Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:58:14 +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 Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results For August 28, 2014 (Spoilers) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:54:37 +0000 From Citizens Business Bank Arena In Ontario, CA:

- Dark Match before Main Event: R-Truth def Fandango
- Dark before Smackdown: Big E and Kofi w/ Xavier Woods (faces) over Slater Gator

SmackDown starts with the Raw Recap of the Kane & Seth Rollins eulogy for Dean Ambrose leading to the Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins match recap.

Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt: Roman Reigns comes out to a loud pop to start tonight’s festivities against Bray Wyatt and the Family. Wyatt dominates most of the match. Reigns makes his comeback with a second rope Samoan. Rowan and Harper interject themselves, and are dq’d. Show and Henry come out for save.

Jack Swagger and Rusev announced for a submission match later.

Seth Rollins vs. RVD: Longer than usual match with Rollins putting the heat on RVD most of the match. Rollins hits two corner power bombs and a curb stomp for the win.

More recapping of Cena and Lesnar from Summerslam and Raw.

Emma vs. Paige: recap of the ongoing drama between AJ and Paige. 2-minute squash with Paige submitting Emma. AJ comes out post-match and presents chocolates to Paige. AJ offers Paige a piece, Paige eats it, then spits it back in the box.

Rusev vs Jack Swagger in a submission match: Lana promo (easily has most heat of night) cut off by Swagger who is still selling his ribs. Match starts with Swagger dominating early, but his ribs are keeping him from staying strong. Rusev reversed Swagger ribs first in the barricade, and puts the heat on Swagger. Swagger briefly makes a comeback on Rusev’s ankle. Swagger goes for Swagger Bomb, Rusev and Swagger exchange ankle locks. Rusev throws a savate kick and clamps on the Accolade. Swagger powers up as Bo Dallas clips Swagger’s knee. Accolade on again, and Swagger taps.

Post match, Bo cuts his promo on Swagger. Swagger attempts to retaliate, but gets kicked for his efforts.

Backstage, Kane informs Miz (on the phone with his agent) that he will be facing Sheamus later.

Jimmy Uso w/Jey vs. Goldust w/Stardust: Goldust apologizes for their actions on Monday. Very short match. Jimmy rolls up Cody for the pin. The Dust Brothers attack the Usos after.

Damien Mizdow vs. Sheamus: Miz on commentary, but not in the match. Damien has control early, until Sheamus gets victory with the White Noise. After match, Miz tries to escape and Ziggler throws Miz in the ring, only for Miz to hightail it.×250.jpg

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WWE Main Event Report 08.26.2014 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:53:30 +0000

WWE Main Event 08.26.2014
Live on the WWE Network
Announcers are Michael Cole & Byron Saxton

Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins
Cole calls RVD “The Whole Damn Show” and Byron chimes in with “Mr. TUESDAY Night”. Let us take you back to last night on Monday Night Raw when Roman Reigns beat down Seth Rollins. Please use the hashtag #RVDvsRollins. RVD chant. Back and forth stuff to start then a standoff. Some jaw jackin’ and both guys are in each others’ face. Rollins attacks during RVD’s thumb pose and takes control. RVD sends Rollins over the top to the floor. Does a “RVD” thumb pose on the turnbuckle then flies onto Rollins on the floor. Big pop. RVD goes back into the ring. RVD follows to the floor and Rollins takes control with a cheapshot, leading to a

Commercial Break

Back to the action and Rollins has control in the ring with an arm bar. Brawling back and forth and Rollins continues to beat down RVD. Snapmare and back to the arm bar. RVD powers up, punches Rollins and breaks the hold, sending Rollins face first into turn buckle. RVD with some offense, sidekick, goes for Rolling Thunder but Rollins gets up. More offense and RVD hits Rolling Thunder for real and gets a 2 count. He goes to the top but Rollins pushes him off to the floor and RVD collides with the safety barricade. Attempted count-out spot by Rollins, counting with the ref, but RVD rolls back into the ring in time. Rollins grabs RVD and tosses him back outside, then follows and throws RVD into the barricade. They brawl to the timekeeper’s area and RVD knocks out Rollins. RVD returns to the ring, Rollins is knocked out near the timekeeper area, and gets counted out.
Winner via Countout: RVD

Rollins gets upset and tries to attack RVD, but RVD fights him off. Play his music! This is likely RVD’s last match in WWE for a while and he went out with a win!

