Ring Of Honor To Be On LIVE Pay-Per-View, Will Air On All Major Carriers

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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: help@rohwrestling.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.”

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Darren Young Suffers A Torn ACL

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WWE.com is reporting that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will be out four to six months. Young suffered the injury over weekend working a live event. Young made a statement earlier today on Twitter.

I tried 2 tough it out but Doc informed me I tore my ACL&surgerywas needed.Surgerywas a success now its time 2 live up 2 #nodaysoff #rehab

— nodaysoffDYoung(@DarrenYoungWWE) April 16, 2014

We wish the best to Young in his recovery.

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Triple H: “Daniel Bryan Wants To Be Treated As An A+ player, He’s Going To Get His Wish”

At the end of Monday’s WWE Raw, Triple H reformed Evolution with Randy Orton and Batista. The trio closed the show by taking out The Shield. The WWE COO returned this week to do his weekly video interview with Michael Cole.

HHH discussed Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and more. You can watch the full interview in the video stream above.

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Current Lineup For WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules takes place on Sunday, May 4th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The WWE has slowly started announcing matched for the event. Here is the current for the show.

-The Shield vs Evolution- Six Man Tag Team Match
-John Cena vs Bray Wyatt- Steel Cage Match
-Paige vs Tamina Snuka- WWE Divas Title Match

More matches will be announced in the coming weeks. As of right now, you can the show on the WWE Network, In Demand PPV and Dish Network.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Slips Slightly, Up From A Year Ago

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place this week in Birmingham, Alabama. The rating for the show is in and the show scored a 3.3 with an average of 4.77 million viewers, which is slightly down from last week’s post-WrestleMania rating of 3.7 with an average of 5.15 million viewers.

The first hour of the show averaged 4.81 million viewers, which featured the opening tribute video and ten bell salute of The Ultimate Warrior. The second hour of the show averaged 4.83 million viewers, which featured The Usos vs Randy Orton and Batista. The final hour of the show averaged 4.67 million viewers, which featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt segment and the show closing angle involving the return of Evolution beating down The Shield.

Good news for the WWE is the rating is up from last year’s Raw rating following the post-Mania show, which scored a 3.08 rating with an average of 4.15 million viewers.

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The Wife Of The Ultimate Warrior Releases Her First Statement Since His Passing

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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.

Dearest Warriors,

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.

Always Believe,
Dana A. Warrior

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Report: Script For This Past Monday’s WWE Raw Leaked

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A script from this past Monday’s WWE Raw has apparently leaked online. No one knows where or how the third draft script made its way onto the internet. Here are some of the key notes that were on the script.

-Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are listed as being off until April 20.

-The talent roster page lists The Miz and Summer Rae being off through May 16, as they are shooting the Marine 4 film.

-C.M. Punk, A.J. Lee, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and Alberto Del Rio are listed as “injured/TBD.” Del Rio ended up working a match on Raw.

-Cesaro is listed on the heel roster.

-Brock Lesnar and The New Age Outlaws were moved to the miscellaneous portion of the roster.

-Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Eve Torres, Mick Foley, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, and Bob Backlund are listed as ambassadors.

You can view the script here.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday April 18, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

Triple H opened Smackdown with a promo and announced that Evolution will face The Shield at Extreme Rules.

-Intercontinental Champion Big E defeated Alberto Del Rio by DQ.

It was announced that the Night of Champions pay-per-view will be held in Nashville on September 21…

Paul Heyman cut a promo reminding fans that Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1. Cameron labeled it a “tremendous promo”…

-Paige beat Aksana. A physical match that was reminiscent of NXT women’s matches. It’s almost as if giving them some time to work with is a good thing.

Sheamus was interviewed backstage.

-El Torito beat Hornswoggle. No, seriously, writes Cameron. That match actually happened. I will say that it was entertaining than I thought it would be, but it was still a waste of time.

