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#1~ Dolph Ziggler versus Cesaro was pretty much everything we expected from two of WWE’s best in ring performers. It was a little shocking to see Ziggler win two straight to none but considering how much he sells and loses non-title matches, I can see the importance of giving him a strong win against a strong contender. But what now for Cesaro? He’s against both the US and IC Champions. Doesn’t he try for the Tag Team titles again? Cesaro just needs a positive path right now.

#2~ Nikki & Brie was pretty much that was expected. They got the exact right amount of time and were placed well on the card. Combine that with some decent in ring action, a clean finish and suddenly there was a second decent women’s match on the show. I wish I could say I expected more from the backstage segment that they shot later but I guess we should all get settled in for a month of “Mean Girls” reruns.

#3~ If it wasn’t for the giant cage hanging above the ring, I would’ve checked my DVR to see if this was last week’s RAW. It’s hard to believe that these two teams could any think of any other spots that they haven’t tried yet since they wrestle each other on TV every week. I guess that’s what happens when you only have 4 tag teams on your main roster.

#4~ I think John Cena versus Randy Orton was better than most expected it to be. The wrestling was solid, storyline was easy to follow and the veterans were able to throw in enough new moves (awesome counters & great near falls) from both men. I still want to see want to see Orton thrown into the WWE Championship match since I really don’t need another Lesnar/Cena match for the rest of my life.

#5~ Sheamus beat Miz without anything special happening at all. It was a RAW match. A BAD RAW match. This was the perfect time to turn Sheamus since everyone is loving Damien Mizdow but nothing. Just more terribleness and missed opportunities.

#6~ Again, another RAW match that just happened to take place on a PPV. I think Big Show left his intensity at RAW as well since these two just appeared to be going though the motions.

#7~ You had to know that as soon as Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose were signed for a Hell In A Cell match that someone was coming off of the top. Therefore, I loved that they started the match off on top of the Cell, right where we all expected them to end up. I liked that both men took the “Shawn Michaels bump” off of the Cell but the addition of Joey Mercury & Jamie Noble was completely uncalled for and overbooked. And then you add Kane and my attention is starting to wander. Throw in a pretty cool return for Bray Wyatt and I’m officially ready to crap all over this match. Why would anyone, in ANY WORLD, not let Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have a legitimate match. They were headlining your damn pay-per-view and spent more time receiving medical attention than the did having any physical contact. Bray Wyatt got a cool return, is now feuding with #2 babyface Dean Ambrose & the PPV closed on his image… Bray Wyatt, a man not on the show or even on live TV for the last 6 weeks returns to destroy the one story your fans, your paying fans have been dying to see and PAID to see. Time’s running short for the WWE to start listening to his fans.×120-2013.jpg×250-2014-hell-in-a-cell.jpg

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 10/27/14: Hell In A Cell Fallout Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:29:42 +0000 It’s the RAW after Hell In A Cell. Why did Bray Wyatt attack Dean Ambrose? When will John Cena get his Title shot? What does Hulk Hogan have to say? Also announced is John Cena vs Seth Rollins. So after a month of Cena trying to get his hands on Rollins and the Authority stopping him, then losing a match to get the right to face Rollins, Cena is then just awarded a match with him on RAW. WWE Logic at its finest folks.

No Pants Orton Means Business

RAW started with The Authority in the ring talking about Hell In A Cell, and they then introduced Seth Rollins. Rollins said that the lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose is finally out of his hair once and for all. He said last night he proved that intellect conquers over mayhem every single time. He said now that he is done with Ambrose, he sees John Cena on the horizon. He said tonight he will leave Cena just like he left Ambrose last night, in a puddle of his own failure.

Randy Orton came to the ring. Orton went on a tirade about losing last night and said that it was because of Rollins Curb Stomp last week. He went off about Rollins saying he was the future of the WWE and then went after Rollins. He was eventually pulled off and HHH told him that they were not doing this tonight. HHH told him to take the night off and this will be dealt with at the appropriate time. Orton then pushed HHH away and hit the RKO on Rollins.

The Heel Turn The Entire World Saw Coming

Tag Title Match: The Dust Brothers vs Big Show and Mark Henry (aka Team Failed America). Goldust and Henry started. Henry tossed Goldust around for a bit then tagged in Stardust. Henry tossed Stardust into the corner and landed some blows before tagging in Big Show. Show hit a couple of chest slaps then tagged Henry back in. Henry tossed Stardust hard into the corner then grabbed him by the ankle and held him by one hand to stop it. Show tagged himself in and that upset Henry. Henry then pushed and argued with Big Show about it into commercial.

Back from break Big Show escaped a chin lock and tagged in Mark Henry. Stardust caught Henry with a chop block to the knee. This allowed the heels to take turns working over Henry. Stardust hit a springboard dropkick knocking Henry into the corner. Show tagged himself in and he ended up hitting the KO Punch on Stardust. He then tossed Goldust over the top rope. Henry came in and started arguing with Show again, and he eventually hit the World’s Strongest Slam on Big Show. Henry put Stardust on Show and they got the pinfall win to retain the Titles.

WINNERS: Goldust and Stardust

After the match, Henry hit two World’s Strongest Slams and a splash on the Big Show.

Mark Henry said he did what he did to Big Show before Big Show could do it to him and that Show has always been jealous of him.

Roman Reigns was interviewed. He said when he is medically cleared, he is going to make Seth Rollins the past.

AJ Lee vs Alicia Fox. Fox started the match by drop kicking AJ out of the ring. Fox had control early and hit a northern lights suplex followed. Fox locked in a headlock. Fox went for a bodyslam but AJ countered nicely with a DDT. Fox came back with a backbreaker. Paige left the commentary booth and started yelling at Alicia. The distraction allowed AJ to roll up Alicia and pick up the win.


Paige tried apologizing to Alicia Fox after but Paige caught her with a kick, then launched her into the barricade on the outside and also slammed Alicia’s head into the barricade.

The Every Few Months “Someone Tries To Get John Cena To Turn Heel” Promo

John Cena came out. He said last night two men went through hell for the opportunity to challenge the Beast. He said he earned that right, and while Brock Lesnar sits at home pretending to be a Champion, he fights every night proving that he is a Champion. He said when he gets into the ring again with Brock Lesnar he will not lose. Cena said that everything he does from here on out will be a statement to Brock Lesnar. Cena said tonight he goes through the future in Seth Rollins.

Steph came out and said that she does look forward to tonight and that she also looks forward to Survivor Series where there will be a traditional Survivor Series match. Steph said she also has a business proposition for him. Steph said that he panders to the fans too much. Steph asked Cena to join The Authority where he could be loved and respected. That’s something the fans don’t do. She said The Authority could offer some assurance in a match against Brock Lesnar. Steph said he deserves so much better. Cena said all he deserves is the opportunity to come down the ramp and do what he does every single night. Cena said that his answer to Steph was hell no.

HHH came out and made fun of Cena being the big old hero. He told Cena it gets harder every year and that he is hanging on by a thread every single year. He told Cena he can’t fight the future and it doesn’t have to be as hard as it is going to get. HHH said that he guesses he will just have to show to Cena that the future is against him. He told Cena to find someone willing to stand up to the Authority and fight his team at Survivor Series. HHH said the future will run through Cena and that he better smarten up to the fact that The Authority always wins.

Faces Using Heel Tactics

The Usos vs Miz and Damien Mizdow. Miz started with a shoulder tackle but the Uso in the ring came back and hit a clothesline but he then ate a running knee. Miz landed a boot in the corner and was then clotheslined over the top, so Mizdow came of the apron and joined him. The Usos then hit dueling dives to the outside into commercial. Miz had control back from break. He hit a DDT for two. Mizdow came in and hit a suplex then went to a headlock. Mizdow also hit a DDT then tagged in Miz. Miz and Mizdow worked over Uso for a bit. Mizdow went for the Miz’s corner clothesline but Jey blocked it and hit a dropkick and tagged in Jimmy. Jimmy hit a Samoan Drop followed by a crossbody off the top. Jimmy went for a roll up but Mizdow broke it up. Jey then replaced Jimmy when the ref wasn’t looking. Jey rolled up Miz to pick up the win.


Backstage John Cena was seen talking to Dolph Ziggler. They shook hands. Back from break, Kane confronted Ziggler about talking to Cena and said he would meet him in the ring.

Hulk Hogan once again talked about breast cancer and welcomed the survivors in the crowd to pose in the ring.

Bo Dallas issued an open challenge that was answered by Ryback. Ryback hit a spinebuster and followed it up with the Meathook clothesline and Shell Shocked for the win.

Ummmm, I’d Rather Have The Cesaro/Ambrose Match

Before Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro, Ambrose took the mic. He said when he got to hell, he found Bray Wyatt. He said you don’t mess with an animal who has sharper claws then you and you don’t screw with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose then ran into the ring and jumped Cesaro with the mic. They went outside and Ambrose still beat down Cesaro with the mic. Cesaro went to the back. Ambrose demanded Bray come out so he could kick his ass. Bray appeared on the screen. He said that when he sees Ambrose it is almost like seeing his own reflection. He said they both like torture and they both enjoy inflicting pain. But Bray said he is not Ambrose, and told Dean to run.

Nikki Bella beat Namoi. Brie grabbed Naomi’s leg causing a distraction even though Brie didn’t want too.

Cena With The Save?

Dolph Ziggler vs Kane. Ziggler landed some early punches before Kane caught him with an uppercut. Kane then dropped Ziggler on the ropes and caught him with a boot to the face. Ziggler fought out of a headlock but ate a knee to the gut. Dolph fought out of another headlock with a jawbreaker then ducked a charging Kane and then connected on a dropkick sending Kane off the apron. Back from break Dolph hit a facebuster but then ran right into a right hand by Kane. Kane continued to work over Ziggler until he caught Kane with an uppercut and started a comeback. Dolph connected on a Fameasser for two. Kane attempted a chokeslam but Dolph escaped and rolled up Kane to pick up the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

After the match Seth Rollins jumped Ziggler from behind. Rollins and Kane started to lay the boots to Ziggler before Cena came out. Cena clotheslined Kane over the top as Rollins ran off.

I Hope You Weren’t Expecting A Clean Finish

Main Event time. Cena started with an early takedown sending Rollins to the outside. Rollins came back in the ring but ate a hip toss from Cena so he bailed again. Rollins ate a punch and bailed again so this time Cena chased him to the outside and smashed his head on the announce table. Mercury and Noble stood in the way of Cena, but Rollins busted through them and hit a clothesline on the outside. Rollins had the upper hand back in the ring landing multiple blows. Mercury caught Cena with a punch with the refs back turned. Noble then landed some blows on the outside and Rollins hit a suplex on the floor. Rollins continued to dominate. He stopped a Cena comeback with an elbow then a neckbreaker for two.

Back from break Rollins tossed Cena into the steps. Cena tried a comeback but Rollins ducked a shoulder tackle and Cena went to the outside. Rollins hit a dive and knocked Cena down but Rollins also hit his taped and injured back on the announce table. Rollins went for a superplex but Cena knocked him off the ropes and hit a crossbody. Cena went for the AA but Rollins countered with a DDT for two. They went back to the outside where Rollins tossed Cena into the barricade. Back in the ring Cena escaped a headlock but Rollins came right back with a dropkick. Cena beat the ten count to get back in the ring but Rollins went back to laying the boots to Cena. Cena recovered and went into CENA MODE. Cena tossed Rollins over the top and right onto Mercury and Noble. Rollins caught Cena with an enziguri back in the ring for two. Cena then caught a charging Rollins with a boot to the ribs then a tornado DDT for two. Cena went for the AA but Rollins landed on his feet. Rollins missed a kick and Cena went for the STF but Rollins got to the ropes. Rollins then hit a kick to the gut and a reverse DDT. Both men went to the top where Rollins gained the upper hand and it the turnbuckle bomb for two. Rollins went for the Curb Stomp but Cena moved and locked in the STF. Kane then came in to break up the move causing the DQ.

WINNER via DQ: John Cena

Dolph Ziggler continued to make the save until Noble and Mercury came in. The entire locker room then came out and a huge brawl started. The ring cleared out as Cena hit the AA on Heath Slater and Bo Dallas to end the show.


John Cena vs Seth Rollins: The match itself was rather good. You pretty much knew going in that you weren’t getting a clean finish. I may not have liked the fact that the match was booked in the first place, but both men did a good job in the ring before the schmozz finish.

Ryback Return: First off I’m surprised the crowd was that into him. But I’m glad. Ryback is a guy that could get over if he just let his real personality get through. If you haven’t seen his video from before his hernia surgery go look for it. He’s hilarious. This could be the start of a possible new push for Ryback that gives him a second chance here.

Randy Orton Face Turn?: Similar to Ryback, Randy Orton could get over as a face if he just plays his natural self. Orton is in need of new life because he is stale as all hell right now. A face turn might be a good start. I really wanted to see an Orton/Lesnar match just because it is different. I’m interested to see where they go with Orton from here.


John Cena/HHH/Stephanie McMahon Promo: Really? We have to go this route again? How many times over the years have various people tried to get John Cena to turn heel? And how many times has it worked? It’s just such a waste of time because we know it isn’t going to happen. This apparently is the storyline being used to cover up the fact that Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back soon.

Bray Wyatt Promo: As I said on Twitter last night, I would like to see a Dean Ambrose/Bray Wyatt feud. But it is off to a terrible start. First last night’s horrible ending to the Ambrose/Rollins match. Now we get a Bray Wyatt promo that doesn’t make too much sense. I had hopes for Bray Wyatt, but his character is really on thin ice with me. I’m hoping things pick up in the coming weeks.

Mark Henry Heel Turn: Maybe it’s because Henry’s last turn on Cena was so well done, but I just can’t get into another heel Henry run. Him and Big Show turn heel so much that I lost count. Plus, we’re getting a series of Mark Henry/Big Show matches. Those matches aren’t going to be entertaining.

There were some things to like from this RAW but it wasn’t enough to make it a good show. Everything outside of John Cena’s match tonight made no sense for him. He’s given a free match with Rollins after not getting one for a month and losing a match to get said match. Then we got the typical try to get Cena to turn heel promo we get every other month. There’s some potential out there but the WWE is just in a giant dry spell right now and haven’t been able to strike gold with anything recently. I’m giving the show a 3.

I’ll be at RAW next week so I won’t be doing a live results write up. Maybe someone can step in during my one week absence.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 PPV Live Match Results: John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:39:03 +0000 Welcome to our coverage of WWE Hell in a Cell 2014. Check out our staff predictions in the Rasslin Roundtable.

The pre show had a Miz TV segment with Damien Mizdow. The panel is hosted by Renee Young and features Booker T, Paul Heyman and Alex Riley.

Mark Henry vs. Bo Dallas
Bo cut a promo before the match. He is calling himself Bo Washington tonight so that he isn’t confused with the fans in Dallas. Henry was fired up and squashed Dallas in about a minute. World’s Strongest Slam and clean pin.
Winner: Henry

Dallas continued on the mic after the match and Henry laid him out.

PPV proper begins with a great Hell in a Cell historical video package.

2 out of 3 Falls for Intercontinental Title
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro
Really good match. Ziggler took two falls and Cesaro took neither in a bit of a surprise. Match was a bit shorter than I expected.
Winner: Ziggler

Loser Becomes Winner’s Bitch
Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella
Nikki won with a Rack Attack back breaker move.
Winner: Nikki

WWE Tag Team Titles
Gold & Stardust (c) vs. The Usos
About a 10 minute match, Goldust hit the Final Cut for the pin.
Winners: Gold & Stardust

Hell in a Cell – WWE World Heavyweight Title Shot
John Cena vs. Randy Orton
Interesting to see it put in the middle of the show. Both guys worked really hard. Crowd was pretty anti-Cena. Finish was an AA off the top by Cena through the table.
Winner: Cena

Rusev w/Lana vs. The Big Show
Rusev won when Big Show passed out in the Accolade. Mark Henry came down and consoled Big Show but did not turn.
Winner: Rusev

WWE Diva’s Title
AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige
Paige came down with Alicia Fox. AJ won clean when Paige tapped out to the Black Widow. Paige hit Alicia after the match.
Winner: AJ

Hell in a Cell
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose took out a bunch of chairs then climbed to the top of the cage with a kendo stick on his back. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury came out with Seth Rollins. All three went to the top of the cage. Ambrose eventually fights them off, Ambrose and Rollins brawl as they climb off the cage. They both them simultameously fly off the side of the cage through the announce tables. There are stretchers brought down, but eventually Ambrose gets up, and brings Rollins into the ring for the match. Back and forth with some great spots. Rollins hit the curb stomp but Ambrose kicked out. Ambrose gets 2 cinder blocks from under the ring, but the lights go out. Some weird German(?) then the lights come back on, Bray Wyatt is in the ring. He attacks Ambrose with chokeslam allowing Rollins to get the pin. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail after the match for good measure.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Hell in a Cell ‘13 (Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton) Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:00:55 +0000 Hell in a Cell 2013

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AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, Florida – Sunday, October 27, 2013

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL are on commentary.

KICKOFF MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow is the aggressor early on, but Kofi fights back with a flurry of strikes. Kofi hits a flying back elbow for a two-count. Sandow takes a powder to catch his breath but Kofi follows him out with a baseball slide through the ropes. Kofi dives off the steps and wipes Sandow out with a somersault dive. Back in the ring Kofi tries a springboard cross body but Sandow avoids it. They take a commercial break for some reason and they come back to Kingston running into a bodyslam. Sandow hits the Cubito Aequet for a near-fall. He keeps Kingston off balance with an abdominal stretch, and then goes for a legdrop but misses. Sandow goes to the second rope and Kingston takes him down with a nice headscissors. Kingston fires up now with a nice flurry, culminating in the Boom Drop. He calls for Trouble in Paradise but Sandow ducks. Kingston hits the springboard cross body block for a near-fall. He continues flying about but Sandow won’t stay down. Sandow kicks Kingston in the knee and pulls his neck into the second rope. That’s enough to hit the You’re Welcome to get the pin at 5:54 (shown). That was brisk but they packed a lot into it, and once again made me wonder why WWE won’t give either of these guys more than the occasional Kickoff match.
Rating: **½

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Title Triple Threat Match – Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos

Cody and Goldust have been the Champions since 10.14.13, and this is their first defense. Rollins and Goldust start the match, but Rollins quickly bails and tags Jey Uso into the match. It took me a minute to figure out why the Usos are wearing pink. The two brother tandems go back and forth in the early going while the Shield watches on from the apron. After a few minutes the Shield involve themselves and are able to take control on Goldust. Rollins and Reigns wear the golden one down but the resilient Goldust is able to hit Reigns with a DDT. Rollins tags in and knocks Cody off the apron, thus Goldust cannot tag his partner. Goldust tries to tag one of the Usos but the Shield pull them off the apron too! Cody gets frustrated and gets in the ring but the referee forces him out, even though there are no disqualifications. Finally Goldust is able to make the hot tag and the crowd is juiced for the younger Rhodes brother. Cody goes nuts on Rollins, almost pinning him with a moonsault press. Rollins sends Cody to the floor and Jimmy makes a blind tag and almost pins Rollins with a high cross body block. The referee has lost control and the crowd is loving it. Jimmy knocks Goldust and Reigns to the floor and then takes them out with a dive. Jey hits Rollins with a huge Samoan Drop for a near-fall. Cody makes his way back in and goes after Rollins. They fight up on the top rope and Cody superplexes Rollins out onto everyone on the floor! The crowd is chanting “this is awesome.” Everyone makes their way back to the ring for the finisher parade. Cody is able to hit Rollins with Cross-Rhodes to score the pin at 14:35! What a great opener, with all six guys working hard to keep the crowd into it, and they succeeded in spades. They worked a bit of the tag team formula and then just exploded down the stretch. I love all of this.
Rating: ****

MATCH #2: Mixed Tag Team Match – The Great Khali & Natalya vs. Fandango & Summer Rae

Khali and Natalya have Hornswoggle in their corner. This is Summer Rae’s in-ring debut. The men start it off and Khali dominates with his size and power. Fandango seems comfort in the arms of his woman, and tags are made. Natalya and Summer go back and forth with some chain wrestling, and then Summer scores with a dropkick and dances about it. Summer dances a little bit too much and Natalya makes her pay for it. Fandango comes in and gets in Natalya’s face and she takes him down and goes for a Sharpshooter! While Fandango is able to avoid the Sharpshooter he’s not able to avoid the clutches of Khali. It’s always wise against a big man to go for the knees, and that’s exactly what Fandango does. It doesn’t really get him anywhere, so he tags Summer back in. Summer tries to peddle her wears in front of Khali, but Natalya just comes in and starts beating her up. Natalya hits the discuss clothesline and goes for the Sharpshooter but Summer reaches the ropes. Summer pulls Natalya into the ropes and then traps her in a schoolgirl rollup to get the pin at 4:49. I could have sworn that match was twice that long. I would love to be in the room when they try to justify putting stuff like this on a show that they are expecting people to pay $55 for.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: WWE United States Title Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Big E Langston

Ambrose has been the Champion since 5.19.13, and this is his ninth defense. The Champ talks trash and slaps his challenger in the face. Big E doesn’t take too kindly to that and starts throwing Ambrose around the ring with ease. Ambrose tries to fight back but Big E dumps him to the floor, and the Champion appears to tweak his knee. That actually proves to be Ambrose’s saving grace, as he’s able to pull Big E into the edge of the ring frame and take control. Ambrose rams Big E into the ring post, sending the powerful challenger to the floor. He wears Big E down for several minutes, but Big E is able to fire back and squash Ambrose with a big splash (after missing his first try) for a two-count. Ambrose tries to bail but Big E drags him back to the ring. Once they get there Ambrose is able to connect on a DDT for a two-count. Ambrose charges into the corner but misses and hits nothing but ring post. Big E spears Ambrose through the ropes and both men crash to the floor! Cool spot. Ambrose decides not to get back in the ring and the referee counts him out at 8:41. I like both of these guys and they meshed well enough together and did what they could in the time they had. But as I’ve said before, imagine how much better matches like this would be if they were built up rather than tossed onto the card during the Kickoff show.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Handicap Hell in a Cell Match – CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman

This is Punk’s fifth Hell in a Cell match, and he’s coming in with a 1-3 record; his only win came last year against Ryback of all people, and that was Ryback’s only Hell in a Cell appearance before tonight. Heyman obviously is making his debut in the demonic structure. He comes out on a lift and cuts a promo to agitate Punk, and then has the lift take him all the way to the top of the Cell so he doesn’t have to be in the ring with the man he has tortured for months.

