Brian and Steve look back at WWE Raw from Monday night including The Authority getting angry, the Rhodes family winning gold, the Big Show getting involved despite not working there, a new match at Hell in a Cell and more. Plus, they talk about Goldberg getting mentioned on the broadcast, Ryback’s problem with the Internet, Hulk Hogan’s status and Jim Ross’ recent comments.
Anytime a show opening includes Shawn Michaels, you know you’re in for a treat. Still, this should’ve been so much more. Randy Orton deserves the most credit here for delivering the angriest face and most gravely voice he could muster – his intensity was fantastic. Unfortunately, Shawn Michaels no-sold him for most of the promo. On top of that, the logic here made little-to-no sense.
Hold on to your cowboy hats, folks – last night’s WWE RAW stoked up the hype train in a big way. The show opening, with Big Show getting “fired” by Stephanie McMahon, left me with mixed feelings. I liked the idea here (especially since it set the tone for Show’s re-emergence later in the evening). Unfortunately, Stephanie and Show both had their best Brendan Frasier acting hat on. There are ways to sell moments as believable without being over the top, but that subtlety was overlooked here. [Read more...]
The Between The Ropes staff including Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen and Michael Wiseman review WWE Battleground 2013 including Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton going to a no-finish in the main event for the WWE Championship, CM Punk defeating Ryback, Alberto Del Rio retaining the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam and what that could mean for RVD’s future with the company, the Rhodes family getting a big win against The Shield and more.
The main event will see Daniel Bryan take on Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship. This whole storyline of the title being held up just seems like a poor excuse for these two to try and meet up for the title again and yet again gave WWE another way to give Bryan the title only to take it away from him again. Knowing that these two men will almost certainly meet up again in three weeks in the cell, this match really does not seem to matter. Bryan and Orton will put on a great match as these two men tend to do, if the writers allow the match to be a clean match between the two men. Being that they are building this up for a third match in the cell, I’m highly skeptical that these two will have a clean one-on-one encounter. That being said, I expect Orton to win in a fashion that will permit the rematch with Bryan in the Cell.
The main match on the undercard sees World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defending his title against Rob Van Dam in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match. This match is really seeming to highlight RVD’s hardcore past and each match he has on the road to this one has shown a particular aspect of that, each time ending with RVD hitting his patented Van Terminator. That being said, I still do not see RVD winning the title in this one. If I had to guess I would say that this may be the match that leads to Ricardo Rodriquez reuniting with Alberto Del Riomby costing RVD the title. The only way I see Van Dam winning is if Damien Sandow cashes in Money in the Bank afterward and I don’t see him cashing that in quite yet.
Remember a year or so ago when Ryback was taking on CM Punk for the WWE Championship inside Hell in a Cell? Remember how well that match went? Well, take away the WWE Championship, the cell and move Paul Heyman into the corner of Ryback and were pretty much gonna get the same thing without the screwy finish involving Brad Maddox. Punk should win this one, but keep the feud going with Paul Heyman and his “guys” for the rest of the year. Either way, this match isn’t gonna be pretty.
Speaking of Paul Heyman guys, Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel will defend his title against R-Truth. Truth looked pretty good against Axel in their previous encounters and this match has the elements to be a surprise hit. Axel has had a tendency of losing in his non-title matches as of recently, but always pulls out the win when the belt is on the line. Whether or not Truth can break that streak is dependent on how much influence Heyman &/or Ryback have on the match and its outcome. In the end, I see Axel retaining in a fashion to allow them to meet up again at Hell in a Cell for the title.
In a match featuring one of the most out of left field story lines I can recall, Cody Rhodes and his brother Goldust will take on WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of the Shield. At stake is the fate of their WWE futures and their father Dusty’s job as a trainer in NXT. This whole, “let’s pick on the Rhodes family” storyline just baffles me.
I don’t really understand why creative went in this direction, nor do I really know where this storyline is going. Due to that, I’m kind of at an impasse for predicting a winner. On the one hand, The Shield have always been managing to find ways to win on the pay-per-view. On the other I don’t see WWE bringing in all of the Rhodes family into a storyline for one mediocre pay-per-view. I can almost see this going to the Rhodes clan by means of DQ leading to a possible six-man with Dusty and Ambrose involved at Hell in a Cell.
The WWE Divas Championship will be defended on the pay-per-view when champion AJ Lee defends against Brie Bella. This could be a solid match for the Divas title as these two women both have what it takes to hold the belt. That being said, even though Brie and her sister have been getting a big push in conjunction with the Total Divas show on E!. AJ walks out of the pay-per-view with the belt, if only for the reason that she is the only true heel Diva in the whole division right now and the other Divas fighting to take her down is better for the division than nothing. The only way that I see Brie taking the title is if the WWE were wanting to parlay her real-life romance with Daniel Bryan into a power couple type of storyline. The problem is, that doesn’t even seem to be close to an idea the creative team has though of.
In a match that will more than likely open the main card of the event, Bray Wyatt takes on Kofi Kingston. This match comes after weeks of Bray Wyatt’s cryptic messages directed at Kingston after his matches. There is no doubt in my mind that Kingston has the ability to make this match an entertaining spectacle when working off of Wyatt’s bizarre and rough offense. In the end though, the Erik Rowan and Luke Harper’s presence at ringside will be the deciding factor in Wyatt winning this match.
The pre-show match for this pay-per-view sees former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler take on World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract holder Damien Sandow. It’s a match with Ziggler in it, meaning it definitely has the potential to be a fantastic match even for the pre-show. The fact that he’s taking on Sandow also has the potential to make this match a bit of a sleeper as WWE has to start building him up as a serious contender to the title if Money in the Bank is going to continue to be anything of importance. For that reason, look for Sandow to kick off the night with a win.
Keeping all of that in mind, if that sounds like a good way to spend your Sunday night, Battleground will be live on pay-per-view tonight starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. For more news and results, keep it posted here at Between the Ropes.
Here is the current lineup for this Sunday’s WWE Battleground PPV:
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Championship – Hardcore Rules: Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam
Divas Championship: AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins – if the Rhodes team loses, both will never work for WWE again and their father Dusty Rhodes will be fired from trainer developmental
CM Punk vs. Ryback
Kickoff Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
While not official, two other matches could be added to the main card. They are:
- Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth possible for the Intercontinental Championship
- Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston
Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night in what was mostly a bad night for the good guys , if the WWE is being too inside with storylines, how Daniel Bryan got another shot for the WWE Championship, CM Punk and Paul Heyman, the Rhodes family making an appearance and more. Plus, they talk about Rob Van Dam’s contract, the Summerslam buyrate, the WWE video game, the Hulk Hogan watch and more.
Refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis! Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET!
RAW comes to you LIVE from Chicago tonight, and features the return of “The Best in The World,” CM Punk. Not only that, the WWE locker room has shown growing signs of unrest over the past few weeks, so Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have promised to address the situation publicly. Plus, with only two more weeks until WWE Battleground, fans can expect Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to lock horns as they build towards their WWE Championship match.
Brian and Steve look back at last night’s WWE Night of Champions PPV which saw Daniel Bryan defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, added matches to the show, the greatest champion polls during the show and if they have any meaning and more. Plus, they talk about tonight’s edition of Raw and a few people possibly leaving TNA Wrestling.
Refresh this page throughout the evening for LIVE ongoing results and analysis from WWE Night of Champions (2013). Coverage starts at 8 pm ET!
Tonight, WWE returns to Pay Per View with its annual “Night of Champions” Pay-Per-View. The show is headlined by an exciting match, with Randy Orton defending his WWE Championship against an underdog Daniel Bryan. Fans also have CM Punk vs Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel in a handicap match, with the stipulation that if Punk beats Axel, he gets his hands on Punk. Be sure to watch along with us tonight! [Read more...]
Kickoff match: The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. 3MB (any pairing of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, or Jinder Mahal) vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) with Zeb Colter)
It’s that time of the year again as WWE comes back onto pay per view tonight with it’s annual Night of Champions event. The premise, that every title is to be defended, falls a little by the wayside this year a the seven matches scheduled for the card make it appear a bit lackluster in terms of quality and seems to show the misdirection WWE has for almost every title that isn’t the top two championships.
That misdirection is inherent in the pre-show kickoff match. In order to determine the number one contenders to the Tag Team Championships currently held by The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins we are going to be treated to an absolute cluster of a 5-team Tag Team Turmoil match. Nothing about the format of this match makes any sense and aside from The Primetime Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neill) none of the other teams have been built up for a tag title run. So, sorry 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre), Tons of Funk (Tensai & Brodus Clay), Jimmy & Jay Uso, and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) but you are just adding to the cluster that will be this match.
Here’s a first! The first ever Between The Ropes video chat as Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman preview this Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view and give their predictions on who will win between WWE Champion Randy Orton against Daniel Bryan, CM Punk going against Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio against Rob Van Dam and all of the other matches. Plus, they talk about Jim Ross retiring from the WWE and the reason behind it happening now.
You can also listen to the audio on the Between The Ropes podcast.
CM Punk has been pulled from an appearance at Wizard World Comic-Con on October 20 in Nashville, Tennessee. The former WWE champion expressed his disappointment with the WWE on Twitter.
Sigh. Looks like I *am* off Nashville @WizardWorld. Three cheers for professionalism and communication. I’d take it up with them y’all.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) September 4, 2013
Punk will be replaced by Daniel Bryan.
Punk is scheduled to face off with Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman on Sunday, September 15 at Night of Champions in Detroit, Michigan.
It’s Tuesday so Brian and Steve are back to review WWE Raw from last night including an emotional Big Show, Daniel Bryan standing up to the big man, Stephanie McMahon’s magical powers, CM Punk’s money promo, Dolph Ziggler possibly being in the doghouse, the Night of Champions PPV, AJ Styles promo last week on Impact Wrestling and more.