Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:20:47 +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 Impact Wrestling Video Series: Destination: Boca Raton (w/ EC3) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/impact-wrestling-video-series-destination-boca-raton-w-ec3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/impact-wrestling-video-series-destination-boca-raton-w-ec3/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:20:47 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171639 As IMPACT Wrestling prepares to land on Destination America in 2015, we wanted to spend sometime with the superstars themselves and see where they go when they aren’t trying to win championships, pummel each other or find a good restaurant on the road.


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Video of the Day: Unholy Alliance? Paul Heyman Talks About Raw Steel Cage Match http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/video-of-the-day-unholy-alliance-paul-heyman-talks-about-raw-steel-cage-match/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/video-of-the-day-unholy-alliance-paul-heyman-talks-about-raw-steel-cage-match/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:00:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171635

Unholy Alliance? – Raw Fallout – December 15, 2014

Paul Heyman is very cryptic about his actions during the Steel-Cage Match on Raw.
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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Jericho Hosts, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar, Cena vs. Rollins in a Cage http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/tuesday-raw-roundtable-jericho-hosts-paul-heyman-brock-lesnar-cena-vs-rollins-in-a-cage/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/tuesday-raw-roundtable-jericho-hosts-paul-heyman-brock-lesnar-cena-vs-rollins-in-a-cage/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:09:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171632 WWE presented a post-TLCS 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw

Here are our staff thoughts!


Steven Berkman

Raw honestly made me think “maybe it’s time to stop watching regularly again”.

There’s nothing to appeal to a traditional wrestling fan. It’s 90% goofy sh*t made to appeal to “the masses” that won’t buy the merch, the PPV or the network.

Their current model is basically hemorrhaging fans and by that token, money. NXT and ROH are really the two things that keep my interest in wrestling in general and both products blow Raw clean out of the water.

Jimmy Jacobs, Scarlett Bordeaux and Taeler Hendrix appearing on screen should not be a show highlight for me, but it was the best part. I guess the payoff for them for the night is worth it if they’re in the area but it doesn’t get them any real exposure because the only people that would recognize them already follow their products.

Lesnar coming back to beat someone up isn’t a novelty anymore. It’s a quarterly duty. Cena/Lesnar does not interest me at all and the fact that they didn’t use the escape hatch they had in that tables match is a shame. It’s all going to lead to a Rollins cash in, a crummy short title reign and passing the torch to Reigns who I also don’t care about. Or it’s going to mean Cena has a SIXTEENTH title reign.

Raw is consistently an unequivocal disappointment to me as a fan of wrestling. And that makes me sad because I love wrestling. But raw? Raw isn’t wrestling anymore.


Justin Czerwonka

The WWE’s creative direction is just a giant mess right now. Apparently, there was a talent only meeting backstage about not having any kind of silent protest about booking. What should happen is the whole roster should step into Vince’s office and demand sweeping changes throughout the product. And something like that is desperately needed. The main event was good and a couple other things were, but the overall show just fell flat and nothing of note really happened. I’ll give the show a 3.


PK

Raw was a forgettable show. When I want to write my thoughts on it, and have to visit @WWECreative_ish to remember what happened, that’s a bad sign.

Brock beating down Jericho was predictable. Brock beating down Cena was predictable. The New Day is a lame version of 3MB (at least Jinder & Drew changed their characters to have a theme for the group…not just be best buddies). The Ascension vignette only made me realize that there are way too many tag teams that wear face paint. Roman’s return to Raw was lukewarm, at best. Let’s not even mention the budding feud between Ryback & Rusev. And the reward for having the 2 best matches on the PPV was curtain jerking in a throw away tag match (in which Big Show scored the pin?!?), and NOT EVEN APPEARING ON RAW!

There were 3 highlights: Jimmy Jacobs in the Rosebuds, Kane giving the Bunny a tombstone, and (of course) Mizdow. How can NXT be so awesome, and Raw be so terrible? (the answer is that there is wrestling on NXT).


Widro

Raw isn’t even 3 hours anymore, there is a half hour pre-show and an extended overrun, it’s more like a four hour commitment. And in all that time, they couldn’t fit Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose on the show? Is Ambrose still selling his electricity burns?

Setting up a Jericho vs. Heyman match was pointless, stupid and boring. The cage match at the end was good action but the finish was a convoluted mess. Watching WWE right now is a chore and I can’t imagine many fans enjoying these slogs of a show.

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Pulse Flashback 12/16/2004: SmarK Rant for WWE Armageddon 2004, Triple H Talks Return Of Brock Lesnar http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/pulse-flashback-12162004-smark-rant-for-wwe-armageddon-2004-triple-h-talks-return-of-brock-lesnar/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/pulse-flashback-12162004-smark-rant-for-wwe-armageddon-2004-triple-h-talks-return-of-brock-lesnar/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:00:09 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171600 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of wrestling for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of wrestling 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

WWE Hall Of Fame Ticket Information

The WWE Hall of Fame Dinner will be taking place on April 2nd. The ceremony will be held at the Universal Amphitheater at 7:15 p.m.

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Paul Heyman Radio Interview

This week on Between the Ropes, Fritz and Dickerman had an opportunity to interview the owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling and current WWE superstar, Paul Heyman to discuss the recent release of ‘The Rise and Fall of ECW’ DVD, his work in WWE, his involvement on the creative team, and how ECW has permeated all facets of society.

On ‘The Rise and Fall of ECW’ DVD:
‘Well, you know the funniest thing was at first I was kind of pissed off that they were even coming out with it because I quite frankly didn’t think they would do it any justice. I didn’t think they could do it any justice, and I didn’t think they would do it any justice. And when it first came out, I didn’t even watch it. When the preview copies came out in the studio. It took Rob Van Dam, and Tazz, and the Dudleys, and Tommy Dreamer, and even Tommy Dreamer’s wife, who was known as Beulah McGillicutty. All these people got on the phone with me and said basically you gotta watch this because they actually did us justice and when I watched it I was beyond pleasantly surprised at the fact that they did do us justice. You could only expect so much to be told of the seven year history in only three hours. They made the most of those three hours, and it’s pretty much the most comprehensive look at who we were and what we did and what happened to us that I’ve seen so far. . . I don’t really know the word that could convey how I felt watching it, except I was pleasantly surprised of how extraordinarily accurately some of the subjects were handled.’

