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.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Boston, Massachusetts. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
There was a promo by Batista putting over his accomplishments since he’s returned and complaining about being booed and forced into a Triple Threat at WrestleMania. Out came Triple H to tell Batista that he would be wrestling tonight on Smackdown.
-Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) beat Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in 4:00. Corporate Kane, Corporate Road Dogg and Corporate Billy Gunn came out onto the stage and introduced The Shield’ss next opponents, Rybaxel.
-Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) beat Ryback and Curtis Axel in 8:00. Rollins curb stomped Axel for the win. The highlight was a nice dive by Rollins. Post match, Rollins did a second dive on Ryback, threw him in for a superman punch from Reigns and a triple power bomb. They taunted Kane, Road Dogg, and Gunn, who were still on the stage.
-Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow in 2:00. Nothing special fans were sleeping.
Somber serious Big Show promo with Rene Young talking about The Wyatt’s having a big problem with him tonight. Batista vs. Sheamus is the Smackdown main event.
-Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeated Goldust in 5:00. Fandango won after catching Goldust with a kick to the head as he was entering the ring. The last minute featured a lot of fumbling and will take some editing to fix.
-Sheamus beat Batista by DQ in 6:00. Batista bailed before Sheamus could hit the Brogue Kick. Sheamus chased him to the floor and Batista hit him with a chair a couple of times for the DQ. Batista threw Sheamus back inside the ring and hit the Batista Bomb. Batista grabbed the mic and asked Triple H if he and the fans were happy. He said he is winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania and the fans have to deal with it. The match was clunky and both men looked lost at points. The editing team will be busy with the last two matches.
There was a backstage promo with Bray Wyatt discussing John Cena and slaying the giant.
-The Bella Twins beat AJ Lee and Tamina in 3:00. Vickie Guerrero was on commentary. Tamina had enough of AJ and pushed her down. She tagged her in and threw her right into Nikki Bella, who hit the X Factor for the win.
Santino and Emma were at a restaurant on a date. Emma said Santino is a friend with benefits. Santino wanted to tell her something, but Emma said she felt the same way….they will always be the best of friends. Santino was gonna puke. She gave him water, which he spit in her face. Not funny comedy. Pure cheese.
-Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter, Cesaro) beat Jimmy Uso. Swagger won via submission. Hot offense from Jimmy.
-Mark Henry beat The Miz in 4:00. Miz threw Henry over the top rope to show he could eliminate him in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. Henry threw Miz into the steps, and eventually performed a half hearted World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
Boston gets Money in The Bank on June 29, as Dot Net reported on Monday.
Lana was out for a quick promo in her native tongue regarding Alexander Rusev.
-Bray Wyatt beat Big Show in 4:00. Wyatt won clean with Sister Abigail. This match closed the Smackdown taping…
1. John Cena and The Shield over Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Kane in an eight-man tag. Wyatt challenged Cena to a one on one, Cena said he wanted Rowan and Harper out of the ring. Kane came out said it would be a handicap match with Cena vs. The Family. Vickie Guerrero came back out and made it an eight-man tag. A fun way to send the fans home happy.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
It was announced during last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw that Scott Hall was the latest induction into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. The class includes The Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer, Mr.T and Carlos Colon.
Hall released a statement this morning on Twitter discussing the announcement.
Thanks to WWE and all the fans at RAW in Brooklyn for the love. Dreams come true. Hard work pays off. Bad times don't last…Bad Guys do…
— Scott Hall (@SCOTTHALLNWO) March 25, 2014
The WWE released a video, which you can watch at the top of the page when Hall was known as Razor Ramon. The Hall of Fame takes place the day before Wrestlemania 30 on Saturday April 5, which you can in its entirety starting at 9 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.
RAW Pre-Show: Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The panel is Josh Mathews, Booker T, Alex Riley and Mick Foley tonight. The panel hypes tonight’s show. They talk about Undertaker-Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and Hulk Hogan. John Cena will face Luke Harper in a rematch from SmackDown tonight.
Foley says he spoke with John Cena Sr. and he was told that Cena is more worried about the match with Bray Wyatt than he has been any WrestleMania match in the past. We see Summer Rae vs. Emma beginning for Superstars. Fandango came out with Summer but there’s no sign of Santino Marella. We get a video package for Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan.
