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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.
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Podcast: Night OF Champions 2014 Preview & Predictions Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:29:11 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast


Matt Harrak, Justin Czerwonka, Cameron Dougharty & the debuting SmackDown correspondent Heather Miller discuss the past week in the world of pro-wrestling as well as give you their thoughts and predictions for Sunday’s Night of Champions PPV!






WWE Night Of Championship 2014

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) (Heather, Matt, Cam, Justin) vs. John Cena

WWE United States Championship
Sheamus (c) (Cam) vs. Cesaro (Matt, Justin, Heather)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler (c) (Heather, Justin, Cam) vs. The Miz (Matt)

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Divas Championship
Paige (c) (Justin, Cam, Heather) vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella (Matt)

Mark Henry vs. Rusev (Matt, Justin, Heather, Cam)

WWE Tag Team Championship
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (c) (Matt, Heather, Justin) vs. Gold and Stardust (Cam)

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton (Justin, Matt, Heather, Cam)

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Randy Orton Reportedly Frustrated, Wants Time Off from WWE Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:39:22 +0000 Randy Orton is apparently frustrated with WWE and their direction for his character, and he has reportedly requested for some time off. Orton would like to recharge his batteries but WWE is so thin at the top of the card that officials are trying to appease Orton by giving him more camera time.

CB’s Slant: I would love to see Orton get a break from action, especially if he wants one. He could use the time off and WWE fans could use some time away from the Orton character. At the same time, Randy is the least of WWE’s problems at the moment, considering Mark Henry and Rusev closed Raw for no good reason this past Monday night.×250.jpg×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2010 (Randy Orton, Sheamus) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:32 +0000 Night of Champions 2010

Allstate Arena – Chicago, Illinois – Sunday, September 19, 2010

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

Ziggler has been the champion since 8.6.10 and this is his third defense. He’s accompanied by Vickie Guerrero and NXT Rookie Divas Kaitlyn. If Ziggler is counted out or disqualified, he will lose the championship. These two have fought each other about a billion times and they generally have pretty good chemistry. This is a pretty standard opener, with Kingston going on offense for the first bit until Ziggler cuts him off and grounds him. Kingston comes back and hits the S.O.S. but Ziggler is too close to the ropes to score the pin. Vickie tries to interfere but Ziggler talks her out of it for fear of being disqualified. Kingston misses the Trouble in Paradise and gets tangled up in the ropes. Ziggler takes advantage by hitting the Zig Zag for the pin at 12:42. That was a sharp opener and Ziggler looked really good in the victory.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Big Show vs. CM Punk

People complained about this match being on the show since it wasn’t for a title, but the gimmick of the PPV is “Every Title is Defended,” not “Only Championship Matches.” I swear people find the dumbest stuff to complain about. It does seem like a bit of a waste to squander Punk’s hometown pop on this meaningless match, but them’s the breaks sometimes. Punk makes the most of it though, cutting an anti-people of Chicago promo to turn the crowd against him. Show dominates the early going both in and outside the ring. Punk comes back with kicks and knee strikes that ground the Knucklehead. He goes to the top rope and jumps right into a Spear! That looked pretty cool. Show follows up with the Knockout Punch to get the pin at 4:45. Well that was short and pointless.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: United States Championship Match – The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan

Miz has been the champion since 6.14.10 and this is his second defense. Danielson’s music here is truly wretched. Of course Miz is accompanied by his apprentice e Alex Riley. Bryan uses his superior technical skill but Miz is able to keep him grounded by working the arm and shoulder. The challenger is able to knock Miz to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. He comes back in the ring with his missile dropkick for a close near-fall. Miz actually uses a Nigel McGuinness lariat (the one out of the corner with Bryan on the top rope; wonder who came up with that idea?), which is awesome. The crowd is juicing on Bryan big time, and they’re totally buying his near-falls. Riley tries to interfere but it consistently backfires. Miz argues with the referee and Bryan traps him in the LeBell Lock and Miz taps the title away at 12:28! What a terrific showing for Bryan, and Miz looked awesome too. These two are perfect foils for each other and I would love it if they re-program them at a higher level at some point.
Rating: ****

MATCH #4: Unification Lumberjill Match for the Divas and Women’s Championship – Melina vs. Michelle McCool

Melina has been the Divas Champion since 8.15.10 and this is her third defense. Lay-Cool have been the Women’s Champion since 5.14.10 and this is their third defense. Melina is a three-time Women’s Champion and a two-time Divas Champion. McCool is a two-time Women’s Champion and a former Divas Champion as well. This is the fairly typical Divas match, and the lumberjills get involved quite a bit. McCool, who has angered all of them over the last few months, goes right into the lioness’s den and gets her butt kicked. Rosa half heartedly goes for a forearm on Jillian and then decides against it, and Jillian apologizes to her. This all happens on camera, and it’s hilarious. Next time McCool goes to the floor a brawl really does erupt, and Layla tries to interfere but gets tossed out as well. That gives McCool the opportunity to sneak back in the ring and kick Melina in the face to unify the titles at 6:33. Thank goodness there’s only one title for the Divas now.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Undertaker

Kane has been the champion since 7.18.10 and this is his second defense. Undertaker attacks his brother in the aisle right away and they fight around ringside. They continue spending most of the time brawling their way around ringside, spending very little time in the ring. It’s nothing but brawling for a LONG time until Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Kane reverses it and gets the pin at 18:28. Seriously, almost nothing happened in those eighteen and a half minutes. It wasn’t insulting or anything, but it was just dreadfully dull. It’s not often Undertaker drops a clean fall to anyone.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship – The Hart Dynasty vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes vs. The Usos

Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith have been the champions since 4.26.10 and this is their third defense. They are accompanied by Natalya. The champions are at a distinct disadvantage as they have to start the match, against the Usos, who are accompanied by Tamina. They go back and forth a bit until Kidd puts one of the Usos in the Sharpshooter, but the other Uso kicks him in the head to eliminate the champions at 2:11. Marella and Kozlov are the next team out. Tamina has a crush on Marella at this point, and she distracts him long enough for one of the Usos to hit him with a Samoan Drop and the Usos move on at 3:16. Henry and Bourne are up next. The power of Henry and the aerial tactics are too much for the Usos to overcome, as Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam and Bourne follows up with Air Bourne to eliminate the Usos at 5:10. Finally Rhodes and McIntyre are the last team out. The winners here will be the new WWE Tag Team Champions. McIntyre and Rhodes isolate Bourne right away, which is wise. Of course Bourne gets the hot tag and Henry starts cleaning house. It turns into a pier-six brawl and Rhodes grabs Bourne with the Crossroads to get the win and the titles at 11:42. I’ve never understood the concept of gauntlets when several of the rounds are only about a minute long. Why not let the Hart Dynasty face Rhodes and McIntyre, or do a three-way with Bourne and Henry or something and just give that all the time rather than this gauntlet stuff. I do like Rhodes and McIntyre as champions, but I can’t figure out why the Hart Dynasty was jobbed out like that.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: Six Pack Challenge Match for the WWE Championship – Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Wade Barrett

Sheamus has been the champion since 6.20.10 and this is his fifth defense. He’s a two-time champion. Orton gets an enormous pop on his way out, and is a five-time WWE Champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion. Cena is a seven-time WWE Champion and a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Jericho is a former WWE Champion and a three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Edge is a four-time WWE Champion and a 5-time World Heavyweight Champion. That’s a total of 30 World Championship reigns, but Cole somehow came up with 32. Anybody help me out here? Everyone is in the ring at the same time, so this should be pretty fast-paced. Jericho and Cena battle and Cena hits him with the bulldog, and then Orton sneaks in from out of nowhere and hits Jericho with the RKO to eliminate him at 1:30! That’s quite the shocker there. Edge looks upset because he and Jericho had some plans to work together in this match. Everyone watches Jericho make the walk of shame, and then that turns into everyone surrounding Nexus leader Barrett. Everyone hates Barrett so they keep him out of the ring. Cena and Orton have the epic stare-down and the crowd is slightly hot for it. Sheamus and Edge work together a bit, but of course all alliances are short-lived. The finisher-reversal parade begins about 14 minutes in and Cena hits Edge with the Attitude Adjustment to eliminate him at 15:00. The Nexus comes running out to distract Cena and Barrett hits him with the Wasteland to eliminate Cena at 18:32. The Nexus tries to distract Orton as well, but Cena takes a few of them out with a chair and Orton takes care of the rest with an RKO! Barrett tries to grab Orton with Wasteland, but Orton reverses to the backbreaker and hits the RKO to eliminate him at 20:32. We’re down to Sheamus and Orton. Sheamus delivers a quick Brogue Kick but Orton kicks out at two! He goes for the High Cross but Orton counters with the RKO to get the pin and become a seven-time World Champion at 21:26. The eliminations came really fast at the end but the match was really fun and never boring throughout. It wasn’t particularly memorable, but I’ll take it.
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THE RAGER! Wait, Night of Champions is THIS Sunday? (John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Rusev) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Seriously, you guys? I post a 10 Thoughts last week and get 63 comments and yet only one actually was input that I had asked for with the whole Top 10 thing with CM Punk WWE matches? You know what? Because of that, sideshowbob gets the prestigious “RAGER Fan of the Year” award. I hope you’re all proud of yourselves. Bob, I expect to see an acceptance speech in the comments or else I will take away your award and give it to myself for the 3rd year in a row. But due to personal reasons and just an overall crappy week, the top 10 thing CRA was working hasn’t happened yet so I’m still very much interested in everybody’s input.

Now let’s talk about some Night of Champions.

Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins
So all indication is that Reigns is going to win. The indication I was given was the match being given away for free on Raw this past Monday and Reigns winning cleanly. Like, it’s one thing to give a PPV rematch away for free the next night on Raw (not that I’m a fan of that either) but this is a whole other thing. But I guess this one is gonna feature a Dean Ambrose return and interference and that makes it a little better, I suppose.

Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton
Let’s see: Jericho’s current run with WWE is just about to come to a close and Randy hasn’t seemed to win a PPV match since probably before WM30. You do the math (mostly because I refuse to ever do math ever again).

The Usos vs GoldStar
If you were able to perform miracles and completely cut off the commentary (yes, I get that there’s a mute button, shut your faces) and went strictly off of what these two teams have been doing the past couple weeks, I really could make the assumption that Usos are the heel team in this feud. Without any other verbal indicators, GoldStar is just a team that likes to play dress-up and feel passionate about their chances in the ring whereas the Usos want to just hit them from behind with crutches. I think it’s time to go ahead and end the Usos championship run.

Mark Henry vs Rusev
I’m really not expecting much out of this. Rusev worked enough miracles by getting some of us invested in a couple Jack Swagger matches but I’ll be damned if I’m ever enthralled by anything Mark Henry ever does again that isn’t him doing a fake retirement speech. This whole Rusev thing better end on a jet carrier and a bodyslam contest.

Paige vs AJ vs Nikki Bella
The exclusion of Brie in this match seems to telegraph the finish of this match a bit and that Brie will be provoked into costing Nikki the match some way. However, I do have this feeling that Nikki is gonna be on the winning end of shenanigans and this whole Bella twin abomination will absorb the championship just like one of the Bellas should’ve absorbed the other in the womb…I honestly don’t care which one at this point.

Dolph Ziggler vs Miz
Both guys have stunt doubles and on seemingly equal ground. Fingers crossed for Ziggler and this mid-level push he’s getting continues. I’m not asking for the moon, just not Zack Ryder status for Ziggler.

Sheamus vs Cesaro
Pretty much copy what I just said about Ziggler and put it her for Cesaro but with a little bit more emphasis because it seems like he needs it. I really believed Cesaro would be way higher up the ladder by now but I’ll settle for another US Championship run for Cesaro. I’m thinking maybe Cesaro embraces people cheering for him and steps in to challenge Rusev after Mark Henry inevitably fails. And Sheamus is doing a decent enough job to not occupy my TV too much, good job on that.

Brock Lesnar vs John Cena
This whole month, I’ve been asking myself if I would be okay with John Cena beating Lesnar at NoC. We got the big beat-down that we were hoping for from the man that bested the Wrestlemania streak but he has to be beaten at some point. Would I be okay with Cena doing that now? The answer is ultimately no but not because of any ill feelings towards Cena but more due to my desire to see Lesnar ride that monumental streak wave a lot longer. WWE deciding against going with a young up-and-comer to beat the streak so maybe it’s foolish of me to wish for a young up-and-comer to finally defeat the man that defeated the streak…but a man can dream. So I’m not gonna be too mad if Cena wins the championship Sunday, just a little disappointed.

I’m gonna end with a bit of a personal note but I swear I’m gonna spare you all the details and whatnot. This past week was possibly one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. We’re talking family issues, getting royally screwed over on a job that I desperately needed, more family issues and a few other things that I won’t even bother giving a vague description of. I’m not including details because a) I don’t exactly expect all of you to give a crap b) I’m not begging for a pity party and c) the shit’s personal. But the purpose of me bringing all of this up is that I found myself reading a lot of stuff on this fine website when I was in desperate need of a distraction. I’m talking about all the columns as well as comments and sure, I may disagree with a lot of you and vice versa but I just wanted to say thank you to all of you smug bastards for providing a distraction when I was just in a haze of crappy emotions.

But enough of that mushy garbage, go like Classy Ring Attire’s Facebook page.

Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do twice,

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 9/15/14: Final Push For Night of Champions Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:36:40 +0000 It’s the final RAW before Night of Champions. A Brock Lesnar/John Cena showdown is expected. That’s really the only thing announced for the show tonight. So follow along with my results!

Be A Star John!

RAW started with Paul Heyman in the ring. Heyman said he is here to give us a preview of what will happen at Night of Champions. Heyman hummed Cena’s music then mocked kids cheering for him. Then said his client Brock Lesnar will come down. He said people could boo if they want but Lesnar will give them more to boo about this Sunday. John Cena then came out. Cena asked Heyman where Lesnar was. Heyman stumbled around the question. Cena said he told Heyman last week that if Lesnar wasn’t here he was going to fight him. Heyman said if it is a fight Cena wants it is a fight Cena will get. Heyman introduced Lesnar but then laughed. Heyman said Lesnar’s private plane was delayed but he will be here. Heyman said he thinks he knew Lesnar’s plane was delayed and called out Lesnar now because he knew he wasn’t here. Heyman applauded Cena for playing the hero character so well. Heyman tried to leave but Cena stopped him. Cena said if Lesnar isn’t here in 80 minutes he will kick Heyman’s ass. Cena said he didn’t trust Heyman and put him in a headlock all the way to the back.

Back from break, Cena locked Paul Heyman in his locker room and had Great Khali stand guard.

The Last Monday of Jericho

Chris Jericho vs Kane. Jericho caught Kane with an elbow and sent a charging Kane over the top. Jericho hit a springboard dropkick off the ropes knocking Kane off the apron then hit a dive off the top to the outside. Jericho came at Kane again but Kane caught him with an uppercut. Kane took control in the ring but Jericho caught him with an enziguri kick then a dropkick for two. Jericho hit some chops in the corner then a knee to the face. Jericho came off the ropes but Kane caught him and tossed him in the air, landing on the mat. Kane tossed Jericho to the outside.

Back from break Kane fought out of a headlock and hit a dropkick off the second rope. Kane came back with a right hand. Kane hit a clothesline in the corner and a sidewalk slam for two. Kane went for a clothesline off the top but Jericho caught him with a dropkick. Jericho started a comeback. He hit an axe handle off the top. He hit some corner punches before Kane lifted him up and dropped him down onto the turnbuckle. Kane exposed the turnbuckle but Jericho slid under the ropes and hit a crossbody off the top for two. Kane countered the Walls and went to catapult Jericho into the turnbuckle. Jericho stopped himself on the ropes. Kane caught him and went for a chokeslam but Jericho countered into a DDT. Kane blocked the Codebreaker and hit a big boot for two. Kane went for a Tombstone but Jericho escaped and hit a running bulldog. Jericho went for the Lionsault but Kane caught him by the throat. Jericho escaped the chokeslam and sent Kane into the exposed turnbuckle. Jericho rolled up Kane to pick up the win.

WINNER: Chris Jericho

Jack Swagger vs Bo Dallas. Swagger landed some early blows in the corner but Bo moved out of the way of a charge and then landed some blows of his own. Bo landed some elbows and kicks in the corner. Swagger fought out of a headlock but Bo came back with a neckbreaker. Bo landed some knees to the chest. Bo missed a knee off the second rope and Swagger started a comeback. Bo rolled to the outside then dropped Swagger’s neck on the ropes. Both men exchanged near fall attempts until Swagger applied the Patriot Lock. Bo tapped out.

