First 10 Things You Should Watch on WWE Network

wwe-networkThe big day is almost here, Christmas in February for wrestling fans with the WWE Network set to launch on Monday morning at 9:00a ET.  Over 1,500 hours of video-on-reman will be available immediately including all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views.

If that isn’t enough, WWE will also include all new pay-per-views as well as encores of new episodes of Raw and Smackdown on the new WWE Network as well as other original programming.   Anyone that signs up gets all of that for free for a week and then for $9.99 a month with a six-month commitment.  Yeah, that’s a good deal.

With all of that video-on-demand programming available from there get-go, here are ten things you should watch after signing up for the WWE Network.

WWF Royal Rumble 1992 – Royal Rumble Match

A flamboyant Ric Flair had been talking for weeks about how we has going to become the WWF World Champion after joining the World Wrestling Federation just a few months earlier bragging about how he was the real world champion.  He had a tough road to go, entering the Royal Rumble at number three.  His manager Bobby Heenan was on commentary and nearly passed out every time that Flair was nearly eliminated.  But the Nature Boy survived nearly 60 minutes and in the end was able to push Sid Justice out of the ring with a helping hand from Hulk Hogan who was upset that Justice had taken him out a few seconds earlier.  After the match, Flair, Heenan and Curt Hennig — all wearing the biggest grins ever — bragged about the win with Flair exclaiming, “With a tear in my eye, this is the greatest moment in the history of my life!”  Wooo!

WrestleMania 25 – Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

Both men had amazing entrances with Michaels decked in all white and he descended from the clouds while The Undertaker ascended from the floor surrounded by flames.  Even more amazing was the match these two would have, a nearly flawless performance by both legends in putting together an all-time classic and arguable the greatest match in WrestleMania history.  The Undertaker was nearly knocked out and could have possibly been permanently injured while performing a suicide dive over the ropes to the floor where Michaels pulled the cameraman in front of him.  The problem was that person was out of position and did not catch the Dead Man who torpedoed down on his head and neck.  Somehow, he was able to continue and after both men kicked our of each other’s finishers and the crowd in a frenzy, Michaels went for a moonsault for Undertaker caught him and went right into a Tombstone Piledriver for the win.

1999 ECW Living Dangerously – Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam

This was the first encounter between them in what would become the biggest feud in both men’s careers.  Both of them went 110% pulling out moves and countermoves and just crazy amounts of action, coming up with so many brutal yet innovative moves as they battled for the ECW Television Title.  After going to the 20-minute time limit with no winner, referee John Finnegan was ready to award the match to Lynn but he wanted none of that and insisted that they go another five minutes to get a clean winner.   That would backfire as Van Dam would connect on the Five Star Frog Splash a couple minutes later for the win.

WWE Summerslam 2002 – Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H

This was Michaels return to the ring after more than four years and it looked like he hadn’t missed a day.   Just so they could play it safe and have every trick at their disposal, this match was a non-sanctioned street fight.  Michaels wasn’t holding anything back and he even broke out a splash off the top rope sending Triple H through a table on the floor.  In the end, Michaels was able to reverse a Pedigree and roll up Hunter for the win in his big return.

WCW Superbrawl II – Brian Pillman vs. Justin Thunder Liger

An innovative match for its time in 1992 as they put on a display of aerial moves and countermoves against one another for nearly 20 minutes for the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship.  One of the best things WCW ever did was focus on the light heavyweight / cruiserweight division, helping bring in a style that most people in the U.S. had never seen before along with a new crop of stars.  Both of them shined but Pillman never looked better here pulling out the victory.

WWE Summerslam 2011 – CM Punk vs. John Cena

After having some real life contract issues with the company and dropping his infamous ‘pipe bomb” promo on Raw, Punk won the WWE Championship at the Money in the Bank PPV and looked to have left the company with its most prestigious title.  John Cena would later win a new version of the championship but Punk would return to face Cena as they would crown an undisputed champion.  An electric crowd was treated to a classic between the two who have always had tremendous chemistry together.  That would be the case again on this night with them going back and forth before Punk got the win after connecting on his second GTS of the match.

WCW Halloween Havoc 1997 – Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

A fantastic performance that helped further put cruiserweight wrestling on the map in the country.   The crowd was on fire as they showed off everything from some fantastic chain wrestling to high flying action showcasing their unbelievable skills.  Both Guerrero and Mysterio were in the prime of their careers and moving at such an unbelievable pace and working flawlessly in unison.  Mysterio was able to hit a huracanrada for the three count and winning the cruiserweight championship and holding on to his mask in the process.

ECW Heatwave 1998 – Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome

This one is not for anyone squeamish as is turned into one of the more violent matches you have ever seen, going above and beyond with the number of physical power moves and unprotected chair shots that should be a case study for CTE.  Still, Tanaka and Awesome put on quite a display of perseverance and one-upmanship that saw Tanaka finally slay the giant.

WWF Summerslam 1992 – Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog

The WWF took this show across the pond to Wembley Stadium in London with their own British Bulldog challenging Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event.  A masterpiece between the two as they showcased great technical wrestling and an incredible story with Hart using his quickness and the bigger Bulldog focusing on power moves.  Hart tried to close out the match with a sunset flip but Bulldog reversed the move and pinned Hart to win the championship in front of a joyous crowd.

WWF WrestleMania 15 – The Rock vs. Steve Austin

The two biggest stars of the era clashing on the biggest stage with Austin at the popularity of his powers while The Rock was still growing into his.  Remember, The Rock was a heel before becoming the People’s Champion as he representing Mr. McMahon and the Corporation.  It’s great to look back at these two wrestling giants in the primes in this mega-clash.  It also turned out to be a great match as they exchanged finishers in the end with Austin finally landing a Stone Cold Stunner to win the WWF Championship.

Numbers For The Fourth Quarter WWE PPV’s Released

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As we stated earlier the WWE held their fourth quarter conference call today. The company during the call released their quarter numbers and revenues for pay-per-view.

-October’s Battleground drew 114,000 buys.

-October’s Hell in a Cell drew 228,000 buys compared to the 199,000 buys in 2012, 182,000 buys in 2011, 210,000 buys in 2010, and 283,000 buys for the same event in 2009.

-November’s Survivor Series pay-per-view produced 177,000 buys compared to 208,000 buys in 2012, 281,000 buys in 2011, 244,000 buys in 2010, and 235,000 buys in 2009.

-December’s TLC drew 181,000 buys compared to 175,000 buys in 2012, 179,000 in 2011, 195,000 buys in 2010, and 228,000 buys in 2009.

It was the first time that Battleground had been a PPV. Hell in a Cell this year headlined by Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship inside the cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. That event also marked the return of John Cena, who was out with an arm injury.

Survivor Series was headlined by Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE championship and TLC was headlined by Cena vs Orton in a title unification bout.

Are the numbers where you expected them to be?

