Last Monday, after weeks of hype and promotion, and literal years of speculation, WWE unveiled the newest iteration of pay-tv sports-entertainment. There were a few issues out the gate. Fans lashed out on Twitter. Even by Thursday, major problems still kept cropping up at inopportune times. But this was a new streaming revolution, and as such, growing pains were to be expected. So the real question is: did WWE manage to overcome those obstacles to deliver a service worth investing in, or have early bandwidth issues created an uphill battle for McMahon & company? Read on to find out. [Read more...]
The WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place tonight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The main event features the Elimination Chamber match with Randy Orton defending the WWE world heavyweight championship against Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Sheamus.
The first Elimination Chamber match took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Tonight’s match will be the 17th chamber match in WWE history. Chris Jericho has competed in the most chamber matches at eight and Triple H has the most victories at four.
We are now going to take a look at the top matches inside the Elimination Chamber.
3) No Way Out 2009: Edge walked into this event as the WWE champion. The Smackdown chamber kicked off the night as Edge defended the title against Triple H, The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. The champion didn’t last long as he was pinned by Jeff Hardy about 2:30 into the match. The match came down to Undertaker and Triple H with HHH winning the match to become the WWE champion.
The former champion wasn’t done for the night as the main event of the show was the Raw chamber match featuring John Cena defending the world heavyweight championship against Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.
As Kingston was making his way to the cage, Edge attacked him from behind and threw him into the ringside steps and then grabbed hit Kingston over the head with a chair. Edge then ran into one of the chamber pods and inserted himself into the match. Cena ended up being the third man eliminated as he was speared and pinned by Edge. The match came down to Edge and Mysterio. Edge threw Mysterio through the pod glass and put Mysterio back into the ring, speared him and became the new world heavyweight champion. Edge was the only WWE superstar to ever compete in two chamber matches in one night.
2) No Way Out 2008: The Undertaker is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. The Undertaker has only competed in three chamber matches in his career. Taker was in the 2008 match with Batista, MVP, Big Daddy V, Finlay and Great Khali to determine the number one contender for the world heavyweight championship. The final two participants were Taker and Batista. In a unique ending, Batista was on the outside with his back to the ring and Taker lifted Batista over the ropes for tombstone piledriver and the pinfall victory. That was The Undertaker’s lone chamber victory.
1) Survivor Series 2002: This was the first time that the match ever took place. The match featured HHH defending the world heavyweight championship against Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane. One of the highlights of the match was Van Dam doing a five star frog splash and landing on HHH and causing a severe throat injury. The ending of the match came down to HHH and Michaels with Michaels back body dropping HHH from a pedigree and landing “Sweet Chin Music” to capture the title in a thrilling match.
Let us know what you think. You have any matches that differ from ours.
As we stated earlier the WWE held their fourth quarter conference call today. The company during the call released their quarter numbers and revenues for pay-per-view.
-October’s Battleground drew 114,000 buys.
-October’s Hell in a Cell drew 228,000 buys compared to the 199,000 buys in 2012, 182,000 buys in 2011, 210,000 buys in 2010, and 283,000 buys for the same event in 2009.
-November’s Survivor Series pay-per-view produced 177,000 buys compared to 208,000 buys in 2012, 281,000 buys in 2011, 244,000 buys in 2010, and 235,000 buys in 2009.
-December’s TLC drew 181,000 buys compared to 175,000 buys in 2012, 179,000 in 2011, 195,000 buys in 2010, and 228,000 buys in 2009.
It was the first time that Battleground had been a PPV. Hell in a Cell this year headlined by Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship inside the cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. That event also marked the return of John Cena, who was out with an arm injury.
Survivor Series was headlined by Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE championship and TLC was headlined by Cena vs Orton in a title unification bout.
Are the numbers where you expected them to be?
Shawn Michaels is perhaps the greatest performer in the history of the WWE.
Michaels retired from the ring after losing a retirement match to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26 in 2010.
“The Heartbreak Kid” was on the new WWE podcast, “WWE: 30 Years Of Wrestlemania” and Michaels stated that the undefeated streak of The Undertaker at Wrestlemania should stay intact.
“Oh, no,” Michaels said. “I think The Streak is The Streak. It can’t really be called The Streak if there’s a one in the loss column.”
Michaels also discusses whether he knew about the Wrestlemania 12 entrance, who he would like to face at Wrestlemania on today’s WWE roster and more.
You can listen to the interview in its entirety at podcastone.com.
The second biggest WWE pay-per-view takes this Sunday as the 27th annual Royal Rumble will commence. Before the pay-per-view begins, a kickoff match will take place as Cody Rhodes and Goldust will defend their WWE Tag Team Titles against The New Age Outlaws.
WWE always has a panel that breaks down the pay-per-view and talk during certain parts of the show. The panle features past Royal Rumble winners Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.
Here are the latest matches that will take place at the event.
-Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship- Kickoff Match
-Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt
-Brock Lesnar vs The Big Show
-John Cena vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
-30 man Royal Rumble
We will update you if any other matches get added to the show.
The WWE last night made the long awaited announcement of the WWE Network. The network will debut on February 24. You will hear from Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena. Listen in as the announcement is made, when the Network will debut and much more.
The WWE will be making a “Groundbreaking Announcement” tonight from the Wynn Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas At the CES Convention at 9:30 p.m. ET. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE Network. Expected to be there are Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austion, John Cena and Shawn Michaels.
You can watch on the video stream above and BetweenTheRopes.com will be updating you throughout the announcement and the aftermath.
