Last Monday, after weeks of hype and promotion, and literal years of speculation, WWE unveiled the newest iteration of pay-tv sports-entertainment. There were a few issues out the gate. Fans lashed out on Twitter. Even by Thursday, major problems still kept cropping up at inopportune times. But this was a new streaming revolution, and as such, growing pains were to be expected. So the real question is: did WWE manage to overcome those obstacles to deliver a service worth investing in, or have early bandwidth issues created an uphill battle for McMahon & company? Read on to find out. [Read more...]
The show opened with a recap package of Daniel Bryan standing up to The Authority and the attack he suffered at the end of Raw
First Match: Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Kane established control early in the match and manhandled Bryan. Kane was greeted with a series of “You sold out!” chants. Bryan got in a hope spot when he pulled the rope and sent a charging Kane to the floor, but when Bryan attempted to follow with an attack, Kane caught him and threw him into the barricade and the ring apron.
Bryan caught Kane with a drop-toe hold into the second turnbuckle and began working Kane over with a series of kicks and punches. Bryan wrapped Kane’s leg around the steel post and dropkicked the knee. Bryan continued to work over Kane’s leg.Bryan began working his running dropkicks, but Kane caught Bryan with a big boot and took control of the matc as Main Event went to commercial break.
Back from the break, Kane continued to work over Bryan with a series of slams and rest holds. Bryan began making his comeback and dropkicked Kane to the floor. Bryan followed with a missile dropkick for a two count.Kane quickly regained the upper hand and nailed his flying clothesline. Kane called for the chokeslam but ate a roundhouse from Bryan. Bryan followed with a diving headbutt for another near fall.Kane answered with a running DDT for a near fall of his own. Kane grabbed Bryan for a chokeslam, but when he lifted him Bryan rolled through pinned Kane’s shoulders for the 1-2-3
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Josh Matthews interviewed Kane backstage. Matthews asked Kane for his thoughts on losing to Daniel Bryan. Kane says he is more mad about Bryan challenging the COO Triple H then losing the match.
Second Match: The Bella Twins vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox
Nikki went right to work targeting Fox’s arm. Aksana caused a distraction at ringside and Fox capitalized with a shot from behind. Fox took her turn on offense and hit a gorgeous northern lights suplex for a two count. Nikki began making her comeback and hit her torture rack breaker finisher for the pinfall victory.
Winner: The Bella Twins
We get promos for Legends House and Big Show’s return to SmackDown this week.
Third Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (c) vs. The New Age Outlaws
We go to the ring and out comes new WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. Renee Young interviews them in the ring and they’re excited about going to WrestleMania. The Outlaws are out next but they’re not dressed to wrestle. Road Dogg asks Billy Gunn to escort Renee out of the ring and they start ripping the crowd.
Gunn says The Usos are the luckiest boys alive. Road Dogg says he’s suffered an injury and he’s not 100%. When they are 100% and when they come back, they’re bringing the tag titles home. Brad Maddox comes out and says he checked with WWE doctors to confirm that Dogg is injured. When he’s able to perform, The Outlaws will get their rematch. Maddox brings out their new opponents for tonight – Los Matadores. Here they come with El Torito.
Fourth Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (c) vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito
The Outlaws are on commentary as we come back from a promo break. Back and forth to start the match. Jimmy goes at it with Diego and takes control. Diego stops Uso and does an “ole!” chant. Uso yells “uce!” and they both dance around. Jimmy catapults Diego into the corner. Jey tags back in and hits a big splash for a tw0 count.Diego gets sent to the floor and Jimmy leaps out onto him. Fernando leaps out onto them. Jey leaps out next and everyone is down on the floor. We go to another promo break.
Back from the break and Matadores are in control in the ring. Diego tags in for some double teaming and a two count. More double teaming and another two count by Matadores. Jey tags in Jimmy and he makes the comeback. He misses the splash in the corner and trades counters with Fernando. Fernando with a big DDT and a close two count. More back and forth. Jimmy with a Samoan Drop for a two count as Diego breaks it up. Diego does a handstand in the corner and Jimmy superkicks him. Fernando catches one also. Jimmy nails a Superfly splash for the win.
Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos
- After the match, The Usos leave with their titles while Los Matadores recover in the ring. Road Dogg limps away with Billy Gunn. Billy stops and pushes El Torito over. Torito leaps from the apron to Billy’s shoulders and takes him out with a hurricanrana. Gunn and Dogg try to catch Torito but can’t. Billy ends up in the ring with Matadores and they hit the finisher with Torito. Main Event goes off the air with Matadores and Torito celebrating.
Josh’s Grade for Main Event: 7.5/10
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NXT-Pre Show: The WWE NXT Arrival Kickoff pre-show starts with Renee Young, Bret Hart, Paul Heyman and Kevin Nash. We’re live outside of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The NXT Universe is hype tonight. Bret says he’s honored to be here tonight. Nash says he skipped his wife’s birthday today so he could be a part of something special. Heyman jokes and has Renee re-introduce him as the greatest manager of all-time. Renee plugs social media and the hashtag for tonight is #NXTArrival. We go to a NXT video package. Renee asks what NXT means to Heyman. Heyman says it’s the future. The next RAW Superstar, the next WrestleMania main eventer will come through the doors of NXT. We cut to a video package on the WWE Performance Center.
We come back to the panel. Nash jokes about how the Performance Center would have helped his career, making him the #1 aerial wrestler ever. Bret talked about coming from Stu Hart’s Dungeon and how everything comes together at the Performance Center. Heyman talks about always looking for the next Paul Heyman Guy and how he has a whole locker room full of talents at NXT. We get a video looking at some of the WWE Superstars who have come through NXT. We come back to the panel and the crowd outside is really hot tonight. Nash talks about comparisons between the nWo and The Shield – incredible tenacity and teamwork. Nash predicts each member of The Shield will have incredible singles careers. Bret says The Shield’s strongest card is their unpredictability.
Renee gives props to the NXT fans who pack each set of tapings and attend the live events. Heyman is down with some of the fans and a mic. He talks to one fan with a Heyman t-shirt on. Heyman lets the guy take a selfie with him. Another fan says she’s here to see all the matches, just like the first guy. Heyman says NXT has truly arrived and sends it back to Renee. She talks about tonight’s top matchesHeyman talks about how solid the NXT Divas division is. We see footage from earlier today where Natalya had a talk with Emma in the ring about the match against Paige. Natalya tells her to enjoy this because these are the moments of her life. They hug and Emma gets emotional.
Bret talks about the respect he has for Paige. We see footage from earlier today of Tensai interviewing Paige. Paige says the title represents strength and dominance. Paige talks about Emma goofing around on RAW and SmackDown and says she can’t handle this. Renee reveals that The Ascension will defend their titles tonight but we don’t know who their opponents are yet. Nash talks about what makes The Ascension strong. Nash says they are the future, the total package. We talk about the main event next. The panel talks about what it’s like winning a major title for the first time. We see Alex Riley talking to Bo Dallas earlier. Bret predicts Adrian Neville win and talks about how cocky Bo is. Nash brings up a cocky friend of his, Shawn Michaels and predicts Bo will retain. We go to General Manager JBL, who announces Cesaro vs. Zayn will kick off the show. We go to a promo video.
“WWE NXT Arrival”
First Match: Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
They lock up and go at it. Cesaro shoves Zayn to the corner. We get dueling chants as Cesaro kicks Zayn in the back of the head. Cesaro with a takedown but they trade holds. Cesaro with a dropkick. Zayn counters a move and goes for a hurricanrana but Cesaro catches him. Zayn blocks a Cesaro Swing and sends Cesaro to the floor. Zayn with a kick through the ropes. Zayn runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Cesaro down. Fans chant “this is awesome.” Zayn comes off the top for a crossbody but Cesaro catches him with a backbreaker for a two count. They end up on the floor and Cesaro whips Zayn into the barrier. Cesaro brings it back in but tosses Zayn out the other side of the ring. Cesaro slams Zayn into the steel steps and kicks him. Another shot into the apron by Cesaro.
Cesaro brings it back in the ring but tosses Zayn right back out. Zayn fights back on the floor but Cesaro sends him into the barrier. Cesaro slams Zayn back into the ring and covers for a 2 count. Cesaro tosses Zayn to the floor once again. Cesaro with a stomp to the head. Cesaro drops Zayn over top of the barrier and rams him back into the apron. Zayn fights back with kicks to the head. Zayn goes to leap through the ropes like he did in their first 2 of 3 Falls Match but Cesaro hits him in mid-air with an uppercut. The crowd chants “holy s–t.”
Cesaro slams Zayn’s leg into the ring post and stomps away on the knee now. Zayn breaks out of a hold with kicks to the head but Cesaro stomps down on the knee for another two count. Zayn looks to make a comeback but Cesaro continues working on the injured knee. Zayn fights back again but Cesaro drops him into a single crab. Zayn breaks the hold by getting to the bottom rope. Cesaro runs into an elbow and a kick. Zayn dumps Cesaro over the top out to the floor. Zayn with a springboard moonsault from the apron to the floor but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with a big backbreaker on the ramp. Zayn makes it back in right before the 10 count. Zayn catches Cesaro with a big exploder suplex into the corner. Zayn with a two count. Zayn goes for another suplex but Cesaro hits him with elbows. Zayn with a Blue Thunderbomb for a two count. Zayn gets a Koji Clutch applied but Cesaro breaks it and applies another leg submission.
Zayn finally makes it to the bottom rope. Zayn blocks a Cesaro Swing with a roll up for two count. Cesaro gets the Swing going this time and hits it. Cesaro with a big running uppercut in the corner for a close two count. Zayn with a two count. Cesaro with a double stomp to the head for a two count. Fans chant “this is awesome” again. Cesaro blocks a top rope hurricanrana and goes for a powerbomb but Zayn blocks that and hits the hurricanrana any way. Zayn with the big running boot in the corner and a close two count. Another “we the people” chant.
Cesaro drops Zayn with an uppercut. Cesaro with another big uppercut. Zayn goes down after yet another big uppercut. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Zayn with a big suplex across the ring. Zayn charges but runs into a big boot. Cesaro with a Neutralizer but Zayn blocks it for a two count. Another amazing sequence from Zayn for a two count. Cesaro with a big uppercut in the middle of the air for just a one count. Zayn powers up but Cesaro hits another running uppercut and a Neutralizer for the win
After the match, Cesaro leaves but comes back down the ramp. He enters the ring and looks down at Zayn. Fans chant for them to hug it out. Cesaro pulls Zayn up and they embrace.
Second Match: Mojo Rawley vs. CJ Parker
They lock up and Mojo sends him to the corner. They run the ropes and Mojo nails a big backdrop for a two count. Mojo takes Parker back down by his arm. Mojo runs into a big boot in the corner. Parker with a running clothesline for a 1 count. Parker keeps control but Mojo fights back from the corner. Parker unloads in the corner. Mojo with a big splash in the corner. And another. Mojo with the butt bump and the Hyper Drive for the win.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
Emma was shown backstage getting prepared for her women’s championship match later on tonight. We get a promo about Emma’s background. We get a promo hyping up the NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension.
Third Match: WWE NXT Tag Team Championship Match
The Ascension (c) vs. Too Cool
Viktor and Christopher start the match off. Viktor misses but strikes first. Christopher with a shoulder. He dances and Viktor turns it around with uppercuts and chops. Konnor comes in and nails a big leg drop for a two count. Konnor with a big shoulder off the ropes, and another. Konnor with a third shoulder block off the ropes. Konnor takes Christopher to the corner and beats him down. Konnor with big kicks to the gut and a big boot. Viktor tags back in and covers for a two count. Viktor stomps away now.
Viktor with a suplex and another 2 count. Viktor keeps Christopher down with a headlock now. Christopher finally fights out with a jawbreaker. Christopher with right hands. Scotty 2 Hotty finally tags in and unloads on Viktor. Konnor comes in and catches a right hand. Viktor cuts 2 Hotty off and they trade holds. More back and forth. Viktor runs into a big boot. More right hands from 2 Hotty. Viktor misses a splash in the corner. Scotty slams his face in the mat. Christopher tosses Konnor to the floor. Scotty does the worm but Viktor blocks the finish and knocks Christopher to the floor. Viktor with a big clothesline and tag to Konnor. The Ascension readies and hits Fall of Man on Scotty for the win.
Winner: Still NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension
We get a highlight package of Paige’s career. We come back to the NXT Arena. Stephanie McMahon comes out, the crowd chants “You Still Got It” she says she never lost it. McMahon will be doing the ring announcing for the NXT Womens Championship Match.
Fourth Match: WWE NXT Womens Championship Match
Paige (c) vs. Emma
Paige goes right to Emma and shoves her. They go at it and start brawling around. Paige with a big kick to the gut as she yells at Emma to bring it. Emma blocks a Paige Turner and they trade holds. Emma goes for a slingshot but it’s blocked for a two count. Paige with a dropkick and a two count. Paige with a scoop slam and another two count. Dueling chants from the fans as Paige takes her to the mat. It looks like Paige’s mouth is bleeding but it’s lipstick on her teeth. They get back on their feet and fight into the corner. Paige with back elbows and a boot to the throat. Emma counters and takes her leg out.
More back and forth. Paige blocks the Emma Lock. Paige with knees to the chest. Emma takes her leg out on the apron and Paige goes down. Emma with a 1 count. Emma with the Dil-Emma submission on the ropes. Emma hits the Emma Sandwich, a crossbody low in the corner, for another two count. We get dueling chants from the crowd again. Emma with another submission before taking Paige to the mat with another hold. Emma with a 2 count. More offense by Emma and another pin attempt. Paige turns it around and drops Emma on the apron. Emma slams Paige into the turnbuckle and they climb to the top. Paige goes for a superplex but it’s blocked. Emma with a big sitdown powerbomb for a two count.
