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.
Harley Race Talks About Appearing At Wrestlemania 3, Why He Would Be Surprised If Daniel Bryan Walks Out of Wrestlemania As Champion
On today’s podcast we talk to WWE Hall of Famer and eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race.
Race discusses what it was like to appear what it was like to appear at WrestleMania 3, compares that moment to wrestling at his first Starrcade, what it is like to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, why he would be surprised if Daniel Bryan walks out of Wrestlemania 30 with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, why HHH is the best wrestler today and much more.
Brian and Steve talks about WWE Raw from Monday night which was the final edition before WrestleMania 30 including Daniel Bryan attacking Triple H leading up to their big match, the setup for WrestleMania, the latest confrontation between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, more between John Cena and the Wyatt Family along with your questions.
Paul Heyman talks about WrestleMania 30 where he will be in the corner of Brock Lesnar as he faces The Undertaker, how his close friendship with Lesnar came about, being in the wrestling business for almost three decades now, if his work comes naturally to him, his future in the business, who he thinks are the stars of the future, the WWE Network and more.
WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network. You can follow Paul Heyman on Twitter @HeymanHustle.
WWE superstar Daniel Bryan talks about WrestleMania 30 on April 6th where he will face Triple H and the winner then squaring off against both Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, what the last year has been like for him and his surge in popularity, the connection with his fans, wondering if he we be a part of WrestleMania a few months ago, planning his wedding with Brie Bella at the same time, any pressure with everything going on, what to do with his beard for the wedding and more.
WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network. You can follow Daniel Bryan on Twitter @WWEDanielBryan.
Author Kevin Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss his latest book “WWE 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment” detailing the last 50 years in the company, what he wish he could have covered more in the book, his favorite time period to cover, who the important WWE superstar may be, having quotes from various people including Vince Russo, comparing this book to previous ones he has done for WWE, his thoughts on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and more.
For months on end, plenty of wrestling fans haven been firmly behind Daniel Bryan and hoping, praying, shouting in support that he will finally get his shot and be a true main even star in theWWE. What that truly means is subjective because the argument can easily be main that he has been one for the past year.
Now, Bryan is getting his shot, facing Triple H at WrestleMania 30 on April 6th with the winner squaring off against Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship later in the show.
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Brian and Steve are back for the weekly podcast recapping Raw from Monday night just two weeks before WrestleMania 30 including Batista getting whacked for offending Stephanie McMahon, no Daniel Bryan, the latest interaction between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker and what is missing in that feud, the undercard for the big event and much more including your questions.
Wrestlemania 30 takes place in 13 days from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The top matches on the show include Daniel Bryan vs HHH, Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker, Randy Orton vs Batista vs either Bryan or HHH and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt.
Throughout the next two weeks as we approach the biggest wrestling show of the year, we will be taking a look back at some of the best moments in the career of some of the superstars in the top matches.
John Cena has been the biggest star in the WWE for the last ten years. Cena is a 14 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion and will be facing Wyatt at the “Showcase of the Immortals”. Cena has been in some of the biggest matches in the last decade and now we will take a look at the top matches in the career of Cena.
5) John Cena vs The Big Show for the United States Title at Wrestlemania 20: This was Cena’s first ever Wrestlemania as he had debuted in the middle of 2002, but did not appear at Wrestlemania 19. Going into Wrestlemania 20, Cena was on the rise as he had turned babyface at the end of 2003 and was riding a wave of momentum against Show. This match kicked off the card with Cena winning his first ever title in the WWE.
4) John Cena vs JBL for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 21: After winning the United States title at Wrestlemania 20, Cena held the title on and off throughout 2004. After winning a number one contender’s match over Kurt Angle the previous month, Cena moved onto Wrestlemania 21 to face JBL for the WWE championship. At that time, JBL was the longest reigning WWE champion in the last decade, holding the title for over nine months. Cena ended up walking out of Wrestlemania 21 defeating JBL to win his first WWE championship.
3) John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank 2011: This is a match that Cena did lose, but this match had a lot of significance to both guys and their respective careers. Heading into the match, Punk’s contract was expiring and no one knew whether he was resigning with the company. Cena has always been known as a guy who works hard, but hadn’t had many standout matches. Added into the match was the fact it was held in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. The crowd was electric as they were chanting Punk’s name the entire night and Cena came out with his head down, focused and booed out of the building. Combine all of those factors, Cena and Punk put on the best match in 2011 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and one of the best matches in the career of Cena even in defeat.
