Brian 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.
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
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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Many 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 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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WWE superstar Seth Rollins talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30, The Shield and being close with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, getting more offense in their matches lately, facing the Wyatt Family, joining the WWE and more.
Paul Heyman talks to Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans, comparing it to last year in New York, CM Punk leaving the company, been a hustler since he was a teenager, how he watches wrestling and his general mood on an early morning of media.
Brock Lesnar heads into fourth Wrestlemania this Sunday as he tries to break The Undetaker’s 21-0 streak at Wrestlemania. Lesnar debuted in the company in 2002 with Paul Heyman and became at that time the youngest WWE Champion defeating The Rock at the 2002 Summerslam. “The Beast Incarnate” left the company in 2004 and didn’t return until the day after Wrestlemania 28 in 2012. In between that, Lesnar almost made the NFL and then became the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2008.
Lesnar has had a tremendous impact in the WWE in his two separate tenures. Let’s now take a look back at some of the best matches in the career of Brock Lesnar.
5) Brock Lesnar vs Rob Van Dam in the finals of the 2002 King of the Ring: Lesnar had made his WWE debut three months previous on the day after Wrestlemania 18. Lesnar was steamrolling through everyone into the 2002 edition of King of the Ring. Beating Test in the semifinals, Lesnar advance to the finals against Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam. This was Lesnar’s toughest test to date. Lesnar defeated Van Dam in a good ten minute match as this was the first sign of big things to come.
4) Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker at No Mercy 2002 for the WWE Championship: These two square this Sunday at Wrestlemania 30, but have battled each other before. They first started feuding in September of 2002 at the Unforgiven pay-per-view with the match ending in a double disqualification. The two battled again the next month at the No Mercy event inside Hell in a Cell, which was and still is The Undertaker’s speciality match. In my mind this was the best match in 2002 with Lesnar winning in a 30 plus minute bloodbath.
3) Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk at Summerslam 2013: When Lesnar came back in 2012, a lot of people wondered if Lesnar could still go in the ring considering he hadn’t been in the ring in over eight years. Lesnar had very good matches since his return up to this match against Punk at Summerslam 2013. The build was fairly simple as Punk left Paul Heyman, with the devious manager bringing in his hired gun to take Punk out. These guys put on a near 30 minute classic with Punk winning the match as I thought this was the 2013 match of the year and the best match since Lesnar returned to the WWE.
2) Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship: These had classic matches all throughout 2003 starting at Wrestlemania 19 with Lesnar winning the title. Angle regained the title in July of that year pinning and then beating him again the following month at Summerslam. The blowoff to the feud took place on the September 16th edition of Smackdown in a 60 minute Iron Man Match. This was an unbelievable match that ended up with Lesnar winning five falls to four and regaining the WWE Championship. This was deemed the best match of 2003 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
1) Brock Lesnar vs The Rock at Summerslam 2002 for the Undisputed WWE Championship: Lesnar had been on a roll since he debuted in early 2002 like we had stated earlier. With the victory over Van Dam at the King of the Ring, Lesnar earned a crack at the WWE Undisputed Championship. The Rock had come back from filing the “Scorpion King” in June of ’02 and won the title the following month at the Vengeance event pinning Kurt Angle in a triple threat match that also featured The Undertaker. These guys went 17 minutes with a very rabid Long Island, New York that cheered when Lesnar hit the F5 to pin Rock and become the Undisputed Champion.
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First Match: Tag Team Tables Match
Bully Ray & Willow vs. Ethan Carter III and Bobby Roode
Willow and Ray hit the ring to start the match and attack Carter and Roode. Willow hits Poetry in Motion off of Ray. The two beat down Roode and he ends up out of the ring. Ray and Willow hit the Wassup double team. Ray tells Willow to get the tables. Willow grabs a table and puts it in the ring. They set up the table, but EC3 and Roode ground them both. EC3 and Roode double team Willow, but Ray jumps them. EC3 hits Ray with a forearm. EC3 and Roode reposition the table. They go for a double suplex through the table, but Willow moves it. Willow takes down Roode, but runs into an EC3 clothesline. EC3 picks up Willow and slams his face into the mat. Willow comes back with a jawbreaker and then hits a splash and dropkick on EC3 in the corner.
Willow hits the Twist of Fate on EC3. Willow repostions the table closer to a corner. Willow puts EC3 on he table. Rockstar Spud, in a wheelchair, heads dow the ramp. Willow sees him and gets out of the ring. He dropkicks Spud in the wheelchair. Willow picks him up and takes him out of the arena. Ray climbs to the top rope. EC3 gets off the table and Roode pushes Ray off the top rope. Ray goes over the table. They go for a double team, but Ray ends up throwing Roode into EC3 from the top rope. Ray hits a double clothesline. Ray cleans house. Ray goes for a powerbomb on EC3, but Roode breaks it up. Ray gets out of the Roodebomb attempt, but Roode hits a spinebuster on Ray, through the table for the win.
Winner: Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III
After the match, Roode and EC3 set up another table. Roode grabs Ray and puts him through the table with the Roodebomb. EC3 leaves the ring with Ray down in the remnants of the table. Roode yells at EC3 for one more table. They get another and set it up near the corner of the ring. EC3 picks up Ray, while Roode punches him. They put Ray on the table and Roode climbs to the top rope. Roode hits a huge frog splash on Ray through the table. Roode yells at Ray on the ground.Backstage, Kenny King arrives. He asks a backstage guy what they have for him tonight. The man tells him that he doesn’t see him scheduled for anything tonight. King goes to look for MVP. Mr. Anderson is set for action next. We head to commercial.
Back from break. Magnus is asked backstage where Abyss is. He tells them that they are on the same page and that’s all that matters. MVP starts tell us what we’ll see on Impact tonight. He’s interrupted by Kenny King and we head back to the arena.
Second Match: Straight Jacket Match
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Anderson grabs a mic and introduces himself. Anderson introduces the strait jacket that will be used in the match. Shaw’s music hits and he walks onto the stage. Shaw says that he is not creepy. He asks Anderson if he knows how precious his hands are. He says that he uses them to create art. He tells Anderson that he uses his for nothing and is ordinary. He says that the worst crime in society is to be ordinary. He says that Christy Hemme loves him. Anderson attacks Shaw on the apron and he falls to the floor. Anderson tries to put the jacket on Shaw, but Shaw fights back. Anderson tosses him into the ring steps.
