Batista Bomb into an RKO. Triple H grabs the mic and begins to yell at Reigns to show him if he has more fight in him. Triple H then says to Believe in Evolution and then pedigrees Roman Reigns! Evolution stands tall to close the show!

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 10/10

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From April 11, 2014

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April 11, 2014
Cajun Dome
Lafayette, Louisiana

We open with the In Memory graphic for Warrior. Cole does a voiceover offering condolences to his fans and announces that Raw will be a tribute show.

First Segment:Here’s John Cena to get things going. Cena says the fans sound tired but he asks if they’re ready to go. Wrestlemania XXX started with the most iconic moment John Cena has ever seen with Hogan, Rock and Austin standing together in the middle of the ring. Cena lists off some other highlights from the show before getting to Bray Wyatt. Bray tried to turn a man into a monster but he still can’t see Cena.

We also saw the Streak broken, but then we saw the Game get played and a NEW WWE Champion. That was just Wrestlemania, because everything really went down on Raw. We turned Silver into Super, believed in the Shield, found out that Brock Lesnar was the one and heard the WWE Universe change his theme music. On top of that, on Monday John Cena was taught to Bo-Lieve, found out what you need to have a party, saw a big man named Alexander Rusev and the Divas division finally turned the Paige.Cena lists off various nicknames and says he’s none of those things. He’s the standard bearer and measuring stick. If someone wants to stand on top of the WWE mountain, they have to go through him to get there.

We all should embrace our differences and now he can’t stop smiling after losing at Wrestlemania. He feels so good because he saw that Cena isn’t hollow inside. Bray sees a lot of things inside himself and is thrilled because Cena is just one push away from becoming a monster. Wyatt will have to go to further extremes to make Cena because that monster, so hang on because this ride is just starting. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

First Match: Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. The Big Show

Heyman does Cesaro’s intro and the King of Swing comes out without music. Paul brags about guiding Lesnar to a victory over Undertaker and says how it allowed him to pick the next big thing in Cesaro. They shake hands to start as Heyman joins commentary. Cesaro bounces off Big Show and falls to the floor. A loud chop knocks Cesaro off the apron but he gets back inside and tries to suplex Big Show from the apron.That goes as well as you would expect and Big Show suplexes him to the floor, only to have Cesaro land on his feet. He tries a sunset bomb but Show sits on his chest to crush Cesaro against the apron for two. Cesaro bails from the KO Punch and has a meeting with Heyman. Paul’s advice: take his air.

Back from a break with Show charging into a boot in the corner and getting caught in a sleeper.Show drives him into the corner to break but misses a charge and gets put in the sleeper again. The giant shakes him off again and runs Cesaro over, only to have the chokeslam countered into a third sleeper. Heyman actually gives us some backstory by saying he had given Cesaro the advice that won him the battle royal. Big Show misses a middle rope splash and Cesaro loads up the Swing, only to have Jack Swagger run in for the DQ .

After the match Show cleans house but gets caught by some uppercuts from Cesaro, setting up the Neutralizer to a gasp from the crowd.

Winner: Cesaro by DQ

Second Match: Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. Rybaxel

The announcers talk about being Bo-Lievers despite no vignette airing.  Ryback throws Diego around to start but gets caught by a dropkick. Not that it has much effect though as Ryback powerslams Diego down for two before tagging Axel in for the first time. A clothesline to the back of the head gets two and it’s back to Ryback who gets two off a clothesline of his own. We hit the chinlock for a bit before a charge in the corner gets two on Diego.

Back to the chinlock from Ryback as this has been one sided so far. Diego fights up and makes the tag to Fernando for almost no reaction at all. Fernando cleans house and gets two on Axel with a leg trip DDT. Torito dives onto Ryback but gets caught in midair, only for Fernando to make the save. The distraction lets Axel hit his neckbreaker into a cutter for the pin

Winner: Rybaxel

Renee Young interviews Rob Van Dam backstage,Van Dam says stuff is changing but it’s cool when you’re RVD.

Third Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow elbows him in the jaw to start but gets his head kicked off for his efforts. Rob poses but gets rolled up for two, only to get caught by Rolling Thunder. Another kick to the face sends him into the barricade but he comes back with some shots to the knee. Wind-Up Elbow gets two on Rob but he comes back with a rollup and another kick. Sandow breaks up the Five Star but gets shoved off when trying a superplex, setting up the Five Star for the pin.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We got a vignette for the debuting Adam Rose

We get a commercial promoting WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, California

Second In-Ring Segment: It’s Hogan time. Hulk praises Daniel Bryan’s performance at Wrestlemania and says he turned it into Yes-tlemania. The sight of Bryan holding both titles up gave him chills, so here’s Bryan in person. Daniel wants to tell the Hulkster something: this has been the best week of his life. He’s getting married soon and he just won the title in the main event of Wrestlemania.

Daniel talks about growing up watching wrestling and seeing Hogan as the biggest star in the world. He prayed every night to be able to main event Wrestlemania and took his vitamins to get 24 inch pythons. Bryan has been a Hulkamaniac since before he can remember but there’s one thing that would make it even better. He asks for Hogan’s music to be played and the posing begins.

Fourth Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston

Barrett does the catchphrase to start but gets kicked down for his efforts. Some more kicks have the same effect and the Boom Drop connects for good measure. Bad News bails from Trouble in Paradise before laying out Kofi with the Bull Hammer for the pin.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

We get a video package of WWE thanking the WWE Universe for their support over the years.

Fifth Match: Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Layla

Apparently Fandango has dumped Summer Rae and replaced her with Layla. Not a bad trade. Santino hammers away to start as the announcers talk about the dictionary. The hiptoss looks to set up the Cobra but Layla steals the sock, allowing Fandango to grab a rollup for the pin

Winner: Fandango

We get a recap  of the end of Raw with Shield officially turning face by attacking HHH and his pals.

On Main Event, Shield said they were prepared for war with the Authority’s injustice.

Back live with Kane telling Batista and Orton that they need to put their differences aside and fight their common enemies. He wants Bryan for himself but Orton and Batista both want him for themselves. Kane says that’s what’s wrong with thembecause they all need each other.

Sixth Match: Daniel Bryan & The Usos vs. Kane, Batista and Randy Orton

Batista shoves Jimmy into the corner to start as we hear about HHH battling with Shield over Twitter. Off to the injured Jey who takes a shot to his bad ribs as the heels take over. Orton comes in and stomps away before ripping off the tape. We take a break and come back with Kane knocking Jey out of the air with an uppercut for two. Back to Orton for a catapult into the bottom rope and another two count.

Randy shrugs off a chop and dropkicks Jey down before tagging Kane back in again. That goes nowhere so here’s Orton again for a chinlock with a body vice followed by the powerslam for two. Daniel offers a distraction though and Jey nails a Samoan drop. Kane can’t break up the hot tag and it’s hot tag to the World Champion. Bryan kicks Kane to the floor for the FLYING GOAT before the Usos dive on the other heels as well. The brawl continues on the floor and it’s a double countout.

Winner: Match ended in a Double Countout

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 8/10

TNA Impact Wrestling Results From April 10, 2014

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April 10, 2014
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

The show opens with the arrival of Dixie Carter. She says that she has a lot to say, just not right now. MVP talks about the TNA title match from last week and announces the 10-man over the top rope gauntlet match to decide the number one contender for the TNA title. James Storm makes his entrance for the 10-man match. Gunner enters and attacks Storm on the ramp.

First Match: 10 Man Gaunlet Match to determine the Number 1 Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Gunner vs. Bobby Roode vs. Ethan Carter III vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Abyss vs. Eric Young vs. Sanada vs. Willow

Gunner throws Storm in the ring and takes control. Storm fights back with kicks from the apron. Gunner catches him in a cross body and his the fall away slam. Gunner tries to eliminate Storm, but Storm fights back. Gunner clotheslines Storm in the corner. Gunner tries to eliminate Storm again, but fails. Storm fights back as Bobby Roode heads to the ring as the third entrant. Gunner meets Storm in the ring and the two go at it. Roode eventually grounds Gunner with a clothesline. Roode and Storm face off and decide to work together. They kick Gunner while he’s down. They throw Gunner into the corner and take their turns executing moves. They both go to eliminate Gunner. They almost do, but Bully Ray hits the ring as the fourth entrant. Ray comes in and cleans house. Roode ends up hitting Ray from behind. Roode and Storm hit a double suplex on Ray. Ray gets up though, and hits a double clothesline. Gunner gets up and he and Ray hit splashes on Roode and Storm in different corners. Ray and Gunner work together to beat down Roode. Ray holds Roode for the Wassup off the top rope, but Storm cuts them off.

Ethan Carter III heads out to the ring as the fifth man. EC3 ends up getting attacked by Ray in the corner. Roode goes after Ray and EC3 follows. Ray attacks EC3 in the corner. Gunner is down and Ray chops everyone else in the ring. Roode grounds Ray. EC3 and Storm double team Gunner in the corner. Roode goes for the elimination on Ray. Bobby Lashley comes to the ring as the next entrant. Lashley cleans house. Ray comes out of the corner and clotheslines EC3. Gunner works on eliminating Roode, but fails. Abyss comes to the ring as another entrant in the gauntlet. Abyss attacks Ray and then chokes Lashley. Abyss attacks everyone but EC3. Magnus’ music hits and he comes to the announce table, as he is not in the match. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, where Eric Young makes his entrance into the match. During the break, Sanada entered the match. Young attacks Abyss in the corner. He throws Sanada into Abyss. Young goes for the elimination on Abyss, but is fought off. Wrestlers are randomly attacking each other and trying to make eliminations. Willow’s music hits and he runs to the ring. Willow hits the ring and hits everybody. He faces off with EC3 in the middle of the ring. They go at it while Spud wheels out to the ring in a wheel chair. On the apron, Willow goes for a suplex on EC3 out of the ring. EC3 blocks it and Spud comes up to pull Willow off the apron. Willow is eliminated and he chases Spud out of the Impact Zone. Abyss eliminates Sanada. Lashely hits a spear on Abyss. EC3 attacks Lashley. Lashley slams EC3. Roode eliminates Lashley.

Ray eliminates Bobby Roode. Ray is eliminated by Roode, outside of the ring, and EC3. EC3 and Gunner go at it, but Gunner hypes up and fights off Carter. Storm comes out of nowhere with the Last Call Superkick on Gunner and then eliminates him. Eric Young is left with Storm, EC3, and Abyss. All three beat down Young. EY fights back and is thrown over the top rope by EC3. Young holds on and eliminates EC3 with a head scissors. Abyss and Storm beat down Young in the ring. They’re the last three in the match. Young fights them off and hits a backdrop on Storm. Abyss comes after him, but he gounds him and hits a elbow drop from the top rope. Storm comes in and grounds Young. Storm ddt’s Young. Storm measures Young for the Superkick but misses. young eliminates Storm. Abyss immediately hits a huge move on Young.Abyss clotheslines Young over the rope, but Young holds on. Young slides back in the ring and ends up on the apron again. Young hits a missile dropkick. Young charges Abyss and clotheslines Abyss out of the ring for the elimination.

Winner: Eric Young

Christy Hemme interviews Young in the ring. Young says to MVP that the number one contender has a request. We head to commercial break.

First In-Ring Segment:Back from commercial, where Young awaits MVP. We see a replay of EY winning the match. Young repeats his callout of MVP. MVP’s music hits and he heads out onto the stage. Young says that his right arm is really messed up, but it’s live TV and anything can happen. Young says he’s feeling crazy tonight. He says he’s already won once and he’s been waiting ten long years. He says he wants his title shot tonight. MVP asks him if he’s understanding him correctly. The crowd chants “Yes.” MVP looks at Magnus over at the announce table and tells him that the TNA title match will happen tonight. Magnus grabs a mic. Magnus says that it’s just fine. He says it’s Magnus rules anyway. MVP tells him that there’s no Magnus rules and that if he’s counted out or DQ’d, he’ll lose the TNA title. MVP says that Abyss is banned from ringside as well. MVP then says that any interference in the match will result in a firing.

Backstage, Spud waits for Dixie in a decorated room. She walks in and Spud surprises her. Dixie says that she’s got to go find MVP. She leaves and Willow comes in and attacks Spud. Up next is four-way Knockouts match. We head to break.

Second Match: Fatal Four Way Match to determine the Number 1 Contender to the TNA Knockouts Championship
Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Brittany vs. ODB

Kim goes after Britney and ODB controls Love in the corner. Britney and ODB trade punches in the ring. They hit each other with clotheslines at the same time. Kim attack Britney on the ground. Love and Kim work together until the pin opportunity arises. Love and Kim fight, but Britney takes advantage. Britney hits Kim in the corner and Love takes her out. Love slams Britney. ODB gets back in the ring and attacks Love. She keeps control of both Kim and Love. ODB hits a fallaway slam on Kim. ODB hits the Bronco Buster on Love. Kim takes ODB down from behind. Love comes in and grounds Britney. Kim kicks her and takes her down with a clothesline and backbreaker. Love is rolled up by Kim and Love kicks out. Velvet Sky is able to spray Kim in the face with a bottle and Love hits a huge kick to the head for the three-count.

Winner: Angelina Love

Backstage, MVP is on the phone. Dixie walks into his office. Dixie reminds him that she’s still President of the company. She tells him he’s a joke. MVP threatens to have her removed by security. She makes fun of his plan to run TNA. She says he’s abused his power. Dixie says that Ray is the only reason he’s in power. She invites MVP to watch her confront Bully Ray. We head to break

Back from break, where the Wolves walk into MVP’s office. DJ Z and Jesse have explained that Robbie’s flight was cancelled and the match can’t happen. MVP asks Jesse why he has both tag titles. MVP says he has an idea. He says that Robbie has until bell time to arrive. He says that if Robbie is not here by bell time, then DJ Z will compete. Backstage, Magnus says that Eric Young made a mistake by calling in a match tonight.

Second In-Ring Segment: Dixie Carter’s music hits and she heads to the ring. Dixie calls out Bully Ray. Ray’s music hits and he heads to the ring. Ray makes reference to the crowd’s anti-Dixie chants. Ray says that he’s shocked she’s talking to him face-to-face. He reminds her of the last time when she didn’t show up in Nashville. She calls him dumb for falling for the trap. She reminds him of the outcome of Ray and Roode’s table match from last week. He says that neither her nor Roode got the job done and he’s still standing. She asks him why he double-crossed her at Lockdown. Ray calls her selfish for calling it her company. He says that it’s the fan’s company.

He says that the fans and wrestlers respect him. She says she wants the money back that she gave him to help at the Lockdown match. Ray tells her that he’s spent most of the money, as he’s trying to make her angry. Ray goes to say something, but Dixie slaps the mic out of his hand. She says she’s still President of TNA and that she’s still his boss. She slaps Ray across the face. Ray walks toward her slowly. Bobby Roode blast Ray from behind. Dixie tells him to get a table. Roode grabs a table and puts it in the ring. He sets it up near the corner in the ring. Ray fights off Roode and goes for the Bullybomb. Roode gets out of it and rolls out of the ring. Ray stares Dixie down in the ring. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, where Magnus approaches Dixie backstage. He asks why she hasn’t said hello to him yet. He asks why she hasn’t wished him good luck. She says that she’s going to drink wine and fly home. Magnus says, “typical woman.” She says he’s ungrateful. Dixie says she’s angry that he has Abyss with him now. He says he doesn’t need her and he walks away.

Third Match: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match
DJ Zema Ion and Jesse Godderz (c) vs. The Wolves

Jesse starts with Edwards. Davey tags in on an irish whip and they hit double team moves on DJ Z and Jesse. Jesse hits a dropkick on Davey. DJ Z tags in and they fail to double suplex Davey. They dump them out and the Wolves hit a double suicide dive. Edwards tags in and they hit a double team on DJ Z. Edwards chops Z but is hit with a knee by Jesse when hitting the ropes. Jesse tags in and Edwards counters a double backdrop attempt. Davey is tagged in and he cleans house. Davey hits the handspring kick. Davey charges Jesse in the corner and hits a forearm. He then comes off the top rope with the missile drop kick. He gets a two-count and then dumps DJ Z out of the ring. Jesse elbows Davey but the Wolves double team him. Robbie comes out of nowhere and pulls the referee out of the ring. The BroMans are disqualified.

Winner: The Wolves by DQ

Backstage, Christy Hemme says she’s made a decision. Hemme says that she wants to meet Samuel Shaw in the ring to talk about commitment. We head to break.

Third In-Ring Segment:Back from break, where Christy Hemme is in the ring. She asks Shaw to come to the ring. Shaw’s music hits and he heads to the ring. The announcers make reference to a tweet that Hemme sent out saying to Shaw that they needed to speak and that her actions may be shocking. Shaw gets into the ring. Hemme tries to quiet the crowds chants. She says that the things between them have been complicated and that she’s had a change of heart. She says that Shaw is misunderstood. Shaw says that he’s happy she’s finally seen the light. He says not to listen to the fans because he’s simply the love of her life. She asks Shaw if he trusts her. She asks if he’ll do anything that she asks or go anywhere she asked. She pulls his glove off with her teeth. She tells him to close his eyes. On the screen, Mr. Anderson hops out of a van and heads to the arena. Anderson hits the ring. Hemme says to turn around with his eyes closed. She says to open his eyes. Anderson hits the Mic Check on Shaw. Anderson grabs the mic and says that the commitment Hemme was talking about was the commitment of Shaw into an Insane Asylum. Anderson throws Shaw out of the ring. Shaw crawls up the ramp toward Christy, while Anderson kicks him. Anderson pulls Shaw outside and into the van. Shaw escapes from the van and runs away.

Fourth Match: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Magnus (c) vs. Eric Young

They face off in the ring to start the match. Young attacks Magnus, but Magnus takes control. Magnus slams Young’s head into the turnbuckles. Young counter and irish whip and hits a dropkick. Magnus runs into an elbow from Young. Young missed a moonsault from the top rope. Magnus hits a running knee on Young and he ends up out of the ring. Magnus runs Young into the side of the ring. He tosses him back in and gets a two-count. Magnus goes to a hold. Young dumps Magnus out of the ring. Young goes for a dive, but Magnus counters with a forearm and then throws him into the ring steps. Magnus puts the boots to Young on the outside. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, where Magnus is in control of Young. Magnus hits a gut-wrench and gets a two-countMagnus locks in a sleeper hold. Young down to a knee. Young counters with jaw breaker. Young charges Magnus but runs into a backdrop. Magnus locks in the camel clutch. Young counters by lifting Magnus and hitting an electric chair drop. They get up and trade punches. Young wins the battle and eventually hits a forearm and clothesline. Young hits a cutter and then hits the elbow drop from the top rope. He gets a two count on Magnus. Magnus hits a huge clothesline on EY. Magnus hits a slam and gets a two-count. Magnus rolls out and grabs the TNA title belt. He brings it in the ring. The ref takes it away from him. Magnus low blows Young with the ref’s back turned. He only gets two. Young rolls up Magnus for two. Eric Young hits a piledriver on Magnus and gets the three-count.

Winner: NEW TNA WORLD CHAMPION Eric Young

Josh’s Grade for Impact: 8/10

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 7, 2014

RAW_1089_Photo_009WWE RAW
April 7, 2014
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

RAW Pre-Show: Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with fans filing into the arena. Josh Mathews is joined by Booker T, Alex Riley and former NFL star Shawne Merriman. It’s announced Daniel Bryan will kick off RAW. Also, Brock Lesnar is confirmed for tonight. We get a look back at Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H from WrestleMania XXX.

We also get a look at the main event where Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the title. We get more discussion about Daniel Bryan as Ryback faces Dolph Ziggler in the ring for a Superstars match. We see how Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker and The Streak. The panel talks about Taker and how shocking it was. We go to more promos.

We see Kofi Kingston’s spot in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The panel talks about Cesaro getting the win. Kofi is coming out for a Superstars match in the background, followed by Titus O’Neil. We get a look at John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt from WrestleMania. Cena, Big E and Sheamus vs. The Wyatt Family is announced for tonight. We go to more promos. We get a look back at Shawn Michaelsa’ last RAW in 2010. We get a look at some of the other post-WrestleMania RAW events and big moments that happen. We see Michael Cole making his way out. JBL is out next to a big pop. Same for Jerry Lawler. More talk from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw:

First In-Ring Segment: We open Monday Night Raw with Daniel Bryan, our new WWE World Heavyweight Champion! The New Orleans crowd goes absolutely insane! Daniel jokes around, asking if the crowd gets tired and how hard it is to do the yes chant with two titles.The crowd begins to chant you deserve it and Bryan says its them who deserve it. He says the yes chant is all about the power the people have. He says because of them he is standing in the ring as champion. Out comes Triple H and Stephanie.

Triple H says he won’t step in the ring because he doesn’t want to do something he will regret. Bryan then goes up to him and shoves the titles in his face.Triple H says this moment won’t last, and that it won’t even last tonight. He then says he will defend the title tonight against him! He says he will end the yes movement and that the reality is that it is Triple H’s show and he can’t do nothing about it. Daniel Bryan begins a Yes chant as Triple H and Stephanie walk away.

We are told Brock Lesnar, the man who broke the streak, will be here tonight for Raw. We head to commercial break.

We return with photos of Wrestlemania last night. We then go backstage with Hunter and Stephanie. Hunter says that he is going to make everyone choke on the Yes Movement. Batista and Orton come in and say they should get rematches. Triple H says he gets his match first. Stephanie says that they both will compete against the Usos tonight for the tag team titles. They say they don’t want the tag titles, and they want the World Title. Triple H says if they all get on the same page they can be unstoppable.

First Match: The Wyatt Family vs. John Cena, Sheamus and Big E

The match starts with everyone brawling in the middle of the ring. The Wyatts are cleared from the ring, with Bray and Cena starting off the match. Bray hits a big right hand, and then hits a headbutt to the head. Cena begins to fight back, and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus hits the Battering Ram and then works Bray in the corner. Bray fights back and tags in Rowan, with the crowd fully behind the Wyatts.Sheamus stays in control, hitting a shoulder block, but Rowan pushes him off when Sheamus works him in the corner. Sheamus then hits a kick to the gut and tags in Big E. Big E falls straight into a elbow, but then catches Rowan and does three backbreaker’s on him! Harper gets tagged in but runs into a shoulder block.

Cena is then tagged in and hits the 5 knuckle shuffle. Cena then goes for the AA but Harper reverses it into a slam face first on Cena. Bray is tagged in but we head to commercial break. We return with Harper in control over Cena. Cena tries to make a tag but Harper doesn’t let him. Cena tries to go for an AA but Harper gets out and hits a DDT. Rowan is tagged in and hits a scoop slam and leg drop. In comes Bray Wyatt. Bray begins to stomp away on Cena in the corner. Cena then fights back with a massive clothesline. Bray gets back up right away and slams Cena to the ground. Bray then tags in Harper and both Bray and Harper then kick him down and Harper continues the assault with uppercuts. Cena creates space with a back drop and tags in Sheamus. Rowan is also tagged in.

Sheamus then begins his comeback, taking out Harper and Rowan. Bray causes a distraction, with Sheamus being taken down by Rowan. Bray is then tagged as is Big E. Big E then begins his comeback, and goes for the Big Ending, but Harper hits him with a super kick! Rowan, then takes out Cena, and Harper hits a suicide dive on Sheamus to the outside. Bray then hits the Sister Abagail on Big E for the three count!

Winner: The Wyatt Family

We get a WWE Slam City commercial

We come back from commercial break with a vignette for the debut of NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Second Match: Fandango and Summer Rae vs. Santino Marella and Emma

Fandango and Santino start the match off. Santino hits an arm drag and goes for the cobra. Summer is tagged in so in comes Emma. Emma then hits her strings of moves into the Emma Lock, where Summer has to tap out.

Winner: Santino Marella and Emma

Second In-Ring Promo: We return and out comes Brock Lesnar. Heyman grabs a mic and says that he says its his greatest privilege to represent Brock Lesnar. He says that he is the conqueror of the Undertakers streak. He says it is something that lasted two decades, that ended in three seconds from Brock. He says that he knows everyone is in shock, but he told everyone what was going to happen. He then says to read the shirt, and puts Brock over some more.  Heyman says that Brock is here to shock the world and create tears from children. He then says that after Undertaker left the stage he collapsed. He said he has a severe concussion and almost had a broken neck. Heyman says that Brock would not have stopped until the streak was done. Heyman says he doesn’t get how everyone gave Undertaker a standing ovation, when Undertaker was a loser.

Heyman than says everyone in the crowd tonight is like everyone in the back, which is a bunch of wannabes. He says no one respects Brock, which is okay because Brock respects no one. Heyman says no one in the back has switched to octagon because they are wannabes. He says people came up to him and said they could have broken the streak, but then he asks why couldn’t they. He says Brock is the one and he will always be the one in 21 and 1. He says there are legends, hall of famers, and WWE Superstars. He says the most important part of that is that those words are plural. There is never going to be a plural when it comes to Brock Lesnar and the accomplishment in breaking the streak. Heyman and Brock then leave.

We got vignette showing the debut of NXT Superstar Adam Rose

Third Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (c) vs. Randy Orton and Batista

Batista and Jimmy Uso start the match. Batista brings Jimmy in the corner and tags in Orton. Jey is then tagged in but Orton keeps him in control. Batista is then tagged in and works Jey in the corner. Batista and Orton then begins to beat down both Usos on the outside. Orton hits a hangman DDT on the outside, and the ref calls the match off.

After the match Batista and Randy Orton raise each other hands.

Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos via Double-Countout

Fourth Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

RVD starts with a kick to the head, but Sandow immediately goes on the offensive. Sandow hits a Russian leg sweep and the Elbow of Disdain. RVD gets up and kicks Sandow all the way to the outside.  RVD then puts Sandow on the barricade and RVD hits a leg drop from the apron.RVD then hits the Rolling Thunder, and then goes up top and hits the 5 Star Frog Splash for the three count.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

Fifth Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Bad News Barrett

Barrett asks for a mic before fighting. He says he has some bad news. Mysterio then attacks him. Mysterio hits a hurricanrana that sends Barrett to to the outside. Rey then hits a suicide dive that landed in a splash. Barrett gets back in the ring and Mysterio goes up top. Barrett then throws him to the ground and begins laying in on Mysterio. Barrett then hits the Winds of Change but only gets a 2 count. Barrett begins to work the crowd as a face and then hits a big knee in the corner. Barrett then goes for a superplex but Rey pushes him off. Rey then works his comeback and sets up for the 619. Rey connects and goes up top, but Barrett hits him with the Bullhammer! Barrett goes for the cover and gets the three count.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sixth Match: Alexander Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

Rusev starts with a kick to the gut to Ryder, and begins to beat him down in the corner. Ryder tries to fight back but runs into a big kick to the head. Rusev then begins to hit knees to the gut which is followed by a fall away slam. Rusev then puts Ryder in the Accolade and Ryder taps.

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We got a video recap of the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Third In-Ring Segment: We return and out comes the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior says that it was hard for him to find words. He then puts on a Warrior mask and then says that the people are who made the Warrior. He says that he sees people in the back that have the passion and that the people will make them legends as well. He then says that the Ultimate Warrior will live forever

Fourth In-Ring Segment:We return and out comes AJ. AJ says that she has been champion for 295 days. She then says its the longest reign of all time. She said that on the stage a couple months ago, she tore every diva “a new one”, but she gave them 295 days to prove them wrong. She says that this proves she has always been the hero. She says that last night it was her against the world, and that she was a poor girl in the New Jersey, and now she is the best diva in the world. Out comes Paige!

AJ asks what Paige is doing here. Paige says that she just wants to congratulate her. AJ says that she doesn’t need her congratulations, and that she should run back to NXT. Paige says that she just wants to congratulate her. She then slaps Paige and says that she will put the title on the line right now against Paige!

Seventh Match: WWE Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee (c) w/Tamina Snuka vs. Paige

AJ immediately goes on the offensive, and puts her in the Black Widow. Paige gets out and hits the Paige Turner for the three count!

Winner: New WWE Divas Champion Paige

Fifth In-Ring Segment:We return with the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy in the ring. Out comes Hulk Hogan. Hogan says that last night it was one of the greatest Wrestlemanias ever. He says that there were many Wrestlemania moments, but the Andre Battle Royal was his favorite. He says that when Big Show was slammed, he knows Andre would have smiled. He then announces Cesaro to the ring.

Hogan congratulates Cesaro and then leaves the ring. Cesaro is about to speak but Colter takes the mic. Colter says that Cesaro is going to tell everyone who he is, but he first wants to say that he helped Cesaro get to this situation. He says he is a Zeb Colter guy. Cesaro than grabs the mic and says he is not a Zeb Colter guy, but a Paul Heyman guy! Paul comes out and says not only did he beat the streak, but he also is the advocate of the king of swing. Swagger then comes out and attacks Cesaro from behind. He then destroys the trophy! Cesaro flips out and begins to beat the hell out of Swagger! This leads to a commercial break!

Eight Match: Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

We come back with Cesaro catching Swagger in a back breaker for a two count. Cesaro begins to fight Swagger on the outside, and Swagger goes back in the ring with Cesaro going up top. Swagger then catches him with a throw off the top rope. Swagger begins to beat down Cesaro in the corner, and then throws him all the way across the ring. Swagger begins to work the back with elbows, but Cesaro fights back with two uppercuts. Swagger however hits a slam and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Swagger then goes for a Swagger Bomb, but Cesaro gets the feet up. Cesaro then hits a superplex but only gets a two count. Cesaro then hits 5 straight running uppercuts in the corner, and then calls for the swing. Swagger then escapes the ring and runs off.

Winner: Cesaro via Countout

We go backstage with Stephanie, The Shield, and Kane. Stephanie says all of them have to make sure that Triple H needs to be champion. Kane then gets upset with the Shield and says that they are thought of as nameless faces to the Authority, and that Triple H is the one that sicked all the teams on the Shield on Smackdown. Stephanie then tells Kane to shut up and that she has given them all orders, and that they all must be on the same page tonight. Kane understands and The Shield with a look of disdain, say they understand everything “crystal clear”. We go to commercial.

The Shield will take on The Wyatt Family on WWE Main Event

Ninth Match: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Triple H w/Stephanie McMahon, Batista, Randy Orton, The Shield and Kane

Before the main event, Batista, and Orton come to the ring and begin to beat down on Daniel Bryan. Orton hits an RKO on Bryan, and then Batista hits a Batista Bomb. Kane then comes down and hits a chokeslam on Daniel Bryan. Out comes Triple H. We are getting our title match.

Triple H mocks the Yes Chant, and is about to pick up the win, but out comes the Shield! The Shield stare down Batista, Orton, and Kane from the other side of the ring, with Triple H trying to tell both teams this is not going to happen. The Shield get in the ring and Triple H tells them to step down. Batista, Orton, and Kane then enter the ring. He tells them to step back as well.  Triple H then turns around and is hit with a spear! Everything breaks down, with Kane, Orton, and Batista being taken out. The Shield then surround Triple H! Triple H then turns around and takes the running knee from Daniel Bryan! The Shield and Daniel Bryan stand tall as Monday Night Raw concludes!

Winner: No Contest and Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 10/10

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WrestleMania XXX Results: Bryan Wins the WWE Championship, Brock breaks The Streak, and more

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WrestleMania 30
April 6, 2014
Mercedes Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana

WrestleMania Pre-Show: The WWE WrestleMania XXX pre-show opens up with the set reveal video that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon put out on Friday night. We get a look at the amazing WrestleMania stage and set from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. We go to Josh Mathews. He has Mick Foley, Booker T and Shawn Michaels on the panel tonight. We see fans filing into their seats. Foley talks about the arena is mostly empty but there is lots of electricity already. They talk about the WWE Tag Team Title match and Foley predicts it will be a big moment for Cesaro. We go to Renee Young in the social media lounge. She plugs tonight’s hashtags and shows us some tweets from fans on Twitter. She shows us a tweet from actor Hugh Jackman, who is one of tonight’s social media ambassadors. We go back to the panel and get the Eminem “Legacy” video for Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena.

Shawn talks about how you shouldn’t worry about legacies, you should just perform, when the lights flicker and The Wyatt Family appears on the screen from the back. Bray talks about hurting someone he was close to and says he will do much worse to Cena. We get the video for Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker. We go back to the panel to talk about Cena vs. Wyatt again. Shawn says Cena has a problem because Wyatt is in his head. We get more hype for Taker, Lesnar and The Streak. Shawn says the timing is good for Lesnar because the last 5 matches have taken their toll on Taker. Byron Saxton is outside of Lesnar’s locker room when Paul Heyman walks up from the hall. Heyman says it wouldn’t be a good idea to ask Lesnar questions. Heyman says Lesnar is prepared, prepared to do what no one else has ever been able to do. We go back to the panel. They talk about Taker’s entrance. Mathews leads us to the WrestleMania hype video set to Kid Rock’s theme song, the one that’s been airing over the past week. We go outside in Champions Square with Alex Riley and a bunch of WWE fans. Riley interviews a younger Daniel Bryan fan and lets the fan take a selfie of them. They get a “yes!” chant going before sending us back to Renee in the social media lounge for more tweets.

We see the Superdome start to fill up and everything is coming together. We go back to the panel and former NFL player and noted WWE fan Shawne Merriman is on the panel. Merriman talks about some of his favorite WrestleMania moments and being fan. We get hype for Daniel Bryan and a backstage interview where he insists he will wrestle both matches tonight and win. More hype from the panel. We see Booker T’s sitdown interview with Batista that aired on WrestleMania Today. We come back and Booker says he knew Batista during his first run with WWE and he thought Batista was soft but he’s a different Animal now. That’s interesting because of the backstage incident that’s been reported. We see the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal statue at Axxess earlier. It was escorted by security. Merriman predicts his friend Rey Mysterio will get the win. Booker predicts Kofi will have a good performance and HBK says Big Show is the favorite. We get a Hulk Hogan hype video. Merriman talks about he’s always been a Hulkamaniac. Merriman is apparently leaving the panel as Mathews hypes tonight’s show. That’s it for the first hour. We come back and Jimmy Hart is on the panel. They talk about tonight’s WWE Tag Team Title match. Hart says he spent some time with The Real Americans and they are ready. We go to a video package for Andre the Giant.

We see the statue being unloaded by security and brought into the Superdome. Hart predicts Ryback will win the battle royal but he’s not even in the match. HBK sticks with Big Show. Mathews announces the tag match is now elimination style. HBK leaves the panel and we go to more promos. We go back to the panel and there are some sound issues. Booker and Mathews run down tonight’s matches. We hear a “yes!” chant out in the crowd. Alex Riley is out on the panel now. The sound is extremely bad now. Riley talks about the excitement among fans for Daniel Bryan. The crowd erupts as Lilian Garcia makes her way to the ring. Mathews shows us Michael Cole’s recent interview with John Cena. We come back and Jerry Lawler is making his way out to ringside. The panel talks more about Cena vs. Wyatt. We get hype for The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws now. We get a backstage promo from The Shield. They are united and ready to fight. We come back to the panel and Trish Stratus has replaced Jimmy Hart. She talks about the Hall of Fame and the Divas Invitational. Trish says it’s time for a change when it comes to AJ Lee holding the Divas Title.

Pre-Show Match: Fatal Four Way Tag Team Elimination Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

The Usos (c) vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. Rybaxel vs. The Real Americans w/Zeb Colter

We go to the ring and Zeb Colter is in the ring for a promo. He introduces The Real Americans and out comes Cesaro and Jack Swagger. Michael Cole welcomes us to the Superdome. He’s joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler. Ryback and Curtis Axel are out next. Los Matadores are out next with El Torito. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos are out next with their big entrance. Curtis Axel and Jey Uso start things off in the ring as the crowd chants, “We The People.” Jey and Curtis are trading knife edged chops. Axel hits a dropkick on Jey and tags in Ryback. Ryback facewashes Jey before he gets slapped by Jey. Ryback hits a big boot but Diego makes a blind tag. Jimmy gets tagged in by his brother. Diego calls for an Ole and Fernando tags himself in. Jey hits a jawbreakers and it is now Swagger vs Fernando. Swagger hits a clothesline and gets a quick two count. Soon all of the competitor are laid out on the outside after the Matadores hit a double team springboard dive to the outside. The Matadores and El Torito hit a Triple Team move, laying everyone out on the outside. Swagger has Fernando in the Patriot Lock and he taps out.

Curtis Axel and Jey are the legal men. Jey gets nailed with a huge knee from Axel before tagging in Ryback. Ryback nails a big suplex and a splash off of the middle rope. Axel is back in and gets a two count. Rybaxel slam Jey into the corner and Ryback begins to work him over in the ring, locking in a necklock. Jey tries to get to Jimmy in the corner but Ryback slams his shoulder into the steel. Jimmy is in for the hot tag and he begin to kick to Axel before hitting a Samoan Drop followed by the Hip Smash. Swagger makes the blind tag and hits a belly to belly suplex for two. He misses the Swagger Bomb. Ryback hits Swagger with the Meathook Clothesline. Cesaro tags himself and he hits Ryback with the Very European Uppercut and the Neutralizer to eliminate Rybaxel The Usos and The Real American’s trade punches in the middle of the ring. The Usos hit stereo flying splashes on the outside. Back inside, Jey gets hit with an elbow by Cesero but he comes back and takes out the Real Americans with Whisper in the Wind. Swagger has Jey in the Patriot Lock.

The Usos and The Real American’s trade punches in the middle of the ring. The Usos hit stereo flying splashes on the outside. Back inside, Jey gets hit with an elbow by Cesero but he comes back and takes out the Real Americans with Whisper in the Wind. Swagger has Jey in the Patriot Lock. Everyone is down after The Uso’s hit a Samoan Drop and Cesaro hits a big elbow. Cesaro gets hit with a superkick by The Uso’s and they both splash Antonio after they send Cesaro into the Swagger to take him out of the picture. Back in the ring, Swagger begins to yell at Cesaro. Swagger locks Cesaro into the Patriot Lock but Zeb pulls him out. Zeb demands that he apologizes. Cesaro doesn’t accept his apology and gives Swagger the Big Swing. It appears that The Real American are done.

Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champion The Usos

WrestleMania: 

First In-Ring Segment: Hulk Hogan starts the show off and Hulkamania is running wild in the Superdome. Hulk call’s the Superdome, the Silverdome, and things are off to great start. Hogan begins to talk about his Wrestlemania history until the Glass Has Shattered and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is making his way down to the ring! Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin are in the same ring together at long last. Austin takes a jab for at Hogan for the “Silverdome” thing and he talks about Hogan’s history with a loud, “What!” chant. “If You SMELLLLLL…” The Rock makes his way down to the ring after soaking in some moments on the stage. The Rock takes a mic and does his “Finally…” catchphrase.

The Rock takes a shot at Hogan for the “Silverdome” thing before he starts talking about Austin and Hogan and his matches with the two of them. The Rock talks about John Cena and Daniel Bryan before all three of them deliver their catches phrases to a delighted audience. Rock brings up John Cena and the crowd boos. Rock says Cena wouldn’t be here if Hogan wasn’t here 29 years ago. Rock brings up Daniel Bryan and a huge “yes!” chant starts. Rock says that doesn’t happen unless Austin had the guts to cross the boss and whip his candy ass. Rock says those are facts. Rock jokes about WWE fans having birthdays 9 months after WrestleMania because of his electrifying performances. Rock sings a quick tune about WrestleMania. He says it’s an honor to be here. He says it’s boots to asses time, if you smell… Austin says that’s the bottom line… and Hogan asks what we’re gonna do. Hogan gets the Superdome name right this time and his music hits to end it. Austin calls for beers as Rock and Hogan hug. We get a beer bash with Hogan, Austin and Rock as Austin’s music hits. Austin calls for more beers and we go to the announcers.

First Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

HHH has a cocky smile on his face while Daniel Bryan is all business. HHH offers Daniel Bryan his hand. Daniel Bryan kicks it away and gets a one count. Daniel takes HHH into the corner for a couple kicks but before he goes to the head kick, HHH rolls out of the ring to recover. Collar and Elbow tie up in the ring and HHH begins to work over Bryan arm but Daniel Bryan is able to take him over with the headlock and slow down the pace. Shoulder tackles takes down Bryan but he goes down low and hits HHH with the Kitchen Sink before taking HHH down with a another headlock. Daniel Bryan hits a several European Uppercuts but HHH takes Bryan into the corner and hits him with several shoulder thrusts. Daniel Bryan with a series of elbow but HHH takes him down with an armbreaker. Daniel Bryan hits a Tornado DDT to HHH on the outside as Stephanie looks on in shock. Daniel Bryan gets back into the ring and hits a rolling senton off the top rope. Back in the ring Daniel gets a two count and he goes back to the top. HHH’s crotches him on the top rope and levels him with a big fist, taking him to the outside. HHH begins to demolish the announce table.

HHH goes for a pedigree on the table but Bryan reverses only for HHH to slam Bryan’s arm down on the edge of the table. HHH begins to work over Daniel’s arm in the middle of the ring. Daniel gets to his feet but HHH hits him with the knee. HHH is taken to the outside by Bryan who goes for a suicide dive but HHH hits him with a massive right hand. HHH back suplexes Daniel on the apron and he goes for the countout. Daniel Bryan is able to get back in the ring but HHH locks in a Crossface Chickenwing. HHH takes Bryan to the mat and locks in a Crossface while Stephanie taunts on the outside. HHH wrenches Bryan’s arm and slams him to the mat. HHH takes Bryan into the corner and levels him with a series of fists. Daniel Bryan begins to fight back and hits a running forearm. Daniel Bryan with a German Suplex but only gets two. Daniel hits another German and gets two. HHH goes for the Crossface again but he is able to toss Bryan back with a Tiger Suplex for two. HHH puts Bryan on the top rope and goes for a Superplex only for Daniel Bryan to block it and send HHH to the mat. Bryan hits a Sunset Flip Powerbomb and they both are down. HHH gets up in the corner and gets up with two running dropkicks by Bryan but when he goes for a third, HHH hits up with a clothesline that sends Bryan inside out. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Bryan gets a jacknife cover for two.

Daniel kicks HHH in the skull and goes to the top rope. Bryan goes for a Headbutt but HHH gets his knee up and locks Bryan in the Crossface again. Daniel Bryan reverses it into the Yes Lock. HHH is clawing his way to the ropes and he gets there. HHH goes to the outside and he gets hit with two suicide dives by Bryan who goes up top and hits a missile dropkick. Bryan kips up and hits HHH with his signature kicks to the chest and then a kick to the head for two. HHH hits Bryan with a Double A Spinebuster and a Pedigree but Bryan kicks out. HHH goes for the Crossface again but he is able to toss Bryan back with a Tiger Suplex for two. HHH puts Bryan on the top rope and goes for a Superplex only for Daniel Bryan to block it and send HHH to the mat. Bryan hits a Sunset Flip Powerbomb and they both are down. HHH gets up in the corner and gets up with two running dropkicks by Bryan but when he goes for a third, HHH hits up with a clothesline that sends Bryan inside out. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Bryan gets a jacknife cover for two. Daniel kicks HHH in the skull and goes to the top rope. Bryan goes for a Headbutt but HHH gets his knee up and locks Bryan in the Crossface again. Daniel Bryan reverses it into the Yes Lock. HHH is clawing his way to the ropes and he gets there. HHH goes to the outside and he gets hit with two suicide dives by Bryan who goes up top and hits a missile dropkick. Bryan kips up and hits HHH with his signature kicks to the chest and then a kick to the head for two. HHH hits Bryan with a Double A Spinebuster and a Pedigree but Bryan kicks out. Bryan with a roll up and gets two. HHH drags Bryan to the corner and begins to punch him in the face. HHH sets up for the Pedigree but Bryan blocks it and gets hit with several knees to the head of Bryan. HHH goes to hit Bryan with a back suplex but he reveres it and nails the Running Knee for the win! After the match Stephanie McMahon and Triple H attacked Daniel Bryan.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Second Match: Kane and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield

Kane and Dean start things off by trading punches with each other. Dean hits the rebound clothesline and he takes in Roman who nails Kane with Samoan Drop. Roman hits the Superman Punch on Road Dogg but Rollins comes in and takes out Kane with a knee and a roll over the top rope. Bill Gunn is alone in the ring but Road Dogg pulls him out and allowing Dean and Seth to hit a Stereo Suicide Dive. Rollins pins Billy Gunn after a Double Triple Powerbomb on The Outlaws. Winner: The Shield

Backstage Segment with Ted DiBiase, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter playing with the WWE Slam City toys.

Third Match: The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Yoshi Tatsu is the first man out. Kofi and Cody battle while they skin the cat. Brad Maddox has been eliminated. Brodus Clay and Khali are taken out. Zack Ryder has been eliminated. Darren Young is done with Mark Henry takes out Drew and Jinder and Heath Slater. The Big Show takes out Mark Henry. Titus O’Neil is eliminated and Santino tries to bring out the Cobra. Santino takes out the Miz but Santino is taken out by Alberto. Damien Sandown is taken out by The Rhodes Brothers. Big E. takes out Justin Gabriel. Fandango takes out Big E. Fandango does some posing on the apron but Sheamus comes up and clobbers him to eliminate him. R-Truth is done. Tyson Kidd is out along with Goldust and Cody. Rey hits the 619 on Alberto but he is eliminated by Cesaro. Kofi does his signature high risk save. Cesaro swings Kofi who is eliminated. Dolph Ziggler is taken out and the crowd boos.Sheamus and Alberto eliminate each other leaving Cesaro and Show left. The crowd is on their feet as Cesaro eliminates The Big Show after slamming him over the top rope!

Winner: Cesaro Fourth Match: Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

Bray starts on his knees and begs for Cena to “finish him.” Bray gets to his feet and begin to attack but Cena takes him down with a side headlock take down. Bray begins to punch Cena, taking him off of his feet. Bray delivers a series of headbutts before hitting a crossbody take down. Bray continues to headbutt John before Irish Whipping him into the corner. Bray goes for a big splash but John explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. John begins to hit Bray with a series of punches but Bray is just laughing. Harper and Rowan get up on the apron but get down on the orders of Bray. John knees Bray in the corner and bring him out to send him to his feet with a massive punch. John Cena is beginning to lose control. Bray Wyatt hits a suplex but John Cena comes back with a dropkick until Bray locks in a sleeper hold. John Cena with the shoulder tackles and spin out powerbomb. Cena goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle but Bray gets up with a Spider Walk to freak Cena out. Cena is distracted by Rowan and Bray goes on the attack. Bray nails a big splash in the corner but Cena comes but with a Tornado DDT for two. Cena goes for his top rope leg drop but Bray catches him with a huge powerbomb for two. John Cena with another Spin Out Powerbomb and hits the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Bray is about to counter an AA with a Gutbuster. Cena goes for the AA on the apron but Wyatt reverses into a DDT.

Wyatt drags Cena back into the ring and gets a two count. The crowd is singing “He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands” as Bray puts Cena on the top rope and goes for a Superplex. Cena pushes him away and nails a cross body to Harper and Rowan on the outside. Bray attack Cena on the outside and goes to get the ring steps but Cena stops him. Cena has the steps but tosses them to the side. Bray with another crossbody on the inside for two. Bray goes for a Senton and misses allowing Cena to hit the AA but Bray kicks out. Harper hits a drive by while the ref is distracted and Bray hits his Senton for a two count. John Cena spears Harper through the time keepers area. Bray goes to Sister Abigail but Cena reserves into the STF but Bray gets to the ropes. Bray hits Sister Abigail for a two. Bray goes to the outside and grabs a chair. He gives the chair to Cena and challenges him to hit him as the crowd sings for Bray. Cena hits Harper with the chair and nails Bray with a AA for the win.

Winner: John Cena

WWE Hall of Fame Segment 

Fifth Match: The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman

Lesnar and Taker comes back to face in the ring and the referee calls for the bell. Lesnar is taken to the corner with a series of punches but Lesnar hits a Belly to Belly. Lesnar begins to knee The Deadman’s midsection. Taker goes back to punching Lesnar before sending him shoulder first into the post. Lesnar’s head gets slammed into the post and The Undertaker pulls him back into the ring and goes for Old School but Lesnar stops him. Lesnar whips Taker into the corner but Lesnar slams his shoulder into the post again. Lesnar and Taker trade punches on the outside and Takers boots him in the head. Taker goes for his apron leg drop and nails it. The Undertaker hits Snake Eyes and goes for the Chokeslam but Lesnar reverses and tries for the F-5 but Taker reverses it. On the outside Lesnar begins to hammer The Undertaker with a series of rights. The Undertakers goes for a boot but Lesnar grabs his legs and slams him to the mat. Back in the ring, Lesnar begins to work over the leg of The Deadman. Lesnar hits a big suplex and he goes to work on The Undertaker’s midsection with a series of knees. Lesnar hits a series of punches to the midsection as the Undertaker looks dazed on the ropes.

The Undertaker comes back and hits a DDT to buy some time. The Undertaker clotheslines Lesnar twice in the corner and hits Snake Eyes followed by a Big Boot. Taker hits a leg drop for a two before going for the chokeslam and nailing it for two. Brock Lesnar nails the F-5 for two. The Undertaker locks in the Hell’s Gate after baiting Brock Lesnar. Lesnar powers up and slams The Undertaker to the mat to break the hold. Lesnar gets trapped into the Hell’s Gate again but Lesnar gets out of it the same way he did before. Brock Lesnar locks The Deadman in the Kimura Lock but The Undertaker reveres it with a Kimura of his own. Lesnar gets to the ropes but he is taken down with a boot by The Undertaker who goes for Old School but Lesnar reveres into an F-5 but Taker kicks out again. Lesnar hits 2 German Suplexes as Paul Heyman screams on the outside to encourage Brock. Lesnar goes for the 10 Count Punches but The Undertaker hits The Last Ride but he doesn’t go for the cover. The Undertaker nails the Tombstone but Brock Lesnar kicks out at two. The Undertaker gets hit with another F-5 and Brock Lesnar gets the win.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Commercial aired for WrestleMania 31 live from San Francisco, California on March 25, 2015

Sixth Match: Vickie Guerrero Divas Invitational Match for the WWE Divas Championship

The Divas begins to pounce on AJ Lee and Tamina as the crowd begins to boo this match. Natayla tries to lock in the Sharpshooter but it is broken up. Summer Rae tries to attack AJ but she is able to reverse it. Emma hits the Emma Sandwich but Alicia hits her with the Axe Kick. Layla is taken down by Aksana. Eva Marie pushes Tamina to the mat and the Bella’s double team AJ before hitting a Suicide Dive to all of the Divas on the outside. The Bellas begin to attack each other. Alicia and Natalya are in the ring but they are taken out by Tamina. She goes up top for the Superfly Splash but Naomi stops her. AJ locks Naomi in the Black Widow and she taps out.

Winner: Still WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee

Backstage, Mean Gene Okerland is with Hulk Hogan when Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff followed by Mr. T.

Seventh Match: Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan goes right after Randy Orton but Batista comes out and tries to Batista Bomb Daniel. Randy Orton hits his signature backbreaker on Batista. On the outside, Orton is send into the barricade by Batista. Orton is driven into the Steel Steps by Batista. Batista gets sent end over end onto the Steel Steps. Orton begins to work over Daniel Bryan before making his back back over to Batista, sending him back first onto the barricade with a suplex. Back in the ring, Orton begins to stomp on Batista’s arms and legs. Daniel Bryan gets to his feet and hits a Double Missile Dropkick on his challengers. Daniel Bryan hits his signature midsection kicks to Orton and Batista. Orton hits Bryan with a T-Bone Suplex. Daniel hits his running drop kicks onto Orton and Batista. Bryan puts Orton up on the top rope and hits a Hurricanrana for two. Orton goes for a Superplex onto Batista and nails it. Bryan hits a Headbutt onto Orton. HHH comes out and pulls the referee out of the ring. Batista hits the Batista Bomb but Daniel Bryan kicks out. Daniel Bryan hits the crooked ref that HHH brought out in the head. Daniel Bryan takes out HHH, Stephanie, and the referee with a Suicide Dive. HHH brings out the Sledgehammer but Daniel Bryan gets it and hits HHH with it. Daniel Bryan goes for a cover on Batista but Orton breaks it up.

Orton and Batista begin to double team Daniel Bryan. Orton has the steel steps and he nails Bryan with them. Orton and Batista take the covers off of the announce tables. The crowd chants for CM Punk as Batista nails Bryan with a Batista Bomb as Orton hits a Reverse RKO through the announce table. The trainers come out and look on Daniel Bryan, trying to bring him of the carnage as Batista and Orton continue to fight. Daniel Bryan is being wheeled out as Orton goes for the Viper DDT and nails it on the outside. Orton picks up Bryan and slams him into the Steel before rolling him into the ring. Orton begins to stalks Daniel Bryan with an RKO but Bryan counters with the Yes Lock. Batista breaks up the hold but gets caught in a Yes Lock of his own until Orton breaks it up. Orton goes for the RKO but Batista counters only to get caught with the 2nd attempt at the RKO for two. Orton is going for the Punt on Batista but Bryan hits the Knee on Orton. Batista tries to steal the win but Orton kicks out. Bryan locks in the Yes Lock after nailing Batista with the Running Knee. BATISTA TAPS OUT! DANIEL BRYAN IS THE NEW WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

Winner: NEW WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN

JOSH’S GRADE FOR WRESTLEMANIA: 10/10

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WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Report From April 5, 2014

halloffame2014WWE Hall of Fame
April 5, 2014
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet: The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet Special opens up with Michael Cole and Maria Menounos. They talk about tonight’s ceremony and we go to Renee Young on the red carpet. We’re going to be going back to her for interviews. Renee talks about how excited she is for her first ceremony. Cole talks about how we have members of the media from all over the world. We go back to Renee and Roman Reigns. Reigns talks about how important of a night this is. This is Reigns’ first ceremony as a WWE Superstar.

We go to Byron Saxton on the red carpet. He stops Maryse and The Miz. Miz talks about looking forward to seeing The Ultimate Warrior inducted. He also jokes that Maryse still wants a match with Lita. Saxton cuts Miz off and we go back to Renee. She has Hulk Hogan and his wife Jennifer. Hogan says this is as big as it gets for him. We also see Brooke Hogan and Nick Hogan. We go back to Menounos and Cole before jumping back to Saxton. He talks to Pat Patterson about how special it is to be in the Hall. We go back to Renee and Randy Orton. Orton compliments Renee on her look. We hear fans chanting for Hogan in the background. Orton talks about inducting his father back in 2005. Orton is looking forward to Warrior’s speech and says he didn’t come out during rehearsals. We see Orton’s new girlfriend next to him. We go back to Maria and Cole, who talk to Summer Rae and Fandango about dancing, WrestleMania and the Hall of Fame.

We come back from a WrestleMania promo and Byron Saxton is with The Usos, Naomi and some of their friends. Jimmy is looking forward to Carlos Colon’s induction. Naomi is looking forward to Lita’s induction because they were both athletic Divas. Renee has Booker T and Sharmell on the red carpet. Sharmell says last year was her favorite but says it’s always a great night at the Hall of Fame. Booker talks about being proud of Lita’s induction. Booker says he told Mr. T to make sure and mention his wife in his speech. Renee sends it back to Cole and Menounos, who has Dolph Ziggler for comment. Ziggler talks about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and says Sheamus is the biggest threat. Ziggler flirts with Maria and says he’s a big fan. Ziggler talks about how special it is to be here after watching these legends as a kid. We go to another promo.

We come back and Renee is with Roddy Piper and his family. Piper is most looking forward to Mr. T’s speech. Piper says he will come after T if he has to. Saxton is on the red carpet with Alicia Fox. She talks about what it’s like to be a presenter at the Hall of Fame. We go back to Maria and Cole. Jerry Lawler and his girlfriend Lauren walk up. Lawler will be the host of tonight’s ceremony. Lawler says this is his favorite night of the year. Renee is with Natalya, her sisters and Tyson Kidd. Natalya talks about proving she’s the best at WrestleMania. Saxton is on the red carpet with Tamina Snuka. Tamina talks about all of her family members that are in the Hall. She talks about how the Hall is motivation for every Superstar and Diva. Tamina is with The Rock’s mother and daughter. Saxton talks to Rock’s mom about how special the Hall of Fame is. She hopes Rock will be inducted one day. Rock’s daughter also talks about how excited she is. Menounos and Cole are with Big Show. Show talks about wanting to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

I’ve been seeing side videos of other stars arriving with their families. We go back to Renee and she’s with Steve Austin. Austin gives Renee props for her enthusiasm. Austin says this is one of his favorite events. Austin is looking forward to Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena at WrestleMania. He talks about having respect for Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker and says he would like to see Taker keep The Streak intact. Austin talks about having fun in New Orleans this week and some of his many favorite WrestleMania moments. Austin and Renee pick on Cole wearing a singlet and we go back to Saxton, who is with Cody Rhodes and Brandi “Eden” Rhodes. Rhodes also talks about how the Hall of Fame is motivation. Cole and Maria are with Alberto Del Rio and his family. He talks about inducting his father before and the battle royal at WrestleMania. One of Del Rio’s sons talks about being excited to be at his first WrestleMania.

