On this week’s edition of The Flagship, Brian, Steve and Michael talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including the bear feud between The Shield and The Wyatts, the lack of matches for the Survivor Series which is less than two weeks away, what is going on in the WWE right now, Hulk Hogan possibly making his return to the company and who he could possibly face at WrestleMania 30, Dixie Carter taking on Spike TV and some thoughts on the passing of Eddie Guerrero with his passing eight years ago.
When you think of WrestleMania, you think of Hulk Hogan. The question has been since Hogan left TNA, is when he will he appear at WrestleMania? Hogan says he will definitely be there even if he has to be there as a fan.
In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, one of Hogan’s closest friends, WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart says that Hogan will be at the biggest event of the year in professional wrestling.
“Hogan knew I was doing this press tour with WWE promoting the DVD,” Hart told the Sun. “He told me to say exactly this: Hulk Hogan will be at WrestleMania if he has to buy a ticket and sit at ringside.
“I think he can step into the ring one more time. We have a school in Florida, and he stepped into the ring there and did some stuff, and he looked great. As his friend, I’d be the first one to say, ‘Listen Hulk, do us a favor, just go out to the ring to Real American, say OK Brother, rip the shirt, do the pose, sign a bunch of autographs and people will still be just as happy, but he does have a couple of good matches left in him, he really does. I’ve got my fingers crossed we see something at WrestleMania.”
WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6 from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matches have been announced yet for the show.
Do you think Hogan will have to buy a ticket or will he walk the aisle one more time at WrestleMania 30?
The new WWE Director of Operations Kane replaced Triple H this week in talking to Michael Cole for the weekly chat Cole conducts with the WWE COO.
Cole asked Kane where did the monster go and is the suit and tie a façade. Kane at first yelled and was stern at Cole. Then the former WWE and World heavyweight composed himself and gave a dignified answer.
“There’s a monster that’s deep inside all of us,” Kane stated. The difference is for 17 years, I chose to allow mine to run amuck, to promote chaos. But make no mistake, I was always in control unlike you (Michael Cole) and everyone else. I accept the beastial side of my nature, indeed I relish in it. It is simply one facet of my personality, a tool if you will, but no the only tool at my disposal. So when the opportunity arises, the monster will be utilized.”
AJ Styles left TNA after his defeated Bully Ray in a rematch to retain the TNA world heavyweight title on the October 24 edition of Impact Wrestling. Styles then quit the company in an angle with TNA President Dixie Carter over his refusal to sign a new contract. Ever since then Styles hasn’t been seen on the show and commercials have aired on television that have been paid for by Styles.
To further the angle, TNA released a video of Carter meeting with Spike TV voicing her displeasure with the Styles commercials airing on Impact.
Do you like what TNA has done so far with the angle?
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Manchester, England. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt) defeated The Usos. The Wyatts dominated the match in large parts and both men toyed with the Usos. Bray rocked in his chair on the floor and laughed while looking sinister. One of the Usos was distracted and ended up taking a boot to the face from Harper for the win.
After the match, Bray entered the ring with a mic. One of the Usos dropkicked him in the stomach. All hell broke loose. Bray came back with Sister Abigail. Wyatt cut a promo about Survivor Series and how they will destroy CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
- Natalya defeated Tamina Snuka.
- R-Truth and The Prime Time Players defeated The Union Jacks. Heath Slater ended up taking the pin for his team.
- John Cena beat Alberto Del Rio in an arm wrestling challenge. Del Rio claimed he was cheated at Hell in a Cell. Cena called him a liar. The crowd got on Cena and called him boring. The arm wrestling started and Cena won twice with ease to the point that it looked like Del Rio was throwing it. They went for a third match and this time Del Rio attacked Cena, who reversed it and kicked Del Rio’s head. Cena grabbed a chair and missed with it. Del Rio put Cena through the table, then took off his shirt and placed it on top of Cena.
- Cameron and Naomi beat The Bella Twins. Brie took charge but the momentum shifted. The Funkadactyls won with a “jumping bum move.”
- The Great Khali beat Hunico and Camacho in a handicap match. Khali threw Camacho out of the ring, then picked up Hunico by the chin and powerbombed him and got the three count.
- There was a quick clip with Bryan and Punk backstage. They seem to have adopted the team name of ‘Beard and The Best’.
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan fought Curtis Axel and Ryback to a no-contest when The Wyatt Family interfered. Punk started in ring with Axel. Later, Ryback got upperhand on Punk with a few slams. Ryback tagged in Axel, who also controlled Punk, who countered and built up momentum. He sent Axel and Ryback out of the ring. Bryan and Punk dove through ropes and took out both.
Later, Ryback went for Punk and dropped him with a huge suplex. Punk eventually tagged in Bryan, who went on the assault and caught both Ryback and Axel with drop kicks. Bryan end up going for his submission finisher and the Wyatt Family appeared. Bryan and Punk disappeared. An enraged Wyatt family laid into Axel and Ryback, clearing them out of the ring. Punk and Bryan reappeared behind Harper and Rowen and drop kicked both of them in the back of the legs before scampering off.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tomorrow night starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Manchester, England. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.
