Dolph Ziggler Suffers Second Concussion In Eight Months

In what has to be a cause for concern for WWE, Dolph Ziggler suffered a concussion in a match he had with Ryback last night in a match to air on WWE Superstars. Dr. Chris Amman told WWE.com that Ziggler suffered the injury while taking a clothesline from Ryback.

This is the second concussion that Ziggler has suffered in the last eight months. “The Show Off” suffered the first concussion in May when he got kicked in the head by Jack Swagger.

“We were able to evaluate him in the ring; he was having some confusion and disorientation. We took him back to the training room and confirmed a concussion. He’s currently feeling better but we’ll proceed with ImPACT testing and further evaluation to determine when we can get him back in the ring,” Amman stated to the website.

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WWE Monday Night Raw (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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The WWE taped tonight’s Monday Night Raw on Tuesday night from Austin, Texas. Here are the matches that will be on tonight’s show starting at 8 p.m. ET on USA.

-A.J. Lee, Tamina, Aksana, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, and another Diva vs. The Bella Twins, Natalya, Cameron, Naomi, and Eva Marie in a 12 Diva Jingle Bells match.

-Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel.

-Daniel Bryan, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes vs. The Wyatt Family.

-Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Present on a Pole match for an Intercontinental Title shot on the December 30 Raw.

-The Uso Brothers vs. The Prime Time Players.

-”Good Santa” Mark Henry vs. “Bad Santa” Damien Sandow.

-The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores.

-Ryback vs. Kofi Kingston.

-John Cena, C.M. Punk, and Big E Langston vs. The Shield.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday December 27, 2013

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

-John Cena came out to a loud pop. Corpus is always pro Cena. He included a Hulk Hogan reference in his promo while talking about last week’s Raw (next week really due to the taping schedule). He asked for a title match with Randy Orton tonight. The Shield came out to beat Cena. Mark Henry came out for the save but got beaten down. Big E Langston came out and the babyfaces took care of business. Kane came out to make the matches for tonight – Big E vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry, and Seth Rollins will face Cena all in singles matches (when The Shield left, they walked right next to us)…

-Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt) defeated The Uso Brothers. The Uso Brothers received a good pop. The Wyatt Family took care of business quickly. Bray entered the ring afterward to hit Sister Abigail to end the segment…

-Randy Orton was interviewed by Renee Young. He was interrupted soon after by Dolph Ziggler, and a match between the two was set up by Kane.

-Antonio Cesaro defeated Cody Rhodes. Cesaro won the match in roughly five minutes.

-The Prime Time Players defeated Curtis Axel and Ryback. Darren Young rolled up Axel for the win.

-WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton defeated Dolph Ziggler. Orton came out with both belts on his shoulder. Ziggler now has a strain of pink in his hair (if he wants to get over he has to be a serious face or heel to get back to where he was when he was a championship contender, no change since he turned face). A great match. They have had some in the past and this is right along with them. The ending saw when Orton hit his RKO for the win.

-After the match Orton hits Ziggler with an RKO and then took him outside and threw Ziggler in an ugly manner (and I mean it looked like it hurt bad for Ziggler). The segment concluded there. Ziggler has to be hurting somewhat for it to end the way it did.

-Daniel Bryan beat Damien Sandow. Bryan out to one of loudest pops of the night. Video footage was shown of this past Monday’s raw (next week). A great match with Bryan hitting his running knee. Bray Wyatt came out with the family to deliver a good promo that got some good heat.

-Big E Langston (w/John Cena, Mark Henry) beat Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins). A good match. After they were all on floor, Langston got him in ring and hit the Big Ending for the win.

-Roman Reigns (w/Ambrose, Rollins) beat Mark Henry (w/Cena, Langston). A good match as well, that saw both go back and forth with their offense, but Henry is a beast and picked him up like he was Daniel Bryan. He is truly is strong as hell. Reigns came back with some nice moves followed by the spear for the win. I can hear the support for Reigns and rightfully, so as they set him up more and more as the breakout of The Shield. Mark Henry did a great job of selling the Reigns spear.

