Rob Van Dam Wants to Return to WWE By WrestleMania 30, CM Punk Interested in MMA and More

This week on the BTR Flagship Brian and Michael talk about the latest regarding CM Punk, Rob Van Dam possibly returning to WWE by WrestleMania 30, Raw from Monday night, the lack of star power, possible changes to the WrestleMania 30 lineup, Sting possibly coming into the company, MVP joining TNA Wrestling and more including your questions.

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CM Punk Walks Out on WWE, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 30 Talk

CM Punk Rumble contenderBrian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship show as they talk about CM Punk walking out on the WWE and his decision to do it now and the possible ramifications it has on WrestleMania XXX and especially Daniel Bryan. They also look back at the Royal Rumble and talk more about Mania including John Cena’s role on that show, what the lineup could be, what they would like to see and which match will close the show. Plus, news and notes about Hulk Hogan, Sting and Dolph Ziggler.

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WWE Raw Reaction 1/27/2014: #YesMovement

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Raw got off to a hot start last night with a great segment between Daniel Bryan and The Authority.  WWE smartly played to the crowd by letting Bryan opening the show – it essentially tackled the Royal Rumble problem head-on.  Seeing Bryan call Triple H out on his biased decision making, and hearing Triple H respond with the classic heel excuses, made the first twenty minutes a delight.  I didn’t care much for seeing Bryan get smashed by The Shield.  On the other hand, at least WWE had the forethought to set up its main event. [Read more...]

How Would You Grade Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw?

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Last night the WWE aired Monday Night Raw from Cleveland, Ohio. It was the first Raw following Sunday’s Royal Rumble. The show featured Daniel Bryan confronting The Authority, a segment featuring Batista, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. The main event of the show was Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus facing The Shield, with the winning team being in the Elimination Chamber main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

WWE Raw Recap Following Royal Rumble, Headed to Elimination Chamber

brocklesnarcodyBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw including the reaction that Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Batista each received, what was missing from the show, the setup for Elimination Chamber, if plans for WrestleMania XXX could be changed and more including talk of a physical WWE Hall of Fame again, Kurt Angle wanting to go back to WWE and your questions.

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WWE Monday Raw Results From January 27, 2014

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WWE Monday Night Raw on January 27, 2014 aired live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Raw opens with a highlight package from last night Royal Rumble PPV with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Randy Orton and John Cena. With Bray Wyatt standing above John Cena shoulders.

 

First Segment: The Authority comes down to the ring. There was a highlight package of the match between Brock Lesnar and Big Show. Stephanie McMahon says last night Royal Rumble was one of the most statsifying epic Royal Rumble PPV’s in history. Triple H mocks the crowd about not getting what they want. Triple H talks about Randy Orton defeating John Cena, Brock Lesnar “destroying” Big Show, and there good friend Batista winning the Royal Rumble Match.Stephanie McMahon and Triple H announces at the Elimination Chamber Randy Orton will defend his WWE Championship in the Chamber Match. Daniel Bryan comes out and interrupts the Authority. Daniel Bryan tells the crowd to stop chanting YES!, so the Authority doesn’t get mad. Bryan says last night was one of the toughest matches in history. Daniel Bryan mentions about him not being in the rumble match is one of the disappointing moments in the history of the Rumble.

Stephanie McMahon says that the Authority doesn’t want to put Bryan in harms way for him to fight in the Rumble. Bryan says the Authority think about what’s worst for Daniel Bryan. Stephanie says Bryan only cares about himself and ask him does he really think he’s only person the people came to see RAW. Daniel Bryan ask the crowd if they want to see Randy Orton or Triple H and the crowd says no.

Daniel Bryan says he wants to be in the Elimination Chamber Match, and tells Triple H that he not leaving this ring till he gets what he wants. Triple H says it just not him and Bryan in the ring. The Shield comes out and Bryan grabs a chair, and The Shield attacks Bryan. Sheamus and John Cena comes out to save Daniel Bryan.

 

WWE App Coverage: Josh Matthews announces that NXT Ring Announcer/Color Commentator Byron Saxton will be the new WWE App guy.

Michael Cole announces tonight the main event of RAW will be Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, John Cena vs. The Shield. The Key is that whoever teams wins they get to be in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.

 

1.) Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. The Real Americans Quick tags from Rey and Sin Cara to start the match. Sin Cara hits a  springboard on Jack Swagger. Swagger run towards Sin Cara he ducks and he falls to ringside and Sin Cara hits a suicide dive. Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger gets into a confrontation Colter slaps Swagger in the face. Antonio Cesaro enters into the ring and takes control of the match. Sin Cara sends Cesaro over the top rope Cesaro got back up and knock down Rey Mysterio before Sin Cara made the tag. Cesaro tags in Swagger they double team on Sin Cara and give him a back breaker. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, Cara counters and tags in Mysterio. Rey Mysterio starts building his momentum for the 619. Sin Cara tags in himself while Rey hits the 619 and then attacks Swagger Sin Cara goes for the splash then Cesaro counters. Antonio Cesaro hits the European Uppercut and the Netraulizer on Sin Cara to pick up the victory.

