WWE Stars React To The Passing Of The Ultimate Warrior

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About an hour ago we announced the sudden passing of 2014 WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Condolences have been running rampant on Twitter from current and past WWE stars.

RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH

— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014

Loss always has a way of reminding us to live and love as greatly as we can. My prayers and strength to his family. RIP Ultimate Warrior.

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 9, 2014

Heartbroken. My sincerest condolences go out to The Warrior's family. Seeing how much he loved his daughters and his wife this weekend…

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) April 9, 2014

… makes it all the more heartbreaking. The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite as a kid, and getting to speak to him this weekend was one…

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) April 9, 2014

… of my favorite moments. He was so nice to me. #RIPWarrior

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) April 9, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Warrior family. It breaks my heart after seeing how proud his girls are of their father. Stay strong

— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) April 9, 2014

After all these years I finally got 2 tell him that me shaking the ropes was an homage 2 him. Blessed to have had that moment. #onelife

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) April 9, 2014

I just don't know what to say….Warrior was a huge part of why I fell in love with pro wrestling…Life is too damn short.

— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) April 9, 2014

RIP Ultimate Warrior, may God give his family the strength to overcome this tragedy!! Rey619

— Rey Mysterio(@reymysterio) April 9, 2014

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Last night’s Raw was the first one since Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday where we saw Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Title and “The Streak” was ended when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker. As we stated earlier, the show ended drawing the highest rating since July of 2012 and higher than the last two post-Mania Raw numbers. Here is the good, the bad and the dirty of last night’s show.

The Good

1) Opening segment: This couldn’t have come off any better as Bryan came out to cut a promo. The crowd treated him as a major star and was unbelievable to see how long the crowd sustained the chant and you can tell Bryan was overtaken by the moment. Was cool to see Bryan thank the fans for what they did for him. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out at the perfect time and had tremendous heat. HHH right now is doing some of the best work of his career and really is putting over Bryan.

2) Six man tag match: Very good match between the six guys and was the right move for Bray to score the pinfall. The crowd was really into Wyatt’s as they were chanting “Let’s Go Wyatt and Let’s Go Harper”. The fans absolutely detested Cena unlike the night before and Sheamus played off the booing real well. Wasn’t a real fan of Big E taking the pin though as he has been getting pinned often lately and would have rather seen Sheamus take the fall as it would have meant a little more.

3) Final Segment: I had seen all night after the opening segment that fans were worried on social media that HHH was going to defeat Bryan and win the title. Really liked how WWE kept Randy Orton and Batista strong and beating up Bryan until Kane came out and gave him a chokeslam. I did think for a small moment that HHH was going to pin Bryan when he walked down to the ring. You could see The Shield coming out and defending Bryan when Stephanie was talking to The Shield. I had goosebumps when we seen the four vs four showdown as you can see that it’s the old guard vs the new guard. If I had to guess today, it will be a Bryan vs HHH title match and The Shield vs Kane, Batista and Orton at Extreme Rules.

The Bad

4) Nothing: Usually when you watch a show, you can find something wrong with it. With this show you really couldn’t. Even the things that didn’t involve top level even had a purpose. WWE hit the reset button here and this was the best way to go forward.

The Dirty

5) Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman Promo: The wrestling world was unglued when Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The key was going to be the followup to the match. Heyman cut perhaps the best promo ever done by a manager. If you had any doubts about “The Streak”, they should have been wiped away with this promo. Lesnar regained all the momentum he had seemed to lose in the buildup and even his return. Lesnar had great facial expressions by playing to his shirt, snarling and growling. Looks like Lesnar will be taking a little bit of a hiatus and be fresh for a summer run.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Draws Hightest Number Since July 2012

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Last night was the Raw after Wrestlemania which usually draws a high number, but this number blew away expectations. Last night’s show drew a 3.7 rating with an average of 5.14 million viewers. That is the highest rating since Raw 1,000 in July of 2012, which drew a 3.84 rating.
Last year’s post-Mania number was a 3.45 rating with an average of 4.63 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 5.31 million viewers, which featured the opening segment of a promo by the new WWE World Heavyweight Daniel Bryan and a six man tag featuring John Cena, Sheamus and Big E vs The Wyatt Family. The second hour averaged 5.09 million viewers, which featured the Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar promo and the final hour averaged 5.03 million viewers, which featured a promo by The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan presenting the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy to Cesaro and the final segment featuring the non-match with Bryan and Triple H and the inclusion of Kane, Randy Orton, Batista and The Shield.

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Brock Lesnar Shouldn’t Lose Until He Leaves WWE

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Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and defeated The Undertaker to end the WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21. When the three count was made, shockwaves were sent throughout the world as headlines were circulating online regarding the end of “The Streak”. On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman cut one of the greatest promos of all time touting how Lesnar ended the streak. The question is now, what do you with Brock Lesnar?