Renee Young is backstage with Stephanie McMahon for comment on what happened last week. Stephanie says she will address it on RAW. She says Renee looks beautiful and walks off. We see R-Truth and Xavier Woods coming out for a Superstars match and get more replays from last week’s RAW. We see 3MB coming out as the panel talks about the WWE World Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania XXX. More hype for tonight’s show. Renee talks to Paul Heyman backstage. He mocks The Undertaker and jokes with Renee before walking off.
The panel talks about Taker vs. Lesnar. We get more WWE Network commercials. The panel talks about Cena vs. Wyatt and Hulk Hogan’s appearance on tonight’s show. Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler make their way to ringside. As always, JBL and Lawler get big pops while Cole gets booed. That’s it for the pre-show.
WWE Monday Night Raw
First Segment: We open Raw with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says that Daniel Bryan won’t be here tonight. Stephanie says that most people are saying they went too far last week, and that she agrees. She then says she agrees but they needed to send a message to everyone in the locker room. She says they aren’t going to let a fad like the Yes Movement to create a false leader and lead to self destruction. She says that they did what they had to do because they are real leaders and that the fans need to be lead. She says that she born for this position and that she can handle all of the pressure. She then says that she wanted to remind Daniel Bryan who Triple H is, and that he will be the one walking out as champion. Out comes Randy Orton.
Orton says that he is not out to argue and disrespect her. He then says that he can’t be held responsible for what he has to do to Triple H and Batista. Randy Orton then suggests Triple H to walk away from the World title match so he leaves Wrestlemania a winner. Out comes Batista. Batista says that this is all driving him crazy. He says everyone is missing the big picture. He says that they are looking at the next World champion. He doesn’t care who he beats he will walk out with the championships. Batista says he respects Hunter but he has never beaten him. He then says he will not beat him at Wrestlemania, and neither will Randy Orton. He then says that Randy Orton has sucked up to both Hunter and Stephanie. He then says to stop drooling on Steph, but that she has been drooled on a lot. Stephanie slaps Batista and Orton laughs as Stephanie walks off. Batista then spears Orton as he holds up the titles and walks off.
We are told Michael Cole and Triple H will have a sit down interview in the ring tonight. We are also told Luke Harper will face John Cena tonight in a rematch from Smackdown. Undertaker and Brock Lesnar will also have a confrontation tonight. We head to commercial break.
First Match: Fatal Four Way Match to determine the Number 1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler
The match starts with Del Rio and Ziggler fighting in the ring, while Sheamus and Christian fight on the outside. Sheamus gets in the ring and Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Sheamus and Ziggler then go at it with Ziggler hitting a knee. Sheamus then hits a blow to the head and then a knee of his own. Sheamus goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Ziggler then fights back and hits a dropkick. Christian and Del Rio then come in and take it to the faces.
Sheamus takes Christian out and Ziggler takes Del Rio down. Ziggler then gets rid of Sheamus and then hits a dropkick on Del Rio but only gets a two count. Christian then takes Ziggler to the outside and throws him on the barricade. Sheamus then clotheslines Christian over the barricade, taking both men out. All four men are down on the outside of the ring as we head to commercial break.
We return with Ziggler and Del Rio in the ring, with Del Rio in control. Sheamus then drags Del Rio in the ring and takes him out on the outside. Christian then takes out Sheamus and goes up top for a cross body. Ziggler rolls through but gets a two count. Christian then stays on the offensive and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ziggler fights back but Christian throws him to the outside. Sheamus then comes in the ring and begins his comeback.
Ziggler then begins his comeback on Christian, and hits the DDT on Del Rio. Christian then hits a powerbomb but Del Rio kicks him. Sheamus then puts Del Rio in the Clover Leaf but hits Christian with a powerslam after. Sheamus then goes for the Brogue Kick but is caught in the arm breaker by Del Rio. Sheamus then powers out and Ziggler hits a Zig Zag! Christian then runs in and hits the KillSwitch on Ziggler for the three count.
Big E gets in the ring and offers a handshake but Christian walks away.
Bray Wyatt goes on screen for a promo. Bray says people believe in things they can’t see or touch. He says for John Cena we all see him. He says how could we miss him when he is shoved down our throats. He then asks if Cena sees him for what he truly is. He says how can he harm something that just cant feel. Harper says he can hear Cena whispering, and now they are coming to find him. Bray says run and we cut to commercial.
