Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 05:35:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for October 10, 2014 (Spoilers) Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:55:22 +0000 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.×250.jpg

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Rusev Smells What The Rock Is Cooking Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:56:47 +0000 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:


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.


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.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for October 3, 2014 (Spoilers) Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:39:05 +0000 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

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JR Blog: Cena/Ambrose, Pitch To Combine Titles, Mocks Bunny Creative Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:32:42 +0000 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.

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Raw Goes Pink! Plus, Rusev Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:26:48 +0000 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.


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.


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WWE Notes: Smackdown Match, Main Event, WWE Network Launch Delayed in UK Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:11:21 +0000 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.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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TNA Annoucnes Full Bound For Glory 2014 PPV Card Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:24:38 +0000 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? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:22:43 +0000 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? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:19:49 +0000 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)

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Kurt Angle News: WWE Status, Talks to Vince McMahon, TNA Contract, No Bound For Glory Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:16:24 +0000 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.

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]]> 2 Monday Night Raw Preview: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Bellas Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:12:01 +0000 Dean Ambrose has been back for all of a week and he already has the entire corporate power structure scrambling to contain him, both physically and figuratively. (Which is, let’s be honest, incredibly impressive.) That said, “unstable” doesn’t just apply to the former U.S. Champion’s mental state; it’s also applicable to his future given that he’s back on The Authority’s radar. Ambrose’s boldness got Seth Rollins riled up on SmackDown, but is he about to come crashing down to Earth on Raw when The Authority strikes back? has a few ideas of what to expect from Monday’s show.

Dean Ambrose had already cemented himself as WWE’s great escapist by finagling his way out of a locked storage room (clearly not his first rodeo in that regard), and the unstable one added grand larceny of the metaphorical kind to his résumé when he bolted from SmackDown with Seth Rollins’ Money in the Bank briefcase firmly in hand. The former Architect of The Shield was miffed, to say the least, about his contract getting filched, and vowed retribution of the most painful order should Ambrose fail to return the briefcase. The only question is, what could Rollins possibly devise that would be worse than a pile of cinderblocks?

The ongoing battle between The Bella Twins took an unexpected turn last week when Nikki Bella demanded Brie Bella give up the rights to their last name. That’s relatively far down the line of anything the WWE Universe saw coming, but the implications are somewhat severe upon a second glance: If Nikki wasn’t just blowing smoke and Brie’s really willing to put her surname on the line, then it really and truly is the end of The Bella Twins as the WWE Universe knows them. Was the challenge legitimate, or are we looking at a more old-school method of settling this long-simmering rivalry?

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JR Blog: Suggests CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar at WWE Wrestlemania 31 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:10:24 +0000 Former WWE announcer Jim Ross has a major suggestion in his new Monday blog, here are some highlights:

on CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar at WWE Wrestlemania 31
I wonder what the chance would be to see a CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar WM31 WWE Title Bout? Stranger things have happened and that pairing would guarantee WWE a ton of new subscribers and likely ignite the PPV marketplace as well. Communication and money solve many ills and that would be a terrific main event considering that as it stands today WWE has major work to do in assembling what looks to be more of an ensemble card than one that is one or two main event heavy at this time. I’m sure that I’m not alone in wanting to see a Lesnar-Punk headliner at WM31 because it equates to big money for all involved.

on Sting/Austin
The ensemble card theory is why I think that a Sting match against any number of opponents make all the sense in the world.

As many have speculated that Steve Austin swill return to WM31 for a final bout, my take on that matter is that it is a tremendous long shot and my guess is that those in depth and necessary discussions with Steve haven’t occurred. That’s simply one man’s take/opinion. I’d put the odds on Austin returning to WM31 at considerably less than 50/50 and that’s from someone who would love to see Austin come to WM31, steal the show, and enjoy a cold beer with his fans. Plus, if Austin would return he would have to be positioned at or near the top of the card. Is that doable?

on new WWE faction
Looking forward to see how WWE commits and develops the trio of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in the ensuing weeks. I like all three young athletes and feel that they can contribute if they are given significant, and not prelim, creative in which to work. Also, because they are all men of color, perhaps too much is being made to compare them to the Nation of Domination of a generation ago which is a non issue to me. Judge the new trio on their own merits and not on the past that was at a totally different place and time.