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WWE Raw Ends in Brawl, Cesaro Stands Out Leading into Elimination Chamber

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Complete Lineup for WWE Elimination Chamber 2014

A few more matches were announced on Raw completing the card for this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV.  Here is the complete card for that show:

-  Elimination Chamber for WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Christian

-  The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family

-  Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

-  WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E. vs. Jack Swagger

-  WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos

-  Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neill

-  Kickoff Show match:  Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

WWE Monday Night RAW Results From February 17, 2014

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February 17, 2014
Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado

First Segment: John Cena comes out to start tonights Monday Night RAW. They show a highlight package of Cena beating Randy Orton in main event of last weeks RAW. Cena says that you can tell by the energy in the building that tonight is Monday Night RAW. Cena mentions Orton’s big losing streak. Cena says this sunday there will be a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Zeb Colter and Cesaro come out and interrupt John Cena. Colter says we’re looking at the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Cesaro takes the mic and says he will become the new face of WWE and the new face of America. Cesaro enters the ring and gets in the face of John Cena. Cena says Cesaro beat Orton on SmackDown, but that doesn’t mean Cesaro is on a winning streak, it means Orton is on a losing streak.

Sheamus comes out and interrupts John Cena and Cesaro. Sheamus says he’s going to Brouge kick both of their teeth in at the Chamber but he’s saving his Brouge for Randy Orton tonight. Christian music hits and forgives Sheamus for Brouge Kicking him on SmackDown, and says what happens to Sheamus in the Chamber Match won’t be a accident. Randy Orton comes out and thanks The Authority for giving him the opportunity to beat everybody in the Chamber Match. Orton admits he underestimated Cesaro on SmackDown, but says that won’t happen again. Orton enters the ring and was interrupted by Daniel Bryan who gets a massive pop.

Bryan says everyone came out to do a bunch of talking, but the fans are doing the talking for him. Bryan says the winner of the chamber leads them to the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Bryan says he’s worked too hard to let this opportunity slip through his fingers. Bryan says there will be one chant after the Chamber Match is over and that chant is YES!. Pyro hits and Corporate Kane comes out. Kane says that The Authority has given him a chance to rectify the mistakes he’s made in the last couple of weeks by making him in charge of Monday Night RAW tonight. Kane announces that Sheamus will take on Randy Orton, Cesaro will take on John Cena, and Daniel Bryan will take on Christian. Kane announces that the match between Christian and Bryan will start now. Christian attacks Daniel Bryan before the bell rings as we head into commercial break.

Also announced for tonights Monday Night Raw, Mark Henry will take on Roman Reigns and The Wyatt Family will take on Sin Cara and Los Matadores.

First Match: Christian vs. Daniel Bryan

Back from commercial break Christian continues to work on Bryan’s injured shoulder. Bryan turns it around with a knee to the gut. Byran gives Christian a couple of uppercuts. Bryan knocks  Christian out of the ring and goes for the suicide dive, but Christian stops his momentum by landing a big right hand as Bryan was in the air. Christian slams Bryan to the mat and continues to work on Bryan injured arm.

Christian hits Bryan with a shoulder block and goes for a pin, but Bryan kicks out at 2. Christian mocks Bryan and continues working on the injured shoulder. Christian lands another shoulder block and goes for another pin attempt and Bryan kicks out at 2. Christian mounts Bryan with right hands and Bryan turns it around and gives Christian a half-crab, but Christian rolls through and takes cotrol of the match again. Bryan gets back up and hits a big dropkick on Christian. Bryan goes for another dropkick, but Christian lands a big boot. Christian hits Bryan with a elbow off the second rope. Bryan blocks the Killswitch attempt by Christian. Bryan tries to lock Christian in the Yes Lock, but Christian breaks out of it. Christian shoves Bryan into the corner, but as he was going for another Killswitch attempt Bryan blocked it again and rolls up Christian to pick up the victory.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

After the match Kane congratulates Bryan for victory over Christian. Kane regrets to inform Bryan that he has another match tonight and its against Kane.

Second Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Back from commercial break  Kane is beating up Bryan around the ring. Kane lands a big suplex on Bryan from the ring apron. Kane keeps control of the match and whips Bryan arm first into the corner. Bryan comes back and hits a missile dropkick. Bryan tries to fight back, but Kane pushes him over the top rope. Kane goes out and whips Bryan into the barrier. Kane wraps Bryan’s shoulder around the ring post and won’t let go. Kane gets disqualified. After the match Kane continues his assault on Bryan and grabs the mic and says he knows that he got disqualified.

Winner: Daniel Bryan by DQ

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing The Shield.She asks Reigns about Mark Henry, but Dean Ambrose speaks up and is surprised Henry showed up tonight after the beating he gave him last week. Reigns says Ambrose lost. Ambrose says he softened Henry up for Reigns. Ambrose says Reigns acts like he can do better. Reigns says he can. Rollins says they are always on the same page and will beat The Wyatt Family because they are made for war. Ambrose says The Wyatts are an illusion. Reigns says they don’t experience fear and they don’t back down.

Third Match: Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. Santino Marella w/Emma

They show us a video package of Emma’s history in NXT. A very short match, Santino jokes around the ring with Fandango and Summer Rae and Emma get into a argument. Emma gives Summer Rae a airplane spin and drops her down to the mat. Santino checks on Emma who’s dizzy at ringside they start flirting with each other. Fandango brings Santino back into the ring and hits the encore to pickup the victory.

Winner: Fandango

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing Mark Henry. Young ask Henry how he feels about being screwed out of the United States Championship last week. Henry says he should be the United States Champion right now. Young ask Henry for his opinions on tonights match with Roman Regins. Henry says this match isn’t bout winning or losing, its about inducting Regins into the Hall of Pain.

Fourth Match: Roman Regins vs. Mark Henry

Reigns starts the match with right hands and headbutts. Henry sends Reigns to the corner and splashes him. Reigns turns it around and takes Henry to one knee. Henry fights to his feet but Reigns nails a big Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Reigns hits the Superman Punch and hits the Spear to pick up the victory. After the match The Wyatt Family are shown on the titantron.

Bray Wyatt cuts a promo and says the clock is ticking. He says their bones will pave the streets of his kingdom. Harper asks if they’re willing to die for this. Bray says if they’re not, they’ve already lost. He laughs some more and turns his back. Reigns tells them to come out here and talk that noise. Wyatt says they were thinking the exact same thing. Rowan tells them to run. The lights go out again and the music hits.

The Wyatts enter the ring and they have a big stare down with The Shield. The Wyatt Family back off and got out of the ring.

Winner: Roman Regins

Back from commercial break Michael Cole announces that on the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show The Rhodes Brothers will take on Curtis Axel and Ryback. The Rhodes Brothers were shown backstage playing around with some WWE action figures and the new WWE Stack Down play set. Bad News Barrett comes out and kicks the toys off the table he laughs at The Rhodes Brothers then leaves.

Fifth Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Swagger starts the match mauling Kingston and sends him to the corner. Kingston tries a counter in the corner, but Swagger dumps him into the mat for a 2 count.Kofi tries to make a comeback but Swagger whips him hard into the corner and nails a Swagger Bomb for a 2 count. Swagger lands more big power moves on Kofi. Kofi nails a missile dropkick from the corner. Kofi with a kick to the head and a big springboard clothesline. More back and forth. Kofi nails a SOS but Swagger’s foot hits the bottom rope to break the pin. Kofi lands a big crossbody for another 2 count. Swagger rolls through and makes Kofi tap with the Patriot Lock.

