Triple H: “Daniel Bryan Wants To Be Treated As An A+ player, He’s Going To Get His Wish”

At the end of Monday’s WWE Raw, Triple H reformed Evolution with Randy Orton and Batista. The trio closed the show by taking out The Shield. The WWE COO returned this week to do his weekly video interview with Michael Cole.

HHH discussed Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and more. You can watch the full interview in the video stream above.

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Current Lineup For WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules takes place on Sunday, May 4th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The WWE has slowly started announcing matched for the event. Here is the current for the show.

-The Shield vs Evolution- Six Man Tag Team Match
-John Cena vs Bray Wyatt- Steel Cage Match
-Paige vs Tamina Snuka- WWE Divas Title Match

More matches will be announced in the coming weeks. As of right now, you can the show on the WWE Network, In Demand PPV and Dish Network.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Slips Slightly, Up From A Year Ago

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place this week in Birmingham, Alabama. The rating for the show is in and the show scored a 3.3 with an average of 4.77 million viewers, which is slightly down from last week’s post-WrestleMania rating of 3.7 with an average of 5.15 million viewers.

The first hour of the show averaged 4.81 million viewers, which featured the opening tribute video and ten bell salute of The Ultimate Warrior. The second hour of the show averaged 4.83 million viewers, which featured The Usos vs Randy Orton and Batista. The final hour of the show averaged 4.67 million viewers, which featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt segment and the show closing angle involving the return of Evolution beating down The Shield.

Good news for the WWE is the rating is up from last year’s Raw rating following the post-Mania show, which scored a 3.08 rating with an average of 4.15 million viewers.

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The Wife Of The Ultimate Warrior Releases Her First Statement Since His Passing

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Eight days ago the wrestling world lost former WWE champion The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Since his passing we hadn’t heard from his family. This morning his wife Dana made her first statement since her husband’s passing.

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was “there” for us. “There” is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

My husband’s speech had so many highlights for me as I sat proudly in the audience looking on at his moment … I most loved his request for the Hall of Fame to include the, as he called them, “true Superstars,” those behind-the-scenes people who make the machine run. See, I’m the person who puts up the ring in our house. I’m the background person who makes things happen seamlessly. I am surrounded by performers in my husband and children, so I felt a kinship with all the people he wanted to shine a spotlight upon who make WWE work. He loved you all, and knew that each of you made his run there possible. Thank you!

To all the ULTIMATE WARRIOR fans: THANK YOU!! He told me when he shook the ropes it was him gathering strength from each of you. Warrior respected you and loved you as do the girls and I. I will reach out to the ropes for your strength to sustain me in the sad days that the girls and I face. UNWAVERING is what you’ve been. GRATEFUL is what we are.

The Undertaker and I have a lot more in common than you might think. You see, I had a bit of a streak of my own going for the last 20 years. Yes, Warrior and I would have matches of our own … He would yell, I would cry, he would submit, I would win – always. My quivering chin and “pooched” lip was always more powerful than any clothesline or gorilla press slam. He’d laugh and shake his head and say,”you win, Pooch,” but really we both did.

My streak was broken April 8, 2014 when he collapsed. I fought and screamed and cried for him not to leave me, but I wasn’t to win this round. Heaven won and I lost, but I had the ULTIMATE love for 20 years and my children learned to be Warriors from THE ULTIMATE DAD. I wouldn’t trade a moment of the life we shared, good or bad, for anything on God’s green earth. He is the love of my life and gave me the gift of our beautiful, sweet, amazing girls. He was loyal and kind and strong and brave. He taught me to live by his creed,”Live Strong, Act Bold, Be Brave. Nothing’s too hard to do, ALWAYS BELIEVE,” and with that creed I will carry on and make him proud.

Streaks are broken but legends live forever.

Always Believe,
Dana A. Warrior

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Report: Script For This Past Monday’s WWE Raw Leaked

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A script from this past Monday’s WWE Raw has apparently leaked online. No one knows where or how the third draft script made its way onto the internet. Here are some of the key notes that were on the script.

-Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are listed as being off until April 20.

-The talent roster page lists The Miz and Summer Rae being off through May 16, as they are shooting the Marine 4 film.

-C.M. Punk, A.J. Lee, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and Alberto Del Rio are listed as “injured/TBD.” Del Rio ended up working a match on Raw.

-Cesaro is listed on the heel roster.

-Brock Lesnar and The New Age Outlaws were moved to the miscellaneous portion of the roster.

-Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Eve Torres, Mick Foley, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, and Bob Backlund are listed as ambassadors.

You can view the script here.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday April 18, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

Triple H opened Smackdown with a promo and announced that Evolution will face The Shield at Extreme Rules.

-Intercontinental Champion Big E defeated Alberto Del Rio by DQ.

It was announced that the Night of Champions pay-per-view will be held in Nashville on September 21…

Paul Heyman cut a promo reminding fans that Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1. Cameron labeled it a “tremendous promo”…

-Paige beat Aksana. A physical match that was reminiscent of NXT women’s matches. It’s almost as if giving them some time to work with is a good thing.

Sheamus was interviewed backstage.

-El Torito beat Hornswoggle. No, seriously, writes Cameron. That match actually happened. I will say that it was entertaining than I thought it would be, but it was still a waste of time.

-Alexander Rusev beat R-Truth. A sub-3 minute squash, but Rusev looked vicious during the match and had a post match decimation of Xavier Woods. “I feel bad for Woods because he deserves better than this,” writes Cameron. “Lana is even more awesome live.”

-Santino Marella (w/Emma) defeated Fandango (w/Layla). Santino won via sunset flip. It was not an especially great match, but there was a very Emmataining moment when Emma took out Layla. That distraction is what let Santino pick up the win. There was some bad comedy after the match with Emma asking for a high five and Santino forgetting to take the cobra sleeve off.

-Batista defeated Sheamus with a Batista Bomb. A pretty decent fight. They worked in some great near falls on both sides, but the right guy went over for sure.

After the taping, Batista grabbed a mic and challenged Sheamus to a last man standing match which Sheamus won via Brogue kick to send everyone home happy. Side note: Sheamus grabbed a Warrior-clad little girl from the crowd and carried her around for a bit. It was a touching enough moment that one of the photographers had to wipe away tears. He finished up the evening by signing some autographs and posing for photos. What a class act.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE Main Event Results From April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee

First Segment:Main Event opens with the entrance of Los Matadores. 3 Man Band makes their entrance. Jinder Mahal has a mic and disses El Torito. He says that 3MB thinks El Torito is a bunch of bull. He says that they have their own mascot tonight. Hornswoggle then comes out in 3MB attire.

First Match: Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. 3MB w/Hornswoggle

Mahal starts with Fernando. Mahal hits a shoulder tackle but then runs into a hurricanrana. Diego tags in and they hit a double team. Drew is tagged in and is immediately grounded. Diego hits a crossbody on McIntyre. Diego in control. Hornswoggle distracts Diego and Drew takes advantage. El Torito dives at Hornswoggle on the outside. Hornswoggle gets in the ring and Torito dives on Hornswoggle. They brawl on the mat and the referee calls for the bell. They’re separated and Mahal accidentally runs into a low blow. Hornswoggle hits a low blow on a Matador. Torito hits a low blow on Drew. Hornswoggle and Torito face off in the ring. They trade poses. Torito charges Swoggle and they brawl. Hornswoggle ends up out of the ring and 3MB hold him back. Torito tries to execute a dive, but Los Matadores hold him back.

Winner: No Contest

We see a tribute video package to the Ultimate Warrior. We head to break.

Back from break where Sin Cara makes his entrance. Bad News Barrett follows with his entrance. He has a mic and tells Sin Cara that he has some bad news. He tells him that he’s about to step into the ring with the next Intercontinental Champion. He says that Cara’s friend, Scooby Doo, can’t save him because this is real life. He then calls Sin Cara a joke.