They trade shots and Paige hits a big kick. Paige hits the Paige Turner but Emma kicks out and Paige is shocked. Apparently that’s the first time someone has kicked out of the move in NXT. Paige applies a rare submission – a Scorpion Crosslock, and gets the win.
Winner: Still NXT Womens Champion~ Paige
Fifth Match: Xavier Woods vs. Tyler Breeze
We go to the ring and out comes Xavier Woods followed by Tyler Breeze. The live feed stops and won’t resume, the only thing that plays are matches that have already happened. It appears some fans are not experiencing troubles while some are. The WWE.com stream is fine and the match ended when Alexander Rusev came out and cleaned house. Lana was with him.
We get a promo for tonight’s main event.
We go to the ring where ladders are set up everywhere. Shawn Michaels comes out with the NXT Title and gets a big pop. He’s really honored to be here tonight. Fans chant for one more match and Shawn jokes about not wanting to come out of retirement. HBK talks about ladder matches and plugs his new Mr. WrestleMania DVD. HBK says we are about to see two very talented young men but only one has the chance to step into history and step into greatness.
Sixth Match: Ladder Match for the NXT Heavyweight Championship
Bo Dallas (c) vs. Adrian Neville
The bell rings and Bo goes to the apron for a ladder. Neville attacks with kicks and knees. Neville flips around the ring and Bo runs into a boot. Neville with a missile dropkick. He goes back to the top but comes down when Bo rolls to the apron. Bo takes out Neville’s leg and mounts him with right hands. Bo with stomps and right hands. Bo beats Neville around and keeps control. Bo with a big clothesline. Bo looks up at the title and goes back to work. Neville ends upside down on the ropes. Bo grabs a ladder and brings it back to the ring. Neville leaps and kicks the ladder into Bo at ringside. Neville leaps out with a big splash and mounts Bo with right hands.
Bo sends Neville into the steel steps. Bo works Neville over on the floor and slams him into the apron. Bo brings another ladder and charges but Neville ducks and the ladder slides into the ring. Neville backdrops Bo on the ramp. Neville goes back in the ring and climbs for the title. Bo launches a ladder into him and Neville falls to the mat. Neville then sends Dallas tumbling from a ladder. They struggle for a ladder and Bo rams Neville back into the corner with it. Bo wedges a ladder into the corenr and tries to catapult Neville under it. Neville gets to his feet and nails a DDT out of the corner. Neville climbs up again but Bo pushes him off. They struggle again, bump heads and a ladder falls on Neville.
Bo with right hands in the corner and a clothesline. Bo gets sent head first into the turnbuckle. Neville climbs for the title but Bo meets him at the top and they trade shots. Bo pulls Neville into the ladder and they both fall off. Bo tosses Neville to the apron. Neville kicks Bo in the head and he goes down. Neville leaps onto the ladder and goes for the title but Bo jumps on his back and stops him. Bo tries to German suplex Neville from the ladder but he hangs on. Bo grabs him for a powerbomb. Bo sends Neville flying into the wedged ladder in the corner. Neville slams Bo on top of a ladder. Neville with a big 450 on top of Bo. Bo rolls out to the floor while Neville climbs for the title. Neville retrieves the title for the win.
Winner: New NXT Heavyweight Champion~ Adrian Neville
-After the match, Neville celebrates with the title. We see John Cena sitting next to our own Brian Fritz and others in the crowd applauding Neville on his victory. Arrival goes off the air with Neville celebrating.
JPOV: This was awesome these are moments that remind you why you’re a wrestling fan in the first place. Very impressed with the production of the NXT Arrival show. The commentating group of Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips and William Regal were really good. One word to describe the Cesaro and Sami Zayn Match…. AWESOME!. Tremendous Womens Championship Match with Paige and Emma. Great Main Event right there and happy that Adrian Neville capture the NXT Championship
Josh’s Grade for NXT Arrival: 10/10
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It was announced a few weeks ago that Jake Roberts will be inducted into this years WWE Hall of Fame. As of this writing, The Ultimate Warrior and Lita will be joining Roberts in this years class.
The question was, who would induct Roberts? We got that answer today as Diamond Dallas Page will induct his mentor.
ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — There will be plenty of action outside the ring this spring at WWE’s Wrestlemania- thanks to 3-time WCW Professional Wrestling Champion Diamond Dallas Page. Page will be bringing his revolutionary fitness system DDP YOGA to New Orleans April 4th and 5th, to coincide with the biggest weekend in wrestling.
Page will be hosting his intensive DDP YOGA workshops at the Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank, where attendees will learn how they can tap into the power of dynamic resistance and take control of their health – and their lives.
As a former pro wrestling superstar, Page has reinvented himself as a maverick fitness guru, with the creation of his own workout system that combines dynamic resistance, flexibility, and cardio. DDP YOGA has become hugely popular among current and past athletes, as well as regular people who are seeking to overhaul their health and fitness with a low-impact but amazingly effective calorie-blasting, muscle-building workout.
WWE Wrestlemania will be a particularly poignant weekend for Page, as he will also be making a special appearance in support of his friend and fellow wrestling star/ former mentor, Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Roberts will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 and Page will introduce Roberts, who has become one of the most inspiring DDP YOGA success stories to date.
Over the past year, Page has revitalized Roberts’ health and rescued him from the throes of addiction, helping Roberts resurrect his career and reclaim his life through DDP YOGA. With intensive coaching and round-the-clock care, Roberts – who been living with Page – has maintained sobriety and is now in the best shape of his life.
Roberts has said that if he could regain his health through DDP YOGA, anyone can: the program empowers people at any fitness level to take charge of their health and take control of their lives through fitness. At the DDP YOGA workshops, Page will share the inspiring story behind DDP YOGA, the secret of dynamic resistance, active breathing techniques, correct alignment, and a special Q&A on Owning Your Life. There will also be a raffle drawing for DDP YOGA prizes.
The New Orleans workshops will take place Friday (April 4th) 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday (April 5th) 11:00am-2:00pm. Entry fee for each 3-hour session is $99.99 and both are open to all levels. Hotel guests at the Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank will receive 10% off entry fee and 10% off their purchase of the Max Pack DVD set.
Space is limited, so attendees should register for the DDP Workshops early at: http://www.ddpyogaworkshops.com/events/holiday-inn-new-orleans-westbank-hosts-ddp-yoga-wrestlemania-workshop-with-ddp/.
First Match: 10 Man Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Los Matadores and El Torito vs. Rybaxel and 3MB
Goldust and Axel started the match, Goldust quickly gain control of the match.Goldust tags in Cody. Axel goes behind Cody, but is knocked to the ground. Cody hits the ropes and performs a arm drag on Axel. Axel kicks Cody in the stomach and chops him in the corner. He takes Cody to his team’s corner and tags in Ryback. Ryback chops Cody in the corner and tries to drive Cody into the turnbuckle. Cody reverses and hits a missile drop kick from a springboard. Cody goes for the Disaster Kick but is caught by Ryback and powerbombed. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial break, the heels continued to dominate until El Torito got the hot tag. El Torito hit a bit of flashy offense before the match broke down. Cody, Goldust and Los Matadores all knock down Rybaxel, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre outside the ring and landed suicide dives. El Torito and Slater had a pose off. El Torito hit a huracarana facebuster and covered Slater for the pinfall victory.
After the match Byron Saxton interviewed Heath Slater wanted his opinions on losing to El Torito. Slater said he’s had enough of this and will be not be answering anymore questions.
Winner: Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Los Matadores and El Torito
Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton show us a highlight package of the confrontation between The Wyatt Family and John Cena.
Second Match: Natalya and Eva Marie vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox
Fox and Natalya started, and Natalya controlled the action until she tagged in Eva Marie.Marie hit a series of arm whips, but she went to the well one too many times and Fox was able to counter. Fox hit a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker and began to wear down Marie. Marie tagged Natalya back into the match and Natalya ripped into Aksana.Natalya ran into Marie by accident and Aksana was able to capitalize with a spinebuster for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Alicia Fox and Aksana
Coming up next they will show us the recap of the confrontation between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker from Raw.
Bad News Barrett ascends with his podium to address the crowd. Barrett says that this country will be remained the United States of China, among other things. We see a recap of Batista’s loss to Alberto Del Rio on Raw last Monday, due to Randy Orton’s distraction. We see Orton confront Batista about the boos he’s received since returning to WWE. Batista says that he’s going to be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and to deal with it. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial break they show us a interview Michael Cole conducted with NXT General Manager and RAW/SmackDown Color Commentator JBL. They talk about the NXT Special “ArRival” which will air LIVE on the WWE Network.
Third Match: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
They lock up and Titus pushes Young to the corner. Young goes to the offensive on Titus but is hit with a scoop slam. Young dodges an elbow, hits the ropes, and hits a running clothesline on Titus. Titus goes for a sunset flip but is caught and sent to the corner. Titus charges Young but is caught with an elbow. Young goes to the top rope but Titus delivers a big boot to Young, which sends him to the mat. Titus picks Young up and throws him head first into the second turnbuckle. Titus then hits a leg drop on Young. He goes for the pin and gets a two-count.
Titus goes to a hold on a grounded Young. Young fights back but is put into the corner. Titus tosses Young across the ring. Titus picks Young up and hits him with a clothesline. He goes for the pin, but Young kicks out. He goes for another pin and gets the same result. Titus goes to another hold on Young. Young gets up and fights back, but Titus hits him with a knee. Titus beats down Young in the corner and then charges him with a corner splash.
O’Neil chokes Young in the corner with his leg. Titus lifts Young in a cross-body and then tosses him to his shoulders into a fireman’s carry. Young reverses Titus into a pin and gets the three count.
Winner: Darren Young
Fourth Match: Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow established control early. He grounded the high flier with a series of slams and rest holds. Sin Cara managed to rally back and got in a few flashy spots.Sandow returned fire and became frustrated when Sin Cara kicked out of his assaults. Sin Cara hit an impressed one-armed powerbomb for a great near fall.
Sandow locked in his new submission finisher, but Sin Cara managed to kick him off. Moments later, Sin Cara nailed his high-angle senton for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Sin Cara
JPOV: Very lackluster edition of Main Event. I thought the first three matches were nothing special. I enjoyed the match between Sin Cara and Damien Sandow I just wished the match went a little bit longer.
Josh’s Grade for WWE Main Event: 4/10
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Seven days ago Nelson Frazier, Jr (aka Mabel) tragically passed away after having a massive heart attack. Frazier’s wife Cassandra went to her Facebook page to express her frustration on the company not offering their condolences regarding his death.
“WWE HAS NOT EVEN GAVE THEIR CONDOLENCES, NELSON DONT DESERVE WHAT THEIR SAYING ABOUT HIM ON GOOGLE, IM SICK OF IT AND IM READY TO TELL EVERY THING I KNOW ABOUT THAT LOOSER A** COMPANY, IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN THEY R THE REASON MY HUSBAND IS GONE AND A LOT OF OTHERS, THEY DONT CARE ABOUT WRESTLERS ,JUST MAKING MONEY FROM THEM, I C WHERE THERE IS BEING A LOT OF S*** SAID THATS NOT TRUE, PEOPLE R SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWING ME AND SAYING I SAID THIS AND THAT ITS A LIE, I WILL DEFEND MY HUSBAND , NO MATTER WHAT, THERES A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT WWE THAT U FANS DONT KNOW AND NOT AWARE OF, WELL I KNOW AND IF U KNEW U WOULD NEVER WATCH IT AGAIN, THEY SUCK TIMES 1000, VERY EVIL AND COULD CARE LESS IF ONE OF THEM DIES, IM HIGHLY PISSED , ALSO LEAVE BOBBY HORNE ALONE, HE LOVED NELSON AND HAS DONE NOTHING BUT HELP ME, WHEN HE IS SICK HIS SELF ,HES NOT SCAMMING ANYONE ONE HE LOVED HIS BROTHER, IF U DONT HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT HIM, DELETE YOUR SELF FROM MY PAGE BECAUSE WITHOUT HIM I COULNT HAVE DID THIS ALONE, SO MANY DIFFERENT STORIES R BEING TOLD , AND WITH OUT TALKING TO ME HOW WOULD ANYONE KNOW, TMZ SAID THEY DID AN INTERVIEW WITH ME AN THEY LIED , I DIDNT TALK TO ANYONE FROM TMZ AND THEY JUST MADE UP A STORY AND LIED, IM SICK OF PEOPLE LYING AND MAKING UP THEIR OWN STORIES,I LOVE U GUYS BUT DONT BELIEVE EVERY THING U HEAR, NELSON WAS A GOOD MAN AND BOBBY IS ALSO, I TRULY HAVE HAD VERY KIND PEOPLE THAT R GOOD AND NOT MAKING UP LIES, BUT FOR MORE INFO GO TO WWE FAN PAGE AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS, I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE, AND IM VERY ANGRY WITH PEOPLE MAKING UP STORIES ,LET MY HUSBAND REST IN PIECE, AND LEAVE BOBBY HORNE ALONE ,HE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT HELPFUL TO ME! I LOVE U GUYS BUT IM REALLY HURT WHEN I GO TO THESE WEBSITES AND C TOTALLY BULLS*** STORIES THAT R JUST BEING MADE UP. THANK U SINCERLY TO THE ONES WHO REALLY LOVED MY HUSBAND AND TRULY CARES, TO THE REST, ESPECIALLY VINCE MCMAHON IM GONNA START TELLING EVERYTHING I KNOW. MUCH LOVE!”
