What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Last Monday’s Raw ended with Daniel Bryan pinning WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton.

We are 20 days away from Wrestlemania 30 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. What can we expect on tonight’s edition of Raw as we inch closer to the biggest event of the year?

On last week’s show, Bryan “Occupied Raw” and got his long awaited match with HHH at Wrestlemania, with the caveat of if he defeats “The Game”, he will go onto to the main event of the Wrestlemania 30 to face Orton and Batista. HHH stated that he will address Bryan on the show tonight. Expect some sort of confrontation with the two and possibly an appearance by Shawn Michaels. “The Heartbreak Kid” resides in San Antonio, so maybe we see him confront either guy.

The Undertaker will also be in the house tonight. Paul Heyman has stated that he is in Texas, so expect either separate promos or another confrontation like we saw last week. Brock Lesnar isn’t scheduled for tonight’s show as he will be on the show the last two weeks prior to Wrestlemania.

Orton and Batista will also be in the house as well. Would expect them to get involved with each other as Batista speared the champion during the main event tag team match. Or could they unite to try and take out Bryan? Could see both scenarios playing out to create more intrigue for the main event of Wrestlemania as both guys need to generate more of a reaction for themselves heading into the big show in about three weeks.

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WWE Raw: Daniel Bryan, WWE Fans Get Their Wish for WrestleMania 30

wwebryanoccupyrawBrian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night with Daniel Bryan finally getting his match against Triple H at WrestleMania and him “possibly” being added to the championship match on the show, other matches now official for WrestleMania including the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, other ideas for the big event and more.  Plus they talk about the TNA Lockdown PPV and your questions.

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. At the end of last week’s Raw, Batista faced Daniel Bryan in the main event with Kane and HHH getting involved. Bryan was able to thwart them before before getting speared and a Batista bomb. HHH then ensued to give Bryan a pedigree to end the show.

On tonight’s show we expect to hear from Bryan regarding the attack and once again call out the WWE COO. With four weeks until WrestleMania 30, one would assume that HHH will accept Bryan’s challenge for the match.

Also on tonight’s show, The Undertaker is scheduled to appear to make an announcement. “The Deadman” was also advertised last week, but he will be in Memphis tonight. It is expected that The Undertaker will address the comments made last week by his WrestleMania 30 opponent Brock Lesnar and his manager Paul Heyman. The duo isn’t expected to be on tonight’s show.

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan will also be in the house for tonight’s show. The guest host of WrestleMania 30 will be making a special announcement regarding the big show taking place in four weeks. What will the big announcement be?

Will Hogan make a WrestleMania match? Will it be an announcement regarding the WWE Hall of Fame? Tune into tonight’s Raw starting at 8 p.m. ET on USA to find out.

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WWE Raw: No CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Triple H Escalates on Hot Show

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WWE Raw Reaction 3/3/2014: “The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Seen”

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It wasn’t a matter of if the hometown Chicago crowd was going to steal the show, but when. Luckily, WWE’s creative team was smart enough to recognize this, and they attacked the CM Punk issue head-on. As a result, Paul Heyman gave us one of the most tangible, addictive show openings in recent history. Notice that Heyman didn’t directly attack Punk… instead, he played off the hopes of the fans by coming out to Punk’s music – thus taking the proverbial wind out of the crowd – and then proceeded to blame everybody in attendance for Punk not being there. He earned their jeers. This was another “Paul Heyman Instant Classic,” and it did a great job of setting the tone for Monday Night. [Read more...]

Could We See CM Punk Make His WWE Return on Raw Tonight?

cm-punk-lookingIt has been over a month since CM Punk last appeared for the WWE entering the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant and surviving until the final four before being eliminated by Kane.

He was scheduled to be on Raw the following night but within an hour of the show going on the air, Punk decided for whatever reason he didn’t want to be there and walked out on the company.

Read the rest of this post at Brian’s blog at The Orlando Sentinel.

WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Rises From Last Week With Huge Returns On The Show

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It was announced on Friday that Hulk Hogan would be on last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. WWE didn’t announce who else would be returning, but fans were under the assumption that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker would be returning on the show as well.

The fans were right and they tuned in as Raw drew a 3.31 rating with an average of 4.65 million viewers. That was up from last week’s show as that show scored a 3.08 rating with an average of 4.36 million viewers.

