On this week’s BTR Flagship, Brian and Michael talk about the WWE Network and what it is expected to look like, the downgrading of WWE pay-per-views, the hot finish to Raw on Monday night and the many different directions that can go in now, the WWE TLC PPV coming up on Sunday with some predictions and more.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Portland, Oregon. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
It’s advertised that Randy Orton will apologize to Triple H tonight.
- Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan via disqualification after Bray Wyatt interfered. Bryan escaped and nailed Bray Wyatt with a knee to the face.
- The Real Americans defeated Goldust and Cody Rhodes in a non-title match.
- There was a Bad News Barrett segment.
- Mark Henry defeated Damien Sandow via countout in a short match after Sandow left the ring. Big E Langston was on commentary.
- AJ Lee & Tamina defeated The Bella Twins. Natalya was on commentary.
- John Cena cut a promo hyping his match with Randy Orton this Sunday at TLC.
- Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated The Usos. Dean Ambrose was on commentary. After the match, CM Punk cut a promo on the titan tron.
- The Big Show (w/ Rey Mysterio) defeated Ryback (w/ Curtis Axel) in a squash match with the chokeslam. After the match, Rey Mysterio hit a 619 on Axel into a WMD from Show.
- There was a Wyatt Family promo.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston was scheduled next, but never took place after The Miz attacked Kofi Kingston and nailed him with the skull crushing finale
- In the main event segment, Randy Orton came out to apologize to Triple H. Triple H came out and accepted his apology, saying he forgave him this once. He then left and that ended the show.
After the taping ended, John Cena came out and faced Randy Orton in a dark match. Cena defeated Orton via DQ after Orton used a steel chair.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
Another podcast with Brian and Michael who insisted he get a chance to talk about the final segment from WWE Raw on Monday. They give their impressions from the segment, what intrigued them so much about it, what the future could be for both John Cena and Daniel Bryan, WrestleMania 30 possibilities, WWE changing their imagining and more.
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including a spectacular final segment, all the different directions the company could possibly go in now, the reaction to Daniel Bryan and how the fans are demanding for more of him, the smarts of John Cena, how this could play into the WWE TLC PPV on Sunday, more WrestleMania 30 speculation when it comes to matches, the Slammy Awards, WWE Network, AJ Styles done with TNA Wrestling and more.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- Randy Orton cut a promo. Daniel Bryan said he would be first in line to face the undisputed champion, then challenged Orton to a match.
- Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston defeated Fandango.
- Curtis Axel and Ryback defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a non-title match.
- C.M. Punk defeated U.S. Champion Dean Ambrose in a non-title match.
- Natalya defeated Tamina Snuka.
- Rey Mysterio and Big Show beat Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger.
- WWE Champion Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan after a distraction by Bray Wyatt via the video screen.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
The opening segment should’ve been right up my alley. CM Punk? Count me in… except, unfortunately, this feud with The Shield seems completely superfluous. Put Punk one-on-one with ANY of these three men (yes, even Seth Rollins) and my interested might be perked. But the idea of a 3-on-1 handicap matching being the attraction on a major PPV really grinds my gears. [Read more...]
The WWE presented two pay-per-views in October as Battleground and Hell In A Cell took place. The company released that the two shows combined did 334,000 buys worldwide, but an exact figure for each show hasn’t been released as of this time.
Battleground featured Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship and HIAC featured a third bout between the two, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee inside the cell structure and the return of John Cena. As soon as we get the exact numbers from each show, we will release those numbers to you.
Brian and Steve are back to talk Raw from Monday night including the announced lineup so far for the upcoming WWE TLC pay-per-view, how one person will be crowned the UNIFIED CHAMPION at that show between John Cena and Randy Orton, John Cena promoting the importance of the match and the championships, the overuse of authority figures, what is going on with Sin Cara, handicapped matches and Titus O’Neil has a tendency to puke. They also talk about the upcoming WWE Network, when they think it could be announced and how much money they would spend on it. Plus, WWE DVD talk and even some Manilow!
It is headlined by the Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to crown a Unified Champion between WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. On Raw, both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon went out of their way to say this is a unification match and one person will leave the show as the champion.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings on Tuesday in Uncasville, Connecticut. The show will air on tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what you will see on the show tonight.