Renee is with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who is riled up and ready to go. Duggan talks about the fans and what it was like to film Legends House. He says Tony Atlas was a big pain in the butt and a prima donna. Duggan is looking forward to Jake Roberts’ speech. He says there’s no chance Lesnar will defeat The Undertaker. Saxton is on the red carpet with Zeb Colter, who is twisting his beard. Zeb says it’s great to see guys he competed against get inducted. Zeb says these men are well deserving of their inductions. Cole and Menounos are with John Cena and Nikki Bella. Cena agrees that this is the most important night of the year for WWE. He predicts tonight’s ceremony will be one for the ages. Cole brings up the past beef between Maria and Nikki. Nikki says she was hurt at SummerSlam and wants a rematch. We come back from a promo and Saxton is with Cesaro. Cesaro says he considers himself a throwback so of course he enjoys the Hall of Fame. Cesaro talks about learning from history and says tonight’s class is unbelievable.

Maria and Cole are with Triple H & Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says the Hall of Fame is one of her most favorite events of the year. Triple H says he’s a big history buff and this is the biggest night for him. Renee is with Santino Marella, his girlfriend & daughter. There’s a magic Scooby-Doo mirror that they take a selfie in. She presses a button and tweets it out. Byron is with Arn Anderson. Arn says tonight is an honor like none other. Arn says the Hall of Fame is the end of the rainbow, if you think about it, & if you don’t aspire to be a Hall of Famer then you’re spinning your wheels. Cole & Maria are with Bruno Sammartino. We hear “yes!” chants start up & see Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella hitting the red carpet. Bruno talks about being excited to see this year’s ceremony. Renee is with Bryan and Brie. Renee points out the big reaction Bryan just got. Bryan is excited about this year’s inductions. Brie can’t wait for Lita’s speech. Bryan says with all luck, they both will walk out of WrestleMania with gold. We go to a break.

We come back to Cole & Maria, now inside the arena. We go to Byron and Ted DiBiase, Sr. DiBiase says it’s a very humbling experience to be inducted. He’s excited to be here and excited for everyone going in. Renee talks to Ryder about the Hall & being in the battle royal tomorrow. Ryder says winning the battle royal would mean getting his career back. He calls it his Last ReZort. Back to Cole & Menounos. She talks about being a fan of Warrior & Jake. Saxton is in the crowd with Sgt. Slaughter. Slaughter talks about how incredible the Hall of Fame has become. He’s most looking forward to Warrior and talks about their history. Slaughter says he hopes Warrior leaves the ego at home. Renee is in the crowd with Damien Sandow. Back to Saxton, who is with Mick Foley. Foley talks about how special it is to be here & gets a cheap pop from the crowd. Foley asks WWE not to cut to him during Jake’s speech so we won’t see him crying. Cole & Maria hype the Hall one last time and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Hall of Fame: The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicks off with a video package, looking at the Hall itself & this year’s class. We’re live & have a packed house. Jerry Lawler is introduced & will be tonight’s host. Lawler comes out to a big pop. Lawler says tonight is going to be a celebration. From a high-flying extreme Diva to a Superstar who personified intensity & charisma. Lawler says it’s his honor to share the stage with tonight’s inductees. Lawler shows us a WrestleMania hype video set to Kid Rock’s song.

Trish Stratus: Lawler introduces WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus & out she comes to do the honors for Lita. Trish reveals Lita is the godmother of her child & says it’s fitting. Or maybe it’s fitting because how their careers have paralleled. She talks about how they debuted near each other and retired near the same time. Trish talks about Lita’s career & gets a pop when she brings up Team Extreme. Trish says Lita was an equal member of that group. Trish talks about how Lita loves animals & other stuff away from wrestling. Trish introduces Lita, calling her her bestie. Trish says this is Lita’s long dress debut, which is a big deal. Lita’s theme hits & out she comes to a big pop.

Lita: Lita thanks everyone for the moment and says she’s super into it. A “thank you Lita” chant breaks out. Lita says she’s ready to have some fun. She talks about wanting to become a wrestler and going to Mexico. She tells a story about calling a travel agent for a trip to Mexico. She says there was a travel warning not to travel there unless you had official business. She had official business – she was to become a professional wrestler. She brings up Arena Mexico and it gets a small pop from some fans in the crowd. She talks about the excitement of seeing that first lucha event in person and says we can all relate with WrestleMania XXX tomorrow. She goes on about working in Mexico and brings out a mask she kept from someone there. The crowd boos at one point but it sounds like it was something in the crowd or they wanted her to put the mask on.

She gives a shout out to Rey Mysterio and talks about watching him. She talks about coming back to the States and trying to find Rey at a hotel after a wrestling event in Georgia. She says she didn’t see Rey but she ran into Arn Anderson. She says Arn got her to meet Rey by giving her his hotel room number. She says Rey came out of the hotel elevator and didn’t make her feel like an idiot for saying she was going to Mexico to become a wrestler. She says Arn then said she owed him a Miller Lite for making the meeting with Rey happen. Lita says she’s a woman of her word and has two Miller Lites brought out for Rey and Arn. Trish and Lita take a shot of wheat grass. Arn toasts Lita and drinks his. It looks like Arn got both beers and the usher didn’t give Rey his. They finally get Rey his beer. He and Arn toast Lita together to a big pop from the crowd. Lita then talks about spending 6 months in the original ECW. A huge “ECW” chant breaks out in the crowd. She also talks about working with Edge.

She claims the most slut-tacular wedding dress in WWE history. She also talks about working with Kane and Snitsky. She talks about James Cameron personally picking her to be in the finale of Dark Angel and during filming, she got dropped on her head and knew something was wrong. She went back to work for WWE and doctors told her that her neck was broken. She brings out her bobblehead doll and says this happened at the same time the doll came out. There are more boos from the crowd but apparently it’s because the big screen in the arena keeps going out. She talks about wanting to get advice from Steve Austin when the neck injury happened. Austin brought her down to Texas to go to the doctor with him and then have some BBQ in San Antonio. She wore an Austin 3:16 tank top into surgery. She says after that surgery, she went on to have many more successful years in WWE. Lita says she has a lit of thank you’s and thanks Danny McDevitt from MCW, Christian York, Bob Mercury, Ace Steel, the Funkin’ Dojo,Tommy Dreamer, who got a big pop and is in attendance, Lisa Marie Varon, who is also in the crowd. Lita brings up their steel cage match. She says she’s proud to share the locker room with the group of girls she worked with. Lita thanks Manami Toyota and says she’s never met her but is blown away by her. She thanks Luna Vachon, Terry Taylor, Tom Prichard and Jim Ross. She thanks JR for his commentary and advice. She thanks Mickie James, Essa Rios and Team Extreme. She mentions The Hardy Boys, The Dudley Boys and Edge & Christian. She thanks members of the WWE crew who are still working for the company. She mentions WWE crew member Frank Bullock, who passed away recently.

She thanks her best friend Trish and talks about their lifetime friendship. She thanks her mom and her brother for supporting her. She says they have asked her for 0 autographs over the years and that’s priceless. She thanks some of her friends and the punk rock/hard rock scene. She talks about what the punk music scene meant to her. She encourages us to find our punk rock, our lucha libre, and let it lead us to our life. She says punk rock taught her she could be whatever she wanted to be and here she is. Lita’s music hits and she gets another standing ovation.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts is up next.

DDP:Lawler brings out Diamond Dallas Page to a big pop from the crowd. DDP thanks the crowd and gets his name chanted. DDP is proud, humbled and honored to be here tonight. He says there’s some kind of divine intervention going on because tonight is his 58th birthday and he couldn’t ask for a better present… the crowd starts chanting happy birthday to him. DDP says the fans are amazing. He is getting to see 2 of his boys rising up to receive the recognition they deserve. DDP thanks Triple H  and says it’s very cool of him. DDP says without Dusty Rhodes, there is no DDP. DDP says Dusty was his mentor but he had another mentor who taught him the art of pro wrestling. DDP says he lived with Jake back in 1994. DDP says he was just fired from WCW but Dusty and Jake believed in him at 36. DDP talks about how he talked Kimberly into letting Jake move in with them. Kimberly had one condition – no snakes in the house. DDP says he learned more sitting next to Jake on the couch watching their matches. He says Jake started to get him bookings on the road. He tells a story about a snake going missing in their home.

DDP says he never stopped learning from Jake. Jake taught him how to get over in and out of the ring. Jake prepared him for the main events and the world championships to come. DDP says it’s a debt he’s been working on paying back ever since. This gets an applause. DDP looks to get emotional. He says Jake wrote the book on ring psychology. DDP says every single thing Jake did in and out of the ring had purpose. He praises Jake’s in-ring work, his interviews and his feuds with Ricky Steamboat, Rick Rude and Randy Savage. All three names got pops. DDP says they started another journey about 18 months ago when they began living together again. DDP calls it a wild roller coaster. He calls it the resurrection of Jake The Snake. DDP says their big dream 18 months ago was to be on this stage, on this very night and here they are. The crowd pops. DDP thanks God. He says dreams can true as long as you’re willing to put the work in. DDP says trust him, Jake has put the work in. DDP says to never underestimate the power you give someone by believing in them. The same goes with yourself. DDP proudly presents his mentor, his friend, his brother, the prodigal son, the one and only Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Jake’s music hits and out he comes with a Diva on each arm.

Jake Roberts:Jake comes to the podium and a “thank you Jake” chant starts up. Jake gets choked up and shakes his head. He says all of a sudden he forgot what he was going to say. He says he’s always loved professional wrestling and always loved the men that did professional wrestling because they’re special men, a breed of their own. Jake talks about seeing legends come up when he was a kid. Jake says he hated wrestling because his father wrestled and he never saw his father. Jake blamed wrestling and says that wasn’t the truth, it was the man. Jake says he hated that but be damned if he didn’t do the same thing. Jake says he walked away from the responsibilities of raising a family because he fell in love with something called wrestling. Jake says he didn’t have a minute to spare in any day because he loved wrestling.

He should have shared the time more wisely but doesn’t regret his love for wrestling because there’s nothing like it. Jake talks about controlling the emotions of fans. Jake almost says something inappropriate and says that was close. See DDP, he’s getting better, he says. Jake changes his mind and says what the hell, “bleep” people’s emotions as WWE edited it out. Jake says the rush from wrestling is addicting. Jake says it hurts he can’t do it anymore. Jake points out Steamboat. A “you still got it” chant breaks out for Jake. Roberts says he’s ashamed to say that the only woman he never cheated on was the ring. He says he was a rotten son of a b—h and it’s not funny. Jake says at some point your heart becomes so sour you can’t just love one woman. He says the other problems like drugs and alcohol start rolling in so you can medicate the pain you have from the ring and the pain from your family. Jake says that really sucks.

He says you can’t look the woman in the eye any more and you’re tired of lying to your children. Jake gets emotional again. Jake asks what do you have left at that point, not much. If you’re alone like he was, you make some bad choices. You decide you want to be gone. He would get angry with God when his friends would die. He didn’t want to commit suicide because it would hurt his children. Jake says for some reason, one person sticks a hand out. That person for him was Diamond Dallas Page. Jake says he was hell bent, he didn’t give a damn any more. He was drinking and doing drugs every day, he didn’t want to leave. He says anyone who knows DDP knows how much of a stubborn, rotten no good son of a b—h he is. Jake says he’s so positive and just won’t shut up. Jake says Dallas saved his life and he knows this. Jake is so grateful that DDP saved him. Jake says DDP used the fans during the process. He talks about using Indiegogo to raise money for his shoulder surgery. Jake thought nobody gave a damn about him but fans chipped in over $30,000. Jake says that woke him up and showed him somebody does care. Jake says God gave him a great amount of talent.

He says the fans got some of it and he’s ashamed he wasted most of it. But he’s so happy tonight. Jake says he’s so happy because he’s got some special people here. They’re called family. Jake has a hero and he’s just 18 months old. A man in the crowd brings a small boy up to the stage and Jake holds him at the podium. Jake talks about how the boy and his sister have had health problems. He tells Vince McMahon to get his writers ready because this boy and his sister will be at WrestleMania 50. Jake says he doesn’t want to cry, he just wants to get back to his family. He tells his kids to stand up in the crowd and they do, with their kids. Jake says they are his heroes. He loves them and the gave him a second chance. Jake says God bless the WWE because they gave him one too. Jake thanks us and his music hits.

Up next is Mr. T

Mean Gene Okerlund: Lawler introduces Mean Gene Okerlund to do the induction for Mr. T. Gene tells some jokes and calls Mr. T one of his longtime friends. Gene talks about T and Hulk Hogan facing Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff with Bob Orton at WrestleMania I. Gene talks about some of T’s acting. Gene brings out Mr. T’s son T Junior. He introduces his father and out comes T to a standing ovation.

Mr. T: Mr. T says it’s an honor to stand with the best in wrestling and to be honored. He stops and says a prayer, thanking God for making everything in his life possible. T asks for a few minutes to pay tribute to his mother. He thanks us in advance for his patience and understanding because it means a lot to him. He promises he won’t go too long and hopes he won’t bore us. T talks about his mother raising him and his 7 siblings with the help of God. T is the 8th son, the 10th child. He says they grew up in poverty with crime and drugs all around.

He says they never did crime and drugs because they loved their mother. T goes on for several minutes and talks about the song he recorded about treating your mother right. T actually gets a “yes!” chant started after he names off all the different holidays he loves his mother on. He’s just trying to tell us how he feels about his mother, he says. A “this is awesome” chant starts next. T talks more about being poor but says they were rich spiritually because their mother taught them values. T talks more about his mother. His whole speech has been about his mother so far. T says all he ever wanted to do was be a good son to his mother. T says he drew a picture of a house when he was 9 and grew up to buy her that house and pretty dresses. He goes on until he starts thanking all 7 of his big brothers. T praises all of his brothers for what they did in life. T thanks his daughter but says she can’t be here because she’s studying for a degree. T goes on to thank his son. All of a sudden, Kane’s music hits. They stare at each other. T extends his hand and Kane shakes it. Kane says something and walks back out. T says he’s sorry and they’ve told him his time is up. Kane says he’s sorry a few times and leaves. Very awkward.

Kane: Kane apologizes but says he wanted to talk about his “daddy” Paul Bearer. Kane talks about William Moody becoming a wrestling fan as a kid and getting involved when he was a teenager. Kane talks about Bearer coming up and making it to WWE, making The Undertaker the most unique and greatest character in WWE history. Kane goes on about how Bearer made it a mission to destroy Taker, then revealing a secret from Taker’s past – Kane. Kane says he may be bias but believes the Taker-Kane saga was the most epic piece of storytelling WWE has ever done. He says it wasn’t possible without Bearer. He says Bearer was the bridge that connected Taker and Kane. He talks about spending time on the road with Bearer. Kane says he owes Bearer the most because if there wasn’t a Paul Bearer, there wouldn’t be a Kane. Kane says he is forever grateful. Kane talks about Bearer’s life after WWE and how Bearer interacted with fans on social media. Kane says William Moody went to join his wife this past spring. Kane talks about the outpouring of sentiment from fans around the world at his funeral. He says Bearer was an international superstar. Kane talks about Bearer’s role in The Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania 29. He says that would have been a fitting memorial for Bearer, to be on the grandest stage of them all one more time. Kane calls Bearer one of the greatest managers of all-time.

Paul Bearer: Michael and Daniel Moody to the stage to accept the honor. They thank everyone on behalf of the whole Moody family for being able to share their father with us. One of his sons does a good “oooh yes!” impersonation and that’s it. All of a sudden, the lights go out and The Undertaker’s theme starts up. Taker makes his way out to the stage, in character, and with the urn in hand. An “in memory of” graphic shows on the big screen as Taker hold the urn high in the air.

Up next is Razor Ramon

Kevin Nash: Nash starts off with “the Bible says grey hair is a sign of wisdom.” He says Scott Hall told him to speed up the speech because people have to wrestle tomorrow. Nash talks about getting into WWE and going against Razor for the Intercontinental Title. Nash says Hall took him to the place he needed to be, the place where they could make a lot of money. He talks about traveling with Razor and Shawn Michaels. Nash says he’s acquired four brothers in this business – Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Sean Waltman and Hall. Nash says this is very emotional for him. He introduces Razor Ramon and out comes Scott Hall with a Bella on each arm. Hall gets a big pop and does his strut. He and Nash embrace at the podium.

Razor Ramon: Hall gets a pop and starts off with a “hey yo” for another pop. He talks about falling in love with wrestling as a kid and getting in the business when he was in his 20′s. Hall learned he had power when he stepped through the curtain and he was digging that. Hall says when you asked Razor how he was doing, the standard response was, “better than you Chico.” Hall thanks all the fans. A “thank you Razor” chant starts up. Hall says he had the privilege of working with and being mentored by great talents. He thanks them. Hall gets a little emotional. He says in his lifetime, he’s learned that hard work pays off, dreams come true, bad times don’t last but Bad Guys do. The crowd pops and that’s it, much shorter than the others.. Razor’s music hits. Out comes The Kliq – Triple H, Waltman, Nash and Michaels for a reunion on stage.

Lawler comes back out after an Orton vs. Batista promo but he’s interrupted by Bad News Barrett. Fans chant “Bad News Barrett.” He says he’s got some bad news and the fans say it with him. Barrett tells the Superstars in the crowd that this is the closest to the WWE Hall of Fame that they will ever get. Barrett thanks everyone and that’s it. He gets an ovation and laughs from his co-workers. Lawler introduces the induction video for Carlos Colon.

Carlito, Epico and Primo: Lawler introduces Primo, Epico and Carlito. They come out to Carlito’s theme song. A big “Carlito” chant breaks out. He says he’s used to working in bingo halls and high school gyms so this is nice. He says it’s been a long night so let’s get it over with. Carlito jokes about them bringing out the Colons right before the main event. He says and they got their time cut so it’s like he never left. Primo talks about Colon getting into wrestling at the age of 14. They talk about the greats Colon feuded with and what he did for wrestling in Puerto Rico. They introduce Colon in Spanish and out he comes with Eva Marie and Layla.

Carlos Colon: Colon asks for a minute to take everything in and says he never imagined he would be here. He talks about getting into wrestling and going from country to country. Colon talks about some of the top stars he feuded with and how wrestling is a family tradition for his family. He speaks for a few minutes in Spanish and points out his mother in the crowd. Colon thanks us and that’s it. He leaves to another ovation.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR IS UP NEXT!!!

Linda McMahon:We come back to Lawler and he introduces Linda McMahon to do the induction for Linda. She says she was highly flattered and honored when he called her to do the induction. Linda says this is her favorite WWE event. Linda says Warrior is a truly unique individual. She says Warrior changed his legal name to Warrior because he believed in living life with the principles of a warrior. She said it always brought a smile to her face when he would rush out of the curtain and hit the ring. Linda says Warrior wanted her to be his direct personal contact when he came back last time because she understood his passion. She talks about how Warrior would vent. Linda introduces Warrior, who comes out with his daughters.

The Ultimate Warrior:Warrior comes out to a pop. He says this is the most anticipated speech and says a lot of seats in the front are squirming. He gives shout outs to his wife and mother in the front row. Warrior talks about his mother providing when his father took off. He points out his daughters, calling them his Warrior girls. Warrior says he did a lot during his career but the most awesome thing he will ever do is be their father. Warrior says he was backstage with some of the younger talents sitting there and he was thinking how awesome this is. Warrior couldn’t believe this was happening after everything. This leads to a big plug for DDP Yoga. He’s excited about starting the program and gives credit for DDP Yoga helping people defeat their self destructing ways. Warrior says he promised himself he wouldn’t say those two words. He thanks Triple H for the energy he put into putting this deal together.

Warrior talks about being at WWE headquarters and says it was like the old DVD never existed. Fans chant “one more match” and Warrior says they’re being kind. Warrior says that’s not going to happen but other big things will happen. Warrior says he’s never interacted with anyone in this business that hasn’t taught him something. He talks about training with Red Bastien. He brings up Sting and that gets a pop. He talks about working for Jerry Jarrett with Dutch Mantel, Jerry Lawler and others. He talks about going to the Watts territory with guys like Steve Williams, Ted DiBiase. He tells DiBiase he somewhat fashioned his clothesline after Ted. Warrior looks for Ted in the crowd and gives him a shout out. Warrior talks about working for WCCW and starting the Dingo Warrior gimmick. He talks about the Von Erichs, Bruiser Brody, George Scott and others. Warrior wishes they could put the “F” back in WWE and this gets a big “yes!” chant from the crowd. Warrior can’t believe WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt got his ass kicked by the Wildlife people. Warrior talks about going to work for WWE and thanks Jose Estrada, the first guy he worked with. He gives a shout out to Steve “Brooklyn Brawler” Lombardi and he gets a pop. Warrior thanks Terry Gibbs, the first guy he wrestled on TV. He says when he saw the old DVD, it made him angry and pissed off but it also broke his heart, as far as stories about him not being one of the boys goes. He says recently one of the guys he had a classic match with went on the record to say he was a good guy. Warrior says he is a good guy and was. He wants to thank the Superstars you never see, the people that work behind the scenes in WWE. He says they are the ones that make this happen and that gets an applause.

He jokes that WrestleMania 75 will definitely happen, when the owner isn’t around anymore but takes it back and says Vince will live forever. Warrior suggests that WWE induct behind the scenes people each year. He would call it the Jimmy Miranda Award. Jimmy was a guy who sold merchandise before the big days of merchandise. Warrior says he wouldn’t be here tonight if it wasn’t for all the Ultimate Warrior fans. He says the fans are legendary. He talks about fans fighting back against the lies and the attempt at history being re-written. Warrior says he’s here because of the fans. A “thank you Warrior” chant starts up. Warrior is thankful for the chance to just be him. He says he and Sting to a shot in the business because they respected the veterans. Warrior talks about meeting Vince. He says you only saw Vince on MSG events or TV tapings and guys would always complain about their checks on the road, saying they were going to give Vince a piece of their mind when they saw him at TV. He says every guy came out of their meeting with Vince with a bobbly head. He says it was magic working in the business. He says it was awesome to be larger than life. He says there are few legitimate tough guys in this business and the rest of us get to play that role.

Warrior gives Cena a shout out for his work with Make-A-Wish. Warrior says he also knows that Cena is a big Warrior mark. Cena smiles and nods his head. Warrior talks about how he did a Make-A-Wish appearance and how special it is that wrestlers get to do that. Warrior goes on about how WWE gives talents the tools they need. He says he thinks about the business every single day. He talks about guys blowing up in the ring for several minutes. He says his entrance made him get blown up but he still pushed through the match. Warrior goes on and says nobody ever said anything to his face and he was always respectful. He talks about the DVD again and says it was just wrong, that’s all. Some fans chant for him to shoot. Warrior says he’s honored to be inducted. Warrior reveals he’s working as an ambassador under a multi-year deal with WWE. Warrior goes on and on, saying he’s a Legend now. He tells WWE’s younger talents to take advantage of the time they have now. We see Jimmy Uso yawning. Warrior thanks everyone for coming and tells everyone to enjoy WrestleMania. Goodnight from Warrior. His music hits and the crowd gives him one more ovation to end the ceremony.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From April 3rd, 2014

1248_1784e00b0b60f953190c43cb5b6689b8_mTNA Impact Wrestling
April 3, 2014
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

First Match: Tag Team Tables Match
Bully Ray & Willow vs. Ethan Carter III and Bobby Roode

Willow and Ray hit the ring to start the match and attack Carter and Roode. Willow hits Poetry in Motion off of Ray. The two beat down Roode and he ends up out of the ring. Ray and Willow hit the Wassup double team. Ray tells Willow to get the tables. Willow grabs a table and puts it in the ring. They set up the table, but EC3 and Roode ground them both. EC3 and Roode double team Willow, but Ray jumps them. EC3 hits Ray with a forearm. EC3 and Roode reposition the table. They go for a double suplex through the table, but Willow moves it. Willow takes down Roode, but runs into an EC3 clothesline. EC3 picks up Willow and slams his face into the mat. Willow comes back with a jawbreaker and then hits a splash and dropkick on EC3 in the corner.

Willow hits the Twist of Fate on EC3. Willow repostions the table closer to a corner. Willow puts EC3 on he table. Rockstar Spud, in a wheelchair, heads dow the ramp. Willow sees him and gets out of the ring. He dropkicks Spud in the wheelchair. Willow picks him up and takes him out of the arena. Ray climbs to the top rope. EC3 gets off the table and Roode pushes Ray off the top rope. Ray goes over the table. They go for a double team, but Ray ends up throwing Roode into EC3 from the top rope. Ray hits a double clothesline. Ray cleans house. Ray goes for a powerbomb on EC3, but Roode breaks it up. Ray gets out of the Roodebomb attempt, but Roode hits a spinebuster on Ray, through the table for the win.

Winner: Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III

After the match, Roode and EC3 set up another table. Roode grabs Ray and puts him through the table with the Roodebomb. EC3 leaves the ring with Ray down in the remnants of the table. Roode yells at EC3 for one more table. They get another and set it up near the corner of the ring. EC3 picks up Ray, while Roode punches him. They put Ray on the table and Roode climbs to the top rope. Roode hits a huge frog splash on Ray through the table. Roode yells at Ray on the ground.Backstage, Kenny King arrives. He asks a backstage guy what they have for him tonight. The man tells him that he doesn’t see him scheduled for anything tonight. King goes to look for MVP. Mr. Anderson is set for action next. We head to commercial.

Back from break. Magnus is asked backstage where Abyss is. He tells them that they are on the same page and that’s all that matters. MVP starts tell us what we’ll see on Impact tonight. He’s interrupted by Kenny King and we head back to the arena.

Second Match: Straight Jacket Match
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw

Anderson grabs a mic and introduces himself. Anderson introduces the strait jacket that will be used in the match. Shaw’s music hits and he walks onto the stage. Shaw says that he is not creepy. He asks Anderson if he knows how precious his hands are. He says that he uses them to create art. He tells Anderson that he uses his for nothing and is ordinary. He says that the worst crime in society is to be ordinary. He says that Christy Hemme loves him. Anderson attacks Shaw on the apron and he falls to the floor. Anderson tries to put the jacket on Shaw, but Shaw fights back. Anderson tosses him into the ring steps.

Back from commercial and Shaw takes down Anderson with the jacket. Shaw chokes Anderson. Shaw tries to put the jacket on Anderson. He gets Anderson’s arms in the jacket but Anderson fights back. Anderson hits Shaw with a series of moves while wearing the jacket. Anderson hits the rolling senton. He removes the jacket and goes to Shaw. He puts Shaw’s arms in the jacket, but Shaw hits him with a low blow. Shaw locks in a choke on Anderson in the middle of the ring. Shaw chokes Anderson out. Shaw gets up and starts to put the jacket on Anderson. He gets both arms in, but Anderson fights back. Shaw locks the choke back in. Anderson goes out and Shaw goes back to the jacket. Shaw rolls Anderson over and cinches up the the back belt. He goes to the other belts and cinches them for the win.

Winner: Samuel Shaw

Backstage, The Beautiful people say that they will rewrite history. Velvet Sky says that Rayne is trying to outshine the two stars that made her. She says that they’re going to school her tonight, no matter who her parter is Madison Rayne picks her tag-team partner tonight to face the Beautiful People. We head to break.

Back from break where we see Eric Young from an interview earlier today. He says that he needs to deal with Abyss because he started the problem. He says that he’s going to prove to everyone tonight why he has a spot in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match. Back to the ring where Tigre Uno heads to the ring. Sanada makes his entrance. This will be the first of a best of three series for the X Division Championship.

Kenny King comes out and interrupts the beginning of the match. He introduces himself and says that he is the X Division. He says that the X Division isn’t the same without him. King brags and MVP’s music hits. MVP heads to the ring with a mic. MVP tells King that he’s acting crazy by interrupting his show. King says that even with MVP in the ring, he’s still the biggest star standing in the ring. MVP asks him to come back to his office to talk about it. King refuses and tells him that he should be main eventing and headlining Impact. MVP says that the card is booked up. King asks MVP what he’s doing tonight. King tells MVP that they should have a match tonight on Impact so he can show him what he can do. MVP refuses. King says that he’s going to take a bow for his fans. He does and bumps MVP. MVP turns and King offers a match again. MVP agrees and King leaves the ring. Up next, Sanada and Tigre Uno will have their match. We head to break.


Third Match:  Best of Three Series for the TNA X Division Championship
Tigre Uno vs. Sanada (c)

 Uno takes down Sanada. Uno hits a kick and then another in the corner. Uno goes for a dive, but stops when Sanada moves on the outside. Sanada gets in the ring, but Uno cuts him off and puts him in a hold. Sanada fights out of it and hits Uno with a pair of elbows. Sanada grounds Uno after coming off the top rope. Sanada hits a backdrop and then a kick to the back. Uno misses a dive in the corner and Sanada goes to the rolling cradles on Uno. Uno rolls out of the ring. Sanada goes to hit the ropes for a dive, but Uno jumps in and grounds him. Uno comes off the top rope but Sanada hits a drop kick. Sanada climbs to the top, but Uno crothes him. Uno goes for a split-leg moonsault, but Sanada puts the knees up. Sanada hits a double hook german suplex for a pin and a three-count.

Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Sanada

Backstage, someone asks Magnus where Abyss is. Magnus says that there’s a good reason why we haven’t seen Abyss and we’re going to find out next. Magnus says that he’s about to show Abyss in a way that no one has ever seen before. We head to break.

Back from break, Britney tells Rayne that she looks up to her. Britney asks if she can be Rayne’s tag partner. Rayne says no because she doesn’t want her to have to deal with The Beautiful People. Britney says she can handle it. Rayne says ok and they start to talk strategy.

First In-Ring Segment: Back to the ring, where Magnus heads to the ring. Magnus says that he’s got something to share with everyone. He tells Abyss to come down to the ring. Abyss’ music hits and he heads to the ring wearing his mask along with a suit and tie. He seems uncomfortable in the attire. Magnus tells Abyss that this is how the upper-echelon dress. Magnus says that he invited him out to talk strategy about their four-way match tonight. Magnus says that everyone thinks it’s really a four-way match, though he believes that they’re a team and that Abyss will not fight him to take the belt. He tells Abyss that he treats him like a person.

Magnus brings up James Mitchell and Eric Young and how they treated Abyss. Magnus says that sometimes it’s hard for him to express himself at times. He says that he’s going to tell Abyss something that he’s longed to hear his whole life. Magnus tells Abyss that he loves him. Magnus hugs Abyss, while Abyss does nothing. Magnus exits the ring with Abyss right behind him. Eric Young jumps Abyss on the ramp. Magnus comes back and cuts off Young. Abyss and Magnus throw Young into the ring and beat him down. Samoa Joe hits the ring and cleans house. Abyss and Magnus retreat. Joe and Young stand in the ring. Young stares at him and says to stay out of his business. Young leaves the ring. Up next is the Beautiful People taking on Britney and Madison Rayne. We head to break.

Backstage, The Wolves talk with MVP about their Tag-Team title match tonight. Robbie E. shows up with a trainer and says that Jessie got hurt and can’t wrestle, so there will be no title match tonight. MVP and Robbie argue. Robbie leaves. MVP says that the excuse is legitimate and that he has to get ready for his match with Kenny King. The Wolves are angry and leave.

We see another video package featuring Knux.

Fourth Match: The Beautiful People vs. Britney and Madison Rayne

Angelina Love starts with Britney. Love hits Britney, but Britney fights back and shoulder blocks Love to the ground and hits a series of moves. Love tags Sky in and Britney goes to the front facelock. Love pulls Britney down in the corner. Love and Sky hit a double team. Love comes back in and beats down Britney. Sky holds Britney and Love kicks her. Sky comes in and keeps control on Britney. Britney ends up countering with a russian leg-sweep. Britney tags in Rayne who hits clotheslines on Love. She goes for a cover and Sky makes the save. Britney tags herself in and gets ran over by Sky. Sky takes out Rayne. The Beautiful People hit the Makeover and Love gets the three-count on Britney.

Winner: The Beautiful People

Fifth Match: Kenny King vs. MVP

This is an exhibition match, which will be explained later I assume. They shake hands to start and MVP puts on a wristlock. King escapes and stands on the buckle for a bit as this is slow paced to start. They trade wristlocks and hammerlocks until King grabs a headlock. MVP trips King down and puts on an STF but lets it go for no apparent reason.

Kenny takes him down again before flipping up to his feet for some posing. We get some chain wrestling on the mat into a front facelock from MVP as the fans chant YOU STILL GOT IT. They finally start throwing punches and it turns into a scrap on the mat until the bell rings for no apparent reason.

Results: No Contest

Magnus asks if Ethan has his back tonight. Carter thinks Magnus is scared of Abyss and doesn’t answer.

MVP jumps Kenny King from behind during a backstage interview.

Sixth Match: Fatal Four Way Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Magnus (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Abyss vs. Eric Young

Abyss attacks EY and Magnus goes after Joe. Joe hits an atomic drop and a back splash on Magnus. Magnus rolls out and Joe follows. In The ring, Young dropkicks Abyss out of the ring. Young hits a suicide dive onto the other three competitors. Young throws Magnus in the ring and hits a crossbody off the top rope. Abyss accidentally hits Magnus in the corner. Joe gets into the ring and stares at Young. Abyss and Magnus jump the two and take them down. We head to commercial break.

Back from commercial where Magnus and Abyss have control on Young in the ring. Joe on the outside. Magnus tells Abyss to keep Joe busy. He goes out and Joe fights him. Young is hit with a huge clothesline by Magnus. Magnus goes for the cover and only gets two. Abyss keeps control on Joe on the outside. Young fights out of a hold but Magnus grounds him with a high knee. Young fights off Magnus again, but Magnus hits him with an elbow. Joe fights off Abyss on the outside. Magnus gets another two-count in the ring. Abyss back in control of Joe. Abyss comes into the ring. Abyss starts to beat down Young. Magnus puts Young up onto the top turnbuckle. He tells Abyss to step away. He goes up for the superplex, but Young fights them off and hits a double dropkick. Young fights them both off. Magnus ends up tossing Young out of the ring. Joe comes into the ring and cleans house. Joe kicks Abyss in the head.

Magnus is hit with a snapslam from Joe. Young comes in and breaks up the pin. Joe hits Young with a snapslam. Joe then hits Abyss with a snapslam. Joe goes for the rear naked choke on Magnus. Magnus grabs the ref and hits a low blow out of sight on Joe. Magnus tosses Joe to Abyss for the Black Hole Slam. Magnus fights Joe on the outside. Abyss goes for the chokeslam on Young, but he bites him. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam on Young. Magnus yells at Abyss to not cover him. Magnus gets in the ring and tells him no again. Magnus reasons with Abyss. Magnus goes to the top rope and hits the elbow drop. Magnus pins Young for the three-count to retain the title.

Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus

Josh’s Grade for Impact: 8.5/10

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WrestleMania 30 Press Conference Coverage

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April 1, 2014
Hard Rock Cafe
New York, New York

The WrestleMania XXX press conference opens up live from the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York City. Josh Mathews welcomes us and we see members of the press and some fans waiting for things to begin. Mathews brings in The Bella Twins to discuss the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational at WrestleMania XXX. They both agree that AJ Lee will lose her title. Nikki says she will win the title but Brie says she’s taking home gold. Brie then talks about Daniel Bryan’s surprise return on RAW and Nikki talks about John Cena’s match against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania.

Mathews brings Summer Rae in next. Mathews asks about her issues with Brie. Summer acknowledges that she still has a lot to prove to everyone. She says she does want to become Divas Champion at WrestleMania and is excited about the match. Summer leaves and Brie asks Mathews who would make a better champion – Brie or Nikki. Mathews brings up the idea of being co-champions. Mathews brings in Mark Henry next. Henry talks about looking forward to WrestleMania Axxess and the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The music starts up and Mathews sends us to the main stage where Michael Cole is starting the press conference.

Cole welcomes us and plugs WrestleMania. He talks about the significant economic impact that the event brings to communities. Cole introduces Stephanie next. Stephanie talks about some of her early WrestleMania memories and talks about WrestleMania XXX airing on the WWE Network. She says WWE’s legacy will be immortalized with the Network, which represents forever. Stephanie plugs some of the community events that are planned for New Orleans this week. She talks about how much heart the WWE Superstars have. Stephanie tells everyone to join them and enjoy the ride.

Cole comes back out and introduces Hulk Hogan, saying he has main evented 1/3 of all WrestleMania events. Hogan tries to get the audience hype. Hogan also talks about WrestleMania coming full circle. Hogan says he’s really happy to be home and asks “whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?” Hogan says he’s been saying that for 30 years and tries to get some of the people in the crowd to say it but they barely play along. Hogan ends it with some poses. Cole comes back out and introduces Triple H.

Triple H jokes about having to follow Hogan. He hypes WrestleMania and says he’s a fan. He talks about WWE stars wanting to make history at WrestleMania and brings up NXT. He says NXT is where the dream starts. He mentions The Wyatt Family, The Shield and Big E, calling him Big E Langston. Triple H says they will be living their dream at WrestleMania on Sunday. This year, a new crop of NXT talents will participate in WrestleMania Week, then watch WrestleMania XXX with hopes and dreams of making it to that stage. Triple H plugs some of the WrestleMania Week content that will air on the WWE Network. Triple H says unfortunately for Daniel Bryan, his dream intersects with Triple H’s and that won’t work out well for him. Triple H says only The Game is forever. He thanks everyone and Cole comes back out.

Cole talks about how the Yes Movement has spread and introduces Daniel Bryan. Bryan has to unbutton his suit jacket to do the “yes!” gesture but the media doesn’t play along. Bryan did get the biggest pop so far from the few fans in the back. Bryan talks about his dream and says he’s here because of the Yes Movement. Bryan says it’s so cool being a part of this. He says people have way more power than we think. Bryan says he has an opportunity to truly go out and live what he dreamed of as a kid on Sunday. Bryan asks if he can do that and has one word for us… yes! Bryan thanks everyone and says WrestleMania is going to be awesome. Cole comes back out and introduces Batista.

Batista makes a joke about how quiet it is. He finally gets the crowd to make a little bit of noise. He says this is awkward and he really doesn’t want to be here. He points out the script they gave him and says it’s stuff he never would say and whoever wrote it shouldn’t have a job. He says they should be fired, unless it was Stephanie who wrote it. He says Bryan looked funny in his suit and picks on him for chanting “yes!” with nobody doing it along with him. Batista points out the awkward silence. Batista says he had time in between movies and decided to come back and be champion. Batista mocks fans that boo him and says he will wear skinny jeans every week to piss them off. This gets a laugh from the crowd. Batista says at the end of the day he’s a pro wrestler and that’s what he loves. He says being a part of WrestleMania XXX in the main event is special to him. Batista says to take a good look at him because it’s the last time we’ll see him not as champion.

Cole comes back out and says Batista’s speech was interesting. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is out next with his titles. Orton says Cole forgot to point out that he’s the face of WWE also. Orton says nobody can stop him. Orton hypes the match again and Cole brings out Batista, Daniel Bryan and Triple H to stand with Orton for an awkward, uncoordinated photo-op. Orton and Batista leave so Bryan and Triple H can have a photo-op of their own. A “yes!” chant starts up in the back and Triple H gestures that it will be a “no!” for Bryan at WrestleMania. Cole comes back out and introduces John Cena.

Cena also jokes on the media being quiet and calls Batista’s speech a wonderful display of spoken word. Cena talks about spending the morning with Hogan on Good Morning America. He also talks about how WrestleMania has evolved and will be available everywhere with the WWE Network. Cena says he hopes Bryan kicks Triple H’s teeth out at WrestleMania. Cena says WrestleMania is 30 years old but this Sunday’s event is revolutionary. Cena does a Hogan impersonation and asks us where are we gonna be, brother, this Sunday. Cena made no mention of his match against Bray Wyatt. Cole brings out Triple H, Stephanie, Bryan, Batista, Orton, Hogan and Cena to the stage for a big photo-op. They pose for a few minutes before The Great Khali, Mark Henry, the Divas, Big Show and others come out for one more photo-op. That’s it for the press conference.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From March 31, 2014

RAW_1088_Photo_247WWE RAW
March 31, 2014
Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.

RAW Pre-Show: Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with Josh Mathews, Booker T, Alex Riley and Bad News Barrett. They hype tonight’s show. Barrett says for once the panel has someone that makes sense. We get hype for Randy Orton vs. Batista and a look back at last week’s RAW. Renee Young is backstage with Orton. He says everyone seems to have forgotten about him when it comes to the WrestleMania XXX main event. Orton says he’s going to make people start talking about him again after tonight. We go back to the panel. We get hype for Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker now.

We go to Jerry Lawler. He’s in the crowd with some fans who are excited about tonight. Kane will face a member of The Shield and fans on the WWE App can vote which member. We go to Network promos. The panel talks about WrestleMania Week in New Orleans and we get a promo for John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. The panel talks more about Cena vs. Wyatt. Barrett says Cena believes his own hype and that’s his problem here. It’s announced that Bray will be in action on RAW tonight. We see Michael Cole’s recent sitdown interview with Hulk Hogan.

The panel talks about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal now. Riley predicts Big Show will get the win. Booker predicts Show and The Great Khali will be eliminated first due to their size. Booker predicts Big  E Langston will win. RAW General Manager Brad Maddox walks over. He announces himself for the battle royal. We get more promos for WrestleMania weekend. We get more hype for tonight’s Orton vs. Batista match and the panel wraps it up.

WWE Monday Night RAW:

First Segment: We get a look back at last week’s RAW as Taker enters the ring and fans chant his name. The lights stay low as Taker begins to talk about The Streak. Taker says he doesn’t claim to be better than his victims, but at The Showcase of the Immortals, he will go further than anyone else and that’s why The Streak stays alive. Taker talks about taking Brock Lesnar out to the deep sea and leaving him. Taker says there are people who believe The Streak will be broken but there are many more people who believe three things can’t be beaten – death, taxes and The Streak. Taker says Lesnar will rest… in… peace but the music hits and out comes Lesnar with Paul Heyman.

Heyman speaks from the stage and gets booed. He says he doesn’t mean any disrespect but his client does. Heyman says this isn’t a match Lesnar has to win, it’s a match that Taker can’t lose. CM Punk chants start up but die down. Heyman says it will be the biggest WrestleMania moment since Hulk Hogan lifted Andre the Giant when Lesnar breaks The Streak. Heyman says that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Heyman drops the mic. He and Lesnar turn around to go to the back but Lesnar stares Taker down. Fans boo. Lesnar turns back around and starts to walk down the ramp. Taker readies for a fight. Lesnar stops half way down the ramp as fans chant Taker’s name. Lesnar and Heyman go to leave and get booed some more. Lesnar points up at the WrestleMania sign. A “you suck” chant starts up.

Lesnar walks to the ring but stops and gets booed some more. Lesnar laughs at Taker now. Lesnar teases going in the ring once again and this time circles the ring. Heyman walks around the other side. Lesnar taunts Taker some more. Heyman goes to slide in the ring with a steel chair but Taker goes after him. Taker runs around to a big shot from Lesnar. They run the ropes and Lesnar nails a big clothesline. Lesnar lifts Taker up and drops him with a big F5. Fans boo as Lesnar poses over Taker. Lesnar’s music hits and he leaves Taker on the mat. We go to commercial.

First Match: Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio

Back from the break and the announcers talk about Taker and Lesnar. We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E for a non-title match. Alberto Del Rio is out next.Del Rio strikes first and goes to work. Big E catches him with a catapult and a two count. Big E keeps control and hits a big shoulder thrust in the corner. E with a two count. Big E with a big press slam and another pin attempt. Big E misses a thrust in the corner and hits the ring post. Del Rio works on the arm now. We go to commercial with Del Rio in control.

When we return from commercial, Del Rio is working over the arm of Big E. in the middle of the ring. Del Rio ends up applying a version of his Cross Armbreaker on Big E. through the ropes. Del Rio goes to fly onto Big E., but the I-C champ catches him coming off the top and slams him down to the mat.Big E. is making his big comeback now as he nails Del Rio with a belly-to-belly suplex. He goes to follow it up with a big splash, however Del Rio gets his knees up. Del Rio calls for a superkick, but Big E. avoids it. Big E. simply throws Del Rio up in the air and lets him crash down face-first.

Big E. goes for the Big Ending, but Del Rio reverses it into a double-knee backbreaker Del Rio is calling for the Cross Armbreaker. He grabs Big E., but Big E. back-body drops him. He follows that up with a big splash, this time hitting it successfully. Big E. pulls the straps down, but when he goes to pick up Del Rio, Del Rio reverses Big E. into a Cross Armbreaker. Big E. almost fights out, but Del Rio re-applies it. Big E. again tries to power out of it, and this time he does. He goes to pin Del Rio, but Del Rio grabs the bottom rope.

Del Rio tries crawling out of the ring, but Big E. drags him back in. Big E. sits Del Rio on the top rope. Del Rio knocks him off, but Big E. grabs the middle rope with both arms. Del Rio jumps off the top and double-boot stomps him in the chest. Del Rio blasts Big E. with a big superkick and covers him. 1-2-3. Del Rio wins

Winner: Big E

We are told that the fans get to vote on who will face Kane tonight. The options are all three members of The Shield. We are reminded that Randy Orton vs. Batista takes place tonight.

We are told that “up next” there will be a “Farewell to the Yes! Movement” segment with The Authority. Right after that, we are told that “up next” is “Follow The Buzzards,” as Michael Cole says Bray Wyatt will address John Cena.

We look back at the Wyatts knocking out Cena and putting him in the mask last week.

Bray says the world craves change. However they turn a blind eye to the landfills because you can’t just whisper in people’s ears anymore and expect them to listen. He gets right up in the camera and asks if he has their attention now. She told him that he would be the one to change diamonds into dust and change the world. They’re going to cry for Cena but in time they’ll forget him when Cena is left with nothing. Bray says he’s the monster and sings about having the whole world in his hands.

Second Match: Summer Rae vs. Natalya

This is a result of a fight on Total Divas. Vickie is on commentary and tells us that the Divas match on Sunday is going to be one fall with all fourteen girls in there at the same time. They’re not even trying to keep things calm. Natalya takes Summer down and the dancing girl screams a lot. She comes back with a bad looking clothesline and puts on a chinlock for a few moments. Nattie fights back with a low dropkick and snap suplex. Summer slaps her in the face so Natalya returns the favor. Rae charges at her but gets taken down, only to kick out of the Sharpshooter. She comes back with a quick kick to the head and gets the pin on Natalya out of nowhere.

Winner: Summer Rae

Second In-Ring Segment:

As we head to another commercial, we see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon backstage making their way to the ring. When we return from commercial, Triple H’s “King of Kings” theme hits and out he comes with his lovely wife Stephanie. The power couple enters the ring, both with mics in hand, and the boo’s start pouring out from the fans in Washington, D.C.Stephanie talks about how Triple H is going to destroy Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. HHH says he’s not even sure how much they’re going to care. He says this generation has no loyalty. He says they just wanna be part of something. They don’t wanna do anything, because that might require effort, they just want to feel a part of something.

He says one year ago at this time there was a big thing, and they both mock Fandango and the big “Fandango’ing” craze. The fans drown out Triple H with a “CM Punk” chant as he talks about the fans throwing away Fandango. Stephanie asks who wants to see Bryan tonight. The fans all chant “Yes!” She says Triple H was right, even they could get them to chant it. She says they can chant all they want, however, because Daniel Bryan isn’t going to be here tonight. She says because that’s what’s best for business. HHH says Bryan and the “Yes!” movement is just a myth. He says he’s not an A+ player. He says they can chant “Yes!” all they want, but it doesn’t make it true.

HHH says it’s the same as people who think he has all the power and success because he married well. He says he has the power because of his dominance in the ring.HHH continues to talk as the fans break out into a loud “boring” chant. He introduces a video package. The video package, narrated by Stephanie McMahon, highlights what they were referring to as some “flavors of the month” that HHH went through. Among them were Booker T’s spinarooni, Scott Steiner posing, RVD’s thumbs, Jeff Hardy’s death defying acts, Goldberg’s “what’s next,” Chris Jericho’s “RAW is Jericho,” Mick Foley’s cheap pops, Kurt Angle’s “it’s true.” None of it mattered because in the end, the only thing that lasts is “The Game.”

After the video package, Triple H says it’s not that any of those guys aren’t great. He says they were all just players in the game though, and he is “The Game.” He says he’s “The Game” now more than ever. He says since everyone has cried about it, not only is he going to beat Daniel Bryan and the “Yes!” movement, but he’s going to step in the ring with Randy Orton and Batista and show the world that he is the most powerful man in WWE. He says he’ll walk out of WrestleMania as the C.O.O. of this company and as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

As he turns to leave, Batista’s music hits. Out comes “The Animal” in another ridiculous outfit. A t-shirt covered with a Georgetown basketball jersey, skinny jeans, Lugz boots and a goofy ass beret-type hat. Gotta love his dress style.Batista enters the ring and grabs a mic. The fans boo the crap out of him as usual. Some fans actually chant his name. Batista says he loves this whole “say goodbye to the yes movement” thing, he calls it really cute. He says he couldn’t help but notice he wasn’t in Triple H’s video. He says that’s because Triple H has never beaten him. HHH says he’s said that plenty of times now, almost like it’s all he can think of. Batista says HHH is the brains of this operation, his wife is the brawn. The fans “oooh” and “ahhh.” Randy Orton’s music hits.

Orton comes out and tells Steph to wait a minute. He says if she’s about to slap Batista again can she wait so he can get into the ring and have a front row seat. He says on second thought, save the beating for Batista to him when he faces him in the ring later tonight. Orton says he’s not thrilled about a triple-threat match at WrestleMania, but he understands that it’s what’s best for business. He says he knows HHH is going to beat Bryan and it would be an honor to defend his titles against him, but he asks HHH to reconsider being in the match

.HHH says no amount of ass kicking is going to get him out of this. He says he’s going to lose his titles at WrestleMania, unless he becomes The Viper again. He says he’s not even sure if he could beat that guy. He says the Orton-Batista match tonight is now no disqualification. HHH’s music hits and he and Stephanie walk off. Orton and Batista look at each other, and Batista smirks.

Third Match: The Real Americans and Rybaxel vs. Los Matadores and The Usos w/El Torito

Ryback shoves Jimmy into the corner to start but Jimmy comes back with kicks in the chest. The Usos hit a double kick to the ribs, only to have Ryback run Jey over and make the tag off to Axel. Jey catapults Curtis into a forearm from Fernando and Diego follows in with a slingshot splash. Axel gets double teamed by both teams until it’s back to Jey for a wristlock.

Off to Cesaro for some hard forearms before Swagger comes in to stomp away. Jey fights back with right hands and clotheslines before sending Ryback out to the floor. Fernando comes in and tags out to Jimmy before anything happens. Jimmy and Fernando dive over the top to take out the Real Americans, setting up Jey with a top rope cross body for two on Swagger. Jack sends him to the floor and knocks him off the apron for a crash.

Jack sends him to the floor and knocks him off the apron for a crash. Back from a break with Cesaro dropkicking Jey down for two and getting the same off a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Swagger comes in and literally throws Cesaro into the corner onto Jey. Ryback comes in and puts on a chinlock until Jey fights up and hits a bulldog. The hot tag brings in Jimmy to clean house and speed things way up.

A release Samoan drop puts Axel down and the running Umaga attack in the corner gets two. Ryback gets superkicked to the floor and Axel gets two off a rollup. Jack makes a blind tag and kicks Jimmy in the face for two with Diego making the save. Cesaro loads up the Swing but Fernando breaks it up to a lot of booing. Back inside and the Vader Bomb is countered but Jimmy avoids the Patriot Lock and kicks Swagger in the face. Diego dives off the top but lands in the Patriot Lock but doesn’t tap. Swagger goes after Jey but the Matadores switch, allowing Fernando to roll Jack up for the pin.

Winner: Los Matadores and The Usos

Fourth Match: The Rhodes Brothers vs. Fandango and Damien Sandow w/Summer Rae

Fandango takes Cody into the corner before it’s off to Sandow to stomp away, knocking Rhodes out to the floor. We hit a chinlock on Cody before a drop toehold breaks up a hot tag attempt. Cody kicks Damien away and tags Goldust anyway to clean house. Goldust takes both heels down with the top rope cross body before getting two on Sandow. Cody dives off the top to take down Fandango, allowing Goldust to hit the Final Cut for the pin on Damien.

Winner: The Rhodes Brothers

We recap Shield vs. Kane/Outlaws.

Shield says they almost feel bad for Kane. One of them will be facing Kane tonight, decided by a WWE App vote. Rollins says the geriatric Outlaws will be joining Kane on Sunday and be shown why the fist is the new symbol of excellence. Ambrose promises to show the old guys a new things about attitude. Reigns says Believe in the Shield.

Fifth Match: Bray Wyatt w/The Wyatt Family vs. R-Truth w/Xavier Woods

Bray runs him over to start and laughs a lot, only to run into a leg lariat. Wyatt comes right back with the hard running cross body before hammering away with right hands and headbutts. We hit a quick camel clutch for a bit before a belly to back suplex into a facebuster puts Truth down again. Sister Abigail is enough for the pin.

Xavier Woods gets beaten down post match. The Wyatts pose but there’s another guy in coveralls and a sheep mask. Bray looks up at him and it’s John Cena to an ERUPTION. Rowan takes an AA but Bray escapes to fight on Sunday. That’s one of the loudest pops for Cena that I’ve heard in months. Bray gives Cena a bizarre look from the ramp.

Winner: Bray Wyatt 

Sixth Match: Lumberjill Match~ AJ Lee vs. Naomi

Lumberjill match with the other challengers on the floor and Vickie on the stage. AJ is immediately sent to the floor and thrown back in but Naomi doesn’t get the same treatment. Now the champion is sent outside again and the other girls throw her right back in. Back in and AJ fires off kicks to the ribs before it’s off to a guillotine check.

A swinging neckbreaker gets two on Naomi but she comes back with a kick to the head. AJ is sent to the floor again but Tamina tries to protect her. That’s fine with them though as Tamina gets beaten down as well. The Divas throw AJ back inside after one heck of a beating, allowing Naomi to get the easy pin.

Winner: Naomi

A nervous John Cena talks about Bray Wyatt spreading his propaganda. Cena has just shown Bray what happens when he gets backed into a corner. On Sunday John Cena will be a monster because being a monster for a day secures a legacy for a lifetime. Yes he’s afraid but the moment you realize he has the ability to face it, everything is worth it. Cena is bringing the change to the eater of worlds on Sunday and tells us all to be watching on Sunday.

Seventh Match: Roman Regins vs. Kane

Kane gets pounded down in the corner but raises a boot to stop a charging Reigns. A hard clothesline sets up the chokeslam but Reigns powers out of it. Some right hands stagger Kane and there’s a BIG running clothesline to drop Kane. Kane gets knocked into the ropes and the running boot to the side of the heads knocks him back inside. He loads up the Superman Punch but here come the Outlaws. Ambrose and Rollins cut them off though, allowing Reigns to nail the Superman Punch. The other Shield members get inside to surround Kane and the beating is on for the DQ.

Winner: Kane by DQ

Third In-Ring Sgement: Piper’s Pit

It’s time for Piper’s Pit with a surprise guest. Piper says it’s Wrestlemania season and is thrilled that Wrestlemania I was 29 years ago today. He talks about how important Andre the Giant was to the first Wrestlemania and says the winner of the battle royal will get their Wrestlemania moment. Piper is about to talk about his favorite for the match but here’s Miz to interrupt.

Miz brags about actually winning in the main event of Wrestlemania, meaning the other 29 superstars don’t compare to him at all, just like the Pit doesn’t compare to MizTV. This brings out Sheamus to make Piper even angrier. Sheamus says Miz isn’t fit to hold Roddy’s kilt before talking about winning the battle royal. Cue Titus as Piper is getting hilarious with his ranting over the interruptions. He spells out his name and barks in Piper’s face.

Here’s Ziggler, drawing out a “REALLY??? REALLY??? I’M TALKING HERE!!!” from Piper. Roddy looks at all of them and has something to say to each ot them. Piper pokes Miz in the eye and throws him to Sheamus as a fight breaks out. A bunch of other guys in the battle royal hit the ring for a ten to twelve man fight.

Rey Mysterio comes out with music to kick Dolph in the head. Sin Cara takes a 619 and Brogue Kick until Big Show comes out to really clean the ring. Rey and Big Show are the only ones left standing and Rey begs off, only to hit a 619 to the ribs. A top rope seated senton is just dumb though and Rey is thrown to the floor in a big pile. Roddy raises Big Show’s hand to end the segment.

Eight Match: No DQ Match~ Batista vs. Orton

We go to the ring and out first comes Batista for tonight’s main event. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is out next for this non-title match.

Before the match can start, out comes Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for commentary. Orton strikes first with a kick and tosses Batista into the ring post. Batista falls out to the floor. Orton slams him into the apron. Batista comes back with a clothesline on the floor. Batista works him over and rolls him in the ring. Fans chant for Daniel Bryan some. Orton stomps Batista back out to the floor. Orton whips Batista hard into the fan barrier. Orton clotheslines Batista over into the timekeeper’s area. Batista comes back and hits Orton with a steel chair. Batista with a chair shot to the back. He swings but Orton ducks and he hits the ring post. Orton slams Batista into the announcers table twice. Stephanie says this is amazing, this fun. Orton slams Batista on the barrier. More offense from Orton with the chair. They come in and Batista blocks a chair shot. Batista sends Orton back out to the floor.

