WWE Monday Night Raw Results From February 10, 2014

RAW_1081_Photo_019WWE RAW
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

Hope you guys enjoy the play by play coverage for RAW tonight. Give us your opinions on tonight’s Monday Night Raw by commenting below on the article. If you guys like to get into contact with Josh follow him on Twitter @JoshLopezCSR.

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Brock Lesnar’s First WWE Match In 2014 Set (SPOILER)

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It had been speculated that Brock Lesnar after his Summerslam bout with CM Punk, wouldn’t wrestle until Wrestlemania 30 due to his part-time contract. We were all wrong.

It was announced on tonight’s Smackdown tapings that Lesnar will be squaring off against The Big Show at The Royal Rumble. On last night’s Raw after Lesnar had brutalized Mark Henry. Lesnar and Paul Heyman were walking to the back and Show’s music hit and the duo headed back to the ring.

Lesnar and Show battled for a moment and then Show hip tossed Lesnar, who then rolled out of the ring.

At the Smackdown tapings, Show was on Miz TV and he challenged Lesnar to a match at the Rumble. Heyman came out a moment late and accepted the match for Lesnar.

The Royal Rumble takes place on Sunday, January 26 from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pitssburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Report: Brock Lesnar “Talking” With Dana White About A Return To The UFC

Brock Lesnar appeared last night on WWE Monday Night, where he put out Mark Henry with a kimura. Moments later got into skirmish with The Big Show.

Various MMA websites showed the video of Lesnar putting Henry in the kimura since it is a MMA move. Rumors had run rampant two weeks ago leading up to UFC 168 that Lesnar was discussing a return to the organization. UFC President Dana White was coy about a Lesnar return at that time.

BetweenTheRopes.com had talked to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford at that time if they thought Lesnar would return. It seemed like it was all for nothing though when Lesnar returned last week on Raw and pummeled Henry. It looks like though we could be wrong.

Lance Pugmire from the LA Times stated yesterday on Twitter that he talked to UFC President Dana White and White told him that he is talking with Brock Lesnar regarding a return to the UFC.

BetweenTheRopes.com has talked to sources close to the situation and that a Lesnar return has been discussed with White. The sources also told us that fights have been discussed, but as of right now nothing is imminent.

Brian and Steve discuss today on the Raw Recap who they think Lesnar could face if he returns, would WWE allow him to return and more.

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WWE Raw Goes Old School, Brock Lesnar Still Talking With UFC

reignsspearspunkBrian and Steve are back to discuss Old School WWE Raw from Monday night with legends returning to the show including Ric Flair and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, if WWE should have ended the show different following Roman Reigns big win, Daniel Bryan making his television debut with the Wyatt Family, the Brock Lesnar segment with Mark Henry and Big Show and more.  Plus, more talk about Lesnar about him still talking with UFC about a potential fight, Jerry Lawler’s health scare, Dolph Zigger sidelined again, Jeff Jarrett’s next project and more.

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2013 Biggest Surprise of the Year

One of the main reasons wrestling fans tune in each week is because they love to be surprised.  And because of its scripted nature, professional wrestling can offer those big, shocking moments in a much more strategic way that most other sports programs.   Cliffhangers you can’t miss? Good guy/bad guy turns? Dramatic run-ins and historic battles?  They’re all a piece of the squared-circle fabric.  While the internet made genuine surprises much harder to pull off in 2013, than, say, decades prior, a handful of moments still kept us on the edge of our seats. [Read more...]

Daniel Bryan Joins the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar Returns on Final WWE Raw of 2013

RAW_1075_Photo_234Brian and Steve discuss the final WWE Raw of 2013 including Daniel Bryan in a shocking turn of events joining the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar making his return alongside Paul Heyman, The Shield coming closer to breaking up, Batista returning to the WWE and the talk of his “stealing” someone’s spot, possible plans leading up to and through WrestleMania 30, The Rock announcing his plans for that show, Jeff Jarrett leaving TNA Wrestling, AJ Styles working for Ring of Honor and his future with TNA and more.

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Mark Henry To Appear In A WWE Studios Movie

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Mark Henry made a surprise return last night at Survivor Series. Ryback made an open challenge for any wrestler in the back to come out and face him, with Henry accepting the challenge. “The World’s Strongest Man” defeated Ryback in a short match.

This morning the WWE sent out a press release stating that Henry will be appearing in WWE Studios movie. No date was announced on when filming would start or when the film will hit theatres.

“WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced today a partnership on “Incarnate,” the micro-budget thriller from Blumhouse directed by Brad Peyton (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”), scripted by Ronnie Christensen (“Dark Tide”) and starring Aaron Eckhart. WWE Superstar Mark Henry has been cast in a cameo role, and WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach for the film.

Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious,” “The Purge” and “Sinister” franchises) is producing the film for Blumhouse which is co-financing the production with IM Global. Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President, is Executive Producing alongside Couper Samuelson, Michael Seitzman, Trevor Engelson, Stuart Ford and Charles Layton. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in the U.S. and Blumhouse International is overseeing foreign rights.

“Incarnate” stars Aaron Eckhart as an unconventional exorcist who taps into the subconscious of a nine-year-old boy played by David Mazouz who is possessed by a powerful, ancient demon. The film is currently shooting.

“WWE Studios is thrilled to partner again with Blumhouse on ‘Incarnate,’” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios.

Jason Blum said, “WWE has a tremendous brand and we are excited to work with them on ‘Incarnate.’”

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Report: WWE Executive Michael Hayes Suspended

It is being reported that WWE executive Michael Hayes has been suspended indefinitely. Former WWE creative writer Court Bauer reported the news on his MLW.com podcast.

Bauer stated that Hayes got suspended for being spotted and having drinks with WWE Diva Rosa Mendes, who had just gotten out of rehab for substance abuse problems.

This isn’t the first time Hayes has been suspended. He was suspended following WrestleMania 24 after he insensitive racial remarks to Mark Henry.

BetweenTheRopes.com has reached to the WWE public relations, but have gotten no comment at this time.

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Mark Henry Pulled From Live Event Due To Hamstring Injury

Former world champion Mark Henry was pulled from yesterday’s house show in Washington D.C. due to an hamstring injury. The injury apparently occurred at a house show in Boston on Saturday.

Henry confirmed the report on Twitter yesterday.

WWE also confirmed the report and released the following statement concerning the injury to Henry on WWE.com.

Mark Henry suffered a right hamstring injury at a live event in Boston on Saturday, August 31. This occurred as Henry ran in during the last match of the night. Medical imaging will be obtained to determine the severity of the injury. Stay tuned to WWE.com for any further details.

As soon as we hear what the MRI reveals, we will bring it you here on the website.

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Big Show Returns at RAW

After being advertised a few weeks ago, the Big Show finally returned on last night’s edition of RAW.

The 20-man battle royal to earn a title shot against Dean Ambrose ended with RVD and Mark Henry bumping fists.  Immediately afterwards, the Shield quickly surrounded the ring, outnumbering Henry and Van Dam.  Just as Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins were getting ready to swarm the ring, the Big Show’s music hit, and he re-emerged on stage.  He walked down to the ring as the Shield scurried back into the crowd.

It’s worth noting that Big Show looked leaner than he has in years.  When he left back in May, he was finishing up a heel run in a feud against Randy Orton.  After last night’s events, and the open challenge by Reigns earlier in the night, it looks like Show will possibly be teaming up with Mark Henry to challenge Rollins and Reigns for the Tag Team Championship.

‘WWE Monday Night Raw’ Reaction and Review – July 29th, 2013

For complete coverage of everything that happened on Monday Night Raw, be sure to check out last night’s WWE Raw Rundown.

daniel bryan 2Internet fans finally got what they wanted, with Daniel Bryan confronting Vince McMahon to kick-off the show. Smart decision by creative here. With Vince openly confronting Bryan about his chances to win, viewers have an even bigger reason to pull for Daniel Bryan. This segment sold Bryan both as a legitimate title contender, and as a main-event superstar. And while I thought the “anti-Cena” rherotic was a bit weird coming from the boss, it leaves me curious about where this storyline is heading. My prediction? An Orton-McMahon alliance is in the wings.

Ryback didn’t look nearly as impressive as Bryan, though. His match with Cena was fun. The problem is, he’s lost countless times now, and his character seems utterly directionless. Is he still a main-event guy? Is his heel personal even relevant anymore? Seeing him put a random backstage citizen through a table just felt forced, and inspired nothing in me but a strong desire to change the channel.

Mark Henry and The Usos lost their match against The Shield, but they ended up as the last group standing… again. I feel like they’ve gotten their “babyface revenge” at this point.

