Brian 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.
WWE Survivor Series takes place this Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Only three matches had been announced heading into last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. During the show, three matches were made official for the fall classic. Here is the current lineup for Survivor Series.
- Randy Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE Championship
- John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
- The Shield and The Real Americans vs The Usos, Cody Rhodes and Goldust and Rey Mysterio
- The Bella Twins, Cameron, Naomi, JoJo, Eva Marie and Natalya vs. A.J. Lee, Tamina, Kailyn, Rosa Mendes, Aksana, Alicia Fox and Summer Rae in a seven on seven Divas elimination match.
- The Miz vs Kofi Kingston in the Suvivor Series kickoff match
The rating for the November 8th edition of WWE Friday Night Smackdown, it was the highest rating since the March 22nd edition of the show. This past Friday’s edition slipped slightly to a 1.9 rating with an average of 2.68 million viewers. The November 8th show did a 2.1 rating with an average of 2.95 million viewers.
This past week’s show featured an arm wrestling match between World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and Alberto Del Rio, with a main event of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs Curtis Axel and Ryback.
Their was competition this week from the NBA, which averaged 1.3 million viewers. Last week their was no game on the network.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday in Manchester, England. Here is what will be on the show tonight.
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs The Usos
- Natalya vs Tamina Snuka
- RTruth and The PrimeTime Players vs The Union Jacks
- John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio in an arm wrestling match
- Cameron and Naomi vs The Bella Twins
- The Great Khali vs Hunico and Camacho
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs Curtis Axel and Ryback
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Manchester, England. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt) defeated The Usos. The Wyatts dominated the match in large parts and both men toyed with the Usos. Bray rocked in his chair on the floor and laughed while looking sinister. One of the Usos was distracted and ended up taking a boot to the face from Harper for the win.
After the match, Bray entered the ring with a mic. One of the Usos dropkicked him in the stomach. All hell broke loose. Bray came back with Sister Abigail. Wyatt cut a promo about Survivor Series and how they will destroy CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
- Natalya defeated Tamina Snuka.
- R-Truth and The Prime Time Players defeated The Union Jacks. Heath Slater ended up taking the pin for his team.
- John Cena beat Alberto Del Rio in an arm wrestling challenge. Del Rio claimed he was cheated at Hell in a Cell. Cena called him a liar. The crowd got on Cena and called him boring. The arm wrestling started and Cena won twice with ease to the point that it looked like Del Rio was throwing it. They went for a third match and this time Del Rio attacked Cena, who reversed it and kicked Del Rio’s head. Cena grabbed a chair and missed with it. Del Rio put Cena through the table, then took off his shirt and placed it on top of Cena.
- Cameron and Naomi beat The Bella Twins. Brie took charge but the momentum shifted. The Funkadactyls won with a “jumping bum move.”
- The Great Khali beat Hunico and Camacho in a handicap match. Khali threw Camacho out of the ring, then picked up Hunico by the chin and powerbombed him and got the three count.
- There was a quick clip with Bryan and Punk backstage. They seem to have adopted the team name of ‘Beard and The Best’.
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan fought Curtis Axel and Ryback to a no-contest when The Wyatt Family interfered. Punk started in ring with Axel. Later, Ryback got upperhand on Punk with a few slams. Ryback tagged in Axel, who also controlled Punk, who countered and built up momentum. He sent Axel and Ryback out of the ring. Bryan and Punk dove through ropes and took out both.
Later, Ryback went for Punk and dropped him with a huge suplex. Punk eventually tagged in Bryan, who went on the assault and caught both Ryback and Axel with drop kicks. Bryan end up going for his submission finisher and the Wyatt Family appeared. Bryan and Punk disappeared. An enraged Wyatt family laid into Axel and Ryback, clearing them out of the ring. Punk and Bryan reappeared behind Harper and Rowen and drop kicked both of them in the back of the legs before scampering off.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
With a little less than two weeks away heading into WWE Survivor Series, fans felt that WWE was really going to go all out to get fans interested in the pay-per-view event. The rating though didn’t reflect that.
Raw drew a 2.7 rating with an average of 3.77 million viewers, which is down from last week’s 2.8 rating with an average of 3.89 million viewers. The first hour of the show averaged 3.87 million viewers featuring Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes and Goldust, the second hour averaged 3.83 million viewers featuring John Cena vs The Real Americans and the last hour averaged 3.60 million viewers with the main event of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs The Shield.
Is this a cause of concern for the WWE heading into Survivor Series?
The WWE has announced their third match for Survivor Series as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will be battling Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family.
The feud started on the October 28 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw when the entire Wyatt Family brutally attacked Bryan and Punk on separate segments during the show. On last week’s Raw, Punk defeated Harper, with the Brey Wyatt and Rowan attacking Punk until Bryan made the save. On Smackdown last week, Bryan Harper battled to a no contest. Then on Raw last night, Punk and Bryan faced The Shield and near the end of the match the Wyatt’s got into a brawl with The Shield. Bryan and Punk looked on from the outside until The Wyatt’s and The Shield put their focus back on the duo and attacked them until The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers made the save.
Survivor Series takes place on Sunday, November 24 from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with the main event of Randy Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE title.
