CM Punk Walks Out on WWE, Matt Hardy Arrested

cmpunksleepAnother podcast as Brian and Steve talk about the breaking news of CM Punk walking out on WWE on Monday night before Raw, the signs pointing to his frustrations with the company, changes to WrestleMania XXX with him leaving, thoughts on if / when he will return and more.  Plus, they talk about Matt Hardy’s recent arrest along with his wife Reby Sky and some spoilers for the Elimination Chamber PPV.

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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

Batista Wins The 2014 WWE Royal Rumble

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Batista hadn’t been in a WWE ring in almost four years. “The Animal” returned last week to Raw. The question was whether he could win the Royal Rumble in his grand return.

The match started with CM Punk at number one and Seth Rollins at number two.

Early on we seen at number 12, the return of Dolph Ziggler and at number 14 the return of former WWE champion Kevin Nash and another former champion Sheamus returned at number 17. Roman Reigns came in at number 15. Reigns ended up eliminating 12 wrestlers which broke the record that Kane set in the 2001 Rumble.

Batista made his return at number 28. The former WWE champion eliminated Erick Rowan, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio in succession. Then after almost getting eliminated by fellow Shield member Dean Ambrose, Reigns eliminated Ambrose and Rollins.

The final four guys were Batista, Punk, Reigns and Sheamus. Punk got eliminated by Kane who came from underneath the ring and pulled him over the top rope and then chokeslammed him under the table.

Moments later Sheamus was in a sequence with Batista and Reigns speared him off the apron to leave it down to Reigns and Batista.

By this point, the fans who already booing when Daniel Bryan didn’t appear in the Rumble grew louder on Batista. The final sequence was Reigns speared Batista. Reigns then looked at the WrestleMania sign, Batista grabbed Reigns and threw him over the top rope.

Batista wins the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble.

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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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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

Updated List Of Entrants In The 2014 WWE Royal Rumble

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The 27th WWE Royal Rumble Pay Per View takes place this Sunday from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The main event of the show is the Royal Rumble match with the winner getting a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6th. Some more entrants were announced on Raw. Here is the up to the minute list of whose in the Royal Rumble.

-CM Punk
-Batista
-Alberto Del Rio
-The Miz
-Big E Langston
-Luke Harper
-Erick Rowan
-Goldust
-Cody Rhodes
-Rey Mysterio
-Fandango
-Dean Ambrose
-Roman Reigns
-Seth Rollins
-Damien Sandow
-Jimmy Uso
-R-Truth
-Xavier Woods
-Jey Uso
-Kofi Kingston

We will keep you apprised of when more wrestlers are 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.

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

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

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Jake “The Snake” Roberts Makes His Return To The WWE On Last Night’s Monday Night Raw (Video)

We haven’t seen Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the WWE since 2005. Roberts has had share of demons since he has left the company that have been well documented. Over a year ago, Roberts enlisted the help of his good friend, fellow WWE legend Diamond Dallas Page. Roberts has gotten back on the right path since he has gotten the help from Page.

Roberts had stated that his goal was to get back to the WWE and compete at this year’s Royal Rumble. We don’t have to wait that long.

After the main event of last night’s WWE Monday Night that featured Roman Reigns defeating CM Punk. The Shield then beat down Punk and then Roberts music hit and he came out with the snake in a bag. The New Age Outlaws and Punk beat up Reigns and Seth Rollins, which left Dean Ambrose in the ring. Roberts put the snake on a lying Ambrose.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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The WWE taped Smackdown on Sunday night from Washington DC. The show airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the matches that take place.

-Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs The Uso Brothers
-Fandango vs R-Truth
-Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
-Nikki Bella vs Aksana
-Big E Langston vs Curtis Axel
-CM Punk and The Usos vs The Shield in a six-man tag match

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2013 Match of the Year

For every rivalry that takes place, for every great promo delivered in (and out of) the ring, and for every backstage news that sends fans to Twitter in a frenzy, the most important drama takes place when fireworks disappear and the lights go down.  A collar-and-elbow position signals the oldest type of storytelling in the business.  It means that two wrestlers are going to finally settle their business, and no matter happens between the opening and closing bells, fans in attendance and at home better buckle their seat-belts. And so with that in mind, we pick the battles that won over our hearts and minds this year… [Read more...]

Look Back at 2013 in Wrestling, WWE Poised for Big 2014

Brian, Steven and Michael from Between The Ropes are back for the weekly Flagship show as they back at 2013 in wrestling including their thoughts on the match of the year, superstar of the year, the biggest news story, the best feud and more.  Plus, they look ahead to 2014 in what could be a very big year for the WWE with the expected launch of the WWE Network and how they could transform their business.

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2013 Feud of the Year

Every professional wrestler is only as good as the opponent they face.  There’d be no Shawn Michaels without Bret Hart, no Stone Cold Steve Austin without Vince McMahon, no Mankind without The Rock, and no John Cena without JBL.  And while modern ‘sports entertainment’ seems content to fill much of its programming time with backstage skits and dancing segments, the idea that two men sometimes  just need to beat the crap out of each other lives on. [Read more...]

2013 Heel of the Year

For all that is good in professional wrestling, our heroes would have nothing to fight about if not for the heel characters that cause anguish at every turn.  It’s classic booking 101: the babyface chases the heel, and crowds pay good money to see him or her get their revenge. Not every bad-guy in 2013 was worth writing home about, but a few stood out above the rest. [Read more...]

WWE Monday Night Raw (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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The WWE taped tonight’s Monday Night Raw on Tuesday night from Austin, Texas. Here are the matches that will be on tonight’s show starting at 8 p.m. ET on USA.

