Brian and Steve are back to talk WWE Raw from Monday night including Kane attacking Daniel Bryan and why Bryan will likely be out until Extreme Rules, John Cena against the Wyatt Family, Evolution and The Shield talking back and forth, the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship and more. Plus, talk about WWE Network and some new documentaries there, Ring of Honor and your questions.
First Segment: We cut back to the ring and out comes Daniel Bryan. Brie Bella is in the ring. Before he speaks, out comes Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says she couldn’t resist coming out and congratulating both of them. She says that Bryan got to become champion and marry the love of his life in the same week. Stephanie says that she wanted to give him a special wedding present, and that’s a match at Extreme Rules against Kane. Stephanie says that Kane is uncontrollable and that he should watch his wife at all times. Kane’s music then hits.
Kane comes from the crowd and begins to beat on Daniel Bryan. Brie gets out while Stephanie tells Kane to stop. Kane ends up hitting a tombstone on Bryan on the outside and Stephanie says to stop. Kane then grabs Bryan and tombstones him on the steel steps. The doctors begin to check on Bryan as Stephanie and Kane look on. They put Bryan on a stretcher and Kane comes back and throws him off it. Kane then picks up Bryan and tombstones him on the announce table! Kane then walks away as we cut to commercial.
First Match: Second Round Match in the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contenders Tournament
Sheamus vs. Bad News Barrett
Barrett starts with fists in the corner on Sheamus, but Sheamus comes right back and does the same. The crowd is fully behind Barrett. Sheamus whips Barrett in the corner, and then lifts him up and hits a rolling senton. Sheamus goes up top but Barrett comes up and tries for a superplex. Barrett is pushed off and falls to the outside. Sheamus then hits a cross body to the outside on Barrett! Barrett is thrown in the ring and Sheamus go onto the apron. Barrett then Irish Whips Sheamus into the ring post, and then hits a big boot that has Sheamus fall to the outside. Barrett is standing tall in the ring as we cut to commercial.
We return with Barrett in control over Sheamus. Sheamus gets out of a headlock and hits a backbreaker. Sheamus then gets up and hits his comeback. Sheamus follows it with the 10 blows to the chest, and then goes up top and hits the battering ram for a two count. Barrett is then caught with an Irish Curse for a two count. Sheamus goes for White Noise but it is reversed by Barrett. Barrett goes for the WasteLand but Sheamus gets out and goes for the Brogue Kick. Barrett ducks and hits the Winds of Change for a two count. Barrett sets up the Bullhammer, but misses. Barrett goes up but is caught and Sheamus hits White Noise! Sheamus goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Both men begin to trades blows, with Sheamus hitting a clothesline which gets both men over the rope. Sheamus then goes in the ring, and Barrett shoves him off. Sheamus then goes to grab Barrett on the outside but Barrett hits the Bullhammer through the ropes! Barrett gets in the ring and covers Sheamus for the victory.
Winner: Bad News Barrett
We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas
Next week Hugh Jackman will be on Monday Night Raw and Dolph Ziggler will take on Damien Sandow.
John Cena has an app vote tonight. It is John Cena vs Harper, Harper, and Rowan, or Harper, Rowan, and Wyatt. The Wyatts then come out on the stage. Bray says that free will is an illusion. He says all that we have become is a nation of mindless sheep and that we are owned by pigs. He says that tonight would be a wonderful night for changeHe says that tonight the people make a choice and that free will exists tonight. He says what will they choose; a choice that leads to less pain, or will you show Cena that everyone stands against him. Bray Wyatt says that in the steel cage two monsters will enter a cage, but tonight is different. He says tonight John Cena will realize that the people no longer love him
Second Match: Los Matadores and El Torito vs. 3MB and Hornswoggle w/Heath Slater
Torito and Hornswoggle start the match off. Both men begin to trade blows, with Torito hitting a springboard back elbow on Hornswoggle. Torito hits a Bronco Buster and a Moonsault, but Mahal breaks it up. Mahal is then taken out, and Drew and Torito have a standoff. Torito goes low on Drew and then hits a Senton for the victory.
Winner: Los Matadores and El Torito
Secoind In-Ring Segment: We cut to the back with Evolution arriving to the arena. They will be coming to the ring up next. Second In-Ring Segment: We return and out comes Evolution. Triple H says that it is funny when you call yourself the baddest people on the planet, and then you get beat down and you are humiliated. Orton says that it just takes one moment to realize who is the most dominant group of all time. We then get a video package of the history of Evolution. Batista then asks if the people get it now. He says their is 31 titles between the 3 of them. He says the Shield have no idea what they have gotten in too, and out comes the Shield. The Shield enter the ring and Evolution immediately retreats.
Ambrose says that last week wasn’t the first time they have been beaten up, and it won’t be the last. He asks if they look humbled. Ambrose says that their is a reason they hired them to protect HHH and Orton. He says that they are the meanest, most feared group. He says their is no doubt they are angry. Rollins then grabs the mic from Ambrose. Rollins says that they have every right to be angry. He says that come Extreme Rules, they will only be looking out for themselves instead of a united team. Rollins says reforming Evolution was putting a nail in their own coffin, and they are the hammer to nail it in. Reigns then says that they will come down to that ramp when he drops the mic and beat their asses. He then says they can either fight, or be cowards. The Shield come down and out come 10 or so heels. Triple H says they can fight all they have to do is come to them. The Shield say they aren’t stupid and both groups have a stare down.
We get a replay of what Kane did to Daniel Bryan earlier in the night. Michael Cole says that Bryan has been brought to the hospital and is being checked on for his neck.
Third Match: The Usos vs. The Rhodes Brothers
Goldust and Jey start the match off. Both men get in a shoving match, and then they begin trading blows. Goldust hits a clothesline and tags in Cody. Cody hits a dropkick, but, Jimmy is tagged in and hits a headbutt. Jimmy begins to work Cody but Cody hits an uppercut and tags in Goldust. Jey is tagged in and tries to work the arm. Goldust gets out and hits an uppercut of his own, and tags in Cody. Cody goes for a rollup but Jimmy is tagged in. Jimmy then hits a super kick on Cody and get the three count.
Winner: The Usos
Goldust tries to help Cody but Cody walks off in frustration. Rybaxel then beat down The Usos after the match.
Fourth Match: Layla w/Fandango vs. Emma w/Santino Marella
Emma is distracted and Layla begins to attack Emma. Layla goes for a cover but only gets a two count. Layla begins to work the back, but Emma fights back. Emma goes for a dropkick but Layla grabs the ropes and dodges it. Emma then gets up and hits a big clothesline. Emma then puts on a pink cobra and hits the Cobra on Layla for the three count.
We return with Renee Young interviewing John Cena. Renee asks how he feels about the situation that was put on him tonight. He says that we will find out if the fans listen to Bray or not. He says that he knows whats happening with the fans, and that Bray may really have the whole world in his hands. He says that tonight his objective is to simply survive. He tells Bray he should never count him out.
Fifth Match: Second Round Match in the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Rob Van Dam Cesaro and Van Dam lock up, with both men reversing each others moves. Cesaro eats a kick to the head, but then hits a backbreaker for a two count. RVD gets up and hits a springboard kick to the head. Cesaro reverses a kick and goes for a suplex. Cesaro hits it but only gets a two count. Van Dam gets up and hits two shoulder blocks in the corner, but misses the third one, in which Cesaro follows with a shove to the outside. Cesaro is in control as we head to commercial break.
We return to Raw with Cesaro still in control. RVD gets out of a headlock and goes for a sunset flip, but Cesaro reverses it. Cesaro then lifts RVD from the ground and hits a gut wrench slam for a two count. Cesaro begins to stomp on RVD’s face, and then lays in an uppercut in the corner. Cesaro then hits a second rope elbow and follows it with a pinfall. RVD kicks out at 2 and is immediately put in a headlock. RVD fights out and hits a kick to the head on Cesaro. RVD then begins his comeback on Cesaro, which is followed by Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. RVD goes up top for the 5 star but Cesaro hits a big uppercut! RVD then kicks Cesaro and hits a split legged moonsault but only gets two count.
RVD goes for a kick but misses, and Cesaro hits a spinning uppercut but only gets a two count. Both men trade blows and RVD goes for a roll up but only gets a two count. Cesaro then hits a Tiger Bomb but RVD kicks out. Cesaro goes for the Swing but out comes Colter and Swagger. RVD then goes up top and jumps to the outside on Cesaro but is hit with a massive upper cut! The ref checks on RVD and Cesaro is taken out by Swagger. Cesaro doesn’t make the count and RVD advances. After the match Cesaro and Jack Swagger get into a brawl.
Winner: Rob Van Dam by Countout
Cesaro and Heyman come up to RVD in the back and say Colter and Swagger won that match for Van Dam. Rob suggests Cesaro stay as far away from Heyman as possible.
Sixth Match: Paige vs. Aksana
The announcers immediately start hyping up Tamina as a tough Diva as Paige throws Aksana across the ring by the hair a few times. Aksana comes back with some choking and throws Paige down as the announcers make fun of Aksana’s very notable tan. She crawls around on the mat but Paige slams her into the mat over and over again to take over. A series of clotheslines has Aksana in trouble but she comes back with a throw, apparently supposed to be a spinebuster. Paige comes back with a guillotine choke and some knees to the head, setting up the Scorpion Cross Lock for the submission.
Seventh Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Sin Cara
Cara fires off his chops but gets caught in mid air, setting up the knees against the ropes and fall away slam to the masked man. Some jumping knees in the corner drop Sin Cara as Lana is very pleased. Sin Cara actually gets two off a sunset flip and staggers the Bulgarian with a Tajiri elbow. A kick to the head and missile dropkick put Rusev in the corner but Alexander just runs him over. An overhead suplex drops Sin Cara and the Accolade gets the submission.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
Eight Match: John Cena vs. The Wyatt Family
The Wyatts surround the ring to start before all three charge the ring at the same time. Cena is down so Bray calls them off as the bell rings. Harper gets us going and drives elbows into the back of Cena’s head to keep control. Off to Rowan who whips Cena into the corner but gets caught in a fallaway slam and it’s off to Bray. The leader of the Family dances with Cena for a bit before screaming loudly.
Back to Harper who gets caught by a Stinger Splash but runs John over with a hard elbow to the jaw. Cena muscles Harper over with a German suplex but Luke tags Rowan back in for more stomping. Harper quickly gets another tag but is almost caught in an STF. Rowan makes a fast save and Harper stays in to send Cena hard into the steps. Bray looks down and we take a break.
We come back to see Cena missing a cross body and falling out to the floor. John comes back in and runs over Harper but Bray easily counters a tornado DDT by PLANTING him with a release Rock Bottom. He hammers away and sends Cena shoulder first into the post. A headbutt rams Cena’s head into the steel again before Rowan comes back in to crush Cena’s skull a bit more.
John fights back but it’s back to Bray who loads up the spider walk. Thankfully Cena realizes how easy this is and runs him over with a clothesline to start his comeback. Cena starts his finishing sequence and hits the AA on Bray, only to have the Family come in and attack Cena to which causes a DQ
Winner: John Cena
Post match the Wyatts beat Cena down and Bray hits Sister Abigail. He says in time, all things come to light before singing a bit more with his hand on Cena’s face to end the show.
Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 8/10
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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.