-Alexander Rusev beat R-Truth. A sub-3 minute squash, but Rusev looked vicious during the match and had a post match decimation of Xavier Woods. “I feel bad for Woods because he deserves better than this,” writes Cameron. “Lana is even more awesome live.”

-Santino Marella (w/Emma) defeated Fandango (w/Layla). Santino won via sunset flip. It was not an especially great match, but there was a very Emmataining moment when Emma took out Layla. That distraction is what let Santino pick up the win. There was some bad comedy after the match with Emma asking for a high five and Santino forgetting to take the cobra sleeve off.

-Batista defeated Sheamus with a Batista Bomb. A pretty decent fight. They worked in some great near falls on both sides, but the right guy went over for sure.

After the taping, Batista grabbed a mic and challenged Sheamus to a last man standing match which Sheamus won via Brogue kick to send everyone home happy. Side note: Sheamus grabbed a Warrior-clad little girl from the crowd and carried her around for a bit. It was a touching enough moment that one of the photographers had to wipe away tears. He finished up the evening by signing some autographs and posing for photos. What a class act.

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WWE Main Event Results From April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee

First Segment:Main Event opens with the entrance of Los Matadores. 3 Man Band makes their entrance. Jinder Mahal has a mic and disses El Torito. He says that 3MB thinks El Torito is a bunch of bull. He says that they have their own mascot tonight. Hornswoggle then comes out in 3MB attire.

First Match: Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. 3MB w/Hornswoggle

Mahal starts with Fernando. Mahal hits a shoulder tackle but then runs into a hurricanrana. Diego tags in and they hit a double team. Drew is tagged in and is immediately grounded. Diego hits a crossbody on McIntyre. Diego in control. Hornswoggle distracts Diego and Drew takes advantage. El Torito dives at Hornswoggle on the outside. Hornswoggle gets in the ring and Torito dives on Hornswoggle. They brawl on the mat and the referee calls for the bell. They’re separated and Mahal accidentally runs into a low blow. Hornswoggle hits a low blow on a Matador. Torito hits a low blow on Drew. Hornswoggle and Torito face off in the ring. They trade poses. Torito charges Swoggle and they brawl. Hornswoggle ends up out of the ring and 3MB hold him back. Torito tries to execute a dive, but Los Matadores hold him back.

Winner: No Contest

We see a tribute video package to the Ultimate Warrior. We head to break.

Back from break where Sin Cara makes his entrance. Bad News Barrett follows with his entrance. He has a mic and tells Sin Cara that he has some bad news. He tells him that he’s about to step into the ring with the next Intercontinental Champion. He says that Cara’s friend, Scooby Doo, can’t save him because this is real life. He then calls Sin Cara a joke.

Second Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Sin Cara

The match begins with Barrett striking Cara. Barrett charges Sin Cara, but Cara dumps him to the outside. Cara hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Cara climbs to the top rope, but Barrett cuts him off. Barrett hits a knee on Cara in the corner. He goes for the cover and only gets two. Barrett continues to beat down Sin Cara. Barrett hits a pumphandle slam for a two-count. Sin Cara counters a backdrop and hits a crossbody. He follows it with a head scissor takeover and back elbow. Cara gets a two-count. Cara grounds Barrett and goes to the top rope. Sin Cara misses the senton and runs into Winds of Change from Barrett. Barrett his the Bullhammer and gets the three-count.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Next is a recap of Raw featuring Monday’s tribute to the Ultimate Warrior. We head to break.

Back from break where Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton introduce the recap of the Ultimate Warrior tribute from yesterday’s Raw. We see the tribute video. We head to break.

Back from break. Nikki Bella comes out as a participant in a Divas battle royal to determine a number one contender for the Divas Championship. Cameron and Naomi head to the ring. Emma follows them to the ring. Tamina Snuka goes to the ring. Alicia Fox makes her entrance. Aksana also makes her way to the ring. Eva Marie comes out next. Layla comes out. Natalya’s music hits and she heads to the ring.