We reported earlier today that at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings that the company does acknowledge Frazier’s passing.
Last night’s RAW kicked off big. Hulk Hogan came out, addressed his return, flexed his muscles, and got the crowd pumped. It was perfect. Hulk Hogan is a wrestling icon who looks even bigger standing in front of that large crowd only WWE can deliver. Naming him the guest host of ‘Mania makes sense. It’s great to see the Hulkster come home, and he looks better than he has in quite some time. Whatcha gonna do? [Read more...]
WWE RAW Pre-Show: Josh Matthews welcomes us to Green Bay. The RAW-Pre Show Panel consists of Booker T, Alex Riley and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Matthews asked the panel what are they most looking forward to for tonights Monday Night RAW? Riley and Booker T said they are looking forward to see Hulk Hogan returning to the WWE. Flair said he is looking forward to seeing John Cena get his retribution on The Wyatt Family.
Superstars Taping Match~ Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow
We go back and forth from the panel to the announcers. Kofi ends up getting the win over Sandow. Jerry Lawler interviews Kofi at the stage area after the match. Kofi said the crowd was amazing and every win counts. Kofi hopes this is the start to his Road to WrestleMania. The panel plays it up like a big deal that Kofi won. We cut to another commercial.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Back to the RAW Pre-Show Panel, it was announced that tonight Alberto Del Rio will take on Batista. Renee Young interview Brad Maddox. She asked him about the rumor of Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE. Christian and Sheamus started to argue with each other and Maddox announced that tonight Sheamus will take on Christian.
Superstars Taping Match~ 8 Man Tag Team Match
The Rhodes Brothers and Los Matadores vs. Ryback, Curtis Axel, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre.
Winner: The Rhodes Brothers and Los Matadores.
WWE Monday Night RAW
Hulk Hogan comes out to a massive pop.The music stops and a huge Hogan chant breaks out. The announcers gave Hogan a standing ovation. “Let me tell ya something, brother…” and Hogan gets another big pop. Hogan wants to let everyone know, with Green Bay as his witness, tonight marks the turning point of his career. He is officially home, brothers. Hogan talks about being a part of WrestleMania I 30 years ago. Hogan fumbles over his words and calls the WWE Network the WWE Universe but eventually gets it right. Hogan says the future of the WWE will be immortalized. He plugs some of the stuff on the WWE Network. Hogan talks about being host of WrestleMania XXX and asks what are we gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild. Hogan drops the mic, Real American hits again and the crowd cheers.
We go to the announcers to show us the WWE Network on their tablet and laptop. Still to come, Kane will take on Daniel Bryan. Also, is Brock Lesnar in the building? We’ll find out. Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio in a rematch and more. Back to commercial.
First Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista
Batista goes right at Alberto and punches him in the corner, then he whips him across the ring and connects with a clothesline. Alberto rolls outside but Batista throws him into the barricade, then he rolls him inside, but Alberto kicks him in the shoulder. Alberto punches him a few times but Batista clotheslines him on the floor, then he goes after him but Alberto sweeps his legs and knocks him on the apron. Alberto whips him into the ring steps as we cut to a break.
Back from the break and Del Rio has control as he stomps away on Batista. Del Rio stalls and shows off as Batista gets up. He runs the ropes and charges but Batista moves and Del Rio lands out on the floor. Del Rio drops Batista over the top rope. Del Rio goes up top but Batista cuts him off. Batista nails a superplex. They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Batista with clotheslines and a big slam for a two count. Del Rio turns it around and readies for the superkick. Del Rio misses the kick and comes back with a stomp. Batista side steps again and his a spinebuster. The crowd boos. Randy Orton’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop. Del Rio takes advantage of the distraction and rolls Batista up for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Orton takes the mic and apologizes for interrupting. Orton says Batista has been distracted since the days of Evolution. Orton says that loss just now was one of the funniest things he’s seen. He calls the WWE Universe’s reaction to Batista’s return funny also. Orton says the fans don’t like Batista very much. Orton bets Batista is sorry that he came back. A huge CM Punk chant starts before Batista speaks. He says Orton is wrong. Batista tells everyone to get it through their head – he loves this business. Fans boo. Something else he loves is that the fans have a voice. But so does he, he says. He says if they cheer him, he cheers back. If they boo, he boos back. It’s called being real and honest, something Orton knows nothing about. Batista says all that matters is that he goes to WrestleMania and beats the hell out of who he used to call his friend. Batista calls Orton a whiny, sniffling, kiss ass, suck up. Batista says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and to deal with it. He drops the mic and the music plays as Orton looks on from the stage with his titles in the air.
Second Match: Cesaro w/Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger vs. Big E
They lock up and Big E goes to a headlock. A “we the people” chant starts up. They run the ropes and Big E hits a big shoulder tackle. Cesaro goes to the floor.
Cesaro comes back in and slams Big E. They trade shots. Cesaro with uppercuts and knees to the gut of Big E. More back and forth action. Big E hits two big throws and a shoulder thrust in the corner and Big E goes for a two count. Cesaro turns it around with uppercuts and a big boot to the face. Big E catches Cesaro and drops him over the knee three times for a two count. Big E works on the arm now. Cesaro catches Big E in a big tilt-a-whirl slam and covers for a two count as we go to commercial break.
Back from the break and Cesaro is in control. They trade shots. Big E with a big slam. Cesaro moves and Big E runs into the ring post. Cesaro covers for a two count. Cesaro hits a big running uppercut in the corner and takes Big E down with a headlock. More back and forth. Cesaro with the gutwrench slam for another two count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring again. Cesaro with a sleeper hold. Big E tosses him off but runs into an elbow. Big E with a pair of clotheslines and a belly to belly suplex. Cesaro blocks the Big Ending and hits a huge uppercut in mid-air. Cesaro with a two count. Big E blocks the Cesaro Swing and catches Cesaro in a big Rock Bottom out of the corner for another two count. Another “we the people” chant starts. Cesaro sends Big E out to the floor.
Big E ducks a clothesline from Swagger on the floor and lays him out. Big E comes back in and Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on him. Swagger comes in and grabs Big E, putting him in the Patriot Lock. Cesaro is upset as he gets disqualified.
Winner: Big E by DQ
After the match, Cesaro has words with Swagger. Zeb comes in and gets in the middle of them. They turn their backs and Big E attacks Swagger from behind. Cesaro makes the save and hits the Neutralizer on Big E. Cesaro does “We The People” as his music plays and Swagger tries to plead with him.
Second In-Ring Segment: Cena says it’s spectacular to see Hulk Hogan back in WWE. Cena hypes the WWE Network and says our future is now. Cena’s been talking hard and sending a message to any Superstar that can listen about having to come through him if they want to carry WWE into the future. Mixed reaction for Cena. Cena says he knew eventually he would come face to face with The Wyatts but didn’t think it would be in the Chamber. Cena says they cost him a match at WrestleMania XXX. Cena calls Bray Wyatt to the ring.
The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Bray takes a seat in his rocking chair at ringside. He asks what would the world be without its hero, its knight in shining armor to save the day. Bray says Cena is hollow, full of empty promises. He promises to save the people and keep them safe. Cena tells them everything will be alright as long as he is around, Bray says. Bray calls Cena a liar. He says it’s a terrible world, a cold and dark place. Cena stands for illusions, Bray stands for everything that is real. Bray says if Cena says the future has to come through him first, he couldn’t agree more. Bray properly introduces himself to Cena. He says they are the reapers that bring death to this era of lies.
Cena takes the mic and introduces himself. Cena says if one of them come into the ring, they’re starting something they may not be able to finish. Cena says if they make that move, it’s go time, jack., Cena readies for a fight as The Wyatts surround the ring. Harper charges but gets dropped as does Rowan. Bray hits the ring and all three of them beat Cena down now. Bray holds back Harper and Rowan. Fans chant “Yes!” as Cena gets up in the corner. Cena hobbles on one leg and tackles Bray but he gets beatdown again. Cena struggles to get up on one leg and is selling a leg injury. A small CM Punk chant starts. Cena charges Rowan but Rowan backs off and Bray runs over Cena from the side with Sister Abigail. Bray poses over Cena and yells “Follow the Buzzards” as the lights go out and we go to commercial.
Third Match: Sheamus vs. Christian
They lock up and go to the corner. Sheamus tosses Christian out to the floor. Christian comes back in with big right hands. Sheamus fires back with kicks and takes him to the corner for a beatdown. Christian looks to make a comeback but Sheamus clotheslines him to the floor. Christian gets pulled face first into the ring post. Sheamus rolls him back in and drops a knee to the face. Sheamus with another knee and a running knee drop. Sheamus goes for the forearms on the apron but Christian fights him off and drops him over the top rope. Christian comes back in and nails a missile dropkick from the corner for a two count. More back and forth action on the apron. Sheamus dumps Christian back to the floor. Sheamus lands a big shoulder tackle from the apron as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get more back and forth action. Sheamus fights out of a hold and starts hitting high knees. Christian shoves him back to the floor. Christian charges but misses. Sheamus lands a knee to the face. Sheamus delivers the forearm shots to the chest on the apron now. Sheamus with a big battering ram tackle for a two count. Christian goes to the top, but Sheamus brings him to the mat. Sheamus with the Cloverleaf submission. Christian breaks the hold by getting to the ropes. Sheamus chases him around the ring and back in. Christian stomps away now. Sheamus blocks Killswitch. Christian blocks White Noise and rolls Sheamus up for a two count. Sheamus with a big powerslam for a two count. Christian ducks a Brogue kick and kicks Sheamus in the face. Christian comes off the top rope but Sheamus hits a Brogue in mid-air for the win
We see footage from earlier of The Authority arriving and Renee Young talking to them about WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan ran up and started yelling about how he keeps getting screwed. Bryan said he would fight Triple H right now. Triple H said they’ve already had this talk about A+ players. Triple H said he would try and find Bryan a spot on the card. Stephanie told Bryan he should focus on tonight’s match against Kane.
We get a Black History Month video for Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson.
The Shield are backstage. Seth Rollins and Roman Regins want to know where Dean Ambrose was last night. Ambrose is tired of explaining himself he says. He says something about them not trusting him. He walks off. Rollins talks about how it keeps happening with Ambrose. The Wyatt Family walks up. Reigns challenges Bray to a match, one on one with nobody else at ringside. Bray calls him an interesting creature and accepts the challenge. Reigns and Rollins walks off as Bray laughs.
We go to Josh Mathews, Ric Flair and Booker T at the pre-show panel. No Alex Riley this time. They talk about what’s happened so far tonight. Flair gets a “yes!” chant going when talking about Kane vs. Bryan.
Fourth Match: Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Back from the break and out comes Kane in pants and a wifebeater, but with pyro. The bell rings and Bryan attacks. He unloads with kicks into the corner and beats Kane down. Kane works on his injured arm. Bryan is taped up once again. Kane with shots in the corner before throwing Bryan into the turnbuckles. Bryan turns it around with more kicks. Bryan works on Kane’s leg as the fans chant his name.Kane turns it around and beats Bryan down. Kane keeps Bryan on the mat and works on his shoulder. Bryan goes for a dive through the ropes but runs into a big right hand. Kane sends Bryan shoulder first into the steel steps. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bryan is kicking away at Kane. Kane goes back for the shoulder and covers for a one count. Kane with a clothesline in the corner and another pin attempt. Bryan comes back with a dropkick. Fans chant “Yes” as he clutches the shoulder. Kane goes to the top but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan climbs up and sends Kane flying to the mat. Bryan with two big dropkicks in the corner. Kane blocks the third with a right hand. Kane charges but Bryan sends him out to the floor. Bryan nails a dive through the ropes. Bryan with a big dropkick into the barrier. They come back into the ring and Bryan hits kicks and the roundhouse for another two count. Bryan goes to the top for the big headbutt but Kane grabs him for a chokeslam. Kane covers for a close two count. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Kane counters. Bryan counters another chokeslam but Kane fights the Yes Lock off. Bryan with the flying knee for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Bryan takes the mic and mentions how he confronted The Authority earlier today. Bryan calls Triple H a coward. Bryan yells it again. Bryan says he challenged Triple H to a match at WrestleMania and he hid behind his Stephanie’s skirt. Bryan says Triple H has ignored what the fans want ever since he put on the suit. Bryan tells the people to make their voice heard and a “Yes” chant starts. Bryan asks if Triple H is listening. Bryan tells Triple H to make the match – Bryan vs. HHH at WrestleMania XXX. Bryan’s music hits as the fans chant.
Still to come, Reigns will take on Bray Wyatt. Also, Brock Lesnar is now confirmed to appear. We see Summer Rae and Fandango dancing in the back. Back to commercial.
Fifth Match: Emma w/Santino Marella vs. Summer Rae w/Fandango
Emma dances around so Summer shoves her, then Emma hits her back so Summer tackles her and mocks her with a dance. Summer charges the corner but Emma sidesteps her, then Summer connects with a spinning heel kick and kicks her in the back. Summer chokes her on the ropes and screams at Santino, then she goes for another spinning kick but Emma ducks and makes her tap to the Emma Lock.
Sixth Match: The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws
Road Dogg asks for the floor and says there’s no hurry, then he cuts their traditional DX promo, but Jimmy superkicks him and Jey throws Billy outside. Jey splashes Billy on the floor, then Jimmy splashes Road Dogg and makes the cover.