Second Match: Sin Cara w/Scooby Doo vs. Damien Sandow
Sin Cara starts off hitting a springboard headbutt and multiple hurricanranas. Sin Cara then hits an elbow to head and a kick to the head. Sin Cara goes up top and hits the Senton Bomb for the three count.
Winner: Sin Cara
We get a video package of the Shield being beat down on Smackdown that was set up by Kane and the Authority. This leads us to a commercial break.
Third Match: Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel
Axel and Fernando start the match off, but out comes the Shield from the crowd. Fernando rolls up Axel and gets the three count.
Winner: Los Matadores
The Shield then surround Rybaxel and take them both out. Reigns hits a spear on Ryback and the Shield hit a triple powerbomb on Ryback. The Shield stand tall over Ryback and deliver their own form of justice.
We are told that Michael Cole’s sit down interview with Triple H will happen up next after the commercial break.
Second In-Ring Segment: We go to the ring with Michael Cole, where he introduces Triple H. Cole welcomes Hunter, and says that they usually do this on WWE.com, but they both agreed to do this live on Raw. Michael Cole then shows a replay of what Triple H did to Daniel Bryan last week. Cole asks Hunter how he could justify his actions on Daniel Bryan last week. Triple H asks how he wants to answer it as: the COO or a competitor. He says everyone was clear on what they wanted, and that was a match between him and Bryan. He asks Cole if he has ever been in a situation where you feel completely hopeless and have to give in. Hunter says he is talking about Occupy Raw. Hunter says that what he did was heinous and despicable where Bryan does something that puts fans in danger and its just a great Raw moment. Hunter says Bryan wanted a match with the Game where he didn’t want to fight him. Triple H says the people wanted him as a competitor and last week that’s what they got.
He says when he was a full time competitor he did despicable things and everyone else wanted the same thing. He says now when he looks at the competitors they are soft and just cry that they didn’t get what they want. He says that he is sick of it and its on him and that he will begin the Reality Era. He says that at Wrestlemania he will end the Yes Movement and win the championship, and that no one holding on to the glory or anyone with the untapped potential is going to stop him. He then says that the reality is that he is walking out with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H then walks off.
We are reminded of the Lesnar and Taker confrontation tonight, as well as Luke Harper vs John Cena. We then head to commercial.
Fourth Match: Cody Rhodes w/Goldust vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
Cody and Fandango lock up, with Cody talking control. Cody rolls him up but only gets a two count. Cody tries to go for a roll up again but Fandango blocks it. Fandango hits a spring board leg drop but gets a two count. Fandango the locks up a headlock. Cody gets out and tries to fight back and he gets thrown over the rope. Cody lands on the apron however and hits a springboard dropkick but only gets a two count. Both men run into each other and Goldust begins to mock Summer Rae. Fandango is distracted and Cody hits the disaster kick for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
We get a preview of the movie Sabotage. We are told that Joe Manganiello, Hulk Hogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will all be on Raw next.
Third In-Ring Segment: We return and out comes Hulk Hogan. Hogan says that he doesn’t mean to be all nostalgic, but he wants to let everyone know that Wrestlemania is only two weeks ago. He says that in this city they made history, and the crowd erupts. Hogan says that he is extremely excited for Wrestlemania, and that he is excited for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He then says he is excited for the guests of Raw and welcomes them to the ring.
Both men pander to the crowd, where Arnold talks about inducting Bruno, and Joe talks about being excited hosting Raw, and being in the ring with two legends. Arnold then asks if there are two more spots available in the battle royal. Out comes the Miz. Miz asks if people really want them in the Battle Royal and they say Yes. Miz says that they are both actors and they play tough guys. Miz says that he is a tough guy and that he is no act. He says that he will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Hogan says that he is standing in the ring in the middle of Hogan Country. Miz says that people still talk about him main eventing Wrestlemania, and that none of them belong in the ring. The three of them beat up Miz and Hogan throws him over the top rope.
Fifth Match: Titus O’Neil vs. Big Show
Big Show starts off with a few chops the chest, before Titus takes him down to his knees. Titus then begins to kick Big Show repeatedly in the head and then hits a leg drop for a two count. Titus then hits two splashes, which is followed by a shoulder block for a two count.
Titus then tries to hit a clothesline but is caught with a spear. Big Show then hits the KO Punch for the three count.
Winner: Big Show
Big Show walks out being hyped as the favorite for the Battle Royal.
