Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including some very good wrestling matches including John Cena against Randy Orton, the Wyatt Family and The Shield ramping up their feud, Antonio Cesaro standing out, Daniel Bryan getting big reactions and more. Plus, they talk about the big returns of The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan reportedly set for the February 24th edition of Raw, WWE TV negotiations and plenty of your questions.
It has been two weeks since CM Punk left the WWE before an edition of Monday Night Raw. The former WWE champion hasn’t made any statements and a return to the company is unknown at this time.
Raw took place last night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. A video has surfaced from the Raw production feed and it is of the fans chanting for Punk.
Cole says “that will drown out soon” and “go away” in response. Lawler mocks what Cole says and JBL says there wasn’t much determination in the chant.
The Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts were the first entrants announced for the WWE Hall of Fame. During tonight’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, it was announced that Lita is the third member of this years class.
Lita got her big break when she appeared in ECW as Miss Congeniality. She made her WWE debut in 200 paired with Essa Rios. After a shirt time with Rios, she was then paired with The Hardy Boys. She went on to become a four time WWE Women’s Champion and had her most memorable feud with Trish Stratus.
The WWE Hall of Fame induction takes place the day before WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5.
First In Ring Segment: RAW starts off with Betty White and Big Show coming out to a big pop. Betty White says she can’t express how excited she is to be a guest star on Monday Night RAW. Big Show ask her what is going to happen tonight and she said she is going to kick some ass. The Authority come out and interrupt Betty White and The Big Show.
Triple H says he would like to clarify a few things that happen on Raw last week. Triple H says that they would have to reconsider if Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro or even John Cena will be the face of the WWE.Randy Orton comes to out interrupt the Authority. Stephanie McMahon says Randy Orton should go back and prepare for his main event match tonight on Raw. Randy Orton says he needs to bring back The Viper for the remainder of his title regin. Stephanie McMahon ask Randy if the Authority can trust him anymore? A massive Daniel Bryan and CM Punk chant starts from the Los Angeles crowd.
Randy Orton says he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Daniel Bryan comes out to interrupt Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan ask Orton if he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says she doesn’t appreciate Orton or Bryan coming out and interrupting her and HHH especially on live TV. Stephanie says for the ongoing future all superstars will have to make an appointment with the Director of Operations. Daniel Bryan says thats the reason why he is out there and he wants to fight Kane tonight on Raw. Daniel Bryan says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the combination of ignorance and stupidity. Randy Orton tells Bryan to give them respect that they deserved. Orton ask permission to punt Bryan all the way to Seattle.
Triple H says that tonight Daniel Bryan will get a well deserved night off. Daniel Bryan says no to the Authority. Triple H says it doesn’t matter what the fans want.
It was shown that Mark Henry will return tonight. Coming up next The Rhodes Brothers and Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.
1.) Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family
Erick Rowan and Cody Rhodes will start this match. Rowan starts clubbing Rhodes. Rhodes dragged Rowan to the corner and tag in his brother Goldust. Erick Rowan starts throwing Goldust around the ring and tags in Luke Harper. Harper starts charging towards Goldust, but Goldust ducks out of the way and tags in Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes hits a missle drop kick to Luke Harper. Cody sends Harper to the floor. Cody sends Rey flying out onto Harper. The Wyatt Family gets frustrated and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break Erick Rowan apply a chinlock on Goldust. Rowan continues to club Goldust and tags in Harper. Harper and Rowan double team Goldust. Luke Harper tags in Bray Wyatt he slaps Goldust and starts taunting him. Bray Wyatt and Goldust start exchanging blows and Wyatt tags in Erick Rowan who throws Goldust to the turnbuckle and falls down. Rowan steps on Goldust face and then gives him a headbutt. Goldust tries to make some seperation from Rowan he runs towards Cody and Rowan catches Goldust. Rowan starts charging to Goldust, but Goldust pulls down the rope and Rowan falls down. Rowan tags in Harper and Goldust make the sepeartion and tags in Rey Mysterio.
Rey Mysterio comes off the hot tag and puts Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in position for the 619. Rey Mysterio hits the 619 on Harper, but Bray knocks down Mysterio. Cody Rhodes comes in and hits a suicide dive on Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt gets back up and tags into the match himself as Rey Mysterio was attempting the 619 he catches him and hits the Sister Abigail on Mysterio to pick up the victory for The Wyatt Family.
After the match Bray Wyatt says that The Shield are like little toy solidiers fighing in the war they want no part in. Wyatt says that the Shield will fall and then concludes by saying “Follow the Buzzards.”
Winner: The Wyatt Family
Back from commercial break Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of Roman Regins record breaking performance from this years Royal Rumble Match where he eliminated 12 men from the match a new Royal Rumble Match record.
Renee Young is backstage with The Shield and ask them if The Wyatt Family words are getting in the head of The Shield. The Shield says action speaks louder than words. Renee mentions that its been awhile since Dean Ambrose has defended his United States Championship and ask if he had any thoughts about that. Dean says he will put out a open challenge to anybody in the locker room that will step up and face him for the United States Championship.
Betty White is shown backstage with the stars of “Total Divas”, Vickie Guerrero tells Betty White from one cougar to another she welcomes her to Monday Night RAW. The WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws interrupted the girls and tells Betty White they will like to have a cup of tea with her.
