WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up Heading Into Wrestlemania 30

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We are five days away from WWE Wrestlemania 30 from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Last night’s edition of Monday Night Raw gives the WWE some momentum heading into the biggest weekend of the wrestling year. Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.39 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 3.07 rating with an average of 4.272 million viewers.

The first hour of the showed averaged 4.23 million viewers that featured the opening segment with Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. The second hour averaged 4.60 million viewers and featured the Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and Batista segment along with John Cena attacking the Wyatt Family. The third and final hour of the show averaged 4.33 million viewers that featured a John Cena interview and the final segment with the Batista vs Orton match. That match also featured Stephanie McMahon and Triple H commentary and interference from Daniel Bryan.

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

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Last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Washington D.C. and was the final Raw before WrestleMania 30 on Sunday in New Orleans. We give you what was the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.

The Good

1) John Cena Promo: It was a good night for Cena. The first time we seen him out was when he stood in the ring with the Wyatt’s in Duke “The Dumpster” Droese garb and a sheep’s mask after Bray Wyatt’s match with R-Truth. Cena then cut an emotional backstage interview with Renee Young telling her that,”You will see fire, you will see hell, and you will see rage and John Cena will be a monster.” Behind the nonsensical Jimmy Buffet reference a few weeks back, Cena has cut some very good promos heading into Wrestlemania. Wish we would see more consistent promos from Cena in every program.

2) Opening Segment: I was very down on what WWE did last week making Brock Lesnar look weak again with The Undertaker. It was a very smart move by WWE opening with Taker and Lesnar to combat the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother”. Liked when Taker used the line, “there are three things that can’t be beat: Death, Taxes, and The Streak. That line made it seem how important The Streak is to everyday life. Paul Heyman was his usual spot on self comparing Lesnar winning this Sunday to Hulk Hogan defeating Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3. Liked how Lesnar walked around the ring and thinking about whether to get into the ring with Taker. Was smart for Heyman to distract Taker with Lesnar giving a vicious clothesline and the F5. Only bad thing was I wish Lesnar would have done another F5, but this segment left fans with some doubt of whether The Streak will continue on after Wrestlemania.

The Bad

3) Piper’s Pit: Roddy Piper felt that he should be on Wrestlemania 30 and do a Piper’s Pit with Hulk Hogan due to the happenings at Wrestlemania 1. Well, thankfully we got this last night. Piper looked lost a couple times in promoting the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. The eye gouge was awful and unnecessary. This was a waste of time and their could have been a better way to promote the Battle Royal.

4) Big E vs Alberto Del Rio: This doesn’t get a bad due to the match, as it wasn’t horrible. This was bad to the finish. The logic behind the Intercontinental champion losing a non-title match to a guy who hasn’t won a lot of matches in awhile. Big E should be defending the title instead of being in the Battle Royal. All titles should be defended at Wrestlemania as you can always throw guys in the Battle Royal to fill the ring.

The Dirty

5) Closing Segment: This a good dirty. Behind a few things, this was looking like a dreadful show heading into the final segment of the show. The Batista vs Randy Orton match was a good match considering what we have seen from Batista since his return in January. Liked how Bryan came out through the crowd and attacked Triple H. It was good to see Bryan get the better of Batista and Orton as well as it gives the fans hope that he will walk out of Wrestlemania with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Thought it was a smart move by WWE to keep Bryan off of last week’s Raw as it meant more last night as Bryan got the biggest pop of the show. Will Bryan win the title on Sunday? We will find out.

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Odds for WrestleMania 30

Here are the odds we received from Betfair Sportsbook which is a subsidiary of Betfair Casino.  The odds for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal are still being determined.  As you can see, they have it looking like a big night for Daniel Bryan.

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

  • ·         The Undertaker – 1/50
  • ·         Brock Lesnar – 11/1

Triple Threat Qualifier

  • ·         Daniel Bryan – 1/33
  • ·         Triple H – 10/1

How Many Big Boots and Leg Drop Combinations Will Hulk Hogan deliver?

  • ·         0 – 5/2
  • ·         1-2 – 1/3
  • ·         3-4 – 11/2
  • ·         5+ – 16/1

Under/Over on the amount of times Hulk Hogan says “brother.”

  • ·         Over 5.5 – 5/6
  • ·         Under 5.5 – 5/6

WWE Heavyweight Title Match

  • ·         Daniel Bryan – 1/8
  • ·         Batista – 13/2
  • ·         Randy Orton – 14/1
  • ·         Triple H – 14/1
  • ·         Any Other – 25/1

Will CM Punk make a surprise appearance?

