WWE Wrestlemania 30 Media Day (Audio)

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 takes place on tomorrow night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The WWE held their media day yesterday and BetweenTheRopes.com was live on the scene. We have full audio interviews as Brian Fritz talks to Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Natalya, Titus O’Neil and Emma.

Here is the full lineup for WWE Wrestlemania 30:

-Usos vs Los Matadores vs Jack Swagger & Cesaro vs Curtis Axel & Ryback for tag titles

-30 man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

-14 woman Vickie Guerrero Invitational for the WWE Divas Championship

-New Age Outlaws & Kane vs The Shield

-John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

-Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

-Daniel Bryan vs HHH

-Randy Orton vs Batista vs. Bryan-HHH winner for WWE title

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WWE Superstar Seth Rollins on WrestleMania 30, Enjoying The Shield

WWE superstar Seth Rollins talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30, The Shield and being close with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, getting more offense in their matches lately, facing the Wyatt Family, joining the WWE and more.

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Seth Rollins Sees Himself Being WWE World Champion Five Years From Now

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Seth Rollins will be in a featured match tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw as a member of The Shield, as the trio will take on the Wyatt Family. Rollins spoke to RedEyeChicago.com and was asked where he sees himself five years from now.

“Five years? I see myself as world champion. If you were in my position and you aren’t saying that, something is wrong with you. I want to be holding a title, beating up John Cena and Randy Orton and headlining pay-per-views. I have the confidence and drive and those goals would be satisfying.”

Rollins also discusses his thoughts on the WWE Network, being impatient while in developmental and more.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday October 25, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Birmingham, Alabama. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at last night’s tapings.

- The show opened with Michael Cole interviewing Triple H in the ring. They were seated in chairs for the sit-down interview. Triple H said six people were fired for setting up the production for Big Show. He noted that Show filed a lawsuit. He said Show is irrelevant and he remains fired and he can’t comment further.

- They spoke briefly of the Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena match and moved onto Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels. Hunter said Michaels will do the right thing. Daniel Bryan’s music hit. Hunter stayed in his seat. Bryan cut a promo saying he will prove Hunter wrong at Hell in a Cell. Bryan had a staredown and Triple H left to yes chants

- The Uso Brothers defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt). Miz was at ringside and kicked Wyatt. Rowan chased Miz, and the Uso’s double teamed Harper and got the three count.

- A.J. Lee (w/Tamina Snuka) beat Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella). A.J. picked up the win with the Black Widow in three minutes.

- Los Matadores defeated Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. Zeb Colter and The Real Americans watched the match from the stage. A quick win for Los Matadores. They are kinda over with the crowd. Zeb cut promo saying the Americans will prevail at Hell in a Cell.

- Backstage, The Wyatt Family had Miz chained up in a dark cage with “liar” painted on his stomach.

- Ryback and Paul Heyman defeated C.M. Skunk in a No DQ handicap match. Yeah, that’s right C.M. Skunk, a local jobber with skunk hair. The crowd really popped when Punk’s music hit, but it was merely a squash match for Heyman and Ryback. Afterward, Heyman cut promo on Punk, saying he is Best in the World. He absolutely had the most heat of the night thus far.

- Big E Langston told Vickie Guerrero that he wants in the main event match now that Miz is out. She agreed after he told her that she is nothing like Brad Maddox.

- Alberto Del Rio delivered a promo on the stage. Pretty standard mic work from Del Rio.

- The Great Khali (w/Natalya) fought Fandango (w/Summer Rae) to an apparent no-contest. Summer Rae slapped Natalya and they fought inside the ring, which led to the apparent no-contest. Khali chopped Fandango to end the segment.

- Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust defeated Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose in an eight-man tag. Bryan pinned Orton to win the match. A standard eight-man tag with near falls. Overall, a good match live.

Results from ProWrestling.net.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) defeated Goldust (w/Cody Rhodes) in roughly five minutes. Huge pops for Goldust and Cody. The Shield received an okay pop too. Back and forth action and the crowd was really into Goldust. Rollins won with a rollup after Goldust was distracted by Cody and Reigns brawling at ringside.

- A John Cena video promo was shown and the crowd really booed him.

- The Real Americans defeated The Prime Time Players. The Real Americans came out to not much heat. The Players were next they didn’t get the reaction I expected. The Real Americans were in control to begin. A “We The People” chant started and then the crowd had a small pop for the hot tag to Titus O’Neil, but he got caught in Antonio’s spin before Swagger put him away with the Patriot lock in about seven minutes.

- Cameron and Naomi defeated Alicia Fox and Aksana. A typical Divas match with Cameron pinning Aksana in four minutes.

