DirecTV Will No Longer Air WWE Pay-Per-Views

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

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

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

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

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Batista Addresses The Critics

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It hasn’t been the greatest relationship between the WWE Universe and Batista since he returned last month after a four year hiatus. It all started during the Royal Rumble, when as soon as Batista entered the Rumble match, he got booed mercifully. “The Animal” ended up winning the Rumble match and the booing got worse.

Ever since then, Batista has gotten booed very loudly at every Raw he has been and the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday. Last night’s Raw wasn’t any better for Batista and he addressed the critics in the middle of the night.

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WWE Elimination Chamber Results: Randy Orton Retains, The Shield Takes on The Wyatt Family

On the latest Between the Ropes LIVE podcast, Michael and Steve discuss everything that happened at WWE’s latest pay-per-view, including a great match between The Wyatts and The Shield, Jack Swagger vs Big E for the Intercontinental Championship, and the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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Top Matches In The History Of WWE Elimination Chamber

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The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The main event features the Elimination Chamber match with Randy Orton defending the WWE world heavyweight championship against Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus.

The first Elimination Chamber match took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Tonight’s match will be the 17th chamber match in WWE history. Chris Jericho has competed in the most chamber matches at eight and Triple H has the most victories at four.

We are now going to take a look at the top matches inside the Elimination Chamber.

3)  No Way Out  2009: Edge walked into this event as the WWE champion. The Smackdown chamber kicked off the night as Edge defended the title against Triple H, The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. The champion didn’t last long as he was pinned by Jeff Hardy about 2:30 into the match. The match came down to Undertaker and Triple H with HHH winning the match to become the WWE champion.

The former champion wasn’t done for the night as the main event of the show was the Raw chamber match featuring John Cena defending the world heavyweight championship against Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.

As Kingston was making his way to the cage, Edge attacked him from behind and threw him into the ringside steps and then grabbed hit Kingston over the head with a chair. Edge then ran into one of the chamber pods and inserted himself into the match. Cena ended up being the third man eliminated as he was speared and pinned by Edge. The match came down to Edge and Mysterio. Edge threw Mysterio through the pod glass and put Mysterio back into the ring, speared him and became the new world heavyweight champion. Edge was the only WWE superstar to ever compete in two chamber matches in one night.

2) No Way Out 2008: The Undertaker is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. The Undertaker has only competed in three chamber matches in his career. Taker was in the 2008 match with Batista, MVP, Big Daddy V, Finlay and Great Khali to determine the number one contender for the world heavyweight championship. The final two participants were Taker and Batista. In a unique ending, Batista was on the outside with his back to the ring and Taker lifted Batista over the ropes for tombstone piledriver and the pinfall victory. That was The Undertaker’s lone chamber victory.

1) Survivor Series 2002: This was the first time that the match ever took place. The match featured HHH defending the world heavyweight championship against Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane. One of the highlights of the match was Van Dam doing a five star frog splash and landing on HHH and causing a severe throat injury. The ending of the match came down to HHH and Michaels with Michaels back body dropping HHH from a pedigree and landing “Sweet Chin Music” to capture the title in a thrilling match.

Let us know what you think. You have any matches that differ from ours.

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WWE Smackdown Recap, Elimination Chamber Preview

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Michael and Steve are back for the latest podcast as the guys recap WWE Friday Night Smackdown. The show saw two Daniel Bryan matches and a Christian vs Sheamus main event.

The guys then preview the Elimination Chamber main event, the WWE return of Hulk Hogan, CM Punk at UFC 170 last night and the health of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

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DISH Network Will Not Be Airing WWE Elimination Chamber This Sunday

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It had been rumored that DISH Network would not be airing WWE Elimination Chamber this Sunday. That rumor has turned into a reality as the WWE has released a statement that DISH will not airing this Sunday’s pay-per-view.

“WWE is pleased that the majority of our cable and satellite Pay-Per-View distributors are giving our fans an option to purchase traditional Pay-Per-Views as we prepare to launch WWE Network on Monday, February 24. Unfortunately, DISH will not be doing so. We hope DISH will reconsider for this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View event and especially for WrestleMania 30.”

Is DISH making a mistake? Will they reconsider before Sunday’s show?

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WWE Raw Ends in Brawl, Cesaro Stands Out Leading into Elimination Chamber

cesarocenarawBrian and Steve are back for the latest podcast talking WWE Raw including the fantastic match between John Cena and Cesaro, the buildup for this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber PPV including the hot feud between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, the latest in the TV negotiating rights, the WWE Network launch next Monday and more including your questions.

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Complete Lineup for WWE Elimination Chamber 2014

A few more matches were announced on Raw completing the card for this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV.  Here is the complete card for that show:

-  Elimination Chamber for WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Christian

-  The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family

-  Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

-  WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E. vs. Jack Swagger

-  WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos

-  Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neill

-  Kickoff Show match:  Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

What to Expect on WWE Raw

WWE.com has released its preview for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw so here is what you should expect on the show.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will square off against Sheamus in the final one-on-one-match he will have against his opponents at  the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday.  So far, Orton is 1-3 in the matches including a loss to Cesaro on “Smackdown”.   WWE is doing everything it can to show that Orton’s title reign is in big jeopardy but they are really just diminishing their champion and the gold around his waist.