Brie’s New Music Is Possibly Worse Than Her Old One

Nikki and Paige vs AJ and Brie. Nikki ran from Brie to start the match. Paige came in and took down Brie and landed some knees through the ropes. Paige hit a headbutt then did a mock tag with Brie’s hand to AJ in the corner. Brie escaped a headlock with a jawbreaker. Nikki pulled Brie off the apron to prevent a tag, allowing Paige to recover and hit the RamPaige DDT for the win.

WINNERS: Paige and Nikki

After the match Nikki hit her finisher on Brie. AJ then mimicked Paige skipping around the ring.

Heyman tried leaving Cena’s locker room to make a call but Khali stopped him and broke Heyman’s phone.

Wyatt Momentum Stalling

Big Show vs Bray Wyatt. Show tossed Bray hard into the corner but Bray just laughed. Show landed some hard blows but Bray fought back and hit a splash in the corner, then grabbed Big Show’s leg going for a kick and dropped it on his shoulder. Bray started to work over Show. Show ended up getting out of a headlock with a sideslam. Show hit a splash but Bray ducked a clothesline and hit his crossbody knocking Show down. Show countered Bray and hit a DDT. He went for a pin but Harper and Rowan broke it up. Show hit a double chokeslam on them as Bray watched on from his chair and laughed.

WINNER via DQ: Big Show

Mandatory RAW Six Man Tag

The Usos and Sheamus vs Cesaro, Goldust and Stardust. Goldust gained the upper hand on Sheamus early on then taunted him. Sheamus came back with a shoulder tackle and went for a Brogue Kick but Goldust ducked out of the way. Cesaro and an Uso came in and Cesaro mocked Sheamus by hitting his rope punches. Goldust came in and he ate a butt splash in the corner but Stardust caught him with a kick off the top into commercial.

Back from break the heels continued to dominate. Jimmy tried fighting back but Cesaro blocked a tag with a front face lock. Cesaro mocked Sheamus again. Jimmy hit a back body drop. But Goldust got the tag and knocked Jey off the apron. Jimmy hit a dropkick and made the hot tag to Sheamus. Sheamus went to work on all of the heels. Stardust missed a kick off the ropes but Cesaro made the blind tag. He hit the Neutralizer on Sheamus but the Usos broke up the pin. Jey Uso ended up hitting a splash on Cesaro off the top to pick up the win.

WINNERS: Sheamus and The Usos

Clearly Heyman Read Vince Russo’s Thoughts On This Feud

Back from break John Cena brought Paul Heyman to magically make a Beast appear, or he would make Heyman’s teeth disappear. Heyman asked if Hustle, Loyalty and Repsect was all a sham. Heyman said he could be the trigger to make him turn his back on the Cenation. He said to beat a Beast you have to become a Beast. Heyman said he can bring him to his dark side. Heyman said Cena won’t hit him because that would mean that he is a bully. Heyman said Cena likes being a role model too much to turn to that dark side. Heyman begged Cena to hit him and let out his inner beast. It would be the only way Cena has a chance to win this Sunday. Heyman continued to antagonize Cena until Cena grabbed the mic.

Cena said that if anyone deserved to get their face rearranged it was Heyman. Heyman begged Cena to hit him, let his rage out and become a Paul Heyman guy. Cena said no and that Heyman didn’t deserve the dirt off his hands. Heyman said that if he were his mother he would be proud of him, if her son was born with some testicles. Cena shoved Heyman sending him out of the ring. Brock Lesnar’s music hit and he came to the ring. Lesnar circled the ring. He helped Heyman up and they walked back up the ramp. Lesnar then jumped on the apron and came into the ring. Lesnar took out Cena and hit a German suplex sending him to the outside. Lesnar went to leave but Cena attacked him and sent him to the outside. Cena slammed Lesnar onto the apron then into the barricade and landed some blows on Lesnar before Cena was restrained.

Naomi beat Cameron via submission in a match that went on too long.

Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth vs Miz and Damien Mizdow. Truth came out dressed as Ziggler. Ziggler caught Mizdown with a dropkick then an elbow. Truth came in and they both hit elbows. Miz distracted Truth allowing Mizdow to attack from behind. The heels worked over Truth until Truth hit a DDT and tagged in Ziggler. Ziggler hit a neckbreaker followed by a Fameasser. Mizdow broke up the pin. He held Ziggler for Miz but Ziggler moved and Miz hit Mizdown. Ziggler then hit the ZigZag for the win.

Why Would I Now Want To See This Match At Night Of Champions?

Seth Rollins v Roman Reigns. Rollins landed some punches early. He ducked a couple of clotheslines. Reigns chased him around the ring but Rollins dropped him on the ropes. Reigns recovered with an uppercut. Reigns landed a few blows in the corner. Rollins went to the outside but Reigns slammed Rollins into the barricade. Reigns slammed Rollins into the announce table then sent him flying over the table.

Back from break, Reigns escaped a headlock with a suplex. Reigns hit a clothesline and punch in the corner. He went for his apron dropkick but Rollins moved. He knocked Reigns off the apron and hit a dive to the outside. Back in the ring Rollins missed a splash in the corner, allowing Reigns to start a comeback. Reigns ended up hitting his apron dropkick and Superman Punch. Rollins leap frogged a Spear attempt and Rollins connected on a hard looking kick to the jaw. Rollins went to the top but Reigns met him up there. Rollins carried Reigns off the second rope and hit his turnbuckle bomb on Reigns for two. Rollins hit some kicks but missed the Curb Stomp. Reigns came back with the Spear to pick up the win.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

This Segment Main Events Because AMERICA

Mark Henry came out to rally America. He said that withdrawing from the Olympics still haunts him, but this is his second chance. He said this Sunday at NOC he will finally shut Rusev and Lana up. He said he can’t let the people of America down. Henry talked about everything that Lana has said about America when Rusev and Lana interrupted. Lana told Henry to shut up with his propaganda. She said her and Rusev have prepared a visual aid to show the facts of the situation. Lana talked about Russia winning the weight lifting gold medal in 1992, and Henry intentionally withdrew in 1996. Lana said that Henry will fail at NOC just like he did at the Olympics. Henry said he wanted to make a pledge, then started singing the Pledge of Allegiance. Rusev attacked. Henry tried fighting back but eventually ate a Rusev kick. Rusev tried applying the Accolade but Henry stopped it and hit a sit down chokeslam. He then sent Rusev to the outside.


Cena/Lesnar/Heyman: Outside of the whole Cena being a giant bully thing, I liked Heyman’s promos trying to goad Cena into turning to his dark side and hit him. Heyman just has such a way with words on the mic that he can get you to buy into whatever he is saying. And they did their job with the brawl making Cena fans believe that he has a shot against Lesnar at Night of Champions.


Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns: This doesn’t go here because of the match. I didn’t think the match was bad. My problem is this: Why do you give away this match on RAW? I mean I know with the Network they can somewhat get away with this. But Roman Reigns beat Seth Rollins clean in the ring. Why should I care about their NOC match now? What purpose does it serve?

Chris Jericho vs Kane: I’m not someone who likes to think a wrestler has reached their end. But Kane just doesn’t seem like he has it anymore. I mean he’s never been a fast moving worker but he just seems really slow nowadays. Jericho has lost a step too but Kane is much more noticeable. I didn’t like the pace of this match and thought there were one too many rest holds, and it went about five minutes too long.

Bray Wyatt vs Big Show: This match was short but served no real redeeming purpose in the end. It felt like a way just to get the Wyatts on TV, but it ended up doing more harm than good in the end. The Wyatts momentum is going downhill faster than you could have ever imagined. And I don’t think I need to explain why I didn’t like Big Show looking so strong against three people.

Mark Henry/Rusev: You know, I really didn’t mind this segment going on last. It was something different. But man was it bad. And I like Rusev. But Henry’s promo seemed very half-hearted. And Lana’s promo work was off tonight as well. Nothing about that segment seemed very interesting at all.

The WWE did a bad job of selling Night of Champions to people. I know they really don’t have to with the Network now. But some people might look at Night of Champions now and not even feel like turning it on, opting to turn on football instead. The best final push came with the WWE Title match, and even that wasn’t anything great. Nothing about this show made NOC seem like must see. The wrestling was okay but nothing of consequence happened on this show. The WWE is in there down period now, and they badly need a shake-up after Night of Champions to give the product a boost. The show gets a 2 from me.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Forever Heel’s Raw Heel Rundown: Randy Orton Proves He’s Not Always a Brooding Tool. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:11:24 +0000 I wanted to start by wishing Sean O’Haire good luck on his new journey. I covered his evil life coach gimmick in an old Forever Heel profile. Just the promos for this gimmick made O’Haire bigger than Jesus. Since he was going to be a big heel on the SmackDown, WWE decided to début him as a face, and take him off tv for a few weeks. Heel Sean O’Hare finally re-debuted as a generic heel and protegé of Roddy Piper. He was also going to be a big player in WCW before it folded. He’d be great sparring with Cena about what’s really inspiring.