-A.J. Lee, Tamina, Aksana, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, and another Diva vs. The Bella Twins, Natalya, Cameron, Naomi, and Eva Marie in a 12 Diva Jingle Bells match.

-Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel.

-Daniel Bryan, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes vs. The Wyatt Family.

-Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Present on a Pole match for an Intercontinental Title shot on the December 30 Raw.

-The Uso Brothers vs. The Prime Time Players.

-”Good Santa” Mark Henry vs. “Bad Santa” Damien Sandow.

-The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores.

-Ryback vs. Kofi Kingston.

-John Cena, C.M. Punk, and Big E Langston vs. The Shield.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday December 20, 2013

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

- Randy Orton made his way to the ring and cut a promo. Orton said that winning the championship awarded him nothing but a match with Daniel Bryan. John Cena interrupted Orton. Cena said he’s out here because he’s gonna prevent Orton from looking like a fool. Cena said that since Orton is champion everyone is watching him and after him. Cena called Orton a giant pussbag. Cena said Orton took the easy way out by winning by DQ on Monday. Daniel Bryan made his way out to a huge pop. Bryan said that Orton is afraid of Bryan beating him. Bryan said that when Cena gets his rematch Cena will win and that Cena will grant Bryan a title shot. The Shield came out to attack then Punk ran out to even the odds. Vickie came out to massive boos to announce the main event which is Shield vs Punk, Bryan and Cena.

-Big E Langston defeated Jack Swagger. Langston won with the big ending in a quick match.

-Brie Bella defeated Tamina. AJ sat in on commentary. Brie rolled up Tamina for the win and then pushed AJ at ringside.

-Bad News Barrett did a promo ringside.

-Sin Cara defeated Drew McIntyre.

-Tensai defeated Brodus Clay. Tensai won after a distraction from the Funadactyls and Xavier Woods. After the match Woods and Tensai cleared the ring.

-Eric Rowan and Luke Harper defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a non-title match. Great tag match. After the match the Wyatts tried to attack but Bryan made the save which led to…

-Daniel Bryan and The Rhodes brothers defeated They Wyatt Family. Bryan hit the running knee to win.

-Damien Sandow cut a promo about canceling Christmas. Miz came out and said where he comes from they celebrate Christmas. It led to a match.

-Damien Sandow defeated The Miz. Sandow won by rolling up and hooking the tights.

-Fandango defeated Kofi Kingston. Fandango won with the top rope leg drop.

-Backstage, Renee Young started to interview Bryan when The Wyatts attacked. They beat Bryan down and threw him off a ledge out back. That changed the main event to a handicap match.

-John Cena and CM Punk defeated The Shield by disqualification. The Shield ganged up on Punk to get DQed. The Shield took out Punk and hit the triple powerbomb on Cena. Big E Langston made the save and had a stare down with Roman Reigns to close the show.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Commerical (Extended Version)

The WWE Royal Rumble is the first pay-per-view of 2014. The even takes place on Sunday January 26th from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The WWE today released an extended version of the Royal Rumble promotional commercial featuring superstars like CM Punk, Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler.

You can watch the commercial above.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Spoilers For Monday December 23, 2013

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The WWE held the Monday Night Raw tapings in Austin, Texas. The show will air on Monday night on USA starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

- JBL and Michael Cole come out for commentary. No Jerry Lawler.
- The Authority kicks off RAW and hands out Santa Claus hats to the crowd. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way out and is given the night off.
- The first match is a 12 Divas Jingle Bells match with Eva Marie, Natalya, The Bella Twins, Cameron and Naomi vs. Aksana, AJ Lee, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka and one other Diva. Natalya gets the win for her team with a Sharpshooter on Aksana.
- Sin Cara defeated Curtis Axel.
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family is up next. Bryan is crazy over tonight. The Wyatts dominated most of the match until Cody got a hot tag. Goldust comes back in and The Wyatts take turn beating him up. Bryan gets a hot tag and clears the ring. “This is awesome” chants start as Bryan kicks Rowan. They go on and all hell breaks loose. Bray hit Sister Abigail on Cody for the win. After the match, The Wyatts beat up Bryan some more and the lights go out.
- Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are out with no Heath Slater. Santino Marella and The Great Khali are out next followed by Xavier Woods and R-Truth. Renee Young is in the ring to host a Christmas Carol contest. Cameron and Naomi are with Truth and Woods. This segment was described as crap. Crowd noise picks the winners. Khali and Santino get the win.
- Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next in a “Present on a Pole” match. The winner will get an Intercontinental Title shot on the New Year’s Eve RAW. Fandango gets the win and is the new #1 contender.
- Darren Young and Titus O’Neil vs. The Usos is up next. Darren Young botched his pre-match promo and said we were in Houston. Fans ate him up. A “this is Austin” and “Houston sucks” chant starts up. The Usos end up getting the win.
- “Bad Santa” Damien Sandow vs. “Good Santa” Mark Henry in a Battle for Christmas is up next. Christmas trees and presents are put around the ring before the match. Sandow comes out with some Sinister Santa music. They actually wrestle as Santa. They open a present in the ring and it’s a toilet, before fighting up the ramp. Sandow tears up some of the set and takes out a Christmas tree. Henry gets the win and saves Christmas.
- Los Matadores defeat Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
- Ryback beat Kofi Kingston.
- Backstage segment with CM Punk and Big E Langston.
- Bad News Barrett comes to ringside for a promo.
- The Shield vs. CM Punk, Big E Langston and John Cena is next. Into the match, Big E gets a hot tag from Punk and destroys The Shield. Langston hits the Big Ending on Dean Ambrose but Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns break the pin up. The referee calls for the bell. The babyfaces clean house and celebrate to end RAW.

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Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.