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Batista News: Latest WWE Status, Possible WWE Wrestlemania 31 Program Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:55:51 +0000 What’s up with Big Dave?

Dave Batista returned to WWE early in 2014 to appear in the Royal Rumble. However, his triumphant return as a babyface hero was quickly ruined by crowd reactions for Daniel Bryan, necessitating a storyline heel turn.

Not only did the crowd reject Batista, but the planned storyline for him was changed. He was expecting to return as a babyface, headlining and winning the WWE title at Wrestlemania 30, and selling merch as a babyface. Instead, he was in a three way match where he did not win the title at WM30, and then relegated to a top tier tag feud with old Evolution partners HHH and Randy Orton.

Batista was one of the people that WWE called when Roman Reigns went down to possibly come back sooner than expected. There is no set time for his return at this point, and due to the huge success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and will be back for sequels in that franchise. Because of that, Batista’s bargaining power is increased, because he “needs” WWE less than before.

The creative being pitched is to have Batista come back as a babyface, and build to a Wrestlemania 31 match against Triple H. It’s unlikely Batista would be back for a full time house show run, although he could do some in a smaller run. Most expect Batista to be back around the time of the Royal Rumble again, and insiders believe he will do better as a babyface this time around, as he won’t be viewed as taking Daniel Bryan’s spot.×120.jpg

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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for September 26, 2014 (Spoilers) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:49:53 +0000 Dark Matches

1. Tyler Breeze defeated a “local” jobber. Breeze won with the Beauty Shot in a match held prior to the Main Event show.

2. Adrian Neville defeated Sami Zayn. I got a small Ole chant going but it seems like not very many Arkansans know who Sami Zayn is. A really solid match. I love Zayn personally so it was a bummer to see him lose, but it was to be expected. Neville won with the Red Arrow which got a great reaction from the kids.

WWE Smackdown TV Taping

The Miz came out to start the show and tripped over the first ring step like a dork. Miz called out Dean Ambrose over what happened on Miz TV on WWE Main Event. Ambrose cames out to accept the challenge wearing his karate action jeans. Ambrose was really over with this crowd and Miz had a ton of heat.

1. Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz. There were some good spots throughout including Damien Mizdow teasing involvement multiple times. At one point, Damien starting shadowing Miz’s holds at ringside, which was great. There was a really good tornado DDT spot by Ambrose late in the match. Ambrose won via the Dirty Deeds headlock driver in a pretty decent opening match, but not before Seth Rollins and Kane came out to distract him a bit.

After the match, Kane and Rollins attacked Ambrose. Ambrose stole the Money in the Bank briefcase. His escape into the crowd brought him right by me and my buddy. I am the nerd in the Groot t-shirt.

2. Cesaro won a Battle Royal to become No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Title. Big E, Kofi, and Xavier Woods were all wearing similar color schemes on their tights and acting like a team. Los Matadores, Justin Gabriel, Mizdow, Heath Slater Gator, Bo Dallas, Zack Ryder, Cesaro, and Jack Swagger were the other entrants. There was a really nasty elimination of Big E by Cesaro. He gorilla pressed him over the top rope. There was also a good square off spot where Kofi, Swagger, Ceasro, and Bo all ganged up on Mizdow. The final three were Kofi, Swagger, and Swagger with Cesaro winning by gorilla press tossing Kofi into Swagger and knocking them both over the top rope in a really impressive spot…

There was a backstage segment with Renee Young interviewing The Usos about their tag title match with Goldust and Stardust. The Usos said they have a checklist with only one item missing and that is the tag team titles, but that check is coming soon…

3. The Uso Brothers defeated Goldust and Stardust by DQ. The Usos were out first to a decent reaction, but I was live for Night of Champions and Raw where they were more over. The double dive got everyone fired up and always looks good. Good heel tactics by HeelDust early on, but nothing out of the ordinary for them. Great comeback rally for the Usos after a long stretch of offense by HeelDust. Goldust went for his front flip from the apron and was caught by the Usos for a nice spot. A little bit later the Usos hit a really nasty Doomsday Device on Stardust followed by the splash but the pin was broken up by Goldust with a title shot to the covering Uso for some great heat to end the match…

