You know how WWE always seems a little bit… different when it’s overseas? Well, last night’s show opening had to be one of the most bizarre segments ever. Not only did we find out that The Authority was on vacation (really?), we had Brad Maddox and suited-up Kane arguing about Randy Orton’s opponent. The Result? Orton got stuck in a 2-on-1 match against the tag-team champions. Huh? Because, really, WWE, it makes the MOST sense if your HEEL AUTHORITY FIGURES put the HEEL CHAMPION in a handicap match against the BABYFACE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM…. [Read more...]
Brian and Steve are back for the weekly WWE Raw recap podcast as they look back at Monday’s show including a hot main event, an angle at the end of the show involving The Shield and The Wyatts which looks to be going nowhere right now, Survivor Series is coming – really, Randy Orton goes down and who knows who is in charge. Plus, they talk about Chris Hero getting released, Hulk Hogan’s latest online note, Mickie James working with WWE and more.
The show had the lead-in of the season finale of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which drew an average of 2.3 million viewers.
The return of “Total Divas” highlighted the Summerslam main event of John Cena vs Daniel Bryan as Nikki Bella is dating Cena and Brie is with Bryan. The episode always shows the rise of Eva Marie who had completed a shoot for Maxim magazine.
Will the show continue the solid rating without the Kardashians lead-in?
The WWE is on a European tour and it hit Munich, Germany on Saturday. The event had ended and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena was in the ring cutting a promo. Cena had Antonio Cesaro come out to the ring and speak German to the fans. While Cesaro was talking, Cena then interrupted him saying that Cesaro has the making of a future world champion.
Watch the video above and see what else Cena says to Cesaro and much more.
In what would be considered a surprising release, it has been announced that the WWE has released Kassius Ohno (aka Chris Hero). No reason has been given on the release of Ohno.
Ohno had signed a WWE developmental deal in 2012 and was assigned to NXT. It had been reported that back in July that people in WWE developmental weren’t happy with Ohno due to his reluctance of the strength and conditioning program.
Ohno’s last match with the company took place on Wednesday against Luke Harper, aired this past Wednesday on NXT.
Ohno is going back to the Chris Hero monicker he had before going to the WWE. It didn’t take Hero long to find work as Pro Wrestling Guerilla announced that Hero would return to the company as part of their All Star Weekend 10 this December.
PWS in New Jersey announced Hero vs. Hurricane Helms for their 11/16 event.
For a second time this week, WWE kicked off the show with CM Punk. And while his promo here against The Wyatts was decent, the follow-up match with Curtis Axel was nothing to write home about. We’ve seen these guys do this exact same thing almost every week. Furthermore, Axel continues to look like a tool for coming out and essentially sacrificing himself at the altar of Paul Heyman every week. The IC title is in bad, bad shape, folks. [Read more...]
The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Smackdown on Tuesday from Charlotte, North Carolina. You can watch the show starting at 8 p.m. ET on SyFy. Here is what will take place on tonight’s show.
- CM Punk vs Curtis Axel
- AJ Lee and Tamina vs Camerton and Naomi
- Alberto Del Rio vs The Great Khali
- R-Truth and The Usos vs 3MB
- Daniel Bryan vs Luke Harper
- John Cena vs Ryback
Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.
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Someone quietly and without much fanfare, Rey Mysterio made his return to the ring a few weeks back, teaming with Sin Cara in beating Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett in Guadalajara on October 17.
The last time Mysterio had been in the ring was in March and he has been sidelined since then battling his latest knee injury. In an interview with The Miami Herald, Mysterio himself asked to be in the match.
“It was more of a let’s see how my body reacts and my knee reacts to being back in the ring,” Mysterio said. “Overall I felt good but still feel I need a bit more therapy, just from the damage I’ve done through the years to my knee. We are back to therapy and strengthening up that quad and hamstring, just making sure there are no mistakes this next time.”
For years now, Mysterio has dealt with serious injuries to both of his knees that have kept him out of the ring for extended periods of time. It’s actually quite amazing that he can wrestle much less walk with all of the damage he has taken and number of major surgeries he has undergone on each knee.
With Mysterio being such a big star, it was quite the surprise that he was back in the ring with such little fanfare. As for when he will make a regular return, that may not happen until 2014.