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WWE Films News: Kane Film Adds to Cast

“Michael J. Pagan (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Fallen” ) has been cast in the WWE FIlms and Lions Gate horror thriller “Eye Scream Man.”

Principal photography for pic, starring WWF [sic] star Kane and directed by Gregory Dark, is under way in Oz.

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InsidePulse’s WWE Byte This Report: 12.15.04

Generic theme #1225 brings us to… Byte This! Marc doesn’t even pretend that Josh Matthews is showing up tonight, which is such a huge bummer. Today’s show is great, we’ve got the new Women’s Champion, one half of the Raw Tag-Team Champions, and the former Raw Heavyweight Champion. Marc is blathering about being 93rd in the Fantasy Game, so I’m gonna eat some food until he’s done talking. Okay, I’m back. EC’dub DVD is still numero uno, the Game’s workout book is doing well (although Brian Alverez’s Death of WCW is actually selling better on Amazon), and you can win some free stuff if you buy HHH’s book from the WWE website. Marc reminds us that New Year’s Revolution is being main-evented by an Elimination Chamber match, he goes over some Raw tidbits, and he briefly mentions that you can see that Dan Puder is the Tough Enough champ if you look at the website. Break time!

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Armageddon 2004

- Yes, like death, taxes, and drum solos, it’s time once again for the traditional shittiest PPV of the year, Armageddon. And so forewarned this time around, it’s obvious that we need a return of the snarkiest rating system known to man: The Shane McMahon Unconditional Refund Formula! Or SMURF, for short.

For those new to the game, or who didn’t follow me here from 411, basically I was at Backlash in April and the RAW the next night in Calgary, and both times I was sitting behind Shane McMahon. At the RAW show, Zen’s friend Dave got tired of the patience required to sit through a TV taping, after a few drinks of course, and started complaining about how he wanted his money back, despite being there because the WWE comped me tickets and thus he wasn’t paying for them anyway. So after a couple of hours of whining, Shane turns around and gives Dave $100 (US) to shut up and leave. Which he didn’t, although we did leave right after the main event to be on the safe side. So basically instead of the standard Hot Poker Up the Ass rating system to judge how bad a show is, I will use the SMURF system, which indicates how much Shane McMahon would have to bribe me with to get me or any other random redneck in attendance to stop complaining about it. Less money is a better match. And away we go”¦

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[Deconstructing the Moveset] – A Year of RAW Part 3 of 4

Welcome to Deconstructing the Moveset and Inside Pulse’s RAW year in review. Last week, we looked at the second wrestling quarter of 2004 with RAW’s from March 15th up until Bad Blodd. This week we look at the RAW following Badd Blood until Unforgiven in September. We learned the following lessons last week:

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Triple H Talks About The Return Of Brock Lesnar

On today’s Opie & Anthony XM Show, Triple H publicly stated Lesnar wants back in, but they won’t take him back because they resent the way he left. He said Lesnar hadn’t established himself as enough of a star to leave that the company will take him back now, but said at some point he’d probably be back.

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Video Game Review: WWE 2K15 (Microsoft Xbox One) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/video-game-review-wwe-2k15-microsoft-xbox-one/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/video-game-review-wwe-2k15-microsoft-xbox-one/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:12 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171626 WWE 2K15
Genre: Wrestling
Developer: Yukes
Publisher: 2K Sports
Release Date: 11/18/2014

I’m something of a lapsed fan of WWE video games; while I was a big fan during the late nineties and early 2000’s, eagerly picking up every game that was released regardless of quality, eventually I tired of the franchise and haven’t really considered coming back since. Part of it was the simple fact that the mechanics became annoying; when the games began leaning toward using stick-based grapples sometime around 2007, that essentially wore on me as a player and made my interest wane. The biggest reason for my lack of interest, though, was that there wasn’t much to the games that hadn’t already been done before, and better, and the games felt more like a needless roster update every year instead of games I needed to own. Instead of seeing different and interesting games, like the AKI games or Anchor’s RAW series, the franchise was turning into, well, Madden in wrestling tights, and it wasn’t holding my interest. Well, here we are, nearly a decade later, and WWE 2K15 seemed like it could potentially be a good jumping-on point. With the license having passed from THQ to 2K, and the next-gen games having been redesigned from the ground up, it seemed like this was as good a point to jump into the games as could exist. While there’s certainly a precedent for next-gen releases in the series being awful (WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! is a perfect example), this was the first time 2K was handling the franchise exclusively instead of working with THQ’s prior assignments. If nothing else, it was a good chance to see what 2K intended to change in the franchise, and if there would be any reason to come back if you’re a lapsed fan, or reasons for existing fans to be hopeful given the change in ownership.

If the existing product is any indication… not so much, I’m afraid: while it’s not a disaster, WWE 2K15 also isn’t going to sell lapsed fans or existing fans on the new direction of the company in any department except the visuals… so far, anyway.

On the subject of what works

Read the Full Review @ Diehard Gamefan!

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Daniel Bryan Celebrity Fan Of The Year, Matt Striker Joins Jim Ross For New Japan PPV http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/daniel-bryan-celebrity-fan-of-the-year-matt-striker-joins-jim-ross-for-new-japan-ppv/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/daniel-bryan-celebrity-fan-of-the-year-matt-striker-joins-jim-ross-for-new-japan-ppv/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:12:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171613 Daniel Bryan was awarded the celebrity baseball fan of the year. Bryan was part of the San Francisco Giants World Series run with the “Yes” chants.

The New Japan Tokyo Dome PPV on January 4, 2015 is set to have Jim Ross as commentator. The color commentator slot was offered to Mike Tenay, but TNA turned it down. Now it appears like it will be former WWE announcer Matt Striker.
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Dean Ambrose News: Dismal PPV Win/Loss Record in 2014, No Wins Since June http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/dean-ambrose-news-dismal-ppv-winloss-record-in-2014-no-wins-since-june/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/dean-ambrose-news-dismal-ppv-winloss-record-in-2014-no-wins-since-june/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:35:45 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171605 Dean Ambrose has had a tough time on PPV since the Shield broke up. In fact, in the last six times he was on PPV, he lost every single time! Here is a listing of all of Dean Ambrose’s PPV matches in 2014. Note that as part of the Shield, he was a winner, but since then has not been able to win a single match on PPV.

