Brian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.
Last Friday came and went without the WWE and NBC Universal reaching a new agreement on a television deal before their exclusive negotiating period ended. Now, the WWE can officially negotiate with other networks including Viacom, Disney and 20th Century Fox which may be looking to land the TV rights for WWE programming.
WWE confirmed that no agreement was made to Variety.com and also released this statement: “While we were unable to reach an agreement with NBCU during this period, we have certainly appreciated our long and productive partnership. With year-round, live programming that is highly coveted by programmers, distributors and advertisers, we are extremely excited about our future. We look forward to engaging with potential partners who recognize the value of having the #1 show on cable and live content delivered 52 weeks a year.”
In a perfect world, WWE would like to have all of its shows on one network family but it may have to split them up. The company fully expects to more than double the almost $140 million a year it currently receives in licensing fees in any upcoming deal.
While a new agreement has not been reached between WWE and NBCU, the network does have the right to match any offer made by another potential partner. And the sports entertainment juggernaut has implied in the past that it would prefer to remain with NBCU.
It will be interesting to see what other networks go hard after WWE programming and would also be willing to take all of the shows on the table including “Raw”, “Smackdown”, “Main Event”, “Total Divas” and “Saturday Morning Slam”.
WWE has said that it hopes to have a deal done by April or May at the latest.
WWE.com has released its preview for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw so here is what you should expect on the show.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will square off against Sheamus in the final one-on-one-match he will have against his opponents at the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday. So far, Orton is 1-3 in the matches including a loss to Cesaro on “Smackdown”. WWE is doing everything it can to show that Orton’s title reign is in big jeopardy but they are really just diminishing their champion and the gold around his waist.
A match will officially be announced for Sunday’s PPV pitting the Usos against the New Age Outlaws with the tag-team titles on the line. The Outlaws have been leery of the match but somehow they will get forced into it.
More Jack Swagger who is now the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship after beating Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry to earn the spot. He’ll square off against Big E at Elimination Chamber for the title. It will be interesting to see if WWE actually does something with Swagger since he was positioned as the out man out of the Real Americans with Cesaro getting pushed into a world title shot.
Expect at least a confrontation between Daniel Bryan and Kane on the show as well. In fact, I’d say there is a good chance the former tag-team champions will face off in a match. On a side note, have you see Daniel Bryan’s new t-shirt?
Look for Alberto Del Rio to go after Batista after getting beaten up silly by the Animal on last week’s show including his eating a Batista Bomb through the announcers table. Good luck getting this feud on track and create doubt on who will win the match at Elimination Chamber.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including some very good wrestling matches including John Cena against Randy Orton, the Wyatt Family and The Shield ramping up their feud, Antonio Cesaro standing out, Daniel Bryan getting big reactions and more. Plus, they talk about the big returns of The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan reportedly set for the February 24th edition of Raw, WWE TV negotiations and plenty of your questions.
Did you watch Monday Night RAW last night? Were you expecting something fantastic? Maybe fallout from CM Punk being gone, or another step forward for Daniel Bryan’s massive fan reaction? Well… you set the bar too high. Waaaaay too high, apparently. [Read more...]
We haven’t seen a guest host on WWE Monday Night Raw in a long time. The company announced during last night’s Raw that Betty White will be guest hosting next week’s show, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
White has appeared on TV shows like “The Golden Girls” and currently stars on the show, “Hot In Cleveland”.
TMZ Sports is reporting that CM Punk walked out of WWE on Monday night before Raw and went home after being upset about his role for WrestleMania XXX and Batista being put in a main-event position.
According to the report, Punk was upset when he learned that Batista was going to win the Royal Rumble which would earn him a championship match at WrestleMania XXX. It goes on to say that “he feels Batista isn’t in great wrestling shape and shouldn’t be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).”
Punk was said to be very upset when he learned that he would be facing Triple H at WrestleMania and would not be in the title match, a match he felt he earned from his work over the past year.
His being upset goes along with a ProWrestling.net story that CM Punk voiced his displeasure with about Batista being in the championship match at WrestleMania XXX at the Wizard World convention in Portland Oregon last Friday, two days before the Royal Rumble.
