Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:44:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro The Rock Working On Second Autobiography Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:22:08 +0000 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrote an autobiography at the peak of the Attitude era in the late 1990s. That book finished high on the best-seller list in 1999, but was not considered a deep insider book with tons of insight on his career.

Now, 15 years later, Johnson is working on a second autobiography. This book is expected to focus on his ascension as an A-List movie star. However, there should still be considerable wrestling content as well, including wrestling career from the end of the last book into the early 2000s, as well as coverage of his latest 3 year Wrestlemania series with John Cena.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Mick Foley Approached By For Weekly Raw Recap Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:51:18 +0000 Mick Foley posted a blog on his Facebook page today detailing a possible gig hosting a post-Raw show of some sort on WWE Network.

Thanks, everyone for the great feedback on my CM Punk video. This is the first video of this type that I have done in a long time, and from what I’ve read, you’s like to see them more often. I’ve been asked by WWE to do a weekly RAW wrap-up show for the WWE website, but it’s important to me that they understand that if I am going to do a show for them that it be my own perspective, and that it be honest. It’s not in my nature to just go around bashing everything I see – which is why that tweet after the Rumble resonated so deeply with so many of you. So, if I do a show for them, it will likely be a lrgely positive show, but I won’t hesitate to point out problems where I think they exist. If I end up doing the show on my own YouTube channel, you will know that we couldn’t agree on either content, philosophy or money.

My main reason for doing the video is that I just wouldn’t be able to write a piece on the Punk situation that would do him, or the scenarion justice. So we filmed it…and you liked it. Take a look at the painting behind my head in the video – it’s a beautiful watercolor by Jill Thompson, the same wonderful artist who (in addition to illustrating two of my kids books and my son’s book) did the work on that awesom CM Punk – WWE Universe shirt that has proven so popular.

That brings me to my final point. These days, I get bad headaches if I sit in front of a computer monitor for too long – the primary reason I gave my thoughts on Punk on video, instead of in a written piece. I have a limited daily window to work on a computer – maning I just don’t have the chance to respond to many questions that I get here on Facebook. As many of my Twitter followers know, I do send out frequent DM’s – so if you have a question, putting it on Twitter is the better way to go. Still, I’m not going to get to everyone….so try not to pitch a fit, (as a few of you do) with name-calling and that type of thing. Let’s keep this page a dick-free zone!

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Interesting Note On Bray Wyatt’s WWE Scripted Promos Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:28:17 +0000 Bray Wyatt of the Wyatt Family has some of the most unique and interesting promos in WWE right now.

It appears that while most WWE superstars have their promos scripted by the creative department, Bray Wyatt is actually writing all of his own promos. While he does have to submit them for editing and approval, he is unique in WWE for being trusted with crafting his own persona.×120.jpg

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CM Punk News: Radio Silence, WWE Shut Out Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:20:26 +0000 What’s up with CM Punk?

Since going home last Monday from WWE, no one from inside WWE has reportedly heard from Punk.

Punk, who has not tweeted since Monday, has only been communicating with his inner circle, who are obviously not talking about the walk-out situation.

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Jeff Hardy News: TNA Contract, Lockdown PPV Status, Explanation For Absense Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:45:04 +0000 Jeff Hardy has left TNA in the storyline, but his contract is not due up for a while. He is not allowed out of the US, so was not booked for the UK Impact Tour. Since all Impact TV to build to the Lockdown PPV is being taped on the UK tour, Hardy is not booked or promoted for a match on the show.

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News On Rumored Jarrett/Keith Promotion, Spike TV Decision, AAA US TV Debut Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:14:07 +0000 What’s happening with the rumored new promotion?

Things have gone somewhat quiet on the front of Jeff Jarrett’s rumored new promotion.

The type of operation that he, along with presumptive co-founder Toby Keith, is large in scale, and would need a television in place. It’s not expected that a TV deal could be ready before Fall 2014 at the earliest. A key could be Spike, which has a contract with TNA that ends in October. If Spike was looking to make a change, that could be the opportunity Jarrett needs to swoop in.

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News On WWE Contracts Of Batista, Ric Flair Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:31:52 +0000 Some notes on recent WWE contracts…

Batista returned to WWE on the January 20, 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw. He is reportedly signed for 2 years to work a full time schedule, some of the time.

Batista has commitments to promote some of his movie projects, and during those times he will be away from WWE.