Third Match: Divas Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Divas Championship

The ring is a total mess as the match begins. Everyone hitting everyone. Layla eliminates Eva Marie with a kick on the apron. Emma locks in the Dilemma and then swings close to the ground. She tries to skin the cat but is eliminated. Aksana is eliminated. Layla is eliminated by Natalya. Naomi is dumped out by Tamina. Cameron jumps Tamina, but is thrown to the mat. Tamina eliminates Cameron. Nikki Bella kicks Fox in the leg and almost eliminates her. Fox grabs Nikki’s hair to hang on, but Tamina eliminates them both. Natalya is superkicked off the apron by Tamina for the final elimination.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

Back from break, where the announcers introduce the return of Evolution from Raw. We see the Raw Rebound. Jack Swagger heads to the ring for his match with the Big Show. We head to break.

We return from break and Zeb Colter has a mic. He says he’s going to give us a history lesson. He names some historic backstabbers and ends the list with Cesaro. He says thanks to Cesaro for proving him right about immigrants. Zeb says it’s unforgivable for Cesaro to have joined Paul Heyman. He says that there’s also a big problem coming to the ring named the Big Show. He says that Show is a posterboy for laziness in this country. Colter ends his promo by saying he does not miss the swiss. The Big Show’s music hits and he heads to the ring.

Fourth Match: The Big Show vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

The bell rings and Swagger goes to a waist lock. Show pulls his arms off him and hits a superkick on Swagger after an irish whip. Show lays in the huge chops on Swagger in the corner. Show charges Swagger, but runs into a big boot. Swagger hits a splash on Show. Swagger then shoulder tackles the leg of Show and takes him down. Swagger works Big Show’s leg on the mat. Show fights out of a hold, but Swagger takes Show down by the leg again. Swagger hits the Swaggerbomb. He follows it up with another Swaggerbomb. He goes for the cover and gets a two-count. Swagger goes to another hold on the leg of Big Show. Show tries to fight out, but Swagger hangs onto the hold. Show finally shoves him off.

Swagger kicks Show to the ground and goes for a pin. He gets a two-count. Swagger charges Show, but Show grabs his leg and chops him. Big Show hits a pair of clotheslines and then lifts Swagger in the air and lets him drop and hit the mat. Show signals for the chokeslam. He grabs Swagger, but Swagger counter into the Patriot Lock. He has it locked in. Show crawls for the ropes but then fades. He comes back to life and rolls over. He grabs Swagger by the throat and gets up. He pushes Swagger into the ropes and hits the KO Punch. Show covers him and gets the three-count.

Winner: The Big Show

After the match, The Big Show’s ankle is visibly hurting, as he limps around the ring. Show uses the ropes to make his way across the ring. Big Show takes his boot off and holds his ankle as Main Event goes off the air.

Josh’s Grade for WWE Main Event: 9/10

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WWE Tribute Video Of The Ultimate Warrior

It has now been seven days since the passing of WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior. He passed away at the age of 54 and was survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, the show opened with a tribute video to Warrior with all of the superstars on the ramp. Watch the video at the top of the page.

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Seen In Over One Million Homes

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place nine days ago at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Highlights of the show included Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at the biggest wrestling event of the year.

A big question heading into the show was how many people would watch on pay-per-view since the show was also available on the WWE Network. The number was released as we were sent a press release touting how many people watched WWE Wrestlemania 30 overall.

STAMFORD, Conn., April 15, 2014 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WrestleMania 30 reached a record 1 million households in the U.S. alone on WWE Network and pay-per-view combined, the first time WrestleMania has eclipsed this mark domestically. With more than 667,000 WWE Network subscribers in the U.S. and nearly 400,000 domestic pay-per-view buying homes for WrestleMania 30, WWE is confident that it will reach its goal of 1 million subscribers by the end of 2014.

