WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 9/23/2013

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RAW logo blackRAW comes to you LIVE from Chicago tonight, and features the return of “The Best in The World,” CM Punk.  Not only that, the WWE locker room has shown growing signs of unrest over the past few weeks, so Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have promised to address the situation publicly.  Plus, with only two more weeks until WWE Battleground, fans can expect Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to lock horns as they build towards their WWE Championship match.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday September 18. 2013

Before the Smackdown tapings take, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tomorrow night starting at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s tapings took place in Cincinnati. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel is up first. Paul Heyman and Ryback are at ringside. Dolph hit Ryback but Axel knocked him to the floor. Axel distracted the referee while Ryback took Ziggler out on the floor. Axel brought Ziggler back in the ring and hit his finisher for the win.

- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the WWE championship is announced for Battleground.

- Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango is up next. Kofi mocks Fandango by dancing. He gets the win after Trouble In Paradise.

- Damien Sandow beat Justin Gabriel after countering the 450 Splash.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 17, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at last night’s Raw including Daniel Bryan being stripped of the WWE Championship, Stephanie and her wicked ways involving with Dusty Rhodes, Paul Heyman and his starry eyes for Ryback, the good guys finally stepping up and helping and more.  Plus, they talk about the report that Hulk Hogan’s TNA contract expiring in two weeks and the company possibly taking Impact off the road.

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 Review Podcast – September 16, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at last night’s WWE Night of Champions PPV which saw Daniel Bryan defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, added matches to the show, the greatest champion polls during the show and if they have any meaning and more.  Plus, they talk about tonight’s edition of Raw and a few people possibly leaving TNA Wrestling.

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 Rundown – LIVE

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wwenightofchampions2013posterTonight, WWE returns to Pay Per View with its annual “Night of Champions” Pay-Per-View.  The show is headlined by an exciting match, with Randy Orton defending his WWE Championship against an underdog Daniel Bryan.  Fans also have CM Punk vs Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel in a handicap match, with the stipulation that if Punk beats Axel, he gets his hands on Punk.  Be sure to watch along with us tonight! [Read more...]

WWE Night of Champions 2013 – Staff Predictions

wwenightofchampions2013posterOn Sunday night, it is the WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view.  Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.

Kickoff match:  The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. 3MB (any pairing of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, or Jinder Mahal) vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) with Zeb Colter)

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WWE Night of Champions 2013 Preview

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It’s that time of the year again as WWE comes back onto pay per view tonight with it’s annual Night of Champions event. The premise, that every title is to be defended, falls a little by the wayside this year a the seven matches scheduled for the card make it appear a bit lackluster in terms of quality and seems to show the misdirection WWE has for almost every title that isn’t the top two championships.

That misdirection is inherent in the pre-show kickoff match. In order to determine the number one contenders to the Tag Team Championships currently held by The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins we are going to be treated to an absolute cluster of a 5-team Tag Team Turmoil match. Nothing about the format of this match makes any sense and aside from The Primetime Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neill) none of the other teams have been built up for a tag title run. So, sorry 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre), Tons of Funk (Tensai & Brodus Clay), Jimmy & Jay Uso, and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) but you are just adding to the cluster that will be this match.

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 13th, 2013

Daniel Bryan Randy Orton No LockOpening segment featuring Big Show, Triple H, and The Shield was excellent. Big Show’s fake apology letter cracked me up, and Triple H coming out to confront show about his actions made sense. But I was afraid that was going to be all there was to it. Fortunately, The Shield came out to liven things up, and Big Show entered an entertaining, hardcore, five-minute brawl with the trio. The fans in attendance were digging it, I was digging it, and it kicked things off in a hot way. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes – WWE Night of Champions 2013 Video Preview

Here’s a first!  The first ever Between The Ropes video chat as Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman preview this Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view and give their predictions on who will win between WWE Champion Randy Orton against Daniel Bryan, CM Punk going against Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio against Rob Van Dam and all of the other matches.  Plus, they talk about Jim Ross retiring from the WWE and the reason behind it happening now.

You can also listen to the audio on the Between The Ropes podcast.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For Friday September 13, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The show will air on Friday Night on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the results of the tapings fom last night.

Smackdown opens up with a Big Show promo where he is formed to apologize to the fans for letting them down on Monday as he didn’t do the right thing. Triple H comes out and reminds everyone Show is broke, then suspends him without pay for a night. The Shield then attacks and lays out Show with the triple powerbomb.

Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana vs. Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella is up next. Natalya gets a nice pop but AJ Lee comes out to a better pop. AJ is on commentary. AJ does a run-in as Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter. Somehow it’s a DQ win for Layla, Aksana and Fox. All of the Divas fight after the match.

