Look Back at 2013 in Wrestling, WWE Poised for Big 2014

Brian, Steven and Michael from Between The Ropes are back for the weekly Flagship show as they back at 2013 in wrestling including their thoughts on the match of the year, superstar of the year, the biggest news story, the best feud and more.  Plus, they look ahead to 2014 in what could be a very big year for the WWE with the expected launch of the WWE Network and how they could transform their business.

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2013 Pay-Per-View of the Year

This was the year that TNA decided to pretty much give up on the Pay-Per-View business – they reduced their major pay events to only four, and filled up the rest of their required dates with various specialty shows.  The gamble didn’t exactly pay off.  Similarly, WWE became more long-term focused on its own network, while at the same time witnessing buy rates rise and fall.  Still, building towards the “big show” is in the fabric of pro-wrestling.  So which one delivered most in 2013? [Read more...]

Pay-Per-VIew scorecard: WWE SummerSlam

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SummerSlam 2013 is in the books and, as has become tradition in these parts, it’s time to see how the predictions I made in the staff predications on Saturday stack up to the actual pay-per-view results.
On a side note, before I begin, I apologize to the other staff and readership here at Between the Ropes for my lack of involvement in our SummerSlam coverage, including getting this post up some 24 hours after the event. There is no excuse I can give that would justify that, and for that I apologize. I am doing my best to make sure that this will not happen in the future.
With that said, to the scoring
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan originally beat John Cena for the title only for referee Triple H to cost Bryan the belt and allow Randy Orton to cash in Money in the Bank and win the title. Not only did I call Bryan winning against Cena, I called the Triple H swerve and Orton cash-in. For that I’m gonna be a bit of a glutton and award myself 2 points.
No Disqualification Match: Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk. The no DQ sit was added earlier in the night and definitely made that match that more interesting. It also aligned with my original pick and Brock came out with the win. 1 point.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio [c] def. Christian. Like I said Del Rio will always be the heel champion that pulls out the win with the gold on the line. 1 point.
Mixed Tag Team Match: Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn def. Big E Langston and AJ Lee. I didn’t know where this match was going and my score reflects that. 0 points.
Natalya def. Brie Bella. I did not see that one coming as the Bellas seem to be the commodity in this match WWE has more invested in. 0 points.
Cody Rhodes def. Damien Sandow. Honestly this one could have gone either way, it was a flip of the coin, that I was unfortunately on the wrong end of. 0 points.
Rung of Fire Match: Bray Wyatt def. Kane, with a little help from the family. As we know that Kane is taking time off to film See No Evil 2, this was expected and thus properly predicted. 1 point.
Pre-Show Kickoff Match for the United States Championship: Rob Van Dam def. Dean Ambrose by DQ. I called Ambrose leaving with the title, but ultimately thought he would win as well. 0 points.
That leaves me with a SummerSlam score of 62.5%. Overall I think that that signals an interesting direction that WWE took for their second biggest pay-per-view event of the year. Stick with Between The Ropes as we bring you al of the SummerSlam fallout. I’ll be back with pay-per-view scorecard next month when WWE presents Night of Champions.

WWE SummerSlam 2013 Reaction and Review

Make sure to check out the SummerSlam 2013 Rundown for complete coverage of everything that happened on last night’s Pay-Per-View.  Also, listen to Brian and Steve discuss what they think on the latest Between the Ropes Podcast. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes Podcast – WWE Summerslam 2013 Recap

Brian and Steve recap WWE Summerslam 2o13 including Daniel Bryan beating John Cena for the WWE Championship only to lose it moments later to Randy Orton, where the storyline could be going now, the incredible Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk match, what other match on the show they really liked and more.  Plus, they talk about the WWE2K14 Symposium with Ric Flair and the fallout from that.

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WWE SummerSlam 2013 Rundown – LIVE

WWE Returns to Pay-Per-View with it’s second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam.  The card is loaded with two World Title fights, and “The Best vs. The Beast.”  Be sure to refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis. [Read more...]

WWE Summerslam 2013: Staff Predictions

summerslamfull2013Tonight, the WWE returns to pay-par-view Summerslam, its annual summer spectacular.  Here are the predictions for the show from the Between The Ropes staff members including Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen Michael A. Wiseman and Marshall Bowen.
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Between The Ropes WWE Summerslam 2013 Preview Podcast

Brian and Steve talk about WWE superstar Darren Young coming out publicly and saying he is gay, how big of a story this is, the WWE’s reaction as well as media reaction for Young going forward with his career in the company.  Then, they run down Summerslam from top to bottom including what they think will be the best match on the show, what match goes on last, winners and losers and the direction of the big storyline in the John Cena – Daniel Bryan – McMahons storyline could be coming out of the match and more.