Brian and Steve are back for the weekly WWE Raw recap podcast as they look back at Monday’s show including a hot main event, an angle at the end of the show involving The Shield and The Wyatts which looks to be going nowhere right now, Survivor Series is coming – really, Randy Orton goes down and who knows who is in charge. Plus, they talk about Chris Hero getting released, Hulk Hogan’s latest online note, Mickie James working with WWE and more.
For a second time this week, WWE kicked off the show with CM Punk. And while his promo here against The Wyatts was decent, the follow-up match with Curtis Axel was nothing to write home about. We’ve seen these guys do this exact same thing almost every week. Furthermore, Axel continues to look like a tool for coming out and essentially sacrificing himself at the altar of Paul Heyman every week. The IC title is in bad, bad shape, folks. [Read more...]
The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Smackdown on Tuesday from Charlotte, North Carolina. You can watch the show starting at 8 p.m. ET on SyFy. Here is what will take place on tonight’s show.
- CM Punk vs Curtis Axel
- AJ Lee and Tamina vs Camerton and Naomi
- Alberto Del Rio vs The Great Khali
- R-Truth and The Usos vs 3MB
- Daniel Bryan vs Luke Harper
- John Cena vs Ryback
Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.
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The John Cena effect lasted all of one week for WWE Monday Night Raw ratings. The final rating for Raw was a 2.75 with an average of 3.89 million viewers. That is down from last week when the rating was a 2.98 with an average of 4.15 million viewers.
The wrestling world was giving Cena a lot of credit last week for the higher rating for Raw due to his return to the show, but this week’s show has been critically panned across the board.
The first hour averaged 4.069 million viewers, which the show kicked off with CM Punk facing Luke Harper with a Daniel Bryan save after the match. Hour two averaged 3.951 million viewers, which featured Randy Orton and Big E Langston and the start of John Cena, Cody Rhodes and Goldust facing The Real Americans and Damien Sandow. The final hour of the show dropped to an average of 3.643 million viewers, which featured the finish of the six-man tag match and the closing segment of Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, The Big Show, Randy Orton and The Shield.
Will the WWE panic as the show has considered one of the worst edition’s of Raw in 2013 or will they stay the course?
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Charlotte, North Carloina. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- CM Punk kicked off Smackdown and called out The Wyatt Family for a fight. Curtis Axel came out instead and said he had unfinished business with Punk. Punk won. During the match, the Wyatt’s intro began and the lights went out but they didn’t appear. The lights came back on and Bray was laughing on the big screen. He blew out the lantern and that was it.
- AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka beat Cameron and Naomi. AJ put the Black Widow on Cameron for the win.
- Alberto Del Rio calls out John Cena and runs him down. Cena comes out and is ready to fight, challenging Del Rio to a match, but Vickie Guerrero interrupts to huge boos from the crowd. Vickie makes the match for Survivor Series instead. She announces Del Rio vs. The Great Khali and Cena vs Ryback for tonight because it’s best for business.
- Del Rio beat Khali with the cross armbreaker.
- R-Truth came out to a huge pop from the hometown crowd. He and The Usos defeated 3MB in a quick match.
- Daniel Bryan and Luke Harper fought to a no contest when Erick Rowan interfered. They beat Bryan down until CM Punk made the save. Wyatt watched from the apron and left up the ramp before getting involved.
- John Cena defeated Ryback in the main event after an Attitude Adjustment. Ryback responded to Goldberg chants by hitting a spear and a jackhammer. After the match, Del Rio ran out and attacked Cena, working on his arm around the ring post. Cena came back and Smackdown ended with Del Rio running away.
Brian, Michael and Steve are back for the weekly Between The Ropes as they talk about the fallout from WWE Raw on Monday night and the Triple H promo to end that show, a preview of this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV and some predictions, Sheamus on his comeback from injury, TNA on the move and a new initiative and more.
WWE Hell In A Cell takes place this Sunday from the American Airlines in Miami, Florida. The main event will feature Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for vacant WWE title with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee inside the Hell In A Cell.
A couple of matches were made last night on the show, bringing the total to six matches. Here is the updated lineup for WWE Hell in a Cell.
- Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE title with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee (Hell In A Cell)
- Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
- Paul Heyman and Ryback vs CM Punk (Hell In A Cell)
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Titles
- AJ Lee vs Brie Bella for the WWE Divas Titles
- Curtis Axel vs Big E Langston for the Intercontinental Title
More matches can be added as the event doesn’t take place for five days. With this lineup, will you be buying the show?
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the buildup to Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV, the finishing segment with the Triple H promo, who looks to be upset about something he said, getting back to a formula on Raw, why Norv Fernum should have been on the show and much more. Plus, they talk about TNA going with a rematch between AJ Styles and Bully on Impact this week and the entire angle.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. If you didn’t read the spoilers, here is what will be on the show tonight.
- Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox promo
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs The Miz and Kofi Kingston
- Brie Bella vs AJ Lee (Non-Title Bout)
- The Big Show promo
- CM Punk vs Big E Langston
- Alberto Del Rio promo
- The Usos vs The Real Americans
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs The Shield