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, 22 Jul 2014 04:40:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » widro http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com WWE Friday Night Smackdown Main Event Match For July 25, 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/22/wwe-friday-night-smackdown-main-event-match-for-july-25-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/22/wwe-friday-night-smackdown-main-event-match-for-july-25-2014/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:40:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168306 Roman-Reigns2

Coming on the heels of WWE Monday Night Raw on July 21, WWE has revealed the main event for Smackdown this upcoming Friday.

In a one on one match, Alberto Del Rio vs. Roman Reigns will headline the show.

Pulse Wrestling will have full coverage of the show on Friday, and should have spoilers from the arena tapings on late Tuesday/early Wednesday

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CM Punk News: Says “No Never, Ever, Ever, Ever” Returning To Wrestling http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/22/cm-punk-news-says-no-never-ever-ever-ever-returning-to-wrestling/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/22/cm-punk-news-says-no-never-ever-ever-ever-returning-to-wrestling/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:14:29 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168302 punkapmusicawardsTonight in Cleveland Ohio, CM Punk was working on the red carpet for the AP Music Awards, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He joked that usually on Mondays he was busy and was unable to do this type of event. When Punk was asked about 2014 so far, he joked how he couldn’t remember due to concussions but since he’s straight edge, he couldn’t blame it on drugs.

However, he was asked once about wrestling, specifically if he would ever wrestle again, he said, “No, never ever ever ever.” Punk then joked people will go crazy on Twitter and try and hold him to it.

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WWE Summerslam 2014 PPV Main Event Title Match Announced http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-summerslam-2014-ppv-main-event-title-match-announced/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-summerslam-2014-ppv-main-event-title-match-announced/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:09:44 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168294 summerslam650

Tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw, Brock Lesnar returned to WWE to become the new #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

That slots in that title match as the top match and main event for Summerslam 2014.

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

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WWE Main Event Match Set http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-main-event-match-set/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-main-event-match-set/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:05:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168292 WWE will feature a major single’s match on WWE Main Event on the WWE Network.

Sheamus vs. Rusev w/Lana

This will be live on Tuesday 8/7c on the WWE Network
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Miz/Sheamus News: Insight On Creative Direction For Feud http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/mizsheamus-news-insight-on-creative-direction-for-feud/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/mizsheamus-news-insight-on-creative-direction-for-feud/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:36:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168269 Since returning, The Miz has been a heel with a new gimmick. The idea is that since he has now been in some movies, he views his face as his “money maker” and avoids taking shots to the face.

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The Miz was able to re-capture the WWE Intercontinental Title at WWE Battleground on Sunday night, a last minute booking change shifting away from the original plan.

Now Miz will move into a feud (or small program) against WWE US Champion Sheamus. Miz won the first match in their feud last week on Raw, and will continue with Sheamus trying to use the Brogue Kick to go after The Miz’s money maker.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Ratings News http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-friday-night-smackdown-ratings-news/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-friday-night-smackdown-ratings-news/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:46:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168263 WWE Smackdown was the highest rated original show on cable Friday night July 18, 2014. It earned a 0.8, up from last week’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

The show had 2,885,000 viewers, and the final rating will be available soon.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Interview: WWE Wrestlemania 29, John Cena, Injuries http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-interview-wwe-wrestlemania-29-john-cena-injuries/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-interview-wwe-wrestlemania-29-john-cena-injuries/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:29:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168260 therockjohncenawm29

In a recent interview, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had some interesting insight, here are some highlights:

on his Wrestlemania 29 match vs John Cena:
I had about 25 minutes left of a 50-minute match… The referee asked me, ‘Should we call it off?’ I knew something was wrong but continued to go. I reached down into my trunks to make sure no bones were sticking out [laughs]. I mean, it was WrestleMania, and we had an attendance record of like 80,000 people. I think I was running on adrenaline.

on injuries suffered in that match:
It’s always fun when the doctor comes out looking all serious. He starts shaking his head and goes, ‘I don’t know how you’re walking.’ To get nice and graphic with you, my leg was basically dangling off of my body

on shooting for 8 months in Budapest:
That was really hard; it was a long time… But the last thing I wanted to do was hold up filming

Check out the full interview at the Miami Herald

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WWE Brothers Of Destruction DVD Trailer: Undertaker, Kane, Paul Bearer http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-brothers-of-destruction-dvd-trailer-undertaker-kane-paul-bearer/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-brothers-of-destruction-dvd-trailer-undertaker-kane-paul-bearer/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:42:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168256 Check out the a trailer of the new WWE Undertaker/Kane DVD, Brothers of Destruction

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WWE Issues Statement On Controversial WWE Battleground Promo http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-issues-statement-on-controversial-wwe-battleground-promo/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-issues-statement-on-controversial-wwe-battleground-promo/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:07:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168253 lana500

Last night on WWE Battleground PPV, Lana cut a promo on behalf of Rusev.

