Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:19:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for October 31, 2014 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/29/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-31-2014-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/29/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-31-2014-spoilers/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:58:31 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170631 They opened with the Halloween Costume Battle Royal. The winner gets a shot at A.J. Lee. Nikki, Paige, Fox and Natalya were the final four. Fox threw out Natalya. Then she and Paige went over the top together, leaving Nikki alone. Brie wasn’t there as she was in Santa Clara (Mania location) doing a Make a Wish rally at Buchser High School.

Kane and Rollins were out. More Halloween stuff. Kane challenged Dolph Ziggler to a rematch.

Kane b Ziggler with a choke slam and pin. He also kicked out of the Zig Zag. I’m at a loss for logic here.

Kane destroyed Ziggler after the match. then Rollins, Mercury and Noble all beat him down. Kane then told Ziggler that he has a second match booked tonight, against Rollins.

Rollins b Ziggler in 20 seconds with the curb stomip.

Heath Slater, dressed up like a scarecrow, did a promo yelling about John Cena. In the middle of his promo, Ryback came out.

Ryback b Slater in 1:00 with the shell shock.

Miz TV with Mark Henry was next. People weren’t happy with a second Miz TV at the same show, but Henry cut a great promo. He said Show was always trying to steal the spotlight. Show came out. Henry grabbed Miz and Mizdow and put them in front of Show. Show got past them and he and Henry went at it. Henry speared Show through a gimmicked barricade and Show was left laying.

Los Matadores b Goldust & Stardust in a non-title match. The crowd never bought Los Matadores. Stardust knocked Torito off the apron and he sold like he was knocked out. In all the confusion, Goldust was pinned.

Rusev b Great Khali in 1:00 with the accolade

Lana & Rusev did a promo. The next guy they are after is Sheamus and the U.S. title. He vowed he would hand the U.S. title to Vladimir Putin. Sheamus came out and challenged Rusev to fight right there but he backed off.

Bray Wyatt did an interview from a rocking chair. He did an anti-Halloween promo. He said Ambrose is just like him, a monster. He made some Sister Abigail comments.

Dean Ambrose b Cesaro in a trick or street match, which was a street fight. Usual street fight except pumpkins and skeletons and Halloween items were used. He put Cesaro’s head in a pumpkin and used the double arm DDT for the win. Cesaro was stumbling around with the pumpkin on his head.

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Feed Me More! http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/28/tuesday-raw-roundtable-feed-me-more/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/28/tuesday-raw-roundtable-feed-me-more/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:28:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170621 WWE was back at it after Hell in a Cell with another 3 hour Raw

Here are some of the staff’s thoughts!


Widro

Overall the show was pretty stale with a few bright points. WWE confirmed that Brock Lesnar would not be at Survivor Series by announcing the Team Cena vs. Team Authority main event. It’s not even clear if its 4 or 5 man teams. The Show/Henry turn was pretty brutal and the crowd was booing by the end. I think a highlight was the return of Ryback, who seemed super over. His main event face push only was stopped by booking and a heel turn so maybe this can catch on. The Randy Orton promo was solid too.


CH Punk

I can’t believe the way Big Show lost the titles for Mark Henry like that. Hopefully we’ll get more team matches for Survivor Series?


Justin Czerwonka

There were some things to like from this RAW but it wasn’t enough to make it a good show. Everything outside of John Cena’s match tonight made no sense for him. He’s given a free match with Rollins after not getting one for a month and losing a match to get said match. Then we got the typical try to get Cena to turn heel promo we get every other month. There’s some potential out there but the WWE is just in a giant dry spell right now and haven’t been able to strike gold with anything recently. I’m giving the show a 3.

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New Poll: What Did You Think Of WWE Hell in a Cell 2014? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/27/new-poll-what-did-you-think-of-wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/27/new-poll-what-did-you-think-of-wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:17:33 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170588 With WWE Hell in a Cell in the books, what did readers think about the event?

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Poll Results: Is WWE Smart to Keep Brock Lesnar off of Hell in a Cell 2014? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/27/poll-results-is-wwe-smart-to-keep-brock-lesnar-off-of-hell-in-a-cell-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/27/poll-results-is-wwe-smart-to-keep-brock-lesnar-off-of-hell-in-a-cell-2014/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:16:21 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170586 With WWE Hell in a Cell in the books, what did readers think about WWE’s booking decisions heading into the event?

Is WWE Smart to Keep Brock Lesnar off of Hell in a Cell 2014?

  • No – Brock is the champ and should be on all PPVs (53%, 105 Votes)
  • Maybe – it depends on what they have in mind for the show (28%, 55 Votes)
  • Yes – they can save Brock for bigger events (19%, 40 Votes)

Total Voters: 200

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 Predictions Infamous Reddit Dolphins1925 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/26/wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014-predictions-infamous-reddit-dolphins1925-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/26/wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014-predictions-infamous-reddit-dolphins1925-spoilers/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:12:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170578 The reddit spoiler of WWE PPVs, Dolphins1925 has posted full spoilers for tonight’s Hell in a Cell PPV.

Here are all the tweets/predictions:

The results for Hell in a Cell PPV will be posted shortly.

Dolph Ziggler will defeat Cesaro.

Gold & Stardust will defeat The Usos.

AJ Lee will defeat Paige.

Rusev will defeat Big Show.

Sheamus will defeat The Miz.

Nikki Bella will defeat Brie Bella.

John Cena will defeat Randy Orton.

Seth Rollins will defeat Dean Ambrose.

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 PPV Live Match Results: John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/26/wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014-ppv-live-match-results-john-cena-vs-randy-orton-dean-ambrose-vs-seth-rollins/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/26/wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014-ppv-live-match-results-john-cena-vs-randy-orton-dean-ambrose-vs-seth-rollins/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:39:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170571 Welcome to our coverage of WWE Hell in a Cell 2014. Check out our staff predictions in the Rasslin Roundtable.

The pre show had a Miz TV segment with Damien Mizdow. The panel is hosted by Renee Young and features Booker T, Paul Heyman and Alex Riley.

Mark Henry vs. Bo Dallas
Bo cut a promo before the match. He is calling himself Bo Washington tonight so that he isn’t confused with the fans in Dallas. Henry was fired up and squashed Dallas in about a minute. World’s Strongest Slam and clean pin.
Winner: Henry

Dallas continued on the mic after the match and Henry laid him out.

PPV proper begins with a great Hell in a Cell historical video package.

