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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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/.
First Match: 10 Man Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Los Matadores and El Torito vs. Rybaxel and 3MB
Goldust and Axel started the match, Goldust quickly gain control of the match.Goldust tags in Cody. Axel goes behind Cody, but is knocked to the ground. Cody hits the ropes and performs a arm drag on Axel. Axel kicks Cody in the stomach and chops him in the corner. He takes Cody to his team’s corner and tags in Ryback. Ryback chops Cody in the corner and tries to drive Cody into the turnbuckle. Cody reverses and hits a missile drop kick from a springboard. Cody goes for the Disaster Kick but is caught by Ryback and powerbombed. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial break, the heels continued to dominate until El Torito got the hot tag. El Torito hit a bit of flashy offense before the match broke down. Cody, Goldust and Los Matadores all knock down Rybaxel, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre outside the ring and landed suicide dives. El Torito and Slater had a pose off. El Torito hit a huracarana facebuster and covered Slater for the pinfall victory.
After the match Byron Saxton interviewed Heath Slater wanted his opinions on losing to El Torito. Slater said he’s had enough of this and will be not be answering anymore questions.
Winner: Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Los Matadores and El Torito
Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton show us a highlight package of the confrontation between The Wyatt Family and John Cena.
Second Match: Natalya and Eva Marie vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox
Fox and Natalya started, and Natalya controlled the action until she tagged in Eva Marie.Marie hit a series of arm whips, but she went to the well one too many times and Fox was able to counter. Fox hit a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker and began to wear down Marie. Marie tagged Natalya back into the match and Natalya ripped into Aksana.Natalya ran into Marie by accident and Aksana was able to capitalize with a spinebuster for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Alicia Fox and Aksana
Coming up next they will show us the recap of the confrontation between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker from Raw.
Bad News Barrett ascends with his podium to address the crowd. Barrett says that this country will be remained the United States of China, among other things. We see a recap of Batista’s loss to Alberto Del Rio on Raw last Monday, due to Randy Orton’s distraction. We see Orton confront Batista about the boos he’s received since returning to WWE. Batista says that he’s going to be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and to deal with it. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial break they show us a interview Michael Cole conducted with NXT General Manager and RAW/SmackDown Color Commentator JBL. They talk about the NXT Special “ArRival” which will air LIVE on the WWE Network.
Third Match: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil
They lock up and Titus pushes Young to the corner. Young goes to the offensive on Titus but is hit with a scoop slam. Young dodges an elbow, hits the ropes, and hits a running clothesline on Titus. Titus goes for a sunset flip but is caught and sent to the corner. Titus charges Young but is caught with an elbow. Young goes to the top rope but Titus delivers a big boot to Young, which sends him to the mat. Titus picks Young up and throws him head first into the second turnbuckle. Titus then hits a leg drop on Young. He goes for the pin and gets a two-count.
Titus goes to a hold on a grounded Young. Young fights back but is put into the corner. Titus tosses Young across the ring. Titus picks Young up and hits him with a clothesline. He goes for the pin, but Young kicks out. He goes for another pin and gets the same result. Titus goes to another hold on Young. Young gets up and fights back, but Titus hits him with a knee. Titus beats down Young in the corner and then charges him with a corner splash.
O’Neil chokes Young in the corner with his leg. Titus lifts Young in a cross-body and then tosses him to his shoulders into a fireman’s carry. Young reverses Titus into a pin and gets the three count.
Winner: Darren Young
Fourth Match: Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow established control early. He grounded the high flier with a series of slams and rest holds. Sin Cara managed to rally back and got in a few flashy spots.Sandow returned fire and became frustrated when Sin Cara kicked out of his assaults. Sin Cara hit an impressed one-armed powerbomb for a great near fall.
Sandow locked in his new submission finisher, but Sin Cara managed to kick him off. Moments later, Sin Cara nailed his high-angle senton for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Sin Cara
JPOV: Very lackluster edition of Main Event. I thought the first three matches were nothing special. I enjoyed the match between Sin Cara and Damien Sandow I just wished the match went a little bit longer.