It has caused a media backlash in some circles, including The NY Post as well as Washington Post

WWE issued this statement on the issue:
Last night’s segment during WWE’s Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.

This is a video of the promo

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Paul Heyman Promotes WWE Monday Night Raw Appearance, Teases “Plan C” http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/paul-heyman-promotes-wwe-monday-night-raw-appearance-teases-plan-c/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/paul-heyman-promotes-wwe-monday-night-raw-appearance-teases-plan-c/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:08:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168250 paulheymanplanc500

While it is largely expected that Brock Lesnar will appear on Raw tonight, his manager Paul Heyman is still playing it coy.

On Twitter last night, Heyman tweeted that he was en route to pick up Plan C.

Check out Pulse Wrestling on Twitter tonight for live coverage of WWE Monday Night Raw!

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JR Blog: Major Contract Status Update, WWE Battleground, Rick Steiner News http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/jr-blog-major-contract-status-update-wwe-battleground-rick-steiner-news/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/jr-blog-major-contract-status-update-wwe-battleground-rick-steiner-news/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:53:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168248 Jim Ross is back with a post-Battleground blog. Here are some of the highlight:

on WWE contract status:
I just received my first WWE Alumni newsletter as all my contractual/legal obligations to WWE end in two days. It was by far the best professional move that I ever made going to work for WWE in 1993 and I am grateful for the quality of life that they helped facilitate for my family and me. By the way, the newsletter was very well done. Hopefully, those alums in need take advantage of the opportunities that WWE is presenting them.

on Rick Steiner:
It was wonderful re-connecting with the Steiner Brothers who I had not seen together in way too many years. They individually went into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame at the museum Saturday night in a moving ceremony especially when Scott spoke of his family, friends and career. Rick and I had a great time catching up on the old UWF days both working for Cowboy Bill Watts who Rick said he loved working for and respected the structure and professionalism that Watts demanded. Rick is now a successful real estate broker in the Atlanta area and also serves his community on the local school board.

on WWE Battleground, tag scene:
Upon taking a fast look at the PPV I can tell you that I enjoyed the tag title bout and enjoyed the 2X3 fall stipulation. Both teams worked hard and seem to have good chemistry. Hopefully, WWE will get other teams ready to engage in the Tag Title picture as I know that there are many who are specifically fans of tag team wrestling which is not dead by any means but it’s not exactly the picture of health within the business as a whole either.

on WWE Battleground:
Overall, the show appeared to be somewhat of a place holder with a great deal of potential Summer Slam content within it which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I may have more to say about Battle Ground if I sit down to watch the entire event in real time later in the week.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ

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WWE Battleground Booking: Intercontinental Title Battle Royal Winner Changed At Last Minute http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-battleground-booking-intercontinental-title-battle-royal-winner-changed-at-last-minute/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-battleground-booking-intercontinental-title-battle-royal-winner-changed-at-last-minute/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:08:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168236 themiz500

At the Battleground PPV, there was a battle royal to determine a new Intercontinental Champion, as the title was vacated by Wade Barrett.

The Miz ended up winning the match and the title, and is expected to feud with Sheamus and possible unite the two mid-tier titles.

However, the original plan was for Dolph Ziggler to win the IC belt. At a creative meeting this past Tuesday, the decision was made to change the finish to the Miz. The rationale was that the Miz is going to be doing tons of media for The Marine 4 movie.

