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, 02 Sep 2014 08:16:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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 JR Blog: Sting/Undertaker Thoughts, John Cena Character Change, Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/jr-blog-stingundertaker-thoughts-john-cena-character-change-brock-lesnarpaul-heyman/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/jr-blog-stingundertaker-thoughts-john-cena-character-change-brock-lesnarpaul-heyman/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:16:46 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169684 Jim Ross had a pre-Raw blog, here are some highlights.

on Sting/Undertaker
We have had amazing success in the podcast world as of late with the Sting podcast being downloaded well over a million times which should bell any one doing market research that the wrestling public, in a large part, want to see the Stinger in a WWE ring. I’m still of the mindset that Sting only needs to do one match, a retirement match vs. The Undertaker at WM31 of which Taker wins and then faces the WWE Champion at WM32 in a title vs. retirement match in AT&T Stadium aka Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas. Taker wins that one too and then retires the next night on RAW leaving the WWE Title vacant which would see a tournament utilized to determine the new champion.

on John Cena
Regarding Cena, I’d love to see him begin to have a mat metamorphous as he prepares to go to battle with Brock again. That could come in the form of dead serious promos, ring attire tweaks, in ring actions which could be as simple as getting himself disqualified by physically abusing a referee or even confronting his biggest ally Michael Cole. A sit down with Cole and Cena with Cena going off would get fan’s attention.

I do feel that a change in Cena’s persona leading into NOC is needed and to not do something would be a mistake.

on Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman
WWE getting in rarified air with the combo of @BrockLesnar and @HeymanHustle…they are almost too damn good to boo. I suggested on the Ross Report that if a significantly developed fan favorite can’t be on the radar by the Royal Rumble that it could be that Lesnar/Heyman could go into WM31 as more than quasi, fan favorites. This is going to depend on how wisely/strategically the pair is booked. There is no magic formula on how or when a new hero can be developed, specifically speaking of when Roman Reigns will be ready to assume the leading man role.

The full blog entry is up now on JR’s BBQ

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Two Matches Planned For 09/08/2014 WWE Monday Night Raw, Michael Sam Stunt http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/two-matches-planned-for-09082014-wwe-monday-night-raw-michael-sam-stunt/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/two-matches-planned-for-09082014-wwe-monday-night-raw-michael-sam-stunt/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:08:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169681 WWE has announced two marquee matches for next week’s Monday Night Raw, both rematches from WWE Summerslam.

Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton.

In addition, WWE did a publicity stunt and invited former NFL Ram Michael Sam to Raw to “address the fans”. It’s still unclear whether Sam is part of this stunt or this is WWE trying to make news.

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Matches Announced for WWE Main Event, Smackdown Tapings http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/matches-announced-for-wwe-main-event-smackdown-tapings/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/matches-announced-for-wwe-main-event-smackdown-tapings/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:06:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169679 WWE Main Event will feature a Miz TV segment on Tuesday night live on the WWE Network. His guest is scheduled to be Dolph Ziggler, to continue their feud and probably set up an Intercontinental Title match for Night of Champions.

In addition, WWE is planning to have a match between Paige and Brie Bella as a featured match during the Smackdown tapings. The match is purported to be non-title.

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Poll Results: What Do You Think About Smackdown Moving To Thursday? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/poll-results-what-do-you-think-about-smackdown-moving-to-thursday/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/02/poll-results-what-do-you-think-about-smackdown-moving-to-thursday/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:03:21 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169673 Here is what our Inside Pulse Wrestling readers thought:

What Do You Think About Smackdown Moving To Thursday?

  • It’s great, Smackdown belongs on Thursday! (35%, 55 Votes)
  • Who cares, I don’t watch Smackdown (28%, 44 Votes)
  • It’s terrible, I like it on Friday (18%, 29 Votes)
  • I think it will do the same on either day (19%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

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Interesting Change In TNA Taping Schedule http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/31/interesting-change-in-tna-taping-schedule/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/31/interesting-change-in-tna-taping-schedule/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:00:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169616 TNA previously changed a series of house shows into PPV tapings. The shows, scheduled for September 5, 6 and 7, had full cards

In a small change, TNA will be keeping the 5th and 6th as PPV tapings, but will now be using the Sept 7 taping for Impact TV. This is notable for several reasons, including that TNA Champion Bobby Lashley is not booked for those shows due to his MMA Bellator fight.