The first hour which opened with the return of Hogan and featured a match between Batista and Alberto Del Rio followed by a Randy Orton promo averaged 4.89 million viewers, the second hour featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt segment and the beginning of the Daniel Bryan vs Kane match averaged 4.78 million viewers. The final hour featured the rest of the Bryan/Kane match and the show closing segment with Lesnar and The Undertaker averaged 4.31 million viewers.

Are you surprised the rating wasn’t higher or was it right where you expected?

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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 Raw Reaction 2/24/2014: “Deal With It!”

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Last night’s RAW kicked off big. Hulk Hogan came out, addressed his return, flexed his muscles, and got the crowd pumped. It was perfect. Hulk Hogan is a wrestling icon who looks even bigger standing in front of that large crowd only WWE can deliver. Naming him the guest host of ‘Mania makes sense. It’s great to see the Hulkster come home, and he looks better than he has in quite some time. Whatcha gonna do? [Read more...]

WWE Raw Recap, Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker Return

undertakerbrockstareBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the returns of both Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker who confronted Brock Lesnar, the Wyatt Family still going after John Cena who may have been injured and more.  Plus, they talk about the debut of the WWE Network, how WrestleMania 30 looks right now along with your questions.

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Hulk Hogan Makes His Return To WWE Television (Video)

It was announced on Friday that Hulk Hogan was returning to the WWE and would appear on tonight’s show.

Hogan opened the show to a thunderous ovation and hyped up the WWE Network. Hogan stated that he was glad to be back home in the WWE. Then “The Hulkster” announced that he would be the host of this years WrestleMania 30.

You can watch the entire segment in the video above.

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WWE Monday Night RAW Results From February 24, 2014

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WWE RAW Pre-Show: Josh Matthews welcomes us to Green Bay. The RAW-Pre Show Panel consists of Booker T, Alex Riley and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Matthews asked the panel what are they most looking forward to for tonights Monday Night RAW? Riley and Booker T said they are looking forward to see Hulk Hogan returning to the WWE. Flair said he is looking forward to seeing John Cena get his retribution on The Wyatt Family.

Superstars Taping Match~ Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow

We go back and forth from the panel to the announcers. Kofi ends up getting the win over Sandow. Jerry Lawler interviews Kofi at the stage area after the match. Kofi said the crowd was amazing and every win counts. Kofi hopes this is the start to his Road to WrestleMania. The panel plays it up like a big deal that Kofi won. We cut to another commercial.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Back to the RAW Pre-Show Panel, it was announced that tonight Alberto Del Rio will take on Batista. Renee Young interview Brad Maddox. She asked him about the rumor of Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE. Christian and Sheamus started to argue with each other and Maddox announced that tonight Sheamus will take on Christian.

Superstars Taping Match~ 8 Man Tag Team Match

The Rhodes Brothers and Los Matadores vs. Ryback, Curtis Axel, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre.

Winner: The Rhodes Brothers and Los Matadores.

WWE Monday Night RAW

First Segment:

Hulk Hogan comes out to a massive pop.The music stops and a huge Hogan chant breaks out. The announcers gave Hogan a standing ovation. “Let me tell ya something, brother…” and Hogan gets another big pop. Hogan wants to let everyone know, with Green Bay as his witness, tonight marks the turning point of his career. He is officially home, brothers. Hogan talks about being a part of WrestleMania I 30 years ago. Hogan fumbles over his words and calls the WWE Network the WWE Universe but eventually gets it right. Hogan says the future of the WWE will be immortalized. He plugs some of the stuff on the WWE Network. Hogan talks about being host of WrestleMania XXX and asks what are we gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild. Hogan drops the mic, Real American hits again and the crowd cheers.

We go to the announcers to show us the WWE Network on their tablet and laptop. Still to come, Kane will take on Daniel Bryan. Also, is Brock Lesnar in the building? We’ll find out. Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio in a rematch and more. Back to commercial.

First Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista

Batista goes right at Alberto and punches him in the corner, then he whips him across the ring and connects with a clothesline. Alberto rolls outside but Batista throws him into the barricade, then he rolls him inside, but Alberto kicks him in the shoulder. Alberto punches him a few times but Batista clotheslines him on the floor, then he goes after him but Alberto sweeps his legs and knocks him on the apron. Alberto whips him into the ring steps as we cut to a break.