I saw Raw this week and wanted to comment seriously about the heels. They did pretty good this week, despite having no Bo.  Raw could really use Johnny B. Badd. I mean the Little Richard version from the early 90’s. Bill Watts must have loved that gimmick?

Raw Heel Rundown

Miz is doing great in his program with Dolph. I actually care about this feud and title now. I also think Sandow carved out a nice place for himself. I’m sure Damien will get attacked by Miz. Hopefully after that Sandow will stay heel. I know he deserves a bigger singles push, but so did Val Venis, and Lance Storm. Getting back to the Miz, I really enjoy his Hollywood gimmick, and hope it leads to a funny bit with the Rock.

Did you know King is still on Raw? He is, and he’s proving he can’t stay in his chair during the Russian national anthem. Is Vince afraid of Lawler? Why isn’t King ever fired? I still love Jerry, but it seems WWE never f’ with him? Oh and JBL hates The Bunny.

Paul Heyman’s promo, with Cena proves not even Paul can carry Cena all the time. Cena launched into another bs promo about how a heel turn would only be enjoyed by seven IWC guys. He then blathers on about kids liking him, and how dads respect him. Cena even made up some story about how a soldier gave his Purple Heart to Cena. The poor guy was inspired by Cena to get better. I was hoping Bo Dallas was going to come out, but instead Cena bullied Heyman into a match for next week. I could be watching Nitro.

I was stunned to discover that Cesaro, Sheamus, and the USA Belt are still in the WWE. I hate Cesaro’s music and his dumb robes, and “The King of Swing”, name is really stupid. Sheamus seems to have received  Barrett’s old street brawler gimmick, and he’s not supposed to talk? Also why is he wearing orange, wouldn’t a guy from North Ireland be a heel? He could help Paige, and Barrett as a U.K.’er. Hopefully the blow off for this feud is that the US Title will blowup, and Cesaro, and Sheamus are given a WWE film career. It could be called “Fella and Murse”, two cops yada yada yada.

I sped through the Jerry Springer segment, but it looked funny. I’m rooting for both Bellas because they both seem to be heels. I have to say that JJ Bella’s pants and loafers are ridiculous, and his jacket fit like he was channeling Pee-Wee Herman.

I’m getting paranoid that WWE is changing the colors of their ropes throughout Raw, just to mess with me?

Orton had promised that he was going to make an impact on Raw, and he did. He had the ring crew bring down the cage, around he and Reigns. Orton, Kane, and Seth Rollins then beat down Roman Reigns. Reigns tried to beat them all up a few times, but Orton friggin owned him, like Kobe owns his chair.

Heel of the Week: Randy “The Ram” Orton.

Top 5 guys that shouldn’t be at your wedding

5) Stephanie McMahon

4) Triple H

3) Kane

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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for September 12th 2014: Oh Yay, An Arm-Wrestling Match Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Evening there, fond readers. It’s me, once again, reporting to you not-at-all live on the strange goings-on in the SmackDown side of town. I apologise for the oncoming lack of my typical and appropriate vitriol against the RAW recaps, as they find themselves this evening quite needed. I didn’t watch RAW this week, mainly due to the fact that I spent a healthy portion of said week drinking vodka off someone else’s body. And, due to the fact I know nothing about what happened and that whole episode has put me in a very good mood, I’ll try not to complain about actually being given necessary information. Also, I’ve decided I like Tom, for reasons unclear to me, possibly non-platonic.

So, yeah, apparently the big thing from RAW was the Orton/Reigns rematch from SummerSlam. And apparently the Authority showed up and dropped the cage, only for Reigns to still cry havoc. And Rollins entered the feud from the top of the cage, which has got to be the best way to enter anything ever; glad they made him look like a badass in preparation and also grateful that Reigns is able to appear vulnerable even when not fighting Brock Lesnar.

Are You Ready, Kids? Aye-Aye, Captain! I Can’t Hear You! AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN!

We start SmackDown off with the Big Show, which has got to be the worst way to start off anything ever. He’s in an eight-man tag match, so I guess we’re still doing that. He’s partnering with Mark Henry, who is in turn tag-teaming this feud with his Rusev feud. And they’re with the Usos, one of which is still injured; they could have switched which one of them has the bad leg, and not a damn one of us would have noticed.This hastily-thrown-together team will face the quartet of the Dust Brothers and the Wyatts. Bray showed up for this, which is as close as he’ll ever get to doing Make a Wish. Bray beat Jericho on RAW because Chris did that moronic thing where he was on top of the cage and decided ‘screw my guaranteed victory; I’m jumping on a motherfucker’.

Jimmy Uso starts off by unloading on Goldust, knocking him all around until Goldust takes control, tagging in Stardust. Jimmy comes back with some chops and tags in his injured brother like the fucking strategist he is. Jey tags out, because he’s not an idiot, and Stardust is able to tag in Luke Harper, who gets dropkicked by Jimmy and then headbutted by the now-legal Mark Henry. Henry squashes Harper in the corner as war journalist Michael Cole gets all heated about those damn dirty reds. Personally I have to admire the sheer cheek of Russia turning around and warning the USA not to violate international law, considering that international law has pretty much been treated like a fleshlight by Russia recently. Harper boots Henry in the face for daring to act like America is morally superior to Russia in spite of all that (welcome to David’s political world view, where nobody is not asshole). Bray approaches the ring and gets backed away by Big Show. You stay the hell away from him, Show. You don’t get to feud with young and exciting talent anymore.

We come back to Jimmy crossbodying Harper and slamming him with an enzuigiri. Jimmy takes a spill over the top rope and…oh my God…might have injured his knee. Wow, these guys can’t bear not to be alike. Stardust is all over the Uso, followed by Goldust. I can’t tell if it’s real or not; Jimmy’s bumping strangely and I think Cody checked on him, but honestly what are the chances? As Harper comes in, Jimmy fights gutsily back, but gets put right down as Rowan tags in and puts the fists to Uso. Samoan drop takes the big man down, but Goldust catches Jimmy, who rolls out of a back suplex and kicks Goldust in the face. Big Show gets tagged in as he and Stardust continue their Intercontinental title feud. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? The Dust Brothers manage to suplex the Big Show between them, and Mark Henry gets involved because one feud is just not enough. Chaos reigns on the outside as Jimmy hurls himself at the Wyatts and Goldust. On the inside, Stardust hits the Disaster Kick; Big Show comes back with the K.O. Punch and Jey hits the splash for the win.

I enjoyed this one. It was fast-paced enough that the typical face-in-peril schtick didn’t grate, and props to Jimmy if he actually got injured there and irony for the same reason. 2.5 Stars.

We relive Paul Heyman trying to get Cena to EMBRACE THE HATE and FEEEEL THE ENERGY like madmen before him. Seriously, did Lesnar go to Heyman and say, ‘Paul, I want you to go and tell Cena exactly how to beat me. I mean, it’s not like he’ll take your advice, so this can be his harmatia, you know, like in Shakespeare: real Coriolanus shit’? I mean, I hope he did. Why do so many of my hopes involve Brock Lesnar demonstrating that he can speak comprehensible English? Oh, and Cena’s being a good guy, but is happy to beat up Paul Heyman. I want to see a clip of Lesnar turning to Heyman and saying, ‘Paul, I’m not showing up on RAW, so maybe you just shouldn’t go. Then Cena can’t beat you up’. Oh my God, I just did it again, didn’t I?

Backstage, Rollins, Orton and Kane are having a ‘we’re a cheerful bunch of dicks’ session. I liked it better when Kane and Seth came out and heckled people.

Cheers Is Filmed In Front Of A Live Studio Audience

Bo Dallas will be facing Justin Gabriel tonight, with Swagger and Coulter at ringside, thereby indirectly supporting the South African. Solid. Bo gets on his mic and says words until Zeb interrupts and combats self-help with patriotism. I can only surmise that Coulter considers Bo Dallas more of a threat to America than Isis, and imagine if we used that as propaganda.