The crowd is not amused with this. Punk and Ryback battle in earnest, with Punk going right after the big guy’s legs. Punk knocks Ryback to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. He tries to use a kendo stick but Ryback thwarts him and starts throwing Punk into the Cell walls. Ryback uses the kendo stick and keeps Punk off this feet. Back in the ring Ryback continues the abuse. Punk fights back and sends Ryback to the floor, and then takes him out with a clothesline from the top rope. He tries to bring out a table but Ryback shoves him into the ring steps. Momentum continues to swing back and forth, as both men are able to pull off some impressive counters and display admirable resilience. Punk gets a hold of the kendo stick and uses that to his advantage. He takes Ryback off his feet and hits Hail to the King for a two-count. Punk is dominating and he looks to add to it by bringing a table in the ring. Ryback recovers and drops Punk crotch first on the edge of the table. Punk responds with a low blow of his own that sends Ryback onto the table. Once again Punk goes up top and hits Hail to the King, busting the table. Punk whacks Ryback in the face with the kendo stick, and then connects with the Go to Sleep to get the pin at 13:50. They did some solid work incorporating the Cell, and these two generally do decent work together. The problem is that no one cared to see Punk versus Ryback, they wanted to see Punk versus Heyman so the heat during the match wasn’t really there. After the match Punk goes to the top of the Cell and destroys Heyman with the kendo stick and then hits Go to Sleep.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans

Antonio Cesaro and Diego start the match. Diego uses his speed and agility to take the early advantage, but Cesaro weathers the storm and dumps Diego to the floor. Jack Swagger gets the tag and he goes after Diego with ferocity. The Americans are in firm control and the wear Diego down. Cesaro uses the Cesaro Swing and Fernando has to come break up the cover. Finally. Diego is able to make the lukewarm tag and Fernando is a house afire. The referee loses control a bit, and Swagger traps Fernando in the Patriot Lock. Fernando escapes by rolling through and sending Swagger crashing into Cesaro on the apron. Diego gets the tag and Los Matadores hit a double-team Flatliner to get the pin at 5:53. That was short, and not at all different from what you would see on TV.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: World Heavyweight Title Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

Del Rio has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fifth defense. Cena is just returning from a superhuman comeback from a torn triceps. Del Rio’s finisher is the Cross Armbreaker, so that gives him a pretty pronounced target. Cena is aggressive early on, but also clearly favoring his left arm. Del Rio bides his time and takes control, viciously attacking the left arm and trying to keep Cena grounded. Every time Cena tries to fight back Del Rio is able to cut him off. “Mr. Money in the Bank” Damien Sandow is shown watching on backstage. Del Rio goes to the top rope and Cena cuts him out of the air with a dropkick. Cena fires up with shoulderblocks and the Protoplex. He hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and tries the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio counters with a Backstabber for two. Cena hits a tornado DDT for a two-count. He goes up top and Del Rio takes him down with the step-up enziguiri for a near-fall. Del Rio tries another enziguiri but he can’t connect. Instead Del Rio hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for another two-count. Cena avoids a charge in the corner and goes up top to hit a cross body block for a near-fall. Del Rio pops up and hits an armbreaker. He goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Cena is able to roll through and lock on the STF! Del Rio barely makes the bottom rope to break the hold. He’s able to kick Cena in the gut and then take his head off with a Superkick. Cena kicks out at two! Del Rio puts on the Cross Armbreaker and Cena powers out of it with a powerbomb! Back on their feet Cena is able to get Del Rio up for the Attitude Adjustment, and Cena is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion at 15:17! This was far better than I expected it to be, as Cena’s injury gave Del Rio a clear focus that helped give the match structure. The second half of the match was both men doing whatever they could to survive and get the win.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: WWE Divas Title Match – AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella

AJ has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is her fifth defense. She has Tamina Snuka in her corner, while Brie is accompanied by her twin sister Nikki. They lock up aggressively and get right in each other’s faces in the early going. Brie is feisty but AJ is able to survive the initial onslaught and start wearing her challenger down. AJ puts on a guillotine choke and Brie is fading. Brie is able to power up and ram AJ into the turnbuckles. Brie goes to the second rope and lands a dropkick. She hits a couple more to keep AJ reeling, and then lands a clothesline for two. AJ fights back and goes for the Black Widow but Brie fights it off and puts on a half crab. Tamina gets on the apron so Nikki pulls her down and they brawl. Brie goes for the running knee but AJ moves and Brie accidentally hits Nikki! That momentary distraction allows AJ to cinch on the Black Widow and Brie taps out at 5:32. That was certainly brief but they did a good job with the time they had. Brie is definitely the better wrestler of the Bella twins.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #8: Hell in a Cell Match for the vacant WWE Championship

Shawn Michaels is the special guest referee for this all-important main event, but he still refuses to tuck in his shirt. The title has been in abeyance since 9.16.13, and this match will finally crown a new Champion. Bryan is making his first appearance in Hell in a Cell, while this is the fifth time for Orton and he has a 2-2 record with victories over John Cena and Sheamus (and losses to the Undertaker and Mark Henry). Michaels has been in four Cell matches as a wrestler (winning three), and also refereed once before for Triple H versus Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII.

They start out slugging and Orton quickly hits the snap scoop powerslam. Bryan fights back with the missile dropkick, so both men aren’t afraid to bring out some of their signature moves in the opening moments. Orton starts working the midsection, and knocks Bryan off the apron and into the cell. He uses the steel steps as a weapon and Bryan is in rough shape already. Bryan reverses a whip and sends Orton into the steps, and then he rams Orton into the Cell wall. Back in the ring Bryan pours on the pressure, wearing Orton down with a variety of strikes. Bryan dropkicks Orton back to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. He hits another dive but when he goes for a third Orton moves out of the way and Bryan connects face-first with the Cell. Orton runs Bryan into the post, and that leaves him in perfect position for the Inverted headlock backbreaker. That’s a unique way to hit that move. Back in the ring Orton is in control and he goes for a superplex but Bryan counters to a sunset bomb. They rise and trade European Uppercuts, a battle that Bryan wins. Bryan hits a couple of IEDs and unloads with more kicks. He follows with a super rana and the diving headbutt for a near-fall. Bryan puts on the Yes! Lock but Orton is able to reach the ropes and slither to the floor. There’s no rest for Orton, as Bryan follows him out and continues to beat on him, even using a series of steel chairs. Bryan throws about a dozen chairs in the ring, despite Michaels’ objections. Back in the ring Orton puts a thumb in Bryan’s eyes out of desperation, and then uses the chairs to wear Bryan down. Orton hits a superplex onto the pile of chairs, which I don’t think I’ve seen in WWE before. Even so, that only gets a two-count. An angry Triple H makes his way out and the crowd is none too pleased. Michaels and HHH argue, causing Michaels to miss an Orton cover. Orton is angry, as the COO and the referee talk about “doing his job,” and Michaels says he’s doing it. In the meantime, Orton goes for an RKO but Bryan shoves him off and right into Michaels, knocking him down. It was a pretty weak bump, but Triple H is concerned enough to open the door and get in the ring. Bryan hits the Knee-Plus but there’s no one to count. Triple H shoves Bryan out of the way to check on Michaels, leaving himself in perfect position for Bryan to hit The Game with the Knee-Plus! The crowd loves it. But in the middle of deafening “Yes!” chants, Michaels hits Bryan with Sweet Chin Music! Orton covers and Michaels makes the three-count at 22:07! That match was going along rather well, as Orton v Bryan matches tend to do, but then we got our collective heart ripped out again. They did a good job using the cell and incorporating some big spots, like the superplex onto the chairs. The ending was fairly creative, though it would have been a little more effective had Michaels taken a bit bigger bump to lure Triple H into the Cell.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Hell in a Cell 2010 (Kane, Undertaker) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:52 +0000 Hell in a Cell 2010

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American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas – October 3, 2010

Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match for the United States Championship – Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz

Bryan has been the champion since 9.19.10 and this is his first defense. Everyone makes good use of the stipulation in the early going, trying some unique submissions. Bryan even busts out Cattle Mutilation and Striker gets made fun of for knowing what it’s called. All three fight down the aisle and through the crowd. Of course Morrison jumps off of the set to wipe out both opponents. Morrison uses the Texas Cloverleaf and Cole actually namedrops Dean Malenko, but Miz’s apprentice Alex Riley comes out and hurls Morrison down the aisle. That gives Bryan the chance to cinch Miz in the LeBell Lock and Miz taps out at 13:34! That was ridiculously fun and a hot opener; even Cole now admits that Daniel Bryan is the Real Deal.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship – Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Orton has been the champion since 9.19.10 and this is his first defense. This is the twentieth ever Hell in a Cell match; the third for Orton (1-1) and the first for Sheamus. Despite never having competed in the Cell before, Sheamus dominates the opening minutes and utilizes the cage to his advantage. He tries to use the steps but Orton avoids them and uses the cage himself, and then is able to connect with the steps. They continue to trade control back and forth, with both men asserting their dominance at various points in time. Sheamus focuses on the ribs, which makes it hard for Orton to complete the RKO. He tries to use the steel steps in the ring, but Orton is able to powerslam him on them instead! Sheamus fights back and hits a Brogue Kick but Orton kicks out. He grabs a chair but misses wildly and Orton hits an RKO. Sheamus wisely rolls to the floor to avoid getting pinned. Orton follows him out but misses the Punt and Sheamus connects with another Brogue Kick. Back in the ring Orton kicks out again. Sheamus tries the High Cross off the steps but Orton counters it and hits the RKO to get the pin at 22:51. That was a really solid brawl that had a few lulls in it but for the most part was well worked.
Rating: ***

Alberto Del Rio comes out to cut a promo, bragging about his recent accomplishments and badmouthing the state of Texas. Edge comes out to interrupt him, because he was battling stupidity at this time. He badmouths Del Rio, and then Jack Swagger comes out to interrupt them. Swagger beats on Edge until the Anonymous Raw General Manager sends an e-mail stating that Edge and Swagger will have a match right now!

MATCH #3: Edge vs. Jack Swagger

The crowd is not interested in this at all. Swagger dominates the opening minutes, since he already had an advantage before the bell even rang. Edge makes the comeback but Swagger survives the offense and traps Edge in an Ankle Lock, which is a smart move due to Edge’s previously torn Achilles tendon. Swagger continues to control the match, but when he goes for the Vader Bomb Edge kicks him in the gut and follows up with the Impaler. Edge sets up for the Spear but Swagger catches him in the Gutwrench Powerbomb and Edge kicks out at two! Swagger locks on the Ankle Lock again but Edge rolls through it and is able to finally hit the Spear and get the win at 11:30. I really like both guys but this was pretty dull and the crowd had absolutely no investment in it, nor did they have reason to.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: If John Cena Wins, The Nexus Must Disband. If Wade Barrett Wins, John Cena Must Join the Nexus – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

If anyone in the Nexus interferes, Barrett will automatically lose the match. I don’t see how that’s a special stipulation, since outside interference is generally cause for a DQ, but they’re making a big deal about this. Barrett dominates Cena early, keeping him on the mat. The other four Nexus members watch on from ringside, making sure not to interfere. Eventually Cena powers up and hits his signature comeback sequence. The Nexus surrounds the ring and then the Big Show and a host of others from the locker room come out and beat them all down! When the dust settles, Barrett resumes control while the crowd gets behind Cena. Barrett is the first one to hit a finisher, the Wasteland, but Cena just barely kicks out at two. Cena is able to lock in the STF, but a “fan” (Michael McGillicutty) tries to get in the ring, and while the referee is distracted, Husky Harris runs by and drills Cena with a foreign object, giving Barrett the pin at 17:49. The women and children in the crowd are quite upset. The match was quite good, and Barrett looked to be at Cena’s level in the ring, which makes it all the more puzzling as to why he’s persona non grata now.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Unified Divas Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Natalya

Lay-Cool have been the champions since 9.19.10 and this is their second defense. These two actually battled in the inaugural Divas Championship match back at the Great American Bash 2008, with McCool coming out on top then. McCool mostly dominates but Layla tries to interfere anyway and it backfires. Natalya locks on the Sharpshooter but McCool counters it to a heel hook but Natalya reverses it right back. Layla gets on the apron and throws her show at Natalya for the DQ at 4:51. They might have had a good thing going but they cut it off before that could happen and the finish bites.
Rating: *½

MATCH #6: Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Undertaker

Kane has been the champion since 7.18.10 and this is his third defense. Obviously this is the twenty-first Hell in a Cell match; the eleventh for Undertaker (5-4-1) and the third for Kane (0-0-2). Kane attacks his half-brother before the bell can even ring and takes an unfair advantage. The door has to be locked before the bell can ring, and that takes a minute but here we go. This is a similar brawl to the Night of Champions match two weeks ago, as in it’s really boring. They do the silly corner mounted punches spot so that Undertaker can hit the Last Ride but Kane kicks out at two. Undertaker tries the Tombstone but Kane reverses it to one of his own but it only gets two. A frustrated Kane lays out the referee. Paul Bearer gets into the Cell when they pull the injured referee out, and the distraction allows Undertaker to come back and hit the Chokeslam. Undertaker produces some lightning somehow and goes for the Tombstone, but Bearer opens the urn and there’s a light inside that temporarily blinds the Undertaker. Bearer then gives the urn to Kane while Undertaker looks shocked. Kane cracks the urn across Undertaker’s skull and follows up with a Chokeslam for the pin at 21:40. The match was plodding and having Paul Bearer turn on Undertaker for the eighteenth time didn’t do anything to make it any more interesting.
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Harrak’s Thoughts: WWE RAW 10.20.14 (Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:24:28 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014

#1~ I’m curious as to how much leeway the WWE gives Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose inside the Cell. Of course Ambrose & Rollins want to steal the show and probably even want to upstage some of Mick Foley’s greatest Cell moments but will the WWE let them? Rollins is easily one of their top heels and there’s no other top babyfaces besides Ambrose and John Cena now that Daniel Bryan AND Roman Reigns are out. These two men would have definitely done better during the ratings war where any risk was encouraged, as long as the fans were entertained. Nowadays it’s all about protecting your assets.

#2~ WOW, AJ Lee is facing PAIGE at the PPV?!?! Damn I need to sign up for that SMS text messaging system!

#3~ Randy Orton versus John Cena playing up their history at this stage of their careers could have been fun but unfortunately they had to be in Kansas City. Hey, I’m all for driving attention to the Royals but what they’ve done tonight has been a little too much. I do love that Paul Heyman came out to add Brock Lesnar to Cena and Orton’s “rookie class”. And I guess #RKOOutOfNowhere will be trending again after a great RKO on Heyman.

#4~ While the Big Show probably wasn’t anyone’s first pick to feud with Rusev but I think he’s been BY FAR the most effective. When the Big Show is given the ball, he always turns up the intensity and by extension, strengthens his connection with the fans. The fans were desperate for Big Show to get his hands on Rusev tonight and hopefully the Hell In The Cell crowd feels the same.

#5~ God, I think I only watch RAW now to get to the Dean Ambrose segments. His exchange with John Cena was priceless (especially with the Joker reference) and then we got CPRollins. I really can’t say I ever expected Dean Ambrose to introduce a Seth Rollins CPR dummy. Does he get to be the new guy who can “have a good match with an inanimate object”? Mick Foley’s addition was definitely surprising and helped sell a specialty match between two relative newbies who have never been in a Hell In A Cell match. I think Ambrose and Rollins could have pulled it off but adding Foley was definitely a good choice.

#6~ Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler put on another gem but what else would you expect?  Hey if they’re only going to give us 5 matches, at least that gave us one between Cesaro and Ziggler.

#7~ The “street fight” wasn’t much of a “street fight”. Everyone had to tag in and out. And it really didn’t get even somewhat violent till near the end. I did like that Seth Rollins was the only one standing to close RAW but the match left A LOT to desire.×120-2013.jpg×250-raw-2013.jpg

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 10/20/14: Final Push For Hell In A Cell Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:34:05 +0000 It’s the final RAW before Hell In A Cell. Scheduled for the main event is Dean Ambrose and John Cena vs Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Kane in a Street Fight. Hulk Hogan is also scheduled to appear. What will he shamelessly plug tonight? Follow along to find out.

It’s A Special Occasion When Randy Orton Wears Pants

RAW started with The Authority minus Stephanie McMahon. HHH talked about tonight’s main event and Hell In A Cell this Sunday. He talked about the Cell being a career changing match, and that how he has won the most Cell matches than anyone else. He said it wasn’t a match you win, it’s a match you survive. Seth Rollins took the mic. He said Mr. Money in the Bank has a nice ring to it, but he had a new one: Undisputed Future of the WWE. He said Ambrose won’t have a future after he beats him in the main event this Sunday. Orton took the mic and said that he was the true main event of Hell In A Cell. HHH said that it was a double main event. He also said that the winner of the Orton/Cena will receive a Title shot against Brock Lesnar. He said tonight he knows The Authority will make him proud, just like Orton and Rollins will this Sunday.

Mandatory RAW Six Man Tag

Sheamus and the Usos vs Miz and the Dust Brothers. Before the match Miz made Mizdow wrestle and told him this was a big opportunity for him. The Usos took their turns working over Stardust early on. Goldust tagged in but he ate a hip toss. Stardust came back in and hit a kick to the head off the top rope. All six men stared down each other on the outside into commercial.

Back from break Goldust hit a spinebuster on an Uso. Mizdow came in and he hit the backbreaker/neckbreaker combo for two. He went for Miz’s corner clothesline but ate a boot from the Uso. The heels continued to work over the Uso until he hit an enziguri kick on Goldust and tagged in Sheamus. Sheamus went to work on Mizdow. He hit a high running knee followed by a slam. One of the Usos hit a dive to the outside on Goldust. Stardust hit the falling star on the Usos. Mizdow took out the Usos again and Sheamus hit a dive off the top on Mizdow. Back in the ring, Stardust went for a springboard enziguri but Sheamus ducked and hit a Brogue Kick. Mizdow then rolled up Sheamus from behind and picked up the win. Miz jumped and down afterwards saying that he had won.

WINNERS: Goldust, Stardust and Damien Mizdow

Backstage, HHH told Orton that the idea of him facing Cena for a #1 Contenders Shot was Seth Rollins idea. Orton said he needs to go thank Seth Rollins personally.

Alicia Fox defeated AJ. Paige and Alicia had a fake fight on the outside. Paige threw Alicia back in the ring and AJ went after Paige, but the distraction allowed Alicia to roll up AJ for the win.

Backstage Orton asked Rollins why he is looking out for him. Rollins said he is a team player and told Orton to take it easy. Rollins said that by some miracle if he defeats Lesnar and becomes WWE Champ, the future would take care of itself and stared at the MITB Briefcase.

I Wish I Was Back In 2002

Randy Orton came out. He said time flies. It seems like just yesterday it was 2002 and him and Orton were just debuting. The crowd chanted “Lets Go Royals” and Orton said that the Royals will not win and it will be another 100 years before they win anything. Orton said that it was Piper/Hogan, Michaels/Hart, Rock/Austin then Orton/Cena. Orton said Cena is still that punk kid from Boston Mass who has no business being in the same ring as him. Orton said Cena could take his Hustle, Loyalty and Respect and shove it up his ass. Orton said he beat Cena earlier in the year at the Rumble and he will do it again. Orton said he will beat Cena at HIAC and savor every second of it.