Royal Rumble (2014)
Loss (0-1) – Royal Rumble Match Eliminated by Roman Reigns

Elimination Chamber (2014)
Loss (0-2) – The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose)

WrestleMania XXX
Win (1-2) – The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) defeated Kane and The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn)

Extreme Rules (2014)
Win (2-2) – The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) defeated Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista)

Payback (2014)
Win (3-2) – The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) defeated Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista)

The Shield broke up the Raw after the Payback PPV. Now see what happens with Dean Ambrose’s winning:

Money in the Bank (2014)
Loss (3-3) – Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)

Battleground (2014)
Loss (3-4) – Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose by forfeit

SummerSlam (2014)
Loss (3-5) – Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose (Lumberjack Match)

Night of Champions (2014)
Not on the card

Hell in a Cell (2014)
Loss (3-6) – Seth Rollins (with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) defeated Dean Ambrose

Survivor Series (2014)
Loss (3-7) – Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification

TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2014)
Loss (3-8) – Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose

3-8, and 0-6 in the last six. Ouch!
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WWE Monday Night Raw Dark Matches, Superstars Tapings (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/wwe-monday-night-raw-dark-matches-superstars-tapings-spoilers-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/wwe-monday-night-raw-dark-matches-superstars-tapings-spoilers-2/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:10:46 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171611 In addition to the 3.5+ hour Monday Night Raw broadcast, WWE taped some matches for Superstars and had a post-Raw dark match.

These are the matches taped for Superstars:

Emma vs. Summer Rae
Winner: Emma

Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro
Winners: Kidd & Cesaro

In the dark match main event, Dean Ambrose faced Bray Wyatt in a hardcore match, despite the fact that neither were on Raw to sell injuries from their match. Dean Ambrose eventually got the win via pin fall after hitting Dirty Deeds, and then he celebrated with the live crowd to end the show.
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WWE News: Live Super Smackdown Matches Announced, Main Event, Raw Next Week http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/wwe-news-live-super-smackdown-matches-announced-main-event-raw-next-week/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/wwe-news-live-super-smackdown-matches-announced-main-event-raw-next-week/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:30:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171603 WWE Monday Night Raw was a newsworthy show on 12/15/2014, including the return of Brock Lesnar.

As part of WWE week on USA, there is a live edition of Smackdown airing at 8PM on Tuesday. It is being dubbed SUPER Smackdown, and has two matches announced.

First, Dean Ambrose will take on Bray Wyatt in a rematch. Then Roman Reigns will return to the ring, although his opponent is not yet known.

On WWE Main Event, presumably at 7PM on WWE Network, The Miz will host Naomi on Miz TV. Plus, Erick Rowan and Kane will face off in a match.

Finally, WWE Announced that Hulk Hogan as Ho Ho Hogan would be the host of Raw next week on 12/22/2014
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Brock Lesnar News: WWE Stopping Merch Production, Cena Match Their Last http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/brock-lesnar-news-wwe-stopping-merch-production-cena-match-their-last/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/brock-lesnar-news-wwe-stopping-merch-production-cena-match-their-last/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:57:20 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171576 Brock Lesnar is scheduled to return to WWE at Raw tonight, and work the next PPV against John Cena.

There is talk that the match between Brock Lesnar and John Cena at WWE Royal Rumble 2015 will be billed as “their last” match. It will be their fourth PPV match since Brock returned to WWE.

WWE recently told its merchandise producers not to create any new Brock Lesnar merchandise now that the latest batch has been produced. This indicates that WWE does not expect Brock to return to WWE after his contract expires.

Merchandise usually takes a few months to design, produce and ship, and by canceling future orders now, WWE is likely hedging that they will have enough to get them through Wrestlemania 31, which is the last date Lesnar is currently contracted for.

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Video of the Day: New Day vs. Gold & Stardust http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/video-of-the-day-new-day-vs-gold-stardust/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/video-of-the-day-new-day-vs-gold-stardust/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:00:14 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171573

The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust: WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs … and Stairs 2014 Kickoff

Kofi Kingston & Big E clash with the bizarre duo of Gold & Stardust on the WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs … and Stairs 2014 Kickoff.
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JR Blog: WWE TLC 2014 Thoughts, Cena, Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Comparison to NXT http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/jr-blog-wwe-tlc-2014-thoughts-cena-ziggler-dean-ambrose-comparison-to-nxt/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/jr-blog-wwe-tlc-2014-thoughts-cena-ziggler-dean-ambrose-comparison-to-nxt/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:23:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171571 Jim Ross checked in with a Monday blog with his thoughts on the TLCS 2014 PPV before Raw, here are some highlights.

on Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper
Thought the first match featuring Ziggler vs. Harper for the IC Title in a Ladder match was a great start and arguably the best match on the show. They were lucky to get the live audience fresh and they did not have to follow several other specialty matches. These two needed medical attention after their match which should come as no surprise. Harper got five staples in his head while Ziggler got a cut glued shut. I actually had a cut glued shut after being schooled by HHH in Madison Square Garden many years ago. It beats the heck out of stitches

on John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
Liked the position on the card for Cena vs. Rollins and the Reigns involvement was timely. It’s smart to have a long window to promote Cena vs. Lesnar for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble in January which should stimulate January subscribers for the Network. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury certainly earned their keep in this match in their role of J&J Security. I’ll say this, John Cena is beastly strong.

on Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Happy that young talents Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt closed the show for multiple reasons that all essentially come down to perception. These two beat the Hell out of each other, without question, and both took another step forward to becoming main event talents. I applaud their work ethic and willingness to put their bodies at such risk. Going on last after everything that was done in the ring earlier makes it tremendously challenging and I don’t know how Ambrose and Wyatt could have done any more.

on WWE TLC vs. NXT Takeover this week
As much as I enjoyed many aspects of the TLC show, it wasn’t quite as good, merely in my opinion, as the overall @WWENXT show, from start to finish, that I watched Thursday night from Orlando.

You can get the full blog over at JR’s BBQ
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Full Schedule for WWE Week On USA Network http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/full-schedule-for-wwe-week-on-usa-network/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/full-schedule-for-wwe-week-on-usa-network/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:40:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171568 WWE has a full week of programming this week on USA Network, in addition to the regular Monday Night Raw broadcast.

