Brian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.
It wasn’t a matter of if the hometown Chicago crowd was going to steal the show, but when. Luckily, WWE’s creative team was smart enough to recognize this, and they attacked the CM Punk issue head-on. As a result, Paul Heyman gave us one of the most tangible, addictive show openings in recent history. Notice that Heyman didn’t directly attack Punk… instead, he played off the hopes of the fans by coming out to Punk’s music – thus taking the proverbial wind out of the crowd – and then proceeded to blame everybody in attendance for Punk not being there. He earned their jeers. This was another “Paul Heyman Instant Classic,” and it did a great job of setting the tone for Monday Night. [Read more...]
Tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw takes place from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Rumors have been running rampant that former WWE champion CM Punk will making his return at the show. It was reported over the weekend by The Wrestling Observer (subscription only) that Punk would be returning at tonight’s show.
We haven’t seen Punk since the Royal Rumble when he left the company about one hour before the Raw taping, the day after the Rumble.
He was scheduled to be on Raw the following night but within an hour of the show going on the air, Punk decided for whatever reason he didn’t want to be there and walked out on the company.
Read the rest of this post at Brian’s blog at The Orlando Sentinel.
Michael and Steve are back for the latest podcast as the guys recap WWE Friday Night Smackdown. The show saw two Daniel Bryan matches and a Christian vs Sheamus main event.
The guys then preview the Elimination Chamber main event, the WWE return of Hulk Hogan, CM Punk at UFC 170 last night and the health of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Former WWE champion CM Punk left the WWE at the end of January after competing in the Royal Rumble the previous night. Punk hasn’t made any public comments or been seen since his departure.
At UFC 170 last night Punk was at the event sitting next to UFC President Dana White.
CM Punk is in the crowd for UFC 170 pic.twitter.com/LUgJ91tEd0
— Dave. (@HeavenlyAriG) February 23, 2014
Punk has stated numerous times that he is a big MMA fan and has attended numerous UFC events, most recently appearing at UFC on Fox 10 in his hometown of Chicago. That event was a day before the Rumble show.
Was Punk just there as a fan?
The big day is almost here, Christmas in February for wrestling fans with the WWE Network set to launch on Monday morning at 9:00a ET. Over 1,500 hours of video-on-reman will be available immediately including all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views.
If that isn’t enough, WWE will also include all new pay-per-views as well as encores of new episodes of Raw and Smackdown on the new WWE Network as well as other original programming. Anyone that signs up gets all of that for free for a week and then for $9.99 a month with a six-month commitment. Yeah, that’s a good deal.
With all of that video-on-demand programming available from there get-go, here are ten things you should watch after signing up for the WWE Network.
WWF Royal Rumble 1992 – Royal Rumble Match
A flamboyant Ric Flair had been talking for weeks about how we has going to become the WWF World Champion after joining the World Wrestling Federation just a few months earlier bragging about how he was the real world champion. He had a tough road to go, entering the Royal Rumble at number three. His manager Bobby Heenan was on commentary and nearly passed out every time that Flair was nearly eliminated. But the Nature Boy survived nearly 60 minutes and in the end was able to push Sid Justice out of the ring with a helping hand from Hulk Hogan who was upset that Justice had taken him out a few seconds earlier. After the match, Flair, Heenan and Curt Hennig — all wearing the biggest grins ever — bragged about the win with Flair exclaiming, “With a tear in my eye, this is the greatest moment in the history of my life!” Wooo!
WrestleMania 25 – Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
Both men had amazing entrances with Michaels decked in all white and he descended from the clouds while The Undertaker ascended from the floor surrounded by flames. Even more amazing was the match these two would have, a nearly flawless performance by both legends in putting together an all-time classic and arguable the greatest match in WrestleMania history. The Undertaker was nearly knocked out and could have possibly been permanently injured while performing a suicide dive over the ropes to the floor where Michaels pulled the cameraman in front of him. The problem was that person was out of position and did not catch the Dead Man who torpedoed down on his head and neck. Somehow, he was able to continue and after both men kicked our of each other’s finishers and the crowd in a frenzy, Michaels went for a moonsault for Undertaker caught him and went right into a Tombstone Piledriver for the win.