More brawling on the announcers table. Triple H tells Batista to let him see the Animal. Batista yells back and slams Orton into the apron. Orton comes back with a kendo stick shot and more across the back. Batista sends Orton flying shoulder-first into the steel steps. Batista brings it back in and beats Orton down. Batista goes for a Batista Bomb but Orton counters with a backbreaker. Orton with the second rope draping DDT. Orton poses now. All of a sudden we hear chaos on commentary as Daniel Bryan has attacked Triple H. Orton comes out but Bryan drops him. Bryan goes back to beating on Triple H. Orton grabs Bryan again and throws him into the steel steps. Stephanie checks on Triple H as Orton rolls Bryan in the ring.

Batista spears Orton. Bryan drops Batista with a flying knee. Bryan runs the ropes and leaps out onto Triple H, knocking him into the barrier. Bryan continues the attack on Triple H and beats him with a kendo stick. Triple H stumbles into the ring and back out the other side. Bryan knocks Orton off the apron. Triple H stumbles up the ramp where Stephanie waits. Bryan poses in the corner and gets a huge “yes!” chant going. Stephanie yells that this ends at WrestleMania. Bryan’s music hits as The Authority throws a fit on the ramp and we go to replays. RAW goes off the air with Bryan posing in the corner and Triple H yelling from the stage.

Match Ended in a No Contest

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 10/10

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From March 24, 2014

RAW_1078_Photo_086WWE RAW
March 24, 2014
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, New York

RAW Pre-Show: Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The panel is Josh Mathews, Booker T, Alex Riley and Mick Foley tonight. The panel hypes tonight’s show. They talk about Undertaker-Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and Hulk Hogan. John Cena will face Luke Harper in a rematch from SmackDown tonight.

Foley says he spoke with John Cena Sr. and he was told that Cena is more worried about the match with Bray Wyatt than he has been any WrestleMania match in the past. We see Summer Rae vs. Emma beginning for Superstars. Fandango came out with Summer but there’s no sign of Santino Marella. We get a video package for Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan.

Renee Young is backstage with Stephanie McMahon for comment on what happened last week. Stephanie says she will address it on RAW. She says Renee looks beautiful and walks off. We see R-Truth and Xavier Woods coming out for a Superstars match and get more replays from last week’s RAW. We see 3MB coming out as the panel talks about the WWE World Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania XXX. More hype for tonight’s show. Renee talks to Paul Heyman backstage. He mocks The Undertaker and jokes with Renee before walking off.

The panel talks about Taker vs. Lesnar. We get more WWE Network commercials. The panel talks about Cena vs. Wyatt and Hulk Hogan’s appearance on tonight’s show. Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler make their way to ringside. As always, JBL and Lawler get big pops while Cole gets booed. That’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw 

First Segment: We open Raw with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says that Daniel Bryan won’t be here tonight. Stephanie says that most people are saying they went too far last week, and that she agrees. She then says she agrees but they needed to send a message to everyone in the locker room. She says they aren’t going to let a fad like the Yes Movement to create a false leader and lead to self destruction. She says that they did what they had to do because they are real leaders and that the fans need to be lead. She says that she born for this position and that she can handle all of the pressure. She then says that she wanted to remind Daniel Bryan who Triple H is, and that he will be the one walking out as champion. Out comes Randy Orton.

Orton says that he is not out to argue and disrespect her. He then says that he can’t be held responsible for what he has to do to Triple H and Batista. Randy Orton then suggests Triple H to walk away from the World title match so he leaves Wrestlemania a winner. Out comes Batista. Batista says that this is all driving him crazy. He says everyone is missing the big picture. He says that they are looking at the next World champion. He doesn’t care who he beats he will walk out with the championships. Batista says he respects Hunter but he has never beaten him. He then says he will not beat him at Wrestlemania, and neither will Randy Orton. He then says that Randy Orton has sucked up to both Hunter and Stephanie. He then says to stop drooling on Steph, but that she has been drooled on a lot. Stephanie slaps Batista and Orton laughs as Stephanie walks off. Batista then spears Orton as he holds up the titles and walks off.

We are told Michael Cole and Triple H will have a sit down interview in the ring tonight. We are also told Luke Harper will face John Cena tonight in a rematch from Smackdown. Undertaker and Brock Lesnar will also have a confrontation tonight. We head to commercial break.

First Match: Fatal Four Way Match to determine the Number 1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler

The match starts with Del Rio and Ziggler fighting in the ring, while Sheamus and Christian fight on the outside. Sheamus gets in the ring and Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Sheamus and Ziggler then go at it with Ziggler hitting a knee. Sheamus then hits a blow to the head and then a knee of his own. Sheamus goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Ziggler then fights back and hits a dropkick. Christian and Del Rio then come in and take it to the faces.

Sheamus takes Christian out and Ziggler takes Del Rio down. Ziggler then gets rid of Sheamus and then hits a dropkick on Del Rio but only gets a two count. Christian then takes Ziggler to the outside and throws him on the barricade. Sheamus then clotheslines Christian over the barricade, taking both men out. All four men are down on the outside of the ring as we head to commercial break.

We return with Ziggler and Del Rio in the ring, with Del Rio in control. Sheamus then drags Del Rio in the ring and takes him out on the outside. Christian then takes out Sheamus and goes up top for a cross body. Ziggler rolls through but gets a two count. Christian then stays on the offensive and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ziggler fights back but Christian throws him to the outside. Sheamus then comes in the ring and begins his comeback.

Ziggler then begins his comeback on Christian, and hits the DDT on Del Rio. Christian then hits a powerbomb but Del Rio kicks him. Sheamus then puts Del Rio in the Clover Leaf but hits Christian with a powerslam after. Sheamus then goes for the Brogue Kick but is caught in the arm breaker by Del Rio. Sheamus then powers out and Ziggler hits a Zig Zag! Christian then runs in and hits the KillSwitch on Ziggler for the three count.

Winner: Christian

Big E gets in the ring and offers a handshake but Christian walks away.

Bray Wyatt goes on screen for a promo. Bray says people believe in things they can’t see or touch. He says for John Cena we all see him. He says how could we miss him when he is shoved down our throats. He then asks if Cena sees him for what he truly is. He says how can he harm something that just cant feel. Harper says he can hear Cena whispering, and now they are coming to find him. Bray says run and we cut to commercial.

Second Match: Sin Cara w/Scooby Doo vs. Damien Sandow

Sin Cara starts off hitting a springboard headbutt and multiple hurricanranas. Sin Cara then hits an elbow to head and a kick to the head. Sin Cara goes up top and hits the Senton Bomb for the three count.

Winner: Sin Cara

We get a video package of the Shield being beat down on Smackdown that was set up by Kane and the Authority. This leads us to a commercial break.

Third Match: Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel

Axel and Fernando start the match off, but out comes the Shield from the crowd. Fernando rolls up Axel and gets the three count.

Winner: Los Matadores

The Shield then surround Rybaxel and take them both out. Reigns hits a spear on Ryback and the Shield hit a triple powerbomb on Ryback. The Shield stand tall over Ryback and deliver their own form of justice.

We are told that Michael Cole’s sit down interview with Triple H will happen up next after the commercial break.

Second In-Ring Segment: We go to the ring with Michael Cole, where he introduces Triple H. Cole welcomes Hunter, and says that they usually do this on WWE.com, but they both agreed to do this live on Raw. Michael Cole then shows a replay of what Triple H did to Daniel Bryan last week. Cole asks Hunter how he could justify his actions on Daniel Bryan last week. Triple H asks how he wants to answer it as: the COO or a competitor. He says everyone was clear on what they wanted, and that was a match between him and Bryan. He asks Cole if he has ever been in a situation where you feel completely hopeless and have to give in. Hunter says he is talking about Occupy Raw. Hunter says that what he did was heinous and despicable where Bryan does something that puts fans in danger and its just a great Raw moment. Hunter says Bryan wanted a match with the Game where he didn’t want to fight him. Triple H says the people wanted him as a competitor and last week that’s what they got.

He says when he was a full time competitor he did despicable things and everyone else wanted the same thing. He says now when he looks at the competitors they are soft and just cry that they didn’t get what they want. He says that he is sick of it and its on him and that he will begin the Reality Era. He says that at Wrestlemania he will end the Yes Movement and win the championship, and that no one holding on to the glory or anyone with the untapped potential is going to stop him. He then says that the reality is that he is walking out with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H then walks off.

We are reminded of the Lesnar and Taker confrontation tonight, as well as Luke Harper vs John Cena. We then head to commercial.

Fourth Match: Cody Rhodes w/Goldust vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

Cody and Fandango lock up, with Cody talking control. Cody rolls him up but only gets a  two count. Cody tries to go for a roll up again but Fandango blocks it. Fandango hits a spring board leg drop but gets a two count. Fandango the locks up a headlock. Cody gets out and tries to fight back and he gets thrown over the rope. Cody lands on the apron however and hits a springboard dropkick but only gets a two count. Both men run into each other and Goldust begins to mock Summer Rae. Fandango is distracted and Cody hits the disaster kick for the three count.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

We get a preview of the movie Sabotage. We are told that Joe Manganiello, Hulk Hogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will all be on Raw next.

Third In-Ring Segment: We return and out comes Hulk Hogan. Hogan says that he doesn’t mean to be all nostalgic, but he wants to let everyone know that Wrestlemania is only two weeks ago.  He says that in this city they made history, and the crowd erupts. Hogan says that he is extremely excited for Wrestlemania, and that he is excited for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He then says he is excited for the guests of Raw and welcomes them to the ring.

Both men pander to the crowd, where Arnold talks about inducting Bruno, and Joe talks about being excited hosting Raw, and being in the ring with two legends. Arnold then asks if there are two more spots available in the battle royal. Out comes the Miz. Miz asks if people really want them in the Battle Royal and they say Yes. Miz says that they are both actors and they play tough guys. Miz says that he is a tough guy and that he is no act. He says that he will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Hogan says that he is standing in the ring in the middle of Hogan Country. Miz says that people still talk about him main eventing Wrestlemania, and that none of them belong in the ring. The three of them beat up Miz and Hogan throws him over the top rope.

Fifth Match: Titus O’Neil vs. Big Show

Big Show starts off with a few chops the chest, before Titus takes him down to his knees. Titus then begins to kick Big Show repeatedly in the head and then hits a leg drop for a two count. Titus then hits two splashes, which is followed by a shoulder block for a two count.

Titus then tries to hit a clothesline but is caught with a spear. Big Show then hits the KO Punch for the three count.

Winner: Big Show

Big Show walks out being hyped as the favorite for the Battle Royal.

We go backstage with The Shield and Triple H and Stephanie. Rollins asks where he was and Dean asks where they all stand. Triple H says that everything between Kane and them is their business and not theirs. They then give The Shield a match against the Real Americans tonight on Raw.

We then go to the backstage with Cena getting ready, where he sees the Wyatt’s sheep mask at the door. He turns around and it is not there. This leads into the commercial break

Sixth Match: John Cena vs. Luke Harper

Harper starts off with a bunch of headbutts. Harper then whips Cena into the corner, and hits with an uppercut. Harper goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Cena tries to fight back but Harper hits a backbreaker for a two count. Cena begins to fight back, but Harper hits a big shoulder block, as well as a back suplex. Harper goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Harper then throws Cena to the outside in front of Bray. Harper goes to the outside and continues the attack. Harper then brings him in the ring and hits a big elbow as we head to commercial.

We return with Luke Harper in control over Cena. Cena gets out of the headlock but Harper hits an atomic drop as well as a big boot. Harper then goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Harper then hits a couple of uppercuts before Cena hits a German Suplex. Cena then goes for the AA but Harper gets out and hits a nasty looking super kick for a two count. Harper then goes for his clothesline but Cena reverses into a modified back suplex. Cena then goes for the 5 knuckle shuffle but Harper kicks him in the head and hits a power slam for a two count.

Harper then goes for a powerbomb but Cena hits a hurricanrana and goes for the STF, but is powered out by Harper, and falls to the outside. Harper then hits a suicide dive on Cena! Harper gets back in the ring and is caught in the STF! Harper rakes the eyes and gets out, and follows it with a DDT. Harper goes for another cover but only gets a two count. Harper puts Cena onto the top rope and hits a big upper cut. Cena however powers out of Harper and drops Harper off the turnbuckle. Cena then hits a big leg drop from the top rope but only gets a two count.

Cena then hits the 5 knuckle shuffle and goes for the AA, but Harper gets out and throws Cena down face first on the mat. Harper goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Harper goes for his running clothesline but Cena hits a clothesline of his own instead. Cena then goes for AA and the lights go out! The lights come back on and Cena is tied up on the ropes with the sheep mask on him.

Winner: John Cena by DQ

The Wyatt Family surround Cena as Bray hovers over him, screaming to the people “Follow the Buzzards”. This cuts in a commercial break.

Seventh Match: Naomi w/Cameron vs. AJ Lee w/Tamina Snuka

AJ mocks Naomi and Naomi hits a dropkick. Naomi then hits a nasty kick, and then goes for the Rear View but AJ rolls out of the ring. AJ then says she doesn’t need this and she gets counted out.

Winner: Naomi

Vickie comes out and said that she has a lot of history, and that she will forget all of it, but that AJ is a real b****! She then says she is competing at Wrestlemania against every WWE Diva on the roster! AJ begins to freak out while Tamina then begins to smile knowing the opportunity she was just given.

We are given a recap of Undertaker and Paul Heyman on Main Event last week. The next inductee into the Hall of Fame will be announced next. We then go to commercial.

We return and are told that Scott Hall is the final inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame!

Next week from Washington, D.C. Batista will take on Randy Orton on Monday Night Raw.

Bray Wyatt will take on Big Show on Friday Night SmackDown.

Eight Match: The Shield w/Roman Regins vs. The Real Americans w/Zeb Colter

Ambrose and Rollins attack Real Americans before entering the ring. Dean takes it to Cesaro and throws him in the ring, starting the match. Cesaro and Dean exchange blows in the corner of the ring, with Dean taking advantage. Seth is tagged in and hits a double team neckbreaker for a two count. Swagger is tagged in and Rollins hits 3 straight suplexes, with Dean tagging in and making the final suplex a double. Dean hits a flurry of punches, and follows it with a dropkick. Rollins is then tagged in and hits a dropkick of his own.

Ambrose is tagged in and hits a clothesline for a two count. Ambrose is distracted by Cesaro and Swagger hits a big slam on Ambrose. Cesaro is tagged in and begins a flurry of uppercuts. Cesaro then hits a double footstomp, and tags in Swagger. Swagger hits a belly to belly but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits the Swagger Bomb, and then tags in Cesaro. Cesaro then hits the leap frog footstomp for a two count. Swagger is tagged in but Ambrose fights back and hits an elbow from the top. Ambrose goes for the tag but Cesaro is tagged in and takes out Rollins. Cesaro then hits the Cesaro Swing on Dean.

Cesaro goes for the cover but Rollins breaks it up. Cesaro tags in Swagger and they both toss Dean into the barricade. The Real Americans stand tall as we go to commercial break.. We return with Swagger in control over Dean. Dean tries to fight back but it is halted immediately. Cesaro is tagged in and puts Dean in a headlock. Cesaro is rolled up by Dean but only gets 2. Dean is slapped by Cesaro and asks for more. Cesaro hits a big kick and Dean follows it with a clothesline. Rollins is finally tagged in as is Swagger.

Rollins begins his comeback, hitting a big splash, and following it with taking Swaggers face right into the turnbuckles. Rollins then knocks Swagger to the outside, hitting a Suicide Dive on Cesaro, and a Flip on the other side on Swagger. Rollins gets in the ring and hits a kick on Swagger, with Cesaro breaking up the pin. Cesaro and Dean take each other out, and Rollins is put in the Patriot Lock. Rollins gets the ropes, and hits a big kick! He then hits the Piece of Mind for the three count.

Winner: The Shield

Reigns takes out Cesaro with a spear to the outside, and then they hit a triple powerbomb on Cesaro onto the announce table! The Shield stand tall in the middle of the ring, but out comes Kane and the New Age Outlaws.Kane says that they have been assigned a Wrestlemania match against them! Kane says they will annihilate them, and they should believe that.

Brock Lesnar is on his way to the ring with Paul Heyman after the commercial break!

Final Segment: We go to the ring and out comes Brock Lesnar. Heyman introduces himself and that he is here for Brock Lesnar. Heyman says that Undertaker has one of the most accomplished records in all of sports entertainment.  He says its not just a streak, but an undefeated streak. Heyman says that when Lesnar beats Undertaker, it will not take away from Undertakers legacy. No one will be able to go 21-0 ever again, including Brock Lesnar. He says the only way to gain immortality is to break the Undertaker’s streak. Brock grabs the mic and tells Heyman enough. Brock says he is not here to promote, but he is here to fight. Brock says they are both here and that they should fight right now. Out comes the druids. With the druids they bring a casket.

The casket is put to the side of the ring and the druids go away. Brock goes up to the casket and kicks it, as Heyman says that they should just leave. Lesnar finally decides to open the casket and nothing is in there. Lesnar leaves the ring and asks if this is funny. He begins to lead the druids away. Lesnar gets back in the ring and says he is not here to play games and that he is leaving. Heyman says that Undertaker shows up to Brooklyn but wont show up to the fight. And then the casket opens again!

Undertaker then goes at it with Brock, where Taker clotheslines him over the ropes and over the casket. Lesnar retreats and points at the sign, with Undertaker standing tall in the middle of the ring to close Raw.

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 7.5/10

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From March 17, 2014

RAW_1086_Photo_012WWE RAW
March 17, 2014
AT&T Center
San Antonio, Texas

RAW Pre-Show: Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with Josh Mathews, The Miz, Jason Albert (Tensai) and Alex Riley. Booker T is in Australia doing promotional work. The panel gets hype for tonight’s show. Announced for tonight, John Cena will respond to The Wyatt Family.Also, Triple H will address Daniel Bryan. We see the “occupy RAW” segment from last week.

The panel talks more about Triple H and Daniel Bryan as a Superstars match is being taped. Natalya defeats Alicia Fox by submission. Jerry Lawler interviews her on the stage after the match. Natalya talks about getting redemption on Summer Rae in this season of Total Divas. We get hype for Batista  vs. Randy Orton before going to commercial break.

The panel talks about the Bray vs. John Cena after a promo for the feud. We get hype for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Byron Saxton interviewed Brad Maddox earlier in the day about the match. Damien Sandow interrupted and wants in the battle royal. Maddox says he can be in and has a match on RAW tonight also. Sandow walks off. We go back to the panel to talk about the battle royal. The Usos vs. The Real Americans is announced for RAW. Renee Young is backstage with Jack Swagger for an interview. Cesaro and Zeb Colter come in late. Apparently Swagger told them the wrong location for the interview. Zeb says tonight is a very important night as Cesaro and Swagger won’t stop arguing. Zeb gets them hype for tonight’s tag team match. More Network commercials.

We get hype for The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman will be live on RAW tonight. We see Michael Cole making his way out to boos. JBL is out next to a big pop. Lawler is out next to a big pop also. More hype from the panel to wrap tonight’s pre-show.

WWE RAW: Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look back at Triple H and Daniel Bryan last week. We go to the ring and Triple H is waiting with a mic as most fans boo him. Triple H blames everything on the fans. He’s going to crush their dreams, end the Yes Movement and destroy Daniel Bryan, and says it’s all their faults because they forced his hand. HHH says he’s going to do what he does in the ring at WrestleMania – destroy Bryan cold, calculated and with no remorse, as he always has. HHH says he will face off with Bryan in the ring tonight. HHH goes to hype tonight’s show but is interrupted by Batista.

Batista says HHH has problems with Bryan but bigger problems with him. Batista is pissed off about Bryan possibly getting into the WrestleMania XXX main event. Batista says he didn’t sign up for that. He came back to be champion and won that right by winning the Royal Rumble. Batista asks HHH what the hell was he thinking. HHH says Bryan has on chance of beating him. Randy Orton’s music hits and out comes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton agrees with Batista. HHH tells them both, and the fans, that Bryan will not beat him. HHH makes Bryan vs. Orton in a No DQ match tonight. Batista and Orton trade words now. Batista says Orton sucks as champion. HHH gets in between them but they keep arguing. HHH goes to leave the ring and Batista tells him to fix this situation. HHH says he’s sick of everything – troll faced gremlins, fans cheering for him, all this crap. HHH says he’s sick of Hollywood movie stars coming back to tell him what’s best for this business. He’s also sick of technically gifted guys who are so screwed up in the head they can’t win a match without Triple H holding their hand. HHH says maybe Vince McMahon was right, the only person you can trust is yourself. HHH says there will be a triple threat at WrestleMania but Bryan won’t be in it. HHH says when he beats Bryan, he’s getting the third spot in the main event. HHH storms off. Batista turns around to a big RKO from Orton.

Still to come, Cena will respond to The Wyatt Family. Also, The Usos vs. The Real Americans. Back to commercial.

First Match: The Usos vs. The Real Americans

Jey and Swagger start the match. Jey hits a shoulder block and spinebuster. Jey goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Jimmy is tagged in and hits a forearm to the head for a two count. Swagger fights back and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro is taken down with a clothesline, and Jimmy stays in control. Jimmy hits a headbutt but only gets a two count. Jey is tagged in and puts Cesaro in a headlock. Cesaro gets out and hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker for a two count. Cesaro hits a headbutt and tags in Swagger. Jey gets a tag to Jimmy and the comeback begins. Jimmy hits a corkscrew from the top and Swagger kicks out at two count. Cesaro distracts Jimmy and Swagger hits a big boot to knock Jimmy out the ring. We head to commercial.

We return with Cesaro in control over Jimmy. Cesaro tags in Swagger and Jimmy fights out of the corner. Swagger however hits a big slam on Jimmy. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb and Cesaro is tagged in and hits a footstomp. Cesaro hits a big uppercut and tags in Swagger. Jimmy fights out and tries to make a tag but Swagger grabs his leg. Jimmy hits him with a kick and makes the tag. Cesaro is tagged in and Jey begins his comeback. Jey however gets caught and Cesaro goes for the swing. Jimmy breaks it up and they hit a double Samoan drop. Cesaro kicks out at two and Jey goes up top for the splash. Swagger pulls him out of the ring but gets double super kicked. Jimmy takes out Swagger but when Jey goes to fly Cesaro hits him with a wicked uppercut. Cesaro then hits the Neutralizer for the three count.

Winner: The Real Americans

We return from commercial break with a replay of The Shield and Kane’s incident on Smackdown.

We go backstage with The Shield and Kane. Kane says on Smackdown they all made mistakes. Dean agrees, but only for Kane. Kane says tonight the Authority need them tonight, and asks if they can count on them. The Shield says they can be counted on.

We go back to the ring where Hornswoggle is out giving gifts. Out comes Bad News Barrett. Barrett says everyone should look at Hornswoggle. Barrett tells us the story of St. Patrick. He then says he has some bad news; everyone will get drunk tonight, and realize they made awful mistakes tonight, and will regret it for the rest of their lives. Out comes Sheamus for ring action.

Second Match: St. Patrick Day Showdown
Sheamus vs. Titus O’Neil

Sheamus starts off with a big clothesline. We are told Titus and Christian are in the 30 man battle royal at Wrestlemania. Sheamus hits a big knee to the head, and clotheslines him to the outside. Titus fights back and hits a backbreaker on the outside. Titus brings him in the ring and continues the beat down. Sheamus is thrown to the outside again and Titus attacks Hornswoggle and brings him in the ring. Sheamus gets back in the ring and throws Hornswoggle at Titus. Sheamus then hits the 10 blows to the chest, and then hits a powerslam. Sheamus then hits the Brogue Kick for the three count.

Winner: Sheamus

Sheamus gets on the mic after the match and wishes everyone a happy St. Patricks Day. Sheamus then announces that he will be in the 30 man battle royal for Wrestlemania. Sheamus is about to leave the ring and Christian attacks him from behind. Christian hits a KillSwitch on the outside on Sheamus and walks out the only man standing.

We are told Cena is coming out to address the Wyatt’s next.

We return and out comes John Cena. Cena says there’s a lot of energy in the building tonight. Cena says that he has been here for 12 years and that it’s not always a great reaction, but he always brings his best. Cena then says he is afraid of Bray Wyatt. He is afraid of what he stands for and who he is and that we may be listening to him. Cena says every man he faces wants to be the best. Bray only wants to destroy. He says that Bray is trying to convince us he is a lie and that he is a phony. He says he has been through too much and that he believes in who he is and that Wrestlemania is about believing and fighting for everything he has gone through.

Bray says that children believe that everything is good. He says that they are too young to realize that its all a lie. He says that the world gave him scars as a child. Bray says he could be just like Cena (Wearing his shirt). Bray says he can sell his merchandise and sign autographs and go home to his castle and plastic girlfriend. Bray says that’s not him and that he is different. Bray says at Wrestlemania he doesn’t care if he dies, as long as the world sees him the way that he does.

Third Match: No Disqualification Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

Orton and Bryan start off slugging it out, with the crowd heavily behind Bryan. Bryan hits multiple kicks in the corner, and a knee to the gut after bouncing Orton off the ropes. Bryan begins to work Orton’s leg on the ring post. Orton hits a headbutt and stays in control. Orton hits multiple uppercuts, but Bryan throws Orton to the outside and hits a suicide dive. Orton then grabs a kendo stick and attacks Bryan. Bryan is then back suplexed onto the announcers table, and we go to commercial with Orton in control.

We return with Orton using the kendo stick on Bryan. Orton hits him again, and Bryan rolls out of the ring. Orton goes to the outside and hits a back suplex on the barricade, and the throws Bryan groin first into the ring post. Orton then hits a backbreaker on Bryan from the outside. Orton throws Bryan in the ring and goes for multiple covers that got two counts. Orton begins to stomp away on Bryan and begins to taunt in front of the crowd. Orton takes too long and Bryan begins his comeback. Bryan hits a dropkick in the corner, and a hurricanrana for the top rope. Bryan goes for the cover but only gets a two count.

Bryan grabs the kendo stick and hits a kick and kendo stick combination, which is finished with a kick to the head. Bryan then goes up top for the headbutt, but Orton stops him. Orton goes up top and hits a huge superplex for a two count. Orton begins to stomp away on Bryan, and then picks him up and hits the hangman DDT. Orton calls for the RKO but Bryan rolls out of the ring. Bryan then grabs a kendo stick and begins to beat down Orton on the outside. Orton however grabs a chair and begins to attack Bryan. Orton gets in the ring and Batista comes out and spears Orton! Bryan then dropkicks Batista and pins Orton for the three count.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

We are told Paul Heyman will be out to the ring next.

We return and out comes Paul Heyman. Heyman says that the men that Undertaker has faced for the streak lately he has barely survived. Those same men have been destroyed and conquered by Brock Lesnar. Heyman than shows us a video package of Undertakers streak, and how Undertaker is growing weaker year by year. Heyman says the streak will be conquered by Brock Lesnar. He says the streak will Rest In Peace.

We go backstage with Stephanie and Triple H. Stephanie is riled up and Triple H says that he just wants to talk to Bryan tonight. Stephanie says whats going to happen to his position as COO if he is champion and is on the road 24/7. Triple H says he will take care of it and for her not to worry. Stephanie than says that he better.

Fourth Match: Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. Goldust

Goldust starts off creeping Fandango out, but Fandango hits a shoulder block to take him down. Goldust however gets up and hits an arm drag, and two atomic drops. Summer goes to the apron and slips after Goldust freaked her out, but Cody catches her. Fandango meanwhile takes control and puts Goldust in a headlock. Goldust fights out but Fandango hits an elbow to the head. Goldust begins to come back but Fandango keeps control with another headlock. Goldust fights out but Fandango continues to keep him grounded. Fandango then hits a suplex and goes for the top rope leg drop but misses. Goldust then hits the Final Cut for the victory.

Winner: Goldust

We are told The Undertaker will be live on Main Event tomorrow night.

Kane is now making his way to the ring. Kane says that its his job to make sure things go to the vision of the Authority. He says that last weeks Occupy Raw segment was not appropriate and that he could not do it alone. Kane says that Jerry helped him and tells him to get into the ring. Jerry isn’t entering the ring and out comes the Shield.The Shield tell Jerry to get into the ring and he complies. Kane takes off his suit jacket and tie and says that they have known each other for a long time. He asks if Jerry has anything to say for himself.

Rollins grabs the mic and says that Daniel Bryan will not save him. Rollins than says that the Shield always does whats best for business. They then turn around and focus themselves to Kane! The Shield then begins to attack Kane! Reigns hits the spear and they finish Kane off with the triple powerbomb! The Shield stand tall over Kane.

Fifth Match: The Funkadactyls vs. Tamina Snuka and AJ Lee w/The Bella Twins on Commentary

Tamina and Cameron start the match off. Tamina hits a big clothesline and begins to drop knees to the face to Cameron. AJ is now tagged in and puts Cameron in a sleeper. Tamina is tagged in and goes for the Samoan drop but Cameron fights out. Cameron hits a dropkick and tags in Naomi, while AJ is tagged in. Naomi beings her comeback but AJ catches her in a guillotine. Naomi however powers out and hits a powerslam. Naomi then hits a split legged moonsault for the three count.

