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

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

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

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

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

-Cesaro is listed on the heel roster.

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

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

You can view the script here.

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

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

The Good

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

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

The Bad

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

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

The Dirty

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

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 14, 2014

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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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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place in Birmingham, Alabama. We are one week removed from a historic show as we saw Daniel Bryan appear as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Shield aligning with the champion, an epic promo by Paul Heyman on Brock Lesnar ending “The Streak” and Cesaro being the new Paul Heyman guy. What can we expect on tonight’s show?

The show tonight will feature a tribute to The Ultimate Warrior, who passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 54. I wouldn’t expect it to be just a whole show showing his best matches and things like that. Expect to see various WWE personal and talent to have video interviews with their thoughts on Warrior and clips of some of his greatest WWE moments.

Would also expect to see the top matches made for Extreme Rules, which takes in three weeks from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. From the way Raw ended last week, I would go with Bryan vs Triple H in the main event and the top underneath match by The Shield vs Kane, Randy Orton and Batista. Their was an ad that came out from the Izod Center over the weekend saying John Cena will be facing Bray Wyatt in an “extreme match”, so we will see if that gets made tonight as well.

Think we will see Cesaro and Paul Heyman continue to feud with Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter to lead to a match at an Extreme Rules. The Cesaro/Heyman pairing is the best thing to happen to Cesaro as now he doesn’t have to talk and let Heyman do that aspect for him.

WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From April 11, 2014

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April 11, 2014
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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

Dave Meltzer Talks Ultimate Warrior, WrestleMania 30 and WWE Going Forward

davemeltzerDave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer talks about the passing of the Ultimate Warrior and his legacy, WrestleMania 30 which saw the end of The Streak with Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and when that decision was made, Daniel Bryan getting his big win, how to best use both Lesnar and Bryan going forward, young talent in the WWE, the WWE Network so far and their subscribers, the upcoming WWE TV deal and more.  And follow Dave on Twitter @davemeltzerWON.

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Top Moments In The Career Of The Ultimate Warrior

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Last night the wrestling world lost a legend, as The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. He is survived by his Dana and two daughters. Warrior was a former WWE Champion and a two-time Intercontinental Champion. He was a one of a kind, larger than life character inside the squared circle. We will now take a look back at the top moments in the career of The Ultimate Warrior.

1) WWE Debut: Warrior made his WWE debut on October 25, 1987 against Terry Gibbs on edition of Wrestling Challenge. He came down to the ring walking with no entrance and shook the ropes and went to the turnbuckles once he entered the ring. During the middle of the match on the upper left screen, Warrior cut an inspirational promo telling fans to jump on his back and come along for the ride. Warrior used the power press slam and splash to squash Gibbs in his debut.

2) Winning the Intercontinental Championship for the first time: Summerslam 1988 took place on August 29 from Madison Square Garden in New York City as Intercontinental Champion, The Honky Tonk Man was scheduled to defend his title against Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. The challenger was unable to compete that night and was looking for a new challenger and was willing to defend the title against anyone. After a few moments, Warrior’s music hit and the crowd exploded as he ran to the ring. 31 seconds into the match, Warrior won his first singles title of his career.

3) “Crash The Plane” Promo: The one thing Warrior was known for very well were his inspirational promos. The biggest match WWE could make in 1990 was Warrior vs Hulk Hogan. “The Hulkster” was the star of the WWE and the Heavyweight Champion of the world and Warrior was the Intercontinental Champion and they were going to square off at Wrestlemania VI. In the buildup to the match, Warrior cut my favorite promo in his career in the build to the match.

4) Winning the WWE Championship vs Hulk Hogan At Wrestlemania VI: This was the biggest match in the WWE since Hogan beat Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III in 1987. Hogan and Warrior were to battle in the main event of Wrestlemania VI at the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a title vs title match as Hogan was the WWE Champion and Warrior was the IC Champion. At this time you had never seen a babyface vs babyface main event at a Wrestlemania. In front of over 67,000 Warrior defeated to Hogan to the win the title and was the first person to ever defeat Hogan clean in WWE. The passing of the torch took place after the match ended as Hogan gave Warrior the belt and then hugged.

 

 

5) Wrestlemania VII Match vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage: This is the one match from Warrior’s career that everyone forgets for some reason. He had lost the WWE title to Sgt. Slaughter at the January 1991 Royal Rumble due to interference from Savage. The match at Wrestlemania VII was where the loser to had to retire from the WWE. In what was in my mind the best match of Warrior’s career he defeated Savage in an epic match.

6) WCW Debut: At this time Warrior hadn’t been seen since the middle of 1996 when he parted ways with the WWE. WCW was starting to lose “The Monday Night Wars” to WWE and needed something to them some momentum. So in August of 1998, Warrior made his WCW debut interrupting a promo being done by Hogan. This was by the far the best promo he did in WCW and the last great promo Warrior cut in his in-ring wrestling career.

7) 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony: Warrior was the first person to be announced into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame. People were speculating how he was going to be and what he was going to say. For most of his 40 minute speech, he stayed composed and delivered a very good speech. He came out arm in arm with his two daughters and at times during his speech, talked about how much he cared and loved his family. There were a couple moments where you can tell he was disappointed in how he was thought of in his career, but you can tell how much he loved his career and the fans.

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WWE Raw Recap, WrestleMania 30 Thoughts from New Orleans

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The Ultimate Warrior Collapsed While Walking To Car

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A short time ago it was announced that former WWE champion The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. We have learned some more details regarding what happened.