WWE Network launched on February 24 in the U.S. and successfully streamed six hours of live coverage of WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6. Additionally, more than 7.1 million hours of video content was viewed on WWE Network during WrestleMania Week from Tuesday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 8.

WWE Network will be rolled out in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics in late 2014/early 2015.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Birmingham, Alabama. The show followed last week’s show, which featured the coronation of Daniel Bryan as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and an epic Paul Heyman promo regarding Brock Lesnar’s win against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. How would WWE follow up after quite arguably the best Raw of 2014?

The Good

1) Bray Wyatt Promo: Thank god Wyatt was out there with John Cena because if it was anybody else, this segment would have been in the gutter. Cena was being Cena and goofing off about how each member of the family would look if they were somebody else and then made of fun of Bray referring to him in a Cinnabon type of manner. Loved how Bray was able to turn it around and say when Cena feels threatened he makes corny jokes, which in turn made Cena get serious and that’s when he is at his best.

2) Number One Contender Tournament For The Intercontinental Title: Smart move by WWE as they have to start making these mid-card titles feel important. The IC title used to be held in high prestige, but in the last 15 years it hasn’t felt important at all. We seen some good first round matches on the show and this is a good way to give more guys something meaningful.

The Bad

3) Daniel Bryan and Kane program: If this was the title program one year ago, this would have been a better idea. Why would you go with this program? Kane regaining his mask and becoming a monster would have worked ten years ago, but now, not so much. The matches between these two in the past have been average at best. Common thought would have been Triple H vs Bryan for the title as that is still a hot program based off what those two did at Wrestlemania and last week’s Raw. Let’s just hope this lasts until Extreme Rules and we get to more serious challengers.

4) The Return of Evolution: You could tell what the world was thinking as soon as their music hit and the crowd was flatter than a pancake. When I think of top factions, Evolution doesn’t even register in my mind. I respect all three guys, but they are more known for their individual feats than for being together. Obviously the premise here is to get The Shield over, so hopefully this is another program that lasts one month and it is done.

The Dirty

5) The Ultimate Warrior Tribute: Even seven days later, it is still weird to think Warrior isn’t alive. The tribute video was well done as no one does a video package like the WWE. Also liked the fact that you had all the superstars on the ramp and even Vince McMahon up there. Then you had a few superstars who had Warrior shirts and facepaint on. Very classy tribute by a company who had their trials and tribulations with Warrior throughout the years.

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Jeff Jarrett Announces Partnership With Creator of “The Biggest Loser”

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Jeff Jarrett announced last week that he was creating Global Force Wrestling, with no date or television partner announced at that time. We were sent a press release regarding the latest step in the promotion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 14, 2014) Global Force Wrestling is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Dave Broome and 25/7 Productions out of Los Angeles.

25/7 is a leading independent production company launched by Broome in 2003. In addition to being the creator and executive producer of the long-running NBC hit series “The Biggest Loser,” Broome’s credits include some of the biggest live television specials in the world of music and sports, such as “Tsunami AID: A Concert of Hope” for NBC, which he executive produced with George Clooney. Broome also has executive produced Clear Channel’s “Radio Music Awards” and live specials for the NHL.

Over the past 15 years, Broome has created and produced unscripted projects for broadcast, cable and digital networks, including the first online series for NBC and one of the best reviewed sports documentaries on the NFL draft for Netflix.

“We’re excited to enter this journey with a group as talented as Dave Broome and 25/7,” said Jeff Jarrett, founder of Global Force Wrestling. “They’ve achieved some great things over the past decade, and we feel like they can lend a unique perspective both in and out of the ring.”

Jarrett is the founder of TNA Wrestling, a third-generation wrestling promoter and an executive producer who has produced shows for Fox Sports, Spike and Endemol. He and his wife, Karen, have been laying the foundation for GFW since January 2014.