Winner: Jack Swagger

Sixth Match: Big E vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre

Big E hits Mahal a few times, then McIntyre joins in and Zeb stays at ringside with Swagger and starts to talk trash on the mic. Big E whips McIntyre outside and drops Mahal with a backbreaker, then McIntyre kicks Big E in the face and drops a knee. Big E takes a bit more punishment after some knees and a double suplex, then McIntyre whips him and Mahal kicks him in the face for a near fall. Big E shoves them back and backdrops Mahal, then he throws McIntyre on the floor and clotheslines Mahal. Big E follows with some more clotheslines and a belly-to-belly, then he splashes them both and tackles McIntyre in the corner. Big E goes to the opposite corner and tackles Mahal, then he suplexes Mahal into McIntyre and hits both with a Big Ending for the win.

Winner: Big E

Back from commercial break they show us a history package of WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons in honor of Black History Month. They also shows us a history of the Elimination Chamber Video Package.

Renee Young was shown backstage interviewing John Cena. Cena talks about the Elimination Chamber Match and also talks about the change thats coming to the WWE. Cena says tonight we’ll find out what Cesaro is made out of as their match is up next.

Seventh Match: Cesaro vs. John Cena

The bell rings and they lock up. Cesaro quickly rolls up Cena. They lock up again and trade holds and go to the mat.More back and forth action between Cesaro and Cena. Cesaro takes Cena down with a headlock. Cena overpowers Cesaro and slams him. Cena charges but Cesaro dumps him over the top and to the floor. Cesaro tosses Cena into the barrier. Cena comes back in the ring and drops Cesaro’s neck over the top. Cena runs into a big dropkick and Cesaro cover for 2. Cesaro with another 2 count. Cena fights out of another headlock. Cena slides off his shoulders and drops Cena’s neck over the top rope now. Cena with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Cesaro whips Cena hard into the corner and he goes down. Cesaro kicks Cena out of the ring. We go to commercial with Cesaro in control.

Back from commercial break Cesaro and Cena land a couple right hands.Cesaro hits a big fallaway slam on Cena. Cena fights back but Cesaro applies a sleeper hold. Cesaro ends up running over Cena with a big clothesline for 2. Cena comes back with shoulder tackles and the crowd boos. Cesaro counters the big slam for a 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing but Cena turns it into a STF and the crowd boos. Cesaro counters it and hits a gutwrench slam for a 2 count. More back and forth. Cena with the big slam and the Five Knuckle Shuffle as fans boo. Cesaro slides out of an Attitude Adjustment and nails the big uppercut in mid-air. Cena kicks out at 2. Cesaro grabs Cena for a Cesaro Swing but Cena counters and turns it into a DDT for a 2 count. Cena goes to the top but Cesaro runs up and knocks Cena to the floor with a big uppercut.

Cesaro suplexes Cena from the apron, over the turnbuckles and nails a big superplex for a 2 count.  Cesaro finally hits a Cesaro Swing on Cena and drops him for a close 2 count. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Cena counters as the fans boo. Cesaro lands on his feet from the AA and runs over Cena. Cesaro runs again but Cena nails a big clothesline. Cena rolls over and stands up with Cesaro on his shoulders. Cena nails the AA for the win.

Winner: John Cena

Back from commercial break Randy Orton was shown backstage talking to Triple H. Orton says he appreciates everything that the Authority has done for him over the years. Orton tells Triple H “Can you picture Batista being the face of the WWE?” Batista was standing right behind Orton. Batista says Orton isn’t the face of WWE, he’s the ass. Orton storms off. Alberto Del Rio walks up wearing a neck brace. He’s going to make Batista pay on Sunday. Del Rio says he’s going to break Batista’s arms and rip them off. Batista shoves Del Rio into a scissor lift. Triple H looks pissed off and Batista storms out.

Renee Young is backstage and reveals Darren Young will take on Titus O’Niel at Elimination Chamber. Titus comes over and plays the heel role. Titus says Darren has been a roadblock in him becoming champion. Titus says he will drop that dead weight on Sunday.

Eight Match: Los Matadores and Sin Cara vs. The Wyatt Family

Short match The Wyatt Family was controlling the entire the match. Bray Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail on Sin Cara to pickup the victory

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Ninth Match: Jey Uso vs. Billy Gunn

Back from commercial break and the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws are out. Jimmy Uso and Road Dogg are on commentary. Back and forth to start the match. Jey sends Gunn out to the floor and Road Dogg runs to check on him. Gunn runs over Jey with a big clothesline and covers for a 2 count.Gunn keeps control of the match and has Uso grounded with a headlock. Uso ends up getting the win with a roll up.

Winner: Jey Uso

- After the match, Jimmy lays Road Dogg out with a kick. The Usos lay The Outlaws out at ringside.

- Byron Saxton is backstage with Sheamus. Sheamus talks about his aggressive side and says Orton will get to see that side tonight. Back to commercial.

Tenth Match: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

They lock up and go to the corner.Orton comes back in but Sheamus sends him right back out for another breather. Orton comes back in and strikes, taking Sheamus to the corner with an uppercut and a headbutt. Sheamus fights back with right hands and uppercuts of his own. Sheamus drops Orton and keeps up the attack in the corner. Sheamus hits a suplex. Orton goes back to the floor for another breather.

Sheamus comes out and they brawl on the floor. Sheamus slams Orton’s face into the announcers table. They come back in and Sheamus drops knees on Orton’s head. Sheamus with another uppercut. Sheamus misses a Brogue and lands on the top rope. Orton takes control and sends Sheamus flying into the ring post. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Orton is in control but Sheamus fights out and sends him to the floor. They brawl on the floor again. Orton gets sent into the barrier. Orton turns it back around and brings it in the ring. Orton stomps away on Sheamus. Orton climbs up for a superplex but Sheamus knocks him to the mat. Sheamus nails a battering ram. Orton goes out for a monitor from the announce table but Sheamus follows. Orton sends Sheamus crashing through the announce table and a “holy s–t” chant breaks out.

Sheamus makes it back in at the 9 count but Orton starts stomping. Orton lands big powerslam and goes for another pin attempt. Orton goes for the second rope draping DDT but Sheamus dumps him to the apron. Sheamus with the big forearm shots to the chest now. Sheamus still can’t get the pin. Orton with the second rope draping DDT now. Sheamus blocks the RKO and hits the Irish Curse backbreaker, and another, and a third. Sheamus readies for a Brogue Kick but The Shield hits the ring and beats him down for the disqualification.

Winner: Sheamus by DQ

After the match a massive brawl breaks out with all the members of the Elimination Chamber Match and the 6 Man Tag Team Match as Raw goes off the air.

JPOV: WOW! Raw really delivered with this being the last Raw before Elimination Chamber. Alot of progression for storylines heading into the chamber and couple of new matches booked for the ppv that have to do with the current storylines. 10 wrestling matches tonight on RAW there was only 2 matches I didn’t like so thats telling something. Cesaro and Cena match was awesome. Just another fun night of wrestling.