“I think if I don’t do it by the end of the year, then next year,” Mysterio told The Miami Herald. “I would hate to push myself instead of taking my time. I want to make a good return, and not being absent shortly after my return. It’s something I’m still debating. I’m going to listen to my body.”
Mysterio did join the Spanish announce team during the recent Hell in a Cell pay-per-view last month in Miami and admitted that he enjoyed in. That may be the next chapter in his career.
For now, he wants to return to the ring. It sounds like after so many injuries and ongoing issues, he is playing it as safe as possible with his return rather than rushing back into the ring.
But any time for the Mexican superstar in the squared circle may be borrowed time at this point with him ravaged by two bad knees from putting on amazing matches over the years in his tiny body, overcoming the odds to become of wrestling’s biggest superstars.
The John Cena effect lasted all of one week for WWE Monday Night Raw ratings. The final rating for Raw was a 2.75 with an average of 3.89 million viewers. That is down from last week when the rating was a 2.98 with an average of 4.15 million viewers.
The wrestling world was giving Cena a lot of credit last week for the higher rating for Raw due to his return to the show, but this week’s show has been critically panned across the board.
The first hour averaged 4.069 million viewers, which the show kicked off with CM Punk facing Luke Harper with a Daniel Bryan save after the match. Hour two averaged 3.951 million viewers, which featured Randy Orton and Big E Langston and the start of John Cena, Cody Rhodes and Goldust facing The Real Americans and Damien Sandow. The final hour of the show dropped to an average of 3.643 million viewers, which featured the finish of the six-man tag match and the closing segment of Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, The Big Show, Randy Orton and The Shield.
Will the WWE panic as the show has considered one of the worst edition’s of Raw in 2013 or will they stay the course?
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 Charlotte, North Carolina. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.
- The Big E. Langston – Curtis Axel match that was announced for WWE Main Event never took place.
- The Usos defeated Camacho and Hunico.
- Nikki Bella defeated Alicia Fox.
- The Wyatt’s defeated The Prime Time Players.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Charlotte, North Carloina. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- CM Punk kicked off Smackdown and called out The Wyatt Family for a fight. Curtis Axel came out instead and said he had unfinished business with Punk. Punk won. During the match, the Wyatt’s intro began and the lights went out but they didn’t appear. The lights came back on and Bray was laughing on the big screen. He blew out the lantern and that was it.
- AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka beat Cameron and Naomi. AJ put the Black Widow on Cameron for the win.
- Alberto Del Rio calls out John Cena and runs him down. Cena comes out and is ready to fight, challenging Del Rio to a match, but Vickie Guerrero interrupts to huge boos from the crowd. Vickie makes the match for Survivor Series instead. She announces Del Rio vs. The Great Khali and Cena vs Ryback for tonight because it’s best for business.
- Del Rio beat Khali with the cross armbreaker.
- R-Truth came out to a huge pop from the hometown crowd. He and The Usos defeated 3MB in a quick match.
- Daniel Bryan and Luke Harper fought to a no contest when Erick Rowan interfered. They beat Bryan down until CM Punk made the save. Wyatt watched from the apron and left up the ramp before getting involved.
- John Cena defeated Ryback in the main event after an Attitude Adjustment. Ryback responded to Goldberg chants by hitting a spear and a jackhammer. After the match, Del Rio ran out and attacked Cena, working on his arm around the ring post. Cena came back and Smackdown ended with Del Rio running away.
Brian and Steve recap WWE raw from Monday night including the legal issues between the Big Show and Triple H, holes in the main storyline, going back to the well, Dolph Ziggler being worth 12%, Kane owns a suit, a horny bull making some moves on Renee Young and more. Plus, they talk about the card so far for Survivor Series, the latest on Hulk Hogan, TNA being for sale or maybe not and what former champion is returning on the show this week.
It was announced last night on WWE Monday Night Raw that Randy Orton will defend the WWE title against Big Show at Survivor Series.
The match was made when Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came to the ring to meet Big Show to resolve the lawsuit that was filed by Show. The WWE Board of Directors had McMahon and Triple H to resolve and come to settlement with Big Show.
They gave Show his job back, but he wanted a title shot at Orton at Survivor Series and Triple H reluctantly gave him the opportunity.
Survivor Series takes on place on Sunday, November 24 from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The only other match confirmed for the event is John Cena defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio.
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