WWE Raw: Daniel Bryan, WWE Fans Get Their Wish for WrestleMania 30

wwebryanoccupyrawBrian and Steve talk WWE Raw from Monday night with Daniel Bryan finally getting his match against Triple H at WrestleMania and him “possibly” being added to the championship match on the show, other matches now official for WrestleMania including the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, other ideas for the big event and more.  Plus they talk about the TNA Lockdown PPV and your questions.

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Updated WWE Wrestlemania 30 Card

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. During last night’s Monday Night Raw, more matches were announced for the show. Here is the updated card:

-Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
-Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
-Daniel Bryan vs HHH- If Bryan wins, he will be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
-Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
-Andre the Giant 30 Man Memorial Battle Royal- Winner receives trophy

Hulk Hogan will be the guest host of the show.

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The First TV Apperance Set For CM Punk Since WWE Exit

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It has been six weeks since CM Punk walked out of the WWE. The only time we have seen Punk was at UFC 170 in Las Vegas a little more than two weeks ago.

It was announced last night that Punk will be appearing on “Talking Dead”, which is the post-show recap of “The Walking Dead”. Punk will be on the show next Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on AMC. The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick and a panel that also includes Melissa McBride and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Punk has appeared on the show in the past. The former WWE champion was supposed to appear on a show that Hardwick has on Comedy Central last month, but was pulled likely due to his situation with the WWE.

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. At the end of last week’s Raw, Batista faced Daniel Bryan in the main event with Kane and HHH getting involved. Bryan was able to thwart them before before getting speared and a Batista bomb. HHH then ensued to give Bryan a pedigree to end the show.

On tonight’s show we expect to hear from Bryan regarding the attack and once again call out the WWE COO. With four weeks until WrestleMania 30, one would assume that HHH will accept Bryan’s challenge for the match.

Also on tonight’s show, The Undertaker is scheduled to appear to make an announcement. “The Deadman” was also advertised last week, but he will be in Memphis tonight. It is expected that The Undertaker will address the comments made last week by his WrestleMania 30 opponent Brock Lesnar and his manager Paul Heyman. The duo isn’t expected to be on tonight’s show.

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan will also be in the house for tonight’s show. The guest host of WrestleMania 30 will be making a special announcement regarding the big show taking place in four weeks. What will the big announcement be?

Will Hogan make a WrestleMania match? Will it be an announcement regarding the WWE Hall of Fame? Tune into tonight’s Raw starting at 8 p.m. ET on USA to find out.

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The Ultimate Warrior Announces Who Will Induct Him Into WWE Hall Of Fame

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About two months ago, The Ultimate Warrior was announced as the first inductee into this years WWE Hall of Fame. Speculation had run rampant on who would induct the controversial star.

The Warrior announced on Twitter earlier today who would induct him.

What do you think of the choice of Linda McMahon?

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TNA’s Davey Richards on Lockdown, Dying in Japan and Squid Jerky

richardstnaTNA Wrestling’s Davey Richards talks about this Sunday’s Lockdown PPV where he will be a part of Tean MVP with Eddie Edwards, MVP and Jeff Hardy against Team Dixie which includes Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and the BroMans in a Lethal Lockdown cage match, what the last few months have been like for him, why TNA Wrestling was the place for him and Edwards right now, his tryout with the WWE and why they didn’t end up there, his nasty breakup from Ring of Honor, why he is forever tied to Japan and thinks he will die there, coming close to retiring, the perception from some that he is a jerk, stay in shape on the road eating squid jerky and more.

You can read the entire interview at The Orlando Sentinel.  Follow Davey on Twitter @RichardsWesley, on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/daveyrichardsTNA and on his Instagram at Instagram.com/richardswesley.

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TNA Wrestling’s MVP returning home for Lockdown Event

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The last time that Montel Vontavious Porter – better known as MVP – wrestled in south Florida, it was four years ago and with a different company.  Now, the Miami-based wrestler is finally making his return as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Lockdown event this Sunday which airs live on pay-per-view.

“It’s not just coming home to Miami, it’s coming home to Miami with a new company, a new attitude and the fact that we’re at BankUnited Center which is in Coral Gables where the University of Miami Hurricanes play,” said MVP (Hassan Assad).  “As a matter of fact, I’m going to wear a Hurricanes jersey out to the ring.  I’m going to wear my orange, green and white Hurricane ring gear with a jersey on top because it’s all about The U.  And The U invented swag and in professional wrestling, nobody has more swag than MVP.”

The last time he wrestled in the United States, it was in 2010 with World Wrestling Entertainment.  After a successful five years with the company, he decided it was time for a change.

To read the rest of the story, go to The Orlando Sentinel.

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Maria Kanellis Discusses Ring of Honor’s Momentum In 2014, “Blessing In Disguise” Not Ending Up In WWE Last Year

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Photo From ROHWrestling.com

We talk to Ring of Honor star Maria Kanellis as the company comes into Chicago this Saturday night. Kanellis will accompany her fiance Mike Bennett to the ring as he battles Jay Lethal.