2.) Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
Santino and Fandango lock up and go at it. Fandango drops Santino from behind and goes to work on him. Fandango ends up going to the top but Santino climbs up. Fandango knocks him to the mat and nails the big leg drop for the easy win.
Sheamus was shown backstage being interview by Byron Saxton. Sheamus says he doesn’t care who gets in his way, he will Brouge kick them and go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
3.) Christian and Sheamus vs. The Real Amercians
Zeb cuts a promo on Sheamus, Christian and the fans. Cesaro speaks and says he will be the first Real American to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Christian and Antonio Cesaro start off the match.Cesaro takes control of Christian. Swagger tags in. Christian blocks a double team and rolls Swagger up for 2. Christian nails a big missile dropkick for another 2 count. Sheamus tags in and goes at it with Swagger. Sheamus with a nice suplex for a 2 count. Swagger turns it around with a big knee to the gut and tags in Cesaro. Sheamus counters a move from Cesaro and nails a big clothesline for 2.
Cesaro comes back and unloads on Sheamus with several uppercuts. Sheamus fights back with right hands. Sheamus ends up going to the top for a big battering ram and a 2 count. Swagger grabs Sheamus, allowing Cesaro to hit a big boot to the face that sends Sheamus off the apron. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Christian with the back elbow on Cesaro. Cesaro blocks Killswitch but Christian blocks that. Cesaro with a huge uppercut for a close 2 count. Cesaro with another pin attempt. Swagger tags in and stomps away on Christian. Swagger works him over and goes for another pin attempt. More back and forth. Cesaro tags in for some double teaming and another 2 count on Christian. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on Christian.Christian comes back in but Cesaro covers for 2. Swagger comes back in for another nice double team move and pin attempt. Cesaro comes in and misses a double team move.
Swagger gets sent to the floor. Sheamus and Swagger tag in. Sheamus unloads and hits a high knee. Sheamus with a close 2 count. Sheamus with the forearm shots to the chest on the apron. Sheamus with a running powerslam on Swagger. Sheamus readies for the Brogue but Cesaro decks him. Cesaro takes forearm shots now until Swagger makes the save. Swagger with the Patriot Lock on Sheamus. Christian leaps off the top with a crossbody. Christian drops Cesaro on the floor now. Sheamus nails a Brogue on Swagger for the win.
Winner: Sheamus & Christian
Renee Young interviews John Cena. John Cena says change is coming soon with the WWE Network launching in two weeks. Also tonight he will close his rivalry with Randy Orton tonight.
4.) Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio kicks the leg of Dolph Ziggler and throws a couple punches to Ziggler face. Dolph Ziggler gains momentum of the match. He lands 10 elbows to the chest of Alberto Del Rio. Dolph Ziggler attempts to hit the Zig Zag, but Del Rio counters. Alberto Del Rio lands a vicious kick to the head of Dolph Ziggler to pick up the victory. After the match Del Rio goes back in the ring and puts Ziggler in the cross arm breaker.
Batista comes out and starts brawling with Alberto Del Rio. Batista throws Del Rio to the barricade. Batista gives Del Rio the Batista Bomb through the announce table.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
The Bella Twins show us how to use the WWE Network. Announcement for the third member joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts in this year WWE Hall of Fame will come next.
Back from commercial break it was announced that Lita will be inducted in this year WWE Hall of Fame.
Betty White is having tea with The Outlaws. She seems suspicious of them. Road Dogg has his own recipe of tea. Betty admires the tag titles. The Outlaws go to get some lemons and she switches their tea. They come back and everyone drinks up.
5.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos
Jey Uso and Curtis Axel lock up to start the match. Jey Uso throws a couple blows to Axel. The Usos double teams Axel. Curtis Axel regains momentum and tags in Ryback. Ryback sends Jey Uso to the corner and tags in Curtis Axel. Curtis Axel starts grounding Jey Uso and tags in Ryback.
Axel comes back in and nails a big running knee to the head. Axel with a knee drop and tag to Ryback. Fans chant “Goldberg” as Ryback takes control. Ryback takes Uso to the top and climbs up. Uso fights him off and sends Ryback to the mat. Uso with a big corkscrew move. Jey Uso tags in and unloads on Axel. Uso with a big clothesline and a Samoan Drop for a 2 count as Ryback breaks it up. He sends Ryback into the ring post and they double team Axel. Jey tags in Jimmy and dives out onto Ryback. Jimmy nails a Superfly Splash for the win.
Winner: The Usos
6.) WWE United States Championship Match
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Mark Henry
Mark Henry starts throwing Ambrose around the ring to start the match. Dean Ambrose gets back in the ring and charges toward Mark Henry, but he countered and give him the big boot. Mark Henry throws Dean Ambrose arm first to the ring post. Dean Ambrose tries to attack the injured arm of Mark Henry. Mark Henry launches Dean Ambrose outside of the ring and we go to commercial break.
Back from break Ambrose continue to work on Henry injured arm. Mark Henry makes a comeback and catches Dean Ambrose and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry goes for the pin but Seth Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose would be disqualified, but still retains his championship. After the match there was a staredown with The Shield and The Wyatts.
Winner: Mark Henry
7.) 6 Diva Tag Team Match
The Bella Twins and Cameron w/Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, and Alicia Fox
Typical Divas match a bunch of quick tags with both teams. Cameron came in off the hot tag and hit the girl bye DDT on Aksana to pick up the victory.
Winner: The Bella Twins and Cameron
In Ring Segment: Kane comes out and says he fully accepts the punishment The Authority gave to him. Kane says it was ill advised when he came out during Bryan’s match last week. Bryan comes out and starts brawling with Kane. Bryan hits the suicide dive on Kane and sends him over the barricade. Kane starts running away and Daniel Bryan leads the Los Angeles crowd in a YES! Chant.
It was announced on SmackDown there will be a big eight man tag team match pinning Rybaxel vs. The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws. WWE World Heavyweight Champion will take on Antonio Cesaro.
8.) Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Orton starts off with a headlock. They run the ropes and Cena hits a hip toss for a 2 count. Orton goes to the floor for a breather. Cena with a headlock now. They trade holds and Orton goes back to the floor. Orton walks half-way up the ramp before heading back to the ring. Orton comes back in and beats Cena down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Cena runs the ropes but Orton drops him with an elbow. Orton shows off.
Orton stomps on Cena. Cena with a suplex. Cena charges in the corner but Orton moves and Cena goes down. A CM Punk chant starts up but doesn’t get far. Orton beats Cena to the floor and slams his face into the announcers table, which they finally got fixed. Orton backdrops Cena onto the barrier. Orton brings Cena back in for a 2 count. Orton with right hands and a knee drop. Orton poses again as we go back to commercial.
Back from commercial break, Cena gives Randy Orton a body slam. Orton and Cena exchange blows. Orton puts Cena on the apron and gives him a suplex. Orton gives Cena the chin lock. Orton plants a vicious DDT on Cena. Orton gives the stomps to Cena. Cena comes from behind and school boy him for a 2 count. Cena goes for the 5 moves of doom and lands the five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Orton counters. Cena launches Orton over the top rope.
Cena powers Orton for the Attitude Adjustment and once again Orton countered it. Orton puts Cena on the top rope and attempt the top rope suplex, Cena knocks Orton then Orton knocks Cena down and gives the vicious DDT from the top turnbuckle. Orton sets up the RKO and Cena counters and puts Orton in the STF and Orton gets back to the ropes to break up the submission. Orton gets back up and sets up the punt and Cena countered and try to give Orton the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton countered and gives Cena the RKO and Cena kicks out at 2.
Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton, but Orton kicks out at 2. Cena puts Orton on the top rope and attempts a top rope Attitude Adjustment. Cena hits a top rope leg drop and hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton to pickup the victory.
Winner: John Cena
JPOV: A very good edition of Monday Night RAW. Alot of progression in storylines heading into the Elimination Chamber PPV. I enjoyed the six man tag team match with The Wyatt Family taking on Rey Mysterio and The Rhodes Brothers. Two other great tag team matches tonight with Sheamus and Christian beating Real Americans and The Usos beating Rybaxel.
Betty White as a guest star was really funny tonight one of the better celebrities that’s been on RAW in the last couple of years. Good to see Daniel Bryan getting more promo time tonight with The Authority. I’m excited to see the Daniel Bryan and Kane match. Good outing for Batista who shine tonight with his attack on Alberto Del Rio. Like seeing Batista being the big destructive monster instead the casual jacked up guy thats talk each time he comes out.
The John Cena and Randy Orton match wasn’t that bad either even though the fans in Los Angeles were trying to get their selves over. Overall a fun night on RAW which was needed on this road to the Elimination Chamber. Also congratulations to Lita who will be in the WWE Hall of Fame this year joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Josh’s Grade for RAW: 9/10
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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the sold out Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The main event for the show is WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton facing off against John Cena. Also advertised is the return of former World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry.
According to PWTorch.com, former WWE champions “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Rob Van Dam are backstage at Raw.
Austin had stated on Twitter earlier today that he was heading out there to film a podcast with Zeb Coulter.
— Zeb Colter (@WWEZeb) February 10, 2014
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) February 10, 2014
Van Dam lives in the Los Angeles area and was last seen on WWE TV in October.
Rumors have run rampant that former WWE champion and Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan would be returning to the WWE after his contract ran out from TNA last October. It seems like now it is a reality and a date is set.
PWInsider.com is reporting that Hogan will be making his return to the company on the February 24 edition of Monday Night Raw. That is also the night that the WWE Network launches. Raw will take place that night in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Hogan has not appeared on WWE television since 2007.
AJ Lee On Her Pipebomb Promo: Could’ve Been Better If The Professionalism Surrounding It Backstage Was A Little Bit Better
WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee last year cut what people called a “Pipebomb Shell” promo, which was named by her boyfriend CM Punk. The promo was in reference to the feud she has had with the “Total Divas” cast.
After the promo, nothing really came out of the promo that had the wrestling world buzzing and the fans chanting her name. Lee recently appeared the New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con and explained why it went nowhere.
“It’s funny because who I am is just very quiet and I’m not… I say anything that I think, like I just kind of say it, but other than that I’m super quiet. I’m not a troublemaker. So every time I go out, I turn into this kind of douchey jerk and it’s so different. I hope people can tell the difference between what is necessary for us… It’s like taking your medicine; no one wants to take your medicine, it tastes disgusting but it’s going to make you feel better. So, yeah, this is kind of rude, and terrible, and brutally honest what I’m saying but it’s going to help us all in the long run, is kind of how I saw it. And it really did for a while and I think it could have been much better if the professionalism surrounding it backstage was a little bit more, just a little bit better. Like, okay, let’s move forward with this. It was a little bit disappointing. I really wish we could have done a little bit more with that but I think it wasn’t in order to keep everyone happy. Which, you know.”
