Join us right before the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ as we give our last-minute predictions and thoughts on tonight’s big event. What’s been happening in New Orleans with Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, CM Punk sightings, and more. Plus, we’ll be taking your questions LIVE!
Brock Lesnar heads into fourth Wrestlemania this Sunday as he tries to break The Undetaker’s 21-0 streak at Wrestlemania. Lesnar debuted in the company in 2002 with Paul Heyman and became at that time the youngest WWE Champion defeating The Rock at the 2002 Summerslam. “The Beast Incarnate” left the company in 2004 and didn’t return until the day after Wrestlemania 28 in 2012. In between that, Lesnar almost made the NFL and then became the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2008.
Lesnar has had a tremendous impact in the WWE in his two separate tenures. Let’s now take a look back at some of the best matches in the career of Brock Lesnar.
5) Brock Lesnar vs Rob Van Dam in the finals of the 2002 King of the Ring: Lesnar had made his WWE debut three months previous on the day after Wrestlemania 18. Lesnar was steamrolling through everyone into the 2002 edition of King of the Ring. Beating Test in the semifinals, Lesnar advance to the finals against Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam. This was Lesnar’s toughest test to date. Lesnar defeated Van Dam in a good ten minute match as this was the first sign of big things to come.
4) Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker at No Mercy 2002 for the WWE Championship: These two square this Sunday at Wrestlemania 30, but have battled each other before. They first started feuding in September of 2002 at the Unforgiven pay-per-view with the match ending in a double disqualification. The two battled again the next month at the No Mercy event inside Hell in a Cell, which was and still is The Undertaker’s speciality match. In my mind this was the best match in 2002 with Lesnar winning in a 30 plus minute bloodbath.
3) Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk at Summerslam 2013: When Lesnar came back in 2012, a lot of people wondered if Lesnar could still go in the ring considering he hadn’t been in the ring in over eight years. Lesnar had very good matches since his return up to this match against Punk at Summerslam 2013. The build was fairly simple as Punk left Paul Heyman, with the devious manager bringing in his hired gun to take Punk out. These guys put on a near 30 minute classic with Punk winning the match as I thought this was the 2013 match of the year and the best match since Lesnar returned to the WWE.
2) Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship: These had classic matches all throughout 2003 starting at Wrestlemania 19 with Lesnar winning the title. Angle regained the title in July of that year pinning and then beating him again the following month at Summerslam. The blowoff to the feud took place on the September 16th edition of Smackdown in a 60 minute Iron Man Match. This was an unbelievable match that ended up with Lesnar winning five falls to four and regaining the WWE Championship. This was deemed the best match of 2003 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
1) Brock Lesnar vs The Rock at Summerslam 2002 for the Undisputed WWE Championship: Lesnar had been on a roll since he debuted in early 2002 like we had stated earlier. With the victory over Van Dam at the King of the Ring, Lesnar earned a crack at the WWE Undisputed Championship. The Rock had come back from filing the “Scorpion King” in June of ’02 and won the title the following month at the Vengeance event pinning Kurt Angle in a triple threat match that also featured The Undertaker. These guys went 17 minutes with a very rabid Long Island, New York that cheered when Lesnar hit the F5 to pin Rock and become the Undisputed Champion.
Let us know your thoughts on our list.
Wrestling fans for the last few years have clamored for a match between “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and CM Punk at a Wrestlemania. Punk has stated in the past that is something he wants. Austin though has been non-committal about wanting a match with Punk.
We haven’t seen Punk since the Royal Rumble due to him walking out of the WWE the day following the show.
The WWE Hall of Famer just released the latest podcast, “The Steve Austin Show” and stated that he feels “The Best In The World” will return this Sunday at Wrestlemania 30.
“I’m telling you, I’m going to stick to my prediction that CM Punk is going to make his return at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. I made this prediction two months ago here on the show.
“It’s been a long time, I think he’s cooled his jets, he’s got some rest, and I think it’s time to get back to work. I don’t see him participating in a match but it would be great to see him in a run-in to establish himself, to entrench himself immediately in a memorable and just a great moment, and I would say plant himself firmly in the middle of an angle, because he would be the angle, by attacking whoever he sees fit to attack or asserting his presence rather, whatever the case may be. But I see CM Punk coming back at WrestleMania 30. Who knows if it will happen. We will know in about six short days when WrestleMania actually happens.”
You can listen to the latest episode of Austin’s podcast here.
The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.
What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.
With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.
Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.
The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.
Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.
Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.
Wrestlemania 30 takes place in 13 days from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The top matches on the show include Daniel Bryan vs HHH, Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker, Randy Orton vs Batista vs either Bryan or HHH and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt.
Throughout the next two weeks as we approach the biggest wrestling show of the year, we will be taking a look back at some of the best moments in the career of some of the superstars in the top matches.
John Cena has been the biggest star in the WWE for the last ten years. Cena is a 14 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion and will be facing Wyatt at the “Showcase of the Immortals”. Cena has been in some of the biggest matches in the last decade and now we will take a look at the top matches in the career of Cena.
5) John Cena vs The Big Show for the United States Title at Wrestlemania 20: This was Cena’s first ever Wrestlemania as he had debuted in the middle of 2002, but did not appear at Wrestlemania 19. Going into Wrestlemania 20, Cena was on the rise as he had turned babyface at the end of 2003 and was riding a wave of momentum against Show. This match kicked off the card with Cena winning his first ever title in the WWE.
4) John Cena vs JBL for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 21: After winning the United States title at Wrestlemania 20, Cena held the title on and off throughout 2004. After winning a number one contender’s match over Kurt Angle the previous month, Cena moved onto Wrestlemania 21 to face JBL for the WWE championship. At that time, JBL was the longest reigning WWE champion in the last decade, holding the title for over nine months. Cena ended up walking out of Wrestlemania 21 defeating JBL to win his first WWE championship.
3) John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank 2011: This is a match that Cena did lose, but this match had a lot of significance to both guys and their respective careers. Heading into the match, Punk’s contract was expiring and no one knew whether he was resigning with the company. Cena has always been known as a guy who works hard, but hadn’t had many standout matches. Added into the match was the fact it was held in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. The crowd was electric as they were chanting Punk’s name the entire night and Cena came out with his head down, focused and booed out of the building. Combine all of those factors, Cena and Punk put on the best match in 2011 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and one of the best matches in the career of Cena even in defeat.
2) John Cena vs The Rock for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29: This match in terms of work rate wasn’t a five star classic, but was significant. Cena and Rock battled at Wrestlemania 28 with Rock coming out on top after not competing for eight years. Rock’s next match was against CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2013 and won his first WWE title in ten and a half years. The match was the main event of this show, which was held in the number one market for the WWE, New York/New Jersey. Cena won the match to win his 13th Heavyweight Championship and was a passing of the torch as after the match, Rock walked up the rampway with Cena saluting him and raising his arm.
1) John Cena vs Shawn Michaels on Monday Night Raw- April 23, 2007: Cena and Michaels faced each other at a few weeks earlier in the main event at Wrestlemania 23 with Cena retaining the WWE Championship. A few weeks later the two squared off again in the main event of the April 23, 2007 edition of Monday Night Raw in a non-title match in London, England with Michaels winning in a 40 plus minute classic. This was quite arguably not only the greatest match in the history of Raw, but it was the greatest match in the career of Cena. This was also deemed the match of the year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated for 2007.
Give us your thoughts and if you would replace any of these matches in the career of John Cena.
Eric Gargiulo of CamelClutchBlog.com talks about his experiences with the WWE Network so far, the marketing of the network, Steve Austin’s relationship with the WWE and why we don’t see him more often, the lineup for WrestleMania 30, what he thought the card was originally going to be, CM Punk walking out on the company, memories of guys coming up through the indies and more.
Follow Eric on Twitter @CamelClutchBlog
We haven’t seen CM Punk on WWE television since the Royal Rumble at the end of January. The former WWE champion left the company the Raw after the Rumble prior to an edition of Monday Night Raw. Punk made his first scheduled TV appearance since he left the company when he appeared on “Talking Dead” on Sunday night.
Punk’s appearance on the show drew 5.415 million viewers. That was up from last week’s show, which averaged 4.62 million viewers. Sunday’s rating was the third biggest rating off all time for the show, which airs on AMC.
In the video above, you can watch extra footage that AMC posted online.
Chael Sonnen is scheduled to face Wanderlei Silva on May 31 at a UFC Fight Night event in Brazil. Sonnen was on TSN’s “Off The Record” in Canada that aired today to promote “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″, coaching opposite Silva.
Near the end of the interview, host Michael Landsberg asked Sonnen if he thought that CM Punk, who is a good friend of Sonnen’s would wrestle at WrestleMania 30. Sonnen said he didn’t know, but said he knows someone who does and that’s WWE executive Stephanie McMahon. Sonnen had McMahon’s “personal and private cell phone number” on a card and flashed it in front of the camera. The number ended up being blurred out and not shown due to the interview being taped yesterday.
After the interview, Landsberg said that his crew had called the number and it was actually McMahon’s number.
You can watch the interview here.
It has been six weeks since CM Punk walked out of the WWE. The only time we have seen Punk was at UFC 170 in Las Vegas a little more than two weeks ago.
It was announced last night that Punk will be appearing on “Talking Dead”, which is the post-show recap of “The Walking Dead”. Punk will be on the show next Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on AMC. The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick and a panel that also includes Melissa McBride and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Punk has appeared on the show in the past. The former WWE champion was supposed to appear on a show that Hardwick has on Comedy Central last month, but was pulled likely due to his situation with the WWE.
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.