Back from commercial and Shaw takes down Anderson with the jacket. Shaw chokes Anderson. Shaw tries to put the jacket on Anderson. He gets Anderson’s arms in the jacket but Anderson fights back. Anderson hits Shaw with a series of moves while wearing the jacket. Anderson hits the rolling senton. He removes the jacket and goes to Shaw. He puts Shaw’s arms in the jacket, but Shaw hits him with a low blow. Shaw locks in a choke on Anderson in the middle of the ring. Shaw chokes Anderson out. Shaw gets up and starts to put the jacket on Anderson. He gets both arms in, but Anderson fights back. Shaw locks the choke back in. Anderson goes out and Shaw goes back to the jacket. Shaw rolls Anderson over and cinches up the the back belt. He goes to the other belts and cinches them for the win.
Winner: Samuel Shaw
Backstage, The Beautiful people say that they will rewrite history. Velvet Sky says that Rayne is trying to outshine the two stars that made her. She says that they’re going to school her tonight, no matter who her parter is Madison Rayne picks her tag-team partner tonight to face the Beautiful People. We head to break.
Back from break where we see Eric Young from an interview earlier today. He says that he needs to deal with Abyss because he started the problem. He says that he’s going to prove to everyone tonight why he has a spot in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match. Back to the ring where Tigre Uno heads to the ring. Sanada makes his entrance. This will be the first of a best of three series for the X Division Championship.
Kenny King comes out and interrupts the beginning of the match. He introduces himself and says that he is the X Division. He says that the X Division isn’t the same without him. King brags and MVP’s music hits. MVP heads to the ring with a mic. MVP tells King that he’s acting crazy by interrupting his show. King says that even with MVP in the ring, he’s still the biggest star standing in the ring. MVP asks him to come back to his office to talk about it. King refuses and tells him that he should be main eventing and headlining Impact. MVP says that the card is booked up. King asks MVP what he’s doing tonight. King tells MVP that they should have a match tonight on Impact so he can show him what he can do. MVP refuses. King says that he’s going to take a bow for his fans. He does and bumps MVP. MVP turns and King offers a match again. MVP agrees and King leaves the ring. Up next, Sanada and Tigre Uno will have their match. We head to break.
Third Match: Best of Three Series for the TNA X Division Championship
Tigre Uno vs. Sanada (c)
Uno takes down Sanada. Uno hits a kick and then another in the corner. Uno goes for a dive, but stops when Sanada moves on the outside. Sanada gets in the ring, but Uno cuts him off and puts him in a hold. Sanada fights out of it and hits Uno with a pair of elbows. Sanada grounds Uno after coming off the top rope. Sanada hits a backdrop and then a kick to the back. Uno misses a dive in the corner and Sanada goes to the rolling cradles on Uno. Uno rolls out of the ring. Sanada goes to hit the ropes for a dive, but Uno jumps in and grounds him. Uno comes off the top rope but Sanada hits a drop kick. Sanada climbs to the top, but Uno crothes him. Uno goes for a split-leg moonsault, but Sanada puts the knees up. Sanada hits a double hook german suplex for a pin and a three-count.
Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Sanada
Backstage, someone asks Magnus where Abyss is. Magnus says that there’s a good reason why we haven’t seen Abyss and we’re going to find out next. Magnus says that he’s about to show Abyss in a way that no one has ever seen before. We head to break.
Back from break, Britney tells Rayne that she looks up to her. Britney asks if she can be Rayne’s tag partner. Rayne says no because she doesn’t want her to have to deal with The Beautiful People. Britney says she can handle it. Rayne says ok and they start to talk strategy.
First In-Ring Segment: Back to the ring, where Magnus heads to the ring. Magnus says that he’s got something to share with everyone. He tells Abyss to come down to the ring. Abyss’ music hits and he heads to the ring wearing his mask along with a suit and tie. He seems uncomfortable in the attire. Magnus tells Abyss that this is how the upper-echelon dress. Magnus says that he invited him out to talk strategy about their four-way match tonight. Magnus says that everyone thinks it’s really a four-way match, though he believes that they’re a team and that Abyss will not fight him to take the belt. He tells Abyss that he treats him like a person.
Magnus brings up James Mitchell and Eric Young and how they treated Abyss. Magnus says that sometimes it’s hard for him to express himself at times. He says that he’s going to tell Abyss something that he’s longed to hear his whole life. Magnus tells Abyss that he loves him. Magnus hugs Abyss, while Abyss does nothing. Magnus exits the ring with Abyss right behind him. Eric Young jumps Abyss on the ramp. Magnus comes back and cuts off Young. Abyss and Magnus throw Young into the ring and beat him down. Samoa Joe hits the ring and cleans house. Abyss and Magnus retreat. Joe and Young stand in the ring. Young stares at him and says to stay out of his business. Young leaves the ring. Up next is the Beautiful People taking on Britney and Madison Rayne. We head to break.
Backstage, The Wolves talk with MVP about their Tag-Team title match tonight. Robbie E. shows up with a trainer and says that Jessie got hurt and can’t wrestle, so there will be no title match tonight. MVP and Robbie argue. Robbie leaves. MVP says that the excuse is legitimate and that he has to get ready for his match with Kenny King. The Wolves are angry and leave.
We see another video package featuring Knux.
Fourth Match: The Beautiful People vs. Britney and Madison Rayne
Angelina Love starts with Britney. Love hits Britney, but Britney fights back and shoulder blocks Love to the ground and hits a series of moves. Love tags Sky in and Britney goes to the front facelock. Love pulls Britney down in the corner. Love and Sky hit a double team. Love comes back in and beats down Britney. Sky holds Britney and Love kicks her. Sky comes in and keeps control on Britney. Britney ends up countering with a russian leg-sweep. Britney tags in Rayne who hits clotheslines on Love. She goes for a cover and Sky makes the save. Britney tags herself in and gets ran over by Sky. Sky takes out Rayne. The Beautiful People hit the Makeover and Love gets the three-count on Britney.
