How Would You Grade Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw?

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Monday Night Raw took place last night in Dallas, Texas. Some of the highlights included a ceremony with Randy Orton becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Michaels making a surprise appearance and doing a promo with CM Punk and a great main event with Orton facing Daniel Bryan.

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Shawn Michaels Appearance On WWE Monday Night Raw Was Last Second

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels made a surprise appearance on WWE Monday Night Raw last night for the second straight week. Michaels appeared during a CM Punk, where he was calling out Triple H and Michaels ended up coming out. The two cut a promo regarding what happened last week when Michaels superkicked Punk. Michaels told Punk he needs to stop thinking about The Authority and Punk said if Michaels kicks him again, he will kick him back.

Michaels stated on Twitter last night that the appearance was a last second decision. The tweet has since been taken down, but we were able to find the quote.

“Nothing like a last minute phone call”. “However, it’s always nice to see everybody!!”

What that promo will lead too, who knows. Would you be interested in a Michaels vs Punk match?

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WWE TLC 2013 Reaction: “Fifty Years in the Making”

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So WWE TLC 2013 wasn’t a complete bust. In fact, the first and last hours were surprisingly entertaining, and the stuff in-between was just alright. Best of all, no Hornswaggle! [Read more...]

Post WWE TLC 2013 PPV Roundtable

Watch Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen and Michael Wiseman in the post WWE TLC 2013 PPV roundtable as they talk about the show including Randy Orton beating John Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk against The Shield, Daniel Bryan against the Wyatt Family and the rest of the card.

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WWE Slammy Awards 2013 Winners

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This year’s WWE Slammy Awards took place last night on Monday Night Raw. The following awards with handed out on the show.

-Fan Participation Award: Daniel Bryan’s “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
-LOL Moment of the Year: The Rock for his Rock Concert.
-Insult of the Year Award: Stephanie McMahon tearing into Big Show.
-Double-Cross of the Year Award: Shawn Michaels for hitting Sweet Chin Music on Daniel Bryan.
-Total Diva Award: The Bella Twins.
-Extreme Moment of the Year Award: C.M. Punk attacking Paul Heyman at Hell in a Cell.
-Match of the Year: The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
-Superstar of the Year: Daniel Bryan.

The rest of the award winners that were announced before Raw, you can see on WWE.com.

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Predictions for 2013 WWE Slammy Awards

SlammyAwardsIt’s become an annual tradition for the WWE and tonight is the night where it honors its superstars in the most WWE way possible.

WWE will hold the 2013 Slammy Awards tonight on Raw with fans voting on the categories through the WWE App.  (Get used to that app, especially if you are going to want to utilize the upcoming WWE Network.)

Here are the categories and predictions for each award:

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday December 6, 2013

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

- Randy Orton cut a promo. Daniel Bryan said he would be first in line to face the undisputed champion, then challenged Orton to a match.

- Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston defeated Fandango.

- Curtis Axel and Ryback defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a non-title match.

- C.M. Punk defeated U.S. Champion Dean Ambrose in a non-title match.

- Natalya defeated Tamina Snuka.

- Rey Mysterio and Big Show beat Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger.

- WWE Champion Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan after a distraction by Bray Wyatt via the video screen.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

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

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings on Tuesday in Uncasville, Connecticut. The show will air on tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what you will see on the show tonight.

- Randy Orton interview
- Mark Henry vs Curtis Axel
- Los Matadores and El Torito vs The Plymouth Rockers
- Tons of Funk vs R-Truth and Xavier Woods
- Antonio Cesaro vs Titus O’Neil
- CM Punk interview
- Bray Wyatt promo
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust vs The Shield
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers vs The Shield and The Wyatt Family

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CM Punk And Daniel Bryan Should Be Wrestling For The Right To Be Called Undisputed Champion

bryan and punkThe last time we saw an undisputed WWE champion was Brock Lesnar after he defeated The Rock at Summerslam 2002 to win the title. Right after that event, due to the brand extension the WWE created the World Heavyweight Championship.

