WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Up Heading Into Wrestlemania 30

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We are five days away from WWE Wrestlemania 30 from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Last night’s edition of Monday Night Raw gives the WWE some momentum heading into the biggest weekend of the wrestling year. Raw scored a 3.14 rating with an average of 4.39 million viewers. That is up from last week’s 3.07 rating with an average of 4.272 million viewers.

The first hour of the showed averaged 4.23 million viewers that featured the opening segment with Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. The second hour averaged 4.60 million viewers and featured the Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and Batista segment along with John Cena attacking the Wyatt Family. The third and final hour of the show averaged 4.33 million viewers that featured a John Cena interview and the final segment with the Batista vs Orton match. That match also featured Stephanie McMahon and Triple H commentary and interference from Daniel Bryan.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Washington D.C. and was the final Raw before WrestleMania 30 on Sunday in New Orleans. We give you what was the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.

The Good

1) John Cena Promo: It was a good night for Cena. The first time we seen him out was when he stood in the ring with the Wyatt’s in Duke “The Dumpster” Droese garb and a sheep’s mask after Bray Wyatt’s match with R-Truth. Cena then cut an emotional backstage interview with Renee Young telling her that,”You will see fire, you will see hell, and you will see rage and John Cena will be a monster.” Behind the nonsensical Jimmy Buffet reference a few weeks back, Cena has cut some very good promos heading into Wrestlemania. Wish we would see more consistent promos from Cena in every program.

2) Opening Segment: I was very down on what WWE did last week making Brock Lesnar look weak again with The Undertaker. It was a very smart move by WWE opening with Taker and Lesnar to combat the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother”. Liked when Taker used the line, “there are three things that can’t be beat: Death, Taxes, and The Streak. That line made it seem how important The Streak is to everyday life. Paul Heyman was his usual spot on self comparing Lesnar winning this Sunday to Hulk Hogan defeating Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3. Liked how Lesnar walked around the ring and thinking about whether to get into the ring with Taker. Was smart for Heyman to distract Taker with Lesnar giving a vicious clothesline and the F5. Only bad thing was I wish Lesnar would have done another F5, but this segment left fans with some doubt of whether The Streak will continue on after Wrestlemania.

The Bad

3) Piper’s Pit: Roddy Piper felt that he should be on Wrestlemania 30 and do a Piper’s Pit with Hulk Hogan due to the happenings at Wrestlemania 1. Well, thankfully we got this last night. Piper looked lost a couple times in promoting the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. The eye gouge was awful and unnecessary. This was a waste of time and their could have been a better way to promote the Battle Royal.

4) Big E vs Alberto Del Rio: This doesn’t get a bad due to the match, as it wasn’t horrible. This was bad to the finish. The logic behind the Intercontinental champion losing a non-title match to a guy who hasn’t won a lot of matches in awhile. Big E should be defending the title instead of being in the Battle Royal. All titles should be defended at Wrestlemania as you can always throw guys in the Battle Royal to fill the ring.

The Dirty

5) Closing Segment: This a good dirty. Behind a few things, this was looking like a dreadful show heading into the final segment of the show. The Batista vs Randy Orton match was a good match considering what we have seen from Batista since his return in January. Liked how Bryan came out through the crowd and attacked Triple H. It was good to see Bryan get the better of Batista and Orton as well as it gives the fans hope that he will walk out of Wrestlemania with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Thought it was a smart move by WWE to keep Bryan off of last week’s Raw as it meant more last night as Bryan got the biggest pop of the show. Will Bryan win the title on Sunday? We will find out.

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Jason Powell Talks WrestleMania 30, WWE Network, Possible Sale

POWELLJason Powell of ProWrestling.net talks about WrestleMania 30 including the build for the show, if he thinks fans are on board with the main event involving Daniel Bryan and how the company got there, the buildup for The Undertaker against Brock Lesnar, how much longer for Taker, what could happen after Mania, the WWE Network and how well it may or may not be doing when it comes to subscriptions, the WWE’s upcoming TV rights deal, if the company could possibly be for sale and more.

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WWE Raw Recap: Daniel Bryan Strikes Back

bryanhunterstickBrian and Steve talks about WWE Raw from Monday night which was the final edition before WrestleMania 30 including Daniel Bryan attacking Triple H leading up to their big match, the setup for WrestleMania, the latest confrontation between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, more between John Cena and the Wyatt Family along with your questions.

