Brian and Steve talk about the sudden passing of the Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54, growing up as Warrior fans, his return to the WWE and being inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend and more.
Paige made the quite debut on WWE Raw last night in New Orleans, defeating AJ Lee in an impromptu match to win the WWE Divas Championship.
Backstage, Paige could not hold back her emotions and broke down in tears and other divas including Natalya, Emma, Summer Rae, Lana, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes and more embracing her with a huge hug.
Here is the video of that including Paige trying to put her big moment into words.
John Cena speaks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the event, the young crop of stars in the WWE and who he would like to work with, wrestling The Rock the last two years, movies and more.
Hulk Hogan talks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the big event, the WWE Hall of Fame, running into The Rock for the first time in years, seeing the Andre the Giant statue which brought him to tears, returning to the company and more.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 7, 2014 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Network has 667,287 subscribers and is well on its way to reaching its goal of 1 million subscribers by the end of 2014 just 42 days after launching in the U.S., making it the fastest-growing digital subscription service. This announcement comes following a historic WrestleMania® 30, which aired live on WWE Network as well as on pay-per-view through satellite and cable providers from a sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
WWE Network launched on February 24 in the U.S. and will be rolled out in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics in late 2014/early 2015.
WWE Network is the first 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming, including all 12 live pay-per-view events, as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe to WWE Network at WWE.com. WWE Network is available on connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3, Sony PlayStation® 4 and Xbox 360. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices as well as on desktops and laptops via WWE.com.
Coming up on Saturday night, the WWE will induct seven more members into its Hall of Fame. It’s an interesting lineup to say the least with plenty of characters and even controversial choices. The entire ceremony will air live on the WWE Network beginning at 9pm Eastern.
* The Ultimate Warrior
An iconic character from the 80′s known best by fans for his wild entrances running to the ring and his even wilder, nonsensical promos that he would scream out. Warrior’s big moment was defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI which many people thought would be the passing of the guard but it was not and Hogan would return to take the top spot in the company. He had plenty of detractors from his peers for his style, especially since was not a very good wrestler and his erratic personality. That’s likely why Linda McMahon will be introducing him and not a fellow wrestler.
WWE superstar Daniel Bryan talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30 what could be the biggest night of his career, how he would set up the match order at WrestleMania, dealing with his increased fame, handling the schedule, YES chants and more.
WWE superstar Seth Rollins talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30, The Shield and being close with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, getting more offense in their matches lately, facing the Wyatt Family, joining the WWE and more.
WWE superstar Titus O’Neill talks with Brian Fritz about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30, his Florida Gators in the Final Four, the impact Batista has had on his career and more.
WWE superstar Cesaro talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30, when he got into fitness, his current workout regime, the big swing, new top talent in the WWE, seeing Daniel Bryan in his current position and more.
WWE Diva Natalya talks with Brian Fritz about the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 30, being on Total Divas, getting slapped by Summer Rae, being married to a wrestler, advice she has shared to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan before their wedding and more.
WWE Diva Emma talks to Brian Fritz about being part of the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 30 which will be her PPV debut, coming up from NXT, who she has been excited to meet so far in her career and more.
Punk was at the building in Pittsburgh for Raw on Monday night and had a conversation with Vince McMahon, telling him that he was going home which is why he was not included on the television show.
It is still not certain why exactly CM Punk left the company, especially just a few months before WrestleMania XXX where he was expected to square off in a major match against Triple H.
CM Punk has been pulled from all advertising on upcoming events on WWE.com.
There had already been speculation regarding CM Punk’s status with the WWE since his current contract expires in July. Punk nearly did not re-sign three years ago but agrees to the new deal. Many times, he has talked about being burned out and in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, he admitted that he has yet to have any discussions about a new deal and that he isn’t sure whether he wants to remain with the company.
With Punk leaving the company for the time being, that leaves a hole in the WrestleMania XXX lineup. Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net is reporting that the WWE has already made a change with Daniel Bryan now slated to square off against Triple H at the April 6th event.
Thoughts about CM Punk leaving the company for now – share them in the comments section below.
Past, Present and Future Collide On Inexpensive New Network
It’s finally here. The day wrestling fans have always dreamed about will become a reality on February 24, 2014 when the WWE Network launches. With only weeks to go before the Internet-based WWE Network enters the households of the WWE Universe, what is already known is that several original programs will air exclusively on the network (The Monday Night War, WrestleMania Rewind, Countdown, NXT, Superstars and Legends’ House to name a few), all of the past WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views will also be available as part of an on-demand archive and subscribers will receive all future WWE pay-per-view events as part of the $9.99 monthly service. Nevertheless, if there’s one thing all the online speculation has already shown us, the rabid WWE Universe can’t wait to see what else will be available. With that in mind, perhaps the best way to speculate on the future is to look back on the network’s precursor: WWE Classics on Demand.
That is where the WWE is reportedly headed for WrestleMania 31 in 2015 with the annual event set to take place in Santa Clara, California at the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi Stadium.
F4Wonline.com was first to report the location.
WWE will make an official annoucement on Tuesday at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
WWE had to have been intrigued by the brand new, state-of-the-art facility with Levin Stadium set to open next year and will also be the home to the Super Bowl in 2016.
Also, the WWE Hall of Fame and Monday Night Raw that weekend will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
WWE is also expected to make an announcement for WrestleMania 32 in 2016 in the next few months. The two leading cities for the event that year are Arlington, Texas where it would be held at Cowboys Stadium which can hold over 100,000 and Orlando, Florida at the newly refurbished Citrus Bowl which was the home to WrestleMania 24.
The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Flair (Richard Fliehr) was held in contempt earlier this month for not paying his estranged wife more than $32,000 in spousal support.
TNA Wrestling is continuing its latest round of cost-cutting as Knockout Tara was given her release today. Here is the official statement from ImpactWrestling.com:
IMPACT Wrestling has released Tara. We thank Tara for all her contributions and wish her the best of success in the future.
While she is now 42 years old Tara (Lisa Marie Varon) was still a very good in-ring performer for the company. However, she was not wrestling that often in the last few months and her role had been downsized which led to the decision to release her.
It will be interested to see what her future in wrestling holds and if she would return to the WWE, work independents or simply not wrestle anymore after a very good, long career.
She does own The Squared Circle restaurant in Chicago and frequently has various wrestlers dropping by.
In case you missed it or want to re-live the fantastic segment from this past Monday edition of Raw, WWE has posted the segment which included the interaction between CM Punk and Paul Heyman before Brock Lesnar cam out and wreaked havoc and assaulting Punk including an F5 on the announcer’s table.
WWE.com is also reporting — although this is likely just more part of the storyline — that Punk was injured during the attack.
In what sounds more like an injury report from a car crash than a fistfight, medical officials have told WWE.com that Punk suffered whiplash and strained ligaments in his left knee and right ankle. Punk’s ribs are also bruised, potentially broken, as a result of the attack.
Below is a picture that WWE included on their Instagram account of CM Punk being looked at by WWE doctors after his beating from Lesnar.