Brian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.
He was scheduled to be on Raw the following night but within an hour of the show going on the air, Punk decided for whatever reason he didn’t want to be there and walked out on the company.
Read the rest of this post at Brian’s blog at The Orlando Sentinel.
It was announced a few weeks ago that Jake Roberts will be inducted into this years WWE Hall of Fame. As of this writing, The Ultimate Warrior and Lita will be joining Roberts in this years class.
The question was, who would induct Roberts? We got that answer today as Diamond Dallas Page will induct his mentor.
ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — There will be plenty of action outside the ring this spring at WWE’s Wrestlemania- thanks to 3-time WCW Professional Wrestling Champion Diamond Dallas Page. Page will be bringing his revolutionary fitness system DDP YOGA to New Orleans April 4th and 5th, to coincide with the biggest weekend in wrestling.
Page will be hosting his intensive DDP YOGA workshops at the Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank, where attendees will learn how they can tap into the power of dynamic resistance and take control of their health – and their lives.
As a former pro wrestling superstar, Page has reinvented himself as a maverick fitness guru, with the creation of his own workout system that combines dynamic resistance, flexibility, and cardio. DDP YOGA has become hugely popular among current and past athletes, as well as regular people who are seeking to overhaul their health and fitness with a low-impact but amazingly effective calorie-blasting, muscle-building workout.
WWE Wrestlemania will be a particularly poignant weekend for Page, as he will also be making a special appearance in support of his friend and fellow wrestling star/ former mentor, Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Roberts will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 and Page will introduce Roberts, who has become one of the most inspiring DDP YOGA success stories to date.
Over the past year, Page has revitalized Roberts’ health and rescued him from the throes of addiction, helping Roberts resurrect his career and reclaim his life through DDP YOGA. With intensive coaching and round-the-clock care, Roberts – who been living with Page – has maintained sobriety and is now in the best shape of his life.
Roberts has said that if he could regain his health through DDP YOGA, anyone can: the program empowers people at any fitness level to take charge of their health and take control of their lives through fitness. At the DDP YOGA workshops, Page will share the inspiring story behind DDP YOGA, the secret of dynamic resistance, active breathing techniques, correct alignment, and a special Q&A on Owning Your Life. There will also be a raffle drawing for DDP YOGA prizes.
The New Orleans workshops will take place Friday (April 4th) 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday (April 5th) 11:00am-2:00pm. Entry fee for each 3-hour session is $99.99 and both are open to all levels. Hotel guests at the Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank will receive 10% off entry fee and 10% off their purchase of the Max Pack DVD set.
Space is limited, so attendees should register for the DDP Workshops early at: http://www.ddpyogaworkshops.com/events/holiday-inn-new-orleans-westbank-hosts-ddp-yoga-wrestlemania-workshop-with-ddp/.
Coming off last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, two matches were officially announced for WrestleMania 30. The company announced Undertaker versus Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton versus Dave Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the returns of both Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker who confronted Brock Lesnar, the Wyatt Family still going after John Cena who may have been injured and more. Plus, they talk about the debut of the WWE Network, how WrestleMania 30 looks right now along with your questions.
STAMFORD, Conn., February 21, 2014 – WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE (NYSE:WWE) and will host WrestleMania® 30 on Sunday, April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Hogan will make his long-awaited return to WWE this Monday on Raw®, which airs live at 8 pm ET on USA Network. He will also appear onWWE Raw Backstage Pass, airing live on WWE Network on Monday night at 11:05 pm ET.
A larger-than-life icon, Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. On January 23, 1984, “Hulkamania” was officially born when he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion at Madison Square Garden. He headlinedWrestleMania III, where he successfully defended the WWE Championship against Andre The Giant in front of a record 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. Hogan went on to win six WWE Championships, starred in movies, television shows and became an idol to a vast legion of fans he dubbed “Hulkamaniacs.” Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone. His last WWE appearance was in December 2007, where he appeared at the 15th anniversary of Monday Night Raw.
“We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “It’s fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network.”
“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hulk Hogan. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?”
WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6 from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are currently available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees. The event will be broadcast live on WWE Network. For more information on how to get WWE Network click here. WrestleMania 30 will also be available on pay-per-view. Check with your cable, satellite or telco provider for availability.
Fans have been wondering since the WWE Network was announced if the WWE Hall of Fame would be shown live. Now we have the answer.
Triple H announced in his weekly video interview with Michael Cole that aired at the Smackdown tapings that the Hall of Fame will air live and in its entirety on the WWE Network.
The ceremony was always shown on a tape delay either the night of or right before Monday Night Raw would be on the USA Network. This will be the first time the Hall of Fame will be aired live since 1994 when the first ceremony took place.
This year’s class of 2014 inductees are The Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts and Lita. More entrants will be announced soon. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place the night before WrestleMania 30 on Saturday, April 5 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This week on the BTR Flagship Brian and Michael talk about the latest regarding CM Punk, Rob Van Dam possibly returning to WWE by WrestleMania 30, Raw from Monday night, the lack of star power, possible changes to the WrestleMania 30 lineup, Sting possibly coming into the company, MVP joining TNA Wrestling and more including your questions.
Brian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship show as they talk about CM Punk walking out on the WWE and his decision to do it now and the possible ramifications it has on WrestleMania XXX and especially Daniel Bryan. They also look back at the Royal Rumble and talk more about Mania including John Cena’s role on that show, what the lineup could be, what they would like to see and which match will close the show. Plus, news and notes about Hulk Hogan, Sting and Dolph Ziggler.
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night which saw the return of Batista, the buildup for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV including John Cena and Randy Orton as they get set to square off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Daniel Bryan’s explanation for being with the Wyatt Family, more matches for the Rumble show, the entrants right now for the Royal Rumble match itself and others that could be added, more on Hulk Hogan, Sting, the American Wolves debut in TNA Wrestling and your questions.
