Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:32:48 +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 September 12, 2014 (Spoilers) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:31:28 +0000 Results from tonight’s Smackdown tapings in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Main Event

Seth Rollins b Jack Swagger with the curb stomp

Cesaro b Zack Ryder via leg submission

Adam Rose b Titus O’Neil with a roll-up after distraction from the bunny

The Ascension b Los Matadores with the high-low


Usos & Big Show & Mark Henry b Goldust & Stardust & Erick Rowan & Luke Harper – Bray Wyatt was at ringside. Big Show knocked out Goldust and Jey Uso pinned him after a splash.

Kane & Randy Orton & Seth Rollins talked about finishing Roman Reigns on Raw. This led to the announcement of Orton & Rollins vs. Reigns & Chris Jericho.

Bo Dallas b Justin Gabriel – Dallas won and Jack Swagger chased him away after the match. Zeb Colter had cut a pro-USA promo before the match started when he and Swagger came out.

Paige b Summer Rae – A.J. was doing commentary. Lots of C.M. Punk chants. Paige won with the black widow. Layla was at ringside with Summer Rae and A.J. used Paige’s own Paige Turner on Layla as part of the mind games.

Mark Henry b Rusev in the arm wrestling match.

Lana and Rusev wanted a rematch left handed.

This time Lana threw powder in Henry’s eyes and Rusev beat him down and left him laying.

R-Truth & Dolph Ziggler b The Miz & Damien Mizdow. R-Truth dressed up like Ziggler and Ziggler claimed he was his stunt double.

Chris Jericho & Roman Reigns b Seth Rollins & Randy Orton. Jericho pinned Orton with a roll-up.

This led to Jericho vs. Orton and Reigns vs. Rollins being added to Night of Champions.×250.jpg

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Raw Season Premiere Features Two Huge Matches, Cena/Heyman Promo Gold, Filler Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:16:48 +0000 WWE kicked off the fall season with Monday Night Raw last night, featuring two huge marquee matchups and a compelling John Cena/Paul Heyman segment.

What did the Pulse Wrestling staff think of the show?

Justin Czerwonka

I thought overall the positives of this show outweighed the negatives. The first two hours of the show were good but the final hour killed it from being a very good RAW. One good match to start the night and a couple of other good things help give this RAW a 6.

Matthew Harrak

A good show with a very good main event and angle to close the show. Unfortunately I definitely found myself checking my watch more than once when we hit the 3rd hour. Which sucks considering how hard Reigns, Orton and Rollins worked to close out the show. There was just too much on this show that could have been shortened or eliminated completely. It was just another show to fall victim to the 3-hour format.


This was a great 2 hour show spread across three hours. It’s a shame in the 3 hour era that even shows with great matches and segments have so much filler. The opening cage match between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho was really strong, as was the main event between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. The end of that match and angle, with the heels going over strong, was also a great ending. I also really liked the interplay between John Cena and Paul Heyman. The rest was pretty weak and forgettable, and there was one stretch with Jerry Springer and Bellas and Goldust/Stardust that totally dragged the show down. Overall a much better show than last week.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Complete TNA Turning Point 2014 PPV Results (Spoilers) Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:50:00 +0000 TNA taped Turning Point on PPV on September 5, 2014 in Charlottesvile, VA, here are the results:

By David Worrell

TNA taped one of its taped PPVs in Charlottesville, Virginia Friday. It was Turning Point, but I don’t think that was ever advertised by name until Jeremy Borash announced it in the ring.
Before the PPV matches, an Xplosion match was taped with Sonjay Dutt losing to DJ Zema Ion.
Samoa Joe beat Kenny King.
Sanda beat Austin Aries after Storm interfered. (He’d been ordered to the back, but snuck back later.)
Gail Kim beat Angelina Love and Madison Rayne in a three-way dance, pinning Love..
Gunner & Ken Anderson beat EC3 & Rockstar Spud. Good comedy from Spud. Spud accidentally injured or otherwise inconvenienced EC3 several times during the match, so EC3 finally left him and just walked back to the dressing room, leaving Spud to get quickly beaten up by Anderson and pinned by Gunner.
Eric Young beat Magnus.
Bram beat Abyss in a spontaneous Monster’s Ball match.
Bobbie Roode beat James Storm.
Jeff Hardy beat MVP in a pretty good main event. Hardy wrestled in white pants and his fly was gaping open the majority of the match. Might pose some problems editing that match.
Interesting moment during the main event, there was a little girl 7-10 years old who had been booing MVP at various points. When MVP got the upper hand against Hardy outside the ring, he brought Hardy over to her and shouted directly at her several times to “Say something else!” He punctuated those shouts a couple times by dropping Hardy on the guardrail. It was all completely in character, but it upset the girl a great deal and she was crying really hard after they went back into the ring and she continued crying almost to the end of the match. After the match, Hardy gave her one of the wrappings he was wearing on his arms. She left happy.