After Miz/Sheamus, the plan is to move to Miz/Ziggler, but that is still TBD.
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WWE.com Monday Night Raw Preview for 07.21.2014: Flo Rida Guest Host http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-com-monday-night-raw-preview-for-07-21-2014-flo-rida-guest-host/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-com-monday-night-raw-preview-for-07-21-2014-flo-rida-guest-host/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:42:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168234 The “Raw Five-Point Preview: July 21, 2014″ on WWE.com has this information on Raw so far:

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Less than 24 hours after all of the bombastic action of WWE Battleground, John Cena is still your WWE World Heavyweight Champion. With special guest star Flo Rida joining in the festivities tonight on Raw, what else can the WWE Universe look forward to? WWE.com has some ideas about how Monday’s most exciting show is preparing to heat up Miami.
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WWE Network Schedule For Monday 07.21.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-network-schedule-for-monday-07-21-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-network-schedule-for-monday-07-21-2014/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:40:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168232 wwenetwork500

Here is what’s on the schedule on the WWE Network today in and around Monday Night Raw:

12:00 PM: WWE Main Event replay
1:00 PM: WWE NXT replay
2:00 PM: Best of Smackdown (October 14, 1999)
3:30 PM: Total Divas (August 18, 2013)
4:30 PM: WWE Battleground 2014 replay
7:30 PM: WWE Raw Pre-Show
8:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Dusty Rhodes)
9:30 PM: WCW Clash of the Champions (November 10, 1993)
11:06 PM: Raw Backstage Pass
11:30 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Dusty Rhodes)
1:00 AM: ECW Hardcore TV (June 28, 1994)
2:06 AM: Raw Backstage Pass
2:30 AM: WrestleMania 13: Austin vs. Hart
3:00 AM: Raw Flashback (April 24, 1995)
4:00 AM: Raw Flashback (April 30, 1995)
5:00 AM: ECW Hardcore TV (March 31, 1995)
6:00 AM: WCW Clash of the Champions (August 6, 1995)
7:30 AM: WrestleMania 13: Austin vs. Hart
8:00 AM: WWE Main Event replay
9:00 AM: Raw Flashback (April 30, 1995)
10:00 AM: Raw Flashback (May 7, 1995)

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WWE Monday Night Raw News: John Cena Update, Major Star Returns http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-monday-night-raw-news-john-cena-update-major-star-returns/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-monday-night-raw-news-john-cena-update-major-star-returns/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:39:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168230 WWE has an all new live Monday Night Raw tonight from Miami Florida.

John Cena, who retained the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Battleground PPV, will apparently not appear on Raw. He flew to New York to work on a new Judd Apatow film Trainwreck. No word on whether he recorded anything for the show or can appear via satelite.

Cena’s presumptive Summerslam opponent, Brock Lesnar, is en route to Miami, and is expected to appear on Raw from Miami.

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The Rock Working On Second Autobiography http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/06/the-rock-working-on-second-autobiography/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/06/the-rock-working-on-second-autobiography/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:22:08 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164320 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrote an autobiography at the peak of the Attitude era in the late 1990s. That book finished high on the best-seller list in 1999, but was not considered a deep insider book with tons of insight on his career.

Now, 15 years later, Johnson is working on a second autobiography. This book is expected to focus on his ascension as an A-List movie star. However, there should still be considerable wrestling content as well, including wrestling career from the end of the last book into the early 2000s, as well as coverage of his latest 3 year Wrestlemania series with John Cena.

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Mick Foley Approached By WWE.com For Weekly Raw Recap http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/mick-foley-approached-by-wwe-com-for-weekly-raw-recap/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/mick-foley-approached-by-wwe-com-for-weekly-raw-recap/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:51:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164192 Mick Foley posted a blog on his Facebook page today detailing a possible gig hosting a post-Raw show of some sort on WWE Network.

Thanks, everyone for the great feedback on my CM Punk video. This is the first video of this type that I have done in a long time, and from what I’ve read, you’s like to see them more often. I’ve been asked by WWE to do a weekly RAW wrap-up show for the WWE website, but it’s important to me that they understand that if I am going to do a show for them that it be my own perspective, and that it be honest. It’s not in my nature to just go around bashing everything I see – which is why that tweet after the Rumble resonated so deeply with so many of you. So, if I do a show for them, it will likely be a lrgely positive show, but I won’t hesitate to point out problems where I think they exist. If I end up doing the show on my own YouTube channel, you will know that we couldn’t agree on either content, philosophy or money.

My main reason for doing the video is that I just wouldn’t be able to write a piece on the Punk situation that would do him, or the scenarion justice. So we filmed it…and you liked it. Take a look at the painting behind my head in the video – it’s a beautiful watercolor by Jill Thompson, the same wonderful artist who (in addition to illustrating two of my kids books and my son’s book) did the work on that awesom CM Punk – WWE Universe shirt that has proven so popular.