Josh’s Grade: 10/10

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Main Event Participant In The WWE Elimination Chamber PPV Undergoes Name Change

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Name changes to a someone who is on the WWE main roster is unheard of, especially with someone who will be main eventing an upcoming WWE pay-per-view.

Starting at last night’s Smackdown tapings, Antonio Cesaro will be simply known as Cesaro. No reason for the name change is known at this time. You can see the name change on Cesaro’s WWE.com profile and Twitter page.

Cesaro will be in the main event of the Elimination Chamber PPV that takes on Sunday, Febraury 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cesaro will be competing in the Elimination Chamber against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Viewership Up From Last Week

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A lot of hype was surrounding last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. The main event of the show was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton facing John Cena. The show was also highlighted by TV star Betty White being the guest host of the show.

The difference was noticeable as Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.33 million viewers. The rating is slightly down from last week as the rating was a 3.15, but the viewership was up as the show from last week averaged 4.21 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 4.50 million viewers that was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Betty White and then Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour averaged 4.34 million viewers that was featured by a tag match with Christian and Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler, which featured a post-match attack by Batista.

The final hour of the show averaged 4.15 million viewers, which was featured by the aforementioned main event of Cena vs Orton.

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WWE Raw Recap: John Cena Stands Tall Over Randy Orton

rawcenastfortonBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including some very good wrestling matches including John Cena against Randy Orton, the Wyatt Family and The Shield ramping up their feud, Antonio Cesaro standing out, Daniel Bryan getting big reactions and more.  Plus, they talk about the big returns of The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan reportedly set for the February 24th edition of Raw, WWE TV negotiations and plenty of your questions.

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Raw Reaction (2/10/2013): “Raw is White”

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Last night’s show opened exactly where I feared it would: with Betty White walking out to the ring. Luckily, Big Show stepped up to be the world’s largest arm candy. And this whole charade quickly ended when The Authority came out. Thank goodness. Too bad it didn’t signal Betty White’s final appearance on the show. [Read more...]

WWE Monday Night Raw Results From February 10, 2014

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February 10, 2014
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California

First In Ring Segment: RAW starts off with Betty White and Big Show coming out to a big pop. Betty White says she can’t express how excited she is to be a guest star on Monday Night RAW. Big Show ask her what is going to happen tonight and she said she is going to kick some ass. The Authority come out and interrupt Betty White and The Big Show.

Triple H says he would like to clarify a few things that happen on Raw last week. Triple H says that they would have to reconsider if Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro or even John Cena will be the face of the WWE.Randy Orton comes to out interrupt the Authority. Stephanie McMahon says Randy Orton should go back and prepare for his main event match tonight on Raw. Randy Orton says he needs to bring back The Viper for the remainder of his title regin. Stephanie McMahon ask Randy if the Authority can trust him anymore? A massive Daniel Bryan and CM Punk chant starts from the Los Angeles crowd.

Randy Orton says he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Daniel Bryan comes out to interrupt Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan ask Orton if he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says she doesn’t appreciate Orton or Bryan coming out and interrupting her and HHH especially on live TV. Stephanie says for the ongoing future all superstars will have to make an appointment with the Director of Operations. Daniel Bryan says thats the reason why he is out there and he wants to fight Kane tonight on Raw. Daniel Bryan says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the combination of ignorance and stupidity. Randy Orton tells Bryan to give them respect that they deserved. Orton ask permission to punt Bryan all the way to Seattle.

Triple H says that tonight Daniel Bryan will get a well deserved night off. Daniel Bryan says no to the Authority. Triple H says it doesn’t matter what the fans want.

It was shown that Mark Henry will return tonight. Coming up next The Rhodes Brothers and Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.

1.) Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family

Erick Rowan and Cody Rhodes will start this match. Rowan starts clubbing Rhodes. Rhodes dragged Rowan to the corner and tag in his brother Goldust. Erick Rowan starts throwing Goldust around the ring and tags in Luke Harper. Harper starts charging towards Goldust, but Goldust ducks out of the way and tags in Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes hits a missle drop kick to Luke Harper. Cody sends Harper to the floor. Cody sends Rey flying out onto Harper. The Wyatt Family gets frustrated and we go to commercial break.

Back from commercial break Erick Rowan apply a chinlock on Goldust. Rowan continues to club Goldust and tags in Harper. Harper and Rowan double team Goldust. Luke Harper tags in Bray Wyatt he slaps Goldust and starts taunting him. Bray Wyatt and Goldust start exchanging blows and Wyatt tags in Erick Rowan who throws Goldust to the turnbuckle and falls down. Rowan steps on Goldust face and then gives him a headbutt. Goldust tries to make some seperation from Rowan he runs towards Cody and Rowan catches Goldust. Rowan starts charging to Goldust, but Goldust pulls down the rope and Rowan falls down. Rowan tags in Harper and Goldust make the sepeartion and tags in Rey Mysterio.

Rey Mysterio comes off the hot tag and puts Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in position for the 619. Rey Mysterio hits the 619 on Harper, but Bray knocks down Mysterio. Cody Rhodes comes in and hits a suicide dive on Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt gets back up and tags into the match himself as Rey Mysterio was attempting the 619 he catches him and hits the Sister Abigail on Mysterio to pick up the victory for The Wyatt Family.

After the match Bray Wyatt says that The Shield are like little toy solidiers fighing in the war they want no part in. Wyatt says that the Shield will fall and then concludes by saying “Follow the Buzzards.”

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Back from commercial break Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of Roman Regins record breaking performance from this years Royal Rumble Match where he eliminated 12 men from the match a new Royal Rumble Match record.

Renee Young is backstage with The Shield and ask them if The Wyatt Family words are getting in the head of The Shield. The Shield says action speaks louder than words. Renee mentions that its been awhile since Dean Ambrose has defended his United States Championship and ask if he had any thoughts about that. Dean says he will put out a open challenge to anybody in the locker room that will step up and face him for the United States Championship.

Betty White is shown backstage with the stars of “Total Divas”, Vickie Guerrero tells Betty White from one cougar to another she welcomes her to Monday Night RAW. The WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws interrupted the girls and tells Betty White they will like to have a cup of tea with her.

2.) Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

Santino and Fandango lock up and go at it. Fandango drops Santino from behind and goes to work on him. Fandango ends up going to the top but Santino climbs up. Fandango knocks him to the mat and nails the big leg drop for the easy win.

Winner: Fandango

Sheamus was shown backstage being interview by Byron Saxton. Sheamus says he doesn’t care who gets in his way, he will Brouge kick them and go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

3.) Christian and Sheamus vs. The Real Amercians

Zeb cuts a promo on Sheamus, Christian and the fans. Cesaro speaks and says he will be the first Real American to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Christian and Antonio Cesaro start off the match.Cesaro takes control of Christian. Swagger tags in. Christian blocks a double team and rolls Swagger up for 2. Christian nails a big missile dropkick for another 2 count. Sheamus tags in and goes at it with Swagger. Sheamus with a nice suplex for a 2 count. Swagger turns it around with a big knee to the gut and tags in Cesaro. Sheamus counters a move from Cesaro and nails a big clothesline for 2.

