The Wife Of The Ultimate Warrior Releases Her First Statement Since His Passing

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Eight days ago the wrestling world lost former WWE champion The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Since his passing we hadn’t heard from his family. This morning his wife Dana made her first statement since her husband’s passing.

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was “there” for us. “There” is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

My husband’s speech had so many highlights for me as I sat proudly in the audience looking on at his moment … I most loved his request for the Hall of Fame to include the, as he called them, “true Superstars,” those behind-the-scenes people who make the machine run. See, I’m the person who puts up the ring in our house. I’m the background person who makes things happen seamlessly. I am surrounded by performers in my husband and children, so I felt a kinship with all the people he wanted to shine a spotlight upon who make WWE work. He loved you all, and knew that each of you made his run there possible. Thank you!

To all the ULTIMATE WARRIOR fans: THANK YOU!! He told me when he shook the ropes it was him gathering strength from each of you. Warrior respected you and loved you as do the girls and I. I will reach out to the ropes for your strength to sustain me in the sad days that the girls and I face. UNWAVERING is what you’ve been. GRATEFUL is what we are.

The Undertaker and I have a lot more in common than you might think. You see, I had a bit of a streak of my own going for the last 20 years. Yes, Warrior and I would have matches of our own … He would yell, I would cry, he would submit, I would win – always. My quivering chin and “pooched” lip was always more powerful than any clothesline or gorilla press slam. He’d laugh and shake his head and say,”you win, Pooch,” but really we both did.

My streak was broken April 8, 2014 when he collapsed. I fought and screamed and cried for him not to leave me, but I wasn’t to win this round. Heaven won and I lost, but I had the ULTIMATE love for 20 years and my children learned to be Warriors from THE ULTIMATE DAD. I wouldn’t trade a moment of the life we shared, good or bad, for anything on God’s green earth. He is the love of my life and gave me the gift of our beautiful, sweet, amazing girls. He was loyal and kind and strong and brave. He taught me to live by his creed,”Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing’s too hard to do, ALWAYS BELIEVE,” and with that creed I will carry on and make him proud.

Streaks are broken but legends live forever.

Always Believe,
Dana A. Warrior

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WWE Main Event Results From April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee

First Segment:Main Event opens with the entrance of Los Matadores. 3 Man Band makes their entrance. Jinder Mahal has a mic and disses El Torito. He says that 3MB thinks El Torito is a bunch of bull. He says that they have their own mascot tonight. Hornswoggle then comes out in 3MB attire.

First Match: Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. 3MB w/Hornswoggle

Mahal starts with Fernando. Mahal hits a shoulder tackle but then runs into a hurricanrana. Diego tags in and they hit a double team. Drew is tagged in and is immediately grounded. Diego hits a crossbody on McIntyre. Diego in control. Hornswoggle distracts Diego and Drew takes advantage. El Torito dives at Hornswoggle on the outside. Hornswoggle gets in the ring and Torito dives on Hornswoggle. They brawl on the mat and the referee calls for the bell. They’re separated and Mahal accidentally runs into a low blow. Hornswoggle hits a low blow on a Matador. Torito hits a low blow on Drew. Hornswoggle and Torito face off in the ring. They trade poses. Torito charges Swoggle and they brawl. Hornswoggle ends up out of the ring and 3MB hold him back. Torito tries to execute a dive, but Los Matadores hold him back.

Winner: No Contest

We see a tribute video package to the Ultimate Warrior. We head to break.

Back from break where Sin Cara makes his entrance. Bad News Barrett follows with his entrance. He has a mic and tells Sin Cara that he has some bad news. He tells him that he’s about to step into the ring with the next Intercontinental Champion. He says that Cara’s friend, Scooby Doo, can’t save him because this is real life. He then calls Sin Cara a joke.