by Jeff Miller
Ppv opened with Joe b kenny king. Decent match. Crowd was into it. Not a three way.
Gail kim pinned a blonde woman I didn’t know. this was a three way with Madison Rayne also in match.

Sanada b austin Aries after James storm interfered. Best match so far. Aries did cool reverse neck breaker spot between middle and top rope. Aries also did a plancha.

Anderson and gun b. Ec3 and spud after Ec3 walked out

Ring announcer came out and told fans that he had breaking news. In “great state of Connecticut, our TNA champion Bobby Lashley just DESTROYED his opponent in his first Bellator fight.” moderate cheers

Eric Young b magnus in uneventful, but ok match.

Bram b. Abyss in monster ball match. Trash can full of weapons used. table set up in corner didn’t break in spear spot. Spiked baseball bat came out, but Bram ducked it leading to the finish.

Bobby roode b james storm in a good match. Fans were into it.

They moved everyone down for the main event. It was kind of weird, like why didn’t you move us down earlier? I guess they wanted to emulate how boxing matches fill up for the main event.

Jeff Hardy b MVP in a very good main event. Crowd was really hot and behind hardy. Hardy did a dive and his legs hit the concrete. must’ve looked worse than it was because he walked around fine.

All in all, a good by-the-numbers house show, but not sure how it will come off on ppv. Don’t guess many people will buy it any way.

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TNA Impact September 3, 2014 Preview/Match Listing (Non-Spoiler) Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:11:48 +0000 What’s on tap for the second Wednesday night edition of TNA Impact Wrestling on Spike TV?

Non-Title Champion vs. Champion Match
TNA World Champion Bobby Lashley vs. TNA X-Division Champion Samoa Joe

Knockouts Title Match
Gail Kim (c) vs. Taryn Terrell

#1 Contender’s Match For a Shot at The TNA X-Division Title
Low-Ki vs. Homicide vs. Manik vs. DJZ vs. Tigre Uno vs. Crazzy Steve

#1 Contender’s Match For a Shot at The TNA World Title
Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young

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JR Blog: Stephanie McMahon/AJ Lee Tension, Charlotte Flair in NXT, Supporting TNA’s Move Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:00:25 +0000 After a fairly uneventful episode of Raw, former WWE announcer Jim Ross chimed in with a new blog. Here are some highlights:

on Charlotte Flair in NXT
Been enjoying the NXT broadcasts on the WWE Network. Generally an excellently paced, one hour show which makes NXT an easy show to watch. Impressed with Charlotte, Ric Flair’s daughter, who has legit athletic skills and a marketable look. I’d merely suggest that she refrain from getting any more tattoos which officially reconfirms that I’m an old school guy. Seriously, Charlotte has a good shot to have a nice WWE career and I speculate that she will be called up to the main roster sometime this year.

on Stephanie McMahon/AJ Lee
The tension between Stephanie McMahon and AJ Lee was interesting. Could be an compelling scenario going forward especially the promos.

on Impact moving to Wednesday
Hoping that all wrestling fans make the attempt to watch Impact Wrestling on @Spike on Wednesday nights. Real fans should try and support all brands or at least that’s my opinion.

