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.
Paul Heyman talks to Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans, comparing it to last year in New York, CM Punk leaving the company, been a hustler since he was a teenager, how he watches wrestling and his general mood on an early morning of media.
Triple H on Daniel Bryan: “This Year I Don’t Have A Big 300 Pound Guy, I Have A Sawed Off 185 Pound Guy”
We are two days away from Wrestlemania 30 this Sunday from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Lousiana. Triple H will competing in his 18th Wrestlemania as he faces Daniel Bryan in what is the most highly anticipated match on the card. Whoever wins the match will be inserted into the main event against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.
The WWE has released a video of Triple H training for the match with Bryan. The video shows Triple H doing a variety of things to prepare for Bryan and you hear from his trainer, boxing coach and “The Game”.
You can watch the video at the top of the page.
Brock Lesnar heads into fourth Wrestlemania this Sunday as he tries to break The Undetaker’s 21-0 streak at Wrestlemania. Lesnar debuted in the company in 2002 with Paul Heyman and became at that time the youngest WWE Champion defeating The Rock at the 2002 Summerslam. “The Beast Incarnate” left the company in 2004 and didn’t return until the day after Wrestlemania 28 in 2012. In between that, Lesnar almost made the NFL and then became the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2008.
Lesnar has had a tremendous impact in the WWE in his two separate tenures. Let’s now take a look back at some of the best matches in the career of Brock Lesnar.
5) Brock Lesnar vs Rob Van Dam in the finals of the 2002 King of the Ring: Lesnar had made his WWE debut three months previous on the day after Wrestlemania 18. Lesnar was steamrolling through everyone into the 2002 edition of King of the Ring. Beating Test in the semifinals, Lesnar advance to the finals against Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam. This was Lesnar’s toughest test to date. Lesnar defeated Van Dam in a good ten minute match as this was the first sign of big things to come.
4) Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker at No Mercy 2002 for the WWE Championship: These two square this Sunday at Wrestlemania 30, but have battled each other before. They first started feuding in September of 2002 at the Unforgiven pay-per-view with the match ending in a double disqualification. The two battled again the next month at the No Mercy event inside Hell in a Cell, which was and still is The Undertaker’s speciality match. In my mind this was the best match in 2002 with Lesnar winning in a 30 plus minute bloodbath.
3) Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk at Summerslam 2013: When Lesnar came back in 2012, a lot of people wondered if Lesnar could still go in the ring considering he hadn’t been in the ring in over eight years. Lesnar had very good matches since his return up to this match against Punk at Summerslam 2013. The build was fairly simple as Punk left Paul Heyman, with the devious manager bringing in his hired gun to take Punk out. These guys put on a near 30 minute classic with Punk winning the match as I thought this was the 2013 match of the year and the best match since Lesnar returned to the WWE.
2) Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship: These had classic matches all throughout 2003 starting at Wrestlemania 19 with Lesnar winning the title. Angle regained the title in July of that year pinning and then beating him again the following month at Summerslam. The blowoff to the feud took place on the September 16th edition of Smackdown in a 60 minute Iron Man Match. This was an unbelievable match that ended up with Lesnar winning five falls to four and regaining the WWE Championship. This was deemed the best match of 2003 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
1) Brock Lesnar vs The Rock at Summerslam 2002 for the Undisputed WWE Championship: Lesnar had been on a roll since he debuted in early 2002 like we had stated earlier. With the victory over Van Dam at the King of the Ring, Lesnar earned a crack at the WWE Undisputed Championship. The Rock had come back from filing the “Scorpion King” in June of ’02 and won the title the following month at the Vengeance event pinning Kurt Angle in a triple threat match that also featured The Undertaker. These guys went 17 minutes with a very rabid Long Island, New York that cheered when Lesnar hit the F5 to pin Rock and become the Undisputed Champion.
Let us know your thoughts on our list.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin retired after his WrestleMania 19 match with The Rock. Austin retired due to the severe neck issue he was having due to the broken neck suffered in his match with Owen Hart at Summerslam in 1997. Throughout the years, Austin has always a shot down a return to the ring and at this point in his life seems highly unlikely.