Winner: The Beautiful People
Fifth Match: Kenny King vs. MVP
This is an exhibition match, which will be explained later I assume. They shake hands to start and MVP puts on a wristlock. King escapes and stands on the buckle for a bit as this is slow paced to start. They trade wristlocks and hammerlocks until King grabs a headlock. MVP trips King down and puts on an STF but lets it go for no apparent reason.
Kenny takes him down again before flipping up to his feet for some posing. We get some chain wrestling on the mat into a front facelock from MVP as the fans chant YOU STILL GOT IT. They finally start throwing punches and it turns into a scrap on the mat until the bell rings for no apparent reason.
Results: No Contest
Magnus asks if Ethan has his back tonight. Carter thinks Magnus is scared of Abyss and doesn’t answer.
MVP jumps Kenny King from behind during a backstage interview.
Sixth Match: Fatal Four Way Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Magnus (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Abyss vs. Eric Young
Abyss attacks EY and Magnus goes after Joe. Joe hits an atomic drop and a back splash on Magnus. Magnus rolls out and Joe follows. In The ring, Young dropkicks Abyss out of the ring. Young hits a suicide dive onto the other three competitors. Young throws Magnus in the ring and hits a crossbody off the top rope. Abyss accidentally hits Magnus in the corner. Joe gets into the ring and stares at Young. Abyss and Magnus jump the two and take them down. We head to commercial break.
Back from commercial where Magnus and Abyss have control on Young in the ring. Joe on the outside. Magnus tells Abyss to keep Joe busy. He goes out and Joe fights him. Young is hit with a huge clothesline by Magnus. Magnus goes for the cover and only gets two. Abyss keeps control on Joe on the outside. Young fights out of a hold but Magnus grounds him with a high knee. Young fights off Magnus again, but Magnus hits him with an elbow. Joe fights off Abyss on the outside. Magnus gets another two-count in the ring. Abyss back in control of Joe. Abyss comes into the ring. Abyss starts to beat down Young. Magnus puts Young up onto the top turnbuckle. He tells Abyss to step away. He goes up for the superplex, but Young fights them off and hits a double dropkick. Young fights them both off. Magnus ends up tossing Young out of the ring. Joe comes into the ring and cleans house. Joe kicks Abyss in the head.
Magnus is hit with a snapslam from Joe. Young comes in and breaks up the pin. Joe hits Young with a snapslam. Joe then hits Abyss with a snapslam. Joe goes for the rear naked choke on Magnus. Magnus grabs the ref and hits a low blow out of sight on Joe. Magnus tosses Joe to Abyss for the Black Hole Slam. Magnus fights Joe on the outside. Abyss goes for the chokeslam on Young, but he bites him. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam on Young. Magnus yells at Abyss to not cover him. Magnus gets in the ring and tells him no again. Magnus reasons with Abyss. Magnus goes to the top rope and hits the elbow drop. Magnus pins Young for the three-count to retain the title.
Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus
Josh’s Grade for Impact: 8.5/10
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Randy Orton heads into this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton will be in the main event of the show facing Batista and the winner of the Daniel Bryan vs HHH match.
Orton signed a deal with WWE in 2001 and started in Ohio Valley Wrestling and was brought up to the main roster in 2002. Orton is a 12 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion and Tag Team Champion.
We are going to look back at the top matches in the career of the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
5) Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam at 2003 Armageddon for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Orton had started to find his place in the company when this match took place in December 2003. By this time, Orton was apart of Evolution with HHH, Batista and Ric Flair. They were the most over heels at that current time. Van Dam was the Intercontinental Champion heading into this title defense. In what was a very good match, Orton defeated Van Dam to the title and win the first singles belt of his career.
4) Randy Orton vs Mick Foley at 2004 Backlash: This feud had started to escalate at the end of 2003 and rolled right into 2004. The two squared off in a handicap match at Wrestlemania 20 when Orton, Batista and Flair defeated Foley and The Rock. The WWE paired the two in a one on one match at the Backlash pay-per-view the following month in a no holds barred match. This was Foley’s first singles match in over four years and the two put on one heck of a match. Orton won the match and really put him on the map as a guy who can adapt to different types of wrestling styles.
3) Randy Orton vs Chris Benoit at Summerslam 2004 for the World Heavyweight Championship: I know bringing up Benoit’s name is pretty much taboo since he murdered his wife and son in 2007. This match was Orton’s first crack at a heavyweight title and got into the match by winning a battle royal a few weeks beforehand. Benoit had been on a run during this time as he won the World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 20. It was a hotly contested 20 minute match with Orton walking out the winner and his first ever Heavyweight Championship.
2) Randy Orton vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 21: This was a really good buildup as Orton had been the “Legend Killer” gimmick laying out legends like Mick Foley, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Ric Flair. Heading into Wrestlemania 21, Taker was 12-0 at Mania heading into this match. This match went about 15 minutes with Taker winning the match, which was his best Mania match since his match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 17 in 2001 and has been Orton’s best match ever at Wrestlemania.
1) Randy Orton vs Triple H at No Mercy 2007 for the WWE Championship: Heading into this event, the title was vacant as it was supposed to be John Cena vs Orton, but Cena had torn his pectoral muscle six days before on an edition of Monday Night Raw. At the beginning of the show, Vince McMahon had made Orton the champion, but HHH protested and McMahon a match them two and HHH won the title. “The Game” then defeated Umaga halfway through the show and then faced Orton in the main event of the show in a last man standing match. Orton walked out of the match winning in my mind his first ever WWE championship.
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Take a break from the wrestling talk as Cheap Pops! returns with Brian and Michael talking about the season finale of The Walking Dead, the series finale of HIMYM and how the show wrapped up which upset some people, upcoming movies they are looking forward to, a quick, late discussion on the Oscars and more.
Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net talks about WrestleMania 30 including the build for the show, if he thinks fans are on board with the main event involving Daniel Bryan and how the company got there, the buildup for The Undertaker against Brock Lesnar, how much longer for Taker, what could happen after Mania, the WWE Network and how well it may or may not be doing when it comes to subscriptions, the WWE’s upcoming TV rights deal, if the company could possibly be for sale and more.