With Lesnar’s limited schedule it is a little tricky unless he agrees to do more dates as his current contract expires after next year’s Wrestlemania 31.

Heyman stated earlier in the year that Lesnar should be competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That case is definitely for real now that Lesnar did break “The Streak”. You can’t put him in there with Daniel Bryan just yet, as the new champion would have to go over and would make Lesnar’s win at Mania seem pointless.

You don’t have to even put Lesnar in with Bryan. If you do that program, it shouldn’t be until Royal Rumble at the earliest, but preferably Wrestlemania 31 with Lesnar going in as the champion. I would have Lesnar run through everybody until that point as you have to make him look like a monster. For the next year, I would have Lesnar beat guys like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena until he loses.

Lesnar broke the greatest streak in the history of professional wrestling. The guy who beats Lesnar has to be the guy who is going to be the number one guy in your company and will be building the WWE around. Your options include Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Roman Reigns to name a few.

No one knows if Brock Lesnar will sign another deal with the WWE when his contract near expiration, but he shouldn’t lose until he leaves the WWE for good.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Wrestlemania 30

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place last night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured “The Streak” ending as Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt.

As we do after every Monday Night Raw, let’s give our the good, the bad and the dirty from the biggest wrestling event of the year.

The Good

1) The Main Event: This was the ending that everybody was wanting with 75,000 people chanting YES! The match delivered as all three guys came off really well and got the crowd behind them as they were still reeling from The Undertaker loss to Brock Lesnar. Really liked the added wrinkle of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming from the crowd and the stretcher spot was well executed. The only shocking thing was the fact Batista was the guy Bryan submitted, but that was the right move as it means more since that’s Batista’s first defeat since coming back in January. The Daniel Bryan Era now begins!

2) The Opening Segment featuring Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin: This was definitely my favorite moment of the night and was the best way to open the show. You had the three biggest stars in our generation in the same ring at the same time. Was a cool moment when Austin and Hogan the staredown as goosebumps were running down my body when that happened and a great moment when they shook hands. It was very symbolic to see The Rock acknowledge what Austin and Hogan did for him at previous WrestleMania’s. Good to see all three acknowledge the current WWE stars and then do the catchphrases and drinking beer in the ring.

3) Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: We had stated all week that this match should start the show. The story building to the match was done to perfection. Thought it was a very good video package showing the career of Bryan leading into the match. The match started with a slow build and was well paced throughout. Stephanie McMahon was very good here making comments at Bryan in certain points in the match. The crowd was very into the match and was good to HHH take the pin with the buskai knee. The post-match attack was the most logical to sell the fact that maybe Bryan wouldn’t compete in the main event or at the very least not be 100% going into the match.

The Bad

4) Divas Invitational: Felt really bad for the ladies here as they had to follow the Lesnar/Taker match. The crowd was flat and really didn’t care about it whatsoever. The match was a total mess as you had 14 women in there when it would been better having four at the absolute most. The finish was at least correct with AJ Lee retaining the title.

The Dirty

5) The Streak Ending: No one and I mean NO ONE so this coming. When the referee hit the mat for the three count, it seemed like the world was ending. People were ready to stop watching WWE, wanting to break their TV’s, etc. The match wasn’t nothing to get excited about even down the stretch with the near falls as no one was believing that “The Streak” would end. At the end of the day, this was the best move for business and give WWE and The Undertaker credit for pulling the trigger on this.

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WrestleMania 30 Post Show: The Undertaker Streak Ends, Daniel Bryan Wins Championship

streakoverBrian Fritz is joined by Scott Fishman from the Mercedez Benz Superdome following WrestleMania 30 as they recap the event including Daniel Bryan coming away as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker’s streak coming to an end after losing to Brock Lesnar, what that means for Taker going forward, John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt and the rest of the show including Cesaro standing out and more.

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Recap: Daniel Bryan Wins the Championship, The Streak is Over

Between The Ropes breaks down everything that happened at WrestleMania 30, including Daniel Bryan’s historic WWE World Heavyweight Championship win, and The Undertaker’s streak coming to an end. Plus, John Cena vs Bray Wyatt! [Read more...]

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Predictions, CM Punk Sightings, The Rock in New Orleans

Join us right before the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ as we give our last-minute predictions and thoughts on tonight’s big event. What’s been happening in New Orleans with Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, CM Punk sightings, and more. Plus, we’ll be taking your questions LIVE!

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Final Lineup and Predictions for WrestleMania 30

BjL73kNCYAAQaR9It’s the biggest show of the year, the Superbowl of sports entertainment, WrestleMania 30 takes place tonight at the Merdedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA in front of what will likely be more than 70,000 fans and also airing live on the WWE Network beginning at 7p ET.