-John Cena (w/Langston, Henry) defeated Seth Rollins (w/Ambrose, Reigns). Another great match (I have been coming to events here since ’94 and I must say I am impressed with the matches, they have been better than I thought they would be considering the holiday season). Me and my buddies Robert and Sonny are impressed, and here in Corpus Christi the crowd is more hyped than it has been in years as well. Cena got a great pop as he hit Rollins with the Attitude Adjustment for the win. The faces celebrated. The Shield came by and I touched Reigns, who was full of sweat. I wiped it on my buddy Robert Chapa (haha). We said great match to Rollins and Reigns as they were close to us more so than Ambrose.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Commerical (Extended Version)

The WWE Royal Rumble is the first pay-per-view of 2014. The even takes place on Sunday January 26th from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The WWE today released an extended version of the Royal Rumble promotional commercial featuring superstars like CM Punk, Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler.

You can watch the commercial above.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Portland, Oregon. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Curtis Axel beat Dolph Ziggler in a lengthy match. Ryback ended up distracting Ziggler, allowing Axel to hit his finisher for the win.
- Natalya defeated Alicia Fox by submission with the Sharpshooter.
- Xavier Woods & R-Truth beat Tons of Funk after Truth pinned Clay. After the match, Brodus beat down Truth and tried to splash him and got into a shoving argument with Tensai.

Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Uncasville, Connecticut. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Alberto Del Rio beat Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio won with the Cross Arm Breaker. Awesome match. They really went all out and the crowd was into it the whole time. This was better than their two pay-per-view matches earlier this year.

- Damien Sandow beat Santino Marella. Sandow won with his You’re Welcome finisher. Pretty much a squash. Sandow cut a promo before the match insulting the crowd and calling himself “still the uncrowned world champion.” He demanded better opponents.

- Triple H cut a promo on the screen saying he wants the titles to be unified at TLC. He wants only one WWE champion. So I guess they are guaranteeing one champion at TLC? I can’t see the Titantron from my seat so I might not have gotten the full context of the promo.

- Kofi Kingston beat Fandango (w/Summer Rae). Kingston won with Trouble in Paradise. Fundamentally solid, but the crowd had no reason to get invested in either man, although the kids got into at the end. No follow up on Sunday’s actions from Kofi.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE Raw Recap Podcast: Triple H and Big Show Legal Affairs and a Horny Bull

ortonshowrawBrian and Steve recap WWE raw from Monday night including the legal issues between the Big Show and Triple H, holes in the main storyline, going back to the well, Dolph Ziggler being worth 12%, Kane owns a suit, a horny bull making some moves on Renee Young and more.  Plus, they talk about the card so far for Survivor Series, the latest on Hulk Hogan, TNA being for sale or maybe not and what former champion is returning on the show this week.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) defeated Goldust (w/Cody Rhodes) in roughly five minutes. Huge pops for Goldust and Cody. The Shield received an okay pop too. Back and forth action and the crowd was really into Goldust. Rollins won with a rollup after Goldust was distracted by Cody and Reigns brawling at ringside.

- A John Cena video promo was shown and the crowd really booed him.

- The Real Americans defeated The Prime Time Players. The Real Americans came out to not much heat. The Players were next they didn’t get the reaction I expected. The Real Americans were in control to begin. A “We The People” chant started and then the crowd had a small pop for the hot tag to Titus O’Neil, but he got caught in Antonio’s spin before Swagger put him away with the Patriot lock in about seven minutes.

- Cameron and Naomi defeated Alicia Fox and Aksana. A typical Divas match with Cameron pinning Aksana in four minutes.

