Brian and Michael talk about the announcement of the WWE Network which will launch on February, 24, all the details about the network and what will be available from the start. Plus, they discuss the overall value, how this could change the wrestling business, the possible effect on the WWE’s upcoming TV negotiations and more.
The WWE will be making a “Groundbreaking Announcement” tonight from the Wynn Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas At the CES Convention at 9:30 p.m. ET. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE Network. Expected to be there are Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austion, John Cena and Shawn Michaels.
You can watch on the video stream above and BetweenTheRopes.com will be updating you throughout the announcement and the aftermath.
Daniel Bryan is without a doubt the most over act in the WWE. The hysteria of the “YES” has now spread to other sports. Last night during a big college basketball featuring third ranked Ohio State and fifth ranked Michigan State.
During a break in the game, Michigan State football player Travis Jackson was on the floor and wanted people to do the “YES”. The arena went crazy. You can watch in the video above.
The WWE released today Triple H’s weekly sitdown video interview with Michael Cole. Cole tried to pry what the big announcement that will be taking place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas at the CES convention. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE network.
HHH stated that he will be there with his wife Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. Cole tried to get HHH to divulge the news. All HHH would say is that big surprises will be revealed and this will change the WWE forever.
We will have live coverage of tonight’s announcement on BetweenTheRopes.com at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Brock Lesnar appeared last night on WWE Monday Night, where he put out Mark Henry with a kimura. Moments later got into skirmish with The Big Show.
Various MMA websites showed the video of Lesnar putting Henry in the kimura since it is a MMA move. Rumors had run rampant two weeks ago leading up to UFC 168 that Lesnar was discussing a return to the organization. UFC President Dana White was coy about a Lesnar return at that time.
BetweenTheRopes.com had talked to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford at that time if they thought Lesnar would return. It seemed like it was all for nothing though when Lesnar returned last week on Raw and pummeled Henry. It looks like though we could be wrong.
Lance Pugmire from the LA Times stated yesterday on Twitter that he talked to UFC President Dana White and White told him that he is talking with Brock Lesnar regarding a return to the UFC.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) January 6, 2014
BetweenTheRopes.com has talked to sources close to the situation and that a Lesnar return has been discussed with White. The sources also told us that fights have been discussed, but as of right now nothing is imminent.
Brian and Steve discuss today on the Raw Recap who they think Lesnar could face if he returns, would WWE allow him to return and more.
We haven’t seen Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the WWE since 2005. Roberts has had share of demons since he has left the company that have been well documented. Over a year ago, Roberts enlisted the help of his good friend, fellow WWE legend Diamond Dallas Page. Roberts has gotten back on the right path since he has gotten the help from Page.
Roberts had stated that his goal was to get back to the WWE and compete at this year’s Royal Rumble. We don’t have to wait that long.
After the main event of last night’s WWE Monday Night that featured Roman Reigns defeating CM Punk. The Shield then beat down Punk and then Roberts music hit and he came out with the snake in a bag. The New Age Outlaws and Punk beat up Reigns and Seth Rollins, which left Dean Ambrose in the ring. Roberts put the snake on a lying Ambrose.
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair will return to the WWE tomorrow night on “Old School” Raw. Before that though, Flair went to Appleton, Wisconsin yesterday to give a speech to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. Flair was there to pump the 49ers up before their playoff game today against the Green Bay Packers.
If the 49ers win today, they will face Flair’s hometown team, the Carolina Panthers next week in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
WWE COO Triple H did his first weekly sitdown video of 2014 with Michael Cole that was released yesterday. HHH discussed the return of Brock Lesnar to the WWE on Raw this past Monday, why 2014 will be “epic” for the WWE, the return of Batista and more.
Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Saturday night was looking to regain the UFC middleweight championship in the rematch with Chris Weidman. In the second round, Silva threw a leg kick in which Weidman checked and Silva went down in a heap.
Silva ended up breaking his leg. Steve talked to Bleacher Report Lead MMA writer Duane Finley and the guys discuss whether Silva should retire from the UFC.
Follow Duane Finley on Twitter @DuaneFinleyMMA.
Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate by third round submission at UFC 168 on Saturday night to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. After the event, UFC President Dana White announced that Rousey would defend the title against fellow Olympian Sara McMann at UFC 170 on February 22.
Steve previews the fight with Bleacher Report Lead MMA Writer Duane Finley. The guys discuss who wins, women’s MMA currently and more.
Follow Duane Finley on Twitter @DuaneFinleyMMA.
Brian, Steven and Michael from Between The Ropes are back for the weekly Flagship show as they back at 2013 in wrestling including their thoughts on the match of the year, superstar of the year, the biggest news story, the best feud and more. Plus, they look ahead to 2014 in what could be a very big year for the WWE with the expected launch of the WWE Network and how they could transform their business.
Brock Lesnar hasn’t been seen in the WWE since Summerslam in August when he defeated CM Punk. Last night on Monday Night Raw, Triple H brought out Lesnar with Paul Heyman.
Heyman stated that Lesnar was back to become the WWE world heavyweight champion and was gunning for the winner of the main event of Randy Orton and John Cena at the Royal Rumble in January. Lesnar challenged anyone in the back to come out and Mark Henry accepted the challenge.
The two battled and Henry threw Lesnar over the guardrail and then Lesnar speared Henry threw the barricade. Lesnar then gave Henry the F5 to close the segment.
Watch the segment above with Lesnar and Henry.
UFC 168 took place on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to retain the UFC middleweight title after Silva broke his leg while throwing a leg kick, that was checked by Weidman.
In the co-feature, Ronda Rousey retained the UFC women’s bantamweight title defeating Miesha Tate by third round submission.
In today’s podcast, Steve recap UFC 168 with Bleacher Report MMA Lead Writer Duane Finley. The guys recap the main card, what’s next for each fighter.
Finley and Steve also preview Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann at UFC 170, why Anderson Silva should retire and much more.
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.
Moments ago in the main event of UFC 168, Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.
In the opening parts of the second round, Silva throws a leg kick, Weidman checks it and then Silva’s legcracks and Silva lands in a heap with referee Herb Dean stopping the fight.
A Vine video was posted that you can watch above with Silva in obvious pain.
The UFC will be holding a press conference at 6 p.m. ET, which you can see live here on BetweenTheRopes.com in the video at the top of the page.
Speculation has been running rampant on what the announcement could be. It could be the formal announcement of the UFC digital network or the rumored return of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. UFC President Dana White CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will be there for the announcement.
We will all find out what it will be shortly.
Rumors have been running rampant all week that former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar could be returning to company. Speculation is running wild that he is in Las Vegas for the fight’s tonight.
UFC President Dana White has been coy all week long regarding a possible Lesnar return. No word from Lesnar’s camp at this time.
Steve discusses with FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford on whether Lesnar will return, why he doesn’t need to return and more.
It has been a fight that has been brewing since they fought each other in March of 2012 under the Strikeforce banner. In the co-main event of tonight’s UFC 168 features a rematch with Ronda Rousey defending her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Miesha Tate. Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as the guys breakdown this fight, will the rematch be different then the first fight, will making two movies effect Rousey, will Tate be mentally prepared and more.