Winners: The Real Americans.

 

It was announced that tonight there will be a WWE Tag Team Championship Rematch between the New Age Outlaws and the Rhodes Brothers. On the WWE App Byronn Saxton interviews the New Age Outlaws and they take the microphone away from Saxton. They mention bout how they don’t understand how the Rhodes Brothers get their rematch so early. The Outlaws say they will beat the Rhodes Brothers tonight and they will have to get in the back of the line.

BAD NEWS BARRETT Segment: Barrett thanks the crowd for joining us, but he said I have some bad news. He says tonight there will be a match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler which is being called the match for Cleveland. Wade throws shot at Cleveland about being nothing but losers. Michael Cole gives us a preview about the The Monday Night WAR show on the WWE Network. Cool video package shown about WrestleMania XXX being 69 days away.

 

2.) Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. R-Truth w/Xavier Woods on Commentary R-Truth and Fandango locked up. Emma from NXT was shown #Emmalution. Fandango walks outside the ring Truth starts chasing then Fandango attacks Truth after Truth was distracted by Summer Rae. Fandango drags Truth back into the ring. Fandango hits a suplex and goes for nearfall truth kicks out at 2. R-Truth starts building his mometum with the scissor kick Fandango counters, Fandango goes on the top rope for the leg drop and Truth counters and hits the Little Jimmy for the victory.

Winner: R-Truth

 

WWE App Coverage: Byron Saxtons show us the interview Tom Phillips did with Sheamus after the Royal Rumble last night. Sheamus says he reflects on his 4 year career in WWE and he has alot more to prove to himself.

 

Second In Ring Segment: Justin Roberts introduces RAW General Manager Brad Maddox and he brings out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Orton says he doesnt care about the fans thinks of him still being the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton says that him having to defend his WWE Championship in Chamber is garbage. He asks Maddox if it was his or The Authority idea. Batista comes out to a mixed reaction.

Batista congratulates Orton on his victory last night he mentions the three reasons he said on RAW why he is back in the WWE. He says he doesnt if care he faces Orton, Cena, The Shield, or even Daniel Bryan Batista says he’s walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Brock Lesnar comes out with Paul Heyman. Paul Heyman says that his client’s paitence is running low and says that the Authority has 2 choices. First one Randy Orton fighting Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Second choice is that Brock fights Batista. Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar wants The Authority answer tonight.

 

3.) The Battle of Cleveland~ The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

Solid back and forth action between Ziggler and Miz. JBL and Michael Cole were throwing cheap shots at Cleveland. The Miz goes for the figure four leg lock and dolph gets to the rope. Dolph Ziggler wins the battle of cleveland with the Zig Zag on the Miz.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

4.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos Jey Uso and Ryback start the match, Ryback takes control with powering Jey all over the ring. Ryback rips Jey shirt off and throws it at Jimmy. Ryback tags in Curtis Axel and hits a drop kick on Jey Uso and gloats to the crowd. Axel hits a clubbing blow to Jey and tags in Ryback. Ryback hits a delayed suplex on Jey Uso. Jey makes the hot tag to Jimmy. Jimmy goes for the suicide dive on Curtis Axel goes back in the ring and tags in Jey. Ryback trys to hit the Shell Shock on Jimmy, but Jey superkicks and hits the splash on Ryabck to pick up the victory.

Winner: The Usos

The second inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced tonight

 

5.) Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio

There was a pre-recorded promo from Del Rio saying that Batista he will make it to the main event of WrestleMania. Del Rio viciously kicks Kingston around the ring. Kofi uses a combination punches and kicks Del Rio in the ring. Del Rio kicks Kingston in the face by the turnbuckle goes for the cover and Kingston kicks out at 2.  Del Rio kicks Kingston to the outside while Kingston was on the apron. Del Rio brings Kingston back into the ring. The fans were chanting for JBL and Del Rio tells JBL to sit down. They proceed to chant for Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler they stand up and they get a standing ovation. They go to break with Del Rio being thrown to ringside by Kingston.

On the WWE App Del Rio gets back in the ring and takes control of the match. Del Rio apply the headlock on Kingston. Kingston counters a couple of jabs from the Del Rio the two men collide with each other and Kofi starts applying his “Control” Frenzy. Kingston rolls up Del Rio, but Del Rio kicks out at 2. Kingston hits the boom drop on Kingston. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, Del Rio counters and hits the backstabber and points at the WrestleMania sign. Del Rio uses the vicious kick to head to Kingston to pick up the victory

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of the WWE 2K14 Video Game with the last DLC Package featuring Dusty Rhodes, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Rick Rude and Virgil.

 

6.) WWE Tag Team Championship Match~ New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust

The Outlaws cut their traditional promo, but also said the Rhodes Brothers were good but not good enough. The outlaws question why they have to be in the match after the first night being the champions. Goldust and Road Dogg start the match and the Outlaws are slow off the bat. Back and forth exchange between Road Dogg and Cody, Goldust comes in the off the tag and still putting Road Dogg in a vacarious position. Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn and starts throwing jabs at Goldust and tags in Road Dogg. More strategic tags happen with the Outlaws and then tag team title heads into commercial break.