Ric Flair, who returned to WWE in January, is likely under a WWE contract as well. He’s in talks with a local indie promoter to do a show, but told hte promoter he would have to get it approved by WWE.×120.jpg

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JR Blog: CM Punk, Brock Lesnar UFC, Undertaker, WWE Hall of Fame 2014 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:17:46 +0000 What is on JR’s mind?

on CM Punk
I fully understand that Punk is burned out and frustrated but I personally and perhaps selfishly wish that he would perform and steal the show at WM30 before taking his leave and recharging his batteries. That’s just the fan in me talking.

on Brock Lesnar
I can see why Brock Lesnar would love to fight in the UFC again because he’s a beast who feels he’s left unfinished business behind and he’s healthy….finally. I say the former NCAA, WWE, and UFC champion has nothing to prove by returning to the Octagon as he’s got a great gig in WWE working part time for what I’d think is substantial cash….and I’m a HUGE, UFC fan.

Lesnar sells PPV’s when he’s hot and it’s up to WWE to get Lesnar hot between now and April 6.

I could easily see Lesnar challenging The Undertaker and the STREAK for WM31 and letting that matter build for a year. Lesnar gets reborn as a beast and provides the most intense threat to the STREAK that, arguably, anyone has ever presented. Just a thought….

on WWE Hall of Fame 2014
Got a tip of ‘leaked info’ from a non WWE source of who will be joining Warrior and Jake the Snake in the 2014 WWE HOF class. I choose to not spoil the surprise and divulge said info and let those who like to do the ‘spoiler’ thing handle that matter. Spoiler as in info we don’t need and not Spoiler as in the late Don Jardine who was one of the greatest masked wrestlers who ever lived.×120.jpg

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JR Blog: Raw Reaction, Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar, Shield/Roman Reigns Break-up Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:26:26 +0000 Jim Ross checks in with thoughts from Raw!

on Daniel Bryan
Enjoyed how RAW started and for all the Daniel Bryan conspiracy theorists that were very vocal Sunday night, Bryan’s inclusion in segment one and in the last segment of RAW should provide some anxiety relief for those thinking that no one in a decision making position is aware that Daniel Bryan is ‘over.’

Trust me, if WWE wanted to bury Bryan he would not have been in both the opening and closing segments of Monday Night RAW. I think that DB fans will be happy when this particular journey reaches its destination no matter how dysfunctional it may seem to be.

on Brock Lesnar
Lesnar was back in nasty, beast mode (is there any other kind?) and he and his advocate Happy Heyman made their presence felt. I wish Lesnar’s contractual matters would allow him to appear on more RAW broadcasts as that would help in maximizing Lesnar’s earnings along with Heyman’s share of the take.

on Roman Reigns
Good minutes for the Shield and especially sound, strategic usage of Roman Reigns. It’s a big mistake to sleep on Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose for those who might be over thinking the whole Shield business.

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Rasslin Roundtable: CM Punk Leaves WWE – Instant Reactions Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:00:40 +0000 News broke this morning that CM Punk had apparently gone home and left WWE, causing a Raw rewrite and change in plans for Wrestlemania XXX.

Pulse Wrestling staffers checked in with instant thoughts on the situation

Matthew Harrak

While yes this is a big news story but I’m surprised that anyone IS surprised by it. Punk has stated more times than I can count that he’s not a “lifer” and gets bored very easily. I didn’t think he was going to resign in 6 months when his current contract ran out and the only thing we’re apparently going to miss in those six months is another match with Triple H. Should he have just walked out on his job? No, he has a contract to fulfill. But hell, Steve Austin did the same thing and was welcomed back with open arms.


While CM Punk has reportedly been burned out and/or unhappy with WWE management for years, it still seems surreal that he has gone home. Even if burned out, it’s only about 10 weeks between now and Wrestlemania XXX, so you’d think he could hang on for a few more weeks for what would be millions of dollars.

That points to a possible work – Punk and even WWE love to try to fool the internet fans. Maybe he leaves for a while this time – 6, 12, months – then comes back fresh and red hot. The 2011 Money in the Bank storyline was rushed and blown off by Summerslam that year – imagine if this time the storyline is done right.

I also think its extremely unlikely that Punk would be headed for TNA or any other wrestling organization.

Between the Daniel Bryan situation at the Rumble and now CM Punk leaving, RumbleMania season is kicking off with some HUGE news… now it remains to be seen if WWE can put the pieces together for a memorable Wrestlemania 30.