Second Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Sin Cara

The match begins with Barrett striking Cara. Barrett charges Sin Cara, but Cara dumps him to the outside. Cara hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Cara climbs to the top rope, but Barrett cuts him off. Barrett hits a knee on Cara in the corner. He goes for the cover and only gets two. Barrett continues to beat down Sin Cara. Barrett hits a pumphandle slam for a two-count. Sin Cara counters a backdrop and hits a crossbody. He follows it with a head scissor takeover and back elbow. Cara gets a two-count. Cara grounds Barrett and goes to the top rope. Sin Cara misses the senton and runs into Winds of Change from Barrett. Barrett his the Bullhammer and gets the three-count.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Next is a recap of Raw featuring Monday’s tribute to the Ultimate Warrior. We head to break.

Back from break where Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton introduce the recap of the Ultimate Warrior tribute from yesterday’s Raw. We see the tribute video. We head to break.

Back from break. Nikki Bella comes out as a participant in a Divas battle royal to determine a number one contender for the Divas Championship. Cameron and Naomi head to the ring. Emma follows them to the ring. Tamina Snuka goes to the ring. Alicia Fox makes her entrance. Aksana also makes her way to the ring. Eva Marie comes out next. Layla comes out. Natalya’s music hits and she heads to the ring.

Third Match: Divas Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Divas Championship

The ring is a total mess as the match begins. Everyone hitting everyone. Layla eliminates Eva Marie with a kick on the apron. Emma locks in the Dilemma and then swings close to the ground. She tries to skin the cat but is eliminated. Aksana is eliminated. Layla is eliminated by Natalya. Naomi is dumped out by Tamina. Cameron jumps Tamina, but is thrown to the mat. Tamina eliminates Cameron. Nikki Bella kicks Fox in the leg and almost eliminates her. Fox grabs Nikki’s hair to hang on, but Tamina eliminates them both. Natalya is superkicked off the apron by Tamina for the final elimination.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

Back from break, where the announcers introduce the return of Evolution from Raw. We see the Raw Rebound. Jack Swagger heads to the ring for his match with the Big Show. We head to break.

We return from break and Zeb Colter has a mic. He says he’s going to give us a history lesson. He names some historic backstabbers and ends the list with Cesaro. He says thanks to Cesaro for proving him right about immigrants. Zeb says it’s unforgivable for Cesaro to have joined Paul Heyman. He says that there’s also a big problem coming to the ring named the Big Show. He says that Show is a posterboy for laziness in this country. Colter ends his promo by saying he does not miss the swiss. The Big Show’s music hits and he heads to the ring.

Fourth Match: The Big Show vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

The bell rings and Swagger goes to a waist lock. Show pulls his arms off him and hits a superkick on Swagger after an irish whip. Show lays in the huge chops on Swagger in the corner. Show charges Swagger, but runs into a big boot. Swagger hits a splash on Show. Swagger then shoulder tackles the leg of Show and takes him down. Swagger works Big Show’s leg on the mat. Show fights out of a hold, but Swagger takes Show down by the leg again. Swagger hits the Swaggerbomb. He follows it up with another Swaggerbomb. He goes for the cover and gets a two-count. Swagger goes to another hold on the leg of Big Show. Show tries to fight out, but Swagger hangs onto the hold. Show finally shoves him off.

Swagger kicks Show to the ground and goes for a pin. He gets a two-count. Swagger charges Show, but Show grabs his leg and chops him. Big Show hits a pair of clotheslines and then lifts Swagger in the air and lets him drop and hit the mat. Show signals for the chokeslam. He grabs Swagger, but Swagger counter into the Patriot Lock. He has it locked in. Show crawls for the ropes but then fades. He comes back to life and rolls over. He grabs Swagger by the throat and gets up. He pushes Swagger into the ropes and hits the KO Punch. Show covers him and gets the three-count.

Winner: The Big Show

After the match, The Big Show’s ankle is visibly hurting, as he limps around the ring. Show uses the ropes to make his way across the ring. Big Show takes his boot off and holds his ankle as Main Event goes off the air.

Josh’s Grade for WWE Main Event: 9/10

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 14, 2014

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April 14,
2014
BJCC Arena
Birmingham, Alabama

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

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

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

WWE Monday Night Raw:

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rob Van Dam

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ryback and Curtis Axel

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

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Third Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

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

Winner: Paige

Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Batista and Randy Orton

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

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

Winner: Randy Orton and Batista by DQ 

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

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

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

Winner: Cesaro

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

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

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

Winner: Alexander Rusev

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Fandango and Layla

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sheamus will take on Batista on Friday Night SmackDown

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

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

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

Winner: No Contest

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

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 10/10

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Autopsy Reveals The Ultimate Warrior Died Of A Heart Attack

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It has been six days since WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. The big question has been what caused the sudden passing.