On the WWE APP Road Dogg hits the Shake Rattle and Roll on Goldust. The Outlaws still have control in this match Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn. Back on the USA Network, Billy Gunn runs into a side powerslam. Road Dogg comes in off the tag and Goldust rolls up Road Dogg, but he kicks out at 2. Cody Rhodes comes in off the hot tag and hits a running high knee. He goes on the top rope on the apron and lands a double kick to the Outlaws. Billy gets back up and hits a clothesline.

Brock Lesnar comes out and hits a F-5 on both Cody Rhodes and Goldust.Paul Heyman says that the Authority didnt accept either of the options Lesnar and Heyman laid out earlier on the show. Lesnar goes on to destroy Cody Rhodes and Goldust even more by hitting him with full force with a steel chair.

Winner: Cody Rhodes and Goldust by DQ

 

7.) 8 Diva Tag Team Match~ The Bella Twins, Naomi, and Cameron vs. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, and Aksana

Pretty simple 8 diva tag match Nikki Bella was the workhorse of this match. All the divas came in brawl. Nice spot where Cameron and The Bella Twins hit a triple suplex on Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, and Aksana. Naomi hits the rear view to pick up the victory.

Winner: The Bella Twins, Naomi and Cameron

 

Hall of Fame Announcement: Jake “The Snake” Roberts will join the Ultimate Warrior in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. Michael Cole showed us a preview of WrestleMania Rewind one of the original shows on the WWE Network.

It was announced that Captain Charisma Christian on SmackDown this Friday

 

8.) 6 Man Tag Team Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match~ Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and John Cena vs. The Shield

Dean Ambrose and John Cena start off the match Ambrose tags in Seth Rollins and pulls Ambrose back to apron to cause he wouldnt stop attacking Cena  and too avoide being disqualified. Seth Rollins tags in Roman Regins, there was a Roman Regins chant while Regins was staring down Cena. Regins drop Cena then Sheamus tags himself in and Regins and Sheamus lock up and exchange punches by the turnbuckle. Sheamus fires out of the corner and drops Regins on the mat. Sheamus goes for the cover and Regins kicks out.

Roman Regins drags Sheamus to the corner and Seth Rollins tags himself in. Sheamus puts Seth Rollins on the ring apron and does the chops to the chest. Seth Rollins attacks Sheamus knee and then Dean Ambrose tags in. Sheamus tags in Daniel Bryan, byran starts his series of kicks on Ambrose and does a running drop kick to Ambrose on the turnbuckle. Bryan gives Ambrose a top rope hurricanrana then Ambrose tags in Rollins. After that Bryan applies a surfboard submission hold to Seth Rollins. Bryan tags in Sheamus, Sheamus does the leg drop to Rollins then tags Cena and they give Rollins a double suplex. Rollins grounds Cena and the match goes to commercial break.

Back from the WWE APP The Shield grounds Cena and take control of the match. Rollins toys around with Cena, then Cena goes to bull doze Rollins he counters and hits a DDT on Cena. Roman Regins tags in and does a bottom rope drop kick. Roman Regins sets up the “Superman Punch”. Regins tries to spear Cena, he counters and send his Regins to the outside. Regins comes back in the ring and knocks down Cena and tags in Ambrose. Dean Ambrose throws Cena to the turnbuckle Seth Rollins tags in and tries to drag Cena to the Shield’s corner. Rollins continues to slice the ring and Rollins ticks off Sheamus. Rollins sends Cena to the turnbuckle and the frequent tags continue with Ambrose covering Cena he kicks out at 2. Daniel Bryan urges the WWE Universe to help Cena get up and make the hot tag. Ambrose plants Cena with a DDT he covers and Cena kicks out at 2. John Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose and makes the hot tag to Daniel Bryan. Bryan takes out the entire Shield with series of kicks and suicide dives. Bryan does the kicks to Rollins chest and face Bryan goes for the cover, but Roman Regins break the cover. Roman Regins spears both Sheamus and John Cena. Daniel Bryan hits the running knee to Roman Regins, Rollins sneaks up from behind to roll up Bryan, but Bryan kicks out at 2.

Rollins throws Bryan to the turnbuckle he goes for the cover and Bryan kicks out at 2. Seth Rollins goes on the top rope Bryan lands a back suplex to Rollins and puts Rollins in the YES! Lock. Sheamus Brouge Kick Dean Ambrose. Both Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins collide with each other. John Cena comes off the hot tag and puts Roman Regins in the STF, but Regins breaks the STF. The Wyatt Family come out and attack Cena. Sheamus and Bryan come back to save Cena. The Shield are livid because the Wyatts screwed them out of the Elimination Chamber Match.

Winners: Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and John Cena

Royal Rumble (2014) Reaction: “Yes!”