The next set of tapings, from 9/16/2014 to 9/19/2014 in Bethlehem PA will also be for Impact. TNA got a great deal to run in Bethlehem, because as a casino area, the arena was happy to have extra foot traffic coming through. This saves TNA from having to take in and around Bound for Glory in Japan, as that would very costly. The Manhattan Center is also very expensive, but was considered worth it to try to make TNA TV hot for a TV renewal.

These tapings are expected to complete Impact TV results through the end of November. This is curious because Bound For Glory 2014 is scheduled for October and thus the tapings could spoil things that happen at Bound for Glory. However, TNA now believes that no matter how far in advance they tape, it doesn’t have a negative effect on ratings. In fact, ratings were moving upward until the move to Wednesdays, which will be a setback

It will be interesting to see how TNA approaches the TV tapings, with almost nothing announced yet for Bound for Glory, and having to have tapings that air after as well.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Prefers Reality TV, Tough Enough Season 2 Canceled Due To Budget Cuts http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/31/stone-cold-steve-austin-prefers-reality-tv-tough-enough-season-2-canceled-due-to-budget-cuts/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/31/stone-cold-steve-austin-prefers-reality-tv-tough-enough-season-2-canceled-due-to-budget-cuts/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:58:45 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169612 Stone Cold Steve Austin recently said that he prefers doing reality TV to acting in movies. While he would be open to doing another movie if the opportunity came his way, he is not actively seeking out movie roles and is “done” with auditions.

Austin was also said to be involved with a second season of a revamped Tough Enough. This was set to be original programming that would appear on the WWE Network. The show was set to begin taping in July, but it was postponed and had its budget slashed. At the last minute, the entire project was scrapped, and is now on hiatus.

There is talk of doing a taping for a new season of Tough Enough this fall instead, but there is nothing official. There has no new taping scheduled, and no timeframe for anything happening. It’s believed to be an idea that could re-appear as programming for the WWE Network, but as things stand, its not happening as budgets are lower than expected.

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TNA News: Bobby Lashley Status,Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards Contract Update http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/31/tna-news-bobby-lashley-statuseddie-edwards-davey-richards-contract-update/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/31/tna-news-bobby-lashley-statuseddie-edwards-davey-richards-contract-update/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:54:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169606 Bobby Lashley is not only the current TNA World Champion, but he is scheduled for a Mixed Martial Arts fight with Bellator for the first weekend in September. As a result, Lashely will not be appearing on the September 5, 6, and 7th shows, which are a mix of PPV tapings and Impact TV. It’s possible he could fly in for the 7th, as that is for Impact TV, and it will be hard to book around having no champion on several TV shows.

Davey Richards broke his leg earlier this summer, and his rehab is said to be going very well. Richards, along with Eddie Edwards, is only under TNA contract until the end of 2014. It’s believed that TNA has an option to roll the contracts over into 2015, but with the company’s tenuous nature, it’s unclear whether they would exercise that option.

Both were turned down by WWE Developmental before signing with TNA, and while they could get a second look, a WWE run is not considered likely. Ring of Honor is overloaded at its current state and its own budget limitations, but Edwards is welcome to come back. Richards left Ring of Honor on bad terms in the past, but in wrestling, nothing is considered final.

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Former WWE Diva Updates: Stacy Keibler, Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, Christy Hemme http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/30/former-wwe-diva-updates-stacy-keibler-kelly-kelly-mickie-james-christy-hemme/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/30/former-wwe-diva-updates-stacy-keibler-kelly-kelly-mickie-james-christy-hemme/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:57:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169610 Stacy Keibler and her new husband Jared Pobre welcomed a baby girl, Ava Grace Pobre, on August 20, 2014. It is Keibler’s first child. She and Pobre were married on March 8, 2014, and soon after she announced she was pregnant.