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2 out of 3 Falls for Intercontinental Title
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro
Really good match. Ziggler took two falls and Cesaro took neither in a bit of a surprise. Match was a bit shorter than I expected.
Winner: Ziggler

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Loser Becomes Winner’s Bitch
Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella
Nikki won with a Rack Attack back breaker move.
Winner: Nikki

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WWE Tag Team Titles
Gold & Stardust (c) vs. The Usos
About a 10 minute match, Goldust hit the Final Cut for the pin.
Winners: Gold & Stardust

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Hell in a Cell – WWE World Heavyweight Title Shot
John Cena vs. Randy Orton
Interesting to see it put in the middle of the show. Both guys worked really hard. Crowd was pretty anti-Cena. Finish was an AA off the top by Cena through the table.
Winner: Cena

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Rusev w/Lana vs. The Big Show
Rusev won when Big Show passed out in the Accolade. Mark Henry came down and consoled Big Show but did not turn.
Winner: Rusev

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WWE Diva’s Title
AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige
Paige came down with Alicia Fox. AJ won clean when Paige tapped out to the Black Widow. Paige hit Alicia after the match.
Winner: AJ

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Hell in a Cell
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose took out a bunch of chairs then climbed to the top of the cage with a kendo stick on his back. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury came out with Seth Rollins. All three went to the top of the cage. Ambrose eventually fights them off, Ambrose and Rollins brawl as they climb off the cage. They both them simultameously fly off the side of the cage through the announce tables. There are stretchers brought down, but eventually Ambrose gets up, and brings Rollins into the ring for the match. Back and forth with some great spots. Rollins hit the curb stomp but Ambrose kicked out. Ambrose gets 2 cinder blocks from under the ring, but the lights go out. Some weird German(?) then the lights come back on, Bray Wyatt is in the ring. He attacks Ambrose with chokeslam allowing Rollins to get the pin. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail after the match for good measure.
Winner: Rollins

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Rasslin’ Roundtable – WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/26/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/26/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:36:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170558 WWE’s October PPV this year is Hell in a Cell 2014. Here are the staff predictions!

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Hell in a Cell – WWE World Heavyweight Title Shot
John Cena vs. Randy Orton

CB: Cena wins with help from Seth Rollins, and Orton’s path to a face turn clears up.
Winner: John Cena

Matt Harrak: So even though John Cena failed to defeat the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in the last two pay-per-views and then lost a contract match for the match he REALLY wanted against Seth Rollins, his consolation prize is a shot at the number 1 contendership… What. The. Hell. Honestly, I’m all for a Randy Orton/Brock Lesnar match since we’ve never seen it before. Plus I absolutely loved it when Orton and Heyman started talking about OVW and how they all debuted the same year. Randy Orton would easily have the crowd behind him & that’s a tough task against Lesnar. It appears as if even the common fan is getting a little annoyed with the absentee WWE Champion and it’ll be interesting if the WWE tries to address that. Back to the match, I can’t see either guy winning cleanly but with all of the past being brought up, I’m guessing we get a triple threat match between Lesnar, Orton and Cena soon.
Winner: NO CONTEST

David Spain: This entirely depends on whether WWE will risk putting the Viper against the Beast? Personally, the promise of that match would sell me on the next PPV utterly. Orton vs. Lesnar is hugely intriguing in terms of what a psychological competitor and unhinged individual could do against the sheer force of Brock Lesnar. Thing is, John Cena hasn’t managed to gain redemption yet and, unfortunately, has a decent reason to have a rematch. Personally, I hope that the WWE can resist, for a while longer, the urge to suckle at the John Cena teat, but I have to admit that it seems very likely that John Cena is getting his hand raised.
Winner (and number one contender until his victory or the end of time): John Cena

Widro: It’s sad to see this match in a probable headline position, but the twist of Randy’s possible face turn makes this a tad more interesting. If Brock isn’t wrestling until Royal Rumble, I could see Cena winning, but if he is wrestling at Survivor Series, it could be against a freshly turned Randy Orton. To be safe, I’ll still pick:
Winner: John Cena

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Hell in a Cell
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

CB: Rollins wins in a career-making singles match for both men.
Winner: Seth Rollins

Matt Harrak: In what clearly should be the last match of the night, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have been waiting for this night their whole careers. If they don’t go on last because Brock Lesnar shows up or something else big happens in the Cena/Orton match, I think that’ll just motivate Rollins and Ambrose even more to upstage everyone else on the show. There’s no doubt in my mind that these two men are walking into Hell In A Cell without fear and are looking at the Cell not as a monstrous metal structure but as a playground where they begin to carve out their legacy. It’s going to be a damn fun match, what I like to call a “shut it down” match. It’s where I put away the computer, exit out of Twitter on my phone, throw my feet up and watch what will hopefully be an instant classic. As for the winner, it could go either way. Seth Rollins is without a doubt the “golden boy” right now are rightfully so. He was given the chance to run as a heel and act completely different from anything he did in FCW, NXT or on the main roster and he surpassed expectations. While I still don’t know how or when he’ll ever get a chance to cash in his briefcase, I believe Rollins is the right man to be carrying the golden ticket. Dean Ambrose has blown into the #2 babyface spot and hasn’t looked back. I have a feeling all the nerves that flared up when Roman Reigns went down while Daniel Bryan is out are probably settled by now. Ambrose came straight from a movie set to the WWE handing him the Holy Grail; a microphone. Suddenly he was allowed to cut promos, his OWN promos, in his own style, wrestle his own/different way and the WWE Universe saw the new anti-authority, anti-hero born before their very eyes. Ambrose’s stock has skyrocketed & everyone is happy about it. Now put these two men who are at the height of their careers right now in a main event inside Hell In A Cell. It’s going to be special.
Winner: IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME SINCE THE MATCH WILL BE AWESOME BUT I’LL SAY DEAN AMBROSE

David Spain: Tough choice. I think either man getting the victory would be the end of it: this is what Hell in a Cell is all about. They’ve done so much to each other, and both men are going to go up from this, so the result of the match is almost a formality compared to the match itself. Going off a gut reaction, I have to guess (and it really is a guess) that Rollins takes it. They’ve done an excellent job keeping a briefcase holder prominent, and I think they’ll want him forever standing by. Ambrose, like Ziggler, can well-afford the loss.
Winner: Seth Rollins

Widro: A great feud that should shine in the Cell. The in ring will be top notch and hopefully they can do something truly memorable.
Winner: Dean Ambrose

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Rusev w/Lana vs. The Big Show

CB: Big Show CRUSH!
Winner: The Big Show

Matt Harrak: I can’t say enough good things about The Big Show and how he’s carried this feud & rebooted Rusev’s career. The Bulgarian Russian was floundering after his lackluster feud with Mark Henry and somehow the Big Show came along & made people CARE again. And Rusev is an athletic monster! You know the new “superkick” he’s been using lately? That’s just the tip of the Rusev iceberg. Once he loses & starts wrestling a wider variety of wrestlers then maybe, juuuust maybe, he’ll avoid the Vladimir Kozlov path for a little while longer.?
Winner: Rusev

David Spain: I’m torn on this feud. I think the choice of the Big Show as Rusev’s opponent is really good; the element of uncertainty for most of Rusev’s feuds has been great, actually, and I always love seeing an underdog heel match. I hate the way the feud’s played out with the white-hot intensity of a thousand blazing suns, but I’m willing to slog through that for the eventual match, so well done, WWE. I think Rusev’s streak is going to continue; I hope he wins totally clean, but it’s far more likely that shenanigans (possibly Mark Henry-shaped shenanigans) may play their part.
Winner (and still sorta kinda undefeated): Rusev

Widro: This should be a big man’s match, if that’s your cup of tea. I think they have telegraphed a Mark Henry turn here and I can’t see Rusev losing even if there is no turn.
Winner: Rusev

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Loser Becomes Winner’s Bitch
Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella

CB: Nikki Bella wins and the month of spite begins.
Winner: Nikki Bella

Matt Harrak: This feud has had more coverage on Total Divas than RAW, Main Event or SmackDown. Its been a slow burn on the reality show compared to the quick turn and random tag matches that we’ve seen on RAW. Either way, only the people who watch TD are somewhat curious as to the outcome and how they’ll use it on Total Divas. Oh and Nikki Bella is winning this because why would a babyface win with this stipulation. Also, these two may surprise a lot of people with what the match quality could turn out to be.
Winner: Nikki Bella

David Spain: I feel like this feud really started with a bang and we’re now at the whimper stage. And don’t get me wrong: I’m glad I’m seeing less of the Bellas, but as in all things, they’ve dragged this out too long. If Brie wins, that’s comeuppance for the villain and the feud’s over. If Nikki wins, then Brie will find some way out, because heaven forbid someone we like has to be a personal assistant. I think we’re going to see the continuation of this feud, and Brie (ironically enough) John Cena-ing her way out of an iron-clad, vaguely-worded verbal agreement. Like a hero.
Winner (and employer of a new personal assistant): Nikki Bella

Widro: This feud has pretty much disappeared from TV in the last couple weeks, which is nice, but it should be a truly awful match.
Winner: Nikki Bella

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2 out of 3 Falls for Intercontinental Title
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro

CB: Cesaro wins in what will be a show-stealing effort by he and Dolph
Winner: Cesaro

Matt Harrak: I love that this match had a pretty decent build going into this PPV. Dolph Ziggler is the perfect Intercontinental Champion and Cesaro is the perfect threat to that belt. In the glory days of the IC title, I could absolutely see Ziggler and Cesaro wrestling each other every night across the country and the matches just getting better and better. Of course that’s not the way it is anymore but yet these two men have wrestled numerous times on TV & people are STILL looking forward to their match on Sunday. As far as a winner goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if Cesaro won since the WWE appears to be inching the spotlight closer and closer to him. On the other hand, where does Ziggler go if he loses the belt? Like I said before, he’s the perfect IC Champion and makes anyone who steps in the ring with him look like a main eventer. That’s why I’m going with Ziggler. I won’t be upset or shocked if Cesaro leaves with the belt; I just see more avenues for Cesaro to explore compared to a titleless Ziggler.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

David Spain: Dolph won a title match in convincing fashion on Friday night, but I think that if they go ahead with this match, Cesaro may walk away holding the gold. It’s a smart choice; both in terms of the man carrying the belt and the feud which could come out of it. Given the quality of Friday’s match, I think Ziggler would still have plenty of momentum and promise, so he wouldn’t be so badly hurt.
Winner (and new Intercontintental Champion): Cesaro

Widro: This has a chance of stealing the card. Both of these guys are hunrgy mid carders who need to be elevated, and are both motivated to tear the house down.
Winner: Ziggler

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WWE Diva’s Title
AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige

CB: AJ retains
Winner: AJ Lee

Matt Harrak: AJ wins & retains and Paige begins feuding with someone else – but they HAVE to be a cast member of Total Divas since Paige is the new addition to the reality show.
Winner: AJ Lee

David Spain: This thing, I believe, has run its course, unless they have some other weird twist to add to it. We need some life breathed into this title scene, and that means some new form of feud. I think AJ’s going to take this one for the definitive second win.
Winner (and still Divas Champion): AJ Lee

Widro: Compared with the insipid Bella storyline, AJ vs Paige has been a masterpiece. It’s been the best diva’s program in years. It’s tough to say who will win
Winner: Paige

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WWE US Title
Sheamus (c) vs. The Miz

CB: Sheamus retains.
Winner: Sheamus

Matt Harrak: It’s hard to look at this match on paper and not be annoyed that The Miz has another chance to be a secondary champion. The truth is, without Damien Sandow, I don’t believe The Miz would have any momentum going into this match. Let me clarify something though – I’m not saying that Damien Sandow is the only thing getting The Miz over right now. What I am saying is that The Miz character (& the performer) works better with a sidekick. The different times he was truly over was with Big Show as “Show-Miz”, with Alex Riley where he won his only WWE Championship and now with “Mizdow”. I say this because I believe Sandow will play a HUGE part in the finish. I’m going to say that The Miz somehow sneaks Sandow into the match & Sandow accidentally ends up getting the pin on Sheamus. Don’t ask me how (I’m guessing it will entail a lot of “suspending our disbelief”) but this would be a great way to get to The Miz versus Damien Sandow (as a babyface) without putting another championship on Miz and elevating Sandow with the US title. Poor Sheamus will just have move on to a feud with Rusev.
Winner: Damien Mizdow

David Spain: At least we’ve managed to isolate two of my least-favourite elements into one match I can just ignore. I’d actually be almost, potentially, nearly intrigued by a Miz win, but I think the string of wins that grinning bastard has over Sheamus, plus the Irishman’s absurd win-loss record in general, means Sheamus is going to place boot against face.
Winner (and still United States Champion): Sheamus

Widro: Damien Mizdow has stolen the show so far in the feud, including a memorable turn mimicking Sheamus a few weeks back.
Winner: The Miz

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WWE Tag Team Titles
Gold & Stardust (c) vs. The Usos

CB: Gold and Stardust keep the titles.
Winner: Gold & Stardust

Matt Harrak: Oh where oh where have our tag teams gone? There are these two teams that have been putting on stellar matches for the last 6 months but where’s the variety? There’s Los Matadores and…. and….. um…… Slater-Gator? What happened?! There once was a time where credible tag teams ruled the ring with organized chaos that delighted the WWE Universe. We were talking a “revival” and instead we received Hornswoggle in an alligator costume to deal with the Bull. The division is on life support and may truly need an Ascension to save it. As far as this match, I don’t really care. I’m still waiting for when Stardust turns on Goldust & that doesn’t seem to happening on Sunday so I’m sticking with them retaining.
Winner: Gold & Stardust

David Spain: I think either result would actually work pretty well. If the Usos lost and had to then fight their way back into contention, then that’s more teams for them to fight and different contenders for the champs to face. But at the same time, what other teams are there right now? Is that an option? I think we’re going to see an AJ/Paige scenario in play, and this will be another in a set of belt-trades.
Winners (and new Tag Team Champions): The Usos

Widro: These teams seemingly have been feuding forever, but the matches are always solid. Seems like a bad time for a title change
Winner: Gold & Stardust

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Hell in a Cell 2014 Go Home Edition of WWE Monday Night Raw http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/21/tuesday-raw-roundtable-hell-in-a-cell-2014-go-home-edition-of-wwe-monday-night-raw/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/21/tuesday-raw-roundtable-hell-in-a-cell-2014-go-home-edition-of-wwe-monday-night-raw/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:09:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170526 WWE Monday Night Raw was the last Raw before Hell in a Cell.

Here are some of the staff’s thoughts!


CB

Did not like Raw tonight, save for seeing Mick Foley again and the Ziggler-Cesaro match was good. With Orton landing the RKO Outta Nowhere on Heyman and getting Curb Stomped by Rollins, it looks like the face turn is likely to happen, so there’s that.