Before Lee’s appearance, fans were told to refrain from asking CM Punk questions.
February 7, 2014
Wells Fargo Center
Des Moines, Iowa
First Segment: Daniel Bryan comes out to a massive pop from the Des Moines audience #YESMovement. Bryan tells the crowd their great. Daniel Bryan says he doesn’t want to be the face of the WWE. He wants to be himself. He mention that the Authority show their colors when Bryan former best friend Kane came down to the ring during Bryan match with Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan calls out Kane and wants to figure how his best friend turn into a big red corporate sellout.
Kane comes out and Bryan cuts him off and tells him to come down to the ring. Kane apologizes for his actions last Monday Night. Daniel Bryan mentions all the great moments they had in the past. Bryan was hoping that Kane wouldn’t embrace being apart of The Authority. Bryan tells Kane to take off his cheap suit and give up this corporate Kane crap. Kane says he happy that his Team Hell No days are over and says that him and Bryan are no longer friends. Kane says they were never friends and mentions that in this business you can make friends or you can make money. Bryan says he is doing fine by himself due to having the support of the WWE Universe.
Daniel Bryan calls out Kane to come down to the ring and have a match with Bryan. Kane says he is fine, but since Bryan wants to fight so bad Kane schedule a match with Daniel Bryan taking on Antonio Cesaro.
1.) Roman Regins and Dean Ambrose w/Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston
Seth Rollins joins JBL and Michael Cole on commentary. Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston lock up to start the match. Kofi Kingston tags in Dolph Ziggler and they double team Ambrose and Ambrose kicks out at 2. Dolph Ziggler lands 10 elbows to the chest of Dean Ambrose. Dean Ambrose tags in Roman Regins and knocks down Ziggler to the bottom rope.Roman Regins tags in Dean Ambrose and Ziggler knocks him down and that allows him to gain momentum and get the hot tag to Kingston. Kofi Kingston knocks down Ambrose with the crossbody and lands a couple of kicks to the head and tags in Ziggler. Dolph Ziggler dropkicks Roman Regins to the ringside, but Regins got back up and drop kicks Ziggler from outside of the ring to gain control of the match as SmackDown went to commercial break.
Back from the commerical break Dean Ambrose lands a butterfly suplex on Kingston for a near fall, and the applied a chin lock.He continues the assault with strikes and then sets Kofi up on the top rope in the corner. He went for another suplex, but Kofi pushed him off and hit a splash. Ziggler wanted a tag, but Ambrose prevented the tag. Kofi kit a side kick, and both guys made a tag. Ziggler hit a drop kick and a splash, and some mounted punches. He followed up with a neck breaker, and attempted a Fameasser, but Reigns countered and planted Ziggler with the back suplex.
Roman Regins tries to set up for a Superman Punch, but Ambrose interrupted him by trying to sneak in with a tag. The distraction allowed Kofi to pull Ambrose off the apron, and Dolph hit a Fameasser for a near fall. Reigns recovered and hit a Superman Punch and a spear. He then tagged in Ambrose with a smirk on his face and Ambrose comes in and pins Ziggler to pick up the victory for The Shield.
The Wyatt Family interrupt The Shield arguement and starts laughing at them. Bray Wyatt says that they think he is a joke, but said can they see the monster in his eyes. Bray Wyatt says that The Shield will know how real he is. Luke Harper says The Shield will be the first to burn and to follow the buzzards.
Winner: Roman Regins and Dean Ambrose
Sheamus was shown backstage walking towards the ring as he will take on Ryback next on SmackDown.
2.) Sheamus vs. Ryback w/Curtis Axel
Sheamus and Ryback lock up to start the match. Sheamus applies a side headlock on Ryback. Sheamus hit a forward roll slam, and then rolls outside the ring and hits a Brouge Kick on Curtis Axel. Sheamus then goes on to clubs Ryback on his chest. Ryback hit a spinebuster to Sheamus then applies a chin lock. Ryback hits the backpack stunner and then goes on the top rope and goes for the splash, but Sheamus rolled out of the way.
Sheamus starts gaining momentum and hits a powerslam. Sheamus goes for the Brouge Kick, but Ryback caught him and hit a massive powerbomb for a near fall. Ryback fires up for the meat hook clothesline, but Sheamus Brouge Kicks Ryback out of nowhere as he was charging towards him to pick up the victory.
They showed the exclusive interview Michael Cole conducted with Triple H on Wednesday on WWE.com. Triple H was visibly upset at Michael Cole with the questions that were addressed to him and says that his job is to make sure each WWE Superstar gets better no matter what the situation is. They plugged the match between Orton/Christian and Bryan/Cesaro which will happen later on tonight on SmackDown.
Back from commercial break and they show us a preview of the WWE’s Legends House show which will air in April on the WWE Network.
Renee Young is backstage with Alberto Del Rio, and footage was shown of his attack on Batista from Monday Night Raw. Alberto Del Rio says that he is an Animal tamer, and he would turn Batista into a little chihuaua drinking milk from a saucer. Back to ringside The Real Americans come out as Antonio Cesaro prepares for his match with Daniel Bryan.