The card is now set with one match on the two hour pre-show and then seven more on the main show which will last nearly four hours.  Here is the lineup and my predictions for the matches.

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Media Day (Audio)

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 takes place on tomorrow night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The WWE held their media day yesterday and BetweenTheRopes.com was live on the scene. We have full audio interviews as Brian Fritz talks to Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Natalya, Titus O’Neil and Emma.

Here is the full lineup for WWE Wrestlemania 30:

-Usos vs Los Matadores vs Jack Swagger & Cesaro vs Curtis Axel & Ryback for tag titles

-30 man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

-14 woman Vickie Guerrero Invitational for the WWE Divas Championship

-New Age Outlaws & Kane vs The Shield

-John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

-Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

-Daniel Bryan vs HHH

-Randy Orton vs Batista vs. Bryan-HHH winner for WWE title

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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan on WrestleMania 30, Increased Fame

WWE superstar Daniel Bryan talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30 what could be the biggest night of his career, how he would set up the match order at WrestleMania, dealing with his increased fame, handling the schedule, YES chants and more.

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WWE Diva Natalya on WrestleMania 30, Slapped by Summer Rae

WWE Diva Natalya talks with Brian Fritz about the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 30, being on Total Divas, getting slapped by Summer Rae, being married to a wrestler, advice she has shared to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan before their wedding and more.

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Triple H on Daniel Bryan: “This Year I Don’t Have A Big 300 Pound Guy, I Have A Sawed Off 185 Pound Guy”

We are two days away from Wrestlemania 30 this Sunday from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Lousiana. Triple H will competing in his 18th Wrestlemania as he faces Daniel Bryan in what is the most highly anticipated match on the card. Whoever wins the match will be inserted into the main event against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.

The WWE has released a video of Triple H training for the match with Bryan. The video shows Triple H doing a variety of things to prepare for Bryan and you hear from his trainer, boxing coach and “The Game”.

You can watch the video at the top of the page.

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Harley Race Talks About Appearing At Wrestlemania 3, Why He Would Be Surprised If Daniel Bryan Walks Out of Wrestlemania As Champion

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On today’s podcast we talk to WWE Hall of Famer and eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race.

Race discusses what it was like to appear what it was like to appear at WrestleMania 3, compares that moment to wrestling at his first Starrcade, what it is like to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, why he would be surprised if Daniel Bryan walks out of Wrestlemania 30 with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, why HHH is the best wrestler today and much more.

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Top Five Matches In The Career Of Randy Orton

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Randy Orton heads into this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton will be in the main event of the show facing Batista and the winner of the Daniel Bryan vs HHH match.

Orton signed a deal with WWE in 2001 and started in Ohio Valley Wrestling and was brought up to the main roster in 2002. Orton is a 12 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion and Tag Team Champion.

We are going to look back at the top matches in the career of the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

5) Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam at 2003 Armageddon for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Orton had started to find his place in the company when this match took place in December 2003. By this time, Orton was apart of Evolution with HHH, Batista and Ric Flair. They were the most over heels at that current time. Van Dam was the Intercontinental Champion heading into this title defense. In what was a very good match, Orton defeated Van Dam to the title and win the first singles belt of his career.

4) Randy Orton vs Mick Foley at 2004 Backlash: This feud had started to escalate at the end of 2003 and rolled right into 2004. The two squared off in a handicap match at Wrestlemania 20 when Orton, Batista and Flair defeated Foley and The Rock. The WWE paired the two in a one on one match at the Backlash pay-per-view the following month in a no holds barred match. This was Foley’s first singles match in over four years and the two put on one heck of a match. Orton won the match and really put him on the map as a guy who can adapt to different types of wrestling styles.

3) Randy Orton vs Chris Benoit at Summerslam 2004 for the World Heavyweight Championship: I know bringing up Benoit’s name is pretty much taboo since he murdered his wife and son in 2007. This match was Orton’s first crack at a heavyweight title and got into the match by winning a battle royal a few weeks beforehand. Benoit had been on a run during this time as he won the World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 20. It was a hotly contested 20 minute match with Orton walking out the winner and his first ever Heavyweight Championship.

2) Randy Orton vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 21: This was a really good buildup as Orton had been the “Legend Killer” gimmick laying out legends like Mick Foley, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Ric Flair. Heading into Wrestlemania 21, Taker was 12-0 at Mania heading into this match. This match went about 15 minutes with Taker winning the match, which was his best Mania match since his match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 17 in 2001 and has been Orton’s best match ever at Wrestlemania.