We go backstage with The Shield and Triple H and Stephanie. Rollins asks where he was and Dean asks where they all stand. Triple H says that everything between Kane and them is their business and not theirs. They then give The Shield a match against the Real Americans tonight on Raw.
We then go to the backstage with Cena getting ready, where he sees the Wyatt’s sheep mask at the door. He turns around and it is not there. This leads into the commercial break
Sixth Match: John Cena vs. Luke Harper
Harper starts off with a bunch of headbutts. Harper then whips Cena into the corner, and hits with an uppercut. Harper goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Cena tries to fight back but Harper hits a backbreaker for a two count. Cena begins to fight back, but Harper hits a big shoulder block, as well as a back suplex. Harper goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Harper then throws Cena to the outside in front of Bray. Harper goes to the outside and continues the attack. Harper then brings him in the ring and hits a big elbow as we head to commercial.
We return with Luke Harper in control over Cena. Cena gets out of the headlock but Harper hits an atomic drop as well as a big boot. Harper then goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Harper then hits a couple of uppercuts before Cena hits a German Suplex. Cena then goes for the AA but Harper gets out and hits a nasty looking super kick for a two count. Harper then goes for his clothesline but Cena reverses into a modified back suplex. Cena then goes for the 5 knuckle shuffle but Harper kicks him in the head and hits a power slam for a two count.
Harper then goes for a powerbomb but Cena hits a hurricanrana and goes for the STF, but is powered out by Harper, and falls to the outside. Harper then hits a suicide dive on Cena! Harper gets back in the ring and is caught in the STF! Harper rakes the eyes and gets out, and follows it with a DDT. Harper goes for another cover but only gets a two count. Harper puts Cena onto the top rope and hits a big upper cut. Cena however powers out of Harper and drops Harper off the turnbuckle. Cena then hits a big leg drop from the top rope but only gets a two count.
Cena then hits the 5 knuckle shuffle and goes for the AA, but Harper gets out and throws Cena down face first on the mat. Harper goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Harper goes for his running clothesline but Cena hits a clothesline of his own instead. Cena then goes for AA and the lights go out! The lights come back on and Cena is tied up on the ropes with the sheep mask on him.
Winner: John Cena by DQ
The Wyatt Family surround Cena as Bray hovers over him, screaming to the people “Follow the Buzzards”. This cuts in a commercial break.
Seventh Match: Naomi w/Cameron vs. AJ Lee w/Tamina Snuka
AJ mocks Naomi and Naomi hits a dropkick. Naomi then hits a nasty kick, and then goes for the Rear View but AJ rolls out of the ring. AJ then says she doesn’t need this and she gets counted out.
Vickie comes out and said that she has a lot of history, and that she will forget all of it, but that AJ is a real b****! She then says she is competing at Wrestlemania against every WWE Diva on the roster! AJ begins to freak out while Tamina then begins to smile knowing the opportunity she was just given.
We are given a recap of Undertaker and Paul Heyman on Main Event last week. The next inductee into the Hall of Fame will be announced next. We then go to commercial.
We return and are told that Scott Hall is the final inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame!
Next week from Washington, D.C. Batista will take on Randy Orton on Monday Night Raw.
Bray Wyatt will take on Big Show on Friday Night SmackDown.
Eight Match: The Shield w/Roman Regins vs. The Real Americans w/Zeb Colter
Ambrose and Rollins attack Real Americans before entering the ring. Dean takes it to Cesaro and throws him in the ring, starting the match. Cesaro and Dean exchange blows in the corner of the ring, with Dean taking advantage. Seth is tagged in and hits a double team neckbreaker for a two count. Swagger is tagged in and Rollins hits 3 straight suplexes, with Dean tagging in and making the final suplex a double. Dean hits a flurry of punches, and follows it with a dropkick. Rollins is then tagged in and hits a dropkick of his own.
Ambrose is tagged in and hits a clothesline for a two count. Ambrose is distracted by Cesaro and Swagger hits a big slam on Ambrose. Cesaro is tagged in and begins a flurry of uppercuts. Cesaro then hits a double footstomp, and tags in Swagger. Swagger hits a belly to belly but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits the Swagger Bomb, and then tags in Cesaro. Cesaro then hits the leap frog footstomp for a two count. Swagger is tagged in but Ambrose fights back and hits an elbow from the top. Ambrose goes for the tag but Cesaro is tagged in and takes out Rollins. Cesaro then hits the Cesaro Swing on Dean.
