More Discussion on Final Segment of WWE Raw, John Cena and Daniel Bryan Going Forward

rawwhathappenedAnother podcast with Brian and Michael who insisted he get a chance to talk about the final segment from WWE Raw on Monday.  They give their impressions from the segment, what intrigued them so much about it, what the future could be for both John Cena and Daniel Bryan, WrestleMania 30 possibilities, WWE changing their imagining and more.

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WWE Raw Comes Alive With Spectacular Final Segment, People Really Like Daniel Bryan

RAW_1072_Photo_191Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including a spectacular final segment, all the different directions the company could possibly go in now, the reaction to Daniel Bryan and how the fans are demanding for more of him, the smarts of John Cena, how this could play into the WWE TLC PPV on Sunday, more WrestleMania 30 speculation when it comes to matches, the Slammy Awards, WWE Network, AJ Styles done with TNA Wrestling and more.

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WWE Slammy Awards 2013 Winners

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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.

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Stephanie McMahon, Others Promoted as WWE Network Approaches

stephanie-mcmahon-headshotIn case you didn’t already believe it, the WWE Network is about to be rolled out.   The word on the street is that the official announcement will be coming in early January.

With that announcement about to come, the WWE has announced several promotions within the company including Stephanie McMahon.  Here is the press release from the WWE:

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CM Punk And Daniel Bryan Should Be Wrestling For The Right To Be Called Undisputed Champion

bryan and punkThe last time we saw an undisputed WWE champion was Brock Lesnar after he defeated The Rock at Summerslam 2002 to win the title. Right after that event, due to the brand extension the WWE created the World Heavyweight Championship.

The WWE announced on Monday Night Raw this past week that WWE Champion Randy Orton will battle World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a title vs title match at the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. As soon as the match was made, people on social media and various wrestling websites were saying the WWE wasn’t stating this was a unification match and there would be a way Orton and Cena would each walk out with a title.

WWE released their weekly Michael Cole and Triple H video interview today. HHH stated that the goal of the match was to have one unified champion coming out of the match and heading into 2014.

Let’s go with what HHH is hoping for and having one unified champion at the end of the TLC event. The question is though, are John Cena and Randy Orton the right guys to have a match to determine this?

A John Cena-Randy Orton unification match in 2008 would have been a dream matchup as they were the two hottest and most over acts in the WWE. Going into ’08, Orton was on a roll as the WWE Champion and Cena made a grand return at the end of the month from a torn pectoral muscle at the Royal Rumble. Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in a very good match and Cena ended up winning the Rumble. Instead of having the match at WrestleMania 24, the match took place at the No Way Out event in February. Cena won the match by disqualification. A triple threat match involving Orton, Cena and HHH took place at WrestleMania 24 with Orton retaining.

Now fast forward to 2013 and both Cena and Orton are champions and no one really cares. Orton comes out to the ring and you could hear a pin drop. When he cuts a promo, you get the same reaction. Cena comes out, gets a moderate reaction, but when he starts talking, the fans don’t buy what he’s saying in a promo and start chanting “boring, boring”.

You watch the opening segment on Raw this past Monday when Orton, HHH and Stephanie are in the ring and the fans are chanting for Daniel Bryan and chanting “YES YES”. Cena came out and at least acknowledged the reaction and that’s what the fans want. But right after Cena did that, he went back to discussing why there should be one unified champion, with the match being made right after that. Fans in the arena weren’t very interested when the announcement was made.

About 90 minutes into the show, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan came out for an interview with Renee Young before their match with The Wyatt Family. Both guys by far got the two best reactions of the night. But that has been the case for most of 2013.

Punk started out the year as a heel and then when he came back in June at the Payback pay-per-view, he turned back to a babyface role facing Chris Jericho. Punk then started a feud with Paul Heyman at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view when Heyman cost him a chance to win the MITB briefcase. Punk faced Brock Lesnar at Summerslam and has had a feud with Heyman through the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.

Bryan has been the hottest act in the WWE in 2013. The Washington state native started out the year stuck in a tag team with Kane and then got back into singles starting at the MITB. Bryan then headlined Summerslam winning the WWe championship from John Cena, but after the match HHH pedigreed Bryan, with Orton cashing in his MITB and winning the title at the Hell In A Cell event.