R-Truth vs. Fandango in a dance-off. Miz and Great Khali join in. Miz wins. Fandango is disgusted, but is tossed out of the ring.

The Divas come back out and they had a brawl. It appears there was a DQ when AJ interfered and then the babyfaces laid her out.

They do a segment where Ryback bullies a skinny man for saying he wanted to get in the ring with Ryback. Ryback said his dream is to bully people like him.

Vickie Guerrero announces that Ricardo will not be at Night of Champions because she feels for his safety, but then announces he will wrestle Alberto Del Rio tonight.

Santino Marella beat Damien Sandow with the Cobra.

Michael Cole interviewed Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. Axel says that he won’t let Heyman down because Punk has to go through him and Punk can’t beat him. Heyman claimed he was a peace loving man and asked the audience to boycott the handicap match. He said that if we order the PPV, we will let CM Punk get his hands on Paul Heyman and that will be the end of him. He says he will always love Punk and tonight will be the last time you see Paul Heyman because once Punk gets him, it’s over.

World champ Alberto Del Rio easily pins Ricardo, then locks on the armbar. RVD makes the save and runs him off.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose ended in a DQ when the Shield hit the ring. The Usos evened up the sides. Vickie turned it into a six man which the Shield won.

Edge hosted The Cutting Edge. He sent a message to Christian to get the Shield for what they did to him when he comes back. Randy Orton comes out so I guess the idea is that this time, Edge has to interview who HHH wants. Orton tells Edge he’s upset that Orton is a 10 time champion while he’s relegated to being just a talk show host. Edge points out he is an 11 time champion. Daniel Bryan came out and said he doesn’t want to be the face of the WWE, but he’s going to be WWE champion and will beat Orton at the PPV. Orton nails Bryan but Bryan makes a comeback and locks him in the Yes Lock. Orton taps as they go off the air.

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 6th, 2013

Randy Orton over Daniel BryanThe opening segment was a mixed bag. On the one hand, I thought Triple H was very entertaining, and liked the “town meeting” set-up for a televised wrestling show. It’s the exact kind of thing a narcissistic heel would do. Also, having Hunter describe himself as the COO of WWE and, therefore, “the WWE itself,” was a great way to draw heat. Unfortunately, some of the booking just didn’t make sense. [Read more...]

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For September 6, 2013

WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place last night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here are the results from Smackdown that were sent to us.

Triple H kicks off this week’s SmackDown and is holding a town hall meeting for everyone to air their grievances. The locker room is out watching from the stage. Triple H, Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox are in the ring. Triple H talks first about how he fired Cody Rhodes on RAW and what’s best for business.

The Shield are also out, standing guard at the ring. Triple H wants nobody to be afraid for their jobs. He lets anyone step up and ask a question but nobody does. He says no butt kissing. Damien Sandow speaks up and says he supports Triple H firing Cody Rhodes. Triple H says Cody fired Cody. Kofi Kingston speaks up and says everyone is afraid and that’s not best for business. Triple H talks about how the wrestlers’ egos are out of control and says that’s why Daniel Bryan isn’t out here. Heath Slater speaks up but Triple H cracks jokes at him. Rob Van Dam says Cody getting fired wasn’t cool and calls Triple H “dude.” Ryback speaks up and doesn’t like being called a bully. Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel and RVD vs. Randy Orton is announced for tonight. Also, Bryan gets to pick The Shield member that he wants to face tonight. Triple H gives Randy Orton a grand introduction.

Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam is up first. Alberto Del Rio is out for commentary. Another good, lengthy match. Orton dodged a Five Star frogsplash. Orton got the win with a RKO. During the match, Del Rio interfered and it was said he appeared to have injured his arm. After the match, Del Rio beat RVD down and left him laying.

Backstage segment with Daniel Bryan and Renee Young. Bryan says WWE officials told him not to attend the town hall meeting earlier. He leaves it up to The Shield to name which member he will face tonight.

A new vignette for Los Matadores airs.

Segment with the Divas. AJ Lee talks with Alicia Fox and Aksana about Total Divas. AJ would rather put her title up against one of them than one of the girls from the show.

Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next. Dean Ambrose is out on commentary. Ryback gets the win after Ambrose attacks Ziggler. Ambrose vs. Ziggler at Night of Champions is announced.

Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel in a non-title match is up next. Axel comes out to a huge pop and a “welcome home” from the hometown crowd. Paul Heyman is with him. Kofi gets the win with a SOS.

Backstage segment with Renee Young and Paul Heyman talking about CM Punk.