Here is the full schedule of events:

  • Monday 12/15 – Live Monday Night Raw at 8PM
  • Tuesday 12/16 – Live Smackdown at 8PM
  • Wednesday 12/17 – Tribute to the Troops 8PM (taped during Smackdown)
  • Sunday 12/21 – Jingle All The Way 2 TV Premiere at 8PM
  • Each Day 12/15 through 12/19, WWE featured on USA Daytime w/Cat Greenleaf

Plus Smackdown will still air on Friday on Syfy,
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Pulse Flashback 12/15/2004: Shawn Michaels, Smackdown Spoilers, Tons of Great Columns http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/pulse-flashback-12152004-shawn-michaels-smackdown-spoilers-tons-of-great-columns/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/pulse-flashback-12152004-shawn-michaels-smackdown-spoilers-tons-of-great-columns/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:56:02 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171560 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of wrestling for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of wrestling 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

The Beatiful Thing presents: My Story Part III

As I sit down to write this column, I’m watching a fantastic custom DVD I got from Rob at Golden Boy. It’s got some of the greatest matches in AJPW history on it, including Misawa vs. Kawada from ’94, which is a legitimate contender for Best Match Ever. The matches on the disc represent, in my opinion and in many other fans’ opinions, much of what is great about being a wrestling fan. The matches are intense, the wrestlers are obviously dedicated to their craft, and the fans are completely into it. Perhaps more importantly, this is wrestling that doesn’t insult our intelligence in any way. It’s necessary for me to have this disc handy to wash away the bitter taste of what I’m about to write. For, you see, * dramatic pause * there was a period of time where I fell out of love with wrestling.

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A Wrestling Tale: Pop. Snap.

The following is a work of fiction. It is not based on any person living or dead.

Pop.

Jump off a ladder onto two masses of muscle and bone and then through the table.

Snap.

Don’t put up the hand to block the chair shot that will knock you over the top rope 8 feet to the floor.

Pop.

But whatever you do, don’t hurt yourself.

Snap.

Gotta love those two words. Pop. Snap. Like the cereal slogan. Scat words. Pop. Snap. Money money money. No more money. Two words. Two sounds. All gone. Career and future and you should of taken that job! You were offered a job and you didn’t take it. Oh well. Pop snap. Nothing to fall back on now. Maybe they’ll hold a charity show in your honor.

Pop.

DAREDEVIL! So daring. So devilish. What a guy what a guy what a guy. Pop. Snap. Ain’t nothing but a call to your woman now. “Baby, baby, we’ll get through this. Gotta spend all the money money money I made wrestling, acting, entertaining, play fighting, on my pop snap. No medical. No dental. Look at Benoit. You can get a job as a nurse and I’ll sign autographs on autodrive for fifty, forty, thirty, twenty, ten, five, hey you want an autograph no okay bucks a pop. We’ll beat this pop snap.” /p>
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Puroresu Pulse, issue 14

Section 1- Important results & Title matches

New Japan: A trio of notable shows. On Wednesday they had a series of matches with New Japan vs Chono’s stable as the theme. New Japan won overall, but Chono’s team took two of the biggest. Chono debuted his FTS finisher (STF/rear naked choke, first done by NOAH’s Shiga) to down Nishimura. Nakanishi took advantage of Tenzan’s war with Kawada a few days earlier to get an upset victory. Nagata debuted a variant of his Nagata Lock III to best gaijin powerhouse Scott Norton.

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HTM Comments on Foley vs. Flair

When will WWe get enough of Saggy Boy’s antics and 86 him? He is long overdue to be fired. His latest outrageous conduct against Mick Foley should be the last straw. I was in Singapore when I heard about the match of the decades that smartened the world up on the fakeness of wrestling. The one I am referring to is the Flair/Lawler match shown around the world. I heard this match was so horrible Dave Meltzer could not rate it as 1/2 a star. But matches do not make the man. Being a man makes the man.

I guess Flair is right. To be the man, you have to beat the man. Is that why he sucker punched Mick? The dirtiest player in the game was trying to be the man so he wanted to beat the man. I say Foley is the man because he found his niche outside the business. He does not have to have sh*tty matches such as Saggy Boy and Kink. Foley writes books. His books have outsold all the wrestling books written to this day. His books aren’t about his bragging rights of being the man or being the Kink

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More Detailed SD and Velocity Taping Results [Spoilers]

Orlando Jordan started the Smackdown night welcoming JBL to a ring trimmed with presidental red, white and blue while baloons and confetti rained from the rafters. JBL ripped on the Titans and would later talk about how he’s not going to Iraq for the WWE show. A half the size of JBL and scrawny looking, 2004 TNA Macho Manesque Kurt Angle hits the ring.

Angle channels Ron Howard from Happy Days, or little Opie Cunningham as Eddie Murphy used to call him, and offends JBL by calling him “Bucco.” I think it’s Angle’s right arm that has caught the Mr. Wonderful/Swamp Thing disease. Teddy Long gets the biggest pop of the night by making the match while Paul London wonders why he heard all those pins drop during his Velocity match. Angle is back to the comedy heel again.

A decent, better than average house show takes place between the opening promos and the main event. I have this theory that a comped crowd pops for everything and they did, save the early Velocity matches. The crowd was into everything on Smackdown and that made for a much better live show than I’m sure it will come off as on TV.

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Opinions, Etc. 12.15.04

I’m writing this on Wednesday afternoon, so it counts. Couldn’t get any prepwork done on Tuesday for it because the pills got to me again. Another twelve-hour nap, and it was up to go look at live cows at five in the f*cking morning. Well, it’s easy overtime, I must admit.

As per subjects today, I still haven’t watched Armageddon (too terrified to do so, but I’ll have to do it prior to doing the Short Form or I’ll be lost), so no comments on that. I’d only bore you with a dissertation on what lactic acid does to knives (nothing good, let me assure you), even though it’s a problem I have to deal with on a daily basis. I guess I’ll have to stick with what’s in the news. However, I don’t care about hostages on a bus in Athens (Who the hell hijacks a goddamn bus? Oh, yeah, Albanians. They’ve never been the sharpest knives in the drawer), so that’s out. And I’ve got to stop using parentheticals in the middle of a sentence. It tends to drive people crazy. Therefore, I’ll just knock out some quickies and go to sleep. More live cows to look at tomorrow morning.

On with the show…

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RAW News: Shawn Michaels To Return In MN?