Bo starts punching Gabriel, who manages to hit a few kicks and some roll-ups, until he gets flung hard into the corner. Bo hits a hard clothesline and locks a sleeper in on Justin, who hits a jawbreaker and knocks Bo down a couple of times. Stinger splash and a crossbody, but Gabriel misses a springboard moonsault, allowing Bo to take advantage and hit the Bo Dog.

Decent enough. I’d sort of forgotten that Justin Gabriel was employed, and now I’m thinking about how they managed to screw up the Nexus and now I’m sad. 2 Stars.

Post-match, Bo actually calls Jack out, only to bolt once Swagger pushes him across the ring.

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Thunderbirds Are Go.

AJ Lee skips her way out to the ring, which means that Paige is probably going to be around. Summer Rae’s in the ring with Layla, and they’re like an example of a healthy resolution of conflict compared to AJ and Paige.

Summer and Paige lock up, with Summer getting in some offence. Layla is cheering, which leads Michael to say ‘Layla being quite annoying’. Eat a bushel of dicks, Michael. Summer has her legs wrapped around Paige, who headbutts her way out and starts turning up the heat on Summer with knees to the face. Paige then applies the Black Widow, because it’s not fair that only AJ gets spanked by the entire Divas division.

The match was okay, although it seems that Paige is back to getting her ass beat for the first segment, no matter who she’s facing. I’m still irritated that Nikki got the triple-threat spot instead of Natalya or Charlotte; this could have been so much better. 2 Stars.

Layla tries to blindside Paige after the match, and AJ makes the save with the Paige Turner. She then skips around Paige as the Divas champ tries to berate her. Honestly? I’d be happy if this turned into a Team Hell No situation, with these two actually working together but annoying the bejeezus out of each other in the process. Just let AJ be the Spongebob to Paige’s Squidward, and I’d be very entertained.

Michael predicts that there will be an international incident due to Rusev and Henry’s arm-wrestling contest. I sort of want to call him on that, because it’s colossal bullshit, but I have to admit that both America and Russia have both caused international incidents for no other reason than profit, resources, territory and to create an ongoing cycle of conflicts, so an arm-wrestling contest will probably make a nice excuse.

Oh Christ, neither Rusev nor Mark Henry died during the commercial, so I guess we’re doing this stupid, stupid thing. Michael wins some points for his sarcasm whilst shilling ‘$9.99’. Oh God, Tom’s been left alone with JBL; this is where the hazing/sexual harassment starts. John does his strange version of propaganda where he makes up pointless, directionless lies about Russia as Rusev shows up. Lana gets on the microphone, and how likely is it that there’s a Henry/Lana porn parody of this feud by now? Henry draws a parallel between the Olympic Games and this bullshit, which are the words of a man slowly dying inside. The burly dudes get ready to arm-wrestle, and you just know that Hall of Pain Henry would have ripped Rusev in half by now for literally no reason.

Rusev’s hand slips the first time, which I was not aware could happen. He then puts chalk on his hand, which is probably some kind of racist thing; I mean, it’s Rusev. The World’s Strongest Man wins, and was there any sense of tension to any of that? JBL calls it ‘God-given strength’, so Jesus apparently hates Russia. Lana challenges Henry to a left-handed contest, by which I mean she challenges Henry to arm-wrestle Rusev left-handed. Although Henry arm-wrestling Lana would be pretty amazing. Lana then throws chalk in Henry’s face and Rusev jumps him, kicking him in the back of the head. Henry is covered with chalk, which makes it look like contact with Rusev Aryanises you. Mark gets up and gets kicked in the face. The commentators act like Rusev just assaulted a toddler rather than the World’s Strongest Man Lana and Rusev SUMMON THE FLAG.

Renee Young is backstage with Jericho, and why are we making such a big deal about the season premiere? RAW is on literally every single week; I didn’t even know we had seasons. Jericho seems to be on an Orton-hunt, so we’ve found another mid-2000s match to repeat.

Timmy Is An Average Kid, Who No-One Understands, Mom And Dad And Vickie Always Giving Him Commands…

Here’s Sandow and Miz, and oh my God, are those clips from Marine IV on Miz’s titantron? Because if so, I take back every piece of mockery I ever made about his movie career in order to come up with some even more vicious material. You know what? I’m going to watch it. That’s right: I’m going to watch Marine IV, and I am going to review it on this website (if the people actually running it say I can), because this cannot go unpunished. Oh, and we’re still laughing about the photo-leak thing, because no real people had their most private lives made public in a seriously humiliating manner. Here comes Ziggler with a microphone, and he says that he himself also has a stunt double, and it’s R-Truth dressed as and acting like Ziggler. Okay, screw it, he actually acts like Ziggler well enough for this to be funny. And apparently Ziggler, like BD, doesn’t see race, so well done him. You know, I’m actually going to play along with this.

Miz starts off against Ziggler as their tag-team partners (Miz and Ziggler) stand on the corners. Miz knees Ziggler in the stomach, but Ziggler wrenches his arm, takes him over and drops the elbow before tagging in Ziggler, who wrenches the arm and drops the elbow. Ziggler tags in Ziggler, and Ziggler hits a dropkick to Miz. Ziggler applies a sleeper to Miz, as he yells at Miz to ‘get in here’. Miz tries to get in, distracting the ref, and Ziggler and Ziggler perform Twin Magic. The referee seems to be the Rain Man of officials, because he actually realised that there was a switch, despite the two men being identical down to their very atomic structure. Both Zigglers argue with the ref, and then hip toss Miz, and then do the same to Miz, dumping Miz and Miz out of the ring.

Back from the break, the Miz gets kicked away by Ziggler, who tags in Ziggler; Ziggler hits the stinger splash to Miz, but Miz distracts Ziggler enough that Miz is able to catch Ziggler with a boot. Miz tags Miz back in, who takes the fight to Ziggler as Ziggler looks on in concern. Miz comes back in. Ziggler tries to rally, but Miz hits his back-neck-breaker. Tag to Miz, who hits a backbreaker, but Ziggler almost catches him with a backslide off the neckbreaker. Miz still manages to tag Miz in, who takes Ziggler down, taunts Ziggler, and chokes Ziggler on the ropes before tagging in Miz. Miz attempts the Figure-Four, but gets kicked away, only for Miz to get tagged in. Miz knocks Ziggler off the apron, but gets blindsided by Ziggler with the big DDT!

Ziggler tags in Ziggler! Miz tags in Miz! Ziggler takes it to Miz with clotheslines and a splash, and then a neckbreaker. Fameasser is countered into the Skull-Crushing Finale, which is countered into the Fameasser! Miz saves Miz from being pinned, whilst Ziggler comes in behind the referee’s back. His scissor-kick attempt misses, but he hits the Zig-Zag! Ziggler capitalises with the pin, and the Zigglers take it!

All joking aside, that was genuinely entertaining. Like, R-Truth really committed to the act, and was even funnier than Sandow (and I find Sandow’s inclusion wonderfully comical). Laughed through a good deal of the match, so I’m going to go ahead and say 3 Stars.

So, Jerry Springer was apparently on RAW. I think he’s like your version of Jeremy Kyle, and Jeremy Kyle is a rabble-rouser who exploits stupid people for money under the guise of helping them. Oh, and the Bellas’ parents were involved, or people supposed to be their parents: I really could not give less of a fuck, although I did watch that bit in the hopes that Orton was going to continue his crusade against family members of his fellow employees. Yes, even the mother.

Not-Renee is backstage with Nikki, and asks her to comment on the travesty that was last Monday, this storyline, and her family’s lack of acting ability. She dares to mention the Diva’s Championship, which summons AJ and Paige to say ‘oh, hey. We’re, you know, the actual wrestlers of this feud’. Paige then calls Nikki ‘Brie’, which I find delightful. Nikki says she thinks it will be easy, and yes: you get knocked out of the ring early, stay on the outside for a while, and we can watch decent wrestling and pretend you’re not there. Perfecto.


Main event time, and Jericho and Reigns show up to the ring, followed by Rollins and Orton as we replay the awesome mugging of Roman Reigns. Bell rings, and let’s go. Orton starts by punching Reigns, until Reigns fires up and clotheslines him out of the ring, continuing the assault there. Seth tries to get involved and gets uppercutted for it, but distracts Reigns enough that Orton can blast him onto the announce table.

