Mark Henry Talks WWE Performance Center, Money in the Bank

WWE superstar Mark Henry talks about the new Performance Center and his current run in the WWE including his upcoming match against John Cena at the Money in the Bank PPV.

Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 10, 2013

Better late than never – Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the debut of the Wyatt Family, Daniel Bryan’s role this week and if he is being used too much, the lead up to the Money in the Bank PPV, Vickie Guerrero out as the Raw GM as well as Matt Morgan getting his release from TNA Wrestling.

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WWE Raw Rundown – July 8th, 2013

Raw SidewaysEntertaining Monday Night Raw tonight. While three hours still feels too long for a weekly wrestling show, the show had a number of great hooks, and a solid final build towards Money in the Bank that made it worth watching. Let’s take a look: [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown – July 1st, 2013

Raw SidewaysAnother show of baby steps tonight on Raw. WWE seems stuck right in-between two major events, and creative seems reluctant to move forward with any real consistency. Let’s look a little closer. [Read more...]

WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Down From Last Week

The Monday Night Raw rating came out yesterday and the rating could have been a lot worse.

WWE’s flagship show drew awwe logo 2.9 rating, with an average of 3.98 million viewers watching. That is down from last week’s 3.03, with an average of 4.15 viewers watching.

Monday’s Raw featured promos with John Cena and Mark Henry, who will square off for the WWE championship at Money in the Bank on July 14.

We seen a promo with CM Punk and Paul Heyman after Brock Lesnar returned last week and F5′d Punk.

The main event featured a match between Daniel Bryan defeating Randy Orton by submission.

The WWE should take this rating as a win as the NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 6, which featured the Boston Bruins against the Chicago Blackhawks drew 8.31 million viewers.

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‘Monday Night Raw’ Reaction and Review – 6/24/2013

For complete coverage of everything that happened last night, check out the WWE Raw Rundown.

image2993Things got off to a hot start last night, with the Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton stuff. Although cancelling the match and postponing it until later in the night felt like a cheap way to squeeze every last drop out of this feud, it made a lot of sense to have this rivalry headline the show. Especially if, and I’m just guess here, this was their final match.

Bryan winning here made sense, as he needed a way to re-legitimize himself as a singles wrestler. I’m just curious what’s in store next for Orton. Their mutual-respect handshake at the end makes it seem like they’re putting the brakes on a Orton heel-turn. Then again, this could just be setting the WWE Universe up for a swerve.

Speaking of set-ups, I think it’s pretty obvious here that Punk is being “set-up” by Paul Heyman. Their interactions last night carried a lot of weight and emotion, which was good. But it’s also the exact type of thing that will be replayed over and over once Heyman finally turns on Punk. Overall, this seems to be a great way to extend the feud between now and Summerslam without using up all of Brock Lesnar’s appearance dates.

The Shield has officially dropped to lower mid-card duty (don’t say we didn’t warn you). Hopefully their feud with The Usos will be quick and painless. This is the major consequence of no long term build with The Usos – that is, nobody gives a crap about their storyline.

Money in the Bank participants were announced last night, albeit rather informally. I can’t help but imagine this would have carried so much more weight had they let the wrestlers come out to the ring and jabber back-and-forth about who was going to win. I’m also confused about whether or not this is the only Money in the Bank match this year. If so, this is a stacked match, and should be very entertaining. If not, I think the company would have been wise to limit the participants here by spotlighting a few key performers (imagine how great a four-way Punk vs. Bryan vs. Orton vs. RVD MITB match would be), and then save the “all hands on deck” match for the World Heavyweight Championship MITB.

The McMahons were featured again, just not quite as heavily. It seems like creative wanted to put them back on TV, but now has no idea where to go with this storyline. At least Vickie seems to be shining in her role as “pawn” in the game of WWE Corporate chess.

Overall show was definitely lacking. About halfway through, the momentum completely died. Mark Henry’s segment fell flat (they should’ve just stuck with Cena’s promo, and kept Henry off TV another week), CM Punk had a lackluster match with Darren Young, and the spark from last week seemed to have evaporated. We’re officially back in the summer hangover – let’s just hope things pick back up again BEFORE MITB.

WWE Raw Rundown – June 24th, 2013

rawRaw got off to a great start, but seemed to stall about halfway through. Luckily, a strong main event, plus a couple of big announcements, helped prevent the entire show from being a bust. Let’s take a look. [Read more...]

Mark Henry Should Be the Next WWE Champion

henrycenaExciting surprises are synonymous with televised professional wrestling. Throughout the rich history of a company like WWE, there have been countless events that people still talk about today. Remember the time Eric Bischoff showed up as the GM of Raw? What about the evening Stone Cold Steve Austin drove a beer truck down to ringside and doused The Corporation? And we’re almost to the two-year anniversary of CM Punk’s career-defining “pipe bomb promo.” [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown – June 18th, 2013

rawWhile in-ring action wasn’t the top priority for Raw this week, the number of great surprises and unexpected returns worked together to create a noteworthy show. Payback’s momentum carried over here in a good way. [Read more...]

Video: Mark Henry Slams John Cena After Teasing Retirement

Last night on WWE, Mark Henry (along with a bit role from John Cena) delivered one of the best angles on Raw — or in all of wrestling — in a while.  Henry was fantastic in giving a heartfelt speech, announcing his retirement.  But when Cena came in for a hug, Henry laid him out with the World’s Strongest Slam.  He then screwed, “I’ve got a lot left in the tank!”

Henry was awesome in his speech which had people crying in the building that he was going to be hanging up the boots.  Instead, the World’s Strongest Man will be facing John Cena for the WWE Championship at the July Money in the Bank pay-per-view as he tried to win the one title that has eluded him so far in the WWE.

Here is the video from that segment from Raw:

Between The Ropes Raw Preview Podcast – June 10, 2013

wwe logoBrian and Steve preview tonight’s edition of Raw including if Triple H will square off against Curtis Axel, Kaitlyn’s secret admirer, Dolph Ziggler’s return, if CM Punk will be on the show, what will happen between John Cena and Ryback, the lineup for this Sunday’s Payback PPV, heel and babyface turns in WWE, Mark Henry’s Twitter rant and Hulk Hogan’s recent comments on Twitter as well.

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