CM Punk, however, still hasn’t gotten his hands on Paul Heyman. These two didn’t cut a promo against each other last night, and they honestly didn’t need to. What’s needed to be said has already been said. Heyman sneaking away by any means necessary only makes the fans hate him more, and things should pick up considerably once Lesnar returns. This was filler, but that doesn’t make it bad by default.

Also falling into the “more of the same” category was the Wyatt Family’s attack on Kane. It was a necessary evil, having to re-introduce Kane to these guys after a few weeks off, and vice-versa. I’m looking for WWE to bring something fresh to the table in the coming weeks.

Christian’s winning streak continues to be one of my favorite things on WWE television right now. He’s already defeated a few low-to-mid profile acts, but cemented his return with a strong victory over Alberto Del Rio in a very competitive match. These two had great chemistry on Raw, and I’m hoping they end up locking horns at SummerSlam. It’s nice to see Christian finally treated as the true veteran he is.

Overall show wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I like a little more intrigue from my WWE TV (and a little less “Total Divas” filler). And while the show tried to live by its strong in-ring action, it died by the number of non-finishes throughout the night. It was a paint-by-numbers kind of evening.

What did you think of last night’s show?  Sound off in the comments below, or let me know on Twitter @therealwiseman. Also, be sure to follow @BetweenTheRopes while you’re at it!

WWE Smackdown Rundown – 7/27/2013

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Video: Mark Henry Announces He Signed A New Three Year Deal With WWE

For people that thought Mark Henry would be retiring after his bout with John Cena this past Sunday, guess again.

In an interview with Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97, Henry reveals that he signed a new three year deal with WWE following Extreme Rules.

In the one hour and ten minute interview Henry talks about some of these topics:

-Who he thinks is the one number one superstar in WWE
-Working with the Hart Family
-The Rock

Watch the video interview with Henry above.

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Monday Night Raw Reaction and Review – 7/15/2013

Be sure to check out the Raw Rundown for complete coverage of last night’s show!

Cena vs BryanBrad Maddox kicked things off on Raw, and what an impressive way to promote his first official night as General Manager. I was worried creative was going to make him look like the weak authority figure. Instead, they put him in the ring with John Cena, Randy Orton, and Fandango. Triple H and Stephanie even put over his “pick your own opponent for SummerSlam” as a good idea. Maddox has a lot of charisma, and I hope he continues to be used effectively.

Two surprise attacks last night also made things interesting. Seeing The Shield tear apart a beast like Mark Henry was fun and unexpected. Does this mean Henry is turning face? If so, he seems like the perfect foe for this powerhouse trio. For some reason, their segment didn’t feel like “just another Shield attack” for once. If they do beat the big man, this could be their shot at redemption. Likewise, The Wyatt Family surprised us with their attack on a returning R-Truth. Bray Wyatt cut an amazing promo here. Something about eater of worlds, the creator being a liar, etc. This character is something different and refreshing, and his lackeys are simply terrifying. Plus, his challenge to Kane should make for some interesting fodder between now and SummerSlam.

We all know CM Punk and Paul Heyman are really, really good. But sometimes the WWE product can skew our expectations. Let me say this: that segment last night was one of the best I’ve ever seen in professional wrestling. Not only did Punk and Heyman put together some of the most effective mic work that WWE’s seen in months (years?), Brock Lesnar was to perfection as the muscle. This feud feels personal only because of the way Heyman and Punk sold it. I have so much more I want to say about this, so maybe I’ll put together a full column on it at some point down the road. For now, just know that this was a must-see moment.

I was worried that Rob Van Dam would be lost in the shuffle last night. With so much else going on, there was no way WWE had time to really promote his homecoming, right? Wrong. Instead of putting together an artificial promo, or hotshotting a feud, they simply put him in the ring with another veteran and let him work. The message is clear – why should people care about RVD? Because he’s an exciting wrestler. His ring work is unique. The “you-still-got-it” chants were completely wrong, because RVD never lost it. This was an incredible, Pay-Per-View worthy match. Check it out.

John Cena finally picked Daniel Bryan as his SummerSlam opponent, and internet marks everywhere let out a collective sigh. This was expected, but it was the right call. John Cena always does better when he has a skilled mat technician to work with (just look at his epic feud with Punk), so these two should tear down the house at SummerSlam. Question: Does this mean Daniel Bryan has finally arrived?

Overall show was one of the best episodes of Monday Night Raw I’ve seen in months, maybe years. The crowd was hot, the show felt fresh, and everything delivered. I said on Facebook that this felt like a “post-Wrestlemania Raw,” but I was wrong. It was better.

