Daniel Bryan Joins the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar Returns on Final WWE Raw of 2013

RAW_1075_Photo_234Brian and Steve discuss the final WWE Raw of 2013 including Daniel Bryan in a shocking turn of events joining the Wyatt Family, Brock Lesnar making his return alongside Paul Heyman, The Shield coming closer to breaking up, Batista returning to the WWE and the talk of his “stealing” someone’s spot, possible plans leading up to and through WrestleMania 30, The Rock announcing his plans for that show, Jeff Jarrett leaving TNA Wrestling, AJ Styles working for Ring of Honor and his future with TNA and more.

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Post WWE TLC 2013 PPV Roundtable

Watch Brian Fritz, Steve Muehlhausen and Michael Wiseman in the post WWE TLC 2013 PPV roundtable as they talk about the show including Randy Orton beating John Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk against The Shield, Daniel Bryan against the Wyatt Family and the rest of the card.

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Predictions for 2013 WWE Slammy Awards

SlammyAwardsIt’s become an annual tradition for the WWE and tonight is the night where it honors its superstars in the most WWE way possible.

WWE will hold the 2013 Slammy Awards tonight on Raw with fans voting on the categories through the WWE App.  (Get used to that app, especially if you are going to want to utilize the upcoming WWE Network.)

Here are the categories and predictions for each award:

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WWE RAW Reaction 12/2/13: “There Can Only Be One”

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The opening segment should’ve been right up my alley. CM Punk? Count me in… except, unfortunately, this feud with The Shield seems completely superfluous. Put Punk one-on-one with ANY of these three men (yes, even Seth Rollins) and my interested might be perked. But the idea of a 3-on-1 handicap matching being the attraction on a major PPV really grinds my gears. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday November 29, 2013

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

- JBL and Michael Cole came out to announce for Smackdown. Renee Young was in the ring to start. She asked us to welcome her guest, the face of WWE, Randy Orton. She asked about the controversy from Sunday’s title match against the Big Show. Orton claimed Big Show hadn’t knocked him out, he was playing possum. Orton said he didn’t need The Authority to win, and they tainted his victory. Renee then threw to a video package from Raw on the unification match setup. She asked Randy how that made him feel. She kept prompting him with adjectives, but Randy got annoyed with her and left the ring and walked up the ramp.

- Vickie Guerrero appeared on the Titantron to talk about Thanksgiving and have the superstars compete in a food eating contest. I couldn’t tell who because I couldn’t see the screen. Banal comedy.

- Mark Henry (w/Big E Langston) defeated Curtis Axel (w/Ryback). Henry won quickly with the World’s Strongest Slam. Apparently, this tag team feud continues.

- Another Thanksgiving skit aired on the blocked TitanTron. It sounded like it somehow involved R-Truth. There were more Thanksgiving skits after a commercial break. Yay. It sounded like Titus O’Neil won some contest and the right to compete against Antonio Cesaro.

- Los Matadores and El Torito beat The Plymouth Rockers (a/k/a 3MB). Wow, this show is getting better and better. Oh, but El Torito is wrestling and it’s a six man tag! Has that happened before? I’m not sure, I usually fast forward though both these teams matches. Los Matadores won quickly, thankfully.

But don’t worry! This show is saved! Brodus Clay and Tensai are out! I seriously feel like I’m at a house show right now. But at this point I guess Smackdown is pretty much the same thing.

- Tons of Funk beat R-Truth and Xavier Woods. Tons of Funk surprisingly won after Brodus splashed Xavier from the second rope. I guess Creed (a/k/a Woods) isn’t a priority.

- CM Punk was then interviewed by Young. He said he hadn’t heard from Daniel Bryan since he was kidnapped. He said he was injured and banged up. Then he said he didn’t know why The Shield attacked him. He said that maybe it was because they were carrying out orders from people with authority. Punk didn’t really seem to care about the fact he hadn’t heard from Bryan.

- Antonio Cesaro (w/Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter) by Titus O’Neil by DQ. No promo from Zeb. Antonio Cesaro started to spin Titus, but D-Young broke it up for the DQ. Odd. Titus then “vomited” into JBL’s hat as a result of the spin. Titus then shoved the hat in Michael Cole’s face. Titus then vomited on Zeb. More pointless comedy. Who writes this stuff?

