Hold on to your cowboy hats, folks – last night’s WWE RAW stoked up the hype train in a big way. The show opening, with Big Show getting “fired” by Stephanie McMahon, left me with mixed feelings. I liked the idea here (especially since it set the tone for Show’s re-emergence later in the evening). Unfortunately, Stephanie and Show both had their best Brendan Frasier acting hat on. There are ways to sell moments as believable without being over the top, but that subtlety was overlooked here. [Read more...]
A quick podcast as Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman talk about the unexpected return of John Cena who will face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Hell in a Cell PPV just more than two months after torn triceps surgery, possible scenarios for the match, if he is back as a regular or will be taking more time off and more.
Just announced on Monday Night Raw – John Cena will be returning at Hell in the Cell to challenge Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Cena has been out since SummerSlam with a pretty serious elbow injury. Early reports suggested he might return around Royal Rumble. When rumors popped up that he might return earlier, he quickly shot them down on Twitter.
Does this indicate a panic within WWE over lackluster ratings, or has “superman” John Cena proven once again that injuries simply can’t keep him down?
John Cena is making news even while he is on the sidelines. TMZ reported early this morning that Cena is getting sued for just over $15,000 by Dale Ducharme who claims he fell off shotty scaffolding provided by Cena while working on the former WWE champion’s home in 2010.
Ducharme wants the money for his pain, disfigurement and his loss of enjoyment of life. The construction worker claims that the scoffoling was defective or damaged , which caused him to fall off the scoffoling.
Representatives for Cena couldn’t be reached and no comment from Cena at this time.
Cena is out with a torn triceps and is expected to return to the ring in the beginning of 2014.
Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch talks about the current power trip storyline in the WWE involving Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, what the WWE would be doing right now if John Cena had not gotten injured, why The Miz is getting picked on, Dolph Ziggler not put in a better position, shades of gray booking, why he believes 2013 is a crucial year for the future of the business, his dislike of insider content in wrestling despite both WWE and TNA involving it in current storylines, Hulk Hogan’s future, Dixie Carter as an owner and Breaking Bad talk!
Hey internet, it’s time to give The Miz a break. Not that he doesn’t deserve the criticism, but he probably doesn’t deserve the non-stop nitpicking that happens every time MizTV comes on. He probably doesn’t deserve to be called out for using the figure-four leglock, an obviously corporate decision. And he probably doesn’t deserve to be made fun of for Real World anymore. [Read more...]
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 Universe hasn’t seen Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson since his Wrestlemania 29 match with John Cena. During the match, The Rock suffered a torn adductor and abdomen with three hernia tears. He had surgery on April 23 in Los Angeles.
Since the surgeries, “The Rock” has been filming the movie, “Hercules”, which hits theatres next year.
“The Rock” was answering some questions from fans earlier today on Twitter and was asked if he was 100% healed from the surgeries suffered a Wrestlemania.
@TheRock how is the injury since WM? All 100% now?
— Richard Lee Hext (@Hexty82) August 31, 2013
The answer “The Rock” gave was interesting to see.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 31, 2013
Will this lead to “The Rock” not performing at Wrestlemania 30 next April?
Former 13 time world champion John Cena made his first comments today since his triceps surgery on Tuesday. Cena told WWE.com that he wants to be healthy and put rumors to rest about being at WrestleMania 30 in April.
“I plan on using the next couple months to rehab and get healthy as I can, as quickly as I can,” said Cena. “My goal is to return to WWE healthy and strong, and since my expected time away is only six months, this shouldn’t affect WrestleMania.”
It has been a very good time for WWE recently given the rise of Daniel Bryan and the storyline with Paul Heyman and CM Punk. Even though he won’t be in the ring, Cena is looking forward to seeing what will happen during his time away.
“WWE has never been and never will be dependent on one man, with the exception of Mr. McMahon,” he added. “In the coming weeks, WWE will be filled with exciting programming as always, and I’ll have the best seat in the house! Let’s see who captivates the WWE Universe.”
We will keep you updated on Cena’s recovery as we get updates.
It was announced at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings in Bakersfield, California that the main event for WWE’s Night of Champions will be Randy Orton defending his WWE championship against Daniel Bryan.
The feud started started when Bryan defeated John Cena for the WWE title on Sunday at Summerslam. Orton came out after the match, while Bryan was celebrating, he received a pedigree by Triple H. “The Viper” then proceded to come into the ring and pin Bryan to win the title.
On Monday’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Orton gave an RKO to Bryan as the former champion tried to enter the ring.
WWE’s Night of Champions takes place on Sunday, September 15 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detriot, Michigan.
A big question heading into WWE’s reality show, “Total Divas” on Sunday, was how viewership would fare competing against Summerslam.
This week’s episode averaged 1.35 million viewers for the fourth episode compared to 1.67 million viewers from last week, but the episode from Sunday did better than the debut episode. Week two of the averaged 1.53 million viewers.
WWE has to be pleased with the rating considering it went up against one of the biggest PPV’s of the year.
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It was announced on WWE Raw last night that former WWE champion John Cena will be out of 4-6 months due to a torn triceps. Cena said that the fluid built up into his elbow due to the triceps injury.
Cena had missed a few house in the last two weeks , but still wrestled against the advise of WWE doctors against Daniel Bryan at Summerslam on Sunday. Bryan defeated Cena in a great match that lasted about 25 minutes to win the WWE title, but then Randy Orton cashed in his MITB briefcase, with a pedigree by Triple H to win the WWE title from Bryan.
WWE doctor Michael Sampson talked to WWE.com regarding the injury to Cena.
“After SummerSlam, John agreed with us to have surgery this week with WWE’s Dr. James Andrews,” Sampson said. “He will begin physical therapy after that.”
We wish Cena the best of luck in his recovery.
You can follow me on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from last night including the big storyline involving Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and the McMahons, CM Punk continuing his quest to get at Paul Heyman, having Bryan and Punk as the two top guys with John Cena out with an injury, The Shield’s new role, Sin Cara’s injury and the fallout from that and more.
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Less than 24 hours after an incredible SummerSlam event, tonight’s RAW looks like a loaded show. We expect Triple H to explain his surprise turn, and fallout from “The Best vs. The Beast.” And who knows, maybe Ryback will find somebody else to bully backstage? [Read more...]