In a backstage segment, Seth Rollins complained to Kane about Ambrose taking the MITB briefcase. Rollins said that if Ambrose doesn’t return the briefcase in its exact condition then the cinderblock spot will look like child’s play…

4. Dolph Ziggler beat Cesaro to retain the Intercontinental Title. We didn’t get the advertised injury update, but we got Cesaro entering for the IC title match he won earlier in the taping. Ziggler got a great pop. Cesaro used the ropes during an abdominal stretch spot which garnered almost zero heat. This crowd is either dead or terrible. Cesaro did his spot where he uses the middle rope as a trapeze into an elbow drop which was cool. Cesaro countered a Fameasser attempt into a powerbomb attempt only to have Ziggler sunset flip him for the win which was really weak. I like Ziggler a lot, but that was weaksauce…

Backstage, Lana and Rusev were interviewed. Lana said anything in Rusev’s way he crushes…

6. Big Show defeated Rusev by DQ. Rusev and Lana out next for the main event followed by Big Show with the pop of the night. He is always really over in Little Rock. Big Show controlled the action early and really manhandled Rusev for a huge chunk of the match. I think I was the only Rusev fan in the building. Rusev finally hit a chop block and went on the offensive with lots of leg based attacks. Big Show hit a sidewalk slam to balance things out and set up for the KO punch. Rusev ducked and hit the jump kick.

Big Show hit a chokeslam out of nowhere and set up for the KO punch again but Lana grabbed his leg and was dragged into the ring. Rusev grabbed the Russian flag and hit Big Show for the DQ finish. Big Show caught a kick after the match and finally did connect with the KO punch to end the taping with Rusev flat out…×250.jpg

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TNA Announces, Deletes Appearance By Josh Matthews Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:38:04 +0000 Former WWE announcer may or may not be TNA bound

One of the victims of WWE Network-related budget cuts, former WWE announcer (and original Tough Enough contestant) Josh Matthews was reportedly spotted outside of TNA’s offices in Nashville.

This is known because TNA’s website published a newsbite about the appearance. The strange part is that they then deleted the post and it’s no longer visible on TNA’s site.

Here is the original posting on TNA’s site:
Today, Josh Mathews was spotted outside of TNA Wrestling Headquarters in Nashville, TN. Matthews would later enter a closed door meeting with TNA executives. No details on what was said, however will keep you current when additional details are available.

Not sure what that means for Matthews’ TNA chances, if its a legal issue, or just a mishap that will come to light later.

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Interesting News on WWE Locker Room Reaction To Darren Young Coming Out Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:30:17 +0000 Former WWE wrestler Brodus Clay discusses it…

A little over 1 year ago, WWE wrestler Darren Young publicly came out as gay, a first for an active roster WWE wrestler. Most seemed supportive in the industry, and while Young suffered an injury and is off TV, he remains on the WWE roster.

Recently released WWE talent Brodus Clay discussed the tenor of the lockerroom in a recent interview.

Here is his comment:
Well he got there. Darren is a Superstar and he’s a great worker. His work got him there. To be honest with you, our locker room, we have openly gay guys we work with and it was never a big deal. A lot of of times I was concerned, I’ll leave it up to him if he wants to disclose this himself or whatever, but I was worried about his dating habits. I wanted him to be careful because he does the dating sites and stuff like that. We were talking to him, like how is your dating life and things like that? So it wasn’t really a big thing when he came out.

I think for him probably he just made himself more comfortable. In terms of the locker room, it wasn’t a big deal. One of the greatest teachers and stars in our business, Mr. Pat Patterson. We weren’t like, “oh my what?” We’re past that. Our locker room is very accepting of that. Honestly, we’re probably more angry if someone’s not reading comic books than whether they’re gay or straight.

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Brock Lesnar News: WWE Raw Absense, Unclear Status For Hell in a Cell PPV Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:53:35 +0000 It was strange just how absent he was from Raw…

Despite the fact that he retained the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions 2014, Brock Lesnar was not on WWE Monday Night Raw last night.

WWE decided to also keep Paul Heyman off the live Raw, and he did not appear in front of the crowd or backstage.

The reason for Lesnar and Heyman’s absense from Raw and overall downplaying in the show was that it’s not decided whether Lesnar will appear at the next WWE PPV, Hell in a Cell, or not.