Commercial Break

Curtis Axel vs. Adam Rose w/Party
Let us take you back to earlier tonight, when Adam Rose was partying backstage and he ran into Curtis Axel. Rose invites Axel to join his party. Curtis calls them freaks. Rose calls him a lemon! They decided to have a match. No entrance for Curtis. Basic stuff to start with some quick covers. Rose takes control and beats down Axel in the corner. Axel clubs him in the head from behind and takes control of the match. Side headlock but the Party starts singing the song and this gives Adam Rose the juice to power out of the headlock. But Curtis is not phased and must inflict more headlock pain. Rose mounts a comeback, and hits a huricanrana from the middle rope. Series of reversals leads to the “Party Foul” finisher for the pin.
Winner: Adam Rose

Promo for coming next, some sort of Brock Lesnar/John Cena recap from Raw.

Commercial Break

Cole and Saxton are shown on camera, to plug Night of Champions and then throw to the Brock Lesnar segment from Raw. Then a recap of the Hall of Fame Forum segment and Cena stuff from Raw.

Commercial Break

Goldust & Stardust vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito
Video of Raw last night when Gold/Stardust turned heel on the Usos. Goldust and Fernando to start. Atomic drop then a sensuous breathe-in by Goldust. Tag to Stardust who comes in with a shot off the top. Some rolling pins for nearfalls. Cartwheel by Stardust and dropkick to a seated Matador. Back up, some back and forth and Matadores take control. Monkey flip! Dropkick and 2 count on Stardust. FUZZY FEED. Stardust powers out of an arm bar but is knocked back down. Stardust in peril but can’t reach Goldust. Arm bar. Belly to back suplex, Stardust lands on his feet, goes under the Matador’s legs and gets the hot tag to Goldust. I thought they turned heel? Goldust is a HOUSE AFIRE including an INVERSE Atomic Drop. Goldust in control as we take a

Commercial Break

Back and its STARDUST in the ring, with an arm bar on a Matador. Quite a few arm bars tonight here on Main Event. Goldust tags back in, he works the arm. Cover for 2. Tag back to Stardust and the Dusts’ have been in complete control since the commercial. Knees to the back by Stardust. The Matador fights up and hits a STONE COLD STUNNER, and then locks in a sleeper hold. Stardust turns it into a sleeper of his own. Then they collide and both are down looking for a tag. Goldust tags in first, then a hot tag to the other Matador, who comes in via the top rope. Matador on offense, but Goldust side steps a dropkick and tags in Stardust. He hits a front side russian leg sweep, whatever its called as Stardust, and gets the pin.
Winners: Goldust & Stardust

After the match, Stardust tosses El Torito from the ring to the floor to some boos. They pose.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Off-Air Happenings, Superstars Tapings Results (Spoilers) Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:29:56 +0000 Superstars SPOILERS 8/28

(1) Adam Rose beat Curtis Axel at 4:30. Rose won with the Party Foul. The crowd was bored and the arena was only half-full with the early start on the West Coast.

(2) Fandango beat R-Truth at 5:15. Fandango won with a reverse roll-up and hook of the tights. The crowd was into both wrestlers.

- There was no post-show action after the impromptu six-man tag main event that aired on TV. Also, no return date.

If the crowd seemed quiet during the main event, it was because they were upset the Wyatts didn’t have an entrance.

- The crowd was hottest for Swagger vs. Rusev, the main event, and the Bella promo exchange.

- During the Swagger vs. Rusev match, there were chants of “DUI” and “We Want Angle” aimed at Swagger. Also, WWE pre-lowering Rusev’s flag really killed the suspense.

- John Cena led in boos, and usually the SoCal crowd is nicer, but not today.

- There was lots of apparel for Cena for sale, plus Brock Lesnar and surprisingly Bo Dallas. No C.M. Punk items for sale, though.

- Overall, the Honda Center crowd was late, but good. WWE tarped off the upper deck on the televised side, but most sections were filled.

- Lots of promotion for the Monday Night War series on the Network during commercial breaks.

- Top Face Pops: Swagger, Ziggler, Wyatts, Roman Reigns.

- Top heel Heat: Cena, Nikki Bella, Seth Rollins.

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WWE Ratings News: Monday Night Raw Down, Friday Night Smackdown Down Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:28:59 +0000 WWE Monday Night Raw viewership numbers are in, and the show did fewer viewers than the week before. Despite there being no Monday Night NFL pre-season game this week (as there was last week on ESPN), the Emmy Awards on NBC were huge competition.

Raw drew 3.97 million viewers averaged over the course of three hours, but The Emmys did 15.6 million viewers. Raw was second to VH-1′s Love and Hip Hop on cable for the night.

8 p.m. 3.86 million

9 p.m. 4.06 million

10 p.m. 4.01 million

This will will likely be a rating in the 2.8 range.

Friday Night Smackdown ended up with a 1.79 rating, slightly down from the previous week’s 1.88 rating. The show averaged 2.461 million viewers across the two hours, also down from the previous week’s viewership of 2.564 viewers.×250.jpg×250.jpg×120.jpg×120.jpg

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WWE Notes: WWE Raw Segment Next Week, Smackdown Main Event Announced Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:13:38 +0000 This week’s Friday Night Smackdown will feature a tag match pitting Big Show & Mark Henry against the Wyatts – Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. Also on that taping will be RVD vs Seth Rollins, in what will be RVD’s final appearance with WWE for a while.

Next week’s Monday Night Raw will feature a Highlight Reel segment where Chris Jericho will interview Randy Orton, who has not appeared on WWE TV WWE Monday Night Raw since his lost to Roman Reigns at Summerslam.

WWE heavily promoted new items for the WWE Network on Raw. They promoted 100 hours of WCW Monday Nitro added to the Network, as well as new episodes of Monday Night War.

Interestingly, WWE showed a promo for “Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules” to premiere at 8pm Wednesday on the network. It is not new content, as it is the documentary portion of the 2009 Hardy DVD release. However, it is a bit notable because the Hardys are in TNA, although Jeff is a prime candidate to return to WWE should TNA not make it in 2015.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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JR Blog: WWE Raw, Hall of Fame Forum, Cena/Lesnar Build, Roman Reigns Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:07:09 +0000 What did Jim Ross have to say about Raw?

Jim Ross checked in with a new post-Raw blog, here are some highlights:

on Hall of Fame Forum
The HOF panel exceeded my expectations as it appeared that the trio of HBK, Hogan, and Flair were working off bullet points and expressing themselves in a natural manner or as natural as one can be in that setting.

on John Cena/Brock Lesnar Build
I wasn’t overwhelmed with how John Cena was booked on RAW as I would have been in favor of leaving him off TV another week or doing a vignette from Cena’s home where he could express himself about “Do I have it in me to beat a healthy Brock Lesnar?”

When the hero says he’s not going to a major event to win his title back but to beat the champion’s ass it usually means that the champ IE Brock Lesnar retains as he should in this re-match.

I’d still, as I have said on the Ross Report podcast, like to see Cesaro vs. Lesnar at some point down the road. Cesaro is seemingly in the never ending “on deck circle.”

on Roman Reigns
WWE getting heat on Reigns is strategic. Pushing Reigns too fast too soon isn’t a good idea. (See…Die Rocky Die)

If Reigns is the anointed one, and I’m not against that whatsoever, he’s got miles to travel to get to the next level not withstanding that Lesnar has to continue to be the intimidating, “I like nothing,” bully/heel or Lesnar could easily be the ‘face come WM31. Worse things could happen. Good thing here is that Brock has @HeymanHustle….and Roman Reigns is athletic enough to continue to raise his game.

If Reigns shines every week on RAW and rarely has to fight his way out of jeopardy WWE could be facing issues with fan backlash down the road. It’s easy to say that being in a 2 vs 1 handicap match is fighting out of jeopardy but the handicap match is so over used.

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Rob Vam Dam Ending WWE Run Tonight, Announced for Main Event Tonight Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:00:51 +0000 Rob Vam Dam lost to Cesaro on Monday Night Raw in a #1 Contender’s Match for the US Title. This was a rematch from their contest in the Summerslam pre-show, where RVD scored the clean pin.

Well, it turns out that it will be RVD’s second-to-last match with WWE on this current run. RVD is booked to face Seth Rollins tonight on WWE Main Event, after which he wil be gone from WWE.

RVD has had a more liberal schedule in recent years, doing a full Raw/house show/PPV schedule for times, then taking months off. It’s expected RVD will be back at some point in the future, but that timetable is not yet set.×120.jpg

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WWE Network Schedule For Tuesday 08.26.2014 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:59:03 +0000 10:00 AM: Legends House
11:00 AM: Monday Night War (August 22)
12:00 PM: Excuse Me! – A Cougar Countdown
1:00 PM: Legends House (May 8, 2014)
2:00 PM: Legends House (May 15, 2014)
3:00 PM: Monday Night War (August 22)
4:00 PM: The Monday Night War (New)
5:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Greatest Tag Teams)
6:00 PM: Journey To SummerSlam (Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns)
7:00 PM: WWE NXT replay
8:00 PM: WWE Main Event Live
9:00 PM: The Monday Night War (New)
10:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Greatest Tag Teams)
11:00 PM: WWE Main Event replay

August 27
12:00 AM: The Monday Night War (New)
1:00 AM: WWE Countdown (Greatest Tag Teams)
2:00 AM: Total Divas (September 15, 2013)
3:00 AM: Total Divas (November 10, 2013)
3:30 AM: WrestleMania 11
6:00 AM: WWE Main Event replay
7:00 AM: The Monday Night War
8:00 AM: WWE Countdown (Greatest Tag Teams)
9:00 AM: WWE Main Event replay
10:00 AM: The Monday Night War (August 25)

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Hall of Fame Forum Flops, Cena/Henry/Show vs Wyatts Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:48:04 +0000 WWE Monday Night Raw on August 25, 2014 was a bit of a maintenance show, and you can get the full details in our full Raw report and thoughts report

Now the Pulse Wrestling staff checks in with their thoughts on the show:


Raw was what I thought it would be this week, which isn’t a good thing. We had the Legends Panel of HBK, Hogan and Flair begin to question John Cena’s mettle, and of course Cena was all FIRED UP tonight. Unfortunately, WWE made the decision to have Bray Wyatt take the brunt of Cena’s vicarious retaliation on Brock Lesnar, which made Wyatt look way too weak this week.

Throw in the fact that Henry and Big Show helped Cena beat on the Wyatts and you have a situation where established old dudes are taking way too many liberties with the young guns who are supposed to be dominant.

As for the rest of Raw, I thought the Bella Twins segment was Diva “#ACTING” at its worst. The fact that this saga went from Daniel Bryan vs. HHH and now has morphed into Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella makes me feel even worse about Bryan’s untimely injury.

The one thing I tentatively did like about Raw this week was the Goldust and Stardust heel turn, but only if they let Goldust go old school and become the truly bizarre/creepy persona he used to be. I also didn’t mind AJ turning the tables on Paige with her antics, but other than those two things this Raw was a throwaway show at best.

I guess that’s what happens when your best wrestler is injured, your other best wrestler is retired, and your most legitimate up and coming star is off filming a movie. (Sorry Roman Reigns, but Dean Ambrose is where it’s really at for yours truly.)

You can make a case that the most interesting thing to happen tonight was Jerry Lawler almost getting hit with a stray cinder block fragment, meaning that Raw was way too long — and shallow — as always.


Raw tonight was a somewhat boring show, that didn’t do much to forward much along. There doesn’t seem to be many storylines heading into Night of Champions besides Cena/Lesnar, and the direction is making me worried for that match. The Hall of Fame Forum was a big thumbs down, and seemed like none of the three guys had something to say. I really don’t care for the Bella Twins feud, I think they are poor actors and the whole thing is just grating and not believable. I liked Roman Reigns finally standing up on behalf of Dean Ambrose, and I liked the Goldust/Stardust heel turn, but after three hours not much else has stuck with me.

Matthew Harrak

I really don’t have much to say about the opening segment. Yes, there were a few Legends in the ring but the end result was another “rah-rah” John Cena promo. You would think that there’d be a huge return and promo after the absolute destruction Cena suffered at SummerSlam. Guess not.

I loved seeing a different type of dominant John Cena but did have to be against Bray Wyatt? It could have easily have been against Luke Harper, Kane, Randy Orton or Seth Rollins where they wouldn’t have been hurt by looking weak. By sticking Wyatt in there, the mystique and unpredictably of his character were basically thrown out the window when all you have to do is hit him with some big moves & suddenly he can’t compete anymore.

Justin Czerwonka

Look, I totally get that they are going to “build Cena back up” over the next few weeks. I understand it. It’s part of the story. But that main event was just all kinds of bad. Making it a tag did nothing. And in the end Cena really took out the whole Wyatt Family by himself, and that group was already starting to lose steam as it was.

This whole show seemed like a lot of filler. It almost felt like a glorified house show, so you kind of felt bad for the fans in attendance. Nothing of importance really happened on the show and it might have been the worst RAW of the year. I’m giving it a 2, and even that might be generous.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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TNA News: Former Champion Quiet Leaves Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:34:54 +0000 The latest TNA departure is on the Knockouts side. Former Knockouts Champion ODB has had her contract expire, and it won’t be renewed.

ODB, real name Jessica Kresa, hadn’t been used on television in a while. She was last seen as being storyline-married to Eric Young.

It is considered just another in a line of contract cuts for talent making anything above the minimum moving forward.

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Daniel Bryan News: Critical of WWE Affair Storyline, Best Wrestlers He’s Worked With Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:26:45 +0000

In an interview with, Bryan criticized the current storyline twist with him supposedly having an affair:
Yeah, to me, it’s groan-worthy . Don’t think it added anything to the story. It was just like, Ugh.’ But they do what they do, and you just gotta roll with the punches. It’s funny, because I feel sometimes you just have to overcome these things more so than anything else. Like, Brie and Stephanie have to overcome that flaw. To me, that was a flaw in the story. The story was so good, and then here’s this flaw in it. But its’ whatever. It doesn’t hurt my feelings or anything. It’s entertainment, it’s not real.

It’s considered notable that Bryan would be so negative about a current storyline in a media appearance. Whether he truly believed in the storyline or not, WWE talent rarely criticizes creative in public, because usually it will lead to a receipt from the creative department in terms of an embarassing upcoming storyline. Bryan either doesn’t care or is high enough on the card to get away with it at this point.

Bryan told Dave Meltzer that he watches some of the New Japan G1 Tournament, and that another wrestler who watched was Cesaro.

Bryan also revealed some of his thoughts on his career in Japan, noting that he thinks Yuji Nagata is the best wrestler he was ever in the ring with. Bryan also said one of the best matches of his career that was never taped was with Minoru Suzuki and thinks Shinsuke Nakamura is the best wrestler in the world.×120.jpg

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WWE News & Notes: Rock DC Movie Role, JBL/Cole Hitting Radio, Santino Retirement Update Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:34:08 +0000 While promoting the Hercules movie in Mexico City, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirmed that he would be in an upcoming DC Comics movie. However, he was unable to confirm what actual role he’d be playing. Apparently The Rock is up for both Black Adam or Shazam for a DC comics movie that is also undetermined.

JBL & Cole, who host a popular YouTube show, will be starting a syndicated radio show. The show will launch with more than 500 stations shortly.

It wasn’t even 2 months ago that Santino Marella announced his retirement from wrestling due to ongoing issues with his neck.

Although he has said he has major neck problems, and has stenosis to the point where it will require surgery to fix. He said the severity of his spinal stenosis is such that he can’t do any physical contact right now. But in typical wrestler fashion, Marella believes that if he he gets double fusion surgery in his neck, he may be able to return.

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WWE Teams Up Torito & Hornswoggle In Comedy Vignettes Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:31:05 +0000 WWE has decided to make a comedy duo out of El Torito and Hornswoggle. They are now being paired up as friends and tag team partners.

The idea is that Hornswoggle needed to be on TV as a babyface on TV for the release of “The Leprechaun” movie.

Vignettes were filmed this past week in Los Angeles, with the two little people double dating Layla and Summer Rae.

There is not yet a timetable for when these will air.

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WWE Announces Huge Singles Main Event For Monday Night Raw Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:21:18 +0000 WWE has a big Monday Night Raw tonight featuing a Hall of Fame Forum with Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

In addition, WWE has just announced a huge singles match for the show – John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt.

Here is the official tweet from WWE:

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Latest On Spike TV/TNA Negotiations, Is Spike TV Getting Out Of Wrestling Entirely? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:30:29 +0000 There has been some talk that Spike TV is looking to get out of the wrestling business altogether.

Some rumors had surfaced that Spike TV’s parent company Viacom was looking to buy a minority stake in TNA, and was using the TV negotiations as leverage over Dixie Carter. However, according to other TV insiders, Spike TV was telling people as early as May that the show was not going to be a long term fixture on the network.

That said, there is not animosity right now from the Spike TV side. TNA is said to have a backup in place, but its not a large station. The rumors are that if that deal were to start in early 2015, say February or March, that Spike TV would be willing to extend Impact so that it would run continuously to the new station as well.

Where as the split between Spike TV and WWE was acrimonious, Spike has no such ill will towards TNA (or didn’t even have it towards ECW either, it would have kept ECW on the air longer but ECW folded).

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Daniel Bryan News: Injury Status, Surgery News, WWE Return Timeline Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:25:00 +0000

Daniel Bryan had neck surgery which resulted in him being stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Then it was revealed that he had an arm injury as well. which could need major Tommy John surgery. Bryan’s back is reportedly feeling ok, but he has “almost no strength” in his right arm, which is obviously problematic.

Bryan was told he needed neck surgery last year in 2013, so it was never a question of “if” but a question of “when”. He chose to postpone the surgery for as long as possible, and he was getting over huge in WWE and was in line for a main event push. Despite being told to tone down his style, he continued doing the missile dropkicks and diving head-butts, which are the worst for wear and tear on his neck. After his huge WWE World Title win at Wrestlemania 30, the neck got too injured to push the surgery back any further.

Originally, Bryan was to undergo surgery on August 19. The surgery on his right arm will be near his elbow as they believe there’s a nerve issue there which isn’t allowing the arm to regain strength. The decision was made to do some additional testing and see if the surgery could be avoided. The surgery was postponed pending results of the test. Bryan is frustrated with the delay because he is eager to return to the ring. The rehab time for him is going to be about three months, so if the surgery was in August, he could expect to be back in the ring by the end of the year, possibly in November.

But with the delay in surgery, the timetable is pushed back all around. If the surgery is postponed until September it could be 2015 before Bryan would return. Bryan currently gets two different physical therapy sessions, as well as gets acupuncture treatment and goes to an Active Release Technique class.×120.jpg

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Bully Ray News: TNA Status, Abrupt Nature of Exit Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:28:55 +0000 bully-ray

In news that is both surprising and unsurprisng, it continues to look like Bully Ray is gone from TNA.

Bully Ray, real name Mark LoMonaco, was a major part of TNA storylines this year, including putting Dixie Carter through a table. In addition, he and Devon were set to be the third inductees into the TNA Wrestling Hall of Fame at Bound for Glory 2014. He is also booked throughout the next few weeks in a major tag team feud with Team 3-D vs. The Wolves vs. The Hardys.

When rumors surfaced that TNA was canceled by Spike TV, it was Bully Ray who was the messenger from the TNA offices to the wrestlers to reassure them. He was said to be “in the inner circle” in creative and TNA management. He acts as an agent for the shows as well, helping talent layout matches and finishes, and is generally considered the company’s best agent.

Then at the house show in Hagerstown, MD on August 17, 2014, Bully told the lockerroom that he might be leaving. This was seen as abrupt, but he noted his contract was set to expire before the next scheduled TNA show, which is one of the One Night Only shows scheduled for September. Bully told the lockerroom that he wanted to say his goodbyes in case it was his last show. Those within TNA are saying that the company right now is proceeding with the idea that he’s finished as of now, although one key person said that they are not aware that he’s done.

The reason this was more surprising that some of the other TNA exits is the way it was handled. In the other high profile cases – Sting, Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Hulk Hogan, A.J. Styles – there was a storyline build and write-off done on TV. He was advertised for the UK tour, unlike Kurt Angle, which was another indication that it was more of a surprise.×120.jpg×281.jpg

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New Poll: What Do You Think About Smackdown Moving To Thursday? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:34:12 +0000 With the news that Smackdown is moving to Thursdays in October, what do you think it means for WWE’s #2 show?

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WWE European November 2014 Tour Dates & Locations: John Cena, Daniel Bryan Advertised Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:38:29 +0000 WWE is touring Europe in November, with two groups of wrestlers. There are two matches for each “leg” being advertised:

Leg A
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
Big Show vs. Rusev

Leg B
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
Kane vs. Dean Ambrose

More interestingly, Daniel Bryan is being advertised for the tour as well, but not in any specific match. This could indicate that WWE expects him to be wrestling again by the time the tour begins.

WWE’s current tour schedule for the trip is as follows:

  • Wednesday 11/5 – London, UK at Wembley Arena
  • Thursday 11/6 – Cardiff, Wales at Motorpoint Arena
  • Thursday 11/6 – Dublin, Ireland at the O2 Arena
  • Friday 11/7 in Birmingham, UK at LG Arena
  • Friday 11/7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Odyssey Arena
  • Saturday 11/8 in Manchester, UK at the Phones 4g Arena
  • Saturday 11/8 in Minehead, UK at the Butlins Arena
  • Sunday 11/9 in Nottingham, UK at the Capital FM Arena
  • Sunday 11/9 in Leeds, UK at the Leeds Arena
  • Monday 11/10 Raw taping in Liverpool, UK at the Echo Arena
  • Monday 11/10 in Bournemouth, UK at the Bournemouth International Centre
  • Tuesday 11/11 Smackdown taping in Liverpool, UK at the Echo Arena
  • Tuesday 11/11 in Brighton, UK at the Brighton Centre
  • Wednesday 11/12 in Paris, France at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy
  • Wednesday 11/12 in Newcastle, UK at the Metro Radio Arena
  • Thursday 11/13 in Madrid, Spain at the Palacio Vistalegre
  • Thursday 11/13 in Glasgow, Scotland at the Hydro
  • Friday 11/14 in Milan, Italy at the Mediolanum Forum
  • Friday 11/14 in Braunschweigh, Germany at the Volkswagen Halle
  • Saturday 11/15 in Boizano, Italy at the Boizano Palanoda
  • Saturday 11/15 in Frankfurt, Germany at the Festhalle

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    Paul Heyman Talks About Early WWE Reaction To CM Punk Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:32:03 +0000

    In promoting his new DVD, Paul Heyamn repeated an oft-told story of how WWE management had no early interest in CM Punk.

    Heyman appeared on the Kidd Chris Show last week promoting SummerSlam and when asked about Punk, Heyman said that the company wasn’t interested in him when he was in developmental.

    Said Heyman on Punk:
    They never wanted CM Punk to begin with… When I was in Louisville, doing WWE Developmental, they sent CM Punk down to me so I could fire him. Every week I would send memos to guys who were in charge of the Raw and SmackDown rosters saying: ‘You have a main eventer down here; someone scoop him up’ and no one would take him for a year—to the point when we launched ECW in WWE, I brought him with me because no one else on Raw and SmackDown even wanted him.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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    WWE Network Schedule For Monday 08.25.2014 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:06:26 +0000 2:00AM ET
    Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE’s Monday Night Raw.

    3:00AM ET
    Relive all the buzz behind the biggest main event in WWE history, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant!

    4:00AM ET
    WWE COUNTDOWN 3/25/14
    Counting down the Top Ten Biggest Blunders ever to happen in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

    5:00AM ET
    LEGENDS HOUSE 5/8/14
    The Legends head to Sin City and the hijinks begin! After some ‘manscaping,’ they partake in a Chippendales show you have to see to believe!

    6:00AM ET
    WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2010 9/19/10
    The Undertaker vs Kane in No Holds Barred Match for World Championship. Sheamus defends WWE Title in 6-Pack Challenge Elimination Match.

    9:00AM ET
    WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2010 9/19/10
    The Undertaker vs Kane in No Holds Barred Match for World Championship. Sheamus defends WWE Title in 6-Pack Challenge Elimination Match.

    12:00PM ET
    WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2010 9/19/10
    The Undertaker vs Kane in No Holds Barred Match for World Championship. Sheamus defends WWE Title in 6-Pack Challenge Elimination Match.

    3:00PM ET
    Examine the most outspoken and intense superstar of all time in this revealing look about the career and final days of The Ultimate Warrior.

    4:00PM ET
    EXCUSE ME! A Cougar’s Countdown takes us through the top ten most memorable Vickie Guerrero Moments.

    5:00PM ET
    LEGENDS HOUSE 5/15/14
    The Legends participate in a charity art gala in Palm Springs. Back at the house, Tony Atlas prepares a feast for his polarized housemates.

    6:00PM ET
    WWE SUPERSTARS 8/21/14
    This week, WWE’s newest tag team of El Torito and La Vaca challenge Slater Gator. Plus, Emma faces Alicia Fox in a rematch from last week.

    7:00PM ET
    VIDEO VAULT 2/25/13
    The Road to WrestleMania 29 saw CM Punk face off with John Cena to determine who’d be the number one contender for The Rock’s WWE Title.

    7:30PM ET
    RAW PRE-SHOW 8/24/14
    The Raw Pre-Show delivers WWE’s inside stories and previews Monday Night Raw.

    8:00PM ET
    Examine the most outspoken and intense superstar of all time in this revealing look about the career and final days of The Ultimate Warrior.

    9:00PM ET
    EXCUSE ME! A Cougar’s Countdown takes us through the top ten most memorable Vickie Guerrero Moments.

    10:00PM ET
    LEGENDS HOUSE 5/15/14
    The Legends participate in a charity art gala in Palm Springs. Back at the house, Tony Atlas prepares a feast for his polarized housemates.

    11:06PM ET
    Hear the stories and recap the highlights of Monday Night Raw, immediately following the conclusion of Raw.

    11:30PM ET
    VIDEO VAULT 9/4/03
    WWE Champion Kurt Angle defends his title against The Undertaker in an epic SmackDown main event.

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    JR Blog: WWE Hiring TNA Wrestlers, Mick Foley, Hall of Fame Forum Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:38:02 +0000 Heading into WWE Monday Night Raw tonight, Jim Ross has a new blog and here are some highlights:

    on Raw’s Hall of Fame Forum
    WWE announcing a Hall of Fame forum to kick off RAW this Monday that includes Flair, Hogan and Shawn Michaels. I guess I missed the call. LOL. I hope that the panel is hard hitting and thought provoking and refrains from eye ball rolling rhetoric as it’s a great opportunity to sell the Lesnar-Cena rematch coming in September. Let the talents use their old school promo skills and not how a writers rendition of what they ‘think’ these legends might say. Give them bullet points and turn them loose. Nice to see Flair getting booked again in WWE after the Summer Slam experience of 2013.

    on Mick Foley
    My friend Mick Foley is talking major back surgery to help alleviate the pain that he is in 24X7 after a long career of taking extraordinary bumps. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mick also did not need knee and/or hip replacements sometime down the road as well. Riding in those rental cards thousands of miles each year on his tours doesn’t help matters either. Less may be more for Mick who I hate to see suffer simply getting out of a chair or walking from point A to point B. It almost seems as if Mick is working harder today than he has a certain times of his wrestling career. Mick is simply too nice a man and a friend to see suffer on a daily basis.

    on WWE hiring TNA guys
    Someone on Twitter asked if I thought WWE would hire any Impact Wrestling talents if they became available. First of all, I have no idea but my instincts tell me no that new talents will come from the WWE Performance Center. However, I would hire some of the better Impact talents to short term deals for two reasons, to work with the ‘rookies’ and to see if they might actually get over. Both reasons are good ones but I’m not holding my breath.

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    WWE Monday Night Raw To Feature Hall of Fame Forum HBK, Hogan, and Flair Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:24:19 +0000 20140822_LIGHT_RawPreview_HoganMichaelsFlair_HP_monday

    The WWE Monday Night Raw show in Anaheim tonight is said to have a strong advanced ticket sales. The arena is set up for 12,000 fans and is on pace to sell out. Given Anaheim is a good walkup market, a sellout is expected.

    WWE has booked Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan to appear on Monday Night Raw tonight as part of a “Hall of Fame Forum” on the show. The panel will be discussing the John Cena/Brock Lesnar rematch scheduled for Night of Champions 2014. WWE is expecting the Prime Time Emmy’s, airing on USA Network’s sister network NBC, to draw some viewers, and wants to stack the show with attractions to stem the tide.

    All three have posted messages on Twitter indicating their Raw involvement:

    Hulk Hogan

    Ric Flair

    Shawn Michaels noted:
    Immediately following Raw Pre-Show on WWE Network, catch a very special and rare WWE Hall of Fame Forum, featuring Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair LIVE at Raw. Hear their predictions for the upcoming Cena vs. Lesnar World Title rematch at Night of Champions on Sept. 21. After Lesnar’s dominating offense, does anyone believe Cena stands a chance against The Beast Incarnate? Who thinks Cena has it in him to dethrone the new champion? Get exclusive analysis of the huge pay-per-view rematch from sports-entertainment’s most decorated legends.×120.jpg

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    Poll Results: Where Will TNA End Up? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:32:30 +0000 After all the of the new surrounding TNA being canceled and then moved and temporarily renewed, it’s still unclear what will happen in 2015.

    Here is what our Inside Pulse Wrestling readers thought:

    Where Will TNA Impact Wind Up?

        Nowhere, TNA Will Go Out Of Business (48%, 90 Votes)
        Back on Spike TV (21%, 40 Votes)
        Fox Sports 1 or another Fox Station (10%, 18 Votes)
        Netflix, Hulu, Online Streaming (10%, 18 Votes)
        Another Cable Station (7%, 14 Votes)
        CMT or another Viacom Station (4%, 11 Votes)

    Total Voters: 187×250.jpg

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    WWE Not Planning MSG PPV For Indefinite Future Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:54:29 +0000 Will choose other local venues…

    WWE is reportedly planning to run Summerslam 2015 in the New York area, but it will almost certainly not be at Madison Square Garden.

    Despite the fact that MSG is seen by WWE management and specifically Vince McMahon as the bell-weather of WWE fan reactions, it is too expensive to run the area for PPVs. While there still will be house shows at the “World’s Most Famous Arena”, the chances of a PPV there are very slim. The union fees for running TV and live production at the Garden are high.

    As Pay Per View and Raw shows in the NY area tend to sell out quickly, WWE will instead be choosing Barclays Center in Brooklyn or the Izod Center for PPVs. There is even talk that WWE might consider running MetLife Stadium, which is a football stadium.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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