Cesaro comes back and unloads on Sheamus with several uppercuts. Sheamus fights back with right hands. Sheamus ends up going to the top for a big battering ram and a 2 count. Swagger grabs Sheamus, allowing Cesaro to hit a big boot to the face that sends Sheamus off the apron. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re going at it. Christian with the back elbow on Cesaro. Cesaro blocks Killswitch but Christian blocks that. Cesaro with a huge uppercut for a close 2 count. Cesaro with another pin attempt. Swagger tags in and stomps away on Christian. Swagger works him over and goes for another pin attempt. More back and forth. Cesaro tags in for some double teaming and another 2 count on Christian. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on Christian.Christian comes back in but Cesaro covers for 2. Swagger comes back in for another nice double team move and pin attempt. Cesaro comes in and misses a double team move.

Swagger gets sent to the floor. Sheamus and Swagger tag in. Sheamus unloads and hits a high knee. Sheamus with a close 2 count. Sheamus with the forearm shots to the chest on the apron. Sheamus with a running powerslam on Swagger. Sheamus readies for the Brogue but Cesaro decks him. Cesaro takes forearm shots now until Swagger makes the save. Swagger with the Patriot Lock on Sheamus. Christian leaps off the top with a crossbody. Christian drops Cesaro on the floor now. Sheamus nails a Brogue on Swagger for the win.

Winner: Sheamus & Christian

Renee Young interviews John Cena. John Cena says change is coming soon with the WWE Network launching in two weeks. Also tonight he will close his rivalry with Randy Orton tonight.

4.) Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio kicks the leg of Dolph Ziggler and throws a couple punches to Ziggler face. Dolph Ziggler gains momentum of the match. He lands 10 elbows to the chest of Alberto Del Rio. Dolph Ziggler attempts to hit the Zig Zag, but Del Rio counters. Alberto Del Rio lands a vicious kick to the head of Dolph Ziggler to pick up the victory. After the match Del Rio goes back in the ring and puts Ziggler in the cross arm breaker.

Batista comes out and starts brawling with Alberto Del Rio. Batista throws Del Rio to the barricade. Batista gives Del Rio the Batista Bomb through the announce table.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Bella Twins show us how to use the WWE Network. Announcement for the third member joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts in this year WWE Hall of Fame will come next.

Back from commercial break it was announced that Lita will be inducted in this year WWE Hall of Fame.

Betty White is having tea with The Outlaws. She seems suspicious of them. Road Dogg has his own recipe of tea. Betty admires the tag titles. The Outlaws go to get some lemons and she switches their tea. They come back and everyone drinks up.

5.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos

Jey Uso and Curtis Axel lock up to start the match. Jey Uso throws a couple blows to Axel. The Usos double teams Axel. Curtis Axel regains momentum and tags in Ryback. Ryback sends Jey Uso to the corner and tags in Curtis Axel. Curtis Axel starts grounding Jey Uso and tags in Ryback.

Axel comes back in and nails a big running knee to the head. Axel with a knee drop and tag to Ryback. Fans chant “Goldberg” as Ryback takes control. Ryback takes Uso to the top and climbs up. Uso fights him off and sends Ryback to the mat. Uso with a big corkscrew move. Jey Uso tags in and unloads on Axel. Uso with a big clothesline and a Samoan Drop for a 2 count as Ryback breaks it up. He sends Ryback into the ring post and they double team Axel. Jey tags in Jimmy and dives out onto Ryback. Jimmy nails a Superfly Splash for the win.

Winner: The Usos

6.) WWE United States Championship Match

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Mark Henry

Mark Henry starts throwing Ambrose around the ring to start the match. Dean Ambrose gets back in the ring and charges toward Mark Henry, but he countered and give him the big boot. Mark Henry throws Dean Ambrose arm first to the ring post. Dean Ambrose tries to attack the injured arm of Mark Henry. Mark Henry launches Dean Ambrose outside of the ring and we go to commercial break.

Back from break Ambrose continue to work on Henry injured arm. Mark Henry makes a comeback and catches Dean Ambrose and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry goes for the pin but Seth Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose would be disqualified, but still retains his championship. After the match there was a staredown with The Shield and The Wyatts.

Winner: Mark Henry

7.) 6 Diva Tag Team Match

The Bella Twins and Cameron w/Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, and Alicia Fox

Typical Divas match a bunch of quick tags with both teams. Cameron came in off the hot tag and hit the girl bye DDT on Aksana to pick up the victory.

Winner: The Bella Twins and Cameron

In Ring Segment: Kane comes out and says he fully accepts the punishment The Authority gave to him. Kane says it was ill advised when he came out during Bryan’s match last week. Bryan comes out and starts brawling with Kane. Bryan hits the suicide dive on Kane and sends him over the barricade. Kane starts running away and Daniel Bryan leads the Los Angeles crowd in a YES! Chant.

It was announced on SmackDown there will be a big eight man tag team match pinning Rybaxel vs. The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws. WWE World Heavyweight Champion will take on Antonio Cesaro.

8.) Randy Orton vs. John Cena

Orton starts off with a headlock. They run the ropes and Cena hits a hip toss for a 2 count. Orton goes to the floor for a breather. Cena with a headlock now. They trade holds and Orton goes back to the floor. Orton walks half-way up the ramp before heading back to the ring. Orton comes back in and beats Cena down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Cena runs the ropes but Orton drops him with an elbow. Orton shows off.

Orton stomps on Cena. Cena with a suplex. Cena charges in the corner but Orton moves and Cena goes down. A CM Punk chant starts up but doesn’t get far. Orton beats Cena to the floor and slams his face into the announcers table, which they finally got fixed. Orton backdrops Cena onto the barrier. Orton brings Cena back in for a 2 count. Orton with right hands and a knee drop. Orton poses again as we go back to commercial.

Back from commercial break, Cena gives Randy Orton a body slam. Orton and Cena exchange blows. Orton puts Cena on the apron and gives him a suplex. Orton gives Cena the chin lock. Orton plants a vicious DDT on Cena. Orton gives the stomps to Cena. Cena comes from behind and school boy him for a 2 count. Cena goes for the 5 moves of doom and lands the five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Orton counters. Cena launches Orton over the top rope.

Cena powers Orton for the Attitude Adjustment and once again Orton countered it. Orton puts Cena on the top rope and attempt the top rope suplex, Cena knocks Orton then Orton knocks Cena down and gives the vicious DDT from the top turnbuckle. Orton sets up the RKO and Cena counters and puts Orton in the STF and Orton gets back to the ropes to break up the submission. Orton gets back up and sets up the punt and Cena countered and try to give Orton the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton countered and gives Cena the RKO and Cena kicks out at 2.

Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton, but Orton kicks out at 2. Cena puts Orton on the top rope and attempts a top rope Attitude Adjustment. Cena hits a top rope leg drop and hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton to pickup the victory.