Punk was said to be very frustrated with his current role and the current WWE direction, not only regarding himself but that the company was not doing more with Daniel Bryan as well.
Following Monday night’s edition, we knew four of the participants in the main event for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Now we know all six following the Smackdown taping for this Friday’s show.
The six people who will be vying for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber match include Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian and Antonio Cesaro.
Both Christian and Cesaro won qualifying matches on Smackdown to earn their spots in the main event match which, for Cesaro, will be his first with the WWE.
Two other matches are also set for the pay-per-view including a six-man tag-team match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family while Batista will square off against Alberto Del Rio.
Share your thoughts on the Elimination Chamber card in the comments section below.
Another podcast as Brian and Steve talk about the breaking news of CM Punk walking out on WWE on Monday night before Raw, the signs pointing to his frustrations with the company, changes to WrestleMania XXX with him leaving, thoughts on if / when he will return and more. Plus, they talk about Matt Hardy’s recent arrest along with his wife Reby Sky and some spoilers for the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Raw got off to a hot start last night with a great segment between Daniel Bryan and The Authority. WWE smartly played to the crowd by letting Bryan opening the show – it essentially tackled the Royal Rumble problem head-on. Seeing Bryan call Triple H out on his biased decision making, and hearing Triple H respond with the classic heel excuses, made the first twenty minutes a delight. I didn’t care much for seeing Bryan get smashed by The Shield. On the other hand, at least WWE had the forethought to set up its main event. [Read more...]
WWE Monday Night Raw on January 27, 2014 aired live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Raw opens with a highlight package from last night Royal Rumble PPV with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Randy Orton and John Cena. With Bray Wyatt standing above John Cena shoulders.
First Segment: The Authority comes down to the ring. There was a highlight package of the match between Brock Lesnar and Big Show. Stephanie McMahon says last night Royal Rumble was one of the most statsifying epic Royal Rumble PPV’s in history. Triple H mocks the crowd about not getting what they want. Triple H talks about Randy Orton defeating John Cena, Brock Lesnar “destroying” Big Show, and there good friend Batista winning the Royal Rumble Match.Stephanie McMahon and Triple H announces at the Elimination Chamber Randy Orton will defend his WWE Championship in the Chamber Match. Daniel Bryan comes out and interrupts the Authority. Daniel Bryan tells the crowd to stop chanting YES!, so the Authority doesn’t get mad. Bryan says last night was one of the toughest matches in history. Daniel Bryan mentions about him not being in the rumble match is one of the disappointing moments in the history of the Rumble.
Stephanie McMahon says that the Authority doesn’t want to put Bryan in harms way for him to fight in the Rumble. Bryan says the Authority think about what’s worst for Daniel Bryan. Stephanie says Bryan only cares about himself and ask him does he really think he’s only person the people came to see RAW. Daniel Bryan ask the crowd if they want to see Randy Orton or Triple H and the crowd says no.
Daniel Bryan says he wants to be in the Elimination Chamber Match, and tells Triple H that he not leaving this ring till he gets what he wants. Triple H says it just not him and Bryan in the ring. The Shield comes out and Bryan grabs a chair, and The Shield attacks Bryan. Sheamus and John Cena comes out to save Daniel Bryan.
WWE App Coverage: Josh Matthews announces that NXT Ring Announcer/Color Commentator Byron Saxton will be the new WWE App guy.
Michael Cole announces tonight the main event of RAW will be Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, John Cena vs. The Shield. The Key is that whoever teams wins they get to be in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
1.) Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. The Real Americans Quick tags from Rey and Sin Cara to start the match. Sin Cara hits a springboard on Jack Swagger. Swagger run towards Sin Cara he ducks and he falls to ringside and Sin Cara hits a suicide dive. Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger gets into a confrontation Colter slaps Swagger in the face. Antonio Cesaro enters into the ring and takes control of the match. Sin Cara sends Cesaro over the top rope Cesaro got back up and knock down Rey Mysterio before Sin Cara made the tag. Cesaro tags in Swagger they double team on Sin Cara and give him a back breaker. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, Cara counters and tags in Mysterio. Rey Mysterio starts building his momentum for the 619. Sin Cara tags in himself while Rey hits the 619 and then attacks Swagger Sin Cara goes for the splash then Cesaro counters. Antonio Cesaro hits the European Uppercut and the Netraulizer on Sin Cara to pick up the victory.