Kanellis discusses the momentum ROH has going right now in 2014, why she chose ROH over TNA after her WWE run ended, why it was a “blessing in disguise” that she didn’t end up in the WWE last year and more.

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WWE Network Review: Does Vince McMahon’s Latest Gamble Pay Off?

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Last Monday, after weeks of hype and promotion, and literal years of speculation, WWE unveiled the newest iteration of pay-tv sports-entertainment. There were a few issues out the gate. Fans lashed out on Twitter. Even by Thursday, major problems still kept cropping up at inopportune times. But this was a new streaming revolution, and as such, growing pains were to be expected. So the real question is: did WWE manage to overcome those obstacles to deliver a service worth investing in, or have early bandwidth issues created an uphill battle for McMahon & company? Read on to find out. [Read more...]

Artist Rob Schamberger On Painting Wrestlers, WrestleMania 30 Work

rob schambergerRob Schamberger has been making a name for himself by painting wrestlers.  His work has become so popular that not only are the fans enjoying it but so are the wrestlers themselves.  Rob talks about how he started painting wrestlers, when his work started to get noticed, his Champions Collection and how far away he is to completing it, who he is looking forward to painting, working with the WWE on a charity auction, special works he has been commissioned to do, helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania XXX Dream Vacation raffle to support RAINN and what he will be doing in New Orleans for WrestleMania week.

You can check out Rob’s website RobSchamberger.com to see his various pieces of art and you can follow him on Twitter @RobSchamberger.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday March 7, 2014

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

-Batista kicks off SmackDown with a promo until Daniel Bryan interrupts him. Kane ends up coming out and beating Bryan down. Big Show makes the save. Vickie Guerrero comes out and makes tonight’s main event – Kane and Batista vs. Show and Bryan. Batista had the spotlight back on him this time.

-Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler with Alberto Del Rio on commentary is next. Christian gets the win after Del Rio distracted Ziggler from the announce table.

-The Usos defeated Curtis Axel and Ryback.

-Eva Marie and Natalya defeated AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka when Natalya made AJ tap out with a Sharpshooter.

-The Shield come out and cut a promo about how they need to be The Shield again like before. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose end up hitting each other before they reunite.

-Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio with a Brogue Kick.

-Big E defeated Jack Swagger. There was more tension between Swagger and Cesaro.

-Another promo from Lana and Alexander Rusev.

-Batista and Kane vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan is next. Show and Bryan cut a promo before the match and pick on their opponents. They’ve named their team, “Respect The Beard, Fear The Giant.” Bryan and Show get the win when Show hits a knockout punch on Kane and Bryan rolls him up. SmackDown ends with Bryan leading a “Yes!” chant while sitting on Show’s shoulders.

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WWE Raw: No CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Triple H Escalates on Hot Show

bryanhhhBrian 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.

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WWE Main Event To Air Live On WWE Network

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The WWE aired NXT Arrival live this past Thursday on the WWE Network. Streaming issues did occur on the show, which the company did acknowledge in a statement on Friday. The question would the company air another live show prior to Wrestlemania 30 on April 6?

ProWrestling.net was able to confirm with the WWE that Main Event will be airing live every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET starting this Tuesday. The run will last through Wrestlemania.

No word on whether the show will go back to ION Television after that or if the show will remain on the WWE Network.

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Seth Rollins Sees Himself Being WWE World Champion Five Years From Now

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Seth Rollins will be in a featured match tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw as a member of The Shield, as the trio will take on the Wyatt Family. Rollins spoke to RedEyeChicago.com and was asked where he sees himself five years from now.

“Five years? I see myself as world champion. If you were in my position and you aren’t saying that, something is wrong with you. I want to be holding a title, beating up John Cena and Randy Orton and headlining pay-per-views. I have the confidence and drive and those goals would be satisfying.”

Rollins also discusses his thoughts on the WWE Network, being impatient while in developmental and more.

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Will CM Punk Return Tonight On WWE Monday Night Raw?

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Tonight’s edition of Monday Night Raw takes place from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Rumors have been running rampant that former WWE champion CM Punk will making his return at the show. It was reported over the weekend by The Wrestling Observer (subscription only) that Punk would be returning at tonight’s show.

We haven’t seen Punk since the Royal Rumble when he left the company about one hour before the Raw taping, the day after the Rumble.

Could We See CM Punk Make His WWE Return on Raw Tonight?

cm-punk-lookingIt has been over a month since CM Punk last appeared for the WWE entering the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant and surviving until the final four before being eliminated by Kane.

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.

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WWE Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show will air on tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the matches you will see on the show.

-Mark Henry and Big E vs. The Real Americans

-Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

-Batista vs. Dolph Ziggler

-A.J. Lee vs. Cameron

-Daniel Bryan and The Uso Brothers vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws

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Diamond Dallas Page To Induct Jake Roberts Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

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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/.

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