An autopsy was done on Thursday and the results came out earlier today. TMZ is reporting that Warrior passed away from “Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease”, which is a hardening of the arteries that causes a heart attack.

The report also states that drugs or alcohol weren’t a factor and it was a natural passing. The former WWE champion passed away while at an Arizona hotel walking to his car and then clutched his chest and collapsed. He passed away a short time after that.

Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw will a tribute show to Warrior.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From April 11, 2014

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April 11, 2014
Cajun Dome
Lafayette, Louisiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cesaro by DQ

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

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

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

Winner: Rybaxel

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

Third Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

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

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We got a vignette for the debuting Adam Rose

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

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

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

Fourth Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston

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

Winner: Bad News Barrett

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

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

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

Winner: Fandango

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Match ended in a Double Countout

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 8/10

TNA Impact Wrestling Results From April 10, 2014

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April 10, 2014
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Eric Young

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Angelina Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Wolves by DQ

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: NEW TNA WORLD CHAMPION Eric Young

Josh’s Grade for Impact: 8/10

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The McMahon Family Comments On The Passing Of The Ultimate Warrior

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We just announced a few moments ago that WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. Warrior was survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters. After the announcement of his passing, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H each made a statement regarding Warrior’s passing.

Stay tuned for updates regarding the unfortunate passing of The Ultimate Warrior.

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WWE Main Event Results From April 8, 2014

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April 8, 2014
Cajundome
Lafayette, Louisiana

First Match: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family

Ambrose starts the match with Rowan. Ambrose slaps the mask off of Rowan. Rowan shoves him, but Ambrose hits a back elbow from the second rope. He tags in Rollins and they hit a double suplex. Rowan fights off Rollins and controls him in the corner. He charges Rollins in the other corner and runs into a boot. Rollins punches and chops Rowan. Rollins jumps on top of Rowan and locks in a hold. Rollins breaks the hold and all members of both teams hit the ring and face-off. We head to break.

Back from break, where Bray Wyatt and Rollins are in the ring. Wyatt takes control of Rollins. Wyatt drags Rollins into his corner and tags in Rowan. Harper hits Rollins from the ring apron with a knee. Rowan hits a backdrop on Rollins. Rowan tags in Harper. Harper whips Rollins to the corner and hits a splash. Rollins throws Harper into the second turnbuckle. He tags Reigns. Reigns cleans house and eventually hits a huge clothesline on Harper. He tags in Ambrose and they hit a double team. Ambrose is hit with a superkick. Bray is tagged in. He hits a big splash on Ambrose in the corner. He slaps Ambrose. Rowan is tagged in and he hits a scoop slam on Ambrose. Rowan goes to a hold on a grounded Ambrose. Ambrose fights back, but runs into a sidewalk slam. Harper tags in. Harper hits Ambrose with a European Uppercut. Rowan is tagged back in. Rowan grounds Ambrose with a huge punch. Rowan grabs the face of Ambrose and squeezes. Ambrose fights out of it, but Rowan throws him over the rope. Ambrose holds on and attempts to skin the cat, but Rowan kicks him out of the ring. We head to break.

Back from break, where Bray tosses Ambrose into the ring. Harper comes in and goes for a cover. He gets two. Rowan executes a gator roll and then goes to a hold on the ground. Ambrose counters with a jaw breaker. Harper grounds Ambrose. Bray tags back in. Bray chokes Ambrose on the middle rope and then kicks him. Rowan tags in and drops a knee on Ambrose. Rowan locks in a bear hug on Dean