Back from commercial break Michael Cole announces that Mark Henry will return on this Monday’s Raw Live! from Los Angeles, California
3.) Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro
Bryan got his offense early with kicks and knees. Cesaro hit a knee of his own plus a european uppercut,and then covered Bryan for two count. They battled back and forth, and Bryan took Cesaro down and applied a short arm scissors. Cesaro used his power and picked Bryan up and dropped him from an electric chair position. Bryan got fired up a moment later and hit a running clothesline. He followed up with a top rope hurricanrana for a two count. Cesaro got back into the match with a tilt a whirl back breaker.
Back from a commerical break Antonio Cesaro hits a running european uppercut to Bryan in the corner. Bryan tried to gain some momentum, but Cesaro lands a big boot to the face of Daniel Bryan.Bryan tried for a diving knee on the outside, but he hit Swagger instead after Cesaro moved. Bryan climbed to the top and tried for a splash, but Cesaro hit him in the gut. Cesaro went for the Neutralizer, but Cesaro reversed into a Yes Lock attempt. Cesaro avoided it and got to his feet. Cesaro caught Bryan’s attempt at a head scissors, but Bryan spun out of it and landed in position to apply the Yes Lock. Cesaro was forced to tap out.
After the match Kane comes down to the ring and distracts Daniel Bryan. Cesaro goes from behind and hits the netrualizer on Daniel Bryan. Kane picks up and Bryan lands a vicious chokeslam.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Renee Young interviews WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and says Bryan victory over him last Monday was a fluke. He says he will beat Christian, John Cena, Sheamus and Randy Orton. Orton says after the Elimination Chamber is over he will become the greatest WWE Champion of this generation or any other generation.
4.) Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee w/Tamina Snuka
Nikki picked up AJ by the collar and tossed her into the corner. AJ jumped on Nikki’s back and applied a sleeper. Nikki escaped and hit a couple of clotheslines and a hip toss. Nikki went for her Torture Rack, but Tamina caused a distraction. Brie and Tamina brawled outside the ring, but AJ knocked Brie off the apron. AJ applied the Black Widow for the win.
Winner: AJ Lee
Renee Young interviews Titus O’Neil.Titus said that he and Darren were partners for two years, and for a guy who takes no days off, he was off for all 731 days. He tried to come up with redeeming qualities for Darren, but could only say he had nice hair. He called him dead weight, and said it was over. He said his destination is the world championship. He said Renee did a fine job, and pointed her away from him. Darren Young then attacked him from behind, and threw him into some shipping containers
5.) Bray Wyatt vs. Goldust
A very interesting stare down occur with Bray Wyatt and Goldust as the match started. He grounded Goldust and applied a chin lock. Goldust fired back with a back elbow out of the corner and then a clothesline. Goldust hit a hurricanrana off the top rope and then lands a spine buster. Wyatt rolled to the outside, but Goldust hit a rolling senton to the outside onto Wyatt. Harper and Rowan attacked Cody on the outside as a distraction, which allowed Bray to sneak attack Goldust. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail on Goldust to pick up the victory.
After the match The Shield was shown on the titantron. Ambrose said they have a lot of pride, and that’s because they are the best in the business at what they do. Rollins said he’s not afraid of them whether they are man or monster, and he will scrape their beards off their face with his boots for costing them a shot at the Elimination Chamber. Reigns said thankfully, they know a few ways to make people understand, and they would understand The Shield at Elimination Chamber. Believe in The Shield.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
6.) Randy Orton vs. Christian
Orton applies a side headlock and follows with a shoulder tackle, but Christian comes back with one of his own before throwing Orton outside. Christian backdrops Orton outside and dropkicks him as we go to a break, then we get back to see Christian try to slam Orton into the ringpost. Orton ends up kicking him into it, then he suplexes Christian on the barricade and taunts the crowd upon reentering the ring. Orton applies a side headlock but Christian counters with a suplex, then they trade punches until Christian uppercuts Orton and sends him into the corner.
Christian connects with some mounted punches before snapping Orton’s head on the ropes, then he heads up top and hits a crossbody for two. Christian calls for a Killswitch but Orton counters with a spinning powerslam for two, then he turns and sends Christian into the ringpost. Christian comes back with some strikes on the apron and heads up top, but Orton avoids a frog splash and connects with a hangman’s DDT. Orton pounces and calls for a RKO, but Christian counters with a backslide before setting up a Killswitch. Orton shoves him into the corner so Christian tries to connect with a springboard uppercut, but Orton hits a midair RKO for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
JPOV: Very entertaining edition of SmackDown tonight. I really enjoy the matches tonight besides the Bray Wyatt/Goldust match and divas match. Daniel Bryan look very strong tonight with his match with Antonio Cesaro plus his promo earlier in the night with Kane. Those thinking this is going to be a throw away match with Kane and Bryan well I have to disagree these guys have history with each other and they had good matches in the past i.e. SummerSlam 2012. I enjoyed the promos from The Shield and The Wyatts. The Sheamus and Ryback match came as a surprise to me, but they delivered and I really hope these guys face each other again in the future. Christian and Randy Orton match was what I expected to be, but I wasn’t disappointed I’m happy that while Orton is in this Authority Gaunlet he is not losing every match before the PPV.
Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 8/10
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WWE taped tonight’s edition of Smackdown on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET on SyFy. Here are the matches that take place on tonight’s show.
-Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
-Sheamus vs. Ryback
-Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro
-A.J. Lee vs. Nikki Bella
-Bray Wyatt vs. Goldust
-Randy Orton vs. Christian in a non-title match
The last time we saw Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the cage, he had made his Bellator debut and scored a first round knockout over Joey Beltran in November. The former UFC light heavyweight champion returns to the cage at the end of the month as he is competing in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament and will face Christian M’Pumbu in the first round.
Jackson is also apart of TNA Impact Wrestling, but we haven’t seen him on the show since last year. “Rampage” sat down with MMAMania.com and was discussing injuries that occur in wrestling, how tough it really is and how much he respects the industry.
“People don’t understand how tough it is,” Jackson said. “It hurts, it hurts hitting the ropes. Getting slammed, all that stuff hurts. It’s like being a live stunt man.”
“You have to keep going. I saw a guy get hurt. I saw it with my own two eyes. The guy got hurt and he still had to keep going. He got hurt for real and then later they put him back stage and took him to the hospital. You have to trust the other guy not to hurt you. I’m second-guessing, what if that shit happened to me and then I have to go fight?”
After expressing some of his injury concerns, the pro wrestling novice said there are definitely moves he “wouldn’t mind doing,” like getting hit with a chair. However, he’s not getting much crazier than that saying flying through tables from the top turnbuckle is “crazy.”
“I really respect those guys,” Jackson said. “A lot of people hate on pro wrestling. They say ‘that’s fake.’ It’s not really fake. It’s entertainment. It’s not really fake, but if they want to hate on pro wrestlers and call it fake then they shouldn’t watch any action movies at all. Action movies are the fakest things.”
It is unknown when Jackson will return to TNA.
The American Wolves and The Investor MVP was shown backstage walking to the start Impact.
1.) Monster Ball Match~ Eric Young vs. Abyss
Eric Young and Abyss start brawling in the backstage area. Eric Young gets the early advantage with banging Abyss head on the table and starts dragging the monster to the entrance ramp. Abyss starts landing a bunch of rights to Eric Young. Young gets back up with a pipe in his hand and starts hammering Abyss with it. Abyss hits a back body drop on Eric Young.
Abyss brings out a table and he tries to slam EY. Young countered and ran back into the ring and landed a suicide dive to the monster abyss. Abyss gets back up and slams Eric Young’s head across the ring apron. He gets back into the ring and grabs a steel chair. Abyss places the chair on Eric Youngs chest. Abyss trys to land a big splash on Young, but Young countered. Abyss hits a chokeslam on Eric Young and Young kicks out at 2.
Abyss goes under the ring and grabs a bag filled with thumb tacks. Abyss positioned Young on the top rope. Young goes over the top and power bombs Abyss to the thumb tacks, but Abyss kicks out at 2. Eric Young goes on the top, but Abyss punch sends Young through the table at ringside. Abyss sends Young back into the ring and goes under the ring to grab his signature weapon, Janice. Young grabs Abyss facemask and it comes off. Abyss hits Young with a vicious Black Hole Slam to pick up the victory.
After the match Abyss grabs a piece of glass and looks at it with a dazed look on his face.
Dixie Carter was shown backstage with Bobby Roode who tells Carter that she needs to sign the contract to let him face Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Carter says that she has alot on her hands and she just can’t give Roode the title shot at this prior moment. She says Roode will have to face Samoa Joe tonight to determine the number 1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.R oode leaves the room and says this decision is going to bite her in the ass in the future.
In Ring Segment: MVP comes out and grabs a sign from the audience which says “I’m the new investor.” MVP tells the fans what he has been up to for the last three years. MVP says that their needs to be a change. MVP says he loves professional wrestling and he says he doesn’t want to see this business be run downed. He says the days of the owners disregarding the fans and mismanaging the talents is over.
MVP was going to mentions what his agenda in TNA was going to be, but he was interrupted by Rockstar Spud. Spud says would it be fair if MVP introduces himself to Dixie Carter. MVP tells Rockstar Spud to watch his step and please inform Dixie that MVP scheduled a match for tonight pinning the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus against Kurt Angle.
Bully Ray was shown backstage doing his own interpretation of the I live through valley and the shadow of death metaphor. Bully Ray says he will put Mr. Anderson in the coffin during their Casket Match next week. He also says the next person he sees he will put them in a coffin.
2.) Curry Man vs. TBA
Bully Ray comes out and grabs a mic tells Curry Man he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Man trying to fire up the Scotland and starts charging towards Ray, but Bully lands a big boot that drops Curry Man. Ray pickups CMan and gives him a piledriver. Ray puts Curry Man in the coffin and then says “Mr. Anderson I will end your career next week.”
Dixie Carter was shown backstage with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus who tries to get out of the match with Kurt Angle tonight. Carter mentions its a non-title match so he will be fine. Ethan Carter III comes in and Dixie tells him she doesn’t have time for him right now because MVP is about to come in and talk to her, but she said that she will make time for her nephew next week.
In Ring Segment: TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries comes down to the ring. Aries says he is the greatest man that ever lived and the greatest X Division Champion of all time. Aries states that he will use his option C to get another chance at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The Bro Mans come out and distract Aries as DJ Zema Ion comes from behind and attacks Austin Aries. Zema Ion says he cashing in his Feast of Fired contract for a chance at the X Division Championship.