The WrestleMania XXX press conference opens up live from the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York City. Josh Mathews welcomes us and we see members of the press and some fans waiting for things to begin. Mathews brings in The Bella Twins to discuss the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational at WrestleMania XXX. They both agree that AJ Lee will lose her title. Nikki says she will win the title but Brie says she’s taking home gold. Brie then talks about Daniel Bryan’s surprise return on RAW and Nikki talks about John Cena’s match against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania.
Mathews brings Summer Rae in next. Mathews asks about her issues with Brie. Summer acknowledges that she still has a lot to prove to everyone. She says she does want to become Divas Champion at WrestleMania and is excited about the match. Summer leaves and Brie asks Mathews who would make a better champion – Brie or Nikki. Mathews brings up the idea of being co-champions. Mathews brings in Mark Henry next. Henry talks about looking forward to WrestleMania Axxess and the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The music starts up and Mathews sends us to the main stage where Michael Cole is starting the press conference.
Cole welcomes us and plugs WrestleMania. He talks about the significant economic impact that the event brings to communities. Cole introduces Stephanie next. Stephanie talks about some of her early WrestleMania memories and talks about WrestleMania XXX airing on the WWE Network. She says WWE’s legacy will be immortalized with the Network, which represents forever. Stephanie plugs some of the community events that are planned for New Orleans this week. She talks about how much heart the WWE Superstars have. Stephanie tells everyone to join them and enjoy the ride.
Cole comes back out and introduces Hulk Hogan, saying he has main evented 1/3 of all WrestleMania events. Hogan tries to get the audience hype. Hogan also talks about WrestleMania coming full circle. Hogan says he’s really happy to be home and asks “whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?” Hogan says he’s been saying that for 30 years and tries to get some of the people in the crowd to say it but they barely play along. Hogan ends it with some poses. Cole comes back out and introduces Triple H.
Triple H jokes about having to follow Hogan. He hypes WrestleMania and says he’s a fan. He talks about WWE stars wanting to make history at WrestleMania and brings up NXT. He says NXT is where the dream starts. He mentions The Wyatt Family, The Shield and Big E, calling him Big E Langston. Triple H says they will be living their dream at WrestleMania on Sunday. This year, a new crop of NXT talents will participate in WrestleMania Week, then watch WrestleMania XXX with hopes and dreams of making it to that stage. Triple H plugs some of the WrestleMania Week content that will air on the WWE Network. Triple H says unfortunately for Daniel Bryan, his dream intersects with Triple H’s and that won’t work out well for him. Triple H says only The Game is forever. He thanks everyone and Cole comes back out.
Cole talks about how the Yes Movement has spread and introduces Daniel Bryan. Bryan has to unbutton his suit jacket to do the “yes!” gesture but the media doesn’t play along. Bryan did get the biggest pop so far from the few fans in the back. Bryan talks about his dream and says he’s here because of the Yes Movement. Bryan says it’s so cool being a part of this. He says people have way more power than we think. Bryan says he has an opportunity to truly go out and live what he dreamed of as a kid on Sunday. Bryan asks if he can do that and has one word for us… yes! Bryan thanks everyone and says WrestleMania is going to be awesome. Cole comes back out and introduces Batista.
Batista makes a joke about how quiet it is. He finally gets the crowd to make a little bit of noise. He says this is awkward and he really doesn’t want to be here. He points out the script they gave him and says it’s stuff he never would say and whoever wrote it shouldn’t have a job. He says they should be fired, unless it was Stephanie who wrote it. He says Bryan looked funny in his suit and picks on him for chanting “yes!” with nobody doing it along with him. Batista points out the awkward silence. Batista says he had time in between movies and decided to come back and be champion. Batista mocks fans that boo him and says he will wear skinny jeans every week to piss them off. This gets a laugh from the crowd. Batista says at the end of the day he’s a pro wrestler and that’s what he loves. He says being a part of WrestleMania XXX in the main event is special to him. Batista says to take a good look at him because it’s the last time we’ll see him not as champion.
Cole comes back out and says Batista’s speech was interesting. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is out next with his titles. Orton says Cole forgot to point out that he’s the face of WWE also. Orton says nobody can stop him. Orton hypes the match again and Cole brings out Batista, Daniel Bryan and Triple H to stand with Orton for an awkward, uncoordinated photo-op. Orton and Batista leave so Bryan and Triple H can have a photo-op of their own. A “yes!” chant starts up in the back and Triple H gestures that it will be a “no!” for Bryan at WrestleMania. Cole comes back out and introduces John Cena.
Cena also jokes on the media being quiet and calls Batista’s speech a wonderful display of spoken word. Cena talks about spending the morning with Hogan on Good Morning America. He also talks about how WrestleMania has evolved and will be available everywhere with the WWE Network. Cena says he hopes Bryan kicks Triple H’s teeth out at WrestleMania. Cena says WrestleMania is 30 years old but this Sunday’s event is revolutionary. Cena does a Hogan impersonation and asks us where are we gonna be, brother, this Sunday. Cena made no mention of his match against Bray Wyatt. Cole brings out Triple H, Stephanie, Bryan, Batista, Orton, Hogan and Cena to the stage for a big photo-op. They pose for a few minutes before The Great Khali, Mark Henry, the Divas, Big Show and others come out for one more photo-op. That’s it for the press conference.
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RAW Pre-Show: Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with Josh Mathews, Booker T, Alex Riley and Bad News Barrett. They hype tonight’s show. Barrett says for once the panel has someone that makes sense. We get hype for Randy Orton vs. Batista and a look back at last week’s RAW. Renee Young is backstage with Orton. He says everyone seems to have forgotten about him when it comes to the WrestleMania XXX main event. Orton says he’s going to make people start talking about him again after tonight. We go back to the panel. We get hype for Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker now.
We go to Jerry Lawler. He’s in the crowd with some fans who are excited about tonight. Kane will face a member of The Shield and fans on the WWE App can vote which member. We go to Network promos. The panel talks about WrestleMania Week in New Orleans and we get a promo for John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. The panel talks more about Cena vs. Wyatt. Barrett says Cena believes his own hype and that’s his problem here. It’s announced that Bray will be in action on RAW tonight. We see Michael Cole’s recent sitdown interview with Hulk Hogan.