  • ·         Yes – 10/3
  • ·         No – 1/6

Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

  • ·         Bray Wyatt – 4/11
  • ·         John Cena – 2/1

Jason Powell Talks WrestleMania 30, WWE Network, Possible Sale

POWELLJason Powell of ProWrestling.net talks about WrestleMania 30 including the build for the show, if he thinks fans are on board with the main event involving Daniel Bryan and how the company got there, the buildup for The Undertaker against Brock Lesnar, how much longer for Taker, what could happen after Mania, the WWE Network and how well it may or may not be doing when it comes to subscriptions, the WWE’s upcoming TV rights deal, if the company could possibly be for sale and more.

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WWE Raw Recap: Daniel Bryan Strikes Back

bryanhunterstickBrian and Steve talks about WWE Raw from Monday night which was the final edition before WrestleMania 30 including Daniel Bryan attacking Triple H leading up to their big match, the setup for WrestleMania, the latest confrontation between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, more between John Cena and the Wyatt Family along with your questions.

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WrestleMania Takes Over New Orleans

Press release from the WWE:

STAMFORD, Conn., April 1, 2014 – Fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries will descend upon New Orleans for a week-long lineup of festivities in celebration of WrestleMania 30, taking place this Sunday, April 6 live on WWE Network and pay-per-view at 7 pm ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. WWE® will also host more than a dozen pro-social events designed to give back to the host community. WrestleMania Week begins today, Tuesday, April 1 and includes the following events:

  • ·         WrestleMania 30 Press Conference – Today, Hard Rock Café, NYC
    Before WWE takes over New Orleans and Randy Orton® defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match against Batista® and the winner of Daniel Bryan® vs. Triple H®, all four WrestleMania headliners will come face-to-face today at 11 am ET at the Hard Rock Café in New York City, where WrestleMania first began 30 years ago. They will be joined by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WrestleMania 30 host Hulk Hogan™ and WWE Superstar John Cena® to offer a preview of this year’s historic event. The press conference will be streamed live on WWE Network.
  • ·         Children’s Hospital Visits – Wednesday, April 2, New Orleans

WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston®, Cody Rhodes® and Zack Ryder® and WWE Diva Natalya™ will visit the Ochsner Children’s Health Center and the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans tomorrow. Mattel will donate WWE action figures for the WWE Superstars and Divas to distribute throughout their visits.

  • ·         Hire Heroes USA Autograph Signing – Wednesday, April 2, Jackson Barracks

As part of WWE’s longstanding commitment to the military, WWE has partnered with Hire Heroes USA (#ServiceatWork) to support their mission of creating job opportunities for veterans and their spouses through personalized employment transition training and corporate engagement. Tomorrow, WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, WWE Diva Eva Marie™ and WWE announcer Lilian Garcia® will participate in a meet and greet and autograph signing for military members, veterans and their families.

  • ·         Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game – Wednesday, April 2, Tulane University

WWE, a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and Special Olympics Louisiana will host a unified basketball game (#UNIFIEDSPORTS) tomorrow at Tulane University. Athletes from Team Louisiana will participate in a basketball game where WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil™, WWE Divas The Bella Twins™ and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will serve as honorary coaches.

  • Superstars for Kids – Thursday, April 3, New Orleans Museum of Art 

WWE Superstars and Divas including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, The Miz®, Big Show® and The Bella Twins will join New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the star of A Haunted Mansion 2, Marlon Wayans at this year’s Superstars for Kids (#STARS4KIDS) red carpet party at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Last week, WWE kicked off a global online auction to benefit Drew Brees’s non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs at www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE. The auction features unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. During the Superstars for Kids red carpet party, Wayans will lead an additional live auction where even more incredible experiences will be made available for bidding.

  • ·         Be a STAR Anti-Bullying Rallies – Thursday, April 3 and Friday April, 4

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. WWE and The Creative Coalition will hold two anti-bullying rallies (#BeaSTAR) in New Orleans during WrestleMania Week. On Thursday, April 3, WWE Superstars Mark Henry and David Otunga®, WWE Diva Natalya and WWE host Josh Mathews™ will deliver anti-bullying messages to 300 students at Sarah T. Reed High School. On Friday, April 4, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk will join WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio® and Damien Sandow®, WWE Divas Naomi™ and Cameron™ and WWE host Renee Young™ at the Boys and Girls Club Westbank Unit where they will talk to more than 450 students about showing respect to one another.

  • ·         WrestleMania Reading Celebration – Thursday, April 3, Langston Hughes Academy

In an effort to promote literacy among children of all ages, WWE partners with the Pearson Foundation’s We Give Books program and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to deliver an innovative digital reading experience to children, parents and teachers atwww.WWEReadingSuperstar.com. On Thursday, April 3, more than 100 students and faculty at Langston Hughes Academy will participate in a Reading Celebration (#WWEReadingSuperstar) featuring WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes and WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee™.