- Natalya defeated A.J. Lee by DQ when Tamina interfered.
- Justin Gabriel defeated Tyson Kidd.
- Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre beat The Prime Time Players.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
With a little less than two weeks away heading into WWE Survivor Series, fans felt that WWE was really going to go all out to get fans interested in the pay-per-view event. The rating though didn’t reflect that.
Raw drew a 2.7 rating with an average of 3.77 million viewers, which is down from last week’s 2.8 rating with an average of 3.89 million viewers. The first hour of the show averaged 3.87 million viewers featuring Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes and Goldust, the second hour averaged 3.83 million viewers featuring John Cena vs The Real Americans and the last hour averaged 3.60 million viewers with the main event of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs The Shield.
Is this a cause of concern for the WWE heading into Survivor Series?
The WWE has announced their third match for Survivor Series as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will be battling Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family.
The feud started on the October 28 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw when the entire Wyatt Family brutally attacked Bryan and Punk on separate segments during the show. On last week’s Raw, Punk defeated Harper, with the Brey Wyatt and Rowan attacking Punk until Bryan made the save. On Smackdown last week, Bryan Harper battled to a no contest. Then on Raw last night, Punk and Bryan faced The Shield and near the end of the match the Wyatt’s got into a brawl with The Shield. Bryan and Punk looked on from the outside until The Wyatt’s and The Shield put their focus back on the duo and attacked them until The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers made the save.
Survivor Series takes place on Sunday, November 24 from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with the main event of Randy Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE title.
You know how WWE always seems a little bit… different when it’s overseas? Well, last night’s show opening had to be one of the most bizarre segments ever. Not only did we find out that The Authority was on vacation (really?), we had Brad Maddox and suited-up Kane arguing about Randy Orton’s opponent. The Result? Orton got stuck in a 2-on-1 match against the tag-team champions. Huh? Because, really, WWE, it makes the MOST sense if your HEEL AUTHORITY FIGURES put the HEEL CHAMPION in a handicap match against the BABYFACE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM…. [Read more...]
Brian and Steve are back for the weekly WWE Raw recap podcast as they look back at Monday’s show including a hot main event, an angle at the end of the show involving The Shield and The Wyatts which looks to be going nowhere right now, Survivor Series is coming – really, Randy Orton goes down and who knows who is in charge. Plus, they talk about Chris Hero getting released, Hulk Hogan’s latest online note, Mickie James working with WWE and more.
The show had the lead-in of the season finale of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which drew an average of 2.3 million viewers.
The return of “Total Divas” highlighted the Summerslam main event of John Cena vs Daniel Bryan as Nikki Bella is dating Cena and Brie is with Bryan. The episode always shows the rise of Eva Marie who had completed a shoot for Maxim magazine.
Will the show continue the solid rating without the Kardashians lead-in?
The WWE is on a European tour and it hit Munich, Germany on Saturday. The event had ended and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena was in the ring cutting a promo. Cena had Antonio Cesaro come out to the ring and speak German to the fans. While Cesaro was talking, Cena then interrupted him saying that Cesaro has the making of a future world champion.
Watch the video above and see what else Cena says to Cesaro and much more.
In what would be considered a surprising release, it has been announced that the WWE has released Kassius Ohno (aka Chris Hero). No reason has been given on the release of Ohno.
Ohno had signed a WWE developmental deal in 2012 and was assigned to NXT. It had been reported that back in July that people in WWE developmental weren’t happy with Ohno due to his reluctance of the strength and conditioning program.
Ohno’s last match with the company took place on Wednesday against Luke Harper, aired this past Wednesday on NXT.
Ohno is going back to the Chris Hero monicker he had before going to the WWE. It didn’t take Hero long to find work as Pro Wrestling Guerilla announced that Hero would return to the company as part of their All Star Weekend 10 this December.
PWS in New Jersey announced Hero vs. Hurricane Helms for their 11/16 event.
For a second time this week, WWE kicked off the show with CM Punk. And while his promo here against The Wyatts was decent, the follow-up match with Curtis Axel was nothing to write home about. We’ve seen these guys do this exact same thing almost every week. Furthermore, Axel continues to look like a tool for coming out and essentially sacrificing himself at the altar of Paul Heyman every week. The IC title is in bad, bad shape, folks. [Read more...]
The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Smackdown on Tuesday from Charlotte, North Carolina. You can watch the show starting at 8 p.m. ET on SyFy. Here is what will take place on tonight’s show.
- CM Punk vs Curtis Axel
- AJ Lee and Tamina vs Camerton and Naomi
- Alberto Del Rio vs The Great Khali
- R-Truth and The Usos vs 3MB
- Daniel Bryan vs Luke Harper
- John Cena vs Ryback