Winner: John Cena

JPOV: A very good edition of Monday Night RAW. Alot of progression in storylines heading into the Elimination Chamber PPV. I enjoyed the six man tag team match with The Wyatt Family taking on Rey Mysterio and The Rhodes Brothers. Two other great tag team matches tonight with Sheamus and Christian beating Real Americans and The Usos beating Rybaxel.

Betty White as a guest star was really funny tonight one of the better celebrities that’s been on RAW in the last couple of years. Good to see Daniel Bryan getting more promo time tonight with The Authority. I’m excited to see the Daniel Bryan and Kane match. Good outing for Batista who shine tonight with his attack on Alberto Del Rio. Like seeing Batista being the big destructive monster instead the casual jacked up guy thats talk each time he comes out.

The John Cena and Randy Orton match wasn’t that bad either even though the fans in Los Angeles were trying to get their selves over. Overall a fun night on RAW which was needed on this road to the Elimination Chamber. Also congratulations to Lita who will be in the WWE Hall of Fame this year joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 9/10

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WWE Main Event Results From February 5, 2014

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WWE Main Event
February 5, 2014
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa

1.) The Miz defeated Fandango w/Summer Rae with the Figure Four Leg Lock

Fandango got in some early offense, but Miz quickly responded in kind. Fandango rolled out of the ring and Miz connected with a dive. Miz and Emma did Emma’s dance together. Fadango went from behind to attack The Miz and drag him back in the ring. Then Fandango gain control of the match as Main Event went to commercial break.

Coming back from the commercial break with Fandango sitll being in control of the match, Miz managed to find some space and began making his comeback. Miz managed to catch Fandango in the figure-four leglock, and Fandango was forced to tap.

JPOV: Good solid back and forth match I was actually surprise with the amount of time these guys got in this match. Nice to see Emma on commentary we got to know her background a little bit  during the match. I like the fact that WWE is trying to show some spotlight to the top stars from NXT, but unless you get to know Emma story and you watch WWE NXT weekly this gimmick can’t get over with the national audience. I think Emma showing up now to promote the debut of NXT being live from Full Sail University on the WWE Network.

There was a announcement that next monday on RAW, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will take on John Cena in the main event of the show.

2.) Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder

As the match started Zack Ryder took control of the match and was already putting Del Rio in the position for the Broski Boot, but Del Rio duck out just man handled Ryder throughout the rest of the match. Alberto Del Rio pick up the victory over Ryder with the vicious kick to the head of Ryder.

JPOV: Typical match between Alberto Del Rio and Zack Ryder, this time Del Rio didn’t beat him with the cross armbreaker. He kicked him in the head to pickup the victory.

There was a highlight package shown from the main event of RAW with the match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.

3.) Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel

It was Big E’s college homecoming sporting the Iowa Hawkeye gear which received a massive amount of approval from the audience in Des Moines. As the match started, Big E was manhandling Axel early on during the match. Axel started landing some rights hand to Langston as he started gain control in the match as Main Event head into commercial break.

Back from commercial break Axel was still in control of the match. Big E starts building his comeback and started chagring towards Axel, but Axel hit a sweet dropkick to put a hold on Langston momentum. Axel goes for the pinfall and Langston kicks out at two. Axel continues to ground Langston, he goes on top rope and jumps into a big right hand from Langston. Big E Langston starts to take control of the match.

Langston does the big splash and was setting up for the Big Ending, but Axel countered and hit the Perfect Plex and Langston kicked out at 2. Axel try to hit Langston with the side front face DDT, but Langston countered and hit the “Big Ending” to pick up the victory over the former Intercontinental Champion

JPOV: Nice match between Axel and Langston who also had about 15-20 minutes for this match. Axel even tho he is anti-charimastic he puts on good matches kind of reminds of his grandfather Larry “The Ax” Henning. Another great outing for Big E who seems to get better with every match he is in.

Review: Besides the Alberto Del Rio and Zack Ryder match I thought this show was good. I like the chemistry Tom Philips and Alex Riley have on commentary and we got two great matches with The Miz vs. Fandango and the main event of Curtis Axel vs. Big E Langston.

I would give this show an 8/10.

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We found out last Tuesday that former WWE champion CM Punk has left the company with a return uncertain at this time. Last night Monday Night Raw aired and if you noticed in the opening of the show, Punk was no longer in the open and was replaced by Kane. If you have the WWE App, you can also see Punk isn’t on the front page and was replaced by John Cena.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results On February 3, 2014

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WWE Monday Night RAW
February 3, 2014
Century Link Center
Omaha, Nebraska

First Segment:

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton comes out to resounding boo from the LIVE audience in Omaha, Nebraska. Randy Orton says it’s a understatement that the Authority is trying to strip him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He ask the crowd how many times does he have to beat John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus and Antonio Cesaro. He tells the crowd he got some bad news that he will still be the champion after the Elimination Chamber PPV is over.

Randy Orton says he will go on to beat the muscle bound freak Batista. He brings back some memories of their Evolution days. The Authority comes out, Stephanie McMahon comes out to tell Orton that don’t bite the hands that feeds you. Randy Orton doesn’t care about what the corwd thinks. Triple H beginnings to wonder why they decided to let Orton be the face of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says over the next few weeks he will face the man that are in the chamber match. She says tonight Randy Orton will fight Daniel Bryan.

Triple H leads a YES! Chants. Michael Cole shows us a replay of the WWE Tag Team Championship match from the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show as to preview for tonights rematch inside a Steel Cage. The New Age Outlaws will face The Rhodes Brothers in a rematch.

 

1.) 6 Man Tag Team Match~ The Shield vs. Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston, and Rey Mysterio

Big E Langston and Dean Ambrose start off the match. Michael Cole and JBL talk about how the fact Dean Ambrose never defends his WWE United States Championship. Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston tags into the match, Rollins brings Kingston to the Shield corner and Ambrose tags in. Ambrose grounds Kingston and tags in Roman Regins and continues the quick tags as Seth Rollins comes into the match.

Kofi Kingston tries to build more momentum, but Rollins knocks down Kingston and tags in Ambrose. Dean Ambrose continues to attack the ribs of Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins tags into the match. Kofi Kingston comes tags in Rey Mysterio, Mysterio picks up the speed of the match and does series of highflying moves. Seth Rollins puts on top of his shoulders and Regins tags in and gives Kingston the Superman Punch. This 6 Man Tag Team Match heads into commercial break.

Back from break Dean Ambrose applies a headlock and Rey tries to build momentum, but Dean charges toward Rey to the turnbuckle Rey reverse. Off the hot tag Big E Langston bulldozes Roman Regins, Langston does a impressive back suplex and hits the splash. The Shield stop 2 count Kingston comes in attack Kingston. Roman Regins throw Kingston to ringside. Roman Regins hit the Superman Punch and was setting up for the spear, but Ambrose tags himself in to the match and hits the front face DDT to pickup the victory. Great 6 Man Tag Team Match. The Wyatts appear on the screen. Bray says he understands The Shield and got their blueprint stuck in his head. Bray Wyatt says The Shield moment is coming closer than they think. Luke Harper says was it worth it. Erick Rowan says run.

Winner: The Shield

BAD NEWS BARRET SEGMENT: 

Wade Barrett says last night Super Bowl was the highest rated show in US History. He mentions that the people stuff their face with all the junk food in their stomach and they probably won’t make it to the next year game. Jerry Lawler interrupts and says he has some bad news. Lawler tells him that he hopes that Barrett doesn’t make it to RAW next week.

Michael Cole shows a preview for the new WWE Countdown show on the WWE Network whichs comes out in 3 weeks. Cole also mentions that for $120 dollar a year you can get alll of the PPV’s. It was also announce that Batista will be on the show later tonight

2.) Christian vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Jack Swagger lock up and early into the match Christian launches Swagger over the top rope. Christian attempts a suicide dive he stops on the apron as Swagger ducking out and then Swagger knocks Christian off the apron on to the floor. Jack Swagger throws Christian back into the ring. Jack Swagger throws Christian around the ring and applies a shoulder lock on Christian. Christian counters and kicks Swagger in the face, Christian charges to Swagger but he picks him up and slams him down to the mat. A let’s go Christian chant from the Omaha crowd starts and Swagger lands a series of punches to Christian face.

Jack Swagger goes on the tope rope he jumps off and recieves a drop kick from Christian. Christian does the missle drop kicks and starts building his momentum, but Swagger catches him off guard again with the knee to chest. Christian gives Swagger a right hand to Swagger on the apron. Christian gets caught and gets put into the Patriot Lock, a series of reversals and counters lead to Swagger getting school boyed and Christian picks up the victory.

Winner: Christian

Coming up next the it’s WWE Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match between the champs The New Age Outlaws taking on The Rhodes Brothers. It was announced that Betty White will guest star on Monday Night RAW next week.

3.) Steel Cage Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship~ The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

Road Dogg and Goldust start off the match, Goldust applies the headlock to Road Dogg. Goldust does some old school getting in the head tactis to Road Dogg he then tags in Billy Gunn. Goldust and Billy Gunn have a stare down and they do their traditional signature poses. Cody Rhodes tags into the match and Cody tries to school boy Billy Gunn, but he kicks out at 2. New Age Outlaws look flustered in the early start of the match.

Road Dogg tags into the match and starts attacking the injured arm of Cody Rhodes. Massive CM Punk chant starts. The Outlaws starts applying a series of quick tags in the match. Cody Rhodes starts stomping on Road Doggs arm, and Cody Rhodes tags in Goldust. Goldust brings Road Dogg to the corner does the 10 punches to the face. It was shown that the Steel Cage Match is the Number 1 Trend in the World.

Back from commercial break, The Outlaws are still in control of the match. Billy Gunn comes off the tag and continues to slice the ring away from Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Billy Gunn kicks Goldust in the face. Road Dogg comes into the match and Road Dogg does the shake rattle and roll and Goldust knocks him down. Cody Rhodes comes in off the hot tag and Cody Rhodes throw Road Dogg to the steel. Cody Rhodes hits the Disaster Kick to Billy Gunn, but he kicks out at 2. Cody Rhodes goes on top of the Steel Cage. Rhodes hits the top rope moonsault on Road Dogg then Billy Gunn hits the famasser to Rhodes to pick up the victory.

Winners: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws.

4.) Titus O’Neil vs. Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder starts punching O’Neil. Titus knocks Ryder to the ringside and throws Ryder to the barricade. Titus O’Neil gives Zack Ryder a bear hug. The Miz comes out and complains about how Zack Ryder has a match, but The Miz doesnt. Titus charges toward Ryder, but Ryder counters and O’Neil kicks out at 2. Zack Ryder gives O’Neil the boot to the face. Titus gets back up and hits the Clash of the Titus on Ryder to pick up the victory.

Winner: Titus O’Neil

5.) Santino Marella vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

Santino proposes a dance off between the Summer Rae against a member of the audience. Emma was shown in the audience #Emmalution. Santino brings her into the ring. Santino polls the audience and Emma picks up the victory over Summer Rae.

Michael Cole shows us a preview of the WWE Legends House show which will air on the WWE Network.

6.) Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel w/Ryback

Sheamus and Curtis Axel lock up, Sheamus out wrestles Axel which makes him frustrated. Sheamus applies the head lock, but gets trap in the corner and Axel starts applying the pressure to Sheamus. Sheamus gets Axel on the apron and does the Celtic Chops to the chest of Axel. Sheamus bangs Axel head on the announce table. Axel rams Sheamus elbow through the ring post. Curtis Axel continues to attack the recently repaired arm of Sheamus, Sheamus starts building momentum but Axel continues to ground Sheamus.

Curtis Axel applies a armlock to Sheamus and continues to ground the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus lands a couple of rights and hits the Brouge Kick to pick up the victory.

Winner: Sheamus

Batista comes out to a big pop and Alberto Del Rio comes right before Batista starts talking. Alberto Del Rio says before Batista puts the crowd to sleep about how he is going to WrestleMania. Batista says he doesnt know what the issue with Del Rio is. Alberto Del Rio says u being famous doesn’t make u the champion. Alberto Del Rio says that Batista is afraid of him. Alberto Del Rio punches Batista, Batista gets back up and tries to give Del Rio the Batista bomb, but Del Rio countered and ran out of the ring.

7.) Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, and Xavier Woods vs. The Wyatt Family

Back from the break and out comes The Wyatt Family. Rowan starts things off with Woods and beats him down after a pep talk from Bray Wyatt. Woods counters a move and starts kicking and chopping Rowan. Rowan grabs him but Truth tags in and they double team Rowan and finally bring him down. Truth drops a leg drop for a 2 count. Rowan slams Truth back into the corner and Luke Harper tags in. Truth fights them off but Rowan whips Truth into a big boot from Harper.

Bray tags in and unloads on Truth. Bray taunts Ziggler and turns around to splash Truth in the corner. Harper comes back in and does the gator roll on Truth. Fans chant for Ziggler to come in. Harper drops Truth with a headbutt but Truth nails a heel kicl. Ziggler comes in and unloads on Harper. Ziggler with a big dropkick and right hands in the corner. Ziggler nails a neckbreaker and a big elbow drop for a 2 count. Ziggler drops Harper again but Rowan breaks the pin at 2. Rowan tosses Ziggler into the corner. Woods dropkicks Rowan out of the ring. Bray chokeslams Woods. Truth kicks Bray out. Harper nails a big clothesline on Ziggler. Harper tags in Bray. He turns upside down in the corner before hitting Sister Abigail on Ziggler for the win.

-After the match, The Shield appears on the big screen. Ambrose says they’re not afraid of all the monster talk and sheep masks. Rollins says Bray is so delusional, a figment of his own imagination. Rollins says they can’t hang with The Shield. Reigns says they are in The Shield’s yard and they don’t play games. Playtime is over at Elimination Chamber. Bray laughs at them in the ring. Bray says he welcomes the war and tells The Shield to bring it to him.

A promo was shown of NXT Superstar Alexander Rusev and his manager Lana.