Bryan and Punk teamed at Survivor Series on Sunday and defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. It looks like after Raw on Monday that Bryan will face Brey Wyatt and Punk will be facing Roman Reigns.

Those matches are fine, but do nothing in the grand scheme of things for Bryan and Punk.

The WWE has always gone by the mantra of saying that they listen to the fans and they give the fans what they want. In this instance this isn’t the case whatsoever. You have the two hottest acts in all of wrestling feuding with guys who we aren’t sure are going to even reach a main event level.

The time we should see a unification match should be at Wrestlemania 30 with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan battling out to see who is the best wrestler in the world and the right to be called undisputed champion. Lets give the fans what they really want to see because at the end of the day, it is all about the fans.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up From Last Week

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This week’s version of WWE Monday Night Raw was widely panned across social media and various platforms. The rating is in and the fans were interested for most of the show as Raw did a 2.93 rating with an average of 4.14 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 2.73 rating with an average of 3.80 million viewers.

Hour one averaged 4.32 million viewers, which was highlighted by the opening segment featuring Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and John Cena, with the title vs title match being made with Orton and Cena for the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. Hour two averaged 4.29 million viewers and was highlighted by CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs The Wyatt Family, which started in the middle of the hour and went into the third and final hour.

The final hour averaged 3.80 million viewers and was highlighted by the main event featuring Big Show and John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton. That has to be a cause of concern for the WWE as the fans were interested in the first two hours and slid to under four million viewers in the final hour.

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WWE Raw Recap, Michael Strahan Is Having Fun

RAW_1070_PhotoBrian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night which was another lackluster show, Michael Strahan handing out hip tosses to The Miz and Titus O’Neil, the Survivor Series rematch of the Divas elimination match, the upcoming match between John Cena and Randy Orton at the TLC pay-per-view and if it will be a unification match, other possible matches on that show, what has happened in the WWE since the summer, Jake Roberts dream of buying TNA and more.

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Randy Orton vs John Cena In A Title vs Title Bout To Headline WWE TLC PPV

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It was announced on WWE Monday Night Raw that WWE Champion Randy Orton will battle World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in the main event of the TLC pay-per-view in a tables, ladders and chairs title vs title match.

The match was made at the beginning of Raw when Orton, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were in the ring. Orton stated that he was the face of the WWE and the biggest star in the history of the company. Cena then came out and stated that he believes there should be one world champion and wanted to face Orton in a unification bout.

McMahon said that her and HHH have been discussing something like this for awhile and Orton got hot thinking Cena and The Authority were cohoots. HHH then announced the match for the TLC event.

TLC takes place on Sunday, December 15th from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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Vince McMahon Appears After Survivor Series Ends

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After the main event of Survivor Series in which Randy Orton defeated Big Show to retain the WWE championship, WWE chairman Vince McMahon returned. After the event had ended, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena was trying to goat Orton to come into the ring, but was held back by Triple H. Kane tried to enter on a few occasions, but HHH held him back. At one point Kane choked HHH, but Orton talked him into not doing it.

HHH then charged the ring and McMahon came out and held him back. McMahon then charged the ring and HHH and Stephanie MacMahon held him back. Finally Stephanie charged the ring with HHH and Vince holding her back.

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WWE Survivor Series: Randy Orton Defeats Big Show To Retain The WWE Championship

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In one of the least anticipated WWE pay-per-view main events in a long time, Randy Orton defeated Big Show in the main event of Survivor Series tonight. The match started out slow as the fans were chanting “boring”, “Daniel Bryan”, “CM Punk” and “TNA”. The action started to pick up a bit when Orton had Show on the turnbuckle for his patented DDT. Orton seemed to go back too far, which caused Show’s body to collapse, which caused a chorus of boos inside the TD Garden Arena in Boston.

Out of nowhere, Show landed a chokeslam to which Orton kicked out. Show then got ready to do the WMD, but Orton slid out of the ring and Show followed him out. Show threw Orton into the ropes, which caused referee Charles Robinson to be knocked out. The challenger then tossed Orton into the crowd, where he gave Orton a chop to the chest. The champion then was able reverse the action and clotheslined Show on the barricade.

