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.
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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.
Brian Fritz talks with Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net about wrestling in 2013, if it was a good year overall or not and what stood out either in a positive or negative way. Plus, they talk about certain business decisions made, WrestleMania 30, the upcoming WWE Network and the challenges with it, the WWE’s new TV rights deal, where TNA stands heading into the new year and plenty more.
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.
Brian 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.
The WWE held the Monday Night Raw tapings in Austin, Texas. The show will air on Monday night on USA starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- JBL and Michael Cole come out for commentary. No Jerry Lawler.
- The Authority kicks off RAW and hands out Santa Claus hats to the crowd. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way out and is given the night off.
- The first match is a 12 Divas Jingle Bells match with Eva Marie, Natalya, The Bella Twins, Cameron and Naomi vs. Aksana, AJ Lee, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka and one other Diva. Natalya gets the win for her team with a Sharpshooter on Aksana.
- Sin Cara defeated Curtis Axel.
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family is up next. Bryan is crazy over tonight. The Wyatts dominated most of the match until Cody got a hot tag. Goldust comes back in and The Wyatts take turn beating him up. Bryan gets a hot tag and clears the ring. “This is awesome” chants start as Bryan kicks Rowan. They go on and all hell breaks loose. Bray hit Sister Abigail on Cody for the win. After the match, The Wyatts beat up Bryan some more and the lights go out.
- Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are out with no Heath Slater. Santino Marella and The Great Khali are out next followed by Xavier Woods and R-Truth. Renee Young is in the ring to host a Christmas Carol contest. Cameron and Naomi are with Truth and Woods. This segment was described as crap. Crowd noise picks the winners. Khali and Santino get the win.
- Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next in a “Present on a Pole” match. The winner will get an Intercontinental Title shot on the New Year’s Eve RAW. Fandango gets the win and is the new #1 contender.
- Darren Young and Titus O’Neil vs. The Usos is up next. Darren Young botched his pre-match promo and said we were in Houston. Fans ate him up. A “this is Austin” and “Houston sucks” chant starts up. The Usos end up getting the win.
- “Bad Santa” Damien Sandow vs. “Good Santa” Mark Henry in a Battle for Christmas is up next. Christmas trees and presents are put around the ring before the match. Sandow comes out with some Sinister Santa music. They actually wrestle as Santa. They open a present in the ring and it’s a toilet, before fighting up the ramp. Sandow tears up some of the set and takes out a Christmas tree. Henry gets the win and saves Christmas.
- Los Matadores defeat Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
- Ryback beat Kofi Kingston.
- Backstage segment with CM Punk and Big E Langston.
- Bad News Barrett comes to ringside for a promo.
- The Shield vs. CM Punk, Big E Langston and John Cena is next. Into the match, Big E gets a hot tag from Punk and destroys The Shield. Langston hits the Big Ending on Dean Ambrose but Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns break the pin up. The referee calls for the bell. The babyfaces clean house and celebrate to end RAW.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
Brian and Steve are back for the weekly WWE Raw podcast including all of the wrestling on the show including a fantastic main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels appearing on Raw again and if he will return to the ring and, if so, who he may face, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton being tied together, the Variety article on the WWE negotiating their new TV deals and some of the most interesting aspects of the article, AJ Styles and TNA Wrestling and more.
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In what was announced as the biggest match in the history of the WWE, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the TLC pay-per-view.
The match was billed as a tables, ladders and chairs match and the match lived up to the billing as Cena and Orton throughout the match used the weapons that were as advertised. The ending of the match was when Orton was able to handcuff Cena to the bottom rope of the ring. Orton grabbed the ladder and slowly went up the ladder and Cena was able to rip the rope off. Cena was able to go up the ladder and try to stop Orton and was able to land some punches. Orton was able to bounce back and knock Cena off the ladder, who went through the table. After a few moments, Orton unhooked the belts to win the match.
The match ended and then Vince McMahon’s music hit and he came out with The Authority to head to the ring. They entered the ring and clapped for Orton, with Stephanie giving him a hug and receiving a handshake from HHH. The show ended with Orton raising both belts and Cena looking towards him.
On this week’s BTR Flagship, Brian and Michael talk about the WWE Network and what it is expected to look like, the downgrading of WWE pay-per-views, the hot finish to Raw on Monday night and the many different directions that can go in now, the WWE TLC PPV coming up on Sunday with some predictions and more.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Portland, Oregon. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
It’s advertised that Randy Orton will apologize to Triple H tonight.
- Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan via disqualification after Bray Wyatt interfered. Bryan escaped and nailed Bray Wyatt with a knee to the face.
- The Real Americans defeated Goldust and Cody Rhodes in a non-title match.
- There was a Bad News Barrett segment.
- Mark Henry defeated Damien Sandow via countout in a short match after Sandow left the ring. Big E Langston was on commentary.
- AJ Lee & Tamina defeated The Bella Twins. Natalya was on commentary.
- John Cena cut a promo hyping his match with Randy Orton this Sunday at TLC.
- Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated The Usos. Dean Ambrose was on commentary. After the match, CM Punk cut a promo on the titan tron.
- The Big Show (w/ Rey Mysterio) defeated Ryback (w/ Curtis Axel) in a squash match with the chokeslam. After the match, Rey Mysterio hit a 619 on Axel into a WMD from Show.
- There was a Wyatt Family promo.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston was scheduled next, but never took place after The Miz attacked Kofi Kingston and nailed him with the skull crushing finale
- In the main event segment, Randy Orton came out to apologize to Triple H. Triple H came out and accepted his apology, saying he forgave him this once. He then left and that ended the show.
After the taping ended, John Cena came out and faced Randy Orton in a dark match. Cena defeated Orton via DQ after Orton used a steel chair.
Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.
Another 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.
Brian 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.
The Flagship is back as Brian, Steve and Michael first get into a heated discussion about our college teams and Steve finally pays up on a bet. Then the guys talk about some promotions within the WWE which are leading to the impending launch of the WWE Network, how exactly the network could work and the many possibilities, Triple H now in charge of the creative team along with Vince McMahon, the WWE TLC 2013 pay-per-view which is less than two weeks away, their disappointment in WWE storylines and if they see that changing anytime soon, the Slammys coming to Raw on Monday and also the possibility of TNA Wrestling original AJ Styles leaving the company.
The 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.
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.
Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Uncasville, Connecticut. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.
- Alberto Del Rio beat Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio won with the Cross Arm Breaker. Awesome match. They really went all out and the crowd was into it the whole time. This was better than their two pay-per-view matches earlier this year.
- Damien Sandow beat Santino Marella. Sandow won with his You’re Welcome finisher. Pretty much a squash. Sandow cut a promo before the match insulting the crowd and calling himself “still the uncrowned world champion.” He demanded better opponents.
- Triple H cut a promo on the screen saying he wants the titles to be unified at TLC. He wants only one WWE champion. So I guess they are guaranteeing one champion at TLC? I can’t see the Titantron from my seat so I might not have gotten the full context of the promo.
- Kofi Kingston beat Fandango (w/Summer Rae). Kingston won with Trouble in Paradise. Fundamentally solid, but the crowd had no reason to get invested in either man, although the kids got into at the end. No follow up on Sunday’s actions from Kofi.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.