Triple H Stiffs Michael Cole In Their Weekly Sit Down Interview

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It was made official on this past Monday’s WWE Raw that former WWE champion Triple H will battle another former WWE champion in Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30. The match was made official when Bryan occupied Raw and held the show hostage until he got his match with HHH. If Bryan wins, then he will be inserted into the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Randy Orton defends against Batista.

Every week, “The Game” does a sit a weekly sit down video interview with WWE announcer Michael Cole. Cole went over what happened on Raw while waiting for HHH. The WWE COO ended up no showing the interview and Cole read an email saying that HHH will address what happened on Raw on Friday Night Smackdown.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday, March 14, 2014

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

-SmackDown kicks off with Sheamus vs. Heath Slater with Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal at ringside. Sheamus gets the win with a Brogue Kick in just over 5 minutes. 3MB tried to get involved but had no luck.

-Triple H comes out to big heel heat and no Stephanie McMahon. He announces that Daniel Bryan isn’t here and taunts the Bryan fans. Lots more boos when he says Bryan won’t be here tonight. Triple H says he’s not happy with the fans for what happened on RAW and says he’s taking away their happiness starting now. Triple H vows to destroy the Yes Movement at WrestleMania XXX. Triple H says Bryan has no chance just like the fans. Triple H says Bryan won’t earn a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Title match and there won’t be a happy ending this year for Bryan fans. Triple H calls out Damien Sandow and isn’t happy with him for not getting in the ring against Bryan and the fans on RAW. Sandow begs for forgiveness.

-Sandow vs. Seth Rollins is up next. Rollins gets the quick win with his finisher. Sandow leaves the ring but Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns roll him back in for a triple powerbomb.

-Big E squashed Fandango in under 2 minutes.

-We get a recap of the segment with Paul Heyman and The Undertaker from RAW. Bad News Barrett comes out and says The Streak will die at WrestleMania, leading to kids crying and keeping their parents up all night. This will lead to parents losing their jobs.

-Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat Jack Swagger and Cesaro. More tension between The Real Americans here. Goldust gets taken out and they double team Cody until The Usos make the save.

-Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt is up next. The Wyatt Family came out to the pop of the night. Good back and forth match with near falls at the end. Bray gets the win with an impressive Sister Abigail.

-Backstage segment with Kane and The Shield. He orders them to be at ringside for tonight’s main event but they say they don’t take orders from Kane. They’ll be out there any way because it’s what’s best for business.

-Brie Bella vs. Tamina Snuka is up next. Brie Bella is at ringside and AJ Lee is on commentary. Nikki gets the quick win with her finisher.

-Dolph Ziggler defeated Alberto Del Rio in a lengthy back and forth match. After the match, Renee Young interviews Ziggler in the middle of the ring. Ziggler brags about beating Del Rio twice in a row and always stealing the show. Ziggler enters himself into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Ziggler says he’s been waiting for his WrestleMania moment and it will come when he wins the Andre trophy. The crowd was cheering for Ziggler big time.

-Carlos Colon is announced for the WWE Hall of Fame.

-The Wyatt Family cuts a promo on the match with John Cena at WrestleMania.

-Kane finds The Shield backstage and brings them to the ring with him.

-Lana and Alexander Rusev come out to the stage for another segment like the one on RAW.

-Kane vs. Big Show is next in the main event. The Shield are at ringside. Show gets the win with a chokeslam. After the match, Kane yells at The Shield for watching him lose. Kane grabs Rollins for a chokeslam but Reigns breaks it up with a big spear. The Shield stand together over Kane as SmackDown ends.

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Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.

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

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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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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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Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.

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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