After the match, AJ and Tamina begin to argue and Tamina pushes AJ down. Both girls stare each other down as the tension between the two begin.

Winner: The Funkadactyls

It was announced that Mr. T will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Sixth Match: 8-Man Tag Team Match
Damien Sandow, Rybaxel and Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, Mark Henry and Big Show

Big E and Ryback start the match off. Ryback starts in control but Big E hits a big clothesline and follows it with a belly to belly for a one count. Mark Henry is tagged in and hits a big splash. Ryback is then tagged out by Axel but he runs into a clothesline and a big boot. Ziggler is then tagged in and hits a neckbreaker. Axel fights back with a knee and tags in Ryback.

We return with Del Rio in control over Ziggler. Sandow is tagged in and continues the beat down. Sandow is tagged in and continues the beat down. Axel is tagged but Dolph fights back with a DDT. Sandow is tagged in and keeps him down. Ziggler is catapulted into the corner but ducks Sandow. Ziggler finally makes the tag to Big Show. Big Show begins his comeback on Sandow. All hell breaks loose and it ends with Big Show chokeslamming Sandow for the three count.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, Mark Henry and The Big Show

We go backstage and Renee asks if its safe to assume that Batista didn’t quit. Batista says he has never quit in his life and that he doesn’t care who he faces because he will become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Seventh Match: Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston

Bray starts off with clubbing blows to Kofi, but Kofi hits a dropkick. Bray doesn’t seem ill affected, and continues the attack. Bray goes for the corner splash but Kofi kicks him in the head. Bray dodges Kofi and hits his big shoulder block. Bray begins to beat Kofi with plenty of fists top the face, and then hits a a modified knee to the face. Bray hits the corner body splash and the Sister Abagail and gets the victory.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

LAST SEGMENT:

We return and out comes Triple H. Triple H says that he needs to say something to Daniel Bryan and calls him out man to man. Out comes Bryan. Triple H says that he wants to say this specifically man to man. He says so much has happened between the two of them, and that he did it all for business. He says none of this is personal and it was all for the best of the WWE. He says that no one will understand the burden he has to make sure he does whats best for the company. He says last week Bryan crossed the line. He says it will all let is slide  but it just felt like this was all meant to happen. Triple H then says that he wont apologize at Wrestlemania and neither will Bryan, and that they will do what they do better than everyone else, but he will end it all. He says he will shut the entire Yes Movement down, and that’s what he has to do. He then says he hopes there is no heart feelings, and may the best man win. He offers his hand and Bryan refuses.

Triple H says he gets it and he has one more thing to say. He says that he has dumped everything on him since Summerslam and Daniel Bryan is still standing in the middle of the ring. The crowd is hot for Bryan and Triple H says they love him because he never quit. Hunter than says that Bryan has earned his respect. Out comes Stephanie. Stephanie comes out and says that she is pressing charges and out comes a bunch of police. Hunter and Stephanie begin to argue while the police handcuff him. Stephanie and Hunter than smile at each other and Hunter gets in the ring. Triple H says they are not real cops and begins to beat down Bryan while he is handcuffed.

Bryan tries to fight back but Hunter continues to attack Bryan. Hunter begins to throw Bryan into the steps and the barricade. Hunter continues an all out assault on Bryan, standing tall over him, mocking the Yes chants. Stephanie begins to slap him, and then Triple H hits a chair shot to the head of Daniel Bryan. Triple H ends it with a pedigree. Triple H stands tall in the ring as Raw goes off the air.

Josh’s Thoughts on RAW: I thought the show was decent like the progression of the storylines for the marquee matches. I loved the tag team match with The Usos and The Real Americans. I thought they could have done more with the Taker/Brock feud then just having Paul Heyman speak for two minutes and having to have a highlight package to illustrate his point.

I like where they are going with the Cena/Wyatt feud I thought this match gets more unique as the weeks go by. They did a great job building the storylines between the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match and the match between Daniel and Triple H. Thought the San Antonio crowd was underwhelming and it took away alot from tonight show cause there was alot of good things that happen in the ring tonight.

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 8/10

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From March 10, 2014

RAW_1085_Photo_142WWE Monday Night RAW
March 10, 2014
FedEx Forum
Memphis, Tennessee

Tonight’s WWE Raw’s Pre-show kicks off with Josh Mathews welcoming us as fans file into the FedExForum in Memphis, TN. Mathews is joined by Booker T, Alex Riley and Jimmy Hart. Jimmy says it’s good to be in his hometown and good to be with WWE. Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton and Batista is announced for tonight.

The panel hypes Hulk Hogan’s announcement. We go outside to Renee Young. She’s waiting on Hogan to arrive to the building. We go back to the panel to talk about The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. We get a video package. The panel talks more about Lesnar and The Streak as Sin Cara makes his way out for a Superstars match. Alberto Del Rio is out next. The panel talks about the Sheamus vs. Christian rivalry next.

It’s revealed that Christian vs. Sheamus will take place with fans picking the stipulation tonight. We go to Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips on commentary for the Cara vs. Del Rio Superstars match. We go back to the panel for hype on the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt feud. We come back from a WrestleMania Rewind promo. We also get a promo for the Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan feud and what happened at RAW last week.

More hype from the panel for tonight’s show and WrestleMania. We go back to Renee. She already spoke to Hogan, she says, but he didn’t have much to say about the announcement. Renee stops Sheamus and asks him about the stipulation for his match against Christian. Sheamus says it doesn’t matter because the match will end the same. We go back to more promos. The panel hypes tonight’s main event as Superstars finishes up in the ring. Michael Cole makes his way out to mostly boos. JBL comes out to a big pop and of course, Jerry Lawler comes out to a big hometown pop as the panel wraps up the pre-show. Lawler is wearing a tuxedo t-shirt tonight. The panel gives him a standing ovation. We see Hulk Hogan watching backstage as the pre-show ends.

-Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan and out he comes to a big pop.

First Segment: Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan and out he comes to a big pop.

Hogan talks about some of his WrestleMania matches against Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and The Ultimate Warrior. Hogan says every time he watches the match with Andre, he gets amped up and when he slams Andre, it gets crazier and the goosebumps go up and down the pythons. Hogan says he has a historic idea. An idea that was so intense, he couldn’t wait to come to RAW to tell all the Hulkamaniacs. Hogan announces an “Over The Top 30-Man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.” The winner will receive an Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy and Hogan shows us a video on the big screen of the trophy. Hogan has one question… whatcha gonna do at WrestleMania XXX when Hulkamania and the memory of Andre the Giant runs wild on you? John Cena’s music hits and out he comes to a very mixed reaction.

Cena says it’s damn good to have Hogan back in WWE. He talks about WrestleMania 3 and how he knew Hulkamania would live forever. Cena does a “whatcha gonna do…” and the fans boo. Cena says he’s going to be the first one to enter his name in the battle royal. The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes The Wyatt Family.

Bray Wyatt takes a seat in his rocking chair at ringside. He says pride has always been his favorite sin – it has the power to blind even the strongest men, those who claim to be immortal. Bray mocks Cena and Hogan’s catchphrases. Bray says they are both liars and their foolish pride allows them to prey upon the weak and fill them with hope. Bray says hope is dead, as will be Cena’s legacy. Bray says if Cena looks down at him, he will see an enemy, if he looks up at him, he will see a friend. If he looks straight at him, he will see a God. Bray holds his arms out. Cena says Bray talks some weird stuff. Cena says he sees a homeless man when he looks at Bray, not a God. Cena says he has 2 other bums with him and a rocking chair from Cracker Barrell. Cena tells Bray to prove that he is somebody. Cena tells Hogan he might not be able to make that battle royal. Cena challenges Bray for WrestleMania XXX and says he will get the ass whooping of a lifetime. Bray says it’s all fun and games with Cena until it’s Cena caught in the spider web. Bray drops the mic and The Wyatt Family approaches the ring. Cena and Hogan get ready for a fight with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. We go to commercial.

First Match: John Cena w/Hulk Hogan vs. Erick Rowan w/Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper

Back from the break and Rowan is in control of Cena. Hogan watches from ringside as Harper and Bray watch from the ramp. Rowan keeps Cena on the mat.Rowan with a big pumphandle backbreaker for a two count.

Cena fights back and leaps but Rowan catches him in mid-air. Rowan with a big fallaway slam as Hogan looks on. Rowan with a splash in the corner. Rowan with another two count. Rowan catches Cena again and ragdolls him in a big bear hug. Cena fights out but Rowan clubs him to the mat. Rowan with a big slam. Cena counters a move and rolls Rowan up for the quick win out of nowhere.

Winner: John Cena

 After the match, Bray gets up from his chair and is very upset. Hogan celebrates with Cena and raises his arm in the ring. Bray sends Harper and Rowan to the ring. Hogan and Cena get ready for a fight. Bray calls Rowan and Harper back off the apron. Hogan talks junk to Bray about Cena’s WrestleMania challenge. The Wyatts leave as Hogan and Cena celebrate to Hogan’s music.

Cole plugs the WWE App and tells us to apply the new update so we can vote for the Sheamus vs. Christian stipulation – 2 of 3 Falls, Falls Count Anywhere or a Memphis Street Fight. Also still to come, Batista and Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan plus an appearance by The Undertaker. We see The Authority heading to the ring as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes The Authority to the stage. Stephanie says Daniel Bryan attacked her husband last week and then suffered the consequences – a Pedigree. She says his actions are grounds for immediate termination but they’ve decided to lead by example. Stephanie apologizes, because that’s what is best for business. She says they recognize there is value in Bryan’s brand, not like Randy Orton or Batista or Triple H’s brand but value nonetheless. Stephanie says Bryan has a niche following. She says Bryan must return the favor and apologize to them. She says it’s time Bryan admitted that he’s wrong and not man enough to be in the ring with Triple H… not now and certainly not at WrestleMania XXX. She says Triple H is above Bryan – professionally, figuratively and literally. Stephanie says as long as Bryan can apologize tonight, they can move forward. If not, there will be severe consequences. She hopes we enjoy the rest of the show. The New Age Outlaws come out and hug The Authority on their way to the ring, in street clothes. They jump on commentary as we go back to commercial.

Second Match: The Usos vs. Rybaxel

Jey fights out of a headlock by Axel and tags Jimmy, who snaps Axel’s head on the ropes before sweeping his legs. He kicks Ryback off the apron before hitting Axel with a Samoan drop, then Jimmy splashes Axel and connects with a superkick. Jey superkicks Axel before splashing Ryback on the floor, then Jimmy heads up top and splashes Axel for the win.

Winner: The Usos

Kane is backstage with The Shield. He brings up their second loss to The Wyatt Family from last week. He says they aired their dirty laundry unprofessionally on SmackDown. Dean Ambrose asks if there’s a point. Kane says they have proven to be a valuable asset in the past but he’s taken it upon himself to light a fire under them to see if they are still an asset. He says their first cracks appeared when they lost the tag titles to Cody Rhodes and Goldust. It will be The Shield vs. Rhodes and Goldust tonight. Rollins brings up Kane getting pinned by Bryan and knocked out by Big Show. Kane says he’s giving them the chance to step up and tells them to go do it. Reigns makes a reference to taking out any demons that get in their way. We go to commercial.

Third Match: Jack Swagger vs. Big E

Back from the break and Jack Swagger waits in the ring as WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E makes his way out. We see Cesaro and Zeb Colter at ringside. Swagger tells them, “I got this.” Swagger takes Big E to the corner with knees. Big E with a big shoulder thrust, and another. Big E mounts Swagger with right hands in the corner.

Swagger lands a big slam out of the corner and a clothesline for a two count. Big E is revealed for the Andre battle royal at WrestleMania. Swagger keeps up the attack and goes for another pin attempt. Big E comes back with a clothesline and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E runs the ropes but Swagger takes out his knee. Zeb calls for the Patriot Lock but Swagger chokes Big E on the ropes. Zeb wants Cesaro to hit a cheap shot on Big E but Cesaro won’t. Swagger is distracted, allowing Big E to roll him up for the win.

Winner: Big  E

After the match, Cesaro laughs at Swagger as he gets to his feet. Swagger goes to the floor and gets in Cesaro’s face. They have words and Zeb gets in between them. They put blame on each other. Zeb gets upset and says it’s both of their faults. Zeb says this has gone far enough, he’s sick and tired. Zeb takes off his vest and slams it. He tells them to shake hands but they won’t. They finally shake and Cesaro squeezes Swagger’s hand. Swagger tells him to let go and finally yanks his hand away.

Up next, The Undertaker. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes The Undertaker.

Taker makes his grand entrance and the fans cheer as he takes the mic. There’s a purple light over the ring. Fans chant for Taker but before he can speak, Paul Heyman appears on the stage. Heyman apologizes if his presence has updated Taker’s train of thought. Heyman introduces himself to Taker but at least calls him sir. Heyman praises The Streak. Heyman points out that Mr. WrestleMania Shawn Michaels himself could never win 2 WrestleMania victories in a row. Heyman say similar facts about Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and John Cena. Austin’s name got a big pop. Heyman praises The Streak some more. Heyman asks Taker not to step in the ring with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX because the WWE fans need to worship The Streak. Heyman says even he worships Taker and The Streak after last year. Heyman says Lesnar will end The Streak, even though he’s stepping into the unknown at WrestleMania. Heyman says it’s an unknown that Taker needs to fear, not Lesnar. Heyman says if Taker steps in the ring with Lesnar, The Streak will be conquered.

Taker tells Heyman to take a message to Lesnar about the fear of the unknown being the greatest fear of them all. Taker tells Heyman to tell Lesnar that if he shows up at WrestleMania, he will rest… in… peace. Taker’s music hits and Heyman makes his exit.

Still to come, Batista and Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan. Up next, The Brotherhood vs. The Shield. Back to commercial.

Fourth Match: The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

Rollins goes for an early suplex but Cody reverses it into a front release suplex for two, then Goldust hits him and drops a knee off the ropes. Rollins shoves him into the corner and elbows him, but Goldust knocks him down and gets the tag, and Cody whips him in the corner. Cody gets caught with an elbow before Reigns hits him in the corner, then he chokes him on the ropes and sets up a corner splash. Cody ducks and makes the tag, with Goldust hitting an uppercut off the ropes and following with a spinebuster and elbow for two. He kicks Rollins and hits both with a crossbody, then Cody sends them outside and splashes them as Goldust hits a somersault dive off the apron.

We get back from a break to see Rollins kick Goldust and apply a headlock, then he throws him in the corner and Reigns connects with a kick on the apron. Reigns hits him a few times before Rollins connects with a clothesline, then he applies a wristlock but Goldust fights out. They isolate him in the corner and Reigns charges him, but Goldust kicks him in the face and kicks Rollins away from himself. Cody gets a sunset flip attempt on Rollins off of the tag, then he Disaster Kicks Reigns on the apron before hitting Rollins with a moonsault for two. Cody sends Reigns outside and Rollins tosses Goldust, then Rollins and Cody hit heads before Reigns hits a spear and Rollins hits a straight kick after a buckle bomb for the win.

Winner: The Shield

Fifth Match: The Bella Twins vs. AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka

Tamina shoves Nikki and gets in her face, but Nikki hits her with a forearm shot and puts her in a wristlock before Brie assists with a double elbow. Tamina recovers and superkicks Brie outside, then AJ taunts her before Tamina throws her jacket at Brie and knees her in the stomach. AJ tags in and knees her in the head, then she goes for a corner clothesline but Brie hits her in the face and sends her backwards. AJ comes back with a front facelock, but Brie breaks away and kicks her in the face before Nikki hits a clothesline off the tag. Nikki clotheslines her and whips her, then AJ kicks her and goes for the Black Widow but Nikki counters it. Tamina interferes but Brie tackles her on the floor, then AJ kicks her and sets Nikki up for the Black Widow, but Nikki counters with the Rack Attack for the win.

Winner: The Bella Twins

Cole shows us a preview for USA Network’s NCIS:LA. Renee Young is in the crowd with LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. They talk about being at RAW. She asks if they could recruit one star to join the cast, who would it be and O’Donnell says Cena, LL Cool J says Undertaker or The Bella Twins. They plug the show some more and we go back to commercial.

We go to the ring and out comes Daniel Bryan. Bryan says the Yes Movement is alive right here in Memphis. He talks about Stephanie apologizing earlier and the crowd boos. Nobody believed it was sincere. Bryan says The Authority wants to scare him into falling in line. He says he should have kicked Triple H in the face a long time ago. Bryan says he will not back down and will fight. Bryan says if they want him to apologize for standing up for himself, he’s got one word for them… no! A “no!” chant starts up. Bryan says it ends tonight. He says everyone is tired of Triple H. He says Triple H doesn’t listen to anyone but tonight, they’re going to make it so Triple H has to listen. Bryan says the Yes Movement is going to occupy RAW tonight. A “yes!” chant breaks out. Bryan says he’s not leaving the ring until he gets what he wants – the WrestleMania match with Triple H. Bryan says says he’s not alone, he’s got the Yes Movement. Bryan says it’s unlawful, dangerous and subject to prosecution but he doesn’t care. Bryan says he talked to members of the Yes Movement earlier today and wants them to come down. A bunch of fans in Bryan t-shirts start coming over the barrier and into the ring. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and the whole ringside area and the entire ring i filled with Bryan fans wearing his t-shirts. Bryan gets a big “yes!” chant going. Bryan says The Authority can’t ignore them forever. He tells Triple H to come out and answer the challenge. Stephanie and Triple H come out to the stage and the “no!” chant starts among the fans Bryan has with him. Triple H congratulates Bryan on having his own occupy RAW movement and insults them. Triple H says this is the part where reality comes crashing down. He says they all have about 30 seconds to get out of the ring before they’re arrested. They chant “no” and Triple H counts down on his watch. Triple H picks on one of the guys for being fat and calls them losers. He calls for security. Bryan asks Triple H what if everyone in the arena walked out in the parking lot right now. He says Triple H could have RAW in front of an arena of empty chairs and they will set up their own ring in the parking lot. Triple H tells security to throw them all out. It’s two guys. They walk down to the crowd and turn back around. Stephanie yells at them to clear the ring. She says all of the fans are being manipulated by Bryan. They continue to chant “no” as she yells. Stephanie says they’re wrapped up in a power trip and power can go to your head. She tells them Bryan isn’t worth it. Bryan says they underestimate the power of the people. Bryan says Stephanie doesn’t own anything. Bryan says they own the ring, not her. Fans chant “yes” now. Triple H says this ends now. He says to get the next match ready, hit someone’s music and let’s go.

Damien Sandow’s music hits and he immediately comes out but the fans are chanting “no” and blocking the ring. Bryan tells Sandow to come on and join the Yes Movement. Sandow turns around and out comes Triple H. Triple H yells at Sandow to go to the ring. Stephanie comes out and tells Sandow not to disrespect her husband. She tells Bryan not to disrespect her family name. She says this became hers when she was born and she does own Bryan. Stephanie yells for them to get out. She loses it and screams at them. Bryan says no, we are not leaving until we get what we want – a match with Triple H at WrestleMania. Fans chant “yes” now. Bryan says they won’t get the show back until he agrees. Triple H says the truth is, he actually likes Bryan. Triple H says he tried to protect Bryan from everything that would happen when he was successful. Triple H says he’s protected Bryan since SummerSlam and now this happens. Triple H says he’s not fighting Bryan at WrestleMania for his own good because he will end Bryan. Triple H tells Bryan to be careful for what he wishes for and accepts the challenge. Triple H tells Bryan to shut up and get out of his ring and walks off. Bryan stops him. Bryan says he misspoke. That’s not all he wants. Bryan says the people really want to see him compete for the title. He proposes that if he beats Triple H, he gets added to the Batista vs. Orton main event. Triple H charges the ring but security holds him back. He agrees to Bryan’s demands.

Sixth Match: Memphis Street Fight
Sheamus vs. Christian

The WWE crew sets up a set of drums and other instruments at ringside. Christian strikes first but Sheamus takes him to the corner. Sheamus ends up sending Christian over the top. Sheamus follows and sends him into the barrier. Sheamus slams Christian’s face into the announce table and sends him into the ring post. Sheamus grabs a guitar but Christian ducks and it smashes on the ring post. Christian with right hands. Christian grabs a guitar and jabs it at Sheamus. Christian gets sent over the steel steps. Sheamus continues and chases Christian up the ramp.

Christian shoves Sheamus off the ramp down to the floor. Christian goes to the stage and hits a big tornado DDT on the concrete. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re in the ring now. Christian with kendo stick shots. Christian with a two count and more kendo stick shots. Sheamus finally fights back but Christian hits a knee to the gut and takes him down. Christian comes off the second rope with a kendo stick but Sheamus knocks him out of mid-air. Sheamus with a big clothesline and another, and a third. Sheamus with a thrust in the corner and a high knee. Sheamus keeps up the attack and grabs a kendo stick. Christian blocks it and comes off the top. Sheamus catches him and drops him for two count. Christian turns it around on the apron. They struggle for a kendo stick. Sheamus takes it and unloads on Christian with it. Sheamus nails White Noise for a two count. Sheamus with forearms to the chest on the apron now. Sheamus brings Christian back in with a powerslam and readies for a Brogue Kick. Christian rolls out of the ring and pulls Sheamus but gets yanked into the ring post. Sheamus with an Irish Curse backbreaker off the steel steps. Sheamus rolls Christian in the ring and tosses some steel chairs in. Sheamus grabs a bass drum from the set and brings it in. He puts that in the corner and tries to throw Christian into it but he’s blocked. Christian grabs a chair and hits Sheamus with it. Christian stacks a few chairs on Sheamus and hits a frogsplash. Christian with a two count. Christian grabs the bass drum but Sheamus nails a Brogue through it for the win.

Winner: Sheamus

Cole talks more about the WWE App and the WWE Network.

Brad Maddox is talking with Batista backstage when Randy Orton walks up. The Authority has left the building but they instructed Batista and Orton to put aside their differences for tonight. Orton says he’s willing if Batista is. Batista smirks and walks off. We go to commercial.

Bray Wyatt says John Cena’s challenge for Wrestlemania is foolish, and he has many faces that he can put on, but he does accept the match. He says Cena is the one with everything to lose and his time is up, then he starts singing to himself and walks away as Rowan looks at the camera and says ‘run’.

Seventh Match: Daniel Bryan and Big Show vs. Batista and Randy Orton

Orton knees Bryan and whips him, but Bryan sends him outside and hits a suicide dive as we go to a break. We get back to see Batista whip Bryan in the corner and tackle him, then he chokes him with his boot and tags Orton into the match. Orton headbutts Bryan a few times, then he hits a spinning powerslam for two before Batista gets back into it. Batista suplexes him and elbows him on the apron, then he slams Bryan backfirst into the apron before rolling him back in. He whips Bryan into the corner but gets a boot in the face, then Orton stomps Bryan and goes for a kneedrop. Bryan rolls away and makes the tag, then Show clotheslines Batista a few times and splashes him in the corner. Show hits a sidewalk slam for two, then Orton tries to attack but Show grabs him by the throat and chokes him on the apron.

Batista hits him from behind and they target Show’s knee, then Orton kicks him in the face before Batista spears him. Batista lifts him up but Show counters a Batista Bomb with a backdrop, then Bryan gets the tag and he punches Orton several times before leapfrogging him and hitting a clothesline. Bryan dropkicks Batista off the apron and repeatedly kicks Orton in the chest and head, getting a two count before heading up top. Batista runs at him but Bryan kicks him away, then Orton avoids a diving headbutt but Bryan roll through into a YES Lock. Batista runs in but Show cuts him off, then Orton connects with a quick RKO before setting Bryan up for one. Batista also goes for a spear but Bryan sidesteps him and Batista hits Orton, then Bryan goes for a running dropkick but Orton throws him into the turnbuckles. Orton hits a hangman’s DDT and points at the Wrestlemania sign, then he goes for a RKO but Bryan counters with a running knee for the win.

Winner: Daniel Bryan and Big Show

Josh’s Grade for Monday Night Raw: 10/10

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TNA LockDown 2014 Results

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TNA LockDown 2014
March 9, 2014
Bank United Center
Miami, Florida

First Match: Six Man Tag Team Steel Cage Match
Bad Influence and Chris Sabin vs. The Great Muta, Sanada and Yasu

Sabin starts out with Sanada and they trade holds. More blocks and counters. Sanada with an abdominal stretch into a bunch of cradles around the ring. two count by Sanada. Sanada with a big arm drag into an armbar. Sabin turns it around in the corner but runs into a boot. Sanada with a right hand out of the corner and a tag to Yasu. Sabin kicks Yasu and in comes Kazarian. Fans chant for Muta. Kazarian with a big clothesline on Yasu. More back and forth. Yasu with a hip toss and a headlock. Muta tags in to a big pop. Muta with the big elbow drop and a crossface STF but Daniels breaks the hold. Muta counters and dropkicks Daniels. Muta spits his green mist into the air to a big pop. Yasu tags back in with Kazarian. Bad Influence turn it around on Yasu and double team him. Sabin tags back in and drops a knee to the face. Sabin with a clothesline in the corner and a boot to the throat. Sabin taunts Muta. Sabin backslides Yasu but the referee doesn’t see the pin so Kazarian leg drops him for a pin attempt.

Bad Influence double teams Yasu some more for another two count. Daniels keeps control now. Yasu fights out and hits all of his opponents but gets knocked back into the corner again. More double teaming by Kazarian and Daniels. Sabin joins in for the triple team and they hit a nice three-way dropkick for a close two count. Kazarian goes to the top but misses a leg drop. Sanada tags in with Daniels. Sanada unloads but Sabin comes in. Sanada takes them both out. Sanada has dropkicks for everyone. Sanada with a big slam and a close two count on Daniels. Bad Influence stop a tiger suplex and double team Sanada for a two count. Daniels accidentally clotheslines Kaz. Muta tags in with dropkicks to the knee on Daniels. Big leg whips for Sabin and Kaz, and then Daniels. Muta with a leg bar on Daniels. Sabin breaks it up. Muta fights off a double team and spits mist in Kaz’s face. Sanada and Yasu make comebacks. Sanada tags in as Muta hits a Shining Wizard on Daniels. Sanada nails a moonsault on Daniels for the win.

Winner: The Great Muta, Sanada and Yasu

Dixie comes out and speaks from the stage. Fans boo her as she rips LeBron James and The Miami Heat. Dixie says she still feels that some fans doubt her. She also rips fans and how they look. She says she’s going to turn this arena upside down tonight. She addresses MVP now. Dixie continues to brag about what she does and says she went to New York City to get some insurance to guarantee that her team wins tonight. She says Jeff Hardy breached his contract by walking out and she has made sure security won’t let him in tonight. She rips everyone some more and tells them to enjoy the show.

Second Match: Steel Cage Match
Samuel Shaw vs. Mr. Anderson

We go back to the cage and JB is doing introductions for this one, no Christy Hemme because of the storyline. You must escape the cage to win this one. Samuel Shaw is out first. Shaw takes the mic and says if Hemme doesn’t get out here right now, he’s going to “end it all.” Fans chant “creepy bastard” as Shaw climbs to the top of the cage like he’s going to jump. Mr. Anderson’s music hits and out he comes. Anderson says Shaw doesn’t want to jump because it’s not high enough. Fans chant for Shaw to jump. Anderson says all Shaw will do is break an ankle and be more of a goof than he already is. Anderson says Shaw needs at least four or five stories. Anderson tells Shaw to come let Anderson beat him up and then he will give him a ride wherever he wants to go. Anderson gets the “creepy bastard” chant going again and heads to the ring.

Shaw comes down and we get the bell. Shaw stalls and fans boo. Anderson catches a kick and nails a clothesline. Christy Hemme comes walking down to ringside as Anderson beats Shaw around. Hemme cheers for Anderson. Shaw hits a big boot and climbs but Anderson pulls him back down. Shaw blocks a Mic Check but Anderson hits a gutwrench suplex. Shaw fights back with rights and beats Anderson down in the corner. Shaw climbs the cage but Anderson stops him. Shaw fights back with right hands to the face. They fight on the top rope. Shaw slams Anderson’s face into the cage and sends him to the mat. Shaw starts climbing again. Fans chant for CM Punk. Anderson climbs back up and stops Shaw from escaping. Anderson slams Shaw to the mat with a back suplex from up high and they both land hard.