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WrestleMania Takes Over New Orleans

Press release from the WWE:

STAMFORD, Conn., April 1, 2014 – Fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries will descend upon New Orleans for a week-long lineup of festivities in celebration of WrestleMania 30, taking place this Sunday, April 6 live on WWE Network and pay-per-view at 7 pm ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. WWE® will also host more than a dozen pro-social events designed to give back to the host community. WrestleMania Week begins today, Tuesday, April 1 and includes the following events:

  • ·         WrestleMania 30 Press Conference – Today, Hard Rock Café, NYC
    Before WWE takes over New Orleans and Randy Orton® defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match against Batista® and the winner of Daniel Bryan® vs. Triple H®, all four WrestleMania headliners will come face-to-face today at 11 am ET at the Hard Rock Café in New York City, where WrestleMania first began 30 years ago. They will be joined by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WrestleMania 30 host Hulk Hogan™ and WWE Superstar John Cena® to offer a preview of this year’s historic event. The press conference will be streamed live on WWE Network.
  • ·         Children’s Hospital Visits – Wednesday, April 2, New Orleans

WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston®, Cody Rhodes® and Zack Ryder® and WWE Diva Natalya™ will visit the Ochsner Children’s Health Center and the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans tomorrow. Mattel will donate WWE action figures for the WWE Superstars and Divas to distribute throughout their visits.

  • ·         Hire Heroes USA Autograph Signing – Wednesday, April 2, Jackson Barracks

As part of WWE’s longstanding commitment to the military, WWE has partnered with Hire Heroes USA (#ServiceatWork) to support their mission of creating job opportunities for veterans and their spouses through personalized employment transition training and corporate engagement. Tomorrow, WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, WWE Diva Eva Marie™ and WWE announcer Lilian Garcia® will participate in a meet and greet and autograph signing for military members, veterans and their families.

  • ·         Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game – Wednesday, April 2, Tulane University

WWE, a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and Special Olympics Louisiana will host a unified basketball game (#UNIFIEDSPORTS) tomorrow at Tulane University. Athletes from Team Louisiana will participate in a basketball game where WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil™, WWE Divas The Bella Twins™ and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will serve as honorary coaches.

  • Superstars for Kids – Thursday, April 3, New Orleans Museum of Art 

WWE Superstars and Divas including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, The Miz®, Big Show® and The Bella Twins will join New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the star of A Haunted Mansion 2, Marlon Wayans at this year’s Superstars for Kids (#STARS4KIDS) red carpet party at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Last week, WWE kicked off a global online auction to benefit Drew Brees’s non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs at www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE. The auction features unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. During the Superstars for Kids red carpet party, Wayans will lead an additional live auction where even more incredible experiences will be made available for bidding.

  • ·         Be a STAR Anti-Bullying Rallies – Thursday, April 3 and Friday April, 4

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. WWE and The Creative Coalition will hold two anti-bullying rallies (#BeaSTAR) in New Orleans during WrestleMania Week. On Thursday, April 3, WWE Superstars Mark Henry and David Otunga®, WWE Diva Natalya and WWE host Josh Mathews™ will deliver anti-bullying messages to 300 students at Sarah T. Reed High School. On Friday, April 4, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk will join WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio® and Damien Sandow®, WWE Divas Naomi™ and Cameron™ and WWE host Renee Young™ at the Boys and Girls Club Westbank Unit where they will talk to more than 450 students about showing respect to one another.

  • ·         WrestleMania Reading Celebration – Thursday, April 3, Langston Hughes Academy

In an effort to promote literacy among children of all ages, WWE partners with the Pearson Foundation’s We Give Books program and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to deliver an innovative digital reading experience to children, parents and teachers atwww.WWEReadingSuperstar.com. On Thursday, April 3, more than 100 students and faculty at Langston Hughes Academy will participate in a Reading Celebration (#WWEReadingSuperstar) featuring WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes and WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee™.

  • ·         WrestleMania Axxess – Thursday, April 3–Sunday, April 6, New Orleans Convention Center

WrestleMania Axxess (#AXXESS) is the ultimate fan experience for the WWE Universe. This year’s WrestleMania Axxess will take place onThursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6 at the New Orleans Convention Center. Fans will get unprecedented access to meet their favorite WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends through a host of interactive fan experiences, including more autograph signings and live matches than ever before.