“It’s easy to get excited about Global Force Wrestling when you get to know Jeff Jarrett and see his passion and understand his vision,” Broome said. “He’s eager to bring a new perspective to professional wrestling, and we’re eager to help him achieve that goal.”

In the meantime, the Jarretts continue on their search for emerging talent worldwide. The evolving GFW talent database now includes more than 500 performers.

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WWE Raw Recap: Evolution is Back, Setup for Extreme Rules

evolutionbackBrian 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.

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Intercontinental Championship Tournament To Start Tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw

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The WWE announced a short time ago that starting on tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw that a tournament will be held to determine a number one contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The championship is currently held by Big E.

The company hasn’t announced which wrestlers will be competing in the tournament at this time. WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 14, 2014

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April 14,
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BJCC Arena
Birmingham, Alabama

RAW Pre-Show:Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with a graphic in memory of The Ultimate Warrior We go to the panel – Josh Mathews, Booker T, Sgt. Slaughter and Alex Riley. They talk about Warrior. Slaughter talks about meeting with Warrior at WrestleMania XXX. Mathews says we will be celebrating Warrior’s life tonight. We go to the pre-show opening video and come back to the panel. Mathews introduces everyone.

We get a look at Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX and then last week’s RAW. The panel talks about Triple H and The Shield now. We see Big E defeat Titus O’Neil in the ring for a Superstars match. The panel talks about the Intercontinental Title tournament that kicks off tonight. First round matches will be tonight. The tournament is being held because Christian, the #1 contender, is out with an injury still. Paige will be on RAW tonight.

John Cena  will address The Wyatt Family on RAW tonight. We go to Network commercials. We get a look at Cena vs. Wyatt from WrestleMania XXX. They also show Bray Wyatt’s promo from SmackDown. We see Los Matadores making their entrance for Superstars. Renee Young interviews Divas Champion Paige backstage about making history. We come back from more promos and the panel talks about the IC Title tournament. Renee interviews Big E backstage and he’s not worried. More hype from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw:

Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the entire roster on the stage in Ultimate Warrior gear. Jerry Lawler leads us to a video package on The Ultimate Warrior’s career. Michael Cole tolds us tonight The Usos will take on Randy Orton and Batista.

First Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio starts with a kick to the leg, and then begins to throw punches and beat RVD down. RVD however hits a monkey flip, and then a cross body. Del Rio then is thrown out of the ring while RVD poses in the ring. Del Rio gets back in the ring and tries to fight back, but RVD stays in control. Del Rio then reverses an Irish whip into the corner into a kick to the arm of Van Dam. Del Rio then hits a suplex and is now in complete control. Del Rio then is launched over the top rope. RVD goes for a moonsault on the apron, but Del Rio moves out of the way. RVD lands on his feet but Del Rio hits him with a clothesline. Del Rio then launches RVD into the barricade, and is in complete control as we head to commercial.

We return with RVD hitting Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio gets up and hits a kick to the gut. Del Rio then hits a DDT for a two count. Del Rio tries to catapults RVD into the corner but RVD lands on his feet and hits a kick to the head. RVD goes for the split legged moonsault but Del Rio hits his knees up. Del Rio then hits a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio then goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head. RVD goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head by Del Rio. Del Rio goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio calls for the Cross Arm Breaker but RVD reverses it into a roll up for a two count. RVD then knocks Del Rio down and goes up top and hits the 5 Star Frog Splash. RVD covers Del Rio for the three count.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We are told Daniel Bryan isn’t here tonight as he is on his honeymoon with Brie Bella. We are then given a video package of last weeks main event between Daniel Bryan vs Triple H.

We were shown a Ultimate Warrior video of when he defeated The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1988.

We return to the back with Triple, Batista, and Orton. Triple H says that they all want to be champion, but they have a bigger problem on there hands. Triple H says that no one can stop the Shield except for the 3 of them. Batista says that’s great but he just wants to be champion. Orton agrees and says he is on his own.

