WWE Raw Reaction 1/6/2014: “We’ve Got Two Words For Ya”

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Hey, whadoyaknow, Raw went Old School last night in an attempt to compete with the NCAA BCS Championship. Was it entertaining? Sure. Compelling? Unfortunately not. Worth watching over the fantastic game between Auburn and Florida State? Not in the slightest. But hey, that’s what DVRs are for… and if you actually tuned in to RAW live, at least it was over in time for FSU’s fantastic come back in the last 20 minutes (suck it, SEC!). [Read more...]

Photos of Daniel Bryan In His Wyatt Family Gear

At the end of last week’s WWE Monday Raw, it appears that Daniel Bryan has joined the Wyatt Family. Further proof of that is last night a house show in Hampton, Virginia in where Bryan faced Brey Wyatt in a steel cage match. Bryan came out dressed in Wyatt like blue garb and was called Daniel Wyatt.

Bryan let Wyatt beat on him and defeated Bryan with “Sister Abigail”.

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Photos were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

UFC Fight Night 34 Weigh-In Results (Video)

The first event of the year for the UFC takes place tomorrow morning from the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The main event features former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine battling Hyun Gyu Lim.

To make the fights official, the fighters weighed in a short time ago. All 20 fighters made and are set for tomorrow night. Here are the official weigh-in results and you can watch it in the video stream at the top of the page.

Main card (9 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
-Tarec Saffiedine (170) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (171)
-Tatsuya Kawajiri (145) vs. Sean Soriano (145)
-Kiichi Kunimoto (171) vs. Luiz Dutra (171)
-Kyung-Ho Kang (136) vs. Shunichi Shimizu (135)

Undercard (6:30 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
-Max Holloway (146) vs. Will Chope (146)
-Katsunori Kikuno (156) vs. Quinn Mulhern (155)
-Royston Wee (134) vs. Dave Galera (136)
-Mairbek Taisumov (155) vs. Tae Hyun Bang (156)
-Dustin Kimura (135) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (135)
-Leandro Issa (136) vs. Russell Doane (135)

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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The WWE taped Smackdown on Sunday night from Washington DC. The show airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the matches that take place.

-Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs The Uso Brothers
-Fandango vs R-Truth
-Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
-Nikki Bella vs Aksana
-Big E Langston vs Curtis Axel
-CM Punk and The Usos vs The Shield in a six-man tag match

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2013 Match of the Year

For every rivalry that takes place, for every great promo delivered in (and out of) the ring, and for every backstage news that sends fans to Twitter in a frenzy, the most important drama takes place when fireworks disappear and the lights go down.  A collar-and-elbow position signals the oldest type of storytelling in the business.  It means that two wrestlers are going to finally settle their business, and no matter happens between the opening and closing bells, fans in attendance and at home better buckle their seat-belts. And so with that in mind, we pick the battles that won over our hearts and minds this year… [Read more...]

2013 Breakout Star of the Year

Professional Wrestling really about the star power of in-ring performers.  Today’s top guys mean big money on television, Pay-Per-View, and at the merchandise stand.  But those big draws aren’t going to be around forever, and so the business has to keep building up new talent to take their place.  This was a major focus area for WWE in 2013.  With the debut of the new training facility in Florida, and more high-profile matches for under card talent, the company seemed determine to start packing away for the next era of superstars.  But which talent really came into their own this past calendar year? [Read more...]

2013 Biggest Surprise of the Year

One of the main reasons wrestling fans tune in each week is because they love to be surprised.  And because of its scripted nature, professional wrestling can offer those big, shocking moments in a much more strategic way that most other sports programs.   Cliffhangers you can’t miss? Good guy/bad guy turns? Dramatic run-ins and historic battles?  They’re all a piece of the squared-circle fabric.  While the internet made genuine surprises much harder to pull off in 2013, than, say, decades prior, a handful of moments still kept us on the edge of our seats. [Read more...]

2013 Tag-Team of the Year

In recent years, it seems like tag-team wrestling has taken a back seat to singles competition.  Compared to the tag-team division of the late 80s and 90s, modern sports entertainment has seemed content to pair up random singles wrestlers to be partners, in a “throw it on the wall and see what sticks” mentality.  And it’s been…. fine.  Luckily, WWE decided to up its game in 2013.  We finally got to see some lower-to-mid card acts rise as the company refocused on building legitimate teams.  And, perhaps most surprisingly, WWE’s tag-team competition became more interesting than a certain other major wrestling organization.  But which team rose to the top? [Read more...]

2013 Feud of the Year

Every professional wrestler is only as good as the opponent they face.  There’d be no Shawn Michaels without Bret Hart, no Stone Cold Steve Austin without Vince McMahon, no Mankind without The Rock, and no John Cena without JBL.  And while modern ‘sports entertainment’ seems content to fill much of its programming time with backstage skits and dancing segments, the idea that two men sometimes  just need to beat the crap out of each other lives on. [Read more...]

