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

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Last night’s Raw was the first one since Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday where we saw Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Title and “The Streak” was ended when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker. As we stated earlier, the show ended drawing the highest rating since July of 2012 and higher than the last two post-Mania Raw numbers. Here is the good, the bad and the dirty of last night’s show.

The Good

1) Opening segment: This couldn’t have come off any better as Bryan came out to cut a promo. The crowd treated him as a major star and was unbelievable to see how long the crowd sustained the chant and you can tell Bryan was overtaken by the moment. Was cool to see Bryan thank the fans for what they did for him. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out at the perfect time and had tremendous heat. HHH right now is doing some of the best work of his career and really is putting over Bryan.

2) Six man tag match: Very good match between the six guys and was the right move for Bray to score the pinfall. The crowd was really into Wyatt’s as they were chanting “Let’s Go Wyatt and Let’s Go Harper”. The fans absolutely detested Cena unlike the night before and Sheamus played off the booing real well. Wasn’t a real fan of Big E taking the pin though as he has been getting pinned often lately and would have rather seen Sheamus take the fall as it would have meant a little more.

3) Final Segment: I had seen all night after the opening segment that fans were worried on social media that HHH was going to defeat Bryan and win the title. Really liked how WWE kept Randy Orton and Batista strong and beating up Bryan until Kane came out and gave him a chokeslam. I did think for a small moment that HHH was going to pin Bryan when he walked down to the ring. You could see The Shield coming out and defending Bryan when Stephanie was talking to The Shield. I had goosebumps when we seen the four vs four showdown as you can see that it’s the old guard vs the new guard. If I had to guess today, it will be a Bryan vs HHH title match and The Shield vs Kane, Batista and Orton at Extreme Rules.

The Bad

4) Nothing: Usually when you watch a show, you can find something wrong with it. With this show you really couldn’t. Even the things that didn’t involve top level even had a purpose. WWE hit the reset button here and this was the best way to go forward.

The Dirty

5) Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman Promo: The wrestling world was unglued when Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The key was going to be the followup to the match. Heyman cut perhaps the best promo ever done by a manager. If you had any doubts about “The Streak”, they should have been wiped away with this promo. Lesnar regained all the momentum he had seemed to lose in the buildup and even his return. Lesnar had great facial expressions by playing to his shirt, snarling and growling. Looks like Lesnar will be taking a little bit of a hiatus and be fresh for a summer run.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Draws Hightest Number Since July 2012

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Last night was the Raw after Wrestlemania which usually draws a high number, but this number blew away expectations. Last night’s show drew a 3.7 rating with an average of 5.14 million viewers. That is the highest rating since Raw 1,000 in July of 2012, which drew a 3.84 rating.
Last year’s post-Mania number was a 3.45 rating with an average of 4.63 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 5.31 million viewers, which featured the opening segment of a promo by the new WWE World Heavyweight Daniel Bryan and a six man tag featuring John Cena, Sheamus and Big E vs The Wyatt Family. The second hour averaged 5.09 million viewers, which featured the Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar promo and the final hour averaged 5.03 million viewers, which featured a promo by The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan presenting the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy to Cesaro and the final segment featuring the non-match with Bryan and Triple H and the inclusion of Kane, Randy Orton, Batista and The Shield.

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Brock Lesnar Shouldn’t Lose Until He Leaves WWE

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Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and defeated The Undertaker to end the WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21. When the three count was made, shockwaves were sent throughout the world as headlines were circulating online regarding the end of “The Streak”. On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman cut one of the greatest promos of all time touting how Lesnar ended the streak. The question is now, what do you with Brock Lesnar?

With Lesnar’s limited schedule it is a little tricky unless he agrees to do more dates as his current contract expires after next year’s Wrestlemania 31.

Heyman stated earlier in the year that Lesnar should be competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That case is definitely for real now that Lesnar did break “The Streak”. You can’t put him in there with Daniel Bryan just yet, as the new champion would have to go over and would make Lesnar’s win at Mania seem pointless.

You don’t have to even put Lesnar in with Bryan. If you do that program, it shouldn’t be until Royal Rumble at the earliest, but preferably Wrestlemania 31 with Lesnar going in as the champion. I would have Lesnar run through everybody until that point as you have to make him look like a monster. For the next year, I would have Lesnar beat guys like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena until he loses.