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It didn’t take long to figure out last night that WWE is pretty out-of-touch with its core audience.  On the pre-show, we saw the New Age Outlaws defeat the Rhodes Brothers… the same Rhodes Brothers team that has looked absolutely unstoppable since joining forces in Fall of 2013.  On the upside, this probably means we’re headed towards a Cody vs Goldust pairing at ‘Mania.  I can dig that.  But as far as Road Dogg and Billy Gunn goes, while it’s awesome to see them back in action and still in great shape (really), this whole “give them the titles because they’re fun” facade felt premature.  When did they earn a title shot recently?  I’m worried the whole tag-team division took a step back last night. [Read more...]

2014 WWE Royal Rumble Recap, Fans Outcry for Daniel Bryan

batistarumblewinnerBrian and Steve recap the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble including Batista winning the Royal Rumble match and getting a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX, the reaction that match got especially at the end, Daniel Bryan against Bray Wyatt, Bryan not being in the Royal Rumble match, where does WWE go from here for booking and do they change their original plans, the lineup for WrestleMania XXX right now and the rest of the pay-per-view including Randy Orton against John Cena which got hijacked by the fans and Brock Lesnar smashing Big Show.  Plus, more of your questions!

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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Results: Brock Lesnar Brutalizes The Big Show

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Brock Lesnar starts the match before the bell rings by attacking Big Show and landing a single leg takedown. Paul Heyman gives Lesnar a chair and beats Big Show with it and he ends up on the outside. Show comes back in and Lesnar hits him again. Lesnar tries to hit Show with a chair but the referee takes it.

Heyman gives Lesnar another chair and the bell rings. Lesnar runs at show, who hits him with the KO punch. A few minutes later they are on the outside and show lands a series of punches. Both guys end up in the ring. Show tries the KO punch again, but Lesnar ducks and picks up Show for the F5 and carries him around and drops him for the pin.

Brock Lesnar defeats The Big Show.

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2014 WWE Royal Rumble Predictions

rumblelogoThis Sunday, it’s the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view headlined by Randy Orton against John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the annual Royal Rumble match with the winner earning a title shot at WrestleMania XXX.  Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.

WWE Tag Titles:  Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. New Age Outlaws

Brian Fritz:  It’s funny that Goldust and Cody Rhodes are the anchor of what has become a pretty good tat-team division in the WWE but you can easily see them splitting up which would lead to a long-rumored match against one another at WrestleMania.   If they do split, I can even see the Outlaws winning the titles but only holding them for a short time before passing them on to another team like the Usos.  I’ll go against all of that though and say the brothers stay together a while longer and get the win.
Michael Wiseman:  Good to see that the New Age Outlaws can earn a title shot by only competing in three matches (one of which they blatantly walked out of).  My issue here is not that Road Dogg and Billy Gunn are competing at this level – I think they’ve both shown by now that “they’ve still got it” – but more that they’re essentially serving in curtain-jerk duty.  WWE should feed off the nostalgia a little more and put them in an actual FEUD for the WWE Championship.  And perhaps that’s where we’re headed.  But for now, Rhodes Brothers to retain.

Steve Muehlhausen:  This is a match I didn’t think we would ever see especially considering we are in 2014. Still don’t see how the Outlaws are getting a title opportunity considering they only beat the champs in one non-title match, but so have other teams. Anyways, this match will be better than people think especially with the Rhodes brothers in it. Speculation has been rampant that the brothers will break up and that is a bad idea. Don’t think WWE decides not to do that. Rhodes brothers retain.

Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt
Brian:  Everyone believes that this match will be at least good because it includes Bryan which is true.  This is an opportunity for Wyatt to step up and show what he has in a big singles match.  If Bryan wins, that could mean the end of this feud but I’ll go with Wyatt to get the victory in a slight surprise which would open the door to Bryan not only being in the Rumble match but possibly being the last man standing.
Michael:  This match has the potential to be surprise of the night – it all depends on whether or not Bray Wyatt can shake off his green edges and show some decent mat skills.  I’m glad to see that Bryan is still involved in something noteworthy after his main event fallout.  So I’m going to pick him for the victory here.  Daniel Bryan needs a big win to keep his momentum going, and Bray Wyatt has yet to suffer a devastating loss since his debut last Summer.  If Bryan does win, however, it probably spells doom for his Rumble chances later in the night.
Steve:  This match is happening a month earlier than I thought it would. Bryan joined the Wyatt’s in an ill-fated heel turn on the final Raw of 2013 and was smartly turned back to a face about two weeks ago. This match should be good because Bryan is in it and Wyatt is a very underrated worker. This is a huge match for Wyatt because if you have a bad match with Bryan, then you won’t make it. I’m going with Wyatt here as he desperately needs a win here and I see bigger things for Bryan later in the show.

 

Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show

Brian:  While Big Show got to toss around Lesnar on Raw, this match is about the Beast Incarnate getting a decisive win against the giant.  No fluke wins, no interference, no getting tossed around for ten minutes and then connecting on an F5 out of nowhere for the pin.  This needs to be Lesnar showing that anyone standing in his way will get taken out and that’s what we will get here.  He has an agenda and that is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  But in reality, it looks to be a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX as he looks to end the Dead Man’s streak.