- Randy Orton interview
- Mark Henry vs Curtis Axel
- Los Matadores and El Torito vs The Plymouth Rockers
- Tons of Funk vs R-Truth and Xavier Woods
- Antonio Cesaro vs Titus O’Neil
- CM Punk interview
- Bray Wyatt promo
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust vs The Shield
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers vs The Shield and The Wyatt Family
Brian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship video as they talk about the fallout from the WWE Survivor Series and Raw, the upcoming title unification match at the TLC pay-per-view between John Cena and Randy Orton, who they think will win as it stands right now, the rating for Raw on Monday, the favorite year for wrestling, wrestlers organically becoming stars and more,
The last time we saw an undisputed WWE champion was Brock Lesnar after he defeated The Rock at Summerslam 2002 to win the title. Right after that event, due to the brand extension the WWE created the World Heavyweight Championship.
The WWE announced on Monday Night Raw this past week that WWE Champion Randy Orton will battle World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a title vs title match at the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. As soon as the match was made, people on social media and various wrestling websites were saying the WWE wasn’t stating this was a unification match and there would be a way Orton and Cena would each walk out with a title.
WWE released their weekly Michael Cole and Triple H video interview today. HHH stated that the goal of the match was to have one unified champion coming out of the match and heading into 2014.
Let’s go with what HHH is hoping for and having one unified champion at the end of the TLC event. The question is though, are John Cena and Randy Orton the right guys to have a match to determine this?
A John Cena-Randy Orton unification match in 2008 would have been a dream matchup as they were the two hottest and most over acts in the WWE. Going into ’08, Orton was on a roll as the WWE Champion and Cena made a grand return at the end of the month from a torn pectoral muscle at the Royal Rumble. Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in a very good match and Cena ended up winning the Rumble. Instead of having the match at WrestleMania 24, the match took place at the No Way Out event in February. Cena won the match by disqualification. A triple threat match involving Orton, Cena and HHH took place at WrestleMania 24 with Orton retaining.
Now fast forward to 2013 and both Cena and Orton are champions and no one really cares. Orton comes out to the ring and you could hear a pin drop. When he cuts a promo, you get the same reaction. Cena comes out, gets a moderate reaction, but when he starts talking, the fans don’t buy what he’s saying in a promo and start chanting “boring, boring”.
You watch the opening segment on Raw this past Monday when Orton, HHH and Stephanie are in the ring and the fans are chanting for Daniel Bryan and chanting “YES YES”. Cena came out and at least acknowledged the reaction and that’s what the fans want. But right after Cena did that, he went back to discussing why there should be one unified champion, with the match being made right after that. Fans in the arena weren’t very interested when the announcement was made.
About 90 minutes into the show, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan came out for an interview with Renee Young before their match with The Wyatt Family. Both guys by far got the two best reactions of the night. But that has been the case for most of 2013.
Punk started out the year as a heel and then when he came back in June at the Payback pay-per-view, he turned back to a babyface role facing Chris Jericho. Punk then started a feud with Paul Heyman at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view when Heyman cost him a chance to win the MITB briefcase. Punk faced Brock Lesnar at Summerslam and has had a feud with Heyman through the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.
Bryan has been the hottest act in the WWE in 2013. The Washington state native started out the year stuck in a tag team with Kane and then got back into singles starting at the MITB. Bryan then headlined Summerslam winning the WWe championship from John Cena, but after the match HHH pedigreed Bryan, with Orton cashing in his MITB and winning the title at the Hell In A Cell event.
Bryan and Punk teamed at Survivor Series on Sunday and defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. It looks like after Raw on Monday that Bryan will face Brey Wyatt and Punk will be facing Roman Reigns.
Those matches are fine, but do nothing in the grand scheme of things for Bryan and Punk.
The WWE has always gone by the mantra of saying that they listen to the fans and they give the fans what they want. In this instance this isn’t the case whatsoever. You have the two hottest acts in all of wrestling feuding with guys who we aren’t sure are going to even reach a main event level.
The time we should see a unification match should be at Wrestlemania 30 with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan battling out to see who is the best wrestler in the world and the right to be called undisputed champion. Lets give the fans what they really want to see because at the end of the day, it is all about the fans.
WWE.com is reporting that Big Show is suffering from concussion like symptoms and isn’t allowed to compete at this time. Show suffered the symptoms when he faced Randy Orton for the WWE title this past Sunday at Survivor Series. He was allowed to compete on Monday’s WWE Raw when Show got kicked in the head a few times by Orton and Alberto Del Rio in a tag team match in which he teamed with John Cena.
“The trauma Big Show sustained Monday at Raw did, in fact, cause concussive symptoms,” said WWE ringside physician Dr. Amann. “At this point, we are doing further testing, and he is currently not cleared to participate in any in-ring competition.”
This week’s version of WWE Monday Night Raw was widely panned across social media and various platforms. The rating is in and the fans were interested for most of the show as Raw did a 2.93 rating with an average of 4.14 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 2.73 rating with an average of 3.80 million viewers.