The panel talks about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal now. Riley predicts Big Show will get the win. Booker predicts Show and The Great Khali will be eliminated first due to their size. Booker predicts Big E Langston will win. RAW General Manager Brad Maddox walks over. He announces himself for the battle royal. We get more promos for WrestleMania weekend. We get more hype for tonight’s Orton vs. Batista match and the panel wraps it up.
WWE Monday Night RAW:
First Segment: We get a look back at last week’s RAW as Taker enters the ring and fans chant his name. The lights stay low as Taker begins to talk about The Streak. Taker says he doesn’t claim to be better than his victims, but at The Showcase of the Immortals, he will go further than anyone else and that’s why The Streak stays alive. Taker talks about taking Brock Lesnar out to the deep sea and leaving him. Taker says there are people who believe The Streak will be broken but there are many more people who believe three things can’t be beaten – death, taxes and The Streak. Taker says Lesnar will rest… in… peace but the music hits and out comes Lesnar with Paul Heyman.
Heyman speaks from the stage and gets booed. He says he doesn’t mean any disrespect but his client does. Heyman says this isn’t a match Lesnar has to win, it’s a match that Taker can’t lose. CM Punk chants start up but die down. Heyman says it will be the biggest WrestleMania moment since Hulk Hogan lifted Andre the Giant when Lesnar breaks The Streak. Heyman says that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Heyman drops the mic. He and Lesnar turn around to go to the back but Lesnar stares Taker down. Fans boo. Lesnar turns back around and starts to walk down the ramp. Taker readies for a fight. Lesnar stops half way down the ramp as fans chant Taker’s name. Lesnar and Heyman go to leave and get booed some more. Lesnar points up at the WrestleMania sign. A “you suck” chant starts up.
Lesnar walks to the ring but stops and gets booed some more. Lesnar laughs at Taker now. Lesnar teases going in the ring once again and this time circles the ring. Heyman walks around the other side. Lesnar taunts Taker some more. Heyman goes to slide in the ring with a steel chair but Taker goes after him. Taker runs around to a big shot from Lesnar. They run the ropes and Lesnar nails a big clothesline. Lesnar lifts Taker up and drops him with a big F5. Fans boo as Lesnar poses over Taker. Lesnar’s music hits and he leaves Taker on the mat. We go to commercial.
First Match: Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio
Back from the break and the announcers talk about Taker and Lesnar. We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E for a non-title match. Alberto Del Rio is out next.Del Rio strikes first and goes to work. Big E catches him with a catapult and a two count. Big E keeps control and hits a big shoulder thrust in the corner. E with a two count. Big E with a big press slam and another pin attempt. Big E misses a thrust in the corner and hits the ring post. Del Rio works on the arm now. We go to commercial with Del Rio in control.
When we return from commercial, Del Rio is working over the arm of Big E. in the middle of the ring. Del Rio ends up applying a version of his Cross Armbreaker on Big E. through the ropes. Del Rio goes to fly onto Big E., but the I-C champ catches him coming off the top and slams him down to the mat.Big E. is making his big comeback now as he nails Del Rio with a belly-to-belly suplex. He goes to follow it up with a big splash, however Del Rio gets his knees up. Del Rio calls for a superkick, but Big E. avoids it. Big E. simply throws Del Rio up in the air and lets him crash down face-first.
Big E. goes for the Big Ending, but Del Rio reverses it into a double-knee backbreaker Del Rio is calling for the Cross Armbreaker. He grabs Big E., but Big E. back-body drops him. He follows that up with a big splash, this time hitting it successfully. Big E. pulls the straps down, but when he goes to pick up Del Rio, Del Rio reverses Big E. into a Cross Armbreaker. Big E. almost fights out, but Del Rio re-applies it. Big E. again tries to power out of it, and this time he does. He goes to pin Del Rio, but Del Rio grabs the bottom rope.
Del Rio tries crawling out of the ring, but Big E. drags him back in. Big E. sits Del Rio on the top rope. Del Rio knocks him off, but Big E. grabs the middle rope with both arms. Del Rio jumps off the top and double-boot stomps him in the chest. Del Rio blasts Big E. with a big superkick and covers him. 1-2-3. Del Rio wins
Winner: Big E
We are told that the fans get to vote on who will face Kane tonight. The options are all three members of The Shield. We are reminded that Randy Orton vs. Batista takes place tonight.
We are told that “up next” there will be a “Farewell to the Yes! Movement” segment with The Authority. Right after that, we are told that “up next” is “Follow The Buzzards,” as Michael Cole says Bray Wyatt will address John Cena.
We look back at the Wyatts knocking out Cena and putting him in the mask last week.
Bray says the world craves change. However they turn a blind eye to the landfills because you can’t just whisper in people’s ears anymore and expect them to listen. He gets right up in the camera and asks if he has their attention now. She told him that he would be the one to change diamonds into dust and change the world. They’re going to cry for Cena but in time they’ll forget him when Cena is left with nothing. Bray says he’s the monster and sings about having the whole world in his hands.
Second Match: Summer Rae vs. Natalya
This is a result of a fight on Total Divas. Vickie is on commentary and tells us that the Divas match on Sunday is going to be one fall with all fourteen girls in there at the same time. They’re not even trying to keep things calm. Natalya takes Summer down and the dancing girl screams a lot. She comes back with a bad looking clothesline and puts on a chinlock for a few moments. Nattie fights back with a low dropkick and snap suplex. Summer slaps her in the face so Natalya returns the favor. Rae charges at her but gets taken down, only to kick out of the Sharpshooter. She comes back with a quick kick to the head and gets the pin on Natalya out of nowhere.
Winner: Summer Rae
Second In-Ring Segment:
As we head to another commercial, we see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon backstage making their way to the ring. When we return from commercial, Triple H’s “King of Kings” theme hits and out he comes with his lovely wife Stephanie. The power couple enters the ring, both with mics in hand, and the boo’s start pouring out from the fans in Washington, D.C.Stephanie talks about how Triple H is going to destroy Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. HHH says he’s not even sure how much they’re going to care. He says this generation has no loyalty. He says they just wanna be part of something. They don’t wanna do anything, because that might require effort, they just want to feel a part of something.
He says one year ago at this time there was a big thing, and they both mock Fandango and the big “Fandango’ing” craze. The fans drown out Triple H with a “CM Punk” chant as he talks about the fans throwing away Fandango. Stephanie asks who wants to see Bryan tonight. The fans all chant “Yes!” She says Triple H was right, even they could get them to chant it. She says they can chant all they want, however, because Daniel Bryan isn’t going to be here tonight. She says because that’s what’s best for business. HHH says Bryan and the “Yes!” movement is just a myth. He says he’s not an A+ player. He says they can chant “Yes!” all they want, but it doesn’t make it true.
HHH says it’s the same as people who think he has all the power and success because he married well. He says he has the power because of his dominance in the ring.HHH continues to talk as the fans break out into a loud “boring” chant. He introduces a video package. The video package, narrated by Stephanie McMahon, highlights what they were referring to as some “flavors of the month” that HHH went through. Among them were Booker T’s spinarooni, Scott Steiner posing, RVD’s thumbs, Jeff Hardy’s death defying acts, Goldberg’s “what’s next,” Chris Jericho’s “RAW is Jericho,” Mick Foley’s cheap pops, Kurt Angle’s “it’s true.” None of it mattered because in the end, the only thing that lasts is “The Game.”
After the video package, Triple H says it’s not that any of those guys aren’t great. He says they were all just players in the game though, and he is “The Game.” He says he’s “The Game” now more than ever. He says since everyone has cried about it, not only is he going to beat Daniel Bryan and the “Yes!” movement, but he’s going to step in the ring with Randy Orton and Batista and show the world that he is the most powerful man in WWE. He says he’ll walk out of WrestleMania as the C.O.O. of this company and as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
As he turns to leave, Batista’s music hits. Out comes “The Animal” in another ridiculous outfit. A t-shirt covered with a Georgetown basketball jersey, skinny jeans, Lugz boots and a goofy ass beret-type hat. Gotta love his dress style.Batista enters the ring and grabs a mic. The fans boo the crap out of him as usual. Some fans actually chant his name. Batista says he loves this whole “say goodbye to the yes movement” thing, he calls it really cute. He says he couldn’t help but notice he wasn’t in Triple H’s video. He says that’s because Triple H has never beaten him. HHH says he’s said that plenty of times now, almost like it’s all he can think of. Batista says HHH is the brains of this operation, his wife is the brawn. The fans “oooh” and “ahhh.” Randy Orton’s music hits.
Orton comes out and tells Steph to wait a minute. He says if she’s about to slap Batista again can she wait so he can get into the ring and have a front row seat. He says on second thought, save the beating for Batista to him when he faces him in the ring later tonight. Orton says he’s not thrilled about a triple-threat match at WrestleMania, but he understands that it’s what’s best for business. He says he knows HHH is going to beat Bryan and it would be an honor to defend his titles against him, but he asks HHH to reconsider being in the match
.HHH says no amount of ass kicking is going to get him out of this. He says he’s going to lose his titles at WrestleMania, unless he becomes The Viper again. He says he’s not even sure if he could beat that guy. He says the Orton-Batista match tonight is now no disqualification. HHH’s music hits and he and Stephanie walk off. Orton and Batista look at each other, and Batista smirks.
Third Match: The Real Americans and Rybaxel vs. Los Matadores and The Usos w/El Torito
Ryback shoves Jimmy into the corner to start but Jimmy comes back with kicks in the chest. The Usos hit a double kick to the ribs, only to have Ryback run Jey over and make the tag off to Axel. Jey catapults Curtis into a forearm from Fernando and Diego follows in with a slingshot splash. Axel gets double teamed by both teams until it’s back to Jey for a wristlock.
Off to Cesaro for some hard forearms before Swagger comes in to stomp away. Jey fights back with right hands and clotheslines before sending Ryback out to the floor. Fernando comes in and tags out to Jimmy before anything happens. Jimmy and Fernando dive over the top to take out the Real Americans, setting up Jey with a top rope cross body for two on Swagger. Jack sends him to the floor and knocks him off the apron for a crash.
Jack sends him to the floor and knocks him off the apron for a crash. Back from a break with Cesaro dropkicking Jey down for two and getting the same off a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Swagger comes in and literally throws Cesaro into the corner onto Jey. Ryback comes in and puts on a chinlock until Jey fights up and hits a bulldog. The hot tag brings in Jimmy to clean house and speed things way up.
A release Samoan drop puts Axel down and the running Umaga attack in the corner gets two. Ryback gets superkicked to the floor and Axel gets two off a rollup. Jack makes a blind tag and kicks Jimmy in the face for two with Diego making the save. Cesaro loads up the Swing but Fernando breaks it up to a lot of booing. Back inside and the Vader Bomb is countered but Jimmy avoids the Patriot Lock and kicks Swagger in the face. Diego dives off the top but lands in the Patriot Lock but doesn’t tap. Swagger goes after Jey but the Matadores switch, allowing Fernando to roll Jack up for the pin.
Winner: Los Matadores and The Usos
Fourth Match: The Rhodes Brothers vs. Fandango and Damien Sandow w/Summer Rae
Fandango takes Cody into the corner before it’s off to Sandow to stomp away, knocking Rhodes out to the floor. We hit a chinlock on Cody before a drop toehold breaks up a hot tag attempt. Cody kicks Damien away and tags Goldust anyway to clean house. Goldust takes both heels down with the top rope cross body before getting two on Sandow. Cody dives off the top to take down Fandango, allowing Goldust to hit the Final Cut for the pin on Damien.
Winner: The Rhodes Brothers
We recap Shield vs. Kane/Outlaws.
Shield says they almost feel bad for Kane. One of them will be facing Kane tonight, decided by a WWE App vote. Rollins says the geriatric Outlaws will be joining Kane on Sunday and be shown why the fist is the new symbol of excellence. Ambrose promises to show the old guys a new things about attitude. Reigns says Believe in the Shield.