  • ·         WrestleMania Axxess – Thursday, April 3–Sunday, April 6, New Orleans Convention Center

WrestleMania Axxess (#AXXESS) is the ultimate fan experience for the WWE Universe. This year’s WrestleMania Axxess will take place onThursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6 at the New Orleans Convention Center. Fans will get unprecedented access to meet their favorite WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends through a host of interactive fan experiences, including more autograph signings and live matches than ever before.

  • ·         KaBOOM! Playground Build – Friday, April 4, Woodland West Elementary School

WWE, KaBOOM! and more than 200 volunteers will team up to build a new playground (#PlayMatters) at Woodland West Elementary School. WWE and KaBOOM! launched its first-ever partnership to promote the importance of play in children’s lives. Earlier this year, WWE and KaBOOM! hosted a Design Day at Woodland West Elementary School where children brainstormed and designed their dream playground. The children will have the final design come to life on Friday, April 4, when WWE Superstars, executives, employees and community volunteers help build the playground of their dreams and leave a lasting impact on children in the New Orleans area.

  • ·         Make-A-Wish® Pizza Party – Saturday, April 5, Audubon Aquarium

WWE Superstar John Cena will host the annual Make-A-Wish (#MakeAWish) pizza party at Audobon Aquarium in New Orleans, where he will induct 31 wish children into WWE’s Circle of Champions. As part of its 30-year alliance with Make-A-Wish, WWE will also host the 31 wish kids and their families at WrestleMania 30. With more than 400 wishes and counting, Cena has granted more wishes than any celebrity.

  • ·         Susan G. Komen Luncheon – Saturday, April 5, Windsor Court Hotel

WWE Superstars, Divas and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will be on hand to support Komen New Orleans’ (#KomenNewOrleans) biggest mission day of the year, where they award more than $600,000 to local community grantees. The grants will be distributed to local community organizations committed to helping uninsured and underinsured women of New Orleans receiveaccess to critical breast cancer education, screening and treatment services. McMahon has been named the Honorary Chairperson for Komen New Orleans.

  • ·         WWE 2014 Hall of Fame Ceremony – Saturday, April 5, Smoothie King Center         

A capacity crowd will fill the Smoothie King Center for the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (#WWEHOF). On the eve of WrestleMania 30, a new class of inductees will join WWE Legends from the past as they are enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees includeThe Ultimate Warrior™, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita™, Razor Ramon, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon and Mr. T.

  • ·         WrestleMania 30 – Sunday, April 6, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

More than 70,000 fans are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania30 (#WRESTLEMANIA) hosted by Hulk Hogan. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making. Featured matches include the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleManiawinning streak against Brock Lesnar, John Cena battling Bray Wyatt, and Randy Orton defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Batista and the winner of a showdown between Daniel Bryan and Triple H.

For more information on WrestleMania 30, please visit www.wrestlemania.com.

  • ·         Monday Night Raw® – Monday April 7, Smoothie King Center

The night after WrestleManiaMonday Night Raw comes to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Fans can see their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas as the road to WrestleMania 31 begins. WrestleMania 31 will take place at the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

WrestleMania Over the Years, Favorite Moments

wrestlemaniaoriginalBrian and Steve discuss WrestleMania over the years including what stands out about the annual event, their favorite matches and moments and much more including your questions.

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Paul Heyman Talks WrestleMania 30, His Friendship with Brock Lesnar and Looking Ahead

Brock-Lesnar-Paul-HeymanPaul Heyman talks about WrestleMania 30 where he will be in the corner of Brock Lesnar as he faces The Undertaker, how his close friendship with Lesnar came about, being in the wrestling business for almost three decades now, if his work comes naturally to him, his future in the business, who he thinks are the stars of the future, the WWE Network and more.

WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network.  You can follow Paul Heyman on Twitter @HeymanHustle.

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WWE Network Unveils WrestleMania Week Programming

wm 30STAMFORD, Conn., March 31, 2014 – WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, has unveiled its programming lineup for WrestleMania Week, which includes the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, an expanded two-hour WrestleMania pre-show and concludes with WrestleMania 30, all live from New Orleans.

Fans can subscribe to WWE Network by signing up exclusively at WWE.com, clicking on the WWE Network button on the top right corner of the navigation bar and creating an account. Upon signing up, fans will instantly have access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library.

The WrestleMania Week programming line-up on WWE Network includes:

WrestleMania 30 – Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET

WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will air live on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET. More than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by a host of WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making. Featured matches include the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleMania winning streak against Brock Lesnar™, John Cena® battling Bray Wyatt™ and Randy Orton® defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Batista® and the winner of a showdown between Daniel Bryan® and Triple H®.