But man, Raw just dragged again and Ambrose pulling out the dummy wasn’t funny, and Rusev kicking the obviously planted “soldier” just came off as a cheesy mid-1990s WWE segment pre-Attitude Era.

Also, the loser of last week’s match gets the title shot if he wins Sunday. That’s dumb.

Overall, bad bad bad bad show tonight.


PK

Cesaro/Ziggler stole the show tonight (SHOCKING!). Everything else just fell flat on it’s face. Foley could not save the dumbest thing that Ambrose has done so far, and I really feel like they are starting to dumb him down. I really like that everyone is clamoring for Orton to turn face…please remember the he is insanely boring then too. And, I have to be honest, I thought the PPV was last night, I had no idea that there was another week to build on it…and apparently creative thought the same way.


Matthew Harrak

God, I think I only watch RAW now to get to the Dean Ambrose segments. His exchange with John Cena was priceless (especially with the Joker reference) and then we got CPRollins. I really can’t say I ever expected Dean Ambrose to introduce a Seth Rollins CPR dummy. Does he get to be the new guy who can “have a good match with an inanimate object”? Mick Foley’s addition was definitely surprising and helped sell a specialty match between two relative newbies who have never been in a Hell In A Cell match. I think Ambrose and Rollins could have pulled it off but adding Foley was definitely a good choice.


Justin Czerwonka

This is where I normally tell you what I like and didn’t like. But there’s no reason to do that this week. This RAW was bad. Ziggler/Cesaro was okay but too short to mean anything. The Rusev/Big Show stuff was terrible. Trying to use an obvious plant to get cheap heat on Rusev was stupid. And we don’t even know if Big Show found him or not. And wasn’t Rusev just defending himself from someone who jumped the barricade? The Cena/Orton stuff was bad. I don’t care how you try to spin it, no one wants to see these two fight again. And I now have a bad feeling that they are going to main event with this stipulation. They even found a way to make a bad Dean Ambrose segment this week. When you have five wrestlers appearing on multiple segments, your show is too damn long. But unfortunately the WWE will never realize this. I bet we get a lot of the same stuff on Smackdown. Just a lot of bad stuff all around. It gets a 1 from me.

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JR Blog: Jeff Jarrett, Hell in a Cell, Should WWE Eliminate Matches That Arent PG? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/jr-blog-jeff-jarrett-hell-in-a-cell-should-wwe-eliminate-matches-that-arent-pg/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/jr-blog-jeff-jarrett-hell-in-a-cell-should-wwe-eliminate-matches-that-arent-pg/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:06:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170451 In a mid-week blog, Jim Ross had a few interesting notes, here are the highlights:

on Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett will be on our show December 16 and we will review WWE’s TLC PPV event together. We will also talk about Jeff’s plans for the future and the many wrestling projects that he has his hands around. This should be a good show as Jeff and I haven’t personally spoken to each other since he left WWE for WCW years ago. Even though Jeff and I parted ways acrimoniously back in the day, I refuse to hold a grudge or to live in a world where I carry ‘hate’ and anger with me. Jeff knows that I wish him the best in anything that he does and I think that this podcast will reveal that we can civilly discuss the past and the future with professionalism and class of which the wrestling biz isn’t always long on.

on Hell in a Cell
Speaking of Hell in a Cell, I wrote another piece for FoxSports.com that will be published next week about the most memorable HIAC match of all time which occurred 16 years ago in Pittsburgh featuring The Undertaker vs. Mick Foley. No HIAC match will ever top that one which is likely a good thing for the competitors (and their loved ones) that are caged within Satan’s Structure.

Some will debate that the first HIAC featuring ‘Taker vs. the incomparable @ShawnMichaels has been topped by only Taker vs. Foley. It’s a subjective thing but the first HIAC was a damned great match that I loved calling.

on WWE/PG
Doing HIAC matches in a PG environment are challenging and more stunts are needed to add to the uniqueness of the match with blood no longer being an option.

That brings up an interesting topic…should WWE re-evaluate some of their more brutal matches that aren’t as effective in a PG landscape and replace them with matches that are more PG friendly? Or is that not necessary?

Check out the entire blog entry at JR’s BBQ

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Daniel Bryan News: Arm Not Regaining Strength, Timetable To Return Uncertain http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/daniel-bryan-news-arm-not-regaining-strength-timetable-to-return-uncertain/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/daniel-bryan-news-arm-not-regaining-strength-timetable-to-return-uncertain/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:25:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170440

Daniel Bryan has had a roller coaster of a year in 2014 and things do not appear to be slowing down.

After winning the World Championship at Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan has had health issues all year.

In September, doctors advised Bryan to forgo surgery and rehab his arm, and he was set to return to WWE by the end of 2014.

However, in the few weeks since, Bryan’s arm has not regained strength, and does not appear to be getting better. To this point, doctors are said to be stumped and do not know what is going on. The plan appears to be back on to have surgery. The surgery, which is the Tommy John ligament replacement surgery that many Major League Baseball pitchers have had, would keep Bryan out of the ring for 3-4 months.

What’s more is that surgery or not, it’s not a guarantee that Bryan would ever return. We’ve reported before and continue to hear rumblings that the return of Bryan is dependent on many factors, and his health recovering is just one of them.

It remains to be seen when – or if – Bryan will be back in a WWE ring, but at this point it’s nearly impossible it will be in 2014, and very unlikely to be in time for Wrestlemania 31.

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 PPV Card: Five Matches Finalized http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014-ppv-card-five-matches-finalized/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2014-ppv-card-five-matches-finalized/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:04:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170435 WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 is scheduled for Sunday October 26th, 2014 on Pay Per View and WWE Network. The core of the card has come together with a double main event and some undercard matches.

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Hell in a Cell
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Hell in a Cell (2)
John Cena vs. Randy Orton

Big Show vs. Rusev

US Title
The Miz (c) vs Sheamus

Loser is the winner’s bitch for 30 days
Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella

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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for October 17, 2014 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-17-2014-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/15/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-17-2014-spoilers/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:57:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170430 Dark Match

1. Kofi Kingston defeated Heath Slater. A good back and forth match. Kofi won with Trouble in Paradise in the match held prior to WWE Main Event.