- Damien Sandow defeated Dolph Ziggler. Dolph received a huge pop and Sandow got a lot of hate. In fact, it was the most heat of the night. Back and forth action from both guys with Sandow picking up the win in about five minutes.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Podcast: You’re Not the One – October 22, 2013

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.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday October 16, 2013

Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Kansas City, Missouri. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the United States Title

- Tensai, Brodus Clay and Santino Marella defeated 3MB

- Damien Sandow defeated R-Truth

- The Great Khali defeated Fandango

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WWE Battleground Predictions and Preview

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WWE starts off a month of many pay-per-view events tonight with the new event Battleground. The card for this event is incredibly lackluster, seeing a rematch of the most recent event in the main event of this one and a number of other matches that just seem thrown together to make matches for WWE’s other event at the end of this month, Hell in a Cell. As the guys mentioned in the video preview on Friday, one has to wonder why WWE didn’t decide to axe this pay-per-view event and build these matches up more for the Hell in a Cell event. For now though, let’s preview what the pay-per-view buyer can expect from this event.

The main event will see Daniel Bryan take on Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship. This whole storyline of the title being held up just seems like a poor excuse for these two to try and meet up for the title again and yet again gave WWE another way to give Bryan the title only to take it away from him again. Knowing that these two men will almost certainly meet up again in three weeks in the cell, this match really does not seem to matter. Bryan and Orton will put on a great match as these two men tend to do, if the writers allow the match to be a clean match between the two men. Being that they are building this up for a third match in the cell, I’m highly skeptical that these two will have a clean one-on-one encounter. That being said, I expect Orton to win in a fashion that will permit the rematch with Bryan in the Cell.

The main match on the undercard sees World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defending his title against Rob Van Dam in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match. This match is really seeming to highlight RVD’s hardcore past and each match he has on the road to this one has shown a particular aspect of that, each time ending with RVD hitting his patented Van Terminator. That being said, I still do not see RVD winning the title in this one. If I had to guess I would say that this may be the match that leads to Ricardo Rodriquez reuniting with Alberto Del Riomby costing RVD the title. The only way I see Van Dam winning is if Damien Sandow cashes in Money in the Bank afterward and I don’t see him cashing that in quite yet.

Remember a year or so ago when Ryback was taking on CM Punk for the WWE Championship inside Hell in a Cell? Remember how well that match went? Well, take away the WWE Championship, the cell and move Paul Heyman into the corner of Ryback and were pretty much gonna get the same thing without the screwy finish involving Brad Maddox. Punk should win this one, but keep the feud going with Paul Heyman and his “guys” for the rest of the year. Either way, this match isn’t gonna be pretty.

Speaking of Paul Heyman guys, Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel will defend his title against R-Truth. Truth looked pretty good against Axel in their previous encounters and this match has the elements to be a surprise hit. Axel has had a tendency of losing in his non-title matches as of recently, but always pulls out the win when the belt is on the line. Whether or not Truth can break that streak is dependent on how much influence Heyman &/or Ryback have on the match and its outcome. In the end, I see Axel retaining in a fashion to allow them to meet up again at Hell in a Cell for the title.

In a match featuring one of the most out of left field story lines I can recall, Cody Rhodes and his brother Goldust will take on WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of the Shield. At stake is the fate of their WWE futures and their father Dusty’s job as a trainer in NXT. This whole, “let’s pick on the Rhodes family” storyline just baffles me.

I don’t really understand why creative went in this direction, nor do I really know where this storyline is going. Due to that, I’m kind of at an impasse for predicting a winner. On the one hand, The Shield have always been managing to find ways to win on the pay-per-view. On the other I don’t see WWE bringing in all of the Rhodes family into a storyline for one mediocre pay-per-view. I can almost see this going to the Rhodes clan by means of DQ leading to a possible six-man with Dusty and Ambrose involved at Hell in a Cell.