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET

For the first time ever, the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. On the eve of WrestleMania 30, a new class of inductees will join WWE Legends from the past as they are enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include The Ultimate Warrior®, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita, Razor Ramon, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon and Mr. T.

At 8 pm ET, one hour prior to the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WWE Network will air a live red carpet arrival show hosted by Michael Cole and Renee Young. The show will consist of interviews with WWE Legends, Superstars and Divas as they arrive to celebrate history and welcome in the new inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame.

WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show – Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET

WWE has expanded its WrestleMania pre-show to two hours for the first time ever. The first hour will simulcast across all WWE platforms, including WWE Network, WWE.com, WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pheed beginning Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET. During the second hour, WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos™ will defend their titles in a Fatal 4-Way match against Los Matadores™, Ryback® and Curtis Axel™ and The Real Americans™, which can be seen exclusively on WWE Network.

WrestleMania Press Conference – Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET

Before WWE takes over New Orleans and Randy Orton defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match against Batista and the winner of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, all four WrestleMania headliners will come face-to-face on Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET at the Hard Rock Café in New York City live on WWE Network. They will be joined by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WrestleMania 30host Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena® to offer a preview of this year’s historic event.

WrestleMania Today LIVE – Thursday, April 3 – Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET

WrestleMania Today will premiere with three nights of live coverage on Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET originating from WrestleMania Axxess. Hosted by WWE’s Josh Mathews™, Booker T™ and Alex Riley™, the two-hour show will welcome in-studio guests including WWE Legends and Superstars as they analyze the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30. WWE reporters Renee Young, Byron Saxton and Tom Philips will cover all the action live from the Axxess floor.

WrestleMania Weekend Marathon – Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6

The weekend will be highlighted by a marathon of WrestleMania themed programming from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. On Friday, April 4, WWE Network will air a replay of WrestleMania 25 from Houston, TX at 2 pm ET. Then, on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, fans can see blocks of WrestleMania Rewind™ from 6 am – 9 am ET, a show that takes a comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments inWrestleMania history.

Immediately following WrestleMania Rewind on Saturday, WrestleMania 26 airs at 9 am ET and WrestleMania 27 at 1 pm ET. WrestleMania 28 and WrestleMania 29 air Sunday, April 6 at 9 am ET and 1 pm ET, respectively.

Legends of WrestleMania – Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET

Legends of WrestleMania premieres on Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET featuring a round table discussion with WrestleMania Legends as they look back at their greatest WrestleMania moments.  Fans will hear never-before-told stories aboutWrestleMania as well as commentary on the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30.

For a full WrestleMania Week on WWE Network schedule click here.

WWE Network is the first-ever 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe at WWE.com. WWE Network is available through the WWE App on TV via connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3, Sony PlayStation® 4 and Xbox 360. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices, as well as on desktops and laptops via WWE.com.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From March 28, 2014

SD_762_Photo_105WWE SmackDown
March 28, 2014
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts

First Segment: Batista comes out and says he left and they begged him to come back, and they booed him when he finally did return. He says he takes issue with them cheering someone like Daniel Bryan, then he says no one will be having fun at Wrestlemania because he is walking out as the champion. Triple H comes out and says they should leave things be, but Batista brings up Stephanie slapping him and says she’s the reason for all of it. Batista says HHH wouldn’t have anything if he didn’t marry Stephanie, but HHH asks why he’s concerned with any of it. Batista talks about how HHH has never beaten him, and he says he only came back to win the title, but everyone wants to get in his way. HHH says Batista got spoiled and success went to his head, so he quit and tried to act, but he just went soft and he’s not The Animal anymore. HHH says everyone knows what he can do, but Batista needs to show what he’s made of, so he can face Sheamus tonight.

We get a highlight package of the beatdown The Shield suffered on last week edition of SmackDown. The Shield come out and prepare for their tag team match and we go to commercial break.

First Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins w/Roman Regins vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre w/Heath Slater

Rollins hits a dropkick and a suplex, then Ambrose takes a few shots before Rollins sends JInder outside and Ambrose knees Drew in the stomach. Rollins splashes Jinder on the floor as Ambrose clotheslines Drew, then he follows it with Dirty Deeds for the win. Kane comes out and says they won’t ambush The Shield like they like to do, and they can face the guys they jumped on Monday, Rybaxel, right now.