- Bray Wyatt gave a promo on the Titantron in which he basically claimed that the Wyatts would turn Bryan into a monster.

- Cody Rhodes and Goldust beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns by DQ to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Lilian gave in-ring introductions, partly to give it a big match feel and partly because the microphone stopped working in the middle of the the Rhodes Brothers entrance. Ambrose was on commentary with JBL and Cole. A solid match, but not up to the par of their previous contests, partly due to the lack of crowd involvement because they were dead for the past hour plus of filler. Cody hit CrossRhodes on Rollins, but Dean Ambrose ran out causing the DQ.

- CM Punk came win a chair to even the odds, and Vickie made it a six man tag. Punk had the biggest pop of the night by far.

- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust beat The Shield by DQ when The Wyatt Family interfered. At one point in the match, the Wyatt’s came out and stood on the stage, drawing Daniel Bryan chants. Then they attacked Cody and Goldust, causing a DQ. The Shield then attacked Punk, and the Usos and Mysterio ran out and made the save.

- Vickie made a 12 man tag rematch from last weeks raw, except with Rey Mysterio instead of Daniel Bryan. I’m pretty sure this segment (from the tag title match until now) is gonna end up taking the entire final hour of Smackdown Friday. it’s been pretty awesome, so I’m not complaining.

- CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio, and The Uso Brothers defeated The Shield and The Wyatt Family in a 12-man tag match. Very fun match, although another illogical ending with the faces picking up the win after a 619 and GTS combo on Erick Rowan. The faces posed at what I assume will be the end of the television show.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

WWE Raw, Survivor Series 2013, Hulk Hogan Possibly Returning Home

Hulk-hoganOn this week’s edition of The Flagship, Brian, Steve and Michael talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including the bear feud between The Shield and The Wyatts, the lack of matches for the Survivor Series which is less than two weeks away, what is going on in the WWE right now, Hulk Hogan possibly making his return to the company and who he could possibly face at WrestleMania 30, Dixie Carter taking on Spike TV and some thoughts on the passing of Eddie Guerrero with his passing eight years ago.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Slightly Down From Last Week

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With a little less than two weeks away heading into WWE Survivor Series, fans felt that WWE was really going to go all out to get fans interested in the pay-per-view event. The rating though didn’t reflect that.

Raw drew a 2.7 rating with an average of 3.77 million viewers, which is down from last week’s 2.8 rating with an average of 3.89 million viewers. The first hour of the show averaged 3.87 million viewers featuring Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes and Goldust, the second hour averaged 3.83 million viewers featuring John Cena vs The Real Americans and the last hour averaged 3.60 million viewers with the main event of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs The Shield.

Is this a cause of concern for the WWE heading into Survivor Series?

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WWE Announces Match At Survivor Series For CM Punk And Daniel Bryan

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The WWE has announced their third match for Survivor Series as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will be battling Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family.

The feud started on the October 28 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw when the entire Wyatt Family brutally attacked Bryan and Punk on separate segments during the show. On last week’s Raw, Punk defeated Harper, with the Brey Wyatt and Rowan attacking Punk until Bryan made the save. On Smackdown last week, Bryan Harper battled to a no contest. Then on Raw last night, Punk and Bryan faced The Shield and near the end of the match the Wyatt’s got into a brawl with The Shield. Bryan and Punk looked on from the outside until The Wyatt’s and The Shield put their focus back on the duo and attacked them until The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers made the save.

Survivor Series takes place on Sunday, November 24 from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with the main event of Randy Orton vs The Big Show for the WWE title.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – November 11th, 2013

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You know how WWE always seems a little bit… different when it’s overseas? Well, last night’s show opening had to be one of the most bizarre segments ever. Not only did we find out that The Authority was on vacation (really?), we had Brad Maddox and suited-up Kane arguing about Randy Orton’s opponent. The Result? Orton got stuck in a 2-on-1 match against the tag-team champions. Huh? Because, really, WWE, it makes the MOST sense if your HEEL AUTHORITY FIGURES put the HEEL CHAMPION in a handicap match against the BABYFACE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM…. [Read more...]

WWE Raw Recap Podcast: No One is in Charge, Shield and Wyatts Go At It

romanrawBrian and Steve are back for the weekly WWE Raw recap podcast as they look back at Monday’s show including a hot main event, an angle at the end of the show involving The Shield and The Wyatts which looks to be going nowhere right now, Survivor Series is coming – really, Randy Orton goes down and who knows who is in charge.  Plus, they talk about Chris Hero getting released, Hulk Hogan’s latest online note, Mickie James working with WWE and more.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. If you didn’t read the spoilers, here is what will be on the show tonight.