Add more to the fuel now The Winnipeg Sun advertising his return to a WWE event Jericho’s hometown in March.
Chris Jericho is bringing the WWE to Winnipeg.
The World Tour is coming to MTS Centre March 7.
Other stars coming to Winnipeg include CM Punk, Big Show, R-Truth, The Miz and Daniel Bryan.
Tickets will be available on wwe.com and Ticketmaster, but are not yet for sale.
Jericho has been pelted with the question about a potential return over and over again. Late in December, he told WWE.com that he is staying busy but he was open to donning the tights at WrestleMania 30:
I don’t really have the itch. I’m super busy with all the stuff I’m doing, between Fozzy tours, we’re getting ready to record a new record, thepodcast, “But I’m Chris Jericho,” which is another big hit. I’m also finishing my third book. There’s a lot of stuff going on. Having said that, I’d be open to it, but I haven’t had any conversations or anything like that. It’s WrestleMania. Anybody that’s been in WWE wants to be involved. If I’m there, it’ll be awesome and I’ll do everything I can to have the best match on the show. If I’m not, I’ll have a great time watching it, I’m sure.
Within days of that interview, Jericho took to his Twitter account to say he had no plans on coming back right now.
Ok guys here’s the deal…Im not coming back anytime soon next year! No secrets, no shenanigans, no plans. Sorry!! I still love you tho…
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 27, 2013
Now look closely at that tweet and you’ll see that he never said he wasn’t returning to the WWE anytime soon next year. Sure, he says no shenanigans and possibly had his fingers crossed when he wrote that but there is some wiggle room there.
Jericho was last with the WWE on July 19 when he came up short against Curtis Axel in a Smackdown match for the Intercontinental Championship and then being attacked after the match by Ryback.
There are currently no tour dates listed on the Fozzy website. While Jericho always keep a full schedule, that is always the case and he could be back in time for at least a short-term run in the WWE including WrestleMania 30.
Thoughts on a possible Chris Jericho return to the WWE? Share you comments below.
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.
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.
Brian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship video as they talk about the fallout from the WWE Survivor Series and Raw, the upcoming title unification match at the TLC pay-per-view between John Cena and Randy Orton, who they think will win as it stands right now, the rating for Raw on Monday, the favorite year for wrestling, wrestlers organically becoming stars and more,
When you think of WrestleMania, you think of Hulk Hogan. The question has been since Hogan left TNA, is when he will he appear at WrestleMania? Hogan says he will definitely be there even if he has to be there as a fan.
In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, one of Hogan’s closest friends, WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart says that Hogan will be at the biggest event of the year in professional wrestling.
“Hogan knew I was doing this press tour with WWE promoting the DVD,” Hart told the Sun. “He told me to say exactly this: Hulk Hogan will be at WrestleMania if he has to buy a ticket and sit at ringside.
“I think he can step into the ring one more time. We have a school in Florida, and he stepped into the ring there and did some stuff, and he looked great. As his friend, I’d be the first one to say, ‘Listen Hulk, do us a favor, just go out to the ring to Real American, say OK Brother, rip the shirt, do the pose, sign a bunch of autographs and people will still be just as happy, but he does have a couple of good matches left in him, he really does. I’ve got my fingers crossed we see something at WrestleMania.”
WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6 from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matches have been announced yet for the show.
Do you think Hogan will have to buy a ticket or will he walk the aisle one more time at WrestleMania 30?
It was another busy weekend for the WWE crew as they went overseas including a pair of shows in Abu Dhabi. Anywhere that the WWE goes, there are always interviews done, especially when they are out of the country and international media rarely get a chance to speak with any WWE superstars.
This time, it was Ryback doing a short interview while in Abu Dhabi to promote the shows and he was asked several generic questions. But he decided to use that interview to share his thoughts on some people who must not be big Ryback fans.
When asked about WrestleMania 30 next year and who his dream match would be, Ryback answered, ”Yeah I think a lot of people put a little too much credit into the Internet. It’s run by a lot of negative people who should not have an opinion according to me because a lot of them just have no clue how to live life. But if I could pick just one opponent for WrestleMania 30 it would be The Undertaker because I want to be the guy who ends the streak. I like getting people pissed off and mad. And for every person that says I don’t deserve that or I can’t do that, I will prove you wrong time and time again because all of you suck.”
In what was an awkward final segment in last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling, Hulk Hogan quit TNA. In a segment with TNA Owner Dixie Carter, she left Hogan with an ultimatum telling she can join him in Team Dixie or Hogan can suffer the consequences. Hogan decided to quit and Carter begged Hogan to stay and even got on the ground and grabbed his leg, with Hogan dragging her.
A lot of people have been very critical of the angle as it was very awkward and basically made Carter look bad in the process. We now know why the segment was like that. We had reported a few weeks ago that Hogan’s contract was set to expire on Tuesday.
The Wrestling Observer reported the reason the segment came off like that was due to the fact that Hogan had creative control in his contract. The only exit Hogan would do is where he left on his own, without endorsing anyone, putting anyone over or TNA even ridiculing or burying him on the way out.
Hogan has had creative control in his contracts since his days in WCW. That clause played a notable role in the finish with his match with Sting at Starrcade in 1997 and his match with Shawn Michaels in 2005.
TNA and Hogan are discussing a new contract, but at a reduced price. Hogan was making a reported $35,000 per appearance for 30 appearances a year. It is unknown at this time whether the WWE and Hogan have been negotiating. With Hogan being a centerpiece of the WWE 2K 14 video game coming out at the end of the month and WrestleMania 30 in six months, that would be an assumed possibility as well.
Was it fair for Hulk Hogan to not put TNA over last night?