The WWE released today Triple H’s weekly sitdown video interview with Michael Cole. Cole tried to pry what the big announcement that will be taking place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas at the CES convention. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE network.
HHH stated that he will be there with his wife Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. Cole tried to get HHH to divulge the news. All HHH would say is that big surprises will be revealed and this will change the WWE forever.
We will have live coverage of tonight’s announcement on BetweenTheRopes.com at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The WWE sent out a text message from the WWE App earlier today stating that a “groundbreaking announcement” will take this Wednesday night from Las Vegas. Vince McMahon, John Cena, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Triple H will be at the event. You will be able to watch the event live on WWE.com, WWE You Tube page, the WWE App, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Google+, Pinterest and Pheed starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.
This announcement will be made at the CES convention that is currently going on right now and this is expected to be the long awaited announcement of the WWE Network.
BetweenTheRopes.com will have live coverage of the event.
A lot to get to on this week’s BTR Flagship show with Brian, Steve and Michael as they talk about the Variety.com article regarding the WWE negotiating it’s new TV deals, if there is too much programming especially with the WWE Network about to launch, who could possibly appear at the Royal Rumble, rumors of the return of a big name at WrestleMania, if Shawn Michaels may get back in the ring one more time and more. All this while Brian battles the internet just to be on the video!
Feel free to leave your comments below.
Monday Night Raw took place last night in Dallas, Texas. Some of the highlights included a ceremony with Randy Orton becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Michaels making a surprise appearance and doing a promo with CM Punk and a great main event with Orton facing Daniel Bryan.
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels made a surprise appearance on WWE Monday Night Raw last night for the second straight week. Michaels appeared during a CM Punk, where he was calling out Triple H and Michaels ended up coming out. The two cut a promo regarding what happened last week when Michaels superkicked Punk. Michaels told Punk he needs to stop thinking about The Authority and Punk said if Michaels kicks him again, he will kick him back.
Michaels stated on Twitter last night that the appearance was a last second decision. The tweet has since been taken down, but we were able to find the quote.
“Nothing like a last minute phone call”. “However, it’s always nice to see everybody!!”
What that promo will lead too, who knows. Would you be interested in a Michaels vs Punk match?
This year’s WWE Slammy Awards took place last night on Monday Night Raw. The following awards with handed out on the show.
-Fan Participation Award: Daniel Bryan’s “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
-LOL Moment of the Year: The Rock for his Rock Concert.
-Insult of the Year Award: Stephanie McMahon tearing into Big Show.
-Double-Cross of the Year Award: Shawn Michaels for hitting Sweet Chin Music on Daniel Bryan.
-Total Diva Award: The Bella Twins.
-Extreme Moment of the Year Award: C.M. Punk attacking Paul Heyman at Hell in a Cell.
-Match of the Year: The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
-Superstar of the Year: Daniel Bryan.
The rest of the award winners that were announced before Raw, you can see on WWE.com.
Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.
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Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the new directions for WWE, Damien Sandow almost becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan angle with Shawn Michaels, if Michaels is coming back for another match, Big Show becoming the top babyface and more. Plus, they talk about Hulk Hogan with his latest online teases.
People were left speechless last night at the WWE Hell In A Cell pay-per-view when WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels superkicked Daniel Bryan to allow Randy Orton to win the WWE title. The WWE Universe was in an outrage regarding Michaels’ actions. We will get those answers tonight as Michaels confirmed on Twitter he will be at tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw to say why he did that to Bryan.
RT: @TambaLuka: "Will you be on RAW tonight? :-)" — I believe I will!!
— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) October 28, 2013
What reason do you think Michaels will give to explain his actions?
Brian, Steve and Michael recap the WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 PPV including Randy Orton walking away with the WWE Championship, John Cena returning to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk facing Ryback in Hell in a Cell and getting his hands on Paul Heyman, a fantastic opening tag-team match, added matches, follies and tomfoolery and more.
The fans around the world thought Hell In A Cell would be the pay-per-view that Daniel Bryan would win the WWE championship. Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, it wasn’t meant to be.
Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan inside the Hell In A Cell to regain the WWE title after special guest referee Shawn Michaels supekicked Bryan. Then Orton pinned Bryan for the fall.
Bryan and Orton were having a pretty good match and the ending started to unfold. Orton gave Bryan a superplex onto a stack of chairs, which even made Michaels cringe. Orton covered Bryan and only got a two count from Michaels. Orton was upset at Michaels as he felt that should have been three count.
This led to WWE COO Triple H to come to a chorus of boos. Triple H told Michaels that he needed to do his job and count to three. Michaels told HHH that he was doing his job and let him do it. Orton then came outside the ring and screamed at Michaels that he has been giving him a slow count all night.
Hunter asked Michaels, “Are you going to do this or not?”
Michaels told HHH to let him handle it. Orton and Michaels get back into the ring and a moment later, Orton attempted an RKO and Bryan pushed Orton into Michaels who was lying on the mat.
Triple H then brought the WWE trainer with him and had a referee unlock the cage door to attend to Michaels. Bryan then hit the flying knee on Orton, but Michaels was still out. Bryan was telling Michaels to get up and make the count.
HHH approached Bryan and shoved him out of the way, so he could attend to Michaels. Bryan then Triple H with the flying knee, with Bryan leading a “YES” chant. Michaels then hit Sweet Chin Music on Bryan and then Orton pinned Bryan to regain the title.
The event ended with Michaels leaving the cage with no reaction. Bryan was helped out of the ring by two referees and the WWE trainer. Orton got Triple H to his feet and they smiled at Orton winning the title.