Speaking of newly married former divas, Kelly Kelly (real name Barbie Blank), is now engaged to Sheldon Souray of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. It will be Kelly’s first married, and Souray’s second. He was previously married to Angelica Bridges of “Baywatch” fame. Kelly and Souray have been together since Kelly was in WWE, and she even wore his jersey a few times near the end.

And speaking of diva babies, former WWE Diva and Playboy model Christy Hemme announced that she is 5 and a half months pregnant. The new baby is due on New Year’s Eve 2014 (December 31) and she is said to be saving the sex of the baby as a secret.

Finally, Mickie James is ALSO expecting a child. She is dating Magnus, and they are expecting their child around the same time as Hemme. James’ TNA contract expired in September and she wasn’t renewed, but it was not related to her pregnancy.

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Mick Foley News: Minor Surgery, Cancels Show http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/30/mick-foley-news-minor-surgery-cancels-show/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/30/mick-foley-news-minor-surgery-cancels-show/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:30:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169618 Mick Foley canceled an upcoming comedy show that was scheduled for August 31, 2014 in Devnver, Colorado.

Foley, who is now 49, had hs back go out recently and was said to be in excruciating pain. On a recent vacation, the pain was so bad for Foley that he spent half of his vacation in bed, and that’s what was the final straw in his decision to get this latest surgery.

He said the injuries were related to a herniated disc which he first got in 1994 and sciatic nerve pain that has bothered him since 1997. A well-known neurosurgeon recently told Foley that although this surgery will help, he has many different issues with his back that no one surgery will be the answer to alleviating all his pain.

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WWE Night of Champions 2014 News: Confirmed Matches, Possible Undercard, More http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/30/wwe-night-of-champions-2014-news-confirmed-matches-possible-undercard-more/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/30/wwe-night-of-champions-2014-news-confirmed-matches-possible-undercard-more/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:53:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169603 WWE has the next PPV on September 21, 2014 in Nashville Tennesee with Night of Champions 2014.

So far there is only two matches confirmed for the show:

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

WWE US Title
Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro

The show is considered a major show for WWE, because WWE Network subscribers who signed up for Wrestlemania 30 would have to make a renewal decision in and around the Night of Champions PPV.

These are some of the matches that are expected to appear on the show:

WWE Tag Team Titles
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (c) vs. Goldust & Stardust

WWE Diva’s Title
Paige (c) vs. AJ Lee

WWE Intercontinental Title
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz

There are major stars also not booked yet including Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho. These matches are among candidates expected to fill out the show:

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Rusev vs. Mark Henry

Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella

Jack Swagger vs. Bo Dallas (could be blown off on TV or a pre-show match)

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WWE Notes: Dean Ambrose Return Date, Chris Jericho News, Zeb Colter Status http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/wwe-notes-dean-ambrose-return-date-chris-jericho-news-zeb-colter-status/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/wwe-notes-dean-ambrose-return-date-chris-jericho-news-zeb-colter-status/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:02:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169620 Dean Ambrose, who was written off TV after Summerslam, will be filming his movie through September 20, 2014. If there are no production delays and everything remains on schedule, Ambrose will be ready to return after then. He would be available for a run-in on the Night of Champions 2014 PPV, as well as beginning back full time for the Raw after.

Zeb Colter has been off WWE TV since being kicked by Rusev in the aftermath of the flag match at Summerslam 2014. Colter was legit knocked out by the kick by Rusev, and has been kept off TV as a precaution. It also lines up with the storyline and selling that Rusev’s kick took him out of action for a while.

Chris Jericho and Randy Orton both had this past week off, and both did not appear on Raw, but both are booked to appear on the September 1 edition of the show. Jericho took this week off to shoot a digital video series for Comedy Central. Jericho stars in “Team Tiger Awesome”, an Odd Couple like show where Jericho plays a loose cannon detective who has a by-the-book partner (Nick Mundy)

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Major Update On WWE PPV Payoffs, Wrestlemania Paydays, Recent PPVs Way Down http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/major-update-on-wwe-ppv-payoffs-wrestlemania-paydays-recent-ppvs-way-down/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/major-update-on-wwe-ppv-payoffs-wrestlemania-paydays-recent-ppvs-way-down/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:56:29 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169608

Some insight on how the Network is affecting payouts…

A major question mark for WWE in the new era of WWE Network PPVs is how payoffs for major shows would work. In the past, the success of the PPV at the gate and purchases via cable and satelite controlled how much each wrestler would be paid for the event.

