WWE Network Unveils WrestleMania Week Programming

wm 30STAMFORD, Conn., March 31, 2014 – WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, has unveiled its programming lineup for WrestleMania Week, which includes the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, an expanded two-hour WrestleMania pre-show and concludes with WrestleMania 30, all live from New Orleans.

Fans can subscribe to WWE Network by signing up exclusively at WWE.com, clicking on the WWE Network button on the top right corner of the navigation bar and creating an account. Upon signing up, fans will instantly have access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library.

The WrestleMania Week programming line-up on WWE Network includes:

WrestleMania 30 – Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET

WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will air live on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET. More than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by a host of WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making. Featured matches include the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleMania winning streak against Brock Lesnar™, John Cena® battling Bray Wyatt™ and Randy Orton® defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Batista® and the winner of a showdown between Daniel Bryan® and Triple H®.

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET

For the first time ever, the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. On the eve of WrestleMania 30, a new class of inductees will join WWE Legends from the past as they are enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include The Ultimate Warrior®, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita, Razor Ramon, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon and Mr. T.

At 8 pm ET, one hour prior to the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WWE Network will air a live red carpet arrival show hosted by Michael Cole and Renee Young. The show will consist of interviews with WWE Legends, Superstars and Divas as they arrive to celebrate history and welcome in the new inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame.

WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show – Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET

WWE has expanded its WrestleMania pre-show to two hours for the first time ever. The first hour will simulcast across all WWE platforms, including WWE Network, WWE.com, WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pheed beginning Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET. During the second hour, WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos™ will defend their titles in a Fatal 4-Way match against Los Matadores™, Ryback® and Curtis Axel™ and The Real Americans™, which can be seen exclusively on WWE Network.

WrestleMania Press Conference – Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET

Before WWE takes over New Orleans and Randy Orton defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match against Batista and the winner of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, all four WrestleMania headliners will come face-to-face on Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET at the Hard Rock Café in New York City live on WWE Network. They will be joined by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WrestleMania 30host Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena® to offer a preview of this year’s historic event.

WrestleMania Today LIVE – Thursday, April 3 – Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET

WrestleMania Today will premiere with three nights of live coverage on Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET originating from WrestleMania Axxess. Hosted by WWE’s Josh Mathews™, Booker T™ and Alex Riley™, the two-hour show will welcome in-studio guests including WWE Legends and Superstars as they analyze the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30. WWE reporters Renee Young, Byron Saxton and Tom Philips will cover all the action live from the Axxess floor.

WrestleMania Weekend Marathon – Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6

The weekend will be highlighted by a marathon of WrestleMania themed programming from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. On Friday, April 4, WWE Network will air a replay of WrestleMania 25 from Houston, TX at 2 pm ET. Then, on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, fans can see blocks of WrestleMania Rewind™ from 6 am – 9 am ET, a show that takes a comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments inWrestleMania history.

Immediately following WrestleMania Rewind on Saturday, WrestleMania 26 airs at 9 am ET and WrestleMania 27 at 1 pm ET. WrestleMania 28 and WrestleMania 29 air Sunday, April 6 at 9 am ET and 1 pm ET, respectively.

Legends of WrestleMania – Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET

Legends of WrestleMania premieres on Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET featuring a round table discussion with WrestleMania Legends as they look back at their greatest WrestleMania moments.  Fans will hear never-before-told stories aboutWrestleMania as well as commentary on the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30.

For a full WrestleMania Week on WWE Network schedule click here.

WWE Network is the first-ever 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe at WWE.com. WWE Network is available through the WWE App on TV via connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3, Sony PlayStation® 4 and Xbox 360. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices, as well as on desktops and laptops via WWE.com.

It’s Time For The Undertaker To Retire At Wrestlemania 30

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The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.

What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.

With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.

Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.

The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.

Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.

Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.

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Wade Keller on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and Predictions for Next Year

kellertorchWade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch  talks about WrestleMania 30 including the buildup for the show so far, if it will be Daniel Bryan’s night, whether or not this could be The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania, the possible order of the match on the show and more.  Plus, he talks about what could lie ahead for the WWE over the summer and his best guess for WrestleMania 31 next year.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Monday Night Raw

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The second to last of edition of WWE Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania 30 took place last night in Brooklyn, New York. Highlights of the show included a sitdown interview with Triple H, the opening segment with Stephanie McMahon, Batista, and Randy Orton and a John Cena vs Luke Harper match. Starting with this article, we will be giving you the good, the bad and the dirty from each edition of Raw.

The Good

1) John Cena vs Luke Harper: The more I see Luke Harper, the more he impresses me. He has a style mixed with Barry Windham and Bruiser Brody. Cena and Harper had a 15 minute plus match and showed that Cena can work with guys not named Bryan, Orton and Punk. You can tell that Cena is still injured, but is still giving his all and you can tell in this match. The ending was well done to where both guys didn’t have to take the pinfall. Was also good to see Bray Wyatt get the upperhand on Cena once again and create more doubt going into their match at WrestleMania 30.

2) Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs The Real Americans: The match started really slow, but really picked up in the last six-seven minutes when Ambrose started to make his comeback. The more I see Rollins, the more I like him as he is finally getting to show the great ring work he possesses. Rollins is very fluid in the moves that he does and gets the crowd behind him in the process. It is good to see WWE keep The Shield together and as babyface with as a lot of money can be made with them on the other side of the spectrum. The only bad thing was Cesaro taking the pin, but that can be forgotten about by the time Smackdown rolls around.

The Bad

1) Opening Segment featuring Stephanie McMahon, Batista and Randy Orton: The segment started good with Stephanie McMahon addressing the fact that Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be on the show due to last week’s beatdown by Triple H. That changed quickly when Orton came out and cut a bland promo about how he respects The Authority and doesn’t disagree with anything she said, but then says he will take no prisoners if HHH gets by Bryan at WrestleMania. Batista was no better when he came out especially when his microphone went and did a mic check. Batista is really missing something with his promos as he can’t pronounce WWE and is lacking emotion when he is out there. Orton taking another spear does nothing to believe that he has any chance of walking out of Mania with the title. Let’s be thankful that this match isn’t a singles match as the WWE would be in a lot of trouble.

2) Titus O’Neil vs The Big Show: Very confusing as to why this match was even happening. If WWE was putting on the match because Show was facing Bray Wyatt in the main event of Friday Nigh Smackdown, then it could have just been advertised and left at that.

The Dirty

1) Final Segment featuring Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker: This segment did nothing to get me interested whatsoever and I don’t fault Paul Heyman. He has done everything in his power to get the match over, but he can only do so much. You would think that since Lesnar and Taker haven’t been in the same ring together in almost a month, you would think Lesnar would get his revenge for Taker putting him through a table. But we got druids bringing out a casket and Lesnar kicking at it a few times before it opened and Taker rose from it. Made no sense whatsoever for Taker to one up Lesnar once again as it seems like the WWE is trying to get by on the fact that the old school and hardcore fans will want to see the match. WWE better do something next week to get the fans more interested or they will be in a lot of trouble heading into a match that you should have been easy to book.

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WWE Raw Recap: Batista Gets Slapped, Brock Lesnar Sees Dead People

stephortonsmugBrian and Steve are back for the weekly podcast recapping Raw from Monday night just two weeks before WrestleMania 30 including Batista getting whacked for offending Stephanie McMahon, no Daniel Bryan, the latest interaction between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker and what is missing in that feud, the undercard for the big event and much more including 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 Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Last week’s Raw ended with Triple H brutally attacking Daniel Bryan and left him laying.

The Road to Wrestlemania 30 will continue as we are 13 days away from the biggest wrestling show of the year. Bryan is expected on tonight’s show. One would expect him to address what happened at the end of last week’s show. The best bet would be for Bryan to get beat down again to draw more heat to HHH and give Bryan more sympathy heading into their match at Wrestlemania.

It will be interesting to see what WWE does with Randy Orton and Batista tonight. Batista has been kept strong, while Orton has been looking like a patsy taking pinfalls to Bryan two out of the last three weeks. Orton has to look strong tonight to give the impression that he can walk out of Wrestlemania with the title and WWE has to make Batista look vulnerable at some point as he has been protected from that standpoint.

The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are advertised to be on tonight’s show. Lesnar hasn’t been on Raw in three weeks and Undertaker hasn’t been on the show in two weeks. Lesnar has to look strong tonight because the last time these two were in the ring together, Lesnar took a chokeslam through a table.

Also advertised for the show is the guest host of Wrestlemania, Hulk Hogan. Also action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on the show to promote his new movie, “Sabotage”.

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WWE Raw: Time to Get Serious on Road to WrestleMania

triplehbeatdownbryanBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including Triple H putting an epic beatdown on Daniel Bryan, the added stipulation to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, Batista’s skinny jeans making a return, more buildup in the matches between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as well as John Cena against Bray Wyatt, how the rest of the card for Mania is shaping up, if there are too many people on the show and more including your questions.

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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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Updated WWE Wrestlemania 30 Card

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. During last night’s Monday Night Raw, more matches were announced for the show. Here is the updated card:

-Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
-Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
-Daniel Bryan vs HHH- If Bryan wins, he will be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
-Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
-Andre the Giant 30 Man Memorial Battle Royal- Winner receives trophy

Hulk Hogan will be the guest host of the show.

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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

bryanhhhBrian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.

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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...]

WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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

Smackdown opened with a memorial for Nelson Frazier, Jr. (a/k/a Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V)… The Uso’s and Daniel Bryan vs. The New Age Outlaws and Kane was hyped, plus an A.J. Lee vs. Cameron rematch.

