Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night in what was mostly a bad night for the good guys , if the WWE is being too inside with storylines, how Daniel Bryan got another shot for the WWE Championship, CM Punk and Paul Heyman, the Rhodes family making an appearance and more. Plus, they talk about Rob Van Dam’s contract, the Summerslam buyrate, the WWE video game, the Hulk Hogan watch and more.
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RAW comes to you LIVE from Chicago tonight, and features the return of “The Best in The World,” CM Punk. Not only that, the WWE locker room has shown growing signs of unrest over the past few weeks, so Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have promised to address the situation publicly. Plus, with only two more weeks until WWE Battleground, fans can expect Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to lock horns as they build towards their WWE Championship match.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place on Tuesday night from Cincinnati, Ohio. We released the spoilers on Tuesday night. If you didn’t see the spoilers, here is what took place on the show that airs tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET.
- Vickie Guerrero Promo
- AJ Lee vs Naomi
- Jack Swagger vs Santino Marella
- Ryback vs Jobber
- Randy Orton Promo
- The Shield in a gauntlet match
- R-Truth vs Alberto Del rio
- The Shield vs Daniel Bryan and The Usos
The WWE announced in their monthly business report that this year’s WWE Summerslam preliminary buyrate has done 298,000 buys. That number is down 17% from when the show did 358,000 buys.
This year’s Summerslam was headlined by John Cena defending the WWE title against Daniel Bryan, while last year’s card was headlined by Brock Lesnar battling Triple H.
The preliminary buyrate breaks down to 186,000 buys in North America and 112,000 buys internationally.
The official numbers for Summerslam will be announced when the WWE releases their third quarter earnings later on in the year.
It was announced by the WWE last night at the Smackdown tapings that Daniel Bryan will battle Randy Orton for the vacant WWE title at the new WWE pay-per-view, Battleground. The event takes place on Sunday, October 6 in Buffalo, New York.
The Bryan and Orton feud started at Summerslam last month when Bryan defeated John Cena to capture the WWE title. Orton who had won the Money in the Bank briefcase in July came down to the ring and WWE COO Triple H attacked Bryan and gave him the pedigree. “The Viper” then came into the ring and pinned Bryan to win the title.
The two combatants have been feuding since with Orton getting the upper hand the majority of the time. Bryan and Orton battled at Night of Champions with the WWE title on the line. Triple H said at the beginning of the event saying their would be no interference by any superstar.
Bryan pinned Orton in a good match to win the title.
On Monday Night Raw two days ago, Bryan came out to celebrate his victory and then Triple H came out to confront Bryan. Triple H told referee Scott Armstrong to come out to the ring. The COO compared a count from earlier in the match to the fast count that won the title for Bryan.
Armstrong admitted he made a mistake and told Bryan, “the gig is up” in reference to them being together and screwing Orton out of the title. Triple H then told Bryan they are holding the title up, which leads to the announcement last night.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings tonight from Cincinnati, Ohio. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at tonight’s tapings.
- A recap from Night of Champions and RAW is shown first. Vickie Guerrero is in the ring to open SmackDown. Loud boos when she says “Excuse Me!” She welcomes us to SmackDown. As the General Manager, she needs to make this show the most thrilling, best ever. She’s here to introduce to someone. She repeats the WWE Championship title holder streaks. She introduced Daniel Bryan. Bryan says he would much rather be champion for 1 day then be a corporate suck up. Vickie says she is his boss & giving him an opportunity to come clean. Daniel says they both know he did nothing wrong. Vickie questions it & said he needs to come forward & tell the truth. Daniel asked if she wants the truth, and gave her it & said he kneed Orton in the face & the ref could have counted to 20 because Orton was knocked out. He said he should still be WWE Champion. Vickie says she could have fired Daniel & hopes he never becomes the face of WWE. Daniel said everyone here should be happy Vickie has no power. Vickie said Daniel deserved to be beat up by The Shield. She shows us photos of all the superstars who helped Bryan on RAW Monday. She said we will have all 10 superstars plus Bryan in an 11 on 3 gauntlet match. One man will face all 3 members of The Shield at once until that person is defeated. She said she’s saving Daniel for last & laughs victoriously. She leaves & the crowd chants asshole.
- WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Naomi is up next. Cameron is at ringside and Natalya is on commentary. AJ gets the win by submission.
- Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella is up next. Zeb Colter cuts a promo before the match and says Swagger’s opponent is an immigrant. Santino ends up winning with a roll up.
- Ryback comes out with Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. His opponent is some local guy named Nick from Cincinnati. Paul Heyman speaks and says that we know the big news – He’s the best in the world. He would like to give credit to CM Punk for giving him all he could handle at Night of Champions. He says our hero at Night of Champions wasn’t CM Punk and the winner of the match was Paul Heyman. He could not have done it without his hero. Ryback says Paul is gracious and doesn’t need to be picked on by Punk. Ryback said he hates bullies. Ryback says Nick tried to intimidate little kids and wants him to intimidate Ryback. Ryback squashes the guy & picks up the victory in less than two minutes.
- Randy Orton comes out. He says at Night of Champions, Daniel Bryan & Scott Armstrong conspired to steal the WWE Title from him. He takes all the blame and says the last two years he went deep down and thought we and the company wanted him to be like John Cena. He said he locked the way the viper because he thought that’s what everyone wanted. He said he want back to the viper that he was 3 years ago and made an example out of The Miz so we’d know who he really and truly is. The recap from RAW is shown and Orton said let that stand to a warning to anyone who thinks they will get in his path. He said after Battleground he will be champion and he is going to end the war between himself & Daniel Bryan. He promises to be our, no, not ours, once again promises to be his WWE Champion. The Shield comes out for their Gauntlet Match.