- Damien Sandow defeated Dolph Ziggler. Dolph received a huge pop and Sandow got a lot of hate. In fact, it was the most heat of the night. Back and forth action from both guys with Sandow picking up the win in about five minutes.

Results from ProWrestling.net.

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Seth Rollins Talks WWE Summerslam, Success of The Shield

WWE superstar Seth Rollings spoke with Eric Lopez of SportsTalkFlorida.com to promote Summerslam which is coming up on August 18 on pay-per-view.

He spoke about the quick success of The Shield along with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and the impact they have made in the WWE. Rollins shares his thoughts on some o the highlights of his career including  coming up from FCW, being part of the Shield , debuting in the WWE at the Survivor Series in 2012, winning the tag team titles with Reigns against Kane and Daniel Bryan. Rollins also talks about how and why the Shield has worked so good together, the history of the Florida Territory in Wrestling, wrestling in Central Florida area, the new WWE Performing center in Orlando and a lot more.

Check out the interview at http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/wwes-seth-rollins-talks-path-to-stardom-and-future-for-the-shield/

The Shield’s Loss is a Loss for WWE

The ShieldJust to catch up: If you missed Friday Night Smackdown this past week, then you also missed a pretty big development for one of WWE’s hottest acts. The Shield, who have seemed unstoppable since their debut last November, finally saw defeat.

Re-read that first paragraph. Summary: “If you missed Friday Night Smackdown, then you missed The Shield’s first loss.”

See, no matter how I word it, it still doesn’t sit right with me. Wasn’t this supposed to be a big freakin’ deal? Wasn’t WWE propelling these guys to bigger and better things? Doesn’t JBL call this group “the best faction ever” on a weekly basis? So why, then, would WWE give this important moment away in such a careless fashion?

Don’t get me wrong, the moment was handled perfectly fine on Friday night. Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, and Kane celebrated their victory with a hot Greensboro crowd. Lilian Garcia even got back on the mic to make sure everybody knew this was the trio’s first loss as a three-man group.  But from a big-picture perspective, this sucks.

These guys were positioned to lose on a big stage, to a big opponent. Our own Brian Fritz promoted his own fantasy booking scenario on the BTR Podcast where The Undertaker would return at Summerslam, team with Bryan and Kane, and finally give The Shield what’s coming to them. This sounded like great booking. It would sell a few more PPVs, give the babyface Undertaker his revenge, and further promote The Shield by losing on a big stage. Plus, there’d be little shame in losing to three veterans.

Instead, WWE creative got bored and decided to hot shot the angle.

There was little-to-no promotion for this three-on-three encounter.  In fact, all the focus was on Sunday and the respective United States and Tag Team title matches (matches that, for the record, were booked just earlier this week). The hype train had us headed towards the PPV, not stopping off at the Smackdown station to see whether or not The Shield could remain undefeated.

I’m not saying that big, unexpected moments don’t have a place in the modern WWE – quite the contrary. Smart surprises should be staples of any pro wrestling organization. They keep things fresh for the fans, and give companies that much sought after water-cooler talk. I’d cite Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship win back in January as a perfect example. Being an established main-eventer, he didn’t need a huge build, and he was fresh into a face turn. Plus, WWE pulled the trigger on the title-change during the long void between TLC and Royal Rumble. It was a great way to create viewer interest.

But that’s not what happened on Friday night. Instead, when nobody was watching, and when nobody was told to watch, WWE gave The Shield its most damaging loss yet. And It left a lot of money on the table by doing so.

I’m not just counting potential Pay-Per-View buys of people hoping to witness the trio’s first loss. I’m including the credibility hit that these guys took as a whole. These guys had become must-see TV, both together and individually, because of the aura that surrounded them. Not even company demigod Cena could topple them. Now, they’re just another mid-card act, with mid-card titles, who have seen their greatest strength – being undefeated – completely vanish.

In all fairness, I have no perspective here on WWE’s big-picture. And what happens next with The Shield will depend mostly on how the creative team positions them coming out of Payback.

But this whole angle still feels like a giant missed opportunity, or at the very least, a rapid misfire. It’s simply not the way WWE should be handling the hottest group in pro wrestling today.

Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast Talking WWE Raw, Payback – June 12, 2013

btrlogoBrian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the Triple H vs. Vince McMahon argument, Ryback feuding with John Cena, Daniel Bryan facing Seth Rollins, Antonio Cesaro going forward, very little mention of CM Punk as well as the build up to this Sunday’s WWE Payback PPV and some predictions for that show too.

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