3.) TNA X Division Championship Match Zema Ion continues on the attack on Austin Aries and hits a DDT, but Aries kicks out at 2. Ion goes on the top rope to hit a moonsault, but Aries ducks out of the way. Austin Aries hits the Brian Buster on Zema Ion to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Autin Aries
Back from commercial break Dixie Carter welcomes MVP to her office. Dixie Carter says she made TNA into a global entertainment empire. She starts throwing jabs at MVP for setting up the match between Magnus and Kurt Angle without her permission. She told MVP she will handle this situation with him in the ring later on tonight.
4.) Magnus vs. Kurt Angle
A very short match as Ethan Carter came down to the ring and attack Angle behind his knee. He seemed to be in very bad shape and referee Brain Hebner was giving the “X” sign to signal the doctors to come in the ring and to help Angle back to the locker room. Ethan Carter was outside having a big smirk on his face as he was staring at the EMT’s.
Winner: Kurt Angle by DQ
A highlight package of the break up between Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky was shown. Sabin was shown backstage inside the room where had their first kiss. Sabin he gets down on his knee and “proposes” to Velvet. She get’s emotional and open the box and nothing was in the box.Sabin says he is done with her.
5.) Number 1 Contendership Match~ Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode
Roode sends Joe outside early on and follows with a neckbreaker for a near fall, then he chops Joe but Joe chops him back and charges him in the corner. Roode kicks him in the face and takes him down with a snapmare, then Joe fights out of a headlock and hits an atomic drop. Joe misses a backsplash but also avoids a kneedrop, then he hits Roode a few times before walking into a spinebuster.
Roode taunts the crowd but Joe responds with a quick powerslam. Joe sets up a Muscle Buster but Roode blocks it and hits a clothesline to the back of the head. Joe counters a Roode Bomb and calls for the Coquina Clutch, then Roode shoves him in the corner and goes for a running clothesline. Joe catches him and hits a Uranage slam, then he connects with a Muscle Buster and makes Roode tap out to the Coquina Clutch.
Winner: Samoa Joe
In Ring Segmet: Dixie Carter and MVP Summit
Dixie Carter and MVP come to the ring for their ‘summit’. Dixie puts Magnus over as being a champion with dignity, and says they should stick together. Dixie talks about what a great job she’s done so far and wants to talk about new ideas, but MVP stops her and says she has some ideas of his own. MVP says he’s discovered they only agree to disagree, and her mismanagement has nearly crippled this company by making it an uneven playing field. He says he won’t stand idly and her reign of terror is over, so he will take any action to show her that the party is over.
JPOV: Lackluster show in my opinion. Too much Dixie Carter on the screen and too many in ring promos tonight. I enjoy the Monster Ball Match with Eric Young and Abyss. This MVP investor is not going to work in my opinion. There so much potential with this company with the roster they have. The focus is on WWE mid carders that got fired and if they expect that they are going to bring in revenue, its not going to happen.
Josh’s Grade for IMPACT: 6/10
Thanks for joining me for another edition of play by play coverage here on Between The Ropes. I’ll be back tomorrow with coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown. Make sure to check out The Flagship Show that took place today with Brian and Michael on the Google Hangout. Also make sure to check out the most recent interview Brian conducted with Jim Cornette. Have a great night everybody and want to get in contact with me just follow me on Twitter @JoshLopezCSR.
This week on the BTR Flagship Brian and Michael talk about the latest regarding CM Punk, Rob Van Dam possibly returning to WWE by WrestleMania 30, Raw from Monday night, the lack of star power, possible changes to the WrestleMania 30 lineup, Sting possibly coming into the company, MVP joining TNA Wrestling and more including your questions.
Daniel Bryan defeated WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in the main event of this past Monday’s Raw. Before the match ended, the WWE Director of Operations Kane came out and Bryan took care of Kane and then defeated Orton. The match ended and then Kane attacked Bryan and chokeslammed him to end the show.
In his weekly video with Michael Cole, Triple H defended the actions of Kane towards Bryan when he was asked why the attack happened.
“It’s one way of looking at it Cole,” Triple H stated. “Another way of looking at is the Director of Operations of the WWE comes down to ringside and gets assaulted by Daniel Bryan. (Kane) He gets dropkicked in the face, Daniel dives on him, runs him face first into the stairs. Later as Kane tries to come into the ring, he’s kicked repeatedly, punched repeatedly. One way of saying that is he defended himself.”
WWE Main Event
February 5, 2014
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa
1.) The Miz defeated Fandango w/Summer Rae with the Figure Four Leg Lock
Fandango got in some early offense, but Miz quickly responded in kind. Fandango rolled out of the ring and Miz connected with a dive. Miz and Emma did Emma’s dance together. Fadango went from behind to attack The Miz and drag him back in the ring. Then Fandango gain control of the match as Main Event went to commercial break.
Coming back from the commercial break with Fandango sitll being in control of the match, Miz managed to find some space and began making his comeback. Miz managed to catch Fandango in the figure-four leglock, and Fandango was forced to tap.
JPOV: Good solid back and forth match I was actually surprise with the amount of time these guys got in this match. Nice to see Emma on commentary we got to know her background a little bit during the match. I like the fact that WWE is trying to show some spotlight to the top stars from NXT, but unless you get to know Emma story and you watch WWE NXT weekly this gimmick can’t get over with the national audience. I think Emma showing up now to promote the debut of NXT being live from Full Sail University on the WWE Network.