WWE Money in the Bank 2013 Results

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Money in the Bank is in the Bank for WWE this year and now comes the time to see how my predictions, taken from the staff predictions stacked up against the actual event results
All-Star Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship contract
Randy Orton def. CM Punk, Christian, Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, and Sheamus to win the contract. I totally did not see this coming but the interference by Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman made for an interesting result. Ultimately, though, I award myself no points.
WWE Championship Match
John Cena [c] def. Mark Henry, and I called it. No way Cena was going to lose this title now. 1 point.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio [c] def. Dolph Ziggler by DQ after AJ hit Del Rio with the Divas Title belt. I called this one, but not necessarily the angle. Either way, 1 point.
Ryback def. Chris Jericho, I honestly saw Jericho getting the win on this one, but score 1 for Ryback and none for me.
WWE Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee [c] def. Kaitlyn, saw this one coming a mile away. 1 point.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Curtis Axel [c] def. The Miz, the newest Paul Heyman guy struck again (and then again later in the night). 1 point.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship contract
Damien Sandow def. Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Jack Swagger, and Antonio Cesaro after an unexpected but exciting betrayal of former partner Cody Rhodes. I did not even see this one coming. 0 points.
WWE Tag Team Championship Pre-Show Match
The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) def. The Usos, in what was an exciting high-octane match to get the night started. My prediction came to fruition and the Shield left Philly gold firmly around their waists. 1 point.
This puts my score for the night at 57%. My total for the last three events at 58%. How will things look when wrestling is next on pay per view with next month’s SummerSlam, stick around to Between the Ropes for all the latest

Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 15, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV including Damien Sandow and Randy Orton each winning the ladder matches, the physicality of the All-Stars ladder match, a really good John Cena vs. Mark Henry match, possibilities now for SummerSlam, the Ultimate Warrior working with the WWE for the new 2K14 video game, last week’s grand opening of the WWE Performance Center and more.

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WWE Money in the Bank 2013 – Reaction and Review

Last night’s highly anticipated “Money in the Bank” Pay-Per-View brought us a loaded card with numerous surprises, and the much-hyped return of Rob Van Dam. But did it deliver? Read on to find out. [Read more...]

WWE Money in the Bank 2013 – Staff Predictions

WWE_Money_In_The_Bank_2013_posterLater today is the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Here is the predictions from the Between The Ropes staff for each match on the show.

WWE Tag Team Championship:  The Shield vs. The Usos (kickoff match)

Brian Fritz:  WWE has ben putting in a little more for the Usos as of late to try and make them look like a legitimate threat to The Shield.  But they really aren’t.  I hope more is done with the WWE tag-team division but it has to be built around The Shield at the top and they need a long reign so it won’t end here.

Steve Muelhausen:  Hard to believe this match is the kickoff match starting at 7:30p ET at every possible platform online. The match should be good based on the four talents but I see Rollins and Reigns retaining.

Michael A. Wiseman:  Considering The Usos have only been relevant for a day or two, I’m going to have to go with The Shield here.  The Usos have been highlighted effectively in the last few weeks. Before they won their title shot, though, they had little-to-no air time on the major WWE shows. I’m glad creative is trying something new here, but I don’t think they’re putting any long-term focus on The Usos – at least not enough to give them the gold.

Marshall Bowen:  Show of hands, who thinks that WWE spent all that time building up The Shield for Rollins and Reigns to lose to the Usos, who haven’t had a solid direction in the entirety of their short WWE careers? No, nobody? It’s pretty obvious that they needed to throw together something of a worthy pre-show to what is steadily becoming a major event for WWE and a tag title match fills that void nicely. Look for The Shield to retain.

Chris Jericho vs. Ryback

Brian:  While Ryback is in a much bigger need for a win, I think Chris Jericho gets the victory.  But Ryback gets his revenge on Raw the following night with Vickie Guerrero by his side.  I can easily see a scenario where Ryback takes out Jericho to not only get some steam back but also as a way to explain Jericho’s latest break with his WWE contract about to expire and him going on tour with his band Fozzy.

Steve:  It is hard to see where WWE is going considering there was really no buildup this week for this match. You had Jericho have two matches with Curtis Axel and Ryback working with the Miz. Jericho will be taking a hiatus from WWE. Ryback gets a much needed win here.