That brings me to my final point. These days, I get bad headaches if I sit in front of a computer monitor for too long – the primary reason I gave my thoughts on Punk on video, instead of in a written piece. I have a limited daily window to work on a computer – maning I just don’t have the chance to respond to many questions that I get here on Facebook. As many of my Twitter followers know, I do send out frequent DM’s – so if you have a question, putting it on Twitter is the better way to go. Still, I’m not going to get to everyone….so try not to pitch a fit, (as a few of you do) with name-calling and that type of thing. Let’s keep this page a dick-free zone!

For those who missed last night’s post, here is the Punk video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSr-5yyywc8
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Interesting Note On Bray Wyatt’s WWE Scripted Promos http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/interesting-note-on-bray-wyatts-wwe-scripted-promos/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/interesting-note-on-bray-wyatts-wwe-scripted-promos/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:28:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164184 Bray Wyatt of the Wyatt Family has some of the most unique and interesting promos in WWE right now.

It appears that while most WWE superstars have their promos scripted by the creative department, Bray Wyatt is actually writing all of his own promos. While he does have to submit them for editing and approval, he is unique in WWE for being trusted with crafting his own persona.

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CM Punk News: Radio Silence, WWE Shut Out http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/cm-punk-news-radio-silence-wwe-shut-out/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/cm-punk-news-radio-silence-wwe-shut-out/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:20:26 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164182 What’s up with CM Punk?

Since going home last Monday from WWE, no one from inside WWE has reportedly heard from Punk.

Punk, who has not tweeted since Monday, has only been communicating with his inner circle, who are obviously not talking about the walk-out situation.

WWE officials have apparently tried phone and text to no avail.

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Jeff Hardy News: TNA Contract, Lockdown PPV Status, Explanation For Absense http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/jeff-hardy-news-tna-contract-lockdown-ppv-status-explanation-for-absense/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/jeff-hardy-news-tna-contract-lockdown-ppv-status-explanation-for-absense/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:45:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164180 Jeff Hardy has left TNA in the storyline, but his contract is not due up for a while. He is not allowed out of the US, so was not booked for the UK Impact Tour. Since all Impact TV to build to the Lockdown PPV is being taped on the UK tour, Hardy is not booked or promoted for a match on the show.

It’s possible that TNA can tape vignettes to build to a Hardy appearance on the PPV, or perhaps hold his return off for the next live Impact which is March 13.

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News On Rumored Jarrett/Keith Promotion, Spike TV Decision, AAA US TV Debut http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/news-on-rumored-jarrettkeith-promotion-spike-tv-decision-aaa-us-tv-debut/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/news-on-rumored-jarrettkeith-promotion-spike-tv-decision-aaa-us-tv-debut/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:14:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164177 What’s happening with the rumored new promotion?

Things have gone somewhat quiet on the front of Jeff Jarrett’s rumored new promotion.

The type of operation that he, along with presumptive co-founder Toby Keith, is large in scale, and would need a television in place. It’s not expected that a TV deal could be ready before Fall 2014 at the earliest. A key could be Spike, which has a contract with TNA that ends in October. If Spike was looking to make a change, that could be the opportunity Jarrett needs to swoop in.

Making things more interesting is the AAA debut on the El Rey Network, which is expected to be this fall as well.

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News On WWE Contracts Of Batista, Ric Flair http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/news-on-wwe-contracts-of-batista-ric-flair/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/news-on-wwe-contracts-of-batista-ric-flair/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:31:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164174 Some notes on recent WWE contracts…

Batista returned to WWE on the January 20, 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw. He is reportedly signed for 2 years to work a full time schedule, some of the time.

Batista has commitments to promote some of his movie projects, and during those times he will be away from WWE.

Ric Flair, who returned to WWE in January, is likely under a WWE contract as well. He’s in talks with a local indie promoter to do a show, but told hte promoter he would have to get it approved by WWE.

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JR Blog: CM Punk, Brock Lesnar UFC, Undertaker, WWE Hall of Fame 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/jr-blog-cm-punk-brock-lesnar-ufc-undertaker-wwe-hall-of-fame-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/jr-blog-cm-punk-brock-lesnar-ufc-undertaker-wwe-hall-of-fame-2014/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:17:46 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164172 What is on JR’s mind?

on CM Punk
I fully understand that Punk is burned out and frustrated but I personally and perhaps selfishly wish that he would perform and steal the show at WM30 before taking his leave and recharging his batteries. That’s just the fan in me talking.

on Brock Lesnar
I can see why Brock Lesnar would love to fight in the UFC again because he’s a beast who feels he’s left unfinished business behind and he’s healthy….finally. I say the former NCAA, WWE, and UFC champion has nothing to prove by returning to the Octagon as he’s got a great gig in WWE working part time for what I’d think is substantial cash….and I’m a HUGE, UFC fan.