The Target Center is advertising the following lineup for the 1/14/05 WWE Raw house show in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including the first public announcement that Shawn Michaels will return to action next month:

*Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair

*Randy Orton vs. Batista

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WWE Monday Night Raw: Jericho Returns, Brock Lesnar Appears, Dark Match http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/wwe-monday-night-raw-jericho-returns-brock-lesnar-appears-dark-match/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/wwe-monday-night-raw-jericho-returns-brock-lesnar-appears-dark-match/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:52:09 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171556 WWE Monday Night Raw on December 15th is a crucial post-PPV show that will begin the build to the Royal Rumble 2015.

After months away, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar finally returns to WWE to set up his next match against John Cena

Chris Jericho is returning to WWE for the night (maybe week?) to host Raw and will act as the GM. No word on what he has planned in the storyline, but wouldn’t he book himself vs. Brock for the title if Brock was definitely there? Seems unlikely though.

There is an advertised dark match tag team main event pitting John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt but as always that could change for any reason.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2015: First Two Matches, Preview Videos For Each http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/wwe-royal-rumble-2015-first-two-matches-preview-videos-for-each/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/15/wwe-royal-rumble-2015-first-two-matches-preview-videos-for-each/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:19:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171551 With TLCS 2014 in the books, WWE is setting its sights on its next PPV.

WWE Royal Rumble 2015 is about 7 weeks away, and it’s not only the first PPV of 2015, its WWE’s second biggest show of every year.

With John Cena’s victory over Seth Rollins, he solidifies his place as the #1 contender heading into the Rumble.

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

30 Man Royal Rumble

  • No participants officially announced yet

Here are preview videos for the two matches released by WWE:

Royal Rumble match:

Cena vs. Lesnar 4:


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New Poll: What Did You Think of TLCS 2014? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/new-poll-what-did-you-think-of-tlcs-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/new-poll-what-did-you-think-of-tlcs-2014/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:07:29 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171545 The last WWE PPV of 2014, Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs is in the books! What did you think of the show? Sound off in our poll!

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
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Poll Results: What Should Be The Main Event of WWE TLC(S) 2014? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/poll-results-what-should-be-the-main-event-of-wwe-tlcs-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/poll-results-what-should-be-the-main-event-of-wwe-tlcs-2014/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:06:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171544 What did the Pulse Wrestling readers think would be the main event of TLCS 2014?

Dean Ambrose got his second PPV main event slot of the year, and second in the last three months, despite losing both.

  • Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose (57%, 28 Votes)
  • John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (43%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

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Brock Lesnar Confirmed To Wrestle at WWE Royal Rumble 2015 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/brock-lesnar-confirmed-to-wrestle-at-wwe-royal-rumble-2015/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/brock-lesnar-confirmed-to-wrestle-at-wwe-royal-rumble-2015/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:35:09 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171532 On the pre-show today for WWE TLC 2014 on the WWE Network, Renee Young talked about Brock Lesnar in promoting the John Cena vs. Seth Rollins match for the PPV.

If Cena were to lose, he loses his #1 contendership for the WWE Title, but Seth does not necessarily win it.

Either way – Cena or someone new – that person is scheduled to face off against Brock Lesnar as the co-main event for the WWE Royal Rumble 2015.
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WWE Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Stairs TLC 2014 PPV Live Match Results http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/wwe-tables-ladders-chairs-stairs-tlc-2014-ppv-live-match-results/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/wwe-tables-ladders-chairs-stairs-tlc-2014-ppv-live-match-results/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:11:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171525 Welcome to WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2014! Check out out staff predictions in the Rasslin Roundtable

Pre-show hosts were Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley and Paul Heyman

The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/Xavier Woods vs. Gold & Star Dust
Match went surprisingly long. The New Day won with their new combo finisher called “The Midnight Hour”.
Winners: New Day

PPV proper begins. The hosts are JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.

WWE Intercontinental Title Ladder Match
Luke Harper (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler got a huge pop. Staredown to start and match broke down quickly, moving to the floor. Harper got the first ladder very early too. Hard ladder spot and Harper is broken open on his arm. Soon after Ziggler got busted open hardway on his forehead too, which did bring out medics. A few really well done near win spots at the end, including one where Ziggler just about had the title before Harper knocked him off. As Harper pulled Ziggler down, Ziggler did a stunner or something and spiked Harper. Ziggler climbed the ladder for the belt and the win.
Winner and NEW IC Champion: Ziggler

Action figure commercial.

Tribute to the Troops commercial

WWE Tag Team Titles
The Miz & Damien Mizdow (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)

Backstage from the pre-show, Miz and Mizdown talk to Naomi about Hollywood opportunities and such. Mizdow is way over with the crowd. Back and forth for a bit, one of the Usos got a leg lock submission of some kind and the announcers noted that he was more intense in this match. Uso goes to the top rope for a superfly splash, but Miz rolls out of the ring. He goes to grab the titles and leave. An Uso flies over the top at Miz and Mizdow, but Miz hits him with a Slammy for the DQ.
Winners (by DQ): The Usos

On the floor, Miz and Mizdow set up the second Uso for a Slammy shot as well. Then Miz and Mizdown take turns posing with the belts.

Backstage Byron Saxton interviews Seth Rollins w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury. He is here to avenge the Authority. He doesnt even have to pin or submit Cena, he just has to put him through a table.

Stairs Match
The Big Show vs. “Big Red” Erick Rowan

This should be awful. Brawling just begins on the floor. Show has control and tosses Rowan into the ring. He undoes the STAIRS and goes to use them, but Rowan regroups. There are tons of additional stairs in the aisleway as well. Back and forth they walk, plodding and walking. One spot near the end had Rowan go to the top rope with stairs and go to fly onto Show who was laid out on stairs. However, Show moved. The finish happened when Show did the knockout punch to the back of the head, and then pinned him under stairs for the pin.
Winner: Big Show

Long Cena/Rollins/Authority video package.

Tables Match
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

Paul Heyman comes down first and stands at ringside for the match. Match starts out with the story that Rollins’ security team makes the match 3 on 1. Finally after the first half the of the match is over, the ref is knocked out and all the overbooking begins. During the ref bump, Cena gives Rollins the AA through a table. He won! But there is no ref! Noble and Mercury return, take out Cena, and clean the table pieces out of the ring. Rollins works over Cena, then they move to the apron, where they are near two tables set up on the floor. They go through the tables together and the match is presumably over as a draw. Three refs argue, but the main ref, back up, says the match must continue! Match resumes. Big Show comes out and then punches Cena in the gut a couple of times (but not the face) and lumbers around. Suddenly The Shield music plays and Roman Reigns returns to WWE through the crowd. Huge pop. He hits a superman punch and then spears Big Show through a table in the corner. Cena recovers and hits AA on Rollins through the table. Ugh.
Winner: Cena

Why do a ref bump/visual pin and then also a real pin?

