Brian and Steve are back to talk Raw from Monday night including the announced lineup so far for the upcoming WWE TLC pay-per-view, how one person will be crowned the UNIFIED CHAMPION at that show between John Cena and Randy Orton, John Cena promoting the importance of the match and the championships, the overuse of authority figures, what is going on with Sin Cara, handicapped matches and Titus O’Neil has a tendency to puke. They also talk about the upcoming WWE Network, when they think it could be announced and how much money they would spend on it. Plus, WWE DVD talk and even some Manilow!
It is headlined by the Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to crown a Unified Champion between WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. On Raw, both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon went out of their way to say this is a unification match and one person will leave the show as the champion.
Last week former Ring of Honor star Davey Richards made his debut in the WWE when teamed with his tag team partner in ROH Eddie Edwards at the NXT tapings. Richards put on his Facebook page over the weekend, that the company pulled him from his scheduled final appearance with the company at Final Battle on December 14.
Richards then released a statement to PWInsider.com on what led to the ROH pulling him from the show and his candid thoughts on the company.
“I guess I could be pretty upset about ROH pulling my farewell match.
A company I’ve given literally everything in my body for time and time again, driven crazy amounts of hours to save the company money on flights, worked for reduced payoffs when the houses were down, etc.
It’s wild man, it’s such a different place now than when I started- not saying better of worse- just different.
So here we are at the end of the road. I gotta be honest though it’s pretty crappy to me and the fans to not get a farewell match I really can’t be anything but thankful for my time spent in that ring.
Truth is, ROH fans have been the only family I’ve had for the past 6 years.
What you saw is what you got with me. For better or for worse I bore my soul to you all. You All were there during the worst days when my grandparents died unexpectantly, my divorce, my home being taken. You didn’t even know it but you all saved me. That ring was my therapy.
Sometimes people have good days, sometimes very bad ones, sometimes they do things they’re very proud of, sometime they make mistakes and do things they’re regretful of. No one’s perfect and I’ve been though all of those moments right in front of the ROH fanbase.
I recovered, grew, learned, matured in that ring. I want so bad to kiss it goodbye because it was the only familiar thing I knew for so long.
But I can walk away. I’m ok. If for no other reason that I know is from day one to my last match I gave you all 100% of everything I had in my body and heart. You always hear people say, ” leave it all in the ring”. Well I can honestly say I did that. So in that I have closure.
Whether you like me or hate me I’ve always been honest ( often times perhaps too honest). But that’s me. I don’t believe in lying to people I consider family- and like it or not I considered y’all family.
ROH wanted to tell you all I was injured for Final Battle. Yes my neck is banged up, but I could have been there and wrestled by then. I didn’t want y’all being fed lies so I took the Initiative to tell you the truth.
I don’t wanna slander anyone or speak badly of anyone.
Instead of thinking about this situation I’d rather think that I got to see one of my best friends go from an illegal immigrant barely getting on a preshow to a main eventer, I got to see a guy everyone wondered why I chose to tag with become far better than I’ll ever be, I got to share the ring with the guys I looked up to starting out, I got to see the new crop of amazing athletes come into they’re own.
“I got to find a reason to live when I had none.
You all gave me so many good time and great memories ( hello Colt:) ) that I can only hope I gave you all some.
There was an aura, a surreal felling that company once had that I hope they find again.
ROH is about heart. I hope they find theirs again.
Please continue to watch them, support them, go to the shows because the guys in that locker room and in that ring have more desire, heart, and dedication than can be measured.
Thank you all for everything, hope to see you all somewhere else down the road. But if not, you all meant the world me and I am forever in debt. Wesley Richards”.
Edwards is still scheduled to appear at Final Battle.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings on Tuesday in Uncasville, Connecticut. The show will air on tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what you will see on the show tonight.
- Randy Orton interview
- Mark Henry vs Curtis Axel
- Los Matadores and El Torito vs The Plymouth Rockers
- Tons of Funk vs R-Truth and Xavier Woods
- Antonio Cesaro vs Titus O’Neil
- CM Punk interview
- Bray Wyatt promo
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust vs The Shield
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers vs The Shield and The Wyatt Family
Brian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship video as they talk about the fallout from the WWE Survivor Series and Raw, the upcoming title unification match at the TLC pay-per-view between John Cena and Randy Orton, who they think will win as it stands right now, the rating for Raw on Monday, the favorite year for wrestling, wrestlers organically becoming stars and more,
WWE.com is reporting that Big Show is suffering from concussion like symptoms and isn’t allowed to compete at this time. Show suffered the symptoms when he faced Randy Orton for the WWE title this past Sunday at Survivor Series. He was allowed to compete on Monday’s WWE Raw when Show got kicked in the head a few times by Orton and Alberto Del Rio in a tag team match in which he teamed with John Cena.