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Michael Sam Not Expected To Appear On Monday Night Raw, News On Another Raw Special Guest Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:53:14 +0000 WWE had falsely advertised Michael Sam to appear next week on Raw. As expected, Sam is not expected to appear on Raw, and is rumored to be signing with the Dallas Cowboys in the next few days.

However, Jerry Springer is now booked for the show. Springer will moderate a debate between Nikki and Brie Bella, and judging by his involvement, the debate will likely turn into a ZANY SITUATION.

WWE already has two huge matches signed for Raw, with Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton as well as Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho in a STEEEEEEL cage match.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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WWE Night of Champions 2014 PPV Card – 3 Matches Confirmed Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 What’s on tap for WWE’s next PPV?


WWE Night of Champions 2014 is set for Sunday September 16, 2014, which is less than 2 weeks away. So far WWE has only confirmed three title matches for the show.

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

WWE United States Title
Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro

WWE Intercontinental Title
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Complete WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results for September 5, 2014 (Spoilers) Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:45:05 +0000 Results from tonight’s WWE TV Taping to air on Friday Night Smackdown:

John Cena came out and said that people need to stop doubting him, that he’s a fighter and he will be the next champion. He said the day he no longer has the drive to be champion is the day he leaves. He plugged the PPV on the WWE Network. Kane and Seth Rollins came out. Roman Reigns came out. The Wyatt Family then came out. Chris Jericho came out, followed by Mark Henry and big show. Finally HHH came out and announced a ten-man tag team match as the main event.

Dolph Ziggler b Cesaro with a roll-up. Cesaro beat down Ziggler after the match until Sheamus, who was on commentary, made the save. Sheamus laid out Ziggler with the Brogue kick.

Stardust & Goldust did an interview about the Usos.

Jimmy Uso b Heath Slater. Jey Uso and Titus O’Neil were at ringside, with Jey still on crutches.

Rusev and Lana did a promo. Mark Henry came out and issued a challenge.

Paige b Brie Bella. A.J. Lee and Nikki Bella were on commentary. A.J. and Nikki were fighting outside the ring. Brie Bella jumped out of the ring. Paige ended up laying out Brie with the Rampage for the pin.

Bo Dallas b Zack Ryder quickly with the Bodog. Dallas cut a promo after until Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter came out. Swagger and Dallas went at it with Dallas running off.

Cena & Reings & Jericho & Show & Henry went to a no contest with Wyatt & Harper & Rowan & Rolins & Kane. After the show was over, the babyfaces cleaned house.×250.jpg

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News On Vince McMahon/Triple H Backstage Thoughts On Cesaro, Big E, Rusev Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:10:20 +0000 What are the current booking thoughts for some WWE mid carders?


Both on-air and off, Triple H is one of the most powerful people backstage at WWE, and is at times in charge of major creative decisions. At the end of the day, the final say is still with Vince McMahon.

While they might not disagree on the push of Roman Reigns for 2015, there are areas where Vince McMahon and Triple H disagree.

The most prominent area is on the push of Cesaro. Triple H is said to be a huge fan of Cesaro as a wrestler and how he holds himself. Vince, however, doesn’t see Cesaro as a top star and has resisted the idea of pushing him to the top. Interestingly, John Cena is also a big fan of Cesaro, as both are said to have common interests.

Who does Vince McMahon support? Until recently, a huge favorite of Vince was Big E Langston. Vince believed that Big E could be a huge powerlifting babyface. In recent weeks, Vince has cooled on Big E, and has moved onto to huge support for Rusev.

While at the face it doesn’t appear like they would be in the same spot, it’s more a matter of each being a thick body builder type.

Vince is reportedly very into the huge monster heel push of Rusev, and all storylines involving Rusev are designed to keep him strong, as per Vince himself. The plan appears to be to keep Rusev undefeated (or at least not pinned or submitted) until Wrestlemania 31, where John Cena or another top babyface would try to stop him.×120.jpg×281.jpg

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Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Tedious Labor Day Raw Featuring Six-Man Tag Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:50 +0000 WWE had a holiday edition of Monday Night Raw on Labor Day. Justin has the full recap of the show and Harrak has 10 thoughts.