8.) The Funkadactyls vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox

Back from the break and Aksana waits in the ring with Alicia Fox as Cameron and Naomi make their way out. Before they get started, Divas Champion AJ comes out with Tamina Snuka. AJ joins commentary as Tamina stands guard.

Naomi and Aksana go it back and forth. Naomi smacks her own rear and takes Aksana down. Naomi rolls around the ring with Aksana in a leg lock. Naomi with a 2 count. Aksana counters and slams Naomi on her face. Aksana stomps away on Naomi’s knee. Aksana with a suplex and a 2 count. Aksana with more offense and another 2 count. Aksana with a chinlock now. Naomi makes a comeback but Aksana cuts her off with a knee to the face and a 2 count. Aksana pounds the mat in frustration. Naomi trips Aksana on her face. Naomi with a split-legged moonsault in the corner for the win.

-After the match, Alicia Fox attacks Naomi but Cameron makes the save. Cameron whips Alicia into a Rear View from Naomi for the win.

9.) Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan

Back from the break and Orton vs. Christian is announced for SmackDown. Fans chant for Bryan. They go at it and Orton goes out. Orton comes back in and attacks but Bryan drops him. Bryan works on Orton’s arm now. Fans chant for CM Punk now as Orton drops Bryan and stomps on him. Orton yells at fans as they chant for Bryan. Orton drops him with a shoulder tackle and poses to more boos.

Bryan comes back with a takedown and tries to stomp on Orton in the corner but is backed off by the referee. Bryan wraps Orton’s leg around the ring post and slams it. Bryan runs and dropkicks Orton’s knee into the ring post. Bryan comes back in and continues working on Orton’s leg. Orton bites Bryan to get him to let go of his leg. Orton with uppercuts now. Bryan backslides Orton out of nowhere for a 2 count. Bryan goes back to work on Orton’s hurt leg.

Orton goes to the floor for a breather but Bryan meets him and unloads. Bryan tosses Orton over the announcers table and into Michael Cole. Bryan brings it back in the ring and takes him to the corner. Bryan takes Orton to the top and climbs up for a big hurricanrana. Bryan covers for a 2 count. Bryan with a modified surfboard submission now before stomping on Orton’s leg. Bryan keeps control and applies a single crab. Orton crawls for the ropes but Bryan drags him back. Orton finally makes it to the rope and breaks the hold. Orton rolls to the floor and sells the knee injury. Bryan comes out but Orton kicks him and slams him on top of the fan barrier. Orton brings Bryan back in and covers for a 2 count. Orton starts stomping now. Orton unloads in the corner but Bryan turns it around with kicks. Bryan counters and ducks a clothesline but Orton nails a powerslam. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Bryan is kicking away. Orton blocks a kick and nails a big throw. Bryan lands on his shoulder. They go back to the floor and Orton whips Bryan into the steel steps. Orton brings it back in for a 2 count and gets frustrated. Orton goes back to working on the arm. Orton keeps control but Bryan kicks out of another 2 count. Fans chant for Bryan as Orton focuses on the arm. Orton climbs up for a superplex but Bryan counters and blocks it. Bryan sends Orton to the mat with headbutts. Bryan nails a missile dropkick but lands on his bad shoulder.

More back and forth. Bryan finally gets the Yes Lock applied. Orton gets his foot on the ropes and breaks the hold. Bryan with dropkicks in the corner. Orton blocks the third with a dropkick of his own. Orton nails the draping DDT but Bryan blocks the RKO. Bryan nails the top rope headbutt but Orton kicks out at 2. Kane comes out and gets on the apron but Bryan takes them both out. Kane charges but Bryan sends him into the steel steps. Bryan nails the flying knee on Orton and covers him for the non-title win.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

-After the match, Kane and Orton beat Bryan down. Kane chokeslams Bryan as the fans continue to boo. Kane makes the ring explode and his music hits. Orton stands alongside Kane and raises his titles as RAW goes off the air.

JPOV: Decent RAW some matches were good some were not. I like the progression of the heel character of Titus O’Neil. It’s great to see Sheamus back in the ring like a breath of fresh air. Didn’t have much a problem with the Batista segment Del Rio said he had issues with Batista and dealt with his issues with Batista like a man sending a message to Batista. 2 great 6 Man Tag Team Match tonight.

I think Triple H needs to be get off his leash from Stephanie McMahon, but that just my opinion who running the show Stephanie or HHH? No John Cena kinda of surprised. Nice to see Christian back in the ring. I didn’t like the Santino segment. The cage match was slow to start off, but I thought the match was good.

The Main Event was fantastic a good old school wrestling match with Orton and Bryan. Nice to see Bryan win the match cleanley one questioned I have tho is why are the authority still sticking their nose in bryan business and helping orton even tho at the start of the show they were giving Orton a warning. Like I said I saw better Raws, but this was one ok no major issues.

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 7.5/10

Wanted to thank everybody who join on tonights play by play hope u guys liked it. Tomorrow we will have the audio podcast with Steve and Brian as they give their opinions on bevy of topics. Then on Thursday’s show, The Flagship show with Brian, Steve, and Michael. If you guys want to get into contact with me, just follow me on Twitter @JoshLopezCSR.

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CM Punk Walks Out on WWE, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 30 Talk

CM Punk Rumble contenderBrian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship show as they talk about CM Punk walking out on the WWE and his decision to do it now and the possible ramifications it has on WrestleMania XXX and especially Daniel Bryan. They also look back at the Royal Rumble and talk more about Mania including John Cena’s role on that show, what the lineup could be, what they would like to see and which match will close the show. Plus, news and notes about Hulk Hogan, Sting and Dolph Ziggler.

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CM Punk’s Five Greatest Moments In The WWE

CMPunkchampWe reported yesterday that former WWE champion CM Punk has left the company and his return to the company is unknown at this time. Punk signed with the WWE in 2005 and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling. Punk was there less a year as he was assigned to ECW, when the WWE decided to revive the brand. Punk debuted in July of 2006 and became the ECW champion in September of 2007. After the ECW brand went away Punk won the Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion, became a three time World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WWE champion.

If Punk doesn’t return to the company, he had one of the greatest careers in the history of the WWE. We now take a look at Punk’s five greatest moments in his WWE career.

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Updated Lineup for WWE Elimination Chamber 2014

EliminationChamberPPV2014Following Monday night’s edition, we knew four of the participants in the main event for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.  Now we know all six following the Smackdown taping for this Friday’s show.

The six people who will be vying for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber match include Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian and Antonio Cesaro.

Both Christian and Cesaro won qualifying matches on Smackdown to earn their spots in the main event match which, for Cesaro, will be his first with the WWE.

Two other matches are also set for the pay-per-view including a six-man tag-team match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family while Batista will square off against Alberto Del Rio.

Share your thoughts on the Elimination Chamber card in the comments section below.

How Would You Grade Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw?

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Last night the WWE aired Monday Night Raw from Cleveland, Ohio. It was the first Raw following Sunday’s Royal Rumble. The show featured Daniel Bryan confronting The Authority, a segment featuring Batista, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. The main event of the show was Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus facing The Shield, with the winning team being in the Elimination Chamber main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.