The WWE announced on Monday Night Raw this past week that WWE Champion Randy Orton will battle World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a title vs title match at the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. As soon as the match was made, people on social media and various wrestling websites were saying the WWE wasn’t stating this was a unification match and there would be a way Orton and Cena would each walk out with a title.

WWE released their weekly Michael Cole and Triple H video interview today. HHH stated that the goal of the match was to have one unified champion coming out of the match and heading into 2014.

Let’s go with what HHH is hoping for and having one unified champion at the end of the TLC event. The question is though, are John Cena and Randy Orton the right guys to have a match to determine this?

A John Cena-Randy Orton unification match in 2008 would have been a dream matchup as they were the two hottest and most over acts in the WWE. Going into ’08, Orton was on a roll as the WWE Champion and Cena made a grand return at the end of the month from a torn pectoral muscle at the Royal Rumble. Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in a very good match and Cena ended up winning the Rumble. Instead of having the match at WrestleMania 24, the match took place at the No Way Out event in February. Cena won the match by disqualification. A triple threat match involving Orton, Cena and HHH took place at WrestleMania 24 with Orton retaining.

Now fast forward to 2013 and both Cena and Orton are champions and no one really cares. Orton comes out to the ring and you could hear a pin drop. When he cuts a promo, you get the same reaction. Cena comes out, gets a moderate reaction, but when he starts talking, the fans don’t buy what he’s saying in a promo and start chanting “boring, boring”.

You watch the opening segment on Raw this past Monday when Orton, HHH and Stephanie are in the ring and the fans are chanting for Daniel Bryan and chanting “YES YES”. Cena came out and at least acknowledged the reaction and that’s what the fans want. But right after Cena did that, he went back to discussing why there should be one unified champion, with the match being made right after that. Fans in the arena weren’t very interested when the announcement was made.

About 90 minutes into the show, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan came out for an interview with Renee Young before their match with The Wyatt Family. Both guys by far got the two best reactions of the night. But that has been the case for most of 2013.

Punk started out the year as a heel and then when he came back in June at the Payback pay-per-view, he turned back to a babyface role facing Chris Jericho. Punk then started a feud with Paul Heyman at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view when Heyman cost him a chance to win the MITB briefcase. Punk faced Brock Lesnar at Summerslam and has had a feud with Heyman through the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.

Bryan has been the hottest act in the WWE in 2013. The Washington state native started out the year stuck in a tag team with Kane and then got back into singles starting at the MITB. Bryan then headlined Summerslam winning the WWe championship from John Cena, but after the match HHH pedigreed Bryan, with Orton cashing in his MITB and winning the title at the Hell In A Cell event.

Bryan and Punk teamed at Survivor Series on Sunday and defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. It looks like after Raw on Monday that Bryan will face Brey Wyatt and Punk will be facing Roman Reigns.

Those matches are fine, but do nothing in the grand scheme of things for Bryan and Punk.

The WWE has always gone by the mantra of saying that they listen to the fans and they give the fans what they want. In this instance this isn’t the case whatsoever. You have the two hottest acts in all of wrestling feuding with guys who we aren’t sure are going to even reach a main event level.

The time we should see a unification match should be at Wrestlemania 30 with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan battling out to see who is the best wrestler in the world and the right to be called undisputed champion. Lets give the fans what they really want to see because at the end of the day, it is all about the fans.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up From Last Week

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This week’s version of WWE Monday Night Raw was widely panned across social media and various platforms. The rating is in and the fans were interested for most of the show as Raw did a 2.93 rating with an average of 4.14 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 2.73 rating with an average of 3.80 million viewers.

Hour one averaged 4.32 million viewers, which was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and John Cena, with the title vs title match being made with Orton and Cena for the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. Hour two averaged 4.29 million viewers and was highlighted by CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs The Wyatt Family, which started in the middle of the hour and went into the third and final hour.