Winner: The Shield

Second Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins w/Roman Regins vs. Rybaxel

Axel hits Ambrose a few times and Ryback hits a kneedrop off the ropes, then he goes for a suplex but Ambrose counters with a DDT. Rollins whips Axel in the corner and splashes him, then he kicks him in the face and connects with a roundhouse kick from the apron. Ryback goes after him but Ambrose tackles him on the floor, then Rollins backdrops Axel outside and hits a somersault dive on the floor. Axel comes back and sets up a Perfect Plex, but Rollins hits an enziguiri and follows with a Curb Stomp for the win. After the match The Shield give Ryback the triple powerbomb to send a message to Kane and The New Age Outlaws

Winner: The Shield

Third Match: Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow

The match started pretty slowly, with Sandow grounding Sin Cara. Just as it seemed things were picking up, Sin Cara rolled up Sandow for a win.

Winner: Sin Cara

Renee Young asked Big Show about his match later with Bray Wyatt backstage. Show said that what The Wyatt’s did to John Cena on Monday was disturbing. He said some of what Bray Wyatt says has some truth to it, and that’s what makes you begin to question yourself. He concluded by saying that he had a big problem on their hands, but so did they.

Fourth Match: Goldust vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

They traded offense to start until Fandango held on to a chin lock. Fandango controlled the match with strikes and chin locks until Goldust hit a back suplex. He followed up with an inverted atomic drop and ten punches in the corner. Fandango walked into a powerslam and Goldust covered for a near fall. Fandango retreated and both men battled by the announce table. Summer Rae bought him some time after Goldust threw him into the ring, which allowed Fandango hit hit a Yakuza Kick for the win.

Winner: Fandango

Fifth Match: Batista vs. Sheamus

Batista plays possum and runs from Sheamus, then he kicks him in the stomach and hits him in the corner. Sheamus hits him a few times but Batista whips him across the ring, then he ducks a kick and hits a spinebuster and calls for a Batista Bomb. Sheamus fires back with a clothesline, then he hits a kneelift and clubs his chest on the apron. Sheamus hits a powerslam and calls for a Brogue Kick, but Batista rolls outside and hits Sheamus with a chair after he follows him outside. Batista hits him with a chair again and throws him into the ringpost, then he gets a mic and says he’s winning the title and they can deal with it.

Winner: Sheamus by DQ

Bray Wyatt says if you give a man a mask, you reveal a man’s true face, and everyone is guilty. He tells John Cena that there is a problem with fitting in, and if you hide behind your mask too long, it becomes you. Bray says he has broken Cena and he made a scar, so he’s going to slay a giant tonight, and it’s all for Cena.

Sixth Match: The Bella Twins vs. AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka. Vickie Guerrero on Commentary

Brie gets a near fall on AJ before Nikki attacks, then she whips AJ but Tamina blind tags in and hits a Samoan drop for a near fall. AJ gets back in and applies a front facelock, then Brie makes a tag and hits Tamina with a missile dropkick before AJ yells at Tamina on the apron. Tamina shoves AJ and tells her to go do it herself, but AJ gets pissed and Brie hits a facebuster for the win.

Winner: The Bella Twins

Comedy segment with Santino & Emma. Santino says they’re just friends with benefits.

Seventh Match: Jack Swagger w/Cesaro and Zeb Colter vs. Jimmy Uso w/Jey Uso

Swagger hits Jimmy a few times but Jimmy sends him outside and splashes him, then Jimmy hits a thrust kick and follows with a diving heel kick. Jimmy goes for a corner splash but Swagger chopblocks his knee, then he rolls through and makes Jimmy tap to the Patriot Lock.

Winner: Jack Swagger

In this week’s Raw Rebound we look back at the confrontation The Undertaker had with Brock Lesnar.

Eight Match: Mark Henry vs. The Miz

Henry whips Miz into the turnbuckles a few times before press slamming him, but Miz floats over and kicks him in the knees. Miz hits him a few times but Henry comes back with a scoop slam and a headbutt, then he goes for a Figure Four but Henry kicks him away. Miz dumps Henry over the ropes and brags about it, but Henry pulls him outside and throws him into the barricade before hitting a World’s Strongest Slam for the win.

Winner: Mark Henry

They replayed the video package of Razor Ramon joining the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class

Ninth Match: Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt

Big Show throws Bray backwards and chops him, then he headbutts him before hitting Bray with a big boot. Bray avoids an elbow drop and kicks Show in the face, then he hits him a few times and spider walks at him but Show clotheslines him. Bray comes back with a corner splash, then he goes for a second but Show gets a boot up. Bray catches his boot and snaps his leg down, then Harper takes a cheap shot behind the ref back and Bray hits Sister Abigail for the win.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 9/10

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Daniel Bryan Talks WrestleMania 30, Fan Support and Planning a Wedding

bryanlaughWWE superstar Daniel Bryan talks about WrestleMania 30 on April 6th where he will face Triple H and the winner then squaring off against both Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, what the last year has been like for him and his surge in popularity, the connection with his fans, wondering if he we be a part of WrestleMania a few months ago, planning his wedding with Brie Bella at the same time, any pressure with everything going on, what to do with his beard for the wedding and more.

WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network.  You can follow Daniel Bryan on Twitter @WWEDanielBryan.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From March 27, 2014

1235_2e8bf6f45fb2b01f7bc63e367c45fa81_mTNA Impact Wrestling
March 27, 2014
Universal Studios Sound Stage
Orlando, Florida

First Segment: The show opens with the entrance of MVP. We see a recap of last week’s main event. MVP says that he wanted to make sure there was a level playing field in TNA. He mentions Abyss’s actions and says that there must be an executive decision. Magnus’ music hits and he comes to the ring with Abyss. He reminds MVP that Abyss has a service contract with Magnus, not TNA. MVP says he’s fine with the details of the contract. MVP tells Abyss that if he puts his hands on him again, he’ll show him a different side of MVP. MVP asks Abyss if he wants more from wrestling and life. He asks Abyss if he wants a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Magnus is angry at this idea. MVP says that the match will show where Abyss’s alliance really lies. MVP announces that next week Magnus will defend the TNA title against Abyss and Samoa Joe in a triple threat match. Joe’s music hits and he comes to the ring. Joe tells MVP that he’s only asked him for one thing and that’s a chance to fight Magnus uninterrupted. Joe says that he’s upset that he’s been put in what he thinks is a handicap match. MVP and Joe argue. Joe blasts Magnus and a brawl breaks out. Eric Young hits the ring and attacks Abyss. We go to commercial.

Back from commercial where Eric Young, MVP, and Samoa Joe are still in the ring after the brawl. Eric Young says that he has a solution to MVP’s problem with Abyss. Young says that Abyss is his responsibility and that he should be added to the three-way title match next week to take Abyss out of the equation so that Joe can get the match he deserves. MVP says that he’s not sure if Young deserves that shot. Young lists a huge amount of accomplishments from his time at TNA. Joe tells Young that no one is doubting his accomplishments. Joe says that there’s a line and Young is not at the front. MVP changes his mind and puts Young in the match. Joe is not excited about this idea. Joe shoves Young and they start to brawl. MVP calls for referees to pull them apart. Joe gets up and yells at Young to fight him in a match. MVP says that he’ll agree to let the match happen.

Backstage, Bully Ray says that his Twitter machine is back. He then calls out Bobby Roode to the camera. In another area backstage, The Wolves ask MVP to put them in a match against Abyss and Magnus. MVP thinks about it and says that it should happen next. We then see a video of Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud searching for Willow in the woods. We head to commercial.

First Match: The Wolves vs. Abyss and Magnus

Magnus starts against Davey Richards. Magnus grabs Richards’ arm and Richards reverses with spins and flips. Magnus regains control. Richards flips out of a backdrop and tags in Edwards. The Wolves hit a double team on Magnus. The Wolves in control. The Wolves go for another double team on Magnus, but Abyss breaks it up. We go to commercial.

Back from commercial where Magnus has control of Edwards. Edwards fights back but is caught in a crossbody. Magnus turns it into a suplex. Magnus goes to a chinlock on Edwards. Edwards gets out of it but is grounded by Magnus again. Magnus runs into a boot from Edwards in the corner. Edwards hits a top rope hurricanrana on Magnus. Richards is tagged in. Richards takes Abyss off the apron and hits a series of moves on Magnus. Abyss gets back in the ring and Richards hits a double dropkick. The Wolves hit a double team and Abyss breaks up the pin attempt. The Wolves get caught in a double choke slam, but back-flip out of it. The Wolves hit stereo kicks on Abyss, which sends him out of the ring. Richards hits a suicide dive on Abyss. In the ring, Edwards rolls up Magnus and goes to a single-leg crab. Magnus taps out immediately.

Winner: The Wolves

After the match, Abyss grabs the TNA title and looks at it closely. Abyss approaches Magnus and then walks right by him holding Magnus’ title. We go to commercial.

Second In-Ring Segment: Back from commercial where Angelina Love is heading to the ring. She grabs a mic. Love says that Velvet Sky has not answered her calls all week. She tells Sky to come out and tell her what her problem is. Sky says she’s pissed off and calls Love out for attacking Madison Rayne last week. Sky says she did not sign up for this. Love says Sky is mediocre without her. She tells Sky that she’s lost her edge. Love says that no one messed with them when they were together. Love says she has a match with Rayne tonight. She tells Sky that by the end of that match, she had better pick a side. Love gets out of the ring and leaves. We see a video package showing the relationship between Gunner and James Storm. They will wrestle later tonight. We go to another video showing EC3 and Spud looking for Willow. We see Bully Ray getting ready to head out into the arena. Tenay says he’s up next and we go to a commercial break.