Cena told Orton to shut up and that every time he opens his mouth he sounds like a jackass. Cena made a terrible grandpa peeing his pants joke. Cena then brought up the Royals. He said 2002 was the last time Orton was relevant. Orton said being in the World Series and winning it are two different things. Cena said Orton will be in the match this Sunday but he won’t win. Cena said this Sunday, every time he sees Orton’s face he will see Brock Lesnar.

Paul Heyman came out. He said the class of 2002 featured Orton, Cena and the Next Big Thing Brock Lesnar. Heyman said the Undsisputed Champion in 2002 is the same in 2014. Heyman said this Sunday these two are stepping in the ring with their equals. But his client has no equal. So the winner this Sunday is the ultimate loser. Heyman said he always respected Orton but he has no shot at beating his beast. Cena went to leave but Heyman told him he wasn’t done. Heyman talked about Cena wanting one more Title shot. Cena went to AA Heyman but Cena put him down. Orton then hit the RKO on Cena. After a few seconds, Orton then hit the RKO on Heyman as well.

A Feud Based Around Giant Flags

Rusev vs Big E. Rusev took control early and landed some early kicks to the legs. But Big E fought back and hit a jumping shoulder tackle sending Rusev to the outside. Big E threw Rusev into the barricade. Rusev fought back with a headbutt in the ring and went to a headlock. Big E tried making a comeback but Rusev caught Big E with a spinning heel kick. Back from break Rusev continued to work over Big E. Rusev applied the Accolade and Big E taped out.


Lana said Big Show deserves to be in the circus and have people throw food at him. Rusev said Big Show is going to fail his country and all these people will despise him for it. They wanted the flag to drop but it didn’t. Big Show appeared on the tron, smiled, and then the American Flag dropped. Rusev went to rip it down, but a plant in an army uniform came in. WWE security tried to stop him, but Rusev kicked him in the face.

Back from break Big Show said that you never disrespect an American soldier. Show said Rusev’s 15 minutes of fame is up and he doesn’t want to wait until this Sunday and wanted Rusev now. Show said since Rusev won’t come out there he will come to him. Show went into Rusev’s locker room in the back but he wasn’t there.

Backstage, Dean Ambrose was watching See No Evil 2. John Cena came in and asked what he was doing. Ambrose said he was doing research for his match tonight. Ambrose says he is Batman and Cena is Superman. Ambrose said he’s undefeated in contract on a pole matches, but Handicap Street Fights are his specialty. He said they are going to kick and punch some people and he just might surprise them. Cena said Ambrose is much more like The Joker, to which Ambrose replied “Why so serious?”

Brie Bella beat Summer Rae.

Cheap Pops For Everyone!

Dean Ambrose came out with a giant duffle bag. He said this Sunday he finally get his hands on that power ranger suit sellout Seth Rollins. He pulled a giant mannequin out that was dressed like Seth Rollins out of the duffle bag. He said this Sunday the first body part he would rip of was his hands. He ripped them off and hit the dummy with it. He said what he does to people that screw him over is screw them over harder. He hit the dummy with a screwdriver then a hammer. He then grabbed a saw and said he was going to saw off his testicles, but then he realized that he already sold his testicles to the Authority. He then used some tongs on the dummy and hit a piledriver.

Seth Rollins came out. He said they all know he isn’t going to beat him, and maybe Ambrose could get a career in comedy when he’s done. Rollins said he did sell out. He said none of these losers will ever have any idea what it is like to be him. He is rich and a somebody. He said that is why everyone has their cameras out, and they’ll be posting those pictures on Facebook and Instagram later. Ambrose pulled out a drill and said he would give everyone here an early preview of their HIAC match. Rollins said he isn’t afraid of Ambrose.

Suddenly, Mick Foley came out. He said he came by to visit an old friend and looked up at the Cell. He said his children saw The Shield and were amazed by them. He said as great as they were as a unit, but in almost every version of them going face to face he always saw Seth Rollins coming out on top. Rollins said despite Foley being old and dressing as Santa now he still has some intelligent thoughts. Foley said that Rollins missed the keyword, almost. Foley said Ambrose can do whatever he wants to Rollins inside the Cell. Foley then talked about all the scars that the Cell can cause, physically and emotionally. Ambrose said he isn’t concerned about more scars and losing teeth and anything else. He said no one gets him backstage, but maybe Foley does. Ambrose told Rollins to ask himself if he was ready to wake up from a hospital bed Monday morning. Rollins said he will beat Ambrose just like he has beaten everyone else on his rise to the top. Foley said he doesn’t think they are ready for life after their Cell match. Foley said this Sunday they get the match they have been waiting for all their lives. Foley left and Ambrose went after Rollins before he bailed.

Only Took Two Hours To Get To Something Good

Dolph Ziggler vs Cesaro. Cesaro got the early mat take down and went to a headlock. Cesaro hit a shoulder tackle and elbow then went back to a headlock. Cesaro connected on a right hand but Ziggler escaped a running powerslam and hit a dropkick. Ziggler clotheslined Cesaro to the outside and tossed him into the barricade. Back in the ring Ziggler went for the Fameasser but Cesaro dropped him on the ropes. Back from break Cesaro pulled Ziggler off the ground, press slammed him, and then dropped Ziggler on his knee. Cesaro went to the top but ate a Ziggler dropkick coming down. Ziggler hit some clotheslines followed by a splash in the corner and an elbow. After a near fall Cesaro hit an elbow and went for a powerbomb but Ziggler countered to a faceplant. Both men exchanged counters before Cesaro hit a hard uppercut for the win.

WINNER: Cesaro

After the match Cesaro hit the Neutralizer.

Backstage, HHH made Kane the general for the Authority tonight. He yelled at Orton and Rollins and told them to put aside their differences.

Another Bray Wyatt promo aired.

Why Are There Tags In A Street Fight?

Main event time. Rollins laid some boots to Ambrose but Ambrose bounced back with a bulldog then a couple of submission holds. All five men went to the outside. Ambrose eventually hit an elbow off the announce table onto everyone. Ambrose hit Rollins with a chair in the ring. He went to the outside of the ring and grabbed a table. Kane came over and dropped Ambrose on the table laying on the ground. Kane then pulled Cena off the apron and onto the steps.

Rollins had control over Ambrose back from break. Orton came in and dropped Ambrose on the ropes as the heels took their turns beating up Ambrose. Ambrose eventually caught Orton with a boot and missile dropkick off the top and tagged in Cena. Cena went full CENA MODE and then hit the AA on Kane. Cena grabbed a table and put it in the ring. He went to AA Rollins through the table but Rollins escaped and threw Cena into the chair that was set up in the corner. On the outside Orton tossed Ambrose into the steps. Kane then grabbed the steps and hit Ambrose in the head with them. Rollins set a table up in the corner. Cena went for the AA again but Rollins escaped and hit a neckbreaker for two. Kane pulled Cena to the outside and sent him into the steps and ringpost. Kane tossed Cena through the table in the corner.

Kane demanded that the Cell be brought down. Cena pushed away Orton and tagged in Ambrose. Ambrose dropkicked Rollins off the apron into the Cell then hit his bounce off the ropes clothesline on Orton. Ambrose then used a kendo stick on Orton. Ambrose jumped off the second rope and used the chair on Orton. Ambrose hit a dive through the ropes onto Rollins. Orton tossed Ambrose into the Cell. He went  for the RKO in the ring but Cena stopped him and went for the AA. Kane hit a Chokeslam on Cena, Ambrose hit a DDT on Kane, he bounced off the ropes but went right into the RKO giving The Authority the win.

WINNERS: The Authority

After the match, Seth Rollins hit the Curb Stomp on Orton.


This is where I normally tell you what I like and didn’t like. But there’s no reason to do that this week. This RAW was bad. Ziggler/Cesaro was okay but too short to mean anything. The Rusev/Big Show stuff was terrible. Trying to use an obvious plant to get cheap heat on Rusev was stupid. And we don’t even know if Big Show found him or not. And wasn’t Rusev just defending himself from someone who jumped the barricade? The Cena/Orton stuff was bad. I don’t care how you try to spin it, no one wants to see these two fight again. And I now have a bad feeling that they are going to main event with this stipulation. They even found a way to make a bad Dean Ambrose segment this week. When you have five wrestlers appearing on multiple segments, your show is too damn long. But unfortunately the WWE will never realize this. I bet we get a lot of the same stuff on Smackdown. Just a lot of bad stuff all around. It gets a from me.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Squared-Circle Science: John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:15 +0000

Believe it or not, it has been close to four years since the last major John Cena compilation/retrospective set from WWE Home Video. Of course, I’m purposely overlooking the single disc Superstar Collection – John Cena budget title from 2012. For someone who is the reigning ambassador of World Wrestling Entertainment, having been in the main event picture for nearly a decade – beginning with a co-main event at WrestleMania 21 and then being drafted to Monday Night Raw as part of the annual draft lottery – this gap of time between compilations seems enormous. Since joining the main event scene and winning 15 world championships, WWE has become a “Cenation” as the once Doctor of Thuganomics has been a near-permanent fixture on weekly wrestling programs and pay-per-view telecasts, minus the occasional injury or movie (The Marine, 12 Rounds).

A superstar that moves merchandise by the truckloads, is the cover model for the latest WWE videogame from 2K Sports, and has granted over 400 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, John Cena is at a level of stardom where his oversaturation has him viewed as a pariah to many fans of the WWE Universe.

Personally, I don’t find Cena that offensive. Yes, I’ll admit his shtick has grown stale. It’s to the point now that a new color pattern in his latest T-shirt dictates a subtle character change. His move set is limited and repetitive. (I don’t know what’s more offensive, his “Five Knuckle Shuffle” or poor man’s Death Valley Driver called an “Attitude Adjustment,” only because “F-U” isn’t TV-PG friendly.) Still, most superstars work through a similarly designed move set to emphasize certain attributes – seriously how many wrestlers in WWE either dive to the outside or over the top rope?

Rock and Cena

Notwithstanding Cena as a wrestler, you have to admit that his arrival to WWE in 2002 was blessed with an incredible array of talent. While he may not be able to carry everyone – or anyone – to classic matches, Cena has had the great fortune of working with superstars that have masked his weaknesses to make for some stellar encounters.

The latest John Cena compilation, titled John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries, is a tour of some of his biggest feuds. With seventeen matches on the three-disc DVD and two more as Blu-ray exclusives, you get the distinction of just how valuable a contributor Cena has been in his stint with the company. This non-chronological compilation zigzags its way from his early days in Ohio Valley Wrestling as “Prototype” to most recently facing Randy Orton on a February 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw.

A total of ten adversaries are covered on the Blu-rays (nine on the DVD set) but the short packages in between the action do little to provide context of the feud or rivalry. More to the point, it is Cena offering brief remarks about his in-ring experiences with the likes of Hall of Famers Eddie Guerrero and Edge, plus Triple H, Batista and others, and how each one affected his career.

With the forthcoming multi-platform videogame release of WWE 2K15, the producers of the set did a nifty homage to the Street Fighter video game series. Each transition shows a pixilated opponent selection screen (sadly you can’t scroll through as if you were making a character selection). A 16-bit version of Cena stands to the left on the screen and his opponent pops up on the right.


Moving past this screen image are the interview sections with Cena sitting alone, cameras capturing his comments from multiple angles as he opens up about his career. The comments are short – approximately a minute in length for each sound bite – but they come off as candid and genuine. But the best comments are exclusive to the Blu-ray when Cena speaks about CM Punk. When he talks about their personalities and how one is more about the “company” and the other is more about “wrestling” you can understand why WWE wouldn’t trust Punk as its figurehead.

Rather than break down each individual match in this package, here is a quick rundown. Again, the lack of context to these matches (unlike what we got on Shawn Michaels’ Mr. WrestleMania retrospective) will have many in the WWE Universe scratching their heads wondering why certain matches were included while others were excluded.

Number One Contender’s Tournament Match for WWE Championship
John Cena vs. Eddie Guerrero – SmackDown • April 3, 2003

Parking Lot Brawl
John Cena vs. Eddie Guerrero – SmackDown • September 11, 2003

OVW Championship Match
Prototype vs. Leviathan – Ohio Valley Wrestling • February 23, 2002

WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match
John Cena vs. Batista – Extreme Rules • April 25, 2010

John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels – RAW • April 23, 2007

John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels – RAW • March 10, 2008

WWE Championship Match

John Cena vs. Randy Orton – SummerSlam • August 26, 2007


John Cena vs. Randy Orton – RAW • February 10, 2014

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. JBL – WrestleMania 21 • April 3, 2005

John Cena vs. JBL – RAW • June 9, 2008

“You’re Fired! Match” for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho – RAW • August 22, 2005

World Heavyweight Championship Match
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho – Survivor Series • November 23, 2008

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Edge RAW • October 2, 2006

World Heavyweight Championship (Last Man Standing)
John Cena vs. Edge – Backlash • April 26, 2009

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Triple H – WrestleMania 22 • April 2, 2006

John Cena vs. Triple H – RAW • October 19, 2009

John Cena & The Rock Q&A – RAW • March 25, 2013

WWE Championship Match

John Cena vs. The Rock – WrestleMania XXIX • April 7, 2013



John Cena vs. CM Punk – RAW • November 23, 2009

Number One Contender’s Match (WWE Championship)
John Cena vs. CM Punk – RAW • February 25, 2013

Looking at the number of matches included John Cena fans will be pleased. Of the nineteen matches above only seven are from WWE PPVs. The best of the bunch, arguably, is Cena vs. Michaels from April 2007 when WWE was doing a UK tour. (The match was also included on the 2007 DVD release of The Shawn Michaels Story – Heartbreak & Triumph.) Unfortunately, WWE’s home video department failed in delivering an uncut presentation, which is what should be the standard after presenting Kurt Angle’s and Brock Lesnar’s televised Ironman match from SmackDown 2003 in its uncut form on the 2011 release Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century.

A nice addition is WWE utilizing the Ohio Wrestling Valley tape library in showcasing some of the talents that would become major superstars. Prototype vs. Leviathan is nothing special, but at least someone in production is doing his due diligence when it comes to making the most of the thousands of hours of footage WWE has at its disposal.

My personal favorite is the Parking Lot Brawl between Cena and Guerrero. It’s a fun garbage match that includes everything from backdrops on cars, crashing through windows and the use of a lawnmower. Viva La Raza!

As for the two CM Punk matches, I like how they avoided going with the obvious Money in the Bank match with the pro-Punk Chicago crowd. Actually, it looks like the two matches selected may have been the first and last televised one-on-one ring encounters Cena and Punk had with one another.

The only bonus feature per se is a quick WWE 2K15 feature that has Cesaro and Adrian Neville doing some motion-capture work for the game as Cena narrates. It runs approximately two minutes.

John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries
lacks the scope and presentation like we got with the Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels set. Instead, it plays more like an overview of some of Cena’s best rivals – most of whom were the best part of the rivalry in the first place. The match list may be impressive for most, but outside of those who would rather chant “Let’s go Cena!” than “Cena sucks!” the collection’s only benefit is serving as an introduction to the history of the man who claims that you can’t see him.

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DVD Review: John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:31:49 +0000 John Cena's Greatest Rivalries Review

Despite many people discounting a lot of Michael Cole’s commentary, one thing he’s constantly said is true, John Cena is the WWE most polarizing figure in WWE history. John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries is a perfect showcase of this as his feuds range from the purest of babyfaces in The Rock to the dastardly heel, Edge.

The documentary is set up in a different way that throws back to Cena’s vintage video game era. Each new feud or matchup is introduced with a WrestleFest-style of opening. It was just an interesting touch for a normally sleek and polished production from the WWE.

The rivalries that kick off the documentary were interesting choices: Eddie Guerrero, and maybe the most rare of the bunch, Cena’s feud with Batista that began back in OVW where he wrestled as The Prototype and Batista wrestled as Leviathan. It’s amazing to see how much chemistry he had with Eddie Guerrero so easily on in his career and then to see similar elements in feuds with Edge and CM Punk.

After seeing Cena’s early stuff with Eddie Guerrero, we flashback to OVW and a match between Leviathan & a heel, long(ish) haired Prototype. It was completely strange to see Cena play a heel character with a heel manager. Yet, he still won the OVW Championship! The next match featured Batista versus Cena in an “I Quit” match that really showed the progression of both men over their careers.

And from Batista we go to Shawn Michaels, an entire 180 and yet still two great opponents for Cena. Even before the first bell, you can tell how much influence Michaels had on Cena, especially in the storyline department. Cena and Michaels had the “It Factor” no matter if they were wrestling on WrestleMania or on RAW. It was the perfect combination of strength versus skill. And they always appear to leave it out in the ring. Cena commented by saying being in the ring with Shawn was like “having the night off.” That just means that no matter how tough the match is physically on their bodies, the competitors feel exhilarated for being able to do what the love in the wrestling ring.

John Cena gave Randy Orton a phenomenal compliment when he said that Randy Orton is his era’s Shawn Michaels. Both men make wrestling look effortless and it’s absolutely true. I mention it constantly but Orton doesn’t nearly get enough credit for his fluidness in the ring and I’m glad Cena, a man who has wrestled both Orton & Michaels, can see the blatant similarities. The first match featured between Orton and Cena on this documentary is a great example of what was to come in this career long rivalry. It’s the WWE Championship match from SummerSlam 2007. One of their first main event matches together and one of the best.

But before Cena ever wrestled in the main event of a PPV, John Cena took on JBL at WrestleMania 21 for his first-ever WWE Championship win. As Cena said in this documentary, JBL was never a “soft” wrestler and John Cena wanted to prove that he could go with every style of performer. JBL was the testing ground for many young wrestlers during his career, this match just happened to be for the WWE Championship. I wouldn’t call this Cena’s “breakthrough” moment as he was tremendously over before this title match. Plus, at this time in WWE history, the World Heavyweight Championship was the official championship of the RAW brand and thus the “top” championship of the WWE (not, ironically, the SmackDown-only WWE Championship).

“Y2J” Chris Jericho is up next and so is the “You’re Fired!” WWE Championship match from RAW & their World Heavyweight Championship match from Survivor Series 2008. Jericho and John Cena were perfect adversaries. They’re a similar height, wrestle somewhat a same style (during this point of Jericho’s career) and could handle each other on the mic. Jericho might not have been able to illicit the absolute best out of him (on the mic & in the ring) but he’s definitely in the Top 3. Thinking back on it now, I’m a little surprised they didn’t feud more often.

Up next is the man who I believe to be BY FAR Cena’s greatest rival, Edge. Cena and Edge were the definition of polar opposites on-screen and were tremendously alike off-screen. Both were/are fans, both grew up with wrestling and both weren’t supposed to succeed but worked until they achieved the success they always dreamed of. The Edge/Cena matches featured are a steel cage match on RAW that featured Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch and DX. The other is the World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing match from 2009’s Backlash where John Cena was tossed into a spotlight by the Big Show after a tremendous match. Both matches were good showcases of their rivalry, one from the beginning when they had just starting working together and one when they knew each other almost as well as themselves.

From a Hall of Famer to the “measuring stick” & future Hall of Famer, Triple H. Cena echoed similar sentiments he had for Shawn Michaels. It’s amazing how many different styles of wrestler John Cena faced and had a good match with. Triple H is no exception. Featured first is their WWE Championship match from WrestleMania 22, a great match overshadowed by Triple H’s first “King of Kings” entrance & Cena’s “Gangster” entrance that of course featured a future John Cena rival CM Punk.

The final rival featured in the documentary is probably his most well-know, his feud against The Rock. This feud was truly a class of generations as The Rock had retired from in-ring competition by the time Cena started making noise on the WWE roster. Calling out The Rock’s intentions in numerous interviews, John Cena let it be know that he believed that The Rock used the WWE to gain his fame & has tried to distance himself from pro-wrestling as much as possible. Well that all came to a head when John Cena and The Rock faced off in a WWE ring for the first. While their two WrestleMania matches weren’t the highest-rated in-ring spectacles, the hype for the matches definitely made up for it. That’s why this documentary didn’t feature the two matches John Cena & The Rock had at WrestleMania but a verbal debate held before WrestleMania 29 and then their WrestleMania 29 match for the WWE Championship.

If you’re lucky enough to pick up the Blu-Ray version of this documentary, the final feud documented is John Cena versus CM Punk. While it might not be a surprise that this rivalry was relegated to the Blu-Ray exclusives, Punk is absolutely one of Cena’s best modern rivals. Cena stays far away saying much about Punk, personally or professionally. And now you can see why the Cena/Punk feud is in the “Extras” section. Featured on the disc are the first ever meeting between Cena and Punk on Monday Night RAW and their #1 Contender Match for a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29.

Overall the Blu-Ray is a match compilation with a few comments thrown in between the different rivalries. The matches highlight the absolute best of John Cena and gives the viewer a taste of what a true retrospective of his career may contain. John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries is definitely worth a watch for any wrestling fan and an absolute buy for any John Cena fan.