Back from the break, Randy’s in firm control of Reigns, who seems muzzy after that head-bump. Roman does manage to hit a back suplex to create some separation, and makes the tag as Rollins also enters the match. Jericho takes him down off the top, going right for the Walls before catapulting Rollins into the turnbuckle, and then locking the Walls in! Orton interferes, but pays for it, and Jericho remains in control with a bulldog, but Randy interferes again, stopping the Lionsault. Seth tags Orton in, and he goes right to Chris with the stomps. Jericho fights back before running right into a powerslam for a two count.

Tag to Seth, who hits the Three Amigos: seems far less risky crowd-wise than it used to be. Rollins spends too much time staring down Reigns, and gets elevated to the outside, but manages to get to Chris before Roman gets the tag. Orton comes in, and JBL compares Seth to Eddie Guerrero, which has got to mean a hell of a lot. Jericho manages to hit a dropkick from the second rope, and tries to reach Reigns, and gets it! Reigns comes in, distributing merry hell on a democratic basis. Orton and Rollins are both thrown into the same corner, and he batters both of them. Apron dropkick to Orton; Rollins tries to springboard onto Reigns, but gets caught and thrown out of the ring! Tag to Jericho, who goes up top and cross-bodies Orton for two. Reigns and Rollins are doing the crowd-fighting thing as Orton hits his backbreaker and goes for his Vintage DDT, which Jericho turns into a roll-up for the win!

Well, the ending came right out of nowhere, which was a nice bit of unexpected activity. The match itself was good, I thought: a very good display. They really are keeping Roman out of the bulk of tag matches; maybe they don’t want him over-exposed.

I thought this was another good SmackDown, hopefully the beginning of a trend. Eight for this episode.

David Spain’s WWE Sex Move of the Week: The Mark Henry. See multiple partners simultaneously, pushing your body to the brink of exhaustion if you have to; you don’t have long left in this game.

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RAGER’S 10 Thoughts: WWE Raw 9.8.2014 (Roman Reigns, John Cena, Paul Heyman) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:05:43 +0000 1. Saying that they drove the whole “season premiere” thing into the ground is a severe understatement but if it’s true, their season finale sucked so much butt. And yeah, the premiere was a little better but only because I was given the illusion that everybody was trying. Seriously, what I’m getting from watching Monday Night War on the Network is that maybe Vince would kick creative into gear if they all pretended Monday Night Football was WCW. But this episode was a promising-ish start and I’m hoping they’ll actually try to compete with MNF this year but they’re already working from behind considering how terrible ratings have been (justifiably so) the last couple episodes.

2. Jericho vs Bray cage match was a great way to break the “let’s start every Raw with a talking segment” streak but I was afraid this was going to be the highlight of the show and nothing else would peak my interest. Thankfully that wasn’t the case but I’ll get to that later. Needless to say that Jericho easily got spot of the match with the jump from the top of the cage. Bray winning by simply falling out over Jericho was a bit odd but the beat down afterward was a solid way to write off Jericho believably as I’m assuming this is the end of his current run. It wasn’t a terrible ending but I would’ve liked to have seen something a bit stronger and more definitive for Bray after Cena essentially took the Wyatt Family’s legs out from under them a couple weeks ago.

3. I have nothing snarky to say about the Ziggler/Miz dopey photo leak segment because Ziggler is infallible and perfect in every way. All hail the almighty Ziggles and may all those that oppose you or speak ill of you fall swiftly at your feet.

Was that a bit much, guys? I can’t gauge this anymore.

4. Cena going toe-to-toe verbally with Heyman did more to restore Cena’s believeability as a credible threat to Brock Lesnar than those meaningless 6-man tag team matches. And yes, we all admire Cena for his charitable deeds but this is the second week in a row he brought that up to defend his point, soon it’s going to sound a bit holier than thou so maybe Cena should pump the brakes a bit on that. And yes, we get it, Cena. You REALLY love these rally towels. We don’t need have you show them off every single match/segment or your dim-witted alternate slogan that you’ve been regurgitating since forever. But all-in-all, good talking segment but being the stereotypical smark, I’m gonna give all the credit for this segment to Heyman.

5. Seriously, Sheamus, how do you botch taking a curb stomp? That’s right up there with Nash pedigree botch in 2011. Sheamus is very close to being forever dead to me.

6. The NXT Takeover tag match was brilliant and even though I wish they were given more time, everyone had their brief moment and I understand they have to save some of it for Takeover. Seriously, the best thing about the Network is that I’ve finally been able to get properly invested in NXT to the point where I was genuinely excited for all 4 guys in the match and the opportunity to be on the main show, even if it was briefly. All this does, however, is heighten my anticipation for Neville and Zayne to finally join the main roster for good.

7. So as I was watching Raw at my apartment with a few friends and this Bella twin segment was starting, I handed my keys over to a friend that was sitting next to me. I selected my car key because it was longer than the others and I told her that whenever I gave her the signal, I wanted her to stab me in the eye with it. As to exactly which eye, I let her pick; I figured it was the gentlemanly thing to do. The signal for her to do so was me saying “F*cking kill me now.” Around the time the videos of the parents were shown was when I finally broke and gave the signal but I’m afraid that I may have picked the wrong solution because I could still listen to the entire abomination. But that’s my fault, my friend was simply carrying out my wishes and that makes her a great person. By the way, due to my blindness, I’m just guessing at what keys I’m typing right now. So there’s your explanation if there’s any typos. And I know what you’re thinking: “Chris, your articles are riddled with typos every week, how is this different?” My answer to this is simple: Don’t question my kayfabe.

8. The Bunny is Fandango or Justin Gabriel. I have no idea who WWE will decide it will be whenever it’s revealed in like a month or so, but I’m saying right now, the guy in the suit is either the Dangle or Gabriel.

9. Yes, the Usos attacked GoldStar from behind with a crutch and yet are somehow not the heels in all this.

10. As I saw Seth Rollins jumping from the top of the cage, I couldn’t help but think “Chris Jericho invented that like 3 hours ago.” Also, we came pretty damn close to seeing Seth get impaled by those spike things on the bottom of the cage. Also, if you’re gonna hype a big rematch from Summerslam, you probably don’t want it to be the one boring match that was on that card. Literally any other rematch would’ve been completely fine.

Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do twice,

P.S. Classy Ring Attire is doing a big top 10 list for the best CM Punk WWE matches. Post any of your thoughts on this below and they will absolutely go into consideration.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 9.8.14 (Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, John Cena, Roman Reigns) Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:22:25 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014


1. Smart idea to begin your “season premiere” with Bray Wyatt versus Chris Jericho in a steel cage. It’s rare to kick off RAW with a match so starting off with a steel cage match should be a big deal. AND THE 43 YEAR OLD CHRIS JERICHO JUST JUMPED FROM THE TOP OF STEEL CAGE! And yet I don’t think there’s anything Jericho can do at this stage of his career where he could be considered one of the greatest performers of all-time. He deserves it but it won’t happen. A great match to kick off RAW. A great way to write Jericho off of TV and another great moment to bolster Bray Wyatt back into the upper-midcard/main event scene.

2. DAMMIT! Why couldn’t Rosa Mendes’ wardrobe malfunction happen tonight?! As my wife said, “At least she has a nice butt. It could have been a flat ass like Summer Rae.” Yup, straight from a woman’s mouth. I love her.

3. Good call having John Cena come to the ring with Paul Heyman. If Brock Lesnar’s not going to be on RAW, there has to be some sort of confrontation between Heyman and Cena. And did Cena write Paul Heyman’s rap? That sure as hell sounded like something 2004 John Cena would have let loose. Still, that was a damn good promo from John Cena and probably the most emotional promo I’ve seen from him in a long time. Him and Heyman have had to carry this feud through the absence of Lesnar but if Lesnar’s storylines have to be carried by Heyman & Lesnar’s opponent every month, the television product is definitely going to suffer.

4. NXT on RAW?!?!? FANTASTIC! I have a feeling these four guys REALLY impressed with their one shot on RAW. Great match and an amazing showcase for these great athletes.

5. Did Jerry Springer legitimately just sprain his ankle on RAW? He did curl into a ball awfully quick but I doubt they would have stayed on him getting medical treatment if he was seriously hurt. Plus, what the hell was the point of this segment when you held the exact same one last week? Sigh…

6. I don’t know who the Bunny is but that was a damn good superkick. One that I’ve seen Dolph Ziggler deliver but I seriously doubt they would reveal Ziggler as the Bunny.

7. A good show with a very good main event and angle to close the show. Unfortunately I definitely found myself checking my watch more than once when we hit the 3rd hour. Which sucks considering how hard Reigns, Orton and Rollins worked to close out the show. There was just too much on this show that could have been shortened or eliminated completely. It was just another show to fall victim to the 3-hour format.×120-2013.jpg×250-raw-2013.jpg

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Wallpaper of the Week: “New Era WWE Logo” Wallpaper Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:47:57 +0000 New Era WWE Logo Wallpaper


It’s a new day in the WWE with the launch of a brand new corporate logo, finally doing away with the “scratch” logo that has been around since 2002. Here’s a new wallpaper featuring the new WWE logo with a few Superstar logos from the past & the present.×120-2013.jpg

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 9/8/14: Two SummerSlam Rematches Headline Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:43:21 +0000 If you are watching football, I will do my best to keep you updated with what is happening on RAW. We have Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton and Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt inside of a steel cage. And The Bellas are going to have Jerry Springer involved in their segment. That’s just a recipe for disaster.

And This Is How We Write Jericho Off

Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho inside a Steel Cage. Both men exchanged blows early then Bray Wyatt took down Jericho with a clothesline. Jericho came back with a dropkick and landed some kicks. Jericho connected on an enziguri kick. Bray came back with an elbow then hit a splash in the corner. Bray tossed Jericho into the corner again but Jericho tried escaping. Bray pulled him down, but Jericho fought him off and hit an axe handle off the top. Bray played possum and ended up tossing Jericho into the cage then hit a splash into Jericho.

Back from break Bray hit his bodysplash and tried escaping but Jericho stopped him and back dropped him. Jericho came back with some chops and hit a bulldog. He hit the Lionsault and went for the Walls of Jericho but Bray escaped. Jericho then tossed Bray into the cage and slammed the back of his head into it. Jericho hit a dropkick and tried escaping but Bray stopped him. Bray ended up getting the upper hand and hit a suplex. Bray tried to crab walk to the door but Jericho stopped him. Bray countered the Walls again and hit his modified chokeslam. Jericho reversed Wyatt and tossed him into the corner. He hit some rope punches and then a hurricarrana. He tried escaping but Rowan and Harper were there. Jericho went back to the top and hit a crossbody off the top of the cage onto Bray. Jericho sold a knee injury. Jericho tried escaping but Bray stopped him. Both men fought while hanging outside the door. Bray then landed a headbutt and some shots on Jericho’s bad knee, then rolled out the door to win.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

After the match Bray slammed the door on Jericho’s knee. Bray dragged Jericho back into the cage and hit Sister Abigail.

Backstage The Authority talked about this being a big RAW. Orton asked for Triple H’s permission to do something to Roman Reigns that would make what Seth did to Dean Ambrose look like child’s play. HHH gave his permission.

Hey The WWE Is Topical

Dolph Ziggler was in the ring back from break. He talked about the iCloud hack and said no one deserves to get dis-respected like that, except for one D-list celebrity: The Miz. Ziggler said he had photos of the Miz. He showed photos of Miz getting a facial and waxing his chest. Before Ziggler could show the last photo Miz and Damien Sandow came out. Miz said this was a huge invasion of privacy and he will sue Ziggler if he takes this any further. Miz said if it goes any further he will make sure Ziggler never works in this town again. Ziggler did it anyways, and showed a picture of Sandow spray-tanning Miz. Ziggler sent Sandow in but he ate a dropkick while Miz bailed. Ziggler then hit a ZigZag on Sandow.

Paige and AJ defeated Natalya and Rosa. At one point Rosa refused to tag Natalya. Paige dominated then AJ tagged herself in by slapping Paige’s chest. AJ won with the Black Widow. Afterwards both kissed the Divas Title.

Backstage, Randy Orton attacked Chris Jericho.

Funny Thing Is Cena Is Right About The Internet

Paul Heyman came out. He said his client is allowing him to disseminate certain information tonight. And he wants to deliver it as if he was doing it in front of John Cena. Cena then came out on cue. Cena said if he wants to say something to his face he is right there. Heyman said up until SummerSlam he was the greatest WWE Champion of all time. He said Brock has authorized him to drop his warning and give some inside information. Heyman said he’s been authorized by Brock to tell Cena how to beat him at Night of Champions. Cena said he knows how to beat Brock Lesnar. And it can be said in three words: Never Give Up. He gave Heyman his towel and said to give it to Lesnar. Heyman laughed at him and said that he lives to be John Cena, which is his biggest problem. He lives to be the kid who chants “Lets Go Cena.” Heyman talked about Cena busting his ass night in and night out every year, but the crowd still chants “Cena Sucks.” He said doesn’t that make Cena want to just one time turn to those people and tell them to shut up. Heyman said they could do it together if Cena wants. Heyman then did a little rap and said it was just like Cena used to do. Heyman begged Cena to just let it out one time. Heyman said that if Cena gives in just once, he could be the one who beat the one in 21-1. Heyman said to Cena that he believes in him, but his client Brock Lesnar doesn’t have it in him.

Cena sat on the ropes and teased doing it. The crowd chanted Lets Go Cena, Cena Sucks. He told Paul Heyman to shut up and said he sees what Heyman is trying to do. Cena said he isn’t turning his back on the people who believe in him. It may be easy for Heyman. Cena said he won’t do it so people can say how great he was then go to the Internet and just complain about him again. Cena said he doesn’t want to change. He likes being the guy who can be the reason some kid did his homework early to get to RAW, then his dad chants Cena Sucks. But his dad may not like him, but thanks him for doing right by his kid. He likes being the make a wish person. Cena talked about meeting an army sergeant. Cena said he is done talking and wants to fight. He told Heyman he would give him 7 days, and he better bring Lesnar to RAW next week. But if Lesnar decided to take another day off, he is going to fight Paul.

A Feud Over The United States Title?

Sheamus vs Seth Rollins. Sheamus started with a short clothesline that sent Rollins to the outside. Seth regrouped and landed some kicks. Sheamus blocked a suplex and hit a front suplex. Sheamus tossed Rollins into the corner but Rollins kicked him in the knee. Rollins went off the ropes but walked right into a rolling senton. He then clotheslined Rollins to the outside when Cesaro appeared on the stage.

Back from break Rollins ran into a boot from Sheamus in the corner and hit a battering ram off the top. But Rollins moved and Sheamus went right into the post. Sheamus fought out of a headlock and started a comeback. He hit a couple of running knees and an Irish curse backbreaker for two. Cesaro distracted Sheamus by grabbing the United States Title and going to the steps. Sheamus pushed Cesaro away but Rollins dropkicked Sheamus in the corner and hit the Curb Stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

After the match Cesaro hit the Neutralizer on Sheamus.

Lana and Rusev came out. Lana said the National Anthem was written in this decrepit city. She sang her own version talking about Rusev’s might. The Russian anthem then played.

Tyler Breeze/Tyson Kid vs Adrian Neville/Sami Zayn. Breeze and Zayn started. Zayn hit a couple of armdrags then went into an armbar. Kidd tagged himself in and went to work on Zayn. Kidd landed a kick to the back then went to a chinlock. Breeze came back in and hit a neckbreaker. Zayn eventually escaped and tagged in Neville. Neville hit a standing moonsault on Breeze. Zayn took out Kidd on the outside. Neville caught Breeze with an enziguri kick then hit the Red Arrow for the win.

My Eyes, Someone Throw Acid In Them

Stephanie talked about how she doesn’t like seeing families torn apart like her own has. She said it is time for the Bellas to make up and welcomed out Jerry Springer. Brie came out and they showed what happened last week. Brie said she shouldn’t have stooped down to her classless level. Nikki said she doesn’t forgive Brie for all the years of being treated like a second class sister. Nikki said she is ready to move on because she is a sophisticated, classy woman. She has a Divas Title match and she isn’t ready to let Brie’s negativity bring her down. Jerry said this has started long before SummerSlam and showed clips of Total Divas. Nikki told Brie that she wouldn’t be surprised if Brie was the reason he left them. Jerry showed a clip of their parents saying this needed to be fixed. They then invited their brother JJ Bella out. JJ told Nikki to stop acting like the victim. Both women started brawling on top of Jerry Springer. Nikki slapped JJ. Steph tried breaking it up. Refs eventually did. Jerry Springer was taken off on a stretcher but gave the thumbs up.

Goldust and Stardust defeated Los Matadores. After the match The Usos attacked them on the stage.

Adam Rose beat Titus O’Neil. Slater went to attack the bunny but it ducked then super kicked Slater. After the match the bunny hit a splash on Titus.