Winner: The Usos
Seventh Match: Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt
They lock up and go at it after Reigns starts with the upperhand. Bray beats Reigns down and drops him with a right. Reigns tries to fight back but Wyatt keeps control. Reigns ends up coming back and tossing Bray to the floor. Reigns follows and hits a huge clothesline as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bray is in control. He hits the big splash as fans cheer for Jerry Lawler. During the break, Bray sent Reigns into the steel steps. Bray drops a knee and hits Reigns with right hands. Bray chokes Reigns on the ropes now. More back and forth. Bray knocks Reigns out of the air and covers for a two count. Fans start chanting for Undertaker now. Bray splashes Reigns in the corner. Reigns dodges the next splash and Wyatt goes down.
Reigns lands a big flying clothesline and one in the corner. Reigns beats Bray down in the corner. He runs out of the ring and hits the big dropkick on the apron. Reigns with a big slam for a two count. The lights go out and when they come back on, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are at ringside. Seth Rollins runs out of nowhere and leaps out of the ring, taking out Rowan and Harper. Bray rolls Reigns up for a two count. Reigns misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post. Harper and Rowan beat Rollins down at ringside now. Dean Ambrose finally runs down and saves Rollins. He brawls with Harper. Reigns with a Superman punch on Wyatt. Reigns knocks Harper off the apron. Ambrose rushes the ring and attacks Bray for the disqualification.
Winner: Bray Wyatt by DQ
Final In-Ring Segment
We go to the ring with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. The apron is black and there’s a couch. Heyman introduces them and refers to Lesnar as the #1 contender. He says Lesnar is not in a good mood tonight. Heyman says Batista and Randy Orton need to get their match out of the way now so the winner can fight Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX. Heyman says The Authority have offered Lesnar an open contract for WrestleMania. He can name any opponent for his choosing. Heyman says Lesnar wants history to conquer.
Heyman talks about how Lesnar has conquered everything, including UFC, and says Lesnar wants to win the titles at WrestleMania but Stephanie and Triple H won’t put it in front of him to conquer. Heyman says the open contract doesn’t mean a thing to Lesnar. Lesnar wants to make history. Heyman tells The Authority “no thank you” to the contract. They can have WrestleMania all they want but they can’t have it with Lesnar. Heyman demands they give him history to conquer. They go to leave the ring and the lights go out. The bells go off and The Undertaker entrance begins.
Taker comes out to a big pop and stares at Lesnar as he makes his way to the ring. Taker walks around the table and comes face to face with Lesnar as the crowd pops. A big chant for Taker breaks out. They keep staring until Taker looks up at the WrestleMania sign and back at Lesnar. Lesnar shakes his head yes. Lesnar signs the contract and jabs the pen at Taker. Heyman laughs. Heyman says if Taker wants to sign it, he can have the match with Lesnar at WrestleMania. Taker slams down on Lesnar’s arm and chokeslams him through the table. Fans chant “holy s–t” and Taker’s name as he looks up at the WrestleMania sign and poses. The match is official. RAW goes off the air with Taker making his exit.
JPOV: Awesome edition of Monday Night RAW. Loved the matches that involved~ Daniel Bryan vs. Kane, Sheamus vs. Christian, and Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt. Loved the promo from Daniel Bryan. The low point for me with this Raw was the commentary from JBL. I thought Batista had a better match with Del Rio then they did at the Elimination Chamber. Enjoyed the interaction with The Wyatt Family and John Cena. This show needed more of The Authority. You can’t go wrong with the return of Hulk Hogan just a great moment for the WWE. Of course the last segment right there with Brock Lesnar and Undertaker that was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
Josh’s Grade for Monday Night RAW: 9.5/10
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Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show:
The 2014 WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff pre-show starts with Josh Mathews welcoming us to the Target Center in Minneapolis as fans continue to find their seats. Mathews is joined by The Miz, Mark Henry and Rey Mysterio. Miz shows off his wedding ring. We have a new panel setup tonight. The panel talks about tonight’s matches. Henry is looking forward to the Chamber match the most. Miz hypes Big E vs. Jack Swagger and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos. Mysterio said he’s most looking forward to The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family. They talk about the pre-show match and Miz predicts The Brotherhood will win. Henry says there hasn’t been this much excitement in the tag team division since the Attitude Era.
We go backstage to Renee Young in the social media lounge. Tonight’s hashtag is #WWEChamber. Renee shows us some Chamber predictions from fans on Twitter. Zeb Colter was shown backstage with The Real Americans. Colter says tonight will be the night that America gets fixed. JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler make their entrances. They show us a highlight package of the WWE Network.
Elimination Chamber Kickoff Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback w/Larry “The Ax”Hennig
Goldust and Axel start off before Cody and Ryback come in. Ryback takes control on Cody and drops him with an elbow to the face. Ryback with thrusts Rhodes in the corner before tagging in Axel. Fans chant for Axel as Cody turns it around. Cody sends Axel and Ryback to the floor. Cody and Goldust both leap out to the floor and take Ryback and Axel out. We cut to a commercial.
Back from commercial break, Ryback stomping Goldust in the corner, then Axel slingshots himself over the ropes and elbows Goldust on the apron. Axel dropkicks him and Ryback hits him a few times, then Goldust comes back with a hurricanrana off the turnbuckles before backdropping Ryback outside. Cody gets the hot tag and kicks Axel in the face, following with a moonsault for two before hitting an Alabama Slam. Ryback pulls him outside but Cody hits a Disaster Kick off the steps, then he goes for a springboard dropkick but Axel knocks him down and gets a near fall. Rhodes and Axel counter each other’s finisher attempts, then Ryback runs in but hits the floor, and Goldust slams him into the barricade as Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner: The Rhodes Brothers
Byron Saxton interviewed The Usos, they talked about how much the WWE Tag Team Championship means to them and their family. The Usos says they have two words for The Outlaws…. It’s Over!
End of The Kickoff Show!
First Match: WWE Intercontinental Championship~ Big E (c) vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
They lock up and go to the corner, then to the next corner. They lock up again and Swagger hits a big knee to the gut. Swagger with shoulder blocks. They run the ropes and Big E nails a flying shoulder tackle. Swagger goes to the floor for a breather and the crowd boos. Swagger comes back in and works Big E over. E turns it around and hits a big belly to belly suplex. Big E nails another big throw and a spear in the corner. Swagger rolls back out to the floor.
Big E follows through and sends Swagger into the steps. Zeb distracts Big E, allowing Swagger to attack Big E from behind. Big E fights back and thrusts Swagger back into the steps. Big E brings Swagger back in the ring for a two count. Swagger ends up pulling Big E to the floor and throws him down. Swagger with a big clothesline on the floor. Swagger brings it back in the ring for a two count. Swagger with a running knee in the corner. Swagger levels Big E with a big boot and drops a leg for 2. They both collide with clotheslines in the middle of the ring.
Big E misses a big thrust in the corner and hits the ring post. Swagger rolls him up for a 2 count. Swagger nails a big spinebuster for a two count. Big E blocks a Swagger Bomb. Big E struggles but Swagger ends up on the apron. Big E runs the ropes and spears Swagger from the apron to the floor. They both land hard and the fans chant “holy s–t.” Big E brings it back in for a two count. Big E runs the ropes and nails a big splash for another two count. Big E goes to the top rope but Swagger cuts him off.
Swagger climbs up but Big E sends him to the mat. Swagger runs back up and throws Big E to the mat for another 2 count. Swagger takes out Big E’s knee and goes for the Patriot Lock. E rolls through but Swagger locks it in again. E breaks the hold and they trade shots. Swagger takes the knee out again. Big E blocks a gutwrench but runs into a big kick. Big E runs over Swagger and drops his straps. Swagger with another Patriot Lock as the crowd pops. Big E breaks it with an enziguri to the face of Swagger. Big E nails the Big Ending for the win.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston
After the match, Bad News Barrett comes out and says the United States once again choked in the olympics and they will have to wait another four years just to end up being disappointed again. They show us a promo of Hulk Hogan returning to Monday Night RAW tomorrow night.
Byron Saxton was shown backstage interviewing Daniel Bryan. Saxton ask Bryan what his mindset is heading into the Chamber Match tonight. Bryan says whether he’s 100 % or not, he will win the Chamber match tonight and will main event WrestleMania XXX.
Second Match: WWE Tag Team Championship~ The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos
Billy Gunn starts off with Jimmy Uso. Gunn drops Uso with an elbow. Gunn stalls before they lock up again. Road Dogg finally tags in as does Jey Uso. Dogg dances around to a pop. Dogg with a kick to the gut. Uso comes back with a headbutt and some dancing of his own to a pop. Dogg runs into a big kick from the corner but launches Uso with a hip toss into the corner. Uso lands bad and looks to hurt his leg. Dogg struts and tosses Uso out to the floor. Gunn with a big clothesline on the floor. Gunn brings it back in the ring for a two count.
A big CM Punk chant starts up as Road Dogg comes back in the ring and keeps control of the match. Dogg with more offense and a pin attempt on Uso. Jimmy Uso and Gunn come in at the same time. Uso unloads. Dogg comes in but gets tossed to the floor. Uso barely hits a Samoan Drop on Gunn. Dogg pulls Gunn out and saves him from the splash int he corner. Jimmy runs the ropes and leaps out, taking both of the Outlaws out. Gunn comes right back with a big clothesline. Jimmy and Gunn come back in. Uso ducks a Fameasser and nails a superkick for a close two count. Uso goes to the top for a Superfly Splash.Jey Uso goes at it with Dogg on the floor. Back and forth. Dogg catches a superkick. Gunn rolls Uso up for the win.
Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws
After the match, Bad News Barrett appears and says Daniel Bryan won’t be winning tonight and for that, fans will turn on him. Barrett chants “yes” while the fans chant “no.”
Third Match: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
Darren Young is out first as we see footage of their break-up. Titus O’Neil is out next. The bell rings and they go at it. Titus drops Darren when he’s arguing with the referee. A we want “Lesnar” chant starts up.
Titus runs over Darren with a big shoulder. Young with a big right hand and a dropkick. Young clotheslines Titus out to the floor. Young goes to the top and nails a flying clothesline for 2. Titus turns it around and whips Young hard to the floor. Young fights out of a bearhug and comes off the top but Titus catches him with a backbreaker. Titus tosses Young across the ring. Titus applies abdominal stretch on Young. Young makes a comeback and gets some offense going. Young with a neckbreaker on the apron for a 2 count. Titus blocks a move and nails a kidney shot. Titus nails Clash of the Titus for the win.
Winner: Titus O’Neil
After the match, Bad News Barrett appears again. His podium isn’t working and he’s now speaking from the stage. He rips Minnesota’s electricians and football teams. Barrett brings up Hulk Hogan returning and says his spotlight will be forever dimmed by the charisma of Bad News Barrett.
Fourth Match: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
Before The Wyatts even enter the ring a “this is awesome” chant starts up. Both teams face off with the referee in between them. Bray and Ambrose have words. A “let’s go Wyatt/let’s go Shield” chant starts. Ambrose attacks Bray and here we go. They all start brawling before the bell can even ring. The Shield clear the ring as the referee tries to restore order. More dueling chants from the fans as Bray talks with Rowan and Harper. The bell rings and it’s going to be Rowan starting off with Rollins.
They go at it. Rollins with a big dropkick from a block. Reigns tags in and they beat Rowan down in the corner. Rollins tags right back in but Rowan shoves him away. Rowan with a massive clothesline. Harper tags in for some double teaming. Harper turns it around in the corner and tags in Bray. Bray takes Rollins to the corner and works him over. Rollins ducks a clothesline and tags in Reigns. The crowd pops as Reigns stares down Bray. They go at it. Bray tags back in Harper for some double teaming. Harper tries to suplex Reigns but can’t. Reigns nails a suplex and beats Harper to The Shield’s corner. Ambrose comes in for some double teaming. Rollins tags back in as does Reigns for a triple team move. Reigns with a two count on Harper.
Ambrose tags back in and nails a double dropkick. It’s Rollins and Harper going at it now. Rollins with a headbutt as Ambrose tags back in. Quick tags from The Shield here. More back and forth. Harper nails a big dropkick on Ambrose. Bray tags back in and beats down Ambrose. Bray taunts The Shield and tags back in Rowan. Reigns with a big slam and a vise on Ambrose’s head. Harper comes back in and steps on Ambrose’s head. Ambrose and Harper trade shots now. Harper with a big suplex and a two count. Ambrose turns it around with a neckbreaker and a tag to Rollins. Rollins unloads on Harper. Rollins with a big leaping right hand in the corner. Rollins goes to the top and knocks Rowan away. Harper runs up and cuts Rollins off. Harper climbs up with a huge super throw on Rollins but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins sends Harper to the floor and nails a suicide dive. They come back in and Rollins hits a top rope knee to the head. The crowd goes nuts. Rollins misses a knee and Harper nails a big sideslam for a two count.
Bray comes back in and turns it around on Rollins. More dueling chants from fans. Rowan tags in and keeps Rollins down. Rowan with a forearm shot to the kidney and another two count. The fans chant for tables now. Harper tags back in for a big right hand to the face of Rollins. Harper boots Rollins in the face and taunts him. Harper with a big slap to the face. Harper takes Rollins to the corner for more offense. Harper with the running knee in the corner. Harper catapults Rollins under the second rope. Bray tags back in and drops a knee on Rollins. Bray with a headlock now.
Bray runs into a big boot and goes down. Bray catches Rollins with a chokeslam for a two count. Harper runs in and sends Ambrose flying with a boot. Harper tags in and stomps on Rollins. Rollins counters Harper and rallies for a tag now. Reigns tags in as does Rowan. Reigns takes Rowan and Bray out. Reigns with a big Samoan Drop on Rowan. Right hands for Rowan now. Harper tosses Reigns to the floor. Reigns runs around the ring and hits the apron dropkick on Rowan’s head. Reigns comes back in and slams Rowan for a two count as Bray breaks the pin. Dean tackles Bray and unloads on him. Harper pulls Ambrose off but Ambrose decks him. Ambrose dropkicks Bray off the apron. Harper leaps out with a suicide dive on Ambrose. Rollins leaps over the top and takes out Harper. Reigns with a close roll up on Rowan. They both collide with clotheslines and go down. Fans pop.