WWE Smackdown Taping

The show opened with Seth Rollins coming out and talking about whether he sold out. He said he’s the future and spoke about his Hell in a Cell match against Dean Ambrose. Rollins said Ambrose doesn’t deserve to be in HIAC but rather a straight jacket. Dolph Ziggler came out talked about respect. Dolph drop kicked to start the match…

1. Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. The crowd was pro Ziggler. Rollins was thrown outside and grabbed his knee. It was a pretty good back and forth match. Rollins went for powerbomb. Ziggler attempted to counter (did not look good). Rollins went for another one and hit a Curb Stomp for the win…

A.J. Lee was shown skipping backstage…

2. A.J. Lee defeated Layla. Alicia Fox and Paige were on commentary. Fox ran in afterward and was taken down by Lee, but Paige hit Lee with her finisher and then skipped inside the ring…

Sheamus and The Usos were interviewed before the six-man tag match, and then a Wyatt Family video was shown…

3. Sheamus and The Uso Brothers defeated The Miz (w/Mizdow), Goldust, and Stardust. Watching Sandow live is pretty funny, writes Arnaldo. There was a “let’s go Sandow” chant briefly. Sheamus won the match with a Brogue Kick…

Big Show was shown walking backstage… Big Show came to the ring for a promo and spoke about responsibility. He said he would pin Rusev at Hell in a Cell. Show called out Mark Henry and they talked about old times. Show said he needed to be on his own against Rusev. Rusev’s music played. Rusev and Lana spoke about how Show will let the United States down. Show cut him off and said he can’t crush him because he’s American made…

4. Nikki Bella defeated Naomi. Nikki won with her finisher. The crowd wasn’t really into the match…

Dean Ambrose and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Kane in a handicap street fight was hyped for Raw… Another Wyatt vignette was shown… Dean Ambrose was interviewed by Renee Young. He told Seth you can’t prepare for the unknown not even Dean knows what he is gonna do…

5. Dean Ambrose beat Kane (w/Seth Rollins) by DQ. A very slow match to start. Rollins grabbed the rope and a DQ was called. Rollins and Kane then powerbombed Ambrose and then attempted a Curb Stomp onto a chair. Ambrose grabbed the chair and was going to hit Seth with it, but he hit Kane instead. Ambrose was left in the ring and Seth was shown on stage

Dark Segment

The Wyatt Family came out as Dean was left in the ring. Kane, Rollins, and the Wyatt Family surrounded the ring. The heels assaulted Ambrose, but Dolph Ziggler, The Usos and later Sheamus ran out. The babyfaces eventually hit their spots Dean hit his finisher on Seth. The crowd was very into it.
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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: WWE Channels Vince Russo with an “On The Pole” Match http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/14/tuesday-raw-roundtable-wwe-channels-vince-russo-with-an-on-the-pole-match/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/14/tuesday-raw-roundtable-wwe-channels-vince-russo-with-an-on-the-pole-match/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:48:25 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170420 WWE Monday Night Raw featured a Big Show vs. Rusev match and a finalized double main event for Hell in a Cell.

Here are some of the staff’s thoughts!


CB

Good Raw tonight, at least it was better than last week. Orton vs. Ziggler was a very solid match, and Damien Mizdow continues to impress. I’m also glad it’ll be Ambrose vs. Rollins at Hell In A Cell, which is a solid and fresh main event. Cena vs. Orton 1,000 will be a chore, but I’m sure they’ll do what they do.

Where’s Brock Lesnar again?


Matthew Harrak

As long as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins go on last, I’m excited for this booking. Of course we’ve all see Randy Orton versus John Cena a million times but I’m really liking the one-upmanship between Orton and Rollins. I say bridge them off into a feud and let the fans decide who they want to cheer, even if that IS Orton. I was a decent match with a predictable outcome but the line of the night was when I heard a little kid shout after Ambrose’s suplex to Cena on the stage “Enough, Ambrose! Enough!”. See, for some people this is still real… dammit!


Justin Czerwonka

Overall, the show was good from a wrestling standpoint. We had three perfectly acceptable TV matches. There also wasn’t too much filler tonight. It was the kind of show that you want to see from a three hour RAW. Have some quality wrestling with a couple of promos sprinkled in between. But the booking is just a big puzzle right now and half the time it seems like it is being done on the fly. But at least we are getting Ambrose/Rollins at Hell In A Cell. I’m giving the show a 6.


Widro

After the trainwreck of last week, this show felt less bad. The decision to move the Cena/Ambrose “on a poll” match to solidify Ambrose/Rollins as the true main event of Hell in a Cell was a huge win. The Rusev stuff continues to fall flat to me, but at least it’s a strong push for a new guy. My favorite thing on the show is Damien Mizdow. WWE is super flat still and needs a shakeup in booking.

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JR Blog: WWE Raw Has “No Where To Go But Up”, Book Details http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/13/jr-blog-wwe-raw-has-no-where-to-go-but-up-book-details/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/13/jr-blog-wwe-raw-has-no-where-to-go-but-up-book-details/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:06:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170355 Jim Ross has a new blog previewing Raw, here are some highlights:

on Raw having “no where to go but up”
With two reality show guests on RAW tonight, who knows what awaits the TV viewer but there’s no way to go but up on this matter based on last week’s epic fail of Hoda and Kathie Lee from the NBC Today Show. That piece of business was challenging to watch and made me want to organize my sock drawer.

on show scheduling vs Monday Night Football
Yes, I am advocating that taking a commercial break during a main event level bout does more harm than good, second screen experience or not. Most fans don’t have the second screen nor do they care as much about it as a customer than before the WWE Network was launched and can only absorb so much ‘selling’ during a three hour marathon that’s challenging to watch any way. By not break up matches with a commercial break, it lessens the opportunity for fans to channel surf, especially as it relates to Monday Night Football, plus it allows the talents to tell a better story with continuity and provides the big event feel at home that is often times missing on WWE’s flagship show. Yes, by doing this it would take re-tooling the basic format of RAW but one could argue that matter is overdue.

on book details
One of the many themes of my first book will be to never allow others to define you or put limits on how successful that you can be no matter what one does for a living. I’ve had executives make fun and pigeon hole me as a Southern Hillbilly because of my accent while others have made light of my three bouts of Bells palsy and my residual, facial paralysis. In my view, they are the one’s who have the problem and not me. Many former wrestling types no longer working in the business have outlined many of these stories during the research phase of our autobiography to the level that I may leave a great deal of it out to simply not embarrass the offenders and their families especially their children.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ

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WWE Announces Advertising Plans For WWE Network http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/13/wwe-announces-advertising-plans-for-wwe-network/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/13/wwe-announces-advertising-plans-for-wwe-network/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:26:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170349 WWE announced that it would be adding “limited” advertising to WWE Network. Here is the message sent to subscribers:

Dear WWE Network Subscriber,

Today WWE Network will begin to run limited video advertisements.

Here’s what you can expect:

• No commercial breaks during scheduled programming
• Limited advertising between shows
• Occasional advertising before our video-on-demand content

If you have any questions regarding your subscription, please visit wwe.com/help. Thank you for being a WWE Network subscriber.

WWE Network Support

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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for October 10, 2014 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/08/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-10-2014-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/08/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-10-2014-spoilers/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:55:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170305 Prior the taping, Paul Heyman made an unadvertised appearance and drew mega heat.

JBL is introduced to a mild pop followed by Lilian Garcia. She welcomed Philly to Smackdown 15 and pumped the crowd up for the opening. The signature aired followed by classic clips of Smackdown through the years. Notable was the focus on Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy throughout the highlights.

Smackdown has a new opening theme which will take some getting used to. Lilian introduced Smackdown’s first GM Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie plugged WWE Network by pointing out that The Rock coined the phrase Smackdown and noted that her husband Triple H had beaten Rock. She led the crowd in a brief $9.99 chant.

Stephanie was interrupted by John Laurinaitis, who got a People Power chant. He also pimped the Network. Out next was Teddy Long, who got a pretty big pop.