Lesnar works on a contract with limited dates – usually PPVs and Raws – and WWE needs to use the appearances judiciously, or risk having to pay Brock huge sums for extra shows.

Based on the booking on Raw, WWE may be heading into Hell in a Cell without Lesnar, and plan on 1 (or 2) Hell in a Cell matches involving Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, John Cena and/or Randy Orton.×2501.jpg×1201.jpg

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Dean Ambrose Taking Roman Reigns Slot On WWE House Show Lineups Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Short term solution for WWE injuries…

Roman Reigns had emergency hernia surgery and will be out of action for several weeks if not months. While the impact this has on the long-term booking is still to be determined, in the short term, it created a whole at the top of the WWE roster on the babyface side.

Coincidently, former Shield partner Dean Ambrose was able to return to WWE TV at the same time Roman Reigns was removed.

As such, Ambrose is being inserted into Reigns’ slot on the roster, and specifically on the house show tours.

It looks like Dean Ambrose vs Randy Orton will likely be the main events on the second series of house shows this fall, with John Cena vs Seth Rollins headlining the A tour.

The first new WWE house show lineup announced is 10/06/2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That show is not an A or B show, but rather a combined supershow that currently features a loaded show with Cena & Ambrose vs. Orton & Rollins as the main event. But that match was originally Cena teaming with Roman Reigns, so Ambrose is just being slotted in across the board.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Dean Ambrose, No Brock Lesnar, More WWE Malaise Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:45:24 +0000 After WWE Night of Champions, WWE had a huge post-PPV Raw with no Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns.

What did the Pulse Wrestling staff think of the show?


I especially enjoyed Dean Ambrose and his frenetic persona opening and closing the show tonight. Other than that, Raw was pretty much a ho-hum event coming off Night of Champions. It would have been nice to see the Wyatts in action tonight, just like it would have been nice to see them at Night of Champions. Also, I hate when John Cena becomes aligned with the current hot character, because 9 times out of 10 it hurts that character and only helps Cena in the end. Lastly, the Brock Lesnar Effect really hurt this episode. After all, how can you follow up Night of Champions without the WWE World Heavyweight Champion AND also without his advocate Paul Heyman? That’s all from me — CB.

Rhett Davis

Not a bad show, but Dean and Seth Rollins shined as a lot of the rest of the roster more or less did the same thing that they had been doing. Which is absolutely nothing. Dolph got the title back which is good, but no Brock or Paul E. hurt the title picture. I’m guessing Hell in a Cell will have no title match?

Justin Czerwonka

This show was a total place holder show. Nothing new was really established, and we don’t know what the status of the WWE Championship is. Is Lesnar done for a month? There were too many rematches on this show and once again the three hour product exposed the WWE’s poor booking. Dean Ambrose and some of the in ring work on the show were enough to give the RAW a 4 in my eyes.0


The Raw after a PPV is usually a news worthy show with new angles and to start to setup the next PPV. This Raw, however, didn’t do that as much. It was strange that the champion Brock Lesnar was not only not on Raw, but neither was Paul Heyman, and neither were mentioned much. It was great to see Dean Ambrose get a huge push, and also be skeptical of John Cena and not immediately buddy/buddy. That said, WWE is in a severe creative slump and this was another fairly boring show.


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JR Blog: Matt/Jeff Hardy “One Of The Absolute Best”, WWE Raw Thoughts, Randy Orton Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:40:22 +0000 Always good for an opinion on Raw, Jim Ross chimes in with a Tuesday blog entry, and here are some of the best parts.

on Hardys:
Happy B-Day to the now 40 year old Matt Hardy who, along with his brother Jeffery Nero Hardy, comprised one of my all time favorite tag teams while I was in WWE with them. Their chemistry with the Dudley Boyz and Edge/Christian was incredible. I will have both Matt & Jeff on our podcast coming up which has been booked for several weeks. A complete listing of our future podcast guests is located on the home page of this site. For the record, Matt and Jeff are STILL one of my favorite duos and one of the absolute best tag teams in the biz.

on Randy Orton
Hard to believe it’s been 12 years since we introduced Randy Orton on WWE TV and the son of a HOFer hasn’t disappointed on his way to his own HOF career. @RandyOrton is one of WWE’s most valuable commodities especially with the company rebuilding it’s main event talent roster to a large degree. Randy was one of the most interesting talents to manage that I was ever around and he always kept me on my toes but at the end of the day I am immensely proud of the talent that he has evolved to be.

on Raw, Dean Ambrose
Nice night for Dean Ambrose. The man who reminds many of Brian Pillman took advantage of the spotlight being on him on WWE’s flagship show.