-Batista started out the show with mixed boos and cheers. Batista started off by saying “I love this business and company.” He said he did not come back to be liked. A huge C.M. Punk chant broke out. He said you don’t have to support him, but you gotta deal with it. He said it’s a fact he can destroy anyone they put in front of him. A small Daniel Bryan chant started and died quickly.

Batista asked what the hell happened to this business, the real men, the attitude. A huge Yes! chant broke out. He said if the fans honestly think their heroes are as good as him they need to get out of their fantasy world and to get out of his. He said he would destroy each of our heroes on his way to WrestleMania where he will become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Out came Dolph Ziggler. A “Let’s Go Ziggler” chant broke out. Ziggler started out by saying, “You don’t tell these people who to cheer for” and that they cheer for who they want. He said Batista is a dinosaur and sooner or later they become extinct. Ziggler said he wants a match with Batista tonight. Batista said he wanted it he would get it. Ziggler dropkicked him and walked away.

-The Real Americans beat Big E and Mark Henry. Swagger and E started the match. Cesaro supplexed E when Cesaro was on the top rope and E was outside of the ropes. Cesaro went for the pin and Swagger came in. Cesaro was angry. Henry went for the World’s Strongest Slam on Swagger, but Cesaro kicked Henry. Swagger went for the Ankle Lock on Henry, and Cesaro tagged himself in. Cesaro hits The Neutralizer on Henry (drawing gasps from the crowd) for the win.

-Vickie Guerrero and Alberto Del Rio were shown talking backstage. Del Rio said he’s going to take the night off. In came Sheamus, who said he loves a good fight. Hs said how about he and Del Rio fight, setting up the next match.

-Sheamus beat Alberto Del Rio by DQ. Sheamus has black athletic tape on his ribs. It was basically the same match between the two. Out came Christian in a suit. He went to the announcers’ Table. It was a back and forth match but nothing special. Sheamus had Del Rio in a half crab then Christian came in and hit Sheamus for the DQ. Sheamus threw Christian out of the ring, then Brogue kicked Del Rio, and got Killswitched by Christian.

-The Shield argued backstage. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose yelled at each other like children. Enter Seth Rollins for the save. He said let’s show Bray Wyatt when you provoke the hounds you get the teeth.

-Batista beat Dolph Ziggler. Dolph with fast offense to start. Batista got in the face of a fan wearing the clown wig. A boring chant started, then a C.M. Punk chant (which I started, ha). This is a slow match. There were a couple spine busters in a row from Batista, who was generating serious heat by taunting the WWE Universe. Batista performed the Batista Bomb for the win…

-Bray Wyatt and the family come out. Wyatt preached about how we buy fancy clothing to impress women. He said women don’t even realize your wearing the mask that society tells you to wear. Everything is a bag of lies. Bray is so so amazing live. Bray said he says and does everything the society is afraid to do. He said he will slay this mighty dragon (in reference to John Cena).

-Out came The Shield. There was a stare down in the ring. Out came Triple H, who said this is enough and has too much money and time involved in them. This Monday night on Raw, the Wyatt’s will take on The shield. He said that for the time being, The Shield should stand down.

-Reigns and The Shield stepped into the ring and only Bray stepped in. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins jumped onto Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, then quickly got back into the ring. Bray left and Seth was pumped. Bray backed the family up.

-AJ Lee beat Cameron to retain the Divas Championship. AJ started fast on offense. Cameron went on the offensive and was destroying AJ. Tamina moved AJ out of the corner and Cameron missed her and rammed into the corner. Tamina got thrown out, but AJ won with the Black Widow.

A recap of the undertaker and Brock Lesnar confrontation from Raw was shown, then the pre-show commentary team spoke about Taker’s Streak.

-Daniel Bryan and The Uso Brothers beat Kane and The New Age Outlaws. There were huge Yes! chants. Out came corporate Kane. The Outlaws didn’t do their whole saying. The Uso’s and Bryan work very well together. Kane looks so stupid in a wife beater and slacks and dress shoes. A “you sold out” chant began. Kane and the Outlaws huddled outside and talked strategy. I’m so impressed with the Uso’s. I can see gold on them soon. A straight forward match early on. Nothing special. Bryan tagged in and sent a knee to Kane on the ropes. Kane got back into the match and stopped the Bryan comeback. The Uso’s double kicked Kane and sent him out of the ring. Bryan hit the running knee on Billy Gunn for the win. This match closed the show. No dark match, nor return date announced.

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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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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...]

Two Matches Officially Announced For WWE Wrestlemania 30

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Coming off last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, two matches were officially announced for WrestleMania 30. The company announced Undertaker versus Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton versus Dave Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

WWE WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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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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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.

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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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