WWE Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. If you didn’t read the spoilers, here is what will be on the show tonight.

- Vickie Guerrero promo
- Curtis Axel vs R-Truth for the Intercontinental Title
- Los Matadores vs Los Locales
- Natalya, Eva Marie, and Kaitlyn vs Cameron, Naomi, and Brie Bella
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust backstage interview
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow
- The Prime Time Players and Great Khali vs. 3MB
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust

Follow Between the Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday October 11, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at last night’s tapings.

- Vickie Guerrero kicks off SmackDown with a recap of her and Alberto Del Rio from RAW. She says Big Show needed to be fired a long time ago. She says his house is already for sale. Del Rio interrupts and wants the match against John Cena at Hell In a Cell to be canceled. Del Rio kisses Vickie on the lips. She wants him to kiss her rear. Damien Sandow interrupts and Vickie makes Sandow vs. Del Rio for tonight. Del Rio lays out Sandow with a mic and attacks him.

- Curtis Axel defeated R-Truth with the Intercontinental Title on the line.

- Los Matadores defeated El Locals. One of the El Locals was Ricardo Rodriguez under a mask.

- They air a recap of Shawn Michaels’ campaign speech on RAW.

- Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan is announced for SmackDown.

- Cameron, Naomi and Brie Bella beat Eva Marie, Natalya and Kaitlyn when Naomi pinned Kaitlyn.

- Renee Young interviews Goldust and Cody Rhodes backstage.

- Damien Sandow vs. Alberto Del Rio is next. Del Rio gets the win. Sandow ended up getting cheered mid-match.

- A recap of John Cena on Good Morning America is shown.

- The Great Khali, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil defeated 3MB. Khali got the pin on Heath Slater after a big cop.

- Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in the main event. Cody got the pin on Harper for the win.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Between The Ropes Talks John Cena Return – October 7, 2013

A quick podcast as Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman talk about the unexpected return of John Cena who will face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Hell in a Cell PPV just more than two months after torn triceps surgery, possible scenarios for the match, if he is back as a regular or will be taking more time off and more.

You can follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Play

BREAKING NEWS: John Cena Returning at Hell in a Cell

john cena

Just announced on Monday Night Raw – John Cena will be returning at Hell in the Cell to challenge Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Cena has been out since SummerSlam with a pretty serious elbow injury.  Early reports suggested he might return around Royal Rumble. When rumors popped up that he might return earlier, he quickly shot them down on Twitter.

Does this indicate a panic within WWE over lackluster ratings, or has “superman” John Cena proven once again that injuries simply can’t keep him down?

What do you think about John Cena’s early return?  Discuss in the comments below! And be sure to follow Between the Ropes on Facebook and Twitter!

WWE Battleground 2013 Reaction and Review

wwe championship battleground

Hot opening to last night’s WWE, with Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler squaring off in a ‘battle of the dog house’ match. Both men have been on an incredible losing streak – that is, incredible in the “I can’t believe these two men are getting buried like this” way. But credit to both Ziggler and Sandow here. They took a terrible slot and made it entertaining, and did their duty by selling a few more Pay-Per-Views along the way. I’m also happy Ziggler walked away with the much deserved win. This might not have been the match of the night, but it was at least in the top three. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes Video | WWE Battleground 2013 Review – October 6, 2013

The Between The Ropes staff including Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen and Michael Wiseman review WWE Battleground 2013 including Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton going to a no-finish in the main event for the WWE Championship, CM Punk defeating Ryback, Alberto Del Rio retaining the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam and what that could mean for RVD’s future with the company, the Rhodes family getting a big win against The Shield and more.

You can follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE Battleground Predictions and Preview

WWE-Battleground-2013-Poster
WWE starts off a month of many pay-per-view events tonight with the new event Battleground. The card for this event is incredibly lackluster, seeing a rematch of the most recent event in the main event of this one and a number of other matches that just seem thrown together to make matches for WWE’s other event at the end of this month, Hell in a Cell. As the guys mentioned in the video preview on Friday, one has to wonder why WWE didn’t decide to axe this pay-per-view event and build these matches up more for the Hell in a Cell event. For now though, let’s preview what the pay-per-view buyer can expect from this event.

