Believe it or not, AJ Styles is a big deal. He was the first contracted TNA wrestler to land at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. He’s a five-time (five-time! five-time! five-time! five-time!) World Heavyweight Champion. And he’s the only wrestler to have held every male championship owned and sanction by TNA during the company’s tenure.
On the other hand, your neighbour might bump into him at Wal-Mart and never give him a second glance. [Read more...]
Brian spends his Friday night talking with Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog as they discuss the current Daniel Bryan storyline, who the best wrestler in the WWE is right now, all of the various possibilities for WrestleMania 30, who could possibly return to the company, the futures of Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Sting and AJ Styles in TNA and maybe somewhere else, the wrestling television landscape, Ric Flair and more.
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Brian and Steve are back as they talk about Klondike bars, mints, coupons, concerts and NBA Championships and then they get into a full review of WWE Raw including the latest in the Triple H – Daniel Bryan – Randy Orton storyline, the eye-popping Paul Heyman – CM Punk – Curtis Axel segment, AJ Lee with her version of a pipe bomb promo and more. Plus, they talk Goldberg and Hulk Hogan’s future in wrestling.
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Tonight, live on USA Network, WWE Raw is bringing a lot of hype with two major matches. First, CM Punk sent out a tweet over the weekend accepting Curtis Axel’s challenge from Friday Night Smackdown. Also, WWE.com is advertising Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam in what might be a prelude to an eventual Championship match-up at Night of Champions.
Former 13 time world champion John Cena made his first comments today since his triceps surgery on Tuesday. Cena told WWE.com that he wants to be healthy and put rumors to rest about being at WrestleMania 30 in April.
“I plan on using the next couple months to rehab and get healthy as I can, as quickly as I can,” said Cena. “My goal is to return to WWE healthy and strong, and since my expected time away is only six months, this shouldn’t affect WrestleMania.”
It has been a very good time for WWE recently given the rise of Daniel Bryan and the storyline with Paul Heyman and CM Punk. Even though he won’t be in the ring, Cena is looking forward to seeing what will happen during his time away.
“WWE has never been and never will be dependent on one man, with the exception of Mr. McMahon,” he added. “In the coming weeks, WWE will be filled with exciting programming as always, and I’ll have the best seat in the house! Let’s see who captivates the WWE Universe.”
We will keep you updated on Cena’s recovery as we get updates.
Stephanie McMahon and Daniel Bryan opened up last night’s show in a very interesting way. It wasn’t what I expected coming out of the Pay-Per-View, but I still really liked it. Putting the McMahon’s on a unified front only makes sense (and makes this story a lot less convoluted). Furthermore, her interactions with Bryan were very, very entertaining. Bryan slapping the microphone out of her hand? Perfect. When Stephanie called for security, I had flashbacks to the ‘Attitude-Era.’ Daniel Bryan really is becoming the internet age Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow delivered an okay follow-up match to their fight at SummerSlam. Otherwise, the actual “wrestling” element of the show was sub-par. We had TWO different 3-on-1 handicap matches, both involving The Shield, and both feeling like storyline-over-form segments. And apparently creative needed some filler because even 3MB made it on the card.
A lot of stuff happened in-between the major segments, and most of it just wasn’t newsworthy. WWE made sure to push its pop-culture stuff, with ‘Total Divas’ being spotlighted in a 5 minute match, and Darren Young picking up the win over The Real Americans. And what about that Footlocker advertisement? Amazing stuff. That’s what a TV-PG rating can do for you!
Paul Heyman and CM Punk delivered a stellar opening chapter for the next part of their feud. Heyman offered the fake olive branch, and Punk turned it down with a fiery vengeance. Axel as the muscle made sense. But I’m glad Punk wiped him out, and things are ready to move forward with somebody new. Heyman needs to recruit some fresh blood in his battle against Punk, and I just don’t think Axel is ready to carry the mantle yet against a bona fide main eventer like CM Punk. Plus, Punk’s rant against that fan in the front row who booed him (poor guy!) was pure money. CM Punk is old school in the best possible way.
The show closed with Randy Orton’s Championship Coronation. This basically just turned into Triple H trying to explain away his sudden heel turned. To be fair, Hunter sold it like a champ. I liked his “best for business” logic (even if did contradict everything he said the last few weeks), and putting Orton out there in front gave the whole group a lot of heat. I’m also glad Triple H touched on his feud with Orton from a few years back. I’m still not completely buying The Shield as McMahon family lackeys, but I guess in pro wrestling heels are bffs.
Overall show was very meh. The promos were solid – especially Punk/Heyman, Bryan/Stephanie, and Triple H. Otherwise, the show lacked the great energy of SummerSlam. Hopefully the product picks back up next week.
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Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from last night including the big storyline involving Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and the McMahons, CM Punk continuing his quest to get at Paul Heyman, having Bryan and Punk as the two top guys with John Cena out with an injury, The Shield’s new role, Sin Cara’s injury and the fallout from that and more.
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Less than 24 hours after an incredible SummerSlam event, tonight’s RAW looks like a loaded show. We expect Triple H to explain his surprise turn, and fallout from “The Best vs. The Beast.” And who knows, maybe Ryback will find somebody else to bully backstage? [Read more...]
Brian and Steve recap WWE Summerslam 2o13 including Daniel Bryan beating John Cena for the WWE Championship only to lose it moments later to Randy Orton, where the storyline could be going now, the incredible Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk match, what other match on the show they really liked and more. Plus, they talk about the WWE2K14 Symposium with Ric Flair and the fallout from that.
WWE Returns to Pay-Per-View with it’s second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam. The card is loaded with two World Title fights, and “The Best vs. The Beast.” Be sure to refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis. [Read more...]
Tonight, the WWE returns to pay-par-view Summerslam, its annual summer spectacular. Here are the predictions for the show from the Between The Ropes staff members including Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen Michael A. Wiseman and Marshall Bowen.
Brian and Steve talk about WWE superstar Darren Young coming out publicly and saying he is gay, how big of a story this is, the WWE’s reaction as well as media reaction for Young going forward with his career in the company. Then, they run down Summerslam from top to bottom including what they think will be the best match on the show, what match goes on last, winners and losers and the direction of the big storyline in the John Cena – Daniel Bryan – McMahons storyline could be coming out of the match and more.