The lack of transparency about how payoffs would be handled are among the rumored reasons that CM Punk left WWE earlier this year.

It’s said that the payoffs for Wrestlemania 30 were about as expected. This could be, however, because the actual PPV buys for the event were still very high at almost 700,000 buys (690,000).

Since Mania, the PPV buy numbers have been super small, as almost all regular PPV viewers have signed up for the network. This leaves the payout situation as muddled as ever. Big stars and legacy stars usually get a guaranteed amount of money for the shows they work. Brock Lesnar has a guaranteed money deal, and does whatever he is asked for that payout. Other legacy stars, such as Hogan, Rock and Austin, also get a flat fee. For the rest of the roster, the payoff is still subjective and thus at the mercy of the WWE Network.

Recently, Dave Batista had some interesting statements regarding payoffs on an appearance on the LAW radio show:
From the talent’s perspective, that’s a tough question because I could put myself in a politically incorrect spot. As of this moment, with the WWE Network losing money, I don’t think the talent is benefitting the way they should.

This is consistent with what has been said previously, and also could be a factor for Batista being somewhat unhappy with his return run thusfar.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Booking Changes, Vince McMahon Directly Wrote John Cena’s Comeback http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/wwe-monday-night-raw-booking-changes-vince-mcmahon-directly-wrote-john-cenas-comeback/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/wwe-monday-night-raw-booking-changes-vince-mcmahon-directly-wrote-john-cenas-comeback/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:53:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169601 WWE Monday Night Raw featured the return of John Cena after missing the show for one week. Despite missing Raw the week before, it was announced that Cena had decided to use his rematch clause and challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions 2014.

Cena was booked strong on Raw, cutting a promo and looking strong heading into the rematch. This portrayal, barely selling the beating that Lesnar gave him at Summerslam, was said to be all written and put together by Vince McMahon. Apparently the worry was that Cena looked too weak, and that one week of being off TV was plenty.

In addition, the taped promo with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar was originally scheduled to air on the September 1, 2014 edition of Raw, but was moved up to August 25th.

Another small change was made at the last minute on Raw. Rusev vs. Swagger was not on the original Raw script, and instead Cesaro was booked against Swagger for the US Title shot. This was changed to RVD vs Cesaro when the decision was made to change to Rusev vs Swagger. Both versions involved Swagger jobbing and later being taunted backstage by Bo Dallas.

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Jake Roberts Having Serious Health Issues http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/jake-roberts-having-serious-health-issues/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/jake-roberts-having-serious-health-issues/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:12:44 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169599 Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who has seen improved health in recent months due in part to help from Diamond Dallas Page, is undergoing tests at a hospital.

According to Page, as of about 10PM Eastern on August 28, Jake had been sick for several days, likely with double pneumonia.

He had complained a few days ago that he felt terrible, but wanted to make the date for Sinn Bodhi’s birthday show on Friday in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, Roberts passed out on a plane, and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. He has been in and out of consciousness since then. He has been awake and asking about his condition and what he was doing in the hospital.

Roberts is undergoing a number of tests, including one where they found an unidentified mass in his head.

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WWE Network Schedule For Friday 08.29.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/wwe-network-schedule-for-friday-08-29-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/29/wwe-network-schedule-for-friday-08-29-2014/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:42:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169597 12:00AM ET
WWE NXT
8/28/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

1:00AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/28/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect?so expect everything!

2:00AM ET
WWE MAIN EVENT REPLAY
8/25/14
Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins battles Rob Van Dam.

3:00AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/27/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

4:00AM ET
SMACKDOWN FLASHBACK
9/16/99
Triple H vs. Vince McMahon in the main event. The Rock, Big Show, Mankind, Kane, and Undertaker compete in a Royal Rumble Rules Match.