Teddy and Johnny get into a back and forth over their storyline heat from back in the day. They actually got into an argument over the booking of Teddy’s favorite match – the tag match. The result was Teddy actually trying to book a 15-man tag match which was pretty damn funny. Stephanie suggested that Teddy and Johnny each pick a team and that whoever’s team won would result in that man being declared the greatest GM of all time.

Stephanie said that Miz will host a face to face between John Cena and Dean Ambrose. Adam Rose and his crew, including the Bunny, interrupted and actually got a pretty loud pop. Rose told Steph not to be a lemon and she promptly booked him against Kane as punishment…

During the commercial break, we get a clip from the first Smackdown featuring The Rock vs. Triple H with HBK as the special referee. We also got a Network plug…

Back from break, Rose did the trust fall. Kane headed to the ring cutting a promo saying he is not a cheeseburger, lemon, or a Rosebud. He is, however, a party pooper…

1. Kane defeated Adam Rose. Kane squashed Rose in under a minute with a chokeslam. The Rosebuds tended to Rose. Kane destroyed all of the Rosebuds with the exception of The Bunny, which would have popped the hell out of me…

The next Smackdown clip was Cena’s debut against Kurt Angle…

2. A.J. Lee defeated Alicia Fox (w/Paige). There were brief CM Punk chants that died quickly. Fox was in control and once again the Punk chants picked up with an AJ chant mixed in for good measure. AJ went over with Black Widow, but before Lilian could finish her announcement, Paige attacked Lee. AJ fought off Paige and Fox to end the segment…

3. Seth Rollins (w/Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble) beat Kofi Kingston. Rollins got a mild “You Sold Out” chant before the match started. Rollins started the match off very aggressively and was beating the hell out of Kofi, who made a brief comeback but was cutoff with a neckbreaker. Rollins played to the crowd and drew some damn good heat. Kofi came backs and went on a nice run before getting shut down with a buckle bomb followed by The Curb Stomp…

A Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper promo aired. The visual of a darkened arena that is lit by only cellphones is one of the coolest visuals in pro wrestling history…

Out next were Dolph Ziggler followed by Rusev and Lana… The next Smackdown moment was a collection of MITB cash-ins over the years. Footage of The Rock/Rusev confrontation from Raw aired…

4. Rusev (w/Lana) defeated Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. The match started with Ziggler dodging Rusev until he got caught. There was a brief USA chant. Rusev controlled much of the match with Ziggler bumping his ass off as usual to make Rusev look like a beast. The crowd fired up the USA chant again but they once again don’t pick up steam. A small “Let’s Go Ziggler” chant got going but was drowned out by USA chants. After several minutes of Rusev offense, Ziggler woke up the crowd with some flashy offense but it was not enough, as he was crushed and forced to submit to The Accolade…

Afterward, Lana cut a promo trashing Philly and The Rock. Rusev said Rock will pay as well as Big Show. He challenged Show to a match on Raw. The Russian flag dropped and that ended the segment. This promo drew amazing heat live…

The next Smackdown moment was one of my favorites of all time with Steve Austin beating the hell out of Booker T in a supermarket… Lilian put over the Philly chapter of Susan G. Komen and a brief video airsed… The Philadelphia Eagles players got some camera love to a nice pop…

A backstage segment aired with Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie reminiscing about their Smackdown history through the years. Rock teased him and Triple H going at it one more time and the crowd popped huge. Things started to get a little tense between the two as they teased a future WrestleMania match. Steph stepped in and called both guys winners and suggests they go get something to eat. This segment is funny as hell and is a must watch on Friday Night…

Lillian introduced another former Smackdown GM in Booker T, who got an initial loud pop that died quickly. Booker was on commentary for the next match…

5. Team Teddy (Sheamus, Mark Henry, The Usos, Los Matadores, El Torito, and Jack Swagger) beat Team Johnny (Goldust, Stardust, Heath Slater, Titus O’ Neil, Damien Mizdow, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, and Hornswoggle in the silly ass Gator outfit). It didn’t take long for things to break down as the heels regrouped on the outside. A small but pretty vocal “Sexual Chocolate” chant was heard throughout the match. Everybody got a chance to shine, but the most notable thing about this match was how over Mizdow was, which I hope WWE takes notice of because the guy is being criminally wasted. After several minutes of pretty forgettable action Sheamus was tagged in to a huge pop and went on a tear that included hitting his trademark ten clubs on Ceasro, Stardust, and Heath Slater at the same time. The Usos hit dives on the heels which popped the crowd. Ceasro, after months of non-use, broke out the Ceaaro Swing, which the crowd ate up. In the end the Usos took out Mizdow with a superkick/splash combo giving Team Teddy the win…

A Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan promo aired…

The next Smackdown moment was Stone Cold destroying the DX Express…

In what was most likely a dark segment, Team Teddy was still in the ring. Teddy’s theme played as he did his trademark dance. Booker T entered the ring and pumped the crowd by asking if they want to see a 15th anniversary spinnaronni from each member of Team Teddy. First up was Mark Henry followed by the Usos. Next was Los Matadores and Torito, Sheamus, and Swagger. Teddy even did one, which was pretty bad. Sheamus pointed out that the announce team should also do spinnaroonies. So we got one from JBL, and Booker finished us off. This was entertaining but a bit long…

The Royal Rumble is confirmed for Philly on January 25…

Kofi Kingston came out and demanded another match with Seth Rollins. Rollins came out with Mercury and Noble for the match…

6. Seth Rollins (w/Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble) defeated Kofi Kingston. Rollins dominated the match for the most part. Kofi made a comeback but not enough as the match ended the same way as their previous one. My guess is that this was a re-take as there was a slight botch with the finish of the original match.

Miz TV with John Cena and Dean Ambrose was up next. Miz is introduced to little reaction… The next Smackdown moment was the 9/11 tribute show..

The Miz started off the segment putting himself over followed by covering what happened between Cena and Ambrose on Raw. Miz said the match between Ambrose and Cena at HIAC will now be a No Holds Barred Contract on a Pole match. Whoever gets the contract gets Rollins in HIAC. When the hell did WWE put Vince Russo back on payroll?!?! Miz introduced Ambrose and Cena. Ambrose got a nice pop and Cena got the usual mixed reaction. Miz pointed out that Ambrose embarrassed Cena on Monday. Ambrose said that he wanted to show Cena that he takes crap from no one and that at HIAC Rollins belongs to him.

Miz gave Cena the chance for a rebuttal. Cena went into hyper mode and actually got a damn loud pop from the crowd after a little sucking up, of course. He put over Ambrose as a guy who speaks his mind. Cena pulled out two baseballs and said those are what it takes to make it in WWE. He than proceeded to bury Miz for having no balls. Cena went into preacher mode putting over Ambrose and their match at HIAC.

Miz stirred the pot by pointing out all of Cena’s accolades to Ambrose asking him if he thinks he can beat him. Ambrose responds “Yup.” Funny. Miz attempted to do the same deal to Cena, but Cena cut him off and basically told Miz that Mizdow is better than him, which led to Sandow getting another big pop. The segment ended with Cena and Ambrose beating the hell out of Miz. Cena gave Ambrose his receipt from Monday by hitting him with the Attitude Adjustment to conclude the Smackdown taping.