Rollins sends Harper into the ring post. Rollins takes apart the Spanish announce table but Bray stops him. Ambrose makes the save for Rollins as they prepare to put him through a table. Bray and Ambrose tumble over the barrier and brawl in the crowd. Roman and Rowan are still in the ring. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Rowan with a knee to the gut before tossing Reigns into the ring post. Rowan yells at Reigns and slaps him. Reigns nails a Superman punch for a two count. Rollins and Harper go at it on the floor now. Reigns uses a monitor but Bray runs back over the barrier and drops Rollins. They take apart the normal announcers table now. Harper and Bray put Rollins on top of it and work him over. In the ring, Rowan with a big fallaway slam on Reigns that sends him to the floor. The Wyatt Family stands tall.
Rowan and Harper stand on top of the announce table with Rollins. Bray looks on as they double chokeslam him from one announce table through the Spanish announce table. A huge “holy s–t” chant starts. Rollins landed hard. Ambrose is nowhere to be seen. Reigns gets cornered by The Wyatts in the ring now. Bray comes in but Reigns attacks. Rowan beats Reigns down. Harper double teams Reigns in the corner with Rowan. Harper nails a massive big boot on Reigns. Bray tags in and turns upside down in the corner with a smile on his face. Bray kisses Reigns’ head and goes for Sister Abigail but Reigns powers out. Bray hits a headbutt. Reigns powers into a big Samoan Drop. Harper runs in but Reigns tosses him to the floor. Reigns with a Superman punch for Rowan. And one for Bray. Reigns stands tall by himself now. Harper runs in and catches a spear. Bray nails Reigns and hits Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Fifth Match: WWE Divas Championship~ AJ Lee (c) w/Tamina Snuka vs. Cameron
Cameron hits AJ with her pom poms before the bell. Cameron takes AJ to the mat first for a two count. Cameron with another move before skipping around and mocking AJ. Cameron drops AJ and hits the split leg drop for a two count. Cameron runs into a kick for a two count. AJ with a neckbreaker and another two count. AJ keeps control and skips around. Cameron rolls her up for two. Cameron with clotheslines. Cameron with a dropkick for another two count. They end up on the floor. Cameron ducks a shot from Tamina and AJ gets knocked out. Cameron goes for a two count and Tamina breaks the pin. Cameron comes to the floor to argue and Tamina runs her over with a clothesline for the disqualification.
Winner: Cameron by DQ
Sixth Match: Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio comes out in regular clothes, wearing a neck brace and using a crutch. Del Rio says he can’t compete tonight due to Del Rio putting him through a table on RAW. Del Rio kicks Batista while he’s talking to the referee and beats him down with the crutch. Del Rio takes off his warmup suit and is in his wrestling gear. Del Rio wails away with the crutch. Del Rio smiles and the fans boo him. Del Rio with more crutch shots to the knee. Fans chant “si!” as Del Rio tells them to ring the bell. Batista gets up in the corner and says he’s ready to go.
Batista fights back on one leg and the fans boo. Del Rio with offense as the crowd cheers. They start a “Bootista” chant up. Del Rio with a cross armbreaker on the second rope as fans cheer again. Del Rio with stomps now. Fans chant for Daniel Bryan. Del Rio goes back to working on Batista’s arm. Fans chant for CM Punk now. Batista fights back and the fans boo big time. Del Rio drops Batista’s arm over his knee and the fans cheer. The announcers are pointing out now that the fans are cheering for Del Rio instead of Batista. A chant for Chris Jericho starts now. Batista sends Del Rio into the ring post.
Fans continue cheering for Del Rio when he hits Batista. A Rob Van Dam chant starts up. Del Rio with an enziguri for a close two count. Fans boo as Batista gets his foot on the bottom rope. Another 2 count by Del Rio. Del Rio dropkicks Batista to the floor. A chant for Brock Lesnar starts up now. Batista brings it back in the ring but Batista nails a spear as the crowd boos. 2 count for Batista. More back and forth with Del Rio taking control. Del Rio misses a shot from the top rope and lands hard. Batista with a spinebuster to boos. Batista tries to get hype on the ropes but fans boo him. Del Rio blocks a Batista Bomb and takes out the knee. Del Rio with a kick to the head and a 2 count. Del Rio points up at the WrestleMania XXX sign to a mixed reaction. A “si!” chant goes again. Batista counters and shoves him into the exposed turnbuckle. Batista nails a Batista Bomb for the win.
Seventh Match: Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan
The bell rings and Cesaro dropkicks Sheamus. Cesaro stomps away and sends Sheamus out to the steel. Cesaro tries to slam Sheamus into the steel chains but Sheamus clotheslines him back into the ring. Back and forth in the ring now. Cesaro with a big uppercut. Fans chant “we the people” as Sheamus lands out on the steel. Cesaro runs the ropes but Sheamus nails a battering ram for a two count. Sheamus with a kick to the back and a neckbreaker for a two count. Sheamus with a big shoulder thrust in the corner and a high knee. Sheamus clotheslines Cesaro out to the steel. Sheamus goes for the forearm shots to the chest but Cesaro fights him off. Sheamus finally gets the forearm shots in.
Sheamus with a big clothesline. Sheamus goes for a suplex but Cesaro fights it. They fight on the steel now. Cesaro sends Sheamus into the post of Orton’s pod. Cesaro with a stomp to the chest from the second rope as Orton looks on. Cesaro works Sheamus over in front of Cena’s pod now. Cesaro mocks Cena. Sheamus tells Cesaro to bring it. Cesaro drops him with a huge uppercut. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope but Cesaro nails another big uppercut. Cesaro with a headbutt. Cesaro climbs up but Sheamus knocks him off and hits a shoulder tackle. The timer goes off and the next man in is Daniel Bryan to a big pop.
Bryan with a missile dropkick on both men. Bryan unloads and takes them both out again. Bryan with kicks to both men now. Fans chant “yes!” with every kick. Bryan nails a roundhouse on Cesaro. Sheamus kicks Bryan and uppercuts him. Bryan counters a move and hits a drop toe hold on Sheamus. Bryan with a submission on Sheamus. Cesaro comes over but Bryan suplexes him into a pin while Sheamus is still in the submission. two counts for Bryan. Bryan comes off the second rope but Cesaro catches him in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.
Sheamus goes back to work on Cesaro now. Cesaro fights back with knees. Cesaro clotheslines Sheamus out to the steel. Cesaro presses Sheamus’ face into the steel. Bryan with an uppercut on Cesaro. Bryan sends Cesaro into the chains. Cesaro whips Bryan through his empty pod and he hits shoulder first, going through the plexiglass. Sheamus with uppercuts on Cesaro now. Cesaro with uppercuts of his own as they trade them. Sheamus with a big slam on the steel. Sheamus with a two count. Bryan goes for a superplex on Sheamus but gets sent to the mat. The timer goes off and the next man in is Christian. He pushes Sheamus to the steel and stomps on Bryan as fans boo.
Christian unloads on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Christian slams a pod door on Bryan’s arm. Christian goes to the top and nails a tornado DDT on Bryan for a two count. Sheamus takes control but Sheamus plants him on the steel. Cesaro gets kicked into the chains by Christian. Cesaro blocks Killswitch. Christian leaps up to the chains to block an uppercut. Cesaro pulls him down and they trade holds. Cesaro powerbombs Christian into plexiglass on the pod and nails a big uppercut for a two count. Cesaro puts a piece of plexiglass on Sheamus and uppercuts it into him. Cesaro with a big gutwrench slam on the steel. The timer goes off and the next man in is John Cena.
Cena comes in to boos and throws Christian into Cesaro. Bryan hits a hurricanrana on Cena from the top. Bryan with kicks to Cena’s chest now. Christian blocks the roundhouse and nails Killswitch on Bryan for a two count. Cesaro grabs Christian for a Cesaro Swing but Cena nails Cesaro and then slams Christian. Fans boo Cena. Sheamus stops a Five Knuckle Shuffle and hits White Noise on Cena for a two count. Sheamus and Cesaro go at it again. Cesaro and Christian double team Sheamus. Sheamus blocks a Neutralizer. Sheamus gets sent to the steel. Christian with a tornado DDT on Cesaro for a two count. Christian goes for Killswitch but stops to swing at Cena. Cena grabs him and slams him into the chains. Cena enters the ring with a shoulder tackle on Cesaro. Cesaro counters with a huge uppercut for a two count.
Cesaro, Bryan and Cena go at it now. Christian gets knocked back into the chains. Bryan saves Cesaro from an Attitude Adjustment. Bryan unloads with kicks on Cesaro in the corner. Bryan and Sheamus go at it now. Sheamus rams Bryan into the post and chains, Bryan goes down. Cesaro suplexes Sheamus into the ring for a two count. The timer goes off again and here comes Randy Orton. Orton stomps on Cesaro and goes after Cena. Orton stomps on Sheamus and then Bryan. Orton knocks Cena back down and fans chant “boring” then boo. Orton poses to more boos. Orton points at the WrestleMania XXX sign. He goes for the punt kick on Bryan but Bryan moves. Everyone has Orton cornered now. Orton goes back into his pod and shuts the door. The other Superstars fight while Sheamus taunts Orton from outside his pod. The crowd chants “p—y” and Orton laughs.
Sheamus turns around and Brogue Kicks Orton through the pod, breaking the plexiglass. Sheamus sends Orton into the chains and clotheslines him into the ring. Cena slams Orton and Sheamus goes down. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Orton. Cesaro comes in and tosses Cena out to the steel. Cesaro drops Orton and does the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro does 30 rotations and the crowd pops. Bryan takes advantage and lays out Cesaro. Sheamus runs over Bryan. Sheamus slams Christian next. Sheamus poses. Christian ducks a Brogue Kick but it hits Sheamus. Christian rolls up Sheamus for two. Christian covers Cena for two. Sheamus backs Christian to the steel. Sheamus goes for a big slam on the steel but Christian slides out and climbs to the top of the pod. Orton climbs up and fights with Sheamus. Orton superplexes Sheamus to the mat. Christian nails a big splash from the top of the pod to Sheamus. Christian pins Sheamus and he is eliminated.
Trainers help Sheamus out of the Chamber as Christian backdrops Orton to the steel. Bryan with the flying knee on Christian for the pin. Christian is eliminated. Christian is also helped out of the Chamber. It’s down to Cena, Cesaro, Bryan and Orton. Cena and Cesaro go at it while Orton and Bryan do. Cena dropkicks Cesaro to the steel and throws him into the chains. Bryan sends Orton into a pod. Cena and Bryan lock eyes and meet in the ring. Bryan and Cena go at it trading shots. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Cena powers through. Bryan kicks him away. Cena goes for an AA on Bryan but Cesaro comes from behind and hits a German on both of them. Cesaro with a two count on Cena. Cesaro with a big boot to the face on Orton. Cena drops Cesaro for the STF but Cesaro counters. Cesaro with a big gutwrench move but Cena counters with a hurricanrana. Cena goes for the AA again and nails it onto the steel. Cesaro lands hard. Cena drags him back in the ring and goes for the STF. Cesaro taps and is eliminated.
Cena goes for the STF on Orton. The lights go out and it’s The Wyatt Family. The lights finally come back on and The Wyatts are in the Chamber. Orton decks Cena from behind. Luke Harper runs over Bryan. Harper and Rowan beat Cena down. Bray joins in. Harper whips Rowan into Cena with a big splash. Rowan throws Cena into a Harper clothesline. Bray turns upside down in the corner before hitting Sister Abigail on Cena. A “thank you Wyatts” chant starts. The Wyatt Family leaves the Chamber. Orton slides over and covers Cena. Cena is eliminated.
The Wyatts stand outside of the Chamber but Kane comes out and makes them leave. A “you sold out” chant starts at Kane. Kane enters the Chamber to check on Cena as trainers help him out. Bryan leaps and takes out Kane with a flying knee. Orton sends Bryan into the pod and takes him up top. Bryan counters and turns Orton upside down in the corner. Bryan unloads with kicks. Bryan with three running dropkicks to the face. Fans chant Bryan’s name as he takes Orton up top for a super side suplex and nails it. Bryan with a close two count. Bryan goes to the top but Orton cuts him off. Orton with a second rope draping DDT. Orton readies for the RKO. Bryan blocks it. Bryan nails the flying knee but Kane pulls the referee right before the three count. Bryan drops Kane with a kick to the head. Orton nails the RKO but Bryan barely kicks out. A huge “yes!” chant starts but Orton says no. Bryan with a roll up for two. Bryan with a kick to the head and Orton goes back down. Kane decks Bryan with a big right hand and Orton nails the RKO for the win.
Winner: Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion ~ Randy Orton
- After the match, Orton takes his titles as Bryan recovers in the Chamber. Orton poses on the ramp as Cole rants about how Bryan got screwed again. We see a lot of sad fans in the crowd. The show goes off the air with Orton celebrating on the ramp.
JPOV: This was the best Chamber PPV out of the five. Besides the Cameron and AJ Lee Match and Darren vs. Titus, this show was off the charts. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family match was epic that is all that needs to be said. Batista had a solid outing with Del Rio despite a very disrespectful crowd. Loved the chamber match sorry folks Bryan shouldn’t have won the title at the chamber PPV.
Josh’s Grade for the Elimination Chamber PPV: 8.5/10
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The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The main event features the Elimination Chamber match with Randy Orton defending the WWE world heavyweight championship against Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus.