Back from commercial and EC3 is trying to get Spud to go into a barn. EC3 has decides that he’ll do it. He pretends to be attacked inside and scares Spud. They go inside and check it out. While EC3 isn’t looking, Willow grabs Spud and drags him away. EC3 looks around for him and hears Willow’s laugh in the distance. We move to another video detailing Gunner and James Storm’s rivalry.

Third In-Ring Segment:

Bully Ray makes his entrance. Ray gets into the ring and starts motioning for someone to come out to the ring. Random fans come to the ring with tables and set them up around the ring. Ray puts two in the corners of the ring and one set up on the mat near a corner. Ray asks the crowd if they know who he is. He says that he’s the guy that made sure Dixie Carter is no longer a part of TNA. Ray calls out Bobby Roode and says that if he’d won that match, he would have ended up just like her. Roode’s music hits and he comes out to the stage. Roode admits that the opportunity to become an owner of TNA blinded him. Roode reminds Ray that he’s the one the tricked Ray into going to the TNA offices in Nashville last week. Ray tells him to quit running his mouth and get into the ring to fight. Roode tells him that Ray doesn’t call the shots. Roode says he says when and where. Roode says no to a match. Bully chases him up the ramp and blasts him. Ray fights him back toward the ring and beats him down on the outside. Ray wants to drop an elbow off the apron onto Roode who’s laying on a table, but Roode moves and Ray holds up. Ray misses a punch and hits a table. Roode takes advantage and beats down Ray. Roode sets up a suplex to put Ray through a table, but Ray holds out. Roode ends up pushing Ray into the ring post. Roode continues to beat down Ray. They both get on the apron with a table set up on the floor. Ray kicks Roode in the gut and goes for a powerbomb. Roode flips Ray into the ring. Ray fights back. Roode leans up against a vertically set up table and Ray charges. Ray goes for a big boot, but Roode moves and Ray puts his leg through the table. Ray ends up going for a powerbomb again, but Roode gets out of it. Ray charges Roode again and Roode moves. Ray goes head first through a set up table in the corner. Roode gets out of the ring.

Backstage, Abyss approaches Magnus with the TNA title. He gives Magnus the title. Abyss asks about Magnus tapping out so quickly. Magnus says he doesn’t care if the title is not on the line. Abyss says that he hates losing. Magnus reminds Abyss that he needs to lose to help him retain his title. He tells Abyss to not let MVP into his head. We go to commercial.

Back from commercial and we see James Storm and Gunner preparing in separate areas for their match. We see another video package with Knux.

Second Match: Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love

Rayne hits the ring quickly and starts to beat down Love. Love rolls out of the ring. Rayne chases her around the ring and back in. Rayne keeps control. Velvet Sky heads down to ringside. Rayne charges Love but Love pulls down the rope and Rayne hits the floor. Rayne comes back in and rolls up Love. They get up and Love takes back control. She dumps Rayne to the outside onto the floor. Love and Rayne exchange words on the outside. Love comes back in and gets a two-count of Rayne. Love chokes Rayne on the middle rope. Love throws Rayne to the ropes. They both go for the hair and go down. Rayne fights Love off when forearm shots. Rayne hits a northern lights suplex. Love is drop kicked out of the ring. Rayne hits a baseball slide of Love. Velvet Sky hits a ddt on Rayne on the floor out of nowhere. She throws Rayne back into the ring where Love pins her.

Winner: Angelina Love

The Beautiful People celebrate in the ring after the match. Backstage, Eric Young tells ODB that he’s ready for tonight. He says that people and Joe are going to find out that it isn’t smart to not believe in him. We go to commercial.

Third Match: Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young

Joe shoves Young and Young attacks. Young attacks with a flurry of strikes. Joe knees Young in the gut. Young hits a running forearm for a two-count. Young takes control on Joe in the corner. Young ends up on the apron after an irish whip to the corner, misses a shoulder block, and is hit by Joe. Joe takes control of EY in the middle of the ring. Joe drives Young’s head into the turnbuckle. Joe hits a splash in the corner followed by a big kick. Young kicks out of the pin at two. Young fights back with punches, but Joe headbutts him. Joe drops the knee on Young for a two-count.

The two hit the ropes and both go for clotheslines. Both men down. They get up at the same time and Young hits a spinning clotheslines and a series of moves. Young goes to the top rope and has to bail with Joe stalking. Joe slams Young after Young charged him. Joe charges Young in the corner and runs into a big boot. Young misses a moonsault. Joe gets up and tries to lock in the rear naked choke. Joe gets it locked in and Joe chokes Young out (During the choke, Joe’s shoulder’s were down on the mat, but the referee did not see). The Hebner’s discuss the call as they walk up the ramp and backstage.