Lesnar broke the greatest streak in the history of professional wrestling. The guy who beats Lesnar has to be the guy who is going to be the number one guy in your company and will be building the WWE around. Your options include Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Roman Reigns to name a few.

No one knows if Brock Lesnar will sign another deal with the WWE when his contract near expiration, but he shouldn’t lose until he leaves the WWE for good.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Wrestlemania 30

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place last night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured “The Streak” ending as Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt.

As we do after every Monday Night Raw, let’s give our the good, the bad and the dirty from the biggest wrestling event of the year.

The Good

1) The Main Event: This was the ending that everybody was wanting with 75,000 people chanting YES! The match delivered as all three guys came off really well and got the crowd behind them as they were still reeling from The Undertaker loss to Brock Lesnar. Really liked the added wrinkle of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming from the crowd and the stretcher spot was well executed. The only shocking thing was the fact Batista was the guy Bryan submitted, but that was the right move as it means more since that’s Batista’s first defeat since coming back in January. The Daniel Bryan Era now begins!

2) The Opening Segment featuring Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin: This was definitely my favorite moment of the night and was the best way to open the show. You had the three biggest stars in our generation in the same ring at the same time. Was a cool moment when Austin and Hogan the staredown as goosebumps were running down my body when that happened and a great moment when they shook hands. It was very symbolic to see The Rock acknowledge what Austin and Hogan did for him at previous WrestleMania’s. Good to see all three acknowledge the current WWE stars and then do the catchphrases and drinking beer in the ring.

3) Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: We had stated all week that this match should start the show. The story building to the match was done to perfection. Thought it was a very good video package showing the career of Bryan leading into the match. The match started with a slow build and was well paced throughout. Stephanie McMahon was very good here making comments at Bryan in certain points in the match. The crowd was very into the match and was good to HHH take the pin with the buskai knee. The post-match attack was the most logical to sell the fact that maybe Bryan wouldn’t compete in the main event or at the very least not be 100% going into the match.

The Bad

4) Divas Invitational: Felt really bad for the ladies here as they had to follow the Lesnar/Taker match. The crowd was flat and really didn’t care about it whatsoever. The match was a total mess as you had 14 women in there when it would been better having four at the absolute most. The finish was at least correct with AJ Lee retaining the title.

The Dirty

5) The Streak Ending: No one and I mean NO ONE so this coming. When the referee hit the mat for the three count, it seemed like the world was ending. People were ready to stop watching WWE, wanting to break their TV’s, etc. The match wasn’t nothing to get excited about even down the stretch with the near falls as no one was believing that “The Streak” would end. At the end of the day, this was the best move for business and give WWE and The Undertaker credit for pulling the trigger on this.

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Video: Paul Heyman Cuts Epic Promo on Raw Bragging on End of Streak

heymanbrockbrag“We hate to told you so, but we told you so!” – Paul Heyman, Monday Night Raw April 7, 2014.

No one saw it coming at WrestleMania 30 with Brock Lesnar being the one to end The Undertaker’s legendary streak, leaving the audience with their jaws dropped and some even driven to tears.

The crowd at Raw the following night was still buzzing following the loss and not to happy about it either.

That set up the perfect atmosphere for one Paul Heyman to do his thing in front of this raucous audience.  And he was up to the challenge, relishing the moment alongside the conqueror Brock Lesnar.

Heyman proceded to deliver one of the most epic, glorious promos you will ever hear and possible the greatest one in his three decade career, toying with the fan’s emotional and pulling them in every direction.

Here is the video of his promo in its entirety:

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Video: WWE Diva Paige Gets Emotional After Winning Title

Paige made the quite debut on WWE Raw last night in New Orleans, defeating AJ Lee in an impromptu match to win the WWE Divas Championship.

Backstage, Paige could not hold back her emotions and broke down in tears and other divas including Natalya, Emma, Summer Rae, Lana, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes and more embracing her with a huge hug.

Here is the video of that including Paige trying to put her big moment into words.

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John Cena at WrestleMania 30 Press Conference

John Cena speaks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the event, the young crop of stars in the WWE and who he would like to work with, wrestling The Rock the last two years, movies and more.

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Backstage With Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin And The Rock At WWE Wrestlemania 30

Last night’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 was one of the biggest events of all time. The opening segment of the show was something to remember as we saw three of the biggest names in the history of wrestling in the same ring as we saw Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock.

All three guys gave each other adulation for what they have done in their respective careers, put over the current talent and said their respective catchphrases.

The WWE has released a video with all three guys before they came out to the ring.

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Report: The Undertaker Sent To The Hospital After WWE Wrestlemania 30, Possible Concussion

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In perhaps the greatest upset in WrestleMania history, The Undertaker’s streak ended at 21 as he lost Brock Lesnar. The crowd was in a stunned silence when the fall happened as it like it was a dream. The loss didn’t come without some bumps and bruises for “The Deadman”.

ProWrestling.net and The Wrestling Observer that Undertaker was taken to the hospital after WrestleMania and it is believed that he suffered a concussion. The Observer also reported that Taker suffered a possible neck injury and would be staying overnight in the hospital and the injury was believed to happen when he took bad fall off a single leg.

As of right now, no word has come out on whether The Undertaker will be appearing at tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw.

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Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 30 Press Conference

Hulk Hogan talks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the big event, the WWE Hall of Fame, running into The Rock for the first time in years, seeing the Andre the Giant statue which brought him to tears, returning to the company and more.

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WWE Network on Track to 1 Million Subscribers

STAMFORD, Conn., April 7, 2014 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Network has 667,287 subscribers and is well on its way to reaching its goal of 1 million subscribers by the end of 2014 just 42 days after launching in the U.S., making it the fastest-growing digital subscription service. This announcement comes following a historic WrestleMania® 30, which aired live on WWE Network as well as on pay-per-view through satellite and cable providers from a sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

WWE Network launched on February 24 in the U.S. and will be rolled out in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics in late 2014/early 2015.

WWE Network is the first 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming, including all 12 live pay-per-view events, 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 to WWE Network at WWE.com. WWE Network is available on 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.

WrestleMania 30 Post Show: The Undertaker Streak Ends, Daniel Bryan Wins Championship

streakoverBrian Fritz is joined by Scott Fishman from the Mercedez Benz Superdome following WrestleMania 30 as they recap the event including Daniel Bryan coming away as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker’s streak coming to an end after losing to Brock Lesnar, what that means for Taker going forward, John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt and the rest of the show including Cesaro standing out and more.

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Recap: Daniel Bryan Wins the Championship, The Streak is Over

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Predictions, CM Punk Sightings, The Rock in New Orleans

Join us right before the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ as we give our last-minute predictions and thoughts on tonight’s big event. What’s been happening in New Orleans with Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, CM Punk sightings, and more. Plus, we’ll be taking your questions LIVE!

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Final Lineup and Predictions for WrestleMania 30

BjL73kNCYAAQaR9It’s the biggest show of the year, the Superbowl of sports entertainment, WrestleMania 30 takes place tonight at the Merdedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA in front of what will likely be more than 70,000 fans and also airing live on the WWE Network beginning at 7p ET.

The card is now set with one match on the two hour pre-show and then seven more on the main show which will last nearly four hours.  Here is the lineup and my predictions for the matches.

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Ultimate Warrior Headlines Unique WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony

warriorhofMany people wondered what exactly The Ultimate Warrior would say on his long-awaited return to the WWE.  And he did not disappoint headlining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA as one of seven new members.

After becoming one of the top stars in the WWE during the late 80’s and 90’s, Warrior — which is his real name after changing it from his given name Jim Hellwig years ago — and the company parted ways in 1996.  Since that time, both sides had been very outspoken about one another especially after the WWE released the DVD “The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior”, a scathing portrayal of the man behind the character.

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WWE And The Ultimate Warrior Agree To A Multi-Year Deal

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The Ultimate Warrior was the headlining act in last night’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. People were speculating since WWE announced he would be apart of this year’s class, that he would go off the rails and do a burial job of the company. Warrior ended up having one of the better speeches of the night.

Warrior announced during his speech that he and the WWE have agreed to a multi-year contract as an official ambassador for the company.

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