Must Watch Matches:

  • John Cena vs Eddie Guerrero in a Latino Heat Parking Lot Brawl.
  • John Cena vs Shawn Michaels in a WrestleMania 23 rematch.
  • John Cena vs Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2007
  • John Cena vs JBL for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21
  • John Cena vs Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing Match at Backlash 2009
  • John Cena vs Triple H for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 22
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Randy Orton RKOs the Internet in the Funniest WWE Meme of the Year – Watch the Video Now Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:19:03 +0000 Randy Orton has been used in a series of Vine videos that demonstrate that the RKO can really come out of nowhere. Check out this hilarious compilation below in what is my favorite WWE Internet meme of the year:

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Harrak’s Thoughts: WWE RAW 10.13.14 (Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton) Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:18:54 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014


1. The dynamic between John Cena and Dean Ambrose is more interesting & exciting than I think anyone would have guessed. But they’re playing to their obvious strengths. Cena as the goodie, goodie and Ambrose as the one too crazy to hold it all in. The WWE finally created a babyface that can finally split the crowd just as much as Cena does. Men, women and some children cheer for Ambrose while women, children and some men cheer for Cena. It’s a great crowd dynamic that I hope they’re able to maintain.

2. LOVE the fact that Dean Ambrose “stole” Drew McIntyre’s double-arm DDT as his finisher. The headlock DDT always looked extremely weak to me and the Ambrose character needed something a little more vicious so what’s better than a move made famous by Cactus Jack?!

3. Fantastic match between two of the most fluid & entertaining in-ring performers on the main roster right now. Randy Orton is VASTLY underrated as a wrestler and we all know what Dolph Ziggler can do with a bad opponent so just imagine him with a great opponent. This match will probably up for match of the year in many polls and rightfully so. Oh yea & that RKO… HOLY F**K!!!

4. I really have to give Damien Sandow credit. Talk about taking the ball and running with it. The “Damien Mizdow” gimmick is better than the revolving characters he was portraying before and hell, it’s getting over and pretty damn funny as well. Kudos to a guy who’s been with the WWE so long that it feels like a lifetime.

5. As long as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins go on last, I’m excited for this booking. Of course we’ve all see Randy Orton versus John Cena a million times but I’m really liking the one-upmanship between Orton and Rollins. I say bridge them off into a feud and let the fans decide who they want to cheer, even if that IS Orton. I was a decent match with a predictable outcome but the line of the night was when I heard a little kid shout after Ambrose’s suplex to Cena on the stage “Enough, Ambrose! Enough!”. See, for some people this is still real… dammit!×120-2013.jpg×250-raw-2013.jpg

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 10/13/14: Big Show vs Rusev Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:41:28 +0000 It was advertised last week as well, but it looks like Big Show vs Rusev will take place this week on RAW. And what is next for Dean Ambrose and John Cena in their quests to get their hands on Seth Rollins? Follow along to find out!

Wait, A New Match Not Involving The Same Five People?

After recapping last week’s events, Dean Ambrose came out. He said there is nothing he would like more in this world than to be inside Hell In A Cell with Seth Rollins. But before he gets there something else is in his way that is really pissing him off, and that is the face of the WWE John Cena. He said it is clear that The Authority wants him and Cena to tear each other apart so they can protect their golden boy Seth Rollins. He said at Hell In A Cell, he will take down the contract and then the pole and beat John Cena with it. Then he will bounce Seth Rollins head around the Cell like a basketball.

John Cena came out. Cena said Ambrose needs to relax. He said the match between them is one the WWE Universe wants to see. Cena said he was going to give Ambrose some veteran advice: He has the match of his life in two weeks, so shut up, and get ready for the biggest match of his career at Hell In A Cell. Ambrose said he is ready, and he’s been ready to whoop his ass for years. He said to not act like he cares about him. Cena said at HIAC Ambrose will see that he is way out of Cena’s league and he should use his time to get ready.

Triple H and Stephanie came out. HHH told him to slow down and they still have two weeks til HIAC. Steph said tonight Cena and Ambrose should be partners. HHH said he doesn’t think they can get along, but Steph said they can. They made a bet, then made a triple threat tag match: Cena and Ambrose vs The Usos vs Goldust and Stardust.

At Least Everyone Looked Strong

The match started back from break. Ambrose and Cena both worked over Jimmy Uso early. They hit a double elbow but Jimmy caught Ambrose with a boot and tagged in Jey. Ambrose hit a short clothesline and tagged in Cena. Jey hit a right hand and went to the top but Cena rolled through. Jey escaped the AA and hit a crescent kick. Jimmy came back in and applied an armbar. Cena escaped and hit a dropkick, but then walked right into a Samoan Drop. Jey came back in and went to an armbar. Jey hit a dropkick but missed a splash. Both men ended up making tags to their partners. Ambrose hit a crossbody but caught a kick, but Ambrose bounced off the ropes and hit a clothesline. Stardust then took Jimmy outside the ring and threw him into the apron into commercial.

Back from break the Dust Brothers worked over Jimmy Uso. They hit a double stomp in the corner. Jimmy landed a couple of right hands but Goldust prevented the tag with a kick to the face. Jimmy eventually took out Stardust off the apron then hit a clothesline on Goldust. But Goldust pulled Jey off the apron. Dean Ambrose came over and clotheslined Goldust. Back in the ring, Cena and Stardust got tags. Cena went into CENA MODE. Stardust landed on his feet after an AA attempt. Goldust hit a powerslam on Cena. Both Usos took out the Dust Brothers with dives to the outside. Cena then hit a dive to the outside on all four men, then Ambrose hit a an elbow off the top on all of them. Back in the ring, Cena and Ambrose hit their finishers on the tag champs to pick up the win.

WINNERS: John Cena and Dean Ambrose

The Authority came back out. He said Steph wins, and gave her $1. HHH then said why wait til Hell In A Cell. He made the pole match tonight and said that hell starts for them tonight.

AJ and Layla beat Paige and Alicia Fox. Layla jumped off the apron when AJ went to make a tag. AJ was still able to hit the Shining Wizard on Alicia Fox to pick up the win. After the match, AJ chased Layla down then threw her into the steps.

Backstage, Randy Orton told The Authority that he wanted the loser of the Cena/Ambrose match inside the Cell at HIAC. They agreed to it.

An Erik Rowan promo aired.

What Is This Good Wrestling On RAW???

Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler landed some early blows sending Orton to the outside. Ziggler slammed Orton’s face on the steps. Back in the ring Ziggler hit a splash in the corner then went to a headlock. Orton escaped with a backdrop. Ziggler blocked a shot in the corner and landed three of his own and hit a dropkick. Orton went to the corner, then ducked Ziggler and slammed him into the turnbuckle. Orton dropped Ziggler on the ropes. Orton took his time however and Ziggler dropped his neck on the ropes. They went to the outside where Ziggler tossed Orton into the apron. Back in the ring Orton countered Ziggler and tossed him into the post. He went for the middle rope DDT but Ziggler countered and tossed Orton on the apron, then hit a dropkick sending him off the apron. Orton went to the end of the ramp and Seth Rollins came onto the stage going into commercial.

Orton had control back from break. He catapulted Ziggler into the corner. Orton went for a superplex. Ziggler hit a headbutt knocking Orton off. Orton came back wit ha headbutt of his own but Ziggler knocked him off again with a handful of punches. Ziggler recovered but Orton crotched him in the corner. This time Orton was able to connect on the superplex. After a nearfall Ziggler started fighting back with some clotheslines and then a neckbreaker and a jumping elbow for two. He went for a superkick but Orton blocked it and hit a powerslam for two. Orton connected on the middle rope DDT. Orton went for the RKO but Ziggler countered with a nearfall. Ziggler went for the Fameasser but Orton moved, but Ziggler came right back with a super kick. Ziggler went for the ZigZag, but Orton held on to the ropes. Ziggler landed a kick and went for the Fameasser again. But Orton caught him, put him in a powerbomb position, tossed him in the air, and connected on the RKO with Ziggler on the way down for the win.

WINNER: Randy Orton

After the match, Seth Rollins hit the Curb Stomp on Ziggler.

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Seth Rollins vs Jack Swagger. Both men exchanged early armbars. Swagger went for a clothesline but Rollins ducked to the outside. Rollins caught Swagger with an elbow back in the ring. Rollins went to the top. Swagger tried to stop him but Rollins dropped the arm of Swagger on the ropes. Rollins continued to work over the arm of Swagger. Swagger escaped one armbar and sent Rollins to the outside. Swagger hit a clothesline on the outside then slammed Rollins into the steps. Randy Orton came out on the ramp, similar to Rollins. The distraction allowed Rollins to hit a dive through the ropes onto Swagger.

Rollins still had control back from break. Rollins landed a kick to the back. Swagger caught Rollins going for a leapfrog in the corner then hit a German suplex. Swagger hit a clothesline and followed it up with a backbody drop and a Swagger Bomb for two. Swagger went for a gut wrench powerbomb but Rollins escaped. He went to the top but Swagger caught him and hit a t-bone suplex for two. Swagger hit a dropkick to the knee of Rollins then applied the Patriot Lock but Rollins escaped. Rollins came back with a kick to the face of Swagger. Rollins went for the Curb Stomp but Swagger moved and applied the Patriot Lock but Rollins got to the ropes. Swagger tossed Rollins onto the post. He went for a front slam, but Rollins countered into a roll up and grabbed the tights, picking up the pinfall victory.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

After the match, Randy Orton came into the ring and hit the RKO on Swagger. Orton and Rollins exchanged words in the ring before Rollins left.

Dean Ambrose was interviewed. He said tonight, he’s sending John Cena down the Highway to Hell. Just like he will Seth Rollins at Hell In A Cell.

Big Show said tonight he will shatter Rusev’s jaw, and no offense to Mark Henry, but he will carry the weight of 318 million Americans on his shoulders to victory tonight.

Lana Knows American Sports Too? My Dream Girl

Before Big Show vs Rusev, Lana talked about Indians losing their money quickly just like the Atlanta Braves lose their baseball games. Big Show caught Rusev with a boot early. Show landed some early blows then went to the outside. Show tossed Rusev into the barricade a couple of times. Show hit some chest slaps in the ring, but they went back to the outside again and Rusev went back into the barricade. Show landed a headbutt in the ring followed by an elbow. Big Show continued to dominate, until Rusev elevated nicely and caught Big Show with a dropkick. Rusev went on the offensive this time and sent Big Show to the outside with a clothesline into commercial.

Rusev had a armbar applied back from break. He hit a splash in the corner. Big Show escaped  headlock and went to the second rope, but Rusev moved and went back to a submission. Big Show escaped this time with a backdrop. Show went for the KO Punch but Rusev ducked and hit a kick to the mid-section. Rusev then locked in the Accolade. Mark Henry came out, but Rusev caught him with a right hand. Rusev went back to the Accolade, but Mark Henry came in and knocked Rusev off. Rusev wins.

WINNER via DQ: Rusev

Show and Henry briefly exchanged words after the match. They then turned their attention to Rusev by the announce table. They surrounded him. Rusev went after Henry, but then turned right into a KO Punch from Big Show.

When The Man Not In The Match Is The Most Entertaining Thing

Sheamus vs Miz. Sheamus had control early with an elbow followed by a kick to the back. They did a spot where Sheamus grabbed the chin of Miz and went back and forth in the ring, and Mizdow followed along grabbing his own chin on the outside. Miz gained control and hit his corne clothesline. Miz landed a couple of kicks to the face. Sheamus escaped a headlock and started a comeback. But he missed a knee in the corner and Miz hit a DDT for two. Sheamus blocked a kick and sent Miz to the outside, where Mizdow did a stunt role to be next to him. Miz went under the ring. Mizdow distracted Sheamus and ate a Brogue Kick for his troubles. Miz beat the count back in the ring and won via countout.

WINNER via Countout: Miz

Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya (with Rosa and Nene Leakes at ringside) beat Nikki Bella, Cameron and Summer Rae.

John Cena hyped his match.

This time, a promo for Bray Wyatt aired, saying that something was coming.

Protect Protect Protect

Main Event time. The Authority was all at ringside. Both men went for the contract early. Ambrose gained the upper hand with a crossbody then some boots in the corner. Ambrose went for the contract but Cena caught him and hit a backdrop. Cena hit a couple of suplexes. He went for the running bulldog but Ambrose countered and tossed Cena to the outside. The two men brawled up the ramp where Ambrose hit a suplex on the stage. Ambrose went back to the ring and for the contract, but Cena stopped him again and hit an electric chair backdrop. Cena went for the AA but Ambrose countered and escaped and hit the rope clothesline. Cena countered and applied the STF, but Ambrose bit the hands of Cena to escape. Ambrose dropkicked Cena off the apron and hit a dive to the outside. Both men brawled to the outside. Cena tossed Ambrose into the steps. Ambrose countered and tossed Cena into the barricade.

Orton distacted Ambrose so Ambrose hit him. Cena hit Ambrose from behind and tossed him into all three men. Orton attacked Cena and all three men attacked the faces. Eventually, Cena hit the AA on Kane. But Ambrose was on the top rope by the pole. Ambrose did the “You Can’t See Me” to Cena then pulled down the contract to win.

WINNER: Dean Ambrose


John Cena/Dean Ambrose Promo: I liked the opening of the show. Ambrose’s lines were great about not being afraid of Cena and wanting to kick his ass for years. I even liked Cena trying to play the veteran giving the young guy advice. Nice little exchange between both men to start the show.

Triple Threat Tag: Good action throughout. I know there will be people who don’t like that the Tag Champs were pinned, but both the Tag Champs and The Usos were made to look good and at least be close to the level of Cena and Ambrose. Those two didn’t dominate the whole match or make the others look weak. I might have booked them to lose, because then it would have made the main event happening tonight make sense with those two nearly coming to blows. But the match itself was good.

Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton: Again, the Champ did lose. But he was made to look to be on the level of Orton. The final five minutes had some nice counters and near falls. Orton’s RKO on Ziggler was great. It didn’t look like a lot of the other unique ones where the opponent falls into it. It seemed natural. Orton gets a lot of crap from people, but he can have a good match with almost anyone that he is in the ring with.


Rusev vs Big Show: There were a couple things not to like here. The first being the amount of  rest holds. And we know Rusev is athletic enough in the ring to move around, so maybe that was more Big Show. The second was the booking. America is suppose to be the good guys. But they cheat, and then double team Rusev at the end like a bunch of bullies. Maybe that is just over-reacting, but the booking left me with more to dislike than to like.

Hell In A Cell Booking: At least the WWE got the Rollins/Ambrose part right. But man, everything else is just all screwed up. They give away Cena/Ambrose on RAW tonight with no advanced build. Then Orton says he wants the loser of the match, making him a glorified consolation prize no matter how anyone tried to spin it. Then the Cena/Ambrose match is just a short, over booked mess with an over emphasis on protecting John Cena. It was just a big mess tonight.

Overall, the show was good from a wrestling standpoint. We had three perfectly acceptable TV matches. There also wasn’t too much filler tonight. It was the kind of show that you want to see from a three hour RAW. Have some quality wrestling with a couple of promos sprinkled in between. But the booking is just a big puzzle right now and half the time it seems like it is being done on the fly. But at least we are getting Ambrose/Rollins at Hell In A Cell. I’m giving the show a 6.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Hittin’ The Canvas Wrestling Pulsecast: Top 3 Worst Returns In Wrestling Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:23:22 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast


It’s just Justin Czerwonka and Matt Harrak this week spitballing about future WWE plans with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan on the shelf, the merits of Dean Ambrose being the guy to go to WrestleMania and what the immediate future holds for the WWE in general.

PLUS we have a Top 3! Yes, we discuss the absolute WORST returns in pro-wrestling history! Listen as we debate and take a trip down memory lane & don’t forget to put YOUR Top 3 in the comments below.×120-2013.jpg×250-wrestling-pulsecast.jpg

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WWE Celebrates 15 Years of SmackDown (PLUS: Interesting Fact & Photos) Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:45:54 +0000 WWE Logo 2014 - 500x250





STAMFORD, Conn., October 10, 2014 WWE will air a special 15th Anniversary episode of SmackDown, tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy. With nearly 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night RawAveraging 3.1 million viewers each week, SmackDown beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network.

As part of the 15th Anniversary show, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will appear in a special segment.  Tonight’s SmackDown will be the 790th episode for the series.  In comparison, Saturday Night Live has aired 766 episodes since it began in 1975, Gunsmoke aired 635 episodes from 1955-1975, Lassie aired 591 episodes from 1954-1973 and The Simpsons has aired 552 episodes since it began in 1989.

As part of the festivities, celebrities including Ben Roethlisberger, Cedric The Entertainer, Kyle Busch, Snoop Dogg, William Shatner and others will share photos from their WWE experiences on their social media platforms.

Prior to the 15th anniversary episode, fans can watch the WWE Network special Edge and Christian’s 15th Anniversary SmackDown Show that Totally Reeks of Awesomeness, featuring WWE Hall of Famer Edge and WWE Superstar Christian, offering entertaining insight into the greatest moments from SmackDown’s 15 year history.  The program is now available as part of WWE Network’s video-on-demand library, containing more than 2,000 hours of content.



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  1. The name SmackDown came from WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s popular catchphrase, “Lay the Smackdown.”
  1. SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico.
  1. It would take more than two months of uninterrupted viewing to watch every episode of SmackDown back-to-back.
  1. WWE Superstar John Cena made his WWE debut in June 2002 on SmackDown.
  1. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar competed in a 60-minute Iron Man match on SmackDown in September 2003.
  1. Brock Lesnar and Big Show fought to a no contest when the ring collapsed after Lesnar superplexed Big Show on SmackDown in June 2003.
  1. Stephanie McMahon was the first SmackDown general manager while Teddy Long has the longest total tenure as a SmackDown general manager.
  1. Mr. McMahon won his only WWE Championship on SmackDown on September 16, 1999 when he defeated Triple H with Shane McMahon as special guest referee.
  1. The first Friday episode of SmackDown was on September 9, 2005 and featured Batista defeating JBL in a Bull Rope Match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Harrak’s Thoughts: WWE RAW 10.6.14 (The Rock, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, John Cena) Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:50:36 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014


{After a 2-week vacation which involved more work than work, I’m back with my thoughts and insights into the world of wrestling.}

1~ So what I learned from the opening promo wasn’t that they booked a 3-on-2 handicap match but the fact that they robbed us of a pretty good main event between John Cena & Dean Ambrose versus Seth Rollins & Randy Orton by adding Kane. Smart move to open the show…

2~ I don’t know how many different six-man tag matches they can put The Usos every week but I can see why they do. They’re just damn entertaining and a great way to kick off the in ring action of a 3-hour RAW. Unfortunately I believe The Usos are going to be vastly underrated once their time is up in the WWE. These two brothers are two of the best athletes and most charismatic Superstars in the business today!

3~ The Luke Harper vignettes are right on point to “debut” him as his own singles wrestler. We know some of what he can do in the ring but definitely not all of it and absolutely nothing of his back story. These are great teases to breakout a terrific wrestler that people might not be expecting much from.

4~ Nice promo from Cena and Ambrose that highlighted their differences as well as some of the similarities. While Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are out, Dean Ambrose is the default #2 babyface and an extremely different one at that. They can’t just place him into the Reigns or Bryan storylines which is the typical workflow when someone goes down with an injury. They have to take a couple of left turns when it comes to the Ambrose character, especially when he’s working off of John Cena as the #1 babyface. One of those left turns they nailed was tonight’s “walk out” on Cena by Dean Ambrose. The shot of him getting on the subway was the right touch that the angle needed to make it and the Ambrose character work. Now if Ambrose comes back for the save with cotton candy or something would be the icing on the cake.

5~ OK, The Rock appearing out of absolutely nowhere with nothing to promote and no big events coming up was amazing. THIS is one of the reasons why I don’t usually read my news feed on Mondays. I LOVE to be surprised like this and what a go-to guy to get on RAW have the backlash from the Russian Flag stunt last week. It’s nice to have someone the size of The Rock on speed dial. Brooklyn (and the internet) went nuts for The Rock’s return and was able to degrade Rusev the way the WWE likes & without all of the political drama or backlash. Even after all of these decades, I don’t think there’s a shadow of a doubt that The Rock is still the best in WHATEVER situation he is put in.

6~ I will admit I didn’t think we’d see promos for Erick Rowan debuted while Harper seems like the guy they want to push first (and rightfully so). I did like the tease of the pregnant woman with “It’s Coming” written on her stomach. That could mean so many different things when it comes to the Wyatt Family. In my opinion, they could use another member BUT only if it is a woman. Another male would just mean another guy that would get in the way of Rowan and Harper’s pushes and that’s exactly what they DON’T need right now.