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Bella Twins Choose Eva Marie For Summerslam Axxess Match

The Bella Twins announced on Twitter that Brie Bella’s partner will be Eva Marie as they will square off against Natayla and Maria Menounos at Summerslam Axxess.

WWE Summerslam takes place this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with John Cena versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE title and CM Punk facing off with Brock Lesnar in the featured matches.

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WWE And Sony Form Partnership Starting At Summerslam

Sony released a statement today saying they will be partners with WWE in their new Live Events Viewer App on the PS3 video game system. The partnership starts this Sunday as you will be to watch Summerslam on your PS3.

Here is how you download the app, so you can watch Summerslam this Sunday:

1.Log on to the PlayStation Store on your PlayStation 3 system.
2.Scroll down to the Apps section and find Live Events Viewer for download.
3.Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on the XMB under TV/Video Services.
4.Log on with your PSN or Sony Entertainment Network username and password.
5.Then, enjoy watching WWE’s SummerSlam this Sunday, including the pre-show starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and other to-be-announced live events on the Live Events Viewer.

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WWE Summerslam Press Conference Video

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WWE Summerslam takes place this Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today the WWE held a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to promote Sunday’s show.

We have the entire press conference for you to watch in the video above.

Among the people who spoke at the press conference to hype up WWE Summerslam were: WWE champion John Cena, Daniel Bryan who Cena will face Sunday for the WWE title, CM Punk to hype his battle with Brock Lesnar, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

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Lineup for WWE Summerslam 2013

Here is the full card for WWE Summerslam on Sunday, August 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and live on pay-per-view.

WWE Championship:  John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan with Triple H as special referee

Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk

World Heavyweight Championship:  Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian

Ring of Fire Match:  Kane vs. Bray Wyatt

Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and AJ Lee

Natalya vs. Brie Bella

Pre-show Kickoff – United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam

WWE Setting Up Celebrity Match for Summerslam 2013

While it is not confirmed yet, it looks like the WWE is setting up a celebrity match for this Sunday’s WWE Summerslam PPV.   The talk is that Maria Menounos and Natalya will face Brie Bella and a partner for SummerSlam.

Nikki Bella could be her tag partner is she received medical clearance.  If not, they will find another partner for the match.

It’s far from the first time that Menounos has been involved with the WWE.  She teamed with Kelly Kelly at WrestleMania 28 where they defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres.  She even worked the match with cracked ribs that she suffered while training for Dancing With The Stars.

If this match happens at Summerslam, it will be Menounous’ fourth match in the WWE.

Her first match was on October 12, 2009 when she teamed with Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim to beat Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox.

Then on the Tribute to the Troops show on December 11, 2011 she once again teamed with Kelly Kelly along with Eve Torres and Alicia Fox to beat the Bella Twins, Natalya and Beth Phoenix.

Menounos also introduced longtime friend Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.

It’s no surprise that the WWE would have interest for a celebrity match, especially at Summerslam which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, right among the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Plus, with Menounos being the host of the celebrity show Extra! along with Mario Lopez, she will get the WWE and Summerslam some extra attention and at the least will not hurt interest in the show.

Seth Rollins Talks WWE Summerslam, Success of The Shield

WWE superstar Seth Rollings spoke with Eric Lopez of SportsTalkFlorida.com to promote Summerslam which is coming up on August 18 on pay-per-view.

He spoke about the quick success of The Shield along with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and the impact they have made in the WWE. Rollins shares his thoughts on some o the highlights of his career including  coming up from FCW, being part of the Shield , debuting in the WWE at the Survivor Series in 2012, winning the tag team titles with Reigns against Kane and Daniel Bryan. Rollins also talks about how and why the Shield has worked so good together, the history of the Florida Territory in Wrestling, wrestling in Central Florida area, the new WWE Performing center in Orlando and a lot more.

Check out the interview at http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/wwes-seth-rollins-talks-path-to-stardom-and-future-for-the-shield/

Between The Ropes | Dolph Ziggler – August 9, 2013

WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler talks about SummerSlam taking place August 18 on pay-per-view, how big the moment was for him cashing in the Money in the Bank suitcase the day after WrestleMania 29 and winning the World Heavyweight Champion, suffering a concussion and how big of a setback it was for him, the fan going after Randy Orton during the recent tour in South Africa, splitting up with Big E Langston and AJ Lee so quickly and more.

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The Art of Promotion in Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena

Bryan Maddox Cena contract signingThere’s no doubt the WWE Universe is excited to see Bryan challenge Cena for the title at SummerSlam. But it wasn’t until this past Monday on RAW that we finally got a framework for their confrontation. If Punk vs. Lesnar is “The Best vs The Beast,” then Bryan against Cena has become “The Wrestler vs. The Entertainer.” [Read more...]