The match no one in the world wants to see – Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena is a go for Royal Rumble 2015.

Backstage Byron Saxton interviews Nikki Bella, backed up by Brie. Byron asks Brie about the problems, she just says she’s sick of being asked about it and that blood is thicker than water.

WWE Divas Title
Nikki Bella (c) w/Brie vs. AJ Lee

AJ got a nice pop but not a lot of CM Punk chants if any. Nikki keeps going to the floor in the match beginning so AJ follows. Back and forth in the ring. Brie interferred throughout the match to help her sister. AJ gets Shining Wizard but Brie puts Nikki’s foot on the rope. The ref sees this and bans Brie. However, Nikki then uses a MYSTERY SPRAY and blinds AJ allowing her to get the Rack Attack for the pin.
Winner: Nikki

Backstage, Bryon Saxton interviews Roman Reigns. He is back and made an impact and next up is the Rumble.

Chairs Match
Kane vs. Ryback

They both have a chair to start and hit the chairs like swords once then toss them aside. Ryback takes control early and goes for the chair but Kane gets it. Ryback does a neat spot where he does three consecutive splashes off the middle rope. Kane clothlined Ryback at one point as he was seated in a chair. Finish sees Ryback uses a chair many times on a fallen Kane and gets the pin.
Winner: Ryback

Announcers talk about Chris Jericho returning to Raw to be GM tomorrow.

WWE US Title Match
Rusev (c) w/Lana vs. Jack Swagger

Match starts out and within about 1 minute, Rusev locks in the Accolade. Then the ref is about to call the match off, but Swagger comes to life and gets the Patriot Lock on Rusev. He kicks out of it and flees to the floor. Comes back in, and quickly gets the Accolade again. This time, Swagger passes out and Rusev wins and retains.
Winner: Rusev

After the match, the Russian flag comes down as Rusev celebrates.

Long video package to set up Bray vs Dean.

Tables, Ladders & Chairs
Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose

Lilian Garcia announced Bray Wyatt. Then Dean Ambrose attacked and the match begin with brawling near the panel table. Alex Riley had to flee! Match moved to the ring. Ambrose went to the floor and got 2 kendo sticks. He tossed one to the side and then whacked Bray, including a couple times it seemed unprotected to the head. Brawling match went back and forth. Dean put Bray through a table, then again, but was too hurt to get Bray into the ring for a pin. Wyatt pops up and hits Sister Abigail for 2. Then Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds for 2. Match moved to the floor and Ambrose put Bray through the Spanish Announce Table with a huge top rope elbow from the ring, which got a Holy Shit chant from the crowd. Both were down. They finally moved back into the ring. The finish saw Dean Ambrose grab a monitor that was still wired. He pulled it and went to attack Bray with it, but it didnt give. Then Dean pulled the monitor again and it kind of exploded, temporarily blinding Ambrose. Bray took advantage, hits Sister Abigail and got the pin.
Winner: Bray Wyatt

The post-game show saw Renee Young joined again by Booker T, Alex Riley and Paul Heyman

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WWE TLC 2014 Predictions Infamous Reddit Dolphins1925 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/wwe-tlc-2014-predictions-infamous-reddit-dolphins1925-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/wwe-tlc-2014-predictions-infamous-reddit-dolphins1925-spoilers/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:10:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171524 The reddit spoiler of WWE PPVs, Dolphins1925 has posted full spoilers for tonight’s TLC 2014 show:

I will begin posting spoilers for TLC at 7:30 PM ET

The New Day will defeat Goldust and Stardust

The Usos will defeat The Miz and Damien Mizdow

Big Show will defeat Erick Rowan

Ryback will defeat Kane

Rusev will defeat Jack Swagger

Dolph Ziggler will defeat Luke Harper

Bray Wyatt will defeat Dean Ambrose

Nikki Bella will defeat AJ Lee

John Cena will defeat Seth Rollins

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Rasslin’ Roundtable – WWE Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Stairs TLCS 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-tables-ladders-chairs-stairs-tlcs-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-tables-ladders-chairs-stairs-tlcs-2014/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:10:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171511 WWE has their final PPV of the year tonight, TLC 2014, and we have a full nine matches to look forward to, although no World title match.

What does the Pulse Wrestling staff think will happen tonight?

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Tables, Ladders & Chairs
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt

David Spain: I think this one depends on who they’re going to want to push after this. Royal Rumble is upon us, and a Wyatt win here could put him in the same position he was last year, before that Cena thing happened. At the same time, Ambrose has been on one quest for vengeance which has gone unfulfilled, and this is his second. If he loses here, he could lose all. At the same time, I think Bray’s going-it-alone thing is going to be what they’ll focus on, and this is a hell of a match to gain him some prestige.
Winner: Bray Wyatt

CB:
Winner: Ambrose

Harrak:
Winner: Wyatt

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Bray Wyatt

Steve Berkman: via bullcrap (also what is even at the top of the ladder??)
Winner: Wyatt

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Dean Ambrose

Murtz: This will be a great match as I believe these are the two top stars in the company. I think Wyatt needs the win more and I believe that the rocking chair has been a set-up for something creeptacular in this match. The WWE needs to realize that Wyatt’s time is now and that he should be the company’s top heel. Project Lesnar 2.0 has been a complete fail and it’s time to start the build toward Wrestlemania. While both guys are over, Wyatt’s win here could lead to a resurgence.
Winner: Wyatt

Widro: It’s been a decent feud but doesn’t seem to have the juice that it should. This match should be really strong, but I’m not totally sold on who will win.
Winner: Ambrose

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Tables Match (if John Cena loses, he is no longer #1 contender)
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

David Spain: I want a Rollins victory. The stars are just so aligned for it: Rollins’ blistering speech towards Cena this past SmackDown (hey, read my article about it!); a way for Cena to lose through interference or a misstep; a chance for us not to have to see Brock vs. Cena again. With all this in mind, I think Rollins’ time is now.
Winner: Seth Rollins