2) John Cena vs The Rock for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29: This match in terms of work rate wasn’t a five star classic, but was significant. Cena and Rock battled at Wrestlemania 28 with Rock coming out on top after not competing for eight years. Rock’s next match was against CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2013 and won his first WWE title in ten and a half years. The match was the main event of this show, which was held in the number one market for the WWE, New York/New Jersey. Cena won the match to win his 13th Heavyweight Championship and was a passing of the torch as after the match, Rock walked up the rampway with Cena saluting him and raising his arm.
1) John Cena vs Shawn Michaels on Monday Night Raw- April 23, 2007: Cena and Michaels faced each other at a few weeks earlier in the main event at Wrestlemania 23 with Cena retaining the WWE Championship. A few weeks later the two squared off again in the main event of the April 23, 2007 edition of Monday Night Raw in a non-title match in London, England with Michaels winning in a 40 plus minute classic. This was quite arguably not only the greatest match in the history of Raw, but it was the greatest match in the career of Cena. This was also deemed the match of the year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated for 2007.
Give us your thoughts and if you would replace any of these matches in the career of John Cena.
UFC Fight Night 38 takes place tonight at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main event features a rematch between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Their first fight took place at UFC 139 in November of 2011 with Henderson winning the fight by a very close unanimous decision. The fight has been deemed by some as the greatest fight in the history of the UFC.
We talk to UFC on Fox analyst Brian Stann, who will be calling tonight’s action alonside Jon Anik in Brazil. Stann helps us break down the main event, what sleeper fights to watch out for on the card and more.
Follow Brian Stann on Twitter @BrianStann.
Scotty 2 Hotty talks about appearance at Raw Old School earlier this year, being a part of the NXT Arrival show, why he is back in the ring more often now and working indy shows including with tag-team partner Brian Christopher after being apart for years, getting a chance to see old friends, the new talent in the WWE, helping at the performance center, why he never worked for another big company, becoming a firefighter and the TMZ story on that, being a part of WrestleMania in the past and his thoughts on this year’s show, his affinity for theme parks and much more.
Scotty will be signing autographs at WrestleCon in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday of WrestleMania weekend. Also, he is helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania Dream Vacation Raffle to support RAINN where the winner not only gets airfare to New Orleans plus tickets to WrestleMania 30, the Hall of Fame, Raw, and a whole lot more including airfare to Orlando, Florida where you’ll spend four nights at an Animal Kingdom resort, four-day parkhopper passes to Disney World and on one of those days Scotty will be your personal tour guide!
Mick Foley has been critical of the WWE product when it has come to Daniel Bryan. The WWE Hall of Famer went on a rant after the Royal Rumble when Bryan wasn’t in the 30 man Rumble match. Foley has taken to his Facebook to praise the show closing angle on this past Monday’s Raw featuring Bryan, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
FOR ME, RAW WAS JUST RIGHT
Following the brutal beatdown of Daniel Bryan by Triple H on Monday’s #RAW, I received many questions on social media, asking if I thought WWE had gone too far, with many pointing out the beating’s resmeblance to the one I took at the hands of The Rock in the 1999 Royal Rumble. No, I don’t think they went too far. I think they went just far enough.
A few weeks ago, when Daniel Bryan challenged Triple H, and tried to engage the crowd in a “Yes” chant, it seemed half-hearted at best, to the point where I said out loud, in the Foley living room, “he’s trying to sell a match that no one wants to see.” Well, following Monday night, that match has gone from being simply the obstacle Daniel Bryan had to hurdle to get to the main event into a match I now I feel like I need to see.
Yes, it was brutal, yes it was tough to watch at certain points – but it served notice to all of those who had forgotten, that Triple H was one of the best bad guys of his generation – and Stephanie, with her recent work on the microphone, has become an abslolutely compelling authority figure – as effective as I’ve ever seen her; seemingly channelling her inner Vince. I’ve known Stephanie a long time, and somewhere in the McMahon/Helmsley home, she still has the pot-holder my daughter made for her many, many years, ago. No matter what happens in business, she is someone I will always consider a friend. But man, do I want to see her get what she has coming to her? Maybe a WWE Diva who might happen to have a close connection to Daniel Bryan to smack the taste out of her mouth. Any candidates?
