WWE RAW Reaction and Review – September 2nd, 2013

Make sure to check out the WWE Raw Rundown for everything that happened on last night’s show. Also, listen to Brian and Steve discuss their opinions on the latest Between the Ropes podcast!

daniel bryan yesRaw opened solid again last night. The deeper Triple H digs into his villainous power-trip authority figure, the better he gets. We can complain about egos and self-promotion all we want, but who else in the company could play this role to such perfection? Fans absolutely hate him, and not just because they’re supposed to. They hate him for being so misguided. They hate him because he’s believable. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 3, 2013

It’s Tuesday so Brian and Steve are back to review WWE Raw from last night including an emotional Big Show, Daniel Bryan standing up to the big man, Stephanie McMahon’s magical powers, CM Punk’s money promo, Dolph Ziggler possibly being in the doghouse, the Night of Champions PPV, AJ Styles promo last week on Impact Wrestling and more.

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WWE RAW Preview – September 2nd, 2013

WWE.com updated earlier with a full “Five-Point Preview” of tonight’s RAW. Let’s take a closer look at each talking point. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rating in, WWE Scores With Top Program

Daniel Bryan Yes ChantWell, Triple H’s bragging segment from last night’s WWE Raw paid off.  Last night’s show scored as the top rated program of the night. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – August 27, 2013

rawbryanortonshieldBrian and Steve are back as they talk about Klondike bars, mints, coupons, concerts and NBA Championships and then they get into a full review of WWE Raw including the latest in the Triple H – Daniel Bryan – Randy Orton storyline, the eye-popping Paul Heyman – CM Punk – Curtis Axel segment, AJ Lee with her version of a pipe bomb promo and more.  Plus, they talk Goldberg and Hulk Hogan’s future in wrestling.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – August 26th, 2013

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Triple H and Randy Orton gloatThe Triple H and Randy Orton opening felt very old school. What I mean is that, the heels came out to put over their ongoing ‘victories,’ then the face came out and played to the crowd. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/26/2013

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Tonight, live on USA Network, WWE Raw is bringing a lot of hype with two major matches.  First, CM Punk sent out a tweet over the weekend accepting Curtis Axel’s challenge from Friday Night Smackdown.  Also, WWE.com is advertising Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam in what might be a prelude to an eventual Championship match-up at Night of Champions.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 26, 2013

It’s Monday so Brian and Steve are back to look ahead to WWE Raw tonight.  Plus, they talk about Goldberg and whether or not he could return to WWE for the Hall of Fame and possibly a match at WrestleMania XXX next year, where it looks like WrestleMania could be in 2015 and 2016, Ted DiBiase Jr. leaving the WWE, AJ Styles possibly leaving TNA and if he would be a good fit in the WWE and a big discussion about WWE creative and utilizing the talent roster.

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WWE Raw Reaction and Review – August 19th, 2013

For full coverage of last night’s show, be sure to check out the complete Raw Rundown.  Also, get the latest Between the Ropes podcast for thoughts from Brian and Steve!

stephaniemcmahondanielbryanStephanie McMahon and Daniel Bryan opened up last night’s show in a very interesting way. It wasn’t what I expected coming out of the Pay-Per-View, but I still really liked it. Putting the McMahon’s on a unified front only makes sense (and makes this story a lot less convoluted). Furthermore, her interactions with Bryan were very, very entertaining. Bryan slapping the microphone out of her hand? Perfect. When Stephanie called for security, I had flashbacks to the ‘Attitude-Era.’ Daniel Bryan really is becoming the internet age Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow delivered an okay follow-up match to their fight at SummerSlam. Otherwise, the actual “wrestling” element of the show was sub-par. We had TWO different 3-on-1 handicap matches, both involving The Shield, and both feeling like storyline-over-form segments. And apparently creative needed some filler because even 3MB made it on the card.