Austin said during his podcast, “The Steve Austin Show”, earlier this week that he would be in New Orleans to attend the WWE Hall of Fame, but hadn’t stated whether he would be at WrestleMania 30 this Sunday.
TMZ earlier today caught up with Austin, who confirmed to them he will be at the big show. When asked what he his role would be at Wrestlemania, Austin was non-committal.
“That’s breaking news, I cannot tell you right here at the airport!,” Austin said.
Jon Jones returns to the octagon to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship when he battles Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. Jones was last seen in the cage in September at UFC 165 when defeated Alexander Gustafsson in an instant classic.
The champion appeared last night on “UFC Tonight” and at the beginning of interview stated that he was randomly drug tested by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.
“The Maryland Commission sent a lab to drug test me and I’m glad they did,” Jones stated on the show. “It was urine and blood. They had a test for HGH, I think it was HGH, then they had a urine test that detects all other type of stuff.”
Jones says him and his management team wanted the test not because he thinks Teixeira is dirty, but wants to see the sport be clean.
“It’s great to know the athletes who are competing are competing clean. I’ve never taken any performance enhancing drug. I’ve probably fought people in the past who have. I want to see our sport be a clean sport. I have no right to accuse (Glover) of anything. The only edge you should have is your work ethic.”
UFC 172 takes place on Saturday, April 26th from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
Randy Orton heads into this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton will be in the main event of the show facing Batista and the winner of the Daniel Bryan vs HHH match.
Orton signed a deal with WWE in 2001 and started in Ohio Valley Wrestling and was brought up to the main roster in 2002. Orton is a 12 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion and Tag Team Champion.
We are going to look back at the top matches in the career of the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
5) Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam at 2003 Armageddon for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Orton had started to find his place in the company when this match took place in December 2003. By this time, Orton was apart of Evolution with HHH, Batista and Ric Flair. They were the most over heels at that current time. Van Dam was the Intercontinental Champion heading into this title defense. In what was a very good match, Orton defeated Van Dam to the title and win the first singles belt of his career.
4) Randy Orton vs Mick Foley at 2004 Backlash: This feud had started to escalate at the end of 2003 and rolled right into 2004. The two squared off in a handicap match at Wrestlemania 20 when Orton, Batista and Flair defeated Foley and The Rock. The WWE paired the two in a one on one match at the Backlash pay-per-view the following month in a no holds barred match. This was Foley’s first singles match in over four years and the two put on one heck of a match. Orton won the match and really put him on the map as a guy who can adapt to different types of wrestling styles.
3) Randy Orton vs Chris Benoit at Summerslam 2004 for the World Heavyweight Championship: I know bringing up Benoit’s name is pretty much taboo since he murdered his wife and son in 2007. This match was Orton’s first crack at a heavyweight title and got into the match by winning a battle royal a few weeks beforehand. Benoit had been on a run during this time as he won the World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 20. It was a hotly contested 20 minute match with Orton walking out the winner and his first ever Heavyweight Championship.
2) Randy Orton vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 21: This was a really good buildup as Orton had been the “Legend Killer” gimmick laying out legends like Mick Foley, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Ric Flair. Heading into Wrestlemania 21, Taker was 12-0 at Mania heading into this match. This match went about 15 minutes with Taker winning the match, which was his best Mania match since his match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 17 in 2001 and has been Orton’s best match ever at Wrestlemania.
1) Randy Orton vs Triple H at No Mercy 2007 for the WWE Championship: Heading into this event, the title was vacant as it was supposed to be John Cena vs Orton, but Cena had torn his pectoral muscle six days before on an edition of Monday Night Raw. At the beginning of the show, Vince McMahon had made Orton the champion, but HHH protested and McMahon a match them two and HHH won the title. “The Game” then defeated Umaga halfway through the show and then faced Orton in the main event of the show in a last man standing match. Orton walked out of the match winning in my mind his first ever WWE championship.
Let us know your thoughts on if you would get rid of or add any matches.