Imagine me as Goldilocks, surveying the lay of the WWE land, looking at angles from the past – far past, and recent past, trying to figure out which one is the perfect fit when it comes to selling a match – really, truly turning a match into something that the WWE Universe feels they need to see. That Rumble I did with Dwayne The Rock Johnson with the 11 unprotected chairshots? Too much. Most of what we see in the PG era? No matter how good the wrestling (and much of it is really, really good) – it’s just a little too soft. But what I saw on Monday night? As brutal as it may have been, as tough as it may have been to watch, I thought it was just right.
Johny Hendricks became the UFC welterweight champion defeating Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171 on Saturday night. The first title defense for the new champion seems like it will be pushed back for the time being.
It was revealed during an interview on KROQ Radio in Los Angeles today that Hendricks suffered a torn bicep before his fight with Lawler and will have surgery on Monday to repair the tear. Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com first reported the news on Twitter.
Johny Hendricks was just on KROQ in LA. Torn bicep. Surgery on Monday.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2014
More on Hendricks. Rehab 4 wks after surgery, 4 wks of rehab (if all goes well) and hopefully start traning again in 2+ months.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2014
This was the injury that happened a week before the fight that almost caused him to pull out. He also injured his shin in the fight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2014
I was told his bicep muscle actually curled like a ball, if that makes sense, in the fight. Given that and the shin, his 5th round = wowzer.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2014
By this timeline for Hendricks, he will return no earlier than late summer or early fall.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including Triple H putting an epic beatdown on Daniel Bryan, the added stipulation to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, Batista’s skinny jeans making a return, more buildup in the matches between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as well as John Cena against Bray Wyatt, how the rest of the card for Mania is shaping up, if there are too many people on the show and more including your questions.
The former A-Team member and Rocky challenger Clubber Lang reportedly turned down the invite from the WWE in 2009 and will be this year’s celebrity to get inducted.
Here is the official press release:
MR. T TO ENTER WWE® HALL OF FAME
LIVE ON WWE NETWORK
STAMFORD, Conn., March 17, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that pop-culture icon Mr. T will be this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 5 in New Orleans that will be broadcast live, for the first time ever, exclusively on WWE Network at 9:00 PM ET.
Mr. T is one of the most iconic personas in entertainment history, starring in the hit television show “The A-Team” and the blockbuster film “Rocky III.” In addition to his Hollywood career, Mr. T also made many memorable WWE appearances in the mid-1980s. In 1985, he was part of the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania® at Madison Square Garden, successfully teaming with Hulk Hogan to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper™ and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff™. In 1986, he defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper by disqualification in a special boxing match at WrestleMania® 2 and also appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event® program.
“WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”
Mr. T is the latest celebrity inductee to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, joining Donald J. Trump, Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William “Refrigerator” Perry. Other members of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class include Ultimate Warrior™, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita™, Paul Bearer™ and Carlos Colon™.
The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place live on Saturday, April 5 from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Tickets are currently on sale through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
WrestleMania 30 takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, April 6 live on WWE Network. For more information on how to get WWE Network click here. WrestleMania 30 will also be available on pay-per-view. Fans should check with their cable, satellite or telco provider for availability.
WWE Network is the first-ever 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming 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 at WWE.com. WWE Network is available through the WWE App on TV via 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.
Johny Hendricks went into tonight’s UFC 171 main event like a man on a mission. Hendricks felt that he got robbed when he lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in November. The Texas native this time delivered in the biggest fight of his life.
Hendricks defeated a very game Robbie Lawler to claim the UFC welterweight championship by unanimous decision (48-47×3).
The fight was largely contested on the feet as both guys stood toe to toe for most of the 25 minute affair. The fight was contested like a football game. Each guy won two round with the fifth round being overtime.
BetweenTheRopes.com had Hendricks winning the first two rounds and Lawler winning the third and fourth rounds. The fifth round began with Lawler landing a left hook and moments later Hendricks attempting a takedown that was stuffed by Lawler.
Hendricks went back to throwing leg kicks and connecting, but “Ruthless” kept going forward and punching at Hendricks. With about 90 seconds, Hendricks was able to connect with leg kick/jab combination and then was able to land a takedown to end the fight.
UFC 171 takes place on Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit battling Tyron Woodley.
On today’s podcast sponsored by WarriorDating.com, we talk to MMAOddsBreaker.com managing editor Brian Hemminger. The guys preview the card, the absence of Georges St-Pierre, the latest on Holly Holm possibly entering the UFC and more.
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