A lot of stuff happened in-between the major segments, and most of it just wasn’t newsworthy. WWE made sure to push its pop-culture stuff, with ‘Total Divas’ being spotlighted in a 5 minute match, and Darren Young picking up the win over The Real Americans. And what about that Footlocker advertisement? Amazing stuff. That’s what a TV-PG rating can do for you!

Paul Heyman and CM Punk delivered a stellar opening chapter for the next part of their feud. Heyman offered the fake olive branch, and Punk turned it down with a fiery vengeance. Axel as the muscle made sense. But I’m glad Punk wiped him out, and things are ready to move forward with somebody new. Heyman needs to recruit some fresh blood in his battle against Punk, and I just don’t think Axel is ready to carry the mantle yet against a bona fide main eventer like CM Punk. Plus, Punk’s rant against that fan in the front row who booed him (poor guy!) was pure money. CM Punk is old school in the best possible way.

The show closed with Randy Orton’s Championship Coronation. This basically just turned into Triple H trying to explain away his sudden heel turned. To be fair, Hunter sold it like a champ. I liked his “best for business” logic (even if did contradict everything he said the last few weeks), and putting Orton out there in front gave the whole group a lot of heat. I’m also glad Triple H touched on his feud with Orton from a few years back. I’m still not completely buying The Shield as McMahon family lackeys, but I guess in pro wrestling heels are bffs.

Overall show was very meh. The promos were solid – especially Punk/Heyman, Bryan/Stephanie, and Triple H. Otherwise, the show lacked the great energy of SummerSlam. Hopefully the product picks back up next week.

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WWE Raw TV Rating Up Post SummerSlam

Last week, Raw saw a slight uptick in ratings.  The trend continued this week.

For the night after SummerSlam, Raw averaged 4.3 million viewers.   [Read more...]

Between The Ropes Podcast: WWE Raw Recap – August 20, 2013

stephaniemcmahondanielbryanBrian and Steve recap WWE Raw from last night including the big storyline involving Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and the McMahons, CM Punk continuing his quest to get at Paul Heyman, having Bryan and Punk as the two top guys with John Cena out with an injury, The Shield’s new role, Sin Cara’s injury and the fallout from that and more.

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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...]

Big Show Returns at RAW

After being advertised a few weeks ago, the Big Show finally returned on last night’s edition of RAW.

The 20-man battle royal to earn a title shot against Dean Ambrose ended with RVD and Mark Henry bumping fists.  Immediately afterwards, the Shield quickly surrounded the ring, outnumbering Henry and Van Dam.  Just as Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins were getting ready to swarm the ring, the Big Show’s music hit, and he re-emerged on stage.  He walked down to the ring as the Shield scurried back into the crowd.

It’s worth noting that Big Show looked leaner than he has in years.  When he left back in May, he was finishing up a heel run in a feud against Randy Orton.  After last night’s events, and the open challenge by Reigns earlier in the night, it looks like Show will possibly be teaming up with Mark Henry to challenge Rollins and Reigns for the Tag Team Championship.

Between The Ropes Podcast – August 12, 2013

It’s Monday so Brian and Steve preview WWE Raw tonight which is the go-home edition for Summerslam on Sunday.  Plus, they talk about a new match on the pay-per-view, where some others may or may not fit in when it comes to the show, the latest WWE video game announcement and more.

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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...]

Kofi Kingston Returns to RAW

Last night on RAW, Kofi Kingston made a surprise in-ring return, winning his match against Fandango. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Rundown – 8/5/2013

Show opened with the long intro, and traditional fireworks. Finally!

Opening Segment w/Stephanie McMahon: Stephanie was in the ring, and she reminded everybody of her ambitious idea to transform Daniel Bryan to somebody Vince McMahon might like. The camera cut to a spa scene and showed D-Bry getting papmered. Next, there was a montage of Bryan working out and getting pumped. He then went to a Texas Roadhouse and ATE MEAT (because apparently corporate champions are required to break their vegan vows). Finally, the last clip showed him at a tailor getting fitted for a designer suit. [Read more...]