Second Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

Goldust and Axel start, with Goldust taking control. Cody is tagged in and goes for a roll up, which gets him a two count. Goldust is tagged in and hits an axe handle for a two count. Axel then fights back with a headbutt, but then is caught with an uppercut. Axel then takes control with a shot to the head, and in comes Ryback. Ryback hits a clothesline in the corner and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ryback then works Goldust in his corner, and then hits a splash from the second rope. Axel is then tagged in and hits an axe handle from the second rope.

Ryback is tagged back in and begins to keep Goldust grounded. Goldust fights out and tags in Cody. Cody begins to clean house, beginning his comeback. Cody hits a moonsault, and then hits a cross body on the outside  to Ryback. Ryback is thrown back in the ring and Cody hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Axel then takes out Goldust but is hit with a Disaster Kick. Cody then goes for a Disaster Kick on Ryback but is hit with a Meat Hook for a three count.

Winner: Ryback and Curtis Axel

Michael Cole plugs alot of original content that will be airing on the WWE Network, the replay of WrestleMania 30, WrestleMania Fallout and WWE Legend’s House.

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Third Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

Paige and Alicia Fox lock up, with Fox hitting a backbreaker to gain control. Fox then hits another backbreaker, and mocks the crowd. Alicia then hits a third backbreaker, with Paige struggling to gain any advantage. Alicia hits a suplex but only gets a two count. Paige then fights back with a wicket slap, and then hits three straight clothesline. Paige then hits a dropkick on Alicia.Paige then locks in a Scorpion Cross Lock, with Alicia tapping out.

Winner: Paige

Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Batista and Randy Orton

The match start with the Usos attacking Orton and Batista immediately. The Usos but fly over the top rope and nail Batista and Orton. Orton and Batista regroup, with Jimmy and Orton starting this match off. Orton starts with blows to the head, but Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey. Jey hits a forearm to the head and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Jey is then caught with a backbreaker, and Batista is tagged in. Batista throws Jey into the turnbuckle, and then hits a suplex for a two count. Batista then tags in Orton and Orton begins to stomp away on Jey. Jey tries to fight back but Orton keeps him grounded. Batista is then tagged in.

Jey is caught with a spinebuster but Jey kicks out at two. Jey then gets momentum with a samoan drop, but Orton goes to the outside and begins to attack Jimmy. The Shield then come out of nowhere and take out Orton! atista is left alone in the ring and The Shield use the numbers game to take out Batista. Orton grabs Batista and the two flee from ringside, with The Shield standing tall.

Winner: Randy Orton and Batista by DQ 

We got another Ultimate Moment showing Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI

Fifth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Mark Henry

Cesaro and Henry lock up, with Henry tossing Cesaro across the ring. Cesaro takes a clothesline, and then is thrown over the top rope. Heyman helps Cesaro regroup on the outside, as Henry waits. Cesaro gets in the ring and begins to hit a flurry of forearms and uppercuts. Henry tries to push Cesaro off but Cesaro keeping coming with uppercuts. Henry finally hits a clothesline but Henry is still hurting from Cesaro’s flurry. Henry goes for the Worlds Strongest Slam but Cesaro gets out and hits a second rope leaping uppercut. Cesaro then hits the Neutralizer on Henry for the three count.

Winner: Cesaro

We go backstage with Triple H and Stephanie telling Brad Maddox that he needs to tell the Shield they have a match in the main event tonight.

Sixth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Xavier Woods w/R-Truth 

Rusev starts with knees to the gut, and kicks to the leg. Rusev knocks Woods down, and then hits a modified sidewalk slam. Rusev then hits the Accolade and Woods submits.Truth comes in but gets destroyed by Rusev. Lana raises Rusevs hand in victory

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We get another Ultimate Moment showing Ultimate Warrior Steel Cage Match with Rick Rude at SummerSlam 1990 for the WWF Championship.

