WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 8/12/2013

The show kicked off live from Sacramento, CA, with Daniel Bryan’s entrance to the ring.  Final hype for SummerSlam should be the story of the night… [Read more...]

WWE Setting Up Celebrity Match for Summerslam 2013

While it is not confirmed yet, it looks like the WWE is setting up a celebrity match for this Sunday’s WWE Summerslam PPV.   The talk is that Maria Menounos and Natalya will face Brie Bella and a partner for SummerSlam.

Nikki Bella could be her tag partner is she received medical clearance.  If not, they will find another partner for the match.

It’s far from the first time that Menounos has been involved with the WWE.  She teamed with Kelly Kelly at WrestleMania 28 where they defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres.  She even worked the match with cracked ribs that she suffered while training for Dancing With The Stars.

If this match happens at Summerslam, it will be Menounous’ fourth match in the WWE.

Her first match was on October 12, 2009 when she teamed with Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim to beat Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox.

Then on the Tribute to the Troops show on December 11, 2011 she once again teamed with Kelly Kelly along with Eve Torres and Alicia Fox to beat the Bella Twins, Natalya and Beth Phoenix.

Menounos also introduced longtime friend Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.

It’s no surprise that the WWE would have interest for a celebrity match, especially at Summerslam which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, right among the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Plus, with Menounos being the host of the celebrity show Extra! along with Mario Lopez, she will get the WWE and Summerslam some extra attention and at the least will not hurt interest in the show.

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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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/

Between The Ropes | Dolph Ziggler – August 9, 2013

WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler talks about SummerSlam taking place August 18 on pay-per-view, how big the moment was for him cashing in the Money in the Bank suitcase the day after WrestleMania 29 and winning the World Heavyweight Champion, suffering a concussion and how big of a setback it was for him, the fan going after Randy Orton during the recent tour in South Africa, splitting up with Big E Langston and AJ Lee so quickly and more.

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The Art of Promotion in Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena

Bryan Maddox Cena contract signingThere’s no doubt the WWE Universe is excited to see Bryan challenge Cena for the title at SummerSlam. But it wasn’t until this past Monday on RAW that we finally got a framework for their confrontation. If Punk vs. Lesnar is “The Best vs The Beast,” then Bryan against Cena has become “The Wrestler vs. The Entertainer.” [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...]

Between The Ropes Podcast – July 30, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about WWE Monday Night Raw including the latest on Daniel Bryan and the inclusion of the McMahon family in his storyline leading up to his SummerSlam match against John Cena, what the end game could be for that storyline, other storylines that like right now, which guys are going nowhere, the debut of Total Divas, TNA’s mystery man and more.

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 16, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about last night’s edition of Raw including the incredible angle between Paul Heyman, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan being selected by John Cena for his SummerSlam opponent for the WWE Championship, several very good matches on the show, putting together a possible lineup for SummerSlam and more.

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WWE Raw Rundown – July 15th, 2013

rawIncredible edition of Monday Night Raw that delivered with surprises, entertainment, and excitement. The three-hour show was booked to the fullest. Let’s take a closer look: [Read more...]

Between The Ropes | Arda Ocal – July 15, 2013

Brian talk with Arda Ocal about the grand opening of the WWE Performance Center which he was  at last week, the Money in the Bank PPV and looking ahead to SummerSlam, Triple H’s role with WWE, Orlando becoming such an important city for WWE, the Hall of Fame, WrestleMania host cities going forward and more.

Follow Arda on Twitter @arda_ocal

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 10, 2013

Better late than never – Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the debut of the Wyatt Family, Daniel Bryan’s role this week and if he is being used too much, the lead up to the Money in the Bank PPV, Vickie Guerrero out as the Raw GM as well as Matt Morgan getting his release from TNA Wrestling.

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 1, 2013

btrlogoBrian and Steve look ahead to WWE Raw tonight, marriages and engagements, titles being retired, Doink the Clown passing away, rumors regarding the lineup for Summerslam and WrestleMania and who should headline the shows, the new WWE Performance Center, a physical WWE Hall of Fame possibly being built and more.

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Mark Henry Should Be the Next WWE Champion

henrycenaExciting surprises are synonymous with televised professional wrestling. Throughout the rich history of a company like WWE, there have been countless events that people still talk about today. Remember the time Eric Bischoff showed up as the GM of Raw? What about the evening Stone Cold Steve Austin drove a beer truck down to ringside and doused The Corporation? And we’re almost to the two-year anniversary of CM Punk’s career-defining “pipe bomb promo.” [Read more...]