Stephanie McMahon States That Fans Will Be “Terribly Disappointed” When Triple H “Handily” Beats Daniel Bryan
The most talked about match at this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 is Daniel Bryan vs HHH. Whoever wins the match goes on to the main event to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.
In his weekly interview, Michael Cole speaks with HHH’s wife Stephanie McMahon to promote the big match. Cole asks McMahon if Bryan gave the fans hope after getting the better of HHH on this past Monday’s Raw.
“Well that’s the exact word Michael, impossible,” McMahon stated. “And regardless of any false hope that Daniel Bryan may have given his fans, I’m sorry to say but their going to be terribly disappointed at Wrestlemania when my husband HHH handily beats Daniel Bryan and then goes onto to beat Randy Orton and Dave Batista and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
You can watch the complete interview in the video above.
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.
The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.
What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.
With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.
Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.
The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.
Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.
Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.
Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE last month and announced that he would be the host of this year’s WWE Wrestlemania 30, which takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hogan announced a couple weeks ago that an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will take place at Mania.
For this week’s interview Michael Cole interviews Hogan to preview Wrestlemania, why his match with Andre was the biggest of his career, the importance of Mr. T in the WWE Hall of Fame and much more.
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.
Michael Cole usually does his weekly video interview with WWE COO Triple H. Cole stated at the beginning of the interview that HHH won’t be doing any of the weekly interviews until after WWE WrestleMania 30. The WWE announcer said he will interviewing various superstars who will be appearing on the show. This week Cole sat down with John Cena.
The former WWE champion will be squaring off against Bray Wyatt at the biggest wrestling event of the year. Cena and Cole preview the Wyatt match, comparing Wyatt to The Rock, whether he is fighting for his legacy in this match and much more. You can watch the video at the top of the page.
WWE WrestleMania 30 takes place in 18 days in New Orleans, Louisiana. John Cena heads into the “Showcase of the Immortals” to face Bray Wyatt in one of the top matches on the show. The seeds for the program started when Wyatt cost Cena a chance to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble in January and again at the Elimination Chamber PPV last month.
The WWE released a video on Monday’s Raw previewing the match with the song “Legacy” by Eminem in the background. Check out the well done video at the beginning of the page.
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The UFC has never held a Sunday card until now as UFC Fight Night 38 goes down at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main event features a rematch between former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson battles Maurcio “Shogun” Rua. The two first squared off in perhaps the greatest fight in UFC history at UFC 139 as Henderson ended up winning the bout by unanimous decision.
You can watch the entire fight in the video above.
The main and preliminary card airs Fox Sports 1 starting at 5 p.m. ET and the first two fight of the card can be seen on UFC Fight Pass starting at 4 p.m. ET.
We haven’t seen CM Punk on WWE television since the Royal Rumble at the end of January. The former WWE champion left the company the Raw after the Rumble prior to an edition of Monday Night Raw. Punk made his first scheduled TV appearance since he left the company when he appeared on “Talking Dead” on Sunday night.
Punk’s appearance on the show drew 5.415 million viewers. That was up from last week’s show, which averaged 4.62 million viewers. Sunday’s rating was the third biggest rating off all time for the show, which airs on AMC.
In the video above, you can watch extra footage that AMC posted online.
UFC 171 took place this Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event featured Johny Hendricks capturing the UFC welterweight title defeating Robbie Lawler in a five round classic. The co-feature saw Tyron Woodley defeating Carlos Condit with fights that saw Myles Jury defeating Diego Sanchez and Hector Lombard defeating Jake Shields.
Watch the video below with full fight highlights of the main card.
Sting was last seen in the ring in January for TNA. It has been widely assumed that Sting will not be returning to TNA. Speculation has also been that Sting will make that long awaited debut in the WWE in the not too distant future.
The TNA Hall of Famer took in a Q&A session in London and naturally he was asked by a fan if he will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 next year.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I can say that I would love for that to happen. I can tell you that, really, there’s only one more match that I would like to have,” Sting said. “Yes, Undertaker.”