Seventh Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Sheamus and Swagger start off with Swagger hitting knees to gut of Sheamus in the corner. Swagger then hits a splash, but then takes a beating in the corner from Sheamus. Sheamus hits a clothesline and then a forearm to the face. Swagger retreats and Sheamus is distracted by Colter. Swagger then catches Sheamus with a slam on the outside. Swagger brings Sheamus in the ring and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits a belly to belly for a two count. Swagger hits a clothesline but again only gets a two count. Swagger tries to keep Sheamus grounded by Sheamus begins to fight back. Sheamus hits a big clothesline and begins his comeback.

Sheamus then hits a knee to the head, and then sets up Swagger for the ten blows to chest in the ropes. Sheamus then goes up top and hits a shoulder block for a two count.Sheamus then goes for the Battering Ram but Swagger catches him into the Patriot Lock. Sheamus gets out and falls to the outside. Swagger then goes to the outside and begins to work the knee, and throws Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus then hits a Brogue Kick out of no where for the victory.

Winner: Sheamus

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose

First In-Ring Segment: We return to the ring with Damien Sandow. Sandow says he is the most deserving person in the WWE. Big Show comes out and Sandow says he will not be silenced. Sandow says that he is a former Money In the Bank winner, and that he was seconds away from being champion. He says that every time he walks down the ramp, they should be begging to touch him. He says he deserves that and that he has earned it. Sandow asks Big Show and he says nothing. He says that he says nothing because he knows he deserves it. Show then knocks out Sandow and leaves the ring.

The Big Show will be taking on Jack Swagger on WWE Main Event.

Second In-Ring Segment: Out comes the Wyatt Family. Bray grabs a microphone and says that society has become putrid. He says that everyone just does what they are told. Bray says that he is different. He says that he sees what people don’t see. He says that he has a million names, and they can call him whatever they want, but he has never lied to them. He says one man has lied, and that is John Cena. He says he earned your trust with his smile but he isn’t just a man. He says for kids not to worry because he won’t let him lie to them anymore. He says he has him against the ropes and he just needs one more push. He says he will complete his crusade but he just wants to play. He calls Cena out.

Cena comes out and says he just wants to have some fun. He says that they tried to take the monster out of him but he doesn’t exist. Cena then makes jokes about all the Wyatt Family, saying they can be the life of the party. John then shows a picture of “Sister Abagail”, which is a picture of Bray. He then shows Bray’s mom, who is a picture of Luke Harper. He then says the Family have a new member, who is a baby Erik Rowan.

Bray says that he loves that every time there is a serious threat, all he can do is make jokes. Cena then says that he can get serious, because when he got serious, Bray got beat. Cena then says that if Bray loses again, its him against the wall. He says that without the Family, he is nothing. He says that he wants Bray Wyatt in a steel cage. Bray says that he wants to have fun then they will, and that this is his world. He then says he won’t let Cena take it from him. Bray accepts and we cut to commercial.

Eight Match: Fandango and Layla vs. Santino Marella and Emma

Fandango and Santino start off the match, with Santino hitting an arm drag. Santino hits a hip toss and goes for the cobra, but Fandango tags in Layla. Emma then locks in the DilEmma on Layla, and then goes up top. Santino takes out Fandango but Layla knocks Emma off the top and covers her for the victory

Winner: Fandango and Layla

Stephanie is talking to Kane, saying that he has not been doing a great job as well. He says that he has been failing ever since he put on the suit and she asks him where the big red machine has been. Kane then stands up in anger and looks at the mask. He takes the mask out of the box and picks it up. Kane looks at the mask, and says that he is going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan, and send him to the depths of hell.

We are shown a replay of Warriors promo on Raw last week.

