WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday March 21, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Houston, Texas. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

Kane started off the show and did a promo about how Daniel Bryan is garbage and how the Authority is better than everyone, then the boos and you sold out chants started. He then read a letter from Triple H that explained how he and Stephanie regret what happened on Raw, but Bryan pushed them to that point.

-Fernando (w/Diego) defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae). The crowd didn’t seem to care. Fernando won with a roll up. It’s a shame these guys are in the spot they’re in because they have so much talent.

-Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow. Ziggler got a nice pop. Yeah, we have seen this match more times than we’ve seen Cena win the title, but I’ll never get tired of seeing these two wrestle. Sandow got more offense, but Ziggler beat him with the Fameasser.

The Wyatt Family had an on screen promo about John Cena being scared. Not sure if that will make it on TV but the crowd paid close attention to it.

-Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre (w/Heath Slater) in a No. 1 contenders match for a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship ended in a DQ. The match was pretty good until there was a DQ when Kane came out and started to attack Reigns, but I’m not too sure if that caused the DQ. Reigns and Kane fought up the ramp when the New Age Outlaws came out to a nice pop, then they started to attack Reigns. While that was happening, Cesaro and Ryback performed their finishers on the other Shield members. Reigns finally got back into the ring and Kane gave him a chokeslam them he left the ring with the Outlaws. I guess we’ll see The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws.
They set up Miz TV and his guest was Big Show. They bickered at each other and then Miz brought out Titus O’Niel, Kofi, ADR, Cody, Big E, Henry, Goldust then Sheamus. Sheamus said something on the mic and Miz said they should beat up on Show which resulted in a brawl between all men. The last two men in the ring were Sheamus and Show. Miz tried to help get Show out of the ring but Show threw both men out.

-Alberto Del Rio beat Big E in a non-title match.

-The Bella Twins defeated Natalya and Summer Rae.

There was a backstage promo with all the heels involved in the tag team match. Kane gave The Real Americans and Ryback & Axel tag title matches (at WrestleMania?) and put all members of 3MB in the battle royal. There was a brief Alexander Rusev promo with Lana.

-John Cena beat Luke Harper (w/Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan). Cena and Harper had a short match with a few good spots. The crowd was really into it with the back and forth chants for Cena. Cena ended up winning with the AA then ran out of the ring while the other Wyatts ran in. Afterward, Cena cut a promo, saying that there was another wrestler that had a similar entrance to the Wyatt Family, then said they could rest in peace. Undertaker came out. Taker and Cena cleaned house, causing Bray leave the ring. Cena and Taker hit their finishers on Rowan and Harper to finish the show.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

Talking Dead Featuring CM Punk Delivers Huge Rating

We haven’t seen CM Punk on WWE television since the Royal Rumble at the end of January. The former WWE champion left the company the Raw after the Rumble prior to an edition of Monday Night Raw. Punk made his first scheduled TV appearance since he left the company when he appeared on “Talking Dead” on Sunday night.

Punk’s appearance on the show drew 5.415 million viewers. That was up from last week’s show, which averaged 4.62 million viewers. Sunday’s rating was the third biggest rating off all time for the show, which airs on AMC.

In the video above, you can watch extra footage that AMC posted online.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From March 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Match: The Usos vs. The Real Americans

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

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

Winner: The Real Americans

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Daniel Bryan

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

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

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

Fourth Match: Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. Goldust

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

Winner: Goldust

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Funkadactyls

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seventh Match: Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston

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

Winner: Bray Wyatt

LAST SEGMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 8/10

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Plenty of Challengers in Stacked UFC Welterweight Division

hendricksIt was an instant classic with Johny Hendricks digging deep in the fifth and final round to defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 and become the UFC welterweight championship.   But there is no time to rest for the new champ with plenty of contenders in the stacked welterweight division.

The dream scenario for would be a rematch against Georges St-Pierre who escaped with a narrow – and controversial – win against Hendricks at UFC 167 before announcing that he was vacating the belt and taking time off.

GSP has not given any signs on when he might return after stepping away to deal with what he called some personal issues.  But UFC President Dana White said last week that he knows “for a fact” that St-Pierre will return to the octagon at some point.

You can read the rest of the column at The Orlando Sentinel website.

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Sting States That He Wants His Last Match To Be Against The Undertaker

Sting was last seen in the ring in January for TNA. It has been widely assumed that Sting will not be returning to TNA. Speculation has also been that Sting will make that long awaited debut in the WWE in the not too distant future.

The TNA Hall of Famer took in a Q&A session in London and naturally he was asked by a fan if he will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 next year.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I can say that I would love for that to happen. I can tell you that, really, there’s only one more match that I would like to have,” Sting said. “Yes, Undertaker.”