Winners: The Real Americans.
It was announced that tonight there will be a WWE Tag Team Championship Rematch between the New Age Outlaws and the Rhodes Brothers. On the WWE App Byronn Saxton interviews the New Age Outlaws and they take the microphone away from Saxton. They mention bout how they don’t understand how the Rhodes Brothers get their rematch so early. The Outlaws say they will beat the Rhodes Brothers tonight and they will have to get in the back of the line.
BAD NEWS BARRETT Segment: Barrett thanks the crowd for joining us, but he said I have some bad news. He says tonight there will be a match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler which is being called the match for Cleveland. Wade throws shot at Cleveland about being nothing but losers. Michael Cole gives us a preview about the The Monday Night WAR show on the WWE Network. Cool video package shown about WrestleMania XXX being 69 days away.
2.) Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. R-Truth w/Xavier Woods on Commentary R-Truth and Fandango locked up. Emma from NXT was shown #Emmalution. Fandango walks outside the ring Truth starts chasing then Fandango attacks Truth after Truth was distracted by Summer Rae. Fandango drags Truth back into the ring. Fandango hits a suplex and goes for nearfall truth kicks out at 2. R-Truth starts building his mometum with the scissor kick Fandango counters, Fandango goes on the top rope for the leg drop and Truth counters and hits the Little Jimmy for the victory.
WWE App Coverage: Byron Saxtons show us the interview Tom Phillips did with Sheamus after the Royal Rumble last night. Sheamus says he reflects on his 4 year career in WWE and he has alot more to prove to himself.
Second In Ring Segment: Justin Roberts introduces RAW General Manager Brad Maddox and he brings out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Orton says he doesnt care about the fans thinks of him still being the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton says that him having to defend his WWE Championship in Chamber is garbage. He asks Maddox if it was his or The Authority idea. Batista comes out to a mixed reaction.
Batista congratulates Orton on his victory last night he mentions the three reasons he said on RAW why he is back in the WWE. He says he doesnt if care he faces Orton, Cena, The Shield, or even Daniel Bryan Batista says he’s walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Brock Lesnar comes out with Paul Heyman. Paul Heyman says that his client’s paitence is running low and says that the Authority has 2 choices. First one Randy Orton fighting Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Second choice is that Brock fights Batista. Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar wants The Authority answer tonight.
3.) The Battle of Cleveland~ The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Solid back and forth action between Ziggler and Miz. JBL and Michael Cole were throwing cheap shots at Cleveland. The Miz goes for the figure four leg lock and dolph gets to the rope. Dolph Ziggler wins the battle of cleveland with the Zig Zag on the Miz.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
4.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos Jey Uso and Ryback start the match, Ryback takes control with powering Jey all over the ring. Ryback rips Jey shirt off and throws it at Jimmy. Ryback tags in Curtis Axel and hits a drop kick on Jey Uso and gloats to the crowd. Axel hits a clubbing blow to Jey and tags in Ryback. Ryback hits a delayed suplex on Jey Uso. Jey makes the hot tag to Jimmy. Jimmy goes for the suicide dive on Curtis Axel goes back in the ring and tags in Jey. Ryback trys to hit the Shell Shock on Jimmy, but Jey superkicks and hits the splash on Ryabck to pick up the victory.
Winner: The Usos
The second inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced tonight
5.) Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio
There was a pre-recorded promo from Del Rio saying that Batista he will make it to the main event of WrestleMania. Del Rio viciously kicks Kingston around the ring. Kofi uses a combination punches and kicks Del Rio in the ring. Del Rio kicks Kingston in the face by the turnbuckle goes for the cover and Kingston kicks out at 2. Del Rio kicks Kingston to the outside while Kingston was on the apron. Del Rio brings Kingston back into the ring. The fans were chanting for JBL and Del Rio tells JBL to sit down. They proceed to chant for Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler they stand up and they get a standing ovation. They go to break with Del Rio being thrown to ringside by Kingston.