Ninth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler and Barrett lock up, with Ziggler putting Barrett in a headlock. Barrett fights out and Ziggler goes to the outside to get a breather. Ziggler is then taken down with a right hand, and is then thrown into the turnbuckle. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a two count. Barrett then goes for a jumping knee but misses. Ziggler then puts Barrett in a headlock again, but Barrett gets out. Barrett then whips Ziggler in the corner and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Barrett begins to choke Ziggler in the ropes, but Ziggler gets out and hits a dropkick. Ziggler then tosses Barrett over the ropes and they then fight on the outside. Barrett then tosses Ziggler into the steel post and Barrett mocks Ziggler as we head to commercial.

We return with Barrett in control over Ziggler. Ziggler is put in a headlock, but Ziggler gets out and side steps Barrett into the turnbuckle. Ziggler then begins his comeback. Ziggler then follows it with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler goes for the Fame-Asser but is caught in a Wasteland! Barrett goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for a pump handle slam but Ziggler gets out and hits the Fame-Asser. Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Barrett knocks Ziggler down and then goes up top. Ziggler catches him and goes for a superplex. Barrett blocks it and pushes Ziggler off. Ziggler jumps back up and hits a facebuster from the top rope! Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count!

Ziggler then goes for the Zig Zag but Barrett holds onto the ropes and is caught with the Winds of Change. Barrett then goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Ziggler ducks it into a roll up! Barrett kicks out at two and launches Ziggler in the air. Ziggler then is hit the Bullhammer for the three count!

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sheamus will take on Batista on Friday Night SmackDown

Tenth Match: The Shield vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, Bad News Barrett

The Shield are ready to take on the gauntlet. Rollins and Slater start off the match. Ambrose is tagged in and take out Slater. Reigns is tagged in and begins to beat down Slater. Reigns knocks down Slater in the corner and tags in Rollins. Rollins hits a kick to the head and goes for the cover but Barrett breaks it up. Rollins is now in the opposing corner. Drew is tagged in and begins to beat down Rollins. Titus is then tagged in and hits a backbreaker. Rusev is tagged in and hits 3 elbows and a headbutt. Swagger is tagged in and continues the beat down.

Ryback is tagged in and throws Rollins to the outside. Reigns spears Ryback on the outside and chaos begins. Rollins then takes out everyone

Winner: No Contest

The heels then begin to decimate the Shield in the ring, with all the heels standing tall. Out comes Evolution! Triple H calls everyone to leave and Evolution begin to decimate Rollins. Reigns tries to help but is taken out with an RKO. Reigns then is taken out with a Batista Bomb. Evolution continues the beat down on Rollins. Rollins then eats an RKO and a Batista Bomb. Ambrose then eats a Batista Bomb into an RKO. Triple H grabs the mic and begins to yell at Reigns to show him if he has more fight in him. Triple H then says to Believe in Evolution and then pedigrees Roman Reigns! Evolution stands tall to close the show!

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 10/10

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DirecTV Will No Longer Air WWE Pay-Per-Views

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When the WWE launched the WWE Network in February, people were wondering if cable and satellite providers would stop carrying WWE pay-per-views. Dish Network didn’t carry the Elimination Chamber show in February but did air Wrestlemania 30 eight days ago. Now the first company has dropped pay-per-views for good.

PWTorch.com is reporting that DirecTV will no longer air WWE PPV’s. We had reported back in January when the Network was announced that DirecTV wasn’t happy with the fact the Network would be carrying pay-per-views if you subscribed to it. WWE released a statement to the Torch confirming DirecTV dropping the events.

“Yes, DIRECTV has decided to stop offering our PPV’s residentially and commercially. The only other option would be to work through the local cable provider.”

Is it a mistake for DirecTV to drop WWE pay-per-views?

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Sting Hasn’t Signed His WWE Contract

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We wrote an article last week stating a report that Sting had agreed to a deal with the WWE. As of right now, he apparently hasn’t signed his contract.

The Wrestling Observer updated their story that Sting hasn’t signed a WWE contract even a contract has been sent and is in his possessionn. All that needs to be done is his John Hancock. No word on why the contract hasn’t been signed.

We will keep you updated on this story.

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