Michael:  Ryback’s character seems to be in a funk, and Chris Jericho has taken a backseat to pretty much every other storyline in the company. This past Monday night hinted at a change in Ryback’s character.  Will we see it play this Sunday? I think Ryback wins as a way to re-establish himself, and that Jericho’s reputation for putting over young, new starts remains intact.

Marshall:  I’m shooting widely in guessing on this one only because this match has no direction towards it and say Jericho wins. Hopefully this can go somewhere and both of these men can get back to something interesting and not thrown into nothing matches to fill time on the pay per view.

Divas Championship: AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
Brian:  I’m not the biggest fan of this storyline and don’t like it when WWE does these petty ‘you’re fat’ angles, especially with the women.  But AJ has broken out as the star of the division both in the ring and out with her promos.  AJ gets the victory here and next up a likely split from Dolph Ziggler.

Steve:  I have really intrigued with this feud. Lee has been really solid on the mic and Kaitlyn has played her role well. Best feud for the women’s division in a long time. I see Lee retaining.

Michael:  It’s refreshing to see the Divas division highlighted in such an effective fashion. I think the last week or two has been more of the same (AJ, we get it, you think Kaitlyn is chubby), but both of these ladies have delivered on their promos. Ultimately, I think AJ walks away with the win here (and, as a result, her ego causes a split with Dolph Ziggler). These two should put on an entertaining match come Sunday, and I think this rivalry will carry the division through to SummerSlam.

Marshall:  As is the case with The Shield, WWE didn’t spend all that time building up AJ for a Diva’s title run to hot potato it back to Kaitlyn weeks later, AJ wins with some help from Big E and we all get to hope this match is better than the more recent meetings between these two.
Intercontinental Title:  Curtis Axel vs. The Miz

Brian:  I’m not sure exactly what the WWE has planned for either of these guy in the coming months.  I’m one of the few people that still really likes Curtis Axel but he needs more opportunity to speak and go through those growing pains so he can improve.  Typically, being on the main roster is not a place for that but he needs it, even with Paul Heyman in his corner.  As for The Miz, this guy headlined WrestleMania a few years ago and now he is trying to land a secondary title so his stock isn’t very high.  While I want to see Axel get into the bigger picture, I think he’ll have to wait but in the meantime, he’ll remain the Intercontinental Champion.

Steve:  Like how Axel has booked even though he lost to Jericho this week on Raw and Smackdown. That showed Axel can be beat and showed great intensity in losing. I don’t know what WWE is doing with The Miz. Doesn’t seem like they have no long term plan with him. Should be a solid match with Axel going over to retain the title.

Michael:  It’s easy to say Curtis Axel walks away with the championship just because WWE would be foolish to take the gold off of him during this build. On the other hand, I think The Miz is in greater need of this championship than Axel. Since this feud is probably just a placeholder to the next step of his push, I do think Curtis Axel retains on Sunday. Personally, I’d like to see him drop the title to The Miz and go on to bigger and better things.

Marshall:  Axel retains in what should be an entertaining match for the IC title to help legitimize his reign as IC champion with Paul Heyman by his side.

World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match:  Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro

Brian:  This is the tougher of the two MITB ladder matches to predict.  The popular choice seems to be Wade Barrett which I am in favor for but I’ll go a little out of the box and go with Antonio Cesaro.  Now, I might be dead wrong on him but he’s been such a good worker and I think he’s awesome at his character.  He’s the younger (or newer) WWE guy that people seem to never bring up but now is the time for him to get his due.

Steve:  This has been the match put on the back burner due to the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match. Like the fact this match features all heels. All of these past matches have been good and this match should be no different. Feel that the favorites are Ambrose, Fandango and Sandow with Cesaro as the darkhorse. Going with Ambrose as he has the most upside out of these individuals and see how far he can go.

Michael:  Think Jack Swagger loses any sleep over the fact that he’s the only former World Champion in this match and not in the “All-Stars” one?  If I were a betting man, I’d put money on Wade Barrett to win here, since he looks the most poised to take his game to the next level. But the flashes of greatness I’ve seen from Antonio Cesaro in recent weeks make me consider him a close second. If Barrett does win, I expect him to cash in on Dolph Ziggler at some point down the road.

Marshall:  I call this one for either Swagger or Cesaro, with the edge towards Swagger. Their storyline has made for some great heel heat and winning the contract would only help to elevate that heat to the next level with the threat of an impending cash-in.

Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder Match:  CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton, Christian and Sheamus will compete to win a contract for a WWE Championship Match

Brian:  All along, I’ve thought that Daniel Bryan was destined to win this match and I won’t change that prediction.  However, if you go by regular WWE booking, he has been winning a lot lately so that would seem he wouldn’t get the big win here.  But I think WWE is trying to put him on a big streak to cement him as a main-eventer and set up a big championship match for him against John Cena at SummerSlam.   I would not be surprised in the least though if Randy Orton won here.  The scenario I would like to see play out: Brock Lesnar takes Kane’s spot and win the match.

Steve:  The TBA is due to Kane being out of the match after getting brutally attacked by the Wyatt Family on Raw this past Monday. The match should be the match of the night with Punk, Bryan,Van Dam and Christian in the match. The favorite seems to be Daniel Bryan in this match as he is rumored to be headlining Summerslam. Think the wild card in this match is Van Dam as the returning star. Think Sheamus and Orton cause each other to not win, Punk getting screwed over somehow by Paul Heyman. Feel that Daniel Bryan wins the match and goes onto SummerSlam.

Michael:  Smart money says Daniel Bryan takes the briefcase and main-events SummerSlam with it. But I’m going to go out on a limb here say that RVD becomes Mr. Money in the Bank for a second time. We know Punk is feuding with Lesnar, Sheamus and Orton are both fillers here, and Christian is stuck in mid-card Hell again. So I think it’s only appropriate, in front of a jacked Philly crowd, that Rob Van Dam wins the match and cements his WWE homecoming.

Marshall:  Daniel Bryan wins this match and his second MITB contract. Since losing the Tag Team titles with Kane he’s really seemed to have the build that he had around the time he last won the contract.
World Heavyweight Championship:  Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Brian:  Ziggler has lost a bit of his “cool” factor over the past few weeks and it could be tough for him to get it back with his switch to a babyface.  I think it’s too early to take the title off Alberto Del Rio so I’ll say he retains but nothing would surprise me here.  I am glad that Del Rio is back being a heel which he is much better suited at.

Steve:  These guys had a really great match last month at Payback where Del Rio regained the title and saw a double turn as well. No Ricardo Rodriguez as he is suspended for 30 days for violating the wellness policy. Ziggler has looked really strong the last few weeks over Del Rio. Should be another great match with Del Rio retaining and this feud going on until SummerSlam.

Michael:  These guys have had a fantastic feud, but their time is about up. I think Ziggler ultimately wins here to finalizes his ongoing face turn.  Ziggler needs the title more than Del Rio to keep his status in the main event picture. Plus, the endless possibilities of Money in the Bank mean that Ziggler can win without actually leaving with the title. A triple-threat match including Ziggler, Del Rio, and Barrett would be fun for SummerSlam, and give Zigs one of those “overcoming the odds” moment that every babyface in WWE needs. Then again, I’m not a wrestling booker.

Marshall:  Del Rio retains and continues this feud with Ziggler into SummerSlam. This should be another guaranteed great match as Del Rio and Ziggler have always had high energy quality matches when they meet one on one.
WWE Championship:  John Cena vs. Mark Henry

Brian:  I gave away my prediction for this match coming off the All-Stars MITB ladder match with John Cena retaining.  This match may not be that great but the build up to it has been fantastic.  If Henry wins, I think were in line for the triple threat match at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship between Henry, Cena and Ryback and Daniel Bryan would remain out of the title picture for at least another month.

Steve:  The buildup has been better for this match than the two month feud with Cena and Ryback. Henry has been great here with his mic work and Cena as well for the mic work and selling Henry as a legit threat to win the title. The match won’t be a Flair-Steamboat classic, but the match should be passable. Feel this is Henry’s last go around and see Cena retaining and heading to SummerSlam.

Michael:  When this feud kicked off with Henry’s fantastic retirement speech, I really thought he had a chance at winning the WWE Championship. And while I still think he deserves it as the final notch in his career, recent weeks have me convinced that Cena is going to retain in another one of his “odds stacked against me” challenges. But hypothetically, if Henry were on the way out of WWE, wouldn’t a win for him be the perfect goodbye? Then, his rematch with John Cena at SummerSlam with a retirement stipulation would feel like a huge deal. Alas, the year of CENA continues…

Marshall:  Cena retains, flat out. Mark Henry has no shot of being WWE Champion in 2013. World Champ again, maybe, but not the big prize.