The final hour averaged 3.80 million viewers and was highlighted by the main event featuring Big Show and John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton. That has to be a cause of concern for the WWE as the fans were interested in the first two hours and slid to under four million viewers in the final hour.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday November 29, 2013

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Uncasville, Connecticut. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

- JBL and Michael Cole came out to announce for Smackdown. Renee Young was in the ring to start. She asked us to welcome her guest, the face of WWE, Randy Orton. She asked about the controversy from Sunday’s title match against the Big Show. Orton claimed Big Show hadn’t knocked him out, he was playing possum. Orton said he didn’t need The Authority to win, and they tainted his victory. Renee then threw to a video package from Raw on the unification match setup. She asked Randy how that made him feel. She kept prompting him with adjectives, but Randy got annoyed with her and left the ring and walked up the ramp.

- Vickie Guerrero appeared on the Titantron to talk about Thanksgiving and have the superstars compete in a food eating contest. I couldn’t tell who because I couldn’t see the screen. Banal comedy.

- Mark Henry (w/Big E Langston) defeated Curtis Axel (w/Ryback). Henry won quickly with the World’s Strongest Slam. Apparently, this tag team feud continues.

- Another Thanksgiving skit aired on the blocked TitanTron. It sounded like it somehow involved R-Truth. There were more Thanksgiving skits after a commercial break. Yay. It sounded like Titus O’Neil won some contest and the right to compete against Antonio Cesaro.

- Los Matadores and El Torito beat The Plymouth Rockers (a/k/a 3MB). Wow, this show is getting better and better. Oh, but El Torito is wrestling and it’s a six man tag! Has that happened before? I’m not sure, I usually fast forward though both these teams matches. Los Matadores won quickly, thankfully.

But don’t worry! This show is saved! Brodus Clay and Tensai are out! I seriously feel like I’m at a house show right now. But at this point I guess Smackdown is pretty much the same thing.

- Tons of Funk beat R-Truth and Xavier Woods. Tons of Funk surprisingly won after Brodus splashed Xavier from the second rope. I guess Creed (a/k/a Woods) isn’t a priority.

- CM Punk was then interviewed by Young. He said he hadn’t heard from Daniel Bryan since he was kidnapped. He said he was injured and banged up. Then he said he didn’t know why The Shield attacked him. He said that maybe it was because they were carrying out orders from people with authority. Punk didn’t really seem to care about the fact he hadn’t heard from Bryan.

- Antonio Cesaro (w/Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter) by Titus O’Neil by DQ. No promo from Zeb. Antonio Cesaro started to spin Titus, but D-Young broke it up for the DQ. Odd. Titus then “vomited” into JBL’s hat as a result of the spin. Titus then shoved the hat in Michael Cole’s face. Titus then vomited on Zeb. More pointless comedy. Who writes this stuff?

- Bray Wyatt gave a promo on the Titantron in which he basically claimed that the Wyatts would turn Bryan into a monster.

- Cody Rhodes and Goldust beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns by DQ to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Lilian gave in-ring introductions, partly to give it a big match feel and partly because the microphone stopped working in the middle of the the Rhodes Brothers entrance. Ambrose was on commentary with JBL and Cole. A solid match, but not up to the par of their previous contests, partly due to the lack of crowd involvement because they were dead for the past hour plus of filler. Cody hit CrossRhodes on Rollins, but Dean Ambrose ran out causing the DQ.

- CM Punk came win a chair to even the odds, and Vickie made it a six man tag. Punk had the biggest pop of the night by far.

- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust beat The Shield by DQ when The Wyatt Family interfered. At one point in the match, the Wyatt’s came out and stood on the stage, drawing Daniel Bryan chants. Then they attacked Cody and Goldust, causing a DQ. The Shield then attacked Punk, and the Usos and Mysterio ran out and made the save.

- Vickie made a 12 man tag rematch from last weeks raw, except with Rey Mysterio instead of Daniel Bryan. I’m pretty sure this segment (from the tag title match until now) is gonna end up taking the entire final hour of Smackdown Friday. it’s been pretty awesome, so I’m not complaining.

- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers defeated The Shield and The Wyatt Family in a 12-man tag match. Very fun match, although another illogical ending with the faces picking up the win after a 619 and GTS combo on Erick Rowan. The faces posed at what I assume will be the end of the television show.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE RAW Reaction 11/25/13 – Champion vs. Champion as Orton Strikes Cena

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Last night’s RAW opened right where Survivor Series left off – with the tease of champion vs. champion. This segment was a great way to re-establish The Authority, Randy Orton, and John Cena. And while I question the booking direction going forward (a match “eleven years in the making” only gets a three-week build? really?), at least this feud feels like something fresh. [Read more...]

WWE Survivor Series 2013 Poll: How Would You Grade The Twenty-Seventh Edition Of The Show?

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WWE Survivor Series took place last night from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. In the main event, Randy Orton retained the WWE championship over Big Show. In the co-feature, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Also, John Cena beat Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

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Surviving the WWE Survivor Series

SurvivorSeries_Orton_ShowYes, I did it. I watched the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view.

And I survived.

Barely.

And you have to be a pretty big wrestling — make that sports entertainment — fan to have shelled out some bucks to have watched that show.

That’s because the Survivor Series was just dull.

No pop. No fizzle. Just dull.

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Survivor Series 2013 Recap, Randy Orton and John Cena Leave with Titles

Michael and Steve move on without their fearless leader as they discuss Survivor Series 2013, what they think about the finish, the possibility of John Cena vs Randy Orton in a title unification match, how WWE desperately needs more good babyfaces, and whether or not CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan makes good sense for next year’s Wrestlemania.  Plus, they talk about the rising stock of young stars like Big E Langston and Roman Reigns, and what it would take to make both men main event superstars.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Holds Steady

big-showMonday’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw was the go home show for this Sunday’s Survivor Series. The show was panned for not really hyping the event, but the people watching on television didn’t seem to mind. The rating came in the same as last week at a 2.73 and averaged 3.8 million viewers. That was up slightly from last week’s average of 3.77 million viewers.

The show was highlighted by a promo at the open of the show with The Authority and WWE champion Randy Orton. The second hour was highlighted by Big Show vs Ryback and the beginning of World heavyweight champion John Cena. The final hour of the show was highlighted by the rest of Cena’s promo, which involved Alberto Del Rio.

The main event of the show featured a 12 man tag team match with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Usos, Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs The Shield and The Wyatt Family.

Does the fact the rating stayed the same with a hot Monday Night Football game that had 15.77 million viewers bode well for the Survivor Series buyrate?

WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday November 22, 2013

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

- Goldust and Cody Rhodes defeated Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Goldust got the pin. He can really go and it was even better in person.

- Ryback cut a promo about why he loves being a bully. He issued an open challenge that The Great Khali accepted.

- Ryback defeated The Great Khali. Ryback won cleanly.

- Cameron and Naomi defeated A.J. Lee (w/Tamina) in a handicap match. The match was set up by Vickie. Naomi did all the work while Tamina kept Cameron outside.

- Rey Mysterio and The Uso Brothers defeated The Shield. The match was slow at first and picked up when Rey took a hot tag. Rey was really over.

- Big Show came out for a promo. Randy Orton cut in and whined about not getting help at Survivor Series.

- Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler defeated Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow. Very quick match.

- The Prime Time Players defeated 3MB. 3MB playing the Fabulous Freebirds. Heath Slater played the part of Michael Hayes, Jinder Mahal played Jimmy Garvin, and Drew McIntyre was Terry Gordy. Slater does an awesome Hayes impersonation. However, the younger crowd didn’t get it.

- Daniel Bryan beat Luke Harper. C.M. Punk came out. The Wyatts got the better of Punk and Bryan to close the show.

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- John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. A fun match that sent the fans home happy.

Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

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WWE Raw Recap: Raw is Country, Survivor Series is This Sunday?

RAW_vickieBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw is Country, the buildup for Survivor Series which is this Sunday, the five matches on that show, what they think could happen at Series, reaction to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan compared to their spots right now, Hulk Hogan not returning to TNA, other WrestleMania theories and story time with Fritz including the time he put a whipping on Jeff Jarrett.

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