- The Shield’s first opponent is Darren Young and they destroy him. Titus O’Neil is out next and he fights them off but eventually they beat him down and pin him.
Dolph Ziggler is out next but he also gets overpowered. He finally fights back and takes them out one by one but gets counted out and loses after a spear from Roman Reigns.
Kofi Kingston is out next. Reigns tries to attack him on the ramp but Kofi dodges him. Kofi takes out Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose with dropkicks. Reigns takes Trouble In Paradise but the pin is broken. The Shield take back control and pin Kofi after Dean Ambrose hits his finisher.
Rob Van Dam is out next while Reigns is still down. RVD takes on Rollins and Ambrose. RVD hits a double Rolling Thunder and goes up for the Five Star Frogsplash but Triple H’s music hits and out he comes, calling the match off. Triple H argues with Vickie at ringside as the fans chant “this is bulls–t!” Triple H sends everyone to the back and it appears the match is over.
- Backstage segment with Triple H yelling at Vickie backstage. Vickie says she thought the Gauntlet Match was best for business. Triple H tells her to make a six-man match – Daniel Bryan and The Usos vs. The Shield.
- Triple H is backstage with Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel. He says they are talented. They want some competition. Triple H sends them to the ring and says he will find them some competition. Out comes Luke Harper and Erick Rowan with Bray Wyatt. Rowan and Harper win the match. Bray attacks Ryder after the match and says he will continue to take people out for Abigail.
- Rob Van Dam is backstage. Triple H walks in and apologizes for Vickie putting him in the gauntlet match. Triple H gives RVD a rematch against Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title. Del Rio runs in and attacks RVD.
- R-Truth vs. Alberto Del Rio is up next. Del Rio gets the win by submission.
- The Shield are out first for the match followed by The Usos and Daniel Bryan. The Shield dominate most of the match on both of the Usos. The Uso in the ring is finally able to tag in Daniel Bryan & Bryan cleans house. The Usos take out Roman Reigns & Rollins jumps on them. The other Uso then jumps on all four of them and it’s down to Bryan & Ambrose. Bryan locks in the Yes Lock but Ambrose gets to the ropes. Bryan hits him with the knees for the win. In what may have been part of the post-show, Randy Orton came down and attacked Bryan but Bryan got the upperhand and sent Orton to the back.
Thank you to WrestlingInc.com for the results.
Before the Smackdown tapings take, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tomorrow night starting at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s tapings took place in Cincinnati. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel is up first. Paul Heyman and Ryback are at ringside. Dolph hit Ryback but Axel knocked him to the floor. Axel distracted the referee while Ryback took Ziggler out on the floor. Axel brought Ziggler back in the ring and hit his finisher for the win.
- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the WWE championship is announced for Battleground.
- Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango is up next. Kofi mocks Fandango by dancing. He gets the win after Trouble In Paradise.
- Damien Sandow beat Justin Gabriel after countering the 450 Splash.
Brian and Steve look back at last night’s Raw including Daniel Bryan being stripped of the WWE Championship, Stephanie and her wicked ways involving with Dusty Rhodes, Paul Heyman and his starry eyes for Ryback, the good guys finally stepping up and helping and more. Plus, they talk about the report that Hulk Hogan’s TNA contract expiring in two weeks and the company possibly taking Impact off the road.
Last night’s pay-per-view started off in a weird way. Triple H opened up with a segment about making the match fair, no interference, blah blah blah. But wait, isn’t he our “big bad” in WWE right now? His character has done nothing but demolish Daniel Bryan for weeks, and all of sudden he decides to play both sides. I completely understand the idea of making a heel a little more tweener. What I can’t figure out is, why does WWE think now is the time to pull him back? [Read more...]
Brian and Steve look back at last night’s WWE Night of Champions PPV which saw Daniel Bryan defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, added matches to the show, the greatest champion polls during the show and if they have any meaning and more. Plus, they talk about tonight’s edition of Raw and a few people possibly leaving TNA Wrestling.
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Tonight, WWE returns to Pay Per View with its annual “Night of Champions” Pay-Per-View. The show is headlined by an exciting match, with Randy Orton defending his WWE Championship against an underdog Daniel Bryan. Fans also have CM Punk vs Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel in a handicap match, with the stipulation that if Punk beats Axel, he gets his hands on Punk. Be sure to watch along with us tonight! [Read more...]
Kickoff match: The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. 3MB (any pairing of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, or Jinder Mahal) vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) with Zeb Colter)
It’s that time of the year again as WWE comes back onto pay per view tonight with it’s annual Night of Champions event. The premise, that every title is to be defended, falls a little by the wayside this year a the seven matches scheduled for the card make it appear a bit lackluster in terms of quality and seems to show the misdirection WWE has for almost every title that isn’t the top two championships.
That misdirection is inherent in the pre-show kickoff match. In order to determine the number one contenders to the Tag Team Championships currently held by The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins we are going to be treated to an absolute cluster of a 5-team Tag Team Turmoil match. Nothing about the format of this match makes any sense and aside from The Primetime Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neill) none of the other teams have been built up for a tag title run. So, sorry 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre), Tons of Funk (Tensai & Brodus Clay), Jimmy & Jay Uso, and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) but you are just adding to the cluster that will be this match.
Opening segment featuring Big Show, Triple H, and The Shield was excellent. Big Show’s fake apology letter cracked me up, and Triple H coming out to confront show about his actions made sense. But I was afraid that was going to be all there was to it. Fortunately, The Shield came out to liven things up, and Big Show entered an entertaining, hardcore, five-minute brawl with the trio. The fans in attendance were digging it, I was digging it, and it kicked things off in a hot way. [Read more...]