7~ The main event was pretty much was what expected… until Dean Ambrose came out with a damn hot dog stand! Including a ketchup & mustard holster. Yup, you read that right and it was just as glorious as it sounds. I also do like the stipulation scheduled for Hell In A Cell. Of course it would be logical for Ambrose to face Seth Rollins in a Cell but now he has to beat Cena too. Things are completely in the air now and unless they start setting up a secondary feud for Cena, I don’t how Ambrose is going to advance to the main event. At least things are getting somewhat interesting leading into Hell In A Cell even without a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.×120-2013.jpg×250-raw-2013.jpg

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 10/6/14: Who Will Get Their Hands On Seth Rollins? Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:43:21 +0000 It’s another edition of RAW tonight. Advertised is Big Show vs Rusev. Also, Kathy Lee and Hoda, two of the most annoying people in the world, will be on RAW. Can’t wait for the Brooklyn crowd to crap on that segment.

How Many Variations Of One Main Event Can You Do?

After recapping last week’s Dean Ambrose antics, Seth Rollins came out. Rollins was frustrated with what Ambrose did last week. He said the real highlight from last week was what happened at the end of RAW last week. Rollins said that is what happens when you disrespect him. He said one thing you do not do is embarrass Seth Rollins. He said he was the future of the WWE. Suddenly, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury appeared at ringside. They wanted him to leave. Rollins said he knows he has a target on his back and he loves it. He said all eyes are on him. Suddenly John Cena charged the ring and went after Rollins, who bailed through the crowd. As Rollins stood there, Ambrose casually walked behind him. Rollins turned around and Ambrose attacked. Ambrose sent Rollins over the barricade. Cena went after him. Ambrose jumped over the barricade and took out both of them as Rollins bailed.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out and said they wouldn’t let the show break down into chaos. HHH said that it seems like both men want to get their hands on Seth Rollins. HHH said they will get that tonight. It’ll be John Cena and Dean Ambrose against Seth Rollins, and his partners Kane and Seth Rollins.

The WWE Should Just Bring Back The Six Man Tag Titles

It’s Stardust, Goldust and Cesaro vs Dolph Ziggler and The Usos. The match started with all six men brawling to the outside. Jey Uso was thrown hard into the steps by Goldust. Jey started with Stardust and he worked over the shoulder of Jey. Cesao came in and connected on a few uppercuts. Jey ducked one and tagged in Jimmy. Jimmy hit a few chops then a butt splash in the corner. Cesaro bounced right back and the match broke down again. This time Cesaro tossed Ziggler into the steps and the heels stood in the ring into commercial.

Back from break Stardust had Jey in an armbar. Cesaro came in and mocked Ziggler then hit his elbow drop on Jey. Goldust came in but he ate a spinning heel kick from Jey, who then made the hot tag to Ziggler. Ziggler hit a splash in the corner and a neckbreaker. Ziggler then applied the Sleeper to Cesaro, who eventually broke it by backing into the corner. Cesaro missed an uppercut and Ziggler hit a Fameasser. The Usos hit dueling dives on the Dust Brothers on the outside. Cesaro connected on an upeprcut to Ziggler but an Uso broke up the pin. Stardust came in and hit his finisher but Ziggler kicked out at two. Jimmy tagged in and all three faces hit a superkick on Stardust. Jimmy hit the splash on Stardust to pick up the win.

WINNERS: The Usos and Dolph Ziggler

Kathie Lee and Hoda came out with the Rosebuds. They danced a little. Then they each broke a wine bottle over the other’s butts. Then they fell into the Rosebuds and were carried to the back.

A Luke Harper promo aired.

Bo Dallas vs Mark Henry. Henry dominated the match early before Bo bailed to the outside. Henry followed and slammed Bo’s head into the announce table then rammed him into the ringpost and barricade. Henry went for the World’s Strongest Slam through the announce table, but Bo escaped and made it back into the ring before the ten count, giving him the win.

Catering Doesn’t Satisfy Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose came out. He said lately John Cena has been up in his space and he doesn’t think he likes it. They replayed what happened on Smackdown. Ambrose said he told Cena to not give him a reason not to like you. He asked Cena to come out so they could settle this issue. Cena came out. Cena said that if everyone understands Dean Ambrose’s actions then they can understand his. Ambrose said he doesn’t give a crap about Cena and Cena doesn’t give a crap about him. Ambrose said maybe now they can co-exist or he could also drop him where he stands right now and take on the Authority by himself. Cena said last time that happened Ambrose’s head was put through cinder blocks. Cena said Ambrose has guts but to also not give him a reason not to like him. Ambrose said he was kind of hungry and he was going to take the Q-Train to Coney Island and ride the Cyclone. Ambrose left as Cena looked puzzled.

Back from break they showed Ambrose getting on a subway.

Triple H tried getting into Cena’s head about his partner bailing on him. He said he will go through whoever he has to to get to Seth Rollins. HHH said he will make sure that Seth Rollins is starting the match tonight.

Brie Bella beat Summer Rae with one hand tied behind her back.

Jack Swagger vs Tyson Kidd. Swagger gained control early so Kidd bailed. Kidd put Natalya in front of Swagger then came off the apron and hit a kick on Swagger. Kidd had control back in the ring and landed some kicks in the corner. Swagger escaped a headlock and started a comeback. He hit a Swagger Bomb in the corner. Kidd went for a Sharpshooter but Swagger countered with the Patriot Lock. Kidd got to the ropes then hit an enziguri kick. Kidd went to the top but Swagger pushed him off then applied the Patriot Lock. Kidd tapped out.

Roman Reigns interview. He said its only a matter of time before he can get back in the ring and be kicking some ass. A week of hype for barely a minute.

El Torito beat the Little Gator. The crowd chanted This is Stupid.

Well, Well, Well. An Actual Surprise

Rusev and Lana came out. She said today is a great day because it is Vladimir Putin’s birthday. Lana said Big Show should be in prison for desecrating the Russian flag last week, and it was a hate crime. Rusev said in Russian what he would do to the Big Show. He challenged Big Show to come to the ring, even though The Authority said he can’t wrestle tonight because of what happened last week. Rusev called Big Show a coward.

Suddenly, THE ROCK’S MUSIC hit and he came out to a huge ovation. He said right now, Rusev and Lana needed to know their role and shut their mouth. Rock said every morning he gets to the gym just like Rusev, but unlike Rusev he doesn’t pull his shorts up to his nipples. Then he flew to the Big Apple. Then he visited Lana’s favorite place in the city, the meat packing district. Then he jumped on the four train to get to the bronx so he could pay respect to Derek Jeter. Then he made his way to Brooklyn.

Lana asked who he thought he was, coming in here and interrupting the great Rusev. She said he needed to shut up. The Rock said she needed to stop dressing like a Soviet Street Walker. Rusev called Rock an American piece of garbage and said to leave now or he will crush him. Rock said is that all he has to say. He said Rusev’s breath stinks and that Lana is smokin, but it is too bad she walks around like someone stuffed a smirinoff bottle up her Putin. He asked Rusev if he thinks he can bet him, The Rock said it doesn’t matter what he thinks. Lana said that just like any beast Rusev likes to eat, and he is hungry. Rock talked some smack then landed some punches before sending Rusev out of the ring.

Paige and Alicia Fox defeated AJ and Emma. AJ walked out on Emma because she was getting frustrated with her antics and not pinning Alicia. Paige came in and hit the RamPaige DDT for the win.

This time, an Erik Rowan promo aired.

Mizdow Finally Gets Some Respect

Sheamus vs Miz. Sheamus started with a shoulder tackle and some early blows. Miz dropped Sheamus neck on the ropes. He went to the top but Sheamus caught him with a shot to the gut. He went for a Brogue Kick, but Miz bailed. Miz had control back from break as the crowd chanted for Mizdow. Mizdow landed a cheap shot on Sheamus. Sheamus escaped a headlock and started a comeback. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick but Mizdow pulled Miz out of the ring. Sheamus tossed Miz into the apron as they went back into the ring. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick but Miz ducked, and Mizdow ate the Brogue Kick instead. Miz then rolled up Sheamus to pick up the win.


Dean Ambrose: Best Hot Dog Vendor In NYC

Main event time. Rollins started the match, but immediately tagged in Kane. Kane landed a few uppercuts in the corner then tagged in Orton. Orton and Kane took it to Cena, then tagged in Rollins. Rollins landed some shots in the corner. Rollins taunted Cena which allowed him to try a comeback but Rollins caught Cena with an elbow in the corner. Rollins hit a neckbraker. Rollins again taunted Cena and Cena went into CENAMODE after knocking Orton and Kane off the apron. He went for the AA but Kane and Orton came back in and caused a DQ.

WINNER via DQ: John Cena

The beatdown continued until Dean Ambrose’s music hit. He came down to the ring with a hot dog cart. He had a holster on with ketchup and mustard in it, so he sprayed Kane and Orton. He then went after Rollins in the ring. Ambrose sent him to the outside and hit a dive. He threw various condiments on Rollins then used some tongs on his private area. Triple H came out. He announced that at Hell In A Cell, John Cena and Dean Ambrose will fight each other, and the winner will fight Seth Rollins later in the night inside Hell In A Cell. After the announcement, Ambrose hit a DDT on Cena to end the show.


The Rock/Rusev Segment: First off, I liked this because the WWE actually kept this a surprise. No one knew about this going into the show. The segment itself was entertaining TV. Rusev gets the rub of being on TV with The Rock. This doesn’t derail Rusev’s push at all. If anything it gives him more heat going forward. I don’t think it goes anywhere, but it was one of those segments that on its own was good TV. And it was much better than pretty much anything RAW has produced in the last two months.

Six Man Tag: You know, this seems to be the one thing the WWE does right. Good action here. Maybe the WWE should bring back the six man tag titles and dump the regular ones? I know they never would but its an interesting thought. Very rarely do these matches ever stink. Another good one, which is to be expected with who was involved.

Dean Ambrose: This man is single handily keeping RAW entertaining. Who else could take a hot dog cart full of condiments and make it fun TV. Everything about his act is so refreshing and the best part of the show.


Roman Reigns Interview: This gets hyped for a full week. It makes you think there will be some kind of angle here that will give Reigns a story when he returns. But instead, we get a one question interview that barely goes for a minute. Total letdown by the WWE.

Kathy Lee/Hoda and El Torito/Little Gator: I hate Kathy Lee and Hoda with a passion, and this segment was just a complete waste of time. Was it suppose to support breast cancer awareness? Or promote Kathy Lee’s wine? Then I’m actually happy the crowd crapped on the Torito/Gator stuff. At least when they did it earlier in the year they had some decent matches. Now its just pointless comedy.

While The Rock’s surprise return was fun, it didn’t so enough to take away from the massive flaws that the WWE currently has. It has been the same combination of guys wrestling in the main event for the last two weeks. Yeah, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns are hurt. But it shows how the WWE has failed to develop any new stars in the process. And with how Hell In A Cell has been booked, it makes me really fearful that John Cena is going over Dean Ambrose. That would be the dumbest possible decision. John Cena doesn’t need to ruin what was a great program that was Rollins/Ambrose. I’m giving the show a 5.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for October 3rd 2014: WWE Presents “Phoning It In” Sat, 04 Oct 2014 16:16:10 +0000 Tally-ho, chaps. It’s SmackDown time once again, as we saunter casually towards Hell in a Cell without a single idea of what’s going to happen because…well, that’s WWE for you. I’m your reviewer, David Spain, coming at you not-in-the-slightest-bit-live from Bonny Scotland, and it’s about time to see what the Blue Show has for us.

Turns out, yep, it’s a recap. Seems like Dean Ambrose is adding workplace theft and booby-trapping pranks to his list of reprimandable activities at his place of employment: stealing Rollins’ briefcase and then booby-trapping it like a greasy and sorta schizo James Bond, albeit apparently a James Bond with more respect for women than 00-‘I Sleep With Former Child Sex Slaves’-7. I like the fact that Orton finds bad things happening to Rollins hilarious, and that it’s now statistically more likely that Seth will interfere in a match (any match) than him not doing so. Honestly, I like most things Rollins and Ambrose right now.

Oh yay, here’s John Cena. Oh double yay, he’s holding a microphone. And seriously? A ‘Keep Calm’ t-shirt? What is this, 2012? He reviews both Ambrose and his own reasons for wanting to murder Seth Rollins, and I like how Cena’s focus can be shifted from his greatest challenge ever in Lesnar to some other guy for storyline purposes. And apparently if you tell Cena to retire, he’ll refuse to: that bastard. Seth took Cena’s chance to prove himself away from him, and I am so very much on Rollins’ side, just because he dicked over Cena in such wonderful fashion. Cena tells Seth to come out to the ring so he can physically assault him, and Seth doesn’t because he’s not insane. But Ambrose does because…insane?

Ambrose tells Cena to get the hell away from the storyline before he once again ruins something potentially enjoyable. He says John got on his way on Monday, and Cena tries to pull rank. Dean isn’t backing down, though. Cena wants a truce so they don’t get Authority-ed again, and Ambrose is about to shake when Randy, Seth and Kane show up onscreen. Kane says that Ambrose said mean stuff about Cena when he was in the Shield, and this is apparently supposed to carry some weight even though Ambrose used to constantly attack Cena when he was in the Shield. Oh God, another match with Kane and Orton. Because we all really wanted to see that. And Seth is apparently having the longest, quietest continual orgasm ever.

Apparently the WWE didn’t consider that pulling down the Russian flag might be an offensive move on their part. Considering the segment didn’t involve laughing about a plane crash, I’m guessing it looked like a green light.

So Is Miz Allowed To Get Hit In The Face Yet?

So Miz and Sandmiz are here, facing Ziggler and Sheamus. And the US and IC champions teaming up should actually be really awesome, only one of their opponents is a joke, their other opponent is pretending to be a joke and one of the champions is Sheamus. At least if Sheamus and Miz fight at Hell in a Cell I can guiltlessly skip that whole match.

Speak of the match spawned by the devil: Sheamus and Miz start off. Sheamus backs Miz into a corner, but Miz ducks a punch and the men circle. Miz goes on the offence until Sheamus catches his leg and shoves him away. Knee to Miz in the corner, but Miz ducks a clothesline and tags in Sandmiz, who immediately gets bodyslammed. Kick to Sheamus, but then Sandmiz gets tossed to the apron, with Miz getting tossed to the outside. Clubbing blows to Sandmiz’s chest before Miz interferes; Dolph distracts the two and Sheamus takes them out off the top.

Back from a commercial break, Sheamus takes the back/neckbreaker from Miz, and the Awesome One tags in Sandmiz, who strikes an elbow to the throat across the apron. Front facelock from the New Miz, tagging in Classic Miz, who takes on Sheamus. Oh, and by the by, I have one last (well, maybe) thing to say about Miz’s movie career. Marine IV is direct-to-DVD. My father, who is not an actor, has a speaking part in a movie which actually had limited theatrical release in venues without all that much going on. So, I’m not saying that my Dad is a bigger movie star than the Miz, but I expect you all to say it on my behalf; I’m watching a Miz and Sheamus-heavy match on your behalves. Sheamus beheads Miz with a clothesline and tags in Dolph: his best move of the whole match.

Ziggler knocks Sandmiz all over the shop, then misses a boot before hitting a DDT and Miz breaks up the pin. Sheamus takes Miz out as Sandmiz eats a dropkick. On the outside, Sheamus gets hit with a chair by the Miz, who climbs up onto the apron and get superkicked. Sandmiz tries to roll up Dolph, but Ziggler rolls through and hits the Zig-Zag for the win.

That was a slow start, due to the fact it was Miz and Sheamus, but Ziggler’s tag brought the grade right back up. I really hope this is going to be a definitive rise for him. 2.5 Stars.

Sheamus shows up in the ring with a chair, totes pissed, but as Miz has already bailed, he hits Sandmiz. Seems legit.

Ah, here’s that new Luke Harper promo. On the one hand, I am sad that the Wyatts’ role as a trio has come to an end, and definitely without the kind of adrenaline rush that the Shield’s own time together did. But if this is a singles push for Harper, then it’s worth it: I think we’ve all seen that this guy can go. Not sure what’ll happen to Rowan, and I’m willing to go with the result in that case. Bray, I think, doesn’t actually need back-up; his presence is what sells the intimidation factor. So, on the whole, I’m looking at this fairly positively. And the video package people just continue to excel at their jobs; perfectly pitched and wonderfully creepy.

Is This What WWE Creative Think Women Are Like?

Here’s Paige with Alicia, and WWE has one of its batshit crazy heels wearing a cancer research t-shirt. I may have said this a year or so ago, but WWE is one of the only organisations who could be annoying whilst working with a cancer research company. Paige will be facing Naomi, and starts off by kicking her in the face and headlocking her. Michael Cole admits to watching Total Divas, and my respect for him as a sentient being drops evermore. Natalya breaks away from Paige, then dropkicks her twice before hitting a hurricanrana and then what looked like a headscissors DDT? Alicia tries to get involved, and Naomi throws herself out onto her. Kick to the head of Paige off the apron, who hits one right back! PTO is applied to a downed Naomi and the former Funkadactyl taps.

I’m impressed: a good Divas match only involving one of either Paige, AJ or Natalya. Of course, Naomi can do good things in the ring, but it’s nice to be reminded. Hardly world-shaking, but solid. 2.5 Stars.

Here’s AJ, looking pissed. Paige makes herself scarce, and AJ wails on Alicia, throwing her through the ropes and out of the ring. Paige is wearing JBL’s hat as she hides behind him: decent.

Here’s Big Show, wearing a suit. Boy, he looks kind of slick in that. Oh, and despite the fact that Big Show is out here to apologise, got to love that Michael Cole is all ‘yeah, Big Show’s going to destroy that filthy red this Monday!’ They’re just so fucking contrite, guys. Although, allow me to counter my point by now saying: it’s a fucking flag. What is this, the boy scouts?

Big Show is all mature and saying that people have to be responsible for their actions. Ironic, really, because I’m pretty sure Show pulling down the flag wasn’t his idea. The crowd boos at his apology, and I don’t even know what I’m supposed to be thinking about this. It’s only a matter of time before WWE spoofs an IS beheading video. Big Show apologises sincerely, and the crowd boos again.

Here’s Boris and Natasha, who I’m going to guess won’t accept the apology, because you can’t make Russia look good in any way, shape nor form. Lana says, basically, ‘yeah, okay, tempers got a little high on both sides, I think. Let’s just, you know, have a good fight on Monday’. Hah, the hell she does: they want a personal apology. Big Show refuses, because he apologised to the Russian people. Dude, Rusev’s Bulgarian. And Big Show says he wanted to disrespect the two of them. And…holy hell, Rusev speaks English? Did I know this? Did you? Rusev makes a sneaky reference to HBK and the Canadian flag nose-wiping incident, and I am decently impressed by that. And then he attacks Big Show with the flag. So kids, the USA’s awesome: indisputable. And the Russian people: yeah, most of them are okay. These two? They’re assholes. And yes, we know they’re the only representatives of Russia around at the moment, but I don’t think that weakens our case. Big Show gets up, and Rusev bails. Big Show starts stripping, and that really makes Rusev back off. Big Show then starts a USA chant, as a way of trying to make it look like, really, he did nothing wrong. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

Is This What WWE Creative Think Funny Is Like?

Here’s Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil…and they have a midget in an alligator costume. Wow, where’s my bottle of vodka? But they’re facing the Usos, and if they weren’t I was going to do that thing where I skip the match and tell you to review it yourselves. Apparently there was something on RAW about this, but as I recall I proclaimed it ‘bullshit’ and skipped it.

Jey gets backed up by Heath, but hits a chop and an uppercut. Slater comes back with a big kick, then some punches to the face. Oh God, here’s the Bunny. They send the Gator after it, but he hops over it and the Gator runs into the post. Honestly, if the Usos just left now I’d not blame them. But they superkick the guys and hit stereo-splashes with the Bunny.

I’d like to find whoever pitched this idea, and whoever said yes, and I’d like to spend…oh, around about two minutes taking a pickaxe to their eyes, because that’s what they just did to me. 0 Stars.

Whoa, one of the Usos just pulled out a spinaroonie. Apology not accepted, but acknowledged.

Renee Young is backstage with Dean Ambrose, and asks him about teaming up with John Cena again, her tone making it sound like it’s like catching a really itchy strain of chlamydia. Dean prefers to talk about Seth Rollins, and actually gives a decent reason for his pranks before promising to destroy Seth.

An Uppercut Above

Cesaro is here, with his weird European police siren entrance music. What, did people get paranoid about the air raid siren thing? And he’s facing R-Truth, and apparently he had an altercation on the WWE App with Cesaro. R-Truth references his Milwaukee mistake, and we’re underway.

Cesaro floors the fuck out of Truth with an uppercut, then drives him into the corner and hits shoulders to the gut. Gutwrench suplex then an arm and chinlock to Truth. R-Truth fires back with some punches, and backdrops Cesaro before attempting a scissor kick; it misses and Truth attacks Cesaro in the corner; Cesaro crotches him on the ropes and hits the Neutraliser.

Fair enough. Really glad they didn’t drag this out, because I don’t care much for R-Truth. 2 Stars.

Lillian is in the ring, and introduces…whoever that is. I don’t know. Oh, Bob Uecker? I guess.