  • ·         KaBOOM! Playground Build – Friday, April 4, Woodland West Elementary School

WWE, KaBOOM! and more than 200 volunteers will team up to build a new playground (#PlayMatters) at Woodland West Elementary School. WWE and KaBOOM! launched its first-ever partnership to promote the importance of play in children’s lives. Earlier this year, WWE and KaBOOM! hosted a Design Day at Woodland West Elementary School where children brainstormed and designed their dream playground. The children will have the final design come to life on Friday, April 4, when WWE Superstars, executives, employees and community volunteers help build the playground of their dreams and leave a lasting impact on children in the New Orleans area.

  • ·         Make-A-Wish® Pizza Party – Saturday, April 5, Audubon Aquarium

WWE Superstar John Cena will host the annual Make-A-Wish (#MakeAWish) pizza party at Audobon Aquarium in New Orleans, where he will induct 31 wish children into WWE’s Circle of Champions. As part of its 30-year alliance with Make-A-Wish, WWE will also host the 31 wish kids and their families at WrestleMania 30. With more than 400 wishes and counting, Cena has granted more wishes than any celebrity.

  • ·         Susan G. Komen Luncheon – Saturday, April 5, Windsor Court Hotel

WWE Superstars, Divas and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will be on hand to support Komen New Orleans’ (#KomenNewOrleans) biggest mission day of the year, where they award more than $600,000 to local community grantees. The grants will be distributed to local community organizations committed to helping uninsured and underinsured women of New Orleans receiveaccess to critical breast cancer education, screening and treatment services. McMahon has been named the Honorary Chairperson for Komen New Orleans.

  • ·         WWE 2014 Hall of Fame Ceremony – Saturday, April 5, Smoothie King Center         

A capacity crowd will fill the Smoothie King Center for the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (#WWEHOF). On the eve of WrestleMania 30, a new class of inductees will join WWE Legends from the past as they are enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees includeThe Ultimate Warrior™, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita™, Razor Ramon, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon and Mr. T.

  • ·         WrestleMania 30 – Sunday, April 6, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

More than 70,000 fans are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania30 (#WRESTLEMANIA) hosted by Hulk Hogan. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making. Featured matches include the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleManiawinning streak against Brock Lesnar, John Cena battling Bray Wyatt, and Randy Orton defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Batista and the winner of a showdown between Daniel Bryan and Triple H.

For more information on WrestleMania 30, please visit www.wrestlemania.com.

  • ·         Monday Night Raw® – Monday April 7, Smoothie King Center

The night after WrestleManiaMonday Night Raw comes to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Fans can see their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas as the road to WrestleMania 31 begins. WrestleMania 31 will take place at the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

WrestleMania Over the Years, Favorite Moments

wrestlemaniaoriginalBrian and Steve discuss WrestleMania over the years including what stands out about the annual event, their favorite matches and moments and much more including your questions.

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Paul Heyman Talks WrestleMania 30, His Friendship with Brock Lesnar and Looking Ahead

Brock-Lesnar-Paul-HeymanPaul Heyman talks about WrestleMania 30 where he will be in the corner of Brock Lesnar as he faces The Undertaker, how his close friendship with Lesnar came about, being in the wrestling business for almost three decades now, if his work comes naturally to him, his future in the business, who he thinks are the stars of the future, the WWE Network and more.

WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network.  You can follow Paul Heyman on Twitter @HeymanHustle.

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WWE Network Unveils WrestleMania Week Programming

wm 30STAMFORD, Conn., March 31, 2014 – WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, has unveiled its programming lineup for WrestleMania Week, which includes the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, an expanded two-hour WrestleMania pre-show and concludes with WrestleMania 30, all live from New Orleans.

Fans can subscribe to WWE Network by signing up exclusively at WWE.com, clicking on the WWE Network button on the top right corner of the navigation bar and creating an account. Upon signing up, fans will instantly have access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library.

The WrestleMania Week programming line-up on WWE Network includes:

WrestleMania 30 – Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET

WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will air live on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET. More than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by a host of WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making. Featured matches include the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleMania winning streak against Brock Lesnar™, John Cena® battling Bray Wyatt™ and Randy Orton® defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Batista® and the winner of a showdown between Daniel Bryan® and Triple H®.

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET

For the first time ever, the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. On the eve of WrestleMania 30, a new class of inductees will join WWE Legends from the past as they are enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include The Ultimate Warrior®, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita, Razor Ramon, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon and Mr. T.

At 8 pm ET, one hour prior to the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WWE Network will air a live red carpet arrival show hosted by Michael Cole and Renee Young. The show will consist of interviews with WWE Legends, Superstars and Divas as they arrive to celebrate history and welcome in the new inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame.

WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show – Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET

WWE has expanded its WrestleMania pre-show to two hours for the first time ever. The first hour will simulcast across all WWE platforms, including WWE Network, WWE.com, WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pheed beginning Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET. During the second hour, WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos™ will defend their titles in a Fatal 4-Way match against Los Matadores™, Ryback® and Curtis Axel™ and The Real Americans™, which can be seen exclusively on WWE Network.

WrestleMania Press Conference – Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET

Before WWE takes over New Orleans and Randy Orton defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match against Batista and the winner of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, all four WrestleMania headliners will come face-to-face on Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET at the Hard Rock Café in New York City live on WWE Network. They will be joined by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WrestleMania 30host Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena® to offer a preview of this year’s historic event.

WrestleMania Today LIVE – Thursday, April 3 – Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET

WrestleMania Today will premiere with three nights of live coverage on Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET originating from WrestleMania Axxess. Hosted by WWE’s Josh Mathews™, Booker T™ and Alex Riley™, the two-hour show will welcome in-studio guests including WWE Legends and Superstars as they analyze the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30. WWE reporters Renee Young, Byron Saxton and Tom Philips will cover all the action live from the Axxess floor.

WrestleMania Weekend Marathon – Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6

The weekend will be highlighted by a marathon of WrestleMania themed programming from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. On Friday, April 4, WWE Network will air a replay of WrestleMania 25 from Houston, TX at 2 pm ET. Then, on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, fans can see blocks of WrestleMania Rewind™ from 6 am – 9 am ET, a show that takes a comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments inWrestleMania history.

Immediately following WrestleMania Rewind on Saturday, WrestleMania 26 airs at 9 am ET and WrestleMania 27 at 1 pm ET. WrestleMania 28 and WrestleMania 29 air Sunday, April 6 at 9 am ET and 1 pm ET, respectively.

Legends of WrestleMania – Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET

Legends of WrestleMania premieres on Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET featuring a round table discussion with WrestleMania Legends as they look back at their greatest WrestleMania moments.  Fans will hear never-before-told stories aboutWrestleMania as well as commentary on the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30.

For a full WrestleMania Week on WWE Network schedule click here.

WWE Network is the first-ever 24/7 streaming network that provides access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe at WWE.com. WWE Network is available through the WWE App on TV via connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3, Sony PlayStation® 4 and Xbox 360. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices, as well as on desktops and laptops via WWE.com.

Daniel Bryan Talks WrestleMania 30, Fan Support and Planning a Wedding

bryanlaughWWE superstar Daniel Bryan talks about WrestleMania 30 on April 6th where he will face Triple H and the winner then squaring off against both Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, what the last year has been like for him and his surge in popularity, the connection with his fans, wondering if he we be a part of WrestleMania a few months ago, planning his wedding with Brie Bella at the same time, any pressure with everything going on, what to do with his beard for the wedding and more.

WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network.  You can follow Daniel Bryan on Twitter @WWEDanielBryan.

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The Original Sin Cara Released By WWE

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In what would not be considered shocking news, the WWE announced earlier today that Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde (aka Sin Cara) has been released the company. The WWE released the following statement on their website.

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde effective on March 26, 2014. We wish Luis the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Alvirde made a big splash debuting in 2011, but didn’t make the impact many expected. The WWE replaced him with Hunicio now under doing the Sin Cara gimmick. Alvirde stated on his Twitter page yesterday that would continue the Sin Cara gimmick in Mexico.

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Author Kevin Sullivan Talks New Book WWE 50

wwe50Author Kevin Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss his latest book “WWE 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment” detailing the last 50 years in the company, what he wish he could have covered more in the book, his favorite time period to cover, who the important WWE superstar may be, having quotes from various people including Vince Russo, comparing this book to previous ones he has done for WWE, his thoughts on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and more.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @SullivanBooks and you can get a copy of “WWE 50″ on Amazon.

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It’s Time For The Undertaker To Retire At Wrestlemania 30

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The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.

What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.

With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.

Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.

The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.

Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.

Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.

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Hulk Hogan Says That WWE Wrestlemania 30 Will Be The Biggest Of All Time

Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE last month and announced that he would be the host of this year’s WWE Wrestlemania 30, which takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hogan announced a couple weeks ago that an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will take place at Mania.

For this week’s interview Michael Cole interviews Hogan to preview Wrestlemania, why his match with Andre was the biggest of his career, the importance of Mr. T in the WWE Hall of Fame and much more.

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Wade Keller on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and Predictions for Next Year

kellertorchWade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch  talks about WrestleMania 30 including the buildup for the show so far, if it will be Daniel Bryan’s night, whether or not this could be The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania, the possible order of the match on the show and more.  Plus, he talks about what could lie ahead for the WWE over the summer and his best guess for WrestleMania 31 next year.

Sign up to become a member at PWTorch.com and get the newsletter and get other exclusive content there.  You can follow Wade on Twitter @theWadeKeller and follow the PWTorch on Twitter @PWTorch.

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Back Off the Conspiracies – Daniel Bryan Will Win at WrestleMania 30

daniel-bryanSince it seems like plenty of people get on their soapboxes these days, let me take a moment to do the same on something that truly drives me crazy as a wrestling fan these days.

For months on end, plenty of wrestling fans haven been firmly behind Daniel Bryan and hoping, praying, shouting in support that he will finally get his shot and be a true main even star in theWWE.  What that truly means is subjective because the argument can easily be main that he has been one for the past year.

Now, Bryan is getting his shot, facing Triple H at WrestleMania 30 on April 6th with the winner squaring off against Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship later in the show.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For Friday March 28, 2014

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

There was a promo by Batista putting over his accomplishments since he’s returned and complaining about being booed and forced into a Triple Threat at WrestleMania. Out came Triple H to tell Batista that he would be wrestling tonight on Smackdown.

-Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) beat Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in 4:00. Corporate Kane, Corporate Road Dogg and Corporate Billy Gunn came out onto the stage and introduced The Shield’ss next opponents, Rybaxel.

-Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) beat Ryback and Curtis Axel in 8:00. Rollins curb stomped Axel for the win. The highlight was a nice dive by Rollins. Post match, Rollins did a second dive on Ryback, threw him in for a superman punch from Reigns and a triple power bomb. They taunted Kane, Road Dogg, and Gunn, who were still on the stage.

-Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow in 2:00. Nothing special fans were sleeping.

Somber serious Big Show promo with Rene Young talking about The Wyatt’s having a big problem with him tonight. Batista vs. Sheamus is the Smackdown main event.

-Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeated Goldust in 5:00. Fandango won after catching Goldust with a kick to the head as he was entering the ring. The last minute featured a lot of fumbling and will take some editing to fix.

-Sheamus beat Batista by DQ in 6:00. Batista bailed before Sheamus could hit the Brogue Kick. Sheamus chased him to the floor and Batista hit him with a chair a couple of times for the DQ. Batista threw Sheamus back inside the ring and hit the Batista Bomb. Batista grabbed the mic and asked Triple H if he and the fans were happy. He said he is winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania and the fans have to deal with it. The match was clunky and both men looked lost at points. The editing team will be busy with the last two matches.

There was a backstage promo with Bray Wyatt discussing John Cena and slaying the giant.

-The Bella Twins beat AJ Lee and Tamina in 3:00. Vickie Guerrero was on commentary. Tamina had enough of AJ and pushed her down. She tagged her in and threw her right into Nikki Bella, who hit the X Factor for the win.

Santino and Emma were at a restaurant on a date. Emma said Santino is a friend with benefits. Santino wanted to tell her something, but Emma said she felt the same way….they will always be the best of friends. Santino was gonna puke. She gave him water, which he spit in her face. Not funny comedy. Pure cheese.

-Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter, Cesaro) beat Jimmy Uso. Swagger won via submission. Hot offense from Jimmy.