A Brock Lesnar video package aired.

But Who Lowered The Cage???

Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton. Both men exchanged blows early. Reigns got the upper hand early then clotheslined Orton over the top. Orton slammed the face of Reigns onto the steps on the outside. Reigns blocked a suplex and hit one of his own on the inside. Orton reversed Reigns and tossed him into the corner. But Reigns bounced right off with a clothesline. Orton bailed to the outside into commercial.

Orton had control back from break after slamming the head of Reigns into the steps. Orton then hit a clothesline on the outside. Orton worked over Reigns for a little bit in the ring before Reigns recovered with a clothesline. They went back to the outside where Reigns slammed Orton into the barricade a couple of times. They exchanged blows on the apron before Orton dropped the neck of Reigns on the ropes. They went to the top where Orton hit a superplex on Reigns for two.

Reigns fought out of a chinlock back from break but Orton came right back with a takedown. Orton went back to a chinlock. Reigns escaped and both men started exchanging blows. Reigns ducked a clothesline and hit a backdrop. Reigns started a comeback. He hit a Samoan Drop and clothesline in the corner but Orton recovered with a powerslam for two. Orton went for the middle rope DDT but Reigns escaped and hit his apron dropkick. Orton countered Reigns in the corner and went for a roll up, then hit a backbreaker for two. Reigns caught Orton with a boot and went to the second rope but Orton caught him with a powerslam for two. Orton hit the middle rope DDT but Reigns countered the RKO and hit the Superman Punch. Kane and Seth Rollins came out causing a DQ and the cage began to lower.

WINNER via DQ: Roman Reigns

Reigns tossed Kane and Rollins to the outside and they couldn’t get back in before it lowered. Reigns tossed Orton into the cage and hit a Spear. He stopped Kane from entering but Rollins hit a dive off the top of the cage onto Reigns. Kane landed some blows then Orton attacked Reigns with the chair. Rollins ended it by hitting the Curb Stomp on Reigns into the chair.


Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt: Very good cage match to start RAW. Jericho’s crossbody off the top of the cage was impressive considering he’s up there in age. I also loved the, “screw it, why not” expression on his face when he did it. Much better than the Cena/Bray cage match from Extreme Rules. Bray going over was smart but would have had more effect if he had any momentum going into it. A solid match to start the show.

NXT on RAW: That was something nice to see on RAW. It would have been nice to see these guys get entrances too. But the match was entertaining in the short time it was on. The crowd was into Neville and Zayn’s performances. This would be nice to see every once in a while. Give NXT guys a chance to work on RAW and expose their act a little more.

Paul Heyman/John Cena Promo: This one gets thrown up here mostly for the work of Paul Heyman. Once again he showed just how great of a talker he can be. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cena’s speech. He could have completely cut that out and just told Heyman that he was done talking and ready to fight. That would have been just as satisfactory. Or don’t even go as long as he did. But Heyman’s work was great enough to put this in the plus column.

Sheamus/Cesaro: The United States Title hasn’t seemed very important in recent months. The fact that Cesaro and Sheamus are having a feud over it, no matter how minor it is, is good for the Title. Plus these two have had a couple of good matches together so their match at Night of Champions should be good.


Jerry Springer/Bellas: Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse. Oh my god was that awful. There’s nothing they can do to recover from that segment. The only funny thing from it was Jerry Springer giving the thumbs up while leaving on the stretcher. I don’t care about Total Divas, and even if you did this would have to make you hate even if you liked the show.

Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton: I really didn’t have a problem with the ending. But the match itself just felt like it dragged on for too long. It was really slow. Maybe it was the multiple commercial breaks but I just didn’t like it. I actually preferred their SummerSlam match to this one. This needed some kind of stipulation added to it to make it feel more big time. I just didn’t like it.

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

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Does A New Logo Mean A New Era In The WWE? Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:32:56 +0000 As talked about on the HTCPulsecast this past Thursday, the Scratch Era Logo in the WWE has come to an end. It lasted a lot longer than it seemed like, even if you only count the time it was under the WWE banner instead of the WWF one as well. A new logo is upon us, as well as a new Champion to usher in this new logo.

But could it also be the beginning of a new era in the WWE? Almost all of the WWE Scratch logo era was dominated by John Cena. And whether you love John Cena or you hate him, that’s a pretty long time for Cena to be on top. If you read my stuff you know that I think Cena (along with Randy Orton) get a lot of unwarranted criticism from fans. I’m not saying they’ve been perfect during this time frame, but I think fans can be too harsh sometimes.

This column, however, is not to talk about Cena or Orton. We don’t need another debate about that. I’m here to talk about a new logo that could possibly bring in a new era in the WWE, lead by Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. John Cena and Randy Orton have been on top so long that it is almost necessary for a new era to come sooner rather than later. Steve Austin and The Rock weren’t on top as long as those two. Other stars were sprinkled in between bust the last ten years have pretty much been centered around those two stars.

But I really think that starting in 2015, those two will be slowly phased out of the WWE Title picture. The reason I say 2015 is because I can honestly see Randy Orton getting a shot at Brock Lesnar. And I’m okay with that. But after John Cena is done with Brock Lesnar, he shouldn’t be in the WWE Title picture for a very long time. Cena needs to become a gate keeper for the main event. He seemed to be going that route already this year when he faced Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania. Remember, Cena was never going to win the WWE Title back. Daniel Bryan’s injury forced the WWE to put the Title on Cena. So you have to wonder if Cena was already going to transition to the gatekeeper role this year.

John Cena has become a big enough star that his match at Wrestlemania will already carry enough weight on its own. It doesn’t need a Title involved. Cena’s role going forward should involve programs with guys like Cesaro, Rusev and others similar. Cena is in a spot where he can make these guys better and get them ready for the main event scene.

And while Cena transitions to the role of gate keeper for the main event, the three former members of The Shield can take the reigns (no pun intended) of the WWE. All three of them bring their own uniqueness to the WWE. My colleague Matt is much higher on Roman Reigns currently than I am. That’s not saying I’m down on him, I just think he has some room for improvement before he takes over the top spot. What the WWE can’t do is turn Reigns into John Cena. One of my main problems with John Cena is that his top offensive moves look so weak. So far the WWE has gotten that part of Reigns right. The Spear and Superman Punch are delivered very well. They also can’t turn Reigns into a terrible joke teller with his promos. Keep it short and to the point with him. Reigns should get over more because he comes off as a bad ass in the ring rather than because of his promos.

Then there is Dean Ambrose. You can compare Ambrose to Brian Pillman, Roddy Piper or Steve Austin. They are all accurate in their similarities. Ambrose is the type of character that the WWE has been lacking for quite some time. Outside of CM Punk, the WWE really hasn’t had someone who seemed like a true anti-authority figure during the WWE era. And Punk and Ambrose seem like two different characters. Punk rebelled through his words and calculated actions. Ambrose rebelled through causing chaos and doing whatever it takes to get what he wants. The WWE might have a real breakout star in Ambrose if they continue to play their cards right. Again, if the WWE keeps booking Ambrose like they have been he will get over huge.

I made this comparison on the HTCPulsecast this week, and I really think Reigns and Ambrose could be this generation’s Rock and Steve Austin. Will they make as much money or draw huge ratings like those two? No. There isn’t another boom period coming in wrestling any time soon. That’s what helped Austin and Rock during that time period. But there is no reason Reigns and Ambrose can’t carry the WWE like Austin and Rock did during their time on top. I think they could easily be better than Cena and Orton. They have a lot of intangibles you want to see in your top stars and they are over. And they have plenty of years left in the tank.

And I have gone this far and not even brought up Seth Rollins. He is the complete wild card in this situation. When he turned heel and broke up The Shield, a lot of people had questions about whether he could pull off the turn successfully. Well I think Rollins has done a pretty good job so far. He’s playing the right mix of full of himself while also playing the coward role and backing away from fights as well. When we talked about the break-up from The Shield, Matt and I talked about Rollins being a better version of Jeff Hardy going forward. He could still be that, but right now his heel turn is showing he doesn’t need to be that to have a successful career.

Whatever you want to call this new era, I think come 2015 it will be evident that it will be the Shield Era. They debuted strong and really never lost any of their heat despite some weak booking in 2013. All three former members of The Shield will be WWE World Heavyweight Champions some day. All three can also carry the company out of the John Cena Era and into an era of their own. One they can make their own. And if what they have done so far is any indication, this new era should be quite fun to watch.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka

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