Let’s all remember that nobody knows anything at this point. Nobody saw or heard anything, and WWE hasn’t said anything. What we have is a rumor, which is actually more like knowing less than nothing.

I’m not saying this didn’t happen. But if it did, it could very easily be storyline. Remember that Punk is in a storyline with the people “running” WWE right now, and that they screwed him out of the Rumble. Punk going home could be their worked-shoot way of continuing it. It also could be an injury, which was also reported.

I’m just saying to take all of this with a grain of salt. If I may remind you, we didn’t actually know that Punk resigned with WWE mid-way through the Money In The Bank 2011 show literally until the DVD came out.

Govern yourselves accordingly.

TJ Rutherford

The most recent reports I’m reading are that Punk was pushed over the edge by Batista being thrust into the Main Event at Mania. This has happened before with the Rock but 1.) Punk had just renewed his contract with WWE at that time so he was locked and 2.) It’s the Rock; he’ll always get what he wants.

There are obviously more factors that contribute to Punk’s departure like mental and physical exhaustion from the road, frustration with his place on the card, pain from injuries, etc.

This could also be a work to be saved for a later storyline involving him and The Authority.

All anyone besides CM Punk and WWE personnel can do right now is speculate. Until Punk opens up or shows back up in a storyline, nothing can really be confirmed.

CW Sanders

I don’t necessarily think it’s time to panic just yet if you’re a Punk fan. Yes, the story did get picked up by TMZ and that tends to give stories a little bit more weight BUT WWE has been know to be buddies with the folks at TMZ so there is a chance of this being a work. Obviously, we don’t know every detail at the time of me writing this but this is very concerning as a Punk fan that wasn’t quite ready to see him go just yet. Of course it is very possible that Punk did angry and did leave, I know I would’ve if I was in his shoes and then added to being in Cleveland on Monday when he didn’t need to be on top of that. We could see a situation where cooler heads prevail in the coming days. All is not lost and a lot can happen.

Martin Shaw

This is the first exciting thing Punk’s done in years. It puts AJ Lee in a very awkward situation though…

Justin Czerwonka

Well, to say this kind of brings me down a bit on my birthday is a bit of an understatement. I’m torn on this issue. First off, I don’t like the way Punk did what he did. I felt the same whay when Austin “took his ball and went home.” But, sometimes, things get so bad that you have to look out for yourself. Punk is someone that made it well known that he wants to get out of the wrestling business in one piece. And it seemed like all he had left to do was main event Wrestlemania. That wasn’t happening this year, and with his contract up in July, it may never happen. There is no doubt that Punk hasn’t gotten top billing recently. And while to some a match with HHH may be a strong spot at Wrestlemania, it probably isn’t for Punk. If Punk’s departure truly is final, the WWE is looking at a very dangerous tipping point. With Punk gone, and Bryan not getting the push the fans want, they may lose Network subscribers. Until the full facts are out, we won’t really know how it all went down. But this is no doubt a said day for any WWE fan.

Travis Leamons

Until there’s an official announcement from WWE on the matter I want to call shenanigans. Much like others have stated, I don’t like the manner in which Punk supposedly left the company. It’s as if he borrowed from Steve Austin’s playbook circa 2002 when the Texas Rattlesnake “took his ball and went home.” Though with Austin in 2002 it felt legitimate. Considering the position Austin was in and the goodwill he put in as the defacto leader of the Attitude Era, to book him to lose to Brock Lesnar on a non-PPV event is ludicrous. It doesn’t make good business sense. (Something WCW failed to grasp when the organization gave Goldberg’s championship victory away for free on Monday Night Nitro, instead of at a major WCW PPV.)

With Punk, his departure is smart business sense on his part; he sees the writing on the wall. While one of the top talents in WWE, he’s not getting the treatment that has been bestowed upon Triple H’s “Guys” (Randy Orton, especially). His exit is one of apathy at an organization that never quite understood the talent he possessed. A workhorse in the ring 300+ days out the year and awesome on the mic, Punk is that rare talent who makes us want to believe that misfits can thrive in an industry that leans more towards looks than in-ring ability.

I’ve contended that with the arrival of the WWE Network the need for the sports entertainment giant to develop an off-season where wrestlers can recuperate for a few months and come back rejuvenated. Punk is hurting, both physically and emotionally. Give him his time to “find his smile” and let cooler heads prevail.

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WWE Smackdown Taping Results For 01.31.2014 [Spoilers] Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:02:22 +0000 * JBL and Michael Cole are out for commentary.

* SmackDown opens with a RAW recap and out comes The Shield. Dean Ambrose says the Elimination Chamber is made for The Shield. He said the WWE Universe, The Authority and Randy Orton knew if The Shield got in the Chamber one of them would have walked out champion. Dean talks to Roman Reigns about him setting a record at the Royal Rumble. They talk about eliminating each other at the Rumble. Seth Rollins is the voice of reason. He then talks about The Wyatt Family & says they are the reason The Shield isn’t in the Chamber. He doesn’t know why they did what they did and he doesn’t care but they need to be dealt with. He praises the other two members of The Shield. Ambrose said they will wipe The Wyatt Family off the earth. Vickie Guerrero came out to major heat. You couldn’t hear what she was saying but Triple H came out next.

Triple H says he understands where The Shield is coming from. He said The Wyatts cost them. He said it’s water under the bridge and to let it go. There is no benefit from it & all there is is loss & more problems and to just let it go. Reigns steps up & says he doesn’t need Triple H’s approval. Triple H says there is no talking them out of it and asks us if we want to see The Wyatts and The Shield go at it. He announces The Shield vs. The Wyatts for Elimination Chamber.

* Dolph Ziggler vs. Antonio Cesaro in an Elimination Chamber qualifying match is next. Cesaro is announced as from the United States now. Zeb Colter is with him but Jack Swagger is not. A solid back and forth match that went outside of the ring. Cesaro eventually hits a Cesaro Swing and the Neutralizer for the win.

* The Shield vs. Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio is announced for later.

* Fandango with Summer Rae defeated Xavier Woods with R-Truth, Cameron and Naomi.

* Christian vs. Jack Swagger in an Elimination Chamber qualifying match is announced.

* Ryback and Curtis Axel defeated Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. Titus didn’t try to break the pin up and started an argument with Young. Titus walks out on Young. Young’s mouth is busted open. Young grabs the mic & asks what Titus is doing. He said they are like brothers & family. Titus says no & he’s tired of feeling like a loser. He came to WWE to be champ. He said the only dead weight he’s getting rid of is Darren Young on his back. He then knocks Darren to the mat & starts beating the hell out of him. He takes it to the outside & continues the beat down. Titus turns heel. Young is knocked out.

* Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are out for the last Elimination Chamber qualifying match. Christian is out next with a new t-shirt. He gets a big pop for his return. JBL has to get up and remind Zeb that he’s on commentary. Another good back and forth match at the end. Christian got the win with a frogsplash and the final spot in the Chamber. After the match, Zeb is furious with Swagger and throws a fit in the ring.

* Kofi Kingston defeated Damien Sandow with SOS.

* Renee Young interviews Christian backstage. He says he earned the Chamber spot, he’s desperate and close to becoming champion.

* Cody Rhodes defeated Road Dogg with a Disaster Kick. Goldust and Billy Gunn were at ringside and fought during the match. After the match, all four brawl and The Brotherhood gets the upperhand.

* The Shield are out for the main event. The Wyatt Family appears on the big screen for a promo. Luke Harper actually spoke this time. Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Rey Mysterio are out next. The Shield gets the win when Reigns hits a spear on Mysterio. That’s the end of SmackDown.×120.jpg

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WWE Main Event Taping Results For 01.29.2014 [Spoilers] Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:59:43 +0000 Here are the results for WWE Main Event:

* Alex Riley and Tom Phillips are out for commentary.

* R-Truth vs. Alberto Del Rio is first. Good back and forth match with near falls. Del Rio gets the win after a corner stomp.

* Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox and Aksana are arguing backstage when Natalya and The Bella Twins walk up. Natalya vs. Tamina is made. They insult Natalya and Natalya fires back, calling Tamina a “sir.”

* Natalya vs. Tamina is up next. AJ Lee is on commentary. Tamina dominated most of the match but Natalya ducked a superkick and rolled Tamina up for the win. After the match, AJ and Tamina beat Natalya down until Cameron and Naomi made the save.

* Big E Langston and The Usos defeated 3MB.×120.jpg×250.jpg

]]> 0 CM Punk Quitting WWE “You’re Screwing Me Out of WrestleMania Glory” Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:54:46 +0000 CM Punk leaving WWE has been picked up by gossip site TMZ.

The TMZ story talks about Punk deciding to quit at Monday Night Raw

The reasoning, TMZ reports, is:
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ Sports … Punk was livid when he learned officials scripted Batista to win the Royal Rumble … because he feels Batista isn’t in great wrestling shape and shouldn’t be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).

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Gabe Sapolsky on CM Punk – “Just Leave Him Alone and Let Him Be” Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:12:28 +0000 Here is a statement released by Gabe Sapolsky on the WWE departure of CM Punk

CM Punk and I were close at one time, but have not spoken in months. There was no falling out or heat to my knowledge, it’s just how things go with both of us leading very different lives now. In other words, I have no inside track or info, just a take on things. I have already received many messages with fans asking for Punk in DGUSA and EVOLVE, especially with the shows coming up in New Orleans on April 3rd, 4th and 5th as part of the WWNLive Experience. However, knowing Punk I would be shocked if he ever did an independent wrestling show again. There’s probably a better chance HHH shows up at a non-WWE event. Punk has given himself 110% to the business over the last few years. His scheduled amazed me because there was no way any human should have had to endure it. He gave his heart, soul and body to WWE and every wrestling fan. My take on all this is it is best now to just leave Punk alone. Let him recharge, refresh and get his life back. He mentally and physically needs it. If and when he’s ready to do something, I’m sure he will. Just leave him alone and let him be.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Updated / Two Surprise Entrants / WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 PPV: 3 Rumored Matches Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:12:01 +0000 UPDATE: Antonio Cesaro and Christian are now in the title match!

What are the likely matches on the last pre-Network PPV?


WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 is set for Sunday February 23, 2014. The main event will be a six man elimination chamber match for the title, and other matches have not yet been announced.

However, there are strong indications that other matches are set for the event.

Elimination Chamber Match For WWE World Heavyweight Title
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Christian vs. Antonio Cesaro

CM Punk vs. Kane

Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

Six Man Tag Team Match
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family

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WWE Monday Night Raw News: Vince McMahon Rewrites, CM Punk Segments Cut, Big Show Absent Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:10:30 +0000 There were some interesting news bits coming out of WWE Monday Night Raw last night.

The script for Raw was re-written several times heading into the show. The original plan was to have a Elimination Chamber qualifying matches to fill out the participants in the Chamber match. Vince McMahon made the fall to switch to the six-man tag that ended up as the main event.

CM Punk was also booked for the show, in a qualifying match and also storyline/promo to continue his feud with Kane. However, Vince decided to put that off until next week, which also gave Punk a storyline week to sell the attack from Kane during the Rumble.

The Big Show was also kept off Raw, to sell storyline injuries stemming from his match with Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. This was also the original plan, as Show flew home after the Rumble and was never at Raw, unlike Punk.×120.jpg ::×250.jpg×250.jpg

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WWE Monday Night Raw 01.26.14 Post-Show Happenings (Daniel Bryan, The Shield) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:49:59 +0000 Here is what happened after Raw went off the air:

The advertised John Cena vs. Randy Orton dark match never took place.

The Shield left Rollins in the ring with all three faces. Rollins tried to be friendly by doing each guys signature taunt but they and the crowd weren’t buying it. Rollins tries to leave the ring but Bryan and Sheamus catch him. Rollins gets hit with brogue kick, Attitude Adjustment then running knee in quick succession and bumps like crazy.

The crowd chanted Yes! to end the show.

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WWE Superstars Taping Results [Spoilers] Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:45:13 +0000 Here is what was taped this week for WWE Superstars

1. Natalya defeated Summer Rae. Natalya won with the Sharpshooter in five minutes.

2. Los Matadores defeated Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre (w/Heath Slater) in nine minutes.×120.png

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Early Card For WWE Road To Wrestlemania XXX House Show at MSG Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:48:27 +0000 What does WWE have penciled in at the World’s Most Famous Arena?

WWE has a house show scheduled for March 8, 2014 at Madison Square Garden.

While it’s not a TV taping, it’s always interesting to see what WWE books for MSG, which it has long considered to be its “home base”.

Thusfar, WWE has three matches set for that house show:

  • John Cena & Batista & Rey Mysterio vs. The Wyatt Family
  • CM Punk vs. Kane
  • WWE Tag Team TitlesNew Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Brotherhood (Cody Rhodes & Goldust)
  • Obviously with over 1 month to go, the lineup can and will likely change, but as of today, that is the top of the card.×120.jpg

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    CM Punk News: WWE Contract Expiring, Future Not Certain Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:15:33 +0000 What is up with Punk in the near future?

    CM Punk signed a new three year contract with WWE in the summer of 2011, and his deal is currently up this summer.

    He’s gone on record in the past saying that he’s not planning to be around as long as people think. Punk has been working through nagging injuries for years, and is not known for being a big spender, and is considered financially secure.

    However, very few wrestlers actually walk away at this age (35) with many money-drawing years ahead. It should be a big story of 2014 when Punk’s contract comes closer to expiring, and it’s still up in the air whether he re-signs and what type of deal.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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    Stone Cold Steve Austin News: Latest On Possible WWE Wrestlemania XXX Match Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:12:50 +0000 Stone Cold Steve Austin was part of the big announcement for the WWE Network at the CES show, but is not booked to be a part of Wrestlemania 30, at least not yet.

    While anything is possible, all signs point to Austin not being in a match at Wrestlemania XXX.

    Recently on his podcast, Austin noted that he would like to be at WrestleMania, and mingle with the talent, but nothing is signed or booked. Because of the timing and lack of buildup, the idea that Austin will actual wrestle is considered all but dead.

    ]]> 0 Covers WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Controversy, Daniel Bryan Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:01:29 +0000 WWE Royal Rumble getting big coverage, even across the pond.

    After the controversy surrounding the ending of WWE Royal Rumble 2014, even mainstream publications are picking up on the story.

    The BBC in the UK posted a lengthly story about the Rumble and Daniel Bryan.

    A WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) star has apologised to fans who were disappointed he did not appear in the Royal Rumble main event on Sunday.

    Daniel Bryan blamed organisers for his exclusion from the match in the US.

    “Sorry guys, the machine wanted me nowhere near the Royal Rumble match. But I thank everyone for their support,” he wrote on Twitter.

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    Kurt Angle News: TNA Contract, WWE “Desire”, Possible Wrestlemania 31 Opponent Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:53:52 +0000 Kurt Angle did an interview with the UK Sun promoting the TNA tour of the UK

    on his TNA contract
    I can’t say when. My (TNA) contract is up in September and I’ve left my options open. I’m very happy in TNA. Dixie Carter has treated me very well and always been there for me. But, I can’t lie to myself anymore. I can’t lie to TNA or WWE. Yeah, there is that desire to go back. I just don’t know when. It could be this year. It could be next year. I don’t know when

    on returning to WWE
    he sees himself returning to WWE before his career is over. It’s not a bad thing to stay in TNA at all. I just have some unfinished business in WWE. Whether it’s this year or three years from now. (Angle) wants to wrestle Daniel Bryan or C.M. Punk, similar to how A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe drew him to TNA in the mid-2000s. Angle also said he would like to main-event WrestleMania with Triple H.

    Angle also called Brock Lesnar his “best wrestling rival” and took the blame for Lesnar’s botched Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19 since it was Angle’s idea.

    Angle said he would face Ultimate Warrior if given the opportunity because he thinks he could get a “five-star match” out of Warrior.

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    Hulk Hogan News: WWE Wrestlemania XXX Status, Possible Return Date, WWE Network Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:04:27 +0000 What is the latest with Hulkamania returning to WWE?

    Hulk Hogan’s contract with TNA ended in 2013 and ever since, rumors about his WWE return have been swirling.

    As things stand, Hogan has agreed to return to WWE and make appearances in the build up to Wrestlemania 30, as well as on that show. Unfortunately WWE doctors have been unable to medically clear Hogan, which rules out a match or any serious physical involvement.

    It now appears that Hogan will be booked to return on the February 24, 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw, which is the raw after the Elimination Chamber 2014 PPV. This is a big day for WWE, as the WWE Network launches at 11PM EST that day, as Raw goes off the air. WWE is planning to use Hogan and other major names from the past (including those not featured on Old School Raw) to bump a rating and create interest in the Network launch.×120.jpg

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    WWE Wrestlemania 31 Home City Bans Indie Wrestling Events, Conventions Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:54:08 +0000 Every year, independent wrestling promotions set up marquee indie cards or conventions in the city of Wrestlemania, creating a weekend of wrestling events around Wrestlemania.

    Next year at Wrestlemania 31, WWE is looking to remove the non-WWE events from the area.

    Wrestlemania 31 is booked for Santa Clara, CA, and has reportedly locked in a no-compete with every city-owned facility in the market, plus several larger hotel chains. These contracts have the effect of locking out promotions who usually run wrestling shows or conventions over the Wrestlemania week/weekend.

    It remains to be seen what impact this will have, but at the very least non-WWE events will be further from the city than in years past.×120.jpg

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