1999 ECW Living Dangerously – Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam
This was the first encounter between them in what would become the biggest feud in both men’s careers. Both of them went 110% pulling out moves and countermoves and just crazy amounts of action, coming up with so many brutal yet innovative moves as they battled for the ECW Television Title. After going to the 20-minute time limit with no winner, referee John Finnegan was ready to award the match to Lynn but he wanted none of that and insisted that they go another five minutes to get a clean winner. That would backfire as Van Dam would connect on the Five Star Frog Splash a couple minutes later for the win.
WWE Summerslam 2002 – Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
This was Michaels return to the ring after more than four years and it looked like he hadn’t missed a day. Just so they could play it safe and have every trick at their disposal, this match was a non-sanctioned street fight. Michaels wasn’t holding anything back and he even broke out a splash off the top rope sending Triple H through a table on the floor. In the end, Michaels was able to reverse a Pedigree and roll up Hunter for the win in his big return.
WCW Superbrawl II – Brian Pillman vs. Justin Thunder Liger
An innovative match for its time in 1992 as they put on a display of aerial moves and countermoves against one another for nearly 20 minutes for the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship. One of the best things WCW ever did was focus on the light heavyweight / cruiserweight division, helping bring in a style that most people in the U.S. had never seen before along with a new crop of stars. Both of them shined but Pillman never looked better here pulling out the victory.
WWE Summerslam 2011 – CM Punk vs. John Cena
After having some real life contract issues with the company and dropping his infamous ‘pipe bomb” promo on Raw, Punk won the WWE Championship at the Money in the Bank PPV and looked to have left the company with its most prestigious title. John Cena would later win a new version of the championship but Punk would return to face Cena as they would crown an undisputed champion. An electric crowd was treated to a classic between the two who have always had tremendous chemistry together. That would be the case again on this night with them going back and forth before Punk got the win after connecting on his second GTS of the match.
WCW Halloween Havoc 1997 – Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
A fantastic performance that helped further put cruiserweight wrestling on the map in the country. The crowd was on fire as they showed off everything from some fantastic chain wrestling to high flying action showcasing their unbelievable skills. Both Guerrero and Mysterio were in the prime of their careers and moving at such an unbelievable pace and working flawlessly in unison. Mysterio was able to hit a huracanrada for the three count and winning the cruiserweight championship and holding on to his mask in the process.
ECW Heatwave 1998 – Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome
This one is not for anyone squeamish as is turned into one of the more violent matches you have ever seen, going above and beyond with the number of physical power moves and unprotected chair shots that should be a case study for CTE. Still, Tanaka and Awesome put on quite a display of perseverance and one-upmanship that saw Tanaka finally slay the giant.
WWF Summerslam 1992 – Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog
The WWF took this show across the pond to Wembley Stadium in London with their own British Bulldog challenging Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event. A masterpiece between the two as they showcased great technical wrestling and an incredible story with Hart using his quickness and the bigger Bulldog focusing on power moves. Hart tried to close out the match with a sunset flip but Bulldog reversed the move and pinned Hart to win the championship in front of a joyous crowd.
WWF WrestleMania 15 – The Rock vs. Steve Austin
The two biggest stars of the era clashing on the biggest stage with Austin at the popularity of his powers while The Rock was still growing into his. Remember, The Rock was a heel before becoming the People’s Champion as he representing Mr. McMahon and the Corporation. It’s great to look back at these two wrestling giants in the primes in this mega-clash. It also turned out to be a great match as they exchanged finishers in the end with Austin finally landing a Stone Cold Stunner to win the WWF Championship.
Adam Cole On Headlining The 12th Anniversary Show For Ring Of Honor And How CM Punk Made Him “Fall In Love” With ROH
We talk to the current Ring of Honor World Champion Adam Cole who headlines the company’s 12th anniversary show against Chris Hero on Friday night at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cole discusses what headlining this show means to him, how CM Punk got him hooked to Ring of Honor, his crush on UFC star Ronda Rousey, the rise of Daniel Bryan and much more.
Over two weeks ago, former WWE champion CM Punk left the WWE and his return is uncertain at this time.
Punk has made it known in the past of his passion for MMA. The Chicago native trains jiu-jitsu under Rener Gracie and has attended numerous UFC shows in the past. Punk was challenged last week by Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and MMA fighter Jason David Frank to a fight under the World Series of Fighting promotion.
MMAJunkie.com talked with numerous figures in the MMA world including Urijah Faber and Kenny Florian and asked whether Punk would be successful in the sport.
It has been two weeks since CM Punk left the WWE before an edition of Monday Night Raw. The former WWE champion hasn’t made any statements and a return to the company is unknown at this time.
Raw took place last night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. A video has surfaced from the Raw production feed and it is of the fans chanting for Punk.
Cole says “that will drown out soon” and “go away” in response. Lawler mocks what Cole says and JBL says there wasn’t much determination in the chant.
AJ Lee On Her Pipebomb Promo: Could’ve Been Better If The Professionalism Surrounding It Backstage Was A Little Bit Better
WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee last year cut what people called a “Pipebomb Shell” promo, which was named by her boyfriend CM Punk. The promo was in reference to the feud she has had with the “Total Divas” cast.
After the promo, nothing really came out of the promo that had the wrestling world buzzing and the fans chanting her name. Lee recently appeared the New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con and explained why it went nowhere.
“It’s funny because who I am is just very quiet and I’m not… I say anything that I think, like I just kind of say it, but other than that I’m super quiet. I’m not a troublemaker. So every time I go out, I turn into this kind of douchey jerk and it’s so different. I hope people can tell the difference between what is necessary for us… It’s like taking your medicine; no one wants to take your medicine, it tastes disgusting but it’s going to make you feel better. So, yeah, this is kind of rude, and terrible, and brutally honest what I’m saying but it’s going to help us all in the long run, is kind of how I saw it. And it really did for a while and I think it could have been much better if the professionalism surrounding it backstage was a little bit more, just a little bit better. Like, okay, let’s move forward with this. It was a little bit disappointing. I really wish we could have done a little bit more with that but I think it wasn’t in order to keep everyone happy. Which, you know.”
Before Lee’s appearance, fans were told to refrain from asking CM Punk questions.
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.
Jim Cornette talks about his upcoming tour of the UK February 17 – 25, flying over there after not being on a plane in over a decade, the Kickstarter program to make that tour into a documentary, keeping busy with various projects and everything on his plate right now, now working directly with a wrestling promotion, if he misses being part of a creative team, if there is any comparison between his working for TNA Wrestling and Ring of Honor, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards going to TNA, what he wants to see on the WWE Network, if he would ever attend WrestleMania or the WWE Hall of Fame, his place in wrestling history, if he has any regrets, why he praises CM Punk for walking out on the WWE, the developmental system there, why certain stereotypes still exist for wrestlers and more.
Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Des Moines, Iowa. Here is what took place at the tapings.
-CM Punk’s merchandise is still being sold and security was checking signs at the door.
-Tom Phillips and Alex Riley are out for commentary.
-The Miz beat Fandango with Summer Rae. Santino Marella and Emma were on commentary.
-Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder with a superkick.
-They air another Triple H and Michael Cole interview.
-Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel. Langston was sporting a Hawkeyes colored singlet and got a “let’s go Hawks” chant going.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
CM Punk hasn’t stated whether he will be returning to the WWE. Someone from outside the wrestling world though has challenged the former WWE champion to a fight.
Jason David Frank who was the Green Mighty Morphin Power Ranger challenged Punk to a MMA fight in a post on his Instagram account.
So now that CM punk is out of his contracts and wants to do MMA. Why not me? He already said he fight… http://t.co/9BgpuI8oS7
— Jason David Frank (@jdfffn) February 4, 2014
Frank has a MMA record of 1-0 and an amateur record of 4-0.
Punk who is an avid MMA fan practicing Brazilian Ji-Jitsu under the guidance of Rener Gracie hasn’t responded to Frank’s challenge at this time.
We found out last Tuesday that former WWE champion CM Punk has left the company with a return uncertain at this time. Last night Monday Night Raw aired and if you noticed in the opening of the show, Punk was no longer in the open and was replaced by Kane. If you have the WWE App, you can also see Punk isn’t on the front page and was replaced by John Cena.
Does this show that WWE doesn’t believe that Punk will return?
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw including a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to go along with the rest of the lackluster show, more on CM Punk, Sting’s status with TNA and whether or not he will be joining WWE, Kurt Angle look more and more like he wants to be in WWE than TNA, Stacy Keibler talking with Stephanie McMahon about a return and more.