Show then recovered landed the WMD on Orton. Show then dragged Orton into the ring and then a moment later, Triple H’s music hit and he came out with Stephanie McMahon and Kane. That distracted Show, when Orton came out of nowhere and landed the RKO on Show. Orton then had Show setup and punted him in the head to score the pinfall to retain the WWE championship.

The match ended and The Authority was clapping and cheering Orton when World Heavyweight Champion John Cena approached the ring. Cena entered the ring and had a face to face confrontation with Orton. Both guys held up their respective titles, with Orton stared down Cena with a vengeance and Cena was smiling at Orton to end the pay-per-view.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Down From Last Week, Nosedives in Third Hour

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The John Cena effect lasted all of one week for WWE Monday Night Raw ratings. The final rating for Raw was a 2.75 with an average of 3.89 million viewers. That is down from last week when the rating was a 2.98 with an average of 4.15 million viewers.

The wrestling world was giving Cena a lot of credit last week for the higher rating for Raw due to his return to the show, but this week’s show has been critically panned across the board.

The first hour averaged 4.069 million viewers, which the show kicked off with CM Punk facing Luke Harper with a Daniel Bryan save after the match. Hour two averaged 3.951 million viewers, which featured Randy Orton and Big E Langston and the start of John Cena, Cody Rhodes and Goldust facing The Real Americans and Damien Sandow. The final hour of the show dropped to an average of 3.643 million viewers, which featured the finish of the six-man tag match and the closing segment of Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, The Big Show, Randy Orton and The Shield.

Will the WWE panic as the show has considered one of the worst edition’s of Raw in 2013 or will they stay the course?

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Randy Orton vs Big Show For The WWE Title At Survivor Series

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It was announced last night on WWE Monday Night Raw that Randy Orton will defend the WWE title against Big Show at Survivor Series.

The match was made when Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came to the ring to meet Big Show to resolve the lawsuit that was filed by Show. The WWE Board of Directors had McMahon and Triple H to resolve and come to settlement with Big Show.

They gave Show his job back, but he wanted a title shot at Orton at Survivor Series and Triple H reluctantly gave him the opportunity.

Survivor Series takes on place on Sunday, November 24 from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The only other match confirmed for the event is John Cena defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio.

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WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 9/30/2013

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RAW logo blackWith less than one week until WWE’s newest Pay-Per-View ‘Battleground,’ the flagship show should be on high alert tonight.  Expect Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton to kick into high gear as these two sell their match-up this coming Sunday. Also, CM Punk looks to get revenge after his beat-down on last week’s show, and Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio look to promote their No DQ World Heavyweight Championship match.  Plus, Dusty Rhodes is being advertised. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes | Wade Keller – September 27, 2013

wadekellerWade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch talks about the current power trip storyline in the WWE involving Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, what the WWE would be doing right now if John Cena had not gotten injured, why The Miz is getting picked on, Dolph Ziggler not put in a better position, shades of gray booking, why he believes 2013 is a crucial year for the future of the business, his dislike of insider content in wrestling despite both WWE and TNA involving it in current storylines, Hulk Hogan’s future, Dixie Carter as an owner and Breaking Bad talk!

You can follow Wade on Twitter @thewadekeller and follow PWTorch @PWTorch.

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 24, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night in what was mostly a bad night for the good guys , if the WWE is being too inside with storylines, how Daniel Bryan got another shot for the WWE Championship, CM Punk and Paul Heyman, the Rhodes family making an appearance and more.  Plus, they talk about Rob Van Dam’s contract, the Summerslam buyrate, the WWE video game, the Hulk Hogan watch and more.

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Dusty Rhodes To Appear Tommorow Night Monday Night Raw

WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes will appear on WWE Monday Night Raw tomorrow night to confront McMahon family.

It was on Raw almost two weeks ago that Cody Rhodes lost his job when he lost to WWE champion Randy Orton. Then last week, his brother Dustin Rhodes appeared on Raw and if he had won against Orton, Cody Rhodes would get his job back. Orton defeated Dustin Rhoades in a good back and forth match.

Stephanie McMahon on Thursday extended an invitation to Dusty Rhodes to appear tomorrow night on Raw.

 

No one heard from Rhodes up until about an hour ago, when he responded to McMahon.

 

McMahon responded to Rhodes.

 

What will happen tomorrow night on Raw involving Dusty Rhodes and Stephanie McMahon?

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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 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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