Back from the break and Del Rio has control as he stomps away on Batista. Del Rio stalls and shows off as Batista gets up. He runs the ropes and charges but Batista moves and Del Rio lands out on the floor. Del Rio drops Batista over the top rope. Del Rio goes up top but Batista cuts him off. Batista nails a superplex. They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Batista with clotheslines and a big slam for a two count. Del Rio turns it around and readies for the superkick. Del Rio misses the kick and comes back with a stomp. Batista side steps again and his a spinebuster. The crowd boos. Randy Orton’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop. Del Rio takes advantage of the distraction and rolls Batista up for the win.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Orton takes the mic and apologizes for interrupting. Orton says Batista has been distracted since the days of Evolution. Orton says that loss just now was one of the funniest things he’s seen. He calls the WWE Universe’s reaction to Batista’s return funny also. Orton says the fans don’t like Batista very much. Orton bets Batista is sorry that he came back. A huge CM Punk chant starts before Batista speaks. He says Orton is wrong. Batista tells everyone to get it through their head – he loves this business. Fans boo. Something else he loves is that the fans have a voice. But so does he, he says. He says if they cheer him, he cheers back. If they boo, he boos back. It’s called being real and honest, something Orton knows nothing about. Batista says all that matters is that he goes to WrestleMania and beats the hell out of who he used to call his friend. Batista calls Orton a whiny, sniffling, kiss ass, suck up. Batista says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and to deal with it. He drops the mic and the music plays as Orton looks on from the stage with his titles in the air.

Second Match: Cesaro w/Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger vs. Big  E

They lock up and Big E goes to a headlock. A “we the people” chant starts up. They run the ropes and Big E hits a big shoulder tackle. Cesaro goes to the floor.

Cesaro comes back in and slams Big E. They trade shots. Cesaro with uppercuts and knees to the gut of Big E. More back and forth action. Big E hits two big throws and a shoulder thrust in the corner and Big E goes for a two count. Cesaro turns it around with uppercuts and a big boot to the face. Big E catches Cesaro and drops him over the knee three times for a two count. Big E works on the arm now. Cesaro catches Big E in a big tilt-a-whirl slam and covers for a two count as we go to commercial break.

Back from the break and Cesaro is in control. They trade shots. Big E with a big slam. Cesaro moves and Big E runs into the ring post. Cesaro covers for a two count. Cesaro hits a big running uppercut in the corner and takes Big E down with a headlock. More back and forth. Cesaro with the gutwrench slam for another two count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring again. Cesaro with a sleeper hold. Big E tosses him off but runs into an elbow. Big E with a pair of clotheslines and a belly to belly suplex. Cesaro blocks the Big Ending and hits a huge uppercut in mid-air. Cesaro with a two count. Big E blocks the Cesaro Swing and catches Cesaro in a big Rock Bottom out of the corner for another two count. Another “we the people” chant starts. Cesaro sends Big E out to the floor.

Big E ducks a clothesline from Swagger on the floor and lays him out. Big E comes back in and Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on him. Swagger comes in and grabs Big E, putting him in the Patriot Lock. Cesaro is upset as he gets disqualified.

Winner: Big E by DQ

After the match, Cesaro has words with Swagger. Zeb comes in and gets in the middle of them. They turn their backs and Big E attacks Swagger from behind. Cesaro makes the save and hits the Neutralizer on Big E. Cesaro does “We The People” as his music plays and Swagger tries to plead with him.

Second In-Ring Segment: Cena says it’s spectacular to see Hulk Hogan back in WWE. Cena hypes the WWE Network and says our future is now. Cena’s been talking hard and sending a message to any Superstar that can listen about having to come through him if they want to carry WWE into the future. Mixed reaction for Cena. Cena says he knew eventually he would come face to face with The Wyatts but didn’t think it would be in the Chamber. Cena says they cost him a match at WrestleMania XXX. Cena calls Bray Wyatt to the ring.

The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Bray takes a seat in his rocking chair at ringside. He asks what would the world be without its hero, its knight in shining armor to save the day. Bray says Cena is hollow, full of empty promises. He promises to save the people and keep them safe. Cena tells them everything will be alright as long as he is around, Bray says. Bray calls Cena a liar. He says it’s a terrible world, a cold and dark place. Cena stands for illusions, Bray stands for everything that is real. Bray says if Cena says the future has to come through him first, he couldn’t agree more. Bray properly introduces himself to Cena. He says they are the reapers that bring death to this era of lies.