Fifth Match: Bray Wyatt w/The Wyatt Family vs. R-Truth w/Xavier Woods
Bray runs him over to start and laughs a lot, only to run into a leg lariat. Wyatt comes right back with the hard running cross body before hammering away with right hands and headbutts. We hit a quick camel clutch for a bit before a belly to back suplex into a facebuster puts Truth down again. Sister Abigail is enough for the pin.
Xavier Woods gets beaten down post match. The Wyatts pose but there’s another guy in coveralls and a sheep mask. Bray looks up at him and it’s John Cena to an ERUPTION. Rowan takes an AA but Bray escapes to fight on Sunday. That’s one of the loudest pops for Cena that I’ve heard in months. Bray gives Cena a bizarre look from the ramp.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Sixth Match: Lumberjill Match~ AJ Lee vs. Naomi
Lumberjill match with the other challengers on the floor and Vickie on the stage. AJ is immediately sent to the floor and thrown back in but Naomi doesn’t get the same treatment. Now the champion is sent outside again and the other girls throw her right back in. Back in and AJ fires off kicks to the ribs before it’s off to a guillotine check.
A swinging neckbreaker gets two on Naomi but she comes back with a kick to the head. AJ is sent to the floor again but Tamina tries to protect her. That’s fine with them though as Tamina gets beaten down as well. The Divas throw AJ back inside after one heck of a beating, allowing Naomi to get the easy pin.
A nervous John Cena talks about Bray Wyatt spreading his propaganda. Cena has just shown Bray what happens when he gets backed into a corner. On Sunday John Cena will be a monster because being a monster for a day secures a legacy for a lifetime. Yes he’s afraid but the moment you realize he has the ability to face it, everything is worth it. Cena is bringing the change to the eater of worlds on Sunday and tells us all to be watching on Sunday.
Seventh Match: Roman Regins vs. Kane
Kane gets pounded down in the corner but raises a boot to stop a charging Reigns. A hard clothesline sets up the chokeslam but Reigns powers out of it. Some right hands stagger Kane and there’s a BIG running clothesline to drop Kane. Kane gets knocked into the ropes and the running boot to the side of the heads knocks him back inside. He loads up the Superman Punch but here come the Outlaws. Ambrose and Rollins cut them off though, allowing Reigns to nail the Superman Punch. The other Shield members get inside to surround Kane and the beating is on for the DQ.
Winner: Kane by DQ
Third In-Ring Sgement: Piper’s Pit
It’s time for Piper’s Pit with a surprise guest. Piper says it’s Wrestlemania season and is thrilled that Wrestlemania I was 29 years ago today. He talks about how important Andre the Giant was to the first Wrestlemania and says the winner of the battle royal will get their Wrestlemania moment. Piper is about to talk about his favorite for the match but here’s Miz to interrupt.
Miz brags about actually winning in the main event of Wrestlemania, meaning the other 29 superstars don’t compare to him at all, just like the Pit doesn’t compare to MizTV. This brings out Sheamus to make Piper even angrier. Sheamus says Miz isn’t fit to hold Roddy’s kilt before talking about winning the battle royal. Cue Titus as Piper is getting hilarious with his ranting over the interruptions. He spells out his name and barks in Piper’s face.
Here’s Ziggler, drawing out a “REALLY??? REALLY??? I’M TALKING HERE!!!” from Piper. Roddy looks at all of them and has something to say to each ot them. Piper pokes Miz in the eye and throws him to Sheamus as a fight breaks out. A bunch of other guys in the battle royal hit the ring for a ten to twelve man fight.
Rey Mysterio comes out with music to kick Dolph in the head. Sin Cara takes a 619 and Brogue Kick until Big Show comes out to really clean the ring. Rey and Big Show are the only ones left standing and Rey begs off, only to hit a 619 to the ribs. A top rope seated senton is just dumb though and Rey is thrown to the floor in a big pile. Roddy raises Big Show’s hand to end the segment.
Eight Match: No DQ Match~ Batista vs. Orton
We go to the ring and out first comes Batista for tonight’s main event. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is out next for this non-title match.
Before the match can start, out comes Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for commentary. Orton strikes first with a kick and tosses Batista into the ring post. Batista falls out to the floor. Orton slams him into the apron. Batista comes back with a clothesline on the floor. Batista works him over and rolls him in the ring. Fans chant for Daniel Bryan some. Orton stomps Batista back out to the floor. Orton whips Batista hard into the fan barrier. Orton clotheslines Batista over into the timekeeper’s area. Batista comes back and hits Orton with a steel chair. Batista with a chair shot to the back. He swings but Orton ducks and he hits the ring post. Orton slams Batista into the announcers table twice. Stephanie says this is amazing, this fun. Orton slams Batista on the barrier. More offense from Orton with the chair. They come in and Batista blocks a chair shot. Batista sends Orton back out to the floor.
More brawling on the announcers table. Triple H tells Batista to let him see the Animal. Batista yells back and slams Orton into the apron. Orton comes back with a kendo stick shot and more across the back. Batista sends Orton flying shoulder-first into the steel steps. Batista brings it back in and beats Orton down. Batista goes for a Batista Bomb but Orton counters with a backbreaker. Orton with the second rope draping DDT. Orton poses now. All of a sudden we hear chaos on commentary as Daniel Bryan has attacked Triple H. Orton comes out but Bryan drops him. Bryan goes back to beating on Triple H. Orton grabs Bryan again and throws him into the steel steps. Stephanie checks on Triple H as Orton rolls Bryan in the ring.
Batista spears Orton. Bryan drops Batista with a flying knee. Bryan runs the ropes and leaps out onto Triple H, knocking him into the barrier. Bryan continues the attack on Triple H and beats him with a kendo stick. Triple H stumbles into the ring and back out the other side. Bryan knocks Orton off the apron. Triple H stumbles up the ramp where Stephanie waits. Bryan poses in the corner and gets a huge “yes!” chant going. Stephanie yells that this ends at WrestleMania. Bryan’s music hits as The Authority throws a fit on the ramp and we go to replays. RAW goes off the air with Bryan posing in the corner and Triple H yelling from the stage.