5:30AM ET
VIDEO VAULT
2/25/13
The Road to WrestleMania 29 saw CM Punk face off with John Cena to determine who’d be the number one contender for The Rock’s WWE Title.

6:00AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/17/13
Nikki moves in with John Cena but he has a shocking demand. Brie’s personal life suffers because of work. Eva Marie contemplates cheating.

7:00AM ET
WWE NXT
8/28/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

8:00AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/28/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect?so expect everything!

9:00AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/17/13
Nikki moves in with John Cena but he has a shocking demand. Brie’s personal life suffers because of work. Eva Marie contemplates cheating.

10:00AM ET
WWE NXT
8/28/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

11:00AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/28/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect?so expect everything!

12:00PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/17/13
Nikki moves in with John Cena but he has a shocking demand. Brie’s personal life suffers because of work. Eva Marie contemplates cheating.

1:00PM ET
WWE NXT
8/28/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

2:00PM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/28/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect?so expect everything!

3:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/22/14
Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE’s Monday Night Raw.

4:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/26/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

5:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

6:00PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN
4/29/14
Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

8:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/22/14
Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE’s Monday Night Raw.

9:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/26/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

10:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

11:00PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR
8/22/14
Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE’s Monday Night Raw.

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More Details On WWE Smackdown Move To Thursdays, Effect On Wrestling Industry http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/28/more-details-on-wwe-smackdown-move-to-thursdays-effect-on-wrestling-industry/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/28/more-details-on-wwe-smackdown-move-to-thursdays-effect-on-wrestling-industry/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:56:59 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169577 More on the Smackdown return to Thursday.

WWE Smackdown is moving back to Thursdays starting October 2, 2014, finishing up a run on Fridays through the end of September.

While the move has not been officially announced, it was listed on the Syfy schedule, and Syfy had already announced the TV show “Haven” was moving from Friday to Thursday night at 10 p.m. Haven features Adam “Edge” Copeland in a recurring role, so Syfy has often linked Haven and Smackdown in their schedule.

Smackdown originated on Thursdays. When the show debuted on the now-defunct UPN network, it aired on Thursdays, only later moving to Friday in the face of stiff prime time competition. It had a pilot run on April 29, 1999, and was added fulltime to the primetime lineup that fall, starting August 26, 1999.

The move from Friday to Thursday had reverberations throughout the industry. Impact, which has been troubled as of late on Spike TV, fled Thursdays in anticipation, hastily shifting to Wednesday night to avoid competition.

In addition, WWE NXT and Superstars, which air on WWE Network each week beginning on Thursdays, will also likely move, perhaps to Wednesdays or Fridays on the WWE Network.

The Inside Pulse Wrestling Poll of the Week is about the Smackdown move, vote below!
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Daniel Bryan Pulled From November WWE European Tour http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/28/daniel-bryan-pulled-from-november-wwe-european-tour/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/28/daniel-bryan-pulled-from-november-wwe-european-tour/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169574 That was quick…

As the status of Daniel Bryan’s injured arm continues to be vague, WWE has gone ahead and removed Bryan from the European tour scheduled for November.

Originally Bryan as well as Wade Barrett were being advertised to appear in mid-November shows in Europe

But given his injury is not yet healed or even has had surgery, WWE made the decision to pull Bryan from the tour.

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WWE Network Schedule For Thursday 08.28.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/28/wwe-network-schedule-for-thursday-08-28-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/28/wwe-network-schedule-for-thursday-08-28-2014/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169572 12:00am ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

1:00am ET
WrestleMania Rewind
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

2:00am ET
Best of Hall of Fame
4/25/14
Josh Mathews hosts The Best of WWE Hall of Fame?- a?tribute to 2 iconic WWE Hall of Famers; Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Bruno Sammartino.

3:00am ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

4:00am ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
10/24/11
Bret Hit Man Hart and Shawn Michaels engaged in one of the most bitter rivalries ever. Now, they sit down and rehash their storied past.