1) Randy Orton vs Triple H at No Mercy 2007 for the WWE Championship: Heading into this event, the title was vacant as it was supposed to be John Cena vs Orton, but Cena had torn his pectoral muscle six days before on an edition of Monday Night Raw. At the beginning of the show, Vince McMahon had made Orton the champion, but HHH protested and McMahon a match them two and HHH won the title. “The Game” then defeated Umaga halfway through the show and then faced Orton in the main event of the show in a last man standing match. Orton walked out of the match winning in my mind his first ever WWE championship.

Let us know your thoughts on if you would get rid of or add any matches.

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Stephanie McMahon States That Fans Will Be “Terribly Disappointed” When Triple H “Handily” Beats Daniel Bryan

The most talked about match at this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 is Daniel Bryan vs HHH. Whoever wins the match goes on to the main event to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.

In his weekly interview, Michael Cole speaks with HHH’s wife Stephanie McMahon to promote the big match. Cole asks McMahon if Bryan gave the fans hope after getting the better of HHH on this past Monday’s Raw.

“Well that’s the exact word Michael, impossible,” McMahon stated. “And regardless of any false hope that Daniel Bryan may have given his fans, I’m sorry to say but their going to be terribly disappointed at Wrestlemania when my husband HHH handily beats Daniel Bryan and then goes onto to beat Randy Orton and Dave Batista and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

You can watch the complete interview in the video above.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up Heading Into Wrestlemania 30

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We are five days away from WWE Wrestlemania 30 from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Last night’s edition of Monday Night Raw gives the WWE some momentum heading into the biggest weekend of the wrestling year. Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.39 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 3.07 rating with an average of 4.272 million viewers.

The first hour of the showed averaged 4.23 million viewers that featured the opening segment with Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. The second hour averaged 4.60 million viewers and featured the Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and Batista segment along with John Cena attacking the Wyatt Family. The third and final hour of the show averaged 4.33 million viewers that featured a John Cena interview and the final segment with the Batista vs Orton match. That match also featured Stephanie McMahon and Triple H commentary and interference from Daniel Bryan.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Washington D.C. and was the final Raw before WrestleMania 30 on Sunday in New Orleans. We give you what was the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.

The Good

1) John Cena Promo: It was a good night for Cena. The first time we seen him out was when he stood in the ring with the Wyatt’s in Duke “The Dumpster” Droese garb and a sheep’s mask after Bray Wyatt’s match with R-Truth. Cena then cut an emotional backstage interview with Renee Young telling her that,”You will see fire, you will see hell, and you will see rage and John Cena will be a monster.” Behind the nonsensical Jimmy Buffet reference a few weeks back, Cena has cut some very good promos heading into Wrestlemania. Wish we would see more consistent promos from Cena in every program.

2) Opening Segment: I was very down on what WWE did last week making Brock Lesnar look weak again with The Undertaker. It was a very smart move by WWE opening with Taker and Lesnar to combat the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother”. Liked when Taker used the line, “there are three things that can’t be beat: Death, Taxes, and The Streak. That line made it seem how important The Streak is to everyday life. Paul Heyman was his usual spot on self comparing Lesnar winning this Sunday to Hulk Hogan defeating Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3. Liked how Lesnar walked around the ring and thinking about whether to get into the ring with Taker. Was smart for Heyman to distract Taker with Lesnar giving a vicious clothesline and the F5. Only bad thing was I wish Lesnar would have done another F5, but this segment left fans with some doubt of whether The Streak will continue on after Wrestlemania.

The Bad

3) Piper’s Pit: Roddy Piper felt that he should be on Wrestlemania 30 and do a Piper’s Pit with Hulk Hogan due to the happenings at Wrestlemania 1. Well, thankfully we got this last night. Piper looked lost a couple times in promoting the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. The eye gouge was awful and unnecessary. This was a waste of time and their could have been a better way to promote the Battle Royal.

4) Big E vs Alberto Del Rio: This doesn’t get a bad due to the match, as it wasn’t horrible. This was bad to the finish. The logic behind the Intercontinental champion losing a non-title match to a guy who hasn’t won a lot of matches in awhile. Big E should be defending the title instead of being in the Battle Royal. All titles should be defended at Wrestlemania as you can always throw guys in the Battle Royal to fill the ring.

The Dirty

5) Closing Segment: This a good dirty. Behind a few things, this was looking like a dreadful show heading into the final segment of the show. The Batista vs Randy Orton match was a good match considering what we have seen from Batista since his return in January. Liked how Bryan came out through the crowd and attacked Triple H. It was good to see Bryan get the better of Batista and Orton as well as it gives the fans hope that he will walk out of Wrestlemania with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Thought it was a smart move by WWE to keep Bryan off of last week’s Raw as it meant more last night as Bryan got the biggest pop of the show. Will Bryan win the title on Sunday? We will find out.

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