The first Elimination Chamber match took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Tonight’s match will be the 17th chamber match in WWE history. Chris Jericho has competed in the most chamber matches at eight and Triple H has the most victories at four.
We are now going to take a look at the top matches inside the Elimination Chamber.
3) No Way Out 2009: Edge walked into this event as the WWE champion. The Smackdown chamber kicked off the night as Edge defended the title against Triple H, The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. The champion didn’t last long as he was pinned by Jeff Hardy about 2:30 into the match. The match came down to Undertaker and Triple H with HHH winning the match to become the WWE champion.
The former champion wasn’t done for the night as the main event of the show was the Raw chamber match featuring John Cena defending the world heavyweight championship against Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.
As Kingston was making his way to the cage, Edge attacked him from behind and threw him into the ringside steps and then grabbed hit Kingston over the head with a chair. Edge then ran into one of the chamber pods and inserted himself into the match. Cena ended up being the third man eliminated as he was speared and pinned by Edge. The match came down to Edge and Mysterio. Edge threw Mysterio through the pod glass and put Mysterio back into the ring, speared him and became the new world heavyweight champion. Edge was the only WWE superstar to ever compete in two chamber matches in one night.
2) No Way Out 2008: The Undertaker is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. The Undertaker has only competed in three chamber matches in his career. Taker was in the 2008 match with Batista, MVP, Big Daddy V, Finlay and Great Khali to determine the number one contender for the world heavyweight championship. The final two participants were Taker and Batista. In a unique ending, Batista was on the outside with his back to the ring and Taker lifted Batista over the ropes for tombstone piledriver and the pinfall victory. That was The Undertaker’s lone chamber victory.
1) Survivor Series 2002: This was the first time that the match ever took place. The match featured HHH defending the world heavyweight championship against Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane. One of the highlights of the match was Van Dam doing a five star frog splash and landing on HHH and causing a severe throat injury. The ending of the match came down to HHH and Michaels with Michaels back body dropping HHH from a pedigree and landing “Sweet Chin Music” to capture the title in a thrilling match.
Let us know what you think. You have any matches that differ from ours.
Ronda Rousey tonight makes the third defense of her UFC women’s bantamweight championship as she defends against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170. If Rousey is victorious tonight, her next title defense is unknown at this time.
Her longtime rival Cris Cyborg would like to get that crack at Rousey. The reason the fight hasn’t taken place yet is that Cyborg had refused in the past to drop from 145 to 135 pounds and wanted the fight to take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds.
Cyborg sent a statement to “Inside MMA”:
“In reference to Ronda’s statement that I am looking for a payday so that I can retire, you’re right, I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano. But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.
My English is not that great, so sorry if I was misunderstood. I didn’t literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted.
You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA. You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.
I’m currently training to fight at 145 on March 28 and in early May. My team has hired a medical doctor to help me make 135. I plan to challenge and win the Invicta 135 Championship in the summer and challenge you, champion to champion, for your 135 belt in December.
Now I know critics will say “I thought you said you would die if you made 135.” All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck. You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”
Michael Cole welcomes us to Friday Night SmackDown. He announces that tonight Sheamus will take on Christian in the main event, and The Rhodes Brothers with Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.
First Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger
Bryan lands a big kick on the arm of Swagger to start the match. Bryan takes down Swagger and applies a headlock. Bryan charges toward Swagger with a big knee to the ribs. Bryan sends Swagger to the turnbuckle and starts a series of running dropkicks to the face. Swagger ducked out of the ring and Bryan attempt a suicide dive, but Swagger caught him and drove him arm first to the ring post. Swagger brings Bryan back in the ring and continues to work on the injured arm of Bryan. Swagger planted a side slam on Bryan and he kicks out at 2. Swagger put Bryan on the top rope, but Bryan knocked him down and hit the running knee to the Swagger to pick up the victory.
After the match Vickie Guerrero comes out with Kane and congratulates Bryan on his victory. Guerrero tells Bryan that he won the opportunity to compete in another match tonight. Guerrero announces that Bryan will take on Cesaro up next on SmackDown.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Second Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro
Cesaro slams Bryan and stomps on his shoulder, then Bryan drop toe holds him into the corner and kicks him a few times. Bryan sets him on the turnbuckles but Cesaro connects with a falling knee strike on his shoulder, then he scoop slams him and double stomps Bryan’s shoulder. Cesaro slams him in the corner and puts him in an armbar, but Bryan flips him over the ropes and sends him to the floor. Bryan hits a suicide dive that sends Cesaro into the commentary table, then he tries to roll him in but Cesaro kicks him off the apron. Swagger starts walking towards Bryan with a chair, but the referee catches him and throws him out, then sends Zeb with him for arguing.
Swagger starts walking towards Bryan with a chair, but the referee catches him and throws him out, then sends Zeb with him for arguing. We get back from a break to see Cesaro set Bryan up top, but Bryan shoves him and hits a missile dropkick before repeatedly kicking Cesaro in the chest. Cesaro catches his leg on the last one and gets him in the Giant Swing, then Bryan tries to steal a rollup before Cesaro kicks out and connects with a Very European uppercut. Bryan kicks out of a pin and surprises Cesaro with a running knee, but Kane leaves commentary and chokeslams him to cause a disqualification.
Winner (by disqualification) – Daniel Bryan
Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing Christian .She asked him about the ruthless side of him that we saw on Monday’s Raw. Christian reiterated what he said when returned, and that is that he is a desperate man. He said the fans at home are not going to get him one more match, so he has to do it himself. He is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship if it’s the last thing he does in WWE.
Back from commercial break they show us a package of The Bella Twins showing us how to download the WWE Network.
Third Match: The Wyatt Family vs. Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Bray Wyatt said there isn’t much to say. The Shield are three dominoes set up in a line, and if one falls the rest will follow. They beg and plead for people to follow them, but how will anyone follow them when they are on their hands and knees in front of the eater of worlds. Follow the buzzards.
Rey and Cody hit a double drop kick on Harper to open the match. Harper recovered and started the process of cutting off Rhodes. Rowan tagged in and ate a drop kick, which allowed Cody to tag in Goldust. Rowan hit a clothesline on Goldust and Bray tagged in. He continued to punish Goldust with strikes and then taunted the crowd by doing hanging from the top rope is his creepy pose.
Harper and Goldust went back and forth with strikes, until Goldust hit a clotheslines and tagged out to Cody. Cody hit a Moonsault for a two count. Rey Mysterio tagged in and set up Harper for 619. Harper caught him with a Big Boot that looked unbelievable. Bray Wyatt tagged in and cut off Rey in his corner. Rowan tagged in and continued the offense. He applied a bear hug that seemed to take forever. Rey broke free, but could not sustain any offense. Rapid tags let to Bray Wyatt being in the ring, and he hit a splash on Rey in the corner. Rey avoided the second one and tagged in Goldust.
Rowan also tagged in and ate a cross body from Goldust. The match broke down at this point as Bray interfered. Rey Mysterio hit a 619 on Rowan, and dove on Harper at ringside. Harper caught him and threw him into the barricade. Cody then dove on Harper, which left Goldust with Rowan in the ring. Goldust set up Rowan for the shattered dreams, but he didn’t realize Bray Wyatt had made a blind tag. Wyatt then hit a diving body block and Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Byron Saxton interviewed Sheamus. He said he felt responsible for Christian’s new aggressive streak, but he was looking forward to having a good scrap with him later. He said this time, the Brogue will be no accident.
Fourth Match: Dance Off~ Emma vs. Summer Rae
Fifth Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus worked over Ziggler with strikes and talked trash at Darren Young at the announce table. Ziggler avoided a shoulder charge in the corner and hit a cross body. Ziggler then hit ten punches and a neck breaker. Ziggler then went for a the fameasser, but Titus avoided it and hit big boot. Young interfered in the match by blowing into a whistle incessantly, which distracted Titus long enough for Ziggler we to roll him up for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Sixth Match: Jimmy Uso vs. Road Dogg
Road Dogg snapmares Jimmy and applies a headlock, then he jabs him a few times but Jimmy hits a full nelson bomb before Road Dogg rolls outside. Road Dogg takes a cheap shot and sets up a pump handle slam, but Jimmy floats over and hits a superkick for the win.
Winner: Road Dogg
Seventh Match: Sheamus vs. Christian
Sheamus hits a shoulder block off the ropes, then Christian applies a waistlock but Sheamus breaks it so Christian throws some elbows. Sheamus fights right back with some strikes, then he sets up for a powerslam but Christian throws him outside and sets up a suicide dive. Christian jumps but Sheamus avoids him, then he hits a rolling fireman’s carry on the floor as we go to a break.
Christian slapped his way back into the match, and both men ended up out on the floor after a series of reversals. Sheamus charged at Christian and sent him hard into the barricade. He backed up and charged again, but Christian dumped Sheamus into the timekeepers area. Christian ripped the padding away from the barricade, and pulled Sheamus’ arm through the bars. He then yanked Sheamus’ chest repeatedly into the steel frame underneath the padding. It was a pretty cool looking spot.
In the ring, Christian continued the assault on Sheamus and stomped on his wrist. He then wrapped it around the top rope and wrenched on it, and Cole reminded everyone about Sheamus’ surgically repaired shoulder. Christian continued to work on the arm and shoulder of Sheamus, and tried a cover, but got a two count.
Both men traded strikes and Christian went up top. Sheamus noticed and tossed him off the top rope. He then fired up and hit a knee lift and a power slam. Christian grabbed Sheamus and hit an arm breaker off the top rope. Sheamus recovered quickly and caught Christian on the apron for his clubs to the chest. Christian tossed Sheamus into the ring post and rolled him up for a near fall. There was a bit more back and forth, and then Sheamus hit two Irish Curse Back Breakers. Sheamus signaled for the Brogue Kick, but Christian rolled outside.
Christian tried to catch Sheamus coming back into the ring, but Sheamus moved and hit a knee lift. He then went up top, but Christian caught him and sent him crashing down. He then went for the killswitch, but Sheamus reversed into White Noise for the win. After the match Sheamus celebrated on the second rope. Christian snuck up behind him and sent him to the outside onto the floor to close the show.
JPOV: Another great edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Good storyline build to the Elimination Chamber PPV. Alot of great matches tonight. Great way to finish a strong of week of televise WWE programming.
Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 9/10
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TNA Impact Wrestling
February 20, 2014
A video package highlighting Gunner’s life and career in TNA opens the show, hyping tonight’s World Championship Match. Dixie Carter, Magnus, EC3 and Rockstar Spud are shown from the backstage area. Carter tells everyone to stop second guessing her. Magnus gives a pep talk to the Dixieland stable, but EC3 is noticeably ignoring it. Magnus tells Carter that they need to get on the same page and they shake hands.
First Segment: We cut “live” to the arena, and Magnus and Dixie walk down to the ring. MVP makes his way to the ring to a massive reaction from the UK crowd. The champ tells him that if he ever got in the ring with him, “nine years” would be nothing compared to how long it would take to recover. Shots fired at his past criminal life.
The crowd chants “paper champion” and MVP tells Magnus a real champion wouldn’t have to tell people every chance they got. We get down to business, as MVP wants an answer for his Lethal Lockdown challenge. Magnus says they accept, but he will not be captaining his team because he has to defend the world title against Samoa Joe. He calls MVP a “bitch” and the two start brawling. Ethan Carter III hits the ring and attacks MVP from behind. The Wolves are shown attacking security backstage, and Gunner evens the odds. Magnus bails as his challenger hits the ring, and the four men stare each other down.
First Match: 3 on 1 Handicap Match Samoa Joe vs. The Bro-Mans and DJ Zema Ion
Joe clothesline the tag team champions and just walks away as Zema dives off the top rope. Zema got caught by the numbers game. The heels hit a trio of knees in the corner, and pick up Joe for a top rope attack, but Joe moves out of the way. Double legsweep to the champs, followed by Joe going suicide dive to the outside, taking out everyone. Back in the ring, Zema rakes the eyes to escape the Muscle Buster, but gets caught with an S-T-F. Muscle Buster connects, and Joe locks in the rear naked choke for the submission to pick up the victory.
Winner: Samoa Joe
The announce team hyped Kurt Angle’s Hall of Fame induction next week. Backstage, Bobby Roode spoke with James Storm. Roode said he had a hard time trusting people and it reached a point where he was a man alone in the locker room. He said it had gotten to be to much. Storm asked him what he was saying. Roode said they had some good stuff and bad stuff and the bad was on him and he could’t change it. He said the good stuff they had was special and Storm was the only guy he could trust and he screwed that up. Storm told Roode to chill. He said they knew when they got in the business it was hard. He said if the business was slapping Roode in the face then he needed to slap it back. He said it was a dog eat dog world. In the divided office, MVP asked Austin Aries to be on his Lethal Lockdown team. Aries said he would think about it and they shook hands. A video seemed to be about the UK tour, but it turned into a cellphone video of Gail Kim and Madison Rayne brawling backstage, which lead to Madison making her entrance for a street fight.
Second Match: Street Fight Match Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim w/Lei’D Tapa
Madison grabbed a cookie sheet and attacked Kim during her entrance to start the match. Tapa stood there and watched her attack and didn’t do anything at all about it even though this is a street fight and therefore there are no rules. I guess TNA has just given up on logic completely at this point. Madison continued her assault and tossed Kim to the floor. Tapa stood between them and Madison jumped off the apron onto Tapa. Tapa caught her, but accidentally spun her around to hit Kim before slamming her into the apron.