Match Ended in a No Contest
Josh’s Grade for RAW: 10/10
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First Segment: Batista comes out and says he left and they begged him to come back, and they booed him when he finally did return. He says he takes issue with them cheering someone like Daniel Bryan, then he says no one will be having fun at Wrestlemania because he is walking out as the champion. Triple H comes out and says they should leave things be, but Batista brings up Stephanie slapping him and says she’s the reason for all of it. Batista says HHH wouldn’t have anything if he didn’t marry Stephanie, but HHH asks why he’s concerned with any of it. Batista talks about how HHH has never beaten him, and he says he only came back to win the title, but everyone wants to get in his way. HHH says Batista got spoiled and success went to his head, so he quit and tried to act, but he just went soft and he’s not The Animal anymore. HHH says everyone knows what he can do, but Batista needs to show what he’s made of, so he can face Sheamus tonight.
We get a highlight package of the beatdown The Shield suffered on last week edition of SmackDown. The Shield come out and prepare for their tag team match and we go to commercial break.
First Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins w/Roman Regins vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre w/Heath Slater
Rollins hits a dropkick and a suplex, then Ambrose takes a few shots before Rollins sends JInder outside and Ambrose knees Drew in the stomach. Rollins splashes Jinder on the floor as Ambrose clotheslines Drew, then he follows it with Dirty Deeds for the win. Kane comes out and says they won’t ambush The Shield like they like to do, and they can face the guys they jumped on Monday, Rybaxel, right now.
Winner: The Shield
Second Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins w/Roman Regins vs. Rybaxel
Axel hits Ambrose a few times and Ryback hits a kneedrop off the ropes, then he goes for a suplex but Ambrose counters with a DDT. Rollins whips Axel in the corner and splashes him, then he kicks him in the face and connects with a roundhouse kick from the apron. Ryback goes after him but Ambrose tackles him on the floor, then Rollins backdrops Axel outside and hits a somersault dive on the floor. Axel comes back and sets up a Perfect Plex, but Rollins hits an enziguiri and follows with a Curb Stomp for the win. After the match The Shield give Ryback the triple powerbomb to send a message to Kane and The New Age Outlaws
Winner: The Shield
Third Match: Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
The match started pretty slowly, with Sandow grounding Sin Cara. Just as it seemed things were picking up, Sin Cara rolled up Sandow for a win.
Winner: Sin Cara
Renee Young asked Big Show about his match later with Bray Wyatt backstage. Show said that what The Wyatt’s did to John Cena on Monday was disturbing. He said some of what Bray Wyatt says has some truth to it, and that’s what makes you begin to question yourself. He concluded by saying that he had a big problem on their hands, but so did they.
Fourth Match: Goldust vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
They traded offense to start until Fandango held on to a chin lock. Fandango controlled the match with strikes and chin locks until Goldust hit a back suplex. He followed up with an inverted atomic drop and ten punches in the corner. Fandango walked into a powerslam and Goldust covered for a near fall. Fandango retreated and both men battled by the announce table. Summer Rae bought him some time after Goldust threw him into the ring, which allowed Fandango hit hit a Yakuza Kick for the win.
Fifth Match: Batista vs. Sheamus
Batista plays possum and runs from Sheamus, then he kicks him in the stomach and hits him in the corner. Sheamus hits him a few times but Batista whips him across the ring, then he ducks a kick and hits a spinebuster and calls for a Batista Bomb. Sheamus fires back with a clothesline, then he hits a kneelift and clubs his chest on the apron. Sheamus hits a powerslam and calls for a Brogue Kick, but Batista rolls outside and hits Sheamus with a chair after he follows him outside. Batista hits him with a chair again and throws him into the ringpost, then he gets a mic and says he’s winning the title and they can deal with it.
Winner: Sheamus by DQ
Bray Wyatt says if you give a man a mask, you reveal a man’s true face, and everyone is guilty. He tells John Cena that there is a problem with fitting in, and if you hide behind your mask too long, it becomes you. Bray says he has broken Cena and he made a scar, so he’s going to slay a giant tonight, and it’s all for Cena.
Sixth Match: The Bella Twins vs. AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka. Vickie Guerrero on Commentary
Brie gets a near fall on AJ before Nikki attacks, then she whips AJ but Tamina blind tags in and hits a Samoan drop for a near fall. AJ gets back in and applies a front facelock, then Brie makes a tag and hits Tamina with a missile dropkick before AJ yells at Tamina on the apron. Tamina shoves AJ and tells her to go do it herself, but AJ gets pissed and Brie hits a facebuster for the win.
Winner: The Bella Twins
Comedy segment with Santino & Emma. Santino says they’re just friends with benefits.
Seventh Match: Jack Swagger w/Cesaro and Zeb Colter vs. Jimmy Uso w/Jey Uso
Swagger hits Jimmy a few times but Jimmy sends him outside and splashes him, then Jimmy hits a thrust kick and follows with a diving heel kick. Jimmy goes for a corner splash but Swagger chopblocks his knee, then he rolls through and makes Jimmy tap to the Patriot Lock.
Winner: Jack Swagger
In this week’s Raw Rebound we look back at the confrontation The Undertaker had with Brock Lesnar.
Eight Match: Mark Henry vs. The Miz
Henry whips Miz into the turnbuckles a few times before press slamming him, but Miz floats over and kicks him in the knees. Miz hits him a few times but Henry comes back with a scoop slam and a headbutt, then he goes for a Figure Four but Henry kicks him away. Miz dumps Henry over the ropes and brags about it, but Henry pulls him outside and throws him into the barricade before hitting a World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
Winner: Mark Henry
They replayed the video package of Razor Ramon joining the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class
Ninth Match: Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt
Big Show throws Bray backwards and chops him, then he headbutts him before hitting Bray with a big boot. Bray avoids an elbow drop and kicks Show in the face, then he hits him a few times and spider walks at him but Show clotheslines him. Bray comes back with a corner splash, then he goes for a second but Show gets a boot up. Bray catches his boot and snaps his leg down, then Harper takes a cheap shot behind the ref back and Bray hits Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 9/10
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The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.
What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.
With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.
Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.
The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.
Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.
Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.
Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch talks about WrestleMania 30 including the buildup for the show so far, if it will be Daniel Bryan’s night, whether or not this could be The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania, the possible order of the match on the show and more. Plus, he talks about what could lie ahead for the WWE over the summer and his best guess for WrestleMania 31 next year.