The main event will see Daniel Bryan take on Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship. This whole storyline of the title being held up just seems like a poor excuse for these two to try and meet up for the title again and yet again gave WWE another way to give Bryan the title only to take it away from him again. Knowing that these two men will almost certainly meet up again in three weeks in the cell, this match really does not seem to matter. Bryan and Orton will put on a great match as these two men tend to do, if the writers allow the match to be a clean match between the two men. Being that they are building this up for a third match in the cell, I’m highly skeptical that these two will have a clean one-on-one encounter. That being said, I expect Orton to win in a fashion that will permit the rematch with Bryan in the Cell.

The main match on the undercard sees World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defending his title against Rob Van Dam in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match. This match is really seeming to highlight RVD’s hardcore past and each match he has on the road to this one has shown a particular aspect of that, each time ending with RVD hitting his patented Van Terminator. That being said, I still do not see RVD winning the title in this one. If I had to guess I would say that this may be the match that leads to Ricardo Rodriquez reuniting with Alberto Del Riomby costing RVD the title. The only way I see Van Dam winning is if Damien Sandow cashes in Money in the Bank afterward and I don’t see him cashing that in quite yet.

Remember a year or so ago when Ryback was taking on CM Punk for the WWE Championship inside Hell in a Cell? Remember how well that match went? Well, take away the WWE Championship, the cell and move Paul Heyman into the corner of Ryback and were pretty much gonna get the same thing without the screwy finish involving Brad Maddox. Punk should win this one, but keep the feud going with Paul Heyman and his “guys” for the rest of the year. Either way, this match isn’t gonna be pretty.

Speaking of Paul Heyman guys, Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel will defend his title against R-Truth. Truth looked pretty good against Axel in their previous encounters and this match has the elements to be a surprise hit. Axel has had a tendency of losing in his non-title matches as of recently, but always pulls out the win when the belt is on the line. Whether or not Truth can break that streak is dependent on how much influence Heyman &/or Ryback have on the match and its outcome. In the end, I see Axel retaining in a fashion to allow them to meet up again at Hell in a Cell for the title.

In a match featuring one of the most out of left field story lines I can recall, Cody Rhodes and his brother Goldust will take on WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of the Shield. At stake is the fate of their WWE futures and their father Dusty’s job as a trainer in NXT. This whole, “let’s pick on the Rhodes family” storyline just baffles me.

I don’t really understand why creative went in this direction, nor do I really know where this storyline is going. Due to that, I’m kind of at an impasse for predicting a winner. On the one hand, The Shield have always been managing to find ways to win on the pay-per-view. On the other I don’t see WWE bringing in all of the Rhodes family into a storyline for one mediocre pay-per-view. I can almost see this going to the Rhodes clan by means of DQ leading to a possible six-man with Dusty and Ambrose involved at Hell in a Cell.

The WWE Divas Championship will be defended on the pay-per-view when champion AJ Lee defends against Brie Bella. This could be a solid match for the Divas title as these two women both have what it takes to hold the belt. That being said, even though Brie and her sister have been getting a big push in conjunction with the Total Divas show on E!. AJ walks out of the pay-per-view with the belt, if only for the reason that she is the only true heel Diva in the whole division right now and the other Divas fighting to take her down is better for the division than nothing. The only way that I see Brie taking the title is if the WWE were wanting to parlay her real-life romance with Daniel Bryan into a power couple type of storyline. The problem is, that doesn’t even seem to be close to an idea the creative team has though of.

In a match that will more than likely open the main card of the event, Bray Wyatt takes on Kofi Kingston. This match comes after weeks of Bray Wyatt’s cryptic messages directed at Kingston after his matches. There is no doubt in my mind that Kingston has the ability to make this match an entertaining spectacle when working off of Wyatt’s bizarre and rough offense. In the end though, the Erik Rowan and Luke Harper’s presence at ringside will be the deciding factor in Wyatt winning this match.

The pre-show match for this pay-per-view sees former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler take on World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract holder Damien Sandow. It’s a match with Ziggler in it, meaning it definitely has the potential to be a fantastic match even for the pre-show. The fact that he’s taking on Sandow also has the potential to make this match a bit of a sleeper as WWE has to start building him up as a serious contender to the title if Money in the Bank is going to continue to be anything of importance. For that reason, look for Sandow to kick off the night with a win.