On the WWE App Del Rio gets back in the ring and takes control of the match. Del Rio apply the headlock on Kingston. Kingston counters a couple of jabs from the Del Rio the two men collide with each other and Kofi starts applying his “Control” Frenzy. Kingston rolls up Del Rio, but Del Rio kicks out at 2. Kingston hits the boom drop on Kingston. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, Del Rio counters and hits the backstabber and points at the WrestleMania sign. Del Rio uses the vicious kick to head to Kingston to pick up the victory
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of the WWE 2K14 Video Game with the last DLC Package featuring Dusty Rhodes, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Rick Rude and Virgil.
6.) WWE Tag Team Championship Match~ New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust
The Outlaws cut their traditional promo, but also said the Rhodes Brothers were good but not good enough. The outlaws question why they have to be in the match after the first night being the champions. Goldust and Road Dogg start the match and the Outlaws are slow off the bat. Back and forth exchange between Road Dogg and Cody, Goldust comes in the off the tag and still putting Road Dogg in a vacarious position. Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn and starts throwing jabs at Goldust and tags in Road Dogg. More strategic tags happen with the Outlaws and then tag team title heads into commercial break.
On the WWE APP Road Dogg hits the Shake Rattle and Roll on Goldust. The Outlaws still have control in this match Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn. Back on the USA Network, Billy Gunn runs into a side powerslam. Road Dogg comes in off the tag and Goldust rolls up Road Dogg, but he kicks out at 2. Cody Rhodes comes in off the hot tag and hits a running high knee. He goes on the top rope on the apron and lands a double kick to the Outlaws. Billy gets back up and hits a clothesline.
Brock Lesnar comes out and hits a F-5 on both Cody Rhodes and Goldust.Paul Heyman says that the Authority didnt accept either of the options Lesnar and Heyman laid out earlier on the show. Lesnar goes on to destroy Cody Rhodes and Goldust even more by hitting him with full force with a steel chair.
Winner: Cody Rhodes and Goldust by DQ
7.) 8 Diva Tag Team Match~ The Bella Twins, Naomi, and Cameron vs. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, and Aksana
Pretty simple 8 diva tag match Nikki Bella was the workhorse of this match. All the divas came in brawl. Nice spot where Cameron and The Bella Twins hit a triple suplex on Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, and Aksana. Naomi hits the rear view to pick up the victory.
Winner: The Bella Twins, Naomi and Cameron
Hall of Fame Announcement: Jake “The Snake” Roberts will join the Ultimate Warrior in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. Michael Cole showed us a preview of WrestleMania Rewind one of the original shows on the WWE Network.
It was announced that Captain Charisma Christian on SmackDown this Friday
8.) 6 Man Tag Team Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match~ Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and John Cena vs. The Shield
Dean Ambrose and John Cena start off the match Ambrose tags in Seth Rollins and pulls Ambrose back to apron to cause he wouldnt stop attacking Cena and too avoide being disqualified. Seth Rollins tags in Roman Regins, there was a Roman Regins chant while Regins was staring down Cena. Regins drop Cena then Sheamus tags himself in and Regins and Sheamus lock up and exchange punches by the turnbuckle. Sheamus fires out of the corner and drops Regins on the mat. Sheamus goes for the cover and Regins kicks out.
Roman Regins drags Sheamus to the corner and Seth Rollins tags himself in. Sheamus puts Seth Rollins on the ring apron and does the chops to the chest. Seth Rollins attacks Sheamus knee and then Dean Ambrose tags in. Sheamus tags in Daniel Bryan, byran starts his series of kicks on Ambrose and does a running drop kick to Ambrose on the turnbuckle. Bryan gives Ambrose a top rope hurricanrana then Ambrose tags in Rollins. After that Bryan applies a surfboard submission hold to Seth Rollins. Bryan tags in Sheamus, Sheamus does the leg drop to Rollins then tags Cena and they give Rollins a double suplex. Rollins grounds Cena and the match goes to commercial break.