6:00am ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
12/1/09
A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.

7:00am ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

8:00am ET
WrestleMania Rewind
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

9:00am ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
12/1/09
A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.

10:00am ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

11:00am ET
WrestleMania Rewind
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

12:00pm ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
12/1/09
A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.

1:00pm ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

2:00pm ET
WrestleMania Rewind
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

3:00pm ET
Total Divas
11/16/13
Nikki moves in with John Cena but he has a shocking demand. Brie’s personal life suffers because of work. Eva Marie contemplates cheating.

4:00pm ET
WWE NXT
8/28/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

5:00pm ET
WWE Superstars
8/28/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you

6:00pm ET
EXCUSE ME! – A Cougar Countdown
7/1/14
EXCUSE ME! A Cougar’s Countdown takes us through the top ten most memorable Vickie Guerrero Moments.

7:00pm ET
Total Divas
11/10/13
Nikki feels Eva Marie’s popularity rising while Ariane struggles with anger. After having an accident, Nattie fears returning to the ring.

8:00pm ET

Total Divas
11/16/13
Nikki moves in with John Cena but he has a shocking demand. Brie’s personal life suffers because of work. Eva Marie contemplates cheating.

9:00pm ET
WWE NXT
8/28/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

10:00pm ET
WWE Superstars
8/28/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you

11:00pm ET
Total Divas
11/16/13
Nikki moves in with John Cena but he has a shocking demand. Brie’s personal life suffers because of work. Eva Marie contemplates cheating.

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Bray Wyatt News: WWE Night of Champions, Next Feud, Jericho http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/bray-wyatt-news-wwe-night-of-champions-next-feud-jericho/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/bray-wyatt-news-wwe-night-of-champions-next-feud-jericho/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:42:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169449

What’s the latest with Bray?

When Chris Jericho pinned Bray Wyatt at the July Money in the Bank PPV, many people were surprised, as it seemed like a point Jericho should put Wyatt over. However, in the rematch at Summerslam 2014 and a third match presumably at Night of Champions could complete that feud.

After that, Chris Jericho is set to take a WWE hiatus, leaving Bray Wyatt to feud with someone new.

It seems as if the next feud will be Sheamus, over the US Title. There are several WWE live events scheduled after Night of Champions

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Brock Lesnar vs. Dave Batista Could Be Fall WWE Booking Focus http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/brock-lesnar-vs-dave-batista-could-be-fall-wwe-booking-focus/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/brock-lesnar-vs-dave-batista-could-be-fall-wwe-booking-focus/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:35:34 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169440

After not setting up a new program for Brock Lesnar on Raw last week, WWE announced a rematch between John Cena and Brock Lesnar on the WWE Network and then on Smackdown. The rematch has already generated some controversy, but after the beating John Cena took, it makes natural storyline sense for Cena to get a chance for revenge. In addition, The Night of Champions 2014 PPV is approximately six months since Wrestlemania 30, and many WWE Network subscribers have the choice to renew now.

With that said, it’s largely expected that Lesnar will defeat Cena and move onto another program for the rest of 2014. One of the strong possibilities is Dave Batistsa.

Batista is coming off of a run in 2014 where he returned as a babyface, only to be turned heel by the crowd and aligning with HHH and Randy Orton in storyline. When he left TV on hiatus to promote the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, he essentially turned on Evolution, but not necessarily babyface. Due to the massive success of the movie, Batista could come back as a “conquering hero” type babyface, and position himself into a match against Lesnar.

Last week, Batista stoked the fires for such a match/feud. He posted this image on Instagram:

UFC/WWE Brock Lesnar Conquered John Cena for the champion ships....What's next?

UFC/WWE Brock Lesnar Conquered John Cena for the champion ships….What’s next?

Interesting to see Batista actively promote a match that might not necessarily be on the books yet.

Check out this match between Lesnar and Batista back in 2001 when both were in developmental:

What do you think about the possibility of a Lesnar/Batista match or feud? Talk about it in the comments!