Michael:  Listen up, 2003, you finally got what you always wanted: a Big Show/Brock Lesnar feud.  This whole thing just reeks of last minute place keeping.  I guess I’m supposed to feel threatened by Big Show’s size, but when we’ve seen Brock Lesnar dominate similar opponents, including Mark Henry (which, for the record, is a feud I would feel much more vested in), then the stick walls built around this storyline start to crumble.  There’s no way Brock Lesnar loses here – and I have my doubts it going to be a match worth remembering.  Oh well.

Steve:  This match is going to be better than people think here. The buildup has been really solid and the match will be no different. Lesnar needs the win here as he has big things laying ahead of him going forward. Going with Lesnar by devastation.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs John Cena

Brian:  It would make total sense for Cena to win here and would make a lot of people happy.  Not because people are clamoring for another Cena title run.  It’s because that could signal a match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania.  We’ve already seen the plan change when it comes to Bryan, pulling him out of the Wyatt Family after just two weeks.  Could we see another change?  I’m hoping for it but I don’t think it will happen.  Instead, they will still with the original gameplan with Orton getting the win.  And yes, that will be two straight months where Cena has lost in the main event of a pay-per-view.  Hopefully he can recover.
Michael:  Sorry, Cenation… John Cena is NOT going to be your next WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  It simply isn’t going to happen.  I think if Vince McMahon (and therefore creative) wanted John Cena as their leading champion, then he would have “conquered the odds” and overcame the obstacles at TLC.  As it stands, this whole thing is just a ruse to make the WWE Universe hate Orton just a little bit more.  Will he cheat to win? Probably. Am I starting to dig his character again?  For sure. But Cena has other plans for ‘Mania.
Steve:  Still trying to figure out how Cena gets a rematch here, as I would have went with another guy here if you want to make Orton look strong. The buildup has been blah except for the attack on Cena’s father almost two weeks ago. No one is interested in the match due to the fact of who the champion is. Rumors have stated that Orton will be the champion heading to WrestleMania, but I don’t know how they can considering he isn’t a draw in any sense. The match should be ok and I’m going with Cena to get the win and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The Royal Rumble
Brian:  In my “Odds for the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble” column, I listed Batista as the favorite at 2 – 1.   There is a reason he was brought back now: to win the Rumble and challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX.  Following the big ratings that Raw did on Monday night for his return, who can say that’s the wrong choice.  Personally, I’d like to see Daniel Bryan get the win which would make for a better story and let Batista chance the title a little longer, possibly turning heel along the way.  But the plan has been for ‘The Animal’ to win here so I’ll stick with that.
Michael:  Wow, my chances of being right here just went down to approximately 1 in 30 (less if you consider that I don’t know all the surprise entrants yet).  But that’s okay, because I feel pretty confident in my pick:  Dave Batista.  It’s obvious WWE wants to capitalize on his recent, and future, film success.  So this is essentially Vince McMahon’s substitute Dwayne Johnson for Wrestlemania 29.  They brought him back as a face to feud with the obvious Randy Orton, and set up the big “Evolution vs Evolution” payoff at ‘Mania where Triple H (and possibly Ric Flair?) has a direct stake in who wins.  I’m not really excited about the prospect.  Batista SHOULD be a heel – it’s where his best promo work lies.  Unfortunately, Vinnie Mac loves his genetic wonders, and Dave falls directly under that “more size = more ratings” equation that everybody seems to think works so well.  I wish this were Bryan (who, btw, would be my #2 pick). The rest of my top five: (#3) Brock Lesnar, (#4) Roman Reigns (#5) uh.. The Undertaker?

Steve:  I know the popular pick here is Batista to win the match. Yes the rating was good for Raw especially in the opening hour, but let’s remember here that it was only one week and that was expected considering the hype of his return. Batista stated to Randy Orton on last week’s Raw that he came back to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If that was a program your going with for Mania, you don’t do that segment right out of the shoot.

I’m going with Daniel Bryan. When your getting national and worldwide attention for what you are doing, you have something there. Is Bryan a star? Yes! Has he been miscast? Yes!  Will he win The Royal Rumble? Yes!

Odds for the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble

Royal-Rumble-photoBreaking down the chances for the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble participants.

While there is a big game coming up in a few weeks that people like to wager on, another event is taking place this Sunday which will have plenty of highs and lows itself, especially for those with a rooting interest.

That is the WWE Royal Rumble featuring the annual 30 person over-the-top-rope extravaganza, entering at timed intervals with the last one standing getting a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the showcase of the immortals, WrestleMania XXX.

Yeah, it’s a big deal.

It’s also a big deal and a real fun one for those watching at home.  And there are plenty of people – myself included – that take part in a Royal Rumble pool with a couple of Monopoly bucks on the line.   Everyone picks their number before the match and then waits in anticipation to see if you get a real contender or The Brooklyn Brawler.

The look on someone’s face when they are hoping for John Cena but instead get Gillberg with one of their numbers is priceless.

With the Rumble just days away, here are my standing odds for this year’s participants.   Note: I am taking a few liberties because the entire 30-superstar field has not been announced and I am taking some liberties with who else I think will be included.