Keeping all of that in mind, if that sounds like a good way to spend your Sunday night, Battleground will be live on pay-per-view tonight starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. For more news and results, keep it posted here at Between the Ropes.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 PM ET on SyFy.

Here is what took place on the show.

- Big Show interview segment
- Rob Van Dam vs Fandango
- Ryback vs R-Truth
- Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler
- Los Matadores vs Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
- Paul Heyman interview segment
- Brie Bella vs Aksana
- Kofi Kingston vs Big E Langston
- Brey Wyatt interview segment
- Big Show vs Randy Orton and The Shield

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 PM ET on SyFy.

Here are the matches that took place on the show.

- Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth

- The Real Americans vs. The Prime Time Players

- Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

- WWE Divas Champion A.J. Lee vs. Cameron

- 3MB vs. The Great Khali and Santino Marella

- Randy Orton vs. The Miz

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE Night of Champions 2013 – Staff Predictions

wwenightofchampions2013posterOn Sunday night, it is the WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view.  Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.

Kickoff match:  The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. 3MB (any pairing of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, or Jinder Mahal) vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) with Zeb Colter)

[Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 13th, 2013

Daniel Bryan Randy Orton No LockOpening segment featuring Big Show, Triple H, and The Shield was excellent. Big Show’s fake apology letter cracked me up, and Triple H coming out to confront show about his actions made sense. But I was afraid that was going to be all there was to it. Fortunately, The Shield came out to liven things up, and Big Show entered an entertaining, hardcore, five-minute brawl with the trio. The fans in attendance were digging it, I was digging it, and it kicked things off in a hot way. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes – WWE Night of Champions 2013 Video Preview

Here’s a first!  The first ever Between The Ropes video chat as Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman preview this Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view and give their predictions on who will win between WWE Champion Randy Orton against Daniel Bryan, CM Punk going against Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio against Rob Van Dam and all of the other matches.  Plus, they talk about Jim Ross retiring from the WWE and the reason behind it happening now.

You can also listen to the audio on the Between The Ropes podcast.

Subscribe to Between The Ropes on iTunes so you can automatically get the latest podcasts. You can also subscribe to Between The Ropes on Stitcher.

You can follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Play

WWE Video: Alberto Del Rio Denies Bar Fight Before Summerslam

A lot of chatter has circulated since we seen the black eyes on Alberto Del Rio at WWE Summerslam that he was involved in a bar fight with Drew McIntyre. Del Rio states that wasn’t the case.

Del Rio did an interview with Bootleg Kev on Power 98.3 in earlier this week to promote WWE Monday Night Raw. The interviewer brought up the black eyes that Del Rio was sporting at Summerslam. The world heavyweight champion had this to say regarding the topic:

“You know, we do shows, we do over 200 shows per year. We had a live event in Portland and you know it was just… things happen when you’re in wrestling. It was just an accident. But you know how it is, they always like to talk and they always like to make stories of their own. You know, it was just part of the business, it’s part of the game.”

It’s not shocking that Del Rio is taking that route considering that could be bad public relations for him and the WWE.

Do you believe what Del Rio is saying?

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/26/2013

Refresh this page throughout the show tonight for LIVE ongoing coverage and analysis!

Tonight, live on USA Network, WWE Raw is bringing a lot of hype with two major matches.  First, CM Punk sent out a tweet over the weekend accepting Curtis Axel’s challenge from Friday Night Smackdown.  Also, WWE.com is advertising Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam in what might be a prelude to an eventual Championship match-up at Night of Champions.

[Read more...]

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 Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/12/2013

The show kicked off live from Sacramento, CA, with Daniel Bryan’s entrance to the ring.  Final hype for SummerSlam should be the story of the night… [Read more...]

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.

Subscribe to Between The Ropes on iTunes so you can automatically get the latest podcasts.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Play

WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/2/2013

smackdown outlineVery entertaining wrestling-heavy edition of WWE Smackdown tonight.  There were a few misses (see below), but the in-ring action, highlighted by a fantastic main-even, made this a show worth watching. [Read more...]