Cena takes the mic and introduces himself. Cena says if one of them come into the ring, they’re starting something they may not be able to finish. Cena says if they make that move, it’s go time, jack., Cena readies for a fight as The Wyatts surround the ring. Harper charges but gets dropped as does Rowan. Bray hits the ring and all three of them beat Cena down now. Bray holds back Harper and Rowan. Fans chant “Yes!” as Cena gets up in the corner. Cena hobbles on one leg and tackles Bray but he gets beatdown again. Cena struggles to get up on one leg and is selling a leg injury. A small CM Punk chant starts. Cena charges Rowan but Rowan backs off and Bray runs over Cena from the side with Sister Abigail. Bray poses over Cena and yells “Follow the Buzzards” as the lights go out and we go to commercial.

Third Match: Sheamus vs. Christian

They lock up and go to the corner. Sheamus tosses Christian out to the floor. Christian comes back in with big right hands. Sheamus fires back with kicks and takes him to the corner for a beatdown. Christian looks to make a comeback but Sheamus clotheslines him to the floor. Christian gets pulled face first into the ring post. Sheamus rolls him back in and drops a knee to the face. Sheamus with another knee and a running knee drop. Sheamus goes for the forearms on the apron but Christian fights him off and drops him over the top rope. Christian comes back in and nails a missile dropkick from the corner for a two count. More back and forth action on the apron. Sheamus dumps Christian back to the floor. Sheamus lands a big shoulder tackle from the apron as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and we get more back and forth action. Sheamus fights out of a hold and starts hitting high knees. Christian shoves him back to the floor. Christian charges but misses. Sheamus lands a knee to the face. Sheamus delivers the forearm shots to the chest on the apron now. Sheamus with a big battering ram tackle for a two count. Christian goes to the top, but Sheamus brings him to the mat. Sheamus with the Cloverleaf submission. Christian breaks the hold by getting to the ropes. Sheamus chases him around the ring and back in. Christian stomps away now. Sheamus blocks Killswitch. Christian blocks White Noise and rolls Sheamus up for a two count. Sheamus with a big powerslam for a two count. Christian ducks a Brogue kick and kicks Sheamus in the face. Christian comes off the top rope but Sheamus hits a Brogue in mid-air for the win

Winner: Sheamus

We see footage from earlier of The Authority arriving and Renee Young talking to them about WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan ran up and started yelling about how he keeps getting screwed. Bryan said he would fight Triple H right now. Triple H said they’ve already had this talk about A+ players. Triple H said he would try and find Bryan a spot on the card. Stephanie told Bryan he should focus on tonight’s match against Kane.

We get a Black History Month video for Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson.

The Shield are backstage. Seth Rollins and Roman Regins want to know where Dean Ambrose was last night. Ambrose is tired of explaining himself he says. He says something about them not trusting him. He walks off. Rollins talks about how it keeps happening with Ambrose. The Wyatt Family walks up. Reigns challenges Bray to a match, one on one with nobody else at ringside. Bray calls him an interesting creature and accepts the challenge. Reigns and Rollins walks off as Bray laughs.

We go to Josh Mathews, Ric Flair and Booker T at the pre-show panel. No Alex Riley this time. They talk about what’s happened so far tonight. Flair gets a “yes!” chant going when talking about Kane vs. Bryan.

Fourth Match: Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

Back from the break and out comes Kane in pants and a wifebeater, but with pyro. The bell rings and Bryan attacks. He unloads with kicks into the corner and beats Kane down. Kane works on his injured arm. Bryan is taped up once again. Kane with shots in the corner before throwing Bryan into the turnbuckles. Bryan turns it around with more kicks. Bryan works on Kane’s leg as the fans chant his name.Kane turns it around and beats Bryan down. Kane keeps Bryan on the mat and works on his shoulder. Bryan goes for a dive through the ropes but runs into a big right hand. Kane sends Bryan shoulder first into the steel steps. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Bryan is kicking away at Kane. Kane goes back for the shoulder and covers for a one count. Kane with a clothesline in the corner and another pin attempt. Bryan comes back with a dropkick. Fans chant “Yes” as he clutches the shoulder. Kane goes to the top but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan climbs up and sends Kane flying to the mat. Bryan with two big dropkicks in the corner. Kane blocks the third with a right hand. Kane charges but Bryan sends him out to the floor. Bryan nails a dive through the ropes. Bryan with a big dropkick into the barrier. They come back into the ring and Bryan hits kicks and the roundhouse for another two count. Bryan goes to the top for the big headbutt but Kane grabs him for a chokeslam. Kane covers for a close two count. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock but Kane counters. Bryan counters another chokeslam but Kane fights the Yes Lock off. Bryan with the flying knee for the win.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Bryan takes the mic and mentions how he confronted The Authority earlier today. Bryan calls Triple H a coward. Bryan yells it again. Bryan says he challenged Triple H to a match at WrestleMania and he hid behind his Stephanie’s skirt. Bryan says Triple H has ignored what the fans want ever since he put on the suit. Bryan tells the people to make their voice heard and a “Yes” chant starts. Bryan asks if Triple H is listening. Bryan tells Triple H to make the match – Bryan vs. HHH at WrestleMania XXX. Bryan’s music hits as the fans chant.