A match will officially be announced for Sunday’s PPV pitting the Usos against the New Age Outlaws with the tag-team titles on the line.  The Outlaws have been leery of the match but somehow they will get forced into it.

More Jack Swagger who is now the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship after beating Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry to earn the spot.  He’ll square off against Big E at Elimination Chamber for the title.  It will be interesting to see if WWE actually does something with Swagger since he was positioned as the out man out of the Real Americans with Cesaro getting pushed into a world title shot.

danielbryanyesshirtExpect at least a confrontation between Daniel Bryan and Kane on the show as well.  In fact, I’d say there is a good chance the former tag-team champions will face off in a match.  On a side note, have you see Daniel Bryan’s new t-shirt?

Look for Alberto Del Rio to go after Batista after getting beaten up silly by the Animal on last week’s show including his eating a Batista Bomb through the announcers table.  Good luck getting this feud on track and create doubt on who will win the match at Elimination Chamber.

Main Event Participant In The WWE Elimination Chamber PPV Undergoes Name Change

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Name changes to a someone who is on the WWE main roster is unheard of, especially with someone who will be main eventing an upcoming WWE pay-per-view.

Starting at last night’s Smackdown tapings, Antonio Cesaro will be simply known as Cesaro. No reason for the name change is known at this time. You can see the name change on Cesaro’s WWE.com profile and Twitter page.

Cesaro will be in the main event of the Elimination Chamber PPV that takes on Sunday, Febraury 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cesaro will be competing in the Elimination Chamber against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian.

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WWE Raw Recap: John Cena Stands Tall Over Randy Orton

rawcenastfortonBrian 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.

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Report: CM Punk Left WWE Over Batista, WrestleMania

cmpunktmzTMZ Sports is reporting that CM Punk walked out of WWE on Monday night before Raw and went home after being upset about his role for WrestleMania XXX and Batista being put in a main-event position.

According to the report, Punk was upset when he learned that Batista was going to win the Royal Rumble which would earn him a championship match at WrestleMania XXX.   It goes on to say that “he feels Batista isn’t in great wrestling shape and shouldn’t be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).”

Punk was said to be very upset when he learned that he would be facing Triple H at WrestleMania and would not be in the title match, a match he felt he earned from his work over the past year.

His being upset goes along with a ProWrestling.net story that CM Punk voiced his displeasure with about Batista being in the championship match at WrestleMania XXX at the Wizard World convention in Portland Oregon last Friday, two days before the Royal Rumble.

Punk was said to be very frustrated with his current role and the current WWE direction, not only regarding himself but that the company was not doing more with Daniel Bryan as well.

Updated Lineup for WWE Elimination Chamber 2014

EliminationChamberPPV2014Following Monday night’s edition, we knew four of the participants in the main event for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.  Now we know all six following the Smackdown taping for this Friday’s show.

The six people who will be vying for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber match include Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian and Antonio Cesaro.

Both Christian and Cesaro won qualifying matches on Smackdown to earn their spots in the main event match which, for Cesaro, will be his first with the WWE.

Two other matches are also set for the pay-per-view including a six-man tag-team match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family while Batista will square off against Alberto Del Rio.

Share your thoughts on the Elimination Chamber card in the comments section below.

CM Punk Walks Out on WWE, Matt Hardy Arrested

cmpunksleepAnother podcast as Brian and Steve talk about the breaking news of CM Punk walking out on WWE on Monday night before Raw, the signs pointing to his frustrations with the company, changes to WrestleMania XXX with him leaving, thoughts on if / when he will return and more.  Plus, they talk about Matt Hardy’s recent arrest along with his wife Reby Sky and some spoilers for the Elimination Chamber PPV.

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How Would You Grade Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw?

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Last night the WWE aired Monday Night Raw from Cleveland, Ohio. It was the first Raw following Sunday’s Royal Rumble. The show featured Daniel Bryan confronting The Authority, a segment featuring Batista, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. The main event of the show was Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus facing The Shield, with the winning team being in the Elimination Chamber main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

WWE Raw Recap Following Royal Rumble, Headed to Elimination Chamber

brocklesnarcodyBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw including the reaction that Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Batista each received, what was missing from the show, the setup for Elimination Chamber, if plans for WrestleMania XXX could be changed and more including talk of a physical WWE Hall of Fame again, Kurt Angle wanting to go back to WWE and your questions.

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The Main Event For WWE Elimination Chamber Is Announced

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Randy Orton defeated John Cena last night at the Royal Rumble to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. During the opening segment of tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced that Orton’s next title defense will take place at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view against five other men.

The main event of tonight’s Raw featured The Shield facing Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus. The stipulation was whichever team won the match would be in the Chamber match. Bryan, Cena and Sheamus won the match by disqualification when The Wyatt Family came out and attacked Cena.

The main event right now is:

- Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan vs John Cena vs Sheamus vs TBA vs TBA- for WWE World Heavyweight Title.

Elimination Chamber takes place on Sunday, February 23 from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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