Shaw recovers first and keeps control. Shaw spots Hemme at ringside and creepily waves at her. Shaw requests the referee open the cage and as Earl Hebner does, Anderson sends Shaw into the cage door and that knocks Hebner back. Anderson drops Shaw with a Mic Check. Hebner is down with the key so you must climb to escape. Anderson goes for another Mic Check and this time drops Shaw into the turnbuckle. Anderson climbs out and wins but Hebner is still down and doesn’t see it. As Anderson was exiting the cage, Shaw pulled Hemme’s arm through the cage where the camera looks in. Anderson tried to help her but Shaw pulled her into the cage and knocked Anderson off the side. Shaw corners Hemme. Anderson finally gets the key from Hebner and comes to the rescue. Anderson takes out Shaw and helps Hemme leave the cage. Shaw with a low blow from behind. They go at it. Shaw applies his chokehold finisher and Anderson is put to sleep as Hemme looks on. Shaw walks out of the cage and this time Hebner is there to see the winner.

Winner: Samuel Shaw

Backstage, Team Dixie is arguing over who is taking what percentage of TNA Wrestling after they win tonight’s match. After a video package showing off Ethan Carter III destroying Kurt Angle’s knee – or what’s left of it – EC3 makes his way down to the ring. There’s a group of fans in the front row all with “TROUBLE” signs. EC3 says that he had a dream all his life to face one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Kurt Angle. The crowd sets in with a “you can’t wrestle!” chant, and Carter says he killed Angle’s knee with a wrestling move. He announces an open challenge for anybody who wants to compete….and…BOBBY LASHLEY IS HERE!?

EC3 tells Bobby to leave the ring because he’s not on the roster. He tries to take a cheap shot and Lashley ducks, picking him up and slamming him down with a running power slam. He perches himself in the corner and hits a massive spear that turns Carter inside-out.

Third Match: Steel Cage Match
Manik vs. Tigre Uno

They start off the match with a lock-up, and both guys trade arm drag attempts and do some crazy counter-wrestling. Counter, counter, missed dropkick, missed dropkick, stereo missed dropkicks. We’re about a minute in and I’m not sure anybody has actually hit a move yet; so many counters.

Manik tries to throw his opponent into the cage and Tigre holds on and climbs it instead. He comes off the cage with a great moonsault, taking the former X-Division champion down. Tigre starts climbing the cage and Manik dropkicks him into the door, popping it open. The referee closes the door – I don’t think that was intention.

Manik does his stick-in-the-ropes Spiderman thing off an Irish whip, and dodges out of the way, senting Tigre crashing into the cage. He hits a vertical suplex, floating over into a back suplex for a two-count.Tigre hits a double springboard head scissors and a spin kick. Tigre counters a move and nails a big DDT. Tigre climbs the cage but Manik stops him. Tigre tries for a powerbomb out of the corner but Manik nails a missile dropkick. Tigre counters a piledriver but gets powerbombed for a two count. Tigre counters and rolls Manik up for two. More reversals. Tigre with a sick suplex on Manik’s head. Tigre nails a Sabre-tooth Splash from the top for the win.

Winner: Tigre Uno

Fourth Match: Steel Cage Last Man Standing Match
Gunner vs. James Storm

We go to the cage and James Storm is out first. Gunner is out next but they start brawling on the ramp. The two brawl around the cage as the referee tries to get them in. Gunner with a big suplex on the floor. Gunner continues the assault and sends Storm into the steel steps. Gunner tosses some steel chairs into the cage and goes back to work on Storm. Storm counters and slams him into the steps. They continue brawling outside of the cage. Gunner slides in a part of the steps also. Storm knocks Gunner into the cage with the door. The bell finally rings and here we go. The referee counts Gunner but he gets to his feet.

More back and forth. Storm with a nice jumping DDT out of the corner. The referee counts Gunner again. Storm chokes Gunner with a rope from the turnbuckle now. Storm catapults Gunner under the second rope and tells the referee to count him again. Storm keeps control and beats Gunner around the ring. Gunner gets fired up and explodes out of the corner. Gunner with a big knee and another. Gunner gets blocked and eats a knee. Storm charges but Gunner smacks him in the face with part of the steel steps. The referee counts Storm now.

Gunner blocks Last Call but Storm sends him head first into a steel chair that has been wedged in the corner. The referee counts on Gunner again. Storm with a chair shot to the gut and over the back. Storm misses a clothesline and Gunner tackles him. Gunner drops Storm face first on a chair. Gunner slams Storm again onto the chair. Gunner goes to the top and comes crashing down but Storm gets the chair up and Gunner lands hard. Storm with chairshots to the back now. Storm stands up two chairs and goes for a powerbomb onto them but can’t get Gunner up. Gunner fights back and hits a big uppercut in the corner. Storm climbs up and they fight on the top turnbuckle now. Storm slams Gunner’s head into the cage. Gunner slams Storm into the cage now. More brawling on the top rope. Gunner superplexes Storm from the top through the two chairs that were stood up. Gunner makes it up at 9 and gets the win.

Winner: Gunner

Backstage, Eddie Edwards is firing up Davey for tonight’s main event match. MVP shows up and says he wants them to be angry, but he also wants them to be in control so no mistakes are made tonight. He says he has a plan for Dixie Carter and the lack of Jeff Hardy tonight.

Fifth Match: Steel Cage Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship
Madison Rayne (c) vs. Gail Kim

The bell ring and Gail tries to escape but Madison pulls her down. Madison works Gail over but catches a big knee to the gut. More back and forth. Gail blocks Madison’s scissor move on the mat and goes to leave but the cage is locked. Madison with more offense now. They fight on the side of the cage now. Madison uses her legs to slams Gail’s face into the side of the cage. Madison gets knocked to the mat and lands hard. Gail with a two count.

Gail uses the cage on Madison as Tapa yells in her face. Gail sends Madison into the mat again and covers for another two count. More offense by Gail. Gail with a running clothesline in the corner. Gail shows off and blows a kiss to the crowd. Gail with a backbreaker across the knee before stretching Madison out. Gail charges in the corner but Madison moves and Gail smacks the cage hard. Madison makes a comeback and keeps Gail down. Tapa yells for Gail to get up. Madison misses a big running kick and hits the cage. Gail climbs up to escape but Madison climbs up with her. They fight on the top rope. Gail with a big neckbreaker from the top rope.

Tapa opens the door so Gail can escape but Madison pulls her back in. Madison ends up flying into the cage again. Gail with another close two count. Gail tries for a top rope Eat Defeat but gets sent to the mat. Tapa gets knocked off the other side of the cage. Madison hits a spear from the top for the win.

Winner: Still TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne

Samoa Joe is backstage for a promo. He calls Magnus a paper champion and says he’s coming to collect his belt.

Sixth Match: Steel Cage Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championhship
Magnus (c) vs. Samoa Joe

We get formal introductions from JB. The only way to win this one is by knockout or submission. Lots of stalling after the bell. Joe strikes first. Joe with another kick. Magnus stalls now. They go at it and Magnus takes Joe down with a headlock. Joe reverses and they trade holds. Joe with headbutts to the hand and wrist. Magnus goes to the ropes and Joe is forced to break. Joe keeps control with a bunch of right hands in the corner. Joe with chops in the corner now. Joe with boots to the face in the corner now. Joe with the running knee to the face.

Joe with an inverted atomic drop and a big boot. Magnus moves and Joe misses the back splash. A “paper champion” chant starts as Magnus takes control of the match. Joe fights out of the corner but Magnus cuts him off. Magnus with a diving elbow. Joe counters and sends Magnus face first into the cage, twice. Joe rams Magnus’ face into the cage wall 10 times and then uppercuts him twice into the cage, face first. Fans chant for Joe. Joe with right hands in the face as Magnus is busted open now. Joe bites Magnus and opens the cut up. Joe with a big chop to the back and a kick to the face. Joe drops a knee to the face. Joe misses in the corner and Magnus hits a knee to the back that sends Joe into the cage. Magnus slams Joe face first into the cage wall now. Joe is bleeding from the forehead as Magnus applies a Figure Four.

Magnus moves and Joe misses the back splash. A “paper champion” chant starts as Magnus takes control of the match. Joe fights out of the corner but Magnus cuts him off. Magnus with a diving elbow. Joe counters and sends Magnus face first into the cage, twice. Joe rams Magnus’ face into the cage wall 10 times and then uppercuts him twice into the cage, face first. Fans chant for Joe. Joe with right hands in the face as Magnus is busted open now. Joe bites Magnus and opens the cut up. Joe with a big chop to the back and a kick to the face. Joe drops a knee to the face. Joe misses in the corner and Magnus hits a knee to the back that sends Joe into the cage. Magnus slams Joe face first into the cage wall now. Joe is bleeding from the forehead as Magnus applies a Figure Four.

Joe turns the hold and Magnus breaks it. Magnus with a drop toe hold and a Camel Clutch on Joe. Joe blocks two sleeper holds and slams Magnus on his head. More back and forth. Joe drops Magnus and nails the back splash this time. Joe with a big snap slam and an armbreaker submission. Magnus gets his foot on the bottom rope and the hold is broken. Joe takes Magnus to the top and chops him. Magnus kicks Joe away and stands up on the top. Joe cuts him off. Magnus fights back with kicks. Joe falls back to the mat and Magnus nails the top rope elbow. Magnus hits right hands but they do nothing to Joe. Joe fires back with open hand slaps. Joe takes Magnus back to the top and chops him. Magnus climbs the cage but Joe crotches him on the top. Joe signals for a Musclebuster and nails it in the middle of the ring. Joe applies the rear naked choke but all of a sudden an arm comes from under the ring. It struggles to find Joe but grabs his arm and pulls him under the ring, breaking the choke at the same time. Fans boo and chant “bulls–t.” Joe comes back out of the hole about a minute later and he looks crazed. Joe stomps at whatever is under the ring and stands back up. Joe corners Magnus in the corner and lifts him up to the top with a choke. Joe lets go and turns around to Abyss hitting him with Janice. Abyss nails a Black Hole Slam as fans boo. Magnus looks confused at Abyss but smiles at him. Magnus puts Joe’s own choke on him and wins the match as Abyss looks on.

Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus

Seventh Match: Lethal LockDown Match: Team Dixie~ The BroMans, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode vs. Team MVP~ MVP, The Wolves

Aries and MVP have words in the middle of the ring. Aries with a right hand to the face. MVP fires back with shots of his own. MVP with a big boot to the face. MVP misses another boot in the corner. Aries with a bulldog and a submission on MVP’s neck. Aries poses in the corner now. MVP blocks a missile dropkick and nails an exploder suplex. MVP with a knee to the face. Aries blocks the Ballin’ elbow drop and knocks MVP down. MVP turns it around and slams Aries before dropping a knee. MVP with forearm shots to the head. They trade holds now. Aries takes control and the next man out is Robbie, who gets hype from Zema Ion. 

MVP unloads on Robbie but the numbers game catches up with him and Aries joins in for the beatdown. Aries with a big elbow to the back of the head. Robbie with a boot in the corner. Aries with a boot to the throat also. The next man out is Eddie Edwards. He hits Robbie with a headbutt and fights into the cage. Edwards unloads on Aries and Robbie. Zema gets knocked off the cage. Edwards works on Robbie as MVP chokes Aries in the corner. Edwards and MVP double team Aries and then Robbie. The next man out is Jesse Godderz.

Godderz comes in and allows Team Dixie to take back control. BroMans work over Edwards in the corner while Aries has MVP down in another corner. Aries dropkicks Edwards. The next man out is Davey Richards. His shoulder is taped up but he hits the ring and stops a double team from BroMans. Richards dropkicks them and takes out Aries. A “f–k ‘em up Davey” chant starts. The Wolves double team Robbie now. Aries gets triple teamed now. BroMans make the save and take The Wolves out. BroMans hit a double suplex on Richards but Edwards saves it and get get a single leg crab on both BroMans by The Wolves. Aries breaks it. Bobby Roode is out next.

Roode and MVP come face to face and have words. They go at it and Roode nails a big spinebuster. Roode lays out The Wolves and yells that TNA is his company. Roode takes the tape off Richards’ shoulder and goes to work on him. MVP tackles Godderz and unloads with right hands. We get another countdown for the final member of Team MVP but Hardy is still banned from the building. Willow’s theme and video play on the big screen. The lights go out. When they come back on, Hardy is dressed as Willow and he’s on top of the cage. Willow leaps down and takes everyone down at once. Willow squeals at the camera as the cover of the cage comes down with the weapons.

Lethal Lockdown begins but out comes Dixie Carter. She interrupts and has a special referee who is also her insurance policy. Out comes Bully Ray. Bully hits the ring and MVP doesn’t want to let him in but the match resumes and both teams go at it. Bully pulls a table from under the ring and slides it in. Aries nails Willow with a trash can lid. Roode with a chair shot to the back of MVP. Roode with a chair shot to the gut of Willow now. We see Spud bring out a chair so Dixie can watch from the ramp. Roode works over MVP now. Aries nails Richards with a trash can lid. Team Dixie is in control here.

Roode with a crossface on Richards. Ray yells at Richards asking if he wants to give up. Team MVP finally fights free and breaks Richards out of the crossface. MVP with a facebreaker on Roode. MVP nails the Ballin’ elbow drop on Roode. Willow beats Aries down and sends him face first into the side of the cage. Roode beats Willow with a hockey stick. BroMans double team MVP with a kendo stick for a two count. The Wolves double team to take out BroMans. They turn Robbie upside down in the corner with Godderz under him and a trash can on them. They hit a double Coast 2 Coast that’s impressive. Aries comes in with a steel chair and turns it around for Team Dixie. Richards with kicks to the chest of Aries now. Aries ducks the roundhouse and hits a brainbuster on Richards, sending him through a chair. twp count for Aries. Willow goes at Aries now. Aries smacks Willow in the face with a trash can. Aries goes to the top and hits a 450 on the trash can as Hardy rolled out of the way. Willow with a Twist of Fate on Aries. Willow goes to the top for a Swanton on Aries for a very close 2 count. It looked like he counted 3 but said 2. Roode sets up the table that Ray slid into the ring earlier. Roode goes to do a RoodeBomb on MVP through the table but Ray gets in the way. Roode and Ray have words. Dixie looks concerned from the stage. Roode shoves Ray and yells at him. Ray lays Roode out and looks pissed up the ramp at Dixie. MVP and Ray make eye contact. MVP hits the Yakuza Kick on Roode for the win.

Winner: Team MVP

- After the match, MVP and Ray have a staredown. Ray raises MVP’s hand and then the hands of his partners. Dixie and Spud flip out on the stage as Team MVP celebrates in the ring. MVP goes to the stage and stands up against Dixie. Spud tells them they will pay for this. Dixie takes Spud to the ring and she’s upset. Dixie yells at Ray from outside of the cage. Ray just stares back at her as Spud drags Dixie away. Ray waits for Roode to stand up and powerbombs him through the table. Lockdown goes off the air with Ray looking out at the crowd while his music plays.

Josh’s Grade for TNA’s LockDown: 7.5/10

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Results

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Elimination Chamber 2014
February 23, 2014
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show:

The 2014 WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff pre-show starts with Josh Mathews welcoming us to the Target Center in Minneapolis as fans continue to find their seats. Mathews is joined by The Miz, Mark Henry and Rey Mysterio. Miz shows off his wedding ring. We have a new panel setup tonight. The panel talks about tonight’s matches. Henry is looking forward to the Chamber match the most. Miz hypes Big E vs. Jack Swagger and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos. Mysterio said he’s most looking forward to The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family. They talk about the pre-show match and Miz predicts The Brotherhood will win. Henry says there hasn’t been this much excitement in the tag team division since the Attitude Era.

We go backstage to Renee Young in the social media lounge. Tonight’s hashtag is #WWEChamber. Renee shows us some Chamber predictions from fans on Twitter. Zeb Colter was shown backstage with The Real Americans. Colter says tonight will be the night that America gets fixed. JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler make their entrances. They show us a highlight package of the WWE Network.

Elimination Chamber Kickoff Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback w/Larry “The Ax”Hennig

Goldust and Axel start off before Cody and Ryback come in. Ryback takes control on Cody and drops him with an elbow to the face. Ryback with thrusts Rhodes in the corner before tagging in Axel. Fans chant for Axel as Cody turns it around. Cody sends Axel and Ryback to the floor. Cody and Goldust both leap out to the floor and take Ryback and Axel out. We cut to a commercial.

Back from commercial break, Ryback stomping Goldust in the corner, then Axel slingshots himself over the ropes and elbows Goldust on the apron. Axel dropkicks him and Ryback hits him a few times, then Goldust comes back with a hurricanrana off the turnbuckles before backdropping Ryback outside. Cody gets the hot tag and kicks Axel in the face, following with a moonsault for two before hitting an Alabama Slam. Ryback pulls him outside but Cody hits a Disaster Kick off the steps, then he goes for a springboard dropkick but Axel knocks him down and gets a near fall. Rhodes and Axel counter each other’s finisher attempts, then Ryback runs in but hits the floor, and Goldust slams him into the barricade as Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win.

Winner: The Rhodes Brothers

Byron Saxton interviewed The Usos, they talked about how much the WWE Tag Team Championship means to them and their family. The Usos says they have two words for The Outlaws…. It’s Over!

End of The Kickoff Show!

First Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship~ Big E (c) vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

They lock up and go to the corner, then to the next corner. They lock up again and Swagger hits a big knee to the gut. Swagger with shoulder blocks. They run the ropes and Big E nails a flying shoulder tackle. Swagger goes to the floor for a breather and the crowd boos. Swagger comes back in and works Big E over. E turns it around and hits a big belly to belly suplex. Big E nails another big throw and a spear in the corner. Swagger rolls back out to the floor.

Big E follows through and sends Swagger into the steps. Zeb distracts Big E, allowing Swagger to attack  Big E from behind. Big E fights back and thrusts Swagger back into the steps. Big E brings Swagger back in the ring for a two count. Swagger ends up pulling Big E to the floor and throws him down. Swagger with a big clothesline on the floor. Swagger brings it back in the ring for a two count. Swagger with a running knee in the corner. Swagger levels Big E with a big boot and drops a leg for 2. They both collide with clotheslines in the middle of the ring.

Big E misses a big thrust in the corner and hits the ring post. Swagger rolls him up for a 2 count. Swagger nails a big spinebuster for a two count. Big E blocks a Swagger Bomb. Big E struggles but Swagger ends up on the apron. Big E runs the ropes and spears Swagger from the apron to the floor. They both land hard and the fans chant “holy s–t.” Big E brings it back in for a two count. Big E runs the ropes and nails a big splash for another two count. Big E goes to the top rope but Swagger cuts him off.

Swagger climbs up but Big E sends him to the mat. Swagger runs back up and throws Big E to the mat for another 2 count. Swagger takes out Big E’s knee and goes for the Patriot Lock. E rolls through but Swagger locks it in again. E breaks the hold and they trade shots. Swagger takes the knee out again. Big E blocks a gutwrench but runs into a big kick. Big E runs over Swagger and drops his straps. Swagger with another Patriot Lock as the crowd pops. Big E breaks it with an enziguri to the face of Swagger. Big E nails the Big Ending for the win.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion Big  E Langston

After the match, Bad News Barrett comes out and says the United States once again choked in the olympics and they will have to wait another four years just to end up being disappointed again. They show us a promo of Hulk Hogan returning to Monday Night RAW tomorrow night.

Byron Saxton was shown backstage interviewing Daniel Bryan. Saxton ask Bryan what his mindset is heading into the Chamber Match tonight. Bryan says whether he’s 100 % or not, he will win the Chamber match tonight and will main event WrestleMania XXX.

Second Match: WWE Tag Team Championship~ The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos

Billy Gunn starts off with Jimmy Uso. Gunn drops Uso with an elbow. Gunn stalls before they lock up again. Road Dogg finally tags in as does Jey Uso. Dogg dances around to a pop. Dogg with a kick to the gut. Uso comes back with a headbutt and some dancing of his own to a pop. Dogg runs into a big kick from the corner but launches Uso with a hip toss into the corner. Uso lands bad and looks to hurt his leg. Dogg struts and tosses Uso out to the floor. Gunn with a big clothesline on the floor. Gunn brings it back in the ring for a two count.

A big CM Punk chant starts up as Road Dogg comes back in the ring and keeps control of the match. Dogg with more offense and a pin attempt on Uso. Jimmy Uso and Gunn come in at the same time. Uso unloads. Dogg comes in but gets tossed to the floor. Uso barely hits a Samoan Drop on Gunn. Dogg pulls Gunn out and saves him from the splash int he corner. Jimmy runs the ropes and leaps out, taking both of the Outlaws out. Gunn comes right back with a big clothesline. Jimmy and Gunn come back in. Uso ducks a Fameasser and nails a superkick for a close two count. Uso goes to the top for a Superfly Splash.Jey Uso goes at it with Dogg on the floor. Back and forth. Dogg catches a superkick. Gunn rolls Uso up for the win.

Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws

After the match, Bad News Barrett appears and says Daniel Bryan won’t be winning tonight and for that, fans will turn on him. Barrett chants “yes” while the fans chant “no.”

Third Match: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil

Darren Young is out first as we see footage of their break-up. Titus O’Neil is out next. The bell rings and they go at it. Titus drops Darren when he’s arguing with the referee. A we want “Lesnar” chant starts up.

Titus runs over Darren with a big shoulder. Young with a big right hand and a dropkick. Young clotheslines Titus out to the floor. Young goes to the top and nails a flying clothesline for 2. Titus turns it around and whips Young hard to the floor. Young fights out of a bearhug and comes off the top but Titus catches him with a backbreaker. Titus tosses Young across the ring. Titus applies abdominal stretch on Young. Young makes a comeback and gets some offense going. Young with a neckbreaker on the apron for a 2 count. Titus blocks a move and nails a kidney shot. Titus nails Clash of the Titus for the win.

Winner: Titus O’Neil

After the match, Bad News Barrett appears again. His podium isn’t working and he’s now speaking from the stage. He rips Minnesota’s electricians and football teams. Barrett brings up Hulk Hogan returning and says his spotlight will be forever dimmed by the charisma of Bad News Barrett.

Fourth Match: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family

Before The Wyatts even enter the ring a “this is awesome” chant starts up. Both teams face off with the referee in between them. Bray and Ambrose have words. A “let’s go Wyatt/let’s go Shield” chant starts. Ambrose attacks Bray and here we go. They all start brawling before the bell can even ring. The Shield clear the ring as the referee tries to restore order. More dueling chants from the fans as Bray talks with Rowan and Harper. The bell rings and it’s going to be Rowan starting off with Rollins.

They go at it. Rollins with a big dropkick from a block. Reigns tags in and they beat Rowan down in the corner. Rollins tags right back in but Rowan shoves him away. Rowan with a massive clothesline. Harper tags in for some double teaming. Harper turns it around in the corner and tags in Bray. Bray takes Rollins to the corner and works him over. Rollins ducks a clothesline and tags in Reigns. The crowd pops as Reigns stares down Bray. They go at it. Bray tags back in Harper for some double teaming. Harper tries to suplex Reigns but can’t. Reigns nails a suplex and beats Harper to The Shield’s corner. Ambrose comes in for some double teaming. Rollins tags back in as does Reigns for a triple team move. Reigns with a two count on Harper.

Ambrose tags back in and nails a double dropkick. It’s Rollins and Harper going at it now. Rollins with a headbutt as Ambrose tags back in. Quick tags from The Shield here. More back and forth. Harper nails a big dropkick on Ambrose. Bray tags back in and beats down Ambrose. Bray taunts The Shield and tags back in Rowan. Reigns with a big slam and a vise on Ambrose’s head. Harper comes back in and steps on Ambrose’s head. Ambrose and Harper trade shots now. Harper with a big suplex and a two count. Ambrose turns it around with a neckbreaker and a tag to Rollins. Rollins unloads on Harper. Rollins with a big leaping right hand in the corner. Rollins goes to the top and knocks Rowan away. Harper runs up and cuts Rollins off. Harper climbs up with a huge super throw on Rollins but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins sends Harper to the floor and nails a suicide dive. They come back in and Rollins hits a top rope knee to the head. The crowd goes nuts. Rollins misses a knee and Harper nails a big sideslam for a two count.

Bray comes back in and turns it around on Rollins. More dueling chants from fans. Rowan tags in and keeps Rollins down. Rowan with a forearm shot to the kidney and another two count. The fans chant for tables now. Harper tags back in for a big right hand to the face of Rollins. Harper boots Rollins in the face and taunts him. Harper with a big slap to the face. Harper takes Rollins to the corner for more offense. Harper with the running knee in the corner. Harper catapults Rollins under the second rope. Bray tags back in and drops a knee on Rollins. Bray with a headlock now.

Bray runs into a big boot and goes down. Bray catches Rollins with a chokeslam for a two count. Harper runs in and sends Ambrose flying with a boot. Harper tags in and stomps on Rollins. Rollins counters Harper and rallies for a tag now. Reigns tags in as does Rowan. Reigns takes Rowan and Bray out. Reigns with a big Samoan Drop on Rowan. Right hands for Rowan now. Harper tosses Reigns to the floor. Reigns runs around the ring and hits the apron dropkick on Rowan’s head. Reigns comes back in and slams Rowan for a two count as Bray breaks the pin. Dean tackles Bray and unloads on him. Harper pulls Ambrose off but Ambrose decks him. Ambrose dropkicks Bray off the apron. Harper leaps out with a suicide dive on Ambrose. Rollins leaps over the top and takes out Harper. Reigns with a close roll up on Rowan. They both collide with clotheslines and go down. Fans pop.

Rollins sends Harper into the ring post. Rollins takes apart the Spanish announce table but Bray stops him. Ambrose makes the save for Rollins as they prepare to put him through a table. Bray and Ambrose tumble over the barrier and brawl in the crowd. Roman and Rowan are still in the ring. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Rowan with a knee to the gut before tossing Reigns into the ring post. Rowan yells at Reigns and slaps him. Reigns nails a Superman punch for a two count. Rollins and Harper go at it on the floor now. Reigns uses a monitor but Bray runs back over the barrier and drops Rollins. They take apart the normal announcers table now. Harper and Bray put Rollins on top of it and work him over. In the ring, Rowan with a big fallaway slam on Reigns that sends him to the floor. The Wyatt Family stands tall.

Rowan and Harper stand on top of the announce table with Rollins. Bray looks on as they double chokeslam him from one announce table through the Spanish announce table. A huge “holy s–t” chant starts. Rollins landed hard. Ambrose is nowhere to be seen. Reigns gets cornered by The Wyatts in the ring now. Bray comes in but Reigns attacks. Rowan beats Reigns down. Harper double teams Reigns in the corner with Rowan. Harper nails a massive big boot on Reigns. Bray tags in and turns upside down in the corner with a smile on his face. Bray kisses Reigns’ head and goes for Sister Abigail but Reigns powers out. Bray hits a headbutt. Reigns powers into a big Samoan Drop. Harper runs in but Reigns tosses him to the floor. Reigns with a Superman punch for Rowan. And one for Bray. Reigns stands tall by himself now. Harper runs in and catches a spear. Bray nails Reigns and hits Sister Abigail for the win.

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Fifth Match: WWE Divas Championship~ AJ Lee (c) w/Tamina Snuka vs. Cameron

Cameron hits AJ with her pom poms before the bell. Cameron takes AJ to the mat first for a two count. Cameron with another move before skipping around and mocking AJ. Cameron drops AJ and hits the split leg drop for a two count. Cameron runs into a kick for a two count. AJ with a neckbreaker and another two count. AJ keeps control and skips around. Cameron rolls her up for two. Cameron with clotheslines. Cameron with a dropkick for another two count. They end up on the floor. Cameron ducks a shot from Tamina and AJ gets knocked out. Cameron goes for a two count and Tamina breaks the pin. Cameron comes to the floor to argue and Tamina runs her over with a clothesline for the disqualification.

Winner: Cameron by DQ

Sixth Match: Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio comes out in regular clothes, wearing a neck brace and using a crutch. Del Rio says he can’t compete tonight due to Del Rio putting him through a table on RAW. Del Rio kicks Batista while he’s talking to the referee and beats him down with the crutch. Del Rio takes off his warmup suit and is in his wrestling gear. Del Rio wails away with the crutch. Del Rio smiles and the fans boo him. Del Rio with more crutch shots to the knee. Fans chant “si!” as Del Rio tells them to ring the bell. Batista gets up in the corner and says he’s ready to go.

Batista fights back on one leg and the fans boo. Del Rio with offense as the crowd cheers. They start a “Bootista” chant up. Del Rio with a cross armbreaker on the second rope as fans cheer again. Del Rio with stomps now. Fans chant for Daniel Bryan. Del Rio goes back to working on Batista’s arm. Fans chant for CM Punk now. Batista fights back and the fans boo big time. Del Rio drops Batista’s arm over his knee and the fans cheer. The announcers are pointing out now that the fans are cheering for Del Rio instead of Batista. A chant for Chris Jericho starts now. Batista sends Del Rio into the ring post.