Still to come, Reigns will take on Bray Wyatt. Also, Brock Lesnar is now confirmed to appear. We see Summer Rae and Fandango dancing in the back. Back to commercial.

Fifth Match: Emma w/Santino Marella vs. Summer Rae w/Fandango

Emma dances around so Summer shoves her, then Emma hits her back so Summer tackles her and mocks her with a dance. Summer charges the corner but Emma sidesteps her, then Summer connects with a spinning heel kick and kicks her in the back. Summer chokes her on the ropes and screams at Santino, then she goes for another spinning kick but Emma ducks and makes her tap to the Emma Lock.

Winner: Emma

Sixth Match: The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws

Road Dogg asks for the floor and says there’s no hurry, then he cuts their traditional DX promo, but Jimmy superkicks him and Jey throws Billy outside. Jey splashes Billy on the floor, then Jimmy splashes Road Dogg and makes the cover.

Winner: The Usos

Seventh Match: Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt

They lock up and go at it after Reigns starts with the upperhand. Bray beats Reigns down and drops him with a right. Reigns tries to fight back but Wyatt keeps control. Reigns ends up coming back and tossing Bray to the floor. Reigns follows and hits a huge clothesline as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Bray is in control. He hits the big splash as fans cheer for Jerry Lawler. During the break, Bray sent Reigns into the steel steps. Bray drops a knee and hits Reigns with right hands. Bray chokes Reigns on the ropes now. More back and forth. Bray knocks Reigns out of the air and covers for a two count. Fans start chanting for Undertaker now. Bray splashes Reigns in the corner. Reigns dodges the next splash and Wyatt goes down.

Reigns lands a big flying clothesline and one in the corner. Reigns beats Bray down in the corner. He runs out of the ring and hits the big dropkick on the apron. Reigns with a big slam for a two count. The lights go out and when they come back on, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are at ringside. Seth Rollins runs out of nowhere and leaps out of the ring, taking out Rowan and Harper. Bray rolls Reigns up for a two count. Reigns misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post. Harper and Rowan beat Rollins down at ringside now. Dean Ambrose finally runs down and saves Rollins. He brawls with Harper. Reigns with a Superman punch on Wyatt. Reigns knocks Harper off the apron. Ambrose rushes the ring and attacks Bray for the disqualification.

Winner: Bray Wyatt by DQ

Final In-Ring Segment

We go to the ring with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. The apron is black and there’s a couch. Heyman introduces them and refers to Lesnar as the #1 contender. He says Lesnar is not in a good mood tonight. Heyman says Batista and Randy Orton need to get their match out of the way now so the winner can fight Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX. Heyman says The Authority have offered Lesnar an open contract for WrestleMania. He can name any opponent for his choosing. Heyman says Lesnar wants history to conquer.

Heyman talks about how Lesnar has conquered everything, including UFC, and says Lesnar wants to win the titles at WrestleMania but Stephanie and Triple H won’t put it in front of him to conquer. Heyman says the open contract doesn’t mean a thing to Lesnar. Lesnar wants to make history. Heyman tells The Authority “no thank you” to the contract. They can have WrestleMania all they want but they can’t have it with Lesnar. Heyman demands they give him history to conquer. They go to leave the ring and the lights go out. The bells go off and The Undertaker entrance begins.

Taker comes out to a big pop and stares at Lesnar as he makes his way to the ring. Taker walks around the table and comes face to face with Lesnar as the crowd pops. A big chant for Taker breaks out. They keep staring until Taker looks up at the WrestleMania sign and back at Lesnar. Lesnar shakes his head yes. Lesnar signs the contract and jabs the pen at Taker. Heyman laughs. Heyman says if Taker wants to sign it, he can have the match with Lesnar at WrestleMania. Taker slams down on Lesnar’s arm and chokeslams him through the table. Fans chant “holy s–t” and Taker’s name as he looks up at the WrestleMania sign and poses. The match is official. RAW goes off the air with Taker making his exit.