- Triple H Interview
- The Usos vs Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
- AJ Lee vs Nikki Bella
- Los Matadores vs Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre
- Ryback and Paul Heyman vs CM Skunk
- Alberto Del Rio Interview
- The Great Khali vs Fandango
- Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Randy Orton and The Shield

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. If you didn’t read the spoilers, here is what will be on the show tonight.

- Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox promo
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs The Miz and Kofi Kingston
- Brie Bella vs AJ Lee (Non-Title Bout)
- The Big Show promo
- CM Punk vs Big E Langston
- Alberto Del Rio promo
- The Usos vs The Real Americans
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs The Shield

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday October 18, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Kansas City, Missouri. 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.

- Smackdown opens with Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox together. They talk about what Big Show did at the end of RAW on Monday. Daniel Bryan comes out to a big pop. Big Show’s music hits but he doesn’t come out. The say he’s banned from the arena tonight. WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust are out next. Maddox and Vickie make The Shield vs. Bryan, Rhodes and Goldust for tonight’s main event.

- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated The Miz and Kofi Kingston in a solid tag team match. Bray Wyatt watched the match from his rocking chair.

- Brie Bella defeated AJ Lee in a non-title match.

- Big Show comes to the ring through the crowd and says he’s filed a lawsuit against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Maddox and Vickie come back out to confront him. Show says he has nothing to lose and hits Maddox with the knockout punch.

- CM Punk defeated Big E Langston.

- Josh Mathews interviews World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in the ring about his match with John Cena at Hell In a Cell. Cena appears on the big screen and upsets Del Rio. Del Rio ends up taking Mathews out.

- The Usos defeated Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro when Los Matadores came out with El Torito to distract The Real Americans.

- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated The Shield in the main event.

Results were from WrestlingInc.com.

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WWE RAW Reaction and Review – October 7th, 2013

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Hold on to your cowboy hats, folks – last night’s WWE RAW stoked up the hype train in a big way. The show opening, with Big Show getting “fired” by Stephanie McMahon, left me with mixed feelings. I liked the idea here (especially since it set the tone for Show’s re-emergence later in the evening). Unfortunately, Stephanie and Show both had their best Brendan Frasier acting hat on. There are ways to sell moments as believable without being over the top, but that subtlety was overlooked here. [Read more...]

WWE Battleground 2013 Reaction and Review

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Hot opening to last night’s WWE, with Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler squaring off in a ‘battle of the dog house’ match. Both men have been on an incredible losing streak – that is, incredible in the “I can’t believe these two men are getting buried like this” way. But credit to both Ziggler and Sandow here. They took a terrible slot and made it entertaining, and did their duty by selling a few more Pay-Per-Views along the way. I’m also happy Ziggler walked away with the much deserved win. This might not have been the match of the night, but it was at least in the top three. [Read more...]

WWE Battleground 2013 Rundown – LIVE

Refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE results as they happen!  Also, be sure to check back with Between the Ropes immediately after tonight’s show for post-PPV coverage. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 27th, 2013

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Smackdown opened with Triple H again defending his recent actions to the fans, but took a curve when The Miz came and confronted him. I liked it. I thought Miz made the segment more interesting, and he held his own on the mic against Triple H. It also served as great storyline continuity from show-to-show. Give The Miz more stuff like this, and less MizTV time, and he’ll probably start to shine a little more. [Read more...]

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – September 23rd, 2013

Make sure to check out last night’s RAW Rundown for complete coverage of everything that happened on WWE’s flagship show.  Also, hear what Brian and Steve thought on the latest Between the Ropes podcast!

Goldust AttackLast night’s show opening was solid. I think the “every superstar on stage” gimmick is starting to run its course, but at least the result was a little different (that being the 11-on-3 handicap match). I seriously question the locker room’s ambitions, since they made Rob Van Dam their spokesperson – furthermore, they’re all buying into Triple H’s spill a little too easily. On the other hand, I really enjoyed seeing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon ham it up a little. Selling Daniel Bryan as the selfish one, not the COO, is a great way to make Hunter the type of villian fans love to hate. [Read more...]