Dark Segment

Kane came out and told Cena that he made a mistake by taking out Ambrose with the AA, as he is booking himself and Rollins against Cena and Ambrose.

1. John Cena and Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins and Kane. The heels worked over Cena for a few minutes as Ambrose sold being pissed off at ringside. Cena made a hot tag to Ambrose, who went on a tear ending with him and Cena hitting their finishers for the win. Cena and Ambrose played a game of can you top this with crowd reactions with Ambrose winning. Overall, a fun night of wrestling in Philly.

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Rusev Smells What The Rock Is Cooking http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/07/tuesday-raw-roundtable-rusev-smells-what-the-rock-is-cooking/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/07/tuesday-raw-roundtable-rusev-smells-what-the-rock-is-cooking/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:56:47 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170298 WWE Monday Night Raw was another 3 hour marathon show, but it was highlighted by the surprise appearance by The Rock!

Here is what some of the Pulse Wrestling staff thinks:


CB

Before The Rock showed up to make his surprise appearance, this was a pretty mediocre show. WWE needs the Wyatts back on live TV rather than vignettes (though they are well-done video packages), and it would be nice to have their WWE Champion around again too.


Matthew Harrak

The main event was pretty much was what expected… until Dean Ambrose came out with a damn hot dog stand! Including a ketchup & mustard holster. Yup, you read that right and it was just as glorious as it sounds. I also do like the stipulation scheduled for Hell In A Cell. Of course it would be logical for Ambrose to face Seth Rollins in a Cell but now he has to beat Cena too. Things are completely in the air now and unless they start setting up a secondary feud for Cena, I don’t how Ambrose is going to advance to the main event. At least things are getting somewhat interesting leading into Hell In A Cell even without a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.


Justin Czerwonka

While The Rock’s surprise return was fun, it didn’t so enough to take away from the massive flaws that the WWE currently has. It has been the same combination of guys wrestling in the main event for the last two weeks. Yeah, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns are hurt. But it shows how the WWE has failed to develop any new stars in the process. And with how Hell In A Cell has been booked, it makes me really fearful that John Cena is going over Dean Ambrose. That would be the dumbest possible decision. John Cena doesn’t need to ruin what was a great program that was Rollins/Ambrose. I’m giving the show a 5.


Widro

Monday Night Raw seems like an antiseptic, corporate shill-show with Kathie Lee, The Bunny, Pink, Komen Shilling, etc. But even as I was dreading the show, when you hear The Rock’s music, it was hard not to mark out. The Rock segment was incredible, the rest of the show was largely bad. It’s good to have Dean Ambrose pushed in the main event but what he’s actually doing is brutal.

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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for October 3, 2014 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/01/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-3-2014-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/01/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-october-3-2014-spoilers/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:39:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170241 The Groundhog Day episode of Smackdown tonight:

John Cena wanted Seth Rollins out. Dean Ambrose wanted Seth Rollins out. Cena asked Ambrose for a truce for tonight. The Authority showed up on the video sreen and Kane announced that tonight’s main event would be Cena & Ambrose vs. Kane & Orton.

Sheamus & Dolph Ziggler b The Miz & Damien Mizdow when Ziggler pinned Mizdow. Sheamus laid out Mizdow after the match.

The first vignette of the new Luke Harper aired.

Paige b Naomi. A.J. was at ringside and attacked Alicia Fox.

Big Show came out and said that he may have gone too far when he pulled down the Russian flag. He said that he liked most Russians and said that he realizes he’d have been angry if they did the same thing to the American flag. He apologized to everyone in Russia. Rusev then came out and attacked Show with the flagpole.

Usos b Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil.
The Bunny attacked Hornswoggle at ringside.

Cesaro b R-Truth with the Neutralizer

John Cena & Dean Ambrose b Randy Orton & Kane via DQ when Seth Rollins interfered.

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JR Blog: Cena/Ambrose, Pitch To Combine Titles, Mocks Bunny Creative http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/30/jr-blog-cenaambrose-pitch-to-combine-titles-mocks-bunny-creative/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/30/jr-blog-cenaambrose-pitch-to-combine-titles-mocks-bunny-creative/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:32:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170237 Jim Ross had a Tuesday blog complete with Raw thoughts, here are some highlights.

on Cena/Ambrose
The tension that evolved during the show between Cena and Ambrose caught my attention and I’m curious as to where that might go. Cena’s polarizing rub would help make Ambrose a bigger fan favorite of which WWE is sorely lacking at the moment.

on combining the IC and US titles
Still optimistic that Dolph Ziggler can renew the luster to the IC Title and I am still an advocate of WWE combining the IC and the US Titles as a way to turn Sheamus heel with the US Title going away.

on mocking creative
Admittedly, I am not in WWE’s target demo any longer but I’m still a fan but for the life of me I can’t ascertain the usefulness of a mini bull, a mini alligator or a giant rabbit. Apparently, I just don’t get it. Perhaps it’s the ‘Disney’ influence of the PG aspect of today’s WWE and if so that would make sense.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Raw Goes Pink! Plus, Rusev http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/30/tuesday-raw-roundtable-raw-goes-pink-plus-rusev/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/30/tuesday-raw-roundtable-raw-goes-pink-plus-rusev/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:26:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170231 WWE presented a pink-a-rific episode of Monday Night Raw, with a heel dominated main event angle.

What did a few of the Pulse Wrestling staffers think?


Justin Czerwonka

I thought this show was a bit of a step up from previous weeks. There wasn’t a lot of wrestling on the show, but it felt like it had more direction than last week’s show did. Rollins ending the show standing tall is good if you want to build him up as a top heel threat down the line. He continues to grow into his role well. I’m giving the show a 5. I thought it was an average show that good have used some more wrestling but was also made much more entertaining thanks to Dean Ambrose.


Widro

If there were ever a week where WWE looked its maximum PG-ness, its most corporate and most vanilla ever, it was this week. The entire show was soaked in pink for the Komen Foundation, which is absolutely a nice gesture, but was definitely overdone on this show. To build the entire show to a Hulk Hogan appearance where he cut a promo on breast cancer, plus THREE diva’s matches, it was just so much content that no one was interested in seeing. If not for Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, WWE would have nothing at all going for it right now. Daniel Bryan can’t come back fast enough.


PK

3 diva’s matches? Click.

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WWE Notes: Smackdown Match, Main Event, WWE Network Launch Delayed in UK http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/30/wwe-notes-smackdown-match-main-event-wwe-network-launch-delayed-in-uk/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/30/wwe-notes-smackdown-match-main-event-wwe-network-launch-delayed-in-uk/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:11:21 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170223 Some news and notes for WWE…

WWE is taping Smackdown and other shows tomorrow night.

Smackdown is so far scheduled to feature a tag match pitting Sheamus & Dolph Ziggler vs. Miz & Damien Mizdow

The live Main Event show on WWE Network will feature Mark Henry vs. Bo Dallas.

The WWE Network was due to launch in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2014. However, no details had been released and tonight on Raw it was revealed that the launch was delayed 1 month to November 1st. The reason given was discussions with potential partners, but no further information.