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UFC 171 Weigh-In Results: Johny Hendricks Finally Makes Weight on Second Attempt

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UFC 171 tomorrow night almost lost their main event title fight. The feature fight has Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. Weigh-ins were earlier today and took place about two hours. Lawler made the required 170 pounds, but when Hendricks weighed in, he weighed 171.5 pounds. Hendricks had two hours to make weight. If he didn’t make weight, then if Lawler had won, he becomes the champion and if Hendricks won, then the title would still be vacant. On his second and final attempt, Hendricks made 170 pounds.

25 of the 26 fighters on the card made weight as Renee Forte initially weighed 157.5, but was only able to get down to 157 and had to forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent Frank Trevino. Here are the UFC 171 weigh-in results:

•Johny Hendricks (170) vs. Robbie Lawler (170)
•Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
•Myles Jury (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
•Hector Lombard (170) vs. Jake Shields (171)
•Nikita Krylov (205) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205)
•Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Rick Story (170.5)
•Jessica Andrade (135) vs. Raquel Pennington (135.5)
•Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Jimy Hettes (145.5)
•Alex Garcia (1705.) vs. Sean Spencer (170)
•Renee Forte (157)+ vs. Frank Trevino (155)
•Will Campuzano (125.5) vs. Justin Scoggins (125)
•Robert McDaniel (184.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)
•Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)

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Countdown To UFC 171: Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler Entire Episode

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UFC 171 takes place on Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks fighting Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title, which was dropped by longtime title holder Georges St-Pierre in December. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit facing off against Tyron Woodley.

The UFC before every pay-per-view airs an hour long countdown show that previews the featured bouts of the card. The videos, which you watch below previews Hendricks vs Lawler, Condit vs Woodley and a lightweight bout featuring Diego Sanchez vs Myles Jury.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday, March 14, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

-SmackDown kicks off with Sheamus vs. Heath Slater with Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal at ringside. Sheamus gets the win with a Brogue Kick in just over 5 minutes. 3MB tried to get involved but had no luck.

-Triple H comes out to big heel heat and no Stephanie McMahon. He announces that Daniel Bryan isn’t here and taunts the Bryan fans. Lots more boos when he says Bryan won’t be here tonight. Triple H says he’s not happy with the fans for what happened on RAW and says he’s taking away their happiness starting now. Triple H vows to destroy the Yes Movement at WrestleMania XXX. Triple H says Bryan has no chance just like the fans. Triple H says Bryan won’t earn a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Title match and there won’t be a happy ending this year for Bryan fans. Triple H calls out Damien Sandow and isn’t happy with him for not getting in the ring against Bryan and the fans on RAW. Sandow begs for forgiveness.

-Sandow vs. Seth Rollins is up next. Rollins gets the quick win with his finisher. Sandow leaves the ring but Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns roll him back in for a triple powerbomb.

-Big E squashed Fandango in under 2 minutes.

-We get a recap of the segment with Paul Heyman and The Undertaker from RAW. Bad News Barrett comes out and says The Streak will die at WrestleMania, leading to kids crying and keeping their parents up all night. This will lead to parents losing their jobs.

-Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat Jack Swagger and Cesaro. More tension between The Real Americans here. Goldust gets taken out and they double team Cody until The Usos make the save.

-Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt is up next. The Wyatt Family came out to the pop of the night. Good back and forth match with near falls at the end. Bray gets the win with an impressive Sister Abigail.

-Backstage segment with Kane and The Shield. He orders them to be at ringside for tonight’s main event but they say they don’t take orders from Kane. They’ll be out there any way because it’s what’s best for business.

-Brie Bella vs. Tamina Snuka is up next. Brie Bella is at ringside and AJ Lee is on commentary. Nikki gets the quick win with her finisher.

-Dolph Ziggler defeated Alberto Del Rio in a lengthy back and forth match. After the match, Renee Young interviews Ziggler in the middle of the ring. Ziggler brags about beating Del Rio twice in a row and always stealing the show. Ziggler enters himself into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Ziggler says he’s been waiting for his WrestleMania moment and it will come when he wins the Andre trophy. The crowd was cheering for Ziggler big time.

-Carlos Colon is announced for the WWE Hall of Fame.

-The Wyatt Family cuts a promo on the match with John Cena at WrestleMania.

-Kane finds The Shield backstage and brings them to the ring with him.

-Lana and Alexander Rusev come out to the stage for another segment like the one on RAW.

-Kane vs. Big Show is next in the main event. The Shield are at ringside. Show gets the win with a chokeslam. After the match, Kane yells at The Shield for watching him lose. Kane grabs Rollins for a chokeslam but Reigns breaks it up with a big spear. The Shield stand together over Kane as SmackDown ends.

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Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.

Updated WWE Wrestlemania 30 Card

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. During last night’s Monday Night Raw, more matches were announced for the show. Here is the updated card:

-Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
-Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
-Daniel Bryan vs HHH- If Bryan wins, he will be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
-Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
-Andre the Giant 30 Man Memorial Battle Royal- Winner receives trophy

Hulk Hogan will be the guest host of the show.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From March 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: John Cena

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

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

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

Second Match: The Usos vs. Rybaxel

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

Winner: The Usos

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

Third Match: Jack Swagger vs. Big E

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

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

Winner: Big  E

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

Up next, The Undertaker. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes The Undertaker.