CB:
Winner: Rollins

Harrak:
Winner: Cena

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: John Cena

Steve Berkman: so that we can get away from Cena/Lesnar again
Winner: Rollins

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Seth Rollins

Murtz: I think Rollins has this. I am not saying I am happy about it, but when the stakes are only high for the babyface in a match, the odds are he will come out victorious.
Winner: Rollins

Widro: I would love this to be a direction change away from Cena/Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, but I would gamble that WWE is not changing their top level plans for Lesnar/Cena then Lesnar/Reigns.
Winner: Cena

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Chairs Match
Ryback vs. Kane

David Spain: Ryback’s been getting some great reactions, and quite possibly has a good future in this business. Kane is approaching the end of his career and tends to be responsible for DQs rather than victories. Match goes to the Big Guy.
Winner: Ryback

CB:
Winner: Ryback

Harrak:
Winner: Ryback

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Kane

Steve Berkman: Kane doesn’t need to win this
Winner: Ryback

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Ryback

Murtz:
Winner: Ryback

Widro: Ryback is getting over lately and it’s good to see WWE get behind someone new. Kane is a virtual jobber at this point so it doesn’t make much sense for him to win.
Winner: Ryback

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WWE Intercontinuental Title Ladder Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper (c)

David Spain: I doubt anyone can deny that there are some people in the WWE who have true faith in Dolph Ziggler; just look at the past couple of months and challenge that statement. Whatever happens as a result of this match, Dolph is going to benefit. But does that mean he’s going to regain the belt, or would Harper keeping the belt allow Dolph to finally break through the glass ceiling for good? Personally, I say a win for Dolph against an opponent of Harper’s calibre is the best course of action: Ziggler’s rise is all but inevitable; let it build momentum. Hell, let Dolph do a title programme with Kidd before moving on up.
Winner (and new Intercontinental champion): Dolph Ziggler

CB:
Winner: Ziggler

Harrak:
Winner: Ziggler

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Steve Berkman: Ziggler falls off a ladder and somehow falls down to the fourth ring of hell
Winner: Harper

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Luke Harper

Murtz: I don’t like Dolph. All of his gimmicks are terrible and he sucks. As a result, I will pick anyone he is up against to beat him. I realize many have left the company recently including CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio, but that doesn’t mean they should push lame ducks. Harper for the win.
Winner: Harper

Widro: In retrospect, I’m not sure the original title change was a good idea if they were going to elevate Ziggler, but it seems like a step backwards for him to get the title back so soon.
Winner: Harper

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Stairs Match
The Big Show vs. “Big Red” Erick Rowan.

David Spain: I’d like to go on record yet again and say that a stairs match is one of those ideas that’s up there with Katie Vick and threatening to harm Walter White’s family in terms of stupidity. That being said, I have a feeling that it’s going to be Big Show who takes those stairs and…I don’t know, okay?! I don’t know what they’re going to do with the stairs, but it’s going to be stupid! Stupid!
Winner: Big Show
Loser: Whoever was the first person to use the phrase ‘stairs match’ in a creative meeting

CB:
Winner: Rowan

Harrak:
Winner: Big Show

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Rowan

Steve Berkman: Erick Rowan will be playing the violin and making wine
Winner: Big Show

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Erick Rowan

Murtz: I like the way “Big Red” is being used. I actually think the writers have a done a good job with the way that they separated Bray Wyatt’s stable. I think Erick Rowan is one of the WWE’s brightest talents and that he could be everything Big Show isn’t in terms of establishing credibility as a destructive big man in the ring. I pick Rowan.
Winner: Rowan

Widro: Much like the Ryback/Kane match, this seems designed for an older star to put over someone younger that WWE is hoping to elevate.
Winner: Erick Rowan

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WWE Tag Team Titles
The Miz & Damien Mizdow (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)

David Spain: We all know that the WWE loves its relationship drama, and that’s what they’re doing right here. If the Usos get the belts, this is more or less over. I think Miz’s creepin’ or some interference from Naomi is going to lead to Miz and Sandow holding onto those belts.
Winners (and still Tag Team Champions): Miz and Sandmiz

CB:
Winner: Miz and Mizdow

Harrak:
Winner: Mizes

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Miz and Mizdow

Steve Berkman: I’m sick of titles changing for no reason
Winner: The Miz’s

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: The Usos

Murtz: I have always liked The Miz. I think The Uso gimmick is starting to get played. I don’t think the titles will change hands.
Winner: Miz/Mizdow

Widro: Unless they are moving immediately to a Miz/Mizdow breakup, I think they retain and keep the act going for a while longer.
Winner: Miz/Mizdow

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US Title
Rusev w/Lana (c) vs. Jack Swagger

David Spain: As much as beating up my favourite old man would be a way to fire me up, I think we’re going to see a very similar result to the last time these two locked up. Colour me worried about the fact that Rusev’s gone back to Swagger, by the way. Guy’s got an undefeated streak: the angle writes itself, guys.
Winner: Rusev

CB:
Winner: Rusev

Harrak:
Winner: Rusev

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Rusev

Steve Berkman: Rusev wins and declares himself European Champion
Winner: Rusev

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Rusev

Murtz: I will never understand why valets aren’t used anymore. Lana is single-handedly carrying Rusev and while I normally wouldn’t care about the Ryno lookalike, she makes me watch his matches. I can’t say the same for Swagger who, if we are calling a spade a spade, has been a flop. It’s isn’t his fault. He just isn’t being promoted in the right away. Rusev wins.
Winner: Rusev

Widro: Rerun!
Winner: Rusev

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WWE Diva’s Title
Nikki Bella (c) vs. A.J. Lee

David Spain: I don’t know where we’re at right now on the rumours of AJ leaving, but to my knowledge the story hasn’t changed. Plus, for some reason the WWE seems to think that the Bellas make for interesting programming. Whilst I want to see AJ Lee take back her belt and put it on the line against Natalya, Paige and Charlotte in a Fatal Four-Way, I feel we’re going to have the Bellas stuffed down our throats for a little while longer.
Winner (and still Divas Champion): Nikki Bella

CB:
Winner: Nikki Bella

Harrak:
Winner: Nikki

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Nikki Bella

Steve Berkman: because AJ is going to go join Phil
Winner: Nikki Bella

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: Nikki Bella

Murtz: I actually think there are stakes in this match and I like how this feud has developed. While I would have normally predicted AJ Lee to win the title back, when you consider that her main squeeze just announced that he was signing with UFC and her suspicious hint to commentator’s that they would “miss her when she is gone” on the last episode of Smackdown, it appears Lee might be on her way out. As a result, I think Nikki Bella retains.
Winner: Bella

