Brian and Steve are back to talk WWE Raw from Monday night including Kane attacking Daniel Bryan and why Bryan will likely be out until Extreme Rules, John Cena against the Wyatt Family, Evolution and The Shield talking back and forth, the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship and more. Plus, talk about WWE Network and some new documentaries there, Ring of Honor and your questions.
The voice of Ring of Honor Kevin Kelly talks about the company’s upcoming debut on PPV with the “Best in the World 2014″ show on Sunday, June 22, how big a step this is for the company, the PPV business today, where ROH is as a company now, shades of gray in wrestling, his style now compared to when he was with the WWE, working alongside Steve Corino, the passing of The Ultimate Warrior, the end of The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania, his time in ECWA and more.
UFC on Fox 11 takes place on Saturday night from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The main event features two of the top three ranked heavyweights in the UFC as Fabricio Werdum battles Travis Browne. The co-feature has Miesha Tate battling Liz Carmouche in women’s bantamweight action.
To preview Saturday’s event, we talk to UFC on Fox analyst Brian Stann and Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford.
Stann previews the card, if Travis Browne is the best heavyweight in the UFC not named Cain Velasquez, if this is the best Fox main card top to bottom and more.
Crawford also previews the card, the Jon Jones saga, does he think Gina Carano comes back to MMA, are the Diaz brothers right in their contract stance and more.
You can start watching UFC on Fox 11 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass, then at 5 ET on Fox Sports 1 and the main card starts at 8 ET on FOX.
Nancy Grace caused a stir last week when she interviewed Diamond Dallas Page regarding the passing of The Ultimate Warrior last week. On the show, Grace went into business for himself and strongly implied that Warrior passed due to drug and steroid abuse. Then she ran a scroll of people who passed away in wrestling from past abuse and included Owen Hart, who didn’t pass away from that in the slightest bit.
TMZ is reporting that WWE will not allow anyone connected with the company to ever appear on her show again if they want to keep a working relationship with them due to what happened with Page.
Ring of Honor had promising a big announcement for about the last week or so. No one knew what the announcement would be and now we know. The company announced a short time ago they will be on LIVE pay-per-view starting with their “Best in the World 2014″ show on Sunday, June 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee.
Baltimore, MD (April 17, 2014) – Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment, LLC (“ROH”) today announced that they have agreed to deliver live Pay-Per-View programming starting with Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 emanating from Nashville, TN on Sunday June 22nd at the Nashville Fairgrounds.
For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience a marquee ROH event live at home via all major cable or satellite providers and witness next generation wrestling innovation, epic rivalries and world championship bouts.
Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 will feature the likes of: Matt Hardy, Kevin Steen, the Briscoe Brothers, ROH World Champion Adam Cole, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, as well as, Playboy cover girl and the first woman of ROH, Maria Kanellis and other elite wrestlers from ROH.
The start time for Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 is 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST with a runtime of 3 hours. The event is rated TV-14 and will be available in High-Definition. The suggested retail price is $24.95 (SD).
In conjunction with ROH’s debut on live Pay-Per-View, ROH has moved Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 from Saturday night to Sunday. Customers that have already purchased tickets for Saturday can use those tickets for Sunday. If unable to attend, ROH will provide a refund. Tickets should be mailed back to: Ring of Honor Wrestling, 2000 West 41st St., Baltimore, MD 21211. Contact: email@example.com for questions or more information.
“We are thrilled to announce that ROH is now available live on Pay-Per-View via cable and satellite,” said Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer of ROH. “Fans hungry for the best wrestling in the world will now have access to their favorite brand of wrestling from the comfort of their couch in stunning high definition, which is something our customers have been demanding for some time. We’re happy to deliver on that starting this June with Best in the World.”
Eight days ago the wrestling world lost former WWE champion The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Since his passing we hadn’t heard from his family. This morning his wife Dana made her first statement since her husband’s passing.
It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.
On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.
I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.
I was told it was reported WWE was “there” for us. “There” is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.
My husband’s speech had so many highlights for me as I sat proudly in the audience looking on at his moment … I most loved his request for the Hall of Fame to include the, as he called them, “true Superstars,” those behind-the-scenes people who make the machine run. See, I’m the person who puts up the ring in our house. I’m the background person who makes things happen seamlessly. I am surrounded by performers in my husband and children, so I felt a kinship with all the people he wanted to shine a spotlight upon who make WWE work. He loved you all, and knew that each of you made his run there possible. Thank you!