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

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

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

Fourth Match: The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

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

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

Winner: The Shield

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

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

Winner: The Bella Twins

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

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

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

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

Sixth Match: Memphis Street Fight
Sheamus vs. Christian

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Daniel Bryan and Big Show

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

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The Ultimate Warrior Announces Who Will Induct Him Into WWE Hall Of Fame

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About two months ago, The Ultimate Warrior was announced as the first inductee into this years WWE Hall of Fame. Speculation had run rampant on who would induct the controversial star.

The Warrior announced on Twitter earlier today who would induct him.

What do you think of the choice of Linda McMahon?

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TNA LockDown 2014 Results

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Great Muta, Sanada and Yasu

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Samuel Shaw

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

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

Third Match: Steel Cage Match
Manik vs. Tigre Uno

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

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

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

Winner: Tigre Uno

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

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

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

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

Winner: Gunner

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Still TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Team MVP

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

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

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Maria Kanellis Discusses Ring of Honor’s Momentum In 2014, “Blessing In Disguise” Not Ending Up In WWE Last Year

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We talk to Ring of Honor star Maria Kanellis as the company comes into Chicago this Saturday night. Kanellis will accompany her fiance Mike Bennett to the ring as he battles Jay Lethal.

Kanellis discusses the momentum ROH has going right now in 2014, why she chose ROH over TNA after her WWE run ended, why it was a “blessing in disguise” that she didn’t end up in the WWE last year and more.

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Artist Rob Schamberger On Painting Wrestlers, WrestleMania 30 Work

rob schambergerRob Schamberger has been making a name for himself by painting wrestlers.  His work has become so popular that not only are the fans enjoying it but so are the wrestlers themselves.  Rob talks about how he started painting wrestlers, when his work started to get noticed, his Champions Collection and how far away he is to completing it, who he is looking forward to painting, working with the WWE on a charity auction, special works he has been commissioned to do, helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania XXX Dream Vacation raffle to support RAINN and what he will be doing in New Orleans for WrestleMania week.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday March 7, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Detriot, Michigan. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

-Batista kicks off SmackDown with a promo until Daniel Bryan interrupts him. Kane ends up coming out and beating Bryan down. Big Show makes the save. Vickie Guerrero comes out and makes tonight’s main event – Kane and Batista vs. Show and Bryan. Batista had the spotlight back on him this time.

-Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler with Alberto Del Rio on commentary is next. Christian gets the win after Del Rio distracted Ziggler from the announce table.

-The Usos defeated Curtis Axel and Ryback.

-Eva Marie and Natalya defeated AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka when Natalya made AJ tap out with a Sharpshooter.

-The Shield come out and cut a promo about how they need to be The Shield again like before. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose end up hitting each other before they reunite.

-Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio with a Brogue Kick.

-Big E defeated Jack Swagger. There was more tension between Swagger and Cesaro.

-Another promo from Lana and Alexander Rusev.

-Batista and Kane vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan is next. Show and Bryan cut a promo before the match and pick on their opponents. They’ve named their team, “Respect The Beard, Fear The Giant.” Bryan and Show get the win when Show hits a knockout punch on Kane and Bryan rolls him up. SmackDown ends with Bryan leading a “Yes!” chant while sitting on Show’s shoulders.

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WWE Raw Reaction 3/3/2014: “The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Seen”

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It wasn’t a matter of if the hometown Chicago crowd was going to steal the show, but when. Luckily, WWE’s creative team was smart enough to recognize this, and they attacked the CM Punk issue head-on. As a result, Paul Heyman gave us one of the most tangible, addictive show openings in recent history. Notice that Heyman didn’t directly attack Punk… instead, he played off the hopes of the fans by coming out to Punk’s music – thus taking the proverbial wind out of the crowd – and then proceeded to blame everybody in attendance for Punk not being there. He earned their jeers. This was another “Paul Heyman Instant Classic,” and it did a great job of setting the tone for Monday Night. [Read more...]

Will CM Punk Return Tonight On WWE Monday Night Raw?

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Tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw takes place from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Rumors have been running rampant that former WWE champion CM Punk will making his return at the show. It was reported over the weekend by The Wrestling Observer (subscription only) that Punk would be returning at tonight’s show.

We haven’t seen Punk since the Royal Rumble when he left the company about one hour before the Raw taping, the day after the Rumble.

NXT Arrival Talk, WWE Network Woes, Conference Call with Triple H

Michael and Steve come back on the latest Between the Ropes ‘Flagship’ show to discuss everything happening with the WWE Network, what they expect from NXT’s first flagship show, and various other news in the world of professional wrestling. Plus, they answer your questions live on-air!

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