Rowan picks Ambrose up for a slam, but Ambrose locks in a sleeper on his back. Rowan drop Ambrose to his back and tags in Harper. Harper goes to work on Ambrose with uppercuts. Ambrose hits a clothesline and goes for a tag, but Bray tags in and cuts him off. Bray charges Ambrose in the corner and runs into a boot. With Ambrose on the top turnbuckle, Bray follows him up. Ambrose blocks the superplex attempt and headbutts him to the mat. Ambrose is caught off the rope and slammed by Bray. Reigns breaks up the pin and the ring is littered with wrestlers. Harper eventually hits a suicide dive on Reigns. Bray goes for Sister Abigail, but Ambrose counters with a roll-up for two. Rollins comes in. He dumps Rowan and Harper to the outsides and hits dives on both of them. Rollins throws Rowan into the ring and hits a forearm on him in the corner. From the apron, he kicks Bray two the ground. He hits sliced bread #2 on Rowan. His pin is broken up. Bray gets Ambrose out of the ring. Reigns hits the Superman punch on Bray. Rowan dumps Reigns out of the ring. Rollins hits Rowan and Harper with huge kicks. Reigns dropkicks Rowan. Ambrose is tagged in and Rollins hits the flying knee on Rowan. Ambrose follows it with Dirty Deeds for the three-count.

Winner: The Shield

After the match, Renee Young interviews The Shield in the ring. Rollins says that it feels good to beat the Wyatt and that no one can stop a Shield united. Renee asks about how they helped Daniel Bryan. Rollins explains that they are not anonymous or expendable, like the Authority said they were. Reigns plays to the crowd and even gets a Roman Reigns chant. Reigns introduces himself to Triple H and says that he’s standing ring here. Young asks if there’s any fear of retribution from the Authority. Rollins says that they are prepared for war. Rollins says that Triple H fired the first shot and that they will fire the last.

Tonight, we’ll see Dolph Ziggler take on Jack Swagger. We head to break.

We come back from break, we got a highlight package showing the media coverage of Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania. We got a evolution of 30 years of WrestleMania video package.

Second Match: Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs. Dolph Ziggler

Back from break where Zeb talks about how Cesaro showed his true colors by joining Paul Heyman. Zeb tells Heyman that he’s a thief and that Cesaro is a liar. Ziggler’s music hits and he heads to the ring.

The match begins with a dropkick from Ziggler. Ziggler misses in the corner and Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb. He gets a two count. Swagger keeps control of Ziggler and gets a two-count after a clothesline. Swagger locks in a hold on Ziggler. Dolph fights back with an elbow and then throws Swagger out of the ring. Swagger gets back in the ring and is hit with a flurry of punches on the ground and in the corner. Swagger eventually misses a Swagger Bomb and Ziggler rolls him up for two. Swagger grabs the Patriot Lock, but Ziggler counters and hits the Famouser for a two-count. Ziggler can’t hit the Zig Zag and is hit with a huge boot from Swagger. He gets a two-count. Ziggler counters the gut wrench suplex and hits a ddt on Swagger. He gets a two-count. Swagger eventually locks in the Patriot Lock after throwing Ziggler up into the air and catching his ankle. Ziggler taps out.

Winner: Jack Swagger

We get a preview of the Daniel Bryan’s Journey WrestleMania special which will air after Main Event

Third Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Sin Cara

The match starts with Sin Cara hitting a kick from the apron. Quickly, Ruzev catches Sin Cara with a huge kick. Lana yells for Rusev to smash. He hits a huge slam on Sin Cara and follows up with the Accolade. Sin Cara taps out

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We find out that Daniel Bryan and The Usos will take on Randy Orton, Batista, and Kane this Friday on SmackDown. Main Event goes off the air.

Josh’s Grade for WWE Main Event: 10/10

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Brock Lesnar Shouldn’t Lose Until He Leaves WWE

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Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and defeated The Undertaker to end the WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21. When the three count was made, shockwaves were sent throughout the world as headlines were circulating online regarding the end of “The Streak”. On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman cut one of the greatest promos of all time touting how Lesnar ended the streak. The question is now, what do you with Brock Lesnar?

With Lesnar’s limited schedule it is a little tricky unless he agrees to do more dates as his current contract expires after next year’s Wrestlemania 31.