Widro: I’m not sure why WWE refuses to give a storyline explanation for Brie and Nikki being back together. There is a small chance that Brie turns back face and helps AJ win, but I think more likely Nikki wins.
Winner: Nikki Bella

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pre-show
Gold & Stardust vs. New Day

David Spain: I take it that not all of the New Day will be wrestling, otherwise this really is easy to predict. Even if not, we’re still in the honeymoon period for this team, before the WWE forgets what they had planned and focuses on something instead. It’s still a New Day.
Winners: The New Day

CB:
Winner: New Day

Harrak:
Winner: New Day

T.J. Rutherford:
Winner: Dust Brothers

Steve Berkman:
Winner: n/a

Jake Ziegler:
Winner: New Day

Murtz:
Winner: Gold & Stardust.

Widro: Even though they jobbed in their first Raw appearance, it’s hard to see The New Day jobbing again so soon after they debuted.
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Pulse Flashback 12/14/2004: Flair/Foley Backstage Fist Fight, Update on Paul Heyman http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/pulse-flashback-12142004-flairfoley-backstage-fist-fight-update-on-paul-heyman/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/14/pulse-flashback-12142004-flairfoley-backstage-fist-fight-update-on-paul-heyman/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:25:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171423 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of wrestling for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of wrestling 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

Flair and Foley Throw Down

According to Dave Meltzer at WrestlingObserver.com, Ric Flair and Mick Foley came to blows backstage at last night’s RAW.

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Widro’s Daily Pulse

As positive as I like to be about wrestling on this site, I found very little to enjoy about WWE Armageddon on Sunday night. The main event had backwards reasoning, with the heel champion badly handicapped now both on Raw and Smackdown lately. The US title match was short and decisive for Cena, but hardly worth PPV money or time. The tag title match was the same match we got for free on Smackdown. Is Funaki (a total jobber) winning a fluke title that no one cares about really enough to sell a PPV? Another boring JBL title retention?

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Update On Paul Heyman (Potential Spoiler)

Paul Heyman is not at the Smackdown tapings tonight. No reason as to why is yet known.

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Pulse Flashback 12/13/2004: Smark Raw Report, Chavo/Big Show Fight, Wrestling News, Opinions, Etc. http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/13/pulse-flashback-12132004-smark-raw-report-chavobig-show-fight-wrestling-news-opinions-etc/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/13/pulse-flashback-12132004-smark-raw-report-chavobig-show-fight-wrestling-news-opinions-etc/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:25:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171422 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of wrestling for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of wrestling 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

The Crucifix

Back for another week of spectacularity with a lovely Lita picture just to show how happy I am with her Raw match. Just think about falling and bending like Beckham doing what you do on a daily basis and getting up and finishing it. She is one tough woman.

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Chavo/Big Show Altercation?

At the Smackdown tapings last Tuesday, Chavo Guerrero exchanged words with Big Show in the dressing room. Chavo is said to have gotten in Big Show’s face and Big Show reportedly pushed him across the room. Agents and other wrestlers quickly got between them and calmed the situation down before things went any further.

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InsidePULSE’s WWE RAW Report

Show opens with a picture of Bischoff.

Bischoff makes his way down to the ring, and says that he finally takes a well-deserved vacation, and he comes back to a new Woman’s Champ, new Tag Champs, and a vacated World Title. He then introduces all 3 men that think they should be Champ, and they plead their cases, and then start brawling. Bischoff says that they are going to have a rematch from last week, and Jericho & Benoit will take on Batista and HHH, and Edge’s match with Orton will be next.

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Update On Jesus’ Injury Status

AaronAguilera.com reported he has a herniated disc in his neck and the first doctor who saw him recommened surgery. He’s waiting for a second opinion before making the decision.

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Backstage News & Notes From Armageddon

Paul Heyman was not at the Armageddon PPV last night. After being taken off of the team on December 3, one of Heyman’s responsibilities was to include him appearing in an on-air role with John Heidenreich, but he was not there when Heidenreich appeared in the main event.

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The SmarK RAW Rant – December 13 2004

– Hey gang — Christmas is here, and if you want to purchase an autographed copy of “Wrestling’s One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation” directly from me as a great gift for the cynical jerks in your life, I’ve got a few copies for my own use. So drop me a line at skeith@gmail.com or Paypal me $30 directly to that address, along with your mailing address and what you want on the book, and I’ll do my best to get them out by the end of the holiday season.

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Wrestling News, Opinions, Etc., 12.14.04

Oh, and the stress of coming up for a lead for this thing strikes again, and it’s only two minutes to Raw as I type this. You see, if I’m stuck for a lead, I end up writing everything else first, then come back to this. It’s at that point when I usually troll the news sites to see if something interesting pops up, but when all you have is Scott Peterson being recommended for Ol’ Sparky, you get stuck. That’s when you just have to cut ties and get on with it. I don’t even feel like bitching about how my knees have been killing me the past couple of days for no discernable reason, and no one’s put up Armageddon anywhere on the Net that’s reasonably accessible (a sign of good taste for once). So let’s just move on…

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RAW Dark Matches, Heat Taping and Off Air Notes

Regarding attendance, the Von Braun Center holds about 7,500 at capacity. Tonight the crowd was maybe 4500 tops. In addition to having the normal area behind the jumbotron tarped off they had the entire upper deck behind the hard camera position tarped off. By comparison, the last time Raw was taped in Huntsville last fall only the area behind the jumbotron was tarped. The crowd was quite a bit less. However, almost every seat not covered was full. I noticed on local radio in the final days before the show commercials advertised a special match “after the cameras stop rolling” between Triple H and Randy Orton. More on that later.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Features The Ascension Debut Vignette Video http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/13/wwe-friday-night-smackdown-features-the-ascension-debut-vignette-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/13/wwe-friday-night-smackdown-features-the-ascension-debut-vignette-video/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:08:12 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171502 ascensionwwe

After a lengthy stint on NXT, the Ascension have been called up to the main WWE roster. They debuted with a vignette on Smackdown this week. Here is the video:

What do you think of their chances in the WWE tag division?
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