Kim put the figure four leg lock around the post on Madison for a while and then went for a chair. She tried to hit Madison in the leg, but Madison moved her leg and kicked the chair into Kim’s face. Kim bled from the nose afterward. Back in the ring, Tapa climbed into the ring and Madison hit her with a cookie sheet and a kendo stick. She wound up with a chair, but Kim hit Madison with the belt and covered her for the win.
Winner: Gail Kim
Backstage, Hemme was looking at photos of Anderson’s kids with him. Shaw walked into frame, looked pissed, and walked away. Another Gunner hype video aired. It even showed his wife and family. Bobby Roode was shown walking backstage. Ethan Carter III is preparing for a match, and says that he won’t take anything away from the career of Kurt Angle, but claims he more or less ended his career.
Bobby Roode makes his way out to the ring and talks about having a dream as a kid of wanting to be a pro wrestler. He says he’s done things he’s not proud of, and he’s ruined friendships because of his attitude. He announces that tonight will be his last night as a professional wrestler. Dixie Carter comes out and says she needs Roode to be her captain for the Lethal Lockdown match. Carter tells Roode that if Team Dixie wins this match, Roode will get 10% ownership of Impact Wrestling.
Third Match: The American Wolves vs. Kazarian and Christopher Daniels
Daniels locks up with Davey Richards, but knocks Eddie off the apron. Davey chops the hell out of Daniels and the Wolves hit him with a double team hip toss. Bad Influence takes control over Eddie, tagging in and out quickly to keep their team fresh, while the referee keeps Davey in check. Eddie dropkicks Kaz off the apron and goes to work with rapid fire chops in the corner. Daniels tries for the BME but Richards hits the ring and kicks him out of the air. Eddie with a double foot stomp, Davey with a double foot stomp, the Wolves pick up the win.
Winner: The Wolves
Fourth Match: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Magnus (c) vs. Gunner
Just announced, this match has no disqualifications or count-outs. Slow match to start with a feeling out process that ends with Magnus dropping into a side headlock. Gunner breaks free and hits a series of clotheslines, Magnus calls to the back for help, but James Storm comes out with the Wolves to stand on the entrance ramp as we go to commercial. When Impact comes back, Magnus is in control. He hits the Falon Arrow and heads up to the top rope, coming down with the elbow drop for a two-count. Magnus whiffs a shot with the title belt and the two collide in the air – both men down.
Ethan Carter III and the BroMans storm the ring, but are immediately attacked by the Wolves and James Storm. The six of them fight up the ramp as Gunner hits a powerbomb on Magnus. He then climbs to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving headbutt to the champion. Rockstar Spud puts the champ’s leg on the bottom rope to save the match. Gunner goes after Spud but gets blasted by the title belt from behind. Somehow the challenger kicks out, and James Storm comes back to ringside to chase off Spud. Gunner builds up a head of steam and takes it to the champion with rights and lefts. A slingshot suplex connects and Gunner pounds his chest, signalling for the end. Sit-down backbreaker connects, and Gunner heads to the top rope one more time. Spud gets in the ring and Storm tosses him out. Gunner leaps off the top rope, but Storm superkicks him in the face. 1.2.3.
Josh’s Grade for Impact: 5/10
WWE Main Event
February 19, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado
1.) The Shield vs. Los Matadores and Sin Cara
Los Matadores and Sin Cara started to take the early advantage of the match with quick tags from Fernando and Cara to keep The Shield off balance. Regins got tag into the match and started to throw Fernando around the ring like a rag doll. A series of quick tags from The Shield kept Fernando isolated from his tag team partners. Fernando started to build his own momentum and made the seperation from Ambrose to tag in Sin Cara. Sin Cara coming off the hot tag started to gain his own momentum, but The Shield quickly established control of the match as Main Event went to commercial break.
Back from commercial break, Sin Cara landed a hope spot for the tag, but Rollins cut him off. The Shield went back to making quick tags and all members got their own moment to shine. Sin Cara landed a impressive tornado DDT on Reigns and the provided the seperation to make the hot tag to Diego. Diego established his move set as the match was breaking dow. Los Matadores, Sin Cara, and even El Torito landed a series of suicide dives to knock down The Shield.
Reigns landed a double spear to Sin Cara and Fernando and Rollins got back in the ring and gave Diego the curb stomp to pickup the victory
Winner: The Shield
They show us a trailer to the “WWE Legends House” show which will air in April on the WWE Network.
2.) Aksana vs. Cameron
Aksana started the match taking the early advantage by landing a series of knees to Cameron’s face. Aksana continued to control the majority of this match. Cameron started to build momentum and rolled up Aksana to pickup the victory.
Back from commercial break they show us a video package about the rules in the Elimination Chamber Match.
They showed us the sit down conversation Michael Cole conducted with WWE COO Triple H. Triple H talks about how Daniel Bryan loves to act like everybody is against him and playing the role of the underdog. Triple H says there is alot of variables in this match and there is no set and stone favorite in this match. Triple H says that The Authority is ready to make the winner of the Chamber Match the “Face of the WWE.”
Bad News Barrett came out and the bad news was that the United States will have the worst medal haul performance in the olympics since 1988.
Back from commercial break they show us a promo for the launch of the WWE Network.
3.) Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel w/Ryback
Kingston went on a flurry of offense early and set up for Trouble in Paradise, but Axel wisely rolled out of the ring. Ryback began to enter the ring, but Mark Henry’s music played and he came down to the ring to give Kingston some backup as Main Event to commercial break.
Back from the break, Kingston continued to dominate Axel. Axel managed to get in some offense after a shot to the back of Kingston’s head, but Kingston quickly regained the upper hand. Ryback had enough and started to attack Kingston, forcing the disqualification. Henry cleared the ring and Kingston hit Rybaxel with a dive. Kingston and Henry celebrated to close the show.
Winner: Kofi Kingston by DQ
Josh’s POV: Okay edition of Main Event I’ve seen better episodes. I really enjoyed the match between The Shield and Los Matadores and Sin Cara. The Kofi Kingston and Curtis Axel match was decent. Wanted to give a big shout out to that crowd in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The massive Ryback sucks chants had me cracking up.
Josh’s Grade for Main Event: 7.5/10
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February 14, 2014
1.) Daniel Bryan, Christian, and Sheamus vs. The Shield
Seth Rollins and Christian started the match, and brawled a bit. Roman Reigns tagged in and he and Christian traded offense until Sheamus tagged into the match. Roman Regins and Sheamus had a stare down and Sheamus opened up with some strikes. After a bit of back and forth action, Sheamus hit a forward roll slam. Sheamus then drove knee into Reigns and covered him for a two count. Reigns turned things around with a back elbow and ragged in Ambrose.
Sheamus started to take over Ambrose with a clothesline and tagged in Daniel Bryan. Bryan came into the match off a hot tag and started to the land the majority of his signature moves on The Shield. He attempted to lock Ambrose in the Yes Lock, but both Shield members entered, and then Christian and Sheamus, and all six men had a standoff mid-ring.
The crowd rocked a big Yes chant as Daniel Bryan tagged out to Sheamus. He hit his clubs to the chest on Rollins and tried to climb to the tope. A brief distraction from Ambrose allowed Rollins to knock him down to the apron, where Reigns hit a running dropkick from the floor. Roman Reigns grabbed Sheamus and tossed him into the barricade, and then back into the ring for Ambrose. Ambrose hit some strikes and then tagged Rollins back in, who continued the beat down.
Reigns tagged in and the heels continued to cut off the ring and force Sheamus to deal with all three of them. He got in a hope spot or two, but otherwise Roman Reigns dominated. He got cocky and talked smack to Christian, which allowed Sheamus to hit a uranage. Rollins tagged in and tried to prevent the hot tag, but missed a running senton, and Christian tagged in. He went to work on all three heels, knocking Rollins and Reigns off the apron, and then hit a tornado DDT on Ambrose for a broken pin.
Bryan entered to rescue Christian, and took all all three Shield Members. He took out Reigns with a suicide dive on the outside, and then ate one himself from Seth Rollins. In the ring, Sheamus inadvertantly hit Christian with a Brogue Kick, and then Roman Reigns hit him with a spear. Ambrose covered Christian for the clean pin.
Winner: The Shield
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero was on the phone and was interrupted by Zeb Colter. Colter asked Guerrero to be his valentine. Colter says that Jack Swagger deserves a chance at a championship and Guerrero announce that tonight there will be a Fatal Four Way Match to determine the number one contender to Big E’s Intercontinental Championship. The participants in this match tonight will be Swagger, Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry.
Back from commercial break Cesaro was interviewed by Byron Saxton. Cesaro says that he feels that nobody belives that Cesaro has no shot to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cesaro says when he beats Randy Orton tonight he will prove that he will get the respect he deserves.
They aired the highlight package of Lita being the newest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
2.) 4 Way Match to determine the Number One Contender to the Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Mark Henry vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi and Rey worked together to take down Mark Henry early and send him out to take a powder. Kingston and Mysterio hit the ropes and Kingston hit a back elbow for a two count. Mysterio rolled through a sunset flip attempt by Kingston and kicked him in the face. Swagger got in the match and tripped Mysterio as he hit the ropes. Kingston dove on Swagger on the outside, and then Mysterio jumped on Kingston.
All three men got up, and Mark Henry was going to attempt a suicide dive, until Jack Swagger entered the ring and hit a low tackle around his knees. He followed up with a Jack Swagger bomb and Mark Henry rolled to the outside again. Jack Swagger and Rey Mysterio then went back and forth until Rey Mysterio reversed out of a suplex attempt and hit a face buster. Kofi Kingston broke up a pin attempt. Kofi Kingston then sent Rey Mysterio into the ring post and went to work on Jack Swagger.
He hit a boom drop on Jack Swagger and fired up the crowd. Kofi Kingston avoided a distraction by Rey Mysterio, but Jack Swagger met him up on the top rope. Mark Henry then approached Jack Swagger from underneath and grabbed him for a powerbomb. Mark Henry then hit a big clothesline on Kofi Kingston, but got hit with a chop block by Jack Swagger. Jack Swagger then applied the patriot lock, but couldn’t get the submission. Rey Mysterio hit 619 on Mark Henry’s gut, and then Kofi Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise to put the big man down. He rolled to the outside again.
Jack Swagger, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston did a double german spot with Jack Swagger as the anchor. Jack Swagger tossed Kofi Kingston from the ring, but Rey Mysterio tripped him onto the second rope for 619. Kofi Kingston jumped back into the ring and hit Trouble in Paradise on Rey Mysterio. He then used both feet to shove Mark Henry into the announce table at ringside. As Kofi Kingston tried to skin the cat, Jack Swagger grabbed him for the patriot lock. After a struggle, he tapped out to give Jack Swagger the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger
3.) The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel and The New Age Outlaws
Goldust and Billy Gunn started, and I had a High School flash back. They went back and forth and Road Dogg and Cody Rhodes tagged in quickly. They went back and forth as well, with Cody Rhodes finally slowing down the pace with a clothesline. Jimmy Uso tagged in, and the Uso Brothers hit some double team offense. Jey Uso remained in the ring, but couldn’t keep Road Dogg down. He hit a kick to the gut and tagged in Curtis Axel.
Curtis Axel took control of the pace and stomped and used arm holds to keep Jey on the mat. Ryback tagged in, and they continued to isolate Jey Uso in their half of the ring. He hit a back elbow and a big press slam, and then backed Jey Uso into the heel corner
Jey Uso was still trapped on the wrong side of the ring as Billy Gunn took his turn with punches and stomps in the corner. Billy Gunn missed a splash in the corner and both men crawled for tags. Jimmy Uso hit a superkick on Ryback to knock him off the apron, and sent Curtis Axel to the floor with an elbow. He hit a Bubba Bomb on both Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, and then hit a butt splash on both in the corners. The match broke down after Curtis Axel broke up the pin. Everybody ended up on the outside after a series of splashes from the apron, and Jimmy Uso pinned Road Dogg with a splash from the top.
Winner: The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers
Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Randy Orton. Randy Orton said the Authority has always had his back, and he now realizes these challenges were to make him a stronger Champion, and not weaken him before the Elimination Chamber. Randy Orton says Cesaro can beat Orton, but he is not getting Randy Orton, Cesaro is getting The Viper.
4.) Damien Sandow vs. Darren Young
Short match Darren Young was distracted by Titus O’Neil who was on commentary with JBL and Michael Cole. Damien Sandow took control of the match after attacking Darren Young from behind. Darren Young reversed a hip toss attempt into a school by to pick up the victory over Damien Sandow.
After the match Titus O’Neil attacked Darren Young from behind. Titus O’Neil started playing to the crowd, but Darren Young got back up and knock Titus O’Neil out of the ring.
Winner: Darren Young
5.) The Miz vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
Fandango turned Miz inside out with a clothesline early. They traded offense back and forth without anyone in particular taking control. Fandango hit a nice dropkick, but Miz flipped out of a suplex attempt and fired up with a few clotheslines. Miz hit the reality check, but couldn’t follow up with either a figure for or a skull crushing finale. Emma and Santino Marella entered, and Summer Rae confronted them at the ramp. They shoved each other and Emma took her down. The distraction allowed Miz to hit the skull crushing finale for the victory.
Winner: The Miz
6.) Randy Orton vs. Cesaro w/Zeb Colter
Cesaro goes for a quick rollup before Randy Orton heads outside, then he gets back in and Cesaro gets another near fall before Randy Orton bails. Randy Orton reenters the ring and Cesaro gets him with a waistlock takedown, then he hits a gutwrench slam for two before hitting a double stomp. Cesaro uppercuts him and whips him across the ring, but Randy Orton clotheslines him and connects with a few uppercuts in the corner. Cesaro throws a few uppercuts of his own, then they go outside and Randy Orton whips Cesaro into the barricade and drops him with a clothesline. We get back from a break to see Randy Orton throw Cesaro headfirst into the barricade, then applies a headlock before throwing a few more uppercuts. Cesaro comes back with some uppercuts and headbutts, then Randy Orton knocks him outside and slams his head into the apron and barricade.