THE SANTINO MARELLA AWARD (WITH A NOD TO THE WARLORD)

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This goes to the person who will be in the Rumble the shortest time with Santino holding the record of one whole second before being dumped over the top rope, breaking The Warlord’s seemingly unbreakable record of two seconds before elimination.  While he is not officially one of the participants right now (and mysteriously disappeared from the WWE list earlier in the week) Barrett is the perfect guy for this spot.  I’ve got some bad news for him: he’s not going to be getting a title shot at WrestleMania XXX.

Odds:  1000 – 1

THE “AT LEAST WE ARE IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE AND GET A PAYDAY OUT OF IT” GROUP

It’s an honor just to be one of thirty people to be in the Royal Rumble right?  Well, for some it is.  Let’s be honest, for most people in the match they really have no chance at winning it.  But that doesn’t mean they can’t put on a good show while you’re out there.  So here are the longest of shots

Xavier Woods

Sorry rookie, not your time.

Odds:  500 – 1

R-Truth

Maybe he can sell some of his CD’s to fans at the show.

Odds:  400 – 1

The Miz

Not awesome – for him at least.

Odds:  400 – 1

THE “WE HAVE A LITTLE BETTER CHANCE BUT NOT REALLY” GROUP

Evan Bourne

Yep, he’s still with the WWE although he haven’t seen him outside of NXT in two years.  So it’s time for the big return!

Odds:  300 – 1

Jack Swagger

I just hope that Zeb Colter doesn’t break out Shoo Baby to punish him for not winning.

Odds:  300 – 1

Fandango

Dance on in and dance on out.  Remember, you still have Summer Rae.

Odds:  300 – 1

Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

They’ve definitely a good tag-team they have a higher purpose and that’s protecting the figurehead of the Wyatt Family.  At least they’ll be home in time to catch up on Duck Dynasty or Swamp People.

Odds:  300 – 1

Jimmy and Jey Uso

A fantastic tag-team and could easily be in the line for the titles in the near future.

Odds:  300 – 1

Kofi Kingston

Kofi has stamped his mark several times in the Royal Rumble using his athleticism to escape elimination.

I’m sure he’ll come up with something again this year but that will be his legacy here.

Odds:  300 – 1

THE FEEL GOOD STORY

Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Jake has been wanting this for a long time.  He was absolutely giddy about his return to Raw a few weeks ago and this would be a dream come true for him after so many years of fighting addiction.  I say give him his moment, let him DDT someone in the middle of the ring.  Fans will eat it up and Jake will appreciate it.

Odds:  250 – 1

THE “IT WOULDN’T BE TOTALLY CRAZY BUT STILL NOT HAPPENING” GROUP

Christian

Another big return!  Unfortunately he was sidelined for a while following a concussion and has been cleared to the ring.  We haven’t seen him though as WWE tried to come up with something creatively for him.  I’m not saying that Christian should be a world title contender but he is a great talent and should have a good mid-card role.

Odds:  150 – 1

Goldust and Cody Rhodes

The brothers will be busy this night, first defending the tag-team titles against the New Age Outlaws and then trying to land a championship match by winning the Rumble.  With rumors that they could square off against one another at WrestleMania, I could see a scenario where the lose the tag belts and then one of them costs the other in the Rumble to set up a match.  My personal preference would be to keep them together as tag champs and continue to anchor the division for months to come.

Odds:  150 – 1

Damien Sandow

Here’s a guy that seems to get close to taking the next step (having great matches with John Cena) and then having to put over The Great Khali.  He’s getting there but it’s baby steps for now.

Odds:  100 – 1

Antonio Cesaro

Another guy who is not officially in the match but it would make sense that he be in there to fill the quota.  Originally, I thought about including several surprise returns like Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho which could happen but chose not to.  Cesaro is definitely a guy that deserves a shot to stand out on his own and come out of the Rumble looking great.  Get him out of the Real Americans team and push him.  And who doesn’t want to see him Giant Swing someone.  Here’s a suggestion:  Jake “The Snake”.  Or not.

Odds:  100 – 1

THE “WE’RE GETTING TO THE GUYS WHO HAVE A REAL CHANCE” GROUP

Rey Mysterio

A former Royal Rumble winner back in 2006 and still holds the record for the longest time in a single Rumble clocking in at 1:02:12.  That seems like a long time ago now but he still has to be considered a dark horse.

Odds:  50 – 1

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose

It almost seems like they are the other two guys of The Shield with Roman Reigns getting so much attention these days.  I think both of them will be the workhorses of this match and try to keep it together.   Even though they have already said that no matter what happens at the Rumble they will still be a tight group afterwards, we know that is wrestling talk for “prepared for the split to begin”.  But I can see either of them as singles stars in the coming years.

Odds:  30 – 1

Big E. Langston

The current Intercontinental Champion has been impressive, especially over the last few months.  It looks like things will continue to get better for him in 2014 and then him becoming a world champion in 2015.  He’s close.