To all the ULTIMATE WARRIOR fans: THANK YOU!! He told me when he shook the ropes it was him gathering strength from each of you. Warrior respected you and loved you as do the girls and I. I will reach out to the ropes for your strength to sustain me in the sad days that the girls and I face. UNWAVERING is what you’ve been. GRATEFUL is what we are.
The Undertaker and I have a lot more in common than you might think. You see, I had a bit of a streak of my own going for the last 20 years. Yes, Warrior and I would have matches of our own … He would yell, I would cry, he would submit, I would win – always. My quivering chin and “pooched” lip was always more powerful than any clothesline or gorilla press slam. He’d laugh and shake his head and say,”you win, Pooch,” but really we both did.
My streak was broken April 8, 2014 when he collapsed. I fought and screamed and cried for him not to leave me, but I wasn’t to win this round. Heaven won and I lost, but I had the ULTIMATE love for 20 years and my children learned to be Warriors from THE ULTIMATE DAD. I wouldn’t trade a moment of the life we shared, good or bad, for anything on God’s green earth. He is the love of my life and gave me the gift of our beautiful, sweet, amazing girls. He was loyal and kind and strong and brave. He taught me to live by his creed,”Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing’s too hard to do, ALWAYS BELIEVE,” and with that creed I will carry on and make him proud.
Streaks are broken but legends live forever.
Dana A. Warrior
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Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the return of Evolution, the first round of the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship, the latest chapter in the John Cena – Wyatt Family feud, how Extreme Rules looks to be coming together, the Ultimate Warrior tribute, some other news and notes including Eric Young becoming the TNA World Champion along with your questions.
It has been six days since WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. The big question has been what caused the sudden passing.
An autopsy was done on Thursday and the results came out earlier today. TMZ is reporting that Warrior passed away from “Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease”, which is a hardening of the arteries that causes a heart attack.
The report also states that drugs or alcohol weren’t a factor and it was a natural passing. The former WWE champion passed away while at an Arizona hotel walking to his car and then clutched his chest and collapsed. He passed away a short time after that.
Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw will a tribute show to Warrior.
You could make a guess that this has been the greatest week in the life of Bryan Danielson (aka Daniel Bryan). First, the leader of the YES Movement defeated Triple H to kick off Wrestlemania 30 and then went on to the main event and tapped out Batista to capture the WWE Wprld Heavyweight Champion.
Then yesterday Bryan married his fiancé, Brie in a ceremony at L’Auberge de Sedona resort and spa. Among notable WWE guests included John Cena, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Jimmy Uso and “Total Divas” cast members Cameron, Naomi, Natalya and Eva Marie.
Bella wore a Katie May wedding gown at the “country rustic”-themed, casual wedding. The bridesmaids wore boho-chic white dresses, while the groomsmen donned dark jeans, white button-down shirts, suspenders and bow ties.
The wrestling world lost a legend as former WWE Champion, The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. In the last few days, the WWE has released various footage and photos on their website and the WWE Network.
It has been announced in a report by The Wrestling Observer that now this coming Monday’s WWE Raw will be a tribute show to the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class. The show will take place in Birmingham, Alabama. Nothing has been announced as to what will be airing on the show.
A little over 36 hours ago, the world found out the tragic news of the passing of The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Warrior was survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters, his mother, his two sisters and two brothers.
Warrior was a two-time Intercontinental Champion and former WWE Heavyweight Champion. He was adored by millions of fans around the world in his illustrious career.
Ever since his passing has been covered by every major media outlet like ESPN, CNN, ABC News, NBC News and. These outlets treated him like they should have, with respect in discussing his career. Then you get a media outlet like Deadspin.
Deadspin wrote a piece yesterday titled, “The Ultimate Warrior Was An Insane Di**”. I read this piece and it was a burial job at its finest, which isn’t surprising considering the website. To attract website traffic with a title like that wasn’t necessary, it should what kind of person he was outside the ring.
Warrior did make a lot of controversial comments like his views on gays and lesbians and the passing of Heath Ledger throughout his career. What does this have to do with his career?