Randy Orton sets up for a hangman’s DDT but Cesaro counters with a 18 revolutions Giant Swing, then he calls for a Neutralizer but Randy Orton backdrops him. Cesaro lands on his feet and charges him, but Randy Orton connects with a spinning powerslam for two and follows with a hangman’s DDT. Randy Orton calls for a RKO but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut, then he follows with a European uppercut for two and Randy Orton retreats to the corner. Cesaro charges him but Randy Orton dropkicks him, then he sets up for a superplex but Cesaro breaks it up with some kidney shots. Cesaro hits a sunset flip powerbomb and a rolling uppercut, then he follows with a Neutralizer for the win.
JPOV: WOW! What a SmackDown. A lot of great matches tonight I will have to say the match of the night was the 6 man tag team match with The Shield beating Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian. A great main event match with Cesaro picking up the suprising upset on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. SmackDown would be my vote for show of the week.
Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 9.5/10
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In Ring Segment: Dixie Carter, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus made their entrance. Dixie Carter said she wasn’t worried about MVP. She was making a joke about having a bad hair day and said she has MVP never could, TNA World Champion Magnus. Ethan Carter III grabbed the mic and said Dixie Carter also has the man who ended the career of Kurt Angle.
TNA World Champion Magnus grabbed the mic and got a huge “You Sold Out” chant. Magnus took shots at the Manchester crowd and said he isn’t a paper champion. Magnus started to put over Dixie Carter which started to crowd to chant “Boring” towards Magnus and Dixie Carter. Magnus change the subject towards the new investor MVP. Magnus said he doesn’t know what jail cell MVP crawled out of, but there needs to be a understanding. Magnus said he’s at the top of the pecking order in TNA and MVP couldn’t buy him because he never sold out.
MVP came out with the number 1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Samoa Joe. MVP announced that at the LockDown Pay-Per-View, Magnus will defend his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against the “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe. Gunner’s music hit and he came on the ramp with his Feast or Fired briefcase. Gunner teased cashing in his breifcase at a opportunity for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tonight, but told Magnus he will give him a week to prepare for their match and the winner of that match will fight Samoa Joe at the LockDown PPV.
Dixie Carter grabbed the mic from Magnus and told Gunner that he might not have the breifcase by next week. She said he would have to face her nephew EC3 with his case on the line. MVP said that since Gunner has to defend his breifcase against Dixie Carter nephew tonight, EC3 should put his Feast or Fired briefcase on the line as well. MVP and Dixie Carter agree to make the match between Gunner and EC3 a Ladder Match for both Gunner’s and EC3′s Feast or Fired breifcases. MVP said that if anybody try to interfere in this match, he would have to “level the playing field.”
1.) Ladder Match for Ethan Carter III and Gunner’s Feast or Fired Briefcases
Ethan Carter III vs. Gunner
Gunner went on the ladder early and Ethan Carter hit a dropkick from the apron. He yelled “Ow” after landing. He put the ladder in the ring and Gunner stopped him. Gunner took the first ladder bump via a drop toe hold, but he hit a powerbomb off the ladder on Ethan Carter . Magnus ran in and attacked Gunner until James Storm made the save.
Result: Ethan Carter fought Gunner to a No Contest
After the match MVP came out and announced since Ethan Carter III and Magnus didn’t follow MVP rules they will be put in a tag team match with Gunner and James Storm. MVP announce that the briefcases will still be on the line in this match.
2.) Tag Team Ladder Match for Ethan Carter III and Gunner’s Feast or Fired Briefcases
Ethan Carter III and Magnus vs. James Storm and Gunner
Ethan Carter III and Magnus start arguing with each other on the floor as the match started as the show went to commercial break. Coming back from commercial break Ethan Carter and Magnus were in control of the match. They launched James Storm and then hit a splash on Gunner on the ladder. Ethan Carter attempted to climb up the ladder, but Magnus stopped him. Ethan Carter and Magnus start to argue which allowed James Storm and Gunner to recover. James Storm and Gunner hit a double hip toss on Ethan Carter, but the match started break down and Gunner slamed Ethan Carter on the ring apron and followed up with a diving head butt. Gunner climbed up the ladder and grabbed the breifcases to pickup the victory.
Winners: James Storm and Gunner
After the match Mike Tenay and Tazz hype the Casket Match for tonight featuring Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson. Mr. Anderson was shown backstage cutting a promo on tonight match with Bully Ray. Mr. Anderson said that this match has nothing to do with the Ace’s and 8′s and said it was about something Bully Ray didn’t have, a family.
Back from commercial break and The BroMans and DJ Zema Ion was shown backstage walking into Dixie Carter’s office to complain to Rockstar Spud about not being informed that James Storm and Gunner were given the opportunity for another TNA Tag Team Championship without the BroMans permission. The BroMans told Rockstar Spud that Dixie Carter needs to fix this situation right now and Rockstar Spud said Dixie Carter has everything under control.
MVP came up from behind them an announced that the BroMans and DJ Zema Ion shouldn’t be worrying about James Storm and Gunner they should worry about the match they are going to be in next with The American Wolves and a myster partner.
3.) The American Wolves and Samoa Joe vs. DJ Zema Ion, Jesse Godderz, and Robbie E
Samoa Joe starts running towards the ring and starts throwing some punches, then Davey Richards kicks Jesse Godderz in the corner and Eddie Edwards elbows him in the head. Robbie E tags in and runs right into a hurricanrana, then Eddie chops him and knees him in the face for a near fall. Davey Richards gets back in the match and hits a spinebuster, then he hits the ropes but Zema Ion knees him in the back and starts taunting him. Davey Richards grabs Zema Ion, and Robbie E elbows him from behind and sends him into the corner.
Davey Richards fighs back with some right hands but Zema Ion whips him into the turnbuckles, then he and the BroMans all start kneeing Davey Richards in the head. Jessie Godderz tags in the match and press slams Davey Richards applies a headlock, then Davey Richards comes back with a dropkick that knocks both Jessie Godderz and Robbie E down. Samoa Joe tags in and hits Zema Ion with an atomic drop and a back splash, then he knees him a few times and connects with a spinning powerslam for two. The Bro Mans break it up but the Wolves send them outside, hitting suicide dives in stereo before Samoa Joe drops Zema Ion with a Uranage slam and makes him tap to the Coquina Clutch.
Winner: The American Wolves and Samoa Joe
Velvet Sky asked Dixie Carter to cancel her match with Chris Sabin. Dixie Carter said her colleague taught her you can’t just sit on your backside and she couldn’t cancel the match, MVP was sitting there and took offense to her blaming him. Dixie Carter said she wished MVP was still wrestling so she could put someone against him. Rockstar Spud volunteered and MVP accepted…
In Ring Segment: Abyss made his ring entrance, sand mask. He apologized for the way things had played out, but his buddy Eric Young wanted to prove Abyss and Joe Park were one and the same. He demanded Eric Young to come out and see what he had created. Eric Young made a tentative entrance and stopped short of the ring. Eric Young said he was just trying to help. Abyss asked why Eric Young wouldn’t come closer. Eric Young slid in the ring and they stood face to face.
Eric Young said he didn’t understand why he was upset. He said Park asked him to help him find Abyss and he did. Abyss held up his mask and said this was the reality of the situation. He said he proved Park was Abyss. Eric Young said he loved Abyss just like the people did. Eric Young said when he pulled the mask off he proved who Abyss was. Abyss screamed at him “Who am I? Better yet, who the hell are you?”
Abyss said he had carved his body to bits and destroyed lives and careers. Abyss said the scars on his arms tell the story. He calmed down and sounded like Joesph Park. He said he couldn’t be Abyss anymore with the conscious he now had. He said he couldn’t be violent anymore and he needed help. Eric Young said they would finish this together and he could help.
Abyss said he didn’t want or need his help. He said they were done. Abyss said he needed to go away and fix Eric Young’s mistake by finding someone who truly understand him. He dropped the mic, threw the mask down, and left…
MVP was shown heading towards the ring as he will take on Rockstar Spud next on Impact Wrestling.
4.) MVP vs. Rockstar Spud
A very short match MVP all of his traditional signature moves and hit a running kick to head of Rockstar Spud to pick up the victory.
Bobby Roode was shown backstage entering the arena furious looking for Dixie Carter.
Back from commercial Bobby Roode was shown backstage with Dixie Carter. Bobby Roode told Dixie Carter that he is tired of all the games she playing with him. Bobby Roode said Dixie Carter own him a title shot and Dixie Carter said that she didn’t owe him anything. Bobby Roode got even more furious with Dixie Carter and said he is the last person Dixie Carter wants to make a enemy out of then Booby Roode stormed out of the room.
5.) Velvet Sky vs. Chris Sabin
Chris Sabin started the match by taunting and insulting Velvet Sky in the ring, and offered to give her a free shot at him to start the match. Velvet Sky refused until he ripped at her some more, before hitting him with a low blow. Chris Sabin laughed and pulled a cup out, mocking her for not thinking he’d have taken precautions. With the cup out, Velvet hit him with the low blow again and started wailing away at him. A large, heavily built woman then ran down and proceeded to assault Velvet Sky, leaving her laid out in the ring. She then mounted Chris Sabin on her shoulders allowing him to celebrate in the ring, before carrying him to the back as if they were a couple. Velvet Sky was then helped to the back by officials.
Winner: Chris Sabin
Bully Ray was shown in the backstage area looking through Mr. Anderson’s luggage and found Mr. Anderson phone. The phone started rining and it was Mr. Anderson wife, Bully Ray picked up the phone and said that the next time Mrs. Anderson sees her husband he will be in a coffin. Bully Ray also said to tell Mr. Anderson children that “Daddy says Goodbye.”
6.) Casket Match
Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson and Bully Ray strat brawling and Mr. Anderson rips off the jersey Bully Ray was wearing. Mr. Anderson sends Bully Ray on the floor and Mr. Anderson starts playing to the crowd which allowed Bully Ray to get back in the ring and attack Mr. Anderson from behind as this Casket Match heads into a commercial break.
We get back to see Bully Ray kick a chair into Mr. Anderson’s face, but Mr. Anderson comes back with a chair shot of his own before going under the ring for a table. He sets it up but Bully kicks him in the head, and Anderson is busted open so Bully Ray wipes the blood on his own face.
Bully Ray slides the casket in the ring and hits Mr. Anderson with a chair, then he connects with a superplex and tries to put him in the casket. Bully Ray puts him in it and tries to seal it, but Mr. Anderson kicks the lid away so Bully Ray hits him in the face with it. Bully Ray winds up with a chair but Mr. Anderson punches him in the balls, then he climbs out of the casket but Bully Ray hits him with the chair. He powerbombs Mr. Anderson through a table and screams about Mr. Anderson’s family, then he tries to piledrive Mr. Anderson in the casket but Mr. Anderson connects with a Mic Check and closes the lid.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
Dixie Carter finds MVP backstage and says she’s cutting to the chase, and she wants to buy his shares in TNA because he is causing problems. She hands him a contract and says she is offering a significant amount, then MVP reads it and says it’s alot but he’s not sure he can do it. Dixie Carter says she is a business woman and knows this the right choice, but MVP says he came to make a difference and the deal won’t happen. MVP throws the contract in the garbage and makes a challenge, for Lethal Lockdown with all TNA shares on the line. Dixie initially says no, but MVP goads her a bit and Dixie finally agrees, and says it’s not going to be the result he wanted.
JPOV: Okay edition of TNA Impact Wrestling. It was great to see The Wolves wrestling on Impact tonight even tho match was very short. I really enjoyed the Casket Match between Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson. With that saying there wasn’t much to take away from this show and that seems to be the common theme I take away whenever I’m watching TNA Impact Wrestling each week.
Josh Grade for TNA Impact Wrestling: 6.5/10
Hope you enjoy the play by play coverage of tonights TNA Impact Wrestling. Josh will be back tomorrow with the coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Last night Rashad Evans had to bow out of his UFC 170 fight next weekend against Daniel Cormier. The UFC also announced that Cormier would be taken off the card. Cormier stated on Twitter that he still wanted to fight next weekend, even if it had to be at heavyweight. You ask and you shall receive.
UFC President Dana White announced today that Cormier will stay on the card and face his former wrestling training partner, UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins.
Former 2x all American, US National and undefeated fighter, Patrick Cummins will face the Undefeated Daniel Cormier.
— Dana White (@danawhite) February 13, 2014
Cummins is a two-time All-American and national champion runner-up from Penn State University and is undefeated in four career fights. As soon as Evans pulled out of the fight Cummins was asking for the fight on Twitter. Dana White told MMAFighting.com that Cummins told him that he made Cormier cry when they would train together. Cormier told MMAFighting that wasn’t the case at all.
“There’s a lot of pressure that comes with trying to win a gold medal, something that Pat wouldn’t understand since he was only a training partner to me and Kerry McCoy. He wasn’t the guy. I appreciate him stepping up and taking the fight, but we’re going to see who’s going to be crying after we fight next Saturday night.”
The fight will remain the co-main event of the show.
It has been two weeks since CM Punk left the WWE before an edition of Monday Night Raw. The former WWE champion hasn’t made any statements and a return to the company is unknown at this time.
Raw took place last night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. A video has surfaced from the Raw production feed and it is of the fans chanting for Punk.
Cole says “that will drown out soon” and “go away” in response. Lawler mocks what Cole says and JBL says there wasn’t much determination in the chant.