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Hardys News: Jeff & Matt Booked For House of Hardcore, WWE Network Documentary http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/hardys-news-jeff-matt-booked-for-house-of-hardcore-wwe-network-documentary/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/hardys-news-jeff-matt-booked-for-house-of-hardcore-wwe-network-documentary/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:03:33 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169546 What’s the latest with the Hardys?

Matt and Jeff Hardy have been announced for the November 15th House of Hardcore event, currently booked for the old ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA. If the show stays on track and both Hardys work the show, it will be the first time they work as a team at the fabeled ECW Arena.

WWE is also debuting a Jeff Hardy documentary on WWE Network on Wednesday Night. This is actually not a new production, as it was the documentary portion of the 2009 Jeff Hardy DVD release – “Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules”. WWE will “premiere” the doc at 8pm Wednesday on the network.

Jeff Hardy is considered a prime candidate to return to WWE if TNA were to cease operations in 2015.

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WWE Network Schedule For Wednesday 08.27.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/wwe-network-schedule-for-wednesday-08-27-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/27/wwe-network-schedule-for-wednesday-08-27-2014/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:00:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169544 12:00 am ET
Monday Night War
8/25/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

1:00 am ET
WWE Countdown
4/29/14
Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

2:00 am ET
Total Divas
9/15/13
The stars of Total Divas reunite to discuss the highs and lows of this season with special guest, John Cena.

2:30 am ET
Total Divas
11/10/13
Nikki feels Eva Marie’s popularity rising while Ariane struggles with anger. After having an accident, Nattie fears returning to the ring.

3:30 am ET
WrestleMania 11
4/1/95
NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor faces Bam Bam Bigelow. Diesel defends the WWE Title against Shawn Michaels. Bret Hart and more.

6:00 am ET
WWE Main Event
8/25/14
WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

7:00 am ET
Monday Night War
8/25/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

8:00 am ET
WWE Countdown
4/29/14
Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

9:00 am ET
WWE Main Event
8/25/14
WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

10:00 am ET
Monday Night War
8/25/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

11:00 am ET
WWE Countdown
4/29/14
Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

12:00 pm ET
WWE Main Event
8/25/14
WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

1:00 pm ET
Monday Night War
8/25/14
An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

2:00 pm ET
WWE Countdown
4/29/14
Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

3:00 pm ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
11/30/09
A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.

4:00 pm ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

5:00 pm ET
WrestleMania Rewind
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

6:00 pm ET
WWE Main Event
8/25/14
WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

7:00 pm ET
Legends House
5/15/14
The Legends participate in a charity art gala in Palm Springs. Back at the house, Tony Atlas prepares a feast for his polarized housemates.

8:00 pm ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
11/30/09
A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.

9:00 pm ET
Monday Night War
8/26/14
Vince McMahon leads a company-wide change in a direction that nets the company its greatest ratings to date.

10:00 pm ET
WrestleMania Rewind
3/25/14
Relive two Bret Hart classics from WrestleMania X as Bret takes on brother Owen, and then faces off against Yokozuna!

11:00 pm ET
WWE Beyond The Ring
11/30/09
A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.

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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results For August 28, 2014 (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/26/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-august-28-2014-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/26/complete-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-results-for-august-28-2014-spoilers/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:54:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169541 From Citizens Business Bank Arena In Ontario, CA:

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

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

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

Jack Swagger and Rusev announced for a submission match later.

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

More recapping of Cena and Lesnar from Summerslam and Raw.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WWE Main Event Report 08.26.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/26/wwe-main-event-report-08-26-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/26/wwe-main-event-report-08-26-2014/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:53:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169536

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

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

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

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

Commercial Break

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

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

Commercial Break

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

Commercial Break

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

Commercial Break

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

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

Make sure to check out a great edition of Rager 10 Thoughts!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Off-Air Happenings, Superstars Tapings Results (Spoilers) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/26/wwe-monday-night-raw-off-air-happenings-superstars-tapings-results-spoilers/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/26/wwe-monday-night-raw-off-air-happenings-superstars-tapings-results-spoilers/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:29:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169530 Superstars SPOILERS 8/28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report by Brandon from San Diego, PWTorch

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