Goldust and Stardust are backstage with their plasma ball; can we go back to that Bob guy now? Oh my god, they smashed the plasma ball. What happens when you do that? I always wondered, but didn’t want to smash mine in case it killed you. I know if you touched it whilst touching metal it gave you an electric shock.

Is This What WWE Creative Think ‘What We Want’ Is Like?

Yeah, yeah: here’s Kane and Randy Orton, ready to face Ambrose and Cena in a repeat of Monday because you can’t actually use the phrase ‘starved for content’; you’ve got to demonstrate it through your programming. At least Lesnar having the title gives Orton a reason for not constantly bitching about that rematch he never got, although I’d be interested in full Psycho Mode Orton feuding with Brock.

Ambrose and Orton to start, and they lock up before Orton hits a knee. Ambrose remains in control, working Randy in the corners. Snapmare and clothesline to Orton, with Ambrose getting two off a cover. Cena in off the tag, throwing hands before hitting a bulldog. Fisherman suplex to Orton, who tags out to Kane. Why aren’t more wrestlers laughing at Kane’s hair colour right now? Cena hits a flying shoulder, and he tags in Dean Ambrose for a double suplex. Ambrose hits a running dropkick to Kane, but then gets levelled by the Corporate Machine.

Orton comes in, and tries to beat Ambrose down, but gets taken out with a clothesline. Cena comes, and he and Ambrose wrench the legs of Orton. Cena gets taken down by Orton, but Cena takes Orton down with a throw, then tosses him out of the ring. Kane gets low-bridged out as well, and Ambrose hurls himself out on top of them as we go to break.

Back from the break, Kane has Ambrose in a sleeper; he tries to fire up but a big boot knocks him back down. Orton comes in off the tag and hits stomps before throwing Ambrose out of the ring. Dean manages to knock Randy’s head off the announce table, but gets whipped into the steel steps. Michael and John sound like two old men going off on random tangents as Tom actually calls the action. Sleeper to Ambrose, who tries to work his way out, hitting the boots to Orton out of the corner, then hitting a front dropkick to Randy. He tries to get the tag, but Orton has the legs and Kane comes in to shut Ambrose down.

Kane hits strikes to wear Ambrose out before locking in a sleeper again. Dean tries to bite his way out, and JBL uses that same ‘Mike Tyson’ line again, because he was replaced with his video game counterpart and nobody’s any the wiser. Kane knocks Ambrose into the ropes, but Dean comes right back with a big clothesline. He seizures on the floor for a bit, reaching for Cena, and crawls closer and closer…and then Cena runs off to attack Rollins. What a prick. Orton goes for Ambrose, but Dean just goes nuts and tries to take out everyone. Vintage DDT puts a halt to things, and Randy calls for the RKO. Roll-up nearly gets it done; Dirty Deeds almost hits, but Kane interrupts for the big boot. This leads to the DQ, which seems like a severe ruling from the ref considering that was the first infraction of the match.

The ending was actually pretty original, and Ambrose’s flurry at the end sort of made me believe he’d get it done. Well-handled, but still not enough to convince me we needed a whole repeat. Still, 3 Stars.

Chokeslam to Ambrose, and the crowd is chanting for Cena. Yeah, because he didn’t just walk out on Dean or anything. RKO hits, and oh, here’s Cena now. Too little too late, Superman. He doesn’t even hit an offensive move, just scatters the heels. Seth, Orton and Kane taunt Cena. Randy yells ‘I thought you were friends!’ No-one thought that, Randy.

This show really didn’t have any life to it. Ambrose was probably the most entertaining bit, and that was a rematch. Needs work, guys. Needs a lot of work. Five.

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Classy Ring Attire 139 – I Can’t Even Muster The Energy to Title This Episode Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:47:58 +0000 I mean, really, did you guys not see Night of Champions? And then Raw the next night? And then that whole thing with Sting not showing up even though they totally alluded to him showing up? I mean why WWE? On everything, why? Just…jeez… just listen to the podcast.

]]> 0 Brock Lesnar,chris jericho,dean ambrose,john cena,Night of Champions,randy orton,Raw,Roman Reigns,seth rollins,Sting,wrestlemania,WWE I mean, really, did you guys not see Night of Champions? And then Raw the next night? And then that whole thing with Sting not showing up even though they totally alluded to him showing up? I mean why WWE? On everything, why? Just...jeez... I mean, really, did you guys not see Night of Champions? And then Raw the next night? And then that whole thing with Sting not showing up even though they totally alluded to him showing up? I mean why WWE? On everything, why? Just...jeez... just listen to the podcast. Inside Pulse Wrestling no 52:14
JC’s Top Rope Report: Can The WWE Really Screw This Up Again? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:23:22 +0000 This seems like a running theme with the WWE. Just when you think the WWE has something everyone wants to see in front of them, they have to find a way to screw it up. Now nothing seems to be set in stone at all for Hell In A Cell. But it does appear that the WWE is leaning towards doing what was reported last week.

The rumor was that John Cena and Dean Ambrose would fight in the opening match at Hell In A Cell. The winner would then get to fight Seth Rollins in the main event of the show inside the Cell. The loser would then face Randy Orton as a consolation prize.

Where oh where do we begin? Hell, lets start with Randy Orton. How much does this situation hurt Orton as a wrestler? Orton is reduced to being the consolation prize. An after thought. No one really wants to fight Orton unless they are forced to. I get that Orton has cooled off as a character recently, but no one should ever be reduced to being a consolation prize in any story whatsoever. I get that it seems like they are hinting at Orton breaking away from the Authority, but this just seems like such a bad way to do it.

Then we have the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins story. Ever since the Shield broke up, Ambrose has wanted to destroy Rollins. He had a chance at SummerSlam and didn’t finish the job. Then, Rollins puts Ambrose’s head through cinder blocks. Logically, when Ambrose returns, you would expect him to get his hands on Rollins in some type of one-on-one match. When these two first started feuding, I thought it would be awesome if they could get this feud to Hell In A Cell and have a match take place there. Well guess what, we’ve arrived to Hell In A Cell time. These two are still feuding, and it is the best program/feud that the WWE has going right now. Everything seemed to be building up right for these two to go at inside the Cell. But then we had to involve someone else.

And of course, that person ended up being John Cena. I’ve become somewhat of a Cena defender over the last year. I’m not saying that the guy is perfect, but he gets a lot of crap from people that isn’t warranted. Just when the WWE’s booking of John Cena wasn’t annoying me, they had to go and do this. They insert John Cena into the Ambrose/Rollins feud. Maybe there is some logic to Cena’s actions, but shouldn’t he be clamoring for another WWE Title match rather than going after Rollins?

I get that Brock Lesnar has limited dates, and the WWE wants to use them. But there was talk a few weeks ago that the WWE could negotiate more dates with Lesnar for some more money. Why not do that here? What the hell was point of the DQ finish at Night of Champions if there wasn’t going to be a third match at Hell In A Cell? That finish seemed like it was set up perfectly for two big matches at Hell In A Cell: John Cena vs Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose. Both matches could take place inside the Cell. And I’m sure both matches would be different enough that they would each be great in their own way. Here’s the WWE, with two feuds that WARRANT a match inside the Cell. But they decided to screw it up. Since Hell In A Cell became a PPV in 2009, the following matches have taken place there inside the Cell:

2009: The Undertaker vs CM Punk, John Cena vs Randy Orton, D-X vs Legacy

2010: Randy Orton vs Sheamus, Kane vs The Undertaker

2011: Mark Henry vs Randy Orton; Alberto del Rio vs John Cena vs CM Punk

2012: CM Punk vs Ryback

2013: CM Punk vs Ryback and Paul Heyman; Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan

How many of those matches really warranted a Cell, and didn’t just happen in one because of the PPV. I would say none. The Cell played a part in a storyline in 2011 more than anything else and it worked (Miz/R-Truth beatdown). You could argue that the match that warranted the Cell the most didn’t use it, and that was Wade Barrett vs John Cena in 2010. None of those other matches really had a blood feud that warranted use of the Cell.

But here is the WWE with TWO feuds that could warrant the use of the Cell, and they aren’t even going straight down that route. Why would you do a DQ finish at Night of Champions and not re-visit Cena/Lesnar the next month, just to at least give the feud some finality. But for some reason the WWE thinks it is necessary to add John Cena into this program. And even if you weren’t going to do John Cena/Brock Lesnar again, they could have had Cena do something else. Instead, they are trying to have John Cena ruin the best feud going in quite some time. They could have done a Cena/Rusev feud to elevate Rusev. I would have accepted anything other than this scenario being played out for Hell In A Cell.

Since Brock Lesnar won the WWE Title, I thought for sure he would fight at Hell In A Cell. The match is tailor made for someone like him. It seemed like it fit perfectly. The WWE could have had Lesnar fight at the Cell. Then if Daniel Bryan really is ready to return in November, the WWE could build Survivor Series up as the return of Bryan. Build Bryan back up for a couple months, then give him a match against Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

It’s really quite simple. But once again, the WWE decided to over complicate things for their audience. If the crowd on RAW Monday was any indication, they don’t want to see Cena vs Rollins either. And if that does happen, the crowd will side with Rollins. But we’ve seen the WWE screw up simple things before, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Hopefully the WWE sees what is wrong with this scenario, but knowing them, they probably don’t see what the big deal is. I mean, everyone wants to see John Cena fight Seth Rollins instead of Dean Ambrose right? RIGHT???


Until Next Time,

Justin C

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 9/29/14: Will Anyone Get Their Hands On Seth Rollins? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:47:31 +0000 RAW is live from Chicago tonight. What’s the over/under on CM Punk chants? Dean Ambrose also now has possession of Seth Rollins MITB Briefcase. What crazy antics will he pull tonight? Follow along to find out.

Going In Circles

RAW started with The Authority. A CM Punk chanted and Steph asked why people cheer for quitters. She said it is because these people can relate with quitters. When things get tough at their life or job, they quit and give up. And then they steal, just like Dean Ambrose stole the MITB Briefcase from Seth Rollins. HHH started talking about the briefcase being a symbol for the business, and they will not let anyone disrespect this business.

Paul Heyman came out. He said his client Brock Lesnar feels disrespected by the notion that John Cena was within seconds of winning the WWE Title and that their boy Seth Rollins curb stomped his client and attempted to cash in his MITB contract. Heyman said his client directed him to come here to see if he has a problem he has to deal with. Steph stopped Heyman and told him to chose his words carefully.

Seth Rollins came out. He said no one in the Authority told him to attempt to cash in. He did that on his own. Seth said he thought, knowing Paul, that he would respect what he did: trying to build a career on an opportunity. Seth said he wanted to become champion by beating the best, and the best is Brock Lesnar. Rollins said that if Lesnar is offended in any way, he truly is sorry. Heyman said if it happens again, he won’t be dealing with Paul Heyman, he will be dealing with Brock Lesnar. Triple H stopped Heyman from leaving. He said he enjoyed their conversation and to have a nice night.

Rollins then directed his anger at Dean Ambrose and said that this isn’t funny. He said he needed his briefcase returned to him immediately. Ambrose appeared on the screen. Ambrose said he is sick of seeing the Authority out there every week. Ambrose said if Rollins wants his briefcase, he should come and get it. As they walked up stage, John Cena came out and attacked Seth Rollins. Cena then posed in the ring into commercial.

Backstage, HHH told Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury to go get the briefcase back.

So Much Action, Why Not More Time?

Triple Threat Match for the IC Title: Cesaro vs The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler. The match started with both heels going after Ziggler. Cesaro then tossed Miz into Ziggler then hit a gut wrench slam. Cesaro went for the Swing but Miz drop kicked Cesaro, which in turn caused Cesaro to catapult Ziggler into the corner. Miz hit a backbreaker, but Ziggler tossed Miz right into Cesaro who hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.

Back from break everyone went for roll ups. Ziggler then hit a double DDT. Ziggler hit a splash on Miz then a dropkick on Cesaro, and he followed it up with a double neckbreaker. Damien Mizdow grabbed Dolph’s leg. Ziggler took him out on the outside with a baseball slide. Miz caught Dolph coming off the top and went for the Figure Four, but Ziggler pushed him away and Cesaro caught Miz with an uppercut. Ziggler took down Cesaro and catapulted Cesaro into the crotch of Miz. Ziggler then applied a Figure Four on Miz. Cesaro broke it up with a stomp to the gut. Cesaro missed a charging upper cut on Miz, allowing him to hit his corner clothesline. Miz went to the top but Cesaro caught him coming down with an uppercut. Ziggler caught Cesaro with a superkick, then pinned Miz to pick up the win.

WINNER and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

Noble and Mercury looked backstage for Ambrose, unsuccessfully getting information out of Great Khali.

A Wyatt Family promo aired. It focused on Luke Harper.

Steph told Noble and Mercury if they don’t find Ambrose they are fired. Miz and Mizdow came in complaining about not getting a one-on-one rematch. HHH said they made him laugh, and Mizdow has a match with Sheamus tonight. He told Miz if he ever barges in to his office again, his straight to DVD career is over.

Layla defeated Rosa.

Free Shirts For Everyone

Dean Ambrose came out with the MITB Briefcase and set up a table in the ring. Ambrose said he was up in the concession stand earlier. He said he didn’t like how the Authority ran their merchandise stand so he was going to have a clearance sale. He pulled out a bag of stuff. He started offering shirts for cheap. Noble and Mercury came out. Ambrose said they sent the Cruiserweight Division out to get him. He told them if they wanted the briefcase to come in there and get it. They bailed. Ambrose said he forgot what he was charging for these things, and he stole them anyways so he gave them out for free. He threw all the shirts into the crowd.

Seth Rollins came out with security. Ambrose asked if they were really security, because he swore they were Rosebuds last week. Dean told Seth to take the briefcase, he didn’t want any problems. Ambrose left through the crowd. Rollins opened the briefcase and he was sprayed with a green slime like substance.

HHH told Kane and Orton they were fighting Ambrose and Cena later. Orton complained about fighting Seth’s battles again. A vibration sound went off. Seth came in and said it was an electric razor in his briefcase.

Bo Dallas vs Mark Henry. Before the match Bo told Henry that he should join the Hall of Bo-Lievers. Henry dominated Bo early. He hit a handful of power moves, but missed a Vader Bomb. Bo then hit the Bo-Dog for the win.

Backstage, Mark Henry attacked Bo Dallas.

Nikki came out before Brie’s match. Nikki complained about the same stuff she’s been complaining about for the last month. Nikki said Brie will have a handicap match against Eva Marie and Cameron. Brie ended up winning with a roll up.

Los Matadores vs Slater Gator. They came out with Hornswoggle dressed as a gator. Adam Rose and The Bunny were on commentary. The Gator came in to distract Los Matadores but El Torrito scared him away. Slater rolled up a Matador for the win. After the match the Bunny ended up hitting a Splash on Slater.

Big Show With Some Relevant Movie Quotes

Rusev and Lana came out. Lana spoke some words in Russian. They showed what happened on Smackdown and Lana said Big Show’s attack on Rusev was cowardly. Big Show came out. He said that was some good propaganda from Lana. Show said it was all a bunch of crap and that Lana can’t handle the truth. Show replayed what really happened on Smackdown. Rusev said he wanted to jam his fist down Show’s throat and pull out his guts. He said he will break every bone in Big Show’s body. Show said enough talking, and he wanted to down there and knock out a Russian. Show came to the ring but Rusev bailed. Show ended up pulling down the giant Russian flag, then tossed a charging Rusev out of the ring.

Paige came out before AJ’s match. Paige said that she has a new best friend since AJ took advantage of her. Out game Alicia Fox. AJ ended up hitting a dive off the top to the outside onto both women. Fox then hit a hard knee to the back then picked up the win.

Poor Mizdow

Sheamus vs Damien Mizdow. Sheamus went after the face of Mizdow a couple of times but he bailed both times. Sheamus tried going for his punches but Mizdow dropped Sheamus on the ropes. Mizdow slapped Sheamus across the face which angered Sheamus. Sheamus tossed Mizdow around a few times. Sandow regained control with a kick to the leg. He hit a running knee and some more kicks in the corner. Sheamus caught Mizdow with an elbow in the corner and started his comeback. Usual offense from Sheamus. He tossed Mizdow into Miz on the outside, then hit a Brogue Kick for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

Hulk Hogan came out to talk about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

RAW Main Events Are DQ Finishes

Main event time. Cena and Orton started. Orton landed some early blows before Cena came back with a quick bulldog. Orton came back with a kick to the gut then tagged in Kane. Kane landed some uppercuts. Cena came back and went for the AA but Kane’s weight brought him down. Orton came in and worked over Cena into commercial.

Cena tried a comeback back from break but Orton caught him with a powerslam. Orton went for the RKO, Cena countered but then walked right into a backbreaker. The heels continued to work over Cena. Orton went for his middle rope DDT but Cena countered by tossing Orton to the outside. Ambrose got the hot tag. He clotheslined Orton to the outside. He took out Kane and Orton with dives then hit his bounce off the rope clothesline on Orton. He hit Dirty Deeds on Orton but Seth Rollins came out to break up the pin.

WINNERS via DQ: John Cena and Dean Ambrose

All hell broke loose after the match. Eventually Ambrose and Cena had Rollins trapped. They fought each other off trying to go after Rollins. Eventually Ambrose tossed Cena to the outside and went after Rollins himself. Orton came back in the ring and hit the RKO on Ambrose. Kane hit a chokeslam and Rollins then hit a Curb Stomp on Ambrose onto the briefcase. Cena came in and tried fighting everyone but met the same exact fate as Ambrose.


Dean Ambrose Segment: Every week, Dean Ambrose continues to find ways to entertain. His care free attitude comes off so well on TV. The crowd loves him because he is different, and every week he does something different to entertain the audience. Ambrose has a real opportunity with Reigns out to make some noise and I feel confident he can take advantage of it.

Intercontinental Title Triple Threat: Fast paced action throughout the match. It was tough to keep up with while doing the recap. There wasn’t a dull moment during the match. I would have liked to see the match get another 5-10 minutes, but it was good in the short amount of time it was given.

Damien Mizdow: Sandow does not get enough credit for this role. The over-the-topness he has when he plays the stunt double at ringside is great. I would like to see Sandow as a singles star too, but it’s clear he has taken to this role and embraced it. And he is doing a damn fine job at it.


Opening Segment: The opening segment just seemed like a waste of time. It didn’t really accomplish much. The Paul Heyman addition just seemed unnecessary and didn’t really have a point. It felt like 15 minutes of rambling about nothing, which can be typical for a Triple H promo at times. Nothing felt like it was accomplished here.

Multiple Total Divas Segments: You know, I really don’t like this crap carrying over to RAW this much. Between these two segments and the Hulk Hogan promo, they could have given more time to the IC Title Match. No one believes any of the crap that happens on that show, so why should they believe it on RAW?

Breast Cancer Awareness Overkill: Look, I get that Breast Cancer, or any cancer for that fact, is a terrible disease. Cancer has effected my family so I know. But the absolute overkill of this by the WWE will drive me crazy for a month. We get it, you support breast cancer. Don’t say it so much that it becomes a pain and that you come off holier than thou to everyone. Leave a rope pink, mention it once a show, and that’s it. We don’t need every segment. It gets over-bearing.

I thought this show was a bit of a step up from previous weeks. There wasn’t a lot of wrestling on the show, but it felt like it had more direction than last week’s show did. Rollins ending the show standing tall is good if you want to build him up as a top heel threat down the line. He continues to grow into his role well. I’m giving the show a 5. I thought it was an average show that good have used some more wrestling but was also made much more entertaining thanks to Dean Ambrose.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 9/22/14: Night of Champions Fallout Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:38:12 +0000 It’s the RAW after Night of Champions. What is next for Brock Lesnar and John Cena after their controversial finish at NOC? And what will Dean Ambrose have to say about Seth Rollins. We also get Ambrose vs Randy Orton tonight. Follow along to find out.

Mr. Grand Theft Auto Seth Rollins

After a recap of last night’s main event, Dean Ambrose came out. Ambrose proclaimed that he was not dead. He said the WWE’s ugly step child was back. He said he’s been a little loopy since the last time they saw him. He replayed the incident and said he was kind of flattered that The Authority would go to such great lengths to get rid of him. He said he will hold a grudge and is sick of The Authority protecting Seth Rollins. He said tonight he is The Authority and isn’t leaving until he gets his hands on Seth Rollins. Ambrose grabbed a chair and sat in the ring.

Ambrose sat there and John Cena came out. Ambrose said he didn’t like the fact that Cena was in the ring with him now. Ambrose said to not give him a reason to not like him. Cena said last night he had Brock Lesnar beat until Seth Rollins showed up. He said he should be holding the WWE Championship right now. He said tonight he is cashing in his ass kicking in the bank contract on Seth Rollins, and no one is going to stop him. Ambrose said he warned him once to not get in his way.

Both men appeared ready to fight until The Authority came out on stage. HHH said Rollins won’t be fighting anybody tonight. Cena said he would go get Rollins himself. Cena and Ambrose charged at The Authority as Ambrose ended up chasing Rollins into the crowd. They cut to the back where Cena and Ambrose were both after Rollins. Rollins eventually hijacked a car and took off.