There was a announcement that next monday on RAW, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will take on John Cena in the main event of the show.
2.) Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder
As the match started Zack Ryder took control of the match and was already putting Del Rio in the position for the Broski Boot, but Del Rio duck out just man handled Ryder throughout the rest of the match. Alberto Del Rio pick up the victory over Ryder with the vicious kick to the head of Ryder.
JPOV: Typical match between Alberto Del Rio and Zack Ryder, this time Del Rio didn’t beat him with the cross armbreaker. He kicked him in the head to pickup the victory.
There was a highlight package shown from the main event of RAW with the match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.
3.) Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel
It was Big E’s college homecoming sporting the Iowa Hawkeye gear which received a massive amount of approval from the audience in Des Moines. As the match started, Big E was manhandling Axel early on during the match. Axel started landing some rights hand to Langston as he started gain control in the match as Main Event head into commercial break.
Back from commercial break Axel was still in control of the match. Big E starts building his comeback and started chagring towards Axel, but Axel hit a sweet dropkick to put a hold on Langston momentum. Axel goes for the pinfall and Langston kicks out at two. Axel continues to ground Langston, he goes on top rope and jumps into a big right hand from Langston. Big E Langston starts to take control of the match.
Langston does the big splash and was setting up for the Big Ending, but Axel countered and hit the Perfect Plex and Langston kicked out at 2. Axel try to hit Langston with the side front face DDT, but Langston countered and hit the “Big Ending” to pick up the victory over the former Intercontinental Champion
JPOV: Nice match between Axel and Langston who also had about 15-20 minutes for this match. Axel even tho he is anti-charimastic he puts on good matches kind of reminds of his grandfather Larry “The Ax” Henning. Another great outing for Big E who seems to get better with every match he is in.
Review: Besides the Alberto Del Rio and Zack Ryder match I thought this show was good. I like the chemistry Tom Philips and Alex Riley have on commentary and we got two great matches with The Miz vs. Fandango and the main event of Curtis Axel vs. Big E Langston.
I would give this show an 8/10.
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Jim Cornette talks about his upcoming tour of the UK February 17 – 25, flying over there after not being on a plane in over a decade, the Kickstarter program to make that tour into a documentary, keeping busy with various projects and everything on his plate right now, now working directly with a wrestling promotion, if he misses being part of a creative team, if there is any comparison between his working for TNA Wrestling and Ring of Honor, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards going to TNA, what he wants to see on the WWE Network, if he would ever attend WrestleMania or the WWE Hall of Fame, his place in wrestling history, if he has any regrets, why he praises CM Punk for walking out on the WWE, the developmental system there, why certain stereotypes still exist for wrestlers and more.
Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Des Moines, Iowa. Here is what took place at the tapings.
-CM Punk’s merchandise is still being sold and security was checking signs at the door.
-Tom Phillips and Alex Riley are out for commentary.
-The Miz beat Fandango with Summer Rae. Santino Marella and Emma were on commentary.
-Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder with a superkick.
-They air another Triple H and Michael Cole interview.
-Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel. Langston was sporting a Hawkeyes colored singlet and got a “let’s go Hawks” chant going.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Des Moines, Iowa. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
-JBL and Michael Cole are out for commentary.
-Daniel Bryan kicks off SmackDown to a huge pop and “yes!” chants. He talks about what Triple H said on RAW about Bryan being the face of the company. Bryan says he doesn’t want to be the face. He calls out Kane for attacking him on RAW. Kane apologizes and says it was unprofessional. Bryan tells Kane to take off the cheap suit, put the mask on and get rid of Corporate Kane. Kane says he’s glad the Team Hell No days are over and the fans chant “you sold out” at him. Bryan tells Kane to come to the ring and settle it. Kane refuses and books Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro for tonight.
-Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose beat Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler. Seth Rollins was on commentary. Ambrose and Reigns argued the whole match. Reigns hit a Superman punch and a spear on Ziggler and let Ambrose tag himself in to get the pin. Fans chanted for Rollins, the hometown hero.
-The Wyatt Family appear on the big screen after the match and cut a promo.
-Sheamus beat Ryback in what was called a surprisingly good match.
-Renee Young is backstage with Alberto Del Rio with footage of him attacking Batista on Raw. Del Rio says Batista is the animal but he’s the tamer.
-Zeb Colter is out with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. He says Swagger won the Elimination Chamber last year and Cesaro will win it this year. Daniel Bryan is out next to a big pop. There were CM Punk chants during this match. Bryan gets the win in an amazing match. After the match, Kane comes out and Cesaro hits Bryan with a Neutralizer. Kane hits the ring and chokeslams Bryan.
-They air an Ernie Ladd video package for Black History Month.
-A promo with Lana and Alexander Rusev airs.
-AJ Lee with Tamina Snuka beat Nikki Bella with Brie Bella. Nikki accidentally threw AJ into Brie, knocking her off the apron. AJ used Black Widow to get the win.
-Titus O’Neil is backstage with Renee Young. He talks about how he will soon have WWE gold. Darren Young attacks him until security breaks it up.
-Bray Wyatt vs. Goldust is up next. Cody Rhodes, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper were all at ringside. Wyatt ended up getting the win. The Shield appeared on the big screen after the match and said they will claim victory at Elimination Chamber.
-Randy Orton beat Christian in the main event. Christian came off the ropes and Orton caught him with a RKO for the win.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.