2013 Match of the Year

For every rivalry that takes place, for every great promo delivered in (and out of) the ring, and for every backstage news that sends fans to Twitter in a frenzy, the most important drama takes place when fireworks disappear and the lights go down.  A collar-and-elbow position signals the oldest type of storytelling in the business.  It means that two wrestlers are going to finally settle their business, and no matter happens between the opening and closing bells, fans in attendance and at home better buckle their seat-belts. And so with that in mind, we pick the battles that won over our hearts and minds this year… [Read more...]

Look Back at 2013 in Wrestling, WWE Poised for Big 2014

Brian, Steven and Michael from Between The Ropes are back for the weekly Flagship show as they back at 2013 in wrestling including their thoughts on the match of the year, superstar of the year, the biggest news story, the best feud and more.  Plus, they look ahead to 2014 in what could be a very big year for the WWE with the expected launch of the WWE Network and how they could transform their business.

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2013 Pay-Per-View of the Year

This was the year that TNA decided to pretty much give up on the Pay-Per-View business – they reduced their major pay events to only four, and filled up the rest of their required dates with various specialty shows.  The gamble didn’t exactly pay off.  Similarly, WWE became more long-term focused on its own network, while at the same time witnessing buy rates rise and fall.  Still, building towards the “big show” is in the fabric of pro-wrestling.  So which one delivered most in 2013? [Read more...]

WWE Night of Champions Main Event Announced At Smackdown Tapings

It was announced at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings in Bakersfield, California that the main event for WWE’s Night of Champions will be Randy Orton defending his WWE championship against Daniel Bryan.

The feud started started when Bryan defeated John Cena for the WWE title on Sunday at Summerslam. Orton came out after the match, while Bryan was celebrating, he received a pedigree by Triple H. “The Viper” then proceded to come into the ring and pin Bryan to win the title.

On Monday’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Orton gave an RKO to Bryan as the former champion tried to enter the ring.

WWE’s Night of Champions takes place on Sunday, September 15 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detriot, Michigan.

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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...]

WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/19/2013

Refresh this page throughout the show for LIVE ongoing coverage and analysis!

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...]

WWE SummerSlam 2013 Reaction and Review

Make sure to check out the SummerSlam 2013 Rundown for complete coverage of everything that happened on last night’s Pay-Per-View.  Also, listen to Brian and Steve discuss what they think on the latest Between the Ropes Podcast. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes Podcast – WWE Summerslam 2013 Recap

Brian and Steve recap WWE Summerslam 2o13 including Daniel Bryan beating John Cena for the WWE Championship only to lose it moments later to Randy Orton, where the storyline could be going now, the incredible Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk match, what other match on the show they really liked and more.  Plus, they talk about the WWE2K14 Symposium with Ric Flair and the fallout from that.

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WWE SummerSlam 2013 Rundown – LIVE

WWE Returns to Pay-Per-View with it’s second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam.  The card is loaded with two World Title fights, and “The Best vs. The Beast.”  Be sure to refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis. [Read more...]

WWE Summerslam 2013: Staff Predictions

summerslamfull2013Tonight, the WWE returns to pay-par-view Summerslam, its annual summer spectacular.  Here are the predictions for the show from the Between The Ropes staff members including Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen Michael A. Wiseman and Marshall Bowen.
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WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/16/2013

As the final show before this Sunday’s major Pay-Per-View event, story of the night should be SummerSlam feuds.  Expect final build for Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow, the World Heavyweight Championship match, and The Shield. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes WWE Summerslam 2013 Preview Podcast

Brian and Steve talk about WWE superstar Darren Young coming out publicly and saying he is gay, how big of a story this is, the WWE’s reaction as well as media reaction for Young going forward with his career in the company.  Then, they run down Summerslam from top to bottom including what they think will be the best match on the show, what match goes on last, winners and losers and the direction of the big storyline in the John Cena – Daniel Bryan – McMahons storyline could be coming out of the match and more.

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Bella Twins Choose Eva Marie For Summerslam Axxess Match

The Bella Twins announced on Twitter that Brie Bella’s partner will be Eva Marie as they will square off against Natayla and Maria Menounos at Summerslam Axxess.

WWE Summerslam takes place this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with John Cena versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE title and CM Punk facing off with Brock Lesnar in the featured matches.

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WWE And Sony Form Partnership Starting At Summerslam

Sony released a statement today saying they will be partners with WWE in their new Live Events Viewer App on the PS3 video game system. The partnership starts this Sunday as you will be to watch Summerslam on your PS3.

Here is how you download the app, so you can watch Summerslam this Sunday:

1.Log on to the PlayStation Store on your PlayStation 3 system.
2.Scroll down to the Apps section and find Live Events Viewer for download.
3.Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on the XMB under TV/Video Services.
4.Log on with your PSN or Sony Entertainment Network username and password.
5.Then, enjoy watching WWE’s SummerSlam this Sunday, including the pre-show starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and other to-be-announced live events on the Live Events Viewer.

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Dave Meltzer Talks Summerslam, WWE TV Rights, WrestleMania 30 and More

On the latest Between The Ropes podcast, Brian talks with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and F4WOnline.com to talk about this Sunday’s Summerslam pay-per-view and the directions they could possibly go in the John Cena – Daniel Bryan – McMahons storyline, laying out plans for WrestleMania 30 next year, if The Rock will be coming back or another possible big star, when the WWE Network could possible launch, if that could be tied to current WWE TV deals, what networks may be interested in WWE and the landscape of big money deals in sports, young talent on the main roster right now and more.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 13, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at Raw from last night which was the go-home edition for Summerslam, the build for the matches on the pay-per-view, a new match announced, John Cena reportedly needing surgery, creating characters and getting them over in today’s climate, video packages, more on the new WWE 2K14 video game and who is involved and more.

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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.

Lineup for WWE Summerslam 2013

Here is the full card for WWE Summerslam on Sunday, August 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and live on pay-per-view.

WWE Championship:  John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan with Triple H as special referee

Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk

World Heavyweight Championship:  Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian

Ring of Fire Match:  Kane vs. Bray Wyatt

Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and AJ Lee

Natalya vs. Brie Bella

Pre-show Kickoff – United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam