WWE superstar Seth Rollins talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30, The Shield and being close with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, getting more offense in their matches lately, facing the Wyatt Family, joining the WWE and more.
WWE superstar Titus O’Neill talks with Brian Fritz about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30, his Florida Gators in the Final Four, the impact Batista has had on his career and more.
WWE superstar Cesaro talks with Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30, when he got into fitness, his current workout regime, the big swing, new top talent in the WWE, seeing Daniel Bryan in his current position and more.
WWE Diva Natalya talks with Brian Fritz about the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 30, being on Total Divas, getting slapped by Summer Rae, being married to a wrestler, advice she has shared to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan before their wedding and more.
WWE Diva Emma talks to Brian Fritz about being part of the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 30 which will be her PPV debut, coming up from NXT, who she has been excited to meet so far in her career and more.
Paul Heyman talks to Brian Fritz about WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans, comparing it to last year in New York, CM Punk leaving the company, been a hustler since he was a teenager, how he watches wrestling and his general mood on an early morning of media.
Triple H on Daniel Bryan: “This Year I Don’t Have A Big 300 Pound Guy, I Have A Sawed Off 185 Pound Guy”
We are two days away from Wrestlemania 30 this Sunday from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Lousiana. Triple H will competing in his 18th Wrestlemania as he faces Daniel Bryan in what is the most highly anticipated match on the card. Whoever wins the match will be inserted into the main event against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.
The WWE has released a video of Triple H training for the match with Bryan. The video shows Triple H doing a variety of things to prepare for Bryan and you hear from his trainer, boxing coach and “The Game”.
You can watch the video at the top of the page.
Brock Lesnar heads into fourth Wrestlemania this Sunday as he tries to break The Undetaker’s 21-0 streak at Wrestlemania. Lesnar debuted in the company in 2002 with Paul Heyman and became at that time the youngest WWE Champion defeating The Rock at the 2002 Summerslam. “The Beast Incarnate” left the company in 2004 and didn’t return until the day after Wrestlemania 28 in 2012. In between that, Lesnar almost made the NFL and then became the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2008.
Lesnar has had a tremendous impact in the WWE in his two separate tenures. Let’s now take a look back at some of the best matches in the career of Brock Lesnar.
5) Brock Lesnar vs Rob Van Dam in the finals of the 2002 King of the Ring: Lesnar had made his WWE debut three months previous on the day after Wrestlemania 18. Lesnar was steamrolling through everyone into the 2002 edition of King of the Ring. Beating Test in the semifinals, Lesnar advance to the finals against Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam. This was Lesnar’s toughest test to date. Lesnar defeated Van Dam in a good ten minute match as this was the first sign of big things to come.
4) Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker at No Mercy 2002 for the WWE Championship: These two square this Sunday at Wrestlemania 30, but have battled each other before. They first started feuding in September of 2002 at the Unforgiven pay-per-view with the match ending in a double disqualification. The two battled again the next month at the No Mercy event inside Hell in a Cell, which was and still is The Undertaker’s speciality match. In my mind this was the best match in 2002 with Lesnar winning in a 30 plus minute bloodbath.
3) Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk at Summerslam 2013: When Lesnar came back in 2012, a lot of people wondered if Lesnar could still go in the ring considering he hadn’t been in the ring in over eight years. Lesnar had very good matches since his return up to this match against Punk at Summerslam 2013. The build was fairly simple as Punk left Paul Heyman, with the devious manager bringing in his hired gun to take Punk out. These guys put on a near 30 minute classic with Punk winning the match as I thought this was the 2013 match of the year and the best match since Lesnar returned to the WWE.
2) Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship: These had classic matches all throughout 2003 starting at Wrestlemania 19 with Lesnar winning the title. Angle regained the title in July of that year pinning and then beating him again the following month at Summerslam. The blowoff to the feud took place on the September 16th edition of Smackdown in a 60 minute Iron Man Match. This was an unbelievable match that ended up with Lesnar winning five falls to four and regaining the WWE Championship. This was deemed the best match of 2003 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
1) Brock Lesnar vs The Rock at Summerslam 2002 for the Undisputed WWE Championship: Lesnar had been on a roll since he debuted in early 2002 like we had stated earlier. With the victory over Van Dam at the King of the Ring, Lesnar earned a crack at the WWE Undisputed Championship. The Rock had come back from filing the “Scorpion King” in June of ’02 and won the title the following month at the Vengeance event pinning Kurt Angle in a triple threat match that also featured The Undertaker. These guys went 17 minutes with a very rabid Long Island, New York that cheered when Lesnar hit the F5 to pin Rock and become the Undisputed Champion.
Let us know your thoughts on our list.
WWE NXT airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the WWE Network. WWE taped tonight’s show on March 13th. Here are the matches that you will see on tonight’s show.
-Emma vs. Sasha Banks
-The Ascension vs. two local wrestlers
-Xavier Woods vs. Brodus Clay
-Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyler Breeze
-Sami Zayn vs. Corey Graves
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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin retired after his WrestleMania 19 match with The Rock. Austin retired due to the severe neck issue he was having due to the broken neck suffered in his match with Owen Hart at Summerslam in 1997. Throughout the years, Austin has always a shot down a return to the ring and at this point in his life seems highly unlikely.
Austin said during his podcast, “The Steve Austin Show”, earlier this week that he would be in New Orleans to attend the WWE Hall of Fame, but hadn’t stated whether he would be at WrestleMania 30 this Sunday.
TMZ earlier today caught up with Austin, who confirmed to them he will be at the big show. When asked what he his role would be at Wrestlemania, Austin was non-committal.
“That’s breaking news, I cannot tell you right here at the airport!,” Austin said.
Hulk Hogan States That It Is “Just So Humbling And Exciting” To Be Back In WWE And Hosting Wrestlemania
Hulk Hogan is quite arguably the biggest draw in the history of pro wrestling. Hogan returned to the WWE after a six year hiatus and announced he will be the host of Wrestlemania 30. The event takes place this Sunday from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The WWE Hall of Famer talked to Redeye Chicago and discussed what it was like to get the call from the WWE to return and be apart of Wrestlemania 30.
“Well, I started this thing. Before I worked for Vince McMahon Jr. I worked for his dad. So it’s kind of the house that Hogan and McMahon built. It was a small regional company at the time but when Vince Jr. took over, he wanted me to be the lead dog because I had the most momentum going at the time than any other wrestler.
So starting this wonderful experience and now fast-forwarding 30 years later and with the timing being so good and lucky is just so humbling and exciting. To be the host and announcing matches for the show leaves me speechless at times.
When I tell others that I will be immortal, it’s true. With the WWE Network I will always be introduced to younger generations and the Hulkster will be running wild forever.”
Hogan also gives his predictions on who wins at Wrestlemania, whether he would do a reality show on the WWE Network and much more.
Harley Race Talks About Appearing At Wrestlemania 3, Why He Would Be Surprised If Daniel Bryan Walks Out of Wrestlemania As Champion
On today’s podcast we talk to WWE Hall of Famer and eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race.
Race discusses what it was like to appear what it was like to appear at WrestleMania 3, compares that moment to wrestling at his first Starrcade, what it is like to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, why he would be surprised if Daniel Bryan walks out of Wrestlemania 30 with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, why HHH is the best wrestler today and much more.
Randy Orton heads into this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton will be in the main event of the show facing Batista and the winner of the Daniel Bryan vs HHH match.
Orton signed a deal with WWE in 2001 and started in Ohio Valley Wrestling and was brought up to the main roster in 2002. Orton is a 12 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion and Tag Team Champion.
We are going to look back at the top matches in the career of the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
5) Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam at 2003 Armageddon for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Orton had started to find his place in the company when this match took place in December 2003. By this time, Orton was apart of Evolution with HHH, Batista and Ric Flair. They were the most over heels at that current time. Van Dam was the Intercontinental Champion heading into this title defense. In what was a very good match, Orton defeated Van Dam to the title and win the first singles belt of his career.
4) Randy Orton vs Mick Foley at 2004 Backlash: This feud had started to escalate at the end of 2003 and rolled right into 2004. The two squared off in a handicap match at Wrestlemania 20 when Orton, Batista and Flair defeated Foley and The Rock. The WWE paired the two in a one on one match at the Backlash pay-per-view the following month in a no holds barred match. This was Foley’s first singles match in over four years and the two put on one heck of a match. Orton won the match and really put him on the map as a guy who can adapt to different types of wrestling styles.
3) Randy Orton vs Chris Benoit at Summerslam 2004 for the World Heavyweight Championship: I know bringing up Benoit’s name is pretty much taboo since he murdered his wife and son in 2007. This match was Orton’s first crack at a heavyweight title and got into the match by winning a battle royal a few weeks beforehand. Benoit had been on a run during this time as he won the World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 20. It was a hotly contested 20 minute match with Orton walking out the winner and his first ever Heavyweight Championship.
2) Randy Orton vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 21: This was a really good buildup as Orton had been the “Legend Killer” gimmick laying out legends like Mick Foley, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Ric Flair. Heading into Wrestlemania 21, Taker was 12-0 at Mania heading into this match. This match went about 15 minutes with Taker winning the match, which was his best Mania match since his match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 17 in 2001 and has been Orton’s best match ever at Wrestlemania.
1) Randy Orton vs Triple H at No Mercy 2007 for the WWE Championship: Heading into this event, the title was vacant as it was supposed to be John Cena vs Orton, but Cena had torn his pectoral muscle six days before on an edition of Monday Night Raw. At the beginning of the show, Vince McMahon had made Orton the champion, but HHH protested and McMahon a match them two and HHH won the title. “The Game” then defeated Umaga halfway through the show and then faced Orton in the main event of the show in a last man standing match. Orton walked out of the match winning in my mind his first ever WWE championship.
Let us know your thoughts on if you would get rid of or add any matches.
Stephanie McMahon States That Fans Will Be “Terribly Disappointed” When Triple H “Handily” Beats Daniel Bryan
The most talked about match at this Sunday’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 is Daniel Bryan vs HHH. Whoever wins the match goes on to the main event to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Batista.
In his weekly interview, Michael Cole speaks with HHH’s wife Stephanie McMahon to promote the big match. Cole asks McMahon if Bryan gave the fans hope after getting the better of HHH on this past Monday’s Raw.
“Well that’s the exact word Michael, impossible,” McMahon stated. “And regardless of any false hope that Daniel Bryan may have given his fans, I’m sorry to say but their going to be terribly disappointed at Wrestlemania when my husband HHH handily beats Daniel Bryan and then goes onto to beat Randy Orton and Dave Batista and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
You can watch the complete interview in the video above.
Wrestling fans for the last few years have clamored for a match between “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and CM Punk at a Wrestlemania. Punk has stated in the past that is something he wants. Austin though has been non-committal about wanting a match with Punk.
We haven’t seen Punk since the Royal Rumble due to him walking out of the WWE the day following the show.
The WWE Hall of Famer just released the latest podcast, “The Steve Austin Show” and stated that he feels “The Best In The World” will return this Sunday at Wrestlemania 30.
“I’m telling you, I’m going to stick to my prediction that CM Punk is going to make his return at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. I made this prediction two months ago here on the show.
“It’s been a long time, I think he’s cooled his jets, he’s got some rest, and I think it’s time to get back to work. I don’t see him participating in a match but it would be great to see him in a run-in to establish himself, to entrench himself immediately in a memorable and just a great moment, and I would say plant himself firmly in the middle of an angle, because he would be the angle, by attacking whoever he sees fit to attack or asserting his presence rather, whatever the case may be. But I see CM Punk coming back at WrestleMania 30. Who knows if it will happen. We will know in about six short days when WrestleMania actually happens.”
You can listen to the latest episode of Austin’s podcast here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.