2013 Pay-Per-View of the Year

This was the year that TNA decided to pretty much give up on the Pay-Per-View business – they reduced their major pay events to only four, and filled up the rest of their required dates with various specialty shows.  The gamble didn’t exactly pay off.  Similarly, WWE became more long-term focused on its own network, while at the same time witnessing buy rates rise and fall.  Still, building towards the “big show” is in the fabric of pro-wrestling.  So which one delivered most in 2013? [Read more...]

2013 Heel of the Year

For all that is good in professional wrestling, our heroes would have nothing to fight about if not for the heel characters that cause anguish at every turn.  It’s classic booking 101: the babyface chases the heel, and crowds pay good money to see him or her get their revenge. Not every bad-guy in 2013 was worth writing home about, but a few stood out above the rest. [Read more...]

2013 Superstar of the Year

The WWE main-event picture found itself flush with talent this year, as CM Punk, The Rock, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and even Ryback all shared the spotlight.  While the product found itself in a lull at times, a few superstars really made their mark in 2013. [Read more...]

UFC 168: Anderson Silva Breaking His Leg (GRAHPIC VIDEO)

In what was perhaps one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of MMA happened tonight in the main event of UFC 168 when Anderson Silva attempted to throw a leg kick to UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. The champion checked the leg kick and the rest can speak for itself.

If you have a sensitive stomach please turn away from the Vine video that we received a few moments ago.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday December 20, 2013

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

- Randy Orton made his way to the ring and cut a promo. Orton said that winning the championship awarded him nothing but a match with Daniel Bryan. John Cena interrupted Orton. Cena said he’s out here because he’s gonna prevent Orton from looking like a fool. Cena said that since Orton is champion everyone is watching him and after him. Cena called Orton a giant pussbag. Cena said Orton took the easy way out by winning by DQ on Monday. Daniel Bryan made his way out to a huge pop. Bryan said that Orton is afraid of Bryan beating him. Bryan said that when Cena gets his rematch Cena will win and that Cena will grant Bryan a title shot. The Shield came out to attack then Punk ran out to even the odds. Vickie came out to massive boos to announce the main event which is Shield vs Punk, Bryan and Cena.

-Big E Langston defeated Jack Swagger. Langston won with the big ending in a quick match.

-Brie Bella defeated Tamina. AJ sat in on commentary. Brie rolled up Tamina for the win and then pushed AJ at ringside.

-Bad News Barrett did a promo ringside.

-Sin Cara defeated Drew McIntyre.

-Tensai defeated Brodus Clay. Tensai won after a distraction from the Funadactyls and Xavier Woods. After the match Woods and Tensai cleared the ring.

-Eric Rowan and Luke Harper defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a non-title match. Great tag match. After the match the Wyatts tried to attack but Bryan made the save which led to…

-Daniel Bryan and The Rhodes brothers defeated They Wyatt Family. Bryan hit the running knee to win.

-Damien Sandow cut a promo about canceling Christmas. Miz came out and said where he comes from they celebrate Christmas. It led to a match.

-Damien Sandow defeated The Miz. Sandow won by rolling up and hooking the tights.

-Fandango defeated Kofi Kingston. Fandango won with the top rope leg drop.

-Backstage, Renee Young started to interview Bryan when The Wyatts attacked. They beat Bryan down and threw him off a ledge out back. That changed the main event to a handicap match.

-John Cena and CM Punk defeated The Shield by disqualification. The Shield ganged up on Punk to get DQed. The Shield took out Punk and hit the triple powerbomb on Cena. Big E Langston made the save and had a stare down with Roman Reigns to close the show.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Commerical (Extended Version)

The WWE Royal Rumble is the first pay-per-view of 2014. The even takes place on Sunday January 26th from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The WWE today released an extended version of the Royal Rumble promotional commercial featuring superstars like CM Punk, Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler.

You can watch the commercial above.

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WWE Raw Reaction 12/16/2013: “We Listen to the WWE Universe”

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After a surprisingly decent Survivor Series, last night’s WWE RAW was a mixed-bag of mediocrity. Some of it worked. Some of it didn’t. Still, at least El Torrito wasn’t featured heavily – or maybe I Just fell asleep during that portion of the show. [Read more...]

Shawn Michaels Appearance On WWE Monday Night Raw Was Last Second

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels made a surprise appearance on WWE Monday Night Raw last night for the second straight week. Michaels appeared during a CM Punk, where he was calling out Triple H and Michaels ended up coming out. The two cut a promo regarding what happened last week when Michaels superkicked Punk. Michaels told Punk he needs to stop thinking about The Authority and Punk said if Michaels kicks him again, he will kick him back.

Michaels stated on Twitter last night that the appearance was a last second decision. The tweet has since been taken down, but we were able to find the quote.

“Nothing like a last minute phone call”. “However, it’s always nice to see everybody!!”

What that promo will lead too, who knows. Would you be interested in a Michaels vs Punk match?

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WWE TLC 2013 Reaction: “Fifty Years in the Making”

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So WWE TLC 2013 wasn’t a complete bust. In fact, the first and last hours were surprisingly entertaining, and the stuff in-between was just alright. Best of all, no Hornswaggle! [Read more...]