Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the return of Evolution, the first round of the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship, the latest chapter in the John Cena – Wyatt Family feud, how Extreme Rules looks to be coming together, the Ultimate Warrior tribute, some other news and notes including Eric Young becoming the TNA World Champion along with your questions.
Brian and Steve discuss both WWE Raw from Monday night and WrestleMania XXX with Brian being in New Orleans to cover the entire week of festivities as the talk about Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker to end The Streak, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the follow up on Raw including the new talent influx, Paul Heyman’s glorious promo, Cesaro becoming a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ and much more including your questions.
No one saw it coming at WrestleMania 30 with Brock Lesnar being the one to end The Undertaker’s legendary streak, leaving the audience with their jaws dropped and some even driven to tears.
The crowd at Raw the following night was still buzzing following the loss and not to happy about it either.
That set up the perfect atmosphere for one Paul Heyman to do his thing in front of this raucous audience. And he was up to the challenge, relishing the moment alongside the conqueror Brock Lesnar.
Heyman proceded to deliver one of the most epic, glorious promos you will ever hear and possible the greatest one in his three decade career, toying with the fan’s emotional and pulling them in every direction.
Here is the video of his promo in its entirety:
Paige made the quite debut on WWE Raw last night in New Orleans, defeating AJ Lee in an impromptu match to win the WWE Divas Championship.
Backstage, Paige could not hold back her emotions and broke down in tears and other divas including Natalya, Emma, Summer Rae, Lana, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes and more embracing her with a huge hug.
Here is the video of that including Paige trying to put her big moment into words.
Brian and Steve talks about WWE Raw from Monday night which was the final edition before WrestleMania 30 including Daniel Bryan attacking Triple H leading up to their big match, the setup for WrestleMania, the latest confrontation between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, more between John Cena and the Wyatt Family along with your questions.
Brian and Steve are back for the weekly podcast recapping Raw from Monday night just two weeks before WrestleMania 30 including Batista getting whacked for offending Stephanie McMahon, no Daniel Bryan, the latest interaction between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker and what is missing in that feud, the undercard for the big event and much more including your questions.
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...]