Lesnar sells PPV’s when he’s hot and it’s up to WWE to get Lesnar hot between now and April 6.

I could easily see Lesnar challenging The Undertaker and the STREAK for WM31 and letting that matter build for a year. Lesnar gets reborn as a beast and provides the most intense threat to the STREAK that, arguably, anyone has ever presented. Just a thought….

on WWE Hall of Fame 2014
Got a tip of ‘leaked info’ from a non WWE source of who will be joining Warrior and Jake the Snake in the 2014 WWE HOF class. I choose to not spoil the surprise and divulge said info and let those who like to do the ‘spoiler’ thing handle that matter. Spoiler as in info we don’t need and not Spoiler as in the late Don Jardine who was one of the greatest masked wrestlers who ever lived.

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JR Blog: Raw Reaction, Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar, Shield/Roman Reigns Break-up http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/29/jr-blog-raw-reaction-daniel-bryan-brock-lesnar-shieldroman-reigns-break-up/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/29/jr-blog-raw-reaction-daniel-bryan-brock-lesnar-shieldroman-reigns-break-up/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:26:26 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164044 Jim Ross checks in with thoughts from Raw!

on Daniel Bryan
Enjoyed how RAW started and for all the Daniel Bryan conspiracy theorists that were very vocal Sunday night, Bryan’s inclusion in segment one and in the last segment of RAW should provide some anxiety relief for those thinking that no one in a decision making position is aware that Daniel Bryan is ‘over.’

Trust me, if WWE wanted to bury Bryan he would not have been in both the opening and closing segments of Monday Night RAW. I think that DB fans will be happy when this particular journey reaches its destination no matter how dysfunctional it may seem to be.

on Brock Lesnar
Lesnar was back in nasty, beast mode (is there any other kind?) and he and his advocate Happy Heyman made their presence felt. I wish Lesnar’s contractual matters would allow him to appear on more RAW broadcasts as that would help in maximizing Lesnar’s earnings along with Heyman’s share of the take.

on Roman Reigns
Good minutes for the Shield and especially sound, strategic usage of Roman Reigns. It’s a big mistake to sleep on Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose for those who might be over thinking the whole Shield business.

Check out the full blog JR’s BBQ

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Rasslin Roundtable: CM Punk Leaves WWE – Instant Reactions http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/29/rasslin-roundtable-cm-punk-leaves-wwe-instant-reactions/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/29/rasslin-roundtable-cm-punk-leaves-wwe-instant-reactions/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:00:40 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164022 News broke this morning that CM Punk had apparently gone home and left WWE, causing a Raw rewrite and change in plans for Wrestlemania XXX.

Pulse Wrestling staffers checked in with instant thoughts on the situation

Matthew Harrak

While yes this is a big news story but I’m surprised that anyone IS surprised by it. Punk has stated more times than I can count that he’s not a “lifer” and gets bored very easily. I didn’t think he was going to resign in 6 months when his current contract ran out and the only thing we’re apparently going to miss in those six months is another match with Triple H. Should he have just walked out on his job? No, he has a contract to fulfill. But hell, Steve Austin did the same thing and was welcomed back with open arms.

Widro

While CM Punk has reportedly been burned out and/or unhappy with WWE management for years, it still seems surreal that he has gone home. Even if burned out, it’s only about 10 weeks between now and Wrestlemania XXX, so you’d think he could hang on for a few more weeks for what would be millions of dollars.

That points to a possible work – Punk and even WWE love to try to fool the internet fans. Maybe he leaves for a while this time – 6, 12, months – then comes back fresh and red hot. The 2011 Money in the Bank storyline was rushed and blown off by Summerslam that year – imagine if this time the storyline is done right.

I also think its extremely unlikely that Punk would be headed for TNA or any other wrestling organization.

Between the Daniel Bryan situation at the Rumble and now CM Punk leaving, RumbleMania season is kicking off with some HUGE news… now it remains to be seen if WWE can put the pieces together for a memorable Wrestlemania 30.

BD

Let’s all remember that nobody knows anything at this point. Nobody saw or heard anything, and WWE hasn’t said anything. What we have is a rumor, which is actually more like knowing less than nothing.