Second Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Sin Cara

The match begins with Barrett striking Cara. Barrett charges Sin Cara, but Cara dumps him to the outside. Cara hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Cara climbs to the top rope, but Barrett cuts him off. Barrett hits a knee on Cara in the corner. He goes for the cover and only gets two. Barrett continues to beat down Sin Cara. Barrett hits a pumphandle slam for a two-count. Sin Cara counters a backdrop and hits a crossbody. He follows it with a head scissor takeover and back elbow. Cara gets a two-count. Cara grounds Barrett and goes to the top rope. Sin Cara misses the senton and runs into Winds of Change from Barrett. Barrett his the Bullhammer and gets the three-count.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Next is a recap of Raw featuring Monday’s tribute to the Ultimate Warrior. We head to break.

Back from break where Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton introduce the recap of the Ultimate Warrior tribute from yesterday’s Raw. We see the tribute video. We head to break.

Back from break. Nikki Bella comes out as a participant in a Divas battle royal to determine a number one contender for the Divas Championship. Cameron and Naomi head to the ring. Emma follows them to the ring. Tamina Snuka goes to the ring. Alicia Fox makes her entrance. Aksana also makes her way to the ring. Eva Marie comes out next. Layla comes out. Natalya’s music hits and she heads to the ring.

Third Match: Divas Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Divas Championship

The ring is a total mess as the match begins. Everyone hitting everyone. Layla eliminates Eva Marie with a kick on the apron. Emma locks in the Dilemma and then swings close to the ground. She tries to skin the cat but is eliminated. Aksana is eliminated. Layla is eliminated by Natalya. Naomi is dumped out by Tamina. Cameron jumps Tamina, but is thrown to the mat. Tamina eliminates Cameron. Nikki Bella kicks Fox in the leg and almost eliminates her. Fox grabs Nikki’s hair to hang on, but Tamina eliminates them both. Natalya is superkicked off the apron by Tamina for the final elimination.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

Back from break, where the announcers introduce the return of Evolution from Raw. We see the Raw Rebound. Jack Swagger heads to the ring for his match with the Big Show. We head to break.

We return from break and Zeb Colter has a mic. He says he’s going to give us a history lesson. He names some historic backstabbers and ends the list with Cesaro. He says thanks to Cesaro for proving him right about immigrants. Zeb says it’s unforgivable for Cesaro to have joined Paul Heyman. He says that there’s also a big problem coming to the ring named the Big Show. He says that Show is a posterboy for laziness in this country. Colter ends his promo by saying he does not miss the swiss. The Big Show’s music hits and he heads to the ring.

Fourth Match: The Big Show vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

The bell rings and Swagger goes to a waist lock. Show pulls his arms off him and hits a superkick on Swagger after an irish whip. Show lays in the huge chops on Swagger in the corner. Show charges Swagger, but runs into a big boot. Swagger hits a splash on Show. Swagger then shoulder tackles the leg of Show and takes him down. Swagger works Big Show’s leg on the mat. Show fights out of a hold, but Swagger takes Show down by the leg again. Swagger hits the Swaggerbomb. He follows it up with another Swaggerbomb. He goes for the cover and gets a two-count. Swagger goes to another hold on the leg of Big Show. Show tries to fight out, but Swagger hangs onto the hold. Show finally shoves him off.

Swagger kicks Show to the ground and goes for a pin. He gets a two-count. Swagger charges Show, but Show grabs his leg and chops him. Big Show hits a pair of clotheslines and then lifts Swagger in the air and lets him drop and hit the mat. Show signals for the chokeslam. He grabs Swagger, but Swagger counter into the Patriot Lock. He has it locked in. Show crawls for the ropes but then fades. He comes back to life and rolls over. He grabs Swagger by the throat and gets up. He pushes Swagger into the ropes and hits the KO Punch. Show covers him and gets the three-count.

Winner: The Big Show

After the match, The Big Show’s ankle is visibly hurting, as he limps around the ring. Show uses the ropes to make his way across the ring. Big Show takes his boot off and holds his ankle as Main Event goes off the air.

Josh’s Grade for WWE Main Event: 9/10

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