Back from break, HHH made Kane vs Dean Ambrose and John Cena vs Randy Orton for later. Don’t believe pre-show advertising I guess.

Hot Potato!

IC Title Rematch. Damien Mizdow came out with a toy IC Title belt. Ziggler started with an inverted atomic drop following by a clothesline and elbow. Miz came back with a shoulder tackle then caught Ziggler with a knee to the mid section. Miz hit a knee to the back then went to a headlock. Ziggler escaped but Miz hit a dropkick to the knee. Miz charged at Ziggler but Ziggler moved and went into the post. Ziggler hit a dropkick and went for a neckbreaker, but Miz escaped to the apron. Miz grabbed a hold of Ziggler and hit a neckbreaker of his own on the apron.

Back from break Miz hit his clothesline in the corner. But Ziggler caught him coming off the top with a dropkick. Dolph started a comeback. He hit a splash in the corner followed by a neckbreaker. Dolph hit a DDT for two. Ziggler went to the second rope but Miz caught him and dropped him to the ground, then applied the Figure Four. Ziggler was able to get to the ropes. Miz missed a dropkick through the ropes and Ziggler connected on a clothesline on the outside, and he hit one on Mizdow as well. Miz caught Ziggler coming back into the ring with a Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler kicked out at two. Ziggler caught a surprised Miz with a rollup for two, then a Fameasser that also got two. Mizdow distracted Ziggler but he was taken out. Miz rolled up Ziggler and held the tights, but Ziggler countered and held the tights like Miz did at Night of Champions to pick up the three and become Intercontinental Champion.

WINNER and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

Bo Dallas vs Jack Swagger. Bo gained the upper hand early with some knees and then a hard clothesline. Bo hit a hard running knee then went to a headlock. Swagger escaped and started a comeback. Swagger connected on a Swagger Bomb. Bo escaped a powerslam and hit a swinging neckbreaker for two. Bo went for some punches in the corner, but Swagger picked him up and hit a face plant. Swagger applied the Patriot Lock and Bo tapped out. After the match, Zeb Colter mocked Bo and said that he bo-lieved that Jack Swagger just made him tap out.

Natalya defeated Summer Rae with the Sharpshooter.

Was Rollins Just Driving In Circles Around The Building?

Dean Ambrose vs Kane. Ambrose started with some early punches in the corner. Ambrose went to the top and hit an elbow knocking Kane down. Ambrose hit a dropkick in the ropes then ducked a charging Kane sending him to the outside. Ambrose hit a dive to the outside then pulled some chairs out from under the ring. Kane was able to recover and hit a big boot then tossed Ambrose into the steps. Ambrose escaped an armbar with an elbow, but Kane caught him with an uppercut coming off the second rope. Ambrose fought out of another armbar and caught Kane with a DDT. Ambrose hit his bounce off the ropes clotheslines then a missile dropkick off the top. He went for a tornado DDT but Kane countered. Kane went for a chokeslam but Ambrose countered and hit Dirty Deeds. But before Ambrose could make the pin, Seth Rollins came in and attacked Ambrose.

WINNER via DQ: Dean Ambrose

Rollins landed some blows then went for a chair, but Ambrose took out Rollins and sent him to the outside. Ambrose went for a dive but Kane caught him with an elbow then hit a chokeslam. Rollins walked back to the ring but Ambrose had a chair so Rollins backed off.

Backstage Dean Ambrose attacked Seth Rollins and Kane. HHH wanted him thrown out of the building, but Steph essentially said that never works so they instead locked him in the closet.

RAW Is Rematches

Sheamus and The Usos vs Cesaro and the Dust Brothers. Jey backed Goldust into the corner then Jimmy came in and hit an elbow. He hit a backdrop as Goldust recovered on the outside. Jimmy hit a quick armdrag on Stardust so Cesaro tagged himself in. Cesaro wanted Sheamus. Sheamus came in and he hit a quick clothesline then some punches in the corner. Cesaro came back with some of his own then hit an uppercut in the corner. Goldust came in. Sheamus hit a knee in the corner and tagged in Jey Uso. Goldust tagged in Stardust who but Jey tagged in Jimmy who applied an armbar.

Back from break Sheamus got the hot tag and went to work on Stardust. He hit his rope punches. Cesaro tagged himself in but was knocked off the apron. Sheamus ended up on the ropes but Cesaro pulled him off and Sheamus landed hard on the mat. Back in the ring Cesaro hit an axe handle off the top. The heels took their turns working over Sheamus. Sheamus eventually made the hot tag to Jey Uso who went to work on Goldust. Jimmy hit a corkscrew dive off the top on both Dust Brothers. Jimmy went for the splash off the top on Goldust but he got his knees up. Goldust hit the Final Cut but Sheamus broke up the pin. Jimmy hit a kick on Goldust as Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Stardust knocking him off the apron. Jey tagged in and hit the splash for the win.

WINNERS: Sheamus and The Usos

Backstage Rollins told Orton that he and Kane would be at ringside for his match and that he would have a surprise for Orton.

MORE Rematches

Mark Henry came out and said that he hated that he let everyone down. Rusev and Lana came out. Lana said everyone here was just as pathetic and apologetic as Henry. She said she knew Henry failed at his second attempt, but offered him a chance at another match against Rusev. Henry said to bring it on.

The match started back from break. Rusev immediately went to work on the back of Henry with some kicks. Rusev hit a hard charge into Henry in the corner. Rusev then applied a long headlock. Henry eventually got out by Rusev connected on a dropkick and went back to the headlock. Henry escaped and went to the outside. Rusev followed, but was tossed into the steps by Henry. In the ring Henry hit a Junkyard Dog headbutt. He went to the second rope but Rusev knocked him off. Henry struggled to get back to his feet. Rusev applied the Accolade. Henry passed out so the referee called for the bell.


Adam Rose and The Bunny beat Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil.

Are We Sure Russo Isn’t Booking Again?

Nikki Bella came out and said that listening to her sister’s promo before her match is what cost her the match at Night of Champions. She asked Brie to come out so she did. Nikki said this is about Brie never supporting her for whatever she has ever done. It’s always been about Brie. Brie said Nikki is the one who keeps calling her out there. Nikki said Brie deserves to be called Nikki’s Trashy Sister. Or a quitter. Nikki said she wants to exclusively be called Bella and wants Brie to get rid of it. Nikki said Brie should take her husband’s name and asked if Brie was having buyer’s remorse. Brie slapped Nikki and went for the YES Lock but Nikki escaped. AJ came out for a match against Nikki.

The match started back from break. AJ hit a hurricarrana then tossed Nikki into the corner. Nikki came back with a hard clothesline. Nikki took AJ to the outside where Nikki tossed AJ into Paige, who was at ringside for commentary. Nikki continued to work over AJ in the ring and applied a cross armbreaker. AJ escaped by countering it into a pin attempt. Nikki caught AJ though and hit an Alabama Slam. Nikki missed a charge in the corner. AJ applied the Black Widow. Nikki taped out.


This Time, It’s Personal

John Cena vs Randy Orton. Orton hit a shoulder tackle then posed. Cena then hit one of his own. They reset and Orton gained the upper hand. Orton landed some shots in the corner. Orton taunted the fans. Cena popped up and hit a bulldog. Orton came back with a kick to the face. Back from break Orton still had control. Cena tried a comeback but Orton moved out of the way of a shoulder tackle. On the outside, Orton tossed Cena into the steps. He then hit a backdrop on the announce table. Orton went for the middle rope DDT but Cena escaped and tossed Orton over the top to the outside. Back in the ring both men collided on a double clothesline.

They exchanged blows but Orton hit a backbreaker for two. Orton tossed Cena hard into the corner then applied a sleeper hold. Cena fought out and went into CENA MODE. Orton caught Cena with a kick though and hit a powerslam for two. Cena went for a quick STF but Orton countered and hit a clothesline. Orton hit a DDT off the top rope in the corner for two. Orton went for the RKO but Cena countered into the STF. Kane and Rollins hit the ring and the match ended.

WINNER via DQ: John Cena

The Authority took out Cena. Kane hit a chokeslam. They dragged him to the box set up at ringside. Kane took off the lid of the box but Dean Ambrose came out of it. Ambrose took out Kane and Orton on the outside. He hit his clothesline in the ring on Rollins, who bailed through the crowd. Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Orton and Cena hit the AA on Kane to end the show.


Dean Ambrose: Boy, was Ambrose sorely missed or what? He brings an added element of excitement to the show that it was lacking while he was gone. With Reigns out, Ambrose has a real chance to gain some momentum and possibly earn a big spot at Wrestlemania. Ambrose’s antics all night were great.

Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (The Match): A fine TV match. I thought it was better than their match last night. And since we didn’t have a crappy country band on commentary there was nothing to distract us. The action in the ring was good.


Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (The Result): Is Vince Russo back booking? What is up with all of these hot potato Title changes? I don’t like them at all. Why even do the Title change at the PPV then? Longer Title reigns makes when the Champ loses seem like more of a big deal. It’s common sense.

Rusev vs Mark Henry: I still like Rusev and think he is a good worker in the ring. But this Henry feud is just bad. Everything about it seems so half-hearted and no one seems to be giving a full effort. It is so logical to move Rusev on to Sheamus and have a feud over the US Title. I don’t get why they haven’t done that yet.

Rematches: Want to know how you have too much TV time? Giving away the same match multiple times in less than one week. This is the big problem with three hour RAWs. While the roster is deep, they get over exposed because of all the time that needs to be filled.

The Bella Feud: They are going to fight over the name Bella. This has WrestleCrap written all over it.

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

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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My Thoughts: WWE Night Of Champions 9.21.14 (John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler) Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:37:17 +0000 WWE Night Of Champions 2014


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#1~ Pre-Show Thought: Christian and Chris Jericho was just terrible. I hate to say it but it’s getting to a point where Chris Jericho should probably quit while he’s ahead.

#2~ It’s amazing how much The Usos have chemistry with almost every tag team they faced. A good opening match but also a lot of the same spots we’ve seen in the numerous matches these two teams have had. I expected Gold & Stardust would win the titles here but I hoped they wouldn’t. Nothing against the Dust brothers but as I said before, The Usos are so good with whoever they face and were on a great title run. We’ll see what Gold & Stardust can do now.

#3~ A wicked United States Championship match but a bad Brogue Kick to finish it off. Physical, somewhat stiff and another great showcase for Cesaro’s strength. I’m hoping this isn’t the only match we see from these two.

#4~ Great match for the Intercontinental Championship! As much as I didn’t want Ziggler to lose the belt, this releases him to move on to something more serious (I hope) and for The Miz to enter a (rumored) feud with Bray Wyatt. Put Ziggler against Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt as a face (without changing his character) against The Miz for the IC Title, step back and watch the magic happen.

#5~ Nice appearance by Dean Ambrose to appease the live crowd and pay-per-view audience. It was the little things that made it work. While his ring gear consists of street clothes anyway, what he arrived in wasn’t the typical gear he usually wrestles in, he arrived by taxi with dry hair & his music didn’t cue until he entered the arena.

#6~ That was a great Paige promo video and probably the best promo from Paige since she came up to the main roster. At least it looks like production is finally getting the feel of what the Paige character is. Though the “frenemy” schtick needs to end now. The match itself was good for everyone involved. They didn’t try too hard to be something different or “steal the show” but they put on a solid match that fit nicely into this show, especially considering some of the down moments this show has had.

#7~ A typical main event match that was the polar opposite of what their SummerSlam match was & how different that match felt. You had to know that John Cena was going to get enough offense in to save face and give him enough reason to move on to another feud. And we saw that happen tonight. While a DQ finish may piss off some people, it worked really well for all of those involved. Brock Lesnar keeps the belt, Cena picks up the win and Rollins gets some time in the main event & moves into a feud with Cena. There’s not much more you can ask for when you have a part-timer as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.×120-2013.jpg×250-2014-night-of-champions.jpg

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Inside Pulse’s WWE Night of Champions Live Coverage Report – 9.21.2014 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:21:09 +0000 Welcome to the live coverage of WWE Night of Champions!


The show opens with a video package showing Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Steve Austin, and more discussing their former matches.  It transitions into a John Cena and Brock Lesnar promo.


WWE Tag Team Championship

The Usos (c) vs. Gold & Stardust

Goldust starts it off against one of the Usos.  They tie up and Goldust powers him into the corner.  Uso gets out and hits a big running elbow.  He rams Dust into the corner and tags in Jimmy.  They chop him down.  Jimmy stomps on Goldust’s head.  Goldust throws Jimmy to his corner and tags in Stardust.  Jimmy hits a body slam and a running elbow for a two count.  Jimmy propels Star up and Jey pulls his head down on the top rope.  Jey covers him for a one count.  Jey locks in an armbar and Star fights out by hitting face blows in the ropes.  Goldy jumps Jey and gets into the ring.  He slaps Jey and hammer throws him into one of the turnbuckles.  Star tags in and kicks the held Uso.  Star pins him for a two.  Star stomps on the leg of Jey.  He kicks him in the face.  He punches him in the face and tags out.  Gold breathes and punches the Uso.  He lifts him up and Uso fights out.  Goldy stops it with a knee to the abdomen.  Uso gets out and tags in Jimmy.  Jimmy hits a headbutt and some chops.  Jimmy hits a throat thrust.  He taunts and flips Goldust over his back for a two count.  Jimmy goes outside and jumps on the barricade.  He lands on Stardust and Goldust hits a scoop slam to take back over.  Goldust rolls in Jimmy and covers for two.  Star tags in and viciously attacks Jimmy.  He tags out and Goldust covers for two.  He locks in a side headlock and Jimmy is fighting up.  Goldust knees him to the face and whips him into his corner.  Uso fights back but eats a spinebuster.  Star tags in and punches him in the gut.  Star covers Jimmy for a two.  Star locks in an armbar.  Jimmy fights out again.  He goes for a Samoan drop that is reversed into a neckbreaker.  Stardust stomps on Jimmy and hits some punches.  Jimmy hits a slap, but Stardust blindsides him.  Star then knocks down Jey.  Goldust tags in and attacks Jimmy.  Goldust holds the arm of Jimmy as Star stomps on his chest.

Jimmy hits a jawbreaker, but Stardust hits a prone kick to Jimmy’s head.  Uso fights out and tries to tag.  Goldust tags in and catches him.  Jimmy hits a dragonair and tags out.  Jey comes in like a house of fire and hits some big shots to Stardust.  Jey kicks the hamstring of Star and takes out the leg.  Jey pulls the leg down hard on the apron.  Jimmy jumps over the top rope and takes out Goldust.  Stardust takes back over and almost gets a three!  Jey is wrapped up in the ropes.  Stardust takes off his glove and slaps Jey.  Jimmy gets him out and takes a blow.  Goldust does a senton off the apron to knock out Jimmy.  Jey jumps over the top rope and takes out Stardust.  He rolls him in the ring and tries to hit a big splash.  Star gets his knees up and rolls up Jey for the three!

Winners:  Gold & Stardust

Dolph Ziggler is interviewed alongside R-Truth and he says he isn’t concerned with protecting his money-maker as much as Miz and he will win.

United States Championship

Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro

They lock up and Sheamus pushes Cesaro into the ropes.  The ref separates them.  Cesaro is taken down by some mat moves.  Cesaro pushes Sheamus into the ropes and the ref separates them.  Cesaro slaps him and Sheamus unleashes.  Cesaro and Sheamus duel in the corner.  Sheamus whips Cesaro into the corner and hits a big knee strike.  He hits a running senton and kicks Cesaro in the back.  Sheamus hits a falling knee to the face of Cesaro.  Cesaro rolls to the apron and pulls Sheamus’ neck down on the rope.  Sheamus drops Cesaro to the ground and pounds away.  Cesaro and Sheamus spill over the top rope.  Sheamus hits some body blows to Cesaro and Cesaro responds accordingly.  Sheamus launches himself over the top rope and shoulder blocks Cesaro.  Sheamus pulls himself up the turnbuckle and Cesaro hits a big uppercut sending him over the top rope.  Cesaro pulls him in and hits a falling knee drop for one.  Cesaro locks in a headlock.  Sheamus fights out but gets locked in in a headlock.

Network problems and I resume with Sheamus hitting an Irish Curse backbreaker followed by another.  Cesaro hits a forearm to the face and climbs the turnbuckle.  Sheamus hits some blows to Cesaro’s face.  Sheamus grabs the arms of Cesaro and flips him over him onto Cesaro’s back.  Sheamus gets a two count!  Sheamus picks up Cesaro for some more Network problems.  Cool.

Back.  Sheamus picks him up, but C reverses and hits a lifted European Uppercut.  Cesaro has Sheamus by the arms in a tigerbomb position.  Sheamus fights out and hits a running high knee.  Sheamus hits a standing powerslam for two.  Sheamus pounds his chest and goes for the Brogue kick, but Cesaro dodges and rolls him up for two.  C goes for the Neutralizer, but Sheamus powers out.  Cesaro hits a unique powerslam for a two count!  Cesaro looks on in shock.  Cesaro slaps Sheamus several, several times.  Sheamus is getting angry.  Cesaro is hitting uppercuts like crazy and then a big boot!  Sheamus pushes him off and encourages him to bring it.  He does and Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick for three.

Winner:  Sheamus

Commercial for WWE 2k15.

Mark Henry and Big Show are getting hyped in the back.  Show tells Mark that he isn’t out there alone.  Two country stars from Florida Georgia Line are at ringside.

Intercontinental Championship

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz

R-Ziggler and Damien Mizdow are at ringside.  They lock up and Miz flings Dolph off the ropes who shoulders Miz down.  Dolph hits the ropes and hits a big Lou Thesz press.  Miz gets flipped over Dolph’s shoulder.  Dolph hits about seven elbow drops, but Miz rolls out before eight.  Miz gets to the apron and pulls Dolph’s neck down on the rope.  Miz takes over and kicks Dolph in the head.  Miz pulls back on the head of Dolph.  Miz locks in a side headlock.  Dolph fights up and Miz hits a knee to the gut flipping Dolph to the mat.  Miz stomps on Dolph.  Miz pins for one.  Miz taunts and kicks at Dolph sparingly.  Dolph splashed the corner and is fired up.  Dolph goes for hte Fameasser, but Miz goes for a powerbomb.  Dolph rolls through for a rollup.  He gets a two count and Miz bails.  Dolph throws him into the barricade.  Dolph throws him back in and Mizdow pulls Dolph off the apron as the ref was too busy in the ring with Miz.  Mizdow argues with FL-GA Line.  They stand up and argue.  They push Damien and R-Ziggles chases him out of the arena.  Back in the ring and Dolph hits a superkick for a two count.  Dolph goes for the Fameasser then the SCF by Miz then Miz locks in the Figure-4 Leglock.  Dolph is trying not to tap out.  Dolph is screaming in agony!  Dolph almost gets counted down.  Dolph gets to the rope!  Miz breaks at the four.  Dolph hits a Fameasser for two.  Dolph is holding his knee.  Dolph is having trouble standing.  He summons Miz to get up and Mizdow comes back out.  Ziggler kicks him and Miz rolls him up for three.

Winner:  The Miz

Seth Rollins music hits directly after showing a package discussing Roman Reigns not being able to compete.

Seth gets a mic.  He says isn’t it amazing how life works?  One minute you’re on top of the world and the next you’re Roman Reigns.  He says his former partner was scheduled to fight him tonight.  He says emergency surgery isn’t a valid excuse to miss.  He says he’s going to give Roman a 10-Count to get out here.  The referee begins counting after ringing the bell.  The ref counts to 10 and Rollins wins via forfeit.  Rollins laughs and says nonononono.  He tells the ref to raise his hand and he does.  Rollins says he knows the people are disappointed.  He says he’s disappointed in Roman because he has no match tonight.  He said he is an opportunist and the Authority is all about providing opportunity.  Rollins issues an open challenge tonight.  Ambrose enters the arena in a taxi and rushes to the ring.  Ambrose rushes in and pounds at Rollins.  Ambrose clotheslines Rollins out of the ring and they brawl into the crowd.  Ambrose flips Rollins over his back onto the cement floor.  Security rushes in and separates the two thanks to HHH and Stephanie.  Ambrose takes out the security and launches himself onto Rollins!  Rollins is trying to slow him down.  Ambrose pounds away on the face of Rollins.  Ambrose clotheslines Rollins over the barricade and grabs a steel chair.  They move into the ring and the security catches Ambrose.  HHH gives them zip-ties to contain Ambrose.  Rollins gets out of the ring and is furious.

They show the panel with Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Big Show.