Naomi vs. Brie Bella is up next. Cameron, Eva Marie and Nikki Bella are at ringside. The match ends with no winner as AJ brings out the other Divas and they face off against the Total Divas.

Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro come out with Zeb Colter as a Los Matadores vignette airs. Their opponents are The Usos. Cesaro and Swagger get the win.

Triple H is forcing Big Show to face 3MB in a handicap match. Show squashed all three members and hit the knockout punch on Heath Slater for the win. Slater was helped to the back by referees.

The Shield come out to a big pop and surround the ring. They have chosen Seth Rollins to face Daniel Bryan in tonight’s main event. Good match. Bryan got the win after fighting off The Shield and hitting Rollins with the knee to the face. After the match, Randy Orton interrupts the celebration and attacks Bryan. SmackDown ends with Orton standing over Bryan with the WWE Title.

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WWE RAW Preview – September 2nd, 2013

WWE.com updated earlier with a full “Five-Point Preview” of tonight’s RAW. Let’s take a closer look at each talking point. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – August 27, 2013

rawbryanortonshieldBrian and Steve are back as they talk about Klondike bars, mints, coupons, concerts and NBA Championships and then they get into a full review of WWE Raw including the latest in the Triple H – Daniel Bryan – Randy Orton storyline, the eye-popping Paul Heyman – CM Punk – Curtis Axel segment, AJ Lee with her version of a pipe bomb promo and more.  Plus, they talk Goldberg and Hulk Hogan’s future in wrestling.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – August 26th, 2013

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Triple H and Randy Orton gloatThe Triple H and Randy Orton opening felt very old school. What I mean is that, the heels came out to put over their ongoing ‘victories,’ then the face came out and played to the crowd. [Read more...]

WWE News: John Cena Says His Goal Is To Return To WWE “Healthy And Strong”

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.

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WWE Raw Reaction and Review – August 19th, 2013

For full coverage of last night’s show, be sure to check out the complete Raw Rundown.  Also, get the latest Between the Ropes podcast for thoughts from Brian and Steve!

stephaniemcmahondanielbryanStephanie McMahon and Daniel Bryan opened up last night’s show in a very interesting way. It wasn’t what I expected coming out of the Pay-Per-View, but I still really liked it. Putting the McMahon’s on a unified front only makes sense (and makes this story a lot less convoluted). Furthermore, her interactions with Bryan were very, very entertaining. Bryan slapping the microphone out of her hand? Perfect. When Stephanie called for security, I had flashbacks to the ‘Attitude-Era.’ Daniel Bryan really is becoming the internet age Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow delivered an okay follow-up match to their fight at SummerSlam. Otherwise, the actual “wrestling” element of the show was sub-par. We had TWO different 3-on-1 handicap matches, both involving The Shield, and both feeling like storyline-over-form segments. And apparently creative needed some filler because even 3MB made it on the card.

A lot of stuff happened in-between the major segments, and most of it just wasn’t newsworthy. WWE made sure to push its pop-culture stuff, with ‘Total Divas’ being spotlighted in a 5 minute match, and Darren Young picking up the win over The Real Americans. And what about that Footlocker advertisement? Amazing stuff. That’s what a TV-PG rating can do for you!

Paul Heyman and CM Punk delivered a stellar opening chapter for the next part of their feud. Heyman offered the fake olive branch, and Punk turned it down with a fiery vengeance. Axel as the muscle made sense. But I’m glad Punk wiped him out, and things are ready to move forward with somebody new. Heyman needs to recruit some fresh blood in his battle against Punk, and I just don’t think Axel is ready to carry the mantle yet against a bona fide main eventer like CM Punk. Plus, Punk’s rant against that fan in the front row who booed him (poor guy!) was pure money. CM Punk is old school in the best possible way.

The show closed with Randy Orton’s Championship Coronation. This basically just turned into Triple H trying to explain away his sudden heel turned. To be fair, Hunter sold it like a champ. I liked his “best for business” logic (even if did contradict everything he said the last few weeks), and putting Orton out there in front gave the whole group a lot of heat. I’m also glad Triple H touched on his feud with Orton from a few years back. I’m still not completely buying The Shield as McMahon family lackeys, but I guess in pro wrestling heels are bffs.

Overall show was very meh. The promos were solid – especially Punk/Heyman, Bryan/Stephanie, and Triple H. Otherwise, the show lacked the great energy of SummerSlam. Hopefully the product picks back up next week.

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Between The Ropes Podcast: WWE Raw Recap – August 20, 2013

stephaniemcmahondanielbryanBrian 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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