I’m not saying this didn’t happen. But if it did, it could very easily be storyline. Remember that Punk is in a storyline with the people “running” WWE right now, and that they screwed him out of the Rumble. Punk going home could be their worked-shoot way of continuing it. It also could be an injury, which was also reported.

I’m just saying to take all of this with a grain of salt. If I may remind you, we didn’t actually know that Punk resigned with WWE mid-way through the Money In The Bank 2011 show literally until the DVD came out.

Govern yourselves accordingly.

TJ Rutherford

The most recent reports I’m reading are that Punk was pushed over the edge by Batista being thrust into the Main Event at Mania. This has happened before with the Rock but 1.) Punk had just renewed his contract with WWE at that time so he was locked and 2.) It’s the Rock; he’ll always get what he wants.

There are obviously more factors that contribute to Punk’s departure like mental and physical exhaustion from the road, frustration with his place on the card, pain from injuries, etc.

This could also be a work to be saved for a later storyline involving him and The Authority.

All anyone besides CM Punk and WWE personnel can do right now is speculate. Until Punk opens up or shows back up in a storyline, nothing can really be confirmed.

CW Sanders

I don’t necessarily think it’s time to panic just yet if you’re a Punk fan. Yes, the story did get picked up by TMZ and that tends to give stories a little bit more weight BUT WWE has been know to be buddies with the folks at TMZ so there is a chance of this being a work. Obviously, we don’t know every detail at the time of me writing this but this is very concerning as a Punk fan that wasn’t quite ready to see him go just yet. Of course it is very possible that Punk did angry and did leave, I know I would’ve if I was in his shoes and then added to being in Cleveland on Monday when he didn’t need to be on top of that. We could see a situation where cooler heads prevail in the coming days. All is not lost and a lot can happen.

Martin Shaw

This is the first exciting thing Punk’s done in years. It puts AJ Lee in a very awkward situation though…

Justin Czerwonka

Well, to say this kind of brings me down a bit on my birthday is a bit of an understatement. I’m torn on this issue. First off, I don’t like the way Punk did what he did. I felt the same whay when Austin “took his ball and went home.” But, sometimes, things get so bad that you have to look out for yourself. Punk is someone that made it well known that he wants to get out of the wrestling business in one piece. And it seemed like all he had left to do was main event Wrestlemania. That wasn’t happening this year, and with his contract up in July, it may never happen. There is no doubt that Punk hasn’t gotten top billing recently. And while to some a match with HHH may be a strong spot at Wrestlemania, it probably isn’t for Punk. If Punk’s departure truly is final, the WWE is looking at a very dangerous tipping point. With Punk gone, and Bryan not getting the push the fans want, they may lose Network subscribers. Until the full facts are out, we won’t really know how it all went down. But this is no doubt a said day for any WWE fan.

Travis Leamons

Until there’s an official announcement from WWE on the matter I want to call shenanigans. Much like others have stated, I don’t like the manner in which Punk supposedly left the company. It’s as if he borrowed from Steve Austin’s playbook circa 2002 when the Texas Rattlesnake “took his ball and went home.” Though with Austin in 2002 it felt legitimate. Considering the position Austin was in and the goodwill he put in as the defacto leader of the Attitude Era, to book him to lose to Brock Lesnar on a non-PPV event is ludicrous. It doesn’t make good business sense. (Something WCW failed to grasp when the organization gave Goldberg’s championship victory away for free on Monday Night Nitro, instead of at a major WCW PPV.)

With Punk, his departure is smart business sense on his part; he sees the writing on the wall. While one of the top talents in WWE, he’s not getting the treatment that has been bestowed upon Triple H’s “Guys” (Randy Orton, especially). His exit is one of apathy at an organization that never quite understood the talent he possessed. A workhorse in the ring 300+ days out the year and awesome on the mic, Punk is that rare talent who makes us want to believe that misfits can thrive in an industry that leans more towards looks than in-ring ability.

I’ve contended that with the arrival of the WWE Network the need for the sports entertainment giant to develop an off-season where wrestlers can recuperate for a few months and come back rejuvenated. Punk is hurting, both physically and emotionally. Give him his time to “find his smile” and let cooler heads prevail.

If this is all a work, might I suggest a return five months from now at the Payback PPV in June? The PPV emanates from Rosemont, IL, which is only 18 miles northwest of Chicago.

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