Heyman stated earlier in the year that Lesnar should be competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That case is definitely for real now that Lesnar did break “The Streak”. You can’t put him in there with Daniel Bryan just yet, as the new champion would have to go over and would make Lesnar’s win at Mania seem pointless.

You don’t have to even put Lesnar in with Bryan. If you do that program, it shouldn’t be until Royal Rumble at the earliest, but preferably Wrestlemania 31 with Lesnar going in as the champion. I would have Lesnar run through everybody until that point as you have to make him look like a monster. For the next year, I would have Lesnar beat guys like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena until he loses.

Lesnar broke the greatest streak in the history of professional wrestling. The guy who beats Lesnar has to be the guy who is going to be the number one guy in your company and will be building the WWE around. Your options include Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Roman Reigns to name a few.

No one knows if Brock Lesnar will sign another deal with the WWE when his contract near expiration, but he shouldn’t lose until he leaves the WWE for good.

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

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

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

The Good

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

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

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

The Bad

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

The Dirty

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

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 7, 2014

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April 7, 2014
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

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

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

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

WWE Monday Night Raw:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Wyatt Family

We get a WWE Slam City commercial

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

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

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

Winner: Santino Marella and Emma

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

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

We got vignette showing the debut of NXT Superstar Adam Rose

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

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

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

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

Fourth Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

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

Winner: Rob Van Dam

Fifth Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Bad News Barrett

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

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sixth Match: Alexander Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

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

Winner: Alexander Rusev

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: New WWE Divas Champion Paige

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cesaro via Countout

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 10/10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champion The Usos

WrestleMania: 

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

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

First Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

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

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

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

Winner: Daniel Bryan

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

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

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

Third Match: The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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

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

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

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

Winner: John Cena

WWE Hall of Fame Segment 

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

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

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

Winner: Brock Lesnar

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

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

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

Winner: Still WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: NEW WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN

JOSH’S GRADE FOR WRESTLEMANIA: 10/10

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WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Report From April 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jake “The Snake” Roberts is up next.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Up next is Mr. T

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

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

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

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

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

Up next is Razor Ramon

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

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

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

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

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

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR IS UP NEXT!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From April 4, 2014

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April 4, 2014
Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.

First Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil

Titus overpowers Ziggler in the opening minutes. Ziggler jumps at Titus and throws him to the ground. Titus puts a headlock on Ziggler and repeatedly punches him. Bodyslam and a leg drop from Titus. Chinlock from Titus. Ziggler fights his way back into it and crossbodies O’Neil. Neckbreaker from Dolph. Ziggler dodges a big boot and hits the fame-asser. Titus hits the big boot this time. Titus hits two backbreakers but Ziggler reverses the 3rd and hits the Zig Zag for the win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

The show returns with a plug for WWE Axxess in New Orleans. Jerry Lawler and Renee Young review Undertaker’s upcoming match against Brock Lesnar. A video package plays highlighting the Taker’s streak and the upcoming challenge he faces in Brock Lesnar.

The show returns with Lawler and Renee Young plugging WWE Slam City Toys and the SmackDown aftershow. A video plays of Michael Cole interviewing Stephanie McMahon. They talk about WrestleMania and Daniel Bryan. She says that their actions towards Bryan are a acts of leadership. The interview basically recaps HHH’s rivalry with Bryan. It is interspersed with video clips such as HHH beating up Daniel Bryan while he is handcuffed.

The show returns with more highlights from Axxess.

Renee Young and Jerry Lawler discuss John Cena’s feud with Bray Wyatt. A video package plays recapping the feud.

The show returns with Lawler and Young talking about Randy Orton. An video plays of Booker T interviewing Randy Orton. Orton says that it is “his time”. Booker asks him about WrestleMania. Orton discusses his history with HHH and says that when he steps in the ring, he is no longer his boss. When asked about Daniel Bryan, Orton dismisses him as a fad. Booker then asks him about Batista and Orton recalls that they were once friends. He says that Batista lost something when he took 4 years off. Orton boasts that he will leave WrestleMania as champion.