The show was pretty long and tedious, and most of the staff seems to agree. Here are our thoughts:

Justin Czerwonka

Another poor episode of RAW. The WWE seemed to want to get through this week and just get to next week where they stacked RAW (Orton/Reigns, Y2J/Bray in a Cage). But with all of the big guns in the main event it definitely hurt the rest of the show. Once again, RAW gets a 2.

Matthew Harrak

Everything that has happened in this main event match is really backing up my theory that Cena may be more injured than anyone has reported. Sure he finally got his hot tag but then he couldn’t even make the cover and instead tagged out to Roman Reigns to hit the spear for the finish. Everything about that match seemed awkward and a little off. I don’t know, I could be seeing ghosts where there are none but I’m curious to see what happens to the Night Of Champions main event.

Rhett Davis

Why was there so much of what is boring and so little of what the fans seem to actually enjoy? There was so much unneeded Bella action on this show. Which is why the audience crapped all over it. Albeit adding Paige and AJ into the fold makes it much more interesting. Then there was a ton of Rusev/Mark Henry as well. I’m already exhausted by this feud. Mainly just exhausted watching Mark Henry run to the ring. The best part of Raw is Gold and Stardust. They are extremely compelling as a heel. The more John Cena looks strong heading into Night of Champions, the more it looks like The Authority is just going to cost him.


This show was boring, uneventful, and uninspired. Chris Jericho has had nothing to do with The Authority since his return, but is tossed into a 6-man tag that Teddy Long would be proud of for no reason. While he did bring some pop to that match, you have to question the editing team to cut to commercial just as Jericho hits his impact finisher. The rest of the match was simple going through the motions, and it was clear that Kane would suffer the loss.

What is the point of introducing a new Monster face tag team of Mizark & Big Show, yet start a singles program with Rusev? I like the idea that Henry would stand up for the US, being a former Olympian, but they are wasting some good time with his hand in the cookie jar twice a week. The Wyatt Family (or just Luke Harper) has been too good in the tag team game the past few months to have to suffer loss after loss to the big guys.

I really hope we get a good pay off to who is under the bunny costume. Hell, I’d take Rose’s NXT tag team partner, Sami Zayn. But if this just ends up being another never-was for a short term storyline, that will do nothing to advance Rose (and come on, we know it is), then I will be disappointed. Also, I really like Heath Slater, and I really wish 3MB was still around, but Slater & Gator? These 2 better not pick up their phones during roster cuts next spring.

The Bella’s being inserted into the title picture is a slap in the face of AJ Lee, who has been the best thing in Diva’s division since Beth Phoenix first stormed on the scene. Paige vs. AJ have had a decent series of matches, and once can only hope that Charlotte isn’t far behind (and maybe with Sara Del Ray right there to coach them along??). The Bella’s need to stay away from the tramp stamp for now.

However, there is one thing that I did enjoy, and that is Mizdow. The stunt double for The Miz is a great idea, and Sandow is just the guy to pull it off. I’m tired of hearing that Sandown must have done something wrong to be relegated to these comedy roles, however let’s look at the facts. Santino is hurt badly, and will probably never return, so there needs to be a strong comedy act on the show. Also, if Sandow truly pissed someone off, don’t you think they’d just keep him off TV? The stunt double is a good gimmick, and has been entertaining for now…let’s hope that Miz doesn’t find a way to make this boring too.


I’m still a fan of the Monday Night Wars-style intro where all the top stars come down and cut promos on each other. I think HHH/Jericho have great chemistry in these segments. However, after 3+ hours, not much else stuck with me about the show. The Bellas storyline is grating, although it does make the Diva’s division seem special to have Stephanie involved. The main event was fine, but in the end it had no consequence to speak of. This was a holiday show where WWE expected a lower-than-usual audience and put together a wheels-spinning show where not much was forwarded along.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Daniel Bryan News: Could He Be Forced Into Retirement? Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:11:18 +0000

WWE might be planning on life without Daniel Bryan.

Bryan had neck surgery earlier this year, but needs a second surgery on his right arm as well. That surgery still has not happened, and has a three month recovery time, meaning that it’s unlikely that Bryan will return to the ring in 2014.