Winner: Samoa Joe

We find out for next week  Impact Wrestling  Samuel Shaw will take on Mr. Anderson in a Straight Jacket Match, Bully Ray and Willow will take on Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III in a Tables Match and we will have a Fatal Four Way Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship pinning regining champ Magnus taking on Abyss, Samoa Joe and Eric Young.

Fourth Match: Unlocked Match
James Storm vs. Gunner

Gunner lays out Storm on the ramp and takes him to the ring steps. Gunner sets up a table on the outside, but Storm fights back. Gunner slams Storm’s head into the ring apron and throws a chair into the ring. Gunner suplexes Storm on the floor. Storm counters by throwing Gunner into the ring steps. Storm hits Gunner with right hands. Storm puts Gunner in the ring with his head on the apron and hits him with a huge boot. Storm hits a suplex on the ramp. Gunner fights back by the ring steps. Gunner grabs a chair and hits Storm in the gut. They get into the ring. Storm hits a ddt on Gunner from the second rope. We head to commercial break.

Back from commercial where Gunner hits the slingshot suplex. Gunner sets up a chair in the corner of the ring, between the turnbuckles. They exchange several shots to the head with trash can lids. Gunner hits a spear on Storm. Storm fights back and catapults Gunner into the set up chair. Gunner hits the big elbow drop from the top rope for a two-count. Storm gets out of the ring and grabs a beer bottle from under the ring. Storm gets onto the ring apron and Gunner spears him out to the floor through a table. Gunner pulls Storm into the ring. Gunner goes for the cover and only gets a two-count. Gunner grabs two chairs and sets ups chairs in the middle of the ring. He puts Storm on the top rope. Gunner superplexes Storm into the chairs in the ring. Gunner goes for the Gunrack but Storm reverses with two Last Call Super Kicks. Storm goes for the pin and only gets two. Storm grabs a beer bottle, but so does Gunner. Gunner hits Storm with the bottle and hits Hanger 18 for the three-count.

Winner: Gunner

Josh’s Grade for Impact Wrestling: 8.5/10

Overall Thoughts: I thought the show was decent. I felt there was too much talking, but the matches we did have tonight were good and effective and thats all you can really ask for, so props out to TNA for putting on a really good this week.

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The Original Sin Cara Released By WWE

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In what would not be considered shocking news, the WWE announced earlier today that Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde (aka Sin Cara) has been released the company. The WWE released the following statement on their website.

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde effective on March 26, 2014. We wish Luis the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Alvirde made a big splash debuting in 2011, but didn’t make the impact many expected. The WWE replaced him with Hunicio now under doing the Sin Cara gimmick. Alvirde stated on his Twitter page yesterday that would continue the Sin Cara gimmick in Mexico.

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TNA Impact Wrestling (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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TNA taped an edition of Impact Wrestling on March 15th at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida that will air tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Here are the matches you will see on tonight’s show.

-James Storm vs. Gunner in a no count out, no DQ, must be a winner match

-Magnus and Abyss vs. The Wolves

-Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love in a non-title match

-Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young

-Bully Ray and Willow vs. Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III in a tables match

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Author Kevin Sullivan Talks New Book WWE 50

wwe50Author Kevin Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss his latest book “WWE 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment” detailing the last 50 years in the company, what he wish he could have covered more in the book, his favorite time period to cover, who the important WWE superstar may be, having quotes from various people including Vince Russo, comparing this book to previous ones he has done for WWE, his thoughts on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and more.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @SullivanBooks and you can get a copy of “WWE 50″ on Amazon.

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It’s Time For The Undertaker To Retire At Wrestlemania 30

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The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.

What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.

With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.

Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.

The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.

Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.

Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.

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Hulk Hogan Says That WWE Wrestlemania 30 Will Be The Biggest Of All Time

Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE last month and announced that he would be the host of this year’s WWE Wrestlemania 30, which takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hogan announced a couple weeks ago that an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will take place at Mania.

For this week’s interview Michael Cole interviews Hogan to preview Wrestlemania, why his match with Andre was the biggest of his career, the importance of Mr. T in the WWE Hall of Fame and much more.

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Wade Keller on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and Predictions for Next Year

kellertorchWade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch  talks about WrestleMania 30 including the buildup for the show so far, if it will be Daniel Bryan’s night, whether or not this could be The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania, the possible order of the match on the show and more.  Plus, he talks about what could lie ahead for the WWE over the summer and his best guess for WrestleMania 31 next year.

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