Second Match: The Real Amercians w/Zeb Colter vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito

The match starts with Swagger against Fernando. Swagger drives Fernando to the corner and delivers several big knees. Fernando fights back and leaps over Swagger from the top rope. Swagger drives him to the corner and Cesaro makes the tag. Cesaro is met with a dropkick followed by an armdrag. He fights back with a scoop slam. Diego is tagged in and meets a headscissors take down. Zeb Colter slaps Cesaro and Cesaro goes after him but Swagger gets between them. Cesaro Gets fired up and hits a huge dropkick. He sends Diego to the corner and delivers a series of vicious European uppercuts. He slams Diego and does the We The People Salute.

The show returns with Diego fighting back against Cesaro. Swagger is tagged in and they attempt to double team Diego but he delivers a double DDT. He goes for the tag but is dragged across the ring by Swagger. Cesaro is tagged in and they deliver a double suplex. Cesaro follows up with an elbow for the two count. He hits the European uppercut and tags in Swagger. He delivers a big clothesline for a two count. Diego fights back and is visibly exhausted. Cesaro tries to interfere but Diego pulls down the top rope. Diego goes for the tag but Fernando is pulled off the apron by Cesaro. Swagger hits a belly to belly suplex followed by a Swagger bomb. Cesaro makes the tag during the Swagger bomb and drives Diego to the corner. Diego fights out. Swagger gets the tag. Cesaro and Swagger are sent out of the ring by Diego. He makes the tag. Fernando hits a hurricanrana followed by an elbow from the middle rope for a two count. Cesaro goes for a slam but Fernando reverses and sends him to the corner. Fernando hits a frontflip from the top rope for a two count. Swagger interferes and is sent outside by Diego. Cesaro knocks Diego off the apron with a big boot. Fernando goes for a dropkick but is caught in the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing for the three count.

Winner: The Real Americans

The show returns with more highlights from Axxess.

Lawler and Young discuss the Shield. An interview plays with all three members of The Shield. Highlights play of their rivalry with Kane and The New Age Outlaws. The Shield talks about their upcoming match. Ambrose says they are going to send Kane and The Outlaws to pasture in New Orleans.

The show returns with a video showing HHH and Bruno Sammartino unveiling a statue of Sammartino.

Renee Young and Lawler discuss Batista. A video plays of Booker T interviewing Batista. Booker asks him how it felt returning after 4 years. He said it was tough but he is rolling with the punches. Booker T asks about the fans reacting in a negative way. Batista says that the boos just motivate them. Booker asks him his thoughts on the triple threat match at WrestleMania. Batista says that it bothers him that he can lose without being pinned. They then discuss his feud with HHH. Batista says he doesn’t see him as a threat. Batista then goes on to say Daniel Bryan has no chance to beat him. He then calls Orton the biggest corporate suck up that he ever met. He concludes the interview by saying he is going to win the championship at WrestleMania.

The show returns with Lawler and Young discussing the Hall of Fame Inductees. They then talk about Daniel Bryan.

A replay airs of Daniel Bryan’s attack on HHH from Monday Night Raw.

In-Ring Promo:Hulk Hogan comes out to huge cheerHe talks about some of his WrestleMania memories and hypes up the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX.

Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 8/10

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From April 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Samuel Shaw

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

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

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


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

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

Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Sanada

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

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

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

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

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

We see another video package featuring Knux.

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

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

Winner: The Beautiful People

Fifth Match: Kenny King vs. MVP

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

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

Results: No Contest

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

MVP jumps Kenny King from behind during a backstage interview.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Still TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus

Josh’s Grade for Impact: 8.5/10

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WWE Main Event Results From April 1, 2014

wwemaineventWWE Main Event
April 1, 2014
Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.

First Match: The Miz vs. Sheamus

They lock up and Sheamus pushes Miz to the corner. They break and lock up again. Sheamus goes to a headlock and then a takeover. Back to their feet, they break on the ropes. Miz locks in a headlock on Sheamus, but is shot off to the ropes and grounded with a shoulder tackle. Sheamus eventually hits a backbreaker. Miz rolls to the outside. Sheamus follows him out and back into the ring. Sheamus gains control after catching a kick from the Miz. Miz fights back and grounds Sheamus. Miz pounds Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus fights back with punches and forearms. Sheamus charges Miz, but Miz pulls down the top rope and dumps him to the floor. Miz hits a baseball slide. Miz tries to jump on Sheamus with a cross body out to the floor, but Sheamus catches him and hits a fallaway slam that sends Miz into the barrier. We head to break.