Odds:  20 – 1

THE “WE HAVE A REAL CHANCE IF SOMEONE SLIPS OUT OF THE RING” GROUP

Alberto Del Rio

Yes, I am putting Del Rio in this group.  Say what you will about him but WWE still plans on keeping him at least near the top of the card.  And he definitely has a feud both in and out of the ring brewing with Batista who is a made man in the company.  I could see a scenario where he wins the Rumble only to lose his title shot before WrestleMania.  Unlikely but possible.  What might be more possible is he and Batista shooting on one another in the ring in the near future.  Book it!

Odds:  15 – 1

Sheamus

Yet another big return!  This really wolud be a big return with Sheamus out since last August following surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder following a brutal bump at last year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.  He has also revealed that his other shoulder was banged up too although it didn’t require surgery.

Sheamus won’t come back until he is 100% and doesn’t want to risk further injury.  The timetable works and he could be healthy enough for a return here.  If that’s the case, he’ll get a good run in the match and will be back in the main event picture soon enough.  Hopefully a heel turn as well – funny Sheamus doesn’t work for me.

Odds:  10 – 1

Bray Wyatt

It makes sense that he would be in this match with Harper and Rowan there to watch his back.  I have no idea what the plan is for WrestleMania with Wyatt but one of the rumors has been a match with John Cena.  If that were to happen, he would need a strong showing in the Rumble.   I don’t see that match happening but WWE has something in the Wyatt Family and people look at him as a credible threat here.

Odds:  7 – 1

CM Punk

Punk has a long night ahead of him as the number one entrant in the match.  The most likely scenario for him is that he gets screwed in this match with either The Shield ganging up on him or maybe Kane observing at ringside and pulling down the ropes with Punk helplessly flying over and to the floor.   Punk has never won the Royal Rumble and I don’t see it happening here.  I do see him in a big match against Triple H at WrestleMania XXX though.

THE FINAL FOUR

While everyone always tries to guess the winner, the true I-really-think-I know-what-is-going-on person guesses the final four of the Royal Rumble.  Here’s my best stab at it.

Roman Reigns

You can tell that the WWE has big plans for Reigns when the time comes that he splits from The Shield.  It just depends on when exactly that happens.  He already has a devastating spear that is putting away opponents left and right.  And now he has added an incredible Superman punch to his arsenal like the one he did to Cody Rhodes on Raw this past Monday which almost put him on dream street sitting next to the “American Dream” baby.

Still, it’s not his time for the win here.  My guess is he breaks Kane’s record of 11 eliminations in the Rumble and it one of the big talking points of the match.

Odds:  5 – 1

Brock Lesnar

Yes, the Beast Incarnate is not listed for the match but I can easily see him pulling double duty especially since Paul Heyman has expressed that his client has his sights on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  Lesnar being included in the match would add some major juice to it and another true threat to being the last man standing.

Odds:  4 – 1

Daniel Bryan

Yep, another guy who is not included in the match as it stands right now.  But everyone wants to see him in it.  YES!  And just about everyone wants to see him win it.  YES!

WWE has already given the people want they want (shout out to Jalen Rose)  and switched course with Bryan, taking him out of the Wyatt Family after the monster response he continued to get from the live audience at their shows.  Or even from people attending non-WWE events like what happened at the recent Michigan State – Ohio State game.  YES!

It seems like a no-brainer that Bryan should at least be in the match and even make it to the end.  While I could easily make a case that he should win, YES! and then go on to beat either Randy Orton or John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX YES!, I’ll say he comes close but isn’t able to stand alone.  NO!

Odds:  3 – 1

Batista

Yes, the Animal is the odds-on-favorite to win the Royal Rumble.  That’s no surprise and it really shouldn’t be either.  It sure looks like the plan has been for him to return in time to win the Rumble and then square off against former Evolution member Orton at Mania.  While Daniel Bryan – and especially his legion of fans – have tried to throw a monkey wrench into those plans, my guess is that Batista still comes out a winner.  And then sporting skinny jeans on Raw bragging about his win.

Odds:  2 – 1

WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday January 24, 2014

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

-Big Show and Rey Mysterio defeated The Real Americans. Zeb in a wheelchair did a promo before the match attempting to give Show and Rey a team name. Rey got the pin after a splash off the Big Show’s shoulders. Afterward, Paul Heyman came out to cut a promo for Brock Lesnar, who did not appear.

-The Miz defeated Brodus Clay. Wade Barrett delivered live commentary of the match about how awful both men were. He got a bigger babyface reaction than Miz or Clay. Miz won in short order.

-AJ Lee (w/Tamina) defeated Cameron (w/Naomi). After the win, AJ went after Cameron, and Naomi cleared the ring.

-Ryback and Curtis Axel defeated Los Matadores (w/El Torito). El Torito attacked after the match and hit Ryback with a top rope splash onto the floor. Ryback acted super mad afterward.

-CM Punk cut a promo on The Authority and the Royal Rumble. Kane interrupted and said Punk had a .00000186 percent chance of winning. Punk called Kane a sellout and said he’d show why he’s been the best in the world since day one.

-Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt) squashed The Prime Time Players. Afterward, Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Darren Young. Bray talked about how much Daniel Bryan will suffer on Sunday. Daniel Bryan interrupted with a promo.