TMZ is reporting that while walking to his car outside an Arizona hotel with his wife, Warrior collapsed. The 2014 WWE Hall of Famer was then rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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

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Last night’s Raw was the first one since Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday where we saw Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Title and “The Streak” was ended when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker. As we stated earlier, the show ended drawing the highest rating since July of 2012 and higher than the last two post-Mania Raw numbers. Here is the good, the bad and the dirty of last night’s show.

The Good

1) Opening segment: This couldn’t have come off any better as Bryan came out to cut a promo. The crowd treated him as a major star and was unbelievable to see how long the crowd sustained the chant and you can tell Bryan was overtaken by the moment. Was cool to see Bryan thank the fans for what they did for him. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out at the perfect time and had tremendous heat. HHH right now is doing some of the best work of his career and really is putting over Bryan.

2) Six man tag match: Very good match between the six guys and was the right move for Bray to score the pinfall. The crowd was really into Wyatt’s as they were chanting “Let’s Go Wyatt and Let’s Go Harper”. The fans absolutely detested Cena unlike the night before and Sheamus played off the booing real well. Wasn’t a real fan of Big E taking the pin though as he has been getting pinned often lately and would have rather seen Sheamus take the fall as it would have meant a little more.

3) Final Segment: I had seen all night after the opening segment that fans were worried on social media that HHH was going to defeat Bryan and win the title. Really liked how WWE kept Randy Orton and Batista strong and beating up Bryan until Kane came out and gave him a chokeslam. I did think for a small moment that HHH was going to pin Bryan when he walked down to the ring. You could see The Shield coming out and defending Bryan when Stephanie was talking to The Shield. I had goosebumps when we seen the four vs four showdown as you can see that it’s the old guard vs the new guard. If I had to guess today, it will be a Bryan vs HHH title match and The Shield vs Kane, Batista and Orton at Extreme Rules.

The Bad

4) Nothing: Usually when you watch a show, you can find something wrong with it. With this show you really couldn’t. Even the things that didn’t involve top level even had a purpose. WWE hit the reset button here and this was the best way to go forward.

The Dirty

5) Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman Promo: The wrestling world was unglued when Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The key was going to be the followup to the match. Heyman cut perhaps the best promo ever done by a manager. If you had any doubts about “The Streak”, they should have been wiped away with this promo. Lesnar regained all the momentum he had seemed to lose in the buildup and even his return. Lesnar had great facial expressions by playing to his shirt, snarling and growling. Looks like Lesnar will be taking a little bit of a hiatus and be fresh for a summer run.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Wrestlemania 30

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place last night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured “The Streak” ending as Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt.

As we do after every Monday Night Raw, let’s give our the good, the bad and the dirty from the biggest wrestling event of the year.

The Good

1) The Main Event: This was the ending that everybody was wanting with 75,000 people chanting YES! The match delivered as all three guys came off really well and got the crowd behind them as they were still reeling from The Undertaker loss to Brock Lesnar. Really liked the added wrinkle of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming from the crowd and the stretcher spot was well executed. The only shocking thing was the fact Batista was the guy Bryan submitted, but that was the right move as it means more since that’s Batista’s first defeat since coming back in January. The Daniel Bryan Era now begins!

2) The Opening Segment featuring Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin: This was definitely my favorite moment of the night and was the best way to open the show. You had the three biggest stars in our generation in the same ring at the same time. Was a cool moment when Austin and Hogan the staredown as goosebumps were running down my body when that happened and a great moment when they shook hands. It was very symbolic to see The Rock acknowledge what Austin and Hogan did for him at previous WrestleMania’s. Good to see all three acknowledge the current WWE stars and then do the catchphrases and drinking beer in the ring.

3) Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: We had stated all week that this match should start the show. The story building to the match was done to perfection. Thought it was a very good video package showing the career of Bryan leading into the match. The match started with a slow build and was well paced throughout. Stephanie McMahon was very good here making comments at Bryan in certain points in the match. The crowd was very into the match and was good to HHH take the pin with the buskai knee. The post-match attack was the most logical to sell the fact that maybe Bryan wouldn’t compete in the main event or at the very least not be 100% going into the match.

The Bad

4) Divas Invitational: Felt really bad for the ladies here as they had to follow the Lesnar/Taker match. The crowd was flat and really didn’t care about it whatsoever. The match was a total mess as you had 14 women in there when it would been better having four at the absolute most. The finish was at least correct with AJ Lee retaining the title.

The Dirty

5) The Streak Ending: No one and I mean NO ONE so this coming. When the referee hit the mat for the three count, it seemed like the world was ending. People were ready to stop watching WWE, wanting to break their TV’s, etc. The match wasn’t nothing to get excited about even down the stretch with the near falls as no one was believing that “The Streak” would end. At the end of the day, this was the best move for business and give WWE and The Undertaker credit for pulling the trigger on this.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 7, 2014

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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 30 Post Show: The Undertaker Streak Ends, Daniel Bryan Wins Championship

streakoverBrian Fritz is joined by Scott Fishman from the Mercedez Benz Superdome following WrestleMania 30 as they recap the event including Daniel Bryan coming away as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker’s streak coming to an end after losing to Brock Lesnar, what that means for Taker going forward, John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt and the rest of the show including Cesaro standing out and more.

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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

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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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Ultimate Warrior Headlines Unique WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony

warriorhofMany people wondered what exactly The Ultimate Warrior would say on his long-awaited return to the WWE.  And he did not disappoint headlining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA as one of seven new members.

After becoming one of the top stars in the WWE during the late 80’s and 90’s, Warrior — which is his real name after changing it from his given name Jim Hellwig years ago — and the company parted ways in 1996.  Since that time, both sides had been very outspoken about one another especially after the WWE released the DVD “The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior”, a scathing portrayal of the man behind the character.

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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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