With WWE booking building towards a Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns match for Wrestlemania 31, there is no clear top tier match for Daniel Bryan. In some situations like this, WWE creative would be reserving some top spots for possible Bryan returns late this year or early next year. But at this point, it seems WWE has not made active plans for Bryan’s return.

Backstage, some people consider the return of Daniel Bryan to be more a matter of “if” than a matter of “when”.

If Bryan returns in December 2014 or in 2015, it’s largely expected that he will tone down his in-ring style either way. Some of his more high impact moves, such as the top rope headbutt, will need to be reduced or eliminated altogether.

It is not out of the question, at this point, that Bryan would not be able to return at all. If Bryan cannot regain feeling in his arm, or has a possibility of permanent injury if he were to return, he might opt for retirement instead. Bryan is said to have his post-wrestling plans in place. He has made good money and been frugal, and wants to shift towards something that will have a positive impact on the world.×120.jpg

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New Poll: Is WWE Doing Enough To Make Night of Champions 2014 A Must See Show? Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:58:08 +0000 With WWE Night of Champions coming up on PPV on the WWE Network, WWE needs the show to be a big show to ensure Network subscriptions stay strong into the fall.

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News On Backstage Interactions Of Shield Members, Update on Vince/HHH Opinions of Roman Reigns Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:28:42 +0000 Some interesting backstage insight on Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose.


Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, formerly the three members of The Shield, are all contenders to be top tier main eventers in WWE for years to come.

As has been reportedly widely already, Roman Reigns is considered the next “chosen one” in line for a huge topline push. The rumor is that he will win the Royal Rumble and go on to face Brock Lesnar in the main event of WWE Wrestlemania 31. Reigns is said to already carry himself like a star, both from his natural charisma and his confidence as a legacy wrestler.

There were reports that Vince McMahon and Triple H were butting heads about this direction, with Vince preferring a proposed Rock vs Brock Lesnar match. However, it’s now being said that both are on board with the Reigns push, either having never been on separate pages, or having ruled out the Rock from the match. Either way, barring something unforeseen such as an injury, the plan remains on course.

Rollins has been excelling in his position as a top heel and Ambrose in his as a top face. While the three wrestlers are said to be actively competitive with each other for a top slot, it’s said to be more of a friendly rivalry.

Reigns is considered to be one of Triple H’s top prospects from his realignment of the developmental system. He is support of Reigns, but also of Ambrose and Rollins, as those were both Triple H picks as well. It’s said that Triple H wants all three to succeed, and while Reigns is in that tippy top slot at this point, it wouldn’t be out of the question to change to Ambrose or Rollins if the situation changed.×120.jpg×281.jpg

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WWE Superstars Match Results For 09/04/2014 (Spoilers) Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:54:21 +0000 These matches were taped at the WWE Monday Night Raw show in Des Moines, IA. They will air on WWE Superstars this week, which debuts on Thursday September 4, 2014 on WWE Network.

Alicia Fox vs. Emma
Winner: Alicia Fox
Neither Diva got much of a reaction during the match.

Sin Cara defeated Justin Gabriel
Winner: Sin Cara
Cara played more of the face in the match, and got a win from the top rope with a Swanton Bomb.×120.png

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JR Blog: Sting/Undertaker Thoughts, John Cena Character Change, Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:16:46 +0000 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.

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Two Matches Planned For 09/08/2014 WWE Monday Night Raw, Michael Sam Stunt Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:08:56 +0000 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.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Matches Announced for WWE Main Event, Smackdown Tapings Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:06:27 +0000 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.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Poll Results: What Do You Think About Smackdown Moving To Thursday? Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:03:21 +0000 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)

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Interesting Change In TNA Taping Schedule Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:00:42 +0000 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 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:58:45 +0000 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.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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TNA News: Bobby Lashley Status,Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards Contract Update Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:54:53 +0000 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 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:57:41 +0000 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.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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Mick Foley News: Minor Surgery, Cancels Show Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:30:15 +0000 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 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:53:43 +0000 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

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WWE Notes: Dean Ambrose Return Date, Chris Jericho News, Zeb Colter Status Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:02:52 +0000 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)×250.jpg×120.jpg

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