Cesaro goes for the cover but Rollins breaks it up. Cesaro tags in Swagger and they both toss Dean into the barricade. The Real Americans stand tall as we go to commercial break.. We return with Swagger in control over Dean. Dean tries to fight back but it is halted immediately. Cesaro is tagged in and puts Dean in a headlock. Cesaro is rolled up by Dean but only gets 2. Dean is slapped by Cesaro and asks for more. Cesaro hits a big kick and Dean follows it with a clothesline. Rollins is finally tagged in as is Swagger.
Rollins begins his comeback, hitting a big splash, and following it with taking Swaggers face right into the turnbuckles. Rollins then knocks Swagger to the outside, hitting a Suicide Dive on Cesaro, and a Flip on the other side on Swagger. Rollins gets in the ring and hits a kick on Swagger, with Cesaro breaking up the pin. Cesaro and Dean take each other out, and Rollins is put in the Patriot Lock. Rollins gets the ropes, and hits a big kick! He then hits the Piece of Mind for the three count.
Winner: The Shield
Reigns takes out Cesaro with a spear to the outside, and then they hit a triple powerbomb on Cesaro onto the announce table! The Shield stand tall in the middle of the ring, but out comes Kane and the New Age Outlaws.Kane says that they have been assigned a Wrestlemania match against them! Kane says they will annihilate them, and they should believe that.
Brock Lesnar is on his way to the ring with Paul Heyman after the commercial break!
Final Segment: We go to the ring and out comes Brock Lesnar. Heyman introduces himself and that he is here for Brock Lesnar. Heyman says that Undertaker has one of the most accomplished records in all of sports entertainment. He says its not just a streak, but an undefeated streak. Heyman says that when Lesnar beats Undertaker, it will not take away from Undertakers legacy. No one will be able to go 21-0 ever again, including Brock Lesnar. He says the only way to gain immortality is to break the Undertaker’s streak. Brock grabs the mic and tells Heyman enough. Brock says he is not here to promote, but he is here to fight. Brock says they are both here and that they should fight right now. Out comes the druids. With the druids they bring a casket.
The casket is put to the side of the ring and the druids go away. Brock goes up to the casket and kicks it, as Heyman says that they should just leave. Lesnar finally decides to open the casket and nothing is in there. Lesnar leaves the ring and asks if this is funny. He begins to lead the druids away. Lesnar gets back in the ring and says he is not here to play games and that he is leaving. Heyman says that Undertaker shows up to Brooklyn but wont show up to the fight. And then the casket opens again!
Undertaker then goes at it with Brock, where Taker clotheslines him over the ropes and over the casket. Lesnar retreats and points at the sign, with Undertaker standing tall in the middle of the ring to close Raw.
Josh’s Grade for RAW: 7.5/10
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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Last week’s Raw ended with Triple H brutally attacking Daniel Bryan and left him laying.
The Road to Wrestlemania 30 will continue as we are 13 days away from the biggest wrestling show of the year. Bryan is expected on tonight’s show. One would expect him to address what happened at the end of last week’s show. The best bet would be for Bryan to get beat down again to draw more heat to HHH and give Bryan more sympathy heading into their match at Wrestlemania.
It will be interesting to see what WWE does with Randy Orton and Batista tonight. Batista has been kept strong, while Orton has been looking like a patsy taking pinfalls to Bryan two out of the last three weeks. Orton has to look strong tonight to give the impression that he can walk out of Wrestlemania with the title and WWE has to make Batista look vulnerable at some point as he has been protected from that standpoint.
The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are advertised to be on tonight’s show. Lesnar hasn’t been on Raw in three weeks and Undertaker hasn’t been on the show in two weeks. Lesnar has to look strong tonight because the last time these two were in the ring together, Lesnar took a chokeslam through a table.
Also advertised for the show is the guest host of Wrestlemania, Hulk Hogan. Also action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on the show to promote his new movie, “Sabotage”.
Mick Foley talks about his WrestleMania dream vacation package which you can buy raffle tickets to (RealMickFoley.com/raffle) with all proceeds going to RAINN, all the amazing things that the winner gets, staying so busy in retirement from wrestling, some frustrations he has had with the WWE and being so public and honest about them, the current Daniel Bryan run, his comedy shows, dealing with people that interrupt him, his Santa Claus documentary and more.