WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/19/2013

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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...]

WWE SummerSlam 2013 Reaction and Review

Make sure to check out the SummerSlam 2013 Rundown for complete coverage of everything that happened on last night’s Pay-Per-View.  Also, listen to Brian and Steve discuss what they think on the latest Between the Ropes Podcast. [Read more...]

WWE SummerSlam 2013 Rundown – LIVE

WWE Returns to Pay-Per-View with it’s second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam.  The card is loaded with two World Title fights, and “The Best vs. The Beast.”  Be sure to refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis. [Read more...]

Video: WWE 2K14 30 Years of WrestleMania Symposium

WWE held a symposium celebrating the 30 years of WrestleMania theme on the latest WWE 2K14 video game with a panel of WWE superstars.  Jim Ross hosted the panel which included Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, Mick Foley and Ric Flair who joined in during the second half.

Once the Nature Boy hit the scene, any kind of format went out the down as he took over the show like only he can do.  Here is the video:


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WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/16/2013

As the final show before this Sunday’s major Pay-Per-View event, story of the night should be SummerSlam feuds.  Expect final build for Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow, the World Heavyweight Championship match, and The Shield. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes WWE Summerslam 2013 Preview Podcast

Brian and Steve talk about WWE superstar Darren Young coming out publicly and saying he is gay, how big of a story this is, the WWE’s reaction as well as media reaction for Young going forward with his career in the company.  Then, they run down Summerslam from top to bottom including what they think will be the best match on the show, what match goes on last, winners and losers and the direction of the big storyline in the John Cena – Daniel Bryan – McMahons storyline could be coming out of the match and more.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up Slightly

The two main event segments that needed to deliver for the WWE on Monday’s Raw did just that in terms of ratings. The rating for Monday’s Raw was a 3.0 with an average of 4.11 million viewers up slightly from the 2.96 rating from last week.

The first hour produced a 2.7 rating with an average of 3.74 million viewers, hour two produced a 3.0 rating with an average of 4.2 million viewers and hour three including the overrun averaged 4.32 million viewers.

Usually the rating doesn’t go up from hour two to hour three. Hour two opened with Brad Maddox, Vince McMahon and Triple H coming out and Triple H announcing he will be the special referee for the John Cena versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE title this Sunday at Summerslam.

Hour three began with a Miz TV segment featuring great promos from Cena and Bryan to help promote Summerslam on Sunday. The final segment of the show was set to feature Paul Heyman versus CM Punk. Heyman came out and cut a great promo, which led to Brock Lesnar coming up as they promoted the Lesnar versus Punk match this Sunday at Summerslam.

Punk then came out from behind and attacked Lesnar to end the show. It is a good sign as the overrun did a 3.5 rating, which shows people are very interested in this match at Summerslam on Sunday.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 6, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about last night’s WWE Raw, Brock Lesnar’s latest destruction of CM Punk and “saying something stupid”, the Daniel Bryan – John Cena storyline, Randy Orton and the McMahons getting involved, the latest on SummerSlam including added matches, Total Divas, Kurt Angle going to rehab and more.

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Announced for Next Week’s RAW: CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman

During the Curtis Axel and CM Punk match last night, Punk finally got his hands on Paul Heyman.  Unfortunately for Punk, the moment was short-lived. [Read more...]

‘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.

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Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow is Simply About Good Friendship

Sandow Money in the BankIf you had a chance to catch last night’s solid WWE Smackdown, you saw Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes highlighted in a way they haven’t been before in their respective WWE tenures. Both men, especially Sandow, have the “gift of gab”. Both men know what they’re doing in the ring. But up until recently, creative seemed absolutely clueless on how to properly utilize Sandow and Rhodes, and their endless strengths. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 23, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the final segments with Daniel Bryan, the great CM Punk – Paul Heyman segment, the train wreck involving the Total Divas segment as well as a little accident, Ryback, Brad Maddox, could Rob Van Dam even be a world champion again in WWE, how important ratings are for this show and more.

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Between The Ropes | Justin Credible – July 22, 2013

justin_credibleJustin Credible talks about how tough the past few years have been for him, his addiction to drugs and his recovery, how healthy he is now, what he thinks his reputation is, getting back his passion for the wrestling business, his YouTube video series “Pro Wrestling 101″, how Colt Cabana has influenced him, independents these days and how tough they are, the current TNA product, being around Triple H in his early days in the business, what he likes in wrestling right now and more.

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CM Punk and Paul Heyman Bring Back Attitude

This past Monday night, wrestling found it’s spark again. Check out your favorite blog, or take a look at Twitter. CM Punk and Paul Heyman absolutely stole the show. [Read more...]

Video: Brock Lesnar Attacks CM Punk on Raw

In case you missed it or want to re-live the fantastic segment from this past Monday edition of Raw, WWE has posted the segment which included the interaction between CM Punk and Paul Heyman before Brock Lesnar cam out and wreaked havoc and assaulting Punk including an F5 on the announcer’s table.

WWE.com is also reporting — although this is likely just more part of the storyline — that Punk was injured during the attack.

In what sounds more like an injury report from a car crash than a fistfight, medical officials have told WWE.com that Punk suffered whiplash and strained ligaments in his left knee and right ankle. Punk’s ribs are also bruised, potentially broken, as a result of the attack.

Below is a picture that WWE included on their Instagram account of CM Punk being looked at by WWE doctors after his beating from Lesnar.

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 16, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about last night’s edition of Raw including the incredible angle between Paul Heyman, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan being selected by John Cena for his SummerSlam opponent for the WWE Championship, several very good matches on the show, putting together a possible lineup for SummerSlam and more.

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WWE Raw Rundown – July 15th, 2013

rawIncredible edition of Monday Night Raw that delivered with surprises, entertainment, and excitement. The three-hour show was booked to the fullest. Let’s take a closer look: [Read more...]

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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