Last night’s show opened exactly where I feared it would: with Betty White walking out to the ring. Luckily, Big Show stepped up to be the world’s largest arm candy. And this whole charade quickly ended when The Authority came out. Thank goodness. Too bad it didn’t signal Betty White’s final appearance on the show. [Read more...]
The Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts were the first entrants announced for the WWE Hall of Fame. During tonight’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, it was announced that Lita is the third member of this years class.
Lita got her big break when she appeared in ECW as Miss Congeniality. She made her WWE debut in 200 paired with Essa Rios. After a shirt time with Rios, she was then paired with The Hardy Boys. She went on to become a four time WWE Women’s Champion and had her most memorable feud with Trish Stratus.
The WWE Hall of Fame induction takes place the day before WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5.
Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the sold out Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The main event for the show is WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton facing off against John Cena. Also advertised is the return of former World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry.
According to PWTorch.com, former WWE champions “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Rob Van Dam are backstage at Raw.
Austin had stated on Twitter earlier today that he was heading out there to film a podcast with Zeb Coulter.
— Zeb Colter (@WWEZeb) February 10, 2014
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) February 10, 2014
Van Dam lives in the Los Angeles area and was last seen on WWE TV in October.
Rumors have run rampant that former WWE champion and Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan would be returning to the WWE after his contract ran out from TNA last October. It seems like now it is a reality and a date is set.
PWInsider.com is reporting that Hogan will be making his return to the company on the February 24 edition of Monday Night Raw. That is also the night that the WWE Network launches. Raw will take place that night in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Hogan has not appeared on WWE television since 2007.
A lot of people were wondering what the Monday Night Raw rating impact would be with CM Punk not with the WWE at this time.
Last night’s Raw scored a 3.15 rating with an average of 4.21 million viewers, which is down from last week’s rating of a 3.24 with an average of 4.72 million viewers. The rating is down 11%, but still a really good number with the day after the Royal Rumble Raw always drawing one of the biggest ratings of the year.
The first hour averaged 4.43 million viewers, hour two drew 4.22 million viewers and the final hour of the show averaged 3.98 million viewers.
What do you attribute the rating too?
Did you watch Monday Night RAW last night? Were you expecting something fantastic? Maybe fallout from CM Punk being gone, or another step forward for Daniel Bryan’s massive fan reaction? Well… you set the bar too high. Waaaaay too high, apparently. [Read more...]
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw including a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to go along with the rest of the lackluster show, more on CM Punk, Sting’s status with TNA and whether or not he will be joining WWE, Kurt Angle look more and more like he wants to be in WWE than TNA, Stacy Keibler talking with Stephanie McMahon about a return and more.
We haven’t seen a guest host on WWE Monday Night Raw in a long time. The company announced during last night’s Raw that Betty White will be guest hosting next week’s show, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
White has appeared on TV shows like “The Golden Girls” and currently stars on the show, “Hot In Cleveland”.
CM Punk left the WWE on Monday before the start of Raw. The impact of Punk being gone is already taking effect with the fans. The WWE taped episodes of NXT last night in Winter Park, Florida.
PWInsider.com is reporting that before the tapings began, there were a ton of CM Punk chants and before the taping was about to begin, WWE was telling people to chant “NXT” and instead the fans were chanting for Punk. The website is also reporting that any signs mentioning CM Punk were being taken away by security.
So the fun begins apparently.
It has been a little more than 24 hours since news broke that CM Punk has left the WWE right before the Raw tapings and headed home to Chicago. Punk hasn’t spoken since the news came, but we have been getting more and more reasons why he was unhappy with the company. On Friday, Punk was in Portland, Oregon for a Comic-Con appearance and did a fan Q&A. About two minutes into the video, which doesn’t state the question, Punk answers the question as it seems to be about what he would like to see back in wresting.
“I would like it to go back to being less writers, more of a booker with long-term planning and ideas,” Punk said.
A fan asks Punk, “Where you build your own characters?”
“Not necessarily that, just an idea of where your going instead of where every week is like what we doing and how like, ah they (WWE) don’t remember that, that was two ago,” Punk said. “And just dropping stuff at the slightest notion that it’s not working or having no real plan of what your doing. Like instead, their (WWE) worrying about WrestleMania now. If it was my company, I would have that all settled and would be worrying about WrestleMania 31. But there’s the long-term booking and planning that hasn’t existed in quite some time.”
A fan brought up how when ECW was around and they built up the long awaited Sabu vs Taz match for their first pay-per-view, Barely Legal.
“Long-term booking, wow what an idea,” Punk said. “It actually takes something to build it up and not hotshot it and do it three months in a row, right.”
TMZ 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.
Another 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.
Punk was at the building in Pittsburgh for Raw on Monday night and had a conversation with Vince McMahon, telling him that he was going home which is why he was not included on the television show.
It is still not certain why exactly CM Punk left the company, especially just a few months before WrestleMania XXX where he was expected to square off in a major match against Triple H.
CM Punk has been pulled from all advertising on upcoming events on WWE.com.
There had already been speculation regarding CM Punk’s status with the WWE since his current contract expires in July. Punk nearly did not re-sign three years ago but agrees to the new deal. Many times, he has talked about being burned out and in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, he admitted that he has yet to have any discussions about a new deal and that he isn’t sure whether he wants to remain with the company.
With Punk leaving the company for the time being, that leaves a hole in the WrestleMania XXX lineup. Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net is reporting that the WWE has already made a change with Daniel Bryan now slated to square off against Triple H at the April 6th event.
Thoughts about CM Punk leaving the company for now – share them in the comments section below.
Raw got off to a hot start last night with a great segment between Daniel Bryan and The Authority. WWE smartly played to the crowd by letting Bryan opening the show – it essentially tackled the Royal Rumble problem head-on. Seeing Bryan call Triple H out on his biased decision making, and hearing Triple H respond with the classic heel excuses, made the first twenty minutes a delight. I didn’t care much for seeing Bryan get smashed by The Shield. On the other hand, at least WWE had the forethought to set up its main event. [Read more...]
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.
Brian 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.
It was announced during tonight’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw that Jake “The Snake” Roberts is the second entrant into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame.
Roberts made his return to the WWE three weeks ago on the “Old School” Raw, when he put a snake on Dean Ambrose. Speculation was that Roberts would appear at the Royal Rumble, but he never appeared.
Roberts took to Twitter after the announcement was made.
The prodigal son is welcomed home. Thank you WWE & all my supporters for sticking by me. I hope all are enjoying as much as I am.
— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) January 28, 2014
“The Snake” will so far be going into the Hall of Fame with The Ultimate Warrior. The 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony will be taking place on the day before WrestleMania 30 on Saturday, April 5 from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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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