JPOV: Awesome edition of Monday Night RAW. Loved the matches that involved~ Daniel Bryan vs. Kane, Sheamus vs. Christian, and Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt. Loved the promo from Daniel Bryan. The low point for me with this Raw was the commentary from JBL. I thought Batista had a better match with Del Rio then they did at the Elimination Chamber. Enjoyed the interaction with The Wyatt Family and John Cena. This show needed more of The Authority. You can’t go wrong with the return of Hulk Hogan just a great moment for the WWE. Of course the last segment right there with Brock Lesnar and Undertaker that was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh’s Grade for Monday Night RAW: 9.5/10

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What To Expect Tonight On WWE Monday Night Raw

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

Randy Orton walked out of last night’s Elimination Chamber match still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the title thanks to the help of the WWE Director of Operations, Kane. Orton now heads to the WrestleMania 30 main event against Batista. Would assume that we will see a confrontation between the two stars.

Bryan coming off a devastating loss to Orton will be looking for retribution against Kane. Will Bryan get revenge tonight against “The Big Red Machine”? Will be interesting how Bryan is used on the show tonight. Would think we would see a match tonight or somehow gets inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania.

We will see the return of former WWE champion Hulk Hogan on the show. What will Hogan’s role on the show be? Would think we will see Hogan give a big boot to a fellow WWE superstar.

John Cena lost his chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when the Wyatt Family attacked Cena, who got pinned by Orton. It will be interesting to see how Cena reacts to losing his opportunity to main event Wrestlemania.

Would also think we will start to get more clarity of the top matches for Wrestlemania. Also it is rumored that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will be on the show, so it will be intriguing how they get to the expected between the superstars.

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Hulk Hogan Makes His First Comments Since His Announced Return To The WWE

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It was announced yesterday that former WWE champion and Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is returning to the company. Hogan will be the guest host of Wrestlemania 30 on April 6th and will return to WWE television this Monday on Raw in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Hogan made his first comments since the press release was sent out regarding his WWE return. Here is what “The Hulkster” said on Twitter.

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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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WWE Fails to Reach Agreement with NBCU, TV Licensing Deal Up for Grabs

Last Friday came and went without the WWE and NBC Universal reaching a new agreement on a television deal before their exclusive negotiating period ended.  Now, the WWE can officially negotiate with other networks including Viacom, Disney and 20th Century Fox which may be looking to land the TV rights for WWE programming.

WWE confirmed that no agreement was made to Variety.com and also released this statement: “While we were unable to reach an agreement with NBCU during this period, we have certainly appreciated our long and productive partnership. With year-round, live programming that is highly coveted by programmers, distributors and advertisers, we are extremely excited about our future. We look forward to engaging with potential partners who recognize the value of having the #1 show on cable and live content delivered 52 weeks a year.”

In a perfect world, WWE would like to have all of its shows on one network family but it may have to split them up.  The company fully expects to more than double the almost $140 million a year it currently receives in licensing fees in any upcoming deal.

While a new agreement has not been reached between WWE and NBCU, the network does have the right to match any offer made by another potential partner.   And the sports entertainment juggernaut has implied in the past that it would prefer to remain with NBCU.

It will be interesting to see what other networks go hard after WWE programming and would also be willing to take all of the shows on the table including “Raw”, “Smackdown”, “Main Event”, “Total Divas” and “Saturday Morning Slam”.

WWE has said that it hopes to have a deal done by April or May at the latest.

 

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.

WWE Monday Night Raw Viewership Up From Last Week

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A lot of hype was surrounding last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. The main event of the show was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton facing John Cena. The show was also highlighted by TV star Betty White being the guest host of the show.

The difference was noticeable as Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.33 million viewers. The rating is slightly down from last week as the rating was a 3.15, but the viewership was up as the show from last week averaged 4.21 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 4.50 million viewers that was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Betty White and then Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour averaged 4.34 million viewers that was featured by a tag match with Christian and Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler, which featured a post-match attack by Batista.

The final hour of the show averaged 4.15 million viewers, which was featured by the aforementioned main event of Cena vs Orton.

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