-Mark Henry beat The Miz in 4:00. Miz threw Henry over the top rope to show he could eliminate him in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. Henry threw Miz into the steps, and eventually performed a half hearted World’s Strongest Slam for the win.

Boston gets Money in The Bank on June 29, as Dot Net reported on Monday.

Lana was out for a quick promo in her native tongue regarding Alexander Rusev.

-Bray Wyatt beat Big Show in 4:00. Wyatt won clean with Sister Abigail. This match closed the Smackdown taping…

Dark Match

1. John Cena and The Shield over Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Kane in an eight-man tag. Wyatt challenged Cena to a one on one, Cena said he wanted Rowan and Harper out of the ring. Kane came out said it would be a handicap match with Cena vs. The Family. Vickie Guerrero came back out and made it an eight-man tag. A fun way to send the fans home happy.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Monday Night Raw

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The second to last of edition of WWE Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania 30 took place last night in Brooklyn, New York. Highlights of the show included a sitdown interview with Triple H, the opening segment with Stephanie McMahon, Batista, and Randy Orton and a John Cena vs Luke Harper match. Starting with this article, we will be giving you the good, the bad and the dirty from each edition of Raw.

The Good

1) John Cena vs Luke Harper: The more I see Luke Harper, the more he impresses me. He has a style mixed with Barry Windham and Bruiser Brody. Cena and Harper had a 15 minute plus match and showed that Cena can work with guys not named Bryan, Orton and Punk. You can tell that Cena is still injured, but is still giving his all and you can tell in this match. The ending was well done to where both guys didn’t have to take the pinfall. Was also good to see Bray Wyatt get the upperhand on Cena once again and create more doubt going into their match at WrestleMania 30.

2) Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs The Real Americans: The match started really slow, but really picked up in the last six-seven minutes when Ambrose started to make his comeback. The more I see Rollins, the more I like him as he is finally getting to show the great ring work he possesses. Rollins is very fluid in the moves that he does and gets the crowd behind him in the process. It is good to see WWE keep The Shield together and as babyface with as a lot of money can be made with them on the other side of the spectrum. The only bad thing was Cesaro taking the pin, but that can be forgotten about by the time Smackdown rolls around.

The Bad

1) Opening Segment featuring Stephanie McMahon, Batista and Randy Orton: The segment started good with Stephanie McMahon addressing the fact that Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be on the show due to last week’s beatdown by Triple H. That changed quickly when Orton came out and cut a bland promo about how he respects The Authority and doesn’t disagree with anything she said, but then says he will take no prisoners if HHH gets by Bryan at WrestleMania. Batista was no better when he came out especially when his microphone went and did a mic check. Batista is really missing something with his promos as he can’t pronounce WWE and is lacking emotion when he is out there. Orton taking another spear does nothing to believe that he has any chance of walking out of Mania with the title. Let’s be thankful that this match isn’t a singles match as the WWE would be in a lot of trouble.

2) Titus O’Neil vs The Big Show: Very confusing as to why this match was even happening. If WWE was putting on the match because Show was facing Bray Wyatt in the main event of Friday Nigh Smackdown, then it could have just been advertised and left at that.

The Dirty

1) Final Segment featuring Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker: This segment did nothing to get me interested whatsoever and I don’t fault Paul Heyman. He has done everything in his power to get the match over, but he can only do so much. You would think that since Lesnar and Taker haven’t been in the same ring together in almost a month, you would think Lesnar would get his revenge for Taker putting him through a table. But we got druids bringing out a casket and Lesnar kicking at it a few times before it opened and Taker rose from it. Made no sense whatsoever for Taker to one up Lesnar once again as it seems like the WWE is trying to get by on the fact that the old school and hardcore fans will want to see the match. WWE better do something next week to get the fans more interested or they will be in a lot of trouble heading into a match that you should have been easy to book.

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WWE Raw Recap: Batista Gets Slapped, Brock Lesnar Sees Dead People

stephortonsmugBrian and Steve are back for the weekly podcast recapping Raw from Monday night just two weeks before WrestleMania 30 including Batista getting whacked for offending Stephanie McMahon, no Daniel Bryan, the latest interaction between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker and what is missing in that feud, the undercard for the big event and much more including your questions.

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