Fans continue cheering for Del Rio when he hits Batista. A Rob Van Dam chant starts up. Del Rio with an enziguri for a close two count. Fans boo as Batista gets his foot on the bottom rope. Another 2 count by Del Rio. Del Rio dropkicks Batista to the floor. A chant for Brock Lesnar starts up now. Batista brings it back in the ring but Batista nails a spear as the crowd boos. 2 count for Batista. More back and forth with Del Rio taking control. Del Rio misses a shot from the top rope and lands hard. Batista with a spinebuster to boos. Batista tries to get hype on the ropes but fans boo him. Del Rio blocks a Batista Bomb and takes out the knee. Del Rio with a kick to the head and a 2 count. Del Rio points up at the WrestleMania XXX sign to a mixed reaction. A “si!” chant goes again. Batista counters and shoves him into the exposed turnbuckle. Batista nails a Batista Bomb for the win.

Winner: Batista

Seventh Match: Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan

The bell rings and Cesaro dropkicks Sheamus. Cesaro stomps away and sends Sheamus out to the steel. Cesaro tries to slam Sheamus into the steel chains but Sheamus clotheslines him back into the ring. Back and forth in the ring now. Cesaro with a big uppercut. Fans chant “we the people” as Sheamus lands out on the steel. Cesaro runs the ropes but Sheamus nails a battering ram for a two count. Sheamus with a kick to the back and a neckbreaker for a two count. Sheamus with a big shoulder thrust in the corner and a high knee. Sheamus clotheslines Cesaro out to the steel. Sheamus goes for the forearm shots to the chest but Cesaro fights him off. Sheamus finally gets the forearm shots in.

Sheamus with a big clothesline. Sheamus goes for a suplex but Cesaro fights it. They fight on the steel now. Cesaro sends Sheamus into the post of Orton’s pod. Cesaro with a stomp to the chest from the second rope as Orton looks on. Cesaro works Sheamus over in front of Cena’s pod now. Cesaro mocks Cena. Sheamus tells Cesaro to bring it. Cesaro drops him with a huge uppercut. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope but Cesaro nails another big uppercut. Cesaro with a headbutt. Cesaro climbs up but Sheamus knocks him off and hits a shoulder tackle. The timer goes off and the next man in is Daniel Bryan to a big pop.

Bryan with a missile dropkick on both men. Bryan unloads and takes them both out again. Bryan with kicks to both men now. Fans chant “yes!” with every kick. Bryan nails a roundhouse on Cesaro. Sheamus kicks Bryan and uppercuts him. Bryan counters a move and hits a drop toe hold on Sheamus. Bryan with a submission on Sheamus. Cesaro comes over but Bryan suplexes him into a pin while Sheamus is still in the submission. two counts for Bryan. Bryan comes off the second rope but Cesaro catches him in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.

Sheamus goes back to work on Cesaro now. Cesaro fights back with knees. Cesaro clotheslines Sheamus out to the steel. Cesaro presses Sheamus’ face into the steel. Bryan with an uppercut on Cesaro. Bryan sends Cesaro into the chains. Cesaro whips Bryan through his empty pod and he hits shoulder first, going through the plexiglass. Sheamus with uppercuts on Cesaro now. Cesaro with uppercuts of his own as they trade them. Sheamus with a big slam on the steel. Sheamus with a two count. Bryan goes for a superplex on Sheamus but gets sent to the mat. The timer goes off and the next man in is Christian. He pushes Sheamus to the steel and stomps on Bryan as fans boo.

Christian unloads on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Christian slams a pod door on Bryan’s arm. Christian goes to the top and nails a tornado DDT on Bryan for a two count. Sheamus takes control but Sheamus plants him on the steel. Cesaro gets kicked into the chains by Christian. Cesaro blocks Killswitch. Christian leaps up to the chains to block an uppercut. Cesaro pulls him down and they trade holds. Cesaro powerbombs Christian into plexiglass on the pod and nails a big uppercut for a two count. Cesaro puts a piece of plexiglass on Sheamus and uppercuts it into him. Cesaro with a big gutwrench slam on the steel. The timer goes off and the next man in is John Cena.

Cena comes in to boos and throws Christian into Cesaro. Bryan hits a hurricanrana on Cena from the top. Bryan with kicks to Cena’s chest now. Christian blocks the roundhouse and nails Killswitch on Bryan for a two count. Cesaro grabs Christian for a Cesaro Swing but Cena nails Cesaro and then slams Christian. Fans boo Cena. Sheamus stops a Five Knuckle Shuffle and hits White Noise on Cena for a two count. Sheamus and Cesaro go at it again. Cesaro and Christian double team Sheamus. Sheamus blocks a Neutralizer. Sheamus gets sent to the steel. Christian with a tornado DDT on Cesaro for a two count. Christian goes for Killswitch but stops to swing at Cena. Cena grabs him and slams him into the chains. Cena enters the ring with a shoulder tackle on Cesaro. Cesaro counters with a huge uppercut for a two count.

Cesaro, Bryan and Cena go at it now. Christian gets knocked back into the chains. Bryan saves Cesaro from an Attitude Adjustment. Bryan unloads with kicks on Cesaro in the corner. Bryan and Sheamus go at it now. Sheamus rams Bryan into the post and chains, Bryan goes down. Cesaro suplexes Sheamus into the ring for a two count. The timer goes off again and here comes Randy Orton. Orton stomps on Cesaro and goes after Cena. Orton stomps on Sheamus and then Bryan. Orton knocks Cena back down and fans chant “boring” then boo. Orton poses to more boos. Orton points at the WrestleMania XXX sign. He goes for the punt kick on Bryan but Bryan moves. Everyone has Orton cornered now. Orton goes back into his pod and shuts the door. The other Superstars fight while Sheamus taunts Orton from outside his pod. The crowd chants “p—y” and Orton laughs.

Sheamus turns around and Brogue Kicks Orton through the pod, breaking the plexiglass. Sheamus sends Orton into the chains and clotheslines him into the ring. Cena slams Orton and Sheamus goes down. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Orton. Cesaro comes in and tosses Cena out to the steel. Cesaro drops Orton and does the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro does 30 rotations and the crowd pops. Bryan takes advantage and lays out Cesaro. Sheamus runs over Bryan. Sheamus slams Christian next. Sheamus poses. Christian ducks a Brogue Kick but it hits Sheamus. Christian rolls up Sheamus for two. Christian covers Cena for two. Sheamus backs Christian to the steel. Sheamus goes for a big slam on the steel but Christian slides out and climbs to the top of the pod. Orton climbs up and fights with Sheamus. Orton superplexes Sheamus to the mat. Christian nails a big splash from the top of the pod to Sheamus. Christian pins Sheamus and he is eliminated.

Trainers help Sheamus out of the Chamber as Christian backdrops Orton to the steel. Bryan with the flying knee on Christian for the pin. Christian is eliminated. Christian is also helped out of the Chamber. It’s down to Cena, Cesaro, Bryan and Orton. Cena and Cesaro go at it while Orton and Bryan do. Cena dropkicks Cesaro to the steel and throws him into the chains. Bryan sends Orton into a pod. Cena and Bryan lock eyes and meet in the ring. Bryan and Cena go at it trading shots. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Cena powers through. Bryan kicks him away. Cena goes for an AA on Bryan but Cesaro comes from behind and hits a German on both of them. Cesaro with a two count on Cena. Cesaro with a big boot to the face on Orton. Cena drops Cesaro for the STF but Cesaro counters. Cesaro with a big gutwrench move but Cena counters with a hurricanrana. Cena goes for the AA again and nails it onto the steel. Cesaro lands hard. Cena drags him back in the ring and goes for the STF. Cesaro taps and is eliminated.

Cena goes for the STF on Orton. The lights go out and it’s The Wyatt Family. The lights finally come back on and The Wyatts are in the Chamber. Orton decks Cena from behind. Luke Harper runs over Bryan. Harper and Rowan beat Cena down. Bray joins in. Harper whips Rowan into Cena with a big splash. Rowan throws Cena into a Harper clothesline. Bray turns upside down in the corner before hitting Sister Abigail on Cena. A “thank you Wyatts” chant starts. The Wyatt Family leaves the Chamber. Orton slides over and covers Cena. Cena is eliminated.

The Wyatts stand outside of the Chamber but Kane comes out and makes them leave. A “you sold out” chant starts at Kane. Kane enters the Chamber to check on Cena as trainers help him out. Bryan leaps and takes out Kane with a flying knee. Orton sends Bryan into the pod and takes him up top. Bryan counters and turns Orton upside down in the corner. Bryan unloads with kicks. Bryan with three running dropkicks to the face. Fans chant Bryan’s name as he takes Orton up top for a super side suplex and nails it. Bryan with a close two count. Bryan goes to the top but Orton cuts him off. Orton with a second rope draping DDT. Orton readies for the RKO. Bryan blocks it. Bryan nails the flying knee but Kane pulls the referee right before the three count. Bryan drops Kane with a kick to the head. Orton nails the RKO but Bryan barely kicks out. A huge “yes!” chant starts but Orton says no. Bryan with a roll up for two. Bryan with a kick to the head and Orton goes back down. Kane decks Bryan with a big right hand and Orton nails the RKO for the win.

Winner: Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion ~ Randy Orton

- After the match, Orton takes his titles as Bryan recovers in the Chamber. Orton poses on the ramp as Cole rants about how Bryan got screwed again. We see a lot of sad fans in the crowd. The show goes off the air with Orton celebrating on the ramp.
JPOV: This was the best Chamber PPV out of the five. Besides the Cameron and AJ Lee Match and Darren vs. Titus, this show was off the charts. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family match was epic that is all that needs to be said. Batista had a solid outing with Del Rio despite a very disrespectful crowd. Loved the chamber match sorry folks Bryan shouldn’t have won the title at the chamber PPV.

Josh’s Grade for the Elimination Chamber PPV: 8.5/10

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From February 21, 2014

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WWE SmackDown
February 21, 2014
World Arena
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Michael Cole welcomes us to Friday Night SmackDown. He announces that tonight Sheamus will take on Christian in the main event, and The Rhodes Brothers with Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.

First Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger

Bryan lands a big kick on the arm of Swagger to start the match. Bryan takes down Swagger and applies a headlock. Bryan charges toward Swagger with a big knee to the ribs. Bryan sends Swagger to the turnbuckle and starts a series of running dropkicks to the face. Swagger ducked out of the ring and Bryan attempt a suicide dive, but Swagger caught him and drove him arm first to the ring post. Swagger brings Bryan back in the ring and continues to work on the injured arm of Bryan. Swagger planted a side slam on Bryan and he kicks out at 2. Swagger put Bryan on the top rope, but Bryan knocked him down and hit the running knee to the Swagger to pick up the victory.

After the match Vickie Guerrero comes out with Kane and congratulates Bryan on his victory. Guerrero tells Bryan that he won the opportunity to compete in another match tonight. Guerrero announces that Bryan will take on Cesaro up next on SmackDown.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Second Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro

Cesaro slams Bryan and stomps on his shoulder, then Bryan drop toe holds him into the corner and kicks him a few times. Bryan sets him on the turnbuckles but Cesaro connects with a falling knee strike on his shoulder, then he scoop slams him and double stomps Bryan’s shoulder. Cesaro slams him in the corner and puts him in an armbar, but Bryan flips him over the ropes and sends him to the floor. Bryan hits a suicide dive that sends Cesaro into the commentary table, then he tries to roll him in but Cesaro kicks him off the apron. Swagger starts walking towards Bryan with a chair, but the referee catches him and throws him out, then sends Zeb with him for arguing.

Swagger starts walking towards Bryan with a chair, but the referee catches him and throws him out, then sends Zeb with him for arguing. We get back from a break to see Cesaro set Bryan up top, but Bryan shoves him and hits a missile dropkick before repeatedly kicking Cesaro in the chest. Cesaro catches his leg on the last one and gets him in the Giant Swing, then Bryan tries to steal a rollup before Cesaro kicks out and connects with a Very European uppercut. Bryan kicks out of a pin and surprises Cesaro with a running knee, but Kane leaves commentary and chokeslams him to cause a disqualification.

Winner (by disqualification) – Daniel Bryan

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing Christian .She asked him about the ruthless side of him that we saw on Monday’s Raw. Christian reiterated what he said when returned, and that is that he is a desperate man. He said the fans at home are not going to get him one more match, so he has to do it himself. He is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship if it’s the last thing he does in WWE.

Back from commercial break they show us a package of The Bella Twins showing us how to download the WWE Network.

Third Match: The Wyatt Family vs. Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust

Bray Wyatt said there isn’t much to say. The Shield are three dominoes set up in a line, and if one falls the rest will follow. They beg and plead for people to follow them, but how will anyone follow them when they are on their hands and knees in front of the eater of worlds. Follow the buzzards.

Rey and Cody hit a double drop kick on Harper to open the match. Harper recovered and started the process of cutting off Rhodes. Rowan tagged in and ate a drop kick, which allowed Cody to tag in Goldust. Rowan hit a clothesline on Goldust and Bray tagged in. He continued to punish Goldust with strikes and then taunted the crowd by doing hanging from the top rope is his creepy pose.

Harper and Goldust went back and forth with strikes, until Goldust hit a clotheslines and tagged out to Cody. Cody hit a Moonsault for a two count. Rey Mysterio tagged in and set up Harper for 619. Harper caught him with a Big Boot that looked unbelievable. Bray Wyatt tagged in and cut off Rey in his corner. Rowan tagged in and continued the offense. He applied a bear hug that seemed to take forever. Rey broke free, but could not sustain any offense. Rapid tags let to Bray Wyatt being in the ring, and he hit a splash on Rey in the corner. Rey avoided the second one and tagged in Goldust.

Rowan also tagged in and ate a cross body from Goldust. The match broke down at this point as Bray interfered. Rey Mysterio hit a 619 on Rowan, and dove on Harper at ringside. Harper caught him and threw him into the barricade. Cody then dove on Harper, which left Goldust with Rowan in the ring. Goldust set up Rowan for the shattered dreams, but he didn’t realize Bray Wyatt had made a blind tag. Wyatt then hit a diving body block and Sister Abigail for the win.

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Byron Saxton interviewed Sheamus. He said he felt responsible for Christian’s new aggressive streak, but he was looking forward to having a good scrap with him later. He said this time, the Brogue will be no accident.

Fourth Match: Dance Off~ Emma vs. Summer Rae

Winner: Emma

Fifth Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil

Titus worked over Ziggler with strikes and talked trash at Darren Young at the announce table. Ziggler avoided a shoulder charge in the corner and hit a cross body. Ziggler then hit ten punches and a neck breaker. Ziggler then went for a the fameasser, but Titus avoided it and hit big boot. Young interfered in the match by blowing into a whistle incessantly, which distracted Titus long enough for Ziggler we to roll him up for the win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Sixth Match: Jimmy Uso vs. Road Dogg

Road Dogg snapmares Jimmy and applies a headlock, then he jabs him a few times but Jimmy hits a full nelson bomb before Road Dogg rolls outside. Road Dogg takes a cheap shot and sets up a pump handle slam, but Jimmy floats over and hits a superkick for the win.

Winner: Road Dogg

Seventh Match: Sheamus vs. Christian

Sheamus hits a shoulder block off the ropes, then Christian applies a waistlock but Sheamus breaks it so Christian throws some elbows. Sheamus fights right back with some strikes, then he sets up for a powerslam but Christian throws him outside and sets up a suicide dive. Christian jumps but Sheamus avoids him, then he hits a rolling fireman’s carry on the floor as we go to a break.

Christian slapped his way back into the match, and both men ended up out on the floor after a series of reversals. Sheamus charged at Christian and sent him hard into the barricade. He backed up and charged again, but Christian dumped Sheamus into the timekeepers area. Christian ripped the padding away from the barricade, and pulled Sheamus’ arm through the bars. He then yanked Sheamus’ chest repeatedly into the steel frame underneath the padding. It was a pretty cool looking spot.

In the ring, Christian continued the assault on Sheamus and stomped on his wrist. He then wrapped it around the top rope and wrenched on it, and Cole reminded everyone about Sheamus’ surgically repaired shoulder. Christian continued to work on the arm and shoulder of Sheamus, and tried a cover, but got a two count.

Both men traded strikes and Christian went up top. Sheamus noticed and tossed him off the top rope. He then fired up and hit a knee lift and a power slam. Christian grabbed Sheamus and hit an arm breaker off the top rope. Sheamus recovered quickly and caught Christian on the apron for his clubs to the chest. Christian tossed Sheamus into the ring post and rolled him up for a near fall. There was a bit more back and forth, and then Sheamus hit two Irish Curse Back Breakers. Sheamus signaled for the Brogue Kick, but Christian rolled outside.

Christian tried to catch Sheamus coming back into the ring, but Sheamus moved and hit a knee lift. He then went up top, but Christian caught him and sent him crashing down. He then went for the killswitch, but Sheamus reversed into White Noise for the win. After the match Sheamus celebrated on the second rope. Christian snuck up behind him and sent him to the outside onto the floor to close the show.

Winner: Sheamus

JPOV: Another great edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Good storyline build to the Elimination Chamber PPV. Alot of great matches tonight. Great way to finish a strong of week of televise WWE programming.

Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 9/10

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WWE Main Event Results

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WWE Main Event
World Arena
February 19, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado

1.) The Shield vs. Los Matadores and Sin Cara

Los Matadores and Sin Cara started to take the early advantage of the match with quick tags from Fernando and Cara to keep The Shield off balance. Regins got tag into the match and started to throw Fernando around the ring like a rag doll. A series of quick tags from The Shield kept Fernando isolated from his tag team partners. Fernando started to build his own momentum and made the seperation from Ambrose to tag in Sin Cara. Sin Cara coming off the hot tag started to gain his own momentum, but The Shield quickly established control of the match as Main Event went to commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Sin Cara landed a hope spot for the tag, but Rollins cut him off. The Shield went back to making quick tags and all members got their own moment to shine. Sin Cara landed a impressive tornado DDT on Reigns and the provided the seperation to make the hot tag to Diego. Diego established his move set as the match was breaking dow. Los Matadores, Sin Cara, and even El Torito landed a series of suicide dives to knock down The Shield.

Reigns landed a double spear to Sin Cara and Fernando and Rollins got back in the ring and gave Diego the curb stomp to pickup the victory

Winner: The Shield

They show us a trailer to the “WWE Legends House” show which will air in April on the WWE Network.

2.) Aksana vs. Cameron

Aksana started the match taking the early advantage by landing a series of knees to Cameron’s face. Aksana continued to control the majority of this match. Cameron started to build momentum and rolled up Aksana to pickup the victory.

Winner: Cameron

Back from commercial break they show us a video package about the rules in the Elimination Chamber Match.

They showed us the sit down conversation Michael Cole conducted with WWE COO Triple H. Triple H talks about how Daniel Bryan loves to act like everybody is against him and playing the role of the underdog. Triple H says there is alot of variables in this match and there is no set and stone favorite in this match. Triple H says that The Authority is ready to make the winner of the Chamber Match the “Face of the WWE.”

Bad News Barrett came out and the bad news was that the United States will have the worst medal haul performance in the olympics since 1988.

Back from commercial break they show us a promo for the launch of the WWE Network.

3.) Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel w/Ryback

Kingston went on a flurry of offense early and set up for Trouble in Paradise, but Axel wisely rolled out of the ring. Ryback began to enter the ring, but Mark Henry’s music played and he came down to the ring to give Kingston some backup as Main Event to commercial break.

Back from the break, Kingston continued to dominate Axel. Axel managed to get in some offense after a shot to the back of Kingston’s head, but Kingston quickly regained the upper hand. Ryback had enough and started to attack Kingston, forcing the disqualification. Henry cleared the ring and Kingston hit Rybaxel with a dive. Kingston and Henry celebrated to close the show.

Winner: Kofi Kingston by DQ

Josh’s POV: Okay edition of Main Event I’ve seen better episodes. I really enjoyed the match between The Shield and Los Matadores and Sin Cara. The Kofi Kingston and Curtis Axel match was decent. Wanted to give a big shout out to that crowd in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The massive Ryback sucks chants had me cracking up.

Josh’s Grade for Main Event: 7.5/10

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From February 14, 2014

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WWE SmackDown
February 14, 2014
Ontario, California

1.) Daniel Bryan, Christian, and Sheamus vs. The Shield

Seth Rollins and Christian started the match, and brawled a bit. Roman Reigns tagged in and he and Christian traded offense until Sheamus tagged into the match. Roman Regins and Sheamus had a stare down and Sheamus opened up with some strikes. After a bit of back and forth action, Sheamus hit a forward roll slam. Sheamus then drove knee into Reigns and covered him for a two count. Reigns turned things around with a back elbow and ragged in Ambrose.

Sheamus started to take over Ambrose with a clothesline and tagged in Daniel Bryan. Bryan came into the match off a hot tag and started to the land the majority of his signature moves on The Shield. He attempted to lock Ambrose in the Yes Lock, but both Shield members entered, and then Christian and Sheamus, and all six men had a standoff mid-ring.

The crowd rocked a big Yes chant as Daniel Bryan tagged out to Sheamus. He hit his clubs to the chest on Rollins and tried to climb to the tope. A brief distraction from Ambrose allowed Rollins to knock him down to the apron, where Reigns hit a running dropkick from the floor. Roman Reigns grabbed Sheamus and tossed him into the barricade, and then back into the ring for Ambrose. Ambrose hit some strikes and then tagged Rollins back in, who continued the beat down.

Reigns tagged in and the heels continued to cut off the ring and force Sheamus to deal with all three of them. He got in a hope spot or two, but otherwise Roman Reigns dominated. He got cocky and talked smack to Christian, which allowed Sheamus to hit a uranage. Rollins tagged in and tried to prevent the hot tag, but missed a running senton, and Christian tagged in. He went to work on all three heels, knocking Rollins and Reigns off the apron, and then hit a tornado DDT on  Ambrose for a broken pin.

Bryan entered to rescue Christian, and took all all three Shield Members. He took out Reigns with a suicide dive on the outside, and then ate one himself from Seth Rollins. In the ring, Sheamus inadvertantly hit Christian with a Brogue Kick, and then Roman Reigns hit him with a spear. Ambrose covered Christian for the clean pin.

Winner: The Shield

Backstage, Vickie Guerrero was on the phone and was interrupted by Zeb Colter. Colter asked Guerrero to be his valentine. Colter says that Jack Swagger deserves a chance at a championship and Guerrero announce that tonight there will be a Fatal Four Way Match to determine the number one contender to Big E’s Intercontinental Championship. The participants in this match tonight will be Swagger, Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry.

Back from commercial break Cesaro was interviewed by Byron Saxton. Cesaro says that he feels that nobody belives that Cesaro has no shot to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cesaro says when he beats Randy Orton tonight he will prove that he will get the respect he deserves.

They aired the highlight package of Lita being the newest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

2.) 4 Way Match to determine the Number One Contender to the Intercontinental Championship

Rey Mysterio vs. Mark Henry vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi and Rey worked together to take down Mark Henry early and send him out to take a powder. Kingston and Mysterio hit the ropes and Kingston hit a back elbow for a two count. Mysterio rolled through a sunset flip attempt by Kingston and kicked him in the face. Swagger got in the match and tripped Mysterio as he hit the ropes. Kingston dove on Swagger on the outside, and then Mysterio jumped on Kingston.

All three men got up, and Mark Henry was going to attempt a suicide dive, until Jack Swagger entered the ring and hit a low tackle around his knees. He followed up with a Jack Swagger bomb and Mark Henry rolled to the outside again. Jack Swagger and Rey Mysterio then went back and forth until Rey Mysterio reversed out of a suplex attempt and hit a face buster. Kofi Kingston broke up a pin attempt. Kofi Kingston then sent Rey Mysterio into the ring post and went to work on Jack Swagger.

He hit a boom drop on Jack Swagger and fired up the crowd. Kofi Kingston avoided a distraction by Rey Mysterio, but Jack Swagger met him up on the top rope. Mark Henry then approached Jack Swagger from underneath and grabbed him for a powerbomb. Mark Henry then hit a big clothesline on Kofi Kingston, but got hit with a chop block by Jack Swagger. Jack Swagger then applied the patriot lock, but couldn’t get the submission. Rey Mysterio hit 619 on  Mark Henry’s gut, and then Kofi Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise to put the big man down. He rolled to the outside again.

Jack Swagger, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston did a double german spot with Jack Swagger as the anchor. Jack Swagger tossed Kofi Kingston from the ring, but Rey Mysterio tripped him onto the second rope for 619. Kofi Kingston  jumped back into the ring and hit Trouble in Paradise on Rey Mysterio. He then used both feet to shove Mark Henry into the announce table at ringside. As Kofi Kingston tried to skin the cat, Jack Swagger grabbed him for the patriot lock. After a struggle, he tapped out to give Jack Swagger the win.

Winner: Jack Swagger

3.) The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel and The New Age Outlaws

Goldust and Billy Gunn started, and I had a High School flash back. They went back and forth and Road Dogg and Cody Rhodes tagged in quickly. They went back and forth as well, with Cody Rhodes finally slowing down the pace with a clothesline. Jimmy Uso tagged in, and the Uso Brothers hit some double team offense. Jey Uso remained in the ring, but couldn’t keep Road Dogg down. He hit a kick to the gut and tagged in Curtis Axel.

Curtis Axel took control of the pace and stomped and used arm holds to keep Jey on the mat. Ryback tagged in, and they continued to isolate Jey Uso in their half of the ring. He hit a back elbow and a big press slam, and then backed Jey Uso into the heel corner

Jey Uso was still trapped on the wrong side of the ring as Billy Gunn took his turn with punches and stomps in the corner. Billy Gunn missed a splash in the corner and both men crawled for tags. Jimmy Uso hit a superkick on Ryback to knock him off the apron, and sent Curtis Axel to the floor with an elbow. He hit a Bubba Bomb on both Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, and then hit a butt splash on both in the corners. The match broke down after Curtis Axel broke up the pin. Everybody ended up on the outside after a series of splashes from the apron, and Jimmy Uso pinned Road Dogg with a splash from the top.

Winner: The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers

Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Randy Orton. Randy Orton said the Authority has always had his back, and he now realizes these challenges were to make him a stronger Champion, and not weaken him before the Elimination Chamber. Randy Orton says Cesaro can beat Orton, but he is not getting Randy Orton, Cesaro is getting The Viper.

4.) Damien Sandow vs. Darren Young

Short match Darren Young was distracted by Titus O’Neil who was on commentary with JBL and Michael Cole. Damien Sandow took control of the match after attacking Darren Young from behind. Darren Young reversed a hip toss attempt into a school by to pick up the victory over Damien Sandow.

After the match Titus O’Neil attacked Darren Young from behind. Titus O’Neil started playing to the crowd, but Darren Young got back up and knock Titus O’Neil out of the ring.

Winner: Darren Young

5.) The Miz vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

Fandango turned Miz inside out with a clothesline early. They traded offense back and forth without anyone in particular taking control. Fandango hit a nice dropkick, but Miz flipped out of a suplex attempt and fired up with a few clotheslines. Miz hit the reality check, but couldn’t follow up with either a figure for or a skull crushing finale. Emma and Santino Marella entered, and Summer Rae confronted them at the ramp. They shoved each other and Emma took her down. The distraction allowed Miz to hit the skull crushing finale for the victory.

Winner: The Miz

6.) Randy Orton vs. Cesaro w/Zeb Colter

Cesaro goes for a quick rollup before Randy Orton heads outside, then he gets back in and Cesaro gets another near fall before Randy Orton bails. Randy Orton reenters the ring and Cesaro gets him with a waistlock takedown, then he hits a gutwrench slam for two before hitting a double stomp. Cesaro uppercuts him and whips him across the ring, but Randy Orton clotheslines him and connects with a few uppercuts in the corner. Cesaro throws a few uppercuts of his own, then they go outside and Randy Orton whips Cesaro into the barricade and drops him with a clothesline. We get back from a break to see Randy Orton throw Cesaro headfirst into the barricade, then applies a headlock before throwing a few more uppercuts. Cesaro comes back with some uppercuts and headbutts, then Randy Orton knocks him outside and slams his head into the apron and barricade.

Randy Orton sets up for a hangman’s DDT but Cesaro counters with a 18 revolutions Giant Swing, then he calls for a Neutralizer but Randy Orton backdrops him. Cesaro lands on his feet and charges him, but Randy Orton connects with a spinning powerslam for two and follows with a hangman’s DDT. Randy Orton calls for a RKO but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut, then he follows with a European uppercut for two and Randy Orton retreats to the corner. Cesaro charges him but  Randy Orton dropkicks him, then he sets up for a superplex but Cesaro breaks it up with some kidney shots. Cesaro hits a sunset flip powerbomb and a rolling uppercut, then he follows with a Neutralizer for the win.

Winner: Cesaro

JPOV: WOW! What a SmackDown. A lot of great matches tonight I will have to say the match of the night was the 6 man tag team match with The Shield beating Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian. A great main event match with Cesaro picking up the suprising upset on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. SmackDown would be my vote for show of the week.

Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 9.5/10

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