The WWE Divas Championship will be defended on the pay-per-view when champion AJ Lee defends against Brie Bella. This could be a solid match for the Divas title as these two women both have what it takes to hold the belt. That being said, even though Brie and her sister have been getting a big push in conjunction with the Total Divas show on E!. AJ walks out of the pay-per-view with the belt, if only for the reason that she is the only true heel Diva in the whole division right now and the other Divas fighting to take her down is better for the division than nothing. The only way that I see Brie taking the title is if the WWE were wanting to parlay her real-life romance with Daniel Bryan into a power couple type of storyline. The problem is, that doesn’t even seem to be close to an idea the creative team has though of.

In a match that will more than likely open the main card of the event, Bray Wyatt takes on Kofi Kingston. This match comes after weeks of Bray Wyatt’s cryptic messages directed at Kingston after his matches. There is no doubt in my mind that Kingston has the ability to make this match an entertaining spectacle when working off of Wyatt’s bizarre and rough offense. In the end though, the Erik Rowan and Luke Harper’s presence at ringside will be the deciding factor in Wyatt winning this match.

The pre-show match for this pay-per-view sees former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler take on World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract holder Damien Sandow. It’s a match with Ziggler in it, meaning it definitely has the potential to be a fantastic match even for the pre-show. The fact that he’s taking on Sandow also has the potential to make this match a bit of a sleeper as WWE has to start building him up as a serious contender to the title if Money in the Bank is going to continue to be anything of importance. For that reason, look for Sandow to kick off the night with a win.

Keeping all of that in mind, if that sounds like a good way to spend your Sunday night, Battleground will be live on pay-per-view tonight starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. For more news and results, keep it posted here at Between the Ropes.

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

The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 PM ET on SyFy.

Here is what took place on the show.

- Big Show interview segment
- Rob Van Dam vs Fandango
- Ryback vs R-Truth
- Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler
- Los Matadores vs Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
- Paul Heyman interview segment
- Brie Bella vs Aksana
- Kofi Kingston vs Big E Langston
- Brey Wyatt interview segment
- Big Show vs Randy Orton and The Shield

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 27th, 2013

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Smackdown opened with Triple H again defending his recent actions to the fans, but took a curve when The Miz came and confronted him. I liked it. I thought Miz made the segment more interesting, and he held his own on the mic against Triple H. It also served as great storyline continuity from show-to-show. Give The Miz more stuff like this, and less MizTV time, and he’ll probably start to shine a little more. [Read more...]

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

The WWE taped tonight’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can watch the show tonight starting at 8 PM ET on SyFy.

Here are the matches that took place on the show.

- Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth

- The Real Americans vs. The Prime Time Players

- Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

- WWE Divas Champion A.J. Lee vs. Cameron

- 3MB vs. The Great Khali and Santino Marella

- Randy Orton vs. The Miz

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday September 18. 2013

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.

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

WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place on Tuesday night from the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We released the full spoilers on Wednesday. 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.

- Big Show promo
- Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana vs Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella
- Vickie Guerrero promo
- R-Truth vs Fandango in a dance competition
- Santino Marella vs Damien Sandow
- Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel
- Alberto Del Rio vs Ricardo Rodriguez
- Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
- The Shield vs The Usos and Doplh Ziggler
- The Cutting Edge featuring Edge, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan

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Video: WWE 2K14 30 Years of WrestleMania Symposium

WWE held a symposium celebrating the 30 years of WrestleMania theme on the latest WWE 2K14 video game with a panel of WWE superstars.  Jim Ross hosted the panel which included Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, Mick Foley and Ric Flair who joined in during the second half.

Once the Nature Boy hit the scene, any kind of format went out the down as he took over the show like only he can do.  Here is the video:


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Lineup for WWE Summerslam 2013

Here is the full card for WWE Summerslam on Sunday, August 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and live on pay-per-view.

WWE Championship:  John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan with Triple H as special referee

Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk

World Heavyweight Championship:  Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian

Ring of Fire Match:  Kane vs. Bray Wyatt

Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and AJ Lee

Natalya vs. Brie Bella

Pre-show Kickoff – United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam