Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:19:21 +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 TNA News: Latest On Spike TV, Vince Russo, Other Promotions Considered, Rights Fees Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:19:21 +0000 saddixiecarter650

The news about TNA Impact on Spike TV continues to evolve. The latest is that while negotiations are on-going, Spike is not planning on brinring Impact back. However, it was said to be a tight negotiation, so it could still be a negotiating ploy.

Spike is reportedly paying about $13 million per year to TNA as a programming fee. It could be that Spike is currently posturing with TNA to keep the renewal price down under that number.

Spike TV has reportedly talked to two other wrestling promotions about taking over the TNA timeslot. One is said to be a non-starter, which is presumably Ring of Honor due to Sinclair Broadcasting owning them. The other is said to be a “surprise” but not much else is known, except it’s definitely not the Jeff Jarrett GWF

There is still major talk that Vince Russo being associated with TNA was a tipping point against a deal. Spike TV is said to be strongly opposed to Russo being involved with the promotion, and TNA knew this, which is why they both kept his involvement secret and freaked out when it was made public.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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News On Whether Jeff Hardy And Kurt Angle Would Be Welcome Back In WWE Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:08:39 +0000 jeffhardy500

As rumors spread that TNA Impact might be canceled, there have been talk of what would happen to the TNA talent.

Two of TNA’s top stars – Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle – are former WWE main eventers who were fired and sought refuge in TNA. Both have had drug issues in the past, and while both have appeared to overcome them at times, it still remains to be seen.

In the case of Jeff Hardy, WWE would likely take him back. Hardy has apparently cleaned up his act since becoming a father, and WWE could bring him back with a “one strike” type policy for drug issues. He is young enough to still have several years on top left.

As for Kurt Angle, it’s not quite as simple. Vince McMahon himself has been adamant about not having Kurt return for 8 years, and will reject it anytime his name is brought up. Kurt could be brought back in a backstage capacity, either as an agent or for use in the NXT facility. It’s possible he could have a once in a while match, but even Kurt himself has admitted it’s unlikely his body could handle a full time WWE schedule.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Jeff Jarrett News: TNA Ownership Details, Spike TV Non Compete, GWF Notes Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:53:36 +0000 What’s up with Double J in light of the TNA news?


Jeff Jarrett, one of the founder of TNA Wrestling, has been publicly silent in light of the rumors of TNA’s cancellation by Spike TV.

Jarrett is still technically a minority owner of TNA, having only been bought out of most of his share in the company but not all. He remains an on-paper minority owner with apparently no voting rights.

However, one term of his migration away from helping to run TNA is that he is not permitted to bid against TNA for the Spike TV contract. This means that even though Spike TV might not want to air TNA, they cannot move immediately to a new Jarrett-based promotion such as Global Wrestling Federation.

While Jeff has been quiet on the TNA front, there has been some motion in the GWF front. Jarrett is said to have some money, but not fully what he needs to launch. Much of this depends on getting a TV time slot. However, with it being so late in the summer, a slot in prime time for the Fall 2014 TV season seems unlikely. The plan is still to have a reality show starring Jeff and his wife Karen, showing them starting up the federation, then leading into a wrestling show proper down the line.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Batista News: Thoughts On Brock Ending The Streak, WWE/Sting, Being Booed Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:43:37 +0000 Here are some highlights…

on “The Streak” ending:
It sucked! Honestly, I thought it sucked. I haven’t really talked much about it but I think it was a bad decision, a horrible decision. I don’t have any say in the matter but to me, watching as a fan, it made me sick. Brock Lesnar beating him didn’t seem to work and it really wasn’t good that Brock left the day after. I just don’t see how that made sense at all. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the streak broken and it just didn’t make sense to me.

on Sting in WWE
I don’t know – you know, they’ve been talking about that for years. I’ve never even met him. But I hope so. I think he’s got a place there. But they need to do it soon because the audience is changing so much that if they wait any longer, the audience is going to be a bunch of kids and when he comes out they’re going to chant CM Punk!

on being booed
You could have fooled the hell out of me! They channelled their rage right in my direction. I can’t put my finger on it, it was crazy. I don’t get wrestling now. I’ve kind of completely taken my finger off the pulse. It’s a different audience which I don’t understand. It’s strange though, it’s really just the TV audience because when we get into the live events it’s a completely different audience and they come just to watch the show. It’s weird, the TV crowd seems like they come to be the show rather than to watch and interact with the show. It’s like they want to steal the show, so I’m just totally confused.”

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RVD News: Says Now A Great Time To Tryout For WWE, Talks Evolution of Wrestling Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:37:00 +0000 rvd650

Rob Van Dam gave a candid interview in promoting the upcoming WWE tour in Australia. Here are some highlights:

on now being a great time to get into WWE
I believe there’s never been a better time to go to one of these tryouts and try to break into the WWE that way, because almost everybody on the WWE roster right now seems to have come up through their farming ground NXT. They’re always adding and building the momentum of NXT.

on the influence of WWE
You have to listen to what WWE tells you what they want. They are the ones who set the standards for the entire industry and to argue against the grain could be detrimental towards your own future.

on the evolution of wrestling
All the big slow wrestlers wouldn’t even have a job today because the agenda of what the wrestlers do today is so much different. It’s a much faster pace and better matches. Someone like me, I’m very grateful to have my career span over all these steps of evolution.

on the contraction in wrestling
When I started out there were many different companies … you could leave and go to a different territory and there were so many different styles. What we have now is WWE has survived the test of time and all the other companies have fallen off the face of the earth … now the WWE is a hybrid of all the different kinds of wrestling. I kid you not, it really is the cream of the crop, the best in the business. If you’re not in the WWE and bouncing around in the Indy shows you’re not with the best.

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on Cena’s promo
Cena’s serious promo was spot on as his WWE Title bout with Brock Lesnar is nothing to joke or to make light of whatsoever. Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle again cleared the bases with his promo work that seemed to motivate Cena to respond accordingly. Really good work by both men representing the main event at Summer Slam.

on Stephanie & Heyman being WWE’s top heels
Mentioned this on Twitter that I felt like WWE’s two hottest, heels were both non wrestlers in Stephanie and Heyman which is a tribute to their work but what does it say for the wrestlers who are cast in those roles?… Heyman and Steph seemingly don’t play the role of a pro wrestling villian and they come across as natural and playing an expanded role on who they really are which is where the magic lies. … Any talent ‘playing the role’ of a villain more often than not comes off as disingenuous and shallow. Be real, enhance it, or go home.

on Brock Lesnar
If Lesnar wins the WWE Title at Summer Slam, then the IC and US Titles would be well served to mean more considering that Lesnar will not be on TV weekly of which I think is fine by the way.

on TNA Changing Names
If TNA goes to another cable TV outlet IF they leave @SpikeTV, I’d seriously consider changing the name of the company and attempting to hit the reset button and get a fresh start. I’m still not convinced that Spike will rid themselves of TNA but instead re-up the brand for less money. Sources say that TNA is telling their talents that there are multiple suitors for their brand as it relates to finding another cable TV home. I hope that’s accurate for their sake.

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WWE Network Schedule For Tuesday 07.29.2014 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:56:28 +0000 12:00 PM: WrestleMania Rewind (Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton)
1:00 PM: WCW Road Wild 1998
4:00 PM: Saturday Night’s Main Event (October 5, 1985)
5:00 PM: Best of Raw (March 25, 2002)
7:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Ricky Steamboat)
8:00 PM: WWE Main Event Live
9:00 PM: WrestleMania Rewind (The Hardys vs. The Dudleys vs. Edge and Christian TLC match)
10:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Finishing Moves)
11:00 PM: WWE Main Event replay
12:00 AM: WrestleMania Rewind (The Hardys vs. The Dudleys vs. Edge and Christian TLC match)
1:00 AM: WWE Countdown (Finishing Moves)
2:00 AM: Total Divas (August 24, 2013)
3:00 AM: Raw Flashback (June 5, 1995)
4:00 AM: Raw Flashback (June 12, 1995)
5:00 AM: ECW Hardcore TV (April 11, 1995)
6:00 AM: Old School (June 3, 1991 from MSG)
8:00 AM: WWE Countdown (Finishing Moves)
9:00 AM: Raw Flashback (June 12, 1995)
10:00 AM: Raw Flashback (June 19, 1995)×120.jpg

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WWE Monday Night Raw July 28, 2014 Live Arena Report Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:55:24 +0000 I’ll start with the crowd. I’m not sure how it came across on TV, but the crowd started off hot and died down quite noticeably until the Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins match.

-I felt like the crowd just didn’t get in to the AJ Lee and Paige segment simply because by that time it was nearly an hour into the show, we got only one match. The fans were understandably restless after having to sit through John Cena and Paul Heyman, and the Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Chris Jericho (which was awful). I will say that our section got the jailbird chant going first.

-The John Cena vs. Cesaro match was pretty good despite a weird Frankensteiner from Cena. The move was nice to see but it just came at an awkward point in the match.

-We were shocked to see Bo Dallas lose to R-Truth of all people, but folks did like the post match beat down. This shouldn’t hurt Bo at all.

-I don’t know why they even had the Damien Sandow vs. Adam Rose match. Sandow coming out in an astronaut costume got a nice laugh from the live crowd.

-The Fandango, Summer Rae, and Layla ordeal just needs to end. Please. El Torito got the biggest pop of the match.

-The Jericho vs. Rollins match was a nice back and forth match that had the crowd knowing the Wyatt’s were going to do something, but the crowd was hot for Jericho. The six-man tag was okay with the right team going over, and Miz playing up his Hollywood status was pretty hilarious.

-Roman Reigns came down by our section on the so it made sense that the extra security was for him during the commercial, but we were shocked when Randy Orton appeared out of nowhere and attacked him. I was ok with this match not happening as it was primarily used to further Reigns vs. Orton going in to SummerSlam. Orton really did a number on Reigns.

-The Divas tag match was what it was. We sat on our hands except when Naomi and Natalya came out. Aside from that nobody cared.

-The Brie Bella and Stephanie segment was very well done. They put a spin on an obvious storyline. The crowd was hot for Brie and very anti Stephanie, who did a very good job getting heat for playing “martyr.” The crowd popped big through the entire segment and when Stephanie accepted the match. The slap wasn’t surprising but still got a good reaction and Brie and Stephanie scuffling to end the show got a good reaction.

-At the end, my section (the floor section that’s on camera behind the ring) was the only section that chanted “Jamie Noble.” We knew it made it on TV and we were as loud as possible with it. All in all, a pretty good Raw in terms of experience (my fifth Raw). Match wise it was disappointing. We were given two matches in the show’s first 90 minutes and the rest just advanced toward SummerSlam (which was the intent of tonight). I still had a blast.

-Smackdown will be in Houston on October 28.

Credit: Dot Net reader Cody Garza attended WWE Raw in Houston, Texas on Monday and sent the following report on what happened after the show went off the air.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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WWE Superstars Tapings Results (Spoilers) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:01:26 +0000 WWE taped two matches for WWE Superstars at the WWE Monday Night Raw tapings.

(1) Alberto Del Rio beat Justin Gabriel via submission. Justin Roberts then warmed up the crowd for Raw.

(2 Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil best Sin Cara & Zack Ryder.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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WWE Summerslam 2014 PPV Card: Three Matches Confirmed Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:54:13 +0000 summerslam2014_650

After the events of WWE Monday Night Raw, there are now three confirmed matches for WWE Summerslam 2014, Sunday August 17, 2014.

WWE World Heavyweight Title
John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman

Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho

In addition, these matches are expected to take place but have not been officially added to the card:

Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

WWE Divas Title
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WWE Monday Night Raw Dark Match Features Returning World Champion Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:51:58 +0000 After WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air, both Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella were helped to the back.

Then a dark match was presented.

Big Show & Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins & Bray Wyatt
This was the dark match main event. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper were at ringside during the match. Big Show chokeslammed Wyatt for the win.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Early WWE Friday Night Smackdown Taping Plans Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:49:04 +0000 While plans are often changed, even between Raw and Smackdown tapings, WWE has penciled in at least one match for Smackdown so far.

The plan is to feature a singles match between Chris Jericho and Erick Rowan of the Wyatt family as a major match for Smackdown.×250.jpg×250.jpg×120.jpg×120.jpg

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WWE Main Event Match Scheduled Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:46:00 +0000 wwe-main-event

WWE is planning to have Alberto Del Rio vs. Dean Ambrose as the featured match on WWE Main Event on the WWE Network, Tuesday Night July 29, 2014.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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JR Blog: More TNA/Impact Thoughts, Crazy Theory For TNA Reboot, WWE Network/Business, Much More Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:22:34 +0000 Jim Ross had an instant reaction to the TMZ story of TNA Impact’s cancellation, but has come back with another blog with some additional thoughts.

on Spike TV possibly negotiating hard
In the world of negotiations, Spike may simply be trying to pay a much lower rights fee to TNA than in the past and have made their position clear by saying that we are not renewing the deal at the current numbers…. Why would Spike want to get rid of one of the few shows on their network that garners over 1M viewers per week in prime time? That makes no sense to me but Spike negotiating to keep TNA at a lower dollar does.

on a TNA reboot
Every once in a while many businesses have to hit the reset button and essentially start over with their infrastructure. Simply from what I hear it seems as if that is a timely thing to do for TNA and that process seemingly has already started. ‘Crisis Management’ was practiced daily by my department in WWE back in the day because we were always only a key injury, etc or two away from being in a dilemma.

on WWE Network
Finally WWE has their scheduled financial conference call set for this Thursday which will likely include an update on the WWE Network which continues to be the top priority within WWE. That particular call is greatly anticipated and for WWE’s sake I hope that the number of subscribers to the network are growing significantly.

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Poll of the Week: Where Will TNA Impact Wind Up? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 With TNA Impact on the way out at Spike TV, what will happen to the flagship TV show of TNA Wrestling?

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Batista News: WWE Return, Sting Thoughts, Retirement Match, HHH Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:44:05 +0000 Dave Batista did an interview in the UK where he had some interesting comments. Here are some highlights:

on Sting
I don’t know where Sting would fit in the spectrum of things… I’ve never even met him. I would hope so. I’ve been a fan throughout the years. We’ve speculated a lot, we’ve thought he was going to come to the WWE years ago so just speaking as a fan I’d like to see it.

on his WWE future
I kind of have my wish list of guys that I would like to work with, because I realise my career is not going to be that long if I do go back just because physically… realistically, I’m 45 years old now, how much longer can I continue…? You do take a beating in professional wrestling. But I love it… It’s not ‘will I go back?’, it’s ‘when will I go back?’. Hopefully it won’t be far too long.

on a retirement match with HHH
I want to go back and that’s hopefully that’ll be my retirement program… Yeah, I’ll have my WrestleMania retirement match with Triple H

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TNA Impact Wrestling Ratings For Thursday July 24, 2014 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:35:50 +0000 TNA Impact scored a 1.07 rating on July 24, 2014, which is is slightly up from 1.04 the week before.

The 1.07 was the high water mark since February 2014, and the 1.419 million viewers (up from 1.403 million last week) was the highest viewership total since April.

While this is good ratings news, this uptick was seemingly not enough to prevent Spike TV from passing on renewing Impact past October

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Dixie Carter Comments On TNA Impact Cancelation, Claims Negotiations Still Ongoing Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:51 +0000 Word leaked out late on Sunday that TNA Impact was canceled by Spike TV, which has led to massive speculation throughout the wrestling industry.

TNA President Dixie Carter commented today publicly that the negotiations with Spike TV are still “on going”:

This has led to some speculation that the Spike TV cancellation is a work of some kind.

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Widrospective: The Case For WWE Network Picking Up TNA Impact Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:46 +0000 Spike TV has canceled TNA Impact, and the last episodes will air on Spike in October 2014. That leaves 2-3 months for TNA to sign a new TV deal to keep the company alive – a TV-less TNA is all but dead as a company.

There are some networks that could pick up TNA. Fox Sports 1 and other smaller Fox networks could have room for TNA. However, many prospective channels that could pick up Impact are under a major corporate umbrella – NBC Universal which has a deal with WWE, and Viacom, which just passed on TNA via Spike TV.

TNA Impact could land with one of the streaming networks such as Netflix or Hulu, but it’s unlikely that the rights fees would be up to par with network or cable TV.

That leaves TNA with an interesting scenario – what if TNA was picked up on the WWE Network?

WWE has a platform that reaches 100,000s of wrestling fans that pay $10/month. WWE could add Impact as a weekday, original programming block to the network. They could let Impact remain autonomous – or get involved with production, such as letting Impact use the NXT facility to tape TV.

For TNA fans, it allows Impact to continue, albeit no longer in a free TV environment.

For WWE, it could provide new buys to the network. If TNA PPVs got between 10-30,000 buys, then that amount of additional buys to the network could make financial sense to add TNA. If 30,000 fans order the WWE network due primarily to TNA Impact, that would be $300,000 per month or $3.6 million per year just for TNA on its own.

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WWE Announces Signing Of Prince Devitt Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:03 +0000 prince-devitt-628x250

Fergal “Prince” Devitt has signed with WWE, and will be reporting soon to the NXT facility in Florida.

The deal was largely put together in late 2013, and Devitt did not resign with New Japan Pro Wrestling in january, exiting the company a few months after.

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Jim Ross Comments On TNA Impact Cancellation By Spike TV Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:47:33 +0000 In a latenight blog, Jim Ross chimed in on the Spike TV Cancellation of Impact

on Impact:
Obviously, this is a blow to TNA but they have a weekly audience of approximately 1M viewers which will interest some cable networks. The question is can TNA negotiate a deal that will financially keep them in business in today’s entertainment world with this quick turnaround?

on WWE rights fees:
WWE got less of a rights fee from NBC/Universal to stay on the USA Network than many predicted so one could assume another cable entity might not be willing to pay top dollar for TNA with the current perception that broadcasters apparently have regarding the genre.

on WWE’s potential affect on TNA:
It will be interesting to see how all the involved parties spin this matter come Monday morning. If WWE’s scheduled financial, conference call doesn’t go well later this week especially as it relates to the number if subscribers currently paying for the WWE Network this will be one of the most news worthy and potentially negative weeks the business has experienced in years. Hopefully the week will end better than it’s started.

on what could happen if TNA goes under:
As in any major development such as this, opportunistic entrepreneurs will circle their wagons to both fill the programming void at Spike and to potentially create national, cable TV competition for WWE.

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TNA Impact Canceled By Spike TV – Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:20:53 +0000 In a somewhat surprising report, is reporting that Spike TV has opted not to pick up Impact Wrestling for a new season, effectively canceling the show.

Dixie Carter was reportedly informed of the cancellation late last week. Impact is still scheduled to run on Spike TV through the end of October 2014.

There is said to be no animosity towards Spike TV from the Impact side, as they have now plenty of time to shop for a new network. However, it is a tough blow to be handed.

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Batista News: Interesting CM Punk Thoughts, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:21:40 +0000 Some notes on the Animal…

Recently Dave Batista did an interview about his wrestling career and had some interesting things to say. Here are some highlights:

on CM Punk
I know for a fact that he loves professional wrestling… I couldn’t see him taking a step down and wrestling for a lesser organization. Unless he spent some time in Japan, I just don’t see it. I think eventually he’ll come back. I think he belongs there. I think the fans really love him and miss him. I think he loves it and misses it just as much. I’m really not sure why he left.

on the Shield
I think Roman [Reigns]… I think right off the bat… we knew that they had big plans for Roman, I think he’s going to be the first guy to see the ‘top of the totem pole’

on capitalizing on Brock Lesnar breaking the streak
I think obviously they need to do something with Brock… if they don’t capitalize on that then they’re idiots.

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WWE “Something Is Coming” Teaser Revealed on Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:55:46 +0000 This week, WWE posted a cryptic message on twitter with a spooky graphic.

While speculation was something Sting or Undertaker related, the reveal ended being much less existing.

Instead, had a design feature on the site with various “transformations” of WWE superstars.

The graphic in the teaser was from Bray Wyatt:

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WWE Network Schedule For Friday 07.25.2014 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:52:28 +0000 11:00 AM: WWE Battleground 2014
2:00 PM: Best of Smackdown (April 4, 2001)
3:30 PM: Legends of Wrestling (The Soul of Wrestling)
5:00 PM: WWE Superstars replay
6:00 PM: WWE NXT replay
7:00 PM: WWE Main Event replay
8:00 PM: Legends of Wrestling (Managers)
9:30 PM: WCW Clash of the Champions (August 6, 1995)
11:00 PM: Legends of Wrestling (Managers)
12:30 AM: WCW Clash of the Champions (August 6, 1995)
2:00 AM: WWE Countdown (Rivalries)
3:00 AM: Raw Flashback (May 21, 1995)
4:00 AM: Raw Flashback (May 28, 1995)
5:00 AM: ECW Hardcore TV (December 20, 1994)
6:00 AM: Best of Raw (January 10, 1993)
7:00 AM: Best of Raw (May 16, 1993)
8:00 AM: WWE Superstars replay
9:00 AM: WWE Main Event replay
10:00 AM: WWE NXT replay

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