Good move putting the IC Title on Dolph Ziggler again as I was perplexed as to why he lost it the night before at Night of Champions.

I’m beginning to wonder if the holders of the IC & US Titles are blessed or cursed.

There seemed to be too many rematch oriented matches on the show but that’s merely one man’s opinion. I am big on hitting the reset button after a PPV and starting new issues especially with 5 weeks in which to build them. 5 weeks in today’s marketplace with short attention spans feels like an eternity to many fans. BTW…HIAC is 5 weeks away in Dallas.

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WWE Smackdown Taping News: Match Announced, Dean Ambrose on Main Event Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:16:28 +0000 Some notes for Tuesdays’ TV

WWE is taping Friday Night Smackdown on Tuesday in Little Rock, and has announced some items for the show.

For Smackdown:

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

Plus, on the WWE Main Event show, there will be an edition of Miz TV with Dean Ambrose.

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WWE Superstars Tapings Results For September 25, 2014 (Spoilers) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:14:33 +0000 Alicia Fox vs. Naomi
Naomi beat Alicia Fox in 4:56 with her submission hold.

Justin Gabriel vs Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston beat Justin Gabriel in 9:16 with a mid-air Trouble in Paradise. Very good TV match.

Jerry Lawler brought out Lance Russell to say hello to the crowd in a dark segment.

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JR Blog: WWE Night of Champions 2014 Review, Cesaro/Sheamus “Match of the Night”, Lesnar/Cena Reaction Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:45:55 +0000 Jim Ross had a new Monday blog entry after Night of Champions, here are some highlights

on Night of Champions 2014
Solid show overall. Featured some good in ring action with a couple of really noticeably good contests. The Nashville crowd seemed to enjoy themselves by and large and when that occurs it helps make the show better for viewers.

on Cesaro/Sheamus
IMO the US Title match between Champion Sheamus and Cesaro was the match of the night. Great physicality, drama and compelling action for my taste. Congrats to both men. Cesaro could easily fill a viable fan favorite role on the depleted WWE hero side of the roster. There is money in ‘face Cesaro if it is cultivated.

on Rollins/Ambrose, Jericho/Orton
The Rollins/Ambrose brawl was a good piece of business. Both young men have bright futures and I’m somewhat certain that both will be WWE World Champion at some point in the future. Rollins leaving the PPV still with the MITB contract in tact is strategic.

Orton and Jericho had a stellar, wrestling bout. I wish Jericho’s right leg had been more a part of the story but the two had a good bout to say the least. From the commentary one could not tell who was the hero and who was the villain but that very may have been by design. That isn’t a complaint as both men got the star treatment as they should

on Lesnar/Cena
Enjoyed the intensity and the physicality of the Lesnar vs. Cena match but I wasn’t overwhelmed with the decision even though I understand why it was the way it was. It seems as if it was a means of facilitating getting Brock and John to the Hell in a Cell PPV in Dallas in a little over a month. As a fan of Paul Heyman, I’d liked to have seen Paul somewhat more involved in the presentation Sunday night but I’m certain that @HeymanHustle will be front and center come Raw from Memphis.

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New Poll: What Did You Think Of WWE Night of Champions 2014? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:08:24 +0000 in the record books, what did you think of the show? Vote now! ]]> Now that WWE Night of Champions 2014 is in the record books, what did you think of the show? Vote now!

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Poll Results: Who will leave WWE Night of Champions 2014 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:06:33 +0000 Looks like the Pulse Wrestling readership was right on the money, with over half of the votes getting the answer correct!

Who will leave WWE Night of Champions 2014 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

  • Brock Lesnar (55%, 28 Votes)
  • John Cena (25%, 13 Votes)
  • Seth Rollins (20%, 10 Votes)

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