-Kofi Kingston defeated Fandango.

-Goldust, Cody Rhodes, Big E Langston, and The Uso Brothers fought The Shield and The New Age Outlaws to a no-contest in a ten-man tag. The match ended in a DQ/no-contest and a huge battle royal brawl occurred to close the show. Big E hit the Big Ending on Roman Reigns. The ring eventually cleared out to leave Punk and the Shield.

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Batista is Back on WWE Raw and the Royal Rumble is Coming

batistabombBrian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night which saw the return of Batista, the buildup for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV including John Cena and Randy Orton as they get set to square off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Daniel Bryan’s explanation for being with the Wyatt Family, more matches for the Rumble show, the entrants right now for the Royal Rumble match itself and others that could be added, more on Hulk Hogan, Sting, the American Wolves debut in TNA Wrestling and your questions.

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Matches For The WWE Royal Rumble, Panel Announced For Pre-Show

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The second biggest WWE pay-per-view takes this Sunday as the 27th annual Royal Rumble will commence. Before the pay-per-view begins, a kickoff match will take place as Cody Rhodes and Goldust will defend their WWE Tag Team Titles against The New Age Outlaws.

WWE always has a panel that breaks down the pay-per-view and talk during certain parts of the show. The panle features past Royal Rumble winners Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.

Here are the latest matches that will take place at the event.

-Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship- Kickoff Match
-Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt
-Brock Lesnar vs The Big Show
-John Cena vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
-30 man Royal Rumble

We will update you if any other matches get added to the show.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday January 10, 2014

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

-Luke Harper and Erick Rowan fought The Uso Brothers to a double count out. The Wyatts had an interesting entrance. The lights went out and when they came back on they were in the ring. Harper and Rowan appeared to be on the same page. An intense match. Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt came out and beat up the Uso’s. All four members of The Wyatt Family beat up The Uso Brothers.

-Big Show appeared on MizTV. He spoke about his confrontation with Brock Lesnar, then challenged him to a fight. Paul Heyman came out and announced Lesnar vs. Show at the Royal Rumble.

-Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, and Los Matadores beat Ryback, Curtis Axel, and The Real Americans. Interesting match. Sin cara looked very good.

-Randy Orton beat Big E Langston in a non-title match. A long, good match.

-Bray Wyatt cut another promo talking about Sister Abigail. Daniel Bryan spoke about how everyone is a lie.

-Xavier Woods defeated Fandango.

-The Shield defeated C.M. Punk and The New Age Outlaws. A good, fast paced match.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

Brock Lesnar’s First WWE Match In 2014 Set (SPOILER)

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It had been speculated that Brock Lesnar after his Summerslam bout with CM Punk, wouldn’t wrestle until Wrestlemania 30 due to his part-time contract. We were all wrong.

It was announced on tonight’s Smackdown tapings that Lesnar will be squaring off against The Big Show at The Royal Rumble. On last night’s Raw after Lesnar had brutalized Mark Henry. Lesnar and Paul Heyman were walking to the back and Show’s music hit and the duo headed back to the ring.

Lesnar and Show battled for a moment and then Show hip tossed Lesnar, who then rolled out of the ring.

At the Smackdown tapings, Show was on Miz TV and he challenged Lesnar to a match at the Rumble. Heyman came out a moment late and accepted the match for Lesnar.

The Royal Rumble takes place on Sunday, January 26 from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pitssburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Report: Brock Lesnar “Talking” With Dana White About A Return To The UFC

Brock Lesnar appeared last night on WWE Monday Night, where he put out Mark Henry with a kimura. Moments later got into skirmish with The Big Show.

Various MMA websites showed the video of Lesnar putting Henry in the kimura since it is a MMA move. Rumors had run rampant two weeks ago leading up to UFC 168 that Lesnar was discussing a return to the organization. UFC President Dana White was coy about a Lesnar return at that time.

BetweenTheRopes.com had talked to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford at that time if they thought Lesnar would return. It seemed like it was all for nothing though when Lesnar returned last week on Raw and pummeled Henry. It looks like though we could be wrong.

Lance Pugmire from the LA Times stated yesterday on Twitter that he talked to UFC President Dana White and White told him that he is talking with Brock Lesnar regarding a return to the UFC.

BetweenTheRopes.com has talked to sources close to the situation and that a Lesnar return has been discussed with White. The sources also told us that fights have been discussed, but as of right now nothing is imminent.

Brian and Steve discuss today on the Raw Recap who they think Lesnar could face if he returns, would WWE allow him to return and more.

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WWE Raw Goes Old School, Brock Lesnar Still Talking With UFC

reignsspearspunkBrian and Steve are back to discuss Old School WWE Raw from Monday night with legends returning to the show including Ric Flair and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, if WWE should have ended the show different following Roman Reigns big win, Daniel Bryan making his television debut with the Wyatt Family, the Brock Lesnar segment with Mark Henry and Big Show and more.  Plus, more talk about Lesnar about him still talking with UFC about a potential fight, Jerry Lawler’s health scare, Dolph Zigger sidelined again, Jeff Jarrett’s next project and more.

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