Back from the WWE APP The Shield grounds Cena and take control of the match. Rollins toys around with Cena, then Cena goes to bull doze Rollins he counters and hits a DDT on Cena. Roman Regins tags in and does a bottom rope drop kick. Roman Regins sets up the “Superman Punch”. Regins tries to spear Cena, he counters and send his Regins to the outside. Regins comes back in the ring and knocks down Cena and tags in Ambrose. Dean Ambrose throws Cena to the turnbuckle Seth Rollins tags in and tries to drag Cena to the Shield’s corner. Rollins continues to slice the ring and Rollins ticks off Sheamus. Rollins sends Cena to the turnbuckle and the frequent tags continue with Ambrose covering Cena he kicks out at 2. Daniel Bryan urges the WWE Universe to help Cena get up and make the hot tag. Ambrose plants Cena with a DDT he covers and Cena kicks out at 2. John Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose and makes the hot tag to Daniel Bryan. Bryan takes out the entire Shield with series of kicks and suicide dives. Bryan does the kicks to Rollins chest and face Bryan goes for the cover, but Roman Regins break the cover. Roman Regins spears both Sheamus and John Cena. Daniel Bryan hits the running knee to Roman Regins, Rollins sneaks up from behind to roll up Bryan, but Bryan kicks out at 2.
Rollins throws Bryan to the turnbuckle he goes for the cover and Bryan kicks out at 2. Seth Rollins goes on the top rope Bryan lands a back suplex to Rollins and puts Rollins in the YES! Lock. Sheamus Brouge Kick Dean Ambrose. Both Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins collide with each other. John Cena comes off the hot tag and puts Roman Regins in the STF, but Regins breaks the STF. The Wyatt Family come out and attack Cena. Sheamus and Bryan come back to save Cena. The Shield are livid because the Wyatts screwed them out of the Elimination Chamber Match.
Winners: Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and John Cena
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the big turn for Daniel Bryan and the reaction from it, possibly ramifications from this change, more on Raw including the Randy Orton angle involving John Cena and his dad, Ryback ridiculed and talk about the WWE Network from the show and the company’s conference call. Plus, your questions as well!
There have been plenty of ups and downs in the relationship between the WWE and The Ultimate Warrior. Over the past few years, it had looked like the two sides were getting along better and to the point where Warrior may make it into the Hall of Fame.
That is now happening with WWE announcing on Raw that The Ultimate Warrior will be inducted into the 2014 class of the Hall of Fame.
Here is the official press release from the WWE:
STAMFORD, Conn., January 13, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that The Ultimate Warrior will return to WWE after an 18 year absence and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at New Orleans Arena, as a part of the WrestleMania® 30 festivities.
“The Ultimate Warrior was the most intense, colorful, competitive and outspoken Superstar in sports entertainment history, and his contributions to WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “We are thrilled to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame.”
The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most iconic and exciting Superstars in WWE history. When the distinctive ring entrance music of Warrior hit, he would burst out of the dressing room and sprint towards the ring, causing a frenzy of excitement amongst WWE fans. Inside the squared circle, Warrior was responsible for many of the most memorable moments in WWE history.
In 1988 at the inaugural SummerSlam®, he defeated the Honkytonk Man™ in record time to win his first of two Intercontinental Championships. In 1990, Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan™ to become WWE Champion atWrestleMania® VI in one of the most exciting matches in WrestleMania history. Warrior would continue to captivate audiences around the world with epic encounters against WWE Legends such as Undertaker® and Randy Savage™. After a storied career that also saw him compete in WCW®, Warrior stepped away from the ring in 1998. Last year, he was featured in the WWE 2K14 video game as a downloadable character, giving the next generation of WWE fans a chance to “feel the power of the Ultimate Warrior.”
Additional WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductees will be announced over the coming weeks.
Brian 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.
Hey, whadoyaknow, Raw went Old School last night in an attempt to compete with the NCAA BCS Championship. Was it entertaining? Sure. Compelling? Unfortunately not. Worth watching over the fantastic game between Auburn and Florida State? Not in the slightest. But hey, that’s what DVRs are for… and if you actually tuned in to RAW live, at least it was over in time for FSU’s fantastic come back in the last 20 minutes (suck it, SEC!). [Read more...]
Brian, Steven and Michael from Between The Ropes are back for the weekly Flagship show as they back at 2013 in wrestling including their thoughts on the match of the year, superstar of the year, the biggest news story, the best feud and more. Plus, they look ahead to 2014 in what could be a very big year for the WWE with the expected launch of the WWE Network and how they could transform their business.