It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with his wrestling. Why should we care what Warrior said outside the ring if it had nothing to do with professional wrestling?
The news of Warrior’s passing shook me pretty bad. I was like, I just saw this guy yesterday on television last night on Monday Night Raw and at the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday and Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday. It felt like a big giant punch to the gut and was like why did it happen?
When I was kid growing up in the eighties, I loved three wrestlers. Those were Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior. I was seven years old and I told my dad that I wanted to be The Ultimate Warrior for Halloween. He looked at me like I was crazy, but I was deadest in my decision. So for Halloween in 1988, I had the tassles on my arms, painted my face and walked up to every door I went to grab candy from and shook myself like I was grabbing the ropes like he did.
Everytime he came out to the ring, I would imitate what he did even if I looked like an idiot. Even when I was in high school and he returned in 1996 and then when he went to WCW in 1998. My buddies I even in our high schools still acted like a bunch of little kids everytime he came out to the ring.
When the WWE announced that they were putting Warrior in this year’s Hall of Fame, it was a feel good moment. When he appeared at the Hall of Fame on Saturday night, the crowd gave him an ovation fitting for a legend. He spoke for 40 plus minutes about his career, thanked the fans for what they did for his career and had come to peace for things he felt were wrong.
Then in his final appearance on Raw, it was a sight to see as he shook the ropes and yes at 33 years I popped up and did the same thing. Warrior thanked the fans for his career and gave props to the current crop of wrestlers and said the fans make the wrestlers become legends and the fans made him a legend.
We should remember The Ultimate Warrior for what he did when he came out through the curtain, ran down the aisle and shook the ropes. What people do outside of their chosen profession is their own personal business, not ours. Let’s remember the power of The Ultimate Warrior for bringing out the little kid in us each and everytime he entered the squared circle.
It has been confirmed by the WWE that Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. The WWE released a statement a short ago on his passing.
WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.
The cause of death is unknown at this time and our condolences go out to Warrior and his family. We will have more on this story as it becomes available to us.
Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and defeated The Undertaker to end the WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21. When the three count was made, shockwaves were sent throughout the world as headlines were circulating online regarding the end of “The Streak”. On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman cut one of the greatest promos of all time touting how Lesnar ended the streak. The question is now, what do you with Brock Lesnar?
With Lesnar’s limited schedule it is a little tricky unless he agrees to do more dates as his current contract expires after next year’s Wrestlemania 31.
Heyman stated earlier in the year that Lesnar should be competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That case is definitely for real now that Lesnar did break “The Streak”. You can’t put him in there with Daniel Bryan just yet, as the new champion would have to go over and would make Lesnar’s win at Mania seem pointless.
You don’t have to even put Lesnar in with Bryan. If you do that program, it shouldn’t be until Royal Rumble at the earliest, but preferably Wrestlemania 31 with Lesnar going in as the champion. I would have Lesnar run through everybody until that point as you have to make him look like a monster. For the next year, I would have Lesnar beat guys like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena until he loses.
Lesnar broke the greatest streak in the history of professional wrestling. The guy who beats Lesnar has to be the guy who is going to be the number one guy in your company and will be building the WWE around. Your options include Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Roman Reigns to name a few.
No one knows if Brock Lesnar will sign another deal with the WWE when his contract near expiration, but he shouldn’t lose until he leaves the WWE for good.
No one saw it coming at WrestleMania 30 with Brock Lesnar being the one to end The Undertaker’s legendary streak, leaving the audience with their jaws dropped and some even driven to tears.
The crowd at Raw the following night was still buzzing following the loss and not to happy about it either.
That set up the perfect atmosphere for one Paul Heyman to do his thing in front of this raucous audience. And he was up to the challenge, relishing the moment alongside the conqueror Brock Lesnar.
Heyman proceded to deliver one of the most epic, glorious promos you will ever hear and possible the greatest one in his three decade career, toying with the fan’s emotional and pulling them in every direction.
Here is the video of his promo in its entirety:
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It’s the biggest show of the year, the Superbowl of sports entertainment, WrestleMania 30 takes place tonight at the Merdedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA in front of what will likely be more than 70,000 fans and also airing live on the WWE Network beginning at 7p ET.
The card is now set with one match on the two hour pre-show and then seven more on the main show which will last nearly four hours. Here is the lineup and my predictions for the matches.
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.