Brian 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.
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.
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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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.
David Shoemaker of Grantland.com talks about his new book “The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling” (which you can get on Amazon.com), how the mainstream press looks at wrestling, changes in wrestling over the years, why the WWE is still so reliant on big guys, this weekend’s Survivor Series PPV, the future of the WWE, Triple H in his current role with the company and more.
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The new WWE Director of Operations Kane replaced Triple H this week in talking to Michael Cole for the weekly chat Cole conducts with the WWE COO.
Cole asked Kane where did the monster go and is the suit and tie a façade. Kane at first yelled and was stern at Cole. Then the former WWE and World heavyweight composed himself and gave a dignified answer.
“There’s a monster that’s deep inside all of us,” Kane stated. The difference is for 17 years, I chose to allow mine to run amuck, to promote chaos. But make no mistake, I was always in control unlike you (Michael Cole) and everyone else. I accept the beastial side of my nature, indeed I relish in it. It is simply one facet of my personality, a tool if you will, but no the only tool at my disposal. So when the opportunity arises, the monster will be utilized.”
Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.
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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?
Brian and Steve recap WWE raw from Monday night including the legal issues between the Big Show and Triple H, holes in the main storyline, going back to the well, Dolph Ziggler being worth 12%, Kane owns a suit, a horny bull making some moves on Renee Young and more. Plus, they talk about the card so far for Survivor Series, the latest on Hulk Hogan, TNA being for sale or maybe not and what former champion is returning on the show this week.
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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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Tampa, Florida. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- Michael Cole interviewed Triple H, who announced that Big Show was banned for life.
- World champion John Cena came out and said he was putting everyone on notice. The Real Americans come out and offer Cena a position in their group. He refuses. Damien Sandow came out and called Cena a false champion and vowed to take the title from him. Cody Rhodes and Goldust came out, which led to Vickie Guerrero making a six man tag for tonight.
- The Shield cut a promo saying they are sick of the Usos. They said they can beat any team and they will prove it tonight.
- The Usos defeated Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins of The Shield. Jimmy pinned Ambrose with a rollup. Big E. Langston had come down to even sides and had a staredown with Roman Reigns. They were held apart.
- They announced Miz TV with Shawn Michaels.
- The Wyatt Family defeated The Prime Time Players when Luke Harper pinned Titus O’Neal after a lariat. Bray Wyatt nailed Sister Abigail after the match.
- They announced MizTV with Shawn Michaels but Miz says that Michaels has left the venue. He says that Michaels is the only reason the WWE champion is now Randy Orton. Orton came out. He says that he proved he was better than Daniel Bryan and reminded Miz that people cheered when he was beat up in front of his own family, then he nailed an RKO on Miz and left him laying.
- Natalya & The Bella defeated Alicia Fox & Tamina & WWE Divas champ AJ Lee. Natalya forced AJ to tap to the Sharpshooter.
- John Cena & Rhodes Boys defeated Real Americans & Damien Sandow when Cena nailed the AA on Swagger after escaping the Patriot Act.
Results were courtesy of PWInsider.com.
Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net comes on the podcast today to talk about the fallout from WWE Hell in a Cell, the new directions for the company, Triple H on top and where Randy Orton fits in, Shawn Michaels possibly returning to the ring, a possible lost opportunity for Daniel Bryan, rumors of TNA being for sale, Eric Bischoff’s role with the company, Hulk Hogan and more.
Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the new directions for WWE, Damien Sandow almost becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan angle with Shawn Michaels, if Michaels is coming back for another match, Big Show becoming the top babyface and more. Plus, they talk about Hulk Hogan with his latest online teases.
Brian, Steve and Michael recap the WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 PPV including Randy Orton walking away with the WWE Championship, John Cena returning to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk facing Ryback in Hell in a Cell and getting his hands on Paul Heyman, a fantastic opening tag-team match, added matches, follies and tomfoolery and more.
The fans around the world thought Hell In A Cell would be the pay-per-view that Daniel Bryan would win the WWE championship. Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, it wasn’t meant to be.
Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan inside the Hell In A Cell to regain the WWE title after special guest referee Shawn Michaels supekicked Bryan. Then Orton pinned Bryan for the fall.
Bryan and Orton were having a pretty good match and the ending started to unfold. Orton gave Bryan a superplex onto a stack of chairs, which even made Michaels cringe. Orton covered Bryan and only got a two count from Michaels. Orton was upset at Michaels as he felt that should have been three count.
This led to WWE COO Triple H to come to a chorus of boos. Triple H told Michaels that he needed to do his job and count to three. Michaels told HHH that he was doing his job and let him do it. Orton then came outside the ring and screamed at Michaels that he has been giving him a slow count all night.
Hunter asked Michaels, “Are you going to do this or not?”
Michaels told HHH to let him handle it. Orton and Michaels get back into the ring and a moment later, Orton attempted an RKO and Bryan pushed Orton into Michaels who was lying on the mat.
Triple H then brought the WWE trainer with him and had a referee unlock the cage door to attend to Michaels. Bryan then hit the flying knee on Orton, but Michaels was still out. Bryan was telling Michaels to get up and make the count.
HHH approached Bryan and shoved him out of the way, so he could attend to Michaels. Bryan then Triple H with the flying knee, with Bryan leading a “YES” chant. Michaels then hit Sweet Chin Music on Bryan and then Orton pinned Bryan to regain the title.
The event ended with Michaels leaving the cage with no reaction. Bryan was helped out of the ring by two referees and the WWE trainer. Orton got Triple H to his feet and they smiled at Orton winning the title.
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
Brian, Michael and Steve are back for the weekly Between The Ropes as they talk about the fallout from WWE Raw on Monday night and the Triple H promo to end that show, a preview of this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV and some predictions, Sheamus on his comeback from injury, TNA on the move and a new initiative and more.