WWE Monday Night RAW Results From February 24, 2014

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February 24, 2014
Resch Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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.

WWE Monday Night RAW

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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WWE.com has released its preview for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw so here is what you should expect on the show.

Randy Orton walked out of last night’s Elimination Chamber match still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the title thanks to the help of the WWE Director of Operations, Kane. Orton now heads to the WrestleMania 30 main event against Batista. Would assume that we will see a confrontation between the two stars.

Bryan coming off a devastating loss to Orton will be looking for retribution against Kane. Will Bryan get revenge tonight against “The Big Red Machine”? Will be interesting how Bryan is used on the show tonight. Would think we would see a match tonight or somehow gets inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania.

We will see the return of former WWE champion Hulk Hogan on the show. What will Hogan’s role on the show be? Would think we will see Hogan give a big boot to a fellow WWE superstar.

John Cena lost his chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when the Wyatt Family attacked Cena, who got pinned by Orton. It will be interesting to see how Cena reacts to losing his opportunity to main event Wrestlemania.

Would also think we will start to get more clarity of the top matches for Wrestlemania. Also it is rumored that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will be on the show, so it will be intriguing how they get to the expected between the superstars.

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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)

Wade Barrett

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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