“The trauma Big Show sustained Monday at Raw did, in fact, cause concussive symptoms,” said WWE ringside physician Dr. Amann. “At this point, we are doing further testing, and he is currently not cleared to participate in any in-ring competition.”
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Uncasville, Connecticut. 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 came out to announce for Smackdown. Renee Young was in the ring to start. She asked us to welcome her guest, the face of WWE, Randy Orton. She asked about the controversy from Sunday’s title match against the Big Show. Orton claimed Big Show hadn’t knocked him out, he was playing possum. Orton said he didn’t need The Authority to win, and they tainted his victory. Renee then threw to a video package from Raw on the unification match setup. She asked Randy how that made him feel. She kept prompting him with adjectives, but Randy got annoyed with her and left the ring and walked up the ramp.
- Vickie Guerrero appeared on the Titantron to talk about Thanksgiving and have the superstars compete in a food eating contest. I couldn’t tell who because I couldn’t see the screen. Banal comedy.
- Mark Henry (w/Big E Langston) defeated Curtis Axel (w/Ryback). Henry won quickly with the World’s Strongest Slam. Apparently, this tag team feud continues.
- Another Thanksgiving skit aired on the blocked TitanTron. It sounded like it somehow involved R-Truth. There were more Thanksgiving skits after a commercial break. Yay. It sounded like Titus O’Neil won some contest and the right to compete against Antonio Cesaro.
- Los Matadores and El Torito beat The Plymouth Rockers (a/k/a 3MB). Wow, this show is getting better and better. Oh, but El Torito is wrestling and it’s a six man tag! Has that happened before? I’m not sure, I usually fast forward though both these teams matches. Los Matadores won quickly, thankfully.
But don’t worry! This show is saved! Brodus Clay and Tensai are out! I seriously feel like I’m at a house show right now. But at this point I guess Smackdown is pretty much the same thing.
- Tons of Funk beat R-Truth and Xavier Woods. Tons of Funk surprisingly won after Brodus splashed Xavier from the second rope. I guess Creed (a/k/a Woods) isn’t a priority.
- CM Punk was then interviewed by Young. He said he hadn’t heard from Daniel Bryan since he was kidnapped. He said he was injured and banged up. Then he said he didn’t know why The Shield attacked him. He said that maybe it was because they were carrying out orders from people with authority. Punk didn’t really seem to care about the fact he hadn’t heard from Bryan.
- Antonio Cesaro (w/Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter) by Titus O’Neil by DQ. No promo from Zeb. Antonio Cesaro started to spin Titus, but D-Young broke it up for the DQ. Odd. Titus then “vomited” into JBL’s hat as a result of the spin. Titus then shoved the hat in Michael Cole’s face. Titus then vomited on Zeb. More pointless comedy. Who writes this stuff?
- Bray Wyatt gave a promo on the Titantron in which he basically claimed that the Wyatts would turn Bryan into a monster.
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns by DQ to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Lilian gave in-ring introductions, partly to give it a big match feel and partly because the microphone stopped working in the middle of the the Rhodes Brothers entrance. Ambrose was on commentary with JBL and Cole. A solid match, but not up to the par of their previous contests, partly due to the lack of crowd involvement because they were dead for the past hour plus of filler. Cody hit CrossRhodes on Rollins, but Dean Ambrose ran out causing the DQ.
- CM Punk came win a chair to even the odds, and Vickie made it a six man tag. Punk had the biggest pop of the night by far.
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust beat The Shield by DQ when The Wyatt Family interfered. At one point in the match, the Wyatt’s came out and stood on the stage, drawing Daniel Bryan chants. Then they attacked Cody and Goldust, causing a DQ. The Shield then attacked Punk, and the Usos and Mysterio ran out and made the save.
- Vickie made a 12 man tag rematch from last weeks raw, except with Rey Mysterio instead of Daniel Bryan. I’m pretty sure this segment (from the tag title match until now) is gonna end up taking the entire final hour of Smackdown Friday. it’s been pretty awesome, so I’m not complaining.
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers defeated The Shield and The Wyatt Family in a 12-man tag match. Very fun match, although another illogical ending with the faces picking up the win after a 619 and GTS combo on Erick Rowan. The faces posed at what I assume will be the end of the television show.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
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 Uncasville, Connecticut. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.
- Alberto Del Rio beat Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio won with the Cross Arm Breaker. Awesome match. They really went all out and the crowd was into it the whole time. This was better than their two pay-per-view matches earlier this year.
- Damien Sandow beat Santino Marella. Sandow won with his You’re Welcome finisher. Pretty much a squash. Sandow cut a promo before the match insulting the crowd and calling himself “still the uncrowned world champion.” He demanded better opponents.
- Triple H cut a promo on the screen saying he wants the titles to be unified at TLC. He wants only one WWE champion. So I guess they are guaranteeing one champion at TLC? I can’t see the Titantron from my seat so I might not have gotten the full context of the promo.
- Kofi Kingston beat Fandango (w/Summer Rae). Kingston won with Trouble in Paradise. Fundamentally solid, but the crowd had no reason to get invested in either man, although the kids got into at the end. No follow up on Sunday’s actions from Kofi.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
Brian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night which was another lackluster show, Michael Strahan handing out hip tosses to The Miz and Titus O’Neil, the Survivor Series rematch of the Divas elimination match, the upcoming match between John Cena and Randy Orton at the TLC pay-per-view and if it will be a unification match, other possible matches on that show, what has happened in the WWE since the summer, Jake Roberts dream of buying TNA and more.
WWE legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts talked recently with Steve and the Scum on WGD Weekly. Roberts discussed his interest in wanting to buy TNA and how he run the company. You can watch the complete interview here.
Wanting to But TNA: “I want to run an Indigogo and raise the money to buy that son of a bitch and do it right. Not to be in competition with Vince (McMahon), but to do wrestling the way I liked it. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t. But now I hear the guy from Smashing Pumpkins is snatching it, so maybe I should just buy the band Smashing Pumpkins and go on with my life and start singing.”
How he would run the company: “I got all the thoughts, bro. There ain’t nobody better at that. I would make it simple, there would be good guys and there would be bad guys. There wouldn’t be no bull**** and there wouldn’t be twenty minute interviews. We would actually, ‘rassle, the world needs it man.”
It was announced yesterday that WWE Total Divas was picked up for a second season and will air sometime in 2014. After a surprising rating last week with an average of 1.41 million viewers. This week’s rating was announced and the show averaged 920,000 viewers. That was the lowest rating in the history of the show.
The show was going up against a highly anticipated Sunday Night Football game featuring the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots and the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
WWE Survivor Series took place last night from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. In the main event, Randy Orton retained the WWE championship over Big Show. In the co-feature, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Also, John Cena beat Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
Over the weekend, TNA taped more editions for Impact Wrestling at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. TNA taped the December 12 edition of Impact Wrestling.
- There was a segment with Bad Influence where they revealed that Joseph Park has not been an attorney for ten years as he claimed. They attacked Park until Eric Young made the save, which set up a tag match.
- EC3 defeated Earl Hebner.
- Austin Aries defeated Chris Sabin (w/Velvet Sky) to win the X Division Title.
- Gail Kim came out for her open challenge. ODB came out and wanted to fight Lei’D Tapa. The heels got the better of ODB until the returning Madison Rayne made the save.
- Joseph Park and Eric Young defeated Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.
- EC3, Gunner, Zema Ion, and Chavo Guerrero secured briefcases in a feast of famine match. The briefcases, which contain contracts for a TNA Title shot, a tag title shot, an X Division title shot, and a firing) will be opened at a later date.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
TNA has taken Impact Wrestling off the road and headed back to taping their shows at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. TNA has been taping editions of Impact Wrestling and they taped the December 5th edition of the show.
- Jeff Hardy beat Bobby Roode in a tables match to advance in the TNA Title tournament.
- Magnus beat Kurt Angle in a Last Man Standing match to advance in the TNA Title tournament.
- Gail Kim defeated an independent wrestler.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
And I survived.
And you have to be a pretty big wrestling — make that sports entertainment — fan to have shelled out some bucks to have watched that show.
That’s because the Survivor Series was just dull.
No pop. No fizzle. Just dull.