Back from break, where Miz attempts to fight out of a hold. Miz escapes and punches Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus reverses and eventually clotheslines Miz out of the ring. Sheamus counters Miz on the outside, but is pushed into the ring post. Miz follow it up with a boot to the face. Back in the ring, Miz continues to beat down Sheamus. Miz charges Sheamus in the corner and hits the jumping clothesline. Miz hits a double axe-handle from the top rope. He goes to a hold on Sheamus. Sheamus fights back but is hit with a backbreaker/neckbreaker combo. Miz hits the leg splash on Sheamus in the ropes. Sheamus fights back, but Miz boots him to the ground. Miz goes to a chinlock on a grounded Sheamus. Sheamus fights out of it, but runs into a knee to the gut. Miz points to the Wrestlemania XXX sign and charges Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus clubs Miz to the ground. Both men down. Sheamus hits a series of moves. Sheamus hits the rolling senton. He tries to hit the forearm apron shots, but Miz gets out of it and climbs to the top rope. Miz comes off but is caught into an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus misses White Noise and Miz eventually hits a huge ddt. Miz gets a two-count. Miz attacks Sheamus’ thigh in the corner. Miz goes for the Figure Four, but Sheamus pushes him away. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and Miz fails to hit the Skullcrushing Finale. Sheamus hits the huge forearm shots to the chest on Miz. Sheamus goes to the top, but Miz pulls him off. Miz locks in the Figure Four. Sheamus gets to the ropes. Sheamus shoves off Miz and hits the Brogue Kick. He goes for the pin and gets the three-count.

Winner: Sheamus

The announcers hype the Ander The Giant 30-Man Battle Royal at Wrestlemania XXX. Up next we’ll look at the John Cena/Bray Wyatt feud. We head to break.Back from break, where Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton introduce a video package highlighting the Cena/Wyatt feud. We see a video reviewing the announcement of the Divas’ Championship match set for Wrestlemania XXX.

Renee Young interviews the Bella Twins. She asks them about their preparation for the Divas’ title match. Both say that they are very prepared and that they can’t agree on who will be the new champion, but they can agree that there will be a new one. We head to break.

Second Match: Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella vs. Tamina Snuka w/AJ Lee

the match begins with a lockup. Tamina twists Nikki’s arm, but she reverses. Nikki hits an elbow and then jumps from the second rope to hit a kick on Tamina. Nikki puts Tamina in a hold, but Tamina gets to the ropes. Nikki hits a head scissors takeover that sends Tamina out of the ring. Nikki follows, but is grounded by Tamina. Tamina throws her back in and gets a two-count pin. Tamina in control with a headbutt. She goes for another cover and gets two again. Tamina goes to a hold. Nikki gets out of it, but Tamina throws her to the corner. Nikki hits a kick and follows with a clothesline. Nikki grounds Tamina. Nikki gets a two-count. Tamina takes back control and Nikki ends up out of the ring. Tamina throws her back in and kicks Brie to the ground. Tamina gets back in but Nikki jumps her. Tamina hits a huge kick on Nikki. Tamina goes to the top rope and hits the big splash for the three-count.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

After the match, AJ celebrates while Tamina just stares at her. AJ hugs her and Tamina does not look enthused. Up next, we’ll see a recap of Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker’s final faceoff before Wrestlemania XXX. We head to break.

Back from break, where we learn that Hulk Hogan will appear at this Friday’s SmackDown. We see a recap of Raw from last night featuring Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker.

We got a recap of the match between Randy Orton and Batista on RAW.

Josh’s Grade for Main Event: 8/10

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WrestleMania 30 Press Conference Coverage

BjL73kNCYAAQaR9WrestleMania XXX Press Conference
April 1, 2014
Hard Rock Cafe
New York, New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Josh will be here all week to do coverage of Main Event, Impact Wrestling, SmackDown and the WWE Hall of Fame

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