Josh’s Grade for WWE Main Event: 4/10
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Seven days ago Nelson Frazier, Jr (aka Mabel) tragically passed away after having a massive heart attack. Frazier’s wife Cassandra went to her Facebook page to express her frustration on the company not offering their condolences regarding his death.
“WWE HAS NOT EVEN GAVE THEIR CONDOLENCES, NELSON DONT DESERVE WHAT THEIR SAYING ABOUT HIM ON GOOGLE, IM SICK OF IT AND IM READY TO TELL EVERY THING I KNOW ABOUT THAT LOOSER A** COMPANY, IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN THEY R THE REASON MY HUSBAND IS GONE AND A LOT OF OTHERS, THEY DONT CARE ABOUT WRESTLERS ,JUST MAKING MONEY FROM THEM, I C WHERE THERE IS BEING A LOT OF S*** SAID THATS NOT TRUE, PEOPLE R SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWING ME AND SAYING I SAID THIS AND THAT ITS A LIE, I WILL DEFEND MY HUSBAND , NO MATTER WHAT, THERES A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT WWE THAT U FANS DONT KNOW AND NOT AWARE OF, WELL I KNOW AND IF U KNEW U WOULD NEVER WATCH IT AGAIN, THEY SUCK TIMES 1000, VERY EVIL AND COULD CARE LESS IF ONE OF THEM DIES, IM HIGHLY PISSED , ALSO LEAVE BOBBY HORNE ALONE, HE LOVED NELSON AND HAS DONE NOTHING BUT HELP ME, WHEN HE IS SICK HIS SELF ,HES NOT SCAMMING ANYONE ONE HE LOVED HIS BROTHER, IF U DONT HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT HIM, DELETE YOUR SELF FROM MY PAGE BECAUSE WITHOUT HIM I COULNT HAVE DID THIS ALONE, SO MANY DIFFERENT STORIES R BEING TOLD , AND WITH OUT TALKING TO ME HOW WOULD ANYONE KNOW, TMZ SAID THEY DID AN INTERVIEW WITH ME AN THEY LIED , I DIDNT TALK TO ANYONE FROM TMZ AND THEY JUST MADE UP A STORY AND LIED, IM SICK OF PEOPLE LYING AND MAKING UP THEIR OWN STORIES,I LOVE U GUYS BUT DONT BELIEVE EVERY THING U HEAR, NELSON WAS A GOOD MAN AND BOBBY IS ALSO, I TRULY HAVE HAD VERY KIND PEOPLE THAT R GOOD AND NOT MAKING UP LIES, BUT FOR MORE INFO GO TO WWE FAN PAGE AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS, I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE, AND IM VERY ANGRY WITH PEOPLE MAKING UP STORIES ,LET MY HUSBAND REST IN PIECE, AND LEAVE BOBBY HORNE ALONE ,HE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT HELPFUL TO ME! I LOVE U GUYS BUT IM REALLY HURT WHEN I GO TO THESE WEBSITES AND C TOTALLY BULLS*** STORIES THAT R JUST BEING MADE UP. THANK U SINCERLY TO THE ONES WHO REALLY LOVED MY HUSBAND AND TRULY CARES, TO THE REST, ESPECIALLY VINCE MCMAHON IM GONNA START TELLING EVERYTHING I KNOW. MUCH LOVE!”
We reported earlier today that at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings that the company does acknowledge Frazier’s passing.
WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque (Triple H) spoke with the media on a conference all to talk about the NXT Arrival show which will air Thursday night live on the WWE Network, NXT as a whole and the growth of the WWE developmental system, the performance center in Orlando, taking a bigger role in the company over the past few years, seeing younger talent come up through the system and now be on the main WWE roster, being involved in the creative process with the company and with NXT and much more.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 opened with a memorial for Nelson Frazier, Jr. (a/k/a Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V)… The Uso’s and Daniel Bryan vs. The New Age Outlaws and Kane was hyped, plus an A.J. Lee vs. Cameron rematch.
-Batista started out the show with mixed boos and cheers. Batista started off by saying “I love this business and company.” He said he did not come back to be liked. A huge C.M. Punk chant broke out. He said you don’t have to support him, but you gotta deal with it. He said it’s a fact he can destroy anyone they put in front of him. A small Daniel Bryan chant started and died quickly.
Batista asked what the hell happened to this business, the real men, the attitude. A huge Yes! chant broke out. He said if the fans honestly think their heroes are as good as him they need to get out of their fantasy world and to get out of his. He said he would destroy each of our heroes on his way to WrestleMania where he will become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Out came Dolph Ziggler. A “Let’s Go Ziggler” chant broke out. Ziggler started out by saying, “You don’t tell these people who to cheer for” and that they cheer for who they want. He said Batista is a dinosaur and sooner or later they become extinct. Ziggler said he wants a match with Batista tonight. Batista said he wanted it he would get it. Ziggler dropkicked him and walked away.
-The Real Americans beat Big E and Mark Henry. Swagger and E started the match. Cesaro supplexed E when Cesaro was on the top rope and E was outside of the ropes. Cesaro went for the pin and Swagger came in. Cesaro was angry. Henry went for the World’s Strongest Slam on Swagger, but Cesaro kicked Henry. Swagger went for the Ankle Lock on Henry, and Cesaro tagged himself in. Cesaro hits The Neutralizer on Henry (drawing gasps from the crowd) for the win.
-Vickie Guerrero and Alberto Del Rio were shown talking backstage. Del Rio said he’s going to take the night off. In came Sheamus, who said he loves a good fight. Hs said how about he and Del Rio fight, setting up the next match.
-Sheamus beat Alberto Del Rio by DQ. Sheamus has black athletic tape on his ribs. It was basically the same match between the two. Out came Christian in a suit. He went to the announcers’ Table. It was a back and forth match but nothing special. Sheamus had Del Rio in a half crab then Christian came in and hit Sheamus for the DQ. Sheamus threw Christian out of the ring, then Brogue kicked Del Rio, and got Killswitched by Christian.
-The Shield argued backstage. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose yelled at each other like children. Enter Seth Rollins for the save. He said let’s show Bray Wyatt when you provoke the hounds you get the teeth.
-Batista beat Dolph Ziggler. Dolph with fast offense to start. Batista got in the face of a fan wearing the clown wig. A boring chant started, then a C.M. Punk chant (which I started, ha). This is a slow match. There were a couple spine busters in a row from Batista, who was generating serious heat by taunting the WWE Universe. Batista performed the Batista Bomb for the win…
-Bray Wyatt and the family come out. Wyatt preached about how we buy fancy clothing to impress women. He said women don’t even realize your wearing the mask that society tells you to wear. Everything is a bag of lies. Bray is so so amazing live. Bray said he says and does everything the society is afraid to do. He said he will slay this mighty dragon (in reference to John Cena).
-Out came The Shield. There was a stare down in the ring. Out came Triple H, who said this is enough and has too much money and time involved in them. This Monday night on Raw, the Wyatt’s will take on The shield. He said that for the time being, The Shield should stand down.
-Reigns and The Shield stepped into the ring and only Bray stepped in. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins jumped onto Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, then quickly got back into the ring. Bray left and Seth was pumped. Bray backed the family up.
-AJ Lee beat Cameron to retain the Divas Championship. AJ started fast on offense. Cameron went on the offensive and was destroying AJ. Tamina moved AJ out of the corner and Cameron missed her and rammed into the corner. Tamina got thrown out, but AJ won with the Black Widow.
A recap of the undertaker and Brock Lesnar confrontation from Raw was shown, then the pre-show commentary team spoke about Taker’s Streak.
-Daniel Bryan and The Uso Brothers beat Kane and The New Age Outlaws. There were huge Yes! chants. Out came corporate Kane. The Outlaws didn’t do their whole saying. The Uso’s and Bryan work very well together. Kane looks so stupid in a wife beater and slacks and dress shoes. A “you sold out” chant began. Kane and the Outlaws huddled outside and talked strategy. I’m so impressed with the Uso’s. I can see gold on them soon. A straight forward match early on. Nothing special. Bryan tagged in and sent a knee to Kane on the ropes. Kane got back into the match and stopped the Bryan comeback. The Uso’s double kicked Kane and sent him out of the ring. Bryan hit the running knee on Billy Gunn for the win. This match closed the show. No dark match, nor return date announced.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1. The Miz beat Fandango. Miz won using the Figure Four.
WWE Main Event TV Taping
1. Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Los Matadores, and El Torito beat Curtis Axel, Ryback, Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, and Jinder Mahal in a ten-man tag. Great match. El Torito performed lots of offense. The ring was cleared out at one point except for Heath Slater and Torito. They proceeded to have a dance off, which was awesome. Torito got the pin and the win. Afterward, Slater was asked how it felt to be beaten by El Torito, which upset him.
2. Alicia Fox and Aksana beat Natalya and Eva Marie. Eva Marie still cannot wrestle and cannot sell anything. It’s so hard to take her seriously. Natalya got thrown into Eva, which set up Aksana performing her finisher on Natalya for the win.
Bad News Barrett came out talking about spring break. He said Americans are slobs with drunken times, jail time, loose morals, and pickled livers. He said its sad and pathetic this youth will run our country. He ended by saying America will be called United States of China.
3. Darren Young beat Titus O’Neil. Basic match. Darren young wins by countering Titus finisher into the pin.
4. Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow. Sandow has new music. Hallelujah is his theme now. Cara wins with the moonsault. This concluded the Main Event taping.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
It was announced on Friday that Hulk Hogan would be on last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. WWE didn’t announce who else would be returning, but fans were under the assumption that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker would be returning on the show as well.
The fans were right and they tuned in as Raw drew a 3.31 rating with an average of 4.65 million viewers. That was up from last week’s show as that show scored a 3.08 rating with an average of 4.36 million viewers.
The first hour which opened with the return of Hogan and featured a match between Batista and Alberto Del Rio followed by a Randy Orton promo averaged 4.89 million viewers, the second hour featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt segment and the beginning of the Daniel Bryan vs Kane match averaged 4.78 million viewers. The final hour featured the rest of the Bryan/Kane match and the show closing segment with Lesnar and The Undertaker averaged 4.31 million viewers.
Are you surprised the rating wasn’t higher or was it right where you expected?
It’s finally here. And after roughly 24 hours with WWE’s newest sports-entertainment revolution, I’ve decided to give a few thoughts on my personal experiences with WWE Network. Is this truly the next big thing? Or have constant buffering issues made me want to hang up my tights? Read on to find out. [Read more...]
It hasn’t been the greatest relationship between the WWE Universe and Batista since he returned last month after a four year hiatus. It all started during the Royal Rumble, when as soon as Batista entered the Rumble match, he got booed mercifully. “The Animal” ended up winning the Rumble match and the booing got worse.
Ever since then, Batista has gotten booed very loudly at every Raw he has been and the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday. Last night’s Raw wasn’t any better for Batista and he addressed the critics in the middle of the night.
Seems that people think Im joking when I say I don't let the opinions of negative asshole dictate my life. Think again.. #onelife Peace!
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 25, 2014
By the way…I left because I had to not because I wanted to. And I came back because I wanted to not because I had to. #dreamchaser
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) February 25, 2014
Last night’s RAW kicked off big. Hulk Hogan came out, addressed his return, flexed his muscles, and got the crowd pumped. It was perfect. Hulk Hogan is a wrestling icon who looks even bigger standing in front of that large crowd only WWE can deliver. Naming him the guest host of ‘Mania makes sense. It’s great to see the Hulkster come home, and he looks better than he has in quite some time. Whatcha gonna do? [Read more...]
Fans on social media have been complaining about glitches in regards to the video on demand service on the WWE Network since the launch yesterday morning. WWE released a statement today on the official WWE Network Twitter account.
We are currently experiencing technical issues with @WWENetwork’s video-on-demand library affecting 20% of viewers. (1/2)
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) February 25, 2014
Working with MLBAM, we expect to have this issue fully resolved by 6 p.m. tonight. (2/2)
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) February 25, 2014
Are you apart of the 20 percent and have the issues gotten better for you?
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.