Hour one averaged 4.32 million viewers, which was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and John Cena, with the title vs title match being made with Orton and Cena for the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. Hour two averaged 4.29 million viewers and was highlighted by CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs The Wyatt Family, which started in the middle of the hour and went into the third and final hour.
The final hour averaged 3.80 million viewers and was highlighted by the main event featuring Big Show and John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton. That has to be a cause of concern for the WWE as the fans were interested in the first two hours and slid to under four million viewers in the final hour.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Uncasville, Connecticut. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- JBL and Michael Cole came out to announce for Smackdown. Renee Young was in the ring to start. She asked us to welcome her guest, the face of WWE, Randy Orton. She asked about the controversy from Sunday’s title match against the Big Show. Orton claimed Big Show hadn’t knocked him out, he was playing possum. Orton said he didn’t need The Authority to win, and they tainted his victory. Renee then threw to a video package from Raw on the unification match setup. She asked Randy how that made him feel. She kept prompting him with adjectives, but Randy got annoyed with her and left the ring and walked up the ramp.
- Vickie Guerrero appeared on the Titantron to talk about Thanksgiving and have the superstars compete in a food eating contest. I couldn’t tell who because I couldn’t see the screen. Banal comedy.
- Mark Henry (w/Big E Langston) defeated Curtis Axel (w/Ryback). Henry won quickly with the World’s Strongest Slam. Apparently, this tag team feud continues.
- Another Thanksgiving skit aired on the blocked TitanTron. It sounded like it somehow involved R-Truth. There were more Thanksgiving skits after a commercial break. Yay. It sounded like Titus O’Neil won some contest and the right to compete against Antonio Cesaro.
- Los Matadores and El Torito beat The Plymouth Rockers (a/k/a 3MB). Wow, this show is getting better and better. Oh, but El Torito is wrestling and it’s a six man tag! Has that happened before? I’m not sure, I usually fast forward though both these teams matches. Los Matadores won quickly, thankfully.
But don’t worry! This show is saved! Brodus Clay and Tensai are out! I seriously feel like I’m at a house show right now. But at this point I guess Smackdown is pretty much the same thing.
- Tons of Funk beat R-Truth and Xavier Woods. Tons of Funk surprisingly won after Brodus splashed Xavier from the second rope. I guess Creed (a/k/a Woods) isn’t a priority.
- CM Punk was then interviewed by Young. He said he hadn’t heard from Daniel Bryan since he was kidnapped. He said he was injured and banged up. Then he said he didn’t know why The Shield attacked him. He said that maybe it was because they were carrying out orders from people with authority. Punk didn’t really seem to care about the fact he hadn’t heard from Bryan.
- Antonio Cesaro (w/Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter) by Titus O’Neil by DQ. No promo from Zeb. Antonio Cesaro started to spin Titus, but D-Young broke it up for the DQ. Odd. Titus then “vomited” into JBL’s hat as a result of the spin. Titus then shoved the hat in Michael Cole’s face. Titus then vomited on Zeb. More pointless comedy. Who writes this stuff?
- Bray Wyatt gave a promo on the Titantron in which he basically claimed that the Wyatts would turn Bryan into a monster.
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns by DQ to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Lilian gave in-ring introductions, partly to give it a big match feel and partly because the microphone stopped working in the middle of the the Rhodes Brothers entrance. Ambrose was on commentary with JBL and Cole. A solid match, but not up to the par of their previous contests, partly due to the lack of crowd involvement because they were dead for the past hour plus of filler. Cody hit CrossRhodes on Rollins, but Dean Ambrose ran out causing the DQ.
- CM Punk came win a chair to even the odds, and Vickie made it a six man tag. Punk had the biggest pop of the night by far.
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust beat The Shield by DQ when The Wyatt Family interfered. At one point in the match, the Wyatt’s came out and stood on the stage, drawing Daniel Bryan chants. Then they attacked Cody and Goldust, causing a DQ. The Shield then attacked Punk, and the Usos and Mysterio ran out and made the save.
- Vickie made a 12 man tag rematch from last weeks raw, except with Rey Mysterio instead of Daniel Bryan. I’m pretty sure this segment (from the tag title match until now) is gonna end up taking the entire final hour of Smackdown Friday. it’s been pretty awesome, so I’m not complaining.
- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers defeated The Shield and The Wyatt Family in a 12-man tag match. Very fun match, although another illogical ending with the faces picking up the win after a 619 and GTS combo on Erick Rowan. The faces posed at what I assume will be the end of the television show.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.