Rusev vs. Mark Henry

They trade blows and Mark gets the upper hand and Rusev bails.  Rusev goes back in and they trade more.  Henry hits a headbutt and Rusev bails.  Henry clubs Rusev down off the mat.  Rusev is frustrated.  Rusev climbs back in cautiously.  Rusev gets the upper hand, but Henry hits a headbutt and throws Rusev towards the ropes.  Henry climbs out and Rusev rams Henry spine-first into the steel steps.  Henry flings Rusev off.  Rusev gets in and rams Henry into the corner.  Rusev hits Henry in the ribs and hits a headbutt.  Rusev stomps on Henry several times.  Rusev locks in a unique clutch on Mark and knees Henry before he can stand.  He locks it on tight and Henry tries to get up.  Hegets out and hits a short lariat.  Henry runs and splashes Rusev in the corner.  Rusev hits a spinning kick to take Henry down.  Rusev stomps on Henry’s back and looks for The Accolade.  He’s having trouble locking it in.  Henry flings Rusev off and Rusev kicks Henry in the mid-section.  Henry hits a World’s Strongest Slam.  Henry slow crawls to him, but Rusev rolls away and out of the ring.  Henry looks in pain as he reaches through the ropes and grabs Rusev.  Rusev kicks him right in the head.  Rusev gets to the apron and kicks him in the head again.  He gets in the ring, taunts, and runs for a third kick and floors him.  Rusev goes for The Accolade and locks it in.  Henry taps out.

Winner:  Rusev

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

Jericho starts off by hitting some blows to Orton.  Orton takes some knees to his abdomen.  Orton hits some big uppercuts, headbutts, and stomps on Jericho in the corner.  Jericho chops him.  Orton shoulderblocks him down.  Jericho hits a dropkick and dumps Orton over.  Jericho hits a baseball slide knocking Orton down and slams Orton onto the announce table.  Jericho rolls Orton in and Orton kicks Jericho in the head and stomps on his hand.  Orton whips Jericho into the turnbuckle and clotheslines him there.  Jericho kicks Orton in the head and hits some chops.  Orton whips him into the corner and raises his foot to take down Orton.  Jericho climbs the turnbuckle, but Orton crotches him on it.  Orton punches him on the top rope.  Orton climbs up and hits a big superplex!  Jericho is writhing in pain.  Orton covers for two.  Orton locks in a headlock and cranks it up.  Jericho fights out and hits some nasty chops.  Jericho charges Orton in the corner, but Orton flings him off the turnbuckle and over the top rope.  Orton drops Jericho on the barricade back-first.  Orton flings Jericho back in and pins him for two.  Orton then flings him back out.  Orton hands JBL his hat and then drops Jericho on the table with a back body drop.  Orton throws him back in and pins him for two.  Orton locks in a headlock, but fights out.  Jericho hits some chops.  Jericho then hits some shots taking Orton to the mat.  Jericho gets a two count.  Jericho stomps on Orton in the bottom of the corner.  Jericho chops Orton and goes off the ropes, but Orton catches him with the scoop slam.  Jericho kicks Orton in the face.  He charges him in the corner, but is elevated to the apron.  He hits Orton and climbs up top for an axe handle.  Jericho hits a bulldog.  He goes for the lionsault, but Orton hits a vintage backbreaker.  Orton goes for the RKO, but Jericho pushes him off and hits a lionsault for two.  Orton catches Jericho on apron and goes for the draped DDT.  Jericho reverses into the Walls, but Orton powers out.  Orton flings him into the corner and stalks him.  Orton sets up The PUNT!

Orton is reversed for a rollup for two.  Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho!  Orton is slow crawling to the ropes, but Jericho pulls him back to the center.  Orton rolls under and pushes Jericho outside.  Orton catches Jericho and hits the draped DDT.  The crowd is cheering Y2J but Orton is taunting.  Orton is setting up the RKO, but Jericho hits the Codebreaker!  Orton kicks out at two.  Jericho climbs the turnbuckle and is seething now!  Randy slowly gets up and turns around.  Jericho jumps off and eats an RKO.  Randy Orton gets the three count.

Winner:  Randy Orton

Brie Bella is interviewed in the back and she says that Nikki Bella and Karma have something in common.  That they’re both bitches.

WWE Divas Championship

Paige (c) vs. Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee

Bella and Paige are bumping chests to begin.  AJ kicks both of them and dumps Paige out.  AJ hits a headscissors to Nikki, but then Nikki locks in a headlock.  Nikki is flinging AJ around.  AJ hits a jawbreaker to get out and rolls out.  Paige rushes in and gets an elbow to the face.  Nikki jumps off the turnbuckle for a splash.  Nikki then locks on an armbar and Paige rolls up Nikki for a two count.  AJ flings both Paige and Nikki into the barricade.  Paige and AJ climb in and Paige is pleading.  AJ doesn’t buy it and hits a big roundhouse.  AJ climbs the turnbuckle, but Nikki flings her off.  She pins her for a two.  Nikki pins her again for two.  Nikki begins throwing AJ’s head into the mat.  Paige flings Nikki out of the ring.  Paige helps up AJ with a hug, but AJ pushes her off.  Paige kicks AJ in the mid-section and begins hitting headbutts.  Paige pulls AJ to the apron and hits standing kneelifts.  Nikki blasts Paige off the apron and AJ rolls up Nikki for two.  Nikki hits a forearm to the face of AJ .  She gets a two.  AJ gets to the top rope and jumps off, but is caught by Nikki who tries to throw her but gets locked into the Black Widow.  Paige superkicks both ladies.  Paige sets AJ up on the top rope.  Nikki walks over and powerbombs Paige who suplexes AJ.  The ref begins counting them down.  AJ rolls out and Nikki locks in the torture rack on Nikki and falls to her knees.  Rack Attack.  AJ breaks it up and Nikki hits a forearm to AJ.  She begins slapping AJ and AJ pulls Nikki out to the floor.  AJ gets in and locks in the Black Widow!  Paige almost fights out, but AJ twists it in a weird angle causing Paige to tap!

Winner:  AJ Lee

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena

Brock rams Cena into the corner and begins ramming him furiously.  Brock goes for the German suplex, but Cena is holding on.  Cena hits two big clotheslines.  Cena hits an Attitude Adjustment for one!  Brock locks on the Kimura Lock!  Cena is crawling to the ropes and gets there.  Brock is counting and Brock lets go.  Brock hits a vicious knee.  Brock begins kicking Cena in the abdomen.  Brock hits some pummeling blows.  Brock hits the German suplex.  Cena is charging Brock in the corner, but Brock gets out.  Brock hits a nasty knee to the ribs.  Brock locks on the Kimura Lock again.  Cena gets his foot to the rope and Brock breaks it.  Brock stomps on Cena.  Cena punches Brock and is fighting back.  Brock ducks a clothesline and hits another German suplex for two.  Brock pulls him to the center of the ring Brock hits a suplex and rolls up for another and rolls up for a third.  He attempts to pin him, but his shoulders aren’t down.  Brock helps Cena up and hits a blow.  Brock rolls up Cena for two.  Brock rams Cena in the corner and again and again.  Cena hits some blows and Brock whips him into the ropes and hits a nasty clothesline.  Brock lets Cena get up and hits crushing blows.  Brock locks in the Kimura, but Cena is at the ropes.  Brock kicks Cena in the corner.  Brock then hits a belly-to-belly suplex for a two count.  He goes for another and it’s a two count.  Cena finally fights back and hits some blows.  Cena is hitting some good shots in the corner, but Brock is ramming Cena in the corner.  Brock just stands over Cena.  Brock whips Cena into the corner.  Cena is fighting back with shots left and right.  Cena goes for the AA, but Brock hits a German suplex.  Brock rams Cena in the corner twice.  Cena his the AA, but Brock kicks out right after two.  Cena gets the STF on!  Brock fights out and locks in the Kimura Lock.  Cena lifts Brock up and rams him into the corner.  Brock is still locked in and Brock rams him again breaking the hold.  Cena hits the AA and goes straight into the STF!  Brock looks exhausted!  He gets close to the ropes, but Cena pulls him back.  He gets to the ropes and Cena pulls him back! He hits Brock with the AA!   Rollins runs out and hits Cena with the briefcase twice.

He’s going to cash in!  But Cena stops it and beats down Rollins!  Rollins is running away now!  The bell never sounded so the cash-in didn’t happen.  Brock Lesnar then hits an F-5 on Cena.  Cena wins by DQ.

Winner (by DQ):  John Cena

Thanks for tuning in!

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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2013 (Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton) Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:00:38 +0000 Night of Champions 2013

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Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – Sunday, September 15, 2013

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL are on commentary.

KICKOFF MATCH: Tag Team Turmoil – The Usos vs. Prime Time Players vs. Tons of Funk vs. Real Americans vs. 3MB

It’s Brodus Clay of Tons of Fun starting the match with Heath Slater, who is joined by his partner for the evening, Drew McIntyre. The 3MB sends Tensai to the floor and McIntyre follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring McIntyre keeps up the pressure but falls victim to a schoolboy rollup and the 3MB team is gone at 1:32. Next up is the Real Americans, and the DVD is clipped to a later point closer to when Swagger puts Clay in the Ankle Lock and gets him to tap out at 2:48 (shown). Jimmy and Jey, The Usos, are the third team out. They charge into battle and send the Real Americans to the floor, and then wipe them out with dives. Back in the ring the Usos continue to keep the momentum on their side, but the Americans are able to cut them off. We clip ahead to one of the Usos jumping off the top rope and getting caught in the Patriot Lock, tapping out at 4:27 (shown). The Prime Time Players come out next and they’re the last team. Titus O’Neil is all fired up, throwing Swagger around the ring. Swagger goes low with a clip and then puts on the Patriot Lock. Darren Young saves his partner and then dumps Cesaro to the floor. O’Neil makes the hot tag and Young charges right into the Patriot Lock! Young escapes and hits the Gut Check to get the pin at 6:18 (shown). The full version is just over 10 minutes I’m not sure why they had to clip down those four minutes for the DVD, but everyone was going all out the entire time and it was certainly fun while it lasted.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston

This match wasn’t scheduled ahead of time, but since Axel and Paul Heyman annoyed Triple H by trying to get their match against CM Punk cancelled, HHH said Axel would have to defend the title against the first person he ran into backstage. Way to make that Intercontinental Title seem important. Axel has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fourth defense. Kingston is a former four-time IC Champion.

They start off slowly, chain wrestling back and forth. Despite the way he has been booked for years, the crowd is vocally behind Kofi Kingston. Axel is struggling to get going in the opening minutes, which makes sense given that he didn’t know this match was going to happen. Kingston keeps Axel reeling, but the IC Champ is able to make a comeback with a dropkick. Axel then clotheslines Kingston to the floor to grain a short breather. He goes outside and tries to whip Kingston into the steps, but Kingston jumps up onto the apron and to the top rope to wipe Axel out with a cross body block. Back in the ring Kingston tries going up top again but Axel knocks him down. Axel is able to ground Kingston and work him over, all while the crowd tries to will the challenger back into control. Kingston gives them their wish by hitting a DDT. Both men are down. Back on their feet Kingston starts BUILDING MOMENTUM, flying all around the ring. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for Trouble in Paradise. Axel ducks it and rams Kingston into the corner. Kingston catches a charging Axel with boots to the face. He goes up top for another cross body block but Axel cuts him out of the air with a dropkick for two. A series of reversals ends with Kingston hitting the SOS for a very close near-fall. Kingston gets on Axel’s shoulders for a victory roll but Axel drops him right on the top rope. Axel then hits the Axehole to get the pin at 13:53. That was perfectly solid and the crowd was into it, so imagine how much they would have cared if WWE had spent any of the ridiculous amount of TV hours they have in building up an actual feud between these two and making the belt seem important. A boy can dream can’t he?
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Fatal Four Way Match for the Divas Championship – AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella

AJ has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is her third defense. The Total Divas all chase after the Champion at the start, and they take turns throwing her into the barricade at ringside. Brie is the first one to turn, taking Naomi and Natalya down with clotheslines. She sends Natalya to the floor, and then turns her attention to Naomi. A nice back and forth exchange ends with Naomi and Brie bonking heads and knocking each other down. AJ and Natalya get back in the ring and go at it until Naomi takes both of them down with the Rear View. The action stays fast and furious, with AJ trying to clear the ring long enough to put one of her challengers away. The opposite of that ends up happening, as the three Total Divas are in the ring with AJ recovering on the floor. Natalya gets Brie and Naomi in the double Sharpshooter, and AJ breaks it up with a kick to the head. AJ locks Natalya in the Black Widow and forces her to tap out at 5:35. That actually had plenty more juice in it and could have gone longer. AJ looks like a world-beater, but the other Divas got (brief) moments to shine as well.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam

Del Rio has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his third defense. They start with the usual back and forth, with Del Rio scoring first but RVD scoring more in the early going. RVD sends Del Rio to the floor and takes him out with a moonsault off the apron. He drapes Del Rio across the barricade and hits the spinning leg drop. They battle on the apron and Del Rio is able to snap RVD’s neck off the top rope. Del Rio surprises with a dive of his own. Back in the ring Del Rio starts picking RVD apart, especially focusing on the neck and head area. Del Rio goes for another dive to the floor but this time he misses. That gives RVD the chance to capitalize. RVD hits the slingshot legdrop on the apron and then the top-rope thrust kick. He goes for Rolling Thunder but Del Rio gets up and hits the Backstabber for two. Del Rio brings RVD up to the top rope but it backfires. RVD knocks Del Rio back and follows him down with a somersault senton for a two-count. Del Rio catches RVD with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then a double stomp to the back for two. He goes for the Cross Armbreaker but RVD slips out and gets a rollup for two. RVD slams Del Rio down and hits the split-legged moonsault for a near-fall. Del Rio pops up and hits an Armbreaker and then a low Superkick for two. He goes up top and jumps right into a spin kick. RVD hits a legdrop and then goes up top. He hits nothing but knees on the Five-Star Frog Splash, and Del Rio locks on the Cross Armbreaker. RVD reaches the ropes but Del Rio won’t break the hold and gets disqualified at 13:23. The match was a fine contest, but that finish on pay-per-view can blow me. RVD gets some of his heat back after the bell when Ricardo rescues him and then helps him hit the Van Terminator.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: The Miz vs. Fandango

This feud is based on silly shenanigans. They go back and forth and stuff, apparently in a competition to see who can bore the crowd more. I mean no disrespect, as I actually think both guys in this match are talented, but they are booked so poorly that why would anyone care about them? Fandango seizes control and keeps Miz on the ground in a variety of ways. Miz comes back and sends Fandango to the floor. He tries a dive from the apron but Fandango catches him with a kick to the midsection on the way down. Back in the ring Fandango covers for two. The back and forth continues, but Fandango controls more of the match by working Miz’s arm. Fandango goes up for the guillotine legdrop but Miz avoids it. Miz covers for two. Fandango cradles Miz for a two-count. Miz then puts Fandango in the Figure-Four Leglock to get the win at 7:48. That felt like a TV match, and not even a RAW match but like a SmackDown match. Yikes.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: No Disqualification Elimination Handicap Match – CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman

Punk and Axel start off swinging their respective kendo sticks, and Punk takes the first advantage. With Axel down for a minute, Punk surprises everyone by hitting a suicide dive on Heyman! Punk brings Heyman into the ring and appears ready to hit him with the kendo stick but Axel rescues his advisor with a blatant low blow. Axel beats on Punk with the stick for a bit, and when Punk comes back and tries a chair, Axel cuts him off with a dropkick for two. Heyman seems to enjoy watching Axel decimate Punk. Axel brings a table into the ring and props it up in the corner. Nothing comes of that yet, but Punk is able to fight back and throw Axel into a chair that had been previously wedged between the top and middle turnbuckles. Axel crawls back in the ring and Punk unleashes a flurry of offense. Punk goes up top and Axel rolls to the floor. When Punk goes for a dive Axel gets a chair up in his face! Back in the ring Axel covers for two. Axel beats on Punk with the kendo stick but still can’t put him away. Punk is able to power up and hit Axel with the kendo stick. He follows with Go to Sleep and then locks on the Anaconda Vise! Axel taps out at 10:30! That means Heyman is alone with Punk! Heyman is terrified and he tries to run away. Punk chases him through the arena and finally gets his hands on him inside the ring. Heyman takes a brutal beating and Punk puts him in handcuffs. Punk destroys Heyman with a kendo stick, and looks ready to give him one final kill shot. Then for some reason Ryback runs out and rams Punk through the table that had been set up by Axel earlier. Ryback puts Heyman on top of Punk and the referee makes the three-count at 15:42. No one bought Axel as a threat, so while the first 10 minutes or so weren’t bad, everyone was just waiting for Punk to get his hands on Heyman, which he did. The match then found a way to keep the feud going, but I really don’t think anyone was dying to see Punk versus Ryback again. Oh well. All in all the match was fine for what it was.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: United States Championship Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ambrose has been the Champion since 5.19.13, and this is his sixth defense. They go back and forth, and Ambrose is a little too cocky for his own good. Ziggler scores with a dropkick and the 10 elbow drops. If this was 1984 Ambrose would be dead. Ziggler clotheslines Ambrose to the floor and tumbles out with him. Back in the ring Ambrose is begging off but Ziggler keeps pouring it on. Ambrose comes back and tries keeping Ziggler on the mat. He hits a nice butterfly superplex but only gets two. Ambrose goes to the other side of the ring and goes up top, and Ziggler is able to bring him down with a super X-Factor for a near-fall. Ziggler keeps up the pressure and locks on the Sleeper Hold! Ambrose creates separation, making Michael Cole giddy. That gets a two-count. Ziggler hits the Fame-Ass-Er for another two-count. Ambrose rolls to the floor so Ziggler retrieves him. As Ziggler is getting back in the ring Ambrose delivers a boot to the face. Ambrose tries Dirty Deeds but Ziggler counters with a rollup for two. Ziggler tries a Stinger Splash but misses. This time Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds to get the win at 9:44. Both men brought a lot of energy to this contest, and I would have liked to see more of a feud and longer matches between these two. They worked well together.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Prime Time Players

Rollins and Reigns have been the Champions since 5.19.13, and this is their fourth defense. Titus O’Neil and Rollins start the match. Rollins gets all cocky right off the bat so O’Neil uses his power to throw “The Architect” around the ring. Darren Young tags in and he keeps up the strategy of keeping Rollins grounded. Young catches Rollins in a nice powerslam for two. Rollins is able to make the tag, and Young sends him to the floor. Reigns had made a blind tag and Rollins comes in and immediately gets caught with a hard forearm to the jaw for a near-fall. The Prime Time Players continue to roll and send both Champions to the floor. Back in the ring Rollins catches Young with a stun gun and the Shield is finally in control. Rollins and Reigns keep young away from O’Neil for a few minutes, but eventually the big man gets the hot tag. O’Neil hits Clash of the Titus on Rollins and Reigns has to break it up. The referee gets distracted with Young, allowing Reigns to hit O’Neil with a Spear and Rollins gets the pin at 7:27. That felt a bit rushed but they stuck to the formula and it was high energy all throughout the match. WWE could have done more with the Prime Time Players and I don’t know why they didn’t even try.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan

Orton has been the Champion since 8.18.13, and this is his first defense. Cole points out that Bryan won the United States Title at Night of Champions 2010 and the WWE Tag Team Titles with Kane at Night of Champions 2012. Those are nice little details the commentators don’t often provide anymore. They start with some chain and mat wrestling, with the crowd heavily chanting “Yes!” Bryan of course targets the arm. He traps Orton in the corner and delivers mounted punches, but Orton slips out and hits a creative Inverted headlock backbreaker. Orton is in total control, wearing Bryan down and taking the crowd out of it. Bryan fires up and shifts the momentum. He hits a series of kicks in the corner and sets Orton on the top rope to bring him down with a rana. Bryan sends Orton to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring he hits a missile dropkick, and when Orton rolls to the floor to get a break, Bryan says no chance and follows him out with another suicide dive. Bryan goes for a third suicide dive but Orton catches him with a hard forearm shot. Orton then hits and apron-hung DDT to the floor! Back in the ring Orton goes for an RKO but Bryan shoves him off. Bryan hits Orton with a dropkick, and the momentum sends referee Scott Armstrong to the floor. A second ref makes it down to the ring in time for Orton to hit the snap scoop powerslam for a two-count. Orton goes for the Rope-hung DDT but Bryan counters into the “Yes!” Lock! The Viper is able to slither over to the bottom rope to break the hold. Bryan hits a series of kicks but misses an IED and crashes hard to the mat. They battle on the top rope and Bryan is able to tie Orton up in the Tree of Woe. Bryan delivers a series of kicks, and then a superplex while hanging on with his legs. The crowd is geeked as Bryan goes back up and lands the diving headbutt! That gets a two-count. Bryan lands more kicks but Orton catches the last one and hits an exploder suplex. A series of reversals ends with Bryan landing a knockout kick and then The Knee That Beat John Cena to get the pin and win the title for a second time at 17:33. I rate the match only based on what happened in the match, not the silliness they added the following night on RAW. Even with that caveat, this wasn’t one of their stronger efforts together, as something just felt flat throughout the match. Of course with two guys this talented it wasn’t bad, it was just pretty standard.
Rating: ***×120.jpg

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