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TNA Annoucnes Full Bound For Glory 2014 PPV Card http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/tna-annoucnes-full-bound-for-glory-2014-ppv-card/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/tna-annoucnes-full-bound-for-glory-2014-ppv-card/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:24:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170210 The Great Muta & “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri vs. The Great Sanada & James Storm

Team 3D (Bully Ray & Devon) vs. The Monster Abyss & Tommy Dreamer.

X-Division Title
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Low Ki vs former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi

Ethan Carter 3 vs former sumo wrestler Ryota Hama

MVP vs Kazma Sakamoto

Manik vs Minoru Tanaka

Havok vs. Velvet Sky

Plus: Team 3D is inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame

Full press release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2014) — TNA Wrestling, in conjunction with Japanese-based promotion Wrestle-1, will produce and broadcast its biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory, outside of the United States. Emanating from the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Bound For Glory will be available exclusively on Pay-Per-View (PPV) Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

“Taking Bound For Glory, our company’s tent pole event, outside of the United States for the first time is the culmination of years of strategically introducing and growing the TNA brand and affiliated properties internationally,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “TNA has cultivated an incredible relationship with Wrestle-1, and we are proud to join forces in bringing wrestling fans what will be a historic and memorable evening of professional wrestling broadcast from one of the most legendary fighting venues in all the world.”

At Bound For Glory, arguably the most-recognized Japanese athlete in all of professional sports, The Great Muta, will join forces with “The Japanese Buzzsaw” Tajiri to face Muta’s former student, the “reborn” Great Sanada, who will be teamed with his new mentor and leader of the revolution, James Storm in a much anticipated grudge match.

The newest members of the TNA Hall of Fame, Team 3D – Bully Ray and Devon, will be inducted into the exclusive club at Bound For Glory. Bully and Devon will also be in action as Team 3D for the first time faces fellow hardcore legends, The Monster Abyss and Tommy Dreamer.

Bound For Glory will feature unique, one-time-only inter-promotional matches between TNA and Wrestle-1 Superstars including:
The unstoppable Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe defending his X-Division championship vs the awe-inspiring Low Ki vs former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi

The undefeated EC3 vs former sumo wrestler Ryota Hama

The charismatic and devious MVP vs the global phenomenon Kazma Sakamoto

The masked, unpredictable Manik vs the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Minoru Tanaka

In addition the card for Bound For Glory will include a Knockouts battle between the destructive Havok and 2-time Knockouts Champion and 2015 TNA calendar cover-girl Velvet Sky.

“I can confidently say this will be the most intriguing and captivating three hours of professional wrestling action all year,” said John Gaburick, TNA’s executive vice-president, talent relations and creative. “With an incredible card pitting the best professional wrestling athletes against one another in never-before-seen matches, Bound For Glory will once again set the standard for the best wresting in the world.”

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New Poll: Is WWE Smart to Keep Brock Lesnar off of Hell in a Cell 2014? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/new-poll-is-wwe-smart-to-keep-brock-lesnar-off-of-hell-in-a-cell-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/new-poll-is-wwe-smart-to-keep-brock-lesnar-off-of-hell-in-a-cell-2014/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:22:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170196 There are strong indications that WWE is making Hell in a Cell 2014 a show without a WWE World Title defense, and Brock Lesnar is not booked for the show or any Raw events.

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Poll Results: What Did You Think Of WWE Night of Champions 2014? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/poll-results-what-did-you-think-of-wwe-night-of-champions-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/poll-results-what-did-you-think-of-wwe-night-of-champions-2014/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:19:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170194 WWE’s September PPV, Night of Champions 2014 was a mixed bag according to Pulse Wrestling readers.

What Did You Think Of WWE Night Of Champions 2014?

  • Thumbs In The Middle (41%, 38 Votes)
  • Thumbs Down (25%, 23 Votes)
  • Did Not Watch (18%, 17 Votes)
  • Thumbs Up! (16%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 92
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Kurt Angle News: WWE Status, Talks to Vince McMahon, TNA Contract, No Bound For Glory http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/kurt-angle-news-wwe-status-talks-to-vince-mcmahon-tna-contract-no-bound-for-glory/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/29/kurt-angle-news-wwe-status-talks-to-vince-mcmahon-tna-contract-no-bound-for-glory/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:16:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170192 Kurt Angle recently did an interview where he commented on a variety of subjects, including his TNA status and prospects of a WWE return.

on TNA status, not appearing at Bound for Glory
I did TV’s for the next 2 months, we just recorded them last week, so I will be doing more with TNA. My decision to go with the company I’m going to go with, we’re going to pretty much have a press release and set up a press conference, that will be in the next few weeks. The contract should be done, signed, and completed. Wherever I go, it is going to start in January, but I will be doing some stuff for TNA. I will not be at Bound For Glory due to contractual disputes. But the company I’m going to go with, I’m going to give them my best year. I’m going with the company that really wants to take care of me.

on TNA TV situation
Well at the TV’s we just did, Dixie Carter and ‘Big’ John Gaburick sat the talent down and eased their minds a little bit, because I think a lot of the talent were a little bit confused and nervous regarding what was going on. I had a private sit down with Dixie, she reassured me of what was going on, and what her plans were. It was a good meeting, it was a very positive meeting. She just knows that the next deal that they sign really has to help benefit TNA, in every regard.

When it comes down to it, it is about money, and it is also about how you can get promoted on that network. I won’t say that Spike did a bad job, but I will say that Spike could have done better. If it is going to be Spike, and I don’t know, because Dixie really wouldn’t say who it was, they’re going to have to do a better job. I know that that’s where TNA is right now. They’re in a period where they’re budgeting because they don’t have the money from the network to pay for the TV shows. I believe Panda Energy is funding the show right now, so yes, we’re going to have to do TV tapings in the same city 2 or 3 days at a time until we get to the point where we can go live again, and that will be when the TV deal is done.

on talking to Vince McMahon
The only person that I really spoke my piece with, that I had a lot to do with in the past, and the problems I had and the way I left the company, I was able to speak my piece with Vince, and I’m happy with that. As long as Vince and I don’t have any issues, I’m okay with that. What I found out is that Triple H is pretty much running the show now. I didn’t know that, I really believed that Vince would always run the show until the day he died, but now they’re in a position as a publicly traded company where you’re not only answering to Vince and Triple H, you’re also answering to the shareholders.

So there’s a lot of decisions they have to make not just for themselves, but for the people that are invested in the company. So it’s a publicly traded company, and there’s people they have to answer to, but I know when I was there, Vince McMahon never had to answer to anyone. He made the final decision regardless, even when they started as a public company. Now things are a little tougher for them to make chancy decisions. The most important thing is that I got to speak to Vince, and speak my piece with him, and I’m happy with that.

on Vince Russo
I love Vince Russo, that’s my personal opinion. Vince knew my value, he obviously made me the big topic of the show, he evolved everything around me. Not that I needed to have that all the time, I’m a team players so I’ll do whatever it takes to make the show better, but Vince and I were great. I got along with him as much as I got along with Brian Gerwitz, the writer in WWE. I always speak highly